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Priyanka. Kura, Ashwini. Patlolla, Alluri. Ramesh, Vishwanadham. Y*
Department of Medicinal Chemistry Research Division,
Vishnu Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (VIPER),
Narsapur, Medak, Telangana, India


The anti-inflammatory drug activity of petroleum ether (Pet.ether) extract of leaves pentas lanceolata was investigated in rats exploitation egg albumen induced paw oedema model. Experimental animals received 20-25 gms (orally) of the extracts five groups divided., control group (saline), test group 50, 100, 200 mg/ kg the standard group received 15 mg/ kg of diclofenac. The results show that the extracts considerably (p <0.05) reduced paw oedema within the albumen induced anti-inflammatory drug activity.

The leaf extract of pentas lanceolata reduced inflamed hind paw diameter of mice by between 0.98%- 3.99% The diclofenac reduced inflamed hind paw diameter by between 1.12%-4.02%. The qualitative phytochemical screening indicated the presence of saponins, flavonoid, alkaloids, terpenoids and cardiac glycosides. The current study establishes potent antiinflammatory activities of pet ether extracts of pentas lanceolata leaves.

Reference Id: PHARMATUTOR-ART-2569

PharmaTutor (Print-ISSN: 2394 - 6679; e-ISSN: 2347 - 7881)

Volume 6, Issue 3

Received On: 06/01/2018; Accepted On: 08/01/2018; Published On: 01/03/2018

How to cite this article: Kura P, Patlolla A, Alluri R, Vishwanadham Y; Phytochemical screening and albumin induced antiinflammatory activity of Pentas Lanceolata leaves; PharmaTutor; 2018; 6(3); 27-31;

Inflammation is a protective response by the body towards cell injury. Cell injury may be due to; necrotic cells or tissue, the introduction of microbes (such as viruses or bacteria), toxins, hypoxia, etc. Inflammation is therefore the body’s way of attempting to remove the primary cause of inflammation and any damage that may have occurred as a result (Healing and repair). However if inflammation did not occur, then the body would be unable to deal with wounds and infections letting them go unchecked and progressively destroy the tissue. All injured organs would therefore be unable to regain function, eventually leading to mortality.
Acute inflammation is usually of sudden onset and short duration following the injury of tissues. The damage may be purely physical, or it may involve the activation of an immune response. Three main processes occur:
• Increased blood flow due to dilation of blood vessels (arterioles) supplying the region
• Increased permeability of the capillaries, allowing fluid and blood proteins to move into the inters space
• Migration of neutrophils and perhaps a few macrophages) out of the venules and into interstitial spaces.
 It is also important to remember that chronic inflammation may pose problems to the body; these may be hypersensitivity reactions, autoimmune reactions or organ dysfunction due to the formation of scars/obstructions caused by fibrosis e.g. hay fever (hypersensitivity) or arthritis (autoimmune response) (Kareru PG, 2006).

Materials and Methods:
Collection and preparation of plant materials:
Pentas lanceolata, commonly known as Egyptian Starcluster, is a species of flowering plant in the madder family, Rubiaceae that is native to much of Africa as well as Yemen. It is known for its wide use as a garden plant where it often accompanies butterfly gardens. These leaves are collected from B V Raju institute of technology, Narsapur, Telangana, India.

Plant profile:
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Rubiales
Genus: Pentas
Species: Lanceolata
Family: Rubiaceae


It is a many-branched, somewhat sprawling plant that features 4” wide rounded clusters (corymbs) of star-shaped flowers over a long summer to frost bloom. Elliptic to lanceolata dark green leaves (to 6” long). Flowers are pink, magenta, lilac or less commonly white.
• It is used to anti-bacterial; anti-fungal activity had been reported and also used in beds and borders of garden, containers, and houseplant. Also may be effectively gown indoors under artificial lights.
• Solvents used:
Petroleum ether was used for soxhlation process.

• Extraction:
The leaves of Pentas lanceolata were subjected to fine powder and 1 kg were subjected to continuous successive extraction with solvent petroleum ether in soxhlet extractor. After complete extraction, the solvent (petroleum) was concentrated to water bath and finally dried under reduced pressure to the dryness in rotary evaporator. After drying the respective extract was weighed. (Kamau JK, 2016), (Suman D .,2014)
• Experimental Section

Wister albino mice of either sex (weighing 20 - 25g), were bred and kept in cages under standard environmental conditions in the animal house of the VIPER. Experimental protocol was subjected to the scrutiny of the Institutional Animal Ethical Committee and was cleared by the same before starting.    The experimental animals were kept in the standard cages in the animal house maintained under standard laboratory condition of an ambient temperature of 25°C with 12 hours daylight and 12 hours darkness cycles. They were fed with standard animal pellets and water a libitum. The study protocol was approved by Institutional Animal Ethics Committee no: 1358/ac/10/CPCSEA.

Preparation of extract
The leaves were cleaned and dried under shade and reduced to powder using mortar and pestle, and stored in air tight containers until use. The powdered plant leaves were soxhlet extracted using Petroleum ether.  The  resultant  extracts  were  filtered  and  evaporated  to  dryness on  steam bath at a temperature  of  80C. The dried extract was weighed; the percentage yield was determined and it was preserved in the refrigerator until use. (Vishwanadham Y, 2016)

Acute Toxicity Testing the LD50 values of the extract were determined in mice following intraperitoneal administration as described by Lorke. (Hurley JV, 1972) (Williams JG and Maier RV 1992), (OECD /OCDE, 2001).

• Anti-Inflammatory Test;  Thirty Wister albino mice of either sex were divided randomly into 6 groups of five mice each and treated as follows; Group I (control) was not induced with inflammation, Group II (Standard) was induced with inflammation and received diclofenac at a dose of 15mg/kg body weight. Groups, III, IV, V (experimental groups) were induced with inflammation and received the extracts at the dose levels of 50 mg/kg, 100 mg/kg and 200 mg/kg weight. Ravi V 2009), (Nordqvist ,2015)

This design is summarized in Table 1















albumin+15 mg/kg/bw diclofenac




Experimental group A


albumin + saline +50 mg/kg bw extract




Experimental group B


albumin + saline +100 mg/kg bw extract




Experimental group C


albumin + saline +200 mg/kg bw extract

Acute inflammation was induced by injecting egg albumin  into  the  sub-  planter  surface  of  the  rat  hind  paw  linear  circumference,  oedema  was assessed  in  terms  of  difference  in  zero  time  linear   circumference  at  the  injected  paw  and  it circumference at 30 minutes interval after egg albumin injection. (Posadas I,2004) (Tilley SL, 2001), Traversa G, 1995).

The percentages inhibition in inflammation was calculated using the formula;
Inhibition % =Ct – Tt /Ct × 100 Where,

Ct=Paw diameter at 30 min after egg albumin administration
Tt=Paw diameter after Treatment.

•   Phytochemical Screening of the Plants;
The method described by Trease and Evans were used to chemically analyze the extract for the presence of alkaloids, terpenoids, saponins, flavonoids, cardiac glycosides and steroids.



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