Evaluation of Anti-diarrhoeal activity of ethanolic leaf extracts of Allophylus serratus against Castor oil-induced diarrhea in wistar rats

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1 Department of Pharmacology, P. Rami Reddy Memorial College of Pharmacy, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India.
2 Sri Padmavathi School Of Pharmacy, Tiruchanoor, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, India

The ethanolic leaf extract of Allophylus serratus shown significant (p<0.05) antidiarrheal activity on gastrointestinal motility with  castor oil- induced diarrheal model in rats. The results obtained revealed that the leaf extract possess pharmacological activity against diarrhoea and may possibly explain the use of the plant in traditional medicine. The extract tested at 200 and 400 mg/kg like the standard drug, loperamide significantly inhibited the frequency of defecation droppings compared to untreated control rats. This result is in support of previous claims in respect of antidiarrhoeal herbs.

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Diarrhoea is a common digestive disorder that virtually all people will suffer at some stage during their lives. The definition of diarrhoea varies but it can generally be taken to mean increased stool water causing an increase in stool frequency or the passage of soft stools. Passage of greater than 3 stools per day or a stool volume of greater than 200 mL suggests the diagnosis of diarrhoea1.

Diarrhoea is characterized by increased frequency of bowel sound and movement, wet stool and abdominal pain (Subhash et al).Diarrheal diseases are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in developing countries2 and are responsible for the death of millions of people each year (Carlos and Saniel, 1990). Despite immense technological advancement in modern medicine, many people in the developing countries still rely on the healing practices and medicinal plants for their daily health care needs (Ojewole, 2004). Therefore, the World Health Organization encouraged studies for the treatment and prevention of diarrheal diseases depending on traditional medical practices (Atta and Mouneir, 2004).
A. serratus [Local name- Eravalu, Family- Spindaceae)] is a small deciduous tree and frequently found in the hilly area of Tirumala. The purpose of the present study was to find out the antidiarrhoeal activity of ethanolic leaf extract of A. serratus in experimentally induced acute diarrhoea in rats. 

Collection of Plant material:

The plants of Allophylus serratus were collected from tirumala hills, tirupathi, A.P, India in july, 2011 and identified by assistant professor in the De-partment of Botany, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. The plant was identified by routine pharmacognostical studies including organoleptic tests, and macroscopic and microscopic observations. The voucher specimen has been retained in our laboratory for future reference. The collected leaves were air-dried and pulverised using mechanical grinder.

Preparation of plant extract:
The collected plant material Allophylus serratus was washed thoroughly in water, cut into small pieces and air dried for two weeks at 35-40C temperature. Extraction was done by using soxhlet apparatus with 70% ethanol (hydro alcoholic) as solvent. The extracts were concentrated under reduced pressure dried and stored at 4c temp in air tight containers for further studies. The extracts were stored in desiccators and used for further experiment after suspending in distilled water.

Experimental animals:
Wistar rats weighing between 150-200 gm were obtained from M/s. Venkateshwara Enterprises, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The animals were housed under Standard Environmental conditions (temperature of 22 +- 1C with an alternating 12 hour light –dark cycle and relative humidity of 60 +- 5% ), one week before the start and also during the experiment as per the rules and regulations. They were fed with standard laboratory diet supplied by M/s .Rayans biotechnologies Pvt.Ltd, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Food and water was allowed at libitum during the experiment.  The ethical clearance was obtained by the Institutional Animal Ethics committee.
(Registration number1423/PO/a/11/CPCSEA/106/2011) before the experiment. 

Acute toxicity study:
Albino mice of either sex, weighing 20 - 25 g and of 90 days age were used to evaluate acute toxicity of both the extracts. Animals were then administered by oral route with ethanolic extract (50 - 4000 mg / kg), suspended in distilled water (vehicle). Control group received only vehicle. The acute oral toxicity study was carried out as per the guidelines set by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), revised draft guidelines 423, received from Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India14. The ethanolic extracts were found to be nontoxic up to dose of 4000 mg/kg body weight and hence 1/10 of this dose was taken as the screening dose. 

Castor oil-induced diarrhea
24 rats were allowed to fast for 18 h and divided into 4 groups of 6 animals each. One group received 10 ml/kg 0.5% v/v aqueous Tween 80 orally and served as a negative control. Another group received the standard drug loperamide (3 mg/kg, p.o.) as positive control, third and fourth groups received ethanolic extract of Allophylus serratus at a dose of 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight, respectively After 1 h of treatment, all the animal groups were challenged with 1 ml of castor oil orally, by gavage and observed for consistency of faecal material3. After this administration, the animals were placed separately in metabolic cages with filter paper, which was changed every hour. The severity of diarrhoea was assessed each hour for 6 hours. The total number of diarrhoeal droppings excreted and the total (Mabeku et al.,) weight of faeces were recorded within a period of 24 h and compared with the control group. The total number of diarrheal droppings of the control group was considered 100%. The results were expressed as a percentage of inhibition of diarrhoea4.

Statistical analysis:
All the data was expressed as mean ± S.E.M. Statistical significance between more than two groups was tested using one way ANOVA followed by the Tukey test using computer based fitting program (Prism graph pad 5.0). Statistical significance was set accordingly.


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