Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2755

Full Length Research Paper

Antibacterial activity of oleo-gum resins of Commiphora molmol and Boswellia papyrifera against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Emad M. Abdallah1*, Amna S. Khalid1 and Nazlina Ibrahim2
  1School of Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Al Neelain University, Khartoum 11121,  Sudan. 2School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, 43600, Selangor, Malaysia.
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  •  Accepted: 10 March 2009
  •  Published: 30 April 2009



The petroleum ether, ethyl acetate, methanol and water extracts of the oleo-gum resins of two Arabian medicinal plants, Commiphora molmol Engl. ex Tschirch andBoswellia papyrifera Hochst were investigated for their antibacterial activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The phytochemical investigation demonstrated the presence of phenolic compounds, alkaloids and saponins in the methanol extracts which is lacking in the petroleum ether and ethyl acetate extracts. The methanol extracts exhibited the highest antibacterial activity whereas the ethyl acetate extracts exhibited some degree of activity and the petroleum ether and water extracts exhibited no or least activity. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) ranged between 31.25 and 250 µg/ml for oleo-gum resin methanol extract of C. molmol and of B. papyrifera ranged from 62.5 to 500 µg/ml, respectively.


Key words: Commiphora molmol, Boswellia papyrifera, Staphylococcus aureus,MRSA, antibacterial activity.