Zuccagnia punctata Cav. (Fabaceae), a native plant from Argentina has been used traditionally as medicinal species. The aim of the study was to validate the antibiotic and anti-inflammatory potential of Z. punctata organic extract (ZpE) and the major compounds; 2′,4′-dihydroxy-3′-methoxychalcone (DHMC), 2′,4′-dihydroxychalcone (DHC), 7-hydroxyflavanone (7-HF) and 3,7-dihydroxyflavone (DHF); using an in vitro model. The antibiotic activity was determined using a broth microdilution method and the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined. The extract and the isolation compounds affect the normal growth of all assayed Staphylococcus aureus strains. The MIC values for ZpE and isolated compounds were between 125 and 500 μg/mL and between 25 and 400 μg/mL, respectively, against all assayed strains. The inhibitory effect of extract and isolated compounds on biofilm formation and on pro-inflammatory enzymes (sPLA2, COX-2, LOX) was analyzed. The compound DHC was the most active on sPLA2 while DHF and DHMC showed the highest activity on LOX. Both the extract and pure compounds except DHMC were active against COX-2. It can be concluded that the phytocomplex and the pure compounds possessed antibiotic and anti-inflammatory activities under the conditions tested, and could be a good alternative therapy for infective and inflammatory processes.
Nuño, G., Alberto, M. R., Arena, M. E., Zampini, I. C., & Isla, M. I. (2018). Effect of Zuccagnia punctata Cav. (Fabaceae) extract on pro-inflammatory enzymes and on planktonic cells and biofilm from Staphylococcus aureus. Toxicity studies. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 25(8), 1713–1719. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2016.10.014