Antimicrobial activity of isolated compounds and semisynthetic derivatives from Miconia ferruginata


This study evaluated the antimicrobial activity of isolated compounds and semisynthetic derivatives from Miconia ferruginata (Melastomataceae) against five microorganisms: Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923), Escherichia coli (ATCC 25922), Bacillus subtilis (ATCC 6623), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 15442), and Candida albicans (ATCC 10231). The isomeric mixture of ursolic and oleanolic acids was active against S. aureus (MIC = 250 μg mL-1) and against E. coli, B. subtilis, and P. aeruginosa (MIC = 500 μg mL-1). The flavone 5,6,7-trihydroxy-4’-methoxyflavone and the methyl esters, semisynthetic derivatives of a mixture of ursolic and oleanolic acids, showed no activity against the tested microorganisms. These results suggest that the carboxyl group present in the triterpenes may contribute to antimicrobial activity.


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CUNHA, Gracielle Oliveira Sabbag et al. Antimicrobial activity of isolated compounds and semisynthetic derivatives from Miconia ferruginata. Acta Brasiliensis, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 49-52, jan. 2020. ISSN 2526-4338. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 03 dec. 2021. doi: