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Seung Jae Lee, Eun-Mi Jeong, Ah Young Ki, Kyung-Seo Oh, Joseph Kwon, Jae-Hyuk Jeong, Nam-Jin Chung
High salinity is a major abiotic stress that affects the growth and development of plants. This type of stress can influence flowering, the production of crops, defense mechanisms and other physiological processes. Previous studies have attempted to elucidate salt-tolerance mechanisms to improve plant growth and productivity in the presence of sodium chloride. One such plant that has been studied in detail is Salicornia, a well-known halophyte, which has adapted to grow in the presence of high salt. To further the understanding of how Salicornia grows and develops under high saline conditions, Salicornia herbacea (S...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
Yu-Chen Liu, Jia Su, Xing-De Wu, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Min Fan, Qin-Feng Zhu, Juan He, Xiao-Nian Li, Li-Yan Peng, Xiao Cheng, Qin-Shi Zhao
A series of new Lycopodium alkaloids, namely 1-epi-malycorin A (1), 1-epi-17S-hydroxymalycorin A (2), 6α-hydroxyphlegmariurine A (3), 2S,4R-dihydroxyfawcettimine (4), and 16-hydroxylycodine (5), together with 24 known ones, have been isolated from the club moss Phlegmariurus henryi. The structures of the new compounds were determined by extensive spectroscopic analysis, including 1D and 2D NMR, as well as X-ray crystallographic analysis. Among them, the absolute configurations of 1, 2, and 4 and the structure of 3 were confirmed on the basis of the single-crystal X-ray crystallographic analysis...
October 18, 2016: Fitoterapia
Shahriyar Taghavi-Moghadam, Cecil D Kwong, John A Secrist, Shabana I Khan, Alice M Clark
Eupolauridine, an indenonaphthyridine alkaloid, has been previously reported by us to exhibit antifungal activity. This study describes the synthesis of new alkyl and benzyl naphthyridinium/pyridinium analogs of eupolauridine as potential antifungal agents. A majority of the analogs exhibited antifungal activity against opportunistic pathogens such as Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans. Several of them were also effective against bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, MRS, Pseudomonas and Mycobacterium) and the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) to variable extents...
February 23, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Patricia Ribeiro de Carvalho, Denise Ricoy Ropero, Mariana Martins Pinheiro, Patricia Dias Fernandes, Fabio Boylan
Choisya 'Aztec-Pearl', a hybrid of Choisya ternata and Choisya dumosa var. arizonica, had the antinociceptive activity in the ethanol extract (EECA) of its leaves evaluated. Two quinoline alkaloids, anhydroevoxine (A) and choisyine (C), isolated from these leaves were also tested. The results obtained pointed out to a very high antinociceptive activity measured by the hot plate model for EECA (at doses of 10, 30 and 100 mg/kg) as well as for A and C (at doses of 1, 3 and 10 mg/kg). The magnitude of the activity was two-fold higher than the one observed for the morphine treated animals for the higher doses of extracts/compounds (30, 100 mg/kg and 3, 10 mg/kg respectively)...
2016: PloS One
Naoki Mori, Kazuma Kuzuya, Hidenori Watanabe
Chamobtusin A, a unique diterpene alkaloid isolated from Chamaecyparis obtusa cv. tetragon, is considered to be biosynthesized from an abietane diterpenoid. On the basis of this biosynthetic hypothesis, ferruginol (15) was synthesized from (+)-dehydroabietylamine, and then biomimetically transformed into (-)-chamobtusin A in 6 steps (12 steps from (+)-dehydroabietylamine).
October 21, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Jin Li, Qian Zhang, Jian Yin, Changjiang Yu, Kai Cheng, Yun Wei, Erhong Hao, Lijuan Jiao
Prodiginines, as a family of bacterial alkaloids, possess a number of interesting biological activities. New, concise synthetic routes for the facile preparation of both synthetic and natural prodiginines in good yields have been developed, which use BODIPY functionalization reactions, such as condensation, nucleophilic substitution, and BF2 deprotection. This new metal-free synthetic method opens the door toward a wide variety of C-ring functionalized prodiginines, including those that are not possible to obtain through current synthetic methods, for their advanced biological activities...
October 21, 2016: Organic Letters
Bryan M Corbett, Charles O'Connell, Mallory A Boutin, Nabil I Fatayerji, Charles W Sauer
BACKGROUND Methylergonovine is an ergot alkaloid used to treat post-partum hemorrhage secondary to uterine atony. Mistaking methylergonovine for vitamin K with accidental administration to the neonate is a rare iatrogenic illness occurring almost exclusively in the delivery room setting. Complications of ergot alkaloids in neonates include respiratory depression, seizures, and death. CASE REPORT A term infant was inadvertently given 0.1 mg of methylergonovine intramuscularly in the right thigh. The error was only noted when the vial of medication was scanned, after administration, identifying it as methylergonovine rather than vitamin K...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Rica Capistrano I, Christel Vangestel, Hanne Vanpachtenbeke, Erik Fransen, Steven Staelens, Sandra Apers, Luc Pieters
BACKGROUND: Gloriosa superba L. (glory lily, Colchicaceae) contains colchicine, and related alkaloids such as 3-O-demethylcolchicine and its glycoside colchicoside. Previously the in vivo efficacy of a crude extract and a colchicine-poor / colchicoside-rich extract of G. superba seeds was shown in a murine model of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: The efficacy can be improved without obvious signs of toxicity by increasing the treatment dose; the efficacy of gemcitabine can be improved by coadministration of a Gloriosa superba extract...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
J A Shimshoni, O Cuneah, M Sulyok, R Krska, E Sionov, S Barel, Y Meller Harel
Sorghum ergot is a disease caused commonly by C. africana. In 2015, ergot was identified for the first time in sorghum fields in Israel, leading to measures of eradication and quarantine. The aims of the study were to identify the ergot species by molecular and ergot alkaloid profile analysis, to determine the ergot alkaloid profile in pure honeydew and in infected sorghum silages and to estimate the safety of sorghum silages as a feed source. C. africana was rapidly and reliably identified by microscopical and molecular analysis...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Gang Bao, Chuankun Li, Lei Qi, Ning Wang, Baixiang He
Tetrandrine (TET) is a bis-benzylisoquinoline alkaloid, which is isolated from a Chinese medicinal herb with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. In this study, we investigated the effects of TET on oxygen-glucose-serum deprivation/reoxygenation (OGSD/R)-induced injury in rat spinal cord astrocytes, which mimics hypoxic/ischemic conditions in vivo. MTT and LDH assays indicated that cell viability was distinctly reduced and LDH leakage was elevated after OGSD/R exposure, which were dose-dependently reversed by pretreatment with TET (0...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jun Li, Wei Zhen, Dengkai Long, Ling Ding, Anhui Gong, Chenghong Xiao, Weike Jiang, Xiaoqing Liu, Tao Zhou, Luqi Huang
Pseudostellaria heterophylla (Miq.) Pax is a mild tonic herb widely cultivated in the Southern part of China. The tuberous roots of P. heterophylla accumulate high levels of secondary metabolism products of medicinal value such as saponins, flavonoids, and isoquinoline alkaloids. Despite numerous studies on the pharmacological importance and purification of these compounds in P. heterophylla, their biosynthesis is not well understood. In the present study, we used Illumina HiSeq 4000 sequencing platform to sequence the RNA from flowers, leaves, stem, root cortex and xylem tissues of P...
2016: PloS One
Neila Maria R de Lima, Emerson de O Ferreira, Mara Yone S D Fernandes, Francisco Arnaldo V de Lima, Kelly Rose T Neves, Marta Regina S do Carmo, Geanne M de Andrade
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in the development of ischemic brain damage. Astrocyte activation promotes the production of several proinflammatory mediators, such as TNF-α and iNOS. Eventually, neuronal death occurs, leading to the development of motor and memory deficits in patients. Boldine is the main alkaloid in the leaves and bark of the Peumus boldus Molina, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The aim of this work was to investigate the neuroprotective effect of boldine on neuroinflammation and memory deficits induced by permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) in mice...
October 19, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
Patrick P J Mulder, Susannah L de Witte, Geert M Stoopen, Jan van der Meulen, Piet G van Wikselaar, Erik Gruys, Maria J Groot, Ron L A P Hoogenboom
To investigate the potential transfer of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), laying hens were fed for 14 days with diets containing 0.5% of dried common ragwort, common groundsel, narrow-leaved ragwort or viper's bugloss, or 0.1% of common heliotrope. This resulted in total PA levels in feed of respectively 5.5, 11.1, 53.1, 5.9 and 21.7 mg kg(-)(1), with varying composition. PAs were transferred to eggs, in particular yolk, with steady-state levels of respectively 12, 21, 216, 2 and 36 µg kg(-)(1). Overall transfer rates for the sum of PAs were estimated between 0...
October 20, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Yong Xie, Yi Zhang, Zebin Guo, Hongliang Zeng, Baodong Zheng
This study aimed to investigate the effects of total alkaloids from Nelumbinis Plumula (NPA) on insulin resistance (IR) of high-fat diet- (HFD-) induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Rats were fed with HFD for 8 weeks to induce NAFLD. Then, the effect of NPA on ameliorating IR in HFD-induced NAFLD was evaluated. Fasting serum insulin was determined using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit for insulin following the manufacturer's protocol. Some inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were determined using ELISA kits to assess the inflammatory burden in rats...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
Teng-Fei Li, Nian Gong, Yong-Xiang Wang
Aconitines, including bulleyaconitine A, probably the most bioactive and abundant alkaloids in Aconitum plant, are a group of diester C19-diterpenoid alkaloids with one acetylester group attached to C8 of the diterpenoid skeleton and one benzoylester group to C14. Hydrolysis of both groups is involved in the processing of Aconitum, a traditional Chinese medicinal approach. We recently demonstrated that bulleyaconitine A produced anti-hypersensitivity, which was mediated by stimulation of spinal microglial dynorphin A expression...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Claire Levrier, Martin C Sadowski, Anja Rockstroh, Brian Gabrielli, Maria Kavallaris, Melanie Lehman, Rohan A Davis, Colleen C Nelson
The lack of a cure for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) highlights the urgent need for more efficient drugs to fight this disease. Here, we report the mechanism of action of the natural product 6α-acetoxyanopterine (6-AA) in prostate cancer cells. At low nanomolar doses, this potent cytotoxic alkaloid from the Australian endemic tree Anopterus macleayanus induced a strong accumulation of LNCaP and PC-3 (prostate cancer) cells as well as HeLa (cervical cancer) cells in mitosis, severe mitotic spindle defects and asymmetric cell divisions, ultimately leading to mitotic catastrophe accompanied by cell death through apoptosis...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Eugen Widmeier, Weizhen Tan, Merlin Airik, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
INTRODUCTION: Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) inevitably progresses to end-stage kidney disease, requiring dialysis or transplantation for survival. However, treatment modalities and drug discovery remain limited. Mutations in over 30 genes have been discovered as monogenic causes of SRNS. Most of these genes are predominantly expressed in the glomerular epithelial cell, the podocyte, placing it at the center of the pathogenesis of SRNS. Podocyte migration rate (PMR) represents a relevant intermediate phenotype of disease in monogenic causes of SRNS...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
E Kowalczyk, E Patyra, A Grelik, K Kwiatek
A high performance liquid chromatography combined with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) method was developed for determination of five ergot alkaloids (EA): ergometrine, ergotamine, ergocornine, ergocrypine and ergocristine in animal feedingstuffs. The method was based on the application of QuEChERS salts for extraction and modified QuEChERS dispersive SPE for the cleanup step. Alkaloids separation was performed on a C18, 250 mm x 4.6 mm, 5 μm column with the mobile phase containing ammonium carbonate and acetonitrile...
September 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Choy-Eng Nge, Kae-Shin Sim, Siew-Huah Lim, Noel F Thomas, Yun-Yee Low, Toh-Seok Kam
Examination of the EtOH extract of the Malayan Tabernaemontana corymbosa resulted in the isolation of three new alkaloids, viz., cononuridine (1), an unusual hexacyclic, iboga-derived, monoterpenoid indole characterized by contraction of the tetrahydroazepine C-ring and incorporation of an additional isoxazolidine ring, taberisidine (2), a seco-corynanthean alkaloid, and conofolidine (3), an Aspidosperma-Aspidosperma bisindole that showed pronounced in vitro growth inhibitory activity against an array of human cancer cell lines, including KB, vincristine-resistant KB, PC-3, LNCaP, MCF7, MDA-MB-231, HT-29, and HCT 116 cells...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
Yu-Ming Hsu, Fang-Rong Chang, I-Wen Lo, Kuei-Hung Lai, Mohamed El-Shazly, Tung-Ying Wu, Ying-Chi Du, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yuan-Bin Cheng, Yang-Chang Wu
Zoanthus kuroshio is a colorful zoanthid with a fluorescent pink oral disc and brown tentacles, which dominates certain parts of the Taiwanese and Japanese coasts. This sea anemone is a rich source of biologically active alkaloids. In the current investigation, two novel halogenated zoanthamines [5α-iodozoanthenamine (1) and 11β-chloro-11-deoxykuroshine A (2)], along with four new zoanthamines [18-epi-kuroshine A (3), 7α-hydroxykuroshine E (4), 5α-methoxykuroshine E (5), and 18-epi-kuroshine E (6)], and six known compounds were isolated from Z...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
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