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Demin Cai, Mengjie Yuan, Haoyu Liu, Shifeng Pan, Wenqiang Ma, Jian Hong, Ruqian Zhao
Betaine serves as an animal and human nutrient which has been heavily investigated in glucose and lipid metabolic regulation, yet the underlying mechanisms are still elusive. In this study, feeding sows with betaine-supplemented diets during pregnancy and lactation increased cholesterol content and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) gene expression, but decreasing bile acids content and cholesterol-7a-hydroxylase (CYP7a1) expression in the liver of weaning piglets...
October 18, 2016: Nutrients
Ying Guo, YouCai Zhang, WeiHua Huang, Felcy Pavithra Selwyn, Curtis D Klaassen
BACKGROUND: Berberine (BBR) is a traditional antimicrobial herbal medicine. Recently, BBR has gained popularity as a supplement to lower blood lipids, cholesterol and glucose. Bile acids (BAs) are known to regulate blood levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose and energy homeostasis, and gut flora play an important role in BA metabolism. However, whether BBR alters BAs metabolism or dose-response effect of BBR on gut flora is unknown. METHODS: In this study, the effects of various doses of BBR on the concentrations of BAs in liver and serum of male C57BL/6 mice were determined by UPLC-MS/MS, and the expression of BA-related genes, as well as the amount of 32 of the most abundant gut bacterial species in the terminal ileum and large intestine of male C57BL/6 mice were quantified by RT-PCR and Quantigene 2...
October 18, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Carrie J Finno, Matthew H Bordbari, Stephanie J Valberg, David Lee, Josi Herron, Kelly Hines, Tamer Monsour, Erica Scott, Danika L Bannasch, James Mickelson, Libin Xu
Specific spontaneous heritable neurodegenerative diseases have been associated with lower serum and cerebrospinal fluid α-tocopherol (α-TOH) concentrations. Equine neuroaxonal dystrophy (eNAD) has similar histologic lesions to human ataxia with vitamin E deficiency caused by mutations in the α-TOH transfer protein gene (TTPA). Mutations in TTPA are not present with eNAD and the molecular basis remains unknown. Given the neuropathologic phenotypic similarity of the conditions, we assessed the molecular basis of eNAD by global transcriptome sequencing of the cervical spinal cord...
October 14, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Dongyan Shao, Yilin Wang, Qingsheng Huang, Junling Shi, Hui Yang, Zhongli Pan, Mingliang Jin, Haobin Zhao, Xiaoguang Xu
Resveratrol (Res) was previously reported to be capable of lowering plasma TC and LDL-C. The mechanism behind Res is not clearly understood, although it is presumed to have an effect on bile acid metabolism in the liver: a significant way in eliminating cholesterol from the body. As one of the major metabolites of Res in the liver, resveratrol glucuronides (Gres) is suspected to also contribute to the overall cholestrol-lowering activity of Res, which needs to be studied. In this research, when HepG2 steatosis hepatic cells were treated with Res and Gres at different concentration levels, Res and Gres showed similar activity in lowering cellular TC content...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Food Science
Yue Wang, Yulong Han, Fangni Chai, Hongmei Xiang, Tao Huang, Shuming Kou, Bing Han, Xiaobao Gong, Xiaoli Ye
The aim of this study was to investigate the antihypercholesterolemic activity and potential molecular mechanism of columbamine (COL) that was prepared by extraction from Rhizoma Coptidis in hamsters and HepG2 cells. The results displayed that the COL from Rhizoma Coptidis was a safe natural compound with a LD50 0f 1524.6mg/kg and no detectable toxic symptoms during the observation of chronic toxicity. COL dose-dependently reversed the abnormal lipid levels induced by HFHC diet. Specifically, COL(M) and COL(H) significantly reduced the blood lipid levels(TC, TG and LDL-c) and enhanced the fecal contents of TBA by 21...
October 3, 2016: Fitoterapia
Jae Hoon Cha, Sun Rim Kim, Hyun Joong Kang, Myung Hwan Kim, Ae Wha Ha, Woo Kyoung Kim
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Corn silk (CS) extract contains large amounts of maysin, which is a major flavonoid in CS. However, studies regarding the effect of CS extract on cholesterol metabolism is limited. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the effect of CS extract on cholesterol metabolism in C57BL/6J mouse fed high-fat diets. MATERIALS/METHODS: Normal-fat group fed 7% fat diet, high-fat (HF) group fed 25% fat diet, and high-fat with corn silk (HFCS) group were orally administered CS extract (100 mg/kg body weight) daily...
October 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
Luisa Pozzo, Andrea Vornoli, Ilaria Coppola, Clara Maria Della Croce, Lucia Giorgetti, Pier Giovanni Gervasi, Vincenzo Longo
AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate lipid, cholesterol and glucose metabolism in a novel rat model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MAIN METHODS: Rats (Wistar) were fed high fat/cholesterol diet (HFD) and a single low dose (35mg/kg) of streptozotocin (STZ). Collagen and glycogen content, oxidative stress and glucokinase activity were measured using biochemical assays. Other metabolic pathway were assessed by qRT-PCR. KEY FINDINGS: HFD/STZ treated rats, compared to control ones, showed an increase in expression of biomarkers of inflammation (TNFα, IL6), fibrosis (TGFβ), mitochondrial stress (UCP2) and oxidative stress (GSH and carbonylated proteins) but not of ER stress (CHOP, XBP1)...
September 28, 2016: Life Sciences
Zhengfei Wang, Shixia Xu, Kexing Du, Fang Huang, Zhuo Chen, Kaiya Zhou, Wenhua Ren, Guang Yang
Although cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) have multi-chambered stomachs, feeding habits of modern cetaceans have dramatically changed from herbivorous to carnivorous. However, the genetic basis underlying this dietary switch remains unexplored. Here, we present the first systematic investigation of 10 digestive enzymes genes (i.e., CYP7A1, CTRC, LIPC, LIPF, PNLIP, PGC, PRSS1, SI, SLC5A1, and TMPRSS15) of representative cetaceans, and the evolutionary trajectory of RNASE1 in cetartiodactylans. Positive selections were detected with proteinases (i...
September 20, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Supriya R Kulkarni, Carol J Soroka, Lee R Hagey, James L Boyer
Sirtuin1 (Sirt1, mammalian homolog of S. Cerevisiae enzyme Sir2) is a transcriptional and transactivational regulator of murine Fxr, which is the primary bile acid (BA) sensor, and critical regulator of BA metabolism in physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Previous studies have suggested compromised Sirt1 expression in rodent models of cholestatic liver injury. We hypothesized that Sirt1 could be potentially targeted to alleviate cholestatic liver injury. In cultured primary human hepatocytes, SIRT1 mRNA was downregulated after GCA treatment, potentially via induction of miR-34a, whereas TUDCA induced SIRT1 expression without affecting miR-34a expression...
September 17, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Peizhen Xiao, Hong Ji, Yuantu Ye, Baotong Zhang, Yongsheng Chen, Jingjing Tian, Pin Liu, Liqiao Chen, Zhenyu Du
This study was carried out to evaluate whether silymarin supplementation influences growth, lipid metabolism, and health status in grass carp fed elevated dietary lipid levels. The juvenile fish (27.43 ± 0.17 g/tail) were fed six isonitrogenous and isocaloric diets in a factorial design containing 0, 100, or 200 mg kg(-1) silymarin (SM0, SM100, SM200) associated with either 4 or 8 % lipid level (low lipid, LL, and high lipid, HL, respectively) for 82 days. The results showed that both dietary silymarin supplementation and high lipid level significantly enhanced growth performance (WG, SGR), protein efficiency ratio, and feed utilization...
September 8, 2016: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Xiaoyang Xu, Aolin Zhang, Matthew S Halquist, Xinxu Yuan, Scott C Henderson, William L Dewey, Pin-Lan Li, Ningjun Li, Fan Zhang
Statins, 3-hydroxyl-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors, are the first-line medications prescribed for the prevention and treatment of coronary artery diseases. The efficacy of statins has been attributed not only to their systemic cholesterol-lowering actions but also to their pleiotropic effects that are unrelated to cholesterol reduction. These pleiotropic effects have been increasingly recognized as essential in statins therapy. This study was designed to investigate the pleiotropic actions of simvastatin, one of the most commonly prescribed statins, on macrophage cholesterol homeostasis with a focus on lysosomal free cholesterol egression...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Jamie E Moscovitz, Bo Kong, Kyle Buckley, Brian Buckley, Grace L Guo, Lauren M Aleksunes
The farnesoid X receptor (Fxr) controls bile acid homeostasis by coordinately regulating the expression of synthesizing enzymes (Cyp7a1, Cyp8b1), conjugating enzymes (Bal, Baat) and transporters in the ileum (Asbt, Ostα/β) and liver (Ntcp, Bsep, Ostβ). Transcriptional regulation by Fxr can be direct, or through the ileal Fgf15/FGF19 and hepatic Shp pathways. Circulating bile acids are increased during pregnancy due to hormone-mediated disruption of Fxr signaling. While this adaptation enhances lipid absorption, elevated bile acids may predispose women to develop maternal cholestasis...
November 1, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
David E J Jones
INTRODUCTION: There is significant unmet need in Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) in patients under-responsive to the only approved therapy Ursodeoxycholic Acid (UDCA) who are at increased risk of progressing to end-stage liver disease. Obeticholic Acid (OCA) is a farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist which has been evaluated as a second line therapy in PBC and has recently been licenced by the FDA. AREAS COVERED: The pharmacology and biology of OCA as an FXR agonist and its clinical benefits...
September 2, 2016: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Wei Guo, Chunying Jiang, Liu Yang, Tianqi Li, Xia Liu, Mengxia Jin, Kai Qu, Huili Chen, Xiangju Jin, Hongyue Liu, Haibo Zhu, Yinghong Wang
Atherosclerosis (AS) is a progressive disease that contributes to cardiovascular disease and shows a complex etiology, including genetic and environmental factors. To understand systemic metabolic changes and to identify potential biomarkers correlated with the occurrence and perpetuation of diet-induced AS, we applied (1)H NMR-based metabolomics to detect the time-related metabolic profiles of plasma, urine, and liver extracts from male hamsters fed a high fat and high cholesterol (HFHC) diet. Conventional biochemical assays and histopathological examinations as well as protein expression analyses were performed to provide complementary information...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
T Blahová, L Peterková, M Leníček, M Vlachová, K Zemánková, V Adámková, L Vítek, J Kovář
The treatment of hypercholesterolemia with bile acid (BA) sequestrants results in upregulation of BA synthesis through the classical pathway initiated by cholesterol 7alpha-hydroxylase (CYP7A1). To characterize the detailed dynamics of serum lipid and BA concentrations and the BA synthesis rate in response to treatment with BA sequestrants and to determine whether the -203A/C promoter polymorphism of the CYP7A1 encoding gene (CYP7A1) affects such a response, this pilot study was carried out in healthy men (8 homozygous for the -203A allele and 8 homozygous for the -203C allele of CYP7A1)...
August 19, 2016: Physiological Research
Yinrun Ding, Chun Xiao, Qingping Wu, Yizhen Xie, Xiangmin Li, Huiping Hu, Liangqiu Li
The present study investigated the hypolipidaemic effects of Grifola frondosa and its regulation mechanism involved in lipid metabolism in liver of rats fed a high-cholesterol diet. The body weights and serum lipid levels of control rats, of hyperlipidaemic rats, and of hyperlipidaemic rats treated with oral G. frondosa were determined. mRNA expression and concentration of key lipid metabolism enzymes were investigated. Serum cholesterol, triacylglycerol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels were markedly decreased in hyperlipidaemic rats treated with G...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Daniël A Lionarons, Michal Heger, Rowan F van Golen, Lindy K Alles, Vincent A van der Mark, Jaap J Kloek, Dirk R de Waart, Hendrik A Marsman, Henny Rusch, Joanne Verheij, Ulrich Beuers, Coen C Paulusma, Thomas M van Gulik
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic liver disorder. It is uncertain if simple steatosis, the initial and prevailing form of NAFLD, sensitizes the liver to cholestasis. Here, we compared the effects of obstructive cholestasis in rats with a normal liver versus rats with simple steatosis induced by a methionine/choline-deficient diet. We found that plasma liver enzymes were higher and hepatic neutrophil influx, inflammation, and fibrosis were more pronounced in animals with combined steatosis and cholestasis compared to cholestasis alone...
2016: Scientific Reports
Hailiang Liu, Preeti Pathak, Shannon Boehme, John Y L Chiang
Cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase (CYP7A1) plays a critical role in control of bile acid and cholesterol homeostasis. Bile acids activate farnesoid X receptor (FXR) and Takeda G protein-coupled receptor 5 (TGR5) to regulate lipid, glucose, and energy metabolism. However, the role of bile acids in hepatic inflammation and fibrosis remains unclear. In this study, we showed that adenovirus-mediated overexpression of Cyp7a1 ameliorated lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory cell infiltration and pro-inflammatory cytokine production in WT and TGR5-deficient (Tgr5(-/-)) mice, but not in FXR-deficient (Fxr(-/-)) mice, suggesting that bile acid signaling through FXR protects against hepatic inflammation...
October 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Lisa-Mari Mörk, Stephen C Strom, Agneta Mode, Ewa C S Ellis
BACKGROUND: Primary human hepatocytes offer the best human in vitro model for studies on human liver cell metabolism. Investigators use a variety of different media supplements and matrix biocoatings and the type of culture system used may influence the outcome. OBJECTIVES: To optimize in vitro conditions for primary human hepatocytes with regard to bile acid synthesis. METHODS: Human hepatocytes were isolated and cultured on collagen type I or EHS matrigel in cell media with or without dexamethasone...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
Jing Lin, Wei-Qing Shao, Zong-You Chen, Wen-Wei Zhu, Lu Lu, Duan Cai, Lun-Xiu Qin, Hu-Liang Jia, Ming Lu, Jin-Hong Chen
The precipitation of excess biliary cholesterol as solid crystals is a prerequisite for cholesterol gallstone formation, which occurs due to disturbed biliary homeostasis. Biliary homeostasis is regulated by an elaborate network of genes in hepatocytes. If unmanaged, the cholesterol crystals will aggregate, fuse and form gallstones. We have previously observed that the levels of osteopontin (OPN) in bile and gallbladder were reduced in gallstone patients. However, the role and mechanism for hepatic OPN in cholesterol gallstone formation is undetermined...
2016: Scientific Reports
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