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Anticancer Res ; 39(10): 5473-5481, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31570441

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Aerial parts and seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) have long been used in traditional medicine such as Ayurveda for health-related purposes. Our interest in neem bioactives lies in their potential use as standalone anticancer agents, or as adjuvants to standard therapy. The aim of the present study was to explore a supercritical CO2 extract (SCNE) of neem leaf and a prominent liminoid in neem leaf, nimbolide, for epigenetic activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human colorectal cancer cell lines (HCT116 and HT29) were cultured for 48 h in the presence of neem extract or nimbolide and evaluated for growth inhibition and evidence of suppression of histone deacetylation and DNA methylation. RESULTS: Both SCNE and nimbolide suppressed the proliferation of colon cancer cells by inducing epigenetic modifications. CONCLUSION: Neem leaf contains bioactive constituents which modify epigenetic activity.


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Azadirachta/química , Neoplasias Colorretais/tratamento farmacológico , Epigênese Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Folhas de Planta/química , Dióxido de Carbono/química , Dióxido de Carbono/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Metilação de DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Células HCT116 , Células HT29 , Humanos , Limoninas/farmacologia
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Zhejiang Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban ; 48(3): 289-295, 2019 May 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31496161

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect and mechanism of glucosides of chaenomeles speciosa (GCS) on ischemia/reperfusion-induced brain injury in mouse model. METHODS: Fifty 8-week C57BL/C mice were randomly divided into five groups with 10 in each group:sham group, model group, GCS 30 mg/kg group, GCS 60 mg/kg group and GCS 90 mg/kg group, and the GCS was administrated by gavage (once a day) for 14 d. HE staining was performed to investigate the cell morphology; the Zea-Longa scores were measured for neurological activity; TUNEL staining was performed to investigate the cell apoptosis; ELISA was used to detected the oxidative stress and inflammation; Western Blot was performed to investigate the key pathway and neurological functional molecules. RESULTS: Compared with the sham group, the brain tissues in model group were seriously damaged, presenting severe cell apoptosis, oxidative stress and inflammation, associated with increased NF-κB P65 and TNF-α levels as well as decreased myelin associate glycoprotein (MAG) and oligodendrocyte-myelin glycoprotein (OMgp)levels (all P<0.01). Compared with the model group, the brain tissues in GCS groups were ameliorated, and cell apoptosis, oxidative stress and inflammation were inhibited, associated with decreased NF-κB P65 and TNF-α levels as well as increased MAG and OMgp levels (all P<0.01), which were more markedly in GCS 60 mg/kg group. CONCLUSIONS: GCS can inhibit the NF-κB P65 and TNF-α, reduce the oxidative stress and inflammation, decrease the cell apoptosis in mouse ischemia/reperfusion-induced brain injury model, and 60 mg/kg GCS may be the optimal dose.


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Lesões Encefálicas , Glucosídeos , Rosaceae , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa , Animais , Encéfalo/efeitos dos fármacos , Lesões Encefálicas/tratamento farmacológico , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Glucosídeos/farmacologia , Glucosídeos/uso terapêutico , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , NF-kappa B/genética , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Distribuição Aleatória , Rosaceae/química , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/genética
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An Acad Bras Cienc ; 91(3): e20180462, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31553365

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This study aimed to evaluate the in vitro antiproliferative and inhibition of oxidative DNA-damage activities of n-butanol (n-BuOH) extract of Centaurea sphaerocephala. The in vitro antioxidant activity of the ethyl acetate (EtOAc) and the n-BuOH extracts of this plant were also assayed. To investigate the antioxidant potential, extracts were tested for their capacity to scavenge 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH·) and to inhibit lipid peroxidation using the TBARs method. The contents of total phenolics and flavonoids were measured. Additionally, antiproliferative activity and DNA-damage inhibition of the n-BuOH extract was determined using XCELLigence RTCA instrument and photolyzing 46966 plasmid, respectively. The results exhibited that the scavenging abilities of the EtOAc extract were better than the n-BuOH extract with an IC50= 11.59 µg/mL and 16.67 µg/mL for both extracts, respectively. The phenolic and flavonoid contents were found higher in the n-BuOH and EtOAc extracts. Furthermore, our results showed that n-BuOH extract exhibited a remarkable inhibition of lipid peroxidation with an IC50 of 340.94±7.49 µg/mL and had an antiproliferative effect against Hela cells. Extracts of C. sphaerocephala showed antioxidant activity on scavenging DPPH·. In addition, the n-BuOH extract inhibited the lipid peroxidation and exhibited an antiproliferative effect against HeLa cells line (human cervix carcinoma).


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1-Butanol/farmacologia , Acetatos/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Centaurea/química , Dano ao DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , 1-Butanol/isolamento & purificação , Acetatos/isolamento & purificação , Antioxidantes/isolamento & purificação , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Humanos , Espectrometria de Massas
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Acta Virol ; 63(3): 316-321, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31507198

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The recent Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreaks and rapid spread in tropical Latin America since introduction to Brazil in 2014, and now appearing cases in the USA, are alarming. World Health Organization (WHO) has considered transmission of ZIKV, a serious public health problem because of the increasing number of outbreaks. There are currently no drugs approved for the treatment of ZIKV infection. Discovery of safe and effective drugs are hampered by the risk in treating pregnant woman and toxicity to the fetus. Sweet basil, known as Ocimum basilicum in the scientific community, is a very well-known medicinal herb. Numerous studies have documented its beneficial activity against a great variety of human pathogens ranging from bacteria and virus to fungus and protozoans. Although, basil extracts and oils have been tested successfully against other viruses, its application to tackle ZIKV infection has not been exploited at all. In this study, we report for the first time that highly diluted ethanol extracts prepared from basil leaves can effectively inhibit ZIKV replication in Vero E6 cells with a half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) value of 1:134. The diluted extract as well as the amount of ethanol that goes into its preparation have been found to be completely non-toxic to the above mentioned cell line. The extract seems to inhibit the virus at the step of attachment and entry into the host cell. The specific inhibition of ZIKV observed using the basil leaf extract suggests a new alternative mode of treatment against flavivirus. Keywords: Zika virus; basil extract; antiviral.


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Ocimum basilicum , Extratos Vegetais , Internalização do Vírus , Infecção por Zika virus , Animais , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Cercopithecus aethiops , Etanol/química , Ocimum basilicum/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Folhas de Planta/química , Plantas Medicinais/química , Células Vero , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos , Zika virus/efeitos dos fármacos , Zika virus/fisiologia
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Rev Bras Parasitol Vet ; 28(3): 522-527, 2019 Aug 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31483036

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The anthelmintic resistance stimulated the search for strategies for controlling gastrointestinal nematodes, including the use of free essential oils or its nanoemulsion. This study evaluated the anthelmintic efficacy of Cymbopogon citratus essential oil (CcEO) and C. citratus essential oil nanoemulsion (CcEOn). Pysicochemical analyses were performed. The in vitro effect was determined using the egg hatch test (EHT) on Haemonchus contortus and in vivo effect was evaluated in sheep infected with gastrointestinal nematodes. The animals were treated with CcEO (500 mg/kg) or CcEOn (450 mg/kg) for the fecal egg count (FEC) and the determination of worm burden. The main component of CcEO was citral. The CcEO content in the nanoemulsion was 20% (v/v), and the mean particle size was 248 nm. In EHT, CcEO and CcEOn (1.25 mg/mL) inhibited larval hatching by 98.4 and 97.1%, respectively. Three animals treated with CcEO died whereas in the group treated with CcEOn one animal died. The FEC and total worm burden of the treated groups did not differ from the negative control (p>0.05). The CcEOn showed efficacy only on H. contortus (p<0.05). In conclusion, nanoencapsulation reduced toxicity and increased efficacy on H. contortus.


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Anti-Helmínticos/farmacologia , Cymbopogon/química , Nematoides/efeitos dos fármacos , Óleos Voláteis/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Doenças dos Ovinos/parasitologia , Animais , Fezes/parasitologia , Feminino , Masculino , Nematoides/classificação , Nematoides/isolamento & purificação , Ovinos
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J Appl Oral Sci ; 27: e20180602, 2019 Sep 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31508794

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OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) on periodontal repair in rats with induced periodontitis and arthritis. METHODOLOGY: Forty-five rats were submitted to periodontitis induction by insertion of ligatures into the upper second molars, maintained for 15 days. These animals were randomly allocated to 3 groups according to the presence of induced arthritis (ART) and the application of the ASU: Control (CTR) group-healthy animals, where saline solution was administered; ART-animals with induced arthritis, where saline solution was administered; ART/ASU-animals with induced arthritis, where ASU (0.6 mg/ kg) was administered. The drugs were administered daily by gavage and the animals were euthanized after 7, 15 and 30 days of the ligature removal. Bone resorption, inflammatory infiltrate composition and marker proteins expression of the differentiation and formation of osteoclasts (RANKL and TRAP) were assessed. RESULTS: The ART/ASU group presented higher bone volume than the ART group at 7 and 30 days after the ligature removal. Furthermore, the ART group presented higher quantity of inflammatory cells and expression of TRAP and RANKL than the other groups. CONCLUSION: ASU administration improves the repair of periodontal tissues in an experimental periodontitis model in rats with induced arthritis.


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Artrite/tratamento farmacológico , Periodontite/tratamento farmacológico , Persea/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Soja/química , Animais , Artrite/patologia , Imuno-Histoquímica , Masculino , Periodontite/patologia , Ligante RANK/análise , Distribuição Aleatória , Ratos , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Fosfatase Ácida Resistente a Tartarato/análise , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento , Microtomografia por Raio-X
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Acta Cir Bras ; 34(7): e201900706, 2019 Sep 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31531540

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PURPOSE: To investigate the protective roles of pyracantha fortune fruit extract (PFE) on acute renal toxicity induced by cadmium chloride (CdCl2) in rats. METHODS: Rats were pretreated with PFE and consecutively injected with CdCl2 (6.5 mg/kg) for 5 days. RESULTS: The concentration of Cd, kidney weight, malondialdehyde (MDA), and nitric oxide (NO) production were remarkably increased in CdCl2 group as well as the levels of plasma uric acid, urea, and creatinine (P < 0.001). However, the body weight and glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and glutathione peroxidase (GR) levels were markedly reduced by CdCl2 treatment (P < 0.001). Histological manifestations of renal tissue showed severely adverse changes. Moreover, CdCl2 treatment significantly decreased the B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) expression while increased the Bcl-2-Associated X Protein (Bax), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) expression (P < 0.001). Additionally, the expression of Nrf2/Keap 1 related proteins Keap-1 gained a significant increase (P < 0.001), whereas the Nrf2, HO-1, γ-GCS, GSH-Px and NQO1 expression decreased by CdCl2 treatment (P < 0.05). These rats were pretreated with PFE to improve the changes caused by CdCl2 treatment. CONCLUSION: PFE could protect the kidney against acute renal toxicity induced by CdCl2.


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Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Cloreto de Cádmio/toxicidade , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/prevenção & controle , Rim/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Pyracantha/química , Animais , Catalase/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Frutas/química , Glutationa/metabolismo , Glutationa Peroxidase/metabolismo , Rim/patologia , Masculino , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Ratos , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(37): 10448-10457, 2019 Sep 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31453693

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Carabrone is isolated from Carpesium macrocephalum Franch. et Sav, which has good fungicidal activity, especially for Gaeumannomyces graminis (Get). According to previous studies, we speculated that carabrone targets the mitochondrial enzyme complex III of Get. To elucidate the mode of action, we used carabrone to induce oxidative stress and apoptosis in Get. Incubation with carabrone reduced the burst of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondrial membrane potential, as well as phosphatidylserine release. Carabrone caused ROS accumulation in mycelia by inhibiting the activity of antioxidase enzymes, among which inhibition of glutathione reductase (GR) activity was most obvious. The catalytic center of GR consists of l-cysteine residues that react with the α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone active site of carabrone. Additionally, a positive TUNEL reaction led to diffusion of the DNA electrophoresis band and upregulation of Ggmet1 and Ggmet2. We propose that carabrone inhibits antioxidant enzymes and promotes ROS overproduction, which causes membrane hyperpermeability, release of apoptotic factors, activation of the mitochondria-mediated apoptosis pathway, and fungal cell apoptosis.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Ascomicetos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fungicidas Industriais/farmacologia , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Ascomicetos/citologia , Ascomicetos/metabolismo , Asteraceae/química , Proteínas Fúngicas/metabolismo , Glutationa Redutase/metabolismo , Potencial da Membrana Mitocondrial/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(37): 10330-10341, 2019 Sep 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31469960

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Fomitopsis pinicola (Sw. Ex Fr.) Krast has been commonly used as a health food source and antitumor agent. To uncover bioactive key composition of F. pinicola, in our study, we investigated the chemical constituents of a methanol extract of F. pinicola and thirty-five lanostane-type tritetpenoids; 13 new compounds (1-13) and twenty-two known analogues (14-35) were isolated. Among them, compounds 1-9 were C30 lanostane triterpenoids and triterpene sugar esters, while compounds 10-13 were C31 triterpenoids and triterpene sugar esters. Their structures and absolute configurations were elucidated by extensive 1D, 2D NMR, MS, and IR spectra. Furthermore, cytotoxic activities of all isolates against five human tumor cell lines (HL-60, A549, SMMC-7721, MCF-7, and SW480) were evaluated. The results showed that compounds 12, 14, 17, 18, 22, and 23 displayed cytotoxic effects against five human tumor cell lines with IC50 values ranging from 3.92-28.51 µM. Meanwhile, compounds 9 and 35 exhibited selected inhibitory activities against HL-60, SMMC-7721, and MCF-7 with IC50 values in the range of 13.57-36.01 µM. Furthermore, the flow cytometry analysis revealed that compounds 17, 22, and 35 induced apoptosis in HL-60 cell lines. Their structure-activity relationships were preliminarily reported. These findings indicate the vital role of triterpenoids and their glycosides in explaining antitumor effects of F. pinicola and provide important evidence for further development and utilization of this fungus.


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Coriolaceae/química , Extratos Vegetais/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Triterpenos/química , Triterpenos/farmacologia , Verduras/química , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Glicosídeos/química , Glicosídeos/farmacologia , Humanos , Estrutura Molecular , Relação Estrutura-Atividade
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An Acad Bras Cienc ; 91(3): e20180621, 2019 Aug 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31411258

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Aristolochia triangularis Cham., is one of the most frequently used medicinal plant in Southern Brazil. Preparations containing the leaves and/or stems are traditionally used as anti-inflammatory, diuretic, as well as antidote against snakebites. This study screened A. triangularis extracts, fractions and isolated compounds for different bioactivities. A weak antiproliferative activity against human lung cancer cell line (A549) was observed only for chloroform fraction obtained from stems (CFstems - CC50: 2.93 µg/mL). Also, a moderate antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus was detected just for chloroform fraction obtained from leaves (CFleaves -13-16 mm inhibition zone). Additionally, two semi-purified fractions (CFstems-4 and CFleaves-4) selectively inhibited HSV-1 replication (IC50 values of 0.40 and 2.61 µg/mL, respectively), while only CFleaves showed promising results against Leishmania amazonensis. Fractionation of extracts resulted in the isolation of one neolignan (-) cubebin and one lignan (+) galbacin. However, these compounds are not responsible for the in vitro bioactivities herein detected. The presence of aristolochic acid I and aristolochic acid II in the crude ethanol extract of stems (CEEstems) and leaves (CEEleaves) was also investigated. The HPLC analysis of these extracts did not display any peak with retention time or UV spectra comparable to aristolochic acids I and II.


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Aristolochia/química , Compostos Fitoquímicos/química , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Antifúngicos/farmacologia , Antiprotozoários/farmacologia , Antivirais/farmacologia , Ácidos Aristolóquicos/química , Brasil , Fracionamento Químico , Cromatografia Líquida de Alta Pressão/métodos , Humanos , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia
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Acta Cir Bras ; 34(6): e201900606, 2019 Aug 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31432997

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PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of pine needle extract (PNE) on the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and Ki-67 during liver regeneration induced by 70% partial hepatectomy (PH) in rat. METHODS: Forty-eight male rats (SD, 7 weeks) had surgery (70% PH). They were randomly divided into two groups. PH + PNE group was only provided PNE diluted in water (10%) for drinking and PH group was provided water from 5 days before surgery to the time of sacrifice. PNE was made by pressing and filtering. Animals were sacrificed at 12h, 24h, 36h, 60h, 84h, 168h after PH, respectively. The expressions of PCNA and Ki-67 were determined as proliferation indices. RESULTS: Immunohistochemistry turned out to increase the expression of PCNA and Ki-67. PCNA expression of PH+PNE group increased up to twice of that of PH group. Western blot also seemed to increase the PCNA expression. These results indicated the promotion of cell proliferation in liver tissue and hepatic regeneration. CONCLUSIONS: Pine needle extract stimulates the expression of some mitotic proteins during liver regeneration induced by 70% PH in rats. It suggests that administration of pine needle extract could accelerate the liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy.


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Hepatectomia/métodos , Antígeno Ki-67/efeitos dos fármacos , Regeneração Hepática/efeitos dos fármacos , Pinus/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Antígeno Nuclear de Célula em Proliferação/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Proliferação de Células , Antígeno Ki-67/metabolismo , Masculino , Índice Mitótico , Antígeno Nuclear de Célula em Proliferação/metabolismo , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Fatores de Tempo
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Ceska Slov Farm ; 68(3): 95-118, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31431019

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Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) has been used for centuries as a plant of traditional Chinese medicine. Its biological activity and pharmacological use are associated with dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans, while specific polysaccharides may also be involved. The lignans of schisandra are genus-specific. Their activity has been investigated in hundreds of studies that have confirmed adaptogenic effects, central nervous system stimulation, hepatoprotective effects and potential anticancer potential. This summary review of the literature synthesizes the current state-of-the-art in research on bioactivities of schisandra constituents, description of folk use of extracts, overview of clinical studies and additional information on in vitro tests bringing insight into mechanisms of action.


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Fitoterapia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Schisandra/química
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Planta Med ; 85(13): 1073-1079, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31365939

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Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides, syn. Fagara zanthoxyloides, is a tree growing in West Africa and is used in traditional medicine against a variety of diseases, including malaria. In the work reported here, root bark and stem bark extracts of this tree, as well as compounds isolated from the extracts, have been investigated for activity in vitro against chloroquine-sensitive and chloroquine-resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum. In addition, toxicity against nauplii of the brine shrimp Artemia salina has been studied. Dichloromethane extracts of the root bark and stem bark, and a methanol extract of the stem bark, showed anti-parasitic activity towards chloroquine-sensitive as well as chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum, with IC50 values between 1 and 10 µg/mL. Among the isolated compounds, bis-dihydrochelerythrinyl ether, buesgenine, chelerythrine, γ-fagarine, skimmianine, and pellitorine were the most active, with IC50 values of less than 5 µg/mL. The dichloromethane extracts were toxic to brine shrimp nauplii, with LC50 values of less than 1 µg/mL. Methanol extracts were much less toxic (LC50 between 50 and 100 µg/mL). Among the isolated substances, bis-dihydrochelethrinyl ether was the most toxic (LC50 ca. 2 µg/mL).


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Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Zanthoxylum/química , Casca de Planta/química , Folhas de Planta/química , Raízes de Plantas/química , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos
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Pestic Biochem Physiol ; 159: 59-67, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31400785

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Phytophthora capsici is a plant oomycete pathogen, which causes many devastating diseases on a broad range of hosts. Zedoary turmeric oil (ZTO) is a kind of natural plant essential oil that has been widely used in pharmaceutical applications. However, the antifungal activity of ZTO against phytopathogens remains unknown. In this study, we found ZTO could inhibit P. capsici growth and development in vitro and in detached cucumber and Nicotiana benthamiana leaves. Besides, ZTO treatment resulted in severe damage to the cell membrane of P. capsici, leading to the leakage of intracellular contents. ZTO also induced a significant increase in relative conductivity, malondialdehyde concentration and glycerol content. Furthermore, we identified 50 volatile organic compounds from ZTO, and uncovered Curcumol, ß-elemene, curdione and curcumenol with strong inhibitory activities against mycelial growth of P. capsici. Overall, our results not only shed new light on the antifungal mechanism of ZTO, but also imply a promising alternative for the control of phytophthora blight caused by P. capsici.


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Antifúngicos/farmacologia , Membrana Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Óleos Voláteis/farmacologia , Phytophthora/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Óleos Vegetais/farmacologia , Curcuma , Phytophthora/metabolismo , Sesquiterpenos/farmacologia , Sesquiterpenos de Germacrano/farmacologia
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Anticancer Res ; 39(8): 4043-4053, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31366486

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the most aggressive subtype, predominant in African American women. In this study, the antioxidant/anticancer activity of muscadine grape extracts and the role of their phenolic and flavonoid contents in exerting these properties were investigated in TNBC cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Berry extracts from muscadine genotypes were investigated for total phenolic content (TPC), total flavonoid content (TFC), antioxidant capacity, and anticancer effects using breast cancer cell lines, representing Caucasians and African Americans. RESULTS: The antioxidant activity was associated with high TPC content. Extracts showed cytotoxicity up to 78.6% in Caucasians and 90.7% in African American cells, with an association with high antioxidant capacity. There was a strong correlation between TPC and anticancer/antioxidant activities. CONCLUSION: The anticancer and antioxidant effects of muscadine grapes are attributed to the TPC of extracts, which showed a stronger positive correlation with growth inhibition of African American breast cancer cells compared to Caucasians.


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Antineoplásicos Fitogênicos/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Neoplasias de Mama Triplo Negativas/tratamento farmacológico , Vitis/química , Afro-Americanos/genética , Antineoplásicos Fitogênicos/química , Antioxidantes/química , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Cromatografia Líquida de Alta Pressão , Feminino , Flavonoides/química , Flavonoides/farmacologia , Frutas/química , Humanos , Células MCF-7 , Fenóis/química , Fenóis/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/química , Neoplasias de Mama Triplo Negativas/genética , Neoplasias de Mama Triplo Negativas/patologia
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(2): 388-399, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31403269

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Doxorubicin, a chemotherapy drug used successfully for years, could induce cardiotoxicity. Euterpe oleracea Mart. (açai) is a fruit high in antioxidant properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity prevention after açai administration. METHODS: A total of 64 male Wistar rats were allocated into 4 groups: control (C), açai (A), doxorubicin (D) and açai-doxorubicin (DA). Rats received regular chow (C and D groups) or chow supplemented with açai 5% (A and DA groups) for 4 weeks. Subsequently, rats received doxorubicin 20 mg/kg (D and DA groups) or saline (C and A groups). Euthanasia was performed 48 hours after doxorubicin injection. Left ventricular function was evaluated by echocardiography in vivo and by isolated heart study ex vivo. Oxidative stress, myocardial metabolism and nitric oxide metabolite were evaluated by spectrophotometry, MMP-2 activity by zymography and caspase-3 and Bcl-2 protein expression by Western blot. RESULTS: Doxorubicin induced decreases in body weight, food and water ingestion. We observed decreases in left ventricular fractional shortening in rats treated with doxorubicin. Additionally, the same rats showed lower +dP/dt and -dP/dt during isolated heart study than those who did not receive doxorubicin. Doxorubicin injection increased caspase-3 protein expression, myocardium lipid hydroperoxide concentration, MMP-2 activity, phosphofructokinase and lactate dehydrogenase activity, and decreased ß-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase, pyruvate dehydrogenase, citrate synthase, complex I, complex II and ATP synthase activity in myocardium. Açai supplementation improved left ventricular fractional shortening, decreased myocardium lipid hydroperoxide concentration, MMP-2 activity, and improved ß-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase, phosphofructokinase, citrate synthase, complex II and ATP synthase enzymatic activities. We did not observe differences in nitric oxide metabolite concentrations between groups. CONCLUSION: Doxorubicin induced left ventricular dysfunction, increases in oxidative stress, changes in myocardium metabolism and MMP-2 activation. Açai supplementation was able to prevent these alterations.


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Doxorrubicina/toxicidade , Euterpe/química , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Suplementos Nutricionais , Ecocardiografia , Euterpe/metabolismo , Cardiopatias/etiologia , Cardiopatias/prevenção & controle , Técnicas In Vitro , L-Lactato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Masculino , Metaloproteinase 2 da Matriz/metabolismo , Miocárdio/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico/sangue , Extratos Vegetais/química , Extratos Vegetais/uso terapêutico , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-bcl-2/metabolismo , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Função Ventricular Esquerda/efeitos dos fármacos
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An Acad Bras Cienc ; 91(3): e20180404, 2019 Jul 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31365649

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In this study, the antimicrobial, antioxidant and antitumor activity of ethanol extracts obtained from Phlomis russeliana (Sims.) Lag. ex Benth. (Lamiaceae) were evaluated. Disc diffusion and microdilution methods were used to test the extracts for antimicrobial activity against seven bacteria strains (Bacillus cereus ATCC 7064, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538P, Escherichia coli ATCC 10538, Proteus vulgaris ATCC 6899, Salmonella typhimurium CCM 5445 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853) and four yeast strains (Kluyveromyces fragilis ATCC 8608, Rhodotorula rubra ATCC 70403, Debaryomyces hansenii DSM 70238 and Candida albicans ATCC 10239). Notably, they were more effective against the yeast strains than the bacterial strains. Of the yeast cultures, D. hanseii was among the most susceptible, having an inhibition zone of 16.2 mm with minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) and minimum fungicidal concentrations (MFCs) of 64(128)µg/ml, respectively. For cytotoxic determination, Caco-2 cells were cultured as per ATCC protocol, and were treated with log concentrations (5-80 mg/ml) of P. russeliana. The potency of cell growth inhibition for each extract was expressed as an IC50 value. Moreover, oxidant capacity was evaluated via TOC assay. This product induced antiproliferative activity of 31.33% at 40 mg/ml and 20.96% at 80 mg/ml, without toxic effects on cells, although the oxidant capacity was decreased to 27.06 ± 0.7 nm in the 80 mg/ml-applied group compared to 47.9 ± 1.8 nm in the untreated one. Advanced pharmacological studies are needed to further evaluate P. russeliana for distinctive features.


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Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Candida albicans/efeitos dos fármacos , Bactérias Gram-Negativas/efeitos dos fármacos , Bactérias Gram-Positivas/efeitos dos fármacos , Phlomis/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Antibacterianos/isolamento & purificação , Antioxidantes/isolamento & purificação , Células CACO-2 , Testes de Sensibilidade a Antimicrobianos por Disco-Difusão , Bactérias Gram-Negativas/classificação , Bactérias Gram-Positivas/classificação , Humanos , Turquia
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(35): 9789-9795, 2019 Sep 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31373816

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Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease characterized by abnormal accumulation of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Chronic damage of the alveolar epithelium leads to a process called "epithelial-mesenchymal transition" (EMT) and increases synthesis and deposition of ECM proteins. Therefore, inhibition of EMT might be a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. ß-Sitosterol is one of the most abundant phytosterols in the plant kingdom and the major constituent in corn silk, which is derived from the stigma and style of maize (Zea mays). In this study, we elucidated that ß-sitosterol inhibited transforming growth factor-ß1 (TGF-ß1)-induced EMT and consequently had an antifibrotic effect. ß-Sitosterol (1-10 µg/mL) significantly downregulated the TGF-ß1-induced fibrotic proteins, such as collagen, fibronectin, and α-smooth muscle actin in human alveolar epithelial cells (p < 0.01). After 24 h, relative wound density (RWD) was increased in TGF-ß1 treated group (82.16 ± 5.70) compare to the control group (64.63 ± 2.21), but RWD was decreased in ß-sitosterol cotreated group (10 µg/mL: 71.54 ± 7.39; 20 µg/mL: 65.69 ± 6.42). In addition, the changes of the TGF-ß1-induced morphological shape and protein expression of EMT markers, N-cadherin, vimentin, and E-cadherin, were significantly blocked by ß-sitosterol treatment (p < 0.01). The effects of ß-sitosterol on EMT were found to be associated with the TGF-ß1/Snail pathway, which is regulated by Smad and non-Smad signaling pathways. Taken together, these findings suggest that ß-sitosterol can be used to attenuate pulmonary fibrosis through suppression of EMT by inhibiting the TGF-ß1/Snail pathway.


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Células Epiteliais Alveolares/efeitos dos fármacos , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Alvéolos Pulmonares/efeitos dos fármacos , Fibrose Pulmonar/fisiopatologia , Sitosteroides/farmacologia , Zea mays/química , Actinas/genética , Actinas/metabolismo , Células Epiteliais Alveolares/citologia , Células Epiteliais Alveolares/metabolismo , Caderinas/genética , Caderinas/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Fibronectinas/genética , Fibronectinas/metabolismo , Humanos , Extratos Vegetais/química , Alvéolos Pulmonares/metabolismo , Alvéolos Pulmonares/fisiopatologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/tratamento farmacológico , Fibrose Pulmonar/genética , Fibrose Pulmonar/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/metabolismo
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Exp Parasitol ; 205: 107738, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31442456

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Leishmaniases, caused by Leishmania spp., are among the most prevalent infectious diseases in the world and their treatment may present high toxicity and side/adverse effects. This study evaluated the antileishmanial activity of the Hexanic Eluate subfraction from Maytenus guianensis bark (HEMg) incorporated in microparticles of PLGA. One batch of microparticles produced contained HEMg (HEMgP) and another contained the PLGA polymer alone (PCTE). The microparticles were characterized in regards to diameter, Zeta potential, encapsulation rate and morphology and their cytotoxicity was evaluated against J774 macrophages. The infection assay employing peritoneal macrophages witth L. amazonensis and cytokine dosages were performed on the cell supernatants. The groups of infected BALB/C mice were treated, euthanized and the parasite load and cytokine production were evaluated. The diameters and zeta potential were: 4 µm and -11.6 mV (PCTE) and 7.8 µm and -26.7 mV (HEMgP). The encapsulation rate was ≅ 15% and the morphology of the particles was spherical and homogeneous. In the infection assay, HEMgP inhibited the amastigotes by 70% (24 h) and 59% (48 h) and induced IL-12 and TNF-α production. HEMg in solution reduced the number of parasites in the lymph nodes by 50% and HEMgP administration increased the levels of IL-12 and TNF-α cytokines in lymph nodes and in the lesion site. When encapsulated, HEMg maintained its antileishmanial activity, but in a more attenuated and sustained form over time, showing promise as complementary/alternative therapy against cutaneous leishmaniasis.


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Antiprotozoários/farmacologia , Leishmania mexicana/efeitos dos fármacos , Maytenus/química , Casca de Planta/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Animais , Biodegradação Ambiental , Linhagem Celular , Micropartículas Derivadas de Células/química , Micropartículas Derivadas de Células/ultraestrutura , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Linfonodos/parasitologia , Macrófagos Peritoneais/efeitos dos fármacos , Macrófagos Peritoneais/parasitologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura
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