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In vitro NAFLD

Yi-Yuan Zheng, Miao Wang, Xiang-Bing Shu, Pei-Yong Zheng, Guang Ji
AIM: To elucidate the potential role of autophagy and the protective effects of Jiang Zhi Granule (JZG) in metabolic stress-induced hepatocyte injury. METHODS: An in vitro and in vivo approach was used in this study. HepG2 cells were incubated in culture medium containing palmitate (PA; 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 or 0.5 mmol/L) and treated with or without JZG (100 μg/mL) for 24 h or 48 h, and the progression of autophagy was visualized by stable fluorescence-expressing cell lines LC3 and p62...
March 7, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Kung-Yen Chen, Jui-An Lin, Han-Yun Yao, An-Chih Hsu, Yu-Ting Tai, Jui-Tai Chen, Mao-Chih Hsieh, Tang-Long Shen, Ren-Yi Hsu, Hong-Tan Wu, Guey Horng Wang, Bing-Ying Ho, Yu-Pei Chen
Arctigenin (ATG), a lignin extracted from Arctium lappa (L.), exerts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. We hypothesized that ATG exerts a protective effect on hepatocytes by preventing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progression associated with lipid oxidation-associated lipotoxicity and inflammation. We established an in vitro NAFLD cell model by using normal WRL68 hepatocytes to investigate oleic acid (OA) accumulation and the potential bioactive role of ATG. The results revealed that ATG inhibited OA-induced lipid accumulation, lipid peroxidation, and inflammation in WRL68 hepatocytes, as determined using Oil Red O staining, thiobarbituric acid reactive substance assay, and inflammation antibody array assays...
February 11, 2018: Nutrition Research
Karen Louise Thomsen, Francesco De Chiara, Krista Rombouts, Hendrik Vilstrup, Fausto Andreola, Rajeshwar P Mookerjee, Rajiv Jalan
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a spectrum of liver diseases ranging from steatosis, through non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) to cirrhosis. The development of fibrosis is the most important factor contributing to NASH-associated morbidity and mortality. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are responsible for extracellular matrix deposition in conditions of frank hepatocellular injury and are key cells involved in the development of fibrosis. In experimental models and patients with NASH, urea cycle enzyme gene and protein expression is reduced resulting in functional reduction in the in vivo capacity for ureagenesis and subsequent hyperammonemia at a pre-cirrhotic stage...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Cong Liu, Lian Liu, Hai-Dan Zhu, Jia-Qi Sheng, Xiao-Li Wu, Xing-Xing He, De-An Tian, Jia-Zhi Liao, Pei-Yuan Li
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a kind of liver lipid synthesis and degradation imbalance related with metabolic syndrome. Celecoxib shows the function of ameliorating NAFLD, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Here, we discuss the possible mechanisms of celecoxib alleviating NAFLD by restoring autophagic flux. Lipids were accumulated in L02 cells treated with palmitate as well as SD rats fed with high-fat diet. Western blot showed that LC3 II/I was higher and p62 was lower on the early stage of steatosis while on the late stage both of them were higher, indicating that autophagic flux was activated on the early stage of steatosis, but blocked on the late stage...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Johnny Amer, Ahmad Salhab, Mazen Noureddin, Sarit Doron, Lina Abu-Tair, Rami Ghantous, Mahmud Mahamid, Rifaat Safadi
Insulin resistance is a key risk factor in the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and may lead to liver fibrosis. Natural killer (NK) cells are thought to exert an antifibrotic effect through their killing of activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Here, we investigated how the interplay between NK cells and HSCs are modified by insulin resistance in NAFLD. Fresh peripheral blood NK cells (clusters of differentiation [CD]56dim , CD16+ ) were collected from 22 healthy adults and 72 patients with NAFLD not currently taking any medications and without signs of metabolic syndrome...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Christos Spanos, Elaina M Maldonado, Ciarán P Fisher, Petchpailin Leenutaphong, Ernesto Oviedo-Orta, David Windridge, Francisco J Salguero, Alexandra Bermúdez-Fajardo, Mark E Weeks, Caroline Evans, Bernard M Corfe, Naila Rabbani, Paul J Thornalley, Michael H Miller, Huan Wang, John F Dillon, Alberto Quaglia, Anil Dhawan, Emer Fitzpatrick, J Bernadette Moore
Background: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease worldwide. However, its molecular pathogenesis is incompletely characterized and clinical biomarkers remain scarce. The aims of these experiments were to identify and characterize liver protein alterations in an animal model of early, diet-related, liver injury and to assess novel candidate biomarkers in NAFLD patients. Methods: Liver membrane and cytosolic protein fractions from high fat fed apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE-/- ) animals were analyzed by quantitative proteomics, utilizing isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) combined with nano-liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (nLC-MS/MS)...
2018: Proteome Science
Zhen-Guo Pan, Xu-Sheng An
SARM1 (Sterile alpha and armadillo motif-containing protein 1) is the recently identified TIR domain-containing cytosolic protein, which is involved in toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling transduction. In the present study, the role of SARM1 in high fat diet (HFD)-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progression was explored. We found that SARM1 was expressed highly in fatty liver. And SARM1-knockout (KO) reduced steatohepatitis and metabolic disorders induced by HFD. SARM1-deletion decreased aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels in HFD-fed mice...
February 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jiawen Zheng, Zhuosi Li, Yuki Manabe, Minji Kim, Tsuyoshi Goto, Teruo Kawada, Tatsuya Sugawara
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has shown an increasing morbidity in recent years. Here, we demonstrated that siphonaxanthin (SPX), a rare marine carotenoid, exhibits a strong inhibitory effect on aggravated hepatic lipogenesis in vitro and would be a promising candidate in the prevention and alleviation of NAFLD in the future. In this study, we conducted a preliminary assessment of the effect of SPX on hepatic lipogenesis by using the HepG2 cell line, derived from human liver cancer, as a model of the liver...
February 15, 2018: Lipids
Stephen M Twigg
Across the years the CCNs have been increasingly implicated in the development of obesity, diabetes and its complications. Evidence for this is currently derived from their dysregulation in key metabolic pathological states in humans, animal and in vitro models, and also pre-clinical effects of their bioactivities. CCN2 is the best studied in this disease process and the other CCNs are yet to be better defined. Key steps where CCNs may play a pathogenic metabolic role include: (i) obesity and insulin resistance, where CCN2 inhibits fat cell differentiation in vitro and CCN3 may induce obesity and insulin resistance; (ii) elevated blood glucose levels to diabetes mellitus onset, where CCN2 may contribute to pancreatic beta cell and islet function; and (iii) in diabetes complications, such as nephropathy, retinopathy, liver disease (NAFLD/NASH), CVD and diabetes with heart failure...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
Karthickeyan Chella Krishnan, Zeyneb Kurt, Rio Barrere-Cain, Simon Sabir, Aditi Das, Raquel Floyd, Laurent Vergnes, Yuqi Zhao, Nam Che, Sarada Charugundla, Hannah Qi, Zhiqiang Zhou, Yonghong Meng, Calvin Pan, Marcus M Seldin, Frode Norheim, Simon Hui, Karen Reue, Aldons J Lusis, Xia Yang
The etiology of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common form of chronic liver disease, is poorly understood. To understand the causal mechanisms underlying NAFLD, we conducted a multi-omics, multi-tissue integrative study using the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel, consisting of ∼100 strains of mice with various degrees of NAFLD. We identified both tissue-specific biological processes and processes that were shared between adipose and liver tissues. We then used gene network modeling to predict candidate regulatory genes of these NAFLD processes, including Fasn, Thrsp, Pklr, and Chchd6...
January 17, 2018: Cell Systems
Qiong Ou-Yang, Chun-Xiao Xuan, Xue Wang, Han-Qiong Luo, Jin-E Liu, Lan-Lan Wang, Ting-Ting Li, Yu-Peng Chen, Jun Liu
3-Acetyl-oleanolic acid (3Ac-OA) is a derivative of oleanolic acid (OA), which has shown therapeutic beneficial effects on diabetes and metabolic syndrome. In this study we investigated whether 3Ac-OA exerted beneficial effect on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats and its potential underlying mechanisms. Treatment with 3Ac-OA (1-100 μmol/L) dose-dependently decreased the intracellular levels of total cholesterol (TC) and triglyceride (TG) in FFA-treated primary rat hepatocytes and human HepG2 cell lines in vitro...
January 18, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
M Dallio, M Masarone, S Errico, A G Gravina, C Nicolucci, R Di Sarno, L Gionti, C Tuccillo, M Persico, P Stiuso, N Diano, C Loguercio, A Federico
BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A is an endocrine disrupting chemical associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), cardiovascular disease and liver enzyme abnormalities. AIM: To evaluate bisphenol A plasma and urine levels in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients compared to healthy subjects. Furthermore, we evaluated, in human HepG2 cells, the effects of exposure to different concentrations of bisphenol A on both oxidative stress induction and cell proliferation...
January 11, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Yuli Cai, Honggui Li, Mengyang Liu, Ya Pei, Juan Zheng, Jing Zhou, Xianjun Luo, Wenya Huang, Linqiang Ma, Qiuhua Yang, Shaodong Guo, Xiaoqiu Xiao, Qifu Li, Tianshu Zeng, Fanyin Meng, Heather Francis, Shannon Glaser, Lulu Chen, Yuqing Huo, Gianfranco Alpini, Chaodong Wu
Adenosine 2A receptor (A2A R) exerts protective roles in endotoxin- and/or ischemia-induced tissue damages. However, the role for A2A R in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) remains largely unknown. We sought to examine the effects of global and/or myeloid cell-specific A2A R disruption on the aspects of obesity-associated NAFLD and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. Global and/or myeloid cell-specific A2A R-disrupted mice, as well as control mice were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) to induce NAFLD. Also, bone marrow-derived macrophages and primary mouse hepatocytes were examined for inflammatory and metabolic responses...
January 9, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Min-Jie Lin, Wen Dai, Melanie J Scott, Rong Li, Yi-Qi Zhang, Yang Yang, Lu-Zhu Chen, Xian-Sheng Huang
Apolipoprotein A5 (apoA5) has been implicated in the formation of hepatocyte lipid droplets, a histological hallmark of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Recent evidence demonstrated that liver X receptor α (LXRα), a transcription factor involved in down-regulation of APOA5 mRNA, is activated by AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) that contributes to metformin-related antihyperglycemic effects. In this study we investigated the role of apoA5 and AMPK/LXRα signaling pathway in metformin-related improvement of NAFLD...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
Xianglong Zeng, Jining Yang, Ou Hu, Juan Huang, Li Ran, Mengting Chen, Yu Zhang, Xi Zhou, Jundong Zhu, Qianyong Zhang, Long Yi, Mantian Mi
AIMS: Our previous clinical trial indicated that the flavonoid dihydromyricetin (DHM) could improve hepatic steatosis in patients with NAFLD, altough the potential mechanisms of these effects remained elusive. Here, we investigated the hepatoprotective role of DHM on high-fat diet (HFD)-induced NAFLD. RESULTS: DHM supplementation could effectively ameliorate the development of NAFLD by inhibiting hepatic lipids accumulation both in HFD-fed wild type mice and in palmitic acid (PA)-induced hepatocytes...
January 8, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Abdul M Oseini, Banumathi K Cole, Danny Issa, Ryan E Feaver, Arun J Sanyal
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the Western world, affecting about 1/3 of the US general population and remaining as a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The hallmark of the disease is the excessive accumulation of fat within the liver cells (hepatocytes), which eventually paves the way to cellular stress, injury and apoptosis. NAFLD is strongly associated with components of the metabolic syndrome and is fast emerging as a leading cause of liver transplant in the USA...
January 3, 2018: Hepatology International
Xin Chen, Yan Ling, Yanping Wei, Jing Tang, Yibing Ren, Baohua Zhang, Feng Jiang, Hengyu Li, Ruoyu Wang, Wen Wen, Guishuai Lv, Mengchao Wu, Lei Chen, Liang Li, Hongyang Wang
In the context of diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, the inflammatory signaling has critical roles in the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly delineated. Herein, early and persistently elevated, proinflammatory cytokine HMGB1 expression was detected in a high-fat diet (HFD)-induced NAFLD model in C57BL/6 mice. The expression and extracellular release of HMGB1 was rapidly and dramatically induced by saturated palmitic acid in vitro HFD-induced inflammatory response and liver function impairment were both mitigated after the inhibition of endogenous HMGB1 by neutralizing antibody in vivo The up-regulation of HMGB1 was thought to be modified by dual channels: in the transcriptional level, it was regulated by JNK1/JNK2-ATF2 axis; post-transcriptionally, it was regulated by the microRNA (miR)-200 family, especially miR-429...
January 3, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Mi-Ra Lee, Kwang Il Park, Jin Yeul Ma
We investigated the effects of a Leonurus japonicus ethanol extract (LJE) on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). An in vitro model of hepatic steatosis was treated with 1 mM free fatty acid (FFA) in HepG2 cells. An in vivo NAFLD model was established using C57BL/6 mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and administered LJE (100 or 200 mg/kg) orally for 14 weeks. LJE treatment suppressed lipid accumulation and intracellular triglyceride levels significantly in a concentration-dependent manner in HepG2 cells. Moreover, LJE significantly reduced the expression of sterol regulatory element binding protein 1-c, and its downstream genes, which are associated with lipogenesis, in HepG2 cells...
December 25, 2017: Nutrients
Misaki Matsumoto, Jia Zhang, Xueqing Zhang, Junjie Liu, Joy X Jiang, Kanji Yamaguchi, Akiyuki Taruno, Masato Katsuyama, Kazumi Iwata, Masakazu Ibi, Wenhao Cui, Kuniharu Matsuno, Yoshinori Marunaka, Yoshito Itoh, Natalie J Torok, Chihiro Yabe-Nishimura
The increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been postulated to play a key role in the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). However, the source of ROS and mechanisms underlying the development of NAFLD have yet to be established. We observed a significant up-regulation of a minor isoform of NADPH oxidase, NOX1, in the liver of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients as well as of mice fed a high-fat and high-cholesterol (HFC) diet for 8 weeks. In mice deficient in Nox1 (Nox1KO), increased levels of serum alanine aminotransferase and hepatic cleaved caspase-3 demonstrated in HFC diet-fed wild-type mice (WT) were significantly attenuated...
December 20, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Xiang Wang, Jiao Wang
This study was aimed to investigate the potential regulatory mechanism of high-content hydrogen water (HHW) in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). A high-fat diet (HFD)-induced NAFLD mice model and cellular model were prepared. The serum levels of alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), total cholesterol (TCH) and triglycerides (TG) were measured. The expression levels of representative 5 miRNAs (miR-103, miR-488, miR-136, miR-505 and miR-148a) in liver tissues were determined by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
June 27, 2017: Biological Chemistry
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