Antifungal Activity of Pyranonaphthoquinones Obtained from Cipura paludosa Bulbs

Adriana Campos, Greice Maria Rodrigues Souza, Franco Delle Monache, Estefanía Butassi, Susana Zacchino, Valdir Cechinel Filho
2015 Natural Product Communications  
Previous studies with the bulbs of Cipura paludosa (Iridaceae) showed the presence of pyranonaphthoquinones, including eleutherine, isoeleutherine and eleutherol. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antifungal properties of these compounds. The activity was tested against the clinically relevant yeasts Candida albicans, C. tropicalis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Cryptococcus neoformans with the microbroth dilution method, following the guidelines of CLSI. Eleutherine, isoeleutherine and
more » ... isoeleutherine and eleutherol all presented significant antifungal activity, especially the first two, the major components, with MIC values between 7.8 and 250 µg/mL. In conclusion, these results demonstrate that C. paludosa bulbs produce active principles with relevant antifungal potential, contributing, at least in part, to the antimicrobial effect evidenced for this plant and justifying its popular use against infections.
doi:10.1177/1934578x1501000926 fatcat:lcvecmzztvddjgz4gce5qpjfam