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Chengzhi Fang, Lili Xie, Chunmei Liu, Chunhua Fu, Wei Ye, Hong Liu, Binghong Zhang
Neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a severe acquired disease that predominantly affects the small intestine of neonates. NEC is caused by a combination of metabolic products, dysfunctions of the blood vessels, mucus and other unknown factors. Berberine may induce beneficial effects on necrotic and cardiovascular diseases due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects on epithelial cells. In the present study, the therapeutic effects of berberine were investigated and the potential mechanisms by which it functions within a neonatal NEC mouse model were analyzed...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Zhanni Gu, Lingyan Wu, Yanan Duan, Jiang Wang, Shengbin Zhou, Jingya Li, Kaixian Chen, Jia Li, Hong Liu
To discover more derivatives with better glucose-lowering efficacy compared with berberine, twenty-three novel compounds with 4,7,12,12a-tetrahydro-5H-thieno[3',2':3,4]pyrido[1,2-b]isoquinoline or 5,8,12,12a-tetrahydro-6H-thieno[2',3':4,5]pyrido[2,1-a]isoquinoline cores were designed, synthesized, and biologically evaluated in vitro in continuation of our previous work on indirect activators of adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Nine compounds effectively stimulated glucose consumption (>2...
March 12, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Fan-Cheng Meng, Zheng-Feng Wu, Zhi-Qi Yin, Li-Gen Lin, Ruibing Wang, Qing-Wen Zhang
Background: Coptidis rhizoma (CR) is the dried rhizome of Coptis chinensis Franch., C. deltoidea C. Y. Cheng et Hsiao or C. teeta Wall. (Ranunculaceae) and is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the treatment of various diseases including bacillary dysentery, typhoid, tuberculosis, epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis, empyrosis, pertussis, and other illnesses. Methods: A literature survey was conducted via SciFinder, ScieneDirect, PubMed, Springer, and Wiley databases...
2018: Chinese Medicine
Xiu-Ting Yu, Yi-Fei Xu, Yan-Feng Huang, Chang Qu, Lie-Qiang Xu, Zi-Ren Su, Hui-Fang Zeng, Lin Zheng, Tie-Gang Yi, Hui-Lin Li, Jian-Ping Chen, Xiao-Jun Zhang
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic relapsing disease without satisfactory treatments, in which intestinal inflammation and disrupted intestinal epithelial barrier are two main pathogeneses triggering UC. Berberrubine (BB) is deemed as one of the major active metabolite of berberine (BBR), a naturally-occurring isoquinoline alkaloid with appreciable anti-UC effect. This study aimed to comparatively investigate the therapeutic effects of BB and BBR on dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mouse colitis model, and explore the potential underlying mechanism...
2018: PloS One
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
Yanhong Yang, Na Zhang, Kundong Li, Juan Chen, Lang Qiu, Jufeng Zhang
Purpose: Berberine (BBR) is a traditional Chinese medicine normally used for gastroenteritis, and recent research found that it could fight against tumors. In this study, we focused on integrating miRNA sequencing and RNA sequencing of SGC-7901 gastric cancer cells treated by BBR to elucidate their underlying mechanisms. Materials and methods: WST-1 assay and flow cytometry were used to check the effects of BBR on SGC-7901. miRNA sequencing and RNA sequencing were used to establish the miRNA and mRNA profiles of BBR-treated SGC-7901...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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
Jiye Sun, Xuemei Chen, Ting Liu, Xushun Jiang, Yue Wu, Shan Yang, Wei Hua, Zhengdong Li, Huizhe Huang, Xiongzhong Ruan, Xiaogang Du
BACKGROUND Increased lipid accumulation in renal tubular epithelial cells (TECs) contributes to their injury and dysfunction and progression of tubulointerstitial fibrosis. Berberine (BBR), a natural plant alkaloid isolated from traditional medicine herbs, is effective in lowing serum lipid, and has a protective effect on chronic kidney disease (CKD) with dyslipidemia, including diabetic nephropathy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of BBR on palmitate (PA)-induced lipid accumulation and apoptosis in TECs...
March 12, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Rui Guo, Xiaoxiao Zhang, Jin Su, Haiyu Xu, Yanqiong Zhang, Fangbo Zhang, Defeng Li, Yi Zhang, Xuefeng Xiao, Shuangcheng Ma, Hongjun Yang
BACKGROUND: Quality marker (Q-markers) has been proposed as a novel concept for quality evaluation and standard elaboration of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Xin-Su-Ning capsule (XSNC) has been extensively used for the treatment of arrhythmia with the satisfactory therapeutic effects in clinics. However, it is lack of reliable and effective Q-markers of this prescription. PURPOSE: To identify potential Q-markers of XSNC against arrhythmia. STUDY DESIGN: An integrative pharmacology-based investigation was performed...
February 10, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Jonathan Fusi, Sara Bianchi, Simona Daniele, Silvia Pellegrini, Claudia Martini, Fabio Galetta, Luca Giovannini, Ferdinando Franzoni
Oxidative stress arises from an imbalance between the production of free radicals and antioxidant defences. Several studies have suggested that dietary antioxidants (such as polyphenols and berberine) may counteract oxidative stress through the involvement of the Sirtuin 1/Adenosine Monophosphate-Activated Protein Kinase (SIRT1/AMPK) pathway. The aim of this study was to evaluate the direct and specific antioxidant activity of some natural compounds, as well as their ability to modulate the expression of SIRT1 and the activation of AMPK...
March 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Xiao Ling, Yuqiang Xiang, Feilong Chen, Qingfa Tang, Wei Zhang, Xiaomei Tan
Intestinal condition plays an important role in drug absorption and metabolism, thus the effects of varied gastrointestinal diseases such as infectious diarrhea on the intestinal function are crucial for drug absorption. However, due to the lack of suitable models, the differences of absorption and metabolism of drugs between the diarrheal and normal intestines are rarely reported. Thus, in this study, Escherichia coli diarrhea model was induced in mini-pigs and single-pass intestinal perfusion and intestinal mucosal enzyme metabolism experiments were conducted...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Bombi Lee, Insop Shim, Hyejung Lee, Dae-Hyun Hahm
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a trauma-induced psychiatric disorder characterized by impaired fear extermination, hyperarousal, anxiety, depression, and amnesic symptoms that may involve the release of monoamines in the fear circuit. The present study measured several anxiety-related behavioral responses to examine the effects of berberine (BER) on symptoms of anxiety in rats after single prolonged stress (SPS) exposure, and to determine if BER reversed the dopamine (DA) dysfunction. Rats received BER (10, 20, or 30 mg/kg, intraperitoneally, once daily) for 14 days after SPS exposure...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Haoran Wang, Chen Zhu, Ying Ying, Lingyu Luo, Deqiang Huang, Zhijun Luo
Metformin has been used as a glucose lowering drug for several centuries and is now a first-line drug for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Since the discovery that it activates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and reduces risk of cancer, metformin has drawn great attentions. Another drug, berberine, extracted from berberis vulgaris L. (root), was an ancient herbal medicine in treating diarrhea. Ongoing experimental and clinical studies have illuminated great potential of berberine in regulation of glucose and lipid homeostasis, cancer growth and inflammation...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Jianping Wang, Yamin Zhang
Berberine has multiple clinical applications, including the treatment of tumors, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hyperlipidemia, inflammation, bacterial and viral infections, cerebral ischemic injuries, mental diseases, Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. In the present study, the neuroprotective effect of berberine agonist rescue learning and memory in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the possible mechanism underlying these observations was explored. The protective effect of berberine agonist significantly recovered learning and memory skills, attenuated brain edema and inhibited matrix metalloproteinase‑3 and ‑9 protein expression in mice with severe TBI...
March 5, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Wengang Sha, Lei Shen, Ling Zhou, Deyu Xu, Jing Yang, Guoyuan Lu
PURPOSE: Podocytes, terminal differentiation cell in glomerulu, are crucial to kidney-related diseases such as membranous nephropathy (MN). MN is characterized by podocyte injury and glomerular basement membrane thickening. This paper focused to investigate the expression of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 12 (CXCL12) in MN patients and its possible role in podocyte injury. METHODS: Through the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, CXCL12 level in the serum and urine of MN patients was examined...
March 5, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Hui Liang, Yutong Wang
Abnormal lipid metabolism may contribute to the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) protein mediates the transport of cholesterol and phospholipids from cells to apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) to generate nascent HDL particles. Previous studies revealed that the overexpression of ABCA1 alleviated hepatic lipid levels by modifying lipid transport. Here, we examined the effect of berberine (BBR) on ABCA1 in QSG-7701 hepatocytes and in mice. BBR decreased hepatic cholesterol and triglyceride levels...
March 2, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Linyan Yang, Jing Tian, Jiali Meng, Ruili Zhao, Cun Li, Jifei Ma, Tianming Jin
Magnetite (Fe₃O₄) is a ferromagnetic iron oxide of both Fe(II) and Fe(III), prepared by FeCl₂ and FeCl₃. XRD was used for the confirmation of Fe₃O₄. Via the modification of Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), (3-Aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane (APTMS), and Alginate (AA), Fe₃O₄@SiO₂, Fe₃O₄@SiO₂-NH₂, and Fe₃O₄@SiO₂-NH₂-AA nanoparticles could be obtained, and IR and SEM were used for the characterizations. Alkaloid adsorption experiments exhibited that, as for Palmatine and Berberine, the most adsorption could be obtained at pH 8 when the adsorption time was 6 min...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Hamid Rashtbari, Mazdak Razi, Hassan Hassani-Bafrani, Hamed Najaran
BACKGROUND: Varicocele is present in 10-20% of the male infertile population. PURPOSE: Present study was done to demonstrate the reinforcing effect of berberine (BBR), as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, on Sertoli cells-related niche and spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) self-renewal in experimentally-induced VCL condition. STUDY DESIGN: 50 mature male Wistar rats were divided into control, control-sham, non-treated VCL-induced, 50 mg kg-1 and 100 mg kg-1 BBR-treated VCL-induced groups...
February 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Tian-Jin Wu, Jun Lu, Hui Ni, Ping Li, Yan Jiang, Hui-Jun Li
Coptidis Rhizoma (CR), the dried rhizome of three perennial Coptis specices, was widely used as a famous herbal medicine in China. Although the quantification of main alkaloids in CR has been extensively conducted, the existing analytical methods suffer from some flaws that restrict the general applicability in the routine quality assessment. In this work, we constructed an optimized method for quality evaluation and species discrimination of CR by ion-pairing high performance liquid chromatography (IP-HPLC) combined with response surface methodology (RSM)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Fatma Gizem Avci, Nihat Alpagu Sayar, Berna Sariyar Akbulut
Plant-derived substances have regained interest in the fight against antibiotic resistance owing to their distinct antimicrobial mechanisms and multi-target properties. With the recent advances in instrumentation and analysis techniques, OMIC approaches are extensively used for target identification and elucidation of the mechanism of phytochemicals in drug discovery. In the current study, RNA sequencing based transcriptional profiling together with global differential protein expression analysis was used to comparatively elaborate the activities and the effects of the plant alkaloids boldine, bulbocapnine, and roemerine along with the well-known antimicrobial alkaloid berberine in Bacillus subtilis cells...
February 26, 2018: Phytochemistry
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