, Volume 70, Issue 2, pp 741–750 | Cite as

Enhanced production of phenolic acids in cell suspension culture of Salvia leriifolia Benth. using growth regulators and sucrose

  • Masoomeh Modarres
  • Sedigheh Esmaeilzadeh Bahabadi
  • Mohammad Ehsan Taghavizadeh Yazdi
Original Article


Salvia leriifolia Benth. (Lamiaceae) is an endangered medicinal plant with hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Many of the beneficial effects of Salvia spp. are attributed to the phenolic compounds. In the present study, an efficient procedure has been developed for establishment of cell suspension culture of S. leriifolia as a strategy to obtain an in vitro phenolic acids producing cell line for the first time. The effect of growth regulators and various concentrations of sucrose have been analyzed, to optimize biomass growth and phenolic acids production. The callus used for this purpose was obtained from leaves of 15-day-old in vitro seedlings, on Murashige and Skoog (MS) basal medium supplemented with different hormone balances including benzylaminopurine (BAP) and indole butyric acid (IBA); 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and kinetin (KIN); naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) and BAP. Modified MS medium supplemented with 5 mg/L BAP and 5 mg/L NAA was the optimal condition for callus formation with the highest induction rate (100%), the best callus growth and the highest phenolic acids content. No callus induction was observed in combinations of IBA and BAP. Cell suspension cultures were established by transferring 0.5 g of callus to 30 mL liquid MS medium supplemented with 5 mg/L BAP and 5 mg/L NAA. Dynamics of phenolic acids production has been investigated during the growth cycle of the suspension cultures. The maximum content of caffeic acid and salvianolic acid B were observed on the 15th day of the cultivation cycle while the highest amount of rosmarinic acid was observed on the first day. In response to various sucrose concentrations, cell cultures with 40 g/L sucrose not only produced the highest dry biomass but also the highest induction of caffeic acid and salvianolic acid B. The highest amount of rosmarinic acid was observed in media containing 50 g/L sucrose. These prepared cell suspension cultures provided a useful system for further enhanced production of phenolic acids at a large scale.


Salvia leriifolia Phenolic acids Growth regulators Sucrose Suspension culture 



The authors thank the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad for providing equipments and facilities.

Author contribution

This research paper was accomplished with the collaboration of all authors. Masoomeh Modarres contributed to the design of research, performed the experiments and wrote the manuscript; Sedighe Esmaeilzadeh Bahabadi supervised the study, wrote the manuscript and Mohammd Ehsan Taghavizadeh performed the experiments.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Basic ScienceFarhangian UniversityMashhadIran
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of Basic SciencesUniversity of ZabolZabolIran
  3. 3.Department of BiologyPayame Noor UniversityTehranIran

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