Pathogenic Acanthamoeba strains are causative agents of Granulomatous Amoebic Encephalitis (GAE) and Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) worldwide. The existence of the cyst stage complicates Acanthamoeba therapy as it is highly resistant to antibiotics and physical agents. The aim of this study was to investigate the activity of Limouni olive leaf cultivar against the trophozoite stage of Acanthamoeba. The ethyl acetate and methanol extracts of this variety were tested against Acanthamoeba castellanii Neff. The ethyl acetate extract of olive leaf was the most active showing an IC50 of 5.11±0.71μg/ml of dry extract. Bio-guided fractionation of this extract was conducted and led to the identification of three active compounds namely oleanolic and maslinic acids and oleuropein which could be used for the development of novel therapeutic approaches against Acanthamoeba infections.
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