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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822146/-dna-marker-assisted-selection-of-medicinal-plants-%C3%A2-evaluation-of-disease-resistance-of-miaoxiang-kangqi-1-a-new-cultivar-of-panax-notoginseng
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Zhong-Jian Chen, Xiao-Han Ma, Lin-Lin Dong, Lian-Juan Zhang, Guang-Fei Wei, Li-Na Xiao, Yong Wang, Fu-Gang Wei, Wei-Lin Liu, Yu-Qi Yu, Shi-Lin Chen
DNA marked-assisted selection of medicinal plants accelerated the breeding and promotion of new cultivars, and guaranteed the healthy development of Chinese medicinal materials industry. The first disease-resistant cultivar of notoginseng, namely "Miaoxiang Kangqi 1", served as the object of study. We evaluated the Kangqi's resistance of seeds, seedlings and root against the pathological bacteria (Fusarum oxysporum) of root rot. Compared to the traditional cultivars, the disease index of notoginseng seeds declined by 52...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821620/arjunolic-acid-a-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-regresses-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-non-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Trisha Bansal, Emeli Chatterjee, Jasdeep Singh, Arjun Ray, Bishwajit Kundu, V Thankamani, Shantanu Sengupta, Sagartirtha Sarkar
Cardiac hypertrophy and associated heart fibrosis remain a major cause of death worldwide. Phytochemicals have gained attention as alternative therapeutics for managing cardiovascular diseases. These include the extract from the plant Terminalia arjuna which is a popular cardioprotectant and may prevent or slow progression of pathological hypertrophy to heart failure. Here, we investigated the mode of action of a principal bioactive T. arjuna compound, arjunolic acid (AA) in ameliorating hemodynamic load-induced cardiac fibrosis and identified its intracellular target...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818727/neuroprotective-effects-of-plant-polysaccharides-a-review-of-the-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Qing-Han Gao, Xueyan Fu, Rui Zhang, Zhisheng Wang, Muzhen Guo
Polysaccharides are an important class of phytochemicals, and many studies have demonstrated their beneficial effects in the context of a number of pathologies including neurological disorders. Numerous studies have indicated that polysaccharides exhibit neuroprotection through a variety of mechanisms. We performed a comprehensive review of the literature to consolidate studies for the period 2010-2016, and assessed the protection mechanisms on brain function of polysaccharide-rich extracts from natural sources...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816367/the-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antiangiogenic-effects-of-flavokawain-b
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Mariana C Rossette, Débora C Moraes, Erika K Sacramento, Marco Aurélio Romano-Silva, Juliana L Carvalho, Dawidson A Gomes, Hanna Caldas, Eitan Friedman, Luciana Bastos-Rodrigues, Luiz De Marco
Angiogenesis is implicated in the development of a variety of pathological processes, most commonly cancer. It is essential for tumor growth and metastasis, making it an important cancer therapeutic target. Naturally occurring substances have led to the discovery of anticancer agents. Flavokawain B (FKB), a chalcone isolated from the root extracts of kava-kava plant, inhibits proliferation and causes apoptosis in vitro and in vivo of various cancer cell lines. The antimetastatic potential of FKB has also been suggested...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811758/pathological-interrelations-of-soil-borne-diseases-in-cucurbits-caused-by-fusarium-species-and-meloidogyne-incognita
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Yunhee Seo, Young Ho Kim
Pathological interrelations of two soil-borne diseases in cucurbits (watermelon, oriental melon, shintosa and cucumber) caused by Fusarium isolates (FI) and the root-knot nematode (RKN), Meloidogyne incognita were characterized by the fusarium disease severity index (DI), RKN gall index (GI) and eggmass index (EI) in inoculation tests using FI and RKN. Virulence of FI as determined by DI at 4 weeks after inoculation was mostly in the higher order of Fusarium proliferatum F6, F5 and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp...
August 2017: Plant Pathology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811706/therapeutic-potential-of-flavonoids-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Ali Salaritabar, Behrad Darvishi, Farzaneh Hadjiakhoondi, Azadeh Manayi, Antoni Sureda, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Leo R Fitzpatrick, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Anupam Bishayee
The inflammatory process plays a central role in the development and progression of numerous pathological situations, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disorders. IBDs involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal area and mainly comprise Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Both pathological situations usually involve recurring or bloody diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. There is at present no pharmacological cure for CD or UC...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806153/expression-purification-and-refolding-of-human-lipocalin-6-and-production-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-this-protein
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Jiong Chen, Wei Feng, Yue Zhao, Yaqin Li, Fei Zhan
Human lipocalin 6 (hLCN6) is a member of the lipocalin family, which is a group of structurally conserved hydrophobic ligand binding proteins, and widely distributed in animal, plant, and bacteria. Specific expression of hLCN6 in the epididymis and localization of this protein on the surface of spermatozoa suggest a role played by hLCN6, which may function as a transporter to carry ligands in the epididymal channel. However, the role of hLCN6 in sperm maturation has been largely unknown due to the lack of effective antibodies...
August 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803058/survey-of-ferns-and-clinico-pathological-studies-on-the-field-cases-of-enzootic-bovine-haematuria-in-himachal-pradesh-a-north-western-himalayan-state-of-india
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Sarvesh K Rai, Rinku Sharma, Alka Kumari, Lars H Rasmussen, Rajendra D Patil, Rasbehari Bhar
Enzootic bovine haematuria (EBH) in cattle occurs in upland areas of the world. In India, the disease is present in isolated pockets in the Himalayas and in the Nilgiri Hills. The variation in the disease incidence has been attributed to different environmental conditions and animal rearing practices followed in the different regions. The aim of the study was to conduct field surveys in parts of EBH endemic regions of Himachal Pradesh, a north-western Himalayan state of India. Out of the total 103 plant samples collected, a total of 95 samples were identified as ferns...
August 9, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791895/cluster-a-new-application-for-spatial-analysis-of-pixelated-data-for-epiphytotics
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Scot Nelson, Iulian Corcoja, Sarah Jane Pethybridge
Spatial analysis of epiphytotics is essential to develop and test hypotheses about pathogen ecology, disease dynamics, and to optimize plant disease management strategies. Data collection for spatial analysis requires substantial investment in time to depict patterns in various frames and hierarchies. We developed a new approach for spatial analysis of pixelated data in digital imagery and incorporated the method in a stand-alone desktop application called Cluster. The user isolates target entities (clusters) by designating up to 24 pixel colors as nontargets and moves a threshold slider to visualize the targets...
August 9, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776900/pathological-findings-of-japanese-black-cattle-living-in-the-restricted-area-of-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant-accident-2013-2016
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Jun Sasaki, Kayoko Hiratani, Itaru Sato, Hiroshi Satoh, Yoshitaka Deguchi, Hiroyuki Chida, Masahiro Natsuhori, Takahisa Murata, Kenji Ochiai, Kumiko Otani, Keiji Okada, Nobuhiko Ito
Fifty-one Japanese black cattle from four farms in the evacuation zone of the Fukushima nuclear accident were examined pathologically during the period, 2013-2016. We found no evidence of a radiation effect on pathological findings in any of these autopsy cases, although nine cases (3.7%) of enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL) and three cases (1.2%) of goiter were diagnosed. Estimated integrating dose of external exposure in EBL cases ranged from a maximum of 1200 mSv to a minimum of 72 mSv. Clinically, five cases showed wobble, dysstasia or paralysis...
August 4, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767050/filamentous-fungal-human-pathogens-from-food-emphasising-aspergillus-fusarium-and-mucor
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REVIEW
R Russell M Paterson, Nelson Lima
Disease caused by filamentous fungal human pathogens (FFHP) is increasing. These organisms cause severe mycoses in immunosuppressed individuals, such as those: (a) with AIDS; (b) having undergone transplantation; and/or (c) undergoing chemotherapy. Immunocompetent people can become infected. Some FFHP are isolated from foods which may be fomites. However, the information concerning particular species on specific food is large, dispersed and difficult to obtain. Reports of filamentous fungi from food/crops and causing human disease are frequently only available in the literature of food mycology/plant pathology and medical mycology, respectively: it is seldom cross-referenced...
August 2, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753907/shikonin-ameliorates-isoproterenol-iso-induced-myocardial-damage-through-suppressing-fibrosis-inflammation-apoptosis-and-er-stress
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Jun Yang, Zhao Wang, Dong-Lin Chen
Shikonin, isolated from the roots of herbal plant Lithospermum erythrorhizon, is a naphthoquinone. It has been reported to exert beneficial anti-inflammatory effects and anti-oxidant properties in various diseases. Isoproterenol (ISO) has been widely used to establish cardiac injury in vivo and in vitro. However, shikonin function in ISO-induced cardiac injury remains uncertain. In our study, we attempted to investigate the efficiency and possible molecular mechanism of shikonin in cardiac injury treatment induced by ISO...
September 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750505/protective-effects-of-the-ethanol-extract-of-viola-tianshanica-maxim-against-acute-lung-injury-induced-by-lipopolysaccharides-in-mice
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Xue Wang, Qiao-Li Yang, Yu-Zhu Shi, Bi-Yu Hou, Sheng-Qian Yang, Hua Huang, Li Zhang, Guan-Hua Du
Viola tianshanica Maxim, belonging to the Violaceae plant family, is traditionally used in Uighur medicine for treating pneumonia, headache and fever. There is, however, a lack of basic understanding of its pharmacological activities. This study was designed to observe the effects of the ethanol extract (TSM) from Viola tianshanica Maxim on the inflammation response in acute lung injury (ALI) induced by LPS and the possible mechanisms underlying. We found that TSM (200 and 500 mg/kg) significantly decreased inflammatory cytokine production and the number of inflammatory cells including macrophages and neutrophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF)...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738764/neuroprotection-by-endo-cannabinoids-in-glaucoma-and-retinal-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Cinzia Rapino, Daniel Tortolani, Lucia Scipioni, Mauro Maccarrone
Emerging neuroprotective strategies are being explored to preserve the retina from degeneration, that occurs in eye pathologies like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa. Incidentally, neuroprotection of retina is a defending mechanism designed to prevent or delay neuronal cell death, and to maintain neural function following an initial insult, thus avoiding loss of vision. Numerous studies have investigated potential neuroprotective properties of plant-derived phytocannabinoids, as well as of their endogenous counterparts collectively termed endocannabinoids (eCBs), in several degenerative diseases of the retina...
July 24, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735861/protective-role-of-benzoselenophene-derivatives-of-resveratrol-on-the-induced-oxidative-stress-in-intestinal-myofibroblasts-and-osteocytes
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Vladana Domazetovic, Filippo Fontani, Damiano Tanini, Veronica D'Esopo, Caterina Viglianisi, Gemma Marcucci, Lucia Panzella, Alessandra Napolitano, Maria Luisa Brandi, Antonella Capperucci, Stefano Menichetti, Maria Teresa Vincenzini, Teresa Iantomasi
Resveratrol (RE), a polyphenolic compound present in some food and plants, is characterized by anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, it is quickly metabolized with consequent loss of its efficacy. In this study, the antioxidant effect of 2-phenyl-benzoselenophene derivatives (VD0, VD1 and VD2) was detected in intestinal myofibroblast and osteocyte cell lines in which the oxidative stress was induced by GSH depletion or starvation, respectively. In fact, the oxidative stress is involved in pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and in increased osteoclastogenesis in osteoporosis...
July 21, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735730/impressic-acid-from-acanthopanax-koreanum-possesses-matrix-metalloproteinase-13-down-regulating-capacity-and-protects-cartilage-destruction
#16
Hyun Lim, Dong Suk Min, Han Eul Yun, Kil Tae Kim, Ya Nan Sun, Le Duc Dat, Young Ho Kim, Hyun Pyo Kim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Acanthopanax koreanum (Araliaceae) has been used in traditional medicine for enhancing vitality, rheumatism, and bone-related pains. But its activity on cartilage protection has not been known yet. AIM OF THE STUDY: Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-13 has an important role in degrading cartilage materials under pathologic conditions such as arthritis. The present study was designed to find the inhibitory activity of impressic acid on MMP-13 expression and cartilage protective action...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734206/theoretical-investigation-of-the-conformational-space-of-baicalin
#17
Juan J Martínez Medina, Evelina G Ferrer, Patricia A M Williams, Nora B Okulik
Flavonoids are a large group of polyphenolic compounds ubiquitously present in plants. They are important components of human diet. They are recognized as potential drug candidates to be used in the treatment and prevention of a lot of pathological disorders, due to their protective effects. Baicalin (7-glucuronic acid 5, 6-dihydroxyflavone) is one of the main single active constituents isolated from the dried roots of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi. The great interest on this flavonoid is due to its various pharmacological properties, such as antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and so on, and its high accumulation in the roots of S...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716570/protective-effects-of-pistacia-lentiscus-l-fruit-extract-against-calcium-oxalate-monohydrate-induced-proximal-tubular-injury
#18
Nassima Cheraft-Bahloul, Cécile Husson, Meriam Ourtioualous, Sébastien Sinaeve, Djebbar Atmani, Caroline Stévigny, Joëlle L Nortier, Marie-Hélène Antoine
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The world prevalence of kidney stones is increasing and plants are frequently used to treat urolithiasis. Pistacia lentiscus L, a plant which freely grows around the Mediterranean basin areas, is widely used for various pathologies. P. lentiscus has an important impact as it has economical value on top of its pharmacological interest. Decoctions of its aerial parts and/or resin are used to treat kidney stones. AIM OF THE STUDY: To in vitro assess the potential nephroprotective effect of Pistacia lentiscus ethanolic fruit extract (PLEF) on proximal tubular cells in response to the adhesion of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) crystals...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715960/histone-methylation-by-set-domain-proteins-in-fungi
#19
Michael Freitag
Histone-modifying enzymes are responsible for regulating transcription, recombination, DNA repair, DNA replication, chromatid cohesion, and chromosome segregation. Fungi are ideally suited for comparative chromatin biology because sequencing of numerous genomes from many clades is coupled to existing rich methodology that allows truly holistic approaches, integrating evolutionary biology with mechanistic molecular biology and ecology, promising applications in medicine or plant pathology. While genome information is rich, mechanistic studies on histone modifications are largely restricted to two yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, and one filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa-three species that arguably are not representative of this diverse kingdom...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713575/wildlife-hosts-for-oie-listed-diseases-considerations-regarding-global-wildlife-trade-and-host-pathogen-relationships
#20
Kristine M Smith, Catherine M Machalaba, Hilary Jones, Paula Cáceres, Marija Popovic, Kevin J Olival, Karim Ben Jebara, William B Karesh
The expanding international wildlife trade, combined with a lack of surveillance for key animal diseases in most countries, represents a potential pathway for transboundary disease movement. While the international wildlife trade represents over US $300 billion per year industry involving exchange of billions of individual animals, animal products, and plants as traditional medicines, meat from wild animals, trophies, live exotic pets, commercial products and food, surveillance and reporting of OIE-Listed diseases in wildlife are often opportunistic...
May 2017: Veterinary Medicine and Science
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