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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341924/maca-polysaccharides-a-review-of-compositions-isolation-therapeutics-and-prospects
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Yujuan Li, Fangxue Xu, Mengmeng Zheng, Xiaozhi Xi, Xiaowei Cui, Chunchao Han
Maca polysaccharides, some of the major bioactive substances in Lepidium meyenii (Walp.) (Maca), have various biological properties, including anti-oxidant, anti-fatigue, anti-tumor, and immunomodulatory effects, as well as hepatoprotective activity and regulation function. Although many therapeutics depend on multiple structures of maca polysaccharides in addition to providing sufficient foundations for maca polysaccharide products in industrial applications, the relationships between the pharmacological effects and structures have not been established...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313251/unintentional-and-sequential-lead-exposure-from-a-ceramic-mug-and-maca-lepidium-meyenii
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Kelly Johnson-Arbor, Kathy Vo, Flavia Wong, Ryszard Gajek
Although the incidence of lead poisoning has decreased in the USA over the last 30 years, human exposures to lead-containing products are still reported. We present a case of unintentional lead exposure from a store-bought ceramic mug and a nutritional supplement. A 32-year-old female was found to have a whole blood lead concentration of 44 μg/dL. Evaluation of her home, occupation, and hobbies initially did not identify a source of lead exposure. Further investigation revealed that the likely etiology of the exposure was lead leaching from a ceramic mug used by the patient to drink hot lemon water while she was pregnant...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288688/neuroprotective-activity-of-macamides-on-manganese-induced-mitochondrial-disruption-in-u-87-mg-glioblastoma-cells
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Kuljeet S Gugnani, Nguyen Vu, Alejandro N Rondón-Ortiz, Mark Böhlke, Timothy J Maher, Alejandro J Pino-Figueroa
Macamides are a distinct class of secondary metabolites, benzylamides of long chain fatty acids, which were isolated from the Peruvian plant Lepidium meyenii (Maca). As structural analogues of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA), they have demonstrated neuroprotective effects in vitro and in vivo. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the neuroprotective activity of the macamides: N-(3-methoxybenzyl)oleamide (MAC 18:1), N-(3-methoxybenzyl)linoleamide (MAC 18:2) and N-(3-methoxybenzyl)linolenamide (MAC 18:3) in a neurotoxic environment caused by exposure of U-87 MG glioblastoma cells to manganese chloride (MnCl2)...
December 27, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287212/application-of-biochar-to-sewage-sludge-reduces-toxicity-and-improve-organisms-growth-in-sewage-sludge-amended-soil-in-long-term-field-experiment
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Magdalena Kończak, Patryk Oleszczuk
The aim of the present study was to determine changes in the physicochemical properties and toxicity of soil amended with sewage sludge (10tdw/ha) or sewage sludge (10tdw/ha) with biochar addition (2.5, 5 or 10% of sewage sludge). The study was carried out as a field experiment over a period of 18months. Samples for analysis were taken at the beginning of the experiment as well as after 6, 12 and 18months. The study investigated toxicity of the unamended soil, sewage sludge-amended soil and sewage sludge-amended soil with biochar addition towards Folsomia candida (collembolan test) and Lepidium sativum (Phytotoxkit F)...
December 26, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251773/insights-into-the-uptake-metabolization-and-translocation-of-four-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-in-cress-lepidium-sativum-by-hplc-ms2
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Lisa Emhofer, Markus Himmelsbach, Wolfgang Buchberger, Christian W Klampfl
The metabolization of four non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by cress ((Lepidium sativum) was investigated using a HPLC-MS2 method. Cress was grown hydroponically in water containing 0.1 mg L-1 of each drug for investigations on the kinetics of drug uptake and metabolization over a growing period of 12 days. It could be shown that the parent drugs are metabolized and the abundance of both the parent drug and the metabolites formed, varies over time. Furthermore the distribution of the investigated substances within the different plant parts changed throughout the duration of the experiment due to translocation...
December 18, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237937/drug-induced-liver-injury-due-to-lepidium-meyenii-maca-medicinal-liquor
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An Xiao, Hai-Ying He, Qing Chen, Shi-Wu Ma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237302/the-hypoglycemic-and-antioxidant-activities-of-garden-cress-lepidium-sativum-l-seed-on-alloxan-induced-diabetic-male-rats
#7
Eman S Attia, Afaf H Amer, Manal A Hasanein
The hypoglycemic and antioxidants activities of the methanol extract of Lepidium sativum seeds was tested in alloxan-induced diabetic male rats. Thirty male albino rats weighing 190-200 g were divided into five groups as follows: negative control, positive control and three diabetic groups treated with three concentrations of L. sativum methanol extract for four weeks. Induction of hyperglycemia in the positive control group increased blood glucose, glycated hemoglobin A1c, immunoglobulins, liver enzyme, lipid peroxide and kidney function, total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, very low-density lipoproteins and decreased antioxidants and high-density lipoproteins compared with the negative control...
December 13, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232875/optimization-of-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-hplc-and-uhplc-esi-q-tof-ms-ms-analysis-of-main-macamides-and-macaenes-from-maca-cultivars-of-lepidium-meyenii-walp
#8
Shu-Xiao Chen, Ke-Ke Li, Duoji Pubu, Si-Ping Jiang, Bin Chen, Li-Rong Chen, Zhen Yang, Chao Ma, Xiao-Jie Gong
Ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE), using petroleum ether as the solvent, was systematically applied to extract main macamides and macaenes from Maca hypocotyls. Extraction yield was related with four variables, including ratio of solution to solid, extraction temperature, extraction time, and extraction power. On the basis of response surface methodology (RSM), the optimal conditions were determined to be the ratio of solution to solid as 10:1 (mL/g), the extraction temperature of 40 °C, the extraction time of 30 min, and the extraction power of 200 W...
December 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229911/comparative-genome-analysis-of-the-vineyard-weed-endophyte-pseudomonas-viridiflava-cdrtc14-showing-selective-herbicidal-activity
#9
Abdul Samad, Livio Antonielli, Angela Sessitsch, Stéphane Compant, Friederike Trognitz
Microbes produce a variety of secondary metabolites to be explored for herbicidal activities. We investigated an endophyte Pseudomonas viridiflava CDRTc14, which impacted growth of its host Lepidium draba L., to better understand the possible genetic determinants for herbicidal and host-interaction traits. Inoculation tests with a variety of target plants revealed that CDRTc14 shows plant-specific effects ranging from beneficial to negative. Its herbicidal effect appeared to be dose-dependent and resembled phenotypically the germination arrest factor of Pseudomonas fluorescens WH6...
December 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192192/fruit-fracture-biomechanics-and-the-release-of-lepidium-didymum-pericarp-imposed-mechanical-dormancy-by-fungi
#10
Katja Sperber, Tina Steinbrecher, Kai Graeber, Gwydion Scherer, Simon Clausing, Nils Wiegand, James E Hourston, Rainer Kurre, Gerhard Leubner-Metzger, Klaus Mummenhoff
The biomechanical and ecophysiological properties of plant seed/fruit structures are fundamental to survival in distinct environments. Dispersal of fruits with hard pericarps (fruit coats) encasing seeds has evolved many times independently within taxa that have seed dispersal as their default strategy. The mechanisms by which the constraint of a hard pericarp determines germination timing in response to the environment are currently unknown. Here, we show that the hard pericarp of Lepidium didymum controls germination solely by a biomechanical mechanism...
November 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160562/aqueous-extract-of-yellow-maca-lepidium-meyenii-improves-sperm-count-in-experimental-animals-but-response-depends-on-hypocotyl-size-ph-and-routes-of-administration
#11
L Sanchez-Salazar, G F Gonzales
Lepidium meyenii, a Peruvian plant growing over 4000 m.a.s.l., has effects on nutrition and fertility. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sperm count in 105 male mice receiving boiled aqueous extract of yellow maca hypocotyls from different sizes, under different pH conditions and using two different routes of administration. Five mice per group were treated daily for 3 days with vehicle (oral and intraperitoneal) or maca aqueous extracts (5 mg/0.5 ml/day) belonging to the first, second, third and fourth categories, according to their hypocotyl size...
November 21, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137154/two-sulfur-glycoside-compounds-isolated-from-lepidium-apetalum-willd-protect-nrk52e-cells-against-hypertonic-induced-adhesion-and-inflammation-by-suppressing-the-mapk-signaling-pathway-and-raas
#12
Peipei Yuan, Xiaoke Zheng, Meng Li, Yingying Ke, Yang Fu, Qi Zhang, Xiaolan Wang, Weisheng Feng
Lepidium apetalum Willd has been used to reduce edema and promote urination. Cis-desulfoglucotropaeolin (cis-DG) and trans-desulfoglucotropaeolin (trans-DG) were isolated from Lepidium apetalum Willd, and caused a significant increase in cell viability in a hypertonic model in NRK52e cells. In the hypertonic model, cis-DG and trans-DG significantly promoted the cell viability of NRK52e cells and inhibited the elevation of Na⁺ in the supernatant, inhibited the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) system, significantly reduced the levels of angiotensin II (Ang II) and aldosterone (ALD), and lowered aquaporin-2 (AQP2) and Na⁺-K⁺ ATP content in renal medulla...
November 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127920/uptake-and-phytotoxic-effect-of-benzalkonium-chlorides-in-lepidium-sativum-and-lactuca-sativa
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Adnan Hossain Khan, Mark Libby, Daniel Winnick, John Palmer, Mark Sumarah, Madhumita B Ray, Sheila M Macfie
Cationic surfactants such as benzalkonium chlorides (BACs) are used extensively as biocides in hospitals, food processing industries, and personal care products. BACs have the potential to reach the rooting zone of crop plants and BACs might thereby enter the food chain. The two most commonly used BACs, benzyl dimethyl dodecyl ammonium chloride (BDDA) and benzyl dimethyl tetradecyl ammonium chloride (BDTA), were tested in a hydroponic system to assess the uptake by and phytotoxicity to lettuce (Lactuca sativa L...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116530/plant-assays-and-avoidance-tests-with-collembola-and-earthworms-demonstrate-rehabilitation-success-in-bauxite-residue
#14
Gerard Finngean, Audrey O'Grady, Ronan Courtney
Bauxite residues are a by-product of alumina manufacture from bauxite ore and are commonly disposed of in purpose-built bauxite residue disposal areas (BRDAs). Revegetation is viewed as the most effective way to landscape and rehabilitate closed BRDAS and physicochemical assessment remains the primary indicator of rehabilitation success. Little is known about the ability of keystone mesofaunal species to colonise and establish in these environments yet the long-term success of rehabilitation is dependent on residues becoming suitable habitats for such groups...
November 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102764/treatment-of-malaria-and-related-symptoms-using-traditional-herbal-medicine-in-ethiopia
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Sultan Suleman, Takele Beyene Tufa, Dereje Kebebe, Sileshi Belew, Yimer Mekonnen, Fanta Gashe, Seid Musa, Evelien Wynendaele, Luc Duchateau, Bart De Spiegeleer
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Medicinal plants have always been an integral part of different cultures in Ethiopia in the treatment of different illnesses including malaria and related symptoms. However, due to lack of proper documentation, urbanization, drought, acculturation and deforestation, there is an increased risk of losing this traditional knowledge. Hence, the use of the indigenous knowledge should be well documented and validated for potential future use. AIM OF THE STUDY: To gather and document information on medicinal plants which are used in the traditional treatment of malaria and related symptoms in Ethiopia...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080819/isolation-purification-and-antioxidant-activity-of-polysaccharides-from-the-leaves-of-maca-lepidium-meyenii
#16
Kang Caicai, Hao Limin, Zhang Liming, Zheng Zhiqiang, Yang Yongwu
Two fractions of polysaccharides (MLP-1 and MLP-2) were extracted from the leaves of maca (Lepidium Meyenii Walp.) by water, and purified using DEAE-52 ion exchange resin and sephadex G-200 clumns chromatography. An investigation was carried out for their structural characterization and antioxidant activity in vitro. The results indicated that MLP-1 was mainly composed of ribose, rhamnose, arabinose, xylose, mannose, glucose and galactose, with the molar ratio of 0.12:0.32:1.50:0.32:1.03:1.00:0.93; the MLP-2 was a homopolysaccharide composed of glucose...
October 25, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073716/antitumor-activity-of-lepidium-latifolium-and-identification-of-the-epithionitrile-1-cyano-2-3-epithiopropane-as-its-major-active-component
#17
María Conde-Rioll, Consuelo Gajate, José J Fernández, Janny A Villa-Pulgarin, José G Napolitano, Manuel Norte, Faustino Mollinedo
Consumption of Brassica (Cruciferae) vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of cancer, but identification of the active components and insights into the underlying molecular events are scarce. Here we found that an extract of Lepidium latifolium, a cruciferous plant native to southern Europe, Mediterranean countries and Asia, showed in vitro cytotoxic activity, inducing caspase-dependent apoptosis, in a variety of human tumor cells, and the plant juice showed in vivo antitumor activity in a HT-29 human colon cancer xenograft mouse model...
October 26, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065230/comparing-chemistry-and-bioactivity-of-burned-versus-decomposed-plant-litter-different-pathways-but-same-result
#18
Giuliano Bonanomi, Guido Incerti, Ahmed M Abd El-Gawad, Gaspare Cesarano, Tushar C Sarker, Luigi Saulino, Virginia Lanzotti, Antonio Saracino, Francisco C Rego, Stefano Mazzoleni
Litter burning and biological decomposition are oxidative processes co-occurring in many terrestrial ecosystems, producing organic matter with different chemical properties and differently affecting plant growth and soil microbial activity. We tested the chemical convergence hypothesis i.e. materials with different initial chemistry converge towards a common profile, with similar biological effects, as the oxidative process advances, for burning and decomposition. We compared the molecular composition, assessed by (13) C NMR, of 7 plant litter types either fresh, decomposed for 30, 90, 180 days in a microcosms incubation experiment, or heated at 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 °C for thirty minutes...
October 24, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054647/pilot-scale-aided-phytoremediation-of-a-co-contaminated-soil
#19
Charlotte Marchand, Michel Mench, Yahya Jani, Fabio Kaczala, Peter Notini, Mohamed Hijri, William Hogland
A pilot scale experiment was conducted to investigate the aided-phytoextraction of metals and the aided-phytodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC) in a co-contaminated soil. First, this soil was amended with compost (10% w/w) and assembled into piles (Unp-10%C). Then, a phyto-cap of Medicago sativa L. either in monoculture (MS-10%C) or co-cropped with Helianthus annuus L. as companion planting (MSHA-10%C) was sown on the topsoil. Physico-chemical parameters and contaminants in the soil and its leachates were measured at the beginning and the end of the first growth season (after five months)...
October 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047156/cyclophosphamide-induced-male-subfertility-in-mice-an-assessment-of-the-potential-benefits-of-maca-supplement
#20
A Y Onaolapo, B P Oladipo, O J Onaolapo
Effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on cyclophosphamide (CYP)-induced gonadal toxicity in male mice were investigated. Mice were assigned to six treatment groups: Vehicle control, CYP control, CYP plus oral Maca (500 or 1,000 mg/kg), and oral Maca (500 or 1,000 mg/kg). CYP was administered via the intraperitoneal route (days 1-2), while vehicle or Maca were administered daily for 28 days. On day 28, half of the animals in each group were either sacrificed or paired with age-matched females for fertility assessment...
October 18, 2017: Andrologia
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