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Kwang-Youn Kim, Hyun-Jun Jang, Yong Ryul Yang, Kwang-Il Park, JeongKon Seo, Il-Woo Shin, Tae-Il Jeon, Soon-Cheol Ahn, Pann-Ghill Suh, Timothy F Osborne, Young-Kyo Seo
Dysregulated autophagy is associated with steatosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), however the mechanisms connecting them remain poorly understand. Here, we show that co-administration of lovastatin and ezetimibe (L/E) significantly reverses hepatic triglyceride accumulation concomitant with an increase in SREBP-2 driven autophagy in mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD). We further show that the statin mediated increase in SREBP-2 directly activates expression of patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing enzyme 8 (PNPLA8) gene, and PNPLA8 associates with autophagosomes and is associated with a decrease in cellular triglyceride...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hui Yao, Guangchun He, Shichao Yan, Chao Chen, Liujiang Song, Thomas J Rosol, Xiyun Deng
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), which accounts for 15-20% of all breast cancers, does not express estrogen receptor (ER) or progesterone receptor (PR) and lacks human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpression or amplification. These tumors have a more aggressive phenotype and a poorer prognosis due to the high propensity for metastatic progression and absence of specific targeted treatments. Patients with TNBC do not benefit from hormonal or trastuzumab-based targeted therapies because of the loss of target receptors...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Peng Li, Ya-Ling Yin, Tao Guo, Xue-Ying Sun, Hui Ma, Mo-Li Zhu, Fan-Rong Zhao, Ping Xu, Yuan Chen, Guang-Rui Wan, Fan Jiang, Qi-Sheng Peng, Chao Liu, Li-Ying Liu, Shuang-Xi Wang
BACKGROUND: -GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) deficiency is critical for endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) uncoupling in endothelial dysfunction. MicroRNAs (miR) are a class of regulatory RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression. We investigated whether statins prevent endothelial dysfunction via miR-dependent GCH1 upregulation. METHODS: -Endothelial function was assessed by measuring acetylcholine- induced vasorelaxation in the organ chamber. MiR-133a expression was assessed by RT-qPCR and fluorescence in situ hybridization...
October 20, 2016: Circulation
Yongbin Lu, Zhiyuan Cheng, Yaxue Zhao, Xiaoyu Chang, Cynthia Chan, Yana Bai, Ning Cheng
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Our study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of long-term treatment of statins for coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS: Efficacy outcomes included changes in blood lipids, risk of CHD mortality and all-cause mortality. Safety outcomes were evaluated by the risk of adverse events (AE). Bayesian network meta-analysis was used to compare the direct and indirect effects between different statins. RESULTS: The systematic review showed that levels of blood lipids decreased during statin treatment...
October 14, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Ruo-Kai Lin, Yuh-Feng Lin, Ming-Jen Hsu, Chang-Lin Hsieh, Chen-Yu Wang, Chih-Chiang Huang, Wei-Jan Huang
Some hydroxamate compounds induce cancer cell death by intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). This study introduced the hydroxamate core into lovastatin, a fungus metabolite clinically used for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. The resulting compounds were evaluated for the activity for inducing ROS production. Most compounds exhibited higher activity than original lovastatin. Of these compounds, compound 3c had the most potent activity. Test of cytotoxicity in a panel of human cancer cell lines indicated compound 3c had activities superior to cisplatin in prostate cancer PC-3 cells and breast cancer T47D cells...
October 6, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Stephanie Cham, Hayley J Koslik, Beatrice A Golomb
Psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) have been reported with statin use, but the literature regarding statin-associated mood/behavioral changes remains limited. We sought to elicit information germane to natural history and characteristics of central nervous system/behavioral changes in apparent connection with statin and/or cholesterol-lowering drug use, and delineate mechanisms that may bear on an association. Participants (and/or proxies) self-referred with behavioral and/or mood changes in apparent association with statins completed a survey eliciting cholesterol-lowering drug history, character and impact of behavioral/mood effect, time-course of onset and recovery in relation to drug use/modification, co-occurrence of recognized statin-associated ADRs, and factors relevant to ADR causality determination...
December 2016: Drug Saf Case Rep
Yeseul Cha, Ja Young Jang, Young-Hwan Ban, Haiyu Guo, Kyungha Shin, Tae-Su Kim, Sung-Pyo Lee, Jieun Choi, Eun-Suk An, Da-Woom Seo, Jung-Min Yon, Ehn-Kyoung Choi, Yun-Bae Kim
Anti-atherosclerosis effects of perilla oil were investigated, in comparison with lovastatin, in rabbits fed a high-cholesterol diet (HCD). Hypercholesterolemia was induced in rabbits by feeding the HCD containing 0.5% cholesterol and 1% corn oil, and perilla oil (0.1 or 0.3%) was added to the diet containing 0.5% cholesterol for 10 weeks. HCD greatly increased blood total cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins, and caused thick atheromatous plaques, covering 74% of the aortic wall. Hyper-cholesterolemia also induced lipid accumulation in the liver and kidneys, leading to lipid peroxidation...
September 2016: Laboratory Animal Research
Bin Zhou, Deheng Chen, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
Chondrocyte plays a critical role in endochondral ossification and cartilage repair by maintaining the cartilaginous matrix. Statins have been widely used to lower the cholesterol level in patients with cardiovascular disorders. Previous research has demonstrated potential role of statins in chondrocyte proliferation. This study addresses the proliferation-regulatory effect of lovastatin in rabbit chondrocytes as well as the underlying signaling mechanisms, thereby exploring its potential application in chondrocyte-related disorders, such as cartilage damage and osteoarthritis...
October 3, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Xue-Qiao Zhao, Binh An P Phan, Joseph Davis, Daniel Isquith, Alice A Dowdy, Suzanne Boltz, Moni Neradilek, Erik A Monick, Andrew Brockenbrough, Ellen E Hus-Frechette, John J Albers, B Greg Brown
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) begins early in life and is associated with both the number of risk factors present and length of exposure to these risk factors including hyperlipidemia. OBJECTIVES: The clinical benefit of intensive lipid therapy over 25 years was investigated in the Familial Atherosclerosis Treatment Study-Observational Study. METHODS: Of 175 coronary artery disease subjects with mean low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) of 191 mg/dL and mean age of 50 years, who completed the randomized and placebo-controlled Familial Atherosclerosis Treatment Study, 100 chose receiving lipid management by their physicians (usual care [UC]) and 75 elected to receive an intensive treatment [IT] for lipid management with lovastatin (40 mg/d), niacin (2...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
M S Anscher, M G Chang, D Moghanaki, M Rosu, R B Mikkelsen, D Holdford, V Skinner, B M Grob, A Sanyal, N D Mukhopadhyay
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Sd Bhargavi, Vk Praveen, Salah Marium, M Sreepriya, J Savitha
Cervical cancer is the second most common malignancy in women worldwide and thus one of the leading causes of mortality in women. Lovastatin, a non polar, anticholesterol drug has previously been reported to exert antitumour activity in vitro. In the present study, lovastatin from Aspergillus terreus (KM017963) was purified by adsorption chromatography and evaluated for its anticancer and anti-oxidant properties with a human cervical cancer cell line (HeLa). Growth inhibitory and proapoptotic effects of purified lovastatin on HeLa cells were investigated by determining its influence on cell numbers, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), DNA fragmentation and antioxidant properties in terms of hydroxy radical scavenging effects as well as levels of total reduced glutathione...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
N C Tan, C C Goh, S C P Goh, Y L E Koh, K H Koh
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Dyslipidaemia is the key risk factor for arthrosclerosis, leading to myocardial infarctions and strokes. Achieving LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) treatment goals using lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) mitigates such cardiovascular risks. This study aimed to determine the proportions and factors influencing patients with dyslipidaemia on LLT who achieved their recommended LDL-C treatment goals. METHODS: Adult Asian patients with dyslipidaemia, aged 31-80 years, were enrolled in a questionnaire survey...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Shanmugavel Madasamy, Umadevi Shivasubramani, Jasmine Villanueva, Marty Bigos, Edward P Amento, Alan H B Wu
Statin drugs are leading medication prescribed for treatment of dyslipidemic patients aimed at preventing both primary and secondary incidences of atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular events. Statin drugs competitively inhibit HMG-CoA reductase enzyme activity, thereby inhibiting cell-mediated cholesterol synthesis and reducing the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol concentration of plasma. Conversely, the mechanism by which statins increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol concentration of plasma is not well understood...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Anne Mette Dybro, Per Damkier, Torsten Bloch Rasmussen, Maja Hellfritzsch
A 47-year-old woman had been treated with high-dose simvastatin for several years. After systemic treatment with the antifungal agent itraconazole, she developed muscle pain and highly elevated levels of creatine kinase and myoglobin. Muscle biopsy was compatible with statin-associated rhabdomyolysis, probably caused by a drug-drug interaction between simvastatin and itraconazole. The patient made full recovery. Three commonly used statins-simvastatin, atorvastatin and lovastatin-are metabolised by the liver enzyme CYP3A4...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Weiwei Chu, Lili Guan, Dihua Huang, Yuezhong Ren, Yan Zhou
Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors that are used to decrease the blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). In addition, they have been shown to exert pleiotropic protective effects in the absence of LDL-lowering activity. The present study investigated the effects of lovastatin on global gene expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), in order to further explore its ability to protect against oxidized (ox)-LDL-induced cytotoxicity. HUVECs were treated with lovastatin for 2-24 h, and gene expression patterns were analyzed using cDNA microarrays...
September 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Mitchell S Anscher, Michael G Chang, Drew Moghanaki, Mihaela Rosu, Ross B Mikkelsen, Diane Holdford, Vicki Skinner, B Mayer Grob, Arun Sanyal, Aiping Wang, Nitai D Mukhopadhyay
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2016: Acta Oncologica
Wenqiang Wang, Qunqun Hao, Fengxia Tian, Qinxue Li, Wei Wang
A wheat stay-green mutant, tasg1, was observed to exhibit significantly delayed senescence in the late developmental stage. The photosynthetic capacity of the flag leaf was greater in tasg1 than in wild type (WT) plants. In addition, the grain volume of tasg1 was significantly higher than that of WT at the early filling stage. The content of various cytokinins (CKs) in the grain was significantly higher in tasg1 than in WT and was accompanied by an upregulated expression of some cell cycle-related genes. Examination of the metabolism of soluble sugars in tasg1 and WT revealed that the concentrations of glucose (Glu), fructose (Fru), and sucrose (Suc) were higher in the flag leaves and grains of tasg1 than in WT plants...
2016: PloS One
Veetai Li, Thomas J Langan, Kyla R Rodgers, Richard C Chou
Alterations in cell cycle regulation underlie the unrestricted growth of neoplastic astrocytes. Chemotherapeutic interventions of gliomas have poor prognostic outcomes due to drug resistance and drug toxicity. Here, we examined the in vitro growth kinetics of C6 glioma (C6G) cells and primary astrocytes and their responses to 2 phase-specific inhibitors, lovastatin and hydroxyurea. C6G cells demonstrated a shorter G1 phase and an earlier peak of DNA synthesis in S phase than primary astrocytes. As C6G cells and primary astrocytes re-entered the cell cycle in the presence of lovastatin or hydroxyurea, they exhibited different sensitivities to the inhibitory effects of these agents, as measured by [(3)H]-thymidine incorporation...
October 2016: Cell Cycle
Florian Mainberger, Susanne Langer, Volker Mall, Nikolai H Jung
Synaptic plasticity in the form of long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) is considered to be the neurophysiological correlate of learning and memory. Impairments are discussed to be one of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of developmental disorders. In so-called RASopathies [e.g., neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)], neurocognitive impairments are frequent and are affected by components of the RAS pathway which lead to impairments in synaptic plasticity. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) provides a non-invasive method to investigate synaptic plasticity in humans...
October 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Ju-Chi Liu, Wen-Rui Hao, Yi-Ping Hsu, Li-Chin Sung, Pai-Feng Kao, Chao-Feng Lin, Alexander T H Wu, Kevin Sheng-Po Yuan, Szu-Yuan Wu
PURPOSE: We evaluated the chemopreventive effect of statins on colon cancer in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and identified the statin exerting the strongest chemopreventive effect. METHODS: Using the National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified patients who received a COPD diagnosis in Taiwan between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2012, and included them in the study cohort. Each patient was followed to assess the colon cancer risk and protective factors...
August 12, 2016: Oncotarget
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