Alkaloid profiling and antimicrobial activities of Papaver glaucum and P. decaisnei

BMC Res Notes. 2021 Sep 8;14(1):348. doi: 10.1186/s13104-021-05762-x.


Objective: Papaver decaisnei Hochst. & Steud. Ex Elkan and Papaver glaucum Boiss. & Hausskn. growing wild in Northern Iraq have been historically used for medicinal purposes. In this study, both species were evaluated for their alkaloid content and antimicrobial activities.

Results: Alkaloids were extracted and isolated by preparative thin-layer chromatography (TLC). Identification was carried out by comparing spectral data (UV and 1H-NMR) and TLC Rf values with those of authentic samples. Two alkaloids, proapaorphine-type mecambrine and aporphine-type roemerine were isolated from P. decaisnei. Two benzylisoquinoline type alkaloids papaverine (major alkaloid) and palaudine as well as aporphine-type N-methylasimilobine have been obtained in P. glaucum. Both P. glaucum and P. decaisnei extracts revealed strong antimicrobial activity on Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853 and Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212. Collectively these results indicate that P. glaucum and P. decaisnei are promising sources of alkaloids that could further be investigated for medicinal purposes.

Keywords: 1H-NMR spectra; Alkaloids; Antimicrobial activity; Papaver decaisnei Hochst. & Steud. Ex Elkan; Papaver glaucum Boiss. & Hausskn..

MeSH terms

  • Alkaloids* / pharmacology
  • Anti-Infective Agents* / pharmacology
  • Chromatography, Thin Layer
  • Papaver*
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology


  • Alkaloids
  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Plant Extracts