|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 354-360
Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes extract exhibits faster open wound healing in rats
Asmah Hamid, Chong Pek Lian, Nur Hafiza Salleh Hudin, Ahmad Rohi Ghazali, Nurul Farhana Jufri
Program of Biomedical Science, Center of Health and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health Science, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Date of Web Publication||26-Oct-2018|
Dr. Asmah Hamid
Assoc. Prof, Program of Biomedical Science, Center of Health and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Background: Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract (ZZRE) has the potential to be developed as a wound-healing agent with its profound anti-inflammatory property. Objective: This study was conducted to evaluate the wound healing effects of 5% ZZRE on open wound in rats. Materials and Methods: Wistar rats (n = 90) were divided into three groups, negative control (treated with PBS), positive control (treated with solcoseryl gel), and 5% ethyl acetate extract of Z. zerumbet, respectively. Wounds were induced on the rat's dorsal surface on day 0. Measurements of wound closure, total protein, uronic acid, hexosamine, cathepsin B, hydroxyproline, and histological observations were conducted on the wound tissues. Results: ZZRE-treated group showed increment in wound closure, protein, and hydroxyproline level. The uronic acid and hexosamine levels of ZZRE-treated wounds significantly increased on the 3rd day (P < 0.05). Histological observations demonstrated formation of granulation tissue was faster and denser in ZZRE-treated group. Conclusion: ZZRE enhances open wound healing in rats and has potential to be developed as a healing agent in the future.
Abbreviations Used: ZZRE: Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes extract, PDGF: Platelet-derived growth factor, TGF-β: Transforming growth factor-beta, PBS: Phosphate-buffered saline, EDTA: Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
Keywords: Anti-inflammatory, extract, proteins, rhizomes, wound healing, Zingiber zerumbet
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Hamid A, Lian CP, Salleh Hudin NH, Ghazali AR, Jufri NF. Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes extract exhibits faster open wound healing in rats. Phcog Res 2018;10:354-60
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Hamid A, Lian CP, Salleh Hudin NH, Ghazali AR, Jufri NF. Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes extract exhibits faster open wound healing in rats. Phcog Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Mar 1];10:354-60. Available from: http://www.phcogres.com/text.asp?2018/10/4/354/244085
- Rats treated with Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes extract (ZZRE) showed increment in wounds closure, protein levels, and hydroxyproline levels
- The uronic acid and hexosamine levels of ZZRE-treated wounds significantly increased on the third day (P < 0.05)
- Histological observations demonstrated the formation of granulation tissue was faster and denser in ZZRE-treated group
- ZZRE enhances open wound healing in rats and has potential to be developed as a healing agent in the future.
| Introduction|| |
Wound is a physical injury resulting in opening or breaking of the skin. Wound healing is essential for the restoration of disrupted anatomical continuity and to repair the disturbed functional status of the skin. Wound healing involves a series of cascading cellular and molecular processes for damaged tissue repair, remodeling, and also rapid generation of functional barrier of the skin. According to Schultz, wound healing is a physiological process that involves overlapping phases including hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation and remodeling, depending on how the various biological mechanisms are linked.
As the blood components accumulate at the site of injury, the platelets come into contact with exposed collagen and other elements of the extracellular matrix. This contact triggers the platelets to release clotting factors, essential growth factors, and cytokines such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β). Following hemostasis, the neutrophils enter the wound site and begin the critical task of removing foreign materials, bacteria, and damaged tissue. As the inflammation phase progresses, fixed tissue monocytes differentiated to macrophages that continue releasing more PDGF and TGF-β to recruit fibroblasts. Once the wound site is cleared of foreign materials, the migrated fibroblasts will begin the proliferative phase by depositing new extracellular matrix. Formation of new collagen matrix takes place at the remodeling phase which is the last phase of wound healing. Research on wound-healing agents is of interest in the field of modern biomedical science. In fact, traditional medical practitioners worldwide are equipped with valuable information of many lesser known to unknown wild plants for treating wounds and burns, especially in India and China. Traditional medicines have been used to treat and heal wounds for thousands of years as they are easily available. However, their wound-healing activities are less proven scientifically.
Zingiberaceae family plants are widely found in tropical rainforests. In Peninsular Malaysia, about 160 species from 18 genera are found and many of them growing naturally as scattered plants at the shaded parts of the lowland or hill slopes.Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Smith (Zingiberaceae), also known as Lempoyang in Malaysia, is a wild ginger species commonly used as Malay's cuisine food flavoring and appetizer. This herbal plant has been cultivated for thousands of years as a spice and also for medicinal purposes such as a cure for headaches, swelling, ulcers, loss of appetite, nausea, and menstruation discomfort. In Malaysia, the rhizomes have been used to improve appetite, treatment for ulcers, stomachache, diarrhea, worm infestation, analgesics, asthma, rheumatism, and anti-inflammation.,
Ethnopharmacological activities of Z. zerumbet have been reported in several studies which include antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, aggregation, antihypertensive, antinociceptive, antiallergic, antileukemic, hepatoprotective, and nephroprotective effects. However, the wound-healing activity of Z. zerumbet is not studied to date. Therefore, the current study is conducted to evaluate the effect of ethyl acetate extract of Z. zerumbet rhizomes on open wound healing in rats through the evaluation of macroscopic and microscopic observations and also biochemical analysis.
| Materials and Methods|| |
Plant materials and extraction
Fresh rhizomes of Z. zerumbet were collected from Temerloh, Pahang, Malaysia, and voucher specimen UKMB-29952 was deposited at the herbarium of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The specimens were cleaned and ground before air-dried at room temperature. The air-dried rhizomes of Z. zerumbet were soaked in n-hexane for 72 h at room temperature. This process was repeated 3 times. The rhizomes then underwent similar process with ethyl acetate. Each crude extract of hexane and ethyl-acetate were filtered and evaporated using rotary evaporator.
Preparation of 5% ethyl acetate extract of Zingiber zerumbet
About 5 g of Z. zerumbet rhizome extract (ZZRE) extract was dissolved in 5 mL of dimethyl sulfoxide with ratio of 1:1. The dissolved ZZRE was diluted in 95 mL PBS. The mixture then stirred until homogeneous.
Experimental animals and study design
Animal handling procedures were reviewed and approved by the Animal Ethics Committee of UKM (FSK/BIOMED/2011/ASMAH/30-November/409-November-2011-May-2013). There were 90 male Wistar rats, weighing 200–250 g used in this study. The rats were obtained from the Laboratory Animal Resource Unit, Faculty of Medicine, UKM, Kuala Lumpur. Food and water were given to animal's ad libitum. The rats were acclimatized for a week and randomly divided into three groups of 30 rats each. The Group I consists of negative control given PBS, Group II was positive control treated with solcoseryl gel, and Group III rats were treated with 5% ZZRE. The 5% dose was based on our preliminary study on the extract. Each group was further subdivided into five groups to be sacrificed on the first (24 h after wounding induced), 3rd, 6th, 10th, and 14th day, accordingly. Rats were anesthetized to induce six full skin-thickness wounds (6 mm in diameter) using biopsy punch on the dorsal surface on day 0. Treatments were given once daily until the day of sacrifice. The period between treatments was at least 24 h to enable maximum absorption. After the rats were killed, the entire wound was cut for biochemical analysis and macroscopic and histological observation.
Wound closure measurement
Wound area was measured using 1 mm2 graph paper on day 0 and the day of killing. The percentage of reduction in wound area was calculated using the equation below:
Where At is the wound area after time interval t and Ao is the wound area at the initial time of experiment, respectively.
Tissue homogenate was prepared for the determination of total protein content of wound as described by Bradford. The tissue supernatant was diluted at dilution factor of 100 with PBS. For 0.1 mL of tissue supernatant, 9.9 mL phosphate buffer was added. Then, 0.1 mL of the mixture was added with 5.0 mL of Bradford reagent before it was read at 595 nm using a spectrophotometer.
Procedures for preparing tissue hydrolysate and estimation of uronic acid content of wound tissue were followed as described by Bitter and Muir. Wound tissues were first thawed, cleaned, and dried in the oven at 60°C for 72 h. Every 0.1 g of wound tissues was digested with 1 mg of papain in 10.0 mL of 0.5 M acetate buffer pH 5 containing 0.005 M cysteine and 0.005 M disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) at 65°C for 24 h. Five milliliters of sulfuric acid reagent was placed in a test tube and cooled to 4°C. Then, 1.0 mL of tissue hydrolysate was slowly added into the test tube and mixed. The test tubes were covered with marbles and shaken gently on ice. Mixtures were heated for 10 min in boiling temperature and cooled to room temperature. Next, 0.2 mL of carbazol was added into the mixture. Then the mixture was heated in a boiling water bath for 15 min and cooled to room temperature. The optical density was read at 530 nm.
Tissue homolysate for hexosamine estimation was prepared according to Cheng, with modification. Every 20 mg of wound tissue was added with 2.5 mL of 4.0 N of hydrochloric acid. The test tubes were covered with marbles and incubated in boiling temperature for 4 h. Then, distilled water was added until the final volume reached 10.0 mL. Each of 2.0 mL of the filtered hydrolysate is added with 1.0 N of sodium hydroxide to neutralize the pH. Next, the hexosamine content of the hydrolysate was determined as the method described by Isabel. Then, 1.0 mL of tissue hydrolysate was mixed with 1.0 mL of freshly prepared acetylacetone reagent. The test tubes were covered with marbles and incubated in boiling temperature for 15 min and cooled to room temperature. Then, 5.0 mL of 95% ethanol was added and mixed, followed by adding 1.0 mL of Ehrlich reagent. Finally, 95% ethanol solution was added to final volume of 10 mL. The optical density was then read at 530 nm.
Tissue level of cathepsin B was assessed in accordance to Barrett and Kirschke. Wound tissues were washed with 0.15 M of sodium chloride. Every 1.0 g of wound tissue were added with 0.5 mL 1% NaCl-2% butan-1-ol 10 mM disodium EDTA. The mixture was then homogenized, and 0.5 mL of tissue supernatant was added with 1.5 mL buffer solution pH 6. The mixture was incubated at 40°C for 5 min. Next, 50.0 μL of substrate solution of 20 mL-Arg-β-naphthylamide was added to the mixture and left at room temperature for 10 min. Then, 2.0 mL of Brij Mersalil reagent was added to the mixture and left at the room temperature for 10 min. The mixture was read at 520 nm spectroscopically.
Hydroxyproline level of wound tissue was determined by Stegemann and Stalder method. Wound tissues were cleaned and dried in the oven at 60–70°C for 12–18 h. Every 0.1 g of wound tissues was added with 1.0 mL of 6 M hydrochloric acid. The mixture was then homogenized using homogenizer. The tissue homogenate was hydrolyzed in a boiling water bath for 4 h. Next, 1 mL of the supernatant was placed in a test tube and dried using nitrogen gas stream. The dried tissue homogenate was then added with 2.0 mL of buffer solution. Then, 0.1 mL of the mixture was further added with 1.0 mL of buffer solution, followed by 1.0 mL of chloramine T and vortex. After that, 1.0 mL of freshly prepared perchloric acid-aldehyde reagent was added to the mixture and shaken gently until the pink color appeared with no line of transparent (Schlieren) can be seen. The optical density was then read at 550 nm.
The 0.2 cm × 1.0 cm of wound area was made by excising it from the center of the wound with a sterile, sharp surgical knife. Wound tissue specimens were put in 10% buffered formalin solution, and histological slides were prepared based on the basic processes in the histology slides procedures included dehydration, clearing, tissue infiltration, tissue's embedding, and staining. Wound tissue specimens were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H and E) and Masson's trichrome following modification of method from Luna.
Statistical analysis was conducted using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences 20.0 (IBM Corp., New York, USA) for Windows software. All treatment groups were compared, and the results were analyzed statistically using one-way ANOVA followed by post hoc test. Data from statistical analyses are considered statistically significant at P < 0.05 and presented as mean ± standard error of the mean.
| Results|| |
Wound closure measurement
Wound contraction started immediately after wound induction and increased as the time progressed in all groups [Figure 1]. Although a lower contraction percentage was observed in the 5% ZZRE group at initial days, the rate of closure was accelerated between day 6 and day 10, which were comparable to positive control. For the macroscopic observation of wound contractions, wounds of 5% ZZRE-treated group have shown to have comparable closure to both negative and positive control [Figure 2]. Indeed, the redness of the wound margin disappeared at 5% ZZRE-treated group starting from day 3, showing a better healing quality of wounds than the other groups. The open wounds in all treated groups were almost completely closed by day 14.
|Figure 1: Percentage of wound closure between groups of treatment on different days. Values presented as mean ± standard error mean. Significant difference (P < 0.05) between (a) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with phosphate-buffered saline, (b) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with solcoseryl gel; (c) day of treatment with previous day of treatment. Z. zerumbet: Zingiber zerumbet; PBS: Phosphate-buffered saline|
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|Figure 2: Macroscopic observation of wounds treated with phosphate buffered saline, solcoseryl gel, and 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract on different days|
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Protein level rapidly increased in 5% ZZRE-treated groups and the level reached to the maximum on day 10 [Figure 3]. The level was significantly higher (P < 0.05) on day 6, 10, and 14 compared with control-treated groups.
|Figure 3: Total protein level between groups of treatment on different days. Values presented as mean ± standard error of the mean. Significant difference (P < 0.05) between (a) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with phosphate buffered saline, (b) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with solcoseryl gel; (c) day of treatment with previous day of treatment. ZZRE: Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes extract; PBS: Phosphate-buffered saline|
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The treated groups showed an increasing pattern of uronic acid from day 1 to day 3 and started decreasing on the following days [Figure 4]. The uronic acid level of 5% ZZRE-treated group was lower significantly (P < 0.05) than solcoseryl gel-treated group started from day 1 to day 14.
|Figure 4: Uronic acid level between groups of treatment on different days. Values presented as mean ± standard error mean. Significant difference (P < 0.05) between (a) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with phosphate buffered saline, (b) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with solcoseryl gel; (c) day of treatment with previous day of treatment. Z. zerumbet: Zingiber zerumbet; PBS: Phosphate-buffered saline|
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All treated groups displayed the highest level of hexosamine at day 3 and started decreasing from day 6 toward the end of experiment [Figure 5]. The hexosamine level of 5% ZZRE-treated group was lower significantly (P < 0.05) as compared to solcoseryl gel-treated group at day 14.
|Figure 5: Hexosamine level between groups of treatment on different days. Values presented as mean ± standard error mean. Significant difference (P < 0.05) between (a) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with phosphate buffered saline, (b) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with solcoseryl gel, (c) day of treatment with previous day of treatment. Z. zerumbet: Zingiber zerumbet; PBS: Phosphate-buffered saline|
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The cathepsin B level for all treated groups was high at the initial phases of wound healing [Figure 6]. However, the 5% ZZRE-treated group displayed lower level of cathepsin B as compared with both negative and positive control groups, significantly at day 1, day 3, and day 10 (P < 0.05). Meanwhile, all groups showed similar level of cathepsin B at day 14.
|Figure 6: Cathepsin B level between groups of treatment on different days. Values presented as mean ± standard error mean. Significant difference (P < 0.05) between (a) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with phosphate-buffered saline, (b) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with solcoseryl gel, (c) day of treatment with previous day of treatment. Z. zerumbet: Zingiber zerumbet; PBS: Phosphate-buffered saline|
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Hydroxyproline level for 5% ZZRE-treated group displayed the significant lowest hydroxyproline at day 1 (P < 0.05) [Figure 7]. However, it rapidly increased at day 3 and reached to the maximum on day 6, which was significantly higher than both negative and positive controls. The hydroxyproline level of 5% ZZRE-treated groups remained the highest at day 14 compared to both control groups, though not significant.
|Figure 7: Hydroxyproline level between groups of treatment on different days. Values presented as mean ± standard error mean. Significant difference (P < 0.05) between (a) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with phosphate buffered saline, (b) 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract with solcoseryl gel, (c) day of treatment with previous day of treatment. Z. zerumbet: Zingiber zerumbet; PBS: Phosphate-buffered saline|
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Histopathological views of wound healing are shown in [Figure 8] (H and E staining) and [Figure 9] (Masson's trichrome staining). Wounds treated with 5% ZZRE formed the granulation tissue and collagen at a faster rate, particularly denser than both control groups. Dense revascularization was observed especially in 5% ZZRE-treated group on day 3, despite the inflammatory cells infiltration which was seen in all other groups.
|Figure 8: Histopathological view of wound healing of wound treated with phosphate buffered saline, solcoseryl gel, and 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract on different days (H and E, ×100)|
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|Figure 9: Histopathological view of wound healing of wound treated with phosphate buffered saline, solcoseryl gel, and 5% Zingiber zerumbet rhizome ethyl acetate extract on different days (Masson's trichrome, ×100)|
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| Discussion|| |
Wound healing is a physiological process that occurs to repair the skin structure and function through several overlapping yet complicated phases of hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. After wound induction, ZZRE-treated group showed significant lower level of total protein compared to other groups. As already known, platelet aggregation and inflammation take place in the wound tissue immediately following injury. According to a study done by Monaco and Lawrence, chemical mediators released during platelet degranulation including albumin, fibrinogen, fibronectin, immunoglobulin G, clotting factors, and many growth factors were found to provide direct inflammatory response. Therefore, these supposedly increased the level of protein. As reported by Chien et al., bioactive compounds in Z. zerumbet were proven to possess anti-inflammatory effects. Hence, the lower protein concentration in ZZRE-treated group might be due to its anti-inflammatory property.
On the other hand, protein level of ZZRE-treated group became significantly higher than the control groups started from day 6 as similarly observed in previous study. This might be due to the rapid synthesis of protein that is related to the formation of collagen as it is the major extracellular matrix protein involved in hemostasis. The increased protein level is referred to protein synthesis and cell proliferation that occurs in the wound. Burns et al. showed that the protein is required for the proliferation of fibroblasts, formation of new blood vessels, and collagen formation. Thus, the increasing level of protein in ZZRE-treated group indicates protein synthesis and cell proliferation which strongly enhance the wound-healing process.
Glycosaminoglycan (GAG) is the first extracellular matrix component being synthesized during wound healing, which forms a template for the deposition of collagen and elastin. GAG is a linear polysaccharide with repeated disaccharide unit consisted of uronic acid and hexosamine., In the present study, the levels of uronic acid and hexosamine for all treatment groups were highest on day 3, indicating highest GAG synthesis. The result was supported by previous studies on normal and diabetic rats in which the levels of uronic acid and hexosamine for each group were highest on day 4 and started decreasing on the following days., According to Liu et al., GAG is synthesized by fibroblast in wound area which forms a highly hydrated gel-like ground substance. The ground substance is a provisional matrix for collagen embedding, subsequently leading to wound closure.
Protease acts importantly in wound healing by degrading base membrane and extracellular matrix to enhance the formation of extracellular scaffold. Migration of endothelial cells into the tissue requires degradation of old blood vessels base membrane and also the formation of a strong matrix scaffold to support the growth of new blood vessel., This process is supported by the functions of proteolytic enzymes such as cathepsin B. The results showed the high levels of cathepsin B at the beginning of wound healing. This is in agreement with research conducted by Tettamanti et al., which proved that the initial high level of cathepsin B is needed for local degradation of the base membrane followed by degradation of the extracellular matrix. This is the challenging stage for wound healing in which it promotes cell migration for wound closure.
In this study, the levels of cathepsin B of ZZRE-treated group were significantly lower than control groups in the 1st and 3rd day. Moulin had reported that acute inflammatory reaction is mediated by macrophages and neutrophils, which in turn synthesize and secrete several growth factors and cytokines. Previous studies performed by Grimaldi et al. found the growth factors released from inflammatory cells will enhance the regulation of cathepsin B expression and activity. Therefore, low level of cathepsin B during inflammatory phase is in accordance to the anti-inflammatory activity possessed by Z. zerumbet bioactive compound, which may have an influence on inflammatory cells infiltration.
According to Chithra et al., wound contraction depends on deposition and maturation of collagen. Collagen is the major extracellular protein found in the wound granulation tissue and its role in wound healing begins immediately after injury and continued for several months. Increasing level of hydroxyproline through 14 days healing phases had been shown in ZZRE-treated group in the study, which is comparable and even higher than solcoseryl gel treatment on day 6. The result is in agreement with Shetty et al., where the increase of hydroxyproline strongly indicated improving wound healing as hydroxyproline reflected collagen content in wounds. A rapid increase of collagen content in wound plays important roles in hemostasis and provides the strength and integrity of the wound matrix.
The histological observations showed that there is an infiltration of inflammatory cells, formation and maturation of granulation tissue, and also reepithelialization in wounded tissues. Distribution and deposition of collagen were found as shown by Masson's trichrome-stained tissue. Overall, the histological observations showed that wounds treated with ZZRE formed the granulation tissue and collagen at a faster rate and denser than the control groups. The histological observation is parallel with biochemical finding discussed previously.
| Conclusion|| |
Treatment of ethyl acetate extract of Z. zerumbet rhizome is effective as commercial solcoseryl gel on open wound healing and has the potential to be developed as a wound-healing agent. Further studies to elucidate the bioactive compounds and the mechanisms involved in wound-healing phases shall be conducted in the future.
This study was supported by the Program of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, UKM, and a university grant, GGPM-2011-089.
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