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Fitoterapia. 2008 Feb;79(2):123-5. doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2007.11.002. Epub 2007 Dec 3.

Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of Momordica charantia seed essential oil.

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Dipartimento di Chimica Bioorganica e Biofarmacia, Università di Pisa, Via Bonanno, 33, 56126 Pisa, Italy. braca@farm.unipi.it

Abstract

The essential oil obtained from the seeds of Momordica charantia was analyzed by GC/MS. Twenty-five components, representing 90.9% of the oil, were identified. The main constituents were trans-nerolidol, apiole, cis-dihydrocarveol and germacrene D. Furthermore, the oil was tested for its antibacterial and antifungal activities. Staphylococcus aureus was found to be the most sensitive microorganism with MIC values <500 microg/ml.

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18164872
DOI:
10.1016/j.fitote.2007.11.002
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