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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842339/gangjihwan-a-polyherbal-composition-inhibits-fat-accumulation-through-the-modulation-of-lipogenic-transcription-factors-srebp1c-ppar%C3%AE-and-c-ebp%C3%AE
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Jaewoong Jang, Yoonju Jung, Seyeon Chae, Soo Hyun Cho, Michung Yoon, Heejung Yang, Soon Shik Shin, Yoosik Yoon
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Gangjihwan (DF) which is composed of Ephedra intermedia, Lithospermum erythrorhizon, and Rheum palmatum has been used for the treatment of obesity in traditional medical clinics in Korea. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study was conducted to standardize DF and elucidate its mechanism of action for inhibiting fat accumulation in adipocytes and adipose tissues. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The herbal ingredients of DF were extracted in water, 30% ethanol or 70% ethanol and freeze-dried followed by HPLC analyses...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830773/polysaccharide-from-ephedra-sinica-stapf-inhibits-inflammation-expression-by-regulating-factor-%C3%AE-1-smad2-signaling
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Shanshan Liang, Xianqun Meng, Zhibin Wang, Jiali Liu, Haixue Kuang, Qiuhong Wang
Mahuang, a famous traditional Chinese medicine, is widely used for the treatment of common cold and inflammatory diseases in China. We investigated the protective effects of polysaccharide from Ephedra sinica Stapf (ESP-B4) against airway and pulmonary inflammation. Animal model was made in SD rats via intratracheal instillation of Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) on day1 and 14 and inhalation of Cigarette Smoke (CS) for 4 weeks. ESP-B4 was administered by oral gavage for 2 weeks. We studied the number of inflammatory cells in serum, production of TNF-α, IL-6, IL-8 and MMP-9 in lung homogenization buffer, and the expression of TGF-β1, P-Smad2 and P-Smad3 in lung tissue...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827820/strong-dependence-of-a-pioneer-shrub-on-seed-dispersal-services-provided-by-an-endemic-endangered-lizard-in-a-mediterranean-island-ecosystem
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Constanza Neghme, Luís Santamaría, María Calviño-Cancela
The accelerating rate of vertebrate extinctions and population declines threatens to disrupt important ecological interactions, altering key ecosystem processes such as animal seed dispersal. The study of highly specialized mutualistic interactions is crucial to predict the consequences of population declines and extinctions. Islands offer unique opportunities to study highly specialized interactions, as they often have naturally depauperated faunas and are experiencing high rates of human-driven extinctions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822149/-ecology-suitability-study-of-ephedra-intermedia
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Xiao-Hui Ma, You-Yuan Lu, De-Dong Huang, Tian-Tian Zhu, Pei-Lin Lv, Ling Jin
The study aims at predicting ecological suitability of Ephedra intermedia in China by using maximum entropy Maxent model combined with GIS, and finding the main ecological factors affecting the distribution of E. intermedia suitability in appropriate growth area. Thirty-eight collected samples of E. intermedia and E. intermedia and 116 distribution information from CVH information using ArcGIS technology were analyzed. MaxEnt model was applied to forecast the E. intermedia in our country's ecology. E. intermedia MaxEnt ROC curve model training data and testing data sets the AUC value was 0...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783085/characterization-of-proanthocyanidin-oligomers-of-ephedra-sinica
#5
Joanna Orejola, Yosuke Matsuo, Yoshinori Saito, Takashi Tanaka
Ephedra sinica, an important plant in Chinese traditional medicine, contains a complex mixture of proanthocyanidin oligomers as major constituents; however, only the minor components have been chemically characterized. In this study, oligomers with relatively large molecular weights, which form the main body of the proanthocyanidin fractions, were separated by adsorption and size-exclusion chromatography. Acid-catalyzed degradation in the presence of mercaptoethanol or phloroglucinol led to the isolation of 18 fragments, the structures of which were elucidated from their experimental and TDDFT-calculated ECD spectra...
August 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776291/two-flavone-c-glycosides-as-quality-control-markers-for-the-manufacturing-process-of-ephedrine-alkaloids-free-ephedra-herb-extract-efe-as-a-crude-drug-preparation
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Naohiro Oshima, Takuro Maruyama, Tadatoshi Yamashita, Nahoko Uchiyama, Yoshiaki Amakura, Sumiko Hyuga, Masashi Hyuga, Shunsuke Nakamori, Hiroaki Takemoto, Yoshinori Kobayashi, Takashi Hakamatsuka, Hiroshi Odaguchi, Toshihiko Hanawa, Yukihiro Goda
As part of our continuing study of ephedrine alkaloids-free Ephedra Herb extract (EFE) in pursuit of its approval as a crude drug preparation, we identified two quantitative markers for the quality control of the manufacturing process of EFE and sought to establish cost-effective and simple methods for quantitative analyses. We analysed Ephedra Herb extracts grown in different habitats and collection years by liquid chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC/HRMS) and detected two notable peaks common to each extract...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755953/kidney-toxicity-related-to-herbs-and-dietary-supplements-online-table-of-case-reports-part-3-of-5-series
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REVIEW
Amy Christine Brown
BACKGROUND: No tabular summary of potentially life-threatening, kidney-toxic dietary supplements (DS; includes herbs) based on PubMed case reports is currently available online and continually updated to forewarn United States consumers, clinicians, and companies manufacturing DS. The purpose of this review was to create an online research summary table of kidney toxicity case reports related to DS. METHODS: Documented PubMed case reports (1966 to May 2016, and cross-referencing) of DS appearing to contribute to kidney toxicity were listed in "DS Toxic Tables...
September 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755076/comparative-pharmacokinetics-of-three-phenylpropanoids-in-rat-plasma-after-oral-administration-of-ramulus-cinnamomi-and-ramulus-cinnamomi-ephedrae-herba-herb-couple-extract
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Ping Wei, Qing-Fa Tang, Hui-Ling Huo, Fei-Long Chen, Shuai Song, Xue-Feng Xing, Jia-Bo Luo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the pharmacokinetic characteristics of three phenylpropanoids (cinnamic acid, cinnamic alcohol and coumarin) in Ramulus Cinnamomi (GZ) and Ramulus Cinnamomi-Ephedrae Herba (MH) herb-couple (GZMH). METHODS: Twelve male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly and equally divided into the GZ and GZMH herb-couple groups. Blood samples were collected at 0, 0.08, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.5, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24, 36 and 48 h after oral administration. The three phenylpropanoids in rat plasma were quantified using an ultra-performance liquid-chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for pharmacokinetic study...
July 28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752649/safety-efficacy-and-mechanistic-studies-regarding-citrus-aurantium-bitter-orange-extract-and-p-synephrine
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REVIEW
Sidney J Stohs
Citrus aurantium L. (bitter orange) extracts that contain p-synephrine as the primary protoalkaloid are widely used for weight loss/weight management, sports performance, appetite control, energy, and mental focus and cognition. Questions have been raised about the safety of p-synephrine because it has some structural similarity to ephedrine. This review focuses on current human, animal, in vitro, and mechanistic studies that address the safety, efficacy, and mechanisms of action of bitter orange extracts and p-synephrine...
July 28, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717105/ephedrine-induced-mitophagy-via-oxidative-stress-in-human-hepatic-stellate-cells
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Ah Young Lee, Yoonjeong Jang, Seong-Ho Hong, Seung-Hee Chang, Sungjin Park, Sanghwa Kim, Kyung-Sun Kang, Ji-Eun Kim, Myung-Haing Cho
The herb Ephedra sinica (also known as Chinese ephedra or Ma Huang), used in traditional Chinese medicine, contains alkaloids identical to ephedrine and pseudoephedrine as its principal active constituents. Recent studies have reported that ephedrine has various side effects in the cardiovascular and nervous systems. In addition, herbal Ephedra, a plant containing many pharmacologically active alkaloids, principally ephedrine, has been reported to cause acute hepatitis. Many studies reported clinical cases, however, the cellular mechanism of liver toxicity by ephedrine remains unknown...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706557/comparative-pharmacokinetics-and-bioavailability-of-three-ephedrines-in-rat-after-oral-administration-of-unprocessed-and-honey-fried-ephedra-extract-by-response-surface-experimental-design
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Yezhe Cheng, Yu Zhang, Hang Xing, Kun Qian, Longshan Zhao, Xiaohui Chen
Ephedra have been used as a common traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. However, the perspiration effect of the unprocessed ephedra was too strong. Clinical trials have shown that processing methods play a critical role in moderating the perspiration property of ephedra according to the needs. A LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated to compare the pharmacokinetic properties of the three ephedrines after oral administration of unprocessed and honey-fried ephedra extract. The contents of honey, frying temperature, and frying time were set at 20%, 116°C, and 7 min by the Box-Behnken response surface method, respectively...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602867/effect-of-gangjihwan-on-hepatic-steatosis-and-inflammation-in-high-fat-diet-fed-mice
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Jong Seong Roh, Haerim Lee, Jonghoon Lim, Jeongjun Kim, Heejung Yang, Yooshik Yoon, Soon Shik Shin, Michung Yoon
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Gangjihwan (DF), a polyherbal drug composed of Ephedra intermedia Schrenk et C. A. Mayer (Ephedraceae), Lithospermum erythrorhizon Siebold et Zuccarini (Borraginaceae), and Rheum palmatum L. (Polygonaceae), is used to treat obesity in local Korean clinics. The constituents of DF have traditionally been reported to exert anti-obesity and anti-nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) effects. Thus, we investigated the effects of DF on obesity and NAFLD and the underlying mechanisms...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573229/analysis-of-phenolic-and-flavonoids-of-wild-ephedra-alata-plant-extracts-by-lc-pda-and-lc-ms-and-their-antioxidant-activity
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Fuad Al-Rimawi, Saleh Abu-Lafi, Jehad Abbadi, Ayman A A Alamarneh, Raneen A Sawahreh, Imad Odeh
BACKGROUND: Ephedra is among Palestinian medicinal plants that are traditionally used in folkloric medicine for treating many diseases. Ephedra is known to have antibacterial and antioxidant effects. The goal of this study is to evaluate the antioxidant activity of different extracts from the Ephedra alata plant growing wild in Palestine, and to analyze their phenolic and flavonoid constituents by HPLC/PDA and HPLC/MS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Samples of the Ephedra alata plant grown wild in Palestine were extracted with three different solvents namely, 100% water, 80% ethanol, and 100% ethanol...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545666/mahuannin-b-an-adenylate-cyclase-inhibitor-attenuates-hyperhidrosis-via-suppressing-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-camp-signaling-pathway
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Zengyong Wang, Yu Cui, Guoyu Ding, Mengge Zhou, Xiaoyao Ma, Yuanyuan Hou, Min Jiang, Dailin Liu, Gang Bai
BACKGROUND: Based on the traditional application of traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs), Ephedra Herba (EH) is used to cure cold fever by inducing sweating, whereas Ephedra Radix (ER) is used to treat hyperhidrosis. Although they come from the same plant, Ephedra sinica Stapf, but have play opposing roles in clinical applications. EH is known to contain ephedrine alkaloids, which is the driver of the physiological changes in sweating, heart rate and blood pressure. However, the active pharmacological ingredients (APIs) of ER and the mechanisms by which it restricts sweating remain unknown...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545248/ephedra-treated-donor-derived-gut-microbiota-transplantation-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-rats
#15
Jing-Hua Wang, Bong-Soo Kim, Kyungsun Han, Hojun Kim
Changes in gut microbiota (GM) are closely associated with metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes and so on. Several medicinal herbs, including Ephedra sinica (Es), have anti-obesity effects that ameliorate metabolic disorders. Therefore, in this study we evaluated whether Es maintains its anti-obesity effect through Es-altered gut microbiota (EsM) transplantation. GM was isolated from cecal contents of Es treated and untreated rats following repeated transplants into obese rats via oral gavage over three weeks...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528483/fossil-record-of-ephedra-in-the-lower-cretaceous-aptian-argentina
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Gabriela G Puebla, Ari Iglesias, María A Gómez, Mercedes B Prámparo
Fossil plants from the Lower Cretaceous (upper Aptian) of the La Cantera Formation, Argentina, are described. The fossils studied represent a leafy shooting system with several orders of articulated and striated axes and attached leaves with unequivocal ephedroid affinity. We also found associated remains of ovulate cones with four whorls of sterile bracts, which contain two female reproductive units (FRU). Ovulate cone characters fit well within the genus Ephedra. Special characters in the ovulate cones including an outer seed envelope with two types of trichomes, allowed us to consider our remains as a new Ephedra species...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491106/in-vitro-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-ephedra-gerardiana-root-and-stem-crude-extract-and-fractions
#17
Aman Khan, Gul Jan, Afsar Khan, Farzana Gul Jan, Ali Bahadur, Muhammad Danish
The utilization of medicinal plants to treat infectious disease is a common practice in developing countries worldwide. The present study was aimed at evaluating the crude extracts of Ephedra gerardiana (root and stem) with different chemicals for antioxidant and antimicrobial (fungal and bacterial) potential. The results revealed that the ethyl acetate fractions of E. gerardiana (root and stem) have significant free radical scavenging potential with values 2.96 ± 0.39 and 2.73 ± 0.84 while n-butanol and aqueous fractions showed IC502...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444836/ephedra-alkaloid-contents-of-chinese-herbal-formulae-sold-in-taiwan
#18
Chih-Wei Chang, Szu-Yun Hu, Guan-Qian Huang, Mei-Chich Hsu
Consumption of Ephedra alkaloids has been prohibited in-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In Taiwan, colds are often treated with Chinese herbal formulae containing Herba Ephedrae. We screened the products sold in Taiwan and preliminarily assessed their relationships with WADA threshold violations. Fifty-six concentrated powder products, including 19 Chinese herbal formulae that contained Herba Ephedrae, were collected. The content of Ephedra alkaloids, namely ephedrine (E), methylephedrine (ME), norpseudoephedrine (NPE; cathine), pseudoephedrine (PE), and norephedrine (NE; phenylpropanolamine), was determined using a validated high-performance liquid chromatography method...
April 25, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433637/inhibition-of-pro-inflammatory-enzymes-by-medicinal-plants-from-the-argentinean-highlands-puna
#19
Romina Torres-Carro, María Inés Isla, Samanta Thomas-Valdes, Felipe Jiménez-Aspee, Guillermo Schmeda-Hirschmann, María Rosa Alberto
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Human groups in the Argentinean Andes highlands (Puna) selected native plants as anti-inflammatory agents. The indications of use are mainly to relieve pain, in infusions, ethanolic extracts or plasters. AIM OF THE STUDY: The objective of the study was to assess the effect of hydroalcoholic extracts from native highland plants as anti-inflammatory according to the traditional indications of use. The chemical profile of the three most active species was analyzed by HPLC-ESI-MS to get in insight into the constituents and the effects observed, according to the ethnopharmacological information...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433183/corrigendum-to-comparative-tissue-distribution-and-excretion-study-of-alkaloids-from-herba-ephedrae-radix-aconiti-lateralis-extracts-in-rats-j-pharm-biomed-anal-134-2017-137-142
#20
Mengyue Ren, Shuai Song, Dedong Liang, Weiting Hou, Xiaomei Tan, Jiabo Luo
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June 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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