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Anti-inflammatory, anticholinesterase, antioxidant and phytochemical properties of medicinal plants used for pain-related ailments in South Africa.
The results obtained in this study validate the use of the investigated medicinal plants in South African traditional medicine for pain-related ailments.
Anti-inflammatory and phytochemical properties of twelve medicinal plants used for treating gastro-intestinal ailments in South Africa.
The results support the use of the investigated plant in treating pain and cramp related to gastro-intestinal tract infections and to some extent, the observed anti-inflammatory activity could be attributed to the various plant secondary metabolites detected in the plant materials.
Potential antiradical and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors from Ecklonia maxima (Osbeck) Papenfuss.
E. maxima could be a natural source of potent antioxidants and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, which could facilitate effective utilization of E.maxima as an oral antidiabetic drug or functional food ingredient with a promising role in the formulation of medicines and nutrition supplements.
The role of meta-topolins in alleviating micropropagation problems
The developed micropropagation protocol has the potential for producing more than 60,000 transplantable shoots per year from a single shoot-tip explant of this critically endangered plant with horticultural potential.
Antioxidant and acetylcholinesterase-inhibitory properties of long-term stored medicinal plants
Evidence is presented that medicinal plants can retain their biological activity after prolonged storage under dark conditions at room temperature and the high antioxidant activities of stable bioactive compounds in these medicinal plants offer interesting prospects for the identification of novel principles for application in food and pharmaceutical formulations.
Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and mutagenic investigation of the South African tree aloe (Aloe barberae).
Activity observed in the bark, leaves and roots of Aloe barberae validates its use in commercial herbal products, ethnobotany and ethnoveterinary medicine by South African communities and small scale farmers to treat various conditions.
In vitro pharmacological evaluation of three Barleria species.
The results demonstrated the therapeutic potential of these plants as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents, mediated by the inhibition of the cyclooxygenase enzymes.
Plant biotechnology in South Africa: Micropropagation research endeavours, prospects and challenges
Abstract Research in plant biotechnology is playing a crucial role in the production and conservation of plant-based resources globally. Being a country with rich and diverse floral resources, South
Optimising DNA isolation for medicinal plants
The results show that the optimization of the amount of plant tissue per extraction buffer volume is a critical factor in genomic DNA isolation, and in all cases the isolated DNA yielded high quantities from small amounts of plant tissues, and had good spectral qualities amenable to restriction endonuclease digestion and PCR amplification.
In vitro plant regeneration, secondary metabolite production and antioxidant activity of micropropagated Aloe arborescens Mill
It is shown that the choice of cytokinin type and concentration exogenously supplied during tissue culture markedly influences not only shoot proliferation but also the in vitro production of bioactive secondary metabolites.