Z Gao

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China

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Publications (3)12.62 Total impact

  • H Xu, K Huang, Q Gao, Z Gao, X Han
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    ABSTRACT: The contents of mineral elements and amino acids in the hydrolysate of the traditional Chinese mineral medicine nacre have been determined. It has long since been proved by the practice of doctors of traditional Chinese medicine that pearl can be used to treat eye diseases. Based on such an understanding, a study is made of the influence of the said medicine on the incidence of myopia. First a form-sense-deprived model (FDM) for chicks is developed and the effect of the said medicine on the elongation of axis oculi is determined with an Abbe's comparator and an A-mode ultrasound instrument. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), nitric oxide synthetase (NOS), and the content of nitric oxide (NO) in the retino-pigmental epithelium choroid homogenate are also analysed. The role of the said traditional Chinese mineral medicine in preventing and treating myopia is explained with respect to the above findings. The results obtained will provide a basis for using nacre, a traditional Chinese mineral medicine, to prevent and treat myopia.
    Pharmacological Research 08/2001; 44(1):1-6. · 3.98 Impact Factor
  • Z Gao, K Huang, H Xu
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    ABSTRACT: Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathological process of neurodegenerative diseases. The effects of four major flavonoids present in Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi on hydrogen peroxide-induced neuronal cell damage are studied in this paper. When human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells were incubated in Hanks' solution with the addition of 400 microM hydrogen peroxide for 2 h, the viability of cells was decreased remarkably, while the cell lipid peroxidation and the percentage of lactose dehydrogenase released into the culture medium was significantly increased. Addition of 10 microM of baicalein and baicalin significantly attenuated the cellular injury induced by hydrogen peroxide, while the effect of wogonin was marginal and wogonoside showed no effect at the tested concentration. In a separate experiment, 10 microM of baicalein and baicalin also antagonized the intracellular free-calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) increase caused by 1 mM hydrogen peroxide. The effects of baicalein in both experiments were similar to those of quercetin, a well-studied antioxidant flavonoid. These results demonstrated the protective effects of flavonoids originating from Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi on the oxidative injury of neuronal cells.
    Pharmacological Research 03/2001; 43(2):173-8. · 3.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Free radical scavenging and antioxidant activities of baicalein, baicalin, wogonin and wogonoside, the four major flavonoids in the radix of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, were examined in different systems. ESR results showed that baicalein and baicalin scavenged hydroxyl radical, DPPH radical and alkyl radical in a dose-dependent manner, while wogonin and wogonoside showed subtle or no effect on these radicals. Ten micromol/l of baicalein and baicalin effectively inhibited lipid peroxidation of rat brain cortex mitochondria induced by Fe(2+)-ascorbic acid, AAPH or NADPH, while wogonin and wogonoside showed significant effects only on NADPH-induced lipid peroxidation. In a study on cultured human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells system, it was found that 10 micromol/l of baicalein and baicalin significantly protected cells against H(2)O(2)-induced injury. Baicalein was the most effective antioxidant among the four tested compounds in every system due to its o-tri-hydroxyl structure in the A ring. Compared with a well-known flavonoid, quercetin, the antioxidant activity of baicalein was lower in DPPH or AAPH system, but a little higher in those systems which might associate with iron ion. These results suggest that flavonoids in the radix of Scutellaria baicalensis with o-di-hydroxyl group in A the ring, such as baicalein and baicalin, could be good free radical scavengers and might be used to cure head injury associated with free radical assault.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 12/1999; 1472(3):643-50. · 4.66 Impact Factor

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399 Citations
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  • 1999
    • Huazhong University of Science and Technology
      • Department of Chemical Engineering
      Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China