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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640934/substrate-specificity-and-safener-inducibility-of-the-plant-udp-glucose-dependent-family-1-glycosyltransferases-super-family
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Melissa Brazier-Hicks, Markus Gershater, David Dixon, Robert Edwards
Plants contain large numbers of family 1 UDP-glucose dependent glycosyltransferases (UGTs), including members that conjugate xenobiotics. Arabidopsis contains 107 UGT genes with 99 family members successfully expressed as glutathione transferase (GST)-fusion proteins in E.coli. A high-throughput catalytic screen was developed based on quantification of the fusion by measuring GST activity. UGT activity using UDP-glucose as donor was then determined using 11 synthetic acceptors bearing hydroxyl, amino and thiol groups that had been shown to undergo conjugation in plant extracts...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637224/impact-of-a-macleaya-cordata-derived-alkaloid-extract-on-necrotic-enteritis-in-broilers
#2
G D Xue, S B Wu, M Choct, A Pastor, T Steiner, R A Swick
Necrotic enteritis (NE) causes significant economic losses in the broiler chicken industry, especially in birds raised without in-feed antibiotics. A standardized blend of plant-derived isoquinoline alkaloids (IQA) derived from Macleaya cordata has shown to have anti-inflammatory potency and promoted animal productivity. This study investigated the effects of IQA supplementation on broiler chickens under NE challenge. A 2 × 2 factorial arrangement of treatments was employed with factors: NE challenge (no or yes), and additives (no additive or IQA at 0...
June 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637123/inhibition-of-swarming-motility-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-methanol-extracts-of-alpinia-officinarum-hance-and-cinnamomum-tamala-t-nees-and-eberm
#3
Divya Lakshmanan, Jishudas Nanda, K Jeevaratnam
Bacterial drug resistance is a challenge in clinical settings, especially in countries like India. Hence, discovery of novel alternative therapeutics has become a necessity in the fight against drug resistance. Compounds that inhibit bacterial virulence properties form new therapeutic alternatives. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic, nosocomial pathogen that infects immune-compromised patients. Swarming motility is an important virulence property of Pseudomonas which aids it in reaching host cells under nutrient limiting conditions...
June 15, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636454/anticancer-potential-of-sanguinarine-for-various-human-malignancies
#4
Iman W Achkar, Fatima Mraiche, Ramzi M Mohammad, Shahab Uddin
Sanguinarine (Sang) - a benzophenanthridine alkaloid extracted from Sanguinaria canadensis - exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, proapoptotic and growth inhibitory activities on tumor cells of various cancer types as established by in vivo and in vitro studies. Although the underlying mechanism of Sang antitumor activity is yet to be fully elucidated, Sang has displayed multiple biological effects, which remain to suggest its possible use in plant-derived treatments of human malignancies. This review covers the anticancer abilities of Sang including inhibition of aberrantly activated signal transduction pathways, induction of cell death and inhibition of cancer cell proliferation...
June 21, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
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/28635332/50-ethanol-extract-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-modulates-genotoxicity-and-clastogenicity-induced-by-mitomycin-c
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Dhamraa Waleed Al-Dualimi, Aman Shah Abdul Majid, Sarah Furqan Faisal Al-Shimary, Amal Aziz Al-Saadi, Raghdaa Al Zarzour, Muhammad Asif, Chern Ein Oon, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid
Herbal products contain a variety of compounds which may be useful in protecting against cellular damage caused by mutagens. Orthosiphon stamineus (O.s) also known as Cat whiskers. The herb has been shown anti-oxidative properties and can modulate key cellular proteins that have cytoprotective effect. The study aimed to evaluate the effects of different doses (250, 500 and 1000 mg kg(-1)) of 50% ethanol extract of O.s (Et. O.s) on micro-nucleated polychromatic erythrocytes (MNPCE), Polychromatic to normachromatic erythrocytes ratio (PCE/NCE), Mitotic index (MI), and Chromosomal aberration (CA) in Bab/c mice...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635142/protective-effects-induced-by-microwave-assisted-aqueous-harpagophytum-extract-on-rat-cortex-synaptosomes-challenged-with-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide
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Claudio Ferrante, Lucia Recinella, Marcello Locatelli, Paolo Guglielmi, Daniela Secci, Lidia Leporini, Annalisa Chiavaroli, Sheila Leone, Sara Martinotti, Luigi Brunetti, Michele Vacca, Luigi Menghini, Giustino Orlando
Harpagophytum procumbens is a plant species that displays anti-inflammatory properties in multiple tissues. The iridoid glycosides arpagoside, harpagide, and procumbide appear to be the most therapeutically important constituents. In addition, harpagoside treatment exerted neuroprotective effects both in vitro and in vivo. Considering these findings, the aim of the present work is to explore the possible protective role of the previously described microwave-assisted aqueous extract of H. procumbens on rat hypothalamic (Hypo-E22) cells, and in rat cortex challenged with amyloid β-peptide (1-40)...
June 21, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634868/occurrence-removal-and-health-risk-assessment-of-phthalate-esters-in-the-process-streams-of-two-different-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-lagos-and-ogun-states-nigeria
#8
O O Olujimi, O A Aroyeun, T F Akinhanmi, T A Arowolo
Phthalate esters (PEs) are one of the environmentally active organic pollutants capable of causing endocrine disruption. The levels of PE congeners were determined in the influent and effluent from Covenant Oxidation Pond (COP) and Ikeja Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWWTP). Standard methods were adopted for determining the physical and chemical parameters of the water samples. The water samples for PE congener's determination were collected, acidified and stored at 4 °C prior to liquid-liquid extraction and analysis by gas chromatograph...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634855/alpha-linolenic-acid-decreases-apoptosis-and-oxidized-phospholipids-in-cardiomyocytes-during-ischemia-reperfusion
#9
Riya Ganguly, Devin Hasanally, Aleksandra Stamenkovic, Thane G Maddaford, Rakesh Chaudhary, Grant N Pierce, Amir Ravandi
The omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA) found in plant-derived foods induces significant cardiovascular benefits when ingested. ALA may be cardioprotective during ischemia; however, the mechanism(s) responsible for this effect is unknown. Isolated adult rat cardiomyocytes were exposed to medium containing ALA for 24 h and then exposed to non-ischemic (control), simulated ischemia (ISCH), or simulated ischemia/reperfusion (IR) conditions. Cardiomyocyte phospholipids were extracted and analyzed by an HPLC/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry system...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634803/a-method-for-reducing-environmental-pollution-by-using-essential-oils-in-rodent-pest-management-program
#10
Goran Jokić, Tanja Blažić, Rada Đurović-Pejčev, Tijana Đorđević, Suzana Đedović, Marina Vukša
Strong-smelling plant extracts, such as essential oils, have a variety of feeding effects on mammals. Considering current concerns over long-term health issues and environmental effects of chemicals, plant-based products with repellent or antifungal activities may represent good solutions for improvement of rodent pest control programs. The present study was therefore focused on examining the effects of bergamot, lavender, and thyme essential oils as additional bait components on daily intakes of cereal-based baits by wild house mice...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633858/effects-of-processing-parameters-in-the-sonic-assisted-water-extraction-sawe-of-6-gingerol
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Syaripah Zaimah Syed Jaapar, Noor Azian Morad, Yoshio Iwai, Mariam Firdhaus Mad Nordin
The use of water in subcritical conditions for extraction has several drawbacks. These include the safety features, higher production costs and possible degradation of the bioactive compounds. To overcome these problems, sonic energy and an entrainer were used as external interventions to decrease the polarity of water at milder operating conditions. The effect of low (28kHz) and high (800kHz) frequencies of sonication in the extraction of the main ginger bioactive compound (6-gingerol) were compared. Six parameters were studied: mean particle size (MPS, mm), time of extraction, applied power, sample to solvent ratio (w/v), temperature of extraction, and the percentage of entrainer...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633539/a-survey-on-chemical-constituents-and-indications-of-aromatic-waters-soft-drinks-hydrosols-used-in-persian-nutrition-culture-and-folk-medicine-for-neurological-disorders-and-mental-health
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Azadeh Hamedi, Ardalan Pasdaran, Zahra Zebarjad, Mahmoodreza Moein
In Persian nutrition culture, drinking aromatic waters (hydrosols, distillate) has a long history as functional beverages or therapeutic remedies. The co-distilled water with essential oils, which contains partial amounts of more water-soluble volatile compounds are diluted and used as beverages. Since the solubility of volatile components is different in water, the overall composition, and thus the biological activities of aromatic waters seem to be different from the essential oils they were co-distilled with...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633115/occurrence-of-commonly-used-pesticides-in-personal-air-samples-and-their-associated-health-risk-among-paddy-farmers
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Hazwanee Hamsan, Yu Bin Ho, Siti Zulfa Zaidon, Zailina Hashim, Nazamid Saari, Ali Karami
Tanjung Karang, Selangor, is widely known for its paddy cultivation activity and hosts the third largest paddy field in Malaysia. Pesticides contamination in agriculture fields has become an unavoidable problem, as pesticides are used to increase paddy productivity and reduce plant disease. Human exposure to agrichemicals is common and could results in both acute and chronic health effects, such as acute and chronic neurotoxicity. This study aims to determine the concentrations of commonly used pesticides (azoxystrobin, buprofezin, chlorantraniliprole, difenoconazole, fipronil, imidacloprid, isoprothiolane, pretilachlor, propiconazole, pymetrozine, tebuconazole, tricyclazole, and trifloxystrobin) in personal air samples and their associated health risks among paddy farmers...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633108/bioactivity-and-quantitative-analysis-of-isohexenylnaphthazarins-in-root-periderm-of-two-echium-spp-e-%C3%A2-plantagineum-and-e-%C3%A2-gaditanum
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Alexandra G Durán, M Teresa Gutiérrez, Carlos Rial, Ascensión Torres, Rosa M Varela, Manuel M Valdivia, José M G Molinillo, Dominik Skoneczny, Leslie A Weston, Francisco A Macías
Isohexenylnaphthazarins are commonly found in the root periderm of several Boraginaceous plants and are known for their broad range of biological activities. The work described herein concerns the biological activity of compounds from the roots of Echium plantagineum L. and Echium gaditanum Boiss (Boraginaceae) collected from field sites in southern Spain and Australia. Bioactivity was assessed using etiolated wheat coleoptile bioassay and in vitro growth inhibitory activity in HeLa and IGROV-1 cells. The quantification of four isohexenylnaphthazarins (shikonin/alkannin, deoxyshikonin/deoxyalkannin, acetylshikonin/acetylalkannin and dimethylacrylshikonin/dimethylacrylalkannin) was performed by LC-MS/MS using juglone as internal standard...
June 17, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630643/improved-classification-accuracy-of-powdery-mildew-infection-levels-of-wine-grapes-by-spatial-spectral-analysis-of-hyperspectral-images
#15
Uwe Knauer, Andrea Matros, Tijana Petrovic, Timothy Zanker, Eileen S Scott, Udo Seiffert
BACKGROUND: Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging means of assessing plant vitality, stress parameters, nutrition status, and diseases. Extraction of target values from the high-dimensional datasets either relies on pixel-wise processing of the full spectral information, appropriate selection of individual bands, or calculation of spectral indices. Limitations of such approaches are reduced classification accuracy, reduced robustness due to spatial variation of the spectral information across the surface of the objects measured as well as a loss of information intrinsic to band selection and use of spectral indices...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630625/quantification-of-antioxidant-phenolic-compounds-in-a-new-chrysanthemum-cultivar-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-with-diode-array-detection-and-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#16
Ah-Reum Han, Hyo Young Kim, Yangkang So, Bomi Nam, Ik-Soo Lee, Joo-Won Nam, Yeong Deuk Jo, Sang Hoon Kim, Jin-Baek Kim, Si-Yong Kang, Chang Hyun Jin
The flowers of Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat. have been used as an herbal tea and in traditional medicine, and the plant has been developed to produce horticultural cultivars of various colors and shapes. In this study, a new chrysanthemum cultivar with dark purple petals (C. morifolium cv. ARTI-Dark Chocolate; ADC) was developed by radiation-induced mutation breeding of its original cultivar with purple striped white petals (C. morifolium cv. Noble Wine, NW). The phenolic profile and antioxidant property of ADC were investigated and compared with NW and the commercially available medicinal herb, C...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630440/looking-to-nature-for-a-new-concept-in-antimicrobial-treatments-isoflavonoids-from-cytisus-striatus-as-antibiotic-adjuvants-against-mrsa
#17
Ana Cristina Abreu, Aline Coqueiro, Andi R Sultan, Nicole Lemmens, Hye Kyong Kim, Robert Verpoorte, Willem J B van Wamel, Manuel Simões, Young Hae Choi
The spread of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), has shortened the useful life of anti-staphylococcal drugs enormously. Two approaches can be followed to address this problem: screening various sources for new leads for antibiotics or finding ways to disable the resistance mechanisms to existing antibiotics. Plants are resistant to most microorganisms, but despite extensive efforts to identify metabolites that are responsible for this resistance, no substantial progress has been made...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630399/dietary-mastic-oil-extracted-from-pistacia-lentiscus-var-chia-suppresses-tumor-growth-in-experimental-colon-cancer-models
#18
Katerina Spyridopoulou, Angeliki Tiptiri-Kourpeti, Evangeli Lampri, Eleni Fitsiou, Stavros Vasileiadis, Manolis Vamvakias, Haido Bardouki, Anna Goussia, Vasiliki Malamou-Mitsi, Mihalis I Panayiotidis, Alex Galanis, Aglaia Pappa, Katerina Chlichlia
Plant-derived bioactive compounds attract considerable interest as potential chemopreventive anticancer agents. We analyzed the volatile dietary phytochemicals (terpenes) present in mastic oil extracted from the resin of Pistacia lentiscus var. chia and comparatively investigated their effects on colon carcinoma proliferation, a) in vitro against colon cancer cell lines and b) in vivo on tumor growth in mice following oral administration. Mastic oil inhibited - more effectively than its major constituents- proliferation of colon cancer cells in vitro, attenuated migration and downregulated transcriptional expression of survivin (BIRC5a)...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630384/modulation-of-cd4-t-cell-subsets-by-euphorbia-microciadia-and-euphorbia-osyridea-plant-extracts
#19
Haideh Namdari, Maryam Izad, Zahra Amirghofran
BACKGROUND: Euphorbia plants are traditionally used in folk medicine for infections, inflammation, and cancer. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of the butanolic extracts of Euphorbia micorociadia and Euphorbia osyridea on specific transcription factors and cytokines expression of T cell subsets. METHODS: Activated mouse splenocytes were cultured in the presence of non-cytotoxic concentrations of the extracts. Cells were evaluated for the gene expressions of T cell transcription factors and cytokines of T helper (Th)1 [T-bet and interferon gamma (IFNγ)], Th17 [retinoic acid receptor related orphan receptor (RORγt) and interleukin (IL)-17], and T regulatory (Treg) cells [forkhead box P3(Foxp3), IL-10, and Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β] using real-time PCR...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629818/corydalis-hendersonii-hemsl-protects-against-myocardial-injury-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-fibrosis-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathways
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Ruifeng Bai, Xu Yin, Xiao Feng, Yuan Cao, Yan Wu, Zhixiang Zhu, Chun Li, Pengfei Tu, Xingyun Chai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Corydalis hendersonii Hemsl. (CH) with heat clearing and detoxifying effects are well described in Tibetan folk medicine. It has been used for centuries in China largely for the treatment of high altitude polycythemia, a pathophysiological condition referred to "plethora" in Tibetan medicine, hypertension, hepatitis, edema, gastritis, and other infectious diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the cardioprotective effects of Corydalis hendersonii extract in an ICR mouse model of myocardial ischemic injury...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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