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Identification of a proteinaceous component in the leaf of moringa oleifera lam. with effects on high serum creatinine

Author(s): S Sahoo1, KM Raghavendra2, S Biswas1
1Department of Biological Sciences, Pilani-K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar, Goa-403 726, India 2Medical Centre, BITS, Pilani-K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar, Goa-403 726, India

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S Biswas Department of Biological Sciences, Pilani-K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar, Goa-403 726 India E-mail:

Moringa oleifera Lam. has been an important plant in the history of mankind, both for its nutritional and medicinal uses. Apart from bactericidal effects, the parts of this plant have been effectively used in the treatment of circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive as well as neural disorders. Till date, though, there has been no reported activity of the involvement of any proteinaceous extract from M. oleifera on high levels of serum creatinine. To address this issue, blood samples with high levels of serum creatinine (2 mg/dl and above) were treated with leaf extract from M. oleifera. The crude extract was partially purified initially and eventually purified to completion as well. All these proteinaceous fractions were used to treat samples with high levels of serum creatinine as mentioned above. While the treatment of serum sample having high creatinine with crude extract and partially purified protein fractions showed a decrease of approximately 20% in the levels of serum creatinine over a period of 24 h, the samples treated with purified protein fraction reduced the serum creatinine level by 50%. In light of the fact that increased level of serum creatinine levels have adverse downstream effects on the heart, lungs and other organs, this communication assumes significance because it suggests a way of reducing the level of serum creatinine as an emergency measure. Further, the identification and characterisation of this proteinaceous component and possible in vivo experiments would provide a major tool for the treatment of downstream complications associated with increased serum creatinine via a new sources, albeit a natural one.

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