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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330322/de-novo-transcriptome-sequencing-in-monsonia-burkeana-revealed-putative-genes-for-key-metabolic-pathways-involved-in-tea-quality-and-medicinal-value
#1
Adugna A Woldesemayat, Khayalethu Ntushelo, David M Modise
Monsonia (Monsonia burkeana Planch. ex Harv) is one of the most valuable tea and traditional medicinal plants used in Southern Africa. In spite of this, there is no sequence information regarding this plant in literature. To provide understanding of the naturally occurring tea and drug-specific products and the key pathways for the biosynthesis of these molecules, we sequenced the leaf transcriptome using Illumina MiSeq platform and generated 2,590,652 paired-end reads that were assembled de novo into 45,450 high-quality transcripts...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330287/transformation-of-lactuca-sativa-l-with-rol-c-gene-results-in-increased-antioxidant-potential-and-enhanced-analgesic-anti-inflammatory-and-antidepressant-activities-in-vivo
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Hammad Ismail, Erum Dilshad, Mohammad Tahir Waheed, Moniba Sajid, Waqas Khan Kayani, Bushra Mirza
Lettuce is an important edible crop which possesses various medicinal properties. In this study Lactuca sativa L. (cv Grand Rapids) was transformed by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation with rol C gene. Transgene integration and expression was confirmed through PCR and semiquantitative RT-PCR. The transformed extracts were evaluated for their in vitro antioxidant and in vivo analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant activities in rats. The transformed plants showed 53-98 % increase in total phenolic and 45-58 % increase in total flavonoid contents compared with untransformed plants...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330275/phytochemicals-of-moringa-oleifera-a-review-of-their-nutritional-therapeutic-and-industrial-significance
#3
REVIEW
Ramesh Kumar Saini, Iyyakkannu Sivanesan, Young-Soo Keum
Moringa oleifera Lam., also known as the 'drumstick tree,' is recognized as a vibrant and affordable source of phytochemicals, having potential applications in medicines, functional food preparations, water purification, and biodiesel production. The multiple biological activities including antiproliferation, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antiatherosclerotic, oxidative DNA damage protective, antiperoxidative, cardioprotective, as well as folk medicinal uses of M. oleifera (MO) are attributed to the presence of functional bioactive compounds, such as phenolic acids, flavonoids, alkaloids, phytosterols, natural sugars, vitamins, minerals, and organic acids...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330254/enhanced-production-of-an-anti-malarial-compound-artesunate-by-hairy-root-cultures-and-phytochemical-analysis-of-artemisia-pallens-wall
#4
Zarna Pala, Vishnu Shukla, Anshu Alok, Subhash Kudale, Neetin Desai
Artemisinin and its derivatives are still one of the most effective drugs for the treatment of malaria. Artemisia pallens commonly known as Dhavanam, is an aromatic herb belonging to the family Asteraceae. Increasing the artemisinin content of A. pallens by genetic engineering would improve the availability of this much needed drug. In the present study, Agrobacterium rhizogenes (strain NCIM 5140) mediated genetic transformation of Artemisia pallens were carried out for hairy root induction. The effect of different media (Half MS, MS, MS along with BAP 0...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330247/production-of-glucosinolates-phenolic-compounds-and-associated-gene-expression-profiles-of-hairy-root-cultures-in-turnip-brassica-rapa-ssp-rapa
#5
Ill-Min Chung, Kaliyaperumal Rekha, Govindasamy Rajakumar, Muthu Thiruvengadam
Turnip (Brassica rapa ssp. rapa) is an important vegetable crop producing glucosinolates (GSLs) and phenolic compounds. The GSLs, phenolic compound contents and transcript levels in hairy root cultures, as well as their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anticancer activity were studied in turnip. Transgenic hairy root lines were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse transcription-PCR. GSLs levels (glucoallysin, glucobrassicanapin, gluconasturtiin, glucobrassicin, 4-methoxyglucobrassicin, neoglucobrassicin and 4-hydroxyglucobrassicin) and their gene expression levels (BrMYB28, BrMYB29, BrMYB34, BrMYB51, BrMYB122, CYP79 and CYP83) significantly increased in hairy roots compared with that in non-transformed roots...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330226/anti-oxidant-and-anti-microbial-properties-of-some-ethno-therapeutically-important-medicinal-plants-of-indian-himalayan-region
#6
Sandeep Rawat, Arun K Jugran, Amit Bahukhandi, Asutosh Bahuguna, Indra D Bhatt, Ranbeer S Rawal, Uppeandra Dhar
Therapeutic potential of medicinal plants as a source of noble natural anti-oxidants and anti-microbial agents has been well recognised all across the globe. In this study, phenolic compounds, in vitro anti-oxidant activity and anti-microbial properties have been investigated in five Himalayan medicinal plants, (e.g., Acorus calamus, Habenaria intermedia, Hedychium spicatum, Roscoea procera and Valeriana jatamansi) in different solvent systems. R. procera exhibited significantly (p < 0.05) higher phenolics; while H...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330179/antioxidant-and-antiplatelet-activities-of-flavonoid-rich-fractions-of-three-citrus-fruits-from-korea
#7
Awraris Derbie Assefa, Eun Young Ko, So Hyun Moon, Young-Soo Keum
Three different fractional (methanol, ethyl acetate and hexane) extracts from yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb ex Tanaka), hallabong [(C. unshiu Marcov × C. sinensis Osbeck) × C. reticulata Blanco] and orange (C. sinensis) were evaluated for their antioxidant activity and antiplatelet effects. 2,2-Diphenyl-1-Picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), cupric reducing antioxidant capacity (CUPRAC) and ferric-reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) methods were used for the antioxidant activity tests. Total flavonoids and total phenolics were also evaluated spectrophotometrically...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330174/salicornia-evaluating-the-halophytic-extremophile-as-a-food-and-a-pharmaceutical-candidate
#8
REVIEW
Seema Patel
Food insecurity is a major issue in current scenario where a large section of mankind is at risk of insufficient diet. As food productivity has its limits, the prospecting of unutilized or underutilized flora as food candidates is collectively recognized as a sustainable option. In the past decade, a number of obscure plants have been identified to be rich in dietary components and deemed fit for integration into the food platter. This review discusses a candidate Salicornia, belonging to family Amaranthaceae...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330162/evaluation-of-silver-nanoparticles-synthetic-potential-of-couroupita-guianensis-aubl-flower-buds-extract-and-their-synergistic-antibacterial-activity
#9
T Venkata Rajesh Kumar, J S R Murthy, Madamsetti Narayana Rao, Y Bhargava
The present investigation demonstrates Couroupita guianensis flower buds extract mediated synthesis of stable silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). Instant formation of AgNPs was primarily confirmed by the appearance of yellowish brown colour and characteristic silver SPR band in the UV-visible spectrum. Elemental and crystalline natures of the AgNPs were identified from EDX and XRD pattern, respectively. Spherical morphology and the mono-disparity were revealed from TEM and AFM images. The particle size ranged from 5 to 30 nm and average size of 17 nm was consistent in XRD, TEM and AFM measurements...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327343/astilbin-from-engelhardtia-chrysolepis-enhances-intestinal-barrier-functions-in-caco-2-cell-monolayers
#10
Tatsuo Nakahara, Yosuke Nishitani, Shin Nishiumi, Masaru Yoshida, Takeshi Azuma
Astilbin, which is one of polyphenolic compounds isolated from the leaves of Engelhardtia chrysolepis HANCE (Chinese name, huang-qui), is available as the effective component in food and cosmetics because of its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The tight junction (TJ) proteins, which protect the body from foreign substances, are related to adhesion between a cell and a cell. Previously, the enhancement of TJ's functions induced by aglycones of flavonoids has been demonstrated, but the effects of the glycosides such as astilbin have not been observed yet...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327127/effects-of-vitellaria-paradoxa-c-f-gaertn-aqueous-leaf-extract-administration-on-salmonella-typhimurium-infected-rats
#11
Siméon Pierre Chegaing Fodouop, Sedric Donald Tala, Lunga Paul Keilah, Norbert Kodjio, Mefokou Didiane Yemele, Armel Herve Kamdje Nwabo, Bridget Nji-Kah, Joseph Tchoumboue, Donatien Gatsing
BACKGROUND: The present study investigates the effects of Vitellaria paradoxa crude extract administration on Salmonella typhimurium infected Wistar rats. METHODS: Rats were infected by single dose oral administration of Salmonella typhimurium (1.5×10(8) CFU). Negative control groups were infected and treated orally with distilled water (vehicle), neutral control group were not infected, while the four test groups were treated up to 18 days with 55 mg/kg, 110 mg/kg, 220 mg/kg and 440 mg/kg body weight of aqueous extract of V...
March 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325635/epigallocatechin-3-gallate-inhibits-bacterial-virulence-and-invasion-of-host-cells
#12
Lun K Tsou, Jacob S Yount, Howard C Hang
Increasing antibiotic resistance and beneficial effects of host microbiota has motivated the search for anti-infective agents that attenuate bacterial virulence rather than growth. For example, we discovered that specific flavonoids such as baicalein and quercetin from traditional medicinal plant extracts could attenuate Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium type III protein secretion and invasion of host cells. Here, we show epigallocatechin-3-gallate from green tea extracts also inhibits the activity of S...
March 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324762/chrysanthemum-morphology-photosynthetic-efficiency-and-antioxidant-capacity-are-differentially-modified-by-light-quality
#13
Liang Zheng, Marie-Christine Van Labeke
The effect of light quality on leaf morphology, photosynthetic efficiency and antioxidant capacity of leaves that fully developed under a specific spectrum was investigated in Chrysanthemum cv. Four light treatments were applied at 100μmolm(-2)s(-1) and a photoperiod of 14h using light-emitting diodes, which were 100% red (R), 100% blue (B), 75% red with 25% blue (RB) and white (W), respectively. Intraspecific variation was investigated by studying the response of eight cultivars. Overall, red light significantly decreased the leaf area while the thinnest leaves were observed for W...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323500/strategies-to-target-glucose-metabolism-in-tumor-microenvironment-on-cancer-by-flavonoids
#14
Gang Wang, Jun-Jie Wang, Rui Guan, Li Du, Jing Gao, Xing-Li Fu
The imbalance between glucose metabolism and cancer cell growth in tumor microenvironment (TME), which are closely related with the occurrence and progression of cancer. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that flavonoids exert many biological properties, including antioxidant and anticarcinogenic activities. Recently, the roles and applications of flavonoids, particularly in relation to glucose metabolism in cancers, have been highlighted. Thus, the identification of flavonoids targeting alternative glucose metabolism pathways in TME may represent an attractive approach to the more effective therapeutic strategies for cancer...
March 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323302/vegetable-and-fruit-juice-enhances-antioxidant-capacity-and-regulates-antioxidant-gene-expression-in-rat-liver-brain-and-colon
#15
Linhong Yuan, Jinmeng Liu, Jie Zhen, Yao Xu, Shuying Chen, Nicholas Van Halm-Lutterodt, Rong Xiao
To explore the effect of fruit and vegetable (FV) juice on biomarkers of oxidative damage and antioxidant gene expression in rats, 36 adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control, low FV juice dosage or high FV juice dosage treatment groups. The rats were given freshly extracted FV juice or the same volume of saline water daily for five weeks. After intervention, serum and tissues specimens were collected for biomarker and gene expression measurement. FV juice intervention increased total antioxidant capacity, glutathione, vitamin C, β-carotene, total polyphenols, flavonoids levels andglutathione peroxidaseenzyme activity in rat serum or tissues (p < 0...
March 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322972/potential-role-of-cyp1b1-in-the-development-and-treatment-of-metabolic-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Fei Li, Weifeng Zhu, Frank J Gonzalez
Cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1), a member of CYP450s, is expressed in liver and extrahepatic tissues carries out the metabolism of numerous xenobiotics, including the metabolic activation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Surprisingly, CYP1B1 was also shown to be important in regulating endogenous metabolic pathways, including the metabolism of steroid hormones, fatty acids, melatonin, and vitamins. CYP1B1 and nuclear receptors including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), estrogen receptor (ER), and retinoic acid receptors (RAR) contribute to the maintenance of the homeostasis of these endogenous compounds...
March 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322968/echinodorus-grandiflorus-ethnobotanical-phytochemical-and-pharmacological-overview-of-a-medicinal-plant-used-in-brazil
#17
André M Marques, D William Provance, Maria Auxiliadora C Kaplan, Maria Raquel Figueiredo
Echinodorus grandiflorus (Cham. & Schltdl.) Micheli is a native Brazilian species used in traditional practices for the treatment of several conditions such as inflammatory diseases, arthritis and hypertension. Through a systematic review of the accumulated knowledge about the species E. grandiflorus, the botanical, phytochemistry, ethnobotanical and pharmacological properties of this medicinal plant demonstrates its potential to naturally provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant with a special emphasis on anti-hypertensive and cardioprotective effects...
March 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322965/inhibitory-effect-of-hesperetin-on-%C3%AE-glucosidase-molecular-dynamics-simulation-integrating-inhibition-kinetics
#18
Yan Gong, Xiu-Yuan Qin, Yuan-Yuan Zhai, Hao Hao, Jinhyuk Lee, Yong-Doo Park
The α-glucosidase inhibitor is of interest to researchers due to its association with type-2 diabetes treatment. Hesperetin is a flavonoid with natural antioxidant properties. This paper presents an evaluation on the effects of hesperetin on α-glucosidase via inhibitory kinetics using a Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation integration method. Due to the antioxidant properties of hesperetin, it reversibly inhibits α-glucosidase in a slope-parabolic mixed-type manner (IC50=0.38±0.05mM; Kslope=0.23±0.01mM), accompanied by tertiary structural changes...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322845/metformin-like-antidiabetic-cardio-protective-and-non-glycemic-effects-of-naringenin-molecular-and-pharmacological-insights
#19
REVIEW
Annah Nsoaki Nyane, Thabiso Bethwel Tlaila, Tanki Gabriel Malefane, Dudu Edith Ndwandwe, Peter Mark Oroma Owira
Metformin is a widely used drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Its blood glucose-lowering effects are initially due to inhibition of hepatic glucose production and increased peripheral glucose utilization. Metformin has also been shown to have several beneficial effects on cardiovascular risk factors and it is the only oral antihyperglycaemic agent thus far associated with decreased macrovascular complications in patients with diabetes. Adenosine Monophosphate Activated-Protein Kinase (AMPK) is a major cellular regulator of lipid and glucose metabolism...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322565/anti-inflammatory-activity-of-natural-geranylated-flavonoids-cyclooxygenase-and-lipoxygenase-inhibitory-properties-and-proteomic-analysis
#20
Zuzana Hanáková, Jan Hošek, Zsófia Kutil, Veronika Temml, Přemysl Landa, Tomáš Vaněk, Daniela Schuster, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Josef Cvačka, Ondřej Polanský, Karel Šmejkal
Geranyl flavones have been studied as compounds that potentially can be developed as anti-inflammatory agents. A series of natural geranylated flavanones was isolated from Paulownia tomentosa fruits, and these compounds were studied for their anti-inflammatory activity and possible mechanism of action. Two new compounds were characterized [paulownione C (17) and tomentodiplacone O (20)], and all of the isolated derivatives were assayed for their ability to inhibit cyclooxygenases (COX-1 and COX-2) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
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