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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects aged people. Although a number of genes have been linked to familial PD, the genetic causes of sporadic PD that accounts for 90% of all PD cases remain unclear. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that alpha-synuclein aggregation is essential to the pathogenesis of PD.(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Macrothelypteris viridifrons is widely distributed in south of China and has been used as folk medicine to treat cancer, hydropsy, and traumatic bleeding. AIM OF THE STUDY To investigate the chemical constituents and the anti-tumor and anti-angiogenic effects of Macrothelypteris viridifrons. MATERIALS AND METHODS An(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the chemical constituents of Macrothelypteris viridifrons and their anti-proliferative effects on tumor cell. METHOD The compounds were isolated by column chromatography with silica gel, C18 reverse-phase silica gel, sephadex LH-20, and their structures were elucidated on the basis of physiochemical propertities and spectral analysis.(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Macrothelypteris torresiana is traditionally used in Chinese folk medicine for the treatment of edema for patients suffering from kidney/bladder problems due to its satisfactory therapeutic effectiveness. AIM OF THE STUDY The aim of this study was to investigate the renoprotective nature of the total polyphenols fraction(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of (2S)-5, 2′, 5′-trihydroxy-7-methoxyflavanone (TMF), a natural product from Abacopteris penangiana (Hook.) Ching, in oxidative stress-induced neurodegeneration models in vitro and in vivo. In PC12 cells, preincubation of TMF (3–20 μM) for 24 h decreased the dopamine-induced toxicity and(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by interaction of genetic and environmental factors. To date, genetic genes and variants causing PD remain largely unknown. Autophagy is a conserved cellular process including three subtypes, macroautophagy (hereafter referred to as autophagy), microautophagy and chaperone-mediated(More)
The highly heterogenic characteristic of viruses is the major obstacle to efficient DNA amplification. Taking advantage of the large number of virus DNA sequences in public databases to select conserved sites for primer design is an optimal way to tackle the difficulties in virus genome amplification. Here we use hepatitis B virus as an example to introduce(More)
The potential of three natural flavonols (galangin, kaempferol and myricetin) to protect against D-galactose-induced cognitive impairment in mice was investigated. After 8 weeks treatment, the mice were assessed by behavioural tests. The levels of oxidative stress, the amount of Na(+),K(+)-ATPase and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK)-cyclic AMP(More)
The ventricular septal defect (VSD) is the most common type of congenital heart disease (CHD). The morbidity and mortality of CHD patients are significantly higher due to late cardiac complications, likely caused by genetic defects. Mutations in cardiac transcription factor genes such as GATA-4, TBX5, and NKX2-5 have been implicated in CHD cases. The NKX2-5(More)