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Matti Narkia

25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 is an agonistic vitamin D receptor ligand - Lou et al. - J Steroi... - 1 views

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    25-Hydroxyvitamin D(3) is an agonistic vitamin D receptor ligand.
    Lou YR, Molnár F, Peräkylä M, Qiao S, Kalueff AV, St-Arnaud R, Carlberg C, Tuohimaa P.
    J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2009 Nov 26. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19944755
    doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2009.11.011

    In conclusion, 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 is an agonistic vitamin D receptor ligand with gene regulatory and anti-proliferative properties.
Matti Narkia

Anticancer Properties of Ganoderma Lucidum Methanol Extracts In Vitro and In Vivo - Nut... - 0 views

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    Anticancer properties of Ganoderma lucidum methanol extracts in vitro and in vivo.
    Harhaji Trajković LM, Mijatović SA, Maksimović-Ivanić DD, Stojanović ID, Momcilović MB, Tufegdzić SJ, Maksimović VM, Marjanović ZS, Stosić-Grujicić SD.
    Nutr Cancer. 2009;61(5):696-707.
    PMID: 19838944
    DOI: 10.1080/01635580902898743

    Anticancer activities of various extracts of the medicinal mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum, have been widely demonstrated and are mainly associated with the presence of different bioactive polysaccharides and triterpenoids. We have evaluated and compared in vitro and in vivo the antitumor effects of two preparations from Ganoderma lucidum: a methanol extract containing total terpenoids (GLme) and a purified methanol extract containing mainly acidic terpenoids (GLpme). Both extracts inhibited tumor growth of B16 mouse melanoma cells inoculated subcutaneously into syngeneic C57BL/6 mice and reduced viability of B16 cells in vitro, whereby GLme exhibited stronger effect. Furthermore, anticancer activity of GLme was demonstrated for the first time against two other rodent tumor cell lines, L929-mouse fibrosarcoma and C6-rat astrocytoma. The mechanism of antitumor activity of GLme comprised inhibition of cell proliferation and induction of caspase-dependent apoptotic cell death mediated by upregulated p53 and inhibited Bcl-2 expression. Moreover, the antitumor effect of the GLme was associated with intensified production of reactive oxygen species, whereas their neutralization by the antioxidant, N-acetyl cysteine, resulted in partial recovery of cell viability. Thus, our results suggest that GLme might be a good candidate for treatment of diverse forms of cancers.
Matti Narkia

Glucose restriction can extend normal cell lifespan and impair precancerous cell growth... - 0 views

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    Glucose restriction can extend normal cell lifespan and impair precancerous cell growth through epigenetic control of hTERT and p16 expression.
    Li Y, Liu L, Tollefsbol TO.
    FASEB J. 2009 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 20019239
    doi: 10.1096/fj.09-149328

    Cancer cells metabolize glucose at elevated rates and have a higher sensitivity to glucose reduction. However, the precise molecular mechanisms leading to different responses to glucose restriction between normal and cancer cells are not fully understood. We analyzed normal WI-38 and immortalized WI-38/S fetal lung fibroblasts and found that glucose restriction resulted in growth inhibition and apoptosis in WI-38/S cells, whereas it induced lifespan extension in WI-38 cells. Moreover, in WI-38/S cells glucose restriction decreased expression of hTERT (human telomerase reverse transcriptase) and increased expression of p16(INK4a). Opposite effects were found in the gene expression of hTERT and p16 in WI-38 cells in response to glucose restriction. The altered gene expression was partly due to glucose restriction-induced DNA methylation changes and chromatin remodeling of the hTERT and p16 promoters in normal and immortalized WI-38 cells. Furthermore, glucose restriction resulted in altered hTERT and p16 expression in response to epigenetic regulators in WI-38 rather than WI-38/S cells, suggesting that energy stress-induced differential epigenetic regulation may lead to different cellular fates in normal and precancerous cells. Collectively, these results provide new insights into the epigenetic mechanisms of a nutrient control strategy that may contribute to cancer therapy as well as antiaging approaches.
Matti Narkia

Estimation and Fortification of Vitamin D3 in Pasteurized Process Cheese -- Upreti et a... - 0 views

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    Estimation and fortification of vitamin D3 in pasteurized process cheese.
    Upreti P, Mistry VV, Warthesen JJ.
    J Dairy Sci. 2002 Dec;85(12):3173-81.
    PMID: 12512590


    The objective of this study was to develop methods for the estimation and fortification of vitamin D3 in pasteurized Process cheese. Vitamin D3 was estimated using alkaline saponification at 70°C for 30 min, followed by extraction with petroleum ether:diethyl ether (90:10 vol/vol) and HPLC. The retention time for vitamin D3 was approximately 9 min. A standard curve with a correlation coefficient of 0.972 was prepared for quantification of vitamin D3 in unknown samples. In the second phase of the study, pasteurized Process cheeses fortified with commercial water- or fat-dispersible forms of vitamin D3 at a level of 100 IU per serving (28 g) were manufactured. There was no loss of vitamin D3 during Process cheese manufacture, and the vitamin was uniformly distributed. No losses of the vitamin occurred during storage of the fortified cheeses over a 9-mo period at 21 to 29°C and 4 to 6°C. There was an approximately 25 to 30% loss of the vitamin when cheeses were heated for 5 min in an oven maintained at 232°C. Added vitamin D3 did not impart any off flavors to the Process cheeses as determined by sensory analysis. There were no differences between the water- and fat-dispersible forms of the vitamin in the parameters measured in fortified cheeses
Matti Narkia

25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 is an agonistic vitamin D receptor ligand - ScienceDirect - The Jo... - 0 views

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    25-Hydroxyvitamin D(3) is an agonistic vitamin D receptor ligand.
    Lou YR, Molnár F, Peräkylä M, Qiao S, Kalueff AV, St-Arnaud R, Carlberg C, Tuohimaa P.
    J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2009 Nov 26. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19944755
    doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2009.11.011

    In conclusion, 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 is an agonistic vitamin D receptor ligand with gene regulatory and anti-proliferative properties.
Matti Narkia

Vitamin D-induced up-regulation of tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) in pr... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D-induced up-regulation of tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) in prostate cancer cells.
    Golovko O, Nazarova N, Tuohimaa P.
    Life Sci. 2005 Jun 17;77(5):562-77. Epub 2005 Feb 25.
    PMID: 15904673
    doi:10.1016/j.lfs.2004.10.072

    Combined addition of human recombinant TNF-alpha with calcitriol or CB1093 cause enhanced effect in induction of apoptosis. We conclude that under physiological conditions vitamin D activates only the transcription of TNF-alpha gene, for TNF-alpha protein synthesis additional cofactors are required. Therefore a cooperation of vitamin D and TNF-alpha may play an important role in the control of cell growth in prostate cancer.
Matti Narkia

Docosahexaenoic Acid Inhibits Superoxide Dismutase 1 Gene Transcription in Hu... - 0 views

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    Docosahexaenoic acid inhibits superoxide dismutase 1 gene transcription in human cancer cells: the involvement of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha and hypoxia-inducible factor-2alpha signaling.
    Tuller ER, Beavers CT, Lou JR, Ihnat MA, Benbrook DM, Ding WQ.
    Mol Pharmacol. 2009 Sep;76(3):588-95. Epub 2009 Jun 15.
    PMID: 19528198
Matti Narkia

Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation... - 0 views

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    Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation.
    Nevin KG, Rajamohan T.
    Clin Biochem. 2004 Sep;37(9):830-5.
    PMID: 15329324
    doi:10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2004.04.010

    Conclusion: The results demonstrated the potential beneficiary effect of virgin coconut oil in lowering lipid levels in serum and tissues and LDL oxidation by physiological oxidants. This property of VCO may be attributed to the biologically active polyphenol components present in the oil
Matti Narkia

Antioxidant capacity and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil; International Journal of... - 0 views

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    Antioxidant capacity and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil.
    Marina AM, Man YB, Nazimah SA, Amin I.
    Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2009;60 Suppl 2:114-23. Epub 2008 Dec 27.
    PMID: 19115123
Matti Narkia

In vitro antimicrobial properties of coconut oil on Candida species in Ibadan, Nigeria ... - 0 views

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    In vitro antimicrobial properties of coconut oil on Candida species in Ibadan, Nigeria.
    Ogbolu DO, Oni AA, Daini OA, Oloko AP.
    J Med Food. 2007 Jun;10(2):384-7.
    PMID: 17651080

    It is noteworthy that coconut oil was active against species of Candida at 100% concentration compared to fluconazole. Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida specie
Matti Narkia

Apigenin inhibits growth and motility but increases gap junctional coupling intensity i... - 0 views

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    Apigenin inhibits growth and motility but increases gap junctional coupling intensity in rat prostate carcinoma (MAT-LyLu) cell populations.
    Czernik M, Sroka J, Madeja Z, Czyz J.
    Cell Mol Biol Lett. 2008;13(3):327-38. Epub 2008 Feb 21.
    PMID: 18292973
    DOI: 10.2478/s11658-008-0003-z

    This in vitro data indicates that apigenin may affect cancer development in general, and prostate carcinogenesis in particular, via its influence on cellular activities decisive for both cancer promotion and progression, including cell proliferation, gap junctional coupling and cell motility and invasiveness.
Matti Narkia

Natural Sphingadienes Inhibit Akt-Dependent Signaling and Prevent Intestinal Tumorigene... - 0 views

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    Natural Sphingadienes Inhibit Akt-Dependent Signaling and Prevent Intestinal Tumorigenesis.
    Fyrst H, Oskouian B, Bandhuvula P, Gong Y, Byun HS, Bittman R, Lee AR, Saba JD.
    Cancer Res. 2009 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19934323
    DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-2341
Matti Narkia

Berberine lowers blood glucose in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients through increasing ... - 0 views

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    Berberine lowers blood glucose in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients through increasing insulin receptor expression.
    Zhang H, Wei J, Xue R, Wu JD, Zhao W, Wang ZZ, Wang SK, Zhou ZX, Song DQ, Wang YM, Pan HN, Kong WJ, Jiang JD.
    Metabolism. 2009 Sep 3
    doi:10.1016/j.metabol.2009.07.029

    Liver function was improved greatly in these patients by showing reduction of liver enzymes. Our results confirmed the activity of BBR on InsR in humans and its relationship with the glucose-lowering effect. Together with our previous report, we strongly suggest BBR as an ideal medicine for T2DM with a mechanism different from metformin and rosiglitazone.
Matti Narkia

Neuroprotective effects of berberine on stroke models in vitro and in vivo - ScienceDir... - 0 views

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    Neuroprotective effects of berberine on stroke models in vitro and in vivo.
    Zhou XQ, Zeng XN, Kong H, Sun XL.
    Neurosci Lett. 2008 Dec 5;447(1):31-6. Epub 2008 Sep 30.
    PMID: 18838103
    doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2008.09.064

    Findings of this study suggest that berberine protects against ischemic brain injury by decreasing the intracellular ROS level and subsequently inhibiting mitochondrial apoptotic pathway.
Matti Narkia

Vitamin D3 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in raw and cooked pork cuts - ScienceDirect - Journ... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D3 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in raw and cooked pork cuts.
    Ina Clausen, Jette Jakobsen, Torben Leth and Lars Ovesen.
    Journal of Food Composition and Analysis
    Volume 16, Issue 5, October 2003, Pages 575-585
    doi:10.1016/S0889-1575(03)00064-4

    Meat 25OHD3 contributes significantly to vitamin D activity. Food databases should include concentrations of both vitamin D and 25OHD.
Matti Narkia

Concentrations of vitamin D3 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in raw and cooked New Zealand bee... - 0 views

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    Concentrations of vitamin D3 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in raw and cooked New Zealand beef and lamb.
    Roger Purchas, Maggie Zoua, Philip Pearcea and Felicity Jackson-
    Journal of Food Composition and Analysis
    Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2007, Pages 90-98

    For lamb, the highest levels of vitamin D3 were in the shoulder chop both before and after cooking, while levels were lowest in the rack muscle. Similar cut differences were shown for 25OHD3 concentrations. For beef there were no significant differences between the cuts for vitamin D3, but concentrations of 25OHD3 were lower in the striploin before and after cooking, Vitamin D3 levels tended to be higher in beef cuts than in lamb cuts, but the opposite held for 25OHD3. Concentrations of vitamin D3 were similar to those in other reports, but the 25OHD3 levels were at the high end of reported ranges. With 25OHD3 being more potent than vitamin D3, it is concluded that meat can make a useful contribution of this vitamin to the human diet.
Matti Narkia

Vitamin K content of foods and dietary vitamin K intake in Japanese young women. J Nutr... - 0 views

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    Vitamin K content of foods and dietary vitamin K intake in Japanese young women.
    Kamao M, Suhara Y, Tsugawa N, Uwano M, Yamaguchi N, Uenishi K, Ishida H, Sasaki S, Okano T.
    J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2007 Dec;53(6):464-70.
    PMID: 18202532

    Several reports indicate an important role for vitamin K in bone health as well as blood coagulation. However, the current Adequate Intakes (AI) might not be sufficient for the maintenance of bone health. To obtain a closer estimate of dietary intake of phylloquinone (PK) and menaquinones (MKs), PK, MK-4 and MK-7 contents in food samples (58 food items) were determined by an improved high-performance liquid chromatography method. Next, we assessed dietary vitamin K intake in young women living in eastern Japan using vitamin K contents measured here and the Standard Tables of Food Composition in Japan. PK was widely distributed in green vegetables and algae, and high amounts were found in spinach and broccoli (raw, 498 and 307 microg/100 g wet weight, respectively). Although MK-4 was widely distributed in animal products, overall MK-4 content was lower than PK. MK-7 was observed characteristically in fermented soybean products such as natto (939 microg/100 g). The mean total vitamin K intake of all subjects (using data from this study and Japanese food composition tables) was about 230 microg/d and 94% of participants met the AI of vitamin K for women aged 18-29 y in Japan, 60 microg/d. The contributions of PK, MK-4 and MK-7 to total vitamin K intake were 67.7, 7.3 and 24.9%, respectively. PK from vegetables and algae and MK-7 from pulses (including fermented soybean foods) were the major contributors to the total vitamin K intake of young women living in eastern Japan
Matti Narkia

Induction of Ovarian Cancer Cell Apoptosis by 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 through the Down... - 0 views

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    Induction of ovarian cancer cell apoptosis by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 through the down-regulation of telomerase.
    Jiang F, Bao J, Li P, Nicosia SV, Bai W.
    J Biol Chem. 2004 Dec 17;279(51):53213-21. Epub 2004 Oct 12.
    PMID: 15485861
    doi: 10.1074/jbc.M410395200

    Overall, the study suggests that the down-regulation of telomerase activity by 1,25(OH)2VD3 and the resulting cell death are important components of the response of OCa cells to 1,25(OH)2VD3-induced growth suppression.

    Progressive shortening of telomere associated with cell divisions limits the life span of normal cells and eventually leads to senescence. To become immortal, human cancers including OCa are invariably associated with activation of mechanism that maintains telomere length. Approximately 85-90% of cancers show reactivation of telomerase. The present study shows that telomerase in OCa cells is down-regulated by 1,25(OH)2VD3. Down-regulation of telomerase is due to decreased stability of hTERT mRNA rather than VDRE-mediated transcriptional repression through the putative VDRE present in the regulatory region of the hTERT gene.

    It is known that the inhibition of telomerase may lead to a phenotypic lag during which cells would continue to divide until the point at which the telomeres became critically short. This phenomenon may explain why the apoptotic induction by 1,25(OH)2VD3 needs the treatment for more than 6 days. As mentioned in the results, no detectable shortening of telomeric repeats was observed in parental OVCAR3 cells after 9 days of treatment with 1,25(OH)2VD3 (Fig. 4D). This is likely due to the fact that the short telomere (about 3 kb) in OVCAR3 cells is very close to the minimal length required for survival and that cells with detectably shorter telomere may have been selected against apoptosis. It has been shown that transformed human cells enter crisis once the terminal restriction fragment of the telomere reaches a length of about 4 kb. This is insufficient to protect chro
Matti Narkia

Mechanisms of Berberine (Natural Yellow 18)-Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Interact... - 0 views

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    Mechanisms of berberine (natural yellow 18)-induced mitochondrial dysfunction: interaction with the adenine nucleotide translocator.
    Pereira CV, Machado NG, Oliveira PJ.
    Toxicol Sci. 2008 Oct;105(2):408-17. Epub 2008 Jul 3.
    PMID: 18599498
    doi: 10.1124/jpet.107.128017

    The data from the present work appear to show that berberine also presents some degree of toxicity to "nontumor" systems, which should be carefully understood. ANT inhibition in nontumor cells by berberine would be responsible for a decrease in energy production and could also result in MPT induction. To the best of our knowledge, no full toxicity assessment exists for berberine in humans, although its use in several commercially available supplements suggests that the compound may present a relatively wide safety interval. In fact, a study with patients with congestive heart failure treated with 1.2 g/day of oral berberine revealed low toxicity and resulted into an average plasma concentration of 0.11 mg/l which would translate into 0.3µM (Zeng and Zeng, 1999Go). Repeated cumulative treatments, alternative forms of formulation (e.g., topical application vs. injection) or more importantly, active mitochondrial accumulation due to its positive charge would be expected to increase its concentration in cells into the range of concentrations used in this study.

    Empirical data from nontraditional medicines plus the use of extensive clinical assays would allow the use of berberine as a promising antimelanoma agent while maintaining its safety for humans. In radial/vertical forms of melanoma, a possible topical application of berberine would also be possible, thus minimizing side effects on other organs.

    In conclusion, the present work identifies the ANT as an important target for berberine, with clear relevance for its proposed antitumor effects.
Matti Narkia

Mitochondrially Targeted Effects of Berberine [Natural Yellow 18, 5,6-dihydro-9,10-dime... - 0 views

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    Mitochondrially targeted effects of berberine [Natural Yellow 18, 5,6-dihydro-9,10-dimethoxybenzo(g)-1,3-benzodioxolo(5,6-a) quinolizinium] on K1735-M2 mouse melanoma cells: comparison with direct effects on isolated mitochondrial fractions.
    Pereira GC, Branco AF, Matos JA, Pereira SL, Parke D, Perkins EL, Serafim TL, Sardão VA, Santos MS, Moreno AJ, Holy J, Oliveira PJ.
    J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2007 Nov;323(2):636-49. Epub 2007 Aug 17.
    PMID: 17704354
    doi: 10.1124/jpet.107.128017

    The present work shows that berberine is accumulated by mitochondria of a mouse melanoma cell line, leading to mitochondrial fragmentation and dysfunction, accompanied by decreased cellular energy charge. When the effect was compared with the results obtained on isolated mitochondrial fractions, it is observed that regardless of the system used, berberine is toxic for mitochondria. One major limitation of the present study (as in many others) is the lack of knowledge of the real concentration of berberine that reaches mitochondria in intact cells. Although we do not possess data regarding this aspect, it is wise to speculate that mitochondrial berberine concentrations will be much higher than in the bulk cytosol due to electrophoretic accumulation. We believe that the range of berberine concentrations accumulated by mitochondria in intact cells is within the range of concentrations used on isolated mitochondrial fractions in the present study. The present work not only provides insights on the mechanism by which berberine interferes with tumor cell proliferation, demonstrating previously unknown effects on mitochondrial physiology, but also raises a note of caution on the use of berberine as a nontoxic "natural" over-the-counter medication.
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