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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431244/bacterial-metabolism-affects-the-c-%C3%A2-elegans-response-to-cancer-chemotherapeutics
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Aurian P García-González, Ashlyn D Ritter, Shaleen Shrestha, Erik C Andersen, L Safak Yilmaz, Albertha J M Walhout
The human microbiota greatly affects physiology and disease; however, the contribution of bacteria to the response to chemotherapeutic drugs remains poorly understood. Caenorhabditis elegans and its bacterial diet provide a powerful system to study host-bacteria interactions. Here, we use this system to study how bacteria affect the C. elegans response to chemotherapeutics. We find that different bacterial species can increase the response to one drug yet decrease the effect of another. We perform genetic screens in two bacterial species using three chemotherapeutic drugs: 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine (FUDR), and camptothecin (CPT)...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428116/cycloastragenol-improves-hepatic-steatosis-by-activating-farnesoid-x-receptor-signalling
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Ming Gu, Shiying Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhao, Jinwen Huang, Yahui Wang, Yin Li, Shengjie Fan, Li Yang, Guang Ji, Qingchun Tong, Cheng Huang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a global health problem. However, there is no approved therapy for NAFLD. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a potential drug target for treatment of NAFLD. In an attempt to screen FXR agonists, we found that cycloastragenol (CAG), a natural occurring compound in Astragali Radix, stimulated FXR transcription activity. In animal studies, we demonstrated that CAG treatment resulted in obvious reduction of high-fat diet induced lipid accumulation in liver accompanied by lowered blood glucose, serum triglyceride levels and hepatic bile acid pool size...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427564/inflammation-in-epileptic-encephalopathies
#3
Oleksii Shandra, Solomon L Moshé, Aristea S Galanopoulou
West syndrome (WS) is an infantile epileptic encephalopathy that manifests with infantile spasms (IS), hypsarrhythmia (in ~60% of infants), and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. The etiologies of WS can be structural-metabolic pathologies (~60%), genetic (12%-15%), or of unknown origin. The current treatment options include hormonal treatment (adrenocorticotropic hormone and high-dose steroids) and the GABA aminotransferase inhibitor vigabatrin, while ketogenic diet can be given as add-on treatment in refractory IS...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424679/linking-diet-to-colorectal-cancer-the-emerging-role-of-microrna-in-the-communication-between-plant-and-animal-kingdoms
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REVIEW
Manuela Del Cornò, Gloria Donninelli, Lucia Conti, Sandra Gessani
Environmental and lifestyle factors, including diet and nutritional habits have been strongly linked to colorectal cancer (CRC). Of note, unhealthy dietary habits leading to adiposity represent a main risk factor for CRC and are associated with a chronic low-grade inflammatory status. Inflammation is a hallmark of almost every type of cancer and can be modulated by several food compounds exhibiting either protective or promoting effects. However, in spite of an extensive research, the underlying mechanisms by which dietary patterns or bioactive food components may influence tumor onset and outcome have not been fully clarified yet...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409385/the-effect-of-dietary-folic-acid-on-biochemical-parameters-and-gene-expression-of-three-heat-shock-proteins-hsps-of-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala-fingerling-under-acute-high-temperature-stress
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Daniella Fatmata Sesay, Habte-Michael Habte-Tsion, Qunlan Zhou, Mingchun Ren, Jun Xie, Bo Liu, Ruli Chen, Liangkun Pan
The effects of dietary folic acid on biochemical parameters and gene expression of three heat shock proteins (HSPs) of blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) fingerling under acute high temperature stress. Six dietary folic acid groups (0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 5.0, and 10.0) mg/kg diets were designed and assigned into 18 tanks in three replicates each (300 l/tank) and were administered for 10 weeks in a re-circulated water system. The fingerlings with an initial weight of 27.0 ± 0.03 g were fed with their respective diets four times daily...
April 13, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407740/mu-opioid-receptor-and-delta-opioid-receptor-differentially-regulate-microglial-inflammatory-response-to-control-proopiomelanocortin-neuronal-apoptosis-in-the-hypothalamus-effects-of-neonatal-alcohol
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Pallavi Shrivastava, Miguel A Cabrera, Lucy G Chastain, Nadka I Boyadjieva, Shaima Jabbar, Tina Franklin, Dipak K Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Opioid receptors are known to control neurotransmission of various peptidergic neurons, but their potential role in regulation of microglia and neuronal cell communications is unknown. We investigated the role of mu-opioid receptors (MOR) and delta-opioid receptors (DOR) on microglia in the regulation of apoptosis in proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons induced by neonatal ethanol in the hypothalamus. METHODS: Neonatal rat pups were fed a milk formula containing ethanol or control diets between postnatal days 2-6...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406693/polychlorinated-biphenyl-153-in-lipid-medium-modulates-differentiation-of-human-adipocytes
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D Mullerova, M Pesta, J Dvorakova, M Cedikova, V Kulda, P Dvorak, V Bouchalová, M Kralickova, V Babuska, J Kuncova, J Langmajerova, L Muller
Emerging evidence indicates that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are involved in the development of diabetes mellitus in the obese. The purpose of this study was to determine mechanisms by which PCB 153 (2,2´,4,4´,5,5´-hexachlorobiphenyl) could influence diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance during adipogenesis. Lineage of h-ADMSCs was differentiated either as control (differentiation medium only), or with lipid vehicle modelling high fat nutrition (NuTRIflex) or lipid free vehicle (dimethylsulfoxide) for 28 days with or without PCB 153 daily co-exposure (in three concentrations 0...
April 12, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397463/colorectal-cancer-carcinogenesis-a-multivariate-genetic-model-in-a-cohort-of-romanian-population
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Lucia M Procopciuc, Gelu Osian, Mihaela Iancu
BACKGROUND: The molecular mechanism of carcinogenesis of sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC) involves genes with roles in folate metabolism, genes involved in metabolization of carcinogenic compounds from diet and tobacco smoke, and genes related to the DNA repair process. The aim of the study was to examine whether the MTHFRC677T, MTHFR- A1298C, TS-2rpt/3rpt, TS-1494del6bp, NAT2*5C-C481T, NAT2*5A-T341C, NAT2*6B-G590A, NAT2*7B-G857A, NAT2*18-A845C, GSTM1-null, XRCC1-Arg399Gln, XRCC3-Thr241Met, XPD-Lys751Gln genetic variations are associated with CRC prognosis, in the presence of environmental and demographic factors...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395542/targetting-ped-pea-15-for-diabetes-treatment
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Francesca Fiory, Rosa Spinelli, Gregory Alexander Raciti, Luca Parrillo, Vittoria D'Esposito, Pietro Formisano, Claudia Miele, Francesco Beguinot
PED/PEA-15 is an ubiquitously expressed protein, involved in the regulation of proliferation and apoptosis. It is commonly overexpressed in Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and in different T2D-associated comorbidities, including cancer and certain neurodegenerative disorders. Areas covered: In mice, Ped/Pea-15 overexpression impairs glucose tolerance and, in combination with high fat diets, further promotes insulin resistance and T2D. It also controls β-cell mass, altering caspase-3 activation and the expression of pro- and antiapoptotic genes...
April 11, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394633/cruciferous-vegetables-and-colorectal-cancer-prevention-through-microrna-regulation-a-review
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Jeong Hoon Pan, Breann Abernathy, Young Jun Kim, Jin Hyup Lee, Jun Ho Kim, Eui Cheol Shin, Jae Kyeom Kim
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may lower colorectal cancer risk. In particular, a number of in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated that cruciferous vegetables and their active compounds elicit chemopreventive potency through multiple mechanisms. However, it is relatively unexplored whether these vegetables modulate the risk of cancer development through epigenetic mechanisms including noncoding RNAs. Therefore, the objective of the present review is to report and discuss existing evidence with regards to modulation of microRNAs (miRNAs), one variety of noncoding RNAs, by cruciferous vegetables and their chemo-preventive effects against colorectal cancers...
April 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393867/endothelial-lrp1-regulates-metabolic-responses-by-acting-as-a-co-activator-of-ppar%C3%AE
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Hua Mao, Pamela Lockyer, Luge Li, Christie M Ballantyne, Cam Patterson, Liang Xie, Xinchun Pi
Low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) regulates lipid and glucose metabolism in liver and adipose tissue. It is also involved in central nervous system regulation of food intake and leptin signalling. Here we demonstrate that endothelial Lrp1 regulates systemic energy homeostasis. Mice with endothelial-specific Lrp1 deletion display improved glucose sensitivity and lipid profiles combined with increased oxygen consumption during high-fat-diet-induced obesity. We show that the intracellular domain of Lrp1 interacts with the nuclear receptor Pparγ, a central regulator of lipid and glucose metabolism, acting as its transcriptional co-activator in endothelial cells...
April 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391539/interactions-between-dietary-acrylamide-intake-and-genes-for-ovarian-cancer-risk
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Janneke G F Hogervorst, Piet A van den Brandt, Roger W L Godschalk, Frederik-Jan van Schooten, Leo J Schouten
Some epidemiological studies observed a positive association between dietary acrylamide intake and ovarian cancer risk but the causality needs to be substantiated. By analyzing gene-acrylamide interactions for ovarian cancer risk for the first time, we aimed to contribute to this. The prospective Netherlands Cohort Study on diet and cancer includes 62,573 women, aged 55-69 years. At baseline in 1986, a random subcohort of 2589 women was sampled from the total cohort for a case cohort analysis approach. Dietary acrylamide intake of subcohort members and ovarian cancer cases (n = 252, based on 20...
April 8, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388946/acetolactate-synthase-regulatory-subunits-play-divergent-and-overlapping-roles-in-branched-chain-amino-acid-synthesis-and-arabidopsis-development
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Mohammad H Dezfulian, Curtis Foreman, Espanta Jalili, Mrinal Pal, Rajdeep K Dhaliwal, Don Karl A Roberto, Kathleen M Imre, Susanne E Kohalmi, William L Crosby
BACKGROUND: Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are synthesized by plants, fungi, bacteria, and archaea with plants being the major source of these amino acids in animal diets. Acetolactate synthase (ALS) is the first enzyme in the BCAA synthesis pathway. Although the functional contribution of ALS to BCAA biosynthesis has been extensively characterized, a comprehensive understanding of the regulation of this pathway at the molecular level is still lacking. RESULTS: To characterize the regulatory processes governing ALS activity we utilized several complementary approaches...
April 7, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387720/gene-diet-interaction-and-precision-nutrition-in-obesity
#14
REVIEW
Yoriko Heianza, Lu Qi
The rapid rise of obesity during the past decades has coincided with a profound shift of our living environment, including unhealthy dietary patterns, a sedentary lifestyle, and physical inactivity. Genetic predisposition to obesity may have interacted with such an obesogenic environment in determining the obesity epidemic. Growing studies have found that changes in adiposity and metabolic response to low-calorie weight loss diets might be modified by genetic variants related to obesity, metabolic status and preference to nutrients...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385910/metformin-reduces-prostate-tumor-growth-in-a-diet-dependent-manner-by-modulating-multiple-signaling-pathways
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Andre Sarmento-Cabral, Fernando L-Lopez, Manuel D Gahete, Justo P Castano, Raul M Luque
Prostate-cancer is strongly influenced by obesity, wherein metformin could represent a promising treatment; however, the endocrine-metabolic/cellular/molecular-mechanisms underlying these associations and effects are still unclear. To determine the beneficial anti-tumoral effects of metformin on prostate-cancer progression/aggressiveness and the relative contribution of high-fat diet (HFD; independently of obesity), we used HFD-fed immuno-suppressed mice inoculated with PC3 cells (which exhibited partial resistance to diet-induced obesity) compared with low-fat diet (LFD)-fed control-mice...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384342/assessing-gene-environment-interaction-effects-of-fto-mc4r-and-lifestyle-factors-on-obesity-using-an-extreme-phenotype-sampling-design-results-from-the-hunt-study
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Thea Bjørnland, Mette Langaas, Valdemar Grill, Ingrid Løvold Mostad
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to assess the influence of age, gender and lifestyle factors on the effect of the obesity-promoting alleles of FTO and MCR4. METHODS: The HUNT study comprises health information on the population of Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. Extreme phenotype participants (gender-wise lower and upper quartiles of waist-hip-ratio and BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2) in the third survey, HUNT3 (2006-08), were genotyped for the single-nucleotide polymorphisms rs9939609 (FTO) and rs17782313 (MC4R); 25686 participants were successfully genotyped...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383037/five-lipoxygenase-hypomethylation-mediates-the-homocysteine-effect-on-alzheimer-s-phenotype
#17
Jian-Guo Li, Carlos Barrero, Salim Merali, Domenico Praticò
Environmental and genetic risk factors are implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, how they interact and influence its pathogenesis remains to be investigated. High level of homocysteine (Hcy) is an AD risk factor and associates with an up-regulation of the ALOX5 gene. In the current paper we investigated whether this activation is responsible for the Hcy effect on the AD phenotype and the mechanisms involved. Triple transgenic mice were randomized to receive regular chow diet, a diet deficient in folate and B vitamins (Diet), which results in high Hcy, or the Diet plus zileuton, a specific ALOX5 inhibitor, for 7 months...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381526/mirna-132-induces-hepatic-steatosis-and-hyperlipidaemia-by-synergistic-multitarget-suppression
#18
Geula Hanin, Nadav Yayon, Yonat Tzur, Rotem Haviv, Estelle R Bennett, Shiran Udi, Yoganathan R Krishnamoorthy, Eleni Kotsiliti, Rivka Zangen, Ben Efron, Joseph Tam, Orit Pappo, Eyal Shteyer, Eli Pikarsky, Mathias Heikenwalder, David S Greenberg, Hermona Soreq
OBJECTIVE: Both non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and the multitarget complexity of microRNA (miR) suppression have recently raised much interest, but the in vivo impact and context-dependence of hepatic miR-target interactions are incompletely understood. Assessing the relative in vivo contributions of specific targets to miR-mediated phenotypes is pivotal for investigating metabolic processes. DESIGN: We quantified fatty liver parameters and the levels of miR-132 and its targets in novel transgenic mice overexpressing miR-132, in liver tissues from patients with NAFLD, and in diverse mouse models of hepatic steatosis...
April 5, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372879/drd2-bridging-the-genome-and-ingestive-behavior
#19
REVIEW
Xue Sun, Serge Luquet, Dana M Small
Recent work highlights the importance of genetic variants that influence brain structure and function in conferring risk for polygenic obesity. The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) has a pivotal role in energy balance by integrating metabolic signals with circuits supporting cognitive, perceptual, and appetitive functions that guide feeding. It has also been established that diet and obesity alter DA signaling, leading to compulsive-like feeding and neurocognitive impairments. This raises the possibility that genetic variants that influence DA signaling and adaptation confer risk for overeating and cognitive decline...
March 31, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371395/the-evolutionary-development-of-plant-feeding-insects-and-their-nutritional-endosymbionts
#20
REVIEW
Isabel H Skidmore, Allison K Hansen
Herbivorous insects have evolved diverse mechanisms enabling them to feed on plants with suboptimal nutrient availability. Low nutrient availability negatively impacts insect herbivore development and fitness. To overcome this obstacle numerous insect lineages have evolved intimate associations with nutritional endosymbionts. This is especially true for insects that specialize on nitrogen-poor substrates, as these insects are highly dependent on intracellular symbionts to provide nitrogen lacking in their insect host's diet...
March 29, 2017: Insect Science
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