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Bioscience Biotechnology Research Communications

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Kumud Ranjan Thakur1 and S.R. Padmadeo2

1Department of Biochemistry, Patna University,

2Post Graduate Department of Botany, Patna University

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Received: 01/07/2019

Accepted After Revision: 20/09/2019


Now day’s diabetes has been the endemic in the current society and the history of relying on the herbal is quite long. The present research work explains the efficacy of the ethanolic extract of Gymnema sylvestre (500mg/kg.b.wt) on various parameters like fasting glucose, amylase, lipase, some hematologic parameters. Restoration in the concentration of serum amylase, lipase, and plasma glucose admits positive results. Remodeling of the histology correlates with the Biochemical parameters. Hematological parameters in the present study in the diabetic condition is not much influenced. The result obtained from all those parameters were significant to explain its importance in controlling the diabetes symptom and associated complications. The statistical analysis was done using Prism Figure pad Values represented are mean ± SD (n=5). Significant level was calculated by Tukey multiple range tests compared from the entire column after the ANOVA. The level of significance represented here for diabetic VS treated group having p value p<0.05


Diabetes, Histoarchitecture, Pancreas, Hematology, Enzyme

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Diabetes mellitus is characterized by chronic hyperglycemia with disturbance of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism resulting from dysregulated insulin secretion, insulin action or both. Diabetes causes heavy annual economic burden to the patient, and its treatment is carried out with several other serious symptom like weight gain, obesity and increased toxicity to the various organ. Practicing of modern medicine to bring glucose to the normal level increases chance to obesity and resultant low grade inflammation pertaining to insulin resistance (Anne et a., 2015, Saltiel and  Olefsky, 2017, Ruiz et al., 2019, Hooda  et al., 2019).

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by peripheral insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency, which may range from predominant insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency to predominant insulin secretory defect with insulin resistance (Patel and  Mishra  (2011). Diabetes mellitus is caused by the abnormality of carbohydrate metabolism which is linked to low blood insulin level   insensitivity of target organs to insulin (Maiti et al, 2004). Diabetes complications are the major causes of mortality morbidity in the western countries (Leahy, 2005). All those complication is caused due to excessive presence of glucose in the blood and this leads to glycosylation of major proteins causing misbehaved homeostatic regulation (Dotz et al 2018).

The condition of altered glucose regulation is caused due to altered insulin formation, hormonal imbalance that controls glucose homeostasis leads to difficulty in achieving good control (Azari et al., 2017).Pancreas is an elongated gland, consisting of head, body and tail. It is a myxocrine gland, of which exocrine part produced digestive enzymes whereas endocrine gland produces hormones, through islet of Langerhans, (Longnecker and Daniel (2014). Secretary cells are acinus, or tubuloacinus cell. Beta cells are at the centre of the Langerhans while alpha cell are at the periphery of the beta cells (Korc et al, 1981,1978, Chen  et al, 2017).

Exocrine gland is interconnected with network of ductile system (Ballian and Brunicardi, 2007). Acinar cell are the simple cuboidal epithelial cell (Cesmebasi et al, 2017). Blood vessel network in the pancreas is uniquely designed. In the islet of Langerhans, β cell receives the blood first through arterioles, and arterioles drain its blood firstly in to the centre through fenestrated capillaries where β cell reside, (Covantev et al., 2019).

Failure in pancreatic β cells occurs very early red. Study led out by (Gastendelli et al., 2013) found that person diagnosed with IGT, by the time he had already lost >80% of his pancreatic β cells function. In an another study it was mentioned deficiency in the β cell mass in type II Diabetes and this was due to stress mediated apoptosis of cells (Chandirasegaran et al.,  2017). It was also found that obese individuals had 60% less β cell relative to the non diabetic obese (Butler et al., 2003).

Materials and Methods

For the present research work healthy wistar rats (Rattusnorvegicus) were selected and provided anambient physical and physiological condition as per the standard protocol and all the experimental protocol was carried based on the guideline adopted by Mahavir Cancer Sansthan ethical committee, Phulwarisariff Patna.


The laboratory rats were fed on laboratory prepared enriched bread constitutes wheat flour, jaggery, powdered milk and gram flour. For providing vitamin supplement they were fed with carrot, sprouted gram and sprouted moong bean.

Table 1: Details of grouping and treatment given to rats for Gymnema sylvestre

Cage no. Treatment Average weight No. of rats in each cage Selected dose

Mg/kg/body weight

1. Normal/control 180-200gm 5 Olive Oil
2. Alloxan treated 180-200gm 5 100mg/kg.b.wt
3. 10 days treated G. sylvestre 180-200gm 5 500mg/kg.b.wt
4. 20 days treated G. sylvestre 180-200gm 5 500mg/kg.b.wt
5. 30 days treated G. sylvestre 180-200gm 5 500mg/kg.b.wt

Induction of diabetes

Alloxan was used as a diabetogenic material. It is [2,4,5,6-tetraoxypyrimidine,5-6 dioxyuran] a pyamidine derivative of uric acid. Formerly it was discovered by Brugnallete in 1818 and then by wohler in 1838. Its diabetogenic nature came into existence when Dunn et al in 1943 mentioned necrosis in Central Islet cell, since it is being regarded as a diabetogenic material for the animal model. Diabetes was induced by repeated dose of Alloxan monohydrate 100 mg/kg. b.wt in cold citrate buffer  bearing pH 4.5.

Plant materials

Leaves of Gymnema sylvestre

Sample Collection

After the treatment of the extract for 10, 20, and 30 days respectively the pancreatic tissues were isolated for Histopathology. Whole blood was used for CBC parameters and serum was used for Amylase and lipase and plasma was used for fasting glucose.

Chemicals and reagents

All the reagents were prepared in the laboratory using high grade chemical.  Glucose estimation was done by GOD POD method, hemoglobin by Drabkin, Amylase by Direct substrate method, Lipase by using Turbidometric UV method etc, and the tissues were dyed with Hematoxylene and Eosine.

Statistical analysis

In the present investigation the results are expressed as Mean±SD for five animals in each group. The data was analysed by repeated measure analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Tukey multiple range test compared with the entire column. Prism Graph pad 3.0 was used.

p value of <0.05 was considered significant.


∑         Summation,            X  –  Individual value in the data set

X̅         Arithmetic mean,   n –            Number of the data in the set

Results and Discussion

Figure 1 Figure 1
Figure 2 Figure 2
Figure 3 Figure 3

Rats with Normal and Diabetic Histoarchitecture

Figure 4 Figure 4

Rats treated Gymnema sylvestre extract

Figure 5 Figure 5

Stained with Hematoxyline and Eosin          

Photomicrograph II

Showing the treatment group G. sylvestre treated group for 10, 20, and 30 days respectively. variable and more intercellular spaces along with deranged ductile system, however concentration of β cell is quite little (F) comparatively Gymnema sylvestre extract has better and much more reduced spaces and ductile system is well developed in 10 days of treatment (F) but as dose prolonged for 30 days the scenario of β cell scanty resolved to a lot of extent (G) & (H)


The concentration of plasma glucose plays important role in the diabetes responsible for entire dysregularities and associated complications. 75.54% increase in fasting plasma glucose was registered in diabetic subject however herbal treatment restored the value to to 74% after treatment upto 30th days as compared to normal control (Fig. I). Decrease in blood glucose level registered its significance Histoarchitectural remodeling of pancreas, reduction of Glycation and Its associated complications (Myung-Hwa Kang, et al., 2014). Amylase and lipase pronounces the overall pancreatic exocrine health. Comparatively lipase is more specific to pancreatic as compared to Amylase. The alleviated level of both amylase and lipase in diabetic groups was noticed by 4.50 times that of the normal control while after treatment it was reduced to nearly 1.60 times to that of control
(Fig. I).

Significant recovery was noticed in both the cases and the results obtained registers great importance of the ethanolic extract for control of elevated pancreatic digestive enzyme in diabetes which parallels with the findings of (Thakur  et al., 2016, Sellami  et al., 2017). Total leucocyte count in diabetic condition was 1.27 times whereas after ethanolic extract administration for 30 days it returned to about 1.02 times that of the normal. (Fig. II), the present outcome satisfies the findings of (Gilad Twig,, 2013). The other possible reason might be the chronic low grade inflammation associated with insulin resistance and type 2 Diabetes; however recovery in presence of herbal extract was significant.  Total erythrocyte values are lying in the normal range but towards the lower extreme (Fig. II). The reason behind decrease in the RBC content may be its membranal modification, reduced Na+K+ATPase activity and high lipid peroxidation of the RBC membrane. In an study carried out by (Buys et al., 2013) states decrease in RBC’s average life span. Decrease in the erythrocyte count was displayed by the decreased hemoglobin concentration in diabetic and slight restoration was obtained after the drug administration (Fig. II).

From the above discussion co-relation between hemoglobin and total erythrocyte count was well established. The diabetic rat lymphocyte concentration was 1.28 times to that of normal but with the extract of Gymnema sylvestre it was only 1.02 times to that of the normal (Fig. II). And this slightly increase in the lymphocyte is not a big deal because this is a general phenomenon of the hyperglycemia that individual are more prone to microbial infection. However, after the extract administration as the glucose concentration went down the normalization of lymphocyte also attained. Eosinophil, Monocyte, Basophils, Neutrophils count in the differential section doesn’t draw any peculiar impact of effect of diabetes in the hematological changes except in lymphocyte which was result of opportunistic condition related to infection (Fig. III). The results are Mean ± SD with p<0.05, were calculated using Tukey multiple ranges test, after ANOVA and compared with the entire column.

Present study is also based on the potential of herbal extract and its impact on the diabetic pancreas. A, and B are normal rats histoarchitecture having normal cellular arrangement islet of Langerhans (IL) and Acinar cell (Ac) with well developed vascular and ductile system (Gorczyca  et al., 2017). Cells are compact and well mannered, the result agrees with other reports (Aggarwal  2010, Chakraborty  et al., 2012).  Regeneration and restoration of pancreatic β cell has been the matter of concern. In the current study reduction in the pancreatic β cell mass was noticed along with inflammation, congestion, scattered β cells, neutrophillic excavation showing ruptured blood vessel has been noticed in diabetic subjects (Fig. 1, C, D, and E).  Showing the treatment group Gymnema sylvestre treated group for 10, 20, and 30 days respectively. variable and more intercellular spaces along with deranged ductile system, however concentration of β cell is quite little (F) Gymnema sylvestre extract shows significant and much more reduced spaces, congestion (Aralelimath, and  Bhise  2012) and ductile system is well developed in 10 days of treatment (I) but as dose prolonged for 30 days the scenario of β cell scanty resolved to a lot of extent ( H) & (K) which co-relates with (Ahmed  A B et al., 2010).


The findings in the present study opens several avenues especially in the pancreatic regeneration and dedifferentiation of other cells despite of β- cells, however further clinical trial on humans are required to reach any specific conclusion because the results based on route of administration and intestinal absorption may vary the outcomes. Overall we can say that relying on the herbal formulation from early will certainly reduce the diabetic complication and its prevalence.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare there is no any conflict of interest.


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