Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 168, Issue 5, pp 980–990 | Cite as

Detection and Confirmation of Alkaloids in Leaves of Justicia adhatoda and Bioinformatics Approach to Elicit Its Anti-tuberculosis Activity

  • Deepak Kumar Jha
  • Likun Panda
  • P. Lavanya
  • Sudha Ramaiah
  • Anand Anbarasu


The extraction and determination of alkaloids was performed and confirmed by phytochemical analysis. Six different quinazoline alkaloids (vasicoline, vasicolinone, vasicinone, vasicine, adhatodine and anisotine) were found in the leaf of Justicia adhatoda (J. adhatoda). The presence of the peaks obtained through HPLC indicated the diverse nature of alkaloid present in the leaf. The enzyme β-ketoacyl-acyl-carrier protein synthase III that catalyses the initial step of fatty acid biosynthesis (FabH) via a type II fatty acid synthase has unique structural features and universal occurrence in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis). Thus, it was considered as a target for designing of anti-tuberculosis compounds. Docking simulations were conducted on the above alkaloids derived from J. adhatoda. The combination of docking/scoring provided interesting insights into the binding of different inhibitors and their activity. These results will be useful for designing inhibitors for M. tuberculosis and also will be a good starting point for natural plant-based pharmaceutical chemistry.


J. adhatoda Tuberculosis mtFabH Docking Vasicoline 



Dr. Anand Anbarasu gratefully acknowledges the Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR), Government of India Agency for the research grant IRIS ID: 2011-03260. P. Lavanya thanks ICMR for the Research fellowship from the grant IRIS ID: 2011-03260. The authors would also like to thank the management of VIT University for providing the necessary facilities to carry out this research project.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepak Kumar Jha
    • 1
  • Likun Panda
    • 1
  • P. Lavanya
    • 1
  • Sudha Ramaiah
    • 1
  • Anand Anbarasu
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical and Biological computing laboratory, School of Biosciences and TechnologyVIT UniversityVelloreIndia

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