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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738573/stable-isotope-ratio-analysis-for-authentication-of-red-yeast-rice
#1
Matteo Perini, Gianfranco Carbone, Federica Camin
Red yeast rice (RYR) is a dietary supplement obtained from rice fermented with the mould Monascus purpureus. It contains Monacolin K which is a hypocholesterolemic statin used to prevent cardiovascular diseases. The homologous prescription biosynthetic statin, lovastatin, is not chemically distinguishable from monacolin K. In this work we investigated whether δ(13)C and δ(2)H can distinguish monacolin K from lovastatin and can detect the presence of lovastatin in RYR. 18 samples of red yeast rice powder and 18 samples of lovastatin were collected...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731315/hypocholesterolemic-activity-of-cornelian-cherry-cornus-mas-l-fruits
#2
Fatemeh Hosseinpour, Tahoora Shomali, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei
Background Lipid profile disturbances are important risk factors for cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes mellitus and finding safe and multifaceted agents is persuaded in this regard. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of cornelian cherry dried powder (CCDP) on serum lipid profile as well as liver antioxidant capacity, HMG-CoA reductase level and activity, and LDL receptor level in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Methods Forty-eight male adult Wistar rats were randomly allocated into eight equal groups and were treated for 4 weeks as follows: negative control (normal rats, basic diet); positive control (diabetic rats, basic diet), T1 to T4 groups: diabetic rats fed with basic diet containing 0...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728224/-antagonism-of-lovastatin-on-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-primary-rat-hippocampal-neurons-induced-by-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide
#3
L C Tan, L Zhao, X H Liu, C M Deng, Z Z Guan
Objective: To investigate the effect of lovastatin on oxidative stress and apoptosis in neurons induced by β-amyloid peptide (Aβ). Methods: Primary culture of rat hippocampal neuron was treated with Aβ oligomers alone or combined with lovastatin. The levels of OH(-), H(2)O(2), O(2)·(-), malondialdehyde, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX) activities were measured by biochemical methods and protein expression of caspase-3 and bcl-2 was detected by Western blot. Results: As compared with the control group, treatment of 0...
July 8, 2017: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710503/rac1-mediated-cardiac-damage-causes-diastolic-dysfunction-in-a-mouse-model-of-subacute-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
#4
Jan Ohlig, Christian Henninger, Simone Zander, Marc Merx, Malte Kelm, Gerhard Fritz
The anticancer efficacy of anthracyclines is limited by congestive heart failure. Clinically established markers of early onset of cardiotoxicity following anthracycline treatment and preventive measures are missing. Although statins are reported to alleviate anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity in vivo, the molecular mechanisms involved remain elusive. In vitro data point to Rac1 as major target of the cytoprotective statin effects. Here we investigated whether specific inhibition of Rac1 by NSC23766 is as effective as lovastatin in preventing subacute cardiotoxicity following doxorubicin treatment...
July 14, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691428/stat-proteins-as-intracellular-regulators-of-resistance-to-myocardial-injury-in-context-of-cardiac-remodeling-and-targeting-for-therapy
#5
REVIEW
Andrzej Wincewicz, Stanislaw Sulkowski
Roles of STAT (signal transducers and activators of transcription) proteins are widely discussed in relation to other agents like IFN-γ that are involved in cardiovascular diseases. STAT3 protects cardiomyocytes during endotoxic shock and ischemia and prolongs survival of these cells by activation of antiapoptotic genes like bcl-2 and c-fos. Moreover, IL-6 dependent expression of STAT3 probably is responsible for hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes. On the contrary STAT1 mediates cell death by induction of caspase-1...
June 27, 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688913/neuroprotective-effect-of-lovastatin-on-motor-deficit-induced-by-sciatic-nerve-crush-in-the-rat
#6
Mohammad B Ghayour, Arash Abdolmaleki, Morteza B Rassouli
Following severe peripheral nerve injury (PNI), regeneration is often insufficient and functional recovery is incomplete. Any agents that limit the spread of neural tissue damage may enhance the nerve regeneration. In this regard, statins have been shown to have neuroprotective properties. We investigated the effects of Lovastatin against sciatic nerve crush injury in male Wistar Rats. Lovastatin or vehicle was given parenteraly to rats for 7 days postoperative. In Lovastatin treatment groups, a single dose of agent (2 and 5mg/kg) was administered daily...
July 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651607/the-long-non-coding-rna-bc200-bcyrn1-is-critical-for-cancer-cell-survival-and-proliferation
#7
Evan P Booy, Ewan Ks McRae, Amit Koul, Francis Lin, Sean A McKenna
BACKGROUND: BC200 is a long non-coding RNA expressed at high levels in the brain and elevated in a variety of tumour types. BC200 has a hypothesized role in translational regulation; however, to date the functional role of BC200 in both normal and diseased states remains poorly characterized. METHODS: Detailed BC200 expression analyses were performed in tumor cell lines, primary and non-tumorigenic cultured breast and lung cells, and a panel of normal human tissues by quantitative real-time PCR and confirmed by northern blot...
June 26, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641460/variability-in-strength-of-red-yeast-rice-supplements-purchased-from-mainstream-retailers
#8
Pieter A Cohen, Bharathi Avula, Ikhlas A Khan
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced manufacturing standards for dietary supplements, including red yeast rice, to assure their identity, purity, strength, and composition. One supplement commonly used to self-treat high cholesterol, red yeast rice, may contain monacolin K, an ingredient identical to prescription lovastatin. We examined whether FDA's manufacturing standards led to standard concentrations of the statin monacolin K in red yeast rice supplements. We analyzed 28 brands of red yeast rice supplements by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-diode array detector-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry for monacolin K content...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632991/uncovering-the-repertoire-of-fungal-secondary-metabolites-from-fleming-s-laboratory-to-the-international-space-station
#9
Tomasz Boruta
Fungi produce a variety of secondary metabolites (SMs), low-molecular weight compounds associated with many potentially useful biologic activities. The examples of biotechnologically relevant fungal metabolites include penicillin, a β-lactam antibiotic, and lovastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug. The discovery of pharmaceutical lead compounds within the microbial metabolic pools relies on the selection and biochemical characterization of promising strains. Not all SMs are produced under standard cultivation conditions, hence the uncovering of chemical potential of investigated strains often requires the use of induction strategies to awake the associated biosynthetic genes...
June 20, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624878/a-combination-of-three-repurposed-drugs-administered-at-reperfusion-as-a-promising-therapy-for-postischemic-brain-injury
#10
I-Chen Yu, Ping-Chang Kuo, Jui-Hung Yen, Hallel C Paraiso, Eric T Curfman, Benecia C Hong-Goka, Robert D Sweazey, Fen-Lei Chang
Cerebral ischemia leads to multifaceted injury to the brain. A polytherapeutic drug that can be administered immediately after reperfusion may increase protection to the brain by simultaneously targeting multiple deleterious cascades. This study evaluated efficacy of the combination of three clinically approved drugs: lamotrigine, minocycline, and lovastatin, using two mouse models: global and focal cerebral ischemia induced by transient occlusion of the common carotid arteries or the middle cerebral artery, respectively...
June 17, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620871/lipophilic-statins-and-the-risk-of-intracranial-hemorrhage-following-ischemic-stroke-a-population-based-study
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Kieran L Quinn, Erin M Macdonald, Muhammad M Mamdani, Christina Diong, David N Juurlink
BACKGROUND: Statins are commonly prescribed for the secondary prevention of ischemic stroke, but there is conflicting evidence as to whether they increase the risk of intracranial hemorrhage. Lipophilic statins cross the blood-brain barrier more freely than hydrophilic statins and may therefore increase the risk of intracranial hemorrhage. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether, in older patients following ischemic stroke, receipt of lipophilic statins was associated with differences in the risk of intracranial hemorrhage...
June 15, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619444/single-step-production-of-the-simvastatin-precursor-monacolin-j-by-engineering-of-an-industrial-strain-of-aspergillus-terreus
#12
Xuenian Huang, Yajing Liang, Yong Yang, Xuefeng Lu
Monacolin J is a key precursor for the synthesis of simvastatin (Zocor), an important drug for treating hypercholesterolemia. Industrially, monacolin J is manufactured through alkaline hydrolysis of lovastatin, a fungal polyketide produced by Aspergillus terreus. Multistep chemical processes for the conversion of lovastatin to simvastatin are laborious, cost expensive and environmentally unfriendly. A biocatalysis process for monacolin J conversion to simvastatin has been developed. However, direct bioproduction of monacolin J has not yet been achieved...
July 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601545/red-yeast-rice-preparations-are-they-suitable-substitutions-for-statins
#13
REVIEW
Carlos A Dujovne
Red yeast rice, a commercially available food supplement known to reduce serum cholesterol, has been repeatedly advocated as alternative therapy for hypercholesterolemic patients that refuse statins, cannot tolerate statin therapy's side effects, or request a "naturopathic" medicine. Red yeast rice contains a fungus (Monascus purpureus), which was utilized in the original production of lovastatin (Mevacor TM), the first marketed pharmaceutical statin, and is chemically identical to such product. Their identical properties account for the similarity in therapeutic and side effects of red yeast rice and lovastatin...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583899/statins-do-not-inhibit-the-fgfr-signaling-in-chondrocytes
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B Fafilek, M Hampl, N Ricankova, I Vesela, L Balek, M Kunova Bosakova, I Gudernova, M Varecha, M Buchtova, P Krejci
OBJECTIVE: Statins are widely used drugs for cholesterol lowering, which were recently found to counteract the effects of aberrant fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR3) signaling in cell and animal models of FGFR3-related chondrodysplasia. This opened an intriguing therapeutic possibility for human dwarfing conditions caused by gain-of-function mutations in FGFR3, although the mechanism of statin action on FGFR3 remains unclear. Here, we determine the effect of statins on FGFR signaling in chondrocytes...
June 3, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570591/statin-and-rottlerin-small-molecule-inhibitors-restrict-colon-cancer-progression-and-metastasis-via-macc1
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Manisha Juneja, Dennis Kobelt, Wolfgang Walther, Cynthia Voss, Janice Smith, Edgar Specker, Martin Neuenschwander, Björn-Oliver Gohlke, Mathias Dahlmann, Silke Radetzki, Robert Preissner, Jens Peter von Kries, Peter Michael Schlag, Ulrike Stein
MACC1 (Metastasis Associated in Colon Cancer 1) is a key driver and prognostic biomarker for cancer progression and metastasis in a large variety of solid tumor types, particularly colorectal cancer (CRC). However, no MACC1 inhibitors have been identified yet. Therefore, we aimed to target MACC1 expression using a luciferase reporter-based high-throughput screening with the ChemBioNet library of more than 30,000 compounds. The small molecules lovastatin and rottlerin emerged as the most potent MACC1 transcriptional inhibitors...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548867/statins-determination-a-review-of-electrochemical-techniques
#16
I Antal, M Koneracka, V Zavisova, M Kubovcikova, Zh Kormosh, P Kopcansky
The use of electroanalytical techniques for the determination of statins (Atorvastatin, Fluvastatin, Lovastatin, Pitavastatin, Pravastatin, Rosuvastatin and Simvastatin) is reviewed covering the period from 1997 to 2016. Among all of the published electrochemical methods, voltammetry and polarography are the most popular techniques for determination of statins and both are used for the analysis of pharmaceutical dosage forms and biological samples. Determination of statins by potentiometric method using ion-selective electrodes is reported in only few papers...
May 26, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546815/role-of-statin-drugs-for-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#17
REVIEW
Lisa Cassidy-Vu, Edwina Joe, Julienne K Kirk
Objective: To review the potential role and specific impact of statin drugs in women with PCOS. The evidence for this use of statins in PCOS is limited and still under further investigation. Materials and methods: A search was conducted using PubMed, DynaMed and PubMedHealth databases through October 16, 2016 using the terms polycystic ovary syndrome, PCOS, hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors, hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA, statin, atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin...
December 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539592/atorvastatin-promotes-phagocytosis-and-attenuates-pro-inflammatory-response-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
#18
Bo Tian, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Peggy Bouzika, Yijun Hu, Shoji Notomi, Pavlina Tsoka, Joan W Miller, Haijiang Lin, Demetrios G Vavvas
Phagocytosis of daily shed photoreceptor outer segments is an important function of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and it is essential for retinal homeostasis. RPE dysfunction, especially impairment of its phagocytic ability, plays an essential role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Statins, or HMG CoA (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A) reductase inhibitors, are drugs with multiple properties that have been extensively used to treat hyperlipidemia. However, their effect on RPE cells has not been fully elucidated...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536795/exploration-of-alginates-as-potential-stabilizers-of-nanosuspension
#19
Jian Guan, Yeli Zhang, Qiaoyu Liu, Xin Zhang, Rina Chokshi, Shirui Mao
The objective of this study was to explore the feasibility of using alginate as a potential stabilizer of nanosuspension and elaborate the corresponding stabilization mechanism. Using lovastatin as a Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS) II drug model, alginate-stabilized nanosuspension was fabricated by the high-pressure homogenization method. The particle size, zeta potential, short-term stability, and dissolution behavior of the nanosuspension were characterized. Thereafter, the surface morphology, crystallinity, redispersability, and stability of the spray-dried nanosuspension were investigated...
May 23, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529817/coordinated-and-iterative-enzyme-catalysis-in-fungal-polyketide-biosynthesis
#20
Leibniz Hang, Nicholas Liu, Yi Tang
Fungal polyketides are natural products with great chemical diversity that exhibit a wide range of biological activity. This chemical diversity stems from specialized enzymes encoded in the biosynthetic gene cluster responsible for the natural product biosynthesis. Fungal polyketide synthases (PKS) are the megasynthases that produce the carbon scaffolds for the molecules. Subsequent downstream tailoring enzymes such as oxygenases will then further modify the organic framework. In fungi, many of these enzymes have been found to work iteratively-catalyzing multiple reactions on different sites of the substrate...
September 2, 2016: ACS Catalysis
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