Biphenyl Compounds

Publication Title: 
Cell Death & Disease

Overexpression of Bcl-2 contributes to resistance of cancer cells to human cytotoxic lymphocytes (CL) by blocking granzyme B (GraB)-induced mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP). Drugs that neutralise Bcl-2 (e.g., ABT-737) may therefore be effective adjuvants for immunotherapeutic strategies that use CL to kill cancer cells. Consistent with this we found that ABT-737 effectively restored MOMP in Bcl-2 overexpressing cells treated with GraB or natural killer cells.

Author(s): 
Sutton, V. R.
Sedelies, K.
Dewson, G.
Christensen, M. E.
Bird, P. I.
Johnstone, R. W.
Kluck, R. M.
Trapani, J. A.
Waterhouse, N. J.
Publication Title: 
Fitoterapia

Oil of bergamot is receiving renewed popularity in aromatherapy. The biovariability of Citrus bergamia grown wild in Calabria (Italy) was investigated as far as chemical markers (linalool, linalyl acetate and bergapten) content and antioxidant and antifungal activities of the methanolic extracts. The average content in the markers presents slight variations with the altitude and more evident changes with the latitude of the areas of plant collection.

Author(s): 
Statti, Giancarlo A.
Conforti, Filomena
Sacchetti, Gianni
Muzzoli, Mariavittoria
Agrimonti, Caterina
Menichini, Francesco
Publication Title: 
Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)

Acetylcholinesterase inhibition, antioxidant and cytotoxic activities of Hedychium gardnerianum leaf essential oils from S. Miguel Island were determined. All the oils inhibited acetylcholinesterase, with IC(50) values of approximately 1 mg/mL, showing no statistical differences between collection sites. Three oils presented mixed inhibition, whilst one was almost truly competitive. This activity can be attributed to the presence of sesquiterpenes, which constituted more than 60% of the composition of the oils.

Author(s): 
Arruda, Miguel
Viana, Hugo
Rainha, Nuno
Neng, Nuno R.
Rosa, Jos� Silvino
Nogueira, Jos� M. F.
Barreto, Maria do Carmo
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Cellular damage induced by free-radicals like Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species (ROS and RNS) has been implicated in several disorders and diseases, including ageing. Hence naturally occurring anti-oxidant rich-herbs play a vital role in combating these conditions. The present study was carried out to investigate the in vitro free-radical quenching capacity of a known Ayurvedic poly-herbal formulation called Vayasthapana Rasayana.

Author(s): 
Mukherjee, Sourav
Pawar, Nayana
Kulkarni, Omkar
Nagarkar, Bhagyashri
Thopte, Shrikant
Bhujbal, Akshay
Pawar, Pankaj
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Traditional Indian and Australian medicinal plant extracts were investigated to determine their therapeutic potential to inhibit key enzymes in carbohydrate metabolism, which has relevance to the management of hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes. The antioxidant activities were also assessed. METHODS: The evaluation of enzyme inhibitory activity of seven Australian aboriginal medicinal plants and five Indian Ayurvedic plants was carried out against α-amylase and α-glucosidase.

Author(s): 
Gulati, Vandana
Harding, Ian H.
Palombo, Enzo A.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: The polyherbal eye drop (Itone™) is a mixture of aqueous distillates of nineteen traditionally used ingredients that sum up to impart potency to the formulation and make it a useful adjunct in various ocular pathologies. However, as there have been no controlled experimental studies accounting to the above claim, therefore, the present study was designed to evaluate the polyherbal formulation (PHF) for antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, anticataract, antioxidant and cytotoxicity in addition to the evaluation of intraocular penetration of PHF in rabbit eyes using LC-MS/MS.

Author(s): 
Velpandian, Thirumurthy
Gupta, Pankaj
Ravi, Alok Kumar
Sharma, Hanuman Prasad
Biswas, Nihar Ranjan
Publication Title: 
Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)

Terminalia chebula, native to Southeast Asia, is a popular medicinal plant in Ayurveda. It has been previously reported to have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory efficacy. In this study, we aimed to investigate if fruit extract from T. chebula might protect neuronal cells against ischemia and related diseases by reduction of oxidative damage and inflammation in rat pheochromocytoma cells (PC12) using in vitro oxygen-glucose deprivation followed by reoxygenation (OGD-R) ischemia and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) induced cell death.

Author(s): 
Gaire, Bhakta Prasad
Jamarkattel-Pandit, Nirmala
Lee, Donghun
Song, Jungbin
Kim, Ji Young
Park, Juyeon
Jung, Soyoung
Choi, Ho-Young
Kim, Hocheol
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Inhibition of Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is still considered as the main therapeutic strategy against Alzheimer's disease (AD). Many plant derived phytochemicals have shown AChE inhibitory activity in addition to the currently approved drugs for AD. In the present study, methanolic extracts of 20 plants used in Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine for improving cognitive function were screened for acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity by Ellman's microplate colorimetric method.

Author(s): 
Mathew, Maya
Subramanian, Sarada
Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are implicated in many pathogenic processes including the cardiovascular system. Detoxification of ROS by antioxidants (AO) therefore affords protection against such diseases. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that antioxidants contribute to cardioprotection. Therefore, nine plants that are components of Ayurvedic formulations used for the therapy of cardiovascular diseases were investigated to determine whether antioxidant activity is one of the mechanisms by which these plants exert cardioprotection.

Author(s): 
J Munasinghe, T. C.
Seneviratne, C. K.
Thabrew, M. I.
Abeysekera, A. M.
Publication Title: 
Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology

Hemidesmus indicus R. Br. (Asclepiadaceae) is a well known drug in Ayurveda system of medicine. In the present study, antioxidant activity of methanolic extract of H. indicus root bark was evaluated in several in vitro and ex vivo models. Further, preliminary phytochemical analysis and TLC fingerprint profile of the extract was established to characterize the extract which showed antioxidant properties. The in vitro and ex vivo antioxidant potential of root bark of H. indicus was evaluated in different systems viz.

Author(s): 
Ravishankara, M. N.
Shrivastava, Neeta
Padh, Harish
Rajani, M.

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