Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 164–172 | Cite as

Effect of structurally related flavonoids from Zuccagnia punctata Cav. on Caenorhabditis elegans

  • Romina E. D’Almeida
  • María R. AlbertoEmail author
  • Phillip Morgan
  • Margaret Sedensky
  • María I. Isla


Zuccagnia punctata Cav. (Fabaceae), commonly called jarilla macho or pus-pus, is being used in traditional medicine as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and to relieve muscle and bone pain. The aim of this work was to study the anthelmintic effects of three structurally related flavonoids present in aerial parts of Z. punctata Cav. The biological activity of the flavonoids 7-hydroxyflavanone (HF), 3,7-dihydroxyflavone (DHF) and 2′,4′-dihydroxychalcone (DHC) was examined in the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Our results showed that among the assayed flavonoids, only DHC showed an anthelmintic effect and alteration of egg hatching and larval development processes in C. elegans. DHC was able to kill 50% of adult nematodes at a concentration of 17 μg/mL. The effect on larval development was observed after 48 h in the presence of 25 and 50 μg/mL DHC, where 33.4 and 73.4% of nematodes remained in the L3 stage or younger. New therapeutic drugs with good efficacy against drug-resistant nematodes are urgently needed. Therefore, DHC, a natural compound present in Z. punctata, is proposed as a potential anthelmintic drug.


7-hydroxyflavanone 3,7-dihydroxyflavone 2′,4′-dihydroxychalcone anthelmintic effect Caenorhabditis elegans 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Romina E. D’Almeida
    • 1
  • María R. Alberto
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Phillip Morgan
    • 4
  • Margaret Sedensky
    • 4
  • María I. Isla
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.INQUINOA (CONICET) San Lorenzo 1469San Miguel de TucumánArgentina
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e Instituto Miguel Lillo Universidad Nacional de TucumánSan Miguel de TucumánArgentina
  3. 3.Cátedra de Fitoquímica. Facultad de BioquímicaSan Miguel de TucumánArgentina
  4. 4.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Washington and Children’s Research InstituteSeattleUSA

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