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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630390/kavalactone-yangonin-induces-autophagy-and-sensitizes-bladder-cancer-cells-to-flavokawain-a-and-docetaxel-via-inhibition-of-the-mtor-pathway
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Liu Zhongbo, Ha U-Syn, Yu Ke, Wu Chunli, Yokoyama Noriko, Zi Xiaolin
Consumption of kava (Piper methysticum Forst) has been linked to reduced cancer risk in the South Pacific Islands. Kavalactones are major bioactive components in kava root extracts, which have recently demonstrated anti-cancer activities. However, molecular mechanisms of kavalactones' anti-cancer action remain largely unknown. We have identified two kavalactones, yangonin and 5' 6'-dehydrokawain, as potent inducers of autophagic cell death in bladder cancer cells. The effect of yangonin inducing autophagy is associated with increased expression of beclin and ATG5...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615969/a-behavioral-survey-of-the-effects-of-kavalactones-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuromuscular-transmission
#2
Bwarenaba B Kautu, Juliana Phillips, Kellie Steele, M Shawn Mengarelli, Eric A Nord
Kava is a plant root extract that is widely consumed by Pacific Islanders. Kava contains a class of lactone compounds called kavalactones. The sedative and anxiolytic effects of kava are likely attributed to the efficacies of kavalactones on the nervous system. Although some studies have implicated the potencies of certain kavalactone species on γ-aminobutyric acid transmission, evidence supporting the action of kavalactones on the eukaryotic neuromuscular junction (NMJ) and acetylcholine (ACh) transmission is scant...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554064/driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs-perceptions-and-attitudes-of-new-zealand-drivers
#3
Neha Malhotra, Nicola J Starkey, Samuel G Charlton
This study explored the patterns of drug driving in New Zealand by investigating 1) drivers' perceptions about impairment caused by legal and illegal drugs 2) countermeasures employed by drivers when under the influence of drugs (e.g., decisions not to drive) 3) drivers' attitudes about police enforcement of drug driving and 4) the factors that predict the likelihood of engaging in drug driving. Participants (n=434) were licensed drivers who completed an online questionnaire. Results of the questionnaire indicated that drivers rated hallucinogens and opiates as being the illegal drugs producing the highest level of driving impairment and cannabis the lowest...
May 26, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526473/coronary-flow-reserve-is-reduced-in-sarcoidosis
#4
Seref Kul, Gonul Aciksari Kutlu, Tolga Sinan Guvenc, Murat Kavas, Kenan Demircioglu, Yusuf Yilmaz, Halil Ibrahim Yakar, Asiye Kanbay, Sibel Boga, Mustafa Caliskan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease with frequent cardiac involvement, albeit manifest cardiac disease is rare. Though epicardial coronary arteries are not frequently involved, microvascular disease is rather common in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. The mechanism of microvascular involvement has not been elaborated yet. The aim of this study is to investigate coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) using transthoracic echocardiography in patients with sarcoidosis but without known atherosclerotic coronary artery disease or risk factors for atherosclerosis...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391729/yangonindimers-a-c-three-new-kavalactone-dimers-from-piper-methysticum-kava
#5
Jia-Ling Song, Bai-Lin Li, Yao Yuan, Ling-Hui Nie, Jia Niu, David Chiu, Zhi-Fang Xu, Jie-Wei Wu, Sheng-Xiang Qiu
Three new kavalactone dimers, designated as yangonindimers A-C (1-3), along with one known analogue were isolated from the roots of Piper methysticum. Their structures were elucidated via extensive analysis of their 1D, 2D NMR and mass spectroscopic data. All these dimers possess a skeleton featuring a cyclobutane ring connecting two kavalactone units. Compounds 1-4 were evaluated for their cytotoxic activities against human tumour cell lines NCI-H46, SW480 and HepG2, but none showed significant activity.
April 9, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376308/differential-colonization-by-bioprospected-rhizobial-bacteria-associated-to-common-bean-in-different-cropping-systems-i-i
#6
Josiele Polzin de Oliveira-Francesquini, Mariangela Hungria, Daiani Cristina Savi, Chirlei Glienke, Rodrigo Aluizio, Vanessa Kava, Lygia Vitória Galli-Terasawa
In this study, we evaluated the diversity of rhizobia isolated from root nodules on common bean (<i>Phaseolus vulgaris</i>) derived from Andean and Mesoamerican centers and grown under field and greenhouse conditions. Genetic characterization of isolates was performed by sequencing analyses of the 16S rRNA and two housekeeping genes, <i>rec</i>A and <i>gln</i>II, and by the amplification of <i>nif</i>H. Symbiotic efficiency was evaluated by examining nodulation, plant-biomass production and plant-N accumulation...
April 4, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374157/chalcone-flavokawain-b-induces-autophagic-cell-death-via-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-signaling-pathways-in-human-gastric-carcinoma-and-suppresses-tumor-growth-in-nude-mice
#7
Chia-Ting Chang, You-Cheng Hseu, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, Kai-Yuan Lin, Tzong-Der Way, Mallikarjuna Korivi, Jiuun-Wang Liao, Hsin-Ling Yang
Flavokawain B (FKB), a naturally occurring chalcone in kava extracts, has been reported to possess anticancer activity. However, the effect of FKB on gastric cancer remains unclear. We examined the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity and autophagy involvement of FKB and determined the underlying molecular mechanisms. FKB is potently cytotoxic to human gastric cancer cells (AGS/NCI-N87/KATO-III/TSGH9201) and mildly toxic towards normal (Hs738) cells and primary mouse hepatocytes. FKB-induced AGS cell death was characterized by autophagy, not apoptosis, as evidenced by increased LC3-II accumulation, GFP-LC3 puncta and acidic vesicular organelles (AVOs) formation, without resulting procaspase-3/PARP cleavage...
April 3, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337433/occupational-stress-and-burnout-among-surgeons-in-fiji
#8
Rajeev Patel, Peter Huggard, Annik van Toledo
AIM: This study examined the levels of occupational stress and burnout among surgeons in Fiji. METHODS: A document set comprising a cover letter; a consent form; a sociodemographic and supplementary information questionnaire; the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI); the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12); the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT); and the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) questionnaires were provided to surgeons from three public divisional hospitals in Fiji...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335434/induction-of-g2m-arrest-by-flavokawain-a-a-kava-chalcone-increases-the-responsiveness-of-her2-overexpressing-breast-cancer-cells-to-herceptin
#9
Danielle D Jandial, Lauren S Krill, Lixia Chen, Chunli Wu, Yu Ke, Jun Xie, Bang H Hoang, Xiaolin Zi
HER2/neu positive breast tumors predict a high mortality and comprise 25%-30% of breast cancer. We have shown that Flavokawain A (FKA) preferentially reduces the viabilities of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer cell lines (i.e., SKBR3 and MCF7/HER2) versus those with less HER2 expression (i.e., MCF7 and MDA-MB-468). FKA at cytotoxic concentrations to breast cancer cell lines also has a minimal effect on the growth of non-malignant breast epithelial MCF10A cells. FKA induces G2M arrest in cell cycle progression of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer cell lines through inhibition of Cdc2 and Cdc25C phosphorylation and downregulation of expression of Myt1 and Wee1 leading to increased Cdc2 kinase activities...
March 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293192/indole-alkaloids-from-plants-as-potential-leads-for-antidepressant-drugs-a-mini-review
#10
Hazrulrizawati A Hamid, Aizi N M Ramli, Mashitah M Yusoff
Depression is the most common illness observed in the elderly, adults, and children. Antidepressants prescribed are usually synthetic drugs and these can sometimes cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects. Current research is focussed on natural products from plants as they are a rich source of potent new drug leads. Besides Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort), the plants studied include Passiflora incarnata L. (passion flower), Mitragyna speciosa (kratom), Piper methysticum G. Forst (kava) and Valeriana officinalis L...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214231/mechanisms-of-action-and-structure-activity-relationships-of-cytotoxic-flavokawain-derivatives
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Charlotte Thieury, Nicolas Lebouvier, Rémy Le Guével, Yann Barguil, Gaëtan Herbette, Cyril Antheaume, Edouard Hnawia, Yoshinori Asakawa, Mohammed Nour, Thierry Guillaudeux
22 Flavokawain derivatives (FKd) were obtained by one step syntheses in order to conduct a SAR study to understand the structural requirements for optimum and selective cytotoxicity. FKd and natural flavokawains A and B found into kava, a South Pacific traditional beverage, were evaluated against nine cancer and one healthy cell lines. The targeted cell cycle phases as well as the effects on the induction of apoptosis and cell cycle protein levels were investigated. Therapeutic improvements (more activity and selectivity) were achieved with FKd compared to natural flavokawains and notably with the 2',3,4',6'-tetramethoxychalcone (FKd 19)...
February 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197023/genitourinary-sarcoidosis-an-essential-review-for-the-practicing-clinician
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Norman L Block, Bruce R Kava
INTRODUCTION: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease that commonly involves the lungs, but may also present with extrapulmonary manifestations. Genitourinary (GU) tract involvement has been traditionally thought to be rare, but that view may underestimate the true prevalence of the disease due to the often, silent presentation thereof. METHODS: The literature pertaining to sarcoidosis from the general systemic point of view, etiology and therapy and with regard to specific organs was reviewed by identifying key words in a PubMed search...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160848/traditional-preparations-of-kava-piper-methysticum-inhibit-the-growth-of-human-colon-cancer-cells-in-vitro
#13
L S Einbond, A Negrin, D M Kulakowski, H-A Wu, V Antonetti, F Jalees, W Law, M Roller, S Redenti, E J Kennelly, M J Balick
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies indicate there is low incidence of colon cancer in the South Pacific islands, including Fiji, West Samoa, and Vanuatu. Cancer incidence has been shown to be inversely associated with kava (Piper methysticum G. Forst.) ingestion. Hypothesis/Purpose: Kava prepared traditionally will inhibit the growth of human cancer cells. This investigation entails preparation and analysis of kava extracts and study of the growth inhibitory activity of the extracts, alone and combined with hibiscus...
January 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144871/activity-of-the-endophytic-fungi-phlebia-sp-and-paecilomyces-formosus-in-decolourisation-and-the-reduction-of-reactive-dyes-cytotoxicity-in-fish-erythrocytes
#14
Lígia Maria Crubelati Bulla, Julio Cesar Polonio, Ana Luiza de Brito Portela-Castro, Vanessa Kava, João Lúcio Azevedo, João Alencar Pamphile
The current study investigates the potential for discolouration and degradation of Reactive Blue 19 and Reactive Black 5 textile dyes by endophytic fungi Phlebia sp. and Paecilomyces formosus as well as the potential cytotoxicity of products or by-products generated by the treatments in fish erythrocytes. It was observed at 30 days that both endophytes showed biodegradation activity with 0.1 g mL(-1) of dyes. P. formosus showed highest extracellular and intracellular protein content levels after the 15th day, and Phlebia sp...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114364/eyelash-epilation-in-the-absence-of-trichiasis-results-of-a-population-based-prevalence-survey-in-the-western-division-of-fiji
#15
Colin Macleod, Chelsea Yalen, Robert Butcher, Umesh Mudaliar, Kinisimere Natutusau, Mere Rainima-Qaniuci, Chris Haffenden, Conall Watson, Naomi Cocks, Luisa Cikamatana, Chrissy H Roberts, Michael Marks, Eric Rafai, David C W Mabey, Mike Kama, Anthony W Solomon
BACKGROUND: The WHO definition of trachomatous trichiasis (TT) is "at least one eyelash touching the globe, or evidence of recent epilation of in-turned eyelashes", reflecting the fact that epilation is used as a self-management tool for TT. In Fiji's Western Division, a high TT prevalence (8.7% in those aged ≥15 years) was reported in a 2012 survey, yet a 2013 survey found no TT and Fijian ophthalmologists rarely see TT cases. Local anecdote suggests that eyelash epilation is a common behaviour, even in the absence of trichiasis...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095587/quantitative-determination-of-lactones-in-piper-methysticum-kava-kava-by-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
#16
Adele Murauer, Markus Ganzera
A fast and validated supercritical fluid chromatography method for the quantitative determination of major lactones in Piper methysticum, a plant used against nervous anxiety, stress, and restlessness, was developed. The baseline separation of dihydrokavain, demethoxyyangonin, kavain, yangonin, dihydromethysticin, and methysticin was possible in less than 4 min on an Aquity UPC(2) BEH 1.7 µm column, in combination with a mobile phase comprising CO2 and methanol with diethylamine. The column temperature had a great impact on the results because only at 70 °C could kavain and yangonin be fully resolved...
January 17, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089573/what-is-a-difficult-transfer-analysis-of-7-714-embryo-transfers-the-impact-of-maneuvers-during-embryo-transfers-on-pregnancy-rate-and-a-proposal-of-objective-assessment
#17
Alejandro Kava-Braverman, Francisca Martínez, Ignacio Rodríguez, Manuel Álvarez, Pedro N Barri, Buenaventura Coroleu
OBJECTIVE: To establish the relationship between the degree of difficulty of ET and pregnancy rate (PR), with a view to proposing an algorithm for the objective assessment of ET. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: In vitro fertilization unit. PATIENT(S): Women undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) with ET after IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection, in whom fresh embryo transfer or frozen-thawed embryo transfer was performed...
March 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081487/comparative-genome-wide-phylogenetic-and-expression-analysis-of-sbp-genes-from-potato-solanum-tuberosum
#18
Musa Kavas, Aslıhan Kurt Kızıldoğan, Büşra Abanoz
Flowering time is a very important phase in transition to reproductive stage of life in higher plants. SQUAMOSA promoter-binding protein (SBP) gene family encodes plant-specific transcription factors that are involved in regulation of several developmental processes, especially flowering. Although SBP-box genes have been identified in different plants, there have been no study indicating the regulatory effect of SBP box in potato flowering. Here, we report for the first time the identification and characterization of SBP-box transcription factors as well as determination of expression level of SBP-box genes in Solanum tuberosum L...
January 4, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079859/executive-functions-in-sarcoidosis-a-neurocognitive-assessment-study
#19
Özgür Bilgin Topçuoğlu, M Kavas, Hande Alibaş, Gülgün Çetintaş Afşar, Sibel Arınç, İpek Midi, Neşe Tuncer Elmacı
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December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936873/composition-of-endophytic-fungal-community-associated-with-leaves-of-maize-cultivated-in-south-brazilian-field
#20
Vivian J Szilagyi-Zecchin, Douglas Adamoski, Renata Rodrigues Gomes, Mariangela Hungria, Angela C Ikeda, Vanessa Kava-Cordeiro, Chirlei Glienke, Lygia V Galli-Terasawa
The objective of this study was to conduct a survey about fungi associated with leaves from two different maize plant lineages and to analyze their microbiota diversity. Isolated fungi were identified by morphological analysis and molecular taxonomy was performed using ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 rDNA. About 27 fungi morphotypes were obtained, 15 of them were from the first maize lineage. About 86.7% of the individuals belonged to the Dothideomycetes class (Phoma sorghina, Epicocum nigrum, Cladosporium sp., Bipolaris zeicola, and Alternaria alternata complex) and 13...
December 2016: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
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