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Ryu Miura, Atsuko Araki, Chihiro Miyashita, Sumitaka Kobayashi, Sachiko Kobayashi, Shu-Li Wang, Chung-Hsing Chen, Kunio Miyake, Mayumi Ishizuka, Yusuke Iwasaki, Yoichi M Ito, Takeo Kubota, Reiko Kishi
BACKGROUND: Prenatal exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) influences fetal development and later in life. OBJECTIVE: To investigate cord blood DNA methylation changes associated with prenatal exposure to PFASs. METHODS: We assessed DNA methylation in cord blood samples from 190 mother-child pairs from the Sapporo cohort of the Hokkaido Study (discovery cohort) and from 37 mother-child pairs from the Taiwan Maternal and Infant Cohort Study (replication cohort) using the Illumina HumanMethylation 450 BeadChip...
March 12, 2018: Environment International
Hasmik Grigoryan, William M B Edmands, Qing Lan, Henrik Carlsson, Roel Vermeulen, Luoping Zhang, Song-Nian Yin, Gui-Lan Li, Martyn T Smith, Nathaniel Rothman, Stephen M Rappaport
Although benzene has long been recognized as a cause of human leukemia, the mechanism by which this simple molecule causes cancer has been problematic. A complicating factor is benzene metabolism, which produces many reactive intermediates, some specific to benzene and others derived from redox processes. Using archived serum from 20 nonsmoking Chinese workers, 10 with and 10 without occupational exposure to benzene (exposed: 3.2 - 88.9 ppm, controls: 0.002 - 0.020 ppm), we employed an adductomic pipeline to characterize protein modifications at Cys34 of human serum albumin (HSA), a nucleophilic hotspot in extracellular fluids...
March 10, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Junjun Wang, Ting Zhai, Yong Chen
This study was aimed to clarify the effect of honokiol (Hon) on the activity of Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes, and the level of mRNA expression of liver and kidney transporters in type 2 diabetic rats induced by high-fat diet and strepotozotocin. Rats were randomly divided into normal control (NC) group, diabetic control (DC) group and Hon groups ( n = 6). The activities of hepatic CYP1A2, CYP2E1, CYP2C, CYP2B, CYP3A and CYP4A, and the mRNA expression levels of hepatic and renal transporters, were determined...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sena Gjota-Ergin, Çiğdem Gökçek-Saraç, Orhan Adalı, Ewa Jakubowska-Doğru
Despite very extensive studies on the molecular mechanisms of memory formation, relatively little is known about the molecular correlates of individual variation in the learning skills within a random population of young normal subjects. The role of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes in the brain also remains poorly understood. On the other hand, these enzymes are known to be related to the metabolism of substances important for neural functions including steroids, fatty acids, and retinoic acid. In the present study, we examined the potential correlation between the animals' performance in a place learning task and the levels of selected CYP isoforms (CYP2E1, CYP2D1 and CYP7A1) in the rat hippocampus...
February 27, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Afaf El-Ansary, John J Cannell, Geir Bjørklund, Ramesa Shafi Bhat, Abeer M Al Dbass, Hanan A Alfawaz, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Laila Al-Ayadhi
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about 1% of the world's population. Vitamin D is thought to be essential for normal brain development and modulation of the immune system. Worldwide about 1 billion people are affected by vitamin D deficiency. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OH-dG) are biomarkers related to inflammation and oxidative stress. In the present study, these biomarkers were together with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D3 ) analyzed in 28 (mean age seven years) Saudi male patients with ASD...
March 1, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Fawzy Elbarbry, Aimy Ung, Khaled Abdelkawy
Background: Quercetin (QR) and thymoquinone (TQ) are herbal remedies that are currently extensively used by the general population to prevent and treat various chronic conditions. Therefore, investigating the potential of pharmacokinetic interactions caused by the concomitant use of these herbal remedies and conventional medicine is warranted to ensure patient safety. Purpose of the Study: This study was conducted to determine the inhibitory effect of QR and TQ, two commonly used remedies, on the activities of selected cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes that play an important role in drug metabolism and/or toxicology...
January 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Shahrouz Ghafoory, Rohan Varshney, Tyler Robison, Karim Kouzbari, Sean Woolington, Brennah Murphy, Lijun Xia, Jasimuddin Ahamed
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) signaling in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) plays a primary role in liver fibrosis, but the source of TGF-β1 is unclear. Because platelets are rich in TGF-β1, we examined the role of platelet TGF-β1 in liver fibrosis by challenging wild-type (WT) mice and mice deficient in platelet TGF-β1 ( PF4CreTgfb1 f/f ) with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ), an inducer of acute hepatic injury and chronic fibrosis. CCl4 elicited equivalent hepatic injury in WT and PF4CreTgfb1 f/f mice based on loss of cytochrome P450 ( Cyp2e1 ) expression, observed at 6 hours and peaking at 3 days after CCl4 challenge; PF4CreTgfb1 f/f mice exhibited less liver fibrosis than control mice...
March 13, 2018: Blood Advances
Jing-Rong Fan, Heng Li, Hong-Xing Zhang, Qing-Chuan Zheng
The majority of cytochromes P450 play a critical role in metabolism of endogenous and exogenous substrates, some of its products are carcinogens. Therefore, inhibition of P450 enzymes activity can promote the detoxification and elimination of chemical carcinogens. In this study, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and adaptive steered molecular dynamics (ASMD) simulations were performed to explore the structure features and channel dynamics of three P450 isoforms 2A6, 2A13, and 2E1 bound with the common inhibitor pilocarpine...
February 27, 2018: Biopolymers
Silvina Fernanda Ruspini, Johanna Romina Zuccoli, Jimena Verónica Lavandera, Marìa Del Carmen Martínez, Leda María Olivieri, Esther Noemí Gerez, Alcira María Del Carmen Batlle, Ana María Buzaleh
BACKGROUND: Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is an inherited disease produced by a deficiency of Porphobilinogen deaminase (PBGD). The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects of Isoflurane and Sevoflurane on heme metabolism in a mouse genetic model of AIP to further support our previous proposal for avoiding their use in porphyric patients. A comparative study was performed administering the porphyrinogenic drugs allylisopropylacetamide (AIA), barbital and ethanol, and also between sex and mutation using AIP (PBG-D activity 70% reduced) and T1 (PBG-D activity 50% diminished) mice...
February 21, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Xiuxiu Wang, Min Liu, Chen Zhang, Shangshang Li, Qihang Yang, Jianjun Zhang, Zhiyuan Gong, Jiandong Han, Le Jia
This work was to examine the antioxidation in vitro and hepatoprotective effects of enzyme-extracted Oudemansiella radiata polysaccharides (En-OPS) on alcohol-induced liver damage in mice. The antioxidant activities were determined according to the scavenging effects of En-OPS on hydroxyl, superoxide, and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radicals, and the level of reducing power. En-OPS showed hepatoprotective activities on decreasing the serum levels of aspertate aminotransferase (AST), alamine aminotransferase (ALT), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP), as well as hepatic lipid levels of total cholesterol (TC) and triacylglycerols (TG)...
February 23, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tamas Kriska, Michael J Thomas, John R Falck, William B Campbell
Polarization of macrophages to pro-inflammatory M1 and to anti-inflammatory alternatively activated M2 states has physiological implications in development of experimental hypertension and other pathological conditions. 12/15-Lipoxygenase (12/15-LO) and its enzymatic products 12(S)- and 15(S)-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids (HETE) are essential in the process since disruption of the gene encoding 12/15-LO renders the mice unsusceptible to hypertension. The objective was to test the hypothesis that M2 macrophages catabolize 12(S)-HETE into products that are incapable of promoting vasoconstriction...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Jie Gao, Zhao Wang, Gao-Ju Wang, Hong-Xin Zhang, Na Gao, Jie Wang, Cai-E Wang, Zhao Chang, Yan Fang, Yun-Fei Zhang, Jun Zhou, Han Jin, Hai-Ling Qiao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common types of primary liver cancer and the third most frequent cause of cancer death worldwide. Diethylnitrosamine (DEN) is one of the recognized risk factors for hepatocarcinogenesis likely due to cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1)-mediated metabolic activation. However, CYP2E1-mediated DEN metabolic activity in non-neoplastic liver tissue from HCC patients has not been determined; the role of CYP2E1 activity, in particular CYP2E1 constitutive activity and CYP2E1 inhibited activity, with respect to the hepatocarcinogenesis induced by DEN is yet not clear...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Young-Eun Cho, Li-Rong Yu, Mohamed A Abdelmegeed, Seong-Ho Yoo, Byoung-Joon Song
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Binge alcohol causes gut leakiness, contributing to increased endotoxemia and inflammatory liver injury, although the molecular mechanisms are still elusive. This study was aimed at investigating the roles of apoptosis of enterocytes and nitration followed by degradation of intestinal tight junction (TJ) and adherent junction (AJ) proteins in binge alcohol-induced gut leakiness. METHODS: The levels of intestinal (ileum) junctional complex proteins, oxidative stress markers and apoptosis-related proteins in rodents, T84 colonic cells and autopsied human ileums were determined by immunoblot, immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence, and mass-spectral analyses...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Nana Li, Yi Mu, Zhen Liu, Ying Deng, Yixiong Guo, Xuejuan Zhang, Xiaohong Li, Ping Yu, Yanping Wang, Jun Zhu
The major causes of congenital heart diseases (CHDs) are the interactions of genetic and environmental factors. We conducted a case-control study in 357 mothers of CHDs fetuses and 270 control mothers to investigate the association of maternal PAHs exposure, AHR, CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP1B1 and CYP2E polymorphisms, the interaction between PAHs exposure and genetic variants with the risk of CHDs. The higher level PAHs exposure was associated with the risk of CHDs (aOR = 2.029, 95% CI: 1.266, 3.251) or subtypes. The haplotypes of AHR or CYP1A2 were associated with the risk of CHDs: AHR: C-G-A-C: aOR = 0...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xiao-Fang Hu, Qiang Zhang, Pan-Pan Zhang, Li-Juan Sun, Ji-Chao Liang, Susan L Morris-Natschke, Yong Chen, Kuo-Hsiung Lee
The aims of the present study were to assess the anti-diabetic effects of Physalis alkekengi L. (PA) in 3T3-L1 pre-adipocyte cells and HepG2-GFP-CYP2E1 (E47) cells and in a pre-diabetic rat model, as well as to identify the active chemical constituents. The in vitro results showed that PA has a strong anti-diabetic capacity to relieve oxidative stress and inhibit α-glucosidase activity. Mechanistic analysis also showed that ethyl acetate extracts of aerial parts and fruit of PA (PAG-EA and PAF-EA) enhanced glucose transporter 4 expression and function as well as enhanced insulin sensitivity by inhibiting the expression of cytochrome P450-2E1 (CYP2E1) mRNA and protein...
February 12, 2018: Fitoterapia
Linhao Zhu, Yongjun He, Fanglin Niu, Mengdan Yan, Jing Li, Dongya Yuan, Tianbo Jin
Pharmacogenetics is the genetic basis of pharmacokinetics, genetic testing, and clinical management in diseases. Evaluation about genetic alterations of drug metabolizing enzymes in human genome contributes toward understanding the interindividual and interethnic variability for clinical response to potential toxicants. CYP2E1 gene encodes a drug-metabolizing enzyme that metabolizes mostly small, polar molecules, including toxic laboratory chemicals. The aim of this study was to investigate CYP2E1 polymorphisms and gene profile in a Chinese Uygur population...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sophie Gravel, Jean-Louis Chiasson, Suzanne Dallaire, Jacques Turgeon, Veronique Michaud
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes affects more than 9% of the adult population worldwide. Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) show variable responses to some drugs which may be due, in part, to variability in the functional activity of drug-metabolising enzymes including cytochromes P450 (CYP450s). CYP450 is a superfamily of enzymes responsible for xenobiotic metabolism. Knowledge must be gained on the impact of T2DM and related inflammatory processes on drug metabolism and its consequences on drug response...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Qun Yan, Lijuan Deng, Xinmei Zhao, Liangying Ye, Yuxin Fang, Yan Meng, Zenan Wang, Xiaobei Luo, Side Liu, Aimin Li
For further research and application of Bioartificial liver systems (BAL), active proliferation capacity and full hepatic functionality of the biomaterials is mandatory. However, there are still no suitable cell lines meeting the requirements for an ideal cell source in BAL development that makes it necessary to explore other sources. Here, we constructed a new cell line derived from well-differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma tissues designated NHBL2. Immunol staining showed that NHBL2 possessed the capacity of synthesizing albumin and CYP2E1 and quantitative analysis showed that the albumin synthesis ability of NHBL2 was comparable to C3A while urea production was highly abundant of NHBL2 compared with that of C3A...
February 12, 2018: Cytotechnology
Sora Choi, Afua A Gyamfi, Prince Neequaye, Samuel Addo, Frank J Gonzalez, Maxwell A Gyamfi
The pregnane X receptor (PXR, NR1I2) is a xenobiotic-sensing nuclear receptor that defends against toxic agents. We have shown that PXR promotes chronic ethanol (EtOH)-induced steatosis. Therefore, we examined the role of PXR in binge EtOH-induced hepatotoxicity. Male wild type (WT) and Pxr-null mice were orally administered three binge doses of EtOH (4.5 g/kg, every 12 hours) and euthanized four hours after the final dose. Pxr-null mice displayed higher basal mRNA levels of hepatic lipogenic transcription factor sterol regulatory element binding protein 1c (Srebp-1c) and its target stearoyl-CoA desaturase 1 (Scd1) and the lipid peroxide detoxifying aldo-keto reductase 1b7 (Akr1b7) and higher protein levels of EtOH-metabolizing alcohol dehydrogenase 1 (ADH1)...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Yan-Zi Li, Shen Ren, Xiao-Tong Yan, Yin-Shi Sun, Hui-Ping Li, Wei Li, Ying-Ying Liu, Zi Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill (S. chinensis) is a frequently used traditional Chinese medicine, and modern pharmacological research has proven that S. chinensis has antioxidant, anti-hepatotox, anti-inflammatory, and anti-nephrotoxic effects. Cisplatin is widely used as antineoplastic drug at presenteffects, but the clinical application of cisplatin is limitedowing to nephrotoxicity. AIM OF THE STUDY: To demonstrate the renoprotective activity of the extract of the stems of Schisandra chinensis (SCE) in model mice established by cisplatin triggering acute kidney injury (AKI)...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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