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Characterization and pharmacodynamic properties of Arnica montana complex

Šutovská, M., Capek, P., Kočmalová, M., Pawlaczyk, I., Zaczyńska, E., Czarny, A., Uhliariková, I., Gancarz, R., Fraňová, S.
International journal of biological macromolecules 2014 v.69 pp. 214-221
Arnica montana, acetylcholine, arabinogalactans, codeine, cough, cytotoxicity, fibroblasts, flowering, humans, medicinal plants, mice, molecular weight, neutralization, phenolic compounds, protein content, solvents, uronic acids
A dark brown polymeric complex was isolated from flowering parts of medicinal plant Arnica montana L. by hot alkaline extraction followed by neutralization and multi-step extractions with organic solvents. It was recovered in 5.7% yield, on GPC showed two peaks of molecular mass of 9 and 3.5kDa. The compositional analyses of Arnica complex revealed the presence of carbohydrates (26%), uronic acids (12%), phenolics (1.25mM or 213mg of GAE/1g), and low protein content (∼1%). The carbohydrate moiety was rich mainly in rhamnogalacturonan and arabinogalactan. The antitussive tests showed the reduction of the cough efforts by Arnica complex, however, its total antitussive effect was lower compared with that of codeine, the strongest antitussive agent. The bronchodilatory activity of Arnica complex was similar to salbutamol, a classic antiasthmatic drug, and was confirmed by significantly decreased values of specific airways resistance in vivo and by considerably attenuated the amplitude of acetylcholine and histamine-induced contractions in vitro. Arnica complex did not show any cytotoxic effect on mouse fibroblast cultures and human lung cells, up to the dose of 500μg/mL.