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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104382/molecular-implications-of-adenosine-in-obesity
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Fabián Pardo, Roberto Villalobos-Labra, Delia I Chiarello, Rocío Salsoso, Fernando Toledo, Jaime Gutierrez, Andrea Leiva, Luis Sobrevia
Adenosine has broad activities in organisms due to the existence of multiple receptors, the differential adenosine concentrations necessary to activate these receptors and the presence of proteins able to synthetize, degrade or transport this nucleoside. All adenosine receptors have been reported to be involved in glucose homeostasis, inflammation, adipogenesis, insulin resistance, and thermogenesis, indicating that adenosine could participate in the process of obesity. Since adenosine seems to be associated with several effects, it is plausible that adenosine participates in the initiation and development of obesity or may function to prevent it...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093236/extracellular-atp-and-adenosine-the-yin-and-yang-in-immune-responses
#2
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M M Faas, T Sáez, P de Vos
Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) and adenosine molecules are intimately involved in immune responses. ATP is mostly a pro-inflammatory molecule and is released during hypoxic condition and by necrotic cells, as well as by activated immune cells and endothelial cells. However, under certain conditions, for instance at low concentrations or at prolonged exposure, ATP may also have anti-inflammatory properties. Extracellular ATP can activate both P2X and P2Y purinergic receptors. Extracellular ATP can be hydrolyzed into adenosine in a two-step enzymatic process involving the ectonucleotidases CD39 (ecto-apyrase) and CD73...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089907/adenosine-and-preeclampsia
#3
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Rocío Salsoso, Marcelo Farías, Jaime Gutiérrez, Fabián Pardo, Delia I Chiarello, Fernando Toledo, Andrea Leiva, Alfonso Mate, Carmen M Vázquez, Luis Sobrevia
Adenosine is an endogenous nucleoside with pleiotropic effects in different physiological processes including circulation, renal blood flow, immune function, or glucose homeostasis. Changes in adenosine membrane transporters, adenosine receptors, and corresponding intracellular signalling network associate with development of pathologies of pregnancy, including preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality affecting 3-5% of pregnancies. Since the proposed mechanisms of preeclampsia development include adenosine-dependent biological effects, adenosine membrane transporters and receptors, and the associated signalling mechanisms might play a role in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089906/adenosine-signaling-in-diabetes-mellitus-and-associated-cardiovascular-and-renal-complications
#4
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Maria Peleli, Mattias Carlstrom
Diabetes mellitus is characterized by abnormal glucose and lipid metabolism, and subsequent hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, which results from defects in pancreatic beta islets insulin secretion and/or decreased insulin sensitivity in metabolically active organs (i.e. liver, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue). Accumulating evidence highlights a critical role for the adenosine system in the regulation of insulin and glucose homeostasis and the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Adenosine is a key diverse extracellular signaling molecule that regulates several aspects of tissue function by activating four G-protein-coupled receptors (i...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088487/adenosine-receptors-and-caffeine-in-retinopathy-of-prematurity
#5
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Jiang-Fan Chen, Shuya Zhang, Rong Zhou, Zhenlang Lin, Xiaohong Cai, Jing Lin, Yuqin Huo, Xiaoling Liu
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a major cause of childhood blindness in the world and is caused by oxygen-induced damage to the developing retinal vasculature, resulting in hyperoxia-induced vaso-obliteration and subsequent delayed retinal vascularization and hypoxia-induced pathological neovascularization driven by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway in retina. Current anti-VEGF therapy has shown some effective in a clinical trial, but is associated with the unintended effects on delayed eye growth and retinal vasculature development of preterm infants...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088486/pharmacological-targeting-of-adenosine-receptor-signaling
#6
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Maria Peleli, Bertil Fredholm, Luis Sobrevia, Mattias Carlström
Adenosine receptor signaling plays important roles in normal physiology, but is also known to modulate the development or progression of several different diseases. The design of new, efficient, and safe pharmacological approaches to target the adenosine system may have considerable therapeutic potential, but is also associated with many challenges. This review summarizes the main challenges of adenosine receptor targeted treatment including tolerance, disease stage, cell type-specific effects, caffeine intake, adenosine level assessment and receptor distribution in vivo...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915051/low-but-not-high-dose-caffeine-is-a-readily-available-probe-for-adenosine-actions
#7
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Bertil B Fredholm, Jiangning Yang, Yingqing Wang
Caffeine is very widely used and knowledge of its mode of action can be used to gain an understanding of basal physiological regulation. This review makes the point that caffeine is - in low doses - an antagonist of adenosine acting at A1, A2A and A2B receptors. We use published and unpublished data to make the point that high dose effects of caffeine are not only qualitatively different but have a different underlying mechanism. Therefore one must be careful in only using epidemiological or experimental data where rather low doses of caffeine are used to draw conclusions about the physiology and pathophysiology of adenosine...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890600/folate-status-and-colorectal-cancer-risk-a-2016-update
#8
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Joel B Mason, San Yuan Tang
The consensus of epidemiologic evidence indicates that an abundant intake of foodstuffs rich in folate conveys protection against the development of colorectal cancer, and perhaps some other common cancers as well. Pre-clinical models substantiate that the relationship is a genuinely causal one. Pre-clinical models have also lent mechanistic insights into the biochemical and molecular pathways by which adequate folate exposure conveys these protective effects, and human studies are beginning to confirm the relevance of this mechanistic understanding to human cancer biology...
November 24, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890599/adenosine-in-sperm-physiology
#9
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Ilaria Bellezza, Alba Minelli
It has long been known that ATP and cAMP are deeply involved in sperm function whereas the role of adenosine and adenosine receptors is still far from being totally construed. The presence of adenosine in male reproductive tract and adenosine receptors on spermatozoa is strongly suggestive of a functional role of these receptors in sperm physiology and function. Spermatozoa are highly differentiated cells with fertility as the only goal. This paper, by an extensive review of the literature, outlines our current understanding of the role and effects of adenosine and adenosine receptors in spermatogenesis and in the acquisition of sperm fertilizing capacity which occurs in the femal genital tract, where the motile sperm fertilize an egg to form a zygote...
November 24, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889327/epigenetics-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#10
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Jooho Lee, Yuri Kim, Simonetta Friso, Sang-Woon Choi
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a common hepatic disorder ranging from simple steatosis through steatohepatitis to fibrosis and cirrhosis, is an emerging health concern. NAFLD is a pathologic condition characterized by the buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol consumption. Excess hepatic fat accumulation results from increased delivery of triglycerides (TG) to the liver or conversion of surplus carbohydrates to TG. Importantly, a subgroup of NAFLD results in hepatocellular injury and inflammation, which is referred to as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and may progress to irreversible cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
November 23, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876554/interaction-between-excess-folate-and-low-vitamin-b12-status
#11
REVIEW
Ligi Paul, Jacob Selhub
Current epidemiological evidence suggests that an imbalance of high folate status and low vitamin B12 status is associated with negative health outcomes in older adults and children. Such an imbalance during pregnancy also predisposes women to diabetes and their offspring to insulin resistance and adiposity and low birthweight. In older adults, vitamin B12 status can remain low despite adequate intake due to age-related decline in vitamin B12 absorption. Pregnant women are exposed to folic acid at varying doses depending on the prenatal care prescribed in different countries...
November 20, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876557/targeting-nuclear-thymidylate-biosynthesis
#12
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James Chon, Patrick J Stover, Martha S Field
Thymidylate (dTMP) biosynthesis plays an essential and exclusive function in DNA synthesis and proper cell division, and therefore has been an attractive therapeutic target. Folate analogs, known as antifolates, and nucleotide analogs that inhibit the enzymatic action of the de novo thymidylate biosynthesis pathway and are commonly used in cancer treatment. In this review, we examine the mechanisms by which the antifolate 5-fluorouracil, as well as other dTMP synthesis inhibitors, function in cancer treatment in light of emerging evidence that dTMP synthesis occurs in the nucleus...
November 19, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876556/homocysteine-and-disease-causal-associations-or-epiphenomenons
#13
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Luciana Hannibal, Henk J Blom
Nutritional and genetic deficiencies of folate and vitamin B12 lead to elevation of cellular homocysteine (Hcy), which translates in increased plasma Hcy. The sources and role of elevated plasma Hcy in pathology continues to be a subject of intense scientific debate. Whether a cause, mediator or marker, little is known about the molecular mechanisms and interactions of Hcy with cellular processes that lead to disease. The use of folic acid reduces the incidence of neural tube defects, but the effect of Hcy-lowering interventions with folic acid in cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment remains controversial...
November 19, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876555/one-carbon-metabolism-and-epigenetics
#14
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Simonetta Friso, Silvia Udali, Domenica De Santis, Sang-Woon Choi
The function of one-carbon metabolism is that of regulating the provision of methyl groups for biological methylation reactions including that of DNA and histone proteins. Methylation at specific sites into the DNA sequence and at histone tails are among the major epigenetic feature of mammalian genome for the regulation of gene expression. The enzymes within one-carbon metabolism are dependent from a number of vitamins or nutrients that serve either as co-factors or methyl acceptors or donors among which folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, betaine, choline and methionine have a major role...
November 19, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876553/why-devote-an-entire-issue-to-the-topic-of-how-nutrients-in-one-carbon-metabolism-play-roles-in-modern-medicine
#15
REVIEW
Joel B Mason
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 19, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871900/insulin-adenosine-axis-linked-signalling
#16
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Luis Silva, Mario Subiabre, Joaquín Araos, Tamara Sáez, Rocío Salsoso, Fabián Pardo, Andrea Leiva, Rody San Martín, Fernando Toledo, Luis Sobrevia
Regulation of blood flow depends on systemic and local release of vasoactive molecules such as insulin and adenosine. These molecules cause vasodilation by activation of plasma membrane receptors at the vascular endothelium. Adenosine activates at least four subtypes of adenosine receptors (A1AR, A2AAR, A2BAR, A3AR), of which A2AAR and A2BAR activation leads to increased cAMP level, generation of nitric oxide, and relaxation of the underlying smooth muscle cell layer. Vasodilation caused by adenosine also depends on plasma membrane hyperpolarization due to either activation of intermediate-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels in vascular smooth muscle or activation of ATP-activated K(+) channels in the endothelium...
November 19, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865887/effects-of-altered-parental-folate-and-one-carbon-nutrient-status-on-offspring-growth-and-metabolism
#17
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Jimmy W Crott
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 16, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825817/influence-of-maternal-obesity-diet-and-exercise-on-epigenetic-regulation-of-adipocytes
#18
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Archana Dhasarathy, James N Roemmich, Kate J Claycombe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 4, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825818/neuroglobin-from-structure-to-function-in-health-and-disease
#19
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Paolo Ascenzi, Alessandra di Masi, Loris Leboffe, Marco Fiocchetti, Maria Teresa Nuzzo, Maurizio Brunori, Maria Marino
In 2000, the third member of the globin family was discovered in human and mouse brain and named neuroglobin (Ngb). Ngb is a monomeric 3/3 globin structurally similar to myoglobin and to the α- and β-chains of hemoglobin, however it displays a bis-histidyl six-coordinate heme-Fe atom. Therefore, ligand binding to the Ngb metal center is limited from the dissociation of the distal His(E7)64-Fe bond. From its discovery, more than 500 papers on Ngb structure, expression, reactivity, and localization have been published to highlight its biochemical properties and its role(s) in health and disease...
December 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720780/epigenetics-in-fibrosis
#20
Steven O'Reilly
Fibrosis is a common and important disease. It is a pathological state due to excessive scar formation mediated by an increase in activated fibroblasts that express alpha smooth muscle actin and copious amounts of extracellular matrix molecules. Epigenetics is an area of research that encompasses three main mechanisms: methylation, histone modifications to the tails of histones and also non-coding RNAs including long and short non-coding RNAs. These three mechanisms all seek to regulate gene expression without a change in the underlying DNA sequence...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
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