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Chemical Composition of Herbal Macerates and Corresponding Commercial Essential Oils and Their Effect on Bacteria Escherichia coli

Faculty of Chemistry, University of Opole, Oleska 48, 45-052 Opole, Poland
Independent Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Natural and Technical Science, University of Opole, Kominka 6A, 45-035 Opole, Poland
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Molecules 2017, 22(11), 1887;
Received: 28 September 2017 / Accepted: 29 October 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Antibacterial Materials and Coatings)
This study addresses the chemical composition of some commercial essential oils (clove, juniper, oregano, and marjoram oils), as well as appropriate herbal extracts obtained in the process of cold maceration and their biological activity against selected Escherichia coli strains: E. coli ATTC 25922, E. coli ATTC 10536, and E. coli 127 isolated from poultry waste. On the basis of the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) analysis, it was found that the commercial essential oils revealed considerable differences in terms of the composition and diversity of terpenes, terpenoids and sesquiterpenes as compared with the extracts obtained from plant material. The commercial clove, oregano, and marjoram oils showed antibacterial properties against all the tested strains of E. coli. However, these strains were not sensitive to essential oils obtained from the plant material in the process of maceration. The tested strains of E. coli show a high sensitivity, mainly against monoterpenes (α-pinene, β-pinene, α,β,γ-terpinene, limonene) and some terpenoids (thymol, carvacrol). The commercial juniper oil contained mainly monoterpenes and monoterpenoids, while the extracts contained lower amounts of monoterpenes and high amounts of sesquiterpenes—the anti-microbiotic properties of the juniper herbal extract seem to be caused by the synergistic activity of mono- and sesquiterpenes. View Full-Text
Keywords: essential oils; gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; Escherichia coli essential oils; gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; Escherichia coli
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Białoń, M.; Krzyśko-Łupicka, T.; Pik, A.; Wieczorek, P.P. Chemical Composition of Herbal Macerates and Corresponding Commercial Essential Oils and Their Effect on Bacteria Escherichia coli. Molecules 2017, 22, 1887.

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