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Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Kaitlin Mock, Sundus Lateef, Vagner A Benedito, Janet C Tou
High-fructose corn syrup-55 (HFCS-55) has been suggested to be more lipogenic than sucrose, which increases the risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and dyslipidemia. The study objectives were to determine the effects of drinking different sugar-sweetened solutions on hepatic gene expression in relation to liver fatty acid composition and risk of NAFLD. Female rats were randomly assigned (n=7 rats/group) to drink water or water sweetened with 13% (w/v) HFCS-55, sucrose or fructose for 8 weeks. Rats drinking HFCS-55 solution had the highest (P=...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Sergio Montserrat-de la Paz, Beatriz Bermudez, Sergio Lopez, Maria C Naranjo, Yolanda Romero, Maria J Bando-Hidalgo, Rocio Abia, Francisco Jg Muriana
Niacin activates HCA2 receptor that results in the release of PGD2. However, little is known on PGD2-producing cells and the role of fatty acids. Notably M-CSF macrophages exhibited a timely dependent PGD2 production upon niacin challenge. Short pretreatment of M-CSF macrophages with autologous postprandial TRLs induced the down-regulation of HCA2 gene and up-regulation of genes encoding COX1 and COX2 enzymes in a fatty acid-dependent manner. These effects were paralleled by a higher PGD2 production with postprandial TRL-SFAs...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Pil Sung Gu, Minho Moon, Jin Gyu Choi, Myung Sook Oh
Mulberry fruit, which has been long used in traditional oriental medicine, was reported to ameliorate motor dysfunction and dopaminergic neuronal degeneration via antioxidant and antiapoptotic effects in an animal model of Parkinson's disease (PD). More than 95% of PD patients exhibit nonmotor problems such as olfactory dysfunction and gastrointestinal constipation, which are generally considered to be early symptoms of PD. However, few studies have actually examined potential drugs to treat early PD symptoms...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Naiara Stefanello, Roberta Schmatz, Luciane Belmonte Pereira, Andréia Machado Cardoso, Sabina Passamonti, Rosélia Maria Spanevello, Gustavo Thomé, Giovanna Medeiros Tavares de Oliveira, Luiza Wilges Kist, Maurício Reis Bogo, Vera Maria Morsch, Maria Rosa Chitolina Schetinger
We evaluated the effect of chlorogenic acid (CGA), caffeine (CA) and coffee (CF) on components of the purinergic system from the cerebral cortex and platelets of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Animals were divided into eight groups: control animals treated with (I) water (WT), (II) CGA (5 mg/kg), (III) CA (15 mg/kg) and (IV) CF (0.5 g/kg), and diabetic animals treated with (V) WT, (VI) CGA (5 mg/kg), (VII) CA (15 mg/kg) and (VIII) CF (0.5 g/kg). Our results showed an increase (173%) in adenosine monophosphate (AMP) hydrolysis in the cerebral cortex of diabetic rats...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Youngshim Choi, Mohamed A Abdelmegeed, Byoung-Joon Song
We hypothesized that dietary walnut would prevent high-fat-diet (HFD)-induced hepatic apoptosis based on its antioxidant properties. Male C57BL/6J mice were fed a rodent chow or HFD (45% energy-derived)±walnuts (21.5% energy-derived) for 6 weeks. Liver histological and biochemical analyses revealed significantly elevated fat accumulation in mice fed HFD compared to mice fed the chow or HFD±walnuts. Walnut supplementation prevented HFD-mediated alteration of the levels of key proteins in lipid homeostasis such as Sirt1, AMPK and FAS, leading to decreased fat accumulation...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Danyue Zhao, Nagendra P Shah
Black tea (BT) has been positively linked to improved redox status, while its efficacy is limited due to the low bioavailability of BT flavonoids. In addition to the direct antioxidant activity, flavonoids regulate redox balance via inducing endogenous antioxidants, particularly glutathione (GSH) and GSH-dependent antioxidant enzymes. This work first examined the effect of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and BT alone or in combination on flavonoid bioavailability and metabolism; next, the effect of LAB-fermented BT diet in attenuating oxidative stress in mice and the underlying mechanisms were studied...
September 18, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Monica L Castro-Acosta, Leanne Smith, Rosalind J Miller, Danielle I McCarthy, Jonathan A Farrimond, Wendy L Hall
Blackcurrants are rich in polyphenolic glycosides called anthocyanins, which may inhibit postprandial glycemia. The aim was to determine the dose-dependent effects of blackcurrant extract on postprandial glycemia. Men and postmenopausal women (14M, 9W, mean age 46 years, S.D.=14) were enrolled into a randomized, double-blind, crossover trial. Low sugar fruit drinks containing blackcurrant extract providing 150-mg (L-BE), 300-mg (M-BE) and 600-mg (H-BE) total anthocyanins or no blackcurrant extract (CON) were administered immediately before a high-carbohydrate meal...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Srinu Reddi, Naveen Kumar, Rishika Vij, Sanusi Bello Mada, Suman Kapila, Rajeev Kapila
Milk is a potential nutraceutical with wide range of bioactive compounds that are antioxidative, antimicrobial, antithrombotic, immunomodulatory, opioid and antihypertensive. Various intervention studies with milk reflect its stupendous role in elevating bone mineral density. Milk and milk products have shown a preventive effect in bone loss during pre- and postmenopausal women. Since, milk is proved to have a vital role in bone health promotion, there is a need to identify bioactive compounds within it. Recently we have reported four novel peptides from milk casein for their osteoblast proliferation activity...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Todd R Harris, Sean Kodani, Jun Yang, Denise M Imai, Bruce D Hammock
Exposure to the halogenated hydrocarbon carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) leads to hepatic lipid peroxidation, inflammation and fibrosis. Dietary supplementation of ω-3 fatty acids has been increasingly advocated as being generally anti-inflammatory, though its effect in models of liver fibrosis is mixed. This raises the question of whether diets high in ω-3 fatty acids will result in a greater sensitivity or resistance to liver fibrosis as a result of environmental toxicants like CCl4. In this study, we fed CCl4-treated mice a high ω-3 diet (using a mix of docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid ethyl esters)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Che-Chia Hsu, Hui-Cheng Huang, Po-Ting Wu, Ta-Wei Tai, I-Ming Jou
Peripheral nervous injury (PNI) is a common form of trauma in modern society, especially in sport players. Despite the advance of therapy for PNI, the recovery of function can never reach the preinjury level after treatments. Recently, inhibiting neural oxidative stress shows a beneficial effect in improving functional recovery after PNI. In addition, sesame oil has been reported to possess the excellent antioxidative properties. However, whether sesame oil can improve the functional recovery after PNI by its antioxidative effect has never been investigated...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Morgana Moretti, Josiane Budni, Camille Mertins Ribeiro, Débora Kurrle Rieger, Rodrigo Bainy Leal, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
In this study, we examined the ability of subchronic ascorbic acid administration to produce an antidepressant-like effect in the mouse tail suspension test (TST). Moreover, we investigated the effect of this vitamin on hippocampal and cerebrocortical brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) immunocontent, phosphorylation of protein kinase B (AKT), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), p38(MAPK) and c-Jun. N-terminal kinase (JNK). Fluoxetine (10 mg/kg, positive control, po) or ascorbic acid (0.1 and 1 mg/kg, po), administered once daily for 21 days, produced a significant antidepressant-like effect in the TST...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Helena C Cesar, Luciana Pellegrini Pisani
A high-fat diet is the main environmental cue that has been studied in the hypothalamus since the discovery of its connection with hypothalamic inflammation. Current evidence shows hypothalamic inflammation as a likely mechanism for the dysregulation on the homeostatic control of energy balance, which leads to metabolic alterations and obesity. Although this mechanism seems to be reversible when set during adulthood, we argue whether dietary fatty acids, during critical periods of development, could affect hypothalamic function permanently and set an increased susceptibility to obesity...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Sankar Panneerselvam, Rajaa Muthu Packirisamy, Zachariah Bobby, Sajini Elizabeth Jacob, Magadi Gopalakrishna Sridhar
Obesity emerged as the major risk factor for metabolic syndrome. Postmenopausal women are more prone to develop obesity than premenopausal women. The absence of safe and effective conventional treatments for postmenopausal obesity has changed the focus to natural products as alternative remedy. We investigated the molecular basis of the effect of soy isoflavones (SIFs) on hypertriglyceridemia and hepatic steatosis in an animal model of postmenopausal obesity. Ovariectomized (OVX) and sham-operated Wistar rats were fed with high-fat diet (HFD) and normal diet for 8 weeks with and without SIF extract (150mg/kg body weight/day)...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Yoo Kim, Daeyoung Kim, Yeonhwa Park
Previously, it was reported that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) with exercise training potentially improved endurance capacity via the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor δ (PPARδ)-mediated mechanism in mice. This study determined the role of exercise and/or CLA in endurance capacity and PPARδ-associated regulators. Male 129Sv/J mice were fed either control (soybean oil) or CLA (0.5%) containing diets for 4 weeks and were further divided into sedentary or training regimes. CLA supplementation significantly reduced body weight and fat mass independent of exercise during the experimental period...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
You-Lin Tain, Wei-Chia Lee, Kay L H Wu, Steve Leu, Julie Y H Chan
Hypertension can be programmed in response to nutritional insults in early life. Maternal high-fructose (HF) intake induced programmed hypertension in adult male offspring, which is associated with renal programming and arachidonic acid metabolism pathway. We examined whether early treatment with a soluble epoxide hydrolase (SEH) inhibitor, 12-(3-adamantan-1-yl-ureido)-dodecanoic acid (AUDA) or 15-Deoxy-Δ(12,14)-prostagandin J2 (15dPGJ2) can prevent HF-induced programmed hypertension. Pregnant Sprague Dawley rats received regular chow or chow supplemented with fructose (60% diet by weight) during the whole period of pregnancy and lactation...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Zoe Herreras, Montserrat Cofán, Marta Catalan, Carlos Calvo, Montserrat Pinyol, Antonio J Amor, Rosa Gilabert, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila, Emilio Ortega
Consistent evidence supports the pro-atherogenic properties of dietary trans-fatty acids (TFAs). However, there are no clinical data on TFA intake and atheroma plaque. We cross sectionally investigated whether the proportion of total C18:1 TFA in red blood cells (RBCs), which mirrors dietary TFA intake, independently relates to carotid plaque prevalence in subjects with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus without prior cardiovascular disease (n=101, 56% men, mean age 61 years) and age- and sex-matched controls (n=96)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Yaqian Zhao, Guowei Huang, Shuang Chen, Yun Gou, Zhiping Dong, Xumei Zhang
Folic acid (FA) deficiency is not only associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, but also with increased oxidative DNA damage and brain injury after cerebral ischemia-reperfusion. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying FA deficiency-associated neuropathogenesis are not completely understood. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that neuronal autophagy in focal cerebral ischemia rats may be involved in the mechanisms of FA deficiency-induced injury to neuronal cells. The results demonstrated that, accompanied by obvious neuron damage, the expression of the autophagic markers LC3 and Beclin-1, and the formation of 8-OHdG (a marker of oxidative stress to DNA) and autophagosomes were significantly increased in the brain cortex after ischemia-reperfusion...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Sreetama Choudhury, Sayan Ghosh, Sudeshna Mukherjee, Payal Gupta, Saurav Bhattacharya, Arghya Adhikary, Sreya Chattopadhyay
Molecular mechanisms involved in arsenic-induced toxicity are complex and elusive. Liver is one of the most favored organs for arsenic toxicity as methylation of arsenic occurs mostly in the liver. In this study, we have selected a range of environmentally relevant doses of arsenic to examine the basis of arsenic toxicity and the role of pomegranate fruit extract (PFE) in combating it. Male Swiss albino mice exposed to different doses of arsenic presented marked hepatic injury as evident from histological and electron microscopic studies...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Man Zhang, Yalin Liao, Bo Lönnerdal
Human milk contains growth factors that maintain intestinal mucosal homeostasis, but the molecular mechanisms behind how these growth factors regulate gene transcription are largely unknown. In this study, IEC-6 (rat intestinal epithelial cells) cells were used as a model to study cell differentiation mediated by transforming growth factor-β2 (TGF-β2), the most abundant growth factor in human milk. We focused on the transcription factor early growth response-1 (EGR-1), as we found a robust and rapid response in our initial transcription factor screen...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Bernardo Sousa-Pinto, Laura Gonçalves, Adriana R Rodrigues, Inês Tomada, Henrique Almeida, Delminda Neves, Alexandra M Gouveia
Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of obesity, influencing the release of inflammation mediators and promoting remodeling and collagen deposition in the adipose tissue (AT). In this context, this work aims to elucidate whether TGF-β and Smad-dependent or Smad-independent signaling pathways contribute to regional differentiation of AT in high-fat diet (HFD) and energy-restricted (ER) rat models. For this, TGF-β, TGF-β receptors I and II, PAI-1 and GLUT4 mRNA levels were quantified by real-time PCR, and western blotting assays allowed the semiquantification of TGF-β and proteins from Smad3, ERK1/2 and Akt signaling pathways in subcutaneous and visceral (epididymal, retroperitoneal and mesenteric) fat depots from control, HFD and ER-treated rats...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
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