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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231532/paeonifiorin-sulfonate-as-a-characteristic-marker-for-specifically-inspecting-chinese-patent-medicine-liu-wei-di-huang-wan-contained-sulfur-fumigated-moutan-cortex
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Xiu-Yang Li, Fang Long, Jin-Di Xu, Hong Shen, Ming Kong, He Zhu, Ye-Qing Zhang, Song-Lin Li
Sulfur fumigation can induce chemical transformation of bioactive components, consequently the alteration of bioactivities or even toxicities of medicinal herbs. Inspecting Chinese patent medicines (CPM) contained sulfur-fumigated constituent herbs is crucial for ensuring the safety and efficacy of CPM. Paeonifiorin sulfonate is a sulfur-fumigation induced compound of Moutan Cortex (MC), one of the main constituent herbs of a commonly used CPM Liu-Wei-Di-Huang-Wan (LWDHW). Herein, we investigated the approach of paeonifiorin sulfonate as a characteristic marker for specifically inspecting LWDHW potentially contained sulfur-fumigated MC (SFMC)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231164/essential-oil-characterization-of-thymus-vulgaris-from-various-geographical-locations
#2
Prabodh Satyal, Brittney L Murray, Robert L McFeeters, William N Setzer
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) is a commonly used flavoring agent and medicinal herb. Several chemotypes of thyme, based on essential oil compositions, have been established, including (1) linalool; (2) borneol; (3) geraniol; (4) sabinene hydrate; (5) thymol; (6) carvacrol, as well as a number of multiple-component chemotypes. In this work, two different T. vulgaris essential oils were obtained from France and two were obtained from Serbia. The chemical compositions were determined using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
October 27, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231130/evaluation-of-turmeric-powder-adulterated-with-metanil-yellow-using-ft-raman-and-ft-ir-spectroscopy
#3
Sagar Dhakal, Kuanglin Chao, Walter Schmidt, Jianwei Qin, Moon Kim, Diane Chan
Turmeric powder (Curcuma longa L.) is valued both for its medicinal properties and for its popular culinary use, such as being a component in curry powder. Due to its high demand in international trade, turmeric powder has been subject to economically driven, hazardous chemical adulteration. This study utilized Fourier Transform-Raman (FT-Raman) and Fourier Transform-Infra Red (FT-IR) spectroscopy as separate but complementary methods for detecting metanil yellow adulteration of turmeric powder. Sample mixtures of turmeric powder and metanil yellow were prepared at concentrations of 30%, 25%, 20%, 15%, 10%, 5%, 1%, and 0...
May 17, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230801/ethnopharmacology-chemistry-and-biological-properties-of-four-malian-medicinal-plants
#4
REVIEW
Karl Egil Malterud
The ethnopharmacology, chemistry and pharmacology of four Malian medicinal plants, Biophytum umbraculum, Burkea africana, Lannea velutina and Terminalia macroptera are reviewed. These plants are used by traditional healers against numerous ailments: malaria, gastrointestinal diseases, wounds, sexually transmitted diseases, insect bites and snake bites, etc. The scientific evidence for these uses is, however, limited. From the chemical and pharmacological evidence presented here, it seems possible that the use in traditional medicine of these plants may have a rational basis, although more clinical studies are needed...
February 21, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230276/dissection-of-regulatory-elements-during-direct-conversion-of-somatic-cells-into-neurons
#5
Tahereh Soleimani, Nafiseh Falsafi, Hossein Fallahi
A revolutionary approach that involves direct conversion of somatic cells into almost any other types of cells showed promising results for regenerative medicine. Currently, producing valuable cell types including neurons, cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes through direct conversion of somatic cells appear to be a feasible option for regenerative medicine. The process involves inducing the cells by chemical cocktails or by expression of different types of transcription factors. In this concept, in vitro neurogenesis considered to be able to produce neuron cells to replace damaged neurons especially in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229920/in-vitro-wound-healing-and-cytotoxic-activity-of-the-gel-and-whole-leaf-materials-from-selected-aloe-species
#6
Lizelle T Fox, Anisha Mazumder, Anupma Dwivedi, Minja Gerber, Jeanetta du Plessis, Josias H Hamman
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aloe vera is one of the most important medicinal plants in the world with applications in the cosmetic industry and also in the tonic or health drink product market. Different parts of Aloe ferox and Aloe marlothii are used as traditional medicines for different applications. Although wound healing has been shown for certain aloe gel materials (e.g. A. vera) previously, there are conflicting reports on this medicinal application of aloe leaf gel materials...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229903/acute-and-subchronic-toxicity-studies-of-methanol-extract-of-polygonum-minus-leaves-in-sprague-dawley-rats
#7
Parayil Varghese Christapher, Subramani Parasuraman, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Vikneswaran Murugaiyah
Medicinal plant preparations may contain high levels of toxic chemical constituents to potentially cause serious harm to animals and/or humans. Thus, toxicity studies are important to assess the toxic effects of plant derived products. Polygonum minus is used traditionally for different ailments in Southeast Asia. This study was conducted to establish the acute and subchronic toxicity profile of the methanol extract of P. minus leaves. The acute toxicity study showed that the methanol extract of P. minus is safe even at the highest dose tested of 2000 mg/kg in female Sprague Dawley rats...
February 13, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229593/development-of-laser-structured-liquid-infused-titanium-with-strong-biofilm-repellent-properties
#8
Katharina Doll, Elena Fadeeva, Joern Schaeske, Tobias Ehmke, Andreas Winkel, Alexander Heisterkamp, Boris N Chichkov, Meike Stiesch, Nico S Stumpp
Medical implants are commonly used in modern medicine but still harbor the risk of microbial infections caused by bacterial biofilms. As their retrospective treatment is difficult, there is a need for biomedical materials, which inhibit bacterial colonization from the start without using antibacterial agents, as these can promote resistance development. The promising concept of slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) possesses enormous potential for this purpose. In the present study, this principle was applied to titanium, a common material in implantology, and its biofilm-repellent properties were demonstrated...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228101/chemical-composition-and-anti-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-hsv-1-activity-of-extracts-from-cornus-canadensis
#9
Serge Lavoie, Isabelle Côté, André Pichette, Charles Gauthier, Michaël Ouellet, Francine Nagau-Lavoie, Vakhtang Mshvildadze, Jean Legault
BACKGROUND: Many plants of boreal forest of Quebec have been used by Native Americans to treat a variety of microbial infections. However, the antiviral activities of these plants have been seldom evaluated on cellular models to validate their in vitro efficiencies. In this study, Cornus canadensis L. (Cornaceae), a plant used in Native American traditional medicine to treat possible antiviral infections, has been selected for further examination. METHODS: The plant was extracted by decoction and infusion with water, water/ethanol 1:1 and ethanol to obtain extracts similar to those used by Native Americans...
February 22, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228073/principal-physicochemical-methods-used-to-characterize-dendrimer-molecule-complexes-used-as-genetic-therapy-agents-nanovaccines-or-drug-carriers
#10
Rodríguez Fonseca Rolando Alberto, Rodrigues Joao, Muñoz-Fernández María de Los Angeles, Martínez Muñoz Alberto, Fragoso Vázquez Manuel Jonathan, Correa Basurto José
Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology to medicine. This field is related to the study of nanodevices and nanomaterials applied to various medical uses, such as in improving the pharmacological properties of different molecules. Dendrimers are synthetic nanoparticles whose physicochemical properties vary according to their chemical structure. These molecules have been extensively investigated as drug nanocarriers to improve drug solubility and as sustained-release systems. New therapies such as gene therapy and the development of nanovaccines can be improved by the use of dendrimers...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226339/current-concepts-of-phenylpiperidine-derivatives-use-in-the-treatment-of-acute-and-chronic-pain
#11
Nidal Elbaridi, Alan D Kaye, Stephanie Choi, Richard D Urman
Phenylpiperidines are a chemical class of drugs with a phenyl moiety directly attached to piperidine. These agents have an important role in many aspects of medicine including anesthesia and pain medicine. After the development of meperidine, fentanyl, which is a second generation synthetic phenylpiperidine series opioid, was synthesized and introduced into clinical anesthesia practice as fentanyl citrate in 1968. Fentanyl-mediated or modulated responses involve action at the mu-opioid receptor as an agonist at the dorsal horn inhibiting ascending pain pathways in the rostral ventral medulla, increasing pain threshold, and producing both analgesic and sedative effects...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225596/top-down-metabolomic-approaches-for-nitrogen-containing-metabolites
#12
Ryo Nakabayashi, Kei Hashimoto, Kiminori Toyooka, Kazuki Saito
Streamlining the processes that reveal heteroatom-containing metabolites and their biosynthetic genes is essential in integrated metabolomics studies. These metabolites are especially targeted for their potential pharmaceutical activities. By using a Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance-mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) instrument, we provide top-down targeted metabolomic analyses using ultrahigh-resolution liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), high-resolution matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI), and high-resolution imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) with (15)N labeling of nitrogen-containing metabolites...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222400/antiprotozoal-antimycobacterial-and-anti-inflammatory-evaluation-of-cnidoscolus-chayamansa-mc-vaugh-extract-and-the-isolated-compounds
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Mariana Z Pérez-González, Gabriel A Gutiérrez-Rebolledo, Lilián Yépez-Mulia, Irma S Rojas-Tomé, Julieta Luna-Herrera, María A Jiménez-Arellanes
Cnidoscolus chayamansa is a medicinal and edible plant known as Chaya, is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antibacterial agent and as a remedy for respiratory illness, gastrointestinal disorders, and vaginal infections related with the inflammation process. In this paper, we describe the plant's phytochemical analysis and biological activities (antimycobacterial, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, and anti-inflammatory properties) of the CHCl3:MeOH (1:1) leaves extract and isolated compounds, as well as the acute and sub-acute toxic effects...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220960/a-comparative-investigation-of-bombyx-mori-silk-fibroin-hydrogels-generated-by-chemical-and-enzymatic-crosslinking
#14
Traian V Chirila, Shuko Suzuki, Chloé Papolla
Fibroin, the major proteinaceous component of the silk fiber produced by larvae of the domesticated silk moth (Bombyx mori), has been widely investigated as a biomaterial for potential applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Following sol-gel transition, silk fibroin solutions can generate hydrogels that present certain advantages when employed as biomaterials, especially if they are crosslinked. The subject of this study was the self-crosslinking of silk fibroin through a process induced by the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, a method only recently proposed and scarcely reported...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219785/transcriptional-alterations-induced-by-binary-mixtures-of-ethinylestradiol-and-norgestrel-during-the-early-development-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#15
Yan-Qiu Liang, Guo-Yong Huang, Jian-Liang Zhao, Wen-Jun Shi, Li-Xin Hu, Fei Tian, Shuang-Shuang Liu, Yu-Xia Jiang, Guang-Guo Ying
Synthetic estrogens and progestins are commonly used in human and veterinary medicine. After use, they reach aquatic environments via discharge of wastewaters from human and animals, thus posing potential risks to organisms. So far, very little is known about their combined effects in aquatic organisms. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of binary mixtures of ethinylestradiol (EE2) and norgestrel (NGT) on embryonic zebrafish (Danio rerio) by measuring transcriptional alterations. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to EE2 and NGT alone or in combination at concentrations between 36 and 5513 ng L(-1) for 96 h post fertilization (hpf)...
February 17, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219047/strategies-in-the-designing-of-prodrugs-taking-into-account-the-antiviral-and-anticancer-compounds
#16
REVIEW
Monika A Lesniewska-Kowiel, Izabela Muszalska
Prodrugs are a wide group of substances of low or no pharmacological activity. The search for prodrugs is aimed at obtaining drugs characterized by better pharmacokinetic properties, pharmaceutical availability and selective activity of the active substance. Prodrug strategies involve chemical modifications and syntheses of new structures as well as the establishment of systems that deliver active substances for therapeutic aims that is prodrug-based treatments. The paper describes decisive factors in prodrug designing, such as enzymes participating in their activation, concepts of chemical modifications in the group of antiviral drugs and new anticancer treatments based on prodrugs (ADEPT, GDEPT, LEAPT)...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219011/inhibition-of-the-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-1-2-family-by-psoralen-and-coumarin-derivatives
#17
Cameron D Buchman, Thomas D Hurley
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2), one of 19 ALDH superfamily members, catalyzes the NAD+-dependent oxidation of aldehydes to their respective carboxylic acids. In this study, we further characterized the inhibition of four psoralen and coumarin derivatives towards ALDH2 and compared them to the ALDH2 inhibitor daidzin for selectivity against five ALDH1/2 isoenzymes. Compound 2 (Ki=19 nM) binds within the aldehyde-binding site of the free enzyme species of ALDH2. Thirty-three structural analogs were examined to develop a stronger SAR profile...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218511/engineering-of-radioiodine-labeled-gold-core-shell-nanoparticles-as-efficient-nuclear-medicine-imaging-agents-for-trafficking-of-dendritic-cells
#18
Sang Bong Lee, Sang-Woo Lee, Shin Young Jeong, GhilSuk Yoon, Sung Jin Cho, Sang Kyoon Kim, In-Kyu Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn, Jaetae Lee, Yong Hyun Jeon
The development of highly sensitive, stable, and biocompatible imaging agents allowing visualization of dendritic cell (DC) migration is one of the essential factors for effective DC-based immunotherapy. Here, we used a novel and efficient synthesis approach to develop Radioiodine-124-labeled Tannic Acid Gold Core-Shell Nanoparticles (124I-TA-Au@AuNPs) for DC labeling and in vivo tracking of their migration using positron emission tomography (PET). 124I-TA-Au@AuNPs were produced within 40 min in high yield via straightforward tannic acid-mediated radiolabeling chemistry and incorporation of Au shell, which resulted in high radio-sensitivity and excellent chemical stability of nanoparticles in DCs and living mice...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217983/extraction-and-separation-of-lactate-dehydrogenase-inhibitors-from-poria-cocos-schw-wolf-based-on-a-hyphenated-technique-and-in-vitro-methods
#19
Sainan Li, Jianxu Zhang, Senlin Li, Chunming Liu, Shu Liu, Zhiqiang Liu
Stroke is one of the most common diseases worldwide. Lactate dehydrogenase inhibitors are widely used in the treatment of ischemic stroke, with natural products considered a promising source of lactate dehydrogenase inhibitors. In this study, ultrafiltration liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry was used for the screening and identification of lactate dehydrogenase inhibitors from Poria cocos. Five lactate dehydrogenase inhibitors were selected: dehydropachymic acid, pachymic acid, dehydrotrametenolic acid, trametenolic acid, and eburicoic acid...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217981/composition-antifungal-and-antiproliferative-activities-of-the-hydrodistilled-oils-from-leaves-and-flower-heads-of-pterocephalus-nestorianus-nab
#20
Fuad O Abdullah, Faiq H S Hussain, Barbara Mannucci, Rosamaria Lappano, Solveig Tosi, Marcello Maggiolini, Giovanni Vidari
This paper reports the first study of the chemical composition, and antifungal and antiproliferative properties of the volatile extracts obtained by hydrodistillation of the flower heads and leaves of the traditional Kurdish medicinal plant P. nestorianus Nab., collected in the wild. A total of fifty-five constituents, 43 of the flower heads' oil (PFO) and 46 of the leaves' oil (PLO), respectively, were identified by GC/MS, constituting 99.68% and 99.04% of the two oils, respectively. The oils were obtained in 0...
February 19, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
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