Isolation, gastroprotective effects and untargeted metabolomics analysis of Lycium minutifolium J. Remy (Solanaceae)

Stephanie Rodriguez, Mariano Walter Pertino, Chantal Arcos, Luana Reichert, Javier Echeverria, Mario Simirgiotis, Jorge Borquez, Alberto Cornejo, Carlos Areche, Beatriz Sepulveda

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Lycium minutifolium J. Remy (Solanaceae) is commonly used as an infusion in traditional medicine to treat stomach pain, meteorism, intestinal disorders, stomach ailments, and other severe problems including prostate cancer and stomach cancer. From the EtOAc extract of L. minutifolium bark five known metabolites were isolated using chromatographic techniques. The gastroprotective effects of the EtOAc fraction and edible infusion extract of the bark were assayed on the hydrochloric acid (HCl)/EtOH induced gastric ulcer model in mice to support the traditional use of the plant. The EtOAc extract and the edible infusion showed gastroprotective effect at dose of 100 mg/kg reducing lesions by 31% and 64%, respectively. The gastroprotective action mechanisms of the edible infusion at a single oral dose of 100 mg/kg were evaluated suggesting that prostaglandins, sulfhydryl groups, and nitric oxide are involved in the mode of gastroprotective action. The UHPLC analysis coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry of the edible infusion showed the presence of twenty-three compounds. Our results can support the gastroprotective properties of the edible infusion extract, and at least can validate in part, the ethnopharmacological uses of the plant.

Original languageEnglish
Article number565
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Coumarins
  • Endemic plants
  • Lycium
  • Metabolomic
  • Orbitrap
  • Secondary metabolites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Microbiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Plant Science


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