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Comparative Study of Potential Anti-Cancerous and Cardio Protective Activities of Methanolic Leaf Extract of Cycleabarbata and Entadapursaetha

Mohammad Nazmul Alam, Md. Faruk, Ahmad Ibtehaz Chowdhury, Shekh Sabbir Ahmed, Md. Foyez Ahmad, Mitali Debnath and Mohammed Akter Sayeed
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The comparative study was aimed to evaluate the potential anticancerous and cardioprotective activities of methanolic leaf extract of Cycleabarbata and Entadapursaetha. The screening of anticancerous activity was performed using brine shrimp lethality bioassay while the cardioprotective activity was evaluated using the in vitro clot lysis model. Significant anticancerous activity was found for methanolic leaf extract of C. barbata whereas moderate effect was found for methanolic leaf extract of E. pursaetha and it was compared with the standard drug vincristine sulfate in the brine shrimp lethality bioassay. In the present study, the LC50 values of methanolic crude extract of C. barbata, E. pursaetha and vincristine sulfate were 104.04, 330.31 and 12.59 μg mL–1, respectively. In cardioprotective study, it was found that C. barbata and E. pursaetha showed 45.69±1.96 and 38.19±1.83% of clot lysis, respectively. Between the plants studied C. barbata, showed very significant (p<0.05) percentage of clot lysis than E. pursaetha compared to reference drug streptokinase which is 63.54±2.61%. The results of this study demonstrated that the leaf of these plants possess promising anticancerous activity on brine shrimp as well as significant cardioprotective activity in vitro when tested on human blood.

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Mohammad Nazmul Alam, Md. Faruk, Ahmad Ibtehaz Chowdhury, Shekh Sabbir Ahmed, Md. Foyez Ahmad, Mitali Debnath and Mohammed Akter Sayeed, 2016. Comparative Study of Potential Anti-Cancerous and Cardio Protective Activities of Methanolic Leaf Extract of Cycleabarbata and Entadapursaetha. Research Journal of Medicinal Plants, 10: 113-119.

DOI: 10.3923/rjmp.2016.113.119

Received: September 11, 2015; Accepted: October 20, 2015; Published: November 23, 2015


Cycleabarbata (Menispermaceae) is a slender, herbaceous or woody climber, also known as cincauhijau, has been commonly consumed in India, Myanmar, Indo-China, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Traditionally, it has been also used for treating gastroenteritis, typhoid, intestinal disease, high blood pressure, diarrhea, mouth sores and peptic ulcer. Scientifically, it was also proven that the leaves can be used as antihypertensive, anti-ulcer and antibacterial agents (Sulamanda, 2006; Syamsurizal, 2008). In Indonesia, the leaves of this are used to make a preparation in the form of a jelly which is consumed as a stomach medicine. A brew prepared from the dried roots is used as a prophylactic against fever (Forman, 1960). Those pharmacological effects were suspected to come from its flavonoid content. However, scientific information about phytochemical content of the leaves is still very limited (Raharjo, 2004; Arkarapanthu et al., 2005). The E. pursaetha (Mimosaceae), is an endemic medicinal plant, also known as Elephant creeper or immense woody climber, belongs to the family of "Fabaceae" (Priya and Srinivasa Rao, 2011). The seeds of E. pursaetha, have been used for many ailments according to the tribal Ayurvedic practitioners. The seed kernel is a potential source of drug for various ailments such as cancer (Liu et al., 1972), dropsy, eye diseases, cuts, wounds, snake bite, respiratory problems, debility, Tuberculosis and anasarca (Vidya et al., 2012). Thus, some authors have claimed that the seed kernels of the plant have medicinal importance like in vitro antibacterial activity, which was screened against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. This species possess a variety of uses, including narcotic or as a tonic and also used for curing liver troubles, easing body pains, warding off colds, curing eye diseases, arthritis and paralysis (Johnson, 1999). The powdered seed kernel can be given to women for post-delivery recuperation and cures cough and stomachache. The paste obtained from the kernel is used as a contraceptive (Das et al., 2003). This experiments were designed to evaluate the comparative in vitro anticancerous and cardioprotective activity of C. barbata and E. pursaetha methanolic leaf extracts.


Plant collection and identification: Leaves of C. barbata and leaf of E. pursaetha were collected from different parts of Chittagong region, Bangladesh in September, 2013. These plants were identified by Dr. Shaikh Bokhtear Uddin, Taxonomist and Associate Professor, Department of Botany, University of Chittagong.

Chemicals and drugs: To the commercially available lyophilized Streptokinase vial (Durakinase, DongkookPhama. Co. Ltd, South Korea) of 15 00000 IU, 5 mL sterile distilled water was added and mixed properly. This suspension was used as a stock from which 100 μL (30,000 IU) was used for in vitro thrombolysis. Absolute methanol (99.50%) and Vincristine Sulfate (VS) were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich, Munich, Germany.

Ethical consideration: The study protocol was approved by the P and D Committee (Pharmacy and drug committee institutional ethics committee), Department of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Chittagong, Bangladesh. Blood samples were collected from the students of the Department of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Chittagong. A written consent was taken from all of the volunteers.

Preparation of extracts: Methanolic leaf extracts of C. barbata and E. pursaetha were dried and ground (Moulinex Blender AK-241, Moulinex, France) into powder (40-80 mesh, 500 g) and soaked for 7 days with 2-3 days interval in 2.0 L of methanol at room temperature (23±0.5°C). Filtrate obtained through cheesecloth and Whatman filter paper No. 1 was concentrated under reduced pressure at the temperature below 50°C using rotary evaporator (RE 200, Sterling, UK). The extracts (yield 4.4-5.6% w/w) were all placed in glass petri dishes (90×15 mm, Pyrex, Germany). A 100 mg each of the extracts was suspended in 10 mL distilled water and the suspension was shaken vigorously on a vortex mixer. The suspension was kept overnight and decanted to remove the soluble supernatant, which was filtered through a 0.22 μm syringe filter. A 100 μL of this aqueous preparation was added to the microcentrifuge tubes containing the clots to check cardioprotective activity. The same concentration (10 mg mL–1) of extracts was prepared for the screening of anticancerous activity.

Anticancerous activity screening: Anticancerous activity of methanolic extracts were evaluated by the brine shrimp lethality bioassay, which is widely used for screening bioactive compounds (Meyer et al., 1982; Zhao et al., 1992). In this study, a simple zoological organism (Artemia salina) was used as a convenient monitor for the experiment. The eggs of the brine shrimp were collected from an aquarium shop (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and hatched in artificial seawater (3.8% NaCl solution) for 48 h to develop into larval shrimp called nauplii. The anticancerous assay was performed on the brine shrimp nauplii using the Meyer method. The test samples (extract) were prepared by dissolving them in DMSO (not more than 50 μL in 5 mL solution) plus seawater (3.8% NaCl in water) to attain concentrations of 10, 50, 100, 200, 300 and 500 μg mL–1. A vial containing 50 μL DMSO diluted to 5 mL was used as a control. Standard vincristine sulfate was used as a positive control. Mature shrimps were placed into each of the experimental vials. After 24 h, the vials were inspected using a magnifying glass and the number of surviving nauplii in each vial was counted (Alam et al., 2015). From these data, the percentage of lethality of the brine shrimp nauplii was calculated for each concentration using the following equation:

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Nt = Number of dead nauplii after a 24 h incubation
N0 = Number of total nauplii transferred i.e., 10

The LC50 (median lethal concentration) was determined from the log concentration versus percentage mortality curve.

Cardioprotective activity
Blood sample: Two milliliter of blood was drawn from five healthy human (n = 4). They had no history for taking any types of contraceptive or anticoagulant therapy. A 500 μL of blood was transferred to each of the three previously weighed microcentrifuge tubes to form clots.

Clot lysis: At first, three different sterile microcentrifuge tube (0.5 mL tube–1) were taken and weighed. Then 2 mL venous blood was drawn from human volunteers and distributed in pre weighed sterile microcentrifuge tube. This tubes were incubated at 37°C for 45 min. In this process, serum was totally eliminated after the formation of clot without disturbing the clot. Each clot containing tube was again weighed to know the weight of clot. For the determination of clot weight, weight of tube alone were excluded from weight of clot containing tube. To each microcentrifuge tube containing pre-weighed clot, 100 μL of methanol extracts of both plants (C. barbata and E. pursaetha) were added separately. About 100 μL of streptokinase was used as a positive control and 100 μL of distilled water was used as a negative control. At last, all the tubes were incubated at 37°C for 90 min. In this way, clot lysis was observed. After incubation, fluid released was removed and tubes were again weighed to observe the difference in weight after clot disruption. Difference in weight before and after clot lysis was expressed as percentage of clot lysis (Prasad et al., 2006). Evaluation of cardioprotective effects of both of methanolic extracts are exhibited by the equation as shown below:

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The experiment was repeated with the blood samples of the 4 volunteers.

Statistical analysis: The significance between percent (%) of clot lysis by streptokinase and plant extracts were tested by the paired t-test analysis using the software SPSS, version 20.0 (SPSS for Windows, Version 20.0, IBM Corporation, New York, USA). Data are expressed as Mean±Standard deviation. The mean difference between positive and negative control was considered significant at p<0.05.


Anticancerous bioassay: Following the procedure of Meyer, the lethality of the methanol crude extract of C. barbata and E. pursaetha leaves were determined on Artemia salina after sample exposure for 24 h. The negative control (vehicle only) and vincristine sulfate (positive control) were also used to compare the toxic activities of the extracts. This technique was applied to determine the general toxicity of the plant extract. Percent mortality of brine shrimp at six different concentrations (10-500 μg mL–1) of the extracts has been presented in Table 1. From Table 1, it is clear that the percentage of mortality is directly proportional to the extract concentrations. The LC50 values of the methanol extract of C. barbata and E. pursaetha obtained in the present experiment were 104.04 and 330.31 μg mL–1, respectively. Therefore, the C. barbata demonstrated greater toxicity compared with E. pursaetha. The LC50 value for the standard drug vincristine sulfate was 12.59 μg mL–1. However, no mortality was obtained for the negative control group.

Cardioprotective activity: Addition of 100 μL streptokinase (positive control) to the clots along with 90 min of incubation at 37°C, showed 63.54±2.61% clot lysis. However, distilled water (negative control) treated-clots showed only negligible clot lysis (4.21±0.73%) (Table 2). The mean difference in clot lysis percentage between positive and negative control was very significant (p-value<0.05). Treatment of clots with C. barbata and E. pursaetha extracts provided the clot lysis 45.69±1.96 and 38.19±1.83%, respectively Table 2. The mean percentage of clot lysis by C. barbata and E. pursaetha was statistically significant (p<0.05).

Table 1:Percentage of mortality of both the extract at six concentrations
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Table 2:Effect of both extracts (10 mg mL–1) on in vitro clot lysis
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**p<0.05 compared to control

Cycleabarbata showed relatively higher percentage of clot lysis than the E. pursaetha although the values were significant (p-value<0.05) compared to those of both positive control (streptokinase) and negative control (water). Percent clot lysis obtained after treating the clots with both methanolic extracts and appropriate controls is shown in Table 2. Statistical representation of the effective clot lysis percentage by herbal preparations, positive cardioprotective control (Streptokinase) and negative control (sterile distilled water) done by paired t-test analysis, clot lysis % is represented as Mean±SD **p<0.05 compared to control.


Toxicity profile of plant materials is mainly an important criteria to experts and medical practitioners (Singh and Singh, 2005; Fowles et al., 2012; Okwuosa et al., 1993) and anticancerous assay was conducted in this study to learn about both the toxicity study of plant extracts through the brine shrimp lethality (LC50, 24 h) test. Logarto (Parra et al., 2001) showed a great correlation (r = 0.85, p<0.05) between the LC50 of brine shrimp lethality test and the severe oral toxicity assay in mice. Based on that correlation, brine shrimp lethality LC50<10 μg mL–1 (LD50 between 100 and also 1000 mg kg–1) is measured as cutoff value on anticancerousity (Parra et al., 2001; Chew et al., 2012). In this present experiment, significant anticancer activity was found for C. barbata whereas, moderate activity was found for E. pursaetha compared with the standard drug vincristine sulfate. In the case of cardio protective assay, C. barbata exhibited higher cardioprotective activity than E. pursaetha. These methanolic leaf extracts were compared with streptokinase as positive control and distilled water as negative control. Compared to the clot lysis percentage obtained through streptokinase and also water, a significant (p<0.05) cardioprotective effect was observed after treating the clots to C. barbata and E. pursaetha leaf extract. It is established that there are some bacterial pollutants of plants that have plasminogen receptors which certain for plasminogen. Cell surface certain of plasminogen is instantly activated to plasmin that could lead to fibrinolysis (Pantzar et al., 1998). Bacterial plasminogen activator such asstaphylokinase, streptokinase, act as cofactor molecules that cause exosite formation and improve the substrate performance towards the enzyme. Staphylokinase activates plasminogen to be in a position to break down clots, also damages the extracellular matrix and fibrin particles that keep cell together (Parry et al., 2000; Collen, 1990; Rahman et al., 2013). From the above experiments, it would be alluring to investigate both the mechanism underlying clot lytic effects demonstrated by C. barbata and E. pursaetha leaf extract. However, these activities might be due to the presence of bioactive or inhibitory compounds or synergism by the existence of some compounds. Because a variety of constituents, such as saponin, polyphenols, flavonoids and alkaloids, may be present in the extracts, further extensive investigations are required to determine the specific anticancerous and cardioprotective properties present in these leaf extracts. Both of the plant extract C. barbata and E. pursaetha leaves contain promising anticancerous and cardioprotective activity in vitro. These plants could be incorporated as a anticancerous agent to treat anticancer as well as acardioprotective agent for the treatment of patients suffering from cardiac diseases. Further in vivo investigations are needed for their active principles to elucidate.


Authors wish to thank Botanist Dr. Shaikh Bokhtear Uddin, Associate professor, Department of Botany, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, who helped toidentify these plants. The authors are also grateful to the Departmentof Pharmacy, International Islamic University Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh, for providing research facilities.


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