Inhibitory Activity of alpha-Amylase and alpha-Glucosidase by Plant Extracts from the Brazilian Cerrado

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Campus Darcy Ribeiro, University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil.
Planta Medica (Impact Factor: 2.15). 12/2011; 78(4):393-9. DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1280404
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Diabetes mellitus is the most common disease in the world. One therapeutic approach for treating diabetes is inhibition of α-amylase and α-glucosidase activities to reduce postprandial blood glucose levels. In vitro tests showed that several plant extracts from Brazilian cerrado species can inhibit the activity of α-amylase and α-glucosidase. The extracts of Eugenia dysenterica, Stryphnodendron adstringens, Pouteria caimito, Pouteria ramiflora, and Pouteria torta showed strong α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory activity. Eugenia dysenterica, P. caimito, P. ramiflora, and P. torta aqueous extracts exerted the highest activity against α-amylase (IC₅₀) values of 14.93, 13.6, 7.08, and 5.67 µg/mL, respectively) and α-glucosidase (IC₅₀ values of 0.46, 2.58, 0.35, and 0.22 µg/mL, respectively). Stryphnodendron adstringens ethanol extract also exhibited inhibitory activity against both enzymes (IC₅₀) 1.86 µg/mL against α-amylase and 0.61 µg/mL against α-glucosidase). The results suggest that the activity of these cerrado plants on α-amylase and α-glucosidase represents a potential tool for development of new strategies for treatment of diabetes.

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    • "It is well known that dietary fat is absorbed from the intestine after it has been subjected to the action of lipase (Kimura et al., 2008). Therefore, antioxidant substances and inhibitors of α-glucosidase, α-amylase, aldose reductase and lipase may be therapeutic for diabetes mellitus and its complications (James et al., 2007; Souza et al., 2012; Liu et al., 2013; Kawanishi et al., 2003; de la Fuente et al., 2003; de la Garza et al., 2011). "
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