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AIM To examine the antagonism of tacrine on the amnesic effects of scopolamine (Sco), anisodine (AT3), atropine (Atr), and anisodamine (Ani). METHODS Cognitive functions and locomotor activities were determined using two sessions of step-through and open-field tests, respectively. Mice were injected with one of the belladonna alkaloids (0.05-50(More)
With tens of thousands of plant species on earth, we are endowed with an enormous wealth of medicinal remedies from Mother Nature. Natural products and their derivatives represent more than 50% of all the drugs in modern therapeutics. Because of the low success rate and huge capital investment need, the research and development of conventional drugs are(More)
Effects of tacrine and bis(7)-tacrine (0.25-20 μmol/kg, s.c.) on cognitive behaviour in cycloheximide (CYH)-treated mice were investigated. Cognitive behaviour was assessed by open-field test and step-through task with a 24-hr retention interval. Drugs or vehicle was given 30 min. prior to the first session. Although CYH treatment (110 mg/kg, i.p.) alone(More)
Synthetic chemical drugs, while being efficacious in the clinical management of many diseases, are often associated with undesirable side effects in patients. It is now clear that the need of therapeutic intervention in many clinical conditions cannot be satisfactorily met by synthetic chemical drugs. Since the research and development of new chemical drugs(More)
AIM To investigate the effects of schisandrin B (Sch B) on free fatty acid (FFA)-induced steatosis in L-02 cells. METHODS Cellular steatosis was induced by incubating L-02 cells with a FFA mixture (oleate and palmitate at the ratio of 2:1) for 24 h. Cytotoxicity and apoptosis were evaluated by 3-(4, 5-dmethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide(More)
Hyperlipidemia is referred to as hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, or both in combined hyperlipidemia. Here, a novel mouse model of combined hyperlipidemia is described. Mice were orally given a single dose of a modeling agent (MA) made of a mixture of schisandrin B/cholesterol/bile salts (1/2/0.5 g/kg) suspended in olive oil. MA treatment(More)
Schisandrin B, an active ingredient isolated from the fruit of Schisandra chinensis, increased serum and hepatic triglyceride levels in mice. In the present study, the effective kinetics of schisandrin B on serum/hepatic triglyceride and total cholesterol levels in mice without and with the influence of fenofibrate were investigated. Parameters on hepatic(More)
Schisandrin B (SchB) is one of the most abundant bioactive dibenzocyclooctadiene derivatives found in the fruit of Schisandra chinensis. Here, we investigated the potential therapeutic effects of SchB on non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD). In lipidomic study, ingenuity pathway analysis highlighted palmitate biosynthesis metabolic pathway in the liver(More)
Belladonna drugs, scopolamine (Sco), atropine (Atr), anisodine (AT(3)), and anisodamine (Ani), frequently used for gastrointestinal motility disorders often produce adverse effects on the central nervous system. In the present work, these drugs (0.05, 0.5, 5, and 50 micromol kg(-1), i.p.) were evaluated for their potential to inhibit gastrointestinal(More)
Effects of bifendate, a synthetic intermediate of schisandrin C (a dibenzocyclooctadiene derivative), on liver lipid contents were investigated in experimentally-induced hypercholesterolemia in mice. Hypercholesterolemia was induced by either chronic administration of cholesterol/bile salt or feeding a high-fat diet containing cholesterol and/or bile salt.(More)