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Ines van Dooren, Kenn Foubert, Sebastiaan Bijttebier, Mart Theunis, Stefaniya Velichkova, Magda Claeys, Luc Pieters, Vassiliki Exarchou, Sandra Apers
Stone diseases present a major health problem in the Western society, since both urinary and biliary stones occur with a relatively high prevalence of 10-12 % and 10-20 %, respectively, and demonstrate a high recurrence rate. At the moment treatment is mainly based on interventional procedures, or prophylactic and dissolution therapy. However, many of the current drugs cause severe side effects, and therefore, there is an increasing interest in natural medicines. At the moment no registered herbal medicinal products are available for treatment of gallstones...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
Elizabeth M Mudge, Ying Liu, Jensen A Lund, Paula N Brown
Suitably validated analytical methods that can be used to quantify medicinally active phytochemicals in natural health products are required by regulators, manufacturers, and consumers. Hawthorn (Crataegus) is a botanical ingredient in natural health products used for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. A method for the quantitation of vitexin-2″-O- rhamnoside, vitexin, isovitexin, rutin, and hyperoside in hawthorn leaf and flower raw materials and finished products was optimized and validated according to AOAC International guidelines...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
Francisco J Pérez-Cano, Margarida Castell
Flavonoids, including around 6000 phenolic compounds, are products of the secondary metabolism of plants which can be a part of one's diet via the consumption of many edible plants.[...].
October 21, 2016: Nutrients
Li Yang, Zan-Sheng Zheng, Fang Cheng, Xiao Ruan, De-An Jiang, Cun-De Pan, Qiang Wang
Seasonal variations of the phytochemicals contents in needles of T. wallichiana var. mairei due to the effects of growth meteorological parameters were investigated in this study. The needles of T. wallichiana var. mairei were collected from different months and the contents of taxoids (paclitaxel, 10-deacetylbaccatin III (10-DAB), baccatin III, cephalomannine, 10-deacetyltaxol (10-DAT)), flavones (ginkgetin, amentoflavone, quercetin) and polysaccharides were quantified by ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) and the resonance light scattering (RIL) method...
October 20, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yunpeng Cao, Yahui Han, Dahui Li, Yi Lin, Yongping Cai
In plants, 4-coumarate:coenzyme A ligases (4CLs), comprising some of the adenylate-forming enzymes, are key enzymes involved in regulating lignin metabolism and the biosynthesis of flavonoids and other secondary metabolites. Although several 4CL-related proteins were shown to play roles in secondary metabolism, no comprehensive study on 4CL-related genes in the pear and other Rosaceae species has been reported. In this study, we identified 4CL-related genes in the apple, peach, yangmei, and pear genomes using DNATOOLS software and inferred their evolutionary relationships using phylogenetic analysis, collinearity analysis, conserved motif analysis, and structure analysis...
October 19, 2016: Genes
Aleksandra S Kristo, Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, Angelos K Sikalidis
Dietary patterns, including regular consumption of particular foods such as berries as well as bioactive compounds, may confer specific molecular and cellular protection in addition to the overall epidemiologically observed benefits of plant food consumption (lower rates of obesity and chronic disease risk), further enhancing health. Mounting evidence reports a variety of health benefits of berry fruits that are usually attributed to their non-nutritive bioactive compounds, mainly phenolic substances such as flavonoids or anthocyanins...
October 19, 2016: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
Le-Le Yang, Na Xiao, Xiao-Wei Li, Yong Fan, Raphael N Alolga, Xiao-Yue Sun, Shi-Lei Wang, Ping Li, Lian-Wen Qi
Quercetin is a natural flavonoid widely distributed in human diet and functional foods. Quercetin 3-O-β-glucuronide (Q3G) is present in wine and some medicinal plants. Quercetin and Q3G may be metabolized from each other in vivo. While quercetin has been the subject of many studies, the pharmacokinetic profiles of quercetin and Q3G (in animals) have not yet been compared. Herein, we prepared a column-based method for rapid isolation of Q3G from Nelumbo nucifera. Then, we developed an UHPLC-MS/MS method to compare the pharmacokinetics of quercetin and Q3G...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Rafik U Shaikh, Mahesh M Pund, Rajesh N Gacche
The present study was carried out to evaluate in vivo and in vitro anti-inflammatory potential of selected medicinal plants used in Indian traditional medication. The sequentially extracted plant samples as, Cissus quadrangularis, Plumbago zeylanica, Terminalia bellarica and Terminalia chebula in water, ethanol and hexane were evaluated in-vitro for COX-1 and 2 inhibitory and antioxidant activities. The in vivo anti-inflammatory activity of selected samples showing promising COX-2 inhibition was assessed using carrageenan and Phorbol Myristate Acetate (PMA) induced mice edema animal model...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Amit D Kadhare, Subhash L Bodhankar, V Mohan, Prasad A Thakurdesai
Vicenin-1 (fenugreek glycoside) has been proven to possess potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity. The objective of the present investigation was to determine in-vivo acute and subacute (28-days repeated dose) oral toxicity of Vicenin-1 isolated from fenugreek seed. Vicenin-1 (93%) was isolated from a hydroalcoholic extract of fenugreek seed and characterized using HPLC, TLC, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR. Acute oral toxicity (AOT) and subacute toxicity studies of Vicenin-1 were carried out according to OECD 425 (up-and-down procedure) and OCED 407 guidelines in Swiss albino mice...
October 20, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Ri-Fu Yang, Lin-Lin Geng, Hai-Qin Lu, Xiao-Dan Fan
The total flavonoids from Hemerocallis citrina baroni are regarded as a green and natural health care product with many beneficial impacts on human health. In this study, ultrasound-synergized electrostatic field extraction (UEE) of the total flavonoids (TF) from H. citrina was investigated. Significant independent variables of the extraction, including the electrostatic field, ultrasonic power, ethanol concentration and extraction time, were optimized using the Box-Behnken (BB) method, and the optimal extraction conditions were obtained by response surface methodology (RSM)...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ganiyu Oboh, Ayokunle O Ademosun, Opeyemi B Ogunsuyi
Quercetin, a member of the flavonoid class of polyphenol, is one of the most abundantly distributed flavonoids found in various food sources such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, wine and seeds. Quercetin and quercetin-rich foods have been reported to have wide range of health promoting effects, especially in the prevention and management of several diseases; however, the subject of its solubility and bioavailability has limited its use. This section will therefore, consider quercetin as a food-rich flavonoid, the various food sources, the limitations in its use and new approaches at improving its solubility and bioavailability...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Noriko Hiraishi, Takahiro Maruno, Naoya Tochio, Ryohei Sono, Masayuki Otsuki, Tsutomu Takatsuka, Junji Tagami, Yuji Kobayashi
OBJECTIVE: Dentin collagen can be modified by some plant-derived flavonoids to improve properties of dentin organic matrix. Hesperidin (HPN), a hesperetin-7-O-rutinoside flavonoid, has a potential of dentin modification for being based on evidence that a treatment with HPN may resist collagenase degradation and arrest demineralization of human dentin. In this study, biophysical and molecular-level information on the interaction of HPN and collagen was investigated. METHODS: HPN is extracted from citrus fruits...
October 19, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
Brent Wiens, Vincenzo De Luca
The monoterpenoid indole alkaloids, reserpine and rescinnamine contain 3, 4, 5-trimethoxybenzoate or 3, 4, 5-trimethoxycinnamate, respectively, within their structures and they accumulate in different plant organs and particularly within roots of Rauwolfia serpentina. This plant also accumulates acylated sugars substituted with 3, 4, 5-trimethoxybenzoate and 3, 4, 5-trimethoxycinnamate. In the present study, transcriptome and metabolome analyses of R. serpentina roots allowed the identification of 7 candidate O-methytransferase (OMT) genes that might be associated with the formation of 3, 4, 5-trimethoxybenzoate and 3, 4, 5-trimethoxycinnamate and led to the molecular cloning of 4 genes for functional expression and analysis...
October 19, 2016: Phytochemistry
Megumi Funakoshi-Tago, Kentaro Ohsawa, Toshiyuki Ishikawa, Fumika Nakamura, Fumihito Ueda, Yuji Narukawa, Fumiyuki Kiuchi, Hiroomi Tamura, Kenji Tago, Tadashi Kasahara
Flavonoids, particularly those derived from plants, harbor biological effects such as anti-inflammation and the inhibition of cancer progression. In the present study, we investigated the effects of 10 kinds of flavonoids isolated from Nepalese propolis on the LPS signaling pathway in order to clarify their anti-inflammatory activities. Five types of flavonoids: isoliquiritigenin, chrysin, 3',4'-dihydroxy-4-methoxydalbergione, 4-methoxydalbergion, and cearoin, markedly inhibited inflammatory responses including LPS-induced NO production by suppressing the expression of iNOS mRNA and LPS-induced mRNA expression of TNFα and CCL2...
October 19, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
X-N Ma, C-X Ma, W-G Shi, J Zhou, H-P Ma, Y-H Gao, C J Xian, K-M Chen
OBJECTIVE: Icaritin, one effective metabolite of Herba Epimedii-derived flavonoid icariin, has a strong osteogenic activity. However, its action mechanism remains unclear. Since primary cilia have been shown to play a pivotal role in regulating the osteogenesis, we hypothesized primary cilia are indispensable in mediating icaritin osteogenic effect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Primary rat calvarial osteoblasts were transfected with siRNA1 targeting intraflagellar transport protein 88 (IFT88), a protein required for ciliogenesis, to prevent formation of primary cilium and were treated with 10(-6) M icaritin...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Dao-Ran Pang, Xiao-Qin Su, Zhi-Xiang Zhu, Jing Sun, Yue-Ting Li, Yue-Lin Song, Yun-Fang Zhao, Peng-Fei Tu, Jiao Zheng, Jun Li
Eight new flavonoid dimers, named cochinchinenins I-M (1-5), including three pairs of enantiomers (1a/1b-3a/3b) and two optically pure flavonoid dimers (4-5), along with a known analogue (6), were isolated from total phenolic extract of the red resin of Dracaena cochinchinensis (Chinese dragon's blood). The planar structures of 1-5 were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analysis including HRESIMS and 1D/2D NMR. Their absolute configurations were determined on the basis of experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) data...
October 18, 2016: Fitoterapia
Geeta Yadav, Prabhat Kumar Srivastava, Parul Parihar, Sanjesh Tiwari, Sheo Mohan Prasad
In order to know the impact of elevated level of UV-B on arsenic stressed Helianthus annuus L. var. DRSF-113 plants, certain physiological (growth - root and shoot lengths, their fresh masses and leaf area; photosynthetic competence and respiration) and biochemical parameters (pigments - Chl a and b, Car, anthocyanin and flavonoids; reactive oxygen species - superoxide radicals, H2O2; reactive carbonyl group, electrolyte leakage; antioxidants - superoxide dismutase, peroxidise, catalase, glutathione-S-transferase, proline) of their seedlings were analysed under the simultaneous exposures of two arsenic doses (6mgkg(-1) soil, As1; and 12mgkg(-1) soil, As2) and two UV-B doses (1...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Natália Helen Ferreira, Kelly Jacqueline Barbosa de Andrade, Luís Fernando Leandro, Nathália Oliveira Acésio, Suzana Amorim Mendes, Lucas Silva Cintra, Ana Helena Januário, Denise Crispim Tavares
The aim of this study was to examine the cytotoxic and genotoxic potential of a hydroethanolic extract of Schefflera vinosa (SV), a plant with schistosomicidal activity, as well as its influence on DNA damage induced by different mutagens, methyl methane sulfonate (MMS) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), in V79 cells and Swiss mice. Schefflera vinosa extract produced cytotoxicity at concentrations of 312.5 µg/ml or higher using the XTT cell proliferation assay kit. Treatment of V79 cell cultures with the highest SV concentration tested (150 µg/ml) significantly increased the frequency of micronuclei (MN) compared to controls...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Yan-Ming Wang, Jian-Qiang Zhao, Jun-Li Yang, Yan-Duo Tao, Li-Juan Mei, Yan-Ping Shi
A new flavonoid, along with 16 known ones, was separated from the aerial parts of Asterothamnus centrali-asiaticus. Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic methods, including 1D and 2D NMR techniques and HRESIMS. To confirm the structure of the new compound, computational prediction of its (13)C chemical shifts was performed. All of the 17 flavonoids were reported from A. centrali-asiaticus for the first time. In addition, all flavonoids were evaluated for their antioxidant and α-glucosidase inhibitory activities...
October 21, 2016: Natural Product Research
Cinzia Guzzi, Laura Colombo, Ada De Luigi, Mario Salmona, Francesco Nicotra, Cristina Airoldi
Combining NMR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, biochemical and in vitro toxicity assays, we characterized the effect of flavonoid glycosylation, a chemical modification very frequent in Nature, on their ability to recognise and bind Aβ1-42 oligomers, preventing their aggregation and their neurotoxicity. Our data allow the elucidation of their structure activity relationships, showing that glycosylation has a modest impact on flavonoid affinity for Aβ oligomers but, at the same time, increases both solubility and chemical stability, thus promoting their beneficial properties against Alzheimer's diseases (AD)...
October 21, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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