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The Antidiabetic Activity of Cocor Bebek Leaves (Kalanchoe pinnata

Lam.Pers.) Ethanolic Extract from Various Areas
Indah Dwiatmi Dewiyanti1*, Euis Filailla1, Megawati1, Tri Yuliani1

Research Centre for Chemistry, Indonesian Institute of Sciences


The anti-diabetic activity of Cocor Bebek leaves (Kalanchoe pinnata Lam.Pers.) ethanolic extract from
Bogor city, Kabupaten Bogor, and Tangerang Selatan (south of Tangerang) city has been studied. The
study was conducted in vitro using -glucosidase inhibitor method. The results of the study showed that
the IC50 of the extract from Bogor city, Kabupaten Bogor, and Tangerang Selatan city is 40.94 ppm,
33.58 ppm and 16.12 ppm, respectively. Meanwhile, the IC50 of quercetin which has antidiabetic
activity is 10.22 ppm. The results showed that Cocor Bebek leaves (Kalanchoe pinnata Lam.Pers.) ethanolic
extract had anti-diabetic activity with IC 50 less than 100 ppm. However, the activity is lesser than

Keywords: Kalanchoe pinnata Lam.Pers., antidiabetic activity, glucosidase inhibitor

BACKGROUND located on the banks of the surface of intestinal
cells and is a key enzyme in the metabolism.
Cocor Bebek (Kalanchoe pinnata Lam.Pers.), Moreover, it is needed in the process of
belongs to sukulen plants which has thick and glycoprotein and glycolipid formation [8]. The
watery leaves [1, 2]. The plant lives in tropical enzyme breaks down carbohydrates into glucose
area. In Vietnam it is called Thuoc bong, cay song in the human intestine [9]. Compounds that can
don, truong sinh, diep sinh can, da bat tur, or tau pua inhibit the activity indicate that the compound
sung; while in the Philippines it is called has a possibility as anti-diabetes by lowering
Katakataka, siempre viva, abisrana, aritana, or blood sugar levels [10].
karitana [3, 4]. In Indonesia the plant is more Because of the use of K. pinnata as anti-
popular as an ornamental plant than medicinal
diabetic treatment, an evidence obtained from in
one [2]. K. pinnata contains alkaloid, triterpene,
glycoside, flavonoid, steroid and lipid. In vitro testing using -glucosidase inhibitor
Guatemala and India, the plant is used to treat methods is needed. The method uses
diabetes [5]. spectrophotometry by reacting substrate p-
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic nitrophenyl -D-glucopiranoside, the enzyme -
disorder involving the metabolism of glucosidase and the ethanol leaves extract [8].
carbohydrates, fats and proteins, in which the Considering that the pharmacology activity of
disorder is characterized by the increase in blood natural products are influenced by environmental
sugar (hyperglycemia). There are two types of factor where they live, Cocor Bebek leaves were
diabetes mellitus, namely, insulin-dependent taken from different areas in order to compare
diabetes mellitus/IDDM (type 1) and non-insulin its activity.
dependent diabetes mellitus/NIDDM (type 2).
Treatment for the type 2 is by regulating blood MATERIALS AND METHODS
sugar levels by means of using hypoglycemic, -
glucosidase inhibitor and a diet that limits the Ethanol extract of K.pinnata Preparation
use of sugar [6, 7].
Glucosidase is an enzyme that is needed in Fresh K. pinnata leaves were obtained from
the process of carbohydrate metabolism. It is Bogor city (BALITRO), Kabupaten Bogor
* Corresponding address:
(Pabuaran), and Tangerang Selatan city
Indah Dwiatmi Dewiyanti (PUPIPTEK areaSerpong). The species
Research Centre for Chemistry, determination was done in Research Center for
Indonesian Institute of Sciences, BiologyLIPI, Cibinong. The leaves were dried
Kompleks Puspiptek, Serpong-Indonesia 15412
by using oven at 50o C, then blended and

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The Uji invitro
Antidiabetic quersetin
Activity of Cocor Bebek Leaves

macerated by using ethanol 70% for 3 x 24 35

hours. After that, They were filtered and y = 4.822x + 0.7037
30 R2 = 0.9789
evaporated by using a rotary evaporator, then y = 12.909Ln(x) + 4.5959
dried by using water bath at 50 o C until they 25
R2 = 0.9604
were viscous. 1%, 0,5 % and 0,25 % (b/v) 20
solution of K. pinnata extract were, then,
prepared. 15
-Glucosidase Inhibitory Activity of K. 5
pinnatas Extract
-glucosidase activity was determined by 0 grafik
1 uji 2invitro3 extract
4 cocor
5 bebek
6 7
using Lee & Lees (2001) method, that is, Figure 1. Regression dari kota
equation Bogor as standard
of quercetin
Spectrophotometry method at 400 nm wave
length. -glucosidase, bovine serum albumin 35
(Wako Pure Chemical Industries, Ltd.), p- 30
nitrophenyl -D-glucopiranoside (Wako Pure y = 1.4497x - 9.3271
25 R2 = 0.9324
Chemical Industries Ltd.), Bufer fosfat pH 7,
DMSO, Na2CO3, and Quercetin were used as the 20
y = 13.885Ln(x) - 22.597
standard. -glucosidase enzyme was diluted 1/10 15 R2 = 0.7319
times before assay. 200 mg bovine serum 10

albumin and 1.0 mg -glucosidase were diluted 5

in buffer phosphat pH (7.0). The mixing solution 0
contains 250l solution of 20 mM p- nitrophenyl -5 0 5 10 15 20 25 30
-D-glucopiranoside, 495 l buffer phosphat (pH -10
7.0), and 5 l sample. Then, it was pre-incubated
Figure 2. Regression equation of Cocor Bebeks ethanolic
at 37o C for a while. Reaction was started by extract from Bogor City
adding 250 l -glucosidase, then incubated it at
37o C for a while. The reaction was stopped by Ethanol was used as solvent in order to
adding 1000l Na 2CO3 solution. The amount of obtain less polar compound until the polar
p-nitrofenol obtained was measured at 400 nm compound reached maximum. The ethanol can
wave length. The percentage of the inhibitory extract alkaloid, sterol, saponin, flavonoid
activity was counted by using this formula: Anthraquinone and glicoside compound from
plants. Quercetin, a flavonoid compound which
Inhibitory activity (%) = (C-S) x 100 has antioxidant property, was used as the
C standard because of its anti-diabetic activity as
where C = absorbance of enzyme activity shown by the research carried by Vessal et al.
without inhibitor (absorbance of DMSO), and S (2003) inGrafik
which uji invitro
they used extract cocor induced
streptozocin bebek
= absorbance of enzyme activity with sample diabetic rat [11].
examined. dari kabupaten Bogor
RESULT AND DISCUSSION 40 y = 1.4924x + 0.129
35 2
IC50 (ppm) were counted from the regression R = 0.9665
equation (concentration vs inhibition 30
percentage). 1% concentration of sample in 25
reaction mixture is 25 ppm. The graphs are
20 y = 14.589Ln(x) - 14.259
shown in Figure 1 until 4.
15 2
R = 0.7981
Tabel 1. IC50 ethanolic extract of K. pinnata (Lam.Pers.) 10
Sample IC50 5
Quercetin 10.22
CB EtOH Bogor City 40.94
CB EtOH Kabupaten Bogor 33.58 0 5 10 15 20 25 30
CB EtOH Tangerang Selatan City 16.12 Figure 3. Regression equation of Cocor Bebeks ethanolic
extract from Kabupaten Bogor

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