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Stenkamp-Strahm CM, Nyavor YE, Kappmeyer AJ, Horton S, Gericke M, Balemba OB. Prolonged high fat diet ingestion, obesity, and type 2 diabetes symptoms correlate with phenotypic plasticity in myenteric neurons and nerve damage in the mouse duodenum. Cell Tissue Res. 2015 Aug; 361(2):411-26. doi: 10.1007/s00441-015-2132-9. Epub 2015 Feb 28. PMID: 25722087

Stark TD, Salger M, Frank O, Balemba OB, Wakamatsu J, Hofmann T. Antioxidative compounds from Garcinia buchananii stem bark. J Nat Prod. 2015 Feb 27; 78(2):234-40. doi: 10.1021/np5007873. Epub 2015 Jan 27. PMID: 25625705

Balemba OB, Stark TD, Lösch S, Patterson S, McMillan JS, Mawe GM, Hofmann T.  (2R,3S,2” R,3”R)-manniflavanone, a new gastrointestinal smooth muscle L-type calcium channel inhibitor, which underlies the spasmolytic properties of Garcinia buchananii stem bark extract.  J Smooth Muscle Res. 2014; 50: 48-65. doi: 10.1540/jsmr.50.48. PMID: 26081368

Haick AK, Rzepka JP, Brandon E, Balemba OB, Miura TA. Neutrophils are needed for an effective immune response against pulmonary rat coronavirus infection, but also contribute to pathology. J Gen Virol. 2014 Mar; 95(Pt 3):578-90. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.061986-0. Epub 2013 Dec 9. PMID: 24323639

Stark TD, Germann D, Balemba OB, Wakamatsu J, Hofmann T. New highly in vitro antioxidative 3,8″-linked Biflav(an)ones and Flavanone-C-glycosides from Garcinia buchananii stem bark. J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Dec 26; 61(51):12572-81. doi: 10.1021/jf404783y. Epub 2013 Dec 12. PMID: 24295222.


Boakye PA, Brierley SM, Pasilis SP, Balemba OBGarcinia buchananii bark extract is an effective anti-diarrheal remedy for lactose-induced diarrhea. J Ethnopharmacol. 2012 Jul 13; 142(2):539-47. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2012.05.034. Epub 2012 May 27. PMID: 22643232 

Lavoie B, Nausch B, Zane EA, Leonard MR, Balemba OB, Bartoo AC, Wilcox R, Nelson MT, Carey MC, Mawe GM. Disruption of gallbladder smooth muscle function is an early feature in the development of cholesterol gallstone disease. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2012 May 24. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2982.2012.01935.x. PMID: 22621672

Stark TD, Matsutomo T, Lösch S, Boakye PA, Balemba OB, Pasilis SP, Hofmann T. Isolation and Structure Elucidation of Highly Antioxidative 3,8″-Linked Biflavanones and Flavanone-C-glycosides from Garcinia buchananii Bark. J Agric Food Chem. 2012 Feb 29;60(8):2053-62. Epub 2012 Feb 14. PMID: 22250972

Hoffman JM, Tyler K, Maceachern SJ, Balemba OB, Johnson AC, Brooks EM, Zhao H, Swain GM, Moses PL, Galligan JJ, Sharkey KA, Greenwood-Van Meerveld B, Mawe GM. 2012. Activation of Colonic Mucosal 5-HT(4) Receptors Accelerates Propulsive Motility and Inhibits Visceral Hypersensitivity. Gastroenterology. 2012 Jan 4. PMID: 22226658

Boakye PA, Stenkamp-Strahm C, Bhattarai Y, Heckman MD, Brierley SM, Pasilis SP, Balemba OB. 2012. 5-HT(3) and 5-HT(4) receptors contribute to the anti-motility effects of Garcinia buchananii bark extract in the guinea-pig distal colon. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 24(1):e27-40. PMID:22074563.


Balemba, O.B., Yogesh Bhattarai, Y., Chloe Stenkamp-Strahm, C., Mellau L.S.B. and. Mawe, G.M. 2010. The traditional anti-diarrheal remedy, Garcinia buchananii stem bark extract, inhibits propulsive motility and fast synaptic potentials in the guinea pig distal colon. Neurogastroenterol. & Motil. 22(12): 1332-39. Epub 2010 Aug 16.

Lavoie, B., Balemba, OB, Godfrey, C., Watson, CA., Galya Vassilleva, G., Corvera, CU., Nelson, MT., and Mawe, GM. 2010.  Hydrophobic bile salts inhibit gallbladder smooth muscle function via stimulation of GPBAR1 receptors and activation of KATP channels. J. Physiol. 588(Pt 17): 3295-305.

2000 -2009

Balemba, O. B., Bartoo, A.C., Nelson, M.T., and Mawe, G.M. 2008. Role of mitochondria in spontaneous rhythmic activity and intracellular calcium waves in the guinea pig gallbladder smooth muscle.  Am. J. Physiol Gastrointest. Liver Physiol. 2008; 294 (2):G467-76.

Lavoie, B., Balemba, O. B., Nelson, M.T, Ward, S.M. and Mawe, G.M.  2007. Morphological and physiological evidence for interstitial cell of Cajal-like cells in the guinea pig gallbladder. J Physiol. 579 (Pt 2):487-501.

Balemba, O.B., Salter, M.J., Heppner, T.J., Bonev, A.D., Nelson, M.T. and Mawe, G.M.  2006. Spontaneous Electrical Rhythymicity and the Role of the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum in the Excitability of Guinea Pig Gallbladder Smooth Muscle Cells. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 290(4):G655-64.

Balemba, O.B., Hay-Schmidt, A., Assey, R.J., Kahwa, C.K.B., Semuguruka, W.D. and Dantzer, V. 2002. An immunohistochemical study of the organisation of ganglia and nerve fibres in the mucosa of the porcine intestine. Anatomia Histologia and Embryologia 31(4): 237-246.

Balemba, O.B., Semuguruka, W. D., Hay-Schmidt, A., Johansen, M.V. and Dantzer, V. 2001. Vasoactive intestinal peptide and substance P-like immunoreactivities in the enteric nervous system of the pig correlate with the severity of pathological changes induced by Schistosoma japonicum. International Journal for Parasitology 31(13): 1503-1514.