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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223870/bioactivity-and-chemical-characterization-of-acalypha-fruticosa-forssk-growing-in-saudi-arabia
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Ghada Ahmed Fawzy, Areej Mohammad Al-Taweel, Shagufta Perveen, Shabana Iqrar Khan, Fatma Abdulaziz Al-Omary
Acalypha is an important genus of the Euphorbiaceae family. The genus is represented by five species in Saudi Arabia. Acalypha fruticosa Forssk. Fl. Aeg is traditionally used as a cure for stomachache, dyspepsia, rheumatism, dermatitis, and swellings of the body. The present study endeavors to provide a phytochemical and biological evaluation of the plant, with the aim of relating activity to constituting secondary metabolites in the plant. Column chromatographic separation of the methanol extract led to the isolation of four compounds namely 2-methyl-5,7-dihydroxychromone 5-O-β-d-glucopyranoside 1, acalyphin 2, apigenin 3 and kaempferol 3-O-rutinoside 4...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219837/chronic-maternal-calcium-and-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-deficiency-in-wistar-rats-programs-abnormal-hepatic-gene-expression-leading-to-hepatic-steatosis-in-female-offspring
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Sona S Sharma, Nivedita M Jangale, Abhay M Harsulkar, Medha K Gokhale, Bimba N Joshi
Importance of calcium and vitamin D deficiency is well established in adult dyslipidemia. We hypothesized that maternal calcium and vitamin D deficiency could alter offspring's lipid metabolism. Our objective was to investigate the effect of maternal dietary calcium and vitamin D deficiency on lipid metabolism and liver function of the F1 generation offspring. intergenerational calcium-deficient (CaD) and vitamin D-deficient (VDD) models were developed by mating normal male rats with deficient females and continuing maternal-deficient diets through pregnancy and lactation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177670/effect-of-vitamin-d-on-isoprenaline-induced-myocardial-infarction-in-rats-possible-role-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%A9-ppar-%C3%A9
#3
Ola Ahmed El-Gohary, Mona Maher Allam
Infarct-like lesion induced by isoprenaline is a well-known model to study myocardial infarction (MI). Vitamin D has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Recent studies highlighted cross talk between vitamin D and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR- ɣ). The present study was designed to investigate the effect of pretreatment with vitamin D on the isoprenaline-induced infarct-like lesion in rats and the role of PPAR- ɣ as a novel mechanism in vitamin D-mediated cardio protective effect...
January 22, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144388/hepatic-structural-enhancement-and-insulin-resistance-amelioration-due-to-at1-receptor-blockade
#4
EDITORIAL
Vanessa Souza-Mello
Over the last decade, the role of renin-angiotensin system (RAS) on the development of obesity and its comorbidities has been extensively addressed. Both circulating and local RAS components are up-regulated in obesity and involved in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease onset. Pharmacological manipulations of RAS are viable strategies to tackle metabolic impairments caused by the excessive body fat mass. Renin inhibitors rescue insulin resistance, but do not have marked effects on hepatic steatosis. However, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) yield beneficial hepatic remodeling...
January 18, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135036/a-molecular-dynamics-shared-pharmacophore-approach-to-boost-early-enrichment-virtual-screening-a-case-study-on-ppar-alpha
#5
Ugo Perricone, Marcus Wieder, Thomas Seidel, Thierry Langer, Alessandro Padova, Anna Maria Almerico, Marco Tutone
Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations can be used, prior to virtual screening, to add flexibility to proteins, and study them in a dynamical way. Furthermore, the use of multiple crystal structures of the same protein containing different co-crystallised ligands, can help to better elucidate the role of the ligand on protein active conformation, and then explore the most common interactions between small molecules and the receptor. In this work, we evaluated the contribution of the combined use of MD on crystal structures containing the same protein but different ligands to examine the crucial ligand-protein interactions within the complexes...
January 30, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131830/suppression-of-nrf2-attenuates-adipogenesis-and-decreases-fgf21-expression-through-ppar-gamma-in-3t3-l1-cells
#6
Bo-Rahm Kim, Gha Young Lee, Hyeree Yu, Hyo Jin Maeng, Tae Jung Oh, Kyoung Min Kim, Jae Hoon Moon, Soo Lim, Hak Chul Jang, Sung Hee Choi
Adipogenesis is the process of differentiation from preadipocytes to adipocytes and is orchestrated by various transcription factors, such as the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and the CCAAT-enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/EBPα). Oxidative stress is also a crucial factor in adipogenesis, and adipocyte differentiation is affected by the cellular redox status. The nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), which is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor, acts as a regulator of cellular oxidative stress...
January 25, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125276/molecular-factors-involved-in-the-hypolipidemic-and-insulin-sensitizing-effects-of-a-ginger-zingiber-officinale-roscoe-extract-in-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#7
Natalia de Las Heras, María Valero-Muñoz, Beatriz Martín-Fernández, Sandra Ballesteros, Antonio López-Farré, Baltasar Ruiz-Roso, Vicente Lahera
Hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of ginger in animal models have been reported. However, information related to the mechanisms and factors involved in the metabolic effects of ginger at a hepatic level are limited. The aim of the present study was to investigate molecular factors involved in the hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of a hydroethanolic ginger extract (GE) in the liver of rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). The study was conducted in male Wistar rats divided into the following 3 groups: (i) Rats fed a standard diet (3...
February 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116391/a-rich-medium-chain-triacylglycerol-diet-benefits-adiposity-but-has-adverse-effects-on-the-markers-of-hepatic-lipogenesis-and-beta-oxidation
#8
Carolina Maria de Oliveira Chamma, Thereza Cristina Lonzetti Bargut, Carlos Alberto Mandarim-de-Lacerda, Marcia Barbosa Aguila
We investigated the increasing amounts of medium-chain triacylglycerol (MCT) in the diet on hepatic lipid metabolism. Mature C57BL/6 male mice were randomly divided into five groups (n = 10/group). The animals received their diet for 12 weeks, as a control (C group, 10% of energy from lipids); high-fat lard (HF group, isoenergetic diet, 50% of energy from lipids with lard); a mixture of lard and MCT oil (with a gradual replacement of lard by MCT: HF-MCT25%, HF-MCT75%, and HF-MCT100% groups). At euthanasia, we collected blood and dissected the liver for analyses (glucose, insulin, HOMA-IR, QUICK index, and triacylglycerol, light microscopy, western blotting, and RT-qPCR)...
January 24, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109294/probing-the-intermolecular-interactions-of-ppar%C3%AE-lbd-with-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-and-their-anti-inflammatory-metabolites-to-infer-most-potential-binding-moieties
#9
Shalini Muralikumar, Umashankar Vetrivel, Angayarkanni Narayanasamy, Undurti N Das
BACKGROUND: PPARγ is an isoform of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) belonging to a super family of nuclear receptors. PPARγ receptor is found to play a crucial role in the modulation of lipid and glucose homeostasis. Its commotion has been reported to play a significant role in a broad spectrum of diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, inflammatory diseases, Alzheimer's disease, and in some cancers. Hence, PPARγ is an important therapeutic target. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and their metabolites (henceforth referred to as bioactive lipids) are known to function as agonists of PPARγ...
January 21, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103941/involvement-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-physiological-response-to-transient-common-carotid-artery-occlusion-and-reperfusion
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Marina Quartu, Laura Poddighe, Tiziana Melis, Maria Pina Serra, Marianna Boi, Sara Lisai, Gianfranca Carta, Elisabetta Murru, Laura Muredda, Maria Collu, Sebastiano Banni
BACKGROUND: The transient global cerebral hypoperfusion/reperfusion achieved by induction of Bilateral Common Carotid Artery Occlusion followed by Reperfusion (BCCAO/R) may trigger a physiological response in an attempt to preserve tissue and function integrity. There are several candidate molecules among which the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and/or peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor-alpha (PPAR-alpha) may play a role in modulating oxidative stress and inflammation. The aims of the present study are to evaluate whether the ECS, the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and PPAR-alpha are involved during BCCAO/R in rat brain, and to identify possible markers of the ongoing BCCAO/R-induced challenge in plasma...
January 19, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098910/hydrogen-rich-saline-improves-non%C3%A2-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-alleviating-oxidative-stress-and-activating-hepatic-ppar%C3%AE-and-ppar%C3%AE
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Xiao Zhai, Xiao Chen, Jiancan Lu, Yaping Zhang, Xuejun Sun, Qin Huang, Qijin Wang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a range of liver diseases, between steatosis and non‑alcoholic steatohepatitis and liver cirrhosis, which are closely associated with diabetes mellitus. Previous studies have indicated that oxidative stress is a key factor in the development of NAFLD. Molecular hydrogen (H2) may ameliorate oxidative stress injuries by selectively neutralizing peroxynitrite and hydroxyl radicals. The present study evaluated the effects of H2 on NAFLD in rats and concluded that H2‑rich saline had significant therapeutic effects on NAFLD induced by hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia, as demonstrated by hematoxylin and eosin and terminal deoxynucleotidyl-transferase‑mediated dUTP nick end labeling staining...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088358/the-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-fenofibrate-attenuates-alcohol-self-administration-in-rats
#12
Colin N Haile, Therese A Kosten
Fibrates are a class of medications used to treat hypercholesterolemia and dyslipidemia that target nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs). Studies have shown the PPARα agonist fenofibrate decreases voluntary EtOH consumption however its impact on the reinforcing and motivational effects of EtOH is unknown. We evaluated the ability of fenofibrate (25, 50 and 100 mg/kg), to alter EtOH (10%, w/v) and sucrose (2%, w/v) operant self-administration in rats under a FR2 schedule of reinforcement over four days and under a progressive ratio (PR) schedule on day five of treatment...
January 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073778/overexpression-of-pgc-1%C3%AE-increases-peroxisomal-and-mitochondrial-fatty-acid-oxidation-in-human-primary-myotubes
#13
Tai-Yu Huang, Donghai Zheng, Joseph A Houmard, Jeffrey J Brault, Robert C Hickner, Ronald N Cortright
Peroxisomes are indispensable organelles for lipid metabolism in humans and their biogenesis has been assumed to be under regulation by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs). However, recent studies in hepatocytes suggest that the mitochondrial proliferator PGC-1α (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1 alpha) also acts as an upstream transcriptional regulator for enhancing peroxisomal abundance and associated activity. It is unknown whether the regulatory mechanism(s) for enhancing peroxisomal function is through the same node as mitochondrial biogenesis in human skeletal muscle (HSkM) and whether fatty acid oxidation (FAO) is affected...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065384/the-effects-of-fat-induced-obesity-on-bone-metabolism-in-rats
#14
Wei Li, Peng Xu, Cuizhe Wang, Xiaodan Ha, Yajuan Gu, Yan Wang, Jun Zhang, Jianxin Xie
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to investigate the effects of obesity, induced via a high-fat diet, on bone metabolism in rats. METHODS: Two hundred healthy Wistar male rats aged 4 weeks were fed a standard diet and a high-fat diet. At specific time points (week 0, 4, 6, 8, and 10), plasma was collected to determine the levels of glucose and lipid metabolism. Additionally, enzyme-linked immunoassays were performed to determine the plasma levels of adipocyte and bone metabolism factors...
January 3, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062356/cyp4f2-repression-and-a-modified-alpha-tocopherol-vitamin-e-metabolism-are-two-independent-consequences-of-ethanol-toxicity-in-human-hepatocytes
#15
A Russo, D Bartolini, P Torquato, D Giusepponi, C Barola, R Galarini, M Birringer, S Lorkowski, F Galli
The expression of CYP4F2, a form of cytochrome P-450 with proposed role in α-tocopherol and long-chain fatty acid metabolism, was explored in HepG2 and HepaRG human hepatocytes during ethanol toxicity. Cytotoxicity, ROS production, and JNK and ERK1/2 kinase signaling increased in a dose and time-dependent manner during ethanol treatments; CYP4F2 gene expression decreased, while other CYP4F forms, namely 4F11 and 12, increased along with 3A4 and 2E1 isoforms. α-Tocopherol antagonized the cytotoxicity and CYP4F2 gene repression effect of ethanol in HepG2 cells...
January 3, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058519/stimulation-of-glycerol-kinase-in-grass-carp-preadipocytes-by-epa
#16
Caixia Lei, Jingjing Tian, Hong Ji
This study was conducted to assess the effect of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on grass carp preadipocyte glycerol kinase (GyK) expression, as well as to explore the mechanism. Here, we cloned partial sequence of grass carp GyK gene and analyzed its tissue distribution. The result showed that GyK gene expressed most in the liver, followed by adipose tissue and the kidney. Besides, 400 μM oleic acid (18:1n-9, OA) was used to establish a hypertrophic preadipocyte model. GyK gene expression and enzyme activity were significantly enhanced after model cells were treated with 100 μM eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3, EPA) for 6, 12, and 24 h...
January 5, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012209/link-between-er-stress-ppar-alpha-activation-and-bet-inhibition-in-relation-to-apolipoprotein-a-i-transcription-in-hepg2-cells
#17
Sophie E van der Krieken, Herman E Popeijus, Ronald P Mensink, Jogchum Plat
Activating transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) may increase apoA-I transcription. Furthermore, Bromodomain and Extra-Terminal domain (BET) protein inhibitors increase, whereas Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) stress decreases apoA-I transcription. We examined possible links between these processes as related to apoA-I transcription in HepG2 cells. JQ1(+), thapsigargin and GW7647 were used to induce respectively BET inhibition, ER-stress and PPARα activation. Expression of ER-stress markers (CHOP, XBP1s) was analyzed by western blotting...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976976/antiadipogenic-effects-and-mechanisms-of-combinations-of-genistein-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-and-or-resveratrol-in-preadipocytes
#18
Bulbul Ahmed, Siqin Liu, Hongwei Si
Natural bioactive compounds are considered an excellent alternative strategy for developing effective, safe, and cost-effective antiobesity agents. The aim of this study was to investigate if combinations of soy bean genistein (G), green tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate (E), and/or grape resveratrol (R) at low dosages synergistically inhibit preadipocyte differentiation both in 3T3-L1 cells and human primary preadipocytes (HPAs). Our results show that combinations of G, E, and/or R additively inhibited preadipocyte differentiation (39-56% of control) both in 3T3-L1 cells at 30 μM and HPAs at 15 μM, while the individual compounds have no antiadipogenic effect at the selected concentrations...
February 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955950/resistive-training-and-molecular-regulators-of-vascular-metabolic-risk-in-chronic-stroke
#19
Alice S Ryan, Guoyan Li, Charlene Hafer-Macko, Frederick M Ivey
BACKGROUND: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ coactivator (PGC-1α) gene and Sirtuin-1 (SIRT-1) respond to physiological stimuli and regulate insulin resistance. Inflammatory markers tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP), and the soluble forms of intracellular adhesion molecule (sICAM-1) and vascular CAM-1 (sVCAM-1) are associated with increased risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease. Resistive training (RT) reduces hyperinsulinemia and improves insulin action in chronic stroke...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911411/preparation-and-in-vivo-use-of-an-activity-based-probe-for-n-acylethanolamine-acid-amidase
#20
Elisa Romeo, Silvia Pontis, Stefano Ponzano, Fabiola Bonezzi, Marco Migliore, Simona Di Martino, Maria Summa, Daniele Piomelli
Activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) is a method for the identification of an enzyme of interest in a complex proteome through the use of a chemical probe that targets the enzyme's active sites. A reporter tag introduced into the probe allows for the detection of the labeled enzyme by in-gel fluorescence scanning, protein blot, fluorescence microscopy, or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Here, we describe the preparation and use of the compound ARN14686, a click chemistry activity-based probe (CC-ABP) that selectively recognizes the enzyme N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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