Berit Smestad Paulsen

Academic Interests

Pharmacognosy in general involving the medicinal plants, their use, bioactive compounds and effect. Focus is on medicinal plants from Mali and South Africa. Ethnopharmacology and bioactivity with focus on wound healing, malaria and diabetes are important areas of research. Additionally I have research collaboration with colleagues in Iceland and in China with focus on bioactive polysaccharides from lichen and microalgae.

Appointments

Head of Department, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Collaboration

Bioactive compounds from lichens from Iceland. Collaboration with a group led by Elin Soffia Olafsdottir, University of Reykjavik, Island.

From 2011 a collaboration with groups from:

  • Western Cape University og University of Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • University of Kampala, Uganda
  • University of Bamako, Mali
  • University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Bergen, Norway

in the project MUTHI under EC’s 7th Framework Programme (Health).

 

Tags: Ethnopharmacology, Immune related bioactivity, Pectins, Pharmacy, Bioactive polysaccharides, Medicinal herbs, Natural Products, Pharmacognosy

Publications

  • Bräunlich, Paula Marie; Inngjerdingen, Kari Tvete; Inngjerdingen, Marit; Johnson, Quinton; Paulsen, Berit Smestad & Mabusela, Wilfred (2018). Polysaccharides from the South African medicinal plant Artemisia afra: Structure and activity studies. Fitoterapia.  ISSN 0367-326X.  124, s 182- 187 . doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2017.11.016
  • Fu, Yu-Ping; Li, Li-Xia; Zhang, Bing-Zhao; Paulsen, Berit Smestad; Yin, Zhong-Qiong; Huang, Chao; Feng, Bin; Chen, Xing-Fu; Jia, Ren-Rong; Song, Xu; Ni, Xue-Qin; Jing, Bo; Wu, Fa-ming & Zou, Yuan-Feng (2018). Characterization and prebiotic activity in vitro of inulin-type fructan from Codonopsis pilosula roots. Carbohydrate Polymers.  ISSN 0144-8617.  193, s 212- 220 . doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.03.065
  • Gopalakrishnan Saroja, Seethapathy; Kaliamoorthy, Ravikumar; Paulsen, Berit Smestad; de Boer, Hugo & Wangensteen, Helle (2018). Ethnobotany of dioecious species: Traditional knowledge on dioecious plants in India. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741.  221, s 56- 64 . doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2018.04.011 Show summary
  • Georgiev, Yordan N.; Ognyanov, Manol H.; Kiyohara, Hiroaki; Batsalova, Tsevetelina; Dzhambazov, Balik; Ciz, Milan; Denev, Petko N.; Yamada, Haruki; Paulsen, Berit Smestad; Vasicek, Ondrej; Lojek, Antonin; Barsett, Hilde; Antonova, Daniela & Kratchanova, Maria G. (2017). Acidic polysaccharide complexes from purslane, silver linden and lavender stimulate Peyer's patch immune cells through innate and adaptive mechanisms. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.  ISSN 0141-8130.  105, s 730- 740 . doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.07.095
  • Georgiev, Yordan N.; Paulsen, Berit Smestad; Kiyohara, Hiroaki; Ciz, Milan; Ognyanov, Manol H.; Vasicek, Ondrej; Rise, Frode; Denev, Petko N.; Lojek, Antonin; Batsalova, Tsevetelina; Dzhambazov, Balik; Yamada, Haruki; Lund, Reidar; Barsett, Hilde; Krastanov, Albert I.; Yanakieva, Irina Z. & Kratchanova, Maria G. (2017). Tilia tomentosa pectins exhibit dual mode of action on phagocytes as beta-glucuronic acid monomers are abundant in their rhamnogalacturonans 1. Carbohydrate Polymers.  ISSN 0144-8617.  175, s 178- 191 . doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.07.073
  • Georgiev, Yordan N.; Paulsen, Berit Smestad; Kiyohara, Hiroaki; Ciz, Milan; Ognyanov, Manol H.; Vasicek, Ondrej; Rise, Frode; Denev, Petko N.; Yamada, Haruki; Lojek, Antonin; Kussovski, Vesselin; Barsett, Hilde; Krastanov, Albert I.; Yanakieva, Irina Z. & Kratchanova, Maria G. (2017). The common lavender (Lavandula officinalis Mill.) pectic polysaccharides modulate phagocytic leukocytesd and intestinal Peyer´s patch cells. Carbohydrate Polymers.  ISSN 0144-8617.  174, s 948- 959 . doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.07.011
  • Zou, Yuan-Feng; Fu, Yu-Ping; Chen, Xing-Fu; Austarheim, Ingvild; Inngjerdingen, Kari Tvete; Huang, Chao; Lei, Fei-Yi; Song, Xu; Li, Lixia; Ye, Gang; Eticha, Lemlem Dugassa; Yin, Zhongqiong & Paulsen, Berit Smestad (2017). Polysaccharides with immunomodulating activity from roots of Gentiana crassicaulis. Carbohydrate Polymers.  ISSN 0144-8617.  172, s 306- 314 . doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.04.049
  • Zou, Yuanfeng; Fu, Yu-Ping; Chen, Xing-Fu; Austarheim, Ingvild; Inngjerdingen, Kari Tvete; Huang, Chao; Eticha, Lemlem Dugassa; Song, Xu; Li, Lixia; Feng, Bin; He, Chang-Liang; Yin, Zhong-Qiong; Paulsen, Berit Smestad & Han, Quan-Bin (2017). Purification and partial structural characterization of a complement fixating polysaccharide from rhizomes of Ligusticum chuanxiong. Molecules.  ISSN 1420-3049.  22(2), s 1- 11 . doi: 10.3390/molecules22020287

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  • Harding, Stephen E; Tombs, Michael; Adams, Gary G.; Paulsen, Berit Smestad; Inngjerdingen, Kari Tvete & Barsett, Hilde (2017). An Introduction to Polysaccharide Biotechnology. CRC Press.  ISBN 9781482246971.  225 s.

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  • Georgiev, Yordan Nikolaev; Paulsen, Berit Smestad; Kiyohara, Hiroaki; Číž, Milan; Ognyanov, Manol H.; Vašíček, Ondřej; Rise, Frode; Denev, Petko Nedyalkov; Yamada, Haruki; Lojek, Antonín; Kussovski, Vesselin; Barsett, Hilde; Krastanov, Albert Ivanov; Yanakieva, Irina Z. & Kratchanova, Maria G. (2017). Erratum to "The common lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Mill.) pectic polysaccharides modulate phagocytic leukocytes and intestinal Peyer's patch cells" (Carbohydr. Polym. (2017) 174 (948-959) (S0144861717307774) (10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.07.011)). Carbohydrate Polymers.  ISSN 0144-8617.  177, s 469- 470 . doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.09.037

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Published Nov. 3, 2010 3:42 PM - Last modified Mar. 16, 2011 10:17 PM