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Matural curcuminoids, curcumin, I, II and III isolated from turmeric (Curcuma longa) were compared for their cytotoxic, tumour reducing and antioxidant activities. Curcumin III was found to be more active than the other two as a cytotoxic agent and in the inhibition of Ehrlich ascites tumour in mice (ILS 74.1%). These compounds were also checked for their(More)
Modulation of immune responses is highly relevant in tumor cell destruction. The present study is focused on the effect of Andrographis paniculata extract (APE) and its isolated compound andrographolide (ANDLE) on cell-mediated immune responses in normal and tumor-bearing control animals. Treatment with APE and ANDLE significantly enhanced natural killer(More)
Harmine is a beta-carboline alkaloid present in medicinal plants such as Peganum harmala that have been used as folk medicine in anticancer therapy. In this study, we demonstrated the anti-angiogenic activity of harmine using in vivo and in vitro assay systems. In vivo anti-angiogenic activity was studied using B16F-10 melanoma cells which induced capillary(More)
Centella asiatica (L.) Urban (Umbelliferae) is commonly used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat various diseases. The present study examines the anti-tumour effect of the crude extract (CE) of Centella asiatica as well as its partially purified fractions (AF) from chromatographic procedures by both in vitro short and long term chemosensitivity and(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the effect of ursolic acid, a triterpene on inducing apoptosis in B16F-10 melanoma cells. Treatment of B16F-10 cells with nontoxic concentration of ursolic acid showed the presence of apoptotic bodies and induced DNA fragmentation in a dose depended manner. The apoptotic genes p53 and caspase-3 were found to be(More)
Administration of an extract from the powdered root of the plant Withania somnifera was found to stimulate immunological activity in Babl/c mice. Treatment with five doses of Withania root extract (20 mg/dose/animal; i.p.) was found to enhance the total WBC count (17125 cells/mm(3)) on 10th day. Bone marrow cellularity (27x10(6) cells/femur) as well as(More)
Angiogenesis is a process by which new blood vessels are formed from preexisting vessels. New blood vessel formation by angiogenesis involves the degradation of extra-cellular matrix combined with sprouting and migration of endothelial cells from preexisting capillaries. Solid tumors consist of several components, including normal and stromal cells,(More)
Effect of piperine which is an alkaloid present in plants such as Piper nigrum and Piper longum on the production of nitric oxide (NO) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) level was analyzed using in vitro as well as in vivo systems. The level of nitrite in the LPS stimulated Balb/C mice (95.3 microM) was reduced in the piperine treated animals (25(More)
The radioprotective effect of Biophytum sensitivum methanol extract was studied using in vivo mice model . Animals were exposed to whole body gamma irradiation (6 Gy/animal) after treatment with B. sensitivum (50mg/kg b.wt.) followed by estimation of cytosolic enzymes, level of antioxidants, hematological parameters, bone marrow cellular progenitors, serum(More)