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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423196/melatonin-enhances-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-and-engraftment-by-increasing-mitochondrial-function
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Miguel Mendivil-Perez, Viviana Soto-Mercado, Ana Guerra-Librero, Beatriz I Fernandez-Gil, Javier Florido, Ying-Qiang Shen, Miguel A Tejada, Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez, Iryna Rusanova, José M Garcia-Verdugo, Darío Acuña-Castroviejo, Luis Carlos López, Carlos Velez-Pardo, Marlene Jimenez-Del-Rio, José M Ferrer, Germaine Escames
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are regarded as a promising therapeutic approach to protecting and restoring damaged neurons in neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease (PD and AD, respectively). However, new research suggests that NSC differentiation is required to make this strategy effective. Several studies have demonstrated that melatonin increases mature neuronal markers, which reflects NSC differentiation into neurons. Nevertheless, the possible involvement of mitochondria in the effects of melatonin during NSC differentiation has not yet been fully established...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398674/melatonin-protects-cardiac-microvasculature-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-suppression-of-mitochondrial-fission-vdac1-hk2-mptp-mitophagy-axis
#2
Hao Zhou, Ying Zhang, Shunying Hu, Chen Shi, Pingjun Zhu, Qiang Ma, Qinhua Jin, Feng Cao, Feng Tian, Yundai Chen
The cardiac microvascular system, which is primarily composed of monolayer endothelial cells, is the site of blood supply and nutrient exchange to cardiomyocytes. However, microvascular ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) following percutaneous coronary intervention is a woefully neglected topic and few strategies are available to reverse such pathologies. Here, we studied the effects of melatonin on microcirculation IRI and elucidated the underlying mechanism. Melatonin markedly reduced infarcted area, improved cardiac function, restored blood flow and lower microcirculation perfusion defects...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398673/melatonin-alleviates-inflammasome-induced-pyroptosis-through-inhibiting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-gsdmd-signal-in-mice-adipose-tissue
#3
Zhenjiang Liu, Lu Gan, Yatao Xu, Dan Luo, Qian Ren, Song Wu, Chao Sun
Pyroptosis is a proinflammatory form of cell death that is associated with pathogenesis of many chronic inflammatory diseases. Melatonin is substantially reported to possess anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting inflammasome activation. However, the effects of melatonin on inflammasome-induced pyroptosis in adipocytes remain elusive. Here, we demonstrated that melatonin alleviated lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced inflammation and NLRP3 inflammasome formation in mice adipose tissue. The NLRP3 inflammasome-mediated pyroptosis was also inhibited by melatonin in adipocytes...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378373/chloroplast-overexpression-of-rice-caffeic-acid-o-methyltransferase-increases-melatonin-production-in-chloroplasts-via-the-5-methoxytryptamine-pathway-in-transgenic-rice-plants
#4
Geun-Hee Choi, Hyoung Yool Lee, Kyoungwhan Back
Recent analyses of the enzymatic features of various melatonin biosynthetic genes from bacteria, animals, and plants have led to the hypothesis that melatonin could be synthesized via the 5-methoxytryptamine (5-MT) pathway. 5-MT is known to be synthesized in vitro from serotonin by the enzymatic action of O-methyltransferases, including N-acetylserotonin methyltransferase (ASMT) and caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT), leading to melatonin synthesis by the subsequent enzymatic reaction with serotonin N-acetyltransferase (SNAT)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370493/melatonin-administration-to-wild-type-mice-and-non-treated-nlrp3-mutant-mice-share-similar-inhibition-of-the-inflammatory-response-during-sepsis
#5
Ibtissem Rahim, Bahia Djerdjouri, Ramy K Sayed, Marisol Fernández-Ortiz, Beatriz Fernández-Gil, Agustín Hidalgo-Gutiérrez, Luis C López, Germaine Escames, Russel J Reiter, Dario Acuna-Castroviejo
The NLRP3 inflammasome is involved in the innate immune response during inflammation. Moreover, melatonin blunts the NF-κB/NLRP3 connection during sepsis. Thus, we compared the roles of the NLRP3 inflammasome and/or melatonin treatment in the septic response of wild-type and NLRP3(-/-) mice. Mouse myocardial tissue was used for this purpose. The nuclear turnover of NF-κB was enhanced during sepsis, with an increase in TNFα, iNOS, and pro-IL-1β. The lack of inflammasome in NLRP3(-/-) mice significantly reduced that response and blunted IL-1β maturation due to the lack of caspase-1...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370218/melatonin-antioxidant-and-modulatory-properties-in-age-related-changes-during-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
#6
Vânia Brazão, Fabricia Helena Santello, Rafaela Pravato Colato, Tamires Tesch Mazotti, Lucas Favaretto Tazinafo, Míriam Paula Alonso Toldo, Gabriel Tavares do Vale, Carlos Renato Tirapelli, José Clóvis do Prado
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of melatonin on selected biomarkers of innate and humoral immune response as well as the antioxidant/oxidant status (superoxide dismutase- SOD and reduced glutathione levels (GSH) to understand whether age-related changes would influence the development of acute Trypanossoma cruzi (T. cruzi) infection. Young (5 weeks) and middle-aged (18 months) Wistar rats were orally treated with melatonin (gavage) (05 mg/kg/day). 9 days after infection. A significant increase on both SOD activity and GSH levels were found in plasma from all middle-aged melatonin-treated animals...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295567/melatonin-reverses-h2-o2-induced-senescence-in-sh-sy5y-cells-by-enhancing-autophagy-via-sirtuin-1-deacetylation-of-the-rela-p65-subunit-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#7
Chutikorn Nopparat, Puritat Sinjanakhom, Piyarat Govitrapong
Autophagy, a degradation mechanism that plays a major role in maintaining cellular homeostasis and diminishes in aging, is considered an aging characteristic. Melatonin is an important hormone that plays a wide range of physiological functions, including the anti-aging effect, potentially via the regulation of the Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) pathway. The deacetylation ability of SIRT1 is important for controlling the function of several transcription factors, including nuclear factor kappa B (NF-ĸB). Apart from inflammation, NF-ĸB can regulate autophagy by inhibiting Beclin1, an initiator of autophagy...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273380/an-aanat-asmt-transgenic-animal-model-constructed-with-crispr-cas9-system-serving-as-the-mammary-gland-bioreactor-to-produce-melatonin-enrich-milk-in-sheep
#8
Teng Ma, Jingli Tao, Minghui Yang, Changjiu He, Xiuzhi Tian, Xiaosheng Zhang, Jinlong Zhang, Shoulong Deng, Jianzhong Feng, Zhenzhen Zhang, Jing Wang, Pengyun Ji, Yukun Song, Pingli He, Hongbing Han, Juncai Fu, Zhengxing Lian, Guoshi Liu
Melatonin as a potent antioxidant exhibits important nutritional and medicinal values. To produce melatonin-enriching milk will benefit to the consumers. In this study, a sheep bioreactor which generates melatonin-enriching milk has been successfully developed by the technology that combined CRISPR/Cas9 system and microinjection. The AANAT and ASMT were cloned from pineal gland of Dorper sheep (Ovis aries). The in vitro studies found that AANAT and ASMT were successfully transferred to the mammary epithelial cell lines and significantly increased melatonin production in the culture medium compared to the non-transgenic cell lines...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247536/melatonin-regulates-parp1-to-control-the-senescence-associated-secretory-phenotype-sasp-in-human-fetal-lung-fibroblast-cells
#9
Songtao Yu, Xiaojiao Wang, Peiliang Geng, Xudong Tang, Lisha Xiang, Xin Lu, Jianjun Li, Zhihua Ruan, Jianfang Chen, Ganfeng Xie, Zhe Wang, Juanjuan Ou, Yuan Peng, Xi Luo, Xuan Zhang, Yan Dong, Hongshan Chen, Houjie Liang
Cellular senescence is an important tumor-suppressive mechanism. However, acquisition of a senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) in senescent cells has deleterious effects on the tissue microenvironment and, paradoxically, promotes tumor progression. In a drug screen, we identified melatonin as a novel SASP suppressor in human cells. Strikingly, melatonin blunts global SASP gene expression upon oncogene-induced senescence (OIS). Moreover, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1), a sensor of DNA damage, was identified as a new melatonin-dependent regulator of SASP gene induction upon OIS...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247434/melatonin-protects-against-lipid-induced-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-hepatocytes-and-inhibits-stellate-cell-activation-during-hepatic-fibrosis-in-mice
#10
Nabanita Das, Ashok Mandala, Shamreen Naaz, Suresh Giri, Mukul Jain, Debasish Bandyopadhyay, Russel J Reiter, Sib Sankar Roy
Lipid generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) in consequence to mitochondrial fission followed by inflammation in propagating hepatic fibrosis. The interaction of SIRT1/Mitofusin2 is critical for maintaining mitochondrial integrity and functioning, which is disrupted upon excess lipid infiltration during the progression of steatohepatitis. The complex interplay between hepatic stellate cells and steatotic hepatocytes is critically regulated by extracellular factors including increased circulating free fatty acids during fibrogenesis...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226198/olanzapine-induced-early-cardiovascular-effects-are-mediated-by-the-biological-clock-and-prevented-by-melatonin
#11
Francisco Romo-Nava, Frederik N Buijs, Marcela Valdés-Tovar, Gloria Benítez-King, MariCarmen Basualdo, Mercedes Perusquía, Gerhard Heinze, Carolina Escobar, Ruud M Buijs
Second generation antipsychotics (SGA) are associated with adverse cardiometabolic side effects contributing to premature mortality in patients. While mechanisms mediating these cardiometabolic side effects remain poorly understood, three independent studies recently demonstrated that melatonin was protective against cardiometabolic risk in SGA-treated patients. As one of the main target areas of circulating melatonin in the brain is the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), we hypothesized that the SCN is involved in SGA-induced early cardiovascular effects in Wistar rats...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226194/melatonin-systemically-ameliorates-drought-stress-induced-damage-in-medicago-sativa-plants-by-modulating-nitro-oxidative-homeostasis-and-proline-metabolism
#12
Chrystalla Antoniou, Giannis Chatzimichail, Rafaella Xenofontos, Jan J Pavlou, Evangelia Panagiotou, Anastasis Christou, Vasileios Fotopoulos
Recent reports have uncovered the multifunctional role of melatonin in plant physiological responses under optimal and suboptimal environmental conditions. In this study, we explored whether melatonin pretreatment could provoke priming effects in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) plants subsequently exposed to prolonged drought stress (7 days), by withholding watering. Results revealed that the rhizospheric application of melatonin (10 μmol L(-1) ) remarkably enhanced the drought tolerance of alfalfa plants, as evidenced by the observed plant tolerant phenotype, as well as by the higher levels of chlorophyll fluorescence and stomatal conductance, compared with nontreated drought-stressed plants...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226188/effects-of-melatonin-on-seedling-growth-mineral-nutrition-and-nitrogen-metabolism-in-cucumber-under-nitrate-stress
#13
Ruimin Zhang, Yunkuo Sun, Zeyu Liu, Wen Jin, Yan Sun
In China, excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers in glasshouses leads to nitrate accumulations in soil and plants, which then limits productivity. Melatonin, an evolutionarily highly conserved molecule, has a wide range of functions in plants. We analyzed the effects of melatonin pretreatment on the growth, mineral nutrition, and nitrogen metabolism in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. "Jin You No. 1") when seedlings were exposed to nitrate stress. An application of 0.1 mmol/L melatonin significantly improved the growth of plants and reduced their susceptibility to damage due to high nitrate levels (0...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199741/melatonin-prevents-obesity-through-modulation-of-gut-microbiota-in-mice
#14
Pengfei Xu, Jialin Wang, Fan Hong, Sheng Wang, Xi Jin, Tingting Xue, Li Jia, Yonggong Zhai
Excess weight and obesity are severe public health threats worldwide. Recent evidence demonstrates that gut microbiota dysbiosis contributes to obesity and its comorbidities. The body weight-reducing and energy balancing effects of melatonin have been reported in several studies, but to date, no investigations toward examining whether the beneficial effects of melatonin are associated with gut microbiota have been carried out. In this study, we show that melatonin reduces body weight, liver steatosis, and low-grade inflammation as well as improving insulin resistance in high fat diet (HFD)-fed mice...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178380/pre-ischemia-melatonin-treatment-alleviated-acute-neuronal-injury-after-ischemic-stroke-by-inhibiting-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-dependent-autophagy-via-perk-and-ire1-signalings
#15
Dayun Feng, Bao Wang, Lei Wang, Neeta Abraham, Kai Tao, Lu Huang, Wei Shi, Yushu Dong, Yan Qu
Melatonin has demonstrated a potential protective effect in central nervous system. Thus, it is interesting to determine whether pre-ischemia melatonin administration could protect against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (IR)-related injury and the underlying molecular mechanisms. In this study, we revealed that IR injury significantly activated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and autophagy in a middle cerebral artery occlusion mouse model. Pre-ischemia melatonin treatment was able to attenuate IR-induced ER stress and autophagy...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178378/melatonin-promotes-sorafenib-induced-apoptosis-through-synergistic-activation-of-jnk-c-jun-pathway-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
Shibo Lin, Katrin Hoffmann, Chao Gao, Marius Petrulionis, Ingrid Herr, Peter Schemmer
Melatonin has been shown to exert anticancer activity on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) through its antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic effect in both experimental and clinical studies, and sorafenib is the only approved drug for the systemic treatment of HCC. Thus, this study was designed to investigate the combined effect of melatonin and sorafenib on proliferation, apoptosis, and its possible mechanism in human HCC. Here, we found that both melatonin and sorafenib resulted in a dose-dependent growth inhibition of HuH-7 cells after 48 hours treatment, and the combination of them enhanced the growth inhibition in a synergistic manner...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178375/melatonin-restores-hippocampal-neural-precursor-cell-proliferation-and-prevents-cognitive-deficits-induced-by-jet-lag-simulation-in-adult-mice
#17
Deetje Iggena, York Winter, Barbara Steiner
Frequent flyers and shift workers undergo circadian dysrhythmia with adverse impact on body and mind. The circadian rhythm disorder "jet lag" disturbs hippocampal neurogenesis and spatial cognition, which represent morphological and functional adult brain plasticity. This raises the question if pro-neurogenic stimuli might prevent those consequences. However, suitable measures to mitigate jet lag-induced adverse effects on brain plasticity have been neglected so far. Here, we used adult C57Bl6 mice to investigate the pro-neurogenic stimuli melatonin (8 mg/kg i...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178360/melatonin-protects-oocyte-quality-from-bisphenol-a-induced-deterioration-in-the-mouse
#18
Mianqun Zhang, Xiaoxin Dai, Yajuan Lu, Yilong Miao, Changyin Zhou, Zhaokang Cui, Honglin Liu, Bo Xiong
Bisphenol A (BPA) has been reported to adversely affect the mammalian reproductive system in both sexes. However, the underlying mechanisms regarding how BPA disrupts the mammalian oocyte quality and how to prevent it have not been fully defined. Here, we document that BPA weakens oocyte quality by impairing both oocyte meiotic maturation and fertilization ability. We find that oral administration of BPA (100 μg/kg body weight per day for 7 days) compromises the first polar body extrusion (78.0% vs 57.0%, P<...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152213/melatonin-signaling-in-t-cells-functions-and-applications
#19
REVIEW
Wenkai Ren, Gang Liu, Shuai Chen, Jie Yin, Jing Wang, Bie Tan, Guoyao Wu, Fuller W Bazer, Yuanyi Peng, Tiejun Li, Russel J Reiter, Yulong Yin
Melatonin affects a variety of physiological processes including circadian rhythms, cellular redox status, and immune function. Importantly, melatonin significantly influences T-cell-mediated immune responses, which are crucial to protect mammals against cancers and infections, but are associated with pathogenesis of many autoimmune diseases. This review focuses on our current understanding of the significance of melatonin in T-cell biology and the beneficial effects of melatonin in T-cell response-based diseases...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118492/melatonin-prevents-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-promotes-neuroprotection-by-inducing-autophagy-during-oxaliplatin-evoked-peripheral-neuropathy
#20
Aparna Areti, Prashanth Komirishetty, Manasaveena Akuthota, Rayaz A Malik, Ashutosh Kumar
Oxaliplatin, an organoplatinum compound, is used in the treatment of colorectal cancer, but its clinical use can be limited due to the development of peripheral neuropathy. Whilst mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated as a major pathomechanism for oxaliplatin-induced neurotoxicity, the prevention of autophagy may also aggravate neuronal cell death. Melatonin, a well-known mitoprotectant and autophagy inducer, was used to examine its neuroprotective role in oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy (OIPN)...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
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