African Journal of
Pharmacy and Pharmacology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pharm. Pharmacol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0816
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPP
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 2198

Full Length Research Paper

Study on spectrum-effect relationship between fingerprint of essential oil and of anti-tumor effect from Curcuma kwangsiensis

Jianhong Zeng1, Lingyun Ren2, Yue Xu3*, Ping Dai1, Xu Chen1, Juan Wang1, Xiaohua Wang1 and Jianhong Wang1    
1School of pharmacy, Guilin Medical College, Guilin, Guangxi 541004, China. 2Department of Anesthesiology, Affiliated Dongfeng Hospital, Hubei Pharmacy College, 442008 China. 3Department of Anorectal Surgery, Chinese Hospital in Chongqing, Chongqing 400050, China.    
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  •  Accepted: 23 April 2012
  •  Published: 15 May 2012


The objective of this study was to investigate the effective component group represented by fingerprint contributed to pharmacodynamics by grey relational analysis, and provide a reference for traditional Chinese medicine quality control and develop evaluation criteria of pharmacodynamics. The fingerprint of essential oil from Curcuma kwangsiensis was established by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and the anti-tumor effect of curcuma oil was studied. At the premise of the acquired GC-MS characteristic of fingerprint and pharmacodynamics data to inhibit proliferation of nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell, the relational grade and relational sequence between fingerprint of essential oil and of inhibiting proliferation rate were calculated by grey relational analysis. According to the relational grade, the sequence of contribution to inhibit proliferation to nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell was Curcumol > Curdione > β-Elemene > Germacrone > Curzerenone > α-Caryophyllene > δ-Selinene > β-Caryophyllene > β-Elemenone > a-Pinene > α-Caryophyllene > Eucalyptol > Camphor > 2-Nonanol > Isoborneol > Curzerene > δ-Elemene > Camphene > D-Limonene > Borneol. In conclusion, the study identified the effective components within C. kwangsiensisfor anti-tumor activities. This provided the spectrum-effect relationship in a type of traditional Chinese medicine, which is important for quality control and evaluation of complementary medicine.


Key words: Curcuma kwangsiensis, spectrum-effect relationship, essential oil, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.