Ian E Cock1,2* (Editor-In-Chief)
1Environmental Futures Research Institute, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
2School of Natural Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
Dear readers and authors,
Welcome to a new and hopefully fruitful year. I am pleased to bring you the first issue of Pharmacognosy Communications for 2018: volume 8, issue 1. In this issue we present 8 new original research reports examining the pharmacognosy of several important medicinal plants including reports on: a review of both the positive actions and side effects of statins; the anticancer properties of Uncaria tomentosa Willd. DC. extracts against Caco2 and HeLa cancer cell lines; a comparison of the anticholinesterase, antioxidant and cytotoxic activities of Allium cepa and Ocimum basilicum and therefore their potential in drug development for the treatment of Alzheimers Disease; the hepato-protective effects of Monodora myristica (Gaertn.), Chromolaena odorata (Linn), Buccholzia coriacea (Engl.) and Sphenostylis stenocarpa (Hochst ex A. Rich) following carbon tetrachloride exposure; the effects of herbal combinations on serum lactate dehydrogenase activity and organ weight in a diabetes mellitus model system; a pharmacognostic comparison of the leaves of Citrus sinensis var. jaffa and Citrus paradisi var. redblush; the antioxidant, antihemolytic and anti-inflammatory activities of Santolina chamaecyparissus extracts; the antioxidant properties and xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity of the Algerian medicinal plant Paronychia argentea L.. Read more…