Pharmacological Activity of Medicinal and Functional Plants

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 1448

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Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan
Interests: laboratory animal models; herb medicine; immunology; endocrinology; anti-bacterial and anti-protozoal phytogenic feed additives; artificial intelligence device

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Plants titled “Pharmacological Activity of Medicinal and Functional Plants” will focus on original research papers and comprehensive reviews. The topics of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, recent advances in:

Medicinal and functional plants containing bioactive molecules utilized for the benefit of human and animal health.

Combinations of herbs and probiotics as an alternative growth promoter in economic animal production and antimicrobial resistance control.

Phytogenics with antimicrobial activities as alternatives to conventional antibiotics to decrease risks of drug resistance and environmental contamination. Natural growth promoters as the optimal choice to improve global food safety risk and feed supplement.

Functional mechanism(s) or synthetic pathway(s) of active phytocompound(s) in medicinal plants.

Biomaterials and delivery strategies of phytochemical compounds used to prevent and treat human and animal diseases.

Application of optical and electrochemical biosensing or artificial intelligence techniques utilized for the detection of phytochemicals levels and expression of medical function.

Stable production systems, e.g., good agricultural and collection practice (GACP). Introductions or reviews on medicinal and functional plants as nutrigenomic or phytogenic feed additives with confirmed active phytocompound(s) or a unique fingerprint.

We hope you find this topic of interest. As Guest Editors, we cordially invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration and possible publication in a Special Issue on “Pharmacological Activity of Medicinal and Functional Plants” to be published in the Plants (, EISSN: 2223-7747, IF 4.658). Original research articles, reviews, and methodologies are welcome contributions.

Prof. Dr. Lee Tian Chang
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  • active phytocompounds
  • alternative antimicrobial agents
  • artificial intelligence
  • biomaterials
  • biosensing
  • good agricultural and collection practice
  • herbal medicines
  • medicinal plants
  • phytogenic feed additives
  • probiotics

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Integrative Approach to Identifying System-Level Mechanisms of Chung-Sang-Bo-Ha-Hwan’s Influence on Respiratory Tract Diseases: A Network Pharmacological Analysis with Experimental Validation
by Sa-Yoon Park, Kang-Sub Kim, Won-Yung Lee, Chang-Eop Kim and Sullim Lee
Plants 2023, 12(17), 3024; - 22 Aug 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 1038
Chung-Sang-Bo-Ha-Hwan (CSBHH) is an herbal prescription widely used to treat various chronic respiratory diseases. To investigate the system-level treatment mechanisms of CSBHH in respiratory tract diseases, we identified 56 active ingredients of CSBHH and evaluated the degree of overlap between their targets and [...] Read more.
Chung-Sang-Bo-Ha-Hwan (CSBHH) is an herbal prescription widely used to treat various chronic respiratory diseases. To investigate the system-level treatment mechanisms of CSBHH in respiratory tract diseases, we identified 56 active ingredients of CSBHH and evaluated the degree of overlap between their targets and respiratory tract disease-associated proteins. We then investigated the respiratory tract disease-related signaling pathways associated with CSBHH targets. Enrichment analysis showed that the CSBHH targets were significantly associated with various signaling pathways related to inflammation, alveolar structure, and tissue fibrosis. Experimental validation was conducted using phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA)-stimulated NCI-H292 cells by analyzing the mRNA expression levels of biomarkers (IL-1β and TNF-α for inflammation; GSTP1, GSTM1, and PTEN for apoptosis) derived from network pharmacological analysis, in addition to the mucin genes MUC5AC and MUC2, to investigate the phlegm-expelling effect of CSBHH. The mRNA expression levels of these genes were consistent with network pharmacological predictions in a concentration-dependent manner. These results suggest that the therapeutic mechanisms of CSBHH in respiratory tract diseases could be attributed to the simultaneous action of multiple active ingredients in the herbal prescription. Full article
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