Arts and Sciences
Argemone mexicana is a member of the Papaveraceae family of plants that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine by indigenous communities in Mexico and the United States. Through a collaborative project, we have explored separation of key components of the seeds and leaves of this plant to isolate the source of their biological activity. We have already identified two key molecules which give this plant anti-microbial properties against the gram-positive bacteria. Furthermore, we have chemically modified one of these molecules to observe variations on activity. We hope this leads to the discovery of new antibiotic drugs.
Lefeber, Theodore; Pruet, Jeffrey; Villegas, Jessica; and Orozco-Nunnelly, Danielle, "Isolation, Identification, Modification, and Biological Analysis of extracts of A. Mexicana" (2020). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 880.