Int J Curr Pharm Res, Vol 7, Issue 4, 73-75Original Article



aIBMER, Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, India, bVallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University, Delhi, India

Received: 24 Jul 2015, Revised and Accepted: 15 Sep 2015


Objectives: The present study was planned to investigate the antimicrobial activity of different part of the plant drug. Therefore, the preliminary successive solvent extraction and chemical test revealed the presence of secondary metabolites in various extracts, and provide us clue for further investigation.

Methods: Different solvents i.e., Chloroform, Acetonitrile, Ethanol, was used for extraction of active secondary metabolites by the Soxhlet method. Percentage of yield4, and antimicrobial activity by gradient plate technique [13]. Statistical analysis has done by standard error by mean (SEM), in which n=3.

Results: The significant antimicrobial activity of leaf, stem and root along with 1.2±0.0136 mg/ml to 4±0.0128 mg/ml on bacterial strain and 9.4±0.0128 mg/ml to 14.5±0.0149 mg/ml MIC value with SEM. The highest percentage of yield was observed in Ethanol, chloroform and Acetonitrile i. e from 3.7% to 5.36%. Various numbers of secondary metabolites were extracted from 1 to 4 in Barleria prionitis Linn.

Conclusion: Ethanol has been shown as a best solvent to yield, extracted components and antimicrobial effects prospects while acetonitrile and chloroform were also good solvents to extract secondary metabolite components.

Keywords: Barleria prionitis, Secondary metabolites, Antimicrobial activity, Solvents.


Medicinal plants are the important source of medicine, which is being used in the Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Chinese and Tibetan medicine worldwide since time immemorial and approximately 60-80 % of the world’s population still depends on traditional medicines [1-4]. Several medicinal compounds have been successfully isolated from plants and presently being used for the treatment and management of different diseases. The discovery of new drugs through natural products is the single most successful strategy which led the invention of several modern drugs. Though the use of the plants, human beings have taken advantage of the medicinal compound known as secondary metabolites present in the leaves, stems, roots and sap of the plants. The secondary metabolites such as saponins, alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides, anthraquinone, steroids and tannins from plants has also been used in the modern system of medicines for their extensive therapeutic values [5].

Barleria prionitis Linn. (Acanthaceae) commonly found in the tropical Asia, including Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and in tropical Africa and Yemen [7], is well known for its medicinal values and used by tribal’s of malghat region for medicinal purpose [6]. The leaf, stem and bark of this plant has already been used as diuretic, hepato protective, anti-inflammatory agent and the juice of leaves was found useful in fungal infections, whooping cough, bleeding teeth, toothache and joint pain [6-8]. The root of this plant posse’s anti-fertility activity and also used for controlling the fever; glandular swelling. The flowers have been used for the treatment of migraine, internal abscesses, edema, haemoptysis, urethral discharges, seminal disorders and to reduce the obesity [9] The crude extract of this plant along with oil helps in arresting the hair graying, arthritis and gout [10] This plant is widely used for the management of various neurological disorders like paraplegia, sciatica, also in leprosy and other skin diseases [9]. Through the therapeutic value of this plant has been investigated, but the detailed phytochemical studies in relation to its antimicrobial activity have not been investigated. Therefore, keeping the above facts in view, the present study has been planned to investigate the antimicrobial activity of leaf, stem, and root of Barleria prionitis.

Materials and Methods

Collection of plant

The whole plant was collected from Govt. Nursery of Modinagar, Dist. Ghaziabad, U. P, India, and has been authenticated by NBRI, Lucknow, India (Voucher/Specimen no. is NBRI-SOP-202) a voucher specimen was deposited in the department.


The plant’s part (stems, leaves, roots) were separated from each other and washed carefully under running tap water followed by distilled water. These were shade dried under room temperature for one week and pulverized to a fine powder, using a sterilized mixer grinder. The 300 gm power of each plant part extracted by the Soxhlet method using Chloroform, Acetonitrile, Ethanol, as solvents on the basis of their polarity of 4.1,5.8 and19.4 respectively.


The percentage yields were calculated using following formula: [11]

Qualitative phytochemical investigations of extract

A qualitative chemical test was conducted with the aim to check the presence of various phytochemical constituents in different parts of plant extracts. The phytochemical analysis was conducted using the test developed by Kolkata et al. (2013) and the presence of different phytochemicals in the extract was listed in the table which as further used for qualitative investigation.

Antimicrobial activity

Collection of strain

The strain of Bacterial pathogens Corynebacterium diphtheriae: MTCC 116, Pseudomonas aeruginosa: MTCC 10462, Bacillus thuringiensis: MTCC 10484, Bacillus anthracis: MTCC 10095, Salmonella typhi: MTCC 3231, C. pneumoniae: MTCC 7162 and Fungal pathogens like A fumigatus: MTCC 4163, C. neoformans: MTCC 6333, C. albicans: MTCC 7253, was collected from innovative life sciences, lucknow and C. vaginitis: Clinical isolate, B dermatitidis clinical isolate. Gaurang Homeo Clinic, Aliganj, Sector-1, Lucknow 226010, Uttar Pradesh.

Preparation of bacterial/fungal strains and culture conditions

The obtained cultures of S. typhi, C. pneumoniae, B. thurengenesis, B. anthracis, P. aeruginosa were maintained on nutrient agar and A. fumigates, C. neoformans, C. albicans, C. vaginitis, B. dermatitidis on Potato Dextrose agar medium by making slants and the stock cultures of were transferred at monthly intervals. A single colony was transferred in sterile 100 ml of nutrient broth/potato dextrose media and incubated at 37 °C/25 °C in a shaker at 140 rpm for 14 h. Culture of bacteria and fungi was recovered by centrifugation and were suspended in sterile distilled water; the concentration of the pathogen was optimized by maintaining OD to 0.1 at 600 nm [12].

S. No. Name of the Sec. metabolite Method-1 Method-2
1 Alkaloid Hager’s method Tannic acid method
2 Saponin Foam test
3 Steroids/Terpenoids Salkowaski reaction
4 Flavonoids Shindona test Sodium hydroxide test
5 Tannins Lead Acetate test
6 Card. Glycosides Kellar Killani test Beljet’s test
7 Anthroquinone Confirmation test given in kokate. (Pharmacology Hand Book)

Screening of bioactive compounds against various microbes

The method used to screen plant extracts before determination of MIC, was agar disc diffusion method, in which 10 ml of nutrient agar media poured in a sterile Petri dish, 100 µl of test organisms were spread on the surface of media, wells were prepared with help of sterile borer and wells were aseptically filled by 50 µl of plant extract along with positive (antibacterial compound tetracycline and antifungal compound floconazole at 50 µg/ml and 100 µg/ml repectively) and negative control (autoclaved distilled water). Plates were incubated aerobically at 37 °C/25 °C for 72 h. The diameter of zones of inhibition was measured. The initial concentration of MIC was 10 mg/ml for bacterial strains and 20 mg/ml for fungal strains.

Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) determination

MIC is carried out by double agar double diffusion method. 10 ml molten agar medium (Nutrient agar for bacteria and Potato dextrose for Fungal strains) were poured into the plate without antibiotic and was allowed to harden. After the hardening of agar (2-5 min), the plate was set flat on the desk and 10 ml medium containing the antibiotic (10 mg/ml) was added. It was allowed to harden for 15 to 20 min. Using 100 µl fresh cultures (grow overnight) of concern microbe and spread with the help of inoculation spreader, microbes were spread out over the surface of the medium, taking care not to tear the agar. Later it was incubated for approximately 72 h. The plate was observed in the pattern of microbial growth. Tetracycline (Microxpress) was taken for bacterial strains as positive control and Fluconazole (Microxpress) was used as standard compound as positive control for fungal strains.

Analysis of data

Size of petri plate was 100 mm. Concentration of antibiotic/extracted drug-10 mg/ml, and total medium was poured on a single plate was 10 ml. 100 mg drugs have been poured into the 100 mm plate as a higher to lower concentration. Every 1 mm of plate surface area has been considered as 1 mg/ml concentration of the drug for inhibition for bacterial strains and 2 mg/ml= 1 mm was considered for fungal strains, the distance was measured from the top end and the concentration of the compound was calculated as MIC.


In the present study, chloroform, acetonitrile, ethanol, extracts of stem, leaf, roots of Barleria prionitis were evaluated for the presence of phyto chemical constituents as well as their antimicrobial activity was tested.

Successive solvent extraction yield % values in various organic solvent were observed as ethanol, with all parts of the plant (table 1).

Table 1: Yield of Barleria Prionitis with different solvents

S. No. Parts Solvent Quantity (mg) Yield (%) Appearance
1 Leaves Eth 2680 5.36 Light brown
2 Stems Act 1930 3.86 Light brown
3 Chl 1880 3.76 Light cream
4 Eth 2670 5.34 Light brown
5 Roots Act 1860 3.72 Cream
6 Eth 1850 3.7 Cream

The results of the phyto chemical analysis were carried out in extracts of Barleria prionitis medicinal plant. The experiment showed the presence of secondary metabolites such as alkaloid, glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, steroids and anthraquinone. Hence the phyto chemical screening reveals that ethanol extracts show high no. of secondary metabolites. Thus, the preliminary screening analysis is helpful in the direction of bioactive components in discovery and development of new drug (table 2).

Table 2: Phytochemical study on Barleria Prionitis

S. No. Code Alk Sap Std Flv Tan cd. gly Antq No. of S. M
1 LEt -+ -+ -- ++ ++ -- -- 4
2 SAcN -- -- ++ -- -- ++ ++ 3
3 SCl -- -- ++ -- -- -- -- 1
4 SEt -+ -+ ++ -- -- ++ -- 4
5 RAcN -- -- -- -- -- -- ++ 1
6 REt +- ++ ++ ++ -- -- -- 4

Antimicrobial activity study showed that Barleria leaf extract and Barleria stem extract with ethanol gives best inhibitory effect against all experimental pathogens, while Barleria root extract with ethanol given good result rather than others. If we discussed about barleria leaf ethanol extract inhibitory effects, representing excellent results against multidrug resistant strain Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Aspergillus fumigates and C. vaginitis. On the other hand it is showing average effects against S. typhi, B. thruengenesis, B. anthracis, C. pneumonia (bacterial cell), C. neoformans, C. albicans and B. dermatidis (fungal cell).

Barleria stem ethanol extract’s inhibitory effects, representing excellent results against B. thruengenesis, B. anthracis. On the other hand, it is showing average effects against S. typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, C. vaginitis., C. pneumonia (bacterial cell), C. neoformans, A. fumigates, C. albicans and B. dermatidis (fungal cell). Barleria root ethanol extract's inhibitory effects, representing excellent results candidal fungal species i.e. C. vaginitis and C. albicans. On the other hand it is showing average effects against S. typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, B. thruengenesis, B. anthracis, C. pneumonia (bacterial cell), Aspergillus fumigates, C. neoformans, and B. dermatidis (fungal cell).

Table 3: MIC of Barleria Prionitis through gradient plate technique on pathogenic microbial strains with SEM

Mg/ml MIC value with mean±SEM (n=5)
S. N. Bacterial Strains BLE BSC BSE BSA BRE BRA +ve control (µg/ml) -ve control
1 P. aeruginosa 1.2±0.0621** 6.8±0.0244 1.2±0.0241* 9.2±0.0446 7.2±0.2100 8.6±0.2233 36±3.31 -
2 S. typhi 3.2±0.0130* 8.2±0.0153 2.9±0.0143* 9.8±0.0151 2.4±0.0156* 8.6±0.0094 25±3.53 -
3 B. thruengenesis 2.9±0.0130* 4.6±0.0120 1.1±0.0130** 9.5±0.0221 1.2±0.0136** 7.2±0.0109 27.5±6.12 -
4 B. anthracis 3.8±0.0115* 7.8±0.0089 1.7±0.0092** 8.9±0.0128 1.8±0.0096** 9±0.0250 21±4.30 -
5 C. pneumoniae 4±0.0128* 5.7±0.0092 2.2±0.0136* 9.6±0.0092 2.3±0.0115* 9.7±0.0115 26±2.44 -
Fungal Strains
1 A. fumigatus 10.2±0.00927** 17.5±0.0142 14.5±0.0149* 19.2±0.0130 14.3±0.0169* 19.4±0.01303 65±5.00 -
2 C. neoformans 13.4±0.0153* 18.4±0.0124 11.7±0.0124* 19.9±0.0142 12.6±0.0128* 18.6±0.0128 72±4.63 -
3 C. albicans 11.9±0.0143* 19.3±0.0142 12.2±0.0216* 18.6±0.0135 10.9±0.01503** 18.9±0.0158 36±5.09 -
4 C. vaginitis 9.4±0.0128** 16.3±0.0115 13.7±0.0120* 18.9±0.0102 9.4±0.0149*** 19.1±0.0172 46±4.30 -
5 B. dermatidis 13.6±0.0114* 17.2±0.0177 11±0.0092* 19.1±0.0149 10.2±0.1631* 19.4±0.0136 60±2.50 -

*=good, **=very good, SEM=±standard error with mean, -ve control= Double distilled water, +ve control= Tetracycline, (-) = No inhibition concentration.


In the present study, Ethanol has been shown as a best solvent to the highest yield for extracted components and antimicrobial effects while Acetonitrile and Chloroform were also good solvents to extract secondary metabolite components.


The authors are thankful to Emeritus Professor Dr. A. K Srivastava (Department of Botany, Meerut University, India) We are thankful to Institute of Biomedical Education & Research, Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, for providing the laboratory facilities and other necessary support.


Declared None


  1. Menghai EA, Pareek RS, Negi RS, Ojha CK. Search antimicrobial potential from certain Indian medicinal plants. Res J Med Plant 2011;5:295-301.
  2. Ansari JA, Inamdar NN. The promise of traditional medicines. Int J Pharmacol 2010;6:808-12.
  3. Aneja KR, Joshi R, Sharma C. Potency of Barleria prionitis L. Bark extracts against oral disease causing strains of bacteria and fungi of clinical origin. New York Sci J 2010;3:5-12.
  4. Kumar T, Chandershaker KS. Bauhinia purpurea L. a review of its ethanobotany, phytochemical and pharmacological profile. Res J Med Plant 2011;5:420-31.
  5. Gantait A, Maji A, Barman T, Banerji P, Venkatesh P, Mukherjee PK. Estimation of capsaicin through scaning densitometry and evaluation of different varieties of capsicum in India. Nat Prod Res 2011;26:216-22.
  6. Diwan PD, Gadhikar YA. Assessment of phytochemical composition and antibacterial activity of different extracts of Barleria prionitis leaves against oral microflora to improve dental hygiene. Asian J Pharm Sci Res 2012;5:182-4.
  7. Dhar R, Bhatnagar P. A study of the antidiabetic activity of Barleria prionitis Linn. Indian J Pharmacol 2010;42:70-3.
  8. Paul S, Salva D. Comparative study of the efficacy of Barleria prionitis leaf extracts against Bacteria. Asian J Pharm Clin Res 2012;2:107-10.
  9. Khare CP. Indian Herbal Remedies: Rational Western Therapy, Ayurvedic and Other Traditional Usage, Botany. 1st Edn. Springer, New York; 2004. p. 93-4.
  10. Khare CP. Indian Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Dictionary. 1st Edn. Springer Science, New York; 2007. p. 82-3.
  11. Pande M, Ingale S, Gupta S. The pharmacognostic and phytochemical studies on the leaves of Murraya koenigll (L) Spreng. Int J Sci Technol 2009;2:53-4.
  12. Mishra RP. Effect of metal ions and drugs on antibacterial activities of Nigella sativa (L.) seeds. Eur J Exp Biol 2011;1:41-6.

About this article





Additional Links

Manuscript Submission


International Journal of Current Pharmaceutical Research
Vol 7, Issue 4, 2015 Page: 73-75

Online ISSN


Authors & Affiliations

Priyanka Panchal
IBMER, Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, India

Kamal Singh


  • There are currently no refbacks.