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Debarati Chattopadhyay, Kavitha Thirumurugan
Past investigations have shown that various plant extracts are capable of promoting longevity in lower model organisms like Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Bombyx mori etc. Longevity studies on such organisms provide a foundation to explore anti-aging efficacies of such plant extracts in higher organisms. Plant extracts of acai palm, apple, asparagus, blueberry, cinnamon, cocoa, Damnacanthus, maize, mistletoe, peach, pomegranate, Rhodiola, rose, Sasa, turmeric, and Withania have extended lifespan in lower model organisms via diverse mechanisms like insulin like growth factor (IGF) signaling pathway, and antioxidant defense mechanisms...
March 8, 2018: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
Mads S Thomsen, Andrew H Altieri, Christine Angelini, Melanie J Bishop, Paul E Gribben, Gavin Lear, Qiang He, David R Schiel, Brian R Silliman, Paul M South, David M Watson, Thomas Wernberg, Gerhard Zotz
It has long been recognized that primary foundation species (FS), such as trees and seagrasses, enhance biodiversity. Among the species facilitated are secondary FS, including mistletoes and epiphytes. Case studies have demonstrated that secondary FS can further modify habitat-associated organisms ('inhabitants'), but their net effects remain unknown. Here we assess how inhabitants, globally, are affected by secondary FS. We extracted and calculated 2,187 abundance and 397 richness Hedges' g effect sizes from 91 and 50 publications, respectively...
March 5, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
Peter Fritz, Jürgen Dippon, Simon Müller, Sven Goletz, Christian Trautmann, Xenophon Pappas, German Ott, Hiltrud Brauch, Matthias Schwab, Stefan Winter, Thomas Mürdter, Friedhelm Brinkmann, Simone Faisst, Susanne Rössle, Andreas Gerteis, Godehard Friedel
BACKGROUND/AIM: In this retrospective study, we compared breast cancer patients treated with and without mistletoe lectin I (ML-I) in addition to standard breast cancer treatment in order to determine a possible effect of this complementary treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 18,528 patients with invasive breast cancer. Data on additional ML-I treatments were reported for 164 patients. We developed a "similar case" method with a distance measure retrieved from the beta variable in Cox regression to compare these patients, after stage adjustment, with their non-ML-1 treated counterparts in order to answer three hypotheses concerning overall survival, recurrence free survival and life quality...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Rodrigo F Fadini, Erich Fischer, Sônia J Castro, Andréa C Araujo, Juan Francisco Ornelas, Paulo R de Souza
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 27, 2018: Ecology
Jose Enrique Gonzalvez, Gloria Garcia, Sebastian Galliano, Alicia Dominighini, Leda Urli, Juan Monti, Maria Teresa Ronco, Daniel Frances, Marcelo Wagner, Cristina Ester Carnovale, Alejandra Nora Luquita
BACKGROUND: Ligaria cuneifolia (Lc) (R. et P.) Tiegh. (Loranthaceae) (Argentine mistletoe) is usually used in local folk medicine. OBJECTIVE: We studied the effect of treatment with the Lc proanthocyanidin-enriched fraction (PLc) in rats fed with Cho-enriched diet on plasma Cho levels, the hemorheological parameters, and biliary secretion. METHOD: Adult male Wistar rats were fed ad libitum with a Cho-enriched diet (Cho (97% purity) 8 g/kg of diet and corn oil 280 g/kg of diet) during 28 days...
February 22, 2018: Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery
N Beztsinna, M B C de Matos, J Walther, C Heyder, E Hildebrandt, G Leneweit, E Mastrobattista, R J Kok
Ribosome inactivating proteins (RIPs) are highly potent cytotoxins that have potential as anticancer therapeutics. Mistletoe lectin 1 (ML1) is a heterodimeric cytotoxic protein isolated from European Mistletoe and belongs to RIP class II. The aim of this project was to systematically study ML1 cell binding, endocytosis pathway(s), subcellular processing and apoptosis activation. For this purpose, state of the art cell imaging equipment and automated image analysis algorithms were used. ML1 displayed very fast binding to sugar residues on the membrane and energy-dependent uptake in CT26 cells...
February 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Qing Li, Shihua Yang, Yongqiang Li, Xiaofeng Xue, Yonghua Huang, Hengguo Luo, Yiming Zhang, Zhichao Lu
Mistletoes are used medicinally in order to treat various human illnesses. Few studies have reported on the phenolic content and antioxidant properties of Chinese mistletoes (CMs). In this work, the total phenolic content (TPC), total flavonoid content (TFC), and antioxidant activities of soluble and insoluble-bound phenolic extracts from CMs hosted by Camellia assamica (Mast.) Chang (CMC) and Pyrus, i, f. (CMP) were compared. Phenolic compounds in CMC and CMP were identified and quantified using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
February 8, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Veysi Kamar, Rukiye Dağalp, Mustafa Taştekin
In this study, the elements of Al, As, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Sr, Pb, Ti, and Zn were determined in the leaves, fruits, and branches of mistletoe, (Viscum albüm L.), used as a medicinal plant, and in the leaves, branches and barks of almond tree which mistletoe grows on. The aim of the study is to investigate whether the mistletoe are more absorbent than the almond tree in terms of the heavy metal contents and the determination of the amount of the elements penetrated into the mistletoe from the almond tree...
December 28, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
Anja Thronicke, Megan L Steele, Christian Grah, Burkhard Matthes, Friedemann Schad
BACKGROUND: Despite improvement of tumour response rates in patients with progressive and metastatic cancer, immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICM) induce toxicities in cancer patients. Viscum album L. (VA, mistletoe) extracts are applied as add-on cancer therapy especially in German speaking countries and within integrative and anthroposophical concepts with the goal to improve quality of life. The primary objective of this pilot observational cohort study was to determine the rate of adverse events (AE) related to ICM therapy with and without VA in patients with advanced or metastatic cancer in a certified Cancer Center...
December 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Kelsey M Yule, Judith L Bronstein
Parasitic plants often attack multiple host species with unique defenses, physiology, and ecology. Reproductive phenology and vectors of parasitic plant genes (pollinators and dispersers) can contribute to or erode reproductive isolation of populations infecting different host species. We asked whether desert mistletoe, Phoradendron californicum (Santalaceae tribe Visceae syn. Viscaceae), differs ecologically across its dominant leguminous hosts in ways affecting reproductive isolation. Parasite flowering phenology on one host species (velvet mesquite, Prosopis velutina) differed significantly from that on four others, and phenology was not predicted by host species phenology or host individual...
February 2018: Oecologia
Michael Schink, Oliver Dehus
BACKGROUND: European mistletoe (Viscum album) products used in cancer therapy are frequently combined with other anti-cancer-drugs. Hence, potential herb-drug interactions have become a major safety concern in mistletoe therapy. METHODS: Three European mistletoe products (Helixor® A, Helixor® M and Helixor® P from mistletoe grown on firs, apple trees and pines, respectively) were tested for inhibition of nine major cytochrome P450 (CYP) isoenzymes in a test system using pooled human liver microsomes and for induction of five CYP isoforms in human hepatocytes cultivated in vitro according to the relevant guideline...
December 4, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chris Kollas, Martin Gutsch, Robert Hommel, Petra Lasch-Born, Felicitas Suckow
The hemiparasite European mistletoe (Viscum album L.) adversely affects growth and reproduction of the host Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and in consequence may lead to tree death. Here, we aimed to estimate mistletoe-induced losses in timber yield applying the process-based forest growth model 4C. The parasite was implemented into the eco-physiological forest growth model 4C using (literature-derived) established impacts of the parasite on the tree's water and carbon cycle. The amended model was validated simulating a sample forest stand in the Berlin area (Germany) comprising trees with and without mistletoe infection...
November 28, 2017: Tree Physiology
Nan Jiang, Lin-Hong Ye, Lei Ye, Jing Yu, Qi-Chen Yang, Qing Yuan, Pei-Wen Zhu, Yi Shao
AIM: To investigate the protective effect of mistletoe combined with carboxymethyl cellulose eye drops on dry eye in postmenopausal women. METHODS: Sixty postmenopause female patients diagnosed of dry eye were assigned randomly to mistletoe combined with carboxymethyl cellulose eye drops treatment group ( n =30) and control group treated with normal saline eye drops ( n =30). The subjective symptoms of ocular surface, Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), tear film function tests, tear protein and corneal morphology by confocal scanning microscopy were analyzed before treatment and at 1, 2, 4 and 8wk after treatment respectively...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Friedemann Schad, Anja Thronicke, Antje Merkle, Harald Matthes, Megan L Steele
BACKGROUND: Immune-related adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to immunotherapy agents have been associated with beneficial clinical outcomes in oncology. Viscum album L. (VA, European mistletoe) is frequently used as an immunomodulatory agent alongside conventional cancer treatment in Europe. VA has been associated with improved quality of life and a reduction in chemotherapy-related ADRs. Beneficial effects of VA are believed to be related to its immunomodulatory properties. Current guidelines recommend commencing with a low dose and increasing slowly overtime, however, off-label prescribing of high initial doses is common...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Soyoung Kim, Kyung-Chan Kim, ChuHee Lee
BACKGROUND: Mistletoe extract of Visucm album extract (VAE) contains many biologically active components and has been reported to be not only a complementary and alternative medicine, but also a potent therapeutic agent for many types of cancer. PURPOSE: In this study, we examined the effect of VAE on expression and activation of Axl and scrutinized the involvement of Axl in the anti-cancer activity of VAE in parental and chemo-resistant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Jane A Shaw, Coenraad F N Koegelenberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 7, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Jung Seop Eom, Hyo Yeong Ahn, Jeong Ha Mok, Geewon Lee, Eun-Jung Jo, Mi-Hyun Kim, Kwangha Lee, Ki Uk Kim, Hye-Kyung Park, Min Ki Lee
BACKGROUND: Talc poudrage during thoracoscopy is considered the standard procedure for patients with symptomatic malignant pleural effusion (MPE). Until now, no alternative technique other than talc poudrage for pleurodesis during medical thoracoscopy has been proposed. Liquid sclerosants, such as mistletoe extract, have been sprayed evenly into the pleural cavity during semirigid pleuroscopy for chemical pleurodesis. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a retrospective study using the database of semirigid pleuroscopy to identify the usefulness of pleurodesis using a mistletoe extract delivered via a spray catheter during semirigid pleuroscopy for symptomatic MPE...
November 7, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Wenyan Xie, Jacob Adolf, Matthias F Melzig
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of approximately 22 nucleotides single-stranded non-coding RNA molecules that play crucial roles in gene expression. It has been reported that the plant miRNAs might enter mammalian bloodstream and have a functional role in human metabolism, indicating that miRNAs might be one of the hidden bioactive ingredients in medicinal plants. Viscum album L. (Loranthaceae, European mistletoe) has been widely used for the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, but its functional compounds have not been well characterized...
2017: PloS One
D V Maltseva, S V Nikulin, N S Sergeeva, S A Tonevitskaya, D A Sakharov
External magnetic field is characterized by low toxicity and existence of magnetic properties, which contributes to an interest in the development of products from ferromagnetic nanoparticles (FNP) for antitumor therapy. Previously we synthesized a conjugate of ferromagnetic magnetite nanoparticles and viscumin (mistletoe lectin I, MLI), which exhibits the antitumor activity. Studying the pharmacological properties of this conjugate (FNP-MLI) was directed to the evaluation of FNP-MLI elimination after intratumor injection in mice...
October 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Matthias Onyebuchi Agbo, Damian Chukwu Odimegwu, Festus Basden Chiedu Okoye, Patience Ogoamaka Osadebe
Isolated Salidroside from the leaves of Nigerian mistletoe (Loranthus micranthus Linn) parasitic on Hevea brasiliensis was evaluated for its antiviral activity against respiratory syncytial virus. Semi- preparative HPLC separation of the ethyl acetate fraction of the leave extract of Loranthus micranthus Linn parasitic on Hevea brasiliensis led to the isolation of a polyphenol. Using spectroscopic methods (1D and 2D NMR and mass spectroscopic data) as well as by comparison with literature data the structure of the compound was determined as 6-O-galloyl salidroside...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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