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Xiaoyan Liu, Xiaoling Chen, Yuanjun Zhu, Kewei Wang, Yinye Wang
Magnolol, a neolignan compound isolated from traditional Chinese medicine Magnolia officinalis, has a potentially therapeutic influence on ischemic stroke. Previous studies have demonstrated that cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (I-R) and blood-brain barrier (BBB) are involved in the pathogeneses of stroke. Therefore, in vivo and in vitro studies were designed to investigate the effects of magnolol on I-R-induced neural injury and BBB dysfunction. In cerebral I-R model of mice, cerebral infarct volumes, brain water content, and the exudation of Evans blue were significantly reduced by intravenous injection with magnolol at the doses of 1...
April 4, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
Mohammad Reza Morshedloo, Luana Quassinti, Massimo Bramucci, Giulio Lupidi, Filippo Maggi
Magnolia grandiflora (Magnoliaceae) is an evergreen tree with fragrant and showy flowers native to southeastern USA but widely cultivated all over the world and used in cosmetics industry in treatment of skin diseases. Here, we report on the chemical analysis of the essential oil obtained from flowers of plants cultivated in Iran, together with the evaluation of its antioxidant and cytotoxic activities. The essential oil composition was dominated by bioactive sesquiterpenes, namely β-elemene, bicyclogermacrene, germacrene D and (E)-caryophyllene...
March 16, 2017: Natural Product Research
Yu-Mei Zhang, Hong-Yu Ren, Xian-Lin Zhao, Juan Li, Jun-Yi Li, Fu-Sheng Wu, Hang Su, Wen-Fu Tang
AIM: To explore the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of Da-Cheng-Qi decoction (DCQD) in the liver of rats with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) based on an herbal recipe tissue pharmacology hypothesis. METHODS: Healthy male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into a sham operation group (SOG); a model group (MG); and low-, median- and high-dose treatment groups (LDG, MDG, and HDG, respectively). Different dosages (6, 12 and 24 g/kg for the LDG, MDG, and HDG, respectively) of DCQD were administered to the rats with SAP...
February 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Chi-Chang Weng, Zi-An Chen, Ko-Ting Chao, Ting-Wei Ee, Kun-Ju Lin, Ming-Huan Chan, Ing-Tsung Hsiao, Tzu-Chen Yen, Mei-Ping Kung, Ching-Han Hsu, Shiaw-Pyng Wey
18F-9-Fluoropropyl-(+)-dihydrotetrabenazine [18F-FP-(+)-DTBZ] positron emission tomography (PET) has been shown to detect dopaminergic neuron loss associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) in human and neurotoxin-induced animal models. A polyphenol compound, magnolol, was recently proposed as having a potentially restorative effect in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)- or 6-hydroxydopamine-treated animal models. In this study, 18F-FP-(+)-DTBZ PET was used to determine the therapeutic efficacy of magnolol in an MPTP-PD mouse model that was prepared by giving an intraperitoneally (i...
2017: PloS One
Tong-Hong Wang, Chieh-Wen Chan, Jia-You Fang, Ya-Min Shih, Yi-Wen Liu, Tzu-Chien V Wang, Chi-Yuan Chen
Magnolol, a hydroxylated biphenol compound isolated from the bark of Magnolia officinalis, has been shown to exhibit anti-proliferative effect in various cancer cells, including skin cancer cells. Methoxylation of magnolol appears to improve its anti-inflammatory activity, yet the effect of this modification on the agent's antitumor activity remains unknown. In this work, we report that 2-O-methylmagnolol (MM1) displays improved antitumor activity against skin cancer cells compared to magnolol both in vitro and in vivo...
March 2, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
Mengjiao Lu, Tao Li, Jianjian Wan, Xiuyun Li, Lei Yuan, Shujuan Sun
Invasive fungal infections caused by Candida spp. remain the most predominant nosocomial fungal infections. Owing to the increased use of antifungal agents, resistance of Candida spp. to antimycotics has emerged frequently, especially to fluconazole (FLC). To cope with this issue, new efforts have been dedicated to discovering novel antimycotics or new agents that can enhance the susceptibility of Candida spp. to existing antimycotics. The secondary metabolites of plants represent a large library of compounds that are important sources for new drugs or compounds suitable for further modification...
February 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Hongjun Zhang, Baoling Ju, Xiaoli Zhang, Yanfei Zhu, Ying Nie, Yuanhong Xu, Qiuxia Lei
Magnolol is a pharmacological biphenolic compound extracted from Chinese herb Magnolia officinalis, which displays anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This study was aimed at exploring the potential effect of magnolol on immune-related liver fibrosis. Herein, BALB/c mice were injected with concanavalin A (ConA, 8 mg/kg/week) up to 6 weeks to establish hepatic fibrosis, and magnolol (10, 20, 30 mg/kg/day) was given to these mice orally throughout the whole experiment. We found that magnolol preserved liver function and attenuated liver fibrotic injury in vivo...
December 29, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Neha V Maharao, Anand A Joshi, Phillip M Gerk
The present study investigated the potential of generally recognized as safe (GRAS) compounds or dietary substances to inhibit the presystemic metabolism of buprenorphine and to increase its oral bioavailability. Using IVIVE, buprenorphine extraction ratios in intestine and liver were predicted as 96% and 71%, respectively. In addition, the relative fraction of buprenorphine metabolized by oxidation and glucuronidation in these two organs was estimated using pooled human intestinal and liver microsomes. In both organs, oxidation appeared to be the major metabolic pathway with a 6 and 4 fold higher intrinsic clearance than glucuronidation in intestine and liver, respectively...
March 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
Sahila Mohammed Marunnan, Babitha Pallikkara Pulikka, Anitha Jabamalairaj, Srinivas Bandaru, Mukesh Yadav, Anuraj Nayarisseri, Victor Arokia Doss
Deficits in GABAnergic system is implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Available antipsychotics that target GABA receptor form a desirable therapeutic strategy in the treatment regimen of schizophrenia but, unfortunately, suffers serious setback due to their prolonged side effects. The present investigation focuses on developing QSAR models from the biological activity of herbal compounds and their derivatives that promise to be alternative candidates to GABA uptake inhibitors. Three sets of compounds were undertaken in the study to develop the QSAR models...
December 5, 2016: Current Neuropharmacology
Arun Rajgopal, Stephen R Missler, Jeffery D Scholten
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The highly aromatic bark of Magnolia officinalis Rehder and EH Wilson, (magnolia bark) has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine where it is known as Hou Po. Historically the bark of the tree has been used for treating variety of disorders the most common use of magnolia bark in traditional prescription has been to treat stress and anxiety disorders. Till date it is not clear regarding the fundamental cellular pathway it modulates. NRF2 signaling has emerged as the central pathway that protects cells from variety of stressors this led us to hypothesize that basis for magnolia bark's effects could be via activating NRF2 pathway...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Nobuaki Matsui, Haruka Akae, Nana Hirashima, Yuki Kido, Satoshi Tanabe, Mayumi Koseki, Yoshiyasu Fukuyama, Masaaki Akagi
Magnolol is the main constituent of Magnolia bark and has been reported to exhibit antidepressant effects in rodent models. Hippocampal neurogenesis and neurotrophins such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor are integrally involved in the action of conventional antidepressants. Here, we investigated the effects of magnolol on depressive behaviours, impaired hippocampal neurogenesis and neurotrophin-related signal transduction in an olfactory bulbectomy (OBX) mouse model of depression. Mice were submitted to OBX to induce depressive behaviour, which was evaluated in the tail suspension test...
November 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Riccardo Bertin, Zheng Chen, Raffaella Marin, Maddalena Donati, Angela Feltrinelli, Monica Montopoli, Sabina Zambon, Enzo Manzato, Guglielmina Froldi
Studies indicate that oxidative modifications of endothelium and LDL play a preeminent role in atherogenesis; therefore, the preservation of the endothelial antioxidant capacity and the inhibition of LDL oxidation by use of plant-derived compounds are an appealing strategy against several vascular disorders. On this basis, baicalein, eupatorin, galangin, magnolol, myricetin, oleuropein, silibinin and bilobalide were studied against various oxidative conditions. The radical scavenging capacity was analysed using DPPH and ORAC assays...
August 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Tsuimin Tsai, Chen-Yu Kao, Chun-Liang Chou, Lu-Chun Liu, Tz-Chong Chou
Magnolol has shown inhibitory effects on NO production and TNF-alpha production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated macrophages and LPS-induced acute lung injury; however, the poor solubility of magnolol has hindered its clinical success. In this study, magnolol-loaded microparticles were prepared via single emulsion method from a polyketal polymer, termed PK3. The particle sizes of magnolol-loaded PK3 microparticle is 3.73 ± 0.41 μm, and was suitable for phagocytosis by macrophages and pulmonary drug delivery...
August 2016: Journal of Microencapsulation
Giovanna Pani, Alessandro Dessì, Roberto Dallocchio, Barbara Scherm, Emanuela Azara, Giovanna Delogu, Quirico Migheli
A model of the trichodiene synthase (TRI5) of the wheat fungal pathogen and type-B trichothecene producer Fusarium culmorum was developed based on homology modelling with the crystallized protein of F. sporotrichioides. Eight phenolic molecules, namely ferulic acid 1, apocynin 2, propyl gallate 3, eugenol 4, Me-dehydrozingerone 5, eugenol dimer 6, magnolol 7, and ellagic acid 8, were selected for their ability to inhibit trichothecene production and/or fungal vegetative growth in F. culmorum. The chemical structures of phenols were constructed and partially optimised based on Molecular Mechanics (MM) studies and energy minimisation by Density Functional Theory (DFT)...
2016: PloS One
Yuting Liu, Yunli Tong, Xia Yang, Fangyuan Li, Liang Zheng, Wenqin Liu, Jinjun Wu, Rilan Ou, Guiyu Zhang, Ming Hu, Zhongqiu Liu, Linlin Lu
Histone modifications play critical roles in the progression of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which accounts for almost 85% of all diagnosed lung cancers. Magnolol and polyphenol mixture (PM) derived from Magnolia officinalis exhibited remarkable antitumor activities in lung cancer. However, the epigenetic effects and molecular mechanisms of magnolol and PM in NSCLC have yet to be reported. In this study, the epigenetic effects of magnolol and PM in NSCLC were examined in vitro and in vivo. Results revealed that magnolol and PM significantly suppressed the expression levels and function of class I histone deacetylases (HDACs)...
September 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Chen Mei, Sha-Sha He, Peng Yin, Lei Xu, Ya-Ran Shi, Xiao-Hong Yu, An Lyu, Feng-Hua Liu, Lin-Shu Jiang
OBJECTIVE: Heat stress (HS) is an important environmental stressor that adversely influences livestock during the summer. The aim of this study was to investigate whether magnolol protects against HS-induced intestinal epithelial cell injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An intestinal epithelial cell line (IEC-6) was subjected to HS at 42 °C, with and without magnolol pretreatment. Cell injury was detected by monitoring lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release. MTS (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium) assay was used to assess cell proliferation and viability, including identifying effective concentrations of magnolol...
June 2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
Chwan-Fwu Lin, Chi-Feng Hung, Ibrahim A Aljuffali, Yu-Ling Huang, Wei-Chun Liao, Jia-You Fang
PURPOSE: As a continuing effort to elucidate the impact of structure modification upon cutaneous absorption behavior, we attempted to assess the skin permeation of magnolol by methylation and acetylation. METHODS: Diacetylmagnolol and 2-O-acetyl-2'-O-methylmagnolol (AMM) were designed and synthesized in this study. The anti-inflammatory activity against stimulated neutrophils and keratinocytes was evaluated to check the bioactivity of the analogues. In vitro skin absorption was investigated using nude mouse and pig skin models at both equimolar and saturated doses...
September 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
Ke Fang, Xiao-Fen Yuan, Qiong Liao, Zhi-Yong Zhang, Guan-Hua Song, Qiang Guo, Xia Ren, Guo-Sheng Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of magnolol on proliferation and apoptosis of HL-60 cells and its mechanism. METHODS: MTT assay was used to measure the proliferation of HL-60 cells after treatment with different concentration of magnolol (5, 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 µg/ml). The morphological changes of HL-60 cells were examined by light microscopy, and DAPI staining was performed to observe the nuclear morphology of HL-60 cells. The early cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry with Annexin V-FITC/PI double-staining...
April 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
Huiling Hu, Zhanguo Wang, Wan Hua, Yu You, Liang Zou
The stem of Magnoliae officinalis (MO) cortex is always preliminarily processed before being applied in traditional Chinese medicine. The definite bioavailability of honokiol (HO) and magnolol (MA) in processed MO (PMO) and the effect of chemical profiling change on the pharmacokinetics of HO and MA are always a greater challenge compared with those of MO. Compared with that of MO, the pharmacokinetic profiling of HO and MA in the PMO was significantly changed and the mean Tmax of HO and MA was increased by 31 and 50% (P < 0...
August 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
Yu-Chen Cheng, Dueng-Yuan Hueng, Hua-Yin Huang, Jang-Yi Chen, Ying Chen
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a malignant brain tumor associated with a high mortality rate. The aim of this study is to investigate the synergistic effects of honokiol (Hono) and magnolol (Mag), extracted from Magnolia officinalis, on cytotoxicity and inhibition of human GBM tumor progression in cellular and animal models. In comparison with Hono or Mag alone, co-treatment with Hono and Mag (Hono-Mag) decreased cyclin A, D1 and cyclin-dependent kinase 2, 4, 6 significantly, leading to cell cycle arrest in U87MG and LN229 human glioma cells...
May 17, 2016: Oncotarget
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