Phytomedicine : international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology

Efficacy of 20-OH-ecdysone on hepatic key enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats.

PMID 22484004


The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the anti-diabetic activity of 20-OH-ecdysone on glucose metabolic key enzymes in control and streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. On oral administration of 20-OH-ecdysone at a dose of 5mg/kg body weight per day to diabetic rats for 30 days resulted in a significant decrease in the levels of plasma glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and an increase in the levels of insulin and hemoglobin. Administration of 20-OH-ecdysone showed significant increase in the levels of glycolytic enzyme (hexokinase) and hepatic shunt enzyme (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) whereas significant decrease in the levels of gluconeogenic enzymes (glucose-6-phosphatase and fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase) in diabetic treated rats. Furthermore, protection against body weight loss of diabetic animals also observed. This study indicates that the administration of 20-OH-ecdysone to diabetic rats resulted in alterations in the metabolism of glucose with subsequent reduction in plasma glucose levels. A comparison was made between the action of 20-OH-ecdysone and antidiabetic drug-glibenclamide. The effects produced by the 20-OH-ecdysone were comparable to that of glibenclamide.