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Bobin Mi, Jing Liu, Guohui Liu, Wu Zhou, Yi Liu, Liangcong Hu, Liming Xiong, Shunan Ye, Yongchao Wu
Icariin is a traditional Chinese drug that has long been used to treat various diseases. In the present study, the effect of icariin was investigated on cutaneous wound healing. Using in vitro experiments, it was demonstrated that icariin significantly promoted the migration and proliferation of keratinocytes via the activation of AKT serine/threonine kinase 1 (AKT) and extracellular signal‑regulated kinase (ERK). Inhibition of AKT or ERK reversed the effects of icariin on the proliferation and migration of keratinocytes...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Hui Zhang, Khalid Mehmood, Xiong Jiang, Wangyuan Yao, Mujahid Iqbal, Kun Li, Xiaole Tong, Lei Wang, Meng Wang, Lihong Zhang, Fazul Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Jiakui Li
Tibial dyschondroplasia (TD) is a disease of rapid growing chickens that occurs in many avian species; it is characterized by nonvascular and nonmineralized growth plates, along with tibia bone deformation and lameness. Icariin is widely used to treat bone diseases in humans, but no report is available regarding the effectiveness of icariin against avian TD. Therefore, this study was designed to determine its effect against TD. For this purpose, a total of 180 broiler chicks were distributed into three groups including control, TD, and icariin group...
2018: BioMed Research International
Yu Shi, Weihong Yan, Qiaoyan Lin, Weimin Wang
Objective We investigated the protective effect of icariin on myocardial infarction-induced cardiac remodeling. Methods A cardiac remodeling model was constructed by ligating rats' coronary artery. Different icariin and CD147 concentrations were administered in the model group, and echocardiography was used to detect systolic function, screening out ideal experimental concentrations. The ventricular systolic function, myocardial apoptosis rate, and expression of collagen type I (Col I), Col III, CD147, matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9), and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 1 (TIMP-1) were detected by hematoxylin-eosin staining, TUNEL assay, and western blot...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Jirong Yang, Yanbo Liu, Long He, Qiguang Wang, Lan Wang, Tun Yuan, Yumei Xiao, Yujiang Fan, Xingdong Zhang
Over the past decades, numerous tissue-engineered constructs have been investigated for the osteochondral repair. However, it still remains a challenge to regenerate the functionalized calcified layer. In this study, the potential of icariin (Ica) conjugated hyaluronic acid/collagen (Ica-HA/Col) hydrogel to promote the osteochondral interface restoration was investigated. Compared with HA/Col hydrogel, Ica-HA/Col hydrogel simultaneously facilitated chondrogenesis and osteogenesis in vitro. The cells encapsulated in Ica-HA/Col hydrogel tended to aggregate into bigger clusters...
May 4, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Xiaowei Nie, Wenjie Sheng, Daorong Hou, Qiang Liu, Ronggen Wang, Yong Tan
AIM OF THE STUDY: This study was designed to investigate the effect of different concentrations of Hyperin and Icariin (ICA)on proliferation and the secretion of estrogen (E2), and progesterone (P) in granulosa cells, and to explore the effect of Hyperin and Icariin on the expression of CYP17 and CYP19. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rat ovary granulosa cells were cultured in vitro and treated with different concentrations of Hyperin and Icariin. The proliferation of ovarian granulosa cells was measured with the MTT assay...
May 2, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Yu Zhang, Wei-Na Kong, Xi-Qing Chai
Increasing evidence indicates that disruption of normal iron homeostasis may contribute to pathological development of Alzheimer's disease. Icariin, astragalus, and puerarin have been shown to suppress iron overload in the cerebral cortex and improve spatial learning and memory disorders in Alzheimer's disease mice, although the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, APPswe/PS1ΔE9 transgenic mice were administered icariin, astragalus, and puerarin (120, 80, and 80 mg/kg, respectively, once a day, for 3 months)...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Xiaodi Zhang, Zhichen Kang, Qingjie Li, Jin Zhang, Sha Cheng, Hao Chang, Shanshan Wang, Shufang Cao, Tie Li, Jiawei Li, Yishan Wang, Yu Song, Hao Yu
Cancer immunotherapy has attracted much attention in recent years because of the ability of immune system to identify tumor cells and limit their growth. Icariin (ICA) is a natural flavonoid glucoside isolated from Epimedium plants and has shown a variety of pharmacological activities such as anti-inflammatory effects, immunological regulation and anticancer potency. Furthermore, it has immunoadjuvant effects on enhancing Th1-immune response, suggesting that ICA may serve as an adjuvant for cancer immunotherapy...
March 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jie-Zhou Wu, Peng-Cheng Liu, Run Liu, Ming Cai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic alcohol abuse is an important risk factor for osteopenia. However, few studies have focused on the efficacy and mechanism of action of icariin on alcohol-induced osteopenia. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and underlying mechanism of action of icariin in the treatment of chronic high-dose alcohol-induced osteopenia in a rat model. METHODS: Thirty-six adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: sham, alcohol, and low-dose and high-dose icariin groups...
April 23, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Zhicong Wang, Kaihua Li, Huijun Sun, Ji Wang, Zhuodong Fu, Mozhen Liu
Icariin, a traditional Chinese medicine, has previously been demonstrated to promote chondrogenesis of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in traditional 2D cell culture. The present study investigated whether icariin has the potential to promote stable chondrogenic differentiation of BMSCs without hypertrophy in a 3D microenvironment. BMSCs were cultivated in a self‑assembling peptide nanofiber hydrogel scaffold in chondrogenic medium for 3 weeks. Icariin was added to the medium throughout the culture period at concentrations of 1x10‑6 M...
April 23, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ayinuer Reheman, Haji Akber Aisa, Qing Ling Ma, Dilaram Nijat, Rahima Abdulla
By merging a high-performance liquid chromatography diode array detector (HPLC-DAD) method with high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC), an assay was developed for chemical fingerprinting and quantitative analysis of traditional medicine Majun Mupakhi ELA (MME), and constituent compounds were identified using HPLC coupled with UHPLC-DAD-Quadrupole-Orbitrap-MS method. In addition, the antioxidant capacity of MME was assessed based on the ability of components to scavenge radicals using in vitro method...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Ai-Ping Deng, Wen-Tao Fang, Qing-Gang Zhou, Hong-Jun Yang, Ling Wang, Tie-Gui Nan, Li-Ping Kang, Lan-Ping Guo, Lu-Qi Huang, Zhi-Lai Zhan
Epimedii Folium has a long history in China as a common traditional Chinese medicine. Key factors of Epimedii Folium quality were summarized based on ancient literatures, Chinese Pharmacopoeias and modern research in different period of history. The main reason for unqualified Epimedii Folium is unstable icariin. Therefore, it's suggested that: the precondition of the quality control of epimedium is to find the proper quality marker. It's suggested that the medicinal parts should be reverted to "dry whole plant overground" to solve Epimedium resource shortage problem...
March 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Tao-Hua Lan, Xiao-Ling Chen, Yun-Shan Wu, Hui-Liang Qiu, Jun-Zhe Li, Xin-Min Ruan, Dan-Ping Xu, Dong-Qun Lin
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic progressive disease which leads to elevated pulmonary arterial pressure and right heart failure. 3,7-Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)icaritin (ICT), an icariin derivatives, was reported to have potent inhibitory activity on phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) which plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of PAH. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of ICT on monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PAH rat model and reveal the underlying mechanism. MCT-induced PAH rat models were established with intragastric administration of ICT (10, 20, 40mg/kg/d), Icariin (ICA) (40mg/kg/d) and Sildenafil (25mg/kg/d)...
April 14, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Huirong Xi, Yuhai Gao, Fangfang Yang, Wenyuan Li, Huiping Ma, Keming Chen
<b>Objective:</b> To investigate the effect of resveratrol on peak bone mineral density and bone mass in growing rats. <b>Methods:</b> Thirty-six female healthy Wistar rats were randomly divided into control group, icariin group and resveratrol group with 12 rats in each group. Icariin (25 mg·kg<sup>-1</sup>·d<sup>-1</sup>), resveratrol (8.4 mg·kg<sup>-1</sup>·d<sup>-1</sup>) or equal volume of distilled water were given by gavage to icariin group, resveratrol group and control group, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
Yulong Gui, Jie Zhang, Liang Chen, Shunyuan Duan, Jing Tang, Wei Xu, Aiyuan Li
Background One of the most common side effects of paclitaxel was dosage-dependently painful neuropathy. Various reports indicated that spinal neuroinflammation was involved in paclitaxel-induced neuropathic pain. This study investigated the effect of icariin on paclitaxel-induced neuroinflammation and peripheral neuropathy in rats. Methods Two parts were included in this study. In part one, the effect of icariin on paclitaxel-induced neuropathic pain was investigated. Mechanical thresholds were measured as primary outcomes...
January 2018: Molecular Pain
Wei Xiang, Tong-Chuan Suo, Hua Yu, An-Ping Li, Shou-Qing Zhang, Chun-Hua Wang, Yan Zhu, Zheng Li
Due to its chemical complexity, proper quality control for a Chinese medical preparation (CMP) has been a great challenge. Choosing the appropriate quality markers (Q-markers) for quality control of CMP is an important work. Best of all, the chosen Q-markers are the main chemical compounds from the herbals as well as the active constituents of this CMP. Only in this way the established quality control system can really achieve the purpose of controlling the quality of CMP and ensuring the safely and effectively use of CMP...
April 2018: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
Yudan Zhao, Shifeng Chen, Yadan Wang, Chongning Lv, Jing Wang, Jincai Lu
Epimedium koreanum Nakai is a famous Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of impotence, osteoporosis, immune suppression and cardiovascular diseases. Drying is the most common and fundamental procedure in post-harvest processing of E. koreanum, which contributes to the variations of flavonoid content, especially prenylflavonoids, the bioactive components. In present study, effect of drying processes on flavonoid content and antioxidant activity were investigated. High performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode-array detection and electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry methods were employed...
April 2018: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
Ya-Ping Xiao, Jie Zeng, Lin-Na Jiao, Xiao-Yu Xu
The treatment effect and signaling pathway regulation effects of kidney-tonifying traditional Chinese medicine on osteoporosis have been widely studied, but there is no systematic summary currently. This review comprehensively collected and analyzed the traditional Chinese medicines on the treatment and signaling pathway regulation of osteoporosis in recent ten years, such as Epimedii Folium, Drynariae Rhizoma, Cnidii Fructus, Eucommiae Cortex, Psoraleae Fructus and Dipsaci Radix. Based on the existing findings, the following conclusions were obtained: ①kidney-tonifying traditional Chinese medicine treated osteoporosis mainly through BMP-Smads, Wnt/ β -catenin, MAPK, PI3K/AKT signaling pathway to promote osteoblast bone formation and through OPG/RANKL/ RANK, estrogen, CTSK signaling pathway to inhibit osteoclasts of bone resorption...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Yanwu Hu, Haitao Li, Kai Liu, Yang Zhang, Liqun Ren, Zhimin Fan
Icariin belongs to the family of flavonoids that is extracted from Epimedium brevicornum Maxim, and exhibits antioxidative, antitumorigenic, antiosteoporotic, immunoregulatory and antiatherosclerotic properties. To understand the mechanisms underlying the antiatherosclerotic properties of icariin, the present study investigated the effects of icariin on human vascular endothelial cells (HUVECs) following treatment with oxidized low‑density lipoprotein (ox‑LDL). Thus, following pretreatment with icariin at four various concentrations (0, 10, 20 and 40 µM), HUVECs were stimulated with ox‑LDL (100 µg/ml)...
May 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Weiqing Qian, Yan Su, Yajie Zhang, Nianwei Yao, Nin Gu, Xu Zhang, Hong Yin
Osteoporosis is a serious public health problem and icariin (ICA) is the active component of the Epimedium sagittatum, a traditional Chinese medicinal herb. The present study aimed to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of ICA as a potential therapy for osteoporosis. Calvaria osteoblasts were isolated from newborn rats and treated with ICA. Cell viability, apoptosis, alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium deposition were analyzed. Bioinformatics analyses were performed to identify differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) in response to ICA treatment...
May 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Maryam Bahrami, Ali Valiani, Noushin Amirpour, Mohammad Zamani Ra Rani, Batool Hashemibeni
Background: Nowadays, cartilage tissue engineering is the best candidate for regeneration of cartilage defects. This study evaluates the function of herbal extracts icariin (ICA), the major pharmacological constituent of herba Epimedium , compared with transforming growth factor β3 (TGFβ3) to prove its potential effect for cartilage tissue engineering. Materials and Methods: ICA, TGFβ3, and TGFβ3 + ICA were added fibrin-cell constructions derived from adipose tissue stem cells...
2018: Advanced Biomedical Research
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