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Molecules 2009, 14(3), 1072-1080; doi:10.3390/molecules14031072

Anti-hemorrhagic Activity of Four Brazilian Vegetable Species Against Bothrops jararaca Venom

1, 2, 1, 3, 2 and 1
1 Department of Physiology, São Paulo State University, UNESP/Botucatu-SP, Brazil 2 Department of Organic Chemistry, São Paulo State University, UNESP/Araraquara-SP, Brazil 3 Center of Applied Toxinology. Butantan Institute, São Paulo-SP, Brazil
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Received: 26 November 2008 / Revised: 30 December 2008 / Accepted: 21 January 2009 / Published: 9 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phenolics and Polyphenolics)
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Around 20,000 snakebites are reported annually in Brazil and 90% of them are inflicted by species of the genus Bothrops. Intravenous administration of antibothropic antivenom neutralizes the systemic actions, but it is of little effect on the reversal of local symptoms and often induces adverse reactions, a context that drives the search for complementary treatments for snakebite accidents. Vegetable extracts with a range of antiophidian activities constitute an excellent alternative. In this study, we investigated the anti-hemorrhagic effects of Mouriri pusa Gardn. (Melastomataceae), Byrsonima crassa Niedenzu (Malpighiaceae), Davilla elliptica St. Hill. (Dilleniaceae) and Strychnos pseudoquina St. Hil. (Loganiaceae) against Bothrops jararaca venom. The methanolic extracts from M. pusa (leaves), B. crassa (leaves) and D. elliptica (leaves) showed total neutralization capacity against local hemorrhages. The amenthoflavone and quercetin fractions from B. crassa and the flavonoids fractions (quercetin and myricetin) from M. pusa and D. elliptica also showed total neutralization capacity. We conclude that flavonoids derived from myricetin, quercetin and amenthoflavone play an important role in the anti-hemorrhagic potential of these Brazilian vegetables species against B. jararaca venom.
Keywords: Flavonoids; Antiophidic plants; Anti-hemorrhagic; Bothrops jararaca Flavonoids; Antiophidic plants; Anti-hemorrhagic; Bothrops jararaca
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Nishijima, C.M.N.; Rodrigues, C.M.; Silva, M.A.; Lopes-Ferreira, M.; Vilegas, W.; Hiruma-Lima, C.A. Anti-hemorrhagic Activity of Four Brazilian Vegetable Species Against Bothrops jararaca Venom. Molecules 2009, 14, 1072-1080.

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