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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661206/homology-modelling-molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-simulations-reveal-the-inhibition-of-leishmania-donovani-dihydrofolate-reductase-thymidylate-synthase-enzyme-by-withaferin-a
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Bharadwaja Vadloori, A K Sharath, N Prakash Prabhu, Radheshyam Maurya
OBJECTIVE: Present in silico study was carried out to explore the mode of inhibition of Leishmania donovani dihydrofolate reductase-thymidylate synthase (Ld DHFR-TS) enzyme by Withaferin-A, a withanolide isolated from Withania somnifera. Withaferin-A (WA) is known for its profound multifaceted properties, but its antileishmanial activity is not well understood. The parasite's DHFR-TS enzyme is diverse from its mammalian host and could be a potential drug target in parasites. RESULTS: A 3D model of Ld DHFR-TS enzyme was built and verified using Ramachandran plot and SAVES tools...
April 16, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659590/organic-cultivation-of-ashwagandha-with-improved-biomass-and-high-content-of-active-withanolides-use-of-vermicompost
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Amandeep Kaur, Baldev Singh, Puja Ohri, Jia Wang, Renu Wadhwa, Sunil C Kaul, Pratap Kumar Pati, Arvinder Kaur
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) has recently been studied extensively for its health-supplementing and therapeutic activities against a variety of ailments. Several independent studies have experimentally demonstrated pharmaceutical potential of its active Withanolides, Withaferin A (Wi-A), Withanone (Wi-N) and Withanolide A (Wil-A). However, to promote its use in herbal industry, an environmentally sustainable cultivation and high yield are warranted. In modern agriculture strategies, there has been indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers to boost the crop-yield, however the practice largely ignored its adverse effect on the quality of soil and the environment...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623041/an-adaptogen-withaferin-a-ameliorates-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-modulating-the-interplay-of-fibrotic-matricelluar-proteins-and-cytokines
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Swarna Bale, Pooladanda Venkatesh, Manoj Sunkoju, Chandraiah Godugu
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is chronic lung disease with only two FDA approved clinically available drugs, with limited safety profile. Inadequate therapy motivated us to explore the effect of vimentin inhibitor Withaferin A, as an anti-fibrotic agent against TGF-β1-induced in vitro fibrotic events and Bleomycin induced in vivo fibrosis with an emphasis on epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), extracellular matrix deposition (ECM), inflammation, and angiogenesis. In vitro EMT and fibrotic events were induced by TGF-β1 in alveolar epithelial cells and human fetal lung fibroblasts followed by treatment with Withaferin A (0...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615668/endophytes-of-withania-somnifera-modulate-in-planta-content-and-the-site-of-withanolide-biosynthesis
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Shiv S Pandey, Sucheta Singh, Harshita Pandey, Madhumita Srivastava, Tania Ray, Sumit Soni, Alok Pandey, Karuna Shanker, C S Vivek Babu, Suchitra Banerjee, M M Gupta, Alok Kalra
Tissue specific biosynthesis of secondary metabolites is a distinguished feature of medicinal plants. Withania somnifera, source of pharmaceutically important withanolides biosynthesizes withaferin-A in leaves and withanolide-A in roots. To increase the in planta withanolides production, a sustainable approach needs to be explored. Here, we isolated endophytes from different parts of W. somnifera plants and their promising role in in planta withanolide biosynthesis was established in both in-vivo grown as well in in-vitro raised composite W...
April 3, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29603395/peptidyl-prolyl-cis-trans-isomerase-pin1-regulates-withaferin-a-mediated-cell-cycle-arrest-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
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Suman K Samanta, Joomin Lee, Eun-Ryeong Hahm, Shivendra V Singh
We have reported previously that withaferin A (WA) prevents breast cancer development in mouse mammary tumor virus-neu (MMTV-neu) transgenic mice, but the mechanism is not fully understood. Unbiased proteomics of the mammary tumors from control- and WA-treated MMTV-neu mice revealed downregulation of peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerase (Pin1) protein by WA administration. The present study extends these findings to elucidate the role of Pin1 in cancer chemopreventive mechanisms of WA. The mammary tumor level of Pin1 protein was lower by about 55% in WA-treated rats exposed to N-methyl-N-nitrosourea, compared to control...
March 30, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29602908/a-review-of-promising-natural-chemopreventive-agents-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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Kyle Crooker, Rana Aliani, Megha Ananth, Levi Arnold, Shrikant Anant, Sufi Mary Thomas
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) accounts for 300,000 deaths per year worldwide and overall survival rates have shown little improvement over the past three decades. Current treatment methods including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy leave patients with secondary morbidities. Thus, treatment of HNSCC may benefit from exploration of natural compounds as chemopreventive agents. With excellent safety profiles, reduced toxicities, antioxidant properties, and general acceptance for use as dietary supplements, natural compounds are viewed as a desirable area of investigation for chemoprevention...
March 30, 2018: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29537263/withaferin-a-and-withanolide-d-analogues-with-dual-heat-shock-inducing-and-cytotoxic-activities-semisynthesis-and-biological-evaluation
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E M Kithsiri Wijeratne, Maria C F Oliveira, Jair Mafezoli, Ya-Ming Xu, Sandro Minguzzi, Pedro H J Batista, Otília D L Pessoa, Luke Whitesell, A A Leslie Gunatilaka
Withanolides constitute a valuable class of bioactive natural products because some members of the class are known to exhibit cytotoxic activity and also induce a cytoprotective heat-shock response. In order to understand the relationship between their structures and these dual bioactivities of the withanolide scaffold, we obtained 25 analogues of withaferin A (WA) and withanolide D (WD) including 17 new compounds by semisynthesis involving chemical and microbial transformations. Hitherto unknown 16β-hydroxy analogues of WA and WD were prepared by their reaction with triphenylphosphine/iodine, providing unexpected 5β-hydroxy-6α-iodo analogues (iodohydrins) followed by microbial biotransformation with Cunninghamella echinulata and base-catalyzed cyclization of the resulting 16β-hydroxy iodohydrins...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29479354/withaferin-a-associated-differential-regulation-of-inflammatory-cytokines
#8
Seema Dubey, Hyunho Yoon, Mark Steven Cohen, Prakash Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Dev Karan
A role of inflammation-associated cytokines/chemokines has been implicated in a wide variety of human diseases. Here, we investigated the regulation of inflammatory cytokines released by monocyte-derived THP-1 cells following treatment with the dietary agent withaferin A (WFA). Membrane-based cytokine array profiling of the culture supernatant from adenosine triphosphate-stimulated WFA-treated THP-1 cells showed differential regulation of multiple cytokines/chemokines. A selected group of cytokines/chemokines [interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), CCL2/MCP-1, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, PDGF-AA, PTX3, cystatin-3, relaxin-2, TNFRSF8/CD30, and ACRP30] was validated at the transcription level using qPCR...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448055/proteomic-characterization-of-withaferin-a-targeted-protein-networks-for-the-treatment-of-monoclonal-myeloma-gammopathies
#9
Martin Dom, Fritz Offner, Wim Vanden Berghe, Xaveer Van Ostade
Withaferin A (WA), a natural steroid lactone from the plant Withania somnifera, is often studied because of its antitumor properties. Although many in vitro and in vivo studies have been performed, the identification of Withaferin A protein targets and its mechanism of antitumor action remain incomplete. We used quantitative chemoproteomics and differential protein expression analysis to characterize the WA antitumor effects on a multiple myeloma cell model. Identified relevant targets were further validated by Ingenuity Pathway Analysis and Western blot and indicate that WA targets protein networks that are specific for monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and other closely related disorders, such as multiple myeloma (MM) and Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331761/prevention-of-articular-cartilage-degeneration-in-a-rat-model-of-monosodium-iodoacetate-induced-osteoarthritis-by-oral-treatment-with-withaferin-a
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Dharmendra Choudhary, Sulekha Adhikary, Naseer Ahmad, Priyanka Kothari, Ashwni Verma, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Prabhat Ranjan Mishra, Ritu Trivedi
Withaferin A (WFA), a highly oxygenated withanolide is used for anti-osteoporotic, fracture healing, obesity control as medicine and dietary supplement in Ayurveda and Unani medicine but its potential remains to be investigate for the osteoarthritis studies. In the present study, chondro-protective effects of WFA, under in vitro and in vivo conditions were evaluated. In-vitro pharmacological activity of WFA was tested on rat articular chondrocytes through MTT, DPPH, different staining, FACS and translation studies...
March 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194609/using-the-connectivity-map-to-discover-compounds-influencing-human-osteoblast-differentiation
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Andrea M Brum, Jeroen van de Peppel, Linh Nguyen, Abidin Aliev, Marijke Schreuders-Koedam, Tarini Gajadien, Cindy S van der Leije, Anke van Kerkwijk, Marco Eijken, Johannes P T M van Leeuwen, B C J van der Eerden
Osteoporosis is a common skeletal disorder characterized by low bone mass leading to increased bone fragility and fracture susceptibility. Identification of factors influencing osteoblast differentiation and bone formation is very important. Previously, we identified parbendazole to be a novel compound that stimulates osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs), using gene expression profiling and bioinformatic analyzes, including the Connectivity Map (CMap), as an in-silico approach...
June 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165314/towards-natural-mimetics-of-metformin-and-rapamycin
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Alexander Aliper, Leslie Jellen, Franco Cortese, Artem Artemov, Darla Karpinsky-Semper, Alexey Moskalev, Andrew G Swick, Alex Zhavoronkov
Aging is now at the forefront of major challenges faced globally, creating an immediate need for safe, widescale interventions to reduce the burden of chronic disease and extend human healthspan. Metformin and rapamycin are two FDA-approved mTOR inhibitors proposed for this purpose, exhibiting significant anti-cancer and anti-aging properties beyond their current clinical applications. However, each faces issues with approval for off-label, prophylactic use due to adverse effects. Here, we initiate an effort to identify nutraceuticals-safer, naturally-occurring compounds-that mimic the anti-aging effects of metformin and rapamycin without adverse effects...
November 15, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157955/development-of-a-goat-model-for-evaluation-of-withaferin-a-cervical-implants-for-the-treatment-of-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia
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Leslie C Sherwood, Farrukh Aqil, Manicka V Vadhanam, Jeyaprakash Jeyabalan, Radha Munagala, David Hoetker, Sanjay Srivastava, Inder P Singh, Scott Cambron, Martin O'Toole, Wendy Spencer, Lynn P Parker, Ramesh C Gupta
Cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The disease develops over many years through a series of precancerous lesions. Cervical cancer can be prevented by HPV-vaccination, screening and treatment of precancer before development of cervical cancer. The treatment of high-grade cervical dysplasia (CIN2+ ) has traditionally been by cervical conization. Surgical procedures are associated with increased risk of undesirable side effects including bleeding, infection, scarring (stenosis), infertility and complications in later pregnancies...
December 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149589/bond-with-me-if-you-can-natural-product-covalent-ligand-and-reactivity-based-probe-compete-for-cysteine-in-pp2a-complex
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Douglas S Johnson, Jaimeen D Majmudar
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Grossman et al. (2017) disclose a chemoproteomics-enabled strategy to identify the cysteine-reactive target(s) of the anti-cancer natural product withaferin A and then screen a cysteine-reactive fragment library to discover a covalent ligand for the same target.
November 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142430/topical-delivery-of-withania-somnifera-crude-extracts-in-niosomes-and-solid-lipid-nanoparticles
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Tawona N Chinembiri, Minja Gerber, Lissinda H du Plessis, Jan L du Preez, Josias H Hamman, Jeanetta du Plessis
Background: Withania somnifera is a medicinal plant native to India and is known to have anticancer properties. It has been investigated for its anti-melanoma properties, and since melanoma presents on the skin, it is prudent to probe the use of W. somnifera in topical formulations. To enhance topical drug delivery and to allow for controlled release, the use of niosomes and solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) as delivery vesicles were explored. Objective: The objective of this study is to determine the stability and topical delivery of W...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100399/oxidative-stress-induced-jnk-ap-1-signaling-is-a-major-pathway-involved-in-selective-apoptosis-of-myelodysplastic-syndrome-cells-by-withaferin-a
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Karine Z Oben, Sara S Alhakeem, Mary K McKenna, Jason A Brandon, Rajeswaran Mani, Sunil K Noothi, Liu Jinpeng, Shailaja Akunuru, Sanjit K Dhar, Inder P Singh, Ying Liang, Chi Wang, Ahmed Abdel-Latif, Harold F Stills, Daret K St Clair, Hartmut Geiger, Natarajan Muthusamy, Kaoru Tohyama, Ramesh C Gupta, Subbarao Bondada
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a diverse group of malignant clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorders characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis, dysplastic cell morphology in one or more hematopoietic lineages, and a risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Approximately 50% of MDS patients respond to current FDA-approved drug therapies but a majority of responders relapse within 2-3 years. There is therefore a compelling need to identify potential new therapies for MDS treatment. We utilized the MDS-L cell line to investigate the anticancer potential and mechanisms of action of a plant-derived compound, Withaferin A (WFA), in MDS...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062040/regiospecific-synthesis-of-ring-a-fused-withaferin-a-isoxazoline-analogues-induction-of-premature-senescence-by-w-2b-in-proliferating-cancer-cells
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Faheem Rasool, Debasis Nayak, Archana Katoch, Mir Mohd Faheem, Syed Khalid Yousuf, Nazar Hussain, Chetan Belawal, N K Satti, Anindya Goswami, Debaraj Mukherjee
Induction of premature senescence represents a novel functional strategy to curb the uncontrolled proliferation of malignant cancer cells. This study unveils the regiospecific synthesis of novel isoxazoline derivatives condensed to ring A of medicinal plant product Withaferin-A. Intriguingly, the cis fused products with β-oriented hydrogen exhibited excellent cytotoxic activities against proliferating human breast cancer MCF7 and colorectal cancer HCT-116 cells. The most potent derivative W-2b triggered premature senescence along with increase in senescence-associated β-galactosidase activity, G2/M cell cycle arrest, and induction of senescence-specific marker p21Waf1/Cip1 at its sub-toxic concentration...
October 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043807/2-3-dihydro-3%C3%AE-methoxy-withaferin-a-protects-normal-cells-against-stress-molecular-evidence-of-its-potent-cytoprotective-activity
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Anupama Chaudhary, Rajkumar S Kalra, Chuang Huang, Jay Prakash, Sunil C Kaul, Renu Wadhwa
2,3-Dihydro-3β-methoxy withaferin-A (3βmWi-A) is a natural withanolide that is structurally close to withaferin-A (Wi-A), is cytotoxic to human cancer cells, and is a candidate anticancer natural compound. Using cell-based biochemical, molecular, and imaging assays, we report that Wi-A and 3βmWi-A possess contrasting activities. Whereas Wi-A caused oxidative stress to normal cells, 3βmWi-A was well tolerated at even 10-fold higher concentrations. Furthermore, it promoted survival and protected normal cells against oxidative, UV radiation, and chemical stresses...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017913/the-use-of-natural-compounds-for-the-targeting-and-chemoprevention-of-ovarian-cancer
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Francesca Pistollato, Ruben Calderón Iglesias, Roberto Ruiz, Silvia Aparicio, Jorge Crespo, Luis Dzul Lopez, Francesca Giampieri, Maurizio Battino
Among gynaecological cancers, ovarian cancer represents the leading cause of death in women. Current treatment for ovarian cancer entails surgery followed by combined chemotherapy with platinum and taxane, which are associated, particularly cisplatin, with severe side effects. While this treatment approach appears to be initially effective in a high number of patients, nearly 70% of them suffer a relapse within a few months after initial treatment. Therefore, more effective and better-tolerated treatment options are clearly needed...
December 28, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936177/withaferin-a-induces-oxidative-stress-mediated-apoptosis-and-dna-damage-in-oral-cancer-cells
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Hsueh-Wei Chang, Ruei-Nian Li, Hui-Ru Wang, Jing-Ru Liu, Jen-Yang Tang, Hurng-Wern Huang, Yu-Hsuan Chan, Ching-Yu Yen
Withaferin A (WFA) is one of the most active steroidal lactones with reactive oxygen species (ROS) modulating effects against several types of cancer. ROS regulation involves selective killing. However, the anticancer and selective killing effects of WFA against oral cancer cells remain unclear. We evaluated whether the killing ability of WFA is selective, and we explored its mechanism against oral cancer cells. An MTS tetrazolium cell proliferation assay confirmed that WFA selectively killed two oral cancer cells (Ca9-22 and CAL 27) rather than normal oral cells (HGF-1)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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