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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938517/green-tea-camellia-sinensis-and-l-theanine-medicinal-values-and-beneficial-applications-in-humans-a-comprehensive-review
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Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Naveed, Muhammad Arif, Mohib Ullah Kakar, Robina Manzoor, Mohamed Ezzat Abd El-Hack, Mahmoud Alagawany, Ruchi Tiwari, Rekha Khandia, Ashok Munjal, Kumaragurubaran Karthik, Kuldeep Dhama, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Maryam Dadar, Chao Sun
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is a famous herb, and its extract has been extensively used in traditional Chinese medicinal system. In this context, several studies have revealed its health benefits and medicinal potentialities for several ailments. With ever increasing scientific knowledge, search for safer, potential and novel type of health-related supplements quest, scientists are re-directing their research interests to explore natural resources i.e. medicinal herbs/plant derived compounds. Green tea consumption has gained a special attention and popularity in the modern era of changing lifestyle...
September 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937968/diverse-bioactive-compounds-from-sarcophtyton-glaucom-structure-elucidation-and-cytotoxic-activity-studies
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Mohamed Shaaban, Ali M El-Hagrassi, Mohamed A Abdelghani, Abeer F Osman
Chemical investigation of the Red Sea soft coral Sarcophyton glaucom collected at the coasts of Hurghada, Egypt, led to the isolation of one new naturally occurring 4-oxo-1,1'-pentanoic acid anhydride (1), along with four diterpenes; sarcophinone (2a), 8-epi-sarcophinone (2b), (+)-7α,8β-dihydroxydeepoxysarcophine (3), sinumaximol G (4), (+)-sarcophine (5), sesquiterpene; prostantherol (6), sterol; 3β,24S-ergost-5-en-ol (7) and hexadecanoic acid. The structures of the obtained compounds were established using diverse spectroscopic techniques including 1D and 2D NMR and HRMS...
September 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937627/polyyne-enriched-extract-from-oplopanax-elatus-significantly-ameliorates-the-progression-of-colon-carcinogenesis-in-apc-min-mice
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Xin Qiao, Wei Sun, Chongzhi Wang, Li Zhang, Ping Li, Xiaodong Wen, Jie Yang, Chunsu Yuan
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in the world. Oplopanax elatus is widely used in traditional medicine. However, little is known about its pharmacological effects and bioactive compounds. We evaluated the effects of the polyyne-enriched extract from O. elatus (PEO) on the progression of colon carcinogenesis in Apc(Min/+) mice. In addition, these effects were also investigated in HCT116 and SW480 cells. After PEO oral administration (0.2% diet) for 12 weeks, PEO significantly improved body weight changes and reduced the tumor burden and tumor multiplicity compared with the untreated mice...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937599/mediterranean-diet-and-multi-ingredient-based-interventions-for-the-management-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Manuel Suárez, Noemí Boqué, Josep M Del Bas, Jordi Mayneris-Perxachs, Lluís Arola, Antoni Caimari
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a wide spectrum of hepatic disorders, from simple steatosis to hepatic necro-inflammation leading to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Although the prevalence of these multifactorial pathologies is continuously increasing in the population, there is still not an established methodology for their treatment other than weight loss and a change in lifestyle habits, such as a hypocaloric diet and physical exercise. In this framework, there is increasing evidence that several food bioactives and dietary patterns are effective for reversing and preventing the onset of these pathologies...
September 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937585/phytochemicals-extraction-isolation-and-identification-of-bioactive-compounds-from-plant-extracts
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Ammar Altemimi, Naoufal Lakhssassi, Azam Baharlouei, Dennis G Watson, David A Lightfoot
There are concerns about using synthetic phenolic antioxidants such as butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as food additives because of the reported negative effects on human health. Thus, a replacement of these synthetics by antioxidant extractions from various foods has been proposed. More than 8000 different phenolic compounds have been characterized; fruits and vegetables are the prime sources of natural antioxidants. In order to extract, measure, and identify bioactive compounds from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, researchers use multiple techniques and methods...
September 22, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937158/bioactivity-guided-isolation-of-neuritogenic-triterpenoids-from-the-leaves-of-ilex-latifolia-thunb
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Xueli Cao, Yu Liu, Jing Li, Lan Xiang, Hiroyuki Osada, Jianhua Qi
Ilex latifolia Thunb is a traditional Chinese tea and herbal medicine. In this study, one new triterpene saponin (1) and six known triterpenoids (2-7) were isolated from the methanol extract of I. latifolia using a PC12 cell bioassay system. The structures and stereochemistry of these compounds were elucidated using spectroscopic methods and chemical derivatization. This new triterpene saponin (1) was characterized as an ursolic type acid with a 19α-hydroxyl and a trisaccharide moiety at C-3. Compound 1 significantly promoted the neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells by 52% at 10 μM, whereas compounds 2-7 showed less neuritogenic activity...
September 22, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936788/isorhamnetin-derivatives-and-piscidic-acid-for-hypercholesterolemia-cholesterol-permeability-hmg-coa-reductase-inhibition-and-docking-studies
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Asma Ressaissi, Nebil Attia, Pedro Luis Falé, Rita Pacheco, Bruno L Victor, Miguel Machuqueiro, Maria Luísa M Serralheiro
Bioactive compounds, such as isorhamnetin and piscidic acid, were obtained from decoctions of cladodes (stem pads from Opuntia ficus-indica). The effect of these phenolic compounds, in a fiber-free extract, were evaluated as inhibitors of cholesterol permeation through a Caco-2 cell monolayer and as 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor. A reduction of 38% in cholesterol permeation through the Caco-2 cell monolayer was obtained, and the phenolic compounds all permeated between 6 and 9%. A mixture of these compounds showed an IC50 of 20...
September 21, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936642/bioactive-constituents-from-the-whole-plants-of-leontopodium-leontopodioides-wild-beauv
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Qiu Chen, Jian Li, Jingya Ruan, Lu Qu, Hongyan Wei, Xiaoling Ma, Yi Zhang, Tao Wang
Five new compounds, leontoaerialosides A (1), B (2), C (3), D (4), and E (5) were obtained from the 70% EtOH extract of the whole plants of Leontopodium leontopodioides (Wild.) Beauv. Their structures were elucidated by chemical and spectroscopic methods. Moreover, compounds 4 and 5 showed significant effects on stimulating the hepatic glucose uptake in HepG2 cells.
September 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935911/directing-evolution-the-next-revolution-in-drug-discovery
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Andrew M Davis, Alleyn T Plowright, Eric Valeur
The strong biological rationale to pursue challenging drug targets such as protein-protein interactions has stimulated the development of novel screening strategies, such as DNA-encoded libraries, to allow broader areas of chemical space to be searched. There has also been renewed interest in screening natural products, which are the result of evolutionary selection for a function, such as interference with a key signalling pathway of a competing organism. However, recent advances in several areas, such as understanding of the biosynthetic pathways for natural products, synthetic biology and the development of biosensors to detect target molecules, are now providing new opportunities to directly harness evolutionary pressure to identify and optimize compounds with desired bioactivities...
September 22, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934970/isolation-and-identification-of-xenorhabdus-and-photorhabdus-bacteria-associated-with-entomopathogenic-nematodes-and-their-larvicidal-activity-against-aedes-aegypti
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Chamaiporn Fukruksa, Thatcha Yimthin, Manawat Suwannaroj, Paramaporn Muangpat, Sarunporn Tandhavanant, Aunchalee Thanwisai, Apichat Vitta
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti is a potential vector of West Nile, Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. Alternative control measurements of the vector are needed to overcome the problems of environmental contamination and chemical resistance. Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus are symbionts in the intestine of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) Steinernema spp. and Heterorhabditis spp. These bacteria are able to produce a broad range of bioactive compounds including antimicrobial, antiparasitic, cytotoxic and insecticidal compounds...
September 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934647/bioactive-diterpenoids-from-croton-laevigatus
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Jun-Sheng Zhang, Ya-Qi Tang, Jia-Luo Huang, Wei Li, Yi-Hong Zou, Gui-Hua Tang, Bo Liu, Sheng Yin
Eight previously undescribed diterpenoids, crolaevinoids A-H, including two halimanes, four clerodanes, and two laevinanes, along with six known analogues were isolated from the twigs of Croton laevigatus. The structures of the previously undescribed were elucidated by spectroscopic analysis, and their absolute configurations were determined by combination of a single crystal X-ray diffraction and CD analysis (exciton chirality and Rh2(OCOCF3)4-induced methods). Crolaevinoids A and B represent the first halimane diterpenoids with a unique lactone bridge between C-12 and C-17...
September 18, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934646/clerodane-diterpenoids-from-scutellaria-formosana-with-inhibitory-effects-on-no-production-and-interactions-with-inos-protein
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Peixia Wang, Feng Liu, Xueyuan Yang, Yue Liang, Shen Li, Guochen Su, Da-Qing Jin, Yasushi Ohizumi, Jing Xu, Yuanqiang Guo
A phytochemical study on Scutellaria formosana afforded five previously undescribed spiro-diterpenoids, scutellapenes A-E. The structures were elucidated on the basis of extensive 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic data analysis, and the absolute configurations of these compounds were established by the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) electronic circular dichroism (ECD) calculations. Scutellapenes B-E possess a spiro-diterpenoid skeleton. All of the compounds showed inhibitory effects on LPS-induced nitric oxide (NO) production in murine microglial BV-2 cells...
September 18, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934153/inhibitory-effect-of-selaginellins-from-selaginella-tamariscina-beauv-spring-against-cytochrome-p450-and-uridine-5-diphosphoglucuronosyltransferase-isoforms-on-human-liver-microsomes
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Jae-Kyung Heo, Phi-Hung Nguyen, Won Cheol Kim, Nguyen Minh Phuc, Kwang-Hyeon Liu
Selaginella tamariscina (Beauv.) has been used for traditional herbal medicine for treatment of cancer, hepatitis, and diabetes in the Orient. Numerous bioactive compounds including alkaloids, flavonoids, lignans, and selaginellins have been identified in this medicinal plant. Among them, selaginellins having a quinone methide unit and an alkylphenol moiety have been known to possess anticancer, antidiabetic, and neuroprotective activity. Although there have been studies on the biological activities of selaginellins, their modulatory potential of cytochrome P450 (P450) and uridine 5'-diphosphoglucuronosyltransferase (UGT) activities have not been previously evaluated...
September 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933728/the-effect-of-astaxanthin-rich-microalgae-haematococcus-pluvialis-and-wholemeal-flours-incorporation-in-improving-the-physical-and-functional-properties-of-cookies
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A K M Mofasser Hossain, Margaret A Brennan, Susan L Mason, Xinbo Guo, Xin An Zeng, Charles S Brennan
Marine-based food supplements can improve human nutrition. In an effort to modulate glycaemic response and enhance nutritional aspects, marine-derived algal food rich in astaxanthin was used in the formulation of a model food (wholemeal cookie). Astaxanthin substitution of cookies made from three flours (wheat, barley and oat) demonstrated a significant reduction in the rate of glucose released during in vitro digestion together with an increase in the total phenolic content (TPC) and antioxidant capacity of the food...
July 26, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933478/natural-product-modulators-of-human-sensations-and-mood-molecular-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-potential
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REVIEW
Tomáš Pluskal, Jing-Ke Weng
Humans perceive physical information about the surrounding environment through their senses. This physical information is registered by a collection of highly evolved and finely tuned molecular sensory receptors. A multitude of bioactive, structurally diverse ligands have evolved in nature that bind these molecular receptors. The complex, dynamic interactions between the ligands and the receptors lead to changes in our sensory perception or mood. Here, we review our current knowledge of natural products and their derived analogues that interact specifically with human G protein-coupled receptors, ion channels, and nuclear hormone receptors to modulate the sensations of taste, smell, temperature, pain, and itch, as well as mood and its associated behaviour...
September 21, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933410/honey-and-cancer-current-status-and-future-directions
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Laura M Porcza, Claire Simms, Mridula Chopra
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and poses a challenge to treatment. With overwhelming evidence of the role played by diet and lifestyle in cancer risk and prevention, there is a growing interest into the search for chemopreventative or chemotherapeutic agents derived from natural products. Honey is an important source of bioactive compounds derived from plants and recent years have seen an increased interest in its anticancer properties. This review examines the role of honey in targeting key hallmarks of carcinogenesis, including uncontrolled proliferation, apoptosis evasion, angiogenesis, growth factor signalling, invasion, and inflammation...
September 30, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933366/the-role-of-the-mapk-signaling-topoisomerase-and-dietary-bioactives-in-controlling-cancer-incidence
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REVIEW
Khaled A Selim, Hend Abdelrasoul, Mohamed Aboelmagd, Ahmed M Tawila
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are common products of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation, xenobiotics metabolism and are generated in response to several environmental stress conditions. Some of them play important biochemical roles in cellular signal transduction and gene transcription. On the other hand, ROS are known to be involved in a wide range of human diseases, including cancer. The excessive production of such ROS together with disruption of homeostasis detoxifying mechanisms can mediate a series of cellular oxidative stresses...
April 26, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933306/diet-bioactive-compounds-implications-for-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-the-vascular-system
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Morena Gabriele, Laura Pucci
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence has demonstrated that dietary products and their active components are independently or jointly responsible for the apparent reduction of the cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) risk. DISCUSSION: Nowadays, there is a growing attention in the use of nutraceuticals as a new approach for the prevention and management of many diseases, as well as for controlling rising of chronic illnesses with minimal side effects. Food-derived peptides, as well as peptide-rich protein hydrolysates, represent new and valuable tools for the prevention of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, acting as modulators of oxidative stress, inflammation, and overactivity of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS)...
September 21, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933289/recent-applications-of-silver-amalgam-electrodes-for-analysis-of-pharmaceuticals-and-vitamins
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Sylwia Smarzewska, Radovan Metelka, Bogusław Baś, Karel Vytřas
The features and applications of silver amalgam electrodes in electroanalysis of pharmaceuticals and vitamins are summarized in this review. The state-of-art in the preparation and construction of solid silver amalgam electrodes for prolonged and user-friendly use is presented. Although not as widely spread as other electrode materials, silver amalgam possesses a unique and viable combination of favorable electrochemical properties, which are close to ideal mercury electrodes, non-toxic character, high durability and mechanical stability, if properly prepared...
September 20, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933117/-a-new-nor-sesquiterpene-from-cassia-occidentalis-and-its-bioactivity
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Rui-Xin Qin, Qian Zuo, Xiao-Han Huang, Hang-Ying Ma, Yan Yang, Huan-Huan Xing, Ling Zhou, Min Zhou, Qiu-Fen Hu
The phytochemistry investigation on the Cassia occidentalis, a Dai Medicine, was carried out. The C. occidentalis was extracted with ethanol and then partitioned with EtOAc. The EtOAc soluble materials were subjected repeatedly to column chromatography on silica gel and preparative RP-HPLC, leading to isolation of a nor-sesquiterpene, 3-isopropyl-1,6-dimethoxy-5-methyl-naphthalen-7-ol (1), and a sesquiterpene, 2,7-dihydroxy-4-isopropyl-6-methyl-naphthalene-1-carbaldehyde (2). Their structures were determined by means of spectroscopic studies...
December 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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