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Carbohydr Polym ; 247: 116740, 2020 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32829859

RESUMO

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a lung disease with highly heterogeneous and mortality rate, but its therapeutic options are now still limited. Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been characterized by WHO as a pandemic, and the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been more than 8.0 million. It is strongly supported for that PF should be one of the major complications in COVID-19 patients by the evidences of epidemiology, viral immunology and current clinical researches. The anti-PF properties of naturally occurring polysaccharides have attracted increasing attention in last two decades, but is still lack of a comprehensively understanding. In present review, the resources, structural features, anti-PF activities, and underlying mechanisms of these polysaccharides are summarized and analyzed, which was expected to provide a scientific evidence supporting the application of polysaccharides for preventing or treating PF in COVID-19 patients.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Polissacarídeos/uso terapêutico , Fibrose Pulmonar/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Bleomicina/toxicidade , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Proteína Forkhead Box O3/fisiologia , Fungos/química , Ribonucleoproteína Nuclear Heterogênea D0/fisiologia , Humanos , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Camundongos , Neutrófilos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fitoterapia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Polissacarídeos/farmacologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/induzido quimicamente , Fibrose Pulmonar/etiologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/prevenção & controle , RNA Longo não Codificante/antagonistas & inibidores , Ratos , Alga Marinha/química , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteína Smad2/fisiologia , Proteína Smad3/fisiologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/antagonistas & inibidores
2.
PLoS One ; 15(8): e0231612, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32810139

RESUMO

The recent focus is on the analysis of biological activities of extracts from thirteen folk medicinal plants from arid and semi-arid zones of Balochistan, Pakistan. Only a small proportion of them have been scientifically analyzed. Therefore the present investigation explores the biochemical and bioactive potential of different plant parts. Superoxide dismutase was detected maximum in Fagonia indica, (184.7±5.17 units/g), ascorbate peroxidase in Tribulus pentandrus (947.5±12.5 units/g), catalase and peroxidase were higher in Peganum harmala (555.0±5.0 and 2597.8±0.4 units/g, respectively). Maximum esterase and α-amylase activity was found in Zygophyllum fabago (14.3±0.44 and 140±18.8 mg/g, respectively). Flavonoid content was high in T. pentandrus (666.1±49 µg/ml). The highest total phenolic content and tannin was revealed in F. olivieri (72125±425 and 37050±1900 µM/g, respectively). The highest value of ascorbic acid was depicted in F. bruguieri (F.b.N) (448±1.5 µg/g). Total soluble proteins and reducing sugars were detected higher in P. harmala (372.3±54 and 5.9±0.1 mg/g, respectively). The maximum total antioxidant capacity was depicted in Tetraena simplex (16.9±0.01 µM/g). The highest value of lycopene and total carotenoids exhibited in T. terrestris (7.44±0.2 and 35.5±0.0 mg/g, respectively). Chlorophyll contents were found maximum in T. pentandrus var. pterophorus (549.1±9.9, 154.3±10, and 703.4±20.2 ug/g, respectively). All taxa exhibited anti-inflammatory activity and anti-diabetic potential. Z. eurypterum seeds exhibited the highest anti-inflammatory potential (96%), along with other taxa indicated (96-76%) activity when compared with the standard drug diclofenac sodium (79%). Seeds of T. pentandrus (85%) exhibited the highest anti-diabetic activity. The other taxa also exhibited inhibitory activity of α-amylase ranging from (85-69%) compared with Metformin (67%) standard drug. Phytochemical screening revealed that selected taxa proved to be the potential source of natural antioxidants and could further be explored for in-vivo studies and utilized in pharmaceutical industries as potent therapeutic agents validating their ethno-pharmacological uses.


Assuntos
Medicina Tradicional/métodos , Extratos Vegetais/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Anti-Inflamatórios , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Flavonoides/farmacologia , Paquistão , Fenóis/farmacologia , Compostos Fitoquímicos , Plantas Medicinais/química
3.
Commun Biol ; 3(1): 466, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32811894

RESUMO

Chinese herbal formulas including the lung-cleaning and toxicity-excluding (LCTE) soup have played an important role in treating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (caused by SARS-CoV-2) in China. Applying LCTE outside of China may prove challenging due to the unfamiliar rationale behind its application in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. To overcome this barrier, a biochemical understanding of the clinical effects of LCTE is needed. Here, we explore the chemical compounds present in the reported LCTE ingredients and the proteins targeted by these compounds via a network pharmacology analysis. Our results indicate that LCTE contains compounds with the potential to directly inhibit SARS-CoV-2 and inflammation, and that the compound targets proteins highly related to COVID-19's main symptoms. We predict the general effect of LCTE is to affect the pathways involved in viral and other microbial infections, inflammation/cytokine response, and lung diseases. Our work provides a biochemical basis for using LCTE to treat COVID-19 and its main symptoms.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Inflamatórios/análise , Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Sulfato de Cálcio , China/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/química , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/uso terapêutico , Trato Gastrointestinal/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Fitoterapia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Sistema Respiratório/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
4.
Carbohydr Polym ; 247: 116740, 2020 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-635683

RESUMO

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a lung disease with highly heterogeneous and mortality rate, but its therapeutic options are now still limited. Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been characterized by WHO as a pandemic, and the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been more than 8.0 million. It is strongly supported for that PF should be one of the major complications in COVID-19 patients by the evidences of epidemiology, viral immunology and current clinical researches. The anti-PF properties of naturally occurring polysaccharides have attracted increasing attention in last two decades, but is still lack of a comprehensively understanding. In present review, the resources, structural features, anti-PF activities, and underlying mechanisms of these polysaccharides are summarized and analyzed, which was expected to provide a scientific evidence supporting the application of polysaccharides for preventing or treating PF in COVID-19 patients.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Polissacarídeos/uso terapêutico , Fibrose Pulmonar/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Bleomicina/toxicidade , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Proteína Forkhead Box O3/fisiologia , Fungos/química , Ribonucleoproteína Nuclear Heterogênea D0/fisiologia , Humanos , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Camundongos , Neutrófilos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fitoterapia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Polissacarídeos/farmacologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/induzido quimicamente , Fibrose Pulmonar/etiologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/prevenção & controle , RNA Longo não Codificante/antagonistas & inibidores , Ratos , Alga Marinha/química , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteína Smad2/fisiologia , Proteína Smad3/fisiologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/antagonistas & inibidores
5.
Nutrients ; 12(9)2020 Aug 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32854262

RESUMO

The 2019 novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, producing the disease COVID-19 is a pathogenic virus that targets mostly the human respiratory system and also other organs. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans, however there have been previous outbreaks of different versions of the beta coronavirus including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV1) from 2002 to 2003 and the most recent Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) which was first identified in 2012. All of the above have been recognised as major pathogens that are a great threat to public health and global economies. Currently, no specific treatment for SARS-CoV-2 infection has been identified; however, certain drugs have shown apparent efficacy in viral inhibition of the disease. Natural substances such as herbs and mushrooms have previously demonstrated both great antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity. Thus, the possibilities of natural substances as effective treatments against COVID-19 may seem promising. One of the potential candidates against the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be Inonotus obliquus (IO), also known as chaga mushroom. IO commonly grows in Asia, Europe and North America and is widely used as a raw material in various medical conditions. In this review, we have evaluated the most effective herbs and mushrooms, in terms of the antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects which have been assessed in laboratory conditions.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Fungos/química , Magnoliopsida/química , Plantas Medicinais/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Agaricales/química , Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Antivirais/farmacologia , Basidiomycota/química , Betacoronavirus , Produtos Biológicos/farmacologia , Chlorella/química , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Fitoterapia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/virologia
6.
Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32842606

RESUMO

Presently, there are no approved drugs or vaccines to treat COVID-19, which has spread to over 200 countries and at the time of writing was responsible for over 650,000 deaths worldwide. Recent studies have shown that two human proteases, TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L, play a key role in host cell entry of SARS-CoV-2. Importantly, inhibitors of these proteases were shown to block SARS-CoV-2 infection. Here, we perform virtual screening of 14,011 phytochemicals produced by Indian medicinal plants to identify natural product inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. AutoDock Vina was used to perform molecular docking of phytochemicals against TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. Potential phytochemical inhibitors were filtered by comparing their docked binding energies with those of known inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. Further, the ligand binding site residues and non-covalent interactions between protein and ligand were used as an additional filter to identify phytochemical inhibitors that either bind to or form interactions with residues important for the specificity of the target proteases. This led to the identification of 96 inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and 9 inhibitors of cathepsin L among phytochemicals of Indian medicinal plants. Further, we have performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to analyze the stability of the protein-ligand complexes for the three top inhibitors of TMPRSS2 namely, qingdainone, edgeworoside C and adlumidine, and of cathepsin L namely, ararobinol, (+)-oxoturkiyenine and 3α,17α-cinchophylline. Interestingly, several herbal sources of identified phytochemical inhibitors have antiviral or anti-inflammatory use in traditional medicine. Further in vitro and in vivo testing is needed before clinical trials of the promising phytochemical inhibitors identified here.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Catepsina L/química , Compostos Fitoquímicos/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Receptores Virais/química , Serina Endopeptidases/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Antivirais/isolamento & purificação , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Sítios de Ligação , Catepsina L/antagonistas & inibidores , Catepsina L/genética , Catepsina L/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cumarínicos/química , Cumarínicos/isolamento & purificação , Cumarínicos/farmacologia , Expressão Gênica , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Humanos , Índia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Monossacarídeos/química , Monossacarídeos/isolamento & purificação , Monossacarídeos/farmacologia , Pandemias , Compostos Fitoquímicos/isolamento & purificação , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/enzimologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/isolamento & purificação , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Quinazolinas/química , Quinazolinas/isolamento & purificação , Quinazolinas/farmacologia , Receptores Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Termodinâmica , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
7.
Inflammopharmacology ; 28(5): 1153-1161, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32803479

RESUMO

Coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) has emerged as a global health threat. Unfortunately, there are very limited approved drugs available with established efficacy against the SARs-CoV-2 virus and its inflammatory complications. Vaccine development is actively being researched, but it may take over a year to become available to general public. Certain medications, for example, dexamethasone, antimalarials (chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine), antiviral (remdesivir), and IL-6 receptor blocking monoclonal antibodies (tocilizumab), are used in various combinations as off-label medications to treat COVID-19. Essential oils (EOs) have long been known to have anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, bronchodilatory, and antiviral properties and are being proposed to have activity against SARC-CoV-2 virus. Owing to their lipophilic nature, EOs are advocated to penetrate viral membranes easily leading to membrane disruption. Moreover, EOs contain multiple active phytochemicals that can act synergistically on multiple stages of viral replication and also induce positive effects on host respiratory system including bronchodilation and mucus lysis. At present, only computer-aided docking and few in vitro studies are available which show anti-SARC-CoV-2 activities of EOs. In this review, role of EOs in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 is discussed. A discussion on possible side effects associated with EOs as well as anti-corona virus claims made by EOs manufacturers are also highlighted. Based on the current knowledge a chemo-herbal (EOs) combination of the drugs could be a more feasible and effective approach to combat this viral pandemic.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Óleos Voláteis/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/efeitos adversos , Humanos , Fatores Imunológicos/efeitos adversos , Óleos Voláteis/efeitos adversos , Pandemias , Plantas Medicinais/química
8.
Nutrients ; 12(9)2020 Aug 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-731022

RESUMO

The 2019 novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, producing the disease COVID-19 is a pathogenic virus that targets mostly the human respiratory system and also other organs. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans, however there have been previous outbreaks of different versions of the beta coronavirus including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV1) from 2002 to 2003 and the most recent Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) which was first identified in 2012. All of the above have been recognised as major pathogens that are a great threat to public health and global economies. Currently, no specific treatment for SARS-CoV-2 infection has been identified; however, certain drugs have shown apparent efficacy in viral inhibition of the disease. Natural substances such as herbs and mushrooms have previously demonstrated both great antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity. Thus, the possibilities of natural substances as effective treatments against COVID-19 may seem promising. One of the potential candidates against the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be Inonotus obliquus (IO), also known as chaga mushroom. IO commonly grows in Asia, Europe and North America and is widely used as a raw material in various medical conditions. In this review, we have evaluated the most effective herbs and mushrooms, in terms of the antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects which have been assessed in laboratory conditions.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Fungos/química , Magnoliopsida/química , Plantas Medicinais/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Agaricales/química , Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Antivirais/farmacologia , Basidiomycota/química , Betacoronavirus , Produtos Biológicos/farmacologia , Chlorella/química , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Fitoterapia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/virologia
9.
Inflammopharmacology ; 28(5): 1153-1161, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-716333

RESUMO

Coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) has emerged as a global health threat. Unfortunately, there are very limited approved drugs available with established efficacy against the SARs-CoV-2 virus and its inflammatory complications. Vaccine development is actively being researched, but it may take over a year to become available to general public. Certain medications, for example, dexamethasone, antimalarials (chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine), antiviral (remdesivir), and IL-6 receptor blocking monoclonal antibodies (tocilizumab), are used in various combinations as off-label medications to treat COVID-19. Essential oils (EOs) have long been known to have anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, bronchodilatory, and antiviral properties and are being proposed to have activity against SARC-CoV-2 virus. Owing to their lipophilic nature, EOs are advocated to penetrate viral membranes easily leading to membrane disruption. Moreover, EOs contain multiple active phytochemicals that can act synergistically on multiple stages of viral replication and also induce positive effects on host respiratory system including bronchodilation and mucus lysis. At present, only computer-aided docking and few in vitro studies are available which show anti-SARC-CoV-2 activities of EOs. In this review, role of EOs in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 is discussed. A discussion on possible side effects associated with EOs as well as anti-corona virus claims made by EOs manufacturers are also highlighted. Based on the current knowledge a chemo-herbal (EOs) combination of the drugs could be a more feasible and effective approach to combat this viral pandemic.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Óleos Voláteis/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/efeitos adversos , Humanos , Fatores Imunológicos/efeitos adversos , Óleos Voláteis/efeitos adversos , Pandemias , Plantas Medicinais/química
10.
Molecules ; 25(17)2020 Aug 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-727433

RESUMO

Presently, there are no approved drugs or vaccines to treat COVID-19, which has spread to over 200 countries and at the time of writing was responsible for over 650,000 deaths worldwide. Recent studies have shown that two human proteases, TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L, play a key role in host cell entry of SARS-CoV-2. Importantly, inhibitors of these proteases were shown to block SARS-CoV-2 infection. Here, we perform virtual screening of 14,011 phytochemicals produced by Indian medicinal plants to identify natural product inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. AutoDock Vina was used to perform molecular docking of phytochemicals against TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. Potential phytochemical inhibitors were filtered by comparing their docked binding energies with those of known inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and cathepsin L. Further, the ligand binding site residues and non-covalent interactions between protein and ligand were used as an additional filter to identify phytochemical inhibitors that either bind to or form interactions with residues important for the specificity of the target proteases. This led to the identification of 96 inhibitors of TMPRSS2 and 9 inhibitors of cathepsin L among phytochemicals of Indian medicinal plants. Further, we have performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to analyze the stability of the protein-ligand complexes for the three top inhibitors of TMPRSS2 namely, qingdainone, edgeworoside C and adlumidine, and of cathepsin L namely, ararobinol, (+)-oxoturkiyenine and 3α,17α-cinchophylline. Interestingly, several herbal sources of identified phytochemical inhibitors have antiviral or anti-inflammatory use in traditional medicine. Further in vitro and in vivo testing is needed before clinical trials of the promising phytochemical inhibitors identified here.


Assuntos
Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Catepsina L/química , Compostos Fitoquímicos/química , Inibidores de Proteases/química , Receptores Virais/química , Serina Endopeptidases/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Antivirais/isolamento & purificação , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Sítios de Ligação , Catepsina L/antagonistas & inibidores , Catepsina L/genética , Catepsina L/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cumarínicos/química , Cumarínicos/isolamento & purificação , Cumarínicos/farmacologia , Expressão Gênica , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Humanos , Índia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Monossacarídeos/química , Monossacarídeos/isolamento & purificação , Monossacarídeos/farmacologia , Pandemias , Compostos Fitoquímicos/isolamento & purificação , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/enzimologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/isolamento & purificação , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Quinazolinas/química , Quinazolinas/isolamento & purificação , Quinazolinas/farmacologia , Receptores Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Termodinâmica , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
11.
Commun Biol ; 3(1): 466, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-723561

RESUMO

Chinese herbal formulas including the lung-cleaning and toxicity-excluding (LCTE) soup have played an important role in treating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (caused by SARS-CoV-2) in China. Applying LCTE outside of China may prove challenging due to the unfamiliar rationale behind its application in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. To overcome this barrier, a biochemical understanding of the clinical effects of LCTE is needed. Here, we explore the chemical compounds present in the reported LCTE ingredients and the proteins targeted by these compounds via a network pharmacology analysis. Our results indicate that LCTE contains compounds with the potential to directly inhibit SARS-CoV-2 and inflammation, and that the compound targets proteins highly related to COVID-19's main symptoms. We predict the general effect of LCTE is to affect the pathways involved in viral and other microbial infections, inflammation/cytokine response, and lung diseases. Our work provides a biochemical basis for using LCTE to treat COVID-19 and its main symptoms.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Inflamatórios/análise , Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Sulfato de Cálcio , China/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/química , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/uso terapêutico , Trato Gastrointestinal/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Fitoterapia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Sistema Respiratório/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
12.
J Med Microbiol ; 69(8): 1040-1048, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32692643

RESUMO

Given the increased reporting of multi-resistant bacteria and the shortage of newly approved medicines, researchers have been looking towards extreme and unusual environments as a new source of antibiotics. Streptomyces currently provides many of the world's clinical antibiotics, so it comes as no surprise that these bacteria have recently been isolated from traditional medicine. Given the wide array of traditional medicines, it is hoped that these discoveries can provide the much sought after core structure diversity that will be required of a new generation of antibiotics. This review discusses the contribution of Streptomyces to antibiotics and the potential of newly discovered species in traditional medicine. We also explore how knowledge of traditional medicines can aid current initiatives in sourcing new and chemically diverse antibiotics.


Assuntos
Antibacterianos/isolamento & purificação , Descoberta de Drogas/tendências , Microbiologia do Solo , Streptomyces/metabolismo , Animais , Antibacterianos/biossíntese , Cavernas/química , Invertebrados/química , Medicina Tradicional , Peptídeo Sintases/metabolismo , Plantas Medicinais/química , Policetídeo Sintases/metabolismo , Poríferos/química , Streptomyces/química , Streptomyces/enzimologia
13.
Int J Mol Sci ; 21(13)2020 Jun 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32629817

RESUMO

By attaching to the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) protein on lung and intestinal cells, Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) can cause respiratory and homeostatic difficulties leading to sepsis. The progression from acute respiratory failure to sepsis has been correlated with the release of high-mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1). Lack of effective conventional treatment of this septic state has spiked an interest in alternative medicine. This review of herbal extracts has identified multiple candidates which can target the release of HMGB1 and potentially reduce mortality by preventing progression from respiratory distress to sepsis. Some of the identified mixtures have also been shown to interfere with viral attachment. Due to the wide variability in chemical superstructure of the components of assorted herbal extracts, common motifs have been identified. Looking at the most active compounds in each extract it becomes evident that as a group, phenolic compounds have a broad enzyme inhibiting function. They have been shown to act against the priming of SARS-CoV-2 attachment proteins by host and viral enzymes, and the release of HMGB1 by host immune cells. An argument for the value in a nonspecific inhibitory action has been drawn. Hopefully these findings can drive future drug development and clinical procedures.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Proteína HMGB1/metabolismo , Insuficiência Respiratória/patologia , Sepse/patologia , Proteína HMGB1/antagonistas & inibidores , Humanos , Macrófagos/citologia , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Macrófagos/virologia , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/química , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Exsudatos de Plantas/química , Exsudatos de Plantas/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Plantas Medicinais/metabolismo , Insuficiência Respiratória/metabolismo , Insuficiência Respiratória/prevenção & controle , Sepse/metabolismo , Sepse/prevenção & controle , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
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Zhonghua Yi Shi Za Zhi ; 50(3): 131-137, 2020 May 28.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32660190

RESUMO

The prevailing sandstorm environment of Lop Nur is a high-risk factor which can induce respiratory diseases. Ephedra can cure the patients or relieve the symptom. These may make ancient Lop Nur peoples worship ephedra. Therefore, viewed it as burial objects. From the point of view of some eastern and western religions, ephedra was the elixir of life. Since ephedrine ephedra contains can excite the sympathetic nerves of human body, it makes people have an illusion.Ephedra can restore their youth. Ancient people of Lop Nur viewed ephedra as a holy item. Both the functions of therapy and "youth restoration" from exciting the nerves, meant guarantee for life. For ancient Lop Nur peoples, ephedra has the value of both medicine and religion.


Assuntos
Sepultamento , Ephedra/química , Efedrina/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Religião , China , Humanos
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Int J Mol Sci ; 21(13)2020 Jun 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-635461

RESUMO

By attaching to the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) protein on lung and intestinal cells, Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) can cause respiratory and homeostatic difficulties leading to sepsis. The progression from acute respiratory failure to sepsis has been correlated with the release of high-mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1). Lack of effective conventional treatment of this septic state has spiked an interest in alternative medicine. This review of herbal extracts has identified multiple candidates which can target the release of HMGB1 and potentially reduce mortality by preventing progression from respiratory distress to sepsis. Some of the identified mixtures have also been shown to interfere with viral attachment. Due to the wide variability in chemical superstructure of the components of assorted herbal extracts, common motifs have been identified. Looking at the most active compounds in each extract it becomes evident that as a group, phenolic compounds have a broad enzyme inhibiting function. They have been shown to act against the priming of SARS-CoV-2 attachment proteins by host and viral enzymes, and the release of HMGB1 by host immune cells. An argument for the value in a nonspecific inhibitory action has been drawn. Hopefully these findings can drive future drug development and clinical procedures.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Proteína HMGB1/metabolismo , Insuficiência Respiratória/patologia , Sepse/patologia , Proteína HMGB1/antagonistas & inibidores , Humanos , Macrófagos/citologia , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Macrófagos/virologia , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/química , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Exsudatos de Plantas/química , Exsudatos de Plantas/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Plantas Medicinais/metabolismo , Insuficiência Respiratória/metabolismo , Insuficiência Respiratória/prevenção & controle , Sepse/metabolismo , Sepse/prevenção & controle , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
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Arch Microbiol ; 202(9): 2525-2532, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32653933

RESUMO

The adverse effects of chemical pesticides on human health and environment cannot be ignored, hence it seems that novel alternative compounds should be applied to control plant pathogens. Among various alternative sources, natural compounds such as plant essential oils, plant extracts and recombinant antimicrobial peptides are of significance. The aim of the present study was to investigate antimicrobial activity of plants essential oils and plant extracts of six medicinal plants (Lippia citriodora, Ferula gummosa, Bunium persicum, Mentha piperita, Plantago major and Salvadora persica) along with a chimera peptide of camel lactoferrin, which is the most important antimicrobial component of camel milk, against Pseudomonas tolaasii and Trichoderma harzianum as pathogens of white button mushroom. The antibacterial activity test was conducted under in vitro conditions through disc diffusion method. The results showed that chimera camel lactoferrin peptide, with the highest amount of inhibitory zone (14.63 mm in 20 µg/mL concentration), has a significant difference in antibacterial activity compared to other treatments. Ferula gummosa conferred no antibacterial activity. Also, the results of antifungal effects indicated that plant essential oils and extracts have more antifungal activity than recombinant peptide. Generally, L. citriodora, B. persicum, M. piperita treatments could completely prevent growth of fungal in in vitro conditions. Therefore, using the mentioned plants can be a good replacement for reducing the chemical pesticides against pathogenic agents of button mushroom, without any adverse effects on environment and human health.


Assuntos
Lactoferrina/farmacologia , Óleos Voláteis/farmacologia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Pseudomonas/efeitos dos fármacos , Trichoderma/efeitos dos fármacos , Agaricus , Animais , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Anti-Infecciosos/farmacologia , Antifúngicos/farmacologia , Fungos/efeitos dos fármacos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Leite/química , Óleos Vegetais/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 99(25): e20628, 2020 Jun 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32569193

RESUMO

Traditional Chinese medicines are used in promotion of fractured bone healing and bone diseases. Some studies reported total flavonoids from plant can be used as an auxiliary source of exogenous.Use different methods to identify and verify effects of total flavonoids from Arachniodes exilis (TFAE) on human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (HUCMSCs) in vitro.Concentrations of 1 and 5 µg/mL TFAE significantly increased ALPase activity in HUCMSCs compared to the other concentrations at days 3 and 7 (P < .05). RT-PCR showed that expression levels of osteogenic genes (Col1a1, OPN, Runx2 and Osx) were remarkably enhanced in HUCMSCs following treatment with different concentrations of TFAE for 9 days compared with 0 µg/mL TFAE group (control). The results showed that concentration < 5 µg/mL of TFAE induced osteogenic differentiation in HUCMSCs Alizarin red staining assays revealed that both TFAE and S1191 was significantly decreased (7.80 ±â€Š0.66) compared with the TFAE group (16.00 ±â€Š0.97) (P < .01). ALPase activity on days 3 and 7 was relatively lower in HUCMSCs grown in media supplemented with both S1191 and TFAE than that of in TFAE group only. The results indicated that osteogenic markers (Col1a1, OPN, Runx2 and Osx) were significantly downregulated in the TFAE + S1191 group in comparison to the control group. The expressions of Col1a and OPN in the TFAE + S1191 group decreased significantly (P < .01) by Western blotting.TFAE promotes the odonto/osteogenic differentiation of human UCMSCs via activation of ER.


Assuntos
Flavonoides/farmacologia , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/efeitos dos fármacos , Osteogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Cordão Umbilical/citologia , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Cultivadas , Humanos , Técnicas In Vitro , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa
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J Nat Med ; 74(4): 702-709, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32529328

RESUMO

Africa Trypanosomiasis remains a serious health problem, but the approved drugs for this disease are so few that novel trypanocidal compounds are demanded. In search for trypanocidal principles from medicinal plants, we found MeOH extracts of Meliae Cortex with potent activity through the screening from about 300 kinds of methanolic extract. By bioassay-guided fractionation from this extract through the liquid-liquid partition and subsequent chromatographic technique using silica gel and ODS, finally we disclosed toosendanin (1) and its relatives as active principles. These active congeners showed not only potent trypanocidal activity but also little cytotoxicity to display the excellent selective index. Taking the isolated amount as well as trypanocidal activity into consideration, 1 was disclosed to be the responsible active principle in Meliae Cortex. Additionally, the derivatives of 1 were chemically prepared from 1 and bioactivity of them were also evaluated. Through the comparison with their trypanocidal activity among the isolated relatives and the synthesized derivatives of 1, the epoxide moiety was revealed to be essential for their potent trypanocidal activity. Furthermore, 3-O-acetyl group and 7-hydroxyl group were presumed to be important functional groups and introduction of methylpropionyl group into hemiacetal hydroxy moiety was clarified to enhance their typanocidal activity.


Assuntos
Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/química , Extratos Vegetais/química , Plantas Medicinais/química , Tripanossomicidas/uso terapêutico , Animais , Humanos , Estrutura Molecular , Tripanossomicidas/farmacologia
19.
J Nat Med ; 74(4): 689-701, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32535872

RESUMO

From the methanolic extract of the aerial parts of Petasites japonicus, six new eremophilane-type sesquiterpenoids, petasitesterpenes I-VI were isolated together with eight known compounds including S-japonin and eremophilenolide. The chemical structures of the isolated new compounds were elucidated based on chemical/physicochemical evidence. For petasitesterpenes I and II, the absolute configurations were established by comparison of experimental and predicted electronic circular dichroism (ECD) data. Among the isolated compounds, petasitesterpenes I, II, VI, and S-japonin showed cytotoxic activity against both human astrocytoma U-251MG cancer cells (non-CSCs) and their cancer stem cells (CSCs) isolated by sphere formation. In addition, cytotoxic activities of these compounds against breast cancer MDA-MB-231 were evaluated, supporting that petasitesterpene II has more effective than other isolated compounds.


Assuntos
Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/química , Petasites/química , Plantas Medicinais/química , Sesquiterpenos/química , Humanos , Estrutura Molecular
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0235072, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32574178

RESUMO

The abomasal parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus can influence the abomasal microbiome of the host. On the other hand, no information occurs on the influence of the parasite on the hindgut microbiome of the host. We evaluated the impact of Haemonchus contortus on the fecal microbial community of the experimentally infected lambs treated with a mixture of medicinal herbs to ameliorate the haemonchosis. Twenty-four female lambs were divided into four groups: infected animals (Inf), infected animals supplemented with a blend of medicinal herbs (Inf+Herb), uninfected control animals (Control), and uninfected animals supplemented with medicinal herbs (C+Herb). Inf and Inf+Herb lambs were infected orally with approximately 5000 L3 larvae of a strain of H. contortus susceptible to anthelmintics (MHco1). Herb blend (Herbmix) consisted of dry medicinal plants of Althaea officinalis, Petasites hybridus, Inula helenium, Malva sylvestris, Chamomilla recutita, Plantago lanceolata, Rosmarinus officinalis, Solidago virgaurea, Fumaria officinalis, Hyssopus officinalis, Melisa officinalis, Foeniculum vulgare, and Artemisia absinthium. Each animal was fed meadow hay and a commercial concentrate (600 + 350 g DM/d). Inf+Herb and C+Herb lambs were fed Herbmix (100 g DM/d and animal). Treatment lasted for 50 days. The fecal microbial fermentation parameters (short-chain fatty acids, ammonia, and pH) were evaluated at intervals of 0, 20, 32, and 50 days. The fecal eubacterial populations were evaluated by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) at day 32 when H. contortus infection was the highest. No substantial effects of the H. contortus infection and the herbal treatment on fecal microbial fermentation parameters and fecal eubacterial populations were observed. Evaluation of DGGE patterns by Principal component analysis pointed to the tendency to branch the C+Herb group from the other experimental groups on Day 32. The results indicate that hindgut microbial activity was not disturbed by H. contortus infection and herbal treatment.


Assuntos
Abomaso/efeitos dos fármacos , Sistema Digestório/efeitos dos fármacos , Hemoncose/tratamento farmacológico , Haemonchus/efeitos dos fármacos , Preparações de Plantas/farmacologia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Doenças dos Ovinos/tratamento farmacológico , Abomaso/microbiologia , Abomaso/parasitologia , Animais , Anti-Helmínticos/farmacologia , Sistema Digestório/microbiologia , Sistema Digestório/parasitologia , Quimioterapia Combinada , Fezes/microbiologia , Fezes/parasitologia , Feminino , Hemoncose/parasitologia , Hemoncose/veterinária , Haemonchus/fisiologia , Microbiota/efeitos dos fármacos , Microbiota/fisiologia , Fitoterapia/métodos , Plantas Medicinais/classificação , Ovinos , Doenças dos Ovinos/parasitologia , Especificidade da Espécie
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