African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
Vol. 14, No. 4, 2017, pp. 46-53
Bioline Code: tc17112
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2017, pp. 46-53
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KINETICS OF MODULATORY ROLE OF Cyperus esculentus L. ON THE SPECIFIC ACTIVITY OF KEY CARBOHYDRATE METABOLIZING ENZYMES|
Sabiu, Saheed; Ajani, Emmanuel Oladipo; Sunmonu, Taofik Olatunde & Ashafa, Anofi Omotayo Tom
Background: The continuous search for new lead compounds as viable inhibitors of specific enzymes linked to
carbohydrate metabolism has intensified. Cyperus esculentus L. is one of the therapeutically implicated botanicals against
several degenerative diseases including diabetes mellitus.
Materials and Methods: This study evaluated the antioxidant and mechanism(s) of inhibitory potential of aqueous extract
of C. esculentus on α-amylase and α-glucosidase in vitro. The extract was investigated for its radical scavenging and
hypoglycaemic potentials using standard experimental procedures. Lineweaver-Burke plot was used to predict the manner
in which the enzymes were inhibited.
Results: The data obtained revealed that the extract moderately and potently inhibited the specific activities of α-amylase
and α-glucosidase, respectively. The inhibition was concentration-related with respective IC50 values of 5.19 and 0.78
mg/mL relative to that of the control (3.72 and 3.55 mg/mL). The extract also significantly scavenged free radicals and the
effects elicited could be ascribed to its phytoconstituents.
Conclusion: The respective competitive and non-competitive mode of action of the extract is due to its inhibitory potentials
on the activities of α-amylase and α-glucosidase. Going forward, in addition to completely characterize the exact
compound(s) responsible for the elicited activity in this study, pertinent attention will be given to the in vivo evaluation of
the identified constituents.
Acarbose; Antioxidant; Diabetes; Enzyme kinetics; Vmax
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