• Venil N Sumantran

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    • Chondroprotective potential of root extracts of Withania somnifera in osteoarthritis

      Venil N Sumantran Asavari Kulkarni Sanjay Boddul Trushna Chinchwade Soumya J Koppikar Abhay Harsulkar Bhushan Patwardhan Arvind Chopra Ulhas V Wagh

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      This is the first report describing two novel chondroprotective activities of aqueous extracts of Withania somnifera root powder. First, these extracts had a statistically significant, short-term chondroprotective effect on damaged human osteoarthritic cartilage matrix in 50% of the patients tested. Second, these extracts caused a significant and reproducible inhibition of the gelatinase activity of collagenase type 2 enzyme in vitro.

    • Hyaluronidase and collagenase inhibitory activities of the herbal formulation Triphala guggulu

      Venil N Sumantran Asavari A Kulkarni Abhay Harsulkar Asmita Wele Soumya J Koppikar Rucha Chandwaskar Vishakha Gaire Madhuri Dalvi Ulhas V Wagh

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      Myrrh (guggulu) oleoresin from the Commiphora mukul tree is an important component of antiarthritic drugs in Ayurvedic medicine. Clinical data suggest that elevated levels of hyaluronidase and collagenase type 2 enzymes contribute significantly to cartilage degradation. Triphala guggulu (TG) is a guggulu-based formulation used for the treatment of arthritis. We assessed the chondroprotective potential of TG by examining its effects on the activities of pure hyaluronidase and collagenase type 2 enzymes. Triphala shodith guggulu (TSG), an intermediate in the production of TG, was also examined. A spectrophotometric method was used to assay Hyaluronidase activity, and to detect potential Hyaluronidase inhibitors. Aqueous and hydro-alcoholic extracts of TSG showed weak but dose-dependent inhibition of hyaluronidase activity. In contrast, the TG formulation was 50 times more potent than the TSG extract with respect to hyaluronidase inhibitory activity. A validated X-ray film-based assay was used to measure the gelatinase activity of pure collagenase type 2. Hydro-alcoholic extracts of the TG formulation were 4 times more potent than TSG with respect to collagenase inhibitory activity. Components of Triphala were also evaluated for their inhibitory activities on hyaluronidase and collagenase. This is the first report to show that the T2 component of Triphala (T. chebula) is a highly potent hyaluronidase and collagenase inhibitor. Thus, the TG formulation inhibits two major enzymes that can degrade cartilage matrix. Our study provides the first in vitro preclinical evidence of the chondroprotective properties of TG.

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