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Mohammad A BaSalamah, Abdelghany Hassan Abdelghany, Mohamed El-Boshy, Jawwad Ahmad, Shakir Idris, Bassem Refaat
This study measured the effects of vitamin D (VD) supplementation on the underlying molecular pathways involved in renal and testicular damage induced by lead (Pb) toxicity. Thirty two adult male Wistar rats were divided equally into four groups that were treated individually or simultaneously, except the negative control, for four weeks with lead acetate in drinking water (1,000 mg/L) and/or intramuscular VD (1,000 IU/kg; 3 days/week). Pb toxicity markedly reduced serum VD and Ca2+ , induced substantial renal and testicular injuries with concomitant significant alterations in the expression of VD metabolising enzymes, its receptor and binding protein, and the calcium sensing receptor...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rehan M Hussain, Ninel Z Gregori, Thomas A Ciulla, Byron L Lam
Pharmacotherapy with visual cycle modulators (VCMs) is under investigation for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), Stargardt macular dystrophy (SMD) and nonexudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD), all blinding diseases that lack effective treatment options. Areas covered: The authors review investigational VCMs, including oral retinoids, 9-cis-retinyl-acetate (zuretinol) and 9-cis-β-carotene, which restore 11-cis-retinal levels in RP and LCA caused by LRAT and RPE65 gene mutations, and may improve visual acuity and visual fields...
March 15, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Sabriye Arslan, Yasemin Akdevelioğlu
Nonclassical target organs recently defined for vitamin D, a major regulator of calcium phosphorus homeostasis and bone health, include reproductive ones. This compilation study focuses on the potential effects of vitamin D on female reproductive functions. Vitamin D receptor enzymes that metabolize vitamin D are expressed in both central and peripheral reproductive organs. Most studies suggest that vitamin D may be directly or indirectly related to gonadal functions. Vitamin D's effects on reproductive functions may be indirectly related to diseases such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uterine leiomyomas, and endometriosis...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Erzsebet Polyak, Julian Ostrovsky, Min Peng, Stephen D Dingley, Mai Tsukikawa, Young Joon Kwon, Shana E McCormack, Michael Bennett, Rui Xiao, Christoph Seiler, Zhe Zhang, Marni J Falk
Oxidative stress is a known contributing factor in mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC) disease pathogenesis. Yet, no efficient means exists to objectively evaluate the comparative therapeutic efficacy or toxicity of different antioxidant compounds empirically used in human RC disease. We postulated that pre-clinical comparative analysis of diverse antioxidant drugs having suggested utility in primary RC disease using animal and cellular models of RC dysfunction may improve understanding of their integrated effects and physiologic mechanisms, and enable prioritization of lead antioxidant molecules to pursue in human clinical trials...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Chung S Yang, Chi-Tang Ho, Jinsong Zhang, Xiaochun Wan, Ke Zhang, Justin Lim
"Antioxidants" is a term commonly used in food science to describe compounds that block lipid peroxidation and other oxidative reactions, keeping the freshness and prolonging shelf life of food products. Dietary antioxidants and antioxidant supplements are lauded to quench reactive oxygen species and prevent different chronic diseases, but strong evidence for the beneficial effects is lacking. In addition to the essential antioxidant nutrients vitamins E and C in the human body, there are several well-designed antioxidant and cytoprotective enzyme systems, which are more important than dietary non-nutrient antioxidants...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Shadi Alsadat Kheradvar, Jhamak Nourmohammadi, Hadi Tabesh, Behnam Bagheri
Core-sheath nanofibrous mat as a new vitamin E (VE) delivery system based on silk fibroin (SF)/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/aloe vera (AV) was successfully prepared by the electrospinning method. Initially, VE-loaded starch nanoparticles were produced and then incorporated into the best beadless SF-PVA-AV nanofibers. The successful loading of VE in starch nanoparticles was proved by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy indicated that spherical nanoparticles were successfully embedded within the nanofibers...
March 2, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Masaru Nakagawa, Sigeyuki Uno, Noriyoshi Iriyama, Manabu Matsunawa, Makoto Makishima, Jin Takeuchi, Isao Tsuboi, Yoshihiro Hatta, Masami Takei
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is an environmental pollutant found in cigarette smoke and is implicated as a causative agent of tobacco-related diseases, such as arteriosclerosis. In contrast, vitamin D signaling, which is principally mediated by conversion of vitamin D to the active form, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2 D3 ], decreases cardiovascular disease risk. However, combined treatment with BaP and 1,25(OH)2 D3 enhances BaP toxicity, including BaP-DNA adduct formation. We further investigated the cross-talk between BaP and 1,25(OH)2 D3 signaling pathways, and found that combined treatment with these compounds induces mRNA and protein expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) in monocyte/macrophage-derived THP-1 and U937 cells...
March 7, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Pierre Maudens, Christian Alexander Seemayer, François Pfefferlé, Olivier Jordan, Eric Allémann
This study aimed to formulate nanocrystal-polymer particles containing the potent p38α/β MAPK inhibitor PH-797804 (PH-NPPs) and to test their extended-release properties over months in comparison to those of conventional PH microparticles for the intra-articular treatment of inflammatory and mechanistic murine models mirroring aspects of human osteoarthritis (OA). The steps of the study were (i) to formulate PH nanocrystals (wet milling), (ii) to encapsulate a high payload of PH nanocrystals in fluorescent particles (spray drying), (iii) to assess in vitro drug release, (iv) to evaluate PH-NPP toxicity to human OA synoviocytes (MTT test), (v) to investigate the in vivo bioactivity of the particles in mice in an inflammatory antigen-induced arthritis (AIA) model (using histology and RT-qPCR) and (vi) to investigate the in vivo bioactivity of the particles in the OA model obtained by mechanistic surgical destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM) (using histology, micro-CT, and multiplex ELISA)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Kateřina Pěnčíková, Lucie Svržková, Simona Strapáčová, Jiří Neča, Iveta Bartoňková, Zdeněk Dvořák, Martina Hýžďalová, Jakub Pivnička, Lenka Pálková, Hans-Joachim Lehmler, Xueshu Li, Jan Vondráček, Miroslav Machala
The mechanisms contributing to toxic effects of airborne lower-chlorinated PCB congeners (LC-PCBs) remain poorly characterized. We evaluated in vitro toxicities of environmental LC-PCBs found in both indoor and outdoor air (PCB 4, 8, 11, 18, 28 and 31), and selected hydroxylated metabolites of PCB 8, 11 and 18, using reporter gene assays, as well as other functional cellular bioassays. We focused on processes linked with endocrine disruption, tumor promotion and/or regulation of transcription factors controlling metabolism of both endogenous compounds and xenobiotics...
March 5, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Kadie M Anderson, Albert Lewandowski, Patricia M Dennis
An 8 yr, intact male red-rumped agouti ( Dasyprocta leporina) was evaluated for weight loss. Examination revealed poor body condition, hypercalcemia, elevated serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, metastatic calcification of soft tissues, and hyperechoic kidneys. The diet, formulated for laboratory rodents, contained elevated levels of vitamin D3 . Histopathology from a female conspecific that died 5 mo prior identified dystrophic mineralization and nephrosclerosis, suggestive of a vitamin D3 toxicity. The male agouti responded well to a dietary reduction in vitamin D3 and calcium...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Vivian Saez, Ingrid D L de Souza, Cláudia Regina Elias Mansur
The antioxidative and photoprotective properties of vitamin E have caused it to be included as an active agent in various pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. However, its lipophilicity, chemical instability, and poor skin penetration have limited the effectiveness of these formulations. For that reason, many attempts to include it in different drug delivery systems have been made. In recent decades, lipid nanoparticles have received special attention due to their advantages of compatibility with the skin, ability to enhance penetration of drugs in the stratum corneum, protection of the encapsulated substance against degradation induced by the external medium, and control of drug release...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
L Tettamanti, Al Caraffa, F Mastrangelo, G Ronconi, S Kritas, I Frydas, P Conti
Vitamin supplementation in disease reduces morbidity and mortality in humans by promoting the activation of different genes which influence several pathways. The purpose of this article is to clarify the role of vitamin E in mast cell inflammation. Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant which protects from low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation. Vitamin E promotes a barrier function and anti-inflammatory responses by binding the regulatory domain of protein kinase Cα (pkcα) (a regulator and antagonist of heart failure) and decreases the activation of NF-қb, a proinflammatory transcription factor, causing the generation of cytokines/chemokines and mast cell activation...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
P N Taylor, J S Davies
Vitamin D is a particularly important sterol hormone with evidence emerging of its beneficial effects well beyond bone. In consequence of this and increased global recognition of vitamin D deficiency in the general population, there has been a resurgence in treatment with vitamin D preparations. However, the increasing use of vitamin D treatments has also seen a substantial increase in the numbers of reports of vitamin D intoxication with the majority (75%) of reports published since 2010. Many of these cases are a consequence of inappropriate prescribing, the use of high dose over-the-counter preparations or unlicensed preparations...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Przemysław Liczbiński, Bożena Bukowska
Amygdalin, named as 'laetrile' and 'vitamin B-17' was initially supposed to be a safe drug for cancer treatment and was recognized by followers of natural medicine since it has been considered to be hydrolyzed only in cancer cells releasing toxic hydrogen cyanide (HCN), and thus destroying them. Unfortunately, current studies have shown that HCN is also released in normal cells, therefore it may not be safe for human organism. However, there have still been research works conducted on anti-cancer properties of this compound...
February 28, 2018: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
R N Ugbaja, T O Olaniyan, O K Afolabi, B O Onunkwor, O A Dosumu, T F Akinhanmi, A Y Tiamiyu, N O Aliyu-Banjo
To investigate the effects of vitamin C and E on electrolyte profile and the activity of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in Aluminium (Al) chloride exposed rats, thirty-six male rats were used for this study. The animals were randomly grouped into six (n=6); group I (Control) was given normal saline. Group II (Al only) was exposed to 20mg/kg body weight (BW) of Al. Groups III (Vitamin C only) and IV (Vitamin E only) were administered 200mg/kg BW of vitamin C and vitamin E respectively. Groups V (Al + Vit C) and VI (Al + Vit E) were exposed to 20mg/kg Al and were treated with 200mg/kg vitamin C and vitamin E respectively...
December 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Claudio Vernieri, Federico Nichetti, Alessandra Raimondi, Sara Pusceddu, Marco Platania, Franco Berrino, Filippo de Braud
In recent years, calorie-restricted dietary regimens and compounds such as vitamins, curcumin, green tea extracts and omega-3 fatty acids have attracted attention for their potential anticancer effects. While definitive conclusions cannot be drawn in this field, many patients adopt complementary antitumor therapies aiming to improve efficacy or reduce toxicity of chemotherapy, with uncertain benefits and the risk of additional toxicities or antagonistic interactions with standard therapies. In this manuscript, we review the different levels of available evidence to suggest or discourage specific dietary changes or supplement use in the context of cancer prevention, reduction of tumor recurrences and survival prolongation in advanced cancers...
March 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Claudia Sommer, Christian Geber, Peter Young, Raimund Forst, Frank Birklein, Benedikt Schoser
BACKGROUND: Polyneuropathies (peripheral neuropathies) are the most common type of disorder of the peripheral nervous system in adults, and specifically in the elderly, with an estimated prevalence of 5-8%, depending on age. The options for treatment depend on the cause, which should therefore be identified as precisely as possible by an appropriate diagnostic evaluation. METHODS: This review is based on the current guidelines and on large-scale cohort studies and randomized, controlled trials published from 2000 to 2017, with an emphasis on non-hereditary types of polyneuropathy, that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed...
February 9, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Sara Hosseinian, Mousa-Al-Reza Hadjzadeh, Noma Mohamadian Roshan, Majid Khazaei, Samira Shahraki, Reza Mohebbati, Abolfazl Khajavi Rad
Cisplatin is one of the important antineoplastic drugs. Its clinical use has been restricted due to severe kidney toxicity. Nigella sativa (N. sativa) is an herbaceous plant with many pharmacologic effects. In the present study, we evaluated the protective effects of aqueous-ethanolic extract of N. sativa and Vitamin E on cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in rats. Eighty male rats were divided into eight groups: control, cisplatin (6 mg/kg; ip), preventive Vitamin E (100 mg/kg), preventive N. sativa (100,200 mg/kg), preventive + treatment Vitamin E, and preventive + treatment N...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Stefano Romano
Bacteria belonging to the genus Pseudovibrio have been isolated worldwide from a great variety of marines sources as both free living and host associated. So far, the available data depict a group of Alphaproteobacteria characterized by a versatile metabolism, which allows them to use a variety of substrates to meet their carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorous requirements. Additionally, Pseudovibrio -related bacteria have been shown to proliferate under extreme oligotrophic conditions, tolerate high heavy metal concentrations, and metabolize potentially toxic compounds...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Jessica Cusato, Amedeo De Nicolò, Lucio Boglione, Fabio Favata, Alessandra Ariaudo, Simone Mornese Pinna, Chiara Carcieri, Federica Guido, Valeria Avataneo, Giuseppe Cariti, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Vitamin D levels and genetic variants were associated with drug outcome/toxicity and concentrations. The plasma exposure of GS-331007, the main sofosbuvir metabolite, has been related to SVR. We evaluated the impact of polymorphisms in genes (CYP27B1, CYP24A1, VDBP and VDR) related to vitamin D pathway on sofosbuvir and GS-331007 plasma levels in HCV mono-infected patients at one month of treatment. Polymorphisms were investigated through real-time PCR; drug plasma quantification was performed through a UHPLC-MS/MS method...
February 13, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
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