Science International  Volume 5 Issue 4, 2017

Research Article

Non Proteinaceous Seed Extracts of Albizia lebbeck Inhibits Porcine Pancreatic α-amylase
Faiyaz K. Shaikh
Department of Biotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi Mission`s Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Ashok A. Shinde
Department of Biotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi Mission`s Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Akshay P. Ware
Department of Biotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi Mission`s Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Manohar V. Padul
Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Background and Objective: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic disease caused by inherited or acquired deficiency in insulin secretion resulting from one of the complication called hyperglycaemia. α-amylase inhibitors play vital role in managing post-prandial hyperglycemia because it lowers post-prandial blood sugar by inhibiting α-amylase in the digestive organs. In pursue of finding novel α-amylase inhibitors Albizia lebbeck (A. lebbeck) a traditional Indian medicinal plant was investigated. Materials and Methods: The n-hexane and dichloromethane (DCM) extracts of seeds of A. lebbeck were prepared and investigated for inhibition towards porcine pancreatic α-amylase (PPA) and human salivary amylase. Gel inhibition of PPA was performed on native polyacrylamide gels. Quantitative estimations were performed using enzyme assays. Means and standard deviations were calculated and compared. Results: The n-hexane and DCM extracts were found to inhibit PPA activity on 7.0% native polyacrylamide gel treated with 0.1% starch, whereas, it fails to inhibit salivary α-amylase on the gel. About 25 mg of the n-hexane and DCM extract showed 78.45±3.28 and 61.46±2.05% inhibition of 13 U of PPA with effective IC50 value 6.56±0.77 and 8.76±0.98 mg, respectively. Conclusion: This study revealed α-amylase inhibitor potential of Albizia lebbeck which may helpful to develop medicinal preparations to reduce hyperglycaemia, complications associated to DM.
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Faiyaz K. Shaikh, Ashok A. Shinde, Akshay P. Ware and Manohar V. Padul , 2017. Non Proteinaceous Seed Extracts of Albizia lebbeck Inhibits Porcine Pancreatic α-amylase. Science International, 5: 150-154
DOI: 10.17311/sciintl.2017.150.154

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a worldwide occurring chronic metabolic disorder that has a substantial influence on the health, quality of life, life expectancy of patients and health care system. Of the DM, about 90% have type 2 diabetes (NIDDM; non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus)1. Type 2 diabetes is generally associated with the disturbance in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. These disturbances arise due to the defect in insulin secretion, insulin action or both and mainly identified by augmented level of post-prandial blood glucose, hyperglycemia2. Hyperglycemia leads to various complications including diabetic retinopathy, loss of vision, nephropathy, amputation and cardiovascular disease3. It can also damage body’s systems comprising blood vessels and nerves4.

One of the therapeutic approaches to decrease post-prandial hyperglycemia is by retarding absorption of glucose through inhibition of carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes5. The α-amylases and α-glucosidase are considered as key carbohydrate hydrolysing enzymes that can be targeted to control post-prandial hyperglycemia. Among two, α-amylases (α, 1, 4-Glucano hydrolases) catalyze the hydrolysis of α-D-(1, 4) glycosidic linkages of starch resulting small oligosaccharides. It is supposed that inhibition of this enzyme can control the post-prandial glucose level and could be an effective strategy for managing hyperglycemia3.

In post-prandial hyperglycemia activity of these enzymes enhances and degradation of dietary starch proceeds rapidly. Inhibition of α-amylase, as it is responsible for initial degradation of dietary starch leads to minimum accumulation of glucose in the blood. This will reduce the rate of glucose absorption and prevents hyperglycemia and the complications associated with the DM. Currently several amylase inhibitors such as acarbose, miglitol and voglibose are available but resulting side effects such as abdotension, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea limits their utility6-7. Many studies are targeted towards searching natural proteinaceous and non-proteinaceous α-amylase inhibitors for drug-design to lower the post-prandial hyperglycemia8. Several proteinaceous α-amylase inhibitors are isolated and purified but their proteolytic stability against pepsin and other proteases in the acidic environment of stomach and intestine limit utility9. Furthermore, researchers have been established the antidiabetic potential of non proteinaceous extracts of several medicinal plant10. These extracts are directly or indirectly used for the treatment of diabetic related complications11. Non-proteinaceous extracts of medicinal plants such as pycnogenol, phaseolamin and nephelium lappaceum have been observed to inhibit α-amylase or reduce postprandial hyperglycemia12-14.

Albizia lebbeck (L.) is a medicinal plant belonging to Mimosoid legume and family Fabaceae. It is distributed throughout Indian subcontinent with worldwide occurrence. It has a significant role in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for treating various diseases including cataract, asthma, ophthalmopathy, leprosy, diarrhea, poisoning15. It also possesses various biological activities including anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-fertility, anti- microbial, anti-arthritic and anti-oxidative activities16. This study was carried out to evaluate whether nonproteinaceous seed extracts (n-hexane and DCM extracts) of A. lebbeck inhibit porcine pancreatic α-amylase (PPA) activity or not. Gel inhibition of PPA performed on substrate containing native polyacrylamide gels. Quantitative estimations were performed using enzyme assays.

Sample collection: This study was done at Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. Dry seeds of A. lebbeck were collected in the University campus.

Procurement of instruments and chemicals: Electrophoresis system was obtained from Broviga, India. Porcine pancreas α-amylase, Type I-A (2x crystallized suspension in 2.9 M NaCl containing 3 mM CaCl2) was procured from Sigma Aldrich. Soluble starch, PPA (porcine pancreatic α-amylase), n-hexane, dichloromethane (DCM) and DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) were procured from SRL Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, India. DNSA (3, 5-Dinitrosalicylic acid) was obtained from HiMedia Laboratories, Mumbai, India. All other chemical and reagents were of analytical grade.

Preparation of non-proteinaceous seed extracts: Dried seeds of A. lebbeck were crushed to fine powder with the help of mixer grinder. The powder (40 g) was extracted with n-hexane and dichloromethane (DCM) in the ratio of 1:10 w/v separately through maceration (48 h×three times). The crude extracts were filtered and concentrated under controlled temperature 40-50°C. The extracts collected were stored at -20°C. Stock solutions for inhibition assay were prepared by dissolving upto 10 mg of each extract in 1 mL of DMSO and appropriately diluting it in 0.1 M phosphate buffer of pH 6.9 before use.

αamylase inhibition assay: α-amylase inhibitor activity was assayed based on Bernfeld’s method17. Increasing concentration of n-hexane and DCM extracts were mixed with PPA in different test-tubes and incubated for 10 min at 37°C. The reaction was started by adding extract-enzyme mixture to test tubes containing 1% starch in 0.1 M phosphate buffer of pH 6.9. These tubes were incubated for 10 min at 37°C and reactions were terminated by adding DNSA (1% 3, 5-Dinitrosalisylic acid, 30% sodium potassium tartarate, 0.2 M NaOH) reagent to the assay mixture. The assay tubes were kept in a boiling water bath for 5 min, cooled under tap water and the colour of maltose liberated was measured at 540 nm. Controls without inhibitor were run simultaneously. One α-amylase activity unit is defined as the amount of enzyme that will liberate 1 mmol of maltose in 1min under the assay conditions (pH 6.9, 37°C). Inhibitory activity is expressed as the percentage of inhibited enzyme activity out of the total enzyme activity.

In-gel inhibition of porcine pancreatic α-amylase: In gel inhibition of porcine pancreatic α-amylase was carried out following 7.0% non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, native PAGE18. Porcine pancreatic α-amylase was loaded in lane without or with n-hexane and DCM extract separately. The constant current (100 V) was supplied to the gel till the tracking dye "bromophenol blue" (BPB) reaches the bottom of the gel. After electrophoresis gel was placed in a 1% soluble starch solution in 0.1 M phosphate buffer, pH 6.9, for 1 h at 4°C. After 1 h, the gel was carefully rinsed with Milli-Q water. α-amylase activity was observed on the polyacrylamide-starch matrix as clear bands on a blue-colored background after staining with a Lugol’s reagent (1 g iodine dissolved in 100 mL of 1 M potassium iodide) for 10 min. The absence of clear bands in lane containing inhibitor with enzyme confirms inhibitory efficacy. The gel was washed, in order to remove the excess iodine solution and then photographed.

Statistical analysis: All experiments were conducted in triplicate. Means and standard deviations were calculated and compared. The analysis was performed using Microsoft Excel 2010.

In the present investigation the inhibition potential of n-hexane and DCM extracts of A. lebbeck was studied against α-amylase. The inhibition of PPA by n-hexane extracts is shown in Fig. 1.

About 25 mg of the n-hexane extracts inhibited PPA by 78.45±3.28% in solution assay under standard condition. The crude DCM extract with concentration of 25 mg mL–1 was found to inhibit 61.46±2.05% activity of PPA as shown in Fig. 2.

The IC50 is the concentration of an inhibitor where the activity of PPA reduced by half. The IC50 values were found to be 6.56±0.77 mg mL–1 for crude n-hexane and 8.76±0.98 mg mL–1 for DCM extract (Fig. 3).

Recently different solvent extracts of bark of A. lebbeck were screened for inhibition against salivary amylase and found to have substantial inhibition potential19.

Figure 1: Inhibition of PPA by n-hexane extract. Increasing concentration was pre-incubated with PPA at 37°C for 10 min

Figure 2: Inhibition of PPA by DCM extract. Increasing concentration was pre-incubated with PPA at 37°C for 10 min

Figure 3: IC50 values of n-hexane (HE) and dichloromethane (DCME) extracts

Figure 4: Zymogram of PPA activity in absence and presence of n-hexane and DCM extracts on 7.0% native-PAGE

Zymography is an electrophoretic technique for detection and visualization of enzyme activity. This is important tool to assess the enzyme activity of complex biological samples on polyacrylamide gel containing a specific substrate. Amylase zymography was an electrophoretic technique which explores amylase activity directly on a polyacrylamide gel as discrete bands of starch hydrolysis20. The PPA showed 4 activity bands in absence of n-hexane and DCM extracts (Fig. 4).

The fast migrating isoforms of PPA (band 3 and 4) were failed to produce activity bands with all tested concentrations of extracts of n-hexane and DCM (5 and 10 mg) suggesting complete inhibition. The slow migrating isoforms (band 1 and 2) of PPA were found to produce little activity bands with all tested concentrations of n-hexane and DCM extracts. Maintenance of normal levels of glycemic control in the blood is proved to be effective strategy to treat patient suffering with DM10. This is done by targeting the carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes such as α-amylase in the digestive tract. The α-amylase inhibitors prolong overall carbohydrate digestion time, causing a reduction in the rate of glucose absorption and subsequently lessening the postprandial plasma glucose rise21.

Many studies targeted α-amylase inhibitors to design drugs for controlling hyperglycemia in DM and many plants in different countries are screened for possible candidates22,23. Considerable inhibition potential towards PPA was observed in both selected crude extracts. The PPA has frequently been used to simulate the human α-amylase because it is structurally and chemically analogous to human α-amylase24. Substantial inhibition to PPA by n-hexane and DCM extracts of A. lebbeck could be useful in targeting α-amylase to design drugs for controlling hyperglycemia.

Our results suggest that both extracts are good source of amylase inhibitory activity but required high crude phenolic concentration for inhibition. To explore more about interactions between target enzymes and inhibitor constituent from the phenolics, the purification and characterizations of these constituents are necessary.

This study discovers the anti-diabetic potential of non proteinaceous extracts of seeds of Albizia lebbeck that can be helpful to develop medicinal preparations to reduce hyperglycaemia, one of the complications associated to DM. This study focused further to explore more about interactions between target enzymes and inhibitor constituent from these crude phenolics. The purification and characterizations of these constituents are necessary for future prospective of this study.

The financial assistance in the form of the fellowship to Faiyaz K. Shaikh from the University Grant Commission (UGC) and Department of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi is greatly acknowledged. Author are grateful to Dr. Sanjay N. Harke, Director of MGM’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology for his constant support and encouragement during manuscript preparation.


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