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Qi Shen, Weijing Ye, Xiaoli Hu, Chuchu Zhao, Lulu Zhou, Xueqiong Zhu
Aims. To observe the effects of Guizhi Fuling Capsule (GZFLC) drug serum on uterine leiomyoma cells and explore its mechanism. Main Methods. Sixty Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into two groups (normal saline lavage group and GZFLC lavage group), then, respectively, blank serum and GZFLC drug serum were collected, and finally human uterine leiomyoma cells were treated. Human leiomyoma tissues were collected from 20 patients who underwent uterine leiomyomas operations, and leiomyoma cells were primary cultured...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Jeeyoun Jung, Ju Ah Lee, Mi Mi Ko, Sooseong You, Eunhee Lee, Jiae Choi, Byoung-Kab Kang, Myeong Soo Lee
INTRODUCTION: Gyejibongneyong-hwan (GBH), or the Guizhi Fuling Formula in Chinese, is widely used to treat uterine fibroids in East Asian countries including Korea, China and Japan. This study will assess the efficacy and safety of the GBH formula for the treatment of dysmenorrhoea. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This study will be a randomised double-blind controlled trial with two parallel arms: the GBH group and the placebo group. This trial will recruit 38 women between 18 and 45 years of age with secondary dysmenorrhoea with uterine fibroids...
November 24, 2016: BMJ Open
Jason P Kaye, Margot W Kaye, Stephen C Hart, W Wallace Covington, Peter Z Fulé
Increasing tree density that followed fire exclusion after the 1880s in the southwestern United States may have also altered nutrient cycles and led to a carbon (C) sink that constitutes a significant component of the U.S. C budget. Yet, empirical data quantifying century-scale changes in C or nutrients due to fire exclusion are rare. We used tree-ring reconstructions of stand structure from five ponderosa pine-dominated sites from across northern Arizona to compare live tree C, nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) storage between the 1880s and 1990s...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Yuh-Fung Chen, Kuo-Jen Wu, Wei-Shih Huang, Yow-Wen Hsieh, Yu-Wen Wang, Huei-Yann Tsai, Ming-Ming Lee
BACKGROUND: Risks of stroke link with complications of hyperglycemia. Gueichih-Fuling-Wan (GFW), according to Chinese Medical Code literature, has the promotion of blood circulation and attenuates the swollen plot. Recent pharmacological studies have pointed out its efficacy in patients with cerebral ischemia or diabetes. Therefore, this study determined whether GFW has the protection against cerebral ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) injury in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced hyperglycemic rats and LPS-induced inflammation in BV-2 microglial cells...
December 2016: BioMedicine
Yaojie Zheng, Fuling You, Qiao Li, Jingrong Chen, Hong Yang
The β-amyloid protein (Aβ) is considered to be the key factor for inducing Alzheimer's disease (AD). In recent years, the neuroprotective effects of genistein have drawn increasing attention. However, the molecular mechanisms of GEN (genistein) against Aβ are unclear. In the present study, we investigated the inhibitory effects of GEN on Aβ25-35-induced apoptosis in cultured PC12 cells and the related signaling pathway. Our data show that GEN significantly inhibited Aβ25-35-induced apoptosis of PC12 cells...
October 31, 2016: Food & Function
Weijie Ma, Haitao Wang, Wei Jing, Fuling Zhou, Lei Chang, Zhenfei Hong, Hailing Liu, Zhisu Liu, Yufeng Yuan
BACKGROUND: The expression profiles and biological relevance of long non-coding RNA XIST and its activator JPX in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are not well elucidated. We measured JPX and XIST expression levels in HCC, evaluated their clinical significance in HCC progression, and verified their potential as biomarkers for diagnosing HCC. METHODS: JPX and XIST expression in 68 HCC tissues and adjacent normal tissues were evaluated by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR (qRT-PCR); their association with pathologic features and overall survival was analyzed...
October 21, 2016: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Honglei Tu, Bo Lei, Shan Meng, Hailing Liu, Yongchang Wei, Aili He, Wanggang Zhang, Fuling Zhou
We assessed the clinical effectiveness and safety of CKI (compound Kushen injection) plus standard induction chemotherapy for treating adult acute leukemia (AL). We randomly assigned 332 patients with newly diagnosed AL to control (n = 165, receiving DA (daunorubicin and cytarabine) or hyper-CVAD (fractionated cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and dexamethasone)) or treatment (n = 167, receiving CKI and DA or hyper-CVAD) groups. Posttreatment, treatment group CD3+, CD4+, CD4+/CD8+, natural killer (NK) cell, and immunoglobulin (IgG, IgA, and IgM) levels were significantly higher than those of the control group (p < 0...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Wei Wei, Shaohua Shu, Wenjun Zhu, Ying Xiong, Fang Peng
Wolfiporia cocos is an edible and medicinal fungus that grows in association with pine trees, and its dried sclerotium, known as Fuling in China, has been used as a traditional medicine in East Asian countries for centuries. Nearly 10% of the traditional Chinese medicinal preparations contain W. cocos. Currently, the commercial production of Fuling is limited because of the lack of pine-based substrate and paucity of knowledge about the sclerotial development of the fungus. Since protein kinase (PKs) play significant roles in the regulation of growth, development, reproduction, and environmental responses in filamentous fungi, the kinome of W...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ju Ah Lee, Sunju Park, Jeeyoun Jung, Ji Hee Jun, Jiae Choi, Myeong Soo Lee
INTRODUCTION: Gyejibongneyong-hwan (GBH), also known as Guizhi Fuling formula, and is widely used for uterine fibroids in East Asian countries. Many clinical trials assessing the efficacy and safety of GBH formula for the treatment of dysmenorrhoea have been reported. This review will assess the clinical evidence for and against the use of GBH formula as a treatment for dysmenorrhoea. It will also discuss the proposed mechanism(s) that could link herbal medicine to improvements in dysmenorrhoea...
2016: BMJ Open
Tianhe Huang, Fuling Zhou, Feng Wang-Johanning, Kejun Nan, Yongchang Wei
Depression is a common symptom among gastric cancer (GC) patients and serves as a potential indication of poor prognosis and advanced cancer clinical stage. However, the molecular mechanism of depression‑associated poor prognoses of GC patients remains unclear. Recent studies have revealed that GC patients with depression are under high levels of oxidative stress (OS) status that is accompanied by the dysfunction of numerous proto‑oncogenes, including the ABL proto‑oncogene 1 (ABL1), which is a non‑receptor tyrosine kinase...
September 23, 2016: Oncology Reports
Tianhe Huang, Feng Wang-Johanning, Fuling Zhou, Herbert Kallon, Yongchang Wei
Gastric cancer (GC) remains one of the most prevalent tumors worldwide and affects human health due to its high morbidity and mortality. Mechanisms underlying occurrence and development of GC have been widely studied. Studies have revealed reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by cells under oxidative stress (OS) are involved in gastric tumorigenesis, and modulate expression of microRNAs (miRs). As such, miRs have been shown to be associated with OS-related GC. Given the association of OS and miRs in development of GC, this review aims to summarize the relationship between miRs and OS and their role in GC development...
September 9, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Fuling Zhou, Ming Li, Yongchang Wei, Kevin Lin, Yue Lu, Jianjun Shen, Gary L Johanning, Feng Wang-Johanning
Human endogenous retrovirus type K (HERV-K) Env protein was previously demonstrated to be overexpressed in human breast cancer (BC) cells and tissues. However, the molecular pathways driving the specific alterations are unknown. We now show that knockdown of its expression with an shRNA (shRNAenv) blocked BC cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. shRNAenv transduction also attenuated the ability of BC cells to form tumors, and notably prevented metastasis. Mechanistically, downregulation of HERV-K blocked expression of tumor-associated genes that included Ras, p-RSK, and p-ERK...
August 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Yun-Xi Zhong, Xiao-Liang Jin, Shi-Yin Gu, Ying Peng, Ke-Rong Zhang, Bing-Chen Ou-Yang, Yu Wang, Wei Xiao, Zhen-Zhong Wang, Ji-Ye Aa, Guang-Ji Wang, Jian-Guo Sun
Guizhi Fuling capsule (GZFL), a traditional Chinese medicine formulation, is widely used in China to relieve pain from dysmenorrhea and is now in a Phase II clinical trial in the USA. Due to the low exposure of the five main medicative ingredients (amygdalin, cinnamic acid, gallic acid, paeoniflorin and paeonol) of GZFL in human, a strategy was built to qualitatively and quantitatively identify the possible metabolites of GZFL and to describe the pharmacokinetic profiles of GZFL in human. In this strategy, LC-Q-TOF/MS was used to identify and structurally elucidate the possible metabolites of GZFL in vivo; and a time-based metabolite-confirming step (TBMCs) was used to confirm uncertain metabolites...
2016: Scientific Reports
Cheng-long Chen, Ming Gao, Jiu-pai Ni, De-ti Xie, Hua Deng
As an independent water-collecting area, small catchment is the source of non-point source pollution in Three Gorges Region. Choosing 3 kinds of the most representative land-use types and using them to lay monitoring points of overland runoff within the small catchment of Wangjiagou in Fuling of Three Gorges Region, the author used the samples of surface runoff collected through the twelve natural rainfalls from May to December to analyze the feature of spatial-temporal change of Nitrogen's losses concentrations under the influence of different land use types and the hillslopes and small catchments composed by those land use types, revealing the relation between different land-use types and Nitrogen's losses of small catchments in Three Gorges Region...
May 15, 2016: Huan Jing Ke Xue= Huanjing Kexue
Karri Silventoinen, Aline Jelenkovic, Reijo Sund, Yoon-Mi Hur, Yoshie Yokoyama, Chika Honda, Jacob vB Hjelmborg, Sören Möller, Syuichi Ooki, Sari Aaltonen, Fuling Ji, Feng Ning, Zengchang Pang, Esther Rebato, Andreas Busjahn, Christian Kandler, Kimberly J Saudino, Kerry L Jang, Wendy Cozen, Amie E Hwang, Thomas M Mack, Wenjing Gao, Canqing Yu, Liming Li, Robin P Corley, Brooke M Huibregtse, Kaare Christensen, Axel Skytthe, Kirsten O Kyvik, Catherine A Derom, Robert F Vlietinck, Ruth Jf Loos, Kauko Heikkilä, Jane Wardle, Clare H Llewellyn, Abigail Fisher, Tom A McAdams, Thalia C Eley, Alice M Gregory, Mingguang He, Xiaohu Ding, Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Henning Beck-Nielsen, Morten Sodemann, Adam D Tarnoki, David L Tarnoki, Maria A Stazi, Corrado Fagnani, Cristina D'Ippolito, Ariel Knafo-Noam, David Mankuta, Lior Abramson, S Alexandra Burt, Kelly L Klump, Judy L Silberg, Lindon J Eaves, Hermine H Maes, Robert F Krueger, Matt McGue, Shandell Pahlen, Margaret Gatz, David A Butler, Meike Bartels, Toos Cem van Beijsterveldt, Jeffrey M Craig, Richard Saffery, Duarte L Freitas, José Antonio Maia, Lise Dubois, Michel Boivin, Mara Brendgen, Ginette Dionne, Frank Vitaro, Nicholas G Martin, Sarah E Medland, Grant W Montgomery, Youngsook Chong, Gary E Swan, Ruth Krasnow, Patrik Ke Magnusson, Nancy L Pedersen, Per Tynelius, Paul Lichtenstein, Claire Ma Haworth, Robert Plomin, Gombojav Bayasgalan, Danshiitsoodol Narandalai, K Paige Harden, Elliot M Tucker-Drob, Sevgi Y Öncel, Fazil Aliev, Timothy Spector, Massimo Mangino, Genevieve Lachance, Laura A Baker, Catherine Tuvblad, Glen E Duncan, Dedra Buchwald, Gonneke Willemsen, Finn Rasmussen, Jack H Goldberg, Thorkild Ia Sørensen, Dorret I Boomsma, Jaakko Kaprio
BACKGROUND: Both genetic and environmental factors are known to affect body mass index (BMI), but detailed understanding of how their effects differ during childhood and adolescence is lacking. OBJECTIVES: We analyzed the genetic and environmental contributions to BMI variation from infancy to early adulthood and the ways they differ by sex and geographic regions representing high (North America and Australia), moderate (Europe), and low levels (East Asia) of obesogenic environments...
August 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Wang-Chao Chen, Fan-Tai Kong, Zhao-Qian Li, Jia-Hong Pan, Xue-Peng Liu, Fu-Ling Guo, Li Zhou, Yang Huang, Ting Yu, Song-Yuan Dai
Three heteroleptic polypyridyl ruthenium complexes, RC-41, RC-42, and RC-43, with efficient electron-donating antennas in the ancillary ligands were designed, synthesized, and characterized as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cell. All the RC dye sensitizers showed remarkable light-harvesting capacity and broadened absorption range. Significantly, RC-43 obtained the lower energy metal-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) band peaked at 557 nm with a high molar extinction coefficient of 27 400 M(-1) cm(-1). In conjunction with TiO2 photoanode of submicrospheres and iodide-based electrolytes, the DSSCs sensitizing with the RC sensitizers, achieved impressively high short-circuit current density (19...
August 3, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Tao Jiang, Jian Liang, Mu-xue Zhang, Ding-yong Wang, Shi-qiang Wei, Song Lu
As an important fraction of dissolved organic matter (DOM), chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) plays a key role in decision of the optical properties and photogeochemistry of DOM, and further affects pollutant fate and global carbon cycle. These optical properties are ascribed to two chromophoric systems including superposition of individual chromophores and charge-transfer (CT) complexation between electron donor (e.g., phenols and indoles) and acceptor (e.g., quinones and other oxidized aromatics) in DOM structures...
February 15, 2016: Huan Jing Ke Xue= Huanjing Kexue
Chenglong Chen, Ming Gao, Deti Xie, Jiupai Ni
Losses of agricultural pollutants from small catchments are a major issue for water quality in the Three Gorges Region. Solutions are urgently needed. However, before pollutant losses can be controlled, information about spatial and temporal variations in pollutant losses is needed. The study was carried out in the Wangjiagou catchment, a small agricultural catchment in Fuling District, Chongqing, and the data about non-point source losses of nitrogen and phosphorus was collected here. Water samples were collected daily by an automatic water sampler at the outlets of two subcatchments from 2012 to 2014...
April 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Yun-lai Wang, Si-yao Ru, Qing Fang, Gun-qiang Li, Yong-fu Pan, Yao Yao, Fan Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the molecular mechanisms of Danggui Shaoyao San and Guizhi Fuling Wan for treating primary dysmenorrhea of liver depression and blood stasis syndrome by biological network method. METHODS: Targets of the formula were collected from. PubMed database, and targets of primary dysmenorrhea were searched from Gene Card database. Then, the "formula-syndromes-disease" network was constructed and analyzed with Cytoscape software. Molecular docking approach was used to verify estrogen-like effect of ingredients...
November 2015: Zhong Yao Cai, Zhongyaocai, Journal of Chinese Medicinal Materials
Fuling Ma, Zhun Wang, Abdulalam Abdularab, Liang Dai, Yuanjie Niu, Ning Jiang
INTRODUCTION: Numerous studies have evaluated the association between the Matrix metalloproteinase 9(MMP-9) and prostate cancer (PCa) risk. However, these studies have yielded conflicting results. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A comprehensive search was conducted through researching MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science, and EMBASE, and a total of 10 studies including 1,059 cases were included on the basis of inclusion criteria. EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: A meta-analysis was performed to obtain a summary of estimated odds ratios (ORs) and 95 % confidence intervals (CIs) of MMP-9 for PCa, with attention to study quality and publication bias...
June 29, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
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