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An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. vol.88 no.3 supl.0 Rio de Janeiro  2016  Epub July 11, 2016

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201620150716 

Biological Sciences

The gastroprotective effect of Memora nodosa roots against experimental gastric ulcer in mice

DAYANE M. SILVA1 

JOSÉ L.R. MARTINS1 

IZIARA F. FLORENTINO1 

DANILLO R. OLIVEIRA1 

JAMES O. FAJEMIROYE1 

LEONICE M.F. TRESNVENZOL2 

JOSÉ R. PAULA2 

ELSON A. COSTA1 

1Laboratório de Farmacologia de Produtos Naturais, Departamento de Farmacologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Campus Samambaia, Rua do Campus, s/n, 74001-970 Goiânia, GO, Brasil

2Laboratório de Pesquisa de Produtos Naturais, Departamento de Tecnologia Farmacêutica, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Rua 240, s/n, 74605-220 Goiânia, GO, Brasil

ABSTRACT

Memora nodosa is popularly known as "caroba" and widely found in the Cerrado regions of Brazil. In traditional medicine, the leaves and stems are used for the healing of external ulcer and the roots for abdominal pain. This study investigated the effect of ethanolic roots extract of Memora nodosa (EMN) on the gastric mucosa of mice. In the indomethacin induced gastric ulcer model, the treatments of the animals with EMN at doses of 100, 300 and 1000 mg/kg, p.o., markedly reduced the index of lesions. In the gastric ulcer models induced by ethanol and cold restraint-stress the previous treatment with EMN at dose of 300 mg/kg showed 69% and 43% of protection, respectively. Seven days after food-restriction, the animals treated with EMN (300 mg/kg p.o.) showed reduction in the index of lesion by 65% as compared to control group. The intraduodenal administration of EMN (300 mg/kg) did not alter the gastric acid secretion parameters. The treatment with EMN (300 mg/kg p.o.) did not alter glutathione levels (GSH), but showed an increase of adhered gastric mucus as compared to the control group with lesion. These results showed that EMN has gastroprotective activity probably due with an increase of adhered gastric mucus.

Key words: gastric lesion; gastroprotection; medicinal plants; Memora nodosa; mucus; traditional medicine

RESUMO

Memora nodosa, popularmente conhecida como "caroba", é amplamente encontrada em regiões de Cerrado no Brasil. Na Medicina Tradicional, as folhas e as raízes são utilizadas para o tratamento de úlceras externas e as raízes para dores abdominais. O presente trabalho objetivou avaliar o efeito do extrato etanólico das raízes da Memora nodosa (EMN) na mucosa gástrica de camundongos. No modelo de úlcera gástrica induzida por indometacina, o tratamento dos animais com EMN nas doses de 100, 300 e 1000 mg/kg, v.o., foi capaz de reduzir o índice de lesão. Nos modelos de úlcera gástrica induzida por etanol e por estresse o tratamento com EMN na dose de 300 mg/kg foi capaz de proteger a mucosa gástrica em 69 e 43%, respectivamente. Após sete dias de restrição alimentar, os animais tratados com EMN (300 mg/kg v.o.) mostrou uma redução no índice de lesão de 65% quando comparado ao grupo controle. A administração intraduodenal de EMN (300 mg/kg) não alterou os parâmetros de secreção ácida gástrica. O tratamento com EMN (300 mg/kg v.o.) não alterou os níveis de glutationa (GSH), mas foi capaz de aumentar o muco gástrico aderido, quando comparado ao grupo controle lesado. Esses resultados mostram que o EMN possui atividade gastroprotetora provavelmente devido ao aumento de muco gástrico aderido à mucosa gástrica.

Palavras-chave: lesão gástrica; gastroproteção; plantas medicinais; Memora nodosa; muco; Medicina Tradicional

INTRODUCTION

Gastric ulcer is a benign lesion of gastric mucosa that affects a lot of people worldwide. It occurs at a site where the mucosa epithelium is exposed to aggressive factors such as acid and pepsin (Bayir et al. 2006, Bonamin et al. 2014). An important defense is the secretion of a mucus layer that protects gastric epithelial cells retaining the cell surface secreted bicarbonate (Allen and Flemström 2005, Rodrigues et al. 2012, Gilbert et al. 2015). Therefore, the main therapy for gastric ulcer involves mechanisms of acid suppression and enhanced protection of the gastric mucosa (Deoda et al. 2011).

Efforts are being made in the search for new and suitable antiulcer agents from medicinal plants (Onasanwo et al. 2011, Lakshmi et al. 2010). A recent study conducted by Martins et al. (2015) showed that several plants extracts from Brazilian Cerrado as Ananas ananassoides (Baker) L. B. Sm, Celtis iguanaea (Jacq.) Sargent, Lafoensia pacari A. St.-Hil and among others, has been reported to promote antiulcer activity as well as gastroprotection.

Memora nodosa (Silva Manso) Miers (Bignoniaceae) popularly known as "caroba" or "­bambuzinho", is native to Brazilian Cerrado (Silva 1998). In the traditional medicine, the leaves and stems of this species are used to treat external ulcers (Siqueira 1988) while the roots are used for treating abdominal pain and scabies (Silva 1998). Phytochemical investigations of M. nodosa revealed the presence of flavonoids and saponins in the roots. Besides, in the leaves are present saponins and flavonoids (Siqueira 1988).

The ethanolic extracts of leaves and roots have been reported to possess low toxicity (Tresvenzol et al. 2013). Furthermore, several pharmacological activities have been shown with ethanolic roots extract of this plant including analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects (Florentino et al. 2016), antibacterial properties against gram positive bacteria and against Candida albicans fungus (Tresvenzol et al. 2009). In addition, skin wound healing activity was reported (Tresvenzol et al. 2005). Based on the traditional use of this species, this work aims to evaluate the effect of ethanolic extracts from roots of Memora nodosa (EMN) on the gastric mucosa of mice.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Plant Material

Roots of Memora nodosa (Silva Manso) Miers (Bignoniaceae) were collected at the Cerrado around Senador Canedo city, Goiás, Brazil (16°45'01''S, 49°07'50,6''W, and height of 717m) and were identified by Prof. Heleno Dias (Institute of Biological Sciences - Federal University of Goiás). A voucher specimen was deposited at the Herbarium of UFG (UFG - 29981).

Preparation of Ethanolic Extract

The samples roots were oven dried with forced ventilation at 40°C. The material was ground and the root extract was obtained by maceration in 95% ethanol, followed by concentration on a rotary evaporator at a temperature of 40°C (Ferri 1996). The extraction process yielded 4.2%. At the time of use, the EMN was dissolved in filtered water with 2% Tween 80(r).

Animals

Adult Swiss mice weighting 30-35 g provided by Central Animal House of Federal University of Goiás (Universidade Federal de Goiás - UFG, Brazil) were used in all experiments. Mice were maintained under standard conditions of temperature (23 ± 1°C) and illumination (12-h light/12-h dark cycle) with food and water ad libitum. All experiments were performed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The experimental protocols were approved by the UFG Institutional Ethical Committee (Protocol 104/08).

Chemicals and Drugs

Alcian blue 8GX, carbenoxolone, DTNB [5, 5′ dithiobis-(2-nitrobenzoic acid)], L-Glutathione reduced, tween 80(r) (all from Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, MO, USA ); absolute ethanol, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), ethyl ether (all from Synth, SP, Brazil), phenolphthalein, trichloroacetic acid, tris. Indomethacin (Indocid(r)), sodium hydroxide (all from Merck Sharp & Dohme, Brazil). Glucose (NEON), magnesium chloride (Vetec), ranitidine (Cloridrato de Ranitidina(r) Teuto, Brazil). The chemicals used and other solutions were of analytical grade. The substances were prepared just before use.

Antiulcer Studies

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-induced gastric ulcer

The gastric lesions were induced as proposed by the Djahanguri (1979) method with some adaptations. The animals were randomly divided into five groups (n = 9) and fasted 16 hours with free access to glucose water (5%). The mice were pretreated orally with vehicle (2% Tween 80(r), 10 mL/kg), EMN at doses 100, 300 and 1000 mg/kg or ranitidine (50 mg/kg). One hour after pretreatment, the indomethacin (30 mg/kg) was administered subcutaneous (s.c.). After 6 h of indomethacin treatment the animals were sacrificed with cervical dislocation and the stomachs were removed for measurement of gastric index of lesion (I.L.). According to Macaúbas et al. (1988), the degree of lesion score were measured. The parameters for determination of index of lesion were color of the mucosa, loss of mucosal folds and mucus, petechial, edema and number of ulcers.

Ethanol induced gastric ulcer

Gastric lesions were carried out according to adaptation of the method suggested by Robert et al. (1979). After the fasting period (16 h), animals were treated orally with vehicle (2% Tween 80(r), 10 mL/kg), EMN (300 mg/kg) or carbenoxolone (200 mg/kg). After 60 minutes, gastric ulceration was induced by ethanol solution (75%, 10 mL/kg p.o.). One hour after the ethanol administration, the animals were sacrificed, the stomach was removed and opened along the greater curvature. The stomachs were photographed for measurement of the lesion area using CAD software. The lesion area of the gastric mucosa in each animal was calculated and was expressed in percentage (%) of total area of stomach.

Cold restraint-stress induced gastric ulcer

The stress was produced by cold restraint of animals, as proposed by Senay and Levine (1967). Animals fasted for 16 h were treated with vehicle (2% Tween 80(r), 10 mL/kg), EMN (300 mg/kg) or ranitidine (50 mg/kg). After 1 h the animals were immobilized in a cold room at 4°C. Two hours later, animals were sacrificed and stomach was removed for the determination of index of lesion as described previously.

Food-restriction induced gastric ulcer

The animals were randomly divided into three groups (n = 9) and subjected to food-restriction for 7 days with free access to water as proposed by the Paré and Houser (1973) method with some modifications. Mice had free access to food twice a day for 60 minutes. After 30 minutes to food access, the animals were orally treated with vehicle (2% Tween 80(r), 10 mL/kg), EMN (300 mg/kg) and with a known anti-inflammatory agent (indomethacin 10 mg/kg). 16 h after the last drug administration, the animals were sacrificed by cervical dislocation and the stomachs were removed for the determination of I.L. as described previously.

Gastroprotective Mechanism

Determination of the gastric juice parameters

Using method described by Visscher et al. (1954) with slight modifications, the accumulated gastric contents during 4 hours was evaluated in terms of secreted volume, total acidity and pH. After fasted period (16 h), animals were anesthetized and pylorus ligature was performed. Immediately after pylorus ligature, mice received intraduodenally (i.d.) vehicle (10 mL/kg), EMN (300 mg/kg) or ranitidine (50 mg/kg). Four hours later the animals were sacrificed, the stomach was removed and the luminal content was collected and centrifuged at 2000 × g for 15 min. The total acid content of gastric secretion was determined by titration to pH 7.0 with 0.01N NaOH. The total concentration of acid was expressed as (mEq[H+]/L/4h).

Determination of glutathione levels (GSH) of the gastric mucosa

Gastric mucosa GSH levels were measured by the method of Sedlak and Lindsay (1968) after ethanol induced gastric lesion. Segment of the glandular region of the stomach was weighted and homogenized in ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, the homogenate was mixed with distilled water and 50% trichloroacetic acid, and centrifuged. The supernatant (2 mL) was mixed with Tris buffer and 5, 5′ dithiobis-(2-nitrobenzoic acid) was added and the sample was shaken. The absorbance was read at 412 nm, 5 minutes after the DTNB addition.

Determination of adhered mucus to gastric wall

The determination of mucus content was carried out as described by Corne et al. (1974) after ethanol induced gastric ulcer. Segment of the glandular region of the stomach was weighted and transferred to a test tube containing 7 mL of 0.1% Alcian blue. After two consecutive rinses with 5 mL of sucrose (0.25 M), 5 mL of MgCl2 (0.5 M) was added in each test tube for the extraction of mucus content with the dye. The glandular segment remained in this solution for 2 h, with intermittent agitation. After which 4 mL of the resultant blue solution was agitated vigorously with 4 mL of ethyl ether until the formation of an emulsion and was centrifuged at 3600 × g for 10 min. The absorbance of the supernatant was read at 598 nm. The concentration of Alcian blue was calculated through a calibration curve and the results were expressed in mg Alcian blue/g of glandular tissue.

Statistical Analysis

The results were expressed as the means ± standard errors of the mean (SEM). Statistical differences between experimental groups were detected by one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by post-hoc Student-Newman-Keuls. Values of p < 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Data were analyzed using GraphPad Prism 5.0 software (San Diego, CA, USA).

RESULTS

Effect of the Emn on Nsaid Induced Gastric Ulcer

The gastroprotective effects of EMN on NSAID induced gastric ulcer are shown in Table I. The subcutaneous administration of indomethacin showed gastric injury in the control group (12.70 ± 1.70). EMN 100, 300 and 1000 mg/kg p.o., showed similarly gastroprotection, reducing I.L. to 7.20 ± 0.35; 6.37 ± 0.41 and 5.71 ± 0.47 respectively (p < 0.001). The group treated with ranitidine decreased I.L. to 6.11 ± 0.69 (p < 0.001).

TABLE I Effect of ethanolic root extract of Memora nodosa (EMN) in gastric ulcer models induced by NSAID, ethanol and stress in mice. 

Experimental models Treatment (p.o.) Dose (mg/kg) I.L. (index of lesion) Ulcerated area (%) Protection (%)
NSAID Vehicle - 12.70 ± 1.70 - -
EMN 100 7.20 ± 0.35*** - 43
EMN 300 6.37 ± 0.41*** - 50
EMN 1000 5.71 ± 0.41*** - 55
Ranitidine 50 6.11 ± 0.69*** - 52
Ethanol Vehicle - - 18.45 ± 5.50 -
EMN 300 - 5.65 ± 2.17** 69
Carbenoxolone 200 - 1.95 ± 0.85** 89
Stress Vehicle - 9.10 ± 1.05 - -
EMN 300 5.20 ± 0.24*** - 43
Ranitidine 50 5.11 ± 0.35*** - 44

Results were expressed as Mean ± SEM. n = 9. Data were analyzed by ANOVA followed by Newman-Keuls test. **p < 0.01; ***p < 0.001 compared with control group (Vehicle).

Effect of the Emn on Ethanol and on Cold Restraint-Stress Induced Gastric Ulcer

In both ethanol and cold restraint-stress induced gastric ulcer models, the EMN administration showed significant gastroprotection at doses of 300 mg/kg. The treatment of mice with ethanol 75% (10 mL/kg) elicited 18.45 ± 5.50% of lesion area in stomach of control mice. The extract administrated orally reduced gastric lesions to 5.65 ± 2.17% (p < 0.01) on ethanol induced gastric ulcer. Furthermore, carbenoxolone used as positive control reduced ulcerated area to 1.95 ± 0.85% (p < 0.001). In the cold restraint-stress induced gastric ulcer, control group showed I.L. of 9.10 ± 1.05. Pretreatment with EMN (300 mg/kg p.o.) attenuated (I.L. = 5.20 ± 0.24) cold restraint-stress induced injuries (p < 0.001). The treatment with reference drug ranitidine (50 mg/kg p.o.) also decreased the level of gastric damage (5.11 ± 0.35, p < 0.001, Table I).

Gastroprotective Effect of Emn on Food-Restriction Induced Gastric Ulcer

In the present study seven days treatment with EMN (300 mg/kg p.o.) did not elicit gastric damage. The group treated only with vehicle (2% Tween 80(r), 10 mL/kg) showed index of lesion (I.L.) of 15.01 ± 2.92. The chronic treatment with EMN reduced significantly (5.20 ± 1.44, p < 0.05) the I.L. as compared to control group. The group treated with a known anti-inflammatory agent, indomethacin 10 mg/kg, elicited severe gastric damage (25.71 ± 3.16, p < 0.01) as compared to control group (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Effect of ethanolic root extract of Memora nodosa (EMN) on food restriction induced gastric ulcer. Results were expressed as Mean ± SEM. n = 9. Data were analyzed by ANOVA followed by Newman-Keuls test. *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01 compared with control group (Vehicle). 

Effect of the EMN on Gastric Juice Parameters After Pylorus Ligature

Control group of mice submitted to pylorus ligature during 4 h showed secreted volume of 2.38 ± 0.07 mL, total acidity of 4.75 ± 0.52 mEq[H+]/L and pH of 3.20 ± 0.15. The EMN administered intraduodenally did not alter any of the parameters of gastric acid secretion (Table II). However, ranitidine reduced the volume (p < 0.05), total acidity (p < 0.01) and increased the pH (p < 0.01) (Table II).

TABLE II Effects of ethanolic root extract of Memora nodosa (EMN) on gastric juice parameters in mice after pylorus ligature. 

Treatment (intraduodenal) Dose (mg/kg) Gastric juice volume (mL) Total acidity (mEq[H+]/L/4h) pH
Vehicle - 2.38 ± 0.07 4.75 ± 0.52 3.20 ± 0.15
EMN 300 2.38 ± 0.06 3.88 ± 0.66 3.74 ± 0.31
Ranitidine 50 2.11 ± 0.04* 2.16 ± 0.27** 4.93 ± 0.16**

Results were expressed as Mean ± SEM. n = 9. Data were analyzed by ANOVA followed by Newman-Keuls test. *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01 compared with control group (Vehicle).

Effect of EMN on Determination of GSH Levels in the Gastric Mucosa

The GSH levels were significantly decreased (128.04 ± 3.05 µg de GSH/g of tissue, p < 0.01) in the control group with lesion (CL) as compared to control group without lesion (150.41 ± 5.68 µg de GSH/g of tissue). Pretreatment of mice with EMN at dose of 300 mg/kg did not attenuate the ethanol induced depletion of GSH levels (137.22 ± 4.15 µg de GSH/g of tissue). However, the treatment with carbenoxolone increased GSH levels in gastric mucosa (143.58 ± 3.80 µg de GSH/g of tissue, p < 0.05) if compared to control group with lesion (Figure 2).

Figure 2 Effect of ethanolic root extract of Memora nodosa (EMN) on GSH gastric levels. Results were expressed as Mean ± SEM. n = 9. Data were analyzed by ANOVA followed by Newman-Keuls test. **p < 0.01 compared with control group (C). # p < 0.05 compared with control group with lesion (CL). 

Effect of EMN on Determination of Adhered Mucus to Gastric Wall

The Alcian blue binding capacity of gastric mucus in the control group with lesion (ethanol 75%, 10 mL/kg p.o.) was decreased significantly (29.19 ± 2.12, p < 0.05) as compared to control group without lesion (38.40 ± 2.35). However, the group of animals with lesion that were pretreated with EMN or carbenoxolone showed enhanced binding capacity of the Alcian blue to gastric wall mucus (Figure 3).

Figure 3 Effect of ethanolic root extract of Memora nodosa (EMN) on gastric mucus content. Results were expressed as Mean ± SEM. n = 9. Data were analyzed by ANOVA followed by Newman-Keuls test. *p < 0.05 compared with control group (C). # p < 0.05; ## p < 0.01 compared with control group with lesion (CL). 

DISCUSSION

The use of NSAIDs is one of the major causes of peptic ulcer. The lesions induced by NSAIDs, such as indomethacin, are related to the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis with consequent reduction of mucus and bicarbonate and also, with a significant increase in gastric secretion due the prostaglandin (PGE2) exerts an inhibitory action on gastric secretion stimulated by H2 receptors. Making this method very sensitive to the gastroprotective effect of H2 receptor antagonists, such as ranitidine (Feldman and Colturi 1984, Rainsford 1992). In the first acute study we screened EMN at doses of 100, 300 and 1000 mg/kg (p.o.) in indomethacin induced gastric ulcer. All EMN doses used in this model showed a significant decrease in the index of lesion. This result suggests the involvement of prostaglandins and gastric mucus in the gastroprotective effect of the M. nodosa extract. From our preliminary acute study we found dose at 300 mg/kg for further studies.

In ethanol induced gastric ulcer, treatment of the animals with the extract (300 mg/kg p.o.) or carbenoxolone (200 mg/kg p.o.) reduced the ulcerated area by 69 and 89% respectively. The intense damage caused by ethanol, results in the appearance of hemorrhagic gastric lesions and reduction in the mucus content (Pan et al. 2008, Nordin et al. 2014).

Stress has significant contribution in the pathophysiology of gastric ulcer and can promote damage through acid secretion, activation of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, proliferation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and decrease in local blood flow. Such lesions can be detected after short exposure of animals to a stressful situation (Morsy et al. 2012).

Ethanol and stress cause gastric injury through inflammatory and oxidative processes by generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) who are directly involved with damage of cell membranes (Hernández-Muñoz et al. 2000, Amirshahrokhi and Khalili 2015). Studies have demonstrate that carbenoxolone protects gastric mucosa of ethanol and stress induced lesions since it is able to prevent the reduction of mucus caused by this harmful agent and by the increase of glutathione and other antioxidants agents (Rozza et al. 2014). The reduction of gastric lesions in ethanol and stress induced gastric ulcers, could be suggestive of the involvement of cytoprotective factors, such as an increase in gastric mucus in the effect of EMN.

Following gastroprotective activity of the extract in acute models, gastroprotective activity of EMN was studied in a chronic model induced by food-restriction. This method is characterized by a reduction in the protection of the mucosa due the food-restriction and due to the stress induced in this model. This model was chosen because it is a chronic model and depending on the design of the treatment can be also evaluated a healing activity. Previous work revealed anti-inflammatory activity of ethanolic roots extract of Memora nodosa (Florentino et al. 2016). However, studies have shown that chronic use of some anti-inflammatory agents can elicit gastric damage, including gastric ulcer (Kwiecién et al. 2015). Although the exact anti-inflammatory mechanisms of EMN are still unclear, we hypothesized that the extract with anti-inflammatory property should demonstrate gastric injury in mice after chronic administration. However, the EMN did not elicit gastric damage as compared to control group. The group treated with a known anti-inflammatory (indomethacin) showed increase in the index of lesion induced by food-restriction.

In order to elucidate the possible antisecretory mechanism of the Memora nodosa, pylorus ligature was carried out. Acid secretion is regulated by hormonal, paracrine and neural factors represented by gastrin, histamine and acetylcholine respectively (Schubert 2014). Compounds that can inhibit any of these factors could substantially lower the acid content. The administration of the EMN intraduodenally did not alter the parameters evaluated (pH, volume and total acidity), thereby demonstrating that EMN do not directly participate in the modulation of acid secretion.

Oxidative stress has been associated with the pathogenicity of different diseases, including peptic ulcer (Fahami et al. 2005). Glutathione plays a central role in the defense against oxidative stress, and is responsible for the maintenance of gastric integrity. Glutathione in its reduced form (GSH) protects cells through removal of reactive metabolites or conjugation (Cnubben et al. 2001). The lesions caused by ethanol administration reduced GSH. Pre-treatment with the EMN did not increase the levels of these groups. Hence, the gastroprotective mechanism of EMN seems unrelated with GSH levels.

In the ethanol induced gastric lesion, EMN (300 mg/kg) demonstrate an increase of adhered gastric mucus as compared to control group with lesion, suggesting that mucus levels may be an important mechanism of its gastric cytoprotection. The gastric mucus barrier and bicarbonate are the first line defense of the mucosa whose secretion is stimulated by prostaglandins, mainly PGE2 (Allen and Flemström 2005). It is secreted by epithelial cells in the superficial gastric mucosa and acts as a protective barrier against acid, luminal pepsin, necrotizing agents such as ethanol and also maintains the pH gradient near neutral (Bighetti et al. 2002, Laine et al. 2008).

The results of the present study demonstrate that oral treatment with the EMN reduced gastric ulcer in different gastric ulcer models. The effect of EMN seems to be associated with an increase of adhered gastric mucus. Further studies are needed to isolate and purify the active principle (s) involved in the antiulcer activity of this plant.

CONCLUSIONS

The present work revealed the antiulcer activity of ethanolic roots extract of Memora nodosa in mice. The treatment with this extract reduced ulcer formation in different gastric ulcer models induced by indomethacin, ethanol, stress and food restriction probably due to the increase of adhered gastric mucus. However, future pharmacological and phytochemicals researches will be focused on the investigation of the underlying mechanism and the secondary metabolites responsible by this action.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The authors are grateful to Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Goiás (FAPEG) for financial support.

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Received: October 07, 2015; Accepted: January 06, 2016

Correspondence to: Dayane Moreira da Silva E-mail: daymoress@gmail.com

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