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Xin Zhao, MingJiang Liu, JinGui Li, ShaoJie Yin, YangYang Wu, AnYuan Wang
The anti-malarial drug artesunate (ARS) has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory activity. Its effect on autoimmune hepatitis remains unclear. Concanavalin A (Con A)-induced hepatitis was used in this study to reveal the potential action of ARS and the related mechanism. Mice were pretreated with ARS followed by Con A challenge. Con A caused obvious hepatic injury with higher levels of liver enzymes, elevated pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways...
July 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Sun-Young Nam, Hyun-Ja Jeong, Hyung-Min Kim
Kaempferol possesses a wide range of therapeutic properties, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. The present study sought to evaluate the effects and possible pharmacological mechanisms of kaempferol on interleukin (IL)-32-induced monocyte-macrophage differentiation. In this study, we performed flow cytometry assay, immunocytochemical staining, quantitative real-time PCR, enzyme-linked immuno sorbent assay, caspase-1 assay, and Western blotting to observe the effects and underlying mechanisms of kaempferol using the human monocyte cell line THP-1...
July 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Brijesh Sutariya, Neetika Taneja, Madhusudan Saraf
Membranous nephropathy (MN) is associated with increased oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in the kidney. Betulinic acid (BA) is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound isolated from the leaves of Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels. In the present study, we investigated the effects of BA on experimental MN in rats and explored the mechanisms by which it enhances antioxidant activities and resolves inflammatory condition in experimental MN. Passive Heymann nephritis (PHN) was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by a single tail vein injection of anti- Fx1A antiserum...
July 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Oluwatosin Adaramoye, Bettina Erguen, Bianca Nitzsche, Michael Höpfner, Klaus Jung, Anja Rabien
Prostate cancer (PCa) is an international health problem and search for its effective treatment is in progress. Punicalagin (PN), polyphenol from pomegranate fruit, is known to exhibit potent anticancer activity in lung, breast and cervical cells. However, there is paucity of information on its effect in PCa. This study evaluated anti-proliferative effects of PN and its effects on extrinsic pathway of apoptosis in PCa cells, and angiogenesis in chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM). Antioxidant activities of PN were determined by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picryhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging and inhibition of lipid peroxidation (LPO) methods...
July 11, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Camila F Bezerra, Érika F Mota, Ana Claudia M Silva, Adriana R Tomé, Maria Z R Silva, Daniel de Brito, Camila T M N Porfírio, Ariclécio C Oliveira, José V Lima-Filho, Márcio V Ramos
Many thousands of plants are disseminated worldwide in traditional and folk medicines based on the belief that their leaves, roots, seeds, bark or secretions, when adequately handled, can treat, alleviate or ameliorate numerous disease symptoms. Calotropis procera (Apocynaceae) is a popular medicinal plant and the claims of this shrub's phytomedicinal properties have been scientifically validated. In this study, further prospects towards the in vivo toxicity and oral immunological tolerance of phytomodulatory proteins isolated from the latex of C...
July 11, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Van Thu Nguyen, Bing Tian Zhao, Su Hui Seong, Jeong Ah Kim, Mi Hee Woo, Jae Sui Choi, Byung Sun Min
Phytochemical investigation of Lycopodium complanatum whole plants led to the isolation of two new serratene-type triterpenoids (1 and 2) along with eight known triterpenoids (3-10). Their structures were established using 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic techniques and mass spectrometry. These compounds did not inhibit acetylcholinesterases (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), but did inhibit β-secretase 1 (BACE1). Compounds 1 and 6 showed potent BACE1 inhibition with IC50 values of 2.79 ± 0.28 and 2.49 ± 0...
July 8, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Rasha R Radwan, Nashwa H Zaher, Marwa G El-Gazzar
Fifteen novel 1,2,3-triazole derivatives were prepared in series of synthetic steps starting from 4-amino-5-hydrazino-4H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol 1. The structures of the obtained compounds were verified through micoanalytical and spectral data. All the compounds were screened for their anticancer activity against liver human cancer cell lines (HEPG2) using Doxorubicin as standard. The most promising triazolothiadiazine derivative 12 was further tested for its degree of toxicity by estimating the median lethal dose (LD 50) and its antitumor activity through inhibiting the angiogenesis and progression of tumor against diethylnitrosamine (DENA)/CCl4 induced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in rats...
July 8, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Guang Cheng, Adam T Zarth, Pramod Upadhyaya, Peter W Villalta, Silvia Balbo, Stephen S Hecht
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are environmental carcinogens implicated as causes of cancer in certain industrial settings and in cigarette smokers. PAH require metabolic activation to exert their carcinogenic effects. One widely accepted pathway of metabolic activation proceeds through formation of "bay region" diol epoxides which are highly reactive with DNA and can cause mutations. Phenanthrene (Phe) is the simplest PAH with a bay region and an excellent model for the study of PAH metabolism. In previous studies in which [D10]Phe was administered to smokers, we observed higher levels of [D10]Phe-tetraols derived from [D10]Phe-diol epoxides in subjects who were null for the glutathione-S-transferase M1 (GSTM1) gene...
July 8, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Yvonne J Rosenberg, Lingjun Mao, Xiaoming Jiang, Jonathan Lees, Limin Zhang, Zoran Radic, Palmer Taylor
Organophosphate (OP) nerve agents and pesticides trigger a common mechanism of neurotoxicity resulting from critical targeting and inhibition of acetylcholinesterases (AChE) in central and peripheral synapses in the cholinergic nervous system. Therapeutic countermeasures have thus focused on either administering an oxime post-exposure, that can rapidly reactivate OP-inhibited AChE, or by preventing OP poisoning through administering pre-exposure treatments that scavenge OPs before they inhibit their physiological AChE targets...
July 8, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Alessandra Bispo da Silva, Paulo Lucas Cerqueira Coelho, Jessika Alves Oliveira Amparo, Monique Marylin Alves de Almeida Carneiro, Julita Maria Pereira Borges, Cleide Dos Santos Souza, Maria de Fátima Dias Costa, Miriam Mecha, Carmen Guaza Rodriguez, Victor Diogenes Amaral da Silva, Silvia Lima Costa
Rutin is a glycosylated flavonoid present in many fruits and plants that has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying microglial activation and its effects on the regulation of cytokines and chemokines associated with inflammatory responses in the central nervous system. In this study we examined the effect of rutin on resting or lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated microglia and characterized their modulation to an activated M1 phenotype or an alternatively activated M2 phenotype...
July 8, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Islam Husain, Kiran Bala, Abubakar Wani, Ubaid Makhdoomi, Fayaz Malik, Anjana Sharma
Arginase is a therapeutic enzyme for arginine-auxotrophic cancers but their low anticancer activity, less proteolytic tolerance and shorter serum half-life are the major shortcomings. In this study, arginase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa IH2 was purified to homogeneity and estimated as 75 kDa on native-PAGE and 37 kDa on SDS-PAGE. Arginase showed optimum activity at pH 8 and temperature 35 °C. Mn(2+) and Mg(2+) ions enhanced arginase activity while, Li(+), Cu(2+), and Al(3+) ions reduced arginase activity...
July 6, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Sriram Ravindran, Shanofer Jahir Hussain, Sri Rahavi Boovarahan, Gino A Kurian
Pharmacological agents given at the time of reperfusion can protect the heart from ischemia reperfusion injury (IR). Being a calcium chelator, antioxidant and mitochondrial potassium channel modulator, sodium thiosulfate (STS) was chosen to treat myocardial IR injury. Isolated rat heart model was used to induce IR injury and the hemodynamic changes were monitored using PowerLab (AD Instruments, Australia). STS at a dose of 1 mM given at the early stage of reperfusion significantly reduced the infarct size and recovered the failing heart from reperfusion injury...
July 6, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Nazir M Khan, Imran Ahmad, Mohammad Y Ansari, Tariq M Haqqi
Wogonin has recently been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and chondroprotective properties and is of considerable interest due to its broad pharmacological activities. The present study highlights that Wogonin binds DNA and exerts chondroprotective effects in vitro. Wogonin showed strong binding with chondrocytes genomic DNA in vitro. The mode of binding of Wogonin to genomic-DNA was assessed by competing Wogonin with EtBr or DAPI, known DNA intercalator and a minor groove binder, respectively. EtBr fluorescence reduced significantly with increase in Wogonin concentration suggesting possible DNA intercalation of Wogonin...
July 5, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Ming Yue Li, Chunliu Mi, Ke Si Wang, Zhe Wang, Hong Xiang Zuo, Lian Xun Piao, Guang Hua Xu, Xuezheng Li, Juan Ma, Xuejun Jin
Hypoxia enhances the development of solid tumors. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is a transcription factor that is dominantly expressed under hypoxia in solid tumor cells and is a key factor of tumor regulation. HIF-1α regulates several target genes involved in many aspects of cancer progression, including angiogenesis, metastasis, and cell proliferation, as well as imparting resistance to cancer treatment. In this study, we assessed shikonin, which derives from the traditional medical herb Lithospermum erythrorhizon, for its anti-cancer effects in hypoxia-induced human colon cancer cell lines...
July 3, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Andrew Guglielmo, Adham Sabra, Mostafa Elbery, Milena M Cerveira, Fernanda Ghenov, Rajesh Sunasee, Karina Ckless
Recently we have demonstrated that needle-like cationic cellulose nanocrystals (CNC-AEMA2) evoke immunological responses through NLRP3 inflammasome/IL-1β inflammatory pathway. In this study we demonstrated that curcumin, a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound isolated from Curcuma longa (Zingiberaceae), was able to suppress, at least in part, this immunological response, as observed by diminished IL-1β secretion in CNC-AEMA2-stimulated macrophages primed with LPS. Curcumin is a well-known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory natural compound and in addition to acting as "scavenger" of reactive oxygen species (ROS), it can also upregulates antioxidant enzymes...
June 30, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Yasin Ahmadi, Amir Ghorbanihaghjo, Hassan Argani
Statins are widely used drugs for their role in decreasing cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic patients. Statins through inhibition of Hydroxy Methyl Glutaryl-CoA Reductase (HMGCR), the main enzyme of the cholesterol biosynthesis pathway, inhibit mevalonate pathway that provides isoprenoids for prenylation of different proteins such as Ras superfamily which has an essential role in cancer developing. Inhibition of the mevalonate/isoprenoid pathway is the cause of the cholesterol independent effects of statins or pleotropic effects...
June 28, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Hasan Türkez, Mehmet Enes Arslan, Erdal Sönmez, Abdulgani Tatar, Metin Açikyildiz, Fatime Geyikoğlu
During the recent years, microarray analysis of gene expression has become an inevitable tool for exploring toxicity of drugs and other chemicals on biological systems. Therefore, toxicogenomics is considered as a fruitful area for searching cellular pathways and mechanisms including cancer, immunological diseases, environmental responses, gene-gene interactions and chemical toxicity. In this work, we examined toxic effects of Tungsten Borides NPs on gene expression profiling of the human lung alveolar epithelial cells (HPAEpiC)...
June 27, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Peter J Boogaard
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June 24, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Liang Shi, Guoqing Zhang, Zhiyong Zheng, Bin Lu, Lili Ji
Andrographolide (Andro) is the main active compound in medicinal herb Andrographis paniculata Nees (Acanthaceae). Vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA), a key pro-angiogenic factor, contributes greatly to tumor growth. The purpose of this study is to observe the inhibition of Andro on VEGFA expression in hepatoma cancer cells and its engaged mechanism. Andro decreased mRNA and protein expression of VEGFA in hepatoma Hep3B and HepG2 cells. Andro also decreased hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha (HIF-1α) protein expression and its subsequent nuclear translocation...
June 23, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Walaa Arafa Keshk, Samer Mahmoud Zahran, Mohamed Alaa Katary, Darin Abd-Elaziz Ali
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) consumption has been commonly associated with gastric mucosal lesions including gastric ulcer. Silymarin (SM) is a flavonoid mixture with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities which explain its protective role against hepatic and renal injuries. However, its impact on gastric ulcer has not yet been elucidated. Thus we went further to investigate the potential protective effects of SM against indomethacin-induced gastric injury in rats. Pretreatment with SM (50 mg/kg orally) attenuated the severity of gastric mucosal damage as evidenced by decreasing ulcer index (UI) and ulcer score, improvement of disturbed histopathologicl features to be insignificant with those induced by the reference anti-ulcer drug...
June 22, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
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