In vitro and in silico elucidation of antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activities of bioactive compounds from Momordica charantia L. Academic Article uri icon


  • Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) has been used to manage diabetes and related conditions in various parts of the world. In the present study, ten compounds were isolated from acetone and methanol extracts of bitter melon. The chemical structures of compounds were unambiguously elucidated by 1D, 2D NMR, and high-resolution mass spectra. Identified compounds 1-7 exhibited significant inhibition of -amylase and moderate inhibition of -glucosidase activities. Momordicoside G and gentisic acid 5-O--d-xyloside showed the highest inhibition of -amylase (70.5%), and -glucosidase (56.4%), respectively. Furthermore, molecular docking studies of isolated compounds 1-7 were able to bind to the active sites of both enzymes. Additionally, the isolated compounds 1-7 significantly attenuated lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation, downregulating the expression of pro-inflammatory markers NF-B, INOS, IL-6, IL-1, TNF-, and Cox-2 in murine macrophage RAW 264.7 cells. One phenolic derivative, gentisic acid 5-O--d-xyloside, was isolated and identified for the first time from bitter melon, and significantly suppressed the expression of Cox-2 and IL-6 compared to the LPS-treated group. -Amylase and -glucosidase are targets of anti-diabetes drugs, our findings suggest that compounds purified from bitter melon may have potential to use as functional food ingredients for the prevention of type 2 diabetes and related inflammatory conditions.

published proceedings

  • Bioorg Med Chem

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Shivanagoudra, S. R., Perera, W. H., Perez, J. L., Athrey, G., Sun, Y., Wu, C. S., Jayaprakasha, G. K., & Patil, B. S.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Shivanagoudra, Siddanagouda R||Perera, Wilmer H||Perez, Jose L||Athrey, Giridhar||Sun, Yuxiang||Wu, Chia Shan||Jayaprakasha, GK||Patil, Bhimanagouda S

publication date

  • July 2019