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Effect of urinary acidifiers on formaldehyde concentration and efficacy with methenamine therapy

Posted: January 18, 2011
Authors: Nahata MC, Cummins BA, McLeod DC, Schondelmeyer SW and Butler R
Journal: Eur J Clin Pharmacol 22(3):281-4

Abstract: Twenty-seven patients with indwelling urinary catheters and chronic bacteriuria were studied for methenamine efficacy. In a crossover fashion, each patient received methenamine mandelate granules 4 g/day alone, with ascorbic acid 4 g/day, and with ascorbic acid 4 g/day plus cranberry cocktail one 1/day. Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli were the common pathogens. Urinary acidifiers had no significant effect on mean urine pH, however, high urinary formaldehyde concentrations were associated with the use of ascorbic acid. Bacteriocidal formaldehyde levels were more frequently present in patients with acidic urine pH than those with alkaline pH. Although ascorbic acid increased formaldehyde levels, additional cranberry cocktail had no further effect. Despite higher formaldehyde levels, urine culture results were positive in most cases with or without urine acidification. Methenamine therapy may be of limited value in asymptomatic chronic bacteriuric patients with indwelling catheters.

Predictability of methenamine efficacy based on type of urinary pathogen and pH

Posted: January 18, 2011
Authors: Nahata MC, Cummins BA, McLeod DC and Butler R
Journal: J Am Geriatr Soc 29(5):236-9

Abstract: This study involved 27 geriatric patients with asymptomatic chronic bacteriuria; all had indwelling Foley catheters. The treatment regimens (daily oral dosage) were: methenamine mandelate (MM) granules, 4 gm; MM, 4 gm, plus ascorbic acid, 4 gm; and MM, 4 gm, plus ascorbic acid, 4 gm, plus cranberry cocktail, 1 liter--administered according to a cross-over design. Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli were the most common urinary organisms. Proteus organisms were more often found in alkaline than in acidic urines, but the type of pathogen had no influence on urinary pH. Urinary formaldehyde concentration [HCHO] was lower in patients with Proteus infection (17.7 micrograms/ml) than in those with Pseudomonas (21.9 micrograms/ml) or E. coli infection (21.8 micrograms/ml). However, for Proteus infection, [HCHO] was higher in patients receiving MM plus ascorbic acid than in those receiving MM alone. Addition of cranberry cocktail to ascorbic acid did not enhance urinary pH, [HCHO] or methenamine efficacy. Our data suggest that in Foley catheter patients with chronic asymptomatic bacteriuria secondary to Proteus, Pseudomonas or E. coli infection, the type of urinary pathogen or the urinary pH cannot be used to predict the efficacy of methenamine therapy either with or without urinary acidifying agents.

Inhibition activity of wild berry juice fractions against Streptococcus pneumoniae binding to human bronchial cells

Posted: January 12, 2011
Authors: Huttunen S, Toivanen M, Arkko S, Ruponen M, Tikkanen-Kaukanen C.
Journal: Phytother Res 25(1):122-7

Abstract: Bacterial adhesion to the cell surface is a crucial step before infection can take place. Inhibition of bacterial binding offers a novel preventive approach against infections. Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) juice has been found to have antiadhesive activity against different bacteria. Streptococcus pneumoniae is an important pathogen and the most common cause for pneumonia, meningitis, and otitis media. In this study the inhibitory activity of cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos L.), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and crowberry (Empetrum nigrum and Empetrum hermaphroditum L.) juice fractions against pneumococcal binding was tested using human bronchial cells (Calu-3) as an adhesion model. In addition, the antimicrobial activity of the berry juice fractions was tested. It was found that the studied berry juice fractions had antiadhesion activity and cranberry juice was the most active. The adhesion inhibition activity of cranberry juice was nearly 90% at a concentration of 8.7mg/g of soluble solids. The antimicrobial activity of the studied berry juice fractions was found to be remarkable; pneumococcal growth was inhibited totally at a concentration of ~86mg/g. Both antiadhesion and antimicrobial activities were reduced after solid-phase extraction of the berry juices, which may suggest molecular synergistic effects of the berry juice molecules against S. pneumoniae. The findings indicate that cranberry, bilberry and crowberry juices have potential against pneumococcal infections.

Berries modify the postprandial plasma glucose response to sucrose in healthy subjects

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Torronen R, Sarkkinen E, Tapola N, Hautaniemi E, Kilpi K and Niskanen L
Journal: Br J Nutr 103(8):1094-7

Abstract: Sucrose increases postprandial blood glucose concentrations, and diets with a high glycaemic response may be associated with increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and CVD. Previous studies have suggested that polyphenols may influence carbohydrate digestion and absorption and thereby postprandial glycaemia. Berries are rich sources of various polyphenols and berry products are typically consumed with sucrose. We investigated the glycaemic effect of a berry puree made of bilberries, blackcurrants, cranberries and strawberries, and sweetened with sucrose, in comparison to sucrose with adjustment of available carbohydrates. A total of twelve healthy subjects (eleven women and one man, aged 25–69 years) with normal fasting plasma glucose ingested 150 g of the berry pure´e with 35 g sucrose or a control sucrose load in a randomised, controlled cross-over design. After consumption of the berry meal, the plasma glucose concentrations were significantly lower at 15 and 30 min (P<0·05, P<0·01, respectively) and significantly higher at 150 min (P<0·05) compared with the control meal. The peak glucose concentration was reached at 45 min after the berry meal and at 30 min after the control meal. The peak increase from the baseline was 1·0 mmol/l smaller (P=0·002) after ingestion of the berry meal. There was no statistically significant difference in the 3 h area under the glucose response curve. These results show that berries rich in polyphenols decrease the postprandial glucose response of sucrose in healthy subjects. The delayed and attenuated glycaemic response indicates reduced digestion and/or absorption of sucrose from the berry meal.

Cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assay for assessing antioxidants, foods, and dietary supplements.

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Wolfe KL, Liu RH
Journal: J Agric Food Chem 55(22):8896-907

Abstract: A cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assay for quantifying the antioxidant activity of phytochemicals, food extracts, and dietary supplements has been developed. Dichlorofluorescin is a probe that is trapped within cells and is easily oxidized to fluorescent dichlorofluorescein (DCF). The method measures the ability of compounds to prevent the formation of DCF by 2,2&#8242;-azobis(2-amidinopropane)
dihydrochloride (ABAP)-generated peroxyl radicals in human hepatocarcinoma HepG2 cells. The decrease in cellular fluorescence when compared to the control cells indicates the antioxidant capacity of the compounds. The antioxidant activities of selected phytochemicals and fruit extracts were evaluated using the CAA assay, and the results were expressed in micromoles of quercetin equivalents per 100 &#956;mol of phytochemical or micromoles of quercetin equivalents per 100 g of fresh fruit. Quercetin had the highest CAA value, followed by kaempferol, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), myricetin, and luteolin among the pure compounds tested. Among the selected fruits tested, blueberry had the highest CAA value, followed by cranberry > apple ) red grape > green grape. The CAA
assay is a more biologically relevant method than the popular chemistry antioxidant activity assays because it accounts for some aspects of uptake, metabolism, and location of antioxidant compounds within cells.

Chitosomes loaded with cranberry proanthocyanidins attenuate the bacterial lipopolysaccharide-induced expression of iNOS and COX-2 in raw 264.7 macrophages

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Madrigal-Carballo S, Rodriguez G, Sibaja M, Reed JD, Vila AO, Molina F
Journal: J Liposome Res 19(3):189-96

Abstract: Chitosan binds to negatively charged soy lecithin liposomes by an electrostatic interaction driven by its positively charged amino group. This interaction allows stable covered vesicles (chitosomes) to be developed as a suitable targeted carrier and controlled release system. This study investigated the effect of chitosomes on the activation of cranberry proanthocyanidins (PAC) in Raw 264.7 macrophages. Chitosomes were characterized according to size, zeta potential, PAC-loading, and release properties. Results showed an increase in the net positive charge and size of the liposomes as the concentration of chitosan was increased, suggesting an effective covering of the vesicles by means of electrostatic interactions, as shown by transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy. About 85% of the PAC that was loaded remained in the chitosomes after release studies for 4 hours in phosphate-buffered saline. Cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) are associated with inflammation. Activated RAW 264.7 macrophages increase the expression of COX-2 and iNOS in response to bacterial infection and inflammation; we, therefore, tested the ability of the PAC-loaded chitosomes to attenuate COX-2 and iNOS expression in LPS (lipopolysaccharide)-stimulated macrophages. Increasing the amount of PAC loaded into the chitosomes caused a dose-dependent attenuation of iNOS and COX-2 expression in LPS-stimulated macrophages. A 2% v/v PAC-loaded chitosomes formulation almost completely attenuated the LPS-induced expression of iNOS and COX-2. PAC-loaded chitosomes were more active than PAC alone, suggesting that the macrophage response to LPS occurs after endocytosis of the PAC-loaded chitosomes.

Cranberry derived proanthocyanidins can prevent pathogen invasion of kidney epithelial cells

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Tufenkji N, Rifai OJ, Harmidy K, Eydelnant IA
Journal: Food Res Int 43 (3):922-924

Abstract: The in vitro effectivity of cranberry derived proanthocyanidins (PACs) for the mitigation of kidney cell
infection by selected uro- and entero-pathogens is examined with an adhesion/invasion assay and confocal
microscopy. This study demonstrates that PACs effectively reduce invasion of canine kidney cells by
pathogenic bacteria: Escherichia coli CFT073 and O157:H7, Enterococcus faecalis 29212, and Pseudomonas
aeruginosa 10145. These effects demonstrate the potential for cranberry derived PACs as a useful tool in
the prevention of kidney infection

Cranberry Juice and Warfarin: When Bad Publicity Trumps Science

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Zikria J, Goldman R, Ansell J
Journal: Am J Med 123(5):384-92

Abstract: Based on anecdotal reports, the question of whether cranberry juice interacts with warfarin has been raised. This article discusses the potential mechanism, and systematically reviews case reports as well as clinical trials examining the possible interaction. We systematically searched MEDLINE via PubMed, and the Cochrane Library database. Fifteen case reports were summarized, including the initial unpublished brief reports to the Committee on Safety of Medicines and the subsequent 6 published case reports. Seven clinical trials were analyzed, including 3 studies using warfarin and 4 surrogate drugs. Only 2 cases had a validation scale suggesting a "probable" interaction, but even in these patients there were many reasons to question the validity of a relevant drug interaction. Randomized clinical trials and surrogate markers found no evidence to support the interaction between cranberry juice and warfarin. Because the moderate consumption of cranberry juice does not affect anticoagulation, we encourage the reexamination of initial warnings based on scientific evidence. We conclude that the initial precautionary warnings by administrating bodies are limited to anecdotal case reports and represent misleading conclusions.

Cranberry juice inhibits metal and non-metal initiated oxidation of human low density lipoproteins in vitro

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Wilson T, Porcari JP, Maher MA
Journal: J Nutraceut Function Med Foods 2(2):5-14

Abstract: Flavonoids can bind the divalent cations frequently used to evaluate LDL antioxidant capacity in vitro. Flavonoids in cranberry juice (CBJ) may serve as antioxidants and promote cardiovascular health. This in vitro study characterizes CBJ effects on metal and non-metal based oxidation of human LDL. For cupric ion-initiated oxidation of LDL, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) formation and relative electrophoretic mobility (REM) were significantly inhibited by CBJ at a dilution of 1:10,000. Diene formation during LDL oxidation was evaluated by continuous measurement of absorbance at 234 nm. The time required for cupric ion-initiated LDL oxidations to reach maximum reaction velocity was significantly delayed by 1:10,000 dilutions of CBJ. Non-metal initiated LDL oxidation by 2,2'-azobis-amidinopropane was significantly inhibited by CBJ at dilutions of 1:10,000 and 1:5,000 for REM and TBARS tests, respectively. Protection of LDL from both metal and non-metal based oxidative injury confirms that the effects of CBJ are not due to flavonoid chelation of oxidants but due to a true and potent antioxidant capacity.

Cranberry proanthocyanidins associate with low-density lipoprotein and inhibit Cu2+ -induced oxidation

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Porter ML, Krueger CG, Wiebe DA, Cunningham DG, Reed JD
Journal: J Sci Food Agr 81(14):1306-1313

Abstract: Abstract: Antioxidant activity of six fractions of cranberry phenolic compounds was determined by
inhibition of Cu2+-induced low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation. The phenolic composition of each fraction was determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. The phenolic fractions were mixed with aliquots of modified human serum prior to LDL isolation. The serum was modified to remove very-low-density lipoprotein and chylomicrons that may bind phenolic compounds. Only fractions 5 and 6 that contained proanthocyanidins (PAs) significantly increased the lag time of LDL oxidation, and the lag time for fraction 6 was significantly higher than for fraction 5. The mass distribution of PAs in these fractions was obtained by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time- of-flight mass spectrometry, a technique that allows rapid characterisation of the molecular weight distribution in mixtures of oligomeric compounds. Fraction 5 contained trimers through heptamers, whereas fraction 6 contained pentamers through nonamers. In addition, fraction 6 contained PA oligomers with more doubly linked, A-type interflavan bonds. Results indicate that PAs specifically associate with LDL in modified serum and increase the lag time of Cu2+-induced oxidation. Differences between fractions 5 and 6 in PA structure and effects on LDL oxidation suggest that the degree of polymerisation and the nature of the interflavan bond influence antioxidant properties

First-time urinary tract infection and sexual behavior

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Foxman B, Geiger AM, Palin K, Gillespie B and Koopman JS.
Journal: Epidemiology 6(2):162-8

Abstract: We studied the relation between sexual and health behaviors of women and first-time urinary tract infection (UTI). The study population was women using a university health service who were unmarried, had no UTI history, and who had engaged in sexual activity at least once. We found 86 cases of UTI, defined as one or more urinary symptoms and ^1,000colony-forming units per ml urine of a known pathogen. We randomly sampled 288 controls from the student body. Vaginal intercourse increased the risk of UTI; this risk was further increased with condom use. After adjusting for vaginal intercourse with other birth control methods and recentness of current sexual partnership, a single sex act with a condom in the past 2 weeks increased UTI risk by 43%. Having a sex partner for less than 1 year vs 1 year or more, after adjustment for frequency of vaginal intercourse and birth control method, was associated with about twice the risk of UTI [odds ratio (OR) = 1.97; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.04-3.74].After adjusting for frequency of vaginal intercourse, regular drinking of cranberry juice was protective against UTI (OR =
0.48; 95% CI = 0.19-1.02), whereas drinking carbonated soft
drinks appeared to be associated with increased risk (OR =
2.37; 95% CI = 0.75-7.81). Using deodorant sanitary napkins
or tampons was associated with a slight increase in risk of UTI (OR = 1.51; 95% CI = 0.74-3.06). Blacks had five times
greater risk of UTI than whites after adjusting for frequency of vaginal intercourse (OR = 5.2; 95% CI = 1.89-24.63). We
observed only modest differences in health behavior between racial groups.

In vitro activity of cranberry extract against etiological agents of urinary tract infections

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Rahbar M, Diba K
Journal: Afr J Pharm Pharmacol 4(5):286-288

Abstract: Cranberries have long been the focus of interest for their beneficial effects in preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). The objective of this study was to determine in vitro activity of cranberry extract on common etiologic agents of urinary tract infections isolated from patients. Filter sterilized methanol extract of cranberry was prepared and used in the present study. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was evaluated for active crude extract. The MIC value of methanol extract were 0.391 mg/ml for
Enterobacter aerogenes and Staphylococcus aureus whereas the MIC of methanol extract of cranberry were 1.2500 and 0.0195 mg/ml for Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae respectively. The lower MIC value of cranberry extract against K. pneumoniae in comparison to other three organisms suggests that K. pneumoniae showed greater sensitivity towards the extracts of the cranberry extract.

MALDI-TOF MS characterization of proanthocyanidins from cranberry fruit (Vaccinium macrocarpon) that inhibit tumor cell growth and matrix metalloproteinase expression in vitro.

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Neto CC, Krueger CG, Lamoureaux TL, Kondo M, Vaisberg AJ, Hurta RAR, Curtis S, et al
Journal: J Sci Food Agr 86(1):18-25

Abstract: Abstract:Proanthocyanidin-rich extracts were prepared by fractionation of the fruit of theNorthAmerican
cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon). In vitro growth inhibition assays in eight tumor cell lines showed
that selected fractions inhibited the growth of H460 lung tumors, HT-29 colon and K562 leukemia cells at
GI50 values ranging from 20 to 80 &#956;gml&#8722;1. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass
spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) of one of these fractions found it to be composed of polyflavan-3-ols,
which are primarily tetramers through heptamers of epicatechin containing one or two A-type linkages.
Whole cranberry extract and the proanthocyanidin fractions were screened for effect on the expression of
matrix metalloproteinases in DU 145 prostate carcinoma cells. The expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9 was
inhibited in response to whole cranberry extract and to a lesser degree by the proanthocyanidin fractions

Potential role of dietary flavonoids in reducing microvascular endothelium vulnerability to oxidative and inflammatory insults

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Youdim KA, McDonald J, Kalt W, Joseph JA
Journal: J Nutr Biochem 13(5):282-288

Abstract: Although antioxidant systems help control the level of reactive oxygen species they may be overwhelmed during periods of oxidative stress. Evidence suggests that oxidative stress components as well as inflammatory mediators may be involved in the pathogenesis of vascular disorders, where localized markers of oxidative damage have been found. In this regard we investigated the putative antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of blueberry and cranberry anthocyanins and hydroxycinnamic acids against H2O2 and TNF induced damage to human microvascular endothelial cells. Polyphenols from both berries were able to localize into endothelial cells subsequently reducing
endothelial cells vulnerability to increased oxidative stress at both the membrane and cytosol level. Furthermore, berry polyphenols also reduced TNF induced up-regulation of various inflammatory mediators (IL-8, MCP-1 and ICAM-1) involved in the recruitment of leukocytes to sites of damage or inflammation along the endothelium. In conclusion, polyphenols isolated from both blueberry and cranberry were able to afford protection to endothelial cells against stressor induced up-regulation of oxidative and inflammatory insults. This may have beneficial actions against the initiation and development of vascular diseases and be a contributing factor in the reduction of age-related
deficits in neurological impairments previously reported by us

Prevention of relapse with the cranberry juice in chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Park SJ, Yoon HN, Shim BS.
Journal: Korean J Urol 46(1):63-7

Abstract: The treatment of chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is based on antibiotic therapy, but many patients experience a relapse after treatment. Cranberry juice is known for its roles in both the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections. This study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of cranberry juice in the prevention of a relapse after the treatment of CPPS.
Materials and Methods: Fifty patients, diagnosed as CPPS (National Institutes of Health; NIH-catagory IIIa), were included in this study. All the patients had initially been treated with levofloxacin and supportive treatment for 8-12 weeks. After completion of the initial treatment, 26 olunteer patients were recommended to drink 150ml of cranberry juice twice a day, 24 patients, as a control group, received no cranberry juice and all the patients re-evaluated after 3 months. Results: On initial diagnosis, the white blood cell (WBC) count in the high power field (HFP) of expressed prostatic secretions (EPS) and the NIHChronic
Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) in cranberry group were 18.2±3.4 and 23.1±4.4 and those of the control group 16.4±4.8 and 22.4±3.7, respectively. When the medical treatment was ended, the WBC of the EPS and NIH-CPSI in the cranberry group were 2.5±2.1 and 14.1±4.1, and those of the control group were 2.7±1.9 and 13.7±2.1, respectively. After the three month follow-up, the cranberry group showed a WBC of 2.2±2.5 in the EPS and a NIH-CPSI of 12.7±3.9, a slight decrease or similar result compared to the treatment completion period. No patient showed aggravation of symptoms after drinking cranberry juice, whereas five from the control group did. Conclusions: Cranberry juice showed an effect in the prevention of a relapse in CPPS patients, with no adverse effects.

Regulation of vascular endothelial function by procyanidin-rich foods and beverages

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Caton PW, Pothecary MR, Lees DM, Khan NQ, Wood EG, Shoji T, Kanda T, Rull G and Corder R
Journal: J Agric Food Chem 58(7):4008-13

Abstract: Flavonoid-rich diets are associated with a lower mortality from cardiovascular disease. This has been linked to improvements in endothelial function. However, the specific flavonoids, or biologically active metabolites, conferring these beneficial effects have yet to be fully defined. In this experimental study of the effect of flavonoids on endothelial function cultured endothelial cells have been used as a bioassay with endothelin-1 (ET-1) synthesis being measured an index of the response.
Evaluation of the relative effects of extracts of cranberry juice compared to apple, cocoa, red wine, and green tea showed inhibition of ET-1 synthesis was dependent primarily on their oligomeric procyanidin content. Procyanidin-rich extracts of cranberry juice triggered morphological changes in endothelial cells with reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton and increased immunostaining for phosphotyrosine residues. These actions were independent of antioxidant activity. Comparison of the effects of apple procyanidin monomers through heptamer showed a clear structure-activity
relationship. Although monomer, dimer, and trimer had little effect on ET-1 synthesis, procyanidin tetramer, pentamer, hexamer, and heptamer produced concentration-dependent decreases with IC50 values of 5.4, 1.6, 0.9, and 0.7 &#956;M, respectively. Levels of ET-1 mRNA showed a similar
pattern of decreases, which were inversely correlated with increased expression of Kruppel-like factor 2 (KLF2), a key endothelial transcription factor with a broad range of antiatherosclerotic actions including suppression of ET-1 synthesis. Future investigations of procyanidin-rich products should assess the role KLF2 induction plays in the beneficial vascular effects of high flavonoid consumption.

Suppression of colon cancer development in an azoxymethane-fisher 344 rat model by cranberry

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Sunkara R, Verghese M, Walker LT, Shackelford L
Journal: Res J Phytochem 3(2):25-34

Abstract: The present study investigated the effect of cranberries on development of colon tumors induced by azoxymethane in Fisher 344 male rats. Fifty five rats were divided into five groups and fed with control (AIN 93) or treatment diets: cranberry meal (5, 10%) cranberry juice (2.5, 5%). Two AOM (16 mg kg-1 b.wt.) injections were given weekly for 2 weeks for induction of colon tumors. At 45 weeks of age, all rats were killed and colons were evaluated for tumor incidence, size of tumor and tumor multiplicity. Selected hepatic phase 1 (CYP2E1), phase 11 (GST) and antioxidative enzyme (catalase and SOD) activities were determined. Tumor size and tumors/tumor bearing rat were higher (p<=0.05) in the control group. Number of tumors was lower in cranberry fed rats compared to control. Administration of cranberry to rats increased (p<0.05) hepatic enzyme activities by 1.2-3.7 fold compared to control fed rats. These results indicate that feeding cranberry (meal and juice) inhibited colon tumors induced by AOM and enhanced the activity of hepatic enzymes.

The effect of a novel botanical agent TBS-101 on invasive prostate cancer in animal models

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Evans S, Dizeyi N, Abrahamsson PA and Persson J
Journal: Anticancer Res 29(10):3917-24

Abstract: Abstract. Background: Traditional Botanical Supplement-
101 (TBS-101) is a newly developed proprietary botanical
agent containing seven standardized botanical extracts,
including: Panax ginseng, cranberry, green tea, grape skin,
grape seed, Ganoderma lucidum and chamomile. Each of the components has been consumed either in the regular diet or as natural supplement. When used as a single agent, each of these seven botanicals has been implicated in
chemoprevention and therapy in various types of cancer. The anticancer effect of TBS-101, with the specific combination of these anti-cancer botanicals for the treatment of prostate cancer (PCa), has not been tested. Materials and Methods: The IC50 and the effect of TBS-101 on the proliferation and apoptosis of PC-3 cells were determined. Tumor xenograft mice were generated by subcutaneously implanting PC-3 cells into mice and tumors were allowed to grow to different sizes before starting the treatment. The effects of TBS-101 on tumor growth were assessed by measuring tumor size and by histological, pathological and immunohistochemical analyses. A basic toxicity study was performed to test the tolerance of the mice to high doses of TBS-101. Results: Treatment of the PC-3 cells with TBS-101 resulted in a dosedependent
inhibition of cell growth, with an IC50 of 1.4 &#956;g/ml. A concomitant induction of apoptosis in PC-3 cells
treated with TBS-101 was also observed. Upon the treatment with TBS-101, all three groups of mice bearing moderate or large tumors showed significant inhibition of tumor growth and invasion. In contrast, control mice treated with vehicle alone had significant tumor growth and lymph node metastasis. In the basic toxicity studies, high doses of TBS- 101 exerted no toxicity in healthy or tumor-bearing mice. Conclusion: The natural botanical agent TBS-101 has a good safety profile and significant anticancer activities in hormone-refractory PC-3 cells and large aggressive PC-3 tumors in a xenograft mouse model and has great potential for the treatment of aggressive prostate cancer

Warfarin-herb interactions: a review and study based on assessment of clinical case reports in literature

Posted: January 11, 2011
Authors: Patel JA, Gohil KJ, Garrido G
Journal: BLACPMA 7(2):85-99

Abstract: The potential risk of herb drug interactions is of particular focus today owing to the increasing and inadvertent use of herbs in recent times. It is a major safety concern for the drugs with narrow therapeutic index like warfarin, a most common anticoagulant with the maximum number of interactions reported. The objective of the present study was to conduct a systemic review of literature to consolidate the clinical case reports of warfarin–herb interactions and to assess the report reliabilities. We reviewed the published clinical literature to consolidate and
assess the interactions between various herbs and warfarin, based on reported adverse events, descriptions of the clinical case reports and case series using electronic databases as well as hand picked references from the year 1971 to year 2007 and ranked them on likely causality
using Naranjo’s algorithm. Out of 72 cases of documented case reports of warfarin with various herbs, 84.7% cases were evaluated as possible interactions (61/72) and 15.3% cases (11/72) as probable interactions. Cranberry juice was most commonly involved in interactions with warfarin with 34.7% of cases (25/72) of which 92% cases were possible interactions (23/25) and 8% cases (2/25) were probable
interactions. Hence, we conclude that combining anticoagulant medicines with herbs appears to be a risky proposition. The number of herbs reported to interact with warfarin continues to expand. Patients on warfarin are specifically advised to avoid taking herbal medicines or to
have their INR measured within two weeks of starting the drug, to be on a safer side. Further, more systematic studies pertaining to warfarin herb interactions are urgently warranted.

The structure of cranberry proanthocyanidins which inhibit adherence of uropatogenic Escherichia coli in vitro

Posted: January 7, 2011
Authors: Foo LY, Lu Y, Howell AB, Vorsa N.
Journal: Phytochemistry 54(2):173-181

Abstract: Ethyl acetate extracts of Sephadex LH20-purified proanthocyanidins of American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) exhibited potent biological activity by inhibiting adherence of uropathogenic isolates of P-fimbriated Escherichia coli bacteria to cellular surfaces containing a-Gal(1 4 4)b-Gal receptor sequences similar to those on epithelial cells in the urinary tract. The chemical structures of the proanthocyanidins were determined by 13C NMR, electrospray mass spectrometry, matrix-assisted
laser absorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry and by acid catalyzed degradation with phloroglucinol. The proanthocyanidin molecules consisted predominantly of epicatechin units with mainly DP of 4 and 5 containing at least one A-type linkage. The procyanidin A2 was the most common terminating unit occurring about four times as frequently as the epicatechin monomer