Botanical name and parts used of the medicinal plant studied.
In recent time, the therapeutic use of medicinal plants has increased all over the world. The efficacy of herbs for curative purposes is often accounted of its mineral and organic constituents. Neutron activation analysis (INAA) has been applied to mineral determination of Aristolochia Longa (bereztem), medicinal plant used to cure some diseases observed in Algeria especially cancer. In this work the mass fractions of Cr (15.22 ± 3.5 μg/g), Na (269.98 ± 25.01 μg/g), La (0.478 ± 0.041 μg/g), K (1.33 ± 0.23 μg/g), Br (1.2 ± 0.19 μg/g), As (0.697 ± 0.038) and Sb (66.09 ± 11.24 μg/g), were determined. This herb was collected from Taourirt Aden Berber village situated in Northern Algeria. Five elements were quantified in certified AIEA standards IAEA-V10 and IAEA-SL1 for checking the accuracy of our procedure. It was noteworthy the values obtained from this work are in good agreement with the certified values, the Z-score values for all elements were |Z| < 3. We believe that herb is natural and harmless compared with chemical drugs. Unfortunately the potential toxicity due to the Aristolochia Acids content has required the analysis of Aristolochia Longa by CG/MS and HPLC to highlight this compound. The standard of Aristolochic Acid (Sigma A5512-25 mg Yellow powder lot # wxbb6331VPCODE) was used as reference.
- Aristolochia Longa
- organic compounds
- public health
Bereztem is the common name of Aristolochia Longa, this herb with a delicate aromatic odor is wrongly used as medicinal plant in Algeria [1, 2] and other countries. We find these plants in the temperate and tropical regions . Since antiquity various
AAs I (AAI) and II (AAII) (EMEA 2000).
In order to analyze Aristolochia longa L., Rhizomes were collected in May 2016 from Taourirt Aden, Algerian village situated in Kabylia region at 120 km south of Algiers city, Algeria. The vegetal material was washed extensively in distillated water as to remove superficial dust. And then dried at room temperature for one week-end. The dry and hard form of these roots was ground in an electric laboratory blender. One part of the fine powder obtained was prepared for neutron Activation Analysis. The triplicate samples were packed in polyethylene thin target and irradiated during four hours (04) in NUR Algerian reactor, 1 MW research reactor. After 04 and 08 days of delay time the acquisitions were done for determination of Cr, Na, La, K, Br, As and Sb. The analysis was done using HpGe – Canberra detector and the elemental concentrations were performed by Calcon software. The count time was twenty (20) hours for medicinal plants and about five (05) hours for the standards. The certified reference material SDM-2TM Lake (sediment marine lyophilized) was used for calibration. The quality control was done using IAEA biological material V10 (hay powder) and AIEA non biological material SL-1 (lake sediment). Another part of this powder herb was used for the identification of Aristolochic Acids by CG/MS; and HPLC techniques. Many extracted methods have been reported in literature . The extract of AA was prepared by adding 10 ml of methanol to 10 g of
3. Results and discussion
Table 1 show the Algerian medicinal plant studied with the botanical name, common name and the part used for treatment. Five elements were quantified in certified AIEA standards IAEA-V10 and IAEA-SL1 for checking the accuracy of our procedure. The values obtained were showed in Table 2 with the reported certified values. It was noteworthy the values obtained from this work are in good agreement with the certified values; The Figure 2 presents graphically the plot of Z-score for our elements.
|Common name||Botanical name||Family||Part used for treatments|
|Berztem||Aristoloshia Longa||Aristolochiaceae||Root, aerial part|
Table 3 report the elemental concentrations obtained from this work and shows the usefulness of using INAA for the elemental determination, the La, K, Br, As are present at trace levels and the Cr, Sb was found at minor level and Na at the major level. Owing to its high toxicity, the identification of AAs is obviously important indeed these acids cause Aristolochic Acids Nephropathy (NAA), the chronic renal failure according to Grollman et al.  and urotherial carcinomas [25, 26].
|Cr||15.22 ± 3.5|
|Na||269.98 ± 25.01|
|La||0.478 ± 0.041|
|K||1.33 ± 0.23|
|Br||1.2 ± 0.19|
|As||0.697 ± 0.038|
|Sb||66.09 ± 11.24|
A new American study reveals that these AAs are more carcinogen than the tobacco . The toxicity of the aristolochic acids has been studied and reported by Mengs and Stotzem . When The Arirstolochic Acids extracted from a medicinal plant are traditionally used in China to cure some diseases, the arthritis and the other inflammations. It has been shown by various authors that these Aristolochic acids have directly toxic on the human gene TP53 (gene suppressor of cancer) . No mutations were identified in rats with chronic renal failure not exposed to aristolochic acids. Similar findings have been reported in humans . The complexity of herbal nomenclature systems used in traditional Chinese medicines may have contributed to the potential exposure to aristolochic acids. As well as the similarity of the Chinese names for
Even more similar Japanese and Chinese names refer to different plants in Japan and China , explained the outbreak of Chinese herb nephropathy in Japan by the substitution of that plant species in Japanese preparations of Chinese herbal medicines. In this study we are analysed the rhizome of Aristolochia Longa to identify the aristolochic acid much to our surprise this organic compound is not reveled in our herb. The Figures 3 and 4 shows the results obtained by CG/MS and HPLC, the characteristic retention times of AAI Acid present in our reference standard are 42.88 min and 21.758 min relative to the analysis by CG/MS and HPLC respectively.
The Aristolochic acids content of plants varies depending for the same plant species, where it was grown, the time of year, and other factors, that might explain our results? The sample matrix components can influence the limits of detection for Aristolochic acids. We suggested also the insufficient amount of our plant we used 10 mg fine powder of bereztem roots. Although the protocol experimental described by Cherif H.S., and all has been reproduced, in our work, these authors identified the Aristolochic acid (AAI) in the rhizome of bereztem collected in the other city of Algeria: Blida (smell city) located about 47 km in southwest of Algiers. While our plant is collected in the region of Taourirt Aden in (kabylia). Broad range of biological activity of AAs, beneficial as well as adverse effects was reported by Kupchan and Doskotch ; therefore it would be interesting to determine the organic composition, it is known that the essential oils contained in the rhizome and aerial part of this herb are mainly responsible for the antimicrobial and cytotoxic effect . And then instead to banned the use of herbal remedy containing acid aristolochic it will be possible to separate the useful from the toxic fractions of plant.
Seven elements have been determined in Aristiolochia Longa. L using INAA, technique usually quite for herbs analyses. This plant can be considered as source of trace elements for people who use it. However the traditional healers recommended the use it with care and always for short treatment periods . It is clear that further experiences are planned to confirm or refute our results obtained by CG/MS and HPLC for the identification of AAs. In its warning, the FDA recommended that all botanical remedies known or suspected of containing Aristolochic acids be discarded. People should be largely aware of the regulated of some botanical products as dietary supplements by the FDA under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 (FDA 1995) .
Authors are grateful to the National Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology (INCC), Bouchaoui, Algeria for the analysis of our herb by CG/MS and HPLC.
|INAA||Instrumental Neutron activation analysis|
|CAM||Complementary and Alternative Medicine|
|NCP||Clinical Syndrome to the Chinese plants Nephropathy|
|NAA||Aristolochic Acids Nephropathy|
|AAI||Acide Aristolochique I|
|AAII||Acide Aristolochique (demethoxylates derivative)|
|CG/MS||Gas chromatography – Mass spectrometry|
|HPLC||High performance Liquid chromatography|
|IARC||International Agency for Research on Cancer|
|EMEA||European Medicines Agency|
|INCC||National Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology, Algeria|
|HpGe-Detector||High Purity Germanium Detector|