GJMPR Volume 8, Number 1: January-December, 2020

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Phytochemical Screening and Antibacterial Properties of Silverbush (Peperomia pellucida) against Selected Cultured Bacteria

Jessica O. Tablang, Ron Patrick C. Campos and James Kennard S. Jacob

ABSTRACT Background: Medicinal plants are great repository of natural products that can be exploited for pharmaceutical development. Peperomia pellucida (L.) Kunth is a widely utilized plant that is traditionally used as treatment for various illnesses. Objective: This study aimed to determine the phytochemistry and antimicrobial activity of the crude extracts of P. pellucida. Results: Phytochemical tests revealed that P. pellucida contains valuable phytochemical constituents namely alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides, terpenoids and steroids. Moreover, ethanolic extracts of P. pellucida showed antibacterial activity against E. coli and S. aureus with a notable average inhibition of 15.43±0.67 mm and 13.22±0.34 mm respectively. Conclusion: These results affirm that P. pellucida possesses bioactive compounds that can be potentially developed as novel drugs.

[ FULL TEXT PDF 1-4 ] DOI: 10.22587/gjmpr.2020.8.1.1

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