Elicitation-Based Method for Increasing the Production of Antioxidant and Bactericidal Phenolic Compounds in Dionaea muscipula J. Ellis Tissue

Wojciech Makowski , Krzysztof Michał Tokarz , Barbara Tokarz , Rafał Banasiuk , Karolina Witek , Aleksandra Królicka


The carnivorous plant Dionaea muscipula J. Ellis (Venus flytrap) is a widely known medical herb, capable of producing various phenolic compounds known for their strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties. In the pharmaceutical industry, Venus flytrap is grown in tissue cultures, as the natural population of D. muscipula is very limited. Here, we describe an improved method to increase the quantity and quality of phenolic compounds produced in D. muscipula. This is achieved by combining biotic elicitation (using Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria lysate) of D. muscipula cultured with rotary shaking (hydromechanical stress), which we describe here for the first time. The antibacterial activity and the antioxidant properties of the obtained compounds were studied on two antibiotic-resistant human pathogenic bacteria. The proposed plant culture conditions resulted in an increase in fresh weight, as well as a higher total phenolic content, in comparison to traditional tissue cultures on agar-solidified medium. With the use of high-performance liquid chromatography, we demonstrated that the described elicitation strategy leads to an increased synthesis of myricetin, caffeic acid, ellagic acid and plumbagin in D. muscipula tissue. We also found that a higher level of antioxidant activity, exhibited by the plant extract, corresponded with its higher phenylpropanoid content. The bactericidal activity of the extract against Staphylococcus aureus was dependent on the duration of plant culture under described elicitation conditions, whereas neither elicitation condition (duration or elicitor concentration) seemed relevant for the bactericidal activity of the extract towards Escherichia coli. This suggest that Gram-negative bacteria are less sensitive to compounds derived from Venus flytrap tissue.
Author Wojciech Makowski (FoBaH)
Wojciech Makowski,,
- Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture
, Krzysztof Michał Tokarz (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Krzysztof Michał Tokarz,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
, Barbara Tokarz (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Barbara Tokarz,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
, Rafał Banasiuk - Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine
Rafał Banasiuk,,
, Karolina Witek (FoBaH)
Karolina Witek,,
- Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture
, Aleksandra Królicka - [University of Gdańsk (UG)]
Aleksandra Królicka,,
- Uniwersytet Gdański
Journal seriesMolecules, ISSN 1420-3049, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.9
Keywords in Englishantibiotic-resistant bacteria; biotic elicitation; Cronobacter sakazakii; DPPH; Escherichia coli; plant secondary metabolites; Staphylococcus aureus; Venus Flytrap
ASJC Classification1605 Organic Chemistry
URL https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/25/8/1794
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
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Score (nominal)100
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.146; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 3.06 (2) - 2018=3.38 (5)
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