The International Journal of Romanian Society of Endocrinology / Registered in 1938

in ISI Thomson Master Journal List

January - March 2018, Volume 14, Issue 1
General Endocrinology

Ahangarpour A, Oroojan AA, Khorsandi L, Lamoochi Z

Effect of Hydroalcoholic Extract of Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea L.) on Diabetic Variables in D-Galactose Induced Aging Mouse Model

Acta Endo (Buc) 2018, 14 (1): 24-29
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2018.24

Introduction. Purslane (Portulaca oleracea L.) has antioxidant effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pancreas protective effect of Purslane hydroalcoholic extract in D-galactose induced aging female mouse model. Methods. In this experimental study, 72 adult female mice (30 – 35 g) were obtained and divided into 6 groups: control, Purslane hydroalcoholic extract, D-galactose, D-galactose + Purslane hydroalcoholic extract, Aging, Aging + Purslane hydroalcoholic extract. The aging model induced by subcutaneous injection of D-galactose for 45 consecutive days, and Purslane hydroalcoholic extract was orally gavaged in the last 21 days. 24 hours after the last drug and extract administrations, serum samples and pancreas tissues were removed for biochemical and histological assessments. Results. Glucose decreased in the Purslane, D-galactose + Purslane and Aging + Purslane groups (p<0.05). Insulin and HOMA-IR increased in D-galactose and, Aging groups (p<0.05). Furthermore, administration of hydroalcoholic extract of Purslane improved these parameters in D-galactose and Aging treated mice (p<0.05). Diameter of pancreatic islets decreased in Aging and D-galactose groups and Purslane hydroalcoholic extract administration improved this variable. Conclusions. The present results show that Purslane has pancreas protective effects via its hypoglycemic and insulin resistance reducing activity.

Keywords: Purslane, D-galactose, pancreas, aging, mouse.

Correspondence: Ali Akbar Oroojan PhD candidate, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Student Research Committee of Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran, 0611, E-mail: