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Megumi Funakoshi-Tago, Kentaro Ohsawa, Toshiyuki Ishikawa, Fumika Nakamura, Fumihito Ueda, Yuji Narukawa, Fumiyuki Kiuchi, Hiroomi Tamura, Kenji Tago, Tadashi Kasahara
Flavonoids, particularly those derived from plants, harbor biological effects such as anti-inflammation and the inhibition of cancer progression. In the present study, we investigated the effects of 10 kinds of flavonoids isolated from Nepalese propolis on the LPS signaling pathway in order to clarify their anti-inflammatory activities. Five types of flavonoids: isoliquiritigenin, chrysin, 3',4'-dihydroxy-4-methoxydalbergione, 4-methoxydalbergion, and cearoin, markedly inhibited inflammatory responses including LPS-induced NO production by suppressing the expression of iNOS mRNA and LPS-induced mRNA expression of TNFα and CCL2...
October 19, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Elena Bardellini, Francesca Amadori, Giulio Conti, Alessandra Majorana
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December 2016: Minerva Pediatrica
Chien-Cheng Chen, Chan-Yen Kuo, Rong-Fu Chen
Background: Cardiomyocyte under hypoxia cause cell death or damage is associated with heart failure. Gap junction, such as connexin 43 play a role in regulation of heart function under hypoxia. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) has been reported as an active component of propolis, has antioxidative, anti-inflammatory antiproliferative and antineoplastic biological properties. Aims: Connexin 43 appear to have a critical role in heart failure under hypoxia, there has been considerable interest in identifying the candidate component or compound to reduce cell death...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Naoki Ohkura, Katsutaka Oishi, Fumiko Kihara-Negishi, Gen-Ichi Atsumi, Tomoki Tatefuji
BACKGROUND: Brazilian propolis has many biological activities including the ability to help prevent thrombotic diseases, but this particular effect has not been proven. Plasma levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), an inhibitor of fibrinolysis, increase under inflammatory conditions such as infection, obesity and atherosclerosis and such elevated levels predispose individuals to a risk of developing thrombotic diseases. AIM: This study aimed to determine the effects of a diet containing Brazilian propolis on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced increases in plasma PAI-1 levels...
September 2016: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
Wafaa Abdou Mohamed Mohamed, Tamer Ismail, Sameh Farouk
OBJECTIVES: Hyperthermia is one of the most common environmental stressors that affect multi-biological systems in the body including the central nervous system as well as the hematopoietic organs. The objective of the present study was to investigate the protective role of ethanolic extract of propolis (EEP) on some selective stress markers, hematological, biochemical, and histopathological changes in rats subjected to hyperthermia (40 °C/12 hr). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The experimental groups (10 rats each) were classified as follows; Group A; control, (C), was kept at a controlled room temperature (25±5 °C)...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Yuan Ma, Jia-Xiang Zhang, Ya-Nan Liu, Ai Ge, Hao Gu, Wang-Jian Zha, Xiao-Ning Zeng, Mao Huang
In the pathophysiology of asthma, structural cell dysfunction and concomitant microenvironment changes in airways are crucial to pathological progression, which involves oxidative stress. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is an active anti-oxidative component obtained from propolis, and has been shown to have beneficial effects on several respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. However, the impact of CAPE on asthma is not well understood. Therefore, this study investigated the advantages of using CAPE to treat asthma and demonstrated the roles of CAPE in the regulation of airway microenvironments...
October 13, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Jeffrey J Coleman, Tomomi Komura, Julia Munro, Michael P Wu, Rakhee R Busanelli, Angela N Koehler, Méryl Thomas, Florence F Wagner, Edward B Holson, Eleftherios Mylonakis
AIM: Caffeic acid (3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid) phenethyl ester (CAPE), the major constituent of propolis, is able to increase the survival of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans after infection with the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. RESULTS: CAPE increases the expression of several antimicrobial proteins involved in the immune response to C. albicans. Structural derivatives of CAPE were synthesized to identify structure-activity relationships and decrease metabolic liability, ultimately leading to a compound that has similar efficacy, but increased in vivo stability...
October 14, 2016: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Devinder M Thappa, Minu J Chiramel
Cutaneous and genital warts are common dermatological conditions caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Although it is a benign condition, it causes disfigurement, has a tendency to koebnerize, and can be transmitted to others. This makes adequate and timely treatment important. There are several conventional treatments available with variable response. Topical and systemic immunotherapy has now found a significant place in the treatment of warts because of its nondestructive action, ease of use, and promising results...
September 2016: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
Bruno J Conti, Karina B Santiago, Eliza O Cardoso, Paula P Freire, Robson F Carvalho, Marjorie A Golim, José M Sforcin
OBJECTIVES: Dendritic cells (DCs) are antigen-presenting cells, essential for recognition and presentation of pathogens to T cells. Propolis, a resinous material produced by bees from various plants, exhibits numerous biological properties, highlighting its immunomodulatory action. Here, we assayed the effects of propolis on the maturation and function of human DCs. METHODS: DCs were generated from human monocytes and incubated with propolis and LPS. NF-κB and cytokines production were determined by ELISA...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Yan-Zhen Zheng, Yu Zhou, Qin Liang, Da-Fu Chen, Rui Guo
Flavonoids are among the most important bioactive compounds responsible for the medical properties of honey and propolis. Water is the solvent most commonly used to extract flavonoids from honey and propolis. Hydrogen-bonding interactions are of great importance in the extraction process. In this work, hydrogen-bonding interactions between a representative flavonoid, luteolin, and water were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) from a theoretical viewpoint. The following conclusions were drawn: first, the molecular structure of luteolin is non-planar...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Ana Paula Fortes Dos Santos Thomazelli, Fernanda Tomiotto-Pellissier, Suelen Santos da Silva, Carolina Panis, Tatiane Marcusso Orsini, Allan Henrique Depieri Cataneo, Milena Menegazzo Miranda-Sapla, Luiz Antonio Custódio, Vera Lúcia Hideko Tatakihara, Juliano Bordignon, Guilherme Ferreira Silveira, José Maurício Sforcin, Wander Rogério Pavanelli, Ivete Conchon-Costa
American Tegumentar Leishmaniasis (ATL) is an infectious disease caused by Leishmania parasites with ineffective treatment. The properties of propolis have been studied in different experimental studies, however, few works have investigated the effects of propolis on human-derived peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in leishmaniasis models. Thus, we investigate the immunomodulatory effects of propolis treatment on PBMC from ATL patients and on PBMC from healthy donors infected with Leishmania braziliensis...
September 29, 2016: Cellular Immunology
Bruno Bueno-Silva, Alexandre Marsola, Masaharu Ikegaki, Severino M Alencar, Pedro L Rosalen
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of seasons on the chemical composition and antibacterial activity of Brazilian red propolis (BRP) and its plant source. BRP was collected from Maceio, Alagoas state, north-east of Brazil, during one year. Chemical composition was determined by physicochemical analyses and HPLC while antimicrobial activity was assessed against Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, Staphylococcus aureus and Actinomyces naeslundii by determining the minimal inhibitory and bactericidal concentrations (MIC and MBC, respectively)...
October 4, 2016: Natural Product Research
Renu Wadhwa, Nupur Nigam, Priyanshu Bhargava, Jaspreet Kaur Dhanjal, Sukriti Goyal, Abhinav Grover, Durai Sundar, Yoshiyuki Ishida, Keiji Terao, Sunil C Kaul
Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) is a key component in New Zealand propolis, known for a variety of health promoting and therapeutic potentials. We investigated the molecular mechanism of anticancer and anti-metastasis activities of CAPE. cDNA array performed on the control and CAPE-treated breast cancer cells revealed activation of DNA damage signaling involving upregulation of GADD45α and p53 tumor suppressor proteins. Molecular docking analysis revealed that CAPE is capable of disrupting mortalin-p53 complexes...
2016: Journal of Cancer
Marcos Roberto de Oliveira, Alessandra Peres, Clarissa Severino Gama, Simone Morelo Dal Bosco
Pinocembrin (PB; 5,7-dihydroxyflavanone; C15H12O4) is a flavonoid found in propolis and exerts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects. Furthermore, PB has been studied as a neuroprotective agent. However, it remains to be understood whether and how PB would induce mitochondrial protection in mammalian cells. Therefore, we investigated here the mechanism involved in the protective effects elicited by PB in paraquat (PQ; 100 μM)-treated SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. PB (25 μM) pretreatment (for 4 h) downregulated the levels of Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), blocked the release of cytochrome c to the cytosol, and inhibited the PQ-induced activation of caspase-9 and caspase-3...
October 1, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Agnieszka Machorowska-Pieniążek, Małgorzata Skucha-Nowak, Anna Mertas, Marta Tanasiewicz, Iwona Niedzielska, Tadeusz Morawiec, Stefan Baron
Orthodontic appliances modify the local environment of the oral cavity, increase the accumulation of dental plaque, and affect the condition of the gingiva. The aim of this study is assessment of Brazilian propolis toothpaste's effect on plaque index (PLI) and gingival index (GI) in patients with CL/CLP treated using orthodontic appliances in the 35-day study period. The study population included 96 patients of an Orthodontic Outpatient Clinic, ACSiMS in Bytom. All the patients participated in the active phase of orthodontic treatment using buccal multibracket appliances or removable appliances...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Duygu Karakis, Canan Akay, Burcin Oncul, Abbas Y Rad, Arife Dogan
The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of some disinfectants, including ethanol extract of propolis (EEP), on the adhesion of Candida albicans to denture base resins. Seventy-two acrylic resin samples were prepared, half of which was polished and the other half was roughened. C. albicans strain ATCC 10231 was incubated on Sabouraud dextrose agar (SDA) at 37°C for 48 h. The adhesion period was completed by keeping the cells in this suspension for 90 min at 37°C. Specimens were then immersed in the following solutions: 1%, 2%, and 5% sodium hypochlorite; 4% chlorhexidine gluconate; and 10% EEP...
2016: Journal of Oral Science
Maria H Borawska, Sylwia K Naliwajko, Justyna Moskwa, Renata Markiewicz-Żukowska, Anna Puścion-Jakubik, Jolanta Soroczyńska
BACKGROUND: Propolis and Hypericum perforatum L. are natural products which contain many active compounds and have numerous beneficial effects, including an antitumor effect. Gliobmastoma multiforme (GBM) is a common primary brain tumor with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. In this study, the effect of propolis (EEP) combined with H. perforatum L. (HPE) on glioblastoma cell line U87MG was investigated for the first time. METHODS: Anti-proliferative activity of EEP, HPE and their combination (EEP + HPE) was determined by a cytotoxicity test, DNA binding by [(3)H]-thymidine incorporation and cell migration assay...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Suzana Saric, Raja K Sivamani
Polyphenols are antioxidant molecules found in many foods such as green tea, chocolate, grape seeds, and wine. Polyphenols have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antineoplastic properties. Growing evidence suggests that polyphenols may be used for the prevention of sunburns as polyphenols decrease the damaging effects of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation on the skin. This review was conducted to examine the evidence for use of topically and orally ingested polyphenols in prevention of sunburns...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Soukaina El-Guendouz, Smail Aazza, Badiaa Lyoussi, Vassya Bankova, João P Lourenço, Ana M Rosa Costa, José F Mariano, Maria G Miguel, Maria L Faleiro
Biofilm bacteria are more resistant to antibiotics than planktonic cells. Propolis possesses antimicrobial activity. Generally, nanoparticles containing heavy metals possess antimicrobial and antibiofilm properties. In this study, the ability of adherence of Methicillin Resistant Strains of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to catheters treated with magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs), produced by three methods and functionalized with oleic acid and a hydro-alcoholic extract of propolis from Morocco, was evaluated. The chemical composition of propolis was established by gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and the fabricated nanostructures characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mossbauer spectroscopy and Fourrier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
P Subramaniam, K L Girish Babu, G Neeraja, S Pillai
UNLABELLED: Propolis is a natural resinous substance produced by honey bees. The antimicrobial effects of glass ionomer cement have been shown to improve with the addition of propolis; however its effect on the physicomechanical properties of the cement is not known. AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the compressive strength and solubility of conventional restorative glass ionomer cement following the addition of propolis. STUDY DESIGN: Twenty half cylindrical samples were prepared with conventional restorative glass ionomer cement formed the control group...
2016: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
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