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      Trypanosoma brucei Inhibition by Essential Oils from Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Traditionally Used in Cameroon (Azadirachta indica, Aframomum melegueta, Aframomum daniellii, Clausena anisata, Dichrostachys cinerea and Echinops giganteus)

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          Essential oils are complex mixtures of volatile components produced by the plant secondary metabolism and consist mainly of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes and, to a minor extent, of aromatic and aliphatic compounds. They are exploited in several fields such as perfumery, food, pharmaceutics, and cosmetics. Essential oils have long-standing uses in the treatment of infectious diseases and parasitosis in humans and animals. In this regard, their therapeutic potential against human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) has not been fully explored. In the present work, we have selected six medicinal and aromatic plants ( Azadirachta indica, Aframomum melegueta, Aframomum daniellii, Clausena anisata, Dichrostachys cinerea, and Echinops giganteus) traditionally used in Cameroon to treat several disorders, including infections and parasitic diseases, and evaluated the activity of their essential oils against Trypanosma brucei TC221. Their selectivity was also determined with Balb/3T3 (mouse embryonic fibroblast cell line) cells as a reference. The results showed that the essential oils from A. indica, A. daniellii, and E. giganteus were the most active ones, with half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC 50) values of 15.21, 7.65, and 10.50 µg/mL, respectively. These essential oils were characterized by different chemical compounds such as sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, monoterpene hydrocarbons, and oxygenated sesquiterpenes. Some of their main components were assayed as well on T. brucei TC221, and their effects were linked to those of essential oils.

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              Human African trypanosomiasis.

              Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) occurs in sub-Saharan Africa. It is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei, transmitted by tsetse flies. Almost all cases are due to Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, which is indigenous to west and central Africa. Prevalence is strongly dependent on control measures, which are often neglected during periods of political instability, thus leading to resurgence. With fewer than 12 000 cases of this disabling and fatal disease reported per year, trypanosomiasis belongs to the most neglected tropical diseases. The clinical presentation is complex, and diagnosis and treatment difficult. The available drugs are old, complicated to administer, and can cause severe adverse reactions. New diagnostic methods and safe and effective drugs are urgently needed. Vector control, to reduce the number of flies in existing foci, needs to be organised on a pan-African basis. WHO has stated that if national control programmes, international organisations, research institutes, and philanthropic partners engage in concerted action, elimination of this disease might even be possible. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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                [1 ]School of Pharmacy, University of Camerino, 62032 Camerino, Italy; landry.ngahangkamte@ (S.L.N.K.); loredana.cappellacci@ (L.C.); filippo.maggi@ (F.M.)
                [2 ]Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umeå University, 90187 Umeå, Sweden; farahnaz.ranjbarian@ (F.R.); anders.hofer@ (A.H.)
                [3 ]Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8TA, UK; g.campagnaro.1@
                [4 ]Laboratory of Medicinal Plant Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Dschang, Dschang POX 67, Cameroon; prbiapa@ (P.C.B.N.); helenembuntcha@ (H.M.); woverly91@ (V.W.); womeni@ (H.M.W.)
                [5 ]Laboratory of Environmental and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Dschang, Dschang POX 67, Cameroon; tapondjou2001@
                [6 ]Instituto de Física, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín AA 1226, Colombia; cristiano.giordani@
                [7 ]School of Science and Technology, Chemistry Division, University of Camerino, 62032 Camerino, Italy; luciano.barboni@
                [8 ]Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, 56124 Pisa, Italy; benelli.giovanni@
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                [* ]Correspondence: riccardo.petrelli@ ; Tel.: +39-0737402284; Fax: +39-0737637345

                These authors contributed equally to this study.

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                Int J Environ Res Public Health
                Int J Environ Res Public Health
                International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
                06 July 2017
                July 2017
                : 14
                : 7
                28684709 5551175 10.3390/ijerph14070737 ijerph-14-00737
                © 2017 by the authors.

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