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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936390/irap-inhibition-using-hfi419-prevents-moderate-to-severe-acetylcholine-mediated-vasoconstriction-in-a-rabbit-model
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Aisha El-Hawli, Tawar Qaradakhi, Alan Hayes, Emma Rybalka, Renee Smith, Martin Caprnda, Radka Opatrilova, Katarina Gazdikova, Maria Benckova, Peter Kruzliak, Anthony Zulli
Coronary artery vasospasm (constriction) caused by reduced nitric oxide bioavailability leads to myocardial infarction. Reduced endothelial release of nitric oxide by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, leads to paradoxical vasoconstriction as it binds to smooth muscle cell M3 receptors. Thus, inhibition of coronary artery vasospasm will improve clinical outcomes. Inhibition of insulin regulated aminopeptidase has been shown to improve vessel function, thus we tested the hypothesis that HFI419, an inhibitor of insulin regulated aminopeptidase, could reduce blood vessel constriction to acetylcholine...
December 6, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936332/an-association-of-serum-alt-with-elevated-blood-pressure-in-senior-adults-a-case-control-study
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Xiuqin Hong, Nualnong Wongtongkam, Paul Russell Ward, Shuiyuan Xiao, Shuling Wang, Qian Peng, Qi Zuo, Dan Zeng, Jia Wang, Chenxu Wang, Jian Chen, Na Zhang
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases in China; hence, identifying good serum markers might provide cost benefits in terms of reducing morbidity rates. In this population-based case-control study, participants were recruited from five districts in Hunan province, and 416 cases were matched with an equal number of controls. Markers related to elevated blood pressure were assessed: Body Mass Index, total cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, and creatinine. Three potential serum markers homocysteine (HCY), C-reactive protein (CRP), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) were dichotomized as normal or high level...
December 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936205/hyperhomocysteinemia-in-apoe-mice-leads-to-overexpression-of-enhancer-of-zeste-homolog-2-via-mir-92a-regulation
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Yang Xiaoling, Zhao Li, Li ShuQiang, Ma Shengchao, Yang Anning, Ding Ning, Li Nan, Jia Yuexia, Yang Xiaoming, Li Guizhong, Jiang Yideng
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis. HHcy promotes atherogenesis by modifying the histone methylation patterns and miRNA regulation. In this study, we investigated the effects of homocysteine (Hcy) on the expression of enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2), and tested our hypothesis that Hcy-induced atherosclerosis is mediated by increased EZH2 expression, which is regulated by miR-92a. The levels of EZH2 and H3K27me3 were increased in the aorta of ApoE-/- mice fed a high-methionine diet for 16 weeks, whereas miR-92a expression was decreased...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934872/structural-analysis-of-glycine-sarcosine-n-methyltransferase-from-methanohalophilus-portucalensis-reveals-mechanistic-insights-into-the-regulation-of-methyltransferase-activity
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Yi-Ru Lee, Te-Sheng Lin, Shu-Jung Lai, Mu-Sen Liu, Mei-Chin Lai, Nei-Li Chan
Methyltransferases play crucial roles in many cellular processes, and various regulatory mechanisms have evolved to control their activities. For methyltransferases involved in biosynthetic pathways, regulation via feedback inhibition is a commonly employed strategy to prevent excessive accumulation of the pathways' end products. To date, no biosynthetic methyltransferases have been characterized by X-ray crystallography in complex with their corresponding end product. Here, we report the crystal structures of the glycine sarcosine N-methyltransferase from the halophilic archaeon Methanohalophilus portucalensis (MpGSMT), which represents the first structural elucidation of the GSMT methyltransferase family...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934126/selective-and-sensitive-monitoring-of-cerebral-antioxidants-based-on-the-dye-labeled-dna-polydopamine-conjugates
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Shishi Ma, Yan-Xia Qi, Xiao-Qin Jiang, Jie-Qiong Chen, Qiao-Yu Zhou, Guoyue Shi, Min Zhang
A simple and novel method for evaluating antioxidants in complex biological fluids has been developed based on the interaction of dye-labeled single-strand DNA (ssDNA) and polydopamine (PDA). Due to the interaction between ssDNA and PDA, the fluorescence of dye-labeled ssDNA (e.g., FITC-ssDNA, as donor) can be quenched by PDA (as acceptor) to the fluorescence "off" state through Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). However, in the presence of various antioxidants, such as glutathione (GSH), ascorbic acid (AA), cysteine (Cys), and homocysteine (Hcys), the spontaneous oxidative polymerization reaction from DA to PDA would be blocked, resulting in the freedom of FITC-ssDNA and leading to the fluorescence "on" state...
December 6, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933289/the-association-between-stress-measured-by-allostatic-load-score-and-physiologic-dysregulation-in-african-immigrants-the-africans-in-america-study
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Brianna A Bingham, Michelle T Duong, Madia Ricks, Lilian S Mabundo, Rafeal L Baker, Jean N Utumatwishima, Margaret Udahogora, David Berrigan, Anne E Sumner
INTRODUCTION: Allostatic load score (ALS) summarizes the physiological effect of stress on cardiovascular, metabolic and immune systems. As immigration is stressful, ALS could be affected. OBJECTIVE: Associations between age of immigration, reason for immigration, and unhealthy assimilation behavior and ALS were determined in 238 African immigrants to the United States (age 40 ± 10, mean ± SD, range 21-64 years). METHODS: ALS was calculated using 10 variables from three domains; cardiovascular (SBP, DBP, cholesterol, triglyceride, homocysteine), metabolic [BMI, A1C, albumin, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)], and immunological [high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP)]...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932944/role-of-homocysteine-in-the-ischemic-stroke-and-development-of-ischemic-tolerance
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Ján Lehotský, Barbara Tothová, Maria Kovalská, Dušan Dobrota, Anna Beňová, Dagmar Kalenská, Peter Kaplán
Homocysteine (Hcy) is a toxic, sulfur-containing intermediate of methionine metabolism. Hyperhomocysteinemia (hHcy), as a consequence of impaired Hcy metabolism or defects in crucial co-factors that participate in its recycling, is assumed as an independent human stroke risk factor. Neural cells are sensitive to prolonged hHcy treatment, because Hcy cannot be metabolized either by the transsulfuration pathway or by the folate/vitamin B12 independent remethylation pathway. Its detrimental effect after ischemia-induced damage includes accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and posttranslational modifications of proteins via homocysteinylation and thiolation...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932499/genetic-variation-in-one-carbon-metabolism-and-changes-in-metabolic-parameters-in-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients
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Błażej Misiak, Łukasz Łaczmański, Natalia Kinga Słoka, Elżbieta Szmida, Ryszard Ślęzak, Patryk Piotrowski, Andrzej Kiejna, Dorota Frydecka
BACKGROUND: In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of polymorphisms in genes encoding 1-carbon metabolism enzymes on differential development of metabolic parameters during 12 weeks of treatment with second-generation antipsychotics in first-episode schizophrenia patients. METHODS: The following polymorphisms in 1-carbon metabolism genes were genotyped: MTHFR (C677T and A1298C), MTHFD1 (G1958A), MTRR (A66G), and BHMT (G742A). A broad panel of metabolic parameters including body mass index, waist circumference, total cholesterol low and high density lipoproteins, triglycerides, homocysteine, folate, and vitamin B12 was determined...
December 8, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930988/potential-involvement-of-ppar-%C3%AE-activation-in-diminishing-the-hepatoprotective-effect-of-fenofibrate-in-nafld-accuracy-of-non-invasive-panel-in-determining-the-stage-of-liver-fibrosis-in-rats
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Asmaa M Hamed, Omnyah A El-Kharashi, Suzi S A Boctor, Lobna F Abd-Elaziz
BACKGROUND: Although Fenofibrate (FF) is a hypolipedmic drug and one of the PPARα agonists which is a drug target for non alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD), no studies had investigated its potential hepatic effects in such cases. AIM: To compare between the effect of FF and Gemfibrozil (GF) on the prognosis of NAFLD in rats. METHODS: Sixty four rats were used and classified into two main groups. Group I (treated for 6 weeks): naïve, FF, GF groups and Group II (treated for 14 weeks and drugs were added at the last 6 weeks): Control, high fat diet (HFD) untreated, HFD+FF, HFD+FF+folic acid (FA) and HFD+GF groups...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923813/the-chemical-basis-of-thiol-addition-to-nitro-conjugated-linoleic-acid-a-protective-cell-signaling-lipid
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Lucia Turell, Dario A Vitturi, E Laura Coitiño, Lourdes Lebrato, Matias N Moller, Camila Sagasti, Sonia R Salvatore, Steven R Woodcock, Beatriz Alvarez, Francisco J Schopfer
Nitroalkene fatty acids are formed in vivo and exert protective and anti-inflammatory effects via reversible Michael addition to thiol-containing proteins in key signaling pathways. Nitro-conjugated linoleic acid (NO2-CLA) is preferentially formed, constitutes the most abundant nitrated fatty acid in humans and contains two carbons that could potentially react with thiols, modulating signaling actions and levels. In this work, we examined the reactions of NO2-CLA with low molecular weight thiols (glutathione, cysteine, homocysteine, cysteinylglycine and β mercaptoethanol) and human serum albumin (HSA)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916904/impact-of-pre-pregnancy-bmi-on-b-vitamin-and-inflammatory-status-in-early-pregnancy-an-observational-cohort-study
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Anne-Lise Bjørke-Monsen, Arve Ulvik, Roy M Nilsen, Øivind Midttun, Christine Roth, Per Magnus, Camilla Stoltenberg, Stein Emil Vollset, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud, Per Magne Ueland
Maternal nutrition and inflammation have been suggested as mediators in the development of various adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with maternal obesity. We have investigated the relation between pre-pregnancy BMI, B vitamin status, and inflammatory markers in a group of healthy pregnant women. Cobalamin, folate, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate, and riboflavin; and the metabolic markers homocysteine, methylmalonic acid, and 3-hydroxykynurenine/xanthurenic acid ratio (HK/XA); and markers of cellular inflammation, neopterin and kynurenine/tryptophan ratio (KTR) were determined in pregnancy week 18 and related to pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), in 2797 women from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa)...
November 30, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914824/nutraceutical-inherent-of-spinacia-oleracea-linn-methanolic-leaf-extract-ameliorates-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-necrosis-in-male-albino-wistar-rats-via-mitigating-inflammation
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Shivaranjani Vutharadhi, Umamaheswari Jolapuram, Lakshmi Devi Kodidhela
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) remain the principal cause of death in both developed and developing countries. The present study was intended to appraise the nutraceutical inherent of HPLC standardized Spinacia oleracea methanolic leaf extract (SoLE) in isoproterenol (ISO) induced male albino Wistar rats via activation of pro-inflammatory signaling pathway that drives myocardial necrosis. Biochemical analysis of ISO injected rats showed significant alterations in the activities of homocysteine, paraoxonase, lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase, C-reactive protein, myeloperoxidase and caspase-3 which were further confirmed by the histopathological examination...
November 30, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914013/inhibitory-effect-of-homocysteine-on-rat-neural-stem-cell-growth-in-vitro-is-associated-with-reduced-protein-levels-and-enzymatic-activities-of-aconitase-and-respiratory-complex-iii
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Xu-Mei Zhang, Ya-Qian Zhao, Hai Yan, Huan Liu, Guo-Wei Huang
Increased blood plasma concentration of the sulphur amino acid homocysteine (Hcy) is considered as an independent risk factor of the neurodegenerative diseases. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms by which Hcy leads to neurotoxicity have yet to be clarified. Recent research has suggested that neurotoxicity of Hcy may involve negative regulation of neural stem cell (NSC) proliferation. In the current study, primary NSCs were isolated from neonatal rat brain hippocampus and the inhibition in cell growth was observed after exposure to l50 μM and 500 μM L-Hcy...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913745/the-association-of-uric-acid-with-leukoaraiosis
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Jun-Jing Li, Yin-Hui Huang, You-Yu Lin, Mi-Mi Li, Ya-Fang Chen, Ruo-Wei Cai
OBJECTIVE: To explore the possible correlation between uric acid levels and leukoaraiosis (LA). METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled patients who presented with some neurological discomfort (e.g. dizziness, headache, mild cognitive impairment). Potential demographic and clinical risk factors associated with LA, including sex, age, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoking, alcohol consumption, dyslipidaemia, plasma fibrinogen, D-dimer, uric acid, and homocysteine, were investigated using univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses...
December 2, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910812/inflammatory-markers-associated-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Sarah Lindberg, Moncef Zarrouk, Jan Holst, Anders Gottsäter
PURPOSE: Inflammation with leukocytic infiltration, degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM), and depletion of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) are pathological hallmarks of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The aim of this study was to further evaluate relationships between AAA and inflammatory biomarkers, interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), by comparing levels in 65-year-old men with and without AAA at ultrasound screening...
September 1, 2016: European Cytokine Network
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905385/-a-role-of-genetic-factors-and-related-disorder-of-the-folate-cycle-in-ischemic-stroke
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V M Shklovsky, I P Lukashevich, A Yu Remennik, S M Gerasimova, G S Selishchev, D I Malin, V V Valyaeva
AIM: To study a role of MTHFR mutations and their associations with the disturbances of basic parameters of the folate cycle in the development of ischemic stroke (IS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty-one post-stroke patients, 26 women and 25 men, aged from 29 to 87 years, were included in the study. The control group consisted of 47 healthy people, 23 women and 24 men, aged from 30 to 83 years. MTHFR: rs1801131 and rs1801133 polymorphisms were genotyped. Contents of folate, B12 and homocysteine were measured...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905001/guidelines-for-diagnosis-and-management-of-the-cobalamin-related-remethylation-disorders-cblc-cbld-cble-cblf-cblg-cblj-and-mthfr-deficiency
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Martina Huemer, Daria Diodato, Bernd Schwahn, Manuel Schiff, Anabela Bandeira, Jean-Francois Benoist, Alberto Burlina, Roberto Cerone, Maria L Couce, Angeles Garcia-Cazorla, Giancarlo la Marca, Elisabetta Pasquini, Laura Vilarinho, James D Weisfeld-Adams, Viktor Kožich, Henk Blom, Matthias R Baumgartner, Carlo Dionisi-Vici
BACKGROUND: Remethylation defects are rare inherited disorders in which impaired remethylation of homocysteine to methionine leads to accumulation of homocysteine and perturbation of numerous methylation reactions. OBJECTIVE: To summarise clinical and biochemical characteristics of these severe disorders and to provide guidelines on diagnosis and management. DATA SOURCES: Review, evaluation and discussion of the medical literature (Medline, Cochrane databases) by a panel of experts on these rare diseases following the GRADE approach...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904665/curcumin-protects-endothelial-cells-against-homocysteine-induced-injury-through-inhibiting-inflammation
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Jian Li, Ming Luo, Nanzi Xie, Jianxin Wang, Li Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the protective effects of curcumin on the homocysteine (HCY) induced injury to the endothelial cells. METHODS: Endothelial cells were treated with HCY at different concentrations, and MTT assay was employed to determine an optimal concentration of HCY. Cells were divided into 3 groups: normal control group, HCY group and HCY + curcumin group. In curcumin group, cells were pretreated with 2.5 mmol/L HCY for 2 h and then incubated with curcumin at different concentrations...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904616/effect-of-folic-acid-and-metformin-on-insulin-resistance-and-inflammatory-factors-of-obese-children-and-adolescents
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Elham Hashemi Dehkordi, Farnaz Sattari, Abolfazl Khoshdel, Karamali Kasiri
BACKGROUND: Considering the increasing trend of obesity, especially in developing countries such as Iran, and the role of inflammatory factors and insulin resistance (IR) in the occurrence of obesity-related complications as well as the safety of some agents such as folic acid and metformin, this clinical trial was designed to investigate the effect of metformin and folic acid on inflammatory factors and IR among obese children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial study, sixty obese children aged 6-12 years were enrolled...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904562/hyperhomocysteinemia-low-vitamin-b12-and-low-folic-acid-are-risk-factors-of-cerebral-vascular-thrombosis-in-northwest-iran
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Ali Akbar Taheraghdam, Nooriyeh Dalirakbari, Mohammad Khalili, Madjid Soltani, Saeid Sadeghieh Ahari
BACKGROUND: Cerebral vascular thrombosis (CVT) is the thrombosis of intracranial and sinuses. The aim of this is to estimate of risk of low folic acid, low vitamin B12, and hyperhomocysteinemia (hyper-Hcys) for CVT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 24 patients with CVT and 36 healthy controls participated in a cross-sectional case-control study. The deficient levels of folic acid and vitamin B12 defined as <10(th) percentile of folic acid and vitamin B12 level and hyper-Hcys was defined as >90(th) percentile of homocysteine of control group...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
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