To clarify the suppression of postprandial blood glucose rise via α-glucosidase (AGH) inhibitory action by natural compounds, propolis was examined in this study. A single oral administration of propolis extract (50% methanol fraction on XAD-2 column chromatography) in Sprague–Dawley rats demonstrated a potent antihyperglycemic effect with the significant AUC0—120 min reduction of 38% at a dose of 20 mg/kg compared to that of controls. Among the active compounds isolated from the fraction, 3,4,5-tri-caffeoylquinic acid was found to be a prominent candidate that exerts the effect and shows a strong maltase-specific inhibition with an IC50 value of 24 μM. In addition, the noncompetitive inhibition power apparently increased with the number of caffeoyl groups bound to quinic acid.
2004 The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan