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Bethsebie Lalduhsaki Sailo, Kishore Banik, Ganesan Padmavathi, Monisha Javadi, Devivasha Bordoloi, Ajaikumar B Kunnumakkara
Despite the significant advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, it still remains one of the most fatal diseases in the world due to the lack of sensitive diagnosis methods and effective drugs. Therefore, discovering novel therapies that are safe, efficacious and affordable are required for the better management of this disease. Tocotrienols, analogues of Vitamin E have gained increased attention due to their safety and efficacy. Extensive research over the past several years has strongly indicated that tocotrienols can efficiently prevent/inhibit the growth of different cancers such as cancers of blood, brain, breast, cervical, colon, liver, lung, pancreas, prostate, skin, stomach etc...
February 26, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Saki Kaneko, Chiaki Sato, Nobuya Shiozawa, Ayami Sato, Hiromi Sato, Nantiga Virgona, Tomohiro Yano
BACKGROUND/AIM: A hallmark of the progression of prostate cancer to advanced disease is the acquisition of androgen-independent growth. This malignant phenotype is characterized by resistance to conventional treatments and predisposes to formation of hypoxic regions containing stem-like cancer cells. Unfortunately, an effective therapy to target prostate cancer stem cells under hypoxia has not yet been established. In this report, we studied whether δ-tocotrienol (T3), a vitamin E family member that has exhibited the most potent anti-cancer activity, could suppress the survival of prostate cancer stem-like cells...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Ujwani Nukala, Shraddha Thakkar, Kimberly J Krager, Philip J Breen, Cesar M Compadre, Nukhet Aykin-Burns
Radiation countermeasures fall under three categories, radiation protectors, radiation mitigators, and radiation therapeutics. Radiation protectors are agents that are administered before radiation exposure to protect from radiation-induced injuries by numerous mechanisms, including scavenging free radicals that are generated by initial radiochemical events. Radiation mitigators are agents that are administered after the exposure of radiation but before the onset of symptoms by accelerating the recovery and repair from radiation-induced injuries...
February 23, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
Yuki Uchihara, Takayuki Kidokoro, Kenji Tago, Tadahiko Mashino, Hiroomi Tamura, Megumi Funakoshi-Tago
Crizotinib is an inhibitor of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and is of significant therapeutic benefit to patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring the EML4-ALK fusion gene. In the present study, we demonstrated that α-tocopherol, a major component of vitamin E, attenuated the effects of crizotinib independently of its anti-oxidant properties. α-Tocopherol significantly inhibited crizotinib-induced apoptosis in cells transformed by EML4-ALK. It also effectively attenuated the crizotinib-induced inhibition of EML4-ALK and its downstream molecules, STAT3 and ERK, and suppressed the inhibitory effects of crizotinib on EML4-ALK-mediated transformation in the focus formation assay...
February 11, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Fei Xu, Janam K Pandya, Cheryl Chung, David Julian McClements, Amanda J Kinchla
Tocotrienols have been reported to have stronger bioactivities than tocopherols, and may therefore be suitable as a potent source of vitamin E in functional foods, supplements, and pharmaceuticals. However, their inclusion into new products is hindered by their low water-solubility and oral bioavailability. Oil-in-water emulsions (O/W) could provide an adequate delivery system for these bioactive compounds. Tocotrienols were tested in bulk oil and within O/W conventional emulsions (>10μm) and nanoemulsions (<350nm)...
March 2018: Food Research International
Eunhee Chung, Huanbiao Mo, Shu Wang, Yujiao Zu, Manal Elfakhani, Steven R Rios, Ming-Chien Chyu, Rong-Sen Yang, Chwan-Li Shen
Skeletal muscle disorders including sarcopenia are prevalent during the complex biological process of aging. Loss of muscle mass and strength commonly seen in sarcopenia is induced by impaired neuromuscular innervation, transition of skeletal muscle fiber type, and reduced muscle regenerative capacity, all attributable to chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction. Current literature suggests that vitamin E molecules (α-, β-, γ-, δ-tocopherols and the corresponding tocotrienols) with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities may mitigate age-associated skeletal dysfunction and enhance muscle regeneration, thus attenuating sarcopenia...
January 2018: Nutrition Research
Takahiro Eitsuka, Kiyotaka Nakagawa, Shunji Kato, Junya Ito, Yurika Otoki, Soo Takasu, Naoki Shimizu, Takumi Takahashi, Teruo Miyazawa
Telomerase is expressed in ~90% of human cancer cell lines and tumor specimens, whereas its enzymatic activity is not detectable in most human somatic cells, suggesting that telomerase represents a highly attractive target for selective cancer treatment. Accordingly, various classes of telomerase inhibitors have been screened and developed in recent years. We and other researchers have successfully found that some dietary compounds can modulate telomerase activity in cancer cells. Telomerase inhibitors derived from food are subdivided into two groups: one group directly blocks the enzymatic activity of telomerase (e...
February 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Richard Daifuku, Michael Koratich, Murray Stackhouse
Vitamin E phosphate (VEP) nucleoside prodrugs are designed to bypass two mechanisms of tumor resistance to therapeutic nucleosides: nucleoside transport and kinase downregulation. Certain isoforms of vitamin E (VE) have shown activity against solid and hematologic tumors and result in chemosensitization. Because gemcitabine is one of the most common chemotherapeutics for the treatment of cancer, it was used to demonstrate the constructs utility. Four different VE isoforms were conjugated with gemcitabine at the 5' position...
February 6, 2018: Pharmaceuticals
Nur Fathiah Mohd Radzi, Noor Akmal Shareela Ismail, Ekram Alias
There are accumulating studies reporting vitamin E in general exhibits bone protective effects. This systematic review, however discusses the effects of a group of vitamin E isomers, tocotrienols in preventing bone loss through osteoclast differentiation and activity suppression. This review is aimed to discuss the literature reporting the effects of tocotrienols on osteoclasts, the cells specialized for resorbing bone. Literature search for relevant studies was conducted using SCOPUS and PUBMED MEDLINE. The inclusion criteria were original research articles published that reported the effect of any tocotrienol isomers or treatment with mixture containing tocotrienols on osteoclasts...
February 6, 2018: Current Drug Targets
Mao-Jung Lee, William Feng, Lu Yang, Yu-Kuo Chen, Eric Chi, Anna Liu, Chung S Yang
Tocopherols and tocotrienols, collectively known as vitamin E, have received a great deal of attention because of their interesting biological activities. In the present study, we reexamined and improved previous methods of sample preparation and the conditions of high-performance liquid chromatography for more accurate quantification of tocopherols, tocotrienols and their major chain-degradation metabolites. For the analysis of serum tocopherols/tocotrienols, we reconfirmed our method of mixing serum with ethanol followed by hexane extraction...
January 2018: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
Nardev Ramanathan, Esther Tan, Li Jun Loh, Boon Seng Soh, Wei Ney Yap
Ageing is a nonmodifiable risk factor that is linked to increased likelihood of cardiovascular morbidities. Whilst many pharmacological interventions currently exist to treat many of these disorders such as statins for hypercholesterolemia or beta-blockers for hypertension, the elderly appear to present a greater likelihood of suffering non-related side effects such as increased risk of developing new onset type 2 diabetes (NODM). In some cases, lower efficacy in the elderly have also been reported. Alternative forms of treatment have been sought to address these issues, and there has been a growing interest in looking at herbal remedies or plant-based natural compounds...
2018: Nutrition & Metabolism
Eiichi Kimura, Takumi Abe, Kazumasa Murata, Toshiyuki Kimura, Yurika Otoki, Taiji Yoshida, Teruo Miyazawa, Kiyotaka Nakagawa
Tocopherol (Toc) and tocotrienol (T3) are abundant in rice bran. Geranylgeranyl reductase (GGR) is an essential enzyme for Toc production that catalyzes the reduction of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate and geranylgeranyl-chlorophyll. However, we found that a rice mutant line with inactivated Os02g0744900 (OsGGR1/LYL1/OsChl P) gene produces Toc, suggesting that rice plants may carry another enzyme with GGR activity. Using an RNA-mediated interference technique, we demonstrated that the Os01g0265000 ("OsGGR2") gene product has GGR activity...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
Chee Peng Hor, Wai Yee Fung, Hock Aun Ang, Sheau Chin Lim, Li Ying Kam, Su-Way Sim, Luen Hui Lim, Wai Yee Choon, Jia Woei Wong, Alan Swee Hock Ch'ng, Kelvin Khai Meng Beh, Hong Chin Wee, Loke Meng Ong, Nurzalina Abdul Karim Khan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Ibrahim Lutfi Shuaib, Adlina Bakar, Yusnita Yusof, Yusmawati Mohd Yusof, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Wei Shuong Tang, Hoon Lang Teh, Normala Abdul Wahid, Suriani Saaidin, Najihah Idris, Chee Kin Yoon, Hoon Ngoh Ong, Jayasumithra T Ganapathy, Ching Ee Loo, Michelle M Samy, Hadzlinda Zainal, Shalini C Sree Dharan, Bee Yen Ooi, Pei Yeing Teoh, Yi Loon Tye, Chin Aun Yeoh, Dy Win Low, Irene Looi, Kah Hay Yuen
Importance: Management of painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy remains challenging. Most therapies provide symptomatic relief with varying degrees of efficacy. Tocotrienols have modulatory effects on the neuropathy pathway and may reduce neuropathic symptoms with their antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of oral mixed tocotrienols for patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Vitamin E in Neuroprotection Study (VENUS) was a parallel, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that recruited participants from January 30, 2011, to December 7, 2014, with 12 months of follow-up...
January 29, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Imeddedine Arbi Nehdi, Hassen Mohamed Sbihi, Chin Ping Tan, Umer Rashid, Saud Ibrahim Al-Resayes
This investigation aimed to evaluate the chemical composition and physicochemical properties of seed oils from 6 date palm (Phoenix. dactylifera L.) cultivars (Barhi, Khalas, Manifi, Rezeiz, Sulaj, and Sukkari) growing in Saudi Arabia and to compare them with conventional palm olein. The mean oil content of the seeds was about 7%. Oleic acid (48.67%) was the main fatty acid, followed by lauric acid (17.26%), stearic acid (10.74%), palmitic acid (9.88%), and linolenic acid (8.13%). The mean value for free fatty acids content was 0...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Sukanya Mingyai, Khongsak Srikaeo, Aikkarach Kettawan, Riantong Singanusong, Kiyotaka Nakagawa, Fumiko Kimura, Junya Ito
Rice bran oil (RBO) especially from colored rice is rich in phytochemicals and has become popular in food, cosmetic, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical applications owing to its offering health benefits. This study determined the contents of phytochemicals including oryzanols, phytosterols, tocopherols (Toc) and tocotrienols (T3) in RBOs extracted using different methods namely cold-press extraction (CPE), solvent extraction (SE) and supercritical CO2 extraction (SC-CO2). Two colored rice, Red Jasmine rice (RJM, red rice) and Hom-nin rice (HN, black rice), were studied in comparison with the popular Thai fragrant rice Khao Dawk Mali 105 (KDML 105, white rice)...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Oleo Science
Sara Damiano, Serena Montagnaro, Maria Valeria Puzio, Lorella Severino, Ugo Pagnini, Marcella Barbarino, Daniele Cesari, Antonio Giordano, Salvatore Florio, Roberto Ciarcia
In clinical practice for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia, second generation of tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as Nilotinib (NIL) specific and potent inhibitor of the BCR/ABL kinase and Dasatinib (DAS) a inhibitor of BCR/ABL and Src family kinase were developed to clinically overcome imatinib resistance. In this study we wanted to test the ability of some antioxidants such Resveratrol (RES) or a new recombinant mitochondrial manganese containing superoxide dismutase (rMnSOD) or δ-tocotrienol (δ-TOCO) to interact with DAS and NIL on viability, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, lipid peroxidation and apoptosis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Jill K Winkler-Moser, Erica L Bakota, Hong-Sik Hwang
Annatto tocotrienols (AnT3), which contain approximately 90% δ-tocotrienol (δ-T3), were added to mid-oleic sunflower oil used for frying tortilla chips over 3 d. The objectives were to evaluate their stability during frying, absorption by the fried food, and activity as antioxidants in frying oil and in tortilla chips during storage. AnT3 did not significantly affect the stability of the oil during frying or the sensory profiles of freshly fried chips. The naturally present α-tocopherol (α-T) in the oil degraded at a lower rate in the presence of AnT3, resulting in significantly higher α-T by the end of the frying study...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Food Science
C-L Shen, S Yang, M D Tomison, A W Romero, C K Felton, H Mo
Tocotrienols have shown bone-protective effect in animals. This study showed that a 12-week tocotrienol supplementation decreased concentrations of bone resorption biomarker and bone remodeling regulators via suppressing oxidative stress in postmenopausal osteopenic women. INTRODUCTION: Tocotrienols (TT) have been shown to benefit bone health in ovariectomized animals, a model of postmenopausal women. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of 12-week TT supplementation on bone markers (serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BALP), urine N-terminal telopeptide (NTX), serum soluble receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (sRANKL), and serum osteoprotegerin (OPG)), urine calcium, and an oxidative stress biomarker (8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG)) in postmenopausal women with osteopenia...
January 12, 2018: Osteoporosis International
Monica Marzagalli, Roberta Manuela Moretti, Elio Messi, Marina Montagnani Marelli, Fabrizio Fontana, Alessia Anastasia, Maria Rosa Bani, Giangiacomo Beretta, Patrizia Limonta
The prognosis of metastatic melanoma is very poor, due to the development of drug resistance. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) may play a crucial role in this mechanism, contributing to disease relapse. We first characterized CSCs in melanoma cell lines. We observed that A375 (but not BLM) cells are able to form melanospheres and show CSCs traits: expression of the pluripotency markers SOX2 and KLF4, higher invasiveness and tumor formation capability in vivo with respect to parental adherent cells. We also showed that a subpopulation of autofluorescent cells expressing the ABCG2 stem cell marker is present in the A375 spheroid culture...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
B L A Prabhavathi Devi, K N Gangadhar, R B N Prasad, D Sugasini, Y Poorna Chandra Rao, B R Lokesh
An enzymatic process was developed for the preparation of a nutritionally enriched 1,3-diacylglycerol(DAG)-rich oil from a blend of refined sunflower and rice bran oils. The process involves hydrolysis of vegetable oil blend using Candida cylindracea followed by esterification with glycerol using Lipozyme RM1M. The resultant DAG-rich oil contains 84% of DAG (66% of 1,3-DAG, 18% of 1,2-DAG) and 16% of triacylglycerol (TAG) along with micro nutrients like γ-oryzanol, tocotrienols, tocopherols and phytosterols...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
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