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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527997/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-mediated-cytotoxicity-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-and-level-of-antioxidants-in-presence-of-melatonin
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Sruthi S, N Millot, Mohanan Pv
Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are widely used in a variety of products and are currently being investigated for biomedical applications. However, they have the potential to interact with macromolecules like proteins, lipids and DNA within the cells which makes the safe biomedical application difficult. The toxicity of the ZnO NP is mainly attributed reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Different strategies like iron doping, polymer coating and external supply of antioxidants have been evaluated to minimize the toxic potential of ZnO NPs...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522826/disruption-of-melatonin-synthesis-is-associated-with-impaired-14-3-3-and-mir-451-levels-in-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#2
Cécile Pagan, Hany Goubran-Botros, Richard Delorme, Marion Benabou, Nathalie Lemière, Kerren Murray, Frédérique Amsellem, Jacques Callebert, Pauline Chaste, Stéphane Jamain, Fabien Fauchereau, Guillaume Huguet, Erik Maronde, Marion Leboyer, Jean-Marie Launay, Thomas Bourgeron
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by a wide genetic and clinical heterogeneity. However, some biochemical impairments, including decreased melatonin (crucial for circadian regulation) and elevated platelet N-acetylserotonin (the precursor of melatonin) have been reported as very frequent features in individuals with ASD. To address the mechanisms of these dysfunctions, we investigated melatonin synthesis in post-mortem pineal glands - the main source of melatonin (9 patients and 22 controls) - and gut samples - the main source of serotonin (11 patients and 13 controls), and in blood platelets from 239 individuals with ASD, their first-degree relatives and 278 controls...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522814/daily-corticosterone-rhythm-modulates-pineal-function-through-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-related-gene-transcriptional-program
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Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Eduardo K Tamura, Claudia E Carvalho-Sousa, Vanderlei Amadeu Rocha, Luciana Pinato, Pedro A C Fernandes, Regina P Markus
Melatonin and glucocorticoids are key hormones in determining daily rhythmicity and modulating defense responses. In nocturnal animals, corticosterone peaks at light/dark transition,while melatonin peaks at the middle of the night in both nocturnal and diurnal animals. The crosstalk between adrenal and pineal glands under inflammatory conditions indicates that corticosterone potentiates nocturnal melatonin synthesis by reducing the activity of NFκB. This transcription factor, which modulates the expression of a key enzyme in melatonin synthesis, is sharply reduced at the entrance of darkness in the rat pineal gland...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512916/regulation-of-bone-mass-through-pineal-derived-melatonin-mt2-pathway
#4
Kunal Sharan, Kirsty Lewis, Takahisa Furukawa, Vijay K Yadav
Tryptophan, an essential amino acid through a series of enzymatic reactions gives rise to various metabolites viz., serotonin and melatonin that regulate distinct biological functions. We show here that tryptophan metabolism in the pineal gland favors bone mass accrual through production of melatonin, a pineal-derived neurohormone. Pineal gland-specific deletion of Tph1, the enzyme that catalyzes the first step in the melatonin biosynthesis lead to a decrease in melatonin levels and a low bone mass due to an isolated decrease in bone formation while bone resorption parameters remained unaffected...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512846/melatonin-influences-the-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-pathway-in-porcine-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
#5
Sanghoon Lee, Jun-Xue Jin, Anukul Taweechaipaisankul, Geon A Kim, Curie Ahn, Byeong Chun Lee
Melatonin, which is synthesized in the pineal gland and peripheral reproductive organs, has antioxidant properties and regulates physiological processes. It is well known that melatonin affects in vitro maturation (IVM) of oocytes and embryonic development in many species. However, beneficial effects of melatonin on IVM have been explained mainly by indirect antioxidant effects and little information is available on the underlying mechanism by which melatonin directly acts on porcine cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507478/melatonin-regulates-the-aging-mouse-hippocampal-homeostasis-via-the-sirtuin1-foxo1-pathway
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Anorut Jenwitheesuk, Parichart Boontem, Prapimpun Wongchitrat, Jiraporn Tocharus, Sujira Mukda, Piyarat Govitrapong
Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) and forkhead box transcription factor O subfamily 1 (FOXO1) play vital roles in the maintenance of hippocampal neuronal homeostasis during aging. Our previous study showed that melatonin, a hormone mainly secreted by the pineal gland, restored the impaired memory of aged mice. Age-related neuronal energy deficits contribute to the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative disorders. An attempt has been made to determine whether the effect of melatonin is mediated through the SIRT1-FOXO1 pathways...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505494/melatonin-protects-mice-against-stress-induced-inflammation-through-enhancement-of-m2-macrophage-polarization
#7
Woo-Jin Yi, Tae Sung Kim
Stress is known to cause neuropsychiatric diseases, and it has a detrimental impact on the function of the immune system. Melatonin (MLT), a pineal gland hormone, exhibits potent anti-inflammatory properties and it plays a fundamental role in neuroimmunomodulation. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of MLT in stress-induced inflammation, focusing on macrophage polarization. MLT (50 and 100mg/kg) or a vehicle control (5% ethanol in saline) was intraperitoneally administered to mice once a day for 5days...
May 12, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500782/melatonin-protects-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-against-iron-overload-induced-osteogenic-differentiation-dysfunction-and-senescence
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Fan Yang, Lei Yang, Yuan Li, Gege Yan, Chao Feng, Tianyi Liu, Rui Gong, Ye Yuan, Ning Wang, Elina Idiiatullina, Timur Bikkuzin, Valentin Pavlov, Yang Li, Chaorun Dong, Dawei Wang, Yang Cao, Zhenbo Han, Lai Zhang, Qi Huang, Fengzhi Ding, Zhengang Bi, Benzhi Cai
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are an expandable population of stem cells which can differentiate into osteoblasts, chondrocytes and adipocytes. Dysfunction of BMSCs in response to pathological stimuli contributes to bone diseases. Melatonin, a hormone secreted from pineal gland, has been proved to be an important mediator in bone formation and mineralization. The aim of this study was to investigate whether melatonin protected against iron overload-induced dysfunction of BMSCs and its underlying mechanisms...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498717/melatonin-as-a-versatile-molecule-to-design-novel-multitarget-hybrids-against-neurodegeneration
#9
Eva Ramos, Javier Egea, Cristóbal de Los Ríos, José Marco-Contelles, Alejandro Romero
Melatonin is an indoleamine produced mainly in the pineal gland. The natural decline of melatonin levels with aging strongly contributes to the development of neurodegenerative disorders. Pleiotropic actions displayed by melatonin prevent several processes involved in neurodegeneration such as neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, excitotoxicity and/or apoptosis. This review focuses on a number of melatonin hybrids resulting from the juxtaposition of tacrine, berberine, tamoxifen, curcumin, N,N-dibenzyl(N-methyl)amine, among others, with potential therapeutic effects for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases...
May 12, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487255/disruption-of-adolescents-circadian-clock-the-vicious-circle-of-media-use-exposure-to-light-at-night-sleep-loss-and-risk-behaviors
#10
Yvan Touitou, David Touitou, Alain Reinberg
Although sleep is a key element in adolescent development, teens are spending increasing amounts of time online with health risks related to excessive use of electronic media (computers, smartphones, tablets, consoles…) negatively associated with daytime functioning and sleep outcomes. Adolescent sleep becomes irregular, shortened and delayed in relation with later sleep onset and early waking time due to early school starting times on weekdays which results in rhythm desynchronization and sleep loss. In addition, exposure of adolescents to the numerous electronic devices prior to bedtime has become a great concern because LEDs emit much more blue light than white incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs and have therefore a greater impact on the biological clock...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481310/effects-of-melatonin-and-its-analogues-on-pancreatic-inflammation-enzyme-secretion-and-tumorigenesis
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Jolanta Jaworek, Anna Leja-Szpak, Katarzyna Nawrot-Porąbka, Joanna Szklarczyk, Michalina Kot, Piotr Pierzchalski, Marta Góralska, Piotr Ceranowicz, Zygmunt Warzecha, Artur Dembinski, Joanna Bonior
Melatonin is an indoleamine produced from the amino acid l-tryptophan, whereas metabolites of melatonin are known as kynuramines. One of the best-known kynuramines is N¹-acetyl-N¹-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AFMK). Melatonin has attracted scientific attention as a potent antioxidant and protector of tissue against oxidative stress. l-Tryptophan and kynuramines share common beneficial features with melatonin. Melatonin was originally discovered as a pineal product, has been detected in the gastrointestinal tract, and its receptors have been identified in the pancreas...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474748/connexin36-localization-to-pinealocytes-in-the-pineal-gland-of-mouse-and-rat
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S G Wang, D D Tsao, K G Vanderpool, T Yasumura, J E Rash, J I Nagy
Several cell types in the pineal gland are known to establish intercellular gap junctions, but the connexin constituents of those junctions have not been fully characterized. Specifically, the expression of connexin36 (Cx36) protein and mRNA has been examined in the pineal, but the identity of cells that produce Cx36 and that form Cx36-containing gap junctions has not been determined. We used immunofluorescence and freeze fracture replica immunogold labelling (FRIL) of Cx36 to investigate the cellular and subcellular localization of Cx36 in the pineal gland of adult mouse and rat...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466676/daily-rhythm-in-plasma-n-acetyltryptamine
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Peter S Backlund, Henryk F Urbanski, Mark A Doll, David W Hein, Marjan Bozinoski, Christopher E Mason, Steven L Coon, David C Klein
Normal physiology undergoes 24-h changes in function that include daily rhythms in circulating hormones, most notably melatonin and cortical steroids. This study focused on N-acetyltryptamine, a little-studied melatonin receptor mixed agonist-antagonist and the likely evolutionary precursor of melatonin. The central issue addressed was whether N-acetyltryptamine is physiologically present in the circulation. N-acetyltryptamine was detected by LC-MS/MS in daytime plasma of 3 different mammals in subnanomolar levels (mean ± SEM: rat, 0...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460563/a-review-of-sleep-disorders-and-melatonin
#14
Zizhen Xie, Fei Chen, William A Li, Xiaokun Geng, Changhong Li, Xiaomei Meng, Yan Feng, Wei Liu, Fengchun Yu
Sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affect the ability to sleep well on a regular basis and cause significant impairments in social and occupational functions. Although currently approved medications are efficacious, they are far from satisfactory. Benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antihistamines and anxiolytics have the potential for dependence and addiction. Moreover, some of these medications can gradually impair cognition. Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is an endogenous hormone produced by the pineal gland and released exclusively at night...
June 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454460/melatonin-treatment-induces-apoptosis-through-regulating-the-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathways-in-human-gastric-cancer-sgc7901-cells
#15
Weimin Li, Zhonglue Wang, Yina Chen, Kaijing Wang, Ting Lu, Fei Ying, Mengdi Fan, Zhiyin Li, Jiansheng Wu
Melatonin, which is synthesized by the pineal gland and released into the blood, exhibits antitumor properties. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects, particularly in stomach cancer, remain unknown. In the present study, the effect of melatonin on the nuclear factor (NF)-κB signaling pathway and the mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway, involving p38 and c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK), were investigated in SGC7901 gastric cancer cells. In addition, the effect of melatonin on the survival, migration and apoptosis of these cells was investigated in vitro in order to evaluate the use of melatonin for the treatment of gastric cancer...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454355/what-is-known-about-melatonin-chemotherapy-and-altered-gene-expression-in-breast-cancer
#16
Carlos Martínez-Campa, Javier Menéndez-Menéndez, Carolina Alonso-González, Alicia González, Virginia Álvarez-García, Samuel Cos
Melatonin, synthesized in and released from the pineal gland, has been demonstrated by multiple in vivo and in vitro studies to have an oncostatic role in hormone-dependent tumors. Furthermore, several clinical trials point to melatonin as a promising adjuvant molecule to be considered for cancer treatment. In the past few years, evidence of a broader spectrum of action of melatonin as an antitumor agent has arisen; thus, melatonin appears to also have therapeutic effects in several types of hormone-independent cancer, including ovarian, leukemic, pancreatic, gastric and non-small cell lung carcinoma...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435433/effect-of-melatonin-supplemented-at-the-light-or-dark-period-on-recovery-of-sciatic-nerve-injury-in-rats
#17
Enas Ezzat Rateb, Shaimaa Nasr Amin, Nashwa El-Tablawy, Laila Ahmed Rashed, Samah El-Attar
Peripheral nerve injuries can cause disabilities, social or economic problems. Melatonin, the secretory product of the pineal gland has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of melatonin on the recovery of sciatic nerve after injury, comparing its effect when given in the light or the dark periods. Forty adult male Albino rats were allocated into four groups: control, nerve injury, nerve injury + melatonin given at light and nerve injury + melatonin given at dark...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434958/microsurgical-resection-following-failed-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-of-papillary-tumor-of-the-pineal-gland
#18
Anil Nanda, Piyush Kalakoti, Devi Prasad Patra, Tanmoy Maiti, Hai Sun
Primary papillary tumors of the pineal region (PTPR) are rare entities with distinct histopathological characteristics. Most common surgical approaches include the supra-cerebellar infratentorial corridor or the occipital interhemispheric approach. Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is an acceptable treatment modality for parenchymal tumors of the pineal gland, and often used as a primary treatment modality for asymptomatic and indolent lesions, and as an adjunct to surgical resection. In this presentation, we describe the surgical nuances of posterior interhemispheric approach in an elderly male with a previously failed empirical GKRS...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431176/effect-of-melatonin-on-renewal-of-chicken-small-intestinal-mucosa
#19
J Li, R X Li, G Liu, C F Lv, Y L Mi, C Q Zhang
A higher concentration of melatonin (MEL) in the intestine - even more than that in the plasma and pineal gland - implies its putative important role in the gastrointestinal structural or functional regulation. However, little evidence has shown that MEL can regulate the physiological functions of the intestinal mucosa. In this study, fertilized chicken eggs were treated with MEL (0.1 to 10 μg/d) from embryonic d 12 (E12) to post-hatching d 6 (D6), and the small intestine samples were collected at D6 to determine the changes in mucosal construction and function...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422058/melatonin-a-review-of-its-potential-functions-and-effects-on-dental-diseases
#20
REVIEW
Maria Permuy, Mónica López-Peña, Antonio González-Cantalapiedra, Fernando Muñoz
Melatonin is a hormone synthesised and secreted by the pineal gland and other organs. Its secretion, controlled by an endogenous circadian cycle, has been proven to exert immunological, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects that can be beneficial in the treatment of certain dental diseases. This article is aimed at carrying out a review of the literature published about the use of melatonin in the dental field and summarising its potential effects. In this review article, an extensive search in different databases of scientific journals was performed with the objective of summarising all of the information published on melatonin use in dental diseases, focussing on periodontal diseases and dental implantology...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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