Ahmad Faizal Abdull Razis

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Phytomedicines are believed to have benefits over conventional drugs and are regaining interest in current research. Moringa oleifera is a multi-purpose herbal plant used as human food and an alternative for medicinal purposes worldwide. It has been identified by researchers as a plant with numerous health benefits including nutritional and medicinal(More)
The chemopreventive activity of the phytochemical sulforaphane, (-)1-isothiocyanato-4R-(methylsulfinyl)-butane, present in cruciferous vegetables in substantial amounts in the form of glucosinolate, was demonstrated in animal models of cancer using the racemate, despite the fact that humans are exposed only to the R-enantiomer through the diet. Since a(More)
The currently accepted view is that the chemopreventive activity of glucosinolates is exclusively mediated by their degradation products, such as isothiocyanates. In the present study, evidence is presented for the first time that intact glucosinolates can modulate carcinogen-metabolising enzyme systems. The glucosinolates glucoraphanin and glucoerucin were(More)
Relationships between diet and health have attracted attention for centuries; but links between diet and cancer have been a focus only in recent decades. The consumption of diet-containing carcinogens, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines is most closely correlated with increasing cancer risk. Epidemiological evidence strongly(More)
Glucoraphanin is the main glucosinolate found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (Brassicaceae). The objective of the study was to evaluate whether glucoraphanin and its breakdown product sulforaphane, are potent modulators of various phase I and phase II enzymes involved in carcinogen-metabolising enzyme systems in vitro. The glucosinolate(More)
SCOPE The aryl hydrocarbon (Ah) receptor is a ligand-activated transcription factor that is activated by many carcinogens, and its target gene products play a major role in tumour development, so that antagonists of the Ah receptor represent potential chemopreventive agents. METHODS AND RESULTS Experimental evidence is presented herein that phenethyl(More)
Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) is an isothiocyanate found in watercress as the glucosinolate (gluconasturtiin). The isothiocyanate is converted from the glucosinolate by intestinal microflora or when contacted with myrosinase during the chopping and mastication of the vegetable. PEITC manifested protection against chemically-induced cancers in various(More)
Recombinant human epidermal growth factor (EGF) was successfully expressed as a fusion protein in Escherichia coli system. This system was used OmpA signal sequence to produce soluble protein into the periplasm of E. coli. Human EGF (hEGF) synthesized in bacterial cell was found to be similar in size with the original protein and molecular weight(More)
As a cytosolic transcription factor, the aryl hydrocarbon (Ah) receptor is involved in several patho- physiological events leading to immunosuppression and cancer; hence antagonists of the Ah receptor may possess chemoprevention properties. It is known to modulate carcinogen-metabolising enzymes, for instance the CYP1 family of cytochromes P450 and quinone(More)
PURPOSE Glucosinolates/isothiocyanates are an established class of naturally occurring chemopreventive agents, a principal mechanism of action being to limit the generation of genotoxic metabolites of chemical carcinogens, as a result of modulation of cytochrome P450 and phase II detoxification enzymes. The objective of this study was to assess whether a(More)