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Sara Bianchi, Luca Giovannini
The mTOR pathway plays a crucial role in many human diseases, mostly associated with an over hyperactivity of the mTOR signaling, which makes its inhibitors potentially effective therapeutics. Thus, it is important to consider not only the mTOR pathway, but also all those factors that play a key role in its regulation, such as SIRT1 and AMPK. We previously demonstrated the role of some nutraceutical SIRT1 modulators in AMPK and mTOR pathway, showing the presence of a synergistic effect. Now we take further our research by evaluating the effect of berberine, quercetin, tyrosol, and ferulic acid on the mTOR/S6K1/4E-BP1 signaling, along with the existence of any synergistic effect between the following associations: berberine + tyrosol, tyrosol + ferulic acid, ferulic acid + quercetin...
March 14, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
Xianjuan Kou, Biao Li, Julia B Olayanju, Justin M Drake, Ning Chen
Moringa oleifera Lam. ( M. oleifera ), which belongs to the Moringaceae family, is a perennial deciduous tropical tree, and native to the south of the Himalayan Mountains in northern India. M. oleifera is rich in proteins, vitamin A, minerals, essential amino acids, antioxidants, and flavonoids, as well as isothiocyanates. The extracts from M. oleifera exhibit multiple nutraceutical or pharmacological functions including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, hypoglycemic, and blood lipid-reducing functions...
March 12, 2018: Nutrients
Elisa Covolo, Claudio Bilato
Hyperlipidemia is a major risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Treatment strategies include both lifestyle modification and pharmacological therapy. Statins are among the most effective agents to achieve optimal LDL-cholesterol levels, but, not infrequently, patients suffer from myalgia or other side effects. The proven or perceived intolerance to statins requires, therefore, alternative lipid-lowering strategies. In recent years, nutraceuticals have become extensively accepted, and a growing number of molecules with hypothetical cholesterol-lowering activity have been proposed, sometimes with no scientific evidence and/or no methodological accuracy, based only on the belief that these agents are "natural" and do not show side effects...
February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Maria Aponte, Francesca Ungaro, Ivana d'Angelo, Carmen De Caro, Roberto Russo, Giuseppe Blaiotta, Fabrizio Dal Piaz, Antonio Calignano, Agnese Miro
This study reports novel food-grade granules for co-delivery of L. plantarum 299v and a standardized extract of Olea europaea leaves (Phenolea®) as oral carrier of probiotics and hydroxytyrosol. Different granule formulations containing either L. plantarum 299v (Lac), or the olive leave extract (Phe) or their combination (Lac-Phe) have been successfully produced through wet granulation employing excipients generally regarded as safe as granulating/binding agents. L. plantarum cells withstood the manufacturing process and were stable upon storage at 4°C for more than 6 months...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
R J T Mocking, J Assies, H G Ruhé, A H Schene
Continuous research into the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, such as major depressive disorder (MDD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and schizophrenia, suggests an important role for metabolism. This narrative review will provide an up-to-date summary of how metabolism is thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of these psychiatric disorders. We will focus on (I) the important role of fatty acids in these metabolic alterations, (II) whether fatty acid alterations represent epiphenomena or risk factors, and (III) similarities and dissociations in fatty acid alterations between different psychiatric disorders...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Zora Váradyová, Dominika Mravčáková, Michal Babják, Magdalena Bryszak, Ľubomíra Grešáková, Klaudia Čobanová, Svetlana Kišidayová, Iveta Plachá, Alžbeta Königová, Adam Cieslak, Sylwester Slusarczyk, Lukasz Pecio, Mariusz Kowalczyk, Marián Várady
BACKGROUND: The gastrointestinal parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus is a pathogenic organism resistant to several anthelmintics. This study assessed the efficacy of a medicinal herbal mixture (Herbmix) and organic zinc, as an essential trace element for the proper functioning of both unspecific and specific immune defensive mechanisms, against experimental infections with H. contortus in lambs. All lambs were infected orally with approximately 5000 third-stage larvae of a strain of H...
March 9, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Filippo Graziani, Nicola Discepoli, Stefano Gennai, Dimitra Karapetsa, Marco Nisi, Lea Bianchi, Nanning A Martijn Rosema, Ubele Van der Velden
BACKGROUND: To assess the nutraceutical effects of twice/daily intake of kiwifruit on periodontal parameters and systemic health before and after initial periodontal treatment (IPT). METHODS: At baseline, participants were randomly assigned to test and control group, and either consumed two kiwifruits/day for 5 months or no kiwifruit. In the first 2 months, no periodontal treatment was delivered (2 M). Subsequently, a session of full-mouth IPT within 24 hours was performed...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Tzenge-Lien Shih, Ming-Hwa Liu, Chia-Wai Li, Chia-Feng Kuo
A series of B-ring, halo-substituted chalcones and azachalcones were synthesized to evaluate and compare their anti-inflammatory activity. Mouse BALB/c macrophage RAW 264.7 were pre-treated with 10 μg/mL of each compound for one hour before induction of inflammation by lipopolysaccharide (1 μg/mL) for 6 h. Some halo-chalcones and -azachalcones suppressed expression of pro-inflammatory factors toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), IκB-α, transcription factor p65, interleukine 1β (IL-1β), IL-6, tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2)...
March 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Nathalia F F de Sales, Leandro Silva da Costa, Talita I A Carneiro, Daniela A Minuzzo, Felipe L Oliveira, Lourdes M C Cabral, Alexandre G Torres, Tatiana El-Bacha
Cancer cells demand high ATP provisions to support proliferation, and targeting of energy metabolism is a good strategy to increase their sensitivity to treatments. In Brazil, wine manufacture is expanding, increasing the amount of pomace that is produced. We determined the phenolic composition and antioxidant properties of a dark skin Grape Pomace Extract and its effects on metabolism and redox state in human hepatocarcinoma HepG2 cells. The material and the methods used represented the industrial process since pomace derived from white wine production and the extract concentrated by pilot plant scale reverse osmosis...
March 8, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Maria Laura De Marchis, Fiorella Guadagni, Erica Silvestris, Domenica Lovero, David Della-Morte, Patrizia Ferroni, Piero Barbanti, Raffaele Palmirotta
Migraine is a common multifactorial and polygenic neurological disabling disorder characterized by a genetic background and associated to environmental, hormonal and food stimulations. A large series of evidence suggest a strong correlation between nutrition and migraine and indicates several commonly foods, food additives and beverages that may be involved in the mechanisms triggering the headache attack in migraine-susceptible persons. There are foods and drinks, or ingredients of the same, that can trigger the migraine crisis as well as some foods play a protective function depending on the specific genetic sensitivity of the subject...
March 8, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Shengfeng Peng, Ziling Li, Liqiang Zou, Wei Liu, Chengmei Liu, David Julian McClements
Curcumin is a bioactive phytochemical that can be utilized as a nutraceutical or pharmaceutical in functional foods, supplements, and medicines. However, the application of curcumin as a nutraceutical in commercial food and beverage products is currently limited by its low water-solubility, chemical instability, and poor oral bioavailability. In this study, all-natural colloidal delivery systems were developed to overcome these challenges, which consisted of saponin-coated curcumin nanoparticles formed using a pH-driven loading method...
March 8, 2018: Food & Function
Maria F Quintero-Soto, Ana G Saracho-Peña, Jeanett Chavez-Ontiveros, Jose A Garzon-Tiznado, Karen V Pineda-Hidalgo, Francisco Delgado-Vargas, Jose A Lopez-Valenzuela
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genotypes, nine kabuli from Mexico and 9 desi from other countries, were investigated for their phenolic profiles and antioxidant activity (AA). Phenolics in methanol extracts (ME) were analyzed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to diode array detection and mass spectrometry (UPLC-DAD-MS), whereas the AA was measured as Trolox equivalents (TE) by ABTS, DPPH and FRAP methods. Twenty phenolic compounds were identified in the ME and their levels showed a great variability among the chickpea genotypes...
March 7, 2018: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
Agnese Gugliandolo, Sabrina Giacoppo, Marcello Ficicchia, Angelo Aliquò, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon
Certain nutrients are able to exert health promoting effects. The consumption of Brassicaceae vegetables has increased given their reported beneficial effects on human health, due to their high content of nutraceutical compounds. The health benefits appear to be associated with the presence of glucosinolates and flavonoids. Certain nutraceutics have been revealed to have anti‑inflammatory action. In the present study, the anti‑inflammatory properties of Eruca sativa seed extract (ESE) were evaluated in NSC‑34 motor neurons exposed to the cell culture medium of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑stimulated RAW 264...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chunting Li, Navindra P Seeram
The red maple (Acer rubrum) species is economically important to North America because of its sap which is used to produce maple syrup. In addition, various other red maple plant parts, including leaves, were used as a traditional medicine by the Native Americans. Currently, red maple leaves are being used for nutraceutical and cosmetic applications but there are no published analytical methods for comprehensive phytochemical characterization of this material. Herein, a rapid and sensitive method using liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry was developed to characterize the phenolics in a methanol extract of red maple leaves and a proprietary phenolic-enriched red maple leaves extract (Maplifa™)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
Noelia Clemente Plaza, Manuel Reig García-Galbis, Rosa María Martínez-Espinosa
This review summarizes recent knowledge about the use of the amino acid l-Cysteine (l-Cys) through diet, nutritional supplements or drugs with the aim to improve human health or treat certain diseases. Three databases (PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science) and different keywords have been used to create a database of documents published between 1950 and 2017 in scientific journals in English or Spanish. A total of 60,885 primary publications were ultimately selected to compile accurate information about the use of l-Cys in medicine and nutritional therapies and to identify the reported benefits of l-Cys on human health...
March 3, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jordan L Hawkins, Paul L Durham
AIMS: To test a commercially available enriched chicken bone broth (ECBB) product for its potential anti-inflammatory properties and to evaluate its ability to reduce nociception and expression of protein kinase A (PKA) in a clinically relevant model of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) caused by prolonged jaw opening in rats. METHODS: The potential of the ECBB and of a homemade broth was investigated using the Folin-Ciocalteu reagent and percent inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) activity, which was determined using a commercially available kit...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
Muhammad Imran Khan, Jin Hyuk Shin, Jong Deog Kim
Microalgae have recently attracted considerable interest worldwide, due to their extensive application potential in the renewable energy, biopharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries. Microalgae are renewable, sustainable, and economical sources of biofuels, bioactive medicinal products, and food ingredients. Several microalgae species have been investigated for their potential as value-added products with remarkable pharmacological and biological qualities. As biofuels, they are a perfect substitute to liquid fossil fuels with respect to cost, renewability, and environmental concerns...
March 5, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
D Caccavo, S Cascone, G Lamberti, A A Barba
Hydrogels are materials widely used in countless applications, particularly in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical fields, because of their biocompatibility and their mechanical and transport properties. Several approaches are known to evaluate their properties, but only a few approaches are under development to mathematically describe their behaviour, in terms of how the materials answer to mechanical stimuli and how incorporated active substances are released. In this review, the main properties of hydrogels are summarized and the structure-property relationships are investigated (i...
March 5, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Bianca Scolaro, Marina S Nogueira, Aline Paiva, Adriana Bertolami, Lucia P Barroso, Tomas Vaisar, Sean P Heffron, Edward A Fisher, Inar A Castro
OBJECTIVE: Statin intolerance, whether real or perceived, is a growing issue in clinical practice. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of reduced-dose statin therapy complemented with nutraceuticals. METHODS: First phase: Initially, 53 type 2 diabetic statin-treated patients received a supplementation with fish oil (1.7 g EPA + DHA/day), chocolate containing plant sterols (2.2 g/day), and green tea (two sachets/day) for 6 weeks. Second phase: "Good responders" to supplementation were identified after multivariate analysis (n = 10), and recruited for a pilot protocol of statin dose reduction...
February 20, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
Dalal Asker, Tarek S Awad, Teruhiko Beppu, Kenji Ueda
Ketocarotenoids are high-value natural pigments. The red diketocarotenoid astaxanthin particularly exhibits an extraordinary antioxidant activity, which raises its market demand for foods and nutraceuticals. We screened for ketocarotenoid-producing bacteria from both marine and freshwater environments. Phylogenetic analysis, based on 16S rRNA gene sequence, revealed 37 potential producers of ketocarotenoids that are related to α-proteobacteria, comprising 32 strains of Brevundimonas and 5 strains of Erythrobacter...
July 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
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