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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 271-275

Gastroprotective effect of Benincasa hispida fruit extract

1 Department of pharmacology, S. J. Thakkar Pharmacy College, Rajkot, Gujarat, India
2 Department of pharmacology, L. M. College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Manish A Rachchh
Department of pharmacology, S. J. Thakkar Pharmacy College, Rajkot, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.45154

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Objectives: The antiulcer activity of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn. fruit was evaluated in rats against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal damage, pylorus ligated (PL) gastric ulcers, and cold restraint-stress (CRS)-induced gastric ulcer models. Methods: Petroleum ether and methanol extracts were administrated orally at the dose of 300 mg/kg, and omeprazole (reference standard) at the dose of 20 mg/kg. Ulcer index was common parameter studied in all the models. Further, vascular permeability was evaluated in ethanol model, and effect on lipid peroxidation, viz. melondialdehyde (MDA) content, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase (CAT) levels were studied in CRS model. Results: Both the extracts produced significant reduction in ulcer index (P < 0.05) in all the models and the results were comparable with that of omeprazole-treated group. Further, significant reduction in vascular permeability (P < 0.05) was observed. In CRS model, MDA content was significantly reduced along with increase in CAT levels as compared to control group. Conclusions: Petroleum ether and methanol extracts of B. hispida possess significant antiulcer as well as antioxidant property.


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