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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330254/enhanced-production-of-an-anti-malarial-compound-artesunate-by-hairy-root-cultures-and-phytochemical-analysis-of-artemisia-pallens-wall
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Zarna Pala, Vishnu Shukla, Anshu Alok, Subhash Kudale, Neetin Desai
Artemisinin and its derivatives are still one of the most effective drugs for the treatment of malaria. Artemisia pallens commonly known as Dhavanam, is an aromatic herb belonging to the family Asteraceae. Increasing the artemisinin content of A. pallens by genetic engineering would improve the availability of this much needed drug. In the present study, Agrobacterium rhizogenes (strain NCIM 5140) mediated genetic transformation of Artemisia pallens were carried out for hairy root induction. The effect of different media (Half MS, MS, MS along with BAP 0...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330231/prevalence-of-toxigenic-fungi-in-common-medicinal-herbs-and-spices-in-india
#2
Visenuo Aiko, Alka Mehta
Mycotoxins are unavoidable contaminants of food grains, feeds, medicinal herbs, and spices, posing as health threat to animals and humans. The objective of this study was to screen medicinal herbs and spices for fungi and mycotoxin contamination and evaluate their safety. Sixty-three samples were examined for fungal contamination and fungal load determined using standard microbiological method. Aflatoxin and citrinin were detected using thin layer chromatography and high-performance chromatography technique...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327640/compatibility-study-of-danggui-buxue-tang-on-chemical-ingredients-angiogenesis-and-endothelial-function
#3
Ping-Lan Lin, Zhi-Cheng Li, Rui-Fang Xie, You-Hua Wang, Xin Zhou
Danggui Buxue Tang (DBT) is a classic Chinese herbal formula which consists of Astragali mongholici Radix and Angelica sinensis Radix (ASR). For chemical ingredients, HPLC were performed. Results showed compared with single herbs, DBT decoction could promote the dissolution of ingredients such as ferulic acid and calycosin. Furthermore, when ratio of AMR to ASR was 5 to 1, synthetic score was the best. For angiogenesis, normal and injured zebrafish model were applied. Results showed DBT and its ingredients had angiogenesis effects on Sub Intestinal vessels (SIVs) of normal zebrafish...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327160/what-constitutes-problematic-khat-use-an-exploratory-mixed-methods-study-in-ethiopia
#4
Awoke Mihretu, Solomon Teferra, Abebaw Fekadu
BACKGROUND: Khat is a psycho-stimulant herb, which has been in use in traditional societies in East Africa and the Middle East over many centuries. Although khat is reported to cause various health problems, what constitutes problematic khat use has never been systematically investigated. This study explored the acceptable and problematic uses of khat from the perspective of users. METHODS: The study used a mixed methods design (exploratory sequential) in which qualitative (emic) data were collected to develop a framework to define problematic khat use...
March 21, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326842/two-new-terpenoids-from-kalimeris-indica
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Guo-Kai Wang, Yang Yu, Zheng Wang, Bai-Xiang Cai, Zhong-Yu Zhou, Gang Wang, Jin-Song Liu
A new nor-sesquiterpene kalimeristone A (1), a new nor-triterpenoid kalimerislactone B (2) and eight known compounds 7-hydroxy-4'methoxyisoflavone (3), episyringaresinol (4), epipinoresinol (5), rhamnetin (6), vanillin (7), p-hydroxybenzaldehyde (8), syringic acid (9) and 3, 4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde (10) were isolated from the herbs of Kalimeris indica. The structures of these compounds were elucidated using spectroscopic techniques, such as NMR and MS. All of the compounds were isolated from this genus for the first time...
March 22, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326452/methyleugenol-dna-adducts-in-human-liver-are-associated-with-sult1a1-copy-number-variations-and-expression-levels
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Roman Tremmel, Kristin Herrmann, Wolfram Engst, Walter Meinl, Kathrin Klein, Hansruedi Glatt, Ulrich M Zanger
Methyleugenol is a rodent hepatocarcinogen occurring in many herbs and spices as well as essential oils used for flavoring. Following metabolic activation by cytochromes P450 (CYPs) and sulfotransferases (SULTs), methyleugenol can form DNA adducts. Previously, we showed that DNA adduct formation by methyleugenol in mouse liver is dependent on SULT1A1 expression and that methyleugenol DNA adducts are abundant in human liver specimens. In humans, SULT1A1 activity is affected by genetic polymorphisms, including single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and copy number variations (CNVs)...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326124/adverse-effects-of-hydroalcoholic-extracts-and-the-major-components-in-the-stems-of-impatiens-balsamina-l-on-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Hong-Fang Jiang, Zi-Heng Zhuang, Bei-Wei Hou, Bao-Jun Shi, Cheng-Jie Shu, Lei Chen, Guo-Xin Shi, Wei-Ming Zhang
Impatiens balsamina L. (Balsaminaceae), an annual herb found throughout China, has been extensively used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, our knowledge regarding the adverse effects of I. balsamina in vivo is very limited. In this present study, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans model was employed to fully assess the adverse effects of hydroalcoholic (EtOH 55%) extracts of I. balsamina stems (HAEIBS) in vivo. After exposure to 10 mg/mL HAEIBS, the major organism-level endpoints of C. elegans of percent survival, frequency of head thrash and body bends, and reproduction had decreased by 24%, 30%, and 25%, respectively...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325576/raman-spectroscopy-in-quality-control-of-chinese-herbal-medicine
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Dan-Dan Chen, Xiao-Fang Xie, Hui Ao, Ji-Lei Liu, Cheng Peng
BACKGROUND: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is of noteworthy international interest due to its potential impact on healthcare and manifests numerous opportunities for new drug development. However, solid scientific evidence is still lacking regarding the safety, efficacy, and quality of CHM-derived medicines. Success in the modernization and globalization of CHM is heavily dependent on the achievements in advanced analytical techniques for in-line checks of CHM quality. Raman spectroscopy has become increasingly valued as an analytical technique in the pharmaceutical sector because it can provide a detailed chemical fingerprint...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325327/preparation-of-cellulose-nanocrystals-from-humulus-japonicus-stem-and-the-influence-of-high-temperature-pretreatment
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Yani Jiang, Jiping Zhou, Qi Zhang, Guoqi Zhao, Lin Heng, Dongdong Chen, Dongfang Liu
As one of the most abundant wild herbs in nature, the Humulus japonicus stem (HJS) is a new low-cost source of cellulosic material. In this work, cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were isolated from HJS using acid hydrolysis. The influence of high temperature pretreatment (HT pretreatment) on the properties and yields of these HT-HJS (HJS fibers after HT pretreatment at different temperatures) and HT-CNCs (CNCs prepared from the HT-HJS) was studied. The results showed that there was no variation of the chemical structure among the HT-HJS and HT-CNCs...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325147/berberine-derivatives-with-different-pharmacological-activities-via-structural-modifications
#10
Daipeng Xiao, Zhenbao Liu, Shanshan Zhang, Mi Zhou, Fen He, Ming Zou, Junying Peng, Xiong Xie, Yanfei Liu, Dongming Peng
Berberine, a quaternary ammonium protoberberine alkaloid with an isoquinoline scaffold isolated from medicinal herbs, exhibits a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities. Berberine has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. However, it has poor bioavailability, which seriously limits its application and development. The chemical transformation of natural products is an effective method to improve pharmacological activities. Researches have been carried out on the modification of berberine to obtain better pharmacological properties...
March 21, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325144/therapeutic-potential-and-outlook-of-alternative-medicine-for-osteoporosis
#11
Tao Wang, Qian Liu, William Tjhioe, Jinmin Zhao, Aiping Lu, Ge Zhang, Renxiang Tan, Mengyu Zhou, Jiake Xu, Haotian Feng
Osteoporosis, a bone disease resulting in loss of bone density and microstructure quality, is often associated with fragility fractures, and the latter imposes a great burden on the patient and society. Although there are several different treatments available for osteoporosis such as hormone replacement therapy, bisphosphonates, Denosumab, and parathyroid hormone some concern has been raised regarding the inherent side effects of their long term use. It would be of great relevance to search for alternative natural compounds, which could complementarily overcome the limitations of the currently available therapy...
March 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323909/integrating-the-effects-of-latitude-and-altitude-on-the-spatial-differentiation-of-plant-community-diversity-in-a-mountainous-ecosystem-in-china
#12
Manhou Xu, Li Ma, Yanyan Jia, Min Liu
Varying patterns of plant community diversity along geographical gradients are a significant topic in biodiversity research. Here, to explore the integrated effects of latitude and altitude on the plant community diversity in a mountainous ecosystem, we set Guancen Mountain in the northern section, Guandi Mountain in the middle section, and Wulu Mountain in the southern section of the Lvliang Mountains as study areas, and the plant community diversity (basal diameter and height of tree and species diversity indices of shrub and herb) was measured horizontally at different latitude gradients and vertically at different altitude gradients in late July 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323877/thermal-analysis-during-partial-carbonizing-process-of-rhubarb-moutan-and-burnet
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Junnan Ma, Xianglong Meng, Xiaohui Guo, Yaru Lan, Shuosheng Zhang
Control of temperature and duration of partial carbonization for Chinese medicines have been mainly based on experience of the processors. No quantitative methods and parameters are available that can be used to precisely control the temperature and determine the energy changes during the process. In our research, with a simulated atmosphere air condition, the partial carbonization processes of three Chinese herb medicines rhubarb, moutan and burnet were simulated at different heating rates (5, 10 and 20°C • min-1) and analyzed by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) to quantify the upper limits of the temperature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323046/centaurium-erythraea-methanol-extract-protects-red-blood-cells-from-oxidative-damage-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Miloš Đorđević, Mirjana Mihailović, Jelena Arambašić Jovanović, Nevena Grdović, Aleksandra Uskoković, Anja Tolić, Marija Sinadinović, Jovana Rajić, Danijela Mišić, Branislav Šiler, Goran Poznanović, Melita Vidaković, Svetlana Dinić
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Centaurium erythraea Rafn (CE) is a traditional medicinal herb in Serbia with antidiabetic, digestive, antipyretic and antiflatulent effects. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the potential protective effects of the methanol extract of the aerial parts of CE against glyco-oxidative stress in red blood cells (RBCs) in rats with experimentally induced diabetes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Diabetes was induced in Wistar rats by intraperitoneal (i...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322297/standardized-herbal-formula-pm014-inhibits-radiation-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-in-mice
#15
Jee-Youn Kim, Dasom Shin, Gihyun Lee, Jin-Mo Kim, Dongwook Kim, Yong-Min An, Byung Rok Yoo, Hanna Chang, Miran Kim, Jaeho Cho, Hyunsu Bae
Radiation therapy is widely used for thoracic cancers. However, it occasionally causes radiation-induced lung injuries, including pneumonitis and fibrosis. Chung-Sang-Bo-Ha-Tang (CSBHT) has been traditionally used to treat chronic pulmonary disease in Korea. PM014, a modified herbal formula derived from CSBHT, contains medicinal herbs of seven species. In our previous studies, PM014 exhibited anti-inflammatory effects in a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease model. In this study, we have evaluated the effects of PM014 on radiation-induced lung inflammation...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320429/chrysin-inhibited-tumor-glycolysis-and-induced-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-targeting-hexokinase-2
#16
Dong Xu, Junzhe Jin, Hao Yu, Zheming Zhao, Dongyan Ma, Chundong Zhang, Honglei Jiang
BACKGROUND: Hexokinase-2(HK-2) plays dual roles in glucose metabolism and mediation of cell apoptosis, making it an attractive target for cancer therapy. Chrysin is a natural flavone found in plant extracts which are widely used as herb medicine in China. In the present study, we investigated the antitumor activity of chrysin against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the role of HK-2 played for chrysin to exert its function. METHODS: The expression of HK-2 in HCC cell line and tumor tissue was examined by western blotting and immunohistochemistry staining...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318753/-information-quality-and-health-risks-in-spanish-language-retail-websites-for-chinese-herbal-medicine
#17
Noelia Tejedor-García, Coral García-Pastor, Selma Benito-Martínez, Francisco Javier de Lucio-Cazaña
OBJECTIVE: The growing use of purchase online via Internet retailers favours the access to potentially toxic natural products. It also contributes to the quick dissemination of the claims made by the retailers on efficacy and safety, these claims being not always based upon reliable information. Here, we have conducted an online search to find Spanish-language retail websites for Chinese herbal medicine and we have analysed them for the quality of product information and the potential health risks...
March 16, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318068/helicid-alleviates-pain-and-sleep-disturbances-in-a-neuropathic-pain-like-model-in-mice
#18
Meng-Qi Zhang, Tian-Xiao Wang, Rui Li, Zhi-Li Huang, Wu-Jian Han, Xiao-Chang Dai, Yi-Qun Wang
Natural helicid (4-formylphenyl-O-β-d-allopyranoside), a main active constituent from seeds of the Chinese herb Helicia nilagirica, has been reported to exert a sedative, analgesic and hypnotic effect, and is used clinically to treat neurasthenic syndrome, vascular headaches and trigeminal neuralgia. In the current study, mechanical allodynia tests, electroencephalograms, electromyogram recordings and c-Fos expression in neuropathic pain-like model mice of partial sciatic nerve ligation were used to investigate the effect of helicid on neuropathic pain and co-morbid insomnia...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316830/crystal-structure-of-a-photobiologically-active-brominated-angular-pyran-ocoumarin-bromo-hy-droxy-seselin
#19
A K Bauri, Sabine Foro, A F M Mustafizur Rahman
The title compound, C14H13BrO3 [systematic name: rac-(9S,10R)-9-bromo-10-hy-droxy-8,8-dimethyl-9,10-di-hydro-2H,8H-pyrano[2,3-f]chromen-2-one], is a substituted pyran-ocoumarin, obtained by bromination of seselin [8,8-dimethyl-2H,8H-pyrano[2,3-f]chromen-2-one], which was isolated from the Indian herb Trachyspermum stictocarpum (Aajmod). The pyrano ring has a distorted half-chair conformation and its mean plane is inclined to the coumarin mean plane by 1.6 (2)°. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked by pairs of O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers with an R(2)2(16) ring motif...
March 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316626/evaluation-of-phenolic-compounds-and-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-some-common-herbs
#20
Muhammad Abdul Qadir, Syeda Kiran Shahzadi, Asad Bashir, Adil Munir, Shabnam Shahzad
The study was designed to evaluate the phenolic, flavonoid contents and antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of onion (Allium cepa), garlic (Allium sativum), mint (Mentha spicata), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), oak (Quercus), aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller), and ginger (Zingiber officinale). All extracts showed a wide range of total phenolic contents, that is, 4.96 to 98.37 mg/100 g gallic acid equivalents, and total flavonoid contents, that is, 0.41 to 17.64 mg/100 g catechin equivalents. Antioxidant activity (AA) was determined by measuring reducing power, inhibition of peroxidation using linoleic acid system, and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) scavenging activity...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
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