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Bhat O.M.,Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research | Kumar P.U.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Giridharan N.V.,Amrita Institute of Medical science | Kaul D.,Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Cardiology | Year: 2015

Objective: Interleukin (IL)-18 is a pleotropic cytokine involved in various inflammatory disorders. The transcription factor, nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB), is thought to play an important role in IL-18 signaling. The present study proposes a novel role for IL-18 in cholesterol efflux and plaque stability and demonstrates that pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), a NF-κB inhibitor blocks IL-18 signaling in apolipoprotein (Apo) E-/- mice. Methods: Three groups of normal chow-diet-fed, male Apo E-/- mice, aged 12 weeks (n = 6/group) were employed: Gp I, PBS (2 mo); Gp II, recombinant (r)IL-18 (1 mo) followed by PBS (1 mo); Gp III, rIL-18 (1 mo) followed by PDTC (1 mo). Results: Significantly augmented expression of IL-18 receptor (R)α by fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis and plasma IL-18 was observed in Gp II. There was a significant increase in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol whereas high-density lipoprotein cholesterol was significantly decreased in Gp II. However, this pattern was reversed in Gp III. Significantly augmented mRNA expression of IL-18, CD36, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, and NF-κB was observed in Gp II but liver X receptor alpha (LXR-α) gene was significantly reduced. A significant increase in frequency of atherosclerotic lesions was observed in Gp II animals, whereas there was a significant decrease in the Gp III. Conclusion: IL-18 administration initiates inflammatory cascade by binding with IL-18 Rα via NF-κB which is involved in progression and destabilization of atherosclerotic plaques in Apo E-/- mice. This study also reveals that NF-κB blockade with PDTC, blocks IL-18 signaling through down-regulation of IL-18, IL-18 Rα, CD36, and MMP-9, thus reducing inflammation and restoring plaque instability via upregulation of LXR-α © 2014 Japanese College of Cardiology.


Malqvist M.,Uppsala University | Sohel N.,Uppsala University | Do T.T.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Eriksson L.,Uppsala University | Persson L.-A.,Uppsala University
BMC Public Health | Year: 2010

Background. Efforts to reduce neonatal mortality are essential if the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 is to be met. The impact of spatial dimensions of neonatal survival has not been thoroughly investigated even though access to good quality delivery care is considered to be one of the main priorities when trying to reduce neonatal mortality. This study examined the association between distance from the mother's home to the closest health facility and neonatal mortality, and investigated the influence of distance on patterns of perinatal health care utilisation. Methods. A surveillance system of live births and neonatal deaths was set up in eight districts of Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, from July 2008 to December 2009. Case referent design including all neonatal deaths and randomly selected newborn referents from the same population. Interviews were performed with mothers of all subjects and GIS coordinates for mothers' homes and all health facilities in the study area were obtained. Straight-line distances were calculated using ArcGIS software. Results. A total of 197 neonatal deaths and 11 708 births were registered and 686 referents selected. Health care utilisation prior to and at delivery varied with distance to the health facility. Mothers living farthest away (4 th and 5th quintile, 1257 meters) from a health facility had an increased risk of neonatal mortality (OR 1.96, 95% CI 1.40 - 2.75, adjusted for maternal age at delivery and marital status). When stratified for socio-economic factors there was an increased risk for neonatal mortality for mothers with low education and from poor households who lived farther away from a health facility. Mothers who delivered at home had more than twice as long to a health facility compared to mothers who delivered at a health care facility. There was no difference in age at death when comparing neonates born at home or health facility deliveries (p = 0.56). Conclusion. Distance to the closest health facility was negatively associated with neonatal mortality risk. Health care utilisation in the prenatal period could partly explain this risk elevation since there was a distance decay in health system usage prior to and at delivery. The geographical dimension must be taken into consideration when planning interventions for improved neonatal survival, especially when targeting socio-economically disadvantaged groups. © 2010 Målqvist et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Le Nguyen B.K.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Le Thi H.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Nguyen Do V.A.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Tran Thuy N.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | And 4 more authors.
British Journal of Nutrition | Year: 2013

The Vietnamese South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS), a cross-sectional study, was undertaken to assess the nutritional status in a nationally representative sample of children aged 0·5-11·9 years. A multi-stage cluster-randomised sampling method was used to recruit 2872 children. Anthropometric measurements included weight, height, mid-upper arm circumference, and waist and hip circumferences. Blood biochemistry involved analyses of Hb, serum ferritin, and vitamins A and D. Dietary intake was assessed using a 24 h recall questionnaire, and nutrient intakes were compared with the Vietnamese RDA. In children aged < 5 years, approximately 14 % were stunted, 8·6 % underweight and 4·4 % thin. A higher prevalence of stunting (15·6 %) and underweight (22·2 %) was observed in school-aged children. Undernutrition was more prevalent in rural areas than in urban areas. In contrast, almost 29 % of the urban children were either overweight or obese when compared with 4 % of the overweight children and 1·6 % of the obese children in rural areas. A higher percentage of children in the age group 0·5-1·9 years and residing in rural areas had low Hb levels than those in the age group 2·0-5·9 years and residing in urban areas. In children aged 6-11 years, a small percentage had low Hb (11-14 %) and vitamin A (5-10 %) levels, but almost half the children (48-53 %) had vitamin D insufficiency. Food consumption data indicated that the children did not meet the RDA for energy, protein, Fe, vitamin A, vitamin B1 and vitamin C. Results from the SEANUTS highlight the double burden of malnutrition in Vietnam. Information from the SEANUTS can serve as an input for targeted policy development, planning and development of nutrition programmes. Copyright © The Authors 2013A.


Vijayendra Chary A.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Hemalatha R.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Seshacharyulu M.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Vasudeva Murali M.,Gandhi Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Year: 2015

Regulatory T cells and IgE receptors (CD23 and CD21) on B cells were assessed in vitamin D deficient pregnant women. For this, 153 pregnant women were recruited from a government hospital and were categorized into three groups based on 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D3) status. Regulatory T cell population (Treg cells) and CD23/CD21 expression on B cells were quantified by FACS ARIA II in maternal blood at third trimester; and the same parameters were evaluated in cord blood soon after delivery. In addition, TGF β and IL-10 were quantified in maternal and cord blood by using Milliplex kits. In a representative sample of eight women from each group (vitamin D sufficient, insufficient and deficient), placental tissues were processed for mRNA expressions of vitamin D receptor (VDR), retinoic acid receptor (RXR), vitamin D binding protein (VDBP) and vitamin D regulating enzymes. Of the 153 pregnant women, 18 were sufficient (≥30 ng/mL), 55 were insufficient (20-29 ng/mL) and 80 were deficient (≤19 ng/mL) for 25(OH)D3 status. The maternal blood Treg cell population (mean (%) plusmn SE) was lower (p ;lt 0.05) in 25(OH)D3 deficient (0.2 plusmn 0.01) pregnant women compared to insufficient (0.34 ± 0.01) and sufficient (0.45 ± 0.02) pregnant women. Similarly, cord blood Treg cell population (mean (%) ± SE) was also lower (p < 0.05) in 25(OH)D3 deficient (0.63 ± 0.03) pregnant women when compared to insufficient (1.05 ± 0.04) and sufficient (1.75 ± 0.02) pregnant women. Mean (%) ± SE of B cells with CD23 and CD21 in maternal blood was higher (p < 0.05) in 25(OH)D3 deficient pregnant women (0.35 ± 0.02; 1.65 ± 0.04) when compared to insufficient (0.22 ± 0.02; 0.55 ± 0.05) and sufficient (0.15 ± 0.02; 0.21 ± 0.01) pregnant women. Similarly, mean (%) ± SE of B cell population with CD23 and CD21 in cord blood was also higher (p < 0.05) in 25(OH)D3 deficient (0.41 ± 0.02; 1.2 ± 0.03) when compared to insufficient (0.32 ± 0.01; 0.6 ± 0.05) and sufficient (0.2 ± 0.01; 0.4 ± 0.02) pregnant women. Regulatory cytokines, TGF β and IL-10 were lower (p < 0.05) in 25(OH)D3 insufficient and deficient subjects. In the placenta tissue of women with 25(OH)D3 deficiency, the regulatory T cell transcription factor FOXP3, vitamin D receptor (VDR) and retinoic acid receptor (RXR) expressions were downregulated. In contrast, CD23, CD21 and VDBP expressions were upregulated in 25(OH)D3 deficient and insufficient women. Vitamin D regulating enzymes (CYP24A1, CYP2R1 and CYP27B1) expression were also altered in women with 25(OH)D3 deficiency. The current study shows that impaired maternal 25(OH)D3 during pregnancy influences the spectrum of immune cells such as regulatory T cells and B cells with IgE receptors and this in turn may be linked to allergy and asthma in neonates. ©2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Sinha J.K.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Ghosh S.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN | Swain U.,Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University | Giridharan N.V.,National Center for Laboratory Animal science | Raghunath M.,National Institute of Nutrition NIN
Neuroscience | Year: 2014

Wistar of the National Institute of Nutrition obese (WNIN/Ob) is a unique rat strain isolated and established at NIN, Hyderabad, India, in 1996, from its existing stock of Wistar rat colony (WNIN). This animal model exhibits all traits of metabolic syndrome and has a remarkably reduced lifespan (1.5. years as compared to 3. years in parental WNIN rats), albeit, the factors associated with premature aging are not well understood. Considering that oxidative stress and DNA damage are crucial players associated with senescence, we analyzed oxidative stress markers like lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation; DNA damage in terms of both single-stranded and double-stranded breaks and the activity of antioxidant enzymes: superoxide dismutase and catalase in brain regions of these animals. Our study revealed that the magnitude of oxidative stress and DNA damage in the neocortex and hippocampus of 3-month-old WNIN/Ob obese rats is as high as that seen in 15-month-old parental WNIN control rats. Concurrently, the antioxidant enzyme activity was significantly decreased. From these results, it can be concluded that increased oxidative stress-induced damage of macromolecules, probably due to reduced activity of antioxidant enzymes, is associated with premature aging in WNIN/Ob obese rats. © 2014 IBRO.

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