Triterpene glycosides of Siraitia grosvenori inhibit rat intestinal maltase and suppress the rise in blood glucose level after a single oral administration of maltose in rats

J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Apr 20;53(8):2941-6. doi: 10.1021/jf0478105.


The effect of the crude extract from Siraitia grosvenori Swingle (SG-ex) on the postprandial rise in blood glucose level was investigated. The increase in plasma glucose level in response to the oral administration of maltose was significantly suppressed in rats when SG-ex was given orally 3 min before the maltose administration. There was, however, no effect when glucose was administered instead, suggesting that the antihyperglycemic effect of SG-ex is elicited by inhibition of maltase in the small intestinal epithelium. In vitro, SG-ex inhibited rat small intestinal maltase. Similar effects were also observed both in vivo and in vitro when the concentrate of the sweet elements (triterpene glycosides) prepared from SG-ex was used. Furthermore, the main sweet element of SG-ex, mogroside V, and some minor elements such as mogroside IV, siamenoside I, and mogroside III also exhibited maltase inhibitory effect with IC50 values of 14, 12, 10, and 1.6 mM, respectively. These results suggest that SG-ex exerts anti-hyperglycemic effects in rats by inhibiting maltase activity and that these effects are at least partially exerted by its sweet elements, triterpene glycosides.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / analysis*
  • Cucurbitaceae / chemistry*
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Glycoside Hydrolase Inhibitors*
  • Glycosides / pharmacology*
  • Intestines / enzymology*
  • Male
  • Maltose / administration & dosage
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Triterpenes / pharmacology*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Glycoside Hydrolase Inhibitors
  • Glycosides
  • Plant Extracts
  • Triterpenes
  • Maltose