Evaluation of hypoglycemic effects of polyphenols and extracts from Penthorum chinense

Doudou Huang, Yun Jiang, Wansheng Chen, Fengyan Yao, Guanghui Huang, Lianna Sun
Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2015 April 2, 163: 256-63

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Penthorum chinense Pursh has a long history of use as a health food and folk medicine to alleviate "heat"-associated disorders, promote circulation and diuresis, and to treat liver problems, and to protect the spleen. In this study we provide experimental evidence for the clinical use of Penthorum chinense in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. The aim of the study was to investigate the hypoglycemic effects of extracts and active constituents from Penthorum chinense.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: High fat diet and STZ (35mg/kg) induced diabetic rats were administered with Penthorum chinense extract at graded oral doses (150 and 300mg/kg/day, ig.) for 2 weeks. A range of parameters, including blood glucose and lipid, serum insulin, glucose tolerance, were tested to evaluate its anti-hyperglycemic effects. Moreover, oral starch tolerance test (OSTT) was performed to test the level of postprandial glucose after administrating Penthorum chinense extract. In vitro study, the Penthorum chinense extracts and purified Penthorum chinense polyphenols were tested for α-amylase inhibitory activity. The polyphenols were determined by UPLC-Q-TOF mass spectrometry and NMR.

RESULTS: The Penthorum chinense extract possessed anti-hyperglycemic activities as shown by the decreased serum levels of glycosylated hemoglobulin A1C (HbA1c), triglyceride(TG), total cholesterol (TC), and low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), as well as increased serum levels of high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) and insulin. Penthorum chinense extract also improved the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) to a certain degree. Moreover, the OSTT study showed that in diabetic rats, the extract (600mg/kg) caused a significant hypoglycemic effect with a blood glucose reduction of 42% at 60min. To identify the active constituents, three polyphenols, pinocembrin-7-O-[4″,6″-hexahydroxydiphenoyl]-β-d-glucose (1), pinocembrin-7-O-[3″-O-galloyl-4″, 6″-hexahydroxydiphenoyl]-β- d-glucose (2), and thonningianin A (3) were isolated from Penthorum chinense. Compounds 1-3 moderately inhibited α-amylase activity, with IC50 values of 0.14, 0.03, and 0.08µmol/ml, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: The folk medicinal plant, Penthorum chinense produced a moderated anti-hyperglycemic effect on STZ-induced diabetic rats and starch induced postprandial hyperglycemic mice.

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