Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 101, Issue 2, pp 711–723 | Cite as

Characterization of the biochemical, physiological, and medicinal properties of Streptomyces hygroscopicus ACTMS-9H isolated from the Amazon (Brazil)

  • Sandrine M. A. Lima
  • Janaína. G. S. Melo
  • Gardênia C. G. Militão
  • Gláucia M. S. Lima
  • Maria do Carmo A. Lima
  • Jaciana S. Aguiar
  • Renata M. Araújo
  • Raimundo Braz-Filho
  • Pascal Marchand
  • Janete M. Araújo
  • Teresinha G. Silva
Applied microbial and cell physiology


Actinomycetes are known to produce numerous secondary bioactive metabolites of pharmaceutical interest. The purpose of this study was to isolate, characterize, and investigate the antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities of metabolites produced by Actinobacteria isolated from the rhizosphere of Paullinia cupana. The Actinobacteria was identified as Streptomyces hygroscopicus ACTMS-9H. Based on a bioguided study, the methanolic biomass extract obtained from submerged cultivation had the most potent antibacterial, antifungal, and cytotoxic activities. This extract was partitioned with n-hexane, ethyl acetate, and 2-butanol. Elaiophylin was isolated from the methanolic biomass extract, and its molecular formula was determined (C54H88O18) based on 1H and 13C NMR, IR and MS analyses. The 2-butanol phase was fractionated into four fractions (EB1, EB2A, EB2B, and EB3M). Chemical prospecting indicated the presence of alkaloids, saponins, and reducing sugars in the methanolic extract and 2-butanol phase. The elaiophylin displayed anticancer activity in HEp-2 and HL-60 cells with an IC50 of 1 μg/mL. The EB1 fraction was selectively toxic to HL-60 cells with IC50 of 9 ng/mL. Bioautography showed that the EB1 fraction contained an alkaloid with antibacterial and antifungal activities (MIC values ≤1.9 and <3.9 μg/mL, respectively). In conclusion, the EB1 fraction and elaiophylin of S. hygroscopicus have potent antimicrobial, antifungal, and anticancer activities.


Actinobacteria Fermentation Elaiophylin Bioautography 



The authors thank the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and Fundação de Amparo a Ciência e Tecnologia de Pernambuco (FACEPE) for financial support. The authors thank CETENE for the use of the Scanning Electron Microscopy. We are grateful to Maria D. Rodrigues for the technical assistance. This manuscript was edited for the English language by American Journal Experts (certificate verification key: 93F3-2B7F-4692-D4CA-B62F).

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandrine M. A. Lima
    • 1
  • Janaína. G. S. Melo
    • 1
  • Gardênia C. G. Militão
    • 2
  • Gláucia M. S. Lima
    • 1
  • Maria do Carmo A. Lima
    • 1
  • Jaciana S. Aguiar
    • 1
  • Renata M. Araújo
    • 3
  • Raimundo Braz-Filho
    • 4
    • 5
  • Pascal Marchand
    • 6
  • Janete M. Araújo
    • 1
  • Teresinha G. Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Antibióticos, Rua Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235Universidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Fisiologia e FarmacologiaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de QuímicaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do NorteLagoa NovaBrazil
  4. 4.Laboratório de Ciências QuímicasUniversidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy RibeiroCampos dos GoytacazesBrazil
  5. 5.Departamento de QuímicaUniversidade Federal Rural do Rio de JaneiroSeropédicaBrazil
  6. 6.Laboratoire de Chimie Thérapeutique, Cibles et Médicaments des Infections et du Cancer, IICiMed EA 1155, Institut de Recherche en Santé 2Université de NantesNantesFrance

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