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  1. Chemical composition and in vitro schistosomicidal activity of the essential oil of Plectranthus neochilus grown in Southeast Brazil.

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    Caixeta, Soraya C; Magalhes, Lizandra G; de Melo, Nathalya I; Wakabayashi, Kamila A L; Aguiar, Gabriela de P; Aguiar, Daniela de P; Mantovani, Andr L L; Alves, Jacqueline M; Oliveira, Pollyanna F; Tavares, Denise C; Groppo, Milton; Rodrigues, Vanderlei; Cunha, Wilson R; Veneziani, Rodrigo C S; da Silva Filho, Ademar A; Crotti, Antnio E M

    2011-11-01

    The chemical composition and the in vitro schistosomicidal effects of the essential oil of Plectranthus neochilus (PN-EO) grown in Southeast Brazil was studied. ?-Caryophyllene (1; 28.23%), ?-thujene (2; 12.22%), ?-pinene (3; 12.63%), ?-pinene (4; 6.19%), germacrene D (5; 5.36%), and caryophyllene oxide (6; 5.37%) were the major essential oil constituents. This chemical composition differed from that previously reported for specimens harvested in Africa. Concerning the in vitro schistosomicidal activity against adult Schistosoma mansoni worms, PN-EO was considered to be active, but less effective than the positive control praziquantel (PZQ) in terms of separation of coupled pairs, mortality, decrease in the motor activity, and tegumental alterations. However, PN-EO caused an interesting dose-dependent reduction in the number and the percentage of developed S. mansoni eggs. These results suggest that PN-EO might be very promising for the development of new schistosomicidal agents. PMID:22083928

  2. In Vitro Schistosomicidal Activity of Some Brazilian Cerrado Species and Their Isolated Compounds

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    Cunha, Nayanne Larissa; Ucha, Camila Jacintho de Mendona; Cintra, Lucas Silva; de Souza, Herbert Cristian; Peixoto, Juliana Andrade; Silva, Claudia Peres; Magalhes, Lizandra Guidi; Gimenez, Valria Maria Meleiro; Groppo, Milton; Rodrigues, Vanderlei; da Silva Filho, Ademar Alves; Andrade e Silva, Mrcio Lus; Cunha, Wilson Roberto; Pauletti, Patrcia Mendona; Janurio, Ana Helena

    2012-01-01

    Miconia langsdorffii Cogn. (Melastomataceae), Roupala montana Aubl. (Proteaceae), Struthanthus syringifolius (Mart.) (Loranthaceae), and Schefflera vinosa (Cham. & Schltdl.) Frodin (Araliaceae) are plant species from the Brazilian Cerrado whose schistosomicidal potential has not yet been described. The crude extracts, fractions, the triterpenes betulin, oleanolic acid, ursolic acid and the flavonoids quercetin 3-O-?-D-rhamnoside, quercetin 3-O-?-D-glucoside, quercetin 3-O-?-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-2)-?-L-rhamnopyranoside and isorhamnetin 3-O-?-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-2)-?-L-rhamnopyranoside were evaluated in vitro against Schistosoma mansoni adult worms and the bioactive n-hexane fractions of the mentioned species were also analyzed by GC-MS. Betulin was able to cause worm death percentage values of 25% after 120?h (at 100??M), and 25% and 50% after 24 and 120?h (at 200??M), respectively; besides the flavonoid quercetin 3-O-?-D-rhamnoside promoted 25% of death of the parasites at 100??M. Farther the flavonoids quercetin 3-O-?-D-glucoside and quercetin 3-O-?-D-rhamnoside at 100??M exhibited significantly reduction in motor activity, 75% and 87.5%, respectively. Biological results indicated that crude extracts of R. montana, S. vinosa, and M. langsdorffii and some n-hexane and EtOAc fractions of this species were able to induce worm death to some extent. The results suggest that lupane-type triterpenes and flavonoid monoglycosides should be considered for further antiparasites studies. PMID:22924053

  3. Schistosoma mansoni: in vitro schistosomicidal activity and tegumental alterations induced by piplartine on schistosomula.

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    de Moraes, Josu; Nascimento, Carlos; Yamaguchi, Lydia F; Kato, Massuo J; Nakano, Eliana

    2012-10-01

    Schistosomiasis is one of the most important parasitic infections in humans that occur in many tropical and subtropical countries. Currently, the control of schistosomiasis rests with a single drug, praziquantel, which is effective against adult worms but not the larval stages. Recent studies have shown that piplartine, an amide isolated from plants of the genus Piper (Piperaceae), reveals interesting antischistosomal properties against Schistosoma mansoni adult worms. Here, we report the in vitro antischistosomal activity of piplartine on S. mansoni schistosomula of different ages (3 h old and 1, 3, 5, and 7 days old), and examine alterations on the tegumental surface of worms by means of confocal laser scanning microscopy. Piplartine at a concentration of 7.5 ?M caused the death of all schistosomula within 120 h. The lethal effect occurred in a dose-dependent manner and was also dependent on the age of the parasite. Microscopy observation revealed extensive tegumental destruction, including blebbing, granularity, and a shorter body length. This report provides the first evidence that piplartine is able to kill schistosomula of different ages and reinforce that piplartine is a promising compound that could be used for the development of new schistosomicidal agent. PMID:22796749

  4. Chemical composition and in vitro schistosomicidal activity of the essential oil from the flowers of Bidens sulphurea (Asteraceae).

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    Aguiar, G P; Melo, N I; Wakabayashi, K A L; Lopes, M H S; Mantovani, A L L; Dias, H J; Fukui, M J; Keles, L C; Rodrigues, V; Groppo, M; Silva-Filho, A A; Cunha, W R; Magalhes, L G; Crotti, A E M

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the chemical composition and the in vitro schistosomicidal properties of the essential oil obtained from Bidens sulphurea flowers (Bs-EO) were investigated. Its major constituents were identified as being 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol (44.98%), germacrene D (33.70%) and ?-caryophyllene (10.23%). Bs-EO at 100 g mL(-1) caused death of all the adult worms and promoted separation of the couple pairs into individual male and female within 48 h, besides leading to a significant decrease in the motility of the parasites. This oil was also responsible for a remarkable reduction in the number of eggs and the percentage of developed eggs produced by adult worms. These results suggest that the Bs-EO can be considered a promising source for the development of new schistosomicidal agents. PMID:22452598

  5. Schistosomicidal activity and docking of Schistosoma mansoni ATPDase 1 with licoflavone B isolated from Glycyrrhiza inflata (Fabaceae).

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    Aleixo de Carvalho, Lara Soares; Geraldo, Reinaldo Barros; de Moraes, Josu; Silva Pinto, Pedro Luiz; de Faria Pinto, Priscila; Pereira, Olavo Dos Santos; Da Silva Filho, Ademar A

    2015-12-01

    Schistosomiasis is one of the world's major public health problems, and its treatment is widely dependent on praziquantel (PZQ), the only available drug. Schistosoma mansoni ATP diphosphohydrolases are ecto-enzymes localized on the external tegumental surface of S.mansoni and considered an important target for action of new drugs. In this work, the invitro schistosomicidal activity of the crude extract of Glycyrrhiza inflata roots (GI) and its isolated compounds echinatin, licoflavone A and licoflavone B were evaluated against S.mansoni adult worms. Results showed that GI (200?g/mL) was active against adult schistosomes, causing 100% mortality after 24h of incubation. Chromatographic fractionation of GI led to isolation of echinatin, licoflavone A and licoflavone B. Licoflavone B (25-100?M) caused 100% mortality, tegumental alterations, and reduction of oviposition and motor activity of all adult worms, without affecting mammalian Vero cells. Confocal laser scanning microscopy showed tegumental morphological alterations and changes on the numbers of tubercles of S.mansoni worms in a dose-dependent manner after incubation with licoflavone B. Licoflavone B also showed high S.mansoni ATPase (IC50 of 23.78?M) and ADPase (IC50 of 31.50?M) inhibitory activities. Docking studies predicted different interactions between licoflavone B and S.mansoni ATPDase 1, corroborating with the invitro inhibitory activity. This report demonstrated the first evidence for the schistosomicidal activity of licoflavone B and suggests that its mechanism of action involve the inhibition of S.mansoni ATP diphosphohydrolases. PMID:26454044

  6. In vivo schistosomicidal activity of three novels 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives against adult and immature worms of Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Allam, Gamal; Eweas, Ahmad F; Abuelsaad, Abdelaziz S A

    2013-09-01

    Schistosomiasis control is widely dependent on a single drug, praziquantel (PZQ). The potential for development of resistance to PZQ has justified the search for new alternative chemotherapies. In a previous study, we have been reported that three of 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives namely: 3-((8-hydroxyquinolin-5-yl) sulfonyl) pentane-2,4-dione (HQSP), 5-((2,4-diphenyl-3H-benzo[b][1,4]diazepin-3-yl) sulfonyl) quinolin-8-ol (HQBD), and 5-((2,4-diphenyl-3H-pyrido[3,4-b][1,4] diazepin-3-yl) sulfonyl) quinolin-8-ol (HQPD) possess a potent anti-schistosomal activity in vitro. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the in vivo schistosomicidal effect of these three compounds on adult and immature worms of Schistosoma mansoni and their induced pathology. Treatment of S. mansoni-infected mice with 1000, 250, 150, and 200 mg/kg body weight of PZQ, HQSP, HQBD, and HQPD, respectively, reduced adult and immature worm burden by 94.63 and 31.32%, 73.63 and 5.45%, 76.5 and 28.11%, and 81.25 and 56.84%, respectively, compared to infected untreated mice. Moreover, numbers of egg per gram liver and intestine were decreased by 84 and 95.51%, 47.84 and 46.28 %, 53.18 and 59.37 %, and 54.22 and 67.26 as a result of PZQ, HQSP, HQBD, and HQPD treatment, respectively. Hepatic granuloma volume was also reduced by 40.10, 42.96, 35.72, and 72.09% due to PZQ, HQSP, HQBD, and HQPD treatment, respectively. In addition, hepatic histopathological alterations and collagen fiber deposition that accompanied with S. mansoni infection were largely retrieved with different treatments, especially HQPD treatment. Furthermore, humoral immune response, especially IgG response against S. mansoni antigens, was augmented with different treatments. This study concluded that among the three tested 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives, HQPD is the most effective compound against adult and pre-mature worms of S. mansoni and can be used for the development of a new schistosomicidal drug. PMID:23793335

  7. In Vitro and In Vivo Anti-Schistosomal Activity of the Alkylphospholipid Analog Edelfosine

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    Yepes, Edward; Varela-M, Rubn E.; Lpez-Abn, Julio; Dakir, E. L. Habib; Mollinedo, Faustino; Muro, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Background Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. Five species of Schistosoma are known to infect humans, out of which S. haematobium is the most prevalent, causing the chronic parasitic disease schistosomiasis that still represents a major problem of public health in many regions of the world and especially in tropical areas, leading to serious manifestations and mortality in developing countries. Since the 1970s, praziquantel (PZQ) is the drug of choice for the treatment of schistosomiasis, but concerns about relying on a single drug to treat millions of people, and the potential appearance of drug resistance, make identification of alternative schistosomiasis chemotherapies a high priority. Alkylphospholipid analogs (APLs), together with their prototypic molecule edelfosine (EDLF), are a family of synthetic antineoplastic compounds that show additional pharmacological actions, including antiparasitic activities against several protozoan parasites. Methodology/Principal Findings We found APLs ranked edelfosine> perifosine> erucylphosphocholine> miltefosine for their in vitro schistosomicidal activity against adult S. mansoni worms. Edelfosine accumulated mainly in the worm tegument, and led to tegumental alterations, membrane permeabilization, motility impairment, blockade of male-female pairing as well as induction of apoptosis-like processes in cells in the close vicinity to the tegument. Edelfosine oral treatment also showed in vivo schistosomicidal activity and decreased significantly the egg burden in the liver, a key event in schistosomiasis. Conclusions/Significance Our data show that edelfosine is the most potent APL in killing S. mansoni adult worms in vitro. Edelfosine schistosomicidal activity seems to depend on its action on the tegumental structure, leading to tegumental damage, membrane permeabilization and apoptosis-like cell death. Oral administration of edelfosine diminished worm and egg burdens in S. mansoni-infected CD1 mice. Here we report that edelfosine showed promising antischistosomal properties in vitro and in vivo. PMID:25302497

  8. The schistosomicidal and toxic effects of some ??-di(p-aminophenoxy)alkanes and related monoamines

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    Collins, R. F.; Davis, M.; Edge, N. D.; Hill, J.

    1958-01-01

    An account is given of the results obtained with a number of p-aminophenoxyalkanes which were examined for activity against Schistosoma mansoni in mice and for the presence of retinotoxicity in cats. The first compound to be found active, 1:5-di(p-aminophenoxy)-pentane dihydrochloride (M & B 968A), was modified in a variety of ways in an attempt to increase its activity and to eliminate its ocular effects. It was found that a p-aminophenoxyalkyl group was common to all the active compounds, but that the rest of the molecule could be any of several different groups, including alkoxy, phenoxy, and phenyl groups, without diminishing the activity. Although at least one p-aminophenoxyalkyl group was essential for schistosomicidal activity, ocular toxicity was also shown by a p-aminophenylalkyl derivative in which the ether linkage was absent. PMID:13584723

  9. Toxicological profile of praziquantel, a new drug against cestode and schistosome infections, as compared to some other schistosomicides.

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    Frohberg, H; Schulze Schencking, M

    1981-01-01

    2-Cyclohexylcarbonyl-1,2,3,6,7,11b-hexahydro-4H-pyrazino[2,1-a] isoquinolin-4-one (praziquantel, EMBAY 8440, Biltricide), a new anthelminthic drug with activity against all species of schistosomes pathogenic to man, and against a wide range of cestodes, did not reveal any undesired pharmacodynamic effects. After oral administration praziquantel is quantitatively and rapidly absorbed, metabolized and excreted as a variety of metabolites predominantly via the kidneys by all species tested, including man. Its acute toxicity tested in rats, mice, rabbits and dogs is very low as compared with other schistosomicidal drugs. After repeated oral administration rats tolerated daily doses of up to 1000 mg/kg for four weeks, and dogs up to 180 mg/kg for thirteen weeks without any organ damage. In contrast to some other schistosomicidal drugs praziquantel did not disturb the whole reproductive process (up to F2-generation) in rats, nor did it reveal teratogenic effects in mice, rats and rabbits. In extensive mutagenicity trials performed in different European laboratories in a variety of test systems no induction of point mutations, nor of gene conversion, nor of DNA-repair, nor of sister chromatid exchanges (SCEs), nor of X-linked recessive lethals was detected. Besides, Salmonella tests with urines of praziquantel-treated mice, rats, healthy and Schistosoma-infected persons gave no indication of a mutagenic effect. In different in vivo mammalian assays praziquantel was not mutagenic either. In contrast to these findings other schistosomicidal drugs demonstrated mutagenic potential, in bacterial tests at least. According to the results available so far from carcinogenicity studies with oral doses of 100 and 250 mg praziquantel/kg, given once weekly to Syrian hamsters for 80 weeks and to rats for 104 weeks, there is no hint of a carcinogenic potential of praziquantel in small rodents, while hycanthone had cancerogenic effects in mice and niridazole was carcinogenic in mice, rats and Syrian hamsters. PMID:7195246

  10. Application and evaluation of a molecular approach for detection of the schistosomicidal effect of Mirazid (myrrh) in the murine model

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    Lotfy, Wael M.; Nageh, Aly M.; Hussein, Neveen A.; Hassan, Ashraf A.

    2012-01-01

    The conventional PCR technique was used for studying the schistosomicidal effect of Mirazid in the murine model. Results of the molecular study were compared with the parasitological results (ova and worm count). The used PCR technique was more sensitive than the Kato-Katz thick smears. Mirazid showed some schistosomicidal effects against murine Schistosoma mansoni. However, it was not efficient enough to cure any of the studied mice. PMID:25685466

  11. A study of the distribution of schistosomicidal drug H-3-7505 in mice

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    Hao, T.

    1985-05-01

    The authors have studied the distribution of H-3 labelled schistosomicidal drug in mice by autoradiography. The H-3-labelled substances were found in liver and kidney and in successfully decreasing amounts in brain, lung, heart, fat, testis, pancreas and spleen. In various cells the silver granules were present mainly in the cytoplasms but a few in the nucleus. After administration of this labelled schistosomicidal drug, the mice were killed and studied in groups successively at 4, 8, 24 hrs. No difference in the distribution of silver granules were observed. This fact indicated that, this drug was rapidly absorbed and highly concentrated with a long duration of reservation in liver. All of these favours the schistosomicidal effect of the drug. As this drug was highly concentrated in the cytoplasm of liver cells, that might provide a pathophysiologic basis for the explanation of jaundice in the clinical practice. Moreover, the appearance of toxic reaction in nervous system may be related to the relatively high concentration of the drug distributed in the brain.

  12. Exfoliated Egyptian kaolin immobilized heteropolyoxotungstate nanocomposite as an innovative antischistosomal agent: In vivo and in vitro bioactive studies.

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    Bayaumy, Fatma E A; Darwish, Atef S

    2016-02-01

    This study aims to manipulate an antischistosomal nanocomposite based on exfoliated clay immobilized heteropolyoxotungstate. The nanocomposite's physicochemical characteristics were examined using XRD, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR, DLS, SEM, HR-TEM and AFM. Nano-sized spheroidal negatively charged Keggin-type heteropolyoxotungstate particles were developed along and between the exfoliated clay layers. The impact of the nanocomposite on Schistosoma mansoni-infected mice was studied through parasitological, physiological and histological analyses. Infected mice were orally vaccinated by a single nanocomposite dose (15mg/kg/day) for two weeks. The schistosomicidal activities of the nanocomposite in vitro were investigated by examining its dose- and time-dependent responses in terms of % worm mortality. The time-dependent morphological alterations in schistosomes at a nanocomposite dosage of 15?g/mL were followed by SEM. The nanocomposite exhibited potential schistosomicidal properties with a marked reduction in worm burden (~85% mortality), extensive deformities in the adult worm tegument and suckers, improvement of serum biochemical activities, and diminishment in granulomatous lesions. The in vitro release of heteropolyoxotungstate from exfoliated clay indicates the clay's ability to embrace the heteropolytungstate until its liberation at the parasitic districts. PMID:26652426

  13. Spotlight on the in vitro effect of artemisinin-naphthoquine phosphate on Schistosoma mansoni and its snail host Biomphalaria alexandrina.

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    El-Beshbishi, Samar N; El Bardicy, Samia; Tadros, Menerva; Ayoub, Magda; Taman, Amira

    2015-01-01

    Malaria and schistosomiasis are the two most important parasitic diseases in the tropics and sub-tropics with geographic overlap. Efforts have been made for developing new schistosomicidal drugs, or testing existing drugs originally used for non-related diseases. The antimalarial artemisinin-naphthoquine phosphate combination (CO-ArNp) was recently reported to be a promising novel antischistosomal therapy with potent in vivo activity against Schistosoma mansoni. In this work, we report the in vitro dose- and time-response effect of CO-ArNp against the Egyptian strain of S. mansoni, and its snail host, Biomphalaria alexandrina. Incubation of adult S. mansoni with CO-ArNp at 40 or 20 ?g/ml for 48 or 72 h killed all worms. Exposure of S. mansoni miracidia and cercariae to the molluscicidal LC50 of CO-ArNp (16.8 ?g/ml) resulted in 100% mortality of the free larval stages within 90 and 15 min, respectively. Moreover, incubation of adult B. alexandrina snails with this drug combination killed all snails at 40 ?g/ml within 24h. Scanning electron microscope revealed marked morphological and tegumental alterations on the different stages of the parasite and its snail soft tissue. Our study highlights the schistosomicidal and molluscicidal effects of artemisinin-naphthoquine phosphate. No doubt more studies are needed to clarify its potential value to control schistosomiasis. PMID:25291045

  14. In vitro activity of aminosterols against dermatophytes.

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    Coulibaly, Oumar; Alhanout, Kamel; L'Ollivier, Coralie; Brunel, Jean-Michel; Thera, Mahamadou A; Djimdé, Abdoulaye A; Doumbo, Ogobara K; Piarroux, Renaud; Ranque, Stéphane

    2013-04-01

    We recently reported that aminosterols are fungicidal due to their disrupting the outer membranes of yeasts and that they have a significant in vitro activity against various mould species. Yet, their activity against dermatophytes had never been tested. This study's objective was to evaluate the in vitro activity of squalamine and a synthetic aminosterol derivative (ASD) against various dermatophytes. Susceptibility testing of squalamine, ASD, terbinafine, and griseofulvin was performed, in triplicate, in accord with the Clinical Laboratory and Standards Institute's M38-A2 procedure, using an 80% growth inhibition endpoint. The studies included the following dermatophytes: Trichophyton rubrum, T. mentagrophytes, T. soudanense, Microsporum canis, M. audouinii, M. persicolor; M. cookie and M. gypseum. Squalamine and ASD showed significant in vitro activity against these dermatophytes. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) ranged from 4-16 mg/l and from 2-8 mg/l for squalamine and ASD, respectively. These findings support further clinical studies of aminosterols activity against superficial dermatophyte infections. PMID:22998181

  15. Zinc-finger recombinase activities in vitro

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    Prorocic, Marko M.; Wenlong, Dong; Olorunniji, Femi J.; Akopian, Aram; Schloetel, Jan-Gero; Hannigan, Adèle; McPherson, Arlene L.; Stark, W. Marshall

    2011-01-01

    Zinc-finger recombinases (ZFRs) are chimaeric proteins comprising a serine recombinase catalytic domain linked to a zinc-finger DNA binding domain. ZFRs can be tailored to promote site-specific recombination at diverse ‘Z-sites’, which each comprise a central core sequence flanked by zinc-finger domain-binding motifs. Here, we show that purified ZFRs catalyse efficient high-specificity reciprocal recombination between pairs of Z-sites in vitro. No off-site activity was detected. Under different reaction conditions, ZFRs can catalyse Z-site-specific double-strand DNA cleavage. ZFR recombination activity in Escherichia coli and in vitro is highly dependent on the length of the Z-site core sequence. We show that this length effect is manifested at reaction steps prior to formation of recombinants (binding, synapsis and DNA cleavage). The design of the ZFR protein itself is also a crucial variable affecting activity. A ZFR with a very short (2 amino acids) peptide linkage between the catalytic and zinc-finger domains has high activity in vitro, whereas a ZFR with a very long linker was less recombination-proficient and less sensitive to variations in Z-site length. We discuss the causes of these phenomena, and their implications for practical applications of ZFRs. PMID:21849325

  16. Salbutamol exhibits androgenic activity in vitro

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    von Bueren, André O; Ma, Risheng; Schlumpf, Margret; Lichtensteiger, Walter

    2007-01-01

    Background Salbutamol has been shown to mediate anabolic effects after intravenous administration. However, the mechanism responsible for the anabolic actions of salbutamol remains unknown. Aim To investigate the potential mechanism by which salbutamol mediates anabolic effects in vitro. Methods The potential androgenic activity of salbutamol was investigated in vitro by the A‐Screen assay that measures androgen‐dependent inhibition of proliferation of the androgen receptor (AR)‐positive human mammary carcinoma cell line, MCF7‐AR1. Results The assay was validated with three known androgens; methyltrienolone (R1881), 5α‐dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and danazol. IC50 values of R1881, DHT and danazol, 4.41×10–11, 4.44×10−11 and 1.08×10−8 M, respectively, were in the ranges known from earlier studies. Our results demonstrate that salbutamol exhibits androgenic activity, with an IC50 value of 8.93×10−6 M. Anti‐estrogenic or cytotoxic effects, which might have interfered with the assay, were excluded by additional experiments on wild‐type MCF7 and MCF7‐AR1 cells, respectively. Conclusion These data indicate that salbutamol exerts anabolic effects through androgen receptor agonistic activity in vitro. PMID:17510230

  17. Anthelmintic Activity of Crude Extract and Essential Oil of Tanacetum vulgare (Asteraceae) against Adult Worms of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Godinho, Loyana Silva; Aleixo de Carvalho, Lara Soares; Barbosa de Castro, Clarissa Campos; Dias, Mirna Meana; Pinto, Priscila de Faria; Crotti, Antnio Eduardo Miller; Pinto, Pedro Luiz Silva; de Moraes, Josu; Da Silva Filho, Ademar A.

    2014-01-01

    Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease caused by trematode flatworms of the genus Schistosoma, affects more than 200 million people worldwide, and its control is dependent on a single drug, praziquantel. Tanacetum vulgare (Asteraceae) is used in folk medicine as a vermifuge. This study aimed to investigate the in vitro schistosomicidal activity of the crude extract (TV) and the essential oil (TV-EO) from the aerial parts of T. vulgare. TV-EO was obtained by hydrodistillation and analyzed by GC/MS, which allowed the identification of ?-thujone (84.13%) as the major constituent. TV and TV-EO, at 200??g/mL, decreased motor activity and caused 100% mortality of all adult worms. At 100 and 50??g/mL, only TV caused death of all adult worms, while TV-EO was inactive. TV (200??g/mL) was also able to reduce viability and decrease production of developed eggs. Confocal laser scanning microscopy showed morphological alterations in the tegument of the S. mansoni surface after incubation with TV (50 and 100??g/mL). Quantitative analysis on the schistosomes tegument showed that TV caused changes in the numbers of tubercles of S. mansoni male worms in a dose-dependent manner. The findings suggest that T. vulgare is a potential source of schistosomicidal compounds. PMID:24672320

  18. In vitro antioxidant activity of silymarin.

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    Kksal, Ekrem; Glin, Ilhami; Beyza, Sevim; Sarikaya, Oztrk; Bursal, Ercan

    2009-04-01

    Silymarin, a known standardized extract obtained from seeds of Silybum marianum is widely used in treatment of several diseases of varying origin. In the present paper, we clarified the antioxidant activity of silymarin by employing various in vitro antioxidant assay such as 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl free radical (DPPH(.)) scavenging, 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging activity, total antioxidant activity determination by ferric thiocyanate, total reducing ability determination by Fe3+ - Fe2+ transformation method and Cuprac assay, superoxide anion radical scavenging by riboflavin/methionine/illuminate system, hydrogen peroxide scavenging and ferrous ions (Fe2+) chelating activities. Silymarin inhibited 82.7% lipid peroxidation of linoleic acid emulsion at 30 microg/mL concentration; butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), alpha-tocopherol and trolox indicated inhibition of 83.3, 82.1, 68.1 and 81.3% on peroxidation of linoleic acid emulsion at the same concentration, respectively. In addition, silymarin had an effective DPPH(.) scavenging, ABTS(.)+ scavenging, superoxide anion radical scavenging, hydrogen peroxide scavenging, ferric ions (Fe3+) reducing power by Fe3+-Fe2+ transformation, cupric ions (Cu2+) reducing ability by Cuprac method, and ferrous ions (Fe2+) chelating activities. Also, BHA, BHT, alpha-tocopherol and trolox, were used as the reference antioxidant and radical scavenger compounds. Moreover, this study, which clarifies antioxidant mechanism of silymarin, brings new information on the antioxidant properties of silymarin. According to the present study, silymarin had effective in vitro antioxidant and radical scavenging activity. It could be used in the pharmacological and food industry because of its antioxidant properties. PMID:18830883

  19. Analysis of Smad Phosphatase Activity In Vitro.

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    Shen, Tao; Qin, Lan; Lin, Xia

    2016-01-01

    Phosphorylation of Smad1/5/8 at the C-terminal SXS motif by BMP type I receptors is one of the most critical events in BMP signaling. Conversely, protein phosphatases that dephosphorylate phospho-Smad1/5/8 can consequently prevent or terminate BMP signaling. PPM1H is an undercharacterized phosphatase in the PPM family. We recently demonstrated that PPM1H can dephosphorylate Smad1 in the cytoplasm and block BMP signaling responses in cellular assays. Here we describe in vitro method showing that PPM1H is a bona fide phosphatase for Smad1/5/8. PPM1H is produced as GST fusion protein in E. coli, and purified against glutathione sepharose beads. Bacterially purified recombinant PPM1H possesses phosphatase activity toward artificial substrate para-nitrophenyl phosphate (pNPP). Recombinant PPM1H also dephosphorylates immuno-purified phosphorylated Smad1 in test tubes. These direct in vitro phosphatase assays provide convincing evidence demonstrating the role of PPM1H as a specific phosphatase for P-Smad1. PMID:26520120

  20. Antiseptic mouthwashes: in vitro antibacterial activity.

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    Watanabe, Evandro; Nascimento, Andresa P; Guerreiro-Tanomaru, Juliane M; Razaboni, Ana M; de Andrade, Denise; Tanomaru-Filho, Mário

    2015-08-01

    Mouthwashes are used as an adjunct to tooth brushing for improving breath and preventing oral diseases. The aim of this study was to compare the in vitro Maximum Inhibitory Dilution (MID) of 3 mouthwashes with different active ingredients against mutans streptococci (MS). The products analyzed were PeriogardR, CepacolR and PlaxR Fresh Mint. Their antibacterial activity was assessed in duplicate in 96-well microtiter plates against 36 clinical isolates of MS. Each mouthwash was submitted to a serial two-fold dilution (1/2.5 to 1/5120) using double concentration of Tryptose Soy Broth with 1.0% yeast extract. The final volume in each well was 100 mL plus 5 mL of a bacterial suspension, equivalent to 107 CFU/mL. They were incubated microaerobically at 37oC for 48 hours and the MIDs determined. MID was 1/320 for PeriogardR and CepacolR, and 1/20 for PlaxR. Statistical analysis revealed that the MID of PeriogardR MID did not differ from that of CepacolR (p>0.05), and was higher than that of PlaxR (p<0.05). In conclusion, the antiseptic mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine (PeriogardR) and cetylpyridinium chloride (CepacolR) had higher in vitroantibacterial activity (MID) against MS than the antiseptic mouthwash containing triclosan (PlaxR), according to microbiological method employed. PMID:26355890

  1. HIFU-induced gene activation in vitro

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    Liu, Yunbo; Zhong, Pei; Kon, Takashi; Li, Chuanyuan

    2001-05-01

    This work investigated the inducible gene activation in cancer cells that were sublethally injured during HIFU treatment. HeLa cells were transfected by an adenovirus vector that encodes GFP under the control of hsp70B promoter, leading to about 65% transfection efficiency. A volume of 10 ?L transfected HeLa cells in suspension (5107 cells/ml) were placed at the bottom of a PCR tube so that the cell suspension could be heated to a peak temperature of 50C, 60C, and 70C for 120, 10, and 1 s, respectively, by a focused 1.1-MHz HIFU transducer operated at a peak negative pressure of -2.7 MPa at different duty cycles. One day after HIFU treatment, cell viability was determined to be 63%, 35%, and 18%, respectively, based on Trypan Blue exclusion test. Importantly, in all test groups, inducible GFP expression was detected in about 40%-50% of the surviving cells with GFP intensity increased by 25-fold based on flow cytometry analysis. These results demonstrate that even under the short exposure duration of HIFU treatment, inducible gene expression could be produced in sublethally injured cell population in vitro. Further studies are underway to explore the optimal HIFU condition for gene activation in vivo.

  2. Evaluation of the Anti-Schistosoma mansoni Activity of Thiosemicarbazones and Thiazoles

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    de Oliveira, Sheilla Andrade; de Oliveira Filho, Gevnio Bezerra; Moreira, Diogo Rodrigo Magalhaes; Gomes, Paulo Andr Teixeira; da Silva, Anekcia Lauro; de Barros, Andria Ferreira; da Silva, Aline Caroline; dos Santos, Thiago Andr Ramos; Pereira, Valria Rgo Alves; Gonalves, Gabriel Gazzoni Arajo; Brayner, Fbio Andr; Alves, Luiz Carlos; Wanderley, Almir Gonalves; Leite, Ana Cristina Lima

    2014-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is a chronic and debilitating disease caused by a trematode of the genus Schistosoma and affects over 207 million people. Chemotherapy is the only immediate recourse for minimizing the prevalence of this disease and involves predominately the administration of a single drug, praziquantel (PZQ). Although PZQ has proven efficacy, there is a recognized need to develop new drugs as schistosomicides since studies have shown that repeated use of this drug in areas of endemicity may cause a temporary reduction in susceptibility in isolates of Schistosoma mansoni. Hydrazones, thiosemicarbazones, phthalimides, and thiazoles are thus regarded as privileged structures used for a broad spectrum of activities and are potential candidates for sources of new drug prototypes. The present study determined the in vitro schistosomicidal activity of 10 molecules containing these structures. During the assays, parameters such motility and mortality, oviposition, morphological changes in the tegument, cytotoxicity, and immunomodulatory activity caused by these compounds were evaluated. The results showed that compounds formed of thiazole and phthalimide led to higher mortality of worms, with a significant decline in motility, inhibition of pairing and oviposition, and a mortality rate of 100% starting from 144 h of exposure. These compounds also stimulated the production of nitric oxide and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-?), thereby demonstrating the presence of immunomodulatory activity. The phthalyl thiazole LpQM-45 caused significant ultrastructural alterations, with destruction of the tegument in both male and female worms. According to the present study, phthalyl thiazole compounds possess antischistosomal activities and should form the basis for future experimental and clinical trials. PMID:24165185

  3. ASSESSMENT OF IN VITRO ANDROGENIC ACTIVITY IN KRAFT MILL EFFLUENT

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    Detection of In Vitro Androgenic Activity in Feedlot Effluent. Lambright, CS 1 , Guillette, LJ, Jr.2, Gray, LE, Jr.1 , 1USEPA, NHEERL, RTP, NC, 2 University of Florida, Dept. of Zoology, Gainesville FL

    Recent studies have shown the presence of androgenic activity in water...

  4. In vitro genotoxic activities of fibrous erionite.

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    Poole, A.; Brown, R. C.; Turver, C. J.; Skidmore, J. W.; Griffiths, D. M.

    1983-01-01

    A high incidence of mesothelioma has been reported from some villages in Cappadocia, Turkey. This type of cancer is usually associated with the inhalation of asbestos, but on the basis of the most prevalent fibre in the dust from these villages, the Turkish outbreak has been attributed to the inhalation of zeolite fibres. A counter hypothesis, based on the detection of very small quantities of chrysotile and tremolite in strata samples and human lung tissue, postulates a significant role of these minerals as one of several factors contributing to pleural disease. A respirable fraction of erionite, (from Oregon, USA, but with similar characteristics to the fibres found in Turkey), has some in vitro genotoxic properties associated with many conventional carcinogens. In this study these fibres caused an increase in morphological transformation and unscheduled DNA repair synthesis (UDS) in C3H10T1/2 cells and UDS in the human lung cell line--A549. It is therefore suggested that exposure to fibrous erionite alone may be sufficient to cause the high incidence of pleural tumours observed in Turkey. Images Figure 1 Figure 3 PMID:6303378

  5. In vitro genotoxic activities of fibrous erionite.

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    Poole, A; Brown, R C; Turver, C J; Skidmore, J W; Griffiths, D M

    1983-05-01

    A high incidence of mesothelioma has been reported from some villages in Cappadocia, Turkey. This type of cancer is usually associated with the inhalation of asbestos, but on the basis of the most prevalent fibre in the dust from these villages, the Turkish outbreak has been attributed to the inhalation of zeolite fibres. A counter hypothesis, based on the detection of very small quantities of chrysotile and tremolite in strata samples and human lung tissue, postulates a significant role of these minerals as one of several factors contributing to pleural disease. A respirable fraction of erionite, (from Oregon, USA, but with similar characteristics to the fibres found in Turkey), has some in vitro genotoxic properties associated with many conventional carcinogens. In this study these fibres caused an increase in morphological transformation and unscheduled DNA repair synthesis (UDS) in C3H10T1/2 cells and UDS in the human lung cell line--A549. It is therefore suggested that exposure to fibrous erionite alone may be sufficient to cause the high incidence of pleural tumours observed in Turkey. PMID:6303378

  6. In vitro inhibition of 10-formyltetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase activity by acetaldehyde.

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    Mun, Ju-Ae; Doh, Eunjin; Min, Hyesun

    2008-01-01

    Alcoholism has been associated with folate deficiency in humans and laboratory animals. Previous study showed that ethanol feeding reduces the dehydrogenase and hydrolase activity of 10-formyltetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase (FDH) in rat liver. Hepatic ethanol metabolism generates acetaldehyde and acetate. The mechanisms by which ethanol and its metabolites produce toxicity within the liver cells are unknown. We purified FDH from rat liver and investigated the effect of ethanol, acetaldehyde and acetate on the enzyme in vitro. Hepatic FDH activity was not reduced by ethanol or acetate directly. However, acetaldehyde was observed to reduce the dehydrogenase activity of FDH in a dose- and time-dependent manner with an apparent IC(50) of 4 mM, while the hydrolase activity of FDH was not affected by acetaldehyde in vitro. These results suggest that the inhibition of hepatic FDH dehydrogenase activity induced by acetadehyde may play a role in ethanol toxicity. PMID:20016718

  7. In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils against Streptococcus pyogenes.

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    Sfeir, Julien; Lefranois, Corinne; Baudoux, Dominique; Derbr, Sverine; Licznar, Patricia

    2013-01-01

    Streptococcus pyogenes plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis. The present study was conducted to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial activities of 18 essential oils chemotypes from aromatic medicinal plants against S. pyogenes. Antibacterial activity of essential oils was investigated using disc diffusion method. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration of essential oils showing an important antibacterial activity was measured using broth dilution method. Out of 18 essential oils tested, 14 showed antibacterial activity against S. pyogenes. Among them Cinnamomum verum, Cymbopogon citratus, Thymus vulgaris CT thymol, Origanum compactum, and Satureja montana essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activity. The in vitro results reported here suggest that, for patients suffering from bacterial throat infections, if aromatherapy is used, these essential oils, considered as potential antimicrobial agents, should be preferred. PMID:23662123

  8. Metabolism of the schistosomicidal agent hycanthone by rats and rhesus monkeys*

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    Hernandez, P.; Dennis, E. W.; Farah, A.

    1971-01-01

    The absorption, distribution, and excretion of hycanthone were studied with rats and rhesus monkeys using tritiated materials at the therapeutic dose recommended for man (3.00.5 mg/kg). Nine pairs of each species received single intramuscular doses of randomly tritiated (specific activity 193.7 mCi/mmol) hycanthone methanesulfonate and were then sacrificed at intervals between 15 min and 72 h after medication. Peak blood and tissue concentrations occurred 30-60 min after administration (plasma half-life45 min). The highest concentrations were observed in the liver, spleen, kidneys and adrenals, but decreased rapidly (more than 80% of the dose was excreted in 48-72 hours). In monkeys a high concentration of the compound was found in the bile (hours 1-8), probably conjugated to glucuronic acid. Radiochromatography showed only unchanged drug in the blood and tissues, except in the liver where rapid conversion occurred to sulfoxide in the rat and to the deethyl analogue in the monkey. PMID:5004005

  9. IN VITRO IRON BIOAVAILABILITY AND ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY OF RAISINS

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    Iron bioavailabilities and antioxidant activities of three common generic raisin types, Golden Thompson, Dipped Thompson and Sun dried Thompson, were quantified and compared. Iron bioavailability was assessed with an in vitro digestion/Caco 2 cell culture model using cell ferritin formation as an i...

  10. In vitro anti-Candida Activity of Zataria multiflora Boiss.

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    Mahmoudabadi, Ali Zarei; Dabbagh, Muhammad Ali; Fouladi, Zahra

    2007-09-01

    Zataria multiflora Boiss known as Avishan Shirazi (in Iran) is one of the valuable Iranian medicinal plants. The aim of study was to evaluate anti-Candida activity of Z. multiflora against different species of Candida in vitro. Anti-Candida activity of the aqueous, ethanolic and methanolic maceration extract of the aerial parts of Z. multiflora Boiss was studied in vitro. Anti-Candida activity against Candida species was done using serial dilutions of extracts in Sabouraud's dextrose agar. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the methanolic and ethanolic extracts was 70.7 and 127 mg l(-1), respectively. Aqueous extract showed no remarkable activity against Candida species. We conclude that methanolic extract of the aerial parts of Z. multiflora Boiss has more anti-Candida effect at 70.7 mg l(-1) compared to ethanolic extract 127 mg l(-1). In addition, the isolates of Candida parapsilosis were more susceptible to methanolic extract than other tested species. PMID:17965766

  11. In vitro antiplasmodial activity of extracts of Argentinian plants.

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    Debenedetti, S; Muschietti, L; van Baren, C; Clavin, M; Broussalis, A; Martino, V; Houghton, P J; Warhurst, D; Steele, J

    2002-05-01

    Fifteen extracts from nine selected Argentine medicinal plants were tested for their antiplasmodial activity in vitro by assessing their ability to inhibit the uptake of [3H]-hypoxanthine into the Plasmodium falciparum K1 pyrimethamine/chloroquine resistant strain. The methanol extract of Satureja parvifolia showed good antiplasmodial activity (IC(50) 3 microg/ml). Inhibition of the growth of P. falciparum was also observed with aqueous extracts of Buddleja globosa and S. parvifolia. PMID:12007706

  12. In vitro activity of tiamulin against porcine mycoplasmas.

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    Goodwin, R F

    1985-01-01

    The activity of tiamulin against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, M flocculare, M hyorhinis and M hyosynoviae grown in liquid medium was assessed in vitro. With the first three of these mycoplasmas, the activity of tylosin and oxytetracycline was observed in parallel. Tiamulin was more active against M hyopneumoniae and M flocculare, but there was less disparity between the three antibiotics with the strain of M hyorhinis tested. Tiamulin was notably more active against M hyosynoviae than against M hyopneumoniae. It was more difficult to suppress M hyopneumoniae than the other mycoplasmas with tiamulin. This persistence of M hyopneumoniae was more striking when M hyopneumoniae and M hyosynoviae were tested in parallel. PMID:3975477

  13. Antimalarial activity of plumbagin in vitro and in animal models

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    2014-01-01

    Background Plumbagin is the major active constituent in several plants including Plumbago indica Linn. (root). This compound has been shown to exhibit a wide spectrum of biological and pharmacological activities. The present study aimed to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo antimalarial activity of plumbagin including its acute and subacute toxicity in mice. Methods In vitro antimalarial activity of plumbagin against K1 and 3D7 Plasmodium falciparum clones were assessed using SYBR Green I based assay. In vivo antimalarial activity was investigated in Plasmodium berghei-infected mouse model (a 4-day suppressive test). Results Plumbagin exhibited promising antimalarial activity with in vitro IC50 (concentration that inhibits parasite growth to 50%) against 3D7 chloroquine-sensitive P. falciparum and K1 chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum clones of 580 (270–640) and 370 (270–490) nM, respectively. Toxicity testing indicated relatively low toxicity at the dose levels up to 100 (single oral dose) and 25 (daily doses for 14 days) mg/kg body weight for acute and subacute toxicity, respectively. Chloroquine exhibited the most potent antimalarial activity in mice infected with P. berghei ANKA strain with respect to its activity on the reduction of parasitaemia on day 4 and the prolongation of survival time. Conclusions Plumbagin at the dose of 25 mg/kg body weight given for 4 days was safe and produced weak antimalarial activity. Chemical derivatization of the parent compound or preparation of modified formulation is required to improve its systemic bioavailability. PMID:24410949

  14. In Vitro Phytotoxicity and Antioxidant Activity of Selected Flavonoids

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    De Martino, Laura; Mencherini, Teresa; Mancini, Emilia; Aquino, Rita Patrizia; De Almeida, Luiz Fernando Rolim; De Feo, Vincenzo

    2012-01-01

    The knowledge of flavonoids involved in plant-plant interactions and their mechanisms of action are poor and, moreover, the structural characteristics required for these biological activities are scarcely known. The objective of this work was to study the possible in vitro phytotoxic effects of 27 flavonoids on the germination and early radical growth of Raphanus sativus L. and Lepidium sativum L., with the aim to evaluate the possible structure/activity relationship. Moreover, the antioxidant activity of the same compounds was also evaluated. Generally, in response to various tested flavonoids, germination was only slightly affected, whereas significant differences were observed in the activity of the various tested flavonoids against radical elongation. DPPH test confirms the antioxidant activity of luteolin, quercetin, catechol, morin, and catechin. The biological activity recorded is discussed in relation to the structure of compounds and their capability to interact with cell structures and physiology. No correlation was found between phytotoxic and antioxidant activities. PMID:22754304

  15. In vitro antioxidant activity of extracts from common legumes.

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    Zhao, Yan; Du, Shuang-kui; Wang, Hanxin; Cai, Meng

    2014-01-01

    The in vitro antioxidant activity of pinto bean, cowpea, baby lima bean, lentil, chickpea, small red bean, red kidney bean, black kidney bean, navy bean, and mung bean extracts were investigated. Significant differences were observed in the phenolic content and the antioxidant activity amongst the legume extracts. Lentils demonstrated the highest phenolic content (47.6 mg/g), total antioxidant activity (720.68 U/g), DPPH scavenging activity (38.5%), and total reducing power, whereas baby lima beans and navy beans had the lowest. Amongst the extracts, hydroxyl radicals (OH) scavenging was higher in black kidney bean (85.68%) and baby lima bean (74.97%) extracts. The total antioxidant activity (r=0.84), DPPH scavenging activity (r=0.83), and total reducing power (r=0.84) were positively correlated with the total phenolic content. However, OH scavenging and the phenolic content were not correlated. PMID:24444962

  16. In Vitro Antifungal Activity of Clotrimazole (Bay b 5097)

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    Shadomy, Smith

    1971-01-01

    The in vitro antifungal activity of clotrimazole (Bay b 5097) was compared with those of amphotericin B, griseofulvin, nystatin, and pyrrolnitrin. The inhibitory activity of clotrimazole against most systemic pathogens was comparable to that of amphotericin B; minimal inhibitory concentrations of the two drugs for Blastomyces dermatitidis, Histoplasma capsulatum, Sporothrix schenckii, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Coccidioides immitis were in the range of 0.20 to 3.13 and 0.10 to 6.25 ?g/ml, respectively. One isolate of Allescheria boydii was resistant to 100 ?g of amphotericin B per ml but was inhibited by 6.25 ?g of clotrimazole per ml. Clotrimazole was less active than amphotericin B against Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus. The activity of clotrimazole against dermatophytes was comparable to that of pyrrolnitrin; 0.78 ?g of either compound per ml was fungicidal for most isolates of Trichophyton sp., Microsporum sp. and Epidermophyton floccosum. Both griseofulvin and nystatin were less active than clotrimazole. The size of inoculum was shown to have a significant effect on the results of in vitro susceptibility testing with clotrimazole. PMID:4949484

  17. Reviews on Mechanisms of In Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Polysaccharides.

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    Wang, Junqiao; Hu, Shuzhen; Nie, Shaoping; Yu, Qiang; Xie, Mingyong

    2016-01-01

    It is widely acknowledged that the excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) or reactive nitrogen species (RNS) induced oxidative stress will cause significant damage to cell structure and biomolecular function, directly or indirectly leading to a number of diseases. The overproduction of ROS/RNS will be balanced by nonenzymatic antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes. Polysaccharide or glycoconjugates derived from natural products are of considerable interest from the viewpoint of potent in vivo and in vitro antioxidant activities recently. Particularly, with regard to the in vitro antioxidant systems, polysaccharides are considered as effective free radical scavenger, reducing agent, and ferrous chelator in most of the reports. However, the underlying mechanisms of these antioxidant actions have not been illustrated systematically and sometimes controversial results appeared among various literatures. To address this issue, we summarized the latest discoveries and advancements in the study of antioxidative polysaccharides and gave a detailed description of the possible mechanisms. PMID:26682009

  18. Reviews on Mechanisms of In Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Polysaccharides

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    Wang, Junqiao; Hu, Shuzhen; Nie, Shaoping; Yu, Qiang; Xie, Mingyong

    2016-01-01

    It is widely acknowledged that the excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) or reactive nitrogen species (RNS) induced oxidative stress will cause significant damage to cell structure and biomolecular function, directly or indirectly leading to a number of diseases. The overproduction of ROS/RNS will be balanced by nonenzymatic antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes. Polysaccharide or glycoconjugates derived from natural products are of considerable interest from the viewpoint of potent in vivo and in vitro antioxidant activities recently. Particularly, with regard to the in vitro antioxidant systems, polysaccharides are considered as effective free radical scavenger, reducing agent, and ferrous chelator in most of the reports. However, the underlying mechanisms of these antioxidant actions have not been illustrated systematically and sometimes controversial results appeared among various literatures. To address this issue, we summarized the latest discoveries and advancements in the study of antioxidative polysaccharides and gave a detailed description of the possible mechanisms. PMID:26682009

  19. Complement activation by Coccidioides immitis: in vitro and clinical studies.

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    Galgiani, J N; Yam, P; Petz, L D; Williams, P L; Stevens, D A

    1980-01-01

    Mycelial- or spherule-phase derivatives of Coccidioides immitis caused a decrease in vitro of total hemolytic complement in serum from a nonsensitized person. Activation involved both classic and alternative pathways as shown by deprssion of hemolytic C4 and by generation of products of activation of components C3, C4, and factor B. In addition, functional complement activity or immunoreactive levels of complement components or both were measured in 23 patients with self-limited or disseminated coccidioidomycosis. Low total hemolytic complement was found in nine, usually during the early phase of primary illness, and was transient. Hemolytic C4 was low, and the effect of inulin to decrease complement levels was blunted, suggested both classic and alternative pathways may be deficient. However, associated depression of immunoreactive levels of components assayed (C3, C4, C5, factor B, and properdin) was not consistently found. This disparity raises the possibility of enhanced in vitro inactivation analogous to activation by immune complexes. Images Fig. 2 PMID:6901703

  20. In Vitro Activities of Benzimidazoles against Echinococcus multilocularis Metacestodes

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    Jura, Heike; Bader, Augustinus; Frosch, Matthias

    1998-01-01

    Alveolar echinococcosis, caused by the larval (metacestode) stage of the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis, is a lethal parasitosis of the liver prevalent in the Northern Hemisphere. For chemotherapy the benzimidazole derivatives mebendazole and albendazole were introduced, and their use has resulted in a significant improvement in the survival rates. However, data from experiments with animals and clinical observations indicate that these drugs elicit only parasitostatic activity and in most cases are not able to completely eliminate the parasitic metacestode tissue. In the present study, we applied a culture system for the in vitro growth and proliferation of E. multilocularis metacestodes to analyze the parasitostatic and parasitocidal potential of mebendazole. Here, we demonstrate for the first time that at concentrations of >0.1 ?M, i.e., at concentrations used for therapy of human alveolar echinococcosis, this antihelminth drug is parasitocidal in vitro. Viability assessment was performed by infection experiments with Meriones unguiculatus and mebendazole-treated metacestode tissue and by reverse transcription-PCR for the detection of E. multilocularis mRNA. The E. multilocularis in vitro model proved to be a valuable tool for the analysis of the potential of antihelminth drugs. PMID:9593125

  1. In vitro activity of echinocandins against non-Candida albicans: is echinocandin antifungal activity the same?

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    Espinel-Ingroff, Ana; Cantón, Emilia

    2011-03-01

    The echinocandins anidulafungin, caspofungin, and micafungin have a broad and similar spectrum of in vitro and in vivo activity against most Candida spp. Minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) for Candida spp. are usually below 1 μg/mL for most isolates. The exceptions are Candidaparapsilosis and C. guilliermondii. Species-specific clinical breakpoints (CBPs) and epidemiologic cutoff values (ECVs) have been proposed by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) for the eight most common Candida spp. versus each echinocandin; these values are useful to detect in vitro antifungal resistance (CBPs) and to identify isolates harboring fks mutations or having reduced susceptibility (ECVs). This paper presents a review of the literature (2006-2010) regarding the in vitro activity similarities or differences among the three echinocandins against Candida spp.; different parameters or measurements of in vitro potency were evaluated. The focus of the review is the non-Candida albicans species. PMID:21420570

  2. Spermicidal activity of Indian seaweeds: an in vitro study.

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    Prakash, S; Ravikumar, S; Reddy, K V R; Kannapiran, E

    2014-05-01

    Contraceptive properties of seaweeds are still stands as lacuna; in this context, the screening of in vitro male contraceptive properties of crude ethanolic extract of Indian seaweeds against normal human sperm is carried out. In total, twelve seaweeds were screened for in vitro spermicidal activity. Among these twelve seaweeds, Halimeda gracilis showed 100% inhibition of human spermatozoa at 10mgml(-1) concentration in 20s and its EC50 value was 2.05mgml(-1) in 20s. Further, dose- and time-dependent spermicidal assay revealed that the sperm was completely immobilised for 20s. Plasma membrane of sperm was damaged due to the exposure of H.gracilis extract. MTT assay with H.gracilis extract showed 88.5% of cytotoxic incidence. H.gracilis extract tested for cytotoxicity against Artemia salina recorded LC50 value of 34.8?gml(-1) . Phytochemical analysis of H.gracilis extract evidenced the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, proteins and sugars. Results of this study clearly inferred that the synergistic effect of active principles reside within the H.gracilis extract had shown better contraceptive activity. PMID:23557355

  3. In vitro and in vivo activities of antibiotic PM181104.

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    Mahajan, Girish; Thomas, Becky; Parab, Rajashri; Patel, Zarine E; Kuldharan, Sandip; Yemparala, Vijayaphanikumar; Mishra, Prabhu Dutt; Ranadive, Prafull; D'Souza, Lisette; Pari, Koteppa; Sivaramkrishnan, H

    2013-11-01

    Drug resistance has become a global threat that, if not addressed, may return us to the preantibiotic era. A way to overcome the problem of growing incidence of global antibiotic resistance is to introduce compounds belonging to classes that are new to the clinic. During a screening of the marine microbial extract library for new antibiotics, one of the extracts showed promising antibacterial activity against Gram-positive organisms. Bioactivity-guided isolation and characterization of active metabolites led to the discovery of a novel thiazolyl cyclic-peptide antibiotic, PM181104. It was isolated and characterized from a marine sponge-associated actinobacterium strain of the genus Kocuria (MTCC 5269). The compound exhibited a potent in vitro antibacterial activity against a broad range of Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). The MIC values evaluated for the compound were found to be in the single-digit nanomolar range. In in vivo studies of PM181104 in a BALB/c murine septicemia model, the compound displayed 100% effective dose (ED100) values of 2.5 and 5.0 mg/kg of body weight against MRSA and 10.0 mg/kg against VRE. In this report, in vitro and in vivo studies of PM181104 are described. PMID:23939903

  4. In vitro anti-hyperglycemic activity of 4-hydroxyisoleucine derivatives.

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    Korthikunta, Venkateswarlu; Pandey, Jyotsana; Singh, Rohit; Srivastava, Rohit; Srivastava, Arvind K; Tamrakar, Akhilesh K; Tadigoppula, Narender

    2015-01-15

    The nonproteinogenic amino acid, 4-hydroxyisoleucine (1) has been isolated in large quantities from the fenugreek (T. foenum-graecum) seeds. Few novel derivatives (3-11 and 13-18) were prepared from the naturally occurring 4-hydroxyisoleucine (1) and screened for their in vitro glucose uptake stimulatory effect in L-6 skeletal muscle cells. The derivatives 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 exhibited better glucose uptake stimulatory activity than parent compound, 4-hydroxyisoleucine at 5 and 10M concentrations and compounds 7 and 11 enhanced translocation of insulin sensitive glucose transporters-4 in skeletal muscle cells. PMID:25636873

  5. In vitro antioxidant activities of Solanum surattense leaf extract

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    Muruhan, Sridevi; Selvaraj, Senthil; Viswanathan, Pugalendi Kodukkur

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the antioxidant activity of alcoholic leaf-extract of Solanum surattense (Solanaceae) (S. surattense). Methods Leaf extract were tested for in vitro free radical scavenging assays, such as hydroxyl radical and hydrogen peroxide, inhibition of superoxide anion radical and 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picryl hydrazyl radical (DPPH), total antioxidant activity and reducing ability. Further, total phenolic content of S. surattense was analyzed. Results S. surattense extract effectively scavenged free radicals at all different concentrations and showed its potent antioxidant activity. Further, these effects were in a dose dependent manner. Results were compared to standard antioxidants such as butylated hydroxytoluene, ascorbic acid and ?-tocopherol. Conclusions S. surattense have strong antioxidant potential. Further the study validates the therapeutic benefits of the Indian system of medicine. PMID:23570013

  6. In Vitro Antimicrobial Activity of MSI-78, a Magainin Analog

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    Fuchs, Peter C.; Barry, Arthur L.; Brown, Steven D.

    1998-01-01

    MSI-78 is a cationic peptide with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and is being developed as a topical agent. We compared the in vitro activity of MSI-78 with those of ofloxacin and other antibiotics against fresh clinical isolates. Based on MIC distribution statistics, strains for which the MSI-78 MIC was ≤64 μg/ml were assumed to be susceptible for purposes of this report. Of 411 aerobic isolates tested, 91% were susceptible to MSI-78, compared to 91% for ofloxacin and 92% for ciprofloxacin. Only enterococci consistently required ≥64 μg of MSI-78/ml for inhibition. MSI-78 demonstrated bactericidal activity equivalent to that of ofloxacin. Of 61 anaerobes, 97% were susceptible to MSI-78. Of 10 isolates of Candida albicans, 3 were inhibited by MSI-78 at 24 h. Further studies of this compound appear to be warranted. PMID:9593152

  7. Antiprotozoal and cytotoxic activities in vitro of Colombian Annonaceae.

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    Osorio, Edison; Arango, Gabriel Jaime; Jimnez, Nora; Alzate, Fernando; Ruiz, Grace; Gutirrez, David; Paco, Marco Antonio; Gimnez, Alberto; Robledo, Sara

    2007-05-22

    Ethnobotanical and chemotaxonomical studies for antiparasitic activity of Colombian Annonaceae were carried out. In vitro antiprotozoal activity of 36 extracts obtained from six different species was determined against promastigotes of three Leishmania species, epimastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi and both chloroquine sensitive (F32) and resistant (W2) Plasmodium falciparum. Cytotoxic activity was evaluated in U-937 cells. Active extracts were selected according their selectivity index (SI). Extracts from Annona muricata, Rollinia exsucca, Rollinia pittieri and Xylopia aromatica were active against Leishmania spp. and Trypanosoma cruzi showing IC50 values lower than 25 microg/ml. Hexane extract from Rollinia pittieri leaves was the most selective against Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania spp. (IS=10 and 16, respectively). The extracts from Desmopsis panamensis, Pseudomalmea boyacana, Rollinia exsucca and Rollinia pittieri showed good antiplasmodial activity (IC50 < 10 microg/ml). No correlation between antiplasmodial activity and inhibition of beta-hematin production was found. The present study gives specific and useful information about antiprotozoal and cytotoxic activities of some Annonaceae extracts. Results presented here also demonstrate which plants and/or plant parts could be useful in the treatment of leishmaniasis, Chagas' disease and malaria. PMID:17296281

  8. The estrogenic activity of phthalate esters in vitro.

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    Harris, C A; Henttu, P; Parker, M G; Sumpter, J P

    1997-01-01

    A large number of phthalate esters were screened for estrogenic activity using a recombinant yeast screen. a selection of these was also tested for mitogenic effect on estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells. A small number of the commercially available phthalates tested showed extremely weak estrogenic activity. The relative potencies of these descended in the order butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) > dibutyl phthalate (DBP) > diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) > diethyl phthalate (DEP) > diisiononyl phthalate (DINP). Potencies ranged from approximately 1 x 10(6) to 5 x 10(7) times less than 17beta-estradiol. The phthalates that were estrogenic in the yeast screen were also mitogenic on the human breast cancer cells. Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) showed no estrogenic activity in these in vitro assays. A number of metabolites were tested, including mono-butyl phthalate, mono-benzyl phthalate, mono-ethylhexyl phthalate, mon-n-octyl phthalate; all were wound to be inactive. One of the phthalates, ditridecyl phthalate (DTDP), produced inconsistent results; one sample was weakly estrogenic, whereas another, obtained from a different source, was inactive. analysis by gel chromatography-mass spectometry showed that the preparation exhibiting estrogenic activity contained 0.5% of the ortho-isomer of bisphenol A. It is likely that the presence of this antioxidant in the phthalate standard was responsible for the generation of a dose-response curve--which was not observed with an alternative sample that had not been supplemented with o,p'-bisphenol A--in the yeast screen; hence, DTDP is probably not weakly estrogenic. The activities of simple mixtures of BBP, DBP, and 17beta-estradiol were assessed in the yeast screen. No synergism was observed, although the activities of the mixtures were approximately additive. In summary, a small number of phthalates are weakly estrogenic in vitro. No data has yet been published on whether these are also estrogenic in vitro. No data has yet been published on whether these are also estrogenic in vivo; this will require tests using different classes of vertebrates and different routes of exposure. Images p802-a Figure 1. Figure 2. A Figure 2. B Figure 2. C Figure 3. Figure 4. Figure 5. A Figure 5. B Figure 5. C Figure 6. Figure 7. PMID:9347895

  9. Antifungal Activity of Ellagic Acid In Vitro and In Vivo.

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    Li, Zhi-Jian; Guo, Xin; Dawuti, Gulina; Aibai, Silafu

    2015-07-01

    Ellagic acid (EA) has been shown to have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory activities. In Uighur traditional medicine, Euphorbia humifusa Willd is used to treat fungal diseases, and recent studies suggest that it is the EA content which is responsible for its therapeutic effect. However, the effects of EA on antifungal activity have not yet been reported. This study aimed to investigate the inhibitory effect of EA on fungal strains both in vitro and in vivo. The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (M38-A and M27-A2) standard method in vitro. EA had a broad spectrum of antifungal activity, with MICs for all the tested dermatophyte strains between 18.75 and 58.33 µg/ml. EA was also active against two Candida strains, with MICs between 25.0 and 75.0 µg/ml. It was inactive against Candida glabrata. The susceptibility of six species of dermatophytes to EA was comparable with that of the commercial antifungal, fluconazole. The most sensitive filamentous species was Trichophyton rubrum (MIC = 18.75 µg/ml). Studies on the mechanism of action using an HPLC-based assay and an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay showed that EA inhibited ergosterol biosynthesis and reduced the activity of sterol 14α-demethylase P450 (CYP51) in the Trichophyton rubrum membrane, respectively. An in vivo test demonstrated that topical administration of EA (4.0 and 8.0 mg/cm(2) ) significantly enhanced the cure rate in a guinea-pig infection model of Trichophyton rubrum. The results suggest that EA has the potential to be developed as a natural antifungal agent. PMID:25919446

  10. In vitro reconstitution of the active T. castaneum telomerase.

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    Schuller, Anthony P; Harkisheimer, Michael J; Skordalakes, Emmanuel

    2011-01-01

    Efforts to isolate the catalytic subunit of telomerase, TERT, in sufficient quantities for structural studies, have been met with limited success for more than a decade. Here, we present methods for the isolation of the recombinant Tribolium castaneum TERT (TcTERT) and the reconstitution of the active T. castaneum telomerase ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex in vitro. Telomerase is a specialized reverse transcriptase that adds short DNA repeats, called telomeres, to the 3' end of linear chromosomes that serve to protect them from end-to-end fusion and degradation. Following DNA replication, a short segment is lost at the end of the chromosome and without telomerase, cells continue dividing until eventually reaching their Hayflick Limit. Additionally, telomerase is dormant in most somatic cells in adults, but is active in cancer cells where it promotes cell immortality. The minimal telomerase enzyme consists of two core components: the protein subunit (TERT), which comprises the catalytic subunit of the enzyme and an integral RNA component (TER), which contains the template TERT uses to synthesize telomeres. Prior to 2008, only structures for individual telomerase domains had been solved. A major breakthrough in this field came from the determination of the crystal structure of the active, catalytic subunit of T. castaneum telomerase, TcTERT. Here, we present methods for producing large quantities of the active, soluble TcTERT for structural and biochemical studies, and the reconstitution of the telomerase RNP complex in vitro for telomerase activity assays. An overview of the experimental methods used is shown in Figure 1. PMID:21775967

  11. Inhibitory action of quercetin on eosinophil activation in vitro.

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    Sakai-Kashiwabara, Misako; Asano, Kazuhito

    2013-01-01

    The influence of quercetin on eosinophil functions was examined in vitro and in vivo. The first set of experiments was undertaken to examine whether quercetin could suppress eosinophilia and IgE hyperproduction induced by Mesocestoides corti infection in BALB/c mice. The number of peripheral blood eosinophils and IgE levels were examined 21 days after infection. Oral administration of quercetin for 21 days could not suppress both peripheral blood eosinophilia and IgE hyperproduction, even when 20.0 mg/kg quercetin was used for treatment. The second part of the experiment was designed to examine the influence of quercetin on eosinophil activation induced by SCF stimulation in vitro. Eosinophils were obtained from M. corti-infected mice and stimulated with SCF in the presence of various concentrations of quercetin for 24 h. The addition of quercetin into cell cultures could suppress eosinophil activation induced by SCF stimulation as assessed by measuring the contents of RANTES, MIP-1 β , ECP, and MBP in culture supernatants. The minimum concentration of quercetin which caused significant suppression of factor secretion was 5.0  μ M. These results may suggest that quercetin will be a good candidate for the supplement on the management of eosinophil-mediated diseases, such as allergic rhinitis and asthma. PMID:23840245

  12. In Vitro Antimicrobial and Antiproliferative Activity of Amphipterygium adstringens

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    Rodriguez-Garcia, A.; Peixoto, I. T. A.; Verde-Star, M. J.; De la Torre-Zavala, S.; Aviles-Arnaut, H.; Ruiz, A. L. T. G.

    2015-01-01

    Amphipterygium adstringens is a plant widely used in Mexican traditional medicine for its known anti-inflammatory and antiulcer properties. In this work, we evaluated the in vitro antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities of the methanolic extract of A. adstringens against oral pathogens such as Streptococcus mutans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Candida albicans, and Candida dubliniensis, using microdilution (MIC) and agar diffusion methods (MBC), and the antiproliferative activity evaluating total growth inhibition (TGI) by staining the protein content with sulforhodamine B (SRB), using nine human cancer cell lines. Crude extract (CE) of A. adstringens showed some degree of activity against one or more of the strains with a MIC from 0.125 mg/mL to 63 mg/mL and MBC from 1.6 to 6.3 mg/mL and cytotoxic activity, particularly against NCI-ADR/RES, an ovarian cell line expressing multiple resistance drugs phenotype. The CE is a complex mixture of possible multitarget metabolites that could be responsible for both antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities, and further investigation is required to elucidate the identity of active compounds. Nevertheless the CE itself is useful in the development of new antimicrobial treatment based on natural products to prevent oral diseases and as alternative natural source for cancer treatment and prevention. PMID:26451151

  13. Activity-dependent plasticity of mouse hippocampal assemblies in vitro

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    Keller, Martin K.; Draguhn, Andreas; Both, Martin; Reichinnek, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    Memory formation is associated with the generation of transiently stable neuronal assemblies. In hippocampal networks, such groups of functionally coupled neurons express highly ordered spatiotemporal activity patterns which are coordinated by local network oscillations. One of these patterns, sharp wave-ripple complexes (SPW-R), repetitively activates previously established groups of memory-encoding neurons, thereby supporting memory consolidation. This function implies that repetition of specific SPW-R induces plastic changes which render the underlying neuronal assemblies more stable. We modeled this repetitive activation in an in vitro model of SPW-R in mouse hippocampal slices. Weak electrical stimulation upstream of the CA3-CA1 networks reliably induced SPW-R of stereotypic waveform, thus representing re-activation of similar neuronal activity patterns. Frequent repetition of these patterns (100 times) reduced the variance of both, evoked and spontaneous SPW-R waveforms, indicating stabilization of pre-existing assemblies. These effects were most pronounced in the CA1 subfield and depended on the timing of stimulation relative to spontaneous SPW-R. Additionally, plasticity of SPW-R was blocked by application of a NMDA receptor antagonist, suggesting a role for associative synaptic plasticity in this process. Thus, repetitive activation of specific patterns of SPW-R causes stabilization of memory-related networks. PMID:26041998

  14. In vitro antioxidant activity of Rubus ellipticus fruits

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    Sharma, Uma Shankar; Kumar, Arun

    2011-01-01

    Various studies have been done to identify antioxidants from plant sources and efforts have been taken to incorporate it in conventional therapy. In our present study, petroleum ether, ethanolic, and aqueous extracts of Rubus ellipticus fruits have been evaluated for in vitro antioxidant activity using DPPH radical scavenging and reducing power assay. BHA was used as a standard antioxidant for DPPH radical scavenging activity. The reducing power assay of extracts was carried out with ascorbic acid as a standard reducing agent. All the analysis was made with the use of UV-Visible spectrophotometer. The results of the both assay showed that all the extracts of R. ellipticus fruits possess significant free radical scavenging and reducing power properties at concentration-dependent manner. Hence, it can be concluded that the R. ellipticus fruits could be pharmaceutically exploited for antioxidant properties. PMID:22171292

  15. In vitro Antioxidant Activities of Trianthema portulacastrum L. Hydrolysates

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    Yaqoob, Sadaf; Sultana, Bushra; Mushtaq, Muhammad

    2014-01-01

    Hydrolysates of Trianthema portulacastrum in acidified methanol were evaluated for their total phenolic (TP) constituents and respective antioxidant activities using in vitro assays (i.e., 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity, percent inhibition of linoleic acid peroxidation, and ferric reducing power). The observed results indicate that root, shoot, and leaf fractions of T. portulacastrum contain 50.75~98.09 mg gallic acid equivalents/g dry weight of TP. In addition, these fractions have substantial reducing potentials (0.10~0.59), abilities to inhibit peroxidation (43.26~89.98%), and DPPH radical scavenging capabilities (6.98~311.61 ?g/mL IC50). The experimental data not only reveal T. portulacastrum as potential source of valuable antioxidants, but also indicate that acidified methanol may be an ideal choice for the enhanced recovery of phenolic compounds with retained biological potential for the food and pharmaceutical industry. PMID:24772406

  16. In Vitro Activity of Ceftazidime-Avibactam Combination in In Vitro Checkerboard Assays

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    Melchers, Maria J.; van Mil, Anita C.; Nichols, Wright W.

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the in vitro effects of the combination of ceftazidime and avibactam on the MICs of both compounds, checkerboard assays were performed for 81 clinical strains, including 55 Enterobacteriaceae strains (32 Klebsiella pneumoniae, 19 Escherichia coli, 1 Citrobacter freundii, and 3 Enterobacter cloacae) and 26 strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, all with known resistance mechanisms such as extended-spectrum ?-lactamases (ESBLs) and carbapenemases, phenotypically or molecularly determined. Phenotypically ceftazidime-resistant strains (n = 69) were analyzed in more detail. For the Enterobacteriaceae strains, a concentration-dependent effect of avibactam was found for most strains with a maximum effect of avibactam at a concentration of 4 mg/liter, which decreased all ceftazidime MICs to ?4 mg/liter. Avibactam alone also showed antibacterial activity (the MIC50 and MIC90 being 8 and 16 mg/liter, respectively). For the ceftazidime-resistant P. aeruginosa strains, considerable inhibition of ?-lactamases by avibactam was acquired at a concentration of 4 mg/liter, which decreased all ceftazidime MICs except one to ?8 mg/liter (the CLSI and EUCAST susceptible breakpoint). Increasing the concentration of avibactam further decreased the MICs, resulting in a maximum effect for most strains at 8 to 16 mg/liter. In summary, for most strains, the tested addition of avibactam of 4 mg/liter restored the antibacterial activity of ceftazidime to a level comparable to that of wild-type strains, indicating full inhibition, and strains became susceptible according to the EUCAST and CLSI criteria. Based on these in vitro data, avibactam is a promising inhibitor of different ?-lactamases, including ESBLs and carbapenemases. PMID:25487794

  17. In vitro activity of ceftazidime-avibactam combination in in vitro checkerboard assays.

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    Berkhout, Johanna; Melchers, Maria J; van Mil, Anita C; Nichols, Wright W; Mouton, Johan W

    2015-02-01

    To evaluate the in vitro effects of the combination of ceftazidime and avibactam on the MICs of both compounds, checkerboard assays were performed for 81 clinical strains, including 55 Enterobacteriaceae strains (32 Klebsiella pneumoniae, 19 Escherichia coli, 1 Citrobacter freundii, and 3 Enterobacter cloacae) and 26 strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, all with known resistance mechanisms such as extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) and carbapenemases, phenotypically or molecularly determined. Phenotypically ceftazidime-resistant strains (n=69) were analyzed in more detail. For the Enterobacteriaceae strains, a concentration-dependent effect of avibactam was found for most strains with a maximum effect of avibactam at a concentration of 4 mg/liter, which decreased all ceftazidime MICs to ≤4 mg/liter. Avibactam alone also showed antibacterial activity (the MIC50 and MIC90 being 8 and 16 mg/liter, respectively). For the ceftazidime-resistant P. aeruginosa strains, considerable inhibition of β-lactamases by avibactam was acquired at a concentration of 4 mg/liter, which decreased all ceftazidime MICs except one to ≤8 mg/liter (the CLSI and EUCAST susceptible breakpoint). Increasing the concentration of avibactam further decreased the MICs, resulting in a maximum effect for most strains at 8 to 16 mg/liter. In summary, for most strains, the tested addition of avibactam of 4 mg/liter restored the antibacterial activity of ceftazidime to a level comparable to that of wild-type strains, indicating full inhibition, and strains became susceptible according to the EUCAST and CLSI criteria. Based on these in vitro data, avibactam is a promising inhibitor of different β-lactamases, including ESBLs and carbapenemases. PMID:25487794

  18. Australian plants show anthelmintic activity toward equine cyathostomins in vitro.

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    Payne, S E; Kotze, A C; Durmic, Z; Vercoe, P E

    2013-09-01

    Anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal parasites of horses is an increasing problem, particularly in cyathostomins, and there is a need to find alternative means for the control of these parasites. We screened crude extracts from 37 species of Australian native plants for their anthelmintic activity in vitro against cyathostomin larvae (development from egg to third larval stage), with the aim of identifying those species that may be suitable for incorporation into sustainable parasite management programs. Water extracts from seven species, namely Acacia baileyana, Acacia melanoxylon, Acacia podalyriifolia, Alectryon oleifolius, Duboisia hopwoodii, Eucalyptus gomphocephala and Santalum spicatum completely inhibited larval development (100% inhibition compared to the control), while another 10 species caused 90% inhibition at the initial screening concentration of 1400 ?g of extractable solids/mL. The seven most potent extracts produced IC50 values (concentration of extract which resulted in a 50% inhibition of development) in the range 30.9-196 ?g/mL. Fourteen extracts were incubated with polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) before the assays, which removed the anthelmintic activity from 12 of these extracts, indicating that tannins were likely to be the bioactive compound responsible for the effect, while in two species, i.e. A. melanoxylon and D. hopwoodii, compounds other than tannins were likely to be responsible for their anthelmintic action. Our results suggest that a number of Australian native plants have significant anthelmintic activity against cyathostomin larval development in vitro. There is potential for these plants to be used as part of sustainable parasite control programs in horses, although more research is needed to identify the compounds responsible for the anthelmintic effects and confirm their activity in vivo. PMID:23394801

  19. Steroid dimers-in vitro cytotoxic and antimicrobial activities.

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    Krsti?, Natalija M; Mati?, Ivana Z; Jurani?, Zorica D; Novakovi?, Irena T; Sladi?, Duan M

    2014-09-01

    The in vitro cytotoxic activity of previously synthesized steroid dimers with different spacer group (sulfide, trithiolane ring or phosphorotrithioate) and the substituent at C-17 position was tested for their possible effects against following human tumor cell lines: cervical adenocarcinoma (HeLa), chronic myelogenous leukemia (K562) and two human breast cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-361 and MDA-MB-453). These compounds, applied at micromolar concentrations, exhibited cytotoxic activity of different intensity (compared with cisplatin as a control), modality and selectivity in these malignant cell lines. The best activity against all four cell cancer lines was exhibited by dimer-sulfides. All screened compounds exerted concentration-dependent cytotoxic activity against leukemia K562 cells. The compounds which exerted the most pronounced cytotoxic action exhibited notably higher cytotoxic activities against K562, HeLa and MDA-MB-453 cells in comparison to resting and PHA-stimulated PBMC, pointing to a significant selectivity in their antitumor actions. Examination of the mechanisms of cytotoxicity on leukemia K562 cells revealed pro-apoptotic action of each of the investigated compounds applied at concentrations 2IC50. The most prominent pro-apoptotic action was exhibited by dimer-sulfide of cholest-4-en-3-one. Furthermore, almost all of the tested compounds at IC50 concentrations induced G1 phase cell cycle arrest in K562 cells. Antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and fungal cells, and toxicity to brine shrimp Artemia salina, were evaluated. There was no antibacterial activity. The best antifungal activity was exhibited against Saccharomyces cerevisiae by dimers linked with trithiolane ring, indicating a selective activity of investigated compounds. PMID:24923733

  20. In Vitro Antileukemic Activity of Xanthosoma sagittifolium (Taioba) Leaf Extract

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    Caxito, Marina L. C.; Correia, Rachell R.; Gomes, Anne Caroline C.; Justo, Graça; Coelho, Marsen G. P.; Sakuragui, Cássia M.; Kuster, Ricardo M.; Sabino, Katia C. C.

    2015-01-01

    Xanthosoma sagittifolium Schott is a herb of the Araceae family, popularly known as taioba, which is consumed as food in some regions of Brazil, Africa, and Asia. This species has already been evaluated for the antifungal activities. However, based on its potential antitumor activity, the present study further aimed to examine the antitumor, as well as chelation, activity of X. sagittifolium leaf extract. Results showed that hydroethanolic extract of X. sagittifolium leaves (HEXs-L) exhibits cytotoxic effects against the immortalized line of human T-lymphocytic (Jurkat) and myelogenous (K562) leukemia cells, but not nontumor RAW 264.7 macrophages or NIH/3T3 fibroblasts. HEXs-L inhibited 50.3% of Jurkat cell proliferation, reducing by 20% cells in G2/M phase, but increasing cells in sub-G1 phase, thereby inducing apoptosis by 54%. In addition, HEXs-L inhibited NO production by 59%, as determined by Griess reaction, and chelated 93.8% of free Fe(II), as demonstrated by ferrozine assay. Phytochemical studies were carried out by ESI-MS, identifying apigenin di-C-glycosides as major compounds. Overall, this work revealed that leaf extract of Xanthosoma sagittifolium presented chelating activity and in vitro antitumor activity, arresting cell cycle and inducing apoptosis of leukemia cells, thus providing evidence that taioba leaves may have practical application in cancer therapy. PMID:26180533

  1. In-vitro Activity of Avermectins against Mycobacterium ulcerans

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    Omansen, Till F.; Porter, Jessica L.; Johnson, Paul D. R.; van der Werf, Tjip S.; Stienstra, Ymkje; Stinear, Timothy P.

    2015-01-01

    Mycobacterium ulcerans causes Buruli ulcer (BU), a debilitating infection of subcutaneous tissue. There is a WHO-recommended antibiotic treatment requiring an 8-week course of streptomycin and rifampicin. This regime has revolutionized the treatment of BU but there are problems that include reliance on daily streptomycin injections and side effects such as ototoxicity. Trials of all-oral treatments for BU show promise but additional drug combinations that make BU treatment safer and shorter would be welcome. Following on from reports that avermectins have activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, we tested the in-vitro efficacy of ivermectin and moxidectin on M. ulcerans. We observed minimum inhibitory concentrations of 48 ?g/ml and time-kill assays using wild type and bioluminescent M. ulcerans showed a significant dose-dependent reduction in M. ulcerans viability over 8-weeks. A synergistic killing-effect with rifampicin was also observed. Avermectins are well tolerated, widely available and inexpensive. Based on our in vitro findings we suggest that avermectins should be further evaluated for the treatment of BU. PMID:25742173

  2. In vitro antioxidant activities of antioxidant-enriched toothpastes.

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    Battino, M; Ferreiro, M S; Armeni, T; Politi, A; Bompadre, S; Massoli, A; Bullon, P

    2005-03-01

    Several forms of periodontal diseases (PD) are often associated with modified phagocytosing leukocytes and contemporary free radical production. Host antioxidant defenses could benefit from toothpastes used as adjuncts to counteract plaque-associated bacteria. The aim of the present study was to determine possible antioxidant activity (AA) of 12 differently antioxidant-enriched toothpastes, regardless of their efficacy as antimicrobial agents. Toothpastes were enriched alternatively with sodium ascorbyl phosphate, alpha-tocopherol acetate, pycnogenol, allantoin and methyl salycilate or a mixture of these. AA was tested in a cell-free system with a ABTS-decolorization assay improved by means of a flow injection analysis device. Comet assay, using NCTC 2544 keratinocytes, was performed to test if it was possible to identify any protection against in vitro DNA fragmentation provoked by a challenge with H(2)O(2) in cultures pre-incubated with toothpaste extracts. Only toothpastes containing sodium ascorbyl phosphate displayed clear AA with I(50) values ranging between 50 and 80 mg of toothpaste/ml water. COMET analysis of cells challenged with H(2)O(2) in presence of toothpaste extracts revealed a limited protection exerted by sodium ascorbyl phosphate. The results described herein indicate that toothpastes containing sodium ascorbyl phosphate possess AA. All the data were obtained in systems in vitro and the demonstration of in vivo AA is desirable. These findings could be useful in the treatment and maintenance of some forms of PD and should be considered when arranging new toothpaste formulations. PMID:15788239

  3. Standardization and in vitro antioxidant activity of jatamansi rhizome

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    Singh, Mhaveer; Khan, Mohammad A.; Khan, Masood S.; Ansari, S. H.; Ahmad, Sayeed

    2015-01-01

    Background: Nardostachys jatamansi Linn. commonly known as jatamansi is a well notorious drug in Indian systems of medicines having various health-related benefits and employed in various herbal formulations due to the presence of high levels of valuable phenolic constituents. The present study was aimed to quality assessment of Jatamansi rhizome by studying macro- and micro-scopic characters along with physicochemical tests, chemo-profiling using thin layer chromatography (TLC), and gas chromatographymass spectrometry (GC-MS), in vitro antioxidant activity. Materials and Methods: Standardization was carried out as per the pharmacopeial guidelines and contaminant estimation was carried out by analyzing the samples for the determination of heavy metals, pesticides, and aflatoxins. Chemo-profiling was done with TLC by optimizing the mobile phase for different extracts. The GC-MS chemo-profiling was also carried out by using hexane soluble fraction of the hydroalcoholic extract. The drug is well known for a protective role in the human body as an antioxidant, so total phenolic contents and in vitro antioxidant efficacy was also determined by using established methods. Results: The results of quality control and anatomical studies were very much useful for its identification, whereas significant antioxidant efficacy was also observed. The drug was found free of contaminants when analyzed for pesticides and aflatoxins, whereas heavy metals were found under the pharmacopeial limit. Conclusion: The findings of the present research can be utilized for the identification and quality control of the jatamansi rhizome. PMID:26681882

  4. Phosphine derivatives of sparfloxacin - Synthesis, structures and in vitro activity

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    Komarnicka, Urszula K.; Starosta, Radosław; Guz-Regner, Katarzyna; Bugla-Płoskońska, Gabriela; Kyzioł, Agnieszka; Jeżowska-Bojczuk, Małgorzata

    2015-09-01

    We synthesized two derivatives of sparfloxacin (HSf): aminomethyl(diphenyl)phosphine (PSf) and its oxide (OPSf). The compounds were characterized by NMR spectroscopy, MS and elemental analysis. In addition, the molecular structures of the compounds were determined using DFT and X-ray (OPSf) analysis. The antibacterial activity of HSf and both derivatives was tested against four reference and fifteen clinical Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains of bacteria (sensitive or resistant to fluoroquinolones). The results showed that the activity of PSf was similar to or higher than the activity of HSf, while OPSf was found significantly less active. The compounds were also tested in vitro toward the following cancer cell lines: mouse colon carcinoma (CT26) and human lung adenocarcinoma (A549). Regardless of the cancer cell line, derivatization of HSf resulted in the gradual increase of cytotoxicity. OPSf exhibited the highest one (4 h - incubation time: IC50(CT26) = 51.0 ± 1.2; IC50(A549) = 74.9 ± 1.4 and 24 h: IC50(CT26) = 109.2 ± 8.8; IC50(A549) = 52.7 ± 9.2).

  5. In vitro radical scavenging activity of two Columbian Magnoliaceae

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    Puertas M., Miguel A.; Mesa v., Ana M.; Sez v., Jairo A.

    2005-08-01

    The recent interest in the conservation of the tropical forest is due, at least in part, to the potential economic and health benefits that can be exploited from several plants. This report shows the in vitro antioxidant activity of some fractions isolated from leaves of two Columbian Magnoliaceae, Talauma hernandezii G. Lozano-C and Dugandiodendron yarumalense Lozano. The activity was determined using the radical monocation 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS+) and the stable free radical 2-2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), as part of general biological screening of these plants. The antioxidant capacity obtained from fractions was similar to those of ?-tocopherol, tert-butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), and ascorbic acid. The most active scavenger extract was the fraction 7 (TAA = 48.6 mmol Trolox/kg extract and IC50 ? 0.01 kg extract/mmol DPPH); and the least active was the fraction 1 (TAA = 11.23 mmol Trolox/kg extract and IC50 = 0.21 kg extract/mmol DPPH) all of them isolated from D. yarumalense. These results suggest that these plants can be attractive as source of antioxidant compounds with the ability to reduce radicals like ATBS and DPPH.

  6. Silver and Gold Nanoparticles Alter Cathepsin Activity In vitro

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    2011-01-01

    Nanomaterials are being incorporated into many biological applications for use as therapeutics, sensors, or labels. Silver nanomaterials are being utilized for biological implants and wound dressings as an antiviral material, whereas gold nanomaterials are being used as biological labels or sensors due to their surface properties and biocompatibility. Cytotoxicity data of these materials are becoming more prevalent; however, little research has been performed to understand how the introduction of these materials into cells affects cellular processes. Here, we demonstrate the impact that silver and gold nanoparticles have on cathepsin activity in vitro. Cathepsins are important cellular proteases that are imperative for proper immune system function. We have selected to examine gold and silver nanoparticles due to the increased use of these materials in biological applications. This manuscript depicts how both of these types of nanomaterials affect cathepsin activity, which could impact the host's immune system and its ability to respond to pathogens. Cathepsin B activity decreases in a dose-dependent manner with all nanoparticles tested. Alternatively, the impact of nanoparticles on cathepsin L activity depends greatly on the type and size of the material.

  7. In vitro activity of A-16686, a potential antiplaque agent.

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    Pallanza, R; Scotti, R; Beretta, G; Cavalleri, B; Arioli, V

    1984-01-01

    A-16686, a new glycoproteide antibiotic from Actinoplanes sp., was evaluated as a potential antiplaque agent in comparison with chlorhexidine, benzalkonium chloride, and cetylpyridinium chloride. A-16686 had good activity against gram-positive organisms associated with dental plaque (various streptococci, Streptococcus mutans in particular, lactobacilli, Actinomyces viscosus, and Actinomyces naeslundii); most of the strains tested were clinical isolates. It was bactericidal for streptococci (MBC/MIC ratio of less than or equal to 8 for 92% of the strains) and for growing cells of S. mutans briefly exposed to antibiotic (99.9% killing within 5 min of contact with 200 micrograms of A-16686 per ml). It also inhibited the in vitro plaque formation by S. mutans and had good activity against preformed plaques. For most cases, its activity was comparable to those of chlorhexidine, benzalkonium chloride, and cetylpyridinium chloride. A-16686 appears to be a promising antiplaque agent because of the following attributes: narrow spectrum of activity, rapid bactericidal action, lack of selection of resistant mutants, absence of cross-resistance with clinically used antibiotics, nonabsorption by oral route, good tolerability by the oral mucosa (rats and dogs), and physical characteristics (white powder, soluble in water). PMID:6549119

  8. Potent antimalarial activity of acriflavine in vitro and in vivo.

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    Dana, Srikanta; Prusty, Dhaneswar; Dhayal, Devender; Gupta, Mohit Kumar; Dar, Ashraf; Sen, Sobhan; Mukhopadhyay, Pritam; Adak, Tridibesh; Dhar, Suman Kumar

    2014-10-17

    Malaria continues to be a major health problem globally. There is an urgent need to find new antimalarials. Acriflavine (ACF) is known as an antibacterial agent and more recently as an anticancer agent. Here, we report that ACF inhibits the growth of asexual stages of both chloroquine (CQ) sensitive and resistant strains of human malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum in vitro at nanomolar concentration. ACF clears the malaria infection in vivo from the bloodstreams of mice infected with Plasmodium berghei. Interestingly, ACF is accumulated only in the parasitized red blood cells (RBCs) and parasite specific transporters may have role in this specific drug accumulation. We further show that ACF impairs DNA replication foci formation in the parasites and affects the enzymatic activities of apicoplast specific Gyrase protein. We thus establish ACF as a potential antimalarial amidst the widespread incidences of drug resistant Plasmodium strains. PMID:25089658

  9. Potent Antimalarial Activity of Acriflavine In Vitro and In Vivo

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    2015-01-01

    Malaria continues to be a major health problem globally. There is an urgent need to find new antimalarials. Acriflavine (ACF) is known as an antibacterial agent and more recently as an anticancer agent. Here, we report that ACF inhibits the growth of asexual stages of both chloroquine (CQ) sensitive and resistant strains of human malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum in vitro at nanomolar concentration. ACF clears the malaria infection in vivo from the bloodstreams of mice infected with Plasmodium berghei. Interestingly, ACF is accumulated only in the parasitized red blood cells (RBCs) and parasite specific transporters may have role in this specific drug accumulation. We further show that ACF impairs DNA replication foci formation in the parasites and affects the enzymatic activities of apicoplast specific Gyrase protein. We thus establish ACF as a potential antimalarial amidst the widespread incidences of drug resistant Plasmodium strains. PMID:25089658

  10. In Vitro Activities of Hexaazatrinaphthylenes against Leishmania spp.

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    García-Velázquez, Daniel; Martín-Navarro, Carmen M.; Sifaoui, Ines; Reyes-Batlle, María; Lorenzo-Morales, Jacob; Gutiérrez-Ravelo, Ángel; Piñero, José E.

    2015-01-01

    The in vitro activity of a novel group of compounds, hexaazatrinaphthylene derivatives, against two species of Leishmania is described in this study. These compounds showed a significant dose-dependent inhibition effect on the proliferation of the parasites, with 50% inhibitory concentrations (IC50s) ranging from 1.23 to 25.05 μM against the promastigote stage and 0.5 to 0.7 μM against intracellular amastigotes. Also, a cytotoxicity assay was carried out to in order to evaluate the possible toxic effects of these compounds. Moreover, different assays were performed to determine the type of cell death induced after incubation with these compounds. The obtained results highlight the potential use of hexaazatrinaphthylene derivatives against Leishmania species, and further studies should be undertaken to establish them as novel leishmanicidal therapeutic agents. PMID:25753635

  11. Antibacterial activity of rosin and resin acids in vitro.

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    Sderberg, T A; Gref, R; Holm, S; Elmros, T; Hallmans, G

    1990-01-01

    The antibacterial effects of rosins and resin acids were studied in vitro using three methods, disc diffusion on agar, agar dilution, and broth dilution. Rosin and some resin acids had antibacterial effects that were restricted to Gram-positive bacteria. The abietic type of acids had a more pronounced antibacterial activity than the pimaric and labdane acids when the disc diffusion method was used but there was no inhibition of growth of Gram-negative bacteria. Among the individual resin acids, dehydroabietic acid was generally the most potent, when disc diffusion on agar was used, and prediffusion increased the inhibitory effect. The composition of the pure resin acids dehydroabietic, neoabietic, and isopimaric acid did not change during the experiment, but abietic and levopimaric acid were converted into dehydroabietic acid by the addition of Mller-Hinton agar. In conclusion the old tradition of treating wounds with pitch, sap, rosin, or rosin containing tapes might therefore have some antibacterial relevance. PMID:2281306

  12. Comparative in vitro activity of lomefloxacin, a difluoro-quinolone.

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    Robbins, M J; Baskerville, A J; Sanghrajka, M; Mumtaz, G; Felmingham, D; Ridgway, G L; Grüneberg, R N

    1989-01-01

    Lomefloxacin is a new difluoro-quinolone. In this study, we have determined the in vitro activity of lomefloxacin against a wide range of clinical bacterial isolates and compared it with that of other fluoro-quinolones and some unrelated antimicrobials. Lomefloxacin was very active against Enterobacteriaceae (MIC90, 0.5 micrograms/ml) with activity comparable to that of ofloxacin (MIC90, 0.25 micrograms/ml). Lomefloxacin was moderately active against isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MIC90, 4 micrograms/ml), and again the activity was comparable to ofloxacin (MIC90, 4 micrograms/ml) but was eightfold less than ciprofloxacin (MIC90, 0.5 micrograms/ml). Lomefloxacin was also active against isolates of Staphylococcus aureus (MIC90, 1 micrograms/ml), irrespective of methicillin susceptibility, and this activity was most comparable to ofloxacin (MIC90, 0.5 micrograms/ml) and ciprofloxacin (MIC90, 0.5 micrograms/ml). Lomefloxacin was fourfold less active than either ofloxacin or ciprofloxacin against isolates of Enterococcus faecalis (MIC90, 8 micrograms/ml) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (MIC90, 8 micrograms/ml). In common with ofloxacin and ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin was very active against isolates of Neisseria spp. (MIC90, less than or equal to 0.06 micrograms/ml), Haemophilus spp. (MIC90, less than or equal to 0.06 micrograms/ml), Legionella spp. (MIC90, less than or equal to 0.06 micrograms/ml), Vibrio spp. (MIC90, less than or equal to 0.06 micrograms/ml), and Campylobacter jejuni (MIC90, 1 microgram/ml). Lomefloxacin showed poor activity against isolates of Bacteroides spp. (MIC90, 16 micrograms/ml) or Clostridium difficile MIC90, 32 micrograms/ml) and was only moderately active against isolates of Clostridium perfringens (MIC90, 2 micrograms/ml), Peptostreptococcus spp. (MIC90, 4 micrograms/ml), Chlamydia trachomatis (MIC90, 4 micrograms/ml), Mycoplasma hominis (MIC90, 2 micrograms/ml), and Urea-plasma urealyticum (MIC90, 8 micrograms/ml). Lomefloxacin was found to be bactericidal at concentrations generally close to the MIC with greater than 3 log10 reduction in viability of exponentially dividing cultures of Escherichia coli and S. aureus within 5 hr of exposure to concentrations at eight times the MIC. These results indicate a potential clinical role for lomefloxacin in the treatment of genitourinary tract infections caused by Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, respiratory tract infections caused by susceptible organisms, and soft tissue infections caused by S. aureus. PMID:2791500

  13. In Vitro Antiplasmodial Activity of Sesquiterpene Lactones from Ambrosia tenuifolia

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    Sülsen, V.; Gutierrez Yappu, D.; Laurella, L.; Anesini, C.; Gimenez Turba, A.; Martino, V.; Muschietti, L.

    2011-01-01

    The in vitro antiplasmodial activity of Ambrosia tenuifolia organic extract and its isolated sesquiterpene lactones, psilostachyin and peruvin, has been evaluated against Plasmodium falciparum F32 and W2 strains. The cytotoxicity of both compounds was determined on lymphoid cells, and their corresponding selectivity indexes (SIs) were calculated. Peruvin was the most active compound on F32 strain of P. falciparum with a 50% inhibitory concentration value (IC50) of 0.3 μg/mL (1.1 μM) whereas psilostachyin showed activity on both strains (IC50 = 0.6 (2.1 μM) and 1.8 μg/mL (6.4 μM)). Fifty percent cytotoxic concentration (CC50) values (48 h) were 6.8 μg/mL (24.3 μM) and 10.0 μg/mL (37.9 μM) for psilostachyin and peruvin, respectively. PMID:21716685

  14. In vitro antioxidant activity of liquor from fermented shrimp biowaste.

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    Sachindra, Nakkarike M; Bhaskar, Narayan

    2008-12-01

    Shrimp waste was fermented using lactic culture and the separated fermented liquor was lyophilized. In vitro antioxidant activities of the lyophilized powder were evaluated with respect scavenging of different radicals and quenching of generated singlet oxygen. The sample showed strong radical scavenging and singlet oxygen quenching in a dose dependent manner (p<0.001). The sample exhibited 40% scavenging of DPPH radical at 1.0mg/ml concentration while the ABTS radical scavenging was 95% even at 0.5mg/ml concentrations. Hydroxyl radical scavenging activity as measured by chemiluminescence technique showed 80% scavenging and peroxyl radical scavenging was 65% at 1.0mg/ml concentration. The singlet oxygen quenching ability of the powder was 68.3% at 1.0mg/ml concentration. The sample was found to contain low molecular weight proteins. The formation of peptides and amino acids during hydrolysis of shrimp waste protein during fermentation is expected to be responsible for the antioxidant activity. In addition as the product also contains carotenoids, it can be used as an ingredient in aquaculture feed formulations for beneficial effects. PMID:18513957

  15. In vitro antimalarial activity of novel semisynthetic nocathiacin I antibiotics.

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    Sharma, Indu; Sullivan, Margery; McCutchan, Thomas F

    2015-01-01

    Presently, the arsenal of antimalarial drugs is limited and needs to be replenished. We evaluated the potential antimalarial activity of two water-soluble derivatives of nocathiacin (BMS461996 and BMS411886) against the asexual blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum. Nocathiacins are a thiazolyl peptide group of antibiotics, are structurally related to thiostrepton, have potent activity against a wide spectrum of multidrug-resistant Gram-positive bacteria, and inhibit protein synthesis. The in vitro growth inhibition assay was done using three laboratory strains of P. falciparum displaying various levels of chloroquine (CQ) susceptibility. Our results indicate that BMS461996 has potent antimalarial activity and inhibits parasite growth with mean 50% inhibitory concentrations (IC50s) of 51.55 nM for P. falciparum 3D7 (CQ susceptible), 85.67 nM for P. falciparum Dd2 (accelerated resistance to multiple drugs [ARMD]), and 99.44 nM for P. falciparum K1 (resistant to CQ, pyrimethamine, and sulfadoxine). Similar results at approximately 7-fold higher IC50s were obtained with BMS411886 than with BMS461996. We also tested the effect of BMS491996 on gametocytes; our results show that at a 20-fold excess of the mean IC50, gametocytes were deformed with a pyknotic nucleus and growth of stage I to IV gametocytes was arrested. This preliminary study shows a significant potential for nocathiacin analogues to be developed as antimalarial drug candidates and to warrant further investigation. PMID:25779576

  16. Influence of gold nanoparticles on platelets functional activity in vitro

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    Akchurin, Garif G.; Akchurin, George G.; Ivanov, Alexey N.; Kirichuk, Vyacheslav F.; Terentyuk, George S.; Khlebtsov, Boris N.; Khlebtsov, Nikolay G.

    2008-02-01

    Now in the leading biomedical centers of the world approved new technology of laser photothermal destruction of cancer cells using plasmon gold nanoparticles. Investigations of influence of gold nanoparticles on white rat platelets aggregative activity in vitro have been made. Platelet aggregation was investigated in platelet rich plasma (PRP) with help of laser analyzer 230 LA <>, Russia). Aggregation inductor was ADP solution in terminal concentration 2.5 micromole (<>, Russia). Gold nanoshells soluted in salt solution were used for experiments. Samples of PRP were incubated with 50 or 100 ?l gold nanoshells solution in 5 minute, after that we made definition ADP induced platelet aggregation. We found out increase platelet function activity after incubation with nanoparticles solution which shown in maximum ADP-induced aggregation degree increase. Increase platelet function activity during intravenous nanoshells injection can be cause of thrombosis on patients. That's why before clinical application of cancer cell destruction based on laser photothermal used with plasmon gold nanoparticles careful investigations of thrombosis process and detail analyze of physiological blood parameters are very necessary.

  17. Arrhenius temperature dependence of in vitro tissue plasminogen activator thrombolysis

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    Shaw, George J.; Dhamija, Ashima; Bavani, Nazli; Wagner, Kenneth R.; Holland, Christy K.

    2007-06-01

    Stroke is a devastating disease and a leading cause of death and disability. Currently, the only FDA approved therapy for acute ischemic stroke is the intravenous administration of the thrombolytic medication, recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). However, this treatment has many contraindications and can have dangerous side effects such as intra-cerebral hemorrhage. These treatment limitations have led to much interest in potential adjunctive therapies, such as therapeutic hypothermia (T <= 35 C) and ultrasound enhanced thrombolysis. Such interest may lead to combining these therapies with tPA to treat stroke, however little is known about the effects of temperature on the thrombolytic efficacy of tPA. In this work, we measure the temperature dependence of the fractional clot mass loss ?m(T) resulting from tPA exposure in an in vitro human clot model. We find that the temperature dependence is well described by an Arrhenius temperature dependence with an effective activation energy Eeff of 42.0 0.9 kJ mole-1. Eeff approximates the activation energy of the plasminogen-to-plasmin reaction of 48.9 kJ mole-1. A model to explain this temperature dependence is proposed. These results will be useful in predicting the effects of temperature in future lytic therapies.

  18. Action of T-activin on activity of human natural killer cells in vitro

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    Cheknev, S.B.; Saidov, M.Z.; Koval'chuk, L.V.; Pavlyuk, A.S.; Arion, V.Ya.

    1986-09-01

    This paper describes a study of the action of T-activin on activity of human natural killer cells (NKC) in vitro. The K-562 chronic human myeloid leukemia cells, cultured in vitro, used as targets were labeled with /sup 3/H-uridine. The experimental results indicate that T-activin can depress NKC activity but under certain conditions, it can also stimulate NKC. T-activin possesses immunoregulatory properties relative to NKC activity in vitro.

  19. Azithromycin distinctively modulates classical activation of human monocytes in vitro

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    Vrančić, M; Banjanac, M; Nujić, K; Bosnar, M; Murati, T; Munić, V; Stupin Polančec, D; Belamarić, D; Parnham, MJ; Eraković Haber, V

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Azithromycin has been reported to modify activation of macrophages towards the M2 phenotype. Here, we have sought to identify the mechanisms underlying this modulatory effect of azithromycin on human monocytes, classically activated in vitro. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Human blood monocytes were primed with IFN-γ for 24 h and activated with LPS for 24 h. Azithromycin, anti-inflammatory and lysosome-affecting agents were added 2 h before IFN-γ. Cytokine and chemokine expression was determined by quantitative PCR and protein release by ELISA. Signalling molecules were determined by Western blotting and transcription factor activation quantified with a DNA-binding ELISA kit. KEY RESULTS Azithromycin (1.5–50 µM) dose-dependently inhibited gene expression and/or release of M1 macrophage markers (CCR7, CXCL 11 and IL-12p70), but enhanced CCL2, without altering TNF-α or IL-6. Azithromycin also enhanced the gene expression and/or release of M2 macrophage markers (IL-10 and CCL18), and the pan-monocyte marker CD163, but inhibited that of CCL22. The Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 signalling pathway was modulated, down-regulating NF-κB and STAT1 transcription factors. The inhibitory profile of azithromycin differed from that of dexamethasone, the phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor roflumilast and the p38 kinase inhibitor SB203580 but was similar to that of the lysosomotropic drug chloroquine. Effects of concanamycin and NH4Cl, which also act on lysosomes, differed significantly. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS Azithromycin modulated classical activation of human monocytes by inhibition of TLR4-mediated signalling and possible effects on lysosomal function, and generated a mediator expression profile that differs from that of monocyte/macrophage phenotypes so far described. PMID:21726210

  20. Evaluation of the In Vitro Antifungal Activity of Allicin

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    Yamada, Yasuo; Azuma, Keiz?

    1977-01-01

    Allicin was effective in vitro against Candida, Cryptococcus, Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, and Microsporum. The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of allicin against these organisms were 3.13 to 6.25 ?g/ml by the agar dilution method and 1.57 to 6.25 ?g/ml by the broth dilution method, using Sabouraud glucose (SG) medium. However decreased activity was demonstrated against Aspergillus. The MIC of allicin against various pathogenic fungi was affected considerably by differences in the experimental conditions, e.g., incubation time, inoculum size, type of medium, and medium pH. The MIC of allicin against Candida, Cryptococcus, and Aspergillus remained constant after more than 3 days of incubation, and that against Dermatophytes remained constant after more than 10 days of incubation. Decreasing the inoculum size increased the susceptibility to allicin. The antifungal activity of allicin was stronger on SG agar medium with a pH of 5.6 than on the same medium with a pH of 6.0 or higher. By microscopical observation, allicin induced morphological abnormalities in hyphae of Trichophyton mentagrophytes Morita. Percent germination of spores of the Morita strain at 24 h in SG agar medium was greatly decreased with an allicin concentration of 3.13 ?g/ml, and the lethal dose for the spores was about four times higher than the fungistatic concentration. These results suggest that allicin inhibits both germination of spores and growth of hyphae. Images PMID:856026

  1. In vivo and in vitro antimalarial activity of bergenin

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    LIANG, JIAO; LI, YINGHUI; LIU, XUEWU; HUANG, YUXIAO; SHEN, YAN; WANG, JUN; LIU, ZHONGXIANG; ZHAO, YA

    2014-01-01

    Malaria is a potentially life-threatening protozoal parasitic disease transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes. Drug therapy is currently the most widely used method for the control and treatment of this disease. Several plants were found to contain substances possessing antimalarial properties. In this study, we investigated the antimalarial activity of bergenin, a sesquiterpene lactone compound derived from Rodgersia aesculifolia Batal. The results indicated that bergenin effectively inhibited Plasmodium falciparum growth in vitro (IC50, 14.1 ?g/ml, with ~100% inhibition at 50 ?g/ml), without apparent cytotoxicity to erythrocytes or to mammalian HeLa and HepG2 cells. Bergenin exhibited less cytotoxic activity and the selectivity index (SI) was 887 and 1,355 for HeLa and HepG2 cells, respectively. The administration of bergenin to Plasmodium berghei-infected mice for 6 days significantly inhibited the growth of the parasites. Taken together, these findings provide evidence that bergenin may be a promising novel drug for antimalarial treatment. PMID:24649107

  2. Nickel effects on DNA polymerase activity in vitro

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    Snow, E.T.; Xu, L.S.; Kinney, P.L.

    1994-12-31

    The effect of nickel ions (Ni{sup +2}) on DNA polymerase activity was studied in vitro using several different purified DNA polymerases and either primed single stranded or gapped duplex M13mp2 DNA as the template. The concentration of nickel giving 50% relative activity varied by several orders of magnitude for the different polymerases and for different templates. Under the conditions used, only E. coli Polymerase I-Klenow fragment (Pol I-KF) was able to effectively use Ni{sup +2} as the activation cation in place of Mg{sup +2}. Besides inhibiting nucleotide incorporation, nickel also inhibited primer extension by T7 and T4 polymerases. Nickel was significantly more inhibitory to Sequenase-2.0, an exo minus derivative of T7 polymerase, than to T7 polymerase itself. It also preferentially inhibited the 3{prime}-5{prime} exonuclease activity of T7 polymerase. This may indicate that Ni{sup +2} binds preferentially to the exonuclease active site of T7 polymerase. A rapid, minus dNTP, primer-extension assay for polymerase fidelity was also performed in the presence of Ni{sup +2}. In the absence of one of the 4 required dNTPs an accurate polymerase will pause at or before the first base that pairs with the missing dNTP. An inaccurate polymerase will misincorporate an incorrect base and bypass this and subsequent pause sites. Using this assay nickel did not cause misincorporation by AMV polymerase. However, the presence of increasing Ni{sup +2} (from 10 to 200 {mu}M) first increased and then decreased the fidelity of Pol I KF and exo minus KF and decreased the fidelity of Sequenase. The fidelity of T7 polymerase was not altered by Ni{sup +2}, despite an almost complete inhibition of the 3{prime}-5{prime} exonuclease activity by high Ni{sup +2} concentrations. These results indicate that nickel mutagenesis may vary significantly depending on the polymerase.

  3. In Vitro Antimicrobial Activities of Bakuchiol against Oral Microorganisms

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    Katsura, Harumi; Tsukiyama, Ryo-Ichi; Suzuki, Akiko; Kobayashi, Makio

    2001-01-01

    Bakuchiol was isolated from the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia, a tree native to China with various uses in traditional medicine, followed by extraction with ether and column chromatography combined with silica gel and octyldecyl silane. In this study, the antimicrobial activities of bakuchiol against some oral microorganisms were evaluated in vitro. The cell growth of Streptococcus mutans was inhibited in a bakuchiol concentration-dependent manner, and growth of S. mutans was completely prevented by 20 ?g of bakuchiol per ml. The bactericidal effect of bakuchiol on S. mutans was dependent on temperature and stable under the following conditions: sucrose, 0 to 10% (wt/vol); pH, 3.0 to 7.0; organic acids (3% [wt/vol] citric and malic acids). Bakuchiol showed bactericidal effects against all bacteria tested, including S. mutans, Streptococcus sanguis, Streptococcus salivarius, Streptococcus sobrinus, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Actinomyces viscosus, and Porphyromonas gingivalis, with MICs ranging from 1 to 4 ?g/ml and the sterilizing concentration for 15 min ranging from 5 to 20 ?g/ml. Furthermore, bakuchiol was also effective against adherent cells of S. mutans in water-insoluble glucan in the presence of sucrose and inhibited the reduction of pH in the broth. Thus, bakuchiol would be a useful compound for development of antibacterial agents against oral pathogens and has great potential for use in food additives and mouthwash for preventing and treating dental caries. PMID:11600349

  4. In vitro antioxidant activity of Diospyros malabarica Kostel bark.

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    Mondal, Susanta Kumar; Chakraborty, Goutam; Gupta, M; Mazumder, U K

    2006-01-01

    Antioxidant activity of defatted methanol extract of D. malabarica bark was studied for its free radical scavenging property on different in vitro models e.g. 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH), nitric oxide, superoxide, hydroxyl radical and lipid peroxide radical model. The extract showed good dose-dependent free radical scavenging property in all the models except in hydroxyl radical inhibition assay. IC50 values were found to be 9.16, 13.21, 25.27 and 17.33 microg/ml respectively in DPPH, nitric oxide, superoxide and lipid peroxidation inhibition assays. In hydroxyl radical inhibition assay 1000 microg/ml extract showed only 10% inhibition with respect to the control. Measurement of total phenolic compounds by Folin-Ciocalteu's phenol reagent indicated that 1 mg of the extract contained 120.7 microg equivalent of pyrocatechol. The results indicate that the antioxidant property of the extract may be due to the high content of phenolic compounds. However, the underlying mechanism may not involve hydroxyl radical scavenging property. PMID:16430089

  5. In vitro anti-leukaemia activity of sphingosine kinase inhibitor.

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    Ricci, Clara; Onida, Francesco; Servida, Federica; Radaelli, Franca; Saporiti, Giorgia; Todoerti, Katia; Deliliers, Giorgio Lambertenghi; Ghidoni, Riccardo

    2009-02-01

    Compelling evidence indicates the role of sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1) deregulation in the processes of carcinogenesis and acquisition of drug resistance, providing the rationale for an effective anti-cancer therapy. However, no highly selective inhibitors of SPHK1 are available for in vitro and in vivo studies, except for the newly discovered 'SK inhibitor' (SKI). The present study showed that, in a panel of myeloid leukaemia cell lines, basal level of SPHK1 correlated with the degree of kinase inhibition by SKI. Exposure to SKI caused variable anti-proliferative, cytotoxic effects in all cell lines. In particular, SKI induced an early, significant inhibition of SPHK1 activity, impaired cell cycle progression and triggered apoptosis in K562 cells. Moreover, SKI acted synergistically with imatinib mesylate (IM) to inhibit cell growth and survival. Finally, the inhibitor affected the clonogenic potential and viability of primary cells from chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) patients, including one harbouring the IM-insensitive Abl kinase domain mutation T315I. Due to the fact that the phenomenon of resistance to IM remains a major issue in the treatment of patients with CML, the identification of alternative targets and new drugs may be of clinical relevance. PMID:19036099

  6. In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of NB-003 against Propionibacterium acnes?

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    Pannu, J.; McCarthy, A.; Martin, A.; Hamouda, T.; Ciotti, S.; Ma, L.; Sutcliffe, J.; Baker, J. R.

    2011-01-01

    NB-003 and NB-003 gel formulations are oil-in-water nanoemulsions designed for use in bacterial infections. In vitro susceptibility of Propionibacterium acnes to NB-003 formulations and comparator drugs was evaluated. Both NB-003 formulations were bactericidal against all P. acnes isolates, including those that were erythromycin, clindamycin, and/or tetracycline resistant. In the absence of sebum, the MIC90s/minimum bactericidal concentrations (MBC90s) for NB-003, NB-003 gel, salicylic acid (SA), and benzoyl peroxide (BPO) were 0.5/2.0, 1.0/2.0, 1,000/2,000, and 50/200 ?g/ml, respectively. In the presence of 50% sebum, the MIC90s/MBC90s of NB003 and BPOs increased to 128/1,024 and 400/1,600 ?g/ml, respectively. The MIC90s/MBC90s of SA were not significantly impacted by the presence of sebum. A reduction in the MBC90s for NB-003 and BPO was observed when 2% SA or 0.5% BPO was integrated into the formulation, resulting in MIC90s/MBC90s of 128/256 ?g/ml for NB003 and 214/428 ?g/ml for BPO. The addition of EDTA enhanced the in vitro efficacy of 0.5% NB-003 in the presence or absence of 25% sebum. The addition of 5 mM EDTA to each well of the microtiter plate resulted in a >16- and >256-fold decrease in MIC90 and MBC90, yielding a more potent MIC90/MBC90 of ?1/<1 ?g/ml. The kinetics of bactericidal activity of NB-003 against P. acnes were compared to those of a commercially available product of BPO. Electron micrographs of P. acnes treated with NB-003 showed complete disruption of bacteria. Assessment of spontaneous resistance of P. acnes revealed no stably resistant mutant strains. PMID:21746943

  7. In vitro activity of the new quinolone BAY y 3118 against anaerobic bacteria.

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    Nord, C E; Lindmark, A; Persson, I

    1993-08-01

    The in vitro activity of BAY y 3118 against anaerobic cocci, Propionibacterium acnes, Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium difficile, Bacteroides fragilis, other Bacteroides spp. and fusobacteria was determined by an agar dilution method. This activity was compared with that of ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, piperacillin, cefoxitin, imipenem, clindamycin and metronidazole. BAY y 3118, imipenem, clindamycin and metronidazole were the most active agents tested. The in vitro activity of BAY y 3118 against anaerobic bacteria was superior to that of ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin. PMID:8223667

  8. In vitro antiplasmodial activity of Tithonia diversifolia and identification of its main active constituent: tagitinin C.

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    Goffin, Eric; Ziemons, Eric; De Mol, Patrick; de Madureira, Maria do Cu; Martins, Ana Paula; da Cunha, Antonio Proena; Philippe, Genevive; Tits, Monique; Angenot, Luc; Frederich, Michel

    2002-06-01

    The antimalarial properties of Tithonia diversifolia, an Asteraceae traditionally used to treat malaria, were investigated in vitro against three strains of Plasmodium falciparum. The ether extract from aerial parts of the plant collected in So Tom e Prncipe, demonstrated good antiplasmodial activity (IC 50 on FCA strain: 0.75 microg/ml). A bioassay guided fractionation of this extract led to the isolation of the known sesquiterpene lactone tagitinin C as an active component against Plasmodium (IC 50 on FCA strain: 0.33 microg/ml), but also possessing cytotoxic properties (IC 50 on HTC-116 cells: 0.706 microg/ml). PMID:12094301

  9. Structure-activity relationships of antioxidant activity in vitro about flavonoids isolated from Pyrethrum tatsienense

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    Lin, Chao-Zhan; Zhu, Chen-Chen; Hu, Min; Wu, Ai-Zhi; Bairu, Zeren-Dawa; Kangsa, Suolang-Qimei

    2014-01-01

    Aim: Antioxidant activity is one of the important indexes for estimating medicinal value for the traditional Chinese medicine. The aim of this study is to investigate the antioxidant activity of 11 flavonoids mainly revealing luteolin as mother nucleus isolated from Pyrethrum tatsienense. Materials and Methods: The antioxidant activity of 11 flavonoids was measured in vitro using the classical 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl removal method. The percentages of scavenging activity of 11 flavonoids were analyzed by taking the choice of a-tocopherol as positive drugs, and the scavenging activity was plotted against the sample concentration to obtain the IC50 values. Results: Ten flavonoids containing phenolic hydroxyl groups have different levels of antioxidant activity. Antioxidant activity mainly depends on the numbers and the substitutional positions of phenolic hydroxyls in B ring. When C-3', 4' positions in B ring of flavonoids are replaced by hydroxyl groups, the antioxidant activity improved remarkably. Phenolic hydroxyl groups in A ring contribute some to antioxidant activity because of the electrophilic effect of C ring, and the numbers and substitutional positions of methoxyl and glycosyl have a little effect on the antioxidant activity. Conclusion: Structure-activity relationships of antioxidant activity about flavonoids isolated from P. tatsienense are concluded, which will be beneficial to deep understanding the pharmacological functions of this Tibetan medicine in vivo from the point of antioxidation. PMID:26401360

  10. In vitro activity of the transcription activation functions of the progesterone receptor. Evidence for intermediary factors.

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    Shemshedini, L; Ji, J W; Brou, C; Chambon, P; Gronemeyer, H

    1992-01-25

    The human progesterone receptor (hPR) is a ligand-dependent transcription factor which contains two distinct transcription activation functions (TAFs). The full-length hPR and its individual TAFs were overexpressed in the baculovirus system and tested in a HeLa cell-derived in vitro transcription system. hPR stimulated transcription in a ligand-independent manner. When the two TAFs fused to the DNA-binding domain of GAL4 were tested, only the constitutive TAF-1 was functional in vitro, strongly suggesting that the transcriptional activity of baculovirus-expressed hPR comes solely from TAF-1. The GAL-TAF-1 activator was found to self-squelch without affecting basal transcription. A partially purified fraction relieved this self-squelching and, moreover, stimulated transcriptional activation by GAL-TAF-1, while having no influence on basal transcription. These results strongly suggest that the transcriptional activity of GAL-TAF-1 requires a factor(s) distinct from the general transcription factors. PMID:1730721

  11. Processed tart cherry products--comparative phytochemical content, in vitro antioxidant capacity and in vitro anti-inflammatory activity.

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    Ou, Boxin; Bosak, Kristen N; Brickner, Paula R; Iezzoni, Dominic G; Seymour, E Mitchell

    2012-05-01

    Processing of fruits and vegetables affects their phytochemical and nutrient content. Tart cherries are commercially promoted to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. However, processing affects their phytochemical content and may affect their related health benefits. The current study compares the in vitro antioxidant capacity and anti-inflammatory cyclooxygenase activity of processed tart cherry (Prunus cerasus) products-cherry juice concentrate, individually quick-frozen cherries, canned cherries, and dried cherries. Cherry products were analyzed for total anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin content and profile. On a per serving basis, total anthocyanins were highest in frozen cherries and total proanthocyanidins were highest in juice concentrate. Total phenolics were highest in juice concentrate. Juice concentrate had the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) and peroxynitrite radical averting capacity (NORAC). Dried cherries had the highest hydroxyl radical averting capacity (HORAC) and superoxide radical averting capacity (SORAC). Processed tart cherry products compared very favorably to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-reported ORAC of other fresh and processed fruits. Inhibition of in vitro inflammatory COX-1 activity was greatest in juice concentrate. In summary, all processed tart cherry products possessed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, but processing differentially affected phytochemical content and in vitro bioactivity. On a per serving basis, juice concentrate was superior to other tart cherry products. PMID:23163942

  12. In vitro antioxidant activity of polysaccharide from Gardenia jasminoides ellis

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    Fan, Y.; Ge, Z.; Luo, A.

    2011-01-01

    A water-soluble polysaccharide, GP, was isolated from Gardenia jasminoides Ellis through hot water extraction followed by ethanol precipitation. The in vitro free radicals scavenging tests exhibited that GP has significant scavenging abilities especially for ABTS, DPPH, and hydroxyl radicals, which suggests that the polysaccharide GP is a novel antioxidant. ?? 2011 Academic Journals.

  13. Activated ?? T cells inhibit osteoclast differentiation and resorptive activity in vitro

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    Pappalardo, A; Thompson, K

    2013-01-01

    Extensive evidence suggests that the immune system exerts powerful effects on bone cells, particularly in chronic disease pathologies such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The chronic inflammatory state in RA, particularly the excessive production of T cell-derived proinflammatory cytokines such as tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-? and interleukin (IL)-17, triggers bone erosions through the increased stimulation of osteoclast formation and activity. While evidence supports a role for IL-17 and TNF-? secreted by conventional CD4+ T cells in RA, recent evidence in animal models of RA have implicated ?? T cells as a major producer of pathogenic IL-17. However, the capacity of ?? T cells to influence osteoclast formation and activity in humans has not yet been investigated widely. To address this issue we investigated the effects of ?? T cells on osteoclast differentiation and resorptive activity. We have demonstrated that anti-CD3/CD28-stimulated ?? T cells or CD4+ T cells inhibit human osteoclast formation and resorptive activity in vitro. Furthermore, we assessed cytokine production by CD3/CD28-stimulated ?? T cells and observed a lack of IL-17 production, with activated ?? T cells producing abundant interferon (IFN)-?. The neutralization of IFN-? markedly restored the formation of osteoclasts from precursor cells and the resorptive activity of mature osteoclasts, suggesting that IFN-? is the major factor responsible for the inhibitory role of activated ?? T cells on osteoclastogenesis and resorptive activity of mature osteoclasts. Our work therefore provides new insights on the interactions between ?? T cells and osteoclasts in humans. PMID:23815433

  14. In vitro antioxidant activity of acetylated and benzoylated derivatives of polysaccharide extracted from Ulva pertusa (Chlorophyta).

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    Qi, Huimin; Zhang, Quanbin; Zhao, Tingting; Hu, Rugui; Zhang, Kun; Li, Zhien

    2006-05-01

    The antioxidant activity of natural ulvan and its derivatives (acetylated and benzoylated ulvans) in vitro was determined, including scavenging activity against superoxide and hydroxyl radicals, reducing power, and chelating ability. Obvious differences in antioxidant activity between natural ulvan and its derivatives were observed, moreover, the antioxidant activity of acetylated and benzoylated ulvans was stronger than that of natural ulvan. PMID:16481163

  15. In vitro and in vivo developmental competence of dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) oocytes following in vitro fertilization or parthenogenetic activation.

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    Khatir, H; Anouassi, A; Tibary, A

    2009-07-01

    Parthenogenetic activation of the oocyte represents an important step in the somatic cloning. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness (in term of in vitro development) of different methods of parthenogenetic activation of dromedary oocytes. Selected cumulus-oocytes-complexes (n=1264) collected by follicular aspiration from ovaries obtained postmortem were matured in vitro (IVM) for 30 h then divided randomly into seven groups and submitted to artificial activation. Two groups were preactivated with 25 microM of calcium ionophore (CaI) for 20 min then incubated for 4h with either 2mM 6-dimethylaminopurine (6-DMAP) (group 1, n=202) or with 10 microg/mL cycloheximide (CHX) (group 2, n=194). Group 3 (n=172) and group 4 (n=184), oocytes were pretreated with 5 microM ionomycin (Iono) for 5 min then incubated with either 2mM 6-DMAP or 10 microg/mL cycloheximide for 4h, respectively. Group 5 (n=161) and group 6 (n=155) oocytes were preactivated with electrical stimulation (ES) then activated with either 2mM 6-DMAP or 10 microg/mL cycloheximide for 4h, respectively. Group 7 (n=196) oocytes were submitted to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and served as a control. All groups containing oocytes were cultured in vitro following activation or IVF, at 38.5 degrees C under 5% CO(2) in air with >95% humidity. The in vitro development rates of dromedary oocytes exposed to 6-DMAP after CaI (61%), ES (74%) and the IVF group (71%) were similar and significantly greater (P<0.05) than other treatments (10% for group 2, 47% for group 3, 27% for group 4 and 41% for group 6). The blastocyst developmental rate was better (P<0.05) in parthenotes following activation with Iono/6-DMAP (21%) compared to activation with Iono/CHX (12%). However, all were less than that achieved in the IVF group (35%). We conclude that parthenogenetic activation of camel oocytes with 6-DMAP is more effective than activation with CHX for all pre-treatments tested (CaI, Iono or ES). The viability of activated (n=15) or IVF (n=10) hatched-dromedary embryos was examined by transfer to synchronized recipients. An embryonic vesicle was seen by ultrasonography at 15 days post transfer in four females (CaI/6-DMAP: 1/5; 20%, IVF: 3/10; 30%). The only pseudopregnancy obtained with an activated embryo resorbed at 25 days. One of the females receiving the IVF produced embryos aborted at 2 months and the other two females carried to term and gave birth to healthy calves (one female and one male). This study shows that artificial activation of dromedary oocytes with CaI/6-DMAP or ES/6-DMAP is more effective than other treatments in terms of in vitro embryo development. This provides efficient activation conditions which may lead to the development of the somatic cell nuclear transfer procedure in dromedary. PMID:18789618

  16. Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of 1,4-Naphthoquinones and Quinoline-5,8-diones as Antimalarial and Schistosomicidal Agents

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    Lanfranchi, Don Antoine; Cesar-Rodo, Elena; Bertrand, Benoît; Huang, Hsin-Hung; Day, Latasha; Johann, Laure; Elhabiri, Mourad; Becker, Katja; Williams, David L.

    2012-01-01

    Improving the solubility of polysubstituted 1,4-naphthoquinone derivatives was achieved by introducing nitrogen in two different positions of the naphthoquinone core, at C-5 and at C-8 of menadione through a two-step, straightforward synthesis based on the regioselective hetero-Diels-Alder reaction. The antimalarial and the antischistosomal activities of these polysubstituted aza-1,4-naphthoquinone derivatives were evaluated and led to the selection of distinct compounds for antimalarial versus antischistosomal action. The AgII-assisted oxidative radical decarboxylation of the phenyl acetic acids using AgNO3 and ammonium peroxodisulfate was modified to generate the 3-picolinyl-menadione with improved pharmacokinetic parameters, high antimalarial effects and capacity to inhibit the formation of β-hematin. PMID:22777178

  17. [In vitro development of the reconstructed embryos of cattle activated after various electrofusion times].

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    Malenko, G P; Komissarov, A V; Stepanov, O I

    2010-01-01

    The dynamics of in vitro development of reconstructed embryos of cattle after various electrofusion times was studied. The in vitro mature oocytes without zona pellucida enucleated using the touch method were taken as cytoplasts. Fetal fibroblasts were used as the nuclei source. Approximately 40% of embryos activated between 3 and 3.2 hours after electrofusion developed to blastocysts. The effectiveness of in vitro cloned embryo development did not decrease when the time between electrofusion and activation was extended up to 4-5 hours. The pattern of more successful development of in vitro reconstructed embryos was found using enucleated oocytes, excreting the first polar body after 18 hours in comparison with oocytes matured in vitro afterwards, as cytoplasts. PMID:21077361

  18. In vitro activity of three tetracycline antibiotics against Acinetobacter calcoaceticus subsp. anitratus.

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    Crues, J V; Murray, B E; Moellering, R C

    1979-01-01

    The in vitro activity of three tetracycline antibiotics against 127 strains of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus (Herella vaginicola) were compared. Almost all strains were susceptible to minocycline and doxycycline, whereas most strains were resistant to tetracycline. PMID:526013

  19. In vitro evaluation of mineral cytotoxicity and inflammatory activity

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    Driscoll, K.E.

    1993-12-31

    Health risks associated with inhalation of mineral dusts have been identified to a great extent through epidemiology studies, but also have been assessed by conducting subchronic and chronic inhalation studies typically on rodents. However, in vivo studies are softly, time-consuming, requiring complex technologies, and may not yield information on cellular and molecular mechanisms of response. As a result, the use of in vitro cell culture systems has played an important role in studying the toxicology of mineral dusts and providing insight into action mechanisms. This article reviews selected in vitro approaches that are used to investigate the cytotoxic and inflammatory properties of mineral particles and fibers. In addition key findings as they relate to understanding the toxicology of mineral dusts are presented. 165 refs., 1 fig., 5 tab.

  20. Phagocytic activity of Limulus polyphemus amebocytes in vitro.

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    Coates, Christopher J; Whalley, Tim; Nairn, Jacqueline

    2012-11-01

    Phagocytosis of invading microorganisms is a fundamental component of innate immunity. The Atlantic horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, possesses a single immune cell type, the granular amebocyte. Amebocytes release a repertoire of potent immune effectors in the presence of pathogens, and function in hemostasis. In contrast to other arthropod immunocytes, the properties of amebocyte phagocytosis remain poorly characterised, restricted by the technical challenges associated with handling these labile cells. We have addressed these challenges and observed the internalisation of microbial and synthetic targets by amebocytes in vitro. Confirmation of target internalisation was achieved using a combination of fluorescent quenching and lipophilic membrane probes: R18 and FM 1-43. Viability, morphological integrity and functionality of extracted amebocytes appeared to be retained in vitro. The phagocytic properties of L. polyphemus amebocytes described here, in the absence of endotoxin, are similar to those observed for arthropod immunocytes and mammalian neutrophils. PMID:22910042

  1. Transport across rat trachea in vitro after exposure to cytoskeleton-active drugs in vitro or to ozone in vivo

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    Rasmussen, R.E.; Bhalla, D.K.

    1989-03-01

    Full-length tracheas from Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to cytoskeleton-active drugs in short-term organ culture, and the permeability of the tracheal epithelium was measured by instilling radiotracers into the lumen and assay of the radioactivity appearing in the external bathing medium. In vitro treatment with cytochalasin D (cyto D, 2-10 x 10(-6) M) increased the rate of movement of (14C)mannitol across the epithelium. Exposure to vinblastine (VB, 10(-4) M) alone had no significant effect. However, VB in combination with cyto D increased the permeability in a dose-dependent manner. In vivo exposure to ozone (O3, 0.8 or 2.0 ppm, 2 h) had only a slight effect on the rate of movement of the tracer as measured in vitro immediately after exposure. At 24 h postexposure there was no significant difference in permeability between ozone- and air-exposed tracheas. Prior in vivo O3 exposure sensitized the tracheas to the in vitro effects of cyto D; treatment of O3-exposed tracheas with cyto D immediately after O3 exposure produced a greater than additive effect on permeability measured in vitro. VB at concentrations up to 10(-4) M had no enhancing effect on permeability in O3-exposed tracheas. Sham exposure to clean air did not affect permeability compared to untreated (shelf) controls. Electron microscopic studies demonstrated penetration of horseradish peroxidase into intercellular spaces in the tracheas treated in vitro with cyto D or cyto D plus VB. Cyto D is known to affect intracellular microfilaments that have attachments at or near the cell surface, while VB affects microtubules associated with internal cellular structures. Therefore, the synergistic effect on tracheal permeability observed with O3 and cyto D, but not with O3 and VB, suggests that O3 may change cell surface structures associated with the microfilamentous cytoskeleton.

  2. Antifungal activity of tamoxifen: in vitro and in vivo activities and mechanistic characterization.

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    Dolan, Kristy; Montgomery, Sara; Buchheit, Bradley; Didone, Louis; Wellington, Melanie; Krysan, Damian J

    2009-08-01

    Tamoxifen (TAM), an estrogen receptor antagonist used primarily to treat breast cancer, has well-recognized antifungal properties, but the activity of TAM has not been fully characterized using standardized (i.e., CLSI) in vitro susceptibility testing, nor has it been demonstrated in an in vivo model of fungal infection. In addition, its mechanism of action remains to be clearly defined at the molecular level. Here, we report that TAM displays in vitro activity (MIC, 8 to 64 microg/ml) against pathogenic yeasts (Candida albicans, other Candida spp., and Cryptococcus neoformans). In vivo, 200 mg/kg of body weight per day TAM reduced kidney fungal burden (-1.5 log(10) CFU per g tissue; P = 0.008) in a murine model of disseminated candidiasis. TAM is a known inhibitor of mammalian calmodulin, and TAM-treated yeast show phenotypes consistent with decreased calmodulin function, including lysis, decreased new bud formation, disrupted actin polarization, and decreased germ tube formation. The overexpression of calmodulin suppresses TAM toxicity, hypofunctional calmodulin mutants are hypersensitive to TAM, and TAM interferes with the interaction between Myo2p and calmodulin, suggesting that TAM targets calmodulin as part of its mechanism of action. Taken together, these experiments indicate that the further study of compounds related to TAM as antifungal agents is warranted. PMID:19487443

  3. In vitro accelerated mass propagation and ex vitro evaluation of Aloe vera L. with aloin content and superoxide dismutase activity.

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    Gantait, Saikat; Mandal, Nirmal; Das, Prakash Kanti

    2011-08-01

    An innovative protocol on accelerated in vitro propagation and acclimatisation was developed in Aloe vera L. Culture was initiated with rhizomatous stem where Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium fortified with 0.5?mg?L(-1) ?-naphthalene acetic acid and 1.5?mg?L(-1) N(6)-benzylaminopurine (BAP) promoted earliest shoot induction. Maximum shoot multiplication was achieved in MS medium supplemented with 2.5?mg?L(-1)BAP. The best in vitro rooting was observed in the MS medium with 0.5?mg?L(-1) indole-3-acetic acid plus 2?g?L(-1) activated charcoal. The simple acclimatisation process, primarily with a combination of sand and soil (1?:?1 v/v) and finally with a blend of sand, soil and farm yard manure (2?:?1?:?1 v/v), ensured a 98% survival rate. Overall, 192 true-to-type plantlets were achieved from a single explant within 85 days. Morphologically, in vitro generated plants performed better than conventionally propagated plants; nevertheless the similarity in aloin content, gel content and superoxide dismutase activity was corroborated. PMID:21859262

  4. Antioxidant, Antibacterial and Antischistosomal Activities of Extracts from Grateloupia livida (Harv). Yamada

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    Yao, Fen; Chen, Weizhou; Zhong, Shuping; Zheng, Fuchun; Shi, Ganggang

    2013-01-01

    The present study was designated to evaluate the antioxidant, antibacterial and antischistosomal activities of Grateloupia livida (GL) extracts in vitro. A GL Ethanol extract (EE) was separated into petroleum ether (PE), ethyl acetate (EA), n-butyl alcohol (BuOH) and aqueous (AQ) fractions to fractionate the polar and non-polar compounds in the EE. Extracts antioxidant activities were evaluated in vitro by DPPH radical-scavenging, deoxyribose radical scavenging, and ?-carotene bleaching assays, all using butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) as the reference antioxidant compound. The most effective antioxidant properties were observed in the PE fraction in all three assays. Antimicrobial testing showed that the PE fraction exhibited broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, with the PE fraction also exhibiting strong activity against the human pathogenic trematode S. japonicum adult worm. In order to investigate the relationships between bioactivity and chemical composition, the chemical composition of the PE fraction was analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). In total, 25 components were identified in the PE fraction, most of which have known antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. However, none of the compounds have reported activity against Schistosoma, suggesting that the schistosomicidal activity of the PE fraction may be related to minor constituents present in the extract, or governed by more intricate synergistic or additive relationships. Finally, fractions with the greatest biological activity displayed neither cellular cytotoxicity, at concentrations up to 100 ug/ml, or acute oral toxicity in mice, at doses up to 2000 mg/kg. Based on antioxidant, antimicrobial, antischistosomal activities, and low toxicity, the PE fraction possesses properties useful for food preservation and overall improvement of human health. PMID:24312216

  5. In vitro activity of ponazuril against Theileria equi.

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    Wise, L Nicki; Ueti, Massaro W; Kappmeyer, Lowell S; Hines, Melissa T; White, Stephen N; Davis, Wendell; Knowles, Donald P

    2012-04-30

    The equid hemoprotozoan parasite Theileria equi is endemic in most regions worldwide. Infection of horses is a cause of significant economic loss due to costs associated with disease and restriction of trade with non-endemic nations. The ability of certain drugs such as imidocarb dipropionate to eliminate persistent T. equi infection and transmission risk is controversial. The anti-protozoal agent ponazuril has been used successfully to treat equine Sarcosystis neurona and Toxoplasma gondii. The hypothesis that ponazuril inhibits replication of T. equi in vitro was tested. T. equi infected equine erythrocyte cultures were treated with ponazuril at multiple concentrations. Cessation of parasite replication was observed over a 5-day period and the degree of inhibition was variable between drug concentrations. Ponazuril inhibited T. equi in erythrocyte culture at all concentrations tested but parasite elimination required at least 500 ?g/mL. The high dose of ponazuril required for in vitro inhibition likely limits its ability to control or clear T. equi infection in vivo, however additional research to evaluate related drugs is warranted. PMID:22130334

  6. Novel squaramides with in vitro liver stage antiplasmodial activity.

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    Ribeiro, Carlos J A; Espadinha, Margarida; Machado, Marta; Gut, Jiri; Gonçalves, Lídia M; Rosenthal, Philip J; Prudêncio, Miguel; Moreira, Rui; Santos, Maria M M

    2016-04-15

    A structure-activity relationship study was performed with ten 8-aminoquinoline-squaramides compounds active against liver stage malaria parasites, using human hepatoma cells (Huh7) infected by Plasmodium berghei parasites. In addition, their blood-schizontocidal activity was assessed against chloroquine-resistant W2 strain Plasmodium falciparum. Compound 3 was 7.3-fold more potent than the positive control primaquine against liver-stage parasites, illustrating the importance of the squarate moiety to activity. PMID:26968650

  7. Antioxidant activity of uruguayan propolis. In vitro and cellular assays.

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    Silva, Vernica; Genta, Gonzalo; Mller, Matas N; Masner, Martn; Thomson, Leonor; Romero, Natalia; Radi, Rafael; Fernandes, Denise C; Laurindo, Francisco R M; Heinzen, Horacio; Fierro, Walter; Denicola, Ana

    2011-06-22

    The antioxidant capacity of propolis from the southern region of Uruguay was evaluated using in vitro as well as cellular assays. Free radical scavenging capacity was assessed by ORAC, obtaining values significantly higher than those of other natural products (8000 ?mol Trolox equiv/g propolis). ORAC values correlated well with total polyphenol content (determined by Folin-Ciocalteu method) and UV absorption. Total polyphenol content (150 mg gallic acid equiv/g propolis) and flavonoids (45 mg quercetin equiv/g propolis) were similar to values reported for southern Brazilian (group 3) and Argentinean propolis. Flavonoid composition determined by RP-HPLC indicates a strong poplar-tree origin. Samples high in polyphenols efficiently inhibit low-density lipoprotein lipoperoxidation and tyrosine nitration. In addition, Uruguayan propolis was found to induce the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase and inhibit endothelial NADPH oxidase, suggesting a potential cardiovascular benefit by increasing nitric oxide bioavailability in the endothelium. PMID:21563839

  8. Luliconazole Demonstrates Potent In Vitro Activity against Dermatophytes Recovered from Patients with Onychomycosis

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    Wiederhold, Nathan P.; Fothergill, Annette W.; McCarthy, Dora I.

    2014-01-01

    The in vitro activities of luliconazole, amorolfine, ciclopirox, and terbinafine were determined against 320 dermatophyte isolates from large toenails of onychomycosis patients enrolled into an ongoing phase 2b/3 clinical study. The geometric mean MIC for luliconazole was 0.00022 ?g/ml against all isolates, compared to 0.0194 to 0.3107 ?g/ml for the three other agents. The in vitro potency of luliconazole was maintained regardless of the dermatophyte species. PMID:24709260

  9. Anticoagulant activities of piperlonguminine in vitro and in vivo

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    Lee, Wonhwa; Yoo, Hayoung; Ku, Sae-Kwang; Kim, Jeong Ah; Bae, Jong-Sup

    2013-01-01

    Piperlonguminine (PL), an important component of Piper longum fruits, is known to exhibit anti-hyperlipidemic, antiplatelet and anti-melanogenic activities. Here, the anticoagulant activities of PL were examined by monitoring activatedpartial-thromboplastin-time (aPTT), prothrombin-time (PT), and the activities of thrombin and activated factor X (FXa). The effects of PL on the expressions of plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) and tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) were also tested in tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?) activated HUVECs. The results showed that PL prolonged aPTT and PT significantly and inhibited the activities of thrombin and FXa. PL inhibited the generation of thrombin and FXa in HUVECs. In accordance with these anticoagulant activities, PL prolonged in vivo bleeding time and inhibited TNF-? induced PAI-1 production. Furthermore, PAI-1/t-PA ratio was significantly decreased by PL. Collectively, our results suggest that PL possesses antithrombotic activities and that the current study could provide bases for the development of new anticoagulant agents. [BMB Reports 2013; 46(10): 484-489] PMID:24148768

  10. Effect of Pulmonary Surfactant on Antimicrobial Activity In Vitro

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    Schwameis, R.; Erdogan-Yildirim, Z.; Manafi, M.; Zeitlinger, M. A.; Strommer, S.

    2013-01-01

    Time-kill curve experiments were performed with linezolid, doripenem, tigecycline, moxifloxacin, and daptomycin against Staphylococcus aureus and with colistin, moxifloxacin, and doripenem against Pseudomonas aeruginosa to evaluate the effect of porcine pulmonary surfactant on antimicrobial activity. Pulmonary surfactant significantly impaired the activities of moxifloxacin and colistin. When antibiotics are being developed for respiratory tract infections, the method described here might be used to preliminarily quantify the effect of pulmonary surfactant on antimicrobial activity. PMID:23877678

  11. Effect of pulmonary surfactant on antimicrobial activity in vitro.

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    Schwameis, R; Erdogan-Yildirim, Z; Manafi, M; Zeitlinger, M A; Strommer, S; Sauermann, R

    2013-10-01

    Time-kill curve experiments were performed with linezolid, doripenem, tigecycline, moxifloxacin, and daptomycin against Staphylococcus aureus and with colistin, moxifloxacin, and doripenem against Pseudomonas aeruginosa to evaluate the effect of porcine pulmonary surfactant on antimicrobial activity. Pulmonary surfactant significantly impaired the activities of moxifloxacin and colistin. When antibiotics are being developed for respiratory tract infections, the method described here might be used to preliminarily quantify the effect of pulmonary surfactant on antimicrobial activity. PMID:23877678

  12. Activation of microglia by Borna disease virus infection: in vitro study

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    Neonatal Borna disease virus (BDV) infection of the rat brain is associated with microglial activation and damage to the certain neuronal populations. Since persistent BDV infection of neurons in vitro is noncytolytic and noncytopathic, activated microglia have been suggested to be responsible for n...

  13. INHIBITION OF HUMAN NATURAL KILLER CELL ACTIVITY FOLLOWING IN VITRO EXPOSURE TO OZONE

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    In this study we have examined the effect of in vitro ozone exposure on human peripheral blood natural killer (NK) cell activity measured against K562 tumor cells. he data showed that NK activity was nhibited in a time dependent manner with marked suppression observed after 6 hou...

  14. IN VITRO AUGMENTATION OF NATURAL KILLER CELL ACTIVITY BY MANGANESE CHLORIDE

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    The in vitro cultivation of murine spleen cells with MnCl2 resulted in the enhancement of natural killer (NK) cell activity as measured in a 4-h (51)Cr-release assay. Optimal enhancement of NK activity was observed at concentrations of 10-20 micrograms MnCl2 culture (72-144 micro...

  15. Novel trisubstituted harmine derivatives with original in vitro anticancer activity.

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    Frdrick, Raphal; Bruyre, Cline; Vancraeynest, Christelle; Reniers, Jrmy; Meinguet, Cline; Pochet, Lionel; Backlund, Anders; Masereel, Bernard; Kiss, Robert; Wouters, Johan

    2012-07-26

    To overcome the intrinsic resistance of cancer cells to apoptotic stimuli, we designed and synthesized approximately 50 novel ?-carbolines structurally related to harmine. Harmine is known for its anticancer properties and is a DYRK1A inhibitor. Of the synthesized compounds, the most active in terms of growth inhibition of five cancer cell lines are cytostatic and approximately 100 times more potent than harmine but demonstrated no DYRK1A inhibitory activity. These novel ?-carbolines display similar growth inhibitory activity in cancer cells that are sensitive and resistant to apoptotic stimuli. Using ChemGPS-NP, we found that the more active ?-carbolines are all more lipophilic and larger than the less active compounds. Lastly, on the basis of the NCI human tumor cell line anticancer drug screen and the NCI COMPARE algorithm, it appears that some of these compounds, including 5a and 5k, seem to act as protein synthesis inhibitors. PMID:22770529

  16. In vitro germination characteristics of maize pollen to detect biological activity of environmental pollutants.

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    Pfahler, P L

    1981-01-01

    In vitro pollen germination was examined as a method to determine the mutagenic and physiological effects of environmental pollutants on higher organisms. Results were presented indicating that mutations could be distinguished by their in vitro germination characteristics if sporophytes homozygous for the mutated allele were tested. The addition of agents directly into the in vitro medium was shown to be an effective method to assess their physiological effects. The exposure of pollen grains during the in vitro germination process to ultraviolet radiation in the B range (280-320 nm) was found to produce little or no change in the germination or ruptured percentage but a sharp decrease in pollen tube growth after 1 hr. In vitro pollen germination appears to be a valuable method to examine the mutation types and physiological effects produced by a broad range of environmental pollutants. In fact, since in vitro germination is related to reproduction and gene transmission, the biological activity of these agents on in vitro germination should be tested routinely to determine their possible effects on food production and gene frequency changes in future generations. Images FIGURE 1. FIGURE 3. PMID:7460877

  17. In vitro germination characteristics of maize pollen to detect biological activity of environmental pollutants.

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    Pfahler, P L

    1981-01-01

    In vitro pollen germination was examined as a method to determine the mutagenic and physiological effects of environmental pollutants on higher organisms. Results were presented indicating that mutations could be distinguished by their in vitro germination characteristics if sporophytes homozygous for the mutated allele were tested. The addition of agents directly into the in vitro medium was shown to be an effective method to assess their physiological effects. The exposure of pollen grains during the in vitro germination process to ultraviolet radiation in the B range (280-320 nm) was found to produce little or no change in the germination or ruptured percentage but a sharp decrease in pollen tube growth after 1 hr. In vitro pollen germination appears to be a valuable method to examine the mutation types and physiological effects produced by a broad range of environmental pollutants. In fact, since in vitro germination is related to reproduction and gene transmission, the biological activity of these agents on in vitro germination should be tested routinely to determine their possible effects on food production and gene frequency changes in future generations. PMID:7460877

  18. In vitro differentiation of human macrophages with enhanced antimycobacterial activity

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    Vogt, Guillaume; Nathan, Carl

    2011-01-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes widespread, persistent infection, often residing in macrophages that neither sterilize the bacilli nor allow them to cause disease. How macrophages restrict growth of pathogens is one of many aspects of human phagocyte biology whose study relies largely on macrophages differentiated from monocytes in vitro. However, such cells fail to recapitulate the phenotype of tissue macrophages in key respects, including that they support early, extensive replication of M. tuberculosis and die in several days. Here we found that human macrophages could survive infection, kill Mycobacterium bovis BCG, and severely limit the replication of M. tuberculosis for several weeks if differentiated in 40% human plasma under 5%10% (physiologic) oxygen in the presence of GM-CSF and/or TNF-? followed by IFN-?. Control was lost with fetal bovine serum, 20% oxygen, M-CSF, higher concentrations of cytokines, or premature exposure to IFN-?. We believe that the new culture method will enable inquiries into the antimicrobial mechanisms of human macrophages. PMID:21911939

  19. Antifungal activity of three mouth rinses--in vitro study.

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    Abirami, C P; Venugopal, Pankajalakshmi V

    2005-01-01

    Mouthrinses are nowadays routinely included in the home care oral hygiene maintenance besides dentifrice/tooth paste. Mouthrinses prevent bacterial attachment and prevent or slow down bacterial proliferation. Fungal organisms have now gained more importance due to increased incidence of AIDS/HIV. This has necessitated for mouthrinses to possess antifungal activity also. The mouthrinses used were Povidone iodine ( Wokadine), Thymol with Eucalyptol and Benzoic acid (Listerine) and fluoride with Triclosan (Colgate Plax), which were tested against oral isolates of different species of Candida. The agar diffusion test was used to evaluate the inhibitory activity of the mouthrinses and all of them exhibited antifungal activity especially against Candida albicans. PMID:16758789

  20. Antithrombotic Activities of Luteolin In Vitro and In Vivo.

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    Choi, Jun-Hui; Kim, Yoon-Sik; Shin, Chang-Ho; Lee, Hyo-Jeong; Kim, Seung

    2015-12-01

    The objectives of present study were to investigate whether luteolin affects procoagulant proteinase activity and fibrin clot formation and influences thrombosis and coagulation in Sprague-Dawle rats. Luteolin significantly inhibited the enzymatic activity of thrombin and FXa activity by 29.1% and 16.2%. Luteolin also inhibited fibrin polymer formation in turbidity and microscopic analysis using fluorescent conjugate. Coagulation assay of luteolin was found to prolong activated partial thromboplastin time and prothrombin time. Moreover, luteolin protected the development of oxidative stress induced thrombosis in the FeCl3 -induced carotid arterial thrombus model. This study demonstrated that luteolin may be useful by reducing or preventing thrombotic challenge and can help us better understand the antithrombotic action of luteolin. PMID:26184785

  1. In vitro and in vivo biological activities of anthocyanins from Nitraria tangutorun Bobr. fruits.

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    Ma, Tao; Hu, Na; Ding, Chenxi; Zhang, Qiulong; Li, Wencong; Suo, Yourui; Wang, Honglun; Bai, Bo; Ding, Chenxu

    2016-03-01

    Anthocyanins are the main compounds in Nitraria tangutorun Bobr. The enrichment and purification of anthocyanins on macroporous resins were investigated. Regarding anthocyanin purification, static adsorption and desorption were studied. The optimal experimental conditions were the following: resin type: X-5; static adsorption time: 6h; desorption solution: ethanol-water-HCl (80:19:1, V/V/V; pH 1); desorption time: 40min. Furthermore, the in vitro and in vivo biological activities of the anthocyanins were evaluated. The anthocyanins showed ideal scavenging effects on free radicals in vitro, especially on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and hydroxyl free radical (OH). In the animal experiment, blood lipid metabolism of hyperlipidemia rats was regulated by anthocyanin contents. The superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity and the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of hyperlipidemia rats were also improved by anthocyanins. These results showed that anthocyanins from N. tangutorun Bobr. fruits had potential biological activities in vivo as well as in vitro. PMID:26471558

  2. Bromelain enzyme from pineapple: in vitro activity study under different micropropagation conditions.

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    Vilanova Neta, Jaci Lima; da Silva Lédo, Ana; Lima, Aloisio André Bonfim; Santana, José Carlos Curvelo; Leite, Nadjma Souza; Ruzene, Denise Santos; Silva, Daniel Pereira; de Souza, Roberto Rodrigues

    2012-09-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the activity of bromelain in pineapple plants (Ananas comosus var. Comosus), Pérola cultivar, produced in vitro in different culture conditions. This enzyme, besides its pharmacological effects, is also employed in food industries, such as breweries and meat processing. In this work, the enzymatic activity was evaluated in the tissues of leaves and stems of plants grown in culture medium without plant growth regulator. The most significant levels of bromelain were observed in leaf tissue after 4 months of culture in vitro in medium with a filter paper bridge, followed by medium gelled by the agar. The results of this study, regarding the different structures of the pineapple (leaves and stems) in vitro showed that the activity of bromelain varied depending on the culture conditions, the time and structure of which was quantified, ensuring a viable strategy in the production of seedlings with high levels of bromelain in subsequent phases of micropropagation. PMID:22736274

  3. In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils

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    Prabuseenivasan, Seenivasan; Jayakumar, Manickkam; Ignacimuthu, Savarimuthu

    2006-01-01

    Background: To evaluate the antibacterial activity of 21 plant essential oils against six bacterial species. Methods: The selected essential oils were screened against four gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris) and two gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus at four different concentrations (1:1, 1:5, 1:10 and 1:20) using disc diffusion method. The MIC of the active essential oils were tested using two fold agar dilution method at concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 25.6 mg/ml. Results: Out of 21 essential oils tested, 19 oils showed antibacterial activity against one or more strains. Cinnamon, clove, geranium, lemon, lime, orange and rosemary oils exhibited significant inhibitory effect. Cinnamon oil showed promising inhibitory activity even at low concentration, whereas aniseed, eucalyptus and camphor oils were least active against the tested bacteria. In general, B. subtilis was the most susceptible. On the other hand, K. pneumoniae exhibited low degree of sensitivity. Conclusion: Majority of the oils showed antibacterial activity against the tested strains. However Cinnamon, clove and lime oils were found to be inhibiting both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Cinnamon oil can be a good source of antibacterial agents. PMID:17134518

  4. Botulinum Toxin Suppression of CNS Network Activity In Vitro

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    Pancrazio, Joseph J.; Gopal, Kamakshi; Keefer, Edward W.; Gross, Guenter W.

    2014-01-01

    The botulinum toxins are potent agents which disrupt synaptic transmission. While the standard method for BoNT detection and quantification is based on the mouse lethality assay, we have examined whether alterations in cultured neuronal network activity can be used to detect the functional effects of BoNT. Murine spinal cord and frontal cortex networks cultured on substrate integrated microelectrode arrays allowed monitoring of spontaneous spike and burst activity with exposure to BoNT serotype A (BoNT-A). Exposure to BoNT-A inhibited spike activity in cultured neuronal networks where, after a delay due to toxin internalization, the rate of activity loss depended on toxin concentration. Over a 30?hr exposure to BoNT-A, the minimum concentration detected was 2?ng/mL, a level consistent with mouse lethality studies. A small proportion of spinal cord networks, but not frontal cortex networks, showed a transient increase in spike and burst activity with exposure to BoNT-A, an effect likely due to preferential inhibition of inhibitory synapses expressed in this tissue. Lastly, prior exposure to human-derived antisera containing neutralizing antibodies prevented BoNT-A induced inhibition of network spike activity. These observations suggest that the extracellular recording from cultured neuronal networks can be used to detect and quantify functional BoNT effects. PMID:24688538

  5. Amines protect in vitro the celiac small intestine from the damaging activity of gliadin peptides.

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    Auricchio, S; De Ritis, G; De Vincenzi, M; Gentile, V; Maiuri, L; Mancini, E; Porta, R; Raia, V

    1990-12-01

    Proteins and peptides responsible for the celiac small intestinal lesion inhibit both the enterocyte recovery of in vitro cultured flat celiac mucosa and the in vitro development of fetal rat intestine. They also agglutinate K 562 (S) cells. Using these three in vitro systems (cultured human celiac and rat fetal intestine and cell agglutination), it is shown that several small-molecular-weight amines, mostly the polyamines spermidine and spermine, prevent and reverse K 562 (S) cell agglutination induced by gliadin peptides, whereas they do not prevent cell agglutination induced by concanavalin A and wheat germ agglutinin. Some of these amines also protected in vitro developing fetal rat intestine and flat celiac mucosa from the damaging effect of gliadin peptides. This protective effect may be related to the trophic activity exerted by amines on the intestine and/or the effect of amines on the functions of intestinal brush border or intracellular membranes involved in the intestinal handling of gliadins. PMID:2227281

  6. Ocular Surface Expression and In Vitro Activity of Antimicrobial Peptides

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    Huang, Ling C.; Jean, Daniele; Proske, Rita J.; Reins, Rose Y.; McDermott, Alison M.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose Human ocular surface epithelia express four antimicrobial peptides (APs): β-defensin (hBD) 1-3 and LL-37. Here the expression of additional APs (hBD 4-6, HE2β1; histatin-1, -3; liver expressed antimicrobial peptide-1, -2; macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-3α, and thymosin (T)β-4) was sought and activity against common ocular pathogens studied. Methods AP expression was determined in human corneal and conjunctival epithelial cells (HCEC, HCjEC) by RT-PCR and in corneal sections by immunostaining. Antimicrobial assays were performed to assess peptide (hBD 1-3, LL-37, MIP-3α, and Tβ4) activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA), Staphylococcus aureus (SA), and Staphylococcus epidermidis (SE) in the presence of NaCl or tears. Results HCEC and HCjEC expressed MIP-3α and Tβ4. hBD 1-3, MIP-3α, and Tβ4 showed activity against PA. hBD-3 had potent activity against SA and SE, whereas hBD-2, MIP-3α and Tβ4 had moderate activity and hBD-1 had none. NaCl markedly attenuated, and tears almost completely inhibited the activity of hBD 1-2 and Tβ4, but not that of hBD-3. Conclusions The ocular surface epithelia additionally express MIP-3α and Tβ4 which have moderate antimicrobial activity. The current data support a role for hBD-3 as an antimicrobial peptide in vivo, but call in to question the effectiveness of some other APs. However, further study is required to conclusively elucidate the physiological role of each AP. PMID:17852183

  7. In vitro activity of Amazon plant extracts against Enterococcus faecalis

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    de Castilho, Adriana Lígia; da Silva, Juliana Paola Correa; Saraceni, Cintia Helena Coury; Díaz, Ingrit Elida Collantes; Paciencia, Mateus Luís Barradas; Varella, Antonio Drauzio; Suffredini, Ivana Barbosa

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies analyzing 2,200 plant extracts indicated anti-enterococcal activity in 25 extracts obtained from Brazilian forests’ plants. In the present study, these extracts were subjected to microdilution broth assay (MDBA) and disk diffusion assay (DDA) using planktonic Enterococcus faecalis ATCC® 29212™ and were submitted to phytochemical analysis in TLC and HPLC. Three extracts obtained from Ipomoea alba (MIC < 40 μg/mL), Diclinanona calycina (MIC ≤ 40 μg/mL) and Moronobea coccinea (40 < MIC < 80 μg/mL; MBC = 80 μg/mL) showed significant bactericidal activity in the MDBA and four extracts obtained from I. alba (14.04 ± 0.55 mm diameter) S. globulifera (14.43 ± 0.33 mm and 12.18 ± 0.28 mm diameter) and Connarus ruber var. ruber (13.13 ± 0.18 mm diameter) were active in DDA. Residues H2O obtained from Psidium densicomum (mean of 16.78 mm diameter) and from Stryphnodendron pulcherrimum (mean of 15.97 mm diameter) have shown an improved antibacterial activity after fractionation if compared to that obtained from the respective crude extracts. Antioxidant activity was observed in some residues of the active extracts. TLC analysis showed that phenolic compounds are likely to be found in active extracts. Three molecules were isolated from S. globulifera and were identified by 13C NMR lupeol, α-amyrin and 3β-hydroxyglutin-5-ene. The present chemical and biological findings suggest that these extracts are a potential source of new anti-Enterococcus compounds to be introduced in endodontic therapy. PMID:25477906

  8. In vitro activities of four xyloglucan endotransglycosylases from Arabidopsis

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    Campbell, P.; Braam, J.; McIntire, L. V. (Principal Investigator)

    1999-01-01

    Xyloglucan endotransglycosylases (XETs) are encoded by a gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana. These enzymes modify a major structural component of the plant cell wall, xyloglucan, and therefore may influence plant growth and development. We have produced four Arabidopsis XETs (TCH4, Meri-5, EXGT and XTR9) using the baculovirus/insect cell system and compared their biochemical activities. TCH4, as previously demonstrated, and the other three proteins are capable of carrying out transglycosylation of xyloglucans. The K(m) for XLLGol acceptor oligosaccharide is in the range of 20-40 microM for all the XETs except XTR9, which has a Km of 5 microM and is significantly inhibited by high levels of XLLGol. All four enzymes are most active between pH 6.0 and 6.5. TCH4 and XTR9 have temperature optima of 18 degrees C, whereas Meri-5 and EXGT are most active at 28 and 37 degrees C, respectively. Although the activity levels of three of the XETs are not influenced by the presence of fucose on the xyloglucan polymer, XTR9 has a clear preference for non-fucosylated xyloglucan polymer. The four XETs show a marked preference for XLLGol over either XXFGol or XXXGol as acceptor oligosaccharide. All four XETs are glycosylated; however, only the activities of TCH4 and Meri-5 are affected by the removal of the N-glycan with PNGase F. These four enzymes most likely function solely as transglycosylases because xyloglucan endoglucanase activity was not apparent. Subtle differences in biochemical activities may influence the physiological functions of the distinct XETs in vivo.

  9. In vitro determination of the spermicidal activity of plant saponins.

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    Primorac, M; Sekulovi?, D; Antoni?, S

    1985-08-01

    The plant kingdom might yield an effective antifertility drug. A Mentha arvensis L. (Labiatae) fraction with uterotonic activity was isolated, and was found to be active on the nonpregnant as well as the pregnant rat uterus. According to folklore medicine, the Mexican plant Montanoa tomentosa Cerv. (zoapatle) possesses antifertility activity in women. The effect of various isolated preparations from this plant on early pregnancy were investigated in serveral rodent species including the mouse, rat hamster, and guinea pig. It was concluded that zoapatle plant extracts possess unique antifertility activity. Lin-Hsim and coworkers isolated fractions from Aristolochia molissima Hanceith contrceptive activity in female mice. Saponins of some plants were used in contraceptive formulations either as foaming agents or as spermicidal substances. Elbary and Nour investigated the spermicidal effects of saponins isolated from the following plants: Gypsophila paniculata L., Saponaria officinalis L., Enterolobium cyclocarpum, Griseb., Terminalia horrida Steud., Melilotus sicula Vitm., and Ruscus hypoglossum L. All of the saponins tested possessed spermicidal activity. Jain and coworkers isolated 2 new saponins in Pittosporum nilghrense with spermicidal effects. In this paper we have determined the spermicidal activity of saponins isolated from some Yugoslav plants, which in that aspect have not been investigated. The results are illustrated in the table. They show that all of the saponins tested were spermicidal in dependence on their nature. Saponins of Primula vulgaris Huds. and Cyclamen persicum Mill. immobilized human spermatozoa within a period of 20 s at a dilution 1:1000. Saponin of Gypsophila paniculata L. was spermicidal at dilution 1:20. These findings show that saponins isolated from some Yugoslav plants may be useful spermicides of natural origin. PMID:4080814

  10. In vitro antibacterial activity of different pulp capping materials

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    Beltrami, Riccardo; Colombo, Marco; Ceci, Matteo; Dagna, Alberto; Chiesa, Marco

    2015-01-01

    Background Direct pulp capping involves the application of a dental material to seal communications between the exposed pulp and the oral cavity (mechanical and carious pulp exposures) in an attempt to act as a barrier, protect the dental pulp complex and preserve its vitality. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare, by the agar disc diffusion test, the antimicrobial activity of six different pulp-capping materials: Dycal (Dentsply), Calcicur (Voco), Calcimol LC (Voco), TheraCal LC (Bisco), MTA Angelus (Angelus), Biodentine (Septodont). Material and Methods Streptococcus salivarius, Streptococcus sanguis and Streptococcus mutans strains were selected to evaluate the antimicrobial activity by the agar disc diffusion test of different pulp capping materials. Paper disks were impregnated whit each pulp capping materials and placed onto culture agar-plates pre-adsorbed with bacterial cells and further incubated for 24 h at 37°C. The growth inhibition zones around each pulp capping materials were recorded and compared for each bacterial strain. Results For the investigation of the antibacterial properties the ANOVA showed the presence of significant differences among the various materials. Tukey test showed that MTA-based materials induced lower growth inhibition zones. Conclusions MTA-based products show a discrete antibacterial activity varying from calcium hydroxide-based materials which present an higher antibacterial activity. Key words:Agar disc diffusion test, antimicrobial activity, calcium hydroxide, MTA, pulp capping materials. PMID:26644833

  11. In vitro hatching and activation of Taenia taeniaeformis oncospheres.

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    Brandt, J R; Sewell, M M

    1981-12-01

    Previously described techniques for hatching eggs of Taenia taeniaeformis were found to give inconsistent and generally ineffective results, even the degree of disaggregation of the embryophore varying with the strain of parasite. Furthermore, the hatched and activated oncospheres did not survive in the hatching fluid. Following a series of studies on the composition of the hatching fluids, a more reliable procedure was developed. Pretreatment with hypochlorite, at 0.67% w/w available chlorine, caused disaggregation of the embryophoral blocks of virtually all the eggs. When this was followed by exposure to a solution containing 10 mg.ml-1 trypsin, 10% ox bile and 10% heat-inactivated foetal calf serum in modified RPMI with HEPES buffer and L-glutamine, about 50% of the viable oncospheres were activated and escaped from the oncospheral membrane. Most of the activated oncospheres survived in this hatching fluid for at least three hours. PMID:7345727

  12. Proteasome activation delays aging in vitro and in vivo.

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    Chondrogianni, Niki; Sakellari, Marianthi; Lefaki, Maria; Papaevgeniou, Nikoletta; Gonos, Efstathios S

    2014-06-01

    Aging is a natural biological process that is characterized by a progressive accumulation of macromolecular damage. In the proteome, aging is accompanied by decreased protein homeostasis and function of the major cellular proteolytic systems, leading to the accumulation of unfolded, misfolded, or aggregated proteins. In particular, the proteasome is responsible for the removal of normal as well as damaged or misfolded proteins. Extensive work during the past several years has clearly demonstrated that proteasome activation by either genetic means or use of compounds significantly retards aging. Importantly, this represents a common feature across evolution, thereby suggesting proteasome activation to be an evolutionarily conserved mechanism of aging and longevity regulation. This review article reports on the means of function of these proteasome activators and how they regulate aging in various species. PMID:24681338

  13. In vitro and in vivo activities of Peganum harmala extract against Leishmania major

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    Rahimi-Moghaddam, Parvaneh; Ebrahimi, Soltan Ahmed; Ourmazdi, Hourmazd; Selseleh, Monawar; Karjalian, Maryam; Haj-Hassani, Giti; Alimohammadian, Mohammad Hossein; Mahmoudian, Massoud; Shafiei, Massoumeh

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In vitro and in vivo antileishmanial activities of crude hydroalcoholic extract of peganum harmala seeds were investigated against Leishmania major. METHODS: The extract of aerial parts of P harmala was obtained by maceration. The in vitro experiments were performed on promastigotes to assess antileishmanial activity of the extract using amphotericin B as a reference. The in vivo studies were carried out on cutaneous leishmaniasis in outbred mice to evaluate the effects of topical application of the ointment-based extract. RESULTS: The in vitro experiments showed a concentration-dependent decrease of parasites number caused by the extract with an IC50 value of 59.4 ?g/ml. In vivo studies demonstrated a significant post-treatment decrease in the lesion size and parasite count in infected animals, compared to placebo and control groups. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) of the crude extract demonstrated the existence of harmaline and harmine as beta-carboline alkaloids. CONCLUSIONS: P harmala seeds extract showed significant in vitro and in vivo antileishmanial activities. Most biological activity of the extract could be attributed to its beta-carboline content. However, another alkaloid of P harmala seeds extract, peganine, has also been reported to have antileishmanial activity. These beneficial effects can be attributed to the cumulative effects of various biologically active components present in it. PMID:22279479

  14. [The antagonistic activity of bifidobacteria in vitro and in vivo studied by using gnotobiological technology].

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    Korshunov, V M; Urtaeva, Z A; Smeianov, V V; Efimov, B A; Sarkisov, S E; Krymshokalova, Z A; Baĭnov, N A; Pikina, A P; Korshunova, O V

    1999-01-01

    The antagonistic activity of 4 strains of bifidobacteria (B. adolescentis 2 F1, B. longum Z4, B. breve R2 and B. bifidum G1), isolated from the vagina of healthy females of the reproductive age, with respect to Escherichia coli, Klebsiella ozaenae, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Gardnerella vaginalis were studied in vitro and in vivo. The in vitro experiments revealed that all above-mentioned bifidobacteria were capable of inhibiting the growth of all indicator bacterial strains. Still of all the bifidobacteria under study had different levels of activity. B. adolescentis strain 2 F1 exhibited the highest inhibiting activity in vitro. In contrast to in vitro experiments, in vivo experiments with B. breve R2 demonstrated its high antagonistic activity with respect to E. coli. The data thus obtained indicate that in the study of antagonistic activity the use of the in vivo model as also expedient, for it is mainly in vivo that probiotic preparations show their activity. PMID:10852027

  15. In Vitro Activities of the Everninomicin SCH 27899 and Other Newer Antimicrobial Agents against Borrelia burgdorferi

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    Dever, Lisa L.; Torigian, Christine V.; Barbour, Alan G.

    1999-01-01

    The in vitro activity of the everninomicin antibiotic SCH 27899 against 17 isolates of Borrelia spp. was investigated. MICs ranged from 0.06 to 0.5 μg/ml. Time-kill studies with the B31 strain of B. burgdorferi demonstrated ≥3-log10-unit killing after 72 h with concentrations representing four times the MIC. The in vitro activity of four other newer antimicrobial agents, meropenem, cefepime, quinupristin-dalfopristin, and linezolid, was also tested against the B31 strain. Meropenem was the most potent of the latter agents, with an MIC of 0.125 μg/ml. PMID:10390242

  16. In Vitro Anthelmintic Activity of Baliospermum montanum Muell. Arg roots.

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    Mali, R G; Wadekar, R R

    2008-01-01

    Alcohol and aqueous extracts from the roots of Baliospermum montanum Muell. Arg were investigated for their anthelmintic activity against Pheretima posthuma and Ascardia galli. Various concentrations (10-100 mg/ml) of each extract were tested in the bioassay, which involved determination of time of paralysis and time of death of the worms. Both the extracts exhibited significant anthelmintic activity at highest concentration of 100 mg/ml. Piperazine citrate (10 mg/ml) was included as standard reference and distilled water as control. PMID:20390101

  17. In Vitro Anthelmintic Activity of Baliospermum montanum Muell. Arg roots

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    Mali, R. G.; Wadekar, R. R.

    2008-01-01

    Alcohol and aqueous extracts from the roots of Baliospermum montanum Muell. Arg were investigated for their anthelmintic activity against Pheretima posthuma and Ascardia galli. Various concentrations (10-100 mg/ml) of each extract were tested in the bioassay, which involved determination of time of paralysis and time of death of the worms. Both the extracts exhibited significant anthelmintic activity at highest concentration of 100 mg/ml. Piperazine citrate (10 mg/ml) was included as standard reference and distilled water as control. PMID:20390101

  18. In-vitro anticoagulant activity of fucoidan derivatives from brown seaweed Laminaria japonica

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    Wang, Jing; Zhang, Quanbin; Zhang, Zhongshan; Hou, Yun; Zhang, Hong

    2011-05-01

    Fucoidan, a group of sulfated heteropolysaccharides, was extracted from Laminaria japonica, an important economic alga species in China. The anticoagulant activity of fucoidan and its derivatives (including sulfated, phosphorylated, and aminated fucoidan) was examined using in-vitro anticoagulant systems. The correlation between chemical variations within the fucoidan group and anticoagulant activity was determined. The in-vitro anticoagulant properties of fucoidan and its derivatives were determined by measuring activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), prothrombin time (PT), and thrombin time (TT). The results indicate anticoagulant activity in all samples using APTT and TT assays; however, only the fucoidan derivatives affected the PT assay. Thus, the fucoidan derivatives were able to inhibit both intrinsic and extrinsic blood coagulants. Fucoidan (FPS) and its derivatives presented better anticoagulant activity than low molecular weight fucoidan (DFPS) and its derivatives, suggesting that molecular weight and proper conformation are contributing factors for anticoagulant activity of polysaccharides. Amino groups have a positive charge and can thus change the charge density of fucoidan. Accordingly, among the tested samples, aminated fucoidan (NF) was the most active reflecting the importance of charge density for anticoagulant activity. Available data obtained using in-vitro models suggest that the sulfate content, sulfate/total-sugar ratio, molecular weight, and the substituted group of fucoidan are important factors for anticoagulant activity but that the influence of sulfate, phosphate and amino groups on anticoagulant activity was different.

  19. In vitro anti-MRSA activity of carvone with gentamicin

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    MUN, SU-HYUN; KANG, OK-HWA; JOUNG, DAE-KI; KIM, SUNG-BAE; CHOI, JANG-GI; SHIN, DONG-WON; KWON, DONG-YEUL

    2014-01-01

    Carvone is one of the naturally occurring monoterpenes, the largest class of secondary metabolites in plants, and exists in two enantiomers, R-carvone (R-car) and S-car. The objective of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial activity of R-car and S-car with gentamicin (GET) against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a major human pathogen that causes serious problems, including hospital-acquired pneumonia, abscesses and surgical wound infections. Nosocomial MRSA infections often exhibit multidrug resistance. In the present study, antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed with R-car, S-car and GET using the broth microdilution method. Minimal inhibitory concentration values for R- and S-car against six different strains of S. aureus ranged between 500 and 1,000 ?g/ml. Anti-MRSA activity was evaluated using the checkerboard and time-kill assays to investigate the potential synergistic effects of different combinations of the carvone enantiomers and GET. R-car plus S-car, R-car plus GET and S-car plus GET exhibited significant synergistic activity against MRSA. These findings suggest that the single-agent anti-MRSA activities of R-car, S-car and GET are effectively increased through combination therapy. This study showed that carvone may be a potential adjuvant antimicrobial agent. PMID:24669246

  20. Antimicrobial activity of fresh garlic juice: An in vitro study

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    Yadav, Seema; Trivedi, Niyati A.; Bhatt, Jagat D.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Antimicrobial resistance has been a global concern. Currently, interest has been focused on exploring antimicrobial properties of plants and herbs. One such botanical is Allium sativum (garlic). Aim: To evaluate the antimicrobial activity of fresh juice of garlic. Materials and Methods: Varying concentrations of fresh garlic juice (FGJ) were tested for their antimicrobial activity against common pathogenic organisms isolated at SSG Hospital, Vadodara, using well diffusion method. Moreover, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum lethal concentration (MLC) of FGJ were tested using broth dilution method. Sensitivity pattern of the conventional antimicrobials against common pathogenic bacteria was tested using disc diffusion method. Results: FGJ produced dose-dependent increase in the zone of inhibition at a concentration of 10% and higher. MIC of FGJ against the pathogens ranged from 4% to 16% v/v whereas MLC value ranged from 4% to 32% v/v with Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus spp. showed highest sensitivity. Conclusion: FGJ has definite antimicrobial activity against common pathogenic organisms isolated at SSG Hospital, Vadodara. Further studies are needed to find out the efficacy, safety, and kinetic data of its active ingredients. PMID:27011724

  1. Inhibition of catalase activity in vitro by diesel exhaust particles

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    Mori, Yoki; Murakami, Sumika; Sagae, Toshiyuki

    1996-02-09

    The effect of diesel exhaust particles (DEP) on the activity of catalase, an intracellular anti-oxidant, was investigated because H{sub 2}O{sub 2} is a cytotoxic oxidant, and catalase released from alveolar cells is an important antioxidant in the epithelial lining fluid in the lung. DEP inhibited the activity of bovine liver catalase dose-dependently, to 25-30% of its original value. The inhibition of catalase by DEP was observed only in the presence of anions such as Cl{sup {minus}}, Br{sup {minus}}, or thiocyanate. Other anions, such as CH{sub 3}COO{sup {minus}} or SO{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, and cations such as K{sup +}, Na{sup +}, Mg{sup 2+}, or Fe{sup 2+}, did not affect the activity of catalase, even in the presence of DEP extract. Catalase from guinea pig alveolar cells and catalase from red blood cells were also inhibited by DEP extracts, as was catalase from bovine liver. These results suggest that DEP taken up in the lung and located on alveolar spaces might cause cell injury by inhibiting the activity of catalase in epithelial lining fluid, enhancing the toxicity of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} generated from cells in addition to that of O{sub 2}{sup {minus}} generated by the chemical reaction of DEP with oxygen. 10 refs., 6 figs.

  2. Synthesis, cytotoxicity and in vitro antileishmanial activity of naphthothiazoles.

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    de Toledo, Juliano S; Junior, Paulo E S; Manfrim, Viviane; Pinzan, Camila F; de Araujo, Alexandre S; Cruz, Angela K; Emery, Flavio S

    2013-06-01

    The leishmaniasis is a spectral disease caused by the protozoan Leishmania spp., which threatens millions of people worldwide. Current treatments exhibit high toxicity, and there is no vaccine available. The need for new lead compounds with leishmanicidal activity is urgent. Considering that many lead leishmanicidal compounds contain a quinoidal scaffold and the thiazole heterocyclic ring is found in a number of antimicrobial drugs, we proposed a hybridization approach to generate a diverse set of semi-synthetic heterocycles with antileishmanial activity. We found that almost all synthesized compounds demonstrated potent activity against promastigotes of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis and reduced the survival index of Leishmania amastigotes in mammalian macrophages. Furthermore, the compounds were not cytotoxic to macrophages at fivefold higher concentrations than the EC50 for promastigotes. All molecules fulfilled Lipinski's Rule of Five, which predicts efficient orally absorption and permeation through biological membranes, the in silico pharmacokinetic profile confirmed these characteristics. The potent and selective activity of semi-synthetic naphthothiazoles against promastigotes and amastigotes reveals that the 2-amino-naphthothiazole ring may represent a scaffold for the design of compounds with leishmanicidal properties and encourage the development of drug formulation and new compounds for further studies in vivo. PMID:23421616

  3. In vitro antithrombotic activities of peanut protein hydrolysates.

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    Zhang, Shao Bing

    2016-07-01

    The antithrombotic activities of peanut protein hydrolysates were investigated using a microplates assay. When peanut proteins were hydrolyzed to a limited extent by various enzymes, their thrombin inhibitory abilities were significantly enhanced. However, the resultant hydrolysates showed significantly different activities even at the same degrees of hydrolysis. The hydrolysates generated by Alcalase 2.4L displayed the best antithrombotic activities and the hydrolysis process was further optimized by response surface methodology. The antithrombotic activities were increased to 86% based on a protein concentration of 50mg/ml under the optimal conditions: pH 8.5, enzyme concentration of 5000IU/g of peanut proteins, and 2h hydrolysis time at 50°C. The Alcalase 2.4L crude hydrolysates were then fractionated successively by preparative and semi-preparative reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The peptide fraction collected inhibited thrombin-catalyzed coagulation of fibrinogen completely at a concentration of 0.4mg/ml, with an antithrombotic activity close to that of heparin at quite a low concentration (0.2mg/ml). This peptide fraction was further analyzed by online reverse-phase ultra-performance liquid chromatography (RP-UPLC) coupled to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS), and three new peptides were identified as Ser-Trp-Ala-Gln-Leu, Gly-Asn-His-Glu-Ala-Gly-Glu and Cys-Phe-Asn-Glu-Tyr-Glu, respectively. This research provided an effective way to produce antithrombotic peptides from peanut proteins, and also helped to elucidate the structure-function relationships of peanut peptides. PMID:26920259

  4. Pulsatile activity and hatching of in vitro produced cow blastocysts: effects of serum supplementation.

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    van Heule, A; van Langendonckt, A; Donnay, I; Dessy, F; Massip, A

    2001-04-01

    The effect of serum added to a modified SOF medium on pulsatile activity and hatching of in vitro produced cow blastocysts was investigated by time-lapse cinematography. Embryos were generated from abattoir material and cultured in mSOF without serum or with 10% FCS added at 42h pi. Addition of serum significantly increases pulsatile activity before zona rupture and reduces the time of hatching. Pulsatile activity does not seem to be involved in the hatching process. PMID:11778742

  5. [Toxicity of several drugs against Schistosoma japonicum adult worms in vitro].

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    Song LJ; Yu CX; Zeng HH; Qian CY; Yin XR; Wang J; Hua WQ; Xu YL; Zhang W

    2011-02-01

    OBJECTIVE: To observe the toxicity of auranofin, cisplatin, adriamycin, compounds 4N, H, B, O against Schistosoma japonicum adult worms in vitro and their inhibition on thioredoxin glutathione reductase (TGR).METHODS: The drugs mentioned above with different concentrations were added into RPMI 1640 medium with Schistosoma japonicum adult worms, which had been cultured for 30 - 60 min. The activity, morphological changes and death situation of the worms were observed after 1, 6, 24, 48 h and 72 h, respectively, then the worms were transferred to fresh medium without drugs to observe whether their activity would be recovered, and 50% lethal dose (LD50) of the drugs against adult worms was determined. The TrxR and GR activities of thioredoxin glutathione reductase of Schistosoma japonicum in homogenized supernatant of adult worms processed by drugs were tested following the DTNB reduction and NADPH oxidation methods.RESULTS: The mortality rates of 5 microg/ml of auranofin treating for 24 h, 20 microg/ml of 4N treating for 72 h, 60 microg/ml of H treating for 72 h, and 80 microg/ml of cisplatin treating for 72 h on adult worms were 100%, 60%, 66.7% and 100%, respectively, and there were statistically significant differences compared with the negative control group. LD50(s) of auranofin, 4N, H and cisplatin were 2.56, 17.59, 54.14 microg/ml and 52.87 microg/ml, respectively, but no toxic effects of other drugs on schistosome worms were found. The toxic effects of auranofin, 4N, cisplatin and H on adult worms were irreversible. Auranofin and cisplatin inhibited TGR activity of Schistosoma japonicum, but other drugs had no similar effect. 5 - 30 microg/ml of auranofin, 20 - 30 microg/ml of 4N, 70 - 150 g/ml of cisplatin, and 60 - 220 microg/ml of H caused the morphological changes of the worms after treating for 24 h.CONCLUSIONS: Auranofin, cisplatin and compounds 4N and H have toxicity on Schistosoma japonicum adult worms in vitro, and the schistosomicidal effect of auranofin and cisplatin may be related to the inhibition of TGR activity.

  6. In vitro antibacterial activity of concentrated polyethylene glycol 400 solutions.

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    Chirife, J; Herszage, L; Joseph, A; Bozzini, J P; Leardini, N; Kohn, E S

    1983-01-01

    It was found that concentrated polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400) solutions have significant antibacterial activity against various pathogenic bacteria, including Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus. This effect might be attributed to two effects: lowering of water activity and, superimposed on this, the specific action of PEG-400 molecules on bacterial cells. Phase-contrast microscopic observations of cells placed in contact with PEG 400 revealed clumping and morphological changes of bacterial cells. The larger changes in appearance were evidenced by the species which were more rapidly killed by PEG 400. The results obtained suggested that concentrated PEG 400 solutions may have a potential value in medicine as a topical antibacterial agent. The feasibility of this application is the subject of present investigation. Images PMID:6638996

  7. In vitro antimicrobial activity of peroxide-based bleaching agents.

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    Napimoga, Marcelo Henrique; de Oliveira, Rogério; Reis, André Figueiredo; Gonçalves, Reginaldo Bruno; Giannini, Marcelo

    2007-06-01

    Antibacterial activity of 4 commercial bleaching agents (Day White, Colgate Platinum, Whiteness 10% and 16%) on 6 oral pathogens (Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, Streptococcus sanguinis, Candida albicans, Lactobacillus casei, and Lactobacillus acidophilus) and Staphylococcus aureus were evaluated. A chlorhexidine solution was used as a positive control, while distilled water was the negative control. Bleaching agents and control materials were inserted in sterilized stainless-steel cylinders that were positioned under inoculated agar plate (n = 4). After incubation according to the appropriate period of time for each microorganism, the inhibition zones were measured. Data were analyzed by 2-way analysis of variance and Tukey test (a = 0.05). All bleaching agents and the chlorhexidine solution produced antibacterial inhibition zones. Antimicrobial activity was dependent on peroxide-based bleaching agents. For most microorganisms evaluated, bleaching agents produced inhibition zones similar to or larger than that observed for chlorhexidine. C albicans, L casei, and L acidophilus were the most resistant microorganisms. PMID:17625621

  8. In vitro Evaluation of Anthelmintic Activity of Nauclea orientalis Leaves.

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    Raghavamma, S T V; Rao, N Rama

    2010-07-01

    Antianthelmintic activity of successive extracts (chloroform, acetone, ethanol and aqueous) of Nauclea orientalis leaves were evaluated separately on adult Indian earthworm (Pheretima posthuma) and compared with that of albendazole. It was found that the extracts exhibited, respectively dose-dependent action and inhibition of spontaneous motility (paralysis) and death of earthworms. The results indicated that the chloroform, ethyl acetate and ethanol extracts were more potent. PMID:21218070

  9. In vitro antioxidant activity of species collected in Paran.

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    Menezes, P R; Schwarz, E A; Santos, C A M

    2004-06-01

    Hydroalcoholic extracts of 10 medicinally used species collected from the area covered by a reservoir due to a dam built for the Salto Caxias Hydro-electric power plant in the State of Paran, Southern Brazil, and Casearia sylvestris, were investigated for their potential antioxidant activity against DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) free radicals and by the phosphomolybdenum method. The extract of Bauhinia microstachya was found to be the most potent in both models. PMID:15159006

  10. In vitro antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural.

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    Zhao, Ling; Chen, Jianping; Su, Jianyu; Li, Lin; Hu, Songqing; Li, Bing; Zhang, Xia; Xu, Zhenbo; Chen, Tianfeng

    2013-11-01

    5-HMF is widely presented in foods and produced through the degradation of hexoses and Maillard reaction during heat treatment of foods containing reducing sugars and amino acids in an acid environment. However, controversial conclusions on the biological effects of 5-HMF have been drawn in previous studies. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to investigate the antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of 5-HMF. The 2,2'-azinobis-3-ethylbenzothiazolin-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) assay, the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryhydrazyl (DPPH) assay, and the hemolysis assay induced by 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride (AAPH) were performed to evaluate the antioxidant capacity of 5-HMF. The results showed that 5-HMF exhibited novel antioxidant activity by scavenging the ABTS and DPPH free radicals and inhibited the AAPH-induced hemolysis in a dose-dependent manner. In the hemolysis assay, the reduction of ROS and MDA contents and the increase in enzyme activities of SOD, CAT, and GPx were found in erythrocytes pretreated with 5-HMF, which demonstrated that 5-HMF could prevent the peroxidation from the source to protect the erythrocytes. The morphological changes of erythrocytes was also verified by observation using atomic force microscopy. The inhibitory effect of 5-HMF on human cancer cell proliferation was investigated by MTT assay, flow cytometric analysis, and the TUNEL and DAPI costaining assay. The results showed that 5-HMF displayed higher antiproliferative activity on human melanoma A375 cells than other cell lines. Further investigation on the action mechanisms revealed that 5-HMF could induce A375 cell apoptosis and G0/G1 cell cycle arrest. The A375 cell apoptosis that 5-HMF induced was characterized by a TUNEL and DAPI costaining assay. These findings suggest that 5-HMF could be developed as a novel natural antioxidant with potential applications in cancer chemoprevention. PMID:24107143

  11. In vitro antiviral activity of sulfated Auricularia auricula polysaccharides.

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    Nguyen, The Luong; Chen, Jin; Hu, Yuanliang; Wang, Deyun; Fan, Yunpeng; Wang, Junmin; Abula, Saifuding; Zhang, Jing; Qin, Tao; Chen, Xingying; Chen, Xiaolan; Khakame, Shem Kakai; Dang, Bao Khanh

    2012-10-15

    Total Auricularia auricula polysaccharide (AAP(t)) was prepared by extracting and removing the proteins. Column chromatography was used to further graded it into AAP(1) and AAP(2). Three AAPs were modified by chlorosulfonic acid-pyridine method to obtain three sulfated AAPs (sAAPs), sAAP(t), sAAP(1) and sAAP(2), respectively. Three sAAPs and Newcastle disease virus (NDV) were added into cultivation system of chicken embryo fibroblast (CEF) in three manners, pre-, post- and simultaneous-adding polysaccharide with NDV respectively, taking three non-modified AAPs as control. Their anti-viral activities were compared by MTT method. The results showed that sAAPs and AAPs at a certain concentration could significantly inhibit the cellular infectivity of NDV in three manners. The effects of sAAPs were better than that of AAPs. It indicated that sulfated modification could enhance the antiviral activity of AAP. sAAP(1) and sAAP(t) possessed stronger activity and would be as the component of a new-type antiviral drug. PMID:22939338

  12. In vitro antimicrobial activity of Persian shallot (Allium hirtifolium).

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    Soroush, Setareh; Taherikalani, Morovat; Asadollahi, Parisa; Asadollahi, Khairollah; Taran, Mojtaba; Emaneini, Mohammad; Alizadeh, Sajjad

    2012-01-01

    Allium hirtifolium is a Persian native plant grown in cool mountain slopes of Iran. It has been used as a spice in Iran for many years. According to the literature review, there are no considerable reports on the antimicrobial properties of this plant. In this study, the antimicrobial activity of Persian shallot hydroalcoholic extract and F1 fraction of the plant (containing amino acid derivatives and/or other cationic compounds) was investigated on some Gram positive cocci and bacilli, Gram negative bacilli, two protozoa, a yeast and a fungus. Excellent activity against Candida albicans (MIC = 64 microg/ml, MBC = 128 microg/ml), Leishmania infantum (MIC = 0.2 mg/ml on the first day of study) and Trichomonas vaginalis (MIC = 5 microg/ml in PSDE form) and a moderate activity against Bacillus spp and Pseudomonas aeroginosa (MIC = 128 microg/ml) was observed. The results showed that this plant contains some anti-trichomonas and anti-leishmania components. PMID:23210319

  13. In vitro antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of nine Salvia species.

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    Loizzo, Monica Rosa; Abouali, Morteza; Salehi, Peyman; Sonboli, Ali; Kanani, Mohammad; Menichini, Francesco; Tundis, Rosa

    2014-01-01

    Supported by a growing increase of scientific research attesting the health properties of salvia species, we have decided to investigate nine Salvia namely Salvia sclarea, Salvia atropatana, Salvia sahendica, Salvia hydrangea, Salvia xanthocheila, Salvia macrosiphon, Salvia glutinosa, Salvia chloroleuca and Salvia ceratophylla species for their antioxidant and antiproliferative activities. In order to correlate the bioactivity with their phytochemical content, the total phenol and total flavonoid contents were also determined. S. ceratophylla exhibited the strongest activity against C32 cells with an IC50 value of 20.8?gmL(-1), while S. glutinosa exhibited an IC50 value of 29.5?gmL(-1) against ACHN cell line. Interestingly, S. glutinosa displayed also the highest DPPH radical-scavenging activity with an IC50 of 3.2 ?gmL(-1). These species are characterised by the highest total phenol and flavonoid contents. The obtained results suggest that Salvia species are healthy plant foods. PMID:25039830

  14. In vitro Antifungal Activity of Luliconazole against Trichophyton spp.

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    Maeda, Jun; Nanjoh, Yasuko; Koga, Hiroyasu; Toga, Tetsuo; Makimura, Koichi; Tsuboi, Ryoji

    2016-01-01

    The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and the minimum fungicidal concentration (MFC) of luliconazole against Trichophyton rubrum (14 strains) and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (14 strains), which are the most common cause of tinea, were compared with those of 6 topical antifungal drugs of lanoconazole, bifonazole, efinaconazole, liranaftate, naftifine and terbinafine. Luliconazole showed the most potent antifungal activity (MIC90 =0.00098 μg/ml and MFC90 =0.0078 μg/ml) among the compounds tested against the two species. Efinaconazole and bifonazole, the drug of azole-class, showed a large MFC/MIC ratio. On the other hand, these ratios of luliconazole and lanoconazole were as small as those of liranaftate, naftifine and terbinafine which are thought to possess fungicidal mechanism. These results suggest that luliconazole possesses fungicidal activity against both species of Trichophyton. In this study, we found that luliconazole had the most potent antifungal activity among the major topical antimycotics used in Japan and the US. Luliconazole would be the best-in-class drug for dermatophytosis in clinics. PMID:26936346

  15. Chromatin-specific regulation of LEF-1?-catenin transcription activation and inhibition in vitro

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    Tutter, Antonin V.; Fryer, Christy J.; Jones, Katherine A.

    2001-01-01

    Transcriptional activation of Wnt/Wg-responsive genes requires the stabilization and nuclear accumulation of ?-catenin, a dedicated coactivator of LEF/TCF enhancer-binding proteins. Here we report that recombinant ?-catenin strongly enhances binding and transactivation by LEF-1 on chromatin templates in vitro. Interestingly, different LEF-1 isoforms vary in their ability to bind nucleosomal templates in the absence of ?-catenin, owing to N-terminal residues that repress binding to chromatin, but not nonchromatin, templates. Transcriptional activation in vitro requires both the armadillo (ARM) repeats and the C terminus of ?-catenin, whereas the phosphorylated N terminus is inhibitory to transcription. A fragment spanning the C terminus (CT) and ARM repeats 11 and 12 (CTARM), but not the CT alone, functions as a dominant negative inhibitor of LEF-1?-cat activity in vitro and can block ATP-dependent binding of the complex to chromatin. LEF-1?-cat transactivation in vitro was also repressed by inhibitor of ?-catenin and Tcf-4 (ICAT), a physiological inhibitor of Wnt/Wg signaling that interacts with ARM repeats 11 and 12, and by the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory compound, sulindac. None of these transcription inhibitors (CTARM, ICAT, or sulindac) could disrupt the LEF-1?-cat complex after it was stably bound to chromatin. We conclude that the CTARM region of ?-catenin functions as a chromatin-specific activation domain, and that several inhibitors of the Wnt/Wg pathway directly modulate LEF-1?-cat activity on chromatin. PMID:11751639

  16. In vivo and in vitro encystment of Echinochasmus liliputanus cercariae and biological activity of the metacercariae.

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    Xiao, Xiang; Wang, Tianping; Zheng, Xiaodong; Shen, Guangjing; Tian, Zhigang

    2005-06-01

    In vivo and in vitro encystment of the cercariae of Echinochasmus liliputanus and biological activity of the metacercariae were studied. In vivo encystment of cercariae occurred in the gills of goldfish, the second intermediate host. However, the cercariae also encysted in vitro in Locke solution (0.6x to 1.2x strength), 0.7-1.2% NaCI, artificial gastric juice, and human gastric juice. Locke or NaCI solutions were shown to be appropriate for in vitro encystment to occur within 24 hr; however, full-strength Locke solution was shown to be optimal. The 1-day-old metacercariae formed in vivo and treated in 0.1% sodium deoxycholate excystation medium at 37 C for 1 hr showed 88.5% excystation. The metacercariae formed in vitro, however, showed 88.6% and 85.0% excystation for normal and abnormal ones, respectively. Abnormal cysts at room temperature usually die within 10 days. About 70% of the normal cysts, both in vivo and in vitro, can still excyst after being stored in Locke 0.5x solution at 4 C for 3 mo. Cysts formed in vivo and in vitro were equally infective. The encystment of the cercariae in vitro could be inhibited when the cercariae were treated with 1 micromol silver nitrate. Because silver nitrate binds to the papillae, especially to the ciliated papillae, on the cercaria surface, it is suggested that papillary chemoreceptors may be involved in encystment of the cercariae. The finding of E. liliputanus cercariae encysting in vitro, especially in human gastric juice, might be helpful in elucidating mechanisms of the definitive hosts that are directly infected by the cercariae. PMID:16108537

  17. Effects of cadmium on osteoclast formation and activity in vitro

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    Wilson, A.K.; Cerny, E.A.; Smith, B.D.; Wagh, A.

    1996-12-31

    Chronic exposure to cadmium has been linked to bone loss, low bone mass, and increased incidence of fracture. To determine if Cd could directly increase the formation of cells responsible for bone resorption, we cultured normal canine bone marrow cells containing the progenitor cells for osteoclasts. Cultures were evaluated for the number of multinucleate osteoclast-like cells (MNOCs) formed. Exposure to Cd (10-100 nM) increased the number of MNOCs formed over control values when cultured in the presence but not in the absence of a bone wafer. The MNOCs formed were functional, evidenced by pits excavated on the bone wafers included in the cultures. By 12 days, MNOCs formed in the presence of 50 nM Cd excavated significantly more pits and a greater pit area than did untreated MNOCs. By 14 days, the control values were similar to those of the Cd-exposed MNOCs, but pit formation was enhanced by Cd in that the ratio of pit complexes to single pits was increased twofold over that for untreated cultures. Mature osteoclasts, isolated from the long bones of rat neonates and cultured for 1-3 days on bone slices, provided a direct method to assess the effect of Cd on osteoclast activity. Exposure of osteoclast cultures to 100 nm Cd increased the number of nM osteoclasts present over that for untreated osteoclasts by a factor of 1.7 {+-} 0.1, the number of pits excavated by 2.8 {+-} 0.6, the area excavated by 3.2 {+-} 0.8, and the area excavated per osteoclast by 1.8 {+-} 0.4 (mean SE; n = six experiments). These data suggest that Cd accelerates the differentiation of new osteoclasts from their progenitor cells and activates or increases the activity of mature osteoclasts. 48 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. In vitro analyses of ethanol activity against Candida albicans biofilms.

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    Rane, Hallie S; Bernardo, Stella M; Walraven, Carla J; Lee, Samuel A

    2012-08-01

    Candida albicans is a common cause of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI). Ethanol (EtOH) lock therapy has been attempted despite limited data on optimal dose and duration. Concentrations of 35% EtOH or higher for a minimum of 4 h demonstrated a >99% reduction in mature C. albicans biofilm metabolic activity and prevented regrowth. Concentrations of 10% EtOH or higher reduced C. albicans biofilm formation by >99%. Further investigation of EtOH lock therapy for treatment and prevention of C. albicans CR-BSI is warranted. PMID:22615286

  19. Spontaneous Electrical Activity in the Human Fetal Cortex in vitro

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    Moore, Anna R.; Zhou, Wen-Liang; Jakovcevski, Igor; Zecevic, Nada; Antic, Srdjan D.

    2011-01-01

    Our knowledge about the developing human cerebral cortex is based on the analysis of fixed postmortem material. Here we utilize electrical recordings from unfixed human postmortem tissue to characterize the synaptic physiology and spontaneous network activity of pioneer cortical neurons (subplate neurons). Our electrophysiological experiments show that functional glutamate or GABA ionotropic receptors are expressed on human subplate (SP) neurons as early as 20 gestational weeks. Extracellular (synaptic) stimulations evoked postsynaptic potentials in a very small fraction of SP neurons, suggesting that functional synaptic contacts are rare at mid-gestation. Although synaptic inputs were scarce, we regularly observed spontaneous (unprovoked) electrical activity among human SP neurons, comprised of sustained plateau depolarizations and bursts of action potential firing, which resembled cortical UP and DOWN states in the adult neocortex. Plateau depolarizations and bursts of AP firing are thought to depend on the mature morphology and physiology of adult cortical network. However, our current data reveal that similar cortical rhythm is generated by a very immature ensemble of human fetal neurons. In the relative absence of sensory inputs, as in development in utero, or in slow wave sleep (i.e. throughout the entire lifespan), the spontaneous slow oscillatory pattern (UP and DOWN states) is a fundamental aspect of human cortical physiology. PMID:21325506

  20. Lack of activity of cadmium in in vitro estrogenicity assays

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    Silva, Elisabete . E-mail: elisabete.silva@pharmacy.ac.uk; Lopez-Espinosa, Maria Jose; Molina-Molina, Jose-Manuel; Fernandez, Marieta; Olea, Nicolas; Kortenkamp, Andreas

    2006-10-01

    Prompted by reports about strong estrogenic effects of cadmium, attempts were made to reproduce these observations using the yeast estrogen screen (YES) and the E-Screen assays. For the first time, possible activation of the Src/MAPK pathway was also investigated. In the YES, only a slight activation (10% of a maximal effect) of the estrogen receptor alpha (ER{alpha}) was observed at cadmium concentrations between 5 x 10{sup -7} M and 5 x 10{sup -6} M. In the E-Screen assay, carried out by two laboratories, the heavy metal was without observable cell proliferative effects when tested in the range between 6 x 10{sup -11} M and 1 x 10{sup -5} M. However, in both assays, cadmium led to a reduction of the effects of 17{beta}-estradiol (E2). Treatment of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells with 1 x 10{sup -7} M cadmium failed to induce phosphorylation of Src and the MAP kinases Erk1 and Erk2-effects shown to occur with E2 and epidermal growth factor (EGF). In summary, we were unable to confirm the strong estrogenicity of cadmium reported recently by a number of laboratories. This apparent absence of effects in our hands is not due to a lack of uptake of the metal or to effective protection against cadmium by high levels of glutathione or metallothionein, since toxicity and an antagonism of E2 responses were observed both in the YES and the E-Screen.

  1. Neuromuscular Activity of Micrurus laticollaris (Squamata: Elapidae) Venom in Vitro

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    Carbajal-Saucedo, Alejandro; Floriano, Rafael Stuani; Dal Belo, Christon Andr; Olvera-Rodrguez, Alejandro; Alagn, Alejandro; Rodrigues-Simioni, La

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we have examined the neuromuscular activity of Micrurus laticollaris (Mexican coral snake) venom (MLV) in vertebrate isolated nerve-muscle preparations. In chick biventer cervicis preparations, the MLV induced an irreversible concentration- and time-dependent (130 g/mL) neuromuscular blockade, with 50% blockade occurring between 8 and 30 min. Muscle contractures evoked by exogenous acetylcholine were completely abolished by MLV, whereas those of KCl were also significantly altered (86% 11%, 53% 11%, 89% 5% and 89% 7% for one, three, 10 and 30 g of venom/mL, respectively; n = 4; p < 0.05). In mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparations, MLV (110 g/mL) promoted a slight increase in the amplitude of twitch-tension (3 g/mL), followed by neuromuscular blockade (n = 4); the highest concentration caused complete inhibition of the twitches (time for 50% blockade = 26 3 min), without exhibiting a previous neuromuscular facilitation. The venom (3 g/mL) induced a biphasic modulation in the frequency of miniature end-plate potentials (MEPPs)/min, causing a significant increase after 15 min, followed by a decrease after 60 min (from 17 1.4 (basal) to 28 2.5 (t15) and 12 2 (t60)). The membrane resting potential of mouse diaphragm preparations pre-exposed or not to d-tubocurarine (5 g/mL) was also significantly less negative with MLV (10 g/mL). Together, these results indicate that M. laticollaris venom induces neuromuscular blockade by a combination of pre- and post-synaptic activities. PMID:24445448

  2. Two different interictal spike patterns anticipate ictal activity in vitro.

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    Avoli, Massimo; Panuccio, Gabriella; Herrington, Rochelle; D'Antuono, Margherita; de Guzman, Philip; Lvesque, Maxime

    2013-04-01

    4-Aminopyridine (4AP, 50 ?M) induces interictal- and ictal-like discharges in brain slices including parahippocampal areas such as the entorhinal cortex (EC) but the relation between these two types of epileptiform activity remains undifined. Here, by employing field potential recordings in rat EC slices during 4AP application, we found that: (i) interictal events have a wide range of duration (0.4-3.3 s) and interval of occurrence (1.4-84 s); (ii) ictal discharges are either preceded by an isolated "slow" interictal discharge (ISID; duration=1.5 0.1s, interval of occurrence=33.8 1.8 s) or suddenly initiate from a pattern of frequent polispike interictal discharge (FPID; duration=0.8 0.1 s; interval of occurrence=2.7 0.2 s); and (iii) ISID-triggered ictal events have longer duration (116 7.3s) and interval of occurrence (425.8 42.3 s) than those initiating suddenly during FPID (58.3 7.8 s and 202.1 21.8 s, respectively). Glutamatergic receptor antagonists abolished ictal discharges in all experiments, markedly reduced FPIDs but did not influence ISIDs. We also discovered that high-frequency oscillations (HFOs, 80-500 Hz) occur more frequently during ISIDs as compared to FPIDs, and mainly coincide with the onset of ISID-triggered ictal discharges. These findings indicate that interictal events may define ictal onset features resembling those seen in vivo in low-voltage fast activity onset seizures. We propose a similar condition to occur in vivo in temporal lobe epileptic patients and animal models. PMID:23270790

  3. In vitro metabolism and bioavailability tests for the predictive toxicology of endocrine active substances

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    Legislation and prospective legislative proposals internationally (may) require that chemicals are tested for their ability to disrupt the hormonal systems of animals. Chemicals found to test positive in vitro are considered to be endocrine active substances (EAS) and may be puta...

  4. In vitro antifungal activity of ozonized sunflower oil on yeasts from onychomycosis

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    Guerrer, L.V.; Cunha, K. C.; Nogueira, M. C. L.; Cardoso, C. C.; Soares, M. M. C. N.; Almeida, M. T. G.

    2012-01-01

    The in vitro antifungal activity of ozonized sunflower oil (Bioperoxoil) was tested on 101 samples of yeasts originating from onychomycosis using the disk diffusion method. The oil was efficacious against several clinical fungal strains: Candida parapsilosis, Candida albicans, Trichosporon asahii, Candida tropicalis and Candida guilliermondii. PMID:24031958

  5. INFLUENCE OF CCL4 BIOTRANSFORMATION ON THE ACTIVATION OF RAT LIVER PHOSPHOLIPASE C IN VITRO

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    The Influence of CCl4 Biotransforrnation on the Activation of Rat Liver Phospholipase C in Vitro. Coleman, J.F., Condie, L.W. AND LAMB, R.G. (1988). Toxicol. Appl Pharmacol. 95, 200-207. Carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) biotransformation and covalent binding was measured in l000g live...

  6. In Vitro Antimalarial Activity of Different Inhibitors of the Plasmodial Isoprenoid Synthesis Pathway

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    da Silva, Marcia F.; Saito, Alexandre Y.; Peres, Valnice J.; Oliveira, Antonio C.

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that fosmidomycin, risedronate, and nerolidol exert antimalarial activity in vitro. We included squalestatin, an inhibitor of the isoprenoid metabolism in Erwinia uredovora, and found that combinations of compounds which act on different targets of the plasmodial isoprenoid pathway possess important supra-additivity effects. PMID:26055383

  7. In Vitro and In Vivo Cytotoxicities and Antileishmanial Activities of Thymol and Hemisynthetic Derivatives

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    Robledo, Sara; Osorio, Edison; Muoz, Diana; Jaramillo, Luz Marina; Restrepo, Adriana; Arango, Gabriel; Vlez, Ivn

    2005-01-01

    The in vitro and in vivo antileishmanial and cytotoxic activities of thymol and structural derivatives in comparison to those of Glucantime were studied. The results showed here suggest that thymol and hemisynthetic derivatives have promising antileishmanial potential and could be considered as new lead structures in the search for novel antileishmanial drugs. PMID:15793164

  8. In vitro anti-mycotic activity of some medicinal plants containing flavonoids.

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    Trovato, A; Monforte, M T; Forestieri, A M; Pizzimenti, F

    2000-01-01

    Aqueous, ethanolic and petroleum ether extracts of Citrus sinensis L. (Osbeck), Euphrasia officinalis L., Glycyrrhiza glabra L., Matricaria recutita L., Rosa canina L. and Ruta graveolens L. have been studied. The antimycotic activity was evaluated "in vitro" on strains of Candida albicans isolated from clinical samples obtained in the course of acute vaginitis. PMID:11213443

  9. In vitro activities of eight antifungal drugs against 104 environmental and clinical isolates of Aureobasidium pullulans.

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    Najafzadeh, M Javad; Sutton, Deanna A; Keisari, M Saradeghi; Zarrinfar, H; de Hoog, G Sybren; Chowdhary, Anuradha; Meis, Jacques F

    2014-09-01

    Aureobasidium pullulans is an unusual agent of phaeohyphomycosis. The in vitro activities of antifungals against 104 isolates of Aureobasidium pullulans var. pullulans and A. pullulans var. melanigenum revealed low MIC90s of amphotericin B, posaconazole, and itraconazole. However, they were resistant to fluconazole (≥64 μg/ml) and had high MICs of voriconazole, isavuconazole, caspofungin, and micafungin. PMID:25001309

  10. In vitro metronidazole and tinidazole activities against metronidazole-resistant strains of Trichomonas vaginalis.

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    Crowell, Andrea L; Sanders-Lewis, Kolby A; Secor, W Evan

    2003-04-01

    The in vitro activities of tinidazole and metronidazole against Trichomonas vaginalis isolates clinically resistant to metronidazole were compared. Minimal lethal concentrations (MLCs) of tinidazole were significantly lower than MLCs of metronidazole. Increased metronidazole resistance correlated with increased tinidazole resistance. These data support a role for tinidazole in the treatment of trichomoniasis. PMID:12654679

  11. Posaconazole Enhances the Activity of Amphotericin B against Hyphae of Zygomycetes In Vitro?

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    Perkhofer, Susanne; Locher, Maria; Cuenca-Estrella, Manuel; Rchel, Reinhard; Wrzner, Reinhard; Dierich, Manfred P.; Lass-Flrl, Cornelia

    2008-01-01

    The in vitro activity of posaconazole plus amphotericin B against conidia and hyphae of 30 clinical zygomycetes was investigated. The combination of posaconazole with amphotericin B was found to be significantly more synergistic (40%) against hyphae (P < 0.05) than against conidia (10%). Antagonism was not observed. PMID:18458135

  12. IN VITRO ANDROGENIC ACTIVITY OF KRAFT MILL EFFLUENT IS ASSOCIATED WITH MASCULINIZATION OF FEMALE FISH

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    In Vitro Androgenic Activity of Kraft Mill Effluent is Associated with Masculinization of Female Fish. Lambright, CS 1 , Parks, LG 1, Orlando, E 2, Guillette, LJ, Jr.2, Ankley, G 3, Gray, LE, Jr.1 , 1USEPA, NHEERL, RTP, NC, 2 University of Florida, Dept. of Zoology, Gainesville ...

  13. Porcine Splenic Hydrolysate has Antioxidant Activity in vivo and in vitro

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    Yoon, Taek Joon

    2014-01-01

    The antioxidant capacity of porcine splenic hydrolysate (PSH) was studied in vitro and in vivo. Peptide hydrolysates were prepared, using the proteolytic enzyme Alcalase. The molecular weights of PSH were 37,666, 10,673, 6,029, and 2,918 g/mol. Rats were fed a 5% (w/v) PSH diet, instead of a casein diet, for 4 wk. The food intake, body weight gain, and liver weight of rats in the PSH group were similar to those in the control (CONT) group. There were no differences in the serum total cholesterol, triglyceride, total protein, or albumin levels between PSH and CONT groups. However, the level of in vivo hepatic lipid peroxidation in PSH group was significantly lower than that in CONT. In vivo hepatic catalase and glutathione peroxidase activities in the PSH group were significantly higher than those in the control group. The in vitro protein digestibility of PSH was lower than that of casein. The in vitro trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity of PSH was significantly higher than that of the peptide hydrolysate from casein. The in vitro radical scavenging activities of PSH were significantly higher than those of the peptide hydrolysate from casein. The present findings suggest that porcine splenic peptides improve the antioxidant status in rats by enhancing hepatic catalase and GSH-Px activities, and indicate a potential mechanism of radical scavenging activity during gastrointestinal passage. PMID:26761173

  14. "In vitro" antifungal activity of ozonized sunflower oil on yeasts from onychomycosis.

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    Guerrer, L V; Cunha, K C; Nogueira, M C L; Cardoso, C C; Soares, M M C N; Almeida, M T G

    2012-10-01

    The "in vitro" antifungal activity of ozonized sunflower oil (Bioperoxoil) was tested on 101 samples of yeasts originating from onychomycosis using the disk diffusion method. The oil was efficacious against several clinical fungal strains: Candida parapsilosis, Candida albicans, Trichosporon asahii, Candida tropicalis and Candida guilliermondii. PMID:24031958

  15. In vitro free radical scavenging activity of platinum nanoparticles

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    Watanabe, Aki; Kajita, Masashi; Kim, Juewon; Kanayama, Atsuhiro; Takahashi, Kyoko; Mashino, Tadahiko; Miyamoto, Yusei

    2009-11-01

    A polyacrylic acid (PAA)-protected platinum nanoparticle species (PAA-Pt) was prepared by alcohol reduction of hexachloroplatinate. The PAA-Pt nanoparticles were well dispersed and homogeneous in size with an average diameter of 2.0 0.4 nm (n = 200). We used electron spin resonance to quantify the residual peroxyl radical (\\mathrm {AOO}^{\\bullet } ) generated from 2,2-azobis (2-aminopropane) dihydrochloride (AAPH) by thermal decomposition in the presence of O2 and a spectrophotometric method to quantify the residual 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical. PAA-Pt scavenged these two radicals in a dose-dependent manner. Platinum was the functional component. PAA-Pt reduced the rate of oxygen consumption required for linoleic acid peroxidation initiated by \\mathrm {AOO}^{\\bullet } generated from AAPH, indicating inhibition of the propagation of linolate peroxidation. A thiobarbituric acid test also revealed dose-dependent inhibition of the linolate peroxidation by PAA-Pt. Fifty micromolar platinum, as PAA-Pt, completely quenched 250 M DPPH radical for 5 min. Even when twice diluted in half, the PAA-Pt still quenched 100% of the 250 M DPPH radical. The scavenging activity of PAA-Pt is durable. These observations suggest that PAA-Pt is an efficient scavenger of free radicals.

  16. Screening of selected medicinal plants for in vitro antidermatophytic activity.

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    Kalaivanan, C; Chandrasekaran, M; Venkatesalu, V

    2013-12-01

    Different solvent extracts of leaves of Achyranthes aspera, Aegle marmelos, Cleistanthus collinus, Curcuma aromatica and Strychnos nux-vomica were screened against dermatophytes viz., Trichophyton mentagrophytes, T.rubrum, Microsporum gypseum, M.canis and Epidermophyton floccossum var. nigricans. The mean zones of inhibition were between 7.1 and 26.5mm. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) and minimum fungicidal concentrations (MFC) were from 7.81 to 500 and from 15.62 to 1000?g/mL respectively. The highest mean zone of inhibition (26.5mm), the lowest MIC value (7.81?g/ml) and the lowest MFC (15.62?g/ml) were observed in ethyl acetate extract of A.aspera against T.rubrum. The standard antifungal drug ketoconazole (10?g/disc) was used as the positive control and mean zones of inhibition were from 23 to 29mm. Further separation of active principle from ethyl acetate extract of A.aspera is under progress. PMID:24135649

  17. In vitro leishmanicidal activity of some Cameroonian medicinal plants.

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    Hubert, Donfack J; Cline, Nkenfou; Michel, Noubom; Gogulamudi, V Reddy; Florence, Ngueguim T; Johnson, Boampong N; Bonaventure, Ngadjui T; Singh, Inder P; Sehgal, Rakesh

    2013-07-01

    Eleven plants used in the Cameroonian traditional medicine for the treatment of some parasitic infections were tested for their activity on the promastigote form of Leishmania donovani. After incubation with different plant extracts at doses of 1600, 800, 400 and 200 microgram/mL, the evaluation of the cell viability was done by the trypan blue exclusion technique and by flow cytometry. This study shows that 48 h after incubation of promastigotes with plant extract, Solanocia mannii and Solanum torvum significantly inhibited the proliferation of promastigotes in culture with IC50 of 60.785.05 and 96.084.39 using the trypan blue exclusion technique. In addition, IC50 of 43.916.49 and 86.134.30 were obtained using the flow cytometry technique. Furthermore, 24 h after incubation of promastigotes with the Solanocia mannii and Solanum torvum, there was significant disruption of their long spindle shaped bodies. The results of this study support the popular uses of these plants for the treatment of some parasitic infections in Cameroonian folk medicine. PMID:23562881

  18. In vitro antagonistic activity of Lactobacillus casei against Helicobacter pylori

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    Enany, Shymaa; Abdalla, Salah

    2015-01-01

    Helicobacter pylori is one of the most common causes of chronic infections in humans. Curing H. pylori infection is difficult because of the habitat of the organism below the mucus adherent layer of gastric mucosa. Lactobacilli are known as acid-resistant bacteria and can remain in stomach for a long time than any other organism, we aimed in this study to examine the efficacy of Lactobacillus casei as a probiotic against H. pylori in humans. Particularly, L. casei was opted as it is considered to be one of the widely used probiotics in dairy products. One hundred and seven strains of H. pylori were isolated from dyspeptic patients and were tested for their antibiotic susceptibility to metronidazole (MTZ), clarithromycin (CLR), tetracycline (TET), and amoxicillin (AMX) by the disc diffusion method. The strains were examined for their susceptibility toward L. casei - present in fermented milk products - by well diffusion method. It was found that 74.7% strains were resistant to MTZ; 1.8% to MTZ, TET, and CLR; 3.7% to MTZ and CLR; 4.6% to MTZ and TET; and 0.9% were resistant to MTZ, TET, and AMX. The antibacterial activity of L. casei against H. pylori was determined on all the tested H. pylori isolates including antibiotic resistant strains with different patterns. Our study proposed the use of probiotics for the treatment of H. pylori infection as an effective approach. PMID:26691482

  19. [In vitro antibacterial activity of cefmenoxime (SCE 1365)].

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    Brun, Y; Forey, F; Coulet, M; Fleurette, J; Bryskier, A

    1983-05-01

    617 clinical isolates were tested, 592 of which were from hospital source. The minimal inhibitory concentrations of cefmenoxime were determined by a microtiter dilution method, using Mueller-Hinton broth. The results obtained give a 92% agreement with the reference agar-dilution method. Cefmenoxime shows a potent activity against Enterobacteriaceae (n = 420): the modal MIC is less than or equal to 0,03 mg/l, and 90% of them are inhibited by 1 mg/l. Some isolates require a higher concentration, above 32 mg/l: Enterobacter (8%), indole-positive Proteus (13%), Serratia (3%), Citrobacter (3%). Pseudomonas (n = 71) and Acinetobacter (n = 62) appear to be less susceptible than Enterobacteriaceae. The modal MIC is 16 mg/l and the concentration inhibiting 90% of the isolates is above 32 mg/l. The modal MIC of cefmenoxime against Staphylococcus aureus (n = 64) is 1 mg/l, and 90% of the strains belonging to this species are inhibited by 32 mg/l. PMID:6312394

  20. In vitro and in vivo activities of atalaphillinine and related acridone alkaloids against rodent malaria.

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    Fujioka, H; Nishiyama, Y; Furukawa, H; Kumada, N

    1989-01-01

    Thirty acridone alkaloids obtained from Citrus, Glycosmis, or Severinia plants (members of the family Rutaceae) were tested for their antimalarial activities in vitro and in vivo. At a concentration of 10 micrograms/ml in vitro, seven of these alkaloids suppressed 90% or more of Plasmodium yoelii, which causes malaria in rodents. Atalaphillinine, when injected intraperitoneally in a daily dose of 50 mg/kg for 3 days into mice infected with 10(7) erythrocytes parasitized with Plasmodium berghei or Plasmodium vinckei, completely suppressed the development of malaria parasites, with there being no obvious acute toxic effects from the tested dose. PMID:2653215

  1. Antiviral Activity of Glycyrrhizin against Hepatitis C Virus In Vitro

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    Matsumoto, Yoshihiro; Matsuura, Tomokazu; Aoyagi, Haruyo; Matsuda, Mami; Hmwe, Su Su; Date, Tomoko; Watanabe, Noriyuki; Watashi, Koichi; Suzuki, Ryosuke; Ichinose, Shizuko; Wake, Kenjiro; Suzuki, Tetsuro; Miyamura, Tatsuo; Wakita, Takaji; Aizaki, Hideki

    2013-01-01

    Glycyrrhizin (GL) has been used in Japan to treat patients with chronic viral hepatitis, as an anti-inflammatory drug to reduce serum alanine aminotransferase levels. GL is also known to exhibit various biological activities, including anti-viral effects, but the anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) effect of GL remains to be clarified. In this study, we demonstrated that GL treatment of HCV-infected Huh7 cells caused a reduction of infectious HCV production using cell culture-produced HCV (HCVcc). To determine the target step in the HCV lifecycle of GL, we used HCV pseudoparticles (HCVpp), replicon, and HCVcc systems. Significant suppressions of viral entry and replication steps were not observed. Interestingly, extracellular infectivity was decreased, and intracellular infectivity was increased. By immunofluorescence and electron microscopic analysis of GL treated cells, HCV core antigens and electron-dense particles had accumulated on endoplasmic reticulum attached to lipid droplet (LD), respectively, which is thought to act as platforms for HCV assembly. Furthermore, the amount of HCV core antigen in LD fraction increased. Taken together, these results suggest that GL inhibits release of infectious HCV particles. GL is known to have an inhibitory effect on phospholipase A2 (PLA2). We found that group 1B PLA2 (PLA2G1B) inhibitor also decreased HCV release, suggesting that suppression of virus release by GL treatment may be due to its inhibitory effect on PLA2G1B. Finally, we demonstrated that combination treatment with GL augmented IFN-induced reduction of virus in the HCVcc system. GL is identified as a novel anti-HCV agent that targets infectious virus particle release. PMID:23874843

  2. Factors influencing the activity of tiamulin against Histomonas meleagridis in vitro.

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    Hauck, R; Lotfi, A; Hafez, H M

    2010-06-01

    In this study, we investigated the activity of tiamulin fumerate against three strains of Histomonas meleagridis in vitro under different conditions. Tiamulin reduced histomonal growth of all three strains at concentrations of 20 ppm and higher. Cultures in phosphate-buffered saline-based medium were more susceptible than cultures in traditional Dwyers medium. When the cultures were inoculated with higher numbers of histomonads, the activity of tiamulin was reduced. Bacteria present in the cultures were resistant against tiamulin. PMID:20608543

  3. Comparative in vitro activities of six new fluoroquinolones and other oral antimicrobial agents against Campylobacter pylori.

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    Simor, A E; Ferro, S; Low, D E

    1989-01-01

    The in vitro susceptibilities of 56 clinical isolates of Campylobacter pylori to six new fluoroquinolones and other oral antimicrobial agents were determined by an agar dilution technique. Ciprofloxacin was the most active of the fluoroquinolones (MIC for 90% of strains tested [MIC90], 0.05 microgram/ml). Other fluoroquinolones had variable activities, although most isolates were moderately susceptible to fleroxacin (MIC90, 4 micrograms/ml) and lomefloxacin (MIC90, 4 micrograms/ml). PMID:2712542

  4. Nitroxoline impairs tumor progression in vitro and in vivo by regulating cathepsin B activity

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    Mitrović, Ana; Sosič, Izidor; Gobec, Stanislav; Vasiljeva, Olga; Turk, Boris; Čemažar, Maja; Serša, Gregor; Kos, Janko

    2015-01-01

    Cathepsin B is a ubiquitously expressed lysosomal cysteine protease that participates in protein turnover within lysosomes. However, its protein and activity levels have been shown to be increased in cancer. Cathepsin B endopeptidase activity is involved in the degradation of extracellular matrix, a process that promotes tumor invasion, metastasis and angiogenesis. Previously, we reported an established antibiotic nitroxoline as a potent and selective inhibitor of cathepsin B. In the present study, we elucidated its anti-tumor properties in in vitro and in vivo tumor models. Tumor and endothelial cell lines with high levels of active cathepsin B were selected for functional analysis of nitroxoline in vitro. Nitroxoline significantly reduced extracellular DQ-collagen IV degradation by all evaluated cancer cell lines using spectrofluorimetry. Nitroxoline also markedly decreased tumor cell invasion monitored in real time and reduced the invasive growth of multicellular tumor spheroids, used as a 3D in vitro model of tumor invasion. Additionally, endothelial tube formation was significantly reduced by nitroxoline in an in vitro angiogenesis assay. Finally, nitroxoline significantly abrogated tumor growth, angiogenesis and metastasis in vivo in LPB fibrosarcoma and MMTV-PyMT breast cancer mouse models. Overall, our results designate nitroxoline as a promising drug candidate for anti-cancer treatment. PMID:25848918

  5. 2,6,9-Trisubstituted purines as CRK3 kinase inhibitors with antileishmanial activity in vitro.

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    ?ezn?kov, Eva; Popa, Alexandr; Guck, Tom; Zatloukal, Marek; Havl?ek, Libor; Bazgier, Vclav; Berka, Karel; Jorda, Radek; Popa, Igor; Nasereddin, Abdelmajeed; Jaffe, Charles L; Krytof, Vladimr; Strnad, Miroslav

    2015-06-01

    Here we describe the leishmanicidal activities of a library of 2,6,9-trisubstituted purines that were screened for interaction with Cdc2-related protein kinase 3 (CRK3) and subsequently for activity against parasitic Leishmania species. The most active compound inhibited recombinant CRK3 with an IC50 value of 162 nM and was active against Leishmania major and Leishmania donovani at low micromolar concentrations in vitro. Its mode of binding to CRK3 was investigated by molecular docking using a homology model. PMID:25937014

  6. Synthesis and in vitro Trichomonacidal activities of some new dialkylperoxides and 1,2,4-trioxanes.

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    Camuzat-Dedenis, B; Provot, O; Cointeaux, L; Peyrou, V; Berrien, J F; Bories, C; Loiseau, P M; Mayrargue, J; Perroux, V

    2001-10-01

    Two series of three trioxanes and 18 disubstituted peroxides were synthesised and evaluated for their in vitro trichomonacidal activity against Trichomonas vaginalis. The most active compound, 2-methylprop-2-yl 2-methoxyeth-1-yl peroxide exhibited an IC(50) value of 1.0+/-0.2 microM whereas other dialkyl peroxides had various IC(50) values which could not be correlated to their molecule structure. The best compound was about five times more active than metronidazole. The amount of generated oxygen or free radicals cannot explain completely the activity suggesting another way of action for these compounds on T. vaginalis. PMID:11738490

  7. Progress of in vitro factor VIII coagulant activity from 0 to 8 hours after reconstitution

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    Shim, Ye Jee; Lee, Kun Soo; Kim, Uk Hyun; Suh, Jin Kyung; Baik, Sae Yun

    2014-01-01

    Background Continuous infusion of factor VIII (FVIII) is a more cost-effective method for treating hemophilia A than intermittent bolus injection. However, there is currently no specific data in Korea about the progress of in vitro FVIII coagulant activity (FVIII:C) after reconstitution from its lyophilized form. Methods Three commercial FVIII concentrate products (two recombinant FVIII and one plasma-derived) were used. In vitro FVIII:C was measured at 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours following reconstitution in both the indoor light-exposed and light-shielded groups. Results For the three drugs, in vitro FVIII:C decreased over the 8 hours following reconstitution (P<0.001). The decline of FVIII:C was linear (P<0.001). In vitro FVIII:C for the indoor light-exposed groups was 95.3±1.9% and 90.6±2.5% after 4 and 8 hours following reconstitution, respectively, compared to baseline activity. In the light-shielded group, FVIII:C was 95.4±1.1% and 90.9±1.7% of the baseline activity after 4 and 8 hours, respectively. There was no statistical difference between FVIII:C in the indoor light-exposed and light-shielded groups (P=0.849). Conclusion In vitro FVIII:C decreased after reconstitution, but activity was maintained at over 90% of the baseline value during 8 hours. Exposure to indoor light did not accelerate the loss of FVIII:C over the experimental time. This result indicates that CI with FVIII is available in 8-hour intervals, with no indoor light-exposure precautions needed. PMID:25548761

  8. In vitro - in vivo correlations for endocrine activity of a mixture of currently used pesticides

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    Taxvig, Camilla; Hadrup, Niels; Boberg, Julie; Axelstad, Marta; Bossi, Rossana; Bonefeld-Jørgensen, Eva Cecilie; Vinggaard, Anne Marie

    2013-11-01

    Two pesticide mixtures were investigated for potential endocrine activity. Mix 3 consisted of bitertanol, propiconazole, and cypermethrin, and Mix 5 included malathion and terbuthylazine in addition to the three pesticides in Mix 3. All five single pesticides and the two mixtures were investigated for their ability to affect steroidogenesis in vitro in H295R cells. The pesticides alone and both mixtures affected steroidogenesis with both mixtures causing increase in progesterone and decrease in testosterone. For Mix 5 an increase in estradiol was seen as well, indicating increased aromatase activity. The two mixtures were also investigated in pregnant rats dosed from gestational day 7 to 21, followed by examination of dams and fetuses. Decreased estradiol and reduced placental testosterone were seen in dams exposed to Mix 5. Also a significant increase in aromatase mRNA-levels in female adrenal glands was found for Mix5. However, either of the two mixtures showed any effects on fetal hormone levels in plasma or testis, or on anogenital distance. Overall, potential aromatase induction was found for Mix 5 both in vitro and in vivo, but not for Mix 3, an effect likely owed to terbuthylazine in Mix 5. However, the hormonal responses in vitro were only partly reflected in vivo, probably due to some toxicokinetic issues, as the pesticide levels in the amniotic fluid also were found to be negatively affected by the number of compounds present in the mixtures. Nonetheless, the H295R assay gives hints on conceivable interference with steroidogenesis, thus generating hypotheses on in vivo effects. - Highlights: • The study examines the endocrine disrupting potential of mixtures of pesticides. • All single pesticides and both mixtures affected steroidogenesis in vitro. • Potential aromatase induction was found for Mix 5 both in vitro and in vivo. • The hormonal responses in vitro were only partly reflected in vivo.

  9. In vitro and in vivo Bone-Forming Activity of Saururus chinensis Extract.

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    Moon, Seong-Hee; Choi, Sik-Won; Park, Sang-Joon; Ryu, Shi-Yong; Hwang, Kyu-Seok; Kim, Cheol-Hee; Kim, Seong Hwan

    2015-07-01

    Bone is maintained by osteoclast-mediated resorption and osteoblast-mediated formation. Recently, anti-osteoporotic activity of Saururus chinensis extract (SCE) and anti-osteoclastogenic activity of its components have been reported, but the effect of SCE on bone formation has not been studied well. Therefore, in this study, we investigated whether Saururus chinensis SCE exhibits in vitro osteogenic and in vivo bone-forming activity. extract strongly enhanced the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2-stimulated induction of alkaline phosphatase, an early phase biomarker of osteoblast differentiation, in bi-potential mesenchymal progenitor C2C12 cells. In vitro osteogenic activity of SCE was accompanied by enhanced expression of BMP-2, BMP-4, BMP-7 and BMP-9 mRNA. In addition, a pharmacological inhibition study suggested the involvement of p38 activation in the osteogenic action of SCE. Moreover, the BMP dependency and the involvement of p38 activation in the osteogenic action of SCE were confirmed by the treatment of noggin, an antagonist of BMP. Saururus chinensis extract also exhibited to induce runt-related transcription factor 2 activation at the high concentration. Furthermore, the in vivo osteogenic activity of SCE was confirmed in zebrafish and mouse calvarial bone formation models, suggesting the possibility of its use for bone formation. In conclusion, we suggested that in vivo anti-osteoporotic activity of SCE could be because of its dual action in bone, anti-osteoclastogenic and anabolic activity. PMID:25869918

  10. In vitro antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities of leaves and flowers extracts from Lippia alba.

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    Ara, N; Nur, M H; Amran, M S; Wahid, M I I; Ahmed, M

    2009-01-01

    The research was conducted to investigate the in vitro antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities of leaves and flowers extract extracted from Lippia alba. Disc diffusion technique was used for in vitro antibacterial and antifungal screening. Zones of inhibition were observed in disc diffusion for antibacterial screening against 4 Gram-positive pathogenic and 6 Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria. Among crude extracts chloroform extract showed good activity against all test organisms. A Large zone of inhibition was observed (18 mm) against Vibrio parahaemolyticus. In antifungal screening, the compound showed mild to moderate zones of inhibition against four tested organisms. A Large zone of inhibition was observed against Aspergillus niger (13 mm). Cytotoxic activities of crude extracts were determined using Brine shrimp lethality Bioassay and LC50 values of standard Vincristin sulphate as positive control, n-hexane and crude ethanol extracts were found to be 5, 15 and 20 microg mL(-1), respectively. PMID:19579925

  11. A dual functional peptide carrying in vitro selected catalytic and binding activities.

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    Zhu, Liping; Wang, Wei; Zhao, Haixu; Xu, Muye; Tada, Seiichi; Uzawa, Takanori; Liu, Mingzhe; Ito, Yoshihiro

    2015-10-14

    When minimal functional sequences are used, it is possible to integrate multiple functions on a single peptide chain, like a "single stroke drawing". Here a dual functional peptide was designed by combining in vitro selected catalytic and binding activities. For catalytic activity, we performed in vitro selection for a peptide aptamer binding to hemin by using ribosome display and isolated a peptide that had peroxidase activity in the presence of hemin. By combining the selected catalytic peptide with a peptide antigen, which can be recognized by an antibody, an enzyme-antibody conjugate-like peptide was obtained. This study demonstrates a successful strategy to create dual functionalized peptide chains for use in immunoassays. PMID:26272651

  12. In vitro antimalarial activity of flavonoid derivatives dehydrosilybin and 8-(1;1)-DMA-kaempferide.

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    de Monbrison, Frdrique; Maitrejean, Mathias; Latour, Christine; Bugnazet, Franck; Peyron, Franois; Barron, Denis; Picot, Stephane

    2006-01-01

    Multidrug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum strains are an increasing problem in endemic areas and are partly responsible for the worsening malaria situation around the world. New cheap and effective compounds active in combination with available drug in the field are urgently needed. The aim of this work was to explore the potential antiplasmodial effect of flavonoid derivatives on parasites growth in vitro. In vitro antiplasmodial activity of dehydrosilybin and 8-(1;1)-DMA-kaempferide has been evaluated by real time PCR for five P. falciparum strains. Both revealed significative antimalarial activity against the different strains. Since this drug family has been largely used and well-tolerated in humans, flavonoid derivatives could be in the near future associated with already available drugs in order to delay the spread of P. falciparum resistance. PMID:16256062

  13. In vitro and in vivo anti-plasmodial activity of essential oils, including hinokitiol.

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    Fujisaki, Ryuichi; Kamei, Kiyoko; Yamamura, Mariko; Nishiya, Hajime; Inouye, Shigeharu; Takahashi, Miki; Abe, Shigeru

    2012-03-01

    Abstract. The anti-plasmodial activity of 47 essential oils and 10 of their constituents were screened for in vitro activity against Plasmodium falciparum. Five of these essential oils (sandalwood, caraway, monarda, nutmeg, and Thujopsis dolabrata var. hondai) and 2 constituents (thymoquinone and hinokitiol) were found to be active against P. falciparum in vitro, with 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) values equal to or less than 1.0 microg/ml. Furthermore, in vivo analysis using a rodent model confirmed the anti-plasmodial potential of subcutaneously administered sandalwood oil, and percutaneously administered hinokitiol and caraway oil against rodent P. berghei. Notably, these oils showed no efficacy when administered orally, intraperitoneally or intravenously. Caraway oil and hinokitiol dissolved in carrier oil, applied to the skin of hairless mice caused high levels in the blood, with concentrations exceeding their IC50 values. PMID:23082579

  14. Gamma radiation effects on phenolics, antioxidants activity and in vitro digestion of pistachio ( Pistachia vera) hull

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    Behgar, M.; Ghasemi, S.; Naserian, A.; Borzoie, A.; Fatollahi, H.

    2011-09-01

    The effect of gamma radiation (10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 kGy) on tannin, total phenolics, antioxidants activity and in vitro digestion of pistachio hulls has been investigated in this study. The possibility of using the radial diffusion method based on software measurement of the rings area has also been investigated in this study. The software based method in radial diffusion method showed a higher r2 (0.995) value when compared to the traditional method. Irradiation reduced the tannin content ( P<0.01) and activity of antioxidants ( P<0.05) of pistachio hull extracts but increased the total phenolic content ( P<0.05). There was no effect of gamma irradiation on the in vitro digestion of the pistachio hull. Irradiation decreased the digestion rate of the pistachio hull at the dose of 40 kGy when compared to the control. This study showed that gamma irradiation decreased tannin and antioxidants activity of pistachio hull.

  15. Invitro activity of colistin sulfate against Enterobacteriaceae producing extended-spectrum ?-lactamases.

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    Ku, Yee-Huang; Lee, Mei-Feng; Chuang, Yin-Ching; Chen, Chi-Chung; Yu, Wen-Liang

    2015-12-01

    The widespread multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae pose a serious therapeutic challenge. Colistin and tigecycline are potential antimicrobial agents for treating infections caused by extended-spectrum ?-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae. We evaluated the in-vitro activity of colistin sulfate against 253 ESBL producers isolated from patients admitted to a medical center in southern Taiwan (Escherichia coli, n=82; Klebsiella pneumoniae, n=102; Enterobacter cloacae, n=34; and Serratia marcescens, n=35). Colistin showed promising in-vitro activity against E. coli, K. pneumoniae, and E. cloacae, but not S. marcescens. One ESBL-producing K. pneumoniae strain with resistance to carbapenems (ertapenem, imipenem, and meropenem) was selected for time-killing studies. A combination of colistin and tigecycline showed synergism, but there was an inoculum effect. In conclusion, colistin was active against most ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae, and a combination of colistin with tigecycline was synergistic against some highly resistant strains, even those with carbapenem resistance. PMID:24388585

  16. Differential in vitro activities of ionophore compounds against Plasmodium falciparum and mammalian cells.

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    Gumila, C; Ancelin, M L; Jeminet, G; Delort, A M; Miquel, G; Vial, H J

    1996-01-01

    Twenty-two ionophore compounds were screened for their antimalarial activities. They consisted of true ionophores (mobile carriers) and channel-forming quasi-ionophores with different ionic specificities. Eleven of the compounds were found to be extremely efficient inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum growth in vitro, with 50% inhibitory concentrations of less than 10 ng/ml. Gramicidin D was the most active compound tested, with 50% inhibitory concentration of 0.035 ng/ml. Compounds with identical ionic specificities generally had similar levels of antimalarial activity, and ionophores specific to monovalent cations were the most active. Compounds were further tested to determine their in vitro toxicities against mammalian lymphoblast and macrophage cell lines. Nine of the 22 compounds, i.e., alborixin, lonomycin, nigericin, narasin, monensin and its methylated derivative, lasalocid and its bromo derivative, and gramicidin D, most specific to monovalent cations, were at least 35-fold more active in vitro against P. falciparum than against the two other mammalian cell lines. The enhanced ability to penetrate the erythrocyte membrane after infection could be a factor that determines ionophore selectivity for infected erythrocytes. PMID:8851578

  17. In vitro activities of natural products against oral Candida isolates from denture wearers

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    2011-01-01

    Background Candida-associated denture stomatitis is a frequent infectious disease. Treatment of this oral condition is difficult because failures and recurrences are common. The aim of this study was to test the in vitro antifungal activity of pure constituents of essentials oils. Methods Eight terpenic derivatives (carvacrol, farnesol, geraniol, linalool, menthol, menthone, terpinen-4-ol, and α-terpineol), a phenylpropanoid (eugenol), a phenethyl alcohol (tyrosol) and fluconazole were evaluated against 38 Candida isolated from denture-wearers and 10 collection Candida strains by the CLSI M27-A3 broth microdilution method. Results Almost all the tested compounds showed antifungal activity with MIC ranges of 0.03-0.25% for eugenol and linalool, 0.03-0.12% for geraniol, 0.06-0.5% for menthol, α-terpineol and terpinen-4-ol, 0.03-0.5% for carvacrol, and 0.06-4% for menthone. These compounds, with the exception of farnesol, menthone and tyrosol, showed important in vitro activities against the fluconazole-resistant and susceptible-dose dependent Candida isolates. Conclusions Carvacrol, eugenol, geraniol, linalool and terpinen-4-ol were very active in vitro against oral Candida isolates. Their fungistatic and fungicidal activities might convert them into promising alternatives for the topic treatment of oral candidiasis and denture stomatitis. PMID:22118215

  18. G17-modified hammerhead ribozymes are active in vitro and in vivo.

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    Kalweit, Anne; Hammann, Christian

    2013-12-01

    Natural hammerhead ribozymes (HHRz) feature tertiary interactions between hairpin loops or bulges in two of three helices that surround the catalytic core of conserved nucleotides. Their conservation was originally established on minimal versions lacking the tertiary interactions. While those sequence requirements in general also apply to natural versions, we show here differences for the HHRz cleavage site N17. A guanosine at this position strongly impairs cleavage activity in minimal versions, whereas we observe for the G17 variants of four tertiary stabilized HHRz significant cleavage and ligation activity in vitro. Kinetic analyses of these variants revealed a reduced rate and extent of cleavage, compared with wild-type sequences, while variants with distorted tertiary interactions cleaved at a reduced rate, but to the same extent. Contrary to this, G17 variants exhibit similar in vitro ligation activity as compared with the respective wild-type motif. To also address the catalytic performance of these motifs in vivo, we have inserted HHRz cassettes in the lacZ gene and tested this ?-galactosidase reporter in Dictyostelium discoideum. In colorimetric assays, we observe differences in the enzymatic activity of ?-galactosidase, which correlate well with the activity of the different HHRz variants in vitro and which can be unambiguously attributed to ribozyme cleavage by primer extension analysis. PMID:24145822

  19. Effect of kumquat (Fortunella crassifolia) pericarp on natural killer cell activity in vitro and in vivo.

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    Nagahama, Kiyoko; Eto, Nozomu; Shimojo, Tomofumi; Kondoh, Tomomi; Nakahara, Keiko; Sakakibara, Yoichi; Fukui, Keiichi; Suiko, Masahito

    2015-01-01

    Natural killer (NK) cells play a key role in innate immune defense against infectious disease and cancer. A reduction of NK activity is likely to be associated with increased risk of these types of disease. In this study, we investigate the activation potential of kumquat pericarp acetone fraction (KP-AF) on NK cells. It is shown to significantly increase IFN-? production and NK cytotoxic activity in human KHYG-1 NK cells. Moreover, oral administration of KP-AF significantly improves both suppressed plasma IFN-? levels and NK cytotoxic activity per splenocyte in restraint-stressed mice. These results indicate that raw kumquat pericarp activates NK cells in vitro and in vivo. To identify the active constituents, we also examined IFN-? production on KHYG-1 cells by the predicted active components. Only ?-cryptoxanthin increased IFN-? production, suggesting that NK cell activation effects of KP-AF may be caused by carotenoids such as ?-cryptoxanthin. PMID:25849817

  20. Platelet activation patterns in platelet size sub-populations: differential responses to aspirin in vitro.

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    Mangalpally, Kiran Kumar R; Siqueiros-Garcia, Alan; Vaduganathan, Muthiah; Dong, Jing-Fei; Kleiman, Neal S; Guthikonda, Sasidhar

    2010-10-01

    Circulating platelets are heterogeneous in size and structure. Whether this translates into differences in platelet function and efficacy of antiplatelet therapy is unclear. Hence, we decided to investigate the activation patterns among different platelet populations differentiated by size, and to compare the inhibitory effects of aspirin in these populations. Circulating platelets from 9 healthy volunteers were separated by size and stratified into the largest and smallest quintiles. Platelets were stimulated with 75 μM arachidonic acid (AA), 10 μM ADP or 25 μM TRAP. Alpha-granule protein secretion and expression (P-selectin, VWF, fibrinogen), surface-protein activation (activated integrin αIIbβ3) were assessed. Platelet thromboxane B(2) (TxB(2)) synthesis following AA stimulation was measured in vitro before and after incubation with 265 μM aspirin. Reticulated (juvenile) platelets were assessed using thiazole orange staining. A greater number of large platelets in the largest quintile were reticulated compared with the smallest quintile (6.1 ± 2.8% vs. 1.2 ± 1.5% respectively, p < 0.001). Larger platelets also synthesized more TxB(2) than small platelets both before (1348 ± 276 pg/mL vs. 1023 ± 214 pg/mL, respectively, p = 0.01) and after aspirin (1029 ± 190 pg/mL vs. 851 ± 159 pg/mL, respectively, p = 0.03). After stimulation with each agonist, a greater proportion of large platelets bound fibrinogen, VWF, P-selectin and activated integrin αIIbβ3 than small platelets both in the presence and in the absence of in vitro aspirin. In an in vitro setting, large platelets appear to be more active than small platelets and continue to be more active even after in vitro aspirin. Platelets exhibit heterogeneity in size and structure. Whether this translates into platelet function and efficacy of antiplatelet therapy is unclear. We evaluated platelet functional properties and the effects of aspirin on separated platelet subpopulations in an in vitro setting. Platelets were sorted into the largest and smallest size quintiles using flow cytometry forward scatter. Alpha-granule protein release, dense granule content, surface protein activation and thromboxane synthesis were significantly greater in large platelets compared with small platelets, before and after stimulation with arachidonic acid, ADP and TRAP. Even after incubation with aspirin, large platelets continued to be more active than small platelets. In conclusion, large platelets are more active than small platelets and aspirin fails to eliminate these differential activation properties. PMID:20502945

  1. Antioxidative and in vitro antiproliferative activity of Arctium lappa root extracts

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    2011-01-01

    Background Arctium lappa, known as burdock, is widely used in popular medicine for hypertension, gout, hepatitis and other inflammatory disorders. Pharmacological studies indicated that burdock roots have hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, free radical scavenging and antiproliferative activities. The aim of this study was to evaluate total phenolic content, radical scavenging activity by DPPH and in vitro antiproliferative activity of different A. lappa root extracts. Methods Hot and room temperature dichloromethanic, ethanolic and aqueous extracts; hydroethanolic and total aqueous extract of A. lappa roots were investigated regarding radical scavenging activity by DPPH, total phenolic content by Folin-Ciocalteau method and antiproliferative in vitro activity was evaluated in human cancer cell lines. The hydroethanolic extract analyzed by high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy. Results Higher radical scavenging activity was found for the hydroethanolic extract. The higher phenolic contents were found for the dichloromethane, obtained both by Soxhlet and maceration extraction and hydroethanolic extracts. The HRESI-MS demonstrated the presence of arctigenin, quercetin, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid compounds, which were identified by comparison with previous data. The dichloromethane extracts were the only extracts that exhibited activity against cancer cell lines, especially for K562, MCF-7 and 786-0 cell lines. Conclusions The hydroethanolic extracts exhibited the strongest free radical scavenging activity, while the highest phenolic content was observed in Soxhlet extraction. Moreover, the dichloromethanic extracts showed selective antiproliferative activity against K562, MCF-7 and 786-0 human cancer cell lines. PMID:21429215

  2. Structural features of endocrine active chemicals--A comparison of in vivo and in vitro data.

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    Lewin, Geertje; Escher, Sylvia E; van der Burg, Bart; Simetska, Nelly; Mangelsdorf, Inge

    2015-08-01

    Studies on reproductive toxicity need high numbers of test animals. Therefore, we investigated whether chemical structural features (SF) in combination with in vitro data on specific adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) may be used for predicting reproductive toxicity of untested chemicals. Using the OECD Toolbox and expert judgment, we identified 89 structure groups for 275 chemicals for which the results of prenatal developmental toxicity or multigeneration studies were present in the Fraunhofer database on Fertility and Developmental Toxicity in experimental animals (FeDTex) database. Likewise, we evaluated 220 chemicals which had been tested in reporter gene assays on endocrine ((anti)estrogenic and (anti)androgenic) properties in the CALUX() test battery. There was a large spread of effect levels for substances within the chemical structure groups for both, in vivo and in vitro results. The groups of highest concern (diphenyl derivatives, planar conjugated systems with fused rings, phenols and organophosphates) correlated quite well, however, between the in vivo and in vitro data on estrogenic activity. For the 56 chemicals represented in both databases, lowest effect doses in vivo correlated well with the estrogenic activity in vitro. These results suggest that a panel of assays covering relevant AOPs and data on metabolism and toxicokinetics may allow prediction of relative reproductive or development toxicity potency within the identified chemical structure groups. PMID:25461902

  3. Comparative studies on biological activity of generic and branded enoxaparin in vivo and vitro.

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    Tan, Xiaoqing; Cui, Huifei

    2015-10-01

    As per US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirement, the study was designed to conduct the fourth and fifth criteria of Abbreviated New Drug Application to demonstrate equivalence of generic and branded Enoxaparin in vivo and vitro.Pharmacodynamic behavior of branded and generic Enoxaparin was compared in a parallel study in rats based upon measurement of anti-FXa and anti-FIIa profiles. Blood samples collected at baseline and at 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 h postsubcutaneous administration of six batches of Lovenox and nine batches of generic Enoxaparin were evaluated for anti-FXa and anti-FIIa using chromogenic substrate method. Anti-FXa, Anti-FIIa, activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), and Heptest prolongation time were conducted in vitro as per the United States Pharmacopeia method. Pharmacodynamics parameters were obtained including peak effect (anti-FXamax, anti-FIIamax), area under the effect curve (AUEC0-T and AUEC0-?), Tmax, and T1/2.Pharmacokinetic differences were not observed using anti-FXa or anti-FIIa. No statistically significant differences were observed between branded and generic Enoxaparin either in vitro anti-FXa, anti-FIIa, APTT, or Heptest assay.It can be concluded that they are bioequivalent in anticoagulant activity tested in vivo and vitro. PMID:26270263

  4. E.coli Fis protein activates ribosomal RNA transcription in vitro and in vivo.

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    Ross, W; Thompson, J F; Newlands, J T; Gourse, R L

    1990-01-01

    An upstream activation region (UAR) contributes to the extremely high activity of the Escherichia coli ribosomal RNA promoter, rrnB P1, increasing its activity 20- to 30-fold over that of the same promoter lacking the UAR. We have used DNase footprinting to define three specific sites in the rrnB P1 UAR that bind Fis, a protein identified previously by its role in recombinational enhancer function in other systems. We find that purified Fis activates transcription from promoters containing these sites 10- to 20-fold in vitro at concentrations correlating with the filling of these sites. Three approaches indicate that Fis contributes to the function of the UAR in vivo. First, there is a progressive loss in the activity of rrnB P1-lacZ fusions as Fis binding sites are deleted. Second, an rrnB P1 promoter with a mutation in a Fis binding site has 5-fold reduced transcription activity in vivo, dramatically reduced Fis binding in vitro, and shows no Fis dependent transcription activation in vitro. Third, upstream activation is reduced 5-fold in a Fis- strain. We show that rRNA promoters derepress in response to the loss of Fis in vivo in accord with the predictions of the negative feedback model for rRNA regulation. We find that fis is not essential for the function of two control systems known to regulate rRNA, growth rate dependent control and stringent control. On the basis of these results, we propose roles for Fis and the upstream activation system in rRNA synthesis. Images Fig.1 Fig.4 Fig.5 Fig.6 PMID:2209559

  5. Machine learning models identify molecules active against the Ebola virus in vitro

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    Ekins, Sean; Freundlich, Joel S.; Clark, Alex M.; Anantpadma, Manu; Davey, Robert A.; Madrid, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The search for small molecule inhibitors of Ebola virus (EBOV) has led to several high throughput screens over the past 3 years. These have identified a range of FDA-approved active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with anti-EBOV activity in vitro and several of which are also active in a mouse infection model. There are millions of additional commercially-available molecules that could be screened for potential activities as anti-EBOV compounds. One way to prioritize compounds for testing is to generate computational models based on the high throughput screening data and then virtually screen compound libraries. In the current study, we have generated Bayesian machine learning models with viral pseudotype entry assay and the EBOV replication assay data. We have validated the models internally and externally. We have also used these models to computationally score the MicroSource library of drugs to select those likely to be potential inhibitors. Three of the highest scoring molecules that were not in the model training sets, quinacrine, pyronaridine and tilorone, were tested in vitro and had EC 50 values of 350, 420 and 230 nM, respectively. Pyronaridine is a component of a combination therapy for malaria that was recently approved by the European Medicines Agency, which may make it more readily accessible for clinical testing. Like other known antimalarial drugs active against EBOV, it shares the 4-aminoquinoline scaffold. Tilorone, is an investigational antiviral agent that has shown a broad array of biological activities including cell growth inhibition in cancer cells, antifibrotic properties, α7 nicotinic receptor agonist activity, radioprotective activity and activation of hypoxia inducible factor-1. Quinacrine is an antimalarial but also has use as an anthelmintic. Our results suggest data sets with less than 1,000 molecules can produce validated machine learning models that can in turn be utilized to identify novel EBOV inhibitors in vitro. PMID:26834994

  6. Cysticidal activity of extracts and isolated compounds from Teloxys graveolens: In vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Palomares-Alonso, Francisca; Rojas-Tomé, Irma Susana; Juárez Rocha, Victorino; Palencia Hernández, Guadalupe; González-Maciel, Angélica; Ramos-Morales, Andrea; Santiago-Reyes, Rosalba; González-Hernández, Iliana Elvira; Jung-Cook, Helgi

    2015-09-01

    In the search of new alternatives for neurocysticercosis treatment, the cysticidal activity of organic extracts of Teloxys graveolens was evaluated. The in vitro activity of hexane, ethyl acetate and methanol extracts against Taenia crassiceps cysts was tested and the selectivity index relative to human fibroblasts was determined. Subsequently, the in vivo efficacy of the methanolic extract at doses of 200 and 500 mg/kg in the murine cysticercosis model was evaluated. The ultrastructural effects in vitro and in vivo of the methanolic extract were also investigated using scanning electron microscopy. Additionally, a bioassay-guided fractionation for the isolation of the cysticidal components was performed. Our in vitro findings revealed that all extracts exhibited good cysticidal activity with EC50 values from 44.8 to 67.1 µg/mL. Although the ethyl acetate and methanolic extracts displayed low cytotoxicity, the methanolic extract was the most selective. The methanolic extract also showed in vivo efficacy which was similar to that obtained with ABZ. Significant alterations were found on the germinal layer of the cysts, with a high accumulation of granules of glycogen and vacuoles. The bioguided fractionation of methanolic extract led to the isolation of three flavonoids: chrysin, pinocembrin and pinostrobin; among them, pinocembrin was the compound that displayed cysticidal activity. This is the first study which reveals that T. graveolens could be a potential source for cysticidal and non-toxic compounds. PMID:26072200

  7. In vitro and in vivo antioxidant activities of polysaccharide purified from aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) gel.

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    Kang, Min-Cheol; Kim, Seo Young; Kim, Yoon Taek; Kim, Eun-A; Lee, Seung-Hong; Ko, Seok-Chun; Wijesinghe, W A J P; Samarakoon, Kalpa W; Kim, Young-Sun; Cho, Jin Hun; Jang, Hyeang-Su; Jeon, You-Jin

    2014-01-01

    The in vitro and in vivo antioxidant potentials of a polysaccharide isolated from aloe vera gel were investigated. Enzymatic extracts were prepared from aloe vera gel by using ten digestive enzymes including five carbohydrases and five proteases. Among them, the highest yield was obtained with the Viscozyme extract and the same extract showed the best radical scavenging activity. An active polysaccharide was purified from the Viscozyme extract using ethanol-added separation and anion exchange chromatography. Purified aloe vera polysaccharide (APS) strongly scavenged radicals including DPPH, hydroxyl and alkyl radicals. In addition, APS showed a protective effect against AAPH-induced oxidative stress and cell death in Vero cells as well as in the in vivo zebrafish model. In this study, it is proved that both the in vitro and in vivo antioxidant potentials of APS could be further utilized in relevant industrial applications. PMID:24274519

  8. In vitro activities of the new antitubercular agents PA-824 and BTZ043 against Nocardia brasiliensis.

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    Vera-Cabrera, Lucio; Campos-Rivera, Mayra Paola; Gonzalez-Martinez, Norma Alejandra; Ocampo-Candiani, Jorge; Cole, Stewart T

    2012-07-01

    The in vitro activity of PA-824 and BTZ043 against 30 Nocardia brasiliensis isolates was tested. The MIC(50) and MIC(90) values for PA-824 were both >64 μg/ml. The same values for BTZ043 were 0.125 and 0.250 μg/ml. Given the MIC values for benzothiazinone (BTZ) compounds, we consider them good candidates to be tested in vivo against N. brasiliensis. PMID:22526312

  9. In vitro propagation of the medicinal plant Ziziphora tenuior L. and evaluation of its antioxidant activity

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    Dakah, Abdulkarim; Zaid, Salim; Suleiman, Mohamad; Abbas, Sami; Wink, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Ziziphora tenuior L. (Lamiaceae) is an aromatic herb used for its medicinal values against fungi, bacteria. Micropropagation can be used for large-scale multiplication of essential oil producing plants thus avoiding an overexploitation of natural resources. This work aims to develop a reliable protocol for the in vitro propagation of Z. tenuior, and to compare the antioxidant activity between in vitro propagated and wild plants. The explants were sterilized and cultured on MS medium containing different concentrations of growth regulators naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) or indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) with 0.5 mg/L of kinetin (Kin) callus formation was 70.2% after 45 days of incubation in dark on medium supplemented with 1.5 mg/L of NAA. After one month of callus culture on medium supplemented with 2 mg/L BA the shoot number was 5.12 and for the multiplication stage. The shoot number was 4.21 and length was 6.17 cm on medium supplemented with 1 mg/L Kin + 0.1 mg/L NAA. DPPH• reagent was used to test the antioxidant activity. The aqueous and methanol extracts of in vitro plants which were treated with 1.5 and 1 mg/L of kin plus 0.1 mg/L of NAA showed a strong DPPH• scavenging activity where IC50 was 0.307 and 0.369 mg/ml, respectively, while the IC50 of aqueous and methanol extracts of wild plants was 0.516 and 9.229 mg/ml, respectively. Our results suggested that plant growth regulators and in vitro culture conditions increased the antioxidant activity. PMID:25183942

  10. Activities of Tannins--From In Vitro Studies to Clinical Trials.

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    Sieniawska, Elwira

    2015-11-01

    Tannins are considered as valuable plant secondary metabolites providing many benefits for human health. In this review information was gathered about bioactivity in vitro and in vivo, as well as about conducted clinical trials. The literature research was based on ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Cochrane databases and presents a wide range of tested activities of tannins. The described clinical trials verify laboratory tests and show the effective health benefits taken from supplementation with tannins. PMID:26749816

  11. In vitro propagation of the medicinal plant Ziziphora tenuior L. and evaluation of its antioxidant activity.

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    Dakah, Abdulkarim; Zaid, Salim; Suleiman, Mohamad; Abbas, Sami; Wink, Michael

    2014-09-01

    Ziziphora tenuior L. (Lamiaceae) is an aromatic herb used for its medicinal values against fungi, bacteria. Micropropagation can be used for large-scale multiplication of essential oil producing plants thus avoiding an overexploitation of natural resources. This work aims to develop a reliable protocol for the in vitro propagation of Z. tenuior, and to compare the antioxidant activity between in vitro propagated and wild plants. The explants were sterilized and cultured on MS medium containing different concentrations of growth regulators naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) or indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) with 0.5 mg/L of kinetin (Kin) callus formation was 70.2% after 45 days of incubation in dark on medium supplemented with 1.5 mg/L of NAA. After one month of callus culture on medium supplemented with 2 mg/L BA the shoot number was 5.12 and for the multiplication stage. The shoot number was 4.21 and length was 6.17 cm on medium supplemented with 1 mg/L Kin + 0.1 mg/L NAA. DPPH• reagent was used to test the antioxidant activity. The aqueous and methanol extracts of in vitro plants which were treated with 1.5 and 1 mg/L of kin plus 0.1 mg/L of NAA showed a strong DPPH• scavenging activity where IC50 was 0.307 and 0.369 mg/ml, respectively, while the IC50 of aqueous and methanol extracts of wild plants was 0.516 and 9.229 mg/ml, respectively. Our results suggested that plant growth regulators and in vitro culture conditions increased the antioxidant activity. PMID:25183942

  12. Novel Amino-pyrazole Ureas with Potent In Vitro and In Vivo Antileishmanial Activity.

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    Mowbray, Charles E; Braillard, Stéphanie; Speed, William; Glossop, Paul A; Whitlock, Gavin A; Gibson, Karl R; Mills, James E J; Brown, Alan D; Gardner, J Mark F; Cao, Yafeng; Hua, Wen; Morgans, Garreth L; Feijens, Pim-Bart; Matheeussen, An; Maes, Louis J

    2015-12-24

    Visceral leishmaniasis is a severe parasitic disease that is one of the most neglected tropical diseases. Treatment options are limited, and there is an urgent need for new therapeutic agents. Following an HTS campaign and hit optimization, a novel series of amino-pyrazole ureas has been identified with potent in vitro antileishmanial activity. Furthermore, compound 26 shows high levels of in vivo efficacy (>90%) against Leishmania infantum, thus demonstrating proof of concept for this series. PMID:26571076

  13. Activity of Imipenem against Klebsiella pneumoniae Biofilms In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Chen, Ping; Seth, Akhil K.; Abercrombie, Johnathan J.; Mustoe, Thomas A.

    2014-01-01

    Encapsulated Klebsiella pneumoniae has emerged as one of the most clinically relevant and more frequently encountered opportunistic pathogens in combat wounds as the result of nosocomial infection. In this report, we show that imipenem displayed potent activity against established K. pneumoniae biofilms under both static and flow conditions in vitro. Using a rabbit ear model, we also demonstrated that imipenem was highly effective against preformed K. pneumoniae biofilms in wounds. PMID:24247132

  14. Synthesis and biological evaluation of quinoxaline di-N-oxide derivatives with in vitro trypanocidal activity.

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    Pérez-Silanes, Silvia; Torres, Enrique; Arbillaga, Leire; Varela, Javier; Cerecetto, Hugo; González, Mercedes; Azqueta, Amaya; Moreno-Viguri, Elsa

    2016-02-01

    We report the synthesis and in vitro activity against Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes of 15 novel quinoxaline derivatives. Ten of the derivatives presented IC50 values lower than the reference drugs Nfx and Bzn; four of them standed out with IC50 values lower than 1.5μM. Moreover, unspecific cytotoxicity and genotoxicity studies are also reported. Compound 14 showed a SI higher than 24, whereas compound 10 was the only one that was negative in the genotoxicity screening. PMID:26750255

  15. In vitro effect of inhibitors on the activity of glucosyltransferase, isolated from human dental plaque.

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    Pinheiro, C E; Poletto, M I; Pinheiro, C R; Negrato, M L

    1989-01-01

    The enzyme glucosyltransferase plays an important role in plaque formation and growth. Therefore, chemical inhibition of glucosyltransferase may become an effective method for plaque control. In this investigation we have evaluated the effects of some antiplaque substances (chlorhexidine, cetylpiridinium chloride, iodine, sodium fluoride and sodium dodecyl sulfate) on glucosyltransferase activity. Our results revealed that iodine was the most effective inhibitor. Based on in vitro glucosyltransferase inhibition we may suggest that topical iodine could be an auxiliary method for plaque control. PMID:2534774

  16. In vitro and in vivo anti-malarial activity of Boerhavia elegans and Solanum surattense

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    2010-01-01

    Background There is an urgent need to identify new anti-malarial drug targets for both prophylaxis and chemotherapy, due to the increasing problem of drug resistance to malaria parasites. In the present study, the aim was to discover novel, effective plant-based extracts for the activity against malaria. Methods Ten plants found in Iran were selected by ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants. The crude ethanolic extracts were tested for in vitro anti-plasmodial activity against two strains of Plasmodium falciparum: K1 (chloroquine-resistant strain) and CY27 (chloroquine-sensitive strain), using the parasite lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH) assay. The anti-plasmodial activity of the extracts was also assessed in the 4-day suppressive anti-malarial assay in mice inoculated with Plasmodium berghei (ANKA strain). Crude ethanolic extracts showed good anti-plasmodial activity were further fractionated by partitioning in water and dichloromethane. Results Of 10 plant species assayed, three species: Boerhavia elegans (Choisy), Solanum surattense (Burm.f.) and Prosopis juliflora (Sw.) showed promising anti-plasmodial activity in vitro (IC50 ? 50 ?g/ml) and in vivo with no toxicity. The dichloromethane fraction of three extracts revealed stronger anti-plasmodial activity than the total extracts. Conclusion Anti-plasmodial activities of extracts of B. elegans and S. surattense are reported for the first time. PMID:20462416

  17. In vitro activity of danofloxacin, tylosin and oxytetracycline against mycoplasmas of veterinary importance.

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    Cooper, A C; Fuller, J R; Fuller, M K; Whittlestone, P; Wise, D R

    1993-05-01

    The activities of danofloxacin, a novel fluoroquinolone, and two other antimicrobials were determined in vitro against field isolates of seven Mycoplasma species of veterinary importance isolated from cattle, swine and poultry in five European countries. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of danofloxacin, tylosin and oxytetracycline were determined against a total of 68 isolates. Danofloxacin showed excellent activity against isolates of all Mycoplasma species (range 0.008 to 0.5 microgram ml-1), but in some isolates there was evidence of reduced sensitivity to tylosin (range 0.008 to 2.0 micrograms ml-1) and oxytetracycline (range 0.008 to over 16.0 micrograms ml-1). Danofloxacin was more active than other antimicrobials against M hyopneumoniae, M dispar and M bovigenitalium, and showed activity similar to that of tylosin against M bovis and M gallisepticum. Tylosin was the most active against M synoviae and M hyosynoviae. Generally, oxytetracycline showed the poorest activity, but was superior to tylosin against M bovigenitalium. A second (final) MIC reading was taken for all isolates 14 or 21 days after the initial reading, and MIC values rose during that time. However, the increase seen in danofloxacin values (typically one to two dilutions) was less than that seen for tylosin and oxytetracycline. It is concluded that danofloxacin is highly active in vitro against all of the Mycoplasma species tested, and thus shows great potential for the treatment of respiratory and other infections caused by Mycoplasma species in cattle, pigs and poultry. PMID:8393208

  18. The protective role of AMP-activated protein kinase in alpha-synuclein neurotoxicity in vitro.

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    Dulovic, Marija; Jovanovic, Maja; Xilouri, Maria; Stefanis, Leonidas; Harhaji-Trajkovic, Ljubica; Kravic-Stevovic, Tamara; Paunovic, Verica; Ardah, Mustafa T; El-Agnaf, Omar M A; Kostic, Vladimir; Markovic, Ivanka; Trajkovic, Vladimir

    2014-03-01

    In the present study, we investigated the role of the main intracellular energy sensor, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), in the in vitro neurotoxicity of ?-synuclein (ASYN), one of the key culprits in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. The loss of viability in retinoic acid-differentiated SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells inducibly overexpressing wild-type ASYN was associated with the reduced activation of AMPK and its activator LKB1, as well as AMPK target Raptor. ASYN-overexpressing rat primary neurons also displayed lower activity of LKB1/AMPK/Raptor pathway. Restoration of AMPK activity by metformin or AICAR reduced the in vitro neurotoxicity of ASYN overexpression, acting independently of the prosurvival kinase Akt or the induction of autophagic response. The conditioned medium from ASYN-overexpressing cells, containing secreted ASYN, as well as dopamine-modified or nitrated recombinant ASYN oligomers, all inhibited AMPK activation in differentiated SH-SY5Y cells and reduced their viability, but not in the presence of metformin or AICAR. The RNA interference-mediated knockdown of AMPK increased the sensitivity of SH-SY5Y cells to the harmful effects of secreted ASYN. AMPK-dependent protection from extracellular ASYN was also observed in rat neuron-like pheochromocytoma cell line PC12. These data demonstrate the protective role of AMPK against the toxicity of both intracellular and extracellular ASYN, suggesting that modulation of AMPK activity may be a promising therapeutic strategy in Parkinson's disease. PMID:24269733

  19. Curcuminoid derivatives enhance telomerase activity in an in vitro TRAP assay.

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    Taka, Thanachai; Changtam, Chatchawan; Thaichana, Pak; Kaewtunjai, Navakoon; Suksamrarn, Apichart; Lee, T Randall; Tuntiwechapikul, Wirote

    2014-11-15

    The length of telomeres controls the life span of eukaryotic cells. Telomerase maintains the length of telomeres in certain eukaryotic cells, such as germline cells and stem cells, and allows these cells to evade replicative senescence. Here, we report for the first time a number of curcuminoid derivatives that enhance telomerase activity in an in vitro TRAP assay. A preliminary analysis of structure-activity relationships found that the minimal requirement for this enhanced telomerase activity is a curcuminoid core with at least one n-pentylpyridine side chain, while curcuminoids with two such side chains exhibit even greater activity. The finding here might lead to a new class of telomerase activators that act directly or indirectly on telomerase, rather than through the reactivation of the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene associated with other telomerase activators found in the literature. PMID:25305686

  20. Anti-glycated and antiradical activities in vitro of polysaccharides from Ganoderma capense

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    Yan, Chunyan; Kong, Fansheng; Zhang, Dezhi; Cui, Jiangxia

    2013-01-01

    Background Ganoderma capense is a Ganoderma species and is widely used, especially in Asia, as a well-known medicinal mushroom for health-promoting effect and for treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, aging, etc. G. capense is rich of polysaccharide. Objective: To isolate the polysaccharides from G. capense and evaluate their anti-glycated and antiradical activities in vitro. Materials and Methods The dried powder of submerged fermentation culturing mycelium of G. capense was defatted, extracted with water/alkaline water followed by ethanol precipitation and deproteinated. And four crude polysaccharides, named as GC50, GC70, GC90 and GCB, were obtained. For the first time, the in vitro anti-glycated activities of the four samples were studied by non-enzymatic glycation reaction. Then, the DPPH radical and hydroxyl radical assays were established to estimate the antiradical capacity of the four samples. Meanwhile the contents of polysaccharides were determined by phenol-sulphuric acid colorimetry. Results and Conclusion Preliminary antiradical in vitro studies indicated that the four crude polysaccharides showed concentration-dependent scavenging abilities on DPPH and hydroxyl radicals. The evaluation of anti-glycation activity suggested that GC70 had good potential for inhibiting the formation of advanced glycation end products. Time- and dose-dependent effects were also observed for all GC70 samples. PMID:23661989

  1. Quantitative studies on the in vitro metabolic activation of dimethylnitrosamine by rat liver postmitochondrial supernatant

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    Doolittle, D.J.; Goodman, J.I.

    1984-08-01

    The metabolic activation of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) to mutagenic and/or cytotoxic intermediates in vitro has been characterized and the relationship between DMN demethylase and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) or ethylmorphine-N-demethylase (EMND) has been evaluated. A mammalian assay system which uses the postmitochondrial supernatant (S-15 fraction) prepared from a rat liver homogenate as an enzyme source and V79 Chinese hamster cells as targets for chemically induced damage was used. The enzyme pattern of the S-15 fraction was altered by pretreatment of experimental animals in vivo and/or by the use of enzyme inhibitors in vitro. The results of these studies indicate that the concentration of S-15 fraction in the reaction mixture can markedly influence the degree of DMN-induced cytotoxicity when it is metabolized in vitro and that the degree of DMN-induced cytotoxicity and mutagenicity are linearly related. The degree of cytotoxicity and mutagenicity induced in V79 cells by DMN does not correlate with EROD activity (a measure of 3-methylcholanthrene-inducible mixed-function oxidases) nor with EMND activity (a measure of phenobarbital-inducible mixed function oxidases) in the S-15 fraction. 28 references, 4 figures.

  2. Quantitative studies on the in vitro metabolic activation of dimethylnitrosamine by rat liver postmitochondrial supernatant.

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    Doolittle, D J; Goodman, J I

    1984-01-01

    The metabolic activation of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) to mutagenic and/or cytotoxic intermediates in vitro has been characterized and the relationship between DMN demethylase and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) or ethylmorphine-N-demethylase (EMND) has been evaluated. A mammalian assay system which uses the postmitochondrial supernatant (S-15 fraction) prepared from a rat liver homogenate as an enzyme source and V79 Chinese hamster cells as targets for chemically induced damage was used. The enzyme pattern of the S-15 fraction was altered by pretreatment of experimental animals in vivo and/or by the use of enzyme inhibitors in vitro. The results of these studies indicate that the concentration of S-15 fraction in the reaction mixture can markedly influence the degree of DMN-induced cytotoxicity when it is metabolized in vitro and that the degree of DMN-induced cytotoxicity and mutagenicity are linearly related. The degree of cytotoxicity and mutagenicity induced in V79 cells by DMN does not correlate with EROD activity (a measure of 3-methylcholanthrene-inducible mixed-function oxidases) nor with EMND activity (a measure of phenobarbital-inducible mixed function oxidases) in the S-15 fraction. PMID:6499815

  3. Potent Inhibitors of Plasmodium Phospholipid Metabolism with a Broad Spectrum of In Vitro Antimalarial Activities

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    Ancelin, Marie L.; Calas, Michle; Vidal-Sailhan, Valrie; Herbut, Serge; Ringwald, Pascal; Vial, Henri J.

    2003-01-01

    We characterized the potent in vitro antimalarial activity and biologic assessment of 13 phospholipid polar head analogs on a comparative basis. There was a positive relationship between the abilities of the drugs to inhibit parasite growth in culture and their abilities to specifically inhibit phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes. Maximal activity of G25 was observed for the trophozoite stage of the 48-h erythrocytic cycle (50% inhibitory concentration, 0.75 nM), whereas the schizont and ring stages were 12- and 213-fold less susceptible. The compounds exerted a rapid nonreversible cytotoxic effect, with complete clearance of parasitemia after 5 h of contact with the mature stages. The compounds were highly specific against P. falciparum, with much lower toxicity against three other mammalian cell lines, and the in vitro therapeutic indices ranged from 300 to 2,500,000. Finally, the monoquaternary ammonium E10 and two bis-ammonium salts, G5 and G25, were similarly active against multiresistant strains and fresh isolates of P. falciparum. This impressive selective in vitro toxicity against P. falciparum strongly highlights the clinical potential of these quaternary ammonium salts for malarial chemotherapy. PMID:12878524

  4. Nanostructured Systems Containing Rutin: In Vitro Antioxidant Activity and Photostability Studies

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    Almeida, Juliana S.; Lima, Fernanda; Ros, Simoní Da; Bulhões, Luis O. S.; de Carvalho, Leandro M.; Beck, Ruy C. R.

    2010-10-01

    The improvement of the rutin photostability and its prolonged in vitro antioxidant activity were studied by means of its association with nanostructured aqueous dispersions. Rutin-loaded nanocapsules and rutin-loaded nanoemulsion showed mean particle size of 124.30 ± 2.06 and 124.17 ± 1.79, respectively, polydispersity index below 0.20, negative zeta potential, and encapsulation efficiency close to 100%. The in vitro antioxidant activity was evaluated by the formation of free radical ·OH after the exposure of hydrogen peroxide to a UV irradiation system. Rutin-loaded nanostructures showed lower rutin decay rates [(6.1 ± 0.6) 10-3 and (5.1 ± 0.4) 10-3 for nanocapsules and nanoemulsion, respectively] compared to the ethanolic solution [(35.0 ± 3.7) 10-3 min-1] and exposed solution [(40.1 ± 1.7) 10-3 min-1] as well as compared to exposed nanostructured dispersions [(19.5 ± 0.5) 10-3 and (26.6 ± 2.6) 10-3, for nanocapsules and nanoemulsion, respectively]. The presence of the polymeric layer in nanocapsules was fundamental to obtain a prolonged antioxidant activity, even if the mathematical modeling of the in vitro release profiles showed high adsorption of rutin to the particle/droplet surface for both formulations. Rutin-loaded nanostructures represent alternatives to the development of innovative nanomedicines.

  5. Human Cerebrospinal Fluid Promotes Neuronal Viability and Activity of Hippocampal Neuronal Circuits In Vitro

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    Perez-Alcazar, Marta; Culley, Georgia; Lyckenvik, Tim; Mobarrez, Kristoffer; Bjorefeldt, Andreas; Wasling, Pontus; Seth, Henrik; Asztely, Frederik; Harrer, Andrea; Iglseder, Bernhard; Aigner, Ludwig; Hanse, Eric; Illes, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    For decades it has been hypothesized that molecules within the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diffuse into the brain parenchyma and influence the function of neurons. However, the functional consequences of CSF on neuronal circuits are largely unexplored and unknown. A major reason for this is the absence of appropriate neuronal in vitro model systems, and it is uncertain if neurons cultured in pure CSF survive and preserve electrophysiological functionality in vitro. In this article, we present an approach to address how human CSF (hCSF) influences neuronal circuits in vitro. We validate our approach by comparing the morphology, viability, and electrophysiological function of single neurons and at the network level in rat organotypic slice and primary neuronal cultures cultivated either in hCSF or in defined standard culture media. Our results demonstrate that rodent hippocampal slices and primary neurons cultured in hCSF maintain neuronal morphology and preserve synaptic transmission. Importantly, we show that hCSF increases neuronal viability and the number of electrophysiologically active neurons in comparison to the culture media. In summary, our data indicate that hCSF represents a physiological environment for neurons in vitro and a superior culture condition compared to the defined standard media. Moreover, this experimental approach paves the way to assess the functional consequences of CSF on neuronal circuits as well as suggesting a novel strategy for central nervous system (CNS) disease modeling. PMID:26973467

  6. In vitro antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of plants of the ethnopharmacopeia from northwest of Mexico

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    2013-01-01

    Background The aim of this study, is to investigate the in vitro antioxidant activity, the total phenols content, the flavonoids content and the antiproliferative activity of methanolic extracts of the plants: Krameria erecta, Struthanthus palmeri, Phoradendron californicum, Senna covesii and Stegnosperma halimifolium, used by different ethnic groups from northwestern Mexico in the treatment and cure of various diseases. Methods The in vitro antioxidant activity was measured by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and Ferric Reducing/Antioxidant Power assay (FRAP), the total phenols content was measured by FolinCiocalteau assay, the flavonoids content by the AlCl3 colorimetric method and the antiproliferative activity (line cells HeLa, RAW 264.7, M12Ak.C3.F6 and L929) using MTT method. Results The K. erecta extract showed the higher radical scavenging activity (67.88%), antioxidant activity by FRAP (1.41 mg Trolox Eq), the highest total phenols content (598.51 mg Galic Acid Eq/g extract), the highest flavonoids content (3.80 mg Quercetin Eq/g extract) and the greatest antiproliferative activity in a dose dependent manner against most Cell line evaluated. A positive correlation was found between the antioxidant activity and the flavonoids content. Conclusions This study is the first report on the antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of the five species evaluated. The results demostrate that there is a positive correlation between antioxidant activity and the flavonoids content, indicating that these type of polyphenols could be the major contributors to the observed antioxidant activity in the evaluated plant extracts. Of the extracts evaluated, that of Krameria erecta showed the greatest antioxidant and antiproliferative activities, a discovery that makes this species a promising candidate for future research. PMID:23305162

  7. Chemical activation of in vitro matured dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius) oocytes: optimization of protocols.

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    Wani, N A

    2008-03-15

    Experiments were conducted to study the efficiency of sequential treatments of ionomycine and ethanol combined with phosphorylation inhibitor (6-dimethylaminopurine) or the specific maturation promoting factor inhibitor (roscovitine) in inducing artificial activation in dromedary M-II oocytes. Cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs), collected from slaughterhouse ovaries were cultured at 38.5 degrees C in an atmosphere of 5% CO2 in air for 24-48 h. In experiment 1, the COCs were either fertilized in vitro or activated with 5 microM ionomycine for 5 min or 7% ethanol for 7 min, both followed by exposure to 6-diethylaminopurine or roscovitine for 4h. After 14-15 h of in vitro culture, the oocytes were fixed and stained with 1% aceto-orcein to evaluate their nuclear status. In experiment 2, the oocytes were activated in the same manner as in experiment 1 but were cultured for 7 days to evaluate their post-parthenogenetic development. In experiment 3, oocytes were exposed to the ionomycine for 2, 3, 4 or 5 min to evaluate the better exposure time while as in experiment 4, the oocytes matured for 28-48 h were activated to see the effect of aging on post-parthenogenetic development. Higher proportion (P<0.01) of oocytes was activated in ionomycine/6-DMAP and ionomycine/roscovitine groups when compared with ethanol/6-DMAP, ethanol/roscovitine and in vitro fertilized groups. However, there was no difference (P>0.05) in the proportion of oocytes activated with ethanol when compared with in vitro fertilized group. No significant difference was seen on the proportion of morula on day 7 of culture, however the development to blastocyst stage was higher (P<0.01) in ionomycine/6-DMAP and ionomycine/roscovitine when compared with ethanol/6-DMAP and ethanol/roscovitine treated oocytes. A higher proportion of oocytes reached blastocyst stage when they were exposed to ionomycine for 3 min but they were not significantly different from the others (P>0.05). The proportion of blastocysts obtained was higher (P<0.05) in oocytes activated after 28 h of maturation when compared with oocytes activated after 32, 36, 40, 44 and 48 h of maturation. In conclusion, a protocol for chemical activation of dromedary camel oocytes with ionomycine/6-DMAP is demonstrated and optimized in the present study for further use in the development of assisted reproductive techniques in this species. PMID:18242678

  8. The capture proteasome assay: A method to measure proteasome activity in vitro.

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    Vigneron, Nathalie; Abi Habib, Joanna; Van den Eynde, Benot J

    2015-08-01

    Because of its crucial role in various cellular processes, the proteasome is the focus of intensive research for the development of proteasome inhibitors to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. Here, we describe a new and easy assay to measure the different proteasome activities in vitro (chymotrypsin-like, caspase-like, and trypsin-like) based on proteasome capture on antibody-coated plates, namely the capture proteasome assay (CAPA). Applying the CAPA to lysates from cells expressing standard proteasome, immunoproteasome, or intermediate proteasomes ?5i or ?1i-?5i, we can monitor the activity of the four proteasome subtypes. The CAPA provided similar results as the standard whole-cell proteasome-Glo assay without the problem of contaminating proteases requiring inhibitors. However, the profile of trypsin-like activity differed between the two assays. This could be partly explained by the presence of MgSO4 in the proteasome-Glo buffer, which inhibits the trypsin-like activity of the proteasome. The CAPA does not need MgSO4 and, therefore, provides a more precise measurement of the trypsin-like activity. The CAPA provides a quick and accurate method to measure proteasome activity in vitro in a very specific manner and should be useful for the development of proteasome inhibitors. PMID:25912419

  9. In vitro stabilization and minimum active component of polygalacturonic acid synthase involved in pectin biosynthesis.

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    Ohashi, Takao; Ishimizu, Takeshi; Akita, Kazumasa; Hase, Sumihiro

    2007-09-01

    Polygalacturonic acid (PGA) synthase successively transfers galacturonic acid to oligogalacturonic acid by an alpha1,4-linkage to synthesize PGA, the backbone of plant pectic homogalacturonan. PGA synthase has not been purified to date due to its instability in vitro. In this study, we found stable conditions in vitro and separated a minimum active component of the enzymes from pea and azuki bean epicotyls. The PGA synthase lost its activity in 500 mM of sodium chloride or potassium chloride, while it was relatively stable at low salt concentrations. Under low salt concentrations, three peaks bearing PGA synthase activity were separated, by gel filtration and sucrose density gradient centrifugation. The molecular masses of these enzymes solubilized with 3-[(3-cholamidopropyl)dimethyl-ammonio]propanesulfonic acid were estimated to be 21,000, 5,000, and 590 kDa. The two higher molecular mass PGA synthases converted to smaller PGA synthase proteins when treated with high salt concentrations, while retaining their activity, indicating that PGA synthase has a minimum active component for its activity. PMID:17827695

  10. Linarin Inhibits the Acetylcholinesterase Activity In-vitro and Ex-vivo

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    Feng, Xinchi; Wang, Xin; Liu, Youping; Di, Xin

    2015-01-01

    Linarin is a flavone glycoside in the plants Flos chrysanthemi indici, Buddleja officinalis, Cirsium setosum, Mentha arvensis and Buddleja davidii, and has been reported to possess analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective activities. In this paper, linarin was investigated for its AChE inhibitory potential both in-vitro and ex-vivo. Ellmans colorimetric method was used for the determination of AChE inhibitory activity in mouse brain. In-vitro assays revealed that linarin inhibited AChE activity with an IC50 of 3.801 1.149 ?M. Ex-vivo study showed that the AChE activity was significantly reduced in both the cortex and hippocampus of mice treated intraperitoneally with various doses of linarin (35, 70 and 140 mg/Kg). The inhibition effects produced by high dose of linarin were the same as that obtained after huperzine A treatment (0.5 mg/Kg). Molecular docking study revealed that both 4-methoxyl group and 7-O-sugar moiety of linarin played important roles in ligand-receptor binding and thus they are mainly responsible for AChE inhibitory activity. In view of its potent AChE inhibitory activity, linarin may be a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of some diseases associated with AChE, such as glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, gastric motility and Alzheimers disease. PMID:26330885

  11. Fly and mammalian lipid phosphate phosphatase isoforms differ in activity both in vitro and in vivo

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    Burnett, Camilla; Howard, Ken

    2003-01-01

    Wunen (Wun), a homologue of a lipid phosphate phosphatase (LPP), has a crucial function in the migration and survival of primordial germ cells (PGCs) during Drosophila embryogenesis. Past work has indicated that the LPP isoforms may show functional redundancy in certain systems, and that they have broad-range lipid phosphatase activities in vitro, with little apparent specificity between them. We show here that there are marked differences in biochemical activity between fly Wun and mammalian LPPs, with Wun having a narrower activity range than has been reported for the mammalian LPPs. Furthermore, although it is active on a range of substrates in vitro, mouse Lpp1 has no activity on an endogenous Drosophila germ-cell-specific factor in vivo. Conversely, human LPP3 is active, resulting in aberrant migration and PGC death. These results show an absolute difference in bioactivity among LPP isoforms for the first time in a model organism and may point towards an underlying signalling system that is conserved between flies and humans. PMID:12856002

  12. Aplidin, a marine organism-derived compound with potent antimyeloma activity in vitro and in vivo.

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    Mitsiades, Constantine S; Ocio, Enrique M; Pandiella, Atanasio; Maiso, Patricia; Gajate, Consuelo; Garayoa, Mercedes; Vilanova, David; Montero, Juan Carlos; Mitsiades, Nicholas; McMullan, Ciaran J; Munshi, Nikhil C; Hideshima, Teru; Chauhan, Dharminder; Aviles, Pablo; Otero, Gabriel; Faircloth, Glynn; Mateos, M Victoria; Richardson, Paul G; Mollinedo, Faustino; San-Miguel, Jesus F; Anderson, Kenneth C

    2008-07-01

    Despite recent progress in its treatment, multiple myeloma (MM) remains incurable, thus necessitating identification of novel anti-MM agents. We report that the marine-derived cyclodepsipeptide Aplidin exhibits, at clinically achievable concentrations, potent in vitro activity against primary MM tumor cells and a broad spectrum of human MM cell lines, including cells resistant to conventional (e.g., dexamethasone, alkylating agents, and anthracyclines) or novel (e.g., thalidomide and bortezomib) anti-MM agents. Aplidin is active against MM cells in the presence of proliferative/antiapoptotic cytokines or bone marrow stromal cells and has additive or synergistic effects with some of the established anti-MM agents. Mechanistically, a short in vitro exposure to Aplidin induces MM cell death, which involves activation of p38 and c-jun NH(2)-terminal kinase signaling, Fas/CD95 translocation to lipid rafts, and caspase activation. The anti-MM effect of Aplidin is associated with suppression of a constellation of proliferative/antiapoptotic genes (e.g., MYC, MYBL2, BUB1, MCM2, MCM4, MCM5, and survivin) and up-regulation of several potential regulators of apoptosis (including c-JUN, TRAIL, CASP9, and Smac). Aplidin exhibited in vivo anti-MM activity in a mouse xenograft model. The profile of the anti-MM activity of Aplidin in our preclinical models provided the framework for its clinical testing in MM, which has already provided favorable preliminary results. PMID:18593922

  13. Linarin Inhibits the Acetylcholinesterase Activity In-vitro and Ex-vivo.

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    Feng, Xinchi; Wang, Xin; Liu, Youping; Di, Xin

    2015-01-01

    Linarin is a flavone glycoside in the plants Flos chrysanthemi indici, Buddleja officinalis, Cirsium setosum, Mentha arvensis and Buddleja davidii, and has been reported to possess analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective activities. In this paper, linarin was investigated for its AChE inhibitory potential both in-vitro and ex-vivo. Ellman's colorimetric method was used for the determination of AChE inhibitory activity in mouse brain. In-vitro assays revealed that linarin inhibited AChE activity with an IC50 of 3.801 ± 1.149 μM. Ex-vivo study showed that the AChE activity was significantly reduced in both the cortex and hippocampus of mice treated intraperitoneally with various doses of linarin (35, 70 and 140 mg/Kg). The inhibition effects produced by high dose of linarin were the same as that obtained after huperzine A treatment (0.5 mg/Kg). Molecular docking study revealed that both 4'-methoxyl group and 7-O-sugar moiety of linarin played important roles in ligand-receptor binding and thus they are mainly responsible for AChE inhibitory activity. In view of its potent AChE inhibitory activity, linarin may be a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of some diseases associated with AChE, such as glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, gastric motility and Alzheimer's disease. PMID:26330885

  14. In vitro and in vivo assessment of the anti-malarial activity of Caesalpinia pluviosa

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    2011-01-01

    Background To overcome the problem of increasing drug resistance, traditional medicines are an important source for potential new anti-malarials. Caesalpinia pluviosa, commonly named "sibipiruna", originates from Brazil and possess multiple therapeutic properties, including anti-malarial activity. Methods Crude extract (CE) was obtained from stem bark by purification using different solvents, resulting in seven fractions. An MTT assay was performed to evaluate cytotoxicity in MCF-7 cells. The CE and its fractions were tested in vitro against chloroquine-sensitive (3D7) and -resistant (S20) strains of Plasmodium falciparum and in vivo in Plasmodium chabaudi-infected mice. In vitro interaction with artesunate and the active C. pluviosa fractions was assessed, and mass spectrometry analyses were conducted. Results At non-toxic concentrations, the 100% ethanolic (F4) and 50% methanolic (F5) fractions possessed significant anti-malarial activity against both 3D7 and S20 strains. Drug interaction assays with artesunate showed a synergistic interaction with the F4. Four days of treatment with this fraction significantly inhibited parasitaemia in mice in a dose-dependent manner. Mass spectrometry analyses revealed the presence of an ion corresponding to m/z 303.0450, suggesting the presence of quercetin. However, a second set of analyses, with a quercetin standard, showed distinct ions of m/z 137 and 153. Conclusions The findings show that the F4 fraction of C. pluviosa exhibits anti-malarial activity in vitro at non-toxic concentrations, which was potentiated in the presence of artesunate. Moreover, this anti-malarial activity was also sustained in vivo after treatment of infected mice. Finally, mass spectrometry analyses suggest that a new compound, most likely an isomer of quercetin, is responsible for the anti-malarial activity of the F4. PMID:21535894

  15. ATP-sensitive potassium channel activation induces angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo.

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    Umaru, Bukar; Pyriochou, Anastasia; Kotsikoris, Vasileios; Papapetropoulos, Andreas; Topouzis, Stavros

    2015-07-01

    Intense research is conducted to identify new molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis. Previous studies have shown that the angiogenic effects of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) depend on the activation of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) and that C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP), which can act through KATP, promotes endothelial cell growth. We therefore investigated whether direct KATP activation induces angiogenic responses and whether it is required for the endothelial responses to CNP or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) angiogenesis was similarly enhanced by the direct KATP channel activator 2-nicotinamidoethyl acetate (SG-209) and by CNP or VEGF. The KATP inhibitors glibenclamide and 5-hydroxydecanoate (5-HD) reduced basal and abolished CNP-induced CAM angiogenesis. In vitro, the direct KATP openers nicorandil and SG-209 and the polypeptides VEGF and CNP increased proliferation and migration in bEnd.3 mouse endothelial cells. In addition, VEGF and CNP induced cord-like formation on Matrigel by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). All these in vitro endothelial responses were effectively abrogated by glibenclamide or 5-HD. In HUVECs, a small-interfering RNA-mediated decrease in the expression of the inwardly rectifying potassium channel (Kir) 6.1 subunit impaired cell migration and network morphogenesis in response to either SG-209 or CNP. We conclude that 1) direct pharmacologic activation of KATP induces angiogenic effects in vitro and in vivo, 2) angiogenic responses to CNP and VEGF depend on KATP activation and require the expression of the Kir6.1 KATP subunit, and 3) KATP activation may underpin angiogenesis to a variety of vasoactive stimuli, including H2S, VEGF, and CNP. PMID:25977483

  16. In vitro and In vivo Antimalarial Activity of Amphiphilic Naphthothiazolium Salts with Amine-Bearing Side Chains

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    Ulrich, Peter; Gipson, Gregory R.; Clark, Martha A.; Tripathi, Abhai; Sullivan, David J.; Cerami, Carla

    2014-01-01

    Because of emerging resistance to existing drugs, new chemical classes of antimalarial drugs are urgently needed. We have rationally designed a library of compounds that were predicted to accumulate in the digestive vacuole and then decrystallize hemozoin by breaking the iron carboxylate bond in hemozoin. We report the synthesis of 16 naphthothiazolium salts with amine-bearing side chains and their activities against the erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. KSWI-855, the compound with the highest efficacy against the asexual stages of P. falciparum in vitro, also had in vitro activity against P. falciparum gametocytes and in vivo activity against P. berghei in a murine malaria model. PMID:25184829

  17. In vitro and in vivo antimalarial activity of amphiphilic naphthothiazolium salts with amine-bearing side chains.

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    Ulrich, Peter; Gipson, Gregory R; Clark, Martha A; Tripathi, Abhai; Sullivan, David J; Cerami, Carla

    2014-10-01

    Because of emerging resistance to existing drugs, new chemical classes of antimalarial drugs are urgently needed. We have rationally designed a library of compounds that were predicted to accumulate in the digestive vacuole and then decrystallize hemozoin by breaking the iron carboxylate bond in hemozoin. We report the synthesis of 16 naphthothiazolium salts with amine-bearing side chains and their activities against the erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. KSWI-855, the compound with the highest efficacy against the asexual stages of P. falciparum in vitro, also had in vitro activity against P. falciparum gametocytes and in vivo activity against P. berghei in a murine malaria model. PMID:25184829

  18. Comparative in vitro activities of nemonoxacin (TG-873870), a novel nonfluorinated quinolone, and other quinolones against clinical isolates.

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    Lauderdale, Tsai-Ling; Shiau, Yih-Ru; Lai, Jui-Fen; Chen, Hua-Chien; King, Chi-Hsin R

    2010-03-01

    The in vitro antibacterial activities of nemonoxacin (TG-873870), a novel nonfluorinated quinolone, against 770 clinical isolates were investigated. Nemonoxacin (tested as its malate salt, TG-875649) showed better in vitro activity than ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin against different species of staphylococci, streptococci, and enterococci, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Haemophilus influenzae. The in vitro activity of TG-875649 was also comparable to or better than that of moxifloxacin against these pathogens, which included ciprofloxacin-resistant, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and levofloxacin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. PMID:20065058

  19. Comparative In Vitro Activities of Nemonoxacin (TG-873870), a Novel Nonfluorinated Quinolone, and Other Quinolones against Clinical Isolates ?

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    Lauderdale, Tsai-Ling; Shiau, Yih-Ru; Lai, Jui-Fen; Chen, Hua-Chien; King, Chi-Hsin R.

    2010-01-01

    The in vitro antibacterial activities of nemonoxacin (TG-873870), a novel nonfluorinated quinolone, against 770 clinical isolates were investigated. Nemonoxacin (tested as its malate salt, TG-875649) showed better in vitro activity than ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin against different species of staphylococci, streptococci, and enterococci, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Haemophilus influenzae. The in vitro activity of TG-875649 was also comparable to or better than that of moxifloxacin against these pathogens, which included ciprofloxacin-resistant, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and levofloxacin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. PMID:20065058

  20. Synthesis and in vitro antileukemic activity of some new 1,3-(oxytetraethylenoxy)cyclotriphosphazene derivatives.

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    Siwy, Mariola; Sek, Danuta; Kaczmarczyk, Bozena; Jaroszewicz, Iwona; Nasulewicz, Anna; Pelczyñska, Marzena; Nevozhay, Dmitry; Opolski, Adam

    2006-01-26

    A new series of 1,3-(oxytetraethylenoxy)cyclotriphosphazene derivatives bearing 2-chloroethylamine or salicylaldehyde (2-hydroxybenzaldehyde) or its Schiff base (after condensation with 2-chloroethylamine) units and having also 2-naphthyl or anthraquinone groups as cosubstituents has been synthesized. The in vitro cytotoxic activity of these compounds against a panel of four cancer cell lines has been studied. Most of the compounds exhibited antiproliferative activity in the range of the international criterion for synthetic agents (4 microg/mL) against the MOLT4, L 1210, HL-60, and P388 cell lines chosen for testing. PMID:16420065

  1. In vitro evaluation of trypanocidal activity in plants used in Argentine traditional medicine.

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    Slsen, V; Gida, C; Coussio, J; Paveto, C; Muschietti, L; Martino, V

    2006-03-01

    Thirty-two organic and aqueous extracts, belonging to 12 Argentine medicinal plants were tested for their in vitro trypanocidal activity on epimastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi. Among the selected species, the organic extracts of Ambrosia scabra, Ambrosia tenuifolia, Baccharis spicata, Eupatorium buniifolium, Lippia integrifolia, Mulinum spinosum and Satureja parvifolia, and the aqueous extracts of E. buniifolium, L. integrifolia, M. spinosum and S. parvifolia showed trypanocidal activity with a percentage of growth inhibition higher than 70% at a concentration of 100 microg/ml. PMID:16341880

  2. Synthesis, in vitro antibacterial activities of a series of 3-N-substituted canthin-6-ones.

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    Dai, Jiang-Kun; Dan, Wen-Jia; Li, Na; Du, Hong-Tao; Zhang, Ji-Wen; Wang, Jun-Ru

    2016-01-15

    An improved synthetic route of canthin-6-one was accomplished. To further enhance the antibacterial potency and improve water solubility, a series of 3-N-alkylated and 3-N-benzylated canthin-6-ones were designed and synthesized, and their in vitro antibacterial activities were evaluated. A clear structure-activity relationship with peak minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of 0.98 (?gmL(-)(1)) was investigated. Particularly, compounds 6i-r and 6t were found to be the most potent compounds with minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values lower than 1.95 (?gmL(-)(1)) against Staphylococcus aureus. PMID:26681509

  3. In vitro and intracellular activities of peptide deformylase inhibitor GSK1322322 against Legionella pneumophila isolates.

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    Dubois, Jacques; Dubois, Maïtée; Martel, Jean-François; Aubart, Kelly; Butler, Deborah

    2015-01-01

    GSK1322322, a novel peptide deformylase inhibitor currently in development as an oral and intravenous agent for the treatment of hospitalized community-acquired bacterial pneumonia, showed poor in vitro activity against a panel of 50 Legionella pneumophila strains, with MICs ranging from 1 to 16 μg/ml and an MIC90 of 16 μg/ml, but very potent intracellular activity, with the minimum extracellular concentrations capable of inhibiting intracellular proliferation (MIECs) ranging from 0.12 to 2 μg/ml and 98% of the strains being inhibited by concentrations of ≤ 1 μg/ml. PMID:25348534

  4. In Vitro Antifungal Activities of the New Triazole UR-9825 against Clinically Important Filamentous Fungi

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    Capilla, Javier; Ortoneda, Montserrat; Pastor, Francisco Javier; Guarro, Josep

    2001-01-01

    We used a modified reference microdilution method (the M-38P method) to evaluate the in vitro activities of the new triazole UR-9825 in comparison with those of amphotericin B against 77 strains of opportunistic filamentous fungi. UR-9825 was clearly more active than amphotericin B against all fungi except Fusarium solani and Scytalidium spp. Notably, UR-9825 had low MICs for Aspergillus fumigatus and Paecilomyces lilacinus (MICs at which 90% of isolates are inhibited, 0.125 ?g/ml for both species). PMID:11502542

  5. In Vitro and in Vivo Demonstration of Photodynamic Activity and Cytoplasm Imaging through TPE Nanoparticles.

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    Jayaram, Dhanya T; Ramos-Romero, Sara; Shankar, Balaraman H; Garrido, Cristina; Rubio, Nuria; Sanchez-Cid, Lourdes; Gmez, Salvador Borros; Blanco, Jeronimo; Ramaiah, Danaboyina

    2016-01-15

    We synthesized novel tetraphenylethene (TPE) conjugates, which undergo unique self-assembly to form spherical nanoparticles that exhibited aggregation induced emission (AIE) in the near-infrared region. These nanoparticles showed significant singlet oxygen generation efficiency, negligible dark toxicity, rapid cellular uptake, efficient localization in cytoplasm, and high in vitro photocytotoxicity as well as in vivo photodynamic activity against a human prostate tumor animal model. This study demonstrates, for the first time, the power of the self-assembled AIE active tetraphenylethene conjugates in aqueous media as a nanoplatform for future therapeutic applications. PMID:26491952

  6. In Vitro Antifungal Activities of Isavuconazole and Comparators against Rare Yeast Pathogens ?

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    Guinea, Jess; Recio, Sandra; Escribano, Pilar; Pelez, Teresa; Gama, Beatriz; Bouza, Emilio

    2010-01-01

    We compared the in vitro activities of isavuconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole, and fluconazole against Dipodascus capitatus (n = 21), Saccharomyces cerevisiae (n = 20), Rhodotorula mucilaginosa (n = 18), and Trichosporon spp. (n = 15). The MIC50s, MIC90s, and MIC ranges (in ?g/ml) obtained using the CLSI M27-A3 procedure were as follows: isavuconazole, 0.125, 0.5, and ?0.015 to 2; posaconazole, 0.5, 2, and ?0.015 to >16; voriconazole, 0.125, 2, and ?0.015 to 8; and fluconazole, 4, >128, and ?0.125 to >128. Isavuconazole showed potent activity against the isolates studied. PMID:20566770

  7. In vitro histamine H/sub 2/-antagonist activity of the novel compound HUK 978

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    Coombes, J.D.; Norris, D.B.; Rising, T.J.; Ross, B.C.; Steward, A.

    1985-11-04

    Histamine stimulated adenylate cyclase from guinea-pig fundic mucosa and /sup 3/H-tiotidine binding in guinea-pig cerebral cortex were used to assess the in-vitro histamine H/sub 2/-activity of the novel H/sub 2/-antagonist HUK 978. The results showed that HUK 978 was a more potent H/sub 2/-antagonist than either cimetidine or ranitidine. HUK 978 was also shown to be devoid of activity at the histamine H-/sub 1/-receptor, the muscarinic receptor and the ..cap alpha.. and ..beta..-adrenergic receptors.

  8. In Vitro Activities of New 2-Substituted Quinolines against Leishmania donovani▿

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    Loiseau, Philippe M.; Gupta, Suman; Verma, Aditya; Srivastava, Saumya; Puri, S. K.; Sliman, Faten; Normand-Bayle, Marie; Desmaele, Didier

    2011-01-01

    A series of 9 quinolines and 18 styrylquinolines was evaluated for the drugs' in vitro antileishmanial activities and cytotoxicities. The 7-aroylstyrylquinoline scaffold appeared to be the most promising one, with the most interesting compound, no. 35, exhibiting a 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 1.2 μM and a selectivity index value of 121.5. Compound 35 was 10-fold and 8-fold more active than miltefosine and sitamaquine, the reference compounds, with selectivity indexes 607-fold and 60-fold higher, respectively. PMID:21220526

  9. Two activators of in vitro fertilization in mice from licorice.

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    Tung, Nguyen Huu; Shoyama, Yukihiro; Wada, Morimasa; Tanaka, Hiromitsu

    2015-11-13

    Systems for artificial insemination have been established in some animals. However, due to limited availability of sperm and oocytes, more effective treatment methodologies are required. Recently, it was demonstrated that the rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in mice was improved by adding a water extract of licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis), but not glycyrrhizic acid, to the artificial insemination culture medium. In this study, we examined licorice extract for active compounds using bioassay-guided separation. The results indicated that isoliquiritigenin and formononetin were the active molecules in licorice that contributed to the improved rate of IVF. PMID:26392313

  10. A humanized anti-M2 scFv shows protective in vitro activity against influenza

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    Bradbury, Andrew M; Velappan, Nileena; Schmidt, Jurgen G

    2008-01-01

    M2 is one of the most conserved influenza proteins, and has been widely prospected as a potential universal vaccine target, with protection predominantly mediated by antibodies. In this paper we describe the creation of a humanized single chain Fv from 14C2, a potent monoclonal antibody against M2. We show that the humanized scFv demonstrates similar activity to the parental mAb: it is able to recognize M2 in its native context on cell surfaces and is able to show protective in vitro activity against influenza, and so represents a potential lead antibody candidate for universal prophylactic or therapeutic intervention in influenza.

  11. Qushi Huayu Decoction Inhibits Hepatic Lipid Accumulation by Activating AMP-Activated Protein Kinase In Vivo and In Vitro

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    Feng, Qin; Gou, Xiao-jun; Meng, Sheng-xi; Huang, Cheng; Zhang, Yu-quan; Tang, Ya-jun; Wang, Wen-jing; Xu, Lin; Peng, Jing-hua; Hu, Yi-yang

    2013-01-01

    Qushi Huayu Decoction (QHD), a Chinese herbal formula, has been proven effective on alleviating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in human and rats. The present study was conducted to investigate whether QHD could inhibit hepatic lipid accumulation by activating AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in vivo and in vitro. Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) model was duplicated with high-fat diet in rats and with free fatty acid (FFA) in L02 cells. In in vivo experimental condition, QHD significantly decreased the accumulation of fatty droplets in livers, lowered low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels in serum. Moreover, QHD supplementation reversed the HFD-induced decrease in the phosphorylation levels of AMPK and acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) and decreased hepatic nuclear protein expression of sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1 (SREBP-1) and carbohydrate-responsive element-binding protein (ChREBP) in the liver. In in vitro, QHD-containing serum decreased the cellular TG content and alleviated the accumulation of fatty droplets in L02 cells. QHD supplementation reversed the FFA-induced decrease in the phosphorylation levels of AMPK and ACC and decreased the hepatic nuclear protein expression of SREBP-1 and ChREBP. Overall results suggest that QHD has significant effect on inhibiting hepatic lipid accumulation via AMPK pathway in vivo and in vitro. PMID:23573117

  12. Thyroxine analogues. 23. Quantitative structure-activity correlation studies of in vivo and in vitro thyromimetic activities.

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    Dietrich, S W; Bolger, M B; Kollman, P A; Jorgensen, E C

    1977-07-01

    Quantitative structure-activity correlation studies of thyroid hormone analogues have been utilized to examine (1) in vivo rat antigoiter activities; (2) in vitro binding affinities to intact rat hepatic nuclei, solubilized rat hepatic nuclear protein receptors, and the plasma protein thyroxine binding globulin; and (3) correlations between in vivo antigoiter activities and in vitro binding to nuclear receptors. These studies provide a more precise elucidation of the relative importance of the physiochemical factors which influence thyromimetic activities. In particular, they (1) provide the first systematic QSAR examination of drug-receptor interactions and of the dependence of in vivo activity on such interactions; (2) demonstrate the importance of the interactive effects of the 3' and 5' substituents and of the 4'-OH with each other as well as with nuclear receptors in influencing binding affinity; (3) support the hypothesis that binding to nuclear receptors is the first step in initiating the events which lead to subsequent hormonal expression; (4) show that the free energy of binding to nuclear receptors can be factored into the contributing physicochemical properties of the substituents; and (5) suggest factors that need to be considered in designing new analogues. PMID:195056

  13. Anticoagulants influence the in vitro activity and composition of shock lymph but not its in vivo activity

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    Deitch, Edwin A.; Qin, Xiaofa; Sheth, Sharvil U.; Tiesi, Gregory; Palange, David; Dong, Wei; Lu, Qi; Xu, DaZhong; Feketeova, Eleonora; Feinman, Rena

    2011-01-01

    Many models of trauma-hemorrhagic shock (T/HS) involve the reinfusion of anticoagulated shed blood. Our recent observation that the anticoagulant heparin induces increased mesenteric lymph lipase activity and consequent in vitro endothelial cell cytotoxicity prompted us to investigate the effect of heparin-induced lipase activity on organ injury in vivo as well as the effects of other anticoagulants on mesenteric lymph bioactivity in vitro and in vivo. To investigate this issue, rats subjected to trauma-hemorrhage had their shed blood anticoagulated with heparin, the synthetic anticoagulant arixtra or citrate. Arixtra, in contrast to heparin, did not increased lymph lipase activity or result in high levels of endothelial cytotoxicity. Yet, the arixtra-treated rats subjected to T/HS still manifested lung injury, neutrophil priming and RBC dysfunction, which was totally abrogated by lymph duct ligation. Furthermore, the injection of T/HS mesenteric lymph, but not sham-shock lymph, collected from the arixtra rats into control mice recreated the pattern of lung injury, PMN priming and RBC dysfunction observed after actual shock. Consistent with these observations, citrate anticoagulated rats subjected to T/HS developed lung injury and the injection of mesenteric lymph from the citrate-anticoagulated T/HS rats into control mice also resulted in lung injury. Based on these results, several conclusions can be drawn. First, heparin-induced increased mesenteric lymph lipase activity is not responsible for the in vivo effects of T/HS mesenteric lymph. Secondly, heparin should be avoided as an anticoagulant when studying the biology or composition of mesenteric lymph due to its ability to cause increases in lymph lipase activity that increase the in vitro cytotoxicity of these lymph samples. PMID:21558984

  14. Specialization of the DNA-Cleaving Activity of a Group I Ribozyme Through In Vitro Evolution

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    Tsang, Joyce; Joyce, Gerald F.

    1996-01-01

    In an earlier study, an in vitro evolution procedure was applied to a large population of variants of the Tetrahymena group 1 ribozyme to obtain individuals with a 10(exp 5)-fold improved ability to cleave a target single-stranded DNA substrate under simulated physiological conditions. The evolved ribozymes also showed a twofold improvement, compared to the wild-type, in their ability to cleave a single-stranded RNA substrate. Here, we report continuation of the in vitro evolution process using a new selection strategy to achieve both enhanced DNA and diminished RNA-cleavage activity. Our strategy combines a positive selection for DNA cleavage with a negative selection against RNA binding. After 36 "generations" of in vitro evolution, the evolved population showed an approx. 100-fold increase in the ratio of DNA to RNA-cleavage activity. Site-directed mutagenesis experiment confirmed the selective advantage of two covarying mutations within the catalytic core of ribozyme that are largely responsible for this modified behavior. The population of ribozymes has now undergone a total of 63 successive generations of evolution, resulting in an average 28 mutations relative to the wild-type that are responsible for the altered phenotype.

  15. Activity of sertraline against Cryptococcus neoformans: in vitro and in vivo assays.

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    Treviño-Rangel, Rogelio de J; Villanueva-Lozano, Hiram; Hernández-Rodríguez, Pedro; Martínez-Reséndez, Michel F; García-Juárez, Jaime; Rodríguez-Rocha, Humberto; González, Gloria M

    2016-03-01

    Cryptococcus neoformans infection is an important cause of meningitis in HIV/AIDS endemic regions. Antifungals for its management include amphotericin B, flucytosine, and fluconazole. Recently, treatment of this mycosis with sertraline has been studied with variable clinical outcomes. The aim of the study was to assess the in vitro antifungal effect of sertraline against clinical isolates of Cryptococcus spp. as well as its in vivo activity in a murine model of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis. The in vitro susceptibility to fluconazole, amphotericin B, voriconazole and sertraline of 153 Cryptococcus spp. strains were evaluated according to CLSI procedures. Fungal tissue burden, serum antigenaemia and histopathology, together with the therapeutic efficacy of amphotericin B (3 mg/kg), fluconazole (15 mg/kg), and sertraline (3, 10, and 15 mg/kg) were evaluated in mice intracranially inoculated with one isolate of Cryptococcus neoformans. All strains were susceptible to the antifungals studied and exhibited growth inhibition with sertraline at clinically relevant concentrations. Sertraline at a dose of 15 mg/kg reduced the fungal burden in the brain and spleen with an efficacy comparable to that of fluconazole. In conclusion, sertraline exhibited an excellent in vitro-in vivo anti-cryptococcal activity, representing a possible new alternative for the clinical management of meningeal cryptococcosis. PMID:26705833

  16. Valuing the Endangered Species Antirrhinum lopesianum: Neuroprotective Activities and Strategies for in vitro Plant Propagation

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    Gomes, Andreia; Fortalezas, Sofia; Pimpão, Rui; Figueira, Inês; Maroco, João; Aguiar, Carlos; Ferreira, Ricardo B.; Miguel, Célia; Santos, Cláudia N.

    2013-01-01

    Plant phytochemicals are described as possessing considerable neuroprotective properties, due to radical scavenging capacity and acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity, important bioactivities in neurodegeneration. Antirrhinum lopesianum is a rare endemism from the Iberian Peninsula, occurring at the northeastern border between Portugal and Spain. It is classified as Endangered, due to its highly fragmented geographical occupation, facing a high risk of extinction in the Portuguese territory, within 20 years. Here, we describe for the first time the chemical characterization of extracts of the species concerning total phenol content, flavonoid content and antioxidant properties. The profile of high performance liquid chromatography with diode array detector (HPLC-DAD) of the polyphenol-enriched fraction of plant extracts was also performed, showing the great potential of the species as a source of bioactive phytochemical compounds. A. lopesianum’s potential for neuroprotection was revealed by a significant acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity and also by a neuroprotective effect on a human cell model of neurodegeneration. Moreover, this is the first report describing a successful procedure for the in vitro propagation of this endangered species. The comparison of phenolic content and the HPLC-DAD profile of wild and in vitro propagated plants revealed that in vitro plants maintain the ability to produce secondary metabolites, but the profiles are differentially affected by the growth regulators. The results presented here greatly contribute to the value for this species regarding its potential as a source of phytochemicals with prospective neuroprotective health benefits. PMID:26784465

  17. Activated B cells can deliver help for the in vitro generation of antiviral cytotoxic T cells.

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    Liu, Y; Mllbacher, A

    1989-01-01

    The experiments described in this paper show that activated B cells can deliver help for antiviral cytotoxic T (Tc) cell responses in vitro. This conclusion is based on four observations. (i) Influenza viruses induced secondary Tc cell responses in vitro in the absence of CD4+ T cells. This capacity correlated with the B-cell mitogenicity of these viruses. (ii) Depletion of both CD4+ T cells and B cells prevented the generation of anti-influenza Tc cell responses, whereas depletion of either CD4+ T cells or B cells alone failed to do so. In addition, supplementation of unprimed B cells restored the Tc cell responsiveness of primed splenocytes that had been depleted of both CD4+ T cells and B cells. (iii) Contact between T and B cells was not obligatory for the delivery of B-cell helper signal, and hence help was mediated by a soluble factor(s). (iv) Lipopolysaccharide-activated B cells could replace the CD4+ T-cell requirement in the induction of Tc cell responses to nonmitogenic influenza virus in vitro. PMID:2786634

  18. Mitotic activity in chondrocyte transplantation from the in vitro phase to the in vivo phase.

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    Peretti, G M; Caruso, E M; Papini Zorli, I; Albisetti, W

    2000-01-01

    The transplantation of devitalized allogenic matrices vehiculating autologous chondrocytes, previously isoled and seeded on them could be a solution to the problem of repairing lesions of the joint cartilage. For the matrix/cell "composite" to be "graftable" the cells must continue to duplicate and produce cartilaginous matrix even after transport in vivo. The present study analyzes the mitotic activity of chondrocytes planted on devitalized allogenic cartilage and grafted in living animals. Chondrocytes of joint cartilage of lambs were isolated enzymatically and then seeded in vitro on devitalized allogenic cartilaginous matrices for 3 weeks. At the end of the co-culture period, these matrix/chondrocyte composites were transplanted in subcutaneous pockets of athymic mice. The experimental and control samples were evaluated subsequent to explantation by histological study and incorporation of tritiated thymidine. The results obtained revealed an important decrease in the values for the incorporation of thymidine beginning from experimental time 0 (pre-implant evaluation) up to day 28 after implantation, followed by a mild increase at the experimental time of 42 days. This study demonstrated the tendency of articular chondrocytes cultivated in vitro and subsequently transplanted in vivo on a support of devitalized allogenic cartilaginous matrix to modify mitotic activity from very high values for the first experimental times, typical of the in vitro phases of cellular expansion, to very low values, more similar to the behavior of articular chondrocytes in vivo. PMID:11569091

  19. In vitro xanthine oxidase inhibitory and in vivo hypouricemic activity of herbal coded formulation (Gouticin).

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    Akram, Muhammad; Usmanghani, Khan; Ahmed, Iqbal; Azhar, Iqbal; Hamid, Abdul

    2014-05-01

    Currently, natural products have been used in treating gouty arthritis and are recognized as xanthine oxidase inhibitors. Current study was designed to evaluate in vitro xanthine oxidase inhibitory potential of Gouticin and its ingredients extracts and in vivo hypouricemic activity of gouticin tablet 500 mg twice daily. Ethanol extracts of Gouticin and its ingredients were evaluated in vitro, at 200, 100, 50, 25 ? g/ml concentrations for xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity. IC(50) values of Gouticin and its ingredients were estimated. Further, in vivo therapeutic effect of Gouticin was investigated in comparison with allopathic medicine (Allopurinol) to treat gout. Total patients were 200 that were divided into test and control group. Herbal coded medicine (Gouticin) was given to test group and allopathic medicine allopurinol was administered to control group. In vitro, Gouticin has the highest percent inhibition at 96% followed by Allopurinol with 93% inhibition. In vivo study, mean serum uric acid level of patients was 4.62 mg/dl and 5.21mg/dl by use of Gouticin and Allopurinol at end of therapy. The study showed that herbal coded formulation gouticin and its ingredients are potential sources of natural xanthine oxidase inhibitors. Gouticin 500 mg twice daily is more effective than the allopurinol 300mg once daily in the management of gout. PMID:24811815

  20. In vitro antiprotozoal activity of extracts of five Turkish Lamiaceae species.

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    Kirmizibekmez H; Atay I; Kaiser M; Yesilada E; Tasdemir D

    2011-11-01

    The in vitro antiprotozoal activities of crude methanolic extracts from the aerial parts of five Lamiaceae plants (Salvia tomentosa, S. sclarea, S. dichroantha, Nepeta nuda subsp. nuda and Marrubium astracanicum subsp. macrodon) were evaluated against four parasitic protozoa, i.e. Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, T. cruzi, Leishmania donovani and Plasmodium falciparum. The cytotoxic potentials of the extracts on L6 cells were also evaluated. Melarsoprol, benznidazole, miltefosine, chloroquine and podophyllotoxin were used as reference drugs. All crude MeOH extracts showed antiprotozoal potential against at least three parasites, so they were dispersed in water and partitioned against n-hexane and chloroform to yield three subextracts that were screened in the same test systems. The n-hexane extract of N. nuda was the most active against T. brucei rhodesiense while the CHCl3 extracts of S. tomentosa and S. dichroantha showed significant activity against L. donovani. All organic extracts displayed in vitro antimalarial and moderate trypanocidal activities against T. cruzi with the n-hexane extract of S. sclarea being the most active against the latter. The extracts displayed low or no cytotoxicity towards mammalian L6 cells.

  1. In vitro antiprotozoal activity of extracts of five Turkish Lamiaceae species.

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    Kirmizibekmez, Hasan; Atay, Irem; Kaiser, Marcel; Yesilada, Erdem; Tasdemir, Deniz

    2011-11-01

    The in vitro antiprotozoal activities of crude methanolic extracts from the aerial parts of five Lamiaceae plants (Salvia tomentosa, S. sclarea, S. dichroantha, Nepeta nuda subsp. nuda and Marrubium astracanicum subsp. macrodon) were evaluated against four parasitic protozoa, i.e. Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, T. cruzi, Leishmania donovani and Plasmodium falciparum. The cytotoxic potentials of the extracts on L6 cells were also evaluated. Melarsoprol, benznidazole, miltefosine, chloroquine and podophyllotoxin were used as reference drugs. All crude MeOH extracts showed antiprotozoal potential against at least three parasites, so they were dispersed in water and partitioned against n-hexane and chloroform to yield three subextracts that were screened in the same test systems. The n-hexane extract of N. nuda was the most active against T. brucei rhodesiense while the CHCl3 extracts of S. tomentosa and S. dichroantha showed significant activity against L. donovani. All organic extracts displayed in vitro antimalarial and moderate trypanocidal activities against T. cruzi with the n-hexane extract of S. sclarea being the most active against the latter. The extracts displayed low or no cytotoxicity towards mammalian L6 cells. PMID:22224291

  2. Neuronal medium that supports basic synaptic functions and activity of human neurons in vitro

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    Bardy, Cedric; van den Hurk, Mark; Eames, Tameji; Marchand, Cynthia; Hernandez, Ruben V.; Kellogg, Mariko; Gorris, Mark; Galet, Ben; Palomares, Vanessa; Brown, Joshua; Bang, Anne G.; Mertens, Jerome; Bhnke, Lena; Boyer, Leah; Simon, Suzanne; Gage, Fred H.

    2015-01-01

    Human cell reprogramming technologies offer access to live human neurons from patients and provide a new alternative for modeling neurological disorders in vitro. Neural electrical activity is the essence of nervous system function in vivo. Therefore, we examined neuronal activity in media widely used to culture neurons. We found that classic basal media, as well as serum, impair action potential generation and synaptic communication. To overcome this problem, we designed a new neuronal medium (BrainPhys basal + serum-free supplements) in which we adjusted the concentrations of inorganic salts, neuroactive amino acids, and energetic substrates. We then tested that this medium adequately supports neuronal activity and survival of human neurons in culture. Long-term exposure to this physiological medium also improved the proportion of neurons that were synaptically active. The medium was designed to culture human neurons but also proved adequate for rodent neurons. The improvement in BrainPhys basal medium to support neurophysiological activity is an important step toward reducing the gap between brain physiological conditions in vivo and neuronal models in vitro. PMID:25870293

  3. Characterization and antioxidant activity in vitro and in vivo of polysaccharide purified from Rana chensinensis skin.

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    Wang, Zhanyong; Zhao, Yuanyuan; Su, Tingting; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Fei

    2015-08-01

    Preliminary characterization and antioxidant activity in vitro and in vivo investigation of the polysaccharide fraction named as RCSP II, which was extracted from Rana chensinensis skin, were performed. Results indicated that RCSP II comprised glucose, galactose, and mannose in a molar ratio of 87.82:2.77:1.54 with a molecular weight of 12.8 kDa. Antioxidant activity assay in vitro showed that RCSP II exhibited 75.2% scavenging activity against 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenz-thiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) radicals at the concentration of 2500 mg/L and 85.1% against chelated ferrous ion at 4000 mg/L. Antioxidant activity assay in vivo further showed that RCSP II increased the activities of antioxidant enzymes, decreased the levels of malondialodehyde, and enhanced total antioxidant capabilities in livers and sera of d-galactose induced mice. These results suggested that RCSP II could have potential antioxidant applications as medicine or functional food. PMID:25933517

  4. Fluorescent and bioluminescent nanoprobes for in vitro and in vivo detection of matrix metalloproteinase activity

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    Lee, Hawon; Kim, Young-Pil

    2015-01-01

    Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are zinc-dependent endopeptidases that degrade the extracellular matrix (ECM) and regulate the extracellular microenvironment. Despite the significant role that MMP activity plays in cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions, migration, and differentiation, analyses of MMPs in vitro and in vivo have relied upon their abundance using conventional immunoassays, rather than their enzymatic activities. To resolve this issue, diverse nanoprobes have emerged and proven useful as effective activity-based detection tools. Here, we review the recent advances in luminescent nanoprobes and their applications in in vitro diagnosis and in vivo imaging of MMP activity. Nanoprobes with the purpose of sensing MMP activity consist of recognition and detection units, which include MMP-specific substrates and luminescent (fluorescent or bioluminescent) nanoparticles, respectively. With further research into improvement of the optical performance, it is anticipated that luminescent nanoprobes will have great potential for the study of the functional roles of proteases in cancer biology and nanomedicine. [BMB Reports 2015; 48(6): 313-318] PMID:25817215

  5. In vitro antioxidant activities of low-molecular-weight polysaccharides with various functional groups.

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    Chen, Szu Kai; Tsai, Min Lang; Huang, Jin Ru; Chen, Rong Huei

    2009-04-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of different functional groups of sulfate, amine, and hydroxyl and/or their ionized groups on in vitro antioxidant capacities of low-molecular-weight polysaccharides (LMPS) prepared from agar (LMAG), chitosan (LMCH), and starch (LMST), respectively, and to elucidate their structure-activity relationship. Ascorbic acid and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) were used as positive controls. The in vitro antioxidant capacities of LMAG and LMCH were higher than that of LMST in the DPPH radical, superoxide radical, hydrogen peroxide, and nitric oxide radical scavenging and ferrous metal-chelating capacities. The different scavenging capacities may be due to the combined effects of the different sizes of the electron-cloud density and the different accessibility between free radical and LMPS, which, in turn, depends upon the different hydrophobicities of the constituent sugars. PMID:19256513

  6. In vitro activity of ceftaroline against staphylococci from prosthetic joint infection.

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    Park, Kyung-Hwa; Greenwood-Quaintance, Kerryl E; Patel, Robin

    2016-02-01

    We tested the in vitro activity of ceftaroline by Etest against staphylococci recovered from patients with prosthetic joint infection, including 97 Staphylococcus aureus isolates (36%, oxacillin resistant) and 74 Staphylococcus epidermidis isolates (74%, oxacillin resistant). Ceftaroline inhibited all staphylococci at ?0.5?g/mL. The ceftaroline MIC90/50 values for methicillin-susceptible S. aureus, methicillin-susceptible S. epidermidis, methicillin-resistant S. aureus, and methicillin-resistant S. epidermidis were 0.19/0.125, 0.094/0.047, 0.5/0.38, and 0.38/0.19?g/mL, respectively. Based on these in vitro findings, ceftaroline should be further evaluated as a potential therapeutic option for the treatment of prosthetic joint infection caused by methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant S. aureus and S. epidermidis. PMID:26602948

  7. Rapeseed polysaccharides as prebiotics on growth and acidifying activity of probiotics in vitro.

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    Wang, Xiao; Huang, Meiying; Yang, Fan; Sun, Hanju; Zhou, Xianxuan; Guo, Ying; Wang, Xiaoli; Zhang, Manli

    2015-07-10

    In vitro digestibility, prebiotic activity and chemical composition of polysaccharides from rapeseed were deliberately studied in this paper. After preliminary treatments, two fractions of polysaccharides (RP1 and RP2) were obtained after purification by DEAE-cellulose and Sephadex G-100. Their primary structural feature and molecule weights were characterized. Furthermore, their digestibility was also evaluated by artificial gastric juice and α-amylase. Finally, their proliferative effect on bifidobacteria and lactobacilli and acid production of the resulting probiotics in vitro were investigated. The results showed that RP1 and RP2 were homogeneously protein-bound polysaccharides with molecular weights of 28.51 and 6.55 kDa, respectively. They were resistant to hydrolysis by artificial gastric juice and α-amylase. Moreover, they could also significantly stimulate the tested probiotics to proliferate and produce organic acids. These findings clearly suggest the polysaccharides from rapeseed are potential to be exploited as novel prebiotics. PMID:25857979

  8. Antistaphylococcal activity and metabolite profiling of manuka honey (Leptospermum scoparium L.) after in vitro simulated digestion.

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    Mannina, Luisa; Sobolev, Anatoly P; Coppo, Erika; Di Lorenzo, Arianna; Nabavi, Seyed Mohammad; Marchese, Anna; Daglia, Maria

    2016-03-16

    The antistaphylococcal activity against methicillin-susceptible and -resistant Staphylococcus aureus and the metabolite profiling of manuka honey (MH) were investigated before and after in vitro simulated gastric (GD) and gastroduodenal (GDD) digestions. Undigested manuka honey showed antibacterial activity against all the tested strains, the GD sample showed no activity against S. aureus, and the GDD honey showed an antistaphylococcal activity, which was slightly reduced in comparison with the undigested sample. To explain these results, methylglyoxal (MGO), to which most of the antibacterial activity of MH is ascribed, was subjected to in vitro simulated GD and GDD. After digestion, MGO showed antibacterial activity at concentrations definitively higher than those registered in digested MH samples. These results showed that the antistaphylococcal activity registered after digestion cannot be ascribed to MGO. Thus metabolite analysis, carried out using an explorative untargeted NMR-based approach and a targeted RP-HPLC-PAD-ESI-MSn analysis focused on bio-active substances, was used to highlight the chemical modifications occurring from digestion. The results showed that (1) the level of MGO decreases and (2) the content of aromatic compounds, such as leptosin and methyl syringate, markers of manuka honey, was stable under gastric and gastroduodenal conditions, whereas (3) the levels of acetic and lactic acids increase in particular after gastroduodenal digestion, being 1.5 and 2.8 times higher in GDD-MH than in UND-MH, respectively. Overall, the results obtained from chemical analysis provide at least a partial explanation of the registered antibacterial activity observed after gastroduodenal digestion. PMID:26948514

  9. Bio-active nanoemulsions enriched with gold nanoparticle, marigold extracts and lipoic acid: In vitro investigations.

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    Guler, Emine; Barlas, F Baris; Yavuz, Murat; Demir, Bilal; Gumus, Z Pinar; Baspinar, Yucel; Coskunol, Hakan; Timur, Suna

    2014-09-01

    A novel and efficient approach for the preparation of enriched herbal formulations was described and their potential applications including wound healing and antioxidant activity (cell based and cell free) were investigated via in vitro cell culture studies. Nigella sativa oil was enriched with Calendula officinalis extract and lipoic acid capped gold nanoparticles (AuNP-LA) using nanoemulsion systems. The combination of these bio-active compounds was used to design oil in water (O/W) and water in oil (W/O) emulsions. The resulted emulsions were characterized by particle size measurements. The phenolic content of each nanoemulsion was examined by using both colorimetric assay and chromatographic analyses. Two different methods containing cell free chemical assay (1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl method) and cell based antioxidant activity test were used to evaluate the antioxidant capacities. In order to investigate the bio-activities of the herbal formulations, in vitro cell culture experiments, including cytotoxicity, scratch assay, antioxidant activity and cell proliferation were carried out using Vero cell line as a model cell line. Furthermore, to monitor localization of the nanoemulsions after application of the cell culture, the cell images were monitored via fluorescence microscope after FITC labeling. All data confirmed that the enriched N. sativa formulations exhibited better antioxidant and wound healing activity than N. sativa emulsion without any enrichment. In conclusion, the incorporation of AuNP-LA and C. officinalis extract into the N. sativa emulsions significantly increased the bio-activities. The present work may support further studies about using the other bio-active agents for the enrichment of herbal preparations to strengthen their activities. PMID:25009101

  10. Effects of Guanxinning injection on rat cytochrome P450 isoforms activities in vivo and in vitro.

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    Yu, Yue; Liu, Yan; Li, Qian; Sun, Jiahui; Lin, Haiou; Liu, Gaofeng

    2015-01-01

    1. We aimed to investigate the regulatory effects of Guanxinning injection (GXNI) on activities of cytochrome P1A2 (CYP1A2), CYP2C11, CYP2D1 and CYP3A1/2 by probe drugs in rats in vivo and in vitro. 2. GXNI-treated and blank control groups were administered GXNI and physiological saline by caudal vein for 14 days consecutively, then they were given the probe drugs of caffeine (10?mg/kg), tolbutamide (10?mg/kg), metoprolol (20?mg/kg) and dapsone (10?mg/kg) by intraperitoneal injection. The blood samples were collected at different times for ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) analysis. Changes of the pharmacokinetics parameters between the GXNI-treated and the blank control groups were used to evaluate the effects of GXNI on the four CYP450 isoforms in rats in vivo. After blood collection, the livers of rats were taken and made microsomes for in vitro tests. The relevant metabolites of phenacetin, tolbutamide, dextromethorphan and testosterone were analyzed quantitatively by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) after microsome incubation. The statistical differences between the two groups were observed to detect the effects of GXNI on the four CYP450 isoforms in rats in vitro. 3. The in vivo and in vitro results demonstrated that GXNI could induce CYP1A2 activity in rats, but had no significant effects on CYP2C11, CYP2D1 and CYP3A1/2. PMID:25495039

  11. Composition and in vitro anticancer activities of the leaf essential oil of Neolitsea variabillima from Taiwan.

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    Su, Yu-Chang; Hsu, Kuan-Ping; Wang, Eugene I-Chen; Ho, Chen-Lung

    2013-04-01

    This study investigated the chemical composition and in vitro anticancer activities of the essential oil isolated from the leaf of Neolitsea variabillima. The essential oil was isolated using hydrodistillation in a Clevenger-type apparatus, and characterized by GC-FID and GC-MS. Sixty-seven compounds were identified, representing 100% of the oil. The main components identified were trans-beta-ocimene (13.4%), alpha-cadinol (10.5%), terpinen-4-ol (9.3%), tau-cadinol (9.2%), beta-caryophyllene (8.8%), and sabinene (6.7%). The anticancer activities of oil were evaluated. The results showed that the oil exhibited cytotoxic activity against human oral, liver, lung, colon, melanoma, and leukemic cancer cells. The presence of beta-caryophyllene, tau-cadinol, and alpha-cadinol significantly contributed to the anticancer activities of N. variabillima leaf oil. PMID:23738472

  12. Medicinal activities of the leaves of Musa sapientum var. sylvesteris in vitro

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    Sahaa, Repon Kumer; Acharyaa, Srijan; Shovon, Syed Sohidul Haque; Royb, Priyanka

    2013-01-01

    Objective This study is to investigate the medicinal value of methanolic extract of the leaves of Musa sapientum var. sylvesteris in Bangladesh. Methods Several biochemical assays, thin layer chormatogarphy and ultra-violet spectroscopy were used to detect the presence of various types of compounds in this extract. Antioxidant effects were measured by DPPH scavenging assay, total reducing assay and hydrogen peroxide scavenging assay. Receptor binding activities and hydrogen peroxide induced hemolysis assay were performed by hemagglutination assay and hemolysis assay using erythrocytes. Disk diffusion assay was performed to show the antibacterial effect of the extract. Results Methanolic extract of the leaves showed antioxidant and antibacterial activity in vitro. The extract showed hemaglutination inhibition activities and hydrogen peroxide induced hemolysis inhibition activity of human red blood cells. Conclusion Musa sapientum var. sylvesteris can be an useful medicinal plant. PMID:23730561

  13. The in vitro antibacterial activity of dietary spice and medicinal herb extracts.

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    Shan, Bin; Cai, Yi-Zhong; Brooks, John D; Corke, Harold

    2007-06-10

    The in vitro antibacterial activities of a total of 46 extracts from dietary spices and medicinal herbs were investigated by agar-well diffusion method against five foodborne bacteria (Bacillus cereus, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella anatum). Their total phenolic contents were also evaluated. Many herb and spice extracts contained high levels of phenolics and exhibited antibacterial activity against foodborne pathogens. Gram-positive bacteria were generally more sensitive to the tested extracts than Gram-negative ones. S. aureus was the most sensitive, while E. coli was the most resistant. There were highly positive relationships (R(2)=0.73-0.93) between antibacterial activities and phenolic content of the tested extracts against each bacterium. This suggested that the antibacterial activity of the tested extracts was closely associated with their phenolic constituents. PMID:17449125

  14. Efficient synthesis and in vitro cytostatic activity of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides.

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    El Akri, Khalid; Bougrin, Khalid; Balzarini, Jan; Faraj, Abdesslem; Benhida, Rachid

    2007-12-01

    We report herein an efficient synthesis of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides and their in vitro cytostatic activity. The synthesis is based on a straightforward 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between 1-azido-ribose 2 and terminal alkynes under a cooperative effect of microwave activation and copper (I) catalysis. All cycloadducts were obtained in nearly quantitative yield after a short reaction time (1 to 2min). After removal of acetyl protecting groups, the free nucleosides were evaluated against L1210, Molt4/C8, and CEM tumor cell lines. Structure-activity relationship study shows that the substituent on the triazole ring has a major effect since nucleosides 4c and 4g, containing, respectively, a long alkyl chain and an aryl donor group are the most active compounds in this series. PMID:17931862

  15. Efficient synthesis and in vitro cytostatic activity of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides.

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    El Akri K; Bougrin K; Balzarini J; Faraj A; Benhida R

    2007-12-01

    We report herein an efficient synthesis of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides and their in vitro cytostatic activity. The synthesis is based on a straightforward 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between 1-azido-ribose 2 and terminal alkynes under a cooperative effect of microwave activation and copper (I) catalysis. All cycloadducts were obtained in nearly quantitative yield after a short reaction time (1 to 2min). After removal of acetyl protecting groups, the free nucleosides were evaluated against L1210, Molt4/C8, and CEM tumor cell lines. Structure-activity relationship study shows that the substituent on the triazole ring has a major effect since nucleosides 4c and 4g, containing, respectively, a long alkyl chain and an aryl donor group are the most active compounds in this series.

  16. Evaluation of the in vitro activity of flumequine against field isolates of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae.

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    Aller-Morán, Luis Miguel; Martínez-Lobo, Francisco Javier; Rubio, Pedro; Carvajal, Ana

    2015-12-01

    Flumequine is a quinolone derivative used in veterinary medicine to treat enteric infections, mainly those caused by Gram negative bacteria and also some Gram positive. Some recent reports by field practitioners have suggested that its use in swine dysentery outbreaks can minimize the impact of this disease. This study aims to evaluate the in vitro anti-Brachyspira hyodysenteriae activity of flumequine. Forty eight field isolates of the bacterium were evaluated using a microdilution test. The lack of colon bioavailability studies of flumequine in pigs makes it difficult to establish the true efficacy of this antibiotic for swine dysentery control. Nonetheless, the relatively high values of MIC50 (50μg/mL) and MBC50 (50μg/mL) obtained suggest poor activity against B. hyodysenteriae. Flumequine activity in swine dysentery outbreaks could be related to its activity against other bacteria, different from B. hyodysenteriae, engaged in swine dysentery pathogenesis. PMID:26679795

  17. In vitro antioxidant and cytotoxic activities of essential oil of Feronia elephantum Correa

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    Thirugnanasampandan, Ramaraj; David, Delma

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyse the chemical composition and evaluation of antioxidant, cytotoxic and DNA fragmentation activities of essential oil of Feronia elephantum Correa. Methods Chemical composition analysis of hydrodistilled essential oil was determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and in vitro antioxidant activity of oil was determined by DPPH free radical, hydroxyly radical scavenging, metal chelating and prevention of deoxyribose degradation. Cytotoxicity and DNA fragmentation activities against breast cancer cells (MCF-7) were also analyzed. Results Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis revealed the presence of 24 compounds with caryophyllene oxide (62.29%) as major compound. A considerable antioxidant, cyotoxic and DNA fragmentation activities of oils was observed. Conclusions The result of this study clearly indicates oil could be useful for food preservation and preparation. PMID:25182553

  18. [In vitro antifungal activity of rilopirox, a new hydroxypyridone antimycotic agent].

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    Harada, I; Mitsui, K; Uchida, K; Yamaguchi, H

    1997-02-01

    In vitro antifungal activities of rilopirox (RIL), a new topical hydroxypyridone antifungal agent, were studied against 7 species (31 strains) of yeast-like fungi and 15 species (17 strains) of mycerial fungi from stock cultures of a wide range of medically important fungi. Tests were carried out by the liquid dilution method using Neopeptone dextrose broth with ciclopirox olamine (CPO) and oxiconazole nitrate (OCZ) as reference drugs. RIL exhibited a broad spectrum of antifungal activities; the MIC of RIL against yeasts were about 1 microgram/ml, those against other fungi were 0.5-4 micrograms/ml. Antifungal activities were similar to CPO, and compare to OCZ, RIL showed characteristically little differences in its activities against different species or strains of target organisms. PMID:9100079

  19. Modification of fibrous Oregon erionite and its effects on in vitro activity.

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    Brown, R C; Davies, R; Rood, A P

    1989-01-01

    A sample of erionite, a fibrous zeolite, was modified by milling to reduce the number and length of the fibres and by extraction with cyclohexane. The in vitro activities of this mineral were found to depend on the presence of long fibres. The erionite contained fewer of these fibres than the UICC asbestos samples but, unlike these materials, erionite can cause the transformation of C3H 10T1/2 cells. Erionite did not increase the activities of benzo[a]pyrene in this cell transformation assay. The cytotoxic activities of both asbestos and erionite have a similar dependence on the number of long fibres. Extraction with cyclohexane did not affect the activity of erionite. PMID:2545619

  20. Conditions Required for the Rapid Activation In Vitro of the Chloroplast Fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase.

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    Rosa, L; Whatley, F R

    1984-05-01

    Conditions required for the reductive activation of purified, spinach chloroplast fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (EC 3.1.3.11) have been determined in vitro. Full reductive activation was observed only when fructose-1,6-bisphosphate and Mg(2+) were present at the same time as the reducing agent (dithiothreitol). Reduction in the absence either of fructose-1,6-bisphosphate or of Mg(2+) slowly and irreversibly inactivated the enzyme. The concentration of fructose-1,6-bisphosphate that must be present during reduction for maximum activation depends upon the divalent cation present: it is highest with Mg(2+), lower with Ca(2+), and lowest when both Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) are present. A scheme for the reductive activation and inactivation of the enzyme is presented. PMID:16663557

  1. Characterization of human lactoferricin as a potent protein kinase CK2 activator regulated by A-kinase in vitro.

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    Maekawa, Toshiro; Fujihara, Michio; Ohtsuki, Kenzo

    2002-01-01

    Lactoferricin (LFcin) hydrolyzed from lactoferrin (LF), a major 80 kDa iron-binding protein in milk and other exocrine secretions, was characterized as a potent activator of protein kinase CK2 (CK2) in vitro. Human LFcin (hLFcin) at 0.5 microg stimulated approx. 5-fold CK2 activity [phosphorylation of 60S acidic ribosomal proteins (P0, P1, P2) and Hsp90 (p98)] in a manner similar to other functional proteins with oligo-Arg clusters, such as salmine A1, sperm histone H2B and HIV-1 Rev. Interestingly, this stimulatory effect of hLFcin was significantly reduced when it was phosphorylated by A-kinase in vitro. These results suggest that (i) hLFcin acts as a potent CK2 activator in vitro; and (ii) the stimulatory effect of hLFcin on CK2 activity is regulated by its phosphorylation by A-kinase in vitro. PMID:11824539

  2. In vitro assays for assessment of androgenic and estrogenic activity of defined mixtures and complex environment samples

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    Point sources of potentially endocrine active compounds to aquatic environments such as waste water treatment plants, pulp and paper mills, and animal feeding operations invariably contain complex mixtures of chemicals. The current study investigates the use of targeted in vitro ...

  3. In vitro activities of amphotericin B deoxycholate and liposomal amphotericin B against 604 clinical yeast isolates

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    Lovero, Grazia; Coretti, Caterina; De Giglio, Osvalda; Martinelli, Domenico; Bedini, Andrea; Delia, Mario; Rosato, Antonio; Codeluppi, Mauro; Caggiano, Giuseppina

    2014-01-01

    We determined the in vitro antifungal activity of liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB) against 604 clinical yeast isolates. Amphotericin B deoxycholate (D-AmB) was tested in parallel against all the isolates. Susceptibility testing was performed according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M27-A3 method. Overall, L-AmB was highly active against the isolates (mean MIC, 0.42 g ml?1; MIC90, 1 g ml?1; 97.2?% of MICs were ?1 g ml?1) and comparable to D-AmB (mean MIC, 0.48 g ml?1; MIC90, 1 g ml?1; 97.3?% of MICs were ?1 g ml?1). The in vitro activity of D-AmB and L-AmB was correlated (R2?=?0.61; exp(b), 2.3; 95?% CI, 2.192.44, P<0.001). Candida albicans (mean MICs of D-AmB and L-AmB, 0.39 g ml?1 and 0.31 g ml?1, respectively) and Candida parapsilosis (mean MICs of D-AmB and L-AmB, 0.38 g ml?1 and 0.35 g ml?1, respectively) were the species most susceptible to the agents tested, while Candida krusei (currently named Issatchenkia orientalis) (mean MICs of D-AmB and L-AmB, 1.27 g ml?1 and 1.13 g ml?1, respectively) was the least susceptible. The excellent in vitro activity of L-AmB may have important implications for empirical treatment approaches and support its role in treatment of a wide range of invasive infections due to yeasts. PMID:25210203

  4. In vitro activities of amphotericin B deoxycholate and liposomal amphotericin B against 604 clinical yeast isolates.

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    Montagna, Maria Teresa; Lovero, Grazia; Coretti, Caterina; De Giglio, Osvalda; Martinelli, Domenico; Bedini, Andrea; Delia, Mario; Rosato, Antonio; Codeluppi, Mauro; Caggiano, Giuseppina

    2014-12-01

    We determined the in vitro antifungal activity of liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB) against 604 clinical yeast isolates. Amphotericin B deoxycholate (D-AmB) was tested in parallel against all the isolates. Susceptibility testing was performed according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M27-A3 method. Overall, L-AmB was highly active against the isolates (mean MIC, 0.42 g ml(-1); MIC90, 1 g ml(-1); 97.2?% of MICs were ?1 g ml(-1)) and comparable to D-AmB (mean MIC, 0.48 g ml(-1); MIC90, 1 g ml(-1); 97.3?% of MICs were ?1 g ml(-1)). The in vitro activity of D-AmB and L-AmB was correlated (R(2)?=?0.61; exp(b), 2.3; 95?% CI, 2.19-2.44, P<0.001). Candida albicans (mean MICs of D-AmB and L-AmB, 0.39 g ml(-1) and 0.31 g ml(-1), respectively) and Candida parapsilosis (mean MICs of D-AmB and L-AmB, 0.38 g ml(-1) and 0.35 g ml(-1), respectively) were the species most susceptible to the agents tested, while Candida krusei (currently named Issatchenkia orientalis) (mean MICs of D-AmB and L-AmB, 1.27 g ml(-1) and 1.13 g ml(-1), respectively) was the least susceptible. The excellent in vitro activity of L-AmB may have important implications for empirical treatment approaches and support its role in treatment of a wide range of invasive infections due to yeasts. PMID:25210203

  5. In Vitro and In Vivo Activities of the Nitroimidazole TBA-354 against Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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    Cho, S.; Yang, T. J.; Kim, Y.; Wang, Y.; Lu, Y.; Wang, B.; Xu, J.; Mdluli, K.; Ma, Z.; Franzblau, S. G.

    2014-01-01

    Nitroimidazoles are a promising new class of antitubercular agents. The nitroimidazo-oxazole delamanid (OPC-67683, Deltyba) is in phase III trials for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, while the nitroimidazo-oxazine PA-824 is entering phase III for drug-sensitive and drug-resistant tuberculosis. TBA-354 (SN31354[(S)-2-nitro-6-((6-(4-trifluoromethoxy)phenyl)pyridine-3-yl)methoxy)-6,7-dihydro-5H-imidazo[2,1-b][1,3]oxazine]) is a pyridine-containing biaryl compound with exceptional efficacy against chronic murine tuberculosis and favorable bioavailability in preliminary rodent studies. It was selected as a potential next-generation antituberculosis nitroimidazole following an extensive medicinal chemistry effort. Here, we further evaluate the pharmacokinetic properties and activity of TBA-354 against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TBA-354 is narrow spectrum and bactericidal in vitro against replicating and nonreplicating Mycobacterium tuberculosis, with potency similar to that of delamanid and greater than that of PA-824. The addition of serum protein or albumin does not significantly alter this activity. TBA-354 maintains activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv isogenic monoresistant strains and clinical drug-sensitive and drug-resistant isolates. Spontaneous resistant mutants appear at a frequency of 3 10?7. In vitro studies and in vivo studies in mice confirm that TBA-354 has high bioavailability and a long elimination half-life. In vitro studies suggest a low risk of drug-drug interactions. Low-dose aerosol infection models of acute and chronic murine tuberculosis reveal time- and dose-dependent in vivo bactericidal activity that is at least as potent as that of delamanid and more potent than that of PA-824. Its superior potency and pharmacokinetic profile that predicts suitability for once-daily oral dosing suggest that TBA-354 be studied further for its potential as a next-generation nitroimidazole. PMID:25331696

  6. Characterization of the potent in vitro and in vivo antimalarial activities of ionophore compounds.

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    Gumila, C; Ancelin, M L; Delort, A M; Jeminet, G; Vial, H J

    1997-01-01

    Large-scale in vitro screening of different types of ionophores previously pinpointed nine compounds that were very active and selective in vitro against Plasmodium falciparum; their in vitro and in vivo antimalarial effects were further studied. Addition of the ionophores to synchronized P. falciparum suspensions revealed that all P. falciparum stages were sensitive to the drugs. However, the schizont stages were three- to ninefold more sensitive, and 12 h was required for complete parasite clearance. Pretreatment of healthy erythrocytes with toxic doses of ionophores for 24 to 48 h showed that the activity was not due to an irreversible effect on the host erythrocyte. No preferential ionophore adsorption in infected or uninfected erythrocytes occurred. On the other hand, ionophore molecules strongly bound to serum proteins since increasing the serum concentration from 2 to 50% led to almost a 25-fold parallel increase in the ionophore 50% inhibitory concentration. Mice infected with the malaria parasites Plasmodium vinckei petteri or Plasmodium chabaudi were successfully treated with eight ionophores in a 4-day suppressive test. The 50% effective dose after intraperitoneal administration ranged from 0.4 to 4.1 mg/kg of body weight, and the therapeutic indices were about 5 for all ionophores except monensin A methyl ether, 5-bromo lasalocid A, and gramicidin D, whose therapeutic indices were 12, 18, and 344, respectively. These three compounds were found to be curative, with no recrudescence. Gramicidin D, which presented impressive antimalarial activity, requires parenteral administration, while 5-bromo lasalocid A has the major advantage of being active after oral administration. Overall, the acceptable levels of toxicity and the good in vivo therapeutic indices in the rodent model highlight the interesting potential of these ionophores for the treatment of malaria in higher animals. PMID:9055986

  7. SPECT/CT localization of oral radioiodine activity: a retrospective study and in-vitro assessment

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    Burlison, Jared S.; Hartshorne, Michael F.; Voda, Alan M.; Cocks, Franklin H.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose We sought to further localize radioiodine activity in the mouth on post-thyroid cancer therapy imaging using single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT). Materials and methods We retrospectively reviewed all patients (58) who underwent thyroid cancer therapy with iodine-131 (131I) at our institution from August 2009 to March 2011 whose post-therapy radioiodine imaging included neck SPECT/CT. A small group (six) of diagnostic 123I scans including SPECT/CT was also reviewed. Separately, we performed in-vitro 131I (sodium iodide) binding assays with amalgam and Argenco HP 77 (77% dental gold alloy) as proof of principle for these interactions. Results Of the 58 post-therapy patients, 45 (78%) had undergone metallic dental restorations, and of them 41 (91%) demonstrated oral 131I activity localizing preferentially to those restorations. It was observed that radioiodine also localized to other dental restorations and to orthodontic hardware. Gum-line activity in edentulous patients suggests radioiodine interaction with denture adhesive. In vitro, dental amalgam and Argenco HP 77 bound 131I in a time-dependent manner over 116 days of exposure. Despite subsequent washings with normal saline, significant 131I activity (maximally 12% for amalgam and 68% for Argenco HP 77) was retained by these metals. Subsequent soaking in a saturated solution of potassium iodide partially displaced 131I from amalgam, with near-total displacement of 131I from Argenco HP 77. Conclusion SPECT/CT shows that radioiodine in the oral cavity localizes to metallic dental restorations. Furthermore, in-vitro studies demonstrate partially reversible binding of 131I to common dental metals. PMID:24128897

  8. In Vitro, Ex Vivo, and In Vivo Determination of Thyroid Hormone Modulating Activity of Benzothiazoles.

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    Hornung, Michael W; Kosian, Patricia A; Haselman, Jonathan T; Korte, Joseph J; Challis, Katie; Macherla, Chitralekha; Nevalainen, Erica; Degitz, Sigmund J

    2015-08-01

    As invitro assays are increasingly used to screen chemicals for their potential to produce endocrine disrupting adverse effects, it is important to understand their predictive capacity. The potential for a set of 6 benzothiazoles to affect endpoints related to thyroid hormone synthesis inhibition were assessed using invitro, ex vivo, and invivo assays. Inhibition of thyroid peroxidase (TPO) derived from pig thyroid glands was determined for benzothiazole (BTZ), 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT), 5-chloro-2-mercaptobenzothiazole (CMBT), 2-aminobenzothiazole (ABT), 2-hydroxybenzothiazole (HBT), and 2-methylthiobenzothiazole (MTBT). Their rank order potency for TPO inhibition was MBT=CMBT>ABT>BTZ, whereas HBT and MTBT exhibited no inhibitory activity. The benzothiazoles were tested further in a Xenopus laevis thyroid gland explant culture assay in which inhibition of thyroxine (T4) release was the measured endpoint. In this assay all 6 benzothiazoles inhibited T4 release. The activity of the benzothiazoles for disrupting thyroid hormone activity was verified invivo using X. laevis tadpoles in a 7-day assay. The 2 most potent chemicals for TPO inhibition, MBT and CMBT, produced responses invivo indicative of T4 synthesis inhibition including induction of sodium iodide symporter mRNA and decreases in glandular and circulating thyroid hormones. The capability to measure thyroid hormone levels in the glands and blood by ultrahigh performance LC-MS/MS methods optimized for small tissue samples was critical for effects interpretation. These results indicate that inhibition of TPO activity invitro was a good indicator of a chemical's potential for thyroid hormone disruption invivo and may be useful for prioritizing chemicals for further investigation. PMID:25953703

  9. In vitro biological activity of secondary metabolites from Seseli rigidum Waldst. et Kit. (Apiaceae).

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    Jakovljević, Dragana; Vasić, Sava; Stanković, Milan; Čomić, Ljiljana; Topuzović, Marina

    2015-12-01

    The antioxidant, antimicrobial activity, total phenolic content and flavonoid concentration of Seseli rigidum Waldst. et Kit. were evaluated. Five different extracts of the aboveground plant parts were obtained by extraction with distilled water, methanol, acetone, ethyl acetate and petroleum ether. Total phenols were determined using the Folin-Ciocalteu's reagent, with the highest values obtained in the acetone extract (102.13 mg GAE/g). The concentration of flavonoids, determined by using a spectrophotometric method with aluminum chloride and expressed in terms of rutin equivalent, was also highest in the acetone extracts (291.58 mg RUE/g). The antioxidant activity was determined in vitro using DPPH reagent. The greatest antioxidant activity was expressed in the aqueous extract (46.15 μg/ml). In vitro antimicrobial activities were determined using a microdilution analysis method; minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum microbicidal concentration (MMC) were determined. Methanolic extract had the greatest influence on bacilli (MIC at 0.0391 mg/ml), but the best antimicrobial effect had acetone and ethyl acetate extracts considering their broad impact on bacteria. According to our research, S. rigidum can be regarded as promising candidate for natural plant source with high value of biological compounds. PMID:26616372

  10. Improving vagal activity ameliorates cardiac fibrosis induced by angiotensin II: in vivo and in vitro.

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    Liu, Jin-Jun; Huang, Ning; Lu, Yi; Zhao, Mei; Yu, Xiao-Jiang; Yang, Yang; Yang, Yong-Hua; Zang, Wei-Jin

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac remodeling is characterized by overactivity of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and withdrawal of vagal activity. We hypothesized that improving vagal activity could attenuate cardiac fibrosis induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) in vivo and in vitro. Rats were subjected to abdominal aorta constriction (AAC) with or without pyridostigmine (PYR) (31?mg/kg/d). After 8 weeks, PYR significantly decreased Ang II level, AT1 protein expression, and collagen deposition in cardiac tissue and improved heart rate variability, baroreflex sensitivity and cardiac function, which were abolished by atropine. In vitro, treatment of cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) with Ang II (10(-7)?M) increased cell proliferation, migration, transformation, and secretory properties, which were significantly diminished by acetylcholine (ACh, 10(-6)?M). Subsequently, Ang II significantly increased collagen type I expression as well as metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 expression and activity. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-?1 expression and Smad3 phosphorylation presented a similar trend. Notably, the knockdown of the acetylcholine M2 receptor by siRNA could abolish ACh anti-fibrotic action. These data implicated cholinesterase inhibitor can increase vagal activity and reduce local Ang II level, and ACh inhibit Ang II pro-fibrotic effects. Our findings suggested that the parasympathetic nervous system can serve as a promising target for cardiac remodeling treatment. PMID:26596640

  11. Cholecalciferol synthesized after UV-activation of 7-dehydrocholesterol onto titanium implants inhibits osteoclastogenesis in vitro.

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    Satu, Mara; Ramis, Joana M; Monjo, Marta

    2015-07-01

    UV-activated 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) has been successfully used as a biocompatible coating for titanium (Ti) implants producing active vitamin D with positive effect on osteoblast differentiation. Since an osseointegrating implant must promote bone formation while delay resorption, here we determine the effect of this coating on the pre-osteoclast cell line RAW 264.7. Moreover, D3 synthesis was optimized by (1) the supplementation with VitE of the 7-DHC coating to reduce 7-DHC oxidation and (2) the addition of an incubation step (48 h at 23C) after UV-irradiation to favor isomerization. In vitro results with RAW264.7 cells showed no cytotoxic effect of the coatings and a significant decrease of osteoclastogenesis. Indeed, TRAP immunostaining suggested an inhibition of Trap-positive multinucleated cells and the mRNA levels of different phenotypic, fusion, and activity markers were reduced, particularly with 7-DHC:VitE. In conclusion, we demonstrate an improvement of the D3 synthesis from UV-activated 7-DHC when combined with VitE and show that these implants inhibit osteoclastogenesis in vitro. PMID:25369149

  12. An in vitro study into the effect of zinc substituted hydroxyapatite on osteoclast number and activity.

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    Shepherd, David V; Kauppinen, Kyösti; Brooks, Roger A; Best, Serena M

    2014-11-01

    Zinc ions have been shown to inhibit osteoclast development and proliferation both in vitro and in vivo. The same inhibiting effect has been observed in vitro when zinc was substituted into tri-calcium phosphate (TCP). Because of the solubility of TCP it is not an ideal candidate for a material to inhibit osteoclast activity in the long term. Hydroxyapatite (HA) is less soluble and so potentially offers a more long-term, sustainable effect. Previous work has shown that zinc can successfully be substituted into HA and still retain phase purity after heat treatment. The study reported here presents the effects of zinc substituted HA on the development and activity of osteoclast-like cells. It was found that increasing zinc substitution levels led to a decrease in the number of these cells present after 21 days. When resorption activity was investigated it was found that an increase in the amount of zinc present in the discs led to a significant decrease in the amount of resorption taking place on the discs. These results provide evidence for the potential of zinc substituted HA as a material to reduce resorptive activity to provide long-term bonding of implant to bone. PMID:24443251

  13. In vitro activity of thiamphenicol against multiresistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and Staphylococcus aureus in Italy.

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    Marchese, A; Debbia, E A; Tonoli, E; Gualco, L; Schito, A M

    2002-12-01

    Thiamphenicol is a derivative of chloramphenicol characterized by a spectrum comparable to that of the parent compound against multiresistant pathogens but showing satisfactory tolerability. The in vitro activity of thiamphenicol and of 11 comparative drugs against 397 recently isolated antibiotic-resistant and/or invasive pneumococci and 52 multiply-resistant MRSA including 2 VISA strains was determined. Bactericidal activity against Haemophilus influenzae and the post-antibiotic effect on Streptococcus pneumoniae, H. influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli were also assessed. Against invasive pneumococci, thiamphenicol and chloramphenicol were the most potent non-beta-lactam molecules together with vancomycin and rifampin. Against high-level penicillin-resistant strains phenicol activities were superior to those of cefotaxime, ceftriaxone and imipenem. Against MRSA thiamphenicol and chloramphenicol were second only to the glycopetides and also inhibited the VISA strains. Thiamphenicol showed a significant PAE (0.33 to 2.9h) on all pathogens studied and a powerful bactericidal effect against beta-lactamase-positive and -negative H. influenzae. These results indicate a good in vitro activity of thiamphenicol against difficult-to-treat multiply resistant pathogens. PMID:12583545

  14. Potassium humate inhibits complement activation and the production of inflammatory cytokines in vitro

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    van Rensburg, C.E.J.; Naude, P.J.

    2009-08-15

    The effects of brown coal derived potassium humate on lymphocyte proliferation, cytokine production and complement activation were investigated in vitro. Potassium humate increased lymphocyte proliferation of phytohaemaglutinin A (PHA) and pokeweed mitogen (PWM) stimulated mononuclear lymphocytes (MNL) in vitro from concentrations of 20 to 80 {mu} g/ml, in a dose dependant manner. On the other hand potassium humate, at 40 {mu} g/ml, significantly inhibited the release of TNF-alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-6 and IL-10 by PHA stimulated MNL. Regarding complement activation it was found that potassium humate inhibits the activation of both the alternative and classical pathways without affecting the stability of the red blood cell membranes. These results indicate that the anti-inflammatory potential of potassium humate could be partially due to the inhibition of pro-inflammatory cytokines responsible for the initiation of these reactions as well as inhibition of complement activation. The increased lymphocyte proliferation observed, might be due to increased IL-2 production as previously been documented.

  15. Improving vagal activity ameliorates cardiac fibrosis induced by angiotensin II: in vivo and in vitro

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    Liu, Jin-Jun; Huang, Ning; Lu, Yi; Zhao, Mei; Yu, Xiao-Jiang; Yang, Yang; Yang, Yong-hua; Zang, Wei-Jin

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac remodeling is characterized by overactivity of the reninangiotensin system (RAS) and withdrawal of vagal activity. We hypothesized that improving vagal activity could attenuate cardiac fibrosis induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) in vivo and in vitro. Rats were subjected to abdominal aorta constriction (AAC) with or without pyridostigmine (PYR) (31?mg/kg/d). After 8 weeks, PYR significantly decreased Ang II level, AT1 protein expression, and collagen deposition in cardiac tissue and improved heart rate variability, baroreflex sensitivity and cardiac function, which were abolished by atropine. In vitro, treatment of cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) with Ang II (10?7?M) increased cell proliferation, migration, transformation, and secretory properties, which were significantly diminished by acetylcholine (ACh, 10?6?M). Subsequently, Ang II significantly increased collagen type I expression as well as metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 expression and activity. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-?1 expression and Smad3 phosphorylation presented a similar trend. Notably, the knockdown of the acetylcholine M2 receptor by siRNA could abolish ACh anti-fibrotic action. These data implicated cholinesterase inhibitor can increase vagal activity and reduce local Ang II level, and ACh inhibit Ang II pro-fibrotic effects. Our findings suggested that the parasympathetic nervous system can serve as a promising target for cardiac remodeling treatment. PMID:26596640

  16. Design, synthesis, anti-schistosomal activity and molecular docking of novel 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sufonyl 1,4-diazepine derivatives.

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    Eweas, Ahmad F; Allam, Gamal; Abuelsaad, Abdelaziz S A; ALGhamdi, Abdul Hamid; Maghrabi, Ibrahim A

    2013-02-01

    Schistosomiasis remains one of the most prevalent parasitic infections and has significant public health consequences. Praziquantel (PZQ) is the only drug currently administrated to treat this disease. However, praziquantel-resistant parasites have been identified in endemic areas and can be generated in the laboratory. Therefore, it is essential to find new therapeutics. Herein we report a series of novel 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sufonyl 1,4-diazepine derivatives, which were synthesized, characterized and tested as anti-schistosomal agents in vitro. Among all tested compounds, compounds 4a, 5b, and 7b at different tested concentrations (50, 100, and 200 ?g/mL) showed the highest schistosomicidal activity. Among those 3 compounds, compound 7b was the most potent anti-schistosomal one. Moreover, all tested compound, at 50 ?g/mL concentration, significantly reduced oviposition of adult worms in vitro. Furthermore, both compound 4a and 7b, as well as compound 6a, completely diminished egg deposition. To clarify the possible mechanism by which novel 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sufonyl 1,4-diazepine derivatives act as anti-schistosomal agents, molecular docking of all new compounds was carried out using Molsoft ICM pro 3.5-0a to investigate the binding affinity and binding mode to thioredoxin glutathione reductase enzyme (TGR), a potential drug target for anti-schistosomal agents. The docking results revealed moderate to high affinity of the new compounds towards TGR. Compound 7b scored the highest binding energy (-101.13 kcal/mol) against TGR crystal structure forming eight hydrogen bonds with the amino acid residues at the binding site of the receptor. This result indicates that compound 7b could exert its effect through inhibition of TGR, which is a vital enzyme for schistosome survival. PMID:23247256

  17. In vitro association and phosphorylation of polyoma virus middle T antigen by cellular tyrosyl kinase activity.

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    Bolen, J B; Israel, M A

    1984-10-10

    We have observed increased phosphorylation of tyrosine residues on the polyoma virus middle tumor antigen (MTAg) in in vitro kinase assays of the immune complexes immunoprecipitated from lysates of polyoma virus-infected mouse embryo cells to which increasing amounts of uninfected mouse embryo cell lysate had been added. The components from uninfected mouse cells responsible for increased MTAg phosphorylation were localized by subcellular fractionation to the plasma membrane and found to be sensitive to protease digestion, N-ethylmaleimide, and 5'-p-fluorosulfonylbenzoyladenosine inactivation. The majority of the membrane-associated activity responsible for the increased MTAg phosphorylation in these assays could be cleared from lysates of uninfected mouse cell lysates by centrifugation after reaction with Sepharose-bound monoclonal antibodies which recognize pp60c-src. These results suggest that MTAg can associate with cellular tyrosyl kinases in vitro and be phosphorylated by these enzymes in immune-complex kinase assays. The identity of at least one of these cellular tryosyl kinases which can associate with MTAg in vitro is likely to be pp60c-src. PMID:6434530

  18. In Vitro Cestocidal Activity of Thymol on Mesocestoides corti Tetrathyridia and Adult Worms.

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    Maggiore, M; Elissondo, M C

    2014-01-01

    Nothing is known about the possible effect of thymol or other compounds of essential oils against the adult worms of cestodes. The aim of the present work was to determine in vitro cestodicidal activity of thymol against Mesocestoides corti adult worms. Moreover, the in vitro effect on tetrathyridia was also demonstrated. Tetrathyridia exposed to different concentrations of thymol showed a concentration and time-dependent effect. At lower concentrations, the main change observed was mainly in morphology, with larvae exhibiting an elongation of the body. When tetrathyridia were exposed to higher concentrations, increased surface alterations and damage were detected. The body appeared elongated and flattened, and a complete loss of morphology and microtriches was observed. Thymol was able to kill M. corti tetrathyridia, since following inoculation of treated parasites in mice no parasites could be recovered. The effect on M. corti adult worms was dose and time-dependent. Changes in motility coincide with the tissue damage were observed at the structural and ultrastructural level. Thymol caused severe damages to both developmental stages analyzed. Damages were more significant in fully segmented worms. The data reported in this paper demonstrate a clear in vitro effect of thymol against M. corti tetrathyridia and adult worms. PMID:25258624

  19. An in vitro reprogrammable antiviral RISC with size-preferential ribonuclease activity.

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    Omarov, Rustem T; Ciomperlik, Jessica; Scholthof, Herman B

    2016-03-01

    Infection of Nicotiana benthamiana plants with Tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV) mutants compromised for silencing suppression induces formation of an antiviral RISC (vRISC) that can be isolated using chromatography procedures. The isolated vRISC sequence-specifically degrades TBSV RNA in vitro, its activity can be down-regulated by removing siRNAs, and re-stimulated by exogenous supply of siRNAs. vRISC is most effective at hydrolyzing the ~4.8kb genomic RNA, but less so for a ~2.2kb TBSV subgenomic mRNA (sgRNA1), while the 3' co-terminal sgRNA2 of ~0.9kb appears insensitive to vRISC cleavage. Moreover, experiments with in vitro generated 5' co-terminal viral transcripts show that RNAs of ~2.7kb are efficiently cleaved while those of ~1.1kb or shorter are unaffected. The isolated antiviral ribonuclease complex fails to degrade ~0.4kb defective interfering RNAs (DIs) in vitro, agreeing with findings that in plants DIs are not targeted by silencing. PMID:26812224

  20. Evaluation of the in vitro activity of levornidazole, its metabolites and comparators against clinical anaerobic bacteria.

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    Hu, Jiali; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Shi; Zhu, Demei; Huang, Haihui; Chen, Yuancheng; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Yingyuan

    2014-12-01

    This study evaluated the in vitro anti-anaerobic activity and spectrum of levornidazole, its metabolites and comparators against 375 clinical isolates of anaerobic bacteria, including Gram-negative bacilli (181 strains), Gram-negative cocci (11 strains), Gram-positive bacilli (139 strains) and Gram-positive cocci (44 strains), covering 34 species. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of levornidazole, its five metabolites and three comparators against these anaerobic isolates were determined by the agar dilution method. Minimum bactericidal concentrations (MBCs) of levornidazole and metronidazole were measured against 22 strains of Bacteroides fragilis. Levornidazole showed good activity against B. fragilis, other Bacteroides spp., Clostridium difficile, Clostridium perfringens and Peptostreptococcus magnus, evidenced by MIC90 values of 0.5, 1, 0.25, 2 and 1mg/L, respectively. The activity of levornidazole and the comparators was poor for Veillonella spp. Generally, levornidazole displayed activity similar to or slightly higher than that of metronidazole, ornidazole and dextrornidazole against anaerobic Gram-negative bacilli, Gram-positive bacilli and Gram-positive cocci, especially B. fragilis. Favourable anti-anaerobic activity was also seen with levornidazole metabolites M1 and M4 but not M2, M3 or M5. For the 22 clinical B. fragilis strains, MBC50 and MBC90 values of levornidazole were 2mg/L and 4mg/L, respectively. Both MBC50/MIC50 and MBC90/MIC90 ratios of levornidazole were 4, similar to those of metronidazole. Levornidazole is an important anti-anaerobic option in clinical settings in terms of its potent and broad-spectrum in vitro activity, bactericidal property, and the anti-anaerobic activity of its metabolites M1 and M4. PMID:25301712

  1. Plasma Lipoprotein Induction and Suppression of the Generation of Cellular Procoagulant Activity in Vitro

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    Levy, Gary A.; Schwartz, Bradford S.; Curtiss, Linda K.; Edgington, Thomas S.

    1981-01-01

    Isolated human plasma very low density, intermediate density, and high density lipo-proteins at physiologic concentrations have been demonstrated in the preceding report to induce significant increases in the procoagulant activity of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells in vitro, whereas low density lipoprotein did not. The monocyte was identified in this study by cellular fractionation and by direct cytologic assays as the source of this inducible activity, thus identifying the procoagulant activity as a monokine. The generation of these lipoprotein-induced procoagulant monokines was entirely dependent upon the presence of lymphocytes. Isolated lymphocytes that had been exposed to the stimulatory lipoproteins could induce monocytes to produce the procoagulant activity, whereas neither the culture medium from lipoprotein-stimulated lymphocytes, homogenates of lymphocytes, nor other cells such as platelets could substitute for this requirement. The interaction of the stimulatory lipoproteins with lymphocytes was rapid, reaching completion within 30 min, and was equally effective at either 4 or 37C. Low density lipoprotein did not stimulate lymphocytes to induce monocyte procoagulant activity, but did actively suppress the production of the procoagulant monokines induced by each of the stimulatory lipoproteins, as well as bacterial lipopolysaccharide. The monocyte was identified as the cell sensitive to low density lipoprotein suppression, and no suppression of lymphocyte triggering was observed. These observations on the interaction of plasma lipoproteins with lymphocytes and monocytes in vitro introduce two new regulatory events by which plasma lipoproteins influence the function of cells, and define a regulatory network by which certain lipoprotein classes trigger lymphocytes, which can in turn induce monocytes to express procoagulant activity. Only this latter phase is subject to lipoprotein suppression by physiologic concentrations of low density lipoprotein. Images PMID:7240410

  2. Pancreatic lipase inhibitory activity of taraxacum officinale in vitro and in vivo

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    Zhang, Jian; Kang, Min-Jung; Kim, Myung-Jin; Kim, Mi-Eun; Song, Ji-Hyun; Lee, Young-Min

    2008-01-01

    Obesity has become a worldwide health problem. Orlistat, an inhibitor of pancreatic lipase, is currently approved as an anti-obesity drug. However, gastrointestinal side effects caused by Orlistat may limit its use. In this study the inhibitory activities of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) against pancreatic lipase in vitro and in vivo were measured to determine its possible use as a natural anti-obesity agent. The inhibitory activities of the 95% ethanol extract of T. officinale and Orlistat were measured using 4-methylumbelliferyl oleate (4-MU oleate) as a substrate at concentrations of 250, 125, 100, 25, 12.5 and 4 µg/ml. To determine pancreatic lipase inhibitory activity in vivo, mice (n=16) were orally administered with corn oil emulsion (5 ml/kg) alone or with the 95% ethanol extract of T. officinale (400 mg/kg) following an overnight fast. Plasma triglyceride levels were measured at 0, 90, 180, and 240 min after treatment and incremental areas under the response curves (AUC) were calculated. The 95% ethanol extract of T. officinale and Orlistat, inhibited, porcine pancreatic lipase activity by 86.3% and 95.7% at a concentration of 250 µg/ml, respectively. T. officinale extract showed dose-dependent inhibition with the IC50 of 78.2 µg/ml. A single oral dose of the extract significantly inhibited increases in plasma triglyceride levels at 90 and 180 min and reduced AUC of plasma triglyceride response curve (p<0.05). The results indicate that T. officinale exhibits inhibitory activities against pancreatic lipase in vitro and in vivo. Further studies to elucidate anti-obesity effects of chronic consumption of T. officinale and to identify the active components responsible for inhibitory activity against pancreatic lipase are necessary. PMID:20016719

  3. Determination of in vitro antidiabetic effects, antioxidant activities and phenol contents of some herbal teas.

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    Bykbalci, Aynur; El, Sedef Nehir

    2008-03-01

    In this research, some herbal teas and infusions traditionally used in the treatment of diabetes in Turkey, have been studied for their antidiabetic effects on in vitro glucose diffusion and phenolic contents and antioxidant activities. Ten aqueous herbal tea extracts were examined using an in vitro method to determine their effects on glucose movement across the gastrointestinal tract. Total phenol content of herbal teas was analyzed by Folin-Ciocalteu's procedure. Antioxidant activities of herbal teas were evaluated by the effect of extracts on DPPH radical and hydrogen peroxide scavenging. Antioxidant activity was defined as the amount of the sample to decrease the initial DPPH concentration by 50% as efficient concentration, EC50. Antiradical activity [AE] was calculated as 1/EC50. Values were evaluated statistically. Results support the view that none of the herbal teas showed antidiabetic effect on glucose diffusion using in vitro model glucose absorption. Teas were arranged in the order of green tea > peppermint > thyme > black tea > relax tea > absinthium > shrubby blackberry > sage > roselle > olive leaves according to their total phenol contents. Among ten herbal teas, green tea had the highest hydrogen-donating capacity against to DPPH radical. Ranking of the herbal teas with respect to their DPPH radical scavenging activity were green tea > peppermint > black tea > thyme > relax tea > absinthium > roselle > olive leaves > sage > shrubby blackberry. It was determined that adding flavoring substances such as lemon, bergamot, clove and cinnamon, which are commonly used in preparation of black tea in Turkey resulted to have synergistic effect on total antioxidant activities of black and peppermint teas. The highest hydrogen peroxide inhibition value (65.50%) was obtained for green tea at a 250 microl/ml concentration. The H2O2 scavenging activity of herbal teas decreased in the order green tea > peppermint > relax tea > black tea > thyme > olive leaves > sage > absinthium > shrubby blackberry > roselle. In particular, their phenolic compounds and antioxidant activities may be useful for meal planning in type 2 diabetes. They could contribute to sustain plasma antioxidant level because antioxidants present in plants and herbs prevent the development of vascular diseases seen in type 2 diabetes. PMID:18183488

  4. Goldfish (Carassius auratus L.) possess natural antibodies with trypanocidal activity towards Trypanosoma carassii invitro.

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    Katzenback, Barbara A; Plouffe, Debbie A; Belosevic, Miodrag

    2013-05-01

    Natural infection of cyprinids, such as carp, with the extracellular protozoan parasite Trypanosoma carassii can attain up to 100% prevalence and cause significant host morbidity and mortality, particularly in aquaculture settings. Host recovery from T.carassii infection has been shown to be antibody (Immunoglobulin M; IgM)-mediated, conferring long-term immunity in recovered animals upon challenge. To assess the role of IgM in parasite clearance in the goldfish, IgM was purified by PEG-6000 precipitation from goldfish serum collected at 0 (nave), 21 (peak parasitaemia) and 42 (recovery phase; immune) days post infection (dpi) and used for invitro assays. Purified IgM from 0, 21, and 42 dpi serum showed dose- and time-dependent trypanocidal activity invitro. Incubation of T.carassii with 0 dpi IgM showed the greatest reduction in trypanosome numbers after 24h, followed by 42 dpi IgM, and finally by 21 dpi IgM. The trypanocidal activity of the PEG-purified IgM was abrogated by pre-absorption with parasites invitro and was affected by temperature. Furthermore, studies using 0 dpi IgM purified using gel permeation chromatography showed increased trypanocidal activity, with complete elimination of parasites after 12h when incubated with 200?g of 0 dpi IgM, or by 24h when incubated with 80?g or 100?g of 0 dpi IgM. Lastly, invivo passive transfer experiments demonstrated that while immune serum or purified IgM from 42 dpi serum conferred protection against a challenge, neither 0 dpi serum or 0 dpi purified IgM conferred protection against challenge with T.carassii. PMID:23333358

  5. In vitro Cytotoxic and Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oil From Satureja Intermedia

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    Sadeghi, Iman; Yousefzadi, Morteza; Behmanesh, Mehrdad; Sharifi, Mozafar; Moradi, Aiuob

    2013-01-01

    Background Many members of the genus Satureja have aromatic and medicinal characteristics. Objectives Objectives The purpose of the present work was to determine cytotoxic activity of the essential oil of S. intermedia CA Mey (Lamiaceae) on two human cancerous cell lines and its in vitro inhibitory effects against 11 pathogenic bacteria and fungi as well. Materials and Methods The essential oil was isolated by hydrodistillation and analyzed by combination of capillary GC-FID and GC-MS. The in vitro toxicological study was based on the MTT cytotoxicity assay and antimicrobial activity of the essential oil was studied according to the disc diffusion method and MIC value. Results Thymol (34.5%), ?-terpinene (18.2%) and ?-cymene (10.5%) were the main components of the essential oil. The toxicological study on 5637 and KYSE cell lines showed IC50 values of 156 ?g/ml. The essential oil exhibited considerable antimicrobial activity on tested bacteria and fungi. Conclusions From the results of the present study, it may be concluded that the essential oil of S. intermedia and its major constitutes are interesting in antibacterial and anticancer applications. PMID:23487431

  6. Apolipoprotein A-I from striped bass (Morone saxatilis) demonstrates antibacterial activity in vitro.

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    Johnston, L Danielle; Brown, Gwynne; Gauthier, David; Reece, Kimberly; Kator, Howard; Van Veld, Peter

    2008-10-01

    HDL and apolipoprotein A-I from teleostean fishes demonstrate in vitro activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. In this study, we purified ApoA-1 from striped bass (Morone saxatilis) plasma and examined its in vitro antibacterial activity against Streptococcus sp., Escherichia coli, and Mycobacterium marinum. In addition, we obtained sequence for a putative striped bass ApoA-1 gene, which when translated contained the identical sequence generated from N-terminal sequencing of the purified ApoA-1. The predicted secondary and tertiary structures contained the characteristic proline residues and high alpha-helical content conserved between mammals and fishes. Purified ApoA-1 exhibited antibacterial activity against the bacteria assayed. Concentrations of 125 microg/mL for E. coli, 250 microg/mL for Streptococcus sp., and 250 microg/mL for M. marinum, inhibited bacterial growth by 50% compared to control. ApoA-1 plasma concentrations in experimental and wild fish ranged from undetectable levels to greater than 5 mg/mL, indicating that striped bass ApoA-1 is an effective antibacterial agent at concentrations below the range of physiological concentrations in striped bass plasma. We therefore conclude that ApoA-1 could play a role in innate defense against bacterial pathogens in striped bass. PMID:18627791

  7. Comparative in vitro activities of fluconazole, voriconazole, and MXP-4509 against Romanian blood yeast isolates.

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    Mare?, Mihai; N?stas?, Valentin; Ramona, Florina Moraru; Doroftei, Bogdan; Stefanache, Alina

    2011-12-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the antifungal activity of a new triazole formulation against 182 clinical isolates of yeasts recovered from blood cultures in three tertiary hospitals in Romania and to compare its activity with those of fluconazole and voriconazole. In vitro susceptibility was assessed by following the guidelines of AFST-EUCAST E. Def. 7.1. The distribution of minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of MXP-4509 was very similar to that of voriconazole (MIC(50): 0.0312 mg/l vs. 0.0156 mg/l; MIC(90): 0.25 mg/l vs. 0.25 mg/l), but significantly different from that of fluconazole (MIC(50): 0.0312 mg/l vs. 0.5 mg/l; MIC(90): 0.25 mg/l vs. 32 mg/l). The new triazole MXP-4509 proved to have a good in vitro antifungal activity raising the interest for further pharmacological and microbiological investigations in order to assess its potential advantages for therapy. PMID:21805354

  8. Antitumor activity of Portulaca oleracea L. polysaccharides against cervical carcinoma in vitro and in vivo.

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    Zhao, Rui; Gao, Xu; Cai, Yaping; Shao, Xingyue; Jia, Guiyan; Huang, Yulan; Qin, Xuegong; Wang, Jingwei; Zheng, Xiaoliang

    2013-07-25

    Portulaca oleracea L. has been used as folk medicine in different countries to treat different ailments in humans. P. oleracea L. polysaccharide (POL-P), extracted from P. oleracea L., is found to have bioactivities such as hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activities, antioxidant and antitumor activities. In our study, a water-soluble polysaccharide (POL-P3b) was successfully purified from Galium verum L. by DEAE cellulose and Sephadex G-200 column chromatography. To evaluate the anticancer efficacy and associated mechanisms of POL-P3b on cervical cancer in vitro and in vivo, we showed that treatment of HeLa cell with POL-P3b inhibited cell proliferation. In addition, POL-P3b significantly inhibited tumor growth in U14-bearing mice. Further analysis indicated that POL-P3b possesses the activity of inhibiting cervical cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo at a concentration- and time-dependent manner, and the mechanisms were associated with Sub-G1 phase cell cycle arrest, triggering DNA damage and inducing apoptosis. PMID:23768576

  9. In vitro cytotoxic activity of chitosan-bullfrog oil microemulsion against melanoma cells.

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    Bonatto, Cínthia Caetano; Joanitti, Graziella Anselmo; Silva, Luciano Paulino

    2015-08-01

    Microemulsion-based animal oils, alone or associated with polymers have been extensively used in pharmacy, medicine and cosmetics, since the major lipid constituents of the oils show several biological activities. Despite showing antimicrobial activity, there are no reports in the literature regarding the effects of bullfrog oil on cytotoxic activity against tumor cells. The aim of the present study was to synthesize, characterise and evaluate the in vitro effects on melanoma cell line (B16F10) of bullfrog oil microemulsions associated or not with chitosan, surfactant and bullfrog oil (CSBO) and surfactant and bullfrog oil (SBO), respectively. The microemulsions were developed and their physical-chemical characteristics were evaluated by light microscopy, dynamic light scattering, atomic force microscopy and zeta potential. The microemulsions showed regular spherical shapes, high polydispersity and excellent (+82.2 ± 1.0 mV) to low (-16.0 ± 0.5 mV), colloidal stability. The systems significantly decreased the in vitro cell viability of melanoma skin cancer by up to 90.2% (CSBO) and 91.8% (SBO); while free bullfrog oil showed no effects. The results obtained from microemulsions of bullfrog oil indicate the potential of the microemulsions developed, alone or in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents, for future use in biomedical approaches aiming towards cancer therapy. PMID:26224345

  10. In vitro investigation into the potential prebiotic activity of honey oligosaccharides.

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    Sanz, Mara Luz; Polemis, Nikolaos; Morales, Valle; Corzo, Nieves; Drakoularakou, Alexandra; Gibson, Glenn R; Rastall, Robert A

    2005-04-20

    The effect of honey oligosaccharides on the growth of fecal bacteria was studied using an in vitro fermentation system. Prior to treatment, glucose and fructose (31.73 and 21.41 g/100 g of product, respectively) present in honey, which would be digested in the upper gut, were removed to avoid any influence on bacterial populations in the fermentations. Nanofiltration, yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) treatment, and adsorption onto activated charcoal were used to remove monosaccharides. Prebiotic (microbial fermentation) activities of the three honey oligosaccharide fractions and the honey sample were studied and compared with fructooligosaccharide (FOS), using 1% (w/v) fecal bacteria in an in vitro fermentation system (10 mg of carbohydrate, 1.0 mL of basal medium). A prebiotic index (PI) was calculated for each carbohydrate source. Honey oligosaccharides seem to present potential prebiotic activity (PI values between 3.38 and 4.24), increasing the populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, although not to the levels of FOS (PI of 6.89). PMID:15826039

  11. In vitro antioxidant and antidiabetic activities of biomodified lignin from Acacia nilotica wood.

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    Barapatre, Anand; Aadil, Keshaw Ram; Tiwary, Bhupendra Nath; Jha, Harit

    2015-04-01

    The antioxidant and antidiabetic activity of biomodified alkali lignin extracted from a deciduous plant Acacia nilotica, was evaluated in vitro. The extracted alkali lignin was subjected to microbial biotransformation by ligninolytic fungus Aspergillus flavus and Emericella nidulans. These modifications were done under varying concentration of carbon to nitrogen sources. The structural feature of the lignin samples were compared by FTIR, functional group analysis and (13)C solid state NMR. All lignin samples were tested for antioxidant efficiency, reducing power and H2O2 scavenging power. Modifications in all lignin samples showed correlation with their antioxidant scavenging activity and reducing power. Antidiabetic properties were evaluated in terms of in vitro glucose movement inhibition and ?-amylase inhibition assay. Modified samples exhibited increased glucose binding efficiency as demonstrated by the decreased glucose diffusion (55.5-76.3%) and 1.16-1.18-fold enhanced ?-amylase inhibition in comparison to their control samples. The results obtained demonstrate that the structure and functional modifications in lignin significantly affects its bioefficacy in term of antioxidant and antidiabetic activities. PMID:25600985

  12. Anti-angiogenic activity of Herba Epimedii on zebrafish embryos in vivo and HUVECs in vitro.

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    Yu, Xiaobin; Tong, Yao; Han, Xiao-Qiang; Kwok, Hin-Fai; Yue, Grace Gar-Lee; Lau, Clara Bik-San; Ge, Wei

    2013-09-01

    Herba Epimedii, an herb commonly used in East Asian medicine, is commonly used for treatment of impotence, osteoporosis and many inflammatory conditions in traditional Chinese medicine. Recent studies revealed that Herba Epimedii also has anti-tumor or anti-cancer activities, which may possibly be mediated through anti-angiogenesis. This study aims to examine and confirm the anti-angiogenic activity in the herb using both in vivo and in vitro approaches. The 95% ethanol extract and four subsequent fractions (n-hexane, ethyl acetate (EA), n-butanol and aqueous fractions) of Herba Epimedii were tested on the zebrafish model by the quantitative assay for endogenous alkaline phosphatase; then, the active fraction was further tested on Tg(fli1a:EGFP)y1 zebrafish embryos and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) for the anti-angiogenic effects. In addition, the action mechanism of Herba Epimedii was further investigated on wild-type zebrafish embryos and HUVECs. The EA fraction showed anti-angiogenic effects in both in vivo and in vitro models. Further experiments demonstrated that it might affect angiogenesis by acting on multiple molecular targets in zebrafish embryos and ERK signaling pathway in HUVECs. In conclusion, Herba Epimedii can inhibit angiogenesis, which may be the mechanism for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-cancer actions. PMID:23147754

  13. Synthesis, structure and in vitro cytostatic activity of ferrocene-Cinchona hybrids.

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    Kocsis, Lszl; Szab, Ildik; B?sze, Szilvia; Jernei, Tams; Hudecz, Ferenc; Csmpai, Antal

    2016-02-01

    Exploring copper(I)- and ruthenium(II)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloadditions and a Sonogashira protocol, novel cytostatic ferrocene-cinchona hybrids were synthetized displaying significant in vitro activity on HepG-2 and HT-29 cells. Preliminary SAR studies disclosed that compounds incorporating linkers with 1,2,3-triazole and chalchone residues can be considered as promising lead structures. According to the best of our knowledge this is the first letter on the incorporation of ferrocene nucleus in the reputed cinchona family via triazole and chalcone linkers with established pharmaceutical profile. PMID:26739780

  14. [In vitro study of antiviral activity of Myramistin against measles and mumps viruses].

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    Agafonov, A P; Ignat'ev, G M; Svistov, V V; Smirnov, I V; Krivoshein, Iu S

    2005-01-01

    The study was aimed at in vitro investigation of the Myramistin antiviral activity against the measles and mumps viruses in the Vero cell culture. The experiments with addition of myramistin simultaneously or at various periods after inoculation of the monolayer by the measles virus (Edmonson strain) or mumps virus (PetroNov/03 strain) revealed pronounced dose-dependent antiviral effect of the drug. It was shown that for prevention of replication of the measles and mumps viruses the optimal concentrations were 0.05 to 0.005%. The prospects of myramistin use as a prophylactic agent for infections caused by the measles and mumps viruses are discussed. PMID:16526604

  15. In vitro and in vivo antioxidant activity of a water-soluble polysaccharide from dendrobium denneanum

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    Luo, A.; Ge, Z.; Fan, Y.; Chun, Z.; Jin, He X.

    2011-01-01

    The water-soluble crude polysaccharide (DDP) obtained from the aqueous extracts of the stem of Dendrobium denneanum through hot water extraction followed by ethanol precipitation, was found to have an average molecular weight (Mw) of about 484.7 kDa. Monosaccharide analysis revealed that DDP was composed of arabinose, xylose, mannose, glucose and galactose in a molar ratio of 1.00:2.66:8.92:34.20:10.16. The investigation of antioxidant activity both in vitro and in vivo showed that DDP is a potential antioxidant. ?? 2011.

  16. In vitro synergistic activity between bismuth subcitrate and various antimicrobial agents against Campylobacter pyloridis (C. pylori).

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    Van Caekenberghe, D L; Breyssens, J

    1987-09-01

    The in vitro interactions between bismuth subcitrate and a variety of antimicrobial agents against 12 Campylobacter pyloridis (C. pylori) isolates were studied by the agar dilution checkerboard technique. The combination of bismuth subcitrate with the older quinolone, oxolinic acid, produced synergistic activity against all strains. This observation, however, could not be extended to the (aryl) fluoroquinolones, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, and difloxacin, since synergy was rare or absent when bismuth subcitrate was combined with these antibiotics. Among the other antimicrobial agents tested, rifampin and the beta-lactams frequently showed showed MICs for C. pyloridis similar to those of bismuth subcitrate. PMID:3674850

  17. Flavonol dimers from callus cultures of Dysosma versipellis and their in vitro neuraminidase inhibitory activities.

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    Chen, Ridao; Duan, Ruigang; Wei, Yannan; Zou, Jianhua; Li, Junwei; Liu, Xiaoyue; Wang, Haiyan; Guo, Ying; Li, Qiuhong; Dai, Jungui

    2015-12-01

    A chemical investigation of callus cultures of Dysosma versipellis led to the isolation of five new flavonol dimers, dysoverines A-E (1-5), together with 12 known compounds (6-17). The structures of new compounds were determined by the extensive spectroscopic data analyses. The biosynthetic pathway of the new compounds was proposed to involve O-methylation, prenylation, and Diels-Alder cycloaddition, which successively occurred in cultured plant cells. Compounds 1-17 exhibited in vitro neuraminidase inhibitory activities with the IC50 values of 31.0-93.9?M. PMID:26481138

  18. [Comparative in vitro activity of dibekacin, gentamicin and tobramycin on 617 bacterial strains].

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    Coulet, M; Brun, Y; Forey, F; Fleurette, J

    1982-11-18

    Minimum inhibitory and bactericidal concentrations of 3 aminoglycosides (dibekacin, gentamicin, tobramycin) have been recorded with 617 hospital strains. 4 mg/l of tobramycin inhibited 82 to 84% of Enterobacteria, Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and S. Aureus; the less sensitive species are Serratia (51%) and Citrobacter (68%). 4 mg/l concentration of gentamicin or dibekacin inhibited 80-83% of Pseudomonas and S. Aureus, 78-79% of Acinetobacter and 74% of Enterobacteria. Dibekacin shows an in vitro activity superior to that of gentamicin and inferior to that of tobramycin on Klebsiella and Proteus mirabilis, but is rather to that of gentamicin and tobramycin on all other bacteria species. PMID:7155846

  19. Synthesis of isatin thiosemicarbazones derivatives: In vitro anti-cancer, DNA binding and cleavage activities

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    Ali, Amna Qasem; Teoh, Siang Guan; Salhin, Abdussalam; Eltayeb, Naser Eltaher; Khadeer Ahamed, Mohamed B.; Majid, A. M. S. Abdul

    New derivatives of thiosemicarbazone Schiff base with isatin moiety were synthesized L1-L6. The structures of these compounds were characterized based on the spectroscopic techniques. Compound L6 was further characterized by XRD single crystal. The interaction of these compounds with calf thymus (CT-DNA) exhibited high intrinsic binding constant (kb = 5.03-33.00 × 105 M-1) for L1-L3 and L5 and (6.14-9.47 × 104 M-1) for L4 and L6 which reflect intercalative activity of these compounds toward CT-DNA. This result was also confirmed by the viscosity data. The electrophoresis studies reveal the higher cleavage activity of L1-L3 than L4-L6. The in vitro anti-proliferative activity of these compounds against human colon cancer cell line (HCT 116) revealed that the synthesized compounds (L3, L6 and L2) exhibited good anticancer potency.

  20. Synthesis of ribozyme against vascular endothelial growth factor165 and its biological activity in vitro

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    Gu, Zhong-Ping; Wang, Yun-Jie; Wu, Yu; Li, Jin-Ge; Chen, Nong-An

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the designation, synthesis and biological activity of against vascular endothelial growth factor165 (VEGF165) ribozyme. METHODS: The ribozyme against VEGF165 was designed with computer. The transcriptional vector was constructed which included the anti-VEGF165 ribozyme and 5, 3 self-splicing ribozymes. The hammerhead ribozyme and substrate VEGF165 mRNA were synthesized through transcription in vitro. The cleavage activity of the ribozyme on target RNA was observed in a cell-free system. RESULTS: The anti-VEGF165 ribozyme was released properly from the transcription of pGEMRz212 cleaved by 5 and 3 self-splicing ribozymes which retained its catalytic activity, and the cleavage efficiency of ribozyme reached 90.7%. CONCLUSION: The anti-VEGF165 ribozyme designed with computer can cleave VEGF165 mRNA effectively. PMID:15133860

  1. In vitro anti-leukemic and antiviral activities of traditionally used medicinal plants in Taiwan.

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    Chiang, Lien-Chai; Cheng, Hua-Yew; Chen, Chi-Chain; Lin, Chun-Ching

    2004-01-01

    Medicinal plants have been historically used as treatment for different kinds of human diseases. In this study, hot water (HW) extract of five Taiwanese traditionally used medicinal plants was evaluated for their in vitro anti-leukemic (including anti-K562, L1210, P3HR1, Raji and U937 leukemia cells) and antiviral (including HSV-1 and HSV-2) activities. Results showed that Blumea lacera exhibited broad anti-leukemic activity at magnitudes ranging from moderate to mild and Ixeris chinensis is effective at inhibiting the proliferation of K562 cells. B. lacera and Tithonia diversifolia suppressed the replication of HSV-1 and HSV-2, and had IC50 values below 100 microg/ml. The medicinal plants showed no cytotoxic effect at concentrations that inhibited HSV infection. It was, therefore, concluded that the HW extract of tested medicinal plants exhibited anti-leukemic and antiviral activities at different magnitudes of potency. PMID:15633805

  2. In vitro inhibition activity of essential oils from some Lamiaceae species against phytopathogenic fungi.

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    Kumar, Vinod; Mathela, C S; Tewari, A K; Bisht, K S

    2014-09-01

    Natural products have been in focus as alternative, effective and safe materials against the phytopathogens. Investigations show Nepeta oils as effective in controlling the food crops decay. The inhibitory effects of essential oils derived from Nepeta leucophylla, Nepeta ciliaris, Nepeta clarkei and Calamintha umbrosa against five phytopthogenic fungi have been determined. In vitro antifungal activity varied with their constituents and target species. More active being the oils containing oxygenated terpenoids. Helminthosporium maydis was sensitive to the all oils, IC50 values have 43.6-109.3 ?g mL(-1). The N. leucophylla oil possessing oxygenated iridoids was more effective against H. maydis (IC50 value of 43.6 ?g mL(-1)) while N. ciliaris was more active against Fusarium oxysporum (IC50 value of 219.2 ?g mL(-1)). The oils were effective against the spore germination of all the tested plant pathogens. PMID:25175652

  3. Phytochemical constituents and in vitro radical scavenging activity of different Aloe species.

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    Lucini, Luigi; Pellizzoni, Marco; Pellegrino, Roberto; Molinari, Gian Pietro; Colla, Giuseppe

    2015-03-01

    The phytochemical profile of Aloe barbadensis Mill. and Aloe arborescens Mill. was investigated using colorimetric assays, triple quadrupole and time-of-flight mass spectrometry, focusing on phenolic secondary metabolites in the different leaf portions. Hydroxycinnamic acids, several characteristic anthrones and chromones, the phenolic dimer feralolide and flavonoids such as flavones and isoflavones were identified. The stable radical DPPH test and the ORAC assay were then used to determine the in vitro radical scavenging. The outer green rind was the most active, while the inner parenchyma was much less effective. The 5-methylchromones aloesin, aloeresin A and aloesone were the most active among the pure secondary metabolites tested. The results suggest that several compounds are likely to contribute to the overall radical scavenging activity, and indicate that leaf portion must be taken into account when the plant is used for its antioxidant properties. PMID:25306376

  4. In vitro evaluation of synergistic activity between ciprofloxacin and broad snouted caiman serum against Escherichia coli.

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    Siroski, P A; Russi, N B; Ortega, H H; Formentini, E A

    2015-02-01

    The in vitro synergistic activity between ciprofloxacin and serum of broad snouted caiman on Escherichia coli was studied. The estimated MIC value of ciprofloxacin was 0.0188 µg/ml, and two assays of kill curve during 5 hours were performed: the first one in a standard culture medium and the second one in the presence of caiman serum. Different concentrations of ciprofloxacin were tested. Ciprofloxacin showed higher values of bacterial elimination rate in the presence of caiman serum in all concentrations tested. The combined activity of sub-inhibitory concentrations of ciprofloxacin and the humoral immune factors present in caiman serum determined an increase in the bacterial elimination observed in this assay. We suggest that the antibacterial activity of complement and natural antibodies present in caiman serum, which can bind to both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and acting through the classical complement pathway, can inhibit bacterial growth of Escherichia coli by lysis. PMID:25468795

  5. Effect of membrane filtration of antimalarial drug solutions on in vitro activity against Plasmodium falciparum*

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    Baird, J. K.; Lambros, C.

    1984-01-01

    Antimalarial activities of chloroquine, mefloquine, amodiaquine, and quinine in vitro against Plasmodium falciparum were diminished as a consequence of membrane filtration. Filtered drug solutions gave ID50 values up to 25-fold greater than those of non-filtered (ethanol-sterilized) drug solutions. Loss of activity by filtration was overcome by increasing the drug concentration prior to filtration. Water solutions filtered through Millex-GS filter units consistently showed an absorbance maximum at 277 nm, accompanied by a lesser peak at 225 nm. Water filtrates from Nucleopore and Millex-GV filters showed no absorbance at 277 nm and only slight absorbance was evident for the Gelman filter unit. Activity losses were attributed to extractable contaminating moieties in the membrane filters and/or drug binding to the membrane filters. PMID:6380786

  6. Activity of purine analogs against Leishmania tropica within human macrophages in vitro.

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    Berman, J D; Lee, L S; Robins, R K; Revankar, G R

    1983-01-01

    The activity of purine analogs against Leishmania tropica in human monocyte-derived macrophages in vitro was determined. Formycin B, formycin A, formycin B and A monophosphate, and formycin A triphosphate all had 50% effective doses of 0.02 to 0.04 microM and eliminated 90% of organisms at less than or equal to 0.5 microM. Allopurinol ribonucleoside was much less active: the 50% effective dose was 76 to 190 microM, and 90% of organisms were not eliminated at the highest dose tested (190 microM). 7-Deazainosine had a low 50% effective dose (0.2 microM), but only 80% of organisms were eliminated at 4 microM. Thio derivatives were as active as or less active than the parent compounds. These data suggest that certain inosine analogs are much more active than others against macrophage-contained Leishmania spp. such as are found in human lesions. However, because toxicity to the human macrophage hosts generally paralleled antileishmanial activity, the more active compounds might also be more toxic to human cells. The activity of 3-deazaguanosine (50% effective dose, 3.6 microM) in this model suggests that guanosine derivatives may have potential as antileishmanial agents. PMID:6638989

  7. In vitro antioxidant and H+, K+-ATPase inhibition activities of Acalypha wilkesiana foliage extract

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    Prakash Gupta, Rajesh Kashi; Pradeepa; Hanumanthappa, Manjunatha

    2013-01-01

    Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant activty and anti-acid property of Acalypha wilkesiana foliage extract. Materials and Methods: Hot and cold aqueous extracts were prepared from healthy leaves of A. wilkesiana. Free radical scavenging activity and H+, K+-ATPase inhibition activities of aqueous foliage extracts was screened by in vitro models. Statistical Analysis Used: All experiments were performed in triplicate and results are expressed as mean SEM. Results: A. wilkesiana hot aqueous extract (AWHE) showed significant antioxidants and free radical scavenging activity. Further, AWHE has shown a potent H+, K+-ATPase inhibitory activity (IC50: 51.5 0.28 ?g/ml) when compare to standard proton pump inhibitor omeprazole (56.2 0.64 ?g/ml); however, latter activity is equal to A. wilkesiana cold aqueous extract (AWCE). Quantitative analysis of AWHE has revealed more content of phenols and flavonoids; this is found to be the reason for good antioxidant activity over AWCE. Molecular docking was carried out against H+, K+-ATPase enzyme crystal structure to validate the anti-acid activity of A. wilkesiana major phytochemicals. Conclusions: The present study indicates that the constituents of AWHE and AWCE have good antacid and free radical scavenging activity. PMID:24082698

  8. Radical scavenging activities of Heracleum aquilegifolium Wight (Apiaceae) fruit oils in vitro.

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    Karuppusamy, Subbiah; Muthuraja, Gurunathan

    2010-01-01

    The fruits of Heracleum aquilegifolium Wight (Apiaceae) were collected from Western Ghats of the Indian Peninsula. The essential oils were extracted by hydrodistillation. The chemical composition of the essential oils was analysed by gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Beta-Pinene (22.3%), 1,8-cineole (20.3%), and beta-phellandrene (12.4%) were the main components of H. aquilegifolium fruit oils. The antioxidant properties of essential oils of H. aquilegifolium were examined by different procedures namely reducing power ability, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity, nitric oxide radical scavenging activity, hydrogen peroxide scavenging activity, hydroxyl radical scavenging activity, superoxide anion scavenging activity, and metal chelating activity. The antioxidant activities were compared with those of synthetic antioxidants and standard drugs such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), ascorbic acid, alpha-tocopherol, curcumin, and quercetin. The study confirmed the possible antioxidant potential of essential oils tested with various in vitro antioxidant methods. The presence of monoterpenes in combination with other components in the oils could be responsible for the activity. PMID:21319706

  9. The Ability to Associate with Activation Domains in vitro is not Required for the TATA Box-Binding Protein to Support Activated Transcription in vivo

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    Tansey, William P.; Herr, Winship

    1995-11-01

    The TATA box-binding protein (TBP) interacts in vitro with the activation domains of many viral and cellular transcription factors and has been proposed to be a direct target for transcriptional activators. We have examined the functional relevance of activator-TBP association in vitro to transcriptional activation in vivo. We show that alanine substitution mutations in a single loop of TBP can disrupt its association in vitro with the activation domains of the herpes simplex virus activator VP16 and of the human tumor suppressor protein p53; these mutations do not, however, disrupt the transcriptional response of TBP to either activation domain in vivo. Moreover, we show that a region of VP16 distinct from its activation domain can also tightly associate with TBP in vitro, but fails to activate transcription in vivo. These data suggest that the ability of TBP to interact with activation domains in vitro is not directly relevant to its ability to support activated transcription in vivo.

  10. Peptide-mediated inactivation of recombinant and platelet plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 in vitro.

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    Eitzman, D T; Fay, W P; Lawrence, D A; Francis-Chmura, A M; Shore, J D; Olson, S T; Ginsburg, D

    1995-01-01

    Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), the primary inhibitor of tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) and urokinase plasminogen activator, is an important regulator of the blood fibrinolytic system. Elevated plasma levels of PAI-1 are associated with thrombosis, and high levels of PAI-1 within platelet-rich clots contribute to their resistance to lysis by t-PA. Consequently, strategies aimed at inhibition of PAI-1 may prove clinically useful. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that a 14-amino acid peptide, corresponding to the PAI-1 reactive center loop (residues 333-346), can rapidly inhibit PAI-1 function. PAI-1 (0.7 microM) was incubated with peptide (55 microM) at 37 degrees C. At timed intervals, residual PAI-1 activity was determined by addition of reaction mixture samples to t-PA and chromogenic substrate. The T1/2 of PAI-1 activity in the presence of peptide was 4 +/- 3 min compared to a control T1/2 of 98 +/- 18 min. The peptide also inhibited complex formation between PAI-1 and t-PA as demonstrated by SDS-PAGE analysis. However, the capacity of the peptide to inhibit PAI-1 bound to vitronectin, a plasma protein that stabilizes PAI-1 activity, was markedly attenuated. Finally, the peptide significantly enhanced in vitro lysis of platelet-rich clots and platelet-poor clots containing recombinant PAI-1. These results indicate that a 14-amino acid peptide can rapidly inactivate PAI-1 and accelerate fibrinolysis in vitro. These studies also demonstrate that PAI-1 function can be directly attenuated in a physiologic setting and suggest a novel approach for augmenting fibrinolysis in vivo. Images PMID:7738206

  11. In vitro cytotoxic activity of Salsola oppositifolia Desf. (Amaranthaceae) in a panel of tumour cell lines.

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    Tundis, Rosa; Loizzo, Monica R; Bonesi, Marco; Menichini, Federica; Statti, Giancarlo A; Menichini, Francesco

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate for the first time the in vitro cytotoxic activity of fractions and isolated flavonols from Salsola oppositifolia Desf. (Amaranthaceae). The n-hexane fraction demonstrated an effective cytotoxic activity on the large lung carcinoma and amelanotic melanoma cell lines with IC50 values of 19.1 microg/ml and 24.4 microg/ml, respectively. Also the dichloromethane fraction exhibited cytotoxic activity against COR-L23 (IC50 30.4 microg/ml) and C32 (IC50 33.2 microg/ml) cells, while the EtOAc fraction demonstrated a selective cytotoxic activity against MCF-7 cells (IC50 67.9 microg/ml). The major active constituents of this fraction were isorhamnetin-3-O-glucoside (1) and isorhamnetin-3-O-rutinoside (2), which showed an interesting activity against the cell line MCF-7 with IC50 values of 18.2 and 25.2 microg/ml, respectively. Compound 2 exhibited a strong activity against the hormone-dependent prostate carcinoma LNCaP cell line with an IC50 of 20.5 microg/ml. Constituents of S. oppositifolia were identified by GC-MS and NMR analyses. PMID:18669019

  12. Instrument and technique for the in vitro screening of platelet activation from whole blood samples

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    Martin, Yves; Lpine, Mariette; Bannari, Abdelfettah; Vermette, Patrick

    2007-05-01

    The measurement of platelet activation is very difficult to accomplish clinically as platelets are readily activated by in vitro manipulations. Although techniques such as platelet aggregation and flow cytometry exist to estimate platelet function, important limitations prevent these techniques to be widely accepted. In this study, low-fouling surfaces used to limit ex vivo platelet activation were locally bioactivated to rapidly detect platelet activation from whole blood through the selective local adhesion and aggregation of artificially activated platelets. To achieve this result, a fabrication method was developed to create arrays of anti-CD62 and anti-CD61 proteins covalently immobilized on substrates covered by low-fouling graft layers. Moreover, to further limit ex vivo platelet activation and to obtain reproducible results, a custom-made flow chamber was designed and fabricated with the help of computer-assisted mathematical modeling to create defined shear environments. This diagnostic instrument has the potential to allow the rapid estimation of platelet activation levels in whole blood.

  13. In Vitro Activity of E1210, a Novel Antifungal, against Clinically Important Yeasts and Molds?

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    Miyazaki, Mamiko; Horii, Takaaki; Hata, Katsura; Watanabe, Nao-aki; Nakamoto, Kazutaka; Tanaka, Keigo; Shirotori, Syuji; Murai, Norio; Inoue, Satoshi; Matsukura, Masayuki; Abe, Shinya; Yoshimatsu, Kentaro; Asada, Makoto

    2011-01-01

    E1210 is a new antifungal compound with a novel mechanism of action and broad spectrum of antifungal activity. We investigated the in vitro antifungal activities of E1210 compared to those of fluconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, amphotericin B, and micafungin against clinical fungal isolates. E1210 showed potent activities against most Candida spp. (MIC90 of ?0.008 to 0.06 ?g/ml), except for Candida krusei (MICs of 2 to >32 ?g/ml). E1210 showed equally potent activities against fluconazole-resistant and fluconazole-susceptible Candida strains. E1210 also had potent activities against various filamentous fungi, including Aspergillus fumigatus (MIC90 of 0.13 ?g/ml). E1210 was also active against Fusarium solani and some black molds. Of note, E1210 showed the greatest activities against Pseudallescheria boydii (MICs of 0.03 to 0.13 ?g/ml), Scedosporium prolificans (MIC of 0.03 ?g/ml), and Paecilomyces lilacinus (MICs of 0.06 ?g/ml) among the compounds tested. The antifungal action of E1210 was fungistatic, but E1210 showed no trailing growth of Candida albicans, which has often been observed with fluconazole. In a cytotoxicity assay using human HK-2 cells, E1210 showed toxicity as low as that of fluconazole. Based on these results, E1210 is likely to be a promising antifungal agent for the treatment of invasive fungal infections. PMID:21825291

  14. Classical and Alternative Activation of Cyanobacterium Oscillatoria sp. Lipopolysaccharide-Treated Rat Microglia in vitro.

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    Mayer, Alejandro M S; Murphy, Joseph; MacAdam, David; Osterbauer, Christopher; Baseer, Imaan; Hall, Mary L; Feher, Domonkos; Williams, Phillip

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to test the hypothesis that an invitro exposure to cyanobacterium Oscillatoria sp. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) might result in classical and alternative activation of rat neonatal microglia. Using Escherichia coli LPS-primed microglia as a positive control, this study revealed that treatment of rat microglia with Oscillatoria sp. LPS for 17?h invitro resulted in both classical and alternative activation as well as concomitant pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator release, in a concentration-dependent manner: (1) treatment with 0.1-10 000?ng/ml Oscillatoria sp. LPS resulted in minimal lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) release, induced concentration-dependent and statistically significant O2 (-) generation, matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) release, generation of the cytokines tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?) and interleukin-6 (IL-6), and the chemokines macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2/CXCL2), interferon ?-induced protein 10?kDa (IP-10/CXCL-10), (MIP-1?/CCL3), monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1/CCL2), regulated on activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES/CCL5), and the alternative activation cytokine IL-10; (3) in contrast, treatment with 100 000?ng/ml Oscillatoria sp. LPS appeared to damage the microglia cell membrane, because it resulted in minimal O2 (-) generation, statistically significant LDH release, and a decrease in the generation of all the cytokines and chemokines investigated, with the exception of IL-1? and cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant 1 (CINC-1/CXCL1) generation, which was increased. Thus, our results provide experimental support for our working hypothesis, namely that Oscillatoria sp. LPS induces classical and alternative activation of rat brain microglia invitro in a concentration-dependent manner, namely 0.1-10 000?ng/ml Oscillatoria sp. LPS, when microglia cells were shown to be viable. Furthermore, should cyanobacterium Oscillatoria sp. LPS gain entry into the CNS, our findings suggest that classical and alternative activation of rat brain microglia invivo, might lead to concomitant mediator release that could result in an interplay between neuroinflammation and neural repair in a concentration-dependent manner. PMID:26609141

  15. Structure-activity relationships for in vitro diuretic activity of CAP2b in the housefly

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    A series of truncated and Ala-replacement analogs of the peptide Manse-CAP2b (pELYAFPRV-NH2) were assayed for diuretic activity on Malpighian tubules of the housefly Musca domestica. The C-terminal hexapeptide proved to be the active core, the minimum sequence required to retain significant diureti...

  16. In vitro activity of origanum vulgare essential oil against candida species

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    Cleff, Marlete Brum; Meinerz, Ana Raquel; Xavier, Melissa; Schuch, Luiz Filipe; Schuch, Luiz Filipe; Arajo Meireles, Mrio Carlos; Alves Rodrigues, Maria Regina; de Mello, Joo Roberto Braga

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro activity of the essential oil extracted from Origanum vulgare against sixteen Candida species isolates. Standard strains tested comprised C. albicans (ATCC strains 44858, 4053, 18804 and 3691), C. parapsilosis (ATCC 22019), C. krusei (ATCC 34135), C. lusitaniae (ATCC 34449) and C. dubliniensis (ATCC MY646). Six Candida albicans isolates from the vaginal mucous membrane of female dogs, one isolate from the cutaneous tegument of a dog and one isolate of a capuchin monkey were tested in parallel. A broth microdilution technique (CLSI) was used, and the inoculum concentration was adjusted to 5 x 106 CFU mL-1. The essential oil was obtained by hydrodistillation in a Clevenger apparatus and analyzed by gas chromatography. Susceptibility was expressed as Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) and Minimal Fungicidal Concentration (MFC). All isolates tested in vitro were sensitive to O. vulgare essential oil. The chromatographic analysis revealed that the main compounds present in the essential oil were 4-terpineol (47.95%), carvacrol (9.42%), thymol (8.42%) and ?-terpineol (7.57%). C. albicans isolates obtained from animal mucous membranes exhibited MIC and MFC values of 2.72 ?L mL-1 and 5 ?L mL-1, respectively. MIC and MFC values for C. albicans standard strains were 2.97 ?L mL-1 and 3.54 ?L mL-1, respectively. The MIC and MFC for non-albicans species were 2.10 ?L mL-1 and 2.97 ?L mL-1, respectively. The antifungal activity of O. vulgare essential oil against Candida spp. observed in vitro suggests its administration may represent an alternative treatment for candidiasis. PMID:24031471

  17. In Vitro Activity of Rifampicin Combined with Daptomycin or Tigecycline on Staphylococcus haemolyticus Biofilms.

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    Szczuka, Ewa; Grabska, Katarzyna; Kaznowski, Adam

    2015-08-01

    Staphylococcus haemolyticus is of increasing concern as a cause of several biofilm-associated infections, and today, it represents the second most common organism among clinical isolates of coagulase-negative staphylococci. However, little is known regarding the treatment of infections caused by these bacteria. In this study, we characterize the biofilm formed by S. haemolyticus strains isolated from bloodstream infections and assess in vitro the activity of rifampicin combined with daptomycin or tigecycline against bacteria growing in a biofilm. The results of our studies indicated that the majority (78%) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus haemolyticus strains have the ability to form a biofilm in vitro. None of these strains carried icaADBC genes indicating that they form biofilm via ica-independent mechanisms. The molecular characterization of the biofilm showed that proteins are the predominant matrix component and play a major role in biofilm structure. Extracellular DNA and polysaccharides, other than polysaccharide intercellular adhesin, are also present in the biofilm matrix, but they play a minor role. The images obtained by confocal laser scanning microscopy showed that most S. haemolyticus strains formed a dense biofilm with a low number of dead cells. In vitro study demonstrated excellent activity of tigecycline in combination with rifampicin against cell growth in the proteinous biofilm. The BIC (biofilm inhibitory concentration) value for tigecycline/rifampicin ranged from 0.062 to 1g/ml, whereas for daptomycin/rifampicin from 0.125 to 2g/ml. These results indicated that the tigecycline/rifampicin combination was more effective against ica-independent biofilm, formed by S. haemolyticus strains, than the daptomycin/rifampicin combination. PMID:25894996

  18. In Vitro and In Vivo Activities of Pterostilbene against Candida albicans Biofilms

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    Li, De-Dong; Zhao, Lan-Xue; Mylonakis, Eleftherios; Hu, Gan-Hai; Zou, Yong; Huang, Tong-Kun; Yan, Lan

    2014-01-01

    Pterostilbene (PTE) is a stilbene-derived phytoalexin that originates from several natural plant sources. In this study, we evaluated the activity of PTE against Candida albicans biofilms and explored the underlying mechanisms. In 2,3-bis-(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide (XTT) reduction assays, biofilm biomass measurement, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy, we found that ≤16 μg/ml PTE had a significant effect against C. albicans biofilms in vitro, while it had no fungicidal effect on planktonic C. albicans cells, which suggested a unique antibiofilm effect of PTE. Then we found that PTE could inhibit biofilm formation and destroy the maintenance of mature biofilms. At 4 μg/ml, PTE decreased cellular surface hydrophobicity (CSH) and suppressed hyphal formation. Gene expression microarrays and real-time reverse transcription-PCR showed that exposure of C. albicans to 16 μg/ml PTE altered the expression of genes that function in morphological transition, ergosterol biosynthesis, oxidoreductase activity, and cell surface and protein unfolding processes (heat shock proteins). Filamentation-related genes, especially those regulated by the Ras/cyclic AMP (cAMP) pathway, including ECE1, ALS3, HWP1, HGC1, and RAS1 itself, were downregulated upon PTE treatment, indicating that the antibiofilm effect of PTE was related to the Ras/cAMP pathway. Then, we found that the addition of exogenous cAMP reverted the PTE-induced filamentous growth defect. Finally, with a rat central venous catheter infection model, we confirmed the in vivo activity of PTE against C. albicans biofilms. Collectively, PTE had strong activities against C. albicans biofilms both in vitro and in vivo, and these activities were associated with the Ras/cAMP pathway. PMID:24514088

  19. Amniotic Fluid Exhibits an Innate Inhibitory Activity Against HIV Type 1 Replication in Vitro

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    Farzin, Azadeh; Boyer, Pamela; Ank, Bonnie; Nielsen-Saines, Karin

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Indirect evidence suggests that amniotic fluid (AF) may play a role in the pathogenesis of in utero HIV-1 transmission. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential innate inhibitory role of AF on HIV replication, which may contribute to protection of the fetus against intrauterine transmission. AF was collected from term HIV-1-negative women undergoing scheduled cesarean section. The inhibitory effect of AF against HIV-1BA-L replication was tested in vitro with or without the addition of protease inhibitor cocktail (PIC) in PHA-stimulated PBMC cultures. Quantitative measurement of human neutrophil peptides 1-3 (HNP1-3) was performed on all AF samples, using an ELISA assay. AF exhibited a dose-dependent inhibitory activity against HIV-1BA-L replication, with all samples (n=12) reaching significant inhibitory effect using 50% AF. In vitro, this activity decreased over time, but was able to be sustained with the addition of PIC. The HNP1-3 concentration in AF samples (n=12) ranged from undetectable (<41?pg/ml, n=3) to >250,000?pg/ml with a median of 5,146?pg/ml. AF exhibited a significant and dose-dependent innate inhibitory activity against HIV-1 replication, which was present in all AF samples tested. This effect was prolonged in the presence of PIC, suggesting that the inhibitory factor was in the cell-free protein fraction. The HNP1-3 concentration in AF was in the subinhibitory range for HIV with no correlation between its concentration and the HIV-1 inhibitory activity. These data show the presence of a significant innate inhibitory activity against HIV in AF. PMID:22998428

  20. In vitro and in vivo activities of pterostilbene against Candida albicans biofilms.

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    Li, De-Dong; Zhao, Lan-Xue; Mylonakis, Eleftherios; Hu, Gan-Hai; Zou, Yong; Huang, Tong-Kun; Yan, Lan; Wang, Yan; Jiang, Yuan-Ying

    2014-01-01

    Pterostilbene (PTE) is a stilbene-derived phytoalexin that originates from several natural plant sources. In this study, we evaluated the activity of PTE against Candida albicans biofilms and explored the underlying mechanisms. In 2,3-bis-(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide (XTT) reduction assays, biofilm biomass measurement, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy, we found that ?16 ?g/ml PTE had a significant effect against C. albicans biofilms in vitro, while it had no fungicidal effect on planktonic C. albicans cells, which suggested a unique antibiofilm effect of PTE. Then we found that PTE could inhibit biofilm formation and destroy the maintenance of mature biofilms. At 4 ?g/ml, PTE decreased cellular surface hydrophobicity (CSH) and suppressed hyphal formation. Gene expression microarrays and real-time reverse transcription-PCR showed that exposure of C. albicans to 16 ?g/ml PTE altered the expression of genes that function in morphological transition, ergosterol biosynthesis, oxidoreductase activity, and cell surface and protein unfolding processes (heat shock proteins). Filamentation-related genes, especially those regulated by the Ras/cyclic AMP (cAMP) pathway, including ECE1, ALS3, HWP1, HGC1, and RAS1 itself, were downregulated upon PTE treatment, indicating that the antibiofilm effect of PTE was related to the Ras/cAMP pathway. Then, we found that the addition of exogenous cAMP reverted the PTE-induced filamentous growth defect. Finally, with a rat central venous catheter infection model, we confirmed the in vivo activity of PTE against C. albicans biofilms. Collectively, PTE had strong activities against C. albicans biofilms both in vitro and in vivo, and these activities were associated with the Ras/cAMP pathway. PMID:24514088

  1. In vitro and in vivo anti-glioma activity of a chalcone-quinoxaline hybrid.

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    Loch-Neckel, Gecioni; Bicca, Mara Assuno; Leal, Paulo Csar; Mascarello, Alessandra; Siqueira, Jarbas Mota; Calixto, Joo B

    2015-01-27

    Chalcones are important compounds that exhibit multiple biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, antimitotic and antibacterial properties. In the present study, we have analyzed the potential anti-cancer activity of a chalcone named N9 (a hybrid chalcone-quinoxaline compound) using in vitro and in vivo experimental glioma models. Here, we report N9-induced inhibition of cell proliferation and also N9-induced cell death in a concentration-dependent manner in U87-MG glioma cells. These effects of N9 appear to be associated with its ability to inhibit the expression of cell cycle-associated proteins, and also the augmentation in the expression of the p21 (p21/Cip1) protein, a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor. Additionally, N9 also potentiates the production of the pro-apoptotic markers Bax and p53 via inhibition of MDM2. Moreover, our results show that N9 also significantly enhanced apoptosis of U87-MG cells with disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential, generation of ROS and caspase-9 activation. In vivo experiments carried out in a murine xenograft model of U87-MG revealed that N9 produced a significant reduction of tumors volume when compared to vehicle treated mice. Collectively, data demonstrate that N9 possess in vitro and in vivo anti-cancer activity, an effect that seems to involve the induction of p53 and p21 proteins, as well as, the activation of mitochondrial apoptosis pathway associated with the inhibition of protein MDM2. Overall, this study suggests N9 is affecting a variety of intracellular pathways related to tumor apoptosis. Perhaps N9 or derivate molecules could represent new potential drugs for cancer therapeutics. PMID:25461314

  2. Estrous sheep serum enables invitro capacitation of ram spermatozoa while preventing caspase activation.

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    Del Olmo, E; Garca-lvarez, O; Maroto-Morales, A; Ramn, M; Jimnez-Rabadn, P; Iniesta-Cuerda, M; Anel-Lopez, L; Martinez-Pastor, F; Soler, A J; Garde, J J; Fernndez-Santos, M R

    2016-01-15

    Estrous sheep serum (ESS) is considered the most efficient agent for invitro capacitation of ram spermatozoa. We have explored the relationship between caspase activation and capacitation in ram. Semen samples from 17 rams were cryopreserved. Invivo fertility was evaluated after intrauterine artificial insemination. Samples were submitted to four treatments: control, ESS (10%), caspase inhibitor (Z-VAD-FMK), and estrous ewe serum plus caspase inhibitor (I+E). Sperm samples were incubated for 30minutes at 38.5 C and 5% CO2 and analyzed with flow cytometry for mitochondrial membrane potential (MitoTracker deep red), sperm viability and apoptosis-like changes (YO-PRO-1/propidium iodide), acrosomal status (peanut agglutinin-fluorescein isothiocyanate), membrane fluidity (merocyanine 540), and caspase activity (Vybrant FAM kits for polycaspases, caspase-8, and caspases 3-7). Estrous sheep serum induced changes compatible with capacitation, doubling the proportion of viable spermatozoa with increased merocyanine 540 and increasing YO-PRO-1(+) and acrosome-reacted spermatozoa (P<0.05). Incubation increased the proportion of spermatozoa with activated caspases (P<0.05), which was abolished by the treatments. We detected a simultaneous decrease in the proportion of the viable and caspase(-) spermatozoa after the incubation, which was prevented by the presence of estrous ewe serum (P<0.05). The analysis of caspases 3/7 and 8 resulted in less marked differences. Fertility was positively related to viability and inactivated caspases and negatively to viable-capacitated spermatozoa and active caspases. Invitro induction of capacitation in thawed ram spermatozoa by using ESS suggests a downregulation in apoptotic pathways. However, males with the lowest fertility showed parameters similar to high-fertility males, suggesting that other factors were involved apart from capacitation and/or caspase activation. PMID:26474680

  3. In vitro antioxidant activity and in vivo photoprotective effect of a red orange extract.

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    Saija, A; Tomaino, A; Lo Cascio, R; Rapisarda, P; Dederen, J C

    1998-12-01

    Ultraviolet radiation causes damage to the skin, which may result in both precancerous and cancerous skinlesions and acceleration of skin ageing. Topical administration of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants is an effective strategy for protecting the skin against UV-mediated oxidative damage. Hence, a systematic study to evaluate the in vitro antioxidant activity and in vivo photoprotective effect of a standardized red orange extract (ROE) has been undertaken, where the main active ingredients are anthocyanins, hydroxycinnamic acids, flavanones and ascorbic acid. For the in vitro experiments, the ROE was tested in three models: (1) bleaching of the stable 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH test); (2) peroxidation, induced by the water-soluble radical initiator 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane) hydrochloride, of mixed dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine/linoleic acid unilamellar vesicles (LUVs) (LP-LUV test); and (3) UV-induced peroxidation of phospatidylcholine multilamellar vesicles (UV-IP test). The in vivo antioxidant/radical scavenger activity was assessed by determining the ability of topically applied ROE to reduce UVB-induced skin erythema in healthy human volunteers. The results obtained in the DPPH, LP-LUV and UV-IP tests demonstrated the strong antioxidant properties of ROE, with a clear relationship between ROE scavenger efficiency and its content in antioxidant compounds. In particular, the findings obtained in the UV-IP test provide a strong rationale for using this extract as a photoprotective agent. During in vivo experiments, ROE provided to efficiently protect against photooxidative skin damage when topically applied immediately after skin exposure to UVB radiations. Interestingly, the protective effect of ROE appears higher than that elicited by another natural antioxidant (tocopherol) commonly employed in cosmetic formulations. In conclusion, the present findings demonstrate that ROE affords excellent skin photoprotection, which is very likely a result of the antioxidant/radical scavenger activity of its active ingredients. Thus, ROE might have interesting applications in both anti-photoageing and after-sun cosmetic products. PMID:18505518

  4. Single Lysophosphatidylcholine Components Exhibit Adjuvant Activities In Vitro and In Vivo▿

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    Bach, Guillaume; Perrin-Cocon, Laure; Gerossier, Estelle; Guironnet-Paquet, Aurélie; Lotteau, Vincent; Inchauspé, Geneviève; Fournillier, Anne

    2010-01-01

    Improving vaccine immunogenicity by developing new adjuvant formulations has long been a goal of vaccinologists. It has previously been shown that a natural mix of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) from chicken eggs promotes mature dendritic cell (DC) generation in vitro and primes antigen-specific immune responses in mice. In the present study, we dissected the adjuvant potentials of five individual LPC components found in the chicken egg mixture. In vitro analyses of the impact of the individual components on the maturation of human DCs were performed by means of phenotypic analysis, chemokine secretion analysis, and analysis of the ability of mature DC to stimulate T lymphocytes. Two components, C16:0-LPC and C18:0-LPC, were identified to be capable of the upregulation of expression of CD86, HLA-DR, and CD40 on in vitro-cultured monocyte-derived DCs from healthy donors. Both induced the release of chemokines to high concentrations (macrophage inflammatory protein 1, monocyte chemoattractant protein 1) or moderate concentrations (interleukin-8 [IL-8], gamma interferon-inducible protein 10). In addition, C16:0-LPC engaged naïve T cells to produce gamma interferon. This suggests that C16:0-LPC and C18:0-LPC have the capacity to promote, at least in vitro, a Th1-oriented response. The intravenous injection of C16:0-LPC or C18:0-LPC into mice resulted in the detectable secretion of IL-6 and IL-5 in sera. Both LPC components were tested for their capacities to act as adjuvants for two selected immunogens: the hepatitis B virus surface antigen and the hepatitis C virus NS3 helicase. The secretion of specific IgG1 was observed with either or both C16:0-LPC and C18:0-LPC, depending on the immunogen tested, and was observed at an efficiency comparable to that of alum. These data identify C16:0-LPC and C18:0-LPC as the active components of the LPC natural mixture. Although discrepancies between the results of the in vitro and in vivo analyses existed, studies with animals suggest that these components can trigger significant and specific humoral-mediated immunity. PMID:20071492

  5. Uridine 5?-Triphosphate Promotes In Vitro Schwannoma Cell Migration through Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 Activation

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    Martiaez, Tania; Segura, Mnica; Figueiro-Silva, Joana; Grijota-Martinez, Carmen; Trullas, Ramn; Casals, Nria

    2014-01-01

    In response to peripheral nerve injury, Schwann cells adopt a migratory phenotype and modify the extracellular matrix to make it permissive for cell migration and axonal re-growth. Uridine 5?-triphosphate (UTP) and other nucleotides are released during nerve injury and activate purinergic receptors expressed on the Schwann cell surface, but little is known about the involvement of purine signalling in wound healing. We studied the effect of UTP on Schwannoma cell migration and wound closure and the intracellular signaling pathways involved. We found that UTP treatment induced Schwannoma cell migration through activation of P2Y2 receptors and through the increase of extracellular matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activation and expression. Knockdown P2Y2 receptor or MMP-2 expression greatly reduced wound closure and MMP-2 activation induced by UTP. MMP-2 activation evoked by injury or UTP was also mediated by phosphorylation of all 3 major mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs): JNK, ERK1/2, and p38. Inhibition of these MAPK pathways decreased both MMP-2 activation and cell migration. Interestingly, MAPK phosphorylation evoked by UTP exhibited a biphasic pattern, with an early transient phosphorylation 5 min after treatment, and a late and sustained phosphorylation that appeared at 6 h and lasted up to 24 h. Inhibition of MMP-2 activity selectively blocked the late, but not the transient, phase of MAPK activation. These results suggest that MMP-2 activation and late MAPK phosphorylation are part of a positive feedback mechanism to maintain the migratory phenotype for wound healing. In conclusion, our findings show that treatment with UTP stimulates in vitro Schwannoma cell migration and wound repair through a MMP-2-dependent mechanism via P2Y2 receptors and MAPK pathway activation. PMID:24905332

  6. Leptin activates chicken growth hormone promoter without chicken STAT3 in vitro.

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    Murase, Daisuke; Namekawa, Shoko; Ohkubo, Takeshi

    2016-01-01

    Leptin is an adipocyte-derived hormone that not only regulates food intake and energy homeostasis but also induces growth hormone (GH) mRNA expression and release, thereby controlling growth and metabolism in mammals. The molecular mechanism of leptin-induced regulation of GH gene transcription is unclear. The current study investigated the effects of leptin on the chicken GH (cGH) promoter and the molecular mechanism underlying leptin-induced cGH gene expression in vitro. Leptin activated the cGH promoter in the presence of chPit-1α in CHO cells stably expressing the chicken leptin receptor. Promoter activation did not require STAT-binding elements in the cGH promoter or STAT3 activity. However, JAK2 activation was required for leptin-dependent activity. JAK2-dependent pathways include p42/44 MAPK and PI3K, and inhibition of these pathways partially blocked leptin-induced cGH gene transcription. Although CK2 directly activates JAK2, a CK2 inhibitor blocked leptin-dependent activation of the cGH gene without affecting JAK2 phosphorylation. The CK2 inhibitor suppressed Erk1/2 and Akt phosphorylation. Additional data implicate Src family kinases in leptin-dependent cGH gene activation. These results suggest that leptin activates the cGH gene in the presence of chPit-1α via several leptin-activated kinases. Although further study is required, we suggest that the leptin-induced JAK2/p42/44 MAPK and JAK2/PI3K cascades are activated by Src-meditated CK2, leading to CBP phosphorylation and interaction with chPit-1α, resulting in transactivation of the cGH promoter. PMID:26403688

  7. A quantitative in vitro assay for chemical mosquito-deterrent activity without human blood cells.

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    Klun, Jerome A; Kramer, Matthew; Zhang, Aijun; Wang, Shifa; Debboun, Mustapha

    2008-12-01

    We report that an aqueous solution containing 10(-3) M adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and citrate-phosphate-dextrose-adenine (CPDA-1) can effectively replace transfusable human red blood cells in an in vitro Klun and Debboun bioassay system for evaluating chemicals for mosquito feeding-deterrent activity, using either Aedes aegypti or Anopheles stephensi. These species fed with similar avidity through collagen membrane covering aqueous 10(-3) M ATP plus CPDA-1 or red blood cells in CPDA-1 supplemented with ATP. In a 2nd experiment, we evaluated the feeding-deterrent activity of N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide and a newly discovered natural product chemical, (-)-isolongifolenone, against these 2 mosquito species. We found that the feeding-deterrent efficacy of the 2 chemicals was similar whether the feeding stimulant was red blood cells supplemented with ATP or ATP alone with CPDA-1. Since the use of human red blood cells in bioassays raises important health and logistic issues, aqueous ATP with CPDA-1 is a reasonable alternative to human blood cells for routine in vitro chemical screening. PMID:19181057

  8. The Immunological Enhancement Activity of Propolis Flavonoids Liposome In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Tao, Yang; Wang, Deqing; Hu, Yuanliang; Huang, Yee; Yu, Yun; Wang, Deyun

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate and assess the effects of propolis flavonoids liposome imposed on the immune system by comparing it to propolis flavonoids and blank liposome. In vitro, the effects of the above drugs on macrophages were assessed by measuring the phagocytic function and cytokine production. In vivo, the immunological adjuvant activity of propolis flavonoids liposome was compared with those of propolis flavonoids and blank liposome. The results showed that in vitro propolis flavonoids liposome can significantly enhance the phagocytic function of macrophages and the release of IL-1β, IL-6, and IFN-γ. In addition, subcutaneous administration of propolis flavonoids liposome with ovalbumin to mice could effectively activate the cellular and humoral immune response, including inducing higher level concentrations of IgG, IL-4, and IFN-γ in serum and the proliferation rates of splenic lymphocytes. These findings provided valuable information regarding the immune modulatory function of propolis flavonoids liposome and indicated the possibility of use of propolis flavonoids liposome as a potential adjuvant. PMID:25383082

  9. In vitro and in vivo studies of the metabolic activation of 8-epidiosbulbin E acetate.

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    Lin, Dongju; Guo, Xiucai; Gao, Huiyuan; Cheng, Li; Cheng, Maosheng; Song, Shaojiang; Peng, Ying; Zheng, Jiang

    2015-09-21

    Furanoid 8-epidiosbulbin E acetate (EEA) is a major constituent of herbal medicine Dioscorea bulbifera L. (DB), a traditional Chinese medicine herb. Our preliminary studies demonstrated that administration of EEA caused acute hepatotoxicity in mice, and the observed toxicity required cytochromes P450-mediated metabolism. Metabolic activation studies of EEA were performed in vitro and in vivo. Microsomal incubations of EEA supplemented with N-acetyl lysine (NAL) and glutathione (GSH) generated six metabolites (M1-M6). M1-M4 were characterized as pyrrole derivatives, and M5 and M6 were pyrrolinones. M2-M6 were detected in bile and/or urine of rats given EEA. Dimethyldioxirane-mediated oxidation of EEA in the presence of NAL and GSH produced M1-M6, all of which were generated in microsomal incubations. The structures of M3 and M6 were confirmed by (1)H and (13)C NMR. These findings provide evidence for the metabolic activation of EEA to the corresponding cis-enedial intermediate both in vitro and in vivo. Ketoconazole inhibited the microsomal production of the cis-enedial, and P450 3A4 was found to be the primary enzyme involved in the bioactivation of EEA. PMID:26286065

  10. The effect of five Taraxacum species on in vitro and in vivo antioxidant and antiproliferative activity.

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    Mingarro, D Muoz; Plaza, A; Galn, A; Vicente, J A; Martnez, M P; Acero, N

    2015-08-01

    Plants belonging to the genus Taraxacum are considered a nutritious food, being consumed raw or cooked. Additionally, these plants have long been used in folk medicine due to their choleretic, diuretic, antitumor, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties. This genus, with its complex taxonomy, includes several species that are difficult to distinguish. Its traditional use must be related not only to T. officinale F.H. Wigg., the most studied species, but also to others. The aim of this work is to compare five different common South European species of Taraxacum (T. obovatum (Willd.) DC., T. marginellum H. Lindb., T. hispanicum H. Lindb., T. lambinonii Soest and T. lacistrum Sahlin), in order to find differences between antioxidant and cytotoxic activities among them. Dissimilarities between species in LC/MS patterns, in in vitro and intracellular antioxidant activity and also in the cytotoxicity assay were found. T. marginellum was the most efficient extract reducing intracellular ROS levels although in in vitro assays, T. obovatum was the best free radical scavenger. A relevant cytotoxic effect was found in T. lacistrum extract over HeLa and HepG2 cell lines. PMID:26158347

  11. In vitro synergistic activity of antibiotic combinations against Brucella melitensis using E-test methodology

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    Kilic, Selcuk; Dizbay, Murat; Hizel, Kenan; Arman, Dilek

    2008-01-01

    The treatment of brucellosis is still problematic, because of high rates of treatment failure or relapses. As the microorganism is an intracellular pathogen, treatment requires combined regimens. However, limited existing data on in vitro combinations are avaliable for Brucellae. The aim of this study was to investigate the in vitro efficacy of various traditional and new antibiotic combinations against 16 Brucella melitensis strains. The combination effect of antimicrobial agents was evaluated by E-test synergy method to obtain a fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) index. Co-Trimoxazole (SXT) and moxifloxocin (MXF) exhibited the lowest MIC, while Rifampin (RIF) had the highest MIC in the study. Combinations with RIF showed the best synergistic activity (100% of RIF-tetracycline (TET), and 87.5% of RIF-SXT). Synergistic activity was also detected at seven (43.7%) of ciprofloxocin (CIP)-SXT, four (25%) of TET-MXF, and two (12.5%) of TET-SXT combinations. The combinations that demonstrated additivity were TET-SXT, CIP-SXT and TET-MXF. Antagonism was observed only with the TET-Streptomycin (STR) combination in three strains (18.8%). Further work including randomized controlled clinical trials is required to fully evaluate the usefulness of these data. PMID:24031207

  12. Physapubescin B Exhibits Potent Activity against Human Prostate Cancer In Vitro and In Vivo.

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    Ding, Wanjing; Hu, Zhijuan; Zhang, Zhewen; Ma, Qiaoqiao; Tang, Huifang; Ma, Zhongjun

    2015-11-01

    The present data showed that a natural compound isolated from the plant Physalis pubescens L. (Solanaceae), physapubescin B, exhibited antitumor activity against prostate cancer in vitro and in vivo. Treating prostate cancer cells with physapubescin B resulted in the accumulation of cells in the G2/M phase, which was associated with reduced Cdc25C levels and increased levels of CyclinB1, P21 as well as p-Cdk1 (Tyr15). Additionally, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation was increased in physapubescin B-treated PC-3 cells. Furthermore, the physapubescin B-induced decrease of Cdc25C protein expression together with the G2/M phase cell cycle arrest were significantly abrogated by antioxidant NAC and GSH. Our data also demonstrated that physapubescin B exhibited strong in vivo antitumor efficacy in human prostate cancer PC3 xenograft. In conclusion, our results provide clear evidence that physapubescin B exhibits antitumor activity both in vitro and in vivo and deserves further development as an anticancer agent. PMID:26415552

  13. Antimicrobial Activity of Artemisinin and Precursor Derived from In Vitro Plantlets of Artemisia annua L.

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    Appalasamy, Suganthi; Lo, Kiah Yann; Ch'ng, Song Jin; Nornadia, Ku; Othman, Ahmad Sofiman; Chan, Lai-Keng

    2014-01-01

    Artemisia annua L., a medicinal herb, produces secondary metabolites with antimicrobial property. In Malaysia due to the tropical hot climate, A. annua could not be planted for production of artemisinin, the main bioactive compound. In this study, the leaves of three in vitro A. annua L. clones were, extracted and two bioactive compounds, artemisinin and a precursor, were isolated by thin layer chromatography. These compounds were found to be effective in inhibiting the growth of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria but not Candida albicans. Their antimicrobial activity was similar to that of antibactericidal antibiotic streptomycin. They were found to inhibit the growth of the tested microbes at the minimum inhibition concentration of 0.09 mg/mL, and toxicity test using brine shrimp showed that even the low concentration of 0.09 mg/mL was very lethal towards the brine shrimps with 100% mortality rate. This study hence indicated that in vitro cultured plantlets of A. annua can be used as the alternative method for production of artemisinin and its precursor with antimicrobial activities. PMID:24575401

  14. Activation of mononuclear bone marrow cells treated in vitro with a complex homeopathic medication.

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    Cesar, Beatriz; Abud, Ana Paula R; de Oliveira, Carolina C; Cardoso, Francolino; Gremski, Waldemiro; Gabardo, Juarez; Buchi, Dorly de Freitas

    2008-06-01

    Canova is a Brazilian homeopathic medication with immunomodulatory properties, recommended for patients where the immune system is depressed. Previous studies demonstrated that Canova induces up-regulation in numbers of leukocytes. The bone marrow microenvironment is composed of growth factors, stromal cells, extracellular matrix and progenitor cells that differentiate into mature blood cells. We now report the effect of in vitro administration of the medication on the mononuclear differentiation of the bone marrow cell. Swiss mice femurs were dissected cleaned and the cells of the marrow were flushed. The cells were plated, treated or not, incubated for different times and processed for light, transmission and scanning electron, and confocal microscopy analysis. Bone marrow cells showed an enhanced proliferation in vitro in response to Canova medication and Canova plus M-CSF and an increase was also observed in the numbers of the cell niches and ring-shaped nuclei cells. Confocal and transmission and scanning electron microscopy showed the stages of monocyte maturation, with resting and activated cells. With Canova treatment there was a marked increase in cell size, which is mainly attributable to the augmented cytoplasm, an increase in the number of mitochondria, expansion of the RER and an enlarged Golgi. The response to Canova treatment indicates that it influences mononuclear differentiation and activation of bone marrow progenitor and stromal cells. PMID:17379529

  15. Antimicrobial activity of artemisinin and precursor derived from in vitro plantlets of Artemisia annua L.

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    Appalasamy, Suganthi; Lo, Kiah Yann; Ch'ng, Song Jin; Nornadia, Ku; Othman, Ahmad Sofiman; Chan, Lai-Keng

    2014-01-01

    Artemisia annua L., a medicinal herb, produces secondary metabolites with antimicrobial property. In Malaysia due to the tropical hot climate, A. annua could not be planted for production of artemisinin, the main bioactive compound. In this study, the leaves of three in vitro A. annua L. clones were, extracted and two bioactive compounds, artemisinin and a precursor, were isolated by thin layer chromatography. These compounds were found to be effective in inhibiting the growth of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria but not Candida albicans. Their antimicrobial activity was similar to that of antibactericidal antibiotic streptomycin. They were found to inhibit the growth of the tested microbes at the minimum inhibition concentration of 0.09?mg/mL, and toxicity test using brine shrimp showed that even the low concentration of 0.09?mg/mL was very lethal towards the brine shrimps with 100% mortality rate. This study hence indicated that in vitro cultured plantlets of A. annua can be used as the alternative method for production of artemisinin and its precursor with antimicrobial activities. PMID:24575401

  16. Invitro anticancer activity of stachydrine isolated from Capparis decidua on prostate cancer cell lines.

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    Rathee, Permender; Rathee, Dharmender; Rathee, Deepti; Rathee, Sushila

    2012-01-01

    In this article we report our work on the isolation, characterisation and evaluation of invitro anticancer activity of stachydrine on solid tumour cells. The in vitro activity was assessed by MTT assay and propidium iodide (PI) staining. Further, an attempt was also made to check the effect of stachydrine on the invasion and metastasis of cancer cells by inhibiting the expression of chemokine receptors (CXCR3 and CXCR4). The influence of stachydrine on the gene expression of CXCR3 and CXCR4 at mRNA and protein levels was examined. Studies revealed a dose dependent decrease in expression of mRNA, and protein levels were observed in stachydrine-treated human prostate cancer cells (PC-3 and LNcaP) as detected by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The data therefore provides direct evidence for the role of stachydrine as a potent anti-metastatic agent, which can markedly inhibit the malignancy and invasive capacity of malignant cancer cells. PMID:21988653

  17. Neonatal Phosphate Nutrition Alters in Vivo and in Vitro Satellite Cell Activity in Pigs

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    Alexander, Lindsey S.; Seabolt, Brynn S.; Rhoads, Robert P.; Stahl, Chad H.

    2012-01-01

    Satellite cell activity is necessary for postnatal skeletal muscle growth. Severe phosphate (PO4) deficiency can alter satellite cell activity, however the role of neonatal PO4 nutrition on satellite cell biology remains obscure. Twenty-one piglets (1 day of age, 1.8 ± 0.2 kg BW) were pair-fed liquid diets that were either PO4 adequate (0.9% total P), supra-adequate (1.2% total P) in PO4 requirement or deficient (0.7% total P) in PO4 content for 12 days. Body weight was recorded daily and blood samples collected every 6 days. At day 12, pigs were orally dosed with BrdU and 12 h later, satellite cells were isolated. Satellite cells were also cultured in vitro for 7 days to determine if PO4 nutrition alters their ability to proceed through their myogenic lineage. Dietary PO4 deficiency resulted in reduced (P < 0.05) sera PO4 and parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations, while supra-adequate dietary PO4 improved (P < 0.05) feed conversion efficiency as compared to the PO4 adequate group. In vivo satellite cell proliferation was reduced (P < 0.05) among the PO4 deficient pigs, and these cells had altered in vitro expression of markers of myogenic progression. Further work to better understand early nutritional programming of satellite cells and the potential benefits of emphasizing early PO4 nutrition for future lean growth potential is warranted. PMID:22822445

  18. Antiangiogenic activity of low-temperature lysozyme from a marine bacterium in vivo and in vitro

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    Wang, Zhenhua; Liu, Jincheng; Su, Ai; Sun, Mi; Wang, Chunbo

    2009-11-01

    We extracted marine low-temperature lysozyme (MLTL), a novel lysozyme, from a marine microorganism through fermentation. Our previous study suggested that a low molecular weight (16 kDa) may exert anti-tumor activity through antiangiogenesis. In this study, we extracted a high weight (39 kDa) and investigated its antiangiogenic activity in vivo and in vitro. Using zebrafish embryos as an in vivo study model, we found that treatment with MLTL significantly inhibited the growth of subintestinal vessels (SIVs) in a dose-dependent manner and that 400 µg/ml MLTL was sufficient to block the growth of SIVs. An in vitro study conducted using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) revealed that MLTL suppressed the proliferation, migration and tube formation of HUVECs in a dose-dependent manner. Interestingly, assays by flow cytometry and DNA electrophoresis indicated that MLTL was able to induce apoptosis of HUVECs. Moreover, further study demonstrated that the disruption of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis may play an important role in MLTL induced apoptosis of HUVECs. Taken together, the results of this study demonstrate for the first time that MLTL inhibits angiogenesis through its pleiotropic effects on vascular endothelial cells and induces apoptosis through regulation of cellular Ca2+ levels. The results of this study also revealed a possible mechanism underlying the antiangiogenic effect of MLTL and suggested that MLTL may be a promising new antiangiogenic agent for use in cancer therapy.

  19. In Vitro Activity of Tea Tree Oil Vaginal Suppositories against Candida spp. and Probiotic Vaginal Microbiota.

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    Di Vito, Maura; Mattarelli, Paola; Modesto, Monica; Girolamo, Antonietta; Ballardini, Milva; Tamburro, Annunziata; Meledandri, Marcello; Mondello, Francesca

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this work is to evaluate the in vitro microbicidal activity of vaginal suppositories (VS) containing tea tree oil (TTO-VS) towards Candida spp. and vaginal probiotics. A total of 20 Candida spp. strains, taken from patients with vaginitis and from an established type collection, including reference strains, were analysed by using the CLSI microdilution method. To study the action of VS towards the beneficial vaginal microbiota, the sensitivity of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis (DSM 10140) and Lactobacillus spp. (Lactobacillus casei R-215 and Lactobacillus acidophilus R-52) was tested. Both TTO-VS and TTO showed fungicidal activity against all strains of Candida spp. whereas placebo-VS or the Aloe gel used as controls were ineffective. The study of fractional fungicidal concentrations (FFC) showed synergistic interaction with the association between Amphotericin B and TTO (0.25 to 0.08 µg/ml, respectively) against Candida albicans. Instead, the probiotics were only affected by TTO concentration ≥ 4% v/v, while, at concentrations < 2% v/v, they remained viable. TTO-VS exhibits, in vitro, a selective fungicidal action, slightly affecting only the Bifidobacteriun animalis strain growth belonging to the vaginal microbiota. In vivo studies are needed to confirm the efficacy to prevent acute or recurrent vaginal candidiasis. PMID:26235937

  20. Preliminary phytochemical screening and in vitro antioxidant activities of Parkinsonia aculeata Linn.

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    Sharma, Sonia; Vig, Adarsh Pal

    2014-01-01

    Butanol and hexane leaves extracts of Parkinsonia aculeata L. (Fabaceae) were assessed for its antioxidant potential by in vitro methods. Phytochemical analysis and antioxidant activity of plant extracts were studied using different in vitro assays. UPLC analysis of extracts was carried out for the identification of chemical constituents. The total phenolic contents of the butanol and hexane leaf extract were 42 mgGAE/g and 34 mgGAE/g whereas flavonoid contents of these extracts were found to be 0.044 mgRE/g and 0.005 mgRE/g, respectively. Among both extracts, butanol extract shows maximum inhibition (%) of 93.88%, 80.02%, 52.06%, 94.68%, and 69.37% in DPPH, non-site-specific and site-specific, FTC, and TBA assays and absorbance of 0.852 and 0.522 in reducing power and CUPRAC assay at the highest concentration tested. The FRAP and TAC values of butanol extract were found to be 678 ?M Fe(II)/g and 36 mgAAE/100 mg. UPLC analysis of extracts revealed the presence of various polyphenols. The tested plant extracts were found to possess potent antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity which may be due to the presence of flavonoids and polyphenols. PMID:24822217

  1. Preliminary Phytochemical Screening and In Vitro Antioxidant Activities of Parkinsonia aculeata Linn.

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    Sharma, Sonia; Vig, Adarsh Pal

    2014-01-01

    Butanol and hexane leaves extracts of Parkinsonia aculeata L. (Fabaceae) were assessed for its antioxidant potential by in vitro methods. Phytochemical analysis and antioxidant activity of plant extracts were studied using different in vitro assays. UPLC analysis of extracts was carried out for the identification of chemical constituents. The total phenolic contents of the butanol and hexane leaf extract were 42?mgGAE/g and 34?mgGAE/g whereas flavonoid contents of these extracts were found to be 0.044?mgRE/g and 0.005?mgRE/g, respectively. Among both extracts, butanol extract shows maximum inhibition (%) of 93.88%, 80.02%, 52.06%, 94.68%, and 69.37% in DPPH, non-site-specific and site-specific, FTC, and TBA assays and absorbance of 0.852 and 0.522 in reducing power and CUPRAC assay at the highest concentration tested. The FRAP and TAC values of butanol extract were found to be 678??M Fe(II)/g and 36?mgAAE/100?mg. UPLC analysis of extracts revealed the presence of various polyphenols. The tested plant extracts were found to possess potent antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity which may be due to the presence of flavonoids and polyphenols. PMID:24822217

  2. Anticancer activity of litchi fruit pericarp extract against human breast cancer in vitro and in vivo

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    Wang Xiujie . E-mail: xiujiewang@yahoo.com; Yuan Shulan; Wang Jing; Lin Ping; Liu Guanjian; Lu Yanrong; Zhang Jie; Wang, Wendong; Wei Yuquan . E-mail: yuquanwei@mail.sc.cninfo.net

    2006-09-01

    Litchi fruit pericarp (LFP) extract contains significant amounts of polyphenolic compounds and exhibits powerful antioxidative activity against fat oxidation in vitro. The purpose of this study is to confirm the anticancer activity of LFP extract on human breast cancer in vitro and in vivo, and to elucidate the mechanism of its activity. Human breast cancer cells were tested in vitro for cytotoxicity, colony formation inhibition, BrdU incorporation, and gene expression profiling after treatment with LFP extract. Seven nude mice bearing human breast infiltrating duct carcinoma orthotopically were tested for its anticancer activity and expression of caspase-3 in vivo by oral administration of 0.3% (0.3 mg/ml) of LFP water-soluble crude ethanolic extract (CEE) for 10 weeks. LFP extract demonstrated a dose- and time-dependent inhibitory effect on cell growth (IC{sub 5} = 80 {mu}g/ml), and it significantly inhibited colony formation and BrdU incorporation of human breast cancer cells. Oligonucleotide microarray analysis identified 41(1.22%) up-regulated and 129 (3.84%) down-regulated genes after LFP water-soluble CEE treatment; the predominantly up-regulated genes were involved in various biological functions including cell cycle regulation and cell proliferation, apoptosis, signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, and extracellular matrix/adhesion molecules; and down-regulated genes were mainly associated with adhesion, invasion, and malignancy of cancer cells. A 40.70% tumor mass volume reduction and significant increase of casepase-3 protein expression were observed in vivo experiment. The findings in this study suggested that LFP extract might have potential anticancer activity on both ER positive and negative breast cancers, which could be attributed, in part, to its DNA damage effect, proliferating inhibition and apoptosis induction of cancer cells through up-regulation and down-regulation of multiple genes involved in cell cycle regulation and cell proliferation, apoptosis, signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, motility and invasiveness of cancer cells; ADP-ribosyltransferase (NAD+; poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase)-like 1 (ADPRTL1), Cytochrome P450, subfamily I (CYP1A1) and Hyaluronan-mediated motility receptor (HMMR) might be the main molecular targets at which LFP water-soluble CEE acted.

  3. Antioxidant activities of saponins extracted from Radix Trichosanthis: an in vivo and in vitro evaluation

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    2014-01-01

    Background Radix Trichosanthis (RT), the dry root tuber of Trichosanthis kirilowii Maxim (Cucurbitaceae), is a traditional Chinese medicine. Although a wide range of saponin pharmacological properties has been identified, to our knowledge, this may be the first report to investigate the crude saponins from RT. The purpose of this study was to delineate the antioxidant activity both in vitro and in vivo by using ethyl acetate (EtOAc), n-butanol, and the mixture of n-butanol and EtOAc fractions. Methods In vitro antioxidant activity was detected by using DPPH free radical, hydrogen peroxide scavenging, and reducing power assays. After pretreatment with different fractions saponins at 2mg/kg/d and 3mg/kg/d of crude drug, respectively, an established CCl4 induced acute cytotoxicity model was used to evaluate the in vivo antioxidant potential by detection of superoxide dismutase (SOD), malonaldehyde (MDA), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC) levels. Results The in vitro assay showed that the antioxidant activity of all the three fractions was promising. The reducing power of the EtOAc and the mixture of n-butanol and EtOAc extracts increased in a dose dependent manner. However, both the n-butanol and the mixture of n-butanol and EtOAc fractions in low dose exhibited in a time dependent manner with prolonged reaction time. As for hydrogen peroxide scavenging capability, the n-butanol fraction mainly demonstrated a time dependent manner, whereas EtOAc fraction showed a dose dependent manner. However, in case of in vivo assay, an increase of SOD and T-AOC and decrease of MDA and LDH levels were only observed in n-butanol (2mg/kg/d of crude drug) extracts pretreatment group. Conclusions RT saponins in n-butanol fraction might be a potential antioxidant candidate, as CCl4-induced oxidative stress has been found to be alleviated, which may be associated with the time dependent manner of n-butanol saponins in a low dose. Further studies will be needed to investigate the active individual components in n-butanol extract, in vivo antioxidant activities and antioxidant mechanisms. PMID:24597831

  4. [Kinetics of in vitro bactericidal activity of the antiseptic biseptine combining 3 active principles].

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    Reverdy, M E; Rougier, M; Fleurette, J

    1996-09-01

    Biseptine, is an association of chlorhexidine digluconate, benzalkonium chloride and benzylic alcohol. Little is known, in literature, on this antiseptic, used for cutaneous antisepsis. We studied killing kinetic of Biseptine, at different concentrations, on 4 AFNOR bacterial strains. Killing curves were studied at antiseptic concentration of 90 to 0.1% in 10 ml of distilled water. Bacterial counts were determined after neutralization in liquid medium. Synergy of chlorhexidine and benzalkonium chloride in Biseptine, allowed to obtain similar bactericidal activity than Hibitane champ with chlorhexidine concentrations 2 fold less. At 90, 50, 25, 10 and 5% concentrations, bactericidal activity (5 log10 reduction of the initial bacterial count) was effective in one minute. After 5 to 15 minutes, activity persisted at 1 and 0.5% concentrations. The 0.1% solution was inefficacious. This report disclosed an important security margin in antiseptic activity. PMID:8977924

  5. Estrogenic/antiestrogenic activities of a Epimedium koreanum extract and its major components: in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Kang, Hyun Ku; Choi, Yun-Ho; Kwon, Hyosuk; Lee, Sang-Bum; Kim, Dong-Hyun; Sung, Chung Ki; Park, Young In; Dong, Mi-Sook

    2012-08-01

    The estrogenic and antiestrogenic activities of Epimedii Herba, which is a traditional medicinal herb used in Korea and China were investigated in this study. The in vitro estrogen receptor (ER) mediated estrogenic/antiestrogenic activities of an Epimedii Herba extract (Epi ext) and its major components were determined using an estrogen responsive element driven reporter gene assay in MCF-7/ERE and HEK293T cells. The Epi ext exhibited ER?- and ER?-mediated estrogenic activity with an EC(50) of 5.0 and 17.8 ?M in HEK293T cells, respectively. Prenylflavonoid glycosides such as icariin (ICA), epimedin A, B, and C did not show any in vitro estrogenic or antiestrogenic activities. Icaritin (ICT) and quercetin exhibited in vitro ER mediated estrogenic activity with a more potent interaction with ER?. In vivo estrogenic activities of the Epi ext, ICA and ICT were compared using an uterotrophic assay. Although the potency of in vitro estrogenic activity was in the order of ICT>Epi ext>ICA, ICA had the strongest estrogenic activity and next ICT in ovariectomized rats. These results collectively suggest that phytoestrogens possess both estrogenic and antiestrogenic activity, and that the differential expression of these two compounds with opposing activities is dependent on the physiological environment in terms of estrogen level, which may be the case in humans. PMID:22613215

  6. Interleukin 2 activity in chronic liver disease and the effect of in vitro alpha-interferon.

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    Saxena, S; Nouri-Aria, K T; Anderson, M G; Eddleston, A L; Williams, R

    1986-01-01

    To investigate mitogen induced helper interleukin 2 (IL-2) production in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD), IL-2 activity was assessed by an IL-2 bioassay using phytohaemagglutinin (PHA)-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNC). IL-2 activity was significantly reduced in patients with autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis with or without cirrhosis (P less than 0.01), and was comparable to controls in those with alcoholic cirrhosis alone. In vitro preincubation of PBMNC with lymphoblastoid alpha-interferon (alpha-IFN) before stimulation with PHA, led to a significant increase in IL-2 activity in all subjects (P less than 0.01), except those with alcoholic hepatitis, but in none of the groups did the levels of IL-2 activity reach those seen in normal subjects. The decrease in IL-2 activity in patients with CLD may be due to low IL-2 production or presence of an IL-2 antagonist(s). Such an abnormality may occur, not only as a result of liver damage, but may also be important in determining immunological disturbances involved in the pathogenesis of the liver disease. PMID:3486732

  7. In vitro hemolytic activity of Lonomia obliqua caterpillar bristle extract on human and Wistar rat erythrocytes.

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    Seibert, Carla Simone; Shinohara, Elvira Maria Guerra; Sano-Martins, Ida Sigueko

    2003-06-01

    Human accidental envenomation caused by skin contact with the bristles of Lonomia obliqua caterpillar causes coagulation and fibrinolysis disorders. Alterations of hematologic parameters are observed only in severe cases of envenomation, but with no clinical evidence of intravascular hemolysis. However, since we have observed intravascular hemolysis in preliminary studies using Wistar rats as an experimental model for investigating L. obliqua envenomation, the objective of the present study was to investigate the in vitro hemolytic activity of the bristle extract of L. obliqua caterpillars on human and rat erythrocytes. Our results showed that the bristle extract has indirect and direct hemolytic activity on human and rat erythrocytes, although direct hemolytic activity was only observed at higher bristle extract concentrations. We also observed that the bristle extract has a proteolytic activity on band 3 of human and rat erythrocyte membranes. Thus, crude L. obliqua bristle extract was found to contain at least two components with hemolytic activity on erythrocytes, a phospholipase enzyme and another protein with a direct activity on the erythrocyte membrane. PMID:12782083

  8. An in vitro screening with emerging contaminants reveals inhibition of carboxylesterase activity in aquatic organisms.

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    Solé, Montserrat; Sanchez-Hernandez, Juan C

    2015-12-01

    Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) form part of the new generation of pollutants present in many freshwater and marine ecosystems. Although environmental concentrations of these bioactive substances are low, they cause sublethal effects (e.g., enzyme inhibition) in non-target organisms. However, little is known on metabolism of PPCPs by non-mammal species. Herein, an in vitro enzyme trial was performed to explore sensitivity of carboxylesterase (CE) activity of aquatic organisms to fourteen PPCPs. The esterase activity was determined in the liver of Mediterranean freshwater fish (Barbus meridionalis and Squalius laietanus), coastal marine fish (Dicentrarchus labrax and Solea solea), middle-slope fish (Trachyrhynchus scabrus), deep-sea fish (Alepocephalus rostratus and Cataetix laticeps), and in the digestive gland of a decapod crustacean (Aristeus antennatus). Results showed that 100μM of the lipid regulators simvastatin and fenofibrate significantly inhibited (30-80% of controls) the CE activity of all target species. Among the personal care products, nonylphenol and triclosan were strong esterase inhibitors in most species (36-68% of controls). Comparison with literature data suggests that fish CE activity is as sensitive to inhibition by some PPCPs as that of mammals, although their basal activity levels are lower than in mammals. Pending further studies on the interaction between PPCPs and CE activity, we postulate that this enzyme may act as a molecular sink for certain PPCPs in a comparable way than that described for the organophosphorus pesticides. PMID:26562051

  9. Low concentrations of citrate reduce complement and granulocyte activation in vitro in human blood

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    Huang, Shan; Sandholm, Kerstin; Jonsson, Nina; Nilsson, Anders; Wieslander, Anders; Grundstrm, Gunilla; Hancock, Viktoria; Ekdahl, Kristina N.

    2015-01-01

    Background The use of acetate in haemodialysis fluids may induce negative effects in patients including nausea and increased inflammation. Therefore, haemodialysis fluids where acetate is substituted with citrate have recently been developed. In this study, we investigated the biocompatibility of citrate employing concentrations used in haemodialysis. Methods The effects of citrate and acetate were investigated in human whole blood in vitro under conditions promoting biomaterial-induced activation. Complement activation was measured as generation of C3a, C5a and the sC5b-9 complex, and granulocyte activation as up-regulation of CD11b expression. For the experimental set-up, a mathematical model was created to calculate the concentrations of acetate and citrate attained during haemodialysis. Results Citrate reduced granulocyte activation and did not induce higher complement activation compared with acetate at concentrations attained during haemodialysis. Investigating different citrate concentrations clearly showed that citrate is a potent complement inhibitor already at low concentrations, i.e. 0.25 mM, which is comparable with concentrations detected in the blood of patients during dialysis with citrate-containing fluids. Increased citrate concentration up to 6 mM further reduced the activation of C3a, C5a and sC5b-9, as well as the expression of CD11b. Conclusions Our results suggest that citrate is a promising substitute for acetate for a more biocompatible dialysis, most likely resulting in less adverse effects for the patients. PMID:25713707

  10. Antituberculotic and antiprotozoal activities of primin, a natural benzoquinone: in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Tasdemir, Deniz; Brun, Reto; Yardley, Vanessa; Franzblau, Scott G; Redi, Peter

    2006-11-01

    Primin (=2-methoxy-6-pentylcyclohexa-2,5-diene-1,4-dione), a natural benzoquinone synthesized in our laboratory, was investigated for its in vitro antiprotozoal, antimycobacterial, and cytotoxic potential. Primin showed very potent activity against Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense (IC50 0.144 microM) and Leishmania donovani (IC50 0.711 microM), and revealed low cytotoxicity (IC50 15.4 microM) on mammalian cells. Only moderate inhibitory activity was observed against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Trypanosoma cruzi, and Plasmodium falciparum. When tested for in vivo efficacy in a Trypanosoma b. brucei rodent model, primin failed to cure the infection at 20 mg/kg given intraperitoneally. Primin was too toxic in vivo at a higher concentration (30 mg/kg, injected i.p. route) in mice infected with L. donovani. Taken together, primin can serve as a lead compound for the rational design of more potent and less toxic antiprotozoal agents. PMID:17193236

  11. In vitro activity of cefsulodin against multi-resistant isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Qadri, S M; Billington, O; Cunha, B A

    1991-01-01

    Clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from 245 patients with different infections were tested to determine their in vitro susceptibility to cefsulodin and other anti-pseudomonad antibiotics. Cefsulodin inhibited 90% of the isolates as compared with 89% by ceftazidime, 84% by piperacillin and 73% by ticarcillin. Of the three aminoglycosides used, gentamycin (60%) and netilmycin (77%) were less inhibitory. Amikacin was the most active, inhibiting 92% of the clinical isolates. Over 60% of the isolates resistant to ticarcillin and piperacillin were susceptible to cephalosporin and aminoglycosides used. Among cefsulodin-resistant isolates, ceftazidime was active against 67% and amikacin and netilmycin against 71% of isolates. Sixty percent of ceftazidime-resistant strains were susceptible to cefsulodin. PMID:1794295

  12. Chemical interaction of disulfiram with nitrosodimethylamine after in vitro enzymatic activation

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    Tacchi, A.M.; Bertram, B.; Wiessler, M.

    1984-02-01

    The in vitro reaction between disulfiram (DSF) and N-nitroso(/sup 14/C)dimethylamine ((/sup 14/C)NDMA) was studied. Incubations of DSF with (/sup 14/C)NDMA were carried out in the presence of rat liver microsomes, control 9000 g (S9) supernatant fraction and phenobarbital-induced S9 fraction. HPLC analysis and liquid scintillation measurement provided evidence for the formation of methyldiethyldithiocarbamate (MeDDTC) as a product of the reaction between diethyldithiocarbamate (DDTC), the main active metabolite of DSF and the 'methyl-cation' released by NDMA after enzymatic activation. The amount of MeDDTC found here was consistent with the rate of oxidation of NDMA to formaldehyde. Scintillation counting confirmed that other radioactive peaks, not due to MeDDTC, were unrelated to the methylation of L-cysteine by (/sup 14/C)NDMA.

  13. Antibacterial activity of aqueous extracts of Indian chewing sticks on dental plaque: An in vitro study

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    Rao, Dola Srinivasa; Penmatsa, Tanuja; Kumar, Alapati Kranthi; Reddy, M. Narendra; Gautam, Nalam Sai; Gautam, Nalam Radhika

    2014-01-01

    The anti-microbial efficacy of aqueous extracts of Indian chewing sticks against different kinds of plaque bacteria in vitro was investigated. Supra-gingival plaque is cultured and subjected to the antibacterial activity of the aqueous extracts of chewing sticks (Neem, Acacia, Pongamia glabra, Achyranthes aspera, Streblus asper) separately. The results of the study demonstrate that all the five chewing sticks under study possess inhibitory potential against bacteria present in dental plaque mainly on aerobes. The antibacterial efficacy of aqueous extracts has antibacterial effects and could be used as a therapeutic agent and therefore, it appears to be potent anti-microbial agents that could be considered as a medicinal plant. Results of this study showed chewing sticks contained antibacterial agents, but the concentration and composition of the active substances differed among the plants. PMID:25210357

  14. Purified Kinesin Promotes Vesicle Motility and Induces Active Sliding Between Microtubules In vitro

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    Urrutia, Raul; McNiven, Mark A.; Albanesi, Joseph P.; Murphy, Douglas B.; Kachar, Bechara

    1991-08-01

    We examined the ability of kinesin to support the movement of adrenal medullary chromaffin granules on microtubules in a defined in vitro system. We found that kinesin and ATP are all that is required to support efficient (33% vesicle motility) and rapid (0.4-0.6 ? m/s) translocation of secretory granule membranes on microtubules in the presence of a low-salt motility buffer. Kinesin also induced the formation of microtubule asters in this buffer, with the plus ends of microtubules located at the center of each aster. This observation indicates that kinesin is capable of promoting active sliding between microtubules toward their respective plus ends, a movement analogous to that of anaphase b in the mitotic spindle. The fact that vesicle translocation, microtubule sliding, and microtubule-dependent kinesin ATPase activities are all enhanced in low-salt buffer establishes a functional parallel between this translocator and other motility ATPases, myosin, and dynein.

  15. Anti-inflammatory activity of dichloromethane extract of Heterotheca inuloides in vivo and in vitro.

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    Segura, L; Freixa, B; Ringbom, T; Vila, R; Perera, P; Adzet, T; Bohlin, L; Caigueral, S

    2000-08-01

    The dichloromethane extract from the dried flowers of Heterotheca inuloides Cass. was investigated on several pharmacological models of inflammation in vivo and in vitro. It showed anti-inflammatory activity on the croton oil-induced oedema test in mouse ear, at 1 mg/ear. The compound isolated from this extract, 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin, showed anti-inflammatory effect on the same experimental model (ED50 of 0.9 mumol/ear), as well as on COX-1 and COX-2 catalysed prostaglandin biosynthesis assays, with IC50 values of 22 microM and 526 microM, respectively. No effect was observed on carrageenan-induced oedema and on fMLP/PAF-induced exocytosis of human neutrophils. The COX-1 inhibitory effect showed by 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin might be related to the anti-inflammatory activity on the topical oedema induced by croton oil. PMID:10985084

  16. In vitro activity of cefditoren versus other antibiotics against S. pneumoniae clinical strains isolated in Italy.

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    Tempera, G; Furneri, P M; Ferranti, C; Genovese, C; Ripa, S; Ungheri, S; Nicoletti, G

    2010-01-01

    Over the last twenty years there has been an alarming increase in isolation of Streptococcus pneumoniae strains with a reduced susceptibility not only to penicillin, but also to other betalactams and macrolides. This phenomenon justifies the great interest in new antibiotics. Cefditoren, a new aminothiazolyl oral cephalosporin, recently commercialized in Italy, is characterized by an extended activity against penicillin-resistant S. pneumoniae. The aim of this study is to evaluate the incidence of the resistance/susceptibility to various antibiotics in 1000 strains of S. pneumoniae (678 SPSS, 219 SPPI and 103 SPPR), clinically isolated during 2009. The data obtained by our in vitro study show that cefditoren is the most active agent against S. pneumoniae. In fact, the MIC90 values of 0.5 micrograms/ml obtained could be particularly significant in therms of therapeutic predictivity. PMID:20943054

  17. In vitro activity of antimicrobial agents against Pseudomonas tolaasii, pathogen of cultivated button mushroom.

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    Todorovi?, Biljana; Milijasevi?-Mar?i?, Svetlana; Poto?nik, Ivana; Stepanovi?, Milo; Rekanovi?, Emil; Nikoli?-Bujanovi?, Ljiljana; Cekerevac, Milan

    2012-01-01

    In vitro antibacterial activity tests of seven biofungicides (Ekstrasol, Bisolbisan, Bisolbifit, Serenade, Sonata, Timorex, F-Stop) and two disinfectants (colloidal silver alone and in combination with hydrogen peroxide) against the Pseudomonas tolaasii strain (NS3B6) were carried out by the disc-diffusion, broth microdilution and broth macrodilution method. Biofungicides tested in this study did not exhibit any antimicrobial activity in neither one of the methods used. Disc diffusion method revealed high sensitivity of the tested P. tolaasii strain to Ecocute based on colloidal silver and hydrogen peroxide. Both microdilution and macrodilution methods identified the same MICs and MBCs of Ecocute (0.19 mg/L) for P. tolaasii strain. MICs and MBCs values of silver alone were much higher (10 mg/L) compared to silver in combination with hydrogen peroxide. PMID:22375589

  18. Inhibitory Activities of Cudrania tricuspidata Leaves on Pancreatic Lipase In Vitro and Lipolysis In Vivo

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    Kim, Young Sook; Lee, Youngseop; Kim, Junghyun; Sohn, Eunjin; Kim, Chan Sik; Lee, Yun Mi; Jo, Kyuhyung; Shin, Sodam; Song, Yoojin; Kim, Joo Hwan; Kim, Jin Sook

    2012-01-01

    To identify effective herb to treat obesity, we screened 115 herbal extracts for inhibition of porcine pancreatic lipase (triacylg-ycerol acylhydrolase, EC 3.1.1.3) activity in vitro. Of the extracts tested, Cudrania tricuspidata leaves exhibited the most pronounced inhibitory effect on lipase activity with an IC50 value of 9.91??g/mL. Antilipid absorption effects of C. tricuspidata leaves were examined in rats after oral administration of lipid emulsions containing 50 or 250?mg??C. tricuspidata/kg body weight. Plasma triacylglycerol levels 2?h after the oral administration of emulsions containing C. tricuspidata were significantly reduced compared to the untreated group (P < 0.05). These results suggest that C. tricuspidata leaves may be useful for the treatment of obesity. PMID:23365603

  19. Synthesis, characterization, in vitro anti-proliferative and hemolytic activity of hydroxyapatite.

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    Palanivelu, R; Ruban Kumar, A

    2014-06-01

    Hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, HAP) nanoparticles are widely used in several biomedical applications due to its compositional similarities to bone mineral, excellent biocompatibility and bioactivity, osteoconductivity. In this present investigation, HAP nanoparticles synthesized by precipitation technique using calcium nitrate and di-ammonium phosphate. The crystalline nature and the functional group analysis are confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy (FT-Raman) respectively. The morphological observations are ascertained from field emission electron scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). In vitro anti-proliferative and hemolytic activities are carried out on the synthesized HAP samples and the studies reveals that HAP have mild activity against erythrocytes. PMID:24650878

  20. Evaluation of in vitro and in vivo depigmenting activity of raspberry ketone from Rheum officinale.

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    Lin, Chia-Hsiang Victor; Ding, Hsiou-Yu; Kuo, Shiou-Yi; Chin, Ling-Wei; Wu, Jiumn-Yih; Chang, Te-Sheng

    2011-01-01

    Melanogenesis inhibition by raspberry ketone (RK) from Rheum officinale was investigated both in vitro in cultivated murine B16 melanoma cells and in vivo in zebrafish and mice. In B16 cells, RK inhibited melanogenesis through a post-transcriptional regulation of tyrosinase gene expression, which resulted in down regulation of both cellular tyrosinase activity and the amount of tyrosinase protein, while the level of tyrosinase mRNA transcription was not affected. In zebrafish, RK also inhibited melanogenesis by reduction of tyrosinase activity. In mice, application of a 0.2% or 2% gel preparation of RK applied to mouse skin significantly increased the degree of skin whitening within one week of treatment. In contrast to the widely used flavoring properties of RK in perfumery and cosmetics, the skin-whitening potency of RK has been demonstrated in the present study. Based on our findings reported here, RK would appear to have high potential for use in the cosmetics industry. PMID:21954327

  1. Syntheses and in Vitro Antiplasmodial Activity of Aminoalkylated Chalcones and Analogues.

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    Wilhelm, Anke; Kendrekar, Pravin; Noreljaleel, Anwar E M; Abay, Efrem T; Bonnet, Susan L; Wiesner, Lubbe; de Kock, Carmen; Swart, Kenneth J; van der Westhuizen, Jan Hendrik

    2015-08-28

    A series of readily synthesized and inexpensive aminoalkylated chalcones and diarylpropane analogues (1-55) were synthesized and tested against chloroquinone-sensitive (D10 and NF54) and -resistant (Dd2 and K1) strains of Plasmodium falciparum. Hydrogenation of the enone to a diarylpropane moiety increased antiplasmodial bioactivity significantly. The influence of the structure of the amine moiety, A-ring substituents, propyl vs ethyl linker, and chloride salt formation on further enhancing antiplasmodial activity was investigated. Several compounds have IC?? values similar to or better than chloroquine (CQ). The most active compound (26) had an IC?? value of 0.01 ?M. No signs of resistance were detected, as can be expected from compounds with structures unrelated to CQ and other currently used antimalarial drugs. Toxicity tests (in vitro CHO cell assay) gave high SI indices. PMID:26235033

  2. Evaluation of the antimicrobial activities of chlorhexidine gluconate, sodium hypochlorite and octenidine hydrochloride in vitro.

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    Tirali, Resmiye E; Bodur, Haluk; Sipahi, Bilge; Sungurtekin, Elif

    2013-04-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the antimicrobial activity of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) and octenidine hydrochloride (OCT) in different concentrations against endodontic pathogens in vitro. Agar diffusion procedure was used to determine the antimicrobial activity of the tested materials. Enterococcus faecalis, Candida albicans and the mixture of these were used for this study. In the agar diffusion test, 5.25% NaOCl exhibited better antimicrobial effect than the other concentrations of NaOCl for all strains. All concentrations of OCT were effective against C. albicans and E. faecalis. Some 0.2% CHX was ineffective on all microorganisms. Antibacterial effectiveness of all experimental solutions decreased on the mixture of all strains. Decreasing concentrations of NaOCl resulted in significantly reduced antimicrobial effect. PMID:23551508

  3. Impact of fibroblast activation protein on osteosarcoma cell lines in vitro.

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    Ding, Lixiang; Ye, Lin; Xu, Jianli; Jiang, Wen G

    2014-03-01

    Fibroblast activation protein (FAP) or seprase, which belongs to the group type II integral serine proteases, is an integral membrane serine peptidase. Previous studies have demonstrated that FAP has an effect on tumor growth, proliferation and invasion. However, the cellular functional role that FAP plays in osteosarcoma (OS) remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the activities of FAP in OS cell lines. The gene expression of FAP was knocked down through a hammerhead ribozyme transgene, and the various functions between the knockdown cells and their control cells were tested using a series of functional assays in vitro. The results indicated that knockdown of FAP markedly reduced the ability of cellular growth, matrix adhesion, migration and invasion in MG-63 and HOS cell lines compared with the control cells (P<0.05). In conclusion, FAP influences OS cells and may play a role in OS tumor progression and metastasis. PMID:24520291

  4. In vitro activities of a wide panel of antifungal drugs against various Scopulariopsis and Microascus species.

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    Skra, Magdalena; Bulanda, Ma?gorzata; Jagielski, Tomasz

    2015-09-01

    The in vitro activities of 11 antifungal drugs against 68 Scopulariopsis and Microascus strains were investigated. Amphotericin B, 5-fluorocytosine, fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole, and ciclopirox showed no or poor antifungal effect. The best activities were exhibited by terbinafine and caspofungin, where the MIC and MEC (minimal effective concentration) ranges were 0.0313 to >16 ?g/ml and 0.125 to 16 ?g/ml, respectively. The MIC and MEC modes were both 1 g/ml for terbinafine and caspofungin; the MIC50 and MEC50 were 1 g/ml for both drugs, whereas the MIC90 and MEC90 were 4 g/ml and 16 g/ml, respectively. PMID:26100698

  5. Inhibition of iron induced lipid peroxidation and antioxidant activity of Indian spices and Acacia in vitro.

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    Yadav, Amit Singh; Bhatnagar, Deepak

    2010-03-01

    The spices used in the Indian foods such as Star anise (Illicium verum), Bay leaves (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and Cobra's saffron (Mesua ferrea), and Acacia (Acacia catechu), which have medicinal value, were used as test samples, to find their effect on in vitro lipid peroxidation (LPO). Rat liver post mitochondrial supernatant (PMS) in Tris HCl buffer, pH 7.4 was incubated for 0 and 1 h, with various test extracts in three different oxidant systems. The results show that addition of test samples to FeCl(3) medium at 0 h significantly stop the initiation of the LPO. However, the propagation phase of LPO was inhibited by Cobra's saffron and Acacia and not by Star anise and Bay leaves. The test samples also showed strong reducing power and superoxide radical scavenging activity. Cobra's saffron and Acacia showed the highest antioxidant activity, probably due to the higher polyphenol content as compared to other test samples. PMID:20033297

  6. Synthesis, characterization, in vitro anti-proliferative and hemolytic activity of hydroxyapatite

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    Palanivelu, R.; Ruban Kumar, A.

    2014-06-01

    Hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, HAP) nanoparticles are widely used in several biomedical applications due to its compositional similarities to bone mineral, excellent biocompatibility and bioactivity, osteoconductivity. In this present investigation, HAP nanoparticles synthesized by precipitation technique using calcium nitrate and di-ammonium phosphate. The crystalline nature and the functional group analysis are confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy (FT-Raman) respectively. The morphological observations are ascertained from field emission electron scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). In vitro anti-proliferative and hemolytic activities are carried out on the synthesized HAP samples and the studies reveals that HAP have mild activity against erythrocytes.

  7. In Vitro Activation: A Possible New Frontier for Treatment of Primary Ovarian Insufficiency.

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    Cordeiro, Christina N; Christianson, Mindy S; Selter, Jessica H; Segars, James H

    2016-04-01

    In vitro activation (IVA) represents a new frontier in the treatment of women with primary ovarian insufficiency as well as patients with cancer desiring fertility preservation. Here, we review the biological basis of IVA and the recent translation of IVA to humans by targeting Hippo and Akt-signaling pathways. We then provide a new integrated viewpoint on IVA, highlighting basic science research on the aspects of follicular development and ovarian tissue transplantation which may potentially optimize future translational research on IVA. Specific topics discussed include cryopreservation techniques, additional IVA pathway targets, the roles of actin polymerization, paracrine and endocrine factors, and the role of mechanical signaling and associated tissue rigidity in controlling ovarian follicular activation. Further research and improved understanding is needed to optimize success of IVA. PMID:26787101

  8. In vitro activity of linezolid as assessed through the 2013 LEADER surveillance program.

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    Flamm, Robert K; Mendes, Rodrigo E; Hogan, Patricia A; Ross, James E; Farrell, David J; Jones, Ronald N

    2015-04-01

    The 2013 LEADER surveillance program monitored the in vitro activity of linezolid and comparator agents against Gram-positive bacteria at 60 medical centers in the United States. A total of 7183 pathogens were contributed from 6 predetermined pathogen groups. The groups were Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative staphylococci, enterococci, Streptococcus pneumoniae, ?-hemolytic streptococci, and viridans group streptococci. The MIC90 value for each of the 6 pathogen groups was 1 ?g/mL. Susceptibility of "all organisms" to linezolid was 99.83%. Only 12 isolates (2 S. aureus, 3 Staphylococcus epidermidis, 1 Streptococcus sanguinis, 5 Enterococcus faecium, and 1 Enterococcus faecalis) were nonsusceptible to linezolid (0.17%). Three of these (2 S. aureus and 1 E. faecium) harbored the cfr resistance mechanism. The findings indicate that linezolid activity remains stable, although there are examples of clonal dissemination within several monitored institutions. PMID:25633420

  9. Partial in vitro analysis of toxic and antigenic activities of eleven Peruvian pitviper snake venoms.

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    Guerra-Duarte, C; Lopes-Peixoto, J; Fonseca-de-Souza, B R; Stransky, S; Oliveira, D; Schneider, F S; Lopes-de-Souza, L; Bonilla, C; Silva, W; Tintaya, B; Yarleque, A; Chávez-Olórtegui, C

    2015-12-15

    This work used eleven Peruvian snake venoms (Bothrops andianus, Bothrops atrox, Bothrops barnetti, Bothrops castelnaudi, Bothriopsis chloromelas, Bothrocophias microphthalmus, Bothrops neuwiedi, Bothriopsis oligolepis, Bothriopsis peruviana, Bothrops pictus and Bothriopsis taeniata) to perform in vitro experimentation and determine its main characteristics. Hyaluronidase (HYAL), phospholipase A2 (PLA2), snake venom metalloproteinase (SVMP), snake venom serine protease (SVSP) and L-amino acid oxidase (LAAO) activities; toxicity by cell viability assays using MGSO3, VERO and HeLa cell lineages; and crossed immunoreactivity with Peruvian (PAV) and Brazilian (BAV) antibothropic polyvalent antivenoms, through ELISA and Western Blotting assays, were determined. Results show that the activities tested in this study were not similar amongst the venoms and each species present their own peculiarities, highlighting the diversity within Bothrops complex. All venoms were capable of reducing cell viability of all tested lineages. It was also demonstrated the crossed recognition of all tested venoms by both antivenoms. PMID:26365916

  10. In vitro and in vivo antioxidant activity of polyphenols extracted from black highland barley.

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    Shen, Yingbin; Zhang, Hui; Cheng, Liling; Wang, Li; Qian, Haifeng; Qi, Xiguang

    2016-03-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the antioxidant capacity of polyphenols extracted from black highland barley (BHLPE) in vitro and in vivo. BHLPE was found to have strong superoxide radical, hydroxyl radical and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical-scavenging activity, ferric reducing antioxidant power and moderate metal ion-chelating activity. Compared with a high fat diet (HFD) group, mice that were administered 600mg BHLPE/kg body weight showed significant decreases in total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and the atherosclerosis index, in addition to markedly increased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Furthermore, the antioxidant defense system and antioxidant gene expression were significantly improved in vivo in mice that were administered BHLPE compared with mice in the HFD group. These results suggest that BHLPE has significant potential as a natural antioxidant to promote health and to reduce the risk of disease. PMID:26471646

  11. Purified kinesin promotes vesicle motility and induces active sliding between microtubules in vitro.

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    Urrutia, R; McNiven, M A; Albanesi, J P; Murphy, D B; Kachar, B

    1991-01-01

    We examined the ability of kinesin to support the movement of adrenal medullary chromaffin granules on microtubules in a defined in vitro system. We found that kinesin and ATP are all that is required to support efficient (33% vesicle motility) and rapid (0.4-0.6 micron/s) translocation of secretory granule membranes on microtubules in the presence of a low-salt motility buffer. Kinesin also induced the formation of microtubule asters in this buffer, with the plus ends of microtubules located at the center of each aster. This observation indicates that kinesin is capable of promoting active sliding between microtubules toward their respective plus ends, a movement analogous to that of anaphase b in the mitotic spindle. The fact that vesicle translocation, microtubule sliding, and microtubule-dependent kinesin ATPase activities are all enhanced in low-salt buffer establishes a functional parallel between this translocator and other motility ATPases, myosin, and dynein. Images PMID:1830666

  12. Design, synthesis and invitro trypanocidal and leishmanicidal activities of novel semicarbazone derivatives.

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    Alves, Marina A; de Queiroz, Aline C; Alexandre-Moreira, Magna Suzana; Varela, Javier; Cerecetto, Hugo; Gonzlez, Mercedes; Doriguetto, Antonio C; Landre, Iara M; Barreiro, Eliezer J; Lima, Ldia M

    2015-07-15

    Trypanosomatids are protozoan parasites that cause various diseases in human, such as leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and sleeping sickness. The highly syntenic genomes of the trypanosomatid species lead the assumption that they can encode similar proteins, indicating the possibility to design new antitrypanosomatid drugs with dual trypanosomicidal and leishmanicidal activities. In this work a series of compounds (6a-h and 7a-h), containing a semicarbazone scaffold as a peptide mimetic framework, was designed and synthesized. From this series compound 7g (LASSBio-1483) highlighted, showing dual invitro trypanosomicidal and leishmanicidal activities, with potency similar to the standard drugs nifurtimox and pentamidine. This data, taken together with its good in silico druglikeness profile and its great chemical and plasma stability, make LASSBio-1483 (7g) a new antitrypanosomatid lead-candidate. PMID:26069927

  13. In vivo anti-inflammatory and in vitro antioxidant activities of Mediterranean dietary plants.

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    Conforti, Filomena; Sosa, Silvio; Marrelli, Mariangela; Menichini, Federica; Statti, Giancarlo A; Uzunov, Dimitar; Tubaro, Aurelia; Menichini, Francesco; Loggia, Roberto Della

    2008-02-28

    Five hydroalcoholic extracts of edible plants from Calabria region (Italy) used in local traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammatory diseases were evaluated for their in vivo topical anti-inflammatory activity (inhibition of croton oil-induced ear oedema in mice) and in vitro antioxidant and antiradical properties (inhibition of linoleic acid oxidation and bovine brain liposomes peroxidation, DPPH radical scavenging). All the extracts showed an anti-inflammatory effect: 300 microg/cm(2) provoked oedema reductions ranging from 21 to 27%. All the extracts exerted also radical scavenging and/or antioxidant properties, the most active plant being Mentha aquatica L. (Lamiaceae) which contained the highest amount of phenolics (337 mg/g) and of flavonoids (15.75 mg/g). Moreover, the content and the composition of sterols were assessed by GC-MS in the examined plants Borago officinalis L. (Boraginaceae) contained the highest number of sterols. PMID:18164564

  14. In vitro Activation of heme oxygenase-2 by menadione and its analogs

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    2014-01-01

    Background Previously, we reported that menadione activated rat, native heme oxygenase-2 (HO-2) and human recombinant heme oxygenase-2 selectively; it did not activate spleen, microsomal heme oxygenase-1. The purpose of this study was to explore some structureactivity relationships of this activation and the idea that redox properties may be an important aspect of menadione efficacy. Methods Heme oxygenase activity was determined in vitro using rat spleen and brain microsomes as the sources of heme oxygenase-1 and ?2, respectively, as well as recombinant, human heme oxygenase-2. Results Menadione analogs with bulky aliphatic groups at position-3, namely vitamins K1 and K2, were not able to activate HO-2. In contrast, several compounds with similar bulky but less lipophilic moieties at position-2 (and ?3) were able to activate HO-2 many fold; these compounds included polar, rigid, furan-containing naphthoquinones, furan-benzoxazine naphthoquinones, 2-(aminophenylphenyl)-3-piperidin-1-yl naphthoquinones. To explore the idea that redox properties might be involved in menadione efficacy, we tested analogs such as 1,4-dimethoxy-2-methylnaphthalene, pentafluoromenadione, monohalogenated naphthoquinones, ?-tetralone and 1,4-naphthoquinone. All of these compounds were inactive except for 1,4-naphthoquinone. Menadione activated full-length recombinant human heme oxygenase-2 (FL-hHO-2) as effectively as rat brain enzyme, but it did not activate rat spleen heme oxygenase. Conclusions These observations are consistent with the idea that naphthoquinones such as menadione bind to a receptor in HO-2 and activate the enzyme through a mechanism that may involve redox properties. PMID:24533775

  15. Ethnopharmacological in vitro studies on Austria's folk medicine—An unexplored lore in vitro anti-inflammatory activities of 71 Austrian traditional herbal drugs☆

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    Vogl, Sylvia; Picker, Paolo; Mihaly-Bison, Judit; Fakhrudin, Nanang; Atanasov, Atanas G.; Heiss, Elke H.; Wawrosch, Christoph; Reznicek, Gottfried; Dirsch, Verena M.; Saukel, Johannes; Kopp, Brigitte

    2013-01-01

    Ethnopharmacological relevance In Austria, like in most Western countries, knowledge about traditional medicinal plants is becoming scarce. Searching the literature concerning Austria's ethnomedicine reveals its scant scientific exploration. Aiming to substantiate the potential of medicinal plants traditionally used in Austria, 63 plant species or genera with claimed anti-inflammatory properties listed in the VOLKSMED database were assessed for their in vitro anti-inflammatory activity. Material and methods 71 herbal drugs from 63 plant species or genera were extracted using solvents of varying polarities and subsequently depleted from the bulk constituents, chlorophylls and tannins to avoid possible interferences with the assays. The obtained 257 extracts were assessed for their in vitro anti-inflammatory activity. The expression of the inflammatory mediators E-selectin and interleukin-8 (IL-8), induced by the inflammatory stimuli tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and the bacterial product lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was measured in endothelial cells. The potential of the extracts to activate the nuclear factors PPARα and PPARγ and to inhibit TNF-α-induced activation of the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) in HEK293 cells was determined by luciferase reporter gene assays. Results In total, extracts from 67 of the 71 assessed herbal drugs revealed anti-inflammatory activity in the applied in vitro test systems. Thereby, 30 could downregulate E-selectin or IL-8 gene expression, 28 were strong activators of PPARα or PPARγ (inducing activation of more than 2-fold at a concentration of 10 µg/mL) and 21 evoked a strong inhibition of NF-κB (inhibition of more than 80% at 10 µg/mL). Conclusion Our research supports the efficacy of herbal drugs reported in Austrian folk medicine used for ailments associated with inflammatory processes. Hence, an ethnopharmacological screening approach is a useful tool for the discovery of new drug leads. PMID:23770053

  16. Selection of a T7 promoter mutant with enhanced in vitro activity by a novel multi-copy bead display approach for in vitro evolution.

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    Paul, Siddhartha; Stang, Alexander; Lennartz, Klaus; Tenbusch, Matthias; berla, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    In vitro evolution of nucleic acids and proteins is a powerful strategy to optimize their biological and physical properties. To select proteins with the desired phenotype from large gene libraries, the proteins need to be linked to the gene they are encoded by. To facilitate selection of the desired phenotype and isolation of the encoding DNA, a novel bead display approach was developed, in which each member of a library of beads is first linked to multiple copies of a clonal gene variant by emulsion polymerase chain reaction. Beads are transferred to a second emulsion for an in vitro transcription-translation reaction, in which the protein encoded by each bead's amplicon covalently binds to the bead present in the same picoliter reactor. The beads then contain multiple copies of a clonal gene variant and multiple molecules of the protein encoded by the bead's gene variant and serve as the unit of selection. As a proof of concept, we screened a randomized library of the T7 promoter for high expression levels by flow cytometry and identified a T7 promoter variant with an ~10-fold higher in vitro transcriptional activity, confirming that the multi-copy bead display approach can be efficiently applied to in vitro evolution. PMID:23074193

  17. Activation of VEGF and FGF induced angiogenesis under influence of low level laser radiation in vitro

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    Gasparyan, Levon; Brill, Grigory; Makela, Anu

    2006-02-01

    One of the feasible explanations for long-term treatment effects of laser therapy of diseases connected with tissue ischemia and altered blood circulation is activation of angiogenesis after low level laser irradiation. The aim of the current study was to investigate if laser irradiation can enhance vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) or basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF) induced angiogenesis in vitro. The study was conducted on rat thoracic aortal rings. Samples of group 1 served as control, samples of groups 2 and 3 were incubated with VEGF or FGF, group 4 samples were irradiated with laser (660 nm, 20 mW) during 10 min, samples of groups 5 and 6 were incubated with VEGF or FGF accordingly and received 10 min of laser irradiation. In the control group no noticeable angiogenesis occurred. The application of VEGF activated angiogenesis: the area covered by new vessels was 1,3+/-0,24 mm2 and the maximal length of vessels was 0,93+/-0,11 mm. Laser light irradiation (group 4) activated angiogenesis (1,9+/-0,29 mm2 and 0,75+/-0,10 mm). The combined influence of laser light and VEGF on angiogenesis (group 5) was significantly stronger (p <0,001), than each of the factors separately (6,98+/-0,88 mm2 and 1,7+/-0,23 mm). Application of FGF also activated angiogenesis: the area covered by new vessels was 2,76+/-0,22 mm2 and the maximal length of vessels was 1,19+/-0,12 mm. Combined influence of laser light and FGF on angiogenesis (group 6) was again significantly stronger (p <0,001), than each of the factors separately (5,43+/-0,28 mm2 and 1,99+/-0,10 mm). Studies show that laser irradiation can intensify effects of growth factors in vitro.

  18. In vitro and in vivo antidermatophytic activities of some Iranian medicinal plants.

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    Ayatollahi Mousavi, Seyyed Amin; Kazemi, Abdolhasan

    2015-11-01

    In the last decades, the number of people suffering from dermatophytoses has seriously increased, which may be due to the development of resistant strains to a range of antifungal drugs. The present study was aimed to evaluate the antidermatophytic properties of eight extracts from the selected spices and herbs, which were ethno-medicinally used in Iran against Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Trichophyton interdigitale, Microsporum canis, and Microsporum gypseum (10 strain of each). The in vitro antifungal activities of the extracts from four spices and four plants were evaluated by the broth macro dilution method against four dermatophyte strains. In addition, the in vivo therapeutic effects of Myrtus communis L. and Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume extracts (the most active extracts) on dermatophytosis induced by M. canis and T. mentagrophytes in guinea pigs were evaluated. Results of in vitro antifungal assay revealed that all the tested extracts demonstrated both fungistatic and fungicidal activities with the geometric mean (GM) MIC ranging from 0.058 to 3.73?mg/ml and GM (MFC) ranging from 0.058 to 7.46?mg/ml, respectively. Two extracts (M. communis and C. zeylanicum) significantly inhibited the growth of all the tested dermatophytes, while other extracts demonstrated weak (MICs of >0.625?mg/ml) to moderate (MICs ranging from 100 to 0.625?mg/ml) activities. In vivo antidermatophytic assay demonstrated that clotrimazole cured T. mentagrophytes and M. canis infection on days 21 and 17, respectively, whereas M. communis and C. zeylanicum extracts significantly (p < 0.05) cured T. mentagrophytes and M. canis infection on days 9 and 13 as well as 9, 11, respectively. Phytochemical screening showed the presence of flavonoids, tannins, phenols, and alkaloids in M. communis and alkaloids, flavonoids, and tannins in C. zeylanicum. Findings of the present study also provided the scientific evidence that natural plants could be used in traditional medicine for the prevention and treatment of dermatophytic infections. PMID:26092105

  19. Magnolol protects against trimethyltin-induced neuronal damage and glial activation in vitro and in vivo.

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    Kim, Da Jung; Kim, Yong Sik

    2016-03-01

    Trimethyltin (TMT), an organotin with potent neurotoxic effects by selectively damaging to hippocampus, is used as a tool for creating an experimental model of neurodegeneration. In the present study, we investigated the protective effects of magnolol, a natural biphenolic compound, on TMT-induced neurodegeneration and glial activation in vitro and in vivo. In HT22 murine neuroblastoma cells, TMT induced necrotic/apoptotic cell death and oxidative stress, including intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), protein carbonylation, induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), and activation of all mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) family proteins. However, magnolol treatment significantly suppressed neuronal cell death by inhibiting TMT-mediated ROS generation and activation of JNK and p38 MAPKs. In BV-2 microglial cells, magnolol efficiently attenuated TMT-induced microglial activation via suppression of ROS generation and activation of JNK, p38 MAPKs, and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling. In an in vivo mouse study, TMT induced massive neuronal damage and enhanced oxidative stress at day 2. We also observed a concomitant increase in glial cells and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression on the same day. These features of TMT toxicity were reversed by treatment of magnolol. We observed that p-JNK and p-p38 MAPK levels were increased in the mouse hippocampus at day 1 after TMT treatment and that magnolol blocked TMT-induced JNK and p38 MAPK activation. Magnolol administration prevented TMT-induced hippocampal neurodegeneration and glial activation, possibly through the regulation of TMT-mediated ROS generation and MAPK activation. PMID:26756313

  20. In vitro antimicrobial activity of propolis and Arnica montana against oral pathogens.

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    Koo, H; Gomes, B P; Rosalen, P L; Ambrosano, G M; Park, Y K; Cury, J A

    2000-02-01

    Arnica and propolis have been used for thousands of years in folk medicine for several purposes. They possess several biological activities such as anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and tissue regenerative, among others. Although the antibacterial activity of propolis has already been demonstrated, very few studies have been done on bacteria of clinical relevance in dentistry. Also, the antimicrobial activity of Arnica has not been extensively investigated. Therefore the aim here was to evaluate in vitro the antimicrobial activity, inhibition of adherence of mutans streptococci and inhibition of formation of water-insoluble glucan by Arnica and propolis extracts. Arnica montana (10%, w/v) and propolis (10%, w/v) extracts from Minas Gerais State were compared with controls. Fifteen microorganisms were used as follows: Candida albicans--NTCC 3736, F72; Staphylococcus aureus--ATCC 25923; Enterococcus faecalis--ATCC 29212; Streptococcus sobrinus 6715; Strep. sanguis--ATCC 10556; Strep. cricetus--HS-6; Strep. mutans--Ingbritt 1600; Strep. mutans--OMZ 175; Actinomyces naeslundii--ATCC 12104, W 1053; Act. viscosus OMZ 105; Porphyromonas gingivalis; Porph. endodontalis and Prevotella denticola (the last three were clinical isolates). Antimicrobial activity was determined by the agar diffusion method and the zones of growth inhibition were measured. To assess cell adherence to a glass surface, the organisms were grown for 18 h at 37 degrees C in test-tubes at a 30 degree angle. To assay water-insoluble glucan formation, a mixture of crude glucosyltransferase and 0.125 M sucrose was incubated for 18 h at 37 degrees C in test-tubes at a 30 degree angle. Arnica and propolis extracts (20 microl) were added to these tubes to evaluate the % of inhibition of cell adherence and water-insoluble glucan formation. The propolis extract significantly inhibited all the microorganisms tested (p < 0.05), showing the largest inhibitory zone for Actinomyces spp. The Arnica extract did not demonstrate significant antimicrobial activity. Cell adherence and water-insoluble glucan formation were almost completely inhibited by the propolis extract at a final concentration of 400 microg/ml and 500 microg/ml, respectively. The Arnica extract showed slight inhibition of the adherence of the growing cells (19% for Strep. mutans and 15% for Strep. sobrinus) and of water-insoluble glucan formation (29%) at these same concentrations. Thus, the propolis extract showed in vitro antibacterial activity, inhibition of cell adherence and inhibition of water-insoluble glucan formation, while the Arnica extract was only slightly active in those three conditions. PMID:10716618

  1. Phosphorylated H2AX in parthenogenetically activated, in vitro fertilized and cloned bovine embryos.

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    Pereira, A F; Melo, L M; Freitas, V J F; Salamone, D F

    2015-08-01

    In vitro embryo production methods induce DNA damage in the embryos. In response to these injuries, histone H2AX is phosphorylated (γH2AX) and forms foci at the sites of DNA breaks to recruit repair proteins. In this work, we quantified the DNA damage in bovine embryos undergoing parthenogenetic activation (PA), in vitro fertilization (IVF) or somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) by measuring γH2AX accumulation at different developmental stages: 1-cell, 2-cell and blastocyst. At the 1-cell stage, IVF embryos exhibited a greater number of γH2AX foci (606.1 ± 103.2) and greater area of γH2AX staining (12923.6 ± 3214.1) than did PA and SCNT embryos. No differences at the 2-cell stage were observed among embryo types. Although PA, IVF and SCNT were associated with different blastocyst formation rates (31.1%, 19.7% and 8.3%, P < 0.05), no differences in the number of γH2AX foci or area were detected among the treatments. γH2AX is detected in bovine preimplantation embryos produced by PA, IVF and SCNT; the amount of DNA damage was comparable among those embryos developing to the blastocyst stage among different methods for in vitro embryo production. While IVF resulted in increased damage at the 1-cell embryo stage, no difference was observed between PA and SCNT embryos at any developmental stage. The decrease in the number of double-stranded breaks at the blastocyst stage seems to indicate that DNA repair mechanisms are functional during embryo development. PMID:24735637

  2. Catalytic diesel particulate filters reduce the in vitro estrogenic activity of diesel exhaust.

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    Wenger, Daniela; Gerecke, Andreas C; Heeb, Norbert V; Naegeli, Hanspeter; Zenobi, Renato

    2008-04-01

    An in vitro reporter gene assay based on human breast cancer T47D cells (ER-CALUX) was applied to examine the ability of diesel exhaust to induce or inhibit estrogen receptor (ER)-mediated gene expression. Exhaust from a heavy-duty diesel engine was either treated by iron- or copper/iron-catalyzed diesel particulate filters (DPFs) or studied as unfiltered exhaust. Collected samples included particle-bound and semivolatile constituents of diesel exhaust. Our findings show that all of the samples contained compounds that were able to induce ER-mediated gene expression as well as compounds that suppressed the activity of the endogenous hormone 17beta-estradiol (E2). Estrogenic activity prevailed over antiestrogenic activity. We found an overall ER-mediated activity of 1.63 +/- 0.31 ng E2 CALUX equivalents (E2-CEQs) per m(3) of unfiltered exhaust. In filtered exhaust, we measured 0.74 +/- 0.07 (iron-catalyzed DPF) and 0.55 +/- 0.09 ng E2-CEQ m(-3) (copper/iron-catalyzed DPF), corresponding to reductions in estrogenic activity of 55 and 66%, respectively. Our study demonstrates that both catalytic DPFs lowered the ER-mediated endocrine-disrupting potential of diesel exhaust. PMID:18264702

  3. Ethosomes for the delivery of anti-HSV-1 molecules: preparation, characterization and in vitro activity.

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    Cortesi, R; Ravani, L; Zaid, A N; Menegatti, E; Romagnoli, R; Drechsler, M; Esposito, E

    2010-10-01

    This paper describes the production, characterization and in vitro activity of ethosomes containing two molecules with antiviral activity, such as acyclovir (ACY) and N1-beta-D-ribofuranosyl-pyrazole [3,4d]pyridazin-7(6p-chlorine-phenyl)-one nucleoside (N1CP). Ethosomes were prepared and morphologically characterized by Cryo-TEM. The encapsulation efficiency was 92.3 +/- 2.5% for ACY and 94.2 +/- 2.8% for N1CP. The release of the drug from vesicles, determined by a Franz cell method, indicated that both drugs were released in a controlled manner. In order to possibly guarantee the stability during long-term storage ethosome suspensions was freeze-dried. It was found that the freeze-dried ethosomes' cakes were compact, glassy characterized by low density and quick re-hydration. However, the storage time slightly influences the percentage of drug encapsulation within ethosomes showing a drug leakage after re-hydration around 10%. The antiviral activity against HSV-1 of both drugs was tested by plaque reduction assay in monolayer cultures of Vero cells. Data showed that ethosomes allowed a reduction of the ED50 of N1CP evidencing an increase of its antiviral activity. However, ACY remains more active than N1CP. No differences are appreciable between drug-containing ethosomes before and after freeze-drying. Taken together these results, ethosomal formulation could be possibly proposed as mean for topical administration of anti-herpetic molecules. PMID:21105576

  4. In vitro radical scavenging and cytotoxic activities of novel hybrid selenocarbamates.

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    Romano, Beatriz; Plano, Daniel; Enco, Ignacio; Palop, Juan Antonio; Sanmartn, Carmen

    2015-04-15

    Novel selenocyanate and diselenide derivatives containing a carbamate moiety were synthesised and evaluated in vitro to determine their cytotoxic and radical scavenging properties. Cytotoxic activity was tested against a panel of human cell lines including CCRF-CEM (lymphoblastic leukaemia), HT-29 (colon carcinoma), HTB-54 (lung carcinoma), PC-3 (prostate carcinoma), MCF-7 (breast adenocarcinoma), 184B5 (non-malignant, mammary gland derived) and BEAS-2B (non-malignant, derived from bronchial epithelium). Most of the compounds displayed high antiproliferative activity with GI50 values below 10?M in MCF-7, CCRF-CEM and PC-3 cells. Radical scavenging properties of the new selenocompounds were confirmed testing their ability to scavenge DPPH and ABTS radicals. Based on the activity of selenium-based glutathione peroxidases (GPxs), compounds 1a, 2e and 2h were further screened for their capacity to reduce hydrogen peroxide under thiol presence. Results suggest that compound 1a mimics GPxs activity. Cytotoxic parameters, radical scavenging activity and ADME profile point to 1a as promising drug candidate. PMID:25792142

  5. In vitro antiplasmodial activity of benzophenones and xanthones from edible fruits of Garcinia species.

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    Lyles, James T; Negrin, Adam; Khan, Shabana I; He, Kan; Kennelly, Edward J

    2014-06-01

    Species of Garcinia have been used to combat malaria in traditional African and Asian medicines, including Ayurveda. In the current study, we have identified antiplasmodial benzophenone and xanthone compounds from edible Garcinia species by testing for in vitro inhibitory activity against Plasmodium falciparum. Whole fruits of Garcinia xanthochymus, G. mangostana, G. spicata, and G. livingstonei were extracted and tested for antiplasmodial activity. Garcinia xanthochymus was subjected to bioactivity-guided fractionation to identify active partitions. Purified benzophenones (1-9) and xanthones (10-18) were then screened in the plasmodial lactate dehydrogenase assay and tested for cytotoxicity against mammalian (Vero) cells. The benzophenones guttiferone E (4), isoxanthochymol (5), and guttiferone H (6), isolated from G. xanthochymus, and the xanthones ?-mangostin (15), ?-mangostin (16), and 3-isomangostin (17), known from G. mangostana, showed antiplasmodial activity with IC50 values in the range of 4.71-11.40 M. Artemisinin and chloroquine were used as positive controls and exhibited IC50 values in the range of 0.01-0.24 M. The identification of antiplasmodial benzophenone and xanthone compounds from G. xanthochymus and G. mangostana provides evidence for the antiplasmodial activity of Garcinia species and warrants further investigation of these fruits as dietary sources of chemopreventive compounds. PMID:24963617

  6. In vitro antioxidant activities of sulfated polysaccharide ascophyllan isolated from Ascophyllum nodosum.

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    Abu, Ryogo; Jiang, Zedong; Ueno, Mikinori; Okimura, Takasi; Yamaguchi, Kenichi; Oda, Tatsuya

    2013-08-01

    Antioxidant activities of sulfated polysaccharide ascophyllan from Ascophyllum nodosum was investigated in vitro by various assays, and compared with those of fucoidan. A chemiluminescence (CL) analysis using a luminol analog, L-012, showed that ascophyllan scavenges superoxide, and the activity is greater than fucoidan. However, in the presence of 10μg/ml of ascophyllan or 10μg/ml and 100μg/ml of fucoidan, slightly enhanced CL-responses were observed. Since EDTA-treatment resulted in disappearance of the enhancement effects, it was suggested that metal ions especially iron ions in the polysaccharides might be involved in this phenomenon. In fact, metal element analysis revealed that ascophyllan and fucoidan inherently contain iron and other metal elements. EDTA-treatment resulted in significant increase in Fe(2+)-chelating activities of these polysaccharides. In an electron spin resonance (ESR)-spin trapping analysis in which direct UV-radiation to hydrogen peroxide was used as a source of hydroxyl radical, ascophyllan and fucoidan showed potent hydroxyl radical scavenging activity with similar extent. Reducing power of ascophyllan was stronger than that of fucoidan. Our results indicate that ascophyllan can exhibit direct and potent antioxidant activity. PMID:23643974

  7. Colloidal aggregation and the in vitro activity of traditional Chinese medicines.

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    Duan, Da; Doak, Allison K; Nedyalkova, Lyudmila; Shoichet, Brian K

    2015-04-17

    Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) have been the sole source of therapeutics in China for two millennia. In recent drug discovery efforts, purified components of TCM formulations have shown activity in many in vitro assays, raising concerns of promiscuity. Here, we investigated 14 bioactive small molecules isolated from TCMs for colloidal aggregation. At concentrations commonly used in cell-based or biochemical assay conditions, eight of these compounds formed particles detectable by dynamic light scattering and showed detergent-reversible inhibition against ?-lactamase and malate dehydrogenase, two counter-screening enzymes. When three of these compounds were tested against their literature-reported molecular targets, they showed similar reversal of their inhibitory activity in the presence of detergent. For three of the most potent aggregators, contributions to promiscuity via oxidative cycling were investigated; addition of 1 mM DTT had no effect on their activity, which is inconsistent with an oxidative mechanism. TCMs are often active at micromolar concentrations; this study suggests that care must be taken to control for artifactual activity when seeking their primary targets. Implications for the formulation of these molecules are considered. PMID:25606714

  8. In vitro activity of the trinem sanfetrinem (GV104326) against gram-positive organisms.

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    Singh, K V; Coque, T M; Murray, B E

    1996-09-01

    The in vitro activity of the trinem sanfetrinem (formerly GV104326) (GV) was compared with that of vancomycin, ampicillin, and/or nafcillin against 287 gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and multiresistant enterococci, by the agar and microbroth dilution methods. GV demonstrated 2 to 16 times more activity than ampicillin and nafcillin against the majority of these organisms. The MIC range of GV was 16 to 64 micrograms/ml for 19 Enterococcus faecium strains that were highly resistant to ampicillin (ampicillin MIC range, 64 to 512 micrograms/ml) and vancomycin resistant and 0.25 to 32 micrograms/ml for resistant Rhodococcus spp. Similar activities (+/-1 dilution) were observed by either the agar or the broth microdilution method. GV demonstrated bactericidal activity against a beta-lactamase-producing Enterococcus faecalis strain and against two methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus strains in 10(5)-CFU/ml inocula. Synergy between GV and gentamicin was observed against an E. faecalis strain that lacked high-level gentamicin resistance. The activity of GV suggests this compound warrants further study. PMID:8878596

  9. In vitro antidiabetic activity of various crude extracts of Boletus variipes

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    Muniandy, Sutha; Fazry, Shazrul; Daud, Fauzi; Senafi, Sahidan

    2015-09-01

    Diabetes mellitus is a complex metabolic disease that progressively spread worldwide and difficult to treat due to various physical and metabolic complications. Current treatment using synthetic drugs has lead to various undesirable side effects. Here we determined the effect of Boletus variipes extracts on diabetes related enzymes. In this study, hot water, cold water and methanol extracts of B. variipes were utilized in order to assess their in vitro antidiabetic activity by measuring the effect on α-amylase and α-glucosidase enzyme. Hot water extract possessed the highest inhibition activity of α-amylase and α-glucosidase in a concentration dependent manner with the IC50 value 87 mg/mL and 89 mg/mL respectively. The methanol extract also showed inhibition activity of α-amylase and α-glucosidase but significantly lower than the hot water extract. Whereas cold water extract did not show any inhibition activity towards both the enzymes. Therefore, it is hypothesized that the hot water extract of Boletus variipes contains bioactive compound that can inhibit alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase enzyme activity.

  10. Screening for hemostatic activities of popular Chinese medicinal herbs in vitro

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    Ohkura, Naoki; Yokouchi, Haruna; Mimura, Mariyo; Nakamura, Riki; Atsumi, Gen-ichi

    2015-01-01

    Aims: This study aimed to identify new hemostyptics by assessing the coagulation enhancing activity of 114 Chinese herbal extracts in vitro. Methods: Herbs were boiled in water for 30 min, filtered and then lyophilized filtrates (10 mg/mL) were dissolved in water. Coagulation was assayed as prothrombin time (PT). Plasma diluted in saline was incubated with each extract for 5 min and then PT reagent was added, followed by CaCl2 solution and the time taken to form clots was measured. Extracts that decreased coagulation time were regarded as containing active compounds. The abilities of extracts to activate Factor XII were assessed and the activated form of factor XII (XIIa) was resolved by SDS-PAGE and visualized by silver staining. Results: Coagulation time was obviously shortened by extracts of Alpinia Rhizome, Areca, Artemisia Leaf, Cassia Bark, Danshen Root, Ephedra Herb, Epimedium Herb, Forsythia Fruit, Great Burdock Achene, Moutan Bark, Perilla Herb, Red Paeony Root, Schizonepeta Spike, Senticosus Rhizome, Sweet Annie, Uncaria Thorn and Zanthoxylum Peel. Factor XII was obviously activated by extracts of Artemisia Leaf and Great Burdock Achene, and slightly by Perilla herb. Conclusion: Some popular Chinese medicinal herbs have potential as hemostatic agents and could thus be develope as new strategies for the treatment and prevention of bleeding. PMID:26401379

  11. In vitro cancer cell growth inhibition and antioxidant activity of Bombax ceiba (Bombacaceae) flower extracts.

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    Tundis, Rosa; Rashed, Khaled; Said, Ataa; Menichini, Francesco; Loizzo, Monica R

    2014-05-01

    The flowers of Bombax ceiba were investigated for their chemical composition, antioxidant effects and antiproliferative activity against seven human cancer cell lines. The antiproliferative responses of diethyl ether (DE) and light petroleum (PE) extracts were evaluated by sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay against MCF-7, HeLa, COR-L23, C32, A375, ACHN, and LNCaP cells in comparison with a human normal cell line, 142BR. Moreover, extracts were characterized by GC-MS analysis and tested for their antioxidant properties by different in vitro systems, namely DPPH, Fe-chelating activity and beta-carotene bleaching test. Both PE and DE extracts showed the highest antiproliferative activity against human renal adenocarcinoma (ACHN) in a concentration-dependent manner. PE extract showed the highest radical scavenging activity against the DPPH radical, while DE extract was more active in the beta-carotene bleaching test. The presence of beta-sitosterol and some fatty acids may contribute to the bioactivity of B. ceiba flower extracts. PMID:25026723

  12. In vitro and ex vivo activity of peptide deformylase inhibitors against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv.

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    Sharma, Anshika; Sharma, Sadhna; Khuller, G K; Kanwar, A J

    2009-09-01

    Bacterial peptide deformylase (PDF) catalyses removal of the N-terminal formyl group of proteins and is essential for protein maturation, growth and survival of bacteria. Thus, PDF appears to be a good antimycobacterial drug target. In the present study, various well-known PDF inhibitors, such as BB-3497, actinonin, 1,10-phenanthroline, hydroxylamine hydrochloride and galardin, were selected to evaluate their inhibitory activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. All compounds were found to be active against M. tuberculosis, with MIC(90) values (lowest drug concentration at which 90% of growth was inhibited on the basis of CFU enumeration) ranging from 0.2 mg/L to 74 mg/L. BB-3497 and 1,10-phenanthroline exhibited potent in vitro antimycobacterial activity, and also showed synergism with isoniazid and rifampicin. All compounds showed a bacteriostatic mode of inhibition. Under ex vivo conditions and short-course chemotherapy, BB-3497 and actinonin were found to be significantly active, with BB-3497 exhibiting comparable efficacy to that of isoniazid. Collectively, promising activities of PDF inhibitors such as BB-3497 and actinonin suggest their potential use against M. tuberculosis. PMID:19505802

  13. Inhibition mechanism of lanthanum ion on the activity of horseradish peroxidase in vitro

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    Guo, Shaofen; Wang, Lihong; Lu, Aihua; Lu, Tianhong; Ding, Xiaolan; Huang, Xiaohua

    2010-02-01

    In order to understand the inhibition mechanism of lanthanum ion (La 3+) on the activity of horseradish peroxidase (HRP), the effects of La 3+ on the activity, electron transfer and conformation of HRP in vitro were investigated by using cyclic voltammetry (CV), atomic force microscopy (AFM), circular dichroism (CD), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectroscopy (MALDI-TOF/MS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). It was found that La 3+ can combine with the amide groups of the polypeptide chain in HRP molecule, forming the complex of La 3+ and HRP (La-HRP). The formation of the La-HRP complex causes the destruction of the native structure of HRP molecule, leading to the decrease in the non-planarity of the porphyrin ring in the heme group of HRP molecule, and then in the exposure extent of active center, Fe(III) of the porphyrin ring of HRP molecule. Thus, the direct electrochemical and catalytic activities of HRP are decreased. It is a possible inhibition mechanism of La 3+ on the activity of peroxidase.

  14. Bromelain treatment reduces CD25 expression on activated CD4+ T cells in vitro?

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    Secor, Eric R.; Singh, Anurag; Guernsey, Linda A.; McNamara, Jeff T.; Zhan, Lijun; Maulik, Nilanjana; Thrall, Roger S.

    2009-01-01

    Bromelain (Br), an extract from pineapple stem with cysteine protease activity, exerts anti-inflammatory effects in a number of inflammatory models. We have previously shown that Br treatment decreased activated CD4+ T cells and has a therapeutic role in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of allergic airway disease. The current study was designed to determine the effect of Br on CD4+ T cell activation, specifically the expression of CD25 in vitro. CD25 is up regulated upon T cell activation, found as a soluble fraction (sCD25) and is a therapeutic target in inflammation, autoimmunity and allergy. Br treatment of anti-CD3 stimulated CD4+ T cells reduced CD25 expression in a dose and time dependent manner. This reduction of CD25 was dependent on the proteolytic action of Br as the addition of E64 (a cysteine protease inhibitor) abrogated this response. The concentration of sCD25 was increased in supernatants of Br treated activated CD4+ T cells as compared to control cells, suggesting that Br proteolytically cleaved cell-surface CD25. This novel mechanism of action identifies how Br may exert its therapeutic benefits in inflammatory conditions. PMID:19162239

  15. In vitro evaluation of antimicrobial activity of the freshwater sponge Ochridaspongia rotunda (Arndt, 1937).

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    Pejin, Boris; Talevski, Aleksandra; Ciric, Ana; Glamoclija, Jasmina; Nikolic, Milos; Talevski, Trajce; Sokovic, Marina

    2014-01-01

    The antimicrobial activity of five crude extracts (aqueous, methanol, ethyl acetate, acetone and methylene chloride) of the freshwater sponge Ochridaspongia rotunda (Arndt, 1937) was evaluated in vitro by using microdilution method against eight bacterial and eight fungal strains for the first time. The extracts were proven to be active in varying degrees against all the bacteria and fungi tested. O. rotunda methanol extract exhibited the highest antibacterial activity (minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) 7.5-15.0 ?g/mL and minimum bactericidal concentration 15-30 ?g/mL), while its acetone extract exhibited the most promising antifungal activity (MIC 7.5-45.0 ?g/mL and minimum fungicidal concentration 15-60 ?g/mL). The extracts were more effective against the bacteria and fungi screened compared with the positive controls (streptomycin and ampicillin for bacteria and bifonazole and ketoconazole for fungi, respectively). According to the experimental data obtained, this deepwater sponge species may be considered as a gold mine of new antimicrobial substances with significant and broad-range activity. PMID:24804931

  16. In vitro assessment of thyroidal and estrogenic activities in poultry and broiler manure.

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    Valdehita, A; Quesada-Garca, A; Delgado, M M; Martn, J V; Garca-Gonzlez, M C; Fernndez-Cruz, M L; Navas, J M

    2014-02-15

    Among the many chemicals found in avian manure, endocrine disruptors (EDs), of natural or anthropogenic origin, are of special environmental concern. Nowadays, an increasing amount of estrogens is being released into the environment via the use of manure to fertilize agricultural land. While most research in this field has focused on estrogenic phenomena, little is known about alterations related to other endocrine systems, such as the thyroidal one. Here we simultaneously assessed the potential estrogenic and thyroidal activity of poultry and broiler litter manure using in vitro approaches based on estrogen receptor (Er) and thyroid receptor (Tr) transactivation assays. In addition, leaching experiments were performed to assess whether the EDs present in the manure pass through a soil column and potentially reach the groundwater. Manure from four broiler and four poultry farms was collected in two sampling campaigns carried out in two seasons (fall and spring). Extracts from broiler and poultry manure exhibited strong thyroidal activity. Only poultry manure showed estrogenic activity, which is consistent with the low levels of estrogens expected in hatchlings. Leakage experiments were performed in columns with two kinds of arable soils: sandy and loamy. No estrogenicity or thyroidal activity was detectable in soils treated with the manure or in the corresponding leachates. These results indicate that substances with estrogenic or thyroidal activity were degraded in the soil under our experimental conditions. However, the long-term effects associated with the constant and intensive application of manure to agricultural land in some regions require further research. PMID:24317169

  17. In Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Selected 4-Hydroxy-chromene-2-one Derivatives—SAR, QSAR and DFT Studies

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    Mladenović, Milan; Mihailović, Mirjana; Bogojević, Desanka; Matić, Sanja; Nićiforović, Neda; Mihailović, Vladimir; Vuković, Nenad; Sukdolak, Slobodan; Solujić, Slavica

    2011-01-01

    The series of fifteen synthesized 4-hydroxycoumarin derivatives was subjected to antioxidant activity evaluation in vitro, through total antioxidant capacity, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH), hydroxyl radical, lipid peroxide scavenging and chelating activity. The highest activity was detected during the radicals scavenging, with 2b, 6b, 2c, and 4c noticed as the most active. The antioxidant activity was further quantified by the quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) studies. For this purpose, the structures were optimized using Paramethric Method 6 (PM6) semi-empirical and Density Functional Theory (DFT) B3LYP methods. Bond dissociation enthalpies of coumarin 4-OH, Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) gained hybridization of the oxygen, acidity of the hydrogen atom and various molecular descriptors obtained, were correlated with biological activity, after which we designed 20 new antioxidant structures, using the most favorable structural motifs, with much improved predicted activity in vitro. PMID:21686153

  18. Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of extracts of in vivo and in vitro grown Vinca rosea L. (Catharanthus roseus) against pathogens.

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    Naz, Shagufta; Haq, Rukhama; Aslam, Farah; Ilyas, Saiqa

    2015-05-01

    The antimicrobial activity of Vinca rosea was evaluated against pathogenic bacterial strains (Bacillus subtilis, B. licheniformis and Azotobacter sp.) and fungal strains (Asprgillus niger, Alternaria solani and Rhizopus oryzae) using agar well diffusion method. Methanolic extracts of in vivo leaf, in vitro leaf, in vitro calluses of leaf, nodal and fruit explants were used and exhibited antimicrobial activity as indicated by minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). In vitro extracts showed better results as compared to the in vivo extracts for both the antibacterial as well as the antifungal activity. Among all the extracts, maximum zone of inhibition (30.3 mm 0.58(a)) was formed by in vitro leaf callus extract concentration of 2.0mg/ml against B. licheniformis. Similarly in case of antifungal activity, maximum zone of inhibition (34.6mm 0.57(a)) was formed by in vitro leaf callus extract and MIC value is 6.0mg/ml against A. niger. Hence these results clearly depicts that V. rosea possess a great strength to fight against the microbial activity and can be used against various infections. PMID:26004716

  19. In Vitro Culture of Functionally Active Buffalo Hepatocytes Isolated by Using a Simplified Manual Perfusion Method

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    Panda, Santanu; Bisht, Sonu; Malakar, Dhruba; Mohanty, Ashok K.; Kaushik, Jai K.

    2015-01-01

    Background In farm animals, there is no suitable cell line available to understand liver-specific functions. This has limited our understanding of liver function and metabolism in farm animals. Culturing and maintenance of functionally active hepatocytes is difficult, since they survive no more than few days. Establishing primary culture of hepatocytes can help in studying cellular metabolism, drug toxicity, hepatocyte specific gene function and regulation. Here we provide a simple in vitro method for isolation and short-term culture of functionally active buffalo hepatocytes. Results Buffalo hepatocytes were isolated from caudate lobes by using manual enzymatic perfusion and mechanical disruption of liver tissue. Hepatocyte yield was (5.30.66)107 cells per gram of liver tissue with a viability of 82.33.5%. Freshly isolated hepatocytes were spherical with well contrasted border. After 24 hours of seeding onto fibroblast feeder layer and different extracellular matrices like dry collagen, matrigel and sandwich collagen coated plates, hepatocytes formed confluent monolayer with frequent clusters. Cultured hepatocytes exhibited typical cuboidal and polygonal shape with restored cellular polarity. Cells expressed hepatocyte-specific marker genes or proteins like albumin, hepatocyte nuclear factor 4?, glucose-6-phosphatase, tyrosine aminotransferase, cytochromes, cytokeratin and ?1-antitrypsin. Hepatocytes could be immunostained with anti-cytokeratins, anti-albumin and anti ?1-antitrypsin antibodies. Abundant lipid droplets were detected in the cytosol of hepatocytes using oil red stain. In vitro cultured hepatocytes could be grown for five days and maintained for up to nine days on buffalo skin fibroblast feeder layer. Cultured hepatocytes were viable for functional studies. Conclusion We developed a convenient and cost effective technique for hepatocytes isolation for short-term culture that exhibited morphological and functional characteristics of active hepatocytes for studying gene expression, regulation, hepatic genomics and proteomics in farm animals. PMID:25790478

  20. Shc depletion stimulates brown fat activity in vivo and in vitro

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    Tomilov, Alexey; Bettaieb, Ahmed; Kim, Kyoungmi; Sahdeo, Sunil; Tomilova, Natalia; Lam, Adam; Hagopian, Kevork; Connell, Michelle; Fong, Jennifer; Rowland, Douglas; Griffey, Stephen; Ramsey, Jon; Haj, Fawaz; Cortopassi, Gino

    2014-01-01

    Adipose tissue is an important metabolic organ that integrates a wide array of homeostatic processes and is crucial for whole-body insulin sensitivity and energy metabolism. Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a key thermogenic tissue with a well-established role in energy expenditure. BAT dissipates energy and protects against both hypothermia and obesity. Thus, BAT stimulation therapy is a rational strategy for the looming pandemic of obesity, whose consequences and comorbidities have a huge impact on the aged. Shc-deficient mice (ShcKO) were previously shown to be lean, insulin sensitive, and resistant to high-fat diet and obesity. We investigated the contribution of BAT to this phenotype. Insulin-dependent BAT glucose uptake was higher in ShcKO mice. Primary ShcKO BAT cells exhibited increased mitochondrial respiration; increased expression of several mitochondrial and lipid-oxidative enzymes was observed in ShcKO BAT. Levels of brown fat-specific markers of differentiation, UCP1, PRDM16, ELOVL3, and Cox8b, were higher in ShcKO BAT. In vitro, Shc knockdown in BAT cell line increased insulin sensitivity and metabolic activity. In vivo, pharmacological stimulation of ShcKO BAT resulted in higher energy expenditure. Conversely, pharmacological inhibition of BAT abolished the improved metabolic parameters, that is the increased insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance of ShcKO mice. Similarly, in vitro Shc knockdown in BAT cell lines increased their expression of UCP1 and metabolic activity. These data suggest increased BAT activity significantly contributes to the improved metabolic phenotype of ShcKO mice. PMID:25257068

  1. Tumor-initiating and promoting activities of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in vivo and in vitro.

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    Ward, J M; Diwan, B A; Ohshima, M; Hu, H; Schuller, H M; Rice, J M

    1986-01-01

    The carcinogenic effects of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), including its potential as an initiator and as a promoter of carcinogenesis, were studied in mouse liver and skin and in rat liver in vivo, and in mouse epidermis-derived JB6 cells in vitro. A mouse model for liver initiation and promotion involved initiation by injection of N-nitrosodiethylamine (DEN) intraperitoneally into male B6C3F1 mice at 4 weeks of age, followed by exposure to either DEHP in the diet (3000, 6000, or 12,000 ppm) or phenobarbital in the drinking water (500 ppm), beginning 1 to 2 weeks later and continuing for periods of from 1 day to 18 months. Female F344/NCr rats were subjected to a similar protocol in which promotion continued for 14 weeks. DEHP promoted focal hepatocellular proliferative lesions (FHPL), including hyperplastic foci and neoplasms initiated by DEN in mice but not in rats. Skin-painting studies in female CD-1 or SENCAR mice involved initiation by a single topical exposure to 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]-anthracene (DMBA) applied to the dorsal skin, followed by repeated percutaneous exposure to a tumor promoter, either DEHP or 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA). To test for two-stage skin tumor promotion, SENCAR mice were initiated with DMBA and then TPA was administered for only 2 weeks, after which DEHP was subsequently administered for 26 weeks. DEHP displayed very weak complete promoting activity and definite second stage promoting activity in SENCAR mouse skin, but was inactive under our conditions on CD-1 mouse skin. In vitro promoting activity of DEHP and its hydrolysis products, mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) and 2-ethylhexanol (EH), was studied by using promotable mouse epidermis-derived JB6 cells. DEHP and MEHP promoted JB6 cells to anchorage independence, while EH did not. Images FIGURE 1. FIGURE 5. FIGURE 6. FIGURE 7. FIGURE 8. FIGURE 9. FIGURE 10. FIGURE 11. PMID:3709454

  2. Multiparametric characterisation of neuronal network activity for in vitro agrochemical neurotoxicity assessment.

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    Alloisio, Susanna; Nobile, Mario; Novellino, Antonio

    2015-05-01

    The last few decades have seen the marketing of hundreds of new pesticide products with a forecasted expansion of the global agrochemical industry. As several pesticides directly target nervous tissue as their mechanism of toxicity, alternative methods to routine in vivo animal testing, such as the Multi Electrode Array (MEAs)-based approach, have been proposed as an in vitro tool to perform sensitive, quick and low cost neuro-toxicological screening. Here, we examined the effects of a training set of eleven active substances known to have neuronal or non-neuronal targets, contained in the most commonly used agrochemicals, on the spontaneous electrical activity of cortical neuronal networks grown on MEAs. A multiparametric characterisation of neuronal network firing and bursting was performed with the aim of investigating how this can contribute to the efficient evaluation of in vitro chemical-induced neurotoxicity. The analysis of MFR, MBR, MBD, MISI_B and % Spikes_B parameters identified four different groups of chemicals: one wherein only inhibition is observed (chlorpyrifos, deltamethrin, orysastrobin, dimoxystrobin); a second one in which all parameters, except the MISI_B, are inhibited (carbaryl, quinmerac); a third in which increases at low chemical concentration are followed by decreases at high concentration, with exception of MISI_B that only decreased (fipronil); a fourth in which no effects are observed (paraquat, glyphosate, imidacloprid, mepiquat). The overall results demonstrated that the multiparametric description of the neuronal networks activity makes MEA-based screening platform an accurate and consistent tool for the evaluation of the toxic potential of chemicals. In particular, among the bursting parameters the MISI_B was the best that correlates with potency and may help to better define chemical toxicity when MFR is affected only at relatively high concentration. PMID:25845298

  3. Shc depletion stimulates brown fat activity in vivo and in vitro.

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    Tomilov, Alexey; Bettaieb, Ahmed; Kim, Kyoungmi; Sahdeo, Sunil; Tomilova, Natalia; Lam, Adam; Hagopian, Kevork; Connell, Michelle; Fong, Jennifer; Rowland, Douglas; Griffey, Stephen; Ramsey, Jon; Haj, Fawaz; Cortopassi, Gino

    2014-12-01

    Adipose tissue is an important metabolic organ that integrates a wide array of homeostatic processes and is crucial for whole-body insulin sensitivity and energy metabolism. Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a key thermogenic tissue with a well-established role in energy expenditure. BAT dissipates energy and protects against both hypothermia and obesity. Thus, BAT stimulation therapy is a rational strategy for the looming pandemic of obesity, whose consequences and comorbidities have a huge impact on the aged. Shc-deficient mice (ShcKO) were previously shown to be lean, insulin sensitive, and resistant to high-fat diet and obesity. We investigated the contribution of BAT to this phenotype. Insulin-dependent BAT glucose uptake was higher in ShcKO mice. Primary ShcKO BAT cells exhibited increased mitochondrial respiration; increased expression of several mitochondrial and lipid-oxidative enzymes was observed in ShcKO BAT. Levels of brown fat-specific markers of differentiation, UCP1, PRDM16, ELOVL3, and Cox8b, were higher in ShcKO BAT. In vitro, Shc knockdown in BAT cell line increased insulin sensitivity and metabolic activity. In vivo, pharmacological stimulation of ShcKO BAT resulted in higher energy expenditure. Conversely, pharmacological inhibition of BAT abolished the improved metabolic parameters, that is the increased insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance of ShcKO mice. Similarly, in vitro Shc knockdown in BAT cell lines increased their expression of UCP1 and metabolic activity. These data suggest increased BAT activity significantly contributes to the improved metabolic phenotype of ShcKO mice. PMID:25257068

  4. Lipophilic halogenated congeners of 2',3'-dideoxypurine nucleosides active against human immunodeficiency virus in vitro.

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    Shirasaka, T; Murakami, K; Ford, H; Kelley, J A; Yoshioka, H; Kojima, E; Aoki, S; Broder, S; Mitsuya, H

    1990-01-01

    Four 2-amino-6-halo- and four 6-halo-2',3'-dideoxypurine ribofuranosides (ddPs) were synthesized and tested for in vitro activity to suppress the infectivity, cytopathic effect, Gag protein expression, and DNA synthesis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The comparative order of in vitro anti-HIV activity of the eight 6-halo-ddPs was as follows: 2-amino-6-fluoro, 2-amino-6-chloro, 6-fluoro greater than 2-amino-6-bromo greater than 2-amino-6-iodo, 6-chloro greater than 6-bromo greater than 6-iodo. 2-Amino-6-fluoro-, 2-amino-6-chloro-, and 6-fluoro-ddPs showed a potent activity against HIV comparable to that of 2',3'-dideoxyinosine (ddI) or 2',3'-dideoxyguanosine (ddG) and completely blocked the infectivity of HIV without affecting the growth of target cells. The lipophilicity order was as follows: 2-amino-6-iodo greater than 2-amino-6-bromo greater than 2-amino-6-chloro greater than 2-amino-6-fluoro much greater than ddG greater than ddI. All eight 6-halo-ddPs were substrates for adenosine deaminase (ADA; adenosine aminohydrolase, EC 3.5.4.4). The relative rates of hydrolysis by ADA were as follows: ddA, 2-amino-6-fluoro much greater than 2-amino-6-chloro, 2-amino-6-bromo greater than 2-amino-6-iodo. Taken together, these compounds may represent an additional class of lipophilic prodrugs for ddI and ddG and may also provide a strategy for endowing therapeutic purine nucleosides with desirable lipophilicity. Images PMID:2251284

  5. [In vitro microdialysis recoveries of nine active ingredients in Mahuang decoction].

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    Tang, Ying-hong; Wan, Hai-tong; Chen, Jian-zhen; Zhou, Hui-fen; Tian, Yan-fang; He, Yu

    2015-09-01

    To detect the in vitro probe microdialysis recoveries based on an HPLC-DAD method for simultaneous quantification of nine active ingredients (ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, methylephedrine, amygdalin, liquiritin, cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamic acid, cinnamaldehyde and glycyrrhizic acid) in Mahuang decoction, which provides reference for in vivo pharmacokinetic study. The concentrations of nine active ingredients in dialysate were detected by HPLC-DAD, to investigate the effect of flow rates (incremental method and subtraction method) and intraday stability of the probe recoveries and medium concentrations on the recoveries. Nine active ingredients could be well separated in 52 min. At the perfusion rate of 1.0 μL x min(-1), the relative recoveries of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, methylephedrine, amygdalin, liquiritin, cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamic acid, cinnamaldehyde and glycyrrhizic acid were (50.95 ± 0.82)%, (52.74 ± 1.13)%, (51.29 ± 0.51)%, (32.56 ± 0.84)%, (45.36 ± 0.83)%, (70.94 ± 0.99)%, (69.98 ± 2.30)%, (71.68 ± 0.63)%, and (22.14 ± 0.48)%, respectively. And the probe kept steady in 7 hours. At the same medium concentration, the probe recoveries decreased exponentially with the increase in flow rates. The recoveries of seven ingredients detected by these two methods were similar at certain flow rates, except for amygdalin and cinnamaldehyde. At the same flow rate, the relative recoveries of cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamic acid and cinnamaldehyde changed greatly (9.55%-16.2%) and the others six ingredients had less change (3.27%-5.71%) with the changes in medium concentrations. Microdialysis method could be used to detect the in vitro recoveries of nine ingredients in Mahuang decoction. Reverse dialysis method could be used for the in vivo probe recovery calibration of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, methylephedrine, liquiritin, cinnamyl alcohol and cinnamic acid at the flow rate of 2.0 μL x min(-1). PMID:26983219

  6. Establishment and analysis of in vitro biomass from Salvia corrugata Vahl. and evaluation of antimicrobial activity.

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    Bisio, Angela; Fraternale, Daniele; Schito, Anna Maria; Parricchi, Anita; Dal Piaz, Fabrizio; Ricci, Donata; Giacomini, Mauro; Ruffoni, Barbara; De Tommasi, Nunziatina

    2016-02-01

    Demethylfruticuline A and fruticuline A, the most abundant compounds from the surface extract of Salvia corrugata Vahl., have shown antibacterial, antitumor and cytotoxic activities. In order to obtain these icetexane diterpenes from in vitro cultures of S. corrugata, protocols were developed for callus production, micropropagation and shoot regeneration. Analysis of the regenerated shoots showed the presence of both icetexanes, micropropagated plants contained only fruticuline A, while the callus contained trace amounts of both diterpenes. The yield of fruticuline A was higher in the methanolic extract of regenerated shoots than in those of fresh leaves and fresh shoot tips. In addition to these diterpenes, the regenerated shoot and micropropagated plant extracts afforded seven other diterpenes, one icetexane and six abietanes, identified by UV, IR, 1D- and 2D-NMR and HR-MS analysis. Five compounds (19-acetoxy-7α-hydroxyroyleanone, 7β,20-epoxy-11,12,19-trihydroxyabieta-8,11,13-triene, 7,20-dihydrofruticuline A, 7β-acetoxy-20-hydroxy-19,20-epoxyroyleanone, 7β-ethoxy-6β,20:19,20-diepoxyroyleanone) were previously undescribed. Although the crude plant surface extract did not possess any antibacterial activity, methanolic extracts of in vitro tissues and two compounds, namely 7β-acetoxy-20-hydroxy-19,20-epoxyroyleanone and 7β-ethoxy-6β,20:19,20-diepoxyroyleanone, isolated in suitable amounts, were active in varying degrees against multidrug resistant clinical strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium, displaying MIC values ranging from 32, 64 to 128μg/mL. PMID:26753532

  7. Virtual Screening Analysis and In-vitro Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitory Activity of Some Commercially Available Flavonoids

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    Umamaheswari, Muthuswamy; Madeswaran, Arumugam; Asokkumar, Kuppusamy

    2013-01-01

    Allopurinol, the xanthine oxidase inhibitor, is the only drug available for the treatment of gout. We examined the xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity of some commercially available flavonoids such asepigallocatechin, acacatechin, myricetin, naringenin, daidzein and glycitein by virtual screening and in-vitro studies. The interacting residues within the complex model and their contact types were identified. The virtual screening analysis were carried out using AutoDock 4.2 and in-vitro xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity was carried out using xanthine as the substrate. In addition, enzyme kinetics was performed using LineweaverBurkplot analysis. Allopurinol, a known xanthine oxidase inhibitor was used as the standard. The docking energy ofglycitein was found to be -8.49 kcal/mol which was less than that of the standard (-4.47 kcal/ mol). All the selected flavonoids were found to exhibit lower binding energy (-8.08 to -6.03 kcal/ mol) than allopurinol. The docking results confirm that flavonoids showed greater inhibition of xanthine oxidase due to their active binding sites and lesser binding energies compared to allopurinol. This may be attributed to the presence of benzopyran ring in the flavonoids. In the xanthine oxidase assay, IC50 value of glycitein was found to be 12±0.86 μg/mL, whereas that of allopurinol was 24±0.28 μg/mL. All the remaining compounds exhibited IC50 values ranging between 22±0.64 to 62±1.18 μg/mL. In the enzyme kinetic studies, flavonoids showed competitive type of enzyme inhibition. It can be concluded that flavonoids could be a promising remedy for the treatment of gout and related inflammatory disorders. Further in-vivo studies are required to develop potential compounds with lesser side effects. PMID:24250638

  8. Voriconazole Enhances the Osteogenic Activity of Human Osteoblasts In Vitro through a Fluoride-Independent Mechanism.

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    Allen, Kahtonna C; Sanchez, Carlos J; Niece, Krista L; Wenke, Joseph C; Akers, Kevin S

    2015-12-01

    Periostitis, which is characterized by bony pain and diffuse periosteal ossification, has been increasingly reported with prolonged clinical use of voriconazole. While resolution of clinical symptoms following discontinuation of therapy suggests a causative role for voriconazole, the biological mechanisms contributing to voriconazole-induced periostitis are unknown. To elucidate potential mechanisms, we exposed human osteoblasts in vitro to voriconazole or fluconazole at 15 or 200 ?g/ml (reflecting systemic or local administration, respectively), under nonosteogenic or osteogenic conditions, for 1, 3, or 7 days and evaluated the effects on cell proliferation (reflected by total cellular DNA) and osteogenic differentiation (reflected by alkaline phosphatase activity, calcium accumulation, and expression of genes involved in osteogenic differentiation). Release of free fluoride, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) was also measured in cell supernatants of osteoblasts exposed to triazoles, with an ion-selective electrode (for free fluoride) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) (for VEGF and PDGF). Voriconazole but not fluconazole significantly enhanced the proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts. In contrast to clinical observations, no increases in free fluoride levels were detected following exposure to either voriconazole or fluconazole; however, significant increases in the expression of VEGF and PDGF by osteoblasts were observed following exposure to voriconazole. Our results demonstrate that voriconazole can induce osteoblast proliferation and enhance osteogenic activity in vitro. Importantly, and in contrast to the previously proposed mechanism of fluoride-stimulated osteogenesis, our findings suggest that voriconazole-induced periostitis may also occur through fluoride-independent mechanisms that enhance the expression of cytokines that can augment osteoblastic activity. PMID:26324277

  9. Determination of the immunotoxic potential of pesticides on functional activity of sheep leukocytes in vitro.

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    Pistl, Juraj; Kovalkovicov, Natlia; Holovsk, Vanda; Legth, Jaroslav; Mikula, Ivan

    2003-06-01

    The effect of eight pesticides with different chemical structure (atrazine, bentazone, chloridazone, dichlofluanid, endosulfan, MCPA, simazine, triallate) on sheep peripheral blood phagocytes and lymphocytes was examined under in vitro conditions by iodo-nitro-tetrazolium reductase test and leukocyte migration-inhibition assay. The pesticides, dissolved in DMSO, were tested at the concentrations of 10(-1)-10(-6) M. The significant suppression of metabolic activity of phagocytic cells was registered after exposure to dichlofluanid (10(-1)-10(-3) M), endosulfan, simazine and triallate (10(-1) M). The significant cytotoxic effect (the decrease of spontaneous migration of leukocytes) was registered for bentazone, dichlofluanid, endosulfan and MCPA (10(-1) M); chloridazone (10(-1) M-10(-2) M) and triallate (10(-1)-10(-5) M). The significant immunotoxic effect (the decrease of lymphocyte activation with PHA) was observed for atrazine (10(-1)-10(-2) M); bentazone (10(-2)-10(-4) M); dichlofluanid, endosulfan (10(-2)-10(-3) M); MCPA (10(-2)-10(-6) M) and simazine (10(-1)-10(-4) M). Three of the pesticides tested suppressed both, the metabolic activity of phagocytes and mitogenic activation of lymphocytes (dichlofluanid, endosulfan and simazine). Triallate suppressed the metabolic activity of phagocytes and showed a strong cytotoxic effect. Pesticides atrazine, bentazone and MCPA influenced the mitogenic activation of lymphocytes and chloridazone showed a significant cytotoxic effect. The different chemical structure of pesticides influenced the metabolic activity of phagocytic cells as well as mitogenic activation of lymphocytes to various intensity. PMID:12748042

  10. Mechanisms by which activated normal macrophages destroy syngeneic rat tumour cells in vitro

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    Keller, R.

    1974-01-01

    Analysis of the kinetics of the in vitro interaction between nonimmune activated macrophages and syngeneic tumour cells (induced in inbred DA rats by polyoma virus, dimethylbenzanthracene or methylcholanthrene) has shown that a distinctive series of events can be clearly separated. The earliest consequence of interaction detectable by objective means is a marked decrease in tumour cell proliferation as reflected in the reduction of the capacity of tumour cells to incorporate DNA precursors such as [3H]thymidine. By 34 hours, the cytostatic effect is strongly marked, and is essentially established after 12 hours of interaction. Shrinkage, agglutination and decrease in the number of tumour cells as examples of the morphological consequences of cytostatic target cell damage accomplished by activated macrophages are rarely perceptible before 1012 hours although the tumour cells have completely disappeared after 2448 hours. Under the experimental conditions employed, occasional tumour cells escaped interaction with activated macrophages. The fact that such recovery of targets was fully reversed by adding further activated macrophages indicates that tumour cell revival reflects a decrease in macrophage effector functions during prolonged incubation. The possibility that some tumour cells might be resistant to macrophage effects thus seems excluded. Activated macrophages from normal and from congenitally athymic nude mice are equally effective in reducing tumour cell proliferation. Thus T lymphocytes and/or their soluble mediators are not essential for the macrophage function under investigation. Pretreatment of activated macrophages with an extensive array of metabolic inhibitors and agents known to affect distinct cellular functions yields much data but does not yet permit a simple comprehensive interpretation. However, the findings are compatible with the thesis that macrophage activation is accompanied by the de novo or enhanced synthesis of the cytostatic principle. Once possessed of this mechanism, other basic functional capacities of macrophages, such as membrane activity, movement or endocytosis are no longer essential for the mediation of the cytostatic effects. ImagesFIG. 2FIG. 3FIG. 4 PMID:4370655

  11. Using an In Vitro Cell Line to Assess Source and Treated Drinking Water Extracts for Estrogenic Activity.

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    While in vitro assays have been used to determine presence of estrogenic activity in many types of water, few studies have evaluated the potential estrogenic activity in source and treated drinking water samples. In a collaborative research study the U.S. Environmental Protection...

  12. Comparative In Vitro Activities of Retapamulin (SB-275833) against 141 Clinical Isolates of Propionibacterium spp., Including 117 P. acnes Isolates

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    Goldstein, Ellie J. C.; Citron, Diane M.; Merriam, C. Vreni; Warren, Yumi A.; Tyrrell, Kerin L.; Fernandez, Helen T.

    2006-01-01

    Using the NCCLS agar dilution method, we studied the in vitro activity of retapamulin (SB-275833) against 141 clinical isolates of Propionibacterium species, including seven multiresistant strains, and found retapamulin to be the most active agent among those tested with MICs of ?1 ?g/ml against all isolates. PMID:16377717

  13. In vitro and in vivo bactericidal activities of vancomycin dispersed in porous biodegradable poly(epsilon-caprolactone) microparticles.

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    Le Ray, Anne-Marie; Gautier, Hélène; Laty, Marie-Katel; Daculsi, Guy; Merle, Christian; Jacqueline, Cédric; Hamel, Antoine; Caillon, Jocelyne

    2005-07-01

    Treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis requires a prolonged antibiotic therapy with vancomycin. Because of its weak diffusion, the in situ implantation of vancomycin could be interesting. The activity of vancomycin encapsulated in microparticles was evaluated in vitro and in vivo on rabbit osteomyelitis and showed a good activity compared to intravenous administration. PMID:15980391

  14. Antitumor Activity of a Polypyridyl Chelating Ligand: In Vitro and In Vivo Inhibition of Glioma

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    David, Clment N.; Frias, Elma S.; Elix, Catherine C.; McGovern, Kathryn E.; Walker, Ameae M.; Eichler, Jack F.

    2015-01-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme is an extremely aggressive and invasive form of central nervous system tumor commonly treated with the chemotherapeutic drug Temozolomide. Unfortunately, even with treatment, the median survival time is less than 12 months. 2,9-Di-sec-butyl-1,10-phenanthroline (SBP), a phenanthroline-based ligand originally developed to deliver gold-based anticancer drugs, has recently been shown to have significant antitumor activity in its own right. SBP is hypothesized to initiate tumor cell death via interaction with non-DNA targets, and considering most glioblastoma drugs kill tumors through DNA damage processes, SBP was tested as a potential novel drug candidate against glial-based tumors. Invitro studies demonstrated that SBP significantly inhibited the growth of rodent GL-26 and C6 glioma cells, as well as human U-87, and SW1088 glioblastomas/astrocytomas. Furthermore, using a syngeneic glioma model in mice, invivo administration of SBP significantly reduced tumor volume and increased survival time. There was no significant toxicity toward nontumorigenic primary murine and human astrocytes invitro, and limited toxicity was observed in ex vivo tissues obtained from noncancerous mice. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling staining and recovery assays suggest that SBP induces apoptosis in gliomas. This exploratory study suggests SBP is effective in slowing the growth of tumorigenic cells in the brain while exhibiting limited toxicity to normal cells and tissues and should therefore be further investigated for its potential in glioblastoma treatment. PMID:25732707

  15. In vitro activity of Artemisia annua L (Asteraceae) extracts against Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus.

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    Chagas, Ana Carolina de Souza; Georgetti, Cynthia Sanches; Carvalho, Camila Olivo de; Oliveira, Mrcia Cristina de Sena; Rodrigues, Rodney Alexandre; Foglio, Mary Ann; Magalhes, Pedro Melillo de

    2011-01-01

    The activity of plant extracts on parasites may indicate groups of substances that are potentially useful for controlling Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus. The aim of the present study was to investigate the in vitro action of Artemisia annua extracts on this tick. The concentrations of the sesquiterpene lactones artemisinin and deoxyartemisinin present in plant extracts were quantified via high-performance liquid chromatography. Four extracts produced from the concentrated crude extract (CCE) were evaluated on larvae using the impregnated paper method, with readings after 24 hours of incubation. The engorged females were immersed in the CCE and in its four derived extracts for five minutes, with incubation for subsequent analysis of biological parameters. The extracts were not effective on the larvae at the concentrations tested (3.1 to 50 mg.mL(-1)). The CCE showed greater efficacy on engorged females (EC(50) of 130.6 mg.mL(-1) and EC(90) of 302.9 mg.mL(-1)) than did the derived extracts. These results tend to confirm that the action of artemisinin on engorged females of R. (B.) microplus is conditional to their blood intake. In this case, in vitro methods would be inadequate for effective evaluation of the action of A. annua on R. (B.) microplus. PMID:21439229

  16. Human insulin A-chain peptide analog(s) with in vitro biological activity.

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    Le Flem, Guillaume; Pecher, Julien; Le Flem-Bonhomme, Valerie; Withdrawn, Author; Rochette, Jacques; Pujol, Jean-Pierre; Bogdanowicz, Patrick

    2009-08-01

    In a previous study, we showed that a synthetic human insulin 1-chain analog, named analog (3) was capable of mimicking in vitro effects of native insulin, including stimulation of cell proliferation, glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis. Here, we have synthesized three new analogs (6, 9, 12) of the human A-chain, bearing or not their N- or C-terminal residue, to determine the structural features which are responsible for their biological properties. In vitro experiments clearly demonstrated that the N-terminal part of the peptides is required for the biological activity of the molecules, suggesting its crucial role in the mechanism underlying the cellular effect. Our findings may help to better understand the mechanism of interaction between insulin and its receptor. In addition, the present data demonstrate that some mini-insulin derived from the A-chain can exert similar effects as native insulin. These small peptides may offer specific advantages over insulin in the definition of new strategies for diabetes treatment. PMID:19618407

  17. Synthesis and Antifungal Activity In Vitro of Isoniazid Derivatives against Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum

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    de Farias Marques, Francisca Jakelyne; de Aguiar Cordeiro, Rebecca; da Silva, Marcos Reinaldo; Donato Maia Malaquias, Angela; Silva de Melo, Charlline Vldia; Mafezoli, Jair; Ferreira de Oliveira, Maria da Conceio; Nogueira Brilhante, Raimunda Smia; Gadelha Rocha, Marcos Fbio; Pinheiro Gomes Bandeira, Tereza de Jesus; Costa Sidrim, Jos Jlio

    2014-01-01

    Histoplasmosis is a severe infection that affects millions of patients worldwide and is endemic in the Americas. Amphotericin B (AMB) and itraconazole are highly effective for the treatment of severe and milder forms of the disease, but AMB is toxic, and the bioavailability of itraconazole is erratic. Therefore, it is important to investigate new classes of drugs for histoplasmosis treatment. In this study, a series of nine isoniazid hydrazone derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their antifungal activities in vitro against the dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum. The drugs were tested by microdilution in accordance with CLSI guidelines. The compound N?-(1-phenylethylidene)isonicotinohydrazide had the lowest MIC range of all the compounds for the yeast and filamentous forms of H. capsulatum. The in vitro synergy of this compound with AMB against the planktonic and biofilm forms of H. capsulatum cells was assessed by the checkerboard method. The effects of this hydrazone on cellular ergosterol content and membrane integrity were also investigated. The study showed that the compound alone is able to reduce the ergosterol content of planktonic cells and can alter the membrane permeability of the fungus. Furthermore, the compound alone or in combination with AMB showed inhibitory effects against mature biofilms of H. capsulatum. N?-(1-Phenylethylidene)isonicotinohydrazide alone or combined with AMB might be of interest in the management of histoplasmosis. PMID:24514090

  18. Immunomodulatory activity of Bengkoang (Pachyrhizus erosus) fiber extract in vitro and in vivo.

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    Kumalasari, Ika Dyah; Nishi, Kosuke; Harmayani, Eni; Raharjo, Sri; Sugahara, Takuya

    2014-01-01

    Bengkoang (Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urban) is one of the most popular edible root vegetables in Indonesia. Bengkoang contains fairly large amounts of carbohydrates and crude fiber. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the immunomodulatory effect of the bengkoang fiber extract (BFE) in vitro and in vivo. BFE was prepared by heating the powder of bengkoang fiber suspended in distilled water at 121C for 20min. BFE facilitated IgM production by the human hybridoma cell line HB4C5 cells. In addition, production of IgM, IgG, and IgA by mouse primary splenocytes was facilitated by BFE in a dose-dependent manner. BFE also significantly facilitated production of both interleukin-5 and interleukin-10 by splenocytes. Immunoglobulin production by lymphocytes from the spleen, Peyer's patch, and mesenteric lymph node were significantly activated by oral administration of BFE to mice for 14days. The serum immunoglobulin levels of IgG, IgM, and IgA were also significantly enhanced. Furthermore, cytokine production by lymphocytes from the spleen, Peyer's patch, and mesenteric lymph node were also facilitated by oral administration of BFE. These results suggest that BFE has positive effects on the immune system in vitro and in vivo. PMID:23361525

  19. Evolution of aldolase antibodies in vitro: correlation of catalytic activity and reaction-based selection.

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    Tanaka, Fujie; Fuller, Roberta; Shim, Hyunbo; Lerner, Richard A; Barbas, Carlos F

    2004-01-23

    Aldolase antibodies that operate via an enamine mechanism were developed by in vitro selection. Antibody Fab phage display libraries were created where the catalytic active site residues of aldolase antibodies 38C2 and 33F12 were combined with a naive human antibody V gene repertoire. Selection from these libraries with 1,3-diketones covalently trapped the amino groups of reactive lysine residues by formation of stable enaminones. The selected aldolase antibodies retained the essential catalytic lysine residue and its function in altered and humanized primary antibody structures. The substrate specificity of the aldolase antibodies was directly related to the structure of the diketone used for selection. The k(cat) values of the antibody-catalyzed retro-aldol reactions were correlated with the K(d) values, i.e. the reactivities of the selected aldolase antibodies for the corresponding diketones. Antibodies that bound to the diketone with a lower K(d) value displayed a higher k(cat) value in the retro-aldol reaction, and a linear relationship was observed in the plots of logk(cat) versus logK(d). These results indicate that selections with diketones directed the evolution of aldolase antibodies in vitro that operate via an enamine mechanism. This strategy provides a route to tailor-made aldol catalysts with different substrate specificities. PMID:14698295

  20. Salicylanilide N-monosubstituted carbamates: Synthesis and in vitro antimicrobial activity.

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    Krátký, Martin; Vinšová, Jarmila

    2016-03-15

    The research of innovative antimicrobial agents represents a cutting edge topic. Hence, we synthesized and characterised novel salicylanilide N-monosubstituted carbamates. Twenty compounds were evaluated in vitro against eight bacterial strains and eight fungal species. The lowest minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) were found to be ⩽0.49μM. Genus Staphylococcus, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and fungus Trichophyton mentagrophytes showed uniformly the highest rate of susceptibility, whilst Gram-negative bacteria and most of the fungi were less susceptible. A wide range of carbamates provided comparable or superior in vitro antimicrobial activity in comparison to established drugs. Interestingly, extended-spectrum β-lactamase producing strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae was inhibited with MICs starting from 31.25μM. With respect to Staphylococci, 2-[(4-bromophenyl)carbamoyl]-4-chlorophenyl phenylcarbamate exhibited the lowest MIC values (⩽0.98μM). 2-[(4-Bromophenyl)carbamoyl]-4-chlorophenyl benzylcarbamate showed the widest spectrum of antifungal action. The results indicate that some salicylanilide carbamates can be considered to be promising candidates for future investigation. PMID:26879856

  1. New in vitro method for evaluating antiviral activity of acyclic nucleoside phosphonates against plant viruses.

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    Spak, J; Hol, A; Pavingerov, D; Votruba, I; Spakov, V; Petrzik, K

    2010-12-01

    A new method was developed for testing antiviral compounds against plant viruses based on rapidly growing brassicas in vitro on liquid medium. This method enables exchange of media containing tested chemicals in various concentrations and simultaneous evaluation of their phytotoxicity and antiviral activity. While using ribavirin as a standard for comparison, phytotoxicity and ability of the acyclic nucleotide analogues (R)-PMPA, PMEA, PMEDAP, and (S)-HPMPC to eliminate ssRNA Turnip yellow mosaic virus (TYMV) were evaluated by this method. Double antibody sandwich ELISA and real-time PCR were used for relative quantification of viral protein and nucleic acid in plants. Ribavirin had the most powerful antiviral effect against TYMV. On the other hand, (R)-PMPA and PMEA had no antiviral effect and almost no phytotoxicity compared to the control. (S)-HPMPC and PMEDAP showed moderate antiviral effect, accompanied by higher phytotoxicity. The tested compounds can be screened within 6-9 weeks in contrast to the 6 months for traditionally used explants on solid medium. The method enables large-scale screening of potential antivirals for in vitro elimination of viruses from vegetatively propagated crops and ornamentals. PMID:20933018

  2. Mechanism of Action and Capsid-Stabilizing Properties of VHHs with an In Vitro Antipolioviral Activity

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    Schotte, Lise; Strauss, Mike; Thys, Bert; Halewyck, Hadewych; Filman, David J.; Bostina, Mihnea; Rombaut, Bart

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Previously, we reported on the in vitro antiviral activity of single-domain antibody fragments (VHHs) directed against poliovirus type 1. Five VHHs were found to neutralize poliovirus type 1 in an in vitro setting and showed 50% effective concentrations (EC50s) in the nanomolar range. In the present study, we further investigated the mechanism of action of these VHHs. All five VHHs interfere at multiple levels of the viral replication cycle, as they interfere both with attachment of the virus to cells and with viral uncoating. The latter effect is consistent with their ability to stabilize the poliovirus capsid, as observed in a ThermoFluor thermal shift assay, in which the virus is gradually heated and the temperature causing 50% of the RNA to be released from the capsid is determined, either in the presence or in the absence of the VHHs. The VHH-capsid interactions were also seen to induce aggregation of the virus-VHH complexes. However, this observation cannot yet be linked to their mechanism of action. Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) reconstructions of two VHHs in complex with poliovirus type 1 show no conformational changes of the capsid to explain this aggregation. On the other hand, these reconstructions do show that the binding sites of VHHs PVSP6A and PVSP29F overlap the binding site for the poliovirus receptor (CD155/PVR) and span interfaces that are altered during receptor-induced conformational changes associated with cell entry. This may explain the interference at the level of cell attachment of the virus as well as their effect on uncoating. IMPORTANCE The study describes the mechanism of neutralization and the capsid-stabilizing activity of five single-domain antibody fragments (VHHs) that have an in vitro neutralizing activity against poliovirus type 1. The results show that the VHHs interfere at multiple levels of the viral replication cycle (cell attachment and viral uncoating). These mechanisms are possibly shared by some conventional antibodies and may therefore provide some insight into the natural immune responses. Since the binding sites of two VHHs studied by cryo-EM are very similar to that of the receptor, the VHHs can be used as probes to study the authentic virus-cell interaction. The structures and conclusions in this study are original and raise interesting findings regarding virus-receptor interactions and the order of key events early in infection. PMID:24501405

  3. In Vitro and In Vivo Antileishmanial Activities of Pistacia vera Essential Oil.

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    Mahmoudvand, Hossein; Saedi Dezaki, Ebrahim; Ezatpour, Behrouz; Sharifi, Iraj; Kheirandish, Farnaz; Rashidipour, Marzieh

    2016-03-01

    This study aims to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo antileishmanial activities of Pistacia vera essential oil and compare their efficacy with a reference drug, meglumine antimoniate (Glucantime®). This essential oil (0-100 µg/mL) was evaluated in vitro against the intracellular amastigote forms of Leishmania tropica (MHOM/IR/2002/Mash2) and then tested on cutaneous leishmaniasis of male BALB/c mice by Leishmania major (MRHO/IR/75/ER). In the in vitro assay, it could be observed that P. vera essential oil significantly (p < 0.05) inhibited the growth rate of amastigote forms (IC50 of 21.3 ± 2.1 µg/mL) in a dose-dependent response compared with the control drug. Meglumine antimoniate also demonstrated antileishmanial effects with an IC50 value of 44.6 ± 2.5 µg/mL for this clinical stage. In the in vivo assay, the results indicated that 30 mg/mL of the essential oil had potent suppression effects on cutaneous leishmaniasis in BALB/c mice (87.5 % recovery), while 10 and 20 mg/mL of the essential oil represented the suppression effects as weak to intermediate. The mean diameter of the lesions decreased about 0.11 and 0.27 cm after the treatment of the subgroups with the essential oil concentrations of 10 and 20 mg/mL, respectively. In contrast, in the subgroup treated with the essential oil concentration of 30 mg/mL, the mean diameter of the lesions decreased about 0.56 cm. In the control subgroups, the mean diameter of the lesions increased to 1.01 cm. The main components of P. vera essential oil were limonene (26.21 %), α-pinene (18.07 %), and α-thujene (9.31 %). It was also found that P. vera essential oil had no significant cytotoxic effect on J774 cells. The present study found that P. vera essential oil showed considerable in vitro and in vivo effectiveness against L. tropica and L. major compared to the reference drug. These findings also provided the scientific evidence that natural plants could be used in traditional medicine for the prevention and treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. PMID:26829519

  4. Measuring cytochrome P450 activity in aquatic invertebrates: a critical evaluation of in vitro and in vivo methods.

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    Gottardi, Michele; Kretschmann, Andreas; Cedergreen, Nina

    2016-03-01

    The first step in xenobiotic detoxification in aquatic invertebrates is mainly governed by the cytochrome P450 mixed function oxidase system. The ability to measure cytochrome P450 activity provides an important tool to understand macroinvertebrates' responses to chemical stressors. However, measurements of P450 activity in small aquatic invertebrates have had variable success and a well characterized assay is not yet available. The general lack of success has been scarcely investigated and it is therefore the focus of the present work. In particular, the suitability of the substrate selected for the assay, the sensitivity of the assay and the possible inhibition/attenuation of enzymatic activity caused by endogenous substances were investigated. 7-ethoxycoumarin-O-dealkylation activity of Daphnia magna, Chironomus riparius larvae and Hyalella azteca was assessed in vivo and in vitro and possible inhibition of enzymatic activity by macroinvertebrates homogenate was investigated. Activities of D. magna and C. riparius larvae measured in vivo were 1.37 ± 0.08 and 2.2 ± 0.2 pmol h(-1) organism(-1), respectively, while activity of H. azteca could not be detected. In vitro activity could be measured in C. riparius larvae only (500-1000 pmol h(-1) mg microsomal protein(-1)). The optimization of the in vitro assay has been especially long and resource consuming and particularly for D. magna, substances that inhibited cytochrome P450 activity seemed to be released during tissue homogenization preventing activity measurements in vitro. We therefore recommend testing the P450 inhibition potential of homogenate preparations prior to any investigation of P450 activity in vitro in macroinvertebrates. PMID:26686507

  5. In vitro and in vivo antiplasmodial activity of three Rwandan medicinal plants and identification of their active compounds.

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    Muganga, Raymond; Angenot, Luc; Tits, Monique; Frdrich, Michel

    2014-04-01

    In our previous study, we reported the interesting in vitro antiplasmodial activity of some Rwandan plant extracts. This gave rise to the need for these extracts to also be evaluated in vivo and to identify the compounds responsible for their antiplasmodial activity. The aim of our study was, on the one hand, to evaluate the antiplasmodial activity in vivo and the safety of the selected Rwandan medicinal plants used in the treatment of malaria, with the objective of promoting the development of improved traditional medicines and, on the other hand, to identify the active ingredients in the plants. Plant extracts were selected according to their selectivity index. The in vivo antiplasmodial activity of aqueous, methanolic, and dichloromethane extracts was then evaluated using the classical 4-day suppressive test on Plasmodium berghei infected mice. The activity of the plant extracts was estimated by measuring the percentage of parasitemia reduction, and the survival of the experimental animals was recorded. A bioguided fractionation was performed for the most promising plants, in terms of antiplasmodial activity, in order to isolate active compounds identified by means of spectroscopic and spectrometric methods. The highest level of antiplasmodial activity was observed with the methanolic extract of Fuerstia africana (>?70?%) on days 4 and 7 post-treatment after intraperitoneal injection and on day 7 using oral administration. After oral administration, the level of parasitemia reduction observed on day 4 post-infection was 44?% and 37?% with the aqueous extract of Terminalia mollis and Zanthoxylum chalybeum, respectively. However, the Z. chalybeum extract presented a high level of toxicity after intraperitoneal injection, with no animals surviving on day 1 post-treatment. F. africana, on the other hand, was safer with 40?% mouse survival on day 20 post-treatment. Ferruginol is already known as the active ingredient in F. Africana, and ellagic acid (IC50?=?175?ng/mL) and nitidine (IC50?=?77.5?ng/mL) were identified as the main active constituents of T. mollis and Z. chalybeum, respectively. F. africana presented very promising antiplasmodial activity in vivo. Although most of the plants tested showed some level of antiplasmodial activity, some of these plants may be toxic. This study revealed for the first time the role of ellagic acid and nitidine as the main antimalarial compounds in T. mollis and Z. chalybeum, respectively. PMID:24710900

  6. SJ23B, a jatrophane diterpene activates classical PKCs and displays strong activity against HIV in vitro.

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    Bedoya, Luis M; Mrquez, Nieves; Martnez, Natalia; Gutirrez-Eisman, Silvia; Alvarez, Amparo; Calzado, Marco A; Rojas, Jos M; Appendino, Giovanni; Muoz, Eduardo; Alcam, Jos

    2009-03-15

    Existence of virus reservoirs makes the eradication of HIV infection extremely difficult. Current drug therapies neither eliminate these viral reservoirs nor prevent their formation. Consequently, new strategies are needed to target these reservoirs with the aim of decreasing their size. We analysed a series of jatrophane diterpenes isolated from Euphorbia hyberna and we found that one of them, SJ23B, induces the internalization of the HIV-1 receptors CD4, CXCR4 and CCR5 and prevents R5 and X4 viral infection in human primary T cells at the nanomolar range. Moreover, SJ23B is a potent antagonist of HIV-1 latency. Using Jurkat-LAT-GFP cells, a model for HIV-1 latency, we found that prostratin and SJ23B activate HIV-1 gene expression, with SJ23B being at least 10-fold more potent than prostratin. SJ23B did not elicit transforming foci activity in NIH 3T3 cells but is a potent activator of PKCalpha and delta as measured by in vitro kinase assays and by cellular translocation experiments. By using isoform-specific PKC inhibitors we found that cPKCs are critical for SJ23B-induced HIV-1 reactivation. We also showed that both SJ23B-induced IkappaBalpha degradation and NF-kappaB activation were inhibited by the classical PKC inhibitor, G6976. Accordingly, SJ23B synergizes with ionomycin to translocate PKCalpha to the plasma membrane and to activate the NF-kappaB pathway. Moreover, SJ23B activates both NF-kappaB and Sp1-dependent transcriptional activities in primary T cells. We have shown that diterpene jatrophanes represent a new member of anti-AIDS agents that could be developed for mitigating HIV reactivation. PMID:19100719

  7. Ligand Binding and Activation of PPAR? by Firemaster 550: Effects on Adipogenesis and Osteogenesis in Vitro

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    Pillai, Hari K.; Fang, Mingliang; Beglov, Dmitri; Kozakov, Dima; Vajda, Sandor; Stapleton, Heather M.; Webster, Thomas F.

    2014-01-01

    Background: The use of alternative flame retardants has increased since the phase out of pentabromodiphenyl ethers (pentaBDEs). One alternative, Firemaster 550 (FM550), induces obesity in rats. Triphenyl phosphate (TPP), a component of FM550, has a structure similar to that of organotins, which are obesogenic in rodents. Objectives: We tested the hypothesis that components of FM550 are biologically active peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor ? (PPAR?) ligands and estimated indoor exposure to TPP. Methods: FM550 and its components were assessed for ligand binding to and activation of human PPAR?. Solvent mapping was used to model TPP in the PPAR? binding site. Adipocyte and osteoblast differentiation were assessed in bone marrow multipotent mesenchymal stromal cell models. We estimated exposure of children to TPP using a screening-level indoor exposure model and house dust concentrations determined previously. Results: FM550 bound human PPAR?, and binding appeared to be driven primarily by TPP. Solvent mapping revealed that TPP interacted with binding hot spots within the PPAR? ligand binding domain. FM550 and its organophosphate components increased human PPAR?1 transcriptional activity in a Cos7 reporter assay and induced lipid accumulation and perilipin protein expression in BMS2 cells. FM550 and TPP diverted osteogenic differentiation toward adipogenesis in primary mouse bone marrow cultures. Our estimates suggest that dust ingestion is the major route of exposure of children to TPP. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that FM550 components bind and activate PPAR?. In addition, in vitro exposure initiated adipocyte differentiation and antagonized osteogenesis. TPP likely is a major contributor to these biological actions. Given that TPP is ubiquitous in house dust, further studies are warranted to investigate the health effects of FM550. Citation: Pillai HK, Fang M, Beglov D, Kozakov D, Vajda S, Stapleton HM, Webster TF, Schlezinger JJ. 2014. Ligand binding and activation of PPAR? by Firemaster 550: effects on adipogenesis and osteogenesis in vitro. Environ Health Perspect 122:12251232;?http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1408111 PMID:25062436

  8. In vitro Cytotoxic Activity of Four Plants Used in Persian Traditional Medicine

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    Zare Shahneh, Fateme; Baradaran, Behzad; Orangi, Mona; Zamani, Fatemeh

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate in vitro cytotoxic activity of four methanolic crude plant extracts against panel cell lines. Methods: Methanolic extracts were tested for their possible antitumor activity and cytotoxicity using the 3-(4,5-dimetylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5- diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay on six cancer cell lines; non-Hodgkins B-cell lymphoma (Raji), human leukemic monocyte lymphoma (U937), human acute myelocytic leukemia (KG-1A), human breast carcinoma (MCF-7 cells), human Prostate Cancer (PC3) and mouse fibrosarcoma (WEHI-164) cell lines and one normal cell line; Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC). Results: All species showed dose dependent inhibition of cell proliferation. IC50 values ranging from 25.661.2 to 205.111.3 ?g/ml. The highest cytotoxic activity Chelidonium majus L> Ferulago Angulata DC> Echinophora platyloba DC> Salvia officinalis L, respectively. Conclusion: all extracts demonstrate promising cytotoxicity activity as a natural resource for future bio-guided fractionation and isolation of potential antitumor agents. PMID:24312877

  9. In vitro assessment of antioxidant activity of tyrosol, resveratrol and their acetylated derivatives.

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    Vlachogianni, Ioanna C; Fragopoulou, Elizabeth; Kostakis, Ioannis K; Antonopoulou, Smaragdi

    2015-06-15

    Consumption of phenolic compounds is associated with beneficial effects in humans even though many of them are poorly absorbed. The aim of this study was to investigate the in vitro antioxidant activity of tyrosol (T), resveratrol (R) and their acetylated derivatives (AcD), as increased lipophilicity has been reported to improve absorption. The chemically synthesized AcDs were evaluated by their ability to scavenge DPPH radicals, inhibit non-enzymatic linoleic acid peroxidation, inhibit human serum oxidation in the presence of copper ions and inhibit lipoxygenase activity. T showed an inhibitory effect only in serum oxidation, where the T-acetylated at aromatic-OH was the most active. The T-acetylated at aliphatic-OH and 3,5-diacetyl-R exhibited the most powerful effect in non-enzymatic linoleic acid peroxidation with IC50 values 2.4 mM ± 0.21 and 0.055 mM ± 0.0018, respectively. In all other tests R was the most potent among all its AcD and T. Increasing lipophilicity by acetylation improves antioxidant activity of phenolic compounds in non-enzymatic lipid peroxidation assays. PMID:25660873

  10. A synthetic segment of surfactant protein A: structure, in vitro surface activity, and in vivo efficacy.

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    Walther, F J; David-Cu, R; Leung, C; Bruni, R; Hernndez-Juviel, J; Gordon, L M; Waring, A J

    1996-06-01

    Surfactant protein A (SP-A) is a 248-residue, water-soluble, lipid-associating protein found in lung surfactant. Analysis of the amino acid sequence using the Eisenberg hydrophobic moment algorithm predicts that the SP-A segment spanning residues 114-144 has high hydrophobic moments, typical of lipid-associating amphipathic domains. The secondary structure, in vitro surface activity and in vivo lung activity of this SP-A sequence were studied with a 31-residue synthetic peptide analog (A114-144). Analysis of the secondary structure using circular dichroism and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicated association with lipid dispersions and a dominant helical content. Surface activity measurements of A114-144 with surfactant lipid dispersions and the hydrophobic surfactant proteins B and C (SP-B/C) showed that A114-144 enhances surface activity under conditions of dynamic compression and respreading on a Langmuir/Wilhelmy surface balance. Synthetic surfactant dispersions containing A114-144 improved lung compliance in spontaneously breathing, 28-d premature rabbits to a greater degree than surfactant dispersions with synthetic SP-B/C and synthetic surfactant lipids alone. These observations indicate that inclusion of A114-144 may improve synthetic preparations currently used for surfactant replacement therapy. PMID:8725252

  11. Influence of cryopreservation on the antioxidative activity of in vitro cultivated Hypericum species

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    Georgieva, Elena; Petrova, Detelina; Yordanova, Zhenya; Kapchina-Toteva, Veneta; Cellarova, Eva; Chaneva, Ganka

    2014-01-01

    Antioxidative activity of two in vitro cultivated Hypericum species H. rumeliacum Boiss. and H. tetrapterum Fr. was estimated after cryopreservation. Both species were successfully regenerated after a cryopreservation procedure performed by the vitrification method. H. tetrapterum did not manifest any significant oxidative stress-induced changes caused by low-temperature treatment. Conversely, a decrease in green pigments' content of H. rumeliacum was measured, particularly pronounced in chlorophyll b, which was accompanied by an increase of carotenoids in the regenerated plants. A strong increase of malone dialdehyde and H2O2 levels in H. rumeliacum tissues was detected. Superoxide dismutase activity was enhanced by 170%, as well as the catalase activity, which was 220% above the control. The same trend was observed in H. tetrapterum, although less pronounced 143% increase of superoxide dismutase and 112% of catalase. Cryopreservation did not influence the phenol content in the examined plants, but it led to an increase of flavonoid content, especially in H. tetrapterum, by 237%. Total antioxidant activity in regenerated H. tetrapterum varied around the control level, but it was increased in H. rumeliacum. The free proline content in H. tetrapterum remained almost unaffected after freezing, as opposed to H. rumeliacum, where a strong increase of proline content (208% above the control) occurred. An electrolyte leakage from the cells of H. rumeliacum regenerated after cryopreservation was also registered, albeit not significant. PMID:26740777

  12. In vitro evaluation of Portuguese propolis and floral sources for antiprotozoal, antibacterial and antifungal activity.

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    Falco, Soraia I; Vale, Nuno; Cos, Paul; Gomes, Paula; Freire, Cristina; Maes, Louis; Vilas-Boas, Miguel

    2014-03-01

    Propolis is a beehive product with a very complex chemical composition, used since ancient times in several therapeutic treatments. As a contribution to the improvement of drugs against several tropical diseases caused by protozoa, we screened Portuguese propolis and its potential floral sources Populus x Canadensis and Cistus ladanifer against Plasmodium falciparum, Leishmania infantum, Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi. The toxicity against MRC-5 fibroblast cells was evaluated to assess selectivity. The in vitro assays were performed following the recommendations of WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and revealed moderate activity, with the propolis extracts presenting the relatively highest inhibitory effect against T. brucei. Additionally, the antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, Trichophyton rubrum and Aspergillus fumigatus was also verified with the better results observed against T. rubrum. The quality of the extracts was controlled by evaluating the phenolic content and antioxidant activity. The observed biological activity variations are associated with the variable chemical composition of the propolis and the potential floral sources under study. PMID:23722631

  13. In-vitro antioxidant and anti-hyperlipidemic activities of Blumea eriantha DC.

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    Singh, Umesh Pratap; Parthasarathy; Mohan, Govind

    2014-11-01

    Alcoholic and water extracts of the stem and root of Blumea eriantha DC were prepared and evaluated for in-vitro antioxidant activity by methods like total reducing power, scavenging of us free radicals like as 1,2-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), super oxide, nitric oxide, and hydrogen peroxide. The percentage scavenging effect of free radicals was compared with standard antioxidants like ascorbic acid and Butylated- hydroxyl anisole (BHA). Different extracts were also tested for anti-hyperlipidemic activity in triton WR-1339 (iso-octyl polyoxyethylene phenol)-induced hyperlipidemia in albino rats by determination of serum triglyceride like VLDL, LDL, HDL levels. Significant antioxidant activity was estimated in different methods, (p<0.01) for reducing power and (p<0.001) for scavenging DPPH, super oxide, nitric oxide, and hydrogen peroxide radicals. The different extracts having significant reduction (p<0.01) in cholesterol at 6 and 24 h and (p<0.05) at 48 h. There was significant reduction (p<0.01) in triglyceride level at 6, 24 and 48 h. There was significant increase (p<0.01) in HDL at 6, 24 and 48 h. From the VLDL was also significantly (p<0.05) reduced from 24 h and maximum reduction (p<0.01) results, it is clear that alcoholic and water extracts of Blumea eriantha DC can remarkably decrease plasma cholesterol, triglyceride, LDL, and VLDL and increase plasma HDL levels. In addition, the alcoholic and aqueous extracts have shown significant antioxidant activity. PMID:25362586

  14. Water-soluble extracts from defatted sesame seed flour show antioxidant activity in vitro.

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    Ben Othman, Sana; Katsuno, Nakako; Kanamaru, Yoshihiro; Yabe, Tomio

    2015-05-15

    Defatted white and gold sesame seed flour, recovered as a byproduct after sesame oil extraction, was extracted with 70% ethanol to obtain polar-soluble crude extracts. The in vitro antioxidant activity of the extract was evaluated by DPPH free radical scavenging activity and oxygen radical absorbing capacity (ORAC). The polar-soluble crude extracts of both sesame seed types exhibited good antioxidant capacity, especially by the ORAC method with 34,720 and 21,700 ?mol Trolox equivalent/100g of white and gold sesame seed extract, respectively. HPLC, butanol extraction, and UPLC-MS analyses showed that different compounds contributed to the antioxidant activity of the polar-soluble crude extracts. Sesaminol glycosides were identified in the butanol-soluble fractions; whereas, purified water-soluble fraction contained ferulic and vanillic acids. This study shows that hydrophilic antioxidants in the purified water-soluble fraction contributed to the antioxidant activity of white and gold sesame seed polar-soluble crude extracts. PMID:25577085

  15. High molecular weight constituents of cranberry interfere with influenza virus neuraminidase activity in vitro.

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    Oiknine-Djian E; Houri-Haddad Y; Weiss EI; Ofek I; Greenbaum E; Hartshorn K; Zakay-Rones Z

    2012-06-01

    Cranberry juice contains high molecular weight non-dialyzable material (NDM) which was found to inhibit hemagglutination induced by the influenza virus (IV) as well as to neutralize the cytotoxicity of IV in cell cultures. Because influenza virus surface glycoproteins hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) are involved in viral replication and in the infectious process, we sought in the present study to examine the effect of NDM on neuraminidases which are the target of most anti-influenza drugs today. NDM inhibited the NA enzymatic activity of influenza A and B strains as well as that of Streptococcus pneumoniae. This finding is of importance considering the emergence of influenza isolates resistant to antiviral drugs, reaching 90 % in some places. The anti-NA activity of NDM, evaluated by the MUNANA method and expressed as the concentration required for 50 % inhibition (IC₅₀), was most potent against N1 (IC₅₀, 192 µg/mL), less active against BN and N2 (IC₅₀, 509 µg/mL and 1128 µg/mL, respectively), and moderately active against Streptococcus pneumoniae NA (IC₅₀, 594 µg/mL). The in vitro findings of the present study suggest that cranberry constituents may have a therapeutic potential against both A and B influenza virus infections and might also interfere with the development of secondary bacterial complications.

  16. High molecular weight constituents of cranberry interfere with influenza virus neuraminidase activity in vitro.

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    Oiknine-Djian, Esther; Houri-Haddad, Yael; Weiss, Ervin Itshak; Ofek, Itzhak; Greenbaum, Evguenia; Hartshorn, Kevan; Zakay-Rones, Zichria

    2012-06-01

    Cranberry juice contains high molecular weight non-dialyzable material (NDM) which was found to inhibit hemagglutination induced by the influenza virus (IV) as well as to neutralize the cytotoxicity of IV in cell cultures. Because influenza virus surface glycoproteins hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) are involved in viral replication and in the infectious process, we sought in the present study to examine the effect of NDM on neuraminidases which are the target of most anti-influenza drugs today. NDM inhibited the NA enzymatic activity of influenza A and B strains as well as that of Streptococcus pneumoniae. This finding is of importance considering the emergence of influenza isolates resistant to antiviral drugs, reaching 90 % in some places. The anti-NA activity of NDM, evaluated by the MUNANA method and expressed as the concentration required for 50 % inhibition (IC₅₀), was most potent against N1 (IC₅₀, 192 µg/mL), less active against BN and N2 (IC₅₀, 509 µg/mL and 1128 µg/mL, respectively), and moderately active against Streptococcus pneumoniae NA (IC₅₀, 594 µg/mL). The in vitro findings of the present study suggest that cranberry constituents may have a therapeutic potential against both A and B influenza virus infections and might also interfere with the development of secondary bacterial complications. PMID:22588835

  17. In vitro antiviral activity of chestnut and quebracho woods extracts against avian reovirus and metapneumovirus.

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    Lupini, C; Cecchinato, M; Scagliarini, A; Graziani, R; Catelli, E

    2009-12-01

    Field evidences have suggested that a natural extract, containing tannins, could be effective against poultry enteric viral infections. Moreover previous studies have shown that vegetable tannins can have antiviral activity against human viruses. Based on this knowledge three different Chestnut (Castanea spp.) wood extracts and one Quebracho (Schinopsis spp.) wood extract, all containing tannins and currently used in the animal feed industry, were tested for in vitro antiviral activity against avian reovirus (ARV) and avian metapneumovirus (AMPV). The MTT assay was used to evaluate the 50% cytotoxic compounds concentration (CC(50)) on Vero cells. The antiviral properties were tested before and after the adsorption of the viruses to Vero cells. Antiviral activities were expressed as IC(50) (concentration required to inhibit 50% of viral cytopathic effect). CC(50)s of tested compounds were > 200 microg/ml. All compounds had an extracellular antiviral effect against both ARV and AMPV with IC(50) values ranging from 25 to 66 microg/ml. Quebracho extract had also evident intracellular anti-ARV activity (IC(50) 24 microg/ml). These preliminary results suggest that the examined vegetable extracts might be good candidates in the control of some avian virus infections. Nevertheless further in vivo experiments are required to confirm these findings. PMID:19435637

  18. In vitro immunomodulatory activities of a newly concocted traditional Chinese medicine formula: VI-28.

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    Lee, S K W; Wong, C K; Poon, P M K; Ip, P S P; Che, C T; Fung, K P; Leung, P C; Lam, C W K

    2006-10-01

    Previous studies have suggested that Vigconic VI-28, an anti-aging traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula containing Radix Ginseng and Cornu Cervi Pantotrichum, possesses immunological efficacy. This in vitro study further investigated the immunomodulatory effects of the hot water extracts of VI-28. The study included (1) colorimetric 5-bromo-2'-deoxy-uridine proliferation ELISA for estimating mitogenicity in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), (2) immunofluorescence staining for measuring the expression of IL-2 receptor alpha (CD25) on lymphocytes, (3) cytometric bead array (CBA) for quantifying cytokine liberation from PBMC, and (4) intracellular immunophenotyping for macrophage phagocytosis and hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) production from monocytes. The results demonstrated that VI-28 (1) could dose-dependently inhibited the proliferation of unstimulated and lipopolysaccharide-activated PBMC but enhanced the proliferation of phytohemagglutinin-activated PBMC at concentrations of <1 mg/mL, (2) significantly augmented the expression of CD25 on lymphocytes at concentrations of 0.4 mg/mL or above (p < 0.05), (3) dose dependently (0.1-1.0 mg/mL) activated macrophage phagocytosis and monocyte synthesis of H(2)O(2) and (4) significantly increased the production of cytokines IL-8, IL-10, IL-12 and IL-1beta at various concentrations of VI-28 (p < 0.05). The results suggest that VI-28 is a potential immunomodulator which probably acts through the activation of lymphocytes and monocytes. PMID:16909439

  19. Different Astrocytic Activation between Adult Gekko japonicus and Rats during Wound Healing In Vitro

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    Chen, Haijiao; Li, Jing; Xu, Man; Hua, Juan; Yao, Jian; Wang, Yongjun; Liu, Yan; Liu, Mei

    2015-01-01

    Glial scar formation is a major obstacle to regeneration after spinal cord injury. Moreover, it has been shown that the astrocytic response to injury differs between species. Gekko japonicas is a type of reptile and it shows differential glial activation compared to that of rats. The purpose of the present study was to compare the proliferation and migration of astrocytes in the spinal cords of geckos and rats after injury in vitro. Spinal cord homogenate stimulation and scratch wound models were used to induce astrocytic activation in adult and embryonic rats, as well as in adult geckos. Our results indicated that astrocytes from the adult rat were likely activated by mechanical stimulation, even though they showed lower proliferation abilities than the astrocytes from the gecko under normal conditions. Furthermore, a transcriptome analysis revealed that the differentially expressed genes in astrocytes from adult rats and those from geckos were enriched in pathways involved in proliferation and the response to stimuli. This implies that intrinsic discrepancies in gene expression patterns might contribute to the differential activation of astrocytes between species. PMID:26020931

  20. Chemical constituents from Waltheria indica exert in vitro activity against Trypanosoma brucei and T. cruzi.

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    Cretton, Sylvian; Brant, Lise; Pourrez, Lucie; Ambuehl, Chiara; Perozzo, Remo; Marcourt, Laurence; Kaiser, Marcel; Cuendet, Muriel; Christen, Philippe

    2015-09-01

    Six extracts from the roots and the aerial parts of Waltheria indica L. (Malvaceae) were screened for their in vitro antitrypanosomal activity towards Trypanosoma brucei brucei STIB 427 strain, T. brucei rhodesiense STIB 900 and Trypanosoma cruzi Tulahuen C4. The dichloromethane extract from the roots showed the highest activity against T. cruzi (IC50=0.74 ?g/mL) as well as a good selectivity index (SI value of 35). Based on these results, this extract was fractionated and led to the isolation of three alkaloids (adouetin X (1), waltheriones A (2) and C (3)) and three pentacyclic triterpene derivatives (betulinic acid (4), 3?-acetoxy-27-trans-caffeoyloxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid methyl ester (5) and 3?-acetoxy-27-cis-caffeoyloxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid methyl ester (6)) identified by 1D and 2D NMR, UV, IR and MS analyses. Among these, waltherione C exhibited the highest and selective antitrypanosomal activity towards T. cruzi (IC50=1.93 ?M) with low cytotoxicity (IC50=101.23 ?M), resulting in a selectivity index value of 52. Waltherione C conforms to hit activity criteria with respect to T. cruzi as required by the WHO/TDR. PMID:26072041

  1. Influence of laser irradiation on superoxide dismutase activity of human lymphocytes in vitro

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    Volotovskaya, Anna V.; Kozlova, Nataly M.; Antonovich, Anna N.; Slobozhanina, Ekaterina I.

    2007-06-01

    The treatment of blood with low intensity laser irradiation has become popular in a variety of clinical applications due to its anti-inflammatory, biostimulative and immune-stimulatory effects etc. Laser blood irradiation with infrared and red laser sources have the potential for stimulating antioxidant enzymes activities. At present study the influence of red and infra-red laser irradiation at different doses on superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity of peripheral blood lymphocytes was investigated in vitro. Suspensions of human lymphocytes (concentration of cells 1x10 6 cells/ml) were irradiated with red (670 nm) and infrared (980 nm) therapy lasers at different light doses (0-600 J/sample) and light power (4,5 and 15 mW for red; 50 and 500 mW for infrared) at 20C. It is revealed doze-depended effect of red and infra-red laser irradiation on superoxide dismutaze activity of peripheral blood lymphocytes. The SOD activity, first of all, depends on irradiation time, but not on intensity or wavelength of irradiation. These data can explain the positive medical effects of a laser blood irradiation. The obtained results confirm a hypothesis that laser irradiation with the different wavelength characteristic (red and infra-red light ranges) reveals a stimulating effect on SOD - antioxidant defence system enzyme in peripheral blood lymphocytes.

  2. Proximity-activated nanoparticles: in vitro performance of specific structural modification by enzymatic cleavage

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    Adam Smith, R; Sewell, Sarah L; Giorgio, Todd D

    2008-01-01

    The development and in vitro performance of a modular nanoscale system capable of specific structural modification by enzymatic activity is described in this work. Due to its small physical size and adaptable characteristics, this system has the potential for utilization in targeted delivery systems and biosensing. Nanoparticle probes were synthesized containing two distinct fluorescent species including a quantum dot base particle and fluorescently labeled cleavable peptide substrate. Activity of these probes was monitored by gel electrophoresis with quantitative cleavage measurements made by fluorometric analysis. The model proximity-activated nanoparticles studied here exhibit significant susceptibility to cleavage by matrix metalloprotease-7 (MMP-7) at physiologically relevant concentrations, with nearly complete cleavage of available substrate molecules after 24 hours. This response is specific to MMP-7 enzyme activity, as cleavage is completely inhibited with the addition of EDTA. Utilization of enzyme-specific modification is a sensitive approach with broad applications for targeted therapeutics and biosensing. The versatility of this nanoparticle system is highlighted in its modular design, as it has the capability to integrate characteristics for detection, biosensing, targeting, and payload delivery into a single, multifunctional nanoparticle structure. PMID:18488420

  3. In vitro screening for anthelmintic and antitumour activity of ethnomedicinal plants from Thailand.

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    Atjanasuppat K; Wongkham W; Meepowpan P; Kittakoop P; Sobhon P; Bartlett A; Whitfield PJ

    2009-06-25

    AIM OF STUDY: This study screened for anthelmintic and/or antitumour bioactive compounds from Thai indigenous plants and evaluated effectiveness against three different worm species and two cancer cell lines.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Methylene chloride and methanol extracts of 32 plant species were screened for in vitro anthelmintic activity against three species of worms, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the digeneans Paramphistomum epiclitum and Schistosoma mansoni (cercariae). Cytotoxicity of the extracts was evaluated against two cancer cell lines: human amelanotic melanoma (C32) and human cervical carcinoma (HeLa) by the SRB assay. Anthelmintic and anticancer activities were evaluated by the inhibiting concentration at 50% death (IC(50)) and the selectivity index (SI) relative to human fibroblasts.RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: None of the extracts were active against Paramphistomum epiclitum. Plumbagin, a pure compound from Plumbago indica, had the strongest activity against Caenorhabditis elegans. The methylene chloride extract of Piper chaba fruits had the strongest activity against schistosome cercariae. Strong cytotoxicity was shown by the methylene chloride extract of Michelia champaca bark and the methanol extract of Curcuma longa rhizome against C32 and HeLa, respectively. These extracts had higher SI (>100) than positive controls in relation to either the worms or the cell lines. The methanol extract of Bouea burmanica had a slightly lower activity towards C32 cells than did Michelia champaca but had a much higher SI (>27,000).ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The plant species screened in this research was recorded by several indigenous medicinal practitioners as antiparasitic, anticancer and/or related activities to the human major organ system.

  4. Passive and active in vitro resorption of calcium and magnesium phosphate cements by osteoclastic cells.

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    Grossardt, Christian; Ewald, Andrea; Grover, Liam M; Barralet, Jake E; Gbureck, Uwe

    2010-12-01

    Biocements are clinically applied materials for bone replacement in non-load-bearing defects. Depending on their final composition, cements can be either resorbed or remain stable at the implantation site. Degradation can occur by two different mechanisms, by simple dissolution (passive) or after osteoclastic bone remodeling (active). This study investigated both the passive and active in vitro resorption behavior of brushite (CaHPO₄ · 2H₂O), monetite (CaHPO₄), calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA; Ca₉(PO₄)₅HPO₄OH), and struvite (MgNH₄PO₄ · 6H₂O) cements. Passive resorption was measured by incubating the cement samples in a cell culture medium, whereas active resorption was determined during the surface culture of multinuclear osteoclastic cells derived from RAW 264.7 macrophages. Osteoclast formation was confirmed by showing tartrate resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) activity on CDHA, brushite, and monetite surfaces, as well as by measuring calcitonin receptor (CT-R) expression as an osteoclast-specific protein by Western blot analysis for struvite ceramics. An absence of passive degradation and only marginally active degradation of <0.01% were found for CDHA matrices. For the secondary calcium phosphates brushite and monetite, active degradation was predominant with a cumulative Ca²+ release of 2.02 (1.20) μmol during 13 days, whereas passive degradation released only 0.788 (0.04) μmol calcium ions into the medium. The struvite cement was the most degradable with a passive (active) release of 9.26 (2.92) Mg²+ ions and a total weight loss of 4.7% over 13 days of the study. PMID:20673025

  5. Activation of Neuropeptide Y Receptors Modulates Retinal Ganglion Cell Physiology and Exerts Neuroprotective Actions In Vitro

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    Martins, João; Elvas, Filipe; Brudzewsky, Dan; Martins, Tânia; Kolomiets, Bogdan; Tralhão, Pedro; Gøtzsche, Casper R.; Cavadas, Cláudia; Castelo-Branco, Miguel; Woldbye, David P. D.; Picaud, Serge; Santiago, Ana R.

    2015-01-01

    Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is expressed in mammalian retina but the location and potential modulatory effects of NPY receptor activation remain largely unknown. Retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death is a hallmark of several retinal degenerative diseases, particularly glaucoma. Using purified RGCs and ex vivo rat retinal preparations, we have measured RGC intracellular free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and RGC spiking activity, respectively. We found that NPY attenuated the increase in the [Ca2+]i triggered by glutamate mainly via Y1 receptor activation. Moreover, (Leu31, Pro34)−NPY, a Y1/Y5 receptor agonist, increased the initial burst response of OFF-type RGCs, although no effect was observed on RGC spontaneous spiking activity. The Y1 receptor activation was also able to directly modulate RGC responses by attenuating the NMDA-induced increase in RGC spiking activity. These results suggest that Y1 receptor activation, at the level of inner or outer plexiform layers, leads to modulation of RGC receptive field properties. Using in vitro cultures of rat retinal explants exposed to NMDA, we found that NPY pretreatment prevented NMDA-induced cell death. However, in an animal model of retinal ischemia-reperfusion injury, pretreatment with NPY or (Leu31, Pro34)−NPY was not able to prevent apoptosis or rescue RGCs. In conclusion, we found modulatory effects of NPY application that for the first time were detected at the level of RGCs. However, further studies are needed to evaluate whether NPY neuroprotective actions detected in retinal explants can be translated into animal models of retinal degenerative diseases. PMID:26311075

  6. Anti-West Nile virus activity of in vitro expanded human primary natural killer cells

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    2010-01-01

    Background Natural Killer (NK) cells are a crucial component of the host innate immune system with anti-viral and anti-cancer properties. However, the role of NK cells in West Nile virus (WNV) infection is controversial, with reported effects ranging from active suppression of virus to no effect at all. It was previously shown that K562-mb15-41BBL (K562D2) cells, which express IL-15 and 4-1BBL on the K562 cell surface, were able to expand and activate human primary NK cells of normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). The expanded NK cells were tested for their ability to inhibit WNV infection in vitro. Results Co-culture of PBMC with irradiated K562D2 cells expanded the NK cell number by 2-3 logs in 2-3 weeks, with more than 90% purity; upregulated NK cell surface activation receptors; downregulated inhibitory receptors; and boosted interferon gamma (IFN-?) production by ~33 fold. The expanded NK (D2NK) cell has strong natural killing activity against both K562 and Vero cells, and killed the WNV infected Vero cells through antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). The D2NK cell culture supernatants inhibited both WNV replication and WNV induced cytopathic effect (CPE) in Vero cells when added before or after infection. Anti-IFN-? neutralizing antibody blocked the NK supernatant-mediated anti-WNV effect, demonstrating a noncytolytic activity mediated through IFN-?. Conclusions Co-culture of PBMC with K562D2 stimulatory cells is an efficient technique to prepare large quantities of pure and active NK cells, and these expanded NK cells inhibited WNV infection of Vero cells through both cytolytic and noncytolytic activities, which may imply a potential role of NK cells in combating WNV infection. PMID:20089143

  7. Antitrypanosomal and antileishmanial activities of flavonoids and their analogues: in vitro, in vivo, structure-activity relationship, and quantitative structure-activity relationship studies.

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    Tasdemir, Deniz; Kaiser, Marcel; Brun, Reto; Yardley, Vanessa; Schmidt, Thomas J; Tosun, Fatma; Redi, Peter

    2006-04-01

    Trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis are important parasitic diseases affecting millions of people in Africa, Asia, and South America. In a previous study, we identified several flavonoid glycosides as antiprotozoal principles from a Turkish plant. Here we surveyed a large set of flavonoid aglycones and glycosides, as well as a panel of other related compounds of phenolic and phenylpropanoid nature, for their in vitro activities against Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, Trypanosoma cruzi, and Leishmania donovani. The cytotoxicities of more than 100 compounds for mammalian L6 cells were also assessed and compared to their antiparasitic activities. Several compounds were investigated in vivo for their antileishmanial and antitrypanosomal efficacies in mouse models. Overall, the best in vitro trypanocidal activity for T. brucei rhodesiense was exerted by 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (50% inhibitory concentration [IC50], 68 ng/ml), followed by 3-hydroxyflavone, rhamnetin, and 7,8,3',4'-tetrahydroxyflavone (IC50s, 0.5 microg/ml) and catechol (IC50, 0.8 microg/ml). The activity against T. cruzi was moderate, and only chrysin dimethylether and 3-hydroxydaidzein had IC50s less than 5.0 microg/ml. The majority of the metabolites tested possessed remarkable leishmanicidal potential. Fisetin, 3-hydroxyflavone, luteolin, and quercetin were the most potent, giving IC50s of 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, and 1.0 microg/ml, respectively. 7,8-Dihydroxyflavone and quercetin appeared to ameliorate parasitic infections in mouse models. Generally, the test compounds lacked cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo. By screening a large number of flavonoids and analogues, we were able to establish some general trends with respect to the structure-activity relationship, but it was not possible to draw clear and detailed quantitative structure-activity relationships for any of the bioactivities by two different approaches. However, our results can help in directing the rational design of 7,8-dihydroxyflavone and quercetin derivatives as potent and effective antiprotozoal agents. PMID:16569852

  8. Evaluation of drug-induced neurotoxicity based on metabolomics, proteomics and electrical activity measurements in complementary CNS in vitro models.

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    Schultz, Luise; Zurich, Marie-Gabrielle; Culot, Maxime; da Costa, Anaelle; Landry, Christophe; Bellwon, Patricia; Kristl, Theresa; Hrmann, Katrin; Ruzek, Silke; Aiche, Stephan; Reinert, Knut; Bielow, Chris; Gosselet, Fabien; Cecchelli, Romeo; Huber, Christian G; Schroeder, Olaf H-U; Gramowski-Voss, Alexandra; Weiss, Dieter G; Bal-Price, Anna

    2015-12-25

    The present study was performed in an attempt to develop an in vitro integrated testing strategy (ITS) to evaluate drug-induced neurotoxicity. A number of endpoints were analyzed using two complementary brain cell culture models and an in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) model after single and repeated exposure treatments with selected drugs that covered the major biological, pharmacological and neuro-toxicological responses. Furthermore, four drugs (diazepam, cyclosporine A, chlorpromazine and amiodarone) were tested more in depth as representatives of different classes of neurotoxicants, inducing toxicity through different pathways of toxicity. The developed in vitro BBB model allowed detection of toxic effects at the level of BBB and evaluation of drug transport through the barrier for predicting free brain concentrations of the studied drugs. The measurement of neuronal electrical activity was found to be a sensitive tool to predict the neuroactivity and neurotoxicity of drugs after acute exposure. The histotypic 3D re-aggregating brain cell cultures, containing all brain cell types, were found to be well suited for OMICs analyses after both acute and long term treatment. The obtained data suggest that an in vitro ITS based on the information obtained from BBB studies and combined with metabolomics, proteomics and neuronal electrical activity measurements performed in stable in vitro neuronal cell culture systems, has high potential to improve current in vitro drug-induced neurotoxicity evaluation. PMID:26026931

  9. N-acetyltransferase activity in rainbow trout liver and in vitro biotransformation of chlorinated anilines and benzenes in fish.

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    de Wolf, W; Seinen, W; Hermens, J L

    1993-09-01

    1. N-acetyl transferase activity in liver homogenate of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) was studied. Enzyme activity depends on the concentration of cofactor, has a broad pH and temperature optimum, is not linear with protein concentration within the whole range tested, and does not decrease upon storage at -70 degrees C. 2. In vitro biotransformation of several chlorinated anilines and benzenes was studied in liver homogenates of rainbow trout and swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri). Several phase I and II products were detected in the simple in vitro biotransformation assays using different cofactors NADPH-regenerating system and acetyl-CoA, respectively. Acetylation of di-ortho substituted anilines was not observed. 3. Apparent Vmax and Km values for the acetylation of trichloroanilines have been determined using rainbow trout liver homogenate. The rate or extent of N-acetylation is related to the structure and properties of the chlorinated anilines. 4. Comparison of the data for the two species showed that there are no apparent qualitative differences in the in vitro fate of the chlorinated anilines and benzenes studied. It is concluded that results obtained for these chemicals in the in vitro biotransformation assay can be extrapolated between the taxonomic families of Salmonidae and Poeciliidae. 5. The in vitro and in vivo N-acetylation of the chlorinated anilines turned out to be strikingly similar. Therefore, simple in vitro systems may be of use in assessing the potential of chemicals to bioconcentrate. PMID:8291263

  10. In vitro and in vivo anti-angiogenic activity of girinimbine isolated from Murraya koenigii

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    Iman, Venoos; Karimian, Hamed; Mohan, Syam; Hobani, Yahya Hasan; Noordin, Mohamed Ibrahim; Mustafa, Mohd Rais; Noor, Suzita Mohd

    2015-01-01

    Girinimbine is a carbazole alkaloid isolated from the stem bark and root of Murraya koenigii. Here we report that girinimbine is an inhibitor of angiogenic activity both in vitro and in vivo. MTT results showed that girinimbine inhibited proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells, while results from endothelial cell invasion, migration, tube formation, and wound healing assays demonstrated significant time- and dose-dependent inhibition by girinimbine. A proteome profiler array done on girinimbine-treated human umbilical vein endothelial cells showed that girinimbine had mediated regulation of pro-angiogenic and anti-angiogenic proteins. The anti-angiogenic potential of girinimbine was also evidenced in vivo in the zebrafish embryo model wherein girinimbine inhibited neo vessel formation in zebrafish embryos following 24 hours of exposure. Together, these results showed that girinimbine could effectively suppress angiogenesis, suggestive of its therapeutic potential as a novel angiogenesis inhibitor. PMID:25767375

  11. Comparison of essential oil components and in vitro anticancer activity in wild and cultivated Salvia verbenaca.

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    Russo, Alessandra; Cardile, Venera; Graziano, Adriana C E; Formisano, Carmen; Rigano, Daniela; Canzoneri, Marisa; Bruno, Maurizio; Senatore, Felice

    2015-01-01

    The objectives of our research were to study the chemical composition and the in vitro anticancer effect of the essential oil of Salvia verbenaca growing in natural sites in comparison with those of cultivated (Sc) plants. The oil from wild (Sw) S. verbenaca presented hexadecanoic acid (23.1%) as the main constituent, while the oil from Sc plants contained high quantities of hexahydrofarnesyl acetone (9.7%), scarce in the natural oil (0.7%). The growth-inhibitory and proapoptotic effects of the essential oils from Sw and Sc S. verbenaca were evaluated in the human melanoma cell line M14, testing cell vitality, cell membrane integrity, genomic DNA fragmentation and caspase-3 activity. Both the essential oils were able to inhibit the growth of the cancer cells examined inducing also apoptotic cell death, but the essential oil from cultivated samples exhibited the major effects. PMID:25537231

  12. Human receptor activator of NF-?B ligand (RANKL) induces osteoclastogenesis of primates in vitro.

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    Kotake, Shigeru; Yago, Toru; Kawamoto, Manabu; Nanke, Yuki

    2012-10-01

    Mouse receptor activator of NF-?B ligand (RANKL), which induces osteoclastogenesis from monocytes or macrophages, was independently cloned by three groups in 1997. Mouse osteoclasts have been induced from peripheral monocytes stimulated by RANKL and macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) both in vitro and in vivo; however, the mechanism of primate osteoclastogenesis has not been studied. In addition, the effects of human RANKL on primate osteoclastogenesis remain to be elucidated. Here, we investigated the effect of human RANKL on the osteoclastogenesis of monocytes from five subspecies of primates. Human RANKL induced osteoclastogenesis of all the primates. In addition, human RANKL induced pit formation by osteoclasts from monocytes of the crab-eating macaque. We also demonstrated that the primate osteoclastogenesis was inhibited by a novel peptide, which inhibited human osteoclastogenesis in our previous study. Thus, these findings clearly demonstrated that human RANKL induces primate osteoclastogenesis in the presence of human M-CSF. PMID:23054440

  13. Inhibitory activity of stilbenes on Alzheimer's beta-amyloid fibrils in vitro.

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    Rivière, Céline; Richard, Tristan; Quentin, Lysiane; Krisa, Stéphanie; Mérillon, Jean-Michel; Monti, Jean-Pierre

    2007-01-15

    Polymerization of the amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) has been identified as one of the major characteristics of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, finding molecules to prevent the aggregation of Abeta could be of therapeutic value in AD. We describe an original routine in vitro assay to search for inhibitors of Abeta(25-35) fibril formation which uses UV-visible measurements and electron microscopy (EM). In particular, this routine assay was used to examine the effects of stilbenes, a well-known polyphenol class, as inhibitors of Abeta fibril formation. The inhibitory properties of resveratrol (RES), piceid (PIC), resveratrol diglucoside (DIG), piceatannol (PIA), astringine (AST), and viniferin (VIN) were characterized and compared. RES and PIC effectively and dose-dependently inhibited Abeta polymerization while other polyphenols exerted less inhibition. Although the mechanism of anti-amyloidogenic activity is still unknown, these results support the hypothesis that stilbenes could be of therapeutic value in AD. PMID:17049256

  14. Review of in vitro activity of sertaconazole nitrate in the treatment of superficial fungal infections.

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    Pfaller, Michael A; Sutton, Deanna A

    2006-10-01

    The evaluation of susceptibility patterns of clinical and laboratory isolates of dermatophytes and Candida to sertaconazole nitrate has been determined using macrodilution and microdilution test methods in laboratories worldwide. Antimycotics that have been compared to sertaconazole nitrate include itraconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, and terbinafine. A comparison of the minimum inhibitory concentrations clearly shows differences in potency and spectrum among the various agents. This article reviews the antifungal activity of sertaconazole nitrate against major fungal pathogens that cause and complicate tinea pedis. In light of the new topical formulation of sertaconazole nitrate, this compilation of data from the literature is helpful for relating in vitro data to the tissue concentrations required for effective eradication of cutaneous fungal infections. PMID:16822638

  15. In vitro antagonistic activity of monoterpenes and their mixtures against 'toe nail fungus' pathogens.

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    Ramsewak, Russel S; Nair, Muraleedharan G; Stommel, Manfred; Selanders, Louise

    2003-04-01

    The antibiotic effect of the active ingredients in Meijer medicated chest rub (eucalyptus oil, camphor and menthol) as well as the inactive ingredients (thymol, oil of turpentine, oil of nutmeg and oil of cedar leaf) were studied in vitro using the fungal pathogens responsible for onychomycosis, such as the dermatophytes Tricophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum canis, Epidermophyton fl occosum and Epidermophyton stockdale. The zones of inhibition data revealed that camphor (1). menthol (2). thymol (3). and oil of Eucalyptus citriodora were the most efficacious components against the test organisms. The MIC(100) for mixtures of these four components in various carrier solvents revealed that formulations consisting of 5 mg/mL concentrations of each have a potential to be efffective in controlling onychomycosis. PMID:12722144

  16. Biological Validation of Novel Polysubstituted Pyrazole Candidates with in Vitro Anticancer Activities.

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    Fahmy, Hoda H; Khalifa, Nagy M; Ismail, Magda M F; El-Sahrawy, Hend M; Nossier, Eman S

    2016-01-01

    With the aim of developing novel antitumor scaffolds, a novel series of polysubstituted pyrazole derivatives linked to different nitrogenous heterocyclic ring systems at the C-4 position were synthesized through different chemical reactions and characterized by means of spectral and elemental analyses and their antiproliferative activity against 60 different human tumor cell lines was validated by the U.S. National Cancer Institute using a two stage process. The in vitro anticancer evaluation revealed that compound 9 showed increased potency toward most human tumor cell lines with GI50MG-MID = 3.59 M, as compared to the standard drug sorafenib (GI50 MG-MID = 1.90 M). At the same time, compounds 6a and 7 were selective against the HOP-92 cell line of non-small cell lung cancer with GI50 1.65 and 1.61 M, respectively. PMID:26927048

  17. Synthesis, protein kinase inhibitory potencies, and in vitro antiproliferative activities of meridianin derivatives.

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    Giraud, Francis; Alves, Georges; Debiton, Eric; Nauton, Lionel; Thry, Vincent; Durieu, Emilie; Ferandin, Yoan; Lozach, Olivier; Meijer, Laurent; Anizon, Fabrice; Pereira, Elisabeth; Moreau, Pascale

    2011-07-14

    The synthesis of new meridianin derivatives is described. The indolic ring system was substituted at the C-4 to C-7 positions either by a bromine atom or by nitro or amino groups. Additionally, an iodine atom or various aryl groups were introduced at the C-5 position of the 2-aminopyrimidine ring. These compounds as well as some of their synthetic intermediates were tested for their kinase inhibitory potencies and for their in vitro antiproliferative activities. We found that this series of compounds is particularly interesting in the development of new inhibitors of DYRK1A and CLK1 kinases. The most effective compounds toward these two kinase families are the 6- and 7-bromo derivatives 30, 33, and 34 that showed more than 45-fold selectivity toward DYRK1A/CLK1 kinases over the other kinases tested. Meridianin derivatives could thus be developed toward potent and selective inhibitors of key RNA splicing regulators and potential therapeutic agents. PMID:21623630

  18. Water soluble polysaccharides from Spirulina platensis: extraction and in vitro anti-cancer activity.

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    Kurd, Forouzan; Samavati, Vahid

    2015-03-01

    Polysaccharides from Spirulina platensis algae (SP) were extracted by ultrasound-assisted extraction procedure. The optimal conditions for ultrasonic extraction of SP were determined by response surface methodology. The four parameters were, extraction time (X1), extraction temperature (X2), ultrasonic power (X3) and the ratio of water to raw material (X4), respectively. The experimental data obtained were fitted to a second-order polynomial equation. The optimum conditions were extraction time of 25 min, extraction temperature 85C, ultrasonic power 90 W and ratio of water to raw material 20 mL/g. Under these optimal conditions, the experimental yield was 13.5830.51%, well matched with the predicted models with the coefficients of determination (R2) of 0.9971. Then, we demonstrated that SP polysaccharides had strong scavenging activities in vitro on DPPH and hydroxyl radicals. Overall, SP may have potential applications in the medical and food industries. PMID:25583023

  19. Antimutagenic activities of naturally occurring polyamines in Chinese hamster ovary cell in vitro

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    Cozzi, R.; Perticone, P.; Bona, R.; Polani, S. )

    1991-01-01

    Spermine and spermidine, ubiquitous polyamines present in bacteria and animal cells, are also involved in cell growth. Since they interact with the double helix, they can stabilize the DNA molecule. Recent evidence of the antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic capacity of spermine has focused attention on the he mechanism(s) by which such agents can protect cells from induced damages. In the present paper the authors show the ability of spermine and spermidine to decrease the level of sister chromatid exchanges induced in Chinese hamster ovary cells cultivated in vitro, by treating them with Psoralen + UVA irradiation (able to induce mainly monoadducts and DNA cross-links). Two different mechanisms of polyamine action can be invoked to explain the preservative activity of this class of agents.

  20. In vitro anticancer activity of extracts of Mentha Spp. against human cancer cells.

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    Sharma, Vikas; Hussain, Shabir; Gupta, Moni; Saxena, Ajit Kumar

    2014-10-01

    In vitro anticancer potential of methanolic and aqueous extracts of whole plants of Mentha arvensis, M. longifolia, M. spicata and M. viridis at concentration of 100 ?g/ml was evaluated against eight human cancer cell lines--A-549, COLO-205, HCT-116, MCF-7, NCI-H322, PC-3, THP-1 and U-87MG from six different origins (breast, colon, glioblastoma, lung, leukemia and prostate) using sulphorhodamine blue (SRB) assay. Methanolic extracts of above-mentioned Mentha Spp. displayed anti-proliferative effect in the range of 70-97% against four human cancer cell lines, namely COLO-205, MCF-7, NCI-H322 and THP-1; however, aqueous extracts were found to be active against HCT-116 and PC-3. The results indicate that Mentha Spp. contain certain constituents with cytotoxic properties which may find use in developing anticancer agents. PMID:25630112

  1. In vitro antimicrobial activity of Romanian medicinal plants hydroalcoholic extracts on planktonic and adhered cells.

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    Stanciuc, A M; Gaspar, A; Moldovan, L; Saviuc, C; Popa, M; Măruţescu, L

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the antibacterial and antifungal potential of some Romanian medicinal plants, arnica--Arnica montana, wormwood--Artemisia absinthium and nettle--Urtica dioica. In order to perform this antimicrobial screening, we obtained the vegetal extracts and we tested them on a series of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and also against two fungal strains. The vegetal extracts showed antimicrobial activity preferentially directed against the planktonic fungal and bacterial growth, while the effect against biofilm formation and development was demonstrated only against S. aureus and C. albicans. Our in vitro assays indicate that the studied plant extracts are a significant source of natural alternatives to antimicrobial therapy, thus avoiding antibiotic therapy, the use of which has become excessive in recent years. PMID:21717806

  2. In vitro activity of carvacrol and thymol combined with antifungals or antibacterials against Pythium insidiosum.

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    Jesus, F P K; Ferreiro, L; Bizzi, K S; Loreto, S; Pilotto, M B; Ludwig, A; Alves, S H; Zanette, R A; Santurio, J M

    2015-06-01

    We describe the in vitro activities of the combinations of carvacrol and thymol with antibiotics (azithromycin, clarithromycin, minocycline and tigecycline) and antifungal agents (amphotericin B, caspofungin, itraconazole and terbinafine) against 23 isolates of the oomycete Pythium insidiosum. The assays were based on the M38-A2 technique and checkerboard microdilution. Based on the mean FICI values, the main synergies observed were combinations of carvacrol+itraconazole and thymol+itraconazole (96%), thymol+clarithromycin (92%), carvacrol+clarithromycin (88%), thymol+minocycline (84%), carvacrol+minocycline (80%), carvacrol+azithromycin (76%), thymol+azithromycin (68%), carvacrol+tigecycline (64%) and thymol+tigecycline (60%). In conclusion, we found that combinations of carvacrol or thymol with these antimicrobial agents might provide effective alternative treatments for cutaneous pythiosis due to their synergistic interactions. Future in vivo experiments are needed to elucidate the safety and therapeutic potential of these combinations. PMID:25639921

  3. Study on in vitro anti-tumor activity of Bidens bipinnata L. extract.

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    Yang, Qing-Hui; Yang, Jun; Liu, Guo-Ze; Wang, Lei; Zhu, Tie-Chui; Gao, Hai-Li; Kou, Xiao-Ge

    2013-01-01

    We studied the in vitro anti-tumor activity of Bidens Bipinnata L. extract. MTT assay was used to investigate the inhibitory effect of different concentrations of the extracts on human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cell lines and human cervical carcinoma (Hela) cell lines, and the IC50 values were calculated. The Bidens Bipinnata L. extract had different degrees of inhibitory effects on these two cells, and when exposure time was 48 h, the inhibition rate reached its peak, with IC50 values of 14.80 g/mL and 13.50 g/mL respectively. The Bidens Bipinnata L. extract had a good inhibitory effect on human HepG2 cell lines and Hela cell lines, and thus has certain development prospects. PMID:24146487

  4. In Vitro Activities of Nine Antifungal Drugs and Their Combinations against Phialophora verrucosa

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    Li, Yali; Wan, Zhe

    2014-01-01

    The in vitro activities of nine antifungal drugs and their combinations against 31 clinical and 15 environmental Phialophora verrucosa strains were tested. The MIC90/90% minimum effective concentration (MIC/MEC90) values (?g/ml) across all strains were as follows: for terbinafine, 0.25; for posaconazole, 0.5; for voriconazole, 1; for itraconazole, 2; for amphotericin B, 4; for caspofungin and micafungin, 16; and for fluconazole and flucytosine, 64. The highest synergy was shown by the combination of itraconazole plus caspofungin (with synergy against 100% of the 31 clinical strains), followed by amphotericin B plus flucytosine (45.2%) and itraconazole plus terbinafine or micafungin (25.8% or 12.9%, respectively). PMID:24982078

  5. In Vitro Activity of Cefepime/AAI101 and Comparators against Cefepime Non-susceptible Enterobacteriaceae.

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    Crandon, Jared L; Nicolau, David P

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated the in vitro potency of cefepime combined with AAI101, a novel extended-spectrum ?-lactamase inhibitor, against a population of clinical Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae collected from USA hospitals. Of the 223 cefepime non-susceptible isolates, 95% were ceftazidime non-susceptible, 49% ertapenem non-susceptible, 57% piperacillin/tazobactam non-susceptible, 90% were multidrug-resistant (resistant to ?3 drug classes), 22% produced carbapenemases, and 67% produced ESBLs. Addition of AAI101 restored the activity of cefepime such that the MIC50 was reduced from >64 mg/L for cefepime to 0.13 mg/L for cefepime/AAI101, supporting its continued development treatment for infections caused by these organisms. PMID:26295262

  6. In Vitro Activity of AZD5847 against Geographically Diverse Clinical Isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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    Wijkander, Maria; Perskvist, Nasrin; Balasubramanian, V.; Sambandamurthy, Vasan K.; Hoffner, Sven

    2014-01-01

    The MIC of the novel antituberculosis (anti-TB) drug AZD5847 was determined against 146 clinical isolates from diverse geographical regions, including eastern Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia, using the automated Bactec Mycobacterial Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) 960 system. These isolates originated from specimen sources such as sputum, bronchial alveolar lavage fluid, pleural fluid, abscess material, lung biopsies, and feces. The overall MIC90 was 1.0 mg/liter (range, 0.125 to 4 mg/liter). The MICs of AZD5847 for isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis were similar among drug-sensitive strains, multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains, and extensively drug resistant (XDR) strains. The good in vitro activity of AZD5847 against M. tuberculosis and the lack of cross-resistance make this agent a promising anti-TB drug candidate. PMID:24777103

  7. In vitro and in vivo anti-angiogenic activity of girinimbine isolated from Murraya koenigii.

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    Iman, Venoos; Karimian, Hamed; Mohan, Syam; Hobani, Yahya Hasan; Noordin, Mohamed Ibrahim; Mustafa, Mohd Rais; Noor, Suzita Mohd

    2015-01-01

    Girinimbine is a carbazole alkaloid isolated from the stem bark and root of Murraya koenigii. Here we report that girinimbine is an inhibitor of angiogenic activity both in vitro and in vivo. MTT results showed that girinimbine inhibited proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells, while results from endothelial cell invasion, migration, tube formation, and wound healing assays demonstrated significant time- and dose-dependent inhibition by girinimbine. A proteome profiler array done on girinimbine-treated human umbilical vein endothelial cells showed that girinimbine had mediated regulation of pro-angiogenic and anti-angiogenic proteins. The anti-angiogenic potential of girinimbine was also evidenced in vivo in the zebrafish embryo model wherein girinimbine inhibited neo vessel formation in zebrafish embryos following 24 hours of exposure. Together, these results showed that girinimbine could effectively suppress angiogenesis, suggestive of its therapeutic potential as a novel angiogenesis inhibitor. PMID:25767375

  8. Designed, synthetically accessible bryostatin analogues potently induce activation of latent HIV reservoirs in vitro

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    Dechristopher, Brian A.; Loy, Brian A.; Marsden, Matthew D.; Schrier, Adam J.; Zack, Jerome A.; Wender, Paul A.

    2012-09-01

    Bryostatin is a unique lead in the development of potentially transformative therapies for cancer, Alzheimer's disease and the eradication of HIV/AIDS. However, the clinical use of bryostatin has been hampered by its limited supply, difficulties in accessing clinically relevant derivatives, and side effects. Here, we address these problems through the step-economical syntheses of seven members of a new family of designed bryostatin analogues using a highly convergent Prins-macrocyclization strategy. We also demonstrate for the first time that such analogues effectively induce latent HIV activation in vitro with potencies similar to or better than bryostatin. Significantly, these analogues are up to 1,000-fold more potent in inducing latent HIV expression than prostratin, the current clinical candidate for latent virus induction. This study provides the first demonstration that designed, synthetically accessible bryostatin analogues could serve as superior candidates for the eradication of HIV/AIDS through induction of latent viral reservoirs in conjunction with current antiretroviral therapy.

  9. In Vitro Activity of Nemonoxacin, a Novel Nonfluorinated Quinolone Antibiotic, against Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia pneumoniae

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    Chotikanatis, Kobkul; Kohlhoff, Stephan A.

    2014-01-01

    The in vitro activities of nemonoxacin, levofloxacin, azithromycin, and doxycycline were tested against 10 isolates each of Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia pneumoniae. The MICs at which 90% of the isolates of both C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae were inhibited (MIC90s) were 0.06 ?g/ml (range, 0.03 to 0.13 ?g/ml). The minimal bactericidal concentrations at which 90% of the isolates were killed by nemonoxacin (MBC90s) were 0.06 ?g/ml for C. trachomatis (range, 0.03 to 0.125 ?g/ml) and 0.25 for C. pneumoniae (range, 0.015 to 0.5 ?g/ml). PMID:24366753

  10. In vitro activity of nemonoxacin, a novel nonfluorinated quinolone antibiotic, against Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia pneumoniae.

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    Chotikanatis, Kobkul; Kohlhoff, Stephan A; Hammerschlag, Margaret R

    2014-01-01

    The in vitro activities of nemonoxacin, levofloxacin, azithromycin, and doxycycline were tested against 10 isolates each of Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia pneumoniae. The MICs at which 90% of the isolates of both C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae were inhibited (MIC90s) were 0.06 ?g/ml (range, 0.03 to 0.13 ?g/ml). The minimal bactericidal concentrations at which 90% of the isolates were killed by nemonoxacin (MBC90s) were 0.06 ?g/ml for C. trachomatis (range, 0.03 to 0.125 ?g/ml) and 0.25 for C. pneumoniae (range, 0.015 to 0.5 ?g/ml). PMID:24366753

  11. Polyoxygenated Steroids from the Octocoral Leptogorgia punicea and in Vitro Evaluation of Their Cytotoxic Activity

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    Moritz, Maria Izabel G.; Marostica, Lucas Lourenço; Bianco, Éverson M.; Almeida, Maria Tereza R.; Carraro, João L.; Cabrera, Gabriela M.; Palermo, Jorge A.; Simões, Cláudia M. O.; Schenkel, Eloir P.

    2014-01-01

    Five new polyoxygenated marine steroids—punicinols A–E (1–5)—were isolated from the gorgonian Leptogorgia punicea and characterized by spectroscopic methods (IR, MS, 1H, 13C and 2-D NMR). The five compounds induced in vitro cytotoxic effects against lung cancer A549 cells, while punicinols A and B were the most active, with IC50 values of 9.7 μM and 9.6 μM, respectively. The synergistic effects of these compounds with paclitaxel, as well as their effects on cell cycle distribution and their performance in the clonogenic assay, were also evaluated. Both compounds demonstrated significant synergistic effects with paclitaxel. PMID:25486111

  12. Eggshell membrane hydrolyzates activate NF-?B in vitro: possible implications for in vivo efficacy

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    Ruff, Kevin J; Durham, Paul L; OReilly, Austin; Long, F Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Eggshell membrane (ESM) has been shown to contain naturally occurring bioactive components, and biological activities such as reducing proinflammatory cytokines, liver fibrosis, and joint pain in osteoarthritis sufferers have also been reported for ESM matrix as a whole. Nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B-cells (NF-?B) is a signaling protein found in the cytoplasm of nearly all human and animal cell types and is a primary regulator of immune function. The studies reported herein were designed to investigate the possible role that NF-?B activity might play in the reported biological activities of ESM. Methods Three ESM hydrolyzates produced via fermentation, enzymatic, or chemical hydrolysis were evaluated in vitro in either human peripheral blood mononuclear cell or THP-1 (human leukemic monocyte) cell cultures for NF-?B activity following 4-hour exposure. The hydrolyzates were compared with untreated control cells or cells incubated with lipopolysaccharide or ascorbic acid. The source of ESM activity was also evaluated. Results NF-?B levels were increased above levels found in untreated cells at all three dilutions (1:100, 1:1,000, and 1:10,000) for the fermentation hydrolyzate of ESM (ESM-FH) (P=0.021, P=0.020, P=0.009, respectively) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The enzymatic hydrolyzate of ESM (ESM-EH) also produced statistically significant levels of activated NF-?B at the 1:100 and 1:1,000 dilutions (P=0.004, P=0.006, respectively) but fell just shy of significance at the 1:10,000 dilution (P=0.073). Similarly, ESM-FH (P=0.021, P=0.002) and ESM-EH (P=0.007, P=0.007) activated NF-?B in THP-1 cells at 1:1,000 and 1:10,000 dilutions, respectively. The chemical hydrolyzate of ESM (ESM-CH) showed statistically significant levels of activation at the 1:1,000 dilution (P=0.005) but failed to differ from untreated cells at the 1:10,000 dilution (P=0.193) in THP-1 cells. Conclusion Results from our studies provide evidence that ESM hydrolyzates significantly activate NF-?B, and the source of this activity was investigated to confirm that it is inherent to ESM and not derived from bacterial contamination. Based on our findings, we propose a plausible hypothesis as to how increased NF-?B activity might translate into the in vivo efficacy that has been observed with ESM via an oral tolerance mechanism. PMID:25709492

  13. Studies on the in vitro and in vivo antiurolithic activity of Holarrhena antidysenterica

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    Khan, Aslam; Khan, Saeed R.; Gilani, Anwar H.

    2013-01-01

    Background Holarrhena antidysenterica has a traditional use in the treatment of urolithiasis, therefore, its crude extract has been investigated for possible antiurolithic effect. Materials and methods The crude aqueous-methanolic extract of Holarrhena antidysenterica (Ha.Cr) was studied using the in vitro and in vivo methods. Results In the in vitro experiments, Ha.Cr demonstrated a concentration-dependent (0.25–4 mg/ml) inhibitory effect on the slope of aggregation. It decreased the size of crystals and transformed the calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) to calcium oxalate dehydrate (COD) crystals, in calcium oxalate metastable solutions. It also showed concentration-dependent antioxidant effect against 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl free radical (DPPH) free radicals and lipid peroxidation induced in rat kidney tissue homogenate. Ha.Cr (0.3 mg/ml) reduced (p < 0.05) the cell toxicity and LDH release in renal epithelial cells (MDCK) exposed to oxalate (0.5 mM) and COM (66 μg/cm2) crystals. In male Wistar rats, receiving 0.75% ethylene glycol (EG) for 21 days along with 1% ammonium chloride (AC) in drinking water, Ha.Cr treatment (30–100 mg/kg) prevented the toxic changes caused by lithogenic agents; EG and AC, like loss of body weight, polyurea, oxaluria, raised serum urea and creatinine levels and crystal deposition in kidneys compared to their respective controls. Conclusion These data indicate that Holarrhena antidysenterica possesses antiurolithic activity, possibly mediated through inhibition of CaOx crystal aggregation, antioxidant and renal epithelial cell protective activities and may provide base for designing future studies to establish its efficacy and safety for clinical use. PMID:22622371

  14. Studies on the in vitro and in vivo antiurolithic activity of Holarrhena antidysenterica.

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    Khan, Aslam; Khan, Saeed R; Gilani, Anwar H

    2012-12-01

    Holarrhena antidysenterica has a traditional use in the treatment of urolithiasis, therefore, its crude extract has been investigated for possible antiurolithic effect. The crude aqueous-methanolic extract of Holarrhena antidysenterica (Ha.Cr) was studied using the in vitro and in vivo methods. In the in vitro experiments, Ha.Cr demonstrated a concentration-dependent (0.25-4mg/ml) inhibitory effect on the slope of aggregation. It decreased the size of crystals and transformed the calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) to calcium oxalate dehydrate (COD) crystals, in calcium oxalate metastable solutions. It also showed concentration-dependent antioxidant effect against 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radicals and lipid peroxidation induced in rat kidney tissue homogenate. Ha.Cr (0.3mg/ml) reduced (p<0.05) the cell toxicity and LDH release in renal epithelial cells (MDCK) exposed to oxalate (0.5mM) and COM (66?g/cm(2)) crystals. In male Wistar rats, receiving 0.75% ethylene glycol (EG) for 21days along with 1% ammonium chloride (AC) in drinking water, Ha.Cr treatment (30-100mg/kg) prevented the toxic changes caused by lithogenic agents; EG and AC, like loss of body weight, polyurea, oxaluria, raised serum urea and creatinine levels and crystal deposition in kidneys compared to their respective controls. These data indicate that Holarrhena antidysenterica possesses antiurolithic activity, possibly mediated through the inhibition of CaOx crystal aggregation, antioxidant and renal epithelial cell protective activities and may provide base for designing future studies to establish its efficacy and safety for clinical use. PMID:22622371

  15. In vitro assay for osteoinductive activity of different demineralized freeze-dried bone allograft

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    Vaziri, Shahram; Vahabi, Surena; Torshabi, Maryam

    2012-01-01

    Purpose Various bone graft materials have been used for periodontal tissue regeneration. Demineralized freeze-dried bone allograft (DFDBA) is a widely used bone substitute. The current widespread use of DFDBA is based on its potential osteoinductive ability. Due to the lack of verifiable data, the purpose of this study was to assess the osteoinductive activity of different DFDBAs in vitro. Methods Sarcoma osteogenic (SaOS-2) cells (human osteoblast-like cells) were exposed to 8 mg/mL and 16 mg/mL concentrations of three commercial types of DFDBA: Osseo+, AlloOss, and Cenobone. The effect of these materials on cell proliferation was determined using the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay. The osteoinductive ability was evaluated using alizarin red staining, and the results were confirmed by evaluating osteogenic gene expression using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Results In the SaOS-2 cells, an 8 mg/mL concentration of Osseo+ and Cenobone significantly increased cell proliferation in 48 hours after exposure (P<0.001); however, in these two bone materials, the proliferation of cells was significantly decreased after 48 hours of exposure with a 16 mg/mL concentration (P<0.001). The alizarin red staining results demonstrated that the 16 mg/mL concentration of all three tested DFDBA induced complete morphologic differentiation and mineralized nodule production of the SaOS-2 cells. The RT-PCR results revealed osteopontin gene expression at a 16 mg/mL concentration of all three test groups, but not at an 8 mg/mL concentration. Conclusions These commercial types of DFDBA are capable of decreasing proliferation and increasing osteogenic differentiation of the SaOS-2 cell line and have osteoinductive activity in vitro. PMID:23346466

  16. Adsorption of chlorhexidine on synthetic hydroxyapatite and in vitro biological activity.

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    de Souza, Carlos A Soriano; Colombo, Ana Paula V; Souto, Renata M; Silva-Boghossian, Carina M; Granjeiro, Jose M; Alves, Gutemberg G; Rossi, Alexandre M; Rocha-Leão, Maria Helena M

    2011-10-15

    The kinetic of chlorhexidine digluconate (CHXDG) uptake from aqueous solution by hydroxyapatite (HA) was investigated by ultraviolet (UV) analysis performed in HA powder (UV-solid) after the CHX adsorption. Adsorption isotherm of chlorhexidine (CHX) uptake was modeled by a combination of Languimir and Langmuir-Freundlich mechanisms. Strong molecule-molecule interactions and positive cooperativity predominated in the surface when CHX concentration was above 8.6 μg(CHX)/mg(HA). UV-solid spectra (shape, intensity and band position) of CHX bound to HA revealed that long-range