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Title: Evaluation of effect of aqueous extract of Enicostemma littorale Blume in streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetic rats
Authors: Vishwakarma, Santosh L
Rakesh D, Sonawane
Rajani, M
Goyal, Ramesh K
Keywords: Diabetes
Enicostemma littorale
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The present investigation was undertaken to standardize and study the dose-dependent effect of three weeks treatment with hot and cold aqueous extract of E. littorale (0.5, 1 and 2 g/kg, po) on streptozotocin (STZ) induced type I diabetic (confirmed by histopathology) rats (45 mg/kg, iv single dose). Treatment of rats with STZ produced cardinal signs of diabetes-mellitus like a significant loss of body weight, polyuria and polydipsia. There was also a significant increase in fasting blood glucose levels and AUCglucose associated with decrease in insulin levels and AUCinsulin in STZ-diabetic rats. Treatment with E. littorale hot extract (1 and 2 g/kg) significantly reduced the elevated food intake and water intake, glucose and AUCglucose levels of diabetic rats. There was also a significant increase in serum cholesterol, serum triglyceride in the STZ diabetic rats. Treatment with E. littorale hot extract (1 and 2 g/kg) significantly decreased all these elevated levels in diabetic rats. Hot aqueous extract of E. littorale at 0.5 g/kg produced a significant decrease in serum glucose and triglycerides. At this doses serum cholesterol and AUCglucose were not found to be altered significantly.TLC finger-print profiles were established for the aqueous extract using HPTLC. Swertiamarin, which was used as a chemical marker, was found to be one of the major components in the hot extract while it was absent in cold extract. The results suggest that E. littorale possesses potential antidiabetic activity and improves lipid profile at a small dose of 0.5 g/kg.
Page(s): 26-30
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Source:IJEB Vol.48(01) [January 2010]

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