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Comparison of chemical composition and biological activities of Seseli rigidum fruit essential oils from Serbia

  • Marija D. Ilić , Vesna P. Stankov Jovanović EMAIL logo , Violeta D. Mitić , Olga P. Jovanović , Tatjana M. Mihajilov-Krstev , Marija S. Marković and Gordana S. Stojanović
From the journal Open Chemistry


Plants from genus Seseli, have been widely used in European traditional medicine, exhibiting antibacterial, antifungal, insect repellent, emmenogogue, antiflatulence, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, anti-tumor, antirheumatic activities and protective effect on human lymphocytes DNA. They usually grow on mountain rocky terrains. Part of their habitat on Vidlic Mountain, located in South-east Serbia, was struck with a large wildfire. Seseli rigidum fruit essential oils (from post fire and control areas) compositions were analyzed by GC and GC-MS, identifying monoterpenes α-pinene and sabinene as most abundant. Statistical tests showed a non-significant difference in chemical composition of these two oils, but a significant difference in comparison with the herb from a geographically different origin. Antimicrobial tests showed strong activities of the oils against tested bacteria, thus confirming its administration in various inflammation processes as a quite effective remedy. Applying DPPH. and ABTS+. radical scavenging and total reducing Fe(III) to Fe(II) power assays, antioxidant characteristics of both studied essential oils were estimated as weak, though of close values. Seseli rigidum fruit essential oil was proven as a potent inhibitor of human and horse serum cholinesterase, recognizing its possible application as neural protective agent

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Received: 2013-10-31
Accepted: 2014-3-27
Published Online: 2014-10-28

© 2015 Marija D. Ilić et al.

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