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Garrett J McKinney, Ryan K Waples, Lisa W Seeb, James E Seeb
Whole genome duplications have occurred in the recent ancestors of many plants, fish, and amphibians, resulting in a pervasiveness of paralogous loci and the potential for both disomic and tetrasomic inheritance in the same genome. Paralogs can be difficult to reliably genotype and are often excluded from genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) analyses; however, removal requires paralogs to be identified which is difficult without a reference genome. We present a method for identifying paralogs in natural populations by combining two properties of duplicated loci: 1) the expected frequency of heterozygotes exceeds that for singleton loci, and 2) within heterozygotes, observed read ratios for each allele in GBS data will deviate from the 1:1 expected for singleton (diploid) loci...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
Mansoure Masoudi, Mahmoud Rafieian Kopaei, Sepideh Miraj
BACKGROUND: Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most prevalent complications among reproductive-aged women. Antibacterial and antifungal effects of Berberis vulgaris have been demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the therapeutic effects of the vaginal gel of Berberis vulgaris 5% (in metronidazole base) with metronidazole vaginal gel 0.75% on bacterial vaginosis on 80 patients referred to the Hajar Hospital from January 2012 to April 2013...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
Yuli Hu, Shoujun Fan, Xiaobing Liao, Chao Chen, Liang Su, Xuegang Li
Berberine (BBR) is a bioactive plant ingredient derived from the roots and bark of Berberis aristata and Coptis chinensis and has a wide variety of pharmacological effects. 8-cetylberberine (8-BBR-C16) is the berberine (BBR) derivative reconstructed from adding octadecyl at C-8 of BBR to enhance its activity. This study presents a reliable method for the determination of BBR and 8-BBR-C16 in rat plasma, urine and feces. BBR and 8-BBR-C16 were determined by HPLC-UV after liquid-liquid extraction for plasma samples, and solid-phase extraction for urinary and fecal samples...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Solomon Habtemariam
Berberine is the principal component of many popular medicinal plants (e.g. the genus Berberis, Coptis and Hydrastis among others) with a history of thousands of years of usage in traditional medicine. The numerous pharmacological activities of berberine reported in the last two decades have been attracting high level interests both within the scientific community, clinicians and the public at large. Despite enormous amount of efforts have been placed to show its therapeutic value for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), however, comprehensive up-to-date review article in this field is not yet available...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Babak Baharvand-Ahmadi, Mahmoud Bahmani, Pegah Tajeddini, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei, Nasrollah Naghdi
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is very high in human societies and their prevention and treatment are the most important priority in many countries. Hypertension makes an important contribution to the development of CVDs. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to collect the ethno-medicinal knowledge of the traditional healers of Shiraz on medicinal plants used in the treatment of hypertension. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethno-medicinal data were collected from September 2012 to July 2013 through direct interview...
2016: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
Arrigo F G Cicero, Alessandra Baggioni
Berberine is a quaternary ammonium salt from the protoberberine group of isoquinoline alkaloids. It is found in such plants as Berberis [e.g. Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), Berberis vulgaris (barberry), Berberis aristata (tree turmeric)], Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), Xanthorhiza simplicissima (yellowroot), Phellodendron amurense ([2]) (Amur corktree), Coptis chinensis (Chinese goldthread), Tinospora cordifolia, Argemone mexicana (prickly poppy) and Eschscholzia californica (Californian poppy). In vitro it exerts significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Eva Roser, Carsten Gründemann, Inge Engels, Roman Huber
BACKGROUND: Medications from Anthroposophical Medicine (AM) are clinically used for the treatment of infections within a whole medical system but have not yet been evaluated regarding antibacterial effects. The aims of this study was to investigate antibacterial activity of AM medications in cell culture. METHODS: Screening of AM drug registers for preparations used to treat any kind of infection and being available in dilutions ≤ D2 and without alcoholic content...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dorothea Kaufmann, Anudeep Kaur Dogra, Ahmad Tahrani, Florian Herrmann, Michael Wink
Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is a common treatment for early stages of the most general form of dementia, Alzheimer's Disease (AD). In this study, methanol, dichloromethane and aqueous crude extracts from 80 Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) plants were tested for their in vitro anti-acetylcholinesterase activity based on Ellman's colorimetric assay. All three extracts of Berberis bealei (formerly Mahonia bealei), Coptis chinensis and Phellodendron chinense, which contain numerous isoquinoline alkaloids, substantially inhibited AChE...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Antoine Berbéri, Fatima Al-Nemer, Eva Hamade, Ziad Noujeim, Bassam Badran, Kazem Zibara
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study is to prove and validate the existence of an osteogenic progenitor cell population within the human maxillary Schneiderian sinus membrane (hMSSM) and to demonstrate their potential for bone formation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten hMSSM samples of approximately 2 × 2 cm were obtained during a surgical nasal approach for treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis and were retained for this study. The derived cells were isolated, cultured, and assayed at passage 3 for their osteogenic potential using the expression of Alkaline phosphatase, alizarin red and Von Kossa staining, flow cytometry, and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
September 1, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
Georges Aoun, Ibrahim Nasseh, Antoine Berberi
Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder characterized by lymphocytic infiltration, and consequently hypofunction of lacrimal and salivary glands. The loss of salivary function induces oral dryness (xerostomia). This review focuses on methods for determining salivary gland function including clinical signs, salivary flow rate measurements (sialometry), analysis of salivary composition (sialochemistry), histopathological and radiologic examinations, and other recent advanced techniques.
July 2016: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
Doaa A Ghareeb, Eiman H Elwakeel, Rowaida Khalil, Mina S Aziz, Maha A El Demellawy
BACKGROUND: Virus-induced dendritic cells (DCs) functional deficiency leads to sub-optimal initiation of adaptive immune responses and consequently chronic infection establishment. The present study reports an advanced hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapeutic vaccine model based on In vivo enrichment of DCs with barberry ethanolic crude extract (BCE) then pulsing them with HCV core protein. METHODS: DCs were enriched by BCE intravenous injection in BALB/c mice. Vaccine efficiency was assessed by flow cytometric analysis of splenocytes of immunized mice, cytokine profiling, cytotoxic T lymphocyte assay, and humoral immune response assessment...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Indra D Bhatt, Sandeep Rawat, Amit Badhani, Ranbeer S Rawal
Wild edible fruits contribute significantly to the nutritional security of mankind across the globe. However, detailed analyses of health promoting bioactive compounds and antioxidants are lacking, especially in Himalayan wild edible fruits. Bioactive compounds and antioxidant potential of 10 wild edible fruits reveal that Terminalia chebula, Phyllanthus emblica and Myrica esculenta are the richest source of total phenolics; Pyaracantha crenulata, Terminalia chebula and Berberis asiatica for flavonoids; Phyllanthus emblica, Morus alba and Ficus palmata for ascorbic acid, anthocyanins, and Morus alba for β-carotene...
January 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Pallavi Thakur, Raman Chawla, Rajeev Goel, Alka Narula, Rajesh Arora, Rakesh Kumar Sharma
The aim of this study was to analyse the in vitro synergistic antibacterial potential of an aquoethanolic extract of the stem bark of Berberis aristata (PTRC-2111-A) with third-line antibiotics against carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli. PTRC-2111-A was prepared and was characterised using phytochemical- and bioactivity-based fingerprinting. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analyses were performed, and superoxide and hydroxyl scavenging activities were assessed in conjunction with in vitro antimicrobial efficacy testing against the test micro-organism...
September 2016: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
Mohsen Imenshahidi, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
Berberine is an isoquinoline alkaloid present in several plants, including Coptis sp. and Berberis sp. Berberine is a customary component in Chinese medicine, and is characterized by a diversity of pharmacological effects. An extensive search in electronic databases (PubMed, Scopus, Ovid, Wiley, ProQuest, ISI, and Science Direct) were used to identify the pharmacological and clinical studies on Berberis vulgaris and berberine, during 2008 to 2015, using 'berberine' and 'Berberis vulgaris' as search words. We found more than 1200 new article studying the properties and clinical uses of berberine and B...
August 16, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Alamgeer, Huma Naz, Shadid Rasool, Sayed Atif Raza, Taseer Ahmad, Haseeb Ahsan, Muhammad Naveed Mushtaq, Hira Asif, Zahid Khan, Nabeela Noor, Ambreen Malik Utra, Umme-Habiba-Hassan
The aqueous methanolic extract of stem part of Berberis calliobotiys (AMEBC) was evaluated for anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic activities in albino mice. Anti-inflammatory activity was evaluated by using carrageenan and albumin induced paw edema, while the analgesic effect was assessed by using formalin-induced paw licking and acetic acid induced abdominal writhing in mice. The brewer's yeast-induced pyrexia model was used for antipyretic investigation. Ibuprofen (40 mg/kg) was used as a standard drug in all the three models...
May 2016: Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica
Nadja Engel, Iftikhar Ali, Anna Adamus, Marcus Frank, Akber Dad, Sajjad Ali, Barbara Nebe, Muhammad Atif, Muhammad Ismail, Peter Langer, Viqar Uddin Ahmad
BACKGROUND: The medicinal plants Vincetoxicum arnottianum (VSM), Berberis orthobotrys (BORM), Onosma hispida (OHRM and OHAM) and Caccinia macranthera (CMM) are used traditionally in Pakistan and around the world for the treatment of various diseases including cancer, dermal infections, uterine tumor, wounds etc. The present study focuses on the investigation of the selected Pakistani plants for their potential as anticancer agents on human bone and breast cancer cell lines in comparison with non-tumorigenic control cells...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Yan Zhou, Haiying Tao, Yaming Li, Ming Deng, Bin He, Shaoqiang Xia, Chun Zhang, Shiqing Liu
Berberine chloride (BBR) is an isoquinoline derivative alkaloid isolated from medicinal herbs, including Coptis chinensis and Berberis aristate. This compound plays significant roles in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of BBR on the proliferation of sodium nitroprusside (SNP)-stimulated chondrocytes in vitro, the articular cartilage in a rat OA model, as well as to discuss the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects. In vitro, we demonstrated that BBR led to cell proliferation, increased the cell population in S-phase and decreased that in G0/G1-phase; moreover, the F-actin remodeling in SNP-stimulated chondrocytes were prevented...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Zarrin Sarhadynejad, Fariba Sharififar, Abbas Pardakhty, Mohammad-Hadi Nematollahi, Saeedeh Sattaie-Mokhtari, Ali Mandegary
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: "Zereshk-e-Saghir" (ZES), one of the traditional herbal medicines in old manuscripts of Persian hakims, has been used for the treatment of liver disorders. This current study is aimed to evaluate ZES effects on animal model to investigate its safety and hepatoprotective activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ZES was prepared according to a traditional method by blending aqueous extracts of Berberis vulgaris L., with fine particles of other plants including Rosa damascene Mill, Cichorium intybus L...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Cheryl Lans
AIMS OF THE STUDY: This paper compares sixty-four plants used as ethnoveterinary remedies in British Columbia with First Nations folk medicine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2003 I conducted semi-structured interviews with 60 participants obtained using a purposive sample. The data was then compared with historical documents on First Nations plant use. RESULTS: Exact parallels between First Nations/ native American folk medicine and ethnoveterinary remedies used for farm animals and horses were Acer macrophyllum Pursh, Epilobium angustifolium L...
July 6, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Inayat Ur Rahman, Farhana Ijaz, Aftab Afzal, Zafar Iqbal, Niaz Ali, Shujaul Mulk Khan
ETHNO PHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ethno medicinal traditional knowledge regarding the uses of indigenous medicinal plants used for various human digestive disorders are mostly known to the elder community members. As the young generation is not much aware about such vital traditional medicinal practice because they rely on elders. AIM OF STUDY: To document, accumulate and widely disseminate the massive indigenous knowledge of century's practiced therapeutic uses of medicinal plants by the local people living in this remote area...
June 25, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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