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Aeginetia indica

About: Aeginetia indica is a(n) research topic. Over the lifetime, 35 publication(s) have been published within this topic receiving 268 citation(s).

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TL;DR: GJH extract has a synergistic effect on apoptosis induced by chemotherapeutic agents and an inhibitory effect on cell adhesion, migration, and invasion, providing evidence for the use of water-based extracts of GJH as novel alternative therapeutic agents in the treatment of human renal cancer.
Abstract: Aeginetia indica Linn. (Guan-Jen-Huang, GJH), a traditional Chinese herb, has the potential to be an immunomodulatory agent. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of GJH in the treatment of renal cancer. Concentration-effect curves for the influence of GJH on cellular proliferation showed a biphasic shape. Besides, GJH had a synergistic effect on cytotoxicity when combined with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)which may be due to the alternation of the chemotherapeutic agent resistance-related genes and due to the synergistic effects on apoptosis. In addition, treatment with GJH extract markedly reduced 786-O cell adherence to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and decreased 786-O cell migration and invasion. In a xenograft animal model, GJH extract had an inhibitory effect on tumor cell-induced metastasis. Moreover, western blot analysis showed that the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in 786-O cells was significantly decreased by treatment with GJH extract through inactivation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). These results suggest that GJH extract has a synergistic effect on apoptosis induced by chemotherapeutic agents and an inhibitory effect on cell adhesion, migration, and invasion, providing evidence for the use of water-based extracts of GJH as novel alternative therapeutic agents in the treatment of human renal cancer.

22 citations

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TL;DR: It is suggested that TLR4 mediates antitumor immunity induced by the plant-derived protein AILb-A, which was severely impaired inTLR4-deficient but not TLR2- deficient mice.
Abstract: A 55-kDa protein named AILb-A, isolated from the seed extract of Aeginetia indica L., a parasitic plant, induces a Th1-type T-cell response and elicits a marked antitumor effect in tumor-bearing mice. In the present study, we examined the role of Toll-like receptors (TLRs), which have been implicated in pathogen-induced cell signaling, in AILb-A-induced immune responses. In the luciferase assay using a nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB-dependent reporter plasmid, AILb-A induced NF-kappaB activation in the cells transfected with TLR4, but not with those transfected with the TLR2 gene, in a dose-dependent manner. TLR4-mediated NF-kappaB activation induced by AILb-A but not by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was also observed under serum-free conditions. In in vitro experiments using human peripheral blood mononuclear cells, AILb-A-induced cytokine production was markedly inhibited by anti-TLR4 but not by anti-CD14 antibody, while LPS-induced, TLR4-mediated cytokine production was inhibited by anti-CD14 as well as anti-TLR4 antibodies. Cytokine production, killer cell activities, maturation of dendritic cells, phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases, and nuclear translocation of interferon-regulatory factor 3 induced by AILb-A were severely impaired in TLR4-deficient but not TLR2-deficient mice. Transfection of TLR4-deficient mouse-derived macrophages with the TLR4 expression plasmid led AILb-A to induce cytokines. Finally, the antitumor effect of AILb-A was also impaired in TLR4-deficient and TLR4-mutated mice. These findings suggest that TLR4 mediates antitumor immunity induced by the plant-derived protein AILb-A.

21 citations

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TL;DR: A germination medium was developed that suppressed microbial contamination and permitted long-term observation of these slow-germinating seeds and it was found that brief, intermittent light exposures depressed germination.
Abstract: A B S T RA CT Dormancy in seeds of the parasitic phanerogam Aeginetia indica L. can be broken by chemical treatment with sodium hypochlorite, which also helps to control contaminating microflora. A germination medium was developed that suppressed microbial contamination and permitted long-term observation of these slow-germinating seeds. The medium consisted of 10 ppm streptomycin, 10 ppm penicillin, and 10-' M indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) (or other growth regulator) in 1 % water agar. Optimum germination range was 25-30 C. Dormancy could also be broken by exposure on agar for several days at 3-5 C (stratification), or by brief exposures (15 min) to 50 C. Continuous light as low as 0.1 ft-c completely inhibited germination on this growth medium. Brief, intermittent light exposures depressed germination. Germination and growth in vitro of nondormant seed of Aeginetina indica L. can be described in five stages: (1) Germination: expansion of spheroidal cells or nodule at micropylar end of the seed, stimulated

21 citations

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Abstract: Three glycosides named hydroxy-β-ionone glucoside (1), aeginetoside (2) and isoaucubin (3) were isolated from the n-butanol extract of Aeginetia indica L. var. gracilis NAKAI. The structures of 1, 2 and 3 were elucidated by chemical and spectral studies.

18 citations

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TL;DR: In the induction phase of antitumor resistance in this system, CD4+ T cells appeared to be the main contributors, since in vivo administration of anti-CD4 mAb completely abolished such resistance, while anti- CD8 mAb administration did not influence the effect of A. indica.
Abstract: The antitumor activity of an extract of seeds fromAeginetia indica L., a parasitic plant, was investigated. BALB/c mice, inoculated i.p. 1 × 105 syngeneic Meth A tumor cells, were administered 2.5 mg/kgA. indica extract i.p. every 2 days from day 0. The untreated mice died of an ascitic form of tumor growth within 21 days, whereas all the treated mice completely recovered from tumor challenge without any side-effects. The extract did not exert direct cytotoxic activity against Meth A in vitro. Mice that survived after the first challenge as a result ofA. indica treatment overcame the rechallenge with homologous Meth A without additional administration of the extract. On the other hand, those mice could not survive after rechallenge with Meth 1 tumor cells, which were also established in BALB/c mice but were different in antigenicity from Meth A, suggesting the development of antigen-specific concomitant immunity in theA. indica-cured mice. In the induction phase of antitumor resistance in this system, CD4+ T cells appeared to be the main contributors, since in vivo administration of anti-CD4 mAb completely abolished such resistance. In contrast, anti-CD8 mAb administration did not influence the effect ofA. indica. The importance of CD4+ T cells in antitumor immunity was again clarified by Winn assay; that is, spleen and lymph node cells depleted of CD4+ T cells in vitro prior to assay abolished antitumor activity on co-grafted Meth A tumor cells in vivo.

18 citations

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No. of papers in the topic in previous years
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20202
20181
20141
20123
20111