Nanosizing Cynomorium: Thumbs up for Potential Antifungal Applications
AbstractCynomorium coccineum L., the desert thumb, is a rather exotic, parasitic plant unable to engage in photosynthesis, yet rich in a variety of unique compounds with a wide spectrum of biological applications. Whilst extraction, separation and isolation of such compounds is time consuming, the particular properties of the plant, such as dryness, hardness and lack of chlorophyll, render it a prime target for possible nanosizing. The entire plant, the external layer (coat) as well as its peel, are readily milled and high pressure homogenized to yield small, mostly uniform spherical particles with diameters in the range of 300 to 600 nm. The best quality of particles is obtained for the processed entire plant. Based on initial screens for biological activity, it seems that these particles are particularly active against the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans, whilst no activity could be observed against the model nematode Steinernema feltiae. This activity is particularly pronounced in the case of the external layer, whilst the peeled part does not seem to inhibit growth of C. albicans. Thanks to the ease of sample preparation, the good quality of the nanosuspension obtained, and the interesting activity of this natural product, nanosized coats of Cynomorium may well provide a lead for future development and applications as “green” materials in the field of medicine, but also environmentally, for instance in agriculture. View Full-Text
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Griffin, S.; Alkhayer, R.; Mirzoyan, S.; Turabyan, A.; Zucca, P.; Sarfraz, M.; Nasim, M.J.; Trchounian, A.; Rescigno, A.; Keck, C.M.; Jacob, C. Nanosizing Cynomorium: Thumbs up for Potential Antifungal Applications. Inventions 2017, 2, 24.
Griffin S, Alkhayer R, Mirzoyan S, Turabyan A, Zucca P, Sarfraz M, Nasim MJ, Trchounian A, Rescigno A, Keck CM, Jacob C. Nanosizing Cynomorium: Thumbs up for Potential Antifungal Applications. Inventions. 2017; 2(3):24.Chicago/Turabian Style
Griffin, Sharoon; Alkhayer, Reem; Mirzoyan, Seda; Turabyan, Astghik; Zucca, Paolo; Sarfraz, Muhammad; Nasim, Muhammad J.; Trchounian, Armen; Rescigno, Antonio; Keck, Cornelia M.; Jacob, Claus. 2017. "Nanosizing Cynomorium: Thumbs up for Potential Antifungal Applications." Inventions 2, no. 3: 24.