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Ankita Singh Chakotiya, Ankit Tanwar, Pranay Srivastava, Alka Narula, Rakesh Kumar Sharma
The prevalence of lung infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains that are classified as multi-drug resistant has increased considerably and is mainly attributed to relative insufficiency of potent chemotherapeutic modalities. The present study was conducted to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of aquo-alcoholic extract of Glycyrrhiza glabra against the P. aeruginosa causing lung infection in Swiss albino mice. The study involves evaluation of lethal dose of P. aeruginosa in Swiss albino mice and analysis of disease manifestation that includes bacteremia, hypothermia, reduction in body weight and other parameters for 48h of infection...
March 26, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Chen Liu, Jin Hu, Hong Sui, Qipeng Zhao, Xia Zhang, Wenping Wang
This study aimed to investigate the performance of the eutectic mixture of menthol and camphor (1:1, w/w) in nanoemulsion formulation for enhanced transdermal penetration of water-insoluble glabridin. Glabridin solubility in different media was determined by a shaking bottle method. The pseudoternary phase diagrams of the oil phase (drug-loaded eutectic mixture or IPM), the surfactant (Tween 80:glycerol = 2:1, w/w), and water were constructed using the aqueous titration method. The obtained glabridin nanoemulsions were characterized and compared on their particle sizes, in vitro and in vivo penetration performance on rat skin, and storage stability...
April 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Jiaoyan Ren, Yamei Zheng, Zehua Lin, Xin Han, Wenzhen Liao
The flavonoids (POFs) from the leaves of Platycladus orientalis (L.) Franco were purified using six different macroporous adsorption resins including polar resins NKA-9 and ADS-F8, semi-polar resins ADS-17 and AB-8, and non-polar resins D101 and ADS-5. Among semi-polar resins, AB-8 demonstrated the best adsorption and desorption capacities with an adsorption ratio of 86% and a desorption ratio of 52%. According to the Simultaneous Thermogravimetry-Differential Scanning Calorimetry (STA/TG-DSC) analysis, POFs showed three thermally decomposed temperatures (347...
January 6, 2017: Food & Function
L P Zhang, J G Li
Objective: To investigate whether glabridin has a beneficial effect on lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in rats, and to explore the possible underlying mechanisms. Methods: Thirty-two Wistar rats were randomly assigned into control group, model group (LPS group), glabridin group (GLA group), and ulinastatin group (UTI group), with 8 rats in each group. ARDS rat model was reproduced by intraperitoneal injection of LPS (10 mg/kg). The rats in the control group received an equal volume of normal saline at the same times...
December 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Li-Peng Zhang, Yan Zhao, Guo-Juan Liu, Da-Gang Yang, Yi-Huan Dong, Li-Hua Zhou
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a complication caused by pulmonary and/or external factors. In this study, we investigated the protective mechanisms of glabridin in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced ARDS in rats. RESULTS: GLA treatment at dose of 30 mg/kg decreased LPS-induced lung W/D ratio and alleviated evident lung histopathological changes. Expressions of TNF-α and IL-18 were suppressed by GLA in plasma. The levels of SPA, MDA and NO in lung were down-regulated significantly in groups administrated with GLA...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
Yongqin Wei, Jin Zhang, Yan Zhou, Weiya Bei, Yuan Li, Qipeng Yuan, Hao Liang
Various biological activities of glabridin have been reported in literature, however, the bioavailability and clinical application was limited by its low water solubility. In this study, we developed a novel inclusion complex of glabridin and hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) that features improved solubility and bioactivity. The formation of the inclusion complex was supported by data from FT-IR, PXRD, SEM and NMR. Specifically, the NMR results indicated that the aromatic ring of glabridin was merged into and located at the narrow side the cavity of HP-β-CD...
March 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Hiroaki Hayashi, Shinya Tamura, Ren Chiba, Isao Fujii, Nobuji Yoshikawa, Inoyat Fattokhov, Madibron Saidov
The characteristics of 2 Glycyrrhiza plants, G. glabra and G. bucharica (=Meristotropis bucharica), were investigated in Tajikistan. The glycyrrhizin content in the underground parts of G. glabra varied from 2.56 to 9.29% of the dry weight, and the content of glabridin, a species-specific flavonoid of G. glabra, varied from 0.09 to 0.92% of the dry weight. Seeds of G. glabra plants from Tajikistan were cultivated for 3 years in Japan, and the glycyrrhizin content of the harvested roots ranged from 0.75 to 1...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Guannan Li, Dejan Nikolic, Richard B van Breemen
Defined as the roots and underground stems of principally three Glycyrrhiza species, G. glabra L., G.uralensis Fish. ex DC. and G. inflata Batalin, licorice has been used as a medicinal herb for millennia and is marketed as root sticks, powders and extracts. Identity tests described in most pharmacopeial monographs enabled the distinction of Glycyrrhiza species. Accordingly, an ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) assay using the method of standard addition was developed to quantify 14 licorice components (liquiritin, isoliquiritin, liquiritin apioside, isoliquiritin apioside, licuraside, liquiritigenin, isoliquiritigenin, glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid, glabridin, glycycoumarin, licoricidin, licochalcone A, and p-hydroxybenzylmalonic acid), representing several natural product classes including chalcones, flavanones, saponins, and isoflavonoids...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Haruyoshi Seino, Yukari Arai, Norio Nagao, Noriyasu Ozawa, Kazuhiko Hamada
Partially myristoylated chitosan pyrrolidone carboxylate (PMCP) is a cationic amphiphilic chitosan derivative. Glabridin (Glab) from licorice root extracts is a hydrophobic antimelanogenic agent. Here we assessed the effects of cationic Glab-containing polymeric micelles derived from PMCP (Glab/PMCP-PM) on the ability of Glab to penetrate the skin and inhibit melanogenesis using a human skin model. The amount of Glab absorbed 24 h after the application of Glab/PMCP-PM was approximately four times higher than that of conventional oil-in-water micelles (control) prepared using Tween 60...
2016: PloS One
Debrabata Chanda, Jesus Prieto-Lloret, Arjun Singh, Hina Iqbal, Pankaj Yadav, Vladimir Snetkov, Philip I Aaronson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Glabridin is a major flavonoid in Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root, a traditional Asian medicine. Glabridin is reported to have anti-atherogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-nephritic properties; however its effects on vascular tone remain unexplored. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We examined the effect of glabridin on rat main mesenteric artery using isometric myography and also ELISA to measure cGMP levels. KEY RESULTS: Glabridin (30μM) relaxed arteries pre-constricted with the thromboxane A2 analog U46619 (0...
November 15, 2016: Life Sciences
Hwan Hee Lee, Seulki Lee, Yu Su Shin, Miyeon Cho, Hyojeung Kang, Hyosun Cho
Licorice extracts have been widely used in herbal and folk medications. Glycyrrhiza contains diverse range of biological compounds including triterpenes (glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhizic acid) and flavonoids (quercetin, liquiritin, liquiritigenin, glabridin, licoricidin, isoliquiritigenin). The flavonoids in licorice are known to have strong anti-cancer activities. Quercetin, the most abundant flavonoid, has been shown to have anti-ulcer, anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection can lead to serious malignancies, such as, Burkitt's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and gastric carcinoma(GC), and (Epstein-Barr virus associated gastric carcinoma) EBVaGC is one of the most common EBV-associated cancers...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yusha U Shu Aibu Baraya, Kah Keng Wong, Nik Soriani Yaacob
Breast cancer has continued to cause high cancer death rates among women worldwide. The use of plants' natural products in breast cancer treatment has received more attention in recent years due to their potentially wider safety margin and the potential to complement conventional chemotherapeutic drugs. Plant-based products have demonstrated anticancer potential through different biological pathways including modulation of the immune system. Immunomodulatory properties of medicinal plants have been shown to mitigate breast cancer cell growth...
August 17, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Dana Atrahimovich, Soliman Khatib, Shifra Sela, Jacob Vaya, Abraham O Samson
High levels of circulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) are a primary initiating event in the development of atherosclerosis. Recently, the antiatherogenic effect of polyphenols has been shown to be exerted via a mechanism unrelated to their antioxidant capacity and to stem from their interaction with specific intracellular or plasma proteins. In this study, we investigated the interaction of the main polyphenol in pomegranate, punicalagin, with apolipoprotein B-100 (ApoB100) that surrounds LDL. Punicalagin bound to ApoB100 at low concentrations (0...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Keiko Inami, Yusuke Mine, Yukiko Kojo, Satomi Tanaka, Satoko Ishikawa, Masataka Mochizuki
Antimutagenesis against N-nitroso compounds contribute to prevention of human cancer. We have found that Glycyrrhiza aspera ethanolic extract exhibits antimutagenic activity against N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) using the Ames assay with Salmonella typhimurium TA1535. In the present study, eight purified components from Glycyrrhiza, namely glabridin, glycyrrhetinic acid, glycyrrhizin, licochalcone A, licoricesaponin H2, licoricesaponin G2, liquiritigenin and liquiritin were evaluated for their antimutagenicity against MNU in the Ames assay with S...
March 2017: Natural Product Research
Ilona Kaczmarczyk-Sedlak, Sylwia Klasik-Ciszewska, Weronika Wojnar
BACKGROUND: One of the major causes of osteoporosis and bone fracture in postmenopausal women is estrogen deficiency. To prevent the fractures, and avoid the side effects of hormone replacement therapy, phytoestrogens including the isoflavonoids are used. In the presented study two constituents occurring in the licorice root-the isoflavane glabridin and triterpenoid saponin glycyrrhizic acid were examined on the skeletal system of ovariectomized rats. METHODS: The female Wistar rats were divided into five groups: control group, ovariectomized group as well as three ovariectomized groups treated with estradiol (0...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
W P Wang, J Hul, H Sui, Y S Zhao, J Feng, C Liu
Glabridin, a polyphenolic flavonoid from licorice, has inspired great interest for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin-lightening activities. However, low water solubility and poor stability of glabridin impedes its topical application in cosmetic products and therapies of dermal diseases. The purpose of this study was to develop a nanosuspension formulation of glabridin to improve its skin permeation. Glabridin nanosuspensions were prepared using anti-solvent precipitation-homogenization method, and Box-Behnken design was adopted to investigate the effects of crucial formulation variables on particle size and to optimize the nanosuspension formulation...
May 2016: Die Pharmazie
Linlin Su, Xiaodong Li, Xue Wu, Bo Hui, Shichao Han, Jianxin Gao, Yan Li, Jihong Shi, Huayu Zhu, Bin Zhao, Dahai Hu
Hypertrophic scar (HS) is a serious fibrotic skin condition with currently no satisfactory therapy due to undefined molecular mechanism. FAK and Src are two important non-receptor tyrosine kinases that have been indicated in HS pathogenesis. Here we found both FAK and Src were activated in HS vs. normal skin (NS), NS fibroblasts treated with TGF-β1 also exhibited FAK/Src activation. Co-immunoprecipitation and dual-labelled immunofluorescence revealed an enhanced FAK-Src association and co-localization in HS vs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Sylwia Klasik-Ciszewska, Ilona Kaczmarczyk-Sedlak, Weronika Wojnar
Licorice is a medicinal plant showing many therapeutic activities. Its roots contain numerous pharmacologically active compounds such as a triterpenoid saponin--glycyrrhizic acid and an isoflavan--glabridin. There are reports indicating that glabridin exhibits estrogen-like activity, therefore it can be classified into phytoestrogens, which may soothe menopause symptoms including postmenopausal osteoporosis. Due to this fact, the aim of the presented study was to evaluate the effect of glabridin and glycyrrhizic acid on histomorphometric parameters of bones in rats with ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis...
March 2016: Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica
Vivek Viswanathan, Alka P Mukne
Glabridin is a major bioactive phytoconstituent of licorice. This work discusses the development and validation of HPLC and HPTLC methods for analysis of glabridin in licorice. The HPLC separation was performed using a Purospher STAR RP-18e column (5 μm silica particle size, 250 mm × 4.6 mm inner diameter) with gradient elution of 0.2% acetic acid in water-acetonitrile. The flow rate was 1 mL/min. Quantification was performed at a detection wavelength of 280 nm. HTPLC separation was performed on precoated silica gel 60 F254 aluminum plate (10 × 10 cm, 250 μm thickness)...
March 2016: Journal of AOAC International
Ming-Ju Hsieh, Mu-Kuan Chen, Chih-Jung Chen, Ming-Chang Hsieh, Yu-Sheng Lo, Yi-Ching Chuang, Hui-Ling Chiou, Shun-Fa Yang
BACKGROUND: Extensive research results support the use of herbal medicine or natural food to augment therapy for various cancers. Studies have associated glabridin with numerous biological activities, such as regulating energy metabolism and estrogenic, neuroprotective, antiosteoporotic, and skin-whitening activities. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: However, how glabridin affects tumor cell autophagy has not been clearly determined. METHODS: Autophagy is a lysosomal degradation pathway essential for cell survival and tissue homeostasis...
April 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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