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Free Radical Biology & Medicine

Sina Matavos-Aramyan, Mohsen Moussavi, Hedieh Matavos-Aramyan, Sara Roozkhosh
Three novel modified advanced oxidation process systems including ascorbic acid-, pro-oxidants- and ascorbic acid-pro-oxidants-modified Fenton system were utilized to study the disinfection efficiency on Cryptosporidium-contaminated drinking water samples. Different concentrations of divalent and trivalent iron ions, hydrogen peroxide, ascorbic acid and pro-oxidants at different exposure times were investigated. These novel systems were also compared to the classic Fenton system and to the control system which comprised of only hydrogen peroxide...
February 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Mercedes Muñoz, Maria Elvira López-Oliva, Estéfano Pinilla, María Pilar Martínez, Ana Sánchez, Claudia Rodríguez, Albino García-Sacristán, Medardo Hernández, Luis Rivera, Dolores Prieto
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) like hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are involved in the in endothelium-derived hyperpolarization (EDH)-type relaxant responses of coronary and mesenteric arterioles. The role of ROS in kidney vascular function has mainly been investigated in the context of harmful ROS generation associated to kidney disease. The present study was sought to investigate whether H2O2 is involved in the endothelium-dependent relaxations of intrarenal arteries as well the possible endothelial sources of ROS generation involved in these responses...
February 14, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Yazhen Huo, Shutao Yin, Mingzhu Yan, Sanda Win, Tin Aung Than, Mariam Aghajan, Hongbo Hu, Neil Kaplowitz
p53 is a tumor suppressor with a pro-death role in many conditions. However, in some contexts, evidence supports a pro-survival function. p53 has been shown to be activated in acetaminophen (APAP) toxicity but the impact of this on toxicity is uncertain. In the present study, we have found that p53 plays a protective role in APAP-induced liver injury. We inhibited p53 using three different approaches in mice, pifithrin-α (PFTα), knockdown of p53 expression with antisense oligonucleotide, and p53 knockout...
February 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Sabena M Conley, Justine M Abais-Battad, Xinxu Yuan, Qinghua Zhang, Krishna M Boini, Pin-Lan Li
NADPH oxidase (NOX)-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been demonstrated to mediate the activation of NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasomes in podocytes in response to elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcys). However, it remains unknown how NLRP3 inflammasome activation is triggered by NOX. The present study tested whether the guanine nucleotide exchange factor Vav2 mediates Rac1-mediated NOX activation in response to elevated Hcys leading to NLRP3 inflammasome activation in podocytes and consequent glomerular injury...
February 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Emiliano Panieri, Carlo Millia, Massimo M Santoro
Detecting and measuring the dynamic redox events that occur in vivo is a prerequisite for understanding the impact of oxidants and redox events in normal and pathological conditions. These aspects are particularly relevant in cardiovascular tissues wherein alterations of the redox balance are associated with stroke, aging, and pharmacological intervention. An ambiguous aspect of redox biology is how redox events occur in subcellular organelles including mitochondria, and nuclei. Genetically-encoded Rogfp2 fluorescent probes have become powerful tools for real-time detection of redox events...
February 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Bebiana C Sousa, Andrew R Pitt, Corinne M Spickett
The process of lipid oxidation generates a diverse array of small aldehydes and carbonyl-containing compounds, which may occur in free form or esterified within phospholipids and cholesterol esters. These aldehydes mostly result from fragmentation of fatty acyl chains following radical oxidation, and the products can be subdivided into alkanals, alkenals (usually α,β-unsaturated), γ-substituted alkenals and bis-aldehydes. Isolevuglandins are non-fragmented di-carbonyl compounds derived from H2-isoprostanes, and oxidation of the ω-3-fatty acid docosahexenoic acid yield analogous 22 carbon neuroketals...
February 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Simone R Potje, Jéssica A Troiano, Murilo E Graton, Valdecir F Ximenes, Ana Claúdia M S Nakamune, Cristina Antoniali
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase (NAD(P)H-oxidase) is a multicomponent enzyme system that generates superoxide anion by one-electron reduction of molecular oxygen and represents the major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the vascular cells. Apocynin has been extensively used as an inhibitor of NADPH oxidase (NOX) in phagocytic cells and as an antioxidant in non-phagocytic cells. In phagocytes cells, due to the presence of myeloperoxidase, apocynin can be the converted to diapocynin, which is supposed to be the active form of this phytochemical...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Koji Uchida
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), an inducible isoform responsible for high levels of prostaglandin (PG) production during inflammation and immune responses, mediate a variety of biological actions involved in vascular pathophysiology. COX-2 is induced by various stimuli, including proinflammatory cytokines, to result in PG synthesis associated with inflammation and carcinogenesis. 4-Hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE) is one of a group of small molecules that can induce COX-2 expression. The mechanistic studies have revealed that the HNE-induced COX-2 expression results from the stabilization of COX-2 mRNA mediated by the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway and uniquely requires a serum component, which is eventually identified to be modified low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), such as the oxidized form of LDLs...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Katsuhiko Ono, Minkyung Jung, Tianli Zhang, Hiroyasu Tsutsuki, Hiroshi Sezaki, Hideshi Ihara, Fan-Yan Wei, Kazuhito Tomizawa, Takaaki Akaike, Tomohiro Sawa
Cysteine persulfide is an L-cysteine derivative having one additional sulfur atom bound to a cysteinyl thiol group, and it serves as a reactive sulfur species that regulates redox homeostasis in cells. Here, we describe a rapid and efficient method of synthesis of L-cysteine derivatives containing isotopic sulfur atoms and application of this method to a reactive sulfur metabolome. We used bacterial cysteine syntheses to incorporate isotopic sulfur atoms into the sulfhydryl moiety of L-cysteine. We cloned three cysteine synthases-CysE, CysK, and CysM-from the Gram-negative bacterium Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium LT2, and we generated their recombinant enzymes...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Zhenyu Diao, Laureano D Asico, Van Anthony M Villar, Xiaoxu Zheng, Santiago Cuevas, Ines Armando, Pedro A Jose, Xiaoyan Wang
We tested the hypothesis that salt-sensitive hypertension is caused by renal oxidative stress by measuring the blood pressure and reactive oxygen species-related proteins in the kidneys of human G protein-coupled receptor kinase 4γ (hGRK4γ) 486V transgenic mice and non-transgenic (Non-T) littermates on normal and high salt diets. High salt diet increased the blood pressure, associated with impaired sodium excretion, in hGRK4γ486V mice. Renal expressions of NOX isoforms were similar in both strains on normal salt diet but NOX2 was decreased by high salt diet to a greater extent in Non-T than hGRK4γ486V mice...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Alexander V Zhdanov, Dmitry E Andreev, Pavel V Baranov, Dmitri B Papkovsky
Mitochondrial polarisation is paramount for a variety of cellular functions. Under ischemia, mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) and proton gradient (ΔpH) are maintained via a reversal of mitochondrial F1Fo ATP synthase (mATPase), which can rapidly deplete ATP and drive cells into energy crisis. We found that under normal conditions in cells with disassembled cytochrome c oxidase complex (COX-deficient HCT116), mATPase maintains ΔΨm at levels only 15-20% lower than in WT cells, and for this utilises relatively little ATP...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Rostyslav R Panchuk, Lilya V Lehka, Alessio Terenzi, Bohdan P Matselyukh, Jürgen Rohr, Amit K Jha, Theresa Downey, Iryna J Kril', Irene Herbacek, Sushilla van Schonhoven, Petra Heffeter, Rostyslav S Stoika, Walter Berger
Landomycin E (LE) is an angucycline antibiotic produced by Streptomyces globisporus. Previously, we have shown a broad anticancer activity of LE which is, in contrast to the structurally related and clinically used anthracycline doxorubicin (Dx), only mildly affected by multidrug resistance-mediated drug efflux. In the present study, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the anticancer activity of landomycin E towards Jurkat T-cell leukemia cells were dissected focusing on the involvement of radical oxygen species (ROS)...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
H P Yan, L J Roberts, S S Davies, P Pohlmann, F F Parl, S Estes, J Maeng, B Parker, R Mernaugh
The cellular production of free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS) can lead to protein, lipid or DNA modifications and tumor formation. The cellular lipids undergo structural changes through the actions of enzymes (e.g. cyclooxygenases) or free radicals to form a class of compounds called Isolevuglandins (IsoLGs). The recruitment and continued exposure of tissue to ROS and IsoLGs causes increased cell proliferation, mutagenesis, loss of normal cell function and angiogenesis. The elevated concentration of ROS in cancerous tissues suggests that these mediators play an important role in cancer development...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Anne Nègre-Salvayre, Nathalie Augé, Caroline Camaré, Titziana Bacchetti, Gianna Ferretti, Robert Salvayre
The oxidative theory of atherosclerosis relies on the modification of low density lipoproteins (LDLs) in the vascular wall by reactive oxygen species. Modified LDLs, such as oxidized LDLs, are thought to participate in the formation of early atherosclerotic lesions (accumulation of foam cells and fatty streaks), whereas their role in advanced lesions and atherothrombotic events is more debated, because antioxidant supplementation failed to prevent coronary disease events and mortality in intervention randomized trials...
February 8, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Kathryn Wolhuter, Philip Eaton
Over the last 25 years protein S-nitrosylation, also known more correctly as S-nitrosation, has been progressively implicated in virtually every nitric oxide-regulated process within the cardiovascular system. The current, widely-held paradigm is that S-nitrosylation plays an equivalent role as phosphorylation, providing a stable and controllable post-translational modification that directly regulates end-effector target proteins to elicit biological responses. However, this concept largely ignores the intrinsic instability of the nitrosothiol bond, which rapidly reacts with typically abundant thiol-containing molecules to generate more stable disulfide bonds...
February 8, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Jean Cadet, Kelvin J A Davies
This introductory article should be viewed as a prologue to the Free Radical Biology & Medicine Special Issue devoted to the important topic of Oxidatively Damaged DNA and its Repair. This special issue is dedicated to Professor Tomas Lindahl, co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his seminal discoveries in the area repair of oxidatively damaged DNA. In the past several years it has become abundantly clear that DNA oxidation is a major consequence of life in an oxygen-rich environment. Concomitantly, survival in the presence of oxygen, with the constant threat of deleterious DNA mutations and deletions, has largely been made possible through the evolution of a vast array of DNA repair enzymes...
February 8, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Guang Xin, Zeliang Wei, Chengjie Ji, Huajie Zheng, Jun Gu, Limei Ma, Wenfang Huang, Susan L Morris-Natschke, Jwu-Lai Yeh, Rui Zhang, Chaoyi Qin, Li Wen, Zhihua Xing, Yu Cao, Qing Xia, Ke Li, Hai Niu, Kuo-Hsiung Lee, Wen Huang
AIM: As the global population has reached 7 billion and the baby boom generation reaches old age, thrombosis has become the major contributor to the global disease burden. It has been reported that, in moderate doses, beer may protect against thrombosis. Xanthohumol (XN), an antioxidant, is found at high concentrations in hop cones (Humulus lupulus L.) and is a common ingredient of beer. Here, the aim of the present work was to investigate the effects of XN on antithrombotic and antiplatelet activities, and study its mechanism...
February 7, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Kristen J Bubb, Asa Birna Birgisdottir, Owen Tang, Thomas Hansen, Gemma A Figtree
Rapid and coordinated release of a variety of reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as superoxide (O2(.-)), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and peroxynitrite, in specific microdomains, play a crucial role in cell signalling in the cardiovascular system. These reactions are mediated by reversible and functional modifications of a wide variety of key proteins. Dysregulation of this oxidative signaling occurs in almost all forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including at the very early phases. Despite the heavily publicized failure of "antioxidants" to improve CVD progression, pharmacotherapies such as those targeting the renin-angiotensin system, or statins, exert at least part of their large clinical benefit via modulating cellular redox signalling...
February 7, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Danilo Grünig Humberto da Silva, Edis Belini Junior, Lidiane de Souza Torres, Jessika Viviani Okumura, Willian Marcel Barberino, Renan Garcia de Oliveira, Vanessa Urbinatti Teixeira, Clarisse Lopes de Castro Lobo, Eduardo Alves de Almeida, Claudia Regina Bonini-Domingos
This work aimed at studying a possible influence of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR; c. 677C>T) and cystathionine β-synthase (CBS; 844ins68) polymorphisms on overall oxidative status of sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients and on routine markers, correlating them with hydroxycarbamide (HC) treatment. We evaluated 95 unrelated and diagnosed SCA patients. All patients received a prophylactic treatment with folic acid of 5mg/day, while 41 (43.2%) of them were under hydroxycarbamide (HC) treatment (average dose: 22mg/kg/day)...
February 7, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Hongming Lv, Qinmei Liu, Junfeng Zhou, Guangyun Tan, Xuming Deng, Xinxin Ci
Daphnetin (Daph), a natural coumarin derivative isolated from plants of the Genus Daphne, possesses abundant biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties. In the present study, we focused on investigating the protective effect of Daph against tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BHP)-induced oxidative damage, mitochondrial dysfunction and the involvement of underlying molecular mechanisms. Our findings indicated that Daph effectively inhibited t-BHP-stimulated cytotoxicity, cell apoptosis, and mitochondrial dysfunction, which are associated with suppressed reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, decreased malondialdehyde (MDA) formation, increased superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels and glutathione (GSH)/GSSG (oxidized GSH) ratio...
February 7, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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