Fadi Odeh*, Abdulkader Rahmo, A. Samir Alnori, M. Eyad Chaty
Biotechnology of Biotechnology
Citrus essential oils (EOs) contain different terpens that have been shown to possess antitumor effects. We determined the cytotoxic effect of essential oils of Citrus aurantium L. subspamara peels on a colorectal cancer cell line (Lim1863). Three samples were harvested from three locations in Syria. EOs were extracted by hydrodistilation and analyzed by GC-MS. EOs content of Limonene was96-97.7 % while α-pinene and β-myrcenewere0.35-1% and 0.9-1.4% respectively. Various concentrations of EOs (0.25-48 µl/ml) were added to cultured cells and incubated for 72 h. Cell viability was evaluated using the MTT-based cytotoxicity assay. The obtained IC50 value range of C. aurantium Eos was 2.18-2.44 µl/ml. In conclosion, C. aurantium peels Eos obviously reduced the cell viability and it might have cytotoxic effect against colorectal cancer cell line.