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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109168/integrated-omics-analysis-of-specialized-metabolism-in-medicinal-plants
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Amit Rai, Kazuki Saito, Mami Yamazaki
Medicinal plants are the rich source of highly diverse specialized metabolites with important pharmacological properties. Until recently, plant biologists were limited in their approach to explore biosynthetic pathways of these metabolites, mainly due to the scarcity of plant genomics resources. Recent advancements in the high-throughput large-scale analytical methods have enabled plant biologists to discover biosynthetic pathways for important plant-based medicinal metabolites. Reduced cost to generate omics datasets, and the development of computational tools for their analysis and integration have led to the elucidation of biosynthetic pathways of several plant origin bio-active metabolites...
January 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105862/structural-data-and-immunomodulatory-properties-of-a-water-soluble-heteroglycan-extracted-from-the-mycelium-of-an-italian-isolate-of-ganoderma-lucidum
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Raffaele Carrieri, Rosanna Manco, Daniela Sapio, Marco Iannaccone, Andrea Fulgione, Marina Papaianni, Bruna de Falco, Laura Grauso, Paola Tarantino, Flora Ianniello, Virginia Lanzotti, Ernesto Lahoz, Rosanna Capparelli
Mushrooms produce a wide range of bioactive polysaccharides, different from each other in chemical structure and biological effects. In the last years, the idea to develop functional foods or drugs containing fungal polysaccharides is attracting great attention. Fruiting bodies of Basidiomycetes Ganoderma lucidum are commonly used in Oriental medicine to treat several disorders. G. lucidum polysaccharides - mainly β-glucans and heteroglycans - have numerous biological properties such as antitumour and immunomodulatory activities...
January 20, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103929/chemical-composition-and-some-biological-activities-of-the-essential-oils-from-basil-ocimum-different-cultivars
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Arpi Avetisyan, Anahit Markosian, Margarit Petrosyan, Naira Sahakyan, Anush Babayan, Samvel Aloyan, Armen Trchounian
BACKGROUND: The plants belonging to the Ocimum genus of the Lamiaceae family are considered to be a rich source of essential oils which have expressed biological activity and use in different area of human activity. There is a great variety of chemotypes within the same basil species. Essential oils from three different cultivars of basil, O. basilicum var. purpureum, O. basilicum var. thyrsiflora, and O. citriodorum Vis. were the subjects of our investigations. METHODS: The oils were obtained by steam distillation in a Clevenger-type apparatus...
January 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103773/agaricus-blazei-bioactive-compounds-and-their-effects-on-human-health-benefits-and-controversies
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Aline Cristine da Silva de Souza, Vanesa Gesser Correa, Geferson de Almeida Gonçalves, Andréia Assunção Soares, Adelar Bracht, Rosane Marina Peralta
BACKGROUND: The mushroom Agaricus blazei has evoked considerable scientific and practical interest in several fields, especially those linked to its medicinal properties. This review aims to summarize and evaluate the past decade findings related to nutritional and therapeutic uses of A. blazei, with especial emphasis on the most recent discoveries regarding its chemical composition and clinical investigations. METHODS: The specialized literature was searched for basic and clinical studies...
January 18, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103258/revisiting-greek-propolis-chromatographic-analysis-and-antioxidant-activity-study
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Konstantinos M Kasiotis, Pelagia Anastasiadou, Antonis Papadopoulos, Kyriaki Machera
Propolis is a bee product that has been extensively used in alternative medicine and recently has gained interest on a global scale as an essential ingredient of healthy foods and cosmetics. Propolis is also considered to improve human health and to prevent diseases such as inflammation, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. However, the claimed effects are anticipated to be correlated to its chemical composition. Since propolis is a natural product, its composition is consequently expected to be variable depending on the local flora alignment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102525/environmental-chemicals-and-aging
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REVIEW
Brandon L Pearson, Dan Ehninger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Innovations in agriculture and medicine as well as industrial and domestic technologies are essential for the growing and aging global population. These advances generally require the use of novel natural or synthetic chemical agents with the potential to affect human health. Here, we attempt to highlight environmental chemicals and select drugs with the potential to exacerbate aging by directly affecting molecular aging cascades focusing particular attention on the brain...
January 19, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102439/reconstruction-of-radionuclide-intakes-for-the-residents-of-east-urals-radioactive-trace-1957-2011
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Evgenia I Tolstykh, Lyudmila M Peremyslova, Marina O Degteva, Bruce A Napier
The East Urals Radioactive Trace (EURT) was formed after a chemical explosion in the radioactive waste-storage facility of the Mayak Production Association in 1957 (Southern Urals, Russia) and resulted in an activity dispersion of 7.4 × 10(16) Bq into the atmosphere. Internal exposure due to ingestion of radionuclides with local foodstuffs was the main factor of public exposure at the EURT. The EURT cohort, combining residents of most contaminated settlements, was formed for epidemiological study at the Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine, Russia (URCRM)...
January 19, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099666/access-to-medicines-in-brazil-based-on-monetary-and-non-monetary-acquisition-data-obtained-from-the-2008-2009-household-budget-survey
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Fernanda Caroline Silva Goes, Mauricio Homem-de-Mello, Eloisa Dutra Caldas
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the access to medicines by Brazilian families by monetary and non-monetary acquisition data. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study based on data obtained from the 2008/2009 Brazilian Household Budget Survey. The units of assessment were households that participated in the survey and the data on the acquisition of medicines over the 30 days prior to the interviews. The medicines were classified according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification system...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098805/chemical-constituents-from-the-roots-and-rhizomes-of-asarum-heterotropoides-var-mandshuricum-and-the-in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Yu Jing, Yi-Fan Zhang, Ming-Ying Shang, Guang-Xue Liu, Yao-Li Li, Xuan Wang, Shao-Qing Cai
Anti-inflammatory compounds were investigated from the ethanol extract of the roots and rhizomes of Asarum heterotropoides var. mandshuricum, a traditional Chinese medicine called Xixin and used for pain and inflammatory. Nine new compounds were isolated, including six new lignans, neoasarinin A-C (1-3), neoasarininoside A and B (4 and 5), and asarinin B (7), and one new monoterpene, asarincin A (8), two new amides, asaramid II and III (10 and 11), and one new natural monoterpene, asaricin B (9), along with 37 known compounds (6, 12-47)...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098763/new-abietane-and-kaurane-type-diterpenoids-from-the-stems-of-tripterygium-regelii
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Dongsheng Fan, Shuangyan Zhou, Zhiyuan Zheng, Guo-Yuan Zhu, Xiaojun Yao, Ming-Rong Yang, Zhi-Hong Jiang, Li-Ping Bai
Eleven new abietane type (1‒11), and one new kaurane (12), diterpenes, together with eleven known compounds (13-23), were isolated and identified from the stems of Tripterygium regelii, which has been used as a traditional folk Chinese medicine for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in China. The structures of new compounds were characterized by means of the interpretation of high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HRESIMS), extensive nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic data and comparisons of their experimental CD spectra with calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098420/deciphering-chemical-interactions-between-glycyrrhizae-radix-and-coptidis-rhizoma-by-liquid-chromatography-with-transformed-multiple-reaction-monitoring-mass-spectrometry
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Zhenhao Li, Ting Liu, Jie Liao, Ni Ai, Xiaohui Fan, Yiyu Cheng
In this study, we propose an integrated strategy for the efficient identification and quantification of herbal constituents using liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry. First, liquid chromatography with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry was employed for the chemical profiling of herbs, where a targeted following non-targeted approach was developed to detect trace constituents by using structural correlations and extracted ion chromatograms. Next, ion pairs and parameters of MS(2) of quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry were selected to design multiple reaction monitoring transitions for the identified compounds on liquid chromatography with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097901/skin-whitening-agents-medicinal-chemistry-perspective-of-tyrosinase-inhibitors
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Thanigaimalai Pillaiyar, Manoj Manickam, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam
Melanogenesis is a process to synthesize melanin, which is a primary responsible for the pigmentation of human skin, eye and hair. Although numerous enzymatic catalyzed and chemical reactions are involved in melanogenesis process, the enzymes such as tyrosinase and tyrosinase-related protein-1 (TRP-1) and TRP-2 played a major role in melanin synthesis. Specifically, tyrosinase is a key enzyme, which catalyzes a rate-limiting step of the melanin synthesis, and the downregulation of tyrosinase is the most prominent approach for the development of melanogenesis inhibitors...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096967/volatile-compounds-analysis-and-antioxidant-antimicrobial-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-mindium-laevigatum
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Abdolrasoul Haghir Ebrahimabadi, Mohammad Mahdi Movahedpour, Hossain Batooli, Ebrahim Haghir Ebrahimabadi, Asma Mazoochi, Maryam Mobarak Qamsari
OBJECTIVES: Mindium laevigatum is an endemic plant of Iran and Turkey and is widely used as blood purifier, antiasthma and antidyspnea in traditional medicine. Chemical composition of volatile materials of the plant and its antioxidant, antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities were reported in this study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Simultaneous distillation-extraction (SDE) and GC-Mass-FID analysis were used for the plant volatile materials chemical composition identification and quantification...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094183/discovering-novel-7-azaindole-based-series-as-potent-axl-kinase-inhibitors
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Clémence Feneyrolles, Léa Guiet, Mathilde Singer, Nathalie Van Hijfte, Bénédicte Daydé-Cazals, Bénédicte Fauvel, Gwénaël Chevé, Abdelaziz Yasri
AXL is a receptor tyrosine kinase that plays a key role in tumor growth and proliferation. The scientific community has validated AXL as therapeutic target in the treatment of cancers for several years now, and several AXL inhibitors have been developed but none of them are approved. In this context, we started to design new kinase inhibitors targeting AXL from the 7-azaindole scaffold well known to interact with the ATP binding site of the kinase. Focused screening and chemical diversification around 7-azaindole scaffold were developed, based on modeling studies and medicinal chemistry rational, leading to the discovery of a new family of hits with potent inhibitory activity against AXL...
January 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093981/chemical-and-biological-aspects-of-the-natural-1-4-benzoquinone-embelin-and-its-semi-synthetic-derivatives
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Priti Singh Shuveksh, Subhash Padhye, Rainer Schobert, Bernhard Biersack
BACKGROUND: Like the impressive biological properties of embelin, its chemical aspects have raised the interest of scientists in the field as well. A detailed understanding of the chemistry of embelin is necessary to fully exploit it medicinally. METHODS: Search for embelin isolation and its chemical modifications was carried out using web-based literature searching tools such as Pubmed and Scifinder. Pertinent literature is covered up to 2016. Structures of bioactive embelin derivatives are provided...
January 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093364/fabrication-of-nanofibrous-electrospun-scaffolds-from-a-heterogeneous-library-of-co-and-self-assembling-peptides
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Mahboubeh Maleki, Antonino Natalello, Raffaele Pugliese, Fabrizio Gelain
: Self-assembling (SAPs) and co-assembling peptides (CAPs) are driving increasing enthusiasm as synthetic but biologically inspired biomaterials amenable of easy functionalization for regenerative medicine. On the other hand, electrospinning (ES) is a versatile technique useful for tailoring the nanostructures of various biomaterials into scaffolds resembling the extracellular matrices found in organs and tissues. The synergistic merging of these two approaches is a long-awaited advance in nanomedicine that has not been deeply documented so far...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093319/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-the-salvia-sclarea-l-ethanolic-extract-on-lipopolysaccharide-induced-periodontitis-in-rats
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Milica Kostić, Dušanka Kitić, Milica B Petrović, Tatjana Jevtović-Stojmenov, Marko Jović, Aleksandar Petrović, Slavoljub Živanović
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Salvia sclarea L., clary, is an aromatic plant traditionally used in folk medicine for the treatment of various diseases and conditions. Although it has been primarily used as a stomachic, there are data on traditional use of S. sclarea as an agent against gingivitis, stomatitis and aphthae. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of the study was to examine the effect of the S. sclarea ethanolic extract on the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced periodontitis in rats from the immunological and histopathological standpoint...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091786/a-new-look-at-the-drug-resistance-investigation-of-uropathogenic-e-coli-strains
#18
Wioletta Adamus-Białek, Łukasz Lechowicz, Anna B Kubiak-Szeligowska, Monika Wawszczak, Ewelina Kamińska, Magdalena Chrapek
Bacterial drug resistance and uropathogenic tract infections are among the most important issues of current medicine. Uropathogenic Escherichia coli strains are the primary factor of this issue. This article is the continuation of the previous study, where we used Kohonen relations to predict the direction of drug resistance. The characterized collection of uropathogenic E. coli strains was used for microbiological (the disc diffusion method for antimicrobial susceptibility testing), chemical (ATR/FT-IR) and mathematical (artificial neural networks, Ward's hierarchical clustering method, the analysis of distributions of inhibition zone diameters for antibiotics, Cohen's kappa measure of agreement) analysis...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091618/chemical-isotope-labeling-lc-ms-for-monitoring-disease-progression-and-treatment-in-animal-models-plasma-metabolomics-study-of-osteoarthritis-rat-model
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Deying Chen, Xiaoling Su, Nan Wang, Yunong Li, Hua Yin, Liang Li, Lanjuan Li
We report a chemical isotope labeling (CIL) liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method generally applicable for tracking metabolomic changes from samples collected in an animal model for studying disease development and treatment. A rat model of surgically induced osteoarthritis (OA) was used as an example to illustrate the workflow and technical performance. Experimental duplicate analyses of 234 plasma samples were carried out using dansylation labeling LC-MS targeting the amine/phenol submetabolome...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089892/algerian-propolis-extracts-chemical-composition-bactericidal-activity-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-effects-on-gilthead-seabream-innate-immune-responses
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El-Khamsa Soltani, Rebeca Cerezuela, Noureddine Charef, Samia Mezaache-Aichour, Maria Angeles Esteban, Mohamed Mihoub Zerroug
Propolis has been used as a medicinal agent for centuries. The chemical composition of four propolis samples collected from four locations of the Sétif region, Algeria, using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was determined. More than 20 compounds and from 30 to 35 compounds were identified in the aqueous and ethanolic extracts, respectively. Furthermore, the antimicrobial activity of the propolis extracts against two marine pathogenic bacteria was evaluated. Finally, the in vitro effects of propolis on gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L...
January 9, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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