Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320-0227,Vol.: 15, Issue.: 4


GC-MS Characterization and Antiulcer Properties of the Triterpenoid Fraction from Propolis of the North West Region of Cameroon

Domgnim Mokam Elisabeth Carol1, Tamfu Alfred Ngenge2*, Talla Emmanuel3, Mbafor Tanyi Joseph3, Milena Popova4, Vassya Bankova4 and Tan Paul Vernyuy1*

1Gastroenterology Research Unit, Animal Physiology Laboratory, Department of Animal Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I, P.O.Box 812, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

2Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I, P.O.Box 812, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

3Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Ngaoundére, Ngaoundéré, Cameroon.

4Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Aim: To identify the chemical components of the major bioactive fraction from a propolis extract and investigate the gastric cytoprotective effects of the said fraction.

Place and Duration of Study: Department of Animal Biology & Physiology (Animal Physiology Laboratory), Department organic chemistry (Laboratory of medicinal chemistry), Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I in collaboration with the IOCCP, Bulgarian academy of sciences  between August  2014 and April 2017.

Methodology: The propolis extract previously shown to possess gastric cytoprotective activity was subjected to column chromatography to obtain fractions, the major one of which was used in this study. About 5 mg of this fraction was silylated using BSTFA and subjected to GC–MS analysis on a Hewlett–Packard gas chromatograph. Identification of individual compounds was performed based on mass-spectral fragmentation and by comparison with some literature data and authentic samples. Gastric cytoprotective activity and antioxidant properties of the fraction were then evaluated using experimentally-induced gastric ulcers in rat models including HCl/ethanol, HCl/ethanol pretreated with indomethacin, absolute ethanol and stress-induced gastric ulcers. In each experimental model percentage of ulcerated surfaces, ulcer indices, mucus production as well as the percentage inhibition of ulceration were evaluated. The effects of this fraction on the anti-oxidative parameters in stomach tissues of rats subjected to cold/restraint stress were equally evaluated.

Results: The GC-MS profile of the major fraction under investigation revealed that it was a mixture of pentacyclic triterpenes; lanosterol, α-amyrine, 28-norolean-12-en-3-ol, Cycloartenol, 3-epi-α-amyrine, lupeol and 24-methylenecycloartenol. In the HCl/ethanol-induced gastric lesions model the fraction significantly (p < 0.01) reduced ulcer index at dose 50 mg/kg with a percentage inhibition of 47.25%, a significant increase in mucus production from 70.60 mg (p < 0.5) to 88.00 mg (p < 0.001) for the 25 and 50 mg/kg doses, respectively, compared with 53.40 mg for the negative controls. HCl/ethanol-induced gastric lesions in rats pre-treated with indomethacin showed that ulcer index decreased significantly (p < 0.001) from 1.93 to 1.50 for the 25 and 50 mg/kg doses, respectively, compared with 5.77 for the control. This corresponded with 66.55 and 74 percentage inhibition for the same doses of triterpenes, and the quantity of mucus increased to 104.20, 116.20 and 139.40 mg for the 25, 50 and 100 mg/kg doses. With absolute ethanol the fraction significantly reduced ulcer indices to 3.63 and 2.28 for the 25 and 50 mg/kg doses, respectively, compared with 4.87 for controls. The highest dose (50 mg/kg) of the fraction provided 53.18% inhibition of ulceration and the increase in mucus production was significant (p < 0.001) at the two doses. In the cold/restraint stress model, the fraction showed significant reduction in ulcer index, and the highest dose (50 mg/kg) prevented lesion formation by 52.51% inhibition while mucus production increased significantly. Cold/restraint stress significantly increased tissue concentrations of NO and MDA but the positive control (Omeprazole) and the fraction (50 mg/kg) reduced these parameters back to normal levels. The fraction (50 mg/kg) also reverted the increased concentrations of SOD and GSH (but not of catalase) back to normal values.

Conclusion: Cameroonian propolis likewise tropical and subtropical propolis samples are rich in triterpenes. The triterpene fraction dose-dependently acts by different and complementary mechanisms to improve the mucosal defensive factors. The mode of its gastroprotective activity may be attributed to reduction in gastric mucosal lipid peroxidation (MDA), elevation of glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and nitric oxide (NO).