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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226198/olanzapine-induced-early-cardiovascular-effects-are-mediated-by-the-biological-clock-and-prevented-by-melatonin
#1
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. Since 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
#2
Chrystalla Antoniou, Giannis Chatzimichail, Rafaella Xenofontos, Giannis Pavlou, Evangelia Panagiotou, Anastasis Christou, Vasileios Fotopoulos
Recent reports have uncovered the multifunctional role of melatonin in plant physiological responses under optimal and sub-optimal 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 μM) 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 non-treated 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
#3
Ruimin Zhang, Yunkuo Sun, Zeyu Liu, Wen Jin, Yan Sun
In China, excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers in greenhouses 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 mM 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
#4
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-er-stress-dependent-autophagy-via-perk-and-ire1-signalings
#5
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 (MCAO) 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
#6
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 anti-proliferative 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-proliferation-and-prevents-cognitive-deficits-induced-by-jet-lag-simulation-in-adult-mice
#7
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 (8mg/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
#8
Mianqun Zhang, Xiaoxin Dai, Yajuan Lu, Yilong Miao, Changyin Zhou, Zhaokang Cui, Honglin Liu, Bo Xiong
BPA (Bisphenol A) 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 < 0...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152213/melatonin-signaling-in-t-cells-functions-and-applications
#9
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
#10
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118490/overexpression-of-rice-serotonin-n-acetyltransferase1-in-transgenic-rice-plants-confers-resistance-to-cadmium-and-senescence-and-increases-grain-yield
#11
Kyungjin Lee, Kyoungwhan Back
While ectopic overexpression of serotonin N-acetyltransferase (SNAT) in plants has been accomplished using animal SNAT genes, ectopic overexpression of plant SNAT genes in plants has not been investigated. Because the plant SNAT protein differs from that of animals in its subcellular localization and enzyme kinetics, its ectopic overexpression in plants would be expected to give outcomes distinct from those observed from overexpression of animal SNAT genes in transgenic plants. Consistent with our expectations, we found that transgenic rice plants overexpressing rice (Oryza sativa) SNAT1 (OsSNAT1) did not show enhanced seedling growth like that observed in ovine SNAT-overexpressing transgenic rice plants, although both types of plants exhibited increased melatonin levels...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109165/melatonin-and-sirtuins-a-not-so-unexpected-relationship
#12
REVIEW
Juan C Mayo, Rosa M Sainz, Pedro González Menéndez, Vanesa Cepas, Dun-Xian Tan, Russel J Reiter
Epigenetic modifications, including methylation or acetylation as well as post-transcriptional modifications, are mechanisms used by eukaryotic cells to increase the genome diversity in terms of differential gene expression and protein diversity. Among these modifying enzymes, sirtuins, a class III histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes, are of particular importance. Sirtuins regulate the cell cycle, DNA repair, cell survival, and apoptosis, thus having important roles in normal and cancer cells. Sirtuins can also regulate metabolic pathways by changing preference for glycolysis under aerobic conditions as well as glutaminolysis...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099762/human-transporters-pept1-2-facilitate-melatonin-transportation-into-mitochondria-of-cancer-cells-an-implication-of-the-therapeutic-potential
#13
Xiaokui Huo, Chao Wang, Zhenlong Yu, Yulin Peng, Shumei Wang, Shengnan Feng, Shouji Zhang, Xiangge Tian, Chengpeng Sun, Kexin Liu, Sa Deng, Xiaochi Ma
Melatonin is present in virtually all organisms from bacteria to mammals, and it exhibits a broad spectrum of biological functions, including synchronization of circadian rhythms and oncostatic activity. Several functions of melatonin are mediated by its membrane receptors but others are receptor-independent. For the latter, melatonin is required to penetrate membrane and enters intracellular compartments. However, the mechanism by which melatonin enters cells remains debatable. In the current study, it was identified that melatonin and its sulfation metabolites were the substrates of oligopeptide transporter (PEPT) 1/2 and organic anion transporter (OAT) 3, respectively...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099758/melatonin-alleviates-cadmium-induced-liver-injury-by-inhibiting-the-txnip-nlrp3-inflammasome
#14
Zhengwang Cao, Yiliang Fang, Yonghui Lu, Dunxian Tan, Changhong Du, Yuming Li, Qinlong Ma, Junmei Yu, Mengyan Chen, Chao Zhou, Liping Pei, Lei Zhang, Haiying Ran, Mindi He, Zhengping Yu, Zhou Zhou
Cadmium (Cd) is a persistent environmental and occupational contaminant that accumulates in the liver and induces oxidative stress and inflammation. Melatonin possesses potent hepatoprotective properties against the development and progression of acute and chronic liver injury. Nevertheless, the molecular mechanism underlying the protective effects of melatonin against Cd-induced hepatotoxicity remains obscure. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of melatonin on Cd-induced liver inflammation and hepatocyte death...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095627/melatonin-regulates-lipid-metabolism-in-porcine-oocytes
#15
Jun-Xue Jin, Sanghoon Lee, Anukul Taweechaipaisankul, Geon A Kim, Byeong Chun Lee
It is being increasingly recognized that the processes of lipogenesis and lipolysis are important for providing an essential energy source during oocyte maturation and embryo development. Recent studies demonstrated that melatonin has a role in lipid metabolism regulation, including lipogenesis, lipolysis and mitochondrial biogenesis. In this study, we attempted to investigate the effects of melatonin on lipid metabolism during porcine oocyte in vitro maturation. Melatonin treatment significantly enhanced the number of lipid droplets (LDs) and upregulated gene expression related to lipogenesis (ACACA, FASN, PPARγ, and SREBF1)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095626/hsfa1a-upregulates-melatonin-biosynthesis-to-confer-cadmium-tolerance-in-tomato-plants
#16
Shu-Yu Cai, Yun Zhang, You-Ping Xu, Zhen-Yu Qi, Meng-Qi Li, Golam Jalal Ahammed, Xiao-Jian Xia, Kai Shi, Yan-Hong Zhou, Russel J Reiter, Jing-Quan Yu, Jie Zhou
Melatonin regulates broad aspects of plant responses to various biotic and abiotic stresses, but the upstream regulation of melatonin biosynthesis by these stresses remains largely unknown. Herein, we demonstrate that transcription factor heat shock factor A1a (HsfA1a) conferred cadmium (Cd) tolerance to tomato plants, in part through its positive role in inducing melatonin biosynthesis under Cd stress. Analysis of leaf phenotype, chlorophyll content and photosynthetic efficiency revealed that silencing of the HsfA1a gene decreased Cd tolerance, whereas its overexpression enhanced plant tolerance to Cd...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095625/potentiation-of-biological-effects-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-ischemic-conditions-by-melatonin-via-upregulation-of-cellular-prion-protein-expression
#17
Jun Hee Lee, Yong-Seok Han, Sang Hun Lee
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are promising candidates for stem cell-based therapy in ischemic diseases. However, ischemic injury induces pathophysiological conditions, such as oxidative stress and inflammation, which diminish therapeutic efficacy of MSC-based therapy by reducing survival and functionality of transplanted MSCs. To overcome this problem, we explored the effects of melatonin on the proliferation, resistance to oxidative stress, and immunomodulatory properties of MSCs. Treatment with melatonin enhanced MSC proliferation and self-renewal via upregulation of cellular prion protein (PrP(C) ) expression...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987529/melatonin-promotes-circadian-rhythm-induced-proliferation-through-interaction-of-clock-hdac3-c-myc-in-mice-adipose-tissue
#18
Zhenjiang Liu, Lu Gan, Dan Luo, Chao Sun
Melatonin is synthesized in the pineal gland and controls circadian rhythm of peripheral adipose tissue, resulting in changes in body weight. Although core regulatory components of clock rhythmicity have been defined, insight into the mechanisms of circadian rhythm-mediated proliferation in adipose tissue is still limited. Here, we showed that melatonin (20 mg/kg/day) promoted circadian and proliferation processes in white adipose tissue. The circadian amplitudes of brain and muscle aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator-like 1 (Bmal1, p < 0...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889913/long-term-melatonin-treatment-delays-ovarian-aging
#19
Hiroshi Tamura, Mai Kawamoto, Shun Sato, Isao Tamura, Ryo Maekawa, Toshiaki Taketani, Hiromi Aasada, Eiichi Takaki, Akira Nakai, Russel J Reiter, Norihiro Sugino
Ovarian aging is characterized by gradual declines in oocyte quantity and quality. Melatonin is considered an anti-aging agent due to its cytoprotective actions as an antioxidant. The present study examined whether long-term melatonin treatment would delay ovarian aging in mice. Female ICR mice (10 weeks old) were given melatonin-containing water (100 μg/ml; melatonin) or water only until 43 weeks of age. Their oocytes were recovered from the oviduct, and in vitro fertilization was performed. The ovaries were used for a histological analysis of the number of follicles...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095641/melatonin-ameliorates-alcohol-induced-bile-acid-synthesis-by-enhancing-mir-497-expression
#20
Yong Deuk Kim, Seung-Lark Hwang, Eun-Joo Lee, Hyeong-Mi Kim, Myung-Jin Chung, Ahmed K Elfadl, Sung-Eun Lee, Balachandar Nedumaran, Robert A Harris, Kyu-Shik Jeong
Alcoholic liver disease is a major cause of chronic liver disease worldwide, and cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) is involved in a diverse metabolic diseases. B-cell translocation gene 2 (BTG2) and yin yang 1 (YY1) are a potent regulator of biological conditions. Melatonin plays a crucial role in regulating diverse physiological functions and metabolic homeostasis. MicroRNAs are key regulators of various biological processes. Herein, we demonstrate that melatonin improves bile acid synthesis in the liver of alcohol-fed mice by controlling miR-497 expression...
March 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
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