Yan-xiang Wang

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Currently there is no approved medicine for the treatment of metabolic syndrome. A series of new derivatives of berberine (BBR) or pseudoberberine (1) was synthesized and evaluated for their activity on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation and up-regulatory low-density-lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) gene expression, respectively. In addition, the(More)
Twenty-eight new 13-n-octylberberine derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their activities against drug-susceptible Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) strain H(37)Rv. Among these compounds, compound 16e was the most effective anti-tubercular agent with a MIC value of 0.125 μg/mL. Importantly, compound 16e exhibited more potent effect(More)
Twenty-nine derivatives of berberine (1) or pseudoberberine (2) were designed, semisynthesized, and evaluated for their up-regulatory activity on the low-density-lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) expression. SAR analysis revealed that (i) the methylenedioxy group at the 2- and 3-position is an essential element to keep the activity, (ii) the 7-position quaternary(More)
BACKGROUND Berberine (BBR) is a drug with multiple effects on cellular energy metabolism. The present study explored answers to the question of which CYP450 (Cytochrome P450) isoenzymes execute the phase-I transformation for BBR, and what are the bioactivities of its metabolites on energy pathways. METHODS BBR metabolites were detected using LC-MS/MS.(More)
Berberine (BBR, 1) is a novel cholesterol-lowering agent that up-regulates low-density-lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) expression through a mechanism different from that of statins. Because of the unique mode of action and good safety record, BBR provoked our interest to do structure modification at different domains for its cholesterol-lowering activity.(More)
This study was designed to improve the absorption and hypoglycemic efficacy of berberine (BBR), which is a substrate of P-glycoprotein (P-gp), by combination with a P-gp inhibitor tetrandrine (Tet). Flow cytometry and LC-MS/MS were used to determine the cellular efflux or retention of chemicals. Pharmacokinetic study was performed in ICR mice following oral(More)
OBJECTIVE Cellular efflux transporters, especially P-glycoprotein (P-gp), impel berberine (BBR) out of cells, and therefore reduce bioavailability of the compound. This study was designed to overcome efflux of BBR using P-gp as a target. MATERIALS/METHODS Molecular docking study was done to identify BBR analogues that were with low affinity to P-gp. Flow(More)
Berberine (BBR) is a natural compound with up-regulating activity on both low-density-lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and insulin receptor (InsR). This one-drug-multiple-target characteristic might be suitable for the treatment of metabolic syndrome. In searching for up-regulators effective for both LDLR and InsR expression, the structure-activity relationship(More)
Heat-stress cognate 70 (Hsc70) is a host factor that helps hepatitis C virus (HCV) to complete its life cycle in infected hepatocytes. Using Hsc70 as a target for HCV inhibition, a series of novel N-substituted benzyl matrinic/sophoridinic acid derivatives was synthesized and evaluated for their anti-HCV activity in vitro. Among these analogues, compound 7c(More)
Sophoridine (1), a natural anticancer drug, has been used in China for decades. A series of novel N-substituted sophoridinic acid derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their cytotoxicity with 1 as the lead. The structure-activity relationship indicated that introduction of an aliphatic acyl on the nitrogen atom might significantly enhance the(More)