Activity of medicinal plant extracts against hospital isolates of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus

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Aqueous and ethanolic extracts of ten traditional 15. Narita M, Yamada S, Nakayama T, Sawada H, Nakajima Thai medicinal plants were investigated for their M, Sageshima S. Two cases of lymphadenopathy withliver dysfunction due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection ability to inhibit 35 hospital isolates of methicillin- with mycoplasmal bacteraemia without pneumonia.
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0.1 mg ⁄ mL, respectively. MBCs for MRSA iso- Progressive cholestatic liver disease associated with lates were 0.1–0.4, 1.6–3.2 and 0.4–1.6 mg ⁄ mL, clarithromycin treatment. J Clin Pharmacol 2002; 42: 676– and for S. aureus ATCC 25923 were 0.4, 3.2 and Original Submission: 23 August 2004; Revised Sub-mission: 12 November 2004; Accepted: 27 December2004 Clin Microbiol Infect 2005; 11: 510–51210.1111/j.1469-0691.2005.01104.x The investigation of traditionally used plants forbiologically active extracts has been well-docu-mented. Recent studies [1–12] have revealed thatmedicinal plants from various parts of the worldcan provide a rich source of antibacterial activ-ities. In Thailand, many plant species have beenused widely to cure infectious diseases. Such Corresponding author and reprint requests: S. P. Vora-vuthikunchai, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science,Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, Songkla 90112, ThailandE-mail: Ó 2005 Copyright by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, CMI, 11, 493–512 plants are available locally, are inexpensive, and have become increasingly popular. The extracts, 14 (87.5%) extracts of nine plant species aim of the present study was to screen plant had activity against the 35 MRSA isolates tested extracts that have been shown earlier to have (Table 1). Only extracts of Tamarindus indica were antibacterial activity [4,5] against hospital iso- inactive against all isolates. The inhibition zones lates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ranged from 6 to 22 mm, but there were signifi- cant differences in the inhibition zones produced Plants were collected and identified by Thai by aqueous and ethanolic extracts of the same herbalists, and specimens were deposited at the plant species. Significant antibacterial effects, Herbarium of Prince of Songkla University, Thai- expressed as MICs and MBCs, of crude extracts land. Preparation of the plant extracts used in this against the 35 isolates of MRSA are listed in investigation was as described previously [4,5].
Table 2. Ethanolic extracts of Garcinia mangostana Aqueous extracts were dissolved in water, while were among the most active against the MRSA ethanolic extracts were dissolved in dime- isolates, with MICs and MBCs of 0.05–0.4 and thylsulphoxide before use. Thirty-five clinical 0.1–0.4 mg ⁄ mL, respectively. Aqueous and etha- isolates of MRSA (PSU 0201–PSU 0235) were nolic extracts of Quercus infectoria also showed kindly provided by Hatyai Hospital, Songkla, good activity against all MRSA isolates, with Thailand. S. aureus ATCC 25923 was used as a MICs and MBCs of 0.2–0.4 and 0.4–1.6 mg ⁄ mL, Sterile 5-mm-diameter filter paper disks (What- In conclusion, this preliminary evaluation indi- cated that certain medicinal plants, especially soaked with 10 lL of extract residue, and diluted G. mangostana and Q. infectoria, possessed signifi- in the corresponding solvent to a concentration of cant activity against MRSA isolates. This activity 250 mg ⁄ mL; thus each disk contained 2.5 mg of may be indicative of the presence of metabolic residue. Both wet and dry (dried at 37°C over- toxins or broad-spectrum antibacterial com- night) disks were placed on the surface of Muel- pounds. Of the medicinal plants investigated in ler–Hinton agar (MHA; Difco, Le Pont-De-Claix, this study, G. mangostana and Punica granatum are France) plates seeded with c. 108 CFU of the known to possess high amounts of tannin, and the tested isolates grown overnight in Trypticase antimicrobial property of this substance is well- Soy broth (Oxoid, Basingstoke, UK). Antibac-terial activity was evaluated by measuring the Table 1. Antibacterial activity of crude medicinal plant diameter of the inhibition zone. Each experi- extracts against isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylo- ment was performed in triplicate and the mean of the diameters of the inhibition zones was Mean ± standard error inhibition zone (mm) A modified agar dilution method with milli- pore filters [13] was used to determine the MICs of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of medicinal plants that produced inhibition zones. For each bacterial strain, 1 lL of culture (containing c. 104 CFU) was applied to a millipore filter on MHA supplemented with the medicinal plant extracts at concentrations ranging from 0.12 to 250 mg ⁄ mL. The plates were incubated at 35°C for 18 h. Experiments were performed in tripli- cate and the results were expressed as the lowest concentration of plant extract that produced complete suppression of colony growth. MBCs were determined with the extracts that gave significant inhibition by removing the millipore filter and placing it on a fresh MHA plate.
aDry disk; bwet disk.
ND, not done.
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