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The effects of phenolcarboxylic acids, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, and ferulic acid on the generation of superoxide anion and the production of lipid peroxide induced by superoxide anion were studied. Only ferulic acid anion among the phenolcarboxylic acids scavenged superoxide. Caffeic acid and ferulic acid inhibited lipid peroxidation induced by(More)
During a sparrow-pecking and twisting-needle manipulation to the acupoints BL 23, 24 and 25 for an induction of "Qi", it was found that some transparent materials were binding to the needles after removed from the volunteer's skin. Electron-microscopical analysis of the transparent materials revealed that they corresponded to the injured fascia made up of(More)
Effects of Astragali Radix, the root of Astragalus membrauaceus Bunge, were investigated on oxidative stress such as lipid peroxidation and protein oxidative modification by copper. The results showed that these effects are similar to those of mannitol and superoxide dismutase as a free radical scavenger. It was demonstrated that Astragali Radix have(More)
We present the results of an in vitro investigation of the inhibitory effects of sophorastilbene A and (+)-alpha-viniferin isolated from Sophora moorcroftiana BENTH ex BAKER on copper ion-induced protein oxidative modification. They inhibited copper-induced protein oxidative modification. The order of these stilbenes and mannitol as a hydroxyl radical(More)
Aromatic herbs have been used as carminatives. Oxygen free radicals are generated in ischaemia/reperfusion injury in the stomach, and induce lipid peroxidation or protein oxidative modification. Several aromatic herbs were shown to have inhibitory effects on the generation of oxygen free radicals. It was shown that several aromatic herbs, Caryophylli Flos,(More)
Histochemical and ultrastructural properties of endoneurial mast cells of the normal and histamine liberator Compound 48/80 (48/80)--injected musk shrew, Suncus murinus (Suncus) were examined by light and electron microscopies. It was observed that the normal mast cells contained numerous cytoplasmic granules, with dense and irregular dense cores, covered(More)
The leaves of Houttuynia cordata have been traditionally used as medicinal foods in East Asia. However, there have been few data about the biological effects. The antioxidative effects of polyphenols in the leaves of H. cordata were investigated on protein fragmentation by copper-hydrogen peroxide in vitro. The total polyphenol content in the leaves of H.(More)
Mucus production is a cardinal feature of bronchial asthma, contributing to morbidity and mortality in the disease. Goblet cells are major mucus-producing cells, and goblet cell hyperplasia (GCH) is one feature of airway remodeling, defined as structural changes occurring in the airway. A number of studies have demonstrated that Th2-type cells play critical(More)