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Chem Cent J. 2014 Feb 13;8(1):12. doi: 10.1186/1752-153X-8-12.

Chemical composition and Biological studies of Ficus benjamina.

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Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. hawazej@gmail.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Current study has been designed to estimate the possible antioxidant, antimicrobial and hemolytic potential of Ficus benjamina different parts (leaves, stem and root).

RESULTS:

All examined extracts and fractions were significantly rich in antioxidants and exhibited potent antimicrobial activity. GC/MS analysis of essential oil identified four compounds in stem and eight compounds in root, respectively. HPLC analysis indicated four phenolic compounds (chlorogenic, p-coumaric, ferulic and syringic acids) in roots, three (chlorogenic p-coumaric and ferulic acids) in stem and only one (caffeic acid) in leaves. Extracts of all three parts of F. benjamina exhibited substantial hemolytic activity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Considering these results, it is concluded that F. benjamina can be used as a potential source for the exploration of new antioxidant compounds and antimicrobial agents.

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