PharmDr. Marcela Šafratová, Ph.D.

Research focus

  • isolation of secondary metabolites from the family Amaryllidaceae (isolation, analysis, structural identification)
  • in vitro biological activities of isolated compounds (AChE, BuChE, POP and cytotoxicity)


  • 2008-2013 Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Pharmacy, (Master degree), Thesis: Biologically active metabolites of plants. 10. Alkaloids of Fumaria officinalis L. and their biological activity.

Current position

  • an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacognosy since September 2016


  • Pharmacognosy (practicals)
  • Phytopharmaca (lectures; guarantor of this subject)


Original papers


HAVELEK, R., MUTHNA, D., TOMSIK, P., KRALOVEC, K., SEIFRTOVÁ, M., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., PERWEIN, M., ČERMÁKOVÁ, E.,  ŘEZÁČOVÁ, M.: Anticancer potential of Amaryllidaceae alkaloids evaluated by a screening with a panel of human cells, real-time cellular analysis and Ehrlich tumor-bearing mice.  Chem. Biol. Interact. 275, 121-132 (2017).

HULCOVÁ, D., BREITEROVÁ, K., ZEMANOVÁ, L., SIATKA, T., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., VANĚČKOVÁ, N., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., WSÓL, V., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Screening of AKR1C3 inhibitory potency of naturally occuring Amaryllidaceae alkaloids of different structural types. Nat. Prod. Commun. 12, 245-246 (2017).


VANĚČKOVÁ, N., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., KUNEŠ, J., HULCOVÁ, D., HRABINOVÁ, H., DOSKOČIL, I., ŠTĚPÁNKOVÁ, Š., OPLETAL, L., NOVÁKOVÁ, L., JUN, D., CHLEBEK, J., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Alkaloids from Nerine bowdenii W. Watson (Amaryllidaceae) and their biological activity. RSC Advances 6, 80114-80120 (2016).

HAVELEK, R., SEIFERTOVÁ, M., KRÁLOVEC, K., KROCOVÁ, E., TEJKALOVÁ, V., NOVOTNÝ, I., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., OPLETAL, L., BÍLKOVÁ, Z., VÁVROVÁ, J., ŘEZÁČOVÁ, M.: Homochelidonine, the dimethoxy analogue of chelidonine isolated from Chelidonium majus L. (Papaveraceae), decreases proliferation via G1 and G2/M cell cycle arrest and induces cell death through apoptosis. Phytomedicine  23, 253-266 (2016).

CHLEBEK, J., DOSKOČIL, I., HULCOVÁ, D., BREITEROVÁ, K., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., HAVELEK, R., HABARTOVÁ, K., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., VOLŠTÁTOVÁ, T., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Cytotoxic potential of naturally occurring isoquinoline alkaloids possessing different structural types. Nat. Prod. Commun. 11, 753-756 (2016).

CHLEBEK, J., NOVÁK, Z., KASSEMOVÁ, D., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., KOSTELNÍK, J., MALÝ, L., LOČÁREK, M., OPLETAL, L., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., HRABINOVÁ, M., KUNEŠ, J., NOVOTNÁ, P., URBANOVÁ, M., NOVÁKOVÁ, L., MACÁKOVÁ, K., HULCOVÁ, D., SOLICH, P., MARTÍN, C.P., JUN, D., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L..: Isoquinoline alkaloids from Fumaria officinalis L. and their biological activities related to Alzheimer’s disease. Chem. Biodivers. 13, 91-99 (2016).


LOČÁREK, M., NOVÁKOVÁ, J., KLOUČEK, P., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., KOKOŠKA, L., GÁBRLOVÁ, L., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., OPLETAL, L., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Antifungal and antibacterial activity of extracts and alkaloids of selected Amaryllidaceae species. Nat. Prod. Commun. 10, 1537-1540 (2015).

DOSKOČIL, I., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., BENEŠOVÁ, N., HAVLÍK, J., HAVELEK, R., KUNEŠ, J., KRÁLOVEC, K., CHLEBEK, J., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Cytotoxic activities of Amaryllidaceae alkaloids against gastrointestinal cancer cells. Phytochem. Lett. 13, 394-398 (2015).

CAHLÍKOVÁ, L., PÉREZ, D.I., ŠTĚPÁNKOVÁ, Š, CHLEBEK, J., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., OPLETAL, L.: In vitro inhibitory effects of 8-O-demethylmaritidine and undulatine on acetylcholinesterase, and their predicted penetration across the blood-brain barrier. J. Nat. Prod. 78, 1189-1192 (2015).

CAHLÍKOVÁ, L., HULOVÁ, L., HRABINOVÁ, M., CHLEBEK, J., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., ADAMCOVÁ, M., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., JUN, D., OPLETAL, L., LOČÁREK, M., MACÁKOVÁ, K.: Isoquinoline alkaloids as potential prolyl oligopeptidase inhibitors. Fitoterapia 103, 192-196 (2015).


OPLETAL, L., LOČÁREK, M., FRAŇKOVÁ, A., CHLEBEK, J., ŠMÍD, J., HOŠŤÁLKOVÁ, A., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., HULCOVÁ, D., KLOUČEK P., ROZKOT, M., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Antimicrobial activity of extracs and isoquinoline alkaloids of selected Papaveraceae plants. Nat. Prod. Commun. 9, 1709-1712, (2014).

ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., NOVÁK, Z., KULHÁNKOVÁ, A., KUNEŠ, J., HRABINOVÁ,M., JUN, D., MACÁKOVÁ K., OPLETAL, L., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Revised NMR data for 9-O-demethylgalanthine: an alkaloid from Zephyranthes robusta (Amaryllidaceae and its biological aktivity. Nat. Prod. Commun.  9, 787-788 (2014).

HAVLASOVÁ, J., ŠAFRATOVÁ, M., SIATKA, T., ŠTĚPÁNKOVÁ, Š., LOČÁREK, M., OPLETAL, L., HRABINOVÁ, M., JUN, D., BENEŠOVÁ, N., NOVÁK, Z., KUNEŠ, J., CAHLÍKOVÁ, L.: Chemical composition of bioactive alkaloid extracts from some Narcissus species and varieties and their biological activity. Nat. Prod. Commun. 9, 1151-1155 (2014).

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