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Chemical composition and biological activity of propolis from Brazilian meliponinae.
Z Naturforsch C J Biosci 2000 Sep-Oct; 55(9-10):785-9ZN

Abstract

Twenty-one propolis samples produced by 12 different Meliponinae species were analyzed by GC-MS. Several chemical types of stingless bees' propolis could be grouped, according to the prevailing type of compounds like: 'gallic acid", "diterpenic" and "triterpenic" types. The results confirm that neither the bee species nor the geographical location determine the chemical composition of Meliponinae propolis and the choice of its plant source, respectively. This could be explained by the fact that Meliponinae forage over short distances (maximum 500 m) and thus use as propolis source the first plant exudate they encounter during their flights. The antibacterial, antifungal and cytotoxic activities of the samples were also investigated. Most samples had weak or no activity against E. coli, weak action against Candida albicans. Some of them showed significant activity against St. aureus., presumably connected to the high concentration of diterpenic acids. Samples rich in diterpenic acids possessed also high cytotoxic activity (Artemia salina test).

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11098831

Citation

Velikova, M, et al. "Chemical Composition and Biological Activity of Propolis From Brazilian Meliponinae." Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung. C, Journal of Biosciences, vol. 55, no. 9-10, 2000, pp. 785-9.
Velikova M, Bankova V, Marcucci MC, et al. Chemical composition and biological activity of propolis from Brazilian meliponinae. Z Naturforsch, C, J Biosci. 2000;55(9-10):785-9.
Velikova, M., Bankova, V., Marcucci, M. C., Tsvetkova, I., & Kujumgiev, A. (2000). Chemical composition and biological activity of propolis from Brazilian meliponinae. Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung. C, Journal of Biosciences, 55(9-10), pp. 785-9.
Velikova M, et al. Chemical Composition and Biological Activity of Propolis From Brazilian Meliponinae. Z Naturforsch, C, J Biosci. 2000;55(9-10):785-9. PubMed PMID: 11098831.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Chemical composition and biological activity of propolis from Brazilian meliponinae. AU - Velikova,M, AU - Bankova,V, AU - Marcucci,M C, AU - Tsvetkova,I, AU - Kujumgiev,A, PY - 2000/12/1/pubmed PY - 2001/3/10/medline PY - 2000/12/1/entrez SP - 785 EP - 9 JF - Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung. C, Journal of biosciences JO - Z. Naturforsch., C, J. Biosci. VL - 55 IS - 9-10 N2 - Twenty-one propolis samples produced by 12 different Meliponinae species were analyzed by GC-MS. Several chemical types of stingless bees' propolis could be grouped, according to the prevailing type of compounds like: 'gallic acid", "diterpenic" and "triterpenic" types. The results confirm that neither the bee species nor the geographical location determine the chemical composition of Meliponinae propolis and the choice of its plant source, respectively. This could be explained by the fact that Meliponinae forage over short distances (maximum 500 m) and thus use as propolis source the first plant exudate they encounter during their flights. The antibacterial, antifungal and cytotoxic activities of the samples were also investigated. Most samples had weak or no activity against E. coli, weak action against Candida albicans. Some of them showed significant activity against St. aureus., presumably connected to the high concentration of diterpenic acids. Samples rich in diterpenic acids possessed also high cytotoxic activity (Artemia salina test). SN - 0939-5075 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11098831/Chemical_composition_and_biological_activity_of_propolis_from_Brazilian_meliponinae_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -