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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219296/phytochemical-screening-and-evaluation-of-in-vitro-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-the-indigenous-medicinal-plant-albizia-odoratissima
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Venkanna Banothu, Chandrasekharnath Neelagiri, Uma Adepally, Jayalakshmi Lingam, Kesavaharshini Bommareddy
CONTEXT: Albizia odoratissima (L. f.) Benth has been used in Indian folk medicine to treat numerous inflammatory pathologies, such as leprosy, ulcers, burns and asthma. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of A. odoratissima. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Dried leaves of A. odoratissima were extracted in organic solvents (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and methanol). The total phenolic content (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC) were determined using the Folin-Ciocalteu and aluminum chloride colorimetric methods, respectively...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219252/a-phlorotannin-constituent-of-ecklonia-cava-alleviates-postprandial-hyperglycemia-in-diabetic-mice
#2
Hyun-Ah Lee, Ji-Hyeok Lee, Ji-Sook Han
CONTEXT: 2,7″-Phloroglucinol-6,6'-bieckol is a type of phlorotannin isolated from brown algae, Ecklonia cava Kjellman (Phaeophyceae; Laminareaceae). 2,7″-Phloroglucinol-6,6'-bieckol mediates antioxidant activities. However, there has been no research on improving postprandial hyperglycaemia using 2,7″-phloroglucinol-6,6'-bieckol. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the inhibitory effects of 2,7″-phloroglucinol-6,6'-bieckol on activities of α-glucosidase and α-amylase as well as its alleviating effect on postprandial hyperglycaemia in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218041/guibourtia-tessmannii-induced-fictive-ejaculation-in-spinal-male-rat-involvement-of-d1-d2-like-receptors
#3
Patrick Brice Deeh Defo, Elvis Asongu, Modeste Nya Wankeu, Esther Ngadjui, Georges Romeo Bonsou Fazin, François Xavier Kemka, Miguel Carro-Juarez, Albert Kamanyi, Pierre Kamtchouing, Pierre Watcho
CONTEXT: Guibourtia tessmannii (Caesalpiniaceae) is a plant traditionally used as aphrodisiac. We previously reported the pro-ejaculatory effects of the aqueous and methanol extracts of G. tesmannii in spinal male rat. However, the mechanism underlying such effects has not been elucidated. OBJECTIVE: This study characterizes the dopaminergic sub-type receptors involved in G. tesmannii-induced ejaculation in male Wistar rat. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Urethane-anesthetized spinal male rats were intravenously treated with saline solution (1 mL/kg, control); dopamine (0...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209080/antispasmodic-and-bronchorelaxant-activities-of-salsola-imbricata-are-mediated-through-dual-ca-2-antagonistic-and-%C3%AE-adrenergic-agonistic-effects
#4
Naveed Aslam, Khalid Hussain Janbaz
CONTEXT: Salsola imbricata Forssk. (Chenopodiaceae) has folkloric repute for the treatment of various gastrointestinal and respiratory ailments. OBJECTIVE: The present study investigates spasmolytic and bronchorelaxant effects of S. imbricata. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The crude aqueous-ethanol extract of the aerial parts of S. imbricata and its fractions, in cumulative concentrations (0.01-10 mg/mL), were tested on contractions of isolated rabbit jejunum and tracheal preparations...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209076/an-ethnopharmacological-study-of-aromatic-uyghur-medicinal-plants-in-xinjiang-china
#5
Lu Zhao, Shuge Tian, E Wen, Halmuart Upur
CONTEXT: An ethnobotanical survey was completed in a remote village and surrounding country of Xinjiang, where most Uyghur medicinal plants could be collected. This work clarifies and increases ethnobotanical data. OBJECTIVES: We surveyed and organized aromatic medicinal plants that are commonly used in clinical settings to provide a significant reference for studying new medical activities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the survey, informants who have traditional knowledge on aromatic Uyghur medicinal plants were interviewed between March 2014 and September 2014...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198206/nitraria-retusa-fruit-prevents-penconazole-induced-kidney-injury-in-adult-rats-through-modulation-of-oxidative-stress-and-histopathological-changes
#6
Mariem Chaâbane, Mohamed Koubaa, Nejla Soudani, Awatef Elwej, Malek Grati, Kamel Jamoussi, Tahia Boudawara, Semia Ellouze Chaabouni, Najiba Zeghal
CONTEXT: Nitraria retusa (Forssk.) Asch. (Nitrariaceae) is a medicinal plant which produces edible fruits whose antioxidant activity has been demonstrated. OBJECTIVE: The current study elucidates the potential protective effect of N. retusa fruit aqueous extract against nephrotoxicity induced by penconazole, a triazole fungicide, in the kidney of adult rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult Wistar rats were exposed either to penconazole (67 mg/kg body weight), or to N...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198202/clinacanthus-nutans-a-review-on-ethnomedicinal-uses-chemical-constituents-and-pharmacological-properties
#7
Ihsan N Zulkipli, Rajan Rajabalaya, Adi Idris, Nurul Atiqah Sulaiman, Sheba R David
CONTEXT: Medicinal plants have attracted global attention for their hidden therapeutic potential. Clinacanthus nutans (Burm.f) Lindau (Acanthaceae) (CN) is endemic in Southeast Asia. CN contains phytochemicals common to medicinal plants, such as flavonoids. Traditionally, CN has been used for a broad range of human ailments including snake bites and cancer. OBJECTIVES: This article compiles the ethnomedicinal uses of CN and its phytochemistry, and thus provides a phytochemical library of CN...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193100/corneal-antinociceptive-effect-of-%C3%AE-bisabolol
#8
Gisele Façanha Diógenes Teixeira, Flávio Nogueira da Costa, Adriana Rolim Campos
CONTEXT: (-)-α-Bisabolol (BISA) is a sesquiterpene alcohol widely used as scent in cosmetic preparations, perfumes, shampoos, toilet soaps and other toiletries with potential for use in the pharmaceutical area. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the corneal antinociceptive efficacy of BISA and to analyze the best solubilizing agent. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Acute corneal nociception was induced by the local application of hypertonic saline (5 M NaCl; 20 μL) to the corneal surface of Swiss mice (n = 8/group) 60 min after topical treatment with solutions or ointment containing BISA (50-200 mg/mL)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193098/nanoparticle-formulation-increases-syzygium-cumini-antioxidant-activity-in-candida-albicans-infected-diabetic-rats
#9
Paula E R Bitencourt, Lariane O Cargnelutti, Carolina S Stein, Raquel Lautenchleger, Luana M Ferreira, Manuela Sangoi, Laura Denardi, Raphaela M Borges, Aline Boligon, Rafael N Moresco, Letícia Cruz, Régis A Zanette, Sydney H Alves, Maria Beatriz Moretto
CONTEXT: Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels (Myrtaceae) is a medicinal plant widely used in folk medicine for the treatment of diabetes mellitus (DM). However, studies on the use of this plant and of nanoparticle formulations against DM-related fungal infections are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of the treatments with aqueous seed extract of S. cumini (ASc) and ASc-loaded polymeric nanoparticles (NPASc) on biochemical parameters in Candida albicans-infected diabetic rats...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193094/protective-effects-of-ficus-carica-leaves-on-glucose-and-lipids-levels-carbohydrate-metabolism-enzymes-and-%C3%AE-cells-in-type-2-diabetic-rats
#10
Santiagu Stephen Irudayaraj, Sunil Christudas, Stalin Antony, Veeramuthu Duraipandiyan, Al-Dhabi Naif Abdullah, Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu
CONTEXT: The decoctions of Ficus carica Linn. (Moraceae) leaves are used in the folklore treatment of diabetes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of F. carica on glucose and lipids levels, carbohydrate metabolism enzymes and β-cells protective effects in type 2 diabetes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Diabetes was induced in 15 days high-fat diet (HFD)-fed Wistar rats by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ) (40 mg/kg). The ethyl acetate extract (250 and 500 mg/kg) of F...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187694/antibacterial-activity-of-aqueous-and-methanol-extracts-of-selected-species-used-in-livestock-health-management
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Clarice P Mudzengi, Amon Murwira, Musa Tivapasi, Chrispen Murungweni, Joan V Burumu, Tinyiko Halimani
CONTEXT: Salvadora persica L. (Salvadoraceae), Colophospermum mopane (J.Kirk ex Benth.) J. Léonard (Leguminosae) and Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn. (Leguminosae) crude extracts are used by local farmers against many livestock infections with little or no side effects usually associated with synthetic antimicrobials. However, their efficacy has rarely been tested. OBJECTIVE: These plants were tested for potential antibacterial activity against clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus ATCC33862 and Escherichia coli ATCC25922...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187689/evaluation-of-antihypertensive-potential-of-ficus-carica-fruit
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Alamgeer, Shifa Iman, Hira Asif, Muhammad Saleem
CONTEXT: Ficus carica L. (Moraceae) fruit is said to possess cardiovascular activity and has been used empirically in traditional phytotherapies for the treatment of hypertension and various other cardiovascular diseases. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the antihypertensive and cardioinhibitory activity of the aqueous-methanol extract of F. carica fruit in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Extract in 250, 500 and 1000 mg/kg doses (p.o.) were administered to normotensive Sprague Dawley rats and blood pressure was measured using non-invasive technique...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183236/antimalarial-antiplasmodial-and-analgesic-activities-of-root-extract-of-alchornea-laxiflora
#13
Jude E Okokon, Nkemnele Bensella Augustine, Dinesh Mohanakrishnan
CONTEXT: Alchornea laxiflora (Benth.) Pax. & Hoffman (Euphorbiaceae) root decoctions are traditionally used in the treatment of malaria and pain in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To assess the antimalarial, antiplasmodial and analgesic potentials of root extract and fractions against malarial infections and chemically-induced pains. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The root extract and fractions of Alchornea laxiflora were investigated for antimalarial activity against Plasmodium berghei infection in mice, antiplasmodial activity against chloroquine sensitive (Pf 3D7) and resistant (Pf INDO) strains of Plasmodium falciparum using SYBR green assay method and analgesic activity against experimentally-induced pain models...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183235/cactus-cladodes-opuntia-humifusa-extract-minimizes-the-effects-of-uv-irradiation-on-keratinocytes-and-hairless-mice
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Kyungmi Park, Hyeon-Son Choi, Yang Hee Hong, Eun Young Jung, Hyung Joo Suh
CONTEXT: Cactus cladodes [Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf. (Cactaceae)] is one of the cactus genera, which has long been used as a folk medicine for skin disorders. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the skincare potential of cactus cladodes extract (OHE), including its ability to regulate ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced hyaluronic acid (HA) production. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gene expression levels of hyaluronic acid synthases (HASs) and hyaluronidase (HYAL) were measured in UVB-irradiated HaCaT cells with OHE treatment (10, 25, 50, 100 μg/mL) by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183234/therapeutic-and-fertility-restoration-effects-of-ionidium-suffruticosum-on-sub-fertile-male-albino-wistar-rats-effects-on-testis-and-caudal-spermatozoa
#15
Kuppusamy Chenniappan, Kadarkari Murugan
CONTEXT: Ionidium suffruticosum (L.) Ging (Violaceae) is an important medicinal plant widely used as a herbal traditional medicine in Ayurveda for the treatment of infertility. Currently, little pharmacological information is available on its male fertility properties following prolonged use. OBJECTIVE: To investigate I. suffruticosum leaf extracts for male fertility parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ethanol lyophilized fraction was administered orally on carbendazim-induced sub-fertility rats (250 mg/kg body weight for 28 days)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183233/a-mechanistic-evaluation-of-the-traditional-uses-of-nepeta-ruderalis-in-gastrointestinal-and-airway-disorders
#16
Hassan Mahmood, Mueen Ahmad Chaudhry, Zeeshan Masood, Muhammad Asad Saeed, Sherjeel Adnan
CONTEXT: Nepeta ruderalis Buch.-Ham. (Lamiaceae), locally known as Badranj Boya, is an aromatic herb used traditionally as an antispasmodic, antidiarrhoeal, and anti-asthamatic remedy. OBJECTIVE: Aqueous methanolic extract of N. ruderalis was studied to investigate its traditional uses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Study was conducted from September 2015 to February 2016. In vitro spasmolytic and broncho-relaxant activity of crude extract of N. ruderalis (whole plant) was evaluated at 0...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183232/triterpenoids-and-polysaccharide-peptides-enriched-ganoderma-lucidum-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study-of-its-antioxidation-and-hepatoprotective-efficacy-in-healthy-volunteers
#17
Hui-Fang Chiu, Hui-Yu Fu, Yan-Ying Lu, Yi-Chun Han, You-Cheng Shen, Kamesh Venkatakrishnan, Oksana Golovinskaia, Chin-Kun Wang
CONTEXT: Ganoderma lucidum (Leyss: Fr) Karst. (Polyporaceae) is an oriental medicinal fungus, commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treating various condition or diseases such as hypertension, hyperglycaemia, hepatitis and cancer. OBJECTIVE: The current study examines whether triterpenoids and polysaccharide-enriched G. lucidum (GL) influence antioxidation and hepatoprotective efficacy by suppressing oxidative stress. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two healthy subjects (22 male and 20 female) were recruited and segregated into two groups as experimental or placebo and requested to intake GL (n = 21) or placebo (n = 21) capsule (225 mg; after lunch or dinner) for six consecutive months and vice versa with one month washout period in between...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176546/inhibition-of-key-enzymes-linked-to-type-2-diabetes-by-compounds-isolated-from-aframomum-melegueta-fruit
#18
Aminu Mohammed, Victoria Awolola Gbonjubola, Neil Anthony Koorbanally, Md Shahidul Islam
CONTEXT: The use of Aframomum melegueta K. Schum. (Zingiberaceae) fruit for treatment of diabetes has recently been established in Nigeria. However, compounds responsible for the antidiabetic action have not been identified. OBJECTIVE: The present study carried out the bioassay-guided isolation of possible bioactive compounds responsible for the antidiabetic action of A. melegueta fruit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The A. melegueta fruit was sequentially extracted using ethyl acetate (EtOAc), ethanol and water, and the most active extract (EtOAc) was subjected to column chromatography on a silica gel column using solvent gradient systems of hexane (HEX):EtOAc and EtOAc:MeOH and the isolation of compounds was guided by α-glycosidase and α-amylase inhibitory activities at various concentrations (30-240 μg/mL)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173714/evaluation-of-the-antileishmanial-potency-toxicity-and-phytochemical-constituents-of-methanol-bark-extract-of-sterculia-villosa
#19
Antu Das, Manash C Das, Niranjan Das, Surajit Bhattacharjee
CONTEXT: Visceral leishmaniasis is a protozoan disease caused by Leishmania donovani parasite. The genus Sterculia (Malvaceae) possesses ethnobotanical potential against this protozoan infection. OBJECTIVE: Determining the potential role of methanol bark extracts from Sterculia villosa Roxb (SVE) and its phytoconstituents against Leishmania donovani promastigotes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SVE was analysed by TLC, UV-Vis, IR spectroscopy and biochemical assays...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166708/potential-anti-inflammatory-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-sambucus-australis
#20
Jhéssica Benevides Bahiense, Franciane Martins Marques, Mariana Moreira Figueira, Thais Souza Vargas, Tamara P Kondratyuk, Denise Coutinho Endringer, Rodrigo Scherer, Marcio Fronza
CONTEXT: Sambucus australis Cham. & Schltdl. (Adoxaceae) is used in Brazilian folk medicine to treat inflammatory disorders. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the in vitro anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of S. australis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The anti-inflammatory activity of ethanol extracts of the leaf and bark of S. australis (1-100 μg/mL) were studied in lipopolysaccharide/interferon γ stimulated murine macrophages RAW 264...
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