Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Caralluma Acutangula (Decne.) N.E.Br Extracts, a Medicinal Plant from Burkina Faso

  • Pare Dramane Laboratory of Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry (LABIOCA), UFR/SVT, 09 BP 848, Ouagadougou 09, University of Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • N’do Jotham Yhi-pênê Laboratory of Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry (LABIOCA), UFR/SVT, 09 BP 848, Ouagadougou 09, University of Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Hilou Adama Laboratory of Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry (LABIOCA), UFR/SVT, 09 BP 848, Ouagadougou 09, University of Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


Plants have always played an important role in health care in Africa. The stress, a situation of imbalance between oxidizing and antioxidant systems in favor of the prooxidants is responsible for the installation of several pathologies such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes ... The objective of this study was to highlight the presence Secondary metabolites in C. acutangula extract and determine its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential.

For the determination of the acute toxicity of the extract, a dose of 2000 mg / kg was administered to the NMRI Mouse. The methods of screening were used to detect secondary metabolites like tannins, steroids and terpen, flavonoids, coumarins. The antioxidant capacity was evaluated in vitro by determining the ability of the extract to inhibit lipid peroxidation, hydrogen peroxide, degradation of deoxyribose. The anti-inflammatory potential was evaluated on lipoxygenase and xanthine oxidase. Acute toxicity evaluated in NMRI mice showed that the ethanolic extract of C. acutangula show no toxicity. Tannins, steroids and terpen, flavonoids, coumarins have been detected in the extracts. C. acutangula showed good activity with an inhibition of 50.71 ± 2.51% at 100 μg / ml on lipid peroxidation, of 66.105 ± 1.26% on deoxyribose degradation and 8.625 ± 1.09% on hydrogen peroxide. It showed good activity on xanthine oxidase with an 81.5 ± 5.5% inhibition. For the effect on lipoxygenase it gave an inhibition of the enzyme at 43.11 ± 3.4%. This potential could be used in the fight against inflammatory diseases and that due to oxidative stress.

Keywords: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation


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Dramane P, Yhi-pênê NJ, Adama H. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Caralluma Acutangula (Decne.) N.E.Br Extracts, a Medicinal Plant from Burkina Faso. JDDT [Internet]. 15Nov.2019 [cited 27Nov.2021];9(6):155-61. Available from: