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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734728/a-new-ppar%C3%AE-dna-origami-biochromatography-and-offline-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-for-screening-ppar%C3%AE-receptor-antagonists-from-ginsenosides
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Jie Zhou, Chong Sun, Lingchang Meng, Weiran Ye, Pei Luo, Fang Sun, Shanshan Chen, Xia Xu
To rapidly identify novel PPARγ ligands, a robust binding assay amenable to high-efficiency screening toward PPARγ would be desirable. In this study, a new PPARγ assembled on DNA origami (PPARγ/DNA origami) biochromatography drug screening model was constructed and evaluated. The method was used to screen active ingredients acted on PPARγ from the total ginsenosides. The total ginsenosides were handled on this biochromatography column by HPLC. The collected retention fraction from the biochromatography column was analyzed by HPLC and HPLC/MS...
July 19, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731216/indigenous-food-ingredients-for-complementary-food-formulations-to-combat-infant-malnutrition-in-benin-a-review
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REVIEW
Flora J Chadare, Yann E Madode, Nadia Fanou-Fogny, Janvier M Kindossi, Juvencio O Ayosso, Hermann S Honfo, Polycarpe Kayode, Anita R Linnemann, Joseph D Hounhouigan
This paper reviews indigenous Beninese food resources as potential ingredients for complementary infant foods with the aim to develop affordable formulations for low-income households in each agro-ecological zone of the country. Potential ingredients were selected on their documented nutritional value. The selected foods encompass 347 food resources, namely 297 plant products from home gardens or collected from natural vegetation and 50 animals, either domesticated or from the wild. The compiled data reveal that the distribution of the available food resources was unbalanced between agro-ecological zones...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730389/cardiovascular-effects-of-high-molecular-weight-compounds-of-humic-nature
#3
M V Zykova, M V Belousov, T V Lasukova, A S Gorbunov, L A Logvinova, A M Dygai
The active ingredient extracted from the peat humic substances was characterized by physicochemical parameters evaluated by UV- and IR-spectroscopy, titration, and elemental (C, H, N) analysis. The cardiovascular effects of this ingredient were examined on isolated Langendorff-perfused rat heart. It was found that the active substance in a concentration range of 0.01-0.1 mg/ml produced a vasodilating effect; in addition, it decreased the end-diastolic and left-ventricular developed pressures.
July 18, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730384/verifying-identities-of-plant-based-multivitamins-using-phytochemical-fingerprinting-in-combination-with-multiple-bioassays
#4
Yeni Lim, Yoon Hee Ahn, Jae Keun Yoo, Kyoung Sik Park, Oran Kwon
Sales of multivitamins have been growing rapidly and the concept of natural multivitamin, plant-based multivitamin, or both has been introduced in the market, leading consumers to anticipate additional health benefits from phytochemicals that accompany the vitamins. However, the lack of labeling requirements might lead to fraudulent claims. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop a strategy to verify identity of plant-based multivitamins. Phytochemical fingerprinting was used to discriminate identities...
July 20, 2017: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728086/nanostructured-lipid-systems-modified-with-waste-material-of-propolis-for-wound-healing-design-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#5
Hélen Cássia Rosseto, Lucas de Alcântara Sica de Toledo, Lizziane Maria Belloto de Francisco, Elisabetta Esposito, Yunsook Lim, Giuseppe Valacchi, Rita Cortesi, Marcos Luciano Bruschi
Propolis, a natural compound that can accelerate the wound healing process, is mainly used as ethanolic extract. The extractive solution may also be obtained from the propolis by-product (BP), transforming this waste material into a pharmaceutical active ingredient. Even if propolis does not show toxicity, when used as an extract over harmed skin or mucosa, the present ethanol content may be harmful to the tissue recovering, besides hindering the drug release. This study describes the development of solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) as topical propolis delivery systems and the investigation of their in vitro and in vivo activities...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726902/limiting-the-valence-advancements-and-new-perspectives-on-patchy-colloids-soft-functionalized-nanoparticles-and-biomolecules
#6
Emanuela Bianchi, Barbara Capone, Ivan Coluzza, Lorenzo Rovigatti, Peter D J van Oostrum
Limited bonding valence, usually accompanied by well-defined directional interactions and selective bonding mechanisms, is nowadays considered among the key ingredients to create complex structures with tailored properties: even though isotropically interacting units already guarantee access to a vast range of functional materials, anisotropic interactions can provide extra instructions to steer the assembly of specific architectures. The anisotropy of effective interactions gives rise to a wealth of self-assembled structures both in the realm of suitably synthesized nano- and micro-sized building blocks and in nature, where the isotropy of interactions is often a zero-th order description of the complicated reality...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726389/anti-melanogenic-effect-of-urolithin-a-and-urolithin-b-the-colonic-metabolites-of-ellagic-acid-in-b16-melanoma-cells
#7
Shang-Ta Wang, Wei-Chia Chang, Chen Hsu, Nan-Wei Su
Anti-melanogenic agents from natural sources have been widely investigated. Urolithin A (UA) and B (UB), the main gut microflora metabolites of dietary ellagic acid derivatives, have various bioactivities such as anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. In this study, the metabolites were found to possess depigmentation efficacy by suppressing tyrosinase activity. Both UA and UB could attenuate melanogenesis in B16 melanoma cells at non-cytotoxic doses, and UA showed comparable efficacy to positive control, kojic acid group...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725623/isolation-and-characterization-of-antimicrobial-compound-from-the-stem-bark-of-the-traditionally-used-medicinal-plant-adenium-obesum
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Mohammed Sohail Akhtar, Mohammad Amzad Hossain, Sadri Abdullah Said
BACKGROUND: Medicinal plants constitute a natural reservoir for medicines worldwide. They serve mainstream therapeutics and are central in folklore medicine. In case of Adenium obesum (Lav, Apocynaceae), indigenous people of Oman use it for the treatment of venereal diseases, wounds, skin diseases, headaches, muscle pain as well as joint pain; yet, the active ingredients have not been classified. To screened the antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of an identified compound that we isolated from the highest active chloroform extract...
July 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720962/minimally-processed-beetroot-waste-as-an-alternative-source-to-obtain-functional-ingredients
#9
Anne Porto Dalla Costa, Vanessa Stahl Hermes, Alessandro de Oliveira Rios, Simone Hickmann Flôres
Large amounts of waste are generated by the minimally processed vegetables industry, such as those from beetroot processing. The aim of this study was to determine the best method to obtain flour from minimally processed beetroot waste dried at different temperatures, besides producing a colorant from such waste and assessing its stability along 45 days. Beetroot waste dried at 70 °C originates flour with significant antioxidant activity and higher betalain content than flour produced from waste dried at 60 and 80 °C, while chlorination had no impact on the process since microbiological results were consistent for its application...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720287/occurrence-toxicity-bioaccessibility-and-mitigation-strategies-of-beauvericin-a-minor-fusarium-mycotoxin
#10
REVIEW
C Luz, F Saladino, F B Luciano, J Mañes, G Meca
Emerging Fusarium mycotoxins include the toxic secondary metabolites fusaproliferin, enniatins, beauvericin (BEA), and moniliform. BEA is produced by some entomo- and phytopathogenic Fusarium species and occurs naturally on corn and corn-based foods and feeds infected by Fusarium spp. BEA has shown various biological activities (antibacterial, antifungal, and insecticidal) and possesses toxic activity, including the induction of apoptosis, increase cytoplasmic calcium concentration and lead to DNA fragmentation in mammalian cell lines...
July 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714869/the-occurrence-of-zearalenone-in-south-korean-feedstuffs-between-2009-and-2016
#11
Hansub Chang, Woori Kim, Ju-Hee Park, Dongho Kim, Choong-Ryeol Kim, Soohyun Chung, Chan Lee
Mycotoxins produced by Fusarium plant pathogen species have harmful effects on humans and livestock by natural contamination in food and feed. Zearalenone, one of the well-known Fusarium mycotoxins, causes hyperestrogenism and toxicosis resulting in reproductive dysfunction in animals. This study investigated the occurrence of zearalenone in feedstuffs (compound feeds, feed ingredients) between 2009 and 2016 in South Korea to obtain information on zearalenone contamination in feeds for management. A total of 653 animal feed samples (494 compound feeds, 159 feed ingredients) produced domestically were sampled five times from 2009 to 2016 (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016) from feed factories in South Korea...
July 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714347/antifungal-activities-and-active-ingredients-of-melodinus-suaveolens-champ-ex-benth
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Yanan Xu, Siquan Ling, Dongqiang Zeng, Wenwei Tang
Four Melodinus species with antifungal activity were found in survey of the floral resources, in Shiwan Mountain Natural Reserve, Guangxi Province, China. Crude methanolic extracts of the twigs and leaves of Melodinus suaveolens exhibited potent antifungal activities against the plant pathogenic fungi Colletotrichum musae, Colletotrichum graminicola, Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and Alternaria musae, and the ethyl acetate fraction inhibited these pathogens at rates of 85.37, 91.47, 72.77 and 89.87%, respectively (5 mg/mL)...
July 16, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713046/a-90-day-oral-toxicity-study-of-glycolipids-from-dacryopinax-spathularia-in-beagle-dogs
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Jens Bitzer, Thomas Henkel, Andrey I Nikiforov, Marisa O Rihner, Kim A Henderson
The subchronic toxicity of glycolipids from Dacryopinax spathularia (herein referred to as "AM-1") was studied in male and female Beagle dogs administered AM-1 by oral capsule at doses of 150, 500 or 1000 mg/kg/day for 90 days. AM-1 was well tolerated at all dosages and there were no test article-related effects on survival, clinical observations, neurological screening (functional observational battery) parameters, clinical pathology parameters, organ weights, macroscopic or microscopic evaluations. Test article-related changes were limited to minimal effects on food consumption and body weight changes in the 1000 mg/kg/day group females...
July 13, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710877/quality-attributes-of-bread-fortified-with-staghorn-sumac-extract
#14
Sunan Wang, Fan Zhu
Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) is rich in polyphenols and may be used as an innovative ingredient in maintaining and enhancing food quality. In this report, aqueous extracts of sumac fruit powder were added up to 10% in wheat bread formulation. The extract concentration-dependently delayed the mold growth (up to 5 log reduction in 7-day storage) and the staling of bread. Adding sumac extracts dose-dependently increased the total phenolic and anthocyanin contents of the breads. Minimal changes were observed in loaf volume, water activity, moisture content, texture (cohesiveness, springiness and adhesive) and aroma of breads containing extracts of less than 4%...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704942/specialized-metabolites-of-the-lichen-vulpicida-pinastri-act-as-photoprotective-agents
#15
Béatrice Legouin, Françoise Lohézic-Le Dévéhat, Solenn Ferron, Isabelle Rouaud, Pierre Le Pogam, Laurence Cornevin, Michel Bertrand, Joël Boustie
The extreme resiliency of lichens to UV radiations makes them an interesting model to find new photoprotective agents acting as UV-blockers and antioxidant. In this research, using a new in vitro method designed to overcome the shortage of material associated to many studies dealing with natural products, we show that the three major compounds isolated from the lichen Vulpicida pinastri, vulpinic acid, pinastric acid and usnic acid, were UV blocker agents. Antioxidant assays evidenced superoxide anion scavenging activity...
July 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702423/food-ingredients-that-inhibit-cholesterol-absorption
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REVIEW
Elliot D Jesch, Timothy P Carr
Cholesterol is a vital component of the human body. It stabilizes cell membranes and is the precursor of bile acids, vitamin D and steroid hormones. However, cholesterol accumulation in the bloodstream (hypercholesterolemia) can cause atherosclerotic plaques within artery walls, leading to heart attacks and strokes. The efficiency of cholesterol absorption in the small intestine is of great interest because human and animal studies have linked cholesterol absorption with plasma concentration of total and low density lipoprotein cholesterol...
June 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699506/natural-or-plant-products-for-the-treatment-of-neurological-disorders-current-knowledge
#17
Mohammad Khalid Parvez
In recent decades, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become very popular in the treatment of several chronic diseases. Natural products as one of the CAM modalities offer potential opportunities to discover lead compounds for novel drug development. The use of CAM or natural products in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases is comparatively a newer area. Natural therapeutics with anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory salutations evidently plays a crucial role in protecting neurons. Of these, the most promising are caffeine, trigonelline, shogaol, curcumin, resveratrol, baicalein, wogonin, ginsenosides, tanshinones, withanolides, picrosides, parthenolide, cannabinoids, Devil's claw and white willow bark, including Chinese formulations Renshen Shouwu and Shengmai San...
July 10, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698456/combining-nmr-spectroscopy-and-chemometrics-to-monitor-structural-features-of-crude-hep-arin
#18
Lucio Mauri, Maria Marinozzi, Giulia Mazzini, Richard E Kolinski, Michael Karfunkle, David A Keire, Marco Guerrini
Because of the complexity and global nature of the heparin supply chain, the control of heparin quality during manufacturing steps is essential to ensure the safety of the final active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). For this reason, there is a need to develop consistent analytical methods able to assess the quality of heparin early in production (i.e., as the crude heparin before it is purified to API under cGMP conditions). Although a number of analytical techniques have been applied to characterize heparin APIs, few of them have been applied for crude heparin structure and composition analyses...
July 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698171/natural-compounds-for-the-treatment-of-psoriatic-arthritis-a-proposal-based-on-multi-targeted-osteoclastic-regulation-and-on-a-preclinical-study
#19
Shiqiang Deng, Jianwen Cheng, Jinmin Zhao, Felix Yao, Jiake Xu
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis affecting approximately 2% to 3% of the population globally, and is characterized by both peripheral articular manifestations and axial skeletal involvement. Conventional therapies for PsA have not been fully satisfactory, though natural products (NPs) have been shown to be highly effective and represent important treatment options for psoriasis. PsA is a multigenic autoimmune disease with both environmental and genetic factors contributing to its pathogenesis...
July 11, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697219/the-role-of-a-natural-mollusk-egg-derived-ingredient-in-facial-appearance
#20
Zoe Diana Draelos
<p>New cosmeceutical ingredients that improve skin appearance are of interest to the dermatologist. Cryptomphalus aspersa is a snail raised on farms in Spain for its mucinous secretions and eggs. These natural products have been demonstrated in vitro to trigger mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, promote dermal fibroblast and keratinocyte migration, prevent keratinocyte aging, prevent oxidative damage, stimulate the extracellular matrix, and regulate MMPs. This 12-week study enrolled 40 male and female subjects age 40-70 years of Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV with moderate to severe facial aging and Rao-Goldman scores of 4-5 who applied an eye and face anti-aging cream twice daily containing a mollusk egg extract...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
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