In Vivo Mitodepressive Activity In Aqueous Extracts of Zanthoxylum alatum Roxb. Used In Traditional Herbal Medicine

Author

Eros Vasil K.
Dept of Botan,. St. Edmund’s College, Meghalaya, 793003, India
E-mail:- eros.kharshiing@gmail. Com; Tel:- +91-364-2503763

Language

English

Title

In Vivo Mitodepressive Activity In Aqueous Extracts of  Zanthoxylum alatum Roxb. Used In Traditional Herbal Medicine

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2010)

Date

3rd August - 4th August (2010)

Place Held

Forest Research Institute Malaysia(FRIM)

Abstract

The Khasis, residing in the hills of Meghalaya, India, utilize various plants and plant extracts in their traditional remedies. Species belonging to the genus Zanthoxylum are particularly favoured among traditional healers for their broad range of application such as skin diseases, intestinal parasites, high blood pressure and others. The present study highlights the physiological and cytological effects of aqueous extracts of Z. alatum Roxb.  using the onion root assay as an experimental paradigm. Bulbs of Allium cepa L were incubated in distilled water and then transferred into aqueous extracts of Z. alatum fruits, leaves and Fenton’s reagent (a chemical oxidant). Root growth inhibition and cytogenetic effects were determined after 24 h incubation in the respective solutions. The results indicated that fruit and leaf extracts and Fenton’s reagent showed mito-depressive activity in the dividing root meristems coupled with growth inhibition. Cellular analyses indicated a possible turbagenic effect from the fruit extracts. Similar activity was absent in the samples treated with leaf extracts and Fenton’s reagent.

Keywords

Zanthoxylum alatum; mito-depressive activity; turbagenic

Session

Poster Abstracts: P24

Topic

Harnessing the Tropical heritage: Recent Advances in R&D and commercialization