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Supplement AND eNOS

Tomoe Tsuboi, Morihiko Maeda, Toshio Hayashi
L-citrulline and L-arginine supplementation has been shown to have several beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. Nitric oxide (NO) protects against the progression of atherosclerosis and is synthesized by nitric oxide synthase (NOS), which converts L-arginine (L-Arg) into L-citrulline (L-Cit). Our previous study revealed that chronic administration of a combination of L-Cit and L- Arg has a better therapeutic effect on high cholesterol-induced atherosclerosis in rabbits. We investigated how L-Arg and L-Cit affect endothelial function, aging and atherosclerosis...
2018: PloS One
Shijin Tan, Dong Yi, Wei Zhu, Rong Sun, Meng Wei
Men have a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease, but poorer vasodilatation than women. However, testosterone exerts vasodilating actions ex vivo. We aimed to determine if reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced in vivo could cause 'eNOS uncoupling' that accounts for the disparity between in vivo and ex vivo results. Ovariectomized SHR and WKY rats were divided into 3 groups: untreated, estradiol benzoate (EB) treated, and testosterone propionate (TP) treated. EB and TP rats were treated for 8 weeks, and blood pressure, serum estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone were measured...
January 31, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Éva Pál, Leila Hadjadj, Zoltán Fontányi, Anna Monori-Kiss, Zsuzsanna Mezei, Norbert Lippai, Attila Magyar, Andrea Heinzlmann, Gellért Karvaly, Emil Monos, György Nádasy, Zoltán Benyó, Szabolcs Várbíró
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) is a global health problem, which can lead to several pathophysiological consequences including cardiovascular diseases. Its impact on the cerebrovascular system is not well understood. The goal of the present work was to examine the effects of VDD on the morphological, biomechanical and functional properties of cerebral arterioles. METHODS: Four-week-old male Wistar rats (n = 11 per group) were either fed with vitamin D deficient diet or received conventional rat chow with per os vitamin D supplementation...
2018: PloS One
Hui-Chun Huang, Shao-Jung Hsu, Ching-Chih Chang, Ming-Hung Tsai, Fa-Yauh Lee, Ming-Chih Hou, Shou-Dong Lee
Critical illness is accompanied by hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, but adrenal insufficiency characterized by inadequate glucocorticoid synthesis is common in critically ill cirrhotic patients, the 'hepato-adrenal syndrome'. Adrenal cortex also synthesizes androgen (dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA). DHEA maintains microcirculation by enhancing vascular endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity. In critical patients of other disease entities, a shift of adrenal steroidogenesis away from androgens towards glucocorticoid has been noted, arousing interests in androgen replacement in critical settings...
February 1, 2018: Shock
Ling Gao, Ailin Yu, Jingcheng Liu, Lina Ma, Jing Li
AIM: To determine the relationship between eNOS uncoupling and diabetic ischemic foot and whether reversing eNOS uncoupling by Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) transfection or folic acid (FA) supplementation can be beneficiary in diabetic ischemic foot. METHODS: The bilateral common iliac artery of diabetic rats were ligated to establish the diabetic ischemic foot animal model. DHFR transfection was implemented via femoral artery and muscle injection of in vivo transfection reagent mixture (GenEscortIII) every 4 days during the 2 weeks intervention...
February 1, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Valéria F Leão, Letícia L D M Ferreira, Cinthya M Melo, Maria L Bonfleur, Leandro L da Silva, Everardo M Carneiro, Juliana M Raimundo, Rosane A Ribeiro
PURPOSE: Obesity predisposes to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The amino acid, L-taurine (Tau), regulates glucose and lipid homeostasis and vascular function. Here we investigated whether Tau supplementation prevents endothelial dysfunction in the thoracic aortas of monosodium glutamate-induced obese (MSG) rats. METHODS: Male rats received subcutaneous injections of MSG (4 mg/kg body weight/day) or saline (control group, CTL) during the first five days of life...
January 27, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
Laura Tedesco, Giovanni Corsetti, Chiara Ruocco, Maurizio Ragni, Fabio Rossi, Michele O Carruba, Alessandra Valerio, Enzo Nisoli
Chronic alcohol consumption promotes mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, defective protein metabolism, and fat accumulation in hepatocytes (liver steatosis). Inadequate amino-acid metabolism is worsened by protein malnutrition, frequently present in alcohol-consuming patients, with reduced circulating branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Here we asked whether dietary supplementation with a specific amino-acid mixture, enriched in BCAAs (BCAAem) and able to promote mitochondrial function in muscle of middle-aged rodents, would prevent mitochondrial dysfunction and liver steatosis in Wistar rats fed on a Lieber-DeCarli ethanol (EtOH)-containing liquid diet...
January 25, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Giovana R Punaro, Deyse Y Lima, Adelson M Rodrigues, Samuel Pugliero, Margaret G Mouro, Marcelo M Rogero, Elisa M S Higa
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We have previously reported an increased nitrosative stress in the kidneys of diabetic animals, which was reduced by an antioxidant probiotic. The present study evaluated whether the extract of cupuaçu (EC), an antioxidant compound rich in polyphenols and theograndins, when administered at a dose that can be reasonably obtained through daily consumption, could delay the onset of diabetic complications in the kidney. METHODS: Mouse immortalized mesangial cells (MiMC) were placed in medium normal glucose (NG) or high glucose (HG), with or without EC (500, 100, 50 or 10 μg/mL) during 24, 48 or 72 h for analysis of viability, proliferation, nitric oxide (NO) levels and reactive oxygen species or nitrogen (ROS/RNS)...
December 26, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Morteza Jourkesh, Siroos Choobineh, Rahman Soori, Ali Asghar Ravasi
Introduction: Menopause is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Physical exercise and soybean diets have been suggested to reduce the risk of CVD in postmenopausal women. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of combined resistance and endurance (RE) training and soy extract (SOY) supplementation, both known to improve endothelial function, on expression of the eNOS gene in the heart of ovariectomized (OVX) rats. Material and methods: Fifty female Wistar rats were divided into five groups: 1) sham (SHAM); 2) ovariectomy (OVX); 3) ovariectomy with soy extract supplementation (OVX + SOY); 4) OVX with RE training (OVX + RE); 5) and ovariectomy plus RE training with soy extract supplementation (OVX + RE + SOY)...
2017: Archives of Medical Sciences. Atherosclerotic Diseases
Mingming Liu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Bing Wang, Qingbin Wu, Bingwei Li, Ailing Li, Honggang Zhang, Ruijuan Xiu
Accumulating evidence demonstrates that microcirculation plays a role in the pathogenesis of hypertension. In the current study, we demonstrated that pancreatic islet microvascular vasomotion of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) lost the ability to regulate blood flow perfusion and exhibited a lower microvascular blood perfusion pattern which was negative correlated with blood glucose level. SHRs administrated with insulin revealed an improvement of pancreatic islet microvascular vasomotion and blood perfusion pattern...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Saradhadevi Varadharaj, Owen J Kelly, Rami N Khayat, Purnima S Kumar, Naseer Ahmed, Jay L Zweier
In vascular diseases, including hypertension and atherosclerosis, vascular endothelial dysfunction (VED) occurs secondary to altered function of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). A novel redox regulated pathway was identified through which eNOS is uncoupled due to S -glutathionylation of critical cysteine residues, resulting in superoxide free radical formation instead of the vasodilator molecule, nitric oxide. In addition, the redox sensitive cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin, BH4 , is also essential for eNOS coupling...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Andrew F Cumpstey, Philip J Hennis, Edward T Gilbert-Kawai, Bernadette O Fernandez, Matthieu Poudevigne, Alexandra Cobb, Paula Meale, Kay Mitchell, Helen Moyses, Helmut Pöhnl, Monty G Mythen, Michael P W Grocott, Martin Feelisch, Daniel S Martin
Nitric oxide (NO) production plays a central role in conferring tolerance to hypoxia. Tibetan highlanders, successful high-altitude dwellers for millennia, have higher circulating nitrate and exhaled NO (ENO ) levels than native lowlanders. Since nitrate itself can reduce the oxygen cost of exercise in normoxia it may confer additional benefits at high altitude. Xtreme Alps was a double-blinded randomised placebo-controlled trial to investigate how dietary nitrate supplementation affects physiological responses to hypoxia in 28 healthy adult volunteers resident at 4559 m for 1 week; 14 receiving a beetroot-based high-nitrate supplement and 14 receiving a low-nitrate 'placebo' of matching appearance/taste...
December 1, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Sofia-Iris Bibli, Csaba Szabo, Athanasia Chatzianastasiou, Bert Luck, Sven Zukunft, Ingrid Fleming, Andreas Papapetropoulos
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) exhibits beneficial effects in the cardiovascular system, many of which depend on nitric oxide (NO). Proline-rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2), a redox-sensitive tyrosine kinase, directly phosphorylates and inhibits endothelial NO synthase (eNOS). We investigated the ability of H2 S to relieve PYK2-mediated eNOS inhibition and evaluated the importance of the H2 S/PYK2/eNOS axis on cardiomyocyte injury in vitro and in vivo. Exposure of H9c2 cardiomyocytes to H2 O2 or pharmacologic inhibition of H2 S production increased PYK2 (Y402) and eNOS (Y656) phosphorylation...
December 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
Jackie E Bader, Reilly T Enos, Kandy T Velazquez, Meredith S Carson, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash S Nagarkatti, Ioulia Chatzistamou, J Mark Davis, James A Carson, Cory Robinson, E Angela Murphy
We examined the role of macrophages in inflammation associated colorectal cancer (CRC). Given the emerging evidence on immune-microbiota interactions in CRC, we also sought to examine the interaction between macrophages and gut microbiota. To induce CRC, male C57BL/6 mice (n=32) received a single injection of azoxymethane (AOM) followed by three cycles of dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) supplemented water at weeks 1, 4, and 7, respectively. Prior to the final DSS cycle (week 7) and twice weekly until sacrifice, mice (n=16/group) received either 200μl i...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Diahann J Perdicaro, Cecilia Rodriguez Lanzi, Ariel R Fontana, Andrea Antoniolli, Patricia Piccoli, Roberto M Miatello, Emiliano R Diez, Marcela A Vazquez Prieto
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a risk factor for sudden cardiac death in humans, but animal models are needed for the study of this association. Grape pomace (GP), obtained from the winemaking process, contains phenolic compounds with potential cardioprotective effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate if a high-fat-fructose (HFF) diet facilitates the occurrence of arrhythmias during the reperfusion, and if a GP supplementation could counteract these effects. Wistar rats were fed with control (Ctrl), HFF diet and HFF plus GP (1 g kg(-1) day(-1)) for six weeks...
October 2, 2017: Food & Function
Xiaochen Yin, Michelle R Salemi, Brett S Phinney, Velitchka Gotcheva, Angel Angelov, Maria L Marco
We identified the proteins synthesized by Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus strain LBB.B5 in laboratory culture medium (MRS) at 37°C and milk at 37 and 4°C. Cell-associated proteins were measured by gel-free, shotgun proteomics using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrophotometry. A total of 635 proteins were recovered from all cultures, among which 72 proteins were milk associated (unique or significantly more abundant in milk). LBB.B5 responded to milk by increasing the production of proteins required for purine biosynthesis, carbohydrate metabolism (LacZ and ManM), energy metabolism (TpiA, PgK, Eno, SdhA, and GapN), amino acid synthesis (MetE, CysK, LBU0412, and AspC) and transport (GlnM and GlnP), and stress response (Trx, MsrA, MecA, and SmpB)...
September 2017: MSystems
Alcione Lescano de Souza Junior, Jorge Mancini Filho, Rosângela Pavan Torres, Maria Cláudia Irigoyen, Rui Curi
What is the central question of this study? We investigated whether pretreatment with fish oil could prevent the major consequences of ischaemic injury to the heart. What is the main finding and its importance? Fish oil pretreatment attenuated the consequences of ischaemic injury as indicated by the small infarction area and the preservation of systolic function and coronary blood flow. These findings support the use of fish oil in order to reduce the impact of heart ischaemia. ω-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acid (ω-3 PUFA)-rich fish oil supplementation has protective effects on heart ischaemic injury...
September 6, 2017: Experimental Physiology
Tanya M Holloway, Tim Snijders, Janneau van Kranenburg, Luc Jc van Loon, Lex B Verdijk
While endurance exercise training promotes angiogenesis and improves metabolic health, the effect of resistance training on this process is less well defined. We hypothesised that capillarization would increase proportionally, and concurrently, with muscle fiber hypertrophy in response to resistance training in young men. METHODS: In this double blind, randomized control trial, 36 males (22 ± 1 y) were randomized to placebo or protein supplementation, and participated in 12-wk of resistance training...
August 25, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Rochelle K Nelson, Jiang Ya-Ping, John Gadbery, Danya Abedeen, Nicole Sampson, Richard Z Lin, Michael A Frohman
The Phospholipase D (PLD) superfamily is linked to neurological disease, cancer, and fertility, and a recent report correlated a potential loss-of-function PLD2 polymorphism with hypotension. Surprisingly, PLD2 (-/-) mice exhibit elevated blood pressure accompanied by associated changes in cardiac performance and molecular markers, but do not have findings consistent with the metabolic syndrome. Instead, expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), which generates the potent vasodilator nitric oxide (NO), is decreased...
August 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jiaye Jiang, Zhongyuan Gan, Yuan Li, Wenqi Zhao, Hanqing Li, Jian-Pu Zheng, Yan Ke
Sleep loss can induce or aggravate the development of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. However, the molecular mechanism underlying this phenomenon is poorly understood. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of REM sleep deprivation on blood pressure in rats and the underlying mechanisms of these effects. After Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to REM sleep deprivation for 5 days, their blood pressures and endothelial function were measured. In addition, one group of rats was given continuous access to L-arginine supplementation (2% in distilled water) for the 5 days before and the 5 days of REM sleep deprivation to reverse sleep deprivation-induced pathological changes...
2017: PloS One
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