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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723868/screening-of-medicinal-plant-phytochemicals-as-natural-antagonists-of-p53-mdm2-interaction-to-reactivate-p53-functioning
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Muhammad Riaz, Usman A Ashfaq, Muhammad Qasim, Erum Yasmeen, Muhammad T Ul Qamar, Farooq Anwar
In most types of cancer, overexpression of murine double minute 2 (MDM2) often leads to inactivation of p53. The crystal structure of MDM2, with a 109-residue amino-terminal domain, reveals that MDM2 has a core hydrophobic region to which p53 binds as an amphipathic α helix. The interface depends on the steric complementarity between MDM2 and the hydrophobic region of p53. Especially, on p53's triad, amino acids Phe19, Trp23 and Leu26 bind to the MDM2 core. Results from studies suggest that the structural motif of both p53 and MDM2 can be attributed to similarities in the amphipathic α helix...
July 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723617/small-molecular-floribundiquinone-b-derived-from-medicinal-plants-inhibits-acetylcholinesterase-activity
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Bing Niu, Mengying Zhang, Pu Du, Li Jiang, Rui Qin, Qiang Su, Fuxue Chen, Dongshu Du, Yilai Shu, Kuo-Chen Chou
Being a neurodegenerative disorder, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the one of the most terrible diseases. And acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is considered as an important target for treating AD. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEI) are considered to be one of the effective drugs for the treatment of AD. The aim of this study is to find a novel potential AChEI as a drug for the treatment of AD. In this study, instead of using the synthetic compounds, we used those extracted from plants to investigate the interaction between floribundiquinone B (FB) and AChE by means of both the experimental approach such as fluorescence spectra, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectrometry, circular dichroism (CD) and the theoretical approaches such as molecular docking...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723166/automated-3-d-printed-arrays-to-evaluate-genotoxic-chemistry-e-cigarettes-and-water-samples
#3
Karteek Kadimisetty, Spundana Malla, James F Rusling
A novel, automated, low cost, three-dimensional (3-D) printed microfluidic array was developed to detect DNA damage from metabolites of chemicals in environmental samples. The electrochemiluminescent (ECL) detection platform incorporates layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled films of microsomal enzymes, DNA and an ECL-emitting ruthenium metallopolymer in ∼10 nm deep microwells. Liquid samples are introduced into the array, metabolized by the human enzymes, products react with DNA if possible, and DNA damage is detected by ECL with a camera...
May 26, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722812/chemical-profile-of-pineapple-cv-vit%C3%A3-ria-in-different-maturation-stages-using-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Elizângela M Ogawa, Helber B Costa, José A Ventura, Luiz C S Caetano, Fernanda E Pinto, Bruno G Oliveira, Maria Eduarda S Barroso, Rodrigo Scherer, Denise C Endringer, Wanderson Romão
BACKGROUND: Pineapple is the fruit of Ananas comosus var. comosus plant, being cultivated in tropical areas and has high energy content and nutritional value. Herein, 30 samples of pineapple cv. Vitória were analyzed as a function of the maturation stage (0-5) and their physicochemical parameters monitored. Besides, negative-ion mode electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI(-)FT-ICR MS) was used to identify and semi-quantify primary and secondary metabolites present in the crude and phenolic extracts of pineapple, respectively...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722156/chemometric-evaluation-of-hypericin-and-related-phytochemicals-in-17-in-vitro-cultured-hypericum-species-hairy-root-cultures-and-hairy-root-derived-transgenic-plants
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Katarína Nigutová, Souvik Kusari, Selahaddin Sezgin, Linda Petijová, Jana Henzelyová, Miroslava Bálintová, Michael Spiteller, Eva Čellárová
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to ascertain the presence and correlations among eight important secondary metabolites viz. hypericin, pseudohypericin, emodin, hyperforin, rutin, hyperoside, quercetin and quercitrin in different organs of 17 in vitro cultured Hypericum species, along with H. tomentosum and H. tetrapterum hairy root cultures, and hairy root-derived transgenic plants of H. tomentosum. METHODS: Samples were extracted and analysed by LC-MS...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721651/in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-activities-of-3-5-4-trihydroxy-6-7-methylenedioxyflavone-o-glycosides-and-their-aglycone-from-leaves-of-polygonum-tinctorium-lour
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Shota Tokuyama-Nakai, Hideto Kimura, Tomoe Ishihara, Mitsuo Jisaka, Kazushige Yokota
Polygonum tinctorium Lour (indigo plant) has been regarded as a useful medicinal plant for traditional herbal medicine. The polyphenolic fraction of indigo leaves exhibited anti-inflammatory activities as determined by the suppressed synthesis of nitric oxide (NO) in cultured RAW264 macrophage cells. The acid hydrolysate of the fraction showed much more potent effect than the unhydrolyzed one. In sharp contrast, those fractions of indigo stems had almost no effect. 3,5,4'-Trihydroxy-6,7-methylenedioxyflavone (TMF)-O-glycosides and tryptanthrin were detected exclusively in the extracts of the leaves...
July 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721621/tolerance-of-japanese-knotweed-s-l-to-soil-artificial-polymetallic-pollution-early-metabolic-responses-and-performance-during-vegetative-multiplication
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Serge Michalet, Soraya Rouifed, Thomas Pellassa-Simon, Manon Fusade-Boyer, Guillaume Meiffren, Sylvie Nazaret, Florence Piola
The expansion of invasive Japanese knotweed s.l. is of particular concern because of its aptitudes to rapidly colonize diverse environments, especially anthropized habitats generally characterized by their pollution with heavy metals. Whether the presence of heavy metals impacts the performance traits of this plant is a central question to better understand its invasive properties, though no controlled approach to assess these effects was yet reported. In this aim, we undertook greenhouse experiments where rhizome fragments of Japanese knotweed s...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721618/biological-nanopesticides-a-greener-approach-towards-the-mosquito-vector-control
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Prabhakar Mishra, Brij Kishore Tyagi, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Amitava Mukherjee
Mosquitoes, being a vector for some potentially dreadful diseases, pose a considerable threat to people all around the world. The control over the growth and propagation of mosquitoes comprises conventional pesticides, insect growth regulators and other microbial control agents. However, the usage of these common chemicals and conventional pesticides eventually has a negative impact on human health as well as the environment, which therefore becomes a major concern. The lacuna allows nanotechnology to come into action and exploit nanopesticides...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720829/betulinic-acid-is-a-ppar%C3%AE-antagonist-that-improves-glucose-uptake-promotes-osteogenesis-and-inhibits-adipogenesis
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Gloria Brusotti, Roberta Montanari, Davide Capelli, Giulia Cattaneo, Antonio Laghezza, Paolo Tortorella, Fulvio Loiodice, Franck Peiretti, Bernadette Bonardo, Alessandro Paiardini, Enrica Calleri, Giorgio Pochetti
PPAR antagonists are ligands that bind their receptor with high affinity without transactivation activity. Recently, they have been demonstrated to maintain insulin-sensitizing and antidiabetic properties, and they serve as an alternative treatment for metabolic diseases. In this work, an affinity-based bioassay was found to be effective for selecting PPAR ligands from the dried extract of an African plant (Diospyros bipindensis). Among the ligands, we identified betulinic acid (BA), a compound already known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and antidiabetic properties, as a PPARγ and PPARα antagonist...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720134/in-vitro-antioxidant-and-antimalarial-activities-of-leaves-pods-and-bark-extracts-of-acacia-nilotica-l-del
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Muhammad Bilal Sadiq, Pattamon Tharaphan, Kesinee Chotivanich, Joel Tarning, Anil Kumar Anal
BACKGROUND: The emergence of drug resistant malaria is threatening our ability to treat and control malaria in the Southeast Asian region. There is an urgent need to develop novel and chemically diverse antimalarial drugs. This study aimed at evaluating the antimalarial and antioxidant potentials of Acacia nilotica plant extracts. METHODS: The antioxidant activities of leaves, pods and bark extracts were determined by standard antioxidant assays; reducing power capacity, % lipid peroxidation inhibition and ferric reducing antioxidant power assay...
July 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720131/anti-arthritic-activity-of-aqueous-methanolic-extract-and-various-fractions-of-berberis-orthobotrys-bien-ex-aitch
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Alamgeer, Ambreen Malik Uttra, Umme Habiba Hasan
BACKGROUND: The roots and stem bark of Berberis orthobotrys (Berberidaceae) have long been used traditionally to treat joint pain. Though, it has not been pharmacologically assessed for rheumatoid arthritis. The current study explores anti-arthritic activity and phytochemical analysis of aqueous-methanolic extract (30:70) and fractions (ethyl acetate, n-butanol, and aqueous) of Berberis orthobotrys roots. METHODS: Anti-arthritic potential was evaluated in vitro using protein denaturation (bovine serum albumin and egg albumin) and membrane stabilization methods at 12...
July 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720093/solanum-nigrum-unripe-fruit-fraction-attenuates-adriamycin-resistance-by-down-regulating-multi-drug-resistance-protein-mdr-1-through-jak-stat-pathway
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Sankar Jagadeeshan, Diana David, S Jisha, S Manjula, S Asha Nair
BACKGROUND: Solanum nigrum, herbal plant that commonly grows in temperate climate zone, has been used as a traditional folk medicine whose ripen fruits were proven to exhibit anti-tumor properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used for centuries to cure inflammation, edema, mastitis and hepatic cancer and in the Ayurvedic system of traditional medicine in India, S. nigrum is applied against enteric diseases, ulcer, diarrhea and skin diseases. A methanolic glycosidic extract fraction of unripe fruit of S...
July 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719999/comparison-of-anticancer-activity-of-biocompatible-zno-nanoparticles-prepared-by-solution-combustion-synthesis-using-aqueous-leaf-extracts-of-abutilon-indicum-melia-azedarach-and-indigofera-tinctoria-as-biofuels
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G K Prashanth, P A Prashanth, B M Nagabhushana, S Ananda, G M Krishnaiah, H G Nagendra, H M Sathyananda, C Rajendra Singh, S Yogisha, S Anand, Y Tejabhiram
Recently, there has been an upsurge in the use of naturally available fuels for solution combustion synthesis (SCS) of nanoparticles. Although many reports suggest that these biofuels pose less harm to the environment, their strategic advantages and reliability for making NPs has not been discussed. In the present work, we try to address this issue using plant extracts as biofuels for the SCS of zinc oxide nanoparticles as a model system. In the present work, combustion synthesis of ZnO NPs using lactose and aqueous leaf extracts of Abutilon indicum, Melia azedarach, Indigofera tinctoria as biofuels has been carried out...
July 18, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719880/a-scheme-to-scientifically-and-accurately-assess-cadmium-pollution-of-river-sediments-through-consideration-of-bioavailability-when-assessing-ecological-risk
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Zhixin Song, Wenzhong Tang, Baoqing Shan
Evaluating heavy metal pollution status and ecological risk in river sediments is a complex task, requiring consideration of contaminant pollution levels, as well as effects of biological processes within the river system. There are currently no simple or low-cost approaches to heavy metal assessment in river sediments. Here, we introduce a system of assessment for pollution status of heavy metals in river sediments, using measurements of Cd in the Shaocun River sediments as a case study. This system can be used to identify high-risk zones of the river that should be given more attention...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719862/green-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-leaves-extract-of-artemisia-vulgaris-and-their-potential-biomedical-applications
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Tahir Rasheed, Muhammad Bilal, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Chuanlong Li
Biosynthesis of nanoparticles from plant extracts is receiving enormous interest due to their abundant availability and a broad spectrum of bioactive reducing metabolites. In this study, the reducing potential of Artemisia vulgaris leaves extract (AVLE) was investigated for synthesizing silver nanoparticles without the addition of any external reducing or capping agent. The appearance of blackish brown color evidenced the complete synthesis of nanoparticles. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscope (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718990/fungitoxicity-of-organic-extracts-of-ocimum-basilicum-on-growth-and-morphogenesis-of-bipolaris-species-teleomorph-cochliobolus
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E A Elsherbiny, N A Safwat, M M Elaasser
AIMS: This study aimed at evaluating the inhibitory effects of various organic extracts of Ocimum basilicum against some species of Bipolaris and Cochliobolus with GC-MS and HPLC analysis. METHODS AND RESULTS: The ethyl acetate extract consisted of methyl cinnamate as the most abundant component, while butylated hydroxytoluene was the major component in the methanol extract. Pyrogallol and chlorogenic acid were major phenolic compounds in the ethyl acetate and methanol extracts, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718813/suppression-of-nrf2-activity-by-chestnut-leaf-extract-increases-chemosensitivity-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells-to-paclitaxel
#17
Yaejin Woo, Jisun Oh, Jong-Sang Kim
Due to metastatic potential and drug resistance, cancer stem cells (CSCs) have become a critical target for the development of chemotherapeutic agents. Recent studies showed that CSCs highly express NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-mediated antioxidant enzymes and thereby retain relatively low levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Since anticancer agents usually utilize ROS as an arsenal for killing cancer cells, we hypothesized that inhibition of Nrf2 activity could increase the sensitivity of CSCs to anticancer drugs, and thus enhancing their therapeutic efficacy...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718398/comparative-study-of-nmr-spectral-profiling-for-the-characterization-and-authentication-of-cannabis
#18
Xinyi Wang, Peter de Harrington, Steven Baugh
For the authentication of botanical materials, it is difficult to obtain representative reference materials because botanicals vary significantly with respect to cultivation conditions. Chemical profiling of plant extracts or spectral fingerprinting can differentiate botanicals and group them by their chemical profiles. NMR spectroscopy yields a powerful and useful method for profiling plant extracts. Both 500 MHz (1)H and (1)H-(1)H correlation NMR spectroscopy coupled with pattern recognition were used to discriminate among Cannabis samples...
July 18, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718023/two-year-survey-of-specific-hospital-wastewater-treatment-and-its-impact-on-pharmaceutical-discharges
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Laure Wiest, Teofana Chonova, Alexandre Bergé, Robert Baudot, Frédérique Bessueille-Barbier, Linda Ayouni-Derouiche, Emmanuelle Vulliet
It is well known that pharmaceuticals are not completely removed by conventional activated sludge wastewater treatment plants. Hospital effluents are of major concern, as they present high concentrations of pharmaceutically active compounds. Despite this, these specific effluents are usually co-treated with domestic wastewaters. Separate treatment has been recommended. However, there is a lack of information concerning the efficiency of separate hospital wastewater treatment by activated sludge, especially on the removal of pharmaceuticals...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717591/nectar-living-yeasts-of-a-tropical-host-plant-community-diversity-and-effects-on-community-wide-floral-nectar-traits
#20
Azucena Canto, Carlos M Herrera, Rosalina Rodriguez
We characterize the diversity of nectar-living yeasts of a tropical host plant community at different hierarchical sampling levels, measure the associations between yeasts and nectariferous plants, and measure the effect of yeasts on nectar traits. Using a series of hierarchically nested sampling units, we extracted nectar from an assemblage of host plants that were representative of the diversity of life forms, flower shapes, and pollinator types in the tropical area of Yucatan, Mexico. Yeasts were isolated from single nectar samples; their DNA was identified, the yeast cell density was estimated, and the sugar composition and concentration of nectar were quantified using HPLC...
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