Polyphenols Profile and Enzyme Inhibitory Properties of Blumea lacera (Burm. f.) DC. A Potential Candidate against Obesity, Aging, and Skin Disorder

A. M. Swaraz, Fariha Sultana, Khondoker Shahin Ahmed, Mohammed A. Satter, Hemayet Hossain, Obayed Raihan, Afrina Brishti, Ibrahim Khalil, Siew Hua Gan

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Blumea lacera (Burm. f.) DC. is attracting scientific interest due to the diverse biological activities of its various parts and its use in folk medicine. The present study was undertaken to investigate the tissue-specific differential expression pattern of its total bioactive compounds. The study was further extended to whole plant phenolics profiling, in vitro enzyme inhibition activities, followed by in silico enzyme inhibition analysis to assess its potential as herbal medicine. The amount of total phenolics in different tissues was followed in decreasing order as old leaf, flower bud, root, young leaf, flower, old stem, and young stem, while that for the flavonoids was old leaf, root, young leaf, flower bud, flower, young stem, and old stem. This study identified rosmarinic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol in this plant for the first time. The solvent extracts demonstrated strong inhibition of lipase and tyrosinase activity, along with varying degrees of inhibition of acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase activity. Among the detected compounds, ten displayed strong in silico binding affinities with the tested enzymes. The findings provide a new insight into further investigation of the medicinal potential of this species against obesity, neurological disorders, and aberrant skin color.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202200282
Number of pages14
JournalChemistry and Biodiversity
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Blumea lacera
  • cholinesterase
  • molecular docking
  • pancreatic lipase
  • phenolic compounds
  • tyrosinase

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