In vitro and in vivo effects of Peganum harmala L. seeds extract against influenza A virus

Moradi, Mohammad-Taghi and Karimi, Ali and Fotouhi, Fatemeh and Kheiri, Soleiman and Torabi, Ali (2017) In vitro and in vivo effects of Peganum harmala L. seeds extract against influenza A virus. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, 7 (6). pp. 519-530.

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Abstract

Objective: Influenza A virus infections are still a major health problem and the choices available for the control and treatment of the disease are limited. This research evaluated in vitro and in vivo antiviral effects of Peganum harmala L. seeds (PHS) extract against influenza A virus. Materials and Methods: In this research, in vitro anti-influenza A virus activity of the extract was assessed in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells. In order to evaluate anti-influenza activity of PHS extract in vivo, BALB/c mice were infected with 5LD50 of mouse-adapted influenza virus (H1N1; PR8) and received 200 mg/kg/day of PHS extract or 20 mg/kg/day oseltamivir. Lungs of seven mice per group were removed on day 3 post-infection and lung virus titers were determined by qRT-PCR. Mice survival, body weights and general conditions were observed for up to 14 days post-infection. Results: The results demonstrated that, the ethanolic extract of PHS possesses high activity against influenza virus with IC50 value of 15.7 (CI95:11.7-21) μg/ml in MDCK cells. Our results also showed that, oral administration of PHS extract (200 mg/kg/day) or oseltamivir (20 mg/kg/day) to infected mice, increased the survival rate, reduced body weight loss, and decreased lung virus titer. Conclusion: Based on our findings, P. harmala seeds extract can inhibit influenza A virus replication in vitro and in vivo. Therefore, isolation and characterization of the plant’s active compounds and investigation of the underlying mechanisms of its antiviral action are highly suggested.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV pharmacology
QW Microbiology and Immunology
Divisions: Journals > Avicenna J Phytomedicine
Depositing User: ajp ajp
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 14:43
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 14:43
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/8461

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