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Kim Y.S.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | Park J.-J.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | Sakoda Y.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | Zhao Y.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | And 3 more authors.
International Immunopharmacology | Year: 2010

Immunoregulatory effects of placental extract and placenta-derived factors have been demonstrated in various conditions. Accordingly, placental extract has been used as certain types of medical intervention in Asian countries, whereas experimental evidence supporting its therapeutic effects and mechanisms has yet to be fully demonstrated. In this study, we investigate preventive and therapeutic effects of placental extract in contact hypersensitivity (CHS), a mouse model of allergic contact dermatitis. Administration of placental extract prior to the sensitization of allergic antigen (Ag) significantly inhibited the severity of CHS induced by Ag challenge. This effect was associated with reduced numbers of CD4+ T cells in peripheral blood, decrease of tissue-infiltrating lymphocytes, and preferential production of Th2-type cytokines in Ag-challenged sites. In addition, CHS caused by repetitive challenges of allergic Ag was also prevented and treated by administration of placental extract. Finally, administration of cyclo-trans-4-L-hydroxyprolyl-L-serine, a dipeptide derived from placental extract, also alleviated CHS, suggesting its potential role in the effects of placental extract in CHS. Taken together, our findings demonstrated experimental evidence supporting immunoregulatory effects of placental extract in allergic skin diseases and elucidated its potential mechanisms. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

El-Shemy H.A.,Cairo University | Aboul-Soud M.A.M.,King Saud University | Nassr-Allah A.A.,Cairo University | Aboul-Enein K.M.,Cairo University | And 2 more authors.
Current Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2010

The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential anticancer properties and modulatory effect of selected Aloe vera (A. vera) active principles on antioxidant enzyme activities. Thus, three anthraquinones (Namely: aloesin, aloeemodin and barbaloin) were extracted from A. vera leaves by supercritical fluid extraction and subsequently purified by high performance liquid chromatography. Additionally, the N-terminal octapeptide derived from verectin, a biologically active 14 kDa glycoprotein present in A. vera, was also tested. In vivo, active principles exhibited significant prolongation of the life span of tumor-transplanted animals in the following order: barbaloin> octapeptide> aloesin > aloe-emodin. A. vera active principles exhibited significant inhibition on Ehrlich ascite carcinoma cell (EACC) number, when compared to positive control group, in the following order: barbaloin> aloe-emodin > octapeptide > aloesin. Moreover, in trypan blue cell viability assay, active principles showed a significant concentration-dependent cytotoxicity against acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphocytes leukemia (ALL) cancerous cells. Furthermore, in MTT cell viability test, aloeemodin was found to be active against two human colon cancer cell lines (i.e. DLD-1 and HT2), with IC50 values of 8.94 and 10.78 μM, respectively. Treatments of human AML leukemic cells with active principles (100 μg ml-1) resulted in varying intensities of internucleosomal DNA fragmentation, hallmark of cells undergoing apoptosis, in the following order: aloe-emodin> aloesin> barbaloin> octapeptide. Intererstingly, treatment of EACC tumors with active principles resulted in a significant elevation activity of key antioxidant enzymes (SOD, GST, tGPx, and LDH). Our data suggest that the tested A. vera compounds may exert their chemo-preventive effect through modulating antioxidant and detoxification enzyme activity levels, as they are one of the indicators of tumorigenesis. These findings are discussed in the light of the potential of A. vera plant extracts for developing efficient, specific and non-toxic anticancer drugs that are affordable for developing countries. © 2010 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.


Japan Bio Products Co. | Date: 2012-05-03

Cosmetics made from placenta, namely, facial creams, soaps, non-medicated skin moisturizing nutritional serums, milky lotions, facial masks, sunscreen creams, antiwrinkle creams. Medical apparatus and instruments, namely, injection needles for medical purposes.

Japan Bio Products Co. and The Doshisha | Date: 2013-04-05

The present invention relates to a medicament for preventing or treating an ocular disease comprising cyclo-trans-4-L-hydroxyprolyl-L-serine as an active ingredient, a medicament for preventing or treating dry eye comprising the compound as an active ingredient, and, in particular, a medicament for preventing or treating dry eye having an action of enhancing mucin secretion and an action of enhancing repair of ocular tissue damage caused by dry eye.

Hegazy S.K.,Tanta University | El-Bedewy M.,Tanta University | Yagi A.,Japan Bio Products Co.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2012

AIM: To investigate the anti-oxidative and anti-fibrotic effects of aloe vera in patients with liver fibrosis. METHODS: Aloe vera high molecular weight fractions (AHM) were processed by patented hyper-dry system in combination of freeze-dry technique with microwave and far infrared-ray radiation. Fifteen healthy volunteers as the control group and 40 patients were included. The patients were randomly subdivided into two equal groups: the conventional group was treated with placebo (starch), and AHM group was treated with 0.15 gm/ d AHM, both for 12 consecutive weeks. The patients were investigated before and after treatment. Serum activity of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), hyaluronic acid (HA), transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and matrixmetalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) were determined. The reduced glutathione (GSH) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in liver were assayed and the expression of hepatic α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) was identified by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: At the start of the study, the hematoxylin and eosin staining revealed fibro-proliferated bile ductules, thick fibrous septa and dense inflammatory cellular infiltration in the patients before treatment. The use of AHM for 12 wk significantly ameliorated the fibrosis, inhibited the inflammation, and resulted in minimal infiltration and minimal fibrosis compared to the conventional group. The enzyme activities of the liver (ALT, AST and ALP) were attenuated after treatment in both groups, and the decrease in the AHM group was more significant as compared with the conventional group. Similar to the AST, the MDA levels were significantly higher before treatment, and were attenuated after treatment in both groups. In contrast, the hepatic glutathione content in the patients were decreased significantly in the AHM group compared to the controls. The serum levels of the fibrosis markers (HA, TGF-β and MMP-2) were also reduced significantly after treatment. The expression of α-SMA was modified in patients before and after treatment as compared with the normal controls. In the conventional group, there was only thin and incomplete parenchymal α-SMA positive septum joining the thickened centrilobular veins, while in the AHM group, few α-SMA positive cells were present in sinusoid and lobule after treatment. CONCLUSION: Oral supplementation with AHM could be helpful in alleviating the fibrosis and inflammation of hepatic fibrosis patients. © 2012 Baishideng. All rights reserved.

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