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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328440/methanol-extract-of-guettarda-speciosa-linn-inhibits-the-production-of-inflammatory-mediators-through-the-inactivation-of-syk-and-jnk-in-macrophages
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Hien Thi Thu Le, Young-Chang Cho, Sayeon Cho
Guettarda speciosa Linn. (G. speciosa, Rubiaceae) has been used as a traditional medicinal plant in Asia for the treatment of various inflammatory conditions, including cough, fever and maternal postpartum infection. However, the mechanisms underlying the anti‑inflammatory action of G. speciosa extracts have remained elusive. In the present study, the anti‑inflammatory effects of the methanol extract of G. speciosa (MGS) were investigated in murine macrophages by measuring the production of inflammatory mediators and the underlying mechanisms of action by performing immunoblotting analysis of proteins that are potentially involved...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322005/self-microemulsifying-formulation-of-lagerstroemia-speciosa-against-chemically-induced-hepatotoxicity
#2
Gupta Amresh, Vipin Kumar Agarwal, Chandana Venkateswara Rao
Self microemulsifying formulation is an approach used for enhancing the bioavailability of poorly soluble molecules due to their lipidic nature and small particle size. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the hepatoprotective activity of poorly soluble hydroxy- and polyhydroxy-organic phytomolecules rich Lagerstroemia speciosa leaves extract in modern formulation i.e. "Self microemulsifying System". Different doses of SME (Self microemulsifying) formulation of L. speciosa leaves extract were evaluated for the hepatoprotective activity against carbon tetrachloride induced liver toxicity in rats...
January 2018: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304383/anti-hiv-and-cytotoxic-biphenyls-benzophenones-and-xanthones-from-stems-leaves-and-twigs-of-garcinia-speciosa
#3
Phanruethai Pailee, Chutima Kuhakarn, Chanyapat Sangsuwan, Sakchai Hongthong, Pawinee Piyachaturawat, Kanoknetr Suksen, Surawat Jariyawat, Radeekorn Akkarawongsapat, Jitra Limthongkul, Chanita Napaswad, Palangpon Kongsaeree, Samran Prabpai, Thaworn Jaipetch, Manat Pohmakotr, Patoomratana Tuchinda, Vichai Reutrakul
Eleven previously undescribed compounds, including four benzophenones (garciosones A-D), four xanthones (garciosones E-H) and three biphenyls (garciosines A-C), along with eighteen known compounds were isolated from the stems, leaves and twigs of Garcinia speciosa Wall. (Clusiaceae). Their structures were established by extensive spectroscopic analysis. For garciosines A-C, the structures were confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Most of the isolated compounds were evaluated for their cytotoxic activity and anti-HIV-1 activity using the syncytium inhibition assay and HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT) assay...
January 2, 2018: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248691/kratom-use-and-mental-health-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Marc T Swogger, Zach Walsh
BACKGROUND: Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a psychoactive plant native to Southeastern Asia that is receiving increased international attention as a potential therapeutic agent. While much of the limited scientific research on kratom is focused on its analgesic potential, kratom use also has important risks and benefits in the domain of mental health. METHODS: We conducted a comprehensive systematic review of all studies on kratom use and mental health published between January 1960 and July 2017...
December 7, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248450/evaluating-the-hematological-and-clinical-chemistry-parameters-of-kratom-mitragyna-speciosa-users-in-malaysia
#5
Darshan Singh, Christian P Müller, Vikneswaran Murugaiyah, Shahrul Bariyah Sahul Hamid, Balasingam K Vicknasingam, Bonnie Avery, Nelson Jeng Yeou Chear, Sharif Mahsufi Mansor
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth.) from the Rubiaceae family is an indigenous tropical medicinal tree of Southeast Asia. Kratom leaves have been used for decades in Malaysia and Thailand in traditional context for its perceived vast medicinal value, and as a mild stimulant among manual labourers. Kratom consumption has been reported to cause side-effects in kratom users. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate kratom's effects towards hematological and clinical-chemistry parameters among regular kratom users in Malaysia...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234676/healing-and-antisecretory-effects-of-aqueous-extract-of-eremomastax-speciosa-acanthaceae-on-unhealed-gastric-ulcers
#6
A P Amang, C Mezui, G T Siwe, J Emakoua, G Mbah, E Z Nkwengoua, G E Enow-Orock, P V Tan
Objective: This work investigated the healing and antisecretory effects of the aqueous extract of Eremomastax speciosa on "unhealed gastric ulcers" associated with gastric acid hypersecretion. Materials and Methods: "Unhealed gastric ulcers" were induced using indomethacin following the establishment of acetic-acid-induced chronic gastric ulcers. The extract (200 and 400 mg/kg, per os) was administered concomitantly with indomethacin (1 mg/kg, subcutaneously)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229368/pharmacodynamic-evaluation-of-self-micro-emulsifying-formulation-of-standardized-extract-of-lagerstroemia-speciosa-for-antidiabetic-activity
#7
Vipin Kumar Agarwal, Gupta Amresh, Phool Chandra
BACKGROUND: Lagerstroemia speciosa (SEL) leaves are a popular folk medicine for diabetes treatment due to presence of corosolic acid. It has low water solubility resulting poor absorption after oral administration. Self micro-emulsified drug delivery system is the way by which we can improve the oral absorption of drug. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop the self micro-emulsifying formulation of standardized extract of SEL leaves and evaluate its pharmacodynamic performance for antidiabetic activity...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151994/antimicrobial-activity-of-cultivable-endophytic-fungi-associated-with-hancornia-speciosa-gomes-bark
#8
Mardonny Bruno de Oliveira Chagas, Irailton Prazeres Dos Santos, Luis Claudio Nascimento da Silva, Maria Tereza Dos Santos Correia, Janete Magali de Araújo, Marilene da Silva Cavalcanti, Vera Lucia de Menezes Lima
Introduction: In this study, we evaluated the antimicrobial potential of cultivable endophytic fungi associated with Hancornia speciosa Gomes stem bark. Methods and Materials: Plant samples were collected in rainy (July 2010) and dry (January 2011) seasons. In total, 116 endophytic fungi strains were isolated from 90 fragments (64.4% frequency of colonization). Higher fungi frequency was observed in the rainy season (84.4%). The strains were grouped into 14 species; the most frequent were Phoma cava (13...
2017: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076424/physicochemical-characterization-of-mitragyna-speciosa-alkaloid-extract-and-mitragynine-using-in-vitro-high-throughput-assays
#9
Wai Mun Kong, Zamri Chik, Zahurin Mohamed, Mohammed A Alshawsh
Mitragynine, a major active alkaloid of Mitragyna speciosa, acts as an agonist on μ-opioid receptors, producing effects similar to morphine and other opioids. It has been traditionally utilized to alleviate opiate withdrawal symptoms. Besides consideration about potency and selectivity, a good drug must possess a suitable pharmacokinetic profile, with suitable absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADME-Tox) profile, in order to have a high chance of success in clinical trials. The purity of mitragynine in a Mitragyna speciosa alkaloid extract (MSAE) was determined using Ultra-Fast Liquid Chromatography (UFLC)...
October 26, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071751/pxr-mediated-induction-of-cyp3a4-cyp1a2-and-p-gp-by-mitragyna-speciosa-and-its-alkaloids
#10
Vamshi K Manda, Bharathi Avula, Olivia R Dale, Zulfiqar Ali, Ikhlas A Khan, Larry A Walker, Shabana I Khan
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a native herb of Southeast Asia, is widely known for its psychoactive properties. Recent increase in the use of kratom as a recreational drug has increased the risk of its interaction with conventional drugs if taken concomitantly. A few reports are available related to the effects of kratom on the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYPs), but there are no reports of its effects on pregnane X receptor (PXR), a transcription factor that regulates the expression of CYPs and P-glycoprotein (P-gp)...
October 26, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043045/radseq-dataset-with-90-missing-data-fully-resolves-recent-radiation-of-petalidium-acanthaceae-in-the-ultra-arid-deserts-of-namibia
#11
Erin A Tripp, Yi-Hsin Erica Tsai, Yongbin Zhuang, Kyle G Dexter
Deserts, even those at tropical latitudes, often have strikingly low levels of plant diversity, particularly within genera. One remarkable exception to this pattern is the genus Petalidium (Acanthaceae), in which 37 of 40 named species occupy one of the driest environments on Earth, the Namib Desert of Namibia and neighboring Angola. To contribute to understanding this enigmatic diversity, we generated RADseq data for 47 accessions of Petalidium representing 22 species. We explored the impacts of 18 different combinations of assembly parameters in de novo assembly of the data across nine levels of missing data plus a best practice assembly using a reference Acanthaceae genome for a total of 171 sequence datasets assembled...
October 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039766/identification-and-characterization-of-tale-homeobox-genes-in-the-endangered-fern-vandenboschia-speciosa
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Mercedes Ruiz-Estévez, Mohammed Bakkali, Rubén Martín-Blázquez, Manuel A Garrido-Ramos
We report and discuss the results of a quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) analysis of the expression patterns of seven three amino acid loop extension (TALE) homeobox genes (four KNOTTED-like homeobox (KNOX) and three BEL1-like homeobox (BELL) genes) identified after next generation sequencing (NGS) and assembly of the sporophyte and gametophyte transcriptomes of the endangered fern species Vandenboschia speciosa. Among the four KNOX genes, two belonged to the KNOX1 class and the other two belonged to the KNOX2 class...
October 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992471/parkia-speciosa-empty-pod-prevents-hypertension-and-cardiac-damage-in-rats-given-n-g-nitro-l-arginine-methyl-ester
#13
Yusof Kamisah, Japar Sidik Fadhlullah Zuhair, Abdul Hamid Juliana, Kamsiah Jaarin
Parkia speciosa Hassk is a plant found abundantly in Southeast Asia region. Its seeds with or without pods and roots have been used in traditional medicine in this region to treat hypertension. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the potential effect of the plant empty pod extract on hypertension development and changes in heart induced by N(G)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) administration in rats. Twenty-four male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into four groups. Groups 1 to 3 were given l-NAME (25mg/kg, intraperitoneally) for 8 weeks...
October 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966251/enhancement-of-endothelial-barrier-permeability-by-mitragynine
#14
Toshiyuki Matsunaga, Yoshifumi Morikawa, Kyoko Kamase, Misato Horinouchi, Yasuhide Sasajima, Koichi Suenami, Kiyohito Sato, Yuji Takekoshi, Satoshi Endo, Ossama El-Kabbani, Akira Ikari
Persistent inhalation of mitragynine (MG), a major alkaloid in the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, causes various systemic adverse effects such as seizure, diarrhea and arthralgias, but its toxicity to endothelial cells and effects on barrier function of the cells are poorly understood. In this study, we compared toxicities of MG and mitraphylline, another constituent of the leaves, against human aortic endothelial (HAE), bronchial BEAS-2B, neuronal SK-N-SH, hepatic HepG2, kidney HEK293, gastric MKN45, colon DLD1, lung A549, breast MCF7 and prostate LNCaP cells, and found that MG, but not mitraphylline, shows higher toxicity to HAE cells compared to the other cells...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961914/milkweed-matters-monarch-butterfly-lepidoptera-nymphalidae-survival-and-development-on-nine-midwestern-milkweed-species
#15
COMPARATIVE STUDY
V M Pocius, D M Debinski, J M Pleasants, K G Bidne, R L Hellmich, L P Brower
The population of monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains has experienced a significant decline over the past 20 yr. In order to increase monarch numbers in the breeding range, habitat restoration that includes planting milkweed plants is essential. Milkweeds in the genus Asclepias and Cynanchum are the only host plants for larval monarch butterflies in North America, but larval performance and survival across nine milkweeds native to the Midwest is not well documented. We examined development and survival of monarchs from first-instar larval stages to adulthood on nine milkweed species native to Iowa...
October 1, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950813/a-review-on-the-antinociceptive-effects-of-mitragyna-speciosa-and-its-derivatives-in-animal-model
#16
Kok-Yong Chin, Wun Fui Mark-Lee
Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical plant with narcotic effects. The antinociceptive effects of its crude extracts, bioactive compounds and structurally modified derivatives have been examined in rodent models. This review aims to summarize the evidence on the antinociceptive effects of M. speciosa and its derivatives and explore whether they can offer an alternative to morphine in pain management. Methanolic and alkaloid extracts of M. speciosa were shown to attenuate the nociceptive response in rodents. Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine offered better antinociceptive effects than crude extracts...
September 25, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947930/mitragyna-speciosa-balancing-potential-medical-benefits-and-abuse
#17
EDITORIAL
Genevieve M Halpenny
Mitragyna speciosa, also known as kratom, has the potential meet the need for pain medications that lack the addictiveness and overdose risk of classical opioid analgesics, such as morphine. This need is urgent because opioid addiction and overdose deaths have risen throughout diverse segments of U.S. society. Some opioid addicts have found relief in kratom preparations. The use of kratom as an analgesic has been validated by historical accounts and contemporary pharmacological research. Although kratom is a promising source of analgesic candidates, it is a euphoriant with potential for both abuse and addiction...
September 14, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928515/effect-of-boiling-and-drying-process-on-chemical-composition-and-antioxidant-activity-of-chaenomeles-speciosa
#18
Jing Miao, Kunhua Wei, Xia Li, Chengcheng Zhao, Xuetao Chen, Xinhui Mao, Hanhan Huang, Wenyuan Gao
Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of fresh and boiled Chaenomeles speciosa (CS) slices dried by different drying methods were determined. Data were analyzed by principle component analysis and cluster analysis. All dried boiled CS from dried fresh CS slices form main cluster. The results also demonstrated that both drying methods, freeze drying and hot air drying at 60 °C had good potential in the industrial drying of fresh and boiled CS. Fresh CS dried by hot air drying at 60 °C was more suitable for the industrial production...
August 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830758/the-medicinal-chemistry-and-neuropharmacology-of-kratom-a-preliminary-discussion-of-a-promising-medicinal-plant-and-analysis-of-its-potential-for-abuse
#19
REVIEW
Andrew C Kruegel, Oliver Grundmann
The leaves of Mitragyna speciosa (commonly known as kratom), a tree endogenous to parts of Southeast Asia, have been used traditionally for their stimulant, mood-elevating, and analgesic effects and have recently attracted significant attention due to increased use in Western cultures as an alternative medicine. The plant's active alkaloid constituents, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, have been shown to modulate opioid receptors, acting as partial agonists at mu-opioid receptors and competitive antagonists at kappa- and delta-opioid receptors...
August 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796437/a-selective-insecticidal-protein-from-pseudomonas-mosselii-for-corn-rootworm-control
#20
Jun-Zhi Wei, Jessica O'Rear, Ute Schellenberger, Barbara A Rosen, Young-Jun Park, Mark J McDonald, Genhai Zhu, Weiping Xie, Adane Kassa, Lisa Procyk, Claudia Perez Ortega, Jian-Zhou Zhao, Nasser Yalpani, Virginia C Crane, Scott H Diehn, Gary A Sandahl, Mark E Nelson, Albert L Lu, Gusui Wu, Lu Liu
The coleopteran insect western corn rootworm (WCR, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) is an economically important pest in North America and Europe. Transgenic corn plants producing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) insecticidal proteins have been useful against this devastating pest, but evolution of resistance has reduced their efficacy. Here, we report the discovery of a novel insecticidal protein, PIP-47Aa, from an isolate of Pseudomonas mosselii. PIP-47Aa sequence shows no shared motifs, domains or signatures with other known proteins...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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