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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437806/potential-of-bryophyllum-pinnatum-as-a-detrusor-relaxant-an-in-vitro-exploratory-study
#1
Simon Bachmann, Cornelia Betschart, Julia Gerber, Karin Fürer, Mónica Mennet, Matthias Hamburger, Olivier Potterat, Ursula von Mandach, Ana Paula Simões-Wüst
An earlier prospective, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial had suggested that Bryophyllum pinnatum might have potential in the treatment of overactive bladder. Here we investigated the effects of B. pinnatum leaf press juice, fractions enriched in flavonoids and bufadienolides, and a flavonoid aglycon mixture and individual aglycons on detrusor contractility as a major target in overactive bladder treatment. The strength of the detrusor contractions was investigated using porcine muscle strips stimulated with KCl...
April 24, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437805/anti-inflammatory-antipyretic-and-antinociceptive-effects-of-a-cressa-cretica-aqueous-extract
#2
Heba Mohammed Ibrahim Abdallah, Abdelsamed Ibrahim Elshamy, Abd El-Nasser Gaber El Gendy, Ahmed Mohamed Abd El-Gawad, Elsayed Abouelfotowh Omer, Marinella De Leo, Luisa Pistelli
Cressa cretica is a widely grown halophytic plant traditionally used for the treatment of different ailments. Previous investigations reported its biological activity on a wide spectrum of diseases. In this study, in vivo antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic activities of C. cretica aqueous extract whole plant were evaluated. In addition, the total polyphenol content, the total flavonoid content, and the chemical characterization of the extract were performed. C. cretica showed writhing inhibition in acetic acid-induced peripheral nociception of 43 and 48 % at doses of 50 and 100 mg/kg, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427103/saffron-flower-extract-promotes-scratch-wound-closure-of-keratinocytes-and-enhances-vegf-production
#3
Sheela Verjee, Eliane Garo, Sarah Pelaez, Orlando Fertig, Matthias Hamburger, Veronika Butterweck
During saffron (Crocus sativus) spice production, large amounts of floral biowaste are generated. It was the aim of this study to develop a value-added product from saffron floral biowaste to be used as a natural cosmetic ingredient. HPLC-PDA-MS analysis of saffron flower extracts revealed the presence of flavonols with the highest amounts in the acetone extract. Kaempferol-3-O-sophoroside was identified as the main flavonoid in the acetone extract (saffron flower acetone extract). Saffron flower acetone extract and kaempferol-3-O-sophoroside were tested in HaCaT cells for potential effects on cell migration, proliferation, and for anti-inflammatory properties...
April 20, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427102/an-intramolecular-car-h%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-o-c-hydrogen-bond-and-the-configuration-of-rotenoids
#4
Yulin Ren, Judith C Gallucci, A Douglas Kinghorn
Over the past half a century, the structure and configuration of the rotenoids, a group of natural products showing multiple promising bioactivities, have been established by interpretation of their NMR and electronic circular dichroism spectra and confirmed by analysis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The chemical shift of the H-6' (1)H NMR resonance has been found to be an indicator of either a cis or trans C/D ring system. In the present study, four structures representing the central rings of a cis-, a trans-, a dehydro-, and an oxadehydro-rotenoid have been plotted using the Mercury program based on X-ray crystal structures reported previously, with the conformations of the C/D ring system, the local bond lengths or interatomic distances, hydrogen bond angles, and the H-6' chemical shift of these compounds presented...
April 20, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427101/tanshinol-alleviates-osteoporosis-and-myopathy-in-glucocorticoid-treated-rats
#5
Guanghua Chen, Xinle Zhang, Han Lin, Guizhi Huang, Yahui Chen, Liao Cui
Tanshinol is a major water-soluble active component of Salvia miltiorrhiza. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether tanshinol has potential therapeutic effects against glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and glucocorticoid-induced myopathy. Ninety-six female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to five groups: a control group, a model group, and three model groups treated with 25 or 50 mg/kg of tanshinol, or calcitriol. All model groups received prednisone acetate for 90 days to induce glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis...
April 20, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403501/defined-structure-activity-relationships-of-boswellic-acids-determine-modulation-of-ca2-mobilization-and-aggregation-of-human-platelets-by-boswellia-serrata-extracts
#6
Ulf Siemoneit, Lars Tausch, Daniel Poeckel, Michael Paul, Hinnak Northoff, Andreas Koeberle, Johann Jauch, Oliver Werz
Boswellic acids constitute a group of unique pentacyclic triterpene acids from Boswellia serrata with multiple pharmacological activities that confer them anti-inflammatory and anti-tumoral properties. A subgroup of boswellic acids, characterized by an 11-keto group, elevates intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations [Ca(2+)]i and causes moderate aggregation of human platelets. How different BAs and their mixtures in pharmacological preparations affect these parameters in activated platelets has not been addressed, so far...
April 12, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403500/nir-spectroscopy-of-actaea-racemosa-l-%C3%A2-rhizome-en-route-to-fast-and-low-cost-quality-assessment
#7
Marian Bittner, Andrea Krähmer, Regina Schenk, Andreas Springer, Gennadi Gudi, Matthias F Melzig
Rhizomes of Actaea racemosa L. (formerly Cimicifuga racemosa) gained increasing interest as a plant-derived drug due to its hormone-like activity and the absence of estrogenic activity. According to the Current Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines and pharmacopeial standards, quality assessment of herbal starting materials includes tests on identity and substitution, as well as quantification of secondary metabolites, usually by HPTLC and LC methods. To reduce the laboratory effort, we investigated near-infrared spectroscopy for rapid species authentication and quantification of metabolites of interest...
April 12, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399592/comparative-metabolism-study-of-five-protoberberine-alkaloids-in-liver-microsomes-from-rat-rhesus-monkey-and-human
#8
Yan Li, Yanyan Zhou, Nan Si, Lingyu Han, Wei Ren, Shaokun Xin, Hongjie Wang, Ran Zuo, Xiaolu Wei, Jian Yang, Haiyu Zhao, Baolin Bian
Protoberberine alkaloids including berberine, palmatine, jatrorrhizine, coptisine, and epiberberine are major components in many medicinal plants. They have been widely used for the treatment of cancer, inflammation, diabetes, depression, hypertension, and various infectious areas. However, the metabolism of five protoberberine alkaloids among different species has not been clarified previously. In order to elaborate on the in vitro metabolism of them, a comparative analysis of their metabolic profile in rat, rhesus monkey, and human liver microsomes was carried out using ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography coupled with a high-resolution linear trap quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer (UHPLC-electrospray ionization-Orbitrap MS) for the first time...
April 11, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395363/natural-products-as-lead-compounds-for-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-sglt-inhibitors
#9
Wolfgang Blaschek
Glucose homeostasis is maintained by antagonistic hormones such as insulin and glucagon as well as by regulation of glucose absorption, gluconeogenesis, biosynthesis and mobilization of glycogen, glucose consumption in all tissues and glomerular filtration, and reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys. Glucose enters or leaves cells mainly with the help of two membrane integrated transporters belonging either to the family of facilitative glucose transporters (GLUTs) or to the family of sodium glucose cotransporters (SGLTs)...
April 10, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395362/phylogenetic-analysis-and-molecular-characterization-of-xanthium-sibiricum-using-dna-barcoding-pcr-rflp-and-specific-primers
#10
Salvatore Tomasello, Günther Heubl
The fruits of Xanthium sibiricum have been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of nasal sinusitis and headaches. The genus Xanthium (cocklebur) is a taxonomically complex genus. Different taxonomic concepts have been proposed, some including several species, others lumping the different taxa in a few extremely polymorphic species. Due to the morphological similarities between species, the correct authentication of X. sibiricum is very difficult. Therefore, we established a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method and diagnostic PCR based on nuclear internal transcribed spacer and chloroplast trnQ-rps16 barcodes to differentiate X...
April 10, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395361/terpenoids-from-leaves-of-guarea-macrophylla-display-in-vitro-cytotoxic-activity-and-induce-apoptosis-in-melanoma-cells
#11
Geanne Alexandra A Conserva, Natalia Girola, Carlos R Figueiredo, Ricardo A Azevedo, Sasha Mousdell, Patricia Sartorelli, Marisi G Soares, Guilherme M Antar, João Henrique G Lago
Guarea macrophylla is a Brazilian plant species that has been used in folk medicine to treat a range of diseases. Our ongoing work focuses on the discovery of new bioactive natural products derived from Brazilian flora. The current study describes the identification of cytotoxic compounds from the EtOH extract of leaves from G. macrophylla using bioactivity-guided fractionation. This approach resulted in the isolation and characterization of four compounds: cycloart-23E-ene-3β,25-diol (1), (23S*,24S*)-dihydroxycicloart-25-en-3-one (2), isopimara-7,15-diene-2α,3β-diol (3), and isopimara-7,15-dien-3β-ol (4), in which 2 and 3 are identified as new derivatives...
April 10, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388787/antidiabetic-activities-of-an-lc-ms-fingerprinted-aqueous-extract-of-fagonia-cretica-l-in-preclinical-models
#12
Imran Nazir, Nisar Ur Rahman, Zunaira Alvi, M Hafizur Rahman, Jandirk Sendker, Tao Zhang, Neil Frankish, Helen Sheridan
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease and one of the most important public health challenges facing mankind. Fagonia cretica is a medicinal plant used widely in the Punjab in Pakistan. A recent survey has demonstrated that traditional healers and herbalists frequently use this plant to treat diabetes. In the current study, the traditional medicine was prepared as a tea, and the profile of the main metabolites present in the traditional medicine was analysed via LC/MS/MS. The extract was shown to contain a number of phenolic glycosides including quercetin-3-O-rutinoside, kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside, kaempferol-3-O-glycoside, kaempferol-3(6'-malonylglucoside), isorhamnetin-3-O-rutinoside, and isorhamnetin 3-(6″-malonylglucoside) in addition to two unidentified sulphonated saponins...
April 7, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388786/critical-evaluation-of-nir-and-atr-ir-spectroscopic-quantifications-of-rosmarinic-acid-in-rosmarini-folium-supported-by-quantum-chemical-calculations
#13
Christian G Kirchler, Cornelia K Pezzei, Krzysztof B Beć, Raphael Henn, Mika Ishigaki, Yukihiro Ozaki, Christian W Huck
The present study evaluates the analytical performance of near infrared as well as attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy for the determination of the rosmarinic acid content in Rosmarini folium. Therefore, the recorded near infrared and attenuated total reflection infrared spectra of 42 milled Rosmarini folium samples were correlated with reference data (range: 1.138-2.199 rosmarinic acid %) obtained by HPLC analysis. Partial least squares regression models were established as a quantitative multivariate data analysis tool...
April 7, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388785/metabolism-of-curcumin-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-impact-of-sulfation-on-cytotoxicity
#14
Qurrat Ul Ain Jamil, Natharath Jaerapong, Martin Zehl, Kanokwan Jarukamjorn, Walter Jäger
Curcumin is a natural polyphenol with promising anticancer properties that undergoes pronounced metabolism in humans. In order to determine whether metabolism of curcumin also occurs in tumor cells and whether biotransformation has any impact on cytotoxicity, metabolism experiments were conducted with hormone-dependent ZR-75-1 and hormone-independent MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells. By using HPLC-ESI-Qq-TOF-MS, it was possible to identify one main metabolite, namely curcumin sulfate, in both cell lines...
April 7, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388784/beta-ecdysone-protects-mouse-osteoblasts-from-glucocorticoid-induced-apoptosis-in-vitro
#15
Wei-Wei Dai, Li-Bo Wang, Guo-Qin Jin, Hong-Jin Wu, Jie Zhang, Cheng-Long Wang, Yuan-Ji Wei, Joon-Ho Lee, Yu-An Evan Lay, Wei Yao
Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is a common form of secondary osteoporosis. Glucocorticoids affect both bone formation and resorption, and prolonged glucocorticoid exposure can suppress osteoblast activities. beta-Ecdysone, found in many plants, is involved in protein synthesis, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and immunologic modulation. Here, we evaluated the effects of beta-ecdysone on osteoblast viability by assessing apoptosis following treatment with excess glucocorticoids. Mouse bone marrow stromal cells were induced to differentiate and grow into osteoblasts, and then treated with 10 µM glucocorticoid and 10, 1, or 0...
April 7, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371944/influence-of-light-temperature-and-macronutrients-on-growth-and-scopolamine-biosynthesis-in-duboisia-species
#16
Sophie Friederike Ullrich, Andreas Rothauer, Hansjörg Hagels, Oliver Kayser
Scopolamine is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a precursor in the organic synthesis of different classes of important active substances and is extracted in large scale from field grown Duboisia plants. Previous research revealed that plant growth as well as production of scopolamine and its derivatives varies strongly depending on abiotic factors. However, only a small amount of systematic research has been done on the influence of environmental conditions on scopolamine and biomass production, so far...
April 3, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371943/bioassay-guided-isolation-of-iridoids-and-phenylpropanoids-from-aerial-parts-of-lamium-album-and-their-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-human-neutrophils
#17
Monika E Czerwińska, Anita Świerczewska, Marta Woźniak, Anna K Kiss
In traditional medicine, flowers and aerial parts of Lamium album are assigned by their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and mucolytic activities, and are used in chronic bronchitis and pharyngitis as well as skin, vaginal, and cervical inflammation.The aim of the present study was to compare effects of ethanolic extracts prepared from flowers and aerial parts of L. album on selected functions of human neutrophils, which are involved in an inflammatory response. In order to identify the compounds engaged in the anti-inflammatory activity of extracts, the bioassay-guided isolation of compounds was performed based on the inhibition of cytokine secretion by stimulated neutrophils...
April 3, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301880/fast-and-green-co2-based-extraction-isolation-and-quantification-of-phenolic-styrax-constituents
#18
Johanna Scheuba, Valerie-Katharina Wronski, Judith M Rollinger, Ulrike Grienke
In this study the first supercritical fluid based protocol for the extraction, analysis, and isolation of six polar compounds, i.e., o-vanillin (1), styracin (2), vanillin (3), trans-cinnamic acid (4), vanillic acid (5), and shikimic acid (6), was developed. First, eight styrax resin products (R1-R8) obtained from various Liquidambar tree species, which are known to contain compounds 2-6, were extracted with a 1 : 1 mixture of supercritical CO2 and EtOH. Within 4 minutes, the compounds were successfully baseline separated on an Acquity UPC(2) BEH 2-EP (3...
March 16, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297727/new-knowledge-about-old-drugs-the-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-cardiac-glycosides
#19
Robert Fürst, Ilse Zündorf, Theo Dingermann
In the 19th century, cardio-active steroid glycosides, shortly cardiac glycosides, were scientifically established as drugs against heart failure. Their in vivo, cellular, and molecular actions as well as their predominant target, Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase, have been comprehensively investigated in the 20th century and the discovery of endogenous cardiac glycosides has fostered this research field. In the last years, however, results from clinical trials and meta-analyses have questioned their therapeutic value due to efficacy and safety issues...
March 15, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291990/medicinal-plants-in-the-treatment-of-colitis-evidence-from-preclinical-studies
#20
Marília T Santana, Luana M Cercato, Janaíne P Oliveira, Enilton A Camargo
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition whose treatment includes aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, and immunomodulators. Medicinal plants seem to be an important alternative treatment for this condition. They have been the subject of a great number of studies in recent years. This study was conducted to systematically review the medicinal plants tested in experimental models of ulcerative colitis. We conducted a systematic literature search through specialized databases (PUBMED, SCOPUS, EMBASE, MEDLINE, LILACS, SCIELO, and SCISEARCH) and selected articles published between January 2000 and June 21, 2016 by using "medicinal plants" and "ulcerative colitis" as key words...
March 14, 2017: Planta Medica
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