Chemical investigation and antibacterial study of hexane extract of leaves of Finlaysonia obovata
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Finlaysonia obovata, a latex – exuding mangrove plant (Fam. Periplocaceae), is found in the tidal flats in India, Burma, and Malay, the leaves of which are reported to be eaten as salad in the Moluccas. Mangrove latex-bearing plants were found to show antibacterial and antiviral activity . Earlier we have studied the antibacterial activity, performed the GCMS analysis of extracts, studied the lipids of the leaf, and isolated a rare antibacterial triterpene from F. obovata [2, 3]. The present paper deals with the antibacterial screening of column fractions of an active hexane extract, and isolation and spectral characterization of stigmast-4-en-3β-ol from leaves of F. obovata.
KeywordsHexane Extract Column Fraction Bufadienolides Antibacterial Screening Sterile Filter Paper Disc
The authors thank the Director, IMMT, Bhubaneswar for facilities, and Mr. K.S. Murthy, I/C SMP Unit, Central Research Institute (AY), Bhubaneswar for identification of the plant.
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