Abstract Title:

Anti-gastritis and wound healing effects of Momordicae Semen extract and its active component.

Abstract Source:

Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2013 Feb ;35(1):126-32. Epub 2012 Aug 14. PMID: 22889079

Abstract Author(s):

Kiwon Jung, Young-Won Chin, Yoon Hee Chung, Yang Hae Park, Hunseung Yoo, Dong Sun Min, Bongyong Lee, Jinwoong Kim

Article Affiliation:

Kiwon Jung


Momordicae Semen, Momordica cochinchinensis Springer (Cucurbitaceae), has long been known to effectively relieve boils, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids. In this study, we investigated whether Momordicae Semen extract (MSE) has anti-gastritis effects in various rodent models and also explored possible mechanisms for the gastroprotective effects of MSE. MSE provided remarkable protective effects, comparable to those of rebamipide, in ethanol- and diclofenac-induced acute gastritis. In addition, it has demonstrated protective effect in a Helicobacter pylori-insulted chronic gastritis model. MSE also showed wound healing effect on cutaneous injury of mice and stimulated calcitonin gene-related peptide and somatostatin receptors, which may be related to its anti-gastritis effects. In a single oral dose toxicity study, the approximate lethal dose of MSE was determined at>2000 mg/kg/day. The NOAEL was set to be 2000 mg/kg/day from the repeated oral dose toxicity study. Moreover, momordica saponin I, a major ingredient of MSE, treatment decreased gastric mucosa damage indices in the ethanol- and diclofenac-induced acute gastritis models. The results suggest that MSE could be a promising gastroprotective herbal medicine and momordica saponin I might be used as an active marker compound for MSE.

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