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Johanna Rienks, Janett Barbaresko, Ute Nöthlings
Epidemiologic studies have suggested an inverse association between flavonoids and cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, the results might have been influenced by the use of dietary assessment methods, which are error prone. The aim of this paper was to systematically review and analyse the literature for evidence of associations between polyphenol biomarkers and CVD and mortality risk in observational studies. Eligible studies were identified through PubMed, Web of Science, and reference lists. Multivariable adjusted associations were extracted...
April 22, 2017: Nutrients
Jing-Jing Wu, Yun-Feng Cao, Liang Feng, Yu-Qi He, James Y Hong, Tong-Yi Dou, Ping Wang, Da-Cheng Hao, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A5 characterized with polymorphic and extensive expression in multiple tissues is the most important P450 enzyme among the minor CYP3A isoforms. However, a selective and sensitive probe for CYP3A5 remains unavailable. In this study, we identified and characterized a naturally-occurring lignan 12 (Schisantherin E) as an isoform-specific probe for selective detection of CYP3A5 activity in complex biological samples. With thorough characterization including LC-MS and NMR, we found that 12 can be metabolized by CYP3A5 to generate a major metabolite 2-O-demethylated 12...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Yu-Zhen Hou, Kui-Kui Chen, Xi-Ling Deng, Ze-Long Fu, Dao-Feng Chen, Qi Wang
Activity-guided fractionation for complement inhibitors led to the isolation of 24 known compounds from Anchusa italica. Chemical types include eight megastigmane compounds, five triterpenoid compounds, five lignan compounds, three flavonoid compounds, two alkaloid compounds and one phenthyl alcohol compound. Among which, a lignan (medioresinol), an alkaloid (5-hydroxypyrrolidin-2-one) and a flavonoid (5-hydroxyl-3', 4', 6, 7-tetramethoxy flavone) exhibited better anticomplementary effects with CH50 values ranging from 0...
April 24, 2017: Natural Product Research
Yongkun Lv, Xiaozhong Cheng, Guocheng Du, Jingwen Zhou, Jian Chen
Pinoresinol is a natural lignan with a high market value that has potential pharmacological and food supplement applications. Pinoresinol is currently isolated from plants, which suffers from low efficiency and yield. To produce pinoresinol from inexpensive and industrially available eugenol, an in vivo enzymatic cascade composed of vanillyl alcohol oxidase and peroxidase was designed, which scavenges H2 O2 automatically and eliminates protein purification and cofactor addition. Two peroxidases were screened and identified from Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3), and tested in the enzymatic cascade...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Agnieszka Szopa, Radosław Ekiert, Halina Ekiert
Schisandra chinensis Turcz. (Baill.) is a plant species whose fruits have been well known in Far Eastern medicine for a long time. However, schisandra seems to be a plant still underestimated in contemporary therapy still in the countries of East Asia. The article presents latest available information on the chemical composition of this plant species. Special attention is given to dibenzo cyclooctadiene lignans. In addition, recent studies of the biological activity of dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans and schisandra fruit extracts are recapitulated...
2017: Phytochemistry Reviews: Proceedings of the Phytochemical Society of Europe
Priyanka Kriplani, Kumar Guarve, Uttam S Baghael
OBJECTIVES: Arnica montana is a widely used therapeutic plant used traditionally to treat various ailments. The objective of this study was to evaluate the botany, phytochemistry and ethnopharmacology along with special emphasis given on pharmacological activity of plant A. montana. KEY FINDINGS: The plant extracts have been reported to possess antibacterial, antitumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and immunomodulatory activity. A wide range of chemical compounds including sesquiterpene lactones and their short-chain carbonic acid esters, flavonoids, carotenoids, essential oils, diterpenes, arnidiol, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, coumarins, phenolic acids, lignans and oligosaccharides, etc...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Domenico Trombetta, Antonella Smeriglio, Daniele Marcoccia, Salvatore Vincenzo Giofrè, Giovanni Toscano, Fabio Mazzotti, Angelo Giovanazzi, Stefano Lorenzetti
The antioxidant activity and the phenolic and α-tocopherol content of 10 Northern Italian mono- and multi-varietal extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs), after early and late olive harvests, was analyzed. A hierarchical cluster analysis was used to evaluate sample similarity. Secoiridoids (SIDs), lignans and flavonoids were the most abundant phenolic compounds identified. The organic Casaliva (among mono-cultivar) and the organic multi-varietal (among blended oils) EVOOs had the higher total phenol content both in early (263...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Kai Uchida, Tomoyoshi Akashi, Toshio Aoki
Pterocarpan forms the basic structure of leguminous phytoalexins, and most of the isoflavonoid pathway genes encoding the enzymes responsible for its biosynthesis have been identified. However, the last step of pterocarpan biosynthesis is a ring closure reaction, and the enzyme that catalyzes this step, 2'-hydroxyisoflavanol 4,2'-dehydratase or pterocarpan synthase (PTS), remains as an unidentified 'missing link'. This last ring formation is assumed to be the key step in determining the stereochemistry of pterocarpans, which plays a role in their antimicrobial activity...
February 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
Hossein Khosravi-Boroujeni, Elham Nikbakht, Ernesta Natanelov, Saman Khalesi
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, stroke and renal failure. Sesame consumption may benefit blood pressure (BP) due to its high polyunsaturated fatty acids, fibre, phytosterol and lignans content. To clarify this, a systematically review and meta-analysis of controlled trials have been conducted. The PubMed (MEDLINE), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and Cochrane Library (Central) databases were systematically searched until August 2016...
April 7, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Anna Sólyomváry, Ágnes Alberti, András Darcsi, Rita Könye, Gergő Tóth, Béla Noszál, Ibolya Molnár-Perl, László Lorántfy, Judit Dobos, László Őrfi, Szabolcs Béni, Imre Boldizsár
High amount of the valuable lignan pinoresinol (PR) was determined in Carduus nutans fruit (7.8mg/g) for the first time. A preparative separation method using two consecutive, identical steps of centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC) was developed in order (i) to isolate PR and (ii) to subsequently isolate PR and its 7' epimer epipinoresinol (EPR) simultaneously after an optimized acid treatment which resulted in PR epimerization forming equal amounts of PR and EPR, from C. nutans fruit. As optimal conditions, a two-phase solvent system consisting of methyl tert-butyl ether:acetone:water (4:3:3, v/v/v) for CPC separation, and an acid treatment performed at 50°C for 30min for the epimerization were applied...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Di Gao, Baojun Wang, Zhipeng Huo, Yi He, Navaneethakrishnan Polachi, Zhidong Lei, Xiaoxiao Liu, Zhaohui Song, Lian-Wen Qi
Jitong Ning Tablet (JTNT), a traditional Chinese herbal formula, consists of Eucommia ulmodies oliv, Angelicae pubescentis radix, Aconiti radix cocta, Corydalis yanhusuo w.t. wang, Glycyrrhizae radix et rhizoma, Paeoniae radix rubra and Radix puerariae. It has been demonstrated to show protective effects on ankylosing spondylitis and anti-inflammatory effects. The chemical compositions of JTNT, playing a key role in quality control, remain unknown. In this study, an ultra-performance liquid chromatography combined with quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS) method in both positive and negative ion mode was established to investigate the chemical constituents of JTNT formula...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
A K Eriksen, C Kyrø, N Nørskov, A K Bolvig, J Christensen, A Tjønneland, K Overvad, R Landberg, A Olsen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Evidence on the role of diet in relation to prostate cancer progression is sparse. Foods rich in lignans have shown beneficial effects on prostate cancer progression in both animal studies and small human intervention studies, including beneficial effects on prostate-specific antigen levels and tumour growth. The lignan metabolite, enterolactone, has further shown to slow prostate cancer cell growth in vitro. The aim was to investigate the association between prediagnostic enterolactone concentrations and mortality among men with prostate cancer...
April 5, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Vivek K Bajpai, Md Badrul Alam, Khong Trong Quan, Kyoo-Ri Kwon, Mi-Kyoung Ju, Hee-Jeong Choi, Jong Sung Lee, Jung-In Yoon, Rajib Majumder, Irfan A Rather, Kangmin Kim, Sang-Han Lee, MinKyun Na
The aim of the present study was to examine the antioxidative activity of (+)-lariciresinol (LRSL), an optically active lignan isolated from Rubia philippinensis in several in vitro assays. LRSL was also subjected to evaluate its inhibitory effect against the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in murine macrophage (RAW 264.7) cells. The results showed that LRSL possessed very strong radical scavenging activity and reducing power, as well as inhibited ROS generation in a dose-dependent manner without showing any cytotoxicity...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Guang-Zhi Dong, Ji Hye Jeong, Yu-Ih Lee, Yeong Eun Han, Jung Sook Shin, Yoon-Jung Kim, Raok Jeon, Young Hwa Kim, Tae Jun Park, Keun Il Kim, Jae-Ha Ryu
Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers. In this study, we isolated a lignan [(-)-(2R,3R)-1,4-O-diferuloylsecoisolariciresinol, DFS] from Alnus japonica (Betulaceae) and investigated its biological activity and mechanism of action on colon cancer. DFS reduced the viability of colon cancer cells and induced cell cycle arrest. DFS also suppressed β-catenin nuclear translocation and β-catenin target gene expression through a reduction in FoxM1 protein. To assess the mechanism of the action of DFS, we investigated the effect of DFS on endogenous and exogenous FoxM1 protein degradation in colon cancer cells...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yue Han, Aihua Zhang, Hui Sun, Yingzhi Zhang, Xiangcai Meng, Guangli Yan, Liang Liu, Xijun Wang
Acanthopanax senticosus (Rupr. et Maxim.) Harms, a traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely used to improve the function of skeleton, heart, spleen and kidney. This fruit is rich in nutrients, but the chemical constituents of Acanthopanax senticosus fruit are still unclear. A rapid method based on ultra high performance liquid chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometry was developed for the compound analysis of Acanthopanax senticosus fruit in vitro and in vivo. In this study, the Acanthopanax senticosus fruit could significantly increase the weight of immune organs, promote the proliferation of lymphatic T cells, regulate the lymphatic B cell function, and decrease the ability of natural killer cells...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
M Watanabe, Y Iizumi, M Sukeno, M Iizuka-Ohashi, Y Sowa, T Sakai
The expression of cyclin D1 is upregulated in various cancer cells by diverse mechanisms, such as increases in mRNA levels, the promotion of the translation by mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) signaling and the protein stabilization. We here show that sesaminol, a sesame lignan, reduces the expression of cyclin D1 with decreasing mRNA expression levels, inhibiting mTORC1 signaling and promoting proteasomal degradation. We subsequently generated sesaminol-immobilized FG beads to newly identify sesaminol-binding proteins...
April 3, 2017: Oncogenesis
Nanxin Zheng, Fang Liu, Hao Lu, Yangyang Zhan, Mingjian Zhang, Wenyuan Guo, Guoshan Ding
Schisantherin A (SchA) is a dibenzocyclooctadiene lignan isolated from the fruit of Schisandra sphenanthera. The role of SchA in liver injury induced by ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) has not yet been elucidated. The present study hypothesized the protective effects of SchA in hepatic I/R model. Either sham laparotomy or hepatic I/R was induced in C57BL/6 male mice after SchA or vehicle administration. Liver function, histological damage, oxidative/nitrosative stress, inflammatory infiltration, cytokine production, cell apoptosis, cell autophagy, and I/R-associated intracellular signaling pathway were assessed to evaluate the impact of SchA pretreatment on I/R-induced liver injury...
March 28, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
Aisha Maimaitili, Zunhua Shu, Xiaojiang Cheng, Kadeer Kaheerman, Alifu Sikandeer, Weimin Li
The aim of the current study was to investigate the anticancer potential of arctigenin, a natural lignan compound, in malignant gliomas. The U87MG and T98G human glioma cell lines were treated with various concentrations of arctigenin for 48 h and the effects of arctigenin on the aggressive phenotypes of glioma cells were assessed. The results demonstrated that arctigenin dose-dependently inhibited the growth of U87MG and T98G cells, as determined using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide and bromodeoxyuridine incorporation assays...
February 2017: Oncology Letters
Jin Zhao, Tao Sun, Jing-Jing Wu, Yun-Feng Cao, Zhong-Ze Fang, Hong-Zhi Sun, Zhi-Tu Zhu, Kun Yang, Yong-Zhe Liu, Frank J Gonzalez, Jun Yin
Gomisin C (GC) and gomisin G (GG) are two lignan analogs isolated from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Schisandra chinensis which possesses multiple pharmacological activities. However, the potential herb-drug interactions (HDI) between these lignans and other drugs through inhibiting human cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) and CYP3A5 remains unclear. In the present study, the inhibitory action of GC and GG on CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 were investigated. The results demonstrated that both GC and GG strongly inhibited CYP3A-mediated midazolam 1'-hydroxylation, nifedipine oxidation and testosterone 6β-hydroxylation...
March 24, 2017: Fitoterapia
Ye Liu, Heng-Yi Yu, Yan-Mei Wang, Tian Tian, Wen-Ming Wu, Ming Zhou, Xiang-Gao Meng, Han-Li Ruan
Nine new lignans (1-9) and ten known analogues (10-19) were isolated from the fruits of Schisandra bicolor var. tuberculata. The structures of compounds 1-9 were established on the basis of spectroscopic data analysis. The absolute configuration of compound 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis with Cu Kα irradiation techniques, and the absolute configurations of compounds 2-9 were deduced by comparing their experimental ECD spectra and optical rotations with those of compound 1 or similar compounds...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
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