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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352182/chloroplast-genomic-resources-for-phylogeny-and-dna-barcoding-a-case-study-on-fritillaria
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Yu Bi, Ming-Fang Zhang, Jing Xue, Ran Dong, Yun-Peng Du, Xiu-Hai Zhang
The genus Fritillaria comprises approximately 130 perennial herbaceous species. In the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China, the bulbs of 11 Fritillaria species are used in Chinese herbal medicines. However, the traditional methods of morphological classification cannot accurately identify closely related species of Fritillaria. Previous studies have attempted to identify these species with universal molecular markers, but insufficient phylogenetic signal was available. In this study, the complete chloroplast genomes of eight Fritillaria species were compared...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351251/compatibility-with-panax-notoginseng-and-rehmannia-glutinosa-alleviates-the-hepatotoxicity-and-nephrotoxicity-of-tripterygium-wilfordii-via-modulating-the-pharmacokinetics-of-triptolide
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Qichun Zhang, Yiqun Li, Mengzhu Liu, Jinao Duan, Xueping Zhou, Huaxu Zhu
Tripterygium wilfordii (TW) and the representative active component triptolide show positive therapeutic effect on the autoimmune disorders and simultaneously ineluctable hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. Combinational application of Panax notoginseng (PN) and Rehmannia glutinosa (RG) weakens the toxicity of TW according the clinical application of traditional Chinese medicine. This article was aimed at the mechanism of decreasing toxicity of TW by the combinational application of PN and RG. Biochemical and pathohistological analysis were utilized to assess the toxicity on liver and kidney in rats administrated with TW, TW-PN, TW-RG and TW-PN-RG for 3 and 7 days...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348107/report-regional-variation-in-the-chemical-composition-and-antioxidant-activity-of-rosmarinus-officinalis-l-from-china-and-the-mediterranean-region
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Bing Wang, Ling Ma, Lei Yin, Jing Chen, Yuanbin Zhang, Lin Dong, Xinhui Zhang, Xueyan Fu
Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrubby herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. This herb is now widely cultivated in many regions of the world. Rosemary is widely used in traditional Chinese medicines, foods, nutraceuticals and cosmetics. Hydro distilled essential oils, obtained from rosemary in China and the Mediterranean region, were analysed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Thirty-seven compounds accounting for 94.97%-99.72% of the oils were identified. The majority of the compounds in the essential oils exhibited no significant differences (table 1 and fig...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345053/naringenin-4-5-7-trihydroxyflavanone-suppresses-the-development-of-precancerous-lesions-via-controlling-hyperproliferation-and-inflammation-in-the-colon-of-wistar-rats
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Muneeb U Rehman, Manzoor Ur Rahman Mir, Adil Farooq, Shahzada Mudasir Rashid, Bilal Ahmad, Sheikh Bilal Ahmad, Rayeesa Ali, Ishraq Hussain, Mubashir Masoodi, Showkeen Muzamil, Hassan Madkhali, Majid Ahmad Ganaie
Colon cancer is a world-wide health problem and one of the most dangerous type of cancer, affecting both men and women. Naringenin (4, 5, 7-trihydroxyflavanone) is one of the major flavone glycoside present in citrus fruits. Naringenin has long been used in Chinese's traditional medicine because of its exceptional pharmacological properties and non-toxic nature. In the present study, we investigated the chemopreventive potential of Naringenin against 1,2-dimethyhydrazine (DMH)-induced precancerous lesions, that is, aberrant crypt foci (ACF) and mucin depleted foci (MDF), and its role in regulating the oxidative stress, inflammation and hyperproliferation, in the colon of Wistar rats...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344655/protective-effects-of-osthole-against-inflammation-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-bv2-cells
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Yuxin Bao, Xiaolin Meng, Fangning Liu, Fei Wang, Jinhui Yang, Haiyu Wang, Guanghong Xie
Inflammation and oxidative stress are implicated in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Osthole is a compound that is extracted from She Chuang Zi, which is a type of traditional Chinese medicine. Osthole has previously been demonstrated to exhibit anticancer activities and has a low toxicity. However, to the best of our knowledge, the anti‑inflammatory effects of osthole in microglial cells have not been investigated extensively. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential protective effects of osthole against inflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in microglial cells...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344421/anti-aging-implications-of-astragalus-membranaceus-huangqi-a-well-known-chinese-tonic
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Ping Liu, Haiping Zhao, Yumin Luo
Owing to a dramatic increase in average life expectancy and the Family Planning program of the 1970s - 1990s, China is rapidly becoming an aging society. Therefore, the investigation of healthspan-extending drugs becomes more urgent. Astragalus membranaceus (Huangqi) is a major medicinal herb that has been commonly used in many herbal formulations in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat a wide variety of diseases and body disorders, or marketed as life-prolonging extracts for human use in China, for more than 2000 years...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344419/dendrobium-sources-of-active-ingredients-to-treat-age-related-pathologies
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REVIEW
Veronika Cakova, Frederic Bonte, Annelise Lobstein
Dendrobium represents one of the most important orchid genera, ornamentally and medicinally. Dendrobiums are sympodial epiphytic plants, which is a name they are worthy of, the name coming from Greek origin: "dendros", tree, and "bios", life. Dendrobium species have been used for a thousand years as first-rate herbs in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). They are source of tonic, astringent, analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory substances, and have been traditionally used as medicinal herbs in the treatment of a variety of disorders, such as, nourishing the stomach, enhancing production of body fluids or nourishing Yin...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344417/the-effect-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-on-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation
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REVIEW
Wei Qin, Shiya Chen, Shasha Yang, Qian Xu, Chuanshan Xu, Jing Cai
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are special types of cells with the potential for self-renewal and multi-directional differentiation. NSCs are regulated by multiple pathways and pathway related transcription factors during the process of proliferation and differentiation. Numerous studies have shown that the compound medicinal preparations, single herbs, and herb extracts in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have specific roles in regulating the proliferation and differentiation of NSCs. In this study, we investigate the markers of NSCs in various stages of differentiation, the related pathways regulating the proliferation and differentiation, and the corresponding transcription factors in the pathways...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344416/lycium-barbarum-a-traditional-chinese-herb-and-a-promising-anti-aging-agent
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REVIEW
Yanjie Gao, Yifo Wei, Yuqing Wang, Fang Gao, Zhigang Chen
Lycium barbarum has been used in China for more than 2,000 years as a traditional medicinal herb and food supplement. Lycium barbarum contains abundant Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBPs), betaine, phenolics, carotenoids (zeaxanthin and β-carotene), cerebroside, 2-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-l-ascorbic acid (AA-2βG), β-sitosterol, flavonoids and vitamins (in particular, riboflavin, thiamine, and ascorbic acid). LBPs are the primary active components of Lycium barbarum. In this review, we discuss the pharmacological activities of LBPs and other major components...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344414/herba-cistanches-anti-aging
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REVIEW
Ningqun Wang, Shaozhen Ji, Hao Zhang, Shanshan Mei, Lumin Qiao, Xianglan Jin
The Cistanche species ("Rou Cong Rong" in Chinese) is an endangered wild species growing in arid or semi-arid areas. The dried fleshy stem of Cistanches has been used as a tonic in China for many years. Modern pharmacological studies have since demonstrated that Herba Cistanches possesses broad medicinal functions, especially for use in anti-senescence, anti-oxidation, neuroprotection, anti-inflammation, hepatoprotection, immunomodulation, anti-neoplastic, anti-osteoporosis and the promotion of bone formation...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344410/traditional-chinese-medicine-and-aging-intervention
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Haiping Zhao, Yumin Luo
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December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344262/hedyotis-diffusa-willd-extract-suppresses-colorectal-cancer-growth-through-multiple-cellular-pathways
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Jianyu Feng, Yiyi Jin, Jun Peng, Lihui Wei, Qiaoyan Cai, Zhaokun Yan, Zijun Lai, Jiumao Lin
The development of colorectal cancer (CRC) is strongly associated with the imbalance of various intracellular signal transduction cascades, including protein kinase B (AKT), mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 (MAPK), signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), as well as crosstalk between these signaling networks. At present, anti-tumor agents are often single-targeted and therefore are not always therapeutically effective. Moreover, long-term use of these anti-tumor agents often generates drug resistance and potential side effects...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344256/pien-tze-huang-inhibits-the-growth-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-by-upregulating-mir-16-expression
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Fei Qi, Songqiang Zhou, Li Li, Lihui Wei, Aling Shen, Liya Liu, Yaodong Wang, Jun Peng
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is characterized by uncontrolled proliferation and the deregulation of apoptotic signaling, although its molecular pathogenesis is not fully characterized. The ability to inhibit excessive proliferation and induce the apoptosis of cancer cells are crucial characteristics of anticancer drugs. Pien Tze Huang (PZH) is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of various types of cancer, and has exhibited promising therapeutic effects in clinical trials of HCC. However, the underlying mechanisms for its action are unclear...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344237/chloroform-extract-of-hedyotis-diffusa-willd-inhibits-viability-of-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-suppression-of-akt-and-erk-signaling-pathways
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Zhaokun Yan, Jianyu Feng, Jun Peng, Zijun Lai, Ling Zhang, Yiyi Jin, Hong Yang, Wujin Chen, Jiumao Lin
Hedyotis diffusa Willd (HDW) is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine in clinical therapy to treat various types of cancer, including colorectal cancer (CRC), but its effective polar fractions and functional mechanisms remain unclear. The aim of the present study was to determine the most effective extract of HDW and to investigate its effects on the regulation of CRC cell proliferation and apoptosis, as well as to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. The results demonstrated that the chloroform extract of HDW (CEHDW) exhibited the most anticancer ability...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343681/oral-health-in-china-from-vision-to-action
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REVIEW
Xuedong Zhou, Xin Xu, Jiyao Li, Deyu Hu, Tao Hu, Wei Yin, Yujiang Fan, Xingdong Zhang
Chinese president Xi Jinping made clear at the National Health and Wellness Conference that health is the prerequisite for people's all-around development and a precondition for the sustainable development of China. Oral health is an indispensable component of overall health in humans. However, the long neglect of oral health in overall health agendas has made oral diseases an increasing concern. With this perspective, we described the global challenges of oral diseases, with an emphasis on the challenges faced by China...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342955/pharmacokinetics-of-schizandrin-and-its-pharmaceutical-products-assessed-using-a-validated-lc-ms-ms-method
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Chi-Lin Li, Yung-Yi Cheng, Chen-Hsi Hsieh, Tung-Hu Tsai
Schisandra chinensis has been used as an important component in various prescriptions in traditional Chinese medicine and, more recently, in Western-based medicine for its anti-hepatotoxic effect. The aim of this study was to develop a selective, rapid, and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for pharmacokinetic studies of schizandrin in rats. Liquid-liquid extraction was used for plasma sample preparation. A UHPLC reverse-phase C18e column (100 mm × 2.1 mm, 2 μm) coupled with a mobile phase of methanol-0...
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342936/structure-characterization-of-honey-processed-astragalus-polysaccharides-and-its-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-vitro
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Jingzhu Liao, Chanyi Li, Jing Huang, Wuping Liu, Hongce Chen, Shuangye Liao, Hongyuan Chen, Wen Rui
Honey-processed Astragalus is a dosage form of Radix Astragalus mixed with honey by a traditional Chinese medicine processing method which strengthens the tonic effect. Astragalus polysaccharide (APS), perform its immunomodulatory effects by relying on the tonic effect of Radix Astragalus, therefore, the improved pharmacological activity of honey-processed Astragalus polysaccharide (HAPS) might be due to structural changes during processing. The molecular weights of HAPS and APS were 1,695,788 Da, 2,047,756 Da, respectively, as determined by high performance gel filtration chromatography combined with evaporative light scattering detection (HPGFC-ELSD)...
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342933/in-vitro-anticoagulant-activity-and-active-components-of-safflower-injection
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Kai-Hong Wang, Shi-Fei Li, Yi Zhao, Hong-Xia Li, Li-Wei Zhang
Safflower injection is well-known as a traditional Chinese medicine used to improve the blood circulation. In this study, seven safflower injection samples from different companies were evaluated for their in vitro anticoagulant activity by measuring their activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and prothrombin time (PT) against human plasma. The screening results suggested that the safflower injections exhibited a significant prolonging influence on APTT (p < 0.05 vs. the control group), but not on prolonging PT (p > 0...
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340078/differential-gene-expression-profiles-between-two-subtypes-of-ischemic-stroke-with-blood-stasis-syndromes
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Tian-Long Liu, Min-Na Liu, Xin-Liang Xu, Wen-Xing Liu, Pei-Jin Shang, Xiao-Hu Zhai, Hang Xu, Yi Ding, Yu-Wen Li, Ai-Dong Wen
Ischemic stroke is a cerebrovascular thrombotic disease with high morbidity and mortality. Qi deficiency blood stasis (QDBS) and Yin deficiency blood stasis (YDBS) are the two major subtypes of ischemic stroke according to the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. This study was conducted to distinguish these two syndromes at transcriptomics level and explore the underlying mechanisms. Male rats were randomly divided into three groups: sham group, QDBS/MCAO group and YDBS/MCAO group. Morphological changes were assessed after 24 h of reperfusion...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338780/coping-with-dry-eyes-a-qualitative-approach
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Sharon Yeo, Louis Tong
BACKGROUND: Dry eye is a common problem that affects many people worldwide, reducing quality of life and impacting daily activities. A qualitative approach often used in medicine and other disciplines is used to evaluate how people with dry eye cope with this impact. METHODS: Six focus group sessions were conducted at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), premises of an eye research institute. These focus groups consist of a spectrum of dry eye sufferers (30 women, 8 men, aged 61 ± 11...
January 16, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
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