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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103504/l-arginine-alters-the-effect-of-5-fluorouracil-on-breast-cancer-cells-in-favor-of-apoptosis
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Mozhgan Jahani, Mehri Azadbakht, Fatemeh Norooznezhad, Kamran Mansouri
Chemoresistance in breast cancer is a major obstacle, especially in p53 mutation types. The aim of this study was to evaluate if a combination therapy of l-arginine with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) can alter the effect of this chemotherapy drug on breast cancer cells. The study was performed on BT-20 and MCF-7 cell lines. The effects of l-arginine alone and in combination with 5-FU were investigated on cell viability, apoptosis and nitric oxide (NO) production. Drugs effects on the cellular energetic metabolism were investigated through the lactate production and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity assay...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101475/anticonvulsive-effects-of-licofelone-on-status-epilepticus-induced-by-lithium-pilocarpine-in-wistar-rats-a-role-for-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase
#2
Seyyed Majid Eslami, Mohammad Mobin Moradi, Mehdi Ghasemi, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Status epilepticus (SE) is a neurological disorder with high prevalence and mortality rates, requiring immediate intervention. Licofelone is a cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) inhibitor, which its effectiveness to treat osteoarthritis has been approved. Increasing evidence suggests an involvement of COX and LOX enzymes in epileptic disorders. Thus, in the present study we investigate possible effects of licofelone on prevention and termination of SE...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101178/endothelium-dependent-vasodilation-effects-of-panax-notoginseng-and-its-main-components-are-mediated-by-nitric-oxide-and-cyclooxygenase-pathways
#3
Yanyan Wang, Yu Ren, Leilei Xing, Xiangdong Dai, Sheng Liu, Bin Yu, Yi Wang
Panax notoginseng, a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has been used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The main bioactive components of this species are Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS). The present study aimed to investigate the effects of PNS and five of its main components (ginsenosides Rg1, Re, Rb1 and Rd, and notoginsenoside R1) on rat aorta rings pre-contracted with norepinephrine (NE) and to determine the underlying mechanism of action. Isolated aorta rings (with or without intact endothelium) from adult male Wistar rats were stimulated with NE to induce vasoconstriction, and subsequently treated with different concentrations of PNS and its five main components (Rg1, Re, Rb1, R1 and Rd) separately...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100523/endothelial-dysfunction-in-the-early-postoperative-period-after-major-colon-cancer-surgery
#4
S Ekeloef, M H H Larsen, A M V Schou-Pedersen, J Lykkesfeldt, J Rosenberg, I Gögenür
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that endothelial dysfunction in the early postoperative period promotes myocardial injury after non-cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of colon cancer surgery on endothelial function and the association with the l-arginine-nitric oxide pathway postoperatively. METHODS: Patients undergoing elective colon cancer surgery (n = 31) were included in this prospective observational cohort study. Endothelial function, as measured using the reactive hyperaemia index (RHI), was assessed non-invasively using digital pulse tonometry...
February 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098791/development-of-high-throughput-method-for-measurement-of-vascular-nitric-oxide-generation-in-microplate-reader
#5
Soad S Abd El-Hay, Christa L Colyer
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of nitric oxide (NO) in vascular physiology and pathology, a high-throughput method for the quantification of its vascular generation is lacking. OBJECTIVE: By using the fluorescent probe 4-amino-5-methylamino-2',7'-difluorofluorescein (DAF-FM), we have optimized a simple method for the determination of the generation of endothelial nitric oxide in a microplate format. METHODS: A nitric oxide donor was used (3-morpholinosydnonimine hydrochloride, SIN-1)...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090634/dietary-interventions-for-fetal-growth-restriction-therapeutic-potential-of-dietary-nitrate-supplementation-in-pregnancy
#6
Elizabeth Cottrell, Teresa Tropea, Laura Ormesher, Susan Greenwood, Mark Wareing, Edward Johnstone, Jenny Myers, Colin Sibley
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects around 5% of pregnancies and is associated with significant short- and long-term adverse outcomes. A number of factors can increase the risk of FGR, one of which is poor maternal diet. In terms of pathology, both clinically and in many experimental models of FGR, impaired uteroplacental vascular function is implicated, leading to a reduction in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the developing fetus. Whilst mechanisms underpinning impaired uteroplacental vascular function are not fully understood, interventions aimed at enhancing nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability remain a key area of interest in obstetric research...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089735/effects-of-simvastatin-on-cat-1-mediated-arginine-transport-and-no-level-under-high-glucose-conditions-in-conditionally-immortalized-rat-inner-blood-retinal-barrier-cell-lines-tr-ibrb
#7
Temdara Tun, Young-Sook Kang
OBJECTIVE: Hyperglycemia causes the breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier by impairing endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) function. Statins have many pleiotropic effects such as improving endothelial barrier permeability and increasing eNOS mRNA stability. The objective of this study was to determine effect of simvastatin on l-arginine transport and NO production under high-glucose conditions in conditionally immortalized rat retinal capillary endothelial cell line (TR-iBRB). METHODS: Changes in l-arginine transport uptake and, expression levels of cationic amino acid transporter 1 (CAT-1) and eNOS mRNA were investigated after pre-treatment with simvastatin and NOS inhibitors (l-NMMA and l-NAME) under high-glucose conditions using TR-iBRB, an in vitro model of iBRB...
January 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087254/anti-diabetic-drug-metformin-dilates-retinal-blood-vessels-through-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in-rats
#8
Asami Mori, Eriko Ishikawa, Tomoyo Amano, Kenji Sakamoto, Tsutomu Nakahara
The aim of this study was to examine whether metformin, a biguanide anti-hyperglycemic drug, dilates retinal blood vessels in rats. Ocular fundus images were captured with an original high-resolution digital fundus camera in vivo and diameters of retinal blood vessels were measured. Both systemic blood pressure and heart rate were continuously recorded. Metformin (0.01-0.3mg/kg/min) increased diameters of retinal blood vessels in a dose-dependent manner. This retinal vasodilator effect of metformin was abolished by compound C, an inhibitor of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester, an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthase...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074650/revisiting-the-val-ile-mutation-in-mammalian-and-bacterial-no-synthases-a-spectroscopic-and-kinetic-study
#9
Marine Weisslocker-Schaetzel, Mehdi Lembrouk, Jerome Santolini, Pierre Dorlet
Nitric oxide (NO) is produced in mammals by the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) isoforms at a catalytic site comprising a heme associated with a biopterin cofactor. Through genome sequencing, proteins with high homology to the oxygenase domain of NOSs have been identified, in particular in bacteria. The active site is highly conserved except for a valine residue in the distal pocket that is replaced by an isoleucine in bacteria. This switch was previously reported to influence the kinetics of the reaction. We have used the V346I mutant of the mouse inducible NOS (iNOS) as well as the I224V mutant of the NOS from Bacillus subtilis (bsNOS) to study their spectroscopic signatures in solution and look for potential structural differences compared to their respective wild types...
January 11, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070238/hematological-disorders-and-pulmonary-hypertension
#10
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Rajamma Mathew, Jing Huang, Joseph M Wu, John T Fallon, Michael H Gewitz
Pulmonary hypertension (PH), a serious disorder with a high morbidity and mortality rate, is known to occur in a number of unrelated systemic diseases. Several hematological disorders such as sickle cell disease, thalassemia and myeloproliferative diseases develop PH which worsens the prognosis. Associated oxidant injury and vascular inflammation cause endothelial damage and dysfunction. Pulmonary vascular endothelial damage/dysfunction is an early event in PH resulting in the loss of vascular reactivity, activation of proliferative and antiapoptotic pathways leading to vascular remodeling, elevated pulmonary artery pressure, right ventricular hypertrophy and premature death...
December 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070018/curcumin-supplementation-improves-vascular-endothelial-function-in-healthy-middle-aged-and-older-adults-by-increasing-nitric-oxide-bioavailability-and-reducing-oxidative-stress
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Jessica R Santos-Parker, Talia R Strahler, Candace J Bassett, Nina Z Bispham, Michel B Chonchol, Douglas R Seals
We hypothesized that curcumin would improve resistance and conduit artery endothelial function and large elastic artery stiffness in healthy middle-aged and older adults. Thirty-nine healthy men and postmenopausal women (45-74 yrs) were randomized to 12 weeks of curcumin (2000 mg/day Longvida®; n=20) or placebo (n=19) supplementation. Forearm blood flow response to acetylcholine infusions (FBFACh; resistance artery endothelial function) increased 37% following curcumin supplementation (107±13 vs. 84±11 AUC at baseline, P=0...
January 3, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067368/the-effect-of-arginine-on-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-during-porcine-intramuscular-preadipocyte-differentiation
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Xiaoling Chen, Yanliu Luo, Gang Jia, Guangmang Liu, Hua Zhao, Zhiqing Huang
Dietary l-arginine supplementation decreases backfat thickness and increases intramuscular fat content in growing-finishing pigs, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. In this study, the effect of arginine on differentiation of porcine intramuscular preadipocytes was investigated in vitro. We showed that the mRNA and protein expressions of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) and CCAAT/enhancer binding protein α were upregulated by arginine supplementation. Furthermore, the intracellular triglyceride level was increased by arginine supplementation...
January 9, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063003/effect-of-poly-l-arginine-in-inhibiting-scrapie-prion-protein-of-cultured-cells
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Muhammad Waqas, Hye-Mi Lee, Jeeyoung Kim, Glenn Telling, Jin-Ki Kim, Dae-Hwan Kim, Chongsuk Ryou
Biological effect of poly-L-arginine (PLR), the linear homopolymer comprised of L-arginine, was investigated to determine the activity of suppressing prions. PLR decreased the level of scrapie prion protein (PrP(Sc)) in cultured cells permanently infected with prions in a concentration-dependent manner. The PrP(Sc) inhibition efficacy of PLR was greater than that of another prion-suppressant poly-L-lysine (PLK) in a molecular mass-dependent fashion. The effective concentration of PLR to inhibit prions was achieved safely below the cytotoxic concentrations, and overall cytotoxicity of PLR was similar to that of PLK...
January 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062568/renal-collectrin-protects-against-salt-sensitive-hypertension-and-is-downregulated-by-angiotensin-ii
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Pei-Lun Chu, Joseph C Gigliotti, Sylvia Cechova, Gabor Bodonyi-Kovacs, Fang Chan, Donna Lee Ralph, Nancy Howell, Kambiz Kalantari, Alexander L Klibanov, Robert M Carey, Alicia A McDonough, Thu H Le
Collectrin, encoded by the Tmem27 gene, is a transmembrane glycoprotein with approximately 50% homology with angiotensin converting enzyme 2, but without a catalytic domain. Collectrin is most abundantly expressed in the kidney proximal tubule and collecting duct epithelia, where it has an important role in amino acid transport. Collectrin is also expressed in endothelial cells throughout the vasculature, where it regulates L-arginine uptake. We previously reported that global deletion of collectrin leads to endothelial dysfunction, augmented salt sensitivity, and hypertension...
January 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054274/nicorandil-improves-post-fatigue-tension-in-slow-skeletal-muscle-fibers-by-modulating-glutathione-redox-state
#15
E Sánchez-Duarte, X Trujillo, C Cortés-Rojo, A Saavedra-Molina, G Camargo, L Hernández, M Huerta, R Montoya-Pérez
Fatigue is a phenomenon in which force reduction has been linked to impairment of several biochemical processes. In skeletal muscle, the ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) are actively involved in myoprotection against metabolic stress. They are present in sarcolemma and mitochondria (mitoKATP channels). K(+) channel openers like nicorandil has been recognized for their ability to protect skeletal muscle from ischemia-reperfusion injury, however, the effects of nicorandil on fatigue in slow skeletal muscle fibers has not been explored, being the aim of this study...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053897/effects-of-a-supplement-combining-pycnogenol-%C3%A2-and-l-arginine-aspartate-on-lower-urinary-dysfunction-compared-with-saw-palmetto-extract
#16
Hiroshi Yagi, Ryo Sato, Kojiro Nishio, Gaku Arai, Shigehiro Soh, Hiroshi Okada
OBJECTIVES: Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and sexual dysfunction (SDys) are common problems that affect quality of life (QOL) in elderly men. In addition to prescribed drugs, many over-the-counter medications including supplements are used to treat QOL diseases. Phosphodiesterase inhibitors are reported to be effective for both LUTS and SDys by increasing nitric oxide levels. French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol(®), which is a potent nitric oxide donor, is reported to be effective for SDys...
January 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050775/neuroprotective-efficacy-of-mitochondrial-antioxidant-mitoq-in-suppressing-peroxynitrite-mediated-mitochondrial-dysfunction-inflicted-by-lead-toxicity-in-the-rat-brain
#17
Arpan Kumar Maiti, Nimai Chandra Saha, Sunil S More, Ashish Kumar Panigrahi, Goutam Paul
Lead (Pb) is one of the most pollutant metals that accumulate in the brain mitochondria disrupting mitochondrial structure and function. Though oxidative stress mediated by reactive oxygen species remains the most accepted mechanism of Pb neurotoxicity, some reports suggest the involvement of nitric oxide ((•)NO) and reactive nitrogen species in Pb-induced neurotoxicity. But the impact of Pb neurotoxicity on mitochondrial respiratory enzyme complexes remains unknown with no relevant report highlighting the involvement of peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) in it...
January 3, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045943/arginine-and-lysine-transporters-are-essential-for-trypanosoma-brucei
#18
Christoph Mathieu, Juan P Macêdo, Daniel Hürlimann, Corina Wirdnam, Alexander C Haindrich, Marianne Suter Grotemeyer, Amaia González-Salgado, Remo S Schmidt, Ehud Inbar, Pascal Mäser, Peter Bütikofer, Dan Zilberstein, Doris Rentsch
For Trypanosoma brucei arginine and lysine are essential amino acids and therefore have to be imported from the host. Heterologous expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants identified cationic amino acid transporters among members of the T. brucei AAAP (amino acid/auxin permease) family. TbAAT5-3 showed high affinity arginine uptake (Km 3.6 ± 0.4 μM) and high selectivity for L-arginine. L-arginine transport was reduced by a 10-times excess of L-arginine, homo-arginine, canavanine or arginine-β-naphthylamide, while lysine was inhibitory only at 100-times excess, and histidine or ornithine did not reduce arginine uptake rates significantly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045576/combination-therapy-with-l-arginine-and-%C3%AE-pd-l1-antibody-boosts-immune-response-against-osteosarcoma-in-immunocompetent-mice
#19
Xiaojun He, Haiqing Lin, Li Yuan, Binghao Li
L-arginine supplementation was recently proved to promote the function of immune cells, especially T-cells, by facilitating T-cell proliferation, differentiation and survival in vivo. Cytotoxic CD8(+) plays a crucial role in modulating anti-cancer response mediated by the immune system, but was restricted by exhaustion. Thus, we hypothesized that L-arginine, in combination with α-PD-L1 antibody, may provide a favored environment for T-cell response against osteosarcoma. Immunocompetent BALB/c mouse models bearing orthotopic and metastatic osteosarcoma were established to validate this conjecture...
January 3, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042873/a-mini-network-balance-model-for-evaluating-the-progression-of-cardiovascular-complications-in-goto-kakizaki-rats
#20
Hao Jiang, Yu-Hao Wang, Chun-Xiang Wei, Xue Zhang, Hao-Chen Liu, Xiao-Quan Liu
Cardiovascular complications represent a leading cause of mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). During such complicated progression, subtle variations in the cardiovascular risk (CVR)-related biomarkers have been used to identify cardiovascular disease at the incipient stage. In this study we attempt to integrally characterize the progression of cardiovascular complications and to assess the beneficial effects of metformin combined with salvianolic acid A (Sal A), in Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats with spontaneous T2DM...
January 2, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
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