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Harmane, a β-carboline alkaloid with a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities, is naturally present in the human diet, in numerous foodstuffs and in hallucinogenic plants such as Peganum harmala, Banisteriopsis caapi and Tribulus terrestris. However, the precise metabolic fate of harmane remains unknown. In order to know whether harmane is extensively(More)
The aerial parts of genus Peganum are officially used in traditional Chinese medicine. The paper aims to establish a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for fingerprint analysis and simultaneous determination of three alkaloids and two flavonoids in aerial parts of genus Peganum, and to analyze accumulative difference of secondary(More)
Harmine (HAR) and harmaline (HAL) were metabolized by demethylation to form harmol (HOL) and harmalol (HAM) both in vivo and in vitro. It has been demonstrated tremendous value of HAR, HAL and their metabolites in the therapy of Alzheimer's disease. A rapid, selective and sensitive UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was firstly developed and validated for the(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the expression of the glucocorticoid receptor alpha (GRalpha) and its significance in the occurrence and progress of meningiomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS By the use of flow cytometry, the proliferative index (PI), S-phase fraction (SPF) and DNA ploidy were detected to evaluate the proliferation of tumor cells in 58 meningioma specimens.(More)
The β-carboline alkaloids harmaline and harmine are widely present in hallucinogenic plants with great potential for treating depression, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. The present study was to elucidate metabolic difference of harmaline and harmine in 11 mammalian liver microsomes in order to quantitate species-specific metabolic profiles.(More)
Context The β-carboline alkaloid harmane is widely distributed in common foods, beverages and hallucinogenic plants. Harmane exerts potential in therapies for Alzheimer's and depression diseases. However, little information on its dynamic metabolic profiles and pharmacokinetics in vivo is currently available. Objective This study investigates the dynamic(More)
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