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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644529/reciprocal-cooperation-of-phytochemicals-and-micronutrients-against-typical-and-atypical-forms-of-borrelia-spp
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Anna Goc, Alexandra Niedzwiecki, Matthias Rath
AIMS: Borrelia spp., a causative pathogenic factor of Lyme disease, has become a major public health threat. Current treatments based on antibiotics often lead to relapse after their withdrawal. Naturally derived substances that could work synergistically to display higher efficacy compared to the individual components may serve as a resource for the development of novel approaches to combat both active and latent forms of Borrelia spp. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using checkerboard assay, we investigated the anti-borreliae reciprocal cooperation of phytochemicals and micronutrients against two species of Borrelia selected as prevalent causes of Lyme disease in the US and Europe...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642799/extraoral-taste-receptor-discovery-new-light-on-ayurvedic-pharmacology
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REVIEW
Marilena Gilca, Dorin Dragos
More and more research studies are revealing unexpectedly important roles of taste for health and pathogenesis of various diseases. Only recently it has been shown that taste receptors have many extraoral locations (e.g., stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, respiratory system, heart, brain, kidney, urinary bladder, pancreas, adipose tissue, testis, and ovary), being part of a large diffuse chemosensory system. The functional implications of these taste receptors widely dispersed in various organs or tissues shed a new light on several concepts used in ayurvedic pharmacology (dravyaguna vijnana), such as taste (rasa), postdigestive effect (vipaka), qualities (guna), and energetic nature (virya)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642702/amorpha-fruticosa-a-noxious-invasive-alien-plant-in-europe-or-a-medicinal-plant-against-metabolic-disease
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REVIEW
Ekaterina Kozuharova, Adam Matkowski, Dorota Woźniak, Rumiana Simeonova, Zheko Naychov, Clemens Malainer, Andrei Mocan, Seyed M Nabavi, Atanas G Atanasov
Amorpha fruticosa L. (Fabaceae) is a shrub native to North America which has been cultivated mainly for its ornamental features, honey plant value and protective properties against soil erosion. It is registered amongst the most noxious invasive species in Europe. However, a growing body of scientific literature also points to the therapeutic potential of its chemical constituents. Due to the fact that A. fruticosa is an aggressive invasive species, it can provide an abundant and cheap resource of plant chemical constituents which can be utilized for therapeutic purposes...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641163/6-shogaol-induces-autophagic-cell-death-then-triggered-apoptosis-in-colorectal-adenocarcinoma-ht-29-cells
#4
Ting-Yi Li, Been-Huang Chiang
6-shogaol is a phytochemical of dietary ginger, we found that 6-shogaol could induced both autophagic and apoptotic death in human colon adenocarcinoma (HT-29) cells. Results of this study showed that 6-shogal induced cell cycle arrest, autophagy, and apoptosis in HT-29 cells in a time sequence. After 6h, 6-shogal induced apparent G2/M arrest, then the HT-29 cells formed numerous autophagosomes in each phase of the cell cycle. After 18h, increases in acidic vesicles and LAMP-1 (Lysosome-associated membrane proteins 1) showed that 6-shogaol had caused autophagic cell death...
June 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640972/understanding-adaptogenic-activity-specificity-of-the-pharmacological-action-of-adaptogens-and-other-phytochemicals
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REVIEW
Alexander Panossian
Adaptogens are stress-response modifiers that increase an organism's nonspecific resistance to stress by increasing its ability to adapt and survive. The classical reductionist model is insufficiently complex to explain the mechanistic aspects of the physiological notion of "adaptability" and the adaptogenic activity of adaptogens. Here, I demonstrate that (1) the mechanisms of action of adaptogens are impossible to rationally describe using the reductionist concept of pharmacology, whereas the network pharmacology approach is the most suitable method; and (2) the principles of systems biology and pharmacological networks appear to be more suitable for conceptualizing adaptogen function and are applicable to any phytochemical...
June 22, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640753/mechanism-of-antihypertensive-effect-of-mucuna-pruriens-l-seed-extract-and-its-isolated-compounds
#6
Mohammad Yaseen Khan, Vimal Kumar
Background In the search of safe and effective lead molecules from natural sources, Mucuna pruriens (MP) L. (Fabaceae) seeds were utilized for exploring the antihypertensive potential. Traditionally, it is used as diuretic and hypotensive. Methods Bioassay-guided fractions were utilized for the isolation of active compounds by column chromatography. IC50 value, enzyme kinetics and inhibition mechanism were determined. In vivo time and dose-dependent hypotensive study followed by changes in mean arterial pressure (MAP) induced by angiotensin I (3 nmol/kg), angiotensin II (3 nmol/kg), and bradykinin (10 nmol/kg) in anesthetized rats was done...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640347/psychotria-viridis-chemical-constituents-from-leaves-and-biological-properties
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Débora B S Soares, Lucienir P Duarte, André D Cavalcanti, Fernando C Silva, Ariadne D Braga, Miriam T P Lopes, Jacqueline A Takahashi, Sidney A Vieira-Filho
The phytochemical study of hexane, chloroform and methanol extracts from leaves of Psychotria viridis resulted in the identification of: the pentacyclic triterpenes, ursolic and oleanolic acid; the steroids, 24-methylene-cycloartanol, stigmasterol and β-sitosterol; the glycosylated steroids 3-O-β-D-glucosyl-β-sitosterol and 3-O-β-D-glucosyl-stigmasterol; a polyunsaturated triterpene, squalene; the esters of glycerol, 1-palmitoylglycerol and triacylglycerol; a mixture of long chain hydrocarbons; the aldehyde nonacosanal; the long chain fat acids hentriacontanoic, hexadecanoic and heptadenoic acid; the ester methyl heptadecanoate; the 4-methyl-epi-quinate and two indole alkaloids, N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and N-methyltryptamine...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640298/ellagitannin-rich-bioactive-extracts-of-tuberaria-lignosa-insights-into-the-radiation-induced-effects-in-the-recovery-of-high-added-value-compounds
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José Pinela, M A Prieto, Amilcar L Antonio, Ana Maria Carvalho, M Beatriz P P Oliveira, Lillian Barros, Isabel C F R Ferreira
Ellagitannins are polyphenols responsible for a number of bioactivities and health-promoting effects. These industrially important molecules can be affected by post-harvest treatments and recovery processes, but little is known about the irradiation-induced effects on their integrity, bioactivity and extractability. Herein, the impact of gamma radiation on the production of ellagitannin-rich extracts was investigated using Tuberaria lignosa as a case study. These effects were compared with those induced in flavonoids and organic acids...
June 22, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638888/modulation-of-key-biochemical-markers-relevant-to-stroke-by-antiaris-africana-leaf-extract-following-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#9
Omotayo B Ilesanmi, Afolabi C Akinmoladun, Olanrewaju Sam Olayeriju, Ibrahim Olabayode Saliu, M Tolulope Olaleye, Afolabi A Akindahunsi
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress plays a significant role in stroke pathogenesis. Hence, plants rich in antioxidant phytochemicals have been suggested as effective remedies for prevention and treatment of stroke and other neurological diseases. Antiaris africana Engl. (Moraceae) is traditionally used for the management of brain-related problems but there is paucity of data on its anti-stroke potential. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ischemia/reperfusion injury was induced by a 30 min bilateral common carotid artery occlusion/ 2 h reperfusion (BCCAO/R) in the brain of male Wistar rats...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638876/phytochemical-screening-antimicrobial-and-cytotoxicity-studies-of-ethanol-leaf-extract-of-aphaniasenegalensis-sapindaceae
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Alioune Dior Fall, Victor Patrick Bagla, Emmanuel Bassene, Jacobus Nicolaas Eloff
BACKGROUND: Aphania senegalensis (Sapindaceae) is commonly used in Senegalese traditional medicine to treat pain, inflammation, asthenia, bacterial and fungal infections. The aim of this study was to determine the type of phytochemical constituents present in the ethanol leaf extract and its antimicrobial activity against selected bacterial and fungal pathogens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ethanol leaf extract of A. senegalensis was evaluated for its cytotoxic effect in the MTT assay against Vero cells...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638861/randomized-anticancer-and-cytotoxicity-activities-of-guibourtia-coleosperma-and-diospyros-chamaethamnus
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Florence Dushimemaria, C Iwanette Du Preez, Davis R Mumbengegwi
BACKGROUND: Plants have consistently proven to be a reliable and yet not fully explored source of medicines. In light of this, there is a constant demand for new treatment regimens for cancer. Namibia has a rich diversity of plant species of over 4300 with 17 % of them being endemic to Namibia. Plants growing in Namibia's diverse climatic zones produce many secondary metabolites as part of adaptation to their environment. This article focused on the screening of such phytochemicals and their cytotoxic and anticancer properties in vitro...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637361/antioxidant-activity-of-phenolic-compounds-from-extracts-of-eucalyptus-globulus-and-melaleuca-styphelioides-and-their-protective-role-on-d-glucose-induced-hyperglycemic-stress-and-oxalate-stress-in-nrk-49fcells
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Divya Ganesan, Eman Al-Sayed, Abhishek Albert, Eldho Paul, Abdel Nasser B Singab, Selvam Govindan Sadasivam, Luciano Saso
Phytochemicals serve as potential therapeutic agents for the prevention and treatment of diseases. In this study, we elucidate the renoprotective activity of compounds isolated from Eucalyptus globulus and Melaleuca styphelioides extracts in glucose- and oxalate-challenged NRK-49F cell model. The antioxidant potential of isolated compounds was evaluated based on their effect on antioxidant enzyme activities and lipid peroxidation levels. The results demonstrated that exposure of NRK-49F cells to glucose and oxalate stress augmented cell damage and attenuated antioxidant enzyme activities...
June 21, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636412/comparative-chemical-and-biological-studies-of-leaves-and-pollens-of-phoenix-canariensis-hort-ex-chabaud
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Mohamed S Hifnawy, Amr Mk Mahrous, Amany A Sleem, Rehab Ms Ashour
AIM:  Phoenix canariensis hort. ex Chabaud is one of the most important palm plants. In spite of that, it has not been extensively investigated from a phytochemical or a biological perspective. MATERIALS & METHODS: Air-dried powdered leaves and pollen grains of the plant were extracted using 70% ethanol. The residues were fractionated with different solvents of increasing polarity. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anti-hyperglycemic activities were determined using adult male albino rats of wistar strain...
June 21, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635652/fucaceae-a-source-of-bioactive-phlorotannins
#14
REVIEW
Marcelo D Catarino, Artur M S Silva, Susana M Cardoso
Fucaceae is the most dominant algae family along the intertidal areas of the Northern Hemisphere shorelines, being part of human customs for centuries with applications as a food source either for humans or animals, in agriculture and as remedies in folk medicine. These macroalgae are endowed with several phytochemicals of great industrial interest from which phlorotannins, a class of marine-exclusive polyphenols, have gathered much attention during the last few years due to their numerous possible therapeutic properties...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634494/antiviral-activity-of-fridericia-formosa-bureau-l-g-lohmann-bignoniaceae-extracts-and-constituents
#15
Geraldo Célio Brandão, Erna G Kroon, José D Souza Filho, Alaíde Braga Oliveira
A phytochemical study of Fridericia formosa (Bignoniaceae) ethanol extracts of leaves, stems, and fruits was guided by in vitro assays against vaccinia virus Western Reserve (VACV-WR), human herpes virus 1 (HSV-1), murine encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV), and dengue virus type 2 (DENV-2) by the MTT method. All the ethanol extracts were active against DENV-2, HSV-1, and VACV-WR with best results for the fruits extract against DENV-2 (SI > 38.2). For VACV-WR and HSV-1, EC50 values > 200 μg mL(-1) were determined, while no inhibition of the cytopathic effect was observed with EMCV...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633845/intensification-of-extraction-of-curcumin-from-curcuma-amada-using-ultrasound-assisted-approach-effect-of-different-operating-parameters
#16
S R Shirsath, S S Sable, S G Gaikwad, S H Sonawane, D R Saini, P R Gogate
Curcumin, a dietary phytochemical, has been extracted from rhizomes of Curcuma amada using ultrasound assisted extraction (UAE) and the results compared with the conventional extraction approach to establish the process intensification benefits. The effect of operating parameters such as type of solvent, extraction time, extraction temperature, solid to solvent ratio, particle size and ultrasonic power on the extraction yield have been investigated in details for the approach UAE. The maximum extraction yield as 72% was obtained in 1h under optimized conditions of 35°C temperature, solid to solvent ratio of 1:25, particle size of 0...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633536/a-new-bisabolane-sesquiterpenoid-and-a-new-abietane-diterpenoid-from-cephalotaxus-sinensis
#17
Abrar Ahmed, Wei Li, Jun-Sheng Zhang, Pek-Ha Sam, Yi-Hong Zou, Gui-Hua Tang, Sheng Yin
Phytochemical investigation of Cephalotaxus sinensis has led to the isolation of a new bisabolane sesquiterpenoid (1), a new abietane diterpenoid (2), and 13 known compounds (3-15). Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analysis (MS, UV, IR, and NMR).
June 20, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633498/thymol-as-natural-antioxidant-additive-for-poultry-feed-oxidative-stability-improvement
#18
A Luna, R C Lema-Alba, J S Dambolena, J A Zygadlo, M C Labaque, R H Marin
Antioxidant are regularly included in poultry feed as protection from deterioration during storage. Recently the interest for the use of natural phytochemicals in animal diets has been increased. Thymol (THY) has been proven to be an effective antioxidant for extending broiler meat quality during storage with similar action to the widely used butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). This study evaluates whether THY can also have a protective effect on the feed mash by assessing its antioxidant potential and related changes in fatty acid (FA) balance...
June 17, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631823/a-comparative-study-between-labeling-and-reality-the-case-of-phytochemical-composition-of-commercial-pomegranate-based-products
#19
Marina Cano-Lamadrid, Leontina Lipan, Ángel Calín-Sánchez, Francisca Hernández, Ángel A Carbonell-Barrachina
Manufacturers are deeply involved in the development of new pomegranate-based products, which have acquired great prestige due to many studies proving their potential health benefits. Commercial pomegranate products including capsules and supplements and juices and nectars were assayed. The contents of the key phytochemical compounds (punicalagin, ellagic acid, and total polyphenolic content) and the associated antioxidant capacity (DPPH(•) , ABTS(•+) , and FRAP) were analyzed. The experimental ranges of punicalagin and ellagic acid contents were 0...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631264/targeted-use-of-leds-in-improvement-of-production-efficiency-through-phytochemical-enrichment
#20
REVIEW
E Taulavuori, K Taulavuori, J K Holopainen, R Julkunen-Tiitto, C Acar, I Dincer
Based on available literature, ecology and economy of LED (light emitting diode) lights in plant foods production were assessed and compared to HPS (high pressure sodium) and CFL (compact fluorescent light) lamps. The assessment summarises that LEDs are superior compared to other lamp types. LEDs are ideal in luminous efficiency, life span and electricity usage. Mercury, carbon dioxide and heat emissions are also lowest in comparison to HPS and CFL lamps. This indicates that LEDs are indeed economic and eco-friendly lighting devices...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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