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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852130/angelica-gigas-ameliorates-hyperglycemia-and-hepatic-steatosis-in-c57bl-ksj-db-db-mice-via-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
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Ui-Jin Bae, Eun-Kyung Choi, Mi-Ra Oh, Su-Jin Jung, Joon Park, Tae-Sung Jung, Tae-Sun Park, Soo-Wan Chae, Byung-Hyun Park
The prevention and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus has become a major global public health challenge. Decursin, an active compound of Angelica gigas Nakai roots, was recently reported to have a glucose-lowering activity. However, the antidiabetic effect of Angelica gigas Nakai extract (AGNE) has not yet been investigated. We evaluated the effects of AGNE on glucose homeostasis in type 2 diabetic mice and investigated the underlying mechanism by which AGNE acts. Male C57BL/KsJ-db/db mice were treated with either AGNE (10 mg/kg, 20 mg/kg, and 40 mg/kg) or metformin (100 mg/kg) for 8 weeks...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852129/changes-in-the-ginsenoside-content-during-fermentation-using-an-appliance-for-the-preparation-of-red-ginseng
#2
So Jin Lee, Na Ha, Yunjeong Kim, Min-Gul Kim
The total amount of ginsenoside in fermented red ginseng (FRG) is increased by microbial fermentation. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether fermentation time and temperature affect the ginsenoside content during fermentation using an appliance for the preparation of red ginseng. The FRG and fermented red ginseng extracts (FRG-e) were prepared using an appliance for the preparation of red ginseng. The temperature was recorded and time points for sampling were scheduled at pre-fermentation (0[Formula: see text]h) and 18, 36, 48, 60 and 72[Formula: see text]h after the addition of the microbial strains...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852128/antagonistic-effects-of-gingko-biloba-and-sophora-japonica-on-cerebral-vasoconstriction-in-response-to-histamine-5-hydroxytryptamine-u46619-and-bradykinin
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Ha Thi Thanh Nguyen, Hai Thanh Nguyen, Md Zahorul Islam, Takeshi Obi, Pitchaya Pothinuch, Thanh Van Nguyen, Tuong Manh Nguyen, Cuong Van Dao, Mitsuya Shiraishi, Atsushi Miyamoto
The aim of this study was to evaluate, for the first time, the antagonistic effects of Gingko biloba leaf (GB) and Sophora japonica L. flower bud (SJ) extracts on cerebral vasoconstriction in response to KCl, extracellular Ca[Formula: see text], histamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), 9,11-dideoxy-9[Formula: see text],11[Formula: see text]-methanoepoxy prostaglandin (PG) F[Formula: see text](U46619) and bradykinin (BK), in order to explain their traditional application for diseases associated with cerebral vasospasm...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852127/artemisia-capillaris-alleviates-bone-loss-by-stimulating-osteoblast-mineralization-and-suppressing-osteoclast-differentiation-and-bone-resorption
#4
Chung-Jo Lee, Ki-Shuk Shim, Jin Yeul Ma
Artemisia capillaris has been used to treat jaundice and relieve high liver-heat in traditional medicine. In this study, we found that the administration of a water extract from A. capillaris (WEAC) to the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL)-induced bone loss model significantly prevents osteoporotic bone loss, increasing bone volume/trabecular volume by 22% and trabecular number by 24%, and decreasing trabecular separation by 29%. WEAC stimulated in vitro osteoblast mineralization from primary osteoblasts in association with increasing expression of osterix, nuclear factor of activated T cells cytoplasmic 1, and activator protein-1, as well as phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852126/traditional-chinese-medicine-food-therapy-and-hypertension-control-a-narrative-review-of-chinese-literature
#5
Ping Zou
Despite the lack of English literature about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy, there is abundant Chinese literature about the application of food therapy for hypertension control. This paper summarizes basic concepts of TCM, the principles of food therapy and its application for hypertension control according to Chinese literature. In TCM, food is conceptualized according to both nutritional and functional aspects, and can be used to treat illnesses. Four principles of TCM food therapy including light eating, balancing the "hot" and "cold" nature of food, the harmony of the five flavors of food, and consistency between dietary intake and different health conditions, can be used to facilitate hypertension control...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852125/standardized-extract-from-caesalpinia-spinosa-is-cytotoxic-over-cancer-stem-cells-and-enhance-anticancer-activity-of-doxorubicin
#6
Tito A Sandoval, Claudia P Urueña, Mónica Llano, Alejandra Gómez-Cadena, John F Hernández, Luis Gonzalo Sequeda, Alix E Loaiza, Alfonso Barreto, Shaoping Li, Susana Fiorentino
Cancer stem cells (CSC) are the primary cell type responsible for metastasis and relapse. ABC-transporters are integral membrane proteins involved in the translocation of substrates across membranes protecting CSC from chemotherapeutic agents. A plant extract derived from C. spinosa (P2Et) previously investigated for its antitumor activity has been shown to reduce lung and spleen metastasis in mice that have been transplanted with breast cancer cells, suggesting that P2Et has a significant activity against cancer stem cells (CSC)...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852124/metabolic-profiling-of-liver-tissue-in-diabetic-mice-treated-with-artemisia-capillaris-and-alisma-rhizome-using-lc-ms-and-ce-ms
#7
Yumi Kim, In-Seung Lee, Kang-Hoon Kim, Jiyoung Park, Ji-Hyun Lee, Eunjung Bang, Hyeung-Jin Jang, Yun-Cheol Na
Artemisia Capillaris (AC) and Alisma Rhizome (AR) are natural products for the treatment of liver disorders in oriental medicine clinics. Here, we report metabolomic changes in the evaluation of the treatment effects of AC and AR on fatty livers in diabetic mice, along with a proposition of the underlying metabolic pathway. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic metabolites extracted from mouse livers were analyzed using HPLC-QTOF and CE-QTOF, respectively, to generate metabolic profiles. Statistical analysis of the metabolites by PLS-DA and OPLA-DA fairly discriminated between the diabetic, and the AC- and AR-treated mice groups...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852123/acanthopanax-senticosus-photochemistry-and-anticancer-potential
#8
Ting Li, Kelsey Ferns, Zi-Qiao Yan, Si-Yuan Yin, Jun-Jie Kou, Dongsheng Li, Zheng Zeng, Lin Yin, Xiaoyu Wang, Hong-Xia Bao, Yu-Jie Zhou, Qing-Hai Li, Zhan-Yi Zhao, Huidi Liu, Shu-Lin Liu
Acanthopanax senticosus (previously classified as Eleutherococcus senticosus), commonly known as Ciwujia or Siberian Ginseng, is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), widely used for its high medicinal value, such as antifatigue, anti-inflammation, antistress, anti-ulcer and cardiovascular functions, in China, Korea, Japan and Russia. In the past decades, researchers worldwide have conducted systematic investigations on this herb, from chemistry to pharmacology, and a large number of chemical components have been characterized for their significant pharmacological effects...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852122/pinus-massoniana-bark-extract-structure-activity-relationship-and-biomedical-potentials
#9
Jiao Feng, Xiao-Lu Zhang, Ying-Ya Li, Ying-Yu Cui, Yi-Han Chen
Proanthocyanidins (PAs) belong to the condensed tannin subfamily of natural flavonoids. Recent studies have shown that the main bioactive compounds of Pinus massoniana bark extract (PMBE) are PAs, especially the proanthocyanidins B series, which play important roles in cell cycle arrest, apoptosis induction and migration inhibition of cancer cells in vivo and in vitro. PA-Bs are mixtures of oligomers and polymers composed of flavan-3-ol, and the relationship between their structure and corresponding biomedical potentials is summarized in this paper...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852121/preventive-intra-oral-treatment-of-sea-cucumber-ameliorate-ova-induced-allergic-airway-inflammation
#10
Da-In Lee, Mi-Kyung Park, Shin Ae Kang, Jun-Ho Choi, Seok-Jung Kang, Jeong-Yeol Lee, Hak Sun Yu
Sea cucumber extracts have potent biological effects, including anti-viral, anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammation effects. To understand their anti-asthma effects, we induced allergic airway inflammation in mice after 7 oral administrations of the extract. The hyper-responsiveness value in mice with ovalbumin (OVA)-alum-induced asthma after oral injection of sea cucumber extracts was significantly lower than that in the OVA-alum-induced asthma group. In addition, the number of eosinophils in the lungs of asthma-induced mice pre-treated with sea cucumber extract was significantly decreased compared to that of PBS pre-treated mice...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848251/allergen-removed-rhus-verniciflua-extract-induces-ovarian-cancer-cell-death-via-jnk-activation
#11
Se-Hui Kang, In-Hu Hwang, Eunju Son, Chong-Kwan Cho, Jong-Soon Choi, Soo-Jung Park, Byeong-Churl Jang, Kyung-Bok Lee, Zee-Won Lee, Jong Hoon Lee, Hwa-Seung Yoo, Ik-Soon Jang
Nuclear factor-[Formula: see text]B (NF-[Formula: see text]B)/Rel transcription factors are best known for their central roles in promoting cell survival in cancer. NF-[Formula: see text]B antagonizes tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-[Formula: see text]-induced apoptosis through a process involving attenuation of the c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK). However, the role of JNK activation in apoptosis induced by negative regulation of NF-[Formula: see text]B is not completely understood. We found that allergen-removed Rhus verniciflua Stokes (aRVS) extract-mediated NF-[Formula: see text]B inhibition induces apoptosis in SKOV-3 ovarian cancer cells via the serial activation of caspases and SKOV-3 cells are most specifically suppressed by aRVS...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848250/pharmacological-effects-of-active-components-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-in-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-review
#12
Zhi-Yong Wang, Jian-Gang Liu, Hao Li, Hui-Ming Yang
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common neurodegenerative disorder associated with dementia, not only severely decreases the quality of life for its victims, but also brings a heavy economic burden to the family and society. Unfortunately, few chemical drugs designed for clinical applications have reached the expected preventive or therapeutic effect so far, and combined with their significant side-effects, there is therefore an urgent need for new strategies to be developed for AD treatment. Traditional Chinese Medicine has accumulated many experiences in the treatment of dementia during thousands of years of practice; modern pharmacological studies have confirmed the therapeutic effects of many active components derived from Chinese herbal medicines (CHM)...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785944/a-new-danshensu-derivative-protects-against-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-neurotoxicity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#13
Guozhen Cui, Luchen Shan, Yang Chen, Hefeng Zhou, Yuqiang Wang, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee
We previously reported a novel danshensu derivative ([Formula: see text])-(3,5,6-Trimethylpyrazinyl) methyl-2-acetoxy-3-(3,4-diacetoxyphenyl) propanoate (ADTM), which conferred cardioprotective and anti-thrombotic effects in vitro and in vivo. Here, we examined the neuroprotective actions of ADTM on 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced neurotoxicity in PC12 cells 1 in vitro and zebrafish in vivo. Pretreatment with ADTM significantly inhibited 6-OHDA-induced cytotoxicity and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in PC12 cells through Akt signaling...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785943/a-chinese-herbal-decoction-shaoyao-gancao-tang-exerts-analgesic-effect-by-down-regulating-the-trpv1-channel-in-a-rat-model-of-arthritic-pain
#14
Feng Sui, Hai-Yu Zhou, Jing Meng, Xin-Liang Du, Yun-Peng Sui, Zhi-Kun Zhou, Cheng Dong, Zhu-Ju Wang, Wei-Hao Wang, Li Dai, Hai Ma, Hai-Ru Huo, Ting-Liang Jiang
Shaoyao-Gancao Tang (SGT) is one of the most frequently used compound formulas in the treatment of pain-related diseases in the medical practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). To investigate the anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects, as well as to uncover the molecular mechanism of SGT, the rat pain model of arthritis was experimentally induced by single unilateral injection of rats' left hind paw with Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA). SGT was orally administered to the rats daily at three doses individually for a period of 16 days post-model induction...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785942/rhamnella-gilgitica-attenuates-inflammatory-responses-in-lps-induced-murine-macrophages-and-complete-freund-s-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-rats
#15
Shan Huang, Hai Feng Liu, Xianghua Quan, Yan Jin, Guangshan Xuan, Ren-Bo An, Tsering Dikye, Bin Li
Rhamnella gilgitica Mansf. et Melch, which belongs to the rhamnus family (Rhamnaceae), is traditionally used to treat rheumatism, swelling and pain in China. However, little is known about the pharmacological activities of this plant. The anti-inflammatory activities of the 70% ethanol extract of R. gilgitica (RG) in RAW264.7 macrophages and complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-induced arthritic rats are investigated in this study for the first time. The effects of RG on cell viability were determined by a MTT assay, and the effects of RG on pro-inflammatory mediators were analyzed by ELISA and Western blot...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785939/vasorelaxant-action-of-the-chloroform-fraction-of-orthosiphon-stamineusvia-no-cgmp-pathway-potassium-and-calcium-channels
#16
Mun Fei Yam, Chu Shan Tan, Mariam Ahmad, Ruan Shibao
Orthosiphon stamineus Benth. (Lamiaceae) is an important plant in traditional folk medicine that is used to treat hypertension and kidney stones. In humans, this plant has been tested as an addition regiment for antihypertensive treatment. Among the treatments for hypertension, O. stamineus had been to have diuretic and vasorelaxant effects in animal models. There is still very little information regarding the vasorelaxant effect of O. stamineus. Therefore, the present study was designed to investigate the vasorelaxant activity and mechanism of action of the fractions of O...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776431/safflower-yellow-prevents-pulmonary-metastasis-of-breast-cancer-by-inhibiting-tumor-cell-invadopodia
#17
Huiying Fu, Renjie Wu, Yuanyuan Li, Lizong Zhang, Xiaofang Tang, Jue Tu, Weimin Zhou, Jianchao Wang, Qiyang Shou
Carthamus tinctorius L. is a traditional Chinese medicine that activates blood circulation and dissipates blood stasis, and has been extensively used as antitumor treatment in a clinical setting in single or in compound preparation form. However, empirical evidence and a better understanding of the possible mechanisms involved are still required. Here, we investigated the role of safflower yellow (SY), the active ingredient of C. tinctorius, in the pulmonary metastasis of breast cancer, and the underlying mechanism of action...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776430/baicalein-promotes-angiogenesis-and-odontoblastic-differentiation-via-the-bmp-and-wnt-pathways-in-human-dental-pulp-cells
#18
Sang-Im Lee, Sun-Young Kim, Kyung-Ran Park, Eun-Cheol Kim
Baicalein is an active flavonoid extracted from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis that has anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties; its effects on osteoblastic and angiogenic potential are controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of baicalein on odontoblastic differentiation and angiogenesis and the underlying mechanism in human dental pulp cells (HDPCs). Baicalein (1-10[Formula: see text][Formula: see text]M) had no cytotoxic effects and promoted alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, mineralization assayed by Alizarin Red-S staining, and the mRNA expression of marker genes, in a concentration-dependent manner...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776428/coriandrum-sativum-suppresses-a%C3%AE-42-induced-ros-increases-glial-cell-proliferation-and-erk-activation
#19
Quan Feng Liu, Haemin Jeong, Jang Ho Lee, Yoon Ki Hong, Youngje Oh, Young-Mi Kim, Yoon Seok Suh, Semin Bang, Hye Sup Yun, Kyungho Lee, Sung Man Cho, Sung Bae Lee, Songhee Jeon, Young-Won Chin, Byung-Soo Koo, Kyoung Sang Cho
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common neurodegenerative disease, has a complex and widespread pathology that is characterized by the accumulation of amyloid [Formula: see text]-peptide (A[Formula: see text]) in the brain and various cellular abnormalities, including increased oxidative damage, an amplified inflammatory response, and altered mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling. Based on the complex etiology of AD, traditional medicinal plants with multiple effective components are alternative treatments for patients with AD...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776426/tetrahydroxystilbene-glucoside-inhibits-excessive-autophagy-and-improves-microvascular-endothelial-dysfunction-in-prehypertensive-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#20
Qianqian Dong, Wenjuan Xing, Feng Fu, Zhenghua Liu, Jie Wang, Xiangyan Liang, Xuanxuan Zhou, Qian Yang, Wei Zhang, Feng Gao, Siwang Wang, Haifeng Zhang
Autophagy exists in vascular endothelial cells, but the relationship between autophagy and blood vessel dysfunction in hypertension remains elusive. This study aimed to investigate role of autophagy in vascular endothelial dysfunction in prehypertension and hypertension and the underlying mechanisms involved. Furthermore, we sought to determine if and how tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside (TSG), a resveratrol analogue and active ingredient of Polygonum multiflorum Thunb used for its cardiovascular protective properties in traditional Chinese medicine, influences vascular endothelial function...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
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