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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954112/norwegian-scabies-in-a-patient-treated-with-tripterygium-glycoside-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Xiaolin Bu, Juan Fan, Xiaoli Hu, Xinling Bi, Bin Peng, Denghai Zhang
We report an 80-year-old male patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis who was treated with tripterygium glycoside, an immunosuppressive agent made from the extract of a Chinese medicinal herb called Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F. The patient had no apparent skin lesions before the treatment, but he developed aggressive hyperkeratotic lesions with rapid progression after using tripterygium glycoside. He was repeatedly diagnosed with eczema, but treatment failed to achieve efficacy. Interestingly, a microscopic examination of the lesions revealed numerous scabies mites and eggs...
July 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951880/chinese-herbal-formula-modified-danggui-buxue-tang-attenuates-apoptosis-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-in-immune-mediated-aplastic-anemia-mouse-model
#2
Jingwei Zhou, Xue Li, Peiying Deng, Yi Wei, Juan Liu, Meng Chen, Yamei Xu, Dongmei Zhang, Lingqun Zhu, Lixia Lou, Bin Dong, Qiushuo Jin, Limin Chai
A derivative formula, DGBX, which is composed of three herbs (Radix astragali, Radix Angelicae sinensis, and Coptis chinensis Franch), is derived from a famous Chinese herbal formula, Danggui Buxue Tang (DBT) (Radix astragali and Radix Angelicae sinensis). We aimed to investigate the effects of DGBX on the regulation of the balance between proliferation and apoptosis of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) due to the aberrant immune response in a mouse model of aplastic anemia (AA). Cyclosporine (CsA), an immunosuppressor, was used as the positive control...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943439/a-homogalacturonan-from-hippophae-rhamnoides-l-berries-enhance-immunomodulatory-activity-through-tlr4-myd88-pathway-mediated-activation-of-macrophages
#3
Hailiang Wang, Hongtao Bi, Tingting Gao, Bin Zhao, Weihua Ni, Jun Liu
Our previous study isolated a natural high-methoxyl homogalacturonan (HRWP-A) from Hippophae rhamnoides and showed antitumor activity in vivo. In this study, the immunomodulatory activity and mechanisms of action of HRWP-A were further investigated. Results showed that HRWP-A could recover the body condition and activated macrophage in Cyclophosphamide (CTX)-induced immunosuppressed mice. Further, we investigated the possible mechanism underlying the effects of HRWP-A on mouse peritoneal macrophages. qPCR and western blot revealed that HRWP-A upregulated the expression of TLR4 mRNA in vitro...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934936/transitional-cell-carcinoma-involving-graft-kidney-in-a-kidney-transplant-recipient-a-case-report
#4
Yu Ah Hong, Hyeon Seok Hwang, Hae Joung Sul, Suk Young Kim, Yoon Kyung Chang
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation (KT) is the treatment option for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) to prolong survival and improve quality of life. Although the use of potent immunosuppressive agents increases graft survival in kidney transplantation recipients (KTRs), it may lead to the development of malignancy, including transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). TCC developing in the pelvis of graft kidney is very rare in KTRs. CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old male visited hospital with complaints of nausea, vomiting and gross hematuria...
September 21, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895915/-autoimmune-like-drug-and-herb-induced-liver-injury-new-insights-into-molecular-pathogenesis
#5
REVIEW
Marcial Sebode, Lisa Schulz, Ansgar W Lohse
Idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI) and hepatic injury due to herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) can adapt clinical characteristics of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), such as the appearance of autoantibodies and infiltration of the liver by immune competent cells. To describe these cases of DILI/HDS, the poorly-defined term "autoimmune(-like)" DILI/HDS came up. It is uncertain if these cases represent a subgroup of DILI/HDS with distinct pathomechanistic and prognostic features different from "classical" DILI/HDS...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885074/clinical-risks-of-st-john-s-wort-hypericum-perforatum-co-administration
#6
REVIEW
Samaneh Soleymani, Roodabeh Bahramsoltani, Roja Rahimi, Mohammad Abdollahi
St. John's wort (SJW) is a common medicinal herb used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Hyperforin, one of the chief components of SJW, plays an important role in the induction of cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP) and P-glycoprotein transporter (P-gp), and therefore, affects the pharmacokinetics of various drugs. There are several clinical studies demonstrating the interaction of SJW with the metabolism of conventional drugs which may cause life-threatening events. Areas covered: This review focuses on human studies that have evaluated pharmacokinetic alterations of conventional drugs in concomitant use with different SJW preparations...
October 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719353/effect-of-triptolide-on-retinal-ganglion-cell-survival-in-an-optic-nerve-crush-model
#7
Y-F Li, Y-F Zou, X-F Chen, W Zhang
Optic nerve crush model could be used to investigate the mechanism of neuronal survival and axonal regeneration in central nervous system. Triptolide, a Chinese herb extract with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities, has shown neuron protective functions in nervous system. In this study, we investigated the changes in retinal ganglion cell survival and axonal regeneration after administration of triptolide in optic nerve crush model. Triptolide treatment tended to promote retinal ganglion cell survival rather than optic nerve regeneration as well as inhibit the expression of tumor necrosis factor-α and activation of nuclear factor-kappa B...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698304/prediction-of-clinically-relevant-herb-drug-clearance-interactions-using-a-whole-cell-approach-schisandra-sphenanthera-case-study
#8
Jonathan P Jackson, Kimberly M Freeman, Weslyn W Friley, Ashley G Herman, Christopher B Black, Kenneth R Brouwer, Amy L Roe
The Schisandraceae family is reported to have a range of pharmacological activities, including anti-inflammatory effects. As with all herbal preparations, extracts of Schisandra species are mixtures composed of >50 lignans including schizandrins and deoxyschizandrins. In China, Schisandra sphenanthera extract (SSE) is often co-administered with immunosuppressant treatment of transplant recipients. In cases of co-administration, the potential for herb-drug interactions (HDI) increases. Clinical studies have been employed to assess HDI of extracts including SSE...
July 11, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683082/the-herbal-decoction-modified-danggui-buxue-tang-attenuates-immune-mediated-bone-marrow-failure-by-regulating-the-differentiation-of-t-lymphocytes-in-an-immune-induced-aplastic-anemia-mouse-model
#9
Peiying Deng, Xue Li, Yi Wei, Juan Liu, Meng Chen, Yamei Xu, Bin Dong, Lingqun Zhu, Limin Chai
Angelicae Sinensis, Radix Astragali and Rhizoma Coptidis are all herbs of modified Danggui Buxue Tang (DGBX) and are extensively applied herbs in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of anemia and inflammation. In this study, immune-induced AA mice were used as an animal model, and the immunosuppressive agent, Ciclosporin A (CsA), was used as a positive control. Multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines were examined by bead-based multiplex flow cytometry. The T-cell subsets were assessed using a fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526570/role-of-medicinal-plants-on-growth-performance-and-immune-status-in-fish
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REVIEW
Elham Awad, Amani Awaad
Disease outbreaks increase proportionally with increases in intensive aquaculture. Natural products including medicinal plants have been known from thousands of years for treating some human diseases. It is well known that many active compounds are responsible for potential bio-activities. For that reason, there has been considerable interest in the use of medicinal plants in aquaculture with a view to providing safe and eco-friendly compounds for replacing antibiotics and chemical compounds as well as to enhance immune status and control fish diseases...
August 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466063/immunomodulatory-and-prophylactic-efficacy-of-herbal-extracts-against-experimentally-induced-chicken-infectious-anaemia-in-chicks-assessing-the-viral-load-and-cell-mediated-immunity
#11
Shyma K Latheef, K Dhama, Hari Abdul Samad, Mohd Yaqoob Wani, M Asok Kumar, M Palanivelu, Yashpal Singh Malik, S D Singh, Rajendra Singh
Chicken infectious anaemia virus (CIAV) is an economically important and a highly immunosuppressive virus affecting poultry industry worldwide. In this study we assessed the immunomodulatory effects of four herbal preparations namely Withania somnifera, Tinospora cordifolia, Azadirachta indica and E Care Se Herbal in resisting the viral multiplication and immunosuppression inflicted by CIAV in chicks. Day-old chicks (n = 90) were randomly and equally divided into six groups (Groups A-F). Groups A-D were administered with purified extracts of W...
March 2017: Virusdisease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433715/aloe-vera-enhances-the-innate-immune-response-of-pacu-piaractus-mesopotamicus-after-transport-stress-and-combined-heat-killed-aeromonas-hydrophila-infection
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Fábio S Zanuzzo, Rafael E Sabioni, Luz Natalia F Montoya, Gisele Favero, Elisabeth C Urbinati
In this study, pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus) were fed with diets containing Aloe vera for 10 days prior to transport stress and infection with heat killed Aeromonas hydrophila. A. vera is popular around the world due to its medicinal properties, including immunostimulatory effects which was observed in this study. The results show that transport causes immunosuppression, an effect that was prevented by A. vera. Specifically, A. vera prevented reductions of both leukocyte respiratory burst and hemolytic activity of complement system caused by transport...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383063/rosmarinic-acid-suppresses-colonic-inflammation-in-dextran-sulphate-sodium-dss-induced-mice-via-dual-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-stat3-activation
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Bo-Ram Jin, Kyung-Sook Chung, Se-Yun Cheon, Minho Lee, Soonjae Hwang, Sam Noh Hwang, Ki-Jong Rhee, Hyo-Jin An
Ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the colon. Although UC is generally treated with anti-inflammatory drugs or immunosuppressants, most of these treatments often prove to be inadequate. Rosmarinic acid (RA) is a phenolic ester included in various medicinal herbs such as Salvia miltiorrhiz and Perilla frutescens. Although RA has many biological and pharmacological activities, the anti-inflammatory effect of RA in colonic tissue remains unclear...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202417/triptolide-attenuates-pressure-overload-induced-myocardial-remodeling-in-mice-via-the-inhibition-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-expression
#14
Rujun Li, Kuiying Lu, Yao Wang, Mingxing Chen, Fengyu Zhang, Hui Shen, Deshan Yao, Kaizheng Gong, Zhengang Zhang
Triptolide is the predominant active component of the Chinese herb Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) that has been widely used to treat several chronic inflammatory diseases due to its immunosuppressive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties. In the present study, we elucidated the cardioprotective effects of triptolide against cardiac dysfunction and myocardial remodeling in chronic pressure-overloaded hearts. Furthermore, the potential mechanisms of triptolide were investigated. For this purpose, C57/BL6 mice were anesthetized and subjected to transverse aortic constriction (TAC) or sham operation...
March 25, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104136/acute-calcineurin-inhibitor-nephrotoxicity-secondary-to-turmeric-intake-a-case-report
#15
A Nayeri, S Wu, E Adams, C Tanner, J Meshman, I Saini, W Reid
Tacrolimus, also known as FK-506, is a potent immunosuppressant agent with a host of drug-drug and food-drug interactions. We present the first case of a probable food-drug interaction between the herb turmeric and tacrolimus leading to acute calcineurin inhibitor nephrotoxicity. A 56-year-old man with a history of orthotopic liver transplantation presented to the emergency department from the clinic with worsening edema in the setting of an elevated creatinine level of 4.2 mg/dL. Before the current presentation, the patient had been recently discharged on a previously tolerated low-dose regimen of tacrolimus with a whole-blood tacrolimus level within the desired range...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857756/effects-of-triptolide-on-hippocampal-microglial-cells-and-astrocytes-in-the-app-ps1-double-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
Jian-Ming Li, Yan Zhang, Liang Tang, Yong-Heng Chen, Qian Gao, Mei-Hua Bao, Ju Xiang, De-Liang Lei
The principal pathology of Alzheimer's disease includes neuronal extracellular deposition of amyloid-beta peptides and formation of senile plaques, which in turn induce neuroinflammation in the brain. Triptolide, a natural extract from the vine-like herb Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F, has potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive efficacy. Therefore, we determined if triptolide can inhibit activation and proliferation of microglial cells and astrocytes in the APP/PS1 double transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease...
September 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856301/sulfur-fumigation-reducing-systemic-exposure-of-ginsenosides-and-weakening-immunomodulatory-activity-of-ginseng
#17
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Bin Ma, Winnie Lai Ting Kan, He Zhu, Song-Lin Li, Ge Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ginseng (Ginseng Radix et Rhizoma) is used worldwide for its miracle tonic effects, especially for its immunomodulatory activities. Sulfur fumigation, a fast and convenient method to prevent pesticidal and bacterial contamination in the food industry, has been recently employed during post-harvest processing of ginseng. Our previous studies demonstrated that sulfur fumigation significantly altered the chemical profile of the bioactive ingredients in ginseng...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693910/is-the-clinical-relevance-of-drug-food-and-drug-herb-interactions-limited-to-grapefruit-juice-and-saint-john-s-wort
#18
Stéphane Mouly, Célia Lloret-Linares, Pierre-Olivier Sellier, Damien Sene, J-F Bergmann
An interaction of drug with food, herbs, and dietary supplements is usually the consequence of a physical, chemical or physiologic relationship between a drug and a product consumed as food, nutritional supplement or over-the-counter medicinal plant. The current educational review aims at reminding to the prescribing physicians that the most clinically relevant drug-food interactions may not be strictly limited to those with grapefruit juice and with the Saint John's Wort herbal extract and may be responsible for changes in drug plasma concentrations, which in turn decrease efficacy or led to sometimes life-threatening toxicity...
September 28, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27574736/tanshinol-suppresses-cardiac-allograft-rejection-in-a-murine-model
#19
Chuanjian Lu, Yu-Qun Zeng, Huazhen Liu, Qingfeng Xie, Shengmei Xu, Kangsheng Tu, Changwei Dou, Zhenhua Dai
BACKGROUND: Achieving long-term cardiac allograft survival without continuous immunosuppression is highly desired in organ transplantation. Studies have shown that Salvia miltiorrhiza, an herb also known as danshen, improves microcirculation and is highly effective in treating coronary heart disease. Our objective is to determine whether tanshinol, an ingredient of danshen, improves cardiac allograft survival. METHODS: Fully vascularized heterotopic heart transplantation was performed using BALB/c mice as donors and C57BL/6 mice as recipients, which were then treated with tanshinol and rapamycin...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27536673/management-of-membranous-nephropathy-in-western-countries
#20
REVIEW
Talal Alfaadhel, Daniel Cattran
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) is a common cause of nephrotic syndrome (NS) in adults in Western countries. In 2012, the KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) working group published guidelines for the management of glomerulonephritis, thus providing a template for the treatment of this condition. While being aware of the impact of the clinicians' acumen and that patients may choose a different therapeutic option due to the risks of specific drugs and also of the evolving guidelines, this review details our approach to the management of patients with IMN in a Western center (Toronto)...
September 2015: Kidney Diseases
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