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Jessica M Skeie, Benjamin T Aldrich, Andrew S Goldstein, Gregory A Schmidt, Cynthia R Reed, Mark A Greiner
The objective of this study was to characterize the proteome of the corneal endothelial cell layer and its basement membrane (Descemet membrane) in humans with various severities of type II diabetes mellitus compared to controls, and identify differentially expressed proteins across a range of diabetic disease severities that may influence corneal endothelial cell health. Endothelium-Descemet membrane complex tissues were peeled from transplant suitable donor corneas. Protein fractions were isolated from each sample and subjected to multidimensional liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry...
2018: PloS One
Nathan Scudder, Dennis McNevin, Sally F Kelty, Simon J Walsh, James Robertson
Use of DNA in forensic science will be significantly influenced by new technology in coming years. Massively parallel sequencing and forensic genomics will hasten the broadening of forensic DNA analysis beyond short tandem repeats for identity towards a wider array of genetic markers, in applications as diverse as predictive phenotyping, ancestry assignment, and full mitochondrial genome analysis. With these new applications come a range of legal and policy implications, as forensic science touches on areas as diverse as 'big data', privacy and protected health information...
March 2018: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Martin Picard, Aric A Prather, Eli Puterman, Alexanne Cuillerier, Michael Coccia, Kirstin Aschbacher, Yan Burelle, Elissa S Epel
BACKGROUND: Chronic life stress, such as the stress of caregiving, can promote pathophysiology, but the underlying cellular mechanisms are not well understood. Chronic stress may induce recalibrations in mitochondria leading to changes either in mitochondrial content per cell, or in mitochondrial functional capacity (i.e., quality). METHODS: Here we present a functional index of mitochondrial health (MHI) for human leukocytes that can distinguish between these two possibilities...
February 3, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
Jeong-Min Hong, Sun-Mee Lee
AIMS: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an endogenous cytoprotective enzyme, is reported that can be localized in mitochondria under stress, contributing to preserve mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial quality control (QC) is essential to cellular health and recovery linked with redox homeostasis. Recent studies reported that phosphoglycerate mutase family member (PGAM) 5, a mitochondria-resident phosphatase, plays critical role in mitochondrial homeostasis. Therefore, we aim to investigate cytoprotective mechanisms of HO-1 in I/R-induced hepatic injury focusing on mitochondrial QC associated with PGAM5 signaling...
March 7, 2018: Life Sciences
Yantao Wu, Li Li, Guoqiang Zhu, Wenhui Li, Nianzhang Zhang, Shuangnan Li, Gang Yao, Wenjun Tian, Baoquan Fu, Hong Yin, Xingquan Zhu, Hongbin Yan, Wanzhong Jia
BACKGROUND: Cervids used to be considered the only animal intermediate hosts of the G10 genotype of Echinococcus canadensis. Yaks are often herded in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China, where echinococcosis remains prevalent. However, no E. canadensis G10 cases have been recorded in yaks until now. The aim of our study was to identify causative agents of echinococcosis in yaks in this region. METHODS: Total genomic DNA was extracted from the germinal layer of one hydatid using a Blood and Tissue Kit...
March 9, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Jie-Qiong Ma, Chan-Min Liu, Wei Yang
Rutin, a natural flavonoid, possess beneficial health effects. However, its renoprotective effect against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ) induced injury and the underlying mechanism is not clarified. The current study aims is to identify the therapeutic effects of rutin on oxidative stress, inflammation and apoptosis in mouse kidney exposed to CCl4 . ICR mice received CCl4 with or without rutin co-administration for one week. Compared with the control group, mice receiving CCl4 alone showed kidney injury as evidenced by elevation in serum biochemical markers, inflammation, caspase-3 activity and apoptosis in kidney, while rutin administration significantly attenuated these pathophysiological changes...
March 6, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Adam C Lehnig, Kristin I Stanford
The beneficial effects of exercise on skeletal muscle and the cardiovascular system have long been known. Recent studies have focused on investigating the effects of exercise on adipose tissue and the effects that these exercise-induced adaptations have on overall metabolic health. Examination of exercise-induced adaptations in both white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT) has revealed marked differences in each tissue with exercise. In WAT, there are changes to both subcutaneous WAT (scWAT) and visceral WAT (vWAT), including decreased adipocyte size and lipid content, increased expression of metabolic genes, altered secretion of adipokines and increased mitochondrial activity...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Michelle F Goody, Clarissa A Henry
Skeletal muscle enables posture, breathing, and locomotion. Skeletal muscle also impacts systemic processes such as metabolism, thermoregulation, and immunity. Skeletal muscle is energetically expensive and is a major consumer of glucose and fatty acids. Metabolism of fatty acids and glucose requires NAD+ function as a hydrogen/electron transfer molecule. Therefore, NAD+ plays a vital role in energy production. In addition, NAD+ also functions as a cosubstrate for post-translational modifications such as deacetylation and ADP-ribosylation...
March 7, 2018: Skeletal Muscle
Jiaqi Wang, Yixuan Pan, Jiacheng Hu, Qiang Ma, Yi Xu, Yijian Zhang, Fei Zhang, Yingbin Liu
Gallbladder cancer (GBC) is the most common malignancy in the biliary tract. Without effective treatment, its prognosis is notoriously poor. Tea polyphenols (TPs) have many pharmacological and health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-thrombotic, antibacterial, and vasodilatory properties. However, the anti-cancer effect of TPs in human gallbladder cancer has not yet been determined. Cell viability and colony formation assay were used to investigate the cell growth. Cell cycle and apoptosis were evaluated by flow cytometry analysis...
March 1, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Nazli Kuter, Nese Aysit-Altuncu, Gurkan Ozturk, Eren Ozek
BACKGROUND: In high-risk newborns indirect hyperbilirubinemia can lead to acute bilirubin encephalopathy and kernicterus. Despite the current therapeutic modalities, preventing or reversing the neurotoxicity cannot be achieved in all infants. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the neuroprotective effects of hypothermia on bilirubin-induced toxicity in primary mouse neuronal cell cultures. METHODS: Hippocampal cell cultures, isolated from newborn mouse brains, were incubated with unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) at 3 days in vitro (DIV) and immediately exposed to varying degrees of hypothermia...
March 6, 2018: Neonatology
Anna L Lang, Liya Chen, Gavin D Poff, Wen-Xing Ding, Russel A Barnett, Gavin E Arteel, Juliane I Beier
Vinyl chloride (VC), a common industrial organochlorine and environmental pollutant, has been shown to directly cause hepatic angiosarcoma and toxicant-associated steatohepatitis at high exposure levels. However, the impact of lower concentrations of VC on the progression of underlying liver diseases (e.g., nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD]) is unclear. Given the high prevalence of NAFLD in the United States (and worldwide) population, this is an important concern. Recent studies by our group with VC metabolites suggest a potential interaction between VC exposure and underlying liver disease to cause enhanced damage...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Chien-Yu Huang, Chia-Hwa Lee, Chao-Chiang Tu, Chih-Hsiung Wu, Ming-Te Huang, Po-Li Wei, Yu-Jia Chang
Esophageal cancer is a worldwide health problem with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, new diagnostic biomarkers or therapeutic strategies for identifying and managing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are urgently needed. Glucose-regulated protein 94 (GRP94) is one of major endoplasmic reticulum-stress response proteins that plays a key role in cancer progression and therapeutic responses. However, the role of GRP94 in ESCC progression and metastasis remains unclear. The tissue array results indicated that higher GRP94 expression levels were associated with lower overall survival and higher lympho-node metastasis...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Katarina Uršič, Tomaž Zupanc, Alja Videtič Paska
Suicide is a well-defined public health problem and is a complex phenomenon influenced by a number of different risk factors, including genetic ones. Numerous studies have examined serotonin system genes. Monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) is an outer mitochondrial membrane enzyme which is involved in the metabolic pathway of serotonin degradation. Upstream variable number of tandem repeats (uVNTR) in the promoter region of MAOA gene affects the activity of transcription. In the present study we genotyped MAOA-uVNTR polymorphism in 266 suicide victims and 191 control subjects of Slovenian population, which ranks among the European and world populations with the highest suicide rate...
March 2, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Anthony A Duplanty, Robert W Siggins, Timothy Allerton, Liz Simon, Patricia E Molina
Work from our group demonstrated that chronic binge alcohol (CBA)-induces mitochondrial gene dysregulation at end-stage disease of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection in antiretroviral therapy (ART) naïve rhesus macaques. Alterations in gene expression can disrupt mitochondrial homeostasis and in turn contribute to the risk of metabolic comorbidities characterized by loss of skeletal muscle (SKM) functional mass that are associated with CBA, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and prolonged ART...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Daniela P Stocher, Caroline P Klein, André B Saccomori, Pauline M August, Nicolli C Martins, Pablo R G Couto, Martine E K Hagen, Cristiane Matté
Excessive salt intake is a common feature of Western dietary patterns, and has been associated with important metabolic changes including cerebral redox state imbalance. Considering that little is known about the effect on progeny of excessive salt intake during pregnancy, the present study investigated the effect of a high-salt diet during pregnancy and lactation on mitochondrial parameters and the redox state of the brains of resulting offspring. Adult female Wistar rats were divided into two dietary groups (n 20 rats/group): control standard chow (0·675 % NaCl) or high-salt chow (7·2 % NaCl), received throughout pregnancy and for 7 d after delivery...
March 5, 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
Lalit P Chandravanshi, Richa Gupta, Rajendra K Shukla
Over the last decade, there has been an increased concern about the health risks from exposure to arsenic at low doses, because of their neurotoxic effects on the developing brain. The exact mechanism underlying arsenic-induced neurotoxicity during sensitive periods of brain development remains unclear, although enhanced oxidative stresses, leading to mitochondrial dysfunctions might be involved. Here, we highlight the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative stress which leads to mitochondrial dysfunctions and apoptosis in arsenic-induced developmental neurotoxicity...
March 3, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Zhenhuan Hou, Jun Mao, Ying Lu, Lianhong Li
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer incidence and cancer-related mortality among women and is becoming a major public health problem around the world. The current study aims to investigate the possible role and mechanism of recombinant Apoptin (rApoptin), a potential anticancer candidate that minimally impacts normal cells, in the breast cancer cell proliferation and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. We found that rApoptin could effectively inhibit the proliferation and apoptosis in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cells in vitro, which was further confirmed by flow cytometry analysis...
February 28, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Chengli Ling, Jianming Liang, Chun Zhang, Ruixiang Li, Qianqian Mou, Jin Qin, Xiaofang Li, Jianxin Wang
Ischemic stroke (IS) is characterized by the sudden loss of blood circulation to an area of the brain, resulting in a corresponding loss of neurologic function. It has been a worldwide critical disease threatening to the health and life of human beings. Despite significant progresses achieved, effective treatment still remains a formidable challenge due to the complexity of the disease. Salvianolic acid B (Sal-B) and Puerarin (Pue) are two active neuroprotectants isolated from traditional Chinese herbs, Salvia miltiorrhiza and Kudzu root respectively, which have been used for the prevention and treatment of IS for thousands of years in China...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Gilles Fouret, Sylvie Gaillet, Jerome Lecomte, Beatrice Bonafos, Ferdinand Djohan, Bruno Barea, Eric Badia, Charles Coudray, Christine Feillet-Coudray
The incidence of obesity and its metabolic complications are rapidly increasing and become a major public health issue. This trend is associated with an increase in the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), insulin resistance and diabetes. The sequence of events leading to NAFLD progression and mitochondrial dysfunction and their interrelation remains to be elucidated. This study aimed to explore the installation and progression of NAFLD and its association with the liver mitochondrial structure and activity changes in rats fed an obesogenic diet up to 20 weeks...
February 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
Małgorzata Zakłos-Szyda, Nina Pawlik
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) is a chronic diet-related disease which due to many dangerous complications has become a prominent health problem of the world. The aim of the study was to explore the in vitro activity of Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica L., family Rosaceae, JQ) fruit polyphenolic extract as modulator of carbohydrates metabolism. The research was designed to investigate the effect of JQ polyphenolic extract on glucose metabolism in human hepatoma HepG2 cell line cultured under normal non-metabolically changed and hyperglycemic conditions...
March 1, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
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