Ultrastructural changes in Raillietina (Platyhelminthes: cestoda), exposed to sulfonoquinovosyldiacylglyceride (SQDG), isolated from Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Neem (Azadirachta indica), has been known to be a curative for various ailments and diseases in the traditional Indian medicinal system from times immemorial. A glycolipid sulfonoquinovosyldiacylglyceride (SQDG) isolated from the leaves of neem has been found to be a proactive antibacterial and antiviral agent in previous studies. The current communication pertains to the anthelmintic activity of SQDG in vitro against a model cestode Raillietina spp. The results of efficacy tests showed a paralysis time of 1.0 ± 0.1 and 0.7 ± 0.01 h, whereas death time of 1.6 ± 0.3 and 0.9 ± 0.02 h, following treatments with dosages of 0.5 and 1.0 mg/mL, respectively. The scanning electron microscopic studies showed significant and unique changes in the ultrastructure of the worms with prominent breakages and furrows on the surface.