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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823024/effect-of-kaempferia-parviflora-extract-on-knee-osteoarthritis
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Hiroko Kobayashi, Ryo Suzuki, Kei Sato, Takatoshi Ogami, Hiroshi Tomozawa, Masahito Tsubata, Koji Ichinose, Masaki Aburada, Wataru Ochiai, Kiyoshi Sugiyama, Tsutomu Shimada
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is becoming more prevalent worldwide due to increases in the numbers of elderly and obese patients. Currently, pharmaceutical medicines used for the treatment of OA are for symptomatic therapy and therefore new therapeutic agents are needed. Kaempferia parviflora (KP) is a plant growing naturally in Southeast Asia and has various pharmacological effects including an anti-inflammatory effect, but no effect on OA has yet been reported. We therefore conducted a search for the effects KP and the active components of KP extract (KPE) exert on OA as well as its mechanism of action...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822942/differential-responses-of-soil-microbial-biomass-diversity-and-compositions-to-altitudinal-gradients-depend-on-plant-and-soil-characteristics
#2
Chengjie Ren, Wei Zhang, ZeKun Zhong, Xinhui Han, Gaihe Yang, Yongzhong Feng, Guangxin Ren
Alt'itudinal gradients strongly affect plant biodiversity, but the effects on microbial patterns remain unclear, especially in the large scale. We therefore designed an altitudinal gradient experiment that covered three climate zones to monitor soil microbial community dynamics and to compare those with plant and soil characteristics. Illumina sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene and ITS gene was used to analyze soil microbial (bacterial and fungal) diversity and composition, and fumigation-extraction was used to determine microbial biomass; the plant community metrics (i...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822705/anti-dermatophyte-activity-of-leguminosae-plants-from-southern-brazil-with-emphasis-on-mimosa-pigra-leguminosae
#3
C B de Morais, M Scopel, G P R Pedrazza, F K da Silva, D F Dalla Lana, M L Tonello, S T S Miotto, M M Machado, L F S De Oliveira, A M Fuentefria, J A S Zuanazzi
BACKGROUND: Intensive prophylactic use of antifungals leads to the increase of drug resistance and the need for new and more effective treatments are real. Plants from Leguminosae family are rich in flavonoids, for which numerous biological activities have been described, including antifungal effects. PURPOSE: To screen methanolic extracts from Leguminosae species looking for alternative sources for antifungal agents (anti-dermatophyte and anti-Candida) and their innocuity...
August 16, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822306/xyloglucan-endotransglucosylase-hydrolases-xths-are-inactivated-by-binding-to-glass-and-cellulosic-surfaces-and-released-in-active-form-by-a-heat-stable-polymer-from-cauliflower-florets
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Sandra C Sharples, Tu C Nguyen-Phan, Stephen C Fry
Xyloglucan endotransglucosylase (XET) activity, which cuts and re-joins hemicellulose chains in the plant cell wall, contributing to wall assembly and growth regulation, is the major activity of XTH proteins. During purification, XTHs often lose XET activity which, however, is restored by treatment with certain cold-water-extractable, heat-stable polymers (CHPs), e.g. from cauliflower florets. It was not known whether the XTH-activating factor (XAF) present in CHPs works by promoting (e.g. allosterically) XET activity or by re-solubilising sequestered XTH proteins...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822185/-terpenoids-isolated-from-viburnum-ternatum
#5
Jiang Hu, Xia Mao, Nian-Hua Jing, Jun-You Shi, Hui-Qing Liu
Four iridoids (1-4), five iridoid glucosides (5-9), and three triterpenoids (10-12) were isolated from the ethyl acetate soluble fraction of 70% Me2CO extract of the aerial parts of Viburnum ternatum through various column chromatographies over silica gel, ODS, Sephadex LH-20 and MCI. Their structures were elucidated as ternatumin A (1), 2,9-dioxatricyclo[4.3.1.03,7]decanes (2), 7,10,2'-triacetylsuspensolide F (3), 7,10,2',3'-tetraacetylsuspensolide F (4), viburtinoside IV (5), viburtinoside II (6), viburtinoside B (7), luzonoside A (8), luzonoside B (9), 2α,3β,24-trihydroxy-12-ursen-28-oic acid (10), 6-hydroxy-20(29)-lupen-3-one (11), and pomalic acid (12) based on the their chromatographic properties, chemical and physicochemical methods, and spectroscopic data...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822156/-hplc-ms-ms-determination-of-residual-amount-of-4-plant-growth-retardants-in-6-dried-root-and-rhizome-herbs
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Yu-Yao Zhai, Bao-Lin Guo
HPLC-MS/MS was applied to the determination of residual amount of plant growth retardant such as paclobutrazol, daminozide, chlormequat and mepiquat chloride in dried root and rhizome herbs. The sample was extracted twice with acetonitrile containing 0.1% formic acid. The separation was performed on a Waters Atlantis HILIC column with an elution system consisting of acetonitrile-5 mmol•L⁻¹ ammonium acetate solution with 0.1% formic acid, methanol and acetonitrile. The MS spectrum was acquired in positive mode with multiple reactions monitoring (MRM)...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822148/-dna-barcoding-identification-of-endangered-medicinal-plants-of-orchidaceae
#7
Huan Tang, Li Xiang, Xi-Wen Li, Wei Sun, Mei-Na Wang, Yun-Feng Huang, Meng Ye
In this study, DNA barcoding was used to validate the traditional morphological classification of medicinal plants of Orchidaceae. The 163 samples of 135 species belong to 49 genera which have been confirmed by morphological identification were collected. Candidate sequences, including matK, psbA-trnH and ITS2 sequences, were amplified, bidirectionally sequenced, and assembled. All the sequences were blasted to GenBank database at NCBI, then analyzed using Neighbor-joining tree method by MEGA 7.0. The results showed that the DNAs of 163 samples were successfully extracted...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822133/isotopically-nonstationary-metabolic-flux-analysis-inst-mfa-of-photosynthesis-and-photorespiration-in-plants
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Fangfang Ma, Lara J Jazmin, Jamey D Young, Doug K Allen
Photorespiration is a central component of photosynthesis; however to better understand its role it should be viewed in the context of an integrated metabolic network rather than a series of individual reactions that operate independently. Isotopically nonstationary (13)C metabolic flux analysis (INST-MFA), which is based on transient labeling studies at metabolic steady state, offers a comprehensive platform to quantify plant central metabolism. In this chapter, we describe the application of INST-MFA to investigate metabolism in leaves...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822128/quantification-of-photorespiratory-intermediates-by-mass-spectrometry-based-approaches
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Stéphanie Arrivault, Toshihiro Obata
Photorespiration is an essential metabolic process in plants occurring via the oxygenase reaction of RuBisCO. In order to understand this process, it is essential to determine the amounts of intermediates involved. For this purpose we combined mass spectrometry-based approaches and the use of authentic standards for the quantification of photorespiratory intermediates. Here we describe protocols for the extraction and quantification of 2-phosphoglycolate (2PG) by LC-MS/MS and serine, glycine, glycolate, hydroxypyruvate, glyoxylate, and glycerate by GC-MS...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822125/in-vitro-alkylation-methods-for-assessing-the-protein-redox-state
#10
Flavien Zannini, Jérémy Couturier, Olivier Keech, Nicolas Rouhier
Cysteines are important residues for protein structure, function, and regulation. Owing to their modified reactivity, some cysteines can undergo very diverse redox posttranslational modifications, including the reversible formation of disulfide bonds, a widespread protein regulatory process as well exemplified in plant chloroplasts for Calvin-Benson cycle enzymes. Both core- and peripheral-photorespiratory enzymes possess conserved cysteines, some of which have been identified as being subject to oxidative modifications...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821620/arjunolic-acid-a-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-regresses-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-non-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Trisha Bansal, Emeli Chatterjee, Jasdeep Singh, Arjun Ray, Bishwajit Kundu, V Thankamani, Shantanu Sengupta, Sagartirtha Sarkar
Cardiac hypertrophy and associated heart fibrosis remain a major cause of death worldwide. Phytochemicals have gained attention as alternative therapeutics for managing cardiovascular diseases. These include the extract from the plant Terminalia arjuna which is a popular cardioprotectant and may prevent or slow progression of pathological hypertrophy to heart failure. Here, we investigated the mode of action of a principal bioactive T. arjuna compound, arjunolic acid (AA) in ameliorating hemodynamic load-induced cardiac fibrosis and identified its intracellular target...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821059/characterization-of-alkali-treated-and-untreated-new-cellulosic-fiber-from-saharan-aloe-vera-cactus-leaves
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Balaji A N, Nagarajan K J
The aim of this study is to examine the use of new natural fibers, which are extracted from the Saharan aloe vera cactus plant leaves as reinforcement in polymer composites. The physicochemical, mechanical and thermal properties of the Saharan Aloe Vera Cactus Leaves (SACL) fibers are investigated, through the effect of alkali treatment. The contents of α-cellulose, hemicellulose, wax and moisture present in SACL fibers were characterized by standard test methods The mechanical properties of SACL fibers were measured through single fiber tensile test...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820491/mapping-of-qtls-for-seed-phorbol-esters-a-toxic-chemical-in-jatropha-curcas-l
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Kitiya Amkul, Kularb Laosatit, Prakit Somta, Sangrea Shim, Suk-Ha Lee, Patcharin Tanya, Peerasak Srinives
Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.) is an oil-bearing plant that has potential to be cultivated as a biodiesel crop. The seed cake after oil extraction has 40-50% protein that can be used in animal feeds. A major limitation in utilizing the cake is the presence of phorbol esters (PE), a heat-tolerant toxic chemical. To identify the quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for PE, we constructed a genetic linkage map from an F₂ population of 95 individuals from a cross "Chai Nat" × "M10" using 143 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers...
August 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820275/in-vitro-anti-acne-activity-of-phytoactives-from-the-stem-bark-of-artocarpus-hirsutus-lam-and-characterisation-of-pyranocycloartobiloxanthone-a-as-a-mixture-of-two-anomers
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Mahadeva Nayak, A Nagarajan, Muhammed Majeed, Kalyanam Nagabhushanam, Ambar K Choudhury
This study is aimed to isolate the phytoactives from the stem bark of Artocarpus hirsutus and evaluate their in vitro anti-acne activity. The ethanolic stem bark extract of A. hirsutus provided two major phytoactive constituents: (i) pyranocycloartobiloxanthone A, (1) and (ii) Artonine E, (2) whose structures were determined by NMR and MS spectroscopic analysis. The present study is the first to report compound 1 as a mixture of two anomers (α and β), approximately 70:30 ratio. Both compounds 1 and 2 were isolated for the first time from this plant...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819831/biodiversity-variability-and-metal-accumulation-strategies-in-plants-spontaneously-inhibiting-fly-ash-lagoon-india
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Suchita Mukhopadhyay, Vivek Rana, Adarsh Kumar, Subodh Kumar Maiti
Out of 29 plant species taken into consideration for biodiversity investigations, the present study screened out Cyperus rotundus L., Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton, Croton bonplandianus Baill., Eclipta prostrata (L.) L., and Vernonia cinerea (L.) Less. as the most suitable metal-tolerant plant species (high relative density and frequency) which can grow on metal-laden fly ash (FA) lagoon. Total (aqua-regia), residual (HNO3) and plant available (CaCl2) metal concentrations were assessed for the clean-up of metal-contaminated FA disposal site using naturally colonized plants...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819625/antagonistic-properties-of-some-halophilic-thermoactinomycetes-isolated-from-superficial-sediment-of-a-solar-saltern-and-production-of-cyclic-antimicrobial-peptides-by-the-novel-isolate-paludifilum-halophilum
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Donyez Frikha Dammak, Ziad Zarai, Soumaya Najah, Rayed Abdennabi, Lassaad Belbahri, Mostafa E Rateb, Hafedh Mejdoub, Sami Maalej
This study has focused on the isolation of twenty-three halophilic actinomycetes from two ponds of different salinity and the evaluation of their ability to exert an antimicrobial activity against both their competitors and several other pathogens. From the 23 isolates, 18 strains showed antagonistic activity, while 19 showed activities against one or more of the seven pathogen strains tested. Six strains exhibited consistent antibacterial activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive pathogens characterized at the physiological and molecular levels...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818727/neuroprotective-effects-of-plant-polysaccharides-a-review-of-the-mechanisms
#17
REVIEW
Qing-Han Gao, Xueyan Fu, Rui Zhang, Zhisheng Wang, Muzhen Guo
Polysaccharides are an important class of phytochemicals, and many studies have demonstrated their beneficial effects in the context of a number of pathologies including neurological disorders. Numerous studies have indicated that polysaccharides exhibit neuroprotection through a variety of mechanisms. We performed a comprehensive review of the literature to consolidate studies for the period 2010-2016, and assessed the protection mechanisms on brain function of polysaccharide-rich extracts from natural sources...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818631/topical-medical-cannabis-tmc-a-new-treatment-for-wound-pain-three-cases-of-pyoderma-gangrenosum
#18
Vincent Maida, Jason Corban
Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare. Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal. Thus, novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated. The ideal methods of pain relief for wound patients are modalities that are topical, lack systemic side effects, non-invasive, self-administered, and display rapid onset of analgesia...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818498/antifungal-activity-of-the-essential-oil-obtained-from-cryptocarya-alba-against-infection-in-honey-bees-by-nosema-ceranae
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J Bravo, V Carbonell, B Sepúlveda, C Delporte, C E Valdovinos, R Martín-Hernández, M Higes
The honeybee disease nosemosis type C is a serious problem since its causative agent, microsporidium Nosema ceranae, is widespread among adult honey bees. Some of the feasible alternative treatments that are used to control this disease are plant extracts. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the effects of essential oils of Chilean plant species, such as Cryptocarya alba, which is used against N. ceranae, and to identify and quantify the majority active compounds in the EO as well as their potential use for the control of nosemosis...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818382/cell-specific-expression-of-plant-nutrient-transporter-genes-in-orchid-mycorrhizae
#20
Valeria Fochi, Nicole Falla, Mariangela Girlanda, Silvia Perotto, Raffaella Balestrini
Orchid mycorrhizal protocorms and roots are heterogeneous structures composed of different plant cell-types, where cells colonized by intracellular fungal coils (the pelotons) are close to non-colonized plant cells. Moreover, the fungal coils undergo rapid turnover inside the colonized cells, so that plant cells containing coils at different developmental stages can be observed in the same tissue section. Here, we have investigated by laser microdissection (LMD) the localization of specific plant gene transcripts in different cell-type populations collected from mycorrhizal protocorms and roots of the Mediterranean orchid Serapias vomeracea colonized by Tulasnella calospora...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
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