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Banana (Musa paradisiaca) flower is rich in phytochemicals (vitamins, flavornoids, proteins) and has antioxidant properties. The anti-cancer activity of banana flower extract has been evaluated on the cervical cancer cell line HeLa. The antiproliferative effects were evaluated by MTT assay. The extract was further purified by TLC and characterized by LC-MS method. The ethanol extract had significant cytotoxicity to HeLa cells with an IC50 of 20 µg/mL. By thin layer chromatography we could isolate three fractions out of which fraction 2 had exhibited maximum anti-proliferative effects with an IC50 value of <10 µg/mL. By LC-MS analysis, bioactive fraction was found to have an m/ z value of 224.2 indicating it as a novel one.
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There is a large amount of experimental evidence which
suggests that consumption of fruits and vegetables
lower the risk of cancer (Chen et al., 2004). Phenolic
compounds are one of the most abundant and ubiqui-
tous group of plant metabolites, and are an integral part
of the human diet. In addition to their primary potent
antioxidant activity, this group of compounds display a
wide variety of biological functions, which are mainly
related to intervention in various stages of cancer
development including initiation, progression, promo-
tion, invasion and metastasis (Kampa et al., 2007;
Ramos, 2008). Musa sp. (Musaceae) also known as
banana is a familiar tropical fruit and important source
of food in the world. From its native South western
Pacific home, the banana plant spread to India by about
600 BC and later on it spread all over the tropical world.
It is possibly the world's oldest cultivated crop (Yusoff,
2008). It possesses efficient medicinal values such as
stem juice is used in nervous affectations like epilepsy,
hysteria and in dysentery and diarrhoea. Several oligo-
saccharides comprising fructose, xylose, galactose, glu-
cose and mannose occur naturally in banana (Debaban-
dya et al., 2010) making it an excellent prebiotic for the
selective growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine. It
aids in combating diarrhea and dysentery and promo-
tes healing of intestinal lesions in ulcerative colitis.
Roots of Musa paradisiaca are antihelmintic, flowers are
astringent and fruits are mild laxative. It is also useful
in celiac disease, constipation and peptic ulcer (Mallick
et al., 2007). It has been found that bananas have
curative properties both scientifically and traditionally.
The banana flower is rich in phytochemicals like
vitamins, flavonoids and proteins. The flower has been
used to treat bronchitis, constipation and peptic ulcer.
The extract has antioxidant property that prevents free
radicals and control cell and tissue damage. Bhaskar et
al., (2011) reported that glucose uptake in Ehrlich
ascites tumor cells was stimulated by banana (Musa sp.)
flower and pseudostem extracts. China et al., (2011)
reported that, the banana flowers are a potential source
of natural antioxidants.
Based on the main components of banana flower extract
and its antioxidant properties, we hypothesized that the
banana flower extract may have anticancer activities
against cancer cell lines in vitro. However, there are no
such reports.
Materials and Methods
Sample collection, authentication and preparation of extracts:
The flowers of banana were collected from Bangalore,
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Banana (Musa paradisiaca) flower is rich in phytochemicals (vitamins, flavor-
noids, proteins) and has antioxidant properties. The anti-cancer activity of
banana flower extract has been evaluated on the cervical cancer cell line HeLa.
The antiproliferative effects were evaluated by MTT assay. The extract was
further purified by TLC and characterized by LC-MS method. The ethanol
extract had significant cytotoxicity to HeLa cells with an IC
of 20 µg/mL. By
thin layer chromatography we could isolate three fractions out of which
fraction 2 had exhibited maximum anti-proliferative effects with an IC
of <10 µg/mL. By LC-MS analysis, bioactive fraction was found to have an m/
z value of 224.2 indicating it as a novel one.
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Accepted: 4 November 2014
Available Online: 30 November 2014
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Anti-cancer potential of banana flower extract: An
in vitro
Bibechana Timsina and Varalakshmi Kilingar Nadumane
Department of Biotechnology, Centre for Post-Graduate Studies, Jain University, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560 011, India.
India on JulyAugust 2011. The flower was separated
and cut into small pieces and dried. The dried samples
were ground into a fine powder using a dry grinder,
and then kept in an air-tight container and stored in a
freezer (-20˚C) before extraction. 30 g of dried powder
was used for serial extraction in a soxhlet apparatus
using ethanol. The extracts were filtered and evapora-
ted to dryness in a rotary evaporator. 1 mg/mL of the
extract was prepared by dilution of the stock with
sterile dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) (Duraipandiyan et
al., 2006).
Chemicals: DMEM medium, fetal bovine serum (FBS),
penicillin, streptomycin and MTT were procured from
HIMEDIA (India). Caspase Apoptosis Assay Kit was
purchased from G Biosciences (kit 786-205A), USA. All
cell lines were bought from National Center for Cell
Sciences (NCCS), Pune. All other chemicals and sol-
vents used were of the highest purity grade available.
Cell culture plastic ware was from Tarsons (India).
Cell lines and culture: HeLa and CHO cell lines were
procured from National Center for Cell Sciences
(NCCS), Pune. Cells were maintained in DMEM
medium (HIMEDIA, REF AT065A) supplemented
with 10% fetal bovine serum (HIMEDIA, REF RM112).
Lymphocyte isolation was carried out from the blood of
few healthy male and female individuals, about 20
years of age, who were free from infection for the past
six months and had not been under any medication.
HiSep medium (HIMEDIA, India) was used for the
isolation. Lymphocytes were used as control cells to
assess the cytotoxicity of the extracts on humans. The
cells were incubated at 37°C with 95% air and 5% CO
All cells were maintained below passage 20 and used in
experiments during the linear phase of growth.
MTT [3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium
bromide)] assay: HeLa and CHO cells growing
exponentially were collected after trypsinization and
plated in 96-well microtitre plates in 100 µL of culture
medium and were allowed to adhere for 24 hours
before treatment. Increasing concentrations of ethanol
extract of banana flower dissolved in DMSO were
added to different wells of the micro titer plates. Final
concentration of DMSO in the culture medium was
maintained at 0.4% (v/v) to avoid solvent toxicity. The
cells were incubated for 24, 48 and 72 hours in the
presence and absence of the extracts. Cytotoxicity was
analyzed using MTT assay following the standard
protocol (Mosmann et al., 1983). Cytotoxicity was
expressed as the concentration of the extract inhibiting
cell growth by 50%, relative to cells incubated in the
presence of 0.4% DMSO. The absorbance was read at
540 nm using the ELISA plate reader. Each experiment
was performed in triplicates.
The following formula was used to calculate the
percent of inhibition:
Inhibition (%) = (1-OD
/OD) X 100
(Where, OD
= Optical density of the sample; OD
= Optical density of the control)
Chromatographic separation of the bioactive compound
(TLC): Thin layer chromatography (TLC) was carried
out using pre-coated TLC plates (Silica gel 60 F 254
Merck) to fractionate the bioactive components from
the crude extracts. The silica gel coated sheet was
activated at 110˚C for 15 min. The extracts dissolved in
ethanol (20 µL) were spotted at the bottom of silica gel
coated sheet. Chromatogram was performed with the
following solvent systems (a) toluene: ethylacetate:
formic acid (2.5:1:1 v/v); (b) chloroform:acetone (6:4
and 8:4 v/v); (c) hexane:acetone (6:4 and 8:2 v/v); (d)
dichloromethane: acetone (6:4 and 8:2 v/v); (e) Toluene.
The chromatograms were detected with the help of a
UV transilluminator (254 and 366 nm) and the Rf value
was calculated for each of the TLC separated fractions.
Detection of the bioactive fraction: For the detection of
active compound separated in TLC, bioactivity guided
fractionation was followed. From the chromatogram
developed as described above, each band was scraped,
mixed with methanol and centrifuged at 3,000 rpm for
15 min. Supernatant was collected in a pre-weighed vial
and kept for evaporation. The partially purified frac-
tions obtained from preparative TLC were tested for
cytotoxicity against the HeLa cells, CHO cells and the
lymphocytes by MTT assay as described earlier.
Fluorescence microscopic analysis by ethidium bromide/
acridine orange (EB/AO) staining: HeLa and CHO cells
growing exponentially were subcultured to 25 cm
ture flasks and were allowed to adhere for 24 hours
before treatment. After this period, the cells were treat-
ed with bioactive fraction 2 from banana flower extract
for 24 hours. After removal of the incubation medium
cells were collected by trypsinization and treated with
EB/AO stain. Stained cells were used to prepare slides
and observed under a fluorescence microscope and
were photographed (Cohen et al., 1993).
Caspase-9 activity assay: Caspase-9 activity was assessed
using the caspase-9 Colorimetric Assay Kit (G Bio-
sciences, kit 786-205A). The assay is based on specto-
photometric detection of the chromophore p-nitro-
aniline (pNA) after cleavage from the labeled substrate
LEHD-pNA. The free pNA can be quantified using a
spectrophotometer or a microtiter plate reader at 405
nm. Comparison of the absorbance of pNA from an
apoptotic sample with an uninduced control allows
determination of the fold increase in caspase-9 activity.
Here, HeLa cells and CHO cells were exposed to the
bioactive fraction 2 (20 μg/mL each) for 24 hours.
Following treatment, the cells were subjected to caspase
-9 activity assay following the manufacturer's instruct-
tions. Percentage increase was calculated using the
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following formula:
Percentage activity of Caspase = (OD
x 100
All experiments were performed in triplicate and
repeated at least twice.
LDH cytotoxicity assay: LDH Assay is a colorimetric
method of assaying cellular cytotoxicity. The assay
quantitatively measures a stable cytosolic enzyme
lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), which is released upon
cell lysis. Cells treated with fraction 2 of banana flower
for 24 hours were collected by tripsinization, centri-
fuged at 1,000 rpm for 10 min, and 10 µL of lysis buffer
was added and plated in triplicates in a 96 well plate
along with the controls, positive (1% Triton X-100) and
negative (untreated). 50 µL of substrate was added to
the wells and incubated in the dark for 20 min. After
the incubation period, 50µL of stop solution was added
to all the wells to stop the reaction and readings were
noted down at 490 nm. Percentage cytotoxicity was
measured using the following formula:
Percentage cytotoxicity = (OD
negative control
positive control
x 100
Cell cycle kinetics: Cells grown in 12-well plates (5.0 x
cells/mL) were treated with bioactive fraction 2 for
24 hours. Briefly, cell pellets were collected by tripsiniza
-tion, washed twice with PBS and fixed overnight with
70% ethanol at 4°C. After incubation, cells were centri-
fuged again at 5,000 rpm for 10 min and washed twice
with PBS. Cells were resuspended in 1 mL of PBS and
in ribonuclease (100 μg/mL). Then cells were resus-
pended in staining solution [50 μg/mL propidium
iodide, 30 units/mL RNase, 4 mM/L sodium citrate,
and Triton X-100 (pH 7.8)] and incubated at 37°C for 15
min. After incubation in the dark, fluorescence-active-
ted cells were sorted in a FACScan flow cytometer
(equipped with a 488-nm argon laser), and the data
were analyzed on a MACS Quant analyser.
Phytochemical screening of the bioactive fraction: Prelimi-
nary qualitative phytochemical analysis of the banana
flower crude extract and the bioactive fraction 2 were
performed for the determination of the biochemical
constituents with the help of standard protocols
(Harborne, 1973). All the analyses were carried out
using 1 mL of extracts. In the case of tests for carbohy-
drates, Fehling’s and Benedict’s tests were carried out.
Tests for alkaloids (Wagner’s and Mayer’s tests), test for
sterols (Salkowsky test), tests for the detection of
phenolic compounds (test with neutral FeCl
) and
tannins, tests for proteins (Biuret test ) and also tests for
the detection of flavonoids (Shinoda test) and saponins,
were performed.
HPLC analysis of the bioactive fraction: To further purify
the active fractions, the TLC purified fraction of banana
flowers were subjected to high performance liquid
chromatography. The HPLC separation was performed
using WATERS HPLC system with 2487 dual λ U-V
detector. The sample and mobile phase were filtered
through 0.22 μm PVDF filter before injecting to the
Spectroscopic analysis: The ESI mass spectra were
recorded using a single quadrupole mass spectrometer
(Hewlett Packard HP 1100 MSD series). Spectra were
acquired over the mass range 50-1500 m/z.
Statistical analysis: All experiments were carried out in
triplicates. The results were expressed as mean ± stan-
dard error values. Statistical significance was calculated
using one- way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with the
help of Graph pad prism software. A value of p<0.05
was taken as statistically significant.
When HeLa and CHO cells were treated with the
ethanolic extracts of the banana flower, there was a
dose and time dependent antiproliferative effect obser-
ved in the case of HeLa cells. Percentage viability
decreased as the period of exposure to the extract
increased from 24 hours to 48 hours and 72 hours. At 5
µg/mL concentration of the extract, the percentage
viability of 24 hours treated HeLa cells was 91% and it
decreased to 50.0% by the end of 72 hours. As the
concentration increased from 5 to 20 µg/mL, the per-
centage viability of HeLa cells further decreased to 38%
(Figure 1). When CHO cells were treated with the
ethanol extract of banana flower, we could see a
decrease in percentage viability with an increase in
concentration. At a concentration of 20 µg/mL, after 72
hours of treatment, the percentage viability was 60.0%
as compared to 86% after 24 hours. It is evident that the
effect was more profound on the HeLa cells than the
CHO cells.
Chromatogram was developed with the solvent toluene
for the extract. The chromatograms were detected with
the help of a UV transilluminator (254 and 366 nm).
Three major fractions were separated from the extract.
The Rf values were 0.06, 0.47 and 0.72.
Fractions recovered from TLC were further tested for
cytotoxicity by the MTT assay. The 2
fraction of the
ethanol extract of banana flower exhibited highest
cytotoxic activity than the other fractions. Fraction 2
reduced the percentage viability of CHO cells to 60%
and HeLa cells to 35% at 20 μg/mL concentration, after
72 hours of treatment (Figure 2). IC
value was found
to be 10 μg/mL for this bioactive fraction.
When the bioactive fraction 2 from the flower extract
was checked for cytotoxicity on normal human peri-
pheral lymphocytes, there was not much difference in
the percentage viability at all the tested concentrations
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and at 20 µg/mL, the percentage viability was seen to
be decreased to 92% at 72 hours, indicating that this
fraction would be comparatively safer on humans
(Figure 3).
By phytochemical screening, among the different tests
performed, the samples (crude extract and the bioactive
fraction 2) indicated the presence of phenols (results not
shown). Based on the observation, the functional group
of the active component was tentatively identified as a
Staining with EB/AO of the HeLa cells treated with the
bioactive fraction from the banana flower extract,
showed viable cells in the control flasks as green
(Figure 4a) with intact nuclei and the non-viable cells in
the treated flasks were bright orange (Figures 4b and
4c). Apoptosis was visible by the appearance of
breaking up of the nuclei. The effect of the bioactive
fraction 2 from banana flower extract on the activity of
initiator caspase-9 is shown in Figure 5. The fraction
was found to significantly increase the activity of
caspase-9 in HeLa cells treated for 48 hours. There was
a 2-fold increase of caspase activity in the treated HeLa
cells as compared to the control HeLa, confirming the
Figure 1: Effect of banana (Musa paradisiaca) flower ethanol extract on HeLa and CHO Cell Lines.*p<0.05 compared with control.
**p<0.001 as compared to the control
Figure 2: Effect of bioactive fraction 2 of banana flower extract on HeLa and CHO cells for 24, 48 and 72 hours. *p<0.05 compared
with control. **p<0.001 as compared to the control
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apoptotic induction of cell death in the cervical cancer
cell line HeLa.
The cytotoxicity, as assessed by LDH release by the
HeLa cells treated with 10 µg/mL of fraction 2 for 24
hours, was 32.8% (Figure 6) when compared with that
of the positive control i.e., 1% Triton-X 100, which could
induce all of the HeLa cell death through cytotoxic
effects. This indicates that the bioactive fraction has
released LDH when added to the HeLa cells, and LDH
release assays are an appropriate and possibly prefer-
able means of measuring cellular cytotoxic reactions.
The bioactive fraction 2 of banana flower demonstrated
anticancer activity by inhibiting the growth cycle of an
immortal cancer cell line HeLa. The addition of the
bioactive fraction resulted in decreasing the total
percentage of viable cells to 40.74% with the cell
population in the G
phase at 27.5% (Figure 7 c and
d), S phase at 3.3% and G
/M phase with 5.1% when
assessed after 24 hours of treatment. There were
significantly fewer cells in the S and G2/M phases as
compared to the controls (Figure 7 a and b).
The bioactive fractions separated by TLC and identified
by bio-assay guided fractionation were further charac-
terized by LC-MS analysis. When the bioactive fraction
Figure 3: Effect of the bioactive fraction 2 on Lymphocytes
Figure 4: Fluorescence Microscopic photographs. 4(a) Control HeLa cells 4(b) HeLa treated with 10 µg/mL of bioactive fraction 2.
4(c) HeLa cells treated with 20 µg/mL of bioactive fraction 2. Arrows indicate the breaking up of the nuclei in apoptotic cells. The
treated cells are bright orange in color and fewer in number as compared to the control HeLa cells which are greenish in color and
more in numbers
a b c
Figure 5: Comparision of Caspase level between Control and
samples. *denotes 0.01 level of significance
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2 was subjected to HPLC, there were 3 peaks, one at RT
4.9, second larger peak at RT 6.9 and third at RT 10.1.
The larger peak has shown a mass to charge ratio of
224.20 by ESI-MS analysis (Figure 8). This m/z value
does not corresponding to that of any of the earlier
reported anticancer bioactive compounds identified
when checked in the anticancer database and hence
appears to be a novel one.
In this study we evaluated the anticancer potential of
banana flower ethanol extract on the cervical cancer cell
line HeLa. As it has exhibited very good cytotoxic and
antiproliferative effects, we further purified it by TLC.
Three fractions were separated and all were tested for
antiproliferative properties on HeLa, CHO cells and
Figure 6: Cytotoxic effects of fraction 2 of banana flower extract determined by LDH leakage experiment using the cytotoxicity
detection kit
Positive control
Negative control
10 µg
7a 7b
7c 7d
Figure 7: Cell cycle analysis of the HeLa cells. 7a&b: control HeLa cells. 7c&d: HeLa treated with bioactive fraction 2
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normal human lymphocytes. Fraction 2 was showing
best results with an IC
of <10 µg/mL concentration.
This fraction was found to be a phenol by
phytochemical screening. This bioactive fraction could
induce apoptosis in the treated HeLa cells as evidenced
by the two-fold increase in caspase 9 activity assay as
compared to the control Hela cells. The apoptosis
induction ability was more profound on HeLa rather
than CHO cells. When the bioactive fraction 2 was
subjected to HPLC, there were 3 peaks, one at RT 4.9,
second larger peak at RT 6.9 and a third one at RT 10.1.
The larger peak has shown a mass to charge ratio of
224.2. This molecular weight is not corresponding to
that of any other earlier reported bioactive compounds,
so it could be a novel one with higher anticancer and
anti-proliferative effects. Furthermore, this fraction was
least toxic to human lymphocytes indicating that this
can serve as a better and safer source for identifying a
lead molecule in anticancer drug development.
However, further characterization and animal studies
are required to prove this. Till now there are several
reports on the pharmacological properties of banana
which include compounds that have anti-diabietic,
antioxidant (dopamine) antimicrobial, and antiulcer
(leucocyanidin) activities (Kanazawa and Sakakibara,
2000). Antifungal and antibiotic principles are found in
the peel and pulp of fully ripe bananas. The antibiotic
acts against Mycobacteria. A fungicide in the peel and
pulp of green fruits is active against a fungus disease of
tomato plants. Along with other fruits and vegetables,
consumption of bananas is associated with a reduced
risk of colorectal cancer (Deneo-Pellegrini et al., 1996),
renal cell carcinoma (Rashidkhani et al., 2005) and
breast cancer in women (Zhang et al., 2009). Banana
stem extract from the Musaceae family had been
suggested to be a useful agent in the treatment of
patients with hyperoxaluric urolithiasis (Poonguzhali
and Chegu, 1994), kidney stones and high blood
pressure. Oral administration of chloroform extract of
the M. sapientum flowers had been found to cause a
significant reduction in blood glucose and glycosylated
hemoglobin, increase in total hemoglobin and prevents
Figure 8: LC-MS analysis of TLC purified fraction 2 of banana flower extract
Upper panel: HPLC chromatogram of fraction 2 showing 3 peaks. Second peak was largest at RT 6.88 min.; Lower panel: LC-MS
spectra of the second fraction, m/z 224.20
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decrease in body weight (Pari and Uma-Maheswari,
1999). Though there are some studies on the bioactivity
of different parts of Musa species, the anticancer
potential of banana flower extract has not been
investigated so far.
This study shows that banana flower can serve as a
very good natural source for the development of an
anticancer lead molecule with least side effects.
The financial support by way of the grant provided by
Department of Science and Technology (No. SR/SO/HS-
0072/2012) is greatly acknowledged by the authors. The
authors are grateful to the management of Jain Group of
Institutions for the Junior Research Fellowship and
infrastructural facilities provided to carry out the work
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... It is grown in the tropical regions of the world primarily for its fruits and contributes an important food source after rice, wheat, and maize. Traditionally and scientifically, banana has been found to contain medicinal properties (Nadumane and Timsina 2014). Different parts of the banana such as pseudo-stem, leaves, sap, and flowers have been documented to possess medicinal or curative properties such as anti-snake venom (Borges et al. 2005) anti-gastric ulcer (Khamboonruang et al. 2015), antimicrobial (Budi et al. 2020), antidepressant (Kar et al. 2019), antihypercholesterolemic (Dikshit et al. 2016), antioxidant effect (Dikshit et al. 2016), antidiarrheal (Yakubu et al. 2015) and antidiabetic activity (Sheng et al. 2017). ...
... Moreover, researchers have reported that different parts of banana such as peel, pulp and seed (Li et al. 2013;Zawawy 2015), fruit (Ampasavate et al. 2010;Dahham et al. 2015), flower (Nadumane and Timsina 2014), and banana leaf (Asuquo and Udobi 2016) to possess anti-proliferative activity when tested on various cancerous cell lines such as A549, MCF-7, Hep G2, HT-29, U937, K562, HL60, Molt4, CHO, HUVEC, HCT-116 and swiss albino mice selected from the different cultivars of the Musa. Mostly MCF-7 cell lines have been studied by the researchers. ...
... The extracts showed distinct activity with defined IC 50 values. For instance, banana flower showed activity with IC 50 less than 10 µg/mL for HeLa and CHO cell lines (Nadumane and Timsina 2014), banana peel showed upto 33% antiproliferative activity for MCF-7 cell lines (Zawawy 2015). Although banana sap based anti-cancer activity has not been clearly demonstrated in cell lines or animal models but the presence of flavones and flavanol indicates its anti-cancer effect (Pothavorn et al. 2010). ...
Banana sap is currently designated as a waste subsequent to utilization of pseudo stem in pulp and paper industry as well as other applications which is contributing to the environmental pollution. In the present study, banana sap and its crude extracts were evaluated for antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticancer properties. The role of oxidized and un-oxidized banana sap for its antimicrobial potential against a microbial test panel comprising gram positive as well as gram negative bacteria and Candida albicans using in vitro micro broth dilution assay. The un-oxidized banana sap exhibited a significantly higher antibacterial potential as evident by a lower minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) ranging between 15.625 to 62.5 mg/mL. In vitro radical scavenging activity of dichloromethane (DCM) extract of banana sap by DPPH method exhibited 54.62 ± 1.09 (µg/mL) IC50 value at the concentration of 1 mg/mL. Dichloromethane extract of banana sap showed maximum cytotoxic effect with human breast cancer (MCF-7) cell proliferation at the concentration of 100 µg/mL which was 78.37 ± 0.05% and the cytotoxic effect significantly increased with increasing concentration of banana sap extract. Furthermore, LCMS studies revealed the presence of bioactive compounds in dichloromethane extract of banana sap, such as rescinnamine derivative, dihydrorescinnamine and epimedin A. The present study suggested that banana sap is a promising source of bioactive compounds with relevant antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticancer properties.
... Flower extract was checked for cytotoxicity on normal human peripheral lymphocytes. The anti-cancer activity of banana flower extract has evaluated on the cervical cancer cell line (HeLa) and displayed the highest cytotoxic activity [22]. Banana leaves acetone extract also presented vigorous activity against breast and liver hepatocellular tumor cell lines [23]. ...
... Flower extract was checked for cytotoxicity on normal human peripheral lymphocytes. The anti-cancer activity of banana flower extract has evaluated on the cervical cancer cell line (HeLa CCL-2) and displayed the highest cytotoxic activity [22]. Forty bioactive compounds were identified in qualitative analysis by Gas Chromatography-Mass spectrometry (GC-MS) from ethyl acetate extract of Musa × paradisiaca L. The name of compound, molecular formula, molecular weight, retention time and percentage of the identified component were ascertained ( Fig. 2 and 3, respectively. ...
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Background Many of these plants, have therapeutic effects and can be extracted and used in preparation of drugs, used directly or in combination with other plant extracts for medication which is a common practice in developing counties. Unfortunately, many of those who utilize these plants therapeutically do not have adequate knowledge or training in the safe use of the products. For these reasons, natural plant products need to be standardized and preliminary studies done to evaluate possible risks such as undesirable side effects, overdose and toxicity. Results Ethyl acetate extract of Musa × paradisiaca L shown anticervical carcinoma and anti-malignant melanoma activity in our study. Antioxidant activity demonstrated, that Musa × Paradisiaca L. leaves ethyl extract exhibited % inhibition at absorbance 517 nm with IC50 values = 3.70 to 45.50 at different concentration and compared with ascorbic acid as standard drug. Conclusions The present study indicates the anticancer and antioxidant activity on the basis of biological and phytochemical screening of Musa × paradisiaca L leaves extract. Ethyl acetate extract of leaves was evaluated for its anticancer activity. In vitro anticancer activity of extract were estimated by measuring significant inhibition of HeLa and A375 cell lines by MTT assay. The MTT assay clearly indicates that the inhibition or inhibitory activity of the extract was concentration dependent. Maximum inhibition of cell growth was found at the concentration of 320 µg/ml which was 54.35 and 55.97, respectively for HeLa and A375 cell lines. Therefore, 320 µg/ml concentration of extract was used to study the IC50 value that was calculated as 249.1 and 224.4, respectively. Antioxidant activity demonstrated that, plant extract exhibited percentage inhibition with IC50 values = 3.70 to 45.50 at different concentration and compared with ascorbic acid as standard drug.
... Since the blossoms are rich in vitamin C, it can be helpful in ulcer management because vitamin C plays important role in promoting tissue repair and wound healing. The blossoms can be used for the treatment of bronchitis, constipation and peptic ulcer, since the banana blossoms are rich in phytochemicals like vitamins, flavonoids and protein [6]. Hence the micronutrient content of banana blossom and banana seed is estimated to enumerate the presence of the important phytonutrients in Musa balbasiana ...
... The utilization of banana blossom or inflorescence can add positively to the agricultural produce waste cancer cell line and MCF7 (Arun et al., 2018;Revadigar et al., 2017;Timsina and Nadumane, 2014). The metabolic pathway of the banana blossom extracts and their mode of action have not been significantly understood. ...
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Banana scientifically known as Musa sp. is a famous tropical fruit majorly cultivated in India with a production of 29 million tonnes. One of the underrated parts of the banana plant is the edible flower (banana inflorescence/ blossom) which can be utilized in several ways for nutritional and therapeutic purposes as it is known to have potential antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-diabetic properties. The present paper primarily focuses on the health benefits of banana inflorescence and the bioactive components responsible for its properties. Secondly, the paper describes different traditional dishes of banana blossom made in India highlighting the regionality, ingredients used, and preparation procedures with a view to popularize these ethnic delicacies and functionality of banana blossom among other parts of the world. In India, several different dishes and pickles are prepared with the blossoms. They are used as functional foods and are mentioned in detail in this paper.
... The banana flower is useful in curing diarrhoea and dysentery [15]. The Musa paradisiaca flower is also known for its anti-cancerousproperties [16]. Nanotechnology is the rapidly growing field with its applications in the synthesis of nanoparticle of noble metals like gold, silver and their characterizations. ...
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Musa Paradisiaca, commonly known as Banana, is a gigantic herb. Its main upright stem is called as Pseudostem. Banana plant have lots of medicinal uses.This piece of work describes the anti-cancerous activity of methanolic extracts made from pseudo stem of Musa paradisiaca. Anti-tumour activity of biogenic AgNPs has not been digged in the field of Ovarian cancer. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were identified by the formation of light-yellow colour solution and U.V-Visible spectrophotometer analysis which showed maximum absorbance at 423nm. The presence of ketones, methyl groups, nitrosamines and aromatic rings as functional groups in AgNPS was identified using FTIR. The antibacterial studies were performed by Agar Diffusion method against different strains of bacteria. The AgNPs showed antioxidant activity through DPPH assay. The antiproliferative activity of AgNPs was demonstrated against ovarian cancer cell line Pa 1 with MTT assay and confirmed using PI staining. In the toxicity study, a significant mortality rate was observed with an IC50 concentration of 250 µg, so they are cytotoxic at high concentrations of AgNPs.
... Flavanoids present in banana flower act as activators of IR tyrosine kinase (Gangupati et al., 2017). A very good cytotoxic and anti-proliferative effect of banana flower extract has been reported together with its anticancer activity on cervical cancer cell line (Timsina et al., 2014). Anthocyanins present in banana flower bracts act as potential anti-cancerous compounds which helps inhibit growth of HT-29 human colon cells and HeLa cervical cancer cells (Suman et al., 2018). ...
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India is one of the biggest producers of banana, producing 29 million tonnes per year on an average between 2010 and 2017, followed by China at 11 million tones on an average per year. Banana flower also known as banana male bud or banana blossom is the edible by product of banana cultivation which due to its good nutritional value is consumed in many Asian countries like Sri lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and India. Banana blossoms are usually thrown away by producers, producing huge post harvest waste. They contain various bioactive compounds like flavanoids, alkaloids, phenols, tannins which are known to possess antioxidant, antivirus, antimicrobial and anticancer activities. Blossoms are good source of crude fiber with some biologically active compounds like vitamin C, tannins, myoinositol phosphates, and alpha tocopherols. The flower is used to treat ulcers, dysentery, bronchitis, alleviating menstrual bleeding problems, facilitates lactation, helps in overcoming diabetes, helpful in weight loss and is good for gastrointestinal health. The flower being a rich source of phytochemicals imparting antioxidant activity can be used to prepare various detoxifying beverages and products incorporating ginger, mint, carrot, wheatgrass, spirulina, gooseberries and lemon to enhance the antioxidant activity and acceptability.
... Calameae calamus (Rotan) is utilized by burning, and the ashes are applied to maintain dental health. Studies carried out on the Musa acuminate (Pisang) show that its flowers are reported to have anticancer properties (Timsina and Nadumane 2014), and its leaves can be used to treat wounds (Putra et al. 2017). Furthermore, various research results summarize that banana plant can be used as a diuretic, analgesic, wound healing, antioxidant, allergy, antibacterial, antihypertensive (Lakshmi et al. 2015), and Bambusa vulgaris (Bambu Kuning), whose stems are boiled to treat jaundice. ...
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Az-Zahra FR, Sari NLW, Saputry R, Nugroho GD, Sunarto, Pribadi T, Setyawan AD. 2021. Review: Traditional knowledge of the Dayak Tribe (Borneo) in the use of medicinal plants. Biodiversitas 22: 4633-4647. Dayak is the name for the native inhabitants of the island of Borneo. The Dayak Tribe uses natural and forest products in plants as traditional medicine for health treatment. This study aims to obtain information about the utilization of medicinal plants in the Dayak Tribe. The knowledge about traditional medicine by utilizing medicinal plants has been obtained from their ancestors since ancient times and inherited from generation to generation. The use of various medicinal plants used by the Dayak Tribe has differences in terms of the part of the plant taken, how to process it, and how to use it. This is because each Dayak Sub-tribe has its role model for using these medicinal plants. For example, the leaves are used in one area, and it could be that the plant roots are used in other areas. This paper reviews the use of medicinal plants to treat various diseases by 6 Dayak sub-tribes, namely: Desa Dayak Sub-tribe (member of Iban Dayak), Jangkang Dayak Sub-tribe (member of Klemantan Dayak), Bakumpai Dayak Sub-tribe (member of OtDanum-Ngaju Dayak), Kenyah Dayak Sub-tribe (member of Apokayan Dayak), Tagol Dayak Sub-tribe (member of Murut Dayak), and Siang Dayak Sub-tribe (member of Punan Dayak). The results from 6 Dayak Sub-tribes revealed 63 families of plants from which 133 species. The family most widely used for medicinal plants, namely Euphorbiaceae, consists of 9 species, and the leaf is the most commonly used part of the plants (47%). The traditional knowledge of the Dayak Tribe in utilizing plant resources will significantly help preserve biodiversity and domestication of medicinal plants. Suppose medicinal plants are exploited more than they should. In that case, it will undoubtedly have a significant impact on their availability in the forest area, and if it continues, it will cause the extinction of certain species. This implies the importance of preserving local wisdom in the Dayak Tribe so that the use of nature is done wisely and so that it remains sustainable. By knowing the benefits of medicinal plants, Dayak Tribe will want to conserve these medicinal plants to be used in the future.
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Banana is one of the most important food crops which is generally planted in tropical countries and has beneficial applications in the food industry. A large amount of by-products such as leaves, inflorescence, pseudostem, and rhizomes serves as a source for different industries. Most of these by-products may serve as an undervalued commodity with a limited commercial value, application and in some cases, it is considered as an agricultural waste. This also paves the way to utilize a huge amount of untapped biomass and resolve some of the environmental issues. Most of the edible bananas are cultivated mainly for their fruits, thus, banana farms could generate several tons of underused by-products and wastes. The present review mainly discusses the utilization of banana by-products such as peels, leaves, pseudostem, pseudostem juice, stalk, and inflorescence in various industries as a thickening agent, alternative source for renewable energy, nutraceuticals, livestock feed, natural fibers, coloring agents, bioactive compounds, and bio-fertilizers. Banana waste serves as a potential source for the production of valuable products and preserves renewable resources and provides additional income to the farming industries.
Flowers that can be consumed by human being safely are known as edible flower (EF). In the fast and nutritive food thrive scenario; flowers breaking all the odds out to put their picture as the food grade material with their rich nutritive value. However, there is a strong aspiration for scientific evidences to justify positive impact of EF on health through superior nutritional and bioactive attributes. This review summarizes the outcome of various studies performed until now on edible flowers, focusing on nutritional, bioactive, preservation and toxicological properties and health effects. This article also provides valuable information through systematic compilation and interpretation of published data on edible flowers in order to increase their popularization among the food industry and consumers. Analysis of previously published outcomes revealed that the nutritional and bioactive attributes makes the EF as complete form of nutrition available for mankind and need further exploration for value added product development, without neglecting the identification and documentation of potential toxicological elements for safe and desirable application for future expansion of EF in to value added products.
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We evaluated the antihyperglycaemic properties of aqueous-methanolic (40:60) extract of root of Musa paradisiaca and leaf of Coccinia indica in separate as well as in composite manner by conducting experiment on streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. We measured food and water intake ability, the fasting blood glucose level, glucose tolerance, activities of important carbohydrate metabolic enzymes like glucose-6-phosphatase, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, hexokinase in liver along with quantification of glycogen in liver and in skeletal muscle and serum insulin level. We noted that after treatment of aqueous methanolic extract of above plant parts in separate as well as in composite manner at a concentration of 80 mg/100 g body weight/day to streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat resulted in a significant remedial effect on blood glucose level as well as carbohydrate metabolic enzymes and the quantity of liver and skeletal muscle glycogen. Serum insulin level that was diminished in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat recovered significantly after the co-administration of extract of above plant parts. All the above parameters showed a more potent remedial effect after composite extract treatment with respect to separate treatment and none of the extract has any general metabolic toxicity induction.
Carbohydrates or sugars occupy a central position in plant metabolism so that methods for their detection and estimation are very important to the plant scientist. Not only are sugars the first complex organic compounds formed in the plant as a result of photosynthesis, but also they provide a major source of respiratory energy. They provide a means of storing energy (as starch) and transport of energy (as sucrose) and also the building blocks of the cell wall (cellulose). In addition, many other classes of plant constituent, e.g. the nucleic acids and the plant glycosides, contain sugars as essential features of their structures. Finally, sugars play a number of ecological roles, in plant—animal interactions (flower nectars are mainly sugar), in protection from wounding and infection and in the detoxification of foreign substances.
Chemoprevention refers to the use of agents to inhibit, reverse or retard tumorigenesis. Numerous phytochemicals derived from edible plants have been reported to interfere with a specific stage of the carcinogenic process. Many mechanisms have been shown to account for the anticarcinogenic actions of dietary constituents, but attention has recently been focused on intracellular-signalling cascades as common molecular targets for various chemopreventive phytochemicals.
Background: The role of processed meat in the aetiology of several cancers was explored in detail. Methods: In the time period 1996–2004, a multisite case–control study was conducted in Montevideo, Uruguay. The study included 6 060 participants (3 528 cases and 2 532 controls) corresponding to cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, larynx, lung, female breast, prostate, urinary bladder, and kidney (renal cell carcinoma only). Results: The highest odds ratios (ORs) were positively associated with cancers of the colon, rectum, stomach, oesophagus, and lung. With the exception of renal cell carcinoma, the remaining cancer sites were significantly associated with elevated risks for processed meat consumption. Furthermore, mortadella, salami, hot dog, ham, and salted meat were strongly associated with risk of several cancer sites. Conclusion: It could be concluded that processed meat intake could be a powerful multiorgan carcinogen.
Prevention of cancer through dietary intervention recently has received an increasing interest, and dietary polyphenols have become not only important potential chemopreventive, but also therapeutic, natural agents. Polyphenols have been reported to interfere at the initiation, promotion and progression of cancer. They might lead to the modulation of proteins in diverse pathways and require the integration of different signals for the final chemopreventive or therapeutic effect. Polyphenols have been demonstrated to act on multiple key elements in signal transduction pathways related to cellular proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, inflammation, angiogenesis and metastasis; however, these molecular mechanisms of action are not completely characterized and many features remain to be elucidated. The aim of this review is to provide insights into the molecular basis of potential chemopreventive and therapeutic activities of dietary polyphenols with emphasis in their ability to control intracellular signalling cascades considered as relevant targets in a cancer preventive approach.
Six different cultivars of banana flowers (Musa paradicicus) (Kathali, Bichi, Shingapuri, Kacha, Champa, and Kalabou) were analyzed for the content of polyphenol expressed as gallic acid equivalent and flavonoid expressed as quercetein equivalent, and the in vitro total antioxidative activities of the flower extracts were compared with standard and expressed as trolox equivalent. The reducing power, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and 2,2-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) radical cation (ABTS•(+)) scavenging activities, inhibition of lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid emulsion system, and liposome peroxidation system were measured and compared with respective standard antioxidants. Iron-mediated Fenton reaction was carried out to evaluate the protective effect of the extract of banana flower (Kacha cultivar) against H(2)O(2)-induced DNA damage. The Kacha variety contains the maximum amount of polyphenol (11.94 ± 0.03 mg of gallic acid equivalent/g of dry weight) and flavonoid (0.174 ± 0.001 g of quercetin equivalent/g of polyphenol). It also has the highest total antioxidant capacity, DPPH radical scavenging activity, and ABTS•(+) radical scavenging activity with a least EC(50) value of 0.051 mg/mL. Hepatic cell damage in iron-mediated Fenton reaction caused by free radicals is reduced by the banana flower extract. On the basis of the results obtained, the banana flowers are found to be a potential source of natural antioxidants. This is the first report on the antioxidant properties of the extracts from banana flowers. The study suggests that the flowers of M. paradicicus that are found in India and consumed as vegetable can provide valuable functional ingredients that help in the prevention of oxidative stress.
Glucose uptake study plays a major role in diabetes research. Impaired glucose uptake has been implicated in the development of hyperglycemia during diabetes. Banana plant is known for its anti-diabetic properties and our earlier report revealed that banana flower and pseudostem of Musa sp. cv. elakki bale is beneficial during diabetes in rat models. The present study was designed to evaluate the potential effect of banana flower and pseudostem extracts on glucose uptake in Ehrlich ascites tumor (EAT) cells using 2-[N-(7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl)amino]-2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-NBDG), a fluorescent analogue of 2-deoxyglucose. Methanol and aqueous extracts of banana flower and pseudostem were more potent in promoting glucose uptake in EAT cells, in comparison to acetone and ethanol extracts. At 20 µg dosage, highest net glucose uptake was observed in aqueous extracts of banana flower (18.17 ± 0.43 nmol L⁻¹) and pseudostem (19.69 ± 0.41 nmol L⁻¹). Total polyphenol content was higher in methanol (9.031 ± 0.036 g kg⁻¹) and aqueous (6.862 ± 0.024 g kg⁻¹) extracts of banana flower compared to pseudostem, which were 0.442 ± 0.006 and 0.811 ± 0.011 g kg⁻¹, respectively. Banana flower and pseudostem extracts are able to promote glucose uptake into the cells, presumably through glucose transporters 1 and 3, which could be beneficial in diabetes. Glucose uptake is likely promoted by phenolic acids besides other bioactives. It can be hypothesized that consumption of nutraceutical-rich extract of banana flower and pseudostem could replace some amount of insulin being taken for diabetes.