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Int J Mol Med ; 44(6): 2015-2026, 2019 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31638181

RESUMO

Bruceine D is one of the active components of Brucea javanica (L.) Merr., which is widely used to treat cancer in China. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential effect of bruceine D against non­small­cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells and delineate its underlying mechanisms. The results indicated that treatment with bruceine D markedly inhibited the proliferation of wild­type NSCLC cells and epidermal growth factor receptor­mutant cells in a dose­ and time­dependent manner, and significantly decreased the colony­forming ability and migration of A549 cells. Hoechst 33342 staining and flow cytometric analysis demonstrated that treatment with bruceine D effectively induced apoptosis of A549 cells. In addition, the proapoptotic effect of bruceine D was found to be associated with G0­G1 cell cycle arrest, accumulation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde, depletion of glutathione levels and disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential. Additionally, pretreatment with N­acetylcysteine, a ROS scavenger, significantly attenuated the bruceine D­induced inhibition in A549 cells. Western blotting demonstrated that treatment with bruceine D significantly suppressed the expression of the anti­apoptotic proteins Bcl­2, Bcl­xL and X­linked inhibitor of apoptosis, enhanced the expression levels of apoptotic proteins Bax and Bak, and inhibited the expression of pro­caspase­3 and pro­caspase­8. Based on these results, it may be suggested that inhibition of A549 NSCLC cell proliferation by bruceine D is associated with the modulation of ROS­mitochondrial­mediated death signaling. This novel insight may provide further evidence to verify the anticancer efficacy of B. javanica, and support a role for bruceine D in the anti­NSCLC treatment.

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Phytomedicine ; 52: 272-283, 2019 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30599908

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Berberine (BBR) is the most abundant and major active constituent of Rhizoma Coptidis (RC), which has been widely used to treat inflammatory diseases in traditional oriental medicine. Despite BBR has been found to exhibit pronounced anti-inflammatory effect, the anti-inflammatory activities of its natural derivatives were sparsely dissected out. PURPOSE: To comparatively investigate the anti-inflammatory potential of BBR, and its natural oxoderivative (oxyberberine, OBB) and reduced derivative (dihydroberberine, DHBB) in vitro and in vivo, and delineate the possible underlying mechanism. METHODS: LC-MS/MS was used to identify the natural derivatives of BBR in RC. The potential anti-inflammatory properties of BBR and its natural derivatives were comparatively evaluated in vitro by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW264.7 macrophages cells, and in vivo via three typical acute inflammation murine models. Some important inflammation-related molecules were analyzed by ELISA, qRT-PCR and Western blotting. RESULTS: LC-MS/MS led to the identification of BBR, OBB and DHBB in RC ethyl acetate extract. The in vitro assay indicated that BBR, OBB and DHBB (1.25, 2.5 and 5 µM) pretreatment significantly decreased the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1ß (IL-1ß), interleukin-6 (IL-6), prostaglandinE2 (PGE2) and nitricoxide (NO), and inhibited the mRNA expressions of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitricoxide synthase (iNOS) in a dose-dependent manner, with relative efficiency of OBB > BBR > DHBB. Furthermore, OBB, BBR and DHBB remarkably inhibited the phosphorylation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) p65 and inhibitory kappa Bα (IκBα). In vivo, BBR (20 mg/kg) and OBB (5, 10, and 20 mg/kg) pretreatment significantly ameliorated the xylene-induced ear edema, carrageenan-stimulated paw edema, and acetic acid-elicited vascular permeability in mice in a dose-dependent manner, with OBB exhibiting superior anti-inflammatory effect at the same dose (20 mg/kg). Histopathological analysis indicated that OBB and BBR could markedly attenuate the inflammatory deterioration and decrease the cellular infiltration in paw tissues. Additionally, the carrageenan-induced increases in TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1ß, PGE2 and NO productions, and COX-2 and iNOS mRNA expressions were effectually and concentration-dependently suppressed by OBB and BBR pretreatment. CONCLUSION: The anti-inflammatory activity of BBR and its natural derivatives was in the order of OBB > BBR > DHBB. OBB was for the first time found to be endowed with pronounced anti-inflammatory property, which was probably associated with suppressing the activation of NF-κB signaling pathway, and the subsequent gene expressions and productions of pro-inflammatory mediators. The results might contribute to illuminating the pharmacodynamic underpinnings of RC and provide evidence for developing OBB as a safe and promising natural lead compound in inflammation treatment.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Berberina/farmacologia , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Animais , Berberina/análogos & derivados , Carragenina/efeitos adversos , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Dinoprostona/metabolismo , Edema/induzido quimicamente , Edema/tratamento farmacológico , Feminino , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Interleucina-6/metabolismo , Lipopolissacarídeos , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Camundongos , Inibidor de NF-kappaB alfa/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Células RAW 264.7 , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Transcrição RelA/metabolismo , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Food Chem Toxicol ; 123: 349-362, 2019 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30423402

RESUMO

Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose-induced hepatotoxicity is tightly associated with oxidative stress. Tetrahydrocurcumin (THC) and octahydrocurcumin (OHC), the primary and final hydrogenated metabolites of curcumin (CUR), possess stronger antioxidant activity in vitro. The present study was performed to investigate the potential and mechanism of OHC and THC against APAP-induced hepatotoxicity in parallel to CUR. Our results showed that OHC and THC dose-dependently enhanced liver function (ALT and AST levels) and alleviated histopathological deterioration. Besides, OHC and THC significantly restored the hepatic antioxidant status by miring level of MDA and ROS, and elevated levels of GSH, SOD, CAT and T-AOC. In addition, OHC and THC markedly suppressed the activity and expressions of CYP2E1, and bound to the active sites of CYP2E1. Moreover, OHC and THC activated the Keap1-Nrf2 pathway and enormously enhanced the translational activation of Nrf2-targeted gene (GCLC, GCLM, NQO1 and HO-1) against oxidative stress, via inhibiting the expression of Keap1 and blocking the interaction between Keap1 and Nrf2. Particularly, OHC and THC exerted superior hepato-protective and antioxidant activities to CUR. In conclusion, OHC and THC possess favorable hepato-protective effect through restoring antioxidant status, inhibiting CYP2E1 and activating Keap1-Nrf2 pathway, which might represent promising antioxidants for the treatment of APAP-induced hepatotoxicity.


Assuntos
Acetaminofen/efeitos adversos , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/prevenção & controle , Curcumina/administração & dosagem , Citocromo P-450 CYP2E1/metabolismo , Proteína 1 Associada a ECH Semelhante a Kelch/metabolismo , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Substâncias Protetoras/administração & dosagem , Animais , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/etiologia , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/genética , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/metabolismo , Curcumina/análogos & derivados , Curcumina/química , Curcumina/metabolismo , Citocromo P-450 CYP2E1/genética , Humanos , Hidrogenação , Proteína 1 Associada a ECH Semelhante a Kelch/genética , Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Fígado/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/genética , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Substâncias Protetoras/química , Substâncias Protetoras/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao ; 29(12): 4022-4028, 2018 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30584729

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Productivity is low and unstable in dryland farms of central Gansu, Northwest China. Conservational tillage is an important way for the sustainable development of agriculture. The effects of different tillage measures on soil moisture infiltration, evaporation, crop yield and water use efficiency (WUE) were investigated in this study based on a long-term experiment since 2001 in Longzhong. There were six treatments, i.e. conventional tillage with no straw (T), no-till with straw cover (NTS), no-till with no straw cover (NT), conventional tillage with straw incorporated (TS), conventional tillage with plastic mulch (TP), and no-till with plastic mulch (NTP), with annual rotation of spring wheat and pea. The results showed that compared with T, soil bulk density of NTS decreased and total porosity of soil increased significantly in wheat and pea land. Compared with conventional tillage, conservation tillage reduced soil infiltration rate in 0-5 cm in the pea field by 56.2%. Conservational tillage siginificantly increased soil saturated water conductivity in both wheat and pea lands. Compared with T, the saturated water conductivity in NTS was significantly increased by 52.8%-107.1%. Conservational tillage siginificantly reduced soil evaporation during growing season. Compared with T, the evapotranspiration of NTP, TP and NTS was significantly reduced by 14.4%-50.8%. The soil evaporation after rain was also decreased. Conservational tillage improved crop yield and water use efficiency by 9.5%-62.8% and 0.4%-50.9%, respectively. Therefore, conservational tillage could increase water use efficiency and crop yield in dryland farming area of central Gansu, Northwest China.


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Agricultura/métodos , Conservação dos Recursos Naturais/métodos , Fazendas , China , Solo , Triticum , Água , Abastecimento de Água
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Front Pharmacol ; 9: 1181, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30386242

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Curcumin (CUR), a promising naturally occurring dietary compound, is commonly recognized as the potential anti-inflammatory agent. While the application of CUR was hampered by its low stability and poor systemic bioavailability, it has been suggested that the biological activities of CUR are intimately related to its metabolites. In the current investigation, we aimed to comparatively explore the anti-inflammatory effects of tetrahydrocurcumin (THC), octahydrocurcumin (OHC), and CUR, and to elucidate the underlying action mechanisms on experimental mice models of acute inflammation, i.e., xylene-induced ear edema, acetic acid-induced vascular permeability, and carrageenan-induced paw edema. The results showed that THC and OHC exerted significant and dose-dependent inhibitions on the formation of ear edema induced by xylene and paw edema provoked by carrageenan and inhibited the Evans blue dye leakage in peritoneal cavity elicited by acetic acid. Moreover, THC and OHC treatments were more effective than CUR in selectively inhibiting the expression of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and suppressing nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathways via transforming growth factor ß activated kinase-1 (TAK1) inactivation in the carrageenan-induced mouse paw edema model.

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J Med Food ; 21(9): 887-898, 2018 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30109956

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Angelica sinensis (AS, Danggui in Chinese) is an important herbal component of various traditional formulae for the management of asthenia and its tonic effects. Although AS has been shown to ameliorate cognitive damage and nerve toxicity in D-galactose (D-gal)-elicited senescent mice brain, its effects on liver and kidney injury have not yet been explored. In this work, mice were subjected to hypodermic injection with D-gal (200 mg/kg) and orally gavaged with AS (20, 40, or 80 mg/kg) once a day for 8 successive weeks. Results revealed that AS significantly improved liver and kidney function as assessed by organ index and functional parameters. In addition, AS pretreatment effectively ameliorated the histological deterioration. AS attenuated the MDA level and markedly enhanced the activities and gene expressions of antioxidative enzymes, namely Cu, Zn-SOD, CAT, and GPx. Furthermore, AS markedly inhibited the D-gal-mediated increment of expressions of inflammatory cytokines iNOS, COX-2, IκBα, p-IκBα, and p65 and promoted the IκBα expression level in both hepatic and renal tissues. In sum, AS pretreatment could effectively guard the liver and kidney of mice from D-gal-induced injury, and the underlying mechanism was deemed to be intimately related to attenuating oxidative response and inflammatory stress.


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Angelica sinensis/química , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/tratamento farmacológico , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/administração & dosagem , Galactose/efeitos adversos , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Nefropatias/tratamento farmacológico , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/metabolismo , Cromatografia com Fluido Supercrítico , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/química , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/isolamento & purificação , Humanos , Inflamação/genética , Inflamação/metabolismo , Rim/efeitos dos fármacos , Nefropatias/induzido quimicamente , Nefropatias/metabolismo , Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Malondialdeído/metabolismo , Camundongos
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Trials ; 19(1): 367, 2018 Jul 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29996882

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BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, recurring condition, prevalent in the general population. Current medication treatments usually leave patients undertreated. Nowadays, Chinese medicine (CM) is being considered as a promising treatment approach for IBS. However, due to methodological limitations, there is no strong evidence to support CM. Although IBS relapses are common, the relapse assessment has always been neglected in CM study designs. Meanwhile, in clinical practice and studies, it has been found that certain CM formulas can only benefit certain kinds of patients. Discovering what population and illness characteristics likely respond to outcomes may help improve the effectiveness of CM. The aims of this study are to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Tiao-Chang Ke-Min (TCKM) granules for IBS, especially in reducing IBS symptoms' relapse, by a high-quality randomized controlled trial and then to optimize the indication of the TCKM granules. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a parallel-group, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial embedded with outcome predictive factors. Eligible patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS will be randomized into either a TCKM granule group or a placebo group. Patients from both groups will receive health education. The treatment duration is 4 weeks and the follow-up is 12 weeks. The primary outcome is global improvement measured with adequate relief (AR). The second outcome measures include time until relief, time until first relapse, total relapse times, long-term effectiveness, individual symptoms, IBS-Symptom Severity Score (IBS-SSS), IBS-Quality of Life Questionnaire (IBS-QOL), and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Predictive factors associated with patient and illness characteristics have been widely collected. These factors will be embedded in this trial for further identification. DISCUSSION: This trial may provide high-quality evidence on the efficacy and safety of TCKM granules for IBS and a more accurate indication. Importantly, this trial will provide a new research method for improving the therapeutic effects of CM for clinicians and researchers. To address IBS relapse assessment, a series of special definitions of relapse incidents has been made for this trial. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry, ID: ChiCTR-IOR-17010600 . Registered on 9 February 2017.


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Diarreia/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome do Intestino Irritável/tratamento farmacológico , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto , Adulto , Idoso , Método Duplo-Cego , Feminino , Humanos , Síndrome do Intestino Irritável/psicologia , Masculino , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa/efeitos adversos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Garantia da Qualidade dos Cuidados de Saúde , Qualidade de Vida , Projetos de Pesquisa , Índice de Gravidade de Doença
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Int J Mol Med ; 41(3): 1447-1454, 2018 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29328398

RESUMO

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common and life­threatening type of malignant cancer, which is associated with a high mortality rate. Cisplatin (CDDP) is a commonly used chemotherapy drug with significant side effects. Brusatol (BR) is one of the principal chemical compounds isolated from the Chinese herb Bruceae Fructus, which has been reported to markedly inhibit the proliferation of numerous cancer cell lines. The present study aimed to investigate the possible synergistic anticancer effects of CDDP combined with BR on CT­26 cells, and to evaluate the underlying mechanisms of action. The growth inhibitory effects of BR, CDDP, and BR and CDDP cotreatment on CT­26 cells were assessed by MTT assay. Cell apoptosis were determined by flow cytometry and western blot analysis. The results indicated that compared with single­agent treatment, cotreatment of CT­26 cells with CDDP and BR synergistically inhibited cell proliferation and increased cellular apoptosis. Furthermore, treatment of CT­26 cells with CDDP and BR resulted in a marked increase in the release of cytosolic cytochrome c, decreased expression of procaspase­3 and procaspase­9, and upregulation of the B­cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl­2)­associated X protein/Bcl­2 ratio compared with treatment with BR or CDDP alone. These results strongly suggested that the combination of CDDP and BR was able to produce a synergistic antitumor effect in CRC cells, thus providing a solid foundation for further development of this combination regimen into an effective therapeutic method for CRC.


Assuntos
Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/farmacologia , Cisplatino/farmacologia , Neoplasias Colorretais/patologia , Quassinas/farmacologia , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Apoptose/genética , Caspases/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Forma Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias Colorretais/genética , Citocromos c/metabolismo , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Camundongos , Quassinas/química , Proteína X Associada a bcl-2/metabolismo
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Mol Med Rep ; 17(1): 789-800, 2018 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29115625

RESUMO

Silymarin has been used in the treatment of a number of liver diseases for a long time, but its efficacy in preventing triptolide induced acute hepatotoxicity has not been reported previously. The present study aimed to assess the protective effect of silymarin against triptolide (TP)-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Rats were orally administrated with silymarin (50, 100 and 200 mg/kg) for 7 days and received intraperitoneal TP (2 mg/kg) on the day 8. Hepatic injuries were comprehensively evaluated in terms of serum parameters, morphological changes, oxidative damage, inflammation and apoptosis. The results demonstrated that TP-induced increases in serum parameters, including alanine transaminase, aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, total cholesterol and γ-glutamyl transpeptidase, which were determined using a biochemical analyzer, and histopathological alterations and hepatocyte apoptosis as determined by hematoxylin and eosin and TUNEL staining, respectively, were prevented by silymarin pretreatment in a dose-dependent manner. TP-induced depletions in the activity of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione S-transferase and catalase, and glutathione levels, were also significantly reversed by silymarin, as determined using specific kits. Additionally, silymarin dose-dependently exhibited inhibitory effects on malonaldehyde content in the liver. The production of proinflammatory cytokines was investigated using ELISA kits, and the results demonstrated that silymarin dose-dependently inhibited the production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10 and IL-1ß in the liver. To determine the mechanism of silymarin, western blot analysis was performed to investigate the protein expression of phosphorylated (p)-p38 and p-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) of the TNF-α induced inflammatory response and apoptotic pathways. Silymarin significantly blocked p38 and JNK phosphorylation and activation. Additionally, the expression of the proapoptotic proteins cytochrome c, cleaved caspase-3 and Bcl-2-associated X was also reduced following treatment with silymarin, as determined by ELISA, western blotting and immunohistochemistry, respectively. In conclusion, silymarin was demonstrated to dose-dependently protect rat liver from TP-induced acute hepatotoxicity, with the high dose (200 mg/kg) achieving a superior effect. This protective effect may be associated with the improvement of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory status, as well as the prevention of hepatocyte apoptosis. Therefore, silymarin may have the potential to be applied clinically to prevent TP-induced acute hepatotoxicity.


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Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/metabolismo , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/patologia , Diterpenos/toxicidade , Fenantrenos/toxicidade , Substâncias Protetoras/farmacologia , Silimarina/farmacologia , Animais , Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Reguladoras de Apoptose/genética , Proteínas Reguladoras de Apoptose/metabolismo , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/tratamento farmacológico , Citocinas/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Diterpenos/química , Compostos de Epóxi/química , Compostos de Epóxi/toxicidade , Hepatócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Hepatócitos/metabolismo , Mediadores da Inflamação/metabolismo , Peroxidação de Lipídeos/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Fenantrenos/química , Substâncias Protetoras/química , Ratos , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Silimarina/química
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Int Immunopharmacol ; 50: 270-278, 2017 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28711783

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ß-Patchoulene (ß-PAE), a tricyclic sesquiterpene isolated from the essential oil of the leaves and stems of Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth., has been reported to have potent anti-inflammatory activity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential protective effect of ß-PAE on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in mice and to illuminate the underlying mechanisms. ALI was induced by intracheal instillation of LPS into lung, and dexamethasone (DEX) was used as a positive control. Results indicated that pretreatment with ß-PAE significantly decreased the mortality rate of mice and lung W/D weight ratio, ameliorated lung pathological changes as compared to model group. Meanwhile, ß-PAE pretreatment markedly inhibited the increase of TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1ß secretions in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and prevented LPS-induced elevations of MPO activity and MDA level in the lung. Additionally, ß-PAE pretreatment significantly elevated miR-146a expression and suppressed the LPS-induced activation of NF-κB and expression of its mediated genes (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1ß). ß-PAE was also observed to markedly upregulate the Nrf2 and HO-1 expression and activate the antioxidant genes (NQO-1, GCLC and HO-1). Taken together, ß-PAE possessed protective effect against LPS-induced ALI, which might be associated with its differential regulation of NF-κB and Nrf2 activities and up-regulation of expression of miR-146a. The results rendered ß-PAE a promising anti-inflammatory agent worthy of further development into a pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of ALI.


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Lesão Pulmonar Aguda/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Pulmão/metabolismo , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Sesquiterpenos/uso terapêutico , Animais , Citocinas/metabolismo , Dexametasona/imunologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Heme Oxigenase-1/genética , Heme Oxigenase-1/metabolismo , Humanos , Mediadores da Inflamação/metabolismo , Lipopolissacarídeos/imunologia , Pulmão/efeitos dos fármacos , Pulmão/patologia , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos , MicroRNAs/genética , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/genética , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Peroxidase/metabolismo , Pogostemon/imunologia , Sesquiterpenos de Guaiano , Transdução de Sinais
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Eur J Pharmacol ; 811: 222-231, 2017 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28648405

RESUMO

Coptisine is one of the main constituents of Coptis chinensis which has been widely used for the remedy of inflammatory disorders. Although the biological activities of coptisine have been well known, the pharmacological properties of its free base have seldomly been elucidated thus far. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential anti-inflammatory properties of coptisine free base (CFB, 8-hydroxy-7,8-dihydrocoptisine) on three animal models, namely xylene-induced ear edema, acetic acid-induced vascular permeability and carrageenan-induced paw edema. The results exhibited that CFB exerted a dose-dependent suppression on ear edema induced by xylene, significantly mitigated the aggravation of vascular permeability caused by acetic acid and paw edema induced by carrageenan. Additionally, CFB significantly suppressed the productions of interleukin-1ß (IL-1ß), interleukin-6 (IL-6), prostaglandinE2 (PGE2) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) in the drug-treated groups as compared with the vehicle group after treatment with carrageenan. Signaling events of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) translocation, such as p-IKKα, p-IKKß, p-IκBα and p65 (nucleus) were significantly inactivated, while inhibitor of nuclear factor κBα (IκBα) and p65 (cytosolic) were markedly up-regulated by CFB. Furthermore, CFB also significantly suppressed the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway by blocking the phosphorylation of p-p38 (phospho-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases) and p-JNK (phospho-c-jun N-terminal kinase) but not p-ERK (phospho-extracellular signal-regulated kinase). Hence, CFB efficiently prevented inflammation, at least partially, via inhibition of NF-κB and MAPK pathways. These findings provided a pioneering pharmacological basis for the anti-inflammatory effect of CFB and suggested CFB might be a potential candidate for the therapy of inflammatory disorders.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Berberina/análogos & derivados , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Ácido Acético/farmacologia , Animais , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Berberina/farmacologia , Berberina/uso terapêutico , Permeabilidade Capilar/efeitos dos fármacos , Dinoprostona/metabolismo , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Edema/tratamento farmacológico , Edema/metabolismo , Edema/patologia , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Interleucina-1beta/genética , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Interleucina-6/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/genética , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Electron. j. biotechnol ; 27: 63-69, May. 2017. graf
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS | ID: biblio-1010394

RESUMO

Background: Defense-related anti-oxidative response is a vital defense mechanism of plants against pathogen invasion. Ralstonia solanacearum is an important phytopathogen. Bacterial wilt caused by R. solanacearum is the most destructive disease and causes severe losses in patchouli, an important aromatic and medicinal plant in Southeast Asia. The present study evaluated the defense response of patchouli inoculated with virulent R. solanacearum. Results: Results showed that the basic enzymatic activities differed not only between the leaves and stems but also between the upper and lower parts of the same organ of patchouli. POD, SOD, PPO, and PAL enzymatic activities were significantly elevated in leaves and stems from patchouli inoculated with R. solanacearum compared to those in control. The variation magnitude and rate of POD, PPO, and PAL activities were more obvious than those of SOD in patchouli inoculated with R. solanacearum. PAGE isoenzymatic analysis showed that there were one new POD band and two new SOD bands elicited, and at least two isoformic POD bands and two SOD bands were observably intensified compared to the corresponding control. Conclusion: Our results suggest that not only defense-related enzymatic activities were elevated but also the new isoenzymatic isoforms were induced in patchouli inoculated with R. solanacearum.


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Ralstonia solanacearum/patogenicidade , Pogostemon/enzimologia , Pogostemon/microbiologia , Fenilalanina Amônia-Liase/metabolismo , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Virulência , Catecol Oxidase/metabolismo , Peroxidase/metabolismo , Ralstonia solanacearum/fisiologia , Eletroforese em Gel de Poliacrilamida , Enzimas/imunologia , Enzimas/metabolismo , Eletroforese em Gel de Poliacrilamida Nativa , Pogostemon/imunologia , Antioxidantes
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BMC Complement Altern Med ; 17(1): 185, 2017 Mar 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28359333

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BACKGROUND: Xiao'er Qixingcha (EXQ) has been extensively applied to relieve dyspepsia and constipation in children for hundreds of years in China. However, the therapeutic mechanism underlying its efficacy remained to be defined. The present study aimed to clarify the possible laxative and immune-regulating effects of EXQ on two models of experimental constipation in mice, which mimicked the pediatric constipation caused by high-heat and high-protein diet (HHPD). METHODS: The two models of constipated mice were induced by HHPD or HHPD + atropine respectively. To investigate the laxative and immune-regulating activities of EXQ, animals were treated with three doses of EXQ (0.75, 1.5 and 3 g/kg) for 7 consecutive days. The fecal output parameters (number and weight), weight of intestinal content and, the thymus and spleen indexes were measured. The levels of sIgA, IL-10, TNF-α and LPS in colon and serum were determined by ELISA. Furthermore, the pathological changes of colon tissue were examined after routine H&E staining. RESULTS: Both HHPD and HHPD + atropine treatments obviously inhibited the fecal output and reduced the colonic sIgA, prominently increased the levels of IL-10 and TNF-α in colonic tissue and elevated the contents of LPS in serum and colonic tissues. In contrast, oral administration of EXQ significantly improved the feces characters and dose-dependently decreased the intestinal changes in both models. In HHPD model test, EXQ efficaciously boosted the sIgA level in a dose-dependent manner, significantly elicited decreases in TNF-α and IL-10 levels, and evidently decreased the spleen and thymus indexes. In HHPD + atropine model test, EXQ treatment reversed the pathological changes by not only dramatically decreasing the spleen index and the levels of LPS and IL-10, but also markedly elevating the thymus index. Furthermore, microscopic observation revealed that EXQ treatment maintained the integrity of colonic mucosa, and protected the colonic tissues from inflammation in the both models. CONCLUSIONS: EXQ exhibited prominent laxative activity and effectively protected the colonic mucosal barrier in two models of constipated mice, of which the mechanism might be closely associated with its propulsive and immune-regulating properties. The current results not only validated the rationale for the clinical application of EXQ in pediatric constipation related symptoms, but also threw new light on the immune-inflammatory responses accompanied with chronic constipation pathology.


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Constipação Intestinal/tratamento farmacológico , Constipação Intestinal/imunologia , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/administração & dosagem , Fatores Imunológicos/administração & dosagem , Laxantes/administração & dosagem , Animais , China , Colo/efeitos dos fármacos , Colo/imunologia , Citocinas/imunologia , Dieta , Proteínas na Dieta/efeitos adversos , Proteínas na Dieta/análise , Temperatura Alta , Humanos , Intestinos , Masculino , Camundongos , Baço/efeitos dos fármacos , Baço/imunologia , Timo/efeitos dos fármacos , Timo/imunologia
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28424738

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Li-Fei-Xiao-Yan prescription (LFXY) has been clinically used in China to treat inflammatory and infectious diseases including inflammatory lung diseases. The present study was aimed at evaluating the potential therapeutic effects and potential mechanisms of LFXY in a murine model of lipopolysaccharide- (LPS-) induced acute lung injury (ALI). In this study, the mice were orally pretreated with LFXY or dexamethasone (positive drug) before the intratracheal instillation of LPS. Our data indicated that pretreatment with LFXY enhanced the survival rate of ALI mice, reversed pulmonary edema and permeability, improved LPS-induced lung histopathology impairment, suppressed the excessive inflammatory responses via decreasing the expression of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1ß, and IL-6) and chemokine (MIP-2) and inhibiting inflammatory cells migration, and repressed oxidative stress through the inhibition of MPO and MDA contents and the upregulation of antioxidants (SOD and GSH) activities. Mechanistically, treatment with LFXY significantly prevented LPS-induced TLR4 expression and NF-κB (p65) phosphorylation. Overall, the present study suggests that LFXY protected mice from acute lung injury induced by LPS via inhibition of TLR4/NF-κB p65 activation and upregulation of antioxidative enzymes and it may be a potential preventive and therapeutic agent for ALI in the clinical setting.

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Int Immunopharmacol ; 46: 146-155, 2017 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28284148

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Usnic acid (UA) can be found in certain lichen species. Growing evidence suggests that UA possesses antitumoral, antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. Bleomycin (BLM) is widely used in the treatment of malignant ascites, however, it unexpectedly causes pulmonary fibrosis (PF). Researches show that excessive inflammatory response and oxidative stress in lung tissue is conspicuous causes of BLM-induced PF. Here we investigated mechanism underlying the effect-enhancing and toxicity-reducing activity of UA on H22-bearing mice treated with BLM. UA combined with BLM was significantly more effective than BLM alone in inhibiting the tumor growth, arresting the cell cycle at G0/G1 phase, and promoting the cleaved caspase-3 and cleaved caspase-8 activities to induce cancer cellular apoptosis. The mechanism may be associated with the transcriptional regulation of p53/p21/Cyclin pathway. Furthermore, UA effectively moderated the histopathological changes, reduced the content of MDA, HYP, TNF-α, IL-1ß, IL-6 and TGF-ß1, and increased the level of SOD when combined with BLM in lung tissues of H22-bearing mice, which was believed to be related to the inhibition on the protein level of p-Smad2/3 and enhancement of Smad7 expression. These findings suggested that UA might be a potential effect-enhancing and toxicity-reducing candidate for BLM in the treatment of malignant ascites.


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Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Ascite/tratamento farmacológico , Benzofuranos/uso terapêutico , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/tratamento farmacológico , Efeitos Colaterais e Reações Adversas Relacionados a Medicamentos/prevenção & controle , Neoplasias Hepáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Fibrose Pulmonar/prevenção & controle , Adjuvantes Farmacêuticos , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Ascite/complicações , Bleomicina/efeitos adversos , Bleomicina/uso terapêutico , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/complicações , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Humanos , Líquens/imunologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/complicações , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos , Neoplasias Experimentais , Fibrose Pulmonar/etiologia , Proteínas Smad/metabolismo
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J Med Food ; 20(2): 180-188, 2017 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28146409

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Constipation is a common disorder that is a significant source of morbidity among people around the world ranging from 2% to 28%. Dendrobium officinale Kimura et Migo is a traditional herbal medicine and health food used for tonicity of the stomach and promotion of body fluid production in China. This study aimed to prepare the ultrafine powder of Dendrobium officinale (UDO) and investigate its laxative effect and potential mechanism in mice with diphenoxylate-induced constipation. Results indicated that the mean diameter (d50) of UDO obtained by ball milling was 6.56 µm. UDO (62.5, 125, and 250 mg/kg, p.o.) could significantly enhance the gastrointestinal transit ratio and promote fecal output. Moreover, UDO treatment resulted in significant increases in the serum levels of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), gastrin (Gas), motilin (MTL), and substance P (SP), and obviously decreased serum contents of somatostatin (SS). Taken together, UDO, which can be easily obtained through milling to a satisfactory particle size, exhibited obvious laxative effect in diphenoxylate-induced constipated mice, and the mechanism might be associated with elevated levels of AChE, Gas, MTL, SP, and reduced production of SS. UDO has the potential for further development into an alternative effective diet therapy for constipation.


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Constipação Intestinal/tratamento farmacológico , Dendrobium/química , Laxantes/administração & dosagem , Extratos Vegetais/administração & dosagem , Animais , Constipação Intestinal/metabolismo , Constipação Intestinal/fisiopatologia , Feminino , Gastrinas/metabolismo , Trânsito Gastrointestinal/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Laxantes/química , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Motilina/metabolismo , Extratos Vegetais/química , Substância P/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 12(1): e0168944, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28045966

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In this paper, we evaluated the anti-Helicobacter pylori activity and the possible inhibitory effect on its associated urease by Palmatine (Pal) from Coptis chinensis, and explored the potential underlying mechanism. Results indicated that Pal exerted inhibitory effect on four tested H. pylori strains (ATCC 43504, NCTC 26695, SS1 and ICDC 111001) by the agar dilution test with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values ranging from 100 to 200 µg/mL under neutral environment (pH 7.4), and from 75 to 100 µg/mL under acidic conditions (pH 5.3), respectively. Pal was observed to significantly inhibit both H. pylori urease (HPU) and jack bean urease (JBU) in a dose-dependent manner, with IC50 values of 0.53 ± 0.01 mM and 0.03 ± 0.00 mM, respectively, as compared with acetohydroxamic acid, a well-known urease inhibitor (0.07 ± 0.01 mM for HPU and 0.02 ± 0.00 mM for JBU, respectively). Kinetic analyses showed that the type of urease inhibition by Pal was noncompetitive for both HPU and JBU. Higher effectiveness of thiol protectors against urease inhibition than the competitive Ni2+ binding inhibitors was observed, indicating the essential role of the active-site sulfhydryl group in the urease inhibition by Pal. DTT reactivation assay indicated that the inhibition on the two ureases was reversible, further supporting that sulfhydryl group should be obligatory for urease inhibition by Pal. Furthermore, molecular docking study indicated that Pal interacted with the important sulfhydryl groups and inhibited the active enzymatic conformation through N-H ∙ π interaction, but did not interact with the active site Ni2+. Taken together, Pal was an effective inhibitor of H. pylori and its urease targeting the sulfhydryl groups, representing a promising candidate as novel urease inhibitor. This investigation also gave additional scientific support to the use of C. chinensis to treat H. pylori-related gastrointestinal diseases in traditional Chinese medicine. Pal might be a potentially beneficial therapy for gastritis and peptic ulcers induced by H. pylori infection and other urease-related diseases.


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Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Alcaloides de Berberina/farmacologia , Coptis/química , Gastroenteropatias/tratamento farmacológico , Helicobacter pylori/efeitos dos fármacos , Urease/antagonistas & inibidores , Domínio Catalítico , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Infecções por Helicobacter/tratamento farmacológico , Helicobacter pylori/enzimologia , Humanos , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Níquel/química , Extratos Vegetais/metabolismo , Especificidade da Espécie , Compostos de Sulfidrila/química , Urease/metabolismo
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J Ethnopharmacol ; 198: 389-398, 2017 Feb 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28119098

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ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Brucea javanica is an important traditional medicinal herb used for the treatment of dysentery, malaria, inflammation and cancer in southeast Asia for many years. However, the anti-inflammatory mechanism of Brucea javanica in the treatment of dysentery (also known as ulcerative colitis, UC) has not been fully illuminated. Brucea javanica oil emulsion (BJOE) is the major active and most common application form of Brucea javanica oil (BJO), which has a variety of pharmacological activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential anti-inflammatory effect of BJOE and possible mechanism of action on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced UC in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The components of BJOE were determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Balb/C mice with dextran sulfate sodium (DSS, 30mg/mL) induced colitis were treated with BJOE (0.5, 1 and 2g/kg) and two positive drugs (sulfasalazine, SASP, 200mg/kg; and azathioprine, AZA, 13mg/kg) once daily by gavage for 7 days. Mice in normal control group and DSS group were orally given the same volume of distilled water and soybean lecithin suspension (0.15g/kg) respectively. The effects of BJOE on DSS-induced UC were assessed by determination of body weight loss, disease activity index (DAI), colon length, histological analysis, as well as levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The mRNA expression of MPO, iNOS and COX-2 in colon tissues was detected by qRT-PCR. In addition, NF-κB p65, p-p65 and IκB-α, p-IκBα protein expression levels in colon tissues were investigated using Western blotting. RESULTS: The major components of BJOE were found to be oleic acid (62.68%) and linoleic acid (19.53%) as detected by GC-MS. Our results indicated that BJOE, SASP and AZA showed beneficial effect on DSS-induced colitis in mice, and significantly reduced the body weight loss and DAI, restored the colon length, repaired colonic pathological variations, decreased histological scores, and decreased the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1ß, IL-6, IL-8, IL-17 and IFN-γ) as compared with the DSS group. In addition, the mRNA expression of MPO, iNOS and COX-2 induced by DSS treatment was remarkably inhibited by BJOE, SASP or AZA treatments. Furthermore, when compared with DSS-treated mice, the activation of NF-κB was significantly inhibited by AZA and BJOE treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Our study shows that BJOE possessed appreciable anti-inflammatory effect against murine experimental UC induced by DSS. The protective mechanism of BJOE may involve inhibition of NF-κB signal transduction pathways and subsequent down-regulation of inflammatory mediators. These findings suggest that BJOE might be an efficacious and promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of UC. Our investigation might also provide experimental evidence for the traditional application of Brucea javanica in the treatment of dysentery and might add new dimension to the clinical indications for BJOE.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Brucea/química , Colite Ulcerativa/tratamento farmacológico , Óleos Vegetais/farmacologia , Animais , Anti-Inflamatórios/isolamento & purificação , Azatioprina/farmacologia , Colite Ulcerativa/patologia , Citocinas/metabolismo , Sulfato de Dextrana , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Emulsões , Cromatografia Gasosa-Espectrometria de Massas , Mediadores da Inflamação/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Sulfassalazina/farmacologia
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Front Pharmacol ; 8: 936, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29311937

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Brucein D (BD), a major active quassinoid in Brucea javanica, has exhibited pronounced anticancer activities. However, the biologic mechanisms have not been fully explored. In this study, BD exhibited more potent cytotoxic effect on pancreatic cancer (PanCa) cell lines, while exerted weaker cytotoxic effects on GES-1 cells (non-tumorigenic). BD was shown to elicit apoptosis through inducing both the intrinsic and extrinsic mitochondria-mediated caspase activations. Furthermore, the BD-induced apoptotic effects were dependent on the accumulated reactive oxygen species (ROS) and inactivation of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway. Pretreatment with tempol completely prevented the cellular apoptosis induced by BD, and recovered the inactivation of AKT, which suggested ROS essentially involved in BD-elicited apoptosis and down-regulation of PI3K/Akt pathway. In addition, the results obtained from orthotopic xenograft in nude mice were congruent with those of the in vitro investigations. These results support the notion that BD held good potential to be further developed into an effective pharmaceutical agent for the treatment of PanCa.

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