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Chunyan Yang, Dongming Zhao, Guohui Liu, Haikuo Zheng, Hongliang Yang, Sibao Yang, Ping Yang
Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) is primarily expressed in the myocardium and is closely related to myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury and myocardial metabolism. To explore the effects and the mechanisms of UCP2 on atorvastatin-mediated myocardium protection, the rat model of myocardial ischemia was established by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary arteries (LADs). The rats were divided into the sham operation (SO) group, myocardial infarction (MI) group and MI-atorvastatin group. The study that atorvastatin reduced myocardial remodeling and improved the disturbed myocardial energy metabolism after MI...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Yoon-Young Sung, Dong-Seon Kim, Seung-Hyung Kim, Ho Kyoung Kim
BACKGROUND: Allium fistulosum (Welsh onion) is a traditional medicinal plant used for the treatment of colds, influenza, abdominal pain, headache, and heart disease. This study evaluated the effects of A. fistulosum ethanolic extract (AFE) and aqueous extract (AFW) on body weight and other obesity-related parameters. METHODS: Male 8-week-old C57BL/6 J mice were fed either a standard chow diet (normal control) or a high-fat diet (HFD) either alone (HFD-control) or in combination with G...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dan Wei, Ningning Zheng, Lanyan Zheng, Leting Wang, Liang Song, Luning Sun
Background: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a global epidemic that has great socioeconomic and public health implications. This study reports observed effects of the Shexiang Baoxin Pill (SBP) in a rat model of MS and explores its underlying mechanisms of action. Methods: A diet-induced rat model of MS was established according to accepted methods, and the rats were randomly divided into two groups: a control group (0.9% NaCl, 100 mg/kg• d) and a SBP-treated group (SBP, 100 mg/kg• d). Systolic blood pressures, fasting blood glucose (FBS) levels, triglyceride (TG) levels, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels, body weights, and abdominal perimeters were dynamically monitored and analyzed...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Pan Pan, Hongmin Zhang, Longxiang Su, Xiaoting Wang, Dawei Liu
To explore the mechanism of mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) mediating the protective of melatonin when septic cardiomyopathy. UCP2 knocked out mice and cardiomyocytes were used to study the effect of melatonin in response to LPS. Indicators of myocardial and mitochondria injury including mitochondrial membrane potential, mitochondrial permeability transition pore, calcium loading, ROS, and ATP detection were assessed. In addition cell viability and apoptosis as well as autophagy-associated proteins were evaluated...
March 16, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Meifang Su, Xiaoying Chen, Yue Chen, Congyun Wang, Songtao Li, Xuhua Ying, Tian Xiao, Na Wang, Qingwu Jiang, Chaowei Fu
BACKGROUND: There are disparities for the association between uncoupling proteins (UCP) and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). The study was to examine the associations of genetic variants of UCP2 and UCP3 with prediabetes and T2DM in a rural Chinese population. METHODS: A population-based case-control study of 397 adults with T2DM, 394 with prediabetes and 409 with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) was carried out in 2014 in a rural community in eastern China. Three groups were identified through a community survey and the prediabetes and NGT groups were frequently matched by age and gender with the T2DM group and they were not relatives of T2DM subjects...
March 12, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Aramsri Meeprom, Catherine B Chan, Weerachat Sompong, Sirichai Adisakwattana
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a reactive precursor to advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which exert deleterious effects on cells and tissues. MG also causes pancreatic β-cell dysfunction and apoptosis. Isoferulic acid (IFA), a naturally occurring cinnamic acid derivative, is considered to be an antiglycating agent. However, the effect of IFA on MG-induced pancreatic β-cell dysfunction remains unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the protective effect of IFA against MG-induced mitochrondrial dysfunction and apoptosis in INS-1 pancreatic β-cells...
March 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
M Szelechowski, N Amoedo, E Obre, C Léger, L Allard, M Bonneu, S Claverol, D Lacombe, S Oliet, S Chevallier, G Le Masson, R Rossignol
Mitochondrial dysfunction in the spinal cord is a hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but the neurometabolic alterations during early stages of the disease remain unknown. Here, we investigated the bioenergetic and proteomic changes in ALS mouse motor neurons and patients' skin fibroblasts. We first observed that SODG93A mice presymptomatic motor neurons display alterations in the coupling efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation, along with fragmentation of the mitochondrial network. The proteome of presymptomatic ALS mice motor neurons also revealed a peculiar metabolic signature with upregulation of most energy-transducing enzymes, including the fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and the ketogenic components HADHA and ACAT2, respectively...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Joanna Yuet-Ling Tung, Kara Boodhansingh, Charles A Stanley, Diva D De León
BACKGROUND: Dominant inactivating mutations in HNF1A and HNF4A have been described to cause hyperinsulinism (HI) before evolving to diabetes. However, information available in the literature regarding the clinical phenotype is limited. OBJECTIVE: To report the prevalence of HNF1A and HNF4A mutations in a large cohort of children with HI, and to describe their genotypes and phenotypes. DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study. METHODS: Medical records were reviewed to extract clinical information...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Cong Lan, Xinjian Chen, Yuxun Zhang, Wei Wang, Wei Eric Wang, Yukai Liu, Yue Cai, Hongmei Ren, Shuo Zheng, Lin Zhou, Chunyu Zeng
BACKGROUND: Antioxidants have shown great promise in stroke prevention. Diarylheptanoids (also known as diphenylheptanoids) are a small class of plant secondary metabolites that possess antioxidant activity greater than that of α-tocopherol. Curcumin is the best known member and is mainly extracted from turmeric. This study aimed to explore whether curcumin has a preventive effect on stroke. METHODS: Stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRsp) were randomly divided into control group (n = 10) and curcumin group (n = 10), and saline or curcumin (100 mg/kg/day) was administrated daily...
March 1, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Xinxia Wang, Baofa Sun, Qin Jiang, Ruifan Wu, Min Cai, Yongxi Yao, Qing Liu, Hailing Shi, Jie Feng, Yizhen Wang
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: N6 -methyladenosine (m6 A) modification of mRNA plays an important role in regulating adipogenesis. However, its underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Using Jinhua and Landrace pigs as fat and lean models, we presented a comprehensive transcriptome-wide m6 A profiling in adipose tissues from these two pig breeds. Two differentially methylated genes were selected to explore the mechanisms of m6 A-mediated regulation of gene function...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Jie Yu, Xuesong Yang, Xuefeng Yang, Mengxue Yang, Pan Wang, Yu Yang, Jing Yang, Wenmei Li, Jie Xu
Exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors (EEDs) contributes to the pathogenesis of many metabolic disorders. Here, we have analyzed the effect of the EED-nonylphenol (NP) on the promotion of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats fed high sucrose-high fat diet (HSHFD). Fifty Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into five groups: controls fed a normal diet (C-ND); HSHFD-fed controls (C-HSHFD); and rats fed a HSHFD combined with NP at doses of 0.02 μg/kg/day (NP-L-HSHFD), 0.2 μg/kg/day (NP-M-HSHFD), and 2 μg/kg/day (NP-H-HSHFD)...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hua Wu, Dan Luo, Changxing Li, Hui Zhang, A Shunxian, Yuanxin Zhang, Chao Sun
Yak is a wild bovine species living on the Qinghai Tibet Plateau that demonstrates good adaptability to the hypoxic environment. Chicoric acid, a natural phenolic compound, is known as having anti-oxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. However, its effect on hypoxia adaptability of yak is still unclear. In this study 40 yaks were selected that were of similar age, parity and weight, and divided into the control group and experimental groups 1, 2, 3, randomly. Results showed that chicoric acid significantly improved RBC, HGB, and WBC...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Misa Hayashi, Kumi Futawaka, Midori Matsushita, Rie Koyama, Yue Fun, Yuki Fukuda, Ayaka Nushida, Syoko Nezu, Tetsuya Tagami, Kenji Moriyama
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the direct action of GH signaling in energy homeostasis in myocytes. DESIGN: We investigated the GH-induced expression of UCP3 in human embryonic kidney 293 cells, human H-EMC-SS chondrosarcoma cells, murine C2C12 skeletal muscle myoblasts, and rat L6 skeletal muscle cells, as well as its direct effect on the GHR/JAK/STAT5 pathway using a combination of a reporter assay, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and western blotting...
January 31, 2018: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
Shannon Rose, Sirish C Bennuri, Jakeira E Davis, Rebecca Wynne, John C Slattery, Marie Tippett, Leanna Delhey, Stephan Melnyk, Stephen G Kahler, Derrick F MacFabe, Richard E Frye
Butyrate (BT) is a ubiquitous short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) principally derived from the enteric microbiome. BT positively modulates mitochondrial function, including enhancing oxidative phosphorylation and beta-oxidation and has been proposed as a neuroprotectant. BT and other SCFAs have also been associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a condition associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. We have developed a lymphoblastoid cell line (LCL) model of ASD, with a subset of LCLs demonstrating mitochondrial dysfunction (AD-A) and another subset of LCLs demonstrating normal mitochondrial function (AD-N)...
February 2, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Saiful A Mir, Ying Li, Jacob D Story, Soma Bal, Linda Awdishu, Anneke A Street, Ravindra L Mehta, Prabhleen Singh, Sucheta M Vaingankar
OBJECTIVE: Elevated circulating chromogranin A (CHGA) is observed in human hypertension. CHGA is critical for granulogenesis and exocytosis of catecholamine stores from secretory large dense core vesicles (LDCV). This study aims to understand the morphological, molecular and phenotypic changes because of excess CHGA and the mechanistic link eventuating in hyper-adrenergic hypertension. METHODS: Blood pressure and heart rate was monitored in mouse models expressing normal and elevated level of CHGA by telemetry...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Magnus Monné, Lucia Daddabbo, David Gagneul, Toshihiro Obata, Björn Hielscher, Luigi Palmieri, Daniela Valeria Miniero, Alisdair R Fernie, Andreas P M Weber, Ferdinando Palmieri
The Arabidopsis thaliana genome contains 58 members of the solute carrier family SLC25, also called the mitochondrial carrier family, many of which have been shown to transport specific metabolites, nucleotides and cofactors across the mitochondrial membrane. Here two Arabidopsis members of this family, AtUCP1 and AtUCP2, which were previously thought to be uncoupling proteins and hence named UCP1/PUMP1 and UCP2/PUMP2, respectively, are assigned with a novel function. They were expressed in bacteria, purified and reconstituted in phospholipid vesicles...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Petr Jezek, Blanka Holendová, Keith D Garlid, Martin Jaburek
SIGNIFICANCE: Mitochondria are the energetic, metabolic, redox and information signaling centers of the cell. Substrate pressure, mitochondrial network dynamics and cristae morphology state are integrated by the protonmotive force Δp or its potential component, ΔΨ, which are attenuated by proton backflux into the matrix, termed uncoupling. The mitochondrial uncoupling proteins (UCP1-5) play an eminent role in the regulation of each of the above aspects, being involved in numerous physiological events including redox signaling...
January 19, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Rachid Boutoual, Salvador Meseguer, Magda Villarroya, Elena Martín-Hernández, Mohammed Errami, Miguel A Martín, Marta Casado, M-Eugenia Armengod
Human proteins MTO1 and GTPBP3 are thought to jointly catalyze the modification of the wobble uridine in mitochondrial tRNAs. Defects in each protein cause infantile hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with lactic acidosis. However, the underlying mechanisms are mostly unknown. Using fibroblasts from an MTO1 patient and MTO1 silenced cells, we found that the MTO1 deficiency is associated with a metabolic reprogramming mediated by inactivation of AMPK, down regulation of the uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) and transcription factor PPARγ, and activation of the hypoxia inducible factor 1 (HIF-1)...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Nanhu Quan, Lin Wang, Xu Chen, Chelsea Luckett, Courtney Cates, Thomas Rousselle, Yang Zheng, Ji Li
We have revealed that a novel stress-inducible protein, Sestrin2, declines in the heart with aging. Moreover, there is an interaction between Sestrin2 and energy sensor AMPK in the heart in response to ischemic stress. The objective of this study is to determine whether Sestrin2-AMPK complex modulates PGC-1α in the heart and protects the heart from ischemic insults. In order to characterize the role of cardiac Sestrin2-AMPK signaling cascade in aging, C57BL/6 wild type young mice (3-4months), aged mice (24-26months) and young Sestrin2 KO mice were subjected to left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion for in vivo regional ischemia...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Hüseyin Demirbilek, Khalid Hussain
Pancreatic β-cells are finely tuned to secrete insulin so that plasma glucose levels are maintained within a narrow physiological range (3.5-5.5 mmol/L). Hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia (HH) is the inappropriate seretion of insulin in the presence of low plasma glucose levels and leads to severe and persistent hypoglycaemia in neonates and children. Mutations in 12 different key genes (ABCC8, KCNJ11, GLUD1, GCK, HADH, SLC16A1, UCP2, HNF4A, HNF1A, HK1, PGM1 and PMM2) that are involved in the regulation of insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells have been described to be responsible for the underlying molecular mechanisms leading to congenital HH...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
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