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Enhanced antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticancer activity of Rhizophora apiculata: An experimental report

  • V. Ramalingam
  • R. Rajaram
Original Article


The present study is designed to evaluate the antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticancer activities of Rhizophora apiculata. Initially, the phenolic and flavonoid content was quantified in solvent extracts, and gallic acid and rutin were used as a control, respectively. Further, antimicrobial and minimal inhibitory activities of different solvent extracts were assessed against human clinical pathogenic bacteria, and the results showed that butanol and methanol extract has potential antimicrobial activity. FTIR analysis of solvent extracts showed the presence of phenolic compounds at 3409–3430 cm−1 that actively involved in various applications including antioxidant and anticancer activities. The in vitro antioxidant activity of solvent extracts showed excellent antioxidant potential, about 84% of DPPH free-radical scavenging, 76% of hydrogen peroxide, 82% of hydroxyl radical scavenging, and 80% of reducing power. Two-way ANOVA analysis showed that the highly significant effect of antioxidant activity depends on the concentration of extracts. The DNA protection efficiency of extracts against oxidative damage was confirmed by DNA nicking assay using bacterial DNA. The methanol extract effectively inhibited the growth and induces the apoptosis through ROS generation and sensitizes the mitochondrial membrane potential of A549 lung cancer cells. Taken together, the results showed that the solvent extracts of R. apiculata could be potential antioxidant and anticancer agents.


Rhizophora apiculata Flavonoids Antioxidant activity DNA nicking assay Anticancer activity 



We acknowledge the Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India for funds in carrying out this work (Ref. no. SR/FT/LS-050/2009 Dated July 23, 2010). We would like to thank Professor S. Dhanuskodi, Head, Department of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli–24, India for providing facility to FTIR analysis of our sample.

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The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DNA Barcoding and Marine Genomics Lab, Department of Marine ScienceBharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalliIndia

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