The Effects of Stress Conditions on Antibacterial Activities of Zanthoxylum rhetsa Fruit Extract

Authors

  • Nawatpong Chairat Department of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
  • Arunporn Itharat Center of Excellence in Applied Thai Traditional Medicine Research, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand

Keywords:

Stress test, Antibacterial activity, Zanthoxylum rhetsa fruit extract, Ma-kwaen

Abstract

Zanthoxylum rhetsa (Ma-kwaen) fruit is widely distributed in the northern part of Thailand. It is used for food flavoring and treating diseases of the oral cavity by folk doctors in the same manner as an antibiotic. In our previous study, 50% ethanolic extract of Z. rhetsa fruit exhibited antibacterial activities against oral pathogens Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of degradative stress conditions (thermolysis, hydrolysis, acid hydrolysis, alkaline hydrolysis, and oxidation) on Z. rhetsa antibacterial activity, in order to obtain relevant data on the extract before product formulation. The extract was treated with H2O, 3N HCl, 3N NaOH, 30% H2O2 and heated to 80°C on a water bath for 3 hours. All extracts were tested for antibacterial activity by the determination of minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC). The extract, which had gone through thermolysis, hydrolysis, and oxidation, as well as the control, showed antibacterial activities against S. mutans, S. pyogenes and S. aureus with the same MIC values of 0.078, 0.156, and 0.313 mg/mL, respectively. The acid-hydrolysed extract showed MIC values of 1.25, 0.625, and 2.5 mg/mL and the alkaline-hydrolysed extract showed MIC values of 0.313, 0.625, and 0.625 mg/mL, respectively. These results indicated that acid and alkaline hydrolyses lowered the extract’s antibacterial activity. Therefore, pH should be considered when Ma-kwaen extract preparation is formulated, i.e. it should be adjusted to neutral to maintain its antibacterial activity.

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Published

2020-11-03

How to Cite

Chairat, N. ., & Itharat, A. (2020). The Effects of Stress Conditions on Antibacterial Activities of Zanthoxylum rhetsa Fruit Extract. Science & Technology Asia, 25(3), 127–130. Retrieved from https://ph02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SciTechAsia/article/view/219667