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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914909/benefits-pitfalls-and-risks-of-phytotherapy-in-clinical-practice-in-otorhinolaryngology
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O Laccourreye, A Werner, L Laccourreye, P Bonfils
OBJECTIVES: To elucidate the benefits, pitfalls and risks of phytotherapy in the clinical practice of otorhinolaryngology. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The PubMed and Cochrane databases were searched using the following keywords: phytotherapy, phytomedicine, herbs, otology, rhinology, laryngology, otitis, rhinitis, laryngitis and otorhinolaryngology. Seventy-two articles (18 prospective randomized studies, 4 Cochrane analyses, 4 meta-analysis and 15 reviews of the literature) devoted to clinical studies were analyzed...
November 30, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899327/novel-application-of-species-richness-estimators-to-predict-the-host-range-of-parasites
#2
David M Watson, Kirsty V Milner, Andrea Leigh
Host range is a critical life history trait of parasites, influencing prevalence, virulence and ultimately determining their distributional extent. Current approaches to measure host range are sensitive to sampling effort, the number of known hosts increasing with more records. Here, we develop a novel application of results-based stopping rules to determine how many hosts should be sampled to yield stable estimates of the number of primary hosts within regions, then use species richness estimation to predict host ranges of parasites across their distributional ranges...
November 27, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872562/development-of-quality-standards-of-medicinal-mistletoe-helicanthes-elastica-desr-danser-employing-pharmacopoeial-procedures
#3
K N Sunil Kumar, B Ravishankar, B Yashovarma, R Rajakrishnan, J Thomas
Helicanthes elastica (Desr.) Danser (Loranthaceae), commonly known as Indian mango mistletoe, is a parasitic shrub found widely growing on mango trees in southern India. Development of monographic quality standards is need of the hour for Pharmacopoeial/extra-Pharmacopoeial and folk medicinal plants. Systematic pharmacognostical evaluation of leaves of H. elastica has been carried out employing Pharmacopoeial procedures of testing herbal drugs. Macro-microscopic features of H. elastica leaf were recorded. Ethanolic extract was tested positive for alkaloids, steroids, carbohydrates, tannins, saponins and phenols...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868169/articulatin-d-induces-apoptosis-via-activation-of-caspase-8-in-acute-t-cell-leukemia-cell-line
#4
Ruchi Mishra, Mrinal K Das, Savita Singh, Radhey Shyam Sharma, Sadhna Sharma, Vandana Mishra
Leukemia is among the most aggressive and prevalent human malignant carcinoma. Chemotherapy is the preferred therapeutic strategy; however, recurrence of cancer and non-selective cytotoxicity are the major concerns. Unlike synthetic chemotherapeutic agents, mistletoe ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP) displays anti-tumor function in various types of cancers. However, its effect on leukemia cells is little explored. In this study, we assessed the impact of Viscum articulatum RIP (Articulatin-D) on the survival of acute T-cell leukemia cells and the involved molecular and cellular mechanisms...
November 21, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861781/digest-salamanders-slow-slither-into-genomic-gigantism
#5
Steven Dodsworth, Maïté Guignard, Oriane Hidalgo, Jaume Pellicer
Genome size varies enormously across the eukaryotic tree of life (c. 66,000-fold), with the largest reported nuclear genomes found in vertebrates (e.g. salamanders, lungfish) and angiosperms (e.g. mistletoe, fritillaries). Yet despite this huge diversity, most genomes are considerably smaller than the largest reported (c. 150 Gb), with the mean size of both vertebrate and plant genomes being similar, c. 5 Gb. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
November 12, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845200/a-combination-of-korean-mistletoe-extract-and-resistance-exercise-retarded-the-decline-in-muscle-mass-and-strength-in-the-elderly-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Nam Ju Lim, Jun Ho Shin, Hye Jin Kim, Yeni Lim, Ji Yeon Kim, Won Jun Lee, Soo Jeong Han, Oran Kwon
Given the increased concerns about the degenerative decline in the physical performance of the elderly, there is a need for developing effective strategies to suppress the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and functional capacity through a lifestyle intervention. This randomized controlled trial examined whether a combination of Korean mistletoe extract (KME) supplement and exercise affected muscle mass, muscle function, and targeted molecular expressions. Sixty-seven subjects aged 55-75years were assigned to placebo, low-dose (1g/d), or high-dose (2g/d) of KME for 12weeks...
November 11, 2016: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808159/limited-mitogenomic-degradation-in-response-to-a-parasitic-lifestyle-in-orobanchaceae
#7
Weishu Fan, Andan Zhu, Melisa Kozaczek, Neethu Shah, Natalia Pabón-Mora, Favio González, Jeffrey P Mower
In parasitic plants, the reduction in plastid genome (plastome) size and content is driven predominantly by the loss of photosynthetic genes. The first completed mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) from parasitic mistletoes also exhibit significant degradation, but the generality of this observation for other parasitic plants is unclear. We sequenced the complete mitogenome and plastome of the hemiparasite Castilleja paramensis (Orobanchaceae) and compared them with additional holoparasitic, hemiparasitic and nonparasitic species from Orobanchaceae...
November 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782823/pro-apoptotic-and-cytotoxic-effects-of-enriched-fraction-of-elytranthe-parasitica-l-danser-against-hepg2-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
Nimmy Kumar, Subhankar Biswas, Asha Elizabeth Mathew, Subin Varghese, Jessy Elizabeth Mathew, K Nandakumar, Jesil Mathew Aranjani, Richard Lobo
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer accounts for more than one million deaths worldwide. Current treatment modality for HCC is marginally effective. Plants belonging to Mistletoe family (Loranthaceae) have been used in chemotherapy for many years. The present study was aimed at exploring the anti-proliferative, pro-oxidant and pro-apoptotic potential of stem of Elytranthe parasitica (L.) Danser (EP), a parasitic shrub belonging to Loranthaceae...
October 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761061/inhibitory-effect-of-loranthus-parasiticus-on-ige-mediated-allergic-responses-in-rbl-2h3-cells
#9
Jae-Myung Yoo, Ju-Hye Yang, Young Soo Kim, Won-Kyung Cho, Jin Yeul Ma
The mistletoe Loranthus parasiticus has been used as a compound for traditional medicine in Northeast Asia for a long time and is known to possess neuroprotective action. Nonetheless, the effect of Loranthus parasiticus on allergic responses remains unknown. In the present study, we evaluated whether the water extract of Loranthus parasiticus (LPE) could inhibit IgE-mediated allergic responses in RBL-2H3 cells. LPE inhibited the release of β-hexosaminidase (IC50, 184.5 μg/mL) and the formation of tumor necrosis factor-α (IC50, 84...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716052/de-novo-assembly-and-transcriptome-characterization-of-spruce-dwarf-mistletoe-arceuthobium-sichuanense-uncovers-gene-expression-profiling-associated-with-plant-development
#10
Yonglin Wang, Xuewu Li, Weifen Zhou, Tao Li, Chengming Tian
BACKGROUND: The parasitic flowering plant dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium spp., Viscaceae) is one of the most destructive forest pests, posing a major threat to numerous conifer species worldwide. Arceuthobium sichuanense (spruce dwarf mistletoe, SDM) infects Qinghai spruce (Picea crassifolia) and causes severe damage to spruce forests in Northwest China. SDM is a Chinese native parasitic plant and acquires carbohydrates and mineral nutrition from its hosts. However, underlying molecular basis of the physiological development is largely unknown...
October 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703848/reproductive-ecology-and-isolation-of-psittacanthus-calyculatus-and-p-auriculatus-mistletoes-loranthaceae
#11
Sergio Díaz Infante, Carlos Lara, María Del Coro Arizmendi, Luis E Eguiarte, Juan Francisco Ornelas
BACKGROUND: Relationships between floral biology and pollinator behavior are important to understanding species diversity of hemiparasitic Psittacanthus mistletoes (c. 120 species). We aimed to investigate trait divergence linked to pollinator attraction and reproductive isolation (RI) in two hummingbird-pollinated and bird-dispersed Psittacanthus species with range overlap. METHODS: We investigated the phylogenetic relationships, floral biology, pollinator assemblages, seed dispersers and host usage, and the breeding system and female reproductive success of two sympatric populations of P...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670445/dendrophthoe-pentandra-l-miq-extract-effectively-inhibits-inflammation-proliferation-and-induces-p53-expression-on-colitis-associated-colon-cancer
#12
Agustina Tri Endharti, Adisti Wulandari, Anik Listyana, Eviana Norahmawati, Sofy Permana
BACKGROUND: Indonesian mistletoe grows on various trees. Mango Mistletoes (Dendrophthoe pentandra) is one type of mistletoe that grown on mango tree (.benalu mangga in bahasa Indonesia). Our study used mistletoe as a parasitic plant that has been used for traditional medicine. It has been known that Dendrophtoe pentandra extract (DPE) anti-inflammatory and anticancer. Furthermore, it is necessary to follow-up study in vivo to evaluate the response to treatment of new cancer therapeutic agents...
September 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27658817/host-specificity-in-parasitic-plants-perspectives-from-mistletoes
#13
Desale Y Okubamichael, Megan E Griffiths, David Ward
Host specificity has been investigated for centuries in mistletoes, viruses, insects, parasitoids, lice and flukes, yet it is poorly understood. Reviewing the numerous studies on mistletoe host specificity may contribute to our understanding of these plants and put into context the dynamics at work in root parasitic plants and animal parasites. The mechanisms that determine host specificity in mistletoes are not as well documented and understood as those in other groups of parasites. To rectify this we synthesised the available literature and analysed data compiled from herbaria, published monographs and our own field studies in South Africa...
September 22, 2016: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637868/homeopathic-mistletoe-adverse-reaction-mimics-nodal-involvement-in-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-performed-for-evaluation-of-response-to-chemotherapy-in-lymphoma
#14
P Abreu, R Sánchez, T Mut, D Balaguer, I Latorre, H Rodríguez
Some patients use complementary medicine. We present a patient with Hodgkin's lymphoma, scanned with (18)F-FDG PET/CT for evaluation of response after chemotherapy, who was self-administering mistletoe as a homeopathic medicine product. The careful review of the images of the entire scan and patient collaboration in anamnesis were crucial to avoid a false positive result. A review of the published scientific data on the effects of mistletoe is also presented.
September 13, 2016: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27636096/correction-modeling-occupancy-of-hosts-by-mistletoe-seeds-after-accounting-for-imperfect-detectability
#15
Rodrigo F Fadini, Renato Cintra
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2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630661/aligning-microtomography-analysis-with-traditional-anatomy-for-a-3d-understanding-of-the-host-parasite-interface-phoradendron-spp-case-study
#16
Luíza Teixeira-Costa, Gregório C T Ceccantini
The complex endophytic structure formed by parasitic plant species often represents a challenge in the study of the host-parasite interface. Even with the large amounts of anatomical slides, a three-dimensional comprehension of the structure may still be difficult to obtain. In the present study we applied the High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography (HRXCT) analysis along with usual plant anatomy techniques in order to compare the infestation pattern of two mistletoe species of the genus Phoradendron. Additionally, we tested the use of contrasting solutions in order to improve the detection of the parasite's endophytic tissue...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27589063/multiple-active-compounds-from-viscum-album-l-synergistically-converge-to-promote-apoptosis-in-ewing-sarcoma
#17
Monika Twardziok, Susann Kleinsimon, Jana Rolff, Sebastian Jäger, Angelika Eggert, Georg Seifert, Catharina I Delebinski
Ewing sarcoma is the second most common bone cancer in children and adolescents, with poor prognosis and outcome in ~70% of initial diagnoses and 10-15% of relapses. Hydrophobic triterpene acids and hydrophilic lectins and viscotoxins from European mistletoe (Viscum album L.) demonstrate anticancer properties, but have not yet been investigated for Ewing sarcoma. Commercial Viscum album L. extracts are aqueous, excluding the insoluble triterpenes. We recreated a total mistletoe effect by combining an aqueous extract (viscum) and a triterpene extract (TT) solubilized with cyclodextrins...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27548369/coronary-artery-manifestation-of-ormond-disease-the-mistletoe-sign
#18
Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Ferenc Imre Suhai, Csilla Czimbalmos, Attila Tóth, David Becker, Emese Kiss, Maros Ferencik, Udo Hoffmann, Hajnalka Vagó, Béla Merkely
A 69-year-old woman presented with symptoms of presumed cardiac involvement of idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis, otherwise known as Ormond disease. Distinct pericoronary tissue proliferations were depicted at cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography. On images, the coronary manifestation was termed the "mistletoe sign." The presence of the mistletoe sign on cardiac MR and coronary CT angiographic images is probably rare, but it might be a characteristic manifestation of retroperitoneal fibrosis...
August 22, 2016: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27548121/parasitic-mistletoes-of-the-genera-scurrula-and-viscum-from-bench-to-bedside
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Ya Chee Lim, Rajan Rajabalaya, Shirley Huan Fang Lee, Kushan U Tennakoon, Quang-Vuong Le, Adi Idris, Ihsan N Zulkipli, Natasha Keasberry, Sheba R David
The mistletoes, stem hemiparasites of Asia and Europe, have been used as medicinal herbs for many years and possess sophisticated systems to obtain nutrients from their host plants. Although knowledge about ethnomedicinal uses of mistletoes is prevalent in Asia, systematic scientific study of these plants is still lacking, unlike its European counterparts. This review aims to evaluate the literature on Scurrula and Viscum mistletoes. Both mistletoes were found to have anticancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant and antihypertensive properties...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27491866/interaction-of-a-standardized-mistletoe-viscum-album-preparation-with-antitumor-effects-of-trastuzumab-in-vitro
#20
U Weissenstein, M Kunz, K Urech, U Regueiro, S Baumgartner
BACKGROUND: Besides conventional anticancer therapy many breast cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) like the medicinal herb mistletoe (Viscum album L.). To gain more knowledge about possible herb-drug interactions between CAM and conventional anticancer medications, in the present in vitro study we investigated the effect of a standardized mistletoe preparation on the action of Trastuzumab, a drug used for the treatment of Her-2 positive breast cancer. METHODS: The Her-2 positive human breast carcinoma cell line SK-BR-3 was treated with Trastuzumab...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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