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  1. Selection of somatic hybrids after fusion of protoplasts from Datura innoxia Mill. and Atropa belladonna L.

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    Krumbiegel, G; Schieder, O

    1979-01-01

    After fusion of protoplasts from a diploid (2n=24) and a tetraploid (4n=48) chlorophyll-deficient mutant of Datura innoxia Mill. with diploid (2n=72) green wild-type protoplasts of Atropa belladonna L. thirteen somatic hybrids could be selected, most of which had already started to produce leaves and shoots. Hybrid calli were recognizable by the production of hairs, typical for Datura innoxia, and the green colour, derived from Atropa belladonna. Further proof for the hybrid nature was furnished by cytological investigations. The metaphase chromosomes of both species are easily distinguishable in their size: chromosomes of Datura innoxia are about twice as large as those of Atropa belladonna. The chromosome numbers of the hybrids varied from ca. 84 to ca. 175.

  2. Comparison of somatic and sexual incompatibility between Datura innoxia and Atropa belladonna.

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    Krumbiegel, G; Schieder, O

    1981-12-01

    After protoplast fusion somatic hybrid calli were obtained by complementation selection between an albino mutant of Datura innoxia and the wildtype of Atropa belladonna (Krumbiegel and Schieder, 1979. Planta 145, 371-375). In the present study experiments are described concerning leaf and shoot induction on several media supplemented with different combinations and concentrations of hormones. Except for fleshy leaves and embryos, no well-formed shoot could be obtained. However, under standard culture conditions after one and a half years, one line produced numerous green shoots, showing a reduced number of chromosomes from Atropa belladonna. The loss of some chromosomes decreased the degree of somatic incompatibility. The additional appearance of shoots with albino sectors, of total albino shoots, and of green shoots showing a different phenotype, demonstrated that the elimination of the chromosomes occurred not only once, but several times. At least one shoot nearly stable in chromosome content and green subline could be obtained possessing only 6 chromosomes of Atropa belladonna and the original chromosome number of Datura innoxia. Experiments were carried out to test the feasibility of producing sexual hybrids through in vivo and in vitro methods by cross pollination. However, no embryos, seeds, or plantlets were obtained, thus demonstrating that protoplast fusion is the only possibility for obtaining hybrids between these two species.

  3. Increasing Scopolamine content in Hairy Roots of Atropa belladonna using Bioreactor

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    Peyman Habibi; Khosro Piri; Ali Deljo; Yaser Ahmadi Moghadam; Taiebeh Ghiasvand

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to use the, hairy root system for increasing the scopolamine content in Atropa belladonna. Agrobacterium rhizogenes ATCC15834 was utilized to produce hairy roots. The culture was carried out in a 1.5-l bioreactor using the inoculum size of 0.5 g fr. wt of 10-day-old hairy roots and various parameters, including agitation, aeration, conductivity and the consumption of sucrose were evaluated. Results revealed that the highest amount of scopolamine production (1.59 mg/g...

  4. Increasing Scopolamine content in Hairy Roots of Atropa belladonna using Bioreactor

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    Peyman Habibi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to use the, hairy root system for increasing the scopolamine content in Atropa belladonna. Agrobacterium rhizogenes ATCC15834 was utilized to produce hairy roots. The culture was carried out in a 1.5-l bioreactor using the inoculum size of 0.5 g fr. wt of 10-day-old hairy roots and various parameters, including agitation, aeration, conductivity and the consumption of sucrose were evaluated. Results revealed that the highest amount of scopolamine production (1.59 mg/g-1 dry wt occurred in the bioreactor with aeration and agitation 1.25 vvm (volume per volume per minute and 70 rpm, respectively. Study of conductivity and the consumption of sucrose showed that the highest amount of sucrose consumption and the highest amount of minerals consumption also was at 1.25 vvm and 70 rpm. Transgenic hairy root lines were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR.

  5. The development of haploid embryoids from anther cultures of Atropa belladonna L.

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    Rashid, A; Street, H E

    1973-09-01

    Development of haploid embryoids from the microspores of Atropa belladonna occurs with relatively high frequency when anthers are excised from buds in which the petals are shorter than the sepals (at this stage microspores are predominantly uninucleate) and cultured on a medium containing iron as the ferric salt of ethylenediamine-di-O-hydroxyphenylacetic acid (FeEDDHA). Additions of combinations of kinetin, auxin and casamino-acids to the culture medium induce callusing in both haploid and diploid tissues, lead to the origin of embryoids from somatic tissues of the anther and should be avoided. Simple techniques for the maintenance of haploid clones are described.Stages in early embryogenesis in the pollen grains have been observed and these indicate that embryogenesis is most frequently initiated by an equal division in the uninucleate spore. The frequency of grains showing embryoid formation is very low and it is estimated that plantlets are formed from up to 50% of these grains.

  6. Studies on the androgenesis in cultured anthers of Atropa belladonna L.

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    E. Misiura

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Embryological investigations were carried out on developing anthers of Atropa belladonna grown in natural conditions and on anthers which produced androgenic embryos in the in vitro culture. The anatomy of developing anthers was analized in details. Meiotic abnormalities were not detected and 36 bivalents were present at metaphase of meiosis I. About 90% of pollen grains were normally developed. Anthers inoculated at the tetrad or microspore stage and cultured on Linsmaier and Skoog medium with kinetin 4 mg/1 and IAA - 2 mg/1 produced androgenic embryos. Differences in the development of septum, in the morphology of pollen grains, formation of tapetum, development of proembryos and the occurrence of storage materials were recorded. The origin of autopoliploid plants from haploid cells is discussed.

  7. Belladonna

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    ... Parkinson's disease, colic, motion sickness, and as a painkiller. Belladonna is used in ointments that are applied ... cause a drying effect. It also affects the brain and heart. Drying medications called anticholinergic drugs can ...

  8. Establishment of Hairy Root Cultures of Atropa belladonna%颠茄发根培养系统的建立

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    杨春贤; 阳义健; 彭梅芳; 陈敏; 兰小中; 廖志华

    2006-01-01

    用种子萌发获得颠茄无菌苗,用发根农杆菌A4侵染颠茄无菌苗真叶,所有感染了的叶片都从伤口处产生发根.在无激素培养基中,发根表现出高频侧向分支、生长迅速、失去向地性的典型形态特征.PCR检测表明rolB、rolC确实整合到颠茄发根基因组中,用MS液体培养基发酵培养35 d,3个发根单克隆中发根生物量最大增长率达7.5倍,T6单克隆莨菪碱含量最高(5.61 mg/g),与种植在田间的颠茄植株的根相比,提高7倍;T2单克隆东莨菪碱含量最高,提高9倍多(2.35 mg/g).本研究揭示了rol基因足以诱导获得生长迅速和次生代谢产物积累的发根.表明颠茄转基因发根的发酵培养不失为生产托品烷类生物碱的一条好途径.%In vitro cultural systems of medical plant, A. belladonna was established, bacteria-free leaves were used as explants for genetic transformation by A. rhizogenes strain A4. The result showed that all the infected leaves could produce hairy roots from the wound sites. The hairy roots shown a typical phenotype characterized by plagio tropic growth, high incidence of lateral branching and faster growth than untransformed roots in phytohormone-free medium. PCR analysis showed that the rooting genes including rolB and rolC were confirmed integrated into the genome of A. belledonna hairy roots. Three root lines were investigated for growth rate and alkaloid productivity after cultured in liquid MS medium 35 days, the maximum biomass of hairy roots increased up to 7.5 times. The maxi mum amount of hyoscyamine (5.61 mg · g-1) was present in the hairy root lines T6, which had almost 7 times than that recorded in untransformed mature plant roots (0.84 mg · g-1 ), the maximum amount of scopolamine (2.35 mg · g-1 ) was present in the hairy root lines T2, which had more than 9 times than that recorded in mature plant roots (0.25 mg · g-1). Results revealed that the rol genes seemed sufficient to induce the hairy root

  9. Belladonna Alkaloid Combinations and Phenobarbital

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    Belladonna alkaloid combinations and phenobarbital are used to relieve cramping pains in conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and ... Belladonna alkaloid combinations and phenobarbital come as a regular tablet, a slow-acting tablet, capsule, and liquid to take ...

  10. Environ: E00010 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available E00010 Belladonna root (JP16) Crude drug Hyoscyamine [CPD:C02046], Atropine [CPD:C0...1479], Norhyoscyamine [CPD:C10862], Scopolamine [CPD:C01851] Atropa belladonna [TAX:33113] Same as: D03224 S...olanaceae (nightshade family) Belladonna root Major component: Hyoscyamine [DR:D00147] CAS: 8007-93-0 ...

  11. Discussion on the quality standards of Vitamin U, Belladonna and Aluminum capsule%维U颠茄铝胶囊质量标准商榷

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    白文莉; 郭菊玲; 吴丽萍; 张树云

    2013-01-01

    目的:结合监督检验工作,分析评价维U颠茄铝胶囊质量标准。方法通过实例归纳总结维U颠茄铝胶囊的检验结果,从质量标准入手,结合检验结果,分析质量标准存在的问题。结果维U颠茄铝胶囊质量标准存在不能客观评价其内在质量的问题。结论应修订维U颠茄铝胶囊质量标准。%Objective To analyze and evaluate the quality standards of vitamin U, belladonna and aluminum capsule with combination of drug supervision and inspection. Methods After summarization of inspections on vitamin U, belladonna and aluminum capsule from practical cases, the article analyzed potential problems of current quality standards with reference to inspection results. Results The quality standards of vitamin U, belladonna and aluminum capsule failed to represent objective evaluation of its inherent quality. Conclusion The quality standards of vitamin U, belladonna and aluminum capsule should be revised.

  12. Microclimatic variation in UV perception and related disparity in tropane and quinolizidine alkaloid composition of Atropa acuminata, Lupinus polyphyllus and Hyoscyamus niger.

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    Jan, Sumira; Kamili, Azra N; Parray, Javid A; Bedi, Yashbir S; Ahmad, Parvaiz

    2016-08-01

    The aim of current research was to evaluate the physiological adjustment in three medicinal herbs viz., Atropa acuminata, Lupinus polyphyllus and Hyoscyamus niger to the winter period characterised by intense UV flux in Kashmir valley across the North Western Himalaya. Quinolizidine (QA) and tropane alkaloid (TA) concentrations were analysed in these herbs thriving at two different altitudes via GC-MS and correlated by PCA analysis. This study investigated the hypothesis that UV reflectance and absorbance at low temperatures are directly related to disparity in alkaloid accumulation. Among QAs in L. polyphyllus, ammodendrine and lupanine accumulated at higher concentration and exhibited significant variation of 186.36% and 95.91% in ammodendrine and lupanine respectively in both sites. Tetrahydrohombifoline displayed non-significant variation of about 9.60% irrespective of sites. Among tropane alkaloid (TA), hyoscyamine was recorded as the most abundant constituent irrespective of the plant and site while apotropine accumulated in lesser quantity in A. acuminata than H. niger. However, apotropine demonstrated significant variation of 175% among both sites. The final concentration of quinolizidine (QA) and tropane alkaloid (TA) reflects the interplay between reflectance and absorbance of UV radiation response field. These findings suggest that spectral response of UV light contributes directly to alkaloid biosynthesis.

  13. Comparative Genomics of Ten Solanaceous Plastomes

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    Harpreet Kaur

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Availability of complete plastid genomes of ten solanaceous species, Atropa belladonna, Capsicum annuum, Datura stramonium, Nicotiana sylvestris, Nicotiana tabacum, Nicotiana tomentosiformis, Nicotiana undulata, Solanum bulbocastanum, Solanum lycopersicum, and Solanum tuberosum provided us with an opportunity to conduct their in silico comparative analysis in depth. The size of complete chloroplast genomes and LSC and SSC regions of three species of Solanum is comparatively smaller than that of any other species studied till date (exception: SSC region of A. belladonna. AT content of coding regions was found to be less than noncoding regions. A duplicate copy of trnH gene in C. annuum and two alternative tRNA genes for proline in D. stramonium were observed for the first time in this analysis. Further, homology search revealed the presence of rps19 pseudogene and infA genes in A. belladonna and D. stramonium, a region identical to rps19 pseudogene in C. annum and orthologues of sprA gene in another six species. Among the eighteen intron-containing genes, 3 genes have two introns and 15 genes have one intron. The longest insertion was found in accD gene in C. annuum. Phylogenetic analysis using concatenated protein coding sequences gave two clades, one for Nicotiana species and another for Solanum, Capsicum, Atropa, and Datura.

  14. [Central anticholinergic syndrome].

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    Fernández Urretavizcaya, P; Cenoz Osinaga, J C; Jáuregui Garía, M L; Gállego Culleré, J

    1991-10-01

    Two new cases of anticolinergic central syndrome are described. The first case, a 8 year old girl, suffered a severe encefalopathy after topical application of mydriatic cholirio as an aid in a rutine study of ocular refraction. The second case, 67 year old man presented a severe neurological picture after accidental intake of a silvester plantground (Atropa belladonna). His neurological condition returned quickly to normal whith administration of physostigmine. Differents aspects of the etiology, clinical picture and diagnosis are discussed with special emphasis in patients with delirium or acute confusional states. Finally, attention is drawn in the necessity of a properly use of anticholinergic drugs overcoat in aged or children.

  15. [Herbs and cardiotoxic effects].

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    Maffè, Stefano; Paffoni, Paola; Laura Colombo, Maria; Davanzo, Franca; Dellavesa, Pierfranco; Cucchi, Lorenzo; Zenone, Franco; Paino, Anna Maria; Franchetti Pardo, Nicolò; Bergamasco, Luca; Signorotti, Fabiana; Parravicini, Umberto

    2013-06-01

    Accidental or deliberate ingestion of poisonous herbs has become an increasingly common phenomenon over the last years. From existing literature data and case reports from emergency room visits or poison control centers, an overview is presented of the potential cardiotoxic manifestations following intoxication by wild herbal plants of the territory. The effects of the consumption of cardiac glycoside-containing plants (e.g., digitalis) are discussed along with tachyarrhythmias induced by Aconitum napellus L., Atropa belladonna L., Mandragora officinarum L. or Ephedra distachya L. herbs, and hypertensive crises associated with licorice abuse. For each plant, a brief historical and botanical background is provided, focusing on pathophysiology of intoxication and cardiotoxic effects on the basis of the most recent literature. Finally, medical management of intoxication, from both a general and cardiological viewpoint, is reviewed.

  16. A DNA barcoding approach to identify plant species in multiflower honey.

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    Bruni, I; Galimberti, A; Caridi, L; Scaccabarozzi, D; De Mattia, F; Casiraghi, M; Labra, M

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to test the ability of DNA barcoding to identify the plant origins of processed honey. Four multifloral honeys produced at different sites in a floristically rich area in the northern Italian Alps were examined by using the rbcL and trnH-psbA plastid regions as barcode markers. An extensive reference database of barcode sequences was generated for the local flora to determine the taxonomic composition of honey. Thirty-nine plant species were identified in the four honey samples, each of which originated from a mix of common plants belonging to Castanea, Quercus, Fagus and several herbaceous taxa. Interestingly, at least one endemic plant was found in all four honey samples, providing a clear signature for the geographic identity of these products. DNA of the toxic plant Atropa belladonna was detected in one sample, illustrating the usefulness of DNA barcoding for evaluating the safety of honey.

  17. The forest melliferous flora in the vicinity of Blace, Serbia

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    Perišić Snežana

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Melliferous plant species in the forests near Blace (South Serbia were investigated in order to estimate the significance, contribution, quality and ecological characteristics of representatives of the apiflora as potential nectar and pollen sources, the elements of bee pasturage. The significance of melliferous plants was determined on the basis of nectar and pollen production intensity, as well as by following blooming periods. According to adaptations to moisture, light, and temperature, melliferous species can be relegated to eight groups and six subgroups. Out of the total number of melliferous species in the investigated area (223, the forest apiflora accounted for 82 species (36,77%. The species with highest nectar and/or pollen production are: Alnus glutinosa, Corylus avellana, Paulownia tomentosa, Picea abies, Prunus tenella, Robinia pseudoacacia, species of the genera Salix, Tilia, and Campanula, Atropa bella-donna, Calamintha officinalis, Glechoma hederacea, Pulmonaria officinalis, Salvia glutinosa and Valeriana officinalis.

  18. In silico analysis of Simple Sequence Repeats from chloroplast genomes of Solanaceae species

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    Evandro Vagner Tambarussi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The availability of chloroplast genome (cpDNA sequences of Atropa belladonna, Nicotiana sylvestris, N.tabacum, N. tomentosiformis, Solanum bulbocastanum, S. lycopersicum and S. tuberosum, which are Solanaceae species,allowed us to analyze the organization of cpSSRs in their genic and intergenic regions. In general, the number of cpSSRs incpDNA ranged from 161 in S. tuberosum to 226 in N. tabacum, and the number of intergenic cpSSRs was higher than geniccpSSRs. The mononucleotide repeats were the most frequent in studied species, but we also identified di-, tri-, tetra-, pentaandhexanucleotide repeats. Multiple alignments of all cpSSRs sequences from Solanaceae species made the identification ofnucleotide variability possible and the phylogeny was estimated by maximum parsimony. Our study showed that the plastomedatabase can be exploited for phylogenetic analysis and biotechnological approaches.

  19. Anticholinergic toxicity from nightshade berry poisoning responsive to physostigmine.

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    Ceha, L J; Presperin, C; Young, E; Allswede, M; Erickson, T

    1997-01-01

    The woody nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, belongs to the genus Solanum and its primary toxin is solanine. We report a large nightshade ingestion in a 4-yr-old girl who presented to the emergency department in acute anticholinergic crisis. The child was given 0.2 mg of intravenous physostigmine (0.02 mg/kg). Within 50 min, the patient received two additional equal doses with complete resolution of symptoms. After 36 h of observation, the child was discharged. Our patient presented with symptoms more suggestive of the deadly nightshade species, Atropa belladonna, which is native to Europe; however, a detailed laboratory analysis of the suspect berries revealed no atropine or hyoscyamine. Analysis did reveal sterols consistent with solanine. This is a unique case presentation of woody nightshade, S. dulcamara, poisoning presenting with anticholinergic crisis and responding to physostigmine.

  20. Drug: D00113 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available opa belladonna [TAX:33113] Anticholinergic Same as: C01479 ATC code: A03BA01 S01FA01 belladonna alkaloid Ind...ORDERS A03B BELLADONNA AND DERIVATIVES, PLAIN A03BA Belladonna alkaloids, tertiar

  1. Drug: D03223 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS A03B BELLADONNA AND DERIVATIVES, PLAIN A03BA Belladonna alkaloids, tertiary amine...s A03BA04 Belladonna total alkaloids D03223 Belladonna leaf (USP) PubChem: 17397376 ...

  2. Drug: D03069 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available D03069 Crude, Drug Belladonna extract (JP16); Belladonna (USP) Hyoscyamine [CPD:C02...113] Anticholinergic Same as: E00008 ATC code: A03BA04 Solanaceae (nightshade family) Belladonna root extract...total alkaloids D03069 Belladonna extract (JP16); Belladonna (USP) Crude drugs [B...R:br08305] Dicot plants: asterids Solanaceae (nightshade family) D03069 Belladonna extract; Belladonna CAS: 8007-93-0 PubChem: 17397224 ...

  3. A Randomised Pilot Study on the Efficacy of Milking Cream and a Homeopathic Complex Topical Cream on Diaper Dermatitis

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    Janice Pellow

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Diaper dermatitis (DD is an acute inflammation of the skin in the diaper area and is the most common cutaneous disease among infants and children. Calendula officinalis, Atropa belladonna and Sulphuricum acidum are homeopathic remedies which have been purported to be beneficial in wound healing and conditions affecting the skin, however, to date, no research has been conducted on the use of these remedies for DD. The aim of this seven-day, double-blind, controlled pilot study was to assess the efficacy of milking cream and a homeopathic complex cream as topical treatments for DD. Forty children between the ages of three to 24 months with DD were recruited. The homeopathic complex cream (n= 20 or unmedicated milking cream (n = 20 was applied after every nappy change for seven days. Efficacy on the severity of symptoms and the percentage of area affected was assessed by means of the 4-Point Grading Scale and the Modified Lund and Browder Charts respectively, on days 1, 2, 4 and 7. The results revealed that both groups showed statistically-significant improvements on rash severity and the percentage of area affected between consecutive visits, as well as over the entire research study period. Trends indicated that the treatment group had a faster resolution of symptoms and outperformed the control in certain affected body regions. Preliminary findings suggest that both milking cream and the homeopathic complex cream may be effective alternative treatment options for DD, and further investigation is warranted.

  4. BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF MULBERRY ASSOCIATED WITH INTERCROPPING OF MEDICINAL PLANTS UNDER TEMPERATE CLIMATIC CONDITIONSBIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF MULBERRY ASSOCIATED WITH INTERCROPPING OF MEDICINAL PLANTS UNDER TEMPERATE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

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    M.S. Rathore

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The Kashmir valley represents temperate climatic conditions and is known for its bivoltine sericulture. The sericulture in the region however, sustains on tree type of plants. Majority of sericulturists in this traditional area have taken up mulberry cultivation on small land holdings as a life sustaining occupation. Other farmers with more land have taken up it as subsidiary occupation. Mulberry is facing stiff competition from other economic crops. In order to make the mulberry cultivation more profitable and sustainable, intercrops can be practiced with them. Medicinal plants like Lavendula officinalis, Atropa belladonna and Echinacea purpurea are important source of alkaloids and essential oils, which have huge demand in pharmaceutical industry. The wider spacing available in the tree type of plantation of mulberry facilitates the cultivation of these medicinal plants as an intercrop. The present paper focuses on utilization of medicinal plants as an intercrop with mulberry to generate an additional income to the progressive farmers as the biochemical studies shows that there is no significant impact on mulberry leaf quality and soil health.

  5. Drug: D03224 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available T AND METABOLISM A03 DRUGS FOR FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS A03B BELLADONNA AND DERIVATIVES, PLAIN A03BA Belladonna alkaloid...s, tertiary amines A03BA04 Belladonna total alkaloids D03224 Belladonna root (JP16)

  6. Effects of 200cH medications on mice bone marrow cells and macrophages

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    Dorly de F. Buchi

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Paracelsus once wrote: "All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous." Latter Hahnemann formulated the law of similars, preparations which cause certain symptoms in healthy individuals if given in diluted form to patients exhibiting similar symptoms will cure it. Highly diluted natural complexes prepared according to Hahnemann’s ancient techniques may represent a new form of immunomodulatory therapy. The lack of scientific research with highly diluted products led us to investigate the in vivo and in vitro actions of commonly used medications. Here we describe the results of experimental studies aimed at verifying the effects of Mercurius solubilis, Atropa Belladonna, Lachesis muta and Bryonia alba. All medications were at 200cH dilution. Animals were maintained for 7 days and were allowed to drink the medications, which were prepared in a way that the final dilution and agitation (200cH was performed in drinking water. The medication bottle was changed and sucussed every afternoon. Co-culture of non treated mice bone marrow cells and in vitro treated peritoneal macrophages were also performed. After animal treatment the bone marrow cells were immunophenotyped with hematopoietic lineage markers on a flow cytometer. We have determined CD11b levels on bone marrow cells after culture and co-culture with treated macrophages and these macrophages were processed to scanning electron microscopy. We have observed by morphological changes that macrophages were activated after all treatments. Mercurius solubilis treated mice showed an increase in CD3 expression and in CD11b on nonadherent bone marrow cells after co-culture with in vitro treatment. Atropa Belladonna increased CD45R and decreased Ly-6G expression on bone marrow cells after animal treatment. Lachesis muta increased CD3, CD45R and, CD11c expression and decreased CD11b ex vivo and in nonadherent cells from co

  7. Foaming and cell flotation in suspended plant cell cultures and the effect of chemical antifoams.

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    Wongsamuth, R; Doran, P M

    1994-08-01

    Foam development and stability in Atropa belladonna suspensions were investigated as a function of culture conditions. Foaming was due mainly to properties of the cell-free broth and was correlated with protein content; effects due to presence of cells increased towards the end of batch culture. Highest foam levels were measured 11 days after inoculation. Air flow rate was of major importance in determining foam volume; foam volume and stability were also strongly dependent on pH. Foam flotation of plant cells was very effective. After 30 min foaming, ca. 55% of cells were found in the foam; this increased to ca. 75% after 90 min. Polypropylene glycol 1025 and 2025, Pluronic PE 6100, and Antifoam-C emulsion were tested as chemical antifoams. Polypropylene glycol 1025 and Antifoam C at concentrations up to 600 ppm had no adverse effect on growth in shake flasks; Pluronic PE 6100 has an inhibitory effect at all levels tested. Concentrations of polypropylene glycol 2025 and Pluronic PE 6100 as low as 20 ppm reduced foam volumes by a factor of ca. 10. Addition of antifoam reduced k(L)a values in bubble-column and stirred-tank bioreactors. After operation of a stirred reactor for 2 days using Antifoam C for foam control, cell production was limited by oxygen due to the effect of antifoam on mass transfer. Theoretical analysis showed that maximum cell concentrations and biomass levels decline with increasing reactors working volume due to greater consumption of antifoam to prevent foam overflow. The results indicate that when chemical foam control is used in plant cell cultures, head-space volume and tolerable foam levels must be considered to optimize biomass production. (c) 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  8. Deterrent effect evaluation of vegetal extracts on Papilio thoas brasiliensis (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae Rothschild & Jordan, 1906

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    Cupertino de Souza Débora María

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A crescente preocupação mundial tem motivado pesquisadores a buscarem alternativas consideradas saudáveis e que controlem insetos-praga e doenças. Dentre estas alternativas, destaca-se a utilização de aleloquímicos extraídos de plantas (Jacobson 1989, pois são produtos naturais que reduzem os efeitos negativos ocasionados pela aplicação descontrolada de inseticidas organossintéticos (Medeiros et al 2005, reduzindo o desenvolvimento de populações resistentes do inseto, e o aparecimento de novas pragas ou a ressurgência de outras (Souza 2004. O uso de extratos de plantas medicinais faz com que determinados componentes ativos presentes nos vegetais, quando utilizados de forma concentrada, atuem no controle de insetos, inibindo sua alimentação ou prejudicando-os após a ingestão (Costa et al 2004. Muitas apresentam sobre os insetos efeito tóxico, inibição de crescimento, redução de fecundidade, fertilidade e repelência dado os compostos metabólicos secundários que apresentam como alcalóides, terpenos, flavonóides e esteróides com propriedades medicinais comprovadas (Di Stasi 1996, se justificado, portanto, o uso delas no controle de pragas. Assim, a presente pesquisa teve por objetivo avaliar o efeito deterrente de extratos de espécies medicinais de Atropa belladonna L. (belladona; Azadirachta indica A. Juss. (nim; Mikania glomerata Spreng. (guaco; Symphytum officinale L. (confrei; Ruta graveolens L. (arruda; sobre Papilio thoas brasiliensis (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae. Na presente pesquisa o destaque deve ser dado ao confrei e nim pelo efeito deterrente apresentado. No presente estudo foi possível determinar que houve deterrência, mas não há como informar se outros efeitos ocorreram somados a esse.

  9. [On the history of barbiturates].

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    Norn, Svend; Permin, Henrik; Kruse, Edith; Kruse, Poul R

    2015-01-01

    Throughout the history of humanity, numerous therapeutic agents have been employed for their sedative and hypnotic properties such as opium, henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) and deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), but also alcohol and wine. In the 19th century potassium bromide was introduced as a sedative - and antiepileptic drug and chloral hydrate as sedative-hypnotics. A new era was reached by the introduction of barbiturates. The story started with the chemist Adolf von Baeyer. His breakthrough in the synthesis of new agents as barbituric acid and indigo and his education of young chemists was of great importance for the science of organic chemistry and the development of the dye and medicine industry in the late 19th century. The next important step was the development of barbiturates. The pioneers were Josef von Mering and Emil Fischer. Using the Grimaux-method they synthesized various barbiturates. It was von Mering who got the idea of introducing ethyl groups in the inactive barbituric acid to obtain sedatives, but the synthesis was succeeded by the chemist Emil Fischer. Experiments with dogs clearly showed sedative and hypnotic effect of the barbiturates and the oral administration of barbital (Veronal) confirmed the effect in humans. Barbital was commercialized in 1903 and in 1911 phenobarbital (Luminal) was introduced in the clinic, and this drug showed hypnotic and antiepileptic effects. Thereafter a lot of new barbiturates appeared. Dangerous properties of the drugs were recognized as abuse, addiction, and poisoning. An optimum treatment of acute barbiturate intoxication was obtained by the "Scandinavian method", which was developed in the Poison Centre of the Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen. The centre was established by Carl Clemmesen in 1949 and the intensive care treatment reduced the mortality of the admitted persons from 20% to less than 2%. To-day only a few barbiturates are used in connection with anaesthesia and for the treatment of epilepsy

  10. Muusikamaailm : "Belladonna" Aspeni festivalil. Veel suviseid uusoopereid. James Levine"i debüüt peadirigendina. Loomingukonkursilt Hannoveris. Usedomi festival algab / Priit Kuusk

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    Kuusk, Priit, 1938-

    1999-01-01

    USA-s Colorados toimuva Aspeni suvefestivali 50. aastapäevaks tellitud uudisteostest. Luzerni festivalil ettekantud uudisteostest. J. Levine sõlmis lepingu Müncheni Filharmoonikute muusikadirektori ametikohale. Hannoveri uue muusika biennaali kompositsioonikonkursi tulemustest. Usedomi pidustustest Saksamaal, kus on esindatud ka eesti muusikud

  11. Drug: D00147 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available PLAIN A03BA Belladonna alkaloids, tertiary amines A03BA01 Atropine D07477 Atropine oxide (INN) USP drug clas...DRUGS FOR FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS A03B BELLADONNA AND DERIVATIVES,

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    Full Text Available E00008 Belladonna extract (JP16) Belladonna (USP) Crude drug Hyoscyamine [CPD:C0204...3] Same as: D03069 Solanaceae (nightshade family) Belladonna root extract Major component: Hyoscyamine [DR:D00147] CAS: 8007-93-0 ...

  15. Rat models of acute inflammation: a randomized controlled study on the effects of homeopathic remedies

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    Menniti-Ippolito Francesca

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background One of the cardinal principles of homeopathy is the "law of similarities", according to which patients can be treated by administering substances which, when tested in healthy subjects, cause symptoms that are similar to those presented by the patients themselves. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of pre-clinical (in vitro and animal studies aimed at evaluating the pharmacological activity or efficacy of some homeopathic remedies under potentially reproducible conditions. However, in addition to some contradictory results, these studies have also highlighted a series of methodological difficulties. The present study was designed to explore the possibility to test in a controlled way the effects of homeopathic remedies on two known experimental models of acute inflammation in the rat. To this aim, the study considered six different remedies indicated by homeopathic practice for this type of symptom in two experimental edema models (carrageenan- and autologous blood-induced edema, using two treatment administration routes (sub-plantar injection and oral administration. Methods In a first phase, the different remedies were tested in the four experimental conditions, following a single-blind (measurement procedure. In a second phase, some of the remedies (in the same and in different dilutions were tested by oral administration in the carrageenan-induced edema, under double-blind (treatment administration and measurement and fully randomized conditions. Seven-hundred-twenty male Sprague Dawley rats weighing 170–180 g were used. Six homeopathic remedies (Arnica montana D4, Apis mellifica D4, D30, Atropa belladonna D4, Hamamelis virginiana D4, Lachesis D6, D30, Phosphorus D6, D30, saline and indomethacin were tested. Edema was measured using a water-based plethysmometer, before and at different times after edema induction. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and Student t test. Results In the first phase

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    Full Text Available D04479 Drug Hyoscyamine hydrobromide (USP) C17H23NO3. HBr 369.094 370.2814 D04479.g...03B BELLADONNA AND DERIVATIVES, PLAIN A03BA Belladonna alkaloids, tertiary amines A03BA03 Hyoscyamine D04479 Hyoscyamine hydrobromide...A:1128 1129 1131 1132 1133] [KO:K04129 K04130 K04131 K04132 K04133] Hyoscyamine [ATC:A03BA03] D04479 Hyoscyamine hydrobromide

  17. Phylogenetic selection of target species in Amaryllidaceae tribe Haemantheae for acetylcholinesterase inhibition and affinity to the serotonin reuptake transport protein

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    We present phylogenetic analyses of 37 taxa of Amaryllidaceae, tribe Haemantheae and Amaryllis belladonna L. as an outgroup, in order to provide a phylogenetic framework for the selection of candidate plants for lead discoveries in relation to Alzheimer´s disease and depression. DNA sequences from t...

  18. Effects of Chemical Agents on the Cholinergic Neurotransmitter System: Mechanisms of Adaptation.

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    changes in cholinergic neurochemistry (31). The former was observed in such symptoms as salivation, lacrimation and tremor and in measures of hypothermia...to the belladonna drugs occurs in man to a limited extent, e.g., patients with Parkinsonism may eventually receive daily doses of atropine or

  19. Breast Gangrene

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    Husasin Irfan

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Breast gangrene is rare in surgical practice. Gangrene of breast can be idiopathic or secondary to some causative factor. Antibiotics and debridement are used for management. Acute inflammatory infiltrate, severe necrosis of breast tissue, necrotizing arteritis, and venous thrombosis is observed on histopathology. The aim of was to study patients who had breast gangrene. Methods A prospective study of 10 patients who had breast gangrene over a period of 6 years were analyzed Results All the patients in the study group were female. Total of 10 patients were encountered who had breast gangrene. Six patients presented with breast gangrene on the right breast whereas four had on left breast. Out of 10 patients, three had breast abscess after teeth bite followed by gangrene, one had iatrogenic trauma by needle aspiration of erythematous area of breast under septic conditions. Four had history of application of belladonna on cutaneous breast abscess and had then gangrene. All were lactating female. Amongst the rest two were elderly, one of which was a diabetic who had gangrene of breast and had no application of belladonna. All except one had debridement under cover of broad spectrum antibiotics. Three patients had grafting to cover the raw area. Conclusion Breast gangrene occurs rarely. Etiology is variable and mutifactorial. Teeth bite while lactation and the iatrogenic trauma by needle aspiration of breast abscess under unsterlised conditions could be causative. Uncontrolled diabetes can be one more causative factor for the breast gangrene. Belladonna application as a topical agent could be inciting factor. Sometimes gangrene of breast can be idiopathic. Treatment is antibiotics and debridement.

  20. Datura Stramonium Abuse: A Case Report

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    Muhittin Yilmaz

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Datura stramonium, known as devils apple or tatula by the people of Turkey, is a plant known member of a belladonna alkaloid family contains atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine having hallucinogenic and anticholinergic effects. 19 years old male patient admitted to emergency department (ED by his relatives with the complaints of altered mental status, and meaningless speech. History revealed that patient consumed %u201CDatura stramonium%u201D for entertainment about 4 hours before the development of symptoms. In our study we described a case presented by delirium to our emergency department later diagnosed as Datura stramonium poisoning.

  1. Optokinetic behavior is reversed in achiasmatic mutant zebrafish larvae.

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    Rick, J M; Horschke, I; Neuhauss, S C

    2000-05-18

    The vertebrate optokinetic nystagmus (OKN) is a compensatory oculomotor behavior that is evoked by movement of the visual environment. It functions to stabilize visual images on the retina. The OKN can be experimentally evoked by rotating a drum fitted with stripes around the animal and has been studied extensively in many vertebrate species, including teleosts. This simple behavior has earlier been used to screen for mutations affecting visual system development in the vertebrate model organism zebrafish. In such a screen, we have found a significant number of homozygous belladonna (bel) mutant larvae to be defective in the correct execution of the OKN [1]. We now show that about 40% of homozygous bel larvae display a curious reversal of the OKN upon visual stimulation. Monocular stimulation leads to primary activation of ipsilateral eye movements in larvae that behave like the wild type. In contrast, affected larvae display contralateral activation of eye movements upon monocular stimulation. Anatomical analysis of retinal ganglion cell axon projections reveal a morphological basis for the observed behavioral defect. All animals with OKN reversal are achiasmatic. Further behavioral examination of affected larvae show that OKN-reversed animals execute this behavior in a stimulus-velocity-independent manner. Our data support a parsimonious model of optokinetic reversal by the opening of a controlling feedback loop at the level of the optic chiasm that is solely responsible for the observed behavioral abnormality in mutant belladonna larvae.

  2. The use of bio-guided fractionation to explore the use of leftover biomass in Dutch flower bulb production as allelochemicals against weeds.

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    Wahyuni, Dinar S C; van der Kooy, Frank; Klinkhamer, Peter G L; Verpoorte, Rob; Leiss, Kirsten

    2013-04-17

    A major problem in flower bulb cultivation is weed control. Synthetic herbicides are mainly used, although they cause a range of problems, and integrated weed control through application of naturally occurring allelochemicals would be highly desirable. Flower bulb production creates large amounts of leftover biomass. Utilizing this source for weed control may provide new applications of the bulb crops. We therefore screened 33 flower bulb extracts for allelochemical activity against weeds. Several methanol and chloroform extracts were observed to inhibit germination and growth of Senecio vulgaris L. and Lolium perenne L., as representatives of di- and mono-cotyledonous weeds, respectively. Narciclasine was identified as the bioactive compound in Narcissus. The extract of Amaryllis belladonna L. was equally active, but did not contain any narciclasine. Bioassay-guided fractionation of the A. belladonna extract resulted in the identification of lycorine as the bio-active compound. The IC₅₀ measured for radicle growth inhibition was 0.10 µM for narciclasine and 0.93 µM for lycorine, compared to 0.11 mM of chlorpropham, a synthetic herbicide. Therefore, the leftover biomass from the spring bulb industry represents an interesting potential source for promising allelochemicals for further studies on weed growth inhibition.

  3. The effect of homeopathic preparations on the activity level of Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants=Atividade de formigas cortadeiras Acromyrmex spp. submetidas a preparações homeopáticas

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    Pedro Boff

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The effect of homeopathic preparations on the activities of the leaf-cutting ants Acromyrmex spp. was studied. A field experiment involving ant nests in six experimental areas was performed using a randomised complete block design. Within each block, every ant nest was considered to represent one repetition. The treatments consisted of the following: Belladonna homeopathic preparations of macerated or triturated Acromyrmex spp. adults, homeopathic preparations of macerated or triturated ant nest fungus (Leucoagaricus gongylophorus collected from Acromyrmex laticeps and Acromyrmex heyeri nests, a homeopathy Belladonna, and dynamised water. All of the homeopathic treatments were tested at the 30 CH (thirtieth centesimal Hahnemannian dynamisation. An untreated nest served as the control. The total number of ants from each trail was counted, including both those carrying or not-carrying green plant fragments, immediately before the daily homeopathic applications. All of the tested homeopathic preparations, except for the water, significantly reduced the activity level of Acromyrmex spp. The homeopathic preparations of Belladonna and the macerated nosodes of Acromyrmex spp. reduced the activity level of the ants beginning with the sixth day after the first treatment application; the activity level reduction effect lasted more than 20 days after the last application.O efeito de preparados homeopáticos sobre as atividades de formigas cortadeiras Acromyrmex spp. foi estudado. O experimento foi realizado no campo, utilizando formigueiros distribuídos em seis diferentes áreas. Em cada área cada, formigueiro foi considerado uma repetição. Os tratamentos consistiram de preparados homeopáticos obtidos da tintura-mãe dos triturados e macerados de adultos de Acromyrmex spp. e do fungo Leucoagaricus gongylophorus de formigueiros de Acromyrmex laticeps e Acromyrmex heyeri. A homeopatia Belladonna e água dinamizada também foram testados. Todos os

  4. Use of an “electronic tongue” in the assessment of highly diluted systems

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    Antônio Riul Jr

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: “Eletronic tongue” is a device commonly used in the analysis of tastants, heavy metal ions, fruit juice, wines and also in the development of biosensors [1-3]. Briefly, the e-tongue is constituted by sensing units formed by ultrathin films of distinct materials deposited on gold interdigitated electrodes, which are immersed in liquid samples, followed by impedance spectroscopy measurements [1]. The e-tongue sensor is based on the global selectivity concept, i.e., the materials forming the sensing units are not selective to any substance in the samples, therefore, it allows the grouping of information into distinct patterns of response, enabling the distinction of complex liquid systems [1]. Aim: Our aim was to use e-tongue system for the assessment the homeopathic medicine Belladonna at different degrees of dilution, in attempt to differentiate highly diluted systems. Methods: Ultrathin films forming the sensing units were prepared by the layer-by-layer technique [4], using conventional polyelectrolytes such as poly(sodium styene sulfonate (PSS and poly(allylamine hydrochloride (PAH, chitosan and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT. Homeopathic medicines (Belladonna 1cH, 6cH, 12cH and 30cH were prepared by dilution and agitation according to Hahnemann´s method [5], using ethanol at 30% (w/w as vehicle. Experimental data acquisition was conducted by blind tests measurements involving Belladonna samples and the vehicle used in the dilutions. Five independent and consecutive measurements were taken for each solution at 1 kHz, which were further analysed by Principal Component Analysis (PCA, a statistical method largely employed to reduce the dimensionality of the original data without losing information in the correlation of the samples [3]. Results: Figure 1 shows that the five independent measurements are grouped quite closed each other for each solution analysed, with a clear

  5. Key to Holarctic species of Epitrix flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) with review of their distribution, host plants and history of invasions.

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    Bieńkowski, Andrzej O; Orlova-Bienkowskaja, Marina J

    2016-10-17

    The genus Epitrix Foudras, 1860a has a worldwide distribution. Some species of Epitrix are major pests of potato, tomato, eggplant, tobacco and other plants in North America and Europe. Some pest species have been inadvertently introduced from North America to Europe, from Europe to North America and from both continents to some islands in Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Therefore, a key for the identification of all Holarctic species is necessary for plant quarantine and protection services. We have compiled the key for distinguishing Epitrix from genera that could be confused with it and a key for all Holarctic species of Epitrix with the figures of spermathecae and aedeagi and the checklist with a review of the geographical distribution, host plants and history of invasions. The following species are included: E. abeillei (Bauduer), E. allardii (Wollaston), E. atropae Foudras, E. brevis Schwarz, E. caucasica (Heikertinger), E. cucumeris (Harris), E. dieckmanni (Mohr), E. ermischi (Mohr), E. fasciata Blatchley, E. flavotestacea Horn, E. fuscula Crotch, E. hirtipennis (Melsheimer), E. humeralis Dury, E. intermedia Foudras, E. krali Döberl, E. lobata Crotch, E. muehlei Döberl, E. priesneri (Heikertinger), E. pubescens (Koch), E. ogloblini (Iablokov-Khnzorian), E. robusta Jacoby, E. setosella (Fairmaire), E. similaris Gentner, E. solani (Blatchley), E. subcrinita (LeConte), E. tuberis Gentner, E. warchalowskii (Mohr) and E. papa Orlova-Bienkowskaja.

  6. [Acute otitis media in children. Comparison between conventional and homeopathic therapy].

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    Friese, K H; Kruse, S; Moeller, H

    1996-08-01

    Within a prospective group study of five practicing otorhinolaryngologists, conventional therapy of acute otitis media in children was compared with homeopathic treatments. Group A (103 children) was primarily treated with homeopathic single remedies (Aconitum napellus, Apis mellifica, Belladonna, Capsicum, Chamomilla, Kalium bichromicum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius solubilis, Okoubaka, Pulsatilla, Silicea). Group B (28 children) was treated by decongestant nose-drops, antibiotics, secretolytics and/or antipyretics. Comparisons were done by symptoms, physical findings, duration of therapy and number of relapses. The children of the study were between 1 and 11 years of age. The difference in numbers was explained by the children with otitis media being primarily treated by pediatricians using conventional methods. The median duration of pain in group A was 2 days and in group B 3 days. Median therapy in group A lasted 4 days and in group B 10 days. Antibiotics were given over a period of 8-10 days, while homeopathic treatments were stopped after healing. In group A 70.7% of the patients were free of relapses within 1 years and 29.3% had a maximum of three relapses. Group B had 56.5% without relapses and 43.5% a maximum of six relapses. Five children in group A were given antibiotics and 98 responded solely to homeopathic treatments. No side effects of treatment were found in either group.

  7. [Factors predisposing to acute urine retention in patients with prostatic adenoma].

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    Davidov, M I

    2007-01-01

    The aim of the trial was to study factors predisposing to acute urine retention (AUR) in patients with prostatic adenoma (PA). The trial was made in Perm Center for Urgent Urological Care. This allowed registration and analysis of all cases of AUR in the city with population of 1 million people. For 11 years there were 1504 episodes of AUR in 1130 PA patients. One AUR episode was registered in 888 (78.6%) patients, two to four--in 242. Questioning of the patients, the disease histories analysis provided information on the factors predisposing to AUR. The following factors provoked AUR: alcohol intake (25.9%), water loading (11.5%), medication (atropin, belladonna, efedrin, aminasin, tizercin, phenobarbital, imisin, promedol, lazix, etc.; 11.4%), acute inflammation of the adenomatous nodes (7.4%), cold (6.7%), spicy food (5.5%), flebitis of the hemorrhoidal veins (5.5%), fatigue (5.1%), emotional stress (3.9%), forced urine retention (3.1%), bed rest (2.8%), sexual excesses (2%), surgical interventions (2%), etc. AUR occurred more often in the morning (at 4 to 8 o'clock a.m.), in the holidays and after them (92.5% of these patients took alcohol), on days with acute fluctuations of atmospheric pressure, temperature, air humidity. A complex of meteoprophylaxis of AUR is proposed.

  8. Illusionary self-motion perception in zebrafish.

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    Ying-Yu Huang

    Full Text Available Zebrafish mutant belladonna (bel carries a mutation in the lhx2 gene (encoding a Lim domain homeobox transcription factor that results in a defect in retinotectal axon pathfinding, which can lead to uncrossed optic nerves failing to form an optic chiasm. Here, we report on a novel swimming behavior of the bel mutants, best described as looping. Together with two previously reported oculomotor instabilities that have been related to achiasmatic bel mutants, reversed optokinetic response (OKR and congenital nystagmus (CN, involuntary conjugate oscillations of both eyes, looping opens a door to study the influence of visual input and eye movements on postural balance. Our result shows that looping correlates perfectly with reversed OKR and CN and is vision-dependent and contrast sensitive. CN precedes looping and the direction of the CN slow phase is predictive of the looping direction, but is absent during looping. Therefore, looping may be triggered by CN in bel. Moreover, looping in wild-type fish can also be evoked by whole-field motion, suggesting that looping in a bel mutant larvae is a result of self-motion perception. In contrary to previous hypotheses, our findings indicate that postural control in vertebrates relies on both direct visual input (afference signal and eye-movement-related signals (efference copy or reafference signal.

  9. Toxic compounds in honey.

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    Islam, Md Nazmul; Khalil, Md Ibrahim; Islam, Md Asiful; Gan, Siew Hua

    2014-07-01

    There is a wealth of information about the nutritional and medicinal properties of honey. However, honey may contain compounds that may lead to toxicity. A compound not naturally present in honey, named 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), may be formed during the heating or preservation processes of honey. HMF has gained much interest, as it is commonly detected in honey samples, especially samples that have been stored for a long time. HMF is a compound that may be mutagenic, carcinogenic and cytotoxic. It has also been reported that honey can be contaminated with heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium. Honey produced from the nectar of Rhododendron ponticum contains alkaloids that can be poisonous to humans, while honey collected from Andromeda flowers contains grayanotoxins, which can cause paralysis of limbs in humans and eventually leads to death. In addition, Melicope ternata and Coriaria arborea from New Zealand produce toxic honey that can be fatal. There are reports that honey is not safe to be consumed when it is collected from Datura plants (from Mexico and Hungary), belladonna flowers and Hyoscamus niger plants (from Hungary), Serjania lethalis (from Brazil), Gelsemium sempervirens (from the American Southwest), Kalmia latifolia, Tripetalia paniculata and Ledum palustre. Although the symptoms of poisoning due to honey consumption may differ depending on the source of toxins, most common symptoms generally include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, convulsions, headache, palpitations or even death. It has been suggested that honey should not be considered a completely safe food.

  10. The homoeopathic treatment of otitis media in children--comparisons with conventional therapy.

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    Friese, K H; Kruse, S; Lüdtke, R; Moeller, H

    1997-07-01

    In a prospective observational study carried out by 1 homoeopathic and 4 conventional ENT practitioners, the 2 methods of treating acute pediatric otitis media were compared. Group A received treatment with homoeopathic single remedies (Aconitum napellus, Apis mellifica, Belladonna, Capsicum, Chamomilla, Kalium bichromicum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius solubilis, Okoubaka, Pulsatilla, Silicea), whereas group B received nasal drops, antibiotics, secretolytics and/or antipyretics. The main outcome measures were duration of pain, duration of fever, and the number of recurrences after 1 year, whereby alpha < 0.05 was taken as significance level. The secondary measures were improvement after 3 hours, results of audiometry and tympanometry, and necessity for additional therapy. These parameters were only considered descriptively. The study involved 103 children in group A and 28 children in group B, aged between 6 months and 11 years in both groups. For duration of pain, the median was 2 days in group A and 3 days in group B. For duration of therapy, the median was 4 days in group A and 10 days in group B: this is due to the fact that antibiotics are usually administered over a period of 8-10 days, whereas homoeopathics can be discontinued at an earlier stage once healing has started. Of the children treated, 70.7% were free of recurrence within a year in group A and 29.3% were found to have a maximum of 3 recurrences. In group B, 56.5% were free of recurrence, and 43.5% had a maximum of 6 recurrences. Out of the 103 children in group A, 5 subsequently received antibiotics, though homoeopathic treatment was carried through to the healing stage in the remaining 98. No permanent sequels were observed in either group.

  11. The Effect of Transdermal Scopolamine for the Prevention of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

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    Maria A. Antor

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Postoperative nausea and vomiting is one of the most common and undesirable complaints recorded in as many as 70%-80% of high-risk surgical patients. The current prophylactic therapy recommendations for PONV management stated in the Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia guidelines should start with monotherapy and patients at moderate to high risk, a combination of antiemetic medication should be considered. Consequently, if rescue medication is required, the antiemetic drug chosen should be from a different therapeutic class and administration mode than the drug used for prophylaxis. The guidelines restrict the use of dexamethasone, transdermal scopolamine, aprepitant, and palonosetron as rescue medication 6 hours after surgery. In an effort to find a safer and reliable therapy for postoperative nausea and vomiting, new drugs with antiemetic properties and minimal side effects are needed, and scopolamine may be considered an effective alternative. Scopolamine is a belladonna alkaloid, α-(hydroxymethyl benzene acetic acid 9-methyl-3-oxa-9-azatricyclo non-7-yl ester, acting as a nonselective muscarinic antagonist and producing both peripheral antimuscarinic and central sedative, antiemetic, and amnestic effects. The empirical formula is C17H21NO4 and its structural formula is a tertiary amine L-(2-scopolamine (tropic acid ester with scopine; MW = 303.4. Scopolamine became the first drug commercially available as a transdermal therapeutic system used for extended continuous drug delivery during 72 hours. Clinical trials with transdermal scopolamine have consistently demonstrated its safety and efficacy in postoperative nausea and vomiting. Thus, scopolamine is a promising candidate for the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting in adults as a first line monotherapy or in combination with other drugs. In addition, transdermal scopolamine might be helpful in preventing postoperative discharge nausea and vomiting owing to its long

  12. Alkaloids in the pharmaceutical industry: Structure, isolation and application

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    Nikolić Milan

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available By the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century a new era began in medicine, pharmaceutics and chemistry that was strongly connected with alkaloids and alkaloid drugs. Even before that it was known that certain drugs administered in limited doses were medicines, and toxic if taken in larger doses (opium, coke leaves, belladonna roots, monkshood tubers crocus or hemlock seeds. However, the identification, isolation and structural characterization of the active ingredients of the alkaloid drugs was only possible in the mid 20th century by the use of modern extraction equipment and instrumental methods (NMR, X-ray diffraction and others.In spite of continuing use over a long time, there is still great interest in investigating new drugs, potential raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the more detailed investigation and definition of bio-active components and the indication of their activity range, and the partial synthesis of new alkaloid molecules based on natural alkaloids. The scope of these investigations, especially in the field of semi-synthesis is to make better use of the bio-active ingredients of alkaloid drugs, i.e. to improve the pharmacological effect (stronger and prolonged effect of the medicine, decreased toxicity and side effects, or to extend or change the applications. A combined classification of alkaloids was used, based on the chemical structure and origin, i.e. the source of their isolation to study alkaloid structure. For practical reasons, the following classification of alkaloids was used: ergot alkaloids, poppy alkaloids, tropanic alkaloids purine derivative alkaloids, carbon-cyclic alkaloids, and other alkaloids. The second part of this report presents a table of general procedures for alkaloid isolation from plant drugs (extraction by water non-miscible solvents, extraction by water-miscible solvents and extraction by diluted acid solutions. Also, methods for obtaining chelidonine and

  13. 加味半夏泻心汤治疗慢性胃窦炎临床观察%Clinical Observation of Jiawei Banxiaxiexin Decoction in the Treatment of Chronic Antral Gastritis

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    李绍武

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察加味半夏泻心汤治疗慢性胃窦炎的临床疗效。方法:将120例寒热错杂型慢性胃窦炎患者随机分为治疗组和对照组,分别给予加味半夏泻心汤、斯达舒胶囊,均以30 d为一疗程。观察治疗后两组患者总有效率及治疗前后各组患者中医症候学评分,判断临床疗效。结果:治疗后,两组总有效率分别为81.67%和65.00%,治疗组优于对照组(P<0.01)。在中医症候学评分方面,治疗组优于对照组(P<0.05)。结论:加味半夏泻心汤对寒热错杂型慢性胃窦炎有较好的疗效。%Objective:To observe the clinical effect of Jiawei Banxiaxiexin decoction in treatment of chronic antral gastritis.Method:120 cases of chronic coldheat complex antral gastritis were randomized into treatment group and control group,treated respectively with Jiawei Banxiaxiexin decoction,Vitamin U, belladonna and aluminium capsules.To observed total efficiency of patients with evaluate the clinical effect,and Traditional Chinese Medicion(TCM) syndrome score after 30 days follow-up in the two groups.Result:After treatment,the total effective rate of treatment group(81.67%) was obviously better than that of control group(65.00%)(P<0.01).TCM symptom score between treatment group and control group showed significant differences (P<0.05).Conclusion:The therapeutic efect of Jiawei Banxiaxiexin decoction on chronic coldheat complex antral gastritis is satisfactory.

  14. Evaluation of Steam and Soil Solarization for Meloidogyne arenaria Control in Florida Floriculture Crops.

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    Kokalis-Burelle, Nancy; Rosskopf, Erin N; Butler, David M; Fennimore, Steven A; Holzinger, John

    2016-09-01

    Steam and soil solarization were investigated for control of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne arenaria in 2 yr of field trials on a commercial flower farm in Florida. The objective was to determine if preplant steam treatments in combination with solarization, or solarization alone effectively controlled nematodes compared to methyl bromide (MeBr). Trials were conducted in a field with naturally occurring populations of M. arenaria. Treatments were solarization alone, steam treatment after solarization using standard 7.6-cm-diameter perforated plastic drain tile (steam 1), steam treatment following solarization using custom-drilled plastic drain tile with 1.6-mm holes spaced every 3.8 cm (steam 2), and MeBr applied at 392 kg/ha 80:20 MeBr:chloropicrin. Drain tiles were buried approximately 35 cm deep with four tiles per 1.8 by 30 m plot. Steam application followed a 4-wk solarization period concluding in mid-October. All steam was generated using a Sioux propane boiler system. Plots were steamed for sufficient time to reach the target temperature of 70°C for 20 min. Solarization plastic was retained on the plots during steaming and plots were covered with a single layer of carpet padding to provide additional insulation. The floriculture crops larkspur (Delphinium elatum and Delphinium × belladonna), snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), and sunflower (Helianthus annuus) were produced according to standard commercial practices. One month after treatment in both years of the study, soil populations of M. arenaria were lower in both steam treatments and in MeBr compared to solarization alone. At the end of the season in both years, galling on larkspur, snapdragon, and sunflowers was lower in both steam treatments than in solarization. Both steam treatments also provided control of M. arenaria in soil at the end of the season comparable to, or exceeding that provided by MeBr. Both steam treatments also reduced M. arenaria in snapdragon roots comparable to, or exceeding

  15. Evaluation of Steam and Soil Solarization for Meloidogyne arenaria Control in Florida Floriculture Crops

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    Kokalis-Burelle, Nancy; Rosskopf, Erin N.; Butler, David M.; Fennimore, Steven A.; Holzinger, John

    2016-01-01

    Steam and soil solarization were investigated for control of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne arenaria in 2 yr of field trials on a commercial flower farm in Florida. The objective was to determine if preplant steam treatments in combination with solarization, or solarization alone effectively controlled nematodes compared to methyl bromide (MeBr). Trials were conducted in a field with naturally occurring populations of M. arenaria. Treatments were solarization alone, steam treatment after solarization using standard 7.6-cm-diameter perforated plastic drain tile (steam 1), steam treatment following solarization using custom-drilled plastic drain tile with 1.6-mm holes spaced every 3.8 cm (steam 2), and MeBr applied at 392 kg/ha 80:20 MeBr:chloropicrin. Drain tiles were buried approximately 35 cm deep with four tiles per 1.8 by 30 m plot. Steam application followed a 4-wk solarization period concluding in mid-October. All steam was generated using a Sioux propane boiler system. Plots were steamed for sufficient time to reach the target temperature of 70°C for 20 min. Solarization plastic was retained on the plots during steaming and plots were covered with a single layer of carpet padding to provide additional insulation. The floriculture crops larkspur (Delphinium elatum and Delphinium × belladonna), snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), and sunflower (Helianthus annuus) were produced according to standard commercial practices. One month after treatment in both years of the study, soil populations of M. arenaria were lower in both steam treatments and in MeBr compared to solarization alone. At the end of the season in both years, galling on larkspur, snapdragon, and sunflowers was lower in both steam treatments than in solarization. Both steam treatments also provided control of M. arenaria in soil at the end of the season comparable to, or exceeding that provided by MeBr. Both steam treatments also reduced M. arenaria in snapdragon roots comparable to, or exceeding

  16. Centrally active nonhormonal hot flash therapies.

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    Loprinzi, Charles L; Stearns, Vered; Barton, Debra

    2005-12-19

    Given the problems associated with hormonal therapy, and the prominent problem of hot flashes in menopausal women, there is a need for nonhormonal agents to alleviate hot flashes. Several compounds that appear to act on the central nervous system have been investigated. Potential mechanisms for their effects on hot flashes have been described. Bellergal (no longer available on the US market, where it was known as Bellergal-S), a combination preparation sedative that consists of low-dose phenobarbital, ergotamine tartrate, and levorotatory alkaloids of belladonna, is an old agent that was popular approximately 20 years ago; however, there is limited suggestion of efficacy for this agent. Clonidine, an older antihypertensive drug, is another centrally active agent that has been studied. Randomized trials have demonstrated that it clearly works for reducing hot flashes, but the magnitude of efficacy is somewhat limited. Toxicity from this agent limits its utility in the clinic. Methyldopa is another centrally active agent that has been studied but to a more limited degree. It appears to have minimal efficacy and too much toxicity to make it clinically useful. Anecdotal observations from a number of sources suggested that newer antidepressants can alleviate hot flashes. This led to pilot trials of venlafaxine and paroxetine, with results suggesting benefit from both drugs. Subsequently, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trials of venlafaxine, paroxetine, and fluoxetine were conducted. All 3 of these clinical trials demonstrated statistically significant reductions in hot flashes with these newer antidepressants compared with placebo. Pilot trials of citalopram and mirtazapine, 2 other newer antidepressants, have also suggested efficacy. Toxicity evaluations have suggested that these agents are, again, well tolerated by the majority of patients. A recent trial, however, was unable to demonstrate any benefit for fluoxetine or citalopram over a placebo

  17. Evaluation of pollen collected by honey bee, Apis mellifera L. colonies at Fayoum Governorate, Egypt. Part 1: Botanical origin

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    Abdel-Halim M. Ismail

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The present work is the 1st part of 3-part study carried out at Fayoum Governorate, Egypt to evaluate the pollen species collected by honey bee, Apis mellifera L., colonies during two successive years, 2009 and 2010. Obtained results showed that, in 2009, total amount of trapped pollen (fresh weight was 2354.89 g/colony/year (mean 588.72 g/colony/season, with peaks in summer and spring, while declined in autumn and winter. Correlation between mean maximum and minimum temperatures and weekly pollen weights was highly positive, while it was insignificant for relative humidity. In 2010, total amount of trapped pollen decreased to 1635.36 g/colony/year (mean 408.84 g/colony/season. The largest amounts were collected in summer followed by winter then spring, while least ones were in autumn. Correlation was highly positive between weekly mean of pollen weights and maximum temperature, while it was insignificant for minimum temperature or relative humidity. There were 24 plant species of 16 botanical families from which bees collected pollen. These sources were ranked according to their predominant quantities in the 1st and 2nd years by two numbers, respectively as the following: sesame 1 and 1, maize 2 and 2, clover 3 and 7, sunflower 4 and 8, wild mustard 5 and 3, casuarina 6 and 13, olive 7 and 11, eucalyptus 8 and 4, pumpkin 9 and 9, cocklebur 10 and 5, date palm 11 and 10, chamomile 12 and 12, field bindweed 13 and 6, pepper 14 and 20, coriander 15 and 16, acacia 16 and 24, citrus 17 and 0, marigold 18 and 0, common red 19 and 17, Christ’s thorn 20 and 22, tooth pick 21 and 21, brood bean 22 and 15, belladonna 23 and 23, pea 0 and 14, marjoram 0 and 18 and fennel 0 and 19. The 1st five plants seem to be the main pollen sources for honey bee colonies and consequently pollen producing during the whole year in the tested region. These sources represented 75.61% and 66.95% of the total annual yield in the two surveyed years, respectively.

  18. 复方茶碱麻黄碱片鉴别方法的改进及HPLC含量测定方法的建立%Improvement of Identification and Construction of HPLC Determination in Compound Theophylline and Ephedrine Tablets

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    于新颖; 吴雨川; 刘天扬; 白政忠

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To improve the identification and establish the HPLC determination in the existing standard of Compound Theophylline and Ephedrine Tablets. Method:The HPLC method for the identification of 5 kinds of main components and the deter-mination of 4 kinds of main ingredient content was carried out on a Waters XTerra-C18 (4.6 × 150mm, 5μm) column, with mobile phase of phosphate buffer solution (0.05 mol·L-1 potassium dihydrogen phosphate solution 1000mL, added triethylamine 4mL, adjusted pH to 6.5 with phosphoric acid )-acetonitrile (90:10). Results:The HPLC identification for Belladonna extract had good specificity, the detection limit of atropine sulfate was 6.24ng;The HPLC identification for theobromine, theophylline, ephedrine and caffeine also had good specificity, the limit of detection of was 0.218ng as ephedrine hydrochloride;the specificity, accuracy, precision, repeatability and durability of the HPLC determination for theobromine, theophylline, ephedrine andcaffeine were good. Conclusion:The improved method for identification of Compound theophylline ephedrine tablets was accurate, simple;the new HPLC determination method for 4 kinds of main component iwas simple, rapid, and accurate, and it coule not only control the product quality effectively but also reduce the product quality risk.%目的:改进复方茶碱麻黄碱片现行质量标准中的鉴别方法,建立主成分的HPLC含量测定方法。方法:采用Waters XTerra-C18(4.6×150mm,5μm)色谱柱,以磷酸盐缓冲液(取0.05mol·L-1磷酸二氢钾溶液1000mL,加入三乙胺4mL,用磷酸调节pH值至6.5)-乙腈(90:10)为流动相,鉴别复方茶碱麻黄碱片的5种主成分、测定4种主成分的含量。结果:颠茄浸膏的HPLC鉴别方法,专属性良好,硫酸阿托品的检出限为6.24ng;可可碱、茶碱、盐酸麻黄碱、咖啡因的HPLC鉴别方法,专属性良好,检测限以盐酸麻黄碱计为0.218ng;可可碱、茶碱

  19. New Species New subspecies and New Record of Butterflies (Lepidoptera) from China, Ⅲ%中国蝴蝶新种、新亚种及新记录种(Ⅲ) (鳞翅目)

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    周尧; 张雅林; 王应伦

    2001-01-01

    ,16)   Obs. specimen: 1♀, Jianfengling, Hainan, Ⅷ-1994, col. Tan Xiangsheng. The ♀ of this species not described in 《Monogr. Rhop. Sin.》. 7. Delias pasithoe basialba, f. nov. (Figs.17,18)   This form distinguished from all subspecies by tha white base zone, without tipical red archmarking.   Type specimen: 1♂, Lushan, Sichuan, col. Wang Binghong. 8. Delias belladonna hedybia Jardan, (Figs.19,20)   Obs. specimen: 1♂, Lushan, Sichuan, col. Wang Binghong.   This subspecies not described in 《Monogr. Rhop. Sin.》. 9. Delias patrua guiyangensis, ssp. nov. (Figs.21,22)   This subspecies distinguished from typical species by following characters: the white macule on wing surface obscure, and zone of hindwing white, be macule of under surface of wing yellowish.   Type specimen: 1♀, Guiyang, Guizhou, Ⅷ-1986, col. Wang Lianmin. 10. Delias lativitta shaanxiensis, ssp. n. (Figs.23,24)   This subspecies distinguished from the noninate subspecies by contrast of wings colours, the macules not broeked to submarginal series, the anal zone of hindwings yellow.   Holotype: 1♂, Ningshan, Shaanxi, 26-Ⅵ-1990, col. Niu Yao. 11. Delias acalis flavivestis, ssp. nov. (Figs.25,26)   This subspecies may be distinguished from tipical subspecies by he yellow hindwing.   Holotype: 1♀. 12. Cepora wui, sp. nov. (Figs.27,28)   This species colsely resembles C. nadina eunane (Fruhstorfer) but the black triangular macule on apex of forewing not beyond vein Cu1, 4 white spots arranged along the inner side of macule; the undersurface of hindwing dark greybrown, without white macule or black vein, but with red macule on costa zone.   Holotype: 1♂, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, Ⅷ-1997, col. Wu Yun. 13. Pieris kreuperi Staudinger, rec. nov., (Figs.29,30)   Obs. specimen: 1♀, Kramay, Xinjiang, Ⅵ-1997, col. Zhang Chuanshi

  20. 高度稀释的顺势疗法药物对噬菌体感染的细菌基因水平的作用%Phenotypic evidence of ultra-highly diluted homeopathic remedies acting at gene expression level: a novel probe on experimental phage infectivity in bacteria

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    Santu Kumar Saha; SreemantiDas; Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh

    2012-01-01

    's protective ability against the attack of ΦX174.The plaque number in the agar-plated Petri dishes,either containing the phage-bacteria mixture subjected to one of the diluted homeopathic drugs under test (1% volume ratio;Belladonna 30C,Rhus Tox 30C,Arnica 30C) or the succussed 1% “alcoholic vehicle” of the drug was recorded.The plaques represented the bacterial colony actually infected and lysed by ΦX174.Conversely,we subjected ΦX174 to the homeopathic drug treatment before allowing them to interact with the bacteria to ascertain if the drug itself had any direct effect on the infective potential of the phage DNA entering into the bacterial cell.RESULTS:Each homeopathic remedy showed a significant decrease in plaque number on pretreated bacteria (1 h prior to infection) with respect to untreated and placebo-treated controls; there was only an insignificant change in the plaque number when ΦX174 was pretreated with the drugs.As ΦX174 starts lytic cycle when inside the bacterial cell,the loss of plaque number would mean that either the lytic gene E in many was repressed or the entire phage DNA was annihilated by the bacterial gene product (restriction enzymes) known to be regulated by a cluster of genes.CONCLUSION:This provides phenotypic evidence for the ability of ultra-highly diluted homeopathic remedies to regulate expression of certain gene(s) depending on need of the organism.

  1. Investigation on situation of potentially inappropriate medication before and after pharmacist intervention in elderly patients in Beijing primary health care institutions%北京地区基层医疗机构药师干预前后老年患者潜在不适当用药情况调查

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    李星炜; 沈芊; 李晓玲; 刘琛; 王雅葳; 王育琴

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the impact of pharmacist intervention on the potentially inappropriate drug application in the elderly patients in the primary health care institutions. Methods Twenty four primary health care institutions in Beijing were selected. The researchers selected 15 kinds of potentially inappropriate drugs according to the Beers criteria and lists of potentially inappropriate drugs of USA,UK,and Japanese and organized a training of medication safety for pharmacists in above primary health care institutions. From February 10th,2014 to February 20th,2014,education on the risks of potentially inappropriate drug application in the elderly patients was carried out among the doctors in above mentioned institutions and relevant documents were distributed. Prescriptions for the elderly outpatients in the 24 primary health care institutions before(from June 3,2013 to June 7,2013)and after(from March 12,2014 to March 16,2014)the intervention were collected and the proportions of prescriptions containing 15 kinds of potentially inappropriate drugs in the prescriptions containing the appropriate diagnosis before and after the intervention were calculated and compared. Results The number of collected prescriptions in the elderly patients before and after the intervention was 12 243 and 11 571, respectively. Before the intervention,there were 10 kinds of inappropriate drugs, including estazolam, diazepam, ibuprofen, diclofenac, belladonna, theophylline, aminophylline, chlorpheniramine, digoxin, compound reserpine triamterene,and glyburide. After pharmacist intervention,the proportions of prescriptions of 5 kinds of potentially inappropriate drugs in the elderly patients decreased significantly,including ibuprofen(5. 92% vs. 27. 43%),diclofenac(5. 92% vs. 13. 17%),chlorpheniramine(1. 08% vs. 4. 86%),digoxin(2. 40% vs. 7. 56%)and glyburide(1. 61% vs. 8. 03%),all P<0. 001. Conclusion Pharmacist intervention has a positive effect on improving the potentially