Current Trends in Pteridophyte Extracts: From Plant to Nanoparticles

  • Liliana Cristina Soare
  • Nicoleta Anca Şuţan


The therapeutic use of pteridophytes has had a spectacular evolution, starting from their use in the traditional medicine of different peoples to the current stage in which pteridophytes are used in the form of nanoparticles. Phytosynthesis of Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) in ethanol extracts from spores of Athyrium filix-femina was demonstrated through SEM and EDS analyses. The sizes of AgNPs varied between 10 nm and 94 nm. In the meristematic tips of Allium cepa, mitosis was inhibited by ethanol extracts from spores. The more pronounced mitodepressive effect associated with the presence of C-mitoses was induced by spore extracts supplemented with AgNPs, which demonstrate potential antitumour effects. Depending on the absence or the presence of AgNPs, the experimental samples were defined by distinct chromosomal aberrations, as follows: sticky chromosomes and binuclear cells and C-mitoses and the variation in the chromosome number, respectively.


Pteridophyte extracts Nanoparticles Athyrium filix-femina Spores 



The authors thank the following researchers for their contribution to the work: PhD Physicist Cătălin Ducu and PhD Physicist Denis Negrea (University of Pitești). The spores of Athyrium filix-femina were provided by The Romanian Pteridological Society.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liliana Cristina Soare
    • 1
  • Nicoleta Anca Şuţan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Natural SciencesUniversity of PiteştiPiteștiRomania

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