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An In Vitro study on the inhibitory activities of Eugenia jambolana seeds against carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes

Author(s): Ahmed F | Chandra JNNS | Timmaiah N

Journal: Journal of Young Pharmacists
ISSN 0975-1483

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 317;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Á-amylase | α-glucosidase | sucrase

Herbal medicines have been used since prehistoric times by different cultures worldwide for treatment of diabetes. In the present investigation, the effect of untreated and heat-treated aqueous extracts from Eugenia jambolana Lam (Myrtaceae) seeds on carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes, namely, porcine pancreatic á-amylase, rat intestinal α-glucosidase, and sucrase, have been studied using in vitro model systems. Untreated E. jambolana extract (EJU) significantly inhibited (p ≤ 0.01) α-amylase, α-glucosidase, and sucrase activities in a dose-dependent manner, with the exception of sucrase, where the increased sample concentration did not increase the sucrase inhibitory activity. Heat treatment of the sample resulted in a significant increase (p ≤ 0.01) in the α-amylase inhibitory activity of the sample, while a marginal increase in the α-glucosidase and sucrase inhibitory activities were observed, however, they did not reach statistical significance. EJU showed IC50 values of 3.4%, and 68 and 56 ìg mL-1 for α-amylase, á-glucosidase, and sucrase, respectively, while the IC50 values for heat-treated E. jambolana extract (EJH) were 2.4%, and 66 and 54 ìg mL-1, respectively. Further, a significant correlation (p ≤ 0.01; r = 0.833) was observed between α-amylase, α-glucosidase, and sucrase inhibitory activities of both EJU and EJH. These findings emphasize that inhibition of carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes is one of the mechanisms through which E. jambolana exerts its hypoglycemic effect in vivo.
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