A sensitive and relevant model for evaluating anti-inflammatory activity-papaya latex-induced rat paw inflammation

J Pharmacol Toxicol Methods. 1992 Aug;28(1):15-9. doi: 10.1016/1056-8719(92)90060-e.


A new model employing latex of papaya as an inflammagen has been developed for testing anti-inflammatory activity. The latex (exudate) was harvested from the unripe papaya fruit, which had been dried under vacuum. The latex was then suspended in 0.05 M sodium acetate buffer. This suspension when injected in rat hind paw produced concentration-dependent inflammation. Of the 0.25% of this suspension, 0.1 ml was found ideal for evaluating anti-inflammatory activity of test drugs. This concentration produced 70%-100% inflammation lasting for about 5 hr with a maximum effect at h 3. The test drugs employed were prednisolone, aspirin, indomethacin, phenylbutazone, ibuprofen, piroxicam, chloroquine, levamisole, and a mixture of boswellic acids. For comparison, these drugs were also tested against carrageenan-induced inflammation. All the test drugs--steroidal, aspirin, and non-aspirin-like--showed anti-inflammatory activity against latex-induced inflammation. The activity of chloroquine, levamisole, and boswellic acids was significantly more against latex as compared with that of the carrageenan model. The inflammation caused by latex may be attributed to both its hydrolytic enzymes--papain and chymopapain--and glutathione, the activator of these enzymes. These enzymes seem to act like lysosomal enzymes that are released in inflammatory disease processes which mediate inflammation by stimulating the synthesis of prostaglandins. The papaya latex-induced inflammation model appears to be a sensitive, broad-based, and relevant one likely to prove useful for discovering new and effective drugs against inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Carrageenan
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Ibuprofen / therapeutic use
  • Indomethacin / therapeutic use
  • Inflammation / chemically induced
  • Inflammation / drug therapy*
  • Levamisole / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Papain*
  • Piroxicam / therapeutic use
  • Prednisolone / therapeutic use
  • Rats
  • Triterpenes / therapeutic use


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Triterpenes
  • Piroxicam
  • Levamisole
  • boswellic acid
  • Carrageenan
  • Prednisolone
  • Papain
  • Ibuprofen
  • Indomethacin