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Mary A Bisi-Johnson, Chikwelu L Obi, Babatunde B Samuel, Jacobus N Eloff, Anthony I Okoh
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the antibacterial activity of some plants used in folklore medicine to treat diarrhoea in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. METHODS: The acetone extracts of Acacia mearnsii De Wild., Aloe arborescens Mill., A. striata Haw., Cyathula uncinulata (Schrad.) Schinz, Eucomis autumnalis (Mill.) Chitt., E. comosa (Houtt.) Wehrh., Hermbstaedtia odorata (Burch. ex Moq.) T.Cooke, Hydnora africana Thunb, Hypoxis latifolia Wight, Pelargonium sidoides DC, Psidium guajava L and Schizocarphus nervosus (Burch...
June 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Alfredo Córdova Martínez, Jorge Pascual Fernández, Diego Fernandez Lázaro, Melchor Alvarez Mon
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March 21, 2017: Medicina Clínica
Cecilia Zumajo-Cardona, Barbara Ann Ambrose, Natalia Pabón-Mora
BACKGROUND: SPATULA (SPT) and ALCATRAZ (ALC) are recent paralogs that belong to the large bHLH transcription factor family. Orthologs of these genes have been found in all core eudicots, whereas pre-duplication genes, named paleoSPATULA/ALCATRAZ, have been found in basal eudicots, monocots, basal angiosperms and gymnosperms. Nevertheless, functional studies have only been performed in Arabidopsis thaliana, where SPT and ALC are partially redundant in carpel and valve margin development and ALC has a unique role in the dehiscence zone...
2017: EvoDevo
Yesenia Madrigal, Juan F Alzate, Natalia Pabón-Mora
CYCLOIDEA-like genes are involved in the symmetry gene network, limiting cell proliferation in the dorsal regions of bilateral flowers in core eudicots. CYC-like and closely related TCP genes (acronym for TEOSINTE BRANCHED1, CYCLOIDEA, and PROLIFERATION CELL FACTOR) have been poorly studied in Asparagales, the largest order of monocots that includes both bilateral flowers in Orchidaceae (ca. 25.000 spp) and radially symmetrical flowers in Hypoxidaceae (ca. 200 spp). With the aim of assessing TCP gene evolution in the Asparagales, we isolated TCP-like genes from publicly available databases and our own transcriptomes of Cattleya trianae (Orchidaceae) and Hypoxis decumbens (Hypoxidaceae)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Ye I Stepanova, V Ya Berezovsky, I Ye Kolpakov, V H Kondrashova, V Yu Vdovenko, O M Lytvynets, L M Lisukha, V M Zyhalo, V I Kolos, L P Mishchenko
Objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of intermittent normobaric hypoxi therapy as the means that can posi tively influence on the different links in the pathogenesis of endothelial dysfunction in children residents of radioactively contaminated areas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Disorders of personal and emotional sphere, symptoms of asthenic vegetative and neurot ic character, the signs of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, abdominal and dyspeptic syndromes are attrib uted to the clinical signs of endothelial dysfunction...
December 2016: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
S Tiya, C R Sewani-Rusike, M Shauli
Hypoxis hemerocallidea is used in traditional medicine in South Africa, for the treatment of male reproductive ailments and various chronic illnesses. Despite chronic use, its effects on male reproductive system are unknown. Male Wistar rats were treated orally daily for 28 (n = 18) and 56 days (n = 18). Treatment groups (n = 6/group) per treatment period were as follows: untreated control, 150 mg/kg and 300 mg/kg 70% ethanolic extract of H. hemerocallidea. Sexual behaviour observations were performed on days 17 and 42 of the study...
December 21, 2016: Andrologia
S Shrestha, G S Shrestha, A Sharma
BACKGROUND: Birth asphyxia is the fifth major cause of under-five child deaths after pneumonia, diarrhoea, neonatal infections and complications of preterm birth. It is one of the important causes of neonatal mortality and morbidity accounting up to 30% of neonatal death in Nepal. It is also an important cause of long-term neurological disability and impairment. The mortality rate due to birth asphyxia is considered a good guide to the quality of perinatal care. This study was conducted to assess the rate of birth asphyxia, risk factors and outcome of the babies who were asphyxiated at birth...
May 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
A Moteetee, L Seleteng Kose
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Reproductive healthcare has been highlighted as a major challenge in Lesotho mainly due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. As a result other reproductive ailments have not received much attention, particularly because healthcare facilities are already limited and many of them are inaccessible. For these reasons, medicinal plants play a major role in primary healthcare system in the country, in addition the plants are easily accessible, more affordable, and their use forms part of the cultural heritage...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Ugochukwu Offor, Ayoola I Jegede, Ismail O Onanuga, Edwin C Naidu, Onyemaechi O Azu
BACKGROUND: Nephrotoxicity has become an important public health problem following the success recorded with highly active antiretroviral therapy and there is paucity of literature reporting the attenuating influence of plant-based adjuvants that can mitigate the effects. METHODS: Sixty three adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 9 groups (A-I) and treated as follows; Group A received HAART cocktail (Lamivudine, Stavudine & Nevirapine), Group B received HAART and Hypoxis hemerocallidea (HH) extract (200mg/kg), Group C received HAART and HH (100mg/kg), Group D received HAART and vitamin C, Group E received HAART and vitamin E, Group F received HAART, vitamin C and vitamin E, Group G received HH extract (100mg/kg), Group H received HH extract (200mg/kg), and Group I received saline as placebo...
September 1, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Oluwafemi O Oguntibeju, Samantha Meyer, Yapo G Aboua, Mediline Goboza
Background. Hypoxis hemerocallidea is a native plant that grows in the Southern African regions and is well known for its beneficial medicinal effects in the treatment of diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure. Aim. This study evaluated the effects of Hypoxis hemerocallidea on oxidative stress biomarkers, hepatic injury, and other selected biomarkers in the liver and kidneys of healthy nondiabetic and streptozotocin- (STZ-) induced diabetic male Wistar rats. Materials and Methods. Rats were injected intraperitoneally with 50 mg/kg of STZ to induce diabetes...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
A I Jegede, U Offor, I O Onanuga, E C S Naidu, O O Azu
Although the successful introduction and rollout of antiretroviral therapy has impacted positively on morbidity and mortality of HIV-positive patients, its interaction with plant-based adjuvants remain sparsely investigated. We report the interaction and effects of adjuvant treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and Hypoxis hemeocallidea (HH) extracts on testicular structure of rats. A total of 63 pathogen-free adult male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into nine groups and treated according to protocols...
March 2017: Andrologia
A Okem, M Moyo, W A Stirk, J F Finnie, J Van Staden
Hypoxis hemerocallidea is a highly utilized medicinal plant in South Africa. Its cultivation has received considerable attention in order to meet the high demand. High levels of cadmium (Cd) and aluminum (Al) in H. hemerocallidea plants sold in traditional medicinal markets was previously reported. The present study used an in vitro propagation model to investigate the uptake of Cd and Al by H. hemerocallidea and their effect on plant growth, elemental uptake and some stress-induced responses such as pigment, malondialdehyde (MDA), proline content and ultrastructural changes...
September 2016: Plant Biology
Ayşegül Doğan Demir, Nilufer Goknar, Faruk Oktem, Emin Özkaya, Mebrure Yazıcı, Emel Torun, Aysel Vehapoğlu, Mehmet Kucukkoc
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways which results in chronic hypoxia. Chronic hypoxia and inflammation can affect renal tubular function. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate renal tubular function and early kidney injury molecules such as urinary N-acetyl-betaglucosaminidase (NAG) and kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) excretion in children with asthma. METHODS: Enrolled in the study were 73 children diagnosed with asthma and 65 healthy age- and gender-matched control subjects...
December 2016: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Mikhail Yu Martynov, Eugeny I Gusev
Ischemic stroke is one of the leading causes of long-lasting disability and death. Two main strategies have been proposed for the treatment of ischemic stroke: restoration of blood flow by thrombolysis or mechanical thrombus extraction during the first few hours of ischemic stroke, which is one of the most effective treatments and leads to a better functional and clinical outcome. The other direction of treatment, which is potentially applicable to most of the patients with ischemic stroke, is neuroprotection...
2015: Journal of Experimental Pharmacology
Aryeh Keehn, Jacob Taylor, Franklin C Lowe
INTRODUCTION: The use of complementary and alternative medications for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia is a lucrative business in the USA with revenues reaching close to US$6.4 billion in sales for the 2014 fiscal year. Yet, despite its popularity, the evidence supporting the continued use of phytotherapy for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is questionable and a topic worth investigation given its wide spread use. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search utilizing Medline and PubMed was conducted to identify literature pertaining to phytotherapy for the management of BPH...
July 2016: Current Urology Reports
M Xu, Y Zhang, L Tang, H Huang
This study aims to investigate serum concentration of hypoxia inducible factor-1α; (HIF-1α) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in patients with aneurysms at different stages, and to determine critical role in early diagnosis and evaluation of severity. A cohort of 102 cases of patients diagnosed as aneurysms during May 2012 to April 2015 in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Patients were divided into early stage group (n=32), mid-term group (n=34), and late stage group (n=36) according to severity of aneurysms...
January 22, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Anna Surtel, Robert Klepacz, Joanna Wysokińska-Miszczuk
Nose breathing is one of the key factors in the proper development and functioning of the oral cavity. The air passing through the nasal cavity is warmed and humidified while dust and other particulate matter is removed. It is also important as far as bone formation is concerned. The obstruction or congestions of the upper respiratory tract may negatively affect the correct and most optimal (nasal) respiratory tract. The switch from nasal to mouth breathing may lead to serious clinical consequences. Children with the clinical diagnosis of mouth breathing are usually pale, apathetic and they lack concentration and often get tired...
December 2015: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Bianca Tamires Silva Dos Santos, Valeria Juliete Da Silva, Jose Antonio Marin Fernandes
Edessa is comprised of six subgenera, Aceratodes, Ascra, Dorypleura, Edessa, Hypoxys and Pygoda. Ascra is here elevated to genus status based on characteristics of the male and female genitalia and the gibbous pronotum. This genus is comprised of eight species previously placed in Edessa-E. bifida, E. cordifera, E. petersii, E. abdita, E. championi, E. privata, E. conspersa and E. morbosa, as well as six new species. The genus Ascra was further divided into two groups of species bifida and privata separated by a different pattern of punctuation on body and pygophore...
2015: Zootaxa
Pius S Fasinu, Bill J Gurley, Larry A Walker
For healthcare professionals, the volume of literature available on herb-drug interactions often makes it difficult to separate experimental/potential interactions from those deemed clinically relevant. There is a need for concise and conclusive information to guide pharmacotherapy in HIV/AIDS. In this review, the bases for potential interaction of medicinal herbs with specific antiretroviral drugs are presented, and several botanicals are discussed for which clinically relevant interactions in humans are established...
2015: Current Drug Metabolism
B-E Van Wyk
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Data on the relative importance and research status of commercially relevant African medicinal plants are needed for developing new research strategies in order to stimulate much-needed ethnopharmacological research and to promote the commercialization of African plants. AIM OF THE STUDY: To present an illustrated bird's eye view and comparative analysis of the relative popularity and importance of commercialized African medicinal plants...
December 24, 2015: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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