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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110436/contribution-of-inducible-and-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthases-to-mitochondrial-damage-and-melatonin-rescue-in-lps-treated-mice
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José Antonio García, Francisco Ortiz, Javier Miana, Carolina Doerrier, Marisol Fernández-Ortiz, Iryna Rusanova, Germaine Escames, José Joaquín García, Darío Acuña-Castroviejo
NOS isoform activation is related to liver failure during sepsis, but the mechanisms driving mitochondrial impairment remain unclear. We induced sepsis by LPS administration to inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS(-/-)) and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS(-/-)) mice and their respective wild-type controls to examine the contribution of iNOS to mitochondrial failure in the absence of nNOS. To achieve this goal, the determination of messenger RNA (mRNA) expression and protein content of iNOS in cytosol and mitochondria, the mitochondrial respiratory complex content, and the levels of nitrosative and oxidative stress (by measuring 3-nitrotyrosine residues and carbonyl groups, respectively) were examined in the liver of control and septic mice...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074419/deciphering-the-molecular-mechanisms-involved-in-hiv-associated-lipoatrophy-by-transcriptomics-a-pilot-study
#2
Patricia Pérez-Matute, María Iñiguez, Emma Recio-Fernández, José-Antonio Oteo
HIV-associated lipoatrophy (LA) has considerable implications for risk of metabolic diseases, quality of life, and adherence to treatments. Although it has decreased in high-income countries, it is still very common in resource-limited countries. Understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of LA can open the possibility to explore new ways to treat or prevent this condition. To identify new markers for an accurate and quick diagnosis will be also of interest. Thus, we aimed to examine functional classes of genes implicated in LA and to identify potential new markers for an accurate/quick diagnosis of LA and future complications...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063097/ideal-cardiovascular-health-and-liver-enzyme-levels-in-european-adolescents-the-helena-study
#3
Idoia Labayen, Jonatan R Ruiz, Inge Huybrechts, Francisco B Ortega, Manuel Castillo, Michael Sjöstrom, Marcela González-Gross, Yannis Manios, Kurt Widhalm, Anthony Kafatos, Christina Breidenassel, Gerardo Rodríguez, Jean Dallongeville, Frédéric Gottrand, Luis A Moreno
There is an increasing interest for the role of liver enzymes as predictors of non-liver-related morbidity and mortality. The American Heart Association (AHA) described the ideal cardiovascular health concept as a score of seven cardiovascular health behaviors and factors that can be used to monitor and predict ideal cardiovascular health over time. This study aimed to examine the association of the ideal cardiovascular health (ICH), as defined by the AHA, with liver enzyme levels in European adolescents. A total of 637 adolescents (54...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012156/sexual-dimorphism-in-obesity-related-genes-in-the-epicardial-fat-during-aging
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Caitlin Kocher, Matthew Christiansen, Sarah Martin, Christopher Adams, Paulette Wehner, Todd Gress, Nalini Santanam
Aging increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Alterations in epicardial fat play an important pathophysiological role in coronary artery disease and hypertension. We investigated the impact of normal aging on obesity-related genes in epicardial fat. Sex-specific changes in obesity-related genes with aging in epicardial fat (EF) were determined in young (6 months) and old (30/36 months) female and male, Fischer 344 × Brown Norway hybrid (FBN) rats, using a rat obesity RT(2) PCR Array...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981508/anti-obesity-effects-of-resveratrol-comparison-between-animal-models-and-humans
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Alfredo Fernández-Quintela, Christian Carpéné, Maialen Fernández, Leixuri Aguirre, Iñaki Milton-Laskibar, José Contreras, Maria P Portillo
The prevalence of obesity has increased rapidly during recent years and has reached epidemic proportions. As a result, the scientific community is interested in active biomolecules which are naturally present in plants and foodstuffs and may be useful in body weight management. In recent years, polyphenols have made up one of the most frequently studied groups among these molecules. Numerous studies have been carried out on animals to analyse the potential anti-obesity effects of resveratrol, a non-flavonoid polyphenol, and a general consensus concerning the body-fat-lowering effect of this compound exists...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966196/micrornas-33-122-and-208-a-potential-novel-targets-in-the-treatment-of-obesity-diabetes-and-heart-related-diseases
#6
REVIEW
Osama Abo Alrob, Said Khatib, Saleh A Naser
Despite decades of research, obesity and diabetes remain major health problems in the USA and worldwide. Among the many complications associated with diabetes is an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction and heart failure. Recently, microRNAs have emerged as important players in heart disease and energy regulation. However, little work has investigated the role of microRNAs in cardiac energy regulation. Both human and animal studies have reported a significant increase in circulating free fatty acids and triacylglycerol, increased cardiac reliance on fatty acid oxidation, and subsequent decrease in glucose oxidation which all contributes to insulin resistance and lipotoxicity seen in obesity and diabetes...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933463/effect-of-tempol-and-tempol-plus-catalase-on-intra-renal-haemodynamics-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-stroke-prone-shsp-and-wistar-rats
#7
Ahmad F Ahmeda, Mark G Rae, Mohammed F Al Otaibi, Lamyia M Anweigi, Edward J Johns
Vasoconstriction within the renal medulla contributes to the development of hypertension. This study investigated the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in regulating renal medullary and cortical blood perfusion (MBP and CBP respectively) in both stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP) and Wistar rats. CBP and MBP were measured using a laser-Doppler flow meter before and after intra-renal infusion of tempol, the superoxide dismutase (SOD) mimetic or tempol plus catalase, the hydrogen peroxide-degrading enzyme...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924450/neurobiochemical-and-psychological-factors-influencing-the-eating-behaviors-and-attitudes-in-anorexia-nervosa
#8
REVIEW
Teresa Grzelak, Agata Dutkiewicz, Elzbieta Paszynska, Monika Dmitrzak-Weglarz, Agnieszka Slopien, Marta Tyszkiewicz-Nwafor
The aim of this study was to determine the characteristic features which contribute to inappropriate eating attitudes in people suffering from anorexia nervosa, based on an analysis of recent data. Factors influencing these attitudes have a genetic, neurobiological, biochemical, affective-motivational, cognitive, and behavioral background. Another important issue addressed in the paper is a description of the mechanism leading to continuous dietary restrictions. The altered activity of neurotransmitters modulating patients' moods after the consumption of food and a disturbed responsiveness to enterohormones enhance affective-motivational and cognitive aspects which, in turn, impede the improvement of eating behaviors...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909897/nha2-is-expressed-in-distal-nephron-and-regulated-by-dietary-sodium
#9
Kalyan C Kondapalli, R Todd Alexander, Jennifer L Pluznick, Rajini Rao
Increased renal reabsorption of sodium is a significant risk factor in hypertension. An established clinical marker for essential hypertension is elevated sodium lithium countertransport (SLC) activity. NHA2 is a newly identified Na(+)(Li(+))/H(+) antiporter with potential genetic links to hypertension, which has been shown to mediate SLC activity and H(+)-coupled Na(+)(Li(+)) efflux in kidney-derived MDCK cells. To evaluate a putative role in sodium homeostasis, we determined the effect of dietary salt on NHA2...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878518/comparative-efficacy-of-alpha-linolenic-acid-and-gamma-linolenic-acid-to-attenuate-valproic-acid-induced-autism-like-features
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Sneha Yadav, Virendra Tiwari, Manjari Singh, Rajnish K Yadav, Subhadeep Roy, Uma Devi, Swetlana Gautam, Jitendra Kumar Rawat, Mohd Nazam Ansari, Abdulaziz Sa Saeedan, Anand Prakash, Shubhini A Saraf, Gaurav Kaithwas
The present study was undertaken to elucidate the effect of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, 18:3, ω-3) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA, 18:3, ω-6) on experimental autism features induced by early prenatal exposure to valproic acid (VPA) in albino wistar pups. The pups were scrutinized on the accounts of behavioral, biochemical, and inflammatory markers, and the results suggested that the GLA can impart significant protection in comparison to ALA against VPA-induced autism features. When scrutinized histopathologically, the cerebellum of the GLA-treated animals was evident for more marked protection toward neuronal degeneration and neuronal loss in comparison to ALA...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864790/understanding-pacing-postconditioning-mediated-cardiac-protection-a-role-of-oxidative-stress-and-a-synergistic-effect-of-adenosine
#11
Fawzi A Babiker, Aishah Al-Jarallah, Shaji Joseph
We and others have demonstrated a protective role for pacing postconditioning (PPC) against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in the heart; however, the underlying mechanisms behind these protective effects are not completely understood. In this study, we wanted to further characterize PPC-mediated cardiac protection, specifically identify optimal pacing sites; examine the role of oxidative stress; and test the existence of a potential synergistic effect between PPC and adenosine. Isolated rat hearts were subjected to coronary occlusion followed by reperfusion...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858307/m3-cholinoreceptors-alter-electrical-activity-of-rat-left-atrium-via-suppression-of-l-type-ca-2-current-without-affecting-k-conductance
#12
Tatiana S Filatova, Nikolay Naumenko, Pavel A Galenko-Yaroshevsky, Denis V Abramochkin
Electrophysiological effects produced by selective activation of M3 cholinoreceptors were studied in isolated left atrium preparations from rat using the standard sharp glass microelectrode technique. The stimulation of M3 receptors was obtained by application of muscarinic agonist pilocarpine (10(-5) M) in the presence of selective M2 antagonist methoctramine (10(-7) M). Stimulation of M3 receptors induced marked reduction of action potential duration by 14.4 ± 2.4% and 16.1 ± 2.5% of control duration measured at 50 and 90% of repolarization, respectively...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834040/anti-proliferative-effects-of-paeonol-on-human-prostate-cancer-cell-lines-du145-and-pc-3
#13
Yi Xu, Jian-Yong Zhu, Zhang-Ming Lei, Li-Jun Wan, Xiu-Wen Zhu, Feng Ye, Yan-Yue Tong
Paeonol (Pae) is the main active ingredient from the root bark of Paeonia moutan and the grass of Radix Cynanchi Paniculati. Numerous reports indicate that Pae effectively inhibits several types of cancer lines. In this study, we report that Pae hinders prostate cancer growth both in vivo and in vitro. Human prostate cancer lines DU145 and PC-3 were cultured in the presence of Pae. The xenograft tumor in mice was established by subcutaneous injection of DU145 cells. Cell growth was measured by MTT, and the apoptosis was detected by the flow cytometry...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826900/human-thermogenic-adipocytes-a-reflection-on-types-of-adipocyte-developmental-origin-and-potential-application
#14
REVIEW
Dinh-Toi Chu, Yang Tao
Obesity is a leading health problem facing the modern world; however, no effective therapy for this health issue has yet been developed. A promising research direction to identify novel therapies to prevent obesity has emerged from discoveries on development and function of brown/brite adipocytes in mammals. Importantly, there is evidence for the presence and function of active thermogenic brown adipocytes in both infants and adult humans. Several new investigations have shown that thermogenic adipocytes are beneficial to maintain glucose homeostasis, insulin sensitivity, and a healthy body fat content...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822918/ferulic-acid-prevents-methylglyoxal-induced-protein-glycation-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
#15
Weerachat Sompong, Henrique Cheng, Sirichai Adisakwattana
Methylglyoxal (MG) can react with amino acids of proteins to induce protein glycation and consequently the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). Previous studies reported that ferulic acid (FA) prevented glucose-, fructose-, and ribose-induced protein glycation. In this study, FA (0.1-1 mM) inhibited MG-induced protein glycation and oxidative protein damage in bovine serum albumin (BSA). Furthermore, FA (0.0125-0.2 mM) protected against lysine/MG-mediated oxidative DNA damage, thereby inhibiting superoxide anion and hydroxyl radical generation during lysine and MG reaction...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822917/phosphorylation-and-subcellular-localization-of-na-h-exchanger-isoform-3-nhe3-are-associated-with-altered-gallbladder-absorptive-function-after-formation-of-cholesterol-gallstones
#16
Yongsheng Chen, Shuodong Wu, Yu Tian, Jing Kong
Na(+)/H(+) exchanger isoform 3 (NHE3) dysfunction is thought to contribute to the altered gallbladder absorption that occurs in cholesterol gallstone disease, but the mechanism is unknown. The current study was undertaken to examine the expression, phosphorylation, and subcellular localization of NHE3 in gallbladder epithelium cells (GBECs) of male C57BL/6 mice on a control or lithogenic diet. Thirty-six 8-week-old male C57BL/6 mice were randomly assigned to receive a high cholesterol diet or a regular diet for 8 weeks...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812957/the-effects-of-verapamil-and-its-combinations-with-glutamate-and-glycine-on-cardiodynamics-coronary-flow-and-oxidative-stress-in-isolated-rat-heart
#17
Isidora Stojic, Ivan Srejovic, Vladimir Zivkovic, Nevena Jeremic, Marko Djuric, Ana Stevanovic, Tamara Milanovic, Dragan Djuric, Vladimir Jakovljevic
The role of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA-R) in heart is still unclear. For these ionotropic glutamate receptors is characteristic the necessity of both co-agonists, glutamate and glycine, for their activation, which primarily allows influx of calcium. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of verapamil, as a calcium channel blocker, alone and its combination with glycine and/or glutamate on cardiac function, coronary flow, and oxidative stress in isolated rat heart or to examine the effects of potential activation of NMDA-R in isolated rat heart...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807764/mice-lacking-myotubularin-related-protein-14-show-accelerated-high-fat-diet-induced-lipid-accumulation-and-inflammation
#18
Lv Yin, Peng Yong-Bo, Yu Meng-Fei, Chen Weiwei, Zhao Ping, Xue Lu, Ma Li-Qun, Cai Congli, Liu Qing-Hua, Shen Jinhua
The phosphoinositide phosphatase, myotubularin-related protein 14 (MTMR14), has been reported to play an important role in the regulation of muscle performance, autophagy, and aging in mice. We previously showed that MTMR14-knockout (KO) mice gain weight earlier than their wild-type (WT) littermates even on a normal chow diet (NCD), suggesting that this gene might also be involved in regulating metabolism. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of MTMR14 deficiency on high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity, lipid accumulation, metabolic disorders, and inflammation in WT and MTMR14-KO mice fed with NCD or HFD...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637780/increased-urinary-lysophosphatidic-acid-in-mouse-with-subtotal-nephrectomy-potential-involvement-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#19
Koryun Mirzoyan, Anna Baïotto, Aude Dupuy, Dimitri Marsal, Colette Denis, Claire Vinel, Pierre Sicard, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Jean-Loup Bascands, Joost P Schanstra, Julie Klein, Jean-Sébastien Saulnier-Blache
Increased incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) with consecutive progression to end-stage renal disease represents a significant burden to healthcare systems. Renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis (TIF) is a classical hallmark of CKD and is well correlated with the loss of renal function. The bioactive lysophospholipid lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), acting through specific G-protein-coupled receptors, was previously shown to be involved in TIF development in a mouse model of unilateral ureteral obstruction. Here, we study the role of LPA in a mouse subjected to subtotal nephrectomy (SNx), a more chronic and progressive model of CKD...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604761/lifestyle-predictors-of-oxidant-and-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-and-total-antioxidant-capacity-in-healthy-women-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Amjad A Mahasneh, Yali Zhang, Hua Zhao, Christine B Ambrosone, Chi-Chen Hong
The aim of this study was to identify demographic and modifiable lifestyle factors that may be related to endogenous oxidant and antioxidant activity measured in blood specimens from putatively healthy women recruited at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, NY, USA). Total glutathione (TGSH), catalase (CAT), CuZn-superoxide dismutase (CuZn-SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GR), and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) were measured in 124 healthy women, and associations with epidemiological factors were tested using general linear models...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
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