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Velvet antler

Jui-Shu Chang, Hung-Jen Lin, Jeng-Shyan Deng, Wen-Tzu Wu, Shyh-Shyun Huang, Guan-Jhong Huang
Velvet antler ( Cervus elaphus ) is a typical traditional animal medicine. It is considered to have various pharmacological effects including stimulation of the immune system, increase in the physical strength, and enhancement of sexual function. This paper aims to investigate the aqueous extract of velvet antler (AVA) in the mouse models of LPS-induced ALI. Inhibition of NO, TNF- α , IL-1 β , IL-6, and IL-10 productions contributes to the attenuation of LPS-induced lung inflammation by AVA. A 5-day pretreatment of AVA prevented histological alterations and enhanced antioxidant enzyme activity in lung tissues...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Concepción Ahuja-Aguirre, Omar Pérez-Gutiérrez, Lorena López-deBuen, Susana Rojas-Maya, Felipe Montiel-Palacios
The white-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus) inhabits a wide latitudinal range in the Americas. Deer species dwelling throughout wide latitudinal ranges have developed subspecies with variations in their reproductive seasonality. In northern subspecies of white-tailed deer, such as those from Canada and the United States, the breeding season occurs from October through December. Odocoileus virginianus veraecrucis is a subspecies that inhabits eastern Mexico, and because its reproductive season has not been studied, it is believed to be similar to that from northern subspecies...
December 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
D Venkatachalam, J P Chambers, K Kongara, P Singh
AIM: To develop and validate a simple and sensitive method using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) for quantification of articaine, and its major metabolite articainic acid, in plasma of red deer (Cervus elaphus), and to investigate the pharmacokinetics of articaine hydrochloride and articainic acid in red deer following S/C administration of articaine hydrochloride as a complete ring block around the antler pedicle. METHODS: The LC-MS method was validated by determining linearity, sensitivity, recovery, carry-over and repeatability...
January 2018: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
Shih-Lin Cheng, You-Ling Jian, Chih-Ming Chen, Bing-Tsan Liu
The quality characteristics of velvet antlers obtained from Formosan sambar deer (Cervus unicolor Swinhoi) (SDVA), harvested from 63 to 81 d during the velvet antler growth period, were evaluated by investigating the relationships between antioxidant levels; including content, activity, and content/activity ratios, and physical properties; including shear force values, color, and Ca content. The hardness of samples from base velvet antler sections increased, and that the color of these samples tended to become reddish-yellow (redder and more yellow), suggesting that the Ca content in the base section of the sample was not ossified yet...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
Xiang Xiao, Shuqiang Xu, Lin Li, Min Mao, Jinping Wang, Yanjun Li, Ziwei Wang, Fei Ye, Li Huang
Velvet antler (VA) is a precious traditional Chinese medicine that is capable of repeated regeneration. Based on the Chinese medicine theory of coordination the heart and kidneys, VA has been employed to treat heart diseases, including ischemic heart disease, heart failure, and arrhythmia. We examined the effects of VA proteins on primary cardiac microvascular endothelial cells (CMECs) that were subjected to ischemia-hypoxia (IH) to investigate their effects on and mechanism of action in the treatment of ischemic heart disease...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Hengxing Ba, Boyin Jia, Guiwu Wang, Yifeng Yang, Gilead Kedem, Chunyi Li
Sika deer are an economically valuable species owing to their use in traditional Chinese medicine, particularly their velvet antlers. Sika deer in northeast China are mostly farmed in enclosure. Therefore, genetic management of farmed sika deer would benefit from detailed knowledge of their genetic diversity. In this study, we generated over 1.45 billion high-quality paired-end reads (288 Gbp) across 42 unrelated individuals using double-digest restriction site-associated DNA sequencing (ddRAD-seq). A total of 96,188 (29...
September 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Xiang Xiao, Lin Li, Shuqiang Xu, Min Mao, Ruiyan Pan, Yanjun Li, Jiayun Wu, Li Huang, Xiaoyun Zheng
Lu Rong, velvet antler (VA), is a traditional Chinese medicine, which is used as a food supplement and therapeutic drug in China, Japan, Russia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The regenerative characteristics of VA have resulted in great research interest, particularly regarding the fields of organ grafting and stem cell differentiation. Various VA proteomic studies verified that proteins act as the primary bioactive components of VA. The present study aimed to investigate if VA proteins (VA‑pro) influence endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) viability...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yang Yu, Yan Jin, Fangjun Wang, Jiaze Yan, Yanxia Qi, Mingliang Ye
Proteins are the most prominent bioactive component in deer antler velvet. The aim of the present study was to track the fate of protein of antler velvet by protein digestomics. The peptide profile identified by LC-MS/MS and the in vitro bioactivity of antler velvet aqueous extract (AAE) were investigated in simulated gastrointestinal digestion. A total of 23, 387 and 417 peptides in AAE, gastric and pancreatic digests were identified using LC-MS/MS, respectively. Collagens, the predominant proteins, released 34 peptides in gastric digests and 146 peptides in pancreatic digests...
June 2017: Food Research International
Yuling Ding, Yanmei Wang, Byong-Tae Jeon, Sang-Ho Moon, Seung-Hong Lee
The purpose of the current study was to investigate the potential anti-obesity activity of an enzymatic hydrolysate of velvet antler in inhibiting adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells and in high-fat diet (HFD)-fed obese mice. The enzymatic hydrolysate was prepared using the commercial food grade protease, Protamex. The velvet antler Protamex hydrolysate (VAPH) indicated profound inhibitory effects on adipogenesis dose-dependently by decreasing the accumulation of triglycerides and down-regulating expression levels of adipogenesis-related proteins C/EBPα, SREBP-1, and PPARγ...
2017: EXCLI Journal
Xueming Liao, Zhinong Gao, Yan Xia, Fei Niu, Wenzhong Zhai
A series of carboxylate gemini surfactants (CGS, Cn-Φ-Cn, n = 12, 14, 16, 18) with diphenyl ketone as a spacer group were prepared using a simple and feasible synthetic method. These CGS exhibited an excellent surface activity with extremely low critical micelle concentration (CMC) value (approximately 10(-5) mol/L), good performance in reducing surface tension (nearly 30 mN/m), and the ability of molecular self-assembly into different aggregate morphologies via adjusting the concentrations, which is attributed to the introduction of diphenyl ketone and carboxylic acid ammonium salt in the molecular structure...
March 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Wenhe Zhu, Huiyan Wang, Wei Zhang, Na Xu, Junjie Xu, Yan Li, Wensen Liu, Shijie Lv
Antler velvet polypeptide (VAP) is a prominent bioactive component of antler velvet. Whereas uncharacterized crude extracts have typically been used in pharmacological studies, in this study, the velvet polypeptide was isolated and purified by acid water extraction, ethanol precipitation, ammonium sulfate fractionation and precipitation, and chromatography, progressively. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were induced with H2 O2 followed purified polypeptide treatment. Cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay...
May 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Chao Jiang, Yan Jin, Xinlei Zhao, Yuan Yuan, Yuyang Zhao, Luqi Huang
Deer antler velvet is widely used as a vitalizing, tonifying, haemopoietic and strengthening agent for debilitated persons in East Asia. To develop a rapid and sensitive method for the identification of the biological source or origin in antler velvet products, a molecular approach was applied using PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. The cytochrome b gene sequences of nine cervidae species were analyzed, and a Dde I restriction endonuclease recognition site was found only in sika deer and red deer, the official origin of deer velvet in Chinese pharmacopoeia...
March 2018: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Wolfgang Pita-Thomas, Gemma Barroso-García, Veronica Moral, Amber R Hackett, Valeria Cavalli, Manuel Nieto-Diaz
Every spring, deer cast their old antlers and initiate a regeneration process, which yields a new set of antlers of up to 1m in length. Over the course of three months, branches of the trigeminal nerve, originating from the frontal skull, innervate velvet, a modified skin that covers the regenerating antler. The rate of growth of these axons reaches up to 2cm per day making them the fastest regenerating axons in adult mammals. Here, we aim to identify the factors secreted by velvet that promote such high speed axon growth...
January 6, 2017: Neuroscience
A Bielli, A Freitas-de-Melo, P Genovese, M Villagrán, R Ungerfeld
BACKGROUND: Antlers are lined by soft velvet tissue during antler growth. Later, the velvet is shed before rut onset. There are no detailed histological descriptions of the growing velvet, nor whether the velvet changes according to stag age. Our aims were to: 1) describe the basic histology of pampas deer antler velvet from adult and yearling males; and 2) determine the influence of age and time of antler growth on velvet's tissues morphometry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Samples were collected from 10 stags allocated in two groups, either adult (3-5 years old, n = 5) or yearling males (2 years old, n = 5)...
2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
Zhigang Sui, Yejing Weng, Qun Zhao, Nan Deng, Fei Fang, Xudong Zhu, Yichu Shan, Lihua Zhang, Yukui Zhang
The cartilage zone of the velvet antler is richly vascularized, this being a major difference to the classical cartilage, in which there are no blood vessels. Angiogenesis and rapid growth of vasculature in velvet antler cartilage (VAC) make it an ideal model for discovering the novel angiogenic regulatory factors. However, the proteomic analysis of VAC is challenging due to the serious interference of proteoglycans (PGs) and collagens. To achieve a comprehensive proteome characterization of VAC, herein, we developed an ionic liquid-based method using 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C12-mim]Cl) for selective extraction of cellular proteins from VAC...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Enhui Zha, Li Dandan, Xue Bai, Tiezhong Zhou, Yongong Li, Gao Shenyang, Xiqing Yue
CONTEXT: Velvet antler (VA) is recognized as one of the most important Chinese traditional medical herbs. To date, the immunoactivity of the single component of VA is rarely studied though its compound extracts have been well analyzed. OBJECTIVE: The current study was designed to evaluate the immunomodulatory effects of a recombinant polypeptide (rVAP32) based on the VA of the sika deer by comparison with its natural counterpart (nVAP32). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Splenocytes proliferation and NK-cell cytotoxicity assay was evaluated by the WST-8 colorimetric method...
September 7, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Hye Kyung Kim, Myung-Gyou Kim, Kang-Hyun Leem
The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of velvet antler (VA) from different sections for promoting longitudinal bone growth in growing rats. VA was divided into upper (VAU), middle (VAM), and basal sections (VAB). An in vivo study was performed to examine the effect on longitudinal bone growth in adolescent rats. In addition, in vitro osteogenic activities were examined using osteoblastic MG-63 cells. VA promoted longitudinal bone growth and height of the growth plate in adolescent rats. Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) in growth plate of VA group was highly expressed compared with control...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Seung-Hong Lee, Hye-Won Yang, Yuling Ding, Yanmei Wang, You-Jin Jeon, Sang-Ho Moon, Byong-Tae Jeon, Si-Heung Sung
Enzymatic hydrolysis has been successfully used for the extraction of numerous biologically active components from a wide variety of natural sources. In the present study, velvet antler was subjected to the extraction process using Alcalase protease. We analyzed bioactive components, such as uronic acid, sulfated-glycosaminoglycans (sulfated-GAGs), and sialic acid, present in the velvet antler Alcalase hydrolysate (VAAH) and assessed their anti-inflammatory effects in zebrafish as well as in vitro using cell lines...
2015: EXCLI Journal
Lihong Zhao, Yang Mi, Hongya Guan, Yan Xu, Yingwu Mei
Velvet antlers (VAs) are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine and invigorant and contain many functional components for health promotion. The velvet antler peptide sVAP32 is one of active components in VAs; based on structural study, the sVAP32 interacts with TGF-β1 receptors and disrupts the TGF-β1 pathway. We hypothesized that sVAP32 prevents cardiac fibrosis from pressure overload by blocking TGF-β1 signaling. Sprague-Dawley rats underwent transverse aortic constriction (TAC) or a sham operation...
July 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
YuJiao Tang, Byong-Tae Jeon, Yanmei Wang, Eun-Ju Choi, Yon-Suk Kim, Jin-Woo Hwang, Pyo-Jam Park, Sang Ho Moon, Eun-Kyung Kim
Deer velvet antler (DVA) is one of the most popular medicines in China. Numerous studies have demonstrated that velvet antler possess biological effects. However, data regarding its anti-migration activity on prostate cancer is scarce. In this study, we investigated the inhibitory effect of top DVA (T-DVA) on the expression of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and migration-related genes in the human prostate cancer cell, LNCaP. The T-DVA down-regulated the expression of PSA. In addition, the Radius(TM) assay revealed that T-DVA inhibited the migration behavior of prostate cancer cells...
2015: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
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