Guei-Jane Wang

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Bioassay-guided fractionation of roots of Beilschmiedia tsangii led to the isolation of six new endiandric acid analogues: tsangibeilin A (1), tsangibeilin B (2), endiandramide A (3), endiandric acid K (4), endiandric acid L (5), and endiandramide B (6). Also isolated were two new lignans, beilschminol A (7) and tsangin C (8), and six known compounds. The(More)
In vivo and in vitro studies were carried out to examine the putative hypotensive actions of S-petasin, a sesquiterpene extracted from the medicinal plant Petasites formosanus. Intravenous S-petasin (0.1-1.5 mg/kg) in anesthetized rats produced a dose-dependent hypotensive effect. In isolated aortic ring, isometric contraction elicited by KCl or the L-type(More)
Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is metabolized by cytochrome P450 to form a reactive trichloromethyl radical that triggers a chain of lipid peroxidation. These changes lead to cell injury, and chronic liver injury leads to excessive deposition of collagen in liver, resulting in liver fibrosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of long-term(More)
Four new endiandric acid analogues, tsangibeilin C (1), tsangibeilin D (2), tricyclotsangibeilin (3) and endiandric acid M (4), one new lignan, beilschminol B (5) and two new sesquiterpenes, (+)-5-hydroxybarbatenal (6) and (4R,5R)-4,5-dihydroxycaryophyll-8(13)-ene (7), together with four known compounds (8-11), were isolated from the roots of Beilschmiedia(More)
Antrodia camphorata, a medicinal fungus, has been used to treat cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension for many years. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of mycelia extracts, from five Antrodia camphorata strains, on vascular tension and underlying mechanisms were explored. In isolated rat aortic rings, accession B86 caused(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible mechanisms of Salvia miltiorrhiza (Sm) in carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4))-induced acute hepatotoxicity in rats. Male Wistar rats received a single dose of CCl(4) (2 ml/kg in corn oil, intraperitoneally). Three hours after CCl(4) intoxication, rats received either Sm (100 mg/kg) or silymarin (100 mg/kg)(More)
Hepatic fibrosis is an outcome of chronic liver diseases. The activation and proliferation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is a key event in liver injury. The fruiting body of Ganoderma lucidum has long been a popular oriental medicine for treating liver diseases. The aim of this present study was to investigate the antiproliferative effects of the(More)
Apoptosis is one of the events that are involved in liver fibrogenesis. Thus, factors that affect apoptosis may be used to modulate liver fibrosis. We have recently reported that Salvia miltiorrhiza plays a protective role in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatic fibrosis. In this study, we aimed to evaluate whether S. miltiorrhiza modulated(More)
Hypertension leads to impaired contractile function. This study examined the impact of inhibition of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) by thapsigargin or cyclopiazonic acid (CPA) on cardiac contractile function in ventricular myocytes from Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Mechanical properties were examined(More)
In continuing our investigation on the bioactive constituents of mycelium of Antrodia camphorata, antroquinonol B (1), 4-acetyl-antroquinonol B (2), 2,3-(methylenedioxy)-6-methylbenzene-1,4-diol (3) and 2,4-dimethoxy-6-methylbenzene-1,3-diol (4) along with antrodin D (5) were isolated by the guidance of an inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) inhibitory(More)