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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106294/balancing-between-aging-and-cancer-molecular-genetics-meets-traditional-chinese-medicine
#1
Jing Liu, Lei Peng, Wenhui Huang, Zhiming Li, Jun Pan, Lei Sang, Siqian Lu, Jihong Zhang, Wanyi Li, Ying Luo
The biological consequences of cellular senescence and immortalization in aging and cancer are in conflict. Organisms have developed common cellular signaling pathways and surveillance mechanisms to control the processing of aging against tumorigenesis. The imbalance of any signals involved in this process may result in either premature aging or tumorigenesis and reduce the life span of the organism. In contrast, the balance between aging and tumorigenesis at a higher level (homeostatic-balance) may benefit the organism with tumor-free longevity...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105786/development-of-a-reference-database-for-assessing-dietary-nitrate-in-vegetables
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Lauren C Blekkenhorst, Richard L Prince, Natalie C Ward, Kevin D Croft, Joshua R Lewis, Amanda Devine, Sujata Shinde, Richard J Woodman, Jonathan M Hodgson, Catherine P Bondonno
SCOPE: Nitrate from vegetables improves vascular health with short term intake. Whether this translates into improved long term health outcomes has yet to be investigated. To enable reliable analysis of nitrate intake from food records there is a strong need for a comprehensive nitrate content of vegetables database. METHODS AND RESULTS: A systematic literature search (1980-2016) was performed using Medline, Agricola and CAB abstracts databases. The nitrate content of vegetables database contains 4237 records from 255 publications with data on 178 vegetables and 22 herbs and spices...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100206/hypoglycemic-effects-of-trichosanthes-kirilowii-and-its-protein-constituent-in-diabetic-mice-the-involvement-of-insulin-receptor-pathway
#3
Hsin-Yi Lo, Tsai-Chung Li, Tse-Yen Yang, Chia-Cheng Li, Jen-Huai Chiang, Chien-Yun Hsiang, Tin-Yun Ho
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a serious chronic metabolic disorder. Trichosanthes kirilowii Maxim. (TK) is traditionally used for the treatment of diabetes in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, the clinical application of TK on diabetic patients and the hypoglycemic efficacies of TK are still unclear. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to analyze the usage of Chinese herbs in patients with type 2 diabetes in Taiwan. Glucose tolerance test was performed to analyze the hypoglycemic effect of TK...
January 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097088/icariin-ameliorates-iga-nephropathy-by-inhibition-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nlrp3-pathway
#4
Lei Zhang, Xing-Zhi Wang, Yu-Shu Li, Lei Zhang, Li-Rong Hao
Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most frequent form of glomerulonephritis, which is characterized by glomerular proliferation and renal inflammation. Icariin is a flavonoid from the Chinese herb Epimedium, and its anti-inflammatory effect has been reported. This study aimed to investigate the effects of icariin on the renal damage in IgAN rats and the mechanisms behind these effects. IgAN model was established in Sprague-Dawley rats by oral and intravenous immunization with bovine gamma-globulin for 12 weeks, and rats were treated with icariin from 12 to 18 weeks...
January 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092862/protective-effects-of-total-flavonoids-of-astragalus-against-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-regulating-opg-rankl-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xin-Yu Liu, Lu Xu, Ying Wang, Jin-Xia Li, Yu Zhang, Chong Zhang, Sha-Sha Wang, Xue-Mei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge is one of the oldest and most frequently used crude herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The total flavonoids of Astragalus (TFA) are the main active components isolated from Astragalus membranaceus Bunge. Our recent study has shown its potential immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo and in vitro. However, its anti-arthritic effects and mechanisms of action involved have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects and possible mechanisms of TFA on Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritis in rats...
January 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088493/apoptosis-induced-by-the-methanol-extract-of-salvia-miltiorrhiza-bunge-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-through-pten-mediated-inhibition-of-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Yin-Tao Ye, Wei Zhong, Pei Sun, Dong Wang, Chen Wang, Li-Min Hu, Jun-Qiang Qian
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, a well-known traditional Chinese medicinal (TCM) plant, has been used to treat cardiovascular diseases since thousands of years. Many studies have reported that the active component tanshinones displayed a variety of biological activities: antithrombous, antiplatelet aggregation, antioxidant and antitumor promoting. But the mechanism of how the active components working still need to be clarified. The anti-tumor effect of compounds of tanshinone (CTN), the methanol extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge roots, was investigated...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086886/biochemical-mechanism-underlying-hypertriglyceridemia-and-hepatic-steatosis-hepatomegaly-induced-by-acute-schisandrin-b-treatment-in-mice
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Yi Zhang, Jing Zhao, Shu-Feng Zhou, Zhi-Ling Yu, Xiao-Yan Wang, Pei-Li Zhu, Zhu-Sheng Chu, Si-Yuan Pan, Ming Xie, Kam-Ming Ko
BACKGROUND: It has been demonstrated that acute oral administration of schisandrin B (Sch B), an active dibenzocyclooctadiene isolated from Schisandrae Fructus (a commonly used traditional Chinese herb), increased serum and hepatic triglyceride (TG) levels and hepatic mass in mice. The present study aimed to investigate the biochemical mechanism underlying the Sch B-induced hypertriglyceridemia, hepatic steatosis and hepatomegaly. METHODS: Male ICR mice were given a single oral dose of Sch B (0...
January 13, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081499/screening-active-compounds-from-corydalis-yanhusuo-by-combining-high-expression-vegf-receptor-hek293-cell-membrane-chromatography-with-hplc-esi-it-tof-msn-method
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Fen Wei, Qi Hu, Jing Huang, Shengli Han, Sicen Wang
Corydalis Thizoma,or Yuanhu in China, is a common herbal drug used for thousands of years as analgesic in Chinese medicine that has been reported to have potential anti-angiogenic effects. In this study, a VEGFR/cell membrane chromatography (VEGFR/CMC) coupled with HPLC- ESI-IT-TOF-MSn system was developed and successfully applied for identifying active components from YuanHu extract acting on VEGFR. We identified tetrahydropalmatine and corydaline as bioactive components with VEGFR activity, thus confirming their inhibitory activity on VEGFR engineered HEK293 cell growth by MTT assay...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078812/gentiana-scabra-bunge-formula-for-herpes-zoster-biological-actions-of-key-herbs-and-systematic-review-of-efficacy-and-safety
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REVIEW
Kaiyi Wang, Meaghan E Coyle, Suzi Mansu, Anthony Lin Zhang, Charlie Changli Xue
This study reviewed the biological action of key herbs and evaluated systematically the efficacy and safety of oral Gentiana formula for herpes zoster (HZ). Experimental studies relevant to HZ were identified in PubMed. Randomized controlled trials using Gentiana formula for HZ were identified from nine English and Chinese databases. The primary outcome was evaluation of pain. Potential risk of bias was assessed. Meta-analysis was conducted using mean difference or risk ratio with 95% confidence intervals. Key herbs Gentiana scabra Bunge, Gentiana triflora Pall, Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, and Gardenia jasminoides Ellis have shown antiinflammatory actions through inhibition of inflammatory cytokines and pro-inflammatory enzymes...
January 12, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074863/herb-pair-danggui-honghua-mechanisms-underlying-blood-stasis-syndrome-by-system-pharmacology-approach
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Shi-Jun Yue, Lan-Ting Xin, Ya-Chu Fan, Shu-Jiao Li, Yu-Ping Tang, Jin-Ao Duan, Hua-Shi Guan, Chang-Yun Wang
Herb pair Danggui-Honghua has been frequently used for treatment of blood stasis syndrome (BSS) in China, one of the most common clinical pathological syndromes in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, its therapeutic mechanism has not been clearly elucidated. In the present study, a feasible system pharmacology model based on chemical, pharmacokinetic and pharmacological data was developed via network construction approach to clarify the mechanisms of this herb pair. Thirty-one active ingredients of Danggui-Honghua possessing favorable pharmacokinetic profiles and biological activities were selected, interacting with 42 BSS-related targets to provide potential synergistic therapeutic actions...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074665/diterpenoid-alkaloids-from-the-root-of-aconitum-sinchiangense-w-t-wang-with-their-antitumor-and-antibacterial-activities
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Xiaoxia Liang, Lan Chen, Lei Song, Wenbo Fei, Min He, Changliang He, Zhongqiong Yin
A phytochemical study of the root barks of Aconitum sinchiangense W. T. Wang, a traditional Chinese herb medicine, led to the isolation of 15 diterpenoid alkaloids, including one new C19-diterpenoid alkaloid, sinchiangensine A (1), whose structure was determined by spectral methods including 2D NMR. Additionally, sinchiangensine A and its known analogue 3 were first reported as potential antitumor and antibacterial diterpenoid alkaloids, which showed significant antitumor activities against tumour cells (HL-60, A-549, SMCC-7721, MCF-7 and SW480), with IC50 comparable to cisplatin, and significant antibacterial activities against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC-25923 with MIC value of 0...
January 11, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068355/a-methodology-for-cancer-therapeutics-by-systems-pharmacology-based-analysis-a-case-study-on-breast-cancer-related-traditional-chinese-medicines
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Yan Li, Jinghui Wang, Feng Lin, Yinfeng Yang, Su-Shing Chen
Breast cancer is the most common carcinoma in women. Comprehensive therapy on breast cancer including surgical operation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrinotherapy, etc. could help, but still has serious side effect and resistance against anticancer drugs. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may avoid these problems, in which traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been highlighted. In this section, to analyze the mechanism through which TCM act on breast cancer, we have built a virtual model consisting of the construction of database, oral bioavailability prediction, drug-likeness evaluation, target prediction, network construction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065420/effectiveness-of-dietary-supplements-in-spinal-cord-injury-subjects
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REVIEW
Angela Navarrete-Opazo, Pilar Cuitiño, Inés Salas
BACKGROUND: Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) consume more dietary supplements than the general population. However, there is limited information regarding the clinical effectiveness of dietary supplements in SCI population. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the effectiveness of dietary supplements for the prevention or treatment of health-related conditions associated with SCI. METHODS: Randomized or non-randomized controlled clinical trials were selected, comparing the effect of any dose and form of a dietary supplement (defined by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act), with either no treatment, placebo, or other medication...
December 19, 2016: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060896/isobavachalcone-attenuates-mptp-induced-parkinson-s-disease-in-mice-by-inhibition-of-microglial-activation-through-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Haoran Jing, Shaoxia Wang, Min Wang, Wenliang Fu, Chao Zhang, Donggang Xu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex multi-system and age-related neurodegenerative disorder. The intervention targeting neuroinflammation in PD patients is one effective strategy to slow down or inhibit disease progression. Microglia-mediated inflammatory response plays an important role in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other cerebral diseases. Isobavachalcone is a main component of Chinese herb medicine Psoralea corylifolia, which function includes immunoregulation, anti-oxidation and the regulation of β-amyloid (Aβ42) deposited in hippocampus in Alzheimer's patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060542/puerarin-protects-against-endothelial-dysfunction-and-end-organ-damage-in-ang-ii-induced-hypertension
#15
Xiaojie Li, Yuhan Lin, Hongyu Zhou, Yao Li, Aimei Wang, Hongxin Wang, Ming-Sheng Zhou
Puerarin, a major isoflavonoid compound from Chinese herb Kudzu roots, has been widely used for the treatment of hypertensive and cardiovascular diseases in China. Here, we investigated puerarin's beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system in angiotensin (Ang) II-induced hypertensive rats. Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with Ang II for 5 days or with puerarin for 10 days followed by Ang II and puerarin for 5 days. Endothelium-dependent relaxation (EDR) to acetylcholine was determined using an organ chamber bath...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059131/dioscin-relieves-endotoxemia-induced-acute-neuro-inflammation-and-protect-neurogenesis-via-improving-5-ht-metabolism
#16
Rui Yang, Wei Chen, Ye Lu, Yingke Li, Hongli Du, Songyan Gao, Xin Dong, Hongbin Yuan
Sepsis, in addition to causing fatality, is an independent risk factor for cognitive impairment among sepsis survivors. The pathologic mechanism of endotoxemia induced acute neuro-inflammation still has not been fully understood. For the first time, we found the disruption of neurotransmitters 5-HT, impaired neurogenesis and activation of astrocytes coupled with concomitant neuro-inflammation were the potential pathogenesis of endotoxemia induced acute neuro-inflammation in sepsis survivors. In addition, dioscin a natural steroidal saponin isolated from Chinese medicinal herbs, enhanced the serotonergic system and produced anti-depressant effect by enhancing 5-HT levels in hippocampus...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056563/a-survey-of-licensed-acupuncturists-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area
#17
Donald Abrams, Michael McCulloch, Misha Cohen, Mike Liaw, Deborah Silverman, Carla Wilson
BACKGROUND: Many cancer patients seek traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the prevalence varying with diagnosis, comorbidities, and demographics. Interventions sought include acupuncture, massage, herbs, diet, and exercise, usually combined with conventional therapies. It is not known what proportion of TCM practitioners care for cancer patients, their cancer specific training or caseload, what interventions they employ, their outcomes, and their communication patterns with conventional oncologists...
January 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056545/histone-deacetylase-high-mobility-group-box-1-pathway-targeted-by-hypaconitine-suppresses-the-apoptosis-of-endothelial-cells
#18
Ye Bai, Shaohui Du, Fei Li, Fengyuan Huang, Rudong Deng, Jianhong Zhou, Dongfeng Chen
Hypaconitine is an active component of Aconitum carmichaelii Debx, a Chinese medicinal herb for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, but the mechanism underlying its effect remains elusive. In this study, we found that hypaconitine, rather than aconitum alkaloids in A. carmichaelii (e.g. aconitine, mesaconitine and benzoylaconitine), prevented endothelial cells from damage due to oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) challenge. Cleaved caspase 3 expression in endothelial cells was up-regulated by oxLDL and markedly attenuated by hypaconitine, suggesting that hypaconitine inhibited the oxLDL-induced cell apoptosis...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053654/comparison-of-chemical-profiles-and-effectiveness-between-erxian-decoction-and-mixtures-of-decoctions-of-its-individual-herbs-a-novel-approach-for-identification-of-the-standard-chemicals
#19
H P Cheung, S W Wang, T B Ng, Y B Zhang, L X Lao, Z J Zhang, Y Tong, F W S Chung, S C W Sze
BACKGROUND: Identification of bioactive standard chemicals is a major challenge in the study of the Chinese medicinal formula. In particular, the chemical components may interact differently depending on the preparative methods, therefore affecting the amounts of bioactive components and their pharmacological properties in the medicinal formula. With the use of Erxian decoction (EXD) as a study model-a  well-known Chinese medicinal formula for treating menopausal symptoms, a novel and rapid approach in seeking standard chemicals has been established by differentially comparing the HPLC profiles and the menopause-related biochemical parameters of combined decoction of EXD (EXD-C) and mixtures of the decoctions of its individual herbs (EXD-S)...
2017: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052239/honeysuckle-aqueous-extract-and-induced-let-7a-suppress-dengue-virus-type-2-replication-and-pathogenesis
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Ying-Ray Lee, Siao-Fen Yeh, Xiao-Ming Ruan, Hao Zhang, Sheng-Da Hsu, Hsien-Da Huang, Chang-Chi Hsieh, Yee-Shin Lin, Trai-Ming Yeh, Hsiao-Sheng Liu, Dai-Di Gan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.), a traditional Chinese herb, has widely been used to treat pathogen infection. However, the underlying-mechanism remains elusive. AIMS OF THE STUDY: To reveal the host microRNA (miRNA) profile with the anti-viral activity after honeysuckle treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Here we reveal the differentially expressed miRNAs by Solexa(®) deep sequencing from the blood of human and mice after the aqueous extract treatment...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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