Prosopis juli ora (mesquite) gum exudate as a potential excipient


Prosopis juli ora(Sw.) DC, an invasive weed in India has been highlighted for its bioreme- diation and bioeconomic potentials (1). Prosopis juli ora attracted considerable negative criticism from a section of plant scientists for being an alien invasive species. However, itprovides a varietyof resourcesand additional income to the local people through  re- wood collection, coal production etc. besides bestowing health care services as well (see the exhaustive bibliography cited in (1). Plant based excipients play a key role in the for- mulation of e cient drug delivery mechanisms (Fig. 2) (2). Selected examples of popu- lar and better usedplantexcipient sourcesareas follows: Aloe vera (Xanthorrhoeaceae) as gelling agent, Anacardium occidentale (Anacardiaceae) as suspending agent, Anogeissus latifolia (Combretaceae) as binder, Boswellia serrata (Burseraceae) as natural suspend- ing agent, Buchanania axillaris (Anacardiaceae) as substitute of gum Arabic, Firmiana simplex (Malvaceae) as emulsifying agent, Senna tora (Fabaceae) as binder, Trigonella foe- num-graecum (Fabaceae) as gelling agent.

Prosopis juli ora (mesquite) gum exudate as a potential excipient
Sweta Basu1, Majeti NV Prasad1,2, Sateesh Suthari1 and Boda Ravi Kiran1
1Department of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad Central University P.O., Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2Present address: Visiting Professor School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), Room E120 Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Klong Luang, Pathumthani, Thailand
Corresponding author: M.N.V. Prasad E-mail:
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