Epidihydropinidine, the main piperidine alkaloid compound of Norway spruce (Picea abies) shows promising antibacterial and anti-Candida activity

Pia Fyhrqvist, Virpi Virjamo, Eveliina Hiltunen, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto

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This study reports for the first time promising antibacterial and antifungal effects of epidihydropinidine, the major piperidine alkaloid in the needles and bark of Norway spruce, Picea abies (L.) Karsten. Epidihydropinidine was growth inhibitory against all bacterial and fungal strains used in our investigation, showing the lowest MIC value of 5.37 mu g/mL against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, Candida glabrata and C albicans. Epidihydropinidine was nearly three times more active than tetracycline against P. aeruginosa and E. faecalis. Promising antibacterial effects were also recorded against Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus (MIC 10.75 mu g/mL) as well as against Salmonella enterica (MIC and MBC 43 mu g/mL). Our preliminary results suggest that epidihydropinidine as well related alkaloids of Norway spruce could be powerful candidates for new antibiotics and for preventing food spoilage. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Sidor (från-till)138-146
Antal sidor9
StatusPublicerad - feb. 2017
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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