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Natural health product regulation

Michalina Oplatowska-Stachowiak, Claudine Reiring, Nermin Sajic, Willem Haasnoot, Catherine Brabet, Katrina Campbell, Christopher T Elliott, Martin Salden
Sterigmatocystin (STG) is a highly toxic secondary fungal metabolite structurally closely related to the well-known carcinogenic aflatoxins. Its presence has been reported in grains and grain-based products as well as in other foodstuffs like nuts, green coffee beans, spices, beer and cheese. Due to the lack of suitable data on the occurrence of STG, in 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) could not characterise its risk for human health and recommended that more data on STG in food and feed needed to be collected...
March 9, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Aditi Jhaveri, Pranali Deshpande, Bhushan Pattni, Vladimir Torchilin
Glioblastomas (GBMs) are highly aggressive brain tumors with a very grim prognosis even after multi-modal therapeutic regimens. Conventional chemotherapeutic agents frequently lead to drug resistance and result in severe toxicities to non-cancerous tissues. Resveratrol (RES), a natural polyphenol with pleiotropic health benefits, has proven chemopreventive effects in all the stages of cancer including initiation, promotion and progression. However the poor physico-chemical properties of RES severely limit its use as a free drug...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Zhihui Jiang, Bo Zhou, Xinping Li, Gordon M Kirby, Xiaoying Zhang
Male infertility is a major health issue with an estimated prevalence of 4.2% of male infertility worldwide. Our early work demonstrated that Cistanche extracts protect against sperm damage in mice and that echinacoside (ECH) is one of the major active components. Here we report an essential role for ECH, a natural product that reverses or protects against oligoasthenospermia in rats. ECH was assayed by HPLC, the quantity and quality of sperm was evaluated and hormone levels were determined by radioimmunosorbent assay...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ashwinikumar A Raut, Ashok D B Vaidya
For millennia, cow has been central to Indian economy, life and culture. There are innumerable references-Vedic and subsequent to the sacred significance of cow. The benefits of cow have been described at length in relation to agriculture, environment, health, economy and spiritual progress. However, the socio-political issues surrounding cow as a sacred animal have raised acrimonious debates. In Ayurveda also, there is a long tradition of using cow products for positive health, pharmaceutical processes and in therapeutics...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Saad Aboualkasem, Debbie S Retnoningrum, Aldila Refiani, Catur Riani
BACKGROUND: Expression vector is an important component in the production of therapeutic recombinant proteins. Most of commercialized expression vectors apply antibiotic-based selection system. Meanwhile, World Health Organization highly recommends for alternative system due to its potentials to cause spreading of resistance gene and hypersensitivity to some people. METHODS: In current work, we developed an expression system for Escherichia coli using toxin-antidote system in two separated plasmids...
February 26, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Sean T O'Donnell, Michael D Caldwell, Morton A Barlaz, Jeremy W F Morris
Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in the USA are regulated under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which includes the requirement to protect human health and the environment (HHE) during the post-closure care (PCC) period. Several approaches have been published for assessment of potential threats to HHE. These approaches can be broadly divided into organic stabilization, which establishes an inert waste mass as the ultimate objective, and functional stability, which considers long-term emissions in the context of minimizing threats to HHE in the absence of active controls...
February 8, 2018: Waste Management
Sha Li, Ning Wang, Ming Hong, Hor-Yue Tan, Guofeng Pan, Yibin Feng
Various Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) have shown beneficial liver protection effects. Jian-Gan-Bao (JGB), a functional herbal formula, consists of three famous CHMs, including Coriolus versicolor, Salvia miltiorrhiza and Schisandra chinensis, which has been used as a folk medicine for several chronic liver diseases. In the present study, we aim systemically to evaluate the effects of JGB on acute and chronic alcoholic liver diseases (ALD) as well as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in mouse models, and identify its potential bioactive components and mechanism of action...
February 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Elizabeth Ann Glass Geltman, Nichole LeClair
Radioactive materials for the medical, technological, and industrial sectors have been effectively regulated in the United States since as early as 1962. The steady increase in the exploration and production of shale gas in recent years has led to concerns about exposures to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) and Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) in oil and gas waste streams. This study applied policy surveillance methods to conduct a cross-sectional fifty-state survey of law and regulations of NORM and TENORM waste from oil and gas operations...
January 1, 2018: New Solutions: a Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy: NS
Jian Li, Haiyang Yu, Sijian Wang, Wei Wang, Qian Chen, Yanmin Ma, Yi Zhang, Tao Wang
Imbalanced hepatic glucose homeostasis is one of the critical pathologic events in the development of metabolic syndromes (MSs). Therefore, regulation of imbalanced hepatic glucose homeostasis is important in drug development for MS treatment. In this review, we discuss the major targets that regulate hepatic glucose homeostasis in human physiologic and pathophysiologic processes, involving hepatic glucose uptake, glycolysis and glycogen synthesis, and summarize their changes in MSs. Recent literature suggests the necessity of multitarget drugs in the management of MS disorder for regulation of imbalanced glucose homeostasis in both experimental models and MS patients...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Wassana Jamnongkan, Malinee Thanee, Puangrat Yongvanit, Watcharin Loilome, Raynoo Thanan, Phongsaran Kimawaha, Tidarat Boonmars, Runglawan Silakit, Nisana Namwat, Anchalee Techasen
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) caused by infection of the liver fluke Opisthorchis viverrini, (Ov) is the major public health problem in northeast Thailand. Following Ov infection the subsequent molecular changes can be associated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) induced chronic inflammation, advanced periductal fibrosis, and cholangiocarcinogenesis. Notably, resistance to an activation of cell death in prolonged oxidative stress conditions can occur but some damaged/mutated cells could survive and enable clonal expansion...
2018: PeerJ
Matthieu Jules
Synthetic Biology (SB) aims at the rational design and engineering of novel biological functions and systems. By facilitating the engineering of living organisms, SB promises to facilitate the development of many new applications for health, biomanufacturing, and the environment. Over the last decade, SB promoted the construction of libraries of components enabling the fine-tuning of genetic circuits expression and the development of novel genome engineering methodologies for many organisms of interest. SB thus opened new perspectives in the field of metabolic engineering, which was until then mainly limited to (over)producing naturally synthesized metabolic compounds...
December 11, 2017: Microbial Cell
Zaneta M Thayer
Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand is a culturally and ethnically diverse city. Despite popular global conceptions regarding its utopian nature, the lived experience for many individuals in Auckland attests to the substantial social, economic, and health inequalities that exist there. In particular, rapidly rising home prices constrain housing decisions and force individuals to live in less desirable neighborhoods, with potential impacts on individual health. One of the pathways through which adverse neighborhood conditions could impact health is through alterations in the functioning of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA)-axis, which regulates the physiological stress response...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
Gabriela Matuoka Chiocchetti, Carlos Jadán-Piedra, Vicente Monedero, Manuel Zúñiga, Dinoraz Vélez, Vicenta Devesa
Chemical contaminants that are present in food pose a health problem and their levels are controlled by national and international food safety organizations. Despite increasing regulation, foods that exceed legal limits reach the market. In Europe, the number of notifications of chemical contamination due to pesticide residues, mycotoxins and metals is particularly high. Moreover, in many parts of the world, drinking water contains high levels of chemical contaminants owing to geogenic or anthropogenic causes...
January 16, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Hironori Nishitsuji, Saneyuki Ujino, Keisuke Harada, Kunitada Shimotohno
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a global major health problem with over one million deaths annually caused by chronic liver damage. Understanding host factors that modulate HBV replication may aid the development of anti-HBV therapies. Our recent genome-wide small interfering RNA screen using recombinant HBV demonstrated that TIP60 inhibited HBV infection. Here, we show that TIP60 complex contributes to anti-HBV defense. The TIP60 complex bound to the HBV promoter and suppressed HBV transcription driven by the precore/core promoter...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
Kai Chen, Yang Mu, Shanshan Jian, Xiaoxia Zang, Qing Chen, Weibin Jia, Zhuang Ke, Yanzheng Gao, Jiandong Jiang
The compound 3,5-dibromo-4-hydroxybenzoate (DBHB) is both anthropogenically released into and naturally produced in the environment, and its environmental fate is of great concern. Aerobic and anaerobic reductive dehalogenations are the only two reported pathways for DBHB catabolism. In this study, a new oxidative-decarboxylation pathway for DBHB catabolism was identified in a DBHB-utilizing strain of Pigmentiphaga sp. H8. The genetic determinants underlying this pathway were elucidated based on comparative transcriptome analysis and subsequent experimental validation...
January 5, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Qinghua Wu, Xu Wang, Eugenie Nepovimova, Yun Wang, Hualin Yang, Li Li, Xiujuan Zhang, Kamil Kuca
Trichothecenes are a group of mycotoxins mainly produced by fungi of genus Fusarium. Due to high toxicity and widespread dissemination, T-2 toxin and deoxynivalenol (DON) are considered to be the most important compounds of this class. Trichothecenes generate free radicals, including reactive oxygen species (ROS), which induce lipid peroxidation, decrease levels of antioxidant enzymes, and ultimately lead to apoptosis. Consequently, oxidative stress is an active area of research on the toxic mechanisms of trichothecenes, and identification of antioxidant agents that could be used against trichothecenes is crucial for human health...
December 15, 2017: Oncotarget
Kaitlyn Beyfuss, David A Hood
BACKGROUND: p53 is a tumor suppressor protein involved in regulating a wide array of signaling pathways. The role of p53 in the cell is determined by the type of imposed oxidative stress, its intensity and duration. The last decade of research has unravelled a dual nature in the function of p53 in mediating the oxidative stress burden. However, this is dependent on the specific properties of the applied stress and thus requires further analysis. METHODS: A systematic review was performed following an electronic search of Pubmed, Google Scholar, and ScienceDirect databases...
January 3, 2018: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
Yunan Chen, Yi Yang, Bolong Xu, Shunhao Wang, Bin Li, Juan Ma, Jie Gao, Yi Y Zuo, Sijin Liu
Environmental exposure and health risk upon engineered nanomaterials are increasingly concerned. The family of mesoporous carbon nanomaterials (MCNs) is a rising star in nanotechnology for multidisciplinary research with versatile applications in electronics, energy and gas storage, and biomedicine. Meanwhile, there is mounting concern on their environmental health risks due to the growing production and usage of MCNs. The lung is the primary site for particle invasion under environmental exposure to nanomaterials...
December 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Lingjie Wang, Junlong Du, Fangyu Zhao, Zonghai Chen, Jingru Chang, Furong Qin, Zili Wang, Fengjie Wang, Xianbing Chen, Ning Chen
During the expansion of aging population, the study correlated with brain aging is one of the important research topics. Developing novel and effective strategies for delaying brain aging is highly desired. Brain aging is characteristics of impaired cognitive capacity due to dysfunctional autophagy regulated by Rheb-mTOR signal pathway in hippocampal tissues. In the present study, we have established a rat model with brain aging through subcutaneous injection of D-galactose (D-gal). Upon the intervention of Trillium tschonoskii Maxim (TTM) saponin, one of bioactive components from local natural herbs in China, the learning and memory capacity of D-gal-induced aging rats was evaluated through Morris water maze test, and the regulation of Rheb-mTOR signal pathway and functional status of autophagy in hippocampal tissues of D-gal-induced aging rats was explored by Western blot...
December 26, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Marta Rychert, Chris Wilkins, Karl Parker, Karen Witten
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: In July 2013, New Zealand passed the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA), which established a legal regulated market for government-approved products containing new psychoactive substances (NPS). One of the aims of the PSA was to separate the market for approved NPS products from unapproved products and illegal drugs. The aim of this study was to explore perceived health risks and social acceptability of government-approved NPS compared to unapproved NPS and other drugs...
December 29, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
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