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Bongkyun Park, Jeong Eun Kwon, Se Min Cho, Chang Won Kim, Da Eun Lee, Young Tae Koo, Sang Hun Lee, Hyun Myung Lee, Se Chan Kang
PURPOSE: Bisphenol A (BPA) has been regarded as a possible risk factor for reproductive health. We examined potential reproductive health benefits of Lespedeza cuneata ethanol extract (LCE). Previously, Lespedeza cuneata showed many therapeutic effects. However, the protective effect of LCE on BPA-induced testicular dysfunction and its mechanisms have not been precisely studied. METHODS: Mice were randomly divided into six groups (n = 7). Sperm counts and motility were measured by light microscope...
March 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Hong-Ren Yu, You-Lin Tain, Mao-Meng Tiao, Chih-Cheng Chen, Jiunn-Ming Sheen, I-Chun Lin, Shih-Wen Li, Ching-Chou Tsai, Yu-Ju Lin, Kai-Sheng Hsieh, Li-Tung Huang
BACKGROUND: Hypertension may result from high-fat (HF) diet induced-obesity and overexposure to glucocorticoids in utero. Recent studies demonstrated the potent contribution of adipose tissue's renin-angiotensin system (RAS) to systemic RAS, which plays a key role in regulating blood pressure (BP). In this study, we investigated the effects of prenatal dexamethasone (DEX) exposure and postnatal HF diet on RAS of adipose tissue. METHODS: RAS and BP of 6-month old rats exposed to prenatal DEX and/or postnatal HF diet were examined...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Věra Čertíková Chábová, Petr Kujal, Petra Škaroupková, Zdeňka Varňourková, Šárka Vacková, Zuzana Husková, Soňa Kikerlová, Janusz Sadowski, Elzbieta Kompanowska-Jezierska, Iwona Baranowska, Sung Hee Hwang, Bruce D Hammock, John D Imig, Vladimír Tesař, Ludek Červenka
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We found recently that increasing renal epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) levels by blocking soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH), an enzyme responsible for EETs degradation, shows renoprotective actions and retards the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Ren-2 transgenic hypertensive rats (TGR) after 5/6 renal ablation (5/6 NX). This prompted us to examine if additional protection is provided when sEH inhibitor is added to the standard renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockade, specifically in rats with established CKD...
March 6, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Masaki Mogi, Katsuhiko Kohara, Yasuharu Tabara, Kana Tsukuda, Michiya Igase, Masatsugu Horiuchi
Our previous report indicated that sarcopenia is associated with arterial stiffness and cardiovascular death. The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in cardiovascular disease and its activation may be correlated with sarcopenia according to basic research. However, few clinical studies have assessed the correlation between skeletal muscle loss and RAS component concentrations in healthy subjects. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between the excretion of angiotensinogen (AGT) and aldosterone (Ald) in 24-h urine samples and clinical and sarcopenic indices...
March 9, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Özcan Örsçelik, Buğra Özkan, Ayça Arslan, Emre Ertan Şahin, Ozan Sakarya, Orçun Ali Sürmeli, Şenay Balcı Fidancı, Ahmet Çelik, Burak Yavuz Çimen, İsmail Türkay Özcan
OBJECTIVE: Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome resulting from structural or functional damages. Although clinical trials have shown that the plasma renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation decreases HF functional status and increases hospitalization for HF patients, the effect of intrarenal RAS activity is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the New York Heart Association (NYHA) class, duration, and number of hospitalizations in the previous year and urinary angiotensinogen (UAGT) in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)...
March 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Matej Završnik, Jernej Letonja, Jana Makuc, Maja Šeruga, Ines Cilenšek, Daniel Petrovič
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microvascular complication that affects up to 40% of diabetic patients and can lead to end-stage kidney disease. Inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 1 (IL-1), IL-6, IL-18 and tumor necrosis factor-α have been linked to the development and progression of DN. The aim of our study was to examine the relationship between rs2243250 polymorphism of the interleukin 4 gene (IL4) and DN in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This study is a continuation of our previous research on the association between angiotensinogen (AGT) gene polymorphisms and DN in patients with T2DM...
March 7, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Louise Mary Webster, Carolyn Gill, Paul T Seed, Kate Bramham, Cornelia Wiesender, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Jenny E Myers, Lucy C Chappell
Black ethnicity is associated with worse pregnancy outcomes in women with chronic hypertension. Pre-existing endothelial and renal dysfunction, and poor placentation may contribute but pathophysiological mechanisms underpinning increased risk are poorly understood. This cohort study aimed to investigate the relationship between ethnicity, superimposed pre-eclampsia and longitudinal changes in markers of endothelial, renal and placental dysfunction in women with chronic hypertension. Plasma concentrations of placental growth factor (PlGF), syndecan-1, renin, aldosterone, and urinary angiotensinogen:creatinine ratio (AGTCR), protein:creatinine ratio (PCR) and albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) were quantified during pregnancy and postpartum in women with chronic hypertension...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Naro Ohashi, Shinsuke Isobe, Takashi Matsuyama, Sayaka Ishigaki, Naoko Tsuji, Tomoyuki Fujikura, Takayuki Tsuji, Akihiko Kato, Hideo Yasuda
Intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation plays an important role in the development of hypertension and renal damage. However, the association between daytime and night-time intrarenal RAS activation and renal structural damage in normotensive IgA nephropathy patients is unclear. We investigated the relationships between urinary angiotensinogen (U-AGT) excretion, which reflects intrarenal RAS activity, and renal structural damage (i.e., endocapillary and mesangial cell hypercellularity, arteriolar hyalinosis and arteriosclerosis levels, and global glomerulosclerosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis percentages) in 27 normotensive IgA nephropathy patients (age 39...
March 5, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Baoshan Liu, Rui Zhang, Shujian Wei, Qiuhuan Yuan, Mengyang Xue, Panpan Hao, Feng Xu, Jiali Wang, Yuguo Chen
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II (Ang II) in the local cardiac renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is closely associated with alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). Inhibition of local cardiac RAS has great significance in the treatment of ACM. Although aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) has been demonstrated to protect against ACM through detoxification of aldehydes, the precise mechanisms are largely unknown. In the present study, we determined whether ALDH2 improved cardiac damage by inhibiting the local RAS in ACM and investigated the related regulatory mechanisms...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Tao-Tao Liu, Qian Hao, Yan Zhang, Zhao-Hui Li, Zhi-Hua Cui, Wei Yang
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore the effects of microRNA-133b (miR-133b) on diabetic retinopathy (DR) by targeting angiotensinogen (AGT) through the angiotensin-II (AngII) extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) signalling pathway in rats. METHODS: The DR rat model was established using retinal tissues of DR rats and normal rats. Immunohistochemistry was performed to detect the protein expressions of AGT and CD34 in retinal tissues. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and Western blotting were applied to detect miR-133b expression, AGT, AngII, ERK1/2 mRNA, and protein expressions in tissues and cells after transfection...
February 28, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
Yong-Chao Qiao, Yan-Hong Pan, Yan Xu, Xiao-Xi Zhang, Hai-Lu Zhao
Background: The objective of this research was to investigate the interaction of RAS gene polymorphisms in Chinese patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes and genotyping for the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) gene I/D and angiotensinogen (AGT) gene M/T polymorphisms was performed using the polymerase chain reaction method. 311 T1DM patients were recruited for the assessment of ACE and AGT polymorphisms relating to DR...
January 26, 2018: Oncotarget
Emi Arimura, Hideaki Okatani, Tomoaki Araki, Miharu Ushikai, Miwa Nakakuma, Masaharu Abe, Hiroaki Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki Izumi, Masahisa Horiuchi
BACKGROUND/AIM: Diabetic nephropathy is aggravated by a higher intake of total protein. The effects of diets with different proportions of protein and carbohydrate on diabetic retinopathy in db mice, a type-2 diabetes animal model, were examined, as well as diabetic nephropathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Control and db mice at 5 weeks of age were fed the diets (% energy of protein/carbohydrate/fat; L-diet: 12/71/17; H-diet: 24/59/17) under ad libitum conditions and pair-feeding conditions for 6 weeks, respectively...
March 2018: In Vivo
Irma Isordia-Salas, José A Alvarado-Moreno, Rosa M Jiménez-Alvarado, Jesús Hernández-Juárez, David Santiago-Germán, Alfredo Leaños-Miranda, Abraham Majluf-Cruz
: The renin-angiotensin system plays an important role in the regulation of blood pressure and the development of coronary artery disease. The aim was to examine the association of the insertion deletion in the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene, M235T and T174M polymorphisms in the angiotensinogen gene with ST elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEAMI) in young Mexican population. We analyzed 242 unrelated patients with STEAMI 45 or less years of age, admitted to a cardiovascular intense care unit, and 242 individuals without STEAMI matched by age and sex, recruited from January 2006 and June 2013...
February 22, 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Emiko Sato, An Yi Wang, Michihiro Satoh, Yoko Nishikiori, Ikuko Oba-Yabana, Mai Yoshida, Hiroshi Sato, Sadayoshi Ito, Wataru Hida, Takefumi Mori
Background: Inflammation, intrarenal renin-angiotensin system activation, oxidative stress, and carbonyl stress have been postulated to play a fundamental role in controlling blood pressure. However, little is known about the association among renal renin-angiotensin system activation, carbonyl stress, and blood pressure elevation. Methods: We evaluated the relationship between blood pressure elevation and either renal renin-angiotensin system activity or carbonyl stress in the general population (N=355) in Japan...
February 8, 2018: American Journal of Hypertension
Martina Winkler, Michael Bader, Franziska Schuster, Ines Stölting, Sonja Binder, Walter Raasch
Considering that obesity is one of the leading risks for death worldwide, it should be noted that a brain-related mechanism is involved in AngII-induced and AT1-receptor-dependent weight loss. It is moreover established that activation of the Ang(1-7)/ACE2/Mas axis reduces weight, but it remains unclear whether this Ang(1-7) effect is also mediated via a brain-related mechanism. Additionally to Sprague Dawley (SD) rats, we used TGR(ASrAOGEN) selectively lacking brain angiotensinogen, the precursor to AngII, as we speculated that effects are more pronounced in a model with low brain RAS activity...
February 11, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Maren Leifheit-Nestler, Felix Kirchhoff, Julia Nespor, Beatrice Richter, Birga Soetje, Michael Klintschar, Joerg Heineke, Dieter Haffner
Background: Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is discussed as a new biomarker of cardiac hypertrophy and mortality in patients with and without chronic kidney disease (CKD). We previously demonstrated that FGF23 is expressed by cardiac myocytes, enhanced in CKD and induces cardiac hypertrophy via activation of FGF receptor 4 independent of its co-receptor klotho. The impact of FGF23 on cardiac fibrosis is largely unknown. Methods: By conducting a retrospective case-control study including myocardial autopsy samples from 24 patients with end-stage CKD and in vitro studies in cardiac fibroblasts and myocytes, we investigated the pro-fibrotic properties of FGF23...
February 7, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Ozlem Tiryaki, Celalettin Usalan, Mehmet Tarakcioglu
Urinary <AQ: Please check whether all the edits made in this paper convey your intended meaning, and correct if necessary.>angiotensinogen (UAGT) level is an index of the intrarenal-renin angiotensin system status and is significantly correlated with blood pressure (BP) and proteinuria in patients with hypertension (HT). We aimed to investigate the possible relationship between UAGT levels and albuminuria in masked hypertensives. A total of 96 nondiabetic treated hypertensive patients were included in this study...
February 8, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Yan-Hong Pan, Yan-Mei Huang, Yong-Chao Qiao, Wei Ling, Li-Jun Geng, Jian-Long Xiao, Xiao-Xi Zhang, Hai-Lu Zhao
A positive family history is recognized as an important risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), but the association of family history with rennin-angiotensin system (RAS) gene polymorphisms has not been reported yet, thus we aim to investigate it.Family history records, clinical and biochemical data were obtained from 1239 T2DM patients. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed for angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) genotyping and PCR-restricted fragment length polymorphism was used for angiotensinogen (AGT) genotyping...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Swe-Htet Naing, Sibel Kalyoncu, David M Smalley, Hyojung Kim, Xingjian Tao, Josh B George, Alex P Jonke, Ryan C Oliver, Volker S Urban, Matthew P Torres, Raquel L Lieberman
Mechanistic details of intramembrane aspartyl protease (IAP) chemistry, which is central to many biological and pathogenic processes, remain largely obscure. Here, we investigated the in vitro kinetics of a microbial intramembrane aspartyl protease (mIAP) fortuitously acting on the renin substrate angiotensinogen and the C-terminal transmembrane segment of amyloid precursor protein (C100), which is cleaved by the presenilin subunit of γ-secretase, an Alzheimer disease (AD)-associated IAP. mIAP variants with substitutions in active-site and putative substrate gating residues generally exhibit impaired, but not abolished, activity toward angiotensinogen, and retain the predominant cleavage site (His-Thr)...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Lin Chang, Wenhao Xiong, Xiangjie Zhao, Yanbo Fan, Yanhong Guo, Minerva Garcia-Barrio, Jifeng Zhang, Zhisheng Jiang, Jiandie D Lin, Y Eugene Chen
Background -The perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT), surrounding vessels, constitutes a distinct functional integral layer of the vasculature required to preserve vascular tone under physiological conditions. However, there is little information regarding the relationship between PVAT and blood pressure regulation, including its potential contributions to circadian blood pressure variation. Methods -Using unique brown adipocyte-specific aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator-like protein 1 (Bmal1) and angiotensinogen (Agt) knock out mice we determined the vasoactivity of homogenized PVAT in aortic rings and how brown-adipocyte peripheral expression of Bmal1 and Agt in PVAT regulate the amplitude of diurnal change in blood pressure in mice...
January 25, 2018: Circulation
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