Study of the Enzymatic and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Phenolic Extracts of Atriplex halimus L. and Haloxylon scoparium Pomel

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Research Article - Der Pharma Chemica ( 2017) Volume 9, Issue 1

Study of the Enzymatic and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Phenolic Extracts of Atriplex halimus L. and Haloxylon scoparium Pomel

Samira Belhadj Tahar*, Mahfoud Hadj-Mahammed, Adré Pichette, Vakhtang Mshvildadze and Mohamed Yousfi
1Laboratory of Biogeochemistry of Desert Environments, Ouargla University, Ouargla, Algeria
2Université Amar Télidji Laghouat, Laghouat, Algeria
3Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 555 boul. de l’Université, Chicoutimi, Québec G7H 2B1, Canada
*Corresponding Author:
Samira Belhadj Tahar, Laboratory of Biogeochemistry of Desert Environments, Ouargla University, Ouargla, Algeria,


Several of experimental studies and molecular investigations highlight the power of herbs to evidence-based medicine. In Algeria, a number of medicinal plants have been studied for the treatment of diabetes such as Haloxylon scoparium pomel and Atriplex halimus L., growing in arid and subarid areas, known for its hypoglycemic activity and widely used by the local population as remedy to treat diabetes mellitus. Reported to be used for anti-inflammatory. The objective of this review is assessing these plants extracts effect in vitro on the activity of α-amylase to give value to this important traditional medicinal plant as antidiabetic, and evaluate the anti-inflammatory potential. the inhibitory activity of the dichloromethane fraction A. halimus L. of α-amylase has a remarkable inhibition percentage, equal to 61.43% with an IC50 value equal to 0.5 mg/ml followed by the butanol fraction of rods haloxylon scoparium pomel 56.21% and the IC50 equal to 0.73 mg/ml. In fact, the dichoromethane extracts of the stems and flowers of the species Haloxylon scoparium pomel exhibit very high NO inhibition percentages at a concentration equal to 160 μg/ml The dichoromethane extract of the species Atriplex halimus L. demonstrates the With 97.6% inhibition of NO production at 160 μg/ml.


Medicinal plants, Bioactive compounds, Polyphenols, α-amylase, In vitro


Besides the traditional treatment of several diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and other pathologies is a custom known in Algeria, which has a rich heritage of medicinal and food agricultural resources. What makes the Algerian flora a very interesting track for the development of therapeutic activity of these plants? In this context, the objective of our study is focused on haloxylon scoparium pomel and Atriplex haimus The Algerian endemic plant widely used in traditional medicine. The design of this study is summarized in two parts, a study that looks at the effect tested in vitro extracts prepared on the activity of α-amylase and evaluation of anti-inflammatoty potential.

Plant. H. scoparium Pomel [=Hammada scoparia (Pomel) Iljin., Arthrophytum scoparium (Pomel) Iljin., Salsola articulata Cav., Haloxylon articulatum (Cav.)] [1-3], belongs to the family Chenopodiaceae, has 120 genera and more than 1300 species. They are distributed worldwide especially in desert and semi-desert areas in soils Containing much salt. The plants are herbs, shrubs, and subshrubs rarely small trees. The genus Haloxylon Bunge (Incl. Hammada) comprised of about 25 species. It is distributed from Western Mediterranean region to Arabia, Iran, Mangolia, Burma and Southwest of China [4]. Two species of the genus were recorded in the literature to-have folkloric uses. H. salicornicum is reported to be used for diabetes [5], as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory [6]. In Oman the stems of this species are used as a mordant for dyeing wool in traditional weaving. In addition, Haloxylon scoparium={Haloxylon articulatum} is used to treat eye disorders [7]. Infusion and powder infusion of aerial portion of H. scoparium are used for Their antidiabetic effects [8,9]. The crude extracts from some Haloxylon species biologically were evaluated. The ethanol extract of H. salicornicum was found to-have antidiabetic [5] and anticoagulation activity in experimental animals [10].

A. halimus L. (Chenopodiaceae) is a perennial shrub growing on arid and saline soils being a typical mediterranean halophytic plant [11]. As a response to abiotic stress, several halophytic species Produce high levels of phenolic compounds [12]. A. halimus L. Was Previously Studied for it antioxidant [13], antiacetylcholinesterase [14] and hypoglycaemic [15] activities, furthermore previous investigations on the chemical species from the genus Atriplex Revealed the presence of saponins, alkaloids, betains, proteins, amino acids, mineral salts [16] and phytoecdysteroids [17].

Materials and Methods

Extraction of phenolic compounds

The plant material dried in air was extracted using methanol-water solvent system (8/2). The crude extract was collected and concentrated in a rotary evaporator at 40ºC and partitioned successively with petroleum ether, dichloromethane, ethyl acetate and butanol, so as to fractionate the compounds in the raw materials according to their polarity.

Enzyme activity

The analysis of the alpha-amylase inhibitors is performed by quantification of the released reducing sugar in the medium (maltose). This method is based on the reducing power of free aldehyde groups and ketone sugars. Alkali and heat, oxidation of these functions simultaneously causes the reduction of 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid yellow-orange in 3-amino-5 nitrosalicylic acid orange red color that absorbs at 540 nm. The intensity of the color depends on the amount of reducing sugars present in the reaction medium. The inhibitory activity of the enzyme is expressed by the decrease in units of maltose liberated in the reaction medium. The method followed is that of, it is based on the 3,5-dinitrosalicylic (NDS) which stops the enzyme reaction (pH change) and forms a complex with maltose giving a red color, whose absorbance is measured at 530 nm. From an aqueous stock solution of maltose mass concentration 0.03 mol/l of the test solutions are so prepared, in a tube is introduced 2 ml of the maltose solution then 1 ml DNS reagent was added (1 g DNS, 200 mg of crystalline phenol, double sodium tartarate 20 g and 50 mg sodium sulfite dissolved in the sodium hydroxide 1%) which is heated to 100°C for 5 min, after cooling the mixture was made up to 10 ml with distilled water. Reading the absorbance of each solution is performed using a spectrophotometer at a 530 nm wavelength longueure against a white (same solution without the maltose solution).

Alpha amylase activity

The reaction mixture contained 100 mu.l of phenolic extracts, 50 mu.l of alpha-amylase are pre-incubated for 30 min, 1 ml of starch solution 1% (w/v) is added and then incubated at 37°C for 10 min, thereafter the medium is treated in the same way that the maltose calibration curve and reading is carried out at 530 nm. A blank was placed without phenolic extract and again without alpha amylase.

Anti-inflammatory activity

This test is based on the measurement of inhibition of Nitric Oxide (NO) produced by mouse macrophages (RAW 264.7). This test is carried out according to the protocol described by Green [18] with minor modifications.


Samples at different concentrations and mouse macrophages are initially incubated in 24-well microplates. LPS (interferon gamma) is then added to the plates to stimulate NO production and thus trigger an inflammatory reaction in macrophages. The supernatants recovered after incubation is contacted with the Griess reagent which becomes red in the presence of NO [18]. The absorbance of the contents of each well is measured using a plate reader (Varioskan). The cell mat remaining at the bottom of the wells is used to perform a metabolic activity test with resazurin. A plate reader (Fluoroskan) makes it possible to read fluorescence generated. The results of the anti-inflammatory test are systematically compared with L-NAME (methyl ester of N (G)-nitro-L-arginine), an inhibitor of the enzymatic protein "Nitric Oxide Synthase inducible" (iNOS).

The anti-inflammatory test is carried out on a 24-well plate. The cells used are RAW 264.7, which are mouse macrophages from ATCC. The cells are seeded in 400 μL of DMEM+10% FBS at a concentration of 500,000 cells per ml. The cells adhere for 24 h. Thereafter, the water and maple syrup extracts are added at a non-toxic concentration determined by the WS-1 cells of the anticancer test. Four 1: 2 dilutions are made and 400 μL of diluted extract is added to the cells and in a plate without cells already containing 400 μL of medium which will serve as blank during the analysis of the results. Two 250 μM and 1 mM L-Name controls are also added on the cells and in the control plate in 400 μL medium. Subsequently 200 μL of LPS (lipopolysaccharide) or interferon gamma is added as an inflammatory stimulus. The plates are subsequently incubated 24 hrs at 37°C 5% CO2. Subsequently, the cell-containing plate supernatant is transferred to a new 24-well plate so that a resazurin test is performed on the cells to ensure that the extracts have no toxicity. Then, 100 μL of supernatant of the plates with and without cells is transferred into a 96-well plate to which 100 μL of Greiss reagent will be added. The plates are then incubated for 30 min at room temperature in the dark and finally read at the spectrophotometer for plate (Varioskan, Thermo) at 550 nm.


The alpha amylase inhibitors are diverse and generally used as synthetic drug against diabetes, but still we look to nature to search for inhibitors of this enzyme, many medicinal plants are known in this field, our plants are Saharan plants that contain phenols known by their ability to inhibit enzymes and especially flavonoids in their chemical structures. Among all samples there is only an extract which has low enzyme inhibition percentages less than 20%, given that these plants have undergone the same procedure of extraction of phenolic compounds which explains that the inhibitor is capable of specific block the active site of the enzyme. Some plants have an enzyme inhibitory activity include polyphenolic compounds and glyco-protein [21]. Many of these polyphenols have an action on α-amylase such as tannins, which are capable of binding to digestive enzymes and inhibit [22]. Depending on our results obtained on the inhibition of α-amylase, it is suggested that the extracts of the two plants may have a beneficial effect on post prandial hyperglycemic or diabetic hyperglycemic. The analysis of the alpha-amylase inhibitors was performed by the quantification of the released reducing sugar in the medium (maltose) [23-26].

The results obtained in this study shows that the inhibitory activity of the dichloromethane fraction of A. halimus L. has a remarkable inhibition percentage α-amylase, equal to 61.43% with an IC50 value equal to 2.5. The values found show that the inhibition rate is independent of the concentration of phenols.

Samples which demonstrate anti-dichloromethane and ethyl acetate activity. In fact, the dichoromethane extracts of the stems and flowers of the species haloxylon scoparium pomel exhibit very high NO inhibition percentages at a concentration equal to 160 μg/ ml The dichoromethane extract of the species Atriplex halimus L. demonstrates the With 97.6% inhibition of NO production at 160 μg/ml [27-30]. Desproprietes anti-inflammatory are also found for ethyl acetate extracts of flowers of the species haloxylon scoparium pomel. All the extracts studied apart from the butanol fractions shows a strong potential to inhibit the production of NO. The presence of phenolic compounds of the flavonoid type could explain the anti-inflammatory activity noted for the dichloromethane and ethyl acetate extracts carried out on flavones, flavonols and isoflavones showed a negative regulation of the action of the iNOS of this family chemical property [31-39].


We gratefully acknowledge Mme. Ihcen Khechba, Karl lalancette and Catherine Dussault, for their help and suggestions.


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