[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) leaf infusion, a commonly used ingredient in Asian, African and Latin American cuisines, is also used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several pathological conditions; however, little is known about their bioactive compounds. Recent studies revealed the crucial role of the phenolic compounds namely flavonoids and tannins on the infusion bioactivity. Flavonoids have already been characterized; however the tannin fraction of lemongrass infusion is still uncharted. The aim of the present work is to characterize this fraction, and to evaluate its contribution to the antioxidant potential of this plant. Chemical characterization was achieved by HPLC-DAD-ESI/tandem MS and the antioxidant activity was evaluated using DPPH, ABTS and FRAP assays. Hetero-dimeric flavan structures have been described for the first time in lemongrass consisting of apigeniflavan or luteoliflavan units linked to a flavanone, either naringenin or eriodictyol, which may occur as aglycone or glycosylated forms. The antioxidant capacity of the fraction containing these compounds was significantly higher than the infusion, indicating its potential as a source of natural antioxidants.
Food & Function 02/2015; 6(3). DOI:10.1039/c5fo00042d · 2.91 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cymbopogon citratus (Cc), worldwide known as lemongrass, is a very important crop in the world, being bred in tropical countries. It is widely used for food and pharmaceutical industries, cosmetic and perfumery for its essential oil. Cc aqueous extracts are also commonly used in traditional medicine. They have high levels of polyphenols, which are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. From the essential oil hydrodistillation results an aqueous waste (CcHD), which is discarded. Therefore, a comparative study between CcHD and Cc infusion (CcI) was performed to characterize its phytochemical profile and to research its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential.
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 11/2014; DOI:10.1002/jsfa.6999 · 1.88 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fragaria vesca leaves have been used in folk medicine for the treatment of several diseases, namely gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and urinary disorders, which could be related with the potential anti-inflammatory properties of the extract. This work aims to disclose the bioactivity and the underlying action mechanism of an extract from Fragaria vesca leaves in order to support its traditional uses.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology 10/2014; 158. DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2014.09.043 · 3.00 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Flavonoids from lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus (DC.) Stapf – leaves infusion, a commonly consumed beverage for the treatment of inflammatory-related conditions, were investigated in this work. Luteolin O-, C- and O,C-glycosides were isolated and identified by nuclear magnetic resonance, being the cassiaoccidentalin B structure fully characterized for the first time in lemongrass. The anti-inflammatory activity of luteolin and its glycosides was evaluated in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated macrophages. Luteolin glycosides demonstrated less cytotoxicity than luteolin itself. Although glycosylation decreases luteolin anti-inflammatory properties, being higher to C-glycosylation, an inhibitory effect on inflammatory mediator production (nitric oxide and IL-1β) was verified for the luteolin 7-O-β-glucopyranoside, without cytotoxic effects. Therefore, luteolin glycosides from lemongrass infusion are evidenced as a less toxic alternative to current anti-inflammatory drugs with promising use in pharmaceutical and food supplement industries. Additionally, this work establishes structure–activity relationships, which constitutes valuable information in the design of anti-inflammatory luteolin glycosides devoid of toxicity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology is strongly associated with the activation of inflammatory pathways, and long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs reduces the risk of developing the disease. In S. Tomé e Príncipe (STP), several medicinal plants are used both for their positive effects in the nervous system (treatment of mental disorders, analgesics) and their anti-inflammatory properties. The goal of this study was to determine whether a phenotypic, cell-based screening approach can be applied to selected plants from STP (Voacanga africana, Tarenna nitiduloides, Sacosperma paniculatum, Psychotria principensis, Psychotria subobliqua) in order to identify natural compounds with multiple biological activities of interest for AD therapeutics.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology 06/2014; 155(1). DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2014.06.046 · 3.00 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Significant advances have been achieved during the past decade concerning the metabolism of polyphenol compounds in vitro, but scarce data has been presented about what really happens in vivo. Many studies on poly phenols to date have focused on the bioactivity of one specific molecule in aglycone form, often at supraphysiological doses, whereas foods contain complex, often poorly characterized mixtures with multiple additive or interfering activities. Whereas most studies up to the middle-late 1990s measured total aglycones in plasma and urine, after chemical or enzymatic deconjugation, or both, several recent works now report the polyphenol conjugate composition of plasma, urine, feces and/or tissues, after the administration of pure polyphenols or polyphenol-rich matrices. HPLC methods with electrochemical, mass spectrometric and fluorescence detection have adequate sensitivity. LC/UV-Vis methods have also been widely reported, but they are much less sensitive. Compared with electro-chemical and fluorescence detection, MS detection can quantify analytes without chromatographic separation, which leads to high throughput, presenting itself as the best choice to date. Regarding the experimental model to monitor the bioavailability of phenolic compounds, most published studies are based on human and animal models, with the majority using rodents, primates and recently Caenorhabditis elegans. This review focuses on the fundamentals of pharmacokinetic methods from the last 15 years and how the results are evaluated and validated. The types of analytical methods, animal models and biological matrices were used to better elucidate polyphenols pharmacokinetics.
Current Drug Metabolism 12/2013; DOI:10.2174/1389200214666131211155028 · 3.49 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Propolis is a bee product with numerous biological and pharmacological properties, such as immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activities. It has been used in folk medicine as a healthy drink and in food to improve health and prevent inflammatory diseases. However, little is known about its mechanism of action. Thus, the goal of this study was to verify the antioxidant activity and to explore the anti-inflammatory properties of propolis by addressing its intracellular mechanism of action. Caffeic acid was investigated as a possible compound responsible for propolis action.
Journal of ethnopharmacology 06/2013; 149(1). DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2013.06.004 · 2.94 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ethnopharmacological relevance Cymbopogon citratus (DC.) Stapf leaves infusion is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammatory conditions, however little is known about their bioactive compounds. Aim of the study Investigate the compounds responsible for anti-inflammatory potential of Cymbopogon citratus (Cy) on cytokines production induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in human and mouse macrophages, and the action mechanisms involved. Materials and methods An essential oil-free infusion of Cy was prepared and polyphenol-rich fractions (PFs) were obtained from it by column chromatography. Chlorogenic acid (CGA) was identified, by HPLC/PDA/ESI-MSn. The expression of cytokines, namely TNF-α and CCL5, was analyzed by real-time RT-PCR, on LPS-stimulated human macrophages. Activation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB, a master regulator of inflammation, was investigated by western blot and gene reporter assay. Proteasome activity was assessed using a fluorogenic peptide. Results Cymbopogon citratus extract and its polyphenols inhibited the cytokine production on human macrophages. This supports the anti-inflammatory activity of Cy polyphenols in physiologically relevant cells. Concerning the effect on the activation of NF-κB pathway, the results pointed to an inhibition of LPS-induced NF-κB activation by Cy and PFs. CGA was identified, by HPLC/PDA/ESI-MSn, as the main phenolic acid of the Cy infusion, and it demonstrated to be, at least in part, responsible by that effect. Additionally, it was verified for the first time that Cy and PFs inhibited the proteasome activity, a complex that controls NF-κB activation, having CGA a strong contribution. Conclusions The results evidenced, for the first time, the anti-inflammatory properties of Cymbopogon citratus through proteasome inhibition and, consequently NF-κB pathway and cytokine expression. Additionally, Cy polyphenols, in particular chlorogenic acid, were highlighted as bioactive compounds.
Journal of ethnopharmacology 04/2013; 148(1). DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2013.03.077 · 2.94 Impact Factor