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Effect of Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth extract on Streptococcus mutants in vitro.

Xudong Jiang1,2,3, Weihao Yang4, Chuanjian Zhou4, Kailing Lu4, Qingyun Qin4, Cuiwu Lin1,3*

1School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning, 530004, China

2School of Medicine, Guangxi University of Science and Technology, Liuzhou, 545005, China

3Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry Technology and Resource Development,Nanning, 530004, China

4Postdoctoral Workstation, Liuzhou LMZ Co., Ltd. Liuzhou, 545006, China

*Corresponding Author:
Cuiwu Lin
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Guangxi University
China

Accepted Date: February 25, 2016

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Abstract

The in vitro antibacterial activity of ethanol extract from Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth growing in Guangxi, China, was evaluated against S. mutans using twofold agar dilution method. The present study showed that minimal inhibitory concentration was 12.5 mg/mL and there have significant inhibitory activity of adherence and acidogenicity against S. mutans when the extract concentration was greater than or equal to 3.13 mg/mL. These results indicate that Bauhinia championii (Benth.). Benth extract can significantly inhibit the growth, adherence and acidogenicity of S. mutans and might be used in the area of dental caries prevention and treatment in the future.

Keywords

Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth extract, Streptococcus mutans, Inhibit

Introduction

The use of medicine plants and their preparations to treat diseases is an age-old practice and in the past possibly the only method available. Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth is Lianas woody of Bauhinia, Leguminosae family, as a morphologically variable species, its medicinal part is the dry stem [1]. Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth is used traditionally for various medicinal purposes which show wide pharmacological effects [2,3]. It has been used in rheumatoid arthritis, the pains in waist and legs, bruises, stomachache and so on as a traditional medicine of ethnic minorities in China [4,5].

Extract from this plant has demonstrated antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aereus, and Acinetobacter baumannii [1]. Phytochemical studies have shown that its active components include volatile oil, quercetin, polysaccharide, alkaloids, gallic acid and flavones, etc [6,7]. Among these, alkaloids, gallic acid and flavones have been shown to the most potent to inhibit Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) [8,9].

However, there are no reports of biological investigations to S. mutans carried out on the extract. S. mutans is the main cariogenic bacteria, dental caries is fundamentally a microbial disease which involves the destruction of hard tissue of tooth. The present study therefore, attempts to evaluate the effects of the extract from Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth growing in Guangxi, China on growth, adherence and acidogenicity of S. mutans, explore its cariostatie effect. Aim is to prove that Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth may be employed as a new caries-preventing natural medicine plants.

Materials and Methods

Plant materials

Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth was collected during the month of October 2015 from Jinxiu, Guangxi, China. Then the plant sample was shade dried at temperature 23-26°C and ground to a fine powder (60 meshes) with a grinder for herbal medicine and stored in airtight container.

Preparation of extracts

The powdered plant material (50 g) were macerated with 1000 ml 70% ethanol at 23-26°C temperature standing for 24 h, and then subjected to stirring at 65°C for 100 min according to the literature [10]. The extract filtered and evaporated to dryness under reduced pressure (at 50°C temperature) to obtain dry extract. The dry extract was stored in refrigerator at -18°C until use.

Bacterial strains and culture conditions

Bacterial strains used in this study were S. mutans ATCC 25175 (Guangdong Microbiology Culture Center, China). The bacterial were dissolved according to instruction, were cultivated in Trypticase Soy Broth (TSB) for 3 h (37°C, 90% N2, 5% CO2, 5% H2) , then cultivated in Modified Scholtens’Broth (MSB) for 48 h (37°C, 90% N2, 5% CO2, 5% H2). Colonies picked in normal sodium and centrifuged 15 min, washed twice with sterilized normal sodium [11]. At last adapted the Optical Density (OD) value at 540 nm to 1.0, and then used bacteria count board to calculate the concentration of bacteria was approximately 0.9 × 108 Colony Forming Units (CFU)/ml.

Evaluation of the effect of extract on growth of S. mutans

Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) was determined by twofold dilution method. A series of two fold dilutions of different concentrations extracts ranging from 50.0 mg/ml to 1.56 mg/ml were done in TPY liquid medium, S. mutans (0.9 × 108 CFU.mL-1, 0.1 mL) were added to each culture tube containing serially diluted test extract TPY liquid medium (2.0 ml) cultivated for 48 h (37°C, 90% N2, 5% CO2, 5% H2) respectively [12]. The Minimal inhibitory concentration of the extract that produced no visible S. mutans growth with visual inspection and OD540 values was recorded as the MIC. As the control group, there is no extract in TPY liquid medium.

Evaluation of the effect of extract on adherence of S. mutans

According to the MIC and to avoid false-positive, extract at concentrations of 1/2 MIC, 1/4 MIC, 1/8 MIC, 1/16 MIC and 1/32 MIC were investigated respectively. Glass surface adherence assay was evaluated according to the previously described method [13,14] with some modifications. S. mutans (0.9 × 108 CFU.mL-1) were grown at an angle of 30°C in glass test tubes for 48 h (37°C, 90% N2, 5% CO2, 5% H2) with 10 mL of TPY liquid medium containing 1% sucrose and extract. After incubation, supernatants were removed from the test tube, which were then gently washed three times with distilled water. The adhered bacteria were resuspended into 0.1 mol/L NaOH solution by shocking with a sonic oscillator, the supernatant were removed by centrifuging at 3500 rpm for 15min, suspended in normal sodium and measured the OD value at 540 nm. As the control group, there is no extract in TPY liquid medium.

Evaluation of the effect of extract on acidogenicity of S. mutans

The effect of extract on acidogenicity of S. mutans (0.9 × 108 CFU.mL-1) was evaluated by a pH drop. S. mutans was grown in TPY liquid medium containing 1% sucrose and test extract at concentrations of 1/2 MIC, 1/4 MIC, 1/8 MIC, 1/16 MIC and 1/32 MIC respectively [15,16]. The starting pH of the mixtures was adjusted to 7.4. After incubation 48 h (37°C, 90% N2, 5% CO2, 5% H2), measured terminal pH of supernatants and calculated pH reduction. As the control group, there is no extract in TPY liquid medium.

Statistical analysis

Data for antibacterial activity are expressed as mean ± SD for analysis performed in triplicate. The mean values and standard deviation were calculated with the Excel program from Microsoft Office 2003 package.

Results

A total of 9.3 g of concentrated crude ethanol extract was obtained from 50 g of Bauhinia championi (Benth.) Benth, showing a yield of 18.6% from dried fine powder.

Influence of the extract on growth of S. mutans

In this study, the growth inhibition test of S. mutans for the extract was investigated and the results are shown in table l.

Concentration OD540 values P-values (Compared with the control group)
50.0 mg/mL - -
25.0 mg/mL - -
12.5 mg/mL - -
6.25 mg/mL 0.59±0.03 P<0.05
3.13 mg/mL 0.65±0.03 P>0.05
Control group 0.73±0.05 -

Table l: Inhibition of different concentration extract against S. mutans, values expressed as means ± SD (n=3).

There is no S. mutans growth when the concentration was greater than or equal to 12.5 mg/mL and the number of S. mutans significant increase with the concentration decrease, they were concentration dependent. Therefore, the MIC of extract on S. mutans was 12.5 mg/mL according to determining by tube dilution test. There was significant difference of OD value between the 6.25 mg/mL and control group (P<0.05), showed this concentration was able to significantly inhibit S. mutans. While the concentration was 3.13 mg/mL, the extract inhibited the growth of S. mutans but it is no significant (P>0.05). That is, the growth of S. mutans significantly inhibited when the extract concentration greater than or equal to 6.25 mg/mL and an increased extract concentration can obviously improve the inhibitory ability.

Influence of the extract on adherence of S. mutans

The results of evaluating the effect of extract on S. mutans adherence to glass surface are shown in table 2. We found in this study that with the extract concentration increases, the OD value of S. mutans suspension becomes small. S. mutans adhesion to glass surface significantly lower compared with the control group (p<0.01) when the concentration of the extract was greater than or equal to 3.13 mg/mL.

Concentration OD540 values P-values (Compared with the control group)
6.25 mg/mL 0.51±0.03 P<0.01
3.13 mg/mL 0.57±0.06 P<0.01
1.56 mg/mL 0.66±0.03 P<0.05
0.78 mg/mL 0.73±0.06 P<0.05
0.39 mg/mL 0.75±0.08 P>0.05
Control group 0.81±0.03 -

Table 2: Effect of different concentration extract on adherence of S. mutans, values expressed as means ± SD (n=3).

However, there was no significant difference in adherence compared with the control group when the concentration of the extract was less than or equal to 0.39 mg/mL (p>0.05). Results of the present study show the extract was able to significantly inhibit S. mutans adherence and the inhibit S. mutans adherence is more significantly with the extract concentration increased.

Influence of the extract on acidogenicity of S. mutans

The results of examining the inhibitory effects of extract on production of acid by S. mutans are shown in table 3.

Concentration ΔpH values P-values (Compared with the control group)
6.25 mg/mL 0.51±0.06 P<0.01
3.13 mg/mL 1.51±0.08 P<0.01
1.56 mg/mL 3.43±0.05 P<0.05
0.78 mg/mL 3.60±0.07 P>0.05
0.39 mg/mL 3.75±0.05 P>0.05
Control group 3.88±0.08 -

Table 3: Effect of different concentration extract on acidogenicity of S. mutans, values expressed as means ± SD (n=3).

In the present investigation, all the tested extract samples exhibited inhibitory effects on the acidogenicity of S. mutans. The terminal pH of the TPY liquid medium in test extract group dropped to significant differences compared with the control group after 48 h incubation when the concentration of the extract was greater than or equal to 3.13 mg/mL (p<0.01). However, there was no significant difference in statistically that the pH reduction compared with the control group when the concentration of the extract was less than or equal to 0.78 mg/mL (p>0.05), although the reduction of the pH in the tested extract groups were marginally lower than the control group. We found in this study that the extract inhibited the pH reductions was more significantly with the extract concentration increased too.

Discussion

Dental caries is the common microbial disease, which involves the hard tissue of tooth. S. mutans is one of the dominating and resident germs of oral, also is the dominating germ factor of the occurrence of caries [17]. S. mutans can growth, adherence and acidogenicity at tooth surfaces and further to lead to demineralization. Plant extracts possess a series of bioactive compounds that use of plants and their preparations to treat diseases has been extensively studied based on their biological activities. The recent researchers have discovered some natural medicine plants, such as Mangnolia officinalis, Galla chinesis, etc., also can inhibit the growth, adherence and acidogenicity of S. mutans, and have significant anticaries effects in vitro [18-20]. The MIC of the plant extracts ranged from 3.13 mg/mL to 100.00 mg/mL. Due to the significantly inhibit S. mutans and their stability character, some plants were development as oral health care agent for the prevention of dental caries.

We evaluated the antibacterial activity of Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth extract on one of important oral bacteria S. mutans in our study with the aim to prevent dental caries. The present study showed that minimal inhibitory concentration was 12.5 mg/mL and there have good inhibitory activity of adherence and acidogenicity against S. mutans when the extract concentration was greater than or equal to 3.13 mg/mL. Based on these findings, showed that Bauhinia championii (Benth.) Benth extract have good antibacterial activity, significantly inhibited the growth of S. mutans as well as the adherence and acidogenicity of the bacteria. The significant anti- S. mutans activity of the extract suggests that it is a good candidate for further development as a valuable and economic oral care agent for the prevention of dental caries.

Acknowledgements

Authors thank for Liuzhou LMZ Co., Ltd, China for financial and plant material support and Prof. Guangwei Huang for authentication of plant material.

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