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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334208/effects-of-crocin-on-the-pituitary-gonadal-axis-and-hypothalamic-kiss-1-gene-expression-in-female-wistar-rats
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Dina Zohrabi, Kazem Parivar, Mohammad Hossein Sanati, Nasim Hayati Roodbari
Background: Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) has been traditionally used as a spice for coloring and flavoring in some countries cuisine. One of the main components of saffron is Crocin. Recent research have shown that crocin has various pharmacological effects. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of crocin on the Pituitary-Gonadal axis and Kiss-1 gene expression in hypothalamus and ovarian tissue organization in female Wistar rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, 18 adult female Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332222/efficacy-of-crocus-sativus-saffron-in-treatment-of-major-depressive-disorder-associated-with-post-menopausal-hot-flashes-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Ladan Kashani, Sophia Esalatmanesh, Farzaneh Eftekhari, Samrand Salimi, Tahereh Foroughifar, Farnaz Etesam, Hamideh Safiaghdam, Ehsan Moazen-Zadeh, Shahin Akhondzadeh
PURPOSE: Due to concerns regarding the side effects of hormone therapy, many studies have focused on the development of non-hormonal agents for treatment of hot flashes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of saffron (stigma of Crocus sativus) in treatment of major depressive disorder associated with post-menopausal hot flashes. METHODS: Sixty women with post-menopausal hot flashes participated in this study. The patients randomly received either saffron (30 mg/day, 15 mg twice per day) or placebo for 6 weeks...
January 13, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321678/systems-pharmacology-analysis-of-synergy-of-tcm-an-example-using-saffron-formula
#3
Jianling Liu, Jingjing Liu, Fengxia Shen, Zonghui Qin, Meng Jiang, Jinglin Zhu, Zhenzhong Wang, Jun Zhou, Yingxue Fu, Xuetong Chen, Chao Huang, Wei Xiao, Chunli Zheng, Yonghua Wang
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) follows the principle of formulae, in which the pharmacological activity of a single herb can be enhanced or potentiated by addition of other herbs. Nevertheless, the involved synergy mechanisms in formulae remain unknown. Here, a systems-based method is proposed and applied to three representative Chinese medicines in compound saffron formula (CSF): two animal spices (Moschus, Beaver Castoreum), and one herb Crocus sativus which exert synergistic effects for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs)...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306211/a-comprehensive-review-of-the-pharmacological-potential-of-crocus-sativus-and-its-bioactive-apocarotenoids
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REVIEW
Syed Imran Bukhari, Mahreen Manzoor, M K Dhar
Crocus sativus is an herbaceous plant that belongs to family Iridaceae. It is commonly known as saffron and has been used for medicinal purposes since many centuries in India and other parts of the world. Saffron of commercial importance comprises of dried stigmas of the plant and is rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and carotenoids. Carotenoids represent the main components of saffron and their cleavage results in the formation of apocarotenoids such as crocin, picrocrocin, and safranal. Studies conducted during the past two decades have revealed the immense therapeutic potential of saffron...
January 3, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295497/saffron-an-old-medicinal-plant-and-a-potential-novel-functional-food
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REVIEW
María José Bagur, Gonzalo Luis Alonso Salinas, Antonia M Jiménez-Monreal, Soukaina Chaouqi, Silvia Llorens, Magdalena Martínez-Tomé, Gonzalo L Alonso
The spice saffron is made from the dried stigmas of the plant Crocus sativus L. The main use of saffron is in cooking, due to its ability to impart colour, flavour and aroma to foods and beverages. However, from time immemorial it has also been considered a medicinal plant because it possesses therapeutic properties, as illustrated in paintings found on the island of Santorini, dated 1627 BC. It is included in Catalogues of Medicinal Plants and in the European Pharmacopoeias, being part of a great number of compounded formulas from the 16th to the 20th centuries...
December 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237384/ros-scavenging-and-anti-tyrosinase-properties-of-crocetin-on-b16f10-murine-melanoma-cells
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Seyed Hamed Hashemi-Shahri, Alireza Golshan, Seyed Ahmad Mohajeri, Javad Baharara, Elaheh Amini, Farzaneh Salek, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Zahra Tayarani-Najaran
BACKGROUND: Crocus sativus (Iridaceae) has been traditionally used in the Iranian folk medicine and as a culinary additive. Major components of the plant that are responsible for biological properties are saffranal, crocin, picrocrocin and crocetin. Although the level of crocetin is not high, some of the important activities of saffron such as antioxidant activity have been attributed to crocetin. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we investigated the effects of crocetin on melanogenesis in B16 melanoma cells...
December 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229246/microencapsulation-of-saffron-anthocyanins-using-%C3%AE-glucan-and-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-nutraceutical-morphological-structural-and-the-release-behavior-of-capsules-during-in-vitro-digestion
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Mudasir Ahmad, Bisma Ashraf, Asir Gani, Adil Gani
In the present study, the saffron anthocyanins were encapsulated in β-glucan and β-cyclodextrin by spray drying technique to achieve their stability under adverse gastro-enviromental conditions. The microcapsules were subjected to simulated gastric conditions and release behavior of monomeric anthocyanins, antioxidants and phenols were studied. The structural properties of microcapsules were analyzed by SEM and ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. The particle size distribution, density, color, encapsulation efficiency and powder yield of samples were also evaluated...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217355/crocetin-attenuates-spared-nerve-injury-induced-neuropathic-pain-in%C3%A2-mice
#8
Xiaolei Wang, Guangqing Zhang, Yong Qiao, Chang Feng, Xin Zhao
Crocetin is the main component of saffron and exhibits anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. Neuroinflammation and oxidative stress have been recognized to play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. We investigated the effect of crocetin in a mouse model with neuropathic pain induced by spared nerve injury (SNI). Crocetin was intrathecally perfused at various doses for up to 12 days starting 3 days before the surgery. Behavioral tests were performed to determine pain sensitivity. The concentrations of proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) and interleukin-1β (IL-1β) were measured to assess neuroinflammation...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204935/neuroprotective-potential-of-crocin-against-malathion-induced-motor-deficit-and-neurochemical-alterations-in-rats
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Leila Mohammadzadeh, Hossein Hosseinzadeh, Khalil Abnous, Bibi Marjan Razavi
In several epidemiological studies, an association between pesticide exposure and the incidence of Parkinson's disease (PD) has been reported. Increasing evidence showed that oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of PD. The present study investigated the preventive effect of crocin, saffron active components, on malathion (an organophosphate pesticide (OP))-induced Parkinson-like behaviors in rat. Rats were divided into eight groups: control (normal saline), malathion (100 mg/kg/day, i...
December 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198557/saffron-from-greek-mythology-to-contemporary-anti-atherosclerotic-medicine
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EDITORIAL
John D Kakisis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 24, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189153/antiviral-effects-of-saffron-and-its-major-ingredients
#11
Sepehr Soleymani, Rezvan Zabihollahi, Sepideh Shahbazi, Azam Bolhassani
The lack of an effective vaccine against viral infections, toxicity of the synthetic anti-viral drugs and the generation of resistant viral strains led to discover novel inhibitors. Recently, saffron and its compounds were used to treat different pathological conditions. In this study, we tested the anti-HSV-1 and anti-HIV-1 activities of Iranian saffron extract and its major ingredients including crocin and picrocrocin as well as cytotoxicity in vitro. The data showed that the aqueous saffron extract was not active against HIV-1 and HSV-1 virions at certain doses (i...
November 29, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185780/effects-of-saffron-on-cognition-anxiety-and-depression-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Ehsan Moazen-Zadeh, Seyed Hesameddin Abbasi, Hamideh Safi-Aghdam, Nazila Shahmansouri, Akram Arjmandi-Beglar, Azita Hajhosseinn Talasaz, Abbas Salehiomran, Saeedeh Forghani, Shahin Akhondzadeh
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive decline, depression, and anxiety are among the major concerns in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Crocus sativus L. (saffron) seems to be a promising candidate for treatment of these conditions. DESIGN: In this 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, men and women with on-pump CABG, who had Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS) score >70 and age <70 years, received either saffron capsules (15 mg/twice daily) or placebo...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157808/a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-saffron-stigma-crocus-sativus-l-in-mothers-suffering-from-mild-to-moderate-postpartum-depression
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Jamshid Tabeshpour, Farzaneh Sobhani, Seyed Alireza Sadjadi, Hossein Hosseinzadeh, Seyed Ahmad Mohajeri, Omid Rajabi, Zhila Taherzadeh, Saeid Eslami
INTRODUCTION: Numerous adverse effects of antidepressants as well as the attitudes of breastfeeding mothers, who prefer to consume herbal medicine rather than chemical drugs, encouraged us to assess the effects of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) on mothers suffering from mild-to-moderate postpartum depressive disorder. METHODS: A double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled trial was conducted on 60 new mothers who had a maximum score of 29 on the Beck Depression Inventory-Second Edition (BDI-II)...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147836/effects-of-saffron%C3%A2-and-its-constituents-%C3%A2-crocin-1-crocin-2-and-crocetin-on-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibrils
#14
Eiji Inoue, Yasuharu Shimizu, Ryo Masui, Tomomi Hayakawa, Tomoe Tsubonoya, Satoko Hori, Keiichi Sudoh
Saffron, the stigma of Crocus sativus Linné (Iridaceae family), has been known to inhibit aggregation of β-amyloid, a nerve tissue protein. α-Synuclein (αS) is a 140-amino acid protein found abundantly in various regions of the brain. Its abnormal aggregation and accumulation in nerve tissue are said to cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, and multiple-system atrophy. This study (part of this study was presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan) examined the effects of saffron, its constituents (crocin-1, crocin-2, crocetin, and safranal), and crocetin structural analogs (hexadecanedioic acid, norbixin, and trans, trans-muconic acid) on αS aggregation, and αS fibril dissociation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136602/saffron-in-the-treatment-of-depression-anxiety-and-other-mental-disorders-current-evidence-and-potential-mechanisms-of-action
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REVIEW
Mojtaba Shafiee, Soheil Arekhi, Alireza Omranzadeh, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND: Depression and anxiety are two common mental health problems with high economic and social costs. Currently, a number of treatments are available for patients with depression and anxiety disorders such as psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy and antidepressant drugs. Due to safety concerns, adverse effects, limited efficacy and low tolerability associated with many antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications, identification of novel agents with less toxicity and more favorable outcome is warranted...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136374/saffron-against-components-of-metabolic-syndrome-current-status-and-prospective
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Mojtaba Shafiee, Nazanin Sadat Aghili Moghaddam, Mohammad Nosrati, Mahsa Tousi, Amir Avan, Mikhail Ryzhikov, Mohammad Reza Parizadeh, Hamid Fiuji, Majid Rajabian, Amirhossein Bahreyni, Majid Khazaei, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian
Saffron, the dried stigmas of Crocus sativus L., is mainly used as a food coloring and flavoring agent. This agricultural product is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several diseases including asthma, liver disease, menstruation disorders, and, of special interest in this review, metabolic syndrome. Saffron and its active components including crocin, crocetin, and safranal are potential therapeutic candidates for attenuating MetS complications including hypertension, hyperglycemia, obesity, and dyslipidemia...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134501/pharmacokinetic-properties-of-saffron-and-its-active-components
#17
Azar Hosseini, Bibi Marjan Razavi, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
Saffron as a medicinal plant has many therapeutic effects. Phytochemical studies have reported that saffron is composed of at least four active ingredients which include crocin, crocetin, picrocrocin and safranal. The carotenoids of saffron are sensitive to oxygen, light, heat and enzymatic oxidization. However, regulation of these factors is required for saffron quality. Some pharmacologic effects of saffron and its active compounds include cardioprotective, neuroprotective, memory enhancer, antidepressant and anxiolytic...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128090/crocus-sativus-l-aqueous-extract-reduces-atherogenesis-increases-atherosclerotic-plaque-stability-and-improves-glucose-control-in-diabetic-atherosclerotic-animals
#18
Ei Christodoulou, N P E Kadoglou, M Stasinopoulou, O A Konstandi, C Kenoutis, Z I Kakazanis, A Rizakou, N Kostomitsopoulos, G Valsami
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed to evaluate a possible atheroprotective effect of saffron aqueous extract (SFE), and its potential anti-inflammatory mechanisms, in apoE knockout (ApoE(-/-)) mice. METHODS: Fifty male, ApoE(-/-) mice, fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 12 weeks, were randomized into 5 groups: (1) baseline group, euthanatized, without intervention, (2) three saffron groups, receiving HFD and 30,60,90 mg/kg/day of SFE, respectively, for four weeks, per os through gavage, after reconstitution in water for injection (WFI), (3) control group (COG), receiving daily HFD and the same volume of WFI (four weeks)...
November 1, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124962/effect-of-ultrasonic-waves-on-crocin-and-safranal-content-and-expression-of-their-controlling-genes-in-suspension-culture-of-saffron-crocus-sativus%C3%A2-l
#19
Tofigh Taherkhani, Rasool Asghari Zakaria, Mansoor Omidi, Naser Zare
The expression of biosynthesis controlling genes of crocin and safranal in saffron (Crocus sativus) can be influenced by ultrasonic waves. Sterilized saffron corms were cultured in a ½-MS medium supplemented by 2-4-D and BAP.  Saffron callus cells were treated with ultrasonic waves in a cellular suspension culture under optimal growth conditions. The samples were collected at 24 and 72 hours after treatment in three replications. The secondary metabolites were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography and the gene expression was analysed by the real-time polymerase chain reaction...
November 10, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093644/synergistic-anticancer-effect-of-combined-crocetin-and-cisplatin-on-kyse-150-cells-via-p53-p21-pathway
#20
Sheng Li, Xiu-Yin Shen, Ting Ouyang, Yuhua Qu, Tao Luo, Hua-Qiao Wang
Background: More than 400,000 patients die from esophageal cancer annually. Considerable efforts have been made to develop new and effective treatments, one of which is directed toward herbal medication. Crocetin is a natural carotenoid dicarboxylic acid isolated from the Chinese herb saffron. We recently reported on the anticancer effects of saffron. This study aimed to determine whether crocetin combined cisplatin has synergistic effect in KYSE-150 cells and explore the underlying mechanism...
2017: Cancer Cell International
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