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Matti Narkia

Meta-analysis of longitudinal studies: Serum vitamin D and prostate cancer risk - Scien... - 0 views

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    Meta-analysis of longitudinal studies: Serum vitamin D and prostate cancer risk.
    Yin L, Raum E, Haug U, Arndt V, Brenner H.
    Cancer Epidemiol. 2009 Dec;33(6):435-45. Epub 2009 Nov 25.
    PMID: 19939760
    doi:10.1016/j.canep.2009.10.014

    CONCLUSIONS: According to available evidence from longitudinal studies, serum 25(OH)D is not associated with PC incidence.
Matti Narkia

Overview and perspective in human nutrition. Willett WC. - Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008; - 0 views

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    Overview and perspective in human nutrition.
    Willett WC.
    Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:1-4. Review.
    PMID: 18296289

    For the last decade, the focus of nutritional advice for prevention of chronic disease has been to limit or reduce
    total fat intake and to consume large amounts of carbohydrate. However, this advice is inconsistent with many
    lines of evidence indicating that unsaturated fats have beneficial metabolic effects and reduce risk of coronary
    heart disease. More recent evidence has also shown that the large majority of carbohydrates in Western diets,
    consisting of refined starches and sugars, have adverse metabolic effects and increase risks of coronary heart
    disease and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, a major opportunity for health improvement has been lost by failing
    to distinguish healthy from unhealthy forms of carbohydrates and fats. Recent analyses indicate that moderate
    changes in diet, together with regular physical activity and not smoking, can prevent the large majority of heart
    disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. These findings have substantial relevance for many populations
    in Asia, where incidence of type 2 diabetes is rising rapidly.
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

Vitamin D and calcium insufficiency-related chronic diseases: molecular and cellular pa... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D and calcium insufficiency-related chronic diseases: molecular and cellular pathophysiology.
    Peterlik M, Cross HS.
    Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Dec;63(12):1377-86. Epub 2009 Sep 2.
    PMID: 19724293
    doi:10.1038/ejcn.2009.105

    A compromised vitamin D status, characterized by low 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-(OH)D) serum levels, and a nutritional calcium deficit are widely encountered in European and North American countries, independent of age or gender. Both conditions are linked to the pathogenesis of many degenerative, malignant, inflammatory and metabolic diseases. Studies on tissue-specific expression and activity of vitamin D metabolizing enzymes, 25-(OH)D-1alpha-hydroxylase and 25-(OH)D-24-hydroxylase, and of the extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) have led to the understanding of how, in non-renal tissues and cellular systems, locally produced 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25-(OH)2D3) and extracellular Ca2+ act jointly as key regulators of cellular proliferation, differentiation and function. Impairment of cooperative signalling from the 1,25-(OH)2D3-activated vitamin D receptor (VDR) and from the CaR in vitamin D and calcium insufficiency causes cellular dysfunction in many organs and biological systems, and, therefore, increases the risk of diseases, particularly of osteoporosis, colorectal and breast cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus type I, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus type II, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Understanding the underlying molecular and cellular processes provides a rationale for advocating adequate intake of vitamin D and calcium in all populations, thereby preventing many chronic diseases worldwide.
Matti Narkia

Vitamin D, aging, and cancer. Pentti Tuohimaa. 2008; Nutrition Reviews - Wiley InterSci... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D, aging, and cancer.
    Tuohimaa P.
    Nutr Rev. 2008 Oct;66(10 Suppl 2):S147-52. Review.
    PMID: 18844842
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2008.00095.x

    Deficiency of the prohormone calcidiol (25OH vitamin D3) seems to be associated with several aging-related chronic diseases including cancer. Our results suggest that calcidiol is mainly responsible for differentiation homeostasis, whereas calcitriol might be more involved in calcium homeostasis. Therefore, an imbalance of calcidiol rather than calcitriol is a risk factor for cancer and chronic diseases. Calcidiol insufficiency, as well as insufficient solar exposure, is associated with increased risk of several solid cancers. Both a vitamin D3 deficiency and a high concentration of calcidiol may increase cancer risk. Similarly, aging phenomena show a U-shaped association with vitamin D bioactivity. Therefore, the chronic diseases and cancers related to aging might be prevented by an optimal concentration of serum calcidiol, which remains to be determined.
Matti Narkia

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and the risk of ovarian cancer - ScienceDirect - European Jou... - 0 views

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    Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and the risk of ovarian cancer.
    Toriola AT, Surcel HM, Agborsangaya C, Grankvist K, Tuohimaa P, Toniolo P, Lukanova A, Pukkala E, Lehtinen M.
    Eur J Cancer. 2009 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19713101
    doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2009.08.002

    Conclusion
    Overall, we did not observe a significant association between serum 25-OHD concentrations and the risk of ovarian cancer. However, we found evidence suggestive of an increased risk among women with low to insufficient serum 25-OHD concentrations.
Matti Narkia

Vitamin D and prostate cancer - ScienceDirect - The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D and prostate cancer.
    Tuohimaa P, Lyakhovich A, Aksenov N, Pennanen P, Syvälä H, Lou YR, Ahonen M, Hasan T, Pasanen P, Bläuer M, Manninen T, Miettinen S, Vilja P, Ylikomi T.
    J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2001 Jan-Mar;76(1-5):125-34.
    PMID: 11384870
    doi:10.1016/S0960-0760(00)00141-2
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

Lack of Association between Serum Levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and the Subsequent Risk... - 0 views

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    Lack of association between serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and the subsequent risk of prostate cancer in Finnish men.
    Faupel-Badger JM, Diaw L, Albanes D, Virtamo J, Woodson K, Tangrea JA.
    Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2007 Dec;16(12):2784-6.
    PMID: 18086789
    doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-07-0672
Matti Narkia

Fish, Vitamin D, and Flavonoids in Relation to Renal Cell Cancer Among Smokers -- Wilso... - 0 views

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    Fish, vitamin D, and flavonoids in relation to renal cell cancer among smokers.
    Wilson RT, Wang J, Chinchilli V, Richie JP, Virtamo J, Moore LE, Albanes D.
    Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Sep 15;170(6):717-29. Epub 2009 Aug 3.
    PMID: 19651663
    doi:10.1093/aje/kwp178

    These results suggest that the flavonoid quercetin may prevent renal cell cancer among male smokers. The possible risk associated with fish intake warrants further investigation before conclusions may be drawn.
Matti Narkia

Prospective study of serum 25(OH)-vitamin D concentration and risk of oesophageal and g... - 0 views

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    Prospective study of serum 25(OH)-vitamin D concentration and risk of oesophageal and gastric cancers.
    Chen W, Dawsey SM, Qiao YL, Mark SD, Dong ZW, Taylor PR, Zhao P, Abnet CC.
    Br J Cancer. 2007 Jul 2;97(1):123-8. Epub 2007 Jun 5.
    PMID: 17551495

    We prospectively examined the relation between pretrial serum vitamin D status and risk of oesophageal and gastric cancers among subjects who developed cancer over 5.25 years of follow-up, including 545 oesophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC), 353 gastric cardia adenocarcinomas, 81 gastric noncardia adenocarcinomas, and an age- and sex-stratified random sample of 1105 subjects.

    We found no associations for gastric cardia or noncardia adenocarcinoma. Among subjects with low vitamin D status, higher serum 25(OH)D concentrations were associated with significantly increased risk of ESCC in men, but not in women. Further refinements of the analysis did not suggest any factors, which could explain this unexpected result.

    In conclusion, we found a direct association between higher serum 25(OH)D concentration and increased risk of ESCC in men but not women in a large population-based prospective cohort study from rural China. We found no association with risk of gastric cardia or noncardia adenocarcinoma in either sex. Greater than 50% of our cohort had an inadequate serum 25(OH)D concentration, yet higher concentrations were associated with increased risk of ESCC compared to lower concentrations.
Matti Narkia

A Prospective Nested Case-Control Study of Vitamin D Status and Pancreatic Cancer Risk ... - 0 views

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    A prospective nested case-control study of vitamin D status and pancreatic cancer risk in male smokers.
    Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Vieth R, Azad A, Pietinen P, Taylor PR, Virtamo J, Albanes D.
    Cancer Res. 2006 Oct 15;66(20):10213-9.
    PMID: 17047087

    Higher vitamin D concentrations were associated with a 3-fold increased risk for pancreatic cancer (highest versus lowest quintile, >65.5 versus <32.0 nmol/L: OR, 2.92; 95% CI, 1.56-5.48, Ptrend = 0.001) that remained after excluding cases diagnosed early during follow-up. Contrary to expectations, subjects with higher prediagnostic vitamin D status had an increased pancreatic cancer risk compared with those with lower status. Our findings need to be replicated in other populations and caution is warranted in their interpretation and implication. Our results are intriguing and may provide clues that further the understanding of the etiology of this highly fatal cancer.

    In conclusion, contrary to expectation, subjects with higher 25(OH)D concentrations were at greater risk for pancreatic cancer compared with those with lower concentrations in our prospective study with long-term follow-up. Caution is warranted in the interpretation and implication of our findings, however, as vitamin D inadequacy is an important public health problem and adequate status is desirable to prevent bone and other diseases (5). Our results, however, are intriguing and may provide clues that further the understanding of the etiology of this highly fatal cancer.
Matti Narkia

Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms and haplotypes, interactions with plasma 25... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms and haplotypes, interactions with plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, and prostate cancer risk.
    Mikhak B, Hunter DJ, Spiegelman D, Platz EA, Hollis BW, Giovannucci E.
    Prostate. 2007 Jun 15;67(9):911-23.
    PMID: 17440943
    DOI: 10.1002/pros.20570

    RESULTS
    No association was found between these SNPs or their associated haplotypes and all PC subtypes except that haplotype 2 (A-f-b) with Cdx2 A, Fok1 f, and Bsm1 b alleles and haplotype 3 (A-F-B) with Cdx2 A, Fok1 F and Bsm1 B alleles compared to the most common haplotype (A-F-b), were associated with reduced risk of aggressive PC (high stage or Gleason sum 7; P = 0.02), both with two alleles suspected of being low risk. Carriers of the variant Cdx2 A allele who were deficient in plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D (15 ng/ml) compared to non-carriers with normal 25-hydroxyvitamin D, had a lower risk of total and poorly differentiated PCs (Gleason sum 7) (P for interaction = 0.02 and 0.04, respectively). Plasma 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D deficiency (26 pg/ml) was associated with a threefold risk of poorly differentiated PC (P for interaction = 0.01) when comparing carriers of the Cdx2 A allele to non-carriers with normal 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D.

    CONCLUSION
    In this population of men, none of the VDR polymorphisms studied was associated with susceptibility to PC.

    Carriers of the variant Cdx2 A allele with low plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D may experience a reduction in risk of total and poorly differentiated prostate cancers compared to non-carriers with adequate 25-hydroxyvitamin D.
Matti Narkia

Serum Vitamin D Concentration and Prostate Cancer Risk: A Nested Case-Control Study -- ... - 0 views

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    Serum vitamin D concentration and prostate cancer risk: a nested case-control study.
    Ahn J, Peters U, Albanes D, Purdue MP, Abnet CC, Chatterjee N, Horst RL, Hollis BW, Huang WY, Shikany JM, Hayes RB; Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Project Team.
    J Natl Cancer Inst. 2008 Jun 4;100(11):796-804. Epub 2008 May 27.
    PMID: 18505967
    doi:10.1093/jnci/djn152

    CONCLUSION: The findings of this large prospective study do not support the hypothesis that vitamin D is associated with decreased risk of prostate cancer; indeed, higher circulating 25(OH)D concentrations may be associated with increased risk of aggressive disease.

    In summary, results from this large prospective study of men who underwent standardized prostate cancer screening in the context of a screening trial do not support the hypothesis that higher serum vitamin D status is associated with decreased risk of prostate cancer. The study showed no association of vitamin D level with nonaggressive disease; however, it raises the possibility that higher vitamin D level may be associated with increased risks for aggressive disease, although a clear monotonic dose-response relationship was lacking. Along with recent reports of adverse associations for higher vitamin D status and risk of pancreatic (32) and esophageal (33,34) cancer, caution should be taken in recommending high doses of vitamin D or sunlight exposure to the general public for prostate cancer prevention. Future analyses are warranted to confirm these results and to further clarify the effects of vitamin D on aggressive 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
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Vitamin D and breast cancer. - Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Jul (full text PDF) - 0 views

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    Vitamin D and breast cancer.
    Bertone-Johnson ER.
    Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Jul;19(7):462-7. Epub 2009 Feb 20. Review.
    PMID: 19230714

    Though the relationship between vitamin D and breast cancer remains unclear, a growing body of evidence suggests that vitamin D may modestly reduce risk. A large number of in vitro studies indicate that vitamin D can inhibit cell proliferation and promote apoptosis and cell differentiation in breast tumor tissue. Results from analytic studies of sunlight exposure and dietary intake have been inconsistent but together generally support a modestly protective role of vitamin D, at least in some population subgroups. Studies using blood vitamin D metabolites to assess vitamin D status may be less prone to misclassification than those of diet and sunlight exposure. Overall, the two prospective and four case-control studies of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D tend to support a protective effect in older women. The relationship between common vitamin D receptor polymorphisms and risk remains unclear. Many questions about this relationship clearly remain, including the utility of assessing vitamin D through diet and sunlight exposure, the relationship between plasma metabolites, and the potential modifying effects of age, menopausal status and tumor characteristics. Given that vitamin D status is modifiable, additional prospective studies are necessary to determine if vitamin D may have important potential for breast cancer prevention.
Matti Narkia

Ecological studies of ultraviolet B, vitamin D and cancer since 2000. - Ann Epidemiol. ... - 0 views

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    Ecological studies of ultraviolet B, vitamin D and cancer since 2000.
    Grant WB, Mohr SB.
    Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Jul;19(7):446-54. Epub 2009 Mar 9. Review.
    PMID: 19269856

    CONCLUSION: These findings provide strong evidence that vitamin D status plays an important role in controlling the outcome of cancer. Support for the UVB-vitamin D-cancer theory is now scientifically strong enough to warrant use of vitamin D in cancer prevention, and as a component of treatment. More research studies would help to explore whether there are benefits beyond the substantial effects that have been observed.
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

Plasma Selenium, Manganese Superoxide Dismutase, and Intermediate- or High-Risk Prostat... - 0 views

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    Plasma selenium, manganese superoxide dismutase, and intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer.
    Chan JM, Oh WK, Xie W, Regan MM, Stampfer MJ, King IB, Abe M, Kantoff PW.
    J Clin Oncol. 2009 Aug 1;27(22):3577-83. Epub 2009 Jun 15.
    PMID: 19528373
    DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2008.18.8938

    Conclusion: These data suggest that the relationship between circulating selenium levels at diagnosis and prognostic risk of prostate cancer is modified by SOD2 genotype and indicate caution against broad use of selenium supplementation for men with prostate cancer.
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