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L-Z Qin, W Li, Y Huang, F Lu, S-J Li, H-Q Yang, J-W Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the expression of pentraxin3 (PTX3) in elderly patients with acute cerebral infarction (ACI) and to analyze the relationship of PTX3 with the severity and prognosis of ACI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between June 2014 and August 2015, 96 elderly patients with first-onset of ACI admitted to our institution were enrolled in the present study. Also, 70 healthy elderly subjects were included as controls in this study. Levels of PTX3, C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, homocysteine (Hcy), fibrinogen (FIB), total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were determined in all patients both pre-therapeutically and 30 days post-therapeutically...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
G-X Hu, J Zhang, Y-G Tian, Y-H Li, L Mou, L-J Qiao
OBJECTIVE: We discussed the diagnostic value of joint detection of homocysteine (HCY) and red blood cell volume distribution width variable coefficient on acute myocardial infarction (AMI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We collected 300 coronary heart disease cases, among which there were 121 cases of stenocardia, 65 cases of ischemic heart failure, and 114 cases of AMI at the Department of Cardiology of our hospital during the period from January 2012 to June 2013. At the same time, we took 100 normal physical examinees as the control group, used the full-automatic cell-analyzer and the immunization to measure HCY and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) CV respectively and analyze their value in diagnosing AMI...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Henrieta Škovierová, Eva Vidomanová, Silvia Mahmood, Janka Sopková, Anna Drgová, Tatiana Červeňová, Erika Halašová, Ján Lehotský
Homocysteine (Hcy) is a sulfur-containing non-proteinogenic amino acid derived in methionine metabolism. The increased level of Hcy in plasma, hyperhomocysteinemia, is considered to be an independent risk factor for cardio and cerebrovascular diseases. However, it is still not clear if Hcy is a marker or a causative agent of diseases. More and more research data suggest that Hcy is an important indicator for overall health status. This review represents the current understanding of molecular mechanism of Hcy metabolism and its link to hyperhomocysteinemia-related pathologies in humans...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Dan Wang, Yi-Ming Chen, Miao-Hua Ruan, Ai-Hua Zhou, Yan Qian, Chao Chen
Elevated plasma levels of homocysteine have been implicated in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders in human studies. Although the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of homocysteine (Hcy) cytotoxicity on the nervous system are not yet fully unknown, induction of DNA interstrand cross-links and inhibition of neural stem cells (NSCs) survival may be involved. The objective of our study was to investigate the effects of Hcy on DNA interstrand cross-links in NSCs, and to explore its possible mechanisms...
October 20, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Kamila Borowczyk, Grażyna Chwatko, Paweł Kubalczyk, Hieronim Jakubowski, Jolanta Kubalska, Rafał Głowacki
A fast and simple HPLC-based assay has been developed for the simultaneous determination of homocysteine (Hcy) and methionine (Met) in plasma and urine samples, utilizing as small volume of sample as 10μL. The assay uses on-column derivatization with o-phthaldialdehyde. The separation of Hcy and Met was achieved in 14min on a reversed phase C-18 column, followed by fluorescence detection (excitation at 348nm and emission at 438nm for Met; excitation at 370nm and emission at 480nm for Hcy). Linearity of the detector response was observed in the range of 2-60 μmol L(-1) for Met and 2-40 μmol L(-1) for Hcy...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
I O Oliveira, L P Silva, M C Borges, O M Cruz, J W Tessmann, J V S Motta, F K Seixas, B L Horta, D P Gigante
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Homocysteine (Hcy) is a key intermediate in methionine metabolism. A high plasma concentration of Hcy is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases among other determinants. In this study, we aimed to investigate the interactions between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase enzyme gene (MTHFR) polymorphisms and lifestyle variables (smoking, alcohol intake and physical activity) on Hcy concentrations in a young Brazilian population. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The study population comprised 3803 individuals from the Pelotas Birth Cohort, aged 22-23 years...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Asghar Tofighi, Minoo Shirpoor, M H Khadem Ansari, Alireza Shirpoor, Mitra Zerehpoosh
OBJECTIVE: Chronic anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) consumption increases incidence of cardiovascular abnormalities in athletes and mechanisms underlying those abnormalities continue to be investigated. This study examines whether nandrolone consumption induced cardiac and coronary artery wall abnormalities via oxidative stress. It was also designed to determine whether enforced swimming augmented possible cardiotoxic effects of nandrolone in rat heart. METHODS: Twenty-four male Wistar rats were divided into 3 groups: control, nandrolone, and nandrolone with enforced swimming...
October 12, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
E G Butkowski, H A Al-Aubaidy, H F Jelinek
PURPOSE: The role of homocysteine (Hcy) and associated oxidative stress processes in the metabolic syndrome (MetS) continuum has not been explored extensively. Changes in Hcy and associated oxidative stress in relation to the number of metabolic syndrome factors present are explored in this study. METHOD: Participants (n=266) attending a rural diabetes screening clinic had their medical history recorded as well as body mass index, Hcy, glucose, cholesterol, glutathione (GSH), and 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) measured...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
A Kasperska-Zając, A Grzanka, B Mazur, A Gwóźdź, J Zamłyński
BACKGROUND: Lower serum vitamin B12 concentrations have been observed in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). It is known that vitamin B12 deficiency is closely related to hyperhomocysteinaemia, which is associated with a proinflammatory state. AIM: To assess the relationship between vitamin B12 status and concentrations of homocysteine (Hcy) with acute phase response in patients with CSU. METHODS: Circulating concentrations of vitamin B12, Hcy and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in 42 patients with CSU of varying severity, and compared with 19 healthy controls (HCs)...
October 16, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Mirjana Bećarević, Duško Mirković, Svetlana Ignjatović
Although numerous studies investigated the association between homocysteine (Hcy), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), C-reactive protein (CRP) and apolipoproteins (apos) with thrombosis and/or recurrent pregnancy losses, studies that analyzed the abovementioned parameters and multiple positivity of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL Abs) in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) are lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the presence of various combinations of the abovementioned parameters and their associations with clinical and/or serological features of PAPS...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Nivedita Bhattacharjee, Anupom Borah
Homocysteine (Hcy) when injected intranigrally in rat caused parkinsonian behavioural phenotypes and loss of nigral dopaminergic neurons but the underlying mechanisms of neurotoxicity remains elusive. In the present study, we focused on oxidative stress as one of the mechanisms of neurotoxicity in Hcy-induced hemiparkinsonian rat model. Unilateral intranigral infusion of Hcy (1.0 μmol in 2 μl) caused inhibition of mitochondrial complex-I activity, decrease in the level of striatal dopamine, loss of midbrain dopaminergic neurons, and motor abnormalities...
October 9, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Xin Guo, Dai Li, Min Chen, Lei Chen, Bikui Zhang, Tian Wu, Ren Guo
Recent studies have demonstrated functions of miR-145 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) phenotypes and vascular diseases. In this study, we aim to determine whether CD40 is involved in miR-145 mediated switch of VSMC phenotypes. In cultured VSMCs, the effects of miR-145 and CD40 on TNF-α, TGF-β, and Homocysteine (Hcy) induced cell proliferation were evaluated by over-expression of miR-145 or by siRNA-mediated knockdown of CD40. We also used ultrasound imaging to explore the effect of miR-145 on carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) in atherosclerotic cerebral infarction (ACI) patients...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Rudra Prasad Roy, Kaushik Ghosh, Manas Ghosh, Amitava Acharyya, Ambarish Bhattacharya, Mrinal Pal, Sisir Chakraborty, Nilanjan Sengupta
BACKGROUND: Long-term therapy with metformin was shown to decrease the Vitamin B12 level and manifested as peripheral neuropathy. AIM: The aim of this study is to define the prevalence of Vitamin B12 deficiency in early Type 2 diabetic patients (duration ≤5 years or drug treatment ≤3 years) and the relationship among metformin exposure and levels of cobalamin (Cbl), folic acid, and homocysteine (Hcy) with severity of peripheral neuropathy. METHODOLOGY: This is a cross-sectional study involving randomly selected ninety patients (male 56, female 34) between age groups of 35 and 70 years, comparing those who had received >6 months of metformin (Group A) (n = 35) with those without metformin (Group B) (n = 35) and patients taking metformin with other oral hypoglycemic agent (Group C) (n = 20)...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Tahir Bezgin, Cihangir Kaymaz, Özgür Akbal, Fatih Yılmaz, Hacer Ceren Tokgöz, Nihal Özdemir
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially lethal disorder that manifests mainly as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the extremities or pulmonary embolism (PE) and occurs as a consequence of genetic and environmental risk factors. We aimed to assess the role of inherited thrombophilia as a causative or additive factor in the development of VTE. METHODS: The study included 310 patients (female: 154; mean age: 52.3 ± 16.9 years) with a first episode of VTE and 289 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
October 11, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Shuang Chu, Xiao-Dong Mao, Li Wang, Wen Peng
Vascular endothelial dysfunction can be induced by homocysteine (Hcy) through promoted oxidative stress. Huang Qi decoction (HQD) is a traditional Chinese medical formula and its components possess antioxidant effect. The study herein was therefore designed to investigate the effects of HQD at different dosage on endothelial dysfunction induced by Hcy. Tempol and apocynin were used to investigate whether antioxidant mechanisms were involved. Endothelium-dependent relaxation of rat aortas was investigated by isometric tension recordings...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Wen-Xing Li, Wei Li, Jia-Qian Cao, Haiyue Yan, Yuanyuan Sun, Hong Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Ling Tang, Manman Wang, Jing-Fei Huang, Dahai Liu
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), and glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) were three key enzymes in the hepatic metabolism. This study aimed to investigate the effect of homocysteine (Hcy) metabolism gene polymorphisms and serum Hcy and folate level on the hepatic functions in a Chinese hypertensive population. A representative sample with 480 subjects aged 28-75 was enrolled in 2005.9-2005.12 from six hospitals in different Chinese regions. Serum ALT, AST and GGT were measured by using an automatic biochemistry analyzer...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
Riaz Abdulla, Rouchelle Charmaine Tellis, Roshan Athikari, Jagadish Kudkuli
CONTEXT: Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without palate (NSCL ± P) is a genetic predisposition involving defects in shape and makeup of the lip and palate. Elevation of homocysteine (Hcy) levels is seen in medical complications such as developmental anomalies causing neural tube defects, congenital vascular diseases, neurodegenerative and psychiatric conditions. Evaluation of serum Hcy levels forms an important feature to look further into molecular aspects. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the Hcy levels in NSCL ± P cases by comparing with control cases having no orofacial deformities...
September 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Naime Çelik, Ayhan Vurmaz, Ahmet Kahraman
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether quercetin (QUER) treatment could have a protective effect against oxidative stress induced by homocysteinemia in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-two male Sprague-Dawley rats (adult) were assigned randomly to four groups: the control group was given physiological saline (PS; 1.5 mL/d); the QUER group was given QUER (50 mg/kg body weight [BW] daily) in distilled water and 0.25 mL PS; the homocysteine (HCY) group was given HCY (1 mg/kg BW daily) in distilled water and 1...
August 6, 2016: Nutrition
Jianxi Wang, Cheng Zhou, Wei Liu, Jianjian Zhang, Xinyue Zhu, Xiaoyan Liu, Qin Wang, Haixia Zhang
We have prepared a near-infrared (NIR) turn-on fluorescent probe (NFC) based on chloroacetate modified naphthofluorescein for specific detection of cysteine (Cys) and homocysteine (Hcy) over glutathione (GSH) and other amino acids (AAs) with the detection limits of 0.30 μM and 0.42 μM, respectively. The fluorescence intensity of the naphthofluorescein (NF) chromophore is modulated by an internal charge transfer (ICT) process. The probe NFC is readily available and weakly fluorescent, but of observably enhanced fluorescence after reacting with Cys or Hcy...
October 3, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Chun-Li Song, Bin Liu, Yong-Feng Shi, Ning Liu, You-You Yan, Ji-Chang Zhang, Xin Xue, Jin-Peng Wang, Zhuo Zhao, Jian-Gen Liu, Yang-Xue Li, Xiao-Hao Zhang, Jun-Duo Wu
Our study aims to investigate the roles of microRNA-130a (miR-130a) in human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) injury and inflammatory responses by targeting PTEN through the PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathway. HCAECs were treated with 1.0 mmol/L homocysteine (HCY) and assigned into eight groups: the blank group, the negative control (NC) group, the miR-130a mimics group, the miR-130a inhibitors group, the si-PTEN group, the Wortmannin group, the miR-130a inhibitors + si-PTEN group and the miR-130a mimics + Wortmannin group...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
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