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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088493/apoptosis-induced-by-the-methanol-extract-of-salvia-miltiorrhiza-bunge-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-through-pten-mediated-inhibition-of-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Yin-Tao Ye, Wei Zhong, Pei Sun, Dong Wang, Chen Wang, Li-Min Hu, Jun-Qiang Qian
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, a well-known traditional Chinese medicinal (TCM) plant, has been used to treat cardiovascular diseases since thousands of years. Many studies have reported that the active component tanshinones displayed a variety of biological activities: antithrombous, antiplatelet aggregation, antioxidant and antitumor promoting. But the mechanism of how the active components working still need to be clarified. The anti-tumor effect of compounds of tanshinone (CTN), the methanol extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge roots, was investigated...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088492/pikuni-blackfeet-traditional-medicine-neuroprotective-activities-of-medicinal-plants-used-to-treat-parkinson-s-disease-related-symptoms
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Aurélie de Rus Jacquet, Mitali Arun Tambe, Sin Ying Ma, George P McCabe, Jay Hansford C Vest, Jean-Christophe Rochet
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a multifactorial neurodegenerative disorder affecting 5% of the population over the age of 85 years. Current treatments primarily involve dopamine replacement therapy, which leads to temporary relief of motor symptoms but fails to slow the underlying neurodegeneration. Thus, there is a need for safe PD therapies with neuroprotective activity. In this study, we analyzed contemporary herbal medicinal practices used by members of the Pikuni-Blackfeet tribe from Western Montana to treat PD-related symptoms, in an effort to identify medicinal plants that are affordable to traditional communities and accessible to larger populations...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088491/toxicogenetic-study-of-persea-americana-fruit-pulp-oil-and-its-effect-on-genomic-instability
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Heloiza Diniz Nicolella, Francisco Rinaldi Neto, Mariana Beltrame Corrêa, Danillo Henrique Lopes, Edilaura Nunes Rondon, Luiz Felipe Ribeiro Dos Santos, Pollyanna Francielli de Oliveira, Jaqueline Lopes Damasceno, Nathália Oliveira Acésio, Izabel Cristina Casanova Turatti, Marcos Gomide Tozatti, Wilson Roberto Cunha, Ricardo Andrade Furtado, Denise Crispim Tavares
Persea americana Mill., commonly known as avocado, is a tree native to Central America that is widely used as a food source and for the treatment of diseases. This plant has various biological properties such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory and total cholesterol-lowering activity. In view of its pharmacological potential, we conducted a toxicogenetic study of the fruit pulp oil of P. americana (PAO) and investigated its influence on genotoxicity induced by methyl methanesulfonate (MMS) and doxorubicin. V79 cells and Swiss mice were used for the assays...
January 11, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088261/parquetina-nigrescens-leaves-chemical-profile-and-influence-on-the-physical-and-biochemical-indices-of-sexual-activity-of-male-wistar-rats
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Omowumi Titilola Kayode, Musa Toyin Yakubu
OBJECTIVE: The leaves of Parquetina nigrescens have been claimed in folk medicine to be useful for managing sexual dysfunction, but there is inadequate scientific evidence for this claim. This investigation was conducted to assess the effects of aqueous leaf extract of Parquetina nigrescens (AEPN) in rats induced with sexual dysfunction. METHODS: Male rats were allocated into various groups after being induced into sexual dysfunction with paroxetine hydrochloride...
January 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088256/ethnobotanics-used-in-folk-medicine-of-tamil-culture-in-sri-lanka-a-scientific-review
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Anternite Shanthi Jesuthasan, Deepthi Inoka Uluwaduge
Tamil culture has recognized the potential use of plant herbs for prevention and treatment of different diseases. These folk remedies have been practiced by Sri Lankan Tamils even after modernization. This review focuses on frequently used medicinal plants among Sri Lankan Tamil communities, such as Cuminum cyminum, Azadirechta indica, Coriandrum sativum, Sesamum indicum, Zingiber officinale, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Moringa oleifera, Plectranthus amboinicus, Allium sativum and Curcuma longa, for their documented medicinal properties, which include antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, hypocholesterolemic, antidiabetic and diuretic effects...
January 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087472/extract-of-clinopodium-bolivianum-protects-against-e-coli-invasion-of-uroepithelial-cells
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Soumitra Mohanty, Witchuda Kamolvit, Silvia Zambrana, Corine Sandström, Eduardo Gonzales, Claes-Göran Östenson, Annelie Braunerf
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Clinopodium bolivianum is a South American plant with anti-inflammatory and anti-infective activities. The increasing antibiotic resistance urges for alternative therapy. Based on its use in traditional medicine, we investigated the effect of C. bolivianum on the ability to defend bladder epithelial cells from E. coli infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The extract was analysed by LC-MS. Bladder epithelial cell lines T24 and 5637 and uropathogenic E...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086924/treating-infants-with-frigg-linking-disease-aetiologies-medicinal-plant-use-and-care-seeking-behaviour-in-southern-morocco
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Irene Teixidor-Toneu, Gary J Martin, Rajindra K Puri, Ahmed Ouhammou, Julie A Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Although most Moroccans rely to some extent on traditional medicine, the practice of frigg to treat paediatric ailments by elderly women traditional healers known as ferraggat, has not yet been documented. We describe the role of these specialist healers, document the medicinal plants they use, and evaluate how and why their practice is changing. METHODS: Ethnomedicinal and ethnobotanical data were collected using semi-structured interviews and observations of medical encounters...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081471/in-situ-morphological-assessment-of-apoptosis-induced-by-phaleria-macrocarpa-boerl-fruit-ethyl-acetate-fraction-pmeaf-in-mda-mb-231-cells-by-microscopy-observation
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Nowroji Kavitha, Yeng Chen, Jagat R Kanwar, Sreenivasan Sasidharan
Phaleria macrocarpa (Boerl.) is a well-known medicinal plant and have been extensively used as traditional medicine for ages in treatment of various diseases. The purpose of this study was to determine the in situ cytotoxicity effect P. macrocarpa fruit ethyl acetate fraction (PMEAF) by using various conventional and modern microscopy techniques. The cytotoxicity of PMEAF treated MDA-MB-231 cells was determined through the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) cytotoxicity assay and CyQuant Cell Proliferation Assay after 24h of treatment...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081359/benzoic-acid-enhances-embryo-implantation-through-lif-dependent-expression-of-integrin-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-and-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-5
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Hee-Jung Choi, Tae-Wook Chung, Mi-Ju Park, Hyung Sik Kim, Sooseong You, Myeong Soo Lee, Bo Sun Joo, Kyu Sup Lee, Keuk-Jun Kim, Gabbine Wee, Choong-Yong Kim, Cheorl-Ho Kim, Ki-Tae Ha
The embryo implantation is crucial step for successful pregnancy. Diverse factors including adhesion molecules, growth factors, and cytokines are important to the embryo implantation through improving endometrial receptivity. Benzoic acid (BA), a component of various plants, has been shown to have anti-fungal and anti-oxidant effects. However, the effect of BA on the embryo implantation remains unknown. Here, we showed the contribution of BA for the enhancement of endometrial receptivity through the leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF)-dependent increase of integrin αV, β3, and β5 expression...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081284/analysis-of-the-relationship-between-ribosomal-dna-its-sequences-and-active-components-in-rhodiola-plants
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D J Zhang, W T Yuan, M T Li, Y H Zhang
Rhodiola plants are a valuable resource in traditional Chinese medicine. The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlation between ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences and the three active components in Rhodiola plants. For this, we determined ITS sequence polymorphisms and the concentrations of active components salidroside, tyrosol, and gallic acid in different Rhodiola species from the Tibetan Plateau. In a total of 23 Rhodiola samples, 16 different haplotypes were defined based on their ITS sequences...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079933/co-expression-of-peppermint-geranyl-diphosphate-synthase-small-subunit-enhances-monoterpene-production-in-transgenic-tobacco-plants
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Jun-Lin Yin, Woon-Seng Wong, In-Cheol Jang, Nam-Hai Chua
Monoterpenes are important for plant survival and useful to humans. In addition to their function in plant defense, monoterpenes are also used as flavors, fragrances and medicines. Several metabolic engineering strategies have been explored to produce monoterpene in tobacco but only trace amounts of monoterpenes have been detected. We investigated the effects of Solanum lycopersicum 1-deoxy-d-xylulose-5-phosphate synthase (SlDXS), Arabidopsis thaliana geranyl diphosphate synthase 1 (AtGPS) and Mentha × piperita geranyl diphosphate synthase small subunit (MpGPS...
February 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078991/vegetable-organosulfur-compounds-and-their-health-promoting-effects
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Spyridon A Petropoulos, Francesco Di Gioia, Georgia Ntatsi
BACKGROUND: Trends in modern pharmaceutical science show an increase in demand for new drugs and diet supplements derived from natural products, while during the last decades, great research is conducted regarding the natural compounds and their medicinal and bioactive properties. Organosulfur compounds are present in many plants and their bioactive properties have been used in folk and traditional medicine throughout the centuries. Not until recently, modern science confirmed and revealed the chemical compounds that are responsible for these properties, the chemistry involved in their biosynthesis and the main mechanisms of action...
January 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078844/a-natural-formula-containing-lactoferrin-equisetum-arvensis-soy-isoflavones-and-vitamin-d3-modulates-bone-remodeling-and-inflammatory-markers-in-young-and-aged-rats
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L Menghini, C Ferrante, L Leporini, L Recinella, A Chiavaroli, S Leone, G Pintore, M Vacca, G Orlando, L Brunetti
A pivotal role in osteoporosis development is played by radical oxygen species (ROS), the increased production of which is related to inhibited osteoblastic activity and bone formation. A new field of research could involve medicinal plants with antioxidant and protective effects in osteoporosis. Furthermore, considering the multifactorial metabolic aspects of osteoporosis, the pharmacological association of multiple medicinal plants could improve patient response. The aim of the present study is to evaluate in vitro and in vivo the protective effects of a natural formula containing lactoferrin 12%, Equisetum arvensis ES 54%, soy isoflavones 34% and vitamin D3 0...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078810/anti-hcv-activity-from-semi-purified-methanolic-root-extracts-of-valeriana-wallichii
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Krishna Kumar Ganta, Anirban Mandal, Sukalyani Debnath, Banasri Hazra, Binay Chaubey
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a serious global health problem affecting approximately 130-150 million individuals. Presently available direct-acting anti-HCV drugs have higher barriers to resistance and also improved success rate; however, cost concerns limit their utilization, especially in developing countries like India. Therefore, development of additional agents to combat HCV infection is needed. In the present study, we have evaluated anti-HCV potential of water, chloroform, and methanol extracts from roots of Valeriana wallichii, a traditional Indian medicinal plant...
January 12, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078770/synthetic-plant-virology-for-nanobiotechnology-and-nanomedicine
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REVIEW
John F C Steele, Hadrien Peyret, Keith Saunders, Roger Castells-Graells, Johanna Marsian, Yulia Meshcheriakova, George P Lomonossoff
Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding field seeking to utilize nano-scale structures for a wide range of applications. Biologically derived nanostructures, such as viruses and virus-like particles (VLPs), provide excellent platforms for functionalization due to their physical and chemical properties. Plant viruses, and VLPs derived from them, have been used extensively in biotechnology. They have been characterized in detail over several decades and have desirable properties including high yields, robustness, and ease of purification...
January 11, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078247/effects-of-biebersteinia-multifida-hydro-ethanol-extract-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-human-prostate-cancer-and-human-embryonic-kidney-cells
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Alireza Golshan, Samira Hassanzadeh, Maryam Mojdekanloo, Zahra Tayarani-Najaran
OBJECTIVE: Biebersteinia (Geraniaceae) has a history of use in traditional medicine in some countries including Iran. In the present study, cytotoxic and apoptogenic properties of hydro-ethanol extract of B. multifidi was investigated on human prostate cancer cell lines (PC3 and DU 145) and human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK293) cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cells were cultured in RPMI-1640 medium supplemented with 10% FBS at 37ºC in a humidified atmosphere of 95% air and 5% CO2...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078243/ethnobotanical-knowledge-of-apiaceae-family-in-iran-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Mohammad Sadegh Amiri, Mohammad Reza Joharchi
OBJECTIVE: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) family is one of the biggest plant families on the earth. Iran has a huge diversity of Apiaceae members. This family possesses a range of compounds that have many biological activities. The members of this family are well known as vegetables, culinary and medicinal plants. Here, we present a review of ethnobotanical uses of Apiaceae plants by the Iranian people in order to provide a comprehensive documentation for future investigations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We checked scientific studies published in books and journals in various electronic databases (Medline, PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus and Google Scholar websites) from 1937 to 2015 and reviewed a total of 52 publications that provided information about different applications of these plant species in human and livestock...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078242/saffron-omics-the-challenges-of-integrating-omic-technologies
#18
REVIEW
Sameera Sastry Panchangam, Maryam Vahedi, Mohankumar Janardhan Megha, Anuj Kumar, Kaamini Raithatha, Raithatha Suravajhala, Pratap Reddy
Saffron is one of the highly exotic spices known for traditional values and antiquity. It is used for home décor besides serving as a colorant flavor and is widely known for medicinal value. Over the last few years, saffron has garnered a lot of interest due to its anti-cancer, anti-mutagenic, anti-oxidant and immunomodulatory properties. Integration of systems biology approaches with wide applications of saffron remains a growing challenge as new techniques and methods advance. Keeping in view of the dearth of a review summarizing the omics and systems biology of saffron, we bring an outline on advancements in integrating omic technologies, the medicinal plant has seen in recent times...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077331/physiological-behavioral-changes-induced-by-a-fraction-with-antitumor-cleronade-diterpenes-from-an-atlantic-forest-brazilian-plant-and-computational-intermolecular-interactions-with-neuron-receptors
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Éverton José Ferreira de Araújo, Antônia Amanda Cardoso de Almeida, Oskar Almeida Silva, Iwyson Henrique Fernandes da Costa, Luis Mário Rezende Júnior, Francisco das Chagas Alves Lima, Luciano da Silva Lopes, Alberto José Cavalheiro, Paulo Michel Pinheiro Ferreira
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Casearia sylvestris is a medicinal plant traditionally used to treat snakebites, wounds, inflammation and gastric ulcers and scientific supports for have demonstrated its antitumor, antihyperlipidemic and antiparasitic properties. AIM OF THE STUDY: To assess the effects of a fraction with casearins (FC) on adult mice using classical experimental models of animal behavior and theoretical calculations to verify the interaction of Casearin X (Cas X) with neuron receptors...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076407/medicinal-plant-diversity-and-inter-cultural-interactions-between-indigenous-guarani-criollos-and-polish-migrants-in-the-subtropics-of-argentina
#20
Monika Kujawska, Norma I Hilgert, Héctor A Keller, Guillermo Gil
Numerous studies highlight the importance of phytotherapy for indigenous and non-indigenous people in different parts of the world. In this work we analyze the richness (number of species), diversity (plant identity and the number of illnesses for which it is used) and similarity of plant species and illnesses treated with them, in order to contribute new data and insight into the importance of plant medicines to the local medical systems of people living in Misiones province, in the subtropics of Argentina...
2017: PloS One
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