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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 54(10): e11203, 2021. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1285655

ABSTRACT

Phytochemical studies of the species Pavonia glazioviana were performed. Quercetin, kaempferol, acacetin, and trimethoxylated flavonoid compounds (which present biological activity) were isolated. We aimed to evaluate the in silico, in vitro, and ex vivo toxicity of flavonoid 5,7-dihydroxy-3,8,4'-trimethoxy (Pg-1) obtained from P. glazioviana through chemical structure analyses, toxicity assessment, and predictive bioactive properties, using human samples in in vitro tests. In silico analysis suggested that Pg-1 presents a good absorption index for penetrating biological membranes (for oral bioavailability), while also suggesting potential antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antineoplastic, anti-inflammatory, anti-hemorrhagic, and apoptosis agonist bioactivities. Assessment of hemolytic and genotoxic effects revealed low hemolysis rates in red blood cells with no cellular toxicity in oral mucosa cells. The reduced cytotoxic activity suggested the safety of the concentrations used (500-1000 µg/mL), and demonstrated the varied interactions of Pg-1 with the analyzed cells. The data obtained in the present study suggested potential therapeutic application, and the non-toxic profile indicated viability for future studies.


Subject(s)
Humans , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Plant Extracts , Computer Simulation , Apoptosis , Antioxidants/pharmacology
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-879024

ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper was to study the protective effect of total flavonoids from Rosa multiflora(TF-RM) on the injury of HUVEC induced by oxidized low density lipoprotein(ox-LDL). SPF male SD rats were randomly divided into blank group, simvastatin group(1.8 mg·kg~(-1)·d~(-1)) and TF-RM group(2.5 g·kg~(-1)·d~(-1)), with 10 rats in each group. They were intragastrically administered with drugs for 7 days, and then blood was collected from the abdominal aorta to prepare drug-containing serum. The HUVEC injury model was established through ox-LDL induction, and added with 15% simvastatin, 5% TF-RM, 10% TF-RM, 15% TF-RM drug-containing serum and blank serum, respectively. Reactive oxygen species(ROS) was determined by flow cytometry. Nitric oxide(NO) content was determined by nitrate reductase method. The contents of ET-1, P-selectin, E-selectin, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α were determined by ELISA. The expression of Lox-1 protein was determined by Western blot. Compared with the blank group, ROS level in HUVEC and the contents of ET-1, P-selectin, E-selectin, ICAM-1, VCAM-1 and IL-1β in HUVEC were significantly increased(P<0.05), NO decreased significantly(P<0.01),Lox-1 protein expression increased significantly(P<0.05), and TNF-α and IL-6 showed an increasing trend. Compared with the model group, TF-RM significantly reduced ROS level in HUVEC and ET-1, P-selectin, E-selectin, ICAM-1, TNF-α, IL-1β content in supernatant(P<0.05), significantly increased NO content(P<0.01), and inhibited Lox-1 protein expression(P<0.05). VCAM-1, IL-6 contents showed a decreasing trend. Serum containing TF-RM acts on lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptors, and exerts a protective effect on vascular endothelial cells by reducing cell oxidative damage, regulating vasoactive substances, and reducing adhesion molecules and inflammatory cascades.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cells, Cultured , Endothelial Cells , Endothelium, Vascular , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1/genetics , Lipoproteins, LDL , Male , Rats , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Rosa
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-888151

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This study aimed to observe the inhibitory effect of icariin against oxidative stress-induced calcification in aortic vascular smooth muscle cells(VSMCs) and elucidate the molecular mechanism of icariin in inhibiting endoplasmic reticulum stress(ERS)-mediated atherosclerotic calcification, so as to provide new ideas for exploring the anti-atherosclerotic mechanism of Epimedii Folium. The VSMCs in rat thoracic aorta were subjected to adherent culture and then treated with the complete calcification DMEM containing high glucose and hydrogen peroxide(H_2O_2) for three weeks. The resulting calcified VSMCs were divided into different treatment groups. Icariin was added one week after calcification induction for protecting the VSMCs, whose viability was then detected using cell counting kit-8(CCK-8). Alizarin red-S staining was conducted to observe the calcification degree. The activity of alkaline phosphatase(ALP) in VSMCs was measured using the disodium phenyl phosphate substrate and the calcium content was measured by arsenazo Ⅲ method. The mRNA expression levels of ossification-related factors including osteocalcin(OC), osteopontin(OPN), Runt-related transcription factor 2(Runx2), and type Ⅰ collagen(Col Ⅰa) were detected by real-time PCR. Western blot was carried out to determine the protein expression levels of α-smooth muscle actin(α-SMA), Runx2, activating transcription factor 4(ATF4), and eukaryotic translation initiation factor(eIF)-2α. The results showed that H_2O_2 significantly induced the calcification of VSMCs, increased the ALP activity and calcium content in VSMCs, promoted OC, OPN, Runx2, and Col Ⅰa mRNA expression and Runx2 protein expression, and reduced α-SMA protein expression. The ATF4 protein expression and eIF2α phosphorylation were also elevated significantly. Icariin reversed the calcification of VSMCs induced by H_2O_2, inhibited ALP activity and calcium content in VSMCs, down-regulated the mRNA expression levels of OC, OPN, Runx2 and Col Ⅰa and Runx2 protein expression, and relatively up-regulated the expression of α-SMA. The expression of ATF4 and phosphorylation of eIF2α also declined significantly. All these have demonstrated that icariin inhibited VSMCs calcification by down-regulating the ossification-related factors and lowering ALP activity and calcium content in VSMCs. Besides, the down-regulation of Runx2 expression and the inhibition of ATF4 and eIF2α-mediated cellular calcification pathway in ERS might also be involved in such calcification-suppressing process.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cells, Cultured , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Muscle, Smooth, Vascular/metabolism , Myocytes, Smooth Muscle , Oxidative Stress , Rats
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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 115: e200207, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | SES-SP, LILACS, SES-SP | ID: biblio-1135237

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be a pandemic infection, important severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) non-structural proteins (nsp) have been analysed as promising targets in virtual screening approaches. Among these proteins, 3-chymotrypsin-like cysteine protease (3CLpro), also named main protease, and the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), have been identified as fundamental targets due to its importance in the viral replication stages. OBJECTIVES To investigate, in silico, two of the most abundant flavonoid glycosides from Dysphania ambrosioides; a medicinal plant found in many regions of the world, along with some of the putative derivatives of these flavonoid glycosides in the human organism as potential inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro and RdRp. METHODS Using a molecular docking approach, the interactions and the binding affinity with SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro and RdRp were predicted for quercetin-3-O-rutinoside (rutin), kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside (nicotiflorin) and some of their glucuronide and sulfate derivatives. FINDINGS Docking analysis, based on the crystal structure of 3CLpro and RdRp, indicated rutin, nicotiflorin, and their glucuronide and sulfate derivatives as potential inhibitors for both proteins. Also, the importance of the hydrogen bond and π-based interactions was evidenced for the presumed active sites. MAIN CONCLUSIONS Overall, these results suggest that both flavonoid glycosides and their putative human metabolites can play a key role as inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro and RdRp. Obviously, further researches, mainly in vitro and in vivo experiments, are necessary to certify the docking results reported here, as well as the adequate application of these substances. Furthermore, it is necessary to investigate the risks of D. ambrosioides as a phytomedicine for use against COVID-19.


Subject(s)
Humans , Flavonoids/pharmacology , RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/antagonists & inhibitors , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors , Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Glycosides/pharmacology , Pneumonia, Viral , Cysteine Endopeptidases , Coronavirus Infections , Pandemics , Molecular Docking Simulation , Coronavirus 3C Proteases , SARS-CoV-2 , COVID-19
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Arq. bras. med. vet. zootec. (Online) ; 71(2): 521-528, mar.-abr. 2019. tab
Article in English | LILACS, VETINDEX | ID: biblio-1011267

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of different concentrations of (+)-catechin or (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on goat semen freezability. Poolsof semen were processed (Experiment 1: 0, 15, 25, 50, 75, or 100µM (+)-catechin; Experiment 2: 0, 15, 25, 50, 75, or 100µM EGCG) and frozen. After thawing, the samples were evaluated for kinematics, plasma membrane (PMi) and acrosome integrity, morphology, and oxidative stress, at 0 and 1h. In Experiment 1, at 0h, VSL and VAP were greater (P<0.05) with 15µM than with 50 and 100; WOB was lower (P<0.05) with 100µM than with 0, 15, and 25; and BCF was higher (P<0.05) with 75 and 100µM than with 0. In turn, in Experiment 2, progressive motility was higher (P<0.05) with0 and 15µM than with50 and 75; LIN was lower (P<0.05) with75 and100µM than with0 and 15; WOB was higher (P<0.05) with0 and 15µM; and PMi was greater (P<0.05) with100µM than 0. Thus, (+)-catechin or EGCG at higher concentrations inhibits the kinematics of frozen goat sperm, in a transitory way, and 100µM of EGCG preserves the PMi.(AU)


Objetivou-se avaliar o efeito de diferentes concentrações de (+)-catequina ou (-)-epigalocatequina galato (EGCG) sobre a congelabilidade do sêmen caprino. Poolsseminais foram processados (experimento 1: 0, 15, 25, 50, 75 ou 100µM de (+)-catequina; experimento 2: 0, 15, 25, 50, 75 ou 100µM de EGCG) e congelados. Após a descongelação, foram avaliadas a cinética, a integridade de membrana plasmática (iMP) e acrossomal, a morfologia e o estresse oxidativo, a zero e a uma hora. No experimento 1, a zero hora, VSL e VAP foram maiores (P<0,05) com 15µM do que com 50 e100; WOB foi menor (P<0,05) com 100µM do que com 0, 15 e 25; e BCF foi maior (P<0,05) com 75 e 100µM do que com 0. No experimento 2, a motilidade progressiva foi maior (P<0,05) com 0 e 15µM do que com 50 e 75; LIN foi menor (P<0,05) com 75 e 100µM do que com 0 e 15; WOB foi maior (P<0,05) com 0 e 15µM; e iMP foi maior (P<0,05) com 100µM do que com 0. Assim, (+)-catequina ou EGCG em altas concentrações inibem, transitoriamente, a cinética de espermatozoides congelados caprinos, e 100µM de EGCG preserva a iMP.(AU)


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , Semen Preservation/methods , Semen Preservation/veterinary , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Goats , Catechin/pharmacology , Cryopreservation/veterinary , Oxidative Stress
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Bol. latinoam. Caribe plantas med. aromát ; 17(6): 575-582, nov. 2018. ilus
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1007341

ABSTRACT

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and its main function is to protect it from the external environment. It is exposed to injuries that require a rapid healing process to recover its functionality. Microorganisms inhabit the skin, which makes up the normal microbial flora, but in situations of injury they can cause infections that slow down the regeneration process. Therefore, there is a great interest in the development of alternative methods to accelerate the regeneration process and prevent infections. In this work, the efficacy of flavonoid 3-O-methylgalangine and the terpenic derivative Filifolinone and its mixtures, isolated from plants of the genus Heliotropium, on the stimulation of cell proliferation was evaluated. The results showed that the mixtures stimulated proliferation and migration in MA104 cells mainly due to the presence of Filifolinone, that together with the known antibacterial activity of 3-O-methylgalangine, opens new alternatives for the use of natural compounds in healing processes.


La piel es el órgano más grande del cuerpo humano y su función principal es protegerla del entorno externo. Está expuesta a lesiones que requieren un proceso de curación rápido para recuperar su funcionalidad. Los microorganismos que habitan en la piel, constituyen la flora microbiana normal, pero en situaciones de lesión pueden causar infecciones que retardan el proceso de regeneración. Por lo tanto, existe un gran interés en el desarrollo de métodos alternativos para acelerar el proceso de regeneración y prevenir infecciones. En este trabajo, se evaluó la eficacia del flavonoide 3-O-metilgalangina y el derivado terpénico Filifolinona y sus mezclas, aisladas de plantas del género Heliotropium, en la estimulación de la proliferación celular. Los resultados mostraron que las mezclas estimularon la proliferación y la migración en las células MA104 debido principalmente a la presencia de Filifolinona, que junto con la actividad antibacteriana conocida de la 3-O-metilgalangina, abre nuevas alternativas para el uso de compuestos naturales en los procesos de curación.


Subject(s)
Terpenes/pharmacology , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Heliotropium , Cell Proliferation/drug effects , Terpenes/chemistry , Wound Healing , Flavonoids/chemistry , Cell Movement/drug effects , Cell Survival/drug effects , Cells, Cultured , Epithelial Cells/drug effects
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Rev. bras. cir. cardiovasc ; 33(4): 384-390, July-Aug. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-958430

ABSTRACT

Abstract Objective: This study aimed to investigate the protective effects of baicalin on myocardial infarction in rats and explore the related mechanisms. Methods: Fifty Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into the control, model, and low-, medium- and high-dose baicalin groups. The latter 3 groups were intraperitoneally injected with baicalin, with a dose of 12.5, 25 and 50 mg/kg, respectively. Then, the myocardial infarction model was established. The hemodynamic of rats was tested, the serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB), prostacyclin (PGI2) and thromboxane A2 (TXA2) were determined, the myocardial superoxide dismutase (SOD) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were detected, and the myocardial B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) and Bcl-2 associated X (Bax) protein expressions were determined. Results: Compared with the model group, in the high-dose baicalin group the ST segment height and LVEDP were significantly decreased (P<0.05), the LVSP was significantly increased (P<0.05), the serum LDH, CK-MB and TXA2 levels were significantly decreased (P<0.05), the PGI2 level was significantly increased (P<0.05), the myocardial SOD level was significantly increased (P<0.05), and the myocardial MDA level was significantly decreased (P<0.05); the myocardial Bcl-2 protein level was significantly increased, and the Bax protein level was significantly decreased (P<0.05). Conclusion: Baicalin has protective effects on myocardial infarction in rats. The possible mechanisms may be related to its resistance to oxidative stress, and up-regulation of Bcl-2 protein expression and down-regulation of Bax protein expression in myocardial tissue.


Subject(s)
Animals , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Protective Agents/pharmacology , Myocardial Infarction/prevention & control , Reference Values , Superoxide Dismutase/analysis , Thromboxane A2/blood , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Random Allocation , Reproducibility of Results , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid , Epoprostenol/blood , Treatment Outcome , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Genes, bcl-2 , Creatine Kinase, MB Form/blood , bcl-2-Associated X Protein/analysis , Hemodynamics/drug effects , L-Lactate Dehydrogenase/blood , Malondialdehyde/analysis
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Acta cir. bras ; 33(7): 556-564, July 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-949368

ABSTRACT

Abstract Purpose: To investigate the effects of baicalin on inflammatory reaction, oxidative stress and protein kinase D1 (PKD1) and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) protein expressions in severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) rats. Methods: Sixty rats were divided into sham operation, model, and low-, medium- and high-dose baicalin group. SAP model was established in later 4 groups. The later 3 groups were injected with 0.1, 0.2 and 0.4 ml/100 g 5% baicalin injection, respectively. At 12 h, the serum SAP related indexes and inflammatory factors, peripheral blood CD3 and γδT cell percentages, wet/dry ratio and pancreas ascites volume, oxidative stress indexes and PKD1 and NF-κB protein expressions in pancreatic tissue were determined. Results: Compared with model group, in high-dose baicalin group the wet/dry ratio and ascites volume, serum amylase level, phospholipase A2 activity, TNF-α, IL-1 and IL-6 levels, and pancreatic malondialdehyde level and PKD1 and NF-κB protein expression were significantly decreased (P < 0.05), and peripheral blood CD3 and γδT cell percentages and pancreatic superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase levels were significantly increased (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Baicalin can resist the inflammatory reaction and oxidative stress, and down-regulate protein kinase D1 and nuclear factor-kappa B protein expressions, thus exerting the protective effects on severe acute pancreatitis in rats.


Subject(s)
Animals , Pancreatitis/drug therapy , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Protein Kinase C/metabolism , Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal/pharmacology , NF-kappa B/metabolism , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Pancreatitis/metabolism , Superoxide Dismutase/drug effects , Protein Kinase C/drug effects , Random Allocation , Down-Regulation/drug effects , Reproducibility of Results , NF-kappa B/drug effects , Interleukin-6/blood , Interleukin-1/blood , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/blood , Treatment Outcome , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , CD3 Complex/drug effects , CD3 Complex/blood , Glutathione Peroxidase/drug effects , Glutathione Peroxidase/metabolism , Amylases/drug effects , Amylases/blood , Malondialdehyde/metabolism
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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 51(10): e7151, 2018. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-951709

ABSTRACT

Icariin has been reported to possess high anticancer activity. Colon carcinoma is one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Here, the anticancer activity of icariin against HCT116 colon carcinoma cells and the possible underlying mechanism were studied. The trypan blue staining assay, wound healing assay, clonogenic assay, CCK-8 assay, and Annexin V-FITC/PI double staining method were carried out to determine the changes of HCT116 cell growth and migration. mRNA and protein expressions were determined by quantitative real-time PCR and western blot, respectively. Moreover, small interfering RNA (siRNA) plasmid was used to examine the role of p53 in icariin-induced apoptosis in HCT116 cells. Icariin significantly suppressed colon carcinoma HCT116 cells by decreasing migration and viability, and simultaneously promoting apoptosis. Icariin exerted the anti-tumor effect in a dose-dependent manner by up-regulating p53. During treatment of icariin, p-p53, p21, and Bax levels increased, and Bcl-2 level decreased. Short time treatment with icariin induced DNA damage in HCT116 cells. Furthermore, the cytotoxicity of icariin was decreased after p53 knockdown or by using caspase inhibitors. p53 was involved in activities of caspase-9 and caspase-3. Icariin repressed colon carcinoma cell line HCT116 by enhancing p53 expression and activating p53 functions possibly through Bcl-2/Bax imbalance and caspase-9 and -3 regulation. Icariin treatment also induced DNA damage in HCT116 cells.


Subject(s)
Humans , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Cell Movement/drug effects , Tumor Suppressor Protein p53/drug effects , Apoptosis/drug effects , Colonic Neoplasms/pathology , Cell Proliferation/drug effects , Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic/pharmacology , Blotting, Western , Tumor Suppressor Protein p53/metabolism , Colonic Neoplasms/metabolism , RNA, Small Interfering , HCT116 Cells , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 51(4): e6069, 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-889062

ABSTRACT

Melon (Cucumis melo L.) has high economic value and in recent years, its production has increased; however, part of the fruit is wasted. Usually, inedible parts such as peel and seeds are discarded during processing and consumption. Extracts of melon residues were prepared and their phenolic compounds, antioxidants and antiproliferative activities were evaluated. Total phenolic compounds were found in hydroethanolic, hydromethanolic, and aqueous extracts, especially for melon peel (1.016 mg gallic acid equivalent/100 g). Flavonoids total content found for melon peel aqueous extract was 262 µg of catechin equivalent (CA)/100 g. In all extracts of melon peel significant amounts of gallic acid, catechin, and eugenol were found. For total antioxidant capacity, reported as ascorbic acid equivalent, the hydroethanolic and hydromethanolic extracts in peels and hydromethanolic in seeds were 89, 74, and 83 mg/g, respectively. Different extracts of melon showed iron and copper ions chelating activity at different concentrations, especially melon peel aqueous extract, reaching values of 61% for iron and 84% for copper. The hydroethanolic extract of melon peel presented a significant ability for hydroxyl radicals scavenging (68%). To assess the antiproliferative potential in human cancer cell lines, such as kidney carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, cervical adenocarcinoma and cervical carcinoma, MTT assay was performed. The proliferation was inhibited by 20-85% at extracts concentrations of 0.1-1.0 mg/mL in all cancer cell lines. The results suggest that melon residues extracts display a high antioxidant activity in in vitro assays and have effective biological activity against the growth of human tumor cells.


Subject(s)
Humans , Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic/pharmacology , Antioxidants/pharmacology , Cell Proliferation/drug effects , Cucurbitaceae/chemistry , Plant Extracts/pharmacology , Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic/isolation & purification , Antioxidants/isolation & purification , Cell Line, Tumor , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid , Chromatography, Thin Layer , Flavonoids/isolation & purification , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Phenols/isolation & purification , Phenols/pharmacology , Seeds/chemistry , Tannins/isolation & purification , Tannins/pharmacology
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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 113(12): e180279, 2018. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-976232

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND The main strategy to control human malaria still relies on specific drug treatment, limited now by Plasmodium falciparum-resistant parasites, including that against artemisinin derivatives. Despite the large number of active compounds described in the literature, few of them reached full development against human malaria. Drug repositioning is a fast and less expensive strategy for antimalarial drug discovery, because these compounds are already approved for human use. OBJECTIVES To identify new antimalarial drugs from compounds commercially available and used for other indications. METHODS Accuvit®, Ginkgo® and Soyfit®, rich in flavonoids, and also the standard flavonoids, hesperidin, quercetin, and genistein were tested against blood cultures of chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum, as well as chloroquine, a reference antimalarial. Inhibition of parasite growth was measured in immunoenzymatic assay with monoclonal anti-P. falciparum antibodies, specific to the histidine-rich protein II. Tests in mice with P. berghei malaria were based on percent of parasitaemia reduction. These compounds were also evaluated for in vitro cytotoxicity. FINDINGS The inhibition of parasite growth in vitro showed that Accuvit® was the most active drug (IC50 5 ± 3.9 μg/mL). Soyfit® was partially active (IC50 13.6 ± 7.7 μg/mL), and Ginkgo® (IC50 38.4 ± 14 μg/mL) was inactive. All such compounds were active in vivo at a dose of 50 mg/kg body weight. Accuvit® and quercetin induced the highest reduction of P. berghei parasitaemia (63% and 53%, respectively) on day 5 after parasite inoculation. As expected, the compounds tested were not toxic. MAIN CONCLUSIONS The antimalarial activity of Accuvit® was not related to flavonoids only, and it possibly results from synergisms with other compounds present in this drug product, such as multivitamins. Multivitamins in Accuvit® may explain its effect against the malaria parasites. This work demonstrated for the first time the activity of these drugs, which are already marketed.


Subject(s)
Humans , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Drug Resistance , Therapeutic Equivalency , Chloroquine/therapeutic use , Malaria/complications , Plasmodium falciparum , Proprietary Drug Name
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An. acad. bras. ciênc ; 89(4): 2805-2815, Oct.-Dec. 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-886850

ABSTRACT

ABSTRACT Morus nigra L. (Moraceae) is a tree known as black mulberry and the leaves are used in folk medicine in the treatment of diabetes, high cholesterol and menopause symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the M. nigra leaves phytochemical profile in different extractions and the hypolipidemic effect of the infusion comparing to the fenofibrate. Morus nigra infusion (MN) showed higher amounts of phenolics and flavonoids (83.85 mg/g and 79.96 µg/g, respectively), as well as antioxidant activity (83.85%) than decoction or hydromethanolic extracts. Although, decoction showed the best result for ascorbic acid (4.35 mg/100 g) than hydromethanolic or infusion (2.51 or 2.13 mg/100 g, respectively). The phenolic acids gallic, chlorogenic and caffeic and the flavonoids quercetin, rutin and catechin were found in the M. nigra extracts. Hyperlipidemic rats treated with 100, 200 or 400 mg/kg of MN decreased serum cholesterol, triglycerides and normalized lipoproteins. Furthermore, MN inhibited lipid peroxidation in liver, kidney and brain of hyperlipidemic rats. This study provides evidence that M. nigra leaves extracts are rich in polyphenols, mainly chlorogenic acid, which normalized hyperlipidemic disturbance. The results suggest a potential therapeutic effect of the M. nigra leaves infusion on dislipidemic condition and related oxidative stress.


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , Rats , Phenols/pharmacology , Plant Extracts/pharmacology , Plant Leaves/chemistry , Morus/chemistry , Lipids/blood , Phenols/isolation & purification , Ascorbic Acid/pharmacology , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Rats, Wistar , Disease Models, Animal , Antioxidants/pharmacology
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Bol. latinoam. Caribe plantas med. aromát ; 16(6): 578-585, nov. 2017. ilus, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-914944

ABSTRACT

The flavonoid 3,5-dihydroxy-7-methoxyflavanone ((-)-alpinone) isolated from sticky resinous exudate of Heliotropium huascoense was evaluated as immunostimulatory in mammalian cells . Preliminary observations had showed that (-)-alpinone had increased the expression levels of pro-inflammatory cytokine transcripts in salmonid. Due to high morbidity and mortality that infectious diseases cause in humans, we evaluate the effect of (-)-alpinone as an immunostimulant in mammalian cells. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced by macrophages activators for the destruction of pathogens; we evaluated (-)-alpinone effect in ROS generation and the proliferation of macrophages. The results showed that proliferation in Raw 264.7 cells treated with 10 and 25 µg/mL of (-)-alpinone had a significant increase in macrophage proliferation. In relation to ROS formation, cells treated with 1 and 5 µg/mL of (-)-alpinone, induce ROS formation in macrophages.


El flavonoide 3,5-dihidroxi-7-metoxiflavanona ((-)-alpinona) aislado del exudado resinoso de Heliotropium huascoense se evaluó como inmunoestimulador en células de mamíferos. Resultados preliminares habían demostrado que (-)-alpinona aumentaba los niveles de expresión de transcritos de citoquinas proinflamatorias en salmónidos. Debido a la alta morbilidad y mortalidad que causan las enfermedades infecciosas en los humanos, evaluamos el efecto de (-)-alpinona como inmunoestimulante en células de mamíferos. Dado que las especies de oxígeno reactivo (ROS) son producidas por macrófagos activados para la destrucción de patógenos, se evaluó el efecto de (- )-alpinona en la generación de ROS y la proliferación de macrófagos. Los resultados mostraron que la proliferación en células Raw264.7 tratadas con 10 y 25 µg / mL del flavonoíde tuvo un aumento significativo en la proliferación de macrófagos. En relación con la formación de ROS, las células tratadas con 1 y 5 µg/mL de (-)-alpinona, inducen la formación de ROS en los macrófagos.


Subject(s)
Resins, Plant/pharmacology , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Heliotropium/chemistry , Immunologic Factors/pharmacology , Mammals , Tetrazolium Salts , Cells, Cultured , Reactive Oxygen Species , Cell Proliferation/drug effects , Macrophages/metabolism
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Acta cir. bras ; 32(5): 350-358, May 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-837705

ABSTRACT

Abstract Purpose: To investigate the mechanisms by which PD98059 and LY294002 interfere with the abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix regulated by connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) of rat pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). Methods: Rat PASMCs were cultured and separated into a control group. Real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR was performed to detect the expression of collagen III and fibronectin mRNA. Immunohistochemistry and western blot analyses were performed to detect the expression of collagen III protein. Results: The expression of collagen III and fibronectin mRNA was greater in PASMCs stimulated with CTGF for 48 h, than in the control group. After 72h of stimulation, the expression of collagen III protein in the PASMCs was greater than in the control. The equivalent gene and protein expression of the CPL group were much more significant. Conclusions: CTGF can stimulate the gene expression of collagen III and fibronectin in PASMCs, which may be one of the factors that promote pulmonary vascular remodeling (PVR) under the conditions of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). PD98059 and LY294002 can inhibit the ERK1/2 and PI3K/PKB signaling pathways, respectively, thus interfering with the biological effects of CTGF. This may be a new way to reduce PAH-PVR.


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Animals , Male , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Chromones/pharmacology , Fibronectins/metabolism , MAP Kinase Signaling System/drug effects , Collagen Type III/metabolism , Connective Tissue Growth Factor/pharmacology , Pulmonary Artery/cytology , Gene Expression/drug effects , Cells, Cultured , Gene Expression Regulation , Fibronectins/genetics , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases/metabolism , Models, Animal , Collagen Type III/genetics , Myocytes, Smooth Muscle/cytology , Myocytes, Smooth Muscle/metabolism , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt/metabolism , Connective Tissue Growth Factor/metabolism
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São Paulo; s.n; s.n; 2017. 134 p. ilus, graf, tab.
Thesis in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-875305

ABSTRACT

Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers. (Crassulaceae) é uma espécie muito empregada na medicina tradicional no Brasil e em outras partes do mundo, especialmente Índia, países da África e China. É indicada popularmente para diversos fins incluindo o tratamento de úlceras gástricas. A análise fitoquímica revelou a presença de vários constituintes, em especial os flavonoides. O tratamento de úlcera gástrica convencional apresenta diversos efeitos colaterais e, na maioria das vezes, não evita a recidiva da lesão. Dessa maneira, é interessante encontrar uma terapêutica mais segura e efetiva. Com o objetivo de avaliar a segurança, foi realizado ensaio de citotoxicidade do extrato bruto, in vitro, com valor de IC50 igual a 0,926 mg/mL, sendo possível predizer um valor de LD50 (1341,46 mg/kg). Já em relação ao ensaio de citotoxicidade, in vitro, da fração acetato de etila não foi encontrado um valor de IC50. Resultados de fototoxicidade, in vitro, mostraram que o extrato bruto e fração acetato de etila de K. pinnata não possuem potencial fototóxico. A contagem microbiana na droga vegetal para bactérias aeróbias/mesófilas foi de 6,9 x 104 UFC/g e a contagem de bolores e leveduras foi de 2,4 x 103 UFC/g, ambos valores dentro do limite estabelecido pela OMS. Análise de endotoxinas também foi realizada para o extrato bruto (<4,0.105 UE/kg) e fração acetato de etila (<2,7.105 EU/kg) de K. pinnata. Referente à fitoquímica, diversos flavonoides foram identificados no extrato bruto e fração acetato de etila de K. pinnata. Paralelamente ao estudo fitoquímico foi verificado que a atividade gastroprotetora do extrato bruto envolve a ação das prostaglandinas e grupamentos sulfidrila. Já o mecanismo de gastroproteção da fração acetato de etila é dependente de prostaglandinas e óxido nítrico. A atividade cicatrizante do extrato bruto de K. pinnata também foi avaliada. De acordo com os resultados macroscópicos, as doses de 200mg/kg e 400 mg/kg reduziram a área de lesão, com uma taxa de 33% e 39%, respectivamente, após 7 dias de tratamento (p<0,05). Análise histológica dos grupos tratados com o extrato bruto (200 e 400 mg/kg) indicou melhor recuperação da lesão, verificada pela regeneração da mucosa gástrica e pelo restabelecimento da arquitetura glandular. As enzimas antioxidantes (catalase, superóxido dismutase e glutationa peroxidase) e a expressão de VEGF foram avaliadas no mecanismo de cicatrização de úlceras gástricas. Os resultados mostraram que a atividade antiulcerogênica foi mediada pela ação antioxidante da enzima SOD. Não foi evidenciado in vivo o aumento da expressão de VEGF e nem o sequestro do radical peroxil nos animais tratados com o extrato bruto. Os resultados dos ensaios in vitro (ORAC) mostraram uma maior capacidade de sequestro de radicais peroxil da fração acetato de etila (1192,35 ± 112,61 µmol equivalente de Trolox/g de amostra seca) quando comparado com o extrato bruto (431,32 ± 7,17 µmol equivalente de Trolox/g de amostra seca). A atividade anti Helicobacter pylori também foi avaliada, no entanto, o extrato bruto não apresentou atividade anti H.pylori. Ademais, o extrato bruto demonstrou um potencial anti-inflamatório, pois foi observada uma redução nos níveis de TNF-α e L-selectina, após o tratamento em neutrófilos estimulados com LPS. Analisando os resultados sugere-se que K. pinnata possui um potencial terapêutico no combate de úlceras gástricas e possivelmente, anti-inflamatório, sendo que os flavonoides podem estar relacionados com o efeito biológico observado.


Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers. (Crassulaceae) is a commonly used species in traditional medicine in Brazil and in other parts of the world, especially India, Africa and China, for the treatment of various diseases, including gastric ulcers. Phytochemical analysis revealed the presence of several constituents in this plant, especially flavonoids. The available pharmaceutical products to treat peptic ulcer have several side effects and, in most cases, do not prevent recurrence of the gastric lesions. Therefore, it is important to find a safer and more effective therapy. In order to evaluate safety, the in vitro cytotoxicity assay of crude extract from K. pinnata was performed. The IC50 value was 0,926 mg/mL corresponding to LD50 value (1341, 46 mg/kg). It was not determined IC50 value in vitro cytotoxicity assay for ethyl acetate fraction from K. pinnata. Neither the crude extract nor ethyl acetate fraction from K. pinnata showed phototoxicity. Microbial counting was performed on the K. pinnata-based drug in order to investigate microbiological contamination. The microbial count for aerobic / mesophilic bacteria was 6.9 x 104 CFU/g, and yeast count was 2.4 x 103 CFU/g, both values in agreement with the limits established by WHO. Endotoxin analysis was also performed for the crude extract (<4,0.105 UE/kg) and for ethyl acetate fraction (<2,7.105 UE/kg) from K. pinnata. In the phytochemical analysis several flavonoids were identified in the crude extract and ethyl acetate fraction of K. pinnata. In parallel to the phytochemical study, it was verified that the gastroprotective activity of the crude extract of K. pinnata involved prostaglandins and sulfhydril compounds. On the other hand, the mechanism of gastroprotection of the ethyl acetate fraction of K. pinnata is dependent on prostaglandins and nitric oxide. The healing activity of the crude extract of K. pinnata was also evaluated. According to the macroscopic results the dose of 200 mg/kg and 400mg/kg reduced the injury area, with a rate of 33% and 39%, respectively, after 7 days of treatment (p <0.05). Histological analysis showed regeneration of the gastric mucosa and re-establishment of the glandular architecture in groups treated with the crude extract (200 and 400 mg/kg). Antioxidant enzymes (catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase) and VEGF expression were evaluated in the mechanism of gastric ulcer healing. The results showed that the antiulcerogenic activity was mediated by SOD. It was not demonstrated an increase in VEGF expression and nor in the in vivo sequestration of the peroxyl radical in the animals treated with crude extract. The results of in vitro assay (ORAC) showed a greater sequestering of peroxyl radical to the ethyl acetate fraction (1192,35 ± 112,61 µmol equivalent of Trolox/g of ethyl acetate fraction) when compared to the crude extract (431,32 ± 7,17 µmol equivalent of Trolox/g of crude extract) of K. pinnata. The anti Helicobacter pylori activity was also evaluated; however, the crude extract did not show anti H. pylori activity. However, the crude extract of K. pinnata demonstrated an anti-inflammatory potential, because TNF-α and L-selectin levels were reduced after treatment in LPS-stimulated neutrophils. The analysis of the results suggests that K. pinnata has a therapeutic potential against gastric ulcers and possible anti-inflammatory properties, and the flavonoids may be linked to the biological effect.


Subject(s)
Kalanchoe/adverse effects , Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action , Stomach Ulcer/drug therapy , Crassulaceae/classification , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Plant Extracts/analysis
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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 50(12): e5916, 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-888970

ABSTRACT

Lider-7-tang, a medicine used for the treatment of respiratory diseases especially pneumonia and fever in Mongolian Traditional Medicine, was selected for this phytochemical and pharmacological study. The objectives of the study were to determine total biological active substances and analyze the effects of Lider-7-tang treatment in rats with acute lung injury (ALI). Quantitative determination of the total active constituents (phenolic, flavonoid, iridoid and alkaloid) of the methanol extract of Lider-7-tang was performed using Folin-Ciocalteu reagent, aluminum chloride reagent, Trim-Hill reagent, and Bromocresol green reagent, respectively. A total of fifty 8-10-week-old male Wistar rats (200-240 g) were randomized into three groups: control group, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) group (7.5 mg/kg) and LPS+Lider-7 group (90 mg/kg Lider-7-tang before LPS administration). The total content of alkaloids was 0.2±0.043%, total phenols 7.8±0.67%, flavonoids 3.12±0.206%, and iridoids 0.308±0.0095%. This study also evaluated the effects of Lider-7 on levels of inflammatory mediators by observing histopathological features associated with LPS-induced ALI. The rats pretreated with Lider-7 had significantly lower levels of IL-6 (at 3 and 6 h), and TNF-α (at 3, 6, 9, and 12 h). The current study showed that Lider-7 exerted a preventive effect against LPS-induced ALI, which appeared to be mediated by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , Acute Lung Injury/prevention & control , Alkaloids/pharmacology , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Iridoids/pharmacology , Phenols/pharmacology , Plants, Medicinal/chemistry , Acute Lung Injury/pathology , Alkaloids/analysis , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Flavonoids/analysis , Indicators and Reagents , Interleukin-6/blood , Iridoids/analysis , Lipopolysaccharides , Lung/drug effects , Lung/pathology , Molybdenum , Mongolia , Phenols/analysis , Phytotherapy/methods , Protective Agents/pharmacology , Rats, Wistar , Reproducibility of Results , Spectrophotometry , Time Factors , Treatment Outcome , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/blood , Tungsten Compounds
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An. acad. bras. ciênc ; 89(3,supl): 2423-2432, 2017. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-886812

ABSTRACT

ABSTRACT Myracrodruon urundeuva is a plant native to Brazil, which is used by the indigenous population for the treatment of candidiasis. The aims of this study were to evaluate the antifungal activity of extract against human vaginal Candida species and evaluate the possible toxicological activities of M. urundeuva. Initially, ethanol extracts, ethyl acetate fractions, and hydroalcoholic fractions of the bark and leaf of M. urundeuva were used to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration. The extracts that showed antifungal activity were characterized by liquid chromatography and subjected to toxicity assessment. Toxic, cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic testing were performed using Allium cepa and Ames assays with the ethanol extracts of the bark and leaves. Hemolytic activity was evaluated in erythrocytes and acute toxicity in rats. The ethanol bark extracts showed best activity against Candida albicans, C. krusei, and C. tropicalis ATCC (4-512 µg/mL). Chemical characterization indicated the presence of flavonoids and tannins in the extracts. Hemolytic activity, genotoxicity, and mutagenicity were not observed. The results of the Ames and A. cepa tests were also in agreement, ethanol bark extracts and ethanol leaf extracts of M. urundeuva showed absence of mutagenic activity. Similar results were observed in the A. cepa assay and acute toxicity test in rats. M. urundeuva bark extracts showed potential for the treatment of vaginal infections caused Candida species, as a topical.


Subject(s)
Humans , Animals , Female , Rats , Candida albicans/drug effects , Plant Extracts/pharmacology , Plant Leaves/chemistry , Anacardiaceae/chemistry , Antifungal Agents/pharmacology , Tannins/pharmacology , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Brazil , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Plant Bark/chemistry , Antifungal Agents/isolation & purification
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Biol. Res ; 50: 28, 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-950879

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: The Tridax procumbens extracts (TPE) are known for their ethno-medicinal properties to increase osteogenic functioning in mesenchymal stem cells. Recently, we found that the T. procumbens flavonoids (TPF) significantly suppressed the RANKL-induced osteoclasts differentiation and bone resorption. The TPF also promoted osteoblasts differentiation and bone formation demonstrated by increasing bone formation markers in cultured mouse primary osteoblasts. However, the effects of the TPF on in vivo bone formation remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of the TPF on in vivo bone formation, injected the TPF (20 mg/kg) twice a day in the low calcium diet mice and killed them after 21 day. Radiographic and histomorphometric analyses were performed on the dissected bones to determine the anabolic effects of the TPF. RESULTS: Bone mineral density and bone mineral content of the TPF-treated mice were significantly increased compared to the control mice. Bone formation-related indices like osteoblast number, osteoblast surface, bone volume, mineralizing surface, mineral apposition rate and bone formation rate were significantly increased in the TPF-treated mice compared to the control mice. CONCLUSION: Our findings point towards the stimulation of bone formation by TPF, suggested that the TPF could be a potential natural anabolic agent to treat patients with bone loss-associated diseases such as osteoporosis.


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , Mice , Rats , Osteogenesis/drug effects , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Bone Resorption/drug therapy , Plant Extracts/pharmacology , Bone Density/drug effects , Cell Differentiation/drug effects , Asteraceae/chemistry , Osteoblasts/cytology , Osteoblasts/drug effects , Flavonoids/isolation & purification , Bone Resorption/pathology , Mice, Inbred C57BL
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Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2017; 30 (4): 1279-1287
in English | IMEMR | ID: emr-189694

ABSTRACT

Natural flavonoids are proven to be powerful against various cancers, but few studies have investigated the potential effects of two flavonoids galangin and quercetin on a human gastric cancer cell line [SGC-7901]. In vitro growth inhibition and apoptosis of the two flavonoids on the SGC-7901 cells as well as potential mechanism about apoptosis induction are reported in the present study. The assaying results showed that the two flavonoids at 40-200 microamol/L for 24-72 hours conferred lower cell viability of 14.1-90.3% in dose- and time-dependent manner, and at 160 micromol/L for 24-48 hours enhanced the proportion of apoptotic cells into 13.3-27.4% and 40.6-65.6%, respectively. Galangin was more powerful than quercetin to inhibit cell growth, induce apoptosis and decrease mitochondrial membrane potential [MMP]. Oligonucleotide micro array, real-time RT-PCR and Western-blot analyses revealed expression changes of the genes and proteins in the treated cells, clarifying a mechanism related to apoptosis induction. The two flavonoids activated caspase-8, which cleaved Bid into tBid; simultaneously, Bax transferred from cytosol into mitochondria to decrease MMP; consequentially, cytochrome c released from mitochondria activated caspase-9, and then caspase-9 activated caspase-3, which executed the apoptosis. That is, the apoptosis occurred via a mitochondrial pathway involving caspase-8/Bid/Bax activation


Subject(s)
In Vitro Techniques , Quercetin , Cell Line, Tumor , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
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