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Phytochemical Screening and Antimicrobial Activity of Curcuma longa Natural Dye

Chairman M1*, Jayamala M2, Vijila Christy R1 and Ranjit Singh AJA3,4
1Department of Microbiology, Kamarajar Govt. Arts College, Surandai, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, 627 859, Tamilnadu, India
2Department of Biotechnology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Alwarkurichi, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India
3Department of Chemistry, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, 627 412, India
4JP Arts and Science College, Ayikudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu, India
Corresponding Author : Chairman M
Department of Microbiology, Kamarajar Govt. Arts College
Surandai, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, 627 859, India
Tel: 09659733813
E-mail: [email protected]
Received November 25, 2014; Accepted March 02, 2015; Published March 07, 2015.
Citation: Chairman M, Jayamala M, Christy VR, Singh RAJA (2015) Phytochemical Screening and Antimicrobial Activity of Curcuma longa Natural Dye. Gen Med (Los Angel) 3:171. doi: 10.4172/2327-5146.1000171
Copyright: © 2015 Chairman M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Spectrometric and antimicrobial activities of natural colourants and dyed silk have been studied. Textile materials and clothing are known to be susceptible to microbial attack, as these provide large surface area and absorb moisture required for microbial growth. Natural dye Curcuma longa were tested against common pathogens Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Curcuma longa dye was most effective and showed maximum zone of inhibition thereby indicating best antimicrobial activity against all the microbes tested. These textiles dyed with these natural dyes can be very useful in developing clothing for infants, elderly and infirm people to protect them against common infections.

Antimicrobial activity; Textile; Natural dye
The use of non-allergic, non-toxic and eco-friendly natural dyes has become a matter of significant importance due to the increased environmental awareness in order to avoid some hazardous synthetic dyes. Dyes are applied to various substrates (textiles, leather, paper, hair etc.) from liquid in which they are completely, or at least partially soluble [1], and may require a mordant to improve its fastness on the fibre. Curcuma longa, commonly known as Turmeric is a tropical perennial herb belonging to the family Zingiberacea. It is related to ginger and is grown throughout India, other parts of Asia and Africa [2]. Turmeric is commonly used as a spice and result in a bright yellow powder valued as a natural food dye [3]. Plant by-products (carrot, onion, black carrot, sage, spinach and thyme) were investigated in the form of aqueous extracts for dyeing capacity on fibres, colorant and antioxidant potential using colorimetric, chromatographic tools, and FTC assay, respectively.
Sharma et al. explored the herbaceous plant Eupatorium adenophorum as a very good green color source for dyeing of silk yarn with excellent fastness properties [4]. Leaves of the Eupatorium plants were collected and shade dried, crushed and packed. Sericin was removed so as not to interfere with luster and dye absorption. Tawfik explained the suitability of turmeric in the fine powder form as natural dye in printing cotton, polyester and their blended fabrics using pigment-printing technique. Variable studied included concentration of the colour, nature of thickening agent, type of fixation and pH of the printing paste. The printed goods were evaluated by measuring the K/S and the overall fastness properties [5]. Samanta et al. performed work on cotton fabric dyed with four different natural dyes (turmeric, myrobolan, madder, red sandalwood) using pre, post and simultaneous-mordanting techniques for dyeing [6].
Textile processing industry is one of the major environmental polluters. In order to process a ton of textile, one might have to use as much as 230 to 270 tons of water. The effluent generated by this much water would pollute the environment as it contains a heavy load of chemicals including dyes used during textile processing. Over 7 x 105 tonnes and approximately 10,000 different types of dyes and pigments are produced world-wide annually. It is estimated that 10-15% of the dye is lost in the effluent during the dyeing process [7].
Thus, there are two main ways to limit the environmental impact of textile processing. One is to construct sufficiently large and highly effective effluent treatment plants, and the other way is to make use of dyes and chemicals that are environment friendly. Natural dyes are mostly eco-friendly, biodegradable, less toxic, and less allergenic as compared to synthetic dyes. However, studies have shown that certain natural dyes may have detectable mutagenic effects e.g., elderberry colour and safflower yellow; others, like carmine, can cause asthma by continuous inhalation, but it can be said that most of the natural dyes are safe and some even have curative effect e.g., curcumin in turmeric has antibacterial [8]. Most of the studies conducted earlier have reported the activity of plant materials against Candida rugosa, Staphylococcus aureus and other drug resistant bacteria [9]. Production of concentrated natural dyes is a pre-requisite for a re-introduction of plant colorant based dyes into modern textile dyeing operations [10].
Turmeric (Curcuma longa):
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant native to south India and Indonasia. It is also cultivated in China and the whole of South East Asia. It is also called “Haldi”. Its tuberous rhizomes have been used as a condiment, a colourant and an aromatic stimulant since antiquity. Turmeric consists of various molecular constituents, including three gold colour alkaloidal curcuminoid, curcumidesmethoxy curcumin and bisdemethoxy curcumin. The curcuminoid content responsible for colour, depends upon the turmeric variety and within a variety on the maturity at harvest. It may be present to the extent of 4 to 8 % in turmeric harvesting at the right maturity being an important factor for colour and aroma. Some isomeric forms of curcumin are displayed below (Figure 1):
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and anti-tumorous. It is also widly used as food colourant. It is called C.I Natural Yellow 3, WHO (World Health Organization) and FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) committees have approved it as food additive, its colour index number is C.I, 75300, E100 [11]. The plant of turmeric is given in Figure 2a and 2b).
Preparation of extract
The powders of Curcuma longa were purchased from a local market in supermarket, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu. The dry powder of the plant was weighed using an electric weighing scale. These were then soaked in ethanol for 24 hours undisturbed. The extraction was preceded using the Soxhlet extractor. The extract was then transferred to a rotatory evaporator. There was further drying of the extract in a drying oven at 60°C. The temperature enabled the preservation of the active ingredients of the extract after it was obtained in powdered form.
Preliminary phytochemical screening
The extract of Curcuma longa was screened to determine the presence of the following metabolites through preliminary phytochemical screening. Alkaloids were detected using the Dragendoff’s reagent, Mayer’s reagent, Wagner’s reagent and tannic acid. Flavonoids were determined by the ferric chloride test, lead acetate test, sodium hydroxide test and ethyl acetate test. Tannin detection was by ferric chloride test and bromine water test, while phlobotannins was with hydrochloric acid. Saponin was determined with the froth tests and haemolytic test.
Method of mordanting
The dyeing experiments were carried out with silk yarn by adopting pre-mordanting technique (Gulrajani and Gupta, 1992) i.e. the samples were treated with different metal salt solutions before dyeing. Silk yarn (0.5 g) was dipped in 20 ml of prepared 4% mordant solution at 1:30 MLR (material to liquor ratio) at 60-70°C for 30-45°C min. Then the mordanted yarn was air dried for 15 min. The dye solution was prepared 1:30 MLR (material to liquor ratio) with 5% dye and the mordanted silk yarn was then dipped in 20 ml of dye solution for 30-45°C min at 60-70°C. The dyed yarn was left for 15 min for air oxidation. The dyed yarns were washed with cold water followed by soap solution and then washed thoroughly with water. The wet samples were dried at room temperature.
Absorbance measurements
The ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis) absorption measurement was recorded for the determination of absorption (%) on Perkin Elmer, Lambda 35 UV/Vis spectrophotometer in the wavelength range 200-800 nm. The absorbance of 5% dye solution was recorded before and after dyeing the silk yarn at an average of three measurements. The amount of dye absorbed was calculated by using the relation (Figure 3) [12]:
Antimicrobial screening test
Investigations were carried out to determine the antibacterial activity of the dyes by using five different concentrations of each dye solution i.e. 20, 40, 60 and 80 mg/μl which is equivalent to 2, 4, 6, and 8% dye solution respectively. The antimicrobial (both bacterial and fungal) studies were carried out in triplicates using standard methods (ATCC method 30) and a control set was run along with each test. The test bacteria (S. aureus and E. coli) were streaked closely and gently on sterile nutrient agar plates. 30 ml of dye solution was added on the sterilized filter disc, which is placed on the top of the seeded medium. After overnight incubation at 37°C, the zone of inhibition was measured by taking the average of the zones obtained from the triplicate plates. Anti-fungal activities of the dyes against C. albicans and A. niger have been detected on sterile Potato Dextrose Agar plates. Experiments were carried out at five different concentrations of each dye in a similar way as described above. After incubation at room temperature (ranging between 25 and 30°C for 72 h, the zone of inhibition was measured.
Results and Discussion
Phytochemical screening of the dye confirmed the presence of saponins, tannins, flavonoids and alkaloids. Among these compounds, tannins and flavonoids are the substances which can give the colour. Tannins are the most important ingredients which are necessary for dyeing.
Antibacterial activity of dye solutions the crude dye extract of Curcuma longa and the separated components of the plant studied revealed the presence of bioactive properties. Results of the disc diffusion method of Curcuma longa are summarized in Table 1. MIC values of the crude dye extract and the separated components against S. aureus and E. coli has been depicted in Table 2. Antibacterial activity of the dyed fabrics having studied the antimicrobial activity of dyes in solution, the next step was to assess their effectiveness on dyed fabrics. Qualitative and quantitative investigations were carried out on textile substrates -cotton, wool, silk, nylon, polyester and acrylic dyed with 10% and 15%, 20%, and 25% shade. The results of disc diffusion method showed that none of the dyed fabrics showed a zone of inhibition against S. aureus or E. coli at the test concentrations.
Antibacterial activity of dyed fabrics was then quantitatively assessed to determine the percentage reduction in bacterial populations in liquid media. MIC of the dyed fabrics against the tested bacterial organisms is shown in Table 3. The Curcuma longa natural dyes are prepared and analyzed absorbance and transmittance in using UV– Visible Spectrophotometer.
The light fastness of the dyed samples were in the range from poor to fairly good. The poor light fastness can be attributed to the inherent property of the dye chromophore to photochemical oxidation [13].
Shenai studied the dyeing of cotton fabric using Eclipta as natural dye in both conventional and sonicator methods. The effects of dyeing show higher color strength values obtained by the latter. Dyeing kinetics of cotton fabrics were compared for both the methods. The time/dye uptake reveals the enhanced dye uptake showing sonicator efficiency. The results of fastness properties of the dyed fabrics were fair to good [14].
Vankar et al. investigated Plant materials which are available from farming regions in the moderate Austrian climate to serve as sources for natural dyes in textile dyeing operations [15]. The extraction of the dye components from the plant materials was performed with boiling water without addition of chemicals or solvents. Based upon a rigorous selection of possible plant sources, a selection of natural dyestuffs applicable in a one-bath dyeing step was established. A broad variation in shade and color depth can be achieved by applying mixtures of natural dyestuffs in various combinations of iron- and alum-mordants. More than 60% of tested dyeings achieved acceptable fastness properties.
On the basis of the developed natural dyestuff-based dyeing procedures, a comparison was made between the effluents from processes based upon them and those based upon the current ‘state-ofthe- art’ techniques utilizing synthetic dyes. The comparison revealed that a lowering of the chemical load released with waste water can be expected by shifting to the plant-based dyes.
In most of the cases mordant has improved the fastness properties. Then in comparative studies between synthetic reactive and natural dyeings, it was inferred that these natural dyes have excellent potential to act as co-partner with synthetic dyes except turmeric according to their shades and fastness properties in textiles. Finally, cost analyses were also conducted for all these natural & reactive dyeings. These results indicated that most of the natural dyeing shades were costly but some of them are closer and few were even cheaper cost wise than synthetic reactive dyeings.
It may be concluded that the colour components isolated from the powder Curcuma longa of contained mainly\ alkaloid in their molecules, and those isolated from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa contained mainly flavonoid moieties. The dyed and post mordanted samples showed better fastness properties. Therefore, the dyes obtained from native plants might be alternative sources to synthetic dyes for dyeing of natural silk and cotton. The data generated through this work may be used as a basis for studying the economic viability of producing the dyes on commercial scale.
The authors are grateful to Dept. of Microbiology, Kamarajar Govt. College, Surandai, Tirunelveli, M.S. University management for their constant support. Our sincere thanks to Dr. A.J.A. Ranjit Singh, Princiapal, JP Arts and Science College, Ayikudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli District.

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