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Nsengiyumva Bati Daddy, Luc Malemo Kalisya, Pascal Gisenya Bagire, Robert L Watt, Melissa J Towler, Pamela J Weathers
BACKGROUND: Dried leaf Artemisia annua (DLA) has shown efficacy against Plasmodium sp. in rodent studies and in small clinical trials. Rodent malaria also showed resiliency against the evolution of artemisinin drug resistance. PURPOSE: This is a case report of a last resort treatment of patients with severe malaria who were responding neither to artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) nor i.v. artesunate. STUDY DESIGN: Of many patients treated with ACTs and i...
August 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708672/artemisinin-disrupts-androgen-responsiveness-of-human-prostate-cancer-cells-by-stimulating-the-26s-proteasome-mediated-degradation-of-the-androgen-receptor-protein
#2
Andrea M Steely, Jamin A Willoughby, Shyam N Sundar, Vasiliki I Aivaliotis, Gary L Firestone
Androgen receptor (AR) expression and activity is highly linked to the development and progression of prostate cancer and is a target of therapeutic strategies for this disease. We investigated whether the antimalarial drug artemisinin, which is a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from the sweet wormwood plant Artemisia annua, could alter AR expression and responsiveness in cultured human prostate cancer cell lines. Artemisinin treatment induced the 26S proteasome-mediated degradation of the receptor protein, without altering AR transcript levels, in androgen-responsive LNCaP prostate cancer cells or PC-3 prostate cancer cells expressing exogenous wild-type AR...
July 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686181/how-can-synergism-of-traditional-medicines-benefit-from-network-pharmacology
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REVIEW
Haidan Yuan, Qianqian Ma, Heying Cui, Guancheng Liu, Xiaoyan Zhao, Wei Li, Guangchun Piao
Many prescriptions of traditional medicines (TMs), whose efficacy has been tested in clinical practice, have great therapeutic value and represent an excellent resource for drug discovery. Research into single compounds of TMs, such as artemisinin from Artemisia annua L., has achieved great success; however, it has become evident that a TM prescription (which frequently contains various herbs or other components) has a synergistic effect in effecting a cure or reducing toxicity. Network pharmacology targets biological networks and analyzes the links among drugs, targets, and diseases in those networks...
July 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667412/exogenous-salicylic-acid-mediated-modulation-of-arsenic-stress-tolerance-with-enhanced-accumulation-of-secondary-metabolites-and-improved-size-of-glandular-trichomes-in-artemisia-annua-l
#4
Anjana Kumari, Neha Pandey, Shashi Pandey-Rai
The present study was undertaken to find out individual and interactive effects of arsenic (As) and salicylic acid (SA) on an important medicinal plant, Artemisia annua. As uptake and its accumulation was detected and found to be maximum in roots at higher As concentration (150 μM). Under As treatments, H2O2 and MDA content were induced. Biomass and chlorophyll content were negatively affected under As treatments. Furthermore, enzymatic (SOD, CAT, APX, and GR) and non-enzymatic antioxidants were also enhanced under As treatments...
June 30, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642777/transcriptome-analysis-of-genes-associated-with-the-artemisinin-biosynthesis-by-jasmonic-acid-treatment-under-the-light-in-artemisia-annua
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Xiaolong Hao, Yijun Zhong, Xueqing Fu, Zongyou Lv, Qian Shen, Tingxiang Yan, Pu Shi, Yanan Ma, Minghui Chen, Xueying Lv, Zhangkuanyu Wu, Jingya Zhao, Xiaofen Sun, Ling Li, Kexuan Tang
Artemisinin is a sesquiterpene lactone endoperoxide extracted from a traditional Chinese medicinal plant Artemisia annua. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are recommended as the best treatment of malaria by the World Health Organization (WHO). Both the phytohormone jasmonic acid (JA) and light promote artemisinin biosynthesis in A. annua. Interestingly, we found that the increase of artemisinin biosynthesis by JA was dependent on light. However, the relationship between the two signal pathways mediated by JA and light remains unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642094/investigation-of-the-component-in-artemisia-annua-l-leading-to-enhanced-antiplasmodial-potency-of-artemisinin-via-regulation-of-its-metabolism
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Tian-Yu Cai, Yun-Rui Zhang, Jian-Bo Ji, Jie Xing
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The chemical matrix of the herb Artemisia annua L. (A. annua), from which artemisinin (QHS) is isolated, can enhance both the bioavailability and efficacy of QHS. However, the exact mechanism of this synergism remains unknown. The biotransformation of QHS and potential "enzyme inhibitors" in plant matrix could be of great importance in understanding the improved efficacy of QHS in A. annua, which has been limited to the synergism with flavonoid components...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620813/an-in-silico-insight-into-the-substrate-binding-characteristics-of-the-active-site-of-amorpha-4-11-diene-synthase-a-key-enzyme-in-artemisinin-biosynthesis
#7
Habib Eslami, Seyed Kaveh Mohtashami, Maryam Taghavi Basmanj, Maryam Rahati, Hamzeh Rahimi
The enzyme amorphadiene synthase (ADS) conducts the first committed step in the biosynthetic conversion of the substrate farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) to artemisinin, which is a highly effective natural product against multidrug-resistant strains of malaria. Due to the either low abundance or low turn-over rate of the enzyme, obtaining artemisinin from both natural and synthetic sources is costly and laborious. In this in silico study, we strived to elucidate the substrate binding site specificities of the ADS, with the rational that unraveling enzyme features paves the way for enzyme engineering to increase synthesis rate...
July 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566563/isolation-of-dihydroartemisinic-acid-from-the-artemisia-annua-l-by-product-by-combining-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-with-response-surface-methodology
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Shuoqian Liu, Jorge Freire da Silva Ferreira, Liping Liu, Yuwei Tang, Dongming Tian, Zhonghua Liu, Na Tian
Malaria is the most devastating parasitic disease worldwide. Artemisinin is the only drug that can cure malaria that is resistant to quinine-derived drugs. After the commercial extraction of artemisinin from Artemisia annua, the recovery of DHAA (dihydroartemisinic acid) from artemisinin extraction by-product has the potential to increase artemisinin commercial yield. Here we describe the development and optimization of an ultrasound-assisted alkaline procedure for the extraction of DHAA from artemisinin production waste using response surface methodology...
June 1, 2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555033/annual-wormwood-leaf-inhibits-the-adipogenesis-of-3t3-l1-and-obesity-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
#9
Yuno Song, Soo-Jung Lee, Sun-Hee Jang, Tae Hoon Kim, Hong-Duck Kim, Sung-Woo Kim, Chung-Kil Won, Jae-Hyeon Cho
Annual wormwood (AW) (Artemisia annua L.) has anti-malarial, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, and anti-inflammatory activities. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of annual wormwood leaves (AWL) on adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells and high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese rats. 3T3-L1 adipocytes and HFD-induced obese rats were treated with AWL, and its effect on gene expression was analyzed using RT-PCR and Western blotting experiments. Treatment with AWL effectively prevented triglyceride accumulation during adipogenesis in a dose-dependent manner...
May 28, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533790/aapdr3-a-pdr-transporter-3-is-involved-in-sesquiterpene-%C3%AE-caryophyllene-transport-in-artemisia-annua
#10
Xueqing Fu, Pu Shi, Qian He, Qian Shen, Yueli Tang, Qifang Pan, Yanan Ma, Tingxiang Yan, Minghui Chen, Xiaolong Hao, Pin Liu, Ling Li, Yuliang Wang, Xiaofen Sun, Kexuan Tang
Artemisinin, a sesquiterpenoid endoperoxide, isolated from the plant Artemisia annua L., is widely used in the treatment of malaria. Another sesquiterpenoid, β-caryophyllene having antibiotic, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and local anesthetic activities, is also presented in A. annua. The role played by sesquiterpene transporters in trichomes and accumulation of these metabolites is poorly understood in A. annua and in trichomes of other plant species. We identified AaPDR3, encoding a pleiotropic drug resistance (PDR) transporter located to the plasma membrane from A...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526743/systematic-identification-of-functional-residues-of-artemisia-annua-amorpha-4-11-diene-synthase
#11
Xin Fang, Jian-Xu Li, Jin-Quan Huang, You-Li Xiao, Peng Zhang, Xiao-Ya Chen
Terpene synthases (TPSs) are responsible for the extremely diversified and complex structure of terpenoids. Amorpha-4,11-diene synthase (ADS) has a high (90%) fidelity in generating the sesquiterpene precursor for biosynthesis of artemisinin, an antimalarial drug, however, little is known about how active site residues of ADS involved in the carbocation rearrangement and cyclization reactions. Here, we identify seven residues that are key to most of the catalytic steps in ADS. By structural modeling and amino acid sequence alignments of ADS with two functionally relevant sesquiterpene synthases from Artemisia annua, we performed site-directed mutagenesis and found that a single substitution, T296V, impaired the ring closure activity almost completely, and tetra-substitutions (L374Y/L404V/L405I/G439S) led to an enzyme generating 80% monocyclic bisabolyl-type sesquiterpenes, whereas a double mutant (T399L/T447G) showed compromised activity in regioselective deprotonation to yield 34...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477002/biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-artemisia-annua-callus-for-inhibiting-stem-end-bacteria-in-cut-carnation-flowers
#12
Qian Hua Xia, Li Ping Zheng, Pei Fei Zhao, Jian Wen Wang
A biological method for synthesising silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was developed using the callus extracts from Artemisia annua L. under sunlight at 25,000 lx. The AgNPs were characterised using transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscope, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The AgNPs were mostly spherical with the size of 2.1 to 45.2 nm (average 10.9 nm). Pulse treatments of AgNPs at 125, 250 and 500 mg/l for 1 h extended vase life of cut carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus cv...
March 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454566/apoptosis-induced-effects-of-extract-from-artemisia-annua-linn%C3%A3-by-modulating-pten-p53-pdk1-akt-signal-pathways-through-pten-p53-independent-manner-in-hct116-colon-cancer-cells
#13
Eun Ji Kim, Guen Tae Kim, Bo Min Kim, Eun Gyeong Lim, Sang-Yong Kim, Young Min Kim
BACKGROUND: The extracts from Artemisia annua Linné (AAE) has been known to possess various functions including anti-bacterial, anti-virus and anti-oxidant effects. However, the mechanism of those effects of AAE is not well known. Pursuantly, we determined the apoptotic effects of extract of AAE in HCT116 cell. In this study, we suggested that AAE may exert cancer cell apoptosis through PTEN/PDK1/Akt/p53signal pathway and mitochondria-mediated apoptotic proteins. METHODS: We measured 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay, Hoechst 33342 staining, Annexin V-PI staining, Mitopotential assay, immunofluorescence (IF) and Western blotting...
April 28, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440881/overexpression-of-a-type-i-isopentenyl-pyrophosphate-isomerase-of-artemisia-annua-in-the-cytosol-leads-to-high-arteannuin%C3%A2-b-production-and-artemisinin-increase
#14
Dongming Ma, Gui Li, Fatima Alejos-Gonzalez, Yue Zhu, Zhen Xue, Aimin Wang, Hui Zhang, Xing Li, Hechun Ye, Hong Wang, Benye Liu, De-Yu Xie
We recently characterized a gene-terpene network that is associated with artemisinin biosynthesis in self-pollinated (SP) Artemisia annua, an effective antimalarial plant. We hypothesize that an alteration of gene expression in the network may improve the production of artemisinin and its precursors. In this study, we cloned an isopentenyl pyrophosphate isomerase (IPPI) cDNA, AaIPPI1, from Artemisia annua (Aa). The full-length cDNA encodes a type-I IPPI containing a plastid transit peptide (PTP) at its amino terminus...
August 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381803/artesunate-suppresses-the-growth-of-prostatic-cancer-cells-through-inhibiting-androgen-receptor
#15
Zhenzhong Wang, Chao Wang, Ziyu Wu, Jun Xue, Baixin Shen, Wei Zuo, Zengjun Wang, Shou-Lin Wang
Prostatic cancer (PCa) is a leading cause of cancer related death in males and is often regarded as a kind of androgen-sensitive cancer. Artesunate (ART), a semi-synthetic derivative of the Chinese herb Artemisia annua, is such an anti-cancer agent. However, the effects and mechanism of ART on PCa cells remains unclear. The study aims to elaborate the mechanism of the involvement of androgen receptor (AR) in anti-prostatic cancer (PCa) of artesunate (ART). PCa cells 22rvl were used in vivo and in vitro, and the viability and apoptosis were conducted using 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling (TUNEL) assay, respectively...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366726/cancer-combination-therapies-with-artemisinin-type-drugs
#16
REVIEW
Thomas Efferth
Artemisia annua L. is a Chinese medicinal plant, which is used throughout Asia and Africa as tea or press juice to treat malaria. The bioactivity of its chemical constituent, artemisinin is, however, much broader. We and others found that artemisinin and its derivatives also exert profound activity against tumor cells in vitro and in vivo. Should artemisinin-type drugs be applied routinely in clinical oncology in the future, then it should probably be as part of combination therapy regimens rather than as monotherapy...
March 31, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352954/dietary-enzymatically-treated-artemisia-annua-l-supplementation-alleviates-liver-oxidative-injury-of-broilers-reared-under-high-ambient-temperature
#17
Xiaoli Wan, Jingfei Zhang, Jintian He, Kaiwen Bai, Lili Zhang, Tian Wang
Heat stress induced by high ambient temperature is a major concern in commercial broiler production. To evaluate the effects of dietary enzymatically treated Artemisia annua L. (EA) supplementation on growth performance and liver oxidative injury of broilers reared under heat stress, a total of 320 22-day-old male broilers were randomly allotted into five groups with eight replicates of eight birds each. Broilers in the control group were housed at 22 ± 1 °C and fed the basal diet. Broilers in the HS, HS-EA1, HS-EA2, and HS-EA3 groups were fed basal diet supplemented with 0, 0...
March 29, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327802/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antileishmanial-activity-of-artemisia-annua-l-leaf-powder-and-its-potential-usefulness-in-the-treatment-of-uncomplicated-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-humans
#18
Luz Estella Mesa, Daniel Vasquez, Pierre Lutgen, Iván Darío Vélez, Adriana María Restrepo, Isabel Ortiz, Sara María Robledo
INTRODUCTION: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a tropical disease that affects millions of individuals worldwide. The current drugs for CL may be effective but have serious side effects; hence, alternatives are urgently needed. Although plant-derived materials are used for the treatment of various diseases in 80% of the global population, the validation of these products is essential. Gelatin capsules containing dried Artemisia annua leaf powder were recently developed as a new herbal formulation (totum) for the oral treatment of malaria and other parasitic diseases...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294491/an-efficient-chemoenzymatic-synthesis-of-dihydroartemisinic-aldehyde
#19
Melodi Demiray, Xiaoping Tang, Thomas Wirth, Juan A Faraldos, Rudolf K Allemann
Artemisinin from the plant Artemisia annua is the most potent pharmaceutical for the treatment of malaria. In the plant, the sesquiterpene cyclase amorphadiene synthase, a cytochrome-dependent CYP450, and an aldehyde reductase convert farnesyl diphosphate (FDP) into dihydroartemisinic aldehyde (DHAAl), which is a key intermediate in the biosynthesis of artemisinin and a semisynthetic precursor for its chemical synthesis. Here, we report a chemoenzymatic process that is able to deliver DHAAl using only the sesquiterpene synthase from a carefully designed hydroxylated FDP derivative...
April 3, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286732/water-deficit-induced-oxidative-stress-affects-artemisinin-content-and-expression-of-proline-metabolic-genes-in-artemisia-annua-l
#20
Priyanka Soni, Malik Z Abdin
Water stress is one of the most critical abiotic stresses that restricts growth, development, and alters physiological and biochemical mechanisms of plant. The effects of long-term water shortage-induced oxidative stress on morphophysiological parameters, proline metabolic genes, and artemisinin content were studied in Artemisia annua L. under greenhouse conditions. Plant growth, biomass accumulation, relative water content, and chlorophyll content were reduced under drought. Leaf water potential ranged from -0...
March 2017: FEBS Open Bio
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