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A Composition Comprising of One or More Derivatives of the Monoterpene with Phenolic Properties

The lead molecule, a monoterpene with phenolic properties has been identified from Trachyspermum ammi, an indigenous medicinal plant. Trachyspermum ammi (Family: Apiaceae) is a perennial shrub found growing throughout India. The methanolic extract of the fruits of this plant yielded a monoterpene with phenolic properties which when tested in vitro against adult worms of Setaria digitata, the filarial parasite of cattle, resulted in more than 80% immobilization of the worms at an incubation period of 2 hr and the activity was confirmed by MTT reduction assay. The novel composition comprising of one or more derivatives of this molecule may result in a potential macrofilaricide.

Area: Medical Sciences

Funding agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India

Benefits: It is the natural resource for the extraction of Monoterpene that is used as an agent for Filariasis treatment in cattle.

Implementing institute: National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Govt. of India

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