An aqueous fraction of the ethanol extract of the leaves (AFL) of Cissampelos sympodialis Eichl. (Menispermaceae) was shown to relax the spontaneous tone of guinea-pig tracheal smooth muscle rings with an IC50 of 20.5 μg/mL. The AFL inhibited cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase activity in isolated smooth muscle homogenates and stimulated an increase in intracellular cAMP synthesis in intact cultured smooth muscle cells. A complete inhibition of phosphodiesterase activity in isolated homogenates was almost achieved. These studies indicate that the AFL contains a substance which is a non-selective, but highly potent inhibitor of phosphodiesterase activity. This probably accounts for its effect on the spontaneous tone of guinea-pig tracheal smooth muscle.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
- cissampelos sympodialis Eichl