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Megumi Akiyama, Yoshihiko Matsui, Junki Kido, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
The probability distributions of total potential doses of disinfection byproducts and volatile organic compounds via ingestion, inhalation, and dermal exposure were estimated with Monte Carlo simulations, after conducting physiologically based pharmacokinetic model simulations to takes into account the differences in availability between the three exposures. If the criterion that the 95th percentile estimate equals the TDI (tolerable daily intake) is regarded as protecting the majority of a population, the drinking water criteria would be 140 (trichloromethane), 66 (bromodichloromethane), 157 (dibromochloromethane), 203 (tribromomethane), 140 (dichloroacetic acid), 78 (trichloroacetic acid), 6...
March 16, 2018: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Mouadh Mihoub, André Pichette, Balla Sylla, Charles Gauthier, Jean Legault
Betulin has a wide range of biological and pharmacological properties with its anticancer activity attracting most of the attention as it offers a possible alternative treatment to chemotherapy. However, betulin's in vivo biological effectiveness is limited by its poor solubility. As such, we synthesized polar glycosylated derivatives to increase its hydrosolubility and enhance its pharmacological properties. Among these synthesized compounds, 28-O-α-l-rhamnopyranosylbetulin 3β-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside (Bi-L-RhamBet) was assessed for its cytotoxic effects against a suite of lung cancer cell lines...
2018: PloS One
Youfeng Yang, Yong Sun, Jianye Chen, Wayne E Bradley, Louis J Dell'Italia, Hui Wu, Yabing Chen
Vascular calcification is prevalent in patients with atherosclerosis, and oxidative stress promotes pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. We have previously reported that activation of AKT by oxidative stress induces vascular calcification. Using sodium dichloroacetate (DCA), a previously reported small molecule inhibitor of AKT, the present studies uncovered an AKT-independent mechanism in regulating vascular calcification. We found that DCA dose-dependently induced calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in vitro and aortic rings ex vivo...
February 21, 2018: Redox Biology
Isabel Abánades Lázaro, Sandra Abánades Lázaro, Ross S Forgan
Dual delivery of dichloroacetate and 5-fluorouracil from Zr MOFs into cancer cells is found to enhance in vitro cytotoxicity. Tuning particle size and, more significantly, surface chemistry, further improves cytotoxicity by promoting caveolae-mediated endocytosis and cytosolic cargo delivery.
February 27, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Rui An, Zhiru Tang, Yunxia Li, Tiejun Li, Qingqing Xu, Jifu Zhen, Feiru Huang, Jing Yang, Cheng Chen, Zhaoliang Wu, Mao Li, Jiajing Sun, Xiangxin Zhang, Jinchao Chen, Liuting Wu, Shengjun Zhao, Qingyan Jiang, Weiyun Zhu, Yulong Yin, Zhihong Sun
The extensive metabolism of amino acids (AA) as fuel is an important reason for the low use efficiency of protein in pigs. In this study, we investigated whether regulation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDK)/pyruvate dehydrogenase alpha 1 (PDHA1) pathway affected AA consumption by porcine intestinal epithelial (IPEC-J2) cells and intestinal bacteria in pigs. The effects of knockdown of PDHA1 and PDK1 with small interfering RNA (siRNA) on nutrient consumption by IPEC-J2 cells were evaluated. IPEC-J2 cells were then cultured with sodium dichloroacetate (DCA) to quantify AA and glucose consumption and nutrient oxidative metabolism...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Golam Mezbah Uddin, Kim L Ho, Gary D Lopaschuk
Metabolic flexibility is compromised during myocardial hypoxia and the development of heart failure. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 16, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Naomi Dirckx, Robert J Tower, Evi M Mercken, Roman Vangoitsenhoven, Caroline Moreau-Triby, Tom Breugelmans, Elena Nefyodova, Ruben Cardoen, Chantal Mathieu, Bart Van der Schueren, Cyrille B Confavreux, Thomas L Clemens, Christa Maes
The skeleton has emerged as an important regulator of systemic glucose homeostasis, with osteocalcin and insulin representing prime mediators of the interplay between bone and energy metabolism. However, genetic evidence indicates that osteoblasts can influence global energy metabolism through additional, as yet unknown, mechanisms. Here, we report that constitutive or postnatally induced deletion of the hypoxia signaling pathway component von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) in skeletal osteolineage cells of mice led to high bone mass as well as hypoglycemia and increased glucose tolerance, not accounted for by osteocalcin or insulin...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Sana Belkahla, Abrar Ul Haq Khan, Delphine Gitenay, Catherine Alexia, Claire Gondeau, Dang-Nghiem Vo, Stefania Orecchioni, Giovanna Talarico, Francesco Bertolini, Guillaume Cartron, Javier Hernandez, Martine Daujat-Chavanieu, Nerea Allende-Vega, Martin Villalba Gonzalez
Changes in metabolism require the efflux and influx of a diverse variety of metabolites. The ABC superfamily of transporters regulates the exchange of hundreds of substrates through the impermeable cell membrane. We show here that a metabolic switch to oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS), either by treating cells with dichloroacetate (DCA) or by changing the available substrates, reduced expression of ABCB1, ABCC1, ABCC5 and ABCG2 in wild-type p53-expressing cells. This metabolic change reduced histone changes associated to active promoters...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Lewin Small, Amanda E Brandon, Lake-Ee Quek, James R Krycer, David E James, Nigel Turner, Gregory J Cooney
Pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) activity is a key component of the glucose/fatty acid cycle hypothesis for the regulation of glucose uptake and metabolism. We have investigated whether acute activation of PDH in muscle can alleviate the insulin resistance caused by feeding animals a high fat diet. The importance of PDH activity in muscle glucose disposal under insulin-stimulated conditions was determined by infusing the pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDK) inhibitor dichloroacetate (DCA) into high fat diet-fed (HFD) Wistar rats during a hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Isabel Abánades Lázaro, Salame Haddad, José Rodrigo-Muñoz, Claudia Orellana-Tavra, Victoria Del Pozo, David Fairen-Jimenez, Ross S Forgan
The high drug loading and excellent biocompatibilities of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have led to their application as drug delivery systems (DDSs). Nanoparticle surface chemistry dominates both biostability and dispersion of DDSs while governing their interactions with biological systems, cellular and/or tissue targeting, and cellular internalisation, leading to a requirement for versatile and reproducible surface functionalisation protocols. Herein, we explore not only the effect of introducing different surface functionality to the biocompatible Zr-MOF UiO-66, but also the efficacy of three surface modification protocols: (i) direct attachment of biomolecules (folic acid, biotin) introduced as modulators of UiO-66 synthetic, (ii) our previously reported ''click-modulation" approach to covalently attach polymers (poly(ethylene glycol), poly-L-lactide, poly-N-isopropylacrylamide) to the surface of UiO-66 through click chemistry, and (iii) surface ligand exchange, to postsynthetically coordinate folic acid, biotin and heparin to UiO-66...
January 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
James J O'Byrne, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Aisha Ghani, Michael Champion, Charu Deshpande, Ali Dursun, Riza K Ozgul, Peter Freisinger, Ian Garber, Tobias B Haack, Rita Horvath, Ivo Barić, Ralf A Husain, Leo A J Kluijtmans, Urania Kotzaeridou, Andrew A Morris, Colin J Ross, Saikat Santra, Jan Smeitink, Mark Tarnopolsky, Saskia B Wortmann, Johannes A Mayr, Michaela Brunner-Krainz, Holger Prokisch, Wyeth W Wasserman, Ron A Wevers, Udo F Engelke, Richard J Rodenburg, Teck Wah Ting, Robert McFarland, Robert W Taylor, Ramona Salvarinova, Clara D M van Karnebeek
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial diseases, a group of multi-systemic disorders often characterized by tissue-specific phenotypes, are usually progressive and fatal disorders resulting from defects in oxidative phosphorylation. MTO1 (Mitochondrial tRNA Translation Optimization 1), an evolutionarily conserved protein expressed in high-energy demand tissues has been linked to human early-onset combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, often referred to as combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency-10 (COXPD10)...
January 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Paula Ribao, Maria J Rivero, Inmaculada Ortiz
This work aimed to optimize high-performance photocatalysts based on graphene oxide/titanium dioxide (GO/TiO2) nanocomposites for the effective degradation of aqueous pollutants. The catalytic activity was tested against the degradation of dichloroacetic acid (DCA), a by-product of disinfection processes that is present in many industrial wastewaters and effluents. GO/TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared using three different methods, hydrothermal, solvothermal, and mechanical, and varying the GO/TiO2 ratio in the range of 1 to 10%...
December 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Shi Chen, Jing Deng, Lei Li, Naiyun Gao
This study evaluated the effect of low-pressure ultraviolet (UV) irradiation on the formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) from algal organic matter of Microcystis aeruginosa during subsequent chlorination and chloramination. The algal organic matter includes extracellular organic matter (EOM) and intracellular organic matter (IOM). The fluorescence excitation-emission matrix spectra indicated that the humic/fulvic acid-like organics of EOM and the protein-like organics of IOM may be preferentially degraded by UV treatment...
February 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Theodoros Eleftheriadis, Georgios Pissas, Athanasios Mavropoulos, Vassilios Liakopoulos, Ioannis Stefanidis
Cell metabolism is altered during T-cell and B-cell activation and differentiation. Clarifying the exact metabolic shifts may lead to the development of new immunosuppressive medications. In this study, the effect of the aerobic glycolysis inhibitor dichloroacetate (DCA) and of the Krebs cycle enzyme malate dehydrogenase 2 (MDH2) inhibitor LW6 on T-cell alloimmune clonal expansion and on alloantibody production, was evaluated. T-cell clonal expansion was assessed in two-way mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR). Humoral alloimmunity was evaluated by the alloantibody production in one-way MLR...
November 2017: Biomedical Reports
Mohammed Albatany, Alex Li, Susan Meakin, Robert Bartha
Intracellular pH (pHi) plays an important role in the maintenance of normal cell function, and is maintained within a narrow range by the activity of transporters located at the plasma membrane. Modulation of tumor pHi may influence proliferation, apoptosis, chemotherapy resistance, and thermosensitivity. Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) is a novel MRI contrast mechanism that is dependent on cellular pH. Amine and amide concentration-independent detection (AACID) is a recently developed CEST contrast method that is intracellular pH (pHi) weighted...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Cecilie Abildgaard, Christina Dahl, Ahmad Abdul-Al, Annette Christensen, Per Guldberg
Dysregulation of metabolism during melanoma progression is tightly associated with the acquisition of genetic and epigenetic alterations in regulators of metabolic pathways. Retinoic acid receptor beta (RARβ) is epigenetically silenced in a large proportion of melanomas, but a link between RARβ and metabolic rewiring of melanoma has not been established. Here, we show that in primary human melanocytes, all-trans retinoic acid (a RARβ agonist) induced growth inhibition accompanied by a decrease in both glycolytic and oxidative metabolism, whereas selective inhibition of RARβ led to an increase in the basal glycolytic rate and increased sensitivity to inhibition of glycolysis...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
Peter W Stacpoole, Jonathan Shuster, John L P Seamus Thompson, Sara Jo Nixon, Robert A Prather, Lee Ann Lawson, Baiming Zou, Richard Buchsbaum
We developed an Observer-Reported Outcome (ObsRO) survey instrument to be applied in a multicenter, placebo-controlled, crossover randomized controlled trial of dichloroacetate in children with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency. The instrument quantifies a subject's at-home level of functionality, as reported by a parent/caregiver, who were instrumental in providing the clinical descriptors and domains that formed the instrument's content. Feasibility testing of the ObsRO tool showed it to be easy to use and comprehensive in capturing the major clinical functional limitations of affected children and requires less than 5min for a parent/caregiver to complete daily...
November 9, 2017: Mitochondrion
Cristina M Villanueva, Esther Gracia-Lavedan, Jordi Julvez, Loreto Santa-Marina, Nerea Lertxundi, Jesús Ibarluzea, Sabrina Llop, Ferran Ballester, Ana Fernández-Somoano, Adonina Tardón, Martine Vrijheid, Mònica Guxens, Jordi Sunyer
BACKGROUND: Disinfection by-products (DBPs) constitute a complex mixture of prevalent chemicals in drinking water and there is evidence of neurotoxicity for some of them. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the association between estimates of DBP exposure during pregnancy and child neuropsychological outcomes at 1 and 4-5years of age. METHODS: We conducted a population-based mother-child cohort study in Spain with recruitment at first trimester of gestation (INMA Project, 2003-2008)...
January 2018: Environment International
Jiwon Esther Han, Pyung Won Lim, Chul Min Na, You Sik Choi, Joo Young Lee, Yona Kim, Hyung Woo Park, Hyo Eun Moon, Man Seung Heo, Hye Ran Park, Dong Gyu Kim, Sun Ha Paek
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and aggressive form of brain tumors. GBMs, like other tumors, rely relatively less on mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) and utilize more aerobic glycolysis, and this metabolic shift becomes augmented under hypoxia. In the present study, we investigated the physiological significance of altered glucose metabolism and hypoxic adaptation in the GBM cell line U251 and two newly established primary GBMs (GBM28 and GBM37). We found that these three GBMs exhibited differential growth rates under hypoxia compared to those under normoxia...
October 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
Evangelos D Michelakis, Vikram Gurtu, Linda Webster, Gareth Barnes, Geoffrey Watson, Luke Howard, John Cupitt, Ian Paterson, Richard B Thompson, Kelvin Chow, Declan P O'Regan, Lan Zhao, John Wharton, David G Kiely, Adam Kinnaird, Aristeidis E Boukouris, Chris White, Jayan Nagendran, Darren H Freed, Stephen J Wort, J Simon R Gibbs, Martin R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive vascular disease with a high mortality rate. It is characterized by an occlusive vascular remodeling due to a pro-proliferative and antiapoptotic environment in the wall of resistance pulmonary arteries (PAs). Proliferating cells exhibit a cancer-like metabolic switch where mitochondrial glucose oxidation is suppressed, whereas glycolysis is up-regulated as the major source of adenosine triphosphate production. This multifactorial mitochondrial suppression leads to inhibition of apoptosis and downstream signaling promoting proliferation...
October 25, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
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