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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103258/revisiting-greek-propolis-chromatographic-analysis-and-antioxidant-activity-study
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Konstantinos M Kasiotis, Pelagia Anastasiadou, Antonis Papadopoulos, Kyriaki Machera
Propolis is a bee product that has been extensively used in alternative medicine and recently has gained interest on a global scale as an essential ingredient of healthy foods and cosmetics. Propolis is also considered to improve human health and to prevent diseases such as inflammation, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. However, the claimed effects are anticipated to be correlated to its chemical composition. Since propolis is a natural product, its composition is consequently expected to be variable depending on the local flora alignment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098801/a-novel-antihypertensive-derived-from-adlay-coix-larchryma-jobi-l-var-ma-yuen-stapf-glutelin
#2
Bin Li, Liansheng Qiao, Lingling Li, Yanling Zhang, Kai Li, Lingzhi Wang, Yanjiang Qiao
Our previous studies have shown that Coix glutelin pepsin hydrolysate can effectively inhibit angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity in vitro. The main purpose of this study was to obtain potent anti-hypertensive peptides from Coix glutelin. The Coix glutelin hydrolysates (CGH) were prepared by pepsin catalysis and further separated by an ultrafitration (UF) system, gel filtration chromatography (GFC) and reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). As a result, the sub-fraction F5-3 had the highest ACE-inhibitory activity...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097684/feeding-asian-pangolins-an-assessment-of-current-diets-fed-in-institutions-worldwide
#3
Francis Cabana, Amy Plowman, Thai Van Nguyen, Shih-Chien Chin, Sung-Lin Wu, Hsuan-Yi Lo, Hirofumi Watabe, Fujio Yamamoto
Pangolins are ant specialists which are under intense threat from the illegal wildlife trade. Nutrition has notoriously been their downfall in captivity and is still an issue in regards to rescue and rehabilitation. We analyzed the nutrient content of diets used by institutions that are successfully keeping Asian pangolins and to assess the variety of the ingredients and nutrients, compared these with the nutritional requirements of potential nutritional model species. We performed intake studies at five institutions and also had data from three other institutions...
January 18, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095698/evaluation-of-the-coupled-two-dimensional-main-chain-torsional-potential-in-modeling-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
#4
Ya Gao, Chaomin Zhang, John Z H Zhang, Ye Mei
Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs) carry out crucial biological functions in essential biological processes of life. Due to the highly dynamic and conformationally heterogeneous nature of the disordered states of IDPs, molecular dynamics simulations are becoming an indispensable tool for the investigation of the conformational ensembles and dynamic properties of IDPs. Nevertheless, there is still no consensus on the most reliable force field in molecular dynamics simulations for IDPs hitherto. In this work, a recently proposed AMBER99SB2D force field is evaluated in modeling some disordered polypeptides and proteins by checking its ability in reproducing NMR experimental data...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095570/efficacy-of-a-skin-condition-adapted-solution-for-xerosis-and-itch-relief-associated-with-aging
#5
Ramsin Joseph Yadgar, Adam J Friedman
In recent decades, the stratum corneum (SC), has been recognized for its multifunctional role in maintaining the homeostasis of the human epidermal barrier. A better understanding of the SC's ability to act as its own biosensor in detecting dysfunction and integrating restorative actions can help identify the origin of certain skin conditions. A more holistic understanding of the morphological changes of the SC during the natural aging process and how it deviates in disease states can help bring about new treatment strategies...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078991/vegetable-organosulfur-compounds-and-their-health-promoting-effects
#6
Spyridon A Petropoulos, Francesco Di Gioia, Georgia Ntatsi
BACKGROUND: Trends in modern pharmaceutical science show an increase in demand for new drugs and diet supplements derived from natural products, while during the last decades, great research is conducted regarding the natural compounds and their medicinal and bioactive properties. Organosulfur compounds are present in many plants and their bioactive properties have been used in folk and traditional medicine throughout the centuries. Not until recently, modern science confirmed and revealed the chemical compounds that are responsible for these properties, the chemistry involved in their biosynthesis and the main mechanisms of action...
January 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077565/mahmi-database-a-comprehensive-metahit-based-resource-for-the-study-of-the-mechanism-of-action-of-the-human-microbiota
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Aitor Blanco-Míguez, Alberto Gutiérrez-Jácome, Florentino Fdez-Riverola, Anália Lourenço, Borja Sánchez
The Mechanism of Action of the Human Microbiome (MAHMI) database is a unique resource that provides comprehensive information about the sequence of potential immunomodulatory and antiproliferative peptides encrypted in the proteins produced by the human gut microbiota. Currently, MAHMI database contains over 300 hundred million peptide entries, with detailed information about peptide sequence, sources and potential bioactivity. The reference peptide data section is curated manually by domain experts. The in silico peptide data section is populated automatically through the systematic processing of publicly available exoproteomes of the human microbiome...
2017: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076995/biosurfactants-in-cosmetic-formulations-trends-and-challenges
#8
X Vecino, J M Cruz, A B Moldes, L R Rodrigues
Cosmetic products play an essential role in everyone's life. People everyday use a large variety of cosmetic products such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, skin care, perfume, make-up, among others. The cosmetic industry encompasses several environmental, social and economic impacts that are being addressed through the search for more efficient manufacturing techniques, the reduction of waste and emissions and the promotion of personal hygiene, contributing to an improvement of public health and at the same time providing employment opportunities...
January 12, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076392/arthropod-pest-control-for-uk-oilseed-rape-comparing-insecticide-efficacies-side-effects-and-alternatives
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Han Zhang, Tom Breeze, Alison Bailey, David Garthwaite, Richard Harrington, Simon G Potts
Oilseed rape (Brassica napus) is an important combinable break crop in the UK, which is largely protected from arthropod pests by insecticidal chemicals. Despite ongoing debate regarding the use of neonicotinoids, the dominant seed treatment ingredients used for this crop, there is little publicly available data comparing the efficacy of insecticides in controlling key arthropod pests or comparing the impacts on non-target species and the wider environment. To provide an insight into these matters, a UK-wide expert survey targeting agronomists and entomologists was conducted from March to June 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074363/risk-assessment-of-agriculture-impact-on-the-fr%C3%A3-o-river-watershed-and-ca%C3%A3-o-negro-ramsar-wetland-costa-rica
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María-Luisa Fournier, Silvia Echeverría-Sáenz, Freylan Mena, María Arias-Andrés, Elba de la Cruz, Clemens Ruepert
The Caño Negro Ramsar wetland is a conservation area of great natural and societal value, located in the lower part of the Frío River watershed in the north of Costa Rica. Its aquatic ecosystems may be considered vulnerable to pollution due to recent changes in land use toward agriculture. In 2011 and 2012, quarterly sampling was done at ten sites located in the middle and lower sections of the Frío River Basin that pass through crop areas and later drain into Caño Negro wetland. Pesticide residues, nitrates, sediment concentrations, and diversity of benthic macroinvertebrates and fish biomarkers were studied in the selected sites...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070847/role-of-water-sorption-in-tablet-crushing-strength-disintegration-and-dissolution
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M Sacchetti, R Teerakapibal, K Kim, E J Elder
Drugs formulated as tablets are subjected to accelerated stability conditions with the goal of identifying a stable formulation that will exhibit a sufficiently long shelf life. Water sorption at a condition such as 40°C/75% RH can result in significant changes in tablet properties such as a decrease in dissolution rate, the cause of which may be difficult to interpret, given the complex nature of ingredients and their interactions in a tablet. In this research, three drugs, displaying a wide range of physicochemical properties, were formulated with commonly used diluents, disintegrants, and binders, using a design of experiments approach...
January 9, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069190/rsm-and-ann-modeling-based-optimization-approach-for-the-development-of-ultrasound-assisted-liposome-encapsulation-of-piceid
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Shang-Ming Huang, Chia-Hung Kuo, Chun-An Chen, Yung-Chuan Liu, Chwen-Jen Shieh
Piceid, a naturally occurring derivative of resveratrol found in many plants, has recently been considered as a potential nutraceutical. However, its poorly water-soluble property could cause a coupled problem of biological activities concerning drug dispersion and absorption in human body, which is still unsolved now. Liposome, a well-known aqueous carrier for water-insoluble ingredients, is commonly applied in drug delivery systems. In this study, a feasible approach for solving the problem is that the targeted piceid was encapsulated into a liposomal formula as aqueous substrate to overcome its poor water-solubility...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068488/side-streams-of-plant-food-processing-as-a-source-of-valuable-compounds-selected-examples
#13
Andreas Schieber
Industrial processing of plant-derived raw materials generates enormous amounts of by-products. On one hand, these by-products constitute a serious disposal issue because they often emerge seasonally and are prone to microbial decay. On the other hand, they are an abundant source of valuable compounds, in particular secondary plant metabolites and cell wall materials, which may be recovered and used to functionalize foods and replace synthetic additives with ingredients of natural origin. This review covers 150 references and presents select studies performed between 2001 and 2016 on the recovery, characterization, and application of valuable constituents from grape pomace, apple pomace, potato peels, tomato pomace, carrot pomace, onion peels, by-products of citrus, mango, banana, and pineapple processing, side streams of olive oil production, and cereal by-products...
January 4, 2017: Annual Review of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068085/cyclocurcumin-an-antivasoconstrictive-constituent-of-curcuma-longa-turmeric
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Keunyoung Kim, Jung-Jun Kim, Yeryeon Jung, Ji-Yoon Noh, Ahmed Shah Syed, Chul Young Kim, Moo-Yeol Lee, Kyung-Min Lim, Ok-Nam Bae, Jin-Ho Chung
Despite the increasing attention on the therapeutic potential of Curcuma longa (turmeric), the biological activities of curcuminoids other than curcumin are not well understood. Here, we investigated antivasoconstrictive activities of C. longa extract and its ingredients using freshly isolated rat aortic rings. C. longa extract significantly suppressed agonist-stimulated vasoconstriction, and cyclocurcumin was found to be the most potent (IC50 against phenylephrine-induced vasoconstriction: 14.9 ± 1.0 μM) among the 10 tested ingredients including four curcuminoids...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064480/the-impact-of-the-skim-milk-powder-manufacturing-process-on-the-flavor-of-model-white-chocolate
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Ashleigh Stewart, Alistair S Grandison, Angela Ryan, Daniel Festring, Lisa Methven, Jane K Parker
Milk powder is an important ingredient in the confectionary industry but its variable nature has consequences for the quality of the final confectionary product. This paper demonstrates that skim milk powders (SMP) produced using different (but typical) manufacturing processes, when used as ingredients in the manufacture of model white chocolates, had a significant impact on the sensory and volatile profiles of the chocolate. SMP was produced from raw bovine milk using either low or high heat treatment, and a model white chocolate was prepared from each SMP...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058034/retrospective-analysis-of-the-effects-of-a-highly-standardized-mixture-of-berberis-aristata-silybum-marianum-and-monacolins-k-and-ka-in-patients-with-dyslipidemia
#16
Francesco Di Pierro, Pietro Putignano, Tarcisio Ferrara, Carmela Raiola, Giuliana Rapacioli, Nicola Villanova
BACKGROUND: Berberis aristata, because of its berberine content, and Monascus purpureus fermented rice, because of the presence of monacolins (naturally derived statins), are widely investigated food-grade ingredients used to formulate cholesterol-lowering supplements. Although they are extensively used, berberine is poorly absorbed and monacolins are poorly chemically characterized, not standardized, and possibly contaminated with toxic compounds. Silymarin is reported to enhance berberine absorption, while Monakopure™-K20 (MK-20) is a highly standardized red yeast rice containing monacolins K and KA in the ratio of 1:1 but not secondary monacolins, dehydromonacolins, or citrinin...
2017: Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054445/anti-diabetic-activities-of-cis-and-trans-2-3-5-4-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-o-%C3%AE-glucopyranoside-from-polygonum-multiflorum
#17
Wenping Tang, Shiming Li, Yue Liu, Jia-Ching Wu, Min-Hsiung Pan, Mou-Tuan Huang, Chi-Tang Ho
SCOPE: Functional foods can be used alone or in combination with existing therapies in preventing and treating type 2 diabetes (T2D). Trans-2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxystilbene 2-O-β-glucopyranoside (trans-THSG), a dominant bioactive compound from Polygonum multiflorum (PM) - a popular medicinal food in Asia, has attracted increasing research interests due to its strong antioxidant activity. The content of naturally occurring cis-THSG (cis-2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxystilbene 2-O-β-glucopyranoside) was very low in PM root, but was prepared in this research by mimicking the traditional process of PM...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053581/optimization-of-formulation-and-processing-of-moringa-oleifera-and-spirulina-complex-tablets
#18
Yi Zheng, Fan Zhu, Dan Lin, Jun Wu, Yichao Zhou, Bohn Mark
Objective: To prepare a more comprehensive nutrition, more balanced proportion of natural nutritional supplement tablets with Moringa oleifera leaves and spirulina the two nutrients which have complementary natural food ingredients. Method: On the basis of research M. oleifera leaves with spirulina nutrient composition was determined on M. oleifera leaves and spirulina ratio of raw materials, and the choice of microcrystalline cellulose, sodium salt of caboxy methyl cellulose(CMC),magnesium stearate excipient, through single factor and orthogonal experiment, selecting the best formula tablets prepared by powder direct compression technology, for preparation of M...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049027/an-integrated-shotgun-proteomics-and-bioinformatics-approach-for-analysis-of-brain-proteins-from-mcao-model-using-serial-affinity-chromatograph-with-four-active-ingredients-from-shengmai-preparations-as-ligands
#19
Xiao-Xue Fan, Fang Li, Yan-Ni Lv, Yu Zhang, Jun-Ping Kou, Bo-Yang Yu
Identification and validation of disease-relevant target proteins for natural products is an essential component of modern pharmaceutical research. In the present study, an integrated shotgun proteomics and bioinformatics approach was established to profile the interaction of active small molecules derived from ShengMai preparations (SMXZF) with hundreds of endogenously expressed proteins from middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model. Affinity-based proteomic strategies for isolation and identification of targets for the bioactive components is a classic, but still powerful approach...
January 1, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045271/determination-of-interfacial-amorphicity-in-functional-powders
#20
Maria Badal Tejedor, Niklas Nordgren, Michael Schuleit, Samaneh Pazesh, Göran Alderborn, Anna Millqvist-Fureby, Mark W Rutland
The nature of the surfaces of particles of pharmaceutical ingredients, food powders, and polymers is a determining factor for their performance in for example tableting, powder handling, or mixing. Changes on the surface structure of the material will impact the flow properties, dissolution rate, and tabletability of the powder blend. For crystalline materials, surface amorphization is a phenomenon which is known to impact performance. Since it is important to measure and control the level of amorphicity, several characterization techniques are available to determine the bulk amorphous content of a processed material...
January 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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