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Chemical composition of the essential oil from basil (Ocimum basilicum Linn.) and its in vitro cytotoxicity against HeLa and HEp-2 human cancer cell lines and NIH 3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblasts.
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PMID:  21939371     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This study examines the chemical composition and in vitro anticancer activity of the essential oil from Ocimum basilicum Linn. (Lamiaceae), cultivated in the Western Ghats of South India. The chemical compositions of basil fresh leaves were identified by GC-MS: 11 components were identified. The major constituents were found to be methyl cinnamate (70.1%), linalool (17.5%), β-elemene (2.6%) and camphor (1.52%). The results revealed that this plant may belong to the methyl cinnamate and linalool chemotype. A methyl thiazol tetrazolium assay was used for in vitro cytotoxicity screening against the human cervical cancer cell line (HeLa), human laryngeal epithelial carcinoma cell line (HEp-2) and NIH 3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblasts. The IC(50) values obtained were 90.5 and 96.3 µg mL(-1), respectively, and the results revealed that basil oil has potent cytotoxicity.
Poonkodi Kathirvel; Subban Ravi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-22
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Title:  Natural product research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1478-6427     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101167924     Medline TA:  Nat Prod Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
a Department of Chemistry , Karpagam College of Engineering , Coimbatore-641632 , Tamil Nadu , India.
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