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“Long-Dan” is an important traditional Chinese medicinal (TCM) herb used widely for the treatment of inflammation, hepatitis, rheumatism, cholecystitis, and tuberculosis. In the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, the roots and rhizomes of four species from the genus Gentiana (Gentianaceae) are recorded as the original materials of “Long-Dan”, called Gentianae Radix et(More)
Six new bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids (1-6) and seven known compounds (8-14) were isolated from the tubers of Stephania epigaea, in addition to the major alkaloid, cepharanthine (7). The structures of 1-6 were elucidated by combined spectroscopic data analysis and chemical methods, with their configurations determined from their optical rotation values(More)
Chemical study on the roots of Gentiana crassicaulis Duthie ex Burk (Gentianaceae) afforded 15 compounds, including two new iridoid glycosides, qinjiaosides B (1) and C (2). Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic methods and chemical evidence. The isolated iridoid glycosides 1, 4–6 and 8–11 were tested for their anti-inflammatory activity by the(More)
“Long-Dan” and “Qin-Jiao” are two important TCM herbs since ancient times in China. In the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, the dried roots and rhizomes of four species from the genus Gentiana, e.g. Gentiana manshurica, G. scabra, G. triflora and G. rigescens, are recorded under the name of Gentianae Radix et Rhizoma (“Long-Dan” in Chinese), while the other four(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical significance of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) in children with primary IgA nephropathy (IgAN). METHODS Thirty children who were diagnosed with primary IgAN by renal biopsy between May 2008 and October 2012 were included in the study. Thirty healthy children were used as the control group. Urinary and(More)
Camellia taliensis (W. W. Smith) Melchior, belonging to the genus Camellia sect. Thea (Theaceae), is an endemic species distributed from the west and southwest of Yunnan province, China, to the north of Myanmar. Known as a wild tea tree, its leaves have been used commonly for producing tea beverages by the local people of its growing area. One new(More)
Fuzhuan brick tea, a kind of dark tea consumed mainly in the border regions of Southwestern and Northwestern China since the 1860s, is produced from the leaves of Camellia sinensis var. sinensis by microbial fermentation. From this special fermented tea, a new norisoprenoid, 3R,9R-oxido-5-megastigmene, was isolated, together with α-linolenic acid, strictin,(More)
A collection of 70 randomly selected three-year-old Panax notoginseng plants was analyzed to evaluate the germplasmic resources of cultivated notoginseng. The results obtained indicated that the individual plants of P. notoginseng were greatly diversified not only in saponin contents, but also in morphological features. It was further proven that, after(More)
Ripe Pu-er tea, a special microbial postfermented tea originated from Yunnan Province, China, since ancient times, is made from green Pu-er tea prepared from the leaves of Camellia sinensis var. assamica (Theaceae). Chemical investigation on thearubigin (n-BuOH-soluble) fraction of the commercial ripe Pu-er tea, led to the identification of four new(More)