Determination of biological activities of essential oil and extract obtained from Achillea coarctata Poir.

  • Sevil AlbayrakEmail author
  • Nurcan Silahtarlıoğlu
Research Article


In this study evaluated the phenolic, flavonoid contents, antioxidant, antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities of Achillea coarctata extract. Also, chemical compositions of the extract and essential oil were analyzed by HPLC and GC–MS. The antioxidant activity of the extract was determined with phosphomolybdenum, DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging), hydrogen peroxide scavenging, β-carotene bleaching activity, Fe+2-ion reducing power (FRAP) and cupric ion (Cu2+) reducing antioxidant capacity (CUPRAC) assays. The extract and essential oil were investigated for antimicrobial activities against 15 species of microorganisms. The extract has been only found to be effective against Klebsiella pneumoniae, while essential oil was effective against Listeria monocytogenes, K. pneumoniae, Bacillus cereus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Candida albicans. The cytotoxic activity of the extract on MCF7 (human breast cancer cell line, ATCC HTB-22) and NIH/3T3 (mouse embryo fibroblast cells, ATCC CRL-1658) was studied by MTT assay. The extract showed cytotoxic activity on MCF-7 cell line.


Achillea coarctata Antimicrobial activity Antioxidant activity Phenolic compound Cytotoxicity 



This work was supported by the Research Fund of the University of Erciyes. Project number is FYL-2017-7077. The authors wish to thank the Anadolu University, Plant, Drug and Scientific Research Center (AUBIBAM) for cytotoxicity analysis.

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Ethical standard

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of interest

Sevil Albayrak has no conflict of interest. Nurcan Silahtarlıoğlu has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Science FacultyErciyes UniversityKayseriTurkey
  2. 2.Graduate School Natural Applied ScienceErciyes UniversityKayseriTurkey

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