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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334238/chemical-constituents-from-the-flowers-of-satsuma-mandarin-and-their-free-radical-scavenging-and-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitory-activities
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Anjana Adhikari-Devkota, Sara Mustafa Idris Elbashir, Takashi Watanabe, Hari Prasad Devkota
Flowers of Citrus plants are used as mild sedatives and for the treatment of insomnia in traditional medicines. In Japan, tea made from the flowers of Satsuma mandarin is consumed as healthy drink. Hesperidin (1), hesperetin (2), rutin (3), quercetin (4), nicotiflorin (5), eriocitrin (6), narirutin (7), phenylethyl glucoside (8) and unshuoside A (9) were isolated from the MeOH extract of fresh flowers. Structure elucidation of these compounds was performed on the basis of NMR spectroscopic data. Among them, rutin (3), quercetin (4) and eriocitrin (6) showed potent free radical scavenging activity, whereas hesperetin (2) and quercetin (4) showed potent α-glucosidase inhibitory activity...
January 15, 2018: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333491/multifunctional-bioreactor-system-for-human-intestine-tissues
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Wenda Zhou, Ying Chen, Terrence Roh, Yinan Lin, Shengjie Ling, Siwei Zhao, James D Lin, Noor Khalil, Dana M Cairns, Eleana Manousiouthakis, Megan Tse, David L Kaplan
The three-dimensional (3D) cultivation of intestinal cells and tissues in dynamic bioreactor systems to represent in vivo intestinal microenvironments is essential for developing regenerative medicine treatments for intestinal diseases. We have previously developed in vitro human intestinal tissue systems using a 3D porous silk scaffold system with intestinal architectures and topographical features for the adhesion, growth, and differentiation of intestinal cells under static culture conditions. In this study, we designed and fabricated a multifunctional bioreactor system that incorporates pre-epithelialized 3D silk scaffolds in a dynamic culture environment for in vitro engineering of human intestine tissues...
January 8, 2018: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333039/pharmacognostic-assesment-of-the-endemic-and-vulnerable-medicinal-climber-cayratia-pedata-lam-gagnep-var-glabra-gamble-and-its-antibacterial-activity
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S Sharmila, K Kalaichelvi, S M Dhivya, P Premamalini, P Abirami, G Jayanthi
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate a meticulous pharmacognostic cram is to supplement constructive information with regard to its identification, characterization, and standardization of endemic and endangered medicinal climber Cayratia pedata var. glabra and also screening the antibacterial activity of this climber. Materials and Methods: The morphological characters of study plant, microscopic examination of leaf powder, anatomy of young stem, physicochemical analysis of plant powder, extractive values, phytochemical analysis, powder with different chemical reagents, fluorescence analysis of plant powder, and other World Health Organization (WHO) recommended for standardization were analyzed...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332417/-concise-history-of-toxicology-from-empiric-knowledge-to-science
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Anna Tompa, Péter Balázs
Toxicology is a science of poisonings by xenobiotics and endogenous physiological changes. Its empiric roots may be traced back to the emerging of the human race because the most important pledge of our predecessors' survival was the differentiation between eatable and poisonous plants and animals. In the course of social evolution, there were three main fields of using poisons: 1) hunting and warfare, 2) to settle social tensions by avoiding military conflicts through hiding strategy of eliminating enemies by toxic substances, 3) medicines applied first as anti-poisons and later by introducing strong substances to defeat diseases, but paradoxically active euthanasia is also a part of the whole story...
January 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332022/comparative-antitussive-effects-of-medicinal-plants-and-their-constituents
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Saeideh Saadat, Farzaneh Shakeri, Mohammad Hossein Boskabady
Context • The cough is a protective reflex, with 2 types, one being more sensitive to mechanical stimulation and the other to chemical stimulation, such as sulfur dioxide, ammonia, citric acid, and capsaicin. Some evidence is available that suppressant therapy is most effective when used for the short-term reduction of coughing. Today, use of herbal drugs is increasing all over the world for various ailments, including to provide antitussive activity. Objective • The study intended to review the antitussive effects of various extracts, some fractions, and some constituents of the studied medicinal plants...
January 15, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331369/equisetum-telmateia-extracts-chemical-compositions-antioxidant-activity-and-antimicrobial-effect-on-the-growth-of-some-pathogenic-strain-causing-poisoning-and-infection
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Marzie Yeganegi, Farideh Tabatabaei Yazdi, Seyed Ali Mortazavi, Javad Asili, Behrooz Alizadeh Behbahani, Adel Beig Babaei
The aerial parts of Equisetum telmateia have been used as a source of biologically active compounds to treat inflammatory, diarrhea, stomach-ache, eczema and mouth infections in traditional medicine. The aim of this work is to evaluate the extraction yield, chemical compositions, antioxidant activity and antimicrobial activity of E. telmateia extracts on Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi and Candida albicans. Chemical compositions E. telmateia was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) using a C18 column...
January 10, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331316/pharmacological-activities-of-the-organic-extracts-and-chemical-fatty-acids-composition-of-the-petroleum-ether-extract-from-haplophyllum-tuberculatum-leaves
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Assia Hamdi, Kaouther Majouli, Amal Abdelhamid, Hela Belghith, Imed Chraief, Abderrahman Bouraoui, Zohra Marzouk, Yvan Vander Heyden
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Haplophyllum tuberculatum is used in traditional medicine to treat many disorders including inflammation and pain. The aim of this study is to investigate the organic extracts from H. tuberculatum leaves against inflammation, gastric ulcer and pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Acute toxicity was studied in vivo to determine the toxic doses of the leaves organic extracts. Anti-inflammatory activity was also evaluated in vivo using carrageenan-induced paw edema in Wistar rats...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330067/protein-complexes-as-psychiatric-and-neurological-drug-targets
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REVIEW
Akihiko S Kato, Jeffrey M Witkin
The need for improved medications for psychiatric and neurological disorders is clear. Difficulties in finding such drugs demands that all strategic means be utilized for their invention. The discovery of forebrain specific AMPA receptor antagonists, which selectively block the specific combinations of principal and auxiliary subunits present in forebrain regions but spare targets in the cerebellum, was recently disclosed. This discovery raised the possibility that other auxiliary protein systems could be utilized to help identify new medicines...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329794/redox-signals-and-macrophage-biology-for-the-upcoming-issue-of-molecular-aspects-of-medicine-on-signaling-by-reactive-oxygen-species
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Andreas Weigert, Andreas von Knethen, Dominik Fuhrmann, Nathalie Dehne, Bernhard Brüne
Macrophages are known for their versatile role in biology. They sense and clear structures that contain exogenous or endogenous pathogen-associated molecular patterns. This process is tightly linked to the production of a mixture of potentially harmful oxidants and cytokines. Their inherent destructive behavior is directed against foreign material or structures of 'altered self', which explains the role of macrophages during innate immune reactions and inflammation. However, there is also another side of macrophages when they turn into a tissue regenerative, pro-resolving, and healing phenotype...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328995/filter-base-a-web-accessible-chemical-database-for-small-compound-libraries
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Baban S Kolte, Sanjay R Londhe, Bhushan R Solanki, Rajesh N Gacche, Rohan J Meshram
Finding novel chemical agents for targeting disease associated drug targets often requires screening of large number of new chemical libraries. In silico methods are generally implemented at initial stages for virtual screening. Filtering of such compound libraries on physicochemical and substructure ground is done to ensure elimination of compounds with undesired chemical properties. Filtering procedure, is redundant, time consuming and requires efficient bioinformatics/computer manpower along with high end software involving huge capital investment that forms a major obstacle in drug discovery projects in academic setup...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328718/charge-catastrophe-and-dielectric-breakdown-during-exposure-of-organic-thin-films-to-low-energy-electron-radiation
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A Thete, D Geelen, S J van der Molen, R M Tromp
The effects of exposure to ionizing radiation are central in many areas of science and technology, including medicine and biology. Absorption of UV and soft-x-ray photons releases photoelectrons, followed by a cascade of lower energy secondary electrons with energies down to 0 eV. While these low energy electrons give rise to most chemical and physical changes, their interactions with soft materials are not well studied or understood. Here, we use a low energy electron microscope to expose thin organic resist films to electrons in the range 0-50 eV, and to analyze the energy distribution of electrons returned to the vacuum...
December 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327507/rapid-characterization-of-chlorogenic-acids-in-duhaldea-nervosa-based-on-uhplc-ltq-orbitrap-ms-and-mass-spectral-trees-similarity-filter-technique
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Lianghong Liu, Jiayu Zhang, Binjie Zheng, Ying Guan, Liting Wang, Lei Chen, Wei Cai
Duhaldea nervosa (Wallich ex Candolle) A. Anderberg (D. nervosa) has been traditionally used as a food spice and also in folk medicine for treating traumatic injury and relieving rheumatism, especially, accelerating the healing of a fracture. However, so far as we are aware, the chemical constituents have not been fully investigated. In this study, a practical method of mass spectral trees similarity filter, a data-mining technique, was developed and evaluated for the rapid detection and identification complicated constituents based on UHPLC-LTQ-Orbitrap-MS...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325917/increase-in-insulin-sensitivity-by-the-association-of-chicoric-acid-and-chlorogenic-acid-contained-in-a-natural-chicoric-acid-extract-ncrae-of-chicory-cichorium-intybus-l-for-an-antidiabetic-effect
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Karine Ferrare, Luc P R Bidel, Abdulmomem Awwad, Patrick Poucheret, Guillaume Cazals, Françoise Lazennec, Jacqueline Azay-Milhau, Michel Tournier, Anne-Dominique Lajoix, Didier Tousch
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) is an indigenous vegetable widely cultivated in Europe, America and Asia. In ancient times, the leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots have been used as a wealth of health benefits including its tonic effects, the ability to ease digestive problems and to detoxify liver. In Indian traditional therapy, chicory was known to possess antidiabetic effect. In the traditional medicine of Bulgaria and Italy, chicory was used as hypoglycemic decoctions...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323207/discovery-of-hepatotoxic-equivalent-combinatorial-markers-from-dioscorea-bulbifera-tuber-by-fingerprint-toxicity-relationship-modeling
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Wei Shi, Cai Zhang, Dongsheng Zhao, Lingli Wang, Ping Li, Huijun Li
Due to extremely chemical complexity, identification of potential toxicity-related constituents from an herbal medicine (HM) still remains challenging. Traditional toxicity-guided separation procedure suffers from time- and labor-consumption and neglects the additive effect of multi-components. In this study, we proposed a screening strategy called "hepatotoxic equivalent combinatorial markers (HECMs)" for a hepatotoxic HM, Dioscorea bulbifera tuber (DBT). Firstly, the chemical constituents in DBT extract were globally characterized...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322929/ontology-based-systematic-representation-and-analysis-of-traditional-chinese-drugs-against-rheumatism
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Qingping Liu, Jiahao Wang, Yan Zhu, Yongqun He
BACKGROUND: Rheumatism represents any disease condition marked with inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or connective tissues. Many traditional Chinese drugs have been used for a long time to treat rheumatism. However, a comprehensive information source for these drugs is still missing, and their anti-rheumatism mechanisms remain unclear. An ontology for anti-rheumatism traditional Chinese drugs would strongly support the representation, analysis, and understanding of these drugs...
December 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322778/using-genome-sequence-to-enable-the-design-of-medicines-and-chemical-probes
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Alicia J Angelbello, Jonathan L Chen, Jessica L Childs-Disney, Peiyuan Zhang, Zi-Fu Wang, Matthew D Disney
Rapid progress in genome sequencing technology has put us firmly into a postgenomic era. A key challenge in biomedical research is harnessing genome sequence to fulfill the promise of personalized medicine. This Review describes how genome sequencing has enabled the identification of disease-causing biomolecules and how these data have been converted into chemical probes of function, preclinical lead modalities, and ultimately U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs. In particular, we focus on the use of oligonucleotide-based modalities to target disease-causing RNAs; small molecules that target DNA, RNA, or protein; the rational repurposing of known therapeutic modalities; and the advantages of pharmacogenetics...
January 11, 2018: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322647/max-bergmann-award-lecture-macromolecular-medicinal-chemistry-as-applied-to-metabolic-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Richard D DiMarchi, John P Mayer, Vasily M Gelfanov, Matthias Tschöp
This review presents the scope of research presented in an October 2016 lecture pertaining to the award of the 2015 Max Bergmann Medal. The advancement in synthetic and biosynthetic chemistry as applied to the discovery of novel macromolecular drug candidates is reviewed. The evolution of the technology from the design, synthesis, and development of the first biosynthetic peptides through the emergence of peptide-based incretin agonists that function by multiple biological mechanisms is exemplified by the progression of such peptides from preclinical to clinical study...
January 2018: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322559/cest-dixon-for-human-breast-lesion-characterization-at-3-t-a-preliminary-study
#18
Shu Zhang, Stephen Seiler, Xinzeng Wang, Ananth J Madhuranthakam, Jochen Keupp, Emily E Knippa, Robert E Lenkinski, Elena Vinogradov
PURPOSE: Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI for breast lesion characterization is promising. However, artifacts are prone to develop in breast CEST imaging as a result of strong lipid signals. The aims of the study are (i) to develop and validate the CEST-Dixon imaging sequence for simultaneous water-fat separation and B0 mapping; and (ii) use the CEST-Dixon method to characterize suspicious lesions in patients undergoing percutaneous biopsy. METHODS: The gradient-echo multi-echo Dixon acquisition is used to create fat-free CEST and B0 maps...
January 10, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322549/noise-properties-of-proton-density-fat-fraction-estimated-using-chemical-shift-encoded-mri
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Nathan T Roberts, Diego Hernando, James H Holmes, Curtis N Wiens, Scott B Reeder
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work is to characterize the noise distribution of proton density fat fraction (PDFF) measured using chemical shift-encoded MRI, and to provide alternative strategies to reduce bias in PDFF estimation. THEORY: We derived the probability density function for PDFF estimated using chemical shift-encoded MRI, and found it to exhibit an asymmetric noise distribution that contributes to signal-to-noise-ratio dependent bias. METHODS: To study PDFF noise bias, we performed (at 1...
January 10, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321986/traditional-uses-and-pharmacological-properties-of-clerodendrum-phytochemicals
#20
REVIEW
Jin-Hui Wang, Fei Luan, Xiang-Dong He, Yong Wang, Mao-Xing Li
Clerodendrum is a genus of ca. 500 species in the family Lamiaceae and widely distributed throughout the whole world. Up to now, many species of this genus have been described in various indigenous systems of medicine and are used in preparation of folklore medicines for the treatment of various life-threatening diseases, and more than eleven species of the Clerodendrum genus have been very well studied for their chemical constituents and biological activities, and 283 compounds, including monoterpene and its derivatives, sesquiterpene, diterpenoids, triterpenoids, flavonoid and flavonoid glycosides, phenylethanoid glycosides, steroids and steroid glycosides, cyclohexylethanoids, anthraquinones, cyanogenic glycosides, and others have been isolated and identified...
January 2018: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
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