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Dornas W.C.,Institute of Exact and Biological science | de Lima W.G.,Institute of Exact and Biological science | Pedrosa M.L.,Institute of Exact and Biological science | Silva M.E.,Federal University of Ouro Preto
Advances in Nutrition

Although fructose consumption has dramatically increased and is suspected to be causally linked to metabolic abnormalities, the mechanisms involved are still only partially understood. We discuss the available data and investigate the effects of dietary fructose on risk factors associated with metabolic disorders. The evidence suggests that fructose may be a predisposing cause in the development of insulin resistance in association with the induction of hypertriglyceridemia. Experiments in animals have shown this relation when they are fed diets very high in fructose or sucrose, and human studies also show this relation, although with conflicting results due to the heterogeneity of the studies. The link between increased fructose consumption and increases in uric acid also has been confirmed as a potential risk factor for metabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance/hyperinsulinemia may be causally related to the development of hypertension. Collectively, these results suggest a link between high fructose intake and insulin resistance, although future studies must be of reasonable duration, use defined populations, and improve comparisons regarding the effects of relevant doses of nutrients on specific endpoints to fully understand the effect of fructose intake in the absence of potential confounding factors. ©2015 American Society for Nutrition. Source

De Assis L.V.M.,Campus Universitario Morro Do Cruzeiro | De Assis L.V.M.,Federal University of Ouro Preto | Locatelli J.,Campus Universitario Morro Do Cruzeiro | Locatelli J.,Federal University of Ouro Preto | And 3 more authors.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Reviews on Cancer

Malignant Mesothelioma (MM) is a very aggressive cancer with low survival rates and often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Several players have been implicated in the development of this cancer, such as asbestos, erionite and the simian virus 40 (SV40). Here, we have reviewed the involvement of erionite, SV40, as well as, the role of several genes (p16INK4a, p14ARF, NF2, LATS2, SAV, CTNNB1 and among others), the pathways (RAS, PI3K, Wnt, BCL and Hippo), and their respective roles in the development of MM. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source

Locatelli J.,Federal University of Ouro Preto | De Assis L.V.M.,University of Sao Paulo | Araujo C.M.,Federal University of Ouro Preto | Alzamora A.C.,Federal University of Ouro Preto | And 10 more authors.
Life Sciences

Aim The aim of this study was to identify the effects of swimming training on the mRNA expression and protein levels of the calcium handling proteins in the hearts of renovascular hypertensive rats submitted to swimming protocol during 6 weeks.Main methods Fischer rats with renovascular hypertension 2-kidney 1-clip (2K1C) and SHAM groups were divided among sedentary and exercised groups. The exercise protocol lasted for 6 weeks (1 h/day, 5×/week), and the mean arterial pressure, cardiomyocytes hypertrophy parameters, mRNA expression and protein levels of some calcium handling proteins in the left ventricle were evaluated.Key findings Swimming training was able to reduce the levels of mean arterial pressure in the hypertensive group compared to 2K1C SED, and to promote cardiac hypertrophy in SHAM EX and 2K1C EX groups in comparison to the respective control groups. The mRNA levels of B-type natriuretic peptide were reduced in the 2K1C EX when compared to 2K1C SED. The mRNA and protein levels of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2 +-ATPase increased after the swimming training in SHAM and 2K1C groups. The mRNA and protein levels of phospholamban, displayed an increase in their levels in the exercised SHAM and in hypertensive rats in comparison to their respective controls; while mRNA levels of Na+/Ca2 + exchanger was reduced in the left ventricle comparing to the sedentary hypertensive rats.Significance Taken altogether, we provide evidence that the aerobic training may lead to cardiac remodeling, and modulate the calcium handling proteins expression in the heart of hypertensive rats. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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