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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534467/elemental-composition-of-different-slovenian-honeys-using-k0-instrumental-neutron-activation-analysis
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Urška Kropf, Vekoslava Stibilj, Radojko Jaćimović, Jasna Bertoncelj, Terezija Golob, Mojca Korošec
The botanical origin of seven types of Slovenian honey was investigated by analysis of their elemental content using k0-instrumental neutron activation analysis. A total of 28 representative samples were collected from beekeepers all over Slovenia in 2 consecutive years. Nineteen of the 37 elements measured were present in amounts above their LOD. The present study suggests that the determination of only alkali elements might be sufficient for the classification of Slovenian honeys according to their botanical origin...
May 23, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534465/mineral-content-as-a-tool-for-the-assessment-of-honey-authenticity
#2
Milica Jovetić, Jelena Trifković, Dalibor Stanković, Dragan Manojlović, Dušanka Milojković-Opsenica
The present work aims to provide a contribution to the overall investigation of European unifloral honeys with regard to authentication according to botanical and geographical origins. The mineral content of 206 monofloral honey samples of five botanical origins from six different regions in Serbia was investigated by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Chemometric techniques were applied for the classification and differentiation of acacia, sunflower, and linden honey according to botanical origin, as well as acacia honey samples according to regional origin...
May 23, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533972/characterisation-of-false-positive-observations-in-botanical-surveys
#3
Quentin J Groom, Sarah J Whild
Errors in botanical surveying are a common problem. The presence of a species is easily overlooked, leading to false-absences; while misidentifications and other mistakes lead to false-positive observations. While it is common knowledge that these errors occur, there are few data that can be used to quantify and describe these errors. Here we characterise false-positive errors for a controlled set of surveys conducted as part of a field identification test of botanical skill. Surveys were conducted at sites with a verified list of vascular plant species...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533190/in-vitro-bioassays-to-evaluate-beneficial-and-adverse-health-effects-of-botanicals-promises-and-pitfalls
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Gerhard Prinsloo, Georgia Papadi, Mebrahtom G Hiben, Laura de Haan, Jochem Louisse, Karsten Beekmann, Jacques Vervoort, Ivonne M C M Rietjens
This review provides an update on the promises and pitfalls when using in vitro bioassays to evaluate beneficial and adverse health effects of botanicals and botanical preparations. Important issues addressed in the paper are: (i) the type of assays and biological effects available; (ii) false-positives, false-negatives and confounding factors; (iii) matrix and combination effects; (iv) extrapolation of in vitro data to the in vivo situation; (v) when (not) to use bioassays; and (vi) identification of active constituents...
May 19, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533017/morphological-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-porous-starches-obtained-from-different-botanical-sources-and-amylolytic-enzymes
#5
Yaiza Benavent-Gil, Cristina M Rosell
Porous starches might offer an attractive alternative as bio-adsorbents of a variety of compounds. However, morphology and physicochemical properties of starches must be understood before exploring their applications. Objective was to study the action of different amylolytic enzymes for producing porous starches. Wheat, rice, potato and cassava starches were treated with Amyloglucosidase (AMG), α-amylase (AM) and cyclodextrin-glycosyltransferase (CGTase). Morphological characteristics, chemical composition, adsorptive capacity and pasting/thermal properties were assessed...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527414/structural-characterization-and-discrimination-of-the-paris-polyphylla-var-yunnanensis-and-paris-vietnamensis-based-on-metabolite-profiling-analysis
#6
Li-Ping Kang, Yuan-Yuan Huang, Zhi-Lai Zhan, Da-Hui Liu, Hua-Sheng Peng, Tie-Gui Nan, Yuan Zhang, Qing-Xiu Hao, Jin-Fu Tang, Shou-Dong Zhu, Guang Yang, Lan-Ping Guo, Min Chen, Lu-Qi Huang
This study aimed to distinguish the rhizomes of Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis (Franch) Hand Mazz (PPY) and Paris veitnamensis (Takht.) H. Li (PV) using metabolomics-based ultra high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-fligh mass spectrometry (UHPLC/Q-TOF MS). First, the UHPLC/Q-TOF MS approach was optimized for metabolite profiling. Then, the MS data were processed using UNIFI™ combined with an in-house library to automatically characterize the metabolites. Based on the exact mass information, the fragmentation characteristics, and the retention time of compounds, and the fragmentation mechanism and retention behavior of steroidal glycosides in the references, the structures identified by UNIFI were further verified...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527184/polyphenols-as-possible-markers-of-botanical-origin-of-honey
#7
Uroš M Gašić, Dušanka M Milojković-Opsenica, Živoslav Lj Tešić
In recent years, the botanical and geographical origin of food has become an important topic in the context of food quality and safety, as well as consumer protection, in accordance with international standards. Finding chemical markers, especially phytochemicals, characteristic for some kind of food is the subject of interest of a significant number of researchers in the world. This paper is focused on the use of polyphenols as potential markers for the determination of botanical origin of honey. It includes a review of the polyphenols present in various honey samples and the methods for their separation and identification...
May 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527183/analytical-methods-in-tracing-honey-authenticity
#8
Jelena Trifković, Filip Andrić, Petar Ristivojević, Etil Guzelmeric, Erdem Yesilada
Honey is a precious natural product that is marketed with a wide range of nutritional and medicinal properties. However, it is also a product subjected to frequent adulteration through mislabeling and mixing with cheaper and lower-quality honeys and various sugar syrups. In that sense, honey authentication regarding its genuine botanical and geographical origins, as well as the detection of any adulteration, is essential in order to protect consumer health and to avoid competition that could create a destabilized market...
May 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527181/physicochemical-parameters-as-a-tool-for-the-assessment-of-origin-of-honey
#9
Kristina B Lazarević, Milica S Jovetić, Živoslav Lj Tešić
Honey is a complex mixture of various substances, and its composition depends on both botanical and geographical origin, as well as anthropogenic factors. The accurate identification of honey origin guarantees the satisfaction of consumers' needs and has an impact on the honey market value. Physicochemical parameters, some of which are used in routine analysis of honey quality, could be useful for the assessment of its origin. In this review, special attention is paid to those studies that assessed the sugar and mineral composition of honey, whether they were investigated in terms of botanical or geographical origin, or for the characterization of honey type...
May 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522265/screening-for-bioactive-natural-products-from-a-67-compound-library-of-glycyrrhiza-inflata
#10
Yan Lin, Yi Kuang, Kai Li, Shuang Wang, Wei Song, Xue Qiao, Gulnar Sabir, Min Ye
Licorice shows a variety of pharmacological activities. This work aims to discover bioactive natural products from one botanical source of licorice, Glycyrrhiza inflata. A total of 67 free phenolics were isolated to form a compound library. Based on the bioactivities of licorice, these compounds were screened using cell- or enzyme-based bioassay methods. A total of 11 compounds exhibited potent cytotoxic activities against three human cancer cell lines (HepG2, SW480 and MCF7), while showed little toxicity on human normal cell lines LO2 and HEK293T...
May 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521385/-ziziphus-oxyphylla-ethnobotanical-ethnopharmacological-and-phytochemical-review
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REVIEW
Rizwan Ahmad, Niyaz Ahmad, Atta Abbas Naqvi
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ziziphus oxyphylla (ZO) is distributed mainly in tropic and warm temperate regions in the world. Pakistan owns six (06) indigenous species of genus Ziziphus out of which ZO is widely used for traditional treatment of different ailments such as diabetes, jaundice and liver diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present review aims to provide in-depth and comprehensive literature overview, regarding botanical, chemical and biological characteristics of the plant alongwith phytochemical isolation and mechanistic studies to support its folklore and traditional uses...
May 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516478/determination-of-oral-bioavailability-of-curcuminoid-dispersions-and-nanoemulsions-prepared-from-curcuma-longa-linnaeus
#12
P S Lu, B S Inbaraj, B H Chen
BACKGROUND: Curcuminoid from Curcuma longa Linnaeus has been demonstrated to be effective in anti-cancer and anti-inflammation. The objectives of this study were to prepare curcuminoid dispersion and nanoemulsion from C. longa and determine their oral bioavailability in rats. RESULTS: After curcuminoid extraction using 99.5% ethanol, bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC), demethoxycurcumin (DMC) and curcumin were separated within 10 min by HPLC with an Eclipse XDB-C18 column and a gradient mobile phase of 0...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513535/characterization-of-chinese-unifloral-honeys-based-on-proline-and-phenolic-content-as-markers-of-botanical-origin-using-multivariate-analysis
#13
Ya-Qin Wen, Jinzhen Zhang, Yi Li, Lanzhen Chen, Wen Zhao, Jinhui Zhou, Yue Jin
The phenolic and proline content were determined in honey samples of different floral origins (rapeseed, sunflower, buckwheat and Codonopsis) from five different regions of China. The phenolic and proline profile of these samples were used to construct a statistical model to distinguish honeys from different floral origins. Significant differences were identified among the studied honey samples from multivariate chemometric methods. The proline content varied among the four types of honeys, with the values decreasing in the order: buckwheat > Codonopsis > sunflower > rapeseed...
May 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512119/complementary-and-integrative-medicine-in-the-management-of-headache
#14
REVIEW
Denise Millstine, Christina Y Chen, Brent Bauer
Headaches, including primary headaches such as migraine and tension-type headache, are a common clinical problem. Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), formerly known as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), uses evidence informed modalities to assist in the health and healing of patients. CIM commonly includes the use of nutrition, movement practices, manual therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, and mind-body strategies. This review summarizes the literature on the use of CIM for primary headache and is based on five meta-analyses, seven systematic reviews, and 34 randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
May 16, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510250/a-set-of-novel-microsatellite-markers-developed-for-an-economically-important-tree-dracontomelon-duperreanum-in-china
#15
Z F Wang, H L Cao, L F Wu, Y Guo, Q M Mei, M Li, Y Wang, Z M Wang
Dracontomelon duperreanum, the most representative species of the family Anacardiaceae, is an important multipurpose tree in China and Vietnam. However, no genetic diversity studies have been reported on this species. In this study, we identified 11 microsatellite markers for D. duperreanum by using the restriction-site-associated DNA sequencing (RAD-seq) method and examined their polymorphisms in 22 samples obtained from the South China Botanical Garden, South China. We could detect only two or three alleles for each microsatellite marker...
May 10, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505492/comprehensive-evaluation-of-scfa-production-in-the-intestinal-bacteria-regulated-by-berberine-using-gas-chromatography-combined-with-polymerase-chain-reaction
#16
Lu-Lu Wang, Hui-Hui Guo, Shuai Huang, Chen-Lin Feng, Yan-Xing Han, Jian-Dong Jiang
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) of intestine microbial have caught accumulating attention for their beneficial effects on human health. Botanic compounds with low bioavailability such as berberine (BBR) and resveratrol might interact with intestinal microbial ecosystem and promote gut bacteria to produce SCFA, which contribute to their biological effects. In the present study, a comprehensive assay system was built to detect SCFAs production in intestinal bacteria, in which stringent anaerobic culture was applied for in vitro bacterial fermentation, followed by direct-injection GC detection (chemical detection) in combination with real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR, biological detection)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502905/inhibition-of-proinflammatory-mediators-by-coumaroyl-lupendioic-acid-a-new-lupane-type-triterpene-from-careya-arborea-on-inflammation-induced-animal-model
#17
Rayhana Begum, Manjur Ali Sheliya, Showkat R Mir, Ekta Singh, Manju Sharma
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Careya arborea Roxb. (Lecythidaceae) is a large tree found throughout India in deciduous forests and grasslands. C. arborea is traditionally used in tumors, inflammation, anthelmintic, bronchitis, epileptic fits, astringents, antidote to snake-venom, skin disease, diarrhea, dysentery with bloody stools, dyspepsia, ulcer, tooth ache, and ear pain. AIM OF THE STUDY: In our previous work, the methanolic extract of Careya arborea stem bark showed significant anti-inflammatory activity...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500229/isolation-by-distance-and-isolation-by-environment-contribute-to-population-differentiation-in-protea-repens-proteaceae-l-a-widespread-south-african-species
#18
Rachel Prunier, Melis Akman, Colin T Kremer, Nicola Aitken, Aaron Chuah, Justin Borevitz, Kent E Holsinger
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) of South Africa is renowned for its botanical diversity, but the evolutionary origins of this diversity remain controversial. Both neutral and adaptive processes have been implicated in driving diversification, but population-level studies of plants in the CFR are rare. Here, we investigate the limits to gene flow and potential environmental drivers of selection in Protea repens L. (Proteaceae L.), a widespread CFR species. METHODS: We sampled 19 populations across the range of P...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497823/natural-products-modulating-the-herg-channel-heartaches-and-hope
#19
REVIEW
Jadel M Kratz, Ulrike Grienke, Olaf Scheel, Stefan A Mann, Judith M Rollinger
Covering: 1996-December 2016The human Ether-à-go-go Related Gene (hERG) channel is a voltage-gated potassium channel playing an essential role in the normal electrical activity in the heart. It is involved in the repolarization and termination of action potentials in excitable cardiac cells. Mutations in the hERG gene and hERG channel blockage by small molecules are associated with increased risk of fatal arrhythmias. Several drugs have been withdrawn from the market due to hERG channel-related cardiotoxicity...
May 12, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497331/zingiber-cernuum-zingiberaceae-essential-oil-as-effective-larvicide-and-oviposition-deterrent-on-six-mosquito-vectors-with-little-non-target-toxicity-on-four-aquatic-mosquito-predators
#20
Mohan Rajeswary, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Giovanni Benelli
Mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of many pathogens and parasites, which cause serious diseases in humans and animals. Currently, botanical products have been suggested as alternative tools in the fight against arthropod vectors. In this study, the essential oil (EO) extracted from Zingiber cernuum was tested as larvicide and oviposition deterrent on six mosquito species of public health relevance, including malaria and Zika virus vectors. The EO showed high toxicity on third instar larvae of Anopheles stephensi (LC50 = 41...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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