Colours have been widely used in many industries such as textiles, food, painting, cosmetic and pharmaceuticals and they play an important role in providing an attractive look to the product. As a food colorant, they used as an additive in food industries and play a significant role due to safety and serious environmental problems caused by artificial and synthetic pigments research has been focused on research of new natural pigments to use in food and pharma industries .
Before the modern era, the natural organic pigments were an im- portant and historical part particularly for ornamentation, cosmetic and textile dying. Natural pigments are generally extracted from different parts of plants like seeds, fruits, vegetables and roots. Sometimes they are also called Biocolours because they were originated from biological things. . Natural pigments have many other functions other than imparted beauty. They are useful in photosynthesis. Hemoglobin is the key transporter of oxygen and carbon dioxide in animals and human beings.
One of the most important quality of food is color and most often the buyer did not care about the kind of pigments used (natural or synthetic). But recently with reference to food colorant there is an aversion towards synthetic pigments that they are engaged with several harmful elements while natural pigments are safe from pharmacolo- gical view. However, there are very limited natural pigments which are permitted for human foods . Recently there have been changes in the legislation also causing a significant reduction in number of syn- thetic colours used in foods.
A major number of Streptomycetes are neutrophilic and isolated at neutral pH. In case of acidophilic strains, the pH of medium can be adjusted accordingly and alkalophilic strain than pH could be changed . 16S rRNA sequencing is used as a most powerful technique to se- quence and the phylogenetic studies of actinomycetes  by using 16s rRNA technique . Phylogenetic analysis of actinomycetes is done by studying the sequence for molecular identification using computer software. The main benefit of 16S rDNA generally allows the identification of actinomycetes up to genus level.
Actinomycetes are largest group of antibiotic producers in the pharmaceutical industries. Despite the production of antibiotics is of great benefit in medicine, some actinomycetes are pathogens and some cause allergic reactions. Actinomycetes sometimes cause biodeteriora- tion of materials and are often responsible for spoilage of hay, straw, cereal grains, seeds, wood, paper, wool, hydrocarbons. Biologically actinomycetes can play an important role in waste management and its recycling of materials in nature .
2.Materials and methods

2.1.Isolation and characterization of actinomycetes

The isolation of actinmycete ARITM02 was done on the basis of morphological, biochemical and molecular characterization .
The optimization of various parameters for pigment production by actinomycete isolate was carried out. Parameters namely temperature, pH, carbon sources, nitrogen sources and incubation time were carried out using the protocol of with minor modifications.

2.2.Extraction of pigment

The starch casein broth was prepared for extraction of pigment. Actinomycete isolate was inoculated into medium and incubated under standard optimized conditions.
Parameters namely temperature, pH, carbon sources, nitrogen sources and incubation time were carried out using the protocol of with minor modifications.

2.3.Extraction of pigment

The starch casein broth was prepared for extraction of pigment. Actinomycete isolate was inoculated into medium and incubated under standard optimized conditions. As maximum production was observed on the 4th day of incubation, fermentation was terminated after 96 h and stored in BOD at 2–3 °C temperature. The broth was centrifuged and separated by solvent extraction method using different solvents from culture supernatant. The crude pigment was separated, collected and dried in vacuum oven at 40 °C overnight.

2.4.Purification of crude pigment

The crude pigment was screened for number of fragments by Thin- Layer Chromatography (TLC) plates using Methanol: acetone: water: (4:4:2), Chloroform: methanol (9:1), Chloroform: methanol (6:4), Ethanol: water: chloroform (4:4:2) and Ethanol: water: chloroform (4:2:4) solvent system. The chromatographic chamber with solvent was kept for 15 mints for equilibration. The sample was spotted on ready- made silica gel sheet (Merk) with the help of capillary tube and air dried. A control sheet without spot was also used as a blank. The TLC sheets now dipped in solvent system and allowed to run. TLC sheet was carefully removed and air dried. The TLC plates were exposed to iodine vapors, sprayed with vanillin and ninhydrin separately. Retention factor (Rf) value was calculated according to the following equation from the chromatogram.



Purification of the pigment was carried out by column chromato- graphy using silica gel (60–120 mesh). Fractions were collected at 20 min interval. TLC of each fraction was performed. The fractions having same Rf value were mixed together and the solvent was eva- porated at 40 °C in a vacuum oven. These fractions were tested for their antimicrobial activity by using the well agar diffusion method. The pure compound obtained was stored in an ampoule at 4 °C.
2.5 Characterization of purified pigment

2.4.1.UV–Vis spectrophotometer analysis
The UV–Visible absorption spectra of the bioactive component in solvent extracts were determined with a UV–Vis spectrophotometer (PerkinElmer) at 200–600 nm to determine the Lambda maximum of the band.

2.6.Fourier transform infra red (FTIR) spectroscopy

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, analysis, is a tech- nique that provides information about the chemical bonding or mole- cular structure of materials, whether organic or inorganic. The tech- nique works on the fact that bonds and groups of bonds vibrate at characteristic frequencies. A molecule that is exposed to infrared rays absorbs infrared energy at frequencies, which are characteristic to that molecule. The purified pigment sample was subjected to FT –IR spec- troscopic analysis (Perkin Elmer Lambda), equipped with KBr beam splitter with DTGS (Deuterated triglycine sulfate) detector.

2.7.Mass spectroscopy analysis

Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique which identifies compounds based on the atomic sample composition of the molecules and their charge state. Therefore, “blind” analysis of unknown samples is possible since MS does not require detailed prior knowledge of the sample composition. Ideally, the chemical identification by MS is not limited by analyte pre-selection as, for example, in analysis techniques based on fluorescent or radioactive labeling. This bears the advantage that the analysis technique itself does not make any functional changes to th
molecules under investigation. The applications of mass spec- trometry range from among others environmental analysis, isotope dating and tracking, trace gas analysis, proteomics, lipidomics, meta- bolomics to clinical applications.

2.8.Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy analysis

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy most commonly known as NMR spectroscopy is the technique which exploits the magnetic prop- erties of certain nuclei. The pigment was analyzed by NMR spectro- photometer.

2.9.Antimicrobial activity

For evaluation of antimicrobial activity of pigment was done by well agar diffusion method, wells were drilled using a sterile cork borer in fresh test microbial lawn cultures on nutrient agar medium for bacteria. The pigment with dissolved in methanol was then administered to fullness in each well. The plates were incubated at 35 °C for 24–48 h. Bioactivity was determined by measuring the diameter of inhibitory zones (mm) of test microorganisms around the well after incubation. The antibiotic tetracycline was used as a control (7 µg/ml) for bacteria and nystatine (10 µg/ml) used for fungi.

2.10.Toxicity test of pigment

HDF (Human dermal fibroblast) and U-87 (Human Glial cell) cell lines were procured from National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Pune, India. HDF and U-87 stock cells were cultured in Ham’s F12 medium supplemented with 10% inactivated Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS)
penicillin (100 IU/ml), streptomycin (100 μg/ml) and amphotericin B (5 μg/ml) in an humidified atmosphere of 5% CO2 at 37 °C until con- fluent. The cells were dissociated with TPVG solution (0.2% trypsin, 0.02% EDTA, 0.05% glucose in PBS). The stock cultures were grown in 25 cm2 culture flasks and all experiments were carried out in 96 mi- crotitre plates (Tarsons India Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, India).
The absorbance was measured using a microplate reader at a wa- velength of 540 nm. The percentage growth inhibition was calculated using the following formula and concentration of test drug needed to inhibit cell growth by 50% (CTC50) values is generated from the dose- response curves for each cell line.



Mean OD of control group

2.11.Antioxidant test

The DPPH free radical is reduced to a corresponding hydrazine when it reacts with hydrogen donors. The DPPH radical is purple in color and upon reaction with hydrogen donor changes to yellow color. It is a discoloration assay, which is evaluated by the addition of the antioxidant to a DPPH solution in ethanol or methanol and the decrease in absorbance was measured at 490 nm.


The assay was carried out in a 96 well microtitre plate. To 200 μl of DPPH solution, 10 μl of each of the test sample or the standard solution was added separately in wells of the microtitre plate. The final con- centration of the test and standard solutions used were 1000, 500, 250, 125, 62.5, 31.25 and 15.625, 7.812 μg/ml. The plates were incubated at 37° C for 30 min and the absorbance of each solution was measured at 490 nm, using a microplate reader.


3.1.Separation and purification of pigment

The pigment was extracted by using different solvents. The me- thanol was found suitable solvent for extraction of pigment. The crude pigment compound was screened for number of components by Thin- Layer Chromatography (TLC) plate. The Methanol:acetone:water: (4:4:2) was found best solvent system for TLC. A dark red single spot along with very light spot was found after spray of ninhydrin (Fig. 4). The Rf value was found 0.76 which indicates protein nature of pigment.

The pigment obtained was stored in an ampoule at 4 °C.

3.2.Characterization of pigment

3.2.1.UV–Vis spectroscopy
The UV–Vis spectrum was found by UV–Vis spectrophotometer (Modal: PerkinElmer-650). The spectra showed lambda max at 277.44 (Fig. 1).
FTIR spectroscopy is important for the interpretation of the struc- ture binding capacity, affinity and sites of metal ions in pigment. The spectrum obtained from Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT- IR Spectroscopy, Modal no. L125000P) indicates strong bands at 3422 cm−1 (Hydroxide group or amin group), 2893 and 2834 cm−1 (Aromatic or benzene group), 1761 cm−1 (Lacton group) and 1643 cm−1 showed aliphatic group (Fig. 2).

3.3.Mass spectroscopy

Mass spectrometry has the ability to provide highly accurate mo- lecular mass measurements for compound. The mass spectrum was analyzed and the molecular mass of the pigment was found 621.7 Da (Fig. 3).

3.4.Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

The 1HNMR spectrum is obtained by NMR spectroscopy. The in- terpretation of NMR spectrum concluded that the expected molecular formula of pigmented compound is C34H43N3O8. The suggested ex- pected structure of pigment is shown in Figs. 4 and 5.

3.5.Antioxidant assay

DPPH is reduction of purple colored DPPH in the presents of hy- drogen donating antioxidant, by formation of yellow colored non ra- dical form of DPPH. The scavenging activity was increased when in- creasing of concentration of pigment and IC50 value found 62.5 µg/ml. This result shows that pigment also have good antioxidant activity and could be used further as an antioxidant compound (Fig. 6).

3.6.Toxicity test by MTT assay

The toxicity effect was studied on different concentration was tested from 31.25, 62.50,150,250,500,1000 and 2000 µg/ml. It is found that cell inhibition is increasing as dose of pigmented compound increasing on both cell lines. The cytotoxic effect of pigmented compound showed CTC50 > 1000 μg/ml which indicates that pigmented compound has very low cytotoxicity or mildly toxic against both cell lines. The study confirmed that the natural pigment has very less cytotoxic effect and probably used in food and pharma industries as a natural colorant agent. Compound is more effective against cancer cell lines as com-pared to normal cell lines (Fig. 7)

3.7. Antimicrobial activity of pigment
In well agar diffusion method, purified pigment was used and dis-solved in methanol. The result indicates that the pigment have antag-onistic activity against microorganisms including bacteria, yeast and molds but didn’t showed any activity against dermetophytes (Fig. 8).

Authors are very thankful to Department of Life Sciences, ITM University, Gwalior, India for providing necessary facilities.

Ethical statement
This article does not contain any studies with human participants and/or animals performed any of the authors. Formal consent is not required in this study.









Fig. 1. UV-Vis spectrum of pigment, extracted from selected iso-late ARITM02

Fig. 2. The FTIR spectrum of pigment.


Fig. 3. Mass spectrum of pigment.

Fig. 4. NMR spectrum of pigment.

Fig. 5. The expected molecular structure of pigment.

Fig. 6. Showing antioxidant activity of pigment by DPPH assay.

Fig. 7. Cytotoxic properties of test drugs against cell lines, HDF and U-87.

Fig. 8. Graph represents antibiogram of pigment against various microorganisms.

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