Medicinal Chemistry Research

, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 3209–3215 | Cite as

α-Amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory activities of the herbs of Artemisia dracunculus L. and its active constituents

  • Zühal Güvenalp
  • Hilal Özbek
  • Benan Dursunoğlu
  • Hafize Yuca
  • Sefa Gözcü
  • Yeşim M. Çil
  • Cavit Kazaz
  • Kemalettin Kara
  • Ömür L. Demirezer
Original Research


A new phenylpropanoid named 4-(1′,1′,2′,2′-tetramethylpropyl)-1,2-benzenediol (1) with a known phenylpropanoid: 3-(p-methoxyphenyl)-1,2-propanediol (2), a coumarin: herniarin (3), and a flavonol glycoside: rutin (4) were isolated from the aerial parts of Artemisia dracunculus L. Their structures were elucidated by detailed analyses of 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance, IR, ESI–MS and HR–ESI–MS data. Methanol extract of aerial parts of the plant, different polarity fractions of methanol extract and the isolated compounds from these fractions were evaluated for their alpha amylase and alpha glucosidase inhibitory effects. Phenylpropanoids containing fraction had a significantly higher α-glucosidase inhibitory activity (90.4%) when compared with the standart compound acarbose (26.0%) at 1 mg/mL. However none of the tested extracts or compounds were found to be active on α-amylase inhibition.


Artemisia dracunculus L. Asteraceae α-glucosidase inhibition α-amylase inhibition 



This work was supported by The Foundation of Atatürk University (2015/324).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zühal Güvenalp
    • 1
  • Hilal Özbek
    • 1
  • Benan Dursunoğlu
    • 1
  • Hafize Yuca
    • 1
  • Sefa Gözcü
    • 2
  • Yeşim M. Çil
    • 3
  • Cavit Kazaz
    • 4
  • Kemalettin Kara
    • 5
  • Ömür L. Demirezer
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of PharmacognosyFaculty of Pharmacy, Atatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  2. 2.Department of PharmacognosyFaculty of Pharmacy, Erzincan UniversityErzincanTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Forestry and Forest ProductsOltu Vocational School, Atatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryFaculty of Science, Atatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  5. 5.Department of AgronomyFaculty of Agriculture, Atatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  6. 6.Department of PharmacognosyFaculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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