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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791082/protective-effect-of-nigella-sativa-oil-on-acoustic-trauma-induced-hearing-loss-in-rats
#1
Belde Culhaoglu, Selim S Erbek, Seyra Erbek, Evren Hizal
Acoustic trauma is a common reason for hearing loss. Different agents are used to prevent the harmful effect of acoustic trauma on hearing. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential preventive effect of Nigella sativa (black cumin) oil in acoustic trauma. Our experimental study was conducted with 20 Sprague Downey female rats (mean age, 12 months; mean weight 250 g). All of the procedures were held under general anesthesia. Following otoscopic examinations, baseline-hearing thresholds were obtained using auditory brainstem responses (ABR)...
July 18, 2017: Audiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764556/cumin-scented-leaf-essential-oil-of-cinnamomum-chemungianum-compositions-and-their-in-vitro-antioxidant-%C3%AE-amylase-%C3%AE-glucosidase-and-lipase-inhibitory-activities
#2
Venkatraman Sriramavaratharajan, Ramar Murugan
As part of our work on prospecting of Cinnamomum of the Western Ghats, chemical compositions, antioxidant, α-amylase, α-glucosidase and lipase inhibitory activities of leaf essential oil (EO) of Cinnamomum chemungianum were evaluated. Chemical characterisation of the cumin scented leaf EO from five locations in the southern Western Ghats revealed that they were highly varied. EO from Kannikatti (CC(2)) exhibited good α-amylase inhibitory activity with IC50 value of 5.97 μg/mL, whereas the EOs from Chemungi (CC(1)) and Athirumala (CC(5)) showed better α-glucosidase inhibition with IC50 of 56...
August 1, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752025/biased-activity-of-soluble-guanylyl-cyclase-the-janus-face-of-thymoquinone
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REVIEW
Charlotte Detremmerie, Paul M Vanhoutte, Susan Leung
The natural compound thymoquinone, extracted from Nigella sativa (black cumin), is widely used in humans for its anti-oxidative properties. Thymoquinone is known for its acute endothelium-independent vasodilator effects in isolated rat aortae and pulmonary arteries, depending in part on activation of adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channels and inhibition of voltage-dependent calcium channels. The compound also improves endothelial dysfunction in mesenteric arteries of ageing rodents and in aortae of rabbits treated with pyrogallol, by inhibiting oxidative stress...
July 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725629/evaluation-the-effect-of-50-and-100%C3%A2-mg-doses-of-cuminum-cyminum-essential-oil-on-glycemic-indices-insulin-resistance-and-serum-inflammatory-factors-on-patients-with-diabetes-type-ii-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#4
Sahar Jafari, Roghieh Sattari, Sa'id Ghavamzadeh
AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of 50 and 100 mg doses of green cumin essential oil on glycemic and inflammatory indices in patients with diabetes type II. METHOD: In this randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial, subjects were divided into three groups after selecting them randomly according to the inclusion criteria: 1 - Cuminum cyminum capsule (100 mg/day,n = 33), 2 - C. cyminum capsule (50 mg/day, n = 33), and 3 - placebo (n = 33)...
July 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714890/cardamom-cumin-and-dill-weed-essential-oils-chemical-compositions-antimicrobial-activities-and-mechanisms-of-action-against-campylobacter-spp
#5
Aysegul Mutlu-Ingok, Funda Karbancioglu-Guler
Natural antimicrobials as well as essential oils (EOs) have gained interest to inhibit pathogenic microorganisms and to control food borne diseases. Campylobacter spp. are one of the most common causative agents of gastroenteritis. In this study, cardamom, cumin, and dill weed EOs were evaluated for their antibacterial activities against Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli by using agar-well diffusion and broth microdilution methods, along with the mechanisms of antimicrobial action. Chemical compositions of EOs were also tested by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
July 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701649/deodorizing-substance-in-black-cumin-nigella-sativa-l-seed-oil
#6
Toru Nakasugi, Takushi Murakawa, Koji Shibuya, Masanori Morimoto
A deodorizing substance in black cumin (Nigella sativa L.), a spice for curry and vegetable foods in Southwest Asia, was examined. The essential oil prepared from the seeds of this plant exhibited strong deodorizing activity against methyl mercaptan, which is a main factor in oral malodor. After purification with silica gel column chromatography, the active substance in black cumin seed oil was identified as thymoquinone. This monoterpenic quinone functions as the main deodorizing substance in this oil against methyl mercaptan...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698493/antifungal-and-antiochratoxigenic-activities-of-essential-oils-and-total-phenolic-extracts-a-comparative-study
#7
Rachelle El Khoury, Ali Atoui, Florence Mathieu, Hiba Kawtharani, Anthony El Khoury, Richard G Maroun, Andre El Khoury
This study is intended to prevent ochratoxin A (OTA) production by Aspergillus carbonarius S402 using essential oils (EOs) and total phenolic compounds extracted from plants and herbs. The EOs used in this study are the following: bay leaves, cumin, fenugreek, melissa, mint, and sage. As for the phenolic compounds, they were extracted from bay leaves, cumin, fenugreek, melissa, mint, sage, anise, chamomile, fennel, rosemary, and thyme. The experiments were conducted on Synthetic Grape Medium (SGM) medium at 28 °C for 4 days...
July 9, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698459/dietary-natural-products-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-breast-cancer
#8
REVIEW
Ya Li, Sha Li, Xiao Meng, Ren-You Gan, Jiao-Jiao Zhang, Hua-Bin Li
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among females worldwide. Several epidemiological studies suggested the inverse correlation between the intake of vegetables and fruits and the incidence of breast cancer. Substantial experimental studies indicated that many dietary natural products could affect the development and progression of breast cancer, such as soy, pomegranate, mangosteen, citrus fruits, apple, grape, mango, cruciferous vegetables, ginger, garlic, black cumin, edible macro-fungi, and cereals. Their anti-breast cancer effects involve various mechanisms of action, such as downregulating ER-α expression and activity, inhibiting proliferation, migration, metastasis and angiogenesis of breast tumor cells, inducing apoptosis and cell cycle arrest, and sensitizing breast tumor cells to radiotherapy and chemotherapy...
July 8, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671634/regressions-of-breast-carcinoma-syngraft-following-treatment-with-piperine-in-combination-with-thymoquinone
#9
Wamidh H Talib
Thymoquinone (TQ) and piperine, the active ingredients in cumin (Nigella sativa) and black pepper (Piper longum), respectively, exhibit various bioactivities including anticancer effects. The aim of the present study is to investigate the antineoplastic activity of a combination of TQ and piperine against breast cancer implanted in mice. The antiproliferative effects of TQ, piperine, and a combination of both agents were tested against mouse epithelial breast cancer cell line (EMT6/P) using MTT assay. The isobolographic method was used to calculate the combination index (CI)...
July 3, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663695/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-some-plant-essential-oils-on-ascosphaera-apis-the-causative-agent-of-chalkbrood-disease
#10
Mohammad Javed Ansari, Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, Salma Usmani, Khalid Ali Khan, Abdulaziz S Alqarni, Manpreet Kaur, Noori Al-Waili
Ascosphaera apis is one of the major fungal pathogens of honey bee broods and the causative agent of Chalkbrood disease. The factors responsible for the pathogenesis of Chalkbrood disease are still not fully understood, and the increasing resistance of A. apis to commonly used antifungal agents necessitates a search for new agents to control this disease. The in vitro antifungal activities of 27 plant essential oils against two isolates of A. apis (Aksu-4 and Aksu-9) were evaluated. Out of the 27 plant essential oils tested, 21 were found to be effective in killing both isolates of A...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621716/antibacterial-and-antifungal-activities-of-spices
#11
REVIEW
Qing Liu, Xiao Meng, Ya Li, Cai-Ning Zhao, Guo-Yi Tang, Hua-Bin Li
Infectious diseases caused by pathogens and food poisoning caused by spoilage microorganisms are threatening human health all over the world. The efficacies of some antimicrobial agents, which are currently used to extend shelf-life and increase the safety of food products in food industry and to inhibit disease-causing microorganisms in medicine, have been weakened by microbial resistance. Therefore, new antimicrobial agents that could overcome this resistance need to be discovered. Many spices-such as clove, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, and cumin-possessed significant antibacterial and antifungal activities against food spoilage bacteria like Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas fluorescens, pathogens like Staphylococcus aureus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus, harmful fungi like Aspergillus flavus, even antibiotic resistant microorganisms such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621538/discovery-of-highly-potent-and-selective-small-molecule-reversible-factor-d-inhibitors-demonstrating-alternative-complement-pathway-inhibition-in-vivo
#12
Edwige Lorthiois, Karen Anderson, Anna Vulpetti, Olivier Rogel, Frederic Cumin, Nils Ostermann, Stefan Steinbacher, Aengus Mac Sweeney, Omar Delgado, Sha-Mei Liao, Stefan Randl, Simon Rüdisser, Solene Dussauge, Kamal Fettis, Laurence Kieffer, Andrea de Erkenez, Louis Yang, Constanze Hartwieg, Upendra A Argikar, Laura R La Bonte, Ronald Newton, Viral Kansara, Stefanie Flohr, Ulrich Hommel, Bruce Jaffee, Jürgen Maibaum
The highly specific S1 serine protease factor D (FD) plays a central role in the amplification of the complement alternative pathway (AP) of the innate immune system. Genetic associations in humans have implicated AP activation in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and AP dysfunction predisposes individuals to disorders such as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). The combination of structure-based hit identification and subsequent optimization of the center (S)-proline-based lead 7 has led to the discovery of noncovalent reversible and selective human factor D (FD) inhibitors with drug-like properties...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602677/immune-responses-to-methanolic-extract-of-black-cumin-nigella-sativa-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#13
Yasemin Celik Altunoglu, Soner Bilen, Ferhat Ulu, Gouranga Biswas
The immune stimulating effects of the methanolic extract of black cumin (Nigella sativa) in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) was evaluated. Variable concentrations of black cumin methanolic extract [0 (Control), 0.1 and 0.5 g kg(-1) of feed] were individually added to the basal diet and rainbow trout was fed for 30 days to assess the innate immune responses and growth performance. Feed conversion ratio significantly decreased in the group fed with 0.5 g kg(-1) black cumin extract. Respiratory burst activity was observed to be the highest in the 0...
August 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590231/evaluation-of-phenolic-profile-and-antibacterial-bioactivities-of-nigella-sativa-l-seed-extracts
#14
Anela Topcagic, Sanja Cavar Zeljkovic, Erna Karalija, Semira Galijasevic, Emin Sofic
Black cumin (Nigella sativa L. [N. sativa]) seed extracts demonstrated numerous beneficial biological effects including, among others, antidiabetic, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, and antioxidant activity. To better understand the phytochemical composition of N. sativa seeds, methanol seed extracts were analyzed for phenolic acid and flavonoid content. Furthermore, we tested N. sativa methanol, n-hexane, and aqueous seed extracts for their inhibitory activity against anti-butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and catalase (CAT) as well as for antimicrobial activity against several bacteria...
June 7, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494374/eigenvalue-eigenvector-decomposition-eed-analysis-of-dissimilarity-and-covariance-matrix-obtained-from-total-synchronous-fluorescence-spectral-tsfs-data-sets-of-herbal-preparations-optimizing-the-classification-approach
#15
Madhumita Tarai, Keshav Kumar, O Divya, Partha Bairi, Kishor Kumar Mishra, Ashok Kumar Mishra
The present work compares the dissimilarity and covariance based unsupervised chemometric classification approaches by taking the total synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy data sets acquired for the cumin and non-cumin based herbal preparations. The conventional decomposition method involves eigenvalue-eigenvector analysis of the covariance of the data set and finds the factors that can explain the overall major sources of variation present in the data set. The conventional approach does this irrespective of the fact that the samples belong to intrinsically different groups and hence leads to poor class separation...
May 2, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489566/thymoquinone-as-an-anticancer-molecule-from-basic-research-to-clinical-investigation
#16
REVIEW
Md Asaduzzaman Khan, Mousumi Tania, Shangyi Fu, Junjiang Fu
Thymoquinone is an anticancer phytochemical commonly found in black cumin. In this review, we discuss the potential of thymoquinone as anticancer molecule, its mechanism of action and future usage in clinical applications. Thymoquinone exhibits anticancer activity via numerous mechanisms of action, specifically by showing selective antioxidant and oxidant activity, interfering with DNA structure, affecting carcinogenic signaling molecules/pathways and immunomodulation. In vitro activity of thymoquinone has been further implicated in animal models of cancer; however, no clinical application has been proven yet...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449595/pharmaceutical-perspectives-of-spices-and-condiments-as-alternative-antimicrobial-remedy
#17
Savita P D'Souza, Suvarna V Chavannavar, B Kanchanashri, S B Niveditha
Medicinal values of spices and condiments are being revived by biologists through in vitro and in vivo trials providing evidence for its antimicrobial activities. The essential oils and extracts of spices like black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg contain active compounds like piperine, eugenol, cinnamaldehyde, and lignans. Similarly, condiments like coriander, black cumin, turmeric, garlic, and ginger are recognized for constituents like linalool, thymoquinones, curcumin, allicin, and geranial respectively...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407236/processes-to-preserve-spice-and-herb-quality-and-sensory-integrity-during-pathogen-inactivation
#18
Susan E Duncan, Kayla Moberg, Kemia N Amin, Melissa Wright, Jordan J Newkirk, Monica A Ponder, Gary R Acuff, James S Dickson
Selected processing methods, demonstrated to be effective at reducing Salmonella, were assessed to determine if spice and herb quality was affected. Black peppercorn, cumin seed, oregano, and onion powder were irradiated to a target dose of 8 kGy. Two additional processes were examined for whole black peppercorns and cumin seeds: ethylene oxide (EtO) fumigation and vacuum assisted-steam (82.22 °C, 7.5 psia). Treated and untreated spices/herbs were compared (visual, odor) using sensory similarity testing protocols (α = 0...
May 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406050/investigation-of-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-including-their-respective-n-oxides-in-selected-food-products-available-in-hong-kong-by-liquid-chromatography-electrospray-ionisation-mass-spectrometry
#19
Stephen W C Chung, Aaron C H Lam
This study determined the levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), including their respective N-oxides, in foodstuffs available in Hong Kong by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry. A total of 234 samples (48 food items) were collected randomly from a local market and analysed. About 50% of samples were found to contain detectable amount of PAs. Amongst the 48 food items, PAs were not detected in 11 food items, including barley flour, beef, cattle liver, pork, pig liver, chicken meat, chicken liver, milk, non-fermented tea, Melissa tea and linden tea...
May 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400978/thymoquinone-attenuates-brain-injury-via-an-anti-oxidative-pathway-in-a-status-epilepticus-rat-model
#20
Yi-Ye Shao, Bing Li, Yong-Mei Huang, Qiong Luo, Yang-Mei Xie, Ying-Hui Chen
AIM: Status epilepticus (SE) results in the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which contribute to seizure-induced brain injury. It is well known that oxidative stress plays a pivotal role in status epilepticus (SE). Thymoquinone (TQ) is a bioactive monomer extracted from black cumin (Nigella sativa) seed oil that has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant activity in various diseases. This study evaluated the protective effects of TQ on brain injury in a lithium-pilocarpine rat model of SE and investigated the underlying mechanism related to antioxidative pathway...
January 2017: Translational Neuroscience
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