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Daehyun Shin, Sihyeong Lee, Yu-Hua Huang, Hye-Won Lim, Yoonjin Lee, Kyounghee Jang, Yongwan Cho, Sang Jun Park, Dae-Duk Kim, Chang-Jin Lim
CONTEXT: Geniposide (genipin-1-O-β-d-glucoside) is a major bioactive ingredient in the fruits of gardenia [Gardenia jasminoides J. Ellis (Rubiaceae)], a traditional herbal medicine in Asian countries. OBJECTIVE: This work assesses the skin anti-photoaging potential of geniposide in human dermal fibroblasts under UV-B irradiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The anti-photoaging property of geniposide, at varying concentrations (5, 12 and 30 μM) treated for 30 min prior to UV-B irradiation, was evaluated by analysing reactive oxygen species (ROS), promatrix metalloproteinase-2 (proMMP-2), glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and cellular viability...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
Hyung Joon Cho, Scott S Verbridge, Rafael V Davalos, Yong W Lee
To analyze complex inflammatory responses in an in vitro system, we constructed a new 3D in vitro brain tissue model that exhibits in vivo-like tissue responses (e.g. immune cell phenotypes, and molecular response) to inflammatory stimuli. Finite element modeling of oxygen diffusion and cellular oxygen consumption predicted the oxygen profile within 3D structures, consisting of Type I collagen hydrogel embedded with murine microglia. Viability and cytotoxicity analyses supported the mathematical analysis, determining optimal cell growth conditions for 3D construct development...
March 2, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Tung-Chen Yeh, Ching-Sen Shin, Hsin-Hung Chen, Chi-Cheng Lai, Gwo-Ching Sun, Ching-Jiunn Tseng, Pei-Wen Cheng
Resveratrol is a polyphenol with pleiotropic effects against oxidative damage that has been widely implicated in the lowering of hypertension risk. The purpose of this study was to determine whether improve NO release in the brain either through the activation of AMPK or reduced Rac1-induced ROS generation, thereby reducing BP in rats with fructose-induced hypertension. The rats were fed with 10% fructose or crestor (rosuvastatin; 1.5 mg/kg/day) and resveratrol (10 mg/kg/day) treatment for 1 week, the systolic blood pressure (SBP) of the rats were measured by tail-cuff method...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Cong Lan, Xinjian Chen, Yuxun Zhang, Wei Wang, Wei Eric Wang, Yukai Liu, Yue Cai, Hongmei Ren, Shuo Zheng, Lin Zhou, Chunyu Zeng
BACKGROUND: Antioxidants have shown great promise in stroke prevention. Diarylheptanoids (also known as diphenylheptanoids) are a small class of plant secondary metabolites that possess antioxidant activity greater than that of α-tocopherol. Curcumin is the best known member and is mainly extracted from turmeric. This study aimed to explore whether curcumin has a preventive effect on stroke. METHODS: Stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRsp) were randomly divided into control group (n = 10) and curcumin group (n = 10), and saline or curcumin (100 mg/kg/day) was administrated daily...
March 1, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Qilong Wang, Ming-Hui Zou
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are a group of unstable and highly reactive molecules or free radicals typically generated as by-products of cellular processes involving molecular oxygen. In vascular cells, the excessive ROS generation results in the initiation and progression of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Therefore, a dynamic, robust, and accurate ROS detection method in the blood vessels is essential for pathophysiological research studies of the cardiovascular system.In this chapter, we describe a fluorescence dye-based detection method for assaying superoxide and mitochondrial superoxide in mouse aorta using dihydroethidium (DHE) and MitoSOX...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Kamil Przyborowski, Bartosz Proniewski, Joanna Czarny, Marta Smeda, Barbara Sitek, Agnieszka Zakrzewska, Jerzy A Zoladz, Stefan Chlopicki
INTRODUCTION: An acute bout of strenuous exercise in humans results in transient impairment of NO-dependent function, but it remains unknown whether this phenomenon is associated with increased risk of post-exercise thrombotic events. This study aimed to evaluate effects of a single bout of exhaustive running in mice on the balance of vascular nitric oxide (NO)/reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and on thrombogenicity. METHODS: At different time-points (0h, 2h and 4h) after exercise and in sedentary C57BL/6 mice the production of NO and superoxide (O2) in aorta was measured by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spin trapping and by dihydroethidium (DHE)/HPLC-based method, respectively, while collagen-induced thrombus formation was analyzed in a microchip-based flow-chamber system (T-TAS)...
February 21, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Shinya Kato, Tetsuro Yoshimura, Nobuhiko Miwa
The polyhydroxy small-gap fullerenes [C120O30(OH)30 · 30H2O · 25Na+: SGFs] were encapsulated in multilamellar liposomes (Lpsm) composed of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) and 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-l-serine (DOPS), which are designated as LpsmSGFs (DOPC/DOPS/SGFs = 35 mM:15 mM:246-445 μM, diameter = 141.2 nm, ζ-potential = -35.65 mV). Radiosensitization by LpsmSGFs under X-ray irradiation was evaluated on human melanoma HMV-II cells. On 7th day after X-ray irradiation, cell proliferation degree assessed by WST-8 decreased more markedly on cells pretreated with LpsmSGFs than Lpsm or free-SGFs...
June 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Dan Liu
BACKGROUND: This study is aimed at investigating the effects of procyanidin on cardiomyocyte apoptosis of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rats. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned into four groups: control group (normal saline), ischemic group (normal saline), procyanidin low-dose group (procyanidin 50 mg/kg/day) and procyanidin high-dose group (procyanidin 100 mg/kg/day) by intragastric administration for 2 weeks. After last administration, myocardial I/R model was induced by ligating left anterior descending artery for 30 min followed by 120 min of perfusion...
February 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Sherliane C Pereira, Juliana M Parente, Vanessa A Belo, Atlante S Mendes, Natália A Gonzaga, Gabriel T do Vale, Carla S Ceron, José Eduardo Tanus-Santos, Carlos R Tirapelli, Michele M Castro
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Increased activity of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 is observed in aortas of different models of hypertension, and its activation is directly mediated by oxidative stress. As quercetin is an important flavonoid with significant antioxidant effects, the hypothesis here is that quercetin will reduce increased MMP-2 activity by decreasing oxidative stress in aortas of hypertensive rats and then ameliorate hypertension-induced vascular remodeling. METHODS: Male two-kidney one-clip (2K1C) hypertensive Wistar rats and controls were treated with quercetin (10 mg/kg/day) or its vehicle for three weeks by gavage...
January 31, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Anna R Fetoni, Sara Letizia Maria Eramo, Antonella Di Pino, Rolando Rolesi, Fabiola Paciello, Claudio Grassi, Diana Troiani, Gaetano Paludetti
HYPOTHESIS: Trans-tympanic Rosmarinic Acid (RA), as compared with the systemic administration, protects against noise-induced auditory hair cell and hearing losses in rats in vivo. BACKGROUND: ROS production, lipoperoxidative damage, and an imbalance of antioxidant defences play a significant role in noise-induced hearing loss. Several molecules with antioxidant properties have been tested to restore redox homeostasis; however, drug delivery system represents a challenge for their effectiveness...
March 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Devy Deliyanti, Saeed F Alrashdi, Sih Min Tan, Colin Meyer, Keith W Ward, Judy B de Haan, Jennifer L Wilkinson-Berka
Purpose: Oxidative stress is a causal factor in the development of diabetic retinopathy; however, clinically relevant strategies to treat the disease by augmenting antioxidant defense mechanisms have not been fully explored. We hypothesized that boosting nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) antioxidant capacity with the novel Nrf2 activator dh404, would protect the retina in diabetes including vision-threatening breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier (BRB) and associated damage to macroglial Müller cells...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ling Gao, Ailin Yu, Jingcheng Liu, Lina Ma, Jing Li
AIM: To determine the relationship between eNOS uncoupling and diabetic ischemic foot and whether reversing eNOS uncoupling by Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) transfection or folic acid (FA) supplementation can be beneficiary in diabetic ischemic foot. METHODS: The bilateral common iliac artery of diabetic rats were ligated to establish the diabetic ischemic foot animal model. DHFR transfection was implemented via femoral artery and muscle injection of in vivo transfection reagent mixture (GenEscortIII) every 4 days during the 2 weeks intervention...
February 1, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Hicla S Moreira, Geórgia A Lima-Leal, Juliana Santos-Rocha, Leonardo Gomes-Pereira, Gloria P Duarte, Fabiano E Xavier
Ageing impairs endothelial function, which is considered a hallmark of the development of cardiovascular diseases in elderly. Cilostazol, a phosphodiesterase-3 inhibitor, has antiplatelet, antithrombotic and protective effects on endothelial cells. Here, we hypothesized that cilostazol could improve endothelial function in mesenteric resistance arteries (MRA) from old rats. Using eight-week cilostazol-treated (100mg/kg/day) or untreated 72-week-old Wistar rats, we evaluate the relaxation to acetylcholine, sodium nitroprusside (SNP), forskolin and isoproterenol and the noradrenaline-induced contraction in MRA...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Miriam E Barnett, Timothy M Baran, Thomas H Foster, Andrew P Wojtovich
Genetically-encoded photosensitizers produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) in response to light. Transgenic expression of fusion proteins can target the photosensitizers to specific cell regions and permit the spatial and temporal control of ROS production. These ROS-generating proteins (RGPs) are widely used for cell ablation, mutagenesis and chromophore-assisted light inactivation of target proteins. However, the species produced by RGPs are unclear due to indirect measures with confounding interpretations...
January 17, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Alisson Martins-Oliveira, Danielle A Guimaraes, Carla S Ceron, Elen Rizzi, Diogo M M Oliveira, Carlos R Tirapelli, Dulce E Casarini, Fernanda B Fernandes, Lucas C Pinheiro, Jose E Tanus-Santos
Renin-angiotensin system activation promotes oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction. However, no previous study has examined the effects of the renin inhibitior aliskiren, either alone or combined with angiotensin II type 1 antagonists on alterations induced by two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) hypertension. We compared the vascular effects of aliskiren (50mg/kg/day), losartan (10mg/kg/day), or both by gavage for 4 weeks in 2K1C and control rats. Treatment with losartan, aliskiren, or both exerted similar antihypertensive effects...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Jingfeng Wang, Jingjing Zhang, Xuefeng Ding, Yanyan Wang, Zhiming Li, Weipeng Zhao, Jianguo Jia, Jingmin Zhou, Junbo Ge
MicroRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) serve a role as important regulators in cardiac hypertrophy. The present study aimed to reveal the differential expression profile of miRNAs between young and aging spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and studied the functional annotation of predicted targets. Briefly, 3‑month‑old and 12‑month‑old SHRs (n=3/group) were subjected to echocardiography, histopathological analysis and dihydroethidium staining. Subsequently, small RNA sequencing and data processing was conducted to identify the differentially expressed miRNAs between these two groups...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Zhenjun Ji, Zhen Wang, Zhe Chen, Hao Jin, Chen Chen, Senlin Chai, Haining Lv, Ling Yang, Yakun Hu, Rong Dong, Kefang Lai
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of melatonin on oxidative stress, the expression of transient receptor potential melastatin-2 (TRPM2) in guinea pig brains, and the influence of melatonin on oxidative stress in lungs and airway inflammation induced by particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5). A particle suspension (0.1 g/ml) was nasally administered to the guinea pigs to prepare a PM2.5 exposure model. Cough frequency and cough incubation period were determined through RM6240B biological signal collection and disposal system...
January 5, 2018: Physiological Research
Bo-Fang Zhang, Hong Jiang, Jing Chen, Xin Guo, Qi Hu, Shuo Yang
Previous studies have indicated that lysine (K)‑specific demethylase 3A (KDM3A) is associated with diverse diabetes‑associated cardiovascular complications in response to high glucose levels. However, the effects of KDM3A on the pathological progression of cardiovascular injuries in response to high insulin levels remain unknown. The present study aimed to explore whether KDM3A knockdown may attenuate high insulin‑induced vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) dysfunction, and to further investigate the underlying mechanisms...
December 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Myoungjin Son, Catherine B Chan, Jianping Wu
SCOPE: The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is a major contributor to the development of insulin resistance and its related complications. Egg white ovotransferrin-derived tripeptides, IRW, IQW, or LKP were previously identified as the inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), a key enzyme in the RAS. This study aimed at determining whether these peptides are effective in improving insulin resistance, and their mechanisms of action, in a rat derived skeletal muscle cell line (L6 cells)...
December 26, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Adrian Ovidiu Văduva, Cosmin Glămeanu, Romeo Negrea, Mirela Danina Muntean, Alis Liliana Carmen Dema
Oxidative stress is a culprit responsible for the development of acute and chronic kidney diseases. We aimed to establish a working model for the dynamic in vivo assessment of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in rat kidney. A randomized controlled study was performed in 36 adult male Wistar rats subjected to unilateral urinary obstruction (UUO) via ureteral ligation and compared to SHAM controls. Dihydroethidium (DHE) was injected in the femoral vein and in vivo confocal microscopy was performed in the 2nd, 6th and 10th day, respectively after surgery...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
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