Chemical constituents of Securidaca longipedunculata root bark and evaluation of their antibacterial activities

  • Tahir Tiksa
  • Dele Abdissa
  • Negera Abdissa


The Bioassay-guided sequential extraction and column chromatographic separation of the root bark of Securidaca longipedunculata led to the isolation of three phenolic compounds; two benzoic acid derivatives (1 and 2) and a xanthone (3). The structures of these compounds were established based on the spectroscopic analyses including NMR (1H and 13C NMR, 1H-1H COSY, HMQC, and HMBC), MS, IR, UV-Vis and comparison with reported literature. In an in vitro antibacterial assay of the crude extracts and the pure compounds against four bacterial strains (S. aureus ATCC 25923, B. subtilis ATCC 6633, E. coli ATCC 35218, P. aeruginosa ATCC 27853), almost all crude extracts showed significant antibacterial activity with acetone extract exhibited highest activity against B. subtilis and P. aeruginosa. Whereas, only compound 3 showed activity against the tested bacterial strains with the highest activity observed against B. subtilis with inhibition zone diameter 15 mm, which is comparable to that of the reference drug (gentamycin).

Keywords: Antibacterial activity; Extract;Medicinal plants; Securidaca longipedunculata


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print ISSN: 1998-8907