Atefeh Pirani

Atefeh Pirani
Ferdowsi University Of Mashhad | FUM · Faculty of Sciences

PhD in Plant Systematics

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October 2015 - present
Ferdowsi University Of Mashhad
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2011 - September 2012
University of Gothenburg
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  • Guest PhD Student
September 2008 - December 2013
University of Tehran
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (29)
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Abstract Background: Achillea eriophora DC. (Asteraceae) is a less-known medicinal plant endemic to South and East Iran. It is traditionally used for treating a variety of health problems by local people. This review aims to provide up-to-date information on A. eriophora, including its traditional uses, phytochemistry, and pharmacological propertie...
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Abstract Background: Achillea eriophora DC. (Asteraceae) is a less-known medicinal plant endemic to South and East Iran. It is traditionally used for treating a variety of health problems by local people. This review aims to provide up-to-date information on A. eriophora, including its traditional uses, phytochemistry, and pharmacological propertie...
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Background: Sclerorhachis leptoclada Rech.f. is endemic to the South Khorassan province in east of Iran. Although S. leptoclada has been widely used as medicinal and edible plant by indigenous people, its ethnobotanical uses have not been well documented yet. This study presents the results of an ethnobotanical survey and reviews phytochemistry and...
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The generic boundary of the broadly defined Acanthophyllum s.l., the third‐largest genus of the tribe Caryophylleae (Caryophyllaceae), has been a subject of taxonomic confusion. Acanthophyllum s.l. now includes five minor genera previously recognized as independent. Among these small genera, the inclusion of Allochrusa, Ochotonophila, and Scleranth...
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Although mountain ranges are often recognized as global biodiversity hotspots with a high level of endemism, diversity and biogeographic connections of isolated and weakly explored mountains remain poorly understood. This is also the case for Shirkuh Mts. in central Iran. Here, Yazdana shirkuhensis gen. & spec. nov. (Caryophylleae, Caryophyllaceae)...
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Stem anatomy of Bufonia and nine allied genera was studied in order to investigate the systematic value of anatomical characters in generic delimitation. Cross-sections of stems of 31 accessions representing 14 species and 3 subspecies of Bufonia, and 17 additional species of the genera Arenaria, Cerastium, Eremogone, Minuartia, Minuartiella, Odont...
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Acanthophyllum, with ca. 90 spiny cushion-forming species, is one of the largest genera of Caryophyllaceae. Although taxonomic utility of seed morphology has already been highlighted in different genera of Caryophyllaceae, the systematic value of seed characters in Acanthophyllum has not been adequately addressed. In order to evaluate the applicati...
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A comparative trichrome micromorphological study of 24 Silene species representing eight sections, was made using light and scanning electron microscopy. To check the consistency of trichome types on different parts of a certain species, micromorphological studies were focused on stem, leaf and calyx surface. Two basic types of trichomes were disti...
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Assigning correct names to taxa is a challenging goal in the taxonomy of many groups within the Caryophyllaceae. This challenge is most serious in tribe Caryophylleae since the supposed genera seem to be highly artificial, and the available morphological evidence cannot effectively be used for delimitation and exact determination of taxa. The main...
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Acanthophyllum Meyer (1831: 210) in a broad sense comprises 80–90 perennial subshrubby species which are distributed mainly in the Irano-Turanian region (see e.g., Bittrich 1993, Ghaffari 2004, Pirani et al. 2014). According to the phylogenetic study by Pirani et al. (2014), Acanthophyllum s.lat. includes 11 sections. As part of our ongoing taxonom...
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Acanthophyllum laxiusculum is one of the most widely distributed species of the genus in Iran that flourishes in steppe and mountainous regions of the country. In the present study, water-soluble content of A. laxiusculum roots was extracted by boiling water and further successively purified partially by a defined solvent system. Surface tension me...
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Inula aucheriana DC is a member of the family Asteraceae which is known to produce cytotoxic secondary metabolites noted as sesquiterpene lactones. In the present study, sesquiterpene lactones inuchinenolide B, 6-deoxychamissonolide (stevin) and 14-acetoxy-1β,5α,7αH-4β-hydroxy-guai-9(10),11(13)-dien-12,8α-olide were isolated from I. aucheriana. Inu...
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Background and objectives: There is a growing trend towards investigating natural products as sources of compounds with biological effects and many researches have been carried out in order to find effective medications against many diseases. Cancer is no exception and studies focusing on evaluating the effects of different materials on DNA, give v...
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Despite being one of the larger genera of Caryophyllaceae with about 60 cushion-forming subshrubby species, Acanthophyllum is represented poorly in previous molecular phylogenetic studies. The genus is an important component of the subalpine steppe flora in Central to Southwest Asia. Although the placement of Acanthophyllum in the tribe Caryophylle...
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Cancer is a major cause of death worldwide and causes serious problems in human life. It is developed by uncontrolled growth of a cell or a group of cells. There are many difficulties in treatment of cancer and many researchers are involved in investigating for effective drugs to treat the disease. Caryophyllaceae is a large family of about 86 gene...
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Medicinal plants have been investigated for possible anti-cancer effects. The aim of the present study was to examine the cytotoxic activity of several medicinal plants on different tumor cell lines. 11 selected plant species which have been used in folkloric prescriptions were collected from different sites of Hamedan district of Iran. The methano...
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Factors such as oxidative stress and reduced acetylcholine level have been implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology and recently there has been a trend towards natural product research to find potential sources of antioxidants and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors in the plants kingdom. Centaurea is a genus with about 500 species world wild,...
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Iran has 1260 km of coastline that borders the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea in the northwest Indian Ocean. Marine algae are one of the natural resources in the marine ecosystem which produce a wide range of new secondary metabolites with various biological activities that play an important role in the pharmaceutical care. In this study the cytotox...
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To study the effect of herbal materials as anti-cancer agents, the first step is to evaluate their cytotoxic activity; thus in the present study, the cytotoxic activity of the extracts and fractions of Ferula szowitsiana, F. hirtella and F. oopoda in MCF-7, HT-29, A-549 and HepG-2 cells have been investigated through MTT assay. The result showed th...
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The new species Acanthophyllum yasamin-nassehiae (Caryophyllaceae) from North Khorassan province (north-eastern Iran) is here described and illustrated. It belongs to the sect. Oligosperma, and it is related to A. lilacinum and A. brevibracteatum from the morphological point of view. Notes on its ecology and conservation status are given.
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Methanol extracts of selected medicinal species used in Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad (Iran) were evaluated in vitro for their cytotoxic activity against MCF7, HepG2, MDBK, and A549 cells through MTT assay. The extract from Dorema aucheri demonstrated cytotoxicity with IC50 of 20.09 and 48.65μg.mL−1 against HepG2 and A549 cells, respectively, which was...
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ever, traditional knowledge regarding the use of J. excel-sa by indigenous communities in the country has not yet been fully documented. The present study aims to obtain a better understanding of the traditional knowledge of ru-ral people of Iran about J. excelsa. Botanical Description Juniperus excelsa (syn. Juniperus polycarpos K. Koch & Juniperu...
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Cross sections of petioles in 35 species of Astragalus mainly belonging to sect. Rhacophorus were studied for circumscription of natural groups within the section and reliable characters in delimiting polymorphic species. The following characters were determined to be informative: number of parenchymatous cell layers in pith, diameter of median scl...

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Documentation of traditional knowledge about plants among border residents of Khorassan-e Razavi province, Iran-Afghanistan, and Iran-Turkmenistan border areas.
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Ducumentatoin of traditional knowledge about plants.