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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350255/nuclear-magnetic-resonance-and-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-techniques-for-the-characterization-of-bioactive-compounds-from-humulus-lupulus-l-hop
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Davide Bertelli, Virginia Brighenti, Lucia Marchetti, Anna Reik, Federica Pellati
Humulus lupulus L. (hop) represents one of the most cultivated crops, it being a key ingredient in the brewing process. Many health-related properties have been described for hop extracts, making this plant gain more interest in the field of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research. Among the analytical tools available for the phytochemical characterization of plant extracts, quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) represents a new and powerful technique. In this ambit, the present study was aimed at the development of a new, simple, and efficient qNMR method for the metabolite fingerprinting of bioactive compounds in hop cones, taking advantage of the novel ERETIC 2 tool...
January 19, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348256/flavonoids-dairy-foods-and-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-health-a-review-of-emerging-biologic-pathways
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REVIEW
Dariush Mozaffarian, Jason H Y Wu
A growing body of nutritional science highlights the complex mechanisms and pleiotropic pathways of cardiometabolic effects of different foods. Among these, some of the most exciting advances are occurring in the area of flavonoids, bioactive phytochemicals found in plant foods; and in the area of dairy, including milk, yogurt, and cheese. Many of the relevant ingredients and mechanistic pathways are now being clarified, shedding new light on both the ingredients and the pathways for how diet influences health and well-being...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347278/modes-of-failure-in-disordered-solids
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Subhadeep Roy, Soumyajyoti Biswas, Purusattam Ray
The two principal ingredients determining the failure modes of disordered solids are the strength of heterogeneity and the length scale of the region affected in the solid following a local failure. While the latter facilitates damage nucleation, the former leads to diffused damage-the two extreme natures of the failure modes. In this study, using the random fiber bundle model as a prototype for disordered solids, we classify all failure modes that are the results of interplay between these two effects. We obtain scaling criteria for the different modes and propose a general phase diagram that provides a framework for understanding previous theoretical and experimental attempts of interpolation between these modes...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346979/variational-formulation-of-a-quantitative-phase-field-model-for-nonisothermal-solidification-in-a-multicomponent-alloy
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Munekazu Ohno, Tomohiro Takaki, Yasushi Shibuta
A variational formulation of a quantitative phase-field model is presented for nonisothermal solidification in a multicomponent alloy with two-sided asymmetric diffusion. The essential ingredient of this formulation is that the diffusion fluxes for conserved variables in both the liquid and solid are separately derived from functional derivatives of the total entropy and then these fluxes are related to each other on the basis of the local equilibrium conditions. In the present formulation, the cross-coupling terms between the phase-field and conserved variables naturally arise in the phase-field equation and diffusion equations, one of which corresponds to the antitrapping current, the phenomenological correction term in early nonvariational models...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346919/balancing-building-and-maintenance-costs-in-growing-transport-networks
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Arianna Bottinelli, Rémi Louf, Marco Gherardi
The costs associated to the length of links impose unavoidable constraints to the growth of natural and artificial transport networks. When future network developments cannot be predicted, the costs of building and maintaining connections cannot be minimized simultaneously, requiring competing optimization mechanisms. Here, we study a one-parameter nonequilibrium model driven by an optimization functional, defined as the convex combination of building cost and maintenance cost. By varying the coefficient of the combination, the model interpolates between global and local length minimization, i...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346317/liposomal-tricurin-a-synergistic-combination-of-curcumin-epicatechin-gallate-and-resveratrol-repolarizes-tumor-associated-microglia-macrophages-and-eliminates-glioblastoma-gbm-and-gbm-stem-cells
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Sumit Mukherjee, Juliet N E Baidoo, Samay Sampat, Andrew Mancuso, Lovena David, Leah S Cohen, Shuiqin Zhou, Probal Banerjee
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a deadly brain tumor with a current mean survival of 12-15 months. Despite being a potent anti-cancer agent, the turmeric ingredient curcumin (C) has limited anti-tumor efficacy in vivo due to its low bioavailability. We have reported earlier a strategy involving the use two other polyphenols, epicatechin gallate (E) from green tea and resveratrol (R) from red grapes at a unique, synergistic molar ratio with C (C:E:R: 4:1:12.5, termed TriCurin) to achieve superior potency against HPV+ tumors than C alone at C:E:R (μM): 32:8:100 (termed 32 μM+ TriCurin)...
January 18, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344412/ginseng-an-nonnegligible-natural-remedy-for-healthy-aging
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REVIEW
Yong Yang, Changhong Ren, Yuan Zhang, XiaoDan Wu
Aging is an irreversible physiological process that affects all humans. Numerous theories have been proposed to regarding the process from a Western medicine perspective; however, ancient Chinese medicine practices and theories have increasingly gained attention, particularly ginseng, a grass that has been studied for the anti-aging properties of its active constituents. This review seeks to analyze current data on ginseng and its anti-aging properties. The plant species, characteristics, and active ingredients will be introduced...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342111/cytotoxicity-evaluation-of-turmeric-extract-incorporated-oil-in-water-nanoemulsion
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Hee Jeong Yoon, Xiaowei Zhang, Min Gyeong Kang, Gyeong Jin Kim, Sun Young Shin, Sang Hong Baek, Bom Nae Lee, Su Jung Hong, Jun Tae Kim, Kwonho Hong, Hojae Bae
To overcome the drawbacks of conventional drug delivery system, nanoemulsion have been developed as an advanced form for improving the delivery of active ingredients. However, safety evaluation is crucial during the development stage before the commercialization. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the cytotoxicity of two types of newly developed nanoemulsions. Turmeric extract-loaded nanoemulsion powder-10.6 (TE-NEP-10.6, high content of artificial surfactant Tween 80), which forms the optimal nanoemulsion, and the TE-NEP-8...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339307/anticoccidial-activity-of-fruit-peel-of-punica-granatum-l
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Shazia Ahad, Syed Tanveer, Tauseef Ahmad Malik, Irshad Ahmad Nawchoo
In the interests of food safety and public health, plants and their compounds are now re-emerging as an alternative approach to treat parasitic diseases. Here, we studied the anticoccidial effect of different solvent extracts of the fruit peel of Punica granatum-a commercial waste from pomegranate juice industries. The hope underlying these experiments was to find a sustainable natural product for controlling coccidiosis. The plant extracts were prepared using solvents of different polarity. Acute oral toxicity study was first carried out to see the safety of crude extracts...
January 12, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337601/mango-kernel-fat-fractions-as-potential-healthy-food-ingredients-a-review
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Jun Jin, Qingzhe Jin, Casimir C Akoh, Xingguo Wang
Mango kernel fat (MKF) has been reported to have high functional and nutritional potential. However, its application in food industry has not been fully explored or developed. In this review, the chemical compositions, physical properties and potential health benefits of MKF are described. MKF is a unique fat consisting of 28.9-65.0% of 1,3-distearoyl-2-oleoyl-glycerol with excellent oxidative stability index (58.8-85.2 h at 110 °C), making the fat and its fractions suitable for use as high-value added food ingredients such as cocoa butter alternatives, trans-free shortenings, and a source of natural antioxidants (e...
January 16, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337103/green-options-for-imparting-antibacterial-functionality-to-cotton-fabrics
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Nabil A Ibrahim, Nahed A Abd El-Ghany, Basma M Eid, Eman M Mabrouk
This study demonstrated that antibacterial cellulosic textiles can be fabricated in eco-friendly manner by grafting of monochlorotriazinyl β-cyclodextin (MCT-βCD) onto knitted and woven cotton fabrics followed by post-loading of any of the green active ingredients namely Rosemary oil, Lavender oil, Clove oil, Cinnamon oil, Aloe vera gel, Vanillin, Ag-ions, Natural Yellow 7 and Natural Red 25 dyes into the hydrophobic cavities of grafted β-CD moieties. Some of the grafted, post-loaded fabric samples were characterized by FTIR, SEM, and EDS analysis...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336271/anti-inflammatory-drugs-and-herbs-with-special-emphasis-on-herbal-medicines-for-countering-inflammatory-diseases-and-disorders-a-review
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Mohd Iqbal Yatoo, Arumugam Gopalakrishnan, Archana Saxena, Oveas Rafiq Parray, Noore Alam Tufani, Sandip Chakraborty, Ruchi Tiwari, Kuldeep Dhama, Hafiz M N Iqbal
BACKGROUND: Diseases with inflammatory etiopathology have increased in incidence in recent times. Drugs used for therapeutic management of such inflammatory diseases are relieving the ailment but at the same time also countering serious life-threatening consequences. Moreover, they are costly and rarely available at all places. In this context, research and development on medicinal herbs have opened a new era in the prophylactic and therapeutic management of inflammatory diseases. OBJECTIVE: To highlight the importance of anti-inflammatory medicine-synthetic drugs and natural herbs, their constituents, mechanism of action, benefits, side effects and future prospects...
January 15, 2018: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336144/nanostructured-peptidotoxins-as-natural-pro-oxidants-induced-cancer-cell-death-via-amplification-of-oxidative-stress
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Hongzhi Qiao, Dong Fang, Lei Zhang, Xiaochen Gu, Yin Lu, Minjie Sun, Chunmeng Sun, Qineng Ping, Junsong Li, Zhipeng Chen, Jun Chen, Lihong Hu, Liuqing Di
Melittin (Mel), one of the host defense peptides (HDPs) derived from venom of honeybees, demonstrates substantial anticancer properties, which is considered attributed to augmenting reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. However, little has been reported on its pro-oxidation capacity in cancer oxidation therapy. In this study, a ROS amplifying nanodevice was fabricated through direct complexation of two natural pro-oxidants, Mel and condensed epigallocatechin gallate (pEGCG). The obtained nanocomplex (NC) was further covered with phenylboronic acid derivatized hyaluronic acid (pHA) through ROS-responsive boronate ester coordination bond to produce pHA-NC...
January 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335686/synthetic-hydroxyapatite-as-a-biomimetic-oral-care-agent
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Joachim Enax, Matthias Epple
PURPOSE: Human tooth enamel consists mostly of minerals, primarily hydroxyapatite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, and thus synthetic hydroxyapatite can be used as a biomimetic oral care agent. This review describes the synthesis and characterization of hydroxyapatite from a chemist's perspective and provides an overview of its current use in oral care, with a focus on dentin hypersensitivity, caries, biofilm management, erosion, and enamel lesions. SOURCES: Reviews and original research papers published in English and German were included...
January 15, 2018: Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333386/antioxidant-and-anti-adipogenic-activities-of-trapa-japonica-shell-extract-cultivated-in-korea
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DooJin Lee, Ok-Hwan Lee, Geunpyo Choi, Jong Dai Kim
Trapa japonica shell contains phenolic compounds such as tannins. Studies regarding the antioxidant and anti-adipogenic effects of Trapa japonica shell cultivated in Korea are still unclear. Antioxidant and anti-adipogenic activities were measured by in vitro assays such as 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazy (DPPH) radical scavenging activity, 2,2'-azinobis( 3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging activity, ferric reducing ability of plasma assay, reducing power, superoxide dismutase-like activity, and iron chelating ability in 3T3-L1 cells...
December 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328669/urinary-methyleugenol-deoxyadenosine-adduct-as-potential-biomarker-of-methyleugenol-exposure-in-rats
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Yukun Feng, Saide Wang, Hui Wang, Ying Peng, Jiang Zheng
Methyleugenol (ME), a natural ingredient of several herbs and spices used in the human diet, is hepatocarcinogenic in rodents. Following metabolic activation to reactive carbocation intermediate, ME can bind covalently to DNA, which is directly associated with its carcinogenicity. In this work, a non-invasive approach to determine ME exposure was established by monitoring urinary ME-dA adduct. The developed method entails liquid-liquid extraction enrichment of the urinary ME-dA, incorporation of deuterated ME-dA as internal standard, and analysis by liquid chromatography coupled tandem mass spectrometry...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328424/vitexin-induces-g2-m%C3%A2-phase-arrest-and-apoptosis-via-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-human-glioblastoma-cells
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Guangning Zhang, Dongyuan Li, Hao Chen, Junchen Zhang, Xingyi Jin
Glioblastoma is a common primary brain tumor with aggressive malignancy, which results in poor outcomes, short survival time and high mortality. Vitexin, an active ingredient from natural products, has been reported to inhibit cell growth and induce cell apoptosis in various cancer cell lines including hepatocellular carcinoma, oral and esophageal cancer. To the best of the authors knowledge, the present study was the first to investigate anticancer effects of vitexin on human glioblastoma cells and potential underlying mechanisms...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317682/piperonylic-acid-stimulates-keratinocyte-growth-and-survival-by-activating-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-egfr
#18
Dohyun Lee, Jinsun Lim, Kyung-Chul Woo, Kyong-Tai Kim
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulates cell growth, proliferation, and survival. The biological benefits of EGF have been utilized in medical uses for improving wound healing as well as in today's skin cosmetics. EGF has been found in urine, saliva, milk, and plasma, but its efficient isolation remains a difficult task. With technical advances, recombinant protein purification technique has been used for EGF production. However, the recombinant EGF is still expensive and keeping it with stable activity is difficult to be used widely...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316635/skin-protective-effect-of-epigallocatechin-gallate
#19
Eunji Kim, Kyeonghwan Hwang, Jongsung Lee, Sang Yun Han, Eun-Mi Kim, Junseong Park, Jae Youl Cho
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a catechin and an abundant polyphenol in green tea. Although several papers have evaluated EGCG as a cosmetic constituent, the skin hydration effect of EGCG is poorly understood. We aimed to investigate the mechanism by which EGCG promotes skin hydration by measuring hyaluronic acid synthase (HAS) and hyaluronidase (HYAL) gene expression and antioxidant and anti-pigmentation properties using cell proliferation assay, Western blotting analysis, luciferase assay, 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay, and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis...
January 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314466/covalent-bonding-of-chlorogenic-acid-induces-structural-modifications-on-sunflower-proteins
#20
Costas Nikiforidis, Dimitris Karefyllakis, Stavroula Salakou, J Harry Bitter, Atze Jan Van der Goot
Proteins and phenols coexist in the confined space of plant cells leading to reactions between them which result in new covalently bonded complex molecules. This kind of reactions has been widely observed during storage and processing of plant materials. However, the nature of the new complex molecules and their physico-chemical properties are largely unknown. Therefore we investigated the structural characteristics of covalent bonded complexes between highly pure sunflower protein isolate (SFPI, 94 wt%) and the dominant phenol in the confined space of a sunflower seed cell (chlorogenic acid, CGA)...
January 4, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
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