Abstract Title:

In vitro and in silico elucidation of antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activities of bioactive compounds from Momordica charantia L.

Abstract Source:

Bioorg Med Chem. 2019 Jul 15 ;27(14):3097-3109. Epub 2019 May 23. PMID: 31196754

Abstract Author(s):

Siddanagouda R Shivanagoudra, Wilmer H Perera, Jose L Perez, Giridhar Athrey, Yuxiang Sun, Chia Shan Wu, G K Jayaprakasha, Bhimanagouda S Patil

Article Affiliation:

Siddanagouda R Shivanagoudra


Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) has been used to manage diabetes and related conditions in various parts of the world. In the present study, ten compounds were isolated from acetone and methanol extracts of bitter melon. The chemical structures of compounds were unambiguously elucidated by 1D, 2D NMR, and high-resolution mass spectra. Identified compounds 1-7 exhibited significant inhibition ofα-amylase and moderate inhibition of α-glucosidase activities. Momordicoside G and gentisic acid 5-O-β-d-xyloside showed the highest inhibition of α-amylase (70.5%), and α-glucosidase (56.4%), respectively. Furthermore, molecular docking studies of isolated compounds 1-7 were able to bind to the active sites of both enzymes. Additionally, the isolated compounds 1-7 significantly attenuated lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation, downregulating the expression of pro-inflammatory markers NF-κB, INOS, IL-6, IL-1β, TNF-α, and Cox-2 in murine macrophage RAW 264.7 cells. One phenolicderivative, gentisic acid 5-O-β-d-xyloside, was isolated and identified for the first time from bitter melon, and significantly suppressed the expression of Cox-2 and IL-6 compared to the LPS-treated group. α-Amylase and α-glucosidase are targets of anti-diabetes drugs, our findings suggest thatcompounds purified from bitter melon may have potential to use as functional food ingredients for the prevention of type 2 diabetes and related inflammatory conditions.

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