African Journal of
Pharmacy and Pharmacology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pharm. Pharmacol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0816
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPP
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 2246

Full Length Research Paper

Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of the Pistacia lentiscus and Pistacia atlantica extracts

Nabila Benhammou1*, Fawzia Atik Bekkara1 and Tatjana Kadifkova Panovska2
1Laboratory of Natural Products, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University Abou Bekr Belkaid, LP 119, Imama, Tlemcen (Algeria). 2Department of Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University St. Cyril and Metodius, 1000 Skopje, R. Macedonia.
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  •  Accepted: 13 March 2008
  •  Published: 30 April 2008

Abstract

The antimicrobial activity and antioxidant properties of Pistacia lentiscus L. and Pistacia atlantica Desf (Anacardiaceae) leaves extracts were studied against eight bacteria, five moulds and yeast. A strong antifungal activity and a weak antibacterial activity were observed. They showed also a high reducing power capacity and a weak scavenging activity for superoxide anions (14.16 % for P. lentiscus and 19.3 % for P. atlantica).

 

Key words: Pistacia lentiscusPistacia atlantica, antimicrobial activity, antioxidant activity.