Ancistrocladaceae’s Antiviral Potential against African Swine Fever (ASF) Explored with Hettich ROTOFIX 32A Benchtop Centrifuge
Biomed Central Journal published a study on the antiviral potential of the Ancistrocladaceae plant against African swine fever (ASF),which employed the Hettich ROTOFIX 32A benchtop centrifuge. ASF is a contagious and deadly acute haemorrhagic viral disease that continues to plague the pig industry that a vaccination protocol.
The ethno-veterinary products for ASF management were pre-screened at the beginning of the study. The leaves, stem and roots were screened with photo chemicals, and from this, the plant’s chemical compounds were identified. Ancistrocladaceae extracts and plant components were then processed further with the Hettich ROTOFIX 32A. Specific extracts and components were centrifuged at 2,150 rpm for five minutes. Centrifugation enabled scientists and researchers to accurately observe and analyze the samples for this study.
Recent ASF outbreaks were handled by farmers using ethno-veterinary preparations with extracts from Ancistrocladaceae. Results of the study confirmed the farmers’ positive testimonials regarding use of the plant. The comprehensive methods used for experimentation and analysis showed that Ancistrocladaceae extracts definitely contained antiviral/ virucidal qualities against the ASF virus. There were thirty five (35) compounds in the plant, which were discovered using GC-MS protocol. It revealed that the ASF virus (NIG 99) was significantly reduced by extracts and fractions in the plant. However, cytotoxicity was very high with the plant’s use, because its extracts also decreased the primary cells used in the assay.
There is great potential for developing new treatments for ASF and other animal viruses with further research on the antiviral compounds of Ancistrocladeceae and other plants. Hettich’s ROTOFIX 32A is a quiet, safe and reliable benchtop centrifuge that facilitates similar important research and other essential testing every day, worldwide.
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