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Liver enzymes

Neyla Ben Gdara, Amel Belgacem, Ikram Khemiri, Safa Mannai, Lotfi Bitri
In this study, phycocyanin (Pc) extracted from Spirulina platensis was used to evaluate its antioxidants effects after ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) using the ex-vivo model of isolated perfused rat liver. The rats were divided into eight groups : Control group, where livers were directly perfused after their removal; Cold Ischemia group (CI), livers were treated in the same way as the control group, except that after their collection, they were stored for 12 h and 24 h in the Krebs Henseleit (KH) preservation solution at 4 °C and Treated group (PHY), livers were preserved in the same way as the preceding group except that the KH solution was enriched with phycocyanin at two different concentrations...
March 17, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Zhenjing Jin, Siqi Liu, Qian Zhang, Xue Shao, Jingting Ma, Liulan Pan
BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis is a reversible pathological process. Inflammatory responses are the prevailing reactions during hepatic fibrosis. Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) has been reported to have an anti-inflammatory effect. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the preventive effects of DcR3 on hepatic fibrosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hepatic fibrosis was induced in rats by administering intraperitoneally (ip.) 1% dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Ewa Bromek, Marta Rysz, Anna Haduch, Jacek Wojcikowski, Władysława Anna Daniel
Our recent work suggested a negative effect for the serotonergic innervation of the paraventricular nuclei (PVN) of the hypothalamus on growth hormone secretion and growth hormone-dependent expression of cytochrome P450 2C11 (CYP2C11). The aim of our present research was to determine the effect of the activation of the 5-HT1 or 5-HT2 receptors in the PVN on the expression and activity of cytochrome P450 in male rat liver. The serotonergic agonists 5-CT (5-carboxyamidotryptamine, a 5-HT1 receptor-type agonist), 8-OH-DPAT (8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propyloamino)-tetralin, a 5-HT1A receptor agonist), sumatriptan (a 5-HT1B/D receptor agonist) and DOI (2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine, a 5-HT2A/C receptor agonist) were individually injected into the PVN...
March 19, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Matthew A Mitsche, Helen H Hobbs, Jonathan C Cohen
Fatty liver disease (FLD) is a burgeoning health problem. A missense variant (I148M) in patatin-like phospholipase domain containing protein 3 (PNPLA3) confers susceptibility to FLD, although the mechanism is not known. To glean first insights into the physiological function of PNPLA3, we performed detailed lipidomic profiling of liver lysates and lipid droplets (LDs) from wildtype (WT), Pnpla3-/- (KO), and knock-in (ki) mice expressing either the 148M variant (IM-ki mice) or a variant (S47A) that renders the protein catalytically inactive (SA-ki mice)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Danica E DeGroot, Adam Swank, Russell S Thomas, Mark Strynar, Mi-Young Lee, Paul L Carmichael, Steven O Simmons
The US EPA's ToxCast program is designed to assess chemical perturbations of molecular and cellular endpoints using a variety of high-throughput screening (HTS) assays. However, existing HTS assays have limited or no xenobiotic metabolism which could lead to false positive (chemical is detoxified in vivo) as well as false negative results (chemical is bioactivated in vivo) and thus potential mischaracterization of chemical hazard. To address this challenge, the ten most prevalent human liver cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes were introduced into a human cell line (HEK293T) with low endogenous metabolic capacity...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Manar Hamed Arafa, Hebatallah Husseini Atteia
Our objective was to figure out whether CYP2D6 gene polymorphisms may account for long term tramadol-induced oxidative stress and hepatotoxicity in 60 patients receiving chronic tramadol treatment in Neurology and Rheumatology Outpatients Clinic, Zagazig University Hospitals, Egypt. As expected, CYP2D6*1 allele (wild type) frequency was significantly greater than CYP2D6*DUP, CYP2D6*4 and CYP2D6*10 alleles in both chronically tramadol-treated and control groups. CYP2D6*DUP allele carriers followed by those carrying CYP2D6*1, displayed higher levels of urinary tramadol major active metabolite O-desmethyltramadol (M1) and serum lipid peroxidation along with lower levels of total antioxidants than those carrying other impaired function alleles (CYP2D6*4&*10) in tramadol-treated patients, suggesting oxidative stress...
March 16, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Zhideng Lin, Yisheng Huang, Weiguang Zou, Hua Rong, Meiling Hao, Xiaobo Wen
Enzymes that lengthen the carbon chain of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are key to the biosynthesis of the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA). Here we report on the molecular cloning, tissue distribution, functional characterization and nutritional regulation of a elovl5 gene from Nibea coibor. The full-length cDNA was 1315 bp, including a 5-untranslated region (UTR) of 134 bp, a 3-UTR of 296 bp and an open reading frame of 885 bp, which specified a peptide of 294 amino acids. Bioinformatics analysis showed that the deduced peptide sequence possessed all the characteristic features of microsomal fatty acyl elongases, including the so-called histidine box (HXXHH), the canonical C-terminal endoplasmic reticulum retention signal, several predicted transmembrane regions and other highly conserved motifs...
March 16, 2018: Gene
Nevena Kardum, Maria Glibetic
Regular and optimal intake of polyphenols associates with numerous health-promoting effects. Bioavailability and activity of polyphenols depend on foods' structure and interactions with other food constituents, especially proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. Polyphenols-proteins interactions can result in various biological effects, such as sense of astringency. So far, polyphenols interactions with food lipids have not been of special importance, except in case of plant oils. Polyphenols-carbohydrates interactions can influence the organoleptic properties, while interactions with dietary fibers are particularly significant...
2018: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
Wenjun Zhang, Yuele Lu, Ledan Huang, Cheng Cheng, Shanshan Di, Li Chen, Zhiqiang Zhou, Jinling Diao
Pesticides are one of major causes for amphibian population declines and the behavior of pesticide metabolite products to amphibians has become a rising concern. In this study, the acute toxicity and the chronic effects of triadimefon and triadimenol (the metabolite of triadimefon) on Rana. nigromaculata were investigated. In the acute assay, significant differences were observed in antioxidant enzyme activities and malondialdehyde levels between the triadimefon and triadimenol. The 96 h-acute toxicity of triadimefon (25...
March 16, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Noelia Morales-Prieto, Julia Ruiz-Laguna, David Sheehan, Nieves Abril
The use of DDT (1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethane) in some countries, although regulated, is contributing to an increased worldwide risk of exposure to this organochlorine pesticide or its derivative p,p'-DDE [1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene]. Many studies have associated p,p'-DDE exposure to type 2 diabetes, obesity and alterations of the reproductive system, but their molecular mechanisms of toxicity remain poorly understood. We have addressed this issue by using commercial microarrays based on probes for the entire Mus musculus genome to determine the hepatic transcriptional signatures of p,p'-DDE in the phylogenetically close mouse species Mus spretus...
March 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Jun He, Heyang Zheng, Daodong Pan, Tao Liu, Yangying Sun, Jinxuan Cao, Zhen Wu, Xiaoqun Zeng
Sheldrake is a duck breed widely used for its meat and eggs. In this study, the quantities of abdominal fat, sebum, intramuscular fat and liver fat, meat quality (pH, cooking loss, drip loss, and shear force), and expression and activity of several enzymes at different ages were determined. The results showed that the fat content increased (P < 0.05) during the aging process (90 d, 180 d, 270 d, and 360 d). Fatty acid synthase (FAS) and malic enzyme (ME) were chosen to represent the activity of lipid biosynthesis in Sheldrake ducks...
March 15, 2018: Poultry Science
Gonzalo J Diaz, Yandy Aguillón, Amparo Cortés
A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of feeding salinomycin at the recommended prophylactic level, and at 2 and 3 times this level, to finishing male broilers (d 21 to 38). Four treatment groups were given the experimental diets containing 0, 60, 120, or 180 parts per million (ppm) salinomycin from d 21 to 38. Performance, relative organ weights, selected serum enzymes, and salinomycin residues in liver, muscle, and serum were determined. Salinomycin supplementation had no effect on body weight, feed intake, or feed conversion, and caused no overt signs of toxicity...
March 15, 2018: Poultry Science
Konstantinos Feidantsis, Hans O Pörtner, Elisavet Vlachonikola, Efthimia Antonopoulou, Basile Michaelidis
Seasonal temperature changes may take organisms to the upper and lower limit of their thermal range, with respective variations in their biochemical and metabolic profile. To elucidate these traits, we investigated metabolic and antioxidant patterns in tissues of sea bream Sparus aurata during seasonal acclimatization for 1 yr in the field. Metabolic patterns were assessed by determining lactate dehydrogenase, citrate synthase, and β-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase activities, their kinetic properties and plasma levels of glucose, lactate, and triglycerides and tissue succinate levels...
May 2018: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
Syed M Hasan, Nida N Ahmed, Zunirah Ahmed, Allan Seibert
Amyloidosis is a rare disorder with a wide spectrum of presentations and anomalies. It is subdivided into 2 broad categories based on protein deposition; primary and secondary amyloidosis. It can present as a single-organ involvement or as a diffuse infiltrative multi-organ process. Isolated hepatic amyloidosis presentation is a rare phenomenon that develops due to insoluble amyloid deposition in liver. Its clinical presentation is usually vague and ranges from mild hepatomegaly with elevated liver enzymes to acute liver failure and hepatic rupture...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Franchesca Cruz-Pérez, Salvador Vilá, Grissel Ríos, Luis M Vilá
Macrophage-activating syndrome (MAS) is a rare condition characterized by dysfunctional macrophage activation leading to overproduction of cytokines and phagocytosis of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets. MAS is associated with infectious diseases, malignancies, and autoimmune rheumatic disorders. Herein, we present a 22-year-old Hispanic woman with SLE who was hospitalized because of a three-week history of fever, fatigue, polyarthralgia, nausea, and abdominal pain. Initial laboratories showed severe pancytopenia with marked elevation of liver enzymes and ferritin levels...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Chunmei Xu, Junyu Zhao, Xiaojun Zhou, Rui Zhang, Tianyue Xie, Zhiwei Zou, Lin Liao, Jianjun Dong
Background: Liver enzyme abnormalities are common in patients with type 2 diabetes. Currently, the inverse relationship between elevated liver enzymes and antidiabetics intake may be explained by rigorous treatment and good control. However, few studies have directly explored the influence of antidiabetics on abnormal liver function, especially the comparison between two insulin sensitizers-thiazolidinediones and metformin. Materials And Methods: Databases, including PubMed, Cochrane, CNKI, Wanfang and VIP were searched...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Rong-Quan He, Xia Yang, Liang Liang, Gang Chen, Jie Ma
The present study aimed to explore the potential clinical significance of microRNA (miR)-124-3p expression in the hepatocarcinogenesis and development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), as well as the potential target genes of functional HCC pathways. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction was performed to evaluate the expression of miR-124-3p in 101 HCC and adjacent non-cancerous tissue samples. Additionally, the association between miR-124-3p expression and clinical parameters was also analyzed...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jennifer Luk, Yong Lu, Amanda Ackermann, Xiaoxue Peng, Diane Bogdan, Michelino Puopolo, David E Komatsu, Simon Tong, Iwao Ojima, Mario J Rebecchi, Martin Kaczocha
Background: Metabolism of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) yields arachidonic acid (AA), the precursor to proalgesic eicosanoids including prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ). Diacylglycerol lipase β (DAGLβ) is an enzyme that synthesizes 2-AG and its inhibition reduces eicosanoid levels and produces antinociceptive effects in models of inflammatory pain. Here we test whether inhibition of DAGLβ produces antinociceptive effects in a model of postoperative pain. Methods: Rats were administered the selective DAGLβ inhibitor KT109 or vehicle and underwent plantar incision...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
Javier Martínez-Casanova, Nuria Carballo, Sonia Luque, Luisa Sorli, Santiago Grau
Azole antifungals have frequently been linked to the presence of hepatotoxicity, but there is scarce information on cross-toxicity between these drugs or on the possibility of using some of them when this type of toxicity occurs. We report the case of a 64-year-old man with invasive aspergillosis (IA) leading to spondylodiscitis with neurological involvement. Early management included intravenous (iv) voriconazole, which had to be interrupted after 1 week due to liver damage. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of voriconazole showed that the plasma concentration was within the therapeutic range...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Pablo A Cortes, Francisco Bozinovic, Pierre U Blier
Mammalian torpor is a phenotype characterized by a controlled decline of metabolic rate, generally followed by a reduction in body temperature. During arousal from torpor, both metabolic rate and body temperature rapidly returns to resting levels. Metabolic rate reduction experienced by torpid animals is triggered by active suppression of mitochondrial respiration, which is rapidly reversed during rewarming process. In this study, we analyzed the changes in the maximal activity of key enzymes related to electron transport system (complexes I, III and IV) in six tissues of torpid, arousing and euthermic Chilean mouse-opossums (Thylamys elegans)...
March 15, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
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