Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3753

Table of Content: 9 June, 2012; 6(21)

June 2012

Phytochemistry and pharmacological properties of Equisetum arvense L.

Equisetum arvense L. is known as Horsetail. E. arvense extracts are important areas in drug development with numerous pharmacological activities in many countries. For a long time, E. arvense has been used in traditional medicines for the treatment of brittle fingernails, loss of hair and for rheumatic diseases. E. arvense has recently been shown to have antibacterial, antifungal,...

Author(s): Jinous Asgarpanah and Elnaz Roohi

June 2012

Purple sweet potato color attenuates D-galactose-induced renal injury in mice by inhibiting the expression of NF-κB-dependent inflammatory genes

This study was carried out to investigate the protective effect of purple sweet potato color (PSPC) against D-galactose (D-gal)-induced renal injury and the possible mechanisms in mice. Histopathological analysis showed PSPC could significantly attenuate renal injury induced by D-gal. We found the protective effect of PSPC against D-gal induced renal injury might be caused, at least in part, by renewing the activity of...

Author(s): Shao-hua Fan#, Zi-feng Zhang#, Yan-yan Wang#, Yuan-lin Zheng, Jun Lu, Dong-mei Wu, Qun Shan and Bin Hu

June 2012

Antibacterial activity of hydroalcoholic extracts of Jacaranda puberula Cham. (Bignoniaceae) and Sorocea bonplandii Baill. (Moraceae)

The search for new substances with antimicrobial properties has become necessary due to the bacterial capacity of resistance. Medicinal plants have become an important alternative since many plants exhibit antimicrobial activity. The Brazilian Atlantic Forest contains a huge diversity of plant species, many of which have not been thoroughly investigated.Jacaranda puberula Cham. (Bignoniaceae) and Sorocea...

Author(s): Luciane Costa-Campos, Dayana Gomes Ricken, Sumaya Ribarsky Scalco and Vanilde Citadini-Zanette

June 2012

Anti-proliferation and anti-migration activities of ten selected Zingiberaceae species against MDA-MB-231 cells

Zingiberaceae plants exhibit various biological activities, but scientific knowledge of the plants in anti-metastatic aspects is still very limited. The objective of this study is to examine the anti-metastatic potentials of 30 crude extracts from ten selected localZingiberaceae species on hormone-independent, highly metastatic human breast cancer cells, MDA-MB-231. The Zingiberaceae rhizomes were...

Author(s): Ann Jee Chew, Nurhayati Zainal Abidin and Norhanom Binti Abdul Wahab  

June 2012

Phytochemical screening, antioxidant and analgesic activities of Croton argyratus ethanolic extracts

Series of experiments were conducted to screen phytochemical constituents, antioxidant and analgesic activities of the ethanolic extracts of the plant Croton argyratus. The extracts obtained from leaves, stem and root of the plant were evaluated for their antioxidant activity by means of 2,2- Diphenyl -1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity, reducing power and total antioxidant capacity as well as...

Author(s): N. I. Mohd Ali, H. V. Annegowda, S. M. Mansor, S. Ismail, S. Ramanathan and M. N. Mordi

June 2012

Studies on the protective effects of pollen-originated phytoestrogens on the growth and development of ovary in rats

This present study was undertaken to investigate the effects of pollen extracts on the development of ovary in the presence of exogenous estradiol benzoate. 45-day old female Wistar rats were administered with estradiol benzoate to induce the pathological status of the ovary. Histological observation of ovarian paraffin sections revealed that interruption of the maturation of follicles was associated with massive...

Author(s): M. H. Ye, B. Zhou, Z. H. Liu, L. H. Shi, T. Wang, L. D. Yin and J. T. Ding

June 2012

Phytochemical screening and antibacterial activity of four Cnidoscolus species (Euphorbiaceae) against standard strains and clinical isolates

The aim of this study is to investigate phytochemical composition and antibacterial activity of four species of Cnidoscolus [Cnidoscolus infestus Pax and K. Hoffman, Cnidoscolus pubescens Pohl, Cnidoscolus quercifolius Pohl and Cnidoscolus urens (L.) Arthur] used as ethnopharmacologicals in Caatinga. The qualitative phytochemical composition was analyzed by thin layer...

Author(s): Tadeu José da Silva Peixoto Sobrinho, Valérium Thijan Nobre de Almeida e Castro, Antonio Marcos Saraiva, Diego Menelau Almeida, Elvis Alves Tavares, Maria Nelly Caetano Pisciottano and Elba Lúcia Cavalcanti de Amorim

June 2012

Comparison of in vitro antimicrobial effect of ethanol extracts of Satureja khuzestanica, Rhus coriaria, and Ocimum basilicum L. on Helicobacter pylori

Helicobacter pylori is the main reason of gastritis, gastric ulcer and cancer, which cause many therapeutic problems for man, throughout the world. Therefore, the aim of the current study is to compare the antimicrobial effect of the extracts of Satureja khuzestanica, Rhus coriaria, and Ocimum basilicum L. on H. pylori. To isolate H. pylori, sampling was performed in 30 patients...

Author(s): Yousef Motaharinia, Mohammad Saleh Hazhir, Mohammad Ali Rezaee, Siamak Vahedi, Ahmad Rashidi, Werya Hosseini, Mohammad Saeed Hakhamaneshi and Mohammad Reza Rahmani

June 2012

Artabotryside A, a constituent from Descurainia sophia (L.) induces cell death in U87 glioma cells through apoptosis and cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase

Descurainia sophia (L.) commonly known as Webb ex Prantl (flixweed) is a Chinese traditional medicinal plant. Seeds of flixweed are used in the treatment of some cancers. However, the anticancer constituents from the seeds have not been investigated. The present study was aimed to identify bioactive compound with anti-glioma activity from the seeds of D. sophia (L.) and to examine the growth inhibitory...

Author(s): Muhammad Khan, Yinghong Xiao, Bo Yu, Nan Wang, Azhar Rasul, Fei Yi, Longfei Yang, Hong Yang and  Tonghui Ma,

June 2012

The effect of Hypericum perforatum extract on the properties of erythrocyte membrane

The phylogenetic relationships of five Atractylodes species were examined by random amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD) assay. A total of 298 bands were amplified by 24 RAPD primers, of which 244 bands (81.88%) were polymorphic. The results indicated that: 1) Atractylodes chinensis had a close genetic relationship with Atractylodes lancea, and A. chinensis should be treated...

Author(s): Aleksandra WÅ‚och, Jan OszmiaÅ„ski, Janusz Sarapuk and Halina KleszczyÅ„ska

June 2012

Study of specific random amplification of polymorphic DNA- sequence characterized amplified region (RAPD-SCAR) marker for the endangered Chinese endemic herb Atractylodes lancea

The phylogenetic relationships of five Atractylodes species were examined by random amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD) assay. A total of 298 bands were amplified by 24 RAPD primers, of which 244 bands (81.88%) were polymorphic. The results indicated that: 1) Atractylodes chinensis had a close genetic relationship with Atractylodes lancea, and A. chinensis should be treated...

Author(s): Xiaoqin Sun, Jianlin Guo, Yanfeng Ge, Bing Xia and Yueyu Hang

June 2012

Cholinesterase inhibitory activities of xanthones from Anaxagorea luzonensis A. Gray

Five xanthones (1-5) were isolated from the heartwood of Anaxagorea luzonensis A. Gray (Annonaceae) and this is the first report of the isolation of xanthone 1 (6-deoxyisojacareubin) from this species. The in vitro inhibitory activity against acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) of these isolated xanthones was highest in 1,3,5-trihydroxy-4-prenylxanthone (3) for both enzymes...

Author(s): Chalisa Sabphon, Thiendanai Sermboonpaisarn and Pattara Sawasdee

June 2012

Phytochemical screening, mineral and proximate composition of Asteracantha longifolia leaf extracts as a quality livestock feed

Fractions of hot water extract of Asteracantha longifolia Nees leaf and aerial parts were subjected to qualitative and quantitative screening of different phytochemicals and for quantitative determination of different micro and macro elements. Dried leaf powder was analyzed for proximate composition and quantitative determination of different micro and macro elements. Proximate composition of the leaf revealed...

Author(s): Amit Kumar Dash, Goutam Kumar Dutta, Gyanaranjan Sahoo, Sumanta Kumar Mishra, Kautuk Kumar Sardar and Purna Chandra Bisoi

June 2012

Effects of the application of vermicompost and nitrogen fixing bacteria on quantity and quality of the essential oil in dill (Anethum graveolens)

The main objective of this study was to determine the effects of vermicompost and nitrogen fixing bacteria on the quantity and quality of essential oil in dill essential oil content in seed, essential oil yield and carvone content, limonene content and dillapiole content in essential oil. The experiment was carried out at the Hamand Research Station of Damavand in 2011. Vermicompost (0, 4, 8 and 12 ton/ha) and nitrogen...

Author(s): Mohammad Taghi Darzi, Mohammadreza Haj Sayed Hadi and Farhad Rejali

June 2012

Antimicrobial activity of essential oil of Piper aduncum L. (Piperaceae)

Piper aduncum L. (Piperaceae) is a shrub native from Central to South America used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several deseases. The extract of this species stands out for its interesting biological activities as leishmanicidal, molluscicidal, larvicidal, insecticidal, fungicidal, and antibacterial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of essential oil from leaves...

Author(s): Célio Rezende Lara Júnior, Gisele Lopes de Oliveira, Bárbara Caroline Ferreira Mota, Maria de Fátima Gonçalves Fernandes, Lourdes S. Figueiredo, Ernane R. Martins, Davyson de Lima Moreira and Maria Auxiliadora Coelho Kaplan