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Hsu C.-C.,Chi Mei Foundation Hospital | Wang J.-J.,Fu Jen Catholic University
Transplantation Proceedings | Year: 2012

Objectives: The Pringle maneuver is a surgical procedure to minimize hemorrhage during hepatectomy, which however, can induce production of reactive oxygen species causing remote organ injury. We sought to study the impact of the Pringle maneuver on cardiac function as well as the protective effects of L-ascorbic acid and α-tocopherol pretreatments. Methods: Rats were divided into four study groups: L-ascorbic acid (60 mg/kg/d) or α-tocopherol (200 mg/kg/d), and surgical interventions (Sham-operated or liver ischemia-reperfusion [I/R]). Liver ischemia was performed by clamping the hepatic artery and portal vein for 30 minutes, followed by reperfusion by releasing the clamps for 2 hours. Cardiac function was evaluated by a high-fidelity pressure-volume catheter positioned in the left ventricle. Myocardial injury was assessed through plasma creatine kinase-MB (CKMB) and troponin I (cTnI). Cardiac lipid peroxidation and systemic hydroxyl radical levels were assessed by cardiac tissue malondialdehyde and plasma methylguanidine, respectively. Results: Cardiac function was significantly depressed in the I/R group, where plasma CKMB and cTnI were markedly increased (P <.05). L-ascorbic acid and α-tocopherol pretreatments improved cardiac function and significantly reduced cardiac injury (P <.05). L-ascorbic acid pretreatment demonstrated better heart protection than α-tocopherol, in terms of cTnI and CKMB (P <.05), but no significant difference in terms of cardiac functional improvement. Conclusions: L-ascorbic acid and α-tocopherol pretreatment 3 days prior to the Pringle maneuver attenuated myocardial injury and protected cardiac function by scavenging hydroxyl radical and reducing lipid peroxidation. L-ascorbic acid demonstrated better protection than α-tocopherol. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. Source


Tzeng C.-W.,Kaohsiung Medical University | Yen F.-L.,Kaohsiung Medical University | Wu T.-H.,Health Bureau of Kaohsiung County Government | Ko H.-H.,Kaohsiung Medical University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2011

Kaempferol (KAE) is a strong antioxidant flavonoid compound, but its clinical application is limited by quantity and poor dissolution property.However, the dissolution mechanismof a kaempferol nanoparticle formulation (KAEN) has not yet been elucidated. The aim of the present study was therefore to use a nanoparticle engineering process to resolve the dissolution problem. Our data indicated that KAEN effectively increased the dissolution percentage by particle size reduction, high encapsulation efficiency, amorphous transformation, and hydrogen-bond formation with excipients. In addition, we used several different antioxidant activity assays to evaluate KAE and KAEN. The data indicated that KAEN retained potent antioxidant activity after the nanoparticle engineering process and showed better antioxidant activity than KAE dissolved in water (P < 0.05). According to these findings, we concluded that KAEN could be a low-dose alternative to KAE in health food and future clinical research. © 2011 American Chemical Society. Source


Wu M.-P.,Chi Mei Foundation Hospital | Wu M.-P.,Taipei Medical University | Wu M.-P.,Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science | Lee C.-L.,Chang Gung University
Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Therapy | Year: 2012

The use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has grown over the past two decades in Taiwan and worldwide. Laparoscopic surgery has been applied to manage the adnexal mass, and ectopic pregnancy since 1989, followed by the first case series of laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) in 1992 in Taiwan. These cases successfully advanced the development of the laparoscopic field. The most significant finding for hysterectomy is the significant increase of laparoscopic hysterectomy (LH) from 5.75% to 37.50%, which is accompanied by the decrease of total abdominal hysterectomies (TAH) from 77.93% to 48.12%, in 1997 and 2007, respectively. Laparoscopic surgery increased significantly from 35.78% to 71.66% for benign ovarian tumor; laparoscopic procedures significantly increased from 18.9% in 1997 to 73.95% in 2007 for ectopic pregnancy. Surgeon acceptance and a rapid evolution of instrumentation have enabled the use of laparoscopy to flourish in recent years. Based on nationwide population-based studies, the choices of surgical procedures are found to be dependent on patient factors, surgeon factors, and hospital factors. The academic activities launched by the MIS-related medical associations significantly lower the threshold for entering the field of endoscopy for gynecologists. This review demonstrates a considerable shift in the use of laparoscopic surgery as MIS in the approaches of benign gynecologic conditions, hysterectomy, ovarian tumor, and ectopic pregnancy, during the past 15 years in Taiwan. As a minimally invasive approach, laparoscopic surgery represents a profound change in patients, surgeons, and hospitals where the surgeries were performed. © 2012. Source


Lee C.-W.,Chang Gung University | Huang H.-W.,Graduate Institute of Natural Products | Wu T.-H.,Health Bureau of Kaohsiung County Government | Tzeng W.-S.,Chi Mei Foundation Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2012

Resveratrol (RES), a well-known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound, is abundant in red wine and exerts numerous pharmacological effects, including hepatoprotection and cadioprotection. Unfortunately, RES is restricted in clinical application due to poor dissolution property and adsorption. In addition, red wine as a supplement for preventing disease is not recommended for patients with alcohol-related disorders. To address these limitations, we successfully developed a novel RES nanoparticle system (RESN) and demonstrated that RESN could circumvent the physicochemical drawbacks of raw RES with respect to dissolution, such as the reduction of particle size, amorphous transformation, and hydrogen-bond formation. In addition, we employed an animal model of CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity to estimate the potential of the nanoparticle formulation to improve the hepatoprotective effect of orally administered RES. Our results demonstrated that RESN can diminish liver function markers (aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase) by decreasing hepatocyte death due to CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity in rats, when compared with RES administration. The effect was achieved by reducing oxidative stress (decreased reactive oxygen species and lipid peroxidation) and lowering inflammatory cytokines (decreased tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin 1β) and protein expression (cyclooxygenase-2, inducible nitric oxide synthase, cytosolic phospholipase A2, and caspase-3). In conclusion, enhancement of the dissolution of RES through a nanoparticle engineering process can result in increased hepatoprotective effects mediated by antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Consequently, we suggest that RESN deserves further study, perhaps in prophylaxis of chronic liver diseases. © 2012 American Chemical Society. Source


Wu N.-C.,Chi Mei Foundation Hospital | Wang J.-J.,Fu Jen Catholic University
Transplantation Proceedings | Year: 2014

Objective Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a common scenario associated with hepatic warm ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury after shock or hemorrhage. Inflammation of lung parenchyma and increase in matrix metalloprotease 9 (MMP-9) activity have been implicated in ARDS. In this study, we aimed to investigate the protective efficacy of curcumin treatment against hepatic I/R-induced lung function impairment. Methods Thirty Sprague-Dawley male rats were evenly divided into 3 groups: a sham group, a hepatic I/R group, and a group treated with curcumin (15 mg/kg/d) 15 minutes before ischemia and every 24 hours for the next 48 hours. Ischemia was induced by occluding the hepatic artery and portal vein for 30 minutes. The clamps were then released and the abdominal incision was closed. Pulmonary function test was conducted after 48 hours of reperfusion. We also examined serum alanine transaminase (ALT) level and degrees of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and MMP-9 activity in the lung tissue. Results Hepatic I/R injury decreased the ratio of residual volume to total lung capacity (RV/TLC), chord compliance (Cchord), and maximum midexpiratory flow (MMEF; P <.05), and increased inspiratory resistance (RI; P <.05), characterized as combined obstructive and restrictive lung disease. Treatment with curcumin markedly improved RV/TLC, Cchord, and MMEF and decreased RI (P <.05). In addition, curcumin treatment reduced serum ALT level and degrees of TNF-α level and MMP-9 activity in the lungs. Conclusions Curcumin attenuated hepatic I/R-induced combined restrictive and obstructive lung disease by reducing lung inflammation and MMP-9 activity. © 2014 by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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