Biological Activity of Sour Cherry Fruit on the Bacterial Flora of Human Saliva in vitro

Mária Hevesi1*, Anna Blázovics2, Erzsébet Kállay3, Anita Végh1, Monika Stéger-Máté4, Gitta Ficzek1 and Magdolna Tóth1

1Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Horticultural Science, Department of Pomology,
Villányi út 29–43, HU-1118 Budapest, Hungary
2Semmelweis University, Department of Pharmacognosy, Üllo”i út 26, HU-1085 Budapest, Hungary
3Research Institute for Fruit Growing and Ornamentals, Park u. 2, HU-1223 Budapest–Érd, Hungary
4Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Food Science, Department of Food Preservation, Ménesi út 43–45, HU-1118 Budapest, Hungary

Article history:

Received July 16, 2010
Accepted April 1, 2011

Key words:

Prunus cerasus, Érdi jubileum, polyphenols, anthocyanins, minimum inhibitory concentration, minimum bactericidal dilution, time-kill assay


This study is the first report on the antibacterial effect of Hungarian sour cherry cultivars. Biological activity of sour cherry juices prepared from fruits Érdi jubileum, Érdi bo”-termo”, Maliga emléke and Kántorjánosi 3 harvested at different maturity stages was investigated on bacteria present in human saliva. The influence of sour cherry on a mixed bacterial flora of human saliva of 10 volunteers was determined by different experimental approaches. Bactericidal effects were evaluated by minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) using agar diffusion methods and by minimum bactericidal dilution (MBD) assays counting the number of surviving bacterial cells in the diluted juices. Time-dependent antibacterial effects were also determined by monitoring the decrease in bacterial cell numbers after the treatment with undiluted juices. The investigated sour cherry juices displayed an impressive bactericidal effect against human saliva bacteria (10–100× reduction of cell numbers) within a short time frame (10–40 min). Érdi jubileum was more effective (100 000× reduction of cell number after 270 min) than the other studied cultivars. Bactericidal effect was influenced by ripening of samples of Érdi jubileum obtained at different harvesting dates. Biologically active components were effective against a large spectrum of opportunistic bacterial pathogens such as Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, Pantoea spp. and Escherichia coli, including the antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa but they were ineffective against beneficial probiotic Lactobacillus spp. Results confirmed the antibacterial potential of all the investigated sour cherry fruits, therefore the consumption of the fruit or its juice for positive influence on oral hygiene is highly recommended.


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