BACKGROUND: A new fermented tea produced by tea-rolling processing of loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) leaf with green tea leaf (denoted as LG tea) showed a potent antihyperglycaemic effect in maltose-loaded rats. The aim of this study, therefore, was to identify α-glucosidase inhibitors in the antihyperglycaemic tea product.
RESULTS: LG tea had a threefold higher maltase-inhibitory activity (IC50 0.065 mg dried extract mL−1) than either the constituent loquat leaf or green tea alone. In addition, LG tea favourably inhibited maltase action rather than sucrase action. As a result of bio-guided high-performance liquid chromatography separations of LG tea, theasinensin A, theasinensin B, strictinin and 1,6-digalloylglucose were newly identified as maltase inhibitors with IC50 values of 142, 225, 398 and 337 µmol L−1 respectively, along with previously identified catechins and theaflavins.
CONCLUSION: Judging from the magnitude of the α-glucosidase-inhibitory contribution of each isolated compound to the overall inhibition of LG tea, catechins were the main candidates responsible for α-glucosidase or maltase inhibition in LG tea, followed by theaflavins, theasinensins, strictinin and 1,6-digalloylglucose. Copyright © 2010 Society of Chemical Industry