Anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity of 10 medicinal plants used in northeast Mexico.


The aim of this study was to screen the trypanocidal activity of plants used in traditional Mexican medicine for the treatment of various diseases related to parasitic infections. Cultured Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes were incubated for 96h with different concentrations of methanolic extracts obtained from Artemisia mexicana, Castela texana, Cymbopogon citratus, Eryngium heterophyllum, Haematoxylum brasiletto, Lippia graveolens, Marrubium vulgare, Persea americana, Ruta chalepensis and Schinus molle. The inhibitory concentration (IC50) was determined for each extract via a colorimetric method. Among the evaluated species, the methanolic extracts of E. heterophyllum, H. brasiletto, M. vulgare and S. molle exhibited the highest trypanocidal activity, showing percentages of growth inhibition between 88 and 100% at a concentration of 150μg/ml. These medicinal plants may represent a valuable source of new bioactive compounds for the therapeutic treatment of trypanosomiasis.

DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2014.04.006

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@article{MolinaGarza2014AntiTrypanosomaCA, title={Anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity of 10 medicinal plants used in northeast Mexico.}, author={Zinnia Judith Molina-Garza and Aldo Fabio Bazald{\'u}a-Rodr{\'i}guez and Ramiro Quintanilla-Licea and Lucio Galav{\'i}z-Silva}, journal={Acta tropica}, year={2014}, volume={136}, pages={14-8} }