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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387136/the-protective-effect-of-aucubin-from-eucommia-ulmoides-against-status-epilepticus-by-inducing-autophagy-and-inhibiting-necroptosis
#1
Jin Wang, Ying Li, Wei-Hua Huang, Xiang-Chang Zeng, Xiao-Hui Li, Jian Li, Jun Zhou, Jian Xiao, Bo Xiao, Dong-Sheng Ouyang, Kai Hu
Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. is a famous traditional Chinese medicine which exhibits anti-oxidative stress ability and neuro-protective effects. Aucubin is the predominant component of Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. Our present study is intended to investigate aucubin's potential protective effects on neurons against epilepsy in the hippocampus by establishing the lithium-pilocarpine induced status epilepticus (SE) rat model in vivo. Aucubin (at a low dose and a high dose of 5[Formula: see text]mg/kg and 10[Formula: see text]mg/kg, respectively) was administered through gavage for two weeks before lithium-pilocarpine injection...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385079/sulfated-galactans-from-red-seaweed-gracilaria-fisheri-target-egfr-and-inhibit-cholangiocarcinoma-cell-proliferation
#2
Thannicha Sae-Lao, Rutaiwan Tohtong, David O Bates, Kanokpan Wongprasert
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is increasing in incidence worldwide and is resistant to chemotherapeutic agents, making treatment of CCA a major challenge. Previous studies reported that natural sulfated polysaccharides (SPs) disrupted growth factor receptor activation in cancer cells. The present study, therefore, aimed at investigating the antiproliferation effect of sulfated galactans (SG) isolated from the red seaweed Gracilaria fisheri (G. fisheri) on CCA cell lines. Direct binding activity of SG to CCA cells, epidermal growth factor (EGF) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) were determined...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385078/paris-polyphylla-suppresses-proliferation-and-vasculogenic-mimicry-of-human-osteosarcoma-cells-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-vivo
#3
Nan Yao, Ke Ren, Yimin Wang, Qiaomei Jin, Xiao Lu, Yan Lu, Cuihua Jiang, Dongjian Zhang, Jun Lu, Chen Wang, Jiege Huo, Yong Chen, Jian Zhang
Paris polyphylla, a traditional antipyretic-detoxicate chinese medicinal herb, has been applied extensively in cancer treatments for nearly 2000 years. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the potential anti-osteosarcoma effects of Paris polyphylla ethanol extract (PPEE) and to investigate its underlying mechanisms. The antiproliferation activity of PPEE was tested on 143B, MG-63, U-2 OS and hFOB1.19 cells using MTT assay. The pro-apoptotic and cell cycle arrest effects of PPEE were confirmed by Hoechst 33342 staining and flow cytometry...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385077/proteomic-analysis-and-functional-studies-of-baicalin-on-proteins-associated-with-skin-cancer
#4
Dan Li, Bingjiang Lin, Nabiha Yusuf, Erin M Burns, Xiuqin Yu, Dan Luo, Wei Min
Abundant evidence supports the key role of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in skin cancer development. The human skin, especially the epidermal layer, is the main defense against UV radiation. Baicalin is a major bioactive component of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, a plant which has been found to exhibit antitumor activity. The anticarcinogenic mechanism of baicalin is not completely understood. We have reported that baicalin inhibited UVB-induced photo-damage and apoptosis in HaCaT cells (human skin keratinocytes)...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367715/two-armed-activation-of-bone-mineral-deposition-by-the-flavones-baicalin-and-baicalein-encapsulated-in-polyphosphate-microparticles
#5
Xiao-Hong Wang, Yue-Wei Guo, Emad Tolba, Maria Kokkinopoulou, Matthias Wiens, Heinz C Schröder, Werner E G Müller
In this study, we investigated the effect of the two flavonoids, baicalin (baicalein 7-O-β-d-glucuronic acid) and its aglycone, baicalein (5,6,7-trihydroxyflavone), after encapsulation into amorphous calcium polyphosphate (Ca-polyP) microparticles on mineralization of primary human osteoblasts (phOSB). Both flavonoids, which come from root extracts of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and are nontoxic in cells up to a concentration of 3[Formula: see text]μg/ml. The morphogenetically active, energy-rich Ca-polyP particles with a stoichiometric P:Ca ratio of 1:2 are degraded by cellular alkaline phosphatase (ALP) to ortho-phosphate used for bone hydroxyapatite formation...
April 2, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367714/uncovering-the-molecular-mechanism-of-anti-allergic-activity-of-silkworm-pupa-grown-cordyceps-militaris-fruit-body
#6
Ting-Feng Wu, Yu-Yi Chan, Wan-Yin Shi, Meng-Ting Jhong
Cordyceps militaris has been widely used as an herbal drug and tonic food in East Asia and has also been recently studied in the West because of its various pharmacological activities such as antitumoral, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. In this study, we examined the molecular mechanism underlying the anti-allergic activity of ethanol extract prepared from silkworm pupa-cultivated Cordyceps militaris fruit bodies in activated mast cells. Our results showed that ethanol extract treatment significantly inhibited the release of β-hexosaminidase (a degranulation marker) and mRNA levels of tumor necrosis factor-[Formula: see text] as well as interleukin-4 in RBL-2H3 cells...
April 2, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367713/src-syk-targeted-anti-inflammatory-actions-of-triterpenoidal-saponins-from-gac-momordica-cochinchinensis-seeds
#7
Jae Sik Yu, Jun Ho Kim, Seulah Lee, Kiwon Jung, Ki Hyun Kim, Jae Youl Cho
Momordica cochinchinensis Spreng (family Cucurbitaceae), also known as gac, or red melon, is an edible Southeast Asian fruit valued for its nutritional and medicinal properties. Specifically, Momordicae Semen, the seeds of the gac fruit, is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat boils, rheumatic pain, muscle spasm, hemorrhoids, and hemangiomas. In this study, a chemical investigation into a gac seed ethanol (EtOH) extract resulted in the identification of three triterpenoidal saponins (1-3), which were investigated for their anti-inflammatory effects...
April 2, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359199/protective-effect-of-cymbopogon-citratus-essential-oil-in-experimental-model-of-acetaminophen-induced-liver-injury
#8
Nancy Sayuri Uchida, Saulo Euclides Silva-Filho, Rafael Pazinatto Aguiar, Luiz Alexandre Marques Wiirzler, Gabriel Fernando Esteves Cardia, Heitor Augusto Otaviano Cavalcante, Francielli Maria de Souza Silva-Comar, Tânia Cristina Alexandrino Becker, Expedito Leite Silva, Ciomar Aparecida Bersani-Amado, Roberto Kenji Nakamura Cuman
To investigate the hepatoprotective effect of Cymbopogon citratus or lemongrass essential oil (LGO), it was used in an animal model of acute liver injury induced by acetaminophen (APAP). Swiss mice were pretreated with LGO (125, 250 and 500[Formula: see text]mg/kg) and SLM (standard drug, 200[Formula: see text]mg/kg) for a duration of seven days, followed by the induction of hepatotoxicity of APAP (single dose, 250[Formula: see text]mg/kg). The liver function markers alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and gamma-glutamyl transferase were determined to evaluate the hepatoprotective effects of the LGO...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359198/anticancer-properties-and-pharmaceutical-applications-of-plumbagin-a-review
#9
Yuling Liu, Yuee Cai, Chengwei He, Meiwan Chen, Hui Li
It has been shown that plumbagin, a bioactive naphthoquinone isolated from three major plant families viz. Plumbaginaceae, Ebenceae and Droseraceae, definitively exhibits anticancer potential in diverse cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. Plumbagin shows antineoplastic effects via multi-channel molecular mechanisms, including the induction of apoptosis and autophagy, the disruption of the cell cycle, the inhibition of invasion and metastasis, and anti-angiogenesis. Plumbagin inhibits the growth of cancer cells mainly through the modulation of the signals of PI3K/Akt/mTOR, AMPK, Ras, and so on...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359197/mechanisms-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-the-treatment-of-mammary-gland-hyperplasia
#10
Xiaoliang Li, Ping Xin, Changfu Wang, Zhibin Wang, Qiuhong Wang, Haixue Kuang
Mammary gland hyperplasia (MGH) occurs with high frequency among middle-aged women and is closely related to breast cancer. The treatment of this disease has become a research hotspot. Many patients with MGH are worried about the potential side effects of the synthetic drugs they are on. Thus, they seek alternative therapy, such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In recent years, along with the Chinese herbs and its active ingredients, TCM compounds have been widely accepted and implemented in the treatment of MGH, whose mechanism hitherto is not completely clear...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359196/prunella-vulgaris-attenuates-diabetic-renal-injury-by-suppressing-glomerular-fibrosis-and-inflammation
#11
Seung Namgung, Jung Joo Yoon, Chi-Su Yoon, Byung Hyuk Han, Eun Sik Choi, Hyuncheol Oh, Youn-Chul Kim, Yun Jung Lee, Dae Gill Kang, Ho Sub Lee
Diabetic nephropathy is both the most common complication and the leading cause of mortality associated with diabetes. Prunella vulgaris, a well-known traditional medicinal plant, is used for the cure of abscess, scrofula, hypertension and urinary diseases. This study confirmed whether an aqueous extract of Prunella vulgaris (APV) suppresses renal inflammation and fibrosis. In human mesangial cell (HMC), pretreatment of APV attenuated 25[Formula: see text]mM HG-induced suppressed TGF-β and Smad-2/4 expression; it increased the expressioin level of Smad-7...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359195/chinese-herbal-medicine-for-the-optimal-management-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#12
Madeleine Ong, Jie Peng, Xingliang Jin, Xianqin Qu
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex heterogeneous disorder characterized by androgen excess and ovulatory dysfunction; it is now known to be closely linked to metabolic syndrome. Recent research suggests that insulin resistance plays an important role in the pathogenesis of PCOS which may lead to the excessive production of androgens by ovarian theca cells. Currently there is no single drug that can treat both the reproductive and metabolic complications of the disorder. Existing pharmaceutical agents such as hormonal therapies have been associated with side effects and are not appropriate for PCOS women with infertility...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423939/erratum-the-inhibitory-effect-of-abietic-acid-on-melanoma-cancer-metastasis-and-invasiveness-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#13
Yih-Shou Hsieh, Shun-Fa Yang, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Chia-Hung Hung, Shu-Chen Chu, Sheng-Han Yang, Pei-Ni Chen
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2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249548/traditional-uses-chemical-constituents-and-biological-activities-of-plants-from-the-genus-sanguisorba-l
#14
Zefeng Zhao, Xirui He, Qiang Zhang, Xiaoyang Wei, Linhong Huang, Jia Cheng Fang, Xiaoxiao Wang, Meimei Zhao, Yajun Bai, Xiaohui Zheng
Plants from the genus Sanguisorba have been treated as medicinal ingredients for over 2000 years. This paper reviews advances in the botanical, phytochemical and pharmacological studies of the genus. To date, more than 120 chemical constituents have been isolated and identified from these plants, especially from S. officinalis and S. minor. Among these compounds, triterpenoids, phenols and flavonoids are the primary biologically active constituents. Triterpenoids can be used as quality control markers to determine the quality of medicinal materials and their preparations...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231749/flavonoids-and-tannins-from-smilax-china-l-rhizome-induce-apoptosis-via-mitochondrial-pathway-and-mdm2-p53-signaling-in-human-lung-adenocarcinoma-cells
#15
San Fu, Yanfang Yang, Dan Liu, Yan Luo, Xiaochuan Ye, Yanwen Liu, Xin Chen, Song Wang, Hezhen Wu, Yuhang Wang, Qiwei Hu, Pengtao You
In vitro evidence indicates that Smilax china L. rhizome (SCR) can inhibit cell proliferation. Therefore, in the present study, we analyzed the effects in vitro of SCR extracts on human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells. Our results showed that A549 cell growth was inhibited in a dose- and time-dependent manner after treatment with SCR extracts. Total flavonoids and total tannins from SCR induced A549 apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner, as shown by our flow cytometry analysis, which was consistent with the alterations in nuclear morphology we observed...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231748/aloe-emodin-enhances-tamoxifen-cytotoxicity-by-suppressing-ras-erk-and-pi3k-mtor-in-breast-cancer-cells
#16
Hsin-Shun Tseng, Yu-Fen Wang, Yew-Min Tzeng, Dar-Ren Chen, Ya-Fan Liao, Hui-Yu Chiu, Wen-Tsong Hsieh
Aloe-emodin (AE) is derived from Aloe vera and rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) and exhibits anticancer activities via multiple regulatory mechanisms in various cancers. AE can also enhance the anticancer efficacy of cisplatin, doxorubicin, docetaxel, and 5-fluorouracil; however, its effects remain poorly characterized. MCF-7, MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-468, BT-474, and HCC-1954 breast cancer cell lines were treated with the indicated conditions of AE, and cell viability assays were performed. The expression levels of signaling proteins were determined by western blot analysis, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), cell cycle distributions, and rates of apoptosis as estimated by flow cytometry...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231747/saikosaponin-a-induces-apoptosis-through-mitochondria-dependent-pathway-in-hepatic-stellate-cells
#17
Chang-Han Chen, Ming-Feng Chen, S Joseph Huang, Chun-Yen Huang, Hao-Kuang Wang, Wen-Chuan Hsieh, Chih-Hao Huang, Li-Feng Liu, Li-Yen Shiu
Saikosaponin a (SSa) is one of the main active components of Bupleurum falcatum. It is commonly used to treat liver injury and fibrosis in traditional Chinese medicine. Our previous study showed that SSa induces apoptosis and inhibits the proliferation of rat hepatic stellate cell (HSC) line HSC-T6. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the mechanism of SSa-mediated apoptosis. Rat HSC cell line HSC-T6 and human HSC cell line LX-2 were used in this study. SSa triggered cell death mainly by apoptosis, as indicated by the typical morphological changes, sub-G1 phase of cell cycle increase, and activation of the caspase-9/caspase-3 cascade...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231746/acupuncture-and-lifestyle-modification-treatment-for-obesity-a-meta-analysis
#18
Sijia Fang, Miao Wang, Yiyuan Zheng, Shigao Zhou, Guang Ji
Obesity is an epidemic health hazard associated with many medical conditions. Lifestyle interventions are foundational to the successful management of obesity. However, the body's adaptive biological responses counteract patients' desire to restrict food and energy intake, leading to weight regain. As a complementary and alternative medical approach, acupuncture therapy is widely used for weight control. The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of acupuncture treatment alone and in combination with lifestyle modification...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231745/antitumor-and-immunomodulatory-effect-of-gastrodia-elata-on-colon-cancer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
Na-Hyung Kim, Ming Jie Xin, Ji-Yoon Cha, Soo-Jeong Ji, Se-Uk Kwon, Ho-Kyun Jee, Mi-Ran Park, Yong-Soo Park, Chong-Tai Kim, Dae-Ki Kim, Young-Mi Lee
Gastrodia elata Blume (GE) is a well-known kind of herb that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. The extrusion of raw materials from it could improve flavor and enhance bioavailability in food and drug development. The purpose of this study is to investigate antitumor and immune boosting effects of extruded GE in human colon carcinoma cells, splenocytes, and mice-bearing CT26 colon carcinoma cell. Treatment with 100[Formula: see text][Formula: see text]g/mL of extruded GE decreased cell viability and induced the expression of Caspase-3 and Bax in HT29 cells ([Formula: see text])...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231744/the-use-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
#20
Yen-Nung Liao, Wen-Long Hu, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Yu-Chiang Hung
In Oriental countries, combinations of Chinese herbal products (CHPs) are often utilized as therapeutic agents for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The effects of CHPs on COPD have been previously reported. This study aimed to analyze the frequency of prescription and usage of CHPs in patients with COPD in Taiwan. In this nationwide population-based cross-sectional study, 19,142 patients from a random sample of one million individuals in the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 (LHID 2000) of the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) were enrolled from 2000 to 2011...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
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