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Marta Scatena, Melissa F Jackson, Mei Y Speer, Elizabeth M Leaf, Mary C Wallingford, Cecilia M Giachelli
OBJECTIVE: Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is a major cause of aortic stenosis (AS) and cardiac insufficiency. Patients with type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at heightened risk for CAVD, and their valves have greater calcification than nondiabetic valves. No drugs to prevent or treat CAVD exist, and animal models that might help identify therapeutic targets are sorely lacking. To develop an animal model mimicking the structural and functional features of CAVD in people with T2DM, we tested a diabetogenic, procalcific diet and its effect on the incidence and severity of CAVD and AS in the, LDLr-/- ApoB100/100 mouse model...
February 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Philipp Strauss, Hans-Peter Marti, Christian Beisland, Andreas Scherer, Vegard Lysne, Sabine Leh, Arnar Flatberg, Even Koch, Vidar Beisvag, Lea Landolt, Trude Skogstrand, Øystein Eikrem
Novel predictive tools for clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) are urgently needed. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been increasingly investigated for their predictive value, and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded biopsy archives may potentially be a valuable source of miRNA sequencing material, as they remain an underused resource. Core biopsies of both cancerous and adjacent normal tissues were obtained from patients ( n = 12) undergoing nephrectomy. After small RNA-seq, several analyses were performed, including classifier evaluation, obesity-related inquiries, survival analysis using publicly available datasets, comparisons to the current literature and ingenuity pathway analyses...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
John Parker, Amanda N Schellenberger, Amy L Roe, Hellen Oketch-Rabah, Angela I Calderón
The attraction of novel foods proceeds alongside epidemic cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and related risk factors. Dieticians have identified chia ( Salvia hispanica ) as a product with a catalog of potential health benefits relating to these detriments. Chia is currently consumed not only as seeds, but also as oil, which brings about similar effects. Chia seeds and chia seed oil are used mainly as a food commodity and the oil is also used popularly as a dietary ingredient used in various dietary supplements available in the U...
March 13, 2018: Planta Medica
Hale M Tasyurek, Yunus E Eksi, Ahter D Sanlioglu, Hasan A Altunbas, Mustafa K Balci, Thomas S Griffith, Salih Sanlioglu
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is characterised by insulin resistance, glucose intolerance and beta cell loss leading to hyperglycemia. Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) has been regarded as a novel therapeutic agent for the treatment of T2DM because of its insulinotropic and anti-inflammatory properties. Despite these beneficial properties, VIP is extremely sensitive to peptidases (DPP-4) requiring constant infusion or multiple injections to observe any therapeutic benefit. Thus, we constructed an HIV-based lentiviral vector encoding human VIP (LentiVIP) to test the therapeutic efficacy of VIP peptide in a diet-induced obesity (DIO) animal model of T2DM...
March 9, 2018: Gene Therapy
Agnieszka Zagorska, Anna Partyka, Adam Bucki, Alicja Gawalska, Anna Czopek, Maciej Pawlowski
BACKGROUND: The phosphodiesterase 10 (PDE10) family, identified in 1999, is mainly expressed in the brain, particularly in the striatum, within the medium spiny neurons, nucleus accumbens, and olfactory tubercle. Inhibitors of PDE10 (PDE10-Is) are a conceptually rational subject for medicinal chemistry with potential use in the treatment of psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. OBJECTIVE: This review is based on peer-reviewed published articles, and summarizes the cellular and molecular biology of PDE10 as a rational target for psychiatric and neurodegenerative drug discovery...
March 8, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Lotte Kors, Elena Rampanelli, Geurt Stokman, Loes Butter, Ntsiki M Held, Nike Claessen, Per W B Larsen, Joanne Verheij, Coert J Zuurbier, Gerhard Liebisch, Gerd Schmitz, Stephen E Girardin, Sandrine Florquin, Riekelt H Houtkooper, Jaklien C Leemans
NOD-like receptor (NLR)X1 (NLRX1) is an ubiquitously expressed inflammasome-independent NLR that is uniquely localized in mitochondria with as yet unknown effects on metabolic diseases. Here, we report that NLRX1 is essential in regulating cellular metabolism in non-immune parenchymal hepatocytes by decreasing mitochondrial fatty acid-dependent oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) and promoting glycolysis. NLRX1 loss in mice has a profound impact on the prevention of diet-induced metabolic syndrome parameters, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progression, and renal dysfunction...
March 4, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Brian D Adams, Hannah Arem, Monica J Hubal, Brenda Cartmel, Fangyong Li, Maura Harrigan, Tara Sanft, Christopher J Cheng, Lajos Pusztai, Melinda L Irwin
PURPOSE: Obesity and weight gain are associated with comorbidities including a higher risk of tumor recurrence and cancer-related deaths among breast cancer (BC) survivors; however, the underlying mechanisms linking obesity and cancer are poorly understood. Given the lack of clinically validated BC biomarkers, obesity and weight-loss studies utilize serum biomarkers as the intermediary outcomes of tumor recurrence. Studies have indicated microRNAs (miRNA)s are reliable biomarkers for cancer...
March 6, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Burkhard Kleuser
Two decades ago, sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) was discovered as a novel bioactive molecule that regulates a variety of cellular functions. The plethora of S1P-mediated effects is due to the fact that the sphingolipid not only modulates intracellular functions but also acts as a ligand of G protein-coupled receptors after secretion into the extracellular environment. In the plasma, S1P is found in high concentrations, modulating immune cell trafficking and vascular endothelial integrity. The liver is engaged in modulating the plasma S1P content, as it produces apolipoprotein M, which is a chaperone for the S1P transport...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Spatola Leonardo, Ferraro Manuel Pietro, Gambaro Giovanni, Badalamenti Salvatore, Dauriz Marco
Uric acid nephrolithiasis (UAN) is an increasingly common disease in ethnically diverse populations and constitutes about 10% of all kidney stones. Metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus are accounted amongst the major risk factors for UAN, together with environmental exposure, individual lifestyle habits and genetic predisposition. The development and overt manifestation of UAN appears to stem on the background of insulin resistance, which acts at the kidney level by reducing urinary pH, thus hampering the ability of the kidney to generate renal ammonium in response to an acid load...
March 3, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Zhen-Yu Yao, Wen-Bin Chen, Shan-Shan Shao, Shi-Zhan Ma, Chong-Bo Yang, Meng-Zhu Li, Jia-Jun Zhao, Ling Gao
Metabolic disorders are classified clinically as a complex and varied group of diseases including metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. Fat toxicity, chronic inflammation, and oxidative stress, which may change cellular functions, are considered to play an essential role in the pathogenetic progress of metabolic disorders. Recent studies have found that cells secrete nanoscale vesicles containing proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and membrane receptors, which mediate signal transduction and material transport to neighboring and distant cells...
2018: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
Gitanjali Srivastava, Caroline Apovian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity is a global health crisis with detrimental effects on all organ systems leading to worsening disease state and rising costs of care. Persons with obesity failing lifestyle therapies need to be escalated to appropriate pharmacological treatment modalities, medical devices, and/or bariatric surgery if criteria are met and more aggressive intervention is needed. The progression of severe obesity in the patient population coupled with related co-morbidities necessitates the development of novel therapies for the treatment of obesity...
March 5, 2018: Current Obesity Reports
Giovanni Musso, Roberto Gambino, Maurizio Cassader, Elena Paschetta, Antonio Sircana
The resolution of necroinflammation and fibrosis remains a primary clinical target in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the most common chronic liver disease and a major cause of end-stage liver disease. Our understanding of the basic molecular mechanisms driving inflammation and fibrosis and their resolution in obesity-related conditions, including NASH, have led to the proposal of a novel, tractable therapeutic paradigm involving specialized proresolving mediators (SPMs), namely lipoxins (LXs), resolvins (Rvs), protectins (PDs), and maresins (MaRs)...
February 27, 2018: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
Daniel F Vatner, Leigh Goedeke, Joao-Paulo G Camporez, Kun Lyu, Ali R Nasiri, Dongyan Zhang, Sanjay Bhanot, Susan F Murray, Christopher D Still, Glenn S Gerhard, Gerald I Shulman, Varman T Samuel
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Targeting regulators of adipose tissue lipoprotein lipase could enhance adipose lipid clearance, prevent ectopic lipid accumulation and consequently ameliorate insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Angiopoietin-like 8 (ANGPTL8) is an insulin-regulated lipoprotein lipase inhibitor strongly expressed in murine adipose tissue. However, Angptl8 knockout mice do not have improved insulin resistance. We hypothesised that pharmacological inhibition, using a second-generation antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) against Angptl8 in adult high-fat-fed rodents, would prevent ectopic lipid accumulation and insulin resistance by promoting adipose lipid uptake...
March 1, 2018: Diabetologia
Taedong Han, Byoung Moon Lee, Yoo Hoi Park, Dong Hoon Lee, Hyun Ho Choi, Taehoon Lee, Hakwon Kim
G protein-coupled receptor 119 (GPR119) is expressed in the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract, and its activation promotes insulin secretion in the beta cells of the pancreatic islets as well as the secretion of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in intestinal L cells, consequently improving glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Due to this dual mechanism of action, the development of small-molecule GPR119 agonists has received significant interest for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. We newly synthesized 1,2,4-triazolone derivatives of GPR119 agonists, which demonstrated excellent outcomes in a cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) assay...
March 1, 2018: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
Milton Packer
Among patients with heart failure and a preserved ejection (HFpEF), obesity is associated with a distinct phenotype that is characterized by adiposity-driven plasma volume expansion and cardiac overfilling, which is coupled with an impairment of ventricular distensibility. These pathophysiological abnormalities may be related to the increased actions of specific adipocyte-derived signalling molecules (aldosterone, neprilysin and leptin) that work in concert with increased renal sympathetic nerve traffic and activated beta2 -adrenergic receptors to promote sodium retention, microvascular rarefaction, cardiac fibrosis and systemic inflammation...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
Ruohan Yu, Changhong Li, Lin Sun, Leilei Jian, Zhenzhen Ma, Jinxia Zhao, Xiangyuan Liu
Hypoxia is a prominent microenvironment feature in a range of disorders including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), atherosclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), infection, and obesity. Hypoxia promotes biological functions of fibroblast-like synoviocytes via regulating hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF1α). Dysregulated protein citrullination in RA drives the production of antibodies to citrullinated proteins, a highly specific biomarker of RA. However, the mechanisms promoting citrullination in RA are not yet fully elucidated...
February 27, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
Sharmayne R E Brady, Aya Mousa, Negar Naderpoor, Maximilian P J de Courten, Flavia Cicuttini, Barbora de Courten
Objective: To compare cardiometabolic risk factors including cytokine and adipokine concentrations between individuals with and without back pain. Methods: In 62 overweight/obese adults (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 ; 23F/39M), we collected data on: self-reported back pain; anthropometry [BMI, waist circumference, body composition (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry-DEXA)]; metabolic parameters [fasting glucose; insulin sensitivity (hyperinsulinaemic-euglycaemic clamps)]; cardiovascular parameters (blood pressure, lipids); serum inflammation markers [high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP; immunoturbidimetric-assay), tumor necrosis factor- alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6, and IL-10 (multiplex-assay)]; and adipokines [leptin, adipsin, resistin, and adiponectin (multiplex-assay)]...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Cyril Cyrus, Mona H Ismail, Shahanas Chathoth, Chittibabu Vatte, Majd Hasen, Amein Al Ali
BACKGROUND: Obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide resulting in a serious public health problem. In Saudi Arabia, 28.7% of the population is obese due largely to the adoption of western dietary patterns over the last decade. The Fat-mass and obesity associated (FTO) and melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) genes are ubiquitously expressed in the brain and pancreatic islets, and are the main link between the central nervous system and energy homeostasis based on food intake and energy expenditure...
February 21, 2018: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Inês Vieira da Silva, Joana S Rodrigues, Irene Rebelo, Joana P G Miranda, Graça Soveral
The metabolic syndrome (MetS) includes a group of medical conditions such as insulin resistance (IR), dyslipidemia and hypertension, all associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Increased visceral and ectopic fat deposition are also key features in the development of IR and MetS, with pathophysiological sequels on adipose tissue, liver and muscle. The recent recognition of aquaporins (AQPs) involvement in adipose tissue homeostasis has opened new perspectives for research in this field...
February 20, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Priska Stahel, Changting Xiao, Robert A Hegele, Gary F Lewis
Despite the effectiveness of low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-lowering strategies for the treatment of diabetic dyslipidemia, significant residual risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease remains. Residual risk might in part be explained by lipid abnormalities that go beyond LDL cholesterol elevation, collectively termed the "atherogenic dyslipidemia complex (ADC)," consisting of hypertriglyceridemia, elevated small dense LDL particles, reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein particle numbers, increased remnant lipoproteins, and postprandial hyperlipidemia...
December 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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