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Qiang Meng, Xing-Ping Duan, Chang-Yuan Wang, Zhi-Hao Liu, Peng-Yuan Sun, Xiao-Kui Huo, Hui-Jun Sun, Jin-Yong Peng, Ke-Xin Liu
AIM: Alisol B 23-acetate (AB23A) is a natural triterpenoid isolated from the traditional Chinese medicine rhizoma alismatis, which exhibits a number of pharmacological activities, including anti-hepatitis virus, anti-cancer and antibacterial effects. In this study we examined whether AB23A protected against non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in mice, and the mechanisms underlying the protective effects. METHODS: NASH was induced in mice fed a methionine and choline-deficient (MCD) diet for 4 weeks...
October 24, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Ge Shi, Ting-Ting Wang, Juan-Hua Quan, Shi-Jie Li, Man-Feng Zhang, Pei-Yu Liao, Yi-Ming Fan
BACKGROUND: The transcription factor Sox9 is pivotal in the morphogenesis of hair follicles, but its role in sebocytes is poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of Sox9 on human sebocyte proliferation, differentiation and lipogenesis. METHODS: Sox9 expression was detected by immunohistochemistry in normal skin and acne lesion. Primary cultured human sebocytes were transfected with adenovirus expressing GFP-Sox9 or Sox9 microRNA...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
M M D C A Weller, Ronan L Albino, M I Marcondes, W Silva, K M Daniels, M M Campos, M S Duarte, M L Mescouto, F F Silva, S E F Guimarães
This study investigated the effects of increased nutrient intake levels on prepubertal mammary parenchyma development in crossbreed (Holstein × Gyr) dairy heifers. Eighteen heifers age 3 to 4 mo were fed 1 of 3 nutrient intake levels (n = 6 per treatment) designed to sustain an average daily gain of 0.0 kg/d (maintenance, MA), 0.5 kg/d (low gain, LG), or 1.0 kg/d (high gain, HG). Serum blood samples collected on d 42 and 84 after a 12-h fast were analyzed for triglycerides, leptin, insulin, and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Kaitlin Mock, Sundus Lateef, Vagner A Benedito, Janet C Tou
High-fructose corn syrup-55 (HFCS-55) has been suggested to be more lipogenic than sucrose, which increases the risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and dyslipidemia. The study objectives were to determine the effects of drinking different sugar-sweetened solutions on hepatic gene expression in relation to liver fatty acid composition and risk of NAFLD. Female rats were randomly assigned (n=7 rats/group) to drink water or water sweetened with 13% (w/v) HFCS-55, sucrose or fructose for 8 weeks. Rats drinking HFCS-55 solution had the highest (P=...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Bonglee Kim, Moon-Jea Woo, Chul-Soo Park, Sang-Hun Lee, Jin-Soo Kim, Boim Kim, Seho An, Sung-Hoon Kim
Hovenia dulcis Thunb. (HDT) was known to have anti-fatigue, anti-diabetes, neuroprotective, and hepatoprotective effects. In the present study, the anti-fatty liver mechanism of HDT was elucidated in oleic acid (OA)-treated Hep G2 cells and acute hyperlipidemia mouse model using Triton WR-1339. Here, HDT activated p-AMP-activated protein kinase (p-AMPK), proliferator activated receptor-α, carnitine palmitoyltransferase and also inhibited the expression of lipogenesis and cholesterol synthesis proteins, such as 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase, sterol regulatory element binding protein-1c, SREBP-2, and fatty acid synthase in OA-treated Hep G2 cells...
October 20, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Steven Zhao, AnnMarie Torres, Ryan A Henry, Sophie Trefely, Martina Wallace, Joyce V Lee, Alessandro Carrer, Arjun Sengupta, Sydney L Campbell, Yin-Ming Kuo, Alexander J Frey, Noah Meurs, John M Viola, Ian A Blair, Aalim M Weljie, Christian M Metallo, Nathaniel W Snyder, Andrew J Andrews, Kathryn E Wellen
Mechanisms of metabolic flexibility enable cells to survive under stressful conditions and can thwart therapeutic responses. Acetyl-coenzyme A (CoA) plays central roles in energy production, lipid metabolism, and epigenomic modifications. Here, we show that, upon genetic deletion of Acly, the gene coding for ATP-citrate lyase (ACLY), cells remain viable and proliferate, although at an impaired rate. In the absence of ACLY, cells upregulate ACSS2 and utilize exogenous acetate to provide acetyl-CoA for de novo lipogenesis (DNL) and histone acetylation...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Huai-Peng Lin, Zhou-Li Cheng, Ruo-Yu He, Lei Song, Meng-Xin Tian, Lisha Zhou, Beezly S Groh, Weiren Liu, Min-Biao Ji, Chen Ding, Ying-Hong Shi, Kun-Liang Guan, Dan Ye, Yue Xiong
Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is the terminal enzyme in de novo lipogenesis and plays a key role in cell proliferation. Pharmacological inhibitors of FASN are being evaluated in clinical trials for treatment of cancer, obesity and other diseases. Here we report a previously unknown mechanism of FASN regulation involving its acetylation by KAT8 and its deacetylation by HDAC3. FASN acetylation promoted its degradation via the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. FASN acetylation enhanced its association with the E3 ubiquitin-ligase TRIM21...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Research
Mahalingam Balakumar, Durai Prabhu, Chandrakumar Sathishkumar, Paramasivam Prabu, Namita Rokana, Ramesh Kumar, Srividhya Raghavan, Avinash Soundarajan, Sunita Grover, Virender Kumar Batish, Viswanathan Mohan, Muthuswamy Balasubramanyam
PURPOSE: Diabetes and obesity are characterized by glucose intolerance, fat deposition, inflammation, and dyslipidemia. Recent reports postulated that distinct gut microbiota alterations were observed in obese/diabetic subjects and modulating gut microbiota beneficially through specific probiotics could be a potential therapeutic option for type 2 diabetes/obesity. Therefore, we attempted to study the efficacy of probiotics of Indian gut origin (Lactobacillus plantarum MTCC5690 and Lactobacillus fermentum MTCC5689) along with a positive control, Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG) on glucose/lipid homeostasis in high-fat-diet-induced diabetic animal model...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
Francislaine A Dos Reis Lívero, Gracianny Gomes Martins, José Ederaldo Queiroz Telles, Olair Carlos Beltrame, Stellee Marcela Petris Biscaia, Célia Regina Cavichiolo Franco, Ronald P J Oude Elferink, Alexandra Acco
Ethanol abuse is a serious public health problem that is associated with several stages of alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and a high incidence of morbidity and mortality. Alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD), the earliest stage of ALD, is a multifactorial injury that involves oxidative stress and disruptions of lipid metabolism. Although benign and reversible, no pharmacological treatments are available for this condition. In the present study, we induced AFLD in mice with 10% ethanol and a low-protein diet and then orally treated them with a hydroethanolic extract of Baccharis trimera (HEBT; 30 mg kg(-1))...
October 15, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Tomasz Bednarski, Adam Olichwier, Agnieszka Opasinska, Aleksandra Pyrkowska, Ana-Maria Gan, James M Ntambi, Pawel Dobrzyn
Stearoyl-CoA desaturase 1 (SCD1) has recently been shown to be a critical control point in the regulation of cardiac metabolism and function. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) is an important regulator of myocardial fatty acid uptake and utilization. The present study used SCD1 and PPARα double knockout (SCD1(-/-)/PPARα(-/-)) mice to test the hypothesis that PPARα is involved in metabolic changes in the heart that are caused by SCD1 downregulation/inhibition. SCD1 deficiency decreased the intracellular content of free fatty acids, triglycerides, and ceramide in the heart of SCD1(-/-) and SCD1(-/-)/PPARα(-/-) mice...
October 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
D Löffler, K Landgraf, D Rockstroh, J T Schwartze, H Dunzendorfer, W Kiess, A Körner
BACKGROUND: Meteorin-like (METRNL) is a recently described circulating protein shown to be highly expressed in white adipose tissue and to beneficially affect energy metabolism in mice. OBJECTIVE: We systematically evaluated the role of METRNL for human adipogenesis and its association with obesity, browning and hyperinsulinemia in children. In addition, we assessed the functional relevance of METRNL for human adipogenesis. RESULTS: METRNL expression decreased during human adipocyte differentiation in vitro...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Yanqing Zhang, Cheng Wang, Yunli Tian, Fengxiao Zhang, Wenjing Xu, Xiangrao Li, Zhiping Shu, Yan Wang, Kai Huang, Dan Huang
Activation of Kupffer cells (KCs) by gut-derived endotoxin plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver diseases (ALD). Limiting the activation of resident KCs attenuates chronic ethanol-induced liver steatosis and injury. Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-1 is suggested to play a role in a number of chronic inflammatory diseases. In this study, we found a significant increase of hepatic PARP activity in mice with short-term and long-term ethanol-induced ALD. Male mice on a long-term ethanol diet exhibited severe hepatic steatosis and apoptosis and enhanced KC activation and neutrophil infiltration...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Chao-Wei Huang, Yi-Shan Chien, Yu-Jen Chen, Kolapo M Ajuwon, Harry M Mersmann, Shih-Torng Ding
The incidence of obesity and its comorbidities, such as insulin resistance and type II diabetes, are increasing dramatically, perhaps caused by the change in the fatty acid composition of common human diets. Adipose tissue plays a role as the major energy reservoir in the body. An excess of adipose mass accumulation caused by chronic positive energy balance results in obesity. The n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) exert numerous beneficial effects to maintain physiological homeostasis...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jean-Michel Petit, Jean-Pierre Cercueil, Romaric Loffroy, Damien Denimal, Benjamin Bouillet, Coralie Fourmont, Olivier Chevallier, Laurence Duvillard, Bruno Vergès
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is very frequent in type 2 diabetes with increased risk of further development of liver fibrosis. Animal studies have shown that GLP-1 receptor agonists may reduce liver lipogenesis. However, data in humans are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of liraglutide 1.2 mg/d on liver fat content (LFC) in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and to evaluate the factors potentially associated with liraglutide-induced modification of LFC...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Aline G Cozer, Márcia Trapp, Claudia Vieira Marques, Tiago L Martins, Jorge Felipe A Model, Vanessa Schein, Luiz Carlos Kucharski, Roselis S M Da Silva
The present work assesses in vitro the role of human Stanniocalcin 1 (hSTC-1) in glucose metabolism in white retroperitoneal adipose tissue (WRAT) from fed rat. In the fed state, hSTC1 increases the incorporation of (14)C from glucose into lipids in the rat WRAT. The increase in lipogenesis capacity supports the hypothesis that the activity of the glycerol-3-phosphate-generating pathway (glycolysis) from glucose is regulated by hSTC-1. The effect of hSTC-1 on de novo fatty acid synthesis and on glucose oxidation in WRAT is supported by an 85 % increase in (14)CO2 production from (14)C-glucose...
October 11, 2016: Lipids
Richard E Heinz, Michael C Rudolph, Palani Ramanathan, Nicole S Spoelstra, Kiel T Butterfield, Patricia G Webb, Beatrice L Babbs, Hongwei Gao, Shang Chen, Michael A Gordon, Steve M Anderson, Margaret C Neville, Haihua Gu, Jennifer K Richer
Profiling of RNA from mouse mammary epithelial cells (MECs) isolated on pregnancy day 14 (P14) and lactation day 2 (L2) revealed that the majority of differentially expressed microRNA declined precipitously between late pregnancy and lactation. The decline in miR-150, which exhibited the greatest fold decrease, was verified quantitatively and qualitatively. To test the hypothesis that the decline in miR-150 is critical for lactation, MEC-specific constitutive miR-150 was achieved by crossing ROSA26-lox-STOP-lox-miR-150 mice with WAP-driven Cre recombinase mice...
October 11, 2016: Development
Xiufang Zhang, Xuewei Ye, Weiyun Chai, Xiao-Yuan Lian, Zhizhen Zhang
An extract prepared from the culture of a marine-derived actinomycete Streptomyces sp. ZZ338 was found to have significant antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities. A chemical investigation of this active extract resulted in the isolation of three known bioactive actinomycins (1-3) and two new metabolites (4 and 5). The structures of the isolated compounds were identified as actinomycins D (1), V (2), X0β (3), 2-acetylamino-3-hydroxyl-4-methyl-benzoic acid methyl ester (4), and N-1S-(4-methylaminophenylmethyl)-2-oxo-propyl acetamide (5) based on their nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and high resolution electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy (HRESIMS) data as well as their optical rotation...
October 11, 2016: Marine Drugs
Kazuo Erami, Yasutake Tanaka, Sayaka Kawamura, Motonori Miyago, Ai Sawazaki, Katsumi Imaizumi, Masao Sato
Egg yolk is an important source of nutrients and contains different bioactive substances. In the present study, we studied the benefits of egg yolk in preventing low-protein-diet-induced fatty liver in rats. Rats were fed the following diets, which were based on the AIN-76 formula, for 2 wk: an adequate-protein diet containing 20% casein (C), a low-protein diet containing 5% casein (LP-C), a low-protein diet supplemented with 12.5% egg yolk (LP-EY), and a low-protein diet supplemented with 4.1% egg yolk oil (LP-EYO)...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
Min-Hsiung Pan, Yen-Chen Tung, Guliang Yang, Shiming Li, Chi-Tang Ho
Obesity is a serious health problem in adults and children worldwide. However, the basic strategies for the management of obesity (diet, exercise, drugs and surgery) have limitations and side effects. Therefore, many researchers have sought to identify bioactive components in food. Tea and coffee are the most frequently consumed beverages in the whole world. Their health benefits have been studied for decades, especially those of green tea. The anti-obesity effect of tea and coffee has been studied for at least ten years...
October 10, 2016: Food & Function
Yi-Jen Liao, Tzong-Shyuan Lee, Yuh-Ching Twu, Shih-Ming Hsu, Ching-Ping Yang, Chung-Kwe Wang, Yu-Chih Liang, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
BACKGROUND: Glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT) is abundantly expressed in the normal liver but is down-regulated in liver cancer tissues. GNMT knockout (Gnmt-/-) mice can spontaneously develop chronic hepatitis, fatty liver, and liver cancer. We previously demonstrated that hepatic GNMT is decreased in high-fat-diet-induced type 2 diabetes mellitus, but its contribution to metabolic syndrome is unclear. Here we show that GNMT modulates key aspects of metabolic syndrome in mice. METHODS: Eleven-week-old Gnmt-/- and wild-type (WT) mice with a C57BL/6 genetic background were used in this study...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Science
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