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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158642/insights-into-nuclear-dna-content-hydrogen-peroxide-and-antioxidative-enzyme-activities-during-transverse-thin-cell-layer-organogenesis-and-ex-vitro-acclimatization-of-malaxis-wallichii-a-threatened-medicinal-orchid
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Biswajit Bose, Suman Kumaria, Hiranjit Choudhury, Pramod Tandon
Malaxis wallichii (Lindl.) Deb, a small, perennial, monopodial, terrestrial orchid, is endemic to tropical Himalayas at an altitude of 1200-2000 m asl. The pseudobulbs are important ingredients of century old drug 'Ashtavarga' and a polyherbal energetic tonic 'Chyavanprash'. An efficient genetically stable in vitro propagation protocol using transverse thin cell layer culture system was established for M. wallichii. In the present report, meta-topolin alone proved to be three times more beneficial compared to other routinely used cytokinins in inducing highest number of shoot buds, plant height and growth of regenerated shoots...
October 2017: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137206/ancient-food-habits-dictate-that-food-can-be-medicine-but-medicine-cannot-be-food
#2
Hit Kishore Goswami, Hitendra Kumar Ram
Background: Extensive surveys of several population settlements in different parts of India-covering plains, mountains, valleys, river banks and deeper areas of forests at different altitudes-between 1968 and 2016 demonstrated that the basic vital need of hunger is being fulfilled since antiquity by plants in the wild. Methods: Based on collections, consultations with local population personnel and literature searches, this paper presents many plants that are commonly used as food and focuses on their products, which are rich in alkaloids, polysaccharides, steroids, terpenoids, flavonoids, aminoacids, fatty acids and antibiotics etc...
November 13, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131669/research-in-high-altitude-and-mountain-emergency-medicine-is-methodology-key
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Hermann Brugger, Matiram Pun, Erik R Swenson, Markus Falk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117116/seasonal-variation-in-essential-oil-compositions-and-antioxidant-properties-of-acorus-calamus-l-accessions
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Archana Parki, Pinky Chaubey, Om Prakash, Ravendra Kumar, Anil K Pant
Background:Acorus calamus (Sweet flag) is a known herbal drug commonly used in traditional medicine. Our aim was to perform seasonal and altitudinal phytochemical screening to assess the antioxidant activity of the essential oils in the rhizome and leaves of A. calamus from three different altitudes. Methods: Phytochemical screening was performed using GC/MS analysis and in vitro antioxidant assay was done by different methods. Results: The essential oils mainly contained α-asarone, β-asarone (35.3-90.6%), and Z-isoelemicin (1...
November 8, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102462/altitudinal-variation-of-berberine-total-phenolics-and-flavonoid-content-in-thalictrum-foliolosum-and-their-correlation-with-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities
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Garima Pandey, Sayyada Khatoon, M M Pandey, A K S Rawat
BACKGROUND: The quality of herbal medicine is determined by its secondary metabolites, which may vary according to growth, season and altitude etc. OBJECTIVE: We studied the variation in phytochemistry and biological activities of Thalictrum foliolosum (TF) roots collected from four sites at different altitudes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The berberine content in different extracts of T. foliolosum roots collected from various altitudes was estimated using HPTLC...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090544/-correlation-between-flavonoids-contents-in-hippophae-rhamnoides-subsp-inensis-leaf-and-ecological-factors-and-ecological-suitability-analysis-of-h-rhamnoides-subsp-sinensis
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Jin-Song Su, Cai-Yun Zhao, Jian Wen, Chuan Liu, Cai-Xiang Xie, Yi Zhang
The study aims at providing a new suitable way to promote artificial cultivation, solving the problem of resources increasingly endangered wild medicine, and protecting the wild resources of Tibetan medicine. The content of quercetin,kaempferol and isorhamnetin was determined by HPLC. The correlation between flavonoids components and ecological factors was analyzed using partial least-squares regression (PLSR). Based on Maxent model combining using ArcGIS software, suitable regionalization for H.rhamnoides subsp...
May 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090212/metabolism-of-citrate-and-other-carboxylic-acids-in-erythrocytes-as-a-function-of-oxygen-saturation-and-refrigerated-storage
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Travis Nemkov, Kaiqi Sun, Julie A Reisz, Tatsuro Yoshida, Andrew Dunham, Edward Y Wen, Alexander Q Wen, Rob C Roach, Kirk C Hansen, Yang Xia, Angelo D'Alessandro
State-of-the-art proteomics technologies have recently helped to elucidate the unanticipated complexity of red blood cell metabolism. One recent example is citrate metabolism, which is catalyzed by cytosolic isoforms of Krebs cycle enzymes that are present and active in mature erythrocytes and was determined using quantitative metabolic flux analysis. In previous studies, we reported significant increases in glycolytic fluxes in red blood cells exposed to hypoxia in vitro or in vivo, an observation relevant to transfusion medicine owing to the potential benefits associated with hypoxic storage of packed red blood cells...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067921/photokeratitis-induced-by-ultraviolet-radiation-in-travelers-a-major-health-problem
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M Izadi, N Jonaidi-Jafari, M Pourazizi, M H Alemzadeh-Ansari, M J Hoseinpourfard
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation is one of the several environmental hazards that may cause inflammatory reactions in ocular tissues, especially the cornea. One of the important factors that affect how much ultraviolet radiation (UVR) humans are exposed to is travel. Hence, traveling is considered to include a more acute UVR effect, and ophthalmologists frequently evaluate and manage the ocular manifestations of UV irradiation, including UV-induced keratitis. The purpose of this paper is to provide an evidence-based analysis of the clinical effect of UVR in ocular tissues...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052534/specialist-advice-may-improve-patient-selection-for-decompression-therapy-following-diving-accidents-a-retrospective-observational-study
#9
Daniel Steffensmeier, Roland Albrecht, Jürg Wendling, Roger Melliger, Donat R Spahn, Philipp Stein, Christophe Wyss
BACKGROUND: Even in a landlocked country like Switzerland recreational diving is becoming more and more popular. Smaller lakes in the Alps are located at an altitude of 2500 m above sea level. The incidence of diving accidents among all helicopter emergency service missions and the consecutive medical knowledge about decompression injuries is low. Thus, a collaboration between the Swiss Air-Ambulance (Rega) and the divers alert network (DAN) was initiated to improve patient treatment and identification of decompression injury and necessity of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)...
October 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871817/cytotoxicity-in-vitro-anti-leishmanial-and-fingerprint-hplc-photodiode-array-analysis-of-the-roots-of-trillium-govanianum
#10
Kashif Maqbool Khan, Lutfun Nahar, Abdul Mannan, Ihsan Ul-Haq, Muhammad Arfan, Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Izhar Hussain, Satyajit D Sarker
Trillium govanianum Wall. ex D. Don (Melanthiaceae alt. Trilliaceae), commonly known as 'nagchhatry' or 'teen patra', distributed from Pakistan to Bhutan about 2500-3800 m altitude is indigenous to Himalayas region. In folk medicine the plant has been reported for the treatment of wound healing, sepsis and in various sexual disorders. This paper reports, for the first time, to evaluate the cytotoxicity, in vitro anti-leishmanial (promastigotes) and fingerprint HPLC-photodiode array analysis of the MeOH extract of the roots of T...
September 5, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810235/obesity-as-a-conditioning-factor-for-high-altitude-diseases
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Rocío San Martin, Julio Brito, Patricia Siques, Fabiola León-Velarde
Obesity, a worldwide epidemic, has become a major health burden because it is usually accompanied by an increased risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and even some kinds of cancer. It also results in associated increases in healthcare expenditures and labor and economic consequences. There are also other fields of medicine and biology where obesity or being overweight play a major role, such as high-altitude illnesses (acute mountain sickness, hypoxic pulmonary hypertension, and chronic mountain sickness), where an increasing relationship among these two morbid statuses has been demonstrated...
2017: Obesity Facts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802782/a-case-of-galen-vein-thrombosis-occurring-after-bilateral-acetabular-fractures-in-the-tibet-plateau-what-can-we-learn
#12
Dong-Ping Ye, Shun-Li Zhang, Quan-Hong Xu, Lin-Jie Wei
Hypoxia leads to increased red blood cells and blood viscosity at high altitude while moderate trauma increases coagulation in blood. Under the above-mentioned conditions, venous sinus thrombosis is more likely to occur. A patient suffering bilateral acetabular fractures together with the gradual disturbance of consciousness was admitted to our hospital. Though computed tomography arteriogram (CTA) of the brain displayed normal blood vessels; bilateral thalamus and brainstem infarction were found on head computed tomography (CT) and Galen vein thrombosis on cerebral computed tomography venography (CTV)...
July 3, 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743100/studies-on-secondary-metabolite-profiling-anti-inflammatory-potential-in-vitro-photoprotective-and-skin-aging-related-enzyme-inhibitory-activities-of-malaxis-acuminata-a-threatened-orchid-of-nutraceutical-importance
#13
Biswajit Bose, Hiranjit Choudhury, Pramod Tandon, Suman Kumaria
Malaxis acuminata D. Don., a small, terrestrial orchid, is endemic to tropical Himalayas at an altitude of 1200-2000m asl. The dried pseudobulbs are important ingredients of century old ayurvedic drug 'Ashtavarga' and a polyherbal immune-booster nutraceutical 'Chyavanprash', known to restore vigour, vitality and youthfulness. Considering tremendous medicinal importance of this threatened orchid species, a detailed study was undertaken for the first time to address its antioxidant potential, secondary metabolite contents and biological activities against skin-aging related enzymes (anti-collagenase, anti-elastase, anti-tyrosinase and xanthine oxidase) and anti-inflammatory activity (5-lipoxygenase and hyaluronidase) in different plant parts of wild and in vitro-derived plants of M...
August 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721186/factors-driving-the-global-decline-of-cycad-diversity
#14
Ledile T Mankga, Kowiyou Yessoufou
Mounting evidence indicates that we are witnessing the sixth mass extinction period. Given the important goods and services biodiversity delivers to humans, there is a need for a continued commitment to investigate what pre-disposes some taxa to greater risk of extinction. Here, we investigate this question using a phylogenetic comparative method and fitting a cumulative link mixed effect model on biological, ecological and evolutionary data of cycads, the most threatened lineage in the plant kingdom. We identified nine groups of threats to cycads, with habitat loss, over-collection, fire and reproduction failure being the most prominent, but only four of these threats (habitat loss, over-collection, medicinal uses and reproduction failure) clustered on the cycad tree of life...
July 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702596/characterization-and-cardioprotective-activity-of-anthocyanins-from-nitraria-tangutorum-bobr-by-products
#15
Ming Zhang, Jianbin Ma, Hongtao Bi, Jiayin Song, Hongxia Yang, Zhenghua Xia, Yuzhi Du, Tingting Gao, Lixin Wei
The Nitraria tangutorum Bobr. fruit is an indigenous berry of the shrub belonging to the Zygophyllaceae family which grows at an altitude of over 3000 m in the Tibetan Plateau, and has been used as a native medicinal food for treating weakness of the spleen, stomach syndrome, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, dizziness, etc. for thousands of years. Nowadays, N. tangutorum industrial juice by-products generated from health food production can be a potential low cost source of some unique bioactive ingredients. In a prior study, we established a simultaneous microwave/ultrasonic assisted enzymatic extraction method for extracting antioxidant ingredients from the industrial by-products of N...
August 1, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695835/the-concept-of-travel-medicine-and-the-actual-situation-of-travel-related-illnesses
#16
Varol Tunalı, Nevin Turgay
Travel medicine defines all diseases and medical situations that are related to travel. Travel medicine comprises infectious diseases, traumas, altitude sickness, sun burns, embolisms, jet lag, and many more travel-related situations. With the increasing possibility and ease of travel, the number of people who have travelled internationally has exceeded 1.13 billion in 2014, and the revenues of international travel have exceeded 1.25 trillion dollars. With every passing day, international travels are shifting toward the developing countries and to more exotic regions of the world, and travelers tend to be more adventurous and daring, thereby increasing risky behaviors during travels...
June 2017: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663748/marine-rare-actinobacteria-isolation-characterization-and-strategies-for-harnessing-bioactive-compounds
#17
REVIEW
Dipesh Dhakal, Anaya Raj Pokhrel, Biplav Shrestha, Jae Kyung Sohng
Actinobacteria are prolific producers of thousands of biologically active natural compounds with diverse activities. More than half of these bioactive compounds have been isolated from members belonging to actinobacteria. Recently, rare actinobacteria existing at different environmental settings such as high altitudes, volcanic areas, and marine environment have attracted attention. It has been speculated that physiological or biochemical pressures under such harsh environmental conditions can lead to the production of diversified natural compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636631/incidence-and-mortality-due-to-snakebite-in-the-americas
#18
Jean-Philippe Chippaux
BACKGROUND: Better knowledge of the epidemiological characteristics of snakebites could help to take measures to improve their management. The incidence and mortality of snakebites in the Americas are most often estimated from medical and scientific literature, which generally lack precision and representativeness. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Authors used the notifications of snakebites treated in health centers collected by the Ministries of Health of the American countries to estimate their incidence and mortality...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635906/-obstructive-sleep-apnea-at-high-altitude
#19
A K Myrzaakhmatova
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an important and socially relevant problem of modern medicine, which is referred to as a most common pathological condition. The problem of OSA is especially urgent for inhabitants of high mountainous regions, as a combination of climatic, social, and cultural factors can significantly affect the course of the disease in both indigenous highlanders and people temporarily residing at high altitude. The paper reviews the current literature covering the problem of OSA at high altitude...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629818/corydalis-hendersonii-hemsl-protects-against-myocardial-injury-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-fibrosis-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathways
#20
Ruifeng Bai, Xu Yin, Xiao Feng, Yuan Cao, Yan Wu, Zhixiang Zhu, Chun Li, Pengfei Tu, Xingyun Chai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Corydalis hendersonii Hemsl. (CH) with heat clearing and detoxifying effects are well described in Tibetan folk medicine. It has been used for centuries in China largely for the treatment of high altitude polycythemia, a pathophysiological condition referred to "plethora" in Tibetan medicine, hypertension, hepatitis, edema, gastritis, and other infectious diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the cardioprotective effects of Corydalis hendersonii extract in an ICR mouse model of myocardial ischemic injury...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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