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Antimicrobial activity and mechanisms of Salvia sclarea essential oil

Overview of attention for article published in Botanical Studies, June 2015
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  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#4 of 105)
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Antimicrobial activity and mechanisms of Salvia sclarea essential oil
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Botanical Studies, June 2015
DOI 10.1186/s40529-015-0096-4
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Haiying Cui, Xuejing Zhang, Hui Zhou, Chengting Zhao, Lin


Nowadays, essential oils are recognized as safe substances and can be used as antibacterial additives. Salvia sclarea is one of the most important aromatic plants cultivated world-wide as a source of essential oils. In addition to being flavoring foods, Salvia sclarea essential oil can also act as antimicrobials and preservatives against food spoilage. Understanding more about the antibacterial performance and possible mechanism of Salvia sclarea essential oil will be helpful for its application in the future. But so far few related researches have been reported. In our study, Salvia sclarea oil showed obvious antibacterial activity against all tested bacterial strains. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericide concentration (MBC) of seven pathogens were 0.05 and 0.1 % respectively. In addition, Salvia sclarea oil also exhibited a significant inhibitory effect on the growth of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) and meats. After treated with Salvia sclarea oil, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images can clearly see the damage of cell membrane; the intracellular ATP concentrations of E. coli and S. aureus reduced 98.27 and 69.61 % respectively, compared to the control groups; the nuclear DNA content of E. coli and S. aureus was significantly reduced to 48.32 and 50.77 % respectively. In addition, there was massive leakage of cellular material when E. coli and S. aureus were exposed to Salvia sclarea oil. Salvia sclarea essential oil damaged the cell membrane and changed the cell membrane permeability, leading to the release of some cytoplasm such as macromolecular substances, ATP and DNA. In general, the antimicrobial action of Salvia sclarea essential oil is not only attributable to a unique pathway, but also involves a series of events both on the cell surface and within the cytoplasm. Therefore, more experiments need to be done to fully understand the antimicrobial mechanism of Salvia sclarea essential oil.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Unknown 81 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 15%
Student > Master 12 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 11%
Student > Bachelor 8 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 6%
Other 14 17%
Unknown 22 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 22 27%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 8 10%
Chemistry 5 6%
Engineering 3 4%
Other 10 12%
Unknown 26 32%

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