Abstract Title:

Inhibitory effects of golden thread (Coptis chinensis) and berberine on Microcystis aeruginosa.

Abstract Source:

Water Sci Technol. 2010;61(3):763-9. PMID: 20150713

Abstract Author(s):

Shulin Zhang, Bo Zhang, Kezhi Xing, Xiumei Zhang, Xiuping Tian, Wei Dai

Article Affiliation:

Fisheries College, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266003, P. R. China.


The effects of 40 Chinese herbs on Microcystis aeruginosa growth were monitored spectrophotometrically. Golden thread (Coptis chinensis) exhibited the best inhibitory effects. Cell density of M. aeruginosa decreased with the increasing concentrations of golden thread and the prolongation of exposure time. Decreases in protein content, carbohydrate content, and chlorophyll a content were observed in a golden thread concentration-dependent manner after 96 h exposure. Changes in cell density, protein content, carbohydrate content, and chlorophyll a content of M. aeruginosa exposed to berberine, the main component of golden thread, were also investigated. It was observed that berberine exhibited the same inhibitory effects on M. aeruginosa. The results suggested that golden thread could inhibit M. aeruginosas growth effectively, and berberine might be the main allelochemical implementing the inhibitory effects of golden thread.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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