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Verbascum thapsiforme

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Phytother Res. 2005 Sep;19(9):733-9.
Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.): recent advances in research.
Turker AU, Gurel E.
Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Science and Arts, Department of Biology, Bolu, Turkey.

Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.) is a medicinal plant readily found in roadsides, meadows and pasture lands and has been used to treat pulmonary problems, inflammatory diseases, asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhoea and migraine headaches. Although it has been used medicinally since ancient times, the popularity of common mullein has been increasing commercially for the past few years. Today, the dried leaves and flowers, swallow capsules, alcohol extracts and the flower oil of this plant can easily be found in health stores in the United States. The use of common mullein extracts in folk medicine begun recently to be supported by an increasing number of research studies. This paper thoroughly reviews all the scientific research related to Verbascum thapsus L. including plant tissue cultures and the biological properties of this plant. Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


J Ethnopharmacol. 2002 Oct;82(2-3):117-25.
Biological activity of common mullein, a medicinal plant.
Turker AU, Camper ND.
Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0377, USA.

Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus L., Scrophulariaceae) is a medicinal plant that has been used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea and other pulmonary problems. The objective of this study was to assess the biological activity of Common Mullein extracts and commercial Mullein products using selected bench top bioassays, including antibacterial, antitumor, and two toxicity assays--brine shrimp and radish seed. Extracts were prepared in water, ethanol and methanol. Antibacterial activity (especially the water extract) was observed with Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli. Agrobacterium tumefaciens-induced tumors in potato disc tissue were inhibited by all extracts. Toxicity to Brine Shrimp and to radish seed germination and growth was observed at higher concentrations of the extracts.


Pol J Pharmacol Pharm. 1987 Jan-Feb;39(1):55-61.
Inhibition of herpes simplex virus replication by Flos verbasci infusion.
Slagowska A, Zgorniak-Nowosielska I, Grzybek J.
Department of Virology, Institute of Microbiology, Medical Academy, Krakow, Poland.

The preliminary phytochemical investigations have revealed the presence of flavonoids, iridoids, phenolic acids, saponins, amino acids, free sugars, and mucilages in the lyophilized infusion obtained from flowers of Verbascum thapsiforme Schrad. (FVI). Antiviral activity of the FVI on Herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1) was studied in vitro by the yield reduction test. Decrease in the virus titer amounted to about 2.5 log at the non-toxic concentrations of FVI. The inhibitory effect of FVI on HSV studied by plaque reduction test in Vero cells showed that 50% inhibition of virus plaques occurred at 190 micrograms/ml. The virucidal effect of FVI on HSV was also shown.


Phytother Res. 2005 Sep;19(9):733-9.  
Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.): recent advances in research.
Turker AU, Gurel E.
Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Science and Arts, Department of Biology, Bolu, Turkey.

Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.) is a medicinal plant readily found in roadsides, meadows and pasture lands and has been used to treat pulmonary problems, inflammatory diseases, asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhoea and migraine headaches. Although it has been used medicinally since ancient times, the popularity of common mullein has been increasing commercially for the past few years. Today, the dried leaves and flowers, swallow capsules, alcohol extracts and the flower oil of this plant can easily be found in health stores in the United States. The use of common mullein extracts in folk medicine begun recently to be supported by an increasing number of research studies. This paper thoroughly reviews all the scientific research related to Verbascum thapsus L. including plant tissue cultures and the biological properties of this plant.


Acta Pol Pharm. 1996 Sep-Oct;53(5):311-8.
The substances of plant origin that inhibit protein biosynthesis.
Galasinski W, Chlabicz J, Paszkiewicz-Gadek A, Marcinkiewicz C, Gindzienski A.
Department of General and Organic Chemistry, School of Medicine, Bialystok, Poland.

Some plants were used for a long time in folk medicine as sources of anti-tumour remedies. Their effects on protein biosynthesis in vitro have been examined and described. The separate features of the peptide elongation system, isolated from tumoural cells, have been demonstrated. Some elongation factors or ribosomes have been shown to be a target site for the inhibition of protein biosynthesis caused by the substances isolated from various sources. The glycoside and caffeic acid, isolated from Melissa officinalis leaves, inhibited protein biosynthesis by direct influence the elongation factor eEF-2. The activity of this factor was also inhibited by aloin and aloeemodin. Saponin glycoside and its aglycon, isolated from Verbascum thapsiforme flowers, as well as digoxin, emetine and cepheline directly inactivated ribosomes. "Chagi" fraction, isolated from Inonotus obliquus, is responsible for the inhibitory effect caused by the aqueous tannin--less extract from this fungus. The target site for quercetin has been found to be the subunit form EF-1 alpha. It may be supposed that, the plant inhibitors of protein biosynthesis could be utilized for searching specific antitumoural preparations.