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Bacoside A, a triterpenoid saponin, is a major constituent isolated from Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. (Scrophulariaceae), used as a memory enhancer. Bacoside A and B are active ingredients in Bacopa herb and have antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities


A new rapid, simple, and economical high-performance thin-layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method was developed and validated for densitometric quantitative analysis of bacoside A in powdered leaves from different geographical regions of India.

Materials and methods

An amount of 10 mg mL−1 methanol extract of powdered leaves from different geographic regions was used for sample application on precoated silica gel 60 F254 aluminum sheets. Standard bacoside A (1 mg mL−1) was used for calibration curve. HPTLC separation was performed on percolated silica gel aluminum plate 60 F254 (20 cm × 10 cm with 0.2 mm thickness) as a stationary phase using ethyl acetate–methanol–water (4:1:1) as the mobile phase. Quantification was achieved by densitometric analysis at 598 nm over the concentration range of 500–4000 ng band−1.


Compact and well-resolved bands for bacoside A from powdered leaves of different geographic regions were found at retardation factor (R f) 0.53 ± 0.02. The linear regression analysis data for calibration curve showed good linear relationship with regression coefficient r 2 = 0.9996 and r 2 = 0.99810 with respect to peak area and peak height. The method was validated for precision, recovery, and robustness as per the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines. Variation in quantitative analysis of bacoside A in powdered leaves sample from different geographic regions was found by HPTLC method.

Discussion and conclusion

The highest and lowest content of bacoside A in powdered leaves sample from Jammu and Kerala regions, respectively. The variety of B. monnieri in Jammu is superior to other regions of India. The proposed developed HPTLC method can be applied for the quantitative determination of bacoside A in powdered leaves of plant and its formulation.

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JPC - Journal of Planar Chromatography - Modern TLC
Authors: Anshu Srivastava, Gaurav Garg, Poojadevi Sharma, Nancy Shah, Sonal Sharma and Neeta Shrivastava

Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennell, commonly known as Brahmi, is an important medicinal plant of the Ayurvedic System of Medicine and is categorized as Medhya Rasayana, used for boosting memory. Bacoside A and B (saponins) are major bioactive compounds of the plant responsible for memory enhancement. Consistent quality and quantity of the bioactive compounds are a must to produce highly efficacious herbal drugs. The phytochemical diversity due to ecogeographical variations affects the persistent therapeutic effect. In the present study, quantification of the major bioactive principle of B. monnieri, bacoside A, was performed in order to evaluate chemodiversity in the plants collected from different ecogeographical locations. The analysis of 75 accessions showed a wide range of significant variation in bacoside A content. Further, genetic diversity study was carried out between high- and low-yielding accessions to correlate the effect of the genetic composition on chemical diversity. The cluster analyses of amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) data of high and low bacoside A producing plants using dendogram and principal coordinate analysis (PCoA) revealed no specific clustering. The genetic diversity parameters calculated also support less genetic differentiation between low- and high-yielding accessions. The results clearly indicate that there is a prevalence of agroclimatic conditions on differential bacoside A accumulation in B. monnieri. The study will help to produce quality plant material to be used as phytomedicine.

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Background: The fruits of Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogniaux, a ‘rasayana’ in ‘Ayurveda’, are enriched with several secondary metabolites, and rutin is one of them. Fruits are used for their anabolic, brain tonic, carminative, diuretic, memory enhancer, refrigerant, and vitalizer properties. Objective: In view of the fact that herbal medicines and/or products are facing challenges towards global acceptance due to the lack of universally accepted standardization method (s), the aim of the current investigation was to develop and validate a high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC)-densitometry method for the quantification of rutin in the hydroalcoholic extracts of the fruit pulp of B. hispida (HABH). Materials and methods: The separation was achieved in a solvent system consisting of ethyl acetate-formic acid-acetic acid-water at a ratio of 7.2:0.7:0.7:1.4 by volume on a TLC aluminum plate pre-coated with silica gel 60 F254. Quantifications were performed by densitometric scanning under a deuterium lamp at a wavelength of 268 nm in the absorbance mode. The precision, accuracy, and reproducibility of the HPTLC method were validated by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines. Results: The mobile phase employed for HPTLC/TLC resulted in good separation for rutin (R F = 0.357). The limit of detection and limit of quantification of the analysis were found to be 0.1 and 0.3 µg per band, respectively. The rutin concentration in the HABH was found to be 178.28 ± 3.62 µg in 10 mg of the extract. Conclusion: The method developed here is simple, fast, reliable, and sensitive and can be implemented in the analysis and routine quality control of B. hispida formulations containing rutin.

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Hungarian Medical Journal
Authors: Yousif Asiri, Abdlatif Al-Dhawailie, Saleh Alqasoumi, Mohammed Al-Yahya and Syed Rafatullah

From prehistoric times, herbal medicine has been used by various communities and civilizations throughout the world. This trend continues to the present day. For the past several decades, herbal medicines have been increasingly consumed by people without prescription. They are traditionally considered as harmless since they belong to natural sources. Herbal formulations which have reached widespread acceptability as therapeutic agents are such as antidiabetics, anti-arthritics, aphrodisiacs, hepatoprotectives, cough remedies, memory enhancers and adoptogens. However, with a more efficient case reporting of adverse drug reactions, the hazards of herbal medicines as self prescriptions have been well recorded. In this regard the World Health Organization (WHO) has set specific guidelines for the assessment of the safety, efficacy and quality of herbal medicines. The purpose of pharmacovigilance is to detect, assess and understand, and to prevent the adverse effects or any other possible drug-related problems, which is not only confined to chemical drugs, but extended to herbal, traditional and complementary medicines, biologicals, vaccines, blood products and medical devices. Herbal pharmacovigilance should be implemented and authorities should record apart from existing information on various aspects of the single herb and/or compound herbal formulations on concomitant use with chemical drugs, adverse drug reaction, delayed or acute toxic effects, allergies etc. Most over-the-counter herbal products like ginseng have drawn great public attention but there are several case reports mentioned in the literature of adverse drug reactions of herbal drugs which are generally considered safe. In this paper, we have succinctly reviewed the various aspects associated with the pharmacovigilance of herbal medicines ranging from the pathophysiology to the various clinical elements of adverse drug reactions associated with herbal medicine.

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207 215 Raghavendra, V., Chopra, K., Kulkarni, S. K. (2001) Comparative studies on the memory-enhancing actions of captopril and losartan in mice using inhibitory shock

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, M. (2010) Increase in excitability of RPeD11 results in memory enhancement of juvenile and adult of Lymnaea stagnalis by predator-induced stress. Neurobiol. Learn. Mem. 94 , 269–277. Sakakibara M

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235 241 Doerksen, S. , & Shimamura, A. P. (2001). Source memory enhancement for emotional words. Emotion , 1 (1), 5

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377 380 Dhingra D, Parle M, Kulkarni SK: Memory enhancing activity of Glycyrrhiza glabra in mice. J. Ethnopharmacol. 91, 361–365 (2004

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