Protective Agents

Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

The ethanol extract from the fruit of Terminalia chebula (Combretaceae) exhibited significant inhibitory activity on oxidative stress and the age-dependent shortening of the telomeric DNA length. In the peroxidation model using t-BuOOH, the T. chebula extract showed a notable cytoprotective effect on the HEK-N/F cells with 60.5 +/- 3.8% at a concentration of 50 microg/ml. In addition, the T. chebula extract exhibited a significant cytoprotective effect against UVB-induced oxidative damage.

Author(s): 
Na, MinKyun
Bae, KiHwan
Kang, Sam Sik
Min, Byung Sun
Yoo, Jae Kuk
Kamiryo, Yuko
Senoo, Yu-ichiro
Yokoo, Seiichi
Miwa, Nobuhiko
Publication Title: 
Toxicology in vitro: an international journal published in association with BIBRA

Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are formed during normal aging, and at an accelerated rate in metabolic syndrome patients. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) can be caused by the AGEs in plasma, while glyceraldehyde-derived AGEs (glycer-AGEs) are significantly higher in the serum of NASH patients. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of chebulic acid, isolated from Terminalia chebula Retz., in the inhibition of glycer-AGEs induced production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and collagen accumulation using the LX-2 cell line.

Author(s): 
Koo, Yun-chang
Pyo, Min Cheol
Nam, Mi-Hyun
Hong, Chung-Oui
Yang, Sung-Yong
Lee, Kwang-Won
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Borage (Borago officinalis L.) seed oil has been used as a treatment for various degenerative diseases. Many useful properties of this oil are attributed to its high gamma linolenic acid content (GLA, 18:3 ?-6). The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the safety and suitability of the use of borage seed oil, along with one of its active components, GLA, with respect to DNA integrity, and to establish possible in vivo toxic and in vitro cytotoxic effects.

Author(s): 
Tasset-Cuevas, Inmaculada
Fern·ndez-Bedmar, Zahira
Lozano-Baena, MarÌa Dolores
Campos-S·nchez, Juan
de Haro-BailÛn, Antonio
MuÒoz-Serrano, AndrÈs
Alonso-Moraga, Angeles
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Acute stress affects cellular integrity in many tissues including the liver, but its underlying mechanism is still unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential involvement of catecholamines and adrenoceptors in the regulation of acute restraint stress-induced liver injury. Restraint was achieved by placing mice in restraint tubes.

Author(s): 
Zhu, Qing
Gu, Liwei
Wang, Yimei
Jia, Li
Zhao, Zengming
Peng, Shuangqing
Lei, Linsheng
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Withaferin A (WA), a promising anticancer constituent of Ayurvedic medicinal plant Withania somnifera, inhibits growth of MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 human breast cancer cells in culture and MDA-MB-231 xenografts in vivo in association with apoptosis induction, but the mechanism of cell death is not fully understood. We now demonstrate, for the first time, that WA-induced apoptosis is mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) production due to inhibition of mitochondrial respiration.

Author(s): 
Hahm, Eun-Ryeong
Moura, Michelle B.
Kelley, Eric E.
Van Houten, Bennett
Shiva, Sruti
Singh, Shivendra V.
Publication Title: 
BioMed Research International

Gymnema sylvestre (Asclepiadaceae), popularly known as "gurmar" for its distinct property as sugar destroyer, is a reputed herb in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. The phytoconstituents responsible for sweet suppression activity includes triterpene saponins known as gymnemic acids, gymnemasaponins, and a polypeptide, gurmarin.

Author(s): 
Tiwari, Pragya
Mishra, B. N.
Sangwan, Neelam S.
Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

Glycowithanolides, consisting of equimolar concentrations of sitoindosides VII-X and withaferin A, isolated from the roots of Withania somnifera Dunal, have been reported to have an antioxidant effect in the rat brain frontal cortex and striatum. In the present study, the effect of 10 days of oral administration of these active principles, in graded doses (10, 20 and 50 mg/kg), was noted on iron overload (FeSo(4), 30 mg/kg, i.p.) induced hepatotoxicity in rats.

Author(s): 
Bhattacharya, A.
Ramanathan, M.
Ghosal, S.
Bhattacharya, S. K.
Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

The influence of Liv.100 on the hepatotoxicity of antituberculosis drugs [isoniazid (INH), rifampicin (RMP) pyrazinamide (PZA)] was studied in male albino rats. INH, RMP, and PZA were proved to be the most hepatotoxic. Rats were treated with antituberculosis drugs daily for a period of 6 weeks by intragastric administration. The combined use of antituberculosis drugs elevated the levels of cytochrome P-450 and cytochrome-b5. A significant increase was observed in the levels of NADPH-cytochrome P-450 reductase and NADH-cytochrome-b5 reductases after antitubercular drug administration.

Author(s): 
Saraswathy, S. D.
Shyamala Devi, C. S.
Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

Bacopa monniera L. (family Scrophulariaceae) (BM) is an Ayurvedic medicine, clinically used for memory enhancing, epilepsy, insomnia and as a mild sedative. In this work, the free radical scavenging capacity of a methanol extract of BM and the effect on DNA cleavage induced by H2O2 UV-photolysis was investigated. In addition, we examined whether this plant extract is capable of reducing the hydrogen peroxide-induced cytotoxicity and DNA damage in human non-immortalized fibroblasts. It showed a dose-dependent free radical scavenging capacity and a protective effect on DNA cleavage.

Author(s): 
Russo, Alessandra
Izzo, Angelo A.
Borrelli, Francesca
Renis, Marcella
Vanella, Angelo
Publication Title: 
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Allurement of herbs as health beneficial foods (physiologically functional foods) and as a source material for the development of new drugs, has led to greater furtherance in the study of herbal medicines during recent years. Plant extracts are being utilized to treat a wide variety of diseases like hepatotoxicity. Premna tomentosa is one such medicinal plant used widely in Indian ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of liver disorders. This study appraised the effectiveness of P.

Author(s): 
Devi, K. Pandima
Sreepriya, M.
Balakrishna, K.
Devaki, T.

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