Moulay Ismail University, Moroco
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Mohamed Eddouks is Professor at Moulay Ismail University, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques Errachidia, Morocco. He is a researcher in Physiology and Pharmacology with a Master Degree in Metabolic and Molecular Endocrinology from University of Paris vi, a specialized certificate in Endocrine Pharmacology from University of Paris vii and PhD degrees in Physiology and Pharmacology from University of Liege, Belgium and Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco. After his post-doctoral fellowship at Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine of Montreal, Canada, he is working for the last 16 years on medicinal plants. His work on antidiabetic and antihypertensive plants is well recognized globally.His contribution to this field includes four international books and more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters of international repute. He is Guest Editor of American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Lead Guest Editor of an annual special issue published by Evidence-Based and Complementary Alternative Medicine, Regional Editor of the Following journals: American Journal of Food Technology, Journal of Applied Sciences, Trends in Applied Sciences Research and Singapore Journal of Scientific research, Member of Editorial Board of several international journals. He has been honored with the first Prize of Scientific Research in 2008 by the Moroccan Association of Research and Development and the first Prize of the Federation of Arab Scientific Councils in 2016. He has been the Dean of Polydisciplinary Faculty of Errachidia from 2008 to 2012.
Buxus Sempervirens L. is used in Morocco as a plant with some medicinal properties including treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The objective of the study was to assess the effect of the aqueous extract of Buxus Sempervirens L. (Boxwood) leaves on the
blood lipid parameters including total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C) in normal and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. In addition, antioxidant activity of aqueous Buxus Sempervirens extract was evaluated by DPPH and FRAP assays. The results indicated a significant decrease in serum total cholesterol and LDL-C levels, while, no change was observed on triglycerides and VLDL-C values in diabetic rats. Lipid profile of normal animals did not reveal any modification. In addition the aqueous extract of Buxus Sempervirens exerted a significant antioxidant activity. Therefore, the results suggest that the aqueous extract of Buxus Sempervirens exhibits lipid lowering activity which could be due partially to its antioxidant ability. In conclusion, Buxus Sempervirens leaf extract may be helpful in controlling the development of hyperlipidemia as well as atherosclerosis in diabetic animals.