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Wenxia Bai, Shudong Wang, Shanshan An, Mengjie Guo, Guangming Gong, Wenya Liu, Shaoxin Ma, Xin Li, Jihua Fu, Wenbing Yao
This study aimed to investigate the effect of single and combination therapy using chitosan (K), gynostemma (J), and motherwort (Y) on an experimental rat model of chronic renal failure (CRF) induced by adenine and the underlying mechanisms. CRF rats were treated with individual or combinational therapy with two or three of these agents. Biochemical indicators showed that the levels of blood urea nitrogen, creatinine and uric acid decreased and the levels of albumin and hemoglobin increased by single or combination therapy of these drugs...
March 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Li-Hua Dong, Yan-Hui Kuang, Dong-Dong Fan, Tong Jiang, Liang-Mian Chen, Dong Zhang, Jing-Jing Zhu, Zhi-Min Wang, De-Qin Wang, Chu-Yuan Li
To investigate the differences of chemical compositions in Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaves prepared by different processing methods. Ultra performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry(UPLC-Q-TOF-MS) was used to compare the chemical compositions between shade-dried processing and drum-dried processing. Forty six gypenosides were identified by control comparison, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry(LC-MSn) fragmentation information, and literature data. The mass spectral peak area statistics was combined with principal component analysis(PCA), and the results showed that eight batches of Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaves samples were divided into two groups according to the two different processing methods; ten chemical compositions with significant differences were screened according to mass spectrum information combined with partial least-squares discriminant analysis(PLS-DA)...
February 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Shao-Fang Xing, Lin-Hua Liu, Ma-Li Zu, Xiao-Fan Ding, Wei-Ye Cui, Tuo Chang, Xiang-Lan Piao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Gypenosides are major constituents in Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino. Previous studies have shown that gypenosides isolated from G. pentaphyllum possess inhibitory effect on the growth of cancer cells, especially A549 cells, with structure-activity relationship (SAR). However, the underlying mechanism of gypenoside-induced A549 cell death remains to be clarified. AIM OF THE STUDY: To further investigate SAR and the underlying mechanism of gypenosides in A549 cells...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Huang-Pin Wu, Yin-Ku Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Many traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), such as Eucommia ulmoides Oliv., Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino, and Curcuma longa L., have been reported to have various immune-modulatory effects. AIM OF THE STUDY: To determine the effects of extracts from these three TCM on type 1T help (Th1)- and Th2-cytokine responses and human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from septic patients...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Xiaoshu Zhang, Guohui Shi, Mingbing Liu, Rong Chen, Xiaojun Wu, Yuqing Zhao
Phytochemical investigation of hydrolysate of total G. pentaphyllum saponins led to the isolation of four novel triterpenes, Gypensapogenin U (1), Gypensapogenin V (2), Gypensapogenin W (3) and Gypensapogenin X (4). The structures of these compounds were identified by 1D, 2D-NMR and HR-ESI-MS evidences. Additionally, the protective activity of these new compounds against cardiomyocytes injury induced by H2O2 and their cytotoxic activity against t-HSC/Cl-6 cells were evaluated.
January 23, 2018: Natural Product Research
Reem Hasaballah Alhasani, Lincoln Biswas, Ali Mohammad Tohari, Xinzhi Zhou, James Reilly, Jian-Feng He, Xinhua Shu
Oxidative stress plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of retinal degeneration. Gypenosides are the major functional components isolated from Gynostemma pentaphyllum. They have been shown to protect against oxidative stress and inflammation and have also demonstrated a protective effect on experimental optic neuritis. In order to determine the protective properties of gypenosides against oxidative stress in human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells, ARPE-19 cells were treated with H2 O2 or H2 O2 plus gypenosides for 24 h...
February 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Gerburg Keilhoff, Torben Esser, Maximilian Titze, Uwe Ebmeyer, Lorenz Schild
Asphyxial cardiac arrest (ACA)-induced ischemia results in acute and delayed neuronal cell death. The early reperfusion phase is critical for the outcome. Intervention strategies directed to this period are promising to reduce ACA/resuscitation-dependent impairments. This study focused on the evaluation of the protective potential of an extract from Gynostemma pentaphyllum (GP), a plant used in traditional medicine with antioxidative, glucose lowering and neuroprotective activities, in an ACA rat model. We tested the following parameters: i) Basic systemic parameters such as pCO2 and blood glucose value within the first 30 min post-ACA; ii) mitochondrial response by determining activities of citrate synthase, respiratory chain complexes I + III and II + III, and the composition of cardiolipin 6 and 24 h post-ACA; iii) neuronal vitality of the CA1 hippocampal region by immunohistochemistry 24 h and 7 days post-ACA; and iv) cognitive function by a novel object recognition test 7 days post-ACA...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Wing-Yan Wong, Magnolia Muk-Lan Lee, Brandon Dow Chan, Victor Wan-San Ma, Wenchun Zhang, Timothy Tak-Chun Yip, Wing-Tak Wong, William Chi-Shing Tai
Recent advances in the development of anti-inflammatory agents have improved their therapeutic outcome in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), however, the presence of side effects and limited effectiveness hinder their widespread use. Therefore, novel compounds with strong anti-inflammatory efficacy are still required. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effect and potential mechanisms of Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino saponins (GpS), a major component of the herbal medicine widely used in Asian countries...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
San-Hu Gou, Bei-Jun Liu, Xiu-Feng Han, Li Wang, Chao Zhong, Shan Liang, Hui Liu, Yin Qiang, Yun Zhang, Jing-Man Ni
BACKGROUND: The mixture of Hongqu and gypenosides (HG) is composed of Fermentum Rubrum (Hongqu, in Chinese) and total saponins of Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino (Jiaogulan, in Chinese) in a 3.6:1 weight ratio. Both Hongqu and Jiaogulan are considered valuable traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs); they have been commonly used in China for the treatment of hyperlipidemia and related diseases for centuries. The aim of the current study was assess the anti-atherosclerotic effect of HG...
October 26, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Benjaporn Sornpet, Teerapong Potha, Yingmanee Tragoolpua, Kidsadagon Pringproa
OBJECTIVE: To study the antiviral properties of the five Asian medicinal plants against in vitro infection by the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1). METHODS: Crude extracts of Andrographis paniculata, Curcuma longa (C. longa), Gynostemma pentaphyllum, Kaempferia parviflora (K. parviflora), and Psidium guajava obtained by both water and ethanol extractions were investigated for their cytotoxicity in the Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. Thereafter, they were investigated in vitro for antiviral activity and cytokine response upon H5N1 virus infection...
September 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Dong-Dong Fan, Yan-Hui Kuang, Li-Hua Dong, Xiao Ye, Liang-Mian Chen, Dong Zhang, Zhen-Shan Ma, Jin-Yu Wang, Jing-Jing Zhu, Zhi-Min Wang, De-Qin Wang, Chu-Yuan Li
To optimize the purification process of gynostemma pentaphyllum saponins (GPS) based on "adjoint marker" online control technology with GPS as the testing index. UPLC-QTOF-MS technology was used for qualitative analysis. "Adjoint marker" online control results showed that the end point of load sample was that the UV absorbance of effluent liquid was equal to half of that of load sample solution, and the absorbance was basically stable when the end point was stable. In UPLC-QTOF-MS qualitative analysis, 16 saponins were identified from GPS, including 13 known gynostemma saponins and 3 new saponins...
April 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Xiaoshu Zhang, Guohui Shi, Yuanyuan Sun, Xiaojun Wu, Yuqing Zhao
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a popular functional food, and it is also used as a traditional medicine in Asia. In this study, five previously undescribed triterpenes, gypensapogenin M, gypensapogenin N, gypensapogenin O, gypensapogenin P, and gypensapogenin Q, together with five known compounds were isolated from the hydrolyzate of total G. pentaphyllum saponins. The bioassay data showed that all the triterpenes exhibited significant protective activity against H2 O2 -induced myocardial cell injury and anti-hepatic fibrosis activity...
December 2017: Phytochemistry
Kung-Wen Lu, Yi-Shih Ma, Fu-Shun Yu, Yi-Ping Huang, Yung-Lin Chu, Rick Sai-Chuen Wu, Ching-Lung Liao, Fu-Shin Chueh, Jing-Gung Chung
Gypenosides (Gyp), the primary components of Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino, have long been used as a Chinese herbal medicine. In the present study, the effects of Gyp on cell viability, the cell cycle, cell apoptosis, DNA damage and chromatin condensation were investigated in vitro using human oral cancer HSC-3 cells. The results of the present study indicated that Gyp induces cell death, G2/M phase arrest and apoptosis in HSC-3 cells in a dose-dependent manner. It was also demonstrated that Gyp decreased the depolarization of mitochondrial membrane potential in a time-dependent manner...
September 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xiao Zhang, Tao Zhou, Nazish Kanwal, Yuemei Zhao, Guoqing Bai, Guifang Zhao
Gynostemma BL., belonging to the family Cucurbitaceae, is a genus containing 17 creeping herbaceous species mainly distributed in East Asia. It can be divided into two subgenera based on different fruit morphology. Herein, we report eight complete chloroplast genome sequences of the genus Gynostemma, which were obtained by Illumina paired-end sequencing, assembly, and annotation. The length of the eight complete cp genomes ranged from 157,576 bp (G. pentaphyllum) to 158,273 bp (G. laxiflorum). Each encoded 133 genes, including 87 protein-coding genes, 37 tRNA genes, eight rRNA genes, and one pseudogene...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Huiru Zhang, Xueqin Wang, Ruifang Li, Xincheng Sun, Siwen Sun, Qiang Li, Chunping Xu
BACKGROUND: Many exopolysaccharides from the endophytes in medicinal plants possess various potential bioactivities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The endophytic fungus JY25 was isolated from the leave of the Chinese medicinal plant Gynostemma pentaphylla and identified as Chaetomium sp. by its phylogenetic and physiological analysis. One exopolysaccharide (EPS) fraction was isolated from the fermentation broth by ethanol precipitation and purified by gel filtration chromatography on Sepharose CL-6B...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Kai Zheng, Yingchun Jiang, Chenghui Liao, Xiaopeng Hu, Yan Li, Yong Zeng, Jian Zhang, Xuli Wu, Haiqiang Wu, Lizhong Liu, Yifei Wang, Zhendan He
Downregulation of apoptotic signal pathway and activation of protective autophagy mainly contribute to the chemoresistance of tumor cells. Therefore, exploring efficient chemotherapeutic agents or isolating novel natural products that can trigger nonapoptotic and nonautophagic cell death such as lysosome-associated death is emergently required. We have recently extracted a saponin, gypenoside L (Gyp-L), from Gynostemma pentaphyllum and showed that Gyp-L was able to induce nonapoptotic cell death of esophageal cancer cells associated with lysosome swelling...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jun Wang, Jun-Li Yang, Pan-Pan Zhou, Xian-Hua Meng, Yan-Ping Shi
Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) has been widely used as a herbal tea, dietary supplement, and vegetable in Asian countries. In this study, six new gypenosides (1-6) were isolated from the aerial parts of G. pentaphyllum. Their molecular structures were elucidated through spectroscopic analysis and acid hydrolysis. Gypenosides 1 and 2 represented the first example of a dammar-21-O- glucopyranoside without any unsaturated functional group and a dammar-3-O-glucopyranosyl-25-O-glucopyranoside without any cyclization in the side chain, respectively...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jiamei Chen, Xuewei Li, Yonghong Hu, Wei Liu, Qun Zhou, Hua Zhang, Yongping Mu, Ping Liu
Gypenosides (GPs), the predominant components of Gynostemma pentaphyllum, exert antifibrotic effects; however, the mechanisms underlying their ability to ameliorate liver fibrosis are unclear. Liver fibrosis was induced in C57BL/6 mice via subcutaneous injection of 10% carbon tetrachloride (CCl[Formula: see text] three times a week for two weeks. Then, CCl4 was administered in conjunction with intragastric GPs for another three weeks. For in vitro analyses, WB-F344, hepatatic progenitor cells (HPCs) were treated with transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-[Formula: see text]1) with or without GPs for 48[Formula: see text]h...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Ji Yeon Seo, Sang Kyum Kim, Phi Hung Nguyen, Ju Yong Lee, Pham Ha Thanh Tung, Sang Hyun Sung, Won Keun Oh
BACKGROUND: A few bioactivities of constituents from Gynostemma laxum, which has been collected in Vietnam, have been reported until now. There is no report about the effects of constituents from G. laxum although the nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2)-mediated heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) antioxidant defense system is involved in neuroprotection in the brain. Therefore, we investigated whether quercetin (2), benzoic acid (10) and their analogues (1, 3-9 and 11) from G. laxum have the antioxidant and neuroprotective activities and also their underlying mechanism...
2017: Chinese Medicine
Lin Shi, De-Hong Tan, Ting-Cai Yan, Dong-Hua Jiang, Ming-Xiao Hou
One new dammarane-type triterpene, gypsapogenin A (1), was isolated from the acid hydrolyzate of total saponins from Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino, together with two known compounds, (20S,24S)-3β,20,21β,23β,25-pentahydroxy-21,24-cyclodammarane (2) and (23S)-3β-hydroxydammar-20,24-dien-21-oic acid 21,23-lactone (3). Its structural elucidations were accomplished mainly on the basis of the interpretation of spectroscopic data, such as IR, HR-TOF-MS, and NMR. The cytotoxic activities were evaluated against HepG2 and A549 human cancer cell lines...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
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