PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS AND IN VITRO INVESTIGATION OF ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND XANTHINE OXIDASE INHIBITION POTENTIAL OF ROOT EXTRACTS OF BRYOPHYLLUM PINNATUM.
KeyWords: Bryophyllum pinnatum, anti-inflammatory, gout, xanthine oxidase, phytochemical analysis.
Globally, medicinal plants are extensively used for the cure of various disorders. Drugs obtained from medicinal herbs are low-priced, conveniently accessible and have lesser side effects as compared to the synthetic drugs (Mekuria et al., 2017). Bryophyllum pinnatum (family: Crassulaceae) is also known as Bryophyllum calycinum or Kalanchoe pinnatum (Sadhana et al., 2017). The word "Bryophyllum" is derived from the Greek word which means "sprout leaf" (leaf cuttings can grow) and "pinnatum" is coined from the Latin word which means "quill" (Nagaratna and Hegde, 2015). It is a perennial herb about 3 to 5 meters high and having divergent glabrous leaves (Afzal et al., 2012). It has a sour taste, sugary post digestive effect and hot strength. Herb contains a wide range of valuable chemicals that are responsible for various beneficial therapeutic effects (Jaiswal and Sawhney, 2006; Latif et al., 2019). Bryophyllum pinnatum grows naturally and is native to Madagascar.
It is found in temperate regions, including: Asia, Galapagos, Polynesia, New Zealand, Melanesia,West Indies, the Pacific and Caribbean, Hawaii and Australia (Zamora et al., 1998; Naz et al., 2009). Several significant therapeutic active constituents and secondary metabolites of plant have been isolated and documented. Among these the most remarkable are flavonoids and bufadienolides (Furer et al., 2016). The major bufadienolides isolated from the plant leaves are Bryophyllin B and A (Potterat et al., 2013). The herb is an outstanding reserve of vitamins such as niacin, thiamine and ascorbic acid. Minerals are also found in plant which includes: calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphate, zinc and potassium (Milad et al., 2014).
Worldwide, Bryophyllum pinnatum is used for the treatment of conjunctivitis, edema, cholera, cuts, eczema, piles, chest colds, epilepsy, constipation, asthma, chicken pox, menstrual disorders, and fever (Majaz et al., 2011a). It is frequently used for the cure and management of blisters, burns, cough suppression, rheumatoid arthritis, psychiatric disorders, insect bites and abdominal discomforts. Moreover, it acts as a tocolytic agent to prevent premature labor (Gupta et al., 2016; Sadhana et al., 2017) and also employed for the treatment of leg edema, gout, fever, otitis, abscesses and palpitations (Afzal et al., 2012).
This study is aimed to investigate the phytochemical composition of the plant root extracts and in vitro anti-inflammatory and xanthine oxidase inhibition effects. The roots were selected because there is little scientific documentation on them and there is also need to explore the therapeutic value of the plant (Majaz et al., 2011).
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Plant material and extraction: Bryophyllum pinnatum whole plants were collected in July, 2017 (Figure 1). The plants were obtained from the botanical garden of University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan and identified by taxonomist Prof. Dr. Zaheer-ud-Din Khan, Department of Botany, Government College University (GCU) Lahore, Pakistan. A specimen was deposited in a GCU herbarium (after authentication, voucher no. 3369 was issued). The roots were separated from the plant (Figure 2), cleaned and then dried at the room temperature under the shade for 20-25 days. The dried roots were then crushed into fine powder and stored in airtight plastic bag. Sequential extraction was carried out by using Soxhlet. During the extraction procedure, solvents of different polarity (n-hexane, chloroform, methanol and water) were used.
Keeping the temperature less than the boiling point of the respective solvent, all extracts were dried by using a rotary evaporator except aqueous extract which was dried by freeze drying. All extracts were collected in clean, tarred and labeled bottles, and allowed to dry in oven at 40 0C.
Chemicals: Aluminum nitrate crystals, Bovine serum albumin, Chloroform, Copper sulphate, Glucose, Methanol sodium bicarbonate, Sodium hydroxide, Potassium tartrate (Merck, Germany), Gallic acid (Sinochem, China), n-Hexane (BDH, England), Quercitrin (Sigma life sciences, Germany), Anthrone reagent (Sigma life sciences, Germany), Folin and Ciocalteu's phenol reagent (Unichem Chemicals, Ireland), Triton X (Unichem chemicals, Ireland), Allopurinol TCI (Tokyo Chemical Industry), DMSO (Reagent Densen), Xanthine oxidase (Sigma).
Proximate analysis: The total ash, acid soluble ash, water insoluble ash, sulphated ash, moisture content and alcohol and water soluble extractive values were determined according to standard procedures (USP 2015).
Phytochemical analysis: Bryophyllum pinnatum root powder and extracts were evaluated for the levels of metabolites (primary and secondary metabolites). These were estimated by the standard methods described as: total proteins (Lowry et al., 1951), total lipids (Besbes et al., 2004), carbohydrates (Al-Hooti et al., 1998), total polyphenols (Slinkard and Singleton, 1977), total flavonoids (Chang et al., 2002), total polysaccharides and total glycosaponins (Hussain et al., 2008).
Mineral content analysis: Atomic absorption spectroscopy and flame photometer were used to determine the mineral content of the plant. 20% w/v nitric acid was employed to clean volumetric flasks and then rinsed with deionized water. 1 g of root powder was taken into the beaker. The sample was treated with 15 ml of digestion mixture which comprised of concentrated nitric acid and hydrochloric acid in 1:3 (v/v). The mixture was heated in fuming hood till no more smoke appeared. At room temperature, contents were cooled and filtered. Deionized water was used to make a final volume up to 100 ml and stored in a stoppered bottle for analysis. Analysis of the digested sample was carried out by using the atomic absorption spectrophotometer and flame photometer.
Working solution of standard (concentrations; 0, 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 100 ppm) was prepared from standard stock solution (1000 ppm). The tests were performed in triplicates and concentrations of minerals in the sample were determined by the standard plot (Ahmad et al., 2014).
UV/Vis spectroscopy: Extracts stock solutions (1 mg/ml) were prepared in methanol for the UV/Vis scanning. Methanol was added in stock solution to make the volume up to 10 ml and the same solvent was used as blank. In UV/Vis region (200-800 nm) scans were taken and for each extract maximum wave length (I>> max) was recorded.
FTIR spectroscopy: Root powder and extracts were subjected to FTIR analysis for the purposes of standardization. Material (1mg) was mixed with 100 mg of potassium bromide (KBr). Then the mixture was transferred to die which was compressed in a hydraulic press to prepare the pellets. FTIR spectra were obtained in the range 4000-400cm-1(Pavia et al., 2008).
In vitro anti-inflammatory activity: In vitro anti-inflammatory potential of extracts was determined by the protein denaturation method. The reaction mixture (5 ml) comprised of 2.8 ml of phosphate buffer saline (pH 6.4), egg albumin (from fresh hen's egg) 0.2 ml and 2 ml of the extracts (1%). Control composed of a similar volume of water (double distilled). Mixtures were incubated for 15 minutes at the temperature 37 +- 2 AdegC and then heated for five minutes at temperature 70 AdegC. After cooling the mixtures, absorbance was measured at 660 nm wave length by using the vehicle as a blank. Diclofenac sodium and aspirin were used as the standard drugs and treated likewise. Percentage inhibition of protein denaturation was calculated by the following formula:
% Inhibition = (Acontrol-Atest/Acontrol) x 100
Where, A is the absorbance.
50% inhibition (IC50) of the most active extract and reference drug was determined through the plotting dose response curve by regression line equation where y=50 (Alhakmani et al., 2013).
In vitro xanthine oxidase inhibition activity: In vitro xanthine oxidase inhibition assay was used to evaluate anti-gout potential of the plant. To prepare plant extract solution, extract (2 mg) was dissolved in 1 ml 5% DMSO in water solution. In this mixture, 2.9 ml phosphate buffer (1.15 M, pH=7.5) and 0.1 ml of xanthine oxidase enzyme solution (purchased from Sigma) were added. After 15 minutes of mixture pre incubation at 25 0C temperature, the reaction was started by adding a substrate solution (2 ml).Then after 30 minutes, the reaction was stopped by adding 1 ml of IN HCl. Absorbance was measured at 290nm. Likewise, blank was prepared but enzyme was being added to assay mixture after addition of the HCl. Xanthine oxidase activity was calculated by following formula and expressed as the percentage inhibition of xanthine oxidase.
% Inhibition of xanthine oxidase = 1-(A extract/A no extract) x 100
A is the absorbance (Guerrero et al., 2011).
Table 1. Proximate analysis of Bryophyllum pinnatum root powder.
Physicochemical property###Contents (% w/w)
Acid soluble ash###4
Water insoluble ash###9.5
Water soluble extractives###12.75
Alcohol soluble extractives###10.5
Table 2. Estimation of primary metabolites.
Primary metabolite###% Content (%w/w)
Total protein###21.06 + 0.6
Total lipids###1.32 + 0.001
Total carbohydrates###48.54 + 0.6
Table 3. Estimation of secondary metabolites.
Extracts###Total Polyphenols###Total Flavonoids###Total Glycosaponins###Total Polysaccharides (mg/g)
n-Hexane###1.96 + 0.014###1.36 + 0.016###4.9 + 0.018###15.4 + 0.023
Chloroform###10.93 + 0.017###6.72 + 0.001###18.9 + 0.192###34.1 + 0.039
Methanol###103.84 + 0.022###95.81 + 0.026###39.9 + 0.103###100.7 + 0.008
Water###114.93 + 0.034###76.11 + 0.03###24.8 + 0.035###139.4 + 0.026
Table 4. Mineral content analysis of Bryophyllum pinnatum roots
Table 5. In vitro anti inflammatory activity assessment of root extracts of Brypohyllum pinnatum.
Standard Diclofenac###94.85 + 0.06
Standard Aspirin###85.38 + 0.38
n-hexane extract###23.71 + 0.12
Chloroform extract###20.27+ 0.06
Methanol extract###40.06 + 0.1
Water extract###87.67 + 0.69
Table 6. IC50 of diclofenac and aqueous extract (most active) against protein denaturation.
###(ug/ml)###(% inhibition)###(% inhibition)
Table 7. % inhibition of xanthine oxidase of root extracts of Bryophyllum pinnatum
Standard/extracts###% inhibition of xanthine oxidase
n-Hexane###7.34 + 0.002
Chloroform###31.54 + 0.005
Methanol###88.30 + 0.004
Water###44.22 + 0.04
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Proximate analysis: Proximate analysis was done for standardization of the root powder. The findings of the analysis are summarized in Table 1. The moisture content was determined according to the USP 2015 prescribed method for botanical origin. The testing of moisture content is an important physicochemical parameter. Moisture content should be less so that the powder may be stable for a longer period of the time. The moisture content of the plant under investigation was found to be within specified range which is not greater than 14% w/w (Munir et al., 2014). Ash value testing is of great significance to identify the presence of any foreign matter like silica, oxalate etc. To evaluate the quality, purity and polarity of the root powder different ash values and extractive values were estimated. The total ash value of the plant under test was found to be 13% which indicates it is within official range (less than 20%) (Kadam et al., 2012).
High alcohol and water soluble values have suggested the presence of polar substances like tannins, phenols, glycosides etc. (Baravalia et al., 2011).
Phytochemical analysis: Phytochemical analysis comprised of primary and secondary metabolites estimation. The primary metabolites evaluation included: total proteins, total lipids and total carbohydrates and their content are shown in Table 2. Assessment of the secondary metabolites was included: total polyphenols, total polysaccharides, total flavonoids and total glycosaponins and the outcomes of which is summarized in Table 3. Evaluation of the primary metabolites has revealed that the plant root powder contained varied amount of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Current findings have suggested that the carbohydrates were present in larger amount than lipids and proteins. Occurrence of the primary metabolites has indicated substantial nutritional value of the plant (Odhav et al., 2007).
Analyses of extracts' secondary metabolites have proven that the roots of Bryophyllum pinnatum contained the polyphenols in larger amount in aqueous extract while the n-hexane has the lowest value. Appreciable amounts of polyphenols were present in methanol extract as well. Total flavonoids were present in highest amounts in the methanol extract while n-hexane has the lowest quantity. Methanol extract has high quantity of glycosaponins while n-hexane has shown the minimum value. In aqueous extract, polysaccharides were found to be in abundance when compared to the others. Before the recognition of their significance in science, secondary metabolites were thought to be the surplus product of the plants. Later, their worth was recognized and it was determined that these metabolites play a crucial role (Verpoorte, 1998).
Variety of secondary metabolites chemicals library was produced by the medicinal plants that displayed the inclusive array of the therapeutic effects and biological activities (Wink, 2015). Polyphenols constitute one of the diverse and abundant group of the secondary metabolites which displayed noticeable anti-inflammatory i.e. provide shielding against the arthritis (Bravo, 1998), anti-tumors, gout reduction (Oliviero et al., 2018) and cardiovascular protective effects (Manach et al., 2005). Phenolic contents were found in considerable amount and could serve as a natural source of potential anti-oxidant (Dudonne et al., 2009). It has been recognized that the flavonoids are quite proficient against inflammation and also have anti-cancer properties (Middleton et al., 2000). The presence of the glycosaponins in the plant has indicated that medicinal herb possesses hemolytic activity (Okwu and Okwu, 2004).
Scientific studies have shown that saponins exhibit anti-microbial, anti-tussive, immunomodulation and anti-diabetic properties (Upadhyay et al., 2018).
Mineral content analysis: The mineral content analysis has revealed the presence of various important minerals in the plant (Table 4).Results have indicated that the plant is a rich source of the valuable minerals. Sample of root powder contains the maximum amount of sodium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, calcium and iron. Deficiency of the minerals in the human body may lead to various pathological conditions (Gharibzahedi and Jafari, 2017). Calcium is a ubiquitous macro element that is found in plants. Calcium plays a crucial role in blood coagulation and wound healing (Okwu and Josiah, 2006). Phosphorous is also a macronutrient. It is associated with the nucleic acid synthesis and hence essential for the plant growth (Schachtman et al., 1998). Potassium helps in reducing high blood pressure (Whelton et al., 1997).
Magnesium is an important component of plant chlorophyll (Szulc and Waligora, 2010) and iron is vital for the production of hemoglobin (Laurell, 1952). Presence of zinc indicates that plant may be helpful in the treatment of diabetes (Okaka and Okaka, 2001).
UV Visible scanning: The findings (Figure 3) indicate that lambda maximum for all extracts were present between the range 200-300 nm. n-hexane, chloroform, methanol and water have a maximum peak at the wavelength of 210 nm, 262 nm, 257 nm and 231 nm respectively. These scans suggest the presence of secondary metabolites i.e. polyphenols, flavonoids etc. (Gierschner et al., 2012).
FTIR scanning: FTIR spectra of Bryophyllum pinnatum root powder (Figure 4) show a strong and broad peak at the 3275.1 cm-1 (OH stretching and H-bonded) which indicates the presence of alcohol and phenols. Peaks between 3000-2850cm-1 indicate the presence of alkanes (medium, C-H stretch). At the 1735.0 cm-1 there is C=O stretch which showed the presence of esters and saturated aliphatic functional groups. Peak at the 1606.2 cm-1 showed the presence of an aromatic group (C-C stretch). Peaks between the range of the 1320-1000 cm (strong, C-O stretch) indicate the presence of alcohol, carboxylic acids, esters and ethers. Extracts overlay (Figure 5) has exhibited the presence of alkanes, hydroxyl and aromatic groups. The presence of various functional groups has suggested that the plant is enriched with various bioactive chemicals i.e. flavonoids, polyphenols etc.
In vitro anti-inflammatory activity: The in vitro anti-inflammatory activity and IC50 of the most active extract were investigated against the protein denaturation of the egg albumin and outcomes are summarized in Table 5 and Table 6 respectively.
The anti-denaturation egg albumin method was adopted to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of Bryophyllum pinnatum. Results (Figure 6) show that the aqueous extract has the highest value of percentage inhibition (87.46%), while chloroform extract has the lowest value of percentage inhibition (20.27%). The anti-inflammatory effect of aqueous extract is less than the standard drug diclofenac (94.85%) but is greater than the aspirin (84.96%). Percentage of inhibition of protein denaturation is actually the measure of protein stabilization against the control. Reference drug diclofenac and aqueous extract exhibited marked reduction in protein denaturation. Comparative evaluation of IC50 (Figure 7) reveals that the water extract (IC50= 570.24 ug/ml) effect was greater than the reference drug, diclofenac (IC50= 625.24 ug/ml) (Chandra et al., 2012).
These findings have shown a concentration dependent inhibition of protein denaturation by the aqueous root extract and standard drug (diclofenac). The current investigation has confirmed anti-inflammatory activity of the plant and can therefore be helpful in the treatment of inflammatory conditions. The anti-inflammatory activity of the plant may be related with the presence of high phenolic contents (Alhakmani et al., 2013).
In vitro xanthine oxidase inhibition activity: Outcomes of the assay is summarized in Table 7 and demonstrated in Figure 8. The in vitro xanthine oxidase inhibition model was used. Results have shown that the methanol extract has significant ability to inhibit the xanthine oxidase activity but the value of percentage inhibition is less than that of the allopurinol. Drugs that impede the activity of xanthine oxidase are helpful for the treatment of gout and liver ailments (Ashiq et al., 2018). Xanthine oxidase belongs to the class of flavoprotein that transforms xanthine into uric acid and yields free radicals (Sahgal et al., 2009). These findings have shown that the methanol extract has blocking effect on the xanthine oxidase and hence beneficial for the treatment and management of gout. Phytochemicals i.e. polyphenols, flavonoids and saponins are useful to lessen the levels of uric acid in serum (An et al., 2010).
Conclusion: The findings of current study show that the Bryophyllum pinnatum has potential effects against inflammation and gout. Moreover, the plant contains a significant amount of the important phytochemicals which are responsible for various pharmacological activities. The plant is enriched with various minerals that play vital roles in different physiological functions. There are however, needs for further studies to ascertain its safety and justify its efficacy.
Acknowledgments: The authors would like to acknowledge University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Superior University Lahore, Pakistan for their kind support.
Disclosure of conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest among authors.
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