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The seeds of S. indicum L (Pedaliaceae) are used traditionally in the folklore for the treatment of various kinds of wounds. The present study was undertaken to verify the effect of S. indicum seeds and its oil on experimentally induced excision wound, incision wound, burn wound and dead space wound models in rats. Aloe vera was used as standard wound healing agent. A formulation of seeds and oil was prepared in carbopol at 2.5% and 5% concentrations and applied to the wounds. In the excision and burn wound models, the so treated animals showed significant reduction in period of epithelization and wound contraction (50%). In the incision wound model a significant increase in the breaking strength was observed. Seeds and oil treatment (250 mg and 500 mg/kg; po) in dead space wound model, produced a significant increase in the breaking strength, dry weight and hydroxyproline content of the granulation tissue. The results suggest that S. indicum seeds and oil applied topically or administered orally possesses wound healing activity.
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Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
Vol. 46 November 2008, pp. 777-782
Wound healing activity of Sesamum indicum L seed and oil in rats
Kotade Kiran & Mohammed Asad*
Department of Pharmacology, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, 5, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala, Bangalore 560 034, India
Received 20 February 2008; revised 8 September 2008
The seeds of S. indicum L (Pedaliaceae) are used traditionally in the folklore for the treatment of various kinds of
wounds. The present study was undertaken to verify the effect of S. indicum seeds and its oil on experimentally induced
excision wound, incision wound, burn wound and dead space wound models in rats. Aloe vera was used as standard wound
healing agent. A formulation of seeds and oil was prepared in carbopol at 2.5% and 5% concentrations and applied to the
wounds. In the excision and burn wound models, the so treated animals showed significant reduction in period of
epithelization and wound contraction (50%). In the incision wound model a significant increase in the breaking strength was
observed. Seeds and oil treatment (250 mg and 500 mg/kg; po) in dead space wound model, produced a significant increase
in the breaking strength, dry weight and hydroxyproline content of the granulation tissue. The results suggest that S.
indicum seeds and oil applied topically or administered orally possesses wound healing activity.
Keywords: Burn wound, Dead space wound, Excision wound, Incision wound, Sesamum indicum L.
Wounds are inescapable events of life, which arise
due to physical injury, chemical injury or microbial
infections. Healing of wounds usually takes place in a
direction away from its normal course and under-
healing, over-healing or no healing of wounds is
common. Management of under healing of wounds is
a complicated and expensive program and research on
drugs that increase wound healing is a developing
area in modern biomedical sciences. Several drugs
obtained from plant sources are known to increase the
healing of different types of wounds. Though some of
these drugs have been screened scientifically for
evaluation of their wound healing activity in different
pharmacological models and patients, the potential of
many of the traditionally used herbal agents remains
unexplored. In few cases, active chemical constituents
were identified1.
Sesame (Sesamum indicum L) is one of the oldest
cultivated plants in the world that is mainly grown for
its oil rich edible seeds. The seeds are widely used as
spice globally. Sesame seed may be the oldest
condiment known to man and probably was the first
crop grown for its edible oil2. The seeds possess
potent antioxidant effect due to the presence of
sesamol3-6. Traditionally, sesame seeds are used in the
treatment of wounds, especially burn wounds. In
Ahmednagar and Buldhana districts of Maharashtra
state (India), a paste of seeds is applied over the
wounds and it is believed that the paste possesses
soothing effect and can cure burn wounds and cracks.
There is no scientific report on the effect of sesame
seeds on the wounds. The present study has been
undertaken to ascertain the effect of sesame seeds and
sesame oil (the main constituent of the seeds) on
experimentally induced wounds in rats.
Materials and Methods
Experimental animals—Male albino Wistar rats
weighing between 250-275 g were used. The animals
were caged individually after wounding for treatment
till completion of wound healing. In each group of
different models six animals were used. The
experimental protocol was approved by Institutional
Animal Ethics Committee and animals were
maintained under standard conditions in an animal
house approved by Committee for the Purpose of
Control and Supervision on Experiments on Animals
(CPCSEA).
ChemicalsKetamine injection was procured from
Prem Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. (Indore, India) and
xylazine was from Indian Immunological Ltd.
(Guntur, India). Hydroxyproline and paradimethyl-
amino benzaldehyde were procured from SD Fine
Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (Mumbai, India), sodium
hydroxide (NaOH), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and
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copper sulphate (CuSO4) were purchased from Nice
Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (Mumbai, India), hydrochloric
acid (HCl) was obtained from Ranbaxy Fine
Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (Mumbai, India). Carbopol 940
was from Loba Chemie (Mumbai, India). Sesame
seeds packet (100 g; date of packing: April 2007; date
of expiry: March 2010) and double refined sesame oil
(500 ml; date of packing: June 2007; date of expiry:
June 2009) were purchased from local market (The
Food World, Bangalore). The seeds were observed
carefully for presence of contaminants and the
manufacturing date printed on the oil was not more
than six months from the date of start of study.
Voucher specimens of seeds and oil are kept in the
Department.
Selection of dose, gel base and treatment period—
No acute toxicity study was carried out as both the
seeds and oil are used as food and are considered to
be very safe. The doses for topical administration was
used based on the information provided by the
traditional healers and the oral dose was selected
assuming that seeds are very safe at a dose of 5 g/kg,
po as per limit tests of OECD guidelines7, 1/10th and
1/20th of the safe dose was used for oral
administration.
The sesame seeds contain around 60-70% oil8.
Hence, a water soluble base like carbopol containing
methyl paraben (0.01%) and propyl paraben (0.1%)
was selected as base for both seeds and oil for local
application as gel9.
Sesame seed (SSLD 2.5%), sesame oil (SOLD
2.5%) and sesame seed (SSHD 5%), sesame oil
(SOHD 5%) were selected as low and high dose
respectively in carbopol base. Since, modern medicine
uses mainly antibacterial agents for treatment of
wound, a herbal drug, Aloe vera (10%) in carbopol
was used as standard for topical application in
excision, incision and burn wound models10. The
methanolic extract of aloe contains all the chemical
constituents responsible for wound healing activity.
For oral administration, suspension of crushed sesame
seed (250 and 500 mg/kg) and emulsion of sesame oil
(250 and 500 mg/kg) was prepared using acacia (5%)
as suspending/
emulsifying agent. Aloe vera extract (300 mg/kg,
po)11 in the form of suspension (acacia 5%) was used
as standard drug. The treatment period was 10 days
for incision and dead space wound models and in
excision and burn wound models, the treatment was
continued till the day of scab falling.
Excision wound12,13—The animals were
anesthetized using ketamine (100 mg/kg, im) and
xylazine (16 mg/kg, im). An impression was made on
the dorsal thoracic region 1 cm away from vertebral
column and 5 cm away from ear on the anaesthetized
rat. The particular skin area was shaved one day prior
to the experiment. The skin of impressed area was
excised to the full thickness to obtain a wound area of
about 500 mm2. Haemostasis was achieved by
blotting the wound with cotton swab soaked in normal
saline. The animals were then grouped and different
formulations were applied to cover the entire
wounded area as follows: Group I: Carbopol (1%) gel
(control), Group II: Aloe vera extract (10%) gel
formulation, Group III: SOLD (2.5%), Group IV:
SOHD (5%.), Group V: SSLD (2.5%), Group VI:
SSHD (5%). Wound area was measured by tracing the
wound on a millimeter scale graph paper on
predetermined days i.e., 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18,
20 and 22 days post-wounding. The wound
contraction-50% (days) was determined by plotting
the wound area vs days on a graph paper. Falling of
scab leaving no raw wound behind was taken as end
point of complete epithelization and the days required
for this was taken as period of epithelization.
Incision wound14-16—Para vertebral straight
incision of 6 cm length was made through the entire
thickness of the skin, on either side of the vertebral
column with the help of a sharp scalpel. After
complete haemostasis, the wounds were closed by
means of interrupted sutures placed at approximately
1 cm apart. Animals were treated daily with drugs, as
mentioned above under excision wound model from
0th day to 9th post-wounding day. The wound breaking
strength was estimated on 10th day by continuous,
constant water flow technique.
Burn wound17—Partial thickness burn wounds
were inflicted on overnight-starved animals under
ketamine (100 mg/kg, im) and xylazine (16 mg/kg,
im) anesthesia by pouring hot molten wax (2 g) at
80°C. The wax was poured on the shaven back of the
animal through a cylinder of 300 mm2 circular
opening. The wax was allowed to remain on the skin
till it gets solidified. Immediately after the injury and
on subsequent days, the drugs or base was applied
topically as mentioned above.
Dead space wound model18—This type of wound
was created by implanting subcutaneously a 2.5×0.5
cm polypropylene tube in the lumber region in
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779
anesthetized rats. Animals received one of the
following treatments from 0th day to 9th post
wounding day. Group I: 5% acacia solution (control),
Group II: Aloe vera extract (300 mg/kg, po), Group
III: SOLD (250 mg/kg, po), Group IV: SOHD (500
mg/kg, po), Group V: SSLD (250 mg/kg, po), Group
VI: SSHD (500 mg/kg, po). On the 10th post
wounding day, the animals were sacrificed and the
granulation tissue harvested on the implanted tube
was carefully dissected out along with the tube. The
tubular granulation tissue was cut lengthwise to obtain
a sheet of granulation tissue. The breaking strength
was measured as described under incision wound
model. The pieces of granulation tissue were
collected, dried at 60o C for 24 hr to get a constant
weight and weighed. The tissue was then used for the
determination of hydroxyproline content19.
Statistical analysis—Results are expressed as mean
± SE. The differences between experimental groups
were compared using one-way Analysis of Variance
(ANOVA) followed by Bonferroni’s test. The results
were considered statistically significant at P<0.05.
Results
Effect on excision and incision wound—All the
prepared formulations; SOLD (2.5%), SOHD (5%),
SSLD (2.5%) and SSHD (5%) produced a significant
decrease in period of epithelization when compared to
control (P<0.001). Treatment with Aloe vera extract
also produced significant reduction in the period of
epithelization (P<0.001). All the treatments also
showed significant decrease in wound contraction
(50%) as compared to control (P<0.001).
Comparative analysis revealed that the high dose of
both oil and seeds (5%) were significantly less
effective in reducing the epithelization period
compared to the low dose (2.5%). The low dose of the
oil was significantly more effective compared to the
low dose of the seeds. The low dose of seeds was also
more effective than high dose in reducing wound
contraction-50% (Table 1).
The breaking strength of 10 days old incision
wound was increased by all treatments. The high dose
of the seeds was more effective than high dose of the
oil in increasing the breaking strength of the incision
wound (Table 1).
Effect on burn wound—Like the excision wound
model, application of SOLD (2.5%), SOHD (5%),
SSLD (2.5%), SSHD (5%) and Aloe vera extract
(10%) gel topically shortened the period of
epithelization significantly (P<0.001) and also
produced a significant decrease (P<0.001) in wound
contraction-50% (days) when compared to control.
Comparative analysis of different groups indicate that
high dose of seeds and oil were less effective in
reducing the epithelization period compared to the
low dose of the seeds and oil. The high dose of the
seeds was less effective in reducing wound
contraction compared to low dose of seeds. Similarly,
like the excision wound, the low dose of the seed is
less effective compared to the low dose of the oil
(Table 2).
Effect on dead space wound—The breaking
strength of 10 days old granulation tissue was
significantly promoted by all the treatments; SOLD
(250 mg/kg, po), SOHD (500 mg/kg, po), SSLD (250
mg/kg, po), SSHD (500 mg/kg, po) and Aloe vera
extract (300 mg/kg, po). The dry tissue weight and
hydroxyproline content were significantly increased
(P<0.001) by all the treatments when compared to
Table 1—Effect of S. indicum seeds and oil on period of epithelization and wound contraction in excision wound and breaking strength
in incision wound model
[Values are mean ± SE from 6 rats in each group]
Treatment Excision wound Incision wound
Epithelization period Wound contraction -50% Breaking strength
(days) (days) (g)
Control
(1% carbopol gel) 22.16 ± 0.3073 11.70 ± 0.3578 289.16 ± 3.005
Aloe vera extract (10%) 15.83 ± 0.3073a 9.26 ± 0.2692a 399.16 ± 3.005a
SOLD (2.5%) 14.50 ± 0.2236a,d 8.33 ± 0.2917a 443.33 ± 3.073a,e
SOHD (5%) 16.66 ± 0.2108a,b 9.46 ± 0.4072a 380.00 ± 2.887a,b,e
SSLD (2.5%) 15.66 ± 0.2108a,c 8.91 ± 0.2414a 437.50 ± 3.354a,e
SSHD (5%) 17.50 ± 0.2236a,b,e 9.20 ± 0.3670a 417.50 ± 2.141a,b,c,e
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control. There was no significant difference in any of
the parameters between various treatment groups
(Table 3).
Discussion
The present study was undertaken to evaluate
whether S. indicum seeds and oil promote wound
healing in experimentally induced wounds in rats. The
results of the present study substantiate the use of S.
indicum seeds and oil in folklore medicine for the
treatment of wounds. The gel containing seeds or oil
applied topically or administration of seeds or oil
orally promoted the breaking strength, wound
contraction and period of epithelization in different
models of experimental wounds.
Collagenation, wound contraction and
epithelization are crucial phases of wound healing.
The phases of inflammation, macrophasia, fibroplasia
and collagenation are intimately interlinked. Thus an
intervention into any one of these phases by drugs
could eventually either promote or depress one, other
or all phases of healing. Growth hormone is known to
Table 3Effect of S. indicum seeds and oil on breaking strength, dry tissue weight and hydroxyproline content in dead space
wound model
[Values are mean ± SE from 6 rats in each group]
Treatment Breaking
strength Dry tissue
weight Concentration
of
(g) (g) hydroxyprolin
e
(µg/g of tissue)
Vehicle (1
ml/kg) 284.
16 ±
8.98
3
69.16
±
4.729
2533.33 ±
245.85
Aloe vera
extract 535.
83 ±
12.0
01a
175.83
±
7.574a
6266.66 ±
245.85a
(300
mg/kg, po)
SOLD 530.
83 ±
10.6
78a
165.00
±
5.859a
5466.66 ±
321.11a
(250
mg/kg, po)
SOHD 540.
00 ±
12.8
45a
163.5
±
4.624a
6266.66 ±
245.85a
(500
mg/kg, po)
SSLD 497.
50 ±
8.73
2a
164.00
±
4.676a
5600.00 ±
292.12a
(250
mg/kg, po)
SSHD 522.
50 ±
6.92
2a
157.33
±
5.232a
6133.33 ±
168.65a
(500
mg/kg, po)
aP<0.001 vs. control
Table 2—Effect of S. indicum seeds and oil on period of
epithelization and wound contraction in burn wound model
[Values are mean ± SE from 6 rats in each group]
Treatment Epithelization
period Wound contraction
50%
(days) (days)
Control
(1% carbopol gel) 21.83 ± 0.3073 8.56 ± 0.3621
Aloe vera extract
(10%) 16.00 ± 0.2582a 5.76 ± 0.2076a
SOLD (2.5%) 13.33 ± 0.2108a,e 4.76 ± 0.1406a
SOHD (5%) 16.50 ± 0.2236a,c 5.66 ± 0.1430a
SSLD (2.5%) 16.66 ± 0.3073a,d 5.10 ± 0.1238a
SSHD (5%) 17.00 ± 0.2582a,c 6.30 ± 0.3183a,b
Other details are same as in Table 1
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promote the healing process by enhancing epithelial
cell proliferation and cell collagen formation.
Collagen is the family of protein, which provide
structural support and it is the main component of
tissue such as fibrous tissue and cartilage. The
collagen synthesis is stimulated by various growth
factors20. Growth hormone is also known to promote
the proliferation of fibroblasts21 and fibroblast
proliferation form the granulation tissue. In the dead
space wound model, S. indicum treatment increased
granuloma tissue weight and breaking strength. The
exact mechanism(s) by sesame increased the
granuloma tissue weight and breaking strength of
granulation tissue can not be explained with the
present data.
Lipid peroxidation is an important process of
several types of injuries like burn, inflicted wound
and skin ulcers. A drug that inhibits lipid peroxidation
is believed to increase the viability of collagen fibrils,
increasing the strength of collagen fibers by an
increase in circulation, thereby preventing the cell
damage and promoting the DNA synthesis22.
Antioxidants such as vitamin C, metronidazole and
vitamin E are reported to increase the wound
healing23. Sesame seeds and its constituents possess
very potent antioxidant activity36. Sesamol (3,4-
methylenedioxyphenol), a coumarin derivative
present in sesame seeds is known to efficiently
scavenge hydroxyl, one-electron oxidizing, organo-
haloperoxyl, lipid peroxyl, and tryptophanyl radicals
in vitro and in vivo, it was found to inhibit lipid
peroxidation, hydroxyl radical-induced deoxyribose
degradation and DNA cleavage6. The other
constituent of sesame, sesaminol, sesamolinol and
sesamolin (lignans) reduce lipid oxidation in liver and
kidney24. Since, both coumarins and lignans reach
systemic circulation after oral administration25-27, it
can be suggested that the wound healing activity of
sesame seeds and oils after both local and systemic
administration may at least be in part due to its potent
antioxidant activity.
The oil of sesame was more effective in healing of
excision and burn wounds than incision wound. From
the results, it can be speculated that constituents such
as sesamol, sesaminol, sesamolinol and sesamolin
present in both seeds and oil may be responsible for
the wound healing activity. However, further studies
are needed to determine the reason for less
effectiveness of oil in healing of incision wound.
To conclude, seeds and oil of Sesamum indicum
possess good wound healing activity when applied
locally or administered orally. The low dose of both
seeds and oil are more effective when applied locally
and the high dose of seeds and oil showed greater
effect in dead space wound when administered orally.
Acknowledgement
The authors thank to Prof. Suresh Nagpal,
Chairman, Krupanidhi Educational Trust (Bangalore,
India), Prof Sunil Dhamanigi, Secretary, Krupanidhi
Educational Trust and Dr Amit Kumar Das, Professor
and Principal, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy for
facilities.
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