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Humeira Badsha
Background: Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) frequently ask their doctors about which diets to follow, and even in the absence of advice from their physicians, many patients are undertaking various dietary interventions. Discussion: However, the role of dietary modifications in RA is not well understood. Several studies have tried to address these gaps in our understanding. Intestinal microbial modifications are being studied for the prevention and management of RA...
2018: Open Rheumatology Journal
Zhu Zhu, Yibo Zhang, Jia Liu, Yanli Chen, Xueji Zhang
In this work, the effects of selenium (Se) on the nutritional quality of tomato fruit were investigated. The results showed that application of 1 mg L-1 sodium selenate foliar spray increased Se content in the fruit without affecting other concentrations of other metals. Se treatment elevated the contents of soluble sugars (glucose and fructose), amino acids, and bioactive compounds, such as flavanoids, glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E, in pink tomato fruit. Proteomic analysis using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification was performed on tomato fruit at the commercial harvest stage...
June 30, 2018: Food Chemistry
Yiwen Zhang, Zhimei Li, Qiuxia Min, Abulizi Palida, Yiyuan Zhang, Ruotian Tang, Lixia Chen, Hua Li
8-Chrysoeriol, a bioactive flavanoid, was firstly identified to bind directly to BCL-2 as BH3 mimetics by structure-based virtual ligand screening. And 3D docking model revealed the molecular basis of 8-Chrysoeriol targeting to BCL-2. The interaction between 8-Chrysoeriol and BCL-2 was further confirmed using Microscale Thermophoresis (MST) technique. Meanwhile, high expression level of antiapoptotic protein BCL-2 was detected in SW1990 pancreatic cancer cells and 8-Chrysoeriol showed obvious proapoptosis effect against SW1990 in vitro...
February 2, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Subha Rastogi, Madan Mohan Pandey, Ajay Kumar Singh Rawat
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Genus Adiantum (Pteridaceae) forms a significant dominant component of many plant communities especially in the tropical and temperate regions. These are commonly known as maidenhair ferns and several have been used medicinally in different parts of the world. They exhibit antidysenteric, antiulcer, antimicrobial, antitumor and antiviral activities. The traditional uses of Adiantum species are known to be for respiratory problems such as cough cold, fever, pneumonia and mucous formation...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Syed Raza Shah, Richard Alweis, Najla Issa Najim, Amin Muhammad Dharani, Muhammad Ahmed Jangda, Maira Shahid, Ahmed Nabeel Kazi, Syed Arbab Shah
Dietary changes are a major lifestyle factor that can influence the progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Recently, flavanols, a subgroup of plant-derived phytochemicals called flavonoids, have gained increasing attention, due to studies showing an inverse correlation between dietary intake of flavanols and incidence of diabetes. Flavanoids in the cocoa plant may ameliorate insulin resistance by improving endothelial function, altering glucose metabolism, and reducing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been proposed as the main culprit for insulin resistance...
October 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Marcella Arciuli, Daniela Fiocco, Sergio Fontana, Mattia Pia Arena, Maria Antonia Frassanito, Anna Gallone
The reinforcement of the defense mechanism of fish, through the administration of immunostimulants, is considered as a promising alternative to vaccines. Natural immunostimulants such as polyphenols, flavanoids, pigments and essential oils can modulate the innate immune response. In lower vertebrates, melano-macrophage centres, i.e. clusters of pigment-containing cells forming the extracutaneous pigment system, are wide-spread in the stroma of the haemopoietic tissue, mainly in kidney and spleen. In fishes, melano-macrophage centres play an important role in the immune response against antigenic stimulants and pathogens...
July 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Sara Ghafari, Matin Komeilian, Mohaddese Sadat Hashemi, Sareh Oushani, Garshasb Rigi, Behnam Rashidieh, Kamran Yarahmadi, Fatemeh Khoddam
Listeriolysine-O (LLO) is a 50KDa protein responsible for Listeria monocytogenes pathogenicity. The structure of LLO (PDB ID: 4CDB) with domains D1 to D4 is known. Therefore, it is of interest to identify conserved regions among LLO variants for destabilizing oligomerization (50 mer complex) of its monomers using appropriate inhibitors. Therefore, it is of interest to identify suitable inhibitors for inhibiting LLO. Previous reports suggest the use of flavanoids like compounds for inhibiting LLO. Our interest is to identify improved compounds to destabilize LLO oligomerization...
2017: Bioinformation
Sabahat Zahra Siddiqui, Hina Saleem, Muhammad Athar Abbasi, Azizur Rehman, Muhammad Ajaib
The purpose of the research work was to examine the in vitro antioxidant activity of the different aqueous and organic fractions of Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardwicke. The methanol extract was dissolved in distilled water and fractioned with n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate and n-butanol, successively. The antioxidant potential of the remaining aqueous and organic fractions was determined by using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) scavenging activity, total antioxidant activity, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay, ferric thiocyanate assay and total phenolics method...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Junfeng Zhu, Xiaojiao Yi, Jinghui Zhang, Shuqing Chen, Yongjiang Wu
Yangxinshi Tablet (YXST) is a Chinese patent medicine commonly used to treat cardiovascular diseases. However, its detailed chemical basis and mechanisms of action have not been clarified. In this study, high performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-Q-TOF-MS) was applied for comprehensive analysis of the chemical constituents in YXST. A total of 127 compounds, including 19 phenolic acids, 12 alkaloids, 51 flavanoids, 32 triterpenoids, 2 lignans, 2 phenylethanoid glycosides, 2 anthraquinones, 1 coumarin, and 6 other compounds, were identified or tentatively deduced by comparing their retention times and MS spectra with those of authentic standards or literature data...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Yijie Sha, Xu Chen, Bing Niu, Qin Chen
Quercetin, a ubiquitous flavanoid, has numerous pharmacological effects, such as antioxidant and antitumor. Previous studies showed nucleic acids were the potential biological targets for antitumor medicine. For exploring the mechanism of DNA-target medicine, the interaction between quercetin and calf thymus DNA was studied based on the method of spectrometry and simulation in our study. Firstly, the interaction between quercetin and calf thymus DNA was confirmed by fluorescence spectrometry. Furthermore, circular dichroism, fluorescence polarization, competitive displacement assay, and salt concentration dependence assay were applied to search the interaction mode of quercetin-calf thymus DNA, which proved the existence of groove binding and electrostatic interaction...
October 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Fahimeh Nazari, Naser Safaie, Bahram Mohammad Soltani, Masoud Shams-Bakhsh, Mohsen Sharifi
Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a very destructive plant pathogen. Selection of effective biological agents against this pathogen depends on more insight into molecular plant defence responses during the biocontrol agent-pathogen interaction. Auxin as a phytohormone is a key contributor in pathogenesis and plant defence and accumulation of auxin transport carriers are accompanied by increasing in flavonoid and miRNAs concentrations during plant interactions with bacteria. The aim of this research was molecular analysis of Bacillus subtilis (ATCC21332) biocontrol effect against A...
June 10, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Fei-Xiang Li, Hui Wang, Cui-Juan Gai, Hui-Qin Chen, Wei Li, Wen-Li Mei, Hao-Fu Dai
Three new flavanoids, (2R)-7,4'-dihydroxy-8-methylflavan (1), (2R)-7,4'-dihydroxy-6-methylflavan (2), and (3R)-7,3',4'-trihydroxyhomoisoflavan (3), together with seven known compounds (4-10), were isolated from artificially induced dragon's blood of Dracaena cambodiana, and their structures were determined based on HR-ESI-MS and extensive spectroscopic techniques (UV, IR, 1D-, and 2D-NMR). Compound 2 exhibited weak cytotoxicity against BEL-7402 cells line with the IC50 value of 39.2 μM. In addition, compound 3 showed significant acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory activity...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
Shaista Khan, Mohd Imran, Mohammed Imran, Nuzhat Pindari
A total of 50 Candida isolates were isolated and identified from clinical specimens and these were tested for resistance to various antifungal drugs. It was observed multi-drug resistance in all candida isolates by 84%, 62%, 60%, 76%, 46, 30%, and 22% against fluconazole, clotrimazole, Amphotericin B, itraconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole and nystatin tested respectively. The isolates, which were found to be resistant to antifungal drugs were selected and subjected to antifungal testing against six ethanolic plants, extract namely Azadiracta indica, Allium sativum, Cordia dichotoma Ocimum sanctum, Syzygium cumini and Trigonella foenum grecum...
2017: Bioinformation
Yanrong Chen, Yanke Li, Huali Xu, Gang Li, Yunxia Ma, Yu Jun Pang
BACKGROUND: Morin is a flavanoid which exhibits potent antioxidant activity in various oxidative stress related diseases. The current study was attempted to scrutinize the preclinical bio-efficacy of morin on focal ischemia. METHODS: The animal model of focal cerebral ischemic injury was done by midbrain carotid artery occlusion (MCAO) method, followed by Morin (30mg/kg) administration for seven days. RESULTS: The outcome of the study showed that treatment with morin displayed positive effects in reducing the focal cerebral ischemia...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
Wei Liu, Yudan Zhu, Yongli Wang, Shenglan Qi, Yuwen Wang, Chao Ma, Shuping Li, Bo Jiang, Xuemei Cheng, Zhengtao Wang, Zhenyu Xuan, Changhong Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aerial parts of Peganum harmala Linn (APP) is used as traditional medical herb for treatment of forgetfulness in Uighur medicine in China. But, the active ingredients and underlying mechanisms are unclear. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present study was undertaken to investigate the improvement effects of extract and alkaloid fraction from APP on scopolamine-induced cognitive dysfunction and to elucidate their underlying mechanisms of action, and to support its folk use with scientific evidence, and lay a foundation for its further researches...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Tingting Ma, Yi Wang, Xiaoqian Chen, Xiaoping Zhao
Objective: To discover the nephroprotective substances from Huangkui capsule. Methods: The components of Huangkui capsule were isolated by preparative liquid chromatography, and the active components were screened by LC/MS and identified. The adriamycine-injured HK-2 cells were treated with various active components with different concentrations, and the malonaldehyde (MDA) content, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) level and mitochondrial oxygen consumption rate were measured to verify the protective activity of the compounds...
January 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
M Aznar, S Úbeda, C Nerin, A Kabir, K G Furton
A simple, fast and sensitive analyte extraction method based on fabric phase sorptive extraction (FPSE) followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF-MS) analysis was developed for the analysis of 12 volatile compounds that represent most of the principal chemical families possessing different polarities and volatilities. Five FPSE media coated with different sol-gel sorbent chemistries having different polarities and selectivities were studied: long chain poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), short chain poly(tetrahydrofuran) (PTHF), Carbowax 20M (CW20M), short chain poly(dimethyl siloxane) (SC PDMS) and polyethylene glycol-polypropylene glycol-polyethylene glycol triblock copolymer (PEG-PPG-PEG)...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
B K Tiwary, R Ghosh, S Moktan, V K Ranjan, P Dey, D Choudhury, S Dutta, D Deb, A P Das, R Chakraborty
As virulence of many pathogenic bacteria is regulated by the phenomenon of quorum sensing (QS), the present study aimed to find the QS-inhibiting (QS-I) property (if any) in 61 Indian medicinal plants. The presence of QS-I compound in the leaf extract was evaluated by its ability to inhibit production of pigment in Chromobacterium violaceum MTCC 2656 (violacein) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa MTCC 2297 (pyocyanin) or swarming of P. aeruginosa MTCC 2297. Extracts of three plants, Astilbe rivularis, Fragaria nubicola and Osbeckia nepalensis, have shown a dose-dependent inhibition of violacein production with no negative effect on bacterial growth...
July 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Gang Zhao, Dengzhe Lan, Guobao Qi
In this study, a novel class of hybrid thiazole-based flavanoid derivatives were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, (1) H-NMR, (13) C-NMR, mass and elemental analysis. These derivatives were evaluated for antibacterial activity for possible benefit in bone trauma via inhibition of DNA gyrase enzyme. Results suggested that compounds 9n, 9o, and 9p showed considerable inhibition of DNA gyrase with considerable activity against tested forty strains of Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates. Moreover, compound 9n showed hydrogen bonding with LYS460 along with low binding free energy of -4...
November 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Ravindra G Heendeniya, Peiqiang Yu
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) genotypes transformed with Lc-bHLH and Lc transcription genes were developed with the intention of stimulating proanthocyanidin synthesis in the aerial parts of the plant. To our knowledge, there are no studies on the effect of single-gene and two-gene transformation on chemical functional groups and molecular structure changes in these plants. The objective of this study was to use advanced molecular spectroscopy with multivariate chemometrics to determine chemical functional group intensity and molecular structure changes in alfalfa plants when co-expressing Lc-bHLH and C1-MYB transcriptive flavanoid regulatory genes in comparison with non-transgenic (NT) and AC Grazeland (ACGL) genotypes...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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