Records of Natural Products

Year: 2018 Volume: 12   Issue: 2




Comparative Study of Three Achillea Essential Oils from Eastern Part of Turkey and their Biological Activities

Betül Demirci, K. Hüsnü Can Başer, Zeki Aytaç, Shabana I. Khan, Melissa R. Jacob and Nurhayat Tabanca  

Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Anadolu University, 26470, Eskisehir, Türkiye

Near East University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), N. Cyprus

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Gazi University, 06500 Ankara, Türkiye

National Center for Natural Products Research, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, USA

USDA-ARS, Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, 13601 Old Cutler Rd., Miami, FL 33158 USA

Abstract: Essential oils obtained by hydrodistillation were analyzed both by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).The main constituents found in Achillea oil were as follows: A. filipendulina Lam.: 43.8% santolina alcohol, 14.5% 1,8-cineole and 12.5% cis-chrysanthenyl acetate; A. magnifica Hiemerl ex Hub.-Mor.: 27.5% linalool, 5.8% spathulenol, 5.5% terpinen-4-ol, 4.7% α-terpineol and 4.7% β-eudesmol; A. tenuifolia Lam.: 12.4% artemisia ketone, 9.9% p-cymene, 7.1% camphor, 5.9% terpinen-4-ol, 4.7% caryophyllene oxide and 4.5% α-pinene. Furthermore, the Achillea essential oils were evaluated for antimalarial and antimicrobial activities. A. magnifica and A. filipendulina oils showed strong antimalarial activity against both chloroquine sensitive D6 (IC 50= 1.2 and 0.68 m g/mL) and chloroquine resistant W2 (IC 50= 1.1 and 0.9 m g/mL) strains of Plasmodium falciparum without any cytotoxicity to mammalian cells up to IC 50=47.6 m g/mL against Vero cells. whereas A. tenuifolia oil showed no antimalarial activity up to a concentration of 20 mg/mL. All three Achillea oils showed no antibacterial activity against human pathogenic bacteria up to a concentration of 200 m g/mL. A. tenuifolia and A. magnifica oils demonstrated mild antifungal activity against Cryptococcus neoformans (IC 50= 45, 20 and 15 m g/mL, respectively).

Keywords: Asteraceae; Achillea filipendulina; A. magnifica; A. tenuifolia; essential oil composition; antimalarial and antimicrobial. © 2017 ACG Publications. All rights reserved.