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  1. Een experimenteel onderzoek over de werking van de aconitine op het hart

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    Boomsma, Jan Pieter

    1946-01-01

    Een literatuuroverzicht werd gegeven betreffende de geschiedenis, botanie, toxicologie, chemie en pharmacologie van aconitine. Vervolgens werden de verschijnselen, die gedurende de vergiftiging met aconitine aan het hart optraden, bestudeerd. Hiervoor werden de volgende experimenten verricht: 1. Mec

  2. EFFECT OF ELECTROACUPUNCTURE ON ACONITINE-INDUCED VENTRICULAR TACHYARRHYTHIMIA

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    ZENG Qing; OUYANG Xing-biao; LI Man; LIU Xiao-chun; GUAN Xin-min

    2005-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on aconitine-induced ventricular tachyarrhythmia. Methods: Twenty SD rats ate (300 mg/kg, I.p.) were evenly and anesthetized with chloral hydrrandomly divided into control and EA groups. Ventricular arrhythmia was induced by intravenous infusion of 0.001% aconitine (I.v., 3.5 mg/kg, 0.4 mL/min). EA (4~16 Hz, 1~3 V) was applied to "Neiguan"(内关 PC 6) and "Jianshi"(间使 PC 5) for 30 min. ECG was recorded andanalyzed to determine ventricular premature beat (VPB), ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). Results: EA elevated the dose threshold of aconitine-induced VF (P<0.05), delayed the occurrence of VT and VF (P<0.01), prolonged the survival time and reduced the mortality of rats treated with aconitine (P<0.01). Conclusion: EA can suppress aconitine-induced ventricular tachyarrhythmia.

  3. Cladosporium cladosporioides XJ-AC03, an aconitine-producing endophytic fungus isolated from Aconitum leucostomum.

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    Yang, Kai; Liang, Jie; Li, Qinfan; Kong, Xiangya; Chen, Rui; Jin, Yimin

    2013-05-01

    The endophytic fungus XJ-AC03, which was isolated from the healthy roots of Aconitum leucostomum, produced aconitine when grown in potato dextrose agar (PDA) medium. The presence of aconitine was confirmed by the chromatographic and spectroscopic analyses. The yield of aconitine was recorded as 236.4 μg/g by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The mass spectrometry was shown to be identical to authentic aconitine. Further analysis with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to show the chemical structure of the fungal aconitine indicated that the fungal aconitine produced an NMR spectrum identical to that of authentic aconitine. Strain XJ-AC03 was identified as Cladosporium cladosporioides by its characteristic culture morphology and ITS rDNA sequence analysis.

  4. Analysis of the Aconitine Alkaloids in Chuanwu by Electrospray Ionization/Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Ai Min SUN; Hui LI; Zhi Ming HUANG; P.P.H.BUT; Xue Qin DING

    2004-01-01

    An electrospray ionization / tandem mass spectrometric (ESI/MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous identification and analysis of three aconitine alkaloids [ mesacontine (MA), hypaconitine (HA), and aconitine (A)] as intact molecules at low nanogram level in Chinese traditional medicine Chuanwu decoction as well as in human whole blood extract without chromatographic separation.

  5. Effects of Aconitine on [Ca2+] Oscillation in Cultured Myocytes of Neonatal Rats

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    Yah LIU; Shiwei ZHANG; Man LIANG; Qian LIU; Liang LIU

    2008-01-01

    Summary: In order to investigate the effects of aconitine on [Ca2+] oscillation patterns in cultured myocytes of neonatal rats, fluorescent Ca2+ indicator Fluo-4 NW and laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM) were used to detect the real-time changes of [Ca2+] oscillation patterns in the cultured myocytes before and after aconitine (1.0 μmol/L) incubation or antiarrhythmic peptide (AAP) and aconitine co-incubation. The results showed under control conditions, [Ca2+] oscillations were irregular but relatively stable, occasionally accompanied by small calcium sparks. After incubation of the cultures with aconitine, high frequency [Ca2+] oscillations emerged in both nuclear and cytoplasmic regions, whereas typical calcium sparks disappeared and the average [Ca2+] in the cytoplasm of the cardiomyocyte did not change significantly. In AAP-treated cultures, intraecllular [Ca2+] oscillation also changed, with periodic frequency, increased amplitudes and prolonged duration of calcium sparks. These patterns were not altered significantly by subsequent aconitine incubation. The basal value of [Ca2+] in nuclear region was higher than that in the cytoplasmic region, in the presence or absence of drugs, the [Ca2+] oscillated synchronously in both the nuclear and cytoplasmic regions of the same cardiomyocyte. It was concluded that although oscillating strenuously at high frequency, the average [Ca2+] in the cytoplasm of cardiomyocyte did not change significantly after aconitine incubation, compared to the controls. The observations indicate that aconitine induces the changes in [Ca2+] oscillation frequency other than the Ca2+ overload.

  6. Determination of Aconitine and its Metabolites in Animal Experiment by LC/ESI - MSn

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    Duan Ming-Yu; ZHANG Hong-gui; ZHONG Da-fang; ZHANG Han-qi

    2003-01-01

    @@ Aconitum species (Ranunculaceae), which distribute widely in middle and lower reaches of the Yangzi River, northand southwest of China, contain highly toxic diesterditerpene Aconitum alkaloids, especially high content of aconitine.

  7. The susceptibility of ventricular arrhythmia to aconitine in conscious Lyon hypertensive rats

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    Min LI; Jin WANG; He-hui XIE; Fu-ming SHEN; Ding-feng SU

    2007-01-01

    Aim: The present work was designed to investigate the relationship between hemodynamic parameters and the susceptibility of ventricular arrhythmia to aconitine in conscious Lyon hypertensive rats (LH). Methods: Male LH and Lyon low blood pressure rats (LL) were used. After the determination of baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), ventricular arrhythmia was induced by aconitine infusion inconscious rats. Blood pressure (BP) was recorded during the period of infusion. Results: Compared with the LL rats, the LH rats possessed significantly higher BP, blood pressure variability and lower BRS. The threshold of aconitine required for ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest in the LH rats were significantly lower than those in the LL rats. It was found that all the hemodynamic parameters studied were not correlated with the tl~eshold of aconitine required for arrhythmia, with the exception of BRS, which was positively related to the threshold of aconitine required for ventricular premature beat. Conclusion: The LH rats possessed greater susceptibility to aconitine-induced ventricular arrhythmias when compared to the LL rats. This greater susceptibility could not be attributed to anyone of the hemodynamic parameters alone studied in the LH rats. It is proposed that various hypertension-associated abnormalities, including the abnormal hemodynamics, may co-contribute to this vulnerability to ventricular arrhythmias.

  8. Effects of Matrine on Aconitine-Induced Electrophysiological Changes in Rat Ventricular Myocytes

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    SHANHong-li; YANGBao-feng; ZHOUYu-hong; WANGHe; LIBao-xin

    2004-01-01

    Aim To explore the reason that the antiarrhythmic effect of the extract of traditional Chinese medicinal herb, matrine, is weaker than quinidine and verapamil by comparision of the effect and efficacy of matrine on various kinds of transmembrane ionic currents with those of quinidine and verapamil; and to demonstrate the best targets for antiarrhythinic drugs. Methods Whole-cell patch-clamp techniques were used to record the action potential and ionic currents in single cells of rat ventrictdar myocytes. Aconitine was used to induce the changes of ionic currents, then study the effects of matrine and quinidine, verapamil on aconitine-induced imbalanced channel currents and action potential. Results Aconitine 1μmol·L-1 induced significant changes in transmembrane currents and action potential in single cells of rat ventricular myocytes. APD was significantly prolonged by aconitine. Simtdtaneously, aconitine increased sodium, L-type calcium and in-ward rectifier potassium currents. Matrine 100μmol·L-1 reversed the aconitine-induced changes of sodium current (INa)from (-70.2±10.5) pA/pF to (-39.6±4.0) pA/pF (n=5, P<0.05 vs aconitine) ; L-type calcium current (ICa-L)from (20.4±3.8) pA/pF to (-12.9±2.9) pA/pF (n=6, P<0.01); the inward rectifier potassium current (IK1) from (-32.2±1.08) pA/pF to (-24.0±3.4) pA/pF (n=6, P<0.01 ), and action potential duration. The reversal effectsof quinidine and verapamil on aconitine-induced changes of APD and ionic currents were more marked than matrine. Conclusion Aco-nitine significantly disturbs the normal equilibrium of ion channels in ventricular myecytes. It induces changes of INa, ICa-L, IK1 and prolongation of action potential duration. Matrine at concentration 50 or 100μmol·L-1 statistically significantly suppresses aconitine-induced changes of APD and ionic currents. The potency and efficacy of inhibitory effect of matrine are markedly weaker than those of commonly used verapamil and quinidine.

  9. p-sulfonated calix[8]arene functionalized graphene as a "turn on" fluorescent sensing platform for aconitine determination.

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    Yang, Long; Xie, Xiaoguang; Cai, Le; Ran, Xin; Li, Yucong; Yin, Tianpeng; Zhao, Hui; Li, Can-Peng

    2016-08-15

    This work reports a novel method for the determination of aconitine through the competitive host-guest interaction between p-sulfonated calix[8]arene (SCX8) and signal probe/target molecules by using SCX8 functionalized reduced graphene oxide (SCX8-RGO) as a receptor. Three dyes (ST, RhB, BRB) and aconitine were selected as the probe and target molecules, respectively. The formation of SCX8-RGO·ST, SCX8-RGO·RhB, and SCX8-RGO·BRB complexes greatly decreases the fluorescence emission of ST, RhB, and BRB. The aconitine/SCX8 complex possesses a higher binding constant than ST/SCX8, RhB/SCX8, and BRB/SCX8 complexes, thus the dye in the SCX8 cavity can be replaced by aconitine to revert the fluorescence emission of SCX8-RGO·dye, leading to a "switch-on" fluorescence response. The fluorescence intensity of SCX8-RGO·ST, SCX8-RGO·RhB, and SCX8-RGO·BRB complexes increased linearly with increasing concentration of aconitine ranging from 1.0 to 14.0μM, 2.0-16.0μM, and 1.0-16.0μM, respectively. Based on the competitive host-guest interaction, the proposed detection method for aconitine showed detection limits of 0.28μM, 0.60μM, and 0.37μM, respectively, and was successfully applied for the determination of aconitine in human serum samples with good recoveries from 95.1% to 104.8%. The proposed method showed high selectivity for aconitine beyond competitive binding analytes. In addition, the inclusion complex of the SCX8/aconitine was studied by the molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation, which indicated that the phenyl ester group of the aconitine molecule was included into the SCX8 cavity. PMID:27085945

  10. Aconitine-induced Ca2+ overload causes arrhythmia and triggers apoptosis through p38 MAPK signaling pathway in rats

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    Aconitine is a major bioactive diterpenoid alkaloid with high content derived from herbal aconitum plants. Emerging evidence indicates that voltage-dependent Na+ channels have pivotal roles in the cardiotoxicity of aconitine. However, no reports are available on the role of Ca2+ in aconitine poisoning. In this study, we explored the importance of pathological Ca2+ signaling in aconitine poisoning in vitro and in vivo. We found that Ca2+ overload lead to accelerated beating rhythm in adult rat ventricular myocytes and caused arrhythmia in conscious freely moving rats. To investigate effects of aconitine on myocardial injury, we performed cytotoxicity assay in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs), as well as measured lactate dehydrogenase level in the culture medium of NRVMs and activities of serum cardiac enzymes in rats. The results showed that aconitine resulted in myocardial injury and reduced NRVMs viability dose-dependently. To confirm the pro-apoptotic effects, we performed flow cytometric detection, cardiac histology, transmission electron microscopy and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labeling assay. The results showed that aconitine stimulated apoptosis time-dependently. The expression analysis of Ca2+ handling proteins demonstrated that aconitine promoted Ca2+ overload through the expression regulation of Ca2+ handling proteins. The expression analysis of apoptosis-related proteins revealed that pro-apoptotic protein expression was upregulated, and anti-apoptotic protein BCL-2 expression was downregulated. Furthermore, increased phosphorylation of MAPK family members, especially the P-P38/P38 ratio was found in cardiac tissues. Hence, our results suggest that aconitine significantly aggravates Ca2+ overload and causes arrhythmia and finally promotes apoptotic development via phosphorylation of P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. - Highlights: • Aconitine-induced Ca2+ overload causes arrhythmia in rats.

  11. Interaction of aconitine with bovine serum albumin and effect of atropine sulphate and glycyrrhizic acid on the binding

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    The interaction of aconitine with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and effect of atropine sulphate and glycyrrhizic acid on binding constant, binding sites, and conformation were studied in an aqueous buffer solution (pH 7.40) by ultraviolet absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The study results show that aconitine quenched the endogenous fluorescence of BSA via a dynamic quenching procedure. Predominant intermolecular forces between aconitine and BSA were hydrophobic interactions, which stabilized the complex of aconitine–BSA. The distance between the donor and acceptor was 2.62 nm. The conformation of BSA was investigated by synchronous fluorescence techniques, indicating that the microenvironment around tryptophan (Trp) residues was changed. Furthermore, with the addition of atropine sulphate or glycyrrhizic acid, binding constant and the number of binding sites of aconitine to BSA were decreased, and the conformation had no change, which provide an important theoretical support for aconitine detoxification by atropine sulphate and glycyrrhizic acid. - Highlights: ► Effect of atropine or glycyrrhizic acid on aconitine–BSA binding. ► UV–vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic techniques used. ► Aconitine quenched BSA fluorescence via dynamic quenching with r=2.62 nm. ► Atropine sulphate and glycyrrhizic acid decreased KA and n of aconitine–BSA. ► Support for aconitine detoxification by atropine and glycyrrhizic acid.

  12. Solid Lipid Nanoparticles Formulated for Transdermal Aconitine Administration and Evaluated In Vitro and In Vivo.

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    Zhang, Yong-Tai; Han, Meng-Qing; Shen, Li-Na; Zhao, Ji-Hui; Feng, Nian-Ping

    2015-02-01

    In this study, solid lipid nanoparticles were formulated for transdermal delivery of aconitine to improve its safety and permeability. Aconitine-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles were formulated as an oil-in-water microemulsion. Drug encapsulation efficiencies for these formulations were higher than 85%, and correlated positively with levels of surfactant and oil matrix. The size of the solid lipid nanoparticles was increased with an increase of the oil matrix, and reduction of the surfactant levels. Compared with an ethanol tincture, all the tested solid lipid nanoparticle formulations achieved improved transdermal fluxes and drug deposition in skin in vitro. Real-time monitoring of drug distribution in rat dermis using in vivo microdialysis showed that aconitine concentration was markedly higher following application of solid lipid nanoparticles, compared to tincture, throughout the experimental period. A regional comparison of rat skin found that application of solid lipid nanoparticles to the scapular region resulted in higher AUC(0-t) and C(max), compared to those achieved with application to the abdomen or chest (p nanoparticles contributed to stronger anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects on mouse in vivo models of pain than the tincture (p in vivo studies indicated that smaller particle sizes of solid lipid nanoparticles enhanced the transdermal permeability of aconitine, which can promote drug efficacy, reduce administration time, and improve medication safety.

  13. Aconitine Challenge Test Reveals a Single Exposure to Air Pollution Causes Increased Cardiac Arrhythmia Risk in Hypertensive Rats - Abstract

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    Epidemiological studies demonstrate a significant association between arrhythmias and air pollution exposure. Sensitivity to aconitine-induced arrhythmia has been used repeatedly to examine the factors that increase the risk of such cardiac electrical dysfunction. In this study, ...

  14. Arctigenin, a Potential Anti-Arrhythmic Agent, Inhibits Aconitine-Induced Arrhythmia by Regulating Multi-Ion Channels

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    Zhenying Zhao

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Arctigenin possesses biological activities, but its underlying mechanisms at the cellular and ion channel levels are not completely understood. Therefore, the present study was designed to identify the anti-arrhythmia effect of arctigenin in vivo, as well as its cellular targets and mechanisms. Methods: A rat arrhythmia model was established via continuous aconitine infusion, and the onset times of ventricular premature contraction, ventricular tachycardia and death were recorded. The Action Potential Duration (APD, sodium current (INa, L-type calcium current (ICa, L and transient outward potassium current (Ito were measured and analysed using a patch-clamp recording technique in normal rat cardiomyocytes and myocytes of arrhythmia aconitine-induced by. Results: Arctigenin significantly delayed the arrhythmia onset in the aconitine-induced rat model. The 50% and 90% repolarisations (APD50 and APD90 were shortened by 100 µM arctigenin; the arctigenin dose also inhibited the prolongation of APD50 and APD90 caused by 1 µM aconitine. Arctigenin inhibited INa and ICa,L and attenuated the aconitine-increased INa and ICa,L by accelerating the activation process and delaying the inactivation process. Arctigenin enhanced Ito by facilitating the activation process and delaying the inactivation process, and recoverd the decreased Ito induced by aconitine. Conclusions: Arctigenin has displayed anti-arrhythmia effects, both in vivo and in vitro. In the context of electrophysiology, INa, ICa, L, and Ito may be multiple targets of arctigenin, leading to its antiarrhythmic effect.

  15. Calix[8]arene functionalized single-walled carbon nanohorns for dual-signalling electrochemical sensing of aconitine based on competitive host-guest recognition.

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    Yang, Long; Ran, Xin; Cai, Le; Li, Yucong; Zhao, Hui; Li, Can-Peng

    2016-09-15

    A dual-signalling electrochemical approach has been developed towards aconitine based on competitive host-guest interaction by selecting methylene blue (MB) and p-sulfonated calix[8]arene functionalized single-walled carbon nanohorns (SCX8-SWCNHs) as the "reporter pair". Upon the presence of aconitine to the performed SCX8-SWCNHs·MB complex, the MB molecules are displaced by aconitine. This results in a decreased oxidation peak current of MB and the appearance of an oxidation peak of aconitine, and the changes of these signals correlate linearly with the concentration of aconitine. A linear response range of 1.00-10.00μM for aconitine with a low detection limit of 0.18μM (S/N=3) was obtained by using the proposed method. This method could be successfully utilized to detect aconitine in serum samples. This dual-signalling sensor can provide more sensitive target recognition and will have important applications in the sensitive and selective electrochemical detection of aconitine. PMID:27135940

  16. Aconitine-induced Ca{sup 2+} overload causes arrhythmia and triggers apoptosis through p38 MAPK signaling pathway in rats

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    Sun, Gui-bo; Sun, Hong; Meng, Xiang-bao [Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substances and Resources Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ministry of Education, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, 100193 (China); Hu, Jin; Zhang, Qiang; Liu, Bo [Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences of Jilin Province, Changchun, Jilin 130021 (China); Wang, Min [Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substances and Resources Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ministry of Education, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, 100193 (China); Xu, Hui-bo, E-mail: xhb_6505@163.com [Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences of Jilin Province, Changchun, Jilin 130021 (China); Sun, Xiao-bo, E-mail: sun_xiaobo163@163.com [Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substances and Resources Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ministry of Education, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, 100193 (China)

    2014-08-15

    Aconitine is a major bioactive diterpenoid alkaloid with high content derived from herbal aconitum plants. Emerging evidence indicates that voltage-dependent Na{sup +} channels have pivotal roles in the cardiotoxicity of aconitine. However, no reports are available on the role of Ca{sup 2+} in aconitine poisoning. In this study, we explored the importance of pathological Ca{sup 2+} signaling in aconitine poisoning in vitro and in vivo. We found that Ca{sup 2+} overload lead to accelerated beating rhythm in adult rat ventricular myocytes and caused arrhythmia in conscious freely moving rats. To investigate effects of aconitine on myocardial injury, we performed cytotoxicity assay in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs), as well as measured lactate dehydrogenase level in the culture medium of NRVMs and activities of serum cardiac enzymes in rats. The results showed that aconitine resulted in myocardial injury and reduced NRVMs viability dose-dependently. To confirm the pro-apoptotic effects, we performed flow cytometric detection, cardiac histology, transmission electron microscopy and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labeling assay. The results showed that aconitine stimulated apoptosis time-dependently. The expression analysis of Ca{sup 2+} handling proteins demonstrated that aconitine promoted Ca{sup 2+} overload through the expression regulation of Ca{sup 2+} handling proteins. The expression analysis of apoptosis-related proteins revealed that pro-apoptotic protein expression was upregulated, and anti-apoptotic protein BCL-2 expression was downregulated. Furthermore, increased phosphorylation of MAPK family members, especially the P-P38/P38 ratio was found in cardiac tissues. Hence, our results suggest that aconitine significantly aggravates Ca{sup 2+} overload and causes arrhythmia and finally promotes apoptotic development via phosphorylation of P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. - Highlights: • Aconitine-induced Ca

  17. Investigation of Aconitine-type Alkaloids from Processed Tuber of Aconitum carmiechaeli by HPLC-ESI-MS/MSn

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    YUE Hao; PI Zi-feng; ZHAO Yu-feng; SONG Feng-rui; LIU Zhi-qiang; LIU Shu-ying

    2007-01-01

    @@ Introduction Aconitine-type alkaloids isolated from the roots of Aconitum carmiechaeli show a potential toxicity and a broad spectrum of bioactivity[1-4]. On the basis of the C8-substituent of C19-diterpenoid skeleton, aconitinetype alkaloids can be divided into diester-diterpenoid alkaloids( DDAs), monoester-diterpenoid alkaloids(MDAs), and lipo-alkaloids( Fig. 1 ).

  18. One versus five-days of exposure to varying concentrations of B100 soya biodiesel exhaust reveals a threshold concentration for increased sensitivity to aconitine-induced arrhythmia

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    Although biodiesel (BD) is rapidly being considered as an alternative to diesel fuel, its health effects have not been thoroughly characterized. We previously used the aconitine challenge test to demonstrate that a single exposure to petroleum diesel exhaust (DE) increases the ri...

  19. P-glycoprotein is responsible for the poor intestinal absorption and low toxicity of oral aconitine: In vitro, in situ, in vivo and in silico studies

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    Yang, Cuiping, E-mail: yangsophia76@hotmail.com; Zhang, Tianhong, E-mail: wdzth@sina.com; Li, Zheng, E-mail: lizh2524@126.com; Xu, Liang, E-mail: wj24998@163.com; Liu, Fei, E-mail: liufeipharm@163.com; Ruan, Jinxiu, E-mail: ruanjx1936@yahoo.com.cn; Liu, Keliang, E-mail: keliangliu55@126.com; Zhang, Zhenqing, E-mail: zhangzhenqingpharm@163.com

    2013-12-15

    Aconitine (AC) is a highly toxic alkaloid from bioactive plants of the genus Aconitum, some of which have been widely used as medicinal herbs for thousands of years. In this study, we systematically evaluated the potential role of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in the mechanisms underlying the low and variable bioavailability of oral AC. First, the bidirectional transport of AC across Caco-2 and MDCKII-MDR1 cells was investigated. The efflux of AC across monolayers of these two cell lines was greater than its influx. Additionally, the P-gp inhibitors, verapamil and cyclosporin A, significantly decreased the efflux of AC. An in situ intestinal perfusion study in rats showed that verapamil co-perfusion caused a significant increase in the intestinal permeability of AC, from 0.22 × 10{sup −5} to 2.85 × 10{sup −5} cm/s. Then, the pharmacokinetic profile of orally administered AC with or without pre-treatment with verapamil was determined in rats. With pre-treatment of verapamil, the maximum plasma concentration (C{sub max}) of AC increased sharply, from 39.43 to 1490.7 ng/ml. Accordingly, a 6.7-fold increase in the area under the plasma concentration–time curve (AUC{sub 0–12} {sub h}) of AC was observed when co-administered with verapamil. In silico docking analyses suggested that AC and verapamil possess similar P-gp recognition mechanisms. This work demonstrated that P-gp is involved in limiting the intestinal absorption of AC and attenuating its toxicity to humans. Our data indicate that potential P-gp-mediated drug–drug interactions should be considered carefully in the clinical application of aconite and formulations containing AC. - Highlights: • Verapamil and cyclosporin A decreased the efflux of aconitine across Caco-2 cells. • Both inhibitors decreased the efflux of aconitine across MDCKII-MDR1 cells. • Co-perfusion with verapamil increased the intestinal permeability of aconitine. • Co-administration with verapamil sharply increased the C{sub max

  20. 新乌头碱、乌头碱与次乌头碱在附子不同炮制法中含量变化的实验研究%Experimental study of the content of new aconitine,aconitine and hypoaconitine in different processing method of aconite

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    赵永堂

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨不同炮制方法的炮制品中新乌头碱、乌头碱与次乌头碱含量变化.方法 分别采用江西建昌帮法、樟树帮法与2005年版法制备附子炮制品,通过HPLC色谱法测定其中新乌头碱、乌头碱与次乌头碱含量.结果 3种炮制方法的炮制品中新乌头碱、乌头碱与次乌头碱的平均质量分数分别为:建昌帮法:(2.13±0.26),(6.78±0.18),(11.26±0.97)μg/g;樟树帮法:(2.35±0.39),(3.23±0.88),(8.09±0.92)μg/g;中国药典法:(1.43±0.18),0,(1.68±0.23)μg/g.结论 建昌帮煨制附子中新乌头碱、乌头碱与次乌头碱总含量比另外两种方法的总含量要高,这为建昌帮炮制技术的研究提供了科学根据.%Objective To explore the content of new aconitinc. Aconitine and hypoaconitine in products processed by different approaches. Methods Aconite processed products were prepared with Jiangxi Jianchangbang method, Zhangshubang method and method provided in Chinese Pharmacopeia (2005 edition). And the content of new aconitine, aconitine and hypoaconitine in the products were detenrimed with chromatography (HPLC) method. Results Average quality scores of new aconitine, aconitine and hypoaconitine processed with the three methods were as follows: With jianchangbang method, the contents were (2.13±0.26), (6.78±0.18), fll.26±0.97)μg/g, respectively; with Zhangshubang method, the contents were (2.35±0.39), (3.23±0.S8), (S.09±0.92)μg/g, respectively; with method provided In Chinese Pharmacopeia, the contents were (1.43±0.18), 0, (1.68±0.23)μg/g, respectively. Conclusion Contents of new aconitine, aconitine and hypaconitine are higher when processed with Jianebang method than processed with the other two methods, which provides scientific evidence for further Investigation of Jianchangbang method.

  1. Preparation of Aconitine Ethosome and Study on Its Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic Activity%乌头碱醇质体的制备及抗炎镇痛作用研究

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    朱凡; 刘小平

    2011-01-01

    对乌头碱醇质体的制备工艺和抗炎镇痛作用进行研究,以包封率为评价指标,采用乙醇注入法制备乌头碱醇质体,通过正交设计优化制备工艺,用HPLC测定其包封率,并采取二甲苯致炎法和扭体法研究其抗炎镇痛作用.结果表明,乌头碱醇质体最佳制备工艺为:乌头碱与卵磷脂质量比1∶15,磷酸盐缓冲溶液pH为7.6,乙醇浓度10%.以优化工艺制得的乌头碱醇质体包封率较高、稳定性好,且具有良好的抗炎镇痛作用.%To optimize the preparation technology of aconitine ethosome and confirm its anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity,aconitine ethosome was prepared by ethanol injection method. The encapsulation efficiency was taken as inspection target and the preparation was optimized by orthogonal design. HPLC was used to measure the encapsulation efficiency. P-xylene-induced inflammation and writhing were taken to confirm the anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity. It shows that the best prescription was aconitine/lecithin(1:15) with phosphate buffer solution (pH 7. 6) ,the concentration of ethanol was 10%. The optimized formulation of aconitine ethosome is high in encapsulation efficiency and good in stability,and the anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity of aconitine ethosome was significant.

  2. ω-3鱼油脂肪乳对乌头碱诱发大鼠心律失常的影响%Effect of omega-3 fatty acid on the experimental arrhythmic rats induced by aconitine

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    郝蓬; 李果; 何东方; 卢春山; 郭成军; 刘兴鹏; 柳景华; 张英川; 方东平; 赵东辉; 刘冰; 汪国忠

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the effect and correlated mechanism of omega-3(co-3) fatty acid on the experimental arrhythmic rats induced by aconitine. Methods Fifty male rats were randomly divided into 0.05), while 3,5,7 minutes after intravenous injection of aconitine, the scores of arrhythmia in o>-3 fatty acids group were lower than these in control group (P 0.05). Conclusion to-3 fatty acids may improve aconitine-induced arrhythmia in rats by promoting the phosphorylation of CX43.%目的 探讨ω-3鱼油脂肪乳对乌头碱诱发大鼠心律失常的影响及相关机制.方法 50只雄性大鼠随机分为ω-3鱼油脂肪乳组和对照组,每组25只.实验前15 d,ω-3鱼油脂肪乳组大鼠隔日经尾静脉注射ω-3鱼油脂肪乳2 mL·kg-1;对照组注射等量的生理盐水.应用乌头碱诱发心律失常大鼠模型,观察记录2组大鼠室性期前收缩、室性心动过速出现的时间及心律失常评分,Western blot检测大鼠心肌组织缝隙连接蛋白43( CX43)的表达.结果 ω-3鱼油脂肪乳组大鼠室性期前收缩和室性心动过速出现时间均显著长于对照组(P<0.05).静脉注射乌头碱后1 min,2组大鼠心律失常评分比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);静脉注射乌头碱后3、5、7 min,ω-3鱼油脂肪乳组大鼠心律失常评分均低于对照组(P<0.05).ω-3鱼油脂肪乳组大鼠心肌组织中CX43蛋白的表达高于对照组(P<0.05),但2组大鼠心肌组织中去磷酸化CX43蛋白表达比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 ω-3鱼油脂肪乳可能通过促进CX43的磷酸化改善乌头碱诱导的大鼠心律失常.

  3. 中药提取物配伍对乳腺癌MDA-MB-231BO细胞侵袭作用的影响及其机制%Inhibitory effects of osthole, psoralen and aconitine on invasive activities of breast cancer MDA-MB-231BO cell line and the mechanisms

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    郭保凤; 刘胜; 叶依依; 韩向晖

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To explore the inhibitory effects and to investigate the mechanisms of combined treatment of osthole, psoralen with aconitine on human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231BO.Methods: The best inhibitory concentration of osthole, psoralen combined with aconitine on MDA-MB-231BO cells was obtained by stepwise regression analysis after adopting a uniform experiment design. The invasive activities were observed by transwell assays, and expressions of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), Smad2, Smad3, Smad4, Smad7, nuclear factor-icB (NF-kB) and receptor activator of NF-kB ligand (RANK)mRNAs were analyzed by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction.Results; The optimal combination concentrations of osthol, psoralen and aconitine were 6.44, 8.89 and 9.44 βg/mL, respectively. Cell invasion was significantly inhibited after 24 hours of treatment using the combination drugs and zoledronic acid. TGF-01, Smad2, Smad3, Smad4, Smad7, NF-kB and RANK mRNA expressions of the optimal combination group and zoledronic acid group were significantly reduced compared with the control group (P<0.01). Furthermore, TGF-pi, Smad2, Smad3, Smad4, Smad7, NF-kB and RANK mRNA expressions of the optimal combination group were significantly lower than those of the weak combination group (P<0.01).Conclusion; Combination treatment of osthole, psoralen with aconitine can inhibit cancer cell invasion, which is a result of alteration of the TGF-β/Smad signaling pathway and down-regulation of NF-kB and RANK expressions.%目的:探讨中药蛇床子、补骨脂、附子有效成分蛇床子素、补骨脂素、乌头碱对乳腺癌细胞株MDA-MB-231BO的侵袭抑制作用及其机制.方法:采用均匀设计实验方案进行组方设计,逐步回归分析拟合蛇床子素、补骨脂素配伍乌头碱的回归方程;采用人乳腺癌骨高转移细胞(MDA-MB-231BO)体外侵袭实验,实时荧光定量聚合酶链反应检测,观察药物处理MDA-MB-231 BO细胞后,细胞

  4. 生物检材中乌头碱的GC/MS分析%Detection of aconitine in biological samples by GC/MS

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    王朝虹; 何毅; 张继宗; 胡春华; 果德安

    2003-01-01

    目的 建立GC/MS-SIM检测生物检材中乌头碱的定性方法。方法 以MSTFA作为衍生化试剂,吡啶为溶剂,于60℃反应30min,综合质谱图及保留时间定性分析。结果 经该方法测得乌头碱最小检出量为20ng(S/N≥100)。结论GC/MS-SIM法适用于药材及生物检材中乌头碱的定性分析。

  5. The effects of B0, B20 and B100 soy biodiesel exhaust on aconitine-induced cardiac arrhythmia in spontaneously hypertensive rats

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    CONTEXT: Diesel exhaust (DE) has been shown to increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias. Although biodiesel has been proposed as a "safer" alternative to diesel, it is still uncertain whether it actually poses less threat.OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that exposure to pure or 20% so...

  6. Determination of Aconitine, Hypaconitine and Mesaconitine in Xiaotong Patches by HPLC%消痛膏中乌头碱、次乌头碱和新乌头碱的HPLC法测定

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    梅馨; 潘金火; 杨菁

    2014-01-01

    建立了高效液相色谱法测定消痛膏中的乌头碱、次乌头碱和新乌头碱.使用Hedera ODS-2柱,以乙腈∶四氢呋喃(25∶15)为流动相A,以0.1 mol/L乙酸铵溶液(每1L加冰乙酸0.5 ml)为流动相B,梯度洗脱,检测波长235 nm.乌头碱、次乌头碱和新乌头碱分别在0.07~0.42μg、0.15~0.88 μg和0.05~0.32 μg范围内线性关系良好,回收率分别为92.7%、92.1%和93.0%,RSD分别为3.37%、2.09%和3.14%.

  7. Study on Metabolites of Aconitum Alkaloids in Human Urine

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    SUN Ying; ZHANG Hong-gui; ZHONG Da-fang; ZHANG Han-qi

    2003-01-01

    @@ The aconite belongs to plants of genus Aconitum in family of Ranunculacea and have notable clinical functions intreating rheumatic arthritis, heart failure, etc. However, accidents of aconitine(from aconite) poisoning frequently occurto many people taking these herbs.

  8. Synthesis and Insecticidal Activity of Derivants of 3,13-Ester Mesaconitine%3,13-酯基中乌头碱衍生物的合成及其杀虫活性的研究

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    王晓东; 袁小红; 杨海君; 侯大斌; 王惠; 许源

    2009-01-01

    [Objective] The experiment aimed to explore the relations between structure of aconitine, aconitine derivatives and insecticide. [Method] The aconitine derivatives such as 3-acetyl mesaconitine, 3-propionyl mesaconitine, 3-acetyl-13-Benzoyl-mesaconitine and 3-propionyl-13-Benzoyl-mesaconitine were synthesized by mesaconitine with acetic anhydride or propionic anhydride and their insecticidal activities were also determined. [Result] When the concentration was 500 mg/L, the insecticidal activities of mesaconitine against Nilaparvata legen and Aphis were 50% and 30% respectively while the insecticidal activities of 3-acetyl mesaconitine, 3-propionyl mesaconitine, 3-acetyl-13-Benzoyl-mesaconitine and 3-propionyl-13-Benzoyl-mesaconitine against Aphis medicagini were 40%, 30%, 30% and 20% respectively at 500 mg/L. [Conclusion] After hydroxyl esterification, the insecticidal activity of mesaconitine was declined and the existence of hydroxyl at 3rd position in mesaconitine played very important influences on insecticidal activity.

  9. Two new C19-diterpenoid alkaloids from roots Aconitum hemsleyanium var. atropurpureum

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    Pei Tang; Dong Lin Chen; Xi Xian Jian; Feng Peng Wang

    2007-01-01

    A new franchetine-type C19-diterpenoid alkaloid 3-hydroxyfranchetine 1 and a new aconitine-type C19-diterpenoid alkaloid atropurpursine 2 have been isolated from the roots of Aconitum hemsleyanium var.atropurpureum.The structures of these new alkaloids were established on the basis of spectral data.

  10. Environ: E00256 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available E00256 Aconitum carmichaeli mother root Crude drug Aconitine [CPD:C06091], Jesaconi...onitine [CPD:C08704]), Coryneine chloride Aconitum carmichaeli [TAX:85363] Same as: D07152 Ranunculaceae (bu...ttercup family) Aconitum carmichael mother root Crude drugs [BR:br08305] Dicot pl...ants: others Ranunculaceae (buttercup family) E00256 Aconitum carmichaeli mother root ...

  11. 苦参碱影响豚鼠乳头肌细胞动作电位的实验研究%Influence of Matrine on Cell Action Potential in Guinea Pig Papillary Muscle

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    唐汉庆; 李妙玲; 王勇; 郭健; 李国彰; 宋宁; 庞宇舟

    2012-01-01

    Objective; To observe influence of matrine on cell action potential in guinea pig papillary muscles thus to clarify its antiarrhythmic mechanism. Method; Guinea pigs were divided into control group, matrine group (10, 50, 100 μmol -L ) , aconitine group 1 μmol - L , aconitine 1 μmol- L + matrine 50 μmol- L group, aconitine 1 u.mol- L + matrine 100 u.mol - L group. Conventional microelectrode technique was used to record action potential duration ( APD) , action potential amplitude ( APA) , 50 % and 90 % of APD repolarization (APD50 and APD90 ). Result; Matrine could prolong moderately APD50 and APD90 in a dose-dependent manner (10, 50, 100 p,mol -L-1 ) and reduce APA. Aconitine could excessively prolong APD ( vs control group, P <0. 05) , APD50 and APD90. Matrine (100 (μmol -L-1 ) could remedy for excessive elonggation of aconitine on APD , APD50 and APD90 ( vs aconitine group , P < 0. 05 or P < 0. 01) . Matrine ( 100 (μmol -L -1 ) also could reduce APA ( vs aconitine group, P < 0. 05 ). Conclusion; Matrine could remedy for excessive elonggation of aconitine on APD, APD50 and APD;,,, and reduce APA of aconitine-induced arrhythmia, which could maitain action potential in a normal range, and was probably one of matrine antiarrhythmic mechanisms.%目的:观察苦参碱对豚鼠心室肌动作电位的影响,探讨其抗心律失常的作用机制.方法:豚鼠分为对照组、苦参碱组(10,50,100 μmol·L-1)、乌头碱组(1 μmol·L-1)、乌头碱(1 μmol·L-1)+苦参碱(50 μmol· L-1)组,乌头碱(1μmol·L-1)+苦参碱(100 μmol·L-1)组;采用标准微电极记录技术记录动作电位时程(APD)、动作电位0相幅值(APA)、动作电位50%复极化时程(APD50)和90%复极化时程(APD90).结果:苦参碱浓度依赖性(10,50,100 μmol·L-1)适度延长APD50和APD90,降低APA;乌头碱明显延长APD(和对照组比较P<0.05),APD50,APD90;苦参碱(100 μmol·L-1)能纠正乌头碱对APD,APD50,APD90的过度延长

  12. 3-Deoxyaconitine from the root of Aconitum Carmichaeli Debx.

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    Feng Gao

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The title compound (systematic name: 8β-acetoxy-14α-benzoyloxy-N-ethyl-13β,15α-dihydroxy-1α,6α,16β-trimethoxy-4β-methoxymethyleneaconitane, C34H47NO10, is a typical aconitine-type C19-diterpenoid alkaloid, and was isolated from the roots of the Aconitum carmichaeli Debx. The molecule has an aconitine carbon skeleton with four six-membered rings and two five-membered rings, whose geometry is similar to these observed in other C19-diterpenoid alkaloids; both of five-membered rings have the envelope configurations and the six-membered N-containing heterocyclic ring displays a chair conformation. Intramolecular O—H...O hydrogen bonding occurs. Weak intermolecular C—H...O hydrogen bonding is observed in the crystal structure.

  13. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Aconitum Alkaloids in Raw and Processed Chuanwu and Caowu by HPLC in Combination with Automated Analytical System and ESI/MS/MS

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    Aimin Sun; Bo Gao; Xueqing Ding; Chi-Ming Huang; Paul Pui-Hay But

    2012-01-01

    HPLC in combination with automated analytical system and ESI/MS/MS was used to analyze aconitine (A), mesaconitine (MA), hypaconitine (HA), and their benzoyl analogs in the Chinese herbs Caowu and Chuanwu. First, an HPLC method was developed and validated to determine A, MA, and HA in raw and processed Caowu and Chuanwu. Then an automated analytical system and ESI/MS/MS were applied to analyze these alkaloids and their semihydrolyzed products. The results obtained from automated analytical sy...

  14. Rapid quality assessment of Radix Aconiti Preparata using direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry

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    Zhu Hongbin; Wang Chunyan; Qi Yao [Changchun Center of Mass Spectrometry and Chemical Biology Laboratory, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Song Fengrui, E-mail: songfr@ciac.jl.cn [Changchun Center of Mass Spectrometry and Chemical Biology Laboratory, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Liu Zhiqiang; Liu Shuying [Changchun Center of Mass Spectrometry and Chemical Biology Laboratory, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2012-11-08

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DART MS combined with PCA and HCA was used to rapidly identify markers of Radix Aconiti. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The DART MS behavior of six aconitine-type alkaloids was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical markers were recognized between the qualified and unqualified samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DART MS was shown to be an effective tool for quality control of Radix Aconiti Preparata. - Abstract: This study presents a novel and rapid method to identify chemical markers for the quality control of Radix Aconiti Preparata, a world widely used traditional herbal medicine. In the method, the samples with a fast extraction procedure were analyzed using direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DART MS) combined with multivariate data analysis. At present, the quality assessment approach of Radix Aconiti Preparata was based on the two processing methods recorded in Chinese Pharmacopoeia for the purpose of reducing the toxicity of Radix Aconiti and ensuring its clinical therapeutic efficacy. In order to ensure the safety and effectivity in clinical use, the processing degree of Radix Aconiti should be well controlled and assessed. In the paper, hierarchical cluster analysis and principal component analysis were performed to evaluate the DART MS data of Radix Aconiti Preparata samples in different processing times. The results showed that the well processed Radix Aconiti Preparata, unqualified processed and the raw Radix Aconiti could be clustered reasonably corresponding to their constituents. The loading plot shows that the main chemical markers having the most influence on the discrimination amongst the qualified and unqualified samples were mainly some monoester diterpenoid aconitines and diester diterpenoid aconitines, i.e. benzoylmesaconine, hypaconitine, mesaconitine, neoline, benzoylhypaconine, benzoylaconine, fuziline, aconitine and 10-OH-mesaconitine. The established DART MS approach in

  15. Frequent ventricular premature beats increase blood pressure variability in rats

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    Chao-yu MIAO; Li-ping XU; Jian-guo LIU; He-hui XIE; Wen-jun YUAN; Ding-feng SU

    2004-01-01

    AIM: The present study was designed to test a hypothesis that nonfatal ventricular arrhythmia such as ventricular premature beats (VPB) is a contributing factor in the elevation of blood pressure variability (BPV). METHODS:Blood pressure (BP) and electrocardiogram were continuously recorded. The relation between VPB and BPV was observed under conscious state in chronic myocardial infarction (MI) rats one month after ligation of the left.coronary artery, and further verified under anesthetized state in rat model of ventricular arrhythmia produced by acute intravenous infusion of aconitine. RESULTS: MI rats exhibited a big difference in the count and pattern of VPB, and were divided into no VPB, occasional VPB, and frequent VPB groups. Among the three groups, there were no differences in BP, heart period (HP), and MI size. However, BPV was markedly higher in frequent not occasional VPB rats, and HP variability (HPV) was larger in both frequent and occasional VPB rats, when compared with no VPB rats. In the whole population of MI rats, BPV was positively correlated with VPB and HPV, not with BP, HP and MI size. Infusion of aconitine had no effect on BP, HP, BPV, and HPV during the period without VPB.Frequent VPB after several minutes of aconitine infusion induced significant increase in BPV and HPV with no change in BP and HP. BPV was also positively correlated with VPB and HPV, not with BP and HP. Hemodynamics in aconitine-evoked ventricular tachycardia was characterized as lower BP, higher BPV, and higher HPV.CONCLUSION: High BPV can be caused by frequent not occasional VPB in rats.

  16. Discovery of N-(3,5-bis(1-pyrrolidylmethyl)-4-hydroxybenzyl)-4-methoxybenzenesulfamide (sulcardine) as a novel anti-arrhythmic agent

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    Bai, Dong-lu; Chen, Wei-zhou; Bo, Yun-xin; Dong, Yue-li; Kang, Ai-li; Sun, Wei-kang; Wang, Wei; Hu, Zhong-Liang; Wang, Yi-ping

    2012-01-01

    Aim: To investigate the anti-arrhythmic effects of sulfamide analogues of changrolin and to characterize the sulfate of compound 6f (sulcardine sulfate, Sul) as a novel anti-arrhythmic agent. Methods: The anti-arrhythmic effects of compounds were studied against aconitine-induced arrhythmias in rats and ouabain-induced arrhythmias in guinea pigs. The effects of Sul on transmembrane action potentials were investigated in isolated rabbit sinoatrial nodes and guinea-pig papillary muscles using i...

  17. Changes underlying arrhythmia in the transgenic heart overexpressing Refsum disease gene-associated protein.

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    Koh, Jeong Tae; Jeong, Byung Chul; Kim, Jae Ha; Ahn, Young Keun; Lee, Hyang Sim; Baik, Yung Hong; Kim, Kyung Keun

    2004-01-01

    Previously, we identified a novel neuron-specific protein (PAHX-AP1) that binds to Refsum disease gene product (PAHX), and we developed transgenic (TG) mice that overexpress heart-targeted PAHX-AP1. These mice have atrial tachycardia and increased susceptibility to aconitine-induced arrhythmia. This study was undertaken to elucidate the possible changes in ion channels underlying the susceptibility to arrhythmia in these mice. RT-PCR analyses revealed that the cardiac expression of adrenergic beta(1)-receptor (ADRB1) was markedly lower, whereas voltage-gated potassium channel expression (Kv2.1) was higher in PAHX-AP1 TG mice compared with non-TG mice. However, the expression of voltage-sensitive sodium and calcium channels, and muscarinic receptor was not significantly different. Propranolol pretreatment, a non-specific beta-adrenoceptor antagonist, blocked aconitine-induced arrhythmia in non-TG mice, but not in PAHX-AP1 TG mice. Our results indicate that, in the PAHX-AP1 TG heart, the modulation of voltage-gated potassium channel and ADRB1 expression seem to be important in the electrophysiological changes associated with altered ion channel functions, but ADRB1 is not involved in the greater susceptibility to aconitine-induced arrhythmia.

  18. Microchip micellar electrokinetic chromatography separation of alkaloids with UV-absorbance spectral detection.

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    Newman, Carl I D; Giordano, Braden C; Copper, Christine L; Collins, Greg E

    2008-02-01

    A microchip device is demonstrated for the electrophoretic separation and UV-absorbance spectral detection of four toxic alkaloids: colchicine, aconitine, strychnine, and nicotine. A fused-silica (quartz) microchip containing a simple cross geometry is utilized to perform the separations, and a miniature, fiber-optic CCD spectrometer is coupled to the microchip for detection. Sensitive UV-absorbance detection is achieved via the application of online preconcentration techniques in combination with the quartz microchip substrate which contains an etched bubble-cell for increased pathlength. The miniature CCD spectrometer is configured to detect light between 190 and 645 nm and LabView programming written in-house enables absorbance spectra as well as separations to be monitored from 210 to 400 nm. Consequently, the configuration of this microchip device facilitates qualitative and quantitative separations via simultaneous spatial and spectral resolution of solutes. UV-absorbance limits of quantification for colchicine, 20 microM (8 mg/L); strychnine, 50 microM (17 mg/L); aconitine, 50 microM (32 mg/L); and nicotine, 100 microM (16 mg/L) are demonstrated on the microchip. With the exception of aconitine, these concentrations are > or =20-times more sensitive than lethal dose monitoring requirements. Finally, this device is demonstrated to successfully detect each toxin in water, skim milk, and apple juice samples spiked at sublethal dose concentrations after a simple, SPE procedure. PMID:18203247

  19. Simple and rapid extraction, separation, and detection of alkaloids in beverages.

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    Copper, Christine L; Newman, Carl I D; Collins, Greg E

    2008-12-01

    Implementation of an uncomplicated SPE process for the rapid extraction and preconcentration of the alkaloids, colchicine, strychnine, aconitine, and nicotine, from water, apple juice, and nonfat milk samples is presented. When coupled to analysis via micellar EKC (MEKC), the total analysis time per sample was less than 15 min for the water and juice samples and less than 20 min for the milk. The SPE process allowed for anywhere from a three to a fourteen-fold improvement in the LOD for each alkaloid when compared to detecting the alkaloids in a nontreated water sample matrix. Following SPE, the LODs for colchicine, strychnine, and nicotine were sufficient to meet levels from 150 to 5000 times more dilute than the LD(50) for a 50 kg individual drinking 12 oz of a contaminated beverage. Aconitine, on the other hand, was detected at approximately the LD(50) level. The percent recoveries for the SPE ranged from 37% to as high as 99%. Nicotine attained the highest recovery efficiencies, followed by colchicine, and finally, aconitine and strychnine, which were nearly identical. The greatest recovery efficiencies were achieved from apple juice and water, whereas nonfat milk yielded the lowest. PMID:18925621

  20. Non-targeted metabolomics identified a common metabolic signature of lethal ventricular tachyarrhythmia (LVTA) in two rat models.

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    Wang, Xingxing; Wang, Dian; Yu, Xiaojun; Zhang, Guohong; Wu, Jiayan; Zhu, Guanghui; Su, Ruibing; Lv, Junyao

    2016-06-21

    Lethal ventricular tachyarrhythmia (LVTA) is the predominant underlying mechanism of sudden cardiac death (SCD). The aim of this study is to characterize the metabolic features of myocardia following LVTA, and identify potential biomarkers to diagnose LVTA. We developed two LVTA rat models induced by aconitine injection or coronary artery ligation, which represent cardiac ion channel disease-related and cardiac ischemia-related SCD, respectively. The myocardial metabolic profile was investigated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and proton nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomics. Twenty-three aconitine-injected and 14 coronary artery ligation-treated rats developed LVTA SCD. A total of 38 differential metabolites of myocardia were identified in aconitine-induced LVTA rats, of which 31 metabolites showed a similar change in coronary artery ligation-related LVTA rats. Fatty acids (stearic, palmitic, linoleic, elaidic, and myristic) and branched-chain amino acids (valine, leucine, and isoleucine) were the most down-regulated metabolites. Furthermore, elevated ADP, phosphate, lactate, glutamate, aspartate, threonine, choline and arginine were also observed. Major pathways regarding these dysregulated metabolites post LVTA are energy excessive consumption and deficit, ionic imbalance, oxidative stress, cardiac cytotoxicity and membrane injury. Valine, stearic acid and leucine collectively enable a precision of 92.9% to distinguish LVTA from its control, and are correlated with several arrhythmia indices. Our results uncovered a common metabolic feature of LVTA in myocardia in two rat models, which represent cardiac ion channel disease and cardiac ischemia, respectively. l-Valine, l-leucine and stearic acid jointly confer good potential for distinguishing LVTA, which might be potential biomarkers of LVTA-related SCD. PMID:27138062

  1. [Case of fatal aconite poisoning, and its background].

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    Kazuma, Kohei; Satake, Motoyoshi; Konno, Katsuhiro

    2013-01-01

    Two people out of three who accidentally ate boiled aconite leaves died in 2012. This was a typical case of aconite poisoning in Japan: Aconite (Aconitum spp.) was mistakenly collected instead of Anemone flaccida, an edible wild plant. The leaves of these plants are quite similar to each other. Chemical analyses of the aconite plant left at the scene suggested intake of a fatal amount of aconitine alkaloids by each person. The collector, who died, had missed the botanical differences between the two plants, even though he owned a wild plant guidebook. A. flaccida should be collected with its flowers in order to aid positive indentification and avoid aconite poisoning.

  2. Important Poisonous Plants in Tibetan Ethnomedicine

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    Lijuan Ma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Tibetan ethnomedicine is famous worldwide, both for its high effectiveness and unique cultural background. Many poisonous plants have been widely used to treat disorders in the Tibetan medicinal system. In the present review article, some representative poisonous plant species are introduced in terms of their significance in traditional Tibetan medicinal practices. They are Aconitum pendulum, Strychnos nux-vomica, Datura stramonium and Anisodus tanguticus, for which the toxic chemical constituents, bioactivities and pharmacological functions are reviewed herein. The most important toxins include aconitine, strychnine, scopolamine, and anisodamine. These toxic plants are still currently in use for pain-reduction and other purposes by Tibetan healers after processing.

  3. Drug: D06784 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available D06784 Crude, Drug Processed aconite root (JP16); Powdered processed aconite root (...JP16); Processed aconite root (fibrous root); Powdered processed aconite root (fibrous root) Aconitine [CPD:...nd Chinese medicine formulations 51 Crude drugs 510 Crude drugs 5100 Crude drugs D06784 Processed aconite root (JP16); Powder...hinese medicine formulations D06784 Processed aconite root (JP16); Powdered processed aconite root (JP16) Tr...g the interior D06784 Processed aconite root; Processed aconite root (fibrous root); Powder

  4. Biological Evaluation of Polyherbal Ayurvedic Cardiotonic Preparation “Mahamrutyunjaya rasa”

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    Pallavi D. Rai

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Mahamrutyunjaya rasa (MHR, an Ayurvedic formulation, used as cardiotonic, contains potentially toxic compounds like aconitine, which are detoxified during preparation using traditional methods. Comparative toxicological evaluation of laboratory prepared formulation (F1 and two marketed formulations (F2 and F3 were performed based on their effects on viability of H9c2 cells and after single oral dose administration in mice. Cardioprotective effect of formulations at 25 and 50 mg/kg doses were studied in isoproterenol- (ISO- induced myocardial infarcted rats. F1 and F2 did not affect the cell viability, while F3 decreased the cell viability in concentration and time-dependent manner. Rats administered with ISO showed significant increase in the serum levels of glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, alkaline phosphotase, creatinine kinase isoenzymes, lactate dehydrogenase, and uric acid, while F1 and F2 treatment showed significant reduction in the same. F3 showed further increase in the serum levels of enzymes and uric acid in ISO-challenged rats. High pressure liquid chromatographic analysis of formulations showed higher concentration of aconitine in F3. Study shows that F1 and F2 possess cardioprotective property with higher safety, while formulation F3 cannot be used as cardioprotective due to its cytotoxic effects. Thus, proper quality assessment methods are required during preparation of traditional formulations.

  5. Quantitative Enhancement of Active Content and Biomass of Two Aconitum Species Through Suitable Cultivation Technology

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    Raman BAHUGUNA

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available High altitude medicinal plants are facing problem due to their unsustainable utilization. So, the cultivation of these plants with appropriate technology may fulfill the demand of pharmaceutical industry and may also promote the conservation at their natural habitat. Highly important two species of Aconitum were studied for the enhancement of net profit by applying protected farming system. Both the experimental species were grown under natural and greenhouse conditions. Very positive results were obtained in plants of both Aconitum species grown under greenhouse as compared to natural conditions. Enhancement in yield was 12 and 9 times high in Aconitum heterophyllum Wall. ex Royle and Aconitum balfourii Stapf. respectively grown under greenhouse as compared to natural condition. Pseudoaconitine and aconitine were also observed high in greenhouse grown (0.51% and 0.42% respectively than naturally grown plants (0.49% and 0.40% respectively. The quantity of atisine and aconitine was also found high (0.35% & 0.27% respectively in greenhouse than naturally grown plants (0.19% & 0.16% respectively. It was noticed that plant height, leaf number, and average length of tubers were high in plants grown inside greenhouse in contrast to natural habitat. Almost five and two folds more tubers were found in A. balfourii and A. heterophyllum respectively in plants grown under greenhouse in comparison to natural conditions.

  6. Discovery of N-(3,5-bis(1-pyrrolidylmethyl)-4-hydroxybenzyl)-4-methoxybenzenesulfamide (sulcardine) as a novel anti-arrhythmic agent

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    Dong-lu BAI; Wei-zhou CHEN; Yun-xin BO; Yue-li DONG; Ai-li KANG; Wei-kang SUN; Wei WANG; Zhong-liang HU; Yi-ping WANG

    2012-01-01

    Aim:To investigate the anti-arrhythmic effects of sulfamide analogues of changrolin and to characterize the sulfate of compound 6f (sulcardine sulfate,Sul) as a novel anti-arrhythmic agent.Methods:The anti-arrhythmic effects of compounds were studied against aconitine-induced arrhythmias in rats and ouabain-induced arrhythmias in guinea pigs.The effects of Sul on transmembrane action potentials were investigated in isolated rabbit sinoatrial nodes and guinea-pig papillary muscles using intracellular recording.With a whole-cell recording technique,the effects of Sul on sodium current,calcium current,and potassium currents were examined in isolated single guinea-pig ventricular myocytes.Results:in aconitine-induced arrhythmias of rats,sulfamide analogues of changrolin (4,5,and 6a-6p) exhibited various anti-arrhythmic activities.The sulfate of compound 6f (Sul) increased the amount of aconitine required to induce arrhythmias in each treated animal.The ED50 value of Sul in rats was 196 mg/kg.In ouabain-induced arrhythmias of guinea pigs,25,50,and 100 mg/kg doses of Sul increased the dose of ouabain required to induce VP,VT,and VF in a dose-dependent manner.In papillary preparations,Sul produced a concentration-dependent decrease in APA and Vmax,prolonged APD90 and ERP,whereas RP was unaffected.In the spontaneously be.ating sinus nodes,Sul reduced APA and Vmax in a concentration-dependent manner.The whole-cell recording studies revealed that Sul produced a reversible reduction in INa (IC50=26.9 μmol/L) and ICa,L(IC50=69.2 μmol/L),whereas the inward rectifier (IK1) and the delayed rectifier potassium currents (IK) were unaffected.Conclusion:As a multi-ion channel blocker,Sul may have potent efficacy in anti-atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.

  7. Matrix Solid-phase Dispersion Extraction of Alkaloids from the Roots of Aconitum kusnezoffii Reichb.

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    WEI Wei; LI Xu-wen; SHI Xiao-lei; ZHOU Hong-yu; YANG Rui-jie; ZHANG Han-qi; JIN Yong-ri

    2011-01-01

    Matrix solid-phase dispersion(MSPD) was developed for the extraction of four alkaloids, including aconitine, mesaconitine, hypaconitine and deoxyaconitine, from the roots of Aconitum kusnezoffii Reichb. The determination of the analyte was carried out by high performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. The alkaline alumina was used as sorbent. The mixture of acetonitrile and water was used as elution solvent. Several extraction parameters, such as type of sorbent, the ratio of sample to solid support material, type of the elution solvent and the volume of the elution solvent were tested. Mean recoveries ranged from 93.16% to 102.73%, with relative standard deviations from 0.27% to 4.17%. With the extraction efficiency and time expenditure taken into account, MSPD extraction should be a comparatively good method.

  8. Antisecretory and antimotility activity of Aconitum heterophyllum and its significance in treatment of diarrhea

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    Satyendra K Prasad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The roots of the plant Aconitum heterophyllum (EAH are traditionally used for curing hysteria, throat infection, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, diabetes, and diarrhea. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to determine the mechanism involved in the anti-diarrheal activity of roots of A. heterophyllum. Materials and Methods: Ant-diarrheal activity of ethanol extract at 50, 100, and 200 mg/kg p.o. was evaluated using fecal excretion and castor oil-induced diarrhea models, while optimized dose, that is, 100 mg/kg p.o. was further subjected to small intestinal transit, intestinal fluids accumulation, PGE 2 -induced enteropooling and gastric emptying test. To elucidate the probable mechanism, various biochemical parameters and Na + , K + concentration in intestinal fluids were also determined. Further, antibacterial activity of extract along with its standardization using aconitine as a marker with the help of HPLC was carried out. Results: The results depicted a significant (P < 0.05 reduction in normal fecal output at 100 and 200 mg/kg p.o. of extract after 5 th and 7 th h of treatment. Castor oil-induced diarrhea model demonstrated a ceiling effect at 100 mg/kg p.o. with a protection of 60.185% from diarrhea. EAH at 100 mg/kg p.o. also showed significant activity in small intestinal transit, fluid accumulation, and PGE 2 -induced enteropooling models, which also restored the altered biochemical parameters and prevented Na + and K + loss. The extract with 0.0833% w/w of aconitine depicted a potential antibacterial activity of extract against microbes implicated in diarrhea. Conclusion: The study concluded antisecretory and antimotility effect of A. heterophyllum, which mediates through nitric oxide path way.

  9. Pyrethroids and Nectar Toxins Have Subtle Effects on the Motor Function, Grooming and Wing Fanning Behaviour of Honeybees (Apis mellifera.

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    Caitlin J Oliver

    Full Text Available Sodium channels, found ubiquitously in animal muscle cells and neurons, are one of the main target sites of many naturally-occurring, insecticidal plant compounds and agricultural pesticides. Pyrethroids, derived from compounds found only in the Asteraceae, are particularly toxic to insects and have been successfully used as pesticides including on flowering crops that are visited by pollinators. Pyrethrins, from which they were derived, occur naturally in the nectar of some flowering plant species. We know relatively little about how such compounds--i.e., compounds that target sodium channels--influence pollinators at low or sub-lethal doses. Here, we exposed individual adult forager honeybees to several compounds that bind to sodium channels to identify whether these compounds affect motor function. Using an assay previously developed to identify the effect of drugs and toxins on individual bees, we investigated how acute exposure to 10 ng doses (1 ppm of the pyrethroid insecticides (cyfluthrin, tau-fluvalinate, allethrin and permethrin and the nectar toxins (aconitine and grayanotoxin I affected honeybee locomotion, grooming and wing fanning behaviour. Bees exposed to these compounds spent more time upside down and fanning their wings. They also had longer bouts of standing still. Bees exposed to the nectar toxin, aconitine, and the pyrethroid, allethrin, also spent less time grooming their antennae. We also found that the concentration of the nectar toxin, grayanotoxin I (GTX, fed to bees affected the time spent upside down (i.e., failure to perform the righting reflex. Our data show that low doses of pyrethroids and other nectar toxins that target sodium channels mainly influence motor function through their effect on the righting reflex of adult worker honeybees.

  10. Pyrethroids and Nectar Toxins Have Subtle Effects on the Motor Function, Grooming and Wing Fanning Behaviour of Honeybees (Apis mellifera).

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    Oliver, Caitlin J; Softley, Samantha; Williamson, Sally M; Stevenson, Philip C; Wright, Geraldine A

    2015-01-01

    Sodium channels, found ubiquitously in animal muscle cells and neurons, are one of the main target sites of many naturally-occurring, insecticidal plant compounds and agricultural pesticides. Pyrethroids, derived from compounds found only in the Asteraceae, are particularly toxic to insects and have been successfully used as pesticides including on flowering crops that are visited by pollinators. Pyrethrins, from which they were derived, occur naturally in the nectar of some flowering plant species. We know relatively little about how such compounds--i.e., compounds that target sodium channels--influence pollinators at low or sub-lethal doses. Here, we exposed individual adult forager honeybees to several compounds that bind to sodium channels to identify whether these compounds affect motor function. Using an assay previously developed to identify the effect of drugs and toxins on individual bees, we investigated how acute exposure to 10 ng doses (1 ppm) of the pyrethroid insecticides (cyfluthrin, tau-fluvalinate, allethrin and permethrin) and the nectar toxins (aconitine and grayanotoxin I) affected honeybee locomotion, grooming and wing fanning behaviour. Bees exposed to these compounds spent more time upside down and fanning their wings. They also had longer bouts of standing still. Bees exposed to the nectar toxin, aconitine, and the pyrethroid, allethrin, also spent less time grooming their antennae. We also found that the concentration of the nectar toxin, grayanotoxin I (GTX), fed to bees affected the time spent upside down (i.e., failure to perform the righting reflex). Our data show that low doses of pyrethroids and other nectar toxins that target sodium channels mainly influence motor function through their effect on the righting reflex of adult worker honeybees.

  11. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Aconitum Alkaloids in Raw and Processed Chuanwu and Caowu by HPLC in Combination with Automated Analytical System and ESI/MS/MS

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    Aimin Sun

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available HPLC in combination with automated analytical system and ESI/MS/MS was used to analyze aconitine (A, mesaconitine (MA, hypaconitine (HA, and their benzoyl analogs in the Chinese herbs Caowu and Chuanwu. First, an HPLC method was developed and validated to determine A, MA, and HA in raw and processed Caowu and Chuanwu. Then an automated analytical system and ESI/MS/MS were applied to analyze these alkaloids and their semihydrolyzed products. The results obtained from automated analytical system are identical to those from ESI/MS/MS, which indicated that the method is a convenient and rapid tool for the qualitative analysis of herbal preparations. Furthermore, HA was little hydrolyzed by heating processes and thus it might account more for the toxicity of processed aconites. Hence, HA could be used as an indicator when one alkaloid is required as a reference to monitor the quality of raw and processed Chuanwu and Caowu. In addition, the raw and processed Chuanwu and Caowu can be distinguished by monitoring the ratio of A and MA to HA.

  12. Morpho-phenological and Antibacterial Characteristics of Aconitum spp.

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    Yoirentomba Meetei SINAM

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Aconitum species have been traditionally used as ethnomedicine to cure various ailments. The present study reveals the morpho-phenology and antibacterial property of alkaloid extracts of the two Aconitum species. The morpho-phenological characteristics will be helpful for determining the resource availability. Aconitum nagarum is erect type, whereas, Aconitum elwesii is a climber. Aconitum elwesii grows in advance of A. nagarum in terms of growth, flowering and senescence. Towards the end of the year, when the fruits have ripened, the parent tuber dies off. As a result, the daughter tuber becomes independent and in the following spring, takes over the function of the parent tuber. Aconitum nagarum and A. elwesii were found to contain 4-5 aconitine equivalent (AE mg/g of alkaloid. These alkaloids showed antibacterial activity against different bacterial species including human pathogens, namely, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas putida, Pseudomonas fluorescence and Xanthomonas campestris. However, the extent of antibacterial activity varied among different bacterial species. The antibacterial activity against S. aureus, B. bronchiseptica, and B. subtilis was bactericidal in nature, whereas, against other tested bacterial species was bacteriostatic. Efficacy of the antibacterial activity of these alkaloids was evaluated by comparing with that of standard antibiotics. Differential localization of the antibacterial principle was observed among the Aconitum species studied.

  13. The risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias in presence of high-intensity endurance exercise along with chronic administration of nandrolone decanoate.

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    Abdollahi, Farzane; Joukar, Siyavash; Najafipour, Hamid; Karimi, Abdolah; Masumi, Yaser; Binayi, Fateme

    2016-01-01

    Anabolic steroids used to improve muscular strength and performance in athletics. Its long-term consumption may induce cardiovascular adverse effects. We assessed the risk of ventricular arrhythmias in rats which subjected to chronic nandrolone plus high-intensity endurance exercise. Animals were grouped as; control (CTL), exercise (Ex): 8 weeks under exercise, vehicle group (Arach): received arachis oil, and Nan group: received nandrolone decanoate 5 mg/kg twice a week for 8 weeks, Arach+Ex group, and Nan+Ex. Finally, under anesthesia, arrhythmia was induced by infusion of 1.5 μg/0.1 mL/min of aconitine IV and ventricular arrhythmias were recorded for 15 min. Then, animals' hearts were excised and tissue samples were taken. Nandrolone plus exercise had no significant effect on blood pressure but decreased the heart rate (Pventricular fibrillation (VF) frequency and also decreased the VF latency (P<0.05 versus CTL group). Combination of exercise and nandrolone could not recover the decreasing effects of nandrolone on animals weight gain but, it enhanced the heart hypertrophy index (P<0.05). In addition, nandrolone increased the level of hydroxyproline (HYP) and malondialdehyde (MDA) but had not significant effect on glutathione peroxidase of heart. Exercise only prevented the effect of nandrolone on HYP. Nandrolone plus severe exercise increases the risk of VF that cannot be explained only by the changes in redox system. The intensification of cardiac hypertrophy and prolongation of JT interval may be a part of involved mechanisms.

  14. Cardiac Characteristics of Transgenic Mice Overexpressing Refsum Disease Gene-Associated Protein within the Heart.

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    Koh, J T; Choi, H H; Ahn, K Y; Kim, J U; Kim, J H; Chun, J Y; Baik, Y H; Kim, K K

    2001-09-01

    Arrhythmia is a common cardiac symptom of Refsum disease. Recently, we identified a novel neuron-specific PAHX-associated protein (PAHX-AP1), which binds to the Refsum disease gene (PAHX). In this report, we developed heart-targeted transgenic (TG) mice under the control of alpha-myosin heavy chain promoter to determine whether cardiac overexpression of PAHX-AP1 provokes cardiac involvement symptoms. Northern and in situ hybridization analyses revealed PAHX-AP1 transcript was overexpressed in TG atrium, especially in the sinoatrial node. TG mice showed tachycardia, and tachyarrhythmia was observed in 20% of TG mice. Isolated TG atria showed higher frequency beating and were more sensitive to aconitine-induced tachyarrhythmia than the wild-type, and 40% of the TG atria showed irregular beating. Action potential duration in TG atrial fiber was shortened much more than the wild-type. Systemic administration of arrhythmogenic agents induced arrhythmia in TG mice, while no arrhythmia with the same dose in nonTG mice. Our results indicate that the chronic atrial tachycardia by overexpressed neuron-specific PAHX-AP1 transgene in atrium may be responsible for the increased susceptibility to arrhythmia.

  15. Clinical and Experimental Study on Effect of Yangxin Fumai Oral Liquid (养心复脉口服液) in Treating Patients with Extrasystole

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    樊巧玲; 许惠琴; 李飞; 祁晓华; 汤粉英

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic effect of Yangxin Fumai Oral Liquid (YFOL,养心复脉口服液), a Chinese herbal medicine for nourishing Heart and restoring pulse, in treating patients with extrasystole. Methods: The effect of YFOL was observed in treating 30 patients with different kinds of extrasystole and compared with that in 30 patients treated by propafenone. The effect of YFOL on experimental arrhythmia was studied in animals as well. Results: Clinical observation showed that the effect of treatment against extrasystole in the two groups was similar, but the YFOL group showed better results in symptom improvement (P<0.01) with no marked side-effect. Experimental study showed that YFOL could reduce the chloroform induced ventricular fibrillation occurrence in mice, delay the initiating time of ventricular extrasystole, tachycardia and fibrillation induced by aconitine, BaCl2 and coronary artery ligation in rats, or shorten the lasting time of arrhythmia, reduce the attacking frequency of ventricular extrasystole. There was significant difference in comparing with the control group (P<0.05, P<0.01). Conclusion:YFOL is a good and convenient Chinese herbal preparation for different kinds of extrasystole with few toxic and side-effect in clinical practice.

  16. Clinical and Experimental Study on Effect of Yangxin Fumai Oral Liquid (

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    2001-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic effect of Yangxin Fumai Oral Liquid (YFOL,养心复脉口服液), a Chinese herbal medicine for nourishing Heart and restoring pulse, in treating patients with extrasystole. Methods: The effect of YFOL was observed in treating 30 patients with different kinds of extrasystole and compared with that in 30 patients treated by propafenone. The effect of YFOL on experimental arrhythmia was studied in animals as well. Results: Clinical observation showed that the effect of treatment against extrasystole in the two groups was similar, but the YFOL group showed better results in symptom improvement (P<0.01) with no marked side-effect. Experimental study showed that YFOL could reduce the chloroform induced ventricular fibrillation occurrence in mice, delay the initiating time of ventricular extrasystole, tachycardia and fibrillation induced by aconitine, BaCl2 and coronary artery ligation in rats, or shorten the lasting time of arrhythmia, reduce the attacking frequency of ventricular extrasystole. There was significant difference in comparing with the control group (P<0.05, P<0.01). Conclusion:YFOL is a good and convenient Chinese herbal preparation for different kinds of extrasystole with few toxic and side-effect in clinical practice.

  17. Study on the Metabolic Characteristics of Aconite Alkaloids in the Extract of Radix aconiti under Intestinal Bacteria of Rat by UPLC/MSn Technique

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    辛杨; 皮子凤; 宋凤瑞; 刘志强; 刘淑莹

    2012-01-01

    The extract of Radix aconiti was incubated with rat intestinal bacteria in vitro. Further, aconitine and hypaconitine standard were incubated at the same condition as the extract of Radix aconiti, respectively. Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography/Multi-Mass Spectrometry (UPLC/MSn) was used for detecting and identifying all the aco- nite alkaloids. Results showed that there were four metabolites which were identified as 8-butyryl-14-benzoylmesa- conine (m/z 660), 8-propionyl-14-benzoylaconine (m/z 660), 8-butyryl-14-benzoylaconine (m/z 674) and 8-valeryl-14-benzoylmesaconine (m/z 674) in the metabolized sample of the extract of Radix aconiti. The relative area ratio of them presented increasing trend during 6 d. On the basis of all results, we could concluded that substi- tution at N atom mainly influenced the metabolizing rate of diester-diterpenoid alkaloids (DDAs), C-8 substitute was active metabolized site, intestinal bacterial metabolites of the aconite alkaloids in the extract of Radix aconiti were mainly the substitute with propionyl group, butyl group or valeryl group at C-8. This paper illustrated holistic metabolizing profile of the extract of Radix aconiti in vitro and possible metabolizing reaction type of main DDAs, which could provide reference for finding out potential bioactive components in the extract and the prescription of Chinese Medicine.

  18. Enrichment and purification of six Aconitum alkaloids from Aconiti kusnezoffii radix by macroporous resins and quantification by HPLC-MS.

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    Liu, Jingjing; Li, Qing; Liu, Ran; Yin, Yidi; Chen, Xiaohui; Bi, Kaishun

    2014-06-01

    Aconitine, mesaconitine, hypaconitine, benzoylaconine, benzoylmesaconine and benzoylhypaconine are six main Aconitum alkaloids from traditional Chinese medicine, Aconiti kusnezoffii radix, which possess highly bioactive as well as highly toxic character for medicinal use. In the present study, for the purpose of better utilizing the toxic herbal material, the performance characteristics of NKA-II, D101, X-5, AB-8, S-8, HPD722 and HPD750 macroporous resins for the enrichment and purification of these six Aconitum alkaloids were critically evaluated. Results showed that NKA-II offered the best adsorption and desorption capacities for six Aconitum alkaloids among the seven macroporous resins tested, which were affected significantly by the pH value. Subsequently, dynamic adsorption and desorption experiments had been carried out with the column packed by NKA-II resin to optimize the separation process of six Aconitum alkaloids. After one run treatment with NKA-II resin, the content of total six Aconitum alkaloids were increased from 5.87% to 60.3%, the recovery was 75.8%. Meanwhile, a validated HPLC-MS method had been developed to qualitative and quantitative these six Aconitum alkaloids. This method would provide scientific references to the large-scale production of six Aconitum alkaloids from Aconiti kusnezoffii radix or other plants and might also expand the secure application of these highly toxic components for pharmacy. PMID:24814003

  19. Qualitative and Quantitative Assessments of Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata Using High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Diode Array Detection and Hybrid Ion Trap-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry.

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    Zhang, Na; Song, Yuelin; Song, Qingqing; Shi, Shepo; Zhang, Qian; Zhao, Yunfang; Li, Jun; Tu, Pengfei

    2016-07-01

    Dual roles have been widely disclosed for Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata (Chinese name: Fuzi) by acting as an effective herbal medicine accompanied with high toxicity risk and narrow therapeutic range. Aconite alkaloids, also known as diterpenoid alkaloids (DAs), have been proved to be primary therapeutic as well as toxic material basis of Fuzi. In the present study, we aim to characterize qualitative profile along with quantitative features of DAs in Fuzi, which could benefit the quality control of Fuzi as well as its safe medication in clinic. Chromatographic fingerprinting was achieved using 12 batches of crude materials collected from different habitats (similarities >0.9) by hyphenating liquid chromatography (LC) with diode array detection. Simultaneous determination of six primary DAs, namely benzoylmesaconine, benzoylaconine, benzoylhypaconine, mesaconine, aconitine and hypaconitine, was also carried out. The developed method was systematically validated and successfully applied for quantitative characterization. Significant variations were observed regarding the contents of those six analytes among different raw materials. A total of 99 DAs were detected and characterized, including 9 unambiguous identities and 77 putative assignments, as well as 13 unknown compounds, from the representative extract by LC coupled with hybrid ion trap-time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The findings obtained herein could favor in-depth understanding of the chemical composition of DAs and the quality control of Fuzi.

  20. Restraint stress changes heart sensitivity to arrhythmogenic drugs%制动应激改变心脏对致心律失常药物的敏感性

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    孙安阳; 李德兴; 王幼林; 李庆平

    1995-01-01

    AIM: To study the effects of acute restraint stress on ventricular electric stability (VES)and its mechanisms of action. METHODS:VES was evaluated both in vivo and in vitro by the changes of arrhythmogenic responses to icv or ip aconitine in rats and iv BaCl2 or adrenaline in rabbits following restraint stress for different durations. Pretreatments and the assay of heart-specific enzymes were made. RESULTS: The heart sensitivity to these drugs was promoted after stress for 2 h,but obtunded after stress for 8 h (the latency of ventricular arrhythmia to icv aconitine was shortened from 4. 1± 0. 9 min in control rats to 2.9±0. 9 min after stress for 2 h, P<0.05; but prolonged to 9.3± 3.8 min after stress for 8 h, P < 0.05). In Langendorff heart, the changes of VES induced by stress were similar to those in vivo, but to lesser degree. Pretreatment with adrenalectomy inhibited the descending phase of VES, while pretreatment with both aminophylline and vagotomy remarkably depressed the ascending phase at 8 h. In addition, the serum activities of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), creatine kinase (CK), and aspartate aminotransferase and their isozymes, LDH1 and CK-MB, were elevated at 2 h, and rose continuously at 8 h.CONCLUSION: Acute restraint stress causes biphasic changes of VES. The initial decrease of VES was related to adrenal catecholamine release, whereasthe following increase of VES was ascribed to adaptive decrease of cAMP and vagal activation. The changes of VES did not always parallel the injury of heart.%目的:研究急性制动应激对心脏电稳定性的作用及机制.方法:应激后用icv或ip乌头碱及iv氯化钡或肾上腺素致心律失常反应的改变来评价在体及离体心脏电稳定性,施予预处理初步分析机制.结果:应激2 h促进药物性心律失常;应激8 h反而抑制之.icy乌头碱致心律失常的潜伏期在正常大鼠为4.1±0.9 min,但应激2 h后缩短至2.9±0.9 min,应激8 h后延长至9.3±3.8 min.该双

  1. Experimental studies on the antiarrhythmic effect of Xintaiping%心泰平抗实验性心律失常作用的研究

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    陈庆文; 孙建平; 张永春; 罗大力; 何树庄; 杨宝峰

    2001-01-01

    目的 观察心泰平对多种实验性心律失常的拮抗作用以及对大鼠血流动力学和心电图(ECG)的影响。方法 采用乌头碱、BaCl2、电刺激和冠脉结扎诱发大鼠及家兔心律失常的4种实验动物模型,观察心泰平口服给药对心律失常的防治作用;大鼠左心室内插管,多道生理记录仪检测血流动力学指标和ECG。结果 心泰平生药4g/kg与8g/kg明显延迟大鼠乌头碱性心律失常的出现时间(P<0.01),降低室颤发生率,提高窦性节律恢复率,并显著提高家兔电刺激的室颤阈(P<0.01),对大鼠BaCl2和冠脉结扎性心律失常也有一定的对抗作用;生药8g/kg可降低大鼠左室收缩压(LVSP)和-dp/dtmax(P<0.05),延长Q-T间期(P<0.05),无负性频率和传导作用。结论 心泰平可防治多种心律失常,尤以功能性为佳,且对心脏抑制作用小。%Objective To study the effects of Xintaiping(XTP) on experimentalarrhythmias,hemodynamics and ECG.Methods Using the animal arrhythmic models induced by aconitine,BaCl2,electric stimulation and coronary artery ligation,hemodynamics and ECG were assessed by means of left ventricular catheterization using a polygraph system in rats.Results XTP 4g/kg and 8g/kg prolonged significantly the onset time of aconitineinduced arrhythmias in rats(P<0.01),decreased the incidence of VF,and increased the threshold of electric stimulation-induced VF in rabbits (P<0.01).XTP could also counteract arrhythmias induced by BaCl2 and coronary occlusion in rats.XTP 8g/kg decreased LVSP and -dp/dtmax in rats(P<0.05),prolonged Q-T interval(P<0.05),but didn't affect dp/dtmax,SAP,heart beat and A-V.Conclusion XTP is a traditional Chinese herb with little heart inhibition,protectes the animals well from experimental arrhythmias,especially induced by aconitine and electric stimulation.

  2. The risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias in presence of high-intensity endurance exercise along with chronic administration of nandrolone decanoate.

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    Abdollahi, Farzane; Joukar, Siyavash; Najafipour, Hamid; Karimi, Abdolah; Masumi, Yaser; Binayi, Fateme

    2016-01-01

    Anabolic steroids used to improve muscular strength and performance in athletics. Its long-term consumption may induce cardiovascular adverse effects. We assessed the risk of ventricular arrhythmias in rats which subjected to chronic nandrolone plus high-intensity endurance exercise. Animals were grouped as; control (CTL), exercise (Ex): 8 weeks under exercise, vehicle group (Arach): received arachis oil, and Nan group: received nandrolone decanoate 5 mg/kg twice a week for 8 weeks, Arach+Ex group, and Nan+Ex. Finally, under anesthesia, arrhythmia was induced by infusion of 1.5 μg/0.1 mL/min of aconitine IV and ventricular arrhythmias were recorded for 15 min. Then, animals' hearts were excised and tissue samples were taken. Nandrolone plus exercise had no significant effect on blood pressure but decreased the heart rate (P<0.01) and increased the RR (P<0.01) and JT intervals (P<0.05) of electrocardiogram. Nandrolone+exercise significantly increased the ventricular fibrillation (VF) frequency and also decreased the VF latency (P<0.05 versus CTL group). Combination of exercise and nandrolone could not recover the decreasing effects of nandrolone on animals weight gain but, it enhanced the heart hypertrophy index (P<0.05). In addition, nandrolone increased the level of hydroxyproline (HYP) and malondialdehyde (MDA) but had not significant effect on glutathione peroxidase of heart. Exercise only prevented the effect of nandrolone on HYP. Nandrolone plus severe exercise increases the risk of VF that cannot be explained only by the changes in redox system. The intensification of cardiac hypertrophy and prolongation of JT interval may be a part of involved mechanisms. PMID:26686897

  3. Toxic Constituents Index: A Toxicity-Calibrated Quantitative Evaluation Approach for the Precise Toxicity Prediction of the Hypertoxic Phytomedicine—Aconite

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    Zhang, Ding-kun; Li, Rui-sheng; Han, Xue; Li, Chun-yu; Zhao, Zhi-hao; Zhang, Hai-zhu; Yang, Ming; Wang, Jia-bo; Xiao, Xiao-he

    2016-01-01

    Complex chemical composition is an important reason for restricting herbal quality evaluation. Despite the multi-components determination method significantly promoted the progress of herbal quality evaluation, however, which mainly concerned the total amount of multiple components and ignored the activity variation between each one, and did not accurately reflect the biological activity of botanical medicines. In this manuscript, we proposed a toxicity calibrated contents determination method for hyper toxic aconite, called toxic constituents index (TCI). Initially, we determined the minimum lethal dose value of mesaconitine (MA), aconitine (AC), and hypaconitine (HA), and established the equation TCI = 100 × (0.3387 ×XMA + 0.4778 ×XAC + 0.1835 ×XHA). Then, 10 batches of aconite were selected and their evaluation results of toxic potency (TP), diester diterpenoid alkaloids (DDAs), and TCI were compared. Linear regression analysis result suggested that the relevance between TCI and TP was the highest and the correlation coefficient R was 0.954. Prediction error values study also indicated that the evaluation results of TCI was highly consistent with that of TP. Moreover, TCI and DDAs were both applied to evaluate 14 batches of aconite samples oriented different origins; from the different evaluation results, we found when the proportion of HA was reached 25% in DDAs, the pharmacopeia method could generate false positive results. All these results testified the accuracy and universality of TCI method. We believe that this study method is rather accurate, simple, and easy operation and it will be of great utility in studies of other foods and herbs. PMID:27378926

  4. Establishment of a bioassay for the toxicity evaluation and quality control of Aconitum herbs

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    Qin, Yi [Integrative Medicine Center, 302 Military Hospital, Beijing 100039 (China); Faculty of Life Science and Technology, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500 (China); Wang, Jia-bo, E-mail: pharm_sci@126.com [China Military Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, 302 Military Hospital, Beijing 100039 (China); Zhao, Yan-ling; Shan, Li-mei [Integrative Medicine Center, 302 Military Hospital, Beijing 100039 (China); Li, Bao-cai [Faculty of Life Science and Technology, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500 (China); Fang, Fang; Jin, Cheng [Integrative Medicine Center, 302 Military Hospital, Beijing 100039 (China); Xiao, Xiao-he, E-mail: pharmacy302@126.com [Integrative Medicine Center, 302 Military Hospital, Beijing 100039 (China)

    2012-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new bioassay was optimized to evaluate the toxicity of Aconitum herbs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Characterizing total toxicity is its unique advantage over chemical analysis methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The application of this bioassay promotes the safe use of Aconitum herbs in clinic. - Abstract: Currently, no bioassay is available for evaluating the toxicity of Aconitum herbs, which are well known for their lethal cardiotoxicity and neurotoxicity. In this study, we established a bioassay to evaluate the toxicity of Aconitum herbs. Test sample and standard solutions were administered to rats by intravenous infusion to determine their minimum lethal doses (MLD). Toxic potency was calculated by comparing the MLD. The experimental conditions of the method were optimized and standardized to ensure the precision and reliability of the bioassay. The application of the standardized bioassay was then tested by analyzing 18 samples of Aconitum herbs. Additionally, three major toxic alkaloids (aconitine, mesaconitine, and hypaconitine) in Aconitum herbs were analyzed using a liquid chromatographic method, which is the current method of choice for evaluating the toxicity of Aconitum herbs. We found that for all Aconitum herbs, the total toxicity of the extract was greater than the toxicity of the three alkaloids. Therefore, these three alkaloids failed to account for the total toxicity of Aconitum herbs. Compared with individual chemical analysis methods, the chief advantage of the bioassay is that it characterizes the total toxicity of Aconitum herbs. An incorrect toxicity evaluation caused by quantitative analysis of the three alkaloids might be effectively avoided by performing this bioassay. This study revealed that the bioassay is a powerful method for the safety assessment of Aconitum herbs.

  5. Toxic Constituents Index: A Toxicity-Calibrated Quantitative Evaluation Approach for the Precise Toxicity Prediction of the Hypertoxic Phytomedicine-Aconite.

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    Zhang, Ding-Kun; Li, Rui-Sheng; Han, Xue; Li, Chun-Yu; Zhao, Zhi-Hao; Zhang, Hai-Zhu; Yang, Ming; Wang, Jia-Bo; Xiao, Xiao-He

    2016-01-01

    Complex chemical composition is an important reason for restricting herbal quality evaluation. Despite the multi-components determination method significantly promoted the progress of herbal quality evaluation, however, which mainly concerned the total amount of multiple components and ignored the activity variation between each one, and did not accurately reflect the biological activity of botanical medicines. In this manuscript, we proposed a toxicity calibrated contents determination method for hyper toxic aconite, called toxic constituents index (TCI). Initially, we determined the minimum lethal dose value of mesaconitine (MA), aconitine (AC), and hypaconitine (HA), and established the equation TCI = 100 × (0.3387 ×X MA + 0.4778 ×X AC + 0.1835 ×X HA). Then, 10 batches of aconite were selected and their evaluation results of toxic potency (TP), diester diterpenoid alkaloids (DDAs), and TCI were compared. Linear regression analysis result suggested that the relevance between TCI and TP was the highest and the correlation coefficient R was 0.954. Prediction error values study also indicated that the evaluation results of TCI was highly consistent with that of TP. Moreover, TCI and DDAs were both applied to evaluate 14 batches of aconite samples oriented different origins; from the different evaluation results, we found when the proportion of HA was reached 25% in DDAs, the pharmacopeia method could generate false positive results. All these results testified the accuracy and universality of TCI method. We believe that this study method is rather accurate, simple, and easy operation and it will be of great utility in studies of other foods and herbs. PMID:27378926

  6. The Combination of Three Natural Compounds Effectively Prevented Lung Carcinogenesis by Optimal Wound Healing.

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    Full Text Available The tumor stroma has been described as "normal wound healing gone awry". We explored whether the restoration of a wound healing-like microenvironment may facilitate tumor healing. Firstly, we screened three natural compounds (shikonin, notoginsenoside R1 and aconitine from wound healing agents and evaluated the efficacies of wound healing microenvironment for limiting single agent-elicited carcinogenesis and two-stage carcinogenesis. The results showed that three compounds used alone could promote wound healing but had unfavorable efficacy to exert wound healing, and that the combination of three compounds made up treatment disadvantage of a single compound in wound healing and led to optimal wound healing. Although individual treatment with these agents may prevent cancer, they were not effective for the treatment of established tumors. However, combination treatment with these three compounds almost completely prevented urethane-induced lung carcinogenesis and reduced tumor burden. Different from previous studies, we found that urethane-induced lung carcinogenesis was associated with lung injury independent of pulmonary inflammation. LPS-induced pulmonary inflammation did not increase lung carcinogenesis, whereas decreased pulmonary inflammation by macrophage depletion promoted lung carcinogenesis. In addition, urethane damaged wound healing in skin excision wound model, reversed lung carcinogenic efficacy by the combination of three compounds was consistent with skin wound healing. Further, the combination of these three agents reduced the number of lung cancer stem cells (CSCs by inducing cell differentiation, restoration of gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC and blockade of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT. Our results suggest that restoration of a wound healing microenvironment represents an effective strategy for cancer prevention.

  7. Distribution of toxic alkaloids in tissues from three herbal medicine Aconitum species using laser micro-dissection, UHPLC-QTOF MS and LC-MS/MS techniques.

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    Jaiswal, Yogini; Liang, Zhitao; Ho, Alan; Wong, LaiLai; Yong, Peng; Chen, Hubiao; Zhao, Zhongzhen

    2014-11-01

    Aconite poisoning continues to be a major type of poisoning caused by herbal drugs in many countries. Nevertheless, despite its toxic characteristics, aconite is used because of its valuable therapeutic benefits. The aim of the present study was to determine the distribution of toxic alkaloids in tissues of aconite roots through chemical profiling. Three species were studied, all being used in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda), namely: Aconitum carmichaelii, Aconitum kusnezoffii and Aconitum heterophyllum. Laser micro-dissection was used for isolation of target microscopic tissues, such as the metaderm, cortex, xylem, pith, and phloem, with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography equipped with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-QTOF MS) employed for detection of metabolites. Using a multi-targeted approach through auto and targeted LC-MS/MS, 48 known compounds were identified and the presence of aconitine, mesaconitine and hypaconitine that are the biomarkers of this plant was confirmed in the tissues. These results suggest that the three selected toxic alkaloids were exclusively found in A. carmichaelii and A. kusnezoffii. The most toxic components were found in large A. carmichaelii roots with more lateral root projections, and specifically in the metaderm, cork and vascular bundle tissues. The results from metabolite profiling were correlated with morphological features to predict the tissue specific distribution of toxic components and toxicity differences among the selected species. By careful exclusion of tissues having toxic diester diterpenoid alkaloids, the beneficial effects of aconite can still be retained and the frequency of toxicity occurrences can be greatly reduced. Knowledge of tissue-specific metabolite distribution can guide users and herbal drug manufacturers in prudent selection of relatively safer and therapeutically more effective parts of the root. The information provided from

  8. 乌头属植物中毒事件的病因判定%An etiological judgment of a poisoning event caused by Acontium plant

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    谢立璟; 王效俊; 侯小平; 刘全儒; 王英伟; 龙鑫; 马沛滨; 孙承业

    2013-01-01

    Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hastened to the scene to conduct epidemiological investigation,to obtain the clinical features of the poisoning patients,and to collect the specimen of blood and vomitus of patients and the fresh sample of suspicious poisonous plants.Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention organized the relevant institutes to conduct morphological and DNA molecular identification of the poisonous plant,toxin detection of the blood and vomitus specimen.The above-mentioned results were synthesized to determine the poisoning reason and provide guidance for clinical diagnosis and treatment.Results On May 30,2010,13 staffs in a metal company in Tacheng District picked and ate the "wild celery" which grew in nearby mountain.Within 15 to 30 minutes after eating the "wild celery",they successively developed numbness in mouth,lips,and limbs,as well as asthenia,nausea and vomiting.They were sent to a local hospital,4 patients died on the way to the hospital,other 9 patients received rescue therapy in the hospital,2 of them died about 4 hours after poisoning despite resuscitation attemempts.The morphological identification of fresh sample of suspected poisonous plants was demonstrated as Aconitum,Raunnculaceae.Aconitine was detected in a vomitus specimen and 3 blood specimens.The aconitine content in blood specimens were 0.17,0.25 and 0.48 μg/L,respectively.The result of DNA molecular identification showed that the fresh leaves of suspected poisonous plants collected from the scene belonged to the same species of Acontium.This event was determined as a sudden poisoning event caused by picking and eating Acontium stems and leaves by mistaken.Conclusion The etiological judgment model for poisoning event might play an important guiding role in the determination of the cause of poisoning events.

  9. Neuroprotective effect of shenfu injection after intra-arterial thrombolysis

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    Huaijun Liu; Xiuchuan Jia; Jiping Yang; Zengpin Liu; Guoshi Wang; Linfang Li

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Within 3 hours after ischemic stroke, thrombolysis can improve prognosis of patients; however, cerebral edema and cerebral hemorrhage induced by vascular recanalization at an early phase can influence on therapeutic effect of thrombolysis; therefore, thrombolysis is combined with neuroprotective agent for recently clinical treatment.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the neuroprotective effect of shenfu injection on patients with ischemic stroke after arterial thrombolysis and compare with the controls. DESIGN: Case-controlled study. SETTING : Department of Medical Image, Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University. PARIICIPANTS: A total of 45 patients with acute stroke were selected from Emergency Department or Neurological Department of the Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University from August 2005 to May 2006. All patients were met the diagnosis criteria published by the Fourth National Stroke Conference and had middle cerebral arterial embolism with angiography. Attacked course was less than 6 hours. Patients did not have a history of stroke. Scores of the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) were not less than 4 points and patients were aged from 18 to 80 years. All subjects consented of the whole therapeutic process. METHODS: ① Intermittent perfusion was used to treat intra-arterial thrombolysis. Thirty patients with vascular recanalization or partially vascular recanalization (18 males and 12 females) were randomly divided into treatment group and control group with 15 in each group. There was no significant difference of baseline data between the two groups. After recanalization, patients in treatment group were given 20 mL shenfu injection, which consisted of ginseng saponin and aconitine (Ya'an Sanjiu Pharmaceutical Company, batch number: 041013, 10 mL/ampoule) and slowly injected into vein for longer than 5 minutes. And then, patients were intravenously dripped with 50 mL shenfu injection and 50 g/L 250 mL glucose solution once a day

  10. 乌头属药物资源的化学和生物学研究进展%Recent advances in the chemical and biological studies of Aconitum pharmaceutical resources

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    郝大程; 顾晓洁; 肖培根; 许利嘉; 彭勇

    2013-01-01

    used to summarize the global scientific effort in the phytochemical and biological studies of Aconitum.More diterpenoid alkaloids have been found in various Aconitum species,among which the aconitine type (type Ⅲ) is predominant.The versatile bioactivities of alkaloids and extracts,as well as the bioactivities of polysaccharides and other ingredients,are summarized and discussed in this review.The morphology-based 11-series classification of section Aconitum,subgenus Aconitum,is not supported by chemotaxonomy and molecular phylogeny.Molecular phylogeny based on nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences divided the nine morphologically similar series into two clusters,which is bolstered by the chemotaxonomic data.It is essential to integrate the emerging technologies into Aconitum studies for both the sustainable utilization of Aconitum pharmaceutical resources and finding novel compounds with potential clinical utility and less toxicity.Systems biology and omics technologies will play an increasingly important role in booming pharmaceutical research involving bioactive compounds of Aconitum.

  11. HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS: CAUSE FOR CONCERN?

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    effects. Also, some herbs are safe in modest amounts but they may become toxic at higher doses. For example, liquorice root can be used safely for treating duodenal and gastric ulcers, but large amounts of liquorice can cause serious side effects such as hypokalemia, high blood pressure, and heart failure. Finally, other herbs, toxic by themselves: for example, germander, an herb used in some weight-loss programs, can cause fatal hepatitis. Other herbs may be toxic because of possible contaminants: the Chinese herbs caowu and chuanwu used for the management of rheumatism, arthritis, bruises, and fractures may contain highly toxic potentially fatal alkaloids such as aconitine.Therefore, despite the increased tendency to seek natural therapies, athletes have to be aware that "natural" does not equal to "safe." Herbs should not be touted as miraculous side effects-free substances, but rather as compounds that work through simple biochemistry. The effects of most herbal supplements have not been studied using rigorous scientific methodology, and the hyperbolic advertising and advocacy literature surrounding herbal products often contains untested claims, and under-reports side effects.All the preparations mentioned above exhibit hormone-like activity. Evidence in animals of reproductive disturbances associated with ingestion of feed rich in oestrogenic substances includes a lower conception rate in sheep after prolonged isoflavones consumption, infertility in cattle after consuming feed containing coumestrol, decreased fertility in captive cheetahs fed with dietary oestrogens, hyperoestrogenism in pigs fed with diets containing zearalenone, uterotropic effects in mice fed with soybean, reduced fecundity in adult males rats fed a high phytoestrogen diet for 3 days (Glover and Assinder, 2006; Srilatha, 2004 Also, in a population-based cohort study in the United Kingdom, a vegetarian diet during pregnancy was associated with a 5-fold higher risk of hypospadias, and consumption