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J Ethnopharmacol. 2007 Sep 5;113(2):233-9. Epub 2007 Jun 7.

Inhibition of Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin-induced diarrhea by Chaenomeles speciosa.

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Graduate Institute of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.


Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is responsible for millions of deaths in developing countries. Heat-labile enterotoxin (LT), the virulence factor of ETEC, induces diarrhea by initially binding to the G(M1) on the surface of intestinal epithelial cells and consequently leading to the massive loss of fluid and ions from cells. Fruit of Chaenomeles (FC), the dried fruit of Chaenomeles speciosa, has been used for diarrhea in China. However, the anti-diarrheal mechanism of FC is still unclear. In this study, we demonstrated that FC extract (FCE) inhibited the LT-induced diarrhea in mice by blocking the binding of the B subunit of LT (LTB) to G(M1). The ethyl acetate (EA) soluble fraction was the most active fraction of FC that significantly abolished the LTB and G(M1) interaction. Furthermore, the oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, and betulinic acid from EA fraction, blocked the toxin binding effects, resulting in the suppression of LT-induced diarrhea. Moreover, by docking techniques, these compounds fitted LTB well via hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic contacts with amino acid residues of LTB. In conclusion, our findings suggested that oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, and betulinic acid were the active constituents from FC and might be considered as lead therapeutic agents in the treatment of LT-induced diarrhea.

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