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Shabir A Rather, Shweta Subramaniam, Shagun Danda, Arun K Pandey
Two new species of Fabaceae-Papilionoideae are described and illustrated. Crotalaria suffruticosa from Karul Ghat region of Maharashtra is morphologically close to C. albida and C. epunctata. C. multibracteata from Panhala region of Maharashtra resembles C. vestita. C. suffruticosa differs from C. albida and C. epunctata in its habit, leaf, inflorescence, callosity, keel type, stigma, style morphology and number of seeds/pod. To test if the new species differ from their morphologically most similar species, we measured various traits and performed a Principal Component Analysis (PCA)...
2018: PloS One
María-José Endara, Phyllis D Coley, Natasha L Wiggins, Dale L Forrister, Gordon C Younkin, James A Nicholls, R Toby Pennington, Kyle G Dexter, Catherine A Kidner, Graham N Stone, Thomas A Kursar
The need for species identification and taxonomic discovery has led to the development of innovative technologies for large-scale plant identification. DNA barcoding has been useful, but fails to distinguish among many species in species-rich plant genera, particularly in tropical regions. Here, we show that chemical fingerprinting, or 'chemocoding', has great potential for plant identification in challenging tropical biomes. Using untargeted metabolomics in combination with multivariate analysis, we constructed species-level fingerprints, which we define as chemocoding...
February 13, 2018: New Phytologist
Jingchao Tang, Ruimei Cheng, Zuomin Shi, Gexi Xu, Shirong Liu, Mauro Centritto
Variation in photosynthetic-nitrogen use efficiency (PNUE) is generally affected by several factors such as leaf nitrogen allocation and leaf diffusional conductances to CO2, although it is still unclear which factors significantly affect PNUE in tropical montane rain forest trees. In this study, comparison of PNUE, photosynthetic capacity, leaf nitrogen allocation, and diffusional conductances to CO2 between five Fagaceae tree species and five Leguminosae tree species were analyzed in Jianfengling tropical montane rain forest, Hainan Island, China...
2018: PloS One
K Thenmozhi, N Anusuya, M Ajmal Ali, S Jamuna, K Karthika, A Venkatachalapathi, F M Al-Hemaid, M A Farah, S Paulsamy
The information on the hepatoprotective effect of Bauhinia malabarica Roxb. (Family Leguminosae) used in the folkloric medical practice in Malabar coast and Walayar valley of southern India for the treatment of liver related disorders is completely unknown. Hence, the efficacy of the aqueous methanolic extract of stem bark of B. malabarica (AqMeOH-Ba) was evaluated for liver function serum biochemical markers along with the antioxidant markers in liver tissues of Wistar albino rats. The biochemical observations as well as the histopathological examination of liver sections manifested considerable hepatoprotective activity of B...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
M Z Yin, H S Peng, M E Cheng
Being a common materia medica, the confusion of Jixuetengcaused by the homonyms of different substances for Jixuetengis always very complicated. Fengqing JixuetengPaste was first created in the Qing Dynasty. Fengqing Jixuetengwas derived from the dried stems of a variety of species in KadsuraJuss. and SchisandraMichx. from Schisandracea; while Kunming Jixueteng, derived from the dried stem of Millettia dielsianaHarms ex Diels, was firstly recorded in the Zhi wu ming shi tu kao(Textual Research on Reality and Titles of Plants)...
November 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
Tayyaba Afsar, Suhail Razak, Maria Shabbir, Muhammad Rashid Khan
BACKGROUND: Acacia hydaspica belongs to family leguminosae possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities. During our search for antioxidant compounds from A. hydaspica, we carried out bioassay guided fractionation and obtained antioxidant compounds with free radical scavenging activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The polyphenol compounds in the plant extract of A. hydaspica were isolated by combination of different chromatographic techniques involving vacuum liquid chromatography and medium pressure liquid chromatography...
January 25, 2018: Chemistry Central Journal
Fiaz Alam, Gul Nawaz Khan, Muhammad Hassham Hassan Bin Asad
Psoralea corylifolia L. (Leguminosae) is a well-known traditional medicinal plant used from ancient times for treatment of various ailments. It is widely distributed and an important part of therapeutics in Ayurveda and in Chinese medicines. The aim of this review is to present comprehensive and most up to date report on its ethnobotanical, ethnopharmacological, clinical, phytochemical, and side effects. Studies on the ethnobotanical, ethnopharmacological, clinical, phytochemical, and side effects of P. corylifolia were published until year 2017 and were searched using various scientific databases...
December 15, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Patrick Amoateng, Dorcas Osei-Safo, Kennedy Kwami Edem Kukuia, Samuel Adjei, Obed Awintuma Akure, Constance Agbemelo-Tsomafo, Shirley Nyarko Adu-Poku, Kenneth Yaw Agyeman-Badu
Background: Albizia zygia is used in Ghanaian traditional medicine for the management of mental disorders. The present study tested the hypothesis that an extract of the leaves of Albizia zygia (AZE) may possess antipsychotic and antidepressant properties. Method: The novelty- and apomorphine-induced locomotor and rearing behaviours of AZE in mice were explored in an open-field observational test system. The effects of AZE in apomorphine-induced cage climbing test, extract-induced catalepsy, and haloperidol-induced catalepsy on mice were also investigated...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Michelle E Afkhami, D Luke Mahler, Jean H Burns, Marjorie G Weber, Martin F Wojciechowski, Janet Sprent, Sharon Y Strauss
How species interactions shape global biodiversity and influence diversification is a central - but also data-hungry - question in evolutionary ecology. Microbially based mutualisms are widespread and could cause diversification by ameliorating stress and thus allowing organisms to colonize and adapt to otherwise unsuitable habitats. Yet the role of these interactions in generating species diversity has received limited attention, especially across large taxonomic groups. In the massive angiosperm family Leguminosae, plants often associate with root-nodulating bacteria that ameliorate nutrient stress by fixing atmospheric nitrogen...
February 2018: Ecology
Adrian F Powell, Jeff J Doyle
Root nodule symbioses (nodulation) and whole genome duplication (WGD, polyploidy) are both important phenomena in the legume family (Leguminosae). Recently, it has been proposed that polyploidy may have played a critical role in the origin or refinement of nodulation. However, while nodulation and polyploidy have been studied independently, there have been no direct studies of mechanisms affecting the interactions between these phenomena in symbiotic, nodule-forming species. Here, we examined the transcriptome-level responses to inoculation in the young allopolyploid Glycine dolichocarpa (T2) and its diploid progenitor species to identify underlying processes leading to the enhanced nodulation responses previously identified in T2...
November 30, 2017: Genes
Jie Shen, Qiang Zhou, Pei Li, Zhiqiang Wang, Shuangshuang Liu, Chunnian He, Chunhong Zhang, Peigen Xiao
Resveratrol oligomers (REVs), a major class of stilbenoids, are biosynthesized by regioselective oxidative coupling of two to eight units of resveratrol monomer. Due to their unique structures and pleiotropic biological activities, natural product chemists are increasingly focusing on REVs in the last few decades. This study presents a detailed and thorough examination of REVs, including chemical structures, natural resources, and biological activities, during the period of 2010-2017. Ninety-two new REVs compounds, including 39 dimers, 23 trimers, 13 tetramers, six resveratrol monomers, six hexamers, four pentamers, and one octamer, have been reported from the families of Dipterocarpaceae, Paeoniaceae, Vitaceae, Leguminosae, Gnetaceae, Cyperaceae, Polygonaceae Gramineae, and Poaceae...
November 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Omonike O Ogbole, Peter A Segun, Adekunle J Adeniji
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a leading cause of death world-wide, with approximately 17.5 million new cases and 8.7 million cancer related deaths in 2015. The problems of poor selectivity and severe side effects of the available anticancer drugs, have demanded the need for the development of safer and more effective chemotherapeutic agents. The present study was aimed at determining the cytotoxicities of 31 medicinal plants extracts, used in Nigerian ethnomedicine for the treatment of cancer...
November 22, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Rixin Guo, Hongwei Wu, Xiankuo Yu, Mengying Xu, Xiao Zhang, Liying Tang, Zhuju Wang
Semen cassiae is the ripe seed of Cassia obtusifolia L. or Cassia tora L. of the family Leguminosae. In traditional Chinese medicine, the two forms of Semen cassiae are raw Semen cassiae (R-SC) and parched Semen cassiae (P-SC). To clarify the processing mechanism of Semen cassiae, the pharmacokinetics of R-SC and P-SC extracts were examined. A simple, rapid, sensitive ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectroscopy (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of seven anthraquinone aglycones of Semen cassiae (aurantio-obtusin, obtusifolin, questin, 2-hydroxyemodin-1-methyl-ether, rhein, emodin, 1,2,7-trimethoxyl-6,8-dihydroxy-3-methylanthraquinone) to compare the pharmacokinetics of raw and parched Semen cassiae in rat plasma...
October 28, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Chandran Nithin, Amal Thomas, Jolly Basak, Ranjit Prasad Bahadur
BACKGROUND: Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are important players in the post transcriptional regulation of gene expression (PTGR). On one hand, microRNAs (miRNAs) are an abundant class of small ncRNAs (~22nt long) that negatively regulate gene expression at the levels of messenger RNAs stability and translation inhibition, on the other hand, long ncRNAs (lncRNAs) are a large and diverse class of transcribed non-protein coding RNA molecules (> 200nt) that play both up-regulatory as well as down-regulatory roles at the transcriptional level...
November 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
Amol R Kharat, Kiran Kharat, Mahadev Jadhav, S J Makhija
Senna sophera (L.) Roxb (Common name: Kasunda, Baner) (Leguminosae) is used as traditional medicine in Africa and Asia. The compounds were isolated from methanolic extract of leaves of Senna sophera (MFCS). Compound A was identified as Hexahydroxy diphenic acid and Compound B as Kaempferol. MFCS administration to diabetic rats exhibited significant reduction in the blood sugar level and showed gain in body weight. After the treatment of 100 mg/kg of MFCS, the blood sugar level was reduced to 52.33 ± 2.83 mg/dl in comparison to the blood sugar level of vehicle control 76...
November 8, 2017: Natural Product Research
Renjun Mao, Pengguo Xia, Zhigui He, Yan Liu, Fenghua Liu, Hongguang Zhao, Ruilian Han, Zongsuo Liang
BACKGROUND: Senna obtusifolia and Senna occidentalis (Leguminosae), whose seeds have similar appearance and chemical constituents, are easily confused in using their seeds. To elucidate the similarities and differences between S. obtusifolia seeds and S. occidentalis seeds, three molecular markers and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) were employed to evaluate the seeds characteristics of these two medicinal herbs. RESULTS: The results showed that selected 3 ISSR and 7 SCoT primers could distinguish S...
November 2, 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
Benoit Daubech, Philippe Remigi, Ginaini Doin de Moura, Marta Marchetti, Cécile Pouzet, Marie-Christine Auriac, Chaitanya S Gokhale, Catherine Masson-Boivin, Delphine Capela
Mutualism is of fundamental importance in ecosystems. Which factors help to keep the relationship mutually beneficial and evolutionarily successful is a central question. We addressed this issue for one of the most significant mutualistic interactions on Earth, which associates plants of the leguminosae family and hundreds of nitrogen (N2)-fixing bacterial species. Here we analyze the spatio-temporal dynamics of fixers and non-fixers along the symbiotic process in the Cupriavidus taiwanensis-Mimosa pudica system...
October 12, 2017: ELife
Antonella Smeriglio, Antonella Calderaro, Marcella Denaro, Giuseppina Laganà, Ersilia Bellocco
Isoflavones are naturally occurring flavonoids characterized by a structure able to exert non-steroidal estrogen-like activity on human cells. The atypical linkage between the rings B and C remarkable influences these potentialities and confers them specific applications, along with the biochemical modification such as acetylation and malonylation. Plants belonging to Leguminosae family are the most abundant and rich sources for human organism, where, after their ingestion and metabolization, they show positive health effects on several diseases, especially in the prevention of coronary heart and neurological diseases, hormone-related cancers, osteoporosis, and postmenopausal symptoms...
October 6, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Long Lv, Bo Liu
Bakuchiol is extracted from Psoralea corylifolia, a member of the Leguminosae family, has been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine, and it possesses an anticancer effect. The primary aim of the present study was to identify the molecular mechanisms underlying the anticancer effect of bakuchiol monoterpenes. Bakuchiol treatment significantly inhibited NUGC3 human gastric cancer cell viability in a concentration dependent manner. In addition, bakuchiol significantly increased the apoptotic cell population in the sub‑G1 phase, and Annexin‑V‑fluorescein isothiocyanate/propidium iodide double staining confirmed the increase in apoptosis...
December 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Addis Kassahun Gebremeskel, Tharaka Darshana Wijerathne, Ji Hyun Kim, Min Ji Kim, Chang-Seob Seo, Hyeun-Kyoo Shin, Kyu Pil Lee
CONTEXT: Fructus Psoralea, Psoralea corylifolia L. (Leguminosae), has been widely used in traditional medicines for the treatment of dermatitis, leukoderma, asthma and osteoporosis. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we sought to study mechanisms underlying the vasoactive properties of Psoralea corylifolia extract (PCE) and its active ingredients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To study mechanisms underlying the vasoactive properties of PCE prepared by extracting dried seeds of Psoralea corylifolia with 70% ethanol, isometric tension recordings of rat aortic rings and the ionic currents through TRPC3 (transient receptor potential canonical 3) channels were measured with the cumulative concentration (10-600 μg/mL) of PCE or its constituents...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
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