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Simon Bordage, Thanh-Nhat Pham, Andy Zedet, Anne-Sophie Gugglielmetti, Maude Nappey, Céline Demougeot, Corine Girard-Thernier
Polyphenols are plant secondary metabolites which possess many positive effects on human health. Although these beneficial effects could be mediated through an increase in nitric oxide synthase activity, little is known regarding the inhibitory effect of polyphenols on mammal arginase, an enzyme which competes with nitric oxide synthase for their common substrate, L-arginine. The aim of the present study was to determine the potential of a series of polyphenols as mammalian arginase inhibitors and to identify some structure-activity relationships...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
Chunyan Li, Malinda E C Fitzgerald, Nobel Del Mar, Anton Reiner
Preganglionic parasympathetic neurons of the ventromedial part of the superior salivatory nucleus (SSN) mediate vasodilation of orbital and choroidal blood vessels, via their projection to the nitrergic pterygopalatine ganglion (PPG) neurons that innervate these vessels. We recently showed that the baroresponsive part of the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) innervates choroidal control parasympathetic preganglionic neurons of SSN in rats. As this projection provides a means by which blood pressure (BP) signals may modulate choroidal blood flow (ChBF), we investigated if activation of baroresponsive NTS evokes ChBF increases in rat eye, using Laser Doppler Flowmetry (LDF) to measure ChBF transclerally...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Vitor Castania, Ana Carolina Issy, João Walter Silveira, Frederico Rogério Ferreira, Simoneide S Titze-de-Almeida, Fernando F B Resende, Nádia Rubia Ferreira, Ricardo Titze-de-Almeida, Helton L A Defino, Elaine Del Bel
Intervertebral disk degeneration is a progressive and debilitating disease with multifactorial causes. Nitric oxide (NO) might contribute to the cell death pathway. We evaluated the presence of the constitutive form of the neuronal NOS (nNOS) in both health and degenerated intervertebral disk through qPCR and immunohistochemistry. We also analyzed the potential role of nNOS modulation in the tail needle puncture model of intervertebral disk degeneration. Male Wistar rats were submitted to percutaneous disk puncture with a 21-gauge needle of coccygeal vertebras...
October 19, 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
Somasundaram Ramasamy, Mohammad Mahfuzul Haque, Mahinda Gangoda, Dennis J Stuehr
The NO synthases (NOS) catalyze a two-step oxidation of L-Arginine (Arg) to generate NO. In the first step, O2 activation involves one electron being provided to the heme by an enzyme-bound 6R-tetrahydro-L-biopterin cofactor (H4 B), which then forms a H4 B radical that must be reduced back to H4 B in order for NOS to continue catalysis. Although an NADPH-derived electron is used to reduce the H4 B radical, how this occurs is unknown. We hypothesized that the NOS flavoprotein domain might reduce the H4 B radical by utilizing the NOS heme porphyrin as a conduit to deliver the electron...
October 19, 2016: FEBS Journal
A Rahman, S M Vasenwala, M Iqbal
Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) has been used widely as a potent vasodilator to treat heart conditions, such as angina pectoris and chronic heart failure. This study aims to elucidate the effect of exogenous nitric oxide (NO) administration, using GTN, on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced oxidative stress and liver injury in rats. The results obtained demonstrated that NO generated by the administration of GTN affords protection against CCl4-induced oxidative stress and liver injury. Administration of CCl4 resulted in a significant (p < 0...
October 10, 2016: Human & Experimental Toxicology
Tijen Kaya Temiz, Omer Demir, Fatma Simsek, Yusuf Cem Kaplan, Selen Bahceci, Barıs Karadas, Aslı Celik, Gokhan Koyluoglu
AIM: The aim of this study is to investigate whether nitric oxide (NO)-mediated colonic motility was altered in rat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) model, using different isoforms of NO-synthase (NOS) inhibitors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The animal model of IBS-like visceral hypersensitivity was induced by intra-colonic infusion of 0.5% acetic acid (AA) in saline once daily from postnatal days 8 to 21. Control animals received saline instead of AA. Experiments were performed at the end of 8 weeks...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Gorazd Drevenšek, Mojca Lunder, Eva Tavčar Benković, Borut Štrukelj, Samo Kreft
BACKGROUND: Silver fir trunk extract (SFTE) is a complex mixture of antioxidative polyphenols (lignans and phenolic acids) from the trunks of silver fir trees (Abies alba, lignum). In our previous study, we have shown that SFTE exerts strong antioxidative and protective effects against atherogenic, diet-induced arterial wall damage. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to test the potential protective effects of SFTE and its compounds, two phenolic acids (p-coumaric and protocatechuic acids) in ischemia-reperfusion injury of isolated rat hearts...
2016: Food & Nutrition Research
Liming Peng, Ke Xia, Zhenyu Zhao, Dai Li, Zhichun Yang, Tianlun Yang
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies show that platelet aggregation and asymmetric dimethyl arginine (ADMA) are increased in hypertensive patients and animals. However, the relationship between endogenous ADMA and platelet aggregation in spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHR) remains unclear. Since Losartan can increase the nitric oxide (NO) release and ameliorate the state of thrombosis, we aimed to test whether the beneficial effect of losartan on platelet aggregation results from the reduction of ADMA generation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
James R Brooks, Hellen Oketch-Rabah, Tieraona Low Dog, Dennis K J Gorecki, Marilyn L Barrett, Louis Cantilena, Mei Chung, Rebecca B Costello, Johanna Dwyer, Mary L Hardy, Scott A Jordan, Ronald J Maughan, Robin J Marles, Robert E Osterberg, Bruce E Rodda, Robert R Wolfe, Jorge M Zuniga, Luis G Valerio, Donnamaria Jones, Patricia Deuster, Gabriel I Giancaspro, Nandakumara D Sarma
CONTEXT: Dietary supplements are widely used by military personnel and civilians for promotion of health. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this evidence-based review was to examine whether supplementation with l-arginine, in combination with caffeine and/or creatine, is safe and whether it enhances athletic performance or improves recovery from exhaustion for military personnel. DATA SOURCES: Information from clinical trials and adverse event reports were collected from 17 databases and 5 adverse event report portals...
November 2016: Nutrition Reviews
Laila Rashed, Doaa Mostafa Gharib, Rania Elsayed Hussein, Ola Tork, Azza Abusree
AIM: To study the effect of intravenous injection of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs), alone and combined with NO inducer in gastric ulcer healing in a rat model. METHODS: Rats were divided into controls, gastric ulcer, gastric ulcer receiving mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), gastric ulcer receiving NO inducer (l-Arginine), gastric ulcer receiving MSCs plus NO inducer (l-Arginine) groups. MSCs were given in a dose of (10(6)cells) by intravenous injection...
September 28, 2016: Tissue & Cell
Arturo Figueroa, Alexei Wong, Salvador J Jaime, Joaquin U Gonzales
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: L-Citrulline, either synthetic or in watermelon, may improve vascular function through increased L-arginine bioavailability and nitric oxide synthesis. This article analyses potential vascular benefits of L-citrulline and watermelon supplementation at rest and during exercise. RECENT FINDINGS: There is clear evidence that acute L-citrulline ingestion increases plasma L-arginine, the substrate for endothelial nitric oxide synthesis. However, the subsequent acute improvement in nitric oxide production and mediated vasodilation is inconsistent, which likely explains the inability of acute L-citrulline or watermelon to improve exercise tolerance...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Salette Martinez, Robert P Hausinger
The ethylene-forming enzyme (EFE) from Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola PK2 is a member of the mononuclear non-heme Fe(II)- and 2-oxoglutarate (2OG)-dependent oxygenase superfamily. This enzyme is reported to simultaneously catalyze the conversion of 2OG into ethylene plus three CO2 and the Cδ hydroxylation of L-arginine (L-Arg) while oxidatively decarboxylating 2OG to form succinate and carbon dioxide. A new plasmid construct for expression in recombinant Escherichia coli cells allowed for the purification of large amounts of EFE with greater activity than previously recorded...
October 17, 2016: Biochemistry
W Kyle Mitchell, Bethan E Phillips, Daniel J Wilkinson, John P Williams, Debbie Rankin, Jonathan N Lund, Kenneth Smith, Philip J Atherton
Postprandial limb blood flow and skeletal muscle microvascular perfusion reduce with aging. Here we tested the impact of providing bolus essential amino acids (EAA) in the presence and absence of the nitric oxide precursor, l-Arginine (ARG), upon skeletal muscle blood flow and anabolism in older men. Healthy young (YOUNG: 19.7 ± 0.5 y, N = 8) and older men (OLD, 70 ± 0.8 y, N = 8) received 15 g EAA or (older only) 15 g EAA +3 g ARG (OLD-ARG, 69.2 ± 1.2 y, N = 8). We quantified responses in muscle protein synthesis (MPS; incorporation of (13)C phenylalanine into myofibrillar proteins), leg and muscle microvascular blood flow (Doppler/contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS)) and insulin/EAA in response to EEA ± ARG...
October 6, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Roger Geiger, Jan C Rieckmann, Tobias Wolf, Camilla Basso, Yuehan Feng, Tobias Fuhrer, Maria Kogadeeva, Paola Picotti, Felix Meissner, Matthias Mann, Nicola Zamboni, Federica Sallusto, Antonio Lanzavecchia
Metabolic activity is intimately linked to T cell fate and function. Using high-resolution mass spectrometry, we generated dynamic metabolome and proteome profiles of human primary naive T cells following activation. We discovered critical changes in the arginine metabolism that led to a drop in intracellular L-arginine concentration. Elevating L-arginine levels induced global metabolic changes including a shift from glycolysis to oxidative phosphorylation in activated T cells and promoted the generation of central memory-like cells endowed with higher survival capacity and, in a mouse model, anti-tumor activity...
October 20, 2016: Cell
D F Dubeibe, M C Caldas-Bussiere, V L Maciel, W V Sampaio, C R Quirino, P B D Gonçalves, M P De Cesaro, M R Faes, C S Paes de Carvalho
Nitric oxide (NO) is identified as a signaling molecule involved in many cellular or physiological functions, including meiotic maturation of cattle oocytes. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of supplementation of culture medium with the L-arginine (L-arg, NO synthesis precursor) in nuclear maturation of oocytes, concentrations of nitrate/nitrite, progesterone (P4), and 17β-estradiol (E2) in the culture medium; and the cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) intracellular concentrations in the cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) during the first hours of maturation in the presence of hemisections (HSs) of the follicular wall (control -ve)...
September 17, 2016: Theriogenology
Márcio Sousa Jerônimo, Adria do Prado Barros, Vinícius Elord Zen MoritaI, Erika Oliveira Alves, Nathalia Lobão Barroso de Souza, Rosane Mansan de Almeida, Yanna Karla Medeiros Nóbrega, Florêncio Figueiredo Cavalcanti, Rivadávio Amorin, Maria de Fátima Borin, Anamélia Lorenzetti Bocca
PURPOSE: To evaluate the contribution of L-arginine oral or topical rout of administration in the surgical wound healing process. METHODS: L-arginine was orally or topically administrated to mice after a laparotomy model procedure. The wounds were analyzed to evaluate the granulation tissue by HE analysis, collagen deposition, iNOS and cytokines production by immunochemisyry on wound progress. Mice used in this model were healthy, immunosupressed or diabetic and all of them were treated with different concentration of L-arginine and rout of administration...
September 2016: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
Hailong Song, Yuan Lu, Zhe Qu, Valeri V Mossine, Matthew B Martin, Jie Hou, Jiankun Cui, Brenda A Peculis, Thomas P Mawhinney, Jianlin Cheng, C Michael Greenlief, Kevin Fritsche, Francis J Schmidt, Ronald B Walter, Dennis B Lubahn, Grace Y Sun, Zezong Gu
Aged garlic extract (AGE) is widely used as a dietary supplement on account of its protective effects against oxidative stress and inflammation. But less is known about specific molecular targets of AGE and its bioactive components, including N-α-(1-deoxy-D-fructos-1-yl)-L-arginine (FruArg). Our recent study showed that both AGE and FruArg significantly attenuate lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammatory responses in BV-2 microglial cells. This study aims to unveil effects of AGE and FruArg on gene expression regulation in LPS stimulated BV-2 cells...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Khaled S Abdelkawy, Kelsey Lack, Fawzy Elbarbry
Up-regulation of arginase activity in several chronic disease conditions, including cancer and hypertension, may suggest new targets for treatment. Recently, the number of new arginase inhibitors with promising therapeutic effects for asthma, cancer, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and erectile dysfunction has shown a remarkable increase. Arginase inhibitors may be chemical substances, such as boron-based amino acid derivatives, α-difluoromethylornithine (DMFO), and Nω-hydroxy-nor-L-arginine (nor-NOHA) or, of plant origin such as sauchinone, salvianolic acid B (SAB), piceatannol-3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (PG) and obacunone...
October 12, 2016: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Naoto Fujii, Sheila M Dervis, Ronald J Sigal, Glen P Kenny
Both cyclooxygenase (COX) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) contribute to sweating, whereas NOS alone contributes to cutaneous vasodilation during exercise in the heat. Here, we evaluated if type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) modulates these responses. Adults with (n=11, 25±5 years) and without (n=12, 24±4 years) T1DM performed two bouts of 30-min cycling at a fixed rate of heat production of 400W in the heat (35°C); each followed by a 20- and 40-min recovery period respectively. Sweat rate and cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) were measured at four intradermal microdialysis sites treated with either 1) lactated Ringer (vehicle control site), 2) 10mM ketorolac (non-selective COX inhibitor), 3) 10mM N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (non-selective NOS inhibitor), or 4) a combination of both inhibitors...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Fabíula Francisca Abreu, Ana Carla Araujó de Souza, Simone Aparecida Teixeira, Antônio Garcia Soares, Daiane Franco Teixeira, Rosilene Calazans Soares, Marilia Trindade Santana, Sandra Lauton Santos, Soraia Kátia Pereira Costa, Marcelo Nicolas Muscará, Enilton Aparecido Camargo
INTRODUCTION: Acute pancreatitis (AP) may be severe and cause hospitalization or death, and the available treatment is insufficient to control pancreatic inflammation and pain. Rutin is a natural flavonoid with the potential to treat AP via anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive and antioxidant activities. AIM: This study investigated the beneficial effects of rutin on experimental AP induced by L-arginine administration in mice. METHODS: The L-arginine-induced AP model was used in Swiss mice (n = 6-8)...
October 13, 2016: Free Radical Research
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