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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926533/andrographolide-impedes-cancer-stemness-and-enhances-radio-sensitivity-in-oral-carcinomas-via-mir-218-activation
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Po-Yu Yang, Pei-Ling Hsieh, Tong Hong Wang, Cheng-Chia Yu, Ming-Yi Lu, Yi-Wen Liao, Tzu-Hsin Lee, Chih-Yu Peng
Current evidence suggests that oral cancer stem cells (OCSCs) possess high tumorigenic and metastatic properties as well as chemo- and radioresistance. In this study, we demonstrated that andrographolide, the main bioactive component in the medicinal plant Andrographis, significantly reduced oncogenicity and restored radio-sensitivity of ALDH1+CD44+ OCSCs. Mechanistic studies showed that andrographolide treatment increased the expression of microRNA-218 (miR-218), leading to the downregulation of Bmi1. We showed that knockdown of miR-218 in ALDH1-CD44- non-OCSCs enhanced cancer stemness, while silencing of Bmi1 significantly counteracted it...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925266/marine-mollusk-derived-agents-with-antiproliferative-activity-as-promising-anticancer-agents-to-overcome-chemotherapy-resistance
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Maria Letizia Ciavatta, Florence Lefranc, Marianna Carbone, Ernesto Mollo, Margherita Gavagnin, Tania Betancourt, Ramesh Dasari, Alexander Kornienko, Robert Kiss
The chemical investigation of marine mollusks has led to the isolation of a wide variety of bioactive metabolites, which evolved in marine organisms as favorable adaptations to survive in different environments. Most of them are derived from food sources, but they can be also biosynthesized de novo by the mollusks themselves, or produced by symbionts. Consequently, the isolated compounds cannot be strictly considered as "chemotaxonomic markers" for the different molluscan species. However, the chemical investigation of this phylum has provided many compounds of interest as potential anticancer drugs that assume particular importance in the light of the growing literature on cancer biology and chemotherapy...
December 7, 2016: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925210/effects-of-steam-microwave-blanching-and-different-drying-processes-on-drying-characteristics-and-quality-attributes-of-thunbergia-laurifolia-linn-leaves
#3
Traiphop Phahom, Singhanat Phoungchandang, William L Kerr
BACKGROUND: Dried Thunbergia laurifolia leaves are usually prepared using tray drying, resulting in products that have lost substantial amounts of bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity. The maturity of the raw material, blanching techniques and drying methods were investigated in order to select the best condition to produce high qualities of dried T. laurifolia leaves. RESULTS: The 1(st) stage of maturity was selected and steam-microwave blanching (SMB) for 4 min was adequate for blanching leading to the maximum recovery of bioactive compounds...
December 7, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925067/piper-aduncum-against-haemonchus-contortus-isolates-cross-resistance-and-the-research-of-natural-bioactive-compounds
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Yousmel Alemán Gaínza, Rafaela Regina Fantatto, Francisco Celio Maia Chaves, Humberto Ribeiro Bizzo, Sérgio Novita Esteves, Ana Carolina de Souza Chagas
The anthelminthic activity of the essential oil (EO) of Piper aduncum L. was tested in vitro on eggs and larvae of resistant (Embrapa2010) and susceptible (McMaster) isolates of Haemonchus contortus. The EO was obtained by steam distillation and its components identified by chromatography. EO concentrations of 12.5 to 0.02 mg/mL were used in the egg hatch test (EHT) and concentrations of 3.12 to 0.01 mg/mL in the larval development test (LDT). Inhibition concentrations (IC) were determined by the SAS Probit procedure, and significant differences assessed by ANOVA followed by Tukey's test...
December 1, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924727/metabolomics-of-healthy-berry-fruits
#5
Gilda D Urso, Sonia Piacente, Cosimo Pizza, Paola Montoro
The consumption of berry-type fruits has become very popular in recent years because of their positive effects on human health. Berries are in fact widely known for their health-promoting benefits, including prevention of chronic disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Berries are a rich source of bioactive metabolites, such as vitamins, minerals, and phenolic compounds, mainly anthocyanins. Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies recognized the health effects of berries and their function as bioactive modulators of various cell functions associated with oxidative stress...
December 5, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924400/an-insight-into-the-secondary-metabolism-of-muscodor-yucatanensis-small-molecule-epigenetic-modifiers-induce-expression-of-secondary-metabolism-related-genes-and-production-of-new-metabolites-in-the-endophyte
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Masroor Qadri, Yedukondalu Nalli, Shreyans K Jain, Asha Chaubey, Asif Ali, Gary A Strobel, Ram A Vishwakarma, Syed Riyaz-Ul-Hassan
Muscodor spp. are proficient producers of bioactive volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with many potential applications. However, all members of this genus produce varying amounts and types of VOCs which suggests the involvement of epigenetics as a possible explanation. The members of this genus are poorly explored for the production of soluble compounds (extrolites). In this study, the polyketide synthase (PKS) and non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) genes from an endophyte, Muscodor yucatanensis Ni30, were cloned and sequenced...
December 6, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924032/the-antismash-database-a-comprehensive-database-of-microbial-secondary-metabolite-biosynthetic-gene-clusters
#7
Kai Blin, Marnix H Medema, Renzo Kottmann, Sang Yup Lee, Tilmann Weber
Secondary metabolites produced by microorganisms are the main source of bioactive compounds that are in use as antimicrobial and anticancer drugs, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides. In the last decade, the increasing availability of microbial genomes has established genome mining as a very important method for the identification of their biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). One of the most popular tools for this task is antiSMASH. However, so far, antiSMASH is limited to de novo computing results for user-submitted genomes and only partially connects these with BGCs from other organisms...
October 24, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923645/evaluation-of-antioxidant-activity-of-phenolic-fractions-from-the-leaves-and-petals-of-dandelion-in-human-plasma-treated-with-h2o2-and-h2o2-fe
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Dariusz Jędrejek, Bogdan Kontek, Bernadetta Lis, Anna Stochmal, Beata Olas
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) is a widespread perennial of the Asteraceae family. Dandelion is a rich source of different bioactive compounds, including phenolic compounds, terpenes, carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals. However, the content of phenolics in tested extracts by various authors was not always well described. Dandelion is also a commonly available food with a long history of human use and as such poses little risk of harm. In this study, we focused on four different phenolic fractions from leaves and petals of dandelion, which might be of great interest...
December 3, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923358/acthaside-a-new-chromone-derivative-from-acacia-ataxacantha-and-its-biological-activities
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Abdou Madjid O Amoussa, Mélanie Bourjot, Latifou Lagnika, Catherine Vonthron-Sénécheau, Ambaliou Sanni
BACKGROUND: Acacia ataxacantha (Fabaceae), used in traditional medicine grows in the South-West of Bénin. Ethyl acetate extract of the barks of this species was previously reported to display various bioactivities, including antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activities. In the present study, we investigate the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of compound isolated from ethyl acetate extract of Acacia ataxacantha. METHODS: Purification, isolation and structural identification of isolated compound were done using various chromatographic and spectroscopic methods...
December 7, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922746/plant-extracts-initial-screening-identification-of-bioactive-compounds-and-effect-against-candida-albicans-biofilms
#10
Fernanda Lourenção Brighenti, Marcos José Salvador, Aline Vidal Lacerda Gontijo, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem, Ádina Cléia Botazzo Delbem, Cristina Pacheco Soares, Maria Alcionéia Carvalho de Oliveira, Camila Miorelli Girondi, Cristiane Yumi Koga-Ito
AIM: This study screened plants from Brazilian Pantanal for Candida albicans antibiofilm activity. MATERIAL & METHODS: Sixty extracts were obtained from ten plants using different extraction methods. Antifungal activity was assessed. Effects on biofilm inhibition and disruption and cytotoxicity were also evaluated. The most active extract was chemically characterized. RESULTS:  Buchenavia tomentosa ethanolic extract showed noticeable antifungal activity and was selected for biofilm experiments...
December 6, 2016: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919712/extracts-from-two-ubiquitous-mediterranean-plants-ameliorate-cellular-and-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-proteinopathies
#11
Michelle Briffa, Stephanie Ghio, Johanna Neuner, Alison J Gauci, Rebecca Cacciottolo, Christelle Marchal, Mario Caruana, Christophe Cullin, Neville Vassallo, Ruben J Cauchi
A signature feature of age-related neurodegenerative proteinopathies is the misfolding and aggregation of proteins, typically amyloid-β (Aβ) in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and α-synuclein (α-syn) in Parkinson's disease (PD), into soluble oligomeric structures that are highly neurotoxic. Cellular and animal models that faithfully replicate the hallmark features of these disorders are being increasing exploited to identify disease-modifying compounds. Natural compounds have been identified as a useful source of bioactive molecules with promising neuroprotective capabilities...
December 2, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919287/chemical-profiling-antimicrobial-and-insecticidal-evaluations-of-polygonum-hydropiper-l
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Muhammad Ayaz, Muhammad Junaid, Farhat Ullah, Abdul Sadiq, Muhammad Ovais, Waqar Ahmad, Sajjad Ahmad, Anwar Zeb
BACKGROUND: The emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens is of great concern to the global health community. Our ability to effectively treat diseases is based on the discovery of potent drugs for the treatment of these challenging diseases. Traditional medicines are one of the major sources for the discovery of safe, effective and economical drug candidates. In order to validate its antibacterial, antifungal and insecticidal potentials with respect to traditional uses, we have screened for the first time Polygonum hydropiper against pathogenic bacterial, fungal strains and a variety of insects...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918451/bioactivities-of-a-new-pyrrolidine-alkaloid-from-the-root-barks-of-orixa-japonica
#13
Xin Chao Liu, Daowan Lai, Qi Zhi Liu, Ligang Zhou, Qiyong Liu, Zhi Long Liu
A new pyrrolidine alkaloid named (Z)-3-(4-hydroxybenzylidene)-4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-1-methylpyrrolidin-2-one was isolated from the ethanol extract of the root barks of Orixa japonica. The structure of the new alkaloid was elucidated on the basis of NMR and MS analysis. The compound exhibited larvicidal activity against the fourth instar larvae of Aedes aegypti (LC50 = 232.09 μg/mL), Anopheles sinensis (LC50 = 49.91 μg/mL), and Culex pipiens pallens (LC50 = 161.10 μg/mL). The new alkaloid also possessed nematicidal activity against Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (LC50 = 391...
December 2, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918436/characterization-of-chemical-compounds-with-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-activities-in-bougainvillea-x-buttiana-holttum-and-standl-var-rose-extracts
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Rodolfo Abarca-Vargas, Carlos F Peña Malacara, Vera L Petricevich
Bougainvillea is widely used in traditional Mexican medicine to treat several diseases. This study was designed to characterize the chemical constituents of B. x buttiana extracts with antioxidant and cytotoxic activities using different solvents. The extraction solvents used were as follows: distilled water (dH₂O), methanol (MeOH), acetone (DMK), ethanol (EtOH), ethyl acetate (EtOAc), dichloromethane (DCM), and hexane (Hex) (100%) at an extraction temperature of 26 °C. Analysis of bioactive compounds present in the B...
December 2, 2016: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917708/synthesis-spectroscopic-characterization-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-benzoxazolone-derivatives
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Nida Iqbal Siddiqui, Muhammad Ali Versiani, Khurshid Jawaid, Maryam Shafique, Abdul Hameed, Nida Ambreen, Aneela Karim, Khalid Mohammed Khan
: : Background: Pathogenic microbial diseases are now the key virulence in our daily life. Significant research has been carried out in order to trigger the bacterial infections. Amongst the organic molecules, oxazolone and derivatives were found to have excellent bioactivities including antimicrobial activities. METHODS: By keeping in mind the considerable antimicrobial activities of class benzoxazolones, a series of benzoxazolone derivatives 3-16 have been synthesized...
December 5, 2016: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917659/bioactive-phenyl-ether-derivatives-from-the-marine-derived-fungus-aspergillus-carneus
#16
Lan-Lan Xu, Can-Can Zhang, Xin-Yue Zhu, Fei Cao, Hua-Jie Zhu
A new phenyl ether derivative, 3-hydroxy-5-(3-hydroxy-5-methylphenoxy)-4-methoxybenzoic acid (1), along with two known analogues, 3,4-dihydroxy-5-(3-hydroxy-5-methylphenoxy)benzoic acid (2) and 3-hydroxy-5-(3-hydroxy-5-methylphenoxy)benzoic acid (3), were isolated from the fungus Aspergillus carneus collected from South China Sea. The structure elucidation of 1 was determined based on extensive NMR and MS spectroscopic analyses. Compound 2 showed a strong antioxidant activity with an IC50 value of 19.3 μM which was close to the positive control ascorbic acid (IC50 = 15...
December 5, 2016: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917448/lithium-reversibly-inhibits-schwann-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation-without-inducing-myelin-loss
#17
Gonzalo Piñero, Randall Berg, Natalia Denise Andersen, Patricia Setton-Avruj, Paula Virginia Monje
This study was undertaken to examine the bioactivity, specificity, and reversibility of lithium's action on the growth, survival, proliferation, and differentiation of cultured Schwann cells (SCs). In isolated SCs, lithium promoted a state of cell cycle arrest that featured extensive cell enlargement and c-Jun downregulation in the absence of increased expression of myelin-associated markers. In addition, lithium effectively prevented mitogen-induced S-phase entry without impairing cell viability. When lithium was administered together with differentiating concentrations of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) analogs, a dramatic inhibition of the expression of the master regulator of myelination Krox-20 was observed...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917159/predominately-uncultured-microbes-as-sources-of-bioactive-agents
#18
REVIEW
David J Newman
In this short review, I am discussing the relatively recent awareness of the role of symbionts in plant, marine-invertebrates and fungal areas. It is now quite obvious that in marine-invertebrates, a majority of compounds found are from either as yet unculturable or poorly culturable microbes, and techniques involving "state of the art" genomic analyses and subsequent computerized analyses are required to investigate these interactions. In the plant kingdom evidence is amassing that endophytes (mainly fungal in nature) are heavily involved in secondary metabolite production and that mimicking the microbial interactions of fermentable microbes leads to involvement of previously unrecognized gene clusters (cryptic clusters is one name used), that when activated, produce previously unknown bioactive molecules...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917156/inhibitory-effects-of-macrotetrolides-from-streptomyces-spp-on-zoosporogenesis-and-motility-of-peronosporomycete-zoospores-are-likely-linked-with-enhanced-atpase-activity-in-mitochondria
#19
Md Tofazzal Islam, Hartmut Laatsch, Andreas von Tiedemann
The release of zoospores from sporangia and motility of the released zoospores are critical in the disease cycle of the Peronosporomycetes that cause devastating diseases in plants, fishes, animals and humans. Disruption of any of these asexual life stages eliminates the possibility of pathogenesis. In the course of screening novel bioactive secondary metabolites, we found that extracts of some strains of marine Streptomyces spp. rapidly impaired motility and caused subsequent lysis of zoospores of the grapevine downy mildew pathogen Plasmopara viticola at 10 μg/ml...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916942/evidence-of-bioactive-compounds-from-vernonia-polyanthes-leaves-with-topical-anti-inflammatory-potential
#20
Kamilla C M Rodrigues, Lucas A Chibli, Bruna C S Santos, Vanessa S Temponi, Nícolas C C Pinto, Elita Scio, Glauciemar Del-Vechio-Vieira, Maria S Alves, Orlando V Sousa
Vernonia polyanthes Less. (Asteraceae), popularly known as "assa-peixe", is a plant species used in Brazilian traditional medicine for the treatment of cutaneous damage, cicatrization, inflammation, and rheumatism. Based on these ethnopharmacological findings, the current study evaluated the topical anti-inflammatory effects of the hexane (HEVP) and ethyl acetate (EAEVP) extracts from V. polyanthes leaves in experimental models of skin inflammation. Chemical characterization was carried out by HPLC-UV/DAD analysis...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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