Abstract Title:

Anti herpes simplex-1 activity of a standard extract of Zataria multiflora Boiss.

Abstract Source:

Pak J Biol Sci. 2013 Feb 15 ;16(4):180-4. PMID: 24171266

Abstract Author(s):

Ali Mohammad Arabzadeh, Mehdi Ansari-Dogaheh, Fariba Sharififar, Mojtaba Shakibaie, Mahnaz Heidarbeigi

Article Affiliation:

Ali Mohammad Arabzadeh


In Rosmarinic Acid (RA) is a phenolic acid which has many biological activities such as antioxidant, anti inflammatory and anti viral effects. In the present study, we have studied the anti Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) effect of methanolic extract of Zataria multiflora which has been standardized on the basis of RA content. Methanolic extract of Zatria multiflora was prepared by maceration method. RA content of plant extract was measured by spectrophotometry method using the calibration curve of RA. Maximum non Toxic Concentration (MNTC) of the plant was determined by neutral red method. MNTC and lower serial dilutions of extract were examined in vitro on vero cells for their effect against HSV-1 using a plaque reduction assay. Acyclovir was used as positive control. Time-dependent antiviral effect of Z. multiflora was studied by adding the extract to HSV-1 infected vero cells at different stages of infection. The percentage of RA was determined as 2.2% in Z. multiflora. This plant was effective in all used concentrations and significantly reduced plaque formation up to 100% at concentrations of 800 and 1000 microg mL(-1). Clearly Z. multiflora revealed both a time and concentration inhibition. It seems that the presence of rosmarinic acid would be a determining factor for anti HSV activity of Z. multiflora.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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