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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651236/tanshinone-i-alleviates-insulin-resistance-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-rats-through-irs-1-pathway
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Ying Wei, Jiaqi Gao, Lingling Qin, Yunling Xu, Dongchao Wang, Haoxia Shi, Tunhai Xu, Tonghua Liu
Tanshinone I from tanshen has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating cardiovascular diseases and inflammatory diseases. Given the link between inflammation and Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), we suspect that tanshinone I may have a beneficial effect on T2DM. This study was to investigate the potential effects of tanshinone I on T2DM and its underlying mechanism. T2DM was thus induced in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats using streptozotocin (STZ) and high-fat diet. It was observed that T2DM rats had higher levels of total cholesterol (TC), nonesterified fatty acids (NEFAs), total triglyceride (TG) and total low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) compared with normal, healthy SD rats...
June 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647579/frailty-is-associated-with-lower-expression-of-genes-involved-in-cellular-response-to-stress-results-from-the-toledo-study-for-healthy-aging
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Mariam El Assar, Javier Angulo, José Antonio Carnicero, Stefan Walter, Francisco José García-García, Eva López-Hernández, José-María Sánchez-Puelles, Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas
BACKGROUND: Specific mechanisms underlying frailty syndrome are not well known. Frailty can be viewed as a loss of functional reserve resulting in increased vulnerability to stressors. We hypothesize that pathways regulating cellular response to stress are potential players in the development of frailty. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of the expression of certain genes related to cellular response to stress with the presence of frailty in older patients. METHODS: A sample of 350 individuals aged 65 years or older (22% frail) was selected from the Toledo Study of Healthy Aging...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647512/effect-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitors-on-circulating-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-concentrations-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Stephen L Atkin, Niki Katsiki, Maciej Banach, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Matteo Pirro, Amirhossein Sahebkar
OBJECTIVE: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. There are also reports of an effect of these drugs in reducing inflammation through inhibition of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) that is an important mediator for several inflammatory processes. The present systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to evaluate the effect of DPP-4 inhibitors on circulating TNF-α levels in T2DM patients. METHODS: A systematic review and a meta-analysis were undertaken on all controlled trials of DPP-4 inhibitors that included measurement of TNF-α...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647324/ampk-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-treating-metabolic-diseases
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REVIEW
Emily A Day, Rebecca J Ford, Gregory R Steinberg
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a central regulator of multiple metabolic pathways and may have therapeutic importance for treating obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes (T2D), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Given the ubiquitous expression of AMPK, it has been a challenge to evaluate which tissue types may be most beneficially poised for mediating the positive metabolic effects of AMPK-centered treatments. In this review we evaluate the metabolic phenotypes of transgenic mouse models in which AMPK expression and function have been manipulated, and the impact this has on controlling lipid metabolism, glucose homeostasis, and inflammation...
June 21, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646795/offsetting-the-impact-of-smoking-and-e-cigarette-vaping-on-the-cerebrovascular-system-and-stroke-injury-is-metformin-a-viable-countermeasure
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Mohammad A Kaisar, Heidi Villalba, Shikha Prasad, Taylor Liles, Ali Ehsan Sifat, Ravi K Sajja, Thomas J Abbruscato, Luca Cucullo
Recently published in vitro and in vivo findings strongly suggest that BBB impairment and increased risk for stroke by tobacco smoke (TS) closely resemble that of type-2 diabetes (2DM) and develop largely in response to common key modulators such oxidative stress (OS), inflammation and alterations of the endogenous antioxidative response system (ARE) regulated by the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2). Preclinical studies have also shown that nicotine (the principal e-liquid's ingredient used in e-cigarettes) can also cause OS, exacerbation of cerebral ischemia and secondary brain injury...
June 17, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646635/postprandial-endotoxemia-a-significant-contributor-to-chronic-diseases
#6
Andrew W Campbell
The increase of chronic diseases in the world's population continues unabated. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes (T2D), obesity, arthritis, autoimmunity, and gastrointestinal disorders are all too common and costly, and most have as their source inflammation. T2D is now considered a pandemic, and there is one commonality to many of these: They are, for the most part, preventable.
May 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646094/immune-mediated-effects-targeting-hepatitis-c-virus-in-a-syngeneic-replicon-cell-transplantation-mouse-model
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Sepideh Levander, Fredrik Holmström, Lars Frelin, Gustaf Ahlén, Daniel Rupp, Gang Long, Ralf Bartenschlager, Matti Sällberg
OBJECTIVE: HCV is characterised by its ability to establish chronic infection in hepatocytes and to replicate in the presence of an inflammation. We mimicked this situation in vivo in immune-competent mice by syngeneic transplantation of HCV replicon-containing mouse hepatoma cells. DESIGN: A total of 5 million H-2(b) positive Hep56.1D cells, carrying a subgenomic genotype (gt) 2a replicon (HCV replicon cells) or stably expressing comparable levels of the HCV NS3/4A protease/helicase complex (NS3/4A hepatoma cells), were injected subcutaneously into syngeneic H-2(b)-restricted mice...
June 23, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645995/mepolizumab-for-the-treatment-of-severe-eosinophilic-asthma
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REVIEW
Mara N Poulakos, Shawna M Cargill, Melissa F Waineo, Allen L Wolford
PURPOSE: Published data on the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and clinical efficacy and safety of the interleukin-5 antagonist mepolizumab are reviewed. SUMMARY: Asthma of the eosinophilic phenotype is characterized by persistent eosinophilic airway inflammation promoted primarily by T-helper type 2 cytokines, the key regulator of eosinophils. Patients with severe eosinophilic asthma are burdened by the need to administer high doses of corticosteroids to help manage their symptoms...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645655/5-lipoxygenase-in-monocytes-emerges-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-intimal-hyperplasia-in-a-murine-wire-injured-femoral-artery
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Seung Eun Baek, Min A Jang, Seung Jin Lee, So Youn Park, Sun Sik Bae, Chi Dae Kim
Given the importance of leukotrienes in vascular inflammation induced by local tissue injury, this study investigated the role for 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) in monocytes in the development of intimal hyperplasia. As a mechanistic study, the importance of monocyte 5-LO in monocyte-macrophage differentiation with subsequent infiltration in neointima was evaluated. In a mouse model of wire-injured femoral artery, intimal hyperplasia started as early as 2 wks after injury, and luminal area and blood flow were reduced due to increased neointima formation...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645522/acute-effects-of-ambient-temperature-and-particulate-air-pollution-on-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-a-panel-study-among-diabetic-patients-in-shanghai-china
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Huichu Li, Hongjian Bai, Changyuan Yang, Renjie Chen, Cuicui Wang, Zhuohui Zhao, Haidong Kan
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown the associations of ambient temperature and particulate matter (PM) air pollution with respiratory morbidity and mortality. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been well characterized. The aim of this study is to investigate the associations of temperature and fine and coarse PM with fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), a well-established biomarker of respiratory inflammation. METHODS: We conducted a longitudinal panel study involving six repeated FeNO tests among 33 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients from April to June 2013 in Shanghai, China...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644868/electrophysiological-alterations-in-a-murine-model-of-chronic-coxsackievirus-b3-myocarditis
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Sven Kaese, Robert Larbig, Matthias Rohrbeck, Gerrit Frommeyer, Dirk Dechering, Jan Olligs, Sabine Schönhofer-Merl, Rainer Wessely, Karin Klingel, Guiscard Seebohm, Lars Eckardt
INTRODUCTION: Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) is known to induce acute and chronic myocarditis. Most infections are clinically unapparent but some patients suffer from ventricular arrhythmias (VA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Studies showed that acute CVB3 infection may cause impaired function of cardiac ion channels, creating a proarrhythmic substrate. However, it is unknown whether low level CVB3+ expression in myocytes may cause altered cardiac electrophysiology leading to VA. METHODS: Cellular electrophysiology was used to analyze cellular action potentials (APs) and occurrence of afterdepolarizations from isolated cardiomyocytes of wildtype (WT) and transgenic CVB3ΔVP0 (CVB3+) mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643028/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-adipose-tissue-and-metabolic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Alessandro P Delitala, Giampiero Capobianco, Giuseppe Delitala, Pier Luigi Cherchi, Salvatore Dessole
PURPOSE: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder that affects women of reproductive age and is characterized by ovulatory dysfunction and/or androgen excess or polycystic ovaries. Women with PCOS present a number of systemic symptoms in addition to those related to the reproductive system. It has been associated with functional derangements in adipose tissue, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: A detailed literature search on Pubmed was done for articles about PCOS, adipokines, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome...
June 22, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642811/actinidia-chinensis-planch-improves-the-indices-of-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammation-status-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-by-activating-keap1-and-nrf2-via-the-upregulation-of-microrna-424
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Longfeng Sun, Xiaofei Li, Gang Li, Bing Dai, Wei Tan
The fruit juice of Actinidia chinensis Planch. has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties on patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), but the molecular mechanism was unclear. The patients took the juice and the serum level of antioxidant miR-424, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1), erythroid-derived 2-like 2 (Nrf2), and biochemical indices were measured. The juice increased the levels of serum microRNA-424, Keap1, and Nrf2 and reduced the levels of interleukin-1 (IL-1) beta and IL-6 in T2DM patients...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642810/association-of-the-composite-inflammatory-biomarker-glyca-with-exercise-induced-changes-in-body-habitus-in-men-and-women-with-prediabetes
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David B Bartlett, Cris A Slentz, Margery A Connelly, Lucy W Piner, Leslie H Willis, Lori A Bateman, Esther O Granville, Connie W Bales, Kim M Huffman, William E Kraus
GlycA is a new composite measure of systemic inflammation and a predictor of many inflammatory diseases. GlycA is the nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy-derived signal arising from glucosamine residues on acute-phase proteins. This study aimed to evaluate how exercise-based lifestyle interventions modulate GlycA in persons at risk for type 2 diabetes. GlycA, fitness, and body habitus were measured in 169 sedentary adults (45-75 years) with prediabetes randomly assigned to one of four six-month exercise-based lifestyle interventions...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642239/a-novel-single-domain-antibody-against-von-willebrand-factor-a1-domain-resolves-leukocyte-recruitment-and-vascular-leakage-during-inflammation
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Gabriel Aymé, Frédéric Adam, Paulette Legendre, Amine Bazaa, Valérie Proulle, Cécile V Denis, Olivier D Christophe, Peter J Lenting
OBJECTIVE: von Willebrand factor (VWF) is crucial to hemostasis, but also plays a role in inflammatory processes. Unfortunately, no proper monoclonal antibodies to study VWF function in mice are currently available. We therefore aimed to generate single-domain antibodies (sdAbs) recognizing murine VWF and blocking its function in vivo. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Llama-derived sdAbs recognizing both human and murine VWF were isolated via phage display technology. One of them (designated KB-VWF-006) recognized the VWF A1 domain with picomolar affinity...
June 22, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642238/ager-deletion-enhances-ischemic-muscle-inflammation-neoangiogenesis-and-blood-flow-recovery-in-diabetic-mice
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Raquel Lopez Diez, Xiaoping Shen, Gurdip Daffu, Md Khursheed, Jiyuan Hu, Fei Song, Rosa Rosario, Yunlu Xu, Qing Li, Xiangmei Xi, Yu Shan Zou, Huilin Li, Ann Marie Schmidt, Shi Fang Yan
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic subjects are at higher risk of ischemic peripheral vascular disease. We tested the hypothesis that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and their receptor (RAGE) block neoangiogenesis and blood flow recovery after hindlimb ischemia induced by femoral artery ligation through modulation of immune/inflammatory mechanisms. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Wild-type mice rendered diabetic with streptozotocin and subjected to unilateral femoral artery ligation displayed increased accumulation and expression of AGEs and RAGE in ischemic muscle...
June 22, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641818/the-role-of-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-14-in-the-pathogenesis-of-atherosclerosis
#17
REVIEW
Wei Xie, Liang Li, Xi-Long Zheng, Wei-Dong Yin, Chao-Ke Tang
The Krüppel-like factor (KLF) family, as the SP/XKLF transcription factors, plays important roles in regulating the expression of genes required for the proper execution of important biological and pathological processes. Recent studies have demonstrated that KLF14, a member of the KLF family, participates in the initiation and progression of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD). From the molecular function aspect, this review focuses on the impact of KLF14-mediated regulation in major atherosclerosis-related diseases and pathological processes, such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, inflammation, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cell proliferation and differentiation...
June 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641784/ultrasonographic-fatty-liver-indicator-detects-mild-steatosis-and-correlates-with-metabolic-histological-parameters-in-various-liver-diseases
#18
Stefano Ballestri, Fabio Nascimbeni, Enrica Baldelli, Alessandra Marrazzo, Dante Romagnoli, Giovanni Targher, Amedeo Lonardo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fatty liver is a common feature of different types of liver diseases. The sensitivity and specificity of ultrasonography for diagnosing fatty liver are variable. A semi-quantitative ultrasound score, i.e., the ultrasonographic fatty liver indicator (US-FLI), is closely associated with metabolic/histological variables in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The main aims of this study were to assess the diagnostic performance of US-FLI in detecting varying degrees of histological steatosis, and to examine the association of US-FLI with metabolic/histological parameters in 352 biopsied patients with various chronic liver diseases (173 with hepatitis C [HCV], 23 with hepatitis B [HBV], 123 with NAFLD and 33 with other etiologies)...
July 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641285/role-of-glycyrrhizin-in-the-reduction-of-inflammation-in-diabetic-kidney-disease
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Vikram Thakur, Syeda Nargis, Mayra Gonzalez, Swetak Pradhan, Daniel Terreros, Munmun Chattopadhyay
BACKGROUND: Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is one of the most debilitating complications of type 2 diabetes. Recent evidence suggests chronic inflammation to be one of the causal factors of DKD. The mechanisms entailed are not completely elucidated except that a variety of cytokines play a major role in this process. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a pro-inflammatory toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4)-binding cytokine that is involved in inflammation-associated gene expression. This investigation was designed to assess the involvement of HMGB1, TLR-4, and nuclear factor (NF)-κB in the development of DKD and to evaluate that whether blocking HMGB1 by its natural inhibitor Glycyrrhizin (GLC) can reduce the progression of the disease...
June 23, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640972/understanding-adaptogenic-activity-specificity-of-the-pharmacological-action-of-adaptogens-and-other-phytochemicals
#20
REVIEW
Alexander Panossian
Adaptogens are stress-response modifiers that increase an organism's nonspecific resistance to stress by increasing its ability to adapt and survive. The classical reductionist model is insufficiently complex to explain the mechanistic aspects of the physiological notion of "adaptability" and the adaptogenic activity of adaptogens. Here, I demonstrate that (1) the mechanisms of action of adaptogens are impossible to rationally describe using the reductionist concept of pharmacology, whereas the network pharmacology approach is the most suitable method; and (2) the principles of systems biology and pharmacological networks appear to be more suitable for conceptualizing adaptogen function and are applicable to any phytochemical...
June 22, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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