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Antimutagenic effect of essential oil of sage (Salvia officinalis L.) and its fractions against UV-induced mutations in bacterial and yeast cells

Author(s): Knežević-Vukčević Jelena B. | Vuković-Gačić Branka S. | Stević Tatjana | Stanojević Jasna | Nikolić Biljana | Simić Draga

Journal: Archives of Biological Sciences
ISSN 0354-4664

Volume: 57;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 163;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: sage | essential oil | UV-irradiation | antimutagenesis | Salmonella/microsome | E. coli | S. cerevisiae

The inhibition of spontaneous and UV-induced mutations by essential oil (EO) of sage (Salvia officinalis L.) and its fractions F1-F5 containing different proportions of mono- and sesquiterpenes was studied with the Salmonella/microsome, E. coli K12, and S. cerevisiae D7 reversion assays. The EO, F1, and F2 exhibited antimutagenic potential against UV-induced mutations in all tests. Fractions F3 and F4 produced a toxic, mutagenic, or antimutagenic response, depend­ing on the test organism used. Reduction of spontaneous and UV-induced mutations by F5 was detected only in permeable strains of E. coli. The obtained results demonstrate antimutagenic activity of volatile sage terpenes and recommend them for further antimutagenesis and anticarcinogenesis studies.
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