In vitro Evaluation of Cytotoxic Activities of Essential Oil from Moringa oleifera Seeds on HeLa, HepG2, MCF-7, CACO-2 and L929 Cell Lines

  • Elsayed, Elsayed Ahmed (Department of Zoology, Bioproducts Research Chair, Faculty of Science, King Saud University) ;
  • Sharaf-Eldin, Mahmoud A. (Sara bint Rached bin Ghonaim Research Chair for Cultivating Non-traditional Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Biology Department, College of Science and Humanities, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University) ;
  • Wadaan, Mohammad (Department of Zoology, Bioproducts Research Chair, Faculty of Science, King Saud University)
  • Published : 2015.06.26


Moringa oleifera Lam. (Moringaceae) is widely consumed in tropical and subtropical regions for their valuable nutritional and medicinal characteristics. Recently, extensive research has been conducted on leaf extracts of M. oleifera to evaluate their potential cytotoxic effects. However, with the exception of antimicrobial and antioxidant activities, little information is present on the cytotoxic activity of the essential oil obtained from M. oleifera seeds. Therefore, the present investigation was designed to investigate the potential cytotoxic activity of seed essential oil obtained from M. oleifera on HeLa, HepG2, MCF-7, CACO-2 and L929 cell lines. The different cell lines were subjected to increasing oil concentrations ranging from 0.15 to 1 mg/mL for 24h, and the cytotoxicity was assessed using MTT assay. All treated cell lines showed a significant reduction in cell viability in response to the increasing oil concentration. Moreover, the reduction depended on the cell line as well as the oil concentration applied. Additionally, HeLa cells were the most affected cells followed by HepG2, MCF-7, L929 and CACO-2, where the percentages of cell toxicity recorded were 76.1, 65.1, 59.5, 57.0 and 49.7%, respectively. Furthermore, the $IC_{50}$ values obtained for MCF-7, HeLa and HepG2 cells were 226.1, 422.8 and $751.9{\mu}g/mL$, respectively. Conclusively, the present investigation provides preliminary results which suggest that seed essential oil from M. oleifera has potent cytotoxic activities against cancer cell lines.


Anticancer agents;cytotoxicity;medicinal plants;Moringa;seed oil


Supported by : Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University


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