Antidiarrheal activity of 19-deoxyicetexone isolated from Salvia ballotiflora benth in mice and rats

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The antidiarrheal properties of 19-deoxyicetexone, a diterpenoid isolated from Salvia ballotiflora were evaluated on castor oil-, arachidonic acid (AA)- and prostaglandin (PGE2)-induced diarrhea in rodent models. The structure of 19-deoxyicetexone was determined by X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry (EI-MS), as well as ultraviolet (UV-Vis), infrared (FT-IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies. This compound significantly and dose-dependently reduced frequency of stooling in castor oil-induced diarrhea, and at dose of 25 mg/kg it also inhibited diarrhea induced with AA, while it had no effect on PGE2-induced diarrhea. This compound at doses of 25 mg/kg also diminished castor oil-induced enteropooling and intestinal motility, and inhibited the contraction of the rats' ileum induced by carbachol chloride at a concentration of 100 μg/mL. 19-Deoxyicetexone did not present acute toxicity at doses of 625 mg/kg. Its antidiarrheal activity may be due to increased reabsorption of NaCl and water and inhibition of the release of prostaglandins, gastrointestinal motility and fluid accumulation in the intestinal tracts of rats. These findings suggest that 19-deoxyicetexone may be used in the treatment of diarrhea, although more studies must be carried out to confirm this. © 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.




Pérez-Gutiérrez, S., Zavala-Mendoza, D., Hernández-Munive, A., Mendoza-Martínez, Á., Pérez-González, C., & Sánchez-Mendoza, E. (2013). Antidiarrheal activity of 19-deoxyicetexone isolated from Salvia ballotiflora benth in mice and rats. Molecules, 18(8), 8895–8905.

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