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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213324/qing-hua-granule-induces-glp-1-secretion-via-bitter-taste-receptor-in-db-db-mice
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Junyan Li, Jie Xu, Ruifang Hou, Xin Jin, Jingyi Wang, Na Yang, Li Yang, Li Liu, Feng Tao, Hao Lu
Qing-Hua Granule (QHG), the modified formulation of a classical Chinese prescription named Gegen Qinlian Decoction, was clinically employed to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) through regulation of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). However, the potential mechanism is unknown. We investigate whether QHG induces GLP-1 secretion via activation of bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) pathway in the gastrointestinal tract of db/db mice. The db/db mice were intragastrically (i.g.) administered QHG (low/medium/high dose) once daily for 8 weeks...
February 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212704/neurochemical-differences-in-learning-and-memory-paradigms-among-rats-supplemented-with-anthocyanin-rich-blueberry-diets-and-exposed-to-acute-doses-of-56-fe-particles
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Shibu M Poulose, Bernard M Rabin, Donna F Bielinski, Megan E Kelly, Marshall G Miller, Nopporn Thanthaeng, Barbara Shukitt-Hale
The protective effects of anthocyanin-rich blueberries (BB) on brain health are well documented and are particularly important under conditions of high oxidative stress, which can lead to "accelerated aging." One such scenario is exposure to space radiation, consisting of high-energy and -charge particles (HZE), which are known to cause cognitive dysfunction and deleterious neurochemical alterations. We recently tested the behavioral and neurochemical effects of acute exposure to HZE particles such as (56)Fe, within 24-48h after exposure, and found that radiation primarily affects memory and not learning...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210221/pharmacogenomic-characterization-and-isobologram-analysis-of-the-combination-of-ascorbic-acid-and-curcumin-two-main-metabolites-of-curcuma-longa-in-cancer-cells
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Edna Ooko, Onat Kadioglu, Henry J Greten, Thomas Efferth
Curcuma longa has long been used in China and India as anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions and also as a spice for varied curry preparations. The chemoprofile of the Curcuma species exhibits the presence of varied phytochemicals with curcumin being present in all three species but AA only being shown in C. longa. This study explored the effect of a curcumin/AA combination on human cancer cell lines. The curcumin/AA combination was assessed by isobologram analysis using the Loewe additivity drug interaction model...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209447/topical-aqueous-extract-of-ephedra-alata-can-improve-wound-healing-in-an-animal-model
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Naim Kittana, Hanood Abu-Rass, Ruba Sabra, Lama Manasra, Hadeel Hanany, Nidal Jaradat, Fatima Hussein, Abdel Naser Zaid
PURPOSE: Ephedra alata (E. alata) is perennial tough shrub plant that grows in Palestine and other regions. It is used often in folk's medicine for the treatment of various diseases. In this project, E. alata extract was tested for its ability to improve wound and burn healing. METHODS: An aqueous extract of E. alata was prepared and underwent several phytochemical analyses for the presence of the major classes of phytochemical compounds. After that, a polyethylene glycol-based ointment containing the extract of E...
January 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208713/effects-of-an-encapsulated-fruit-and-vegetable-juice-concentrate-on-obesity-induced-systemic-inflammation-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Evan J Williams, Katherine J Baines, Bronwyn S Berthon, Lisa G Wood
Phytochemicals from fruit and vegetables reduce systemic inflammation. This study examined the effects of an encapsulated fruit and vegetable (F&V) juice concentrate on systemic inflammation and other risk factors for chronic disease in overweight and obese adults. A double-blinded, parallel, randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted in 56 adults aged ≥40 years with a body mass index (BMI) ≥28 kg/m². Before and after eight weeks daily treatment with six capsules of F&V juice concentrate or placebo, peripheral blood gene expression (microarray, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)), plasma tumour necrosis factor (TNF)α (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)), body composition (Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)) and lipid profiles were assessed...
February 8, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208627/phytochemical-analysis-of-agrimonia-pilosa-ledeb-its-antioxidant-activity-and-aldose-reductase-inhibitory-potential
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Set Byeol Kim, Seung Hwan Hwang, Hong-Won Suh, Soon Sung Lim
The aim of this study was to determine aldose reductase (AR) inhibitory activity and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging activity of compounds from Agrimonia pilosa Ledeb (AP). We isolated agrimoniin (AM), four flavonoid glucosides and two flavonoid glucuronides from the n-butanol fraction of AP 50% methanol extract. In addition to isolated compounds, the AR-inhibitory activity and the DPPH free radical scavenging activity of catechin, 5-flavonoids, and 4-flavonoid glucosides (known components of AP) against rat lens AR (RLAR) and DPPH assay were measured...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208574/complexation-of-phytochemicals-with-cyclodextrin-derivatives-an-insight
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Vasanti Suvarna, Parul Gujar, Manikanta Murahari
Natural compounds have been attracting huge attention because of their broad therapeutic properties with specificity in their action in human health care as functional foods, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. However poor bioavailability and reduced bioactivity attributed to poor solubility and instability is the major drawback hindering the incorporation of these therapeutically potential molecules in novel drug delivery systems. Based on the findings of reported research investigations; complexation of poorly water soluble phytochemicals with cyclodextrins has emerged to be a promising approach to improve their aqueous solubility, stability, rate of dissolution and bioavailability...
February 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207861/in-vitro-anti-herpes-simplex-virus-2-activity-of-salvia-desoleana-atzei-v-picci-essential-oil
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Valeria Cagno, Barbara Sgorbini, Cinzia Sanna, Cecilia Cagliero, Mauro Ballero, Andrea Civra, Manuela Donalisio, Carlo Bicchi, David Lembo, Patrizia Rubiolo
Salvia desoleana Atzei & V. Picci is an indigenous species in Sardinia island used in folk medicine to treat menstrual, digestive and central nervous system diseases. Nowadays, it is widely cultivated for the pleasant smell of its essential oil (EO), whose antimicrobial and antifungal activities have already been screened. This study evaluated the in vitro anti-Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2) activity of S. desoleana EO, fractions and main components: linalyl acetate, alpha terpinyl acetate, and germacrene D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204816/antioxidant-and-cytoprotective-effects-of-morin-against-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress-are-associated-with-the-induction-of-nrf-2%C3%A2-mediated-ho-1-expression-in-v79-4-chinese-hamster-lung-fibroblasts
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Moon Hee Lee, Hee-Jae Cha, Eun Ok Choi, Min Ho Han, Sung Ok Kim, Gi-Young Kim, Su Hyun Hong, Cheol Park, Sung-Kwon Moon, Soon-Jeong Jeong, Moon-Jin Jeong, Wun-Jae Kim, Yung Hyun Choi
Natural phytochemicals of plant origin, including flavonoids, have been found to be potent antioxidants providing beneficial effects against oxidative stress-related diseases. The present study was carried out to investigate the antioxidant properties of morin, a flavonoid originally isolated from the flowering plants of the Moraceae family. Superoxide dismutase (SOD)‑like activity and 2,2'‑azino‑bis‑(3‑ethylbenzothiazoline‑6‑sulfonic acid) (ABTS•+) radical scavenging activity were determined...
January 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202499/dietary-phytochemical-intake-from-foods-and-health-outcomes-a-systematic-review-protocol-and-preliminary-scoping
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Yasmine C Probst, Vivienne X Guan, Katherine Kent
INTRODUCTION: Dietary phytochemicals are found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains and may be categorised in a nested hierarchical manner with many hundred individual phytochemicals identified to date. To associate phytochemical intakes with positive health outcomes, a fundamental step is to accurately estimate the dietary phytochemical intake from foods reported. The purpose of this systematic review protocol is to describe the process to be undertaken to summarise the evidence for food-based dietary phytochemical intakes and health outcomes for adults...
February 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199188/trigonella-seed-extract-ameliorates-inflammation-via-regulation-of-the-inflammasome-adaptor-protein-asc
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Nidhi Sharma, Samyuktha Suresh, Ananya Debnath, Sushmita Jha
Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) is an important medicinal plant, well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. However, the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of its action remain largely unknown. The apoptosis associated speck like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (CARD) (ASC) is central to inflammatory and cell death pathways in innate and adaptive immunity. Here, we show that fenugreek seed extract provides cytoprotection to bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) inflammed and nanosilica-treated fibroblasts via a reactive oxygen species independent pathway...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198202/clinacanthus-nutans-a-review-on-ethnomedicinal-uses-chemical-constituents-and-pharmacological-properties
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Ihsan N Zulkipli, Rajan Rajabalaya, Adi Idris, Nurul Atiqah Sulaiman, Sheba R David
CONTEXT: Medicinal plants have attracted global attention for their hidden therapeutic potential. Clinacanthus nutans (Burm.f) Lindau (Acanthaceae) (CN) is endemic in Southeast Asia. CN contains phytochemicals common to medicinal plants, such as flavonoids. Traditionally, CN has been used for a broad range of human ailments including snake bites and cancer. OBJECTIVES: This article compiles the ethnomedicinal uses of CN and its phytochemistry, and thus provides a phytochemical library of CN...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197628/resveratrol-induced-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-cisplatin-resistant-human-oral-cancer-car-cells-a-key-role-of-ampk-and-akt-mtor-signaling
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Chao-Hsiang Chang, Chao-Ying Lee, Chi-Cheng Lu, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Yuan-Man Hsu, Je-Wei Tsao, Yu-Ning Juan, Hong-Yi Chiu, Jai-Sing Yang, Ching-Chiung Wang
Resveratrol is known to be an effective chemo-preventive phytochemical against multiple tumor cells. However, the increasing drug resistance avoids the cancer treatment in oral cavity cancer. In this study, we investigated the oral antitumor activity of resveratrol and its mechanism in cisplatin-resistant human oral cancer CAR cells. Our results demonstrated that resveratrol had an extremely low toxicity in normal oral cells and provoked autophagic cell death to form acidic vesicular organelles (AVOs) and autophagic vacuoles in CAR cells by acridine orange (AO) and monodansylcadaverine (MDC) staining...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194226/cheminformatics-studies-to-analyze-the-therapeutic-potential-of-phytochemicals-from-rhazya-stricta
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Abdullah Y Obaid, Sreedhara Voleti, Roop Singh Bora, Nahid H Hajrah, Abdulkader M Shaikh Omer, Jamal S M Sabir, Kulvinder Singh Saini
Rhazya stricta is a unique medicinal plant source for many indole alkaloids, non-alkaloids, flavonoids, triterpenes and other unknown molecules with tremendous potential for therapeutic applications against many diseases. In the present article, we generated computational data on predictive properties and activity across two key therapeutic areas of cancer and obesity, and corresponding cheminformatics studies were carried out to examine druggable properties of these alkaloids. Computed physiochemical properties of the 78 indole alkaloids from R...
2017: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194218/brazilian-amazon-traditional-medicine-and-the-treatment-of-difficult-to-heal-leishmaniasis-wounds-with-copaifera
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REVIEW
Kelly Cristina Oliveira de Albuquerque, Andreza do Socorro Silva da Veiga, João Victor da Silva E Silva, Heliton Patrick Cordovil Brigido, Erica Patrícia Dos Reis Ferreira, Erica Vanessa Souza Costa, Andrey Moacir do Rosário Marinho, Sandro Percário, Maria Fâni Dolabela
The present study describes the use of the traditional species Copaifera for treating wounds, such as ulcers scarring and antileishmanial wounds. It also relates phytochemical studies, evaluation of the leishmanicidal activity, and toxicity. The species of Copaifera with a higher incidence in the Amazon region are Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera reticulata, Copaifera multijuga Hayne. The copaiba oil is used in the Amazon's traditional medicine, especially as anti-inflammatory ingredient, in ulcers healing, and in scarring and for leishmaniasis...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193870/disruption-of-quercetin-metabolism-by-fungicide-affects-energy-production-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#16
Wenfu Mao, Mary A Schuler, May R Berenbaum
Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450) in the honey bee, Apis mellifera, detoxify phytochemicals in honey and pollen. The flavonol quercetin is found ubiquitously and abundantly in pollen and frequently at lower concentrations in honey. Worker jelly consumed during the first 3 d of larval development typically contains flavonols at very low levels, however. RNA-Seq analysis of gene expression in neonates reared for three days on diets with and without quercetin revealed that, in addition to up-regulating multiple detoxifying P450 genes, quercetin is a negative transcriptional regulator of mitochondrion-related nuclear genes and genes encoding subunits of complexes I, III, IV, and V in the oxidative phosphorylation pathway...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193407/mechanism-of-action-and-interactions-between-xanthine-oxidase-inhibitors-derived-from-natural-sources-of-chlorogenic-and-ferulic-acids
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Urszula Gawlik-Dziki, Dariusz Dziki, Michał Świeca, Renata Nowak
The aim of this study was to estimate the phenolic composition and xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitory activity of green coffee beans (GCB) and wholemeal wheat flour (WF). Additionally, the type and strength of interaction (expressed as the combination index, CI) and mode of XO inhibition were analyzed. The major phenolic in GCB was 5-caffeoylquinic acid (39.92mg/g dw). The main phenolic acids in WF were trans- and cis-ferulic acids (257 and 165.57mg/100g dw, respectively). Both ferulic and chlorogenic acids individually inhibited XO, and for their combination moderate synergism was found...
June 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192882/ethyl-acetate-fraction-of-pteris-vittata-l-alleviates-2-acetylaminofluorene-induced-hepatic-alterations-in-male-wistar-rats
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Paramjeet Kaur, Manish Kumar, Amrit Pal Singh, Satwinderjeet Kaur
Pteris vittata L. commonly called 'Brake Fern' possesses some interesting medicinal properties but its chemopreventive potential largely remains unexplored. Therefore, this study was designed to explore the chemopreventive efficacy of P. vittata L. ethyl acetate fraction (PVEA) against 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF) induced liver toxicity in Wistar rats. Antioxidant activity of PVEA was evaluated using various in vitro antioxidant assays. The protective effects of PVEA were evaluated against 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF) induced hepatic damage in Wistar rats...
February 8, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192609/effect-of-vitamin-d3-fortification-and-saskatoon-berry-syrup-addition-on-the-flavor-profile-acceptability-and-antioxidant-properties-of-rooibos-tea-aspalathus-linearis
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Jennifer Grant, Donna Ryland, Cara K Isaak, Suvira Prashar, Yaw L Siow, Carla G Taylor, Michel Aliani
The unique characteristics and healthful reputation of caffeine-free rooibos tea (RT) make it an ideal carrier for vitamin D3 supplementation, and a potential base for the addition of Saskatoon berry syrup (SBS), a natural flavor additive. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of vitamin D3 fortification and SBS addition on the flavor profile, consumer acceptability, and antioxidant properties of RT. Six formulations (RT, RT with SBS, RT with SBS and vitamin D3 , RT with vitamin D3 , green tea [GT], and GT with SBS) were evaluated by 12 trained panelists and 114 consumers...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192466/descriptive-study-of-plant-resources-in-the-context-of-the-ethnomedicinal-relevance-of-indigenous-flora-a-case-study-from-toli-peer-national-park-azad-jammu-and-kashmir-pakistan
#20
Muhammad Shoaib Amjad, Mirza Faisal Qaeem, Israr Ahmad, Sami Ullah Khan, Sunbal Khalil Chaudhari, Nafeesa Zahid Malik, Humaira Shaheen, Arshad Mehmood Khan
BACKGROUND: This paper presents the first quantitative ethnobotanical study of the flora in Toli Peer National Park of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. Being a remote area, there is a strong dependence by local people on ethnobotanical practices. Thus, we attempted to record the folk uses of the native plants of the area with a view to acknowledging and documenting the ethnobotanical knowledge. The aims of the study were to compile an inventory of the medicinal plants in the study area and to record the methods by which herbal drugs were prepared and administered...
2017: PloS One
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