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Concept: Datura stramonium

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Datura stramonium is an herbaceous annual plant. All parts of the plant contain tropane alkaloids such as atropine and scopolamine. We report the case of a 22-year-old man admitted to a general hospital for visual and aural hallucinations. One week after his admission, as the hallucinations remained, the patient was transferred to a psychiatric hospital. Neither blood nor urine was conserved during his hospitalization, so a hair analysis was requested in order to identify a possible consumption of a Datura seed infusion.

Concepts: Hospital, Atropine, Psychiatric hospital, Perennial plant, Psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants, Hyoscyamine, Datura, Datura stramonium

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The biological recognition of complex-type N-glycans is part of many key physiological and pathological events. Despite their importance, the structural characterization of these events remains an unsolved task. The inherent flexibility of N-glycans hampers crystallization and the chemical equivalence of individual branches precludes their NMR characterization. By using a chemoenzymatically synthesized tetraantennary N-glycan conjugated to a lanthanide binding tag, the NMR signals under paramagnetic conditions discriminated all four N-acetyl lactosamine antennae with unprecedented resolution. The NMR data revealed the conformation of the N-glycan and permitted for the first time the direct identification of individual branches involved in the recognition by two N-acetyllactosamine-binding lectins, Datura stramonium seed lectin (DSL) and Ricinus Communis agglutinin (RCA120).

Concepts: Biology, Ricin, Medicinal plants, Psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants, Datura, Datura stramonium

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Chitosan oligosaccharides (COS) have been shown to regulate various cellular and biological functions. The aim of this study was to investigate the antimetastatic potency of COS and the underlying mechanism. Here, we established a stably N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase V (GnT-V)-overexpressed MCF10A cell line. As expected, GnT-V overexpression greatly promoted cell migration in the transfectants by using wound healing assay. However, the induction in the cell migration was significantly suppressed by an addition of COS. Curiously, COS inhibited the protein expression of GnT-V in a dose dependent manner. Consistent with that, the reactivities with datura stramonium (DSA) and leuko-agglutinating phytohemagglutinin (L4-PHA) lectins, which specifically recognize branched N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) structure, were also suppressed by COS. Taken together, these results demonstrated COS inhibited breast epithelial cell migration through down-regulation of GnT-V and its products, branched N-glycans, indicating that COS may serve as a potential novel therapeutic candidate for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

Concepts: Gene expression, Cancer, Breast cancer, Metastasis, Wound healing, Metastatic breast cancer, Datura, Datura stramonium

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Tropane alkaloids are toxic secondary metabolites produced by Solanaceae plants. Among them, plants from Datura genus produce significant amounts of scopolamine and hyoscyamine; the latter undergoes racemization to atropine during isolation. Because of their biological importance, toxic properties and commonly reported food and animal feed contamination by different Datura sp. organs, there is a constant need for reliable methods for the analysis of tropane alkaloids in many matrices. In the current study, three extraction and sample-clean up procedures for the determination of scopolamine and atropine in plant material were compared in terms of their effectiveness and repeatability. Standard liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) and EXtrelut(®) NT 3 columns were used for the sample clean-up. Combined ultrasound-assisted extraction and 24h static extraction using ethyl acetate, followed by multiple LLE steps was found the most effective separation method among tested. However, absolute extraction recovery was relatively low and reached 45-67% for atropine and 52-73% for scopolamine, depending on the compound concentration. The same method was also the most effective one for the isolation of target compounds from Datura stramonium leaves. EXtrelut(®) columns, on the other hand, displayed relatively low effectiveness in isolating atropine and scopolamine from such a complex matrix and hence could not be recommended. The most effective method was also applied to the extraction of alkaloids from roots and stems of D. stramonium. Quantitative analyses were performed using validated method based on gas chromatography with flame ionization detector (GC-FID). Based on the results, the importance of the proper selection of internal standards in the analysis of tropane alkaloids was stressed out.

Concepts: Solanaceae, Atropine, Hyoscyamine, Datura, Datura stramonium, Tropane, Scopolamine, Brugmansia

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Although some findings have reported the medicinal properties of Jimson weed (Datura stramonium L.), there exist some serious neurological effects such as hallucination, loss of memory and anxiety, which has been reported in folklore. Consequently, the modulatory effect of alkaloid extracts from leaf and fruit of Jimson weed on critical enzymes of the purinergic [ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase (E-NTPDase), ecto-5'-nucleotidase (E-NTDase), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and Na(+)/K(+) ATPase] system of neurotransmission (in vitro and in vivo) was the focus of this study. Alkaloid extracts were prepared by solvent extraction method and their interaction with the activities of these enzymes were assessed (in vitro) in rat brain tissue homogenate and in vivo in rats administered 100 and 200mg/kg body weight (p.o) of the extracts for thirty days, while administration of single dose (1mg/kg body weight; i.p.) of scopolamine served as the positive control. The extracts were also investigated for their Fe(2+) and Cu(2+) chelating abilities and GC-MS characterization of the extracts was also carried out. The results revealed that the extracts inhibited activates of E-NTPDase, E-NTDase and ALP in a concentration dependent manner, while stimulating the activity of Na(+)/K(+) ATPase (in vitro). Both extracts also exhibited Fe(2+) and Cu(2+) chelating abilities. Considering the EC50 values, the fruit extract had significantly higher (P<0.05) modulatory effect on the enzymes' activities as well as metal chelating abilities, compared to the leaf extract; however, there was no significant difference (P>0.05) in both extracts' inhibitory effects on E-NTDase. The in vivo study revealed reduction in the activities of ENTPDase, E-NTDase, and Na(+)/K(+) ATPase in the extract-administered rat groups compared to the control group, while an elevation in ALP activity was observed in the extract-administered rat groups compared to the control group. GC-MS characterization revealed the presence of atropine, scopolamine, amphetamine, 3-methyoxyamphetamine, 3-ethoxyamhetamine cathine, spermine, phenlyephirine and 3-piperidinemethanol, among others in the extracts. Hence, alterations of activities of critical enzymes of purinergic signaling (in vitro and in vivo) by alkaloid extracts from leaf and fruit of Jimson weed suggest one of the mechanisms behind its neurological effects as reported in folklore.

Concepts: In vivo, Atropine, Extract, Psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants, Hyoscyamine, Datura, Datura stramonium, Deliriants

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Datura poisonings have been previously described but remain rare in forensic practice. Here, we present a homicide case involving Datura poisoning, which occurred during a robbery. Toxicological results were obtained by second autopsy performed after one previous autopsy and full body embalmment. A 35-year-old man presented with severe stomach and digestive pain, became unconscious and ultimately died during a trip in Asia. A first autopsy conducted in Asia revealed no trauma, intoxication or pathology. The corpse was embalmed with methanol/formalin. A second autopsy was performed in France, and toxicology samples were collected. Scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine were found in the vitreous humor, in addition to methanol. Police investigators questioned the local travel guide, who admitted to having added Datura to a drink to stun and rob his victim. The victim’s death was attributed to disordered heart rhythm due to severe anticholinergic syndrome following fatal Datura intoxication. This is a recent case of a rare homicide involving Datura that highlights general information on Datura and discusses forensic interpretation after a previous autopsy and body embalmment.

Concepts: Death, Poison, Anticholinergic, Autopsy, Embalming, Datura, Datura stramonium, Scopolamine

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A range of psychoactive substances used by patients suffering from schizophrenia varies and may include those which are fatal and may cause serious toxicity leading to death. We here present a case report of a patient suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, who was abusing Datura stramonium over a prolonged period.

Concepts: Medical terms, Schizophrenia, Psychoactive drug, Suffering, Abuse, Psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants, Datura, Datura stramonium

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In an attempt to identify plants having anti-tick properties, the 95% ethanolic and 50% hydro-ethanolic extracts of the fruits of Semecarpus anacardium and leaves of Datura stramonium were evaluated against reference tick lines of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus. The 95% ethanolic extracts of S. anacardium and D. stramonium caused 50% and 20% mortality, respectively, within 72h of treatment by adult immersion test. The LC90 value of the ethanolic fruit extract of S. anacardium was determined as 13.5% (CI 12.05-15.12). The extract was also found efficacious (73.3%±3.3%) against the multi-acaricide-resistant IVRI-V line of R.(B.) microplus. The S. anacardium extract significantly affected the reproductive physiology of treated ticks by inhibiting the oviposition and was found safe. The HPTLC fingerprinting profile revealed the presence of pyrocatechol as a marker compound. The acaricidal property of S. anacardium against chemical acaricide-resistant R. (B.) microplus was discussed.

Concepts: Seed, Ixodidae, Acari, Extract, Cashew, Tincture, Datura, Datura stramonium

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Negative frequency-dependent selection (FDS), where rare genotypes are favoured by selection, is commonly invoked as a mechanism explaining the maintenance of genetic variation in plant defences. However, empirical tests of FDS in plant-herbivore interactions are lacking. We evaluated if the oviposition preference of the specialist herbivore Lema daturaphila is a mechanism through which this herbivore can exert FDS on its host plant Datura stramonium. The frequency of contrasting resistance-tolerance strategies was manipulated within experimental plots, and the plants were exposed to a similar initial density of their natural herbivore. Herbivore oviposition preference and final density, as well as plant damage and seed production were estimated. Overall, we found that the high resistant-low tolerant genotypes produced four times more seeds when common than when rare, while the high tolerant-low resistant genotypes achieved twice its fitness when rare than when common. This pattern was the result of differential oviposition preferences. In addition, when the high resistant-low tolerant genotypes were common there was a three-fold decreased in herbivore final density which led to a decrease in damage level by 10%. Thus, in our experiment positive frequency-dependent selection seem to favour resistance over tolerance. We discuss how this results would change if the extent of herbivore local adaptation and damage modify the pattern of positive frequency-dependent selection acting on resistance and the optimal allocation to tolerance. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Concepts: Natural selection, Plant, Seed, Herbivore, Copyright, Balancing selection, Datura, Datura stramonium

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Alkaloids, nitrogen-containing secondary plant metabolites, are of major interest to veterinary toxicology because of their occurrence in plant species commonly involved in animal poisoning. Based on epidemiological data, the poisoning of cattle and horses by alkaloid-containing plants is a relatively common occurrence in Europe. Poisoning may occur when the plants contaminate hay or silage or when forage alternatives are unavailable. Cattle and horses are particularly at risk of poisoning by Colchicum autumnale (meadow saffron), Conium maculatum (poison hemlock), Datura stramonium (jimson weed), Equisetum palustre (marsh horsetail), Senecio spp. (ragwort and groundsel) and Taxus baccata (European yew). This review of poisonous alkaloid-containing plants describes the distribution of these plants, conditions under which poisoning occurs, active toxic principles involved and subsequent clinical signs observed.

Concepts: Poison, Atropine, Medicinal plants, Datura stramonium, Taxus baccata, Conium, Poisonous plants, Equisetum palustre