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She Q.,Chongqing Medical University | Xia S.,Geriatrics Institute | Deng S.-B.,Chongqing Medical University | Du J.-L.,Chongqing Medical University | And 4 more authors.
Molecular Medicine Reports | Year: 2012

Hypoxia-response elements (HREs) regulate the expression of the vascular endothelial growth factor 165 (VEGF165) gene and enhance the safety and efficacy of therapeutic angiogenesis. However, the role of hypoxic regulation of VEGF165 gene-modified stem cells in promoting angiogenesis in the ischemic myocardium remains unclear. In this study, the effects of the hypoxic regulation of genetically modified endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) on angiogenesis in the ischemic myocardium and on changes in cardiac function following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) were investigated through the transplantation of hypoxia-regulated VEGF165 gene-modified EPCs into the ischemic myocardium. Rat bone marrow-derived EPCs transfected with plasmid p6HRE-CMV-VEGF165 (6HRE-VEGF 165-E), and plasmid pCMV-VEGF165 (VEGF165-E) were injected into rats with a successfully established model of AMI. The levels of VEGF165 mRNA and protein expression in the EPCs and ischemic myocardium were determined using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and western blot assay, respectively, and the capillary density in the ischemic myocardium and the cardiac function of the rats were detected using immunohistochemistry and echocardiography, respectively. We found that the hypoxia promoter 6HRE-CMV effectively regulated the expression of the VEGF 165 gene in the EPCs and the ischemic myocardium. In rats of the 6HRE-VEGF165-Etransplanted group, the levels of VEGF165 gene expression and capillary density in the ischemic myocardium were significantly higher than those in the other experimental groups. Moreover, cardiac function was also improved compared with that in other groups. VEGF 165 gene-modified EPCs are able to significantly promote angiogenesis in the ischemic myocardium and markedly ameliorate the cardiac function of rats following AMI, especially under 6HRE regulation. Source


Li F.,Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Hu X.,Geriatrics Institute | Qiu X.,Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Wang L.,Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Euphytica | Year: 2010

Frego (fg) bract is an important agronomic trait in tetraploid cotton, which has been widely introduced into several cotton varities or lines in the past several years. In order to help us further understand the underlying molecular mechanism of frego bract development, a map-base cloning strategy was used to localize the fg locus. An F2 population which comprised of 290 fg individuals derived from a cross of the multiple-marker line T582 (G. hirsutum, carrying the fg gene) with Hai7124 (G. barbadense) was constructed. Genetic linkage analysis was carried out to map of the fg locus with SSR and EST-SSR markers in tetraploid cotton. Genetic linkage analysis showed that the fg locus was flanked by the marker NAU3016 and NAU3172 on the long arm of chromosome 3, with the genetic distance of 0.3 cM and 4.7 cM, respectively. The information of fg locus provided the basic information for the final isolation of this important gene in tetraploid cotton, these marker information could be used in marker-assisted selection in cotton. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Source


Levis S.,University of Miami | Levis S.,Geriatrics Institute | Strickman-Stein N.,University of Miami | Doerge D.R.,U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Krischer J.,University of South Florida
Contemporary Clinical Trials | Year: 2010

Following the results of the Women's Health Initiative, many women now decline estrogen replacement at the time of menopause and seek natural remedies that would treat menopausal symptoms and prevent bone loss and other long-term consequences of estrogen deficiency, but without adverse effects on the breast, uterus, and cardiovascular system. The results of most soy studies in this population have had limitations because of poor design, small sample size, or short duration. This report describes the study rationale, design, and procedures of the Soy Phytoestrogens As Replacement Estrogen (SPARE) study, which was designed to determine the efficacy of soy isoflavones in preventing spinal bone loss and menopausal symptoms in the initial years of menopause. Women ages 45 to 60 without osteoporosis and within 5 years from menopause were randomized to receive soy isoflavones 200 mg daily or placebo for 2 years. Participants have yearly measurements of spine and hip bone density, urinary phytoestrogens, and serum lipids, thyroid stimulating hormone, and estradiol. Menopausal symptoms, mood changes, depression, and quality of life are assessed annually. The SPARE study recruited 283 women, 66.1% were Hispanic white. With a large cohort, long duration, and large isoflavone dose, this trial will provide important, relevant, and currently unavailable information on the benefits of purified soy isoflavones in the prevention of bone loss and menopausal symptoms in the first 5 years of menopause. Given the high proportion of Hispanics participating in the study, the results of this trial will also be applicable to this minority group. Source


Castellano C.-A.,Geriatrics Institute | Castellano C.-A.,Universite de Sherbrooke | Baillargeon J.-P.,Universite de Sherbrooke | Plourde M.,Geriatrics Institute | And 6 more authors.
European Journal of Nutrition | Year: 2014

Purpose: There is an increased interest in the benefits of conjugated α-linolenic acid (CLNA) on obesity-related complications such as insulin resistance and diabetes. The aim of the study was to investigate whether a 1 % dietary supplementation of mono-CLNA isomers (c9-t11-c15-18:3 + c9-t13-c15-18:3) improved glucose and lipid metabolism in neonatal pigs. Methods: Since mono-CLNA isomers combine one conjugated two-double-bond system with an n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) structure, the experimental protocol was designed to isolate the dietary structural characteristics of the molecules by comparing a CLNA diet with three other dietary fats: (1) conjugated linoleic acid (c9-t11-18:2 + t10-c12-18:2; CLA), (2) non-conjugated n-3 PUFA, and (3) n-6 PUFA. Thirty-two piglets weaned at 3 weeks of age were distributed among the four dietary groups. Diets were isoenergetic and food intake was controlled by a gastric tube. After 2 weeks of supplementation, gastro-enteral (OGTT) and parenteral (IVGTT) glucose tolerance tests were conducted. Results: Dietary supplementation with mono-CLNA did not modify body weight/fat or blood lipid profiles (p > 0.82 and p > 0.57, respectively) compared with other dietary groups. Plasma glucose, insulin, and C-peptide responses to OGTT and IVGTT in the CLNA group were not different from the three other dietary groups (p > 0.18 and p > 0.15, respectively). Compared to the non-conjugated n-3 PUFA diet, CLNA-fed animals had decreased liver composition in three n-3 fatty acids (18:3n-3; 20:3n-3; 22:5n-3; p < 0.001). Conclusions: These results suggest that providing 1 % mono-CLNA is not effective in improving insulin sensitivity in neonatal pigs. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source


Castellano C.-A.,Geriatrics Institute | Castellano C.-A.,Universite de Sherbrooke | Plourde M.,Geriatrics Institute | Plourde M.,Universite de Sherbrooke | And 5 more authors.
Food and Chemical Toxicology | Year: 2014

The aim of the present study was to perform a short-term safety evaluation of dietary mono-conjugated α-linolenic acid isomers (CLNA; c9-t11-c15-18:3. +. c9-t13-c15-18:3) using a neonatal pig model. CLNA diet was compared with three other dietary fats: (1) conjugated linoleic acid (CLA; c9-t11 18:2. +. t10-c12-18:2), (2) non-conjugated n-3 PUFA and (3) n-6 PUFA. Thirty-two piglets weaned at 3. weeks of age were distributed into four dietary groups. Diets were isoenergetic and food intake was controlled by a gastric tube. Mono-CLNA diet did not significantly change body or organ weight, carcass composition and most biochemical parameters including; glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, hepatic enzymes and electrolytes levels in blood ( P≥. 0.09). Conversely, the n-3 PUFA composition of the brain, liver and heart decreased by 6-21% in the CLNA-fed group compared to animals fed nonconjugated n-3 PUFA ( P<. 0.01). Responses to dietary treatments were tissue-specific, with the liver and the brain being the most deprived in n-3 PUFA. Our results support that short-term intake of mono-CLNA is safe in neonatal pigs but n-3 PUFA reduction in tissues deserves to be further investigated before using long-term nutritional supplementation in pigs and other animal models and before moving to clinical trials. © 2013 . Source

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