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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231275/suppression-of-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway-by-pirfenidone-decreases-extracellular-matrix-deposition-in-ocular-fibroblasts-in-vitro
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Thomas Stahnke, Bhavani S Kowtharapu, Oliver Stachs, Klaus-Peter Schmitz, Johannes Wurm, Andreas Wree, Rudolf Friedrich Guthoff, Marina Hovakimyan
In glaucoma surgery, fibrotic processes occur, leading to impairment of liquid outflow. Activated fibroblasts are responsible for postoperative scarring. The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) pathway plays a key role in fibroblast function, differentiation and proliferation. The aim of this study was the characterization of the fibrotic potential of two subtypes of primary human ocular fibroblasts and the attempt to inhibit fibrotic processes specifically, without impairing cell viability. For fibrosis inhibition we focused on the small molecule pirfenidone, which has been shown to prevent pulmonary fibrosis by the decrease of the expression of TGF-β1, TGF-β2 and TGF-β3 cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230214/antioxidant-response-is-a-protective-mechanism-against-nutrient-deprivation-in-c-elegans
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Jun Tao, Qin-Yi Wu, Yi-Cheng Ma, Yuan-Li Chen, Cheng-Gang Zou
Animals often experience periods of nutrient deprivation; however, the molecular mechanisms by which animals survive starvation remain largely unknown. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the nuclear receptor DAF-12 acts as a dietary and environmental sensor to orchestrate diverse aspects of development, metabolism, and reproduction. Recently, we have reported that DAF-12 together with co-repressor DIN-1S is required for starvation tolerance by promoting fat mobilization. In this report, we found that genetic inactivation of the DAF-12 signaling promoted the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during starvation...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229360/thyroid-hormone-acting-via-tr%C3%AE-induces-expression-of-browning-genes-in-mouse-bone-marrow-adipose-tissue
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Richard C Lindsey, Subburaman Mohan
PURPOSE: Mutant hypothyroid mouse models have recently shown that thyroid hormone is critical for skeletal development during an important prepubertal growth period. Additionally, thyroid hormone negatively regulates total body fat, consistent with the well-established effects of thyroid hormone on energy and fat metabolism. Since bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells differentiate into both adipocytes and osteoblasts and a relationship between bone marrow adipogenesis and osteogenesis has been predicted, we hypothesized thyroid hormone deficiency during the postnatal growth period increases marrow adiposity in mice...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228651/adipokines-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-comprehensive-review
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Ales Smekal, Jan Vaclavik
Adipokines are peptides that signal the functional status of adipose tissue to the brain and other target organs. In adipose tissue dysfunction, adipokine secretion is altered, and this can contribute to a spectrum of obesity-associated conditions including cardiovascular disease. Some adipokines have anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective effects (omentin, apelin, adiponectin). Others are pro-inflammatory with negative impact on cardiovascular function (leptin, visfatin, resistin, adipocyte fatty-acid-binding protein)...
February 16, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225806/capsaicin-reduces-alzheimer-associated-tau-changes-in-the-hippocampus-of-type-2-diabetes-rats
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Weijie Xu, Juanhong Liu, Delin Ma, Gang Yuan, Yan Lu, Yan Yang
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a high-risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD) due to impaired insulin signaling pathway in brain. Capsaicin is a specific transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) agonist which was proved to ameliorate insulin resistance. In this study, we investigated whether dietary capsaicin could reduce the risk of AD in T2D. T2D rats were fed with capsaicin-containing high fat (HF) diet for 10 consecutive days (T2D+CAP). Pair-fed T2D rats (T2D+PF) fed with the HF-diet of average dose of T2D+CAP group were included to control for the effects of reduced food intake and body weight...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224172/multi-parametric-mri-findings-of-granulomatous-prostatitis-developing-after-intravesical-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-therapy
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Josh Gottlieb, Robert Princenthal, Martin I Cohen
PURPOSE: To evaluate the multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) findings in patients with biopsy-proven granulomatous prostatitis and prior Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) exposure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MRI was performed in six patients with pathologically proven granulomatous prostatitis and a prior history of bladder cancer treated with intravesical BCG therapy. Multi-parametric prostate MRI images were recorded on a GE 750W or Philips Achieva 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner with high-resolution, small-field-of-view imaging consisting of axial T2, axial T1, coronal T2, sagittal T2, axial multiple b-value diffusion (multiple values up to 1200 or 1400), and dynamic contrast-enhanced 3D axial T1 with fat suppression sequence...
February 21, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223698/sex-differences-in-microglial-cx3cr1-signalling-determine-obesity-susceptibility-in-mice
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Mauricio D Dorfman, Jordan E Krull, John D Douglass, Rachael Fasnacht, Fernando Lara-Lince, Thomas H Meek, Xiaogang Shi, Vincent Damian, Hong T Nguyen, Miles E Matsen, Gregory J Morton, Joshua P Thaler
Female mice are less susceptible to the negative metabolic consequences of high-fat diet feeding than male mice, for reasons that are incompletely understood. Here we identify sex-specific differences in hypothalamic microglial activation via the CX3CL1-CX3CR1 pathway that mediate the resistance of female mice to diet-induced obesity. Female mice fed a high-fat diet maintain CX3CL1-CX3CR1 levels while male mice show reductions in both ligand and receptor expression. Female Cx3cr1 knockout mice develop 'male-like' hypothalamic microglial accumulation and activation, accompanied by a marked increase in their susceptibility to diet-induced obesity...
February 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223504/transcriptome-wide-microrna-and-target-dynamics-in-the-fat-body-during-the-gonadotrophic-cycle-of-aedes-aegypti
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Xiufeng Zhang, Emre Aksoy, Thomas Girke, Alexander S Raikhel, Fedor V Karginov
The mosquito Aedes aegypti is a major vector of numerous viral diseases, because it requires a blood meal to facilitate egg development. The fat body, a counterpart of mammalian liver and adipose tissues, is the metabolic center, playing a key role in reproduction. Therefore, understanding of regulatory networks controlling its functions is critical, and the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the process is largely unknown. We aimed to explore miRNA expression and potential targets in the female fat body of Ae. aegypti, as well as their changes postblood meal (PBM)...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223419/papers-of-note-in-nature542-7641
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Annalisa M VanHook
This week's articles highlight a tRNA synthetase in mTORC1 signaling in fat cell metabolism and aging, the vulnerability of cancer cells to drugs that target proteostasis, and a mechanism by which stressed neurons expel protein aggregates and dysfunctional organelles.
February 21, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220393/common-and-distinct-regulation-of-human-and-mouse-brown-and-beige-adipose-tissues-a-promising-therapeutic-target-for-obesity
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Xuejiao Liu, Christopher Cervantes, Feng Liu
Obesity, which underlies various metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, is a growing public health challenge for which established therapies are inadequate. Given the current obesity epidemic, there is a pressing need for more novel therapeutic strategies that will help adult individuals to manage their weight. One promising therapeutic intervention for reducing obesity is to enhance energy expenditure. Investigations into human brown fat and the recently discovered beige/brite fat have galvanized intense research efforts during the past decade because of their pivotal roles in energy dissipation...
February 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220208/abcb4-missense-mutations-d243a-k435t-g535d-i490t-r545c-and-s978p-significantly-impair-the-lipid-floppase-and-likely-predispose-to-secondary-pathologies-in-the-human-population
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Edward J Andress, Michael Nicolaou, Farrell McGeoghan, Kenneth J Linton
Bile salts are natural detergents required to solubilise dietary fat and lipid soluble vitamins. They are synthesised in hepatocytes and secreted into the luminal space of the biliary tree by the bile salt export pump (BSEP), an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter in the canalicular membrane. BSEP deficiency causes cytotoxic accumulation of bile salts in the hepatocyte that results in mild-to-severe forms of cholestasis. The resulting inflammation can also progress to hepatocellular cancer via a novel mechanism involving upregulation of proliferative signalling pathways...
February 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220039/hormone-signaling-and-fatty-liver-in-females-analysis-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-mutant-mice
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S Hart-Unger, Y Arao, K J Hamilton, S L Lierz, D E Malarkey, S C Hewitt, M Freemark, K S Korach
BACKGROUND: Treatment with estrogen in early menopausal women protects against development of hepatic steatosis and NAFLD but estrogen has undesirable side effects which negate its beneficial effects in pre- and post-menopausal women. Targeted therapies require better understanding of the target sites and mechanisms by which estrogen signaling exerts its protective effects in women. ERα is thought to be the primary mediator for estrogen signaling to protect against hepatic steatosis...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219000/acute-ghrelin-changes-food-preference-from-high-fat-diet-to-chow-during-binge-like-eating-in-rodents
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Tina Bake, Kim T Hellgren, Suzanne L Dickson
Ghrelin, an orexigenic hormone released from the empty stomach, provides a gut-brain signal that promotes many appetitive behaviors, including anticipatory and goal-directed behaviors for palatable treats high in sugar and/or fat. Here we sought to determine whether ghrelin is able to influence and/or may even have a role in binge-like behavior in rodents. To this end, we used a palatable scheduled feeding (PSF) paradigm in which ad libitum chow-fed rodents are trained to "binge" on high fat diet (HFD) offered each day for a limited period of 2 hr...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217809/-generation-and-phenotype-analysis-of-zebrafish-mutations-of-obesity-related-genes-lepr-and-mc4r
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Fei Fei, Shao-Yang Sun, Yu-Xiao Yao, Xu Wang
Obesity has become a severe public health problem across the world, and seriously affects the health and life quality of human beings. Here we generated lepr and mc4r mutant zebrafish via the CRISPR/Cas9 technique, and performed morphological and functional characterizations of those mutants. We observed that there was no significant phenotypic difference between homozygous mutants and wild-type controls before 2.5 months post-fertilization (mpf). However, the adult lepr(-/-) and mc4r(-/-) individuals displayed increased food intake, heavier weight, and higher body fat percentage, the characteristics of obesity phenotypes...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217099/berberine-attenuates-intestinal-mucosal-barrier-dysfunction-in-type-2-diabetic-rats
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Jing Gong, Meilin Hu, Zhaoyi Huang, Ke Fang, Dingkun Wang, Qingjie Chen, Jingbin Li, Desen Yang, Xin Zou, Lijun Xu, Kaifu Wang, Hui Dong, Fuer Lu
Background: Intestinal mucosal barrier dysfunction plays an important role in the development of diabetes mellitus (DM). Berberine (BBR), a kind of isoquinoline alkaloid, is widely known to be effective for both DM and diarrhea. Here, we explored whether the anti-diabetic effect of BBR was related to the intestine mucosal barrier. Methods and Results: The rat model of T2DM was established by high glucose and fat diet feeding and intravenous injection of streptozocin. Then, those diabetic rats were treated with BBR at different concentrations for 9 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216452/water-and-lipid-diffusion-mri-using-chemical-shift-displacement-based-separation-of-lipid-tissue-split
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Naoki Ohno, Hirohito Kan, Tosiaki Miyati, Toshitaka Aoki, Shota Ishida, Toshifumi Gabata
PURPOSE: To obtain water and lipid diffusion-weighted images (DWIs) simultaneously, we devised a novel method utilizing chemical shift displacement-based separation of lipid tissue (SPLIT) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single-shot diffusion echo-planar imaging without fat suppression was used and the imaging parameters were optimized to separate water and lipid DWIs by chemical shift displacement of the lipid signals along the phase-encoding direction. Using the optimized conditions, transverse DWIs at the maximum diameter of the right calf were scanned with multiple b-values in five healthy subjects...
February 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216313/between-group-differences-in-infra-patellar-fat-pad-size-and-signal-in-symptomatic-and-radiographic-progression-of-knee-osteoarthritis-vs-non-progressive-controls-and-healthy-knees-data-from-the-fnih-biomarkers-consortium-study-and-the-osteoarthritis-initiative
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Anja Ruhdorfer, Franziska Haniel, Tobias Petersohn, Jan Dörrenberg, Wolfgang Wirth, Torben Dannhauer, David J Hunter, Felix Eckstein
OBJECTIVE: To examine cross-sectional and longitudinal between-group differences of infra-patellar fat pad (IPFP) size and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal from fat-suppressed intermediate-weighted images with clinically relevant symptomatic and radiographic progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA), versus healthy references. METHODS: We studied 110 case knees (KLG1-3) with radiographic (≥0.7mm loss in joint space width) and symptomatic progression (≥+9/100units on the WOMAC knee pain subscale) vs...
February 12, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215174/the-inverse-relationship-between-cancer-and-alzheimer-s-disease-a-possible-mechanism
#18
Daniel W Nixon
Cancer and Alzheimer's disease are both associated with aging, but do not often occur together in the same patient, regardless of age. The underlying reason for this unexpected clinical observation is not known, but body weight might provide a clue. Obesity is a shared risk factor for both diseases, and the many properties of fat-produced adipokines, including leptin and adiponectin, are now becoming clear. Normally, these adipokines are involved in energy intake, glucose metabolism and other physiologic processes, but they also have activities that can promote disease...
February 16, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214901/protective-effects-of-fluvastatin-on-reproductive-function-in-obese-male-rats-induced-by-high-fat-diet-through-enhanced-signaling-of-mtor
#19
Xiangrong Cui, Chunlan Long, Jing Zhu, Jie Tian
BACKGROUND: Statins can reduce reproductive damage induced by obesity or high-fat diet (HFD), but the specific regulatory mechanisms are largely unknown. Since mTOR/p70s6k sinaling promotes spermatogonia proliferation and spermatogenesis, we hypothesized that this pathway will be involved in the protective effects of statin in HFD-induced reproductive dysfunction. METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley rats (3 weeks old) were randomly divided into a control group (standard diet), HFD group, and a fluvastatin group (HFD + fluvastatin at 6mg/kg, once daily by oral gavage)...
February 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214707/shortcuts-to-a-functional-adipose-tissue-the-role-of-small-non-coding-rnas
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REVIEW
Bruna B Brandão, Beatriz A Guerra, Marcelo A Mori
Metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes are a major public health issue worldwide. These diseases are often linked to a dysfunctional adipose tissue. Fat is a large, heterogenic, pleiotropic and rather complex tissue. It is found in virtually all cavities of the human body, shows unique plasticity among tissues, and harbors many cell types in addition to its main functional unit - the adipocyte. Adipose tissue function varies depending on the localization of the fat depot, the cell composition of the tissue and the energy status of the organism...
February 7, 2017: Redox Biology
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