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Tong Li, Hao Zhang, Xue-Hao Tian, Hui Wang, Guang-Xi Ren, Wen-Guang Jing, Bing Xu, Fu-Hao Chu, Peng-Long Wang, Hai-Min Lei
It has been focused on that there will be precipitates when decoction of Scutellariat Radix mixed with Coptidis Rhizoma. Precipitation was derived from interaction between acidic and basic compounds. This study was based on the interaction between active ingredients after compatibility, strived to explore whether it was feasible to judge the qualities of different Scutellariat Radix by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), build a new method established to characterize the qualities of traditional Chinese medicine by taking a series of active ingredients as index...
October 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Yi-Qun Li, Li Xu, Hua-Xu Zhu, Zhi-Shu Tang, Bo Li, Yong-Lan Pan, Wei-Wei Yao, Ting-Ming Fu, Li-Wei Guo
In order to explore the adsorption characteristics of proteins on the membrane surface and the effect of protein solution environment on the permeation behavior of berberine, berberine and proteins were used as the research object to prepare simulated solution. Low field NMR, static adsorption experiment and membrane separation experiment were used to study the interaction between the proteins and ceramic membrane or between the proteins and berberine. The static adsorption capacity of proteins, membrane relative flux, rejection rate of proteins, transmittance rate of berberine and the adsorption rate of proteins and berberine were used as the evaluation index...
October 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Yi Xu, Hua Quan, Yan Wang, Hua Zhong, Jun Sun, Jianjiang Xu, Nuan Jia, Yuanying Jiang
Candida albicans is one of the most common fungal pathogens. Our previous study demonstrated that concomitant use of berberine (BBR) and fluconazole (FLC) showed a synergistic action against FLC-resistant C. albicans in vitro and BBR had a major antifungal effect in the synergism, while FLC played a role of increasing the intracellular BBR concentration. Since the antifungal activity of BBR alone is very weak (MIC > 128 μg/mL), it was assumed that FLC-resistant C. albicans was naturally tolerant to BBR, and this tolerance could be reversed by FLC...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Niria Treviño-Saldaña, Gerardo García-Rivas
Modulation of posttranslational modifications (PTMs), such as protein acetylation, is considered a novel therapeutic strategy to combat the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases. Protein hyperacetylation is associated with the development of numerous cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy, and heart failure. In addition, decreased expression and activity of the deacetylases Sirt1, Sirt3, and Sirt6 have been linked to the development and progression of cardiac dysfunction...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
M Y Zhang, Y Y Yu, S F Wang, Q Zhang, H W Wu, J Y Wei, W Yang, S Y Li, H J Yang
PURPOSE: Alkaloids derived from Rhizoma Coptis (RC) has been widely applied to clinical treatments in China. However, the toxicity of RC and the alkaloids from RC remained controversial. The research is designed to clarify the cardiotoxic compounds found in RC. METHODS: In this study, the real-time cellular analysis cardio system and the high-content analysis were applied to monitor the function of cardiomyocytes (CMs) in the treatment of nine alkaloids in RC. Luciferase-coupled adenosine triphosphate (ATP) assay was used to detect cell viability...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
Nilesh V More, Kiran R Kharat, Arun S Kharat
The Argemone mexicana L, commonly found on desolate land in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra state, India, has been used for treating oral cavity infections. We sought to investigate the antimicrobial potential of A. mexicana L. In this study, cold aqueous and methanolic extracts were prepared from the A. mexicana L leaves. These extracts were tested for their antibacterial activities against selected bacterial isolates. The antibacterial activity and MICs were tested using the agar well diffusion method and broth dilution method, respectively...
December 13, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Xin Zhou, Fengying Ren, Hong Wei, Liyun Liu, Tao Shen, Shijun Xu, Jiangping Wei, Jiayue Ren, Hengfan Ni
BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidemia characterized of elevated serum lipid levels is a prevalent disease frequently resulting in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Berberine and evodiamine are herbal products of traditional Chinese herb Coptis chinensis and Evodia rutaecarpa, which are indicated to exert regulation of lipid metabolism. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the lipid-lowering effect of berberine and evodiamine combination in hyperlipidemic rats. METHOD: The rat model of hyperlipidemia was established by providing high-fat-diet (HFD) for 4 weeks...
December 11, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
Laura M Koppen, Andrea Whitaker, Audrey Rosene, Robert D Beckett
The objective of this review is to identify, summarize, and evaluate clinical trials of berberine for the treatment of hyperlipidemia and other dyslipidemias. A literature search for randomized, controlled trials of berberine that assessed at least 2 lipid values as endpoints resulted in identification of 12 articles that met criteria. The majority of evaluated articles consistently suggest that berberine has a beneficial effect on low-density lipoprotein (reductions ranging from approximately 20 to 50 mg/dL) and triglycerides (reductions ranging from approximately 25 to 55 mg/dL)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Hongyu Wang, Chang Liu, Xifan Mei, Yang Cao, Zhanpeng Guo, Yajiang Yuan, Ziming Zhao, Changwei Song, Yue Guo, Zhaoliang Shen
Berberine exerts neuroprotective effect in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration disease. However, berberine effect in acute spinal cord injury is yet to be elucidated. Herein, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of berberine in spinal cord injury (SCI). Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to SCI by an intraperitoneal injection of berberine post-injury. The neurobehavioral recovery, cytokines of pro-inflammatory factors (TNF-α and IL-1β), autophagy-related proteins (LC3B, ATG16L, ATG7), and apoptosis-related protein cleaved caspase-3 were determined...
November 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Chaodan Luo, Hanbin Chen, Yongfu Wang, Guosheng Lin, Cailan Li, Lihua Tan, Ziren Su, Xiaoping Lai, Jianhui Xie, Huifang Zeng
AIMS: The aim of this study was to comparatively investigate the potential gastroprotective effect and underlying mechanisms of coptisine free base (CFB, 8-hydroxy-7, 8-dihydrocoptisine), berberine and lansoprazole against indomethacin-induced gastric ulcer in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CFB (10, 20 and 40mg/kg), berberine (20mg/kg) and lansoprazole (30mg/kg) were orally administrated to rats prior to indometacin ingestion, and gastric lesions were evaluated macroscopically and histologically, and further analyzed by ELISA, qRT-PCR and Western blot...
December 6, 2017: Life Sciences
Zhouqing Huang, Bozhi Ye, Jibo Han, Fanqi Kong, Peiren Shan, Zhongqiu Lu, Zhouqing Huang, Weijian Huang
The nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich-containing family, pyrin domain-containing-3 (NLRP-3) inflammasome has recently emerged as a pivotal regulator of chronic inflammation. The present study investigated the expression of NLRP3 inflammasome in phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-induced macrophages, and aimed to identify the effects of berberine on the inflammasome. Human monocytic THP-1 cells were pretreated with berberine for 1 h and then induced with PMA for 48 h. Total RNA and protein were collected for reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively...
November 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Parisa Hasanein, Hassan Riahi
The kidney is one of the main organs affected by lead toxicity. We investigated the effects of berberine on lead-induced nephrotoxicity in adult male Wistar rats. Animals received an aqueous solution of lead acetate (500 mg Pb/L in the drinking water) and/or berberine (50 mg/kg, i.g.) for 8 weeks. Lead caused an increase in malondialdehyde (P < 0.001) and total oxidant status (P < 0.01), and a decrease in reduced glutathione (P < 0.001), catalase (P < 0.01), superoxide dismutase (P < 0...
December 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Lin Zhu, Danying Zhang, Hong Zhu, Jimin Zhu, Shuqiang Weng, Ling Dong, Taotao Liu, Yu Hu, Xizhong Shen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Gut microbiota plays a major role in metabolic disorders. Berberine is used to treat obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis. The mechanism underlying the role of berberine in modulating metabolic disorders is not fully clear because berberine has poor oral bioavailability. Thus, we evaluated whether the antiatherosclerotic effect of berberine is related to alterations in gut microbial structure and if so, whether specific bacterial taxa contribute to the beneficial effects of berberine...
November 24, 2017: Atherosclerosis
Dejan Gođevac, Ana Damjanović, Tatjana P Stanojković, Boban Anđelković, Gordana Zdunić
Herein, we propose a 1H NMR-based metabolomics method to reveal cytotoxic metabolites from Mahonia aquifolium stem-bark. Primary and secondary metabolites in the Mahonia aquifolium extracts were identified by thorough analysis of 1H and 2D NMR spectra, without prior isolation. An OPLS multivariate analysis method was used to correlate the chemical composition of the plant extracts with the results of cytotoxic activity against Human cervical adenocarcinoma cell line. Protoberberine alkaloids berberinе and palmatine, along with bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid berbamine were identified as the most influential in the OPLS model, with the highest cytotoxic activity...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Donghao Li, Jimin Zheng, Yiting Hu, Hongtao Hou, Shurong Hao, Na Liu, Yuzhen Wang
Objective: To investigate the effect of berberine (BBR) on intestinal barrier function in nonalcoholic fat liver disease (NAFLD) in rats. Materials and Methods: Rats were divided into three groups: normal diet group (control group [CON group]), high-fat diet feeding group (HFD group), and HFD with BBR group. After 8 weeks of HFD feeding, rats in the BBR group were given BBR intragastrically at a dose of 150 mg/kg daily for 4 weeks. The same volume of normal saline was given to the CON and HFD groups...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Lulu Xu, Xia Zheng, Yinhang Wang, Qilin Fan, Miao Zhang, Ruiyan Li, Junmei Ye, Xiaojun Wu, Wenfeng Zhao, Yubin Zhang
Acute liver failure (ALF) is characterized by sudden large area of inflammation and extensive hepatocyte apoptosis. This study identified the natural product berberine as a potential agent for acute liver failure(ALF). First, in vitro, BBR pre-incubation (5, 10 and 20μM) alleviated L02 hepatocytes injury induced by D-GalN (5mM)/TNF-α (100 ng/ml). Second, in vivo, BBR pre-treatment attenuated D-Galactosamine (D-GalN)/lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute liver failure, as evidenced by the reduction of mortality, the alleviation of liver pathological changes and the inhibition of alanine aminotransferase (ALT)/aspartate aminotransferase (AST)...
November 27, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
Yong-Jiang Li, Xiong-Bin Hu, Xiu-Ling Lu, De-Hua Liao, Tian-Tian Tang, Jun-Yong Wu, Da-Xiong Xiang
Berberine hydrochloride (BBH) has a variety of pharmacological activities such as antitumor, antimicrobial, anti-inflammation, and reduce irritable bowel syndrome. However, poor stability and low oral bioavailability limited its usage. Herein, an oil-in-water nanoemulsion system of BBH was developed to improve its stability and oral bioavailability. The pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed for the determination of composition of various nanoemulsions. The nanoemulsions of BBH composed of Labrafil M 1944 CS (oil phase), RH-40 (surfactant), glycerin (co-surfactant), and water (aqueous phase)...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
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Civilization diseases associated with memory disorders are important health problems occurring due to a prolonged life span. The manuscript shows the results of an in vivo study targeting the emergence of two drug candidates with anti-amnestic properties. The preceding quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) studies provided information on the ability of berberine and magnoflorine to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In the light of these findings, both compounds were purified from crude plant extracts of barberries: berberine-from Berberis siberica using a method published earlier, and magnoflorine-from Berberis cretica by centrifugal partition chromatography (solvent system: ethyl acetate:butanol:water-0...
November 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ean-Jeong Seo, Nicolas Fischer, Thomas Efferth
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of dementia. The exact pathophysiology of this disease remains incompletely understood and safe and effective therapies are required. AD is highly correlated with neuroinflammation and oxidative stress in brain causing neuronal loss. Nuclear factor of activated B-cells (NF-κB) is involved in physiological inflammatory processes and thus representing a promising target for inflammation-based AD therapy. Phytochemicals are able to interfere with the NF-κB pathway...
November 24, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Zi-Qi Li, Ting-Cong Liao, Cheng Dong, Jian-Wei Yang, Xiao-Jie Chen, Lihong Liu, Yuan Luo, Yuan-Yuan Liang, Wen-Hua Chen, Chun-Qiong Zhou
Three polyether-tethered berberine dimers (1a-c) were studied for their binding affinity, selectivity and thermal stabilization towards human telomeric dimeric quadruplex DNA (G2T1). Compound 1a with the shortest polyether linker showed the highest affinity (Ka > 108 M-1) and 76-508-fold higher selectivity for mixed-type G2T1 over antiparallel G2T1 and three monomeric G-quadruplexes, which are human telomeric monomeric quadruplex G1, c-kit 1 and c-kit 2. Compound 1a induced the formation of quadruplex structures and showed higher thermal stabilization for mixed-type G2T1 than for anti-parallel G2T1, G1 and ds DNA...
November 27, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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