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Jorge Del Cueto, Irina A Ionescu, Martina Pičmanová, Oliver Gericke, Mohammed S Motawia, Carl E Olsen, José A Campoy, Federico Dicenta, Birger L Møller, Raquel Sánchez-Pérez
Almond and sweet cherry are two economically important species of the Prunus genus. They both produce the cyanogenic glucosides prunasin and amygdalin. As part of a two-component defense system, prunasin and amygdalin release toxic hydrogen cyanide upon cell disruption. In this study, we investigated the potential role within prunasin and amygdalin and some of its derivatives in endodormancy release of these two Prunus species. The content of prunasin and of endogenous prunasin turnover products in the course of flower development was examined in five almond cultivars - differing from very early to extra-late in flowering time - and in one sweet early cherry cultivar...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Sumit Sethi, Mariana Pedrini, Lucas B Rizzo, Maiara Zeni-Graiff, Caroline Dal Mas, Ana Cláudia Cassinelli, Mariane N Noto, Elson Asevedo, Quirino Cordeiro, João G M Pontes, Antonio J M Brasil, Acioly Lacerda, Mirian A F Hayashi, Ronei Poppi, Ljubica Tasic, Elisa Brietzke
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to identify molecular alterations in the human blood serum related to bipolar disorder, using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and chemometrics. METHODS: Metabolomic profiling, employing (1)H-NMR, (1)H-NMR T2-edited, and 2D-NMR spectroscopy and chemometrics of human blood serum samples from patients with bipolar disorder (n = 26) compared with healthy volunteers (n = 50) was performed. RESULTS: The investigated groups presented distinct metabolic profiles, in which the main differential metabolites found in the serum sample of bipolar disorder patients compared with those from controls were lipids, lipid metabolism-related molecules (choline, myo-inositol), and some amino acids (N-acetyl-L-phenyl alanine, N-acetyl-L-aspartyl-L-glutamic acid, L-glutamine)...
December 2017: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Chao Liu, Xia Li, Honggai Yang, Xinhui Mao, Juan Wang, Wenyuan Gao
Amygdalin can be decomposed into hydrocyanic acid, which is the primary source of Persicae Semen toxicity, by gut flora. Here, the inhibitory activity of β-glucosidase for test herb extracts was first determined and compared. In turn, optimization of the ratio of substrate and inhibitor in vitro and LD50 values of extracts, serum and liver contents of amygdalin in vivo was measured. Lycii Cortex was found to be the best inhibitory activity for β-glucosidase. The ratio of amygdalin-to-Lycii Cortex extract of 7...
April 9, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Laleh Dehghani Tafti, Seyyed Mahyar Shariatpanahi, Mahmoud Mahdavi Damghani, Behjat Javadi
Drug delivery across the skin is used for several millennia to ease gastrointestinal (GI) ailments in Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM). TPM topical remedies are generally being applied on the stomach, lower abdomen, lower back and liver to alleviate GI illnesses such as dyspepsia, gastritis, GI ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal worms and infections. The aim of the present study is to survey the topical GI remedies and plant species used as ingredients for these remedies in TPM. In addition, pharmacological activities of the mentioned plants have been discussed...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Ao Zhang, Weiyun Pan, Juan Lv, Hui Wu
The acute lung injury (ALI) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. Amygdalin is derived from the bitter apricot kernel, an efficacious Chinese herbal medicine. Although amygdalin is used by many cancer patients as an antitumor agent, there is no report about the effect of amygdalin on acute lung injury. Here we explored the protective effect of amygdalin on ALI using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced murine model by detecting the lung wet/dry ratio, the myeloperoxidase (MPO) in lung tissues, inflammatory cells in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), inflammatory cytokines production, as well as NLRP3 and NF-κB signaling pathways...
March 16, 2017: Inflammation
Atanaska Todorova, Margarita Pesheva, Ivan Iliev, Krum Bardarov, Teodora Todorova
Amygdalin is a major component of the seeds of Rosaceae family of plants such as apricots, peaches, cherry, nectarines, apples, plums, and so on, as well as almonds. It is used in alternative medicine for cancer prevention, alleviation of fever, cough suppression, and quenching thirst. The aim of the present study is to determine the mutagenic and recombinogenic effects of amygdalin in a test system Saccharomyces cerevisiae and to evaluate its potential antitumor effect in a yeast cell-based test and colon cancer cell lines...
April 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
Yu-Chin Lin, Ching-Wen Chang, Chi-Rei Wu
BACKGROUND: Ma-Xing-Gan-Shi-Tang (abbreviated as MXGST), an important Chinese herbal prescribed for cough, bronchial inflammation and fever from pneumonia, consists of four medicinal herbs, including Ephedrae herb, Semen Pruni Armeniacae, licorice and Gypsum. These components, especially Ephedrae and Semen Pruni Armeniacae, possess antitussive activities, but they have severe adverse effects. METHODS: The pharmacological activities of MXGST extract in clinical use were investigated with citric acid-induced cough, acetylcholine/histamine-induced bronchial contraction and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced fever in rodents...
November 10, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
M C García, E González-García, R Vásquez-Villanueva, M L Marina
Stones from olives and Prunus genus fruits are cheap and sustainable sources of proteins and could be potential sources of bioactive peptides. The main limitation to the use of these seeds is the presence of amygdalin. This work proposes to determine amygdalin in olive and Prunus seeds and in protein isolates obtained from them. Moreover, antioxidant, angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, and hypocholesterolemic properties will be evaluated in hydrolysates obtained from these seeds. Despite some seeds contained amygdalin, all protein isolates were free of this substance...
November 9, 2016: Food & Function
Yun-Xi Zhong, Xiao-Liang Jin, Shi-Yin Gu, Ying Peng, Ke-Rong Zhang, Bing-Chen Ou-Yang, Yu Wang, Wei Xiao, Zhen-Zhong Wang, Ji-Ye Aa, Guang-Ji Wang, Jian-Guo Sun
Guizhi Fuling capsule (GZFL), a traditional Chinese medicine formulation, is widely used in China to relieve pain from dysmenorrhea and is now in a Phase II clinical trial in the USA. Due to the low exposure of the five main medicative ingredients (amygdalin, cinnamic acid, gallic acid, paeoniflorin and paeonol) of GZFL in human, a strategy was built to qualitatively and quantitatively identify the possible metabolites of GZFL and to describe the pharmacokinetic profiles of GZFL in human. In this strategy, LC-Q-TOF/MS was used to identify and structurally elucidate the possible metabolites of GZFL in vivo; and a time-based metabolite-confirming step (TBMCs) was used to confirm uncertain metabolites...
August 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yinghong Tang, Mengkai Zheng, Yu-Lin Chen, Jianzhen Chen, Yu He
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Ephedra alkaloids, including ephedrine (EP), pseudoephedrine (PEP) and methylephedrine (MEP), are sympathomimetic compounds with known toxicities but many Ephedra (Ephedrae herba) preparations, such as Ephedra decoction, have been clinically applied for centuries. In order to explore the possible detoxification mechanism of Ephedra alkaloids, four representative compounds in Ephedra decoction (cinnamic acid, amygdalin, glycyrrhizic acid and liquiritin) were studied for their pharmacokinetic effects on Ephedra alkaloids in Sprague-Dawley rats...
June 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Hui Kong, Huihua Qu, Baoping Qu, Wenhao Zeng, Yan Zhao, Xueqian Wang, Qingguo Wang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the transdermal profile of pseudoephedrine and amygdalin in the Traditional Chinese Medicine majiepingchuan in rat skin and to reveal their interaction. METHODS: A Franz diffusion cell was used in vitro to evaluate the transdermal parameters of cumulative transdermal flux (Q(tot)), cumulative transmission (T(tot)), and mean penetration rate (Kp) of pseudoephedrine and amygdalin in majiepingchuan. Linear regression analyses of Q(tot) over time of pseudoephedrine vs amygdalin and their ratios was adopted for correlation evaluation...
April 2016: Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chung i Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan
Yu-lian Zhu, Hua Huang, Ding Xia, Yuan-zhi Ren
OBJECTIVE: The extraction process and film-forming preparation technology of Huayu Xiaozhong spray film was optimized respectively by orthogonal design and central composite design/response surface method (CCD-RSM). METHODS: With the extraction rate of amygdalin as the index, the orthogonal experiment was adopted for the optimization of extraction process. With the film-forming time, spraying effect, thickness and maintain time of spray film as the indexes, the dosages of PVA 1788, PVP k30 and glycerin as factors, the prescription was optimized by CCD-RSM...
November 2015: Zhong Yao Cai, Zhongyaocai, Journal of Chinese Medicinal Materials
Xue-Mei Li, Jing-Hua Peng, Zhao-Lin Sun, Hua-Jie Tian, Xiao-Hua Duan, Lin Liu, Xin Ma, Qin Feng, Ping Liu, Yi-Yang Hu
AIM: Chinese medicine CGA formula consists of polysaccharide from Cordyceps sinensis mycelia (CS-PS), gypenosides and amygdalin, which is derived from Fuzheng Huayu (FZHY) capsule for treating liver fibrosis. In this study we attempted to confirm the therapeutic effects of CGA formula in dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)-induced liver fibrosis in rats, and to identify the mechanisms of anti-fibrotic actions. METHODS: Rats were injected with DMN (10 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1), ip) for 3 consecutive days per week over a 4-week period...
June 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Carlos A Mora, Jonas G Halter, Cornel Adler, Andreas Hund, Heidrun Anders, Kang Yu, Wendelin J Stark
Many crops are ill-protected against insect pests during storage. To protect cereal grains from herbivores during storage, pesticides are often applied. While pesticides have an undoubtable functionality, increasing concerns are arising about their application. In the present study, we investigated a bioinspired cyanogenic grain coating with amygdalin as cyanogenic precursor mimicking the feeding-triggered release of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) found for example in bitter almonds. The multilayer coating consisted of biodegradable polylactic acid with individual layers containing amygdalin or β-glucosidase which is capable of degrading amygdalin to HCN...
May 11, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
V A Yamshanov, E G Kovan'ko, Yu I Pustovalov
The effects of amygdaline from apricot kernel added to fodder on the growth of transplanted LYO-1 and Ehrlich carcinoma were studied in mice. Apricot kernels inhibited the growth of both tumors. Apricot kernels, raw and after thermal processing, given 2 days before transplantation produced a pronounced antitumor effect. Heat-processed apricot kernels given in 3 days after transplantation modified the tumor growth and prolonged animal lifespan. Thermal treatment did not considerably reduce the antitumor effect of apricot kernels...
March 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Roman A Blaheta, Karen Nelson, Axel Haferkamp, Eva Juengel
BACKGROUND: The cyanogenic diglucoside, amygdalin, has gained high popularity among cancer patients together with, or in place of, conventional therapy. Still, evidence based research on amygdalin is sparse and its benefit controversial. PURPOSE: Since so many cancer patients consume amygdalin, and many clinicians administer it without clear knowledge of its mode of action, current knowledge has been summarized and the pros and cons of its use weighed. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted for amygdalin relevant reports using the PubMed database with the main search term "Amygdalin" or "laetrile", at times combined with "cancer", "patient", "cyanide" or "toxic"...
April 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Ying-hong Tang, Hai-tong Wan, Jian-zhen Chen, Hui-fen Zhou, Yan-fang Tian, Yu He
To detect the in vitro probe microdialysis recoveries based on an HPLC-DAD method for simultaneous quantification of nine active ingredients (ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, methylephedrine, amygdalin, liquiritin, cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamic acid, cinnamaldehyde and glycyrrhizic acid) in Mahuang decoction, which provides reference for in vivo pharmacokinetic study. The concentrations of nine active ingredients in dialysate were detected by HPLC-DAD, to investigate the effect of flow rates (incremental method and subtraction method) and intraday stability of the probe recoveries and medium concentrations on the recoveries...
September 2015: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Xiao-bing Li, Fu-guo Shi, Ling-yan Jian, Li Ding
The study aims to develop an LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of amygdalin and paeoniflorin in urine samples, and to investigate their urinary excretion characteristics in healthy volunteers after intravenous infusion administration of Huoxue-Tongluo lyophilized powder for injection (HTLPI). The urine samples were extracted by methanol, and then separated on a Hedera ODS-2 column with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 5 mmol · L(-1) ammonium acetate buffer solution containing 0.05% formic acid (20:80)...
October 2015: Yao Xue Xue Bao, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica
Jasmina Makarević, Igor Tsaur, Eva Juengel, Hendrik Borgmann, Karen Nelson, Christian Thomas, Georg Bartsch, Axel Haferkamp, Roman A Blaheta
AIMS: Despite impressive survival benefits from new agents to treat metastasized prostate cancer (PCa), progressive drug resistance hinders long-term response and restricts the efficacy of subsequent therapy. Due to reported antitumor activity of amygdalin and growing popularity for complementary and alternative medicine the potential of this natural, widely used substance to exert antineoplastic effects on prostate cancer cells has been assessed. MAIN METHODS: LNCaP (castration-sensitive), DU-145 and PC3 cells (castration-resistant) were exposed to different concentrations of amygdalin for 24h or 2weeks...
February 15, 2016: Life Sciences
Eva Juengel, Masud Afschar, Jasmina Makarević, Jochen Rutz, Igor Tsaur, Jens Mani, Karen Nelson, Axel Haferkamp, Roman A Blaheta
Information about the natural compound amygdalin, which is employed as an antitumor agent, is sparse and thus its efficacy remains controversial. In this study, to determine whether amygdalin exerts antitumor effects on renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cells, its impact on RCC metastatic activity was investigated. The RCC cell lines, Caki-1, KTC-26 and A498, were exposed to amygdalin from apricot kernels, and adhesion to human vascular endothelium, immobilized collagen or fibronectin was investigated. The influence of amygdalin on chemotactic and invasive activity was also determined, as was the influence of amygdalin on surface and total cellular α and β integrin expression, which are involved in metastasis...
March 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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