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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435443/occurrence-of-plastidial-triacylglycerol-synthesis-and-the-potential-regulatory-role-of-agpat-in-the-model-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
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Srinivasan Balamurugan, Xiang Wang, Hong-Lei Wang, Chun-Jing An, Hui Li, Da-Wei Li, Wei-Dong Yang, Jie-Sheng Liu, Hong-Ye Li
BACKGROUND: Microalgae have emerged as a potential feedstock for biofuels and bioactive components. However, lack of microalgal strains with promising triacylglycerol (TAG) content and desirable fatty acid composition have hindered its commercial feasibility. Attempts on lipid overproduction by metabolic engineering remain largely challenging in microalgae. RESULTS: In this study, a microalgal 1-acyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase designated AGPAT1 was identified in the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435131/repression-of-acetaminophen-induced-hepatotoxicity-by-a-combination-of-celastrol-and-brilliant-blue-g
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Heba A Abdelaziz, Mohamed E Shaker, Mohamed F Hamed, Nariman M Gameil
The sterile inflammatory response is an eminent contributor to acetaminophen (APAP)-hepatotoxicity in humans. Recent advances unraveled an axial role of the NLRP3-inflammasome in APAP-post injury inflammation. Nevertheless, the role of signaling events preceded the NLRP3-inflammasome activation, like the transcription factor NF-κB and the purinergic receptor P2×7, is still unclear and needs further elucidation. Here, we investigated the pharmacological inhibition of these upstream signaling molecules by celastrol and brilliant blue G (BBG) (separately or simultaneously) in APAP-hepatotoxicity in mice...
April 20, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431577/dichloroacetic-acid-induced-testicular-toxicity-in-male-rats-and-the-protective-effect-of-date-fruit-extract
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Amira El Arem, Lamia Lahouar, Emna Behija Saafi, Amira Thouri, Fatma Ghrairi, Zohra Houas, Fadoua Neffati, Lotfi Achour
BACKGROUND: The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of aqueous date extract (ADE) against the dichloroacetic acid (DCA)-induced testicular injury in rats. METHODS: Forty-eight male Wistar rats were randomly divided into six groups of eight: group I served as the control; group II was given ADE (4 ml/kg) by gavage; groups III and IV received DCA at 0.5 and 2 g/L drinking water, respectively; and groups V and VI received DCA at 0.5 and 2 g/L drinking water, respectively, before ADE administration...
April 22, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428806/is-low-total-cholesterol-levels-associated-with-suicide-attempt-in-depressive-patients
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A Messaoud, R Mensi, A Mrad, A Mhalla, I Azizi, B Amemou, I Trabelsi, M H Grissa, N Haj Salem, A Chadly, W Douki, M F Najjar, L Gaha
BACKGROUND: Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) have a high risk of suicide. Many pathophysiological factors involved in MDD and suicide such us a low cholesterol levels have been associated with MDD and increased vulnerability to suicide. In this study, we investigate the relation between lipid parameters and suicide risk in patients with MDD. METHODS: Plasma levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) were determined in 160 patients meeting the DSM-IV-TR criteria for MDD (110 patients without suicidal behavior and 52 suicidal attempters) and 151 healthy controls...
2017: Annals of General Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427398/euphorbia-dracunculoides-l-abrogates-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-and-dna-damage-in-rats
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Riffat Batool, Muhammad Rashid Khan, Muhammad Majid
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of Euphorbia dracunculoides of family Euphorbiaceae during previous studies had established the in vitro antioxidant and in vivo anti-inflammatory activities. The plant is used by the local communities of Pakistan for various disorders including rheumatism and edema. In this investigation we have evaluated the hepatoprotective effects against CCl4 induced toxicity in rat. METHODS: Dry powder of the aerial parts of E. dracunculoides was extracted with 95% methanol to get the extract (EDME)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424368/spatial-intensity-distribution-analysis-quantifies-the-extent-and-regulation-of-homo-dimerization-of-the-secretin-receptor
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Richard J Ward, John D Pediani, Kaleeckal G Harikumar, Laurence J Miller, Graeme Milligan
Previous studies have indicated that the G protein-coupled secretin receptor is present as a homo-dimer, organized through symmetrical contacts in transmembrane domain IV, and that receptor dimerization is critical for high potency signalling by secretin. However, whether all of the receptor exists in the dimeric form or if this is regulated, is unclear. We used measures of quantal brightness of the secretin receptor tagged with monomeric enhanced green fluorescent protein (mEGFP) and Spatial Intensity Distribution Analysis to assess this...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420706/common-structural-features-of-cholesterol-binding-sites-in-crystallized-soluble-proteins
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Anna N Bukiya, Alejandro M Dopico
Cholesterol-protein interactions are essential for the architectural organization of cell membranes and for lipid metabolism. While cholesterol-sensing motifs in transmembrane proteins have been identified, little is known about cholesterol recognition by soluble proteins. We reviewed the structural characteristics of binding sites for cholesterol and cholesterol sulfate from crystallographic structures available in the Protein Data Bank. This analysis unveiled key features of cholesterol-binding sites that are present in either all or the majority of sites: i) the cholesterol molecule is generally positioned between protein domains that have an organized secondary structure; ii) the cholesterol hydroxyl/sulfo group is often partnered by Asn, Gln and/or Tyr while the hydrophobic part of cholesterol interacts with Leu, Ile, Val and/or Phe; iii) cholesterol hydrogen-bonding partners are often found on alpha-helices while amino acids that interact with cholesterol hydrophobic core have a slight preference for beta-strands and secondary structure-lacking protein areas; iv) the steroid C21 and 26 constitute the ″hot spots″ most often seen for steroid-protein hydrophobic interactions; v) common ″cold spots″ are C8, 9, 10, 13 and 17, at which contacts with the proteins were not detected...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409410/synergistic-cardioprotective-effects-of-combined-chromium-picolinate-and-atorvastatin-treatment-in-triton-x-100-induced-hyperlipidemia-in-rats-impact-on-some-biochemical-markers
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Noha M Shafik, Amal Baalash, Abla M Ebeid
Hyperlipidemia is one of the major risk factors for atherosclerosis and ischemic heart disease. Chromium (Cr) mineral is playing a crucial role in glucose and lipid homeostasis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects of combined chromium picolinate (CrPic) and atorvastatin treatment against hyperlipidemia-induced cardiac injury. Seventy-five male albino rats were divided into five groups (15 rats each). Hyperlipidemia was induced by intraperitoneal injection of a single dose of Triton X-100 (300 mg/kg body weight (b...
April 13, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408323/apolipoprotein-a-isoform-size-lipoprotein-a-concentration-and-coronary-artery-disease-a-mendelian-randomisation-analysis
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Danish Saleheen, Philip C Haycock, Wei Zhao, Asif Rasheed, Adam Taleb, Atif Imran, Shahid Abbas, Faisal Majeed, Saba Akhtar, Nadeem Qamar, Khan Shah Zaman, Zia Yaqoob, Tahir Saghir, Syed Nadeem Hasan Rizvi, Anis Memon, Nadeem Hayyat Mallick, Mohammad Ishaq, Syed Zahed Rasheed, Fazal-Ur-Rehman Memon, Khalid Mahmood, Naveeduddin Ahmed, Philippe Frossard, Sotirios Tsimikas, Joseph L Witztum, Santica Marcovina, Manjinder Sandhu, Daniel J Rader, John Danesh
BACKGROUND: The lipoprotein(a) pathway is a causal factor in coronary heart disease. We used a genetic approach to distinguish the relevance of two distinct components of this pathway, apolipoprotein(a) isoform size and circulating lipoprotein(a) concentration, to coronary heart disease. METHODS: In this mendelian randomisation study, we measured lipoprotein(a) concentration and determined apolipoprotein(a) isoform size with a genetic method (kringle IV type 2 [KIV2] repeats in the LPA gene) and a serum-based electrophoretic assay in patients and controls (frequency matched for age and sex) from the Pakistan Risk of Myocardial Infarction Study (PROMIS)...
April 10, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396714/cinnamon-polyphenol-extract-inhibits-hyperlipidemia-and-inflammation-by-modulation-of-transcription-factors-in-high-fat-diet-fed-rats
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Zeynep Tuzcu, Cemal Orhan, Nurhan Sahin, Vijaya Juturu, Kazim Sahin
We evaluated the effects of cinnamon polyphenol extract on hepatic transcription factors expressions including SREBP-1c and LXR-α in rats fed high fat diet (HFD). Twenty-eight Wistar rats were allocated into four groups: (i) normal control: animals fed with normal chow; (ii) cinnamon: animals supplemented with cinnamon polyphenol; (iii) HFD: animals fed a high-fat diet; and (iv) HFD + cinnamon: animals fed a high-fat diet and treated with cinnamon polyphenol. Obesity was linked to hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and oxidative stress as imitated by elevated serum glucose, lipid profile, and serum and liver malondialdehyde (MDA) concentrations...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395210/low-serum-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-levels-are-associated-with-lipid-profile-in-depressive-patients-with-long-symptom-duration
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Rui Peng, Yan Li
OBJECTIVE: The current study was designed to investigate the association between serum thyroid hormones and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels with lipid profile in depressive disorder. METHODS: A total of 370 depressive individuals aged 18 years and above were recruited in this cross-section study. All participants underwent a Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID) and recorded the duration of their symptoms. The serum levels of total cholesterol (TCH), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), lipoprotein A (Lp(a)), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), free thyroxine (FT4), free triiodothyronine (FT3) and TSH levels were determined and the ratios of TCH/HDL-C were assessed...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394933/the-acute-impact-of-high-dose-lipid-lowering-treatment-on-endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-the-remedy-epc-early-substudy
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Rosalinda Madonna, Francesca Vera Renna, Paola Lanuti, Matteo Perfetti, Marco Marchisio, Carlo Briguori, Gerolama Condorelli, Lamberto Manzoli, Raffaele De Caterina
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) play a role in vascular repair, while circulating endothelial cells (CECs) are biomarkers of vascular damage and regeneration. Statins may promote EPC/CEC mobilization in the peripheral blood. We evaluated whether pre-procedural exposure to different lipid-lowering drugs (statins±ezetimibe) can acutely increase levels/activity of EPCs/CECs in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: In a planned sub-analysis of the Rosuvastatin For REduction Of Myocardial DamagE During Coronary AngioplastY (REMEDY) trial, 38 patients with stable CAD on chronic low-dose statin therapy were randomized, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled design, into 4 groups before PCI: i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386307/sulforaphane-protects-against-high-cholesterol-induced-mitochondrial-bioenergetics-impairments-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-and-preserves-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-function
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Catalina Carrasco-Pozo, Kah Ni Tan, Martin Gotteland, Karin Borges
Cholesterol plays an important role in inducing pancreatic β-cell dysfunction, leading to an impaired insulin secretory response to glucose. This study aimed to determine the protective effects of sulforaphane, a natural isothiocyanate Nrf2-inducer, against cholesterol-induced pancreatic β-cells dysfunction, through molecular and cellular mechanisms involving mitochondrial bioenergetics. Sulforaphane prevented cholesterol-induced alterations in the coupling efficiency of mitochondrial respiration, improving ATP turnover and spare capacity, and averted the impairment of the electron flow at complexes I, II, and IV...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385108/urtica-dioica-attenuates-ovalbumin-induced-inflammation-and-lipid-peroxidation-of-lung-tissues-in-rat-asthma-model
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Hanene Zemmouri, Omar Sekiou, Sonda Ammar, Abdelfattah El Feki, Mohamed Bouaziz, Mahfoud Messarah, Amel Boumendjel
CONTEXT: To find bioactive medicinal herbs exerting anti-asthmatic activity, we investigated the effect of an aqueous extract of Urtica dioica L. (Urticaceae) leaves (UD), the closest extract to the Algerian traditional use. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we investigated the in vivo anti-asthmatic and antioxidant activities of nettle extract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: Group I: negative control; group II: Ovalbumin sensitized/challenged rats (positive control); group III: received UD extract (1...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383087/equilibrium-shapes-of-tubular-lipid-membranes
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Urška Jelerčič
Tubular vesicles represent abundant structural motifs which are observed both in experiments and in nature. We analyse them within the theory of bending elasticity and determine the equilibrium solutions at fixed volume, surface area, and segment length without imposing any specific symmetry or periodicity. We identify four different non-periodic equilibrium shapes. Depending on the precise value of the constraints or the corresponding Lagrange multipliers, these four shapes include: (i) snake-like and (ii) helical structures, (iii) tubes with a spherical body, and (iv) tubes with a discoidal body...
April 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379482/investigating-proteins-and-proteases-composing-amniotic-and-allantoic-fluids-during-chicken-embryonic-development
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M Da Silva, V Labas, Y Nys, S Réhault-Godbert
In amniotes, the amniotic fluid is a significant contributor to fetal development and health. While numerous studies have been conducted in mammalian amniotic fluid, the composition of amniotic and other extraembryonic fluids in avian egg along with their physiological functions remain largely unexplored. In such a context, our objective was to characterize the chicken amniotic fluid (AmF) and allantoic fluid (AlF) properties, protein composition, and some associated functions from day 8 to day 16 of incubation...
March 31, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379032/success-and-failure-of-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-in-czech-republic-over-the-past-30-years-czech-part-of-the-euroaspire-i-iv-surveys
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H Rosolová, B Nussbaumerová, O Mayer, R Cífková, J Bruthans
Cardiovascular (CV) mortality was reduced more than 50 % in the Czech population at the turn of the century, due to an improvement of major CV risk factors in the general population, interventional procedures implemented into the treatment of acute coronary events, and new drugs (ACE inhibitors, statins etc.) for CV prevention (Czech MONICA and post-MONICA studies, 1985-2008). An insufficient level of preventive efforts is described in the Czech patients after acute coronary syndrome (Czech part of the EUROASPIRE studies, 1995-2013)...
April 5, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377994/data-on-subgroup-specific-baseline-characteristics-and-serum-sphingosine-1-phosphate-concentrations-in-the-study-of-health-in-pomerania
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Eileen Moritz, Danilo Wegner, Stefan Groß, Martin Bahls, Marcus Dörr, Stephan B Felix, Till Ittermann, Stefan Oswald, Matthias Nauck, Nele Friedrich, Rainer H Böger, Günter Daum, Edzard Schwedhelm, Bernhard H Rauch
In this data article, we provide subgroup specific baseline characteristics and serum sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) concentrations for healthy individuals within the Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP)-TREND cohort. After exclusion of subjects with cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, elevated liver enzymes and/or chronic kidney disease stadium III or IV, four subgroups were defined according to different limits for body mass index (BMI), alterations in blood lipid levels and smoking status...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376894/mitochondrial-content-oxidative-and-nitrosative-stress-in-human-full-term-placentas-with-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Joel Ramírez-Emiliano, Martha E Fajardo-Araujo, Ismael Zúñiga-Trujillo, Victoriano Pérez-Vázquez, Cuauhtémoc Sandoval-Salazar, Jessica K Órnelas-Vázquez
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the mitochondrial content, and the oxidative and nitrosative stress of the placenta in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS: Full-term placentas from GDM and healthy pregnancies were collected following informed consent. The lipid peroxidation (TBARS) and oxidized protein (carbonyls) levels were determined by spectrophotometry, and 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT), subunit IV of cytochrome oxidase (COX4), adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and actin were determined by western blot, whereas ATPase activity was performed by determining the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) consumption using a High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system...
April 4, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372475/in-vivo-antitumour-potential-of-camel-s-milk-against-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-rats-and-its-improvement-of-cisplatin-renal-side-effects
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Hala M F El Miniawy, Kawkab A Ahmed, Sameeh A Mansour, Marwa M Salah Khattab
CONTEXT: Camel milk (CM) is recommended for liver disease patients in Egypt for a strong belief that it has a curative effect. OBJECTIVE: The effect of consumption of CM with or without chemotherapeutic drug cisplatin was evaluated on induced hepatocarcinogenesis in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar male rats (56) were divided into eight groups (7 rats each). Group I was control. Hepatocarcinogenesis was initiated by a single dose of intraperitoneal injection of diethylnitrosamine (DENA) (200 mg/kg BW) and promoted by phenobarbitone (500 ppm) in drinking water in groups V, VI, VII and VIII...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
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