Medicinal Chemistry Research

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 1964–1973 | Cite as

Effect of metabolites isolated from Cuscuta pedicellata on high fat diet-fed rats

  • Salwa H. Zekry
  • Dina M. Abo-elmatty
  • Rawia A. Zayed
  • Mohamed M. Radwan
  • Mahmoud A. ElSohly
  • Hashim A. Hassanean
  • Safwat A. AhmedEmail author
Original Research


The aim of the present study was to determine if Cuscuta pedicellata extract has an effect on body weight and serum lipid profile in the HFD-fed rats’ animal model. The ethanol extract of C. pedicellata exhibited a significant reduction in body weight and serum lipid profile in this model. The n-hexane/EtOAc (1:1), EtOAc and MeOH/EtOAc (1:1) fractions were also active, while the MeOH fraction showed no beneficial effect. Bioactivity-guided fractionation leads to the isolation of ten pure compounds: naringenin (1), kaempferol (2), aromadenderin (3), quercitin (4), 3,5,7,3′,5′-pentahydroxy flavanone (5), naringenin -7-O-β-d-glucoside (6), aromadenderin -7-O-β-d-glucoside (7), Taxifolin -7-O-β-d-glucoside (8), kaempferol -3-O-β-d-glucoside (astragalin), (9) and quercitin -3-O-β-d-glucoside (isoquercitrin) (10). This is the first report of compounds 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 in Cuscuta pedicellata. Compound 1 > compound 8 > compound 3 > compound 7 > compound 4 > compound 2 are responsible for the potency of the ethanol extract, while compound 6 was only effective in reducing the total cholesterol serum levels but not effective in reducing the level of triglycerides or the body weight. Our data confirmed the anti-obesity effect of C. pedicellata reported by the Egyptian population and identified the compounds responsible for this activity.


Cuscuta pedicellata Obesity Flavonoids Orlistat® 



The authors are grateful to Prof. Dr. Abd Elraof A., Professor of Botany, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University for taxonomical identification of the plant.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salwa H. Zekry
    • 1
  • Dina M. Abo-elmatty
    • 2
  • Rawia A. Zayed
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mohamed M. Radwan
    • 4
    • 5
  • Mahmoud A. ElSohly
    • 5
    • 6
  • Hashim A. Hassanean
    • 7
  • Safwat A. Ahmed
    • 7
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacySinai UniversityNorth SinaiEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of PharmacySuez Canal UniversityIsmailiaEgypt
  3. 3.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt
  4. 4.National Center for Natural Products Research, School of PharmacyThe University of MississippiUniversityUSA
  5. 5.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyAlexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt
  6. 6.Department of Pharmaceutics, School of PharmacyThe University of MississippiUniversityUSA
  7. 7.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacySuez Canal UniversityIsmailiaEgypt

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