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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544934/preventive-effect-of-berberine-against-dmba-induced-breast-cancer-in-female-sprague-dawley-rats
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Kalyani Chowdary Karnam, Maheswara Ellutla, Lakshmi Narendra Bodduluru, Eshvendar Reddy Kasala, Shravan Kumar Uppulapu, Malayamarutham Kalyankumarraju, Mangala Lahkar
Breast cancer is the prime cause for cancer mortality in women worldwide. The importance of diverse natural and dietary agents to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer is well established. Berberine, a natural isoquinoline alkaloid found in many medicinal plants is widely used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. Because of its capability to seize the cell cycle and induce apoptosis of numerous malignant cells, berberine has received considerable attention as a potential anticancer agent. In the present study, breast cancer was induced in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats by intragastric administration of 7, 12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA) at a dose of 80mg/kg of body weight...
May 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541356/food-and-plant-bioactives-for-reducing-cardiometabolic-disease-risk-an-evidence-based-approach
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REVIEW
Arrigo F G Cicero, Federica Fogacci, Alessandro Colletti
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are one of the major causes of mortality and disability in Western countries. Prevention is known to be the cornerstone to lessen the incidence of CVDs and also to reduce the economic burden of both the citizen and the healthcare system. "Interventional medicine" certainly puts lifestyle modification as the first therapeutic step, including a healthy diet and physical activity. Secondly, a large body of research individuated a number of food and plant bioactives, which are potentially efficacious in preventing and reducing some highly prevalent CV risk factors, such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, vascular inflammation and vascular compliance...
May 25, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534425/evaluation-of-berberine-as-a-natural-fungicide-biodegradation-and-antimicrobial-mechanism
#3
Ying Li, Yi-Ming Yin, Xin-Yue Wang, Hao Wu, Xi-Zhen Ge
Berberine (BBR) is a traditional Chinese medicine which recently was applied as a biological pesticide. Here, we studied the antimicrobial mode of BBR and its impact on soil bacterial diversity. BBR was more effective against fungi than bacteria due to the specific interaction between BBR and glucan. Also, BBR was degraded rapidly in soil, leading to the limited effect on soil bacterial diversity. Collectively, BBR is an environment-friendly pesticide and it is promising in dealing with fungal plant diseases...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533961/transcriptome-analyses-provide-insights-into-the-difference-of-alkaloids-biosynthesis-in-the-chinese-goldthread-coptis-chinensis-franch-from-different-biotopes
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Hanting Chen, Cao Deng, Hu Nie, Gang Fan, Yang He
Coptis chinensis Franch., the Chinese goldthread ('Weilian' in Chinese), one of the most important medicinal plants from the family Ranunculaceae, and its rhizome has been widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. Here, we analyzed the chemical components and the transcriptome of the Chinese goldthread from three biotopes, including Zhenping, Zunyi and Shizhu. We built comprehensive, high-quality de novo transcriptome assemblies of the Chinese goldthread from short-read RNA-Sequencing data, obtaining 155,710 transcripts and 56,071 unigenes...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533175/dendrimer-encapsulated-and-conjugated-delivery-of-berberine-a-novel-approach-mitigating-toxicity-and-improving-in-vivo-pharmacokinetics
#5
Lokesh Gupta, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Avinash Gothwal, Mohammed Shahid Khan, Mahaveer Prasad Khinchi, Arem Qayum, Shashank Kumar Singh, Umesh Gupta
Berberine (BBR) is a nitrogenous cyclic natural alkaloid with potential anticancer activity. However it has been less explored due to its poor pharmacokinetic profile. Dendrimers (e.g. PAMAM) have promising potential to deliver anticancer drugs/bio-actives because of their well-defined architecture, monodispersity and tailor-made surface functionality. In the present study it was attempted to deliver berberine through G4 PAMAM dendrimers by conjugation (BPC) as well as encapsulation (BPE) approach. The developed encapsulated and conjugated berberine formulations were found to have size in the approximate range of 100-200nm while zeta potential was almost same as PAMAM G4 dendrimer...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533128/polyphenol-inhibition-of-benzo-a-pyrene-induced-oxidative-stress-and-neoplastic-transformation-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-carcinogenesis
#6
Kosar Omidian, Hossein Rafiei, Brian Bandy
While dietary polyphenols are widely recognized for cancer-preventing characteristics, the relative effectiveness and mechanisms of action of different polyphenols is not clear. In the present study, we investigated the protective effects of six different polyphenols against benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P)-induced oxidative stress and neoplastic transformation in the Bhas 42 cell carcinogenesis assay. All of the polyphenols completely prevented the increased intracellular ROS generation by B[a]P at 12 h, and most inhibited after 3 days...
May 19, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515053/berberine-reduced-blood-pressure-and-improved-vasodilation-in-diabetic-rats
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Yu-Guang Ma, Liang Liang, Yin-Bin Zhang, Bao-Feng Wang, Yun-Gang Bai, Zhi-Jun Dai, Man-Jiang Xie, Zhong-Wei Wang
Hyperglycemia and hypertension are considered to be the two leading risk factors for vascular disease in diabetic patients. However, few pharmacologic agents could provide a combinational therapy for controlling hyperglycemia and hypertension at the same time in diabetes. We aimed to investigate whether berberine treatment could directly reduce blood pressure in diabetes and what is the molecular mechanism underlying the vascular protection of berberine in diabetic rats. Berberine (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg/day) was intragastrically administered to diabetic rats for 8 weeks since the injection of streptozotocin...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514949/membrane-of-candida-albicans-as-a-target-of-berberine
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Nataša Zorić, Ivan Kosalec, Siniša Tomić, Ivan Bobnjarić, Mario Jug, Toni Vlainić, Josipa Vlainić
BACKGROUND: We investigated the mechanisms of anti-Candida action of isoquinoline alkaloid berberine, active constituent of medically important plants of Barberry species. METHODS: The effects on membrane, morphological transition, synthesis of ergosterol and the consequent changes in membrane permeability have been studied. Polarization and lipid peroxidation level of the membrane following berberine treatment have been addressed. RESULTS: Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of berberine against C...
May 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511903/novel-role-of-the-nutraceutical-bioactive-compound-berberine-in-lectin-like-oxldl-receptor-1-mediated-endothelial-dysfunction-in-comparison-to-lovastatin
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C Caliceti, P Rizzo, R Ferrari, F Fortini, G Aquila, E Leoncini, L Zambonin, B Rizzo, D Calabria, P Simoni, M Mirasoli, M Guardigli, S Hrelia, A Roda, A F G Cicero
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Oxidized LDL (oxLDL) or pro-inflammatory stimuli lead to increased oxidative stress linked to endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis. The oxLDL receptor-1 (LOX1) is elevated within atheromas and cholesterol-lowering statins inhibit LOX1 expression. Berberine (BBR), an alkaloid extracted from plants of gender Berberis, has lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory activity. However, its role in regulating LOX1-mediated signaling is still unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of BBR on oxLDL- and TNFα-induced endothelial dysfunction in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and to compare it with that of lovastatin (LOVA)...
April 19, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509588/peg-lipid-plga-hybrid-nanoparticles-loaded-with-berberine-phospholipid-complex-to-facilitate-the-oral-delivery-efficiency
#10
Fei Yu, Mingtao Ao, Xiao Zheng, Nini Li, Junjie Xia, Yang Li, Donghui Li, Zhenqing Hou, Zhongquan Qi, Xiao Dong Chen
The natural product berberine (BBR), present in various plants, arouses great interests because of its numerous pharmacological effects. However, the further development and application of BBR had been hampered by its poor oral bioavailability. In this work, we report on polymer-lipid hybrid nanoparticles (PEG-lipid-PLGA NPs) loaded with BBR phospholipid complex using a solvent evaporation method for enhancing the oral BBR efficiency. The advantage of this new drug delivery system is that the BBR-soybean phosphatidylcholine complex (BBR-SPC) could be used to enhance the liposolubility of BBR and improve the affinity with the biodegradable polymer to increase the drug-loading capacity and controlled/sustained release...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507012/dietary-factors-promoting-brown-and-beige-fat-development-and-thermogenesis
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REVIEW
Meshail Okla, Jiyoung Kim, Karsten Koehler, Soonkyu Chung
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a specialized fat tissue that has a high capacity to dissociate cellular respiration from ATP utilization, resulting in the release of stored energy as heat. Adult humans possess a substantial amount of BAT in the form of constitutively active brown fat or inducible beige fat. BAT activity in humans is inversely correlated with adiposity, blood glucose concentrations, and insulin sensitivity; this suggests that strategies aimed at BAT-mediated bioenergetics are an attractive therapeutic target in combating the continuing epidemic of obesity and diabetes...
May 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505492/comprehensive-evaluation-of-scfa-production-in-the-intestinal-bacteria-regulated-by-berberine-using-gas-chromatography-combined-with-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Lu-Lu Wang, Hui-Hui Guo, Shuai Huang, Chen-Lin Feng, Yan-Xing Han, Jian-Dong Jiang
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) of intestine microbial have caught accumulating attention for their beneficial effects on human health. Botanic compounds with low bioavailability such as berberine (BBR) and resveratrol might interact with intestinal microbial ecosystem and promote gut bacteria to produce SCFA, which contribute to their biological effects. In the present study, a comprehensive assay system was built to detect SCFAs production in intestinal bacteria, in which stringent anaerobic culture was applied for in vitro bacterial fermentation, followed by direct-injection GC detection (chemical detection) in combination with real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR, biological detection)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504969/metabolic-characterization-and-pathway-analysis-of-berberine-protects-against-prostate-cancer
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Xianna Li, Aihua Zhang, Hui Sun, Zhidong Liu, Tianlei Zhang, Shi Qiu, Liang Liu, Xijun Wang
Recent explosion of biological data brings a great challenge for the traditional methods. With increasing scale of large data sets, much advanced tools are required for the depth interpretation problems. As a rapid-developing technology, metabolomics can provide a useful method to discover the pathogenesis of diseases. This study was explored the dynamic changes of metabolic profiling in cells model and Balb/C nude-mouse model of prostate cancer, to clarify the therapeutic mechanism of berberine, as a case study...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503089/anticancer-chemodiversity-of-ranunculaceae-medicinal-plants-molecular-mechanisms-and-functions
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REVIEW
Da-Cheng Hao, Chun-Nian He, Jie Shen, Pei-Gen Xiao
The buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, comprising more than 2,200 species in at least 62 genera, mostly herbs, has long been used in folk medicine and worldwide ethnomedicine since the beginning of human civilization. Various medicinal phytometabolites have been found in Ranunculaceae plants, many of which, such as alkaloids, terpenoids, saponins, and polysaccharides, have shown anti-cancer activities in vitro and in vivo. Most concerns have been raised for two epiphany molecules, the monoterpene thymoquinone and the isoquinoline alkaloid berberine...
February 2017: Current Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498717/melatonin-as-a-versatile-molecule-to-design-novel-multitarget-hybrids-against-neurodegeneration
#15
Eva Ramos, Javier Egea, Cristóbal de Los Ríos, José Marco-Contelles, Alejandro Romero
Melatonin is an indoleamine produced mainly in the pineal gland. The natural decline of melatonin levels with aging strongly contributes to the development of neurodegenerative disorders. Pleiotropic actions displayed by melatonin prevent several processes involved in neurodegeneration such as neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, excitotoxicity and/or apoptosis. This review focuses on a number of melatonin hybrids resulting from the juxtaposition of tacrine, berberine, tamoxifen, curcumin, N,N-dibenzyl(N-methyl)amine, among others, with potential therapeutic effects for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases...
May 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495517/berberine-confers-neuroprotection-in-coping-with-focal-cerebral-ischemia-by-targeting-inflammatory-cytokines
#16
Solmaz Nasseri Maleki, Nahid Aboutaleb, Faramarz Souri
SCOPE: Existing research indicates that anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of berberine play major roles in coping with oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases, but it is not known if this isoquinoline alkaloid affects inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 10 in focal cerebral ischemia. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male Wistar rats (10 weeks old) were treated with 40mg/kg concentration of berberine 1h after focal cerebral ischemia and the anti-inflammatory properties of berberine were evaluated by immunohistochemical analysis, water content measure and behavioral tests...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494732/pharmacokinetics-of-botanical-drugs-and-plant-extracts
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Gina Paola Domínguez Moré, Paola Andrea Cárdenas, Geison M Costa, Cláudia M O Simões, Diana Marcela Aragón
Botanical drugs contain plant extracts, which are complex mixtures of compounds. As with conventional drugs, it is necessary to validate their efficacy and safety through preclinical and clinical studies. However, pharmacokinetic studies for active constituents or characteristic markers in botanical drugs are rare. The objective of this review was to investigate the global state of the art in pharmacokinetic studies of active ingredients present in plant extracts and botanical drugs. A review of pharmacokinetics studies of chemical constituents of plant extracts and botanical drugs was performed, with a total of 135 studies published between January 2004 and February 2015 available in recognized scientific databases...
May 9, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487951/berberine-activates-ampk-to-suppress-proteolytic-processing-nuclear-translocation-and-target-dna-binding-of-srebp-1c-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
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Jaewoong Jang, Yoonju Jung, Seong Jun Seo, Seok-Min Kim, Yae Jie Shim, Soo Hyun Cho, Sang-In Chung, Yoosik Yoon
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP)‑1c are major therapeutic targets in the treatment of metabolic diseases. In the present study, the fat‑reducing mechanisms of berberine (BBR), a natural isoquinoline, was investigated by examining the AMPK‑mediated modulation of SREBP‑1c in 3T3‑L1 adipocytes. BBR activated AMPK in a dose‑ and time‑dependent manner, and increased the phosphorylation of the 125‑kDa precursor form of SREBP‑1c, which suppressed its proteolytic processing into the mature 68‑kDa form and its subsequent nuclear translocation...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483181/decreased-levels-of-spleen-tissue-cd4-cd25-foxp3-regulatory-t-lymphocytes-in-mice-exposed-to-berberine
#19
Gholamreza Karimi, Mahmoud Mahmoudi, Mahdi Balali-Mood, Maryam Rahnama, Shahrzad Zamani Taghizadeh Rabe, Nafiseh Tabasi, Bamdad Riahi-Zanjani
The effects of isoquinoline alkaloid berberine (BER) on spleen tissue CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells were evaluated in BALB/c mice. Here, BER was administered daily by intraperitoneal injection at doses of 5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg for 14 days. Following the exposure, mice spleen cellularities, IL-10 production by splenocytes, and spleen Treg/CD4(+) cell profiles were studied in all the test groups of animals. The results showed that a high dose of BER (10 mg/kg) could decrease both the absolute and relative percentages of spleen Treg cells as well as decrease the production of IL-10 by splenocytes in the treated mice (p<0...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479277/selectivity-of-major-isoquinoline-alkaloids-from-chelidomium-majus-towards-telomeric-g-quadruplex-a-study-using-a-modified-transition-fret-t-fret-assay
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Sakineh Kazemi Noureini, Hosein Esmaeili, Farzane Abachi, Soraia Khiali, Barira Islam, Martyna Kuta, Ali A Saboury, Marcin Hoffmann, Jiri Sponer, Gary Parkinson, Shozeb Haider
BACKGROUND: Natural bioproducts are invaluable resources in drug discovery. Isoquinoline alkaloids of Chelidonium majus constitute a structurally diverse family of natural products that are of great interest, one of them being their selectivity for human telomeric G-quadruplex structure and telomerase inhibition. METHODS: The study focuses on the mechanism of telomerase inhibition by stabilization of telomeric G-quadruplex structures by berberine, chelerythrine, chelidonine, sanguinarine and papaverine...
May 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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