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Xian Zhou, Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski, Antony Kam, Dennis Chang, Chunguang Li, Alan Bensoussan, Kelvin Chan
Background: This study investigated the combination effects of the Danshen and Sanqi herb pair on angiogenesis in vitro. Methods: Nine combination ratios of Danshen-Sanqi extracts (DS-SQ) were screened for their angiogenic effects in the human vascular endothelial EAhy 926 cell line via cell proliferation, cell migration and tube formation activities against the damage to the cells exerted by DL-homocysteine (Hcy) and adenosine (Ado). The type of interaction (synergistic, antagonistic, additive) between Danshen and Sanqi was analyzed using combination index (CI) and isobologram models...
November 21, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
Hao Jiang, Changyi Li, Bin Wei, Qiang Wang, Jiang Zhong, Jianqi Lu
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to investigate serum homocysteine (HCY) levels in acne patients. METHODS: Acne patients (n = 124) and healthy volunteers (n = 70), matched in terms of both age and sex, were enrolled. Serum HCY levels for all subjects were measured by a clinical laboratory. RESULTS: Serum HCY levels in male and female patients with severe and moderate acne were significantly higher than in the healthy control group (P < ...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Hui-Ping Zhang, Yan-Hua Wang, Sheng-Chao Ma, Hui Zhang, An-Ning Yang, Xiao-Ling Yang, Ming-Hao Zhang, Jian-Min Sun, Yin-Ju Hao, Yi-Deng Jiang
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) contribute to neovasculogenesis and reendothelialization of damaged blood vessels to maintain the endothelium. Dysfunction of EPCs is implicated in the pathogenesis of vascular injury induced by homocysteine (Hcy). We aimed to investigate the role of Cyclin A in Hcy-induced EPCs dysfunction and explore its molecular mechanism. In this study, by treatment of EPCs with Hcy, we found that the expression of Cyclin A mRNA and protein were significantly downregulated in a dose-dependent manner...
November 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
Xuetao Huang, Yezhen Yang, Yiqin Duan, Yi-Qun Kuang, Ding Lin
Few studies have reported the relationship between retinal artery occlusion (RAO) and plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels. Our goal was to evaluate the association between the plasma Hcy level and the risk of RAO disease. Several databases were searched for all published studies that involved Hcy and RAO. Six studies evaluated hyperhomocysteinemia (hHcy) in retinal artery occlusion patients and controls; the incidence of hHcy in patients with RAO was higher than the control and the pooled odds ratio (OR) was 6...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Rajib Paul, Banashree Chetia Phukan, Arokiasamy Justin Thenmozhi, Thamilarasan Manivasagam, Pallab Bhattacharya, Anupom Borah
AIM: Hyperhomocysteinemia and homocysteine (Hcy) mediated dopaminergic neurotoxicity is a matter of concern in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease (PD). Our previous study established the involvement of oxidative stress in the substantia nigra (SN) of Hcy rat model of PD; however, the role of antioxidants, such as melatonin, was not tested in this model. MAIN METHODS: Melatonin (10, 20 and 30mg/kg, i.p.) was administered to rats injected with Hcy in right SN (1...
November 11, 2017: Life Sciences
Ping Yue, Xiuli Yang, Peng Ning, Xinguo Xi, Haizhu Yu, Yan Feng, Rong Shao, Xiangming Meng
A novel mitochondria-targeted ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe (Mito-MQ) for detecting intracellular cysteine (Cys) and homocysteine (Hcy) has been designed. Mito-MQ showed the ratiometric fluorescent detection signal (the green-to-blue emissionfrom 517nm to 460nm) to cysteine (Cys) and homocysteine (Hcy) over glutathione (GSH), along with the fast response rate (10min). The detection mechanism was illustrated by (1)H NMR, ESI-MS and theoretical calculation. The co-localization coefficient of 0.87 between Mito-MQ and MitoTracker Red revealed that the probe was predominantly present in mitochondria, therefore, Mito-MQ was successfully applied to detect mitochondrial oxidative stress by detecting the change of Cys/Hcy...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
Feng Sun, Wei Qian, Chen Zhang, Jian-Xia Fan, He-Feng Huang
BACKGROUND This study investigated the relationship of serum homocysteine in early pregnancy with the risk of gestational hypertension (GH) and preeclampsia (PE) and with the severity of preeclampsia. MATERIAL AND METHODS In a retrospective cohort study, we identified 147 confirmed cases of preeclampsia (103 with mild PE and 44 with severe PE) and 147 confirmed cases of GH; 4418 women who remained normotensive and nonproteinuric throughout pregnancy served as controls. Maternal blood samples were collected at between 11 and 13 weeks of gestation to test serum concentrations of homocysteine (Hcy), folic acid, and VitB12...
November 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Mads V Lind, Lotte Lauritzen, Oluf Pedersen, Henrik Vestergaard, Ken D Stark, Torben Hansen, Alastair B Ross, Mette Kristensen
Several B-vitamins act as co-factors in one-carbon metabolism, a pathway that plays a central role in several chronic diseases. However, there is a lack of knowledge of how diet affects markers in one-carbon metabolism. The aim of this study was to explore dietary patterns and components associated with one-carbon metabolites. We hypothesized that intake of whole-grains and fish would be associated with lower Hcy, and higher SAM:SAH ratio due to their nutrient content. We assessed dietary information using a four-day dietary record in 118 men and women with features of the metabolic syndrome...
October 2, 2017: Nutrition Research
Song-Jiao Li, Ya-Jun Fu, Chun-Yan Li, Yong-Fei Li, Lan-Hua Yi, Juan Ou-Yang
Cysteine (Cys) is involved in cellular growth and Cys deficiency is related with many diseases. So far, a number of fluorescent probes have been constructed for the detection of Cys successfully. However, the probes are difficult to discriminate Cys from Hcy and the emission wavelength of the probes is in ultraviolet or visible range. Herein, a NIR fluorescent probe named NIR-BODIPY-Ac is synthesized and used to detect Cys. The emission wavelength of the probe is at 708 nm that belongs to near-infrared (NIR) region by attaching indolium to BODIPY core, which is suitable for bioimaging in vivo...
November 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
Beibei Liang, Baiyan Wang, Qiujuan Ma, Caixia Xie, Xian Li, Suiping Wang
Biological thiols, like cysteine (Cys), homocysteine (Hcy) and glutathione (GSH), play crucial roles in biological systems and in lysosomal processes. Highly selective probes for detecting biological thiols in lysomes of living cells are rare. In this work, a lysosome-targetable turn-on fluorescent probe for the detection of thiols in living cells was designed and synthesized based on a 1,8-naphthalimide derivative. The probe has a 4-(2-aminoethyl)morpholine unit as a lysosome-targetable group and an acrylate group as the thiol recognition unit as well as a fluorescence quencher...
October 28, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Jiamin Wang, Linqiang Niu, Jing Huang, Zhijie Yan, Jianhong Wang
Biothiols, such as cysteine (Cys), homocysteine (Hcy) and glutathione (GSH), are involved in a number of biological processes and play crucial roles in biological systems. Thus, the detection of biothiols is highly important for early diagnosis of diseases and evaluation of disease progression. Herein, we developed a new turn-on fluorescent probe 1 based on 7-nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (NBD) with high selectivity and sensitivity for Cys/Hcy on account of nucleophilic substitution and Smiles rearrangement reaction...
October 28, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Paula Pierozan, Helena Biasibetti-Brendler, Felipe Schmitz, Fernanda Ferreira, Carlos Alexandre Netto, Angela T S Wyse
The brain of patients affected by Alzheimer's disease (AD) develops progressive neurodegeneration linked to the formation of proteins aggregates. However, their single actions cannot explain the extent of brain damage observed in this disorder, and the characterization of co-adjuvant involved in the early toxic processes evoked in AD is essential. In this line, quinolinic acid (QUIN) and homocysteine (Hcy) appear to be involved in the AD neuropathogenesis. Herein, we investigate the effects of QUIN and Hcy on early toxic events in cortical neurons and astrocytes...
November 9, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
Shuang-Jiang Zhou, Li-Gang Zhang, Hong-Mei Chen, Ju-Yan Li, Ran Li, Xi-Mei Zhang, Ning Wang, Jair C Soares, Ryan M Cassidy, Yingjun Zheng, Yuping Ning, Shao-Li Wang, Jing-Xu Chen, Xiang-Yang Zhang
Recent studies have reported that hyperhomocystinemia (HHcy) is highly prevalent in patients with bipolar disorder (BD), placing them at greater risk of cardiovascular disease and possibly serving as a disease biomarker. However, the correlation of HHcy with demographic or clinical parameters is not well known. In this study, we examined the prevalence of HHcy and its association with these parameters in a sample of Chinese BD patients. Fasting plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels were determined in 198 BD inpatients and 84 healthy controls...
August 24, 2017: Psychiatry Research
Wei Li, Renqiao Tang, Shengrong Ouyang, Feifei Ma, Zhuo Liu, Jianxin Wu
Background: Folic acid (FA) is an antioxidant that can reduce reactive oxygen species generation and can blunt cardiac dysfunction during ischemia. We hypothesized that FA supplementation prevents cardiac fibrosis and cardiac dysfunction induced by obesity. Methods: Six-week-old C57BL6/J mice were fed a high-fat diet (HFD), normal diet (ND), or an HFD supplemented with folic acid (FAD) for 14 weeks. Cardiac function was measured using a transthoracic echocardiographic exam...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
Giuseppe Cianciolo, Antonio De Pascalis, Luca Di Lullo, Claudio Ronco, Chiara Zannini, Gaetano La Manna
Background: Hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) occurs in about 85% of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients because of impaired renal metabolism and reduced renal excretion. Folic acid (FA), the synthetic form of vitamin B9, is critical in the conversion of homocysteine (Hcy) to methionine. If there is not enough intake of FA, there is not enough conversion, and Hcy levels are raised. Summary: Hhcy is regarded as an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in end-stage renal disease...
October 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
Chuan-Feng Huang, Wei-Na Wang, Cheng-Cao Sun, Yu-Qing Wang, Ling Li, Yin Li, De-Jia Li
The present study investigated the role of echinocystic acid (EA) on the expression of nuclear factor (NF)-κB and cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1), and aortic morphology, in a rat model of hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy). A total of 50 Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups as follows: Normal control (NC), model control (MC), vitamin control (VC; folic acid 1 mg/kg + vitamin B2 2 mg/kg + vitamin B12 10u g/kg), EA1 (20 mg/kg EA) and EA2 (40 mg/kg EA). Plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels were determined via high performance liquid chromatography, and the morphology of the aorta was investigated using hematoxylin and eosin staining...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Huanyuan Wang, Qi Sun, Yi Zhou, Hui Zhang, Chenghua Luo, Jiahui Xu, Yu Dong, Ye Wu, Huirong Liu, Wen Wang
Deficiency of cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) activity is the most common cause of increased homocysteine (Hcy). However, until now the underlying mechanisms why CBS activity decreased still remain unresolved. The goal of this study was to explore the contribution of nitrative stress to deficiency of CBS activity, and further identify the possible nitration sites of CBS protein. Results showed that in elderly people, there was an increased nitrative stress level, which was relative to elevated Hcy level. In natural aging rats and diet-induced hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) rats, the levels of Hcy and nitrative stress were both elevated, and interestingly, pretreatment with peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) scavenger FeTMPyP ameliorated the elevation of Hcy as well as nitrative stress...
November 3, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Wenqiang Chen, Xiuxiu Yue, Hui Zhang, Wenxiu Li, Liangliang Zhang, Qi Xiao, Chusheng Huang, Jiarong Sheng, Xiangzhi Song
Glutathione (GSH) and hydrogen polysulfides (H2Sn) play crucial roles in many physiological processes. To unravel the complicated interrelationship and cellular cross-talk between GSH and H2Sn, the development of single-molecule fluorescent probes that can selectively sense GSH and H2Sn simultaneously from different emission channels is highly desirable. In this report, we have developed the first dual-detection fluorescent probe, ACC-SePh, which responded to GSH with green fluorescence emission, whereas it reacted with H2Sn and emitted blue fluorescence...
November 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Han-Fei Chen, Jiang-Tao Li, Fang Gu, Hai-Jun Wang
The Kirkwood-Buff (KB) theory of solution is employed to investigate several macroscopic properties of the one-component hard-core Yukawa (HCY) fluid, where the key physical quantities are the KB integrals (KBIs). For both repulsive and attractive HCY fluids, the radial distribution functions are calculated by using the classical density functional theory, and then the corresponding KBIs are carried out. Since the local structure and global properties of a fluid can be related by KBI, we presented the isothermal compressibility and the derivative of the chemical potential with respect to bulk density for both repulsive and attractive HCY fluids...
November 3, 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Mei-Fang Zhong, Yu-Hong Zhao, Hua Xu, Xing Tan, Yang-Kai Wang, Wei-Zhong Wang
It has been demonstrated that homocysteine (HCY) is a significant risk factor of hypertension, which is characterized by overactivity of sympathetic tone. Excessive oxidative stress in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM), a key region for control of sympathetic outflow, contributes to sympathetic hyperactivity in hypertension. Therefore, the goal of the present study is to determine the effect of systemic HCY on production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the RVLM. In the rat model of the diet-induced hyperhomocysteinemia (L-methionine, 1 g/kg/day, 8 weeks), we found that the HCY resulted in a significant increase (≈3...
2017: Neural Plasticity
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