Antibacterial and in vitro Anticancer Study of Methanol Extracts of Clitoria ternatea Leaves


  • Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Molecular Diagnostics & Biomolecule Characterization Lab, Department of Biotechnology, Erode, Tamil Nadu, 638401, India


Clitoria ternatea is often known as butterfly pea plant by the natives and is one of the major plants used in Ayurveda and traditional medicine worldwide. It is also used in food and cosmetic industries for various purposes. In this study, methanol leaf extract of Clitoria ternatea was studied for its antibacterial and in vitro anticancer study against human promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL60). Secondary metabolites like alkaloids, phlobatannin, triterpenoids, flavonoids, lipids, steroids, terpenoids, tannins and glycosides are identified in the extract by phytochemical screening. Leaf extract showed the presence of ethers and carboxylic acid groups (GCMS analysis). The leaf extract showed resistance against Salmonella typhi. Thus, from this study it can be concluded Clitoria ternatea leaves methanol extract has bioactive compounds showing anticancer activity against HL60 cells.


Antibacterial Activity, Anticancer Activity, Clitoria ternatea, GC-MS Analysis, Phytochemical Screening, MTT Assay

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