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Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines

Wei Sun, Yi-Sheng He, Ling-Hui Xu, Bi-Ying Zhang, Lian-Wen Qi, Jie Yang, Ping Li, Xiao-Dong Wen
Polyynes, such as facarindiol (FAD) and oplopandiol (OPD), are responsible for anticancer activities of Oplopanax elatus (O. elatus). A novel approach to pharmacokinetics determination of the two natural polyynes in rats was developed and validated using a liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method. Biosamples were prepared by liquid-liquid extraction using ethyl acetate/n-hexane (V : V = 9 : 1) and the analytes were eluted on an Agilent ZORBAX Eclipse Plus C18 threaded column (4...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Dong-Mei Zhang, Li-Xing Feng, Lu Li, Miao Liu, Bao-Hong Jiang, Min Yang, Guo-Qiang Li, Wan-Ying Wu, De-An Guo, Xuan Liu
The sea dragon Solenognathus hardwickii has long been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of various diseases, such as male impotency. To gain a comprehensive insight into the protein components of the sea dragon, shotgun proteomic analysis of its protein expression profiling was conducted in the present study. Proteins were extracted from dried sea dragon using a trichloroacetic acid/acetone precipitation method and then separated by SDS-PAGE. The protein bands were cut from the gel and digested by trypsin to generate peptide mixture...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Sheng-Yun Dai, Bing Xu, Yi Zhang, Jian-Yu Li, Fei Sun, Xin-Yuan Shi, Yan-Jiang Qiao
Coptis chinensis (Huanglian) is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herb and alkaloids are the most important chemical constituents in it. In the present study, an isocratic reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method allowing the separation of six alkaloids in Huanglian was for the first time developed under the quality by design (QbD) principles. First, five chromatographic parameters were identified to construct a Plackett-Burman experimental design. The critical resolution, analysis time, and peak width were responses modeled by multivariate linear regression...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Qiong Zhang, Qing-Hong Zheng, Jing-Yu Liang, Qing-Shan Li, Zhi-Da Min
In the present study, two new limonoids, 1α, 7α-dihydroxyl-3α-acetoxyl-12α-ethoxylnimbolinin (1) and 1α-tigloyloxy-3α-acetoxyl-7α-hydroxyl-12β-ethoxylnimbolinin (2), together with other four known limonoids (3-6), were isolated from the fruits of Melia toosendan. Their structures were elucidated by means of extensive spectroscopic analyses (NMR and ESI-MS) and comparisons with the data reported in the literature. The isolated compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial activities. Compound 4 exhibited significant antibacterial activity against an oral pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis ATCC 33277, with an MIC value of 15...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Xiao-Yan Liu, Xin Niu, Qian-Jin Feng, Xue-Zhi Yang, Dan-Wei Wang, Tong Zhao, Lei Li, Hong DU
The purpose of this study was to design and prepare a biocompatible microemulsion of Andrographis paniculata (BMAP) containing both fat-soluble and water-soluble constituents. We determined the contents of active constituents of BMAP and evaluated its bioavailability. The biocompatible microemulsion (BM), containing lecithin and bile salts, was optimized in the present study, showing a good physical stability. The mean droplet size was 19.12 nm, and the average polydispersity index (PDI) was 0.153. The contents of andrographolide and dehydroandrographolide in BMAP, as determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), were higher than that in ethanol extraction...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Wei-Hui Liu, Yan Chen, Xue-Wei Bai, Hui-Min Yao, Xu-Guang Zhang, Xiu-Wen Yan, Ren Lai
The present study was designed to identify immunomodulatory components from the leech salivary gland of Haemadipsa sylvestris. The Sephadex G-50, Resource(TM) S column chromatography and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) were used to isolate and purify the salivary gland extracts (SGE). Structural analysis of isolated compounds was based on Edman degradation and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (MALDI-TOF-MS). The cDNA encoding the precursor of the compound was cloned from the cDNA library of the salivary gland of H...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Yunk-Yung Han, Mi-Young Song, Min-Sub Hwang, Ji-Hye Hwang, Yong-Ki Park, Hyo-Won Jung
Obesity is associated with a number of metabolic abnormalities such as type 2 diabetes and has become a major health problem worldwide. In the present study, we investigated the effects of Epimedium koreanum Nakai (Herba Epimedii, HE) and its main constituent icariin on the adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. HE extract and icariin significantly reduced lipid accumulation and suppressed the expressions of PPARγ, C/EBPα, and SREBP-1c in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. They also inhibited fatty acid synthase (FAS), acyl-Co A synthase (ACS1), and perilipin...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Hui-Min Yao, Gan Wang, Ya-Ping Liu, Ming-Qiang Rong, Chuan-Bin Shen, Xiu-Wen Yan, Xiao-Dong Luo, Ren Lai
The present study was designed to search for compounds with analgesic activity from the Schizophyllum commune (SC), which is widely consumed as edible and medicinal mushroom world. Thin layer chromatography (TLC), tosilica gel column chromatography, sephadex LH 20, and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) were used to isolate and purify compounds from SC. Structural analysis of the isolated compounds was based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The effects of these compounds on voltage-gated sodium (NaV) channels were evaluated using patch clamp...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Zhi-Qian Zhang, Degejin, Di Geng, Qi Zhang, Yan Tian, Yuan Xi, Wen-Qi Wang, Hua-Qi Tang, Bing Xu, Hong-Ying Lin, Yi-Kun Sun
The present study aimed to establish a pharmacodynamic method using the pySolo software to explore the influence of freeze-dried powders of Shuangxia Decoction (SXD) on the sleep of normal Drosophila melanogaster and the Drosophila melanogaster whose sleep was divested by light. The dose-effect and the time-effect relationships of SXD on sleep were examined. The effect-onset concentration of SXD was 0.25%, the plateau appeared at the concentration of 2.5% and the total sleep time showed a downtrend when the concentration was greater than 2...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Xi Lu, Zhi-Yi Yuan, Xiao-Jin Yan, Fan Lei, Jing-Fei Jiang, Xuan Yu, Xiu-Wei Yang, Dong-Ming Xing, Li-Jun DU
Angelica dahurica (A. dahurica) is a traditional Chinese medicinal plant being used in clinical practice. The present study demonstrated that A. dahurica could reduce white-fat weight in high-fat-diet hyperlipidemic mice, decrease total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations in the livers of both high-fat-diet and Triton WR1339 induced hyperlipidemic mice, and enhance the total hepatic lipase activities of them. These findings were further supported by the results derived from the experiments with HepG2 cells in vitro...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Jie Yu, Chao-Mei Ma, Xuan Wang, Ming-Ying Shang, Masao Hattori, Feng Xu, Yu Jing, Shi-Wen Dong, Yu-Qiong Xu, Cui-Ying Zhang, Shao-Qing Cai
More than 80 aristolochic acids (AAs) and aristololactams (ALs) have been found in plants of the Aristolochiaceae family, but relatively few have been fully studied. The present study aimed at developing and validating a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS(n)) for the analysis of these compounds. We characterized the fragmentation behaviors of 31 AAs, ALs, and their analogues via high performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. We summarized their fragmentation rules and used these rules to identify the constituents contained in Aristolochia contorta, Ar...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Rui Zhan, Zhi-Chong Wang, Ben-Lin Yin, Ying Liu, Ye-Gao Chen
The present study was designed to identify bioactive compounds similar to those isolated from Dendrobium genus from its relative specie Eria bambusifolia. Compounds 1-10 were isolated and purified using silica gel, MCI CHP-20 gel, Sephadex LH-20, and Lichroprep RP-18 chromatography methods. Their structures were elucidated by means of extensive spectroscopic analyses. The cytotoxicity of these compounds against five human cancer cell lines was tested. Erathrins A and B (1 and 2) were new compounds, and compound 1 represented a novel carbon framework having a phenanthrene-phenylpropane unit with a dioxane moiety...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Shahnaz Majeed, Mohd Syafiq Bin Abdullah, Gouri Kumar Dash, Mohammed Tahir Ansari, Anima Nanda
Biosynthesis of silver and other metallic nanoparticles is one of the emerging research area in the field of science and technology due to their potentiality, especially in the field of nano-biotechnology and biomedical sciences in order to develop nanomedicine. In our present study, Penicillium decumbens (MTCC-2494) was brought from Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) Chandigarh and employed for extracellular biological synthesis of silver nanoparticles. Ag-NPs formation was appeared with a dark brown color inside the conical flask...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Hakim Ma, Tang Xiao-Peng, Shi-Long Yang, Qiu-Min Lu, Ren Lai
It is hypothesized that protease inhibitors play an essential role in survival of venomous animals through protecting peptide/protein toxins from degradation by proteases in their prey or predators. However, the biological function of protease inhibitors in scorpion venoms remains unknown. In the present study, a trypsin inhibitor was purified and characterized from the venom of scorpion Mesobuthus eupeus, which enhanced the biological activities of crude venom components in mice when injected in combination with crude venom...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Ying-Li Zhu, Lin-Yuan Wang, Jing-Xia Wang, Chun Wang, Cheng-Long Wang, Dan-Ping Zhao, Zi-Chen Wang, Jian-Jun Zhang
Paeonia lactiflora root (baishao in Chinese) is a commonly used herb in traditional Chinese medicines (TCM). Two isomers, paeoniflorin (PF) and albiflorin (AF), are isolated from P. lactiflora. The present study aimed to investigate the protective effects of PF and AF on myelosuppression induced by chemotherapy in mice and to explore the underlying mechanisms. The mouse myelosuppression model was established by intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of cyclophosphamide (CP, 200 mg·kg(-1)). The blood cell counts were performed...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Shan-Shan Wei, He-Jin Yang, Jia-Wen Huang, Xue-Ping Lu, Ling-Fang Peng, Qing-Guo Wang
Sini Powder (SP), a traditional Chinese herbal formula, has long been used to treat depression in patients, although the underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. In the present study, we found that rats treated with SP extract for 7 days showed a significant increase in swimming time and reduction in immobility time in forced swimming test in a dose-dependent manner, without changes in locomotion. These effects could be attributed to SP's modulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, because a single pretreatment of SP extract could rescue increased serum corticosterone and plasma adrenocorticotropin levels induced by acute elevated platform stress...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Hui-Ying Liu, Qing-Ran Li, Xue-Fang Cheng, Guang-Ji Wang, Hai-Ping Hao
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) catalyzes the first rate-limiting step in converting nicotinamide to NAD(+), essential for a number of enzymes and regulatory proteins involved in a variety of cellular processes, including deacetylation enzyme SIRT1 which modulates several tumor suppressors such as p53 and FOXO. Herein we report that NQO1 substrates Tanshione IIA (TSA) and β-lapachone (β-lap) induced a rapid depletion of NAD(+) pool but adaptively a significant upregulation of NAMPT. NAMPT inhibition by FK866 at a nontoxic dose significantly enhanced NQO1-targeting agent-induced apoptotic cell death...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Xiao-Hang Zhou, Ai-Hua Zhang, Liang Wang, Yun-Long Tan, Yu Guan, Ying Han, Hui Sun, Xi-Jun Wang
Elucidation of the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is of importance for scientists of modern medicine to understand the value of TCM clinical experience, and it is necessary to have a biological language to scientifically describe the efficacy of TCM. With this background?Chinmedomics has been proposed by our team, which includes integrating serum pharmacochemistry and metabolomics technology, defining theory and research methods for expressing the efficacy of TCMs based on the biomarkers discovery of TCM syndrome and elucidating the efficacy of TCM formulae, discovering effective constituents, and finally elucidating the scientific value of TCM...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Zhuo-Wei Shen, Meng-Yue Luo, Hai-Hong Hu, Hui Zhou, Hui-Di Jiang, Lu-Shan Yu, Su Zeng
NTCP is specifically expressed on the basolateral membrane of hepatocytes, participating in the enterohepatic circulation of bile salts, especially conjugated bile salts, to maintain bile salts homeostasis. In addition, recent studies have found that NTCP is a functional receptor of HBV and HDV. Therefore, it is important to study the interaction between drugs and NTCP and identify the inhibitors/substrates of NTCP. In the present study, a LLC-PK1 cell model stably expressing human NTCP was established, which was simple and suitable for high throughput screening, and utilized to screen and verify the potential inhibitors of NTCP from 102 herbal medicinal ingredients...
July 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Lei Zhu, Fan Zhang, Li-Jun Yang, Yang Ge, Qing-Fang Wei, Yu Ou
EPSAH is an exopolysaccharide from Aphanothece halophytica GR02. The present study was designed to evaluate its toxicity and adjuvant potential in the specific cellular and humoral immune responses in ovalbumin (OVA) in mice. EPSAH did not cause any mortality and side effects when the mice were administered subcutaneously twice at the dose of 50 mg·kg(-1). Hemolytic activity in vitro indicated that EPSAH was non-hemolytic. Splenocyte proliferation in vitro was assayed with different concentrations of EPSAH...
July 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
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