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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2016, 4(9), 596-599
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-4-9-6
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In Vitro Anticandidal, Antiviral and Antioxidant Activities of Cucumis melo L. var. cantalupensis Naud Extracts

Edziri Hayet1, , Kaouthar Liouane1, Fatma Thabti2, Fethia Skhiri3, Mahjoub Aouni1 and Maha Mastour1

1Laboratoire des maladies transmissibles et des substances biologiquement actives Faculté de Pharmacie-5000-Monastir- Tunisie

2Faculté des sciences Bizerte 7021 Zarzouna, Bizerte

3Laboratory of Genetic Biodiversity and Valorisation of Bioresources, Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir, University of Monastir, Monastir, Tunisia

Pub. Date: September 05, 2016

Cite this paper:
Edziri Hayet, Kaouthar Liouane, Fatma Thabti, Fethia Skhiri, Mahjoub Aouni and Maha Mastour. In Vitro Anticandidal, Antiviral and Antioxidant Activities of Cucumis melo L. var. cantalupensis Naud Extracts. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2016; 4(9):596-599. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-4-9-6

Abstract

Anticandidal, antiviral and free radical scavenging effects of aerial part and flesh extracts of Cucumis melo L. var. cantalupensis were investigated. Total phenolic content of extracts were determined using Folin–Ciocalteu method. The anticandidal activity was evaluated using microwell dilution method against four fungi. The antiviral activity was determined against human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) strain AD-169 (ATCC Ref. VR 538) using a cytopathic effect (CPE) reduction assay. Antiradical scavenging capacities of Cucumis melo extracts were tested using free radical forms of ABTS. Among tested extracts, aerial part extracts showed the best anticandial activity with Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) ranged from 0.256 to 2.5 mg/ml and Minimal Fungicidal Concentration (MFC) ranged from 2.5 to 5 mg/ml. In addition, such extracts exhibited the highest antiviral and antiradical activities. The results provided an evidence that the studied fruit might, indeed, be potential sources of natural antioxidant and antimicrobial agents.

Keywords:
Cucumis melo L. Anticandidal Antiviral ABTS Activity

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