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  1. Impact of 1-methylcyclopropene and controlled atmosphere storage on polyamine and 4-aminobutyrate levels in ‘Empire’ apple fruit

    Kristen L Deyman

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP delays ethylene-meditated ripening of apple (Malus domestica Borkh. fruit during controlled atmosphere storage. Here, we tested the hypothesis that 1-MCP and controlled atmosphere storage enhances the levels of polyamines (PAs and 4-aminobutyrate (GABA in apple fruit. A 46-week experiment was conducted with ‘Empire’ apple using a split-plot design with four treatment replicates and 3 oC, 2.5 kPa O2, and 0.03 or 2.5 kPa CO2 with or without 1 μL L-1 1-MCP. Total PA levels were not elevated by the 1-MCP treatment. Examination of the individual PAs revealed that: (i total putrescine levels tended to be lower with 1-MCP regardless of the CO2 level, and while this was mostly at the expense of free putrescine, large transient increases in soluble conjugated putrescine were also evident; (ii total spermidine levels tended to be lower with 1-MCP, particularly at 2.5 kPa CO2, and this was mostly at the expense of soluble conjugated spermidine; (iii total spermine levels at 2.5 kPa CO2 tended to be lower with 1-MCP, and this was mostly at the expense of both soluble and insoluble conjugated spermine; and (iv total spermidine and spermine levels at 0.03 kPa were relatively unaffected, compared to 2.5 kPa CO2, but transient increases in free spermidine and spermine were evident. These findings might be due to changes in the conversion of putrescine into higher PAs and the interconversion of free and conjugated forms in apple fruit, rather than altered S-adenosylmethionine availability. Regardless of 1-MCP and CO2 treatments, the availability of glutamate showed a transient peak initially, probably due to protein degradation, and this was followed by a steady decline over the remainder of the storage period which coincided with linear accumulation of GABA. This pattern has been attributed to the stimulation of glutamate decarboxylase activity and inhibition of GABA catabolism, rather than a contribution of PAs to GABA

  2. SERUM PROTEINS, TRANSAMINASES AND PHOSPHATASES IN MALNUTRITION

    H. Mohammadiha

    1976-07-01

    Full Text Available The levels of serum tota1 protein, albumin, transaminases and phosphatases were estimated in a group of children with severe Marasmus or mild malnutrition in order to identify some of the associated deficiencies in these syndromes. The biochemical pattern was similar in the normal and malnourished children.

  3. STUDY OF SERUM TRANSAMINASES IN HYPOTHYROIDISM

    Manjula

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Thyroid hormones regulate Basal Metabolic Rate (BM R and calorigenesis in tissues, including hepatocytes and thereby modulate hepatic function. The liver in turn metabolizes the thyroid hormones and regula tes their systemic endocrine effect. Raised serum transaminase activities in absence of any ove rt liver dysfunction can therefore be attributed to primary thyroid dysfunction. The aim o f this study is to assess the impairment in liver function by estimating serum Aspartate Transam inase (AST and Alanine Transaminase (ALT in patients with hypothyroidism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 50 patients diagnosed with thyroid disorders irrespective of duration of t he disease and treatment were taken as cases and 50 healthy adults were taken as control. Estim ation of T3, T4, TSH, serum AST and serum ALT were carried out. RESULTS: Serum AST and serum ALT were within reference rang e in both cases and controls. CONCLUSION: The likelihood of abnormal serum transaminases lev els in hypothyroid patients is minimal. Early detection and better management of the thyroid diseases in recent times might be attributed as one of the factors for the same

  4. Serum Glutamic-Oxaloacetic Transaminase (GOT) and Glutamic-Pyruvic Transaminase (GPT) Levels in Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities

    Lin, Jin-Ding; Lin, Pei-Ying; Chen, Li-Mei; Fang, Wen-Hui; Lin, Lan-Ping; Loh, Ching-Hui

    2010-01-01

    The elevated serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT) rate among people with intellectual disabilities (ID) is unknown and have not been sufficiently studies. The present paper aims to provide the profile of GOT and GPT, and their associated relationship with other biochemical levels of children or…

  5. Applying Enzymatic Cascades for ISCPR in ω-transaminase Systems

    Janes, Kresimir; Woodley, John; Tufvesson, Pär; Gernaey, Krist

    , esterases, ketoreductases and proteases and many more emerging biocatalysts such are monoamine oxidases, transaminases and P450 monooxygenases to name a few. The focus of this thesis is the biocatalytic synthesis of small molecule pharmaceuticals (Mw<1000), and in particular the production of optically pure...... amines via ω-transaminases, which is an interesting class of reactions for the pharmaceutical industry. There are many challenges related to the realization and implementation of these technologies, and attempts of tackling them have been numerous. In some cases ω-transaminase catalyzed reactions are...... enzymatic cascades often provides the only viable option as equilibrium shifting strategy. In the literature several enzymatic cascades have been reported as an ISCPR for the ω-transaminase systems, however in most cases no process considerations have been made and the consequences of using a givens cascade...

  6. A rational approach for ω-transaminase-catalyzed process design

    T. Gundersen, Maria; Lloyd, Richard; Tufvesson, Pär; Woodley, John

    Herein we describe a novel rational approach to the design of a ω-transaminase process such that it will fulfill criteria necessary for industrial use. By first determining the fundamental properties of the reaction system, it is possible to suggest appropriate process strategies that may be used...... to overcome any unfavorable parameters. The ω-transaminase is used as a model system because it is an important enzyme class and developing a systematic methodology would have significant value....

  7. Characterization of a novel amine transaminase from Halomonas elongata

    Cerioli, Lorenzo; Planchestainer, Matteo; Cassidy, Jennifer; Tessaro, Davide; Paradisi, Francesca

    2015-01-01

    Chiral amines are indispensable building blocks in the production of biologically active compounds. They are fundamental for the pharmaceutical industry, both as active molecules themselves and as chiral auxiliaries in asymmetric synthesis; however, the available synthetic strategies often present disadvantages. ω-Transaminases (ω-TAs) appear as an attractive alternative by driving the stereoselective amination of prochiral ketones. HEWT is a novel amine transaminase from the moderate halophi...

  8. Serum transaminase levels and dengue shock syndrome in children

    Yoga Putra

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Background Clinical and biochemical impacts on liver dysfunction, as manifested by an increase in serum transaminase levels, are common in dengue infection. However, an association of elevated serum transaminase and dengue shock syndrome (DSS has not been well-established. Objective To assess for an association between serum transaminase levels and the presence of DSS in children. Methods A nested, case control study was conducted on children aged 1 month to 12 years admitted to Sanglah Hospital who were diagnosed with dengue infection. Baseline characteristics and serum transaminase levels were recorded. Patients who were included in the study were observed for the presence of DSS. Those who had DSS were selected as cases, and those who did not develop DSS were selected as controls. Data was analyzed using bivariate and multivariate methods with 95% confidence intervals and P value <0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results Ninety-four children were involeved, 47 children in the case group and the other 47 were in the control group. Baseline characteristics of the subjects were similar between the case and control groups. Serum aspartate transaminase (AST level of ≥128 U/L and alanine transaminase (ALT of ≥40 U/L were associated with DSS (OR 10; 95%CI 2.3 to 44.4; P=0.002 and (OR 7.3; 95%CI 1.6 to 32.9; P=0.009, respectively. Conclusion Elevated AST and ALT levels were associated with an increased risk of DSS in children with dengue infection

  9. Process considerations for protein engineering of ω-Transaminase

    Lima Afonso Neto, Watson; Schwarze, Daniel; Tufvesson, Pär; Vogel, Andreas; Woodley, John

    enantio specificity (e.e). However, it is critical that this is done in parallel process development to make sure that the properties developed also fit the process requirements. As an example, ω -transaminases (EC 2.6.1.18) can be used to produce optyically pure chiral amines (with 100% theoretical yield...... how changes to a wild type transaminase through protein engineering changed the characteristics of the biocatalyst and the implications this would have on a process. A methodology for characterizing the biocatalyst was developed which was subsequently applied to the wild type and 5 mutants selected...

  10. beta-Chloro-L-alanine inhibition of the Escherichia coli alanine-valine transaminase.

    Whalen, W A; Wang, M D; Berg, C M

    1985-01-01

    beta-Chloro-L-alanine, an amino acid analog which inhibits a number of enzymes, reversibly inhibited the Escherichia coli K-12 alanine-valine transaminase, transaminase C. This inhibition, along with the inhibition of transaminase B, accounted for the isoleucine-plus-valine requirement of E. coli in the presence of beta-chloro-L-alanine.

  11. Disorders of GABA metabolism: SSADH and GABA-transaminase deficiencies

    Parviz, Mahsa; Vogel, Kara; Gibson, K Michael; Pearl, Phillip L.

    2014-01-01

    Clinical disorders known to affect inherited gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) metabolism are autosomal recessively inherited succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase and GABA-transaminase deficiency. The clinical presentation of succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency includes intellectual disability, ataxia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy with a nonprogressive course in typical cases, although a progressive form in early childhood as well as deterioration in adulthood with worse...

  12. The effect of gamma irradiation on fish transaminase and rhodanese

    Investigations on glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), glutamic pyruvate transaminase (GPT) and rhodanese of both unirradiated and irradiated chub mackerel (Rastrelliger neglectus) have been carried out. Fish were irradiated with doses varied from 0 to 5 kGy, at a dose rate of 2 kGy/hr. Fish extracts prepared in 0.01 M phosphate-buffer of pH 7 were used throughout the enzyme experiments. The conclusion drawn from five replicates showed a significant decrease (P<=0.01) in fish G0T, GPT and rhodanese specific activities after irradiation. It is proved that GOT and GPT were more susceptible towards irradiation as compared to rhodanese. An irradiation dose of 4 kGy was able to inactivate G0T, GPT and rhodanese for ca 50, 44 and 36% respectively. Evidently transaminase as well as rhodanese specific activities to spoiled fish were significantly lower (P<=0.01) than those of fresh fish. The residual GOT, GPT and rhodanese specific activities in spoiled fish was found to be about 35, 41 and 22% respectively. (author)

  13. Analysis of an avtA::Mu d1(Ap lac) mutant: metabolic role of transaminase C.

    Whalen, W A; Berg, C M

    1982-01-01

    Escherichia coli can synthesize alpha-ketoisovalerate, the precursor of valine, leucine, and pantothenate, by three routes: anabolically via dihydroxyacid dehydrase and catabolically via both the branched-chain amino acid transaminase (transaminase B) and the alanine-valine transaminase (transaminase C). An E. coli K-12 mutant devoid of transaminase C (avtA) was isolated by mutagenizing an isoleucine-requiring strain devoid of transaminase B (ilvE::Tn5) with Mu d1(Ap lac) and selecting for va...

  14. Hybridization of glutamate aspartate transaminase. Investigation of subunit interaction.

    Boettcher, B; Martinez-Carrion, M

    1975-10-01

    Glutamate aspartate transaminase (EC 2.6.1.1) is a dimeric enzyme with identical subunits with each active site containing pyridoxal 5'-phosphate linked via an internal Shiff's base to a lysine residue. It is not known if these sites interact during catalysis but negative cooperativity has been reported for binding of the coenzyme (Arrio-Dupont, M. (1972), Eur. J. Biochem. 30, 307). Also nonequivalence of its subunits in binding 8-anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonate (Harris, H.E., and Bayley, P. M. (1975), Biochem. J. 145, 125), in modification of only a single tyrosine with full loss of activity (Christen, P., and Riordan, J.F. (1970), Biochemistry 9, 3025), and following modification with 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid) (Cournil, I., and Arrio-Dupont, M. (1973), Biochemie 55, 103) has been reported. However, steady-state and transient kinetic methods as well as direct titration of the active site chromophore with substrates and substrate analogs have not revealed any cooperative phenomena (Braunstein, A. E. (1973), Enzymes, 3rd Ed. 9, 379). It was therefore decided that a more direct approach should be used to clarify the quistion of subunit interaction during the covalent phase of catalysis. To this end a hybrid method was devised in which a hybrid transaminase was prepared which contained one subunit with a functional active site while the other subunit has the internal Shiff's base reduced with NaBH4. The specific activities and amount of "actively bound" pyridoxal 5'-phosphate are both in a 2:1 ratio for the native and hybrid forms. Comparison of the steady-state kinetic properties of the hybrid and native enzyme forms shows that both forms gave parallel double reciprocal plots which is characteristic of the Ping-Pong Bi-Bi mechanism of transamination. The Km values for the substrates L-aspartic acid and alpha-ketoglutaric acid are nearly identical while the Vmax value for the hybrid is one-half the value of the native transaminase. It therefore appears that

  15. Identification of a mutation affecting an alanine-alpha-ketoisovalerate transaminase activity in Escherichia coli K-12.

    Falkinham, J O

    1979-10-01

    A mutation affecting alanine-alpha-ketoisovalerate transaminase activity has been shown to be cotransducible with ilv gene cluster. The transaminase deficiency results in conditional isoleucine auxotrophy in the presence of alanine. PMID:396446

  16. Bacillus anthracis ω-amino acid:pyruvate transaminase employs a different mechanism for dual substrate recognition than other amine transaminases.

    Steffen-Munsberg, Fabian; Matzel, Philipp; Sowa, Miriam A; Berglund, Per; Bornscheuer, Uwe T; Höhne, Matthias

    2016-05-01

    Understanding the metabolic potential of organisms or a bacterial community based on their (meta) genome requires the reliable prediction of an enzyme's function from its amino acid sequence. Besides a remarkable development in prediction algorithms, the substrate scope of sequences with low identity to well-characterized enzymes remains often very elusive. From a recently conducted structure function analysis study of PLP-dependent enzymes, we identified a putative transaminase from Bacillus anthracis (Ban-TA) with the crystal structure 3N5M (deposited in the protein data bank in 2011, but not yet published). The active site residues of Ban-TA differ from those in related (class III) transaminases, which thereby have prevented function predictions. By investigating 50 substrate combinations its amine and ω-amino acid:pyruvate transaminase activity was revealed. Even though Ban-TA showed a relatively narrow amine substrate scope within the tested substrates, it accepts 2-propylamine, which is a prerequisite for industrial asymmetric amine synthesis. Structural information implied that the so-called dual substrate recognition of chemically different substrates (i.e. amines and amino acids) differs from that in formerly known enzymes. It lacks the normally conserved 'flipping' arginine, which enables dual substrate recognition by its side chain flexibility in other ω-amino acid:pyruvate transaminases. Molecular dynamics studies suggested that another arginine (R162) binds ω-amino acids in Ban-TA, but no side chain movements are required for amine and amino acid binding. These results, supported by mutagenesis studies, provide functional insights for the B. anthracis enzyme, enable function predictions of related proteins, and broadened the knowledge regarding ω-amino acid and amine converting transaminases. PMID:26795966

  17. Regulation of transaminase C synthesis in Escherichia coli: conditional leucine auxotrophy.

    McGilvray, D; Umbarger, H E

    1974-11-01

    The regulation of synthesis of the valine-alanine-alpha-aminobutyrate transaminase (transaminase C) was studied in Escherichia coli mutants lacking the branched-chain amino acid transaminase (transaminase B). An investigation was made of two strains, CU2 and CU2002, each carrying the same transaminase B lesion but exhibiting different growth responses on a medium supplemented with branched-chain amino acids. Both had the absolute isoleucine requirement characteristic of ilvE auxotrophs, but growth of strain CU2 was stimulated by valine, whereas that of strain CU2002 was markedly inhibited by valine. Strain CU2002 behaved like a conditional leucine auxotroph in that the inhibition by valine was reversed by leucine. Results of enzymatic studies showed that synthesis of transaminase C was repressed by valine in strain CU2002 but not in strain CU2. Inhibition by valine in strain CU2002 appears to be the combined effect of repression on transaminase C synthesis and valine-dependent feedback inhibition of alpha-acetohydroxy acid synthase activity, causing alpha-ketoisovalerate (and hence leucine) limitation. The ilvE markers of strains CU2 and CU2002 were each transferred by transduction to a wild-type genetical background. All ilvE recombinants from both crosses resembled strain CU2002 and were inhibited by valine in the presence of isoleucine. Thus, strain CU2 carries an additional lesion that allows it to grow on a medium containing isoleucine plus valine. It is concluded that conditional leucine auxotrophy is characteristic of mutants carrying an ilvE lesion alone. PMID:4616947

  18. Impact of plasma transaminase levels on the peripheral blood glutamate levels and memory functions in healthy subjects ☆

    Kamada, Yoshihiro; Hashimoto, Ryota; Yamamori, Hidenaga; Yasuda, Yuka; Takehara, Tetsuo; Fujita, Yuko; Hashimoto, Kenji; Miyoshi, Eiji

    2016-01-01

    Background & aims Blood aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) levels are the most frequently reliable biomarkers of liver injury. Although AST and ALT play central roles in glutamate production as transaminases, peripheral blood levels of AST and ALT have been regarded only as liver injury biomarkers. Glutamate is a principal excitatory neurotransmitter, which affects memory functions in the brain. In this study, we investigated the impact of blood transaminase level...

  19. Catalytic Promiscuity of Transaminases: Preparation of Enantioenriched β-Fluoroamines by Formal Tandem Hydrodefluorination/Deamination.

    Cuetos, Aníbal; García-Ramos, Marina; Fischereder, Eva-Maria; Díaz-Rodríguez, Alba; Grogan, Gideon; Gotor, Vicente; Kroutil, Wolfgang; Lavandera, Iván

    2016-02-01

    Transaminases are valuable enzymes for industrial biocatalysis and enable the preparation of optically pure amines. For these transformations they require either an amine donor (amination of ketones) or an amine acceptor (deamination of racemic amines). Herein transaminases are shown to react with aromatic β-fluoroamines, thus leading to simultaneous enantioselective dehalogenation and deamination to form the corresponding acetophenone derivatives in the absence of an amine acceptor. A series of racemic β-fluoroamines was resolved in a kinetic resolution by tandem hydrodefluorination/deamination, thus giving the corresponding amines with up to greater than 99 % ee. This protocol is the first example of exploiting the catalytic promiscuity of transaminases as a tool for novel transformations. PMID:26836037

  20. A methodology for cascade selection for co-product removal in the ω-transaminase system

    Janes, Kresimir; Gernaey, Krist; Tufvesson, Pär; Woodley, John

    Production of chiral amines using transaminases has indeed been proposed recently as an interesting alternative to conventional methods to help in the synthesis of many new pharmaceuticals. Two reaction strategies have been demonstrated: kinetic resolution and asymmetric synthesis. The latter...... methodology has been applied to an ω-transaminase system which is thermodynamically challenged and enzymatic ISCPR is deployed to shift the equilibrium. The enzymes proposed for co-product removal are dehydrogenases: lactate dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.27), alanine dehydrogenase (EC 1.4.1.1), yeast alcohol...

  1. Indian patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease presenting with raised transaminases are different at presentation

    Ajay Duseja; Naveen Kaita; Ashim Das; Radha Krishan Dhiman; Yogesh Kumar Chawla; Reena Das; Sanjay Bhadada; Ravinder Sialy; Kiran Kumar Thumburu; Anil Bhansali

    2007-01-01

    @@ TO THE EDITOR We read with great interest the article, "Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may not be a severe disease at presentation among Asian Indians" by Madan et al in the recent issue of WJG. Twenty-eight (55%) out of 51 patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) who presented with abnormal transaminases had histological evidence of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

  2. A Rapid Selection Procedure for Simple Commercial Implementation of omega-Transaminase Reactions

    Gundersen Deslauriers, Maria; Tufvesson, Pär; Rackham, Emma J.; Lloyd, Richard C.; Woodley, John

    2016-01-01

    A stepwise selection procedure is presented to quickly evaluate whether a given omega-transaminase reaction is suitable for a so-called "simple" scale-up for fast industrial implementation. Here "simple" is defined as a system without the need for extensive process development or specialized...

  3. Immobilization of Escherichia coli containing ω‐transaminase activity in LentiKats®

    Cárdenas‐Fernández, Max; Lima Afonso Neto, Watson; López, Carmen; Álvaro, Gregorio; Tufvesson, Pär; Woodley, John M.

    2012-01-01

    Whole Escherichia coli cells overexpressing ω‐transaminase (ω‐TA) and immobilized cells entrapped in LentiKats® were used as biocatalysts in the asymmetric synthesis of the aromatic chiral amines 1‐phenylethylamine (PEA) and 3‐amino‐1‐phenylbutane (APB). Whole cells were permeabilized with...

  4. Selections of minimal conditions for a simple intensification and scale up of w-transaminase reactions

    Gundersen, Maria T.; Lloyd, Richard C; Woodley, John

    A step wise decision matrix is presented to quickly evaluate w - transaminase for a ‘simple scale up’ in the synthetic direction . Here a ‘simple scale up’ is defined as a system without specialized equipment or process development, thus a rapid implementation . The three step method consists of...

  5. Amine donor and acceptor influence on the thermodynamics of ω-transaminase reactions

    Gundersen, Maria T.; Abu, Rohana; Schürmann, Martin; Woodley, John

    2015-01-01

    In recent years biocatalytic transamination using ω-transaminase has become established as one of the most interesting routes to synthesize chiral amines with a high enantiomeric purity, especially in the pharmaceutical sector where the demand for such compounds is high. Nevertheless, one limitat...

  6. A Practical and Fast Method To Predict the Thermodynamic Preference of ω-Transaminase-Based Transformations

    Meier, Robert J.; Gundersen, Maria T.; Woodley, John; Schürmann, Martin

    2015-01-01

    A simple, easy-to-use, and fast approach method is proposed and validated that can predict whether a transaminase reaction is thermodynamically unfavourable. This allowed us to de-select, in the present case, at least 50% of the reactions because they were thermodynamically unfavourable as confir...

  7. Simultaneous synthesis of 2-phenylethanol and L-homophenylalanine using aromatic transaminase with yeast Ehrlich pathway.

    Hwang, Joon-Young; Park, Jihyang; Seo, Joo-Hyun; Cha, Minho; Cho, Byung-Kwan; Kim, Juhan; Kim, Byung-Gee

    2009-04-01

    2-Phenylethanol is a widely used aroma compound with rose-like fragrance and L-homophenylalanine is a building block of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. 2-phenylethanol and L-homophenylalanine were synthesized simultaneously with high yield from 2-oxo-4-phenylbutyric acid and L-phenylalanine, respectively. A recombinant Escherichia coli harboring a coupled reaction pathway comprising of aromatic transaminase, phenylpyruvate decarboxylase, carbonyl reductase, and glucose dehydrogenase (GDH) was constructed. In the coupled reaction pathway, the transaminase reaction was coupled with the Ehrlich pathway of yeast; (1) a phenylpyruvate decarboxylase (YDR380W) as the enzyme to generate the substrate for the carbonyl reductase from phenylpyruvate (i.e., byproduct of the transaminase reaction) and to shift the reaction equilibrium of the transaminase reaction, and (2) a carbonyl reductase (YGL157W) to produce the 2-phenylethanol. Selecting the right carbonyl reductase showing the highest activity on phenylacetaldehyde with narrow substrate specificity was the key to success of the constructing the coupling reaction. In addition, NADPH regeneration was achieved by incorporating the GDH from Bacillus subtilis in the coupled reaction pathway. Based on 40 mM of L-phenylalanine used, about 96% final product conversion yield of 2-phenylethanol was achieved using the recombinant E. coli. PMID:19016485

  8. Disproportional exaggerated aspartate transaminase is a useful prognostic parameter in late leptospirosis

    Ming-Ling Chang; Chih-Wei Yang; Jeng-Chang Chen; Yu-Pin Ho; Ming-Jeng Pan; Cheng-Hui Lin; Deng-Yn Lin

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the hepatic dysfunction in leptospirosis is usually mild and resolved eventually. However,sequential follow-up of liver biochemical data remained lacking..METHODS: The biochemistry data and clinical symptoms of 11 sporadic patients were collected and analyzed, focusing on the impacts of leptospirosis upon liver biochemistry tests.RESULTS: The results disclosed that of the 11 cases, 5 or 45% died. The liver biochemistry data in the beginning of the disease course were only mildly elevated.Nevertheless, late exaggerated aspartate transaminase (AST)elevations were noted in three cases who finally died when compared with the typical course. Besides, significant higher AST/alanine transaminase (ALT) ratios (AARs) of the peak levels for transaminase were also noted in the cases who eventually succumbed. The mean±SD of AARs for the survival group and dead group were 5.65±2.27 (n = 5)and 1.86±0.64 (n = 6) respectively (P= 0.006). The ratios of the cases who finally died were all more than 3.0.Conversely, the survival group's ratios were less than 3.0.CONCLUSION: Serial follow-up of transaminase might provide evidence to predict some rare evolutions in leptospirosis. If AST elevated progressively without a concomitant change of ALT, it might indicate an acute disease course with ensuing death. Additionally, AAR is another prognostic parameter for leptospirosis. Once the value was higher than 3.0, a grave prognosis is inevitable.

  9. Purification, characterization, and molecular cloning of a novel amine:pyruvate transaminase from Vibrio fluvialis JS17.

    Shin, J-S; Yun, H; Jang, J-W; Park, I; Kim, B-G

    2003-06-01

    A transaminase from Vibrio fluvialis JS17 showing activity toward chiral amines was purified to homogeneity and its enzymatic properties were characterized. The transaminase showed an apparent molecular mass of 100 kDa as determined by gel filtration chromatography and a subunit mass of 50 kDa by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, suggesting a dimeric structure. The enzyme had an isoelectric point of 5.4 and its absorption spectrum exhibited maxima at 320 and 405 nm. The optimal pH and temperature for enzyme activity were 9.2 and 37 degrees C, respectively. Pyruvate and pyridoxal 5'-phosphate increased enzyme stability whereas (S)-alpha-methylbenzylamine reversibly inactivated the enzyme. The transaminase gene was cloned from a V. fluvialis JS17 genomic library. The deduced amino acid sequence (453 residues) showed significant homology with omega-amino acid:pyruvate transaminases (omega-APT) from various bacterial strains (80 identical residues with four omega-APTs). However, of 159 conserved residues in the four omega-APTs, 79 were not conserved in the transaminase from V. fluvialis JS17. Taken together with the sequence homology results, and the lack of activity toward beta-alanine (a typical amino donor for the omega-APT), the results suggest that the transaminase is a novel amine:pyruvate transaminase that has not been reported to date. PMID:12687298

  10. Two previously undetected variants of glutamic-pyruvic transaminase found by acidic polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

    McLellan, T

    1982-01-01

    Two new electrophoretic variants of glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT) have been found by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis at acidic pH. They appeared to represent a single allele, GPT 2, by the standard method of starch gel electrophoresis. Studies in families show that they are inherited as codominant alleles at the GPT locus. Population frequencies are about the same as those of other rare GPT variants. Their behavior on gels is consistent with both of them having substitutions of histi...

  11. Pengaruh Obat Anti-Tuberkulosis terhadap Perubahan Enzim Transaminase Hati dalam Dua Bulan Pengobatan Tahun 2015

    Jackson

    2016-01-01

    Since 1995, WHO recommends DOTS strategy to prevent TB in Indonesia. This strategy has high effectivity, but the cure rate is still low because of low compliance for regular treatment which one of the casues is drug side effect. Anti-TB Drug effects are various and one of them is hepatotoxicity which liver transaminase enzymes rise without clinical symptoms is a common episode after Anti-TB drug treatment so that BTS recommends liver function monitoring for two months. Therefore, the purpose ...

  12. TRANSAMINASES ACTIVITY IN THE SAND LIZARD’S SERUM UNDER INFLUENCE OF INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION

    O. Y. Klymenko; V. Y. Gasso

    2009-01-01

    Influence of the environmental pollution on the alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase activity in the blood serum of the sand lizard has been studied. Aminotransferases (ALT and AST) are similar by the mechanism of action. These enzymes take part in the amino acids metabolism. The increase of the transaminases activities under conditions of the pollution is found. It may be a proof of a damage of relevant organs: namely, the liver.

  13. Role of alanine-valine transaminase in Salmonella typhimurium and analysis of an avtA::Tn5 mutant.

    Berg, C M; Whalen, W A; Archambault, L B

    1983-01-01

    In Salmonella typhimurium, as in Escherichia coli, mutations in avtA, the gene encoding the alanine-valine transaminase (transaminase C), are silent unless they are combined with mutations involved in isoleucine-valine biosynthesis. avtA is repressed by leucine or alanine but not by valine. Transaminase C is found at reduced levels upon starvation for any one of several amino acids. We hypothesize that this is due to repression of avtA by the elevated alanine and leucine pools found in amino ...

  14. Towards a standardized way of reporting physicochemical data and process metrics for transaminase reactions

    Tufvesson, Pär

    Transaminase catalyzed transformations have the potential of becoming a standard tool for the synthesis of optically pure chiral amines [1]. Many studies show the wide span of substrate acceptance and the excellent enantioselectivity that can be achieved [2]. However, many times critical informat......Transaminase catalyzed transformations have the potential of becoming a standard tool for the synthesis of optically pure chiral amines [1]. Many studies show the wide span of substrate acceptance and the excellent enantioselectivity that can be achieved [2]. However, many times critical...... information about the system and the reaction performance is lacking in the otherwise very useful scientific reports at laboratory scale. For instance, although K equilibrium is one of the key determining factors for the design and scale-up any transaminase process, it is very rarely reported [3]. In order...... to build a broader understanding of the correlation between the underlying physicochemical properties of the system (e.g. substrate volatility) and the process performance (e.g. gram of product per gram of biocatalyst), it would be highly beneficial if these data were reported, and ideally in a consistent...

  15. Ursodeoxycholic Acid Can Improve Liver Transaminase Quantities in Children with Anticonvulsant Drugs Hepatotoxicity: a Pilot Study.

    Masoumeh Asgarshirazi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study has been directed to investigate Ursodeoxycholic Acid (UDCA effect in children, to reduce the high Liver transaminases induced by Anticonvulsant drugs (drug induced hepatitis. This idea has been driven from Cytoprotective and antioxidant properties of UDCA to be used in drug induced inflammation in Liver. Twenty two epileptic patients aged between 4 mo - 3 yr whom were under anticonvulsant therapy with drugs such as valperoic acid, primidone, levetiracetam, Phenobarbital or any combination of them and had shown Liver transaminases rise , after rule out of Viral-Autoimmune, Metabolic and Anatomic causes, have been prescribed UDCA in dose of 10-15 mg/kg/day, at least for 6 months. Any patient who have shown confusing factors such as genetic disorders with liver involvement or spontaneous decline in enzymes or had not treatment compliance has been excluded from the study. Transaminases range changes as well as Probable side effects of the drug have been monitored. The results indicated that UDCA is effective and well tolerable in the children with drug induced hyper transaminasemia. No side effect has been seen and recorded in this study. Based on this study and its results, we recommend UDCA as a safe and effective choice in drug induced hepatotoxicities.

  16. Marked elevation of transaminases and pancreatic enzymes in severe malnourished male with eating disorder.

    Urso, C; Brucculeri, S; Caimi, G

    2013-01-01

    We report a case of a 45 year old Caucasian malnourished male with an history of eating disorder who developed severe liver and pancreatic damage and multiorgan disfunction. At admission to our department, his body mass index (BMI) was 11.1. Biochemical evaluation showed elevated serum levels of transaminases (AST= 2291 U/L, ALT= 1792 U/L), amylase (3620 U/L), lipase (4102 U/L), CPK= 1370 U/L, LDH= 2082 U/L. No other cause of acute liver and pancreatic damage was evidenced. Haematological disorders (anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia) found on admission seem related to bone marrow hypoplasia and to gelatinous marrow transformation described in severe state of malnutrition. Although a moderate increase in liver and pancreatic enzymes are a common finding in malnourished patients, only a small number of reports describes severe liver injury and multiorgan dysfunction. After a few days of treatment (hydration and nutritional support) a marked decrease of serum transaminases, lipase, amylase, CPK, LDH occurred, despite a transient increase in these levels secondary to refeeding syndrome. The association of chronic malnutrition and a decrease in systemic perfusion may be responsible for multiorgan dysfunction. In our patient the high levels of transaminases and pancreatic enzymes were the most important biochemical abnormalities normalized after refeeding. PMID:24217841

  17. Screening on the higher yield of transaminase producing escherichia coli with the metal ion implantation

    Mutagenic effects of the transaminase producing bacterium Escherichia coli U12-3-19 by low energy metal ion (Ti2+) implantation were investigated. And the different mutagenic effects of E. coli irradiated with UV and low-energy ions were compared. The results showed that the E. coli after the ion implantation could achieve higher rate of mutation and wide mutational spectrum. A high yield L-phe strain has been bred from this. In the shaking flask, the L-phe productivity of strain U12-25-116-J75 increased by 22.67% than of the comparison strain with the PPA concentration of 20 g/L. (authors)

  18. Nucleic acids encoding plant glutamine phenylpyruvate transaminase (GPT) and uses thereof

    Unkefer, Pat J.; Anderson, Penelope S.; Knight, Thomas J.

    2016-03-29

    Glutamine phenylpyruvate transaminase (GPT) proteins, nucleic acid molecules encoding GPT proteins, and uses thereof are disclosed. Provided herein are various GPT proteins and GPT gene coding sequences isolated from a number of plant species. As disclosed herein, GPT proteins share remarkable structural similarity within plant species, and are active in catalyzing the synthesis of 2-hydroxy-5-oxoproline (2-oxoglutaramate), a powerful signal metabolite which regulates the function of a large number of genes involved in the photosynthesis apparatus, carbon fixation and nitrogen metabolism.

  19. Termoativação da transaminase glutâmico oxaloacética

    Hélion Póvoa Júnior

    1973-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se a atividade da transaminase glutâmico oxaloacética (TGO em diferentes tecidos (fígado, músculo, rim, pulmão, baço e soro sanguíneo de ratos e de soro humano. verificou-se que a atividade da enzima proveniente de qualquer um destes tecidos é aumentada cerca de tr~es vezes quando a incubação se faz a 60ºC, ao invés de 37ºC. São feitas considerações acerca da importância deste fato.Glutamic Oxalacetic transaminase is thermoativated. Its optimum of catalytical activity is at 60ºC. At this temperature, colour is approximately three times more intense than at 37ºC, temperature usually utilized for determination of enzyme activity. This phenomenon is observed in human blood serum and several rat tissues (liver, heart, striated muscle, spleen, lung, kidney and blood serum.

  20. 308.15 K、313.15 K和318.15K下4-氨基丁酸在硫酸沙丁胺醇水溶液中的体积和黏度研究%Volumetric and Viscometric Studies of 4-Aminobutyric Acid in Aqueous Solutions of Salbutamol Sulphate at 308.15,313.15 and 318.15 K

    K. Rajagopal; S.S. Jayabalakrishnan

    2009-01-01

    Density (ρ) and viscosity (η) measurements were carried out for 4-aminobutyric acid in 0.0041, 0.0125 and 0.0207 mol·L~(-1) aqueous salbutamol sulphate at T= 308.15, 313.15 and 318.15 K.. The measured values of density and viscosity were used to estimate some important parameters such as apparent molar volume V_φ, limiting apparent molar volume V_φ~0, transfer volume ΔV_φ~0, hydration number nH , second derivative of infinite dilution of partial molar volume with temperature (e)~2V_φ~0 /(e)T~2 , viscosity B-coefficients, variation of B with temperature dB/dT, free energy of activation per mole of solvent Δμ_1~(0*) and solute Δμ_2~(0*), activation entropy ΔS_2~(0*) and activation enthalpy ΔH_2~(0*) of the amino acids. These parameters have been interpreted in terms of solute-solute and solute-solvent interactions and structure making/breaking ability of solutes in the given solution.

  1. A case study on robust optimal experimental design for model calibration of ω-Transaminase

    Daele, Timothy, Van; Van Hauwermeiren, Daan; Ringborg, Rolf Hoffmeyer;

    Proper calibration of models describing enzyme kinetics can be quite challenging. This is especially the case for more complex models like transaminase models (Shin and Kim, 1998). The latter fitted model parameters, but the confidence on the parameter estimation was not derived. Hence, the...... measurement errors. Since the latter was not provided, a conservative standard deviation of 5% was assumed. The confidence analysis yielded that only two (Vr and Kac) out of five parameters were reliable estimates, which means that model predictions and decisions based on them are highly uncertain. The reason...... behind this problem is practical identifiability, which can be related to both the model structure and/or the information content of the data.The available data are 25 experiments performed by Shin and Kim, set up in a 5x5 factorial design (2 substrates with 5 concentration levels each) across the...

  2. Alteration of the Donor/Acceptor Spectrum of the (S-Amine Transaminase from Vibrio fluvialis

    Maika Genz

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available To alter the amine donor/acceptor spectrum of an (S-selective amine transaminase (ATA, a library based on the Vibrio fluvialis ATA targeting four residues close to the active site (L56, W57, R415 and L417 was created. A 3DM-derived alignment comprising fold class I pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (PLP-dependent enzymes allowed identification of positions, which were assumed to determine substrate specificity. These positions were targeted for mutagenesis with a focused alphabet of hydrophobic amino acids to convert an amine:α-keto acid transferase into an amine:aldehyde transferase. Screening of 1200 variants revealed three hits, which showed a shifted amine donor/acceptor spectrum towards aliphatic aldehydes (mainly pentanal, as well as an altered pH profile. Interestingly, all three hits, although found independently, contained the same mutation R415L and additional W57F and L417V substitutions.

  3. A methodology for cascade selection for co-product removal in the ω-transaminase system

    Janes, Kresimir; Gernaey, Krist; Tufvesson, Pär; Woodley, John

    Production of chiral amines using transaminases has indeed been proposed recently as an interesting alternative to conventional methods to help in the synthesis of many new pharmaceuticals. Two reaction strategies have been demonstrated: kinetic resolution and asymmetric synthesis. The latter...... pharmaceutical processes can only be achieved by selectively removing the product and/or co-product formed during the reaction (so called in-situ (co)product removal (IS(C)PR)). Several different alternative co-product removal strategies have been suggested, all of which have different impacts on the overall...... process. Among others, one of the most promising strategies is to use a second enzyme reaction to remove the co-product in an enzymatic cascade [2]. Currently there are no decision tools available to help select appropriate cascade systems for process implementation. In the current work a methodology for...

  4. Process engineering tools to guide implementation and scale-up of transaminase cascades

    Tufvesson, Pär; Janes, Kresimir; Lima Ramos, Joana;

    a means to synthesize optically pure chiral amines from prochiral ketones using an amine donor. Chiral amines can also be synthesized by other routes but the importance of the compounds mean that a variety of routes will be required to cover the synthesis of many different chiral amines of different...... properties and values. A major challenge in the transaminase catalysed synthesis of chiral amines is the unfavourable equilibrium position [1]. There are several solutions to such equilibrium problems, including the use of in-situ product removal (ISPR) and cascade reactions to degrade or recycle the co......-product formed. Such techniques, especially those using cascades can be a great tool to overcome the thermodynamic hurdle, but also present some new challenges with respect to compatibility of reaction conditions, recycling of co-factors and last but not least, the added cost of the cascade system components [2...

  5. Effect of organophosphorus pesticide on plasma transaminases and amino acids in rats

    Pesticides are added to the environment for killing or injuring some of life. Most of the chemicals that are used as pesticides are not highly selective but are generally toxic to man, and other desirable form of life. in case of organophosphorus pesticides, the problem of accumulated residual physiological effects of these pesticides has lead to some studies on their effects on animals. the present investigation was undertaken to show the effect of repeated administered doses of organophosphorus pesticide, curacron, for different periods on brain and liver free amino acids. the toxic effects of repeated oral doses of curacron were evaluated by measuring serum alkaline phosphatase, glutamic pyruvic and glutamic oxaloacetic transaminases. also radioimmunoassay technique was used to study the effect of different repeated doses of curacron at different periods on triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine (T4) hormones using 125I labelled triiodothyronine and 125I labelled thyroxine

  6. Immobilisation of ω-transaminase for industrial application: Screening and characterisation of commercial ready to use enzyme carriers

    Lima Afonso Neto, Watson; Schürmann, Martin; Panella, Lavinia; Vogel, Andreas; Woodley, John

    2015-01-01

    Despite of the advantages that enzyme immobilisation can bring to industrial biocatalysis, its utilisation is still limited to a small number of enzymes and processes. Transaminase catalysed processes are a good example where immobilisation can be of major importance and even decisive for economi...

  7. Impact of plasma transaminase levels on the peripheral blood glutamate levels and memory functions in healthy subjects☆

    Kamada, Yoshihiro; Hashimoto, Ryota; Yamamori, Hidenaga; Yasuda, Yuka; Takehara, Tetsuo; Fujita, Yuko; Hashimoto, Kenji; Miyoshi, Eiji

    2016-01-01

    Background & aims Blood aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) levels are the most frequently reliable biomarkers of liver injury. Although AST and ALT play central roles in glutamate production as transaminases, peripheral blood levels of AST and ALT have been regarded only as liver injury biomarkers. Glutamate is a principal excitatory neurotransmitter, which affects memory functions in the brain. In this study, we investigated the impact of blood transaminase levels on blood glutamate concentration and memory. Methods Psychiatrically, medically, and neurologically healthy subjects (n = 514, female/male: 268/246) were enrolled in this study through local advertisements. Plasma amino acids (glutamate, glutamine, glycine, d-serine, and l-serine) were measured using a high performance liquid chromatography system. The five indices, verbal memory, visual memory, general memory, attention/concentration, and delayed recall of the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised were used to measure memory functions. Results Both plasma AST and ALT had a significant positive correlation with plasma glutamate levels. Plasma AST and ALT levels were significantly negatively correlated with four of five memory functions, and plasma glutamate was significantly negatively correlated with three of five memory functions. Multivariate analyses demonstrated that plasma AST, ALT, and glutamate levels were significantly correlated with memory functions even after adjustment for gender and education. Conclusions As far as we know, this is the first report which could demonstrate the impact of blood transaminase levels on blood glutamate concentration and memory functions in human. These findings are important for the interpretation of obesity-induced metabolic syndrome with elevated transaminases and cognitive dysfunction. PMID:27051595

  8. The coupling of ω-transaminase and Oppenauer oxidation reactions via intra-membrane multicomponent diffusion – A process model for the synthesis of chiral amines

    Esparza-Isunza, T.; González-Brambila, M.; Gani, Rafiqul; Woodley, John; Lopez-Isunza, Felipe

    2015-01-01

    In this study we consider the theoretical coupling of an otherwise thermodynamically limited ω-transaminase reaction to an Oppenauer oxidation, in order to shift the equilibria of both reactions, with the aim of achieving a significant (and important) increase in the yield of the desired chiral...... amine product. Using 2-propylamine as the amine donor of the ω-transaminase reaction, gives acetone as a by-product, which in turn allows the coupling of the ω-transaminase reaction with the Oppenauer oxidation. The Oppenauer reaction converts secondary alcohols into ketones, and these can subsequently...... be fed to the ω-transaminase reaction. In this way, one of the products of the ω-transaminase reaction becomes the reactant of the Oppenauer reaction, and vice versa, creating a cycle which shifts the equilibria of both reactions. Such coupled reactions are frequently found in nature. The purpose of...

  9. Protection from radiation induced changes in liver and serum transaminase of whole body gamma irradiated rats

    Whole body gamma irradiation of rats with a dose of 5.5 Gy induced significant changes in the activity of liver and serum transaminase. The results indicated that this radiation dose caused a significant increase in the activity of serum Got and GPT on the third and seventh days after irradiation. This was followed by significant decreases on the fourteenth post-irradiation day. The activity of Got returned to is control activity, while the activity of GPT was significantly above the control on the twenty ones post-irradiation day. The activity of Got, in the liver of irradiated rats was elevated during the post-irradiation days, but on the twenty one day activity was about the normal value. The activity of liver GPT firstly decreased and then increased very much but attained the control level on the fourteenth after irradiation. The intraperitoneal injection of testosterone-vitamin E mixture 10 days before whole body gamma irradiation caused complete recovery for the activity of liver and serum Got. No indication of remarkable recovery in the case of GPT activity was recorded either in liver or in serum of irradiated rats. The applied mixture could protect against radiation induced changes in Got activity of liver and serum but could not protect or ameliorate the changes which occurred in the activity of GPT of the two tissues. 2 tab

  10. Magnetic catechol-chitosan with bioinspired adhesive surface: preparation and immobilization of ω-transaminase.

    Kefeng Ni

    Full Text Available The magnetic chitosan nanocomposites have been studied intensively and been used practically in various biomedical and biological applications including enzyme immobilization. However, the loading capacity and the remained activity of immobilized enzyme based on existing approaches are not satisfied. Simpler and more effective immobilization strategies are needed. Here we report a simple catechol modified protocol for preparing a novel catechol-chitosan (CCS-iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs composites carrying adhesive moieties with strong surface affinity. The ω-transaminase (ω-TA was immobilized onto this magnetic composite via nucleophilic reactions between catechol and ω-TA. Under optimal conditions, 87.5% of the available ω-TA was immobilized on the composite, yielding an enzyme loading capacity as high as 681.7 mg/g. Furthermore, the valuation of enzyme activity showed that ω-TA immobilized on CCS-IONPs displayed enhanced pH and thermal stability compared to free enzyme. Importantly, the immobilized ω-TA retained more than 50% of its initial activity after 15 repeated reaction cycles using magnetic separation and 61.5% of its initial activity after storage at 4°C in phosphate buffered saline (PBS for 15 days. The results suggested that such adhesive magnetic composites may provide an improved platform technology for bio-macromolecules immobilized.

  11. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of ω-amino acid:pyruvate transaminase from Chromobacterium violaceum

    An ω-amino acid:pyruvate transaminase from C. violaceum has been purified and crystallized in two crystal forms. The structure has been solved using molecular replacement. The enzyme ω-transaminase catalyses the conversion of chiral ω-amines to ketones. The recombinant enzyme from Chromobacterium violaceum has been purified to homogeneity. The enzyme was crystallized from PEG 4000 using the microbatch method. Data were collected to 1.7 Å resolution from a crystal belonging to the triclinic space group P1, with unit-cell parameters a = 58.9, b = 61.9, c = 63.9 Å, α = 71.9, β = 87.0, γ = 74.6°. Data were also collected to 1.95 Å from a second triclinic crystal form. The structure has been solved using the molecular-replacement method

  12. Effects of Vigabatrin, an Irreversible GABA Transaminase Inhibitor, on Ethanol Reinforcement and Ethanol Discriminative Stimuli in Mice

    Griffin, William C.; Nguyen, Shaun A.; Deleon, Christopher P.; Middaugh, Lawrence D.

    2012-01-01

    We tested the hypothesis that the irreversible gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) transaminase inhibitor, γ-vinyl GABA (Vigabatrin; VGB) would reduce ethanol reinforcement and enhance the discriminative stimulus effect of ethanol, effectively reducing ethanol intake. The present studies used adult C57BL/6J (B6) mice in well-established operant, two-bottle choice consumption, locomotor activity and ethanol discrimination procedures, to examine comprehensively the effects of VGB on ethanol-support...

  13. Effect of Neemta 2100 toxicity on acetylcholinesterase and serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase enzymes in serum of fish, Oreochromis mossambicus

    Parveen, M.; Sharma, R.; Kumar, S.

    2004-01-01

    Acetylcholinesterase and serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase enzymes have been used as marker monitoring the effect of neem seed based pesticide Neemta 2100 on the fish, Oreochromis mossambicus. Fishes exposed to sublethal concentrations of Neemta 2100 for acute periods of 24 and 48 hours were sacrificed to determine enzyme activities in serum affected due to toxicity. Laboratory studies of in vivo exposure of this pesticide showed synergistic inhibitory effect during acute period of to...

  14. Pattern of histological findings in chronic hepatitis C with alanine transaminase levels below twice the normal value

    To assess the pattern of liver histology in chronic hepatitis C, with serum alanine transaminase levels persistently up to twice the normal range, and to identify factors associated with minimal and clinically significant histological disease categories. This study was carried out at Ziauddin University Karachi and Pakistan Medical Research Council, Karachi, from January 2007 to July 2009. Biopsy specimens were staged and graded according to METAVIR scoring system. A fibrosis score of > F2 and activity score of > A2 was considered significant. Overall disease severity groups; minimal disease (less than F2 and A2) and significant disease (F2 or A2 and above), were compared for their association with different variables. Out of 83 patients, 32 had significant fibrosis and 15 had significant activity. Twenty three patients with significant fibrosis belonged to F2 stage. Nine had F3 fibrosis and none of our patients had cirrhosis. Overall 33 (40%) patients had significant disease. Age of the patient, alanine transaminase levels, number of the portal tracts and severity of the portal inflammation in liver biopsy were significantly associated with severity of the liver disease. Gender of the patient and steatosis in liver biopsy were not significant. A substantial proportion of patients with alanine transaminase levels within twice the upper limit of normal had significant liver disease. (author)

  15. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of β-transaminase from Mesorhizobium sp. strain LUK

    β-Transaminase from Mesorhizobium sp. strain LUK was crystallized. The crystals were found to belong to the orthorhombic space group C2221, with unit-cell parameters a = 90.91, b = 192.17, c = 52.75 Å. The crystals were obtained at 293 K and diffracted to a resolution of 2.5 Å. β-Transaminase (β-TA) catalyzes the transamination reaction between β-aminocarboxylic acids and keto acids. This enzyme is a particularly suitable candidate for use as a biocatalyst for the asymmetric synthesis of enantiochemically pure β-amino acids for pharmaceutical purposes. The β-TA from Mesorhizobium sp. strain LUK (β-TAMs) belongs to a novel class in that it shows β-transaminase activity with a broad and unique substrate specificity. In this study, β-TAMs was overexpressed in Escherichia coli with an engineered C-terminal His tag. β-TAMs was then purified to homogeneity and crystallized at 293 K. X-ray diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 2.5 Å from a crystal that belonged to the orthorhombic space group C2221, with unit-cell parameters a = 90.91, b = 192.17, c = 52.75 Å

  16. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of omega-transaminase from Vibrio fluvialis JS17

    The omega-transaminase from V. fluvialis JS17 was crystallized. Crystals were found to belong to the orthorhombic space group P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 78.43, b = 95.95, c = 122.89 Å. The crystals were obtained at 293 K and diffracted to a resolution of 2.5 Å. Omega-transaminase (ω-TA) catalyzes the transfer of an amino group from a non-α-position amino acid or an amine compound with no carboxylic group to an amino acceptor. ω-TA from Vibrio fluvialis JS17 (ω-TAVf) is a novel amine:pyruvate transaminase that is capable of stereoselective transamination of aryl chiral amines. In this study, ω-TAVf was overexpressed in Escherichia coli with engineered C-terminal His tags. ω-TAVf was then purified to homogeneity and crystallized at 292 K. X-ray diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 2.5 Å from a crystal belonging to the orthorhombic space group P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 78.43, b = 95.95, c = 122.89 Å

  17. Profile of hemogram and transaminases in dengue-suspected patients at a first-aid health unit

    Érica Maria da Silva

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Current retrospective analysis describes the laboratorial profile of patients hypothetically diagnosed with dengue at a First-Aid Health Unit in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil. Results of hemograms were assessed by counting platelets and transaminase dosages, in the first half of 2012. Further, 394 patients (252 females or 64% and 142 males or 34% were listed, mostly during March and April. Hemograms with platelet counting was undertaken with 210 patients (53.3% and hemogram plus transaminases dosages with 184 patients (46.7%. Thrombocytopenia, neutropenia and atypical lymphocytes occurred in both genders. Hematocrits were highest in males and transaminases were more altered in females. Patients attended at the health unit with clinical symptoms of classical dengue had a laboratory profile of non-specific exams which is a feature of infection by the dengue virus. Diagnosis could not be confirmed and the need of a fast test in the health unit services was mandatory. The above avoids dengue cases not being notified and treated or overestimated.

  18. Identification of novel thermostable taurine-pyruvate transaminase from Geobacillus thermodenitrificans for chiral amine synthesis.

    Chen, Yujie; Yi, Dong; Jiang, Shuiqin; Wei, Dongzhi

    2016-04-01

    ω-Transaminases (ω-TAs) are one of the most popular candidate enzymes in the biosynthesis of chiral amines. Determination of yet unidentified ω-TAs is important to broaden their potential for synthetic application. Taurine-pyruvate TA (TPTA, EC 2.6.1.77) is an ω-TA belonging to class III of TAs. In this study, we cloned a novel thermostable TPTA from Geobacillus thermodenitrificans (TPTAgth) and overexpressed it in Escherichia coli. The enzyme showed the highest activity at pH 9.0 and 65 °C, with remarkable thermostability and tolerance toward organic solvents. Its K M and v max values for taurine were 5.3 mM and 0.28 μmol s(-1) mg(-1), respectively. Determination of substrate tolerance indicated its broad donor and acceptor ranges for unnatural substrates. Notably, the enzyme showed relatively good activity toward ketoses, suggesting its potential for catalyzing the asymmetric synthesis of chiral amino alcohols. The active site of TPTAgth was identified by performing protein sequence alignment, three-dimensional structure simulation, and coenzyme pyridoxamine phosphate docking. The protein sequence and structure of TPTAgth were similar to those of TAs belonging to the 3N5M subfamily. Its active site was found to be its special large pocket and substrate tunnel. In addition, TPTAgth showed a unique mechanism of sulfonate/α-carboxylate recognition contributed by Arg163 and Gln160. We also determined the protein sequence fingerprint of TPTAs in the 3N5M subfamily, which involved Arg163 and Gln160 and seven additional residues from 413 to 419 and lacked Phe/Tyr22, Phe85, and Arg409. PMID:26577674

  19. A β-Alanine Catabolism Pathway Containing a Highly Promiscuous ω-Transaminase in the 12-Aminododecanate-Degrading Pseudomonas sp. Strain AAC

    Wilding, Matthew; Thomas S Peat; Newman, Janet; Scott, Colin

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT We previously isolated the transaminase KES23458 from Pseudomonas sp. strain AAC as a promising biocatalyst for the production of 12-aminododecanoic acid, a constituent building block of nylon-12. Here, we report the subsequent characterization of this transaminase. It exhibits activity with a broad substrate range which includes α-, β-, and ω-amino acids, as well as α,ω-diamines and a number of other industrially relevant compounds. It is therefore a prospective candidate for the bi...

  20. ASPARTATE TRANSAMINASE - IS IT USEFUL AS A BIOCHEMICAL MARKER AND AS A PREDICTOR OF SEVERITY OF PREGNANCY-INDUCED HYPERTENSION AND ITS COMPLICATION

    Rupinder

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES To compare serum Aspartate Transaminase of normotensive pregnant women with those of pre-eclamptic and eclamptic women. To determine the relationship of levels of serum Aspartate Transaminase with severity of pregnancy-induced hypertension and its complications. METHOD The study was carried out on pregnant hypertensive patients attending Outpatient Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, AMCH Dibrugarh, Assam from 1 st July 2013 to 30 th June 2014. Normotensive pregnant women were taken as controls. Each serum sample from the control group as well as study group was estimated for Aspartate Transaminase using standard methods, and a comparison is drawn and analysed using t-test and chi-square test. RESULTS Serum Aspartate Transaminase levels were high in the study group. The levels of this enzyme were normal in the control group. CONCLUSION Aspartate Transaminase levels in patients suffering from preeclampsia and its complications are consistently higher compared to the normotensive pregnant patients. To determine the usefulness of inclusion of this enzyme along with other cardiac enzymes in the panel of investigations of pregnant women universally needs further large scale comparative studies.

  1. Elevated transaminases as a predictor of coma in a patient with anorexia nervosa: a case report and review of the literature

    Yoshida Shuhei

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Liver injury is a frequent complication associated with anorexia nervosa, and steatosis of the liver is thought to be the major underlying pathology. However, acute hepatic failure with transaminase levels over 1000 IU/mL and deep coma are very rare complications and the mechanism of pathogenesis is largely unknown. Case presentation A 37-year-old Japanese woman showed features of acute liver failure and hepatic coma which were not associated with hypoglycemia or hyper-ammonemia. Our patient's consciousness was significantly improved with the recovery of liver function and normalization of transaminase levels after administration of nutritional support. Conclusions Our case report demonstrates that transaminase levels had an inverse relationship with the consciousness of our patient, although the pathogenesis of coma remains largely unknown. This indicates that transaminase levels can be one of the key predictors of impending coma in patients with anorexia nervosa. Therefore, frequent monitoring of transaminase levels combined with rigorous treatment of the underlying nutritional deficiency and psychiatric disorder are necessary to prevent this severe complication.

  2. Deletion of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae ARO8 gene, encoding an aromatic amino acid transaminase, enhances phenylethanol production from glucose.

    Romagnoli, Gabriele; Knijnenburg, Theo A; Liti, Gianni; Louis, Edward J; Pronk, Jack T; Daran, Jean-Marc

    2015-01-01

    Phenylethanol has a characteristic rose-like aroma that makes it a popular ingredient in foods, beverages and cosmetics. Microbial production of phenylethanol currently relies on whole-cell bioconversion of phenylalanine with yeasts that harbour an Ehrlich pathway for phenylalanine catabolism. Complete biosynthesis of phenylethanol from a cheap carbon source, such as glucose, provides an economically attractive alternative for phenylalanine bioconversion. In this study, synthetic genetic array (SGA) screening was applied to identify genes involved in regulation of phenylethanol synthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The screen focused on transcriptional regulation of ARO10, which encodes the major decarboxylase involved in conversion of phenylpyruvate to phenylethanol. A deletion in ARO8, which encodes an aromatic amino acid transaminase, was found to underlie the transcriptional upregulation of ARO10 during growth, with ammonium sulphate as the sole nitrogen source. Physiological characterization revealed that the aro8Δ mutation led to substantial changes in the absolute and relative intracellular concentrations of amino acids. Moreover, deletion of ARO8 led to de novo production of phenylethanol during growth on a glucose synthetic medium with ammonium as the sole nitrogen source. The aro8Δ mutation also stimulated phenylethanol production when combined with other, previously documented, mutations that deregulate aromatic amino acid biosynthesis in S. cerevisiae. The resulting engineered S. cerevisiae strain produced >3 mm phenylethanol from glucose during growth on a simple synthetic medium. The strong impact of a transaminase deletion on intracellular amino acid concentrations opens new possibilities for yeast-based production of amino acid-derived products. PMID:24733517

  3. The use of 15N-labelled amino acids in vivo and in vitro for transamination studies: tryptophan transaminase in maize plants

    Besides conventional methods, transaminase activity can also be followed by an isotopically labelled substrate, i.e. by an amino acid with a 15N labelled amino group. The application of the labelled substrate enables their study in vitro as well as in vivo. This method was applied for following the tryptophan transaminase activity in germinating maize plants. The enzym preparations used for in vitro analysis were purified on a Sephadex G 100 column. For in vivo experiments the 15N substrate was introduced by vacuum infiltration into the plants leaves. The amino acids originated by transamination are chromatographically separated and after purifying by paper electrophoresis, the atom excess 15N is determined. In maize tissue originated glutamic acid (from infiltrated α-ketoglutarate substrate), which in the course of further reactions was transformed into aspartic acid and asparagine. The results found so far by studying the low activity of tryptophan-transaminase in vivo entitle us to improve our method of transaminase activity determination by using 15N labelled-substrate. (author)

  4. Sequence Classification: 891219 [

    Full Text Available aminobutyrate (GABA) transaminase (4-aminobutyrate aminotransferase) involved in the 4-aminobutyrate and glutamate degradation pathwa...ys; required for normal oxidative stress tolerance and nitrogen utilization; Uga1p || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/6321456 ...

  5. Genotoxic and mutagenic effects of vigabatrin, a γ-aminobutyric acid transaminase inhibitor, in Wistar rats submitted to rotarod task.

    Coelho, V R; Sousa, K; Pires, T R; Papke, Dkm; Vieira, C G; de Souza, L P; Leal, M B; Schunck, Rva; Picada, J N; Pereira, P

    2016-09-01

    Vigabatrin (VGB) is an antiepileptic drug thatincreases brain γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels through irreversible inhibition of GABA transaminase. The aim of this study was to evaluate neurotoxicological effects of VGB measuring motor activity and genotoxic and mutagenic effects after a single and repeated administration. Male Wistar rats received saline, VGB 50, 100, or 250 mg/kg by gavage for acute and subchronic (14 days) treatments and evaluated in the rotarod task. Genotoxicity was evaluated using the alkaline version of the comet assay in samples of blood, liver, hippocampus, and brain cortex after both treatments. Mutagenicity was evaluated using the micronucleus test in bone marrow of the same animals that received subchronic treatment. The groups treated with VGB showed similar performance in rotarod compared with the saline group. Regarding the acute treatment, it was observed that only higher VGB doses induced DNA damage in blood and hippocampus. After the subchronic treatment, VGB did not show genotoxic or mutagenic effects. In brief, VGB did not impair motor activities in rats after acute and subchronic treatments. It showed a repairable genotoxic potential in the central nervous system since genotoxicity was observed in the acute treatment group. PMID:26500220

  6. Plasma membrane fatty acid-binding protein and mitochondrial glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase of rat liver are related

    The hepatic plasma membrane fatty acid-binding protein (h-FABPPM) and the mitochondrial isoenzyme of glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (mGOT) of rat liver have similar amino acid compositions and identical amino acid sequences for residues 3-24. Both proteins migrate with an apparent molecular mass of 43 kDa on SDS/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, have a similar pattern of basic charge isomers on isoelectric focusing, are eluted similarly from four different high-performance liquid chromatographic columns, have absorption maxima at 435 nm under acid conditions and 354 nm at pH 8.3, and bind oleate. Sinusoidally enriched liver plasma membranes and purified h-FABPPM have GOT enzymatic activity. Monospecific rabbit antiserum against h-FABPPM reacts on Western blotting with mGOT, and vice versa. Antisera against both proteins produce plasma membrane immunofluorescence in rat hepatocytes and selectively inhibit the hepatocellular uptake of [3H]oleate but not that of [35S]sulfobromophthalein or [14C]taurocholate. The inhibition of oleate uptake produced by anti-h-FABPPM can be eliminated by preincubation of the antiserum with mGOT; similarly, the plasma membrane immunofluorescence produced by either antiserum can be eliminated by preincubation with the other antigen. These data suggest that h-FABPPM and mGOT are closely related

  7. Branched chain amino acid transaminase and branched chain alpha-ketoacid dehydrogenase activity in the brain, liver and skele­tal muscle of acute hepatic failure rats

    Takei,Nobuyuki

    1985-02-01

    Full Text Available Branched chain amino acid (BCAA transaminase activity increased in both the mitochondrial and supernatant fractions of brain from hepatic failure rats, in which a partial hepatectomy was performed 24h following carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 administration, although the activity of liver and skeletal muscle was the same as in control rats. The elevation of mitochondrial BCAA transaminase activity in liver-injured rats was partly due to increased activity of brain specific Type III isozyme. Branched chain alpha-ketoacid (BCKA dehydrogenase in the brain homogenates was not significantly altered in acute hepatic failure rats, while the liver enzyme activity was markedly diminished. BCKA dehydrogenase activity in the brain homogenates was inhibited by adding ATP to the assay system, and was activated in vitro by preincubating the brain homogenate at 37 degrees C for 15 min. These findings suggest that brain BCAA catabolism is accelerated in acute hepatic failure rats.

  8. [Transaminase activity of the cortical layer of the kidney of rats of different ages and sex after administration of hydrocortisone and insulin].

    Poletaeva, K A

    1971-01-01

    Response of cortical layer of rat kidney to separate and combined administration of hydrocortisone and insulin, as manifested by the activity of aspartate-alpha-ketoglutarate transaminase (Asp-T) and alanine-alpha-ketoglutarate transaminase (Ala-T), varied in males and females of different age. Prolonged administration of insulin to normal preadolescent rats and to adult males and females did not affect the activity of Asp-T and Ala-T in the cortical layer of kidney. During simultaneous prolonged administration of hydrocortisone and insulin to preadolescent male rats, there occurred no increase in the activity of Asp-T induced by administration of hydrocortisone alone. During simultaneous prolonged administration of hydrocortisone and insulin to adult male rats, activity of Asp-T of the cortical layer of kidney remained at the same level at after administration of hydrocortisone alone. PMID:5317624

  9. Suppression of γ-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) Transaminases Induces Prominent GABA Accumulation, Dwarfism and Infertility in the Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.)

    Koike, Satoshi; Matsukura, Chiaki; Takayama, Mariko; Asamizu, Erika; Ezura, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    Tomatoes accumulate γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at high levels in the immature fruits. GABA is rapidly converted to succinate during fruit ripening through the activities of GABA transaminase (GABA-T) and succinate semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH). Although three genes encoding GABA-T and both pyruvate- and α-ketoglutarate-dependent GABA-T activities have been detected in tomato fruits, the mechanism underlying the GABA-T-mediated conversion of GABA has not been fully understood. In this wor...

  10. Elevated transaminases as a predictor of coma in a patient with anorexia nervosa: a case report and review of the literature

    Yoshida Shuhei; Shimada Masahiko; Kornek Miroslaw; Kim Seong-Jun; Shimada Katsunosuke; Schuppan Detlef

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Introduction Liver injury is a frequent complication associated with anorexia nervosa, and steatosis of the liver is thought to be the major underlying pathology. However, acute hepatic failure with transaminase levels over 1000 IU/mL and deep coma are very rare complications and the mechanism of pathogenesis is largely unknown. Case presentation A 37-year-old Japanese woman showed features of acute liver failure and hepatic coma which were not associated with hypoglycemia or hyper-a...

  11. Dynamics of HEV viremia, fecal shedding and its relationship with transaminases and antibody response in patients with sporadic acute hepatitis E

    Chandra Nidhi S

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is paucity of data regarding duration of fecal excretion and viremia on sequential samples from individual patients and its correlation with serum transaminases and antibody responses in patients with acute hepatitis E. This prospective study was undertaken at a tertiary care center in Northern India over 15 months. Only those patients of sporadic acute hepatitis E who were in their first week of illness and followed up weekly for liver function tests, IgM anti HEV antibody and HEV RNA in sera and stool were included. HEV RNA was done by RT - nPCR using two pairs of primers from RdRp region of ORF 1 of the HEV genome. Results Over a period of 15 months 60 patients met the inclusion criterion and were enrolled for the final analysis. The mean age of the patients was 29.2 ± 8.92 years, there were 39 males. The positivity of IgM anti HEV was 80% at diagnosis and 18.3% at 7th week, HEV RNA 85% at diagnosis and 6.6% at 7th week and fecal RNA 70% at the time of diagnosis and 20% at 4th week. The maximum duration of viremia detected was 42 days and fecal viral shedding was 28 days after the onset of illness. Conclusion Present study reported HEV RNA positivity in sera after normalization of transaminases. Fecal shedding was not seen beyond normalization of transaminases. However, viremia lasted beyond normalization of transaminases suggesting that liver injury is independent of viral replication.

  12. Cloning-Independent Expression and Analysis of ω-Transaminases by Use of a Cell-Free Protein Synthesis System▿ †

    Kwon, Yong-Chan; Lee, Kyung-Ho; Kim, Ho-Cheol; Han, Kyuboem; Seo, Joo-Hyun; Kim, Byung-Gee; Kim, Dong-Myung

    2010-01-01

    Herewith we report the expression and screening of microbial enzymes without involving cloning procedures. Computationally predicted putative ω-transaminase (ω-TA) genes were PCR amplified from the bacterial colonies and expressed in a cell-free protein synthesis system for subsequent analysis of their enzymatic activity and substrate specificity. Through the cell-free expression analysis of the putative ω-TA genes, a number of enzyme-substrate pairs were identified in a matter of hours. We e...

  13. Utility of Ultrasound, Transaminases, and Visual Inspection to Assess Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Bariatric Surgery Patients

    Petrick, Anthony; Wood, G. Craig; Still, Christopher D.; Strodel, William E.; Gabrielsen, John; Rolston, David; Chu, Xin; Argyropoulos, George; Ibele, Anna; Gerhard, Glenn S.

    2016-01-01

    Background Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is common in adults with extreme obesity and can impact long-term health and survival. Liver biopsy is the only accurate test for diagnosis and staging, but is invasive and costly. Non-invasive testing offers an attractive alternate, but the overall accuracy remains a significant issue. This study was conducted to determine the accuracy and clinical utility of preoperative ultrasound and liver transaminase levels, as well as intra-operative hepatic visual inspection, for assessing presence of NAFLD as confirmed by hepatic histology. Methods Data was collected prospectively from 580 morbidly obese adult patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery with intraoperative wedge biopsy between January 2004 and February 2009. Complete data for ultrasound, ALT and AST levels, and documented visual inspection was available for 513 patients. Results The prevalence of NAFLD was 69 % and that of NASH was 32 %. The individual non-invasive clinical assessments demonstrated low sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for detecting the presence of steatosis, steatohepatitis, or fibrosis. The combination of normal or abnormal results for all tests improved predictive utility. Abnormal tests with all three assessments had a sensitivity of 95–98 % and a specificity of 28–48 % for major histologic findings in NAFLD/NASH. Normal tests with all three assessments had a sensitivity of 12–22 % and a specificity of 89–97 % for major histologic findings in NAFLD/NASH. Conclusions Although individual clinical tests for NAFLD have limited accuracy, the use of combined clinical tests may prove useful. PMID:26003548

  14. Valores de transaminasas en cabras criollas infectadas con Trypanosoma vivax Transaminases values in Creole goats infected with Trypanosoma vivax

    Emir Espinoza

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available La presente comunicación reporta los valores de las enzimas transaminasas, Aspartatoaminotransferasa (AST y Alaninaaminotransferasa (ALT encontrados en sueros de cabras infectadas con la cepa de Trypanosoma vivax Stock (TvIIV y sus controles. Las determinaciones se realizaron durante un lapso experimental de diez semanas, divididos en dos períodos iguales (pre y post-infección por intermedio de un método colorimétrico, utilizando kits comerciales. Los datos fueron analizados mediante la prueba t Student's. En el caso de la AST, la comparación de las medias parciales de ambos grupos infectado y control, no indicó diferencias estadísticas. Con respecto a la ALT, la contrastación de las medias parciales de pre y post-infección del grupo de cabras infectadas, señaló diferencias significativas (PThe present communication reports the transaminases enzymes values Aspartatoaminotransferase (AST and Alaninaaminotransferase (ALT in serum from goats infected with the Trypanosoma vivax Stock (TvIIV. The determinations were realized during a ten week experimental period divided into two equal periods (pre- and post-infection by colorimetric method, using commercial kits. The dates were analyzed through the t Student's test. In the AST case, the comparison between partial means of infected and control groups did not show any statistical differences. In relation to ALT, the contrast of partial means to pre- and post-infection from infected goats group indicated significant differences (P<0.01.

  15. Mutants of GABA transaminase (POP2 suppress the severe phenotype of succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (ssadh mutants in Arabidopsis.

    Frank Ludewig

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The gamma-aminubutyrate (GABA shunt bypasses two steps of the tricarboxylic acid cycle, and is present in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. In plants, the pathway is composed of the calcium/calmodulin-regulated cytosolic enzyme glutamate decarboxylase (GAD, the mitochondrial enzymes GABA transaminase (GABA-T; POP2 and succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH. We have previously shown that compromising the function of the GABA-shunt, by disrupting the SSADH gene of Arabidopsis, causes enhanced accumulation of reactive oxygen intermediates (ROIs and cell death in response to light and heat stress. However, to date, genetic investigations of the relationships between enzymes of the GABA shunt have not been reported. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: To elucidate the role of succinic semialdehyde (SSA, gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB and GABA in the accumulation of ROIs, we combined two genetic approaches to suppress the severe phenotype of ssadh mutants. Analysis of double pop2 ssadh mutants revealed that pop2 is epistatic to ssadh. Moreover, we isolated EMS-generated mutants suppressing the phenotype of ssadh revealing two new pop2 alleles. By measuring thermoluminescence at high temperature, the peroxide contents of ssadh and pop2 mutants were evaluated, showing that only ssadh plants accumulate peroxides. In addition, pop2 ssadh seedlings are more sensitive to exogenous SSA or GHB relative to wild type, because GHB and/or SSA accumulate in these plants. SIGNIFICANCE: We conclude that the lack of supply of succinate and NADH to the TCA cycle is not responsible for the oxidative stress and growth retardations of ssadh mutants. Rather, we suggest that the accumulation of SSA, GHB, or both, produced downstream of the GABA-T transamination step, is toxic to the plants, resulting in high ROI levels and impaired development.

  16. Long-term day-and-night rotating shift work poses a barrier to the normalization of alanine transaminase.

    Lin, Yu-Cheng; Hsieh, I-Chun; Chen, Pau-Chung

    2014-05-01

    To evaluate the impact of day-and-night rotating shift work (RSW) on liver health, we performed a retrospective analysis of the association between long-term RSW exposure and the normalization of plasma alanine transaminase (ALT) levels over a five-year period. The data from physical examinations, blood tests, abdominal sonographic examinations, personal histories, and occupational records were collected from a cohort of workers in a semiconductor manufacturing company. The sample population was divided into three subgroups for analysis, according to self-reported shift work status over the five-year interval: persistent daytime workers, workers exposed intermittently to RSW (i-RSW), and workers exposed persistently to RSW (p-RSW). Records were analyzed for 1196 male workers with an initial mean age of 32.5 years (SD 6.0 years), of whom 821 (68.7%) were identified as rotating shift workers, including 374 i-RSW (31.3%) and 447 p-RSW workers (37.4%). At the beginning of the follow-up, 275 were found to have elevated ALT (e-ALT): 25.1% daytime workers, 23.0% i-RSW workers, and 21.3% p-RSW workers (p = 0.098). Of those with e-ALT at the beginning, 101 workers showed normalized serum ALT levels at the end of five-year follow-up: 40 (10.7%) of 375 daytime workers, 32 (8.6%) of 374 i-RSW workers, and 29 (6.5%) of 447 p-RSW workers (p = 0.016). Compared with the workers having persistent e-ALT at the end of follow-up, the workers normalized serum ALT levels had significantly lesser exposures to RSW during follow-up. By performing multivariate logistic regression analyses, and comparing with the persistent daytime co-workers, after controlling for confounding variables (age, occupational factors, educational levels, lifestyle factors, metabolic syndrome, hepatovirus infection, and fatty liver), analysis indicated that the workers exposed to p-RSW were 46% less likely (OR, 0.54; 95% CI, 0.30-0.95; p = 0.03) to attain normal ALT levels within a five-year interval

  17. The Efficacy of Silymarin in Decreasing Transaminase Activities in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

    Ali-Akbar Hajaghamohammadi

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD is one of the most common causes of increased liver enzymes. According to statistical reports, 20%-40% of Western population and 5%-30% of the population of Pacific and Asian countries are afflicted with this disease. The prevalence of NAFLD is higher in hyperlipidemic, diabetic and obese people. Considering the high prevalence of NAFLD and its complications and lack of consensus on its treatment, we were motivated to study the efficacy of silymarin on this disease. Methods: In this randomized clinical trial, 50 patients including 32 men (64% and 18 women (36% were divided into case and control groups. The mean age of case group was 40.3 and for control group was 39.9 years. All patients had elevated liver enzymes and had increased liver echogenicity (lipid accumulation on sonography. The case group was treated with one tablet containing 140 mg silymarin per day for two months and the control group was treated in the same manner with placebo. Before and after the study, weight, body mass index (BMI and liver transaminases levels were measured for each patient.Results: The difference between the mean weight and BMI measured before and after the study was not statistically significant in both case and control groups. But the mean ALT and AST levels deceased from 103.1 to 41.4 and 53.7 to 29.1 IU/mL, respectively in case group which was statistically significant (P<0.001 & P<0.001. In the control group, the decrease in mean ALT and AST, with decrease of 7.8 and 2.2 IU/mL, respectively, was not statistically significant.Conclusions: Considering the significant drop in liver enzymes following administration of silymarin, it seems that after conducting similar studies in order to determine the appropriate doses and treatment periods, this cheap and easy to access drug can be prescribed for treatment of NAFLD.

  18. Detection of Reduced GABA Synthesis Following Inhibition of GABA Transaminase Using in Vivo Magnetic Resonance Signal of [13C]GABA C1

    Yang, Jehoon; Johnson, Christopher; Shen, Jun

    2009-01-01

    Previous in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) studies of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) synthesis have relied on 13C label incorporation into GABA C2 from [1-13C] or [1,6-13C2]glucose. In this study, the [13C]GABA C1 signal at 182.3 ppm in the carboxylic/amide spectral region of localized in vivo 13C spectra was detected. GABA-transaminase of rat brain was inhibited by administration of gabaculine after pre-labeling of GABA C1 and its metabolic precursors with exogenous [2,5-13C2]glu...

  19. Effect of chronic treatment with the GABA transaminase inhibitors γ-vinyl GABA and ethanolamine O-sulphate on the in vitro GABA release from rat hippocampus

    Qume, M; Fowler, L. J.

    1997-01-01

    The effects of 2, 8 and 21 day oral treatment with the specific γ-aminobutyric acid transaminase (GABA-T) inhibitors γ-vinyl GABA (GVG) and ethanolamine O-sulphate (EOS) on brain GABA levels, GABA-T activity, and basal and stimulated GABA release from rat cross-chopped brain hippocampal slices was investigated.Treatment with GABA-T inhibitors lead to a reduction in brain GABA-T activity by 65–80% compared with control values, with a concomitant increase in brain GABA content of 40–100%.Basal ...

  20. A Process Concept for High-Purity Production of Amines by Transaminase-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis: Combining Enzyme Cascade and Membrane-Assisted ISPR

    Börner, Tim; Rehn, Gustav; Grey, Carl;

    2015-01-01

    For the amine transaminase (ATA)-catalyzed synthesis of chiral amines, the choice of donor substrate is of high importance for reaction and process design. Alanine was investigated as an amine donor for the reductive amination of a poorly water-soluble ketone (4-phenyl-2-butanone) in a combined...... in situ product removal (ISPR) approach using liquid-membrane extraction together with an enzyme cascade. This ISPR strategy facilitates very high (>98%) product purity with an integrated enrichment step and eliminates product as well as coproduct inhibition. In the presented proof-of-concept alanine...

  1. Complete amino acid sequence of branched-chain amino acid aminotransferase (transaminase B) of Salmonella typhimurium, identification of the coenzyme-binding site and sequence comparison analysis

    The complete amino acid sequence of the subunit of branched-chain amino acid aminotransferase of Salmonella typhimurium was determined by automated Edman degradation of peptide fragments generated by chemical and enzymatic digestion of S-carboxymethylated and S-pyridylethylated transaminase B. Peptide fragments of transaminase B were generated by treatment of the enzyme with trypsin, Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease, endoproteinase Lys-C, and cyanogen bromide. Protocols were developed for separation of the peptide fragments by reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ion-exchange HPLC, and SDS-urea gel electrophoresis. The enzyme subunit contains 308 amino acid residues and has a molecular weight of 33,920 daltons. The coenzyme-binding site was determined by treatment of the enzyme, containing bound pyridoxal 5-phosphate, with tritiated sodium borohydride prior to trypsin digestion. Monitoring radioactivity incorporation and peptide map comparisons with an apoenzyme tryptic digest, allowed identification of the pyridoxylated-peptide which was isolated by reverse-phase HPLC and sequenced. The coenzyme-binding site is a lysyl residue at position 159. Some peptides were further characterized by fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry

  2. Sequence Classification: 389262 [

    Full Text Available Non-TMB Non-TMH Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|31793773|ref|NP_856266.1| 4-AMINOBUTYRATE AMINOTRA...NSAMINASE) (GABA AMINOTRANSFERASE) (GABA-AT) || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/31793773 ... ...NSFERASE GABT (GAMMA-AMINO-N-BUTYRATE TRANSAMINASE) (GABA TRANSAMINASE) (GLUTAMATE:SUCCINIC SEMIALDEHYDE TRA

  3. Sequence Classification: 399013 [

    Full Text Available Non-TMB Non-TMH Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|15609726|ref|NP_217105.1| 4-AMINOBUTYRATE AMINOTRA...NSAMINASE) (GABA AMINOTRANSFERASE) (GABA-AT) || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/15609726 ... ...NSFERASE GABT (GAMMA-AMINO-N-BUTYRATE TRANSAMINASE) (GABA TRANSAMINASE) (GLUTAMATE:SUCCINIC SEMIALDEHYDE TRA

  4. Effect of gamma irradiation on the activity of alanine and aspartate transaminases in subcellular fractions of the brain and heart in white rats

    Plenin, A.E.

    1973-01-01

    In experiments on rats, the activity of alanine (I) and aspartate transaminases (II) was studied in homogenates and subcellular fractions of the brain and myocardium under normal conditions and for 30 days after ..gamma.. irradiation at 40 rads. The activity of II in brain homogenates increased 1 hour after irradiation but decreased by 20 percent on day 3; it decreased again on days 7 and 15. The activity of brain I increased after 1 hour and 3 days but then returned to normal. The activity of I in heart homogenates increased in all the periods after irradiation. The subcellular fractions exhibited phase changes in the activity of the enzymes. These changes were different in nature from those observed after X and ..gamma.. irradiation at the same dose.

  5. Effects of the gamma-aminobutyrate transaminase inhibitors gabaculine and gamma-vinyl GABA on gamma-aminobutyric acid release from slices of rat cerebral cortex

    The release of [3H]gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) from pre-loaded slices of rat cerebral cortex was investigated in the presence and absence of the GABA-transaminase inhibitors gabaculine and gamma-vinyl GABA. In the experiments carried out without an inhibitor, an ion-exchange column chromatographic technique was used to separate [3H]GABA from tritiated metabolites released with it into the superfusate. The presence of gabaculine (5 microM) substantially reduced the Ca2+-dependence of the release of [3H]GABA evoked by a 4 min 30 mM K+ pulse, whereas this was not appreciably reduced by the presence of gamma-vinyl GABA (2 mM or 10 mM). Nevertheless, the characteristics of [3H]GABA release were not identical in the presence and absence of either inhibitor

  6. The effect of antioxidant supplementation on hepatitis C viral load, transaminases and oxidative status: a randomized trial among chronic hepatitis C virus-infected patients

    Groenbaek, K.; Friis, H.; Hansen, Max; Ring-Larsen, H.; Krarup, H. B.

    2006-01-01

    Objective To assess the effect of antioxidant supplementation on hepatitis C viral load, transaminases and oxidative status. Methods We performed a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial to assess the effect of antioxidant supplementation on serum alanine aminotransferase, plasma...... hepatitis C viral load as well as oxidative and antioxidant markers in patients with hepatitis C virus infection. The participants received a daily dose of ascorbic acid (500 mg), D-alpha-tocopherol (9451 U) and selenium (200 mu g) or placebo tablets for 6 months. Results Twenty-three patients were included...... aminotransferase and logo-transformed plasma hepatitis C virus-RNA between the groups or changes from the baseline at any time. No consistent differences between groups or changes from the baseline with respect to erythrocyte activities of antioxidative enzymes (glutathione reductase, superoxide dismutase and...

  7. 缬氨酸转氨酶基因原核表达载体构建及表达%Construction and expression of prokaryotic vector of valine-pyruvate transaminase gene

    张飞; 魏涛; 刘寅; 何培新

    2013-01-01

    构建了具有缬氨酸转氨酶基因的大肠杆菌工程菌,对该酶表达条件进行了优化.PCR结果表明,扩增出一特异DNA条带且长度与avtA基因长度1 254 bp符合.通过纸层析检测,筛选到了阳性克隆,但是酶活偏低.SDS-PAGE凝胶电泳显示目的蛋白表达量较低.酶表达优化结果显示:蛋白胨浓度12 g/L,IPTG浓度0.4 mmol/L,经过8h诱导,酶活达到最大值.%The engineered strain of Escherichia coli with valine-pyruvate transaminase gene was constructed and the expression condition for valine-pyruvate transaminase was optimized. The result of PCR showed that a special DNA band was amplified and the length of the band was accord with the length of avtA, 1 254 bp. Activity of valine-pyruvate transaminase was found by paper chromatography but the enzyme activity was not high. The expression of valine-pyruvate transaminase was evaluated by SDS-PAGE and a high expression was displayed. The optimal conditions were peptone 12 g/L,IPTG 0. 4 mmol/L and induced time 8 h.

  8. Efeito do Exercício com 1 e 3 Minutos de Intervalo de Descanso Entre as Séries na Atividade Sérica das Transaminases

    Ramon Martins Alves

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O treinamento de força (TF intenso ocasiona danos na estrutura muscular, que podem ser detectados por meio de marcadores indiretos. OBJETIVO. Verificar se há alterações na atividade da creatina quinase (CK, da aspartato transaminase (AST e alanina transaminase (ALT com o TF em diferentes intervalos entre séries e exercícios. MÉTODOS. Treze voluntários (± 21,8 anos; ±173,6 cm; ±68,3 kg realizaram o teste de uma repetição máxima (1RM nos exercícios: supino reto, puxada (pulley, desenvolvimento sentado, tríceps (pulley e rosca bíceps. Após sete dias, todos foram submetidos a uma coleta de sangue (PRE e realizaram 4 séries máximas até a falha concêntrica com intensidade de 85% de 1RM e intervalos de 1 ou 3 minutos entre as séries e exercícios. Todos retornaram ao mesmo local 24, 48 e 72 horas após a sessão para mais uma coleta de sangue. Repetindo os procedimentos após uma semana, porém os voluntários que realizaram o teste com intervalo de 1 minuto na semana seguinte manteriam intervalos de 3 minutos e vice-versa. Realizou-se ANOVA mantendo como significância p<0,05. RESULTADOS. Houve redução significativa do número de repetições a cada série de todos os exercícios com 1 e 3 minutos de intervalo. Observou-se um aumento significativo da atividade sérica de CK e de AST 24, 48 e 72 horas utilizando ambos os intervalos. ALT não se alterou. CONCLUSÃO. O TF causou aumento na atividade de CK e AST, mas sem apresentar diferenças com os intervalos utilizados. Porém, pequenos intervalos reduzem o volume total de repetições.

  9. Substitution of glutamine for lysine at the pyridoxal phosphate binding site of bacterial D-amino acid transaminase. Effects of exogenous amines on the slow formation of intermediates.

    Futaki, S; Ueno, H; Martinez del Pozo, A; Pospischil, M A; Manning, J M; Ringe, D; Stoddard, B; Tanizawa, K; Yoshimura, T; Soda, K

    1990-12-25

    In bacterial D-amino acid transaminase, Lys-145, which binds the coenzyme pyridoxal 5'-phosphate in Schiff base linkage, was changed to Gln-145 by site-directed mutagenesis (K145Q). The mutant enzyme had 0.015% the activity of the wild-type enzyme and was capable of forming a Schiff base with D-alanine; this external aldimine was formed over a period of minutes depending upon the D-alanine concentration. The transformation of the pyridoxal-5'-phosphate form of the enzyme to the pyridoxamine-5'-phosphate form (i.e. the half-reaction of transamination) occurred over a period of hours with this mutant enzyme. Thus, information on these two steps in the reaction and on the factors that influence them can readily be obtained with this mutant enzyme. In contrast, these reactions with the wild-type enzyme occur at much faster rates and are not easily studied separately. The mutant enzyme shows distinct preference for D- over L-alanine as substrates but it does so about 50-fold less effectively than the wild-type enzyme. Thus, Lys-145 probably acts in concert with the coenzyme and other functional side chain(s) to lead to efficient and stereochemically precise transamination in the wild-type enzyme. The addition of exogenous amines, ethanolamine or methyl amine, increased the rate of external aldimine formation with D-alanine and the mutant enzyme but the subsequent transformation to the pyridoxamine-5'-phosphate form of the enzyme was unaffected by exogenous amines. The wild-type enzyme displayed a large negative trough in the circular dichroic spectrum at 420 nm, which was practically absent in the mutant enzyme. However, addition of D-alanine to the mutant enzyme generated this negative Cotton effect (due to formation of the external aldimine with D-alanine). This circular dichroism band gradually collapsed in parallel with the transformation to the pyridoxamine-5'-phosphate enzyme. Further studies on this mutant enzyme, which displays the characteristics of the wild

  10. Chemical protection against radiation effects on Serum transaminase and the levels of glutamic and pyruvic acids following gamma irradiation of rats

    The present study been carried out to evaluate the radioprotective efficiency of urea and vitamin E for protecting certain enzymatic systems from deleterious radiation effects. The activities of serum transaminase; aspartate aminotransferase (A S T) and alanine aminotransferase (A L T); as well as their relative substrates; glutamic and pyruvic acid levels; were selected for this study. The results indicated that whole body gamma irradiation at the dose of 7 Gy caused an evident elevation in the activities of both A S T and A L T and in the level of pyruvic acid at the experiment period (first,third,seventh and tenth days post irradiation). On the other hand the free glutamic acid level decreased at all post irradiation days. The variation in both enzymatic activities, pyruvic and glutamic acid levels became less pronounced in rats treated with either urea or vitamin E as chemical radioprotectors before whole body gamma irradiation. The results showed that the two agents are good radioprotectors, with respect to these parameters under investigation

  11. Pengaruh Ekstrak Daun Sambiloto (Andrographis paniculata terhadap Struktur Mikroanatomi Hepar dan Kadar Glutamat Piruvat Transaminase Serum Mencit (Mus musculus yang Terpapar Diazinon

    TRI WULANDARI

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Diazinon is a pesticide which is often using by farmer to kill insect as theenemy of the plant. The over using of pesticide may result in the remaining of diazinon residue in farming product. This residue can cause the damage of body tissue, especially liver. The aim of research were to find out the effect of leaves sambiloto (Andrographis paniculata Ness. extract on microanatomic structure of liver and serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT level of mice (Mus musculus L. exposed to diazinon. The research used Compelete Random Design with five treatments. The treatment of each group were using CMC 1% (placebo control, diazinon solution 40 mg/Kg BW (negative ontrol and the leaves sambiloto extract 12,6; 25,2 and 37,8 mg /kg BW. Diazinon solution was given within 10 days and continued with extract of sambiloto leaves also within 10 days. Parameter observed was the microanatomic structure of liver and serum GPT level. The data was analyzed of Analysis of Varians (Anova and continued with DMRT at significance 5%. The result of the research showed that the giving of the extract of sambiloto leaves in some dose variation degree is significantly influential to repair the microanatomic structure of liver and to decrease the serum GPT level was 37,8 mg/Kg BW.

  12. 高效氯氰菊酯对欧洲鲫鱼血清谷丙转氨酶和谷草转氨酶活性的影响%EFFECTIVENESS OF BETA-CYPERMETHRIN ON GLUTAMICPYRUVIC TRANSAMINASE (GPT) AND GLUTAMIC-OXALOACETIC TRANSAMINASE (GOT) ACTIVITIES FROM CRUCIAN CARP ( CARASSIUS AURATUS) SERUM

    WANG Yuan; XIONG Li; TANG Hong-Feng; SHENG Xiu-Mei; LOU An; LI Jin

    2006-01-01

    Beta-cypermethrin is one of the synthetic pyrethroid, which is widely used to control insect pests and is found to be more effective than organphosphates and carbamates. However, it is also reported to be more toxic than organphosphates and carbamates. It has been suggested that synthetic pyrethroids are readily absorbed by the gills of fish even at very low concentrations.Glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT) and glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) exist in the cells of every tissue, particularly in the liver. If the liver is damaged, the enzymes are discharged from the cells into the serum. It increases the GPT and GOT metabolic activities quickly. It is, therefore, proposed that the effects of toxicants on serum GPT and GOT could be used as indexes in toxicological assessments. In this experiment, the effectiveness of beta-cypermethrin on the acute toxicity and on serum GPT and GOT concentration of crucian carp was studied. The LC50 of beta-cypermethrin for crucian carp was 11.4μg/L. The crucian carp serum was treated against beta-cypermethrin levels of 0.114μg/L, 0.57μg/L and 1.14μg/L for exposure times of 0d, 5d,10d, 15d and 20d, at all concentrations. The results show that when the beta-cypermethrin concentration increases and the exposure time is prolonged, the GPT and GOT activities of serum increased also. The results proved that beta-cypermethrin could cause great damage to crucian carp and its biochemical functions.

  13. High serum Aspartate transaminase levels on day 3 postliver transplantation correlates with graft and patient survival and would be a valid surrogate for outcome in liver transplantation clinical trials.

    Robertson, Francis P; Bessell, Paul R; Diaz-Nieto, Rafael; Thomas, Niclas; Rolando, Nancy; Fuller, Barry; Davidson, Brian R

    2016-03-01

    Aspartate transaminase, a liver specific enzyme released into serum following acute liver injury, is used in experimental organ preservation studies as a measure of liver IR injury. Whether post-operative serum transaminases are a good indicator of IR injury and subsequent graft and patient survival in human liver transplantation remains controversial. A single centre prospectively collected liver transplant database was analysed for the period 1988-2012. All patients were followed up for 5 years or until graft failure. Transaminase levels on the 1st, 3rd and 7th post-operative days were correlated with the patient demographics, operative outcomes, post-operative complications and both graft and patient survival via a binary logistic regression analysis. Graft and patient survival at 3 months was 80.3% and 87.5%. AST levels on the 3rd (P = 0.005) and 7th (P = 0.001) post-operative days correlated with early graft loss. Patients were grouped by their AST level (day 3): 2744iU. The incidence of graft loss at 3 months was 10%, 12%. 27% and 59% and 1-year patient mortality was 12%, 14%, 27% and 62%. Day 3 AST levels correlate with patient and graft outcome postliver transplantation and would be a suitable surrogate endpoint for clinical trials in liver transplantation. PMID:26615011

  14. Global N-linked Glycosylation is Not Significantly Impaired in Myoblasts in Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes Caused by Defective Glutamine-Fructose-6-Phosphate Transaminase 1 (GFPT1

    Qiushi Chen

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Glutamine-fructose-6-phosphate transaminase 1 (GFPT1 is the first enzyme of the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway. It transfers an amino group from glutamine to fructose-6-phosphate to yield glucosamine-6-phosphate, thus providing the precursor for uridine diphosphate N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc synthesis. UDP-GlcNAc is an essential substrate for all mammalian glycosylation biosynthetic pathways and N-glycan branching is especially sensitive to alterations in the concentration of this sugar nucleotide. It has been reported that GFPT1 mutations lead to a distinct sub-class of congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS termed “limb-girdle CMS with tubular aggregates”. CMS are hereditary neuromuscular transmission disorders in which neuromuscular junctions are impaired. To investigate whether alterations in protein glycosylation at the neuromuscular junction might be involved in this impairment, we have employed mass spectrometric strategies to study the N-glycomes of myoblasts and myotubes derived from two healthy controls, three GFPT1 patients, and four patients with other muscular diseases, namely CMS caused by mutations in DOK7, myopathy caused by mutations in MTND5, limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2A (LGMD2A, and Pompe disease. A comparison of the relative abundances of bi-, tri-, and tetra-antennary N-glycans in each of the cell preparations revealed that all samples exhibited broadly similar levels of branching. Moreover, although some differences were observed in the relative abundances of some of the N-glycan constituents, these variations were modest and were not confined to the GFPT1 samples. Therefore, GFPT1 mutations in CMS patients do not appear to compromise global N-glycosylation in muscle cells.

  15. Human glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT): Localization to 8q24.3, cDNA and genomic sequences, and polymorphic sites

    Sohocki, M.M.; Sullivan, L.S.; Daiger, S.P. [Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX (United States)] [and others

    1997-03-01

    Two frequent protein variants of glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT) (E.C.2.6.1.2) have been used as genetic markers in humans for more than two decades, although chromosomal mapping of the GPT locus in the 1980s produced conflicting results. To resolve this conflict and develop useful DNA markers for this gene, we isolated and characterized cDNA and genomic clones of GPT. We have definitively mapped human GPT to the terminus of 8q using several methods. First, two cosmids shown to contain the GPT sequence were derived from a chromosome 8-specific library. Second, by fluorescence in situ hybridization, we mapped the cosmid containing the human GPT gene to chromosome band 8q24.3. Third, we mapped the rat gpt cDNA to the syntenic region of rat chromosome 7. Finally, PCR primers specific to human GPT amplify sequences contained within a {open_quotes}half-YAC{close_quotes} from the long arm of chromosome 8, that is, a YAC containing the 8q telomere. The human GPT genomic sequence spans 2.7 kb and consists of 11 exons, ranging in size from 79 to 243 bp. The exonic sequence encodes a protein of 495 amino acids that is nearly identical to the previously reported protein sequence of human GPT-1. The two polymorphic GPT isozymes are the result of a nucleotide substitution in codon 14. In addition, a cosmid containing the GPT sequence also contains a previously unmapped, polymorphic microsatellite sequence, D8S421. The cloned GPT gene and associated polymorphisms will be useful for linkage and physical mapping of disease loci that map to the terminus of 8q, including atypical vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD1) and epidermolysis bullosa simplex, type Ogna (EBS1). In addition, this will be a useful system for characterizing the telomeric region of 8q. Finally, determination of the molecular basis of the GPT isozyme variants will permit PCR-based detection of this world-wide polymorphism. 22 refs., 3 figs.

  16. The synthesis and biodistribution of 3-(4'-[125I]-iodophenyl)-4-aminobutyric acid, a radioiodinated analogue of baclofen

    Baclofen has been found to bind to receptors in the central nervous system that are specific for γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a well known inhibitory neurotransmitter. This paper describes the synthesis of a radioiodinated analog of baclofen as part of an effort to develop receptor probes useful in single photon emission computed tomography. Preliminary biodistribution studies showed the radioiodinationed analog to be essentially stable to in vivo deiodination and have a distribution profile similar to that of baclofen. (Author)

  17. Clinical analysis of 61 cases of progressive muscular dystrophy visiting as transaminase elevation%转氨酶升高的进行性肌营养不良61例

    吉英杰; 何卫平

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨以转氨酶升高为首发表现的进行性肌营养不良(PMD)的临床特点,提高临床医生对该病的认识,避免误诊.方法 选取61例以转氨酶升高入院,最后确诊为PMD的患者,总结其临床资料,予以统计分析.结果 (1)男性占96.7%(59/61),73.8%(45/61)患儿6岁以下发病,半数左右的患儿学走路时间较晚,易摔倒、上楼需扶;(2)13.1%(8/61)的患儿有明确家族史,腓肠肌肥大的占59%(36/61),44.1%(26/59)Gower征阳性;(3)所有患者均有血清肌酸激酶(CK)、乳酸脱氢酶(LDH)明显增高,ALT、AST轻度升高;(4)肝活检无特异性病变,肌电图表现为肌源性疾病,肌活检有较特异病变.结论 PMD早期临床表现不典型,或经常被忽视,以发现转氨酶升高就诊者不在少数,容易被误诊为病毒性肝炎;PMD诊断需综合考虑临床表现、家族史、血清酶学、肌电图、肌活检等.%Objective To investigate the clinical characteristics of PMD with the first presentation of transaminase elevation, and to improve the doctor's knowledge of this disease, avoiding misdiagnosis. Methods Sixty-one patients who were admitted to hospital with elevated transaminase were diagnosed to have progressive muscular dystrophy (PMD). Their clinical data was collected and analyzed. Results (1) In the cases, male were of %. 7% (59/61). 73. 8%(45/61) of the children had the signs and symptoms under six years old, and half of them walked later than the ordinary, fell down easily, and went upstairs with help; (2)13. l%o(8/61) of PMD children had conclusive family history. 59% (36/61) of them were with gastrocnemius muscle hypertrophic and 44. 1% (26/59) of them were with Gower showing positive; (3) All of patients had significant increase in serum creatine kinase (CK) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) while mild increase in alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase( AST); (4) Liver biopsy showed no specific lesions, EMG presented

  18. Is liver transaminases assessment an appropriate tool for the screening of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in at risk obese children and adolescents? ¿Es útil la valoración de las transaminasas hepáticas para el screening del hígado graso no alcohólico en niños y adolescentes obesos?

    Rodríguez, G.; Gallego, S.; C. Breidenassel; Moreno, L A; Gottrand, F

    2010-01-01

    Pediatric obesity has increased dramatically all over the world and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most frequent complications associated with excess adiposity. NAFLD causes serum transaminase elevation and liver disease, which could end up in fibrosis, cirrhosis and eventually hepatocellular carcinoma. NAFLD seems to be associated with the metabolic complications of obesity, mainly insulin resistance. The aim of the present article is to review the role of serum liver...

  19. 缬氨酸转氨酶拆分DL-缬氨酸的催化条件%Study on chiral resolution of DL-valine valine catalyzed by valine-pyruvate transaminase

    张飞; 魏涛; 刘寅; 韩亚伟; 何培新

    2013-01-01

    利用具有缬氨酸转氨酶活性的工程菌对DL-缬氨酸进行拆分,考察了反应温度、pH值、底物摩尔比、底物浓度和金属离子对酶活性和底物转化率的影响.结果显示,该催化反应的最适反应条件为:反应温度是45℃,pH =9,L-缬氨酸与丙酮酸的摩尔比1∶8,DL-缬氨酸初始浓度为0.6 mol/L、丙酮酸初始浓度为2.4 mol/L,0.5 mmol/L的Mg2+和Na+对酶活性有明显的促进作用.%An engineered strain with catalytic activity of valine-pyruvate transaminase was used in chiral resolution of DL-valine.The effect of reaction conditions such as reaction temperature, pH, substrate mole ratio, substrate concentration and metal ions on enzyme activity was studied.Results showed that the optimal conditions were 45 ℃ and pH9.The optimal substrate ratio of L-valine to pyruvic acid was 1:8 ( mol: mol).The initial substrate concentration of DL-xaline and pyruvic acid were 0.6 mol/L and 2.4 mol/L respectively.Enzyme activity was improved by addition of 0.5 mmol/L Mg2+ and Na+.

  20. Effects of lixisenatide on elevated liver transaminases

    Gluud, Lise L; Knop, Filip K; Vilsbøll, Tina

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist lixisenatide on elevated liver blood tests in patients with type 2 diabetes. DESIGN: Systematic review. DATA SOURCES: Electronic and manual searches were combined. STUDY SELECTION: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs......) on lixisenatide versus placebo or active comparators for type 2 diabetes were included. PARTICIPANTS: Individual patient data were retrieved to calculate outcomes for patients with elevated liver blood tests. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Normalisation of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate...

  1. The synthesis and biodistribution of 3-(4'-[[sup 125]I]-iodophenyl)-4-aminobutyric acid, a radioiodinated analogue of baclofen

    Wakita, Y.; Kojima, M. (Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Div. of Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry); Schwendner, S.W.; McConnell, D.; Counsell, R.E. (Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI (United States). School of Medicine)

    1990-02-01

    Baclofen has been found to bind to receptors in the central nervous system that are specific for [gamma]-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a well known inhibitory neurotransmitter. This paper describes the synthesis of a radioiodinated analog of baclofen as part of an effort to develop receptor probes useful in single photon emission computed tomography. Preliminary biodistribution studies showed the radioiodinationed analog to be essentially stable to in vivo deiodination and have a distribution profile similar to that of baclofen. (Author).

  2. Is liver transaminases assessment an appropriate tool for the screening of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in at risk obese children and adolescents? ¿Es útil la valoración de las transaminasas hepáticas para el screening del hígado graso no alcohólico en niños y adolescentes obesos?

    G. Rodríguez

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Pediatric obesity has increased dramatically all over the world and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD is one of the most frequent complications associated with excess adiposity. NAFLD causes serum transaminase elevation and liver disease, which could end up in fibrosis, cirrhosis and eventually hepatocellular carcinoma. NAFLD seems to be associated with the metabolic complications of obesity, mainly insulin resistance. The aim of the present article is to review the role of serum liver enzyme assessment as a suitable non invasive predictor of NAFLD in children. Although serum liver enzyme elevation does not accurately measure liver damage, it may be a valuable and non invasive test to screen NAFLD in children and adolescents and a marker to control NAFLD evolution. To detect NAFLD in obese children and adolescents, transaminases serum concentrations should be routinely determined in these patients. In this sense, it seems necessary to obtain transaminase reference standards for children and adolescents.La prevalencia de obesidad en niños ha aumentado considerablemente en todo el mundo y el hígado graso no alcohólico (HGNA es una de las complicaciones más frecuentemente asociadas al exceso de adiposidad. El HGNA provoca elevación de las transaminasas hepáticas y una alteración hepática que pueden desencadenar fibrosis, cirrosis e incluso malignización. El HGNA aparece asociado a las complicaciones metabólicas de la obesidad, sobre todo a la resistencia a la insulina. El objetivo del presente artículo es revisar el rol que tienen las enzimas hepáticas como predictor no invasivo del HGNA en niños. Aunque la elevación de las enzimas hepáticas no valora con exactitud el daño hepático, pueden suponer un test no invasivo para el screening del HGNA en niños y adolescentes y un marcador de su evolución. Las transaminasas hepáticas deben ser determinadas de rutina en el diagnóstico del HGNA en niños y adolescentes. En este

  3. Factors associated with mortality in human immunodeficiency virus type 1-infected adults initiating protease inhibitor-containing therapy: role of education level and of early transaminase level elevation (APROCO-ANRS EP11 study). The Antiprotéases Cohorte Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le SIDA EP 11 study.

    Lewden, Charlotte; Raffi, François; Cuzin, Lise; Cailleton, Valérie; Vildé, Jean-Louis; Chêne, Geneviève; Allavena, Clotilde; Salamon, Roger; Leport, Catherine

    2002-09-01

    This study attempted to identify factors associated with mortality among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults starting a protease inhibitor (PI)-containing therapy. Among 1155 patients consecutively enrolled in the APROCO study between May 1997 and June 1998, clinical characteristics were as follows: median age, 36 years; median baseline CD4 cell count, 288 cells/mm(3); and median baseline plasma HIV RNA load, 4.4 log(10) copies/mL. After a median follow-up of 27 months, 48 deaths had occurred, of which 44% were related to acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The mortality rate was 2.9% at 12 months. When both data at baseline and data at 4 months after the start of PI therapy were considered, factors independently associated with mortality were (Cox model) low baseline plasma creatinine level, low school education level, low CD4 cell count at 4 months, low hemoglobin level, and elevated hepatic transaminase levels. Thus, social context plus clinical and biologic data, including the 4-month response to treatment, must be considered in treatment of HIV-infected patients. PMID:12195361

  4. Norovirus Gastroenteritis Accompanied by Marked Elevation of Transaminases

    Zenda, Takahiro; Miyamoto, Masaji; Kaneko, Shuichi

    2011-01-01

    A 56-year-old woman was admitted because of frequent watery diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. An examination of the stool for norovirus antigen was positive, and a blood examination revealed a marked elevation of liver enzymes. Liver dysfunction, as well as symptoms related to gastroenteritis, was ameliorated solely by supportive treatment. Although liver injury concurrent with norovirus gastroenteritis is rarely documented and its pathogenesis remains unknown, clinicians should consi...

  5. The Research of Inj ection ad Acumen of Thymopeptide on Influence of organ index and the Activation of serum transaminase in Movement Training Rats%胸腺肽穴位注射对运动训练大鼠脏器指数和血清转氨酶活性的影响研究

    成红娟; 马亚妮

    2014-01-01

    Objective:The purpose of the experiment is to study the influence of thymic peptide point inj ection on the organ index and serum transaminase activity of sports training rats.Methods:In the experiments,two different methods were selected,administrating thymic peptide to animals by intramuscular inj ection and selecting“Zusanli”,“Guanyuan”and“Neiguan”three point to inject thymic peptide,respectively.Then to study their effect onthe organ index and serum transaminase activity of sports training rats.Results:Movement made the cardiac index of rats increased significantly.The increasing trend of cardiac index was repressed through the intramuscular drug offers and point inj ection drug offers.The difference of cardiac index between the point inj ection drug group and the intramuscular experimental group was statistically significant(P<0.05).Movement made the liver index of rats lower than the control group.The decreasing trend of liver index was repressed through the intramuscular drug offers and point inj ection drug offers.The difference of liver index between the point injection drug group and the intramuscular experimental group was statistically significant(P<0.05). Movement made the ALT and AST activity increased significantly.The increasing trends of the ALT and AST were repressed through the intramuscular drug offers and point inj ection drug offers.The ALT and AST of the traning control group and the intramuscular experimental group increased significantly compared with the control proup(P <0.01).The difference of ASL between the point inj ection drug group and the intramuscular experimental group was statistically significant(P<0.05).Also,there was statistical difference bwtween injectio ad acumen experimental group and movement control group(P<0.01).The difference of ALT between the point injection drug group and the intramuscular experimental group was statistically significant(P<0.01).Conclusion:Both intramuscular injection of thymic peptide

  6. Investigation of the neutral loss of a full amino acid mass during collision-induced dissociation of the b(3)+ ion derived from a model peptide containing a 4-aminobutyric acid residue.

    Talaty, Erach R; Chueachavalit, Chawalee; Osburn, Sandra; Van Stipdonk, Michael J

    2007-01-01

    In a previous study we found that a dominant fragmentation pathway observed for collision-induced dissociation (CID) of b(3)+ derived from peptides with sequence AXAG, where X is gamma-aminobutyric acid (gammaAbu) or epsilon-aminocaproic acid (Cap), involved the loss of 89 mass units (u). A neutral loss of 89 u corresponded to the free acid mass of an alanine (A) residue. This specific pathway was studied in greater detail here using a series of A(gammaAbu)AG peptides with strategic positioning of (15)N, (13)C and (2)H isotope labels. Based on the extensive labeling, several possible routes to the net elimination of 89 u are proposed. One is based on initial elimination of either aziridinone or imine and CO, followed by opening of an oxazolinone, tautomerization and elimination of H2O. Another involves formation of an aziridinone by cleavage of the N-terminal amide bond, and transfer of O and H atoms to this fragment via an H-bonded ion-molecule complex to complete the loss of 89 u. Both types of pathway include the transfer/migration of H atoms from the alpha-carbon position of gammaAbu or A residues. PMID:17610213

  7. Clinical research of two cases of glutamine-fructose-6-phosphate transaminase 1-related limb-girdle congenital myasthenic syndrome%谷氨酰胺-果糖-6-磷酸转氨酶1相关性肢带型先天性肌无力综合征二例临床分析

    张巍; 徐春晓; 孟令超; 吕鹤; 左越焕; 刘靖; 王朝霞; 袁云

    2015-01-01

    Objective To describe clinical,neurophysiological and pathological features in 2 patients with glutamine-fructose-6-phosphate transaminase 1 (GFPT1)-related limb-girdle congenital myasthenic syndrome.Methods We recruited two patients diagnosed as GFPT1-related limb-girdle congenital myasthenic syndrome in Peking University First Hospital in March and June 2014 respectively.Then we collected clinical,laboratory,neurophysiological,neuropathological and genetic data of the 2 patients to characterize the disease features.We also followed up the two patients to evaluate therapeutic effects.Results Case 1 was a sixteen years old boy complaining of exercise related fatigue for 10 years.Case 2 was a nine years old boy complaining of exercise related fatigue for 6 years.Both patients revealed mild proximal weakness during physical examinations.The level of serum creatine kinase was 224 IU/L in case 1 and within normal range in case 2.Repetitive nerve stimulation with 3 Hz at axillary nerve revealed decremental response of the main compound muscle action potential amplitude,which was 46.9% in case 1 and 17.5% in case 2.Anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody was not detected in both cases.Both of them responded well to oral pyridostigmine bromide.Muscle biopsies and GFPT1 gene analysis were performed in 2 cases.Muscle biopsy revealed massive tubular aggregates within muscle fibers in case 1 and type 1 fiber predoninance in case 2.GFPT1 showed 2 compound heterozygous mutations in patient 1 with p.Y367C and p.G564C,and in patient 2 with p.G26S and p.V291I respectively.Conclusions Childhood onset,fluctuating limb girdle weakness,decrement on low frequency repetitive nerve stimulation,tubular aggregates on muscle pathology could be considered as the diagnostic clues for GFPT1-related limb-girdle congenital myasthenic syndrome.Cholinesterase inhibitors therapy could be used as the first choice in this disease.%目的 观察2例谷氨酰胺-果糖-6-磷酸转氨酶1(GFPT1)相关

  8. EFFECTIVENESS OF BETA-CYPERMETHRIN ON GLUTAMIC- PYRUVIC TRANSAMINASE (GPT) AND GLUTAMIC-OXALOACETIC TRANSAMINASE (GOT) ACTIVITIES FROM CRUCIAN CARP (CARASSIUS AURATUS) SERUM

    2006-01-01

    Synthetic pyrethroids are considered as possible sub-stitutesfor some organophosphate carbamates or organochlo-rine insecticides,and have been used extensivelyfor morethantwo decades[1].Pyrethroids are preferred over otherinsecticides because of their easy degradation into non-toxic or less toxic metabolites under natural conditions.Consequently,there has recently beena dramatic increaseinthe use of pyrethroid pesticides to control insect pests.However,synthetic pyrethroids were also reported to bemore toxi...

  9. The effect of gamma rays on the total protein content of aldolase, glutamic acid transaminase and glutamic acid-pyruvic acid transaminase in the rabbit lens

    The author subjected rabbit eyes to gamma rays using the Stallard applicators which are also employed in the treatment of intraocular tumors in human eyes. In the radiated eyes there was a reduction of activity of aldolase and GOT in the lenses which was indirectly proportional to the applied dose of ionized rays. The lens of the fellow eye which was not directly subjected to radiation showed also a lowering of enzyme activity which was however of only a low degree. In the material examined there were no changes in total protein content. There were however slight changes in the activity of GPT. In the discussion special attention is paid to radiation damage to the fellow eyes which were not subjected to direct radiation. (orig.)

  10. Effect of Kasni seed preparations on serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase and glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase levels in newly diagnosed patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus

    Praveen Katiyar

    2015-09-01

    Results: All the three groups showed a significant reduction in SGPT and SGOT across the four time periods. Post hoc Tukey HSD test shown that there was a significant difference between group I and II (p=0.011 and group I and III (p=0.000 for SGPT and group I and II (p=0.012 and group I and III (p=0.000 for SGOT. Conclusions: The add on therapy with Kasni seed preparations is more effective for the management of altered SGPT and SGOT levels in Type2 diabetes mellitus patients than only oral hypoglycaemic agent in decreasing SGPT and SGOT of selected patients. Among Kasni seed preparation treated groups, decoction was found more effective than crude seed powder. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(9.000: 2429-2435

  11. Development of Better Analogs of Valproic Acid for the Treatment of Epilepsy by CADD

    Manoj Kumar Mahto

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is one of the major neurological disorders occurring due to the abnormal functioning of the various receptors and enzymes in the central nervous system. Many potentials drugs were developed in recent times which act on ion channels like sodium (Na+, calcium (Ca2+, chloride (Cl-, and receptors like GABA receptor and enzymes like GABA transaminase. Some drugs act as enzyme, ion channel inhibitors or blockers, and some drugs as receptor agonist like barbiturates, benzodiazepines acting on GABA receptors. In the present study performed computational techniques in order to develop better inhibitors for the enzyme GABA transaminase by modifying the terminal ‘methyl’ group of the Valproic acid structure with electrophilic, nucleophile and neutral pharmacophoric features. Molecular mechanics studies has been carried out for the analogs and protein – ligand interactions of these analogs was identified through docking studies using GOLD 4.1 software against the enzyme 4-aminobutyrate-aminotransferase(GABA transaminase. From the docking studies we found that replacement of methyl with amine, hydrogen and hydroxyl groups (hydrophilic groups, are showing better fitness than that of the valproic acid.

  12. Synchronization by Food Access Modifies the Daily Variations in Expression and Activity of Liver GABA Transaminase

    Dalia De Ita-Pérez; Isabel Méndez; Olivia Vázquez-Martínez; Mónica Villalobos-Leal; Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz

    2014-01-01

    Daytime restricted feeding (DRF) is an experimental protocol that influences the circadian timing system and underlies the expression of a biological clock known as the food entrained oscillator (FEO). Liver is the organ that reacts most rapidly to food restriction by adjusting the functional relationship between the molecular circadian clock and the metabolic networks. γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a signaling molecule in the liver, and able to modulate the cell cycle and apoptosis. This stu...

  13. Process considerations for the asymetric synthesis of chiral amines using transaminases

    Tufvesson, Pär; Lima Ramos, Joana; Jensen, Jacob Skibsted; Al-Haque, Naweed; Lima Afonso Neto, Watson; Woodley, John

    2011-01-01

    combination of modern biotechnological tools for improving the biocatalyst alongside using process engineering and integrated separation techniques for improving productivities. However, many challenges remain in order for the technology to be more widely applicable, such as technologies for obtaining high...... yields and productivities when the equilibrium of the desired reaction is unfavorable. This review summarizes both the process challenges and the strategies used to overcome them, and endeavors to describe these and explain their applicability based on physiochemical principles. This article also points...

  14. Is zinc concentration in toxic phase plasma related to dengue severity and level of transaminases?

    Kamolwish Laoprasopwattana

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between plasma zinc values and the severity of dengue viral infection (DVI and DVI-caused hepatitis. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted during 2008-2010 in hospitalized children aged <15 years confirmed with DVI. Complete blood count, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, alanine aminotransferase (ALT, and zinc values (mcg/dL were determined twice: first during the toxic phase (Zn1 and secondly two weeks after recovery (Zn2. RESULTS: 39 patients were enrolled with a mean age of 9.7 ± 3.7 years, and 15/39 diagnosed with dengue shock syndrome (DSS. Zn1 values were lower than Zn2 values [median (IQR: 46.0 (37.0, 58.0 vs 65.0 (58.0, 81.0 mcg/dL, respectively, p <0.01]. Zn1 but not Zn2 values had a negative correlation with AST and ALT (rs = -0.33, p = 0.04 and rs = -0.31, p = 0.05, respectively. Patients with DSS had lower Zn1 but not Zn2 values compared with non-DSS patients [median (IQR Zn1, 38.0 (30.0, 48.0 vs 52.5 (41.2, 58.7, p = 0.02; Zn2, 61.0 (56.0, 88.0 vs 65.0 (59.5, 77.5, respectively, p = 0.76]. Zn1 values showed a decreasing trend across increasing dengue severity groups (p = 0.02. Age <5 years and DVI-associated diarrhea were associated with low Zn1. CONCLUSION: Children who had a higher grade of dengue disease severity and liver cell injury had lower Zn1 values. Low Zn1 values were probably caused by loss from diarrhea and from zinc translocating to liver cells.

  15. Hepatitis E Virus infection in HIV-infected patients with elevated serum transaminases levels

    Sanson-Le-Pors Marie-Jose

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Increases in aminotransferases levels are frequently encountered in HIV-positive patients and often remain unexplained. The role in this setting and natural history of hepatitis E in HIV-infected patients are unknown. The aim of the study was to assess HEV infection in HIV-infected patients attending a Parisian hospital, with a current or previous cryptogenic hepatitis.191 plasma samples collected from 108 HIV-infected patients with elevated aminotransferases levels were retrospectively tested for the presence of hepatitis E virus (HEV infection markers: anti-HEV IgM antibodies, anti-HEV IgG antibodies, anti-HEV IgG avidity index and plasma HEV RNA.One acute infection, documented by positive tests for anti-HEV IgM antibody, low anti-HEV IgG avidity index and plasma HEV RNA (genotype 3e, and three past infections were diagnosed, without any observed case of persistent infection. The acute hepatitis was benign and resolved spontaneously within two weeks. This infection was probably contracted locally. Acute HEV hepatitis can occur in HIV-infected patients but rarely explains cryptogenic hepatitis, at least in an urban HIV population, regardless geographic origin and CD4 counts.

  16. Transaminase catalitique activity features derived from intact and irradiated animal tissue at iodine ions effect

    Influence of X-radiation with simultaneous introduction of iodine ions into the animal on activity of two wide-spread trasnminase - Ac and A - was investigated. This is probably related with change of membrane permeability under the effect of radiation, as well as with peculiarities of structure and physico-chemical properites of isoenzyme spectrum of A- and Ac-transminase

  17. Leucine aminopeptidase and transaminase activity of intestine epithelium of chickens fed on gamma-irradiated feed

    An experiment was conducted with 4 groups of male broilers. From hatching to the age of 49 days the chickens were fed as follows: group 1 (control) - compound feed, group 2 - feed gamma treated at 0.35 Mrad, group 3 - at 0.7 Mrad, and group 4 - at 1.0 Mrad. In a homogenate of jejunum mucosa, isolated from 24 chickens, it was determined the activity of leucine aminopeptidase, glutamic oxalacetic transminase and glutamic pyruvic transminase as well as the content of protein. Data obtained showed that activity of leucine aminopeptidase in the intestinal mucosa decreased at most twofold in chickens receiving feed treated at 0.7 Mrad. Irradiation at 1.0 Mrad also led to a significant lowering of enzime activity; at 0.35 Mrad there was of no impact on the activity of this hydrolase in the jejunal mucosa of chickens fed on such feed. Glutamic oxalacetic transminase activity increased significantly only when treated at 0.7 Mrad. Glutamic pyruvic transminase activity was not effected by the applied gamma ray radiation in this experiment

  18. Retrospective assessment of exposure dose from the levels of serum glutamic oxaloacetic and pyruvic transaminases

    Development of a method for retrospective assessment of absorbed dose in humans by the activities of SGOT and SGPT. SGOT and SGPT were measured after Raitmann and Frenkel. The dose-effect curves were measured after Raitmann and Frenkel. The dose-effect curves were based on the results of examinations of 223 liquidators of the Chernobyl accident consequences directly after exposure to super-background ionizing radiation. A dose-effect relationship between SGOT and SGPT activities and the absorbed dose is observed for the dose range of 20-40 sGy. The absorbed dose is assessed from the proposed curves reflecting the correlation and the estimation formula

  19. Does acute alcohol intoxication cause transaminase elevations in children and adolescents?

    Binder, Christoph; Knibbe, Karoline; Kreissl, Alexandra; Repa, Andreas; Thanhaeuser, Margarita; Greber-Platzer, Susanne; Berger, Angelika; Jilma, Bernd; Haiden, Nadja

    2016-03-01

    Several long-term effects of alcohol abuse in children and adolescents are well described. Alcohol abuse has severe effects on neurodevelopmental outcome, such as learning disabilities, memory deficits, and decreased cognitive performance. Additionally, chronic alcohol intake is associated with chronic liver disease. However, the effects of acute alcohol intoxication on liver function in children and adolescents are not well characterized. The aim of this study was to determine if a single event of acute alcohol intoxication has short-term effects on liver function and metabolism. All children and adolescents admitted to the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine between 2004 and 2011 with the diagnosis "acute alcohol intoxication" were included in this retrospective analysis. Clinical records were evaluated for age, gender, alcohol consumption, blood alcohol concentration, symptoms, and therapy. Blood values of the liver parameters, CK, creatinine, LDH, AP, and the values of the blood gas analysis were analyzed. During the 8-year study period, 249 children and adolescents with the diagnosis "acute alcohol intoxication" were admitted, 132 (53%) girls and 117 (47%) boys. The mean age was 15.3 ± 1.2 years and the mean blood alcohol concentration was 0.201 ± 0.049%. Girls consumed significantly less alcohol than boys (64 g vs. 90 g), but reached the same blood alcohol concentration (girls: 0.199 ± 0.049%; boys: 0.204 ± 0.049%). The mean values of liver parameters were in normal ranges, but AST was increased in 9.1%, ALT in 3.9%, and γGT in 1.4%. In contrast, the mean value of AST/ALT ratio was increased and the ratio was elevated in 92.6% of all patients. Data of the present study showed significant differences in the AST/ALT ratio (p difference in alcohol metabolism and effects between girls and boys: girls need less alcohol than boys to achieve the same blood alcohol levels than boys, and are more prone to loss of consciousness. PMID:26992701

  20. Hepatic glycogen deposition in a patient with anorexia nervosa and persistently abnormal transaminase levels.

    Kransdorf, Lisa N; Millstine, Denise; Smith, Maxwell L; Aqel, Bashar A

    2016-04-01

    Anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders characterized by calorie restriction have been associated with a variety of hepatic abnormalities. Fatty steatosis has been described in eating disorder patients. We report the rare finding of glycogen accumulation in the liver in a patient with anorexia nervosa, which to our knowledge is only the second such case reported in the literature. This case highlights the importance of monitoring for liver abnormalities in patients with restrictive eating disorders. PMID:26066296

  1. A comparative study of serum histaminase and serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase in acute myocardial infarction

    Gupta S

    1979-01-01

    Full Text Available Serum histaminase and SGOT were estimated in 35 cases of acute myocardial infarction and 34 cases of ischaemic heart disease (Other than acute myocardial infarction and 30, age and sex match-ed, healthy subjects which served as controls, to evaluate the com-parison of time relation activity, diagnostic and prognostic value of histaminase and SGOT. The enzymes were estimated within 6 hours, then repeated -within 24 hours, 2nd day, 3rd day, 5th day, 10th day and 15th day, ascertained from the time o f pain in the chest. Raised histaminase levels were found in 97.14%; cases, while SGOT levels were found elevated in only 91.4% cases of acute myo-cardial infarction of which 30 were electrocardiographically proved and 5 had equivocal electrocardiographic evidence of acute infarc-tion like LBBB, complete heart block, ventricular tachycardia and old myocardial infarction. Furthermore elevation of histaminase was 6.2 times whereas of SGOT only 5.2 times above the mean normal value. Serum histaminase was found elevated in all the 6 cases who presented within 6 hours of infarction, while SGOT did not rise in any of these cases. Both histaminase and SGOT reached the peak levels on the 2nd day and persisted for whole of the first week. Higher levels of these enzymes were found associated with worse prognosis. Above observations show that the serum histaminase rises earlier than SGOT and can prove the diagnosis of myocardial infarction even when SGOT and ECG fail to reveal the diagnosis. It is a more sensitive index and has higher peak rise of levels than SGOT. How-ever its pattern of rise, fall and prognostic values are similar to that of SGOT.

  2. Process Considerations for the Asymmetric Synthesis of Chiral Amines using ω-Transaminase

    Lima Afonso Neto, Watson

    improve its stability and allow recycling and easy separation; (ii) the use of controlled release of substrate (fed-batch) or in situ substrate supply – (ISSS) to decrease substrate inhibition and deal with the substrate low solubility; and (iii) the use of in situ product (ISPR) and co-product removal...... (IScPR) to respectively alleviate product inhibition and shift the reaction equilibrium. From an academic point of view, more important than the implementation of these technologies to a specific example, is the development of a general methodology that can be later applied in other cases. Hence, this......) the selection of suitable polymeric resins for product removal. The work has been performed in collaboration with c-LEcta GmbH (Leipzig, Germany) and DSM Innovative Synthesis (Geleen, The Netherlands) who supplied the enzymes for the case study, making possible the successful demonstration of the...

  3. Mutations in γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) transaminase genes in plants or Pseudomonas syringae reduce bacterial virulence

    D.H. Park; R. Mirabella; P.A. Bronstein; G.M. Preston; M.A. Haring; C.K. Lim; A. Collmer; R.C. Schuurink

    2010-01-01

    Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 is a bacterial pathogen of Arabidopsis and tomato that grows in the apoplast. The non-protein amino acid γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) is produced by Arabidopsis and tomato and is the most abundant amino acid in the apoplastic fluid of tomato. The DC3000 genome h

  4. The effect of Morus alba leaves extract and powder on resistin levels and liver transaminase enzymes activities in diabetes.

    Salemi, Z; Barzin Tond, S; Fallah, S; Shojaii, A; Seifi, M

    2016-01-01

    The current study was designed to investigate the changes of the resistin, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels of diabetic rats after treatment with Morus alba leaves flavonoid extract (MLE) and Morus alba leaves powder (MLP). Thirty male wistar rats in five groups including control and diabetic groups were included. Diabetic groups consisted of diabetic control, sham and treated group with MLE and MLP. Type 2 diabetes was induced in rats by administration of streptozotocin (STZ) and - nicotinamide. The serum concentrations of resistin and insulin in the study groups were identified by ELISA. ALT and AST activities were assayed by spectrophotometer. For the first time, it was shown that the uptake of MLE and MLP by diabetic rats could significantly decrease the serum fasting blood sugar (FBS), resistin levels and enzymes activity of ALT and AST and increases the concentration of serum insulin significantly (P<0.05). in comparison with the sham group and diabetic control. The results showed that there was no significant difference between the anti-diabetic and inflammatory properties of MLE and MLP. In this study, the possible protective effect of MLE and MLP administration was evaluated against destructive effect of STZ on liver and pancreas function in diabetic rats. The results showed that these effects may play an important role in the regulating of adipokines secretion such as resistin and insulin secretion which are involved in the control of diabetes and obesity. MLE and MLP treatment could be useful agents in combination with other therapies in diabetes improvement. PMID:27262814

  5. Variation of transaminases, HCV-RNA levels and Th1/Th2 cytokine production during the post-partum period in pregnant women with chronic hepatitis C.

    Angeles Ruiz-Extremera

    Full Text Available This study analyses the evolution of liver disease in women with chronic hepatitis C during the third trimester of pregnancy and the post-partum period, as a natural model of immune modulation and reconstitution. Of the 122 mothers recruited to this study, 89 were HCV-RNA+ve/HIV-ve and 33 were HCV-RNA-ve/HIV-ve/HCVantibody+ve and all were tested during the third trimester of pregnancy, at delivery and post-delivery. The HCV-RNA+ve mothers were categorized as either Type-A (66%, with an increase in ALT levels in the post-partum period (>40 U/L; P<0.001 or as Type-B (34%, with no variation in ALT values. The Type-A mothers also presented a significant decrease in serum HCV-RNA levels in the post-delivery period (P<0.001 and this event was concomitant with an increase in Th1 cytokine levels (INFγ, P = 0.04; IL12, P = 0.01 and IL2, P = 0.01. On the other hand, the Type-B mothers and the HCV-RNA-ve women presented no variations in either of these parameters. However, they did present higher Th1 cytokine levels in the partum period (INFγ and IL2, P<0.05 than both the Type-A and the HCV-RNA-ve women. Cytokine levels at the moment of delivery do not constitute a risk factor associated with HCV vertical transmission. It is concluded that differences in the ALT and HCV-RNA values observed in HCV-RNA+ve women in the postpartum period might be due to different ratios of Th1 cytokine production. In the Type-B women, the high partum levels of Th1 cytokines and the absence of post-partum variation in ALT and HCV-RNA levels may be related to permanent Th1 cytokine stimulation.

  6. The effect of isotretinoin on triglycerides and liver aminotransferases Influência da isotretinoína nas transaminases hepáticas e triglicerídeos

    Andreia Salezze Vieira

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Isotretinoin has been used to treat the most severe cases of acne; however, it may provoke adverse events in mucocutaneous and hepatic tissues, lead to alterations in lipid levels and cause teratogenicity. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the profile of changes in alanine aminotransferase (ALT, aspartate aminotransferase (AST and triglyceride levels in patients who had been treated with oral isotretinoin dispensed by the São Mateus/ES pharmacy for special drugs. METHODS: A retrospective, observational, longitudinal study was conducted by carrying out a secondary analysis of each patient's data. RESULTS: Of the 130 patients who received isotretinoin between January and December 2009, only 70 were actually treated for 3 months or more and handed in the results of their laboratory tests. Of these 70 patients, 39 (55.7% were female. The mean age of the women (23.9 years was higher than the mean age of the men (20.1 years. There was a statistically significant increase in the levels of triglycerides (87.01 ± 48.25 versus 105.32 ± 48.76 mg/dL, AST (20.44 ± 6.26 versus 24.38 ± 11.92 U/L and ALT (18.24 ± 8.31 versus 23.34 ± 20.03 U/L performed prior to and 3 months or more after oral isotretinoin treatment. After treatment with oral isotretinoin, triglyceride levels had increased beyond the normal range in 11% of the patients, while 8.6% had elevated AST levels and 7.3% had increased ALT levels. CONCLUSION: The results in this population show that the use of oral isotretinoin for the treatment of acne may result in altered triglyceride, AST and ALT levels. These findings are in accordance with data published previously in the scientific literature, confirming the need to monitor these patients.FUNDAMENTOS: A isotretinoína tem sido usada no tratamento dos casos mais graves de acne, embora possa induzir reações adversas nos tecidos mucocutâneos e hepáticos, alterações nos níveis lipídicos e teratogenicidade. OBJETIVOS: Este estudo avaliou o perfil de alterações nas concentrações de Alanina Aminotransferrase, Aspartato Aminotransferrase e triglicerídeos em pacientes que fizeram uso de isotretinoína oral fornecida pelo serviço Farmácia de Medicamentos Excepcionais de São Mateus/ES. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo observacional longitudinal exploratório retrospectivo, utilizando coleta de dados secundários de cada paciente. RESULTADOS: Dos 130 pacientes que receberam isotretinoína no período de janeiro a dezembro de 2009, somente 70 realizaram o tratamento por 3 meses ou mais e apresentaram os resultados dos exames. Desses 70 pacientes, 39 (55,7% eram do sexo feminino. A média de idade das mulheres (23,9 anos foi maior do que a média de idade dos homens (20,1 anos. Houve aumento estatisticamente significante nas dosagens de triglicerídeos (87,01±48,25 versus 105,32 ± 48,76, Aspartato Aminotransferrase (20,44 ± 6,26 versus 24,38 ± 11,92 e Alanina Aminotransferrase (18,24 ± 8,31 versus 23,34 ± 20,03, realizadas antes e após 3 meses ou mais de tratamento com isotretinoína oral. Após o tratamento com isotretinoína oral, 11% dos pacientes apresentaram elevação de triglicerídeos acima dos valores normais, 8,6% apresentaram elevação da Aspartato Aminotransferrase e 7,3% tiveram elevação da Alanina Aminotransferrase. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados mostraram que o uso de isotretinoína oral para o tratamento da acne, na população estudada, pode levar a alterações nas dosagens de triglicerídeos, Alanina Aminotransferrase e Aspartato Aminotransferrase, como mostrado pela literatura científica, confirmando a necessidade de monitoramento.

  7. Alkaline phosphatase and transaminase activity in rat liver and blood serum at delayed periods following external γ-irradiation combined with internal exposure to plutonium 239

    A study was made of activity of alkaline phosphatase and alanine- and aspartate aminotransferase in rat liver and blood serum at remote times after external γ-irradiation combined with internal exposure to 239Pu nitrate delivered in two chronically effective doses. The radionuclide was shown to be mainly responsible for the changes observed in activity of the enzymes under study. The degree to which the changes were manifest depended upon dose of plutonium administered

  8. Liver stiffness in the hepatitis B virus carrier: A non-invasive marker of liver disease influenced by the pattern of transaminases

    Oliveri, Filippo; Coco, Barbara; Ciccorossi, Pietro; Colombatto, Piero; Romagnoli, Veronica; Cherubini, Beatrice; Bonino, Ferruccio; Brunetto, Maurizia Rossana

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the usefulness of transient elastography by Fibroscan (FS), a rapid non-invasive technique to evaluate liver fibrosis, in the management of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers.

  9. The effect of antioxidant supplementation on hepatitis C viral load, transaminases and oxidative status: a randomized trial among chronic hepatitis C virus-infected patients

    Groenbaek, K.; Friis, H.; Hansen, Max; Ring-Larsen, H.; Krarup, H. B.

    2006-01-01

    hepatitis C viral load as well as oxidative and antioxidant markers in patients with hepatitis C virus infection. The participants received a daily dose of ascorbic acid (500 mg), D-alpha-tocopherol (9451 U) and selenium (200 mu g) or placebo tablets for 6 months. Results Twenty-three patients were included....... During supplementation, the antioxidant group had significantly higher levels of plasma ascorbic acid and a-tocopherol than the placebo group and the activity of erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase had significantly increased from baseline to month 6. No differences were observed in serum alanine...

  10. The effect of isotretinoin on triglycerides and liver aminotransferases Influência da isotretinoína nas transaminases hepáticas e triglicerídeos

    Andreia Salezze Vieira; Vanessa Beijamini; Ana Carolina Melchiors

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Isotretinoin has been used to treat the most severe cases of acne; however, it may provoke adverse events in mucocutaneous and hepatic tissues, lead to alterations in lipid levels and cause teratogenicity. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the profile of changes in alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and triglyceride levels in patients who had been treated with oral isotretinoin dispensed by the São Mateus/ES pharmacy for special d...

  11. 荞麦属种质资源的谷草转氨酶同工酶研究%Study of Glutamate Oxaloacetate Transaminase Isozyme on Resources of Genus Fagopyrum

    张以忠; 陈庆富

    2008-01-01

    用聚丙烯酰胺凝胶电泳技术对荞麦属(Fagopyrum Mill)S个种(含大粒组7个种和小粒组1个种)33份荞麦资源的谷草转氨酶同工酶进行了研究.结果发现:谷草转氨酶同工酶酶带共14条.不同物种的酶带为3~5条,甜荞和苦荞分别有3带和5条带.酶谱分析及聚类分析表明:大粒组荞麦种的酶带与F. gracilipes等小粒组荞麦种问差异极大,甜荞和苦荞酶带分别与F.megaspaaanium和F.pilus相似,并分别与F.megaspartanium和F.pilus聚类最近,暗示F.megaspartanium和F.pilus可能分别是甜荞和苦荞的祖先种.

  12. 慢性乙型肝炎患者31P MRS与血清肝功能相关性研究%Relationship of in vivo 31P MR spectroscopy to serum transaminase in chronic hepatitis B

    崔恩铭; 谭理连; 李志铭; 汪银玉; 林凡; 刘克; 黄勇

    2007-01-01

    目的:探讨慢性乙型肝炎患者肝脏31P MRS波谱及代谢生化信息特点,以及与肝功能变化之间的相关性及临床价值.方法:按2000年西安会议全国病毒性肝炎防治方案标准,将26例慢性乙型肝炎患者分为轻、中、重及肝功能正常肝炎组,并选择20例健康志愿者作对照,分别行常规MR扫描及31P MRS成像,观察31P MRS波谱及代谢生化信息特点,并分析各指标与肝功能生化指标(ATL、AST)之间的相关性.结果:对照组的%PME及PME/PDE分别为9.32+2.74,0.31±0.06,肝功能正常肝炎组分别为9.5±4.2,0.32±0.14,轻度组分别为10.97±1,0.38±0.08,中度组分别为12.59±3.18,0.45±0.13,重度组分别为15.49±4.7,0.53±0.14.肝功能正常的肝炎患者各31P MRS指标与对照组无统计学差异,而对照组与重度组、轻度组与重度组之间的%PME,以及对照组与中度组、对照组与重度组、轻度组与重度组之间的PME/PDE有统计学差异,其中PME/PDE与ALT呈正相关(P=0.037),而与AST无相关性(P=0.075).结论:肝脏31P MRS能无创的、直接的检测肝代谢过程的生化信息及能量状况,能提示慢性乙型肝炎患者有肝功能损害程度,对慢性乙型肝炎患者的肝功能检测及监测具有重要价值.

  13. A Multidisciplinary Approach Toward the Rapid and Preparative-Scale Biocatalytic Synthesis of Chiral Amino Alcohols: A Concise Transketolase-/omega-Transaminase-Mediated Synthesis of (2S,3S)-2-Aminopentane-1,3-diol

    Smith, M.E.B; Chen, B.H.; Hibbert, E.G;

    2010-01-01

    the bioconversions were subsequently scaled up to preparative scales in batch stirred-tank reactors. The microwell methods thus provide process chemists and engineers with a valuable tool for the rapid and early evaluation of potential synthetic strategies. Overall, this work describes a concise and...

  14. Hydrogen exchange at the β-carbon of amino acids during transamination

    The hydrogen exchange at the β-carbon of L-alanine, L-glutamate and L-aspartate with water has been examined during transamination catalyzed by glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase and by glutamic-pyruvic transaminase. A significant hydrogen exchange at the β-carbon has been demonstrated during incubation of L-[3-3H] alanine + glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, L-[3-3H] alanine + α-oxoglutarate + glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, L-[3-3H] glutamate + glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase, L-[3-3H] glutamate + oxalocetate + glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase, and L-[3-3H] glutamate + pyruvate + glutamic-pyruvic transaminase as shown by the appearance of 3H2O. No hydrogen exchange at the β-carbon of L-glutamate occurred during incubation of L-[3-3H] -glutamate with glutamic-pyruvic transaminase alone. The hydogen exchange at the β-carbon of L-glutamate coincides with transamination as demonstrated by nuclear magnetic resonance studies of 2H2O-L-glutamate exchange during transamination by glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase. No hydrogen exchange at the β-carbon occurred during transamination of L-aspartate by glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase as shown by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The results are discussed with special reference to the different equilibria between the pyridoxal form and the pyridoxamine form of glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase and of glutamic-pyruvic transaminase. (orig.)

  15. Leversygdom hos børn kan forekomme uden forhøjelse af leverspecifikke enzymer

    Caverius, Anna Ulrika; Jørgensen, Marianne Hørby; Lausen, Birgitte; Olsen, Marianne

    2015-01-01

    In children, liver diseases are rarely suspected without elevated levels of liver transaminases. We describe two cases of portal hypertension of children who presented with gastrointestinal bleeding, splenomegaly and cytopenia. Both cases had normal levels of liver transaminases; thus...

  16. SwissProt search result: AK102306 [KOME

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  17. SwissProt search result: AK105642 [KOME

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  18. SwissProt search result: AK099445 [KOME

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  19. SwissProt search result: AK099445 [KOME

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  20. SwissProt search result: AK068200 [KOME

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  1. SwissProt search result: AK068200 [KOME

    Full Text Available sor (EC 2.6.1.19) ((S)-3-amino-2-methylpropionate transaminase) (EC 2.6.1.22) (Gamma-amino-N-butyrate transaminase) (GABA... transaminase) (GABA aminotransferase) (GABA-AT) (GABA-T) ( GABT_MOUSE 1e-13 ...

  2. SwissProt search result: AK068200 [KOME

    Full Text Available sor (EC 2.6.1.19) ((S)-3-amino-2-methylpropionate transaminase) (EC 2.6.1.22) (Gamma-amino-N-butyrate transaminase) (GABA... transaminase) (GABA aminotransferase) (GABA-AT) (GABA-T) (L- GABT_RAT 5e-13 ...

  3. SwissProt search result: AK103274 [KOME

    Full Text Available sor (EC 2.6.1.19) ((S)-3-amino-2-methylpropionate transaminase) (EC 2.6.1.22) (Gamma-amino-N-butyrate transaminase) (GABA... transaminase) (GABA aminotransferase) (GABA-AT) (GABA-T) ( GABT_MOUSE 1e-12 ...

  4. Dielectric constant and ionic strength effects on DNA precipitation.

    Flock, S; Labarbe, R; Houssier, C

    1996-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of different zwitterionic compounds on DNA precipitation induced by spermine4+. Glycine, beta-alanine, 4-aminobutyric acid, and 6-aminocaproic acid have shown an increasing capacity to attenuate DNA precipitation. This protection effect has been correlated with the dielectric constant increase of their corresponding solutions. Calculations based on these experimental data and counter-ion condensation theory have confirmed the importance of this parameter for DN...

  5. Hepatic Enzyme Decline after Pediatric Blunt Trauma: A Tool for Timing Child Abuse?

    Baxter, Amy L.; Lindberg, Daniel M.; Burke, Bonnie L.; Shults, Justine; Holmes, James F.

    2008-01-01

    Objectives: Previous research in adult patients with blunt hepatic injuries has suggested a pattern of serum hepatic transaminase concentration decline. Evaluating this decline after pediatric blunt hepatic trauma could establish parameters for estimating the time of inflicted injuries. Deviation from a consistent transaminase resolution pattern…

  6. Rat brain slices produce and liberate kynurenic acid upon exposure to L-kynurenine

    Turski, W A; Gramsbergen, J B; Traitler, H; Schwarcz, R

    1989-01-01

    extracellular KYNA appears to occur at the level of L-KYN uptake and/or kynurenine transaminase, the biosynthetic enzyme of KYNA. KYNA production from L-KYN was linear up to 4 h and reached a plateau at a L-KYN concentration of 250 microM. The process was effectively inhibited by the transaminase inhibitor...

  7. Croton zehntneri Essential oil prevents acetaminophen-induced acute hepatotoxicity in mice

    Maria Goretti R. Queiroz; José Henrique L. Cardoso; Adriana R. Tomé; Roberto C. P. Lima Jr.; Jamile M. Ferreira; Daniel F. Sousa; Felipe C. Lima; Campos, Adriana R.

    2008-01-01

    Hepatoprotective activity of Croton zehntneri Pax & Hoffman (Euphorbiaceae) leaf essential oil (EOCz) was evaluated against single dose of acetaminophen-induced (500 mg/kg, p.o.) acute hepatotoxicity in mice. EOCz significantly protected the hepatotoxicity as evident from the activities of serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT), serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT) activities, that were significantly (p

  8. Transgenic algae engineered for higher performance

    Unkefer, Pat J; Anderson, Penelope S; Knight, Thomas J

    2014-10-21

    The present disclosure relates to transgenic algae having increased growth characteristics, and methods of increasing growth characteristics of algae. In particular, the disclosure relates to transgenic algae comprising a glutamine phenylpyruvate transaminase transgene and to transgenic algae comprising a glutamine phenylpyruvate transaminase transgene and a glutamine synthetase.

  9. Effect of Quercetin on Haematobiochemical and Histological Changes in the Liver of Polychlorined Biphenyls-Induced Adult Male Wistar Rats

    Kandaswamy Selvakumar; Senthamilselvan Bavithra; Sekaran Suganya; Firdous Ahmad Bhat; Gunasekaran Krishnamoorthy; Jagadeesan Arunakaran

    2013-01-01

    Polychlorinated biphenyls exposure damages the rat liver cells. Hematological parameters such as hemoglobin, packed cell volume, red-blood cells, white-blood cells, neutrophils, platelet counts, and RBC indices were significantly decreased. Polymorphs, eosinophil counts, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate were significantly increased. Serum liver enzymes such as aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, and gamma-glutamyl transferase were increased by PCBs treatment....

  10. Sequence Classification: 445208 [

    Full Text Available Non-TMB Non-TMH Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|37524309|ref|NP_927653.1| valine...--pyruvate aminotransferase (transaminase C) (alanine--valine transaminase) || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/37524309 ...

  11. Six different plasma enzymes in bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and their usefulness in pathological diagnosis

    Dieter, M.P.; Wiemeyer, Stanley N.

    1978-01-01

    1. Activities of creatine phosphokinase, glutamic oxalacetic transaminase, glutamic pyruvic transaminase, lactate dehydrogenase, fructose diphosphate aldolase and cholinesterase were measured in plasma of bald eagles. 2. There were no sex differences in the plasma enzyme activities. 3. An acute dieldrin dosage (10 mg/kg) of a female bald eagle resulted in 400% increases in activities of plasma creatine phosphokinase and glutamic oxalacetic transaminase and 250% increases in activities of lactate dehydrogenase and glutamic pyruvic transaminase. 4. At 11 days post-dosage all but one of the plasma enzyme activities had returned to normal; glutamic oxalacetic transaminase activity remained 100% above pre-dosage values. 5. Plasma enzyme assays constitute a non-destrcutive procedure that can be used in valuable wildlife species to screen for the presence and prevalence of environmental contaminants.

  12. Demonstration of extensive GABA synthesis in the small population of GAD positive neurons in cerebellar cultures by the use of pharmacological tools

    Sonnewald, Ursula; Kortner, Trond M; Qu, Hong; Olstad, Elisabeth; Suñol, Cristina; Bak, Lasse K; Schousboe, Arne; Waagepetersen, Helle S

    was unchanged during the first 5 days and both decreased thereafter. The presence of aminooxyacetic acid (AOAA, 10 microM) which inhibits transaminases and other pyridoxal phosphate dependent enzymes including GABA-transaminase (GABA-T), in the culture medium caused an increase in the intracellular......, was shown by labeling from [U-(13)C]glutamine added on day 7. Altogether the findings show continuous GABA synthesis and degradation throughout the culture period in the cerebellar neurons. At 10 microM AOAA, GABA synthesis from [U-(13)C]glutamine was not affected, indicating that transaminases are...

  13. Differential Glutamate Metabolism in Proliferating and Quiescent Mammary Epithelial Cells.

    Coloff, Jonathan L; Murphy, J Patrick; Braun, Craig R; Harris, Isaac S; Shelton, Laura M; Kami, Kenjiro; Gygi, Steven P; Selfors, Laura M; Brugge, Joan S

    2016-05-10

    Mammary epithelial cells transition between periods of proliferation and quiescence during development, menstrual cycles, and pregnancy, and as a result of oncogenic transformation. Utilizing an organotypic 3D tissue culture model coupled with quantitative metabolomics and proteomics, we identified significant differences in glutamate utilization between proliferating and quiescent cells. Relative to quiescent cells, proliferating cells catabolized more glutamate via transaminases to couple non-essential amino acid (NEAA) synthesis to α-ketoglutarate generation and tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle anaplerosis. As cells transitioned to quiescence, glutamine consumption and transaminase expression were reduced, while glutamate dehydrogenase (GLUD) was induced, leading to decreased NEAA synthesis. Highly proliferative human tumors display high transaminase and low GLUD expression, suggesting that proliferating cancer cells couple glutamine consumption to NEAA synthesis to promote biosynthesis. These findings describe a competitive and partially redundant relationship between transaminases and GLUD, and they reveal how coupling of glutamate-derived carbon and nitrogen metabolism can be regulated to support cell proliferation. PMID:27133130

  14. Alterations in certain Enzymatic Activities in Liver and Serum of Male Rats Treated with Endotoxin Or Exposed To Gamma Radiation

    This study was performed to determine the effects of endotoxins and gamma radiation on glutamic oxalacetic transaminase (GOT), glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT), acid phosphatase (ACP) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). Endotoxin (isolated from Escherichia coli, Serotype 055) was supplemented to rats by gavage with a dose level of 20 mg/kg /day for a period of four weeks. Whole body gamma irradiation was carried out by exposure of rats to 4 Gy delivered as 0.5 Gy twice weekly. The results demonstrated that endotoxin administration as well as exposure to gamma radiation produced significant increases in the activities of liver transaminases and acid phosphatase enzymes 1,2 and 4 weeks post treatment. In the serum of endotoxin treated rats, the activities of transaminases showed non-significant changes while significant increases were observed in the serum of irradiated rats

  15. Safety and vasopressor effect of rosuvastatin in septic patients

    Hanaa A. El Gendy

    2014-07-01

    Conclusions: Rosuvastatin 20 mg/day in septic patients increased number ABPSPD, decreased time to initial ABPSPD, norepinephrine dose and duration, with no significant elevation in transaminases or CPK.

  16. Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) blood test

    ... Saunders; 2016:chap 73. Read More Acute kidney failure Acute pancreatitis Alanine transaminase (ALT) blood test ALP - blood test Burns Cardiac catheterization Enzyme Heart attack Hemolytic anemia Hepatic Liver cancer - hepatocellular carcinoma Liver disease Mononucleosis Muscular ...

  17. Comparative toxicity and biochemical responses of certain pesticides to the mature earthworm Aporrectodea caliginosa under laboratory conditions.

    Mosleh, Yahia Y; Ismail, Saad M M; Ahmed, Mohamed T; Ahmed, Yousery M

    2003-10-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the toxicity of aldicarb, cypermethrin, profenofos, chlorfluazuron, atrazine, and metalaxyl toward mature Aporrectodea caliginosa earthworms. The effects of the LC(25) values of these pesticides on the growth rate in relation to glucose, soluble protein, and activities of glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT), acid phosphatase (AcP), and alkaline phosphatase (AIP) were also studied. The results showed that aldicarb was the most toxic of the tested pesticides, followed in order by cypermethrin, profenofos, chlorfluazuron, atrazine, and metalaxyl. A reduction in growth rate was observed in all pesticide-treated worms, which was accompanied by a decrease in soluble protein and an increase in transaminases and phosphatases. Relationships between growth rate, protein content, transaminases, and phosphatases provided strong evidence for the involvement of pesticidal contamination in the biochemical changes in earthworms, which can be used as a bioindicator of soil contamination by pesticides. PMID:14502587

  18. Ribavirin plus interferon versus interferon for chronic hepatitis C

    Brok, J; Gluud, L L; Gluud, C

    2005-01-01

    Hepatitis C is a major cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. The disease progresses without symptoms for several decades and most patients are diagnosed based on the presence of hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid and elevated transaminases....

  19. Dengue haemorrhagic fever presenting with cholestatic hepatitis: two case reports and a review of literature

    Yudhishdran, Jevon; Navinan, Rayno; Ratnatilaka, Asoka; Jeyalakshmy, Sivakumar

    2014-01-01

    Background Dengue fever is a common mosquito borne viral fever in South Asia, which causes significant morbidity and mortality. Dengue fever is well known to involve the liver, especially in dengue hemorrhagic fever. The hepatic involvement is usually that of a mild hepatitis with transaminase derangement without jaundice. In cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever where shock has ensued, a severe hepatitis with gross derangements of transaminases and bilirubin may occur. These are two rare cases o...

  20. Therapeutic effects of Cassia angustifolia in a cadmium induced hepatotoxicity assay conducted in male albino rats

    Haidry, Muhammad Tahir; Malik, Arif

    2016-01-01

    The present study aims to investigate the therapeutic effects of Senna plant (Cassia angustifolia L.) in a cadmium induced hepatotoxicity assay by evaluating the activity of alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and total protein (TP) in the albino rats’ serum. A total of 30 white albino rats were taken and divided into three groups; each group comprising ten rats. The group A was taken as a control group; group B was given cadmium chloride conce...

  1. PENGARUH PEMBERIAN KARBON TETRAKLORIDA TERHADAP FUNGSI HATI DAN GINJAL TIKUS

    Zulfa Zakiah; Masriani; Chairul; Ekowati Handharyani; Ruqiah Ganda Putri Panjaitan; Wasmen Manalu

    2007-01-01

    The Effects of Carbon Tetrachloride Administration on Liver and Renal Function. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) that induces liver damage is widely used in hepatoprotector experiments. Carbon tetrachloride at a single dose 0,1; 1,0; and 10 ml/kg body weight was administrated intraperitoneally in male rats to investigate liver and renal damage. Liver damage was monitored by increased alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total bilirubin, and serum to...

  2. Evaluation of the hepatotoxic potential of minocycline.

    Böcker, R.; Estler, C J; Ludewig-Sandig, D

    1991-01-01

    Minocycline (25 to 100 micrograms/g) dose dependently increased serum glutamic oxalacetic transaminase, urea, and bilirubin levels, and the hepatic triglyceride content in mice. In animals pretreated with phenobarbital to enhance minocycline metabolism, the effects on liver triglycerides were attenuated, while the changes in serum glutamic oxalacetic transaminase, urea, and bilirubin were enhanced. It is concluded that part of the toxic effects of minocycline may be produced by a metabolite o...

  3. Assessment of selected biochemical parameters and humoral immune response of Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) experimentally infected with Trichinella zimbabwensis

    Louis J. La Grange; Samson Mukaratirwa

    2014-01-01

    Fifteen crocodiles were randomly divided into three groups of five animals. They represented high-infection, medium-infection and low-infection groups of 642 larvae/kg, 414 larvae/kg and 134 larvae/kg bodyweight, respectively. The parameters assessed were blood glucose, creatine phosphokinase (CPK), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT). The humoral immune response to Trichinella zimbabwensis infection was evaluated in all three groups by an ...

  4. Inhibitory Effect of High Temperature- and High Pressure-Treated Red Ginseng on Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress in ICR Mouse

    Seok-Yeong Yu; Bo-Ra Yoon; Young-Jun Lee; Jong Seok Lee; Hee-Do Hong; Young-Chul Lee; Young-Chan Kim; Chang-Won Cho; Kyung-Tack Kim; Ok-Hwan Lee

    2014-01-01

    As previously reported, high temperature- and high pressure-treated red ginseng (HRG) contain higher contents of phenolic compounds and protect C2C12 muscle cells and 3T3-L1 adipocytes against oxidative stress. This study investigated the effect of HRG on oxidative stress using a mouse model. Our results show that the levels of glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamic pyruvic transaminase, hepatic malondialdehyde in the HRG group were significantly lower than those of the exercise grou...

  5. Protective Effect of Acacia nilotica (L.) against Acetaminophen-Induced Hepatocellular Damage in Wistar Rats

    Kannan, Narayanan; Sakthivel, Kunnathur Murugesan; Guruvayoorappan, Chandrasekaran

    2013-01-01

    The potential biological functions of A. nilotica have long been described in traditional system of medicine. However, the protective effect of A. nilotica on acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity is still unknown. The present study attempted to investigate the protective effect of A. nilotica against acetaminophen-induced hepatic damage in Wistar rats. The biochemical liver functional tests Alanine transaminase (ALT), Aspartate transaminase (AST), Alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total bilirubin, ...

  6. PARÁMETROS BIOQUÍMICOS ENZIMÁTICOS (ALT, AST, ALP, Γ-GT, LDH) EN NIÑOS CON LEUCEMIA LINFOBLÁSTICA AGUDA ANTES DEL TRATAMIENTO ANTINEOPLÁSICO

    Jeél Moya S; Liz Pio D

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To determine the enzymatic biochemical parameters (glutamic pyruvic transaminase (ALT), glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), gamma glutamyltransferase (γ-GT), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)) in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) before cancer treatment. Material and Methods: A prospective experimental, observational, cross-sectional study was conducted in 30 children between 2 and 15 years old, from several Neoplastic Centers in Lim...

  7. Biochemical adaptations in middle-distance runners: an assessment of blood and anthropometric parameters

    Danila Di Majo; Gabriella Schiera; Valentina Contrò; Elena Joana Armeli; Marcello Giaccone; Marco Giammanco; Marcello Traina; Antonio Palma; Patrizia Proia

    2014-01-01

    In order to understand the mechanism underlying the physiological adaptation of purely aerobic workout, we investigated the effect of 2 months of training on nine males (17-22 year-old) middle distance running agonistic athletes. Blood sample was collected in the morning to analyze: hematological parameters, lipid profile, liver function enzymes [glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, glutamate pyruvate transaminase, gamma-glutamyl transferase (γ-GT)] and skeletal and myocardial markers of musc...

  8. Redox Nanoparticle Therapeutics for Acetaminophen-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Mice

    Boonruamkaew, Phetcharat; Chonpathompikunlert, Pennapa; Nagasaki, Yukio

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the hepatoprotective effect of an antioxidative nanoparticle (RNPN) recently developed against APAP-induced hepatotoxicity in mice. The effects of oral administration of RNPN to APAP-treated mice were assessed for various biochemical liver function parameters: alanine transaminase (ALT) activity, aspartate transaminase (AST) activity, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, prothrombin time, and serum albumin (ALB) level. The treatment effects were asses...

  9. Acute effect of nano-copper on liver tissue and function in rat

    Miron Doudi; Mahbubeh Setorki

    2014-01-01

    Objective(s): This paper reports on the toxicity of CuO NPs on hepatic enzymes and liver and lung histology. Materials and Methods: To assess the toxicity of copper nanoparticles (10-15 nm) in vivo, pathological examinations and blood biochemical indexes including serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT) and serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) at various time points (2, 7 and 14 days)were studied. Thirty two Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups. Treatment groups...

  10. Hepatoprotective activity of Annona muricata Linn. and Polyalthia cerasoides bedd.

    P. Padma; Chansouria, J.P.N.; Khosa, R.L.

    1999-01-01

    The hepatoprotective effect of Annona muricata and Polyalthia cerasoides (Annonaceae) were monitored by estimating the serum transaminases (SGOT and SGPT), serum alkaline phosphatase (SALP), liver and brain lipid peroxidation (LOP) and their total protein content. Both drugs at a dose of 100 μg/kg significantly prevented the increase in serum transaminases, SALP, liver and brain LOP and decrease in liver and brain total protein content following carbontetrachloride (CCl) induced hepatoxicity ...

  11. Hepatoprotective activity of Centaurium erythraea on acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity in rats.

    Mroueh, Mohamad; Saab, Yolande; Rizkallah, Raed

    2004-05-01

    The methanol extract of the leaves of Centaurium erythraea L. (Gentianaceae) was evaluated for hepatoprotective activity against acetaminophen-induced liver toxicity in rats. An oral dose of 300 mg/kg/day for 6 days or a single dose of 900 mg/kg for 1 day exhibited a significant protective effect by lowering serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT), glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). The activity of the extract was supported by histopathological examination of liver sections. PMID:15174008

  12. Investigation of liver tissue and biochemical parameters of adult wistar rats treated with Arctium lappa L.

    Fabrícia de Souza Predes; Sérgio Luis Pinto da Matta; Juliana Castro Monteiro; Tânia Toledo de Oliveira

    2009-01-01

    This study was carried out to evaluate the effects of Arctium lappa L. (burdock) on the liver of adult male Wistar rats as measured by light microscopy and biochemical parameters. The rats received the extract in water bottles at doses of 10 or 20 g/L daily for 40 days. There were no significant changes in the plasma levels of albumin, aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), total protein, total cholesterol, urea, uric acid, triacylglycerol,...

  13. Hepatoprotective effects of Quercus infectoria gall extract against carbon tetrachloride treated liver injury in rats

    Gaurav Lodhi; Singh, Hemant K.; PANT, KAMLESH K.; Rao, Ch V; Zeashan Hussain

    2012-01-01

    Summary. In the present study, galls of Quercus infectoria possessing potent antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties were evaluated for their hepatoprotective effect against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Subcutaneous injection of CCl4, administered twice a week, produced a marked elevation in the serum levels of aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). Histological analysis of the liver of these rats re...

  14. Association of lipid peroxidation with hepatocellular injury in preterm infants

    Weinberger, Barry; Watorek, Kazimierz; Strauss, Richard; Witz, Gisela; Hiatt, Mark; Hegyi, Thomas

    2002-01-01

    Introduction We wished to determine whether cholestasis induced by total parenteral nutrition (TPN) in preterm newborn infants is associated with increased oxidative stress secondary to increased reactive oxygen intermediates. We hypothesized that elevated urinary thiobarbituric-acid-reacting substances (TBARS), a marker of oxidative stress, would be associated with hepatocellular injury as measured by serum alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) levels. Materials and met...

  15. Mild Hypertransaminasemia in Primary Care

    Al-Busafi, Said A; Hilzenrat, Nir

    2013-01-01

    The liver enzymes, alanine transaminase (ALT) or aspartate transaminase (AST), are commonly used in clinical practice as screening as well as diagnostic tests for liver diseases. ALT is more specific for liver injury than AST and has been shown to be a good predictor of liver related and all-cause mortality. Asymptomatic mild hypertransaminasemia (i.e., less than five times normal) is a common finding in primary care and this could be attributed to serious underlying condition or has transien...

  16. GABAB antagonists

    Frydenvang, Karla Andrea; Hansen, J J; Krogsgaard-Larsen, P;

    1994-01-01

    Phaclofen, which is the phosphonic acid analogue of the GABAB agonist (RS)-3-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-aminobutyric acid (baclofen), is a GABAB antagonist. As part of our studies on the structural requirements for activation and blockade of GABAB receptors, we have resolved phaclofen using chiral...... chromatographic techniques. The absolute stereochemistry of (-)-(R)-phaclofen was established by X-ray crystallographic analysis. (-)-(R)-Phaclofen was shown to inhibit the binding of [3H]-(R)-baclofen to GABAB receptor sites on rat cerebellar membranes (IC50 = 76 +/- 13 microM), whereas (+)-(S)-phaclofen was...... inactive in this binding assay (IC50 > 1000 microM). (-)-(R)-Phaclofen (200 microM) was equipotent with (RS)-phaclofen (400 microM) in antagonizing the action of baclofen in rat cerebral cortical slices, while (+)-(S)-phaclofen (200 microM) was inactive. The structural similarity of the agonist (R)-baclofen...

  17. Markedly Elevated Liver Enzymes in Choledocholithiasis in the absence of Hepatocellular Disease

    Tetangco, Eula Plana; Shah, Natasha; Arshad, Hafiz Muhammad Sharjeel; Raddawi, Hareth

    2016-01-01

    Liver enzyme levels are commonly obtained in the evaluation of many conditions. Elevated alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase have traditionally been considered a “hepatocellular” pattern concerning for ischemic, viral, or toxic hepatitis. Elevations in these levels pose a diagnostic dilemma in patients without a clinical picture consistent with liver disease. On the other hand, elevated alkaline phosphatase historically represents a “cholestatic” pattern concerning for gallbladder and biliary tract disease. Often, patients present with a “mixed” picture of elevation in all 3 liver enzymes, further confounding the clinical scenario. We present 4 cases of women with severe upper abdominal pain and markedly elevated transaminases. Three of the patients had accompanying jaundice. A higher rise in enzyme levels was seen in those who had greater bile duct dilation. All patients saw a rapid decrease in transaminases after biliary decompression, along with a fall in alkaline phosphatase and total bilirubin levels. No evidence of liver disease was found, nor were there any signs of hepatocellular disease on imaging. The patients were ultimately found to have choledocholithiasis on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography with no hepatocellular disease. Furthermore, our cases show that severe abdominal pain in the setting of elevated liver enzymes is likely associated with biliary disease rather than a primary hepatic process. Recognition of this rare pattern of markedly elevated transaminases in isolated biliary disease can aid in avoiding unnecessary evaluation of primary hepatic disease and invasive surgical interventions such as liver biopsy. PMID:27408902

  18. Biochemical assessment of physical training: a tool to sports dietitians-nutritionists

    Aritz Urdampilleta

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The high demand in athletes creates the need to control the process of adaptation to training. The aim of this review is to analyze the biochemical parameters of utility for biological control of the athlete, and provide tools to sports dietitian-nutritionist in the follow-up of the training.Glucose and lipid profile parameters are widely used but insufficient to control training. The lactic acid level in the plasma is the most common tool to assess training load, where values higher than 4 mmol/l, suggest an intensive training. Other enzymes in high concentrations such as creatine kinase (CK, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH and two transaminases: glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT or aspartate transaminase (AST or aspartate aminotransferase (AAT and glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT or alanine transaminase or aminotransferase (ALT suggest that the training load was high producing microscopic tearing of the muscle fibers. Determination of other substrates such as ammonia, glutamine, or testosterone/cortisol ratio, used to detect a possible overtraining syndrome. Likewise the latest research suggest that high cortisol levels decrease the immune system.Moreover, an increase of urea, alanine or ketone bodies are related to muscle glycogen stores depleted. Therefore, the information provided by these parameters is useful for the sports dietitian-nutritionist for dietary and nutritional interventions to achieve more effective in function of the training goals.

  19. Succinic semialdehyde as a substrate for the formation of gamma-aminobutyric acid

    van Bemmelen, F.J.; Schouten, M.J.; Fekkes, D.; Bruinvels, J.

    1985-11-01

    The conversion of succinic semialdehyde into gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) by GABA-transaminase was measured in rat brain homogenate in the presence of different concentrations of the cosubstrate glutamate. The calculated kinetic parameters of succinic semialdehyde for GABA-transaminase were a limiting Km value of 168 microM and a limiting Vmax value of 38 mumol g-1 h-1. Combination with previously obtained data for the conversion of GABA into succinic semialdehyde revealed a kEq value of 0.04, indicating that equilibrium of GABA-transaminase is biased toward the formation of GABA. The increased formation of GABA in the presence of succinic semialdehyde was not due to an increased conversion of glutamate into GABA by glutamic acid decarboxylase. Therefore these results indicate that succinic semialdehyde can act as a precursor for GABA synthesis.

  20. Succinic semialdehyde as a substrate for the formation of gamma-aminobutyric acid.

    van Bemmelen, F J; Schouten, M J; Fekkes, D; Bruinvels, J

    1985-11-01

    The conversion of succinic semialdehyde into gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) by GABA-transaminase was measured in rat brain homogenate in the presence of different concentrations of the cosubstrate glutamate. The calculated kinetic parameters of succinic semialdehyde for GABA-transaminase were a limiting Km value of 168 microM and a limiting Vmax value of 38 mumol g-1 h-1. Combination with previously obtained data for the conversion of GABA into succinic semialdehyde revealed a kEq value of 0.04, indicating that equilibrium of GABA-transaminase is biased toward the formation of GABA. The increased formation of GABA in the presence of succinic semialdehyde was not due to an increased conversion of glutamate into GABA by glutamic acid decarboxylase. Therefore these results indicate that succinic semialdehyde can act as a precursor for GABA synthesis. PMID:2864395

  1. Radiation effects of some enzymatic activities in tissues of rats subjected to whole body gamma irradiation

    The present study deals with the changes produced in the activity of transaminases and cholinesterase in the tissues of male rats exposed to 6 Gy whole body-irradiation. The activity of these enzymes was estimated at 1, 3, 7 and 14 days following irradiation. The results indicated that radiation induced changes in the activity of glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic pyrovic transaminase (GPT) in liver brain and serum of white rats; as well as in the activity of liver and brain cholinesterase. Changes in the enzymatic activities are dependent on the time after irradiation and the tissue containing the enzyme. It could be concluded that each enzyme has a range of sensitivity to ionizing radiation according to its presence in the animal organ. This must serve cancer radiotherapy for patients

  2. Fever in a traveler returning from the Amazon. Do not forget hepatitis A

    Burke A. Cunha

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Travelers returning from the tropics with fever remain a diagnostic challenge. Fever and chills suggest malaria, but may be present in dengue, chikungunya and influenza, and splenomegaly favors malaria or typhoid fever. In terms of laboratory tests, leukopenia suggests dengue fever, chikungunya fever or influenza. Atypical lymphocytes are present in malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya fever and influenza HAV, but not typhoid fever. Thrombocytopenia is profound in dengue fever, is also present in influenza and malaria. Mildly increased serum transaminases are common in malaria, typhoid fever, dengue fever, chikungunya fever and influenza while very high serum transaminases point to HAV. We present a case of a young woman traveler returning from the Amazon with splenomegaly, leukopenia, atypical lymphocytes, elevated LDH and minimally elevated serum transaminases who was found to have acute hepatitis A infection.

  3. Fever in a traveler returning from the Amazon. Do not forget hepatitis A.

    Cunha, Burke A; Teper, Rina Seerke; Raza, Muhammad

    2016-01-01

    Travelers returning from the tropics with fever remain a diagnostic challenge. Fever and chills suggest malaria, but may be present in dengue, chikungunya and influenza, and splenomegaly favors malaria or typhoid fever. In terms of laboratory tests, leukopenia suggests dengue fever, chikungunya fever or influenza. Atypical lymphocytes are present in malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya fever and influenza HAV, but not typhoid fever. Thrombocytopenia is profound in dengue fever, is also present in influenza and malaria. Mildly increased serum transaminases are common in malaria, typhoid fever, dengue fever, chikungunya fever and influenza while very high serum transaminases point to HAV. We present a case of a young woman traveler returning from the Amazon with splenomegaly, leukopenia, atypical lymphocytes, elevated LDH and minimally elevated serum transaminases who was found to have acute hepatitis A infection. PMID:27051578

  4. Multi-step biocatalytic strategies for chiral amino alcohol synthesis.

    Villegas-Torres, Maria F; Martinez-Torres, R Julio; Cázares-Körner, Armando; Hailes, Helen; Baganz, Frank; Ward, John

    2015-12-01

    Chiral amino alcohols are structural motifs present in sphingolipids, antibiotics, and antiviral glycosidase inhibitors. Their chemical synthesis presents several challenges in establishing at least two chiral centres. Here a de novo metabolic pathway using a transketolase enzyme coupled with a transaminase enzyme has been assembled. To synthesise this motif one of the strategies to obtain high conversions from the transaminase/transketolase cascade is the use of hydroxypyruvate (HPA) as a two-carbon donor for the transketolase reaction; although commercially available it is relatively expensive limiting application of the pathway on an industrial scale. Alternately, HPA can be synthesised but this introduces a further synthetic step. In this study two different biocatalytic strategies were developed for the synthesis of (2S,3R)-2-amino-1,3,4-butanetriol (ABT) without adding HPA into the reaction. Firstly, a sequential cascade of three enzymatic steps (two transaminases and one transketolase) for the synthesis of ABT from serine, pyruvate and glycolaldehyde as substrates. Secondly, a two-step recycling cascade where serine is used as donor to aminate erythrulose (catalysed by a transketolase) for the simultaneous synthesis of ABT and HPA. In order to test the novel pathways, three new transaminases are described, two ω-transaminases able to accept a broad range of amine acceptors with serine as amine donor; and an α-transaminase, which showed high affinity towards serine (KM: 18mM) using pyruvate as amine acceptor. After implementation of the above enzymes in the biocatalytic pathways proposed in this paper, the two-step recycling pathway was found to be the most promising for its integration with E. coli metabolism. It was more efficient (10-fold higher conversion), more sustainable and cost-effective (use of low cost natural substrates and only two enzymes), and the reaction could be performed in a one-pot system. PMID:26453469

  5. AcEST: DK943524 [AcEST

    Full Text Available 9REH0|A9REH0_PHYPA Predicted protein OS=Physcomitrella paten... 105 1e-21 tr|Q9M8M7|Q9M8M7_ARATH Putative acetylornithine transamina...tein OS=Clost... 72 1e-11 tr|Q56ZU0|Q56ZU0_ARATH Acetylornithine transamina...se; 18... 103 6e-21 tr|Q8LDM4|Q8LDM4_ARATH Putative acetylornithine transamina...M7_ARATH Putative acetylornithine transaminase; 18117-19955 (Putative mitochondrial acetylornithine transamina...O04866|ARGD_ALNGL Acetylornithine aminotransferase, mitochondrial OS=Alnus glutinosa

  6. THE POSSIBLE EFFECT OF SILDENAFIL CITRATE AND FENUGREEK SEED POWDER ON ENHANCING SERUM TESTOSTERONE LEVELS IN ADULT MALE ALBINO RATS

    Sildenafil citrate is a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor (PDE5) that increases cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) which improves vasodilatation and there is a hypothesis that fenugreek seeds have 3 mechanisms by which it may enhance serum testosterone levels. The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of sildenafil citrate and fenugreek seeds alone or in combination on serum testosterone levels in normal adult male albino rats. Besides, total protein, albumin, globulin, bilirubin levels and alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase activities were evaluated. The present study claimed that single or combined treatment with sildenafil and fenugreek seed powder (FSP) may enhance serum testosterone levels in adult male albino rats

  7. GAMMA-GLUTAMYL TRANSFERASE (GGT) ACTIVITY AND BIOCHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF RAT VISCERAL YOLK-SAC DURING GESTATION WITH OR WITHOUT TRYPAN BLUE EXPOSURE

    Yolk-sacs from untreated Sprague Dawley rat conceptuses were removed on days 9-18 of gestation and examined for gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (AP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) activities. All enzyme activities w...

  8. Biochemical assessment of liver in sickle cell disease patients at a tertiary care hospital of north India

    Pankaj Tripathi

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: Steady state SCD patients had elevation of Transaminases and remaining liver function parameters compared to age matched controls. It is advisable that liver function tests be interpreted with caution in these patients. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(1.000: 57-60

  9. Evaluation of moxifloxacin-induced biochemical changes in mice

    Grace E Ukpo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to investigate the toxicological effects of moxifloxacin in mice to determine the toxicological implications. Forty mice of both sexes were divided into four groups of 10 mice each, designated as A, B, C and D. Group A served as the control and received 2 ml of distilled water, while Groups B, C and D were orally administered 12.5, 25 and 50 mg/kg body weight of moxifloxacin once daily for 7 days, respectively. The weights of the mice were recorded before and throughout the duration of drug administration. Blood samples were collected for serum analysis. Total blood protein, cholesterol, triglyceride, creatinine, activities of aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase and alkaline phosphatase, levels of high density lipoprotein-cholesterol and low density lipoprotein-cholesterol were assayed. There were significant ( P≤0.05 differences in the concentrations of serum creatinine, urea, aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase and alkaline phosphatase, levels of high density lipoprotein-cholesterol, low density lipoprotein-cholesterol, cholesterol and triglyceride of mice administered moxifloxacin. Serum level of total bilirubin in low dose treated animals was not significantly different from that of the control group animals, but there were significant dose dependent decrease in the animals treated with 25 mg/kg as well as 50 mg/kg. Data of the study indicate there was a dose dependent reduction in the protein metabolites, lipid profile and liver enzyme activities of mice administered moxifloxacin.

  10. A subfamily of PLP-dependent enzymes specialized in handling terminal amines.

    Schiroli, Davide; Peracchi, Alessio

    2015-09-01

    The present review focuses on a subfamily of pyridoxal phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzymes, belonging to the broader fold-type I structural group and whose archetypes can be considered ornithine δ-transaminase and γ-aminobutyrate transaminase. These proteins were originally christened "subgroup-II aminotransferases" (AT-II) but are very often referred to as "class-III aminotransferases". As names suggest, the subgroup includes mainly transaminases, with just a few interesting exceptions. However, at variance with most other PLP-dependent enzymes, catalysts in this subfamily seem specialized at utilizing substrates whose amino function is not adjacent to a carboxylate group. AT-II enzymes are widespread in biology and play mostly catabolic roles. Furthermore, today several transaminases in this group are being used as bioorganic tools for the asymmetric synthesis of chiral amines. We present an overview of the biochemical and structural features of these enzymes, illustrating how they are distinctive and how they compare with those of the other fold-type I enzymes. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Cofactor-dependent proteins: evolution, chemical diversity and bio-applications. PMID:25770684

  11. Biochemical Studies Of The Effect Of Two Laser Radiation Wavelengths On The Khapra Beetle Trogoderma Granarium Everts (Coleoptera : Dermestidae)

    Abdel-Kader, Mahmoud H.; El-Nozahy, Adel M.; Ahmed, Salwa M. S.; Khalifa, Ibtesam A.

    2007-02-01

    The present work was carried out to evaluate the actual effect of subleathal dosage of LD30 of two different lasers (Argon-ion and CO2 lasers) on the main metabolites, phosphatases enzymes, transaminases, acetylcholinestrase and peroxidases in the one day adult stage of Trogoderma granarium treated as 2-3 days old pupae. Our results clearly indicated that two different wavelengths of laser radiation increased significantly the total proteins content, whereas no significant changes occurred in the total lipids for the two laser radiation wavelenghts. On the other hand the total carbohydrates were significantly decreased when irradiating using CO2 laser wavelength which is not the case for the Argon-ion laser radiation. Significant changes of phosphatases occurred for both wavelengths. Inhibition of transaminases GOT (glutamic oxaloacetic transaminases) and insignificant changes of GPT (glutamic pyruvic oxaloacetic transaminases) was observed for both laser wavelengths. Significant inhibition of acetyl cholinestrase was observed using CO2 laser and insignificant changes were recorded for Argon ion laser radiation where as insignificant decrease of peroxideses was observed for both lasers.

  12. Randomized controlled trial of the CGRP receptor antagonist telcagepant for migraine prevention

    Ho, Tony W; Connor, Kathryn M; Zhang, Ying; Pearlman, Eric; Koppenhaver, Janelle; Fan, Xiaoyin; Lines, Christopher; Edvinsson, Lars; Goadsby, Peter J; Michelson, David

    2014-01-01

    in the telcagepant groups, had an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) elevation ≥ 3 × the upper limit of normal and 7 of these also had an aspartate aminotransferase elevation ≥ 3 × the upper limit of normal. Two patients had very high symptomatic transaminase elevations that occurred within 2-6 weeks of...

  13. Imaging cerebral 2-ketoisocaproate metabolism with hyperpolarized (13)C Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging

    Butt, Sadia Asghar; Søgaard, Lise Vejby-Christensen; Magnusson, Peter O.; Lauritzen, Mette Hauge; Laustsen, Christoffer; Akeson, Per; Ardenkjær-Larsen, Jan H

    2012-01-01

    The branched chain amino acid transaminase (BCAT) has an important role in nitrogen shuttling and glutamate metabolism in the brain. The purpose of this study was to describe the cerebral distribution and metabolism of hyperpolarized 2-keto[1-(13)C]isocaproate (KIC) in the normal rat using magnetic...

  14. Analysis of radiorespirometric pattern in rats bearing liver injury treated with CCl4

    Respirometric pattern in rats during the recovery from liver injury treated with 20% CCl4 for radioactivity from glucose (U-14C) was studied associating with the changes in transaminase and glycolytic enzyme activities. The results were as follows: (1) In radiorespirometry, peak time (PT) was delayed about 10 minutes over as compared with control, hastened markedly at 3rd day, and thereafter become to be normal level. On the other hand, peak height (PH) and yield value (YV) which decreased at 1st day were represented the values at 3rd day before the treatment of CCl4. (2) Transaminase, glutamic oxalacetic transaminase (GOT), and glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT) activities were both increased immediately after the treatment of CCl4 on the basis of liver cell destruction and reached at maximum between 1st and 2nd day. At 3rd day, these activities were become to decrease and shown normal levels at 4th day. (3) Glycolytic enzyme, pyruvate kinase (PK), hexokinase (HK), and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) were markedly activated at 3rd day and thereafter shown normal level. (4) These radiorespirometric pattern reflected well the physiological or biochemical states in rats. As the results of this study, radiorespirometry can be useful method for clinical diagnosis of liver disease. (author)

  15. [Tenofovir and entecavir for chronic hepatitis B infection treatment: a single-center experience

    Fabio Tarsetti

    2015-12-01

    DISCUSSION: Tenofovir seems to exert a better viral replication inhibition (though not statistically significant and to show transaminases improvement in comparison with entecavir, which, in turn, results more effective in HBeAg/HBsAg seroconversion. Both drugs have a high safety profile in terms of side effects. [Article in Italian

  16. Protective effect of enterosgel on rat liver lysosomes during cytostatic treatment.

    Grek, O R; Mishenina, S V; Pupyshev, A B

    2002-10-01

    Polychemotherapy with a complex of cytostatics (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisolone) induces progressive damage to hepatocyte membranes, which manifested in labilization of lysosomes and activation of lysosomal enzymes and serum transaminases. Enterosgel stabilized liver lysosomes and reduced manifestation of hepatocyte cytolysis. PMID:12533758

  17. Zn(OTf)2-catalysed indolylation and pyrrolylation of isatins: Efficient synthesis and biochemical assay of 3,3-di(heteroaryl)oxindoles

    C Praveen; S Narendiran; P Dheenkumar; P T Perumal

    2013-11-01

    An efficient and cheap synthetic approach to 3,3-di(indolyl)oxindoles and 3,3-di(pyrrolyl) oxindoles has been developed via Zn(OTf)2 catalysed indolylation and pyrrolylation of isatins. A preliminary biochemical assay of the synthesized molecules in rodent models were performed to estimate the serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase and malondialdehyde levels.

  18. Trauma induced thyroid storm complicated by multiple organ failure

    Mehmet Kanbay; Aysegul Sengul; Nilgün Güvener

    2005-01-01

    @@ Thyroid storm is a state of severe hyperthyroidism perhaps accompanied by systemic organ decompensation. This is a life threatening condition. In this report, we present a case of thyroid storm caused by trauma, with several atypical features including multiple organ failure, elevated transaminases and acute renal failure. Prompt recognition and treatment is important in limiting the morbidity and mortality associated with this condition.

  19. İç Hastalıkları Pratiğinde Çölyak Hastalığı: Olgu Sunumu

    YILDIZ, Pinar; TEMEL, Tuncer; Pasaoglu, Ozgul

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY: Introduction: Celiac Disease is a chronic gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Celiac disease in patient with abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, such as gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as anemia, osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyrodism, peripheral neuropathy, ataxia, epilepsy, stomatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, resistant transaminase levels, infertility extraintestinal symptoms and signs can be seen. Case Report: He were report two cases, 49 and 50 years old woma...

  20. Effect of antihypertensive drugs on cardiac enzymes in hypertension with myocardial infarction in NIDDM

    Kamble, M. M.; Vaidya, S. M.

    2002-01-01

    Enzymology is a diagnostic indicator for myocardial infarction and diabetes in hypertension patients. Therefore the selection of methods for measurement of cardiac enzyme, Aspartate transaminase (AST), Creatine kinase(CK), and isoenzyme of creatine kinase (MB form), determine the effectiveness of antihypertension drug would provide the physician with diagnostic and prognostic clinical evidence.

  1. Safety and pharmacology of paclitaxel in patients with impaired liver function : a population pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic study

    Joerger, M.; Huitema, A. D. R.; Huizing, M. T.; Willemse, P. H. B.; Rosing, H.; Schellens, J. H. M.; Beijnen, J. H.; Vermorken, J. B.

    2007-01-01

    Aims To assess quantitatively the safety and pharmacology of paclitaxel in patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment. Methods Solid tumour patients were enrolled into five liver function cohorts as defined by liver transaminase and total bilirubin concentrations. Paclitaxel was administere

  2. SERUM CHEMISTRIES OF COTURNIX JAPONICA GIVEN DIETARY MANGANESE OXIDE (MN3O4)

    Plasma creatinine and inorganic phosphorus were increased in manganese oxide (Mn3O4)-treated adult male Coturnix quail, but BUN, BUN/creatinine ratio, uric acid, and total calcium were decreased. 2. Serum enzymes (alkaline phosphatase glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, glutamic p...

  3. Oral toxic exposure of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on serum biochemical changes in adult male Wistar rats

    Dasal Vasantharaja

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: Titanium dioxide (TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs are widely used in commercial food additives and cosmetics worldwide. Uptake of these nanoparticulate into humans by different routes and may exhibit potential side effects, lags behind the rapid development of nanotechnology. Thus, the present study designed to evaluate the toxic effect of mixed rutile and anatase TiO2 NPs on serum biochemical changes in rats. Materials and Methods: In this study, adult male Wistar rats were randomly allotted into the experimental and control groups (n=6, which were orally administered with 50 and 100 mg/kg body weight of TiO2 NPs. Toxic effects were assessed by the changes of serum biochemical parameters such as glucose, total protein, albumin, globulin, cholesterol, triglyceride, high density lipoprotein, alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin, blood urea nitrogen, uric acid and creatinine. All the serum biochemical markers were experimented in rats, after 14-days of post exposure. Results: Changes of the serum specific parameters indicated that liver and kidney were significantly affected in both experimental groups. The changes between the levels of total protein, glucose, aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase and alkaline phosphatase indicate that TiO2 NPs induces liver damage. Significant increase in the blood urea nitrogen and uric acid indicates the renal damage in the TiO2 NPs treated rats. Conclusion: The data shows that the oral administration of TiO2 NPs (

  4. A robust methodology for kinetic model parameter estimation for biocatalytic reactions

    Al-Haque, Naweed; Andrade Santacoloma, Paloma de Gracia; Lima Afonso Neto, Watson;

    2012-01-01

    correlation of the parameters. The final model with the fitted parameters is able to describe both initial rate and dynamic experiments. Application of the methodology is illustrated with a case study using the x-transaminase catalyzed synthesis of 1-phenylethylamine from acetophenone and 2-propylamine....

  5. Nonhemocyte sources of selected lysosomal enzymes in Biomphalaria glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea (Mollusca: Pulmonata

    Gary E. Rodrick

    1981-09-01

    Full Text Available The specific activities of acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase, β-glucuronidase, lysozymes, glutamate-oxalacetate transaminase and glutamate-pyruvate transaminate were determined in the head-foot and digestive gland of Brazilian Biomphalaria glabrata (Touros, B. tenagophila (Caçapava and B. straminea (Monsenhor Gil. All six enzymes were detected inthe 3000g supernatant. Both cytoplasmic enzymes, glutamate-oxalacetate and glutamate-pyruvate transaminase exhibited the highest specific activities. In the case of the four hydrolytic enzymes assayed, β-glucuronidase exhibited the highest specific activity while lysozyme showed the lowest activity. All six enzymes are thought to be produced by cells within the head-foot and digestive gland of B. glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea.Foram determinadas, na massa cefalopedal e na glândula digestiva de Biomphalaria glabrata de Touros (Rio Grande do Norte B. tenagophila de Cacapava (Sao Paulo e B. straminea de Monsenhor Gil (Piauí, as atividades específicas das seguintes enzimas: fosfatase acida, fosfatase alcalina, beta-glucuronidase, lisozima, transaminase glutâmico-oxalacetica e transaminase glutâmico-piruvica. As seis enzimas referidas foram detectadas no sobrenadante a 3000g. Ambas as enzimas citoplasmaticas - transaminases glutamico-oxalacetica e glutamico-piruvica - mostraram as atividades específicas mais altas. No caso das quatro enzimas hidrolíticas, a beta-glucuronidase revelou a mais alta atividade específica, enquanto a lisozima revelou a mais baixa. E admitido que todas as seis enzimas sao produzidas por celulas presentes na massa cefalopedal e na glândula digestiva das tres especies de moluscos examinadas.

  6. Quantitative analysis of phenibut in rat brain tissue extracts by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

    Grinberga, Solveiga; Zvejniece, Liga; Liepinsh, Edgars; Dambrova, Maija; Pugovics, Osvalds

    2008-12-01

    Phenibut (3-phenyl-4-aminobutyric acid) is a gamma-aminobutyric acid mimetic drug, which is used clinically as a mood elevator and tranquilizer. In the present work, a rapid, selective and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for quantification of phenibut in biological matrices has been developed. The method is based on protein precipitation with acidic acetonitrile followed by isocratic chromatographic separation using acetonitrile-formic acid (0.1% in water; 8:92, v/v) mobile phase on a reversed-phase column. Detection of the analyte was performed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry in multiple reaction monitoring mode with the precursor-to-product ion transition m/z 180.3 --> m/z 117.2. The calibration curve was linear over the concentration range 50-2000 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification for phenibut in rat brain extracts was 50 ng/mL. Acceptable precision and accuracy were obtained over the whole concentration range. The validated method was successfully applied in a pharmacological study to analyze phenibut concentration in rat brain tissue extract samples. PMID:19034959

  7. Manila clam Venerupis philippinarum as a biomonitor to metal pollution

    Wu, Huifeng; Ji, Chenglong; Wang, Qing; Liu, Xiaoli; Zhao, Jianmin; Feng, Jianghua

    2013-01-01

    The Manila clam Venerupis philippinarum is a good biomonitor/bioindicator to marine metal pollution and is frequently used in aquatic toxicology. Two dominant pedigrees (white and zebra) of clam are distributed in the Bohai Sea; however, little attention has been paid to potential biological differences between these two pedigrees. In this study, we tested the sensitivity of both pedigrees to marine metal (cadmium and zinc) pollution biomonitoring and marine environmental toxicology. Results demonstrate significant biological differences in gills of white and zebra clams based on metabolic profiles and antioxidant enzyme activities. In addition, we found that hypotaurine, malonate and homarine were relatively high in white clam gills, while alanine, arginine, glutamate, succinate, 4-aminobutyrate, taurine and betaine were high in zebra clam gills. Zebra clam gills were also more sensitive to a mixture of Cd and Zn, as shown by antioxidant enzyme activities and metabolic profiles, but white clam gills could accumulate more Zn. Therefore, we suggest that the white pedigree can be used as a biomonitor to marine Zn pollution, whereas the zebra pedigree can be used for toxicology studies on Cd and Zn mixed pollution.

  8. Do differences in chemical composition of stem and cap of Amanita muscaria fruiting bodies correlate with topsoil type?

    Deja, Stanisław; Wieczorek, Piotr P; Halama, Marek; Jasicka-Misiak, Izabela; Kafarski, Paweł; Poliwoda, Anna; Młynarz, Piotr

    2014-01-01

    Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) was investigated using a 1H NMR-based metabolomics approach. The caps and stems were studied separately, revealing different metabolic compositions. Additionally, multivariate data analyses of the fungal basidiomata and the type of soil were performed. Compared to the stems, A. muscaria caps exhibited higher concentrations of isoleucine, leucine, valine, alanine, aspartate, asparagine, threonine, lipids (mainly free fatty acids), choline, glycerophosphocholine (GPC), acetate, adenosine, uridine, 4-aminobutyrate, 6-hydroxynicotinate, quinolinate, UDP-carbohydrate and glycerol. Conversely, they exhibited lower concentrations of formate, fumarate, trehalose, α- and β-glucose. Six metabolites, malate, succinate, gluconate, N-acetylated compounds (NAC), tyrosine and phenylalanine, were detected in whole A. muscaria fruiting bodies but did not show significant differences in their levels between caps and stems (P value>0.05 and/or OPLS-DA loading correlation coefficient fly agaric to the type of topsoil. Obtained results revealed that stems metabolome is more dependent on the topsoil type than caps. The correlation between metabolites and topsoil contents together with its properties exhibited mutual dependences. PMID:25437454

  9. Do differences in chemical composition of stem and cap of Amanita muscaria fruiting bodies correlate with topsoil type?

    Stanisław Deja

    Full Text Available Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria was investigated using a 1H NMR-based metabolomics approach. The caps and stems were studied separately, revealing different metabolic compositions. Additionally, multivariate data analyses of the fungal basidiomata and the type of soil were performed. Compared to the stems, A. muscaria caps exhibited higher concentrations of isoleucine, leucine, valine, alanine, aspartate, asparagine, threonine, lipids (mainly free fatty acids, choline, glycerophosphocholine (GPC, acetate, adenosine, uridine, 4-aminobutyrate, 6-hydroxynicotinate, quinolinate, UDP-carbohydrate and glycerol. Conversely, they exhibited lower concentrations of formate, fumarate, trehalose, α- and β-glucose. Six metabolites, malate, succinate, gluconate, N-acetylated compounds (NAC, tyrosine and phenylalanine, were detected in whole A. muscaria fruiting bodies but did not show significant differences in their levels between caps and stems (P value>0.05 and/or OPLS-DA loading correlation coefficient <0.4. This methodology allowed for the differentiation between the fruiting bodies of A. muscaria from mineral and mineral-organic topsoil. Moreover, the metabolomic approach and multivariate tools enabled to ascribe the basidiomata of fly agaric to the type of topsoil. Obtained results revealed that stems metabolome is more dependent on the topsoil type than caps. The correlation between metabolites and topsoil contents together with its properties exhibited mutual dependences.

  10. (1)H NMR based metabolomics approach to study the toxic effects of dichlorvos on goldfish (Carassius auratus).

    Liu, Yan; Chen, Ting; Li, Ming-Hui; Xu, Hua-Dong; Jia, Ai-Qun; Zhang, Jian-Fa; Wang, Jun-Song

    2015-11-01

    Dichlorvos (DDVP), one of the most widely used organophosphorus pesticides (OPs), has caused serious pollution in environment. In this study, (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) based metabolomics approach combined with histopathological and immunohistochemical examination, and biochemical assays were used to investigate toxicities of DDVP on goldfish (Carassius auratus). After 10 days' exposure of DDVP at three dosages of 5.18, 2.59 and 1.73 mg/L, goldfish tissues (gill, brain, liver and kidney) and serum were collected. Histopathology revealed severe impairment of gills, livers and kidneys, and immunohistochemistry disclosed glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) positive reactive astrocytes in brains. Orthogonal signal correction-partial least squares-discriminant analysis (OSC-PLS-DA) of NMR profiles disclosed that DDVP influenced many metabolites (glutamate, aspartate, acetylcholine, 4-aminobutyrate, glutathione, AMP and lactate in brain; glutathione, glucose, histamine in liver; BCAAs, AMP, aspartate, glutamate, riboflavin in kidney) dose-dependently, involved with imbalance of neurotransmitters, oxidative stress, and disorders of energy and amino acid metabolism. Several self-protection mechanisms concerning glutamate degradation and glutathione (GSH) redox system were found in DDVP intoxicated goldfish. PMID:26210017

  11. Manila clam Venerupis philippinarum as a biomonitor to metal pollution

    WU Huifeng; JI Chenglong; WANG Qing; LIU Xiaoli; ZHAO Jianmin; FENG Jianghua

    2013-01-01

    The Manila clam Venerupis philippinarum is a good biomonitor/bioindicator to marine metal pollution and is frequently used in aquatic toxicology.Two dominant pedigrees (white and zebra) of clam are distributed in the Bohai Sea; however,little attention has been paid to potential biological differences between these two pedigrees.In this study,we tested the sensitivity of both pedigrees to marine metal (cadmium and zinc) pollution biomonitoring and marine environmental toxicology.Results demonstrate significant biological differences in gills of white and zebra clams based on metabolic profiles and antioxidant enzyme activities.In addition,we found that hypotaurine,malonate and homarine were relatively high in white clam gills,while alanine,arginine,glutamate,succinate,4-aminobutyrate,taurine and betaine were high in zebra clam gills.Zebra clam gills were also more sensitive to a mixture of Cd and Zn,as shown by antioxidant enzyme activities and metabolic profiles,but white clam gills could accumulate more Zn.Therefore,we suggest that the white pedigree can be used as a biomonitor to marine Zn pollution,whereas the zebra pedigree can be used for toxicology studies on Cd and Zn mixed pollution.

  12. Surface Design in Solid-State Dye Sensitized Solar Cells: Effects of Zwitterionic Co-adsorbents on Photovoltaic Performance

    Wang, Mingkui

    2009-07-10

    In solid-state dye sensitized solar cells (SSDSCs) charge recombination at the dye-hole transporting material interface plays a critical role in the cell efficiency. For the first time we report on the influence of dipolar coadsorbents on the photovoltaic performance of sensitized hetero-junction solar cells. In the present study, we investigated the effect of two zwitterionic butyric acid derivatives differing only in the polar moiety attached to their common 4 carbon-chain acid, i.e., 4-guanidinobutyric acid (GBA) and 4-aminobutyric acid (ABA). These two molecules were implemented as coadsorbents in conjunction with Z907Na dye on the SSDSC. It was found that a Z907Na/GBA dye/co-adsorbent combination increases both the open circuit voltage (V oc) and short-circuit current density ( Jsc) as compared to using Z907Na dye alone. The Z907Na/ABA dye/co-adsorbent combination increases the Jsc. Impedance and transient photovoltage investigations elucidate the cause of these remarkable observations. ©2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Synthesis of [methyl-{sup 14}C]crotonobetaine from DL-[methyl-{sup 14}C]carnitine

    Loester, H.; Seim, H. [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry

    1996-02-01

    The causes of carnitine deficiency syndromes are not completely understood, but decomposition of L-carnitine in vivo is likely to be involved. Carnitine is metabolized to {gamma}-butyrobetaine, and crotonobetaine is probably an intermediate in this pathway. To validate experimentally the precursor-product relationship between the three physiologically occuring {gamma}-betaines - L-carnitine, crotonobetaine, {gamma}-butyrobetaine - labelling with stable or radioactive isotopes became necessary. Methyl-labelled carnitine isomers (L(-)-, D(+)- or DL-) or {gamma}-butyrobetaine can be easily synthesized by methylation of 4-amino-3-hydroxybutyric acid isomers or 4-aminobutyric acid, respectively. Because of problems with the 4-aminocrotonic acid, we synthesized labelled crotonbetaine from labelled carnitine. Thus, DL-[methyl-{sup 14}C]carnitine was dehydrated by reaction with concentrated sulfuric acid. After removal of the latter the products were separated and purified by ion exchange chromatography on DOWEX 50 WX8 (200 - 400 mesh) and gradient elution with hydrochloric acid. In addition to the labelled main product [methyl-{sup 14}C]crotonobetaine (yield about 50 %), [methyl-{sup 14}C]glycine betaine and [methyl-{sup 14}C]acetonyl-trimethylammonium (ATMA) were formed. The end products were identified by combined thin layer chromatography/autoradiography and quantified by liquid scintillation counting. (Author).

  14. Synthesis of [methyl-14C]crotonobetaine from DL-[methyl-14C]carnitine

    The causes of carnitine deficiency syndromes are not completely understood, but decomposition of L-carnitine in vivo is likely to be involved. Carnitine is metabolized to γ-butyrobetaine, and crotonobetaine is probably an intermediate in this pathway. To validate experimentally the precursor-product relationship between the three physiologically occuring γ-betaines - L-carnitine, crotonobetaine, γ-butyrobetaine - labelling with stable or radioactive isotopes became necessary. Methyl-labelled carnitine isomers (L(-)-, D(+)- or DL-) or γ-butyrobetaine can be easily synthesized by methylation of 4-amino-3-hydroxybutyric acid isomers or 4-aminobutyric acid, respectively. Because of problems with the 4-aminocrotonic acid, we synthesized labelled crotonbetaine from labelled carnitine. Thus, DL-[methyl-14C]carnitine was dehydrated by reaction with concentrated sulfuric acid. After removal of the latter the products were separated and purified by ion exchange chromatography on DOWEX 50 WX8 (200 - 400 mesh) and gradient elution with hydrochloric acid. In addition to the labelled main product [methyl-14C]crotonobetaine (yield about 50 %), [methyl-14C]glycine betaine and [methyl-14C]acetonyl-trimethylammonium (ATMA) were formed. The end products were identified by combined thin layer chromatography/autoradiography and quantified by liquid scintillation counting. (Author)

  15. Biofuel and chemical production by recombinant microorganisms via fermentation of proteinaceous biomass

    Liao, James C.; Cho, Kwang Myung; Yan, Yajun; Huo, Yixin

    2016-03-15

    Provided herein are metabolically modified microorganisms characterized by having an increased keto-acid flux when compared with the wild-type organism and comprising at least one polynucleotide encoding an enzyme that when expressed results in the production of a greater quantity of a chemical product when compared with the wild-type organism. The recombinant microorganisms are useful for producing a large number of chemical compositions from various nitrogen containing biomass compositions and other carbon sources. More specifically, provided herein are methods of producing alcohols, acetaldehyde, acetate, isobutyraldehyde, isobutyric acid, n-butyraldehyde, n-butyric acid, 2-methyl-1-butyraldehyde, 2-methyl-1-butyric acid, 3-methyl-1-butyraldehyde, 3-methyl-1-butyric acid, ammonia, ammonium, amino acids, 2,3-butanediol, 1,4-butanediol, 2-methyl-1,4-butanediol, 2-methyl-1,4-butanediamine, isobutene, itaconate, acetoin, acetone, isobutene, 1,5-diaminopentane, L-lactic acid, D-lactic acid, shikimic acid, mevalonate, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), isoprenoids, fatty acids, homoalanine, 4-aminobutyric acid (GABA), succinic acid, malic acid, citric acid, adipic acid, p-hydroxy-cinnamic acid, tetrahydrofuran, 3-methyl-tetrahydrofuran, gamma-butyrolactone, pyrrolidinone, n-methylpyrrolidone, aspartic acid, lysine, cadeverine, 2-ketoadipic acid, and/or S-adenosyl-methionine (SAM) from a suitable nitrogen rich biomass.

  16. Transcriptome analysis of the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani AG1-IB 7/3/14 applying high-throughput sequencing of expressed sequence tags (ESTs).

    Wibberg, Daniel; Jelonek, Lukas; Rupp, Oliver; Kröber, Magdalena; Goesmann, Alexander; Grosch, Rita; Pühler, Alfred; Schlüter, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Rhizoctonia solani is a soil-borne plant pathogenic fungus of the phylum Basidiomycota. It affects a wide range of agriculturally important crops and hence is responsible for economically relevant crop losses. Transcriptome analysis of the bottom rot pathogen R. solani AG1-1B (isolate 7/3/14) by applying high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics methods addressing Expressed Sequence Tag (EST) data interpretation provided new insights in expressed genes of this fungus. Two normalized cDNA libraries representing different cultivation conditions of the fungus were sequenced on the 454 FLX (Roche) system. Subsequent to cDNA sequence assembly and quality control, ESTs were analysed applying advanced bioinformatics methods. More than 14 000 transcript isoforms originating from approximately 10 000 predictable R. solani AG1-IB 7/3/14 genes are represented in each dataset. Comparative analyses revealed several differentially expressed genes depending on the growth conditions applied. Determinants with predicted functions in recognition processes between the fungus and the host plant were identified. Moreover, many R. solani AG1-IB ESTs were predicted to encode putative cellulose, pectin, and lignin degrading enzymes. Furthermore, genes playing a possible role in mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase cascades, 4-aminobutyric acid (GABA) metabolism, melanin synthesis, plant defence antagonism, phytotoxin, and mycotoxin synthesis were detected. PMID:25209639

  17. NMR-Based Metabolomic Investigations on the Differential Responses in Adductor Muscles from Two Pedigrees of Manila Clam Ruditapes philippinarum to Cadmium and Zinc

    Junbao Yu

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarum is one of the most important economic species in shellfishery in China due to its wide geographic distribution and high tolerance to environmental changes (e.g., salinity, temperature. In addition, Manila clam is a good biomonitor/bioindicator in “Mussel Watch Programs” and marine environmental toxicology. However, there are several pedigrees of R. philippinarum distributed in the marine environment in China. No attention has been paid to the biological differences between various pedigrees of Manila clams, which may introduce undesirable biological variation in toxicology studies. In this study, we applied NMR-based metabolomics to detect the biological differences in two main pedigrees (White and Zebra of R. philippinarum and their differential responses to heavy metal exposures (Cadmium and Zinc using adductor muscle as a target tissue to define one sensitive pedigree of R. philippinarum as biomonitor for heavy metals. Our results indicated that there were significant metabolic differences in adductor muscle tissues between White and Zebra clams, including higher levels of alanine, glutamine, hypotaurine, phosphocholine and homarine in White clam muscles and higher levels of branched chain amino acids (valine, leucine and isoleucine, succinate and 4-aminobutyrate in Zebra clam muscles, respectively. Differential metabolic responses to heavy metals between White and Zebra clams were also found. Overall, we concluded that White pedigree of clam could be a preferable bioindicator/biomonitor in marine toxicology studies and for marine heavy metals based on the relatively high sensitivity to heavy metals.

  18. Biochemical Effects of Plumbagin on Fibrosarcoma Induced Rats

    P.Jayamathi,

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Natural products from plants are used for treating a number of diseases. Many of the pharmacological principles of the currently used anticancer agents have been initially isolated from plants. Plumbagin, a napthaquinone derivative from Plumbago zeylanica and has been claimed to possess antitumor effect. The tumor weight was found to be reduced in methylcholanthrene induced fibrosarcoma rats after plumbagin treatment. Elevated levels of proteins, lipid profile and also in the activities of pathophysiological enzymes such as gammaglutamyl trans peptidase (GGT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, lutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT, glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT, in plasma, liver and kidney extracts of fibrosarcoma rats decreased significantly after Plumbagin treatment. These observations clearly suggested the antitumor potency of plumbagin in experimentally induced fibrosarcoma in rats.

  19. A Biochemical Logic Approach to Biomarker-Activated Drug Release

    Bocharova, V; MacVittie, K; Arugula, M A; Guz, N V; Dokukin, M E; Halamek, J; Sokolov, I; Privman, V; Katz, E; 10.1039/C2JM32966B

    2013-01-01

    The present study aims at integrating drug-releasing materials with signal-processing biocomputing systems. Enzymes alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST)---biomarkers for liver injury---were logically processed by a biocatalytic cascade realizing Boolean AND gate. Citrate produced in the system was used to trigger a drug-mimicking release from alginate microspheres. In order to differentiate low vs. high concentration signals, the microspheres were coated with a protective shell composed of layer-by-layer adsorbed poly(L-lysine) and alginate. The alginate core of the microspheres was prepared from (Fe3+)-cross-linked alginate loaded with rhodamine 6G dye mimicking a drug. Dye release from the core occurred only when both biomarkers, ALT and AST, appeared at their high pathophysiological concentrations jointly indicative of liver injury. The signal-triggered response was studied at the level of a single microsphere, yielding information on the dye release kinetics.

  20. Antidiabetic activity of Pseudarthria viscida aqueous root extract in neonatal streptozotocin-induced NIDDM rats

    Rajendran Kuppusamy

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The antidiabetic activity of the aqueous root extract of Pseudarthria viscida (L. Wight & Arn., Fabaceae, was investigated in normal and neonatal streptozotocin (n2-STZ-induced non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM rats and compared with glibenclamide as a reference standard. Two different doses (250 and 500 mg/kg of the extract were administered to normal and experimental diabetic rats for 21 days. Fasting blood glucose levels, serum lipid profiles and changes in body weight were evaluated in normal and diabetic rats while serum insulin, glycated hemoglobin, urea, creatinine, magnesium, protein, albumin and glycogen, glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT, glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH levels in kidney and liver were evaluated additionally in diabetic rats. Treatment with extract at both dose levels was found to exhibit antidiabetic activity, with the higher dose showing more significant activity.

  1. Inhibitory Effect of High Temperature- and High Pressure-Treated Red Ginseng on Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress in ICR Mouse

    Seok-Yeong Yu

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available As previously reported, high temperature- and high pressure-treated red ginseng (HRG contain higher contents of phenolic compounds and protect C2C12 muscle cells and 3T3-L1 adipocytes against oxidative stress. This study investigated the effect of HRG on oxidative stress using a mouse model. Our results show that the levels of glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamic pyruvic transaminase, hepatic malondialdehyde in the HRG group were significantly lower than those of the exercise groups supplemented with commercial red ginseng (CRG or not supplemented. The muscular glycogen level, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and lactate dehydrogenase activities of the HGR group were higher than that of the CGR group. Furthermore, the HRG treatment group displayed upregulated mRNA expression of Cu/Zn-SOD and muscle regulatory factor 4. These results indicate that HRG may protect oxidative stress induced by exercise as well as improve exercise performance capacity.

  2. Hepatoprotective activity of Vitex trifolia against carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic damage

    Manjunatha B

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aqueous and ethanol extracts of leaf of Vitex trifolia was investigated for hepatoprotective activity against carbon tetrachloride induced liver damage. To assess the hepatoprotective activity of the extracts, various biochemical parameters viz., total bilirubin, total protein, alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase activities were determined. Results of the serum biochemical estimations revealed significant reduction in total bilirubin and serum marker enzymes and increase in total protein in the animals treated with ethanol and aqueous extracts. However significant rise in these serum enzymes and decrease in total protein level was noticed in CCl4 treated group indicating the hepatic damage. The hepatoprotective activity is also supported by histological studies of liver tissue. Histology of the liver tissue treated with ethanol and aqueous extracts showed normal hepatic architecture with few fatty lobules. Hence the present study revealed that Vitex trifolia could afford significant protection against CCl 4 induced hepatocellular injury.

  3. Steroid hormone "cortisone" and "20-hydroxyecdysone" involved in the non-specific immune responses of white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei).

    Wu, Yu-Sheng; Chang, Ching-Hsu; Nan, Fan-Hua

    2016-09-01

    This study investigated the effect of two steroid hormones on phenoloxidase activity, O2(-) production in the haemocytes, total haemocyte count (THC), superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT) activity, glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT) activity, and plasma cholesterol concentrations in white shrimps (Litopenaeus vannamei). Phenoloxidase activity, THC and plasma cholesterol concentration in shrimps treated with cortisone and 20-hydroxyecdysone were found to be lower when compared with the control groups. In the observation of O2(-) production, treatment of cortisone and hydroxyecdysone were reducing the activity in the 1st day, but to be undiversified with the elapsed time. By contrast, SOD activity in the hepatopancreas, plasma GOT activity, and GPT activity were significantly increased when compared with the control groups. PMID:27403594

  4. Croton zehntneri Essential oil prevents acetaminophen-induced acute hepatotoxicity in mice

    Maria Goretti R. Queiroz

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Hepatoprotective activity of Croton zehntneri Pax & Hoffman (Euphorbiaceae leaf essential oil (EOCz was evaluated against single dose of acetaminophen-induced (500 mg/kg, p.o. acute hepatotoxicity in mice. EOCz significantly protected the hepatotoxicity as evident from the activities of serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT, serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT activities, that were significantly (p<0.01 elevated in the acetaminophen alone treated animals. Histopathological examinations of liver tissue corroborated well with the biochemical changes. Hepatic steatosis, hydropic degeneration and necrosis were observed in the acetaminophen treated group, while these were completely absent in the standard and EOCz treated groups. In conclusion, these data suggest that the Croton zehntneri essential oil can prevent hepatic injuries from acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity in mice.

  5. AcEST: DK951949 [AcEST

    Full Text Available |P73133|ARGD_SYNY3 Acetylornithine aminotransferase OS=Synecho... 32 1.4 sp|Q80WC3|TNC18_MOUSE Trinucleotide repeat-containing...>sp|P73133|ARGD_SYNY3 Acetylornithine aminotransferase OS=Synechocystis sp. (strain PCC 6803) GN=argD PE=3 SV=1 Leng...s... 34 5.2 tr|Q2JUB9|Q2JUB9_SYNJA Acetylornithine transaminase OS=Synechoco... 34 5.2 tr|Q0JR45|Q0JR45_ORYSJ Os01g0120600 protein... OS=Yersi... 33 6.7 tr|Q2JLM2|Q2JLM2_SYNJB Acetylornithine transaminase OS=Sy...LLLVYGVSNWLPTMMR 275 >tr|Q2T3G6|Q2T3G6_BURTA Diaminopimelate decarboxylase OS=Burkholderia thailandensis (strain

  6. Does kombucha tea reduce the damage-induced by radiation exposure?

    This work has been performed to investigate the protective effect and the antimicrobial activity that occur following oral administration of kombucha tea (kt) ferment in rats with a fractionated dose of 9 Gy. The protective effect of kt ferment was monitored by assessment of serum enzymes activities of creatin phosphokinase (CPK), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) and concentrations of urea and creatinine as well as contents of reduced glutathione (GSH) and malonaldehyde (MDA) in heart, liver and kidney tissues. Besides evaluation of the antimicrobial activity was carried out by determination of the lactic acid bacterial (LAB) count as an example of the beneficial bacteria in the rat intestine and the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (S. aureus) count as an example of the pathogenic bacteria for rats. The results obtained suggest that administration of this ferment tea could ameliorate biochemical and microbial disturbances in irradiated rats

  7. Effects of Various Drugs on Alcohol-induced Oxidative Stress in the Liver

    Svetlana Trivic

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available The major aim of this work was to investigate how alcohol-induced oxidative stress in combined chemotherapy changes the metabolic function of the liver in experimental animals. This research was conducted to establish how bromocriptine, haloperidol and azithromycin, applied to the experimental model, affected the antioxidative status of the liver. The following parameters were determined: reduced glutathione, activities of glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase, peroxidase, catalase, xanthine oxidase and lipid peroxidation intensity. Alanine transaminase was measured in serum. Alcohol stress (AO group reduced glutathione and the activity of xanthine oxidase and glutathione peroxidase, but increased catalase and alanine transaminase activity. The best protective effect was achieved with the bromocriptine (AB1 group, while other groups had similar effects on the studied parameters.

  8. A new monoterpene acid from Marrubium vulgare with potential antihepatotoxic activity.

    Ahmed, Bahar; Masoodi, Mubashir H; Siddique, Anwarul H; Khan, Shamshir

    2010-11-01

    The whole plant of Marrubium vulgare L. afforded a new terpenoid, characterised as p-menthane-5,6-dihydroxy-3-carboxylic acid (1), which has been designated as marrubic acid. Its structure has been elucidated on the basis of spectral and chemical analyses. The compound (1) also exhibited a significant antihepatotoxic activity by reducing the elevated levels of serum enzymes such as serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT) by 40.16%, serum glutamate pyruvate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGPT) by 35.06%, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) by 30.51%. On the other hand, total protein (TP) levels were increased by 34.07%, as compared to the standard drug silymarin, which decreased SGOT by 53.04%, SGPT by 55.96%, ALP by 35.87% and increased TP levels by 59.59%. These biochemical observations were also supplemented by histopathological examinations of liver sections. PMID:20628963

  9. Methyltin intoxication in six men; toxicologic and clinical aspects

    Rey, C.; Reinecke, H.J.; Besser, R.

    1984-04-01

    Neurologic and psychiatric symptoms such as headache, tinnitus, defective hearing, changing desorientation and aggressiveness are initial symptoms of methyltin chloride intoxication. Some patients also developed epileptic equivalents, such as dreamy attacks and central ventilation transaminases. Laboratory findings included low levels of serum potassium, leucocytosis and elevated transaminases. The excretion rate of tin in the urine correlated with the severity of the intoxication. There was no measurable effect of plasma separation or d-penicillamine therapy on tin excretion in the urine or on the clinical picture. The long-term prognosis of severely intoxicated persons is poor. To prevent such events workers need to be warned of the risk and dangers of working with organo-metallic compounds. The effectiveness of protective clothes and gas masks should be checked. In exposed workers regular testing is advised of tin concentrations in the urine.

  10. Hepatoprotective effect of Vernonia cinerea and Cumin seeds on Carbon Tetrachloride Induced Hepatic Oxidative Stress

    A. Nishadh

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we have examined the protective effect of Vernonia cinerea against carbon tetrachloride (1.0ml / kg b.wt / day administered intraperitoneally for 2 days in male albino Wistar rats. The levels of aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, lactate dehydrogenase, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin, creatinine, and urea were determined. The activities of glutathione, Vitamin C and the levels of lipid peroxides in 10% w/v liver homogenate were also determined. The CCl4 induction resulted a significant elevation in the levels of serum marker enzymes, bilirubin and creatinine with decreased urea. The activities of hepatic glutathione and vitamin C were also significantly depleted with increased lipid peroxides in CCl4 intoxicated rats. The oral administration of herbal drug alone did not show any toxicity in the liver tissue. These results suggest that the herbal drug may probably act as a natural antioxidant against CCl4 induced hepatic oxidative stress.

  11. Blood lead levels of traffic- and gasoline-exposed professionals in the city of Athens

    During the past 10 y, blood lead levels in the population of Athens, Greece, have decreased steadily. This decrease has paralleled the reduction of tetraethyl lead in gasoline and the introduction of unleaded fuel. Blood lead levels and other parameters were studied in 42 gas-station employees, 47 taxi drivers, 47 bus drivers, and 36 controls, all of whom worked in Athens. The blood lead levels did not differ significantly among the four groups. Glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase were elevated in gas-station employees, and the former was elevated in taxi drivers. Gas-station employees who smoked had higher blood lead levels than their nonsmoking counterparts. The absence of any difference in the blood lead levels of individuals for whom physical examinations were either normal or abnormal suggests that either lead was not the cause of increased blood lead levels or that its contribution may have been important in the past

  12. Studies on curacron food poisoning in male rats

    The present investigation was undertaken to evaluate the toxic effect of contaminated food with organophosphorus pesticide curacron for different periods on serum glucose, total protein, free amino acids, glutamic pyruvic and glutamic oxaloacetic transaminases in male rats. Radioimmunoassay technique was used the effect of curacron pesticide on serum insulin level in rats for 45 days. It has been found that curacron caused disturbance in in liver functions which were elucidated through the biochemical determination of glutamic oxaloacetic (SGOT) and glutamic pyruvic (SGPT) transaminases and in the levels of serum glucose and insulin of rats fed with daily doses of 71.6 mg curacron/kg for 45 days. The administered dose of curacron showed cumulative physiological effect and caused marked increases in SGOT, SGPT, total protein and serum insulin levels. On the other hand, it caused significant decreases in levels of serum glucose and free amino acids (FAA) as compared with the control ones

  13. Brewers’ Rice: A By-Product from Rice Processing Provides Natural Hepatorenal Protection in Azoxymethane-Induced Oxidative Stress in Rats

    Bee Ling Tan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Brewers’ rice, which is known locally as temukut, is a mixture of broken rice, rice bran, and rice germ. Our present study was designed to identify the effect of brewers’ rice on the attenuation of liver and kidney damage induced by azoxymethane (AOM. Alanine transaminase (ALT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, aspartate transaminase (AST, creatinine, and urea were evaluated to understand potential hepatoprotective effects and the ability of brewers’ rice to attenuate kidney pathology induced by AOM treatment. Liver and kidney tissues were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin (H&E staining. Overall analyses revealed that brewers’ rice improved the levels of serum markers in a manner associated with better histopathological outcomes, which indicated that brewers’ rice could enhance recovery from hepatocyte and kidney damage. Taken together, these results suggest that brewers’ rice could be used in future applications to combat liver and kidney disease.

  14. Effect of resveratrol on alcohol-induced mortality and liver lesions in mice

    Hijona Elisabeth

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Resveratrol is a polyphenol with important antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties. We investigated the effect of resveratrol on alcohol-induced mortality and liver lesions in mice. Methods Mice were randomly distributed into four groups (control, resveratrol-treated control, alcohol and resveratrol-treated alcohol. Chronic alcohol intoxication was induced by progressively administering alcohol in drinking water up to 40% v/v. The mice administered resveratrol received 10 mg/ml in drinking water. The animals had free access to standard diet. Blood levels were determined for transaminases, IL-1 and TNF-α. A histological evaluation was made of liver damage, and survival among the animals was recorded. Results Transaminase concentration was significantly higher in the alcohol group than in the rest of the groups (p Conclusion The results obtained suggest that resveratrol reduces mortality and liver damage in mice.

  15. Ethnobotanical, phytochemical and toxicological studies of Xanthium strumarium L.

    Islam, Mohammad Rashedul; Uddin, Mohammad Zashim; Rahman, Mohammad Sharifur; Tutul, Ershad; Rahman, Mohammed Zakiur; Hassan, Md Abul; Faiz, M A; Hossain, Moazzem; Hussain, Maleeha; Rashid, Mohammad Abdur

    2009-12-01

    The present study describes the ethnobotanical, phytochemical, and toxicological evaluations of Xanthium strumarium L. growing in Bangladesh. In toxicity evaluation on rats, the methanol extract of seedlings showed mortality, while both seedling and mature plant extracts raised the serum alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase values and produced significant abnormalities in the histopathology of liver and kidney of rats. On the other hand, the aqueous soluble fraction of methanol extract of mature plant (LC50 = 0.352 microg/mL) and methanol crude extract of seedlings (LC50 = 0.656 microg/mL) demonstrated significant toxicity in the brine shrimp lethality bioassay. A total of four compounds were purified and characterized as stigmasterol (1), 11-hydroxy-11-carboxy-4-oxo-1(5),2(Z)-xanthadien-12,8-olide (2), daucosterol (3) and lasidiol-10-anisate (4). The present study suggests that X. strumarium is toxic to animal. PMID:20922910

  16. Protective effect of Tamarindus indica linn against paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in rats

    Pimple B

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Protective effect of Tamarindus indica Linn (Caesalpiniaceae was evaluated by intoxicating the rats with paracetamol (1 g/kg p.o. for seven days. The aqueous extracts of different parts of Tamarindus indica such as fruits, leaves (350 mg/kg p.o. and unroasted seeds (700 mg/kg p.o. were administered for 9 days after the third dose of paracetamol. Biochemical estimations such as aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin and total protein were recorded on 4 th and 13 th day. Liver weight variation, thiopentone-induced sleeping time and histopathology were studied on 13 th day. Silymarin (100 mg/kg p.o. was used as a standard. A significant hepatoregenerative effect was observed for the aqueous extracts of tamarind leaves, fruits and unroasted seeds (p< 0.05 as judged from the parameters studied.

  17. Study on the effect of food irradiation on some blood serum enzymes in rats

    Rats were fed irradiated diets as part of a study of screening tests for the safety of irradiated food. The diet consisted (g/100 g) of casein, 8.5; skim-milk, 9.4; potato starch, 50.00; wheat flour, 16.50; sucrose, 5.00; sunflower oil, 6.00; choline chloride, 0.10; salt mixture, 3.50; and vitamin mix.ure, 1.00. Diets were irradiated at 2.5 or 4.5 Mrad and were fed ad lib. for 4 months. Levels of serum (i) glutanic-pyruvic transaminase, (ii) glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase, and (iii) lactic dehydrogenase were determined. No significant changes were observed in (i) or (iii) on ieeding irradiated diets, or in (ii) for male rats. Significant decreases (P < 0.02) in (ii) were observed in female rats fed diets irradiated at 2.5 or 4.5 Mrad. (orig.)

  18. Protective effect of stress-induced liver damage by saponin fraction from Codonopsis lanceolata.

    Kim, Min Ho; Lee, Jaehwi; Yoo, Dae Sung; Lee, Yong Gyu; Byeon, Se Eun; Hong, Eock Kee; Cho, Jae Youl

    2009-10-01

    Saponins are valuable principles found in various herbal medicine with pharmaceutical, cosmetical and nutraceutical merits. In this study, we evaluated the protective role of saponin fraction (Cl-SF), prepared from Codonopsis lanceolata, an ethnopharmacologically famous plant in Korea, China and Japan, on water immersion stress-induced liver damage and radical generation. Cl-SF clearly decreased the up-regulated levels of serum glutamate-oxalacetate transaminase and glutamate-pyruvate-transaminase induced by water-immersed stress conditions. Furthermore, Cl-SF seemed to block the stress-induced radicals. Thus, Griess and DPPH assays revealed that Cl-SF significantly suppressed both radical generation in sodium nitroprusside-treated RAW264.7 cells and nitric oxide production in LPS-treated RAW264.7 cells. Therefore, these results suggest that Cl-SF may be considered as a promising stress-regulatory principle with radical scavenging actions. PMID:19898808

  19. Fulminant herpes simplex hepatitis in a patient with ulcerative colitis.

    Shlien, R D; Meyers, S; Lee, J A; Dische, R; Janowitz, H D

    1988-01-01

    A 16 year old girl with ulcerative colitis developed hepatitis with a high fever, leukopenia and a marked rise in serum transaminases without jaundice. There were no skin, oral, or genital lesions. Liver biopsy was precluded by abnormalities in coagulation. Postmortem examination of the liver by light and electron microscopy, culture, immunoperoxidase and immunofluorescent staining confirmed the diagnosis of hepatitis due to type 1 herpes simplex virus. Despite the rarity, this viral aetiolog...

  20. Role of hepatitis C virus in chronic liver disease occurring after orthotopic liver transplantation.

    Pastore, M; Willems, M.; Cornu, C.; Buts, Jean-Paul; REDING, Raymond; de Ville de Goyet, J; Rahier, Jacques; Otte, Jean-Bernard; Yapo, Séverin; Sokal, Etienne

    1995-01-01

    Paediatric orthotopic liver transplant recipients may develop chronic hepatitis after surgery. To investigate the role of hepatitis C virus in this pathology a cohort of 249 paediatric orthotopic liver transplant recipients was studied. Sixteen children (6.4%) were found to have chronic hepatitis C virus hepatitis after orthotopic liver transplantation. All but one of them had serum transaminase values which were persistently raised two to eight times the upper limit of normal. Thirteen were ...

  1. Hepatic enzymes' level during chronic use of anticonvulsant drugs Dosagens de enzimas hepáticas em pacientes em uso crônico de drogas antiepiléticas

    Mauricio Hoshino

    1995-12-01

    Full Text Available We studied retrospectively 894 adult epileptic patients treated during the period from 1983 to 1992. Hepatic enzymes abnormal values were seen in 49%(n=438. In 22.3%(n=200, at least 2 enzyme levels in different moments were altered. They were divided in three groups: GI with alterations at transaminases (3%, n=6, GII with alterations at GGT and AP enzymes (72%,n=144 and GIII with alterations in both groups (25%, n=50. No patient developed clinical symptoms of liver disease. The increase of gamma-glutamil-transferase (GGT and alkaline phosphatase (AP levels is frequent and not necessarily pathological. Slight increase of transaminases can occur with no clinical correlation. The routine screening of hepatic enzymes level during the chronic use of anticonvulsivant drugs in adults has a questionable value.Oitocentos e noventa e quatro pacientes epiléticos adultos tratados no período de 1983 a 1992 foram estudados retrospectivamente. Valores anormais de enzimas hepáticas foram detectados em 49% (n=438 dos casos. Em 200 pacientes (22,3%, ao menos duas dosagens obtidas em momentos diferentes estavam alteradas. Estes últimos foram divididos em 3 grupos: GI, com alterações de transaminases (3%, n=6; GII com alterações de gama-glutamil-transferase (GGT e fosfatase alcalina (AP (72%, n=144 e GIII com alterações nos dois grupos de enzimas (25%, n=50. Nenhum paciente desenvolveu sinais ou sintomas de doença hepática. O aumento de GGT e AP em pacientes em uso de drogas antiepiléticas é frequente e pode não ter significado patológico. Pequenos aumentos de transaminases também podem ocorrer sem correlação clínica.

  2. Hexosamine Biosynthetic Pathway Mutations Cause Neuromuscular Transmission Defect

    Senderek, Jan; Müller, Juliane S.; Dusl, Marina; Strom, Tim M.; Guergueltcheva, Velina; Diepolder, Irmgard; Laval, Steven H.; Maxwell, Susan; Cossins, Judy; Krause, Sabine; Muelas, Nuria; Vilchez, Juan J.; Colomer, Jaume; Mallebrera, Cecilia Jimenez; Nascimento, Andres

    2011-01-01

    Neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) are synapses that transmit impulses from motor neurons to skeletal muscle fibers leading to muscle contraction. Study of hereditary disorders of neuromuscular transmission, termed congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS), has helped elucidate fundamental processes influencing development and function of the nerve-muscle synapse. Using genetic linkage, we find 18 different biallelic mutations in the gene encoding glutamine-fructose-6-phosphate transaminase 1 (GFPT1)...

  3. Mantar Zehirlenmesine Bağlı Gelişen Akut Pankreatit: Olgu Sunumu

    YARDAN, Türker; AKDEMİR, Hızır Ufuk; BAYDIN, Ahmet; NURAL, Mehmet Selim; ECEMİŞ, Özgür; GENÇ, Selim

    2009-01-01

    Different organ dysfunctions may be seen in mushroom poisoning. However, acute pancreatitis is a rare complication of mushroom poisoning. Sixtysix years old women admitted to emergency department 24 h after wild mushroom ingestion with complaints of nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The epigastric discomfort was determined in initial examination. It was determined the elevated serum hepatic transaminases, amylase and lipase levels on admission. Computerized tomography of the abdomen sho...

  4. Structural studies of the catalytic reaction pathway of a hyperthermophilic histidinol-phosphate aminotransferase

    Fernandez, F.J. (Francisco J.); Vega, M C; Lehmann, F; Sandmeier, E; Gehring, H; Christen, P; Wilmanns, M.

    2004-01-01

    In histidine biosynthesis, histidinol-phosphate aminotransferase catalyzes the transfer of the amino group from glutamate to imidazole acetol-phosphate producing 2-oxoglutarate and histidinol phosphate. In some organisms such as the hyperthermophile Thermotoga maritima, specific tyrosine and aromatic amino acid transaminases have not been identified to date, suggesting an additional role for histidinol-phosphate aminotransferase in other transamination reactions generating aromatic amino acid...

  5. Specific nitrogen-15 labelling of leucine residues in human growth hormone

    Biosynthetic human growth hormone (hGH) specifically 15N labelled in the leucine residues has been obtained by recombinant DNA technology, using 15N-labelled leucine and an E. coli strain that requires leucine. It is shown that, despite the possibility of minor transaminase activity, the labelling on the whole is specific, and that the two-dimensional 1H-15N correlation NMR spectra of hGH can be greatly simplified by this methodology. (au)

  6. Protective Effects of Kaempferol on Isoniazid- and Rifampicin-Induced Hepatotoxicity

    Shih, Tung-Yuan; Young, Ton-Ho; Lee, Herng-Sheng; Hsieh, Chung-Bao; Hu, Oliver Yoa-Pu

    2013-01-01

    Isoniazid (INH) and rifampicin (RIF) are the first-line drugs for antituberculosis (anti-TB) chemotherapy. The levels of serum transaminases [aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT)] are abnormal in 27% of patients undergoing INH and RIF treatments and in 19% of patients undergoing treatment with INH alone. Cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) metabolizes many toxic substrates, including ethanol, carbon tetrachloride, and INH, which ultimately results in liver injury. The ...

  7. Insulin-like growth factor 1, liver enzymes, and insulin resistance in patients with PCOS and hirsutism

    ÇAKIR, Evrim; Topaloğlu, Oya; BOZKURT, Nujen ÇOLAK; BAYRAKTAR, Başak KARBEK

    2014-01-01

    Hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance are commonly seen in patients with hirsutism and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and are associated with cardiovascular disease risk. However, it is not yet known whether insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and alanine transaminase (ALT) produced by the liver play roles in hyperinsulinemia and subclinical atherosclerotic process in patients with PCOS and idiopathic hirsutism (IH). Materials and methods: This was a prospective case-controlled study....

  8. Current Perspective on the Location and Function of Gamma- Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) and its Metabolic Partners in the Kidney.

    Dunn, Kadeshia; Peppiatt-Wildman, Claire M.; Kelley, Stephen P; Wildman, Scott S.P.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract: Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter located in the mammalian central nervous system, which binds to GABAA and GABAB receptors to mediate its neurological effects. In addition to its role in the CNS, an increasing number of publications have suggested that GABA might also play a role in the regulation of renal function. All three enzymes associated with GABA metabolism; glutamic acid decarboxylase, GABA α-oxoglutarate transaminase (GABA-T) and succinic se...

  9. How and why does tomato accumulate a large amount of GABA in the fruit?

    Mariko eTakayama; Hiroshi eEzura

    2015-01-01

    γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) has received much attention as a health-promoting functional compound, and several GABA-enriched foods have been commercialized. In higher plants, GABA is primarily metabolized via a short pathway called the GABA shunt. The GABA shunt bypasses two steps (the oxidation of α-ketoglutarate to succinate) of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle via reactions catalysed by three enzymes: glutamate decarboxylase (GAD), GABA transaminase (GABA-T) and succinic semialdehyde dehy...

  10. How and why does tomato accumulate a large amount of GABA in the fruit?

    Takayama, Mariko; Ezura, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) has received much attention as a health-promoting functional compound, and several GABA-enriched foods have been commercialized. In higher plants, GABA is primarily metabolized via a short pathway called the GABA shunt. The GABA shunt bypasses two steps (the oxidation of α-ketoglutarate to succinate) of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle via reactions catalyzed by three enzymes: glutamate decarboxylase, GABA transaminase, and succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase....

  11. Fiat lux!: Phylogeny and Bioinformatics shed light on GABA functions in plants

    Renault, Hugues

    2013-01-01

    The non-protein amino acid γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) accumulates in plants in response to a wide variety of environmental cues. Recent data point toward an involvement of GABA in tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle activity and respiration, especially in stressed roots. To gain further insights into potential GABA functions in plants, phylogenetic and bioinformatic approaches were undertaken. Phylogenetic reconstruction of the GABA transaminase (GABA-T) protein family revealed the monophyletic na...

  12. Aktivitas Hepatoprotektor Ekstrak Metanol Akar Pasak Bumi dan Fraksi-Fraksi Turunannya

    Ruqiah Ganda Putri Panjaitan; Wasmen Manalu; Ekowati Handharyani; Chairul -

    2012-01-01

    The hepatoprotector activity of pasak bumi (Eurycoma longifolia Jack.) roots was evaluated in carbontetrachloride (CCl4)-induced rats. Each rat was administered 500 mg/kg body weight of metanol extractand its derivates (n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and methanol-water) for 7 consecutive days. Thepositive control group received 25 mg silymarin/kg body weight daily for 7 consecutive days. Hepatoprotectoractivity was assessed by measuring serum alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate tra...

  13. Chemopreventive Effect of Cinnamon Extract on Carbon Tetrachloride-Induced Physiological Changes in the Frog, Rana ridibunda

    Al-Attar, Atef M.

    The present study examined the preventive influences of an aqueous extract of cinnamon on carbon tetrachloride-induced some physiological alterations in the frog, Rana ridibunda. The experimental animals were divided into five batches. The first batch was untreated and served as control. The other batches were treated for 6 weeks with carbon tetrachloride, cinnamon extract plus carbon tetrachloride, cinnamon and corn oil, respectively. Haematological, biochemical and hepatosomatic index indices were chosen as physiological indicators. These parameters were evaluated at 2, 4 and 6 weeks. In comparison with control and cinnamon plus CCl4 batches, significant decreases of red blood cell count, haemoglobin concentration, haematocrit, mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration and increases of glutamic pyruvic acid transaminase values were noted in CCl4-exposed batch at all experimental periods. Also, glutamic oxaloacetic acid transaminase and hepatosomatic index levels were significantly elevated, while mean corpuscular haemoglobin values were decreased at second and last periods. Mean cell volume values were only increased at the first period. In comparison with control batch, significant decreases of red blood cell count, haemoglobin concentration, haematocrit, and increases of glutamic oxaloacetic acid transaminase, glutamic pyruvic acid transaminase and hepatosomatic index values were observed in frogs treated with cinnamon plus CCl4 at 2 and 6 weeks. Mean cell volume and mean corpuscular haemoglobin values were statistically elevated at second period. Mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration values were declined at last period. Moreover, the percentage changes of these parameters in cinnamon plus CCl4 batch tended to be lower than CCl4 treated the experimental animals. In addition, it is conceivable therefore, that the cinnamon aqueous extract exhibits a protective influence against carbon tetrachloride-induced some physiological changes, probably mediated

  14. To compare the efficacy of alternate day versus everyday dosing of atorvastatin in hyperlipidemic rabbits

    Sarita Mulkalwar; Pravin Golande

    2016-01-01

    Background: Muscle pain is often seen with statin therapy. Statins have also been associated with increase in liver transaminases as they lead to hepatic injury. The half - life of atorvastatin is increased due to its active metabolites which suggest the possibility for its alternate day use over everyday use. This would mean reduction in side effects such as hepatotoxicity and myopathy and solving the problem of statin underutilization in patients of lower socio economic class. Methods: I...

  15. Biocatalytic potential of vanillin aminotransferase from Capsicum chinense

    Weber, Nora; Ismail, Abdelrahman; Gorwa-Grauslund, Marie; Carlquist, Magnus

    2014-01-01

    Background The conversion of vanillin to vanillylamine is a key step in the biosynthetic route towards capsaicinoids in pungent cultivars of Capsicum sp. The reaction has previously been annotated to be catalysed by PAMT (putative aminotransferase; [GenBank: AAC78480.1, Swiss-Prot: O82521]), however, the enzyme has previously not been biochemically characterised in vitro. Results The biochemical activity of the transaminase was confirmed by direct measurement of the reaction with purified rec...

  16. Incipient primary biliary cirrhosis/autoimmune hepatitis overlap or hepatitic form of primary biliary cirrhosis: a case report

    Minz, Ranjana W; Chhabra, Seema; Aggarwal, Ritu; Das, Ashim; Saikia, Biman; Yogesh K Chawla

    2009-01-01

    A 42 year old asymptomatic female detected as incipient Primary Biliary Cirrhosis/Autoimmune Hepatitis overlap during routine checkup. The biochemical profile showed evolution from a mildly deranged liver function test in 2004 along with increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate to a 4 times elevation of alkaline phosphatase in 2006 with mildly deranged alanine transaminase. Autoimmune markers demonstrable were Anti mitochondrial antibody M2 and sp100. Histopathology showed dual features, domi...

  17. Association between Celiac Disease and Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection

    Garg, Ashish; Reddy, Chandrasekhar; Duseja, Ajay; Chawla, Yogesh; Radha K. Dhiman

    2011-01-01

    Celiac disease affects the proximal small intestine and is caused by a local immune response to dietary gluten. Celiac disease usually presents with chronic diarrhea; however, presentations with elevated hepatic transaminase levels in blood or with iron-deficiency anemia have been described. Celiac disease has been reported to be associated with autoimmune liver diseases. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can also initiate autoimmune disease process. Therefore, HCV infection and celiac disease may occu...

  18. Lipopolysaccharide hyperreactivity of animals infected with Trypanosoma lewisi or Trypanosoma musculi.

    Ferrante, A; Carter, R. F.; Ferluga, J.; Allison, A C

    1984-01-01

    Rats and mice infected with Trypanosoma lewisi and Trypanosoma musculi, respectively, showed hyperreactivity to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from gram-negative bacteria. Fatal shock could be precipitated with a dose of LPS 100 to 1,000 times less in infected compared with noninfected animals. In trypanosome-infected rats and mice, extensive liver damage was evident after LPS challenge. These animals showed a pronounced hypoglycemia, marked elevation of blood aspartate transaminase level, and diff...

  19. Liver Enzymes: Interaction Analysis of Smoking with Alcohol Consumption or BMI, Comparing AST and ALT to γ-GT

    Breitling, Lutz P.; Arndt, Volker; Drath, Christoph; Brenner, Hermann

    2011-01-01

    Background A detrimental interaction between smoking and alcohol consumption with respect serum γ-glutamyltransferase (γ-GT) has recently been described. The underlying mechanisms remain unknown. The present work aimed to provide further insights by examining similar interactions pertaining to aspartate and alanine transaminase (AST, ALT), routine liver markers less prone to enzyme induction. Methodology/Principal Findings The present cross-sectional analysis was based on records from routine...

  20. Biochemical and histopathological effects of administration various levels of Pomposia (Syzygium cumini) fruit juice as natural antioxidant on rat health

    El-Anany, Ayman M.; Rehab F. M. Ali

    2011-01-01

    The aim of the current investigation was to evaluate the effects of administration various levels (400, 800 and 1,200 ppm) of pomposia extracts as natural antioxidant in comparison with BHT as synthetic antioxidant on some biochemical activities and histopathological examination of rats. Some of biochemical tests i.e. Alkaline phosphatase, transaminases]Aspartate transferase (AST) and alanine transferase (ALT) [,bilirubin, urea and uric acid were conducted. Histopathological examinations were...

  1. Glycogenic Hepatopathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

    Murat Atmaca; Rifki Ucler; Mehmet Kartal; Ismet Seven; Murat Alay; Irfan Bayram; Sehmus Olmez

    2015-01-01

    Glycogenic hepatopathy is a rare cause of high transaminase levels in type 1 diabetes mellitus. This condition, characterized by elevated liver enzymes and hepatomegaly, is caused by irreversible and excessive accumulation of glycogen in hepatocytes. This is a case report on a 19-year-old male case, diagnosed with glycogenic hepatopathy. After the diagnosis was documented by liver biopsy, the case was put on glycemic control which led to significant decline in hepatomegaly and liver enzymes. ...

  2. Effects of X-irradiation on the levels of serum cholesterol in mouse

    In the view of the importance of esterified and free cholesterol in lipid metabolism, as well as serum transaminase activity in the liver, the present study was designated to elucidate the effects of whole body X-irradiation on the levels of esterified cholesterol, free cholesterol and activity of serum transaminase in mouse. Also, in order to observe possible radioprotective action of reduced glutathione (GSH), a combination of X-irradiation and injection of GSH was done to see the effects of GSH on lipid metabolism. A total of 132 mice were divide into four groups as: Group I. 42 mice with whole body X-irradiation of 1,000 r, Group II. 42 mice which were injected with GSH (200 mg/100 gm Body Weight) prior to the X-irradiation, Group III. 42 mice which were injected with the same dose of GSH without the X-irradiation, and Group IV. The normal. Total and free cholesterol were estimated by the method Zak and serum transaminase activity was studied by the method described by Frankel. The results obtained were summarized as follows: 1. The rate of cholesterol ester/total cholesterol showed a tendency of gradual decrease by X-irradiation both in Group I and Group II with no significant difference between them. 2. The value of cholesterol ester/total cholesterol at 24 hours post-irradiation revealed the lowest in both Group I and Group II, and there was no noticeable differences between Group III and the normal. 3. Serum transaminase activities in all groups showed with in the normallimit, and there may have been no significant parenchymatous changes in the liver

  3. Biochemical indices of blood serum of cows with acute radiation sickness due to nuclear fission products. [/sup 235/U

    Yakovleva, V.P.; Burov, N.I

    1977-01-01

    Fission products of /sup 235/U were given to cows daily for 4 days. The animals developed the intestinal form of acute radiation sickness and did not survive longer than 20 days. Blood samples were taken at intervals and determinations were made on activity of transaminases and alkaline phosphatase, serum carbohydrates, cholesterol, lecithin, total lipids, K, Na, and Fe. Results showed an increase in enzyme activity, increase in carbohydrate levels, decrease in lipids and electrolytes, and weight loss. (HLW)

  4. Metabolic fate of L-(N-13) glutamate in normal isolated myocardium

    Keen, R.E.; Krivokapich, J.; Barrio, J.R.; Douglas, A.; Wittmer, S.; Shine, K.; Phelps, M.E.

    1984-01-01

    In the present work nitrogen flux of an amino acid in myocardium is followed via arterial bolus injection of non-carrier added L-(N-13)glutamate (N-13 GLU) into the isolated rabbit septa. Incorporation of nitrogen-13 into (N-13)aspartate (N-13 ASP)(16%) and (N-13)alanine (N-13 ALA)(14%) predominates over (N-13)glutamine (N-13 GLN) (3.2%) as determined by reversed phase HPLC in normal septa 6 min after bolus injection. No N-13 ammonia or N-13 urea is detected. Introduction of the transaminase inhibitor aminooxyacetate (AOA, 2 nM) into perfusate completely blocked transaminase reaction and increased N-13 GLN (7.3%) and free N-13 ammonia (4.0%), probably resulting from glutamate dehydrogenase reaction. Inclusion of 2mM pyruvate in the perfusate resulted in 3 fold increase in N-13 ALA (44%), slight increase in N-13 GLN (5.0%) and significant decrease in N-13 ASP. Addition of 2mM AOA in the presence of pyruvate blocked production of N-13 ASP and N-13 ALA, and increased N-13 GLN slightly (6.0%). All studies had similar residual fractions (50%) except AOA treated septa (23%) indicating decreased metabolic trapping of the N-13 label. In conclusion, nitrogen-13 distribution in tissue is primarily governed by glutamate interaction with transaminases. Although the Michaelis constants of glutamate for GOT (Km = 4 nM, pig heart), GPT (Km = 8.1 mM, beef heart) and glutamine synthetase (Km = 2.5 mM, ovine brain) are similar, the transaminases play a predominant role because of their great abundance in myocardial tissue.

  5. Experimental studies on the effect of small doses of lead and sulfur dioxide

    Barnea, M.; Zielinski, M.; Cucu, M.

    1970-01-01

    Researchers exposed Wistar rats to a combination of sulfur dioxide and lead. They found that the combination of 0.4 mg/m of sulfur dioxide and 4 mg/m of lead inhibited weight increased increased oxygen consumption, decreased the functional capacity of the central nervous system, raised the chronaxie of flextor muscles, altered the activities of liver aldolase, succinic dehydrogenase, and transaminases, and enhanced pulmonary infections.

  6. Simple fast micromethod for measuring enzyme activities which release tritium as tritium water

    Hughes, W.L.

    1987-03-01

    The entire procedure is carried out in a counting vial by mixing the reagents as a 20- to 30-microliters drop in the cap of a counting vial, incubating, quenching the reaction, and then distilling the tritium water produced into the chilled vial, in which it is assayed after the addition of scintillation solvent and a clean cap. The application of this technique to the analysis of serum transaminases is described.

  7. The etiology of hypertransaminasemia in Turkish children.

    Serdaroğlu, Filiz; Koca, Tuğba; Dereci, Selim; Akçam, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the causes of elevated levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in children. We analyzed the medical records for children aged 3 months to 18 years who presented to the hospital with ALT >45 IU/L and/or AST >50 IU/L, between 2012 and 2014, for various reasons, including those not related to liver disease. In total, 281 children met the study criteria. This group comprised of 125 (44.5%) females and 156 (55.5%) males. At the presentation, the most common patient complaint was fatigue (53.4%), while 15.7% of the patients reported no symptoms. The most common findings on the physical examination were jaundice and hepatomegaly. In 15% of the cases, the findings were normal. According to the diagnosis, the most common cause of the elevated transaminases were infections (34%), with hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection as the leading cause (18.9%). Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) was the cause in 18.1% of the cases and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in 11.1%. The highest transaminase levels were associated with HAV infection, while DILI and NAFLD caused only slightly elevated transaminases. Overall, our results show that the elevated transaminases in children are most often caused by infections, DILI, and NAFLD. In a majority of cases, elevated ALT and AST indicate liver disease, however, they could also be associated with conditions other than liver damage. Additionally, the elevated enzymes can be detected in completely healthy individuals. PMID:26894285

  8. Some pathophysiological and biochemical changes in dogs with different forms of lesions induced by inhalation of /sup 239/Pu and /sup 241/Am nitrates

    Kalmykova, Z.I.; Tokarskaya, Z.B.; Buldakov, L.A.; Nifatov, A.P.; Vedeneev, V.S.

    Dogs were acutely, subacutely and chronically inhaled with polymeric /sup 239/Pu and monomeric /sup 241/Am nitrates. Distinctly directed changes were observed in the protein fraction and glycoproteins, as well as in transaminases and sorbitoldehydrogenase of the blood serum, which were attributed to unequal radiation loads to the lungs and the organs of the secondary deposition of nuclides, and also to different degree of the respiratory distress.

  9. Hepatic dysfunction after radiotherapy for primary gastric lymphoma

    Patients with primary gastric lymphoma (PGL) are often treated with three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) in three to four fields to reduce the dose to the left kidney. However, the liver dose is higher than conventional parallel-opposed fields. This study was designed to evaluate hepatic dysfunction after 3D-CRT in patients with PGL. The data of 20 PGL patients treated with 3D-CRT were analyzed. Of the 20 patients, 3 had mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma and 17 had diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The median dose used to treat MALT lymphoma was 30 Gy and 40 Gy for DLBCL. Pretreatment and post-treatment transaminase and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) values were compared. Radiation-induced hepatic dysfunction (RIHD) was defined as a more than 2-fold increase in transaminase or ALP levels, exceeding the upper limit within 4 months of the completion of radiotherapy. Increased transaminase or ALP levels were observed in 19 patients (95%). RIHD was observed in 14 patients (70%). The transaminase and ALP values were significantly different between pretreatment and post-treatment. There were significant differences in liver volumes receiving ≥5, ≥10, ≥15 and ≥20 Gy (V5, V10, V15 and V20) and in the mean liver doses between patients with and without RIHD. For patients with V10 > 60%, V15 > 50% or V20 > 30% in particular, the incidence rates of RIHD were significantly high. After radiotherapy for PGL, hepatic dysfunction occurred at a high rate. Thus, radiotherapy treatment should be planned in order to reduce liver doses. (author)

  10. Metabolic fate of L-[N-13] glutamate in normal isolated myocardium

    In the present work nitrogen flux of an amino acid in myocardium is followed via arterial bolus injection of non-carrier added L-[N-13]glutamate (N-13 GLU) into the isolated rabbit septa. Incorporation of nitrogen-13 into [N-13]aspartate (N-13 ASP)(16%) and [N-13]alanine (N-13 ALA)(14%) predominates over [N-13]glutamine (N-13 GLN) (3.2%) as determined by reversed phase HPLC in normal septa 6 min after bolus injection. No N-13 ammonia or N-13 urea is detected. Introduction of the transaminase inhibitor aminooxyacetate (AOA, 2 nM) into perfusate completely blocked transaminase reaction and increased N-13 GLN (7.3%) and free N-13 ammonia (4.0%), probably resulting from glutamate dehydrogenase reaction. Inclusion of 2mM pyruvate in the perfusate resulted in 3 fold increase in N-13 ALA (44%), slight increase in N-13 GLN (5.0%) and significant decrease in N-13 ASP. Addition of 2mM AOA in the presence of pyruvate blocked production of N-13 ASP and N-13 ALA, and increased N-13 GLN slightly (6.0%). All studies had similar residual fractions (50%) except AOA treated septa (23%) indicating decreased metabolic trapping of the N-13 label. In conclusion, nitrogen-13 distribution in tissue is primarily governed by glutamate interaction with transaminases. Although the Michaelis constants of glutamate for GOT (Km = 4 nM, pig heart), GPT (Km = 8.1 mM, beef heart) and glutamine synthetase (Km = 2.5 mM, ovine brain) are similar, the transaminases play a predominant role because of their great abundance in myocardial tissue

  11. The Hepatoprotection Provided by Taurine and Glycine against Antineoplastic Drugs Induced Liver Injury in an Ex Vivo Model of Normothermic Recirculating Isolated Perfused Rat Liver

    Reza Heidari; Akram Jamshidzadeh; Hossein Niknahad; Farshad Safari; Hamdollah Azizi; Narges Abdoli; Mohammad Mehdi Ommati; Forouzan Khodaei; Arastoo Saeedi; Asma Najibi

    2016-01-01

    Taurine (2-aminoethane sulfonic acid) is a non-protein amino acid found in high concentration in different tissues. Glycine (Amino acetic acid) is the simplest amino acid incorporated in the structure of proteins. Several investigations indicate the hepatoprotective properties of these amino acids. On the other hand, antineoplastic agents-induced serum transaminase elevation and liver injury is a clinical complication. The current investigation was designed to screen the possible hepatoprotec...

  12. Heme oxygenase-1 protects donor livers from ischemia/reperfusion injury:The role of Kupffer cells

    2010-01-01

    AIM:To examine whether heme oxygenase (HO)-1 overexpression would exert direct or indirect effects on Kupffer cells activation, which lead to aggravation of reperfusion injury.METHODS: Donors were pretreated with cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP) or zinc protoporphyrin (ZnPP), HO-1 inducer and antagonist, respectively. Livers were stored at 4℃ for 24 h before transplantation. Kupffer cells were isolated and cultured for 6 h after liver reperfusion.RESULTS: Postoperatively, serum transaminases were significantly ...

  13. Cholestatic Jaundice Associated with Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase IA Deficiency

    Morris, A A M; Olpin, S E; Bennett, M. J.; Santani, A; Stahlschmidt, J; McClean, P

    2012-01-01

    Liver dysfunction usually accompanies metabolic decompensation in fatty acid oxidation disorders, including carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) Ia deficiency. Typically, the liver is enlarged with raised plasma transaminase activities and steatosis on histological examination. In contrast, cholestatic jaundice is rare, having only been reported in long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCHAD) deficiency. We report a 3-year-old boy with CPT Ia deficiency who developed hepatomegaly and ch...

  14. Chronic hepatitis E: A brief review

    Murali, Arvind R.; Kotwal, Vikram; Chawla, Saurabh

    2015-01-01

    Hepatitis E viral infection has traditionally been considered an acute, self-limited, water borne disease similar to hepatitis A, endemic to developing countries. However, over the past decade, zoonotic transmission and progression to chronicity in human patients has been identified, resulting in persistently elevated transaminase levels, progressive liver injury and cirrhosis. In addition to liver injury, neurological, renal and rheumatological manifestations have also been reported. Chronic...

  15. Effect of Korean red ginseng extract on liver damage induced by short-term and long-term ethanol treatment in rats

    Seo, Su-Jeong; Cho, Jae Youl; Jeong, Yeon Ho; Choi, Yong-Soon

    2013-01-01

    Korean red ginseng (KRG) is prepared by the process of steaming the roots of Panax ginseng. In this study, the feeding effects of KRG-water extract (KRGE) on ethanol-induced liver damage were elucidated by measuring serum biomarkers in rats. Serum γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (γ-GT) activity and the concentration of malondialdehyde (MDA) were significantly increased by short-term and long-term ethanol treatment in rats, whereas the activities of serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT) and glu...

  16. Partial Liver Ischemia Is Followed by Metabolic Changes in the Normally Perfused Part of the Liver during Reperfusion

    Kannerup, Anne-Sofie; Grønbæk, Henning; Funch-Jensen, Peter; Karlsen, S.; Mortensen, Frank Viborg

    2010-01-01

    Background: Temporary vascular in- and outflow occlusion is an effective technique for bleeding control during liver resection. However, occlusion can result in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury to the liver. The aim of this study in a porcine model was to investigate the effect of in- and outflo...... continuous decreases in lactate and pyruvate levels in the whole liver, even though the ischemic insult was not detectable in transaminase levels....

  17. Acute exercise does not induce an acute phase response (APR) in Standardbred trotters

    Kristensen, Lena; Buhl, Rikke; Nostell, Katarina; Bak, Lars; Petersen, Ellen; Lindholm, Maria; Jacobsen, Stine

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to investigate whether acute strenuous exercise (1600- to 2500-m race) would elicit an acute phase response (APR) in Standardbred trotters. Blood levels of several inflammatory markers [serum amyloid A (SAA), haptoglobin, fibrinogen, white blood cell count (WBC), and iron], muscle enzymes [creatinine kinase (CK) and aspartate transaminase (AST)], and hemoglobin were assessed in 58 Standardbred trotters before and after racing. Hemoglobin levels increased and iron ...

  18. Lipidomic profiling reveals protective function of fatty acid oxidation in cocaine-induced hepatotoxicity[S

    Shi, Xiaolei; Yao, Dan; Gosnell, Blake A.; Chen, Chi

    2012-01-01

    During cocaine-induced hepatotoxicity, lipid accumulation occurs prior to necrotic cell death in the liver. However, the exact influences of cocaine on the homeostasis of lipid metabolism remain largely unknown. In this study, the progression of subacute hepatotoxicity, including centrilobular necrosis in the liver and elevation of transaminase activity in serum, was observed in a three-day cocaine treatment, accompanying the disruption of triacylglycerol (TAG) turnover. Serum TAG level incre...

  19. Correlation of hepatitis C RNA and serum alanine aminotransferase in hepatitis B and C seronegative healthy blood donors

    Ali Natasha; Moiz Bushra; Moatter Tariq; Ahmed Shiraz; Adil Salman; Khurshid Mohammad

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: Historically, serum alanine transaminase (ALT) has been used as a surrogate marker in the detection of hepatitis viruses in blood donors. With the availability of newer sensitive technologies for the detection of seroconversion, the value of ALT becomes questionable but continues to be used for this purpose with subsequent discarding of ALT elevated blood units. Objective: The present study aims to evaluate the significance and cost effectiveness of ALT as a surrogate marker for...

  20. Hepatoprotective activity of two plants belonging to the Apiaceae and the Euphorbiaceae family.

    Ahmed, Bahar; Alam, Tanveer; Varshney, Manoj; Khan, Shah Alam

    2002-03-01

    The different extracts of Apium graveolens Linn. (Apiaceae) and Croton oblongifolius Roxb. (Euphorbiaceae) were tested for their hepatoprotective activity against CCl(4) induced hepatotoxicity in albino rats. The degree of protection was measured by using biochemical parameters like serum transaminases (SGOT and SGPT), alkaline phosphatase, total protein and albumin. The methanolic extracts showed the most significant hepatoprotective activity comparable with standard drug silymarin. Other extracts namely petroleum ether and acetone also exhibited a potent activity. PMID:11849834

  1. A rare cause of drug-induced hepatitis in an immunocompromised patient and the role of glutathione

    Viplove Senadhi; Deepika Arora; Manish Arora; Franklin Marsh

    2012-01-01

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on numerous herbal drugs, including many popular products at General Nutrition Centers (GNC), regarding unstudied hepatotoxicity. There have been recent reports of GNC products such as hydroxycut and herbalife, causing drug-induced hepatitis. Herbal medications are over-the-counter products and are not investigated thoroughly by the FDA. Given that the most common outpatient laboratory abnormality is elevated liver transaminases, a s...

  2. Signet ring cell carcinoma of the ampulla of vater: Report of a case and a review of the literature

    Masaki Wakasugi; Masahiro Tanemura; Kenta Furukawa; Maiko Murata; Masanori Miyazaki; Masahide Oshita; Ken-ichi Yoshida; Hironao Yasuoka; Hiroki Akamatsu

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Signet ring cell carcinoma (SRCC) of the ampulla of vater is a very rare tumor that is reported infrequently in the literature. Presentation of case: A 59-year-old woman visited our hospital for evaluation of elevated transaminase levels. On laboratory examination of tumor marker levels, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen (CA) 19–9 levels were normal, and DUPAN-2 was elevated. Computed tomography (CT) confirmed a 2 cm, enhanced mass in the periampullary r...

  3. Association of liver inflammation with alpha-fetoprotein and treatment response in hepatitis C virus genotype 4 patients

    Samar Samir Youssef; Sameh Mohamed Seif

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: Chronic hepatitis C (CHC) or liver inflammation resulting from infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the cause of chronic liver disease and leads to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The burden of chronic HCV-related liver disease in Egypt continues to rise and the interaction of liver inflammation with biomarkers and response to therapy is scarcely discussed. Moreover, serum alanine transaminase (ALT) is considered as a moderately accurate test for indicating liver infl...

  4. Biological evaluation of crude and degummed oil from Moringa oleifera seeds

    Graziela de Fátima Andrade; Tânia Márcia Sacramento Melo; Cláudia Dumans Guedes; Kátia Monteiro Novack; Rinaldo Cardoso dos Santos; Marcelo Eustáquio Silva

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the oil extracted from Moringa oleifera (fam. Moringaceae) seeds from the nutritional standpoint. Nutritional evaluation of crude or degummed moringa oil or soybean oil (as a control) involved the determination of the Food Efficiency (FE) in male Fisher rats and the fatty acid composition of the moringa oil. Hepatic and renal functions were assessed by measuring serum transaminases activity and urea and creatinine concentrations, respectively. Serum choles...

  5. An Update on Drug-induced Liver Injury

    Devarbhavi, Harshad

    2012-01-01

    Idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality following drugs taken in therapeutic doses. Hepatotoxicity is a leading cause of attrition in drug development, or withdrawal or restricted use after marketing. No age is exempt although adults and the elderly are at increased risk. DILI spans the entire spectrum ranging from asymptomatic elevation in transaminases to severe disease such as acute hepatitis leading to acute liver failure. The liver ...

  6. Euforia-induced acute hepatitis in a patient with scleroderma

    Jiménez-Encarnación, Esther; Ríos, Grissel; Muñoz-Mirabal, Angel; Vilá, Luis M.

    2012-01-01

    Euforia, a supplement containing a variety of natural ingredients, is widely used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory formula. It is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and its side effects are unknown. We report a 45-year-old woman with limited systemic sclerosis who presented with jaundice and marked elevation of serum transaminases. One month before, she started taking Euforia juice. A liver biopsy disclosed submassive hepatocellular necrosis with histopathological chan...

  7. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF VARIOUS SERUM BIOMARKERS IN DIAGNOSIS OF MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

    Harpreet Kaur*, Shalini Gupta, Minni Verma, Kamaljit Singh and Jagmohan Singh

    2013-01-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI) causes significant mortality and morbidity. Timely diagnosis allows clinicians to risk stratify their patients and select appropriate treatment. Biochemical markers play a pivotal role in the diagnosis and management of patients with acute myocardial infarction. The older biomarkers like aspartate transaminase, creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase has lost their utility due to lack of specificity and limited sensitivity. This paper reviews the current contribution...

  8. Tumor Induced Hepatic Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells Can Cause Moderate Liver Damage

    Eggert, Tobias; Medina-Echeverz, José; Kapanadze, Tamar; Kruhlak, Michael J.; Korangy, Firouzeh; Greten, Tim F.

    2014-01-01

    Subcutaneous tumors induce the accumulation of myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSC) not only in blood and spleens, but also in livers of these animals. Unexpectedly, we observed a moderate increase in serum transaminases in mice with EL4 subcutaneous tumors, which prompted us to study the relationship of hepatic MDSC accumulation and liver injury. MDSC were the predominant immune cell population expanding in livers of all subcutaneous tumor models investigated (RIL175, B16, EL4, CT26 and B...

  9. Hematologi dan Kimia Klinik Darah Kambing Peranakan Etawah yang Diberi Pakan Produk Sampingan Pertanian dan Enzim Optizym (HEMATOLOGY AND BLOOD CLINICAL CHEMISTRY OF ETAWAH GOAT CROSSBRED-FED AGRICULTURE BY PRODUCTS SUPPLEMENTED WITH OPTIZYM ENZYME

    Wayan Sayang Yupardhi

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available In Indonesia including Bali island until now, a lot of Etawah Goat Crossbred raised by farmers. Inthe island, there was  lots of  agriculture by products available which were not much used yet for animalfeed. There is an opportunity the product were supplemented with Optizym enzyme to  feed the animal.The enzyme was a cellulotic one. The objective of this experiment was to study hematology (packaged cellvolume, hemoglobin, erythrocytes, leukocytes, neutrophil, lymphocyte, monocyte, eosinophil, sedimentationrate and clinical chemistry of blood (creatinine, urea, serum glutamic piruvat transaminase, serum glutamicoxaloacetic transaminase, glucose, and cholesterol. The experiment was conducted for 2 months at Bukit-Jimbaran, Badung, Bali. Measurements were conducted  on the packaged cell volume with the method ofmicrohematocrite, hemoglobin with the method of Hematin (Hemoglobinometer or Hemometer Sahli,erythrocytes and leukocytes with the method of Hemocytometer (improved Neubaeur, differential ofleukocytes (neutrophil, lymphocyte, monocyte, eosinophil with the method of slide; and blood sedimentationrate with the method of Westergreen, while measurements of the creatinine, urea, serum glutamic piruvattransaminase, serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, glucose, and cholesterol were conducted with Reflotron Plus modified Reflovet Plus (Roch.Data were analyzed with Analysis of Variance. Results ofthe experiment showed that supplementation of the optizym for 0,25 kg and 0,50 kg in every 100 kg basaldiet of agriculture by products (unconventional were not increased significantly on the packaged cellvolume, hemoglobin, total erythrocytes, total leucocytes, neuthrophil, lymposite, monocyte and the samething was also occurred on serum glutamic piruvat transaminase, serum glutamic oxaloacetictransaminase, glucose, and cholesterol of the animals (P > 0.05 compared to the untreated one; while therest (blood sedimentation rate, creatinine, and urea

  10. Transamination enzymes activity in the leaves of Sambucus nigrа under the high mineralization

    O. M. Vasilyuk

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The aspartate aminotransferase (АsАТ, EC 2.6.1.1 and alanine aminotransferase (АlАТ, EC 2.6.1.2 activities in the leaves of Sambucus nigra L. under the magnesium sulfate (0.5–2.5 g/l influense as an exogenous factor in a model experiment are analysed. The correlation between minaralization level and transaminases activities in the leaves are presented.

  11. Severe Starvation-Induced Hepatocyte Autophagy as a Cause of Acute Liver Injury in Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Report

    Rubbia Brandt, L.; Spahr, L; S. Restellini

    2013-01-01

    Introduction. Mild elevation of transaminase may be observed in anorexia nervosa, but acute liver injury is uncommon. A complex programmed cell death in response to starvation, called autophagy, has been described in experimental and human studies. Case Presentation. A 24-year-old woman suffering from anorexia nervosa was hospitalized for severe malnutrition. At admission, there were biological signs of acute liver injury but no electrolytic imbalance. After having ruled out the most common c...

  12. Evaluation of Biomarkers of NAFLD in a Cohort of Morbidly Obese Patients

    Ali Canbay; Guido Gerken; Jochen Erhard; Martin Schlattjan; Hagen Kälsch; Julia Kälsch; Bechmann, Lars P

    2011-01-01

    Hepatocyte apoptosis is a key event in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and serum apoptotic markers are emerging as surrogate markers for NAFLD. We studied the role of caspase-cleaved cytokeratin18 in the diagnosis of fibrosis in a cohort of 127 morbidly obese patients and also performed a review of the literature biomarkers of NAFLD and fibrosis. Here, we found that cleaved caspase 18 correlated with liver steatosis and liver injury as assessed by serum transaminase levels. Furtherm...

  13. Auxin Biosynthesis

    Zhao, Yunde

    2014-01-01

    lndole-3-acetic acid (IAA), the most important natural auxin in plants, is mainly synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan (Trp). Recent genetic and biochemical studies in Arabidopsis have unambiguously established the first complete Trp-dependent auxin biosynthesis pathway. The first chemical step of auxin biosynthesis is the removal of the amino group from Trp by the TRYPTOPHAN AMINOTRANSFERASE OF ARABIDOPSIS (TAA) family of transaminases to generate indole-3-pyruvate (IPA). IPA then unde...

  14. Effects of Long-Term Administration of Lithium and Hydrochlorothiazide in Rats

    LOGHIN, FELICIA; Olinic, Adriana; Popa, Daniela-Saveta; Socaciu, Carmen; Leucuta, Sorin E.

    1999-01-01

    The biochemical and histological changes following 60 days administration of daily doses equivalent to 1/20 LD50 of lithium lactate and hydrochlorothiazide, as such and in association, were studied in male Wistar rats. No mortality or overt signs of toxicity were observed during the experiment and the serum activities of transaminases, alkaline phosphatase and cholinesterase were not significantly modified compared to controls. The histopathological examination of all the investigated organs:...

  15. CARDIO-PROTECTIVE EFFECT OF ALCOHOLIC EXTRACT OF CYPERUS ROTUNDUS RHIZOME ON ISOPROTERENOL-INDUCED MYOCARDIAL NECROSIS IN RATS

    Syed Mehdi Raza et al

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The study was designed to scientifically evaluate the effect of alchoholic extract of Cyperus rotundus rhizomes, a traditional medicinal herb, on isoproterenol-induce myocardial necrosis in rats model. The albino wistar rats were divided into five different groups with six animal in each group. Group I serves as a control group, group II were given isoproterenol (85 mg/kg s.c for 2 days while Group III was treated with metoprolol (10 mg/kg for 28 days and isoproterenol on last 2 days. This group serves as standard group and its effect was used for comparison with that of test drug (Cyperus rotundus extract. Group IV and V were given Cyperus rotundus rhizome extract (300 mg/kg and 150 mg/kg respectively for 28 days and isoproterenol on last 29th and 30th day. The level of enzymes transaminases (aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase, Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, Cretinine kinase (CK were estimated in serum and the extent of necrosis was studied by grading. Isoproterenol significantly increased the activities of CK, LDH and the transaminases in serum. Pretreatment with the alchoholic extract of Cyperus rotundus had a significant effect on the activities of marker enzymes compared to the other groups. The effect was compared with the effect on marker enzymes in the group treated with Metaprolol. The metaprolol treated group shows reduced level of marker enzymes, nearer to the control group. The pretreatment with Cyperus rotundus extract at the dose 300 mg/kg shows more significant reduction then at the dose of 150 mg/kg. The study confirms the protective effects of Cyperus rotundus rhizome extract against isoproterenol-induced biochemical alterations in rats.

  16. Prognostic Value of Liver Fibrosis Biomarkers: A Meta-Analysis

    Poynard, Thierry; Ngo, Yen; Perazzo, Hugo; Munteanu, Mona; Lebray, Pascal; Moussalli, Joseph; Thabut, Dominique; Benhamou, Yves; Ratziu, Vlad

    2011-01-01

    Aims and Methods: Several serum biomarkers such as FibroTest, aspartate transaminase-platelet ratio index (APRI), FIB-4, and liver stiffness measurement by FibroScan have been validated as alternatives to biopsy for the diagnosis of fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease. This paper aims to assess the 5-year prognostic values of these biomarkers. A meta-analysis combined all published prognostic studies. Baseline biopsy and APRI data were used as references. Results: Only 3 biomarker...

  17. A case of leptospirosis simulating colon cancer with liver metastases

    Granito, Alessandro; Ballardini, Giorgio; Fusconi, Marco; Volta, Umberto; Muratori, Paolo; Sambri, Vittorio; Battista, Giuseppe; Bianchi, Francesco B.

    2004-01-01

    We report a case of a 61-year-old man who presented with fatigue, abdominal pain and hepatomegaly. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen showed hepatomegaly and multiple hepatic lesions highly suggestive of metastatic diseases. Due to the endoscopic finding of colon ulcer, colon cancer with liver metastases was suspected. Biochemically a slight increase of transaminases, alkaline phosphatase and gammaglutamyl transpeptidase were present; α - fetoprotein, carcinoembryogenic antigen and carbo...

  18. A phase II trial of pemetrexed plus gemcitabine in locally advanced and/or metastatic transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelium

    Maase, Hans von der; Lehmann, J.; Gravis, G.;

    2006-01-01

    .1-14.6 months). CTC grade 3/4 hematologic       toxicities included anemia (19%), thrombocytopenia (9%), neutropenia       (38%), febrile neutropenia (17%) and neutropenic sepsis (3%). Grade 3/4       non-hematologic toxicities included elevated transaminases (12%), dyspnea       (8%), fatigue (8%) and...

  19. Kawasaki disease: report of 34 cases Original Article

    YAVUZ, Taner; Öner, Naci; Ömeroğlu, Rukiye Eker Eker; Dindar, Aygün; Aydoğan, Ümrah; Ertuğrul, Türkan

    2006-01-01

    Aim: In this study we present children with Kawasaki disease and compare with the other series of patients reported in Turkey Material and Method: This is a retrospective study of 34 children admitted and treated with the clinical diagnosis of Kawasaki disease at our Pediatric Cardiology Unit in the last five years Complete blood count erythrocyte sedimentation rate routine urine examination measurements serum hepatic transaminase and C reactive protein and echocardiography were the studies p...

  20. Investigation of liver tissue and biochemical parameters of adult wistar rats treated with Arctium lappa L.

    Fabrícia Souza Predes

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available This study was carried out to evaluate the effects of Arctium lappa L. (burdock on the liver of adult male Wistar rats as measured by light microscopy and biochemical parameters. The rats received the extract in water bottles at doses of 10 or 20 g/L daily for 40 days. There were no significant changes in the plasma levels of albumin, aspartate transaminase (AST, alanine transaminase (ALT, gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT, total protein, total cholesterol, urea, uric acid, triacylglycerol, calcium, phosphorus, chlorine and direct bilirubin. The morphological analysis did not reveal histopathological alterations in liver tissue. Both biochemical and morphological data did not indicate A. lappa toxicity.A bardana (Arctium lappa L é uma planta trazida do Japão e aclimatada no Brasil, e é extensamente utilizada na medicina popular em todo mundo. Este estudo foi realizado para avaliar os possíveis efeitos da A. lappa no fígado e nos parâmetros bioquímicos plasmáticos em ratos Wistar adultos. Estes receberam a infusão de bardana nas doses de 10 ou 20 g de folhas secas /L de água, por 40 dias. Não houve alteração significativa nos níveis plasmáticos de albumina, aspartato transaminase (AST, alanina transaminase (ALT, gamma glutamil transferase (GGT, proteínas totais, colesterol total, uréia, ácido úrico, triglicérides, cálcio, fósforo, bilirrubina direta e cloro. A análise morfológica não revelou alterações histopatológicas no fígado. Os dados bioquímicos e morfológicos não indicaram a toxicidade da bardana.

  1. Gemcitabine-Induced Hepatitis in a Pancreatic Cancer Patient Receiving Adjuvant Therapy following Metastasectomy

    Hamid Saadati; Jennifer Peccerillo; Kristin Kaley; Schilsky, Michael L.; Muhammad Wasif Saif

    2009-01-01

    Dear Sir: Gemcitabine is the only FDA-approved cytotoxic agent for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Although a relatively safe drug, the major side effects of gemcitabine include bone marrow suppression and flulike symptoms. Transient abnormalities of liver transaminase enzymes are seen in two-third of patients; elevations of alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin are less common, but severe hepatic toxicity is uncommon. We describe a case of patient with metastatic pancreatic cancer who de...

  2. Wilson’s disease: A review of what we have learned

    Rodriguez-Castro, Kryssia Isabel; Hevia-Urrutia, Francisco Javier; Sturniolo, Giacomo Carlo

    2015-01-01

    Wilson’s disease (WD), which results from the defective ATP7B protein product, is characterized by impaired copper metabolism and its clinical consequences vary from an asymptomatic state to fulminant hepatic failure, chronic liver disease with or without cirrhosis, neurological, and psychiatric manifestations. A high grade of suspicion is warranted to not miss cases of WD, especially less florid cases with only mild elevation of transaminases, or isolated neuropsychiatric involvement. Screen...

  3. The Prevalence, laboratory confirmation, clinical features and public health significance of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Badrood city, an old focus of Isfahan Province, Central Iran

    Rohollah Dehghani; Hamid kassiri; Narges Mehrzad; Nilofar Ghasemi

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of methanolic extract of Murraya koenigii (MMK) leaves in attenuating the hepatic damage inflicted by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), a potent oxidative stress inducer and a model hepatotoxicant.Methods:Rats were divided into six groups of five each: normal control group, CCl4 group, CCl4+silymarin group, CCl4+MMK group (200 mg/kg body weight), CCl4+MMK group (300 mg/kg body weight) and CCl4+MMK group (500 mg/kg body weight). Rats were intraperitoneally injected with 20% CCl4 in corn oil (1 mL/kg body weight) and MMK was orally administered for 3 weeks. Levels of hepatic markers such as alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, alkaline phosphatase and total bilirubin were measured. Activities of superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase were assayed and malondialdehyde content was measured. For histopathological examination, liver microtome sections were prepared and observed under light microscope.Results:Oral administration of MMK had significantly reduced the activities of aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin content in a dose-dependent manner, which were elevated by CCl4. However, CCl4-induced rise in lipid peroxidation and drop in superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase activities were reversed by MMK administration. Further, the hepatoprotective activity of MMK was supported by histopathological examination of liver microtome sections.Conclusions:Our biochemical and histological studies demonstrate the potential antioxidant and hepatoprotective activity of MMK and our results scientifically validate the often use of MMK leaves in food preparation and in Ayurvedic medicine in India and neighboring countries.

  4. Role of Galectin-3 in Acetaminophen-Induced Hepatotoxicity and Inflammatory Mediator Production

    Dragomir, Ana-Cristina; Sun, Richard; Mishin, Vladimir; Hall, LeRoy B.; Laskin, Jeffrey D.; Laskin, Debra L.

    2012-01-01

    Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a β-galactoside-binding lectin implicated in the regulation of macrophage activation and inflammatory mediator production. In the present studies, we analyzed the role of Gal-3 in liver inflammation and injury induced by acetaminophen (APAP). Treatment of wild-type (WT) mice with APAP (300 mg/kg, ip) resulted in centrilobular hepatic necrosis and increases in serum transaminases. This was associated with increased hepatic expression of Gal-3 messenger RNA and protein. Im...

  5. Effects of phospholipid hepatoprotectors on apoptosis during experimental liver pathology induced by isoniazid and paracetamol.

    Udut, V V; Vengerovsky, A I; Dygai, A M

    2013-03-01

    Phospholipid hepatoprotectors essentiale, eplir, and their combinations with succinic acid decreased the relative content of apoptotic lymphocytes and granulocytes in the blood, content of TNF-α, total and indirect bilirubin, and activities of transaminases and alkaline phosphatase and increase the content of IL-10 in rats with experimental intoxication induced by isoniazid and paracetamol. A combination of eplir and succinic acid was most effective in preventing the development of leukocyte apoptosis. PMID:23658881

  6. Gyrate atrophy with hyperornithinaemia: different types of responsiveness to vitamin B6.

    Hayasaka, S.; Saito, T.; Nakajima, H.; Takaku, Y; Shiono, T; Mizuno, K; Ohmura, K.; Tada, K

    1981-01-01

    Three cases of Japanese patients with gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina with hyperornithinaemia were studied clinically and biochemically. The types of disease differed in responsiveness to vitamin B6. In-vivo responsiveness to vitamin B6 was correlated with in-vitro data. It is suggested that the in-vitro examination of the influence of pyridoxal phosphate on ornithine ketoacid transaminase activity in cultured fibroblasts may be useful in ascertaining the efficacy of vitamin B6 treat...

  7. Hepatic safety of RPV/FTC/TDF single tablet regimen in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients. Preliminary results of the hEPAtic Study

    Karin Neukam; Nuria Espinosa; Dolores Merino; Antonio Rivero-Juárez; Ana Carrero; María José Ríos; Josefa Ruiz-Morales; Ana Gómez-Berrocal; Francisco Téllez; Marta Díaz-Menéndez; Antonio Collado; Inés Pérez-Camacho; Marcial Delgado-Fernández; Francisco Vera-Méndez; Pineda, Juan A.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Although hepatotoxicity related to antiretroviral treatment (ART) has become less frequent, hepatotoxic events, such as transaminase elevations (TE), are still a matter of concern. RPV/FTC/TDF (EPA) is a new single tablet regimen which is widely used in real life practice. Clinical trials showed an adequate profile of liver safety in the sub-population of HIV/HCV-coinfected patients receiving rilpivirine. However, the number of individuals included in these analyses is low (1). ...

  8. Multicenter randomized, controlled study of intramuscular administration of interferon-beta for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C.

    Castro, A; Suárez, D; Inglada, L; Carballo, E; Domínguez, A; Diago, M; Such, J; Del Olmo, J A; Pérez-Mota, A; Pedreira, J; Quiroga, J A; Carreño, V

    1997-01-01

    The intramuscular administration of interferon-beta (IFN-beta) at a dosage of 6 million units three times per week for 6 months has been evaluated in 90 patients included in a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Transaminase levels were significantly reduced in IFN-beta-treated patients (p = 0.015) and were significantly lower with respect to those of the untreated controls (p = 0.040 at 6 months). Four treated (8%) and one untreated (2.5%) patients had normal transaminase values after 6 months. At study end (12 months), three quarters of the IFN-beta-treated patients had sustained transaminase normalization, whereas the untreated case had relapsed. Hepatitis C viremia was cleared in 6 (12%) treated patients but in none of the untreated controls (p = 0.058). Side effects of IFN-beta were infrequent (a mild flu-like syndrome in anorexia in 8%, headaches and weight loss in 8%, and hair loss in 4%). Leukocyte and platelet counts decreased during IFN-beta treatment, but no dose modifications were necessary. Such decreases were not statistically significant when compared with the levels in the untreated controls. Intramuscular IFN-beta at the dosage used has little efficacy in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Because of IFN-beta tolerance, higher doses and alternate routes of injection might prove beneficial for the treatment of this disease. PMID:9041468

  9. Role of nitric oxide, angiogenic growth factors and biochemical analysis in preeclampsia.

    Saha, Tanmay; Halder, Mrityunjoy; Das, Amitabha; Das, Subir Kumar

    2013-10-01

    Preeclampsia, a pregnancy-related hypertensive disorder, is one of the leading causes of fetal and maternal mortality and morbidity globally. Angiogenic growth factors, including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and placental growth factor (P1GF) are involved in the generation of new blood vessels required for placental development and physiological functions, while nitric oxide (NO) acts as vasodilator and also plays a role in angiogenesis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of NO, angiogenic growth factors (VEGF and PIGF) and other biochemical parameters in the development of preeclampsia among pregnant mothers. A complete clinical history, including anthropometric measurements and biochemical investigations, including renal function tests, liver function tests and lipid profile were performed among twenty preeclampsia patients aged 19 to 32 yrs. Results were compared with age-matched normotensive pregnant mothers. The body weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, concentrations of urea, uric acid and triglyceride and activities of transaminase enzymes (aspartate transaminase, AST and alanine transaminase, ALT) in serum were significantly higher (p preeclampsia development. PMID:24772969

  10. Toxic effects of imidacloprid on adult loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus).

    Xia, Xiaohua; Xia, Xiaopei; Huo, Weiran; Dong, Hui; Zhang, Linxia; Chang, Zhongjie

    2016-07-01

    The present investigation was aimed to assess the effects of imidacloprid on the survival, genetic materials, hepatic transaminase activity and histopathology of loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus). The values of LC50 (24, 48, 72 and 96h) of imidacloprid were 167.7, 158.6, 147.9 and 145.8mg/L, respectively, and the safety concentration was 42.55mg/L. The erythrocyte micronuclei assays and the comet assay results showed that imidacloprid had genetic toxic effect on the loach erythrocytes. To assess the physiological and biochemical damage caused by imidacloprid, the activities of hepatic glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT) and glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase (GOT) were measured and their values declined in treatment groups. Histological examination of testis revealed that imidacloprid treatment resulted in disorganized lobules and cysts structures. In the present work, we also investigated the joint toxicity of pesticides commonly used in paddy fields (imidacloprid and lambda-cyhalothrin) on M. anguillicaudatus, and confirmed that a synergistic effect existing in the binary mixtures. The results of our study provide relevant and comparable toxicity information that are useful for safety application of pesticides. PMID:27299658

  11. Transamination of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) in rat adipose tissue

    Like most extrahepatic tissues, adipose tissue can transaminate the BCAA faster than they are oxidized. Catabolism of the BCAA by adipose tissue appears to be limited by the activity of branched chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCDH). Conditions which stimulate the activity of this intramitochondrial enzyme in tissue extracts also increase the rate at which [1-14C]leucine (L) and [1-14C]valine (V) are oxidized by tissue segments. However, when maximum rates of oxidation were measured, 10 mM L was oxidized to 14CO2 5 times faster than 10 mM V (30 +/- 2 vs. 6 +/- 1 nmol min-1 g tis-1). In contrast, the α-keto analogs of L and V were oxidized by tissue segments at nearly equal rates which slightly exceeded the rate of L oxidation. These results suggested that transamination might limit the catabolism of V, perhaps due to its inaccessibility to transaminase. The distribution of transaminase activity in tissue extracts was determined after centrifugation to obtain mitochondrial and cytosolic fractions. L and V were transaminated at similar rates by enzymes in both fractions. Transaminase activity in the mitochondrial fraction was greater than that of the cytosol and exceeded the capacity of the tissue to oxidize L. Catabolism of BCAA may depend upon intramitochondrial transamination and oxidation of V may be slower than that of L because uptake of V by mitochondria may be slower than that of L

  12. Effect of α-naphthylisothiocyanate on blood clearance of 99mTc-phytate in dogs

    The effect of α-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT) on blood clearance of 99mTc-phytate (99mTc-P) in dogs was examined, and blood clearance test of 99mTc-P was compared with the cases of serum transaminase test or serum bilirubin test. Serum transaminase and bilirubin levels in dogs increased after ANIT administration, however, the degree of increase in these parameters was much lower than the cases in rats. The disappearance rate of 99mTc-P from blood in dogs decreased with the increase in dose of ANIT and with the passage of time after the ANIT administration. Changes of the blood clearance of 99mTc-P after ANIT treatment in dogs may be influenced by the disorder in the hepatocytes rather than in the bile ductule cells. The blood clearance test of 99mTc-P in dogs showed a sensitive reaction for the acute hepatic dysfunction induced by ANIT equally to the serum transaminase test or the serum bilirubin test. (author)

  13. Frequency and clinical course of hepatitis E in tertiary care hospitals

    Objective: To find out the frequency of hepatitis E virus as a cause of acute hepatitis and its clinical course in hospitalized patients. Patients and Methods: Amongst the total number of 1922 admitted patients, 148 had history of nausea, vomiting and jaundice and raised serum bilirubin with raised hepatic transaminases (ALT) , were screened for HBV (hepatitis B virus), HCV (hepatitis C virus) and subsequently for HEV (hepatitis E virus). Acute hepatitis A, autoimmune hepatitis and Wilson's disease were excluded by doing appropriate test as and when required. The patients with hepatitis E were then monitored by checking their serial transaminases on day 1,4,8 and day 18 or until their transaminases dropped to normal. They were also clinically assessed and followed-up. Results: Amongst the total admission of 1922 patients during one-year period, 148 had acute hepatitis and out of these, 21 patients (14.189%) suffered from hepatitis E. Seventeen patients were below the age of 40. There were increased number of cases during the late summer and early winter seasons. Majority of the hepatitis E patients recovered during the short follow-up period of two weeks. Two patients had fulminate hepatitis. A four months pregnant young female died of her illness despite intensive treatment. Conclusion: Hepatitis E virus is fairly common cause of acute hepatitis in hospitalized patients. Most of the patients are having a benign self-limiting illness. (author)

  14. Hepatoprotective effects of solanum nigrum extracts on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced hepatotoxicity in rats

    Effects of aqueous and alcoholic extracts of Solanum nigrum were investigated against CCl4 induced hepatic damage in male albino rats of Sprague Dowley Strain. Enzymatic activities i.e. Aspartate Transaminase, Alanine Transaminase and Alkaline Phosphatase, and gross microscopic appearance of liver were used as parameters and hepato protective studies were performed. In case of hepato protective study i.e. pre-treatment of rats with aqueous extracts of plant (500 mg orally, two doses with 24 hours interval) prevented (p <0.001) CCl4 induced rise in activity of serum Transaminases (ALT and AST) and ALP, whereas the alcoholic extract did not prevent the rise of same enzymes, compared to the sham control group in which liver was damaged by CCI4, no treatment given. Histological examination of the liver of animals treated with aqueous extract of plant showed that change in fatty acids was less in comparison to the sham control group. In the treated group, reduction in body-weight was minimal and liver enlargement was also less, as compared to the animals in sham control group. These results indicate that only aqueous extract of Solanum nigrum exhibits hepatoprotective effects, at least within the parameters of the present study. (author)

  15. Serum enzymes in rainbow trout as tools in the diagnosis of water quality

    Wieser, W.; Hinterleitner, S.

    1980-08-01

    The activities of serum enzymes are likely to reflect the metabolic state of fish in much the same way as they do in mammals. Thus it can be expected that toxic agents or factors which lead to chronic impairment of the animals' metabolism will cause changes, usually increases, of the activities of some serum enzymes. Many studies have been conducted in which fish were experimentally stressed and the ensuing changes in serum enzyme activities recorded. Some of these responses are likely to be of a more general nature, i.e., indicating the organism's answer to a situation of stress brought about by a general deterioration of water quality. We have tested this idea further by measuring the activities of two transaminases, glutamic oxalacetate transaminase (GOT, E.C.2.6.1.1.) and glutamic pyruvate transaminase (GPT, E.C.2.6.1.8.) in the serum (S) of rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri) caught at various distances from the outflow of a sewage plant into the river Inn near Innsbruck. The quality of the river water was also tested by measuring, at the points where the fish were caught, the concentration of NH/sub 3/, NO/sub 3/ and NO/sub 2/.

  16. Modulating Efficacy of Rosemary Extracts in Rats Exposed to Oxidative Stress

    The Possible current study was conducted to evaluate the modulating efficacy of prolonged oral administration of rosemary extract against gamma irradiation induced oxidative stress in male rats. Ethanolic extract of rosemary was orally administrated in a concentration of 200 mg/ kg body wt daily for 21 days before irradiation and 7 days post exposure (6.5 Gy single dose). Transaminases (AST and ALT), lipid profile (cholesterol, tri glycerols (TG) and low density lipoprotein (LDL)) were determined. The antioxidant status, reduced glutathione (GSH) and metallothionein (MT) as well as concentration of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) were assayed in liver tissues. Rats exposed to ionizing radiation revealed transaminases disorders, lipid abnormalities, elevation of lipid peroxidation and MT, while sharp drop in glutathione level was recorded. The data obtained from rats treated with rosemary extract before and after whole body gamma irradiation revealed significant modulation in transaminases, lipids and noticable improvement in the activity of the antioxidant enzymes, GSH and MT. Rosemary extract was also effective in minimizing the radiation induced increase in lipid peroxidation comparing with the irradiated rats. It could be concluded that rosemary extracts (RME) exerts a beneficial protective role against radiation induced oxidative stress

  17. Effect of D-galactosamine on blood clearance of 99mTc-phytate in dogs

    The effect of D-galactosamine (GalN) on the blood clearance of 99mTc-phytate (99mTc-P) in dogs was examined, and the blood clearance test of 99mTc-P was compared with the cases of the serum transaminase and bilirubin test. Serum transaminase and bilirubin levels in dogs increased dose-dependently after GalN administration, and the degree of increase in these parameters was much higher than the cases in rats. The disapearance rate of 99mTc-P from blood in dogs decreased with the increase in dose of GalN and with the passage of time after the GalN administration. Changes of the blood clearance of 99mTc-P after GalN treatment in dogs may be influenced by the disorder in the hepatocytes. The blood clearance test of 99mTc-P in dogs showed a sensitive reaction for the acute hepatic dysfunction induced by GalN equally to the serum transaminase and bilirubin test. (author)

  18. Transamination of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) in rat adipose tissue

    Frick, G.P.; Goodman, H.M.

    1986-03-05

    Like most extrahepatic tissues, adipose tissue can transaminate the BCAA faster than they are oxidized. Catabolism of the BCAA by adipose tissue appears to be limited by the activity of branched chain ..cap alpha..-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCDH). Conditions which stimulate the activity of this intramitochondrial enzyme in tissue extracts also increase the rate at which (1-/sup 14/C)leucine (L) and (1-/sup 14/C)valine (V) are oxidized by tissue segments. However, when maximum rates of oxidation were measured, 10 mM L was oxidized to /sup 14/CO/sub 2/ 5 times faster than 10 mM V (30 +/- 2 vs. 6 +/- 1 nmol min/sup -1/ g tis/sup -1/). In contrast, the ..cap alpha..-keto analogs of L and V were oxidized by tissue segments at nearly equal rates which slightly exceeded the rate of L oxidation. These results suggested that transamination might limit the catabolism of V, perhaps due to its inaccessibility to transaminase. The distribution of transaminase activity in tissue extracts was determined after centrifugation to obtain mitochondrial and cytosolic fractions. L and V were transaminated at similar rates by enzymes in both fractions. Transaminase activity in the mitochondrial fraction was greater than that of the cytosol and exceeded the capacity of the tissue to oxidize L. Catabolism of BCAA may depend upon intramitochondrial transamination and oxidation of V may be slower than that of L because uptake of V by mitochondria may be slower than that of L.

  19. The Potential Efficacy of Hesperidin (a Citrus Bioflavonoid) in Modulating Gamma Radiation- induced Biochemical Alterations in Male Rats

    The current study was conducted to evaluate the possible modulating efficacy of prolonged oral administration of hesperidin against gamma irradiation - induced some biochemical disorders in male rats.Serum total scavenger capacity “TSC”, aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT), albumin, total proteins, urea, creatinine, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lipid profile (cholesterol, triacylglycerols, high density lipoprotein “HDL-c” and low density lipoprotein “LDL-c”) as well as glucose level were determined. Moreover, we were estimated glutathione content “GSH”, malondialdehyde “MDA” and certain mineral content in liver and kidney homogenate. Also the activities of catalase, superoxide dismutase “SOD”, glutathione peroxidase “GPx” were determined. Irradiated rats (6.5 Gy) revealed transaminases disorders, lipid abnormalities, elevation in serum glucose, ALP activities as well as urea, creatinine, cholesterol, triacylglycerols, LDL-c and MDA. Whereas a sharp drop in TSC, albumin, total proteins, HDL-c and liver and kidney antioxidant enzyme parameters were observed. Also, there was a disturbance in certain minerals such as Cu, Zn, Fe, Se, Ca, Mg and Mn. Notably, hesperidin administration before and after gamma irradiation (orally 200 mg/kg b.wt., three times a week for 4 weeks) ameliorates the above mentioned parameters. It could be concluded that hesperidin exerts a beneficial protective role against oxidative stress of gamma radiation.

  20. Protective effect of potato peel extract against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver injury in rats.

    Singh, Nandita; Kamath, Vasudeva; Narasimhamurthy, K; Rajini, P S

    2008-09-01

    Our earlier studies have shown that extracts derived from potato peel (PPE) are rich in polyphenols and possess strong antioxidant activity both in vitro and in vivo. The objective of the present study was to investigate its potential to offer protection against acute liver injury in rats. Rats pretreated with PPE (oral, 100mg/kgb.w./day for 7 days) were administered a single oral dose carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4), 3ml/kg b.w., 1:1 in groundnut oil) and sacrificed 8h of post-treatment. Hepatic damage was assessed by employing biochemical parameters (transaminase enzyme levels in plasma and liver [AST-aspartate transaminase; ALT-alanine transaminase, LDH-lactate dehydrogenase]). Further, markers of hepatic oxidative damage were measured in terms of malondialdehyde (MDA), enzymic antioxidants (CAT, SOT, GST, GPX) and GSH (reduced glutathione) levels. In addition, the CCl(4)-induced pathological changes in liver were evaluated by histopathological studies. Our results demonstrated that pretreatment of rats with PPE significantly prevented the increased activities of AST and ALT in serum, prevented the elevation of hepatic MDA formation as well as protected the liver from GSH depletion. PPE pretreatment also restored CCl(4)-induced altered antioxidant enzyme activities to control levels. The protective effect of PPE was further evident through the decreased histological alterations in liver. Our findings provide evidences to demonstrate that PPE pretreatment significantly offsets CCl(4)-induced liver injury in rats, which may be attributable to its strong antioxidant propensity. PMID:21791371

  1. Catabolism of Branched Chain Amino Acids Supports Respiration but Not Volatile Synthesis in Tomato Fruits

    Andrej Kochevenko; Wagner L.Araújo; Gregory S.Maloney; Denise M.Tieman; Phuc Thi Do; Mark G.Taylor; Harry J.Klee; Alisdair R.Fernie

    2012-01-01

    The branched-chain amino acid transaminases (BCATs) have a crucial role in metabolism of the branched-chain amino acids leucine,isoleucine,and valine.These enzymes catalyze the last step of synthesis and the initial step of degradation of these amino acids.Although the biosynthetic pathways of branched chain amino acids in plants have been extensively investigated and a number of genes have been characterized,their catabolism in plants is not yet completely understood.We previously characterized the branched chain amino acid transaminase gene family in tomato,revealing both the subcellular localization and kinetic properties of the enzymes encoded by six genes.Here,we examined possible functions of the enzymes during fruit development.We further characterized transgenic plants differing in the expression of branched chain amino acid transaminases 1 and 3,evaluating the rates of respiration in fruits deficient in BCAT1 and the levels of volatiles in lines overexpressing either BCAT1 or BCAT3.We quantitatively tested,via precursor and isotope feeding experiments,the importance of the branched chain amino acids and their corresponding keto acids in the formation of fruit volatiles.Our results not only demonstrate for the first time the importance of branched chain amino acids in fruit respiration,but also reveal that keto acids,rather than amino acids,are the likely precursors for the branched chain flavor volatiles.

  2. Long-term alpha interferon and lamivudine combination therapy in non-responder patients with anti-HBe-positive chronic hepatitis B: Results of an open, controlled trial

    M. Francesca Jaboli; Marco Montagnani; Antonio Colecchia; Davide Festi; Letizia Bacchi Reggiani; Enrico Roda; Giuseppe Mazzella; Carlo Fabbri; Stefania Liva; Francesco Azzaroli; Giovanni Nigro; Silvia Giovanelli; Francesco Ferrara; Anna Miracolo; Sabrina Marchetto

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the safety and efficacy of long-term combination therapy with alpha interferon and lamivudine in non-responsive patients with anti-HBe-positive chronic hepatitis B.METHODS: 34 patients received combination treatment (1 month lamivudine, 12 month lamivudine+interferon, 6month lamivudine), 24 received lamivudine (12 months),24 received interferon (12 months). Interferon was administered at 6 MU tiw and lamivudine at 100 mg orally once daily. Patients were followed up for 6 months after treatment.RESULTS: At the end of treatment, HBV DNA negativity rates were 88 % with lamivudine+interferon, 99 % with lamivudine and 55 % with interferon, (P=0.004, combination therapy vs. interferon, and P=0.001 lamivudine vs.interferon), and serum transaminase normalization rates were 84 %, 91% and 53 % (P=0.01 combination therapy vs. interferon, and P=0.012 lamivudine vs. interferon). Six months later, HBV DNA negativity rates were 44 % with lamivudine+interferon, 33 % with lamivudine and 25 % with interferon, and serum transaminase normalization rates were 61%, 42 % and 45 %, respectively, without statistical significance. No YMDD variants were observed with lamivudine+interferon (vs. 12 % with lamivudine). The combination therapy appeared to be safe. CONCLUSION: Although viral clearance and transaminase normalization are slower with long-term lamivudine+interferon than that with lamivudine alone, the combination regimen seems to provide more lasting benefits and to protect against the appearance of YMDD variants. Studies with other regimens regarding sequence and duration are needed.

  3. Hepatoprotective and antioxidant activity of N-acetyl cysteine in carbamazepine-administered rats

    Eswaran Maheswari

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The present study evaluates the hepatoprotective activity of N-acetyl cysteine (NAC against carbamazepine (CBZ-induced hepatotoxicity. Materials and Methods: Rats were treated with CBZ (50 mg/kg p.o. and CBZ supplemented with NAC 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg for 45 days, after which blood samples were collected and subjected to liver function tests. Animals were killed, liver was separated, weighed and the levels of antioxidants and liver enzymes were estimated. In addition, histopathological investigation was also performed. Results: Serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT, serum glutamate oxaloacetate (SGOT transaminase, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, bilirubin, lipid peroxidation, absolute and relative liver weights were significantly (P < 0.05 elevated, whereas serum levels of albumin, total protein and body weight were decreased in the CBZ-treated animals. CBZ also produced vacuolar degeneration, centrilobular congestion and hepatic necrosis as evidenced from histopathological report. NAC significantly reduced the levels of serum transaminase, ALP, bilirubin and liver weight and increased the levels of total protein, albumin and body weight. Conclusion: It was observed that NAC increased the glutathione (GSH content, reduced lipid peroxidation and reversed the CBZ-induced histopathological abnormalities. CBZ-induced hepatotoxicity may be due its toxic epoxide metabolite-induced oxidative stress.

  4. Effect of the daily consumption of ostrich and bovine meat on the lipid metabolism in rats

    Edvaldo Vasconcelos de Carvalho-Filho

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of the daily consumption of ostrich meat (lliofemuralis internus and bovine meat (Psoas major on the lipid metabolism in adult mice. The analyses of the centesimal composition of the meats and preparation of the diets were accomplished following the recommendations of the American Institute of Nutrition-AIN-93. Three groups of 150 day-old animals: group I (diet I, with casein, group II (diet II, with ostrich meat, and group III (diet III with bovine meat were fed for 13 weeks with the respective diets and weight gain, food efficiency coefficient, total cholesterol, lipoprotein fractions, hepatic, transaminases and body fat percentage and hepatic fat content were evaluated. No difference (p < 0.05 it was found for weight gain and coefficients for feed efficiency among the groups. Total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, relationship of total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol, VLDL, triglycerides and hepatic transaminases were also not different among the groups (p < 0.05. This research suggests that the consumption of ostrich meat or thin bovine meat on a daily basis does not raise concerns about weight gain, and an increase in the plasma concentrations of lipoprotein and levels of hepatic transaminase.

  5. Hepatic Involvement in Dengue Fever in Children

    Kalenahalli Jagadishkumar

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Hepatic dysfunction is common in dengue infection and the degree of liver dysfunction in children varies from mild injury with elevation of transaminases to severe injury with jaundice. This study was undertaken to asses the spectrum of hepatic involvement in dengue infection.Methods: 110 children with serologically positive dengue fever aged between 2 months - 14 years were studied for their hepatic functions both clinically and biochemically after excluding malaria, enteric fever, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B with relevant investigations.Findings: All cases were grouped into DF (Dengue fever, DHF (Dengue hemorrhagic fever and DSS (Dengue shock syndrome according to WHO criteria. The spectrum of hepatic manifestations included hepatomegaly (79%, hepatic tenderness (56%, jaundice (4.5%, raised levels of aspartate transaminase (AST(93 %, alanine transaminase (ALT(78%, alkaline phosphatase (AP (57%, prolonged prothrombin time (PT (20%, reduced levels of serum albumin (66% and abnormal abdomen ultrasound (65%.Conclusion: Hepatic dysfunction was observed more in DHF and DSS group compared to DF group. About 17.27% of children had >10 fold increase in the liver enzymes. There was no correlation between the degree of hepatic enlargement or hepatic tenderness with the abnormalities of liver functions. Any child with fever, jaundice and tender hepatomegaly in geographical areas where dengue is endemic, the diagnosis of dengue infection should be strongly considered.

  6. Effect of a single sublethal dose of permethrin on the development of heart in chick embryo

    Present study was carried out to evaluate the toxic effects of single sublethal doses (0.05 ml) of four different concentrations of permethrin (25, 50, 100 and 200 ppm) on the development of heart in 16/sup th/ day old chick embryo. Saline homogenate/extract of heart tissue was analyzed for the estimation of a few enzyme activities and some of the biochemical components. Enzymes included the amylase, alkaline phosphatase (AkP), acid phosphatase (AcP), Glutamate Oxaloacetate Transaminase (AST), Glutamate Pyruvate Transaminase (ALT) and Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and the biochemical components included the glucose, glycpen, total proteins, soluble proteins, free amino acids, total lipids, cholesterol, urea, uric acid, DNA and RNA contents. Activities of some enzymes were decreased whereas others increased. Significant decrease was observed, in alkaline phosphatase (AkP) activity, glutamate pyruvate transmainase (ALT) activity and in glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (AST) activity at different dose levels. Significant increase was observed in the activities of amylase and acid phosphatase. However, the activity of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) remained unaffected. Some of the biochemical components were decreased whereas others increased. Significant increases were noted in glucose, Glycogen, soluble protein, free amino acid, cholesterol and DNA contents. Significant decreases were observed in total protein, urea, uric acid, total lipids and RNA contents. Results of this experiment indicates that permethrin seriously affects the function of the heart of the developing chick embryo through damaging its muscles. (author)

  7. Comparative pharmacological activity of optical isomers of phenibut.

    Dambrova, Maija; Zvejniece, Liga; Liepinsh, Edgars; Cirule, Helena; Zharkova, Olga; Veinberg, Grigory; Kalvinsh, Ivars

    2008-03-31

    Phenibut (3-phenyl-4-aminobutyric acid) is a GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)-mimetic psychotropic drug which is clinically used in its racemic form. The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of racemic phenibut and its optical isomers in pharmacological tests and GABAB receptor binding studies. In pharmacological tests of locomotor activity, antidepressant and pain effects, S-phenibut was inactive in doses up to 500 mg/kg. In contrast, R-phenibut turned out to be two times more potent than racemic phenibut in most of the tests. In the forced swimming test, at a dose of 100 mg/kg only R-phenibut significantly decreased immobility time. Both R-phenibut and racemic phenibut showed analgesic activity in the tail-flick test with R-phenibut being slightly more active. An GABAB receptor-selective antagonist (3-aminopropyl)(diethoxymethyl)phosphinic acid (CGP35348) inhibited the antidepressant and antinociceptive effects of R-phenibut, as well as locomotor depressing activity of R-phenibut in open field test in vivo. The radioligand binding experiments using a selective GABAB receptor antagonist [3H]CGP54626 revealed that affinity constants for racemic phenibut, R-phenibut and reference GABA-mimetic baclofen were 177+/-2, 92+/-3, 6.0+/-1 microM, respectively. We conclude that the pharmacological activity of racemic phenibut relies on R-phenibut and this correlates to the binding affinity of enantiomers of phenibut to the GABAB receptor. PMID:18275958

  8. The influence of chronic nicotine treatment on proteins expressed in the mouse hippocampus and cortex.

    Matsuura, Kenji; Otani, Mieko; Takano, Masaoki; Kadoyama, Keiichi; Matsuyama, Shogo

    2016-06-01

    Chronic treatment with nicotine, the primary psychoactive substance in tobacco smoke, affects central nervous system functions, such as synaptic plasticity. Here, to clarify the effects of chronic nicotine treatment on the higher brain functions, proteomic analysis of the hippocampus and cortex of mice treated for 6 months with nicotine was performed using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) followed by mass spectrometry. There was significant change in the expression of 16 proteins and one phosphoprotein in the hippocampus (increased tubulin β-5, atp5b, MDH1, cytochrome b-c1 complex subunit 1, Hsc70, dynamin, profilin-2, 4-aminobutyrate aminotransferase, mitochondrial isoform 1 precursor, calpain small subunit 1, and vacuolar adenosine triphosphatase subunit B and decreased γ-actin, α-tubulin isotype M-α-2, putative β-actin, tubulin β-2A, NDUFA10, and G6PD) and 24 proteins and two phosphoproteins in the cortex (increased spectrin α chain, non-erythrocytic 1 isoform 1, tubulin β-5, γ-actin, creatine kinase B-type, LDH-B, secernin-1, UCH-L1, 14-3-3 γ, type II peroxiredoxin 1, PEBP-1, and unnamed protein product and decreased tubulin α-1C, α-internexin, γ-enolase, PDHE1-B, DPYL2, vacuolar adenosine triphosphatase subunit A, vacuolar adenosine triphosphatase subunit B, TCTP, NADH dehydrogenase Fe-S protein 1, protein disulfide-isomerase A3, hnRNP H2, γ-actin, atp5b, and unnamed protein product). Additionally, Western blotting validated the changes in dynamin, Hsc70, MDH1, NDUFA10, α-internexin, tubulin β-5 chain, and secernin-1. Thus, these findings indicate that chronic nicotine treatment changes the expression of proteins and phosphoproteins in the hippocampus and cortex. We propose that effect of smoking on higher brain functions could be mediated by alterations in expression levels of these proteins. PMID:26988295

  9. Evaluation of the acute and sub acute toxicity ofAnnona senegalensis root bark extracts

    Theophine C Okoye; Peter A Akah; Adaobi C Ezike; Maureen O Okoye; Collins A Onyeto; Frankline Ndukwu; Ejike Ohaegbulam; Lovelyn Ikele

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective:To investigate the safety profile ofAnnona senegalensis (A. senegalensis).Methods:Dried powdered root-bark of A. senegalensis was prepared by Sohxlet extraction using methanol-methylene chloride (1:1) solution and concentrated to obtain the methanol-methylene chloride extract (MME).MME was fractionated to obtain then-hexane (HF), ethylacetate (EF) and methanol (MF) fractions. Acute toxicity (LD50) test was performed withMME, HF, EF andMF in mice by oral route. The sub acute toxicity studies were performed in rats after14 days ofMME administration while haematological and biochemical parameters were monitored.Results:Medium lethal (LD50) values of1 296, 3 808, 1 265 and 2 154mg/kg were obtained for theMME, MF, HF andEF, respectively. The sub-acute toxicity studies indicated a significant (P<0.05) increase in the body weight of both the treated rats and the control. The haematological tests indicated no change in the packed cell volume values but a significant (P<0.05) increase in the totalWBC count at100and 400 mg/kg doses. The differential analysis showed a decrease in the nutrophils and a non-significant increase in the lymphocyte counts. The liver transaminase enzymes, alanin transaminase and aspartate transaminase showed no significant increase compared to the control. Histopathological examination of the liver sections also indicted no obvious signs of hepatotoxicity except with the400 mg/kg dose that showed degeneration and necrosis of the hepatocytes.Conclusions:These results indicated that the root bark extracts ofA. Senegalensis are safe at the lower doses tested, and calls for caution in use at higher doses in treatment.

  10. On the influence of ionizing irradiation on the vitamin B6 metabolism in man

    In 50 female patients suffering from an endometrium carcinoma in stage I to IV, the vitamin B6 level was determined by the erythrocytic glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase (GOT), and its activation coefficients at different instants before and during radiation therapy were calculated. Simultaneously the haemoglobin content of the blood and the behaviour of the leukocytes and thrombocytes was investigated under the high voltage irradiation. To 49 patients 300 mg pyridoxin were administered perorally every day during the irradiation treatment which lasted several weeks. It resulted that in endometrium carcinomas the vitamin B6 levels in the blood are decreased, and in proceeded stages more often vitamin B6 deficits are observed. Even after daily administrations of vitamin B6 the values of the activation coefficients of the erythrocytic glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase only slowly return to normal. Thus apparently relatively high pyridoxin doses seem to be necessary in order to remove the irradiation-induced vitamin B6 disorder. After daily oral administration of 300 mg pyridoxin in no case a biochemical vitamin B6 deficit under radiation therapy was observed. The leukocytes show under radiotherapy the expected decrease. Leukopenia requiring the discontinuation of interruption of the radiation treatment did not occur during vitamin B6 administration. A careful control of the thrombocytes is also under vitamin B6 administration necessary, but fatal thrombocytoponia could not be observed. With reference to the haemoglobin content in most cases a decrease was found, which apparently can not be prevented by the application of vitamin B6. An influence on the vitamin B6 level by the patient's age could not be found. Finally it has to be indicated that by determining the activation coefficient of the erythrocytic glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase, indirectly the vitamin B6 deficiency can be detected without any serious disturbance for the patient. (orig./MG)

  11. Clinical and laboratory differences between Epstein-Barr and cytomegalovirus infectious mononucleosis in children

    Medović Raša

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Infective mononucleosis is most commonly caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, and in smaller percentage by cytomegalovirus (CMV. Objective. The aim of this paper was to determine the clinical and laboratory differences between EBV and CMV infectious mononucleosis in children. Methods. Cohort retrospective analytical research was conducted. We used data from medical history in six years period and monitored anamnestic data, frequency of inspection and palpation obtained data during physical examination, several laboratory tests, abdomen ultrasonography examination finding and emergence of disease complications. Statistical processing of data has been performed using SPSS 20. Results. Total number of examined children was 137, out of which 85.4% were with EBV and 14.6% with CMV infection. Affected children were most commonly younger than eight years. Boys were affected more often. There was no difference in frequency of high temperature, sore throat, bad breath, and respiratory symptomatology between examined children. Differences were discovered in frequency of stomachaches, eyelid swelling, skin rash and fatigue. Differences were not proven in the frequency of angina, lymphadenopathy and splenohepatomegaly between the groups. Values of transaminases and lactic dehydrogenases significantly decreased after seven days of hospitalization in both groups. In children with EBV, values of transaminases declined faster than in children with CMV. Anemia and bacterial superinfection of pharynx were most common disease complications. Thrombocytopenia was more common in children with CMV infection. Average duration of hospitalization was 6.7 days. Conclusion. In children with CMV abdominal pain, eyelid swelling, skin rash, fatigue and thrombocytopenia were more common. In children with EBV values of transaminases declined significantly faster.

  12. Acute undifferentiated febrile illness in adult hospitalized patients: the disease spectrum and diagnostic predictors - an experience from a tertiary care hospital in South India.

    Chrispal, Anugrah; Boorugu, Harikishan; Gopinath, Kango Gopal; Chandy, Sara; Prakash, John Antony Jude; Thomas, Elsa Mary; Abraham, Asha Mary; Abraham, O C; Thomas, Kurien

    2010-10-01

    Local prevalences of individual diseases influence the prioritization of the differential diagnoses of a clinical syndrome of acute undifferentiated febrile illness (AFI). This study was conducted in order to delineate the aetiology of AFI that present to a tertiary hospital in southern India and to describe disease-specific clinical profiles. An 1-year prospective, observational study was conducted in adults (age >16 years) who presented with an undifferentiated febrile illness of duration 5-21 days, requiring hospitalization. Blood cultures, malarial parasites and febrile serology (acute and convalescent), in addition to clinical evaluations and basic investigations were performed. Comparisons were made between each disease and the other AFIs. A total of 398 AFI patients were diagnosed with: scrub typhus (47.5%); malaria (17.1%); enteric fever (8.0%); dengue (7.0%); leptospirosis (3.0%); spotted fever rickettsiosis (1.8%); Hantavirus (0.3%); alternate diagnosis (7.3%); and unclear diagnoses (8.0%). Leucocytosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, aseptic meningitis, mild serum transaminase elevation and hypoalbuminaemia were independently associated with scrub typhus. Normal leukocyte counts, moderate to severe thrombocytopenia, renal failure, splenomegaly and hyperbilirubinaemia with mildly elevated serum transaminases were associated with malaria. Rash, overt bleeding manifestations, normal to low leukocyte counts, moderate to severe thrombocytopenia and significantly elevated hepatic transaminases were associated with dengue. Enteric fever was associated with loose stools, normal to low leukocyte counts and normal platelet counts. It is imperative to maintain a sound epidemiological database of AFIs so that evidence-based diagnostic criteria and treatment guidelines can be developed. PMID:20870680

  13. The Safety of Tenofovir–Emtricitabine for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Individuals With Active Hepatitis B

    Schechter, Mauro; Liu, Albert Y.; McManhan, Vanessa M.; Guanira, Juan V.; Hance, Robert J.; Chariyalertsak, Suwat; Mayer, Kenneth H.; Grant, Robert M.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with daily oral emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (FTC/TDF) prevents HIV infection. The safety and feasibility of HIV PrEP in the setting of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection were evaluated. Methods: The Iniciativa Profilaxis Pre-Exposición study randomized 2499 HIV-negative men and transgender women who have sex with men to once-daily oral FTC/TDF versus placebo. Hepatitis serologies and transaminases were obtained at screening and at the time PrEP was discontinued. HBV DNA was assessed by polymerase chain reaction, and drug resistance was assessed by population sequencing. Vaccination was offered to individuals susceptible to HBV infection. Results: Of the 2499 participants, 12 (0.5%; including 6 randomized to FTC/TDF) had chronic HBV infection. After stopping FTC/TDF, 5 of the 6 participants in the active arm had liver function tests performed at follow-up. Liver function tests remained within normal limits at post-stop visits except for a grade 1 elevation in 1 participant at post-stop week 12 (alanine aminotransferase = 90, aspartate aminotransferase = 61). There was no evidence of hepatic flares. Polymerase chain reaction of stored samples showed that 2 participants in the active arm had evidence of acute HBV infection at enrollment. Both had evidence of grade 4 transaminase elevations with subsequent resolution. Overall, there was no evidence of TDF or FTC resistance among tested genotypes. Of 1633 eligible for vaccination, 1587 (97.2%) received at least 1 vaccine; 1383 (84.7%) completed the series. Conclusions: PrEP can be safely provided to individuals with HBV infection if there is no evidence of cirrhosis or substantial transaminase elevation. HBV vaccination rates at screening were low globally, despite recommendations for its use, yet uptake and efficacy were high when offered. PMID:26413853

  14. Hepatoprotective effect of Arctium lappa root extract on cadmium toxicity in adult Wistar rats.

    de Souza Predes, Fabricia; da Silva Diamante, Maria Aparecida; Foglio, Mary Ann; Camargo, Camila de Andrade; Camargo, Camila Almeida; Aoyama, Hiroshi; Miranda, Silvio Cesar; Cruz, Bread; Gomes Marcondes, Maria Cristina Cintra; Dolder, Heidi

    2014-08-01

    This study was performed to determine the effects of Arctium lappa (Al) to protect against cadmium damage in the rat liver. Male rats received a single i.p. dose of CdCl2 (1.2 mg/kg body weight (BW)) with or without Al extract administered daily by gavage (300 mg/kg BW) for 7 or 56 days. After 7 days, Al caused plasma transaminase activity to diminish in groups Al (glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT)) and CdAl (GPT). After 56 days, GOT and GPT plasma activities were reduced in the Cd group. No alteration in plasma levels of creatinine, total bilirubin, and total protein were observed. GOT liver activity increased in the Cd group. No alteration was observed in superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione-S-transferase (GST), and malondialdehyde (MDA) dosage. In the Cd group, hepatocyte proportion decreased and sinusoid capillary proportion increased. In the Al and CdAl groups, the nuclear proportion increased and the cytoplasmic proportion decreased. The hepatocyte nucleus density reduced in Cd and increased in the Al group. After 56 days, there was no alteration in the Cd group. In Al and CdAl groups, the nuclear proportion increased without cytoplasmic proportion variation, but the sinusoid capillary proportion was reduced. The hepatocyte nucleus density decreased in the Cd group and increased in the Al and CdAl groups. In conclusion, the liver function indicators showed that A. lappa protected the liver against cadmium toxicity damage. PMID:24929543

  15. The Clinical Significance of Autoantibodies in Hepatitis C Patients Submitted to Interferon Treatment

    Eduardo Rodrigues-Pinto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hepatitis C virus is associated with several immune-mediated phenomena, presented usually as extra-hepatic hepatitis C manifestations. A predisposition to autoimmunity associated with the presence of baseline autoantibodies has been demonstrated in interferon mediated autoimmune diseases. We report a male patient, 34 years old, with genotype 1, chronic hepatitis C (hepatitis C viremia 1.432.463 UI/mL and family history of psoriasis. He had high levels of transaminases and immunology showed positive antinuclear antibodies (1/320 and anti-smooth-muscle antibodies, with elevated immunoglobulin G (1740 mg/dL. Liver biopsy revealed a F1/2 Metavir score, histologic activity index of 3 and mild piecemeal necrosis. Antiviral treatment was started with peg-interferon α2a 180 mcg plus ribavirin 1200 mg, and the patient had rapid virologic response, normalization of transaminases, negativation of antinuclear antibodies positivity and decrease of immunoglobulin levels. However, at week 22, he developed psoriatic-like eczema and arthritis with functional limitation. Due to suspicion of latent psoriatic arthritis not previously diagnosed, he was started on methotrexate 10 mg/weekly with improvement of psoriatic plaques, arthritis and functional limitation. Patient achieved sustained virologic response, with normal transaminases and no significant changes in immunology. Post-treatment median hepatic elastography was 3.6 kPa. Autoimmunity in hepatitis C infection is not limited to surrogate autoantibody seropositivity, but may embrace the full spectrum of autoimmune disorders.

  16. Influência da monensina e levedura sobre parâmetros ruminais e metabólicos em cordeiros semiconfinados = Influence of monensin and yeast on rumination and metabolic parameters in semi-confined lamb

    Francisco Augusto Burcket Del Pino

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a influência dos suplementos monensina e levedura sobre parâmetros ruminais e metabólicos de cordeiros semiconfinados. Foram utilizados 30 animais divididos em três grupos: controle (sem suplemento, ionóforo (500 g t-1de Rumensin® e levedura (500 g t-1 de Beefsac®. Os animais foram mantidos em sistema de semiconfinamento, recebendo ração concentrada equivalente a 2% do peso corporal. O fluido ruminal foi coletado a cada sete dias, a fim de determinar o pH, potencial redox, tempo desedimentação e flutuação, cor, odor, consistência e movimentação de protozoários. O mesmo intervalo foi adotado para coleta de sangue, para determinação de glucose, ureia, colesterol total, triacilgliceróis, albumina, transaminase oxaloacética e g-glutaril-transferase. O grupo levedura apresentou valores de pH menores (p 0,05 entre osgrupos. Em relação aos parâmetros metabólicos, não foram observadas diferenças (p > 0,05 nas concentrações de glucose, colesterol total, albumina e transaminase oxaloacética. Entretanto, a ureia, triacilglicerol e g-glutaril-transferase apresentaram valores superiores (p The aim of this study was to verify the influence of monensin and yeast supplements on rumination and metabolic parameters in semiconfined lamb. Thirty animals were divided into 3 groups: control (without supplement, ionophore (500 g t-1 of Rumensin® and yeast (500 g t-1 of Beefsac®, were used. These animals were kept in semi-confinement, receiving the feed equivalent to 2% of their liveweight. Samples of the ruminal fluid were collected every 7 days, in order to determine the pH, redox potential, time of sedimentation and fluctuation, color, odor, consistency and protozoa movement. The same interval was used for blood sampling collection. The concentrations of glucose, urea, total cholesterol, triacylglycerol, albumin, oxaloacetic transaminase and g-glutaril-transferase were determined. The yeast group

  17. Cannabidiol protects against hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury by attenuating inflammatory signaling and response, oxidative/nitrative stress, and cell death

    Mukhopadhyay, Partha; Rajesh, Mohanraj; Horváth, Béla; Bátkai, Sándor; Park, Ogyi; Tanashian, Galin; Gao, Rachel Y; Patel, Vivek; Wink, David A.; Liaudet, Lucas; Haskó, György; Mechoulam, Raphael; Pacher, Pál

    2011-01-01

    Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is a pivotal mechanism of liver damage following liver transplantation or hepatic surgery. We have investigated the effects of cannabidiol(CBD), the non-psychotropic constituent of marijuana, in a mouse model of hepatic I/R injury. I/R triggered time-dependent increases/changes in markers of liver injury (serum transaminases), hepatic oxidative/nitrative stress (4-hydroxy-2-nonenal, nitrotyrosine content/staining, gp91phox and inducible nitric oxide synthase mRNA), ...

  18. The expression of HIF-1 α in liver tissues in the rat model of paraquat poisoning

    熊莺

    2014-01-01

    Objective To observe the levels of HIF-αand TGF-βin the liver tissue,change of serum transaminase in different phases after paraquat(PQ)toxicity and liver histopathology change in PQ-induced liver toxicity of rat models in order to analyze the relationship between HIF-αand hepatic toxicity induced by PQ.Methods A total of 48 healthy SD rats were randomly(random number)assigned into 2 groups:PQ poisoning group(n=42,

  19. Influência da monensina e levedura sobre parâmetros ruminais e metabólicos em cordeiros semiconfinados - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v30i2.4687 Influence of monensin and yeast on rumination and metabolic parameters in semi-confined lamb - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v30i2.4687

    Elizabeth Schwegler

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a influência dos suplementos monensina e levedura sobre parâmetros ruminais e metabólicos de cordeiros semiconfinados. Foram utilizados 30 animais divididos em três grupos: controle (sem suplemento, ionóforo (500 g t-1 de Rumensin® e levedura (500 g t-1 de Beefsac® . Os animais foram mantidos em sistema de semiconfinamento, recebendo ração concentrada equivalente a 2% do peso corporal. O fluido ruminal foi coletado a cada sete dias, a fim de determinar o pH, potencial redox, tempo de sedimentação e flutuação, cor, odor, consistência e movimentação de protozoários. O mesmo intervalo foi adotado para coleta de sangue, para determinação de glucose, ureia, colesterol total, triacilgliceróis, albumina, transaminase oxaloacética e γ-glutaril-transferase. O grupo levedura apresentou valores de pH menores (p 0,05 entre os grupos. Em relação aos parâmetros metabólicos, não foram observadas diferenças (p > 0,05 nas concentrações de glucose, colesterol total, albumina e transaminase oxaloacética. Entretanto, a ureia, triacilglicerol e γ-glutaril-transferase apresentaram valores superiores (p The aim of this study was to verify the influence of monensin and yeast supplements on rumination and metabolic parameters in semi-confined lamb. Thirty animals were divided into 3 groups: control (without supplement, ionophore (500 g t-1 of Rumensin® and yeast (500 g t-1 of Beefsac®, were used. These animals were kept in semi-confinement, receiving the feed equivalent to 2% of their live weight. Samples of the ruminal fluid were collected every 7 days, in order to determine the pH, redox potential, time of sedimentation and fluctuation, color, odor, consistency and protozoa movement. The same interval was used for blood sampling collection. The concentrations of glucose, urea, total cholesterol, triacylglycerol, albumin, oxaloacetic transaminase and γ-glutaril-transferase were determined. The

  20. Influence of cysteamine on plasmatic amylase and S.G.O.T. activities in irradiated rats

    Alterations in plasmatic amylase and SGOT (Serum Glutamic Oxalacetic Transaminase) activities were determined in rats after exposure to gamma radiation at two doses: 900 R (LD50/30) and 1200 R (LF100/30). These determinations were carried out 6 and 24 hours after irradiation. The rats were given intraperitoneal injection of cysteamine (100 mg/kg) 15 minutes before irradiation. A comparative study with non protected rats was performed. It was observed that plasmatic amylase activity was not affected either by irradiation or by cysteamine. Lethal or semi-lethal irradiation increased plasmatic SGOT activity. But no correlation was established between this increase and rat survival time

  1. Are heat stroke and physical exhaustion underestimated causes of acute hepatic failure?

    Kilian Weigand; Carina Riediger; Wolfgang Stremmel; Christa Flechtenmacher; Jens Encke

    2007-01-01

    While cardiopulmonary symptoms are common in patients undergoing classical or, due to physical exercise,exertional heat stroke, the failure of other organs is a rarely described phenomenon. Here we present two cases of acute hepatic failure, one due to classic heat shock, while the other occurred while the patient was doing a marathon-type running. Both cases presented with very high transaminases and significantly elevated international normalized ratio (INR). No other causes for liver failure could be identified but physical exhaustion and hyperthermia.

  2. Dietary Maillard reaction products and their fermented products reduce cardiovascular risk in an animal model.

    Oh, N S; Park, M R; Lee, K W; Kim, S H; Kim, Y

    2015-08-01

    This study examined the effects of Maillard reaction products (MRP) and MRP fermented by lactic acid bacteria on antioxidants and their enhancement of cardiovascular health in ICR mouse and rat models. In previous in vitro studies, the selected lactic acid bacteria were shown to significantly affect the activity of MRP. The expression of genes (e.g., superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase) related to antioxidant activity was upregulated by Maillard-reacted sodium caseinate (cMRP), and cMRP fermented by Lactobacillus fermentum H9 (F-cMRP) synergistically increased the expression of catalase and superoxide dismutase when compared with the high-cholesterol-diet group. Bleeding time, the assay for determination of antithrombotic activity, was significantly prolonged by Maillard-reacted whey protein concentration (wMRP) and wMRP fermented by Lactobacillus gasseri H10 (F-wMRP), similar to the bleeding time of the aspirin group (positive control). In addition, the acute pulmonary thromboembolism-induced mice overcame severe body paralysis or death in both the wMRP and the F-wMRP groups. In the serum-level experiment, cMRP and F-cMRP significantly reduced the serum total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and triglycerides but had only a slight effect on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The levels of aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase also declined in the cMRP and F-cMRP intake groups compared with the high-cholesterol-diet group. In particular, F-cMRP showed the highest reducing effects on triglycerides, aspartate transaminase, and alanine transaminase. Moreover, the expression of cholesterol-related genes in the F-cMRP group demonstrated greater effects than for the cMRP group in the level of cholesterol 7 α-hydroxylase (CYP7A1), 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGR), and low-density lipoprotein receptors compared with the high-cholesterol-diet group. The protective role of cMRP and F-cMRP in the high

  3. Effect of portal vein ligation on tumor growth and liver regeneration in rat cirrhotic liver lobes

    Xu, Rui; YUAN, YU-FENG; Ayav, Ahmet; JIANG, CHONG-QING; BRESLER, LAURENT; Liu, Zhi-Su; Tran, Nguyen

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of portal vein ligation (PVL) on the tumor growth rate and liver regeneration in rat cirrhotic liver lobes. A total of 45 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into PVL, hepatic tumor (HT) and HT + PVL groups (n=15 per group). Liver regeneration and tumor growth in ligated and non-ligated lobes were evaluated prior to and following PVL. In addition, serum alanine transaminase, total bilirubin levels and liver tissue samples were eval...

  4. Effects of minocycline on Fas-mediated fulminant hepatitis in mice

    Chu, Heng-Cheng; Lin, Yi-Ling; Sytwu, Huey-Kang; Lin, Shin-Hua; Liao, Ching-Len; Chao, You-Chen

    2004-01-01

    Minocycline has anti-inflammatory and antiapoptotic effects on cartilage, neurons and periodontal tissues, and both properties are central to the pharmaceutical treatment of liver diseases. We investigated the effects of minocycline on fulminant hepatitis in C57BL/6J mice induced by lethal challenge of the activating anti-Fas antibody, Jo2.Intraperitoneal injection of Jo2 (0.6 μg g−1) to mice resulted in fulminant hepatitis, as evidenced by increase of serum alanine/aspartate transaminase act...

  5. Hematology and serum chemistry of cottontail rabbits of southern Illinois.

    Lepitzki, D A; Woolf, A

    1991-10-01

    In 1983 and 1984 blood was collected from 79 cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) confined to an outdoor enclosure in southern Illinois to establish reference values for hematology and serum chemistry. Packed cell volume, sodium, potassium, chloride, glucose, calcium, carbon dioxide, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, uric acid, cholesterol, albumin, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, aspartate transaminase, alanine aminotransaminase, total protein, albumin/globulin ratio, and osmolality were measured. Sex and age (adult versus juvenile) of rabbit as well as season (June to September versus October to May) and method of capture (trap versus shot) variously affected most hematology and serum chemistry variables. PMID:1758030

  6. Glycogenic Hepatopathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

    Atmaca, Murat; Ucler, Rifki; Kartal, Mehmet; Seven, Ismet; Alay, Murat; Bayram, Irfan; Olmez, Sehmus

    2015-01-01

    Glycogenic hepatopathy is a rare cause of high transaminase levels in type 1 diabetes mellitus. This condition, characterized by elevated liver enzymes and hepatomegaly, is caused by irreversible and excessive accumulation of glycogen in hepatocytes. This is a case report on a 19-year-old male case, diagnosed with glycogenic hepatopathy. After the diagnosis was documented by liver biopsy, the case was put on glycemic control which led to significant decline in hepatomegaly and liver enzymes. It was emphasized that, in type 1 diabetes mellitus cases, hepatopathy should also be considered in the differential diagnoses of elevated liver enzyme and hepatomegaly. PMID:26347835

  7. Glycogenic Hepatopathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

    Atmaca, Murat; Ucler, Rifki; Kartal, Mehmet; Seven, Ismet; Alay, Murat; Bayram, Irfan; Olmez, Sehmus

    2015-01-01

    Glycogenic hepatopathy is a rare cause of high transaminase levels in type 1 diabetes mellitus. This condition, characterized by elevated liver enzymes and hepatomegaly, is caused by irreversible and excessive accumulation of glycogen in hepatocytes. This is a case report on a 19-year-old male case, diagnosed with glycogenic hepatopathy. After the diagnosis was documented by liver biopsy, the case was put on glycemic control which led to significant decline in hepatomegaly and liver enzymes. It was emphasized that, in type 1 diabetes mellitus cases, hepatopathy should also be considered in the differential diagnoses of elevated liver enzyme and hepatomegaly. PMID:26347835

  8. Serum enzyme in rainbow trout as tools in the diagnosis of water quality

    Wieser, W.; Hinterleitner, S.

    1980-08-01

    The activities of serum enzymes in rainbow trout collected near a sewage outfall were observed as indicators of water quality. Two transaminases, glutamic oxalacetate and glutamic pyruvate, were the enzymes monitored. Data indicates that the enzyme activities observed are a function of distance from the sewage plant inflow and are correlated with the nitrogen content of the water. Specimens caught within the sewage plume had high values of oxalacetate activity, but their behavior did not differ from fish caught upstream in less polluted water. (15 references, 1 table)

  9. Effect of low-intensity superhigh-frequency energy on respiration and oxidative phosphorylation of organ mitochondria and activity of some blood enzymes

    Rudnev, M.I.; Tarasyuk, N.E.; Kulikova, A.D.

    1982-11-01

    Respiration and oxidative phosphorylation of hepatic and cerebral mitochondria, as well as enzymatic activity of rat blood serum, in particular, transaminases was investigated on 180 mongrel white rats. The results indicated increased activity of the mitochondrial enzyme, asparate aminotransferase, in blood serum of tested animals. This enzyme could serve as a marker of functional activity of cells after 7-h exposure to electric fields of 50 ..mu..W/cm/sup 2/. In addition to these changes, reliability depression of alanine transferase and alkaline phosphatase was observed, which is indicative of change in cell membranes.

  10. New Insights on Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy.

    Floreani, Annarosa; Gervasi, Maria Teresa

    2016-02-01

    Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is characterized by maternal pruritus, and elevated serum transaminases and bile acids. Genetic defects in at least 6 canalicular transporters have been found. Association studies stress the variability of genotypes, different penetrance, and influence of environmental factors. Serum autotaxin is a sensitive, specific, and robust diagnostic marker. Elevated maternal bile acids correlate with fetal complications. Long-term sequelae for mothers include the gallstone risk and chronic liver disease. There is an association between ICP and hepatitis C. Current treatment is ursodeoxycholic acid, owing to benefits on pruritus, liver function, safety, and decreased rates of adverse effects. PMID:26593298

  11. Adult human metapneumonovirus (hMPV) pneumonia mimicking Legionnaire's disease.

    Cunha, Burke A; Irshad, Nadia; Connolly, James J

    2016-01-01

    In adults hospitalized with viral pneumonias the main differential diagnostic consideration is influenza pneumonia. The respiratory viruses causing viral influenza like illnesses (ILIs), e.g., RSV may closely resemble influenza. Rarely, extrapulmonary findings of some ILIs may resemble Legionnaire's disease (LD), e.g., adenovirus, human parainfluenza virus (HPIV-3). We present a most unusual case of human metapneumonovirus pneumonia (hMPV) with some characteristic extrapulmonary findings characteristic of LD, e.g., relative bradycardia, as well as mildly elevated serum transaminases and hyphosphatemia. We believe this is the first reported case of hMPV pneumonia in a hospitalized adult that had some features of LD. PMID:26988110

  12. Investigation on the Assimilation of Nitrogen by Maize Roots and the Transport of Some Major Nitrogen Compounds by Xylem Sap. II

    Ingversen, J.; Ivanko, S.

    1971-01-01

    The amino acid and protein metabolism of roots of maize has been studied. The important role of the free amino acids and proteins of the roots as active agents in nitrogen assimilation is pointed out. Nitrogen supplied as nitrate is preferably incorporated into α-ketoglutaric acid, and then by tr...... trans-aminases transferred to other ketoacids. In the case of ammonia supply the function of a nitrogen-accumulating assimilation system leading to the formation of Arg, Glu-NH2 and Asp-NH2 is shown....

  13. A homosexual japanese man with acute hepatitis due to hepatitis B virus genotype ae, concurrent with amebic colitis

    Sakaguchi, Kohsaku; Kobashi, Haruhiko; Takaki, Akinobu; Kato, Jun; Nawa, Toru; Tatsukawa, Masashi; Ishikawa, Shin; Iwasaki, Yoshiaki; Miyake, Yasuhiro; Shiratori, Yasushi

    2007-01-01

    We report herein a case with acute hepatitis due to hepatitis B virus genotype Ae, concurrent with amebic colitis. A 39-year-old homosexual Japanese man was admitted to our hospital with jaundice. Laboratory tests showed an elevation of transaminase and positivity for hepatitis B surface antigen and IgM-type antibody to hepatitis B core antigen. The hepatitis B virus genotype was determined to be Ae. Furthermore, a mud-like stool with blood and mucous had sometimes been noted during the past ...

  14. A homosexual japanese man with acute hepatitis due to hepatitis B virus genotype ae, concurrent with amebic colitis

    Miyake, Yasuhiro; Iwasaki, Yoshiaki; Ishikawa, Shin; Tatsukawa, Masashi; Nawa, Toru; Kato, Jun; Takaki, Akinobu; Kobashi, Haruhiko; Sakaguchi, Kohsaku; Shiratori, Yasushi

    2007-01-01

    We report herein a case with acute hepatitis due to hepatitis B virus genotype Ae, concurrent withamebic colitis. A 39-year-old homosexual Japanese man was admitted to our hospital with jaundice.Laboratory tests showed an elevation of transaminase and positivity for hepatitis B surface antigen and IgM-type antibody to hepatitis B core antigen. The hepatitis B virus genotype was determined to be Ae. Furthermore, a mud-like stool with blood and mucous had sometimes been noted during thepast 3 y...

  15. End products of glutamine oxidation in MC-29 virus-induced chicken hepatoma mitochondria.

    Matsuno, T

    1989-10-01

    Products of glutamine metabolism were examined in the MC-29 virus-induced chicken hepatoma mitochondria incubated in vitro. Glutamine oxidation proceeded in the tumor mitochondria exclusively via a pathway involving glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase. Malate stimulated aspartate production from glutamine, while pyruvate exerted suppressive effect on aspartate production with little alanine formation. The mitochondria of this hepatoma are unique in that the metabolic pattern and response to malate and pyruvate are essentially inconsistent with those reported in normal cells as well as those proposed by Moreadith and Lehninger in various tumor cells. PMID:2571353

  16. Post-transfusional hepatitis in neonates hospitalized in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Hepatitis post-transfusional en neonatos encamados en una Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatal

    Ruiz-Extremera, A.; Salmerón, J.; M. L. Rey; Torres, C.; P. Muñoz de Rueda; E. Ocete; Luna, J. D.

    2004-01-01

    Objective: to assess the significance of increased serum transaminase levels in neonates admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and its relationship with blood transfusion. Methods: follow-up prospective study of 209 patients; 177 completed follow-up, of whom 129 were transfused and 48 were not; 57 were born after full gestation and 120 were born prematurely. The activity of serum levels of ALT, AST, and GGT was measured monthly up to six months of age, and until six months after the last...

  17. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: An early mediator predicting metabolic syndrome in obese children?

    Jun-Fen Fu; Hong-Bo Shi; Li-Rui Liu; Ping Jiang; Li Liang; Chun-Lin Wang; Xi-Yong Liu

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To investigate if non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an early mediator for prediction of metabolic syndrome, and if liver B-ultrasound can be used for its diagnosis.METHODS: We classified 861 obese children (6-16 years old) into three subgroups: group 0 (normal liver in ultrasound and normal transaminases); group 1 (fatty liver in ultrasound and normal transaminases); and group 2 (fatty liver in ultrasound and elevated transaminases).We measured the body mass index, waist and hip circumference,blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, insulin,homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), whole-body insulin sensitivity index (WBISI),lipid profile and transaminases in all the participants.The risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MS) was assessed according to the degree of liver fatty infiltration based on the B-ultrasound examination.RESULTS: Among the 861 obese children, 587 (68.18%)were classified as having NAFLD, and 221 (25.67%)as having MS. The prevalence of MS in NAFLD children (groups 1 and 2) was 37.64% (221/587), which was much higher than that in non-NAFLD group (group 0,12.04%) (P < 0.01). There were significantly higher incidences concerning every component of MS in group 2 compared with group 0 (P < 0.05). The incidence of NAFLD in MS patients was 84.61% (187/221), which was significantly higher than that of hypertension (57.46%,127/221) and glucose metabolic anomalies (22.62%,50/221), and almost equal to the prevalence of dyslipidemia (89.14%, 197/221). Based on the B-ultrasound scales, the presence of moderate and severe liver fatty infiltration carried a high risk of hypertension [odds ratio (OR): 2.18, 95% confidence interval (95% CI):1.27-3.75], dyslipidemia (OR: 7.99, 95% CI: 4.34-14.73),impaired fasting glucose (OR: 3.65, 95% CI: 1.04-12.85),and whole MS (OR: 3.77; 95% CI: 1.90-7.47, P < 0.01).The state of insulin resistance (calculated by HOMA-IR and WBISI) deteriorated as the degree of fatty infiltration increased

  18. Acute Ethanol Pretreatment Increases FAS-Mediated Liver Injury in Mice: Role of Oxidative Stress and CYP2E1-Dependent and Independent Pathways

    Wang, Xiaodong; Cederbaum, Arthur I.

    2006-01-01

    This study evaluated whether acute ethanol pretreatment potentiates Fas-mediated liver injury and if oxidative stress and CYP2E1 play a role in any enhanced hepatotoxicity. There were 3-fold increases of transaminases and more extensive apoptotic necrosis of hepatocytes, and focal hemorrhages of the hepatic lobule in mice treated with Jo2 plus ethanol compared to saline control or to mice treated with Jo2 or ethanol alone. CYP2E1 catalytic activity and protein were increased 2-fold by the acu...

  19. Diversidade genética em palmeiras através de isoenzimas e RAPD

    H. E. SAWAZAKI; M. L. A. BOVI; Sodek, L.; COLOMBO C.A.

    1998-01-01

    Estudou-se, mediante polimorfismo enzimático em gel de poliacrilamida e polimorfismo de DNA com base na amplificação de segmentos de DNA ao acaso, denominado RAPD, a variabilidade genética em algumas espécies e ecótipos de palmeiras dos gêneros Euterpe, Bactris, Elaeis e Syagrus. Os extratos de folhas de mudas dessas palmeiras foram analisados para as isoenzimas de malato desidrogenase (MDH), leucinoaminopeptidase (LAP), glutamato oxaloacetato transaminase (GOT), fosfoglucose isomerase (PGI),...

  20. Clinical laboratory, virologic, and pathologic changes in hamsters experimentally infected with Pirital virus (Arenaviridae): a rodent model of Lassa fever.

    Sbrana, Elena; Mateo, Rosa I; Xiao, Shu-Yuan; Popov, Vsevolod L; Newman, Patrick C; Tesh, Robert B

    2006-06-01

    The clinical laboratory, virologic, and pathologic changes occurring in hamsters after infection with Pirital virus (Arenaviridae) are described. Pirital virus infection in the hamsters was characterized by high titered viremia, leukocytosis, coagulopathy, pulmonary hemorrhage and edema, hepatocellular and splenic necrosis, and marked elevation of serum transaminase levels. All of the animals died within 9 days. The clinical and histopathological findings in the Pirital virus-infected hamsters were very similar to those reported in severe human cases of Lassa fever, suggesting that this new animal model could serve as a low-cost and relatively safe alternative for studying the pathogenesis and therapy of Lassa fever. PMID:16760527

  1. Periportal CD4+ cell infiltration increases in HIV/hepatitis C virus-coinfected patients commencing ART, whereas CD8+ cells clear from the liver.

    Gani, Rino A; Yunihastuti, Evy; Krisnuhoni, Ening; Saraswati, Henny; Djauzi, Sjamsurizal; Lesmana, Laurentius A; Lee, Silvia; Price, Patricia

    2014-08-01

    Coinfection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) is common in Asia, but the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART) are unclear. Histopathological changes in the liver are described in a prospective study of HCV-seropositive HIV-infected patients at Cipto Mangunkusomo Hospital (Jakarta, Indonesia). Liver biopsy specimens were collected at baseline (n = 48) and 48 weeks (n = 34). Ishak scores showed mild but detectable inflammation and/or fibrosis. Levels of portal inflammation declined during ART (P = .03), whereas fibrosis remained (P = .11). Portal infiltration of CD4(+) cells increased during ART (P rise in alanine transaminase levels during ART. PMID:24585895

  2. The effect of UV treatment of autogenic blood on some chemical indices in sheep with Corynebacterial infection

    Following the transfusion of both untreated and treated blood the amount of blood sugar rose reaching higher levels in the case UV-treated blood. There were changes in the total protein and the protein fractions induced by the Corynebacterial infection, however, the initial levels were more rapidly restored in the case of transfusing UV-trated blood. With autohemotransfusion the values of glutamate oxalacetate transaminase in all animals dropped. The change was more rapidly and more strongly expressed with the transfusion of UV-treated blood

  3. Differing results of direct and indirect solid phase radioimmunoassay for HBsAg in acute hepatitis

    In 54 patients suffering from active viral hepatitis the indirect solid phase radioimmunoassay (ind-SPRIA) for HBsAg was positive in 9 cases the direct solid phase radioimmunoassay (d-SPRIA) being negative. In 2 further cases ind-SPRIA was positive during several weeks but d-SPRIA only once. AntiHBc could be detected in 9 of these patients. In 7 patients the usual decrease of the transaminase activity was followed by a second elavation with prolongation of the disease. The unknown factor detected by ind-SPRIA suggests a special of acute hepatitis. (orig.)

  4. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 deficient mice are protected from angiotensin II-induced fibrosis

    Beier, Juliane I.; Kaiser, J. Phillip; Guo, Luping; Martínez-Maldonado, Manuel; Arteel, Gavin E.

    2011-01-01

    PAI-1 has been shown to be both profibrotic and antifibrotic in animal models of hepatic fibrosis. Although these models have similarities to human fibrotic liver disease, no rodent model completely recapitulates the clinical situation; indeed, transaminase values in most models of hepatic fibrosis are much higher than in chronic liver diseases in humans. Here, wild-type and PAI-1−/− mice were administered AngII (500 ng/kg/min) for 4 weeks. ECM accumulation was evaluated by Sirius red stainin...

  5. Chilean Strawberry Consumption Protects against LPS-Induced Liver Injury by Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Capability in Sprague-Dawley Rats

    Sebastian Molinett; Francisca Nuñez; María Alejandra Moya-León; Jessica Zúñiga-Hernández

    2015-01-01

    The Chilean strawberry fruit has high content of antioxidants and polyphenols. Previous studies evidenced antioxidant properties by in vitro methods. However, the antioxidant effect and its impact as functional food on animal health have not been evaluated. In this study, rats were fed with a Chilean strawberry aqueous extract (4 g/kg of animal per day) and then subjected to LPS-induced liver injury (5 mg/kg). Transaminases and histological studies revealed a reduction in liver injury in rats...

  6. Effect of Dimethoate on some serum enzymes and hormones in male rats

    Oral administration of dimethoate in doses of 21.5 mg/kg (1/10 ld50) and 4.3 mg/kg(I/50 LD50) for 1,5,20,30 and 45 days increased the activity of serum transaminases and alkaline phosphatase enzymes. There were also significant increase in the levels of serum creatinine and potassium while sodium level was decreased. Dimethoate treatment decreased plasma thyroxine at all periods and doses while triiodothyronine was increased after twenty days following treatment

  7. The nucleic acids as early indicators of the recovery of patients subjected to total body irradiation for bone marrow transplant

    The possibility to use the concentration of nucleic acids as an early indicator for the recovery of individuals exposed to high radiation was valued in 30 patients subjected to a dose of 10 Gy (cobalt 60) in two or three sessions of total body irradiation for bone marrow transplants. The determination of the concentration of the nucleic acids was carried out prior to the irradiation, and later in different periods until the patients discharge. The behaviour of indicate such as alpha amylase serics transaminases, glicemics, alkaline phosphatase and others was also studied

  8. Anti-diabetic effect of methanolic leaf extract of Pongamia pinnata on streptozotocin induced diabetic rats

    Selvaraju Kavipriya; Narayanaswamy Tamilselvan; Thirunavukkarasu Thirumalai; Gangaipillai Arumugam

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To study the anti-diabetic effect of methanolic leaf extract of Pongamia pinnata (P. pinnata) on streptozotocin induced diabetic rats.Methods:Anti-diabetic activity of P. pinnata leaf extract at dosage of 500 mg/kg and 1 g/kg body weight was evaluated.Results:The levels of glucose, triglycerides, total cholesterol and serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase were significantly increased in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats when compared to that of the normal rats. After supplemented with plant extract, significant lower blood glucose level was recorded.Conclusions:The methanolic leaf extract of P. pinnata has been potent anti-diabetic effect in male albino rats.

  9. Obstructive choledocholithiasis requiring intervention in a three week old neonate: A case report and review of the literature

    Lindsay E. Peters

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The discovery of cholelithiasis in neonates is often incidental, however obstructing common bile duct stones are rare. Herein we report the case of a 3 week old neonate who presented with obstructive choledocholithiasis. The patient was treated conservatively with antibiotics and ursodeoxycholic acid but did not improve. He was therefore taken to surgery for cholecystectomy and stone extraction. The operation was successful and his transaminases and bilirubin levels declined. Trials of conservative management can be attempted in asymptomatic infants with choledocholithiasis. However, failure of the stone to pass or ongoing signs of cholecystitis should be met with operative intervention to remove the obstruction.

  10. Autoimmun hepatitis forudgået af hepatitis A-infektion

    Pedersen, Anne Grave; Juel, Jacob; Vyberg, Mogens;

    2015-01-01

    Autoimmune hepatitis is characterized by unresolving inflammation and fibrosis of the liver, which untreated may lead to cirrhosis. The pathogenesis remains unclear and reflects a complex interaction between autoantigens, genetic predisposition, triggering factors and immune regulation. In rare...... cases, acute hepatitis A has been suspected as a triggering factor. We describe a case of a 66-year-old woman who two months after a resolving acute hepatitis A presented with fatigue, pale stools and elevated levels of transaminases. A liver biopsy showed histological changes compatible with autoimmune...... hepatitis....

  11. CARDIOPROTECTIVE EFFECT OF ESCULETIN ON CARDIAC MARKER ENZYMES AND MEMRANE BOUND ENZYMES IN ISOPROTERENOL-INDUCED MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION IN WISTAR RATS

    Palanivel Karthika; Murugan Rajadurai; Palanisamy Ganapathy; Ganesan Kanchana

    2011-01-01

    This study evaluates the cardioprotective effect of esculetin on isoproterenol (ISO)-induced myocardial infarction (MI) in rats. Rats were pretreated with esculetin (10 and 20 mg/kg) orally for a period of 21 days. After the treatment period ISO (85 mg/kg) was administered subcutaneously to rats at an interval of 24 h for 2 days. ISO-induced rats showed a significant increase in the activities of marker enzymes such as creatine kinase (CK), creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB), aspartate transaminase (...

  12. [Liver damage in a patient treated with a vitamin K antagonist, a statin and an ACE inhibitor].

    Bruggisser, M; Terraciano, L; Rätz Bravo, A; Haschke, M

    2010-10-20

    We report the case of a 71-year-old male patient who presented at the emergency room with episodes of epistaxis and jaundice. The patient was on therapy with phenprocoumon, atorvastatin and perindopril. Findings on admission included prominent elevation of transaminases and bilirubin and a high INR due to impaired liver function and oral anticoagulation. After exclusion of other causes like viral or autoimmune hepatitis and after having obtained a liver biopsy, a diagnosis of drug induced liver damage (DILI) was made. Epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical signs of DILI are discussed with a special focus on coumarines, statins and ACE-inhibitors. PMID:20960395

  13. Propylthiouracil-Induced Acute Liver Failure: Role of Liver Transplantation

    Andres F. Carrion

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Propylthiouracil- (PTU- induced hepatotoxicity is rare but potentially lethal with a spectrum of liver injury ranging from asymptomatic elevation of transaminases to fulminant hepatic failure and death. We describe two cases of acute hepatic failure due to PTU that required liver transplantation. Differences in the clinical presentation, histological characteristics, and posttransplant management are described as well as alternative therapeutic options. Frequent monitoring for PTU-induced hepatic dysfunction is strongly advised because timely discontinuation of this drug and implementation of noninvasive therapeutic interventions may prevent progression to liver failure or even death.

  14. Avaliação da toxicidade subcrônica do extrato bruto seco de Anacardium occidentale Linn em cães = Evaluation of the subchronic toxicity of the crude dry extract of Anacardium occidentale Linn in dogs

    Arquimedes Fernandes Monteiro de Melo

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A busca de novos medicamentos tem levado ao desenvolvimento de novosfármacos que sejam eficientes e destituídos de toxicidade. Uma das fronteiras nessas pesquisas são os medicamentos fitoterápicos. No Brasil, a Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA regulariza essas pesquisas e padroniza os procedimentos. A Resoluçãoda Diretoria Colegiada (RDC 48/2004, por exemplo, regulariza o registro de fitoterápicos. O Anacardium occidentale Linn está entre as plantas mais estudadas, devido às ações antibiótica e antiinflamatória de seus metabólitos secundários, principalmente taninos. Esta planta também possui a capacidade de impedir a formação da placa bacteriana bucal. Diante dessas ações, formas farmacêuticas acabadas (cremes e géis foram desenvolvidas a partir do extrato bruto seco (EBS das cascas do caule do A. occidentale Linn para registro de um novo fitomedicamento. Entretanto, testes pré-clínicos e clínicos devem ser feitos de acordo com a lei vigente. O presente trabalho avaliou a toxicidade subcrônica do EBS em cães sem raçadefinida (SRD. Os testes revelaram apenas hepatotoxicidade transitória demonstrada pela elevação dos níveis da alanina transaminase (ALT e aspartato transaminase (AST. Research on new medicaments has led to the development of efficient and non-toxic drugs. In Brazil, the Agência Nacional de VigilânciaSanitária (National Department of Sanitary Supervision – ANVISA regularizes and standardizes the procedure. Anacardium occidentale is amongst the most researched plants, due to the antibiotics and antinflammatory properties of its secondary metabolites, mainlytannins and flavonoids. Furthermore, it prevents the dental plaque formation. On account of these actions, finished pharmaceutical forms (creams and gels were developed from the crude dry extract (CDE of A. occidentale Linn stem rinds, in order to register a new form.However, pre-clinical and clinical assays can be made in

  15. Increased liver stiffness in alcoholic liver disease:Differentiating fibrosis from steatohepatitis

    Sebastian; Mueller; Gunda; Millonig; Lucie; Sarovska; Stefanie; Friedrich; Frank; M; Reimann; Maria; Pritsch; Silke; Eisele; Felix; Stickel; Thomas; Longerich; Peter; Schirmacher; Helmut; Karl; Seitz

    2010-01-01

    AIM:To test if inflammation also interferes with liver stiffness (LS) assessment in alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and to provide a clinical algorithm for reliable fibrosis assessment in ALD by FibroScan (FS).METHODS:We first performed sequential LS analysis before and after normalization of serum transaminases in a learning cohort of 50 patients with ALD admitted for alcohol detoxification. LS decreased in almost all patients within a mean observation interval of 5.3 d. Six patients (12%) would have been m...

  16. Effect of vitamin D therapy on interleukin-6, visfatin, and hyaluronic acid levels in chronic hepatitis C Egyptian patients

    Sabry D

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Dina Sabry,1 Mohamed AS Al-Ghussein,2 Gehan Hamdy,3 Amr Abul-Fotouh,4 Tarek Motawi,5 Amany Y El Kazaz,6 Ahmed Eldemery,7 Marwa Shaker8,9 1Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt; 2Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Azhar University, Gaza, State of Palestine, 3Internal Medicine Department, 4Tropical Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, 5Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt; 6Medical Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismaileya, Egypt; 7Medical Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, October 6 University, Giza, Egypt; 8Tropical Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt; 9Tropical Medicine Department, Bny Swif University, Bny Swif, Egypt Objectives: We aimed to compare serum levels of interleukin-6, visfatin, and hyaluronic acid in chronic hepatitis C Egyptian patients who received standard of care (SOC therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV consisting of pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN and ribavirin (RBV and in those who received SOC with vitamin D (vit D for 48 weeks in HCV genotype 4a subjects. Design and methods: One hundred chronic HCV patients were classified into two groups: study 50 patients received SOC therapy PEG-IFN/RBV + vit D and control 50 patients received SOC PEG-IFN/RBV without vit D. Both groups were followed up at 12 weeks, 24 weeks, and 48 weeks of treatment. Results: Results showed a significant elevation in vit D levels in the group treated with SOC and vit D compared to SOC group and a reduction in HCV RNA from the 12th week to reach zero level in the 24th week. Interleukin-6, visfatin, and hyaluronic acid levels were also reduced significantly. Alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase biomarkers were significantly reduced, indicating decreased liver injury. Conclusion: SOC PEG-IFN/RBV + vit D therapy for chronic HCV led

  17. Amination of ω-Functionalized Aliphatic Primary Alcohols by a Biocatalytic Oxidation–Transamination Cascade

    Pickl, Mathias; Fuchs, Michael; Glueck, Silvia. M.; Faber, Kurt

    2015-01-01

    Amination of non-activated aliphatic fatty alcohols to the corresponding primary amines was achieved through a five-enzyme cascade reaction by coupling a long-chain alcohol oxidase from Aspergillus fumigatus (LCAO_Af) with a ω-transaminase from Chromobacterium violaceum (ω-TA_Cv). The alcohol was oxidized at the expense of molecular oxygen to yield the corresponding aldehyde, which was subsequently aminated by the PLP-dependent ω-TA to yield the final primary amine product. The overall cascad...

  18. The Effects of Vitamin B6 on the Liver of Diabetic Rats: A Morphological and Biochemical Study

    BOLKENT, Şehnaz; Saçan, Özlem; Karatuğ, Ayşe; YANARDAĞ, Refiye

    2010-01-01

    The aim of present study was to investigate the morphological and biochemical effects of vitamin B6 on liver tissue of normal and streptozotocin-diabetic rats. Experimental diabetes was induced by intraperitonal injection of streptozotocin (STZ) in a single dose of 65 mg/kg. Vitamin B6 was administered by subcutaneous injection at a dose of 20 mg/kg for 15 days. The degenerative changes in the liver tissue, biochemical changes in blood glucose levels and in serum aspartate transaminase (AST),...

  19. Transient cutaneous hyperpigmentation of extremities following dengue fever

    Shrikiran Aroor

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A 14 year old boy presented with fever and generalized flushing of skin of 1 week duration. His vital signs were normal. Examination revealed generalized blanching macular erythematous rash. Systemic examination was unremarkable except for tender hepatomegaly. Investigations revealed leucopenia, thrombocytopenia and normal hemoglobin with mildly elevated liver transaminases. NS 1 (Non-structural protein-1 antigen and IgM antibody titer for Dengue ELISA was positive suggesting dengue fever. He was managed symptomatically and he recovered. During his follow up after 2 weeks he presented with brownish discoloration of dorsum of both hands and feet.

  20. Acne fulminans incapacitante Disabling Acne Fulminans

    Tiago Pina Zanelato; Gabriela Maria Abreu Gontijo; Célia Antônia Xavier de Moares Alves; Jacqueline Campoi Calvo Lopes Pinto; Paulo Rowilson Cunha

    2011-01-01

    Acne fulminans é uma manifestação rara, que pode ocorrer durante a evolução da acne vulgar, principalmente, em adolescentes masculinos. Uso de isotretinoína, testosterona, e reações imunológicas exacerbadas no organismo são desencadeantes relacionados. Sinais, sintomas e alterações laboratoriais como: febre, hepatomegalia, poliartralgia, leucocitose, plaquetose, aumento de provas inflamatórias e transaminases, são característicos. A cintilografia óssea pode detectar lesões líticas em vários s...

  1. Linking Central Metabolism with Increased Pathway Flux: l-Valine Accumulation by Corynebacterium glutamicum

    Radmacher, Eva; Vaitsikova, Adela; Burger, Udo; Krumbach, Karin; Sahm, Hermann; Eggeling, Lothar

    2002-01-01

    Mutants of Corynebacterium glutamicum were made and enzymatically characterized to clone ilvD and ilvE, which encode dihydroxy acid dehydratase and transaminase B, respectively. These genes of the branched-chain amino acid synthesis were overexpressed together with ilvBN (which encodes acetohydroxy acid synthase) and ilvC (which encodes isomeroreductase) in the wild type, which does not excrete l-valine, to result in an accumulation of this amino acid to a concentration of 42 mM. Since l-vali...

  2. l-Valine Production with Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex-Deficient Corynebacterium glutamicum▿

    Blombach, Bastian; Schreiner, Mark E.; Holátko, Jiří; Bartek, Tobias; Oldiges, Marco; Eikmanns, Bernhard J.

    2007-01-01

    Corynebacterium glutamicum was engineered for the production of l-valine from glucose by deletion of the aceE gene encoding the E1p enzyme of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex and additional overexpression of the ilvBNCE genes encoding the l-valine biosynthetic enzymes acetohydroxyacid synthase, isomeroreductase, and transaminase B. In the absence of cellular growth, C. glutamicum ΔaceE showed a relatively high intracellular concentration of pyruvate (25.9 mM) and produced significant amount...

  3. The Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Hepatic Dysfunction, Vitamin D Status, and Glycemic Control in Children and Adolescents with Vitamin D Deficiency and Either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

    Nwosu, Benjamin Udoka; Maranda, Louise

    2014-01-01

    Background The effects of vitamin D supplementation on mild hepatic dysfunction and glycemic control are unclear in children and adolescents with either type 1 (T1D) or type 2 diabetes (T2D). Hypothesis Vitamin D supplementation will improve hepatic dysfunction and glycemic control. Aim To determine the effect of vitamin D supplementation on alanine transaminase (ALT), hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentration. Subjects and Methods A retrospective study of ...

  4. Hepatoprotective potential of ethanolic extract of Caesalpenia crista leaves against paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in rats

    Garima Mishra

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To investigate the hepatoprotective activity of ethanolic extract of leaves of Caesalpenia crista (C. crista against paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Methods: Paracetamol (2 g/kg body weight was used to induce hepatotoxicity in albino rats. Ethanolic extract of leaves of C. crista was administered at the dose levels of 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight orally for 7 d. Silymarin (100 mg/kg was used as standard drug. The hepatoprotective effect of ethanolic extract was evaluated by assessment of biochemical parameters such as serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase, serum alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin (total and direct, and triglycerides content. Histopathological study of rat liver was also done. Results: Administration of ethanolic extract at doses 200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg body weight exhibited significant reduction in elevated level of serum marker enzymes, bilirubin (total and direct and triglycerides when compared to positive control group. Conclusions: It is concluded that the ethanolic extract of C. crista leaves seems to justify the promising hepatoprotective effect on paracetamol induced liver damage in rats.

  5. Hepatoprotective activity of Clerodendron Inerme against Paracetamol induced Hepatic injury in Rats for Pharmaceutical Product

    Haque Rabiul

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Hepatitis is one of the major health problems in human which sometimes may lead to even death. Natural products may be the best source of remedies for the treatment of liver diseases. Thus identification of a potential therapeutic agent for the protection of liver from the hepatotoxins will provide a useful way for the prevention of these liver related illnesses. Our studies identified a plant with potential hepatoprotective activity. The etanolic extract of Clerodendron inerme leaves were screened for its hepatoprotective activity in paracetamol induced liver damage in Swiss albino rats at a dose of 200 mg/kg bw. The etanolic extract exhibited a significant protective effect by lowering serum levels of glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, glutamic pyruvic transaminase, alkaline phosphatase and total bilirubin. Liv.52 was used as positive control. The effects of the drug was judged by changes in serum marker ALT, AST, ALP, Protein and bilirubin levels. The extract did not show any mortality up to a dose of 2000g/kg bw.

  6. Hepatoprotective activity of aqueous extract of Portulaca oleracea in combination with lycopene in rats

    M Anusha

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : To investigate the hepatoprotective activity of the aqueous extract of the aerial parts of Portulaca oleracea (P. oleracea in combination with lycopene against carbon tetrachloride induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Materials and Methods : Hepatotoxicity was induced in male Wistar rats by intraperitoneal injection of carbon tetrachloride (0.1 ml/kg b.w for 14 days. The aqueous extract of P. oleracea in combination with lycopene (50 mg/kg b.w was administered to the experimental animals at two selected doses for 14 days. The hepatoprotective activity of the combination was evaluated by the liver function marker enzymes in the serum [aspartate transaminases (AST, alanine transaminases (ALT, alkaline phosphatase (Alk.P, total bilirubin (TB, total protein (TP and total cholesterol (TC], pentobarbitone induced sleeping time (PST and histopathological studies of liver. Results : Both the treatment groups showed hepatoprotective effect against carbon tetrachloride induced hepatotoxicity by significantly restoring the levels of serum enzymes to normal which was comparable to that of silymarin group. Besides, the results obtained from PST and histopathological results also support the study. Conclusions : The oral administration of P. oleracea in combination with lycopene significantly ameliorates CCl 4 hepatotoxicity in rats.

  7. The Modulatory Role of Desferrioxamine Against Radiation-Induced Oxidative Stress and Energy Depletion in Hepatic Tissues

    The present study was designed to study the modulatory role of desferrioxamine (DFO) against gamma irradiation (IRR)-induced hepatic damage because of its known ability to protect against the damage induced by free radicals which are mediated by redox-active metal ions. A single dose of IRR (60 Gy) induced some sort of hepatic damage manifested biochemically by significant elevation of activities of serum alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST) and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT). Hepatic damage was further evidenced by significant decrease of total glutathione content (OSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx) activities, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) level and histone content in hepatic tissues and significant increase in hepatic lipid peroxidation measured as malondialdehyde (MDA) and the concentration of total nitrate/nitrite (NO(x)). Pretreatment of rats with DFO (250 mg/kg i.p.) for 7 days, Ih before IRR, ameliorated the hepatic damage induced by IRR, as evidenced by a significant reduction in the elevated levels of serum enzymes as well as a significant decrease in the hepatic MDA and NO(x) content and a significant increase in the total GSH, ATP, histone content. SOD and GSHPx activities. The data show that DFO reduces liver damage inflicted by IRR when given prior to IRR exposure. The radioprotective effect of DFO is likely achieved by its ability to function as a scavenger for free radicals generated by IRR and iron chelation

  8. GC-MS Analysis: In Vivo Hepatoprotective and Antioxidant Activities of the Essential Oil of Achillea biebersteinii Afan. Growing in Saudi Arabia

    Al-Said, Mansour S.; Mothana, Ramzi A.; Al-Yahya, Mohammed M.; Rafatullah, Syed; Al-Sohaibani, Mohammed O.; Khaled, Jamal M.; Alatar, Abdulrahman; Alharbi, Naiyf S.; Kurkcuoglu, Mine; Baser, Husnu C.

    2016-01-01

    Liver disease is a worldwide problem. It represents one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in humans. Achillea biebersteinii is used as herbal remedy for various ailments including liver diseases. But the scientific basis for its medicinal use remains unknown. Thus, this research was undertaken to evaluate the efficiency of A. biebersteinii essential oil (ABEO) (0.2 mL/kg) in the amelioration of CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity in rodent model. Moreover, the chemical content of the oil was investigated using GC and GC-MS. The following biochemical parameters were evaluated: serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT), gamma-glutamyl-transpeptidase (γ-GGT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and total bilirubin. Furthermore, lipid profile, malondialdehyde (MDA), nonprotein sulfhydryl (NP-SH), and total protein (TP) contents in liver tissue were estimated. 44 components (92.0%) of the total oil have been identified by GC-MS analysis where α-terpinene and p-cymene were the most abundant. The high serum enzymatic (GOT, GPT, GGT, and ALP) and bilirubin concentrations as well as the level of MDA, NP-SH, and TP contents in liver tissues were significantly reinstated towards normalization by the ABEO. Histopathological study further confirmed these findings. In addition, ABEO showed mild antioxidant activity in 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging and β-carotene-linoleic acid assays. PMID:27293452

  9. GC-MS Analysis: In Vivo Hepatoprotective and Antioxidant Activities of the Essential Oil of Achillea biebersteinii Afan. Growing in Saudi Arabia

    Mansour S. Al-Said

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Liver disease is a worldwide problem. It represents one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in humans. Achillea biebersteinii is used as herbal remedy for various ailments including liver diseases. But the scientific basis for its medicinal use remains unknown. Thus, this research was undertaken to evaluate the efficiency of A. biebersteinii essential oil (ABEO (0.2 mL/kg in the amelioration of CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity in rodent model. Moreover, the chemical content of the oil was investigated using GC and GC-MS. The following biochemical parameters were evaluated: serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT, glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT, gamma-glutamyl-transpeptidase (γ-GGT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, and total bilirubin. Furthermore, lipid profile, malondialdehyde (MDA, nonprotein sulfhydryl (NP-SH, and total protein (TP contents in liver tissue were estimated. 44 components (92.0% of the total oil have been identified by GC-MS analysis where α-terpinene and p-cymene were the most abundant. The high serum enzymatic (GOT, GPT, GGT, and ALP and bilirubin concentrations as well as the level of MDA, NP-SH, and TP contents in liver tissues were significantly reinstated towards normalization by the ABEO. Histopathological study further confirmed these findings. In addition, ABEO showed mild antioxidant activity in 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH radical scavenging and β-carotene-linoleic acid assays.

  10. The effect of cytoflavin on functional and metabolic parameters rat liver in pancreatonecrosis

    M. S. Sukach

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem of diagnosis and treatment of patients with necrotizing pancreatitis is an urgent. So it is interesting to study the effectiveness of a multicomponent antihypoxant and antioxidant cytoflavin to reduce violations of the detoxifying properties of the liver in experimental pancreatitis and reduce the severity of pancreatic endotoxemia. Pancreatic modeled by introducing into the pancreas of autobile in a dose of 0,15 ml/kg. Cytoflavin was injected into animals of a comparison group in a dose 0,21 ml/kg in 5 minutes after the model of pancreatic necrosis. We determined the activity of enzymes: alanine transaminase, amylase, and gamma glutamyltransferase, the content of direct bilirubin, glucose, and urea. After modeling of pancreatic necrosis in two days, there are signs of acute liver failure, as evidenced by the differences in the studied parameters of blood and hepatic portal vein: increased alanine transaminase and gamma glutamyltransferase, the change in concentration of metabolic products, such as direct bilirubin and urea. In addition, decreased glucose levels. Introduction of cytoflavin approached the control values the basic biochemical parameters of liver function: decreased hyperenzymemia, exchange function of the liver was restored, which is probably due to antihypoxic, membrane and antioxidant effects of the drug.

  11. Photosynthetic carbon fixation characteristics of fruiting structures of Brassica campestris L

    Activities of key enzymes of the Calvin cycle and C4 metabolism, rates of CO2 fixation, and the initial products of photosynthetic 14CO2 fixation were determined in the podwall, seed coat (fruiting structures), and the subtending leaf (leaf below a receme) of Brassica campestris L. cv Toria. Compared to activities of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase and other Calvin cycle enzymes, e.g. NADP-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase and ribulose-5-phosphate kinase, the activities of phosphoenol pyruvate carboxylase and other enzymes of C4 metabolism, viz. NADP-malate dehydrogenase, NADP-malic enzyme, glutamate pyruvate transaminase, and glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, were generally much higher in seed than in podwall and leaf. Podwall and leaf were comparable to each other. Pulse-chase experiments showed that in seed the major product of 14CO2 assimilation was malate (in short time), whereas in podwall and leaf, the label initially appeared in 3-PGA. With time, the label moved to sucrose. In contrast to legumes, Brassica pods were able to fix net CO2 during light. However, respiratory losses were very high during the dark period

  12. Estimation of biomarkers berberine and gallic acid in polyherbal formulation punarnavashtak kwath and its clinical study for hepatoprotective potential

    Shah V

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Punarnavashtak (PN kwath is a classical Ayurvedic formulation mentioned in Ayurvedic literature "Bhaishyajyaratnavali" for hepatic disorders and asthma. Standardization and clinical trial to support its efficacy are lacking. So, in the present study, standardization of PN kwath was done by using biomarkers, gallic acid and berberine, and its hepatoprotective activity was evaluated by clinical study to rationalise the traditional use of this formulation. PN kwath was standardized by HPTLC (High performance thin layer chromatography using gallic acid and berberine as biomarkers and was subjected to clinical study. For clinical study patients attending outpatient clinics, with an evidence of liver disease were included in the study. During the study period, patients who fulfilled inclusion criteria were randomly assigned. The recommended dose was 20 ml kwath daily for 8 weeks. All the patients underwent clinical examination and laboratory investigations for liver functions tests before the commencement of therapy. Thereafter, clinical assessments were done after 8 weeks of treatment. The results showed significant changes in liver functions tests [serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT, serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, total bilirubin]. There was no report of adverse effects attributable to this formulation. Our results suggest that PN kwath showed significant hepatoprotective activity. Berberine and gallic acid were found to be 0.08 and 4.9%, respectively. Our results suggest that PN kwath showed significant hepatoprotective activity due to presence of various phytoconstituents and support its traditional uses in liver disorder.

  13. Effects of a low-radiotoxicity uranium salt (uranyl acetate) on biochemical and hematological parameters of the catfish, Clarias gariepinus

    Al-Ghanim, Khalid A.; Ahmad, Zubair; Al-Kahem Al-Balawi, Hmoud F.; Al-Misned, Fahad; Maboob, Shahid; Suliman, El-Amin M.

    2016-01-01

    Specimens of Clarias gariepinus were treated with lethal (70, 75, 80, 85, 90, and 95 mg/L) and sub-lethal concentrations (8, 12 and 16 mg/L) of uranyl acetate, a low-radiotoxicity uranium salt. The LC 50 value was registered as 81.45 mg/L. The protein and glycogen concentrations in liver and muscles were decreased in the fish exposed to sub-lethal concentrations. The red blood cell (RBC) and white blood cell (WBC) counts, haemoglobin (Hb) concentration and haematocrit (Hct) values were decreased. Different blood indices like mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH) and mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration (MCHC) were negatively affected. Level of plasma glucose was elevated whereas protein was decreased. The level of calcium concentration (Ca) was declined in the blood of exposed fish whereas magnesium (Mg) remains unchanged. The activity level of glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT) was elevated in exposed fish. These effects were more pronounced in the last period of exposure and in higher concentrations. Results of the present study indicate that uranyl acetate has adverse effects on Clarias gariepinus and causes changes in the biochemical and hematological parameters of the fish.

  14. In vitro antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential of Azolla microphylla phytochemically synthesized gold nanoparticles on acetaminophen - induced hepatocyte damage in Cyprinus carpio L.

    Kunjiappan, Selvaraj; Bhattacharjee, Chiranjib; Chowdhury, Ranjana

    2015-06-01

    The present study aims to evaluate the hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects of gold nanoparticles (GNaP) biosynthesized through the mediation of Azolla microphylla and A. microphylla extract on acetaminophen-induced hepatocyte damage in common carp fish (Cyprinus carpio L.). The gold nanoparticles (100, 150, 200 μg/ml) and A. microphylla extract powder (100, 200, 400 μg/ml) were added to the primary hepatocytes in different conditions: treatment I (before 12 mM acetaminophen), treatment II (after 12 mM acetaminophen), and treatment III (both before and after 12 mM acetaminophen), and incubated. Among these, control group treated with 12 mM acetaminophen produced significantly elevated levels (50-80%) of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), catalase (CAT), glutamate oxalate transaminase (GOT), glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT), and malondialdehyde (MDA), and significantly decreased the levels (60-75%) of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px). Treatment with methanol extract of A. microphylla phytochemically biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (100, 150, 200 μg/ml) and A. microphylla methanol extract powder (100, 200, 400 μg/ml) significantly improved the viability of cells in a culture medium. It also significantly reduced the levels of LDH, CAT, GOT, GPT, and MDA, and significantly increased the levels of SOD and GSH-Px. In conclusion, gold nanoparticles biosynthesized through A. microphylla demonstrated effective hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects than methanol extract of A. microphylla. PMID:25862331

  15. Antioxidant Potential of Momordica Charantia in Ammonium Chloride-Induced Hyperammonemic Rats

    A. Justin Thenmozhi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study was aimed to investigate the antioxidant potential of Momordica charantia fruit extract (MCE in ammonium chloride-induced (AC hyperammonemic rats. Experimental hyperammonemia was induced in adult male Wistar rats (180–200 g by intraperitoneal injections of ammonium chloride (100 mg kg−1 body weight thrice a week. The effect of oral administration (thrice a week for 8 consecutive weeks of MCE (300 mg kg−1 body weight on blood ammonia, plasma urea, serum liver marker enzymes and oxidative stress biomarkers in normal and experimental animals was analyzed. Hyperammonemic rats showed a significant increase in the activities of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, hydroperoxides and liver markers (alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase, and the levels of glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, catalase and reduced glutathione were decreased in the liver and brain tissues. Treatment with MCE normalized the above-mentioned changes in hyperammonemic rats by reversing the oxidant-antioxidant imbalance during AC-induced hyperammonemia, and offered protection against hyperammonemia. Our results indicate that MCE exerting the antioxidant potentials and maintaining the cellular integrity of the liver tissue could offer protection against AC-induced hyperammonemia. However, the exact underlying mechanism is yet to be investigated, and examination of the efficacy of the active constituents of the M. charantia on hyperammonemia is desirable.

  16. Ameliorative Effects of Pomegranate Peel Extract against Dietary-Induced Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver in Rats.

    Al-Shaaibi, Siham N K; Waly, Mostafa I; Al-Subhi, Lyutha; Tageldin, Mohamed H; Al-Balushi, Nada M; Rahman, Mohammad S

    2016-03-01

    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is caused by fat accumulation and is associated with oxidative stress. In this study, we investigated the potential protective effect of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) peel extract (PPE) against oxidative stress in the liver of rats with NAFLD. Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a high fat diet (HFD), 20% corn oil, or palm oil for 8 weeks in the presence or absence of PPE. The control group was fed a basal diet. The progression of NAFLD was evaluated histologically and by measuring liver enzymes (alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase), serum lipids (triglycerides and total cholesterol), and oxidative stress markers. The HFD feeding increased the body weight and caused NAFLD, liver steatosis, hyperlipidemia, oxidative stress, and elevated liver enzymes. Administration of PPE ameliorated the hepatic morphology, reduced body weight, improved liver enzymes, and inhibited lipogenesis. Furthermore, PPE enhanced the cellular redox status in the liver tissue of rats with NAFLD. Our findings suggest that PPE could improve HFD-induced NAFLD via abolishment of hepatic oxidative damage and hyperlipidemia. PPE might be considered as a potential lead material in the treatment of NAFLD and obesity through the modulation of lipid metabolism. PMID:27069901

  17. Protective Effect of Pomegranate (Punica Granatum), Juice in Rats Consuming Aspartame Peroxidation and Antioxidant Status

    Pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been traditionally used as medicine in many countries due to its high antioxidant activity, which has been related to beneficial health properties. Aspartame (ASP) is a widely used artificial sweetener that may be harmful at abuse levels. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential efficacy of pomegranate juice (PJ) in protecting tissues from the possible damage induced by aspartame. ASP treated rats were given ASP, by gavages, at a dose of 250 mg/kg /day for 28 days. PJ-ASP treated rats were given PI at a dose of 1ml /kg body weight/day along with ASP. The data obtained indicate that ASP administration results in no significant change in the concentration of serum triglycerides (TG), total cholesterol (Tc), low-density lipoprotein (LDL-c), high density lipoprotein (HDL-c) and glucose while significant decreases have been recorded for insulin. The results demonstrated also that aspartame promotes lipid peroxidation and decreases the level of antioxidants superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (Cat) activities and reduced glutathione (GSH) contents in serum and liver tissues. Significant elevations in the activities of serum aspartate transaminase (AST), serum alanine transaminase (AL T) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) were also observed. Administration of PI in parallel with aspartame protected rats from aspartame-induced oxidative injury and ameliorated liver function

  18. Lack of effect of apolipoprotein C3 polymorphisms on indices of liver steatosis, lipid profile and insulin resistance in obese Southern Europeans

    Burza Maria A

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Apolipoprotein C3 (APOC3 is a component of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, and APOC3 rs2854116 and rs2854117 polymorphisms have been associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertriglyceridaemia, and insulin-resistance. Objective To determine if the APOC3 variants alter the susceptibility of obese subjects to develop liver damage, hypertrigliceridaemia, and insulin-resistance. Methods The study was carried out on 585 unrelated obese Italians (median body mass index BMI = 41 kg/m2 who were genotyped for the rs2854116 and rs2854117 variants. All participants underwent oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT, with measurement of glucose, insulin, lipid parameters. Indices of insulin-resistance (HOMA and ISI were calculated. Alanine transaminase (ALT and aspartate transaminase (AST were used as markers of liver injury. Results The study subjects were divided into two groups: those homozygous for the wild-type alleles at both SNPs (-482C and -455T alleles and those who were carriers of at least one variant allele or both (-482T, -455C or both. Also each SNP was analysed independently. No significant differences were found in ALT and AST levels and in the lipid profile between the two groups. Insulin concentrations, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity were similar in the two groups. Conclusion We did not identify any significant association between APOC3 polymorphisms and fatty liver disease, lipids, and insulin-resistance in obese subjects, thus not confirming the suggested role of these APOC3 gene sequence variants.

  19. Serum enzymes levels and influencing factors in three indigenous Ethiopian goat breeds.

    Tibbo, M; Jibril, Y; Woldemeskel, M; Dawo, F; Aragaw, K; Rege, J E O

    2008-12-01

    Serum enzymes were studied in 163 apparently healthy goats from three indigenous goat breeds of Ethiopia. The effect of breed, age, sex and season on alanine aminotransferase (ALT) / glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) / glutamic oxalacetic transaminases (GOT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and acid phosphatase (AcP) levels was assessed. The mean serum enzymes levels of the indigenous Arsi-Bale, Central Highland and Long-eared Somali goat breeds ranged from 14.0-20.2 iu L(-1) for ALT/GPT, from 43.2-49.3 iu L(-1) for AST/GOT, from 83.7-98.8 iu L(-1) for ALP, and from 2.99-4.23 iu L(-1) for AcP, were within the normal range for goats elsewhere. Breed had significant influence on AST/GOT values. Sex had significant effect on ALT/GPT for Arsi-Bale goats with higher values in males than females. Age was significant on all serum enzymes studied in the Arsi-Bale goats and on ALP in the Central Highland goats. Season had significant influence on all serum enzymes except for ALT/GPT in the Arsi-Bale goats. The serum enzyme levels of these indigenous goat breeds can be used as normal reference values for Ethiopian goat breeds adapted to similar agro-ecology and production system. PMID:18975131

  20. PENGARUH PEMBERIAN KARBON TETRAKLORIDA TERHADAP FUNGSI HATI DAN GINJAL TIKUS

    Zulfa Zakiah

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The Effects of Carbon Tetrachloride Administration on Liver and Renal Function. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 that induces liver damage is widely used in hepatoprotector experiments. Carbon tetrachloride at a single dose 0,1; 1,0; and 10 ml/kg body weight was administrated intraperitoneally in male rats to investigate liver and renal damage. Liver damage was monitored by increased alanine transaminase (ALT, aspartate transaminase (AST, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, total bilirubin, and serum total protein. Increased serum creatinine is an indicator of renal problem. Futhermore, liver and renal tissues were subjected to histopathological studies. Compared with control, injection of 0,1 and 1,0 ml CCl4/kg body weight increased ALT and decreased AST, and at dose 10 ml/kg body weight both ALT and AST decreased to a greater extent (p0.05. Carbon tetrachloride at dose 0,1 and 1,0 ml/kg body weight increased creatinine. However, injection of 10 ml CCl4/kg body weight decreased creatinine (p<0.05. Histopathological studies confirmed the presence of steatosis in hepatic cells at single dose of 1,0 and 10 ml CCl4/kg body weight, with no significant effect in glomerulus. Administration of single dose of CCl4 can induce liver and renal damage that dependent on CCl4 received.

  1. Destruction of the hepatocyte junction by intercellular invasion of Leptospira causes jaundice in a hamster model of Weil's disease.

    Miyahara, Satoshi; Saito, Mitsumasa; Kanemaru, Takaaki; Villanueva, Sharon Y A M; Gloriani, Nina G; Yoshida, Shin-ichi

    2014-08-01

    Weil's disease, the most severe form of leptospirosis, is characterized by jaundice, haemorrhage and renal failure. The mechanisms of jaundice caused by pathogenic Leptospira remain unclear. We therefore aimed to elucidate the mechanisms by integrating histopathological changes with serum biochemical abnormalities during the development of jaundice in a hamster model of Weil's disease. In this work, we obtained three-dimensional images of infected hamster livers using scanning electron microscope together with freeze-cracking and cross-cutting methods for sample preparation. The images displayed the corkscrew-shaped bacteria, which infiltrated the Disse's space, migrated between hepatocytes, detached the intercellular junctions and disrupted the bile canaliculi. Destruction of bile canaliculi coincided with the elevation of conjugated bilirubin, aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase levels in serum, whereas serum alanine transaminase and γ-glutamyl transpeptidase levels increased slightly, but not significantly. We also found in ex vivo experiments that pathogenic, but not non-pathogenic leptospires, tend to adhere to the perijunctional region of hepatocyte couplets isolated from hamsters and initiate invasion of the intercellular junction within 1 h after co-incubation. Our results suggest that pathogenic leptospires invade the intercellular junctions of host hepatocytes, and this invasion contributes in the disruption of the junction. Subsequently, bile leaks from bile canaliculi and jaundice occurs immediately. Our findings revealed not only a novel pathogenicity of leptospires, but also a novel mechanism of jaundice induced by bacterial infection. PMID:24945433

  2. Effect of irradiated milk in rat ration to ameliorate the biochemical changes in γ-irradiated rats

    The effects of daily dietary supplementation of dried milk, on the metabolism disorders in a dose of irradiated rats were studied. Male albion rats were exposed to whole body-γirradiation at a single dose of 6 Gy and milk at a dose od 25 kGy. Rats were feed on commercial diets enriched with unirradiated or irradiated milk (Unirr. or Irr. milk, 182 g/kg diet) containing 1% wt/wt conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), for 6 weeks. Whole body gamma irradiation of rats (Irr. rat) resulted in significantly elevation of serum glucose (G), insulin (Ins), aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). Significant reductions in total protein (T.P) and albumin (Alb) were also obtained. Liver triglycerols (TAG) and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS ) concentrations were significantly increased , while liver total cholesterol (T.C)concentrations and activities of hepatic superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione (GSH) content were significantly decreased due to rat irradiation . Consumption Unirr, or Irr . milk enriched diets significantly ameliorated the disorders in serum and liver measurements with the exception of AST, ALT, ALP, T.P and Alb which exhibited non significant improvements . Non significant differences were shown between the effects of Unirr. and Irr. milk on the physiological functions in rats.Thus it could be concluded that irradiation of dried milk did not affect the physiological functions of rats. In addition, supplementation of milk could suppress the irradiation induced damage via offering protection against free radical mediated oxidative stress

  3. Antifibrotic effect of heparin on liver fibrosis model in rats

    Binita; Shah; Gaurang; Shah

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the effect of chronic thrombin inhibition by heparin on experimentally induced chronic liver injury (liver fibrosis) in rats. METHODS: Chronic liver injury (liver fibrosis) was induced in Wistar rats by oral administration of carbon tetrachloride (CCl 4 ) for 7 wk, an animal model with persistent severe hepatic fibrosis. Intravenous administration of the thrombin antagonist (heparin) started 1 wk after the start of CCl 4 intoxication for 6 wk. After completion of treatment (7 wk), markers of hepatic dysfunction were measured and changes evaluated histopathologically. RESULTS: Higher serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT), serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total, direct and indirect bilirubin levels, as well as lower fibrinogen levels, were found in CCl 4 intoxicated rats. Heparin, silymarin and combination of drug (heparin and silymarin) treatment for 6 wk prevented a rise in SGOT, SGPT, ALP, total, direct and indirect bilirubin levels and improved fibrinogen levels. Deterioration in hepatic function determined by the fibrosis area was retarded, as evident from hepatic histopathology. Total protein levels were not changed in all groups.CONCLUSION: Heparin, a thrombin antagonist, preserved hepatic function and reduced severity of hepatic dysfunction/fibrogenesis. Combination of heparin and silymarin produced additional benefits on liver fibrosis.

  4. Protective effect of Genistein against N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA)-induced hepatotoxicity in Swiss albino rats

    Fahad Ali; Rahul; Falaq Naz; Smita Jyoti; Yasir Hasan Siddique

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, we studied the effect of Genistein against the hepatotoxicity induced by N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). NDEA is present in almost all kinds of food stuff and has been reported to be a hepatocarcinogen. The male rats were exposed to NDEA (0.1 mg/mL) dissolved in drinking water separately and along with 25, 50, 100 mg/mL of Genistein for 21 days. The activities of serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were measured in blood serum. Lipid peroxidation, protein carbonyl content, micronucleus frequency and DNA damage (Comet assay) were performed on rat hepatocytes. The results of the study reveal that the treatment of NDEA along with Genistein showed a significant dose-dependent decrease in the levels of blood serum enzymes i.e., SGOT, SGPT, ALP and LDH (Po0.05). The HE staining of histological sections of the liver also revealed a protective effect of Genistein. A significant dose-dependent reduction in the lipid peroxidation and protein carbonyl content was observed in rats exposed to NDEA (0.1 mg/mL) along with Genistein (Po0.05). The results obtained for the comet assay in rat hepatocytes showed a significant dose-dependent decrease in the mean tail length (Po0.05). Thus the present study supports the hepatoprotective role of Genistein.

  5. Bisphenol A Induces Apoptosis in Liver Cells through Induction of ROS

    Ansoumane Kourouma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative stress mechanisms are involved in hepatotoxicity. The liver is reported to be affected by bisphenol A (BPA in animals studies and has been also reported to possess hepatic toxicity. This study aimed to examine association between liver health status and the effects of BPA on the antioxidant defense systems and liver biomarkers. BPA (0, 2, 10, and 50 mg/kg body weight was mixed in corn oil and intraperitoneally administered every forty-eight hours for 30 days in dose-dependent manner. There was no significant difference between the body weight and weight of rat liver in BPA-treated groups and control groups. The study results show that the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 increased after exposure to BPA. However, the antioxidant enzymes catalase (CAT, superoxide dismutase (SOD, and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX were significantly (P<0.001, P<0.05, and P<0.001, resp. decreased at 50 mg/kg dosage. Liver markers activities such as lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase (GOT, and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT were significantly increased, while γ-glutamyl transferase (γ-GT activity was decreased. BPA exposure increased activity of liver biomarkers indicating liver hyperactivity. Analysis of the liver section provided essential evidence of liver apoptosis. Moreover, BPA may lead to induced toxic response of liver oxidative system.

  6. Antihypertensive Efficiency and Safety of L- & N- type Ca2+ Antagonists -cilnidipine

    张向阳; 刘国树

    2003-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate antihypertensive efficiency and safety of a new domesticof L - & N - type Ca2+ antagonist - cilnidipine withimidapril as a positive control. Methods After 2weeks' placebo washingout, 22 patients were treatedwith cilnidipine 5 mg daily and 27 patients were treatedwith imidapril 5 mg daily. 4 weeks later, if patient'ssitting diastolic blood pressure is over 90 mmHg, his/her dosage was doubled for another 4 weeks, the othersmeasuring up remained their dosage unchanged foranother 4 weeks. Blood pressure, heart rate, blood andurine routine examination, serum glucose, serumchemical examination including total cholesterol,triglyceride, HDL, LDL, transaminase, creatine etcand side reactions were recorded before and after thetrial. Data were analyzed statistically. Results After8 weeks' treatment, blood pressure was significantlydecreased (P < 0.05) in both groups, and the twomedicines had similar antihypertensive effects. Fur-thermore, the reducing of heart rate was statisticallysignificant compared with baseline ( P < 0.01 ) in thecilnidipine group, but not in the imidapril group. Thenegative chronotropic effect of cilnidipine had little ef-fect on continuing the therapy. There were no changeson blood and urine routine examination and serumlipid, serum glucose, creatine, transaminase and etcin both groups. Their side reactions were mild and well-tolerated. Conclusions Cilnidipine has a con-vincing antihypertensive effect similar to that of imi-dapril. Especially cilnidipine may be administered topatients with relatively mild tachycardia.

  7. Evaluation of hepatoprotective activity of aqueous extracts of leaves of Basella alba in albino rats.

    Das, Saibal; Bandyopadhyay, Sanjib; Ramasamy, Anand; Mondal, Somnath

    2015-01-01

    This study was done to evaluate possible hepatoprotective effects of aqueous leaf extracts of Basella alba in comparison with silymarin in paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in albino rats. Six groups of six albino rats each received orally for 6 weeks, vehicle, paracetamol (2 g/kg/day), paracetamol (2 g/kg/day) plus silymarin (50 mg/kg/day), paracetamol (2 g/kg/day) plus B. alba extract (60 mg/kg/day), paracetamol (2 g/kg/day) plus B. alba extract (80 mg/kg/day) and paracetamol (2 g/kg/day) plus B. alba extract (100 mg/kg/day). Hepatoprotective effect was evaluated by comparing serum bilirubin, serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase, proteins, alkaline phosphatase and liver histopathology. Results were represented as mean ± SEM. One-way ANOVA was done followed by post hoc Tukey's test with a highly significance level of P alba 100 mg/kg/day orally had significant hepatoprotective effect in paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in albino rats. The results were well comparable and even in some respects superior to standard drug silymarin. PMID:25347929

  8. Hepatoprotective activity of Tribulus terrestris extract against acetaminophen-induced toxicity in a freshwater fish (Oreochromis mossambicus).

    Kavitha, P; Ramesh, R; Bupesh, G; Stalin, A; Subramanian, P

    2011-12-01

    The potential protective role of Tribulus terrestris in acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity in Oreochromis mossambicus was investigated. The effect of oral exposure of acetaminophen (500 mg/kg) in O. mossambicus at 24-h duration was evaluated. The plant extract (250 mg/kg) showed a remarkable hepatoprotective activity against acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity. It was judged from the tissue-damaging level and antioxidant levels in liver, gill, muscle and kidney tissues. Further acetaminophen impact induced a significant rise in the tissue-damaging level, and the antioxidant level was discernible from the enzyme activity modulations such as glutamate oxaloacetic transaminase, glutamate pyruvic transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, acid phosphatase, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, lactate dehydrogenase, superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase, glutathione S-transferase, lipid peroxidase and reduced glutathione. The levels of all these enzymes have significantly (p terrestris extract (250 kg/mg). Histopathological changes of liver, gill and muscle samples were compared with respective controls. The results of the present study specify the hepatoprotective and antioxidant properties of T. terrestris against acetaminophen-induced toxicity in freshwater fish, O. mossambicus. PMID:21975853

  9. Miscellaneous Endovascular Treatment of Ruptured Hepatic Artery Pseudoaneurysms after Pylorus Preserving Pancreaticoduodenectomy

    Kang, Ung Rae; Lee, Young Hwan [Dept. of Radiology, Daegu Catholic University Medical Center, Catholic of Daegu University School of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, Eun Joung; Kim, See Hyung; Kim, Young Hwan [Dept. of Radiology, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Keimyung University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-03-15

    To assess the feasibility and safety of the endovascular treatment of ruptured hepatic artery pseudoaneurysms after pylorus preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (PPPD). Thirteen patients with hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm after PPPD were enrolled. Various endovascular techniques were used depending on the sites and morphologies of the pseudoaneurysms. Five cases were treated by coil embolization, five with stent-graft, one by thrombin injection and coil embolization, one with stent-graft and coil embolization, and one with N-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) injection. Computed tomography scans and liver function test were performed after the procedures. Pseudoaneurysm exclusion and bleeding cessation was achieved in all patients. In four patients that underwent coil or NBCA embolization of the hepatic artery, aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) were markedly elevated. Two of these four patients with narrowing of the portal vein due to surrounding hematoma died of hepatic infarction or hepatic abscess. In other nine patients, AST and ALT were unchanged. In the 11 surviving patients, normal hepatic function and complete pseudoaneurysm disappearance were achieved during follow-up. Endovascular treatment of ruptured hepatic artery pseudoaneurysms can be considered as a feasible and safe method. However, complete occlusion of the hepatic artery with coils should be avoided in patients with inadequate portal flow.

  10. Effect of Dietary Intake of Avocado Oil and Olive Oil on Biochemical Markers of Liver Function in Sucrose-Fed Rats

    Octavio Carvajal-Zarrabal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Metabolic changes, along with cardiovascular and hepatic factors, are associated with the development of diseases such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, and obesity. We evaluated the effect of avocado oil supplementation (centrifuged and solvent extracted, compared with olive oil, upon the hepatic function in sucrose-fed rats. Twenty-five rats were divided into five groups: control (basal diet, a sucrose-fed group (basal diet plus 30% sucrose solution, and three other groups (S-OO, S-AOC, and S-AOS, indicating basal diet plus 30% sucrose solution plus olive oil OO, avocado oil extracted by centrifugation AOC or using solvent AOS, resp.. Glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, total protein, albumin, globulin, direct bilirubin, glutamic pyruvic transaminase, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, cholinesterase, and α-amylase concentrations were determined and avocado oil effect on them was studied. In some cases the induced metabolic alteration significantly affected total protein and bilirubin levels and also had a highly significant effect on α-amylase levels. AOC and AOS exhibited effects similar to those of olive oil, according to the nonsignificant difference in fatty acid profile observed by other authors. Avocado oil consumption could be beneficial in the control of altered metabolic profile illnesses as it presents effects on hepatic function biochemical markers similar to olive oil.

  11. Cinnamomum camphora Seed Kernel Oil Ameliorates Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Diet-Induced Obese Rats.

    Fu, Jing; Zeng, Cheng; Zeng, Zheling; Wang, Baogui; Gong, Deming

    2016-05-01

    Cinnamomum camphora seed kernel oil (CCSKO) was found to reduce body fat deposition and improve blood lipid in both healthy and obese rats. The study was aimed to investigate the antioxidative stress and anti-inflammatory effects of CCSKO in high-fat-diet-induced obese rats. The obese rats were treated with CCSKO, lard, and soybean oil, respectively, for 12 wk. The level of total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC), activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase, and catalase, and levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ, interleukin (IL)-6, and P65 were compared among CCSKO, lard, and soybean oil groups. Our results showed that the level of T-AOC and activities of SOD and catalase were significantly increased and the level of MDA was significantly decreased in CCSKO group. In addition, CCSKO treatment reduced the activities of serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamate-pyruvate transaminase, and levels of serum TNF-α, IL-6, and P65 through raising the level of PPAR-γ. In conclusion, CCSKO has, for the first time, been found to ameliorate oxidative stress and inflammation in high-fat-diet-induced obese rats. PMID:27003858

  12. Changes In Certain Enzymes Activities In Tribolium CONFUSUM As Affected By Vanillin Or GAMMA Irradiation

    The effect of 1 or 4 g vanillin/100 g whole wheat flour on the alkaline phosphatase of one day old larvae revealed that the mean enzyme activity was highly significantly increased in male and non-significant in female Triboluim confusum. As pupae were irradiated, the mean enzyme activity was significantly decreased in males and females (except at dose 300 Gy). Alanine transaminase (ALT or GPT) activity was decreased in males due to the effect of 4% vanillin and increased by irradiation while in female, the activity of ALT was increased when the larvae were reared on flour containing 1% or 4% vanillin and increased when pupae were irradiated at all doses used. There was a positive relationship between all treatments and the activity of aspartate transaminase (AST or GOT) in both sexes. The activity of AST was increased when the male or female larvae were reared on wheat flour containing 1 or 4 % vanillin and when pupae of males or females were irradiated. The choline esterase enzyme in T. confusum adults of both sexes was inhibited according to the effect of treatments with vanillin or gamma irradiation. Treated larvae with 1 or 4 % vanillin or irradiated as pupae at 300, 600 and 800 Gy led to decrease in the activity of choline esterase enzyme with the same pattern in both sexes.

  13. Multivariable analysis of clinical influence factors on liver enhancement of Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced 3T MRI

    The purpose of this study was to identify clinical factors influencing Gd-EOB-DTPA liver uptake in patients with healthy liver parenchyma. A total of 124 patients underwent contrast-enhanced MRI with a hepatocyte-specific contrast agent at 3T. T1-weighted volume interpolated breath-hold examination (VIBE) sequences with fat suppression were acquired before and 20 minutes after contrast injection. The relative enhancement (RE) between plain and contrast-enhanced signal intensity was calculated. Simple and multiple linear regression analyses were performed to evaluate clinical factors influencing the relative enhancement. Patients were subdivided into three groups according to their relative liver enhancement (HRE, RE ≥ 100 %; MRE, 100 % > RE > 50 %; NRE, RE ≤ 50 %) and were analyzed according to the relevant risk factors. Simple regression analyses revealed patient age, transaminases (AST, ALT, GGT), liver, spleen and delta-liver volume (the difference between the volumetrically measured liver volume and the estimated liver volume based on body weight) as significant factors influencing relative enhancement. In the multiple analysis the transaminase AST, spleen and delta liver volume remained significant factors influencing relative enhancement. Delta liver volume showed a significant difference between all analyzed groups. Liver enhancement in the hepatobiliary phase depends on a variety of factors. Body weight-adapted administration of Gd-EOB-DTPA may lead to inadequate liver enhancement after 20 minutes especially when the actual liver volume differs from the expected volume.

  14. Is pregnancy associated with biochemical and haematological changes in HIV-infected Nigerian women?

    L O Omo-Aghoja

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Background.\tWhile there is evidence that HIV affects the course and outcome of pregnancy, reports on the effects of pregnancy on HIV infection remain conflicting, especially in low-resource settings. Methodology. A prospective study of two demographically similar cohorts of HIV-seropositive women, 154 pregnant and 151 non-pregnant, was conducted in a hospital setting in Nigeria. Results. Cases and controls were matched for age, but parity in controls was significantly higher than in cases (p<0.0001. The time between diagnosis and treatment commencement was greater in controls compared with cases (p<0.0001. Electrolyte, urea and creatinine levels were within normal limits, with mean serum urea and potassium higher in controls compared with cases (p=0.002 and p=0.023. Aspartate aminotransferase (AAT/serum glutamic oxaloacetic acid transaminase (SGOT, alanine aminotransferase (ALT/serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT and amylase levels were higher in controls compared with cases (p=0.001, p=0.0001 and p=0.05, but the mean CD4 count was higher in cases compared with controls (p=0.001. The haematological parameters were within normal limits and comparable in cases and controls. A comparison of CD4 count, total white blood cell count and packed cell volume across the three trimesters in the cases did not reveal any statistically significant differences in these parameters. Conclusion. Pregnancy did not affect biochemical and haematological parameters in HIV-infected Nigerian women.

  15. The Antitumor Activity of the Novel Compound Jesridonin on Human Esophageal Carcinoma Cells.

    Cong Wang

    Full Text Available Jesridonin, a small molecule obtained through the structural modification of Oridonin, has extensive antitumor activity. In this study, we evaluated both its in vitro activity in the cancer cell line EC109 and its in vivo effect on tumor xenografts in nude mice. Apoptosis induced by Jesridonin was determined using an MTT assay, Annexin-V FITC assay and Hoechest 33258 staining. Apoptosis via mitochondrial and death receptor pathways were confirmed by detecting the regulation of MDM2, p53, and Bcl-2 family members and by activation of caspase-3/-8/-9. In addition, vena caudalis injection of Jesridonin showed significant inhibition of tumor growth in the xenograft model, and Jesridonin-induced cell apoptosis in tumor tissues was determined using TUNEL. Biochemical serum analysis of alkaline phosphatase (ALP, alanine transaminase (ALT, aspartate transaminase (AST, gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT, total protein (TP and albumin (ALB indicated no obvious effects on liver function. Histopathological examination of the liver, kidney, lung, heart and spleen revealed no signs of JD-induced toxicity. Taken together, these results demonstrated that Jesridonin exhibits antitumor activity in human esophageal carcinomas EC109 cells both in vitro and in vivo and demonstrated no adverse effects on major organs in nude mice. These studies provide support for new drug development.

  16. Phytochemistry and hepatoprotective activity of aqueous extract of Amaranthus tricolor Linn. roots

    Simran Aneja

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The genus Amaranthus has potential activity as a hepatoprotective agent. Objective : The present pharmacological investigation focuses on evaluation of the efficacy of aqueous extract of roots of Amaranthus tricolor Linn. for their protection against paracetamol (PCM overdose induced hepatotoxicity . Materials and Methods: The aqueous extract of roots of A. tricolor Linn. was prepared and phytochemical screening was done. The biochemical investigation viz. serum glutamic oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT, serum glutamic pyruvate transaminase (SGPT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP and total Bilirubin (TB was done against PCM-induced hepatotoxicity in wistar albino rats. The histopathological studies of liver were also done. Results: The phytochemical screening of the aqueous extract showed the presence of alkaloids, carbohydrates, flavanoids, amino acids, proteins, fixed oil, saponins and tannins, and phenolic compounds. Pretreatment with the aqueous extract of root significantly prevented the physical, biochemical, histological, and functional changes induced by paracetamol in the liver. The extract showed significant hepatoprotective effects as evidenced by decreased serum enzyme activities like SGPT, SGOT, ALP, and TB, which was supported by histopathological studies of liver. The aqueous extract showed significant hepatoprotective activity comparable with standard drug silymarin as well as hepatotoxin drug PCM. Conclusion: From these results, it is concluded that the A. tricolor has potential effectiveness in treating liver damage in a dose dependent manner.

  17. Biochemical Studies On The Effect Of Sodium Nitrite And/Or Glutathione Treatment On Male Rats

    Eman Helal; *Zahkok, S; **Ghada Z A Soliman; * Al-Kassas, M;

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Using food preservatives as sodium nitrite are increased in industrial food productions. Teratogenic, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects have been related to using of some food preservatives. Purpose: To study the effect of sodium nitrite (food additives and treated with glutathione (nature antitoxic on rats. Material And Methods: Certain parameters were measured as percentage of body weight change, body temperature, heart rates, Red & white blood cells count (RBCs & WBCs, hemoglobin (Hb level, hematocrite (Hct value, serum total lipids, serum cholesterol, serum total protein, serum albumin, serum glucose, serum alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase (ALT & AST activity and serum total cholinesterase. The organs, body weight were detected. Organs were prepared for biochemical analysis. Results: Body weight, respiration rate, hepatosomatic index, RBCs & WBCs count, Hb, Hct, serum total lipids, protein, albumin, A/G ratio, liver and muscle total lipids and cholesterol were significantly reduced while serum cholesterol, kidney total lipids and cholesterol, serum ALT & AST was significantly increased. Supplementation of sodium nitrite to rats had no effect on serum glucose level or cholinesterase activity Conclusion: Due to the hazardous effect of food additives as sodium nitrite, it is recommended that the use of sodium nitrite as food additives must be limited and gluathione has the ability to prevent its toxic effect

  18. Comparison of the effects of feeding Indian fish liver oils supplemented with or without cholesterol and bile salts on certain enzymes in liver, heart and serum of rats

    Tanksale K

    1978-01-01

    Full Text Available The enzymes viz. glucose-6-P-dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.49, cholesterol esterase (EC 3.1.1.13, aspartate amino transferase (EC 2.6.1.1 and alanine amino transferase (2.6.1.2 are intimately related to lipid metabolism. Hence their activities are bound to be affected by the type of dietary fat and substances like bile salts and cholesterol which also influence the lipid metabolism. This relationship between dietary lipid constituent and enzymes was studied in albino rats maintained on diets containing three Indian Shark Liver Oils viz. Waghbeer, Khada mushi and Pisori supple-mented with or without cholesterol and bile salts, Enzyme activities were studied in liver, heart and serum. It was noted that higher unsaturation of dietary fat increased the activity of glucose-6-P-dehydrogenase enzyme while activities of transaminases and chole-sterol esterase were lowered. Addition of cholesterol and bile salts to these diets decreased the activity of glucose-6-P-dehydrogenase and hydrolytic activity of cholesterol esterase. There was increase in the activities of transaminases and esterifying activity of choles-terol esterase due to supplementation with cholesterol and bile salts.

  19. Treatment of hyperlipemia in diabetic patients on dialysis with a physiological substance.

    Coronel, F; Tornero, F; Torrente, J; Naranjo, P; De Oleo, P; Macia, M; Barrientos, A

    1991-01-01

    Hyperlipemia is a very frequent complication of the diabetic patient on dialysis. There is difficulty of treatment with the diet, because the dietary restriction already imposed on these patients and the secondary effects and toxicity of the available drugs in uremics aggravate the problem. We have treated 22 diabetic patients on dialysis (8 on hemodialysis and 14 on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis) suffering from hyperlipemia with pantethine, a physiological substance and coenzyme A precursor in the Krebs cycle. With the administration of an oral dose of 900 mg/day we obtained a reduction of total cholesterol (275 +/- 72 vs. 231 +/- 54 mg/dl; p less than 0.001), very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)-cholesterol (66 +/- 36 vs. 46 +/- 18 mg/dl; p less than 0.01) and triglycerides (332 +/- 182 vs. 227 +/- 90 mg/dl; p less than 0.01) at 2 months. High-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol did not change, but the total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol ratio decreased significantly (p less than 0.05). Total cholesterol, VLDL and triglycerides showed a progressive and significant reduction at 4 and 6 months. No changes were observed in serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase, uric acid, blood glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin. Gastric discomfort in 2 patients and pruritus in another one were the secondary effects related. Pantethine was shown to be a very effective hypolipemic agent in diabetic patients on dialysis with a great tolerance. PMID:2048576

  20. Protective Effects of Captopril against Aflatoxin B1-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Isolated Perfused Rat Liver

    Amir Moghadam- Jafari

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available 8TBackground: The liver is the major target organ for aflatoxin B1 (AFB1. Ingestion of aflatoxin causes hepatotoxicty. In this study, captopril as new agent to help the hepatotoxicity induced by aflatoxin was suggested. 8TMaterials and Methods: The isolated perfused rat liver (IPRL was chosen for evaluating hepatic function. Sixteen rats were divided randomly into four experimental groups: control, captopril, AFB1 and AFB1 + captopril. The level of glutathione content and lipid peroxidation, as marker of oxidative stress and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, alanine transaminase (ALT and aspartate transaminase (AST activities and pH of the perfusate medium were measured. 8TResults: There was a significant decrease in lipid peroxidation and same increase was observed in glutathione level. Treatment with captopril also modulated the enzymes activity and pH of perfusate. 8TConclusion: This study showed that captopril protects the hepatotoxicty induced by AFB1. Therefore, this drug may provide an effective new strategy to reduce of aflatoxins toxicity.

  1. The effect of cadmium acetate and combinations thereof with X-rays and pharmaceuticals on phagocytesis activity of the RES and on liver parenchyma

    The aim of this investigation was to study the effect of an acute cadmium acetate (CdAc) intoxication on the liver function of male white mice. The phagocytosis index served as indicator for the state of function of the RES-part of the liver, in particular the Kupffer cells. The enzymes glutamate-oxalacetate-transaminase (GOT), glutamate-pyruvate-transaminase (GPT) and glutamate dehydrogenase (GlDH) were determined in the plasma as an indication of injury to liver parenchyma. The results of studies in which CdAc was combined with RES-active pharmaceuticals were analysed with a view to gaining further insights on the mechanism of CdAc-action on liver cells. The following conclusion may be drawn from the results obtained: CdAc, a stimulant for RES-phagocytosis activity, has a largely depressive effect on phagocytosis activity in combination both with RES-phagocytosis stimulants (Triolein, Pyrexalsup(R), irradiation) and with RES-phagocytosis depressors (cyclophosphamide). (orig./MG)

  2. Phaleria macrocarpa Boerl. (Thymelaeaceae Leaves Increase SR-BI Expression and Reduce Cholesterol Levels in Rats Fed a High Cholesterol Diet

    Yosie Andriani

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In vitro and in vivo studies of the activity of Phaleria macrocarpa Boerl (Thymelaeaceae leaves against the therapeutic target for hypercholesterolemia were done using the HDL receptor (SR-BI and hypercholesterolemia-induced Sprague Dawley rats. The in vitro study showed that the active fraction (CF6 obtained from the ethyl acetate extract (EMD and its component 2',6',4-trihydroxy-4'-methoxybenzophenone increased the SR-BI expression by 95% and 60%, respectively. The in vivo study has proven the effect of EMD at 0.5 g/kgbw dosage in reducing the total cholesterol level by 224.9% and increasing the HDL cholesterol level by 157% compared to the cholesterol group. In the toxicity study, serum glutamate oxalate transaminase (SGOT and serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT activity were observed to be at normal levels. The liver histology also proved no toxicity and abnormalities in any of the treatment groups, so it can be categorized as non-toxic to the rat liver. The findings taken together show that P. macrocarpa leaves are safe and suitable as an alternative control and prevention treatment for hypercholesterolemia in Sprague Dawley rats.

  3. Interleukin-6 and highly sensitive C-reactive protein in obese adolescents

    Michael Kasenda

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Background Childhood obesity is a major health concern. Oobesity is due to an expansion of adipose tissue mass. This tissue produces pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-6 (IL-6. IL-6 is considered to be the chief stimulator of the production of highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP in the liver. Both molecules are responsible for the chronic low-grade inflammatory state in obese individuals. Objective To assess a correlation between IL-6 and hsCRP in obese adolescents. Methods This cross-sectional study was conducted from March to June 2011 in Manado. Subjects were obese and normal body mass index (BMI teens aged 13-18 years. Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT and serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT levels were measured to rule out liver impairment. IL-6 and hsCRP levels were also measured. Data was analyzed by Pearson’s correlation and linear regression to test for correlation between IL-6 and hsCRP levels. Results There was a strongly positive correlation between IL-6 and hsCRP levels in obese adolescents (r=0.79 with P<0.001. IL-6 and hsCRP levels were not significantly associated in subjects with normal BMI. Conclusions There was a strongly positive correlation between IL-6 and hsCRP levels in obese adolescents, suggestive of an ongoing, chronic, low-grade inflammatory state.

  4. Multivariable analysis of clinical influence factors on liver enhancement of Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced 3T MRI; Multivariable Analyse klinischer Einflussfaktoren auf die Signalintensitaet bei Gd-EOB-DTPA 3T-MRT der Leber

    Verloh, N.; Haimerl, M.; Stroszczynski, C.; Fellner, C.; Wiggermann, P. [University Hospital Regensburg (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Zeman, F. [University Hospital Regensburg (Germany). Center for Clinical Trials; Teufel, A. [University Hospital Regensburg (Germany). Dept. of Gastroenterology; Lang, S. [University Hospital Regensburg (Germany). Dept. of Surgery

    2015-01-15

    The purpose of this study was to identify clinical factors influencing Gd-EOB-DTPA liver uptake in patients with healthy liver parenchyma. A total of 124 patients underwent contrast-enhanced MRI with a hepatocyte-specific contrast agent at 3T. T1-weighted volume interpolated breath-hold examination (VIBE) sequences with fat suppression were acquired before and 20 minutes after contrast injection. The relative enhancement (RE) between plain and contrast-enhanced signal intensity was calculated. Simple and multiple linear regression analyses were performed to evaluate clinical factors influencing the relative enhancement. Patients were subdivided into three groups according to their relative liver enhancement (HRE, RE ≥ 100 %; MRE, 100 % > RE > 50 %; NRE, RE ≤ 50 %) and were analyzed according to the relevant risk factors. Simple regression analyses revealed patient age, transaminases (AST, ALT, GGT), liver, spleen and delta-liver volume (the difference between the volumetrically measured liver volume and the estimated liver volume based on body weight) as significant factors influencing relative enhancement. In the multiple analysis the transaminase AST, spleen and delta liver volume remained significant factors influencing relative enhancement. Delta liver volume showed a significant difference between all analyzed groups. Liver enhancement in the hepatobiliary phase depends on a variety of factors. Body weight-adapted administration of Gd-EOB-DTPA may lead to inadequate liver enhancement after 20 minutes especially when the actual liver volume differs from the expected volume.

  5. Microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 protects against Fas-induced liver injury.

    Yao, Lu; Chen, Weina; Han, Chang; Wu, Tong

    2016-06-01

    Microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) is the terminal enzyme for the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a proproliferative and antiapoptotic lipid molecule important for tissue regeneration and injury repair. In this study, we developed transgenic (Tg) mice with targeted expression of mPGES-1 in the liver to assess Fas-induced hepatocyte apoptosis and acute liver injury. Compared with wild-type (WT) mice, the mPGES-1 Tg mice showed less liver hemorrhage, lower serum alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) levels, less hepatic necrosis/apoptosis, and lower level of caspase cascade activation after intraperitoneal injection of the anti-Fas antibody Jo2. Western blotting analysis revealed increased expression and activation of the serine/threonine kinase Akt and associated antiapoptotic molecules in the liver tissues of Jo2-treated mPGES-1 Tg mice. Pretreatment with the mPGES-1 inhibitor (MF63) or the Akt inhibitor (Akt inhibitor V) restored the susceptibility of the mPGES-1 Tg mice to Fas-induced liver injury. Our findings provide novel evidence that mPGES-1 prevents Fas-induced liver injury through activation of Akt and related signaling and suggest that induction of mPGES-1 or treatment with PGE2 may represent important therapeutic strategy for the prevention and treatment of Fas-associated liver injuries. PMID:27102561

  6. [3H]-amino acid uptake and metabolic studies on Gigantocotyle explanatum and Gastrothylax crumenifer (Digenea: Paramphistomidae)

    The amphistomes Gigantocotyle explanatum and Gastrothylax crumenifer utilize leucine, alanine, proline and methionine during in vitro incubations. Autoradiography on sections of these flukes reveal a time-dependent differential incorporation of tritium-labelled amino acids in various tissues. The tegument appears to be the primary surface through which amino acids are absorbed. Following absorption, the reappearance of [3H]-leucine and [3H]-alanine on the tegumental surface during late chase periods indicates their possible involvement in tegumental secretion. A combination of diffusion and carrier-mediated uptake, possibly involving gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, is indicated. The transport loci show differences in carrier-affinity (Kt) and maximum uptake velocities (Vmax) for amino acids under study, which suggest multiple transport molecules. Metabolic studies reveal that aspartate, alanine, ornithine, proline, leucine and methionine undergo transamination through 2-oxoglutarate-linked transaminases, distributed in the cytosolic and mitochondrial fractions of G. explanatum and G. crumenifer. With the exception of alanine transaminase, the enzyme levels in the cytosolic fraction were higher than the mitochondrial fraction of the two amphistomes. Predominantly cytosolic glutamate dehydrogenase which was comparatively higher in G. explanatum, catalyse amination of alpha-ketoglutarate. A high level of cytosolic arginase alone does not indicate a functional urea cycle. A tentative pathway of amino acid metabolism in these amphistomes is proposed

  7. Inhibition of nitrogen and photosynthetic carbon assimilation of maize seedlings by exposure to a combination of salt stress and potassium-deficient stress.

    Qu, Chunxiang; Liu, Chao; Ze, Yuguan; Gong, Xiaolan; Hong, Mengmeng; Wang, Ling; Hong, Fashui

    2011-12-01

    The main aim of this work is to identify how the combined stresses affect the interdependent nitrogen and photosynthetic carbon assimilations in maize. Maize plants were cultivated in Meider's solution. They were subjected to salt stress and potassium deficiency in the K-present Meider's media and K-deficient Meider's media. After 5 weeks, we measured chlorophyll a fluorescence and the activities of several enzymes in metabolic checkpoints coordinating primary nitrogen and carbon assimilation in the leaves of maize. The study showed that the combination of salt stress and potassium-deficient stress more significantly decreased nitrate uptake, plant growth, the activities of nitrate reductase, glutamate dehydrogenase, glutamate synthase, urease, glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, glutamic-oxaloace transaminase, sucrose-phosphate synthase, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase, and the synthesis of free amino acids, chlorophyll, and protein than those of each individual stress, respectively. However, the combined stresses significantly increased the accumulation of ammonium and carbohydrate products. The combined stresses also significantly decreased the oxygen evolution, the electron transport, and the efficiency of photochemical energy conversion by photosystem II in maize seedlings. Taken together, a combination of salt stress and potassium-deficient stress impaired the assimilations of both nitrogen and carbon and decreased the photosystem II activity in maize. PMID:21455705

  8. Effect of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate on the activity levels of certain plasma enzymes in CCl4-induced liver injury in low-protein fed rats.

    Nkosi, C Z; Opoku, A R; Terblanche, S E

    2005-04-01

    The effects of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate on the activity levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LD), alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced acute liver injury in low-protein fed rats were investigated. A group of male Sprague-Dawley rats maintained on a low-protein diet for 5 days were divided into three subgroups. Two subgroups were injected with carbon tetrachloride and the other group with an equivalent amount of olive oil. Two hours after CCl4 intoxication one of the two subgroups was administered with pumpkin seed protein isolate. All three subgroups of rats were maintained on the low-protein diet for the duration of the investigation. Groups of rats from the different subgroups were killed at 24, 48 and 72 h after their respective treatments. After 5 days on the low-protein diet the activity levels of all four enzymes were significantly higher than their counterparts on a normal balanced diet. CCl4 intoxication resulted in significant increases in the activity levels of all four enzymes investigated. The administration of pumpkin seed protein isolate after CCl4 intoxication resulted in significantly reduced activity levels of all four enzymes. It is concluded that pumpkin seed protein isolate administration was effective in alleviating the detrimental effects associated with protein malnutrition. PMID:16041732

  9. Radiobiological effect of abdominal X-ray hypo-fraction irradiation on Wistar rats liver

    Peng Qi; Yongheng An; Hongsheng Yu; Xinjia He

    2012-01-01

    Objective: The aim of our study was to investigate the impact of abdominal hypo-fraction irradiation on liver dam-age in rats so as to provide a reference for its clinical application. Methods: A total of 100 Wistar rats were equally randomized to five groups as control, 4 Gy, 6 Gy, 8 Gy and 12 Gy group, and the corresponding fractionated doses were offered. Liver functions were examined at the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th week after irradiation. Morphological changes were observed by HE staining. Expressions of Bcl-2 and Bax were examined by immunohistochemical technique. Results: In all irradiation groups, hepatocellular swell, degeneration, necrosis and even hepatic fibrosis could be seen. The differences of the liver coef-ficient, Glutamyl pyruvic transaminase (GPT), Glutamyl oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) were significant among the groups and different time points (F = 11.833–781.972, F = 20.857–264.692, P < 0.001). Expressions of Bcl-2 and Bax were signifi-cantly different between each group (F = 211.607, 116.577; P < 0. 001), and between each time point (F = 54.083, 68.749; P < 0. 001). Conclusion: Compare with conventional fraction, abdominal hypo-fraction irradiation may cause radiation damage to rat liver, being dose-and-time dependent. Up-regulation of activating apoptosis protein Bax and down-regulation of inhibiting apoptosis protein Bcl-2 may involve in the process.

  10. Phytochemical analysis, hepatoprotective and antioxidant activity of Alchornea cordifolia methanol leaf extract on carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic damage in rats

    Patience O Osadebe; Festus BC Okoye; Philip F Uzor; Nneka R Nnamani; Ijeoma E Adiele; Nkemakonam C Obiano

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective:To investigate the hepatoprotective and antioxidant activities ofAlchornea cordifolia (A. cordifolia) leaf extract.Methods: Various solvent fractions of the methanol extract of the leaf of the plantA. cordifolia Mull. Arg (Fam: Euphorbiaceae) were evaluated for hepatoprotective activity by carbon tetrachloride-induced liver damage in rats. The degree of protection was measured by using biochemical parameters such as serum glutamate oxalate transaminase(SGOT/AST), serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase(SGPT/ALT), alkaline phosphatase(ALP) and total bilirubin. Thein vitro antioxidant activity of the extract was also evaluated by the 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl(DPPH)free radical scavenging assay. The extract was subjected to preliminary phytochemical screening.Results:The ethyl acetate and chloroform fractions, at a dose of 300mg/kg, produced significant(P<0.05) hepatoprotection by decreasing the activities of the serum enzymes and bilirubin while there were marked scavenging of the DPPH free radicals by the fractions. The effects were comparable to those of the standard drugs used for the respective experiments, silymarin and ascorbic acid. Alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins and tannins were detected in the phytochemical screening.Conclusion: From this study, it was concluded that the plant ofA. cordifolia possesses hepatoprotective as well as antioxidant activities and these activities reside mainly in the ethyl acetate and acetone fractions of methanol leaf extract.

  11. Association of sleep duration and insulin resistance in Taiwanese vegetarians

    Chang Jiunn-Kae

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Short sleep duration has been reported to associate with increased insulin resistance. However, no studies have investigated whether such association exists in vegetarians. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between sleep duration and insulin resistance in Taiwanese vegetarians. Methods A total of 1290 individuals were recruited from a regional hospital in south Taiwan during their regular routine physical examination. Only individuals who described themselves as Buddhist vegetarians were included in the study. Demographic information and clinical characteristics were collected and multiple logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the association between sleep duration and insulin resistance. Results A total of 433 vegetarians were included in the study. Results from univariate logistic regression indicated that insulin resistance was significantly associated with male sex, greater waist circumference, higher triglyceride levels, lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, higher plasma creatinine levels, higher alanine transaminase levels, greater energy expenditure, and sleep duration of more than 8 hours per night. Multiple logistic regression revealed that insulin resistance was significantly and independently associated with sleep duration of more than 8 hours per night (odd ratios = 2.27, 95% confidence interval = 1.24, 4.11 after adjusting for waist circumference and levels of alanine transaminase. Conclusions Sleep duration of more than 8 hours per night is an independent risk factor associated with increased insulin resistance in vegetarians.

  12. Enzymatic Filter for Improved Separation of Output Signals in Enzyme Logic Systems towards 'Sense and Treat' Medicine

    Mailloux, Shay [Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY; Zavalov, Oleksandr [Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY; Guz, Nataliia [Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY; Katz, Evgeny [Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY; Bocharova, Vera [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    The major challenge for application of autonomous medical sensing systems is the noise produced by non-zero physiological concentrations of the sensed target. If the level of noise is high, then a real signal indicating abnormal changes in the physiological levels of the analytes might be hindered. Inevitably, this could lead to wrong diagnostics and treatment, and would have a negative impact on human health. Here, we report the realization of a filter system implemented to improve both the fidelity of sensing and accuracy of consequent drug release. A new filtering method was tested in the sensing system for the diagnosis of liver injury. This sensing system used the enzymes alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) as the inputs. Furthermore, the output of the sensing system was designed to trigger drug release, and therefore, the role of the filter in drug release was also investigated. The drug release system consists of beads with an iron - cross-linked alginate core coated with different numbers of layers of poly-L-lysine. Dissolution of the beads by the output signals of the sensing system in the presence and absence of the filter was monitored by release of encapsulated in the beads rhodamine - 6G dye mimicking release of a real drug. The obtained results offer a new view on the problem of noise reduction for systems intended to be part of sense and treat medical devices.

  13. In Vivo Internal Decontamination of 134Cs and 60Co from Male Albino Rats

    The Present work aimed to evaluate the therapeutic role of prussian blue (PB), vermiculite and calcium trisodium salt of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) as internal de contaminants of radio-active cesium and/ or cobalt in adult male albino rats. Radionuclides were given as a single doses; 60Co was introduced orally, subcutaneously or intraperitoneally (ip) while 134Cs was taken orally or in combination with ip injection of 60Co. The de contaminants were supplied daily for three weeks immediately after 60Co or 134Cs intake; oral dose of PB + vermiculite treated the oral 134Cs group, oral and subcutaneous 60Co groups and combined 60Co and 134Cs groups. Rats receiving ip dose of 60Co were treated with daily ip dose of DTPA while the three de contaminants were added to the combined 60Co and 134Cs groups.Haemoglobin concentration (Hb), haematocrite percentage (Ht), red blood cells count (RBC's), as well as liver function tests (total bilirubine, total protein, albumin, globulin, A/ G ratio, alanine transaminase (ALT), spartic transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)) were analyzed in all groups. The data obtained revealed that internal contamination by radioactive materials causes a significant decrease in the RBC's counts, Hb concentration, haematocrit value, serum total proteins and albumin. On the other hand, the therapeutic agents caused a significant amelioration in the changes produced by internal contamination with variable degree. Thus, it could be concluded that the therapeutic agents might provide a protection against internal contamination hazards

  14. Imbalance of the antioxidative system by plumbagin and Plumbago indica L. extract induces hepatotoxicity in mice

    Sukkasem, Nadta; Chatuphonprasert, Waranya; Tatiya-aphiradee, Nitima; Jarukamjorn, Kanokwan

    2016-01-01

    Background/Aim: Plumbago indica (PI) L. and its active constituent, plumbagin, has been traditionally claimed for several pharmacological activities; however, there is little information regarding their toxicity. The present study aims to examine the effects of plumbagin and PI extract (PI) on hepatic histomorphology and antioxidative system in mice. Materials and Methods: Adult male intelligent character recognition mice were intragastrically administered plumbagin (1, 5, and 15 mg/kg/day) or PI (20, 200, and 1,000 mg/kg/day) consecutively for 14 days. Hepatic histomorphology was examined. Plasma alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) levels, hepatic lipid peroxidation, superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities, and the ratio of reduced to oxidized glutathione (GSH/GSSG) were determined. Results: Plumbagin and PI concentration-dependently induced hepatic injury based on histopathological changes via imbalance of antioxidative system. Plumbagin and PI significantly increased plasma ALT and AST levels, hepatic lipid peroxidation, and GPx activity but significantly decreased hepatic SOD and CAT activities. The GSH/GSSG ratio was significantly reduced by plumbagin. Conclusion: Plumbagin and PI caused hepatotoxic effects in the mice by unbalancing of the redox defense system. Therefore, plumbagin and PI-containing supplements should be used cautiously, especially when consumed in high quantities or for long periods. PMID:27104034

  15. Protective effect of irradiated licorice roots (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) on ethanol-induced serum lipid changes and liver Injury In rats

    Water extract of licorice roots irradiated with gamma rays at dose level of 20 KGy has been evaluated for hepato protective and hypolipidaemic effects against chronic ethanol mediated toxicity in rats.Ethanol administration to rats (7.9 g/kg/day) for 45 days resulted in significant elevated levels of serum total bilirubin, aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS). Meanwhile, significant reductions in high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), total protein, albumin and glucose were noticed in comparison to those of control group, whereas, serum Na+ , K+ and globulin were kept unchanged. Co administration of raw and irradiated licorice roots (3 g/l in drinking water) with the daily dose of ethanol caused significant improvement in all the above mentioned parameters except serum glucose level. On the other hand, results showed that licorice roots water extract induced significant decrease in K+ level with increased Na+ level. There was non-significant difference between non-irradiated and irradiated licorice. Thus, it could be concluded that irradiated licorice roots has not affected its physiological functions. Moreover, supplementation with licorice roots water extract can offer protection against free radical mediated oxidative stress in hepatotoxicity

  16. Black tea (camellia sinensis ) role in modulating antioxidant enzymes and biochemical changes in γ -irradiated rats

    In the present work, we investigated the efficacy of camellia sinensis beverage in reducing gamma-irradiation - induced oxidative damage to the liver, lipid profile and antioxidant enzymes in adult male rats. Animals were received the black tea beverage (BTB) as a sole source of potable liquid for seven consecutive days before exposing them to single dose of 6 Gy whole-body gamma irradiation . The irradiated rats continued to receive BTB for 21 days before sacrifice. The effect of BTB was assessed by monitoring the plasma aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), acid phosphatase (AcP), total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), high, low and very low density lipoproteins cholesterol (HDL-C,LDL-C and VLDL-C) as well as protein carbonyl content (PCC). In addition, the concentration of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS), reduced glutathione (GSH) and catalase activity (CAT) in blood and liver of experimental rats. It was observed that tea administration lowers significantly (p< 0.05), the plasma AST, ALT, AcP activities and TC, TG, LDL-C, VLDL-C and PCC concentration as well as blood and liver TBARS. The level of GSH and activity of CAT in the blood and liver tissue were however shown to be significantly elevated (p< 0.05).The results provide useful information for future investigations and strongly implicate the beneficial application of BTB

  17. Phase I clinical trial for the effect of a radiosensitizer, PR-350 (Doranidazole), combined with intraoperative radiation therapy in the treatment of pancreatic carcinoma

    We tested the safety and efficacy of hypoxic cell sensitizer, PR-350 (Doranidazole), in conjunction with intraoperative electron beam radiation therapy (IORT) in patients with advanced adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. PR-350 was delivered intravenously at a dose of 400 to 2,000 mg/m2 in conjunction with IORT of 20 to 40 Gy applied to the pancreas. In 15 patients treated with PR-350, the blood concentration of PR-350 decreased rapidly and the mean half-time of 50% disappearance was 3.6∼5.0 hours. Eighty five percent of PR-350 was eliminated through the urine without any degradation. One patient showed a slight elevation of glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT) values and another patient showed a slight decrease of blood pressure with bradycardia. As both patients recovered without any clinical problems, the adequate dose of PR-350 was determined as 2,000 mg/m2. We will move to the next clinical trial in order to clarify the effect of PR-350 combined with IORT on patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer without liver metastasis using a double-blind study design. (author)

  18. The protective effects of vitamin C on hepatotoxicity induced by radiation

    This study was carried out to determine the protective effects of vitamin C on the hepatotoxicity induced by radiation. The Spraque Dawley rats were randomly divided into 3 groups; the control group, the radiation exposed group, and the radiation and vitamin C-treated group. SOD activity catalase, malondialdehyde and liver enzymes were analyzed to assess the antioxidant effects of vitamin C. The increased level of malondialdehyde and the decreased catalase activity that were induced by radiation were improved after vitamin C but were was no statistical significance among three groups. The superoxide dismutase activity of the liver was increased by vitamin C, but there were no statistically significant differences between the vitamin C-treated group and the non vitamin C-treated group. The level of liver enzymes in sera such as glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, glutamic pyruvic transaminase, lactate dehyrogenase and alkaline phosphatase were remarkably elevated by radiation. The levels of those enzymes were decreased in the vitamin C-treated group and statistical significance was noted for the GPT level (ρ < 0.01). On the electromicrographic findings, the hepatic cell destruction was considerably decreased in the vitamin C-treated group. Vitamin C is thought to be an effective antioxidant against the hepatotoxicity induced by radiation

  19. Synthesis and myocardial kinetics of N-13 and C-11 labeled branched-chain L-amino acids

    Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), immobilized on CNBr-activated Sepharose supports, was used with N-13 ammonia to aminate α-ketoisocaproic acid (KIC), and α-ketoisovaleric acid (KIV) to produce N-13-labeled branched-chain L-amino acids with radiochemical yields ranging from 29% to 35%. From kinetic and practical cosiderations, pH 7.5 to 8.0 was established to be optimal for the synthesis of N-13-labeled branched-chain-L-amino acids. Myocardial time-activity curves in dogs at control, during low-flow ischemia, reperfusion, and after transaminase inhibition following intracoronary bolus injection of the N-13 labeled amino acids were biexponential. Higher retention of N-13 activity was observed in ischemic segments both during low-flow ischemia (29.2%) and reperfusion (23.2%) when compared with controls (20.0%), (n-4). On the other hand, transaminase inhibition decreased residue fractions from 21.0% at control to 13.9% (n=4). The residual activity with L-[1-11C]leucine allows for the calculation of protein synthesis rates

  20. Efficacy of Clove Oil in Modulating Radiation-Induced Some Biochemical Disorders in Male Rats

    The current study was conducted to evaluate the possible modulating efficacy of prolonged oral administration of clove oil against gamma irradiation-induced some biochemical disorders in male rats. Clove oil was orally administrated in a concentration of 200 mg/kg body wt daily for 21 days before irradiation at a single dose of 7 Gy and for 7 days post exposure. Transaminases (AST and ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lipid profile; cholesterol, triglycerides (T.G) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) as well as serum glucose level were determined. Also, liver reduced glutathione (GSH) content and lipid peroxidation were estimated in addition to the hepatic concentration levels of some trace elements (Fe, Cu, Zn, and Se). Rats exposed to ionizing radiation revealed transaminases disorders, lipid abnormalities, elevation in serum glucose, ALP activity as well as liver TBARS. A sharp drop in glutathione was recorded. Also, radiation induced alteration in hepatic trace element contents. The obtained data show that rats treated with clove oil before and after whole body gamma irradiation exhibited significant amelioration in liver marker enzymes, serum glucose and lipids as well as noticeable improvement in liver glutathione contents. Clove oil was also effective in minimizing lipid pr oxidation and trace element alteration induced by irradiation. It could be concluded that clove oil exerts a beneficial protective role against gamma irradiation

  1. A novel way of amino acid-specific assignment in 1H-15N HSQC spectra with a wheat germ cell-free protein synthesis system

    For high-throughput protein structural analyses, it is indispensable to develop a reliable protein overexpression system. Although many protein overexpression systems, such as ones utilizing E. coli cells, have been developed, a lot of proteins functioning in solution still were synthesized as insoluble forms. Recently, a novel wheat germ cell-free protein synthesis system was developed, and many of such proteins were synthesized as soluble forms. This means that the applicability of this protein synthesis method to determination of the functional structures of soluble proteins. In our previous work, we synthesized 15N-labeled proteins with this wheat germ cell-free system, and confirmed this applicability on the basis of the strong similarity between the 1H-15N HSQC spectra for native proteins and the corresponding ones for synthesized ones.In this study, we developed a convenient and reliable method for amino acid selective assignment in 1H-15N HSQC spectra of proteins, using several inhibitors for transaminases and glutamine synthase in the process of protein synthesis. Amino acid selective assignment in 1H-15N HSQC spectra is a powerful means to monitor the features of proteins, such as folding, intermolecular interactions and so on. This is also the first direct experimental evidence of the presence of active transaminases and glutamine synthase in wheat germ extracts.Abbreviation: HSQC - heteronuclear single quantum coherence spectroscopy

  2. Hepatho-nephroprotective and antioxidant effect of stem bark of Allanblackia gabonensis aqueous extract against acetaminophen-induced liver and kidney disorders in rats

    Theophile Dimo

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Allanblackia gabonensis (Guttiferae is a plant used in traditional medicine to treat some inflammatory diseases. As oxidative stress promotes the development of acetaminophen (APAP-induced hepatotoxicity, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the hepato-nephroprotective and antioxidant effect of aqueous extract of A.gabonensis on APAP-induced liver and kidney damage. Methods: A.gabonensis was given daily per os during 7 days, followed by APAP which was given 2 h after the 6th dose for preventive effect, whereas for curative testing A.gabonensis was administrated 30 min after APAP (2 g/kg. Preventive and curative effects were observed by following biochemical parameters analysis: transaminases, bilirubin, creatinine, nitric oxide, malondialdehyde (MDA, glutathione (GSH, superoxide dismutase (SOD, and catalase (CAT. Results: The aqueous extract of A.gabonensis at the dose of 100 and 200 mg/kg produced significant hepato-nephroprotective activity by reducing the serum effect of MDA while it significantly produced an increase in enzymatic antioxidant activities (SOD and CAT and non enzymatic antioxidant (GSH levels. A.gabonensis also showed a significant decrease in transaminase, bilirubin and creatinine in APAP intoxicicated rats at the doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg. Conclusion: From this study it can be concluded that aqueous extract of A.gabonensis may possess hepato-nephroprotective activities which can be partly attributed to its antioxidant properties. [J Exp Integr Med 2012; 2(4: 337-344

  3. A novel way of amino acid-specific assignment in {sup 1}H-{sup 15}N HSQC spectra with a wheat germ cell-free protein synthesis system

    Morita, Eugene Hayato, E-mail: ehmorita@dpc.ehime-u.ac.jp; Shimizu, Masato [Ehime University, Division of Gene Research, Department of Molecular Science, Integrated Center for Science (Japan); Ogasawara, Tomio; Endo, Yaeta; Tanaka, Rikou; Kohno, Toshiyuki [Mitsubishi Kagaku Institute of Life Sciences (MITILS) (Japan)], E-mail: tkohno@ibra.ls.m-kagaku.co.jp

    2004-09-15

    For high-throughput protein structural analyses, it is indispensable to develop a reliable protein overexpression system. Although many protein overexpression systems, such as ones utilizing E. coli cells, have been developed, a lot of proteins functioning in solution still were synthesized as insoluble forms. Recently, a novel wheat germ cell-free protein synthesis system was developed, and many of such proteins were synthesized as soluble forms. This means that the applicability of this protein synthesis method to determination of the functional structures of soluble proteins. In our previous work, we synthesized {sup 15}N-labeled proteins with this wheat germ cell-free system, and confirmed this applicability on the basis of the strong similarity between the {sup 1}H-{sup 15}N HSQC spectra for native proteins and the corresponding ones for synthesized ones.In this study, we developed a convenient and reliable method for amino acid selective assignment in {sup 1}H-{sup 15}N HSQC spectra of proteins, using several inhibitors for transaminases and glutamine synthase in the process of protein synthesis. Amino acid selective assignment in {sup 1}H-{sup 15}N HSQC spectra is a powerful means to monitor the features of proteins, such as folding, intermolecular interactions and so on. This is also the first direct experimental evidence of the presence of active transaminases and glutamine synthase in wheat germ extracts.Abbreviation: HSQC - heteronuclear single quantum coherence spectroscopy.

  4. Flux of Nitrogen-13 from L-(N-13)Glutamate in isolated myocardium

    Keen, R.E.; Barrio, J.R.; Krivokapich, J.; Phelps, M.E.

    1985-05-01

    Specific activity of nitrogen-13 containing metabolites in tissue and effluent was determined following an intra-arterial bolus of non-carrier added L-(N-13)glutamate (N-13 GLU) given to isolated rabbit septa under different metabolic states which include pyruvate (2 mM), transaminase inhibition (aminooxy-acetate, AOA, 2 mM), or pyruvate with AOA superimposed on the insulin and glucose perfused septa. Six minutes after the N-13 GLU bolus administration relative tissue specific activities of glutamine, alanine, aspartate, and glutamate were approximately 3:38:52:100, respectively, in the control and pyruvate perfused septa. The lower alanine specific activity when compared with control tissue indicated that alanine output was from a pool separate from GPT alanine pools. Higher glutamate specific activity suggested that its output is from a pool(s) different than the larger intra-cellular glutamate pool(s). All interventions with AOA blocked N-13 flux through transminases altering tissue and effluent relative specific activities with increase in % N-13 and specific activities for glutamine, glutamate, ammonia, and protein concomittant with disappearance of labeled aspartate and alanine. These results indicate that N-13 distribution in myocardium after N-13 GLU administration is mainly controlled by glutamate interaction with reversible transaminases. The differences in reactant (N-13 GLU) and product specific activities are a consequence of channeling between different cytosolic and mitochondrial glutamate microcompartments.

  5. Therapeutic options in pediatric non alcoholic fatty liver disease: current status and future directions

    Vajro Pietro

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The epidemics of overweight and obesity has resulted in a significant increase of non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD, a potentially progressive condition. Currently, obesity related hepatopathy represents therefore the main cause of pediatric chronic liver disease. The first choice treatment at all ages is weight loss and/or lifestyle changes, however compliance is very poor and a pharmacological approach has become necessary. In the present article we present a systematic literature review focusing on established pediatric NALFD drugs (ursodeoxycholic acid, insulin sensitizers, and antioxidants and on innovative therapeutic options as well. Regarding the former ones, a pediatric pilot study highlighted that ursodeoxycholic acid is not efficient on transaminases levels and bright liver. Similarly, a recent large scale, multicenter randomized clinical trial (TONIC study showed that also insulin sensitizers and antioxidant vitamin E have scarce effects on serum transaminase levels. Among a large series of novel therapeutic approaches acting on recently proposed different pathomechanisms, probiotics seem hitherto the most interesting and reasonable option for their safety and tolerability. Toll-like receptors modifiers, Pentoxifylline, and Farnesoid X receptors agonists have been still poorly investigated, and will need further studies before becoming possible promising innovative therapeutic strategies.

  6. Genetic analysis of glutamatergic function in Drosophila

    Neurotransmitters are essential for communication between neurons and hence are vital in the overall integrative functioning of the nervous system. Previous work on acetylcholine metabolism in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has also raised the possibility that transmitter metabolism may play a prominent role in either the achievement or maintenance of the normal structure of the central nervous system in this species. Unfortunately, acetylcholine is rather poorly characterized as a neurotransmitter in Drosophila; consequently, we have begun an analysis of the role of glutamate (probably the best characterized transmitter in this organism) in the formation and/or maintenance of nervous system structure. We present here the results of a series of preliminary analyses. To suggest where glutamatergic function may be localized, an examination of the spatial distribution of high affinity [3H]-glutamate binding sites are presented. We present the results of an analysis of the spatial and temporal distribution of enzymatic activities thought to be important in the regulation of transmitter-glutamate pools (i.e., glutamate oxaloacetic transaminase, glutaminase, and glutamate dehydrogenase). To begin to examine whether mutations in any of these functions are capable of affecting glutamatergic activity, we present the results of an initial genetic analysis of one enzymatic function, glutamate oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), chosen because of its differential distribution within the adult central nervous system and musculature

  7. Effect of peroxidase on hyperlipidemic rats exposed to whole body gamma irradiation

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of peroxidase on hyperlipidaemic rats exposed to gamma radiation. Rats were fed on a diet with high fat content for 15 days and at the same time treated with pure peroxidase (E.C.1.11.7). Rats were exposed to 6 Gy of whole body gamma radiation after one week of high fat feeding. Glucose, lipid profile (total cholesterol, TG, HDL-C, LDL-C and total lipids), liver transaminases (ALT and AST), total protein and albumin were tested in serum. Malonaldehyde (MDA) of liver and kidney tissues were examined. Histopathological studies on those tissues were also performed. The results showed that peroxidase supplementation ameliorated significantly the disturbances in glucose, serum lipid profile and transaminase activities. Furthermore, the decreases recorded in the levels of total protein and albumin was less marked. The pure peroxidase modulated the MDA levels in both liver and kidney tissues. Also, the results of the histopathological studies for kidney and liver tissues showed some normalization. This suggests that peroxidase may be a contributing factor in the scavenging of free radicals in hyperlipidaemic rats exposed to gamma radiation and might exert a beneficial role against some metabolic disorders

  8. Rhubarb extract ameliorates some biochemical disorders induced by gamma irradiation in male rats

    The current study was conducted to evaluate the possible modulating efficacy of prolonged oral administration of rhubarb extract against gamma irradiation induced some biochemical disorders in male rats. Rhubarb extract was orally administrated at a concentration of 100 mg/kg body wt daily for 21 days before irradiation at a single dose of 7 Gy and for 7 days post exposure. Transaminases (AST and ALT), urea, creatinine, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lipid profile; cholesterol, triglycerides (T.G.) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) as well as serum glucose level were determined. Also, liver reduced glutathione (GSH) content and lipid peroxidation were estimated. Rats exposed to ionizing radiation revealed transaminases disorders, lipid abnormalities, elevation in serum glucose, ALP activity as well as liver TBARS. Whereas a sharp drop in glutathione was recorded. The obtained data showed that rats treated with rhubarb extract before and after whole body gamma irradiation exhibited a significant amelioration in liver and renal marker enzymes, serum glucose and lipids as well as noticeable improvement in liver glutathione contents. Rhubarb extract was also effective in minimizing lipid peroxidation induced by irradiation. It could be concluded that rhubarb extract exerts a beneficial protective role against gamma irradiation

  9. Flutamide-induced liver toxicity including fatal hepatic necrosis

    Purpose: To describe hepatic injuries in three patients who received flutamide prior to and during radiation treatment to make radiation oncologists aware of the need for careful monitoring of liver function during use of this drug. Methods and Materials: The records of three patients who developed abnormal liver function tests while undergoing total androgen suppression (TAS), as well as the literature concerning flutamide toxicity were reviewed and summarized. Results: Three of 34 patients treated with a TAS regimen incorporating flutamide developed significant hepatic abnormalities: elevated transaminases [2] and fatal hepatic necrosis [1]. Following the discontinuation of flutamide, two patients recovered fully. Unfortunately, the third patient's hepatic function continued to deteriorate, which culminated in his death. Transient elevations in serum transaminases, which do not exceed four times the upper limits of normal, are common and apparently without clinical significance. Unfortunately, idiosyncratic serious and/or fatal liver damage can occur. Significant liver toxicity may be obviated by monitoring of liver function tests (LFT) early in the course of flutamide therapy. Conclusion: The incidence of hepatic toxicity associated with flutamide may be higher than previously suggested. To prevent the development of serious hepatic dysfunction, all patients receiving flutamide should be monitored clinically for signs and symptoms referable to hepatic injury and with serial LFT. We recommend baseline LFT followed by serial LFT at weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 from the start of treatment with flutamide. Flutamide should be stopped promptly if significant liver abnormalities are detected

  10. Flux of Nitrogen-13 from L-[N-13]Glutamate in isolated myocardium

    Specific activity of nitrogen-13 containing metabolites in tissue and effluent was determined following an intra-arterial bolus of non-carrier added L-[N-13]glutamate (N-13 GLU) given to isolated rabbit septa under different metabolic states which include pyruvate (2 mM), transaminase inhibition (aminooxy-acetate, AOA, 2 mM), or pyruvate with AOA superimposed on the insulin and glucose perfused septa. Six minutes after the N-13 GLU bolus administration relative tissue specific activities of glutamine, alanine, aspartate, and glutamate were approximately 3:38:52:100, respectively, in the control and pyruvate perfused septa. The lower alanine specific activity when compared with control tissue indicated that alanine output was from a pool separate from GPT alanine pools. Higher glutamate specific activity suggested that its output is from a pool(s) different than the larger intra-cellular glutamate pool(s). All interventions with AOA blocked N-13 flux through transminases altering tissue and effluent relative specific activities with increase in % N-13 and specific activities for glutamine, glutamate, ammonia, and protein concomittant with disappearance of labeled aspartate and alanine. These results indicate that N-13 distribution in myocardium after N-13 GLU administration is mainly controlled by glutamate interaction with reversible transaminases. The differences in reactant (N-13 GLU) and product specific activities are a consequence of channeling between different cytosolic and mitochondrial glutamate microcompartments

  11. Parasitaemia and Its Relation to Hematological Parameters and Liver Function among Patients Malaria in Abs, Hajjah, Northwest Yemen

    Mohamed Al-Salahy

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Plasmodium falciparum malaria is the most common infection in Yemen. The present study aims to investigate changes in hematological and hepatic function indices of P. falciparum infected individuals. This study included 67 suspected falciparum malarial patients attended in clinics and rural Abs Hospital (Tehama, Hajjah, Yemen, from October 2013 to April 2014. The diagnosis of malaria was confirmed by thick and thin film with Giemsa staining of malaria parasite. Hematological parameters and serum levels of aspartate transaminase (AST, alanine transaminase (ALT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, and bilirubin (total and direct as test indicators of liver function were studied. Patients with parasitaemia tended to have significantly lower hemoglobin, hematocrit, white blood cell count, lymphocytes, and platelets, compared with healthy normal subjects. Neutrophils levels were significantly higher in cases of falciparum malaria in comparison to healthy normal subjects. Serums AST, ALT, ALP, and bilirubin (total and direct in falciparum malaria patients were significantly higher (p<0.0001 than those of falciparum malaria of free individuals. Hematological and liver dysfunctions measured parameters were seen associated with moderate and severe parasitaemia infection. This study concludes that hematological and hepatic dysfunction parameters could be indicator of malaria in endemic regions.

  12. Anticancer Effect of Rutin Isolated from the Methanolic Extract of Triticum aestivum Straw in Mice

    Savita Dixit

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Rutin is the bioactive flavanoid isolated from the straw part of Triticum aestivum and possess various pharmacological applications. The aim of this study is to evaluate the chemopreventive potential of rutin in an experimental skin carcinogenesis mice model system. Skin tumor was induced by topical application of 7,12-dimethyl benz(a anthracene (DMBA and promoted by croton oil in Swiss albino mice. To assess the chemopreventive potential of rutin, it was orally administered at a concentration of (200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg body weight continued three times weekly for 16th weeks. The development of skin carcinogenesis was assessed by histopathological analysis. Reductions in tumor size and cumulative number of papillomas were seen due to rutin treatment. Average latent period was significantly increased as compared to carcinogen treated control. Rutin produced significant decrease in the activity of serum enzyme serum glutamate oxalate transaminase (SGOT, serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP and bilirubin when compared with the control. They significantly increased the levels of enzyme involved in oxidative stress glutathione (GSH, superoxide dismutase (SOD and catalase. The elevated level of lipid peroxidase in the control group was significantly inhibited by rutin administration. The results from the present study suggest the chemopreventive effect of rutin in DMBA and croton oil induced skin carcinogenesis in swiss albino mice and one of the probable reasons would be its antioxidant potential.

  13. Assessment of the antidiabetic and antilipidemic properties of Bacillus subtilis SPB1 biosurfactant in alloxan-induced diabetic rats.

    Zouari, Raida; Ben Abdallah-Kolsi, Rihab; Hamden, Khaled; Feki, Abdelfattah El; Chaabouni, Khansa; Makni-Ayadi, Fatma; Sallemi, Fahima; Ellouze-Chaabouni, Semia; Ghribi-Aydi, Dhouha

    2015-11-01

    The present study aimed to scrutinize the potential of Bacillus subtilis SPB1biosurfactant, orally administered, for preventing diabetic complications in rats. The findings revealed that, Bacillus subtilis biosurfactant was an effective reducer of α-amylase activity in the plasma. Moreover, this supplement helped protect the β-cells from death and damage. Both the inhibitory action of SPB1 biosurfactant on α-amylase and the protection of the pancreas' β-cells lead to a decrease of the blood glucose levels, consequently antihyperglycemic effect. Interestingly, this lipopeptide biosurfactant modulated key enzyme related to hyperlipidemia as lipase; which leads to the regulation of the lipid profile in serum by the delay in the absorption of LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, and a significant increase in HDL-cholesterol. Histological analyses also showed that it exerted a protective action on the pancreases and efficiently preserved the liver-kidney functions of diabetic rats, evidenced by significant decreases in aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, gamma-glytamyl transpeptidase and lactate deshydrogenase activities in the plasma, as well as in the creatinine and urea contents. Overall, the present study demonstrated that the hypoglycemic and antilipidemic activities exhibited by Bacillus subtilis biosurfactant were effective enough to alleviate induced diabetes in experimental rats. Therefore, SPB1biosurfactant could be considered as a potential strong candidate for the treatment and prevention of diabetes. PMID:26228442

  14. Dideoxynucleoside HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitors and drug-related hepatotoxicity: a case report

    Lapadula Giuseppe

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This report regards the case of a 43 year-old HIV-positive woman who developed an episode of serious transaminase elevation during stavudine-including antiretroviral therapy. Diagnostic assessment ruled out hepatitis virus co-infection, alcohol abuse besides other possible causes of liver damage. No signs of lactic acidosis were present. Liver biopsy showed portal inflammatory infiltrate, spotty necrosis, vacuoles of macro- and micro-vesicular steatosis, acidophil and foamy hepatocytes degeneration with organelles clumping, poorly formed Mallory bodies and neutrophil granulocytes attraction (satellitosis. A dramatic improvement in liver function tests occurred when stavudine was discontinued and a new antiretroviral regimen with different nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors was used. The importance of considering hepatotoxicity as an adverse event of HAART including stavudine, even in absence of other signs of mitochondrial toxicity should therefore be underlined. Liver biopsy may provide further important information regarding patients with severe transaminase elevation, for a better understanding of the etiology of liver damage.

  15. Possible Impact of Antioxidant Properties of Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao L.) Against Irradiation - Induced Some Biochemical Disorders in Rats

    Man is exposed to natural radiations either from cosmic or terrestrial origins. Furthermore, it is well known that the gamma irradiation of animals induce biochemical alterations which depend mostly on oxidative stress. This work aimed at evaluating the radioprotective efficiency of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) against whole body γ-irradiation of rats. The virtue of cocoa aqueous extract (CAE) was given to rats at a dose of 1 g/ kg for 6 weeks to determine changes in hepatic marker enzymes, lipid profile and antioxidant status. The animals exposed to γ-rays exhibited a pronounced increment in serum aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (γ GT), total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and liver thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS). On the other hand, a significant decline was demonstrated in high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). A decrease of hepatic reduced glutathione (GSH) content, superoxides dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities was sustained. The CAE administered orally to rats has significantly modulated all the radiation-induced biochemical alterations. These findings revealed that cocoa would exert radio-protective properties

  16. Effect of Black Seed (Negella Sativa) Supplementation on Dairy Ewes3 Performance

    Twenty lactating ewes, being 3-4 years old and weighting an average of 40.05 Kg divided into 2 equal groups, ach of 10 animals. Ewes were weighed immediately postpartum and at weaning their lambs. Ewes were fed basal diet consisted of green berseem, rice straw and concentrate feed mixture at the rate of 15:20:65 on DM basis. The second one was fed on basal diet without supplemented and served as control. The second one was fed on basal diet and supplemented with black seed (nigella sativa) at the rate of 5 g-daily/each animal. Milk and blood samples were collected every two weeks postpartum until weaning. Daily milk yield, 4% fat corrected milk, fat, fat yield, protein and protein yield values were significantly (P>0.05) higher in the treated group than control one. Lactose percentage was significantly lower in ewes' milk fed black seeds diet than that fed control diet. The body weight of treated owes and their lambs were significantly higher than that fed control diet. Concentration of serum protein fractions, urea-N, aspartic transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase and values of control one. Creatinine, alanine transaminase (ALT) and thyronine (T4) hormone did not significantly differ among the experimental groups. Serum cholesterol and triglyceride concentration were markedly significantly lower in the treated group than control one

  17. MicroRNAs as Biomarkers for Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    C. Nelson Hayes

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Serum levels of liver enzymes, such as alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, and α-fetoprotein, provide insight into liver function and are used during treatment of liver disease, but such information is limited. In the case of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, which is often not detected until an advanced stage, more sensitive biomarkers may help to achieve earlier detection. Serum also contains microRNAs, a class of small non-coding RNAs that play an important role in regulating gene expression. miR-122 is specific to the liver and correlates strongly with liver enzyme levels and necroinflammatory activity, and other microRNAs are correlated with the degree of fibrosis. miR-122 has also been found to be required for hepatitis C virus (HCV infection, whereas other microRNAs have been shown to play antiviral roles. miR-125a-5p and miR-1231 have been shown to directly target hepatitis B virus (HBV transcripts, and others are up- or down-regulated in infected individuals. MicroRNA profiles also differ in the case of HBV and HCV infection as well as between HBeAg-positive and negative patients, and in patients with occult versus active HBV infection. In such patients, monitoring of changes in microRNA profiles might provide earlier warning of neoplastic changes preceding HCC.

  18. Antioxidant and toxicological evaluation of Cassia sopherain streptozotocin-induced diabetic Wistar rats

    Rambir Singh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Multiple-organ failure is the main cause of death in diabetes mellitus (DM. Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress is responsible for major diabetic complications, including multiple-organ failure. Medicinal plants possessing antioxidant activity may reduce oxidative stress and improve the functions of various organs affected by hyperglycemia. Objectives: This study was designed to evaluate the antioxidant effect of Aqueous Extract of Cassia sophera (AECS in streptozotocin (STZ-induced diabetic Wistar rats. Materials and Methods: AECS (200 mg/kg body weight (bw and the standard antidiabetic drug glibenclamide (10 mg/kgbw were administered orally by gavaging for 28 days. Results: Oral administration of AECS inhibited STZ-induced increase in lipid peroxidation (LPO, aspartate transaminase (AST, alanine transaminase (ALT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, bilirubin, creatinine and urea in liver of diabetic rats. Significant increase in activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD, catalase (CAT and glutathione peroxidase (GPx, and a reduced level of glutathione (GSH, were observed in the liver, kidney, pancreas and testis on AECS treatment. Conclusion: The results demonstrate that AECS is not only useful in controlling blood glucose, but also has antioxidant potential to protect the liver, kidney, pancreas and testis against damage caused by hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress.

  19. HEPATOPROTECTIVE ACTIVITY OF ALCOHOLIC AND AQUEOUS EXTRACTS OF ALLIUM CEPA LINN. (LILIACEAE IN RATS

    Riyaz Shaik et al

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, we have chosen a plant named Allium cepa Linn (Liliaceae to evaluate its hepatoprotective activity in experimental animals. Different pharmacological activities are reported with different parts of this plant. Some of its medicinal properties reported are as stimulant, diuretic, anti-tubercular, anthelmintic, and used for various diseases like diabetes, skin diseases, rheumatism, asthma, nausea and constipation. From the literature we found that A. cepa has also been traditionally indicated for treatment of hepatic disorders. This prompt us to select bulb extracts of this plant for the study of hepatoprotective activity in paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in experimental animals. Phytochemical screening of A. cepa revealed the presence of Saponins, carbohydrate, steroids, Flavonoids. The present study was made to evaluate the hepatoprotective effect of alcoholic and aqueous extracts of Allium cepa in CCl4 and paracetamol induced hepatic injury in experimental animals. Hepatoprotective activity of A. cepa was studied by estimating the serum levels of serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, direct and total bilirubin. The treatment with AEAC and AQEAC showed significant reduction of CCl4 and paracetamol induced elevated serum enzyme and pigment levels. Histopathology of liver shows hepatoprotective effect of these extracts.

  20. Antioxidant and Hepatoprotective Activities of Mycelia Selenium Polysaccharide by Hypsizigus marmoreus SK-02.

    Liu, Min; Meng, Guangyuan; Zhang, Jianjun; Zhao, Huajie; Jia, Le

    2016-08-01

    This work was designed to investigate the characteristic properties (bond types and monosaccharide compositions), and hepatoprotective effects on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver damage of mycelia selenium polysaccharides (MSPS) separated and purified from Hypsizigus marmoreus SK-02. Characteristic analysis of MSPS showed the selenium content (70.15 μg/g) in mycelia. The antioxidant activities in vitro demonstrated that MSPS had potential effects on scavenging reactive oxygen species and enhancing the reducing power. The treatment of MSPS for CCl4-induced animal experiment demonstrated that the MSPS could reduce the levels of malondiadehyde (MDA), lipid peroxide (LPO), glutamic oxalacetic transaminase (AST), and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (ALT) activities and improve the levels of glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), superoxide dismutase (SOD), total cholesterol (TC), and triglyceride (TG) in serum/liver homogenate against CCl4-induced injures. Findings presented in this study clearly demonstrated that MSPS might be suitable for functional foods and natural drugs in preventing the CCl4-induced acute liver damage. PMID:26743865

  1. Dracocephalum: Novel Anticancer Plant Acting on Liver Cancer Cell Mitochondria

    Mojtaba Talari

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Dracocephalum kotschyi Boiss. (Labiatae is a native Iranian medicinal plant which has been used in combination with Peganum harmala L. as a remedy for many forms of human cancer especially leukemia and gastrointestinal malignancies. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is the third leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. In this investigation HCC was induced by a single intraperitoneal injection of diethylnitrosamine (DEN in corn oil at 200 mg/kg body weight to rats. Two weeks after DEN administration, cancer development was promoted with dietary 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF (0.02%, w/w for 2 weeks. Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP concentration, serum alanine transaminase (ALT, aspartate transaminase (AST, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP activities were also determined for confirmation of hepatocellular carcinoma induction. Then rat hepatocytes were isolated with collagen perfusion technique and tumoral hepatocytes were sorted by flow cytometry. Finally isolated mitochondria obtained from both tumoral and nontumoral hepatocytes were used for any probable toxic effect of Dracocephalum kotschyi ethanolic extract. Our results showed that D. kotschyi extract (250 µg/mL induced reactive oxygen species (ROS formation, mitochondrial membrane permeabilization (MMP, and mitochondrial swelling and cytochrome c release only in tumoral but not nontumoral hepatocyte. These findings propose Dracocephalum kotschyi as a promising candidate for future anticancer research.

  2. Hypolipidemic, Hepatoprotective and Renoprotective Effects of Cydonia Oblonga Mill. Fruit in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats.

    Mirmohammadlu, Mansur; Hosseini, Seyed Hojjat; Kamalinejad, Mohammad; Esmaeili Gavgani, Majid; Noubarani, Maryam; Eskandari, Mohammad Reza

    2015-01-01

    Diabetes mellitus is associated with complications in several different systems of the body, and the incidence of diabetes is rapidly increasing worldwide. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of aqueous extract of Cydonia oblonga Mill. Fruit on lipid profile and some biochemical parameters in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. The extract showed anti hyper lipidemic activity as evidenced by significant decreases in serum triglyceride, total cholesterol, and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels along with the elevation of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) in the diabetic rats. The biochemical liver functional tests were also analyzed and it was shown that serum biomarkers of liver dysfunction, including alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) were significantly reduced in aqueous extract of Cydonia oblonga Mill. treated diabetic rats. In addition, our results showed that the oral administration of the extract prevented diabetes-induced increase in serum urea and creatinine levels as the markers of renal dysfunction. In conclusion, the present study indicates that aqueous extract of Cydonia oblonga Mill. Is able to improve some of the symptoms associated with diabetes and possesses hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective, and renoprotective effects in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. PMID:26664388

  3. Profile of hepatic involvement by dengue virus in dengue infected children

    Amrita Roy

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The spectrum of liver dysfunction in children with dengue infection is wide and has been associated with disease severity. Aims: This study was undertaken to estimate the range of hepatic involvement in dengue infection in children. Materials and Methods: This study assessed the biochemical and clinical profile of hepatic involvement by dengue virus in 120 children with serologically positive dengue fever (DF, aged 2 months to 14 years. Results: All cases were grouped into DF without warning signs (Group 1, DF with warning signs (Group 2 and severe dengue (Group 3 according to revised World Health Organization 2009 criteria. The spectrum of hepatic manifestations included hepatomegaly (80.8%, hepatic tenderness (46.3%, jaundice (60%, raised aspartate transaminase (AST, alanine transaminase (ALT and prolonged prothrombin time (41.7% and reduced serum albumin (56%. Conclusions: Hepatic dysfunction was observed more in Groups 2 and 3. There was 84.4% and 93.75% ALT and AST elevation respectively in Group 2 and 94.5% and 95.9% ALT and AST elevation respectively in Group 3 and fulminant hepatic failure was observed in Group 3. Therefore in a child with fever, jaundice, hepatomegaly and altered liver function tests, the diagnosis of dengue infection should be strongly considered in areas where dengue infection is endemic.

  4. Morphological studies in a model for dengue-2 virus infection in mice

    Ortrud Monika Barth

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available One of the main difficulties in studying dengue virus infection in humans and in developing a vaccine is the absence of a suitable animal model which develops the full spectrum of dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever, and dengue shock syndrome. It is our proposal to present morphological aspects of an animal model which shows many similarities with the dengue infection in humans. BALB/c mice were intraperitoneally infected with non-neuroadapted dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV-2. Histopathological and morphometrical analyses of liver tissue revealed focal alterations along the infection, reaching wide-ranging portal and centrolobular veins congestion and sinusoidal cell death. Additional ultrastructural observations demonstrated multifocal endothelial injury, platelet recruitment, and alterated hepatocytes. Dengue virus antigen was detected in hepatocytes and in the capillar endothelium of the central lobular vein area. Liver function tests showed high levels of aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase enzyme activity. Lung tissue showed interstitial pneumonia and mononuclear cells, interseptal oedema, hyperplasia, and hypertrophy of the bronchiolar epithelial cells. DENV-2 led to a transient inflammatory process, but caused focal alterations of the blood-exchange barrier. Viremia was observed from 2nd to 11th day p.i. by isolation of DENV-2 in C6/36 mosquito cell line inoculated with the supernatant of macerated liver, lung, kidney, and cerebellum tissues of the infected mice.

  5. Fenugreek seeds, a hepatoprotector forage crop against chronic AlCl3 toxicity

    Belaïd-Nouira Yosra

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Having considered how bioavailable aluminium (Al may affect ecological systems and animals living there, especially cattle, and in search for a preventive dietary treatment against Al toxicity, we aimed to test the protective role of fenugreek seeds against chronic liver injury induced by aluminum chloride (AlCl3 in Wistar rats. Results Five months of AlCl3 oral exposure (500 mg/kg bw i.g for one month then 1600 ppm via drinking water caused liver atrophy, an inhibition of aspartate transaminase (AST, alanine transaminase (ALT and glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT, an enhancement of both lipid peroxidation and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH activity and an increase of total protein level in liver. Moreover, histopathological and histochemical examinations revealed moderate alterations in the hepatic parenchyma in addition to a disrupted iron metabolism. Co-administration of fenugreek seed powder (FSP at 5% in pellet diet during two months succeeded to antagonize the harmful effects of AlCl3 by restoring all tested parameters. Conclusion This study highlighted the hepatotoxicity of AlCl3 through biochemical and histological parameters in one hand and the hepatoprotective role of fenugreek seeds on the other hand. Thus this work could be a pilot study which will encourage farmers to use fenugreek seeds as a detoxifying diet supplement for domestic animals.

  6. Malathion-induced hepatotoxicity in male Wistar rats: biochemical and histopathological studies.

    Flehi-Slim, Imen; Chargui, Issam; Boughattas, Sonia; El Mabrouk, Aymen; Belaïd-Nouira, Yosra; Neffati, Fadwa; Najjar, Mohamed Fadhel; Haouas, Zohra; Ben Cheikh, Hassen

    2015-11-01

    The increasing use of organophosphorus pesticides in the environment constitutes an ecotoxicological hazard especially for humans and non-target animals. Hereby, we analyzed the toxic effects of malathion on the histological structure of liver and biochemical parameters in male rats. Three groups received daily different amounts of malathion: 1/1000, 1/100, and 1/10 LD50 for 30 days. The weights of treated rat's liver have increased. Analyzed tissues showed centrilobular and sinusoidal congestion, hepatocyte hypertrophy, cellular vacuolization, anucleated hepatocytes, depletion of organelles affecting the majority of cells, and presence of necrotic foci into the hepatic parenchyma. Histological sections of the liver showed important hepatocyte glycogen storage. We conclude that malathion stimulates the filing of glycogen in a dose-dependent manner. Biochemical parameters showed that alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels increased in the treated groups when the level of total protein decreased in intoxicated groups. PMID:26162445

  7. Serum biochemical and electrophoretic values from four deer species and from pronghorn antelope.

    Dhindsa, D S; Cochran, T H; Castro, A; Swanson, J R; Metcalfe, J

    1975-10-01

    Serums from 4 species of deer and 1 species of antelope were analyzed for various components in order to define an animal disease model for sickle cell disease in people. Animal species included black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus), mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), sika deer (Cervus nippon nippon), fallow deer (Dama dama), and pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana). The mean serum values for total bilirubin, total protein, albumin, creatinine, urea nitrogen, and electrolytes were similar in all species and were in the normal range for human beings. Cholesterol and uric acid values for all animals were lower than those for people. Alkaline phosphatase values in the 4 cervid species were higher than in the pronghorn antelope. Values for glutamic oxalacetic transaminase were lower in the cervids than in the pronghorn antelope. Lactic dehydrogenase values were similar in the 5 species. High activities for glutamic oxalacetic transaminase and lactic dehydrogenase in the 5 species probably related to muscle mass and great muscular activity. PMID:1190586

  8. Screening of Enzyme Biomarker for Nanotoxicity of Zinc Oxide in OREOCHROMIS MOSSAMBICUS

    Subramanian, Periasamy; Bupesh, Giridharan

    2011-06-01

    Experiments were conducted to determine the effects of Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) on fish models. Oreochromis mossambicus was orally administered with ZnO NPs (50-100 nm) once and its effects at five different concentrations (60 ppm-100 ppm) were observed for 12 days. Enzymatic assays were performed at every three days interval in the vital tissues of liver, gill, muscle and kidney. The defense enzymes, ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) and glutathione S transferase (GST) exerted a dose dependent elevation up to 6 days. This hike then declines in higher concentrations and extended duration. Whereas the tissue damaging enzymes, glutamate oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), glutamate pyruvic transaminase (GPT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) as well as the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) exhibited a dose and duration dependent increase until the end of the experiment. Among these enzymes, the antioxidant enzymes response to ZnO NP toxicity on fish showed notable continuous induction. This study demonstrates that antioxidant enzymes responses in O. mossambicus could be used as a biomarker for the early detection of nanotoxicity.

  9. Histopathological, oxidative damage, biochemical, and genotoxicity alterations in hepatic rats exposed to deltamethrin: modulatory effects of garlic (Allium sativum).

    Ncir, Marwa; Ben Salah, Ghada; Kamoun, Hassen; Makni Ayadi, Fatma; Khabir, Abdelmajid; El Feki, Abdelfattah; Saoudi, Mongi

    2016-06-01

    Deltamethrin is a pesticide widely used as a synthetic pyrethroid. The aim of this study was undertaken to investigate the effects of deltamethrin to induce oxidative stress and changes in biochemical parameters, hepatotoxicity and genotoxicity in female rats following a short-term (30 days) oral exposure and attenuation of these effects by Allium sativum extract. Indeed, Allium sativum is known to be a good antioxidant food resource which helps destroy free radical particles. Our results showed that deltamethrin treatment caused an increase in liver enzyme activities of aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH); and hepatic lipid peroxidation (LPO) level. However, it induced a decrease in activities of hepatic catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) (p < 0.01). Allium sativum extract normalized significantly (p < 0.01) the mentioned parameters in deltamethrin-treated rats. For genotoxic evaluation, deltamethrin treatment showed a significant increase in frequencies of micronucleus in bone-marrow cells. Micronucleus formation is an indicator of chromosomal damage which has been increasingly used to detect the genotoxic potential of environmental pests. The present study showed that Allium sativum diminished the adverse effects induced by this synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. PMID:26974685

  10. Hepatoprotective activity of Picrorhiza kurroa Royle Ex. Benth extract against alcohol cytotoxicity in mouse liver slice culture

    Sangeeta Sinha

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Kutki or Picrorhiza kurroa is a herbal medicinal plant belonging to Scrophulariaceae family and is found in the Himalayan region in India. This herb has been traditionally used in treating liver disorders. The antioxidant properties of P. kurroa were evaluated in vitro using different radical scavenging assays. Furthermore, liver slice culture system was used to test the antioxidant activity of this extract and ethanol was used as a hepatotoxin to generate oxidative stress. Hepatotoxicity was quantified in terms of release of intracellular marker enzymes lactate dehydrogenase, glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase and glutamate pyruvate transaminase. Oxidative stress induced by ethanol and its modulation in the presence of P. kurroa extract was tested by estimating the levels of antioxidant enzymes like catalase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase and glutathione-S-transferase, and of antioxidant molecules like uric acid and reduced glutathione that were quantitated along with lipid peroxidation. Our results clearly demonstrate that aqueous extract of P. kurroa with high antioxidant activity, as demonstrated using different radical scavenging assays, was effective in suppressing the deleterious effects of ethanol. Addition of P. kurroa aqueous extract along with ethanol restored the activities of antioxidant enzymes and significantly reduced lipid peroxidation.

  11. Biological implications of oxidation and unidirectional chiral inversion of D-amino acids.

    Wang, Yong-Xiang; Gong, Nian; Xin, Yan-Fei; Hao, Bin; Zhou, Xiang-Jun; Pang, Catherine C Y

    2012-03-01

    Recent progress in chiral separation of D- and L-amino acids by chromatography ascertained the presence of several free Damino acids in a variety of mammals including humans. Unidirectional chiral inversion of many D-amino acid analogs such as exogenous NG-nitro-D-arginine (D-NNA), endogenous D-leucine, D-phenylanine and D-methionine have been shown to take place with inversion rates of 4-90%, probably dependent on various species D-amino acid oxidase (DAAO) enzymatic activities. DAAO is known to catalyze the oxidative deamination of neutral and basic D-amino acids to their corresponding α-keto acids, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, and is responsible for the chiral inversion. This review provides an overview of recent research in this area: 1) oxidation and chiral inversion of several D-amino acid analogs in the body; 2) the indispensable but insufficient role of DAAO particularly in the kidneys and brain for the oxidation and chiral inversion of D-amino acids analogs; and 3) unidentified transaminase(s) responsible for the second step of chiral inversion. The review also discusses the physiological significance of oxidation and chiral inversion of D-amino acids, which is still a subject of dispute. PMID:22304623

  12. Trimetazidine: IS it a promising drug for use in steatotic grafts?

    Ismail Ben Mosbah; Araní Casillas-Ramírez; Carme Xaus; Anna Serafín; Joan Roselló-Catafau; Carmen Peralta

    2006-01-01

    AIM: Chronic organ-donor shortage has led to the acceptance of steatotic livers for transplantation, despite the higher risk of graft dysfunction or nonfunction associated with the ischemic preservation period of these organs. The present study evaluates the effects of trimetazidine (TMZ) on an isolated perfused liver model.METHODS: Steatotic and non-steatotic livers were preserved for 24 h in the University of Wisconsin (UW)solution with or without TMZ. Hepatic injury and function (transaminases, bile production and sulfobromophthalein (BSP) clearance) and factors potentially involved in the susceptibility of steatotic livers to ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage, microcirculatory diseases, and ATP depletion were evaluated.RESULTS: Steatotic livers preserved in UW solution showed higher transaminase levels, lower bile production and BSP clearance compared with non-steatotic livers.Alterations in perfusion flow rate and vascular resistance,mitochondrial damage, and reduced ATP content were more evident in steatotic livers. TMZ addition to UW solution reduced hepatic injury and ameliorated hepatic functionality in both types of the liver and protected against the mechanisms potentially responsible for the poor tolerance of steatotic livers to I/R.CONCLUSION: TMZ may constitute a useful approach in fatty liver surgery, limiting the inherent risk of steatotic liver failure following transplantation.

  13. The importance of neurotransmitters in the central control of the blood pressure

    In anaesthetized cats, the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS) and the locus coeruleus (LC) were bilaterally superfused through push-pull cannulae with artificial cerebrospinal fluid. Catecholamines were determined in the superfusate by a radioenzymatic assay, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) was determined in the superfusate and homogenate with glutamate by an enzymatic and fluorimetric assay. In the NTS and LC the resting release of catecholamines varied rhythmically. To investigate the function of catecholaminergic neurons and GABAergic neurons of the NTS in cardiovascular control, the influence of experimentally induced blood pressure changes on the rates of release of the endogenous catecholamines dopamine, noradrenaline and adrenaline in the NTS was observed. The decreased noradrenaline and adrenaline release elicited by increases in blood pressure and the reduced release of dopamine induced by decreases in blood pressure suggest a hypertensive function of noradrenaline and adrenaline and a hypotensive role of dopamine at the level of the rostral and intermediate NTS. Bilateral carotid occlusion led to a very pronounced increase in the release rate of GABA in the rostral NTS. This result demonstrate the hypertensive function of GABA in the NTS. Thus underlining the importance of catecholaminergic and GABAergic neurons of the NTS in central cardiovascular control. The GABA-transaminase inhibitor Vigabatrin was injected wistar Kyoto rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats. GABA-Transaminase inhibition was accompanied by an increase of GABA concentration in the rat brain. The administration of Vigabatrin had no influence on the blood pressure but on the body wight of the rats. (Author)

  14. Development and evaluation of hepatoprotective polyherbal formulation containing some indigenous medicinal plants

    Dandagi P

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study explores the hepatoprotective activity of various extracts of Ferula asafoetida , Momordica charantia Linn and Nardostachys jatamansi against experimental hepatotoxicity. Polyherbal suspensions were formulated using extracts showing significant activity and evaluated for both physicochemical and hepatoprotective activity in comparison with LIV-52 as standard. Petroleum ether (60-80°, chloroform, benzene, ethanol and aqueous extracts of Ferula asafetida , Momordica charantia Linn and Nardostachys jatamansi were evaluated for hepatoprotective activity against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver toxicity in Wistar rats. Polyherbal suspensions were prepared by the trituration method using a suspending agent and other excipients. Formulation F3 has shown significant hepatoprotective effect by reducing the elevated serum enzyme levels such as glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, glutamate pyruvate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase. These biochemical observations were supplemented by histopathological examination of liver sections. Various parameters evaluated for all formulations were within the official specifications. Experimental data suggested that treatment with formulation F3 enhances the recovery from carbon tetra chloride-induced hepatotoxicity. From these results it may be concluded that the F3 formulation (containing chloroform, petroleum ether and aqueous extracts of Ferula asafetida , petroleum ether and ethanol extracts of Momordica charantia Linn. and petroleum ether and ethanol extracts of Nardostachys jatamansi demonstrated significant hepatoprotective activity, that might be due to combined effect of all these extracts.

  15. Effect of Mallotus Philippensis Muell.-Arg leaves against hepatotoxicity of Carbon tetrachloride in rats

    Ramakrishna.S,

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Liver Toxicity is a major health problem of worldwide proportions. Herbal medicines derived from plant extracts are being increasingly utilized to treat a wide variety of clinical diseases. In the present study MEMP leaves is used to screen the hepatoprotective activity. Hepatotoxicity was induced in experimental animals by administration of carbon tetra chloride (CCl4 (25ml/kg, i.p.. Silymarin (25 mg/kg, p.o. was used as the standard. Functional parameters like onset of sleep and duration of sleep, Biochemical Parameters like serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT, serum alkaline phosphatase (SALP, total bilirubin and direct bilirubin were measured. Cytotoxicity of CCl4 was estimated by quantitating the release of malondialdehyde (MDA. The activity of tissue antioxidant enzymes namely super oxide dismutase (SOD, catalase (CAT, and the level of total protein (TP were also measured. Histopathological evaluation of liver sections was also done. CCl4 administration in rats elevated the levels of SGPT, SGOT, SALP and bilirubin. Administration of MEMP significantly (P<0.001 prevented this increase. The activity of anti-oxidant enzymes in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 group was decreased and these enzyme levels were significantly (p<0.001 increased in Mallotus philippensis leaves groups. Histopathological studies revealed that the concurrent administration of MEMP with CCl4 exhibited protection of liver tissue, which further evidenced the above results. Thestudy confirmed the hepatoprotective activity of MEMP, which may be attributed to its antioxidant property.

  16. Studies on the effect of antioxidant Selenium-ACE after treatment with Praziquantel and Mirazid in Schistosoma mansoni infected mice

    Muhammad Hamdy Emam*; Mona Abd El-Rahman **; Irene Sameh Gamil** and Marwa

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: This study deals with the evaluation of parasitological, histopathological and biochemical effect of Praziquantel (PZQ and Mirazid (MZ with or without Selenium-ACE (Se-ACE on male albino mice infected with S.mansoni and trying to evaluate the antioxidant effect of Se-ACE and its role in reducing the severity of the infection. Results: The obtained results indicated that treatment with PZQ produced more reduction in worm burden and ova count/gm liver than MZ compared to the infected control group. PZQ showed the highest reduction in liver granuloma number and diameter when compared to MZ group while both drugs showed a significant effect in restoration of the liver transaminases and protein fractions towards their normal levels indicating the safety of both drugs as anti S. mansoni chemotherapeutics, Se-ACE showed a high efficacy as a co-treatment, potentiating the effect of PZQ and MZ in reducing the worm burden, ova count/gm liver, number and diameter of liver granuloma and restoration of liver transaminases and protein fractions to their normal levels during treatment of S. mansoni infection. Conclusion: the rank order of potency in protection against liver cell damage was PZQ 500 mg/kg > MZ 600 mg/kg where Se-ACE showed a couraging criterion as a co- treatment potentiating the effect of the antischistosomal medications through its anti- oxidant activity.

  17. Potential Probiotic Escherichia coli 16 Harboring the Vitreoscilla Hemoglobin Gene Improves Gastrointestinal Tract Colonization and Ameliorates Carbon Tetrachloride Induced Hepatotoxicity in Rats

    Prasant Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study describes the beneficial effects of potential probiotic E. coli 16 (pUC8:16gfp expressing Vitreoscilla hemoglobin (vgb gene, associated with bacterial respiration under microaerobic condition, on gastrointestinal (GI colonization and its antioxidant activity on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 induced toxicity in Charles Foster rats. In vitro, catalase activity in E. coli 16 (pUC8:16gfp was 1.8 times higher compared to E. coli 16 (pUC-gfp control. In vivo, E. coli 16 (pUC8:16gfp not only was recovered in the fecal matter after 70 days of oral administration but also retained antibacterial activities, whereas E. coli 16 (pUC-gfp was not detected. Oral administration of 200 and 500 μL/kg body weight of CCl4 to rats at weekly interval resulted in elevated serum glutamyl pyruvate transaminase (SGPT and serum glutamyl oxalacetate transaminase (SGOT levels compared to controls. Rats prefed with E. coli 16 (pUC8:16gfp demonstrated near to normal levels for SGPT and SGOT, whereas the liver homogenate catalase activity was significantly increased compared to CCl4 treated rats. Thus, pUC8:16gfp plasmid encoding vgb improved the growth and GI tract colonization of E. coli 16. In addition, it also enhanced catalase activity in rats harboring E. coli 16 (pUC8:16gfp, thereby preventing the absorption of CCl4 to GI tract.

  18. The Distribution of Etiology in Newborns with Prolonged Jaundice

    Merih Çetinkaya

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study is to determine the etiology in neonates admitted with prolonged jaundice.Materials and Method: Neonates with prolonged jaundice were included to this prospective study designed between January 2007 and December 2007. Prolonged jaundice was defined as total bilirubin level >5 mg/dL in newborns older than 14 days of age. After detailed history and physical examination, blood tests including blood groups of baby and mother, total, direct and indirect bilirubin, complete blood count (CBC, blood smear, reticulocyte count, Coombs test, serum aspartat transaminase (AST level, serum alanin transaminase (ALT level, viral markers, thyroid function tests, and glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6 PD level and routine urine analysis with urine culture were performed in all newborns. Results: A total of 154 neonates were enrolled to the study. The most frequent cause of prolonged jaundice was breast milk jaundice (53%. It was followed by urinary tract infections and clinical sepsis (29%, hemolytic causes due to blood group incompetency (10% and congenital hypothyroidism (8%. However,there were no significant differences between etiology and mean bilirubin levels.Conclusion: It is important to determine the etiology and to plan therapy according to etiology is important in newborns with prolonged jaundice. Breast milk jaundice, urinary tract infection and sepsis, hypothyroidism and hemolytic causes must be considered as the main etiology in newborns with prolonged jaundice. (Journal of Current Pediatrics 2008; 6: 99-103

  19. Effect of Curcumin Supplementation on Physiological Fatigue and Physical Performance in Mice

    Wen-Ching Huang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Curcumin (CCM is a well-known phytocompound and food component found in the spice turmeric and has multifunctional bioactivities. However, few studies have examined its effects on exercise performance and physical fatigue. We aimed to evaluate the potential beneficial effects of CCM supplementation on fatigue and ergogenic function following physical challenge in mice. Male ICR mice were divided into four groups to receive vehicle or CCM (180 μg/mL by oral gavage at 0, 12.3, 24.6, or 61.5 mL/kg/day for four weeks. Exercise performance and anti-fatigue function were evaluated after physical challenge by forelimb grip strength, exhaustive swimming time, and levels of physical fatigue-associated biomarkers serum lactate, ammonia, blood urea nitrogen (BUN, and glucose and tissue damage markers such as aspartate transaminase (AST, alanine transaminase (ALT, and creatine kinase (CK. CCM supplementation dose-dependently increased grip strength and endurance performance and significantly decreased lactate, ammonia, BUN, AST, ALT, and CK levels after physical challenge. Muscular glycogen content, an important energy source for exercise, was significantly increased. CCM supplementation had few subchronic toxic effects. CCM supplementation may have a wide spectrum of bioactivities for promoting health, improving exercise performance and preventing fatigue.

  20. Purple potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) anthocyanins attenuate alcohol-induced hepatic injury by enhancing antioxidant defense.

    Jiang, Zhihui; Chen, Chen; Wang, Jian; Xie, Wenyan; Wang, Meng; Li, Xinsheng; Zhang, Xiaoying

    2016-01-01

    Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a serious and challenging health issue. In the past decade, natural components possessing hepatoprotective properties have gained more attention for ALD intervention. In this study, the phytochemical components of anthocyanins from purple potato were assessed using UPLC-MS/MS, and the hepatoprotective effects of purple potato anthocyanins (PPAs) were investigated in the ALD mouse model. Serum and liver biochemical parameters were determined, along with histopathological changes in liver tissue. In addition, the major contributors to alcohol-induced oxidative stress were assessed. The results indicated that the levels of aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase were lower in the serum of the PPA-treated group than the alcohol-treated group. PPAs significantly inhibited the reduction of total cholesterol and triglycerides. Higher levels of superoxide dismutase and reduced glutathione enzymes as well as a reduction in the formation of malondialdehyde occurred in mice fed with PPAs. In addition, PPAs protected against increased alcohol-induced levels and activity of cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1), which demonstrates the effects of PPAs against alcohol-induced oxidative stress and liver injury. This study suggests that PPAs could be an effective therapeutic agent in alcohol-induced liver injuries by inhibiting CYP2E1 expression and thereby strengthening antioxidant defenses. PMID:26481011

  1. Influence of high-intensity exercise training and anabolic androgenic steroid treatment on rat tissue glycogen content.

    Cunha, Tatiana Sousa; Tanno, Ana Paula; Costa Sampaio Moura, Maria José; Marcondes, Fernanda Klein

    2005-07-15

    To increase tissue glycogen content many athletes use anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS). However, the literature concerning the effects of androgens on glycogen metabolism is conflicting. This study aimed to determine the influence of training and AAS on body weight (bw), triglycerides, glucose, tissue glycogen and transaminases levels. Male Wistar rats, randomized into four groups (sedentary vehicle (SV), sedentary AAS (SA), trained vehicle (TV) and trained AAS (TA)), were treated with nadrolone (5 mg/Kg, 2x/week, i.m.) or vehicle. Trained rats performed jumps into water (4 sets, 10 repetitions, 30 sec rest) carrying a 50-70% body wt-load strapped to the chest (5 days/week,6 weeks). Two days after the last session, the animals were killed (bifatorial ANOVA+Tukey test; P SV:0.13+/-0.01=TV:0.13+/-0.01=SA:0.14+/-0.01 mg/100 mg). In the soleus AAS increased glycogen (SA:0.53+/-0.03 vs. SV:0.43+/-0.01 and TA:0.58+/-0.02 vs. TV:0.48+/-0.01 mg/100 mg). Exercise training and AAS had no effect on blood glucose and transaminases levels. Training and AAS effects on glycogen supercompensation are tissue-dependent and the effects of association between them were only observed in the cardiac muscle. These data emphasize the necessity of more studies to confirm greater effects of AAS than those promoted by physical exercise. PMID:15904936

  2. Hepatoprotective effect of ethanolic extract of Trichosanthes lobata on paracetamol-induced liver toxicity in rats

    Rajasekaran Aiyalu

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Trichosanthes lobata (family cucurbitaceae is used to treat malarial fever and liver disorders. This study aims to investigate possible hepatoprotective activities of ethanolic extract of Trichosanthes lobata against paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity. Methods Hepatotoxicity was induced in Wistar male rats by oral administration, 2 g/kg body weight on 7th day after the administration of ethanolic extract of Trichosanthes lobata and silymarin (100 mg/kg. Ethanolic extract of Trichosanthes lobata was administered orally at doses of 200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg body weight daily for 7 days. Several serum markers, aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin, total protein was measured to assess the effect of the extract on paracetamol (acetaminophen-induced hepatic damage. The study included histopathological examination of liver sections. Results Blood samples from rats treated with ethanolic extract of Trichosanthes lobata (200 mg/kg body weight and 400 mg/kg body weight had significant reductions in serum markers in paracetamol administered animals, indicating the effect of the extract in restoring the normal functional ability of hepatocytes. Silymarin (100 mg/kg, p.o. was used as a reference drug. Conclusion The ethanolic extract of Trichosanthes lobata exhibits protective effects against paracetamol‒induced hepatotoxicity.

  3. Ameliorative effect of alkaloid extract of Cyclea peltata (Poir.) Hook. f. & Thoms. roots (ACP) on APAP/CCl4 induced liver toxicity in Wistar rats and in vitro free radical scavenging property

    Varghese Jancy Shine; Somasekharan Nair Rajam Suja; Gangadharan Indira Anuja; Gopan Raj; Sreedharan Nair Rajasekharan

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the hepatoprotective and antioxidant properties of alkaloid extract of Cyclea peltata (C. peltata) against paracetamol/carbon tetra chloride induced liver damage in Wistar rats.Methods: In vivo paracetamol/carbon tetrachloride induced liver damage in Wistar rats, in vitro free radical scavenging studies, HPTLC estimation of tetrandrine and direct analysis in real time-mass spectrometry of alkaloid extract of C. peltata were used for the validation. Results: The results showed that pretreatment with alkaloid extract of C. peltata caused significant reduction of serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase, serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, serum alkaline phosphatase, serum cholesterol, liver malondialdehyde levels. The reduced glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase levels in liver were increased with alkaloid extract of C. peltata treatment. These results were almost comparable to silymarin and normal control. Histopathological studies also substantiated the biochemical findings. The in vitro hydroxyl, superoxide and DPPH scavenging study of alkaloid extract of C. peltata showed significant free radical scavenging property.Conclusions:The hepatoprotective property of alkaloid extract of C. peltata against paracetamol/carbon tetrachloride may be due the synergistic action of alkaloids especially tetrandrine, fangchinoline through free radical scavenging and thus preventing oxidative stress.

  4. Hepatoprotective activity of Musa paradisiaca on experimental animal models

    Nirmala M; Girija K; Lakshman K; Divya T

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the hepatoprotective activity of stem of Musa paradisiaca (M. paradisiaca) in CCl4 and paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity models in rats. Methods:Hepatoprotective activity of alcoholic and aqueous extracts of stem of M. paradisiaca was demonstrated by using two experimentally induced hepatotoxicity models. Results:Administration of hepatotoxins (CCl4 and paracetamol) showed significant biochemical and histological deteriorations in the liver of experimental animals. Pretreatment with alcoholic extract (500 mg/kg), more significantly and to a lesser extent the alcoholic extract (250 mg/kg) and aqueous extract (500 mg/kg), reduced the elevated levels of the serum enzymes like serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and bilirubin levels and alcoholic and aqueous extracts reversed the hepatic damage towards the normal, which further evidenced the hepatoprotective activity of stem of M.paradisiaca. Conclusions: The alcoholic extract at doses of 250 and 500 mg/kg, p.o. and aqueous extract at a dose of 500 mg/kg, p.o. of stem of M. paradisiaca have significant effect on the liver of CCl4 and paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity animal models.

  5. Hepatoprotective potential of ethanolic extract of Caesalpenia crista leaves against paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in rats

    Garima Mishra; Ratan Lal Khosa; Pradeep Singh; Keshri Kishor Jha

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the hepatoprotective activity of ethanolic extract of leaves of Caesalpenia crista (C. crista) against paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Methods:Paracetamol (2 g/kg body weight) was used to induce hepatotoxicity in albino rats. Ethanolic extract of leaves of C. crista was administered at the dose levels of 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight orally for 7 d. Silymarin (100 mg/kg) was used as standard drug. The hepatoprotective effect of ethanolic extract was evaluated by assessment of biochemical parameters such as serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase, serum alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin (total and direct), and triglycerides content. Histopathological study of rat liver was also done. Results:Administration of ethanolic extract at doses 200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg body weight exhibited significant reduction in elevated level of serum marker enzymes, bilirubin (total and direct) and triglycerides when compared to positive control group. Conclusions:It is concluded that the ethanolic extract of C. crista leaves seems to justify the promising hepatoprotective effect on paracetamol induced liver damage in rats.

  6. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Provide Protection against Radiation-Induced Liver Injury by Antioxidative Process, Vasculature Protection, Hepatocyte Differentiation, and Trophic Effects

    Sabine Francois

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the potential therapeutic effect of the infusion of hMSCs for the correction of liver injuries, we performed total body radiation exposure of NOD/SCID mice. After irradiation, mir-27b level decreases in liver, increasing the directional migration of hMSCs by upregulating SDF1α. A significant increase in plasmatic transaminases levels, apoptosis process in the liver vascular system, and in oxidative stress were observed. hMSC injection induced a decrease in transaminases levels and oxidative stress, a disappearance of apoptotic cells, and an increase in Nrf2, SOD gene expression, which might reduce ROS production in the injured liver. Engrafted hMSCs expressed cytokeratin CK18 and CK19 and AFP genes indicating possible hepatocyte differentiation. The presence of hMSCs expressing VEGF and Ang-1 in the perivascular region, associated with an increased expression of VEGFr1, r2 in the liver, can confer a role of secreting cells to hMSCs in order to maintain the endothelial function. To explain the benefits to the liver of hMSC engraftment, we find that hMSCs secreted NGF, HGF, and anti-inflammatory molecules IL-10, IL1-RA contributing to prevention of apoptosis, increasing cell proliferation in the liver which might correct liver dysfunction. MSCs are potent candidates to repair and protect healthy tissues against radiation damages.

  7. Improving 2-phenylethanol production via Ehrlich pathway using genetic engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains.

    Yin, Sheng; Zhou, Hui; Xiao, Xiao; Lang, Tiandan; Liang, Jingru; Wang, Chengtao

    2015-05-01

    2-phenylethanol (2-PE) is an important aromatic compound with a rose-like fragrance widely used in food industry and cosmetic manufacture. In order to obtain "natural" 2-PE, the genetically modified budding yeasts were developed and applied for the 2-PE production. The gene ARO8 encoding transaminase and the gene ARO10 encoding decarboxylase in the Ehrlich pathway were expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae S288c. The activities of transaminase and decarboxylase were both enhanced in the corresponding recombinant strains. Consequently, the 2-PE yield in the recombinant strains with ARO8 and ARO10 were increased by 9.3 and 16.3 %, respectively, than that in the wild strain. A co-expression vector harboring ARO8 and ARO10 was then introduced into S. cerevisiae S288c, generating the recombinant strain SPO810. The fed-batch fermentation results indicated that the 2-PE yield in SPO810 reached 2.61 g L(-1) after 60 h of cultivation, which was 36.8 % higher than that in the wild strain. These results demonstrated that the 2-PE production was significantly improved by enhanced expression of the two key enzymes encoded by ARO8 and ARO10 in the Ehrlich pathway, providing new perspectives for enhancing "natural" 2-PE production in S. cerevisiae. PMID:25681107

  8. Normal liver enzymes are correlated with severity of metabolic syndrome in a large population based cohort.

    Kälsch, Julia; Bechmann, Lars P; Heider, Dominik; Best, Jan; Manka, Paul; Kälsch, Hagen; Sowa, Jan-Peter; Moebus, Susanne; Slomiany, Uta; Jöckel, Karl-Heinz; Erbel, Raimund; Gerken, Guido; Canbay, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Key features of the metabolic syndrome are insulin resistance and diabetes. The liver as central metabolic organ is not only affected by the metabolic syndrome as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but may contribute to insulin resistance and metabolic alterations. We aimed to identify potential associations between liver injury markers and diabetes in the population-based Heinz Nixdorf RECALL Study. Demographic and laboratory data were analyzed in participants (n = 4814, age 45 to 75 y). ALT and AST values were significantly higher in males than in females. Mean BMI was 27.9 kg/m(2) and type-2-diabetes (known and unkown) was present in 656 participants (13.7%). Adiponectin and vitamin D both correlated inversely with BMI. ALT, AST, and GGT correlated with BMI, CRP and HbA1c and inversely correlated with adiponectin levels. Logistic regression models using HbA1c and adiponectin or HbA1c and BMI were able to predict diabetes with high accuracy. Transaminase levels within normal ranges were closely associated with the BMI and diabetes risk. Transaminase levels and adiponectin were inversely associated. Re-assessment of current normal range limits should be considered, to provide a more exact indicator for chronic metabolic liver injury, in particular to reflect the situation in diabetic or obese individuals. PMID:26269425

  9. Structure Expression and Function of kynurenine Aminotransferases in Human and Rodent Brains

    Q Han; T Cai; D Tagle; J Li

    2011-12-31

    Kynurenine aminotransferases (KATs) catalyze the synthesis of kynurenic acid (KYNA), an endogenous antagonist of N-methyl-D: -aspartate and alpha 7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Abnormal KYNA levels in human brains are implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurological disorders. Four KATs have been reported in mammalian brains, KAT I/glutamine transaminase K/cysteine conjugate beta-lyase 1, KAT II/aminoadipate aminotransferase, KAT III/cysteine conjugate beta-lyase 2, and KAT IV/glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase 2/mitochondrial aspartate aminotransferase. KAT II has a striking tertiary structure in N-terminal part and forms a new subgroup in fold type I aminotransferases, which has been classified as subgroup Iepsilon. Knowledge regarding KATs is vast and complex; therefore, this review is focused on recent important progress of their gene characterization, physiological and biochemical function, and structural properties. The biochemical differences of four KATs, specific enzyme activity assays, and the structural insights into the mechanism of catalysis and inhibition of these enzymes are discussed.

  10. Biological Activities of Chinese Propolis and Brazilian Propolis on Streptozotocin-Induced Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Rats

    Zhu, Wei; Chen, Minli; Shou, Qiyang; Li, Yinghua; Hu, Fuliang

    2011-01-01

    Propolis is a bee-collected natural product and has been proven to have various bioactivities. This study tested the effects of Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis on streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes mellitus in Sprague-Dawley rats. The results showed that Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis significantly inhibited body weight loss and blood glucose increase in diabetic rats. In addition, Chinese propolis-treated rats showed an 8.4% reduction of glycated hemoglobin levels compared with untreated diabetic rats. Measurement of blood lipid metabolism showed dyslipidemia in diabetic rats and Chinese propolis helped to reduce total cholesterol level by 16.6%. Moreover, oxidative stress in blood, liver and kidney was improved to various degrees by both Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis. An apparent reduction in levels of alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, blood urea nitrogen and urine microalbuminuria-excretion rate demonstrated the beneficial effects of propolis in hepatorenal function. All these results suggested that Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis can alleviate symptoms of diabetes mellitus in rats and these effects may partially be due to their antioxidant ability. PMID:21785625

  11. Biological Activities of Chinese Propolis and Brazilian Propolis on Streptozotocin-Induced Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Rats

    Wei Zhu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Propolis is a bee-collected natural product and has been proven to have various bioactivities. This study tested the effects of Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis on streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes mellitus in Sprague-Dawley rats. The results showed that Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis significantly inhibited body weight loss and blood glucose increase in diabetic rats. In addition, Chinese propolis-treated rats showed an 8.4% reduction of glycated hemoglobin levels compared with untreated diabetic rats. Measurement of blood lipid metabolism showed dyslipidemia in diabetic rats and Chinese propolis helped to reduce total cholesterol level by 16.6%. Moreover, oxidative stress in blood, liver and kidney was improved to various degrees by both Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis. An apparent reduction in levels of alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, blood urea nitrogen and urine microalbuminuria-excretion rate demonstrated the beneficial effects of propolis in hepatorenal function. All these results suggested that Chinese propolis and Brazilian propolis can alleviate symptoms of diabetes mellitus in rats and these effects may partially be due to their antioxidant ability.

  12. Effects of Aeration on Root Physiology and Nitrogen Metabolism in Rice

    XU Chun-mei; WANG Dan-ying; CHEN Song; CHEN Li-ping; ZHANG Xiu-fu

    2013-01-01

    In order to clarify the effects of aeration on root nitrogen metabolism in rice seedlings,rice cultivars Guodao 6 (indica) and Xiushui 09 (japonica) were investigated for root growth,the activities of glutamine synthetase (GS),glutamic acid-pyruvic acid transaminase (GPT) and glutamic acid oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT),the nitrate (NO3-N) concertration,the contents of free amino acids and soluble sugar in root under hydroponics with continuous aeration treatment.The results showed that rice seedlings grown in oxygenation solutions had higher root dry matter,longer root length,stronger root activity and larger root absorption area compared with the control.In addition,the contents of soluble sugar,root vigor and the activities of GS,GOT and GPT in the aeration solutions were higher than those in the control.The results also indicated that the activities of enzymes involved in root nitrogen metabolism of Xiushui 09 were enhanced by aeration,however,there was no significant influence on root nitrogen metabolism of Guodao 6,which suggested that effect of oxygenation on rice root nitrogen metabolism might be genotype-specific.

  13. Protective Effect of Acacia nilotica (L. against Acetaminophen-Induced Hepatocellular Damage in Wistar Rats

    Narayanan Kannan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The potential biological functions of A. nilotica have long been described in traditional system of medicine. However, the protective effect of A. nilotica on acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity is still unknown. The present study attempted to investigate the protective effect of A. nilotica against acetaminophen-induced hepatic damage in Wistar rats. The biochemical liver functional tests Alanine transaminase (ALT, Aspartate transaminase (AST, Alkaline phosphatase (ALP, total bilirubin, total protein, oxidative stress test (Lipid peroxidation, antioxidant parameter glutathione (GSH, and histopathological changes were examined. Our results show that the pretreatment with A. nilotica (250 mg/kg·bw orally revealed attenuation of serum activities of ALT, AST, ALP, liver weight, and total bilirubin levels that were enhanced by administration of acetaminophen. Further, pretreatment with extract elevated the total protein and GSH level and decreased the level of LPO. Histopathological analysis confirmed the alleviation of liver damage and reduced lesions caused by acetaminophen. The present study undoubtedly provides a proof that hepatoprotective action of A. nilotica extract may rely on its effect on reducing the oxidative stress in acetaminophen-induced hepatic damage in rat model.

  14. High exposures to organic solvents among graffiti removers.

    Anundi, H; Lind, M L; Friis, L; Itkes, N; Langworth, S; Edling, C

    1993-01-01

    The exposure to organic solvents among 12 graffiti removers was studied. Health effects were also assessed by structured interview and a symptom questionnaire. Blood and urine samples were collected at the end of the day of air sampling. The concentrations of dichloromethane, glycol ethers, trimethylbenzenes and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone in the breathing zone of each worker were measured during one working day. The 8-h time-weighted average exposure to dichloromethane ranged from 18 to 1200 mg/m3. The Swedish Permissible Exposure Limit value for dichloromethane is 120 mg/m3. The air concentrations of glycol ethers, trimethylbenzenes and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone were low or not detectable. No exposure-related deviations in the serum concentrations of creatinine, aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase or hyaluronan or the urine concentrations of alpha 1-microglobulin, beta 2-microglobulin or N-acetyl-beta-glucosaminidase were found. Irritative symptoms of the eyes and upper respiratory tract were more prevalent than in the general population. This study demonstrates that old knowledge about work hazards is not automatically transferred to new professions. Another aspect is that the public is also exposed as the job is performed during daytime in underground stations. At least for short periods, bystanders may be exposed to high concentrations of organic solvent vapours. People with predisposing conditions, e.g. asthmatics, may risk adverse reactions. PMID:8144235

  15. Study of Hypoglycemic Activity of Aqueous Extract of Leucas indica Linn. Aerial Parts on Streptozotocin Induced Diabetic Rats

    Mahananda Sarkar

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The present study was designed to evaluate the hypoglycemic activity of the aqueous extract of Leucas indica Linn. on streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. The extract showed a significant dose depended (200 and 400 mg/kg b.w, orally reduction in fasting blood glucose level, comparing with reference drug, glibenclamide (0.5 mg/kg b.w, orally. In addition, the changes in body weight, analysis of serum biochemical parameters like lipid profile, glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, glutamate pyruvate transaminase, total proteins, bilirubin, urea and alkaline phosphatase were assessed for each group of animals and the significant differences were observed when compared with control groups. Finally, in case of histopathological investigation of pancreas, liver and kidney from each group of rats showed a significant protection and regeneration of earlier streptozotocin induced cellular necrosis. This finding proves that the extract exhibits sufficient hypoglycemic activity along with improves streptozotocin induced negative body weight as well as normalize serum biochemical parameters and protect from cellular necrosis significantly.

  16. Biochemical adaptations in middle-distance runners: an assessment of blood and anthropometric parameters

    Danila Di Majo

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to understand the mechanism underlying the physiological adaptation of purely aerobic workout, we investigated the effect of 2 months of training on nine males (17-22 year-old middle distance running agonistic athletes. Blood sample was collected in the morning to analyze: hematological parameters, lipid profile, liver function enzymes [glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, glutamate pyruvate transaminase, gamma-glutamyl transferase (γ-GT] and skeletal and myocardial markers of muscle damage [creatin kinase (CK and creatin kinase MB (CK-MB]. Endurance training, as it implies high oxygen consumption, should increase reactive oxygen species, but it has been shown that exercise leads to increased activation of antioxidant defenses. In fact, serum levels of γ-GT enzyme and total CK were not increased. On the other hand, a statistical significant reduction of CKMB has been observed. There were not variations in hematological parameters. As far as the anthropometric value is concerned, after two months of training there was a change in weight (P<0.0001. Finally, any oxidative and biological stress was highlighted in the middle distance runners but, since this is a preliminary study, it would be of interest to replicate the study on a larger sample.

  17. Amla as an antihyperglycemic and hepato-renal protective agent in fluoride induced toxicity

    Rupal A Vasant

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose of the study was to examine the antihyperglycemic and hepato-renal protective effects of Emblica officinalis (Eo fruit as a food supplement in fluoride induced toxicity. Eo fruit powder was incorporated into the diet (2.5, 5 and 10 gm % of fluoride exposed animals for a duration of 30 days. Fluoride exposure caused significant elevation in plasma glucose, serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT, serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT, acid phosphatase (ACP, alkaline phosphatase (ALP activities, hepatic glucose-6-phosphatase (G-6-Pase and decreased hepatic glycogen content, hexokinase activity and antioxidant profiles (hepatic and renal. An inclusion of Eo fruit powder significantly reduced plasma glucose levels, SGOT, SGPT, ACP and ALP activities, hepatic G-6-Pase activity and increased hepatic glycogen content and hexokinase activity. Hepatic and renal antioxidant status of fluoride exposed animals improved upon feeding Eo fruit powder. We, therefore, conclude that E. officinalis fruit could be useful in regulating hyperglycemia and enhances antioxidant status of fluoride exposed animals.

  18. Medicinal plants as immunostimulants for health management in Indian cat fish

    Iruthayam Vijaya Kumar

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the effect of three medicinal plants on growth, survival and immunoprotection in Mystus montanus fingerlings. Methods: The three experimental groups of fish were fed with a diet supplemented of Ocimum tenuiflorum, Zingiber officinale and Allium cepa (0.5 g each, and control group was fed without supplementation of herbal diet. After 45 d of feeding the experimental group fishes were injected with 0.5 mL of Aeromonas hydrophila and were supplemented with herbal diet. In the control group fishes were injected with 0.5 mL of physiological saline solution alone. Results: The blood samples were collected for haemotological analysis after 7 d of post infection. The results showed that the haematological parameters of haemoglobin, serum glutamicoxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase, serum glucose, red blood cell and white blood cell were found to be more in challenged fish. The survival rate of pathogen challenged fish maintained on the herbal diet is better than those in the control group which is supplemented with non-herbal diet. Conclusions: These results indicated that herbal diet is useful as a growth promoter and for disease resistance of Mystus montanus against Aeromonas hydrophila infection.

  19. Antihepatotoxic effect of marrubium vulgare and withania somnifera extracts on carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity in rats.

    Elberry, Ahmed A; Harraz, Fathalla M; Ghareib, Salah A; Nagy, Ayman A; Gabr, Salah A; Suliaman, Mansour I; Abdel-Sattar, Essam

    2010-09-01

    Marrubium vulgare and Withania somnifera are used in folk medicine of several countries. Many researches showed that they are used for the treatment of variety of diseases due to their antioxidant effects. The present aim of this study was to evaluate the antihepatotoxic and antioxidant activities of the both extracts against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatic damage in rats. Both extracts were given orally in a dose of 500 mg/kg/day for 4 weeks along with CCl4 started at the 7th week of induction of hepatotoxicity. The antihepatotoxic activity was assessed by measuring aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GR), glutathione-S-transferase (GST), reduced glutathione (GSH), tissue content and malondialdehyde (MDA) as well as histopathological examination. Both extracts showed a significant antihepatotoxic effect by reducing significantly the levels of AST, ALT and LDH. However, ALP levels were decreased non-significantly. Regarding the antioxidant activity, they exhibited significant effects by increasing the GPx, GR and GST activities with increased GSH tissue contents and decreased production of MDA level. Furthermore, both extracts alleviated histopathological changes in rats' liver treated with CCl4. M. vulgare and W. somnifera protect the rats' liver against CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity. This effect may be attributed, at least in part, to the antioxidant activities of these extracts. PMID:24825994

  20. Lead finding from whole plant of Marrubium vulgare L. with Hepatoprotective Potentials through in silico methods

    Amita Verma; Mubashir Masoodi; Bahar Ahmed

    2012-01-01

    Objective: In the present study an attempt has been made to study the antihepatotoxic activity of active compounds in this plant through in silico methods. Methods: We have taken 12 compounds form this plant. All the compounds were further subjected to molecular propertied prediction and drug likeness by Molinspiration and found in compliance with Lipinski’s rule of five. Biochemical parameters like SGOT and SGPT were determined by Reitman and Frankel, ALP by Kind and King, TP by reported methods of Wooton. Results: All the compounds were showed expected similar bioactivity especially in case of enzyme inhibition. Compound Vulgarin showed no violation with good drug likeness score and biological activity as compare to standard drug Silibinin. Vulgarin exhibited a significant antihepatotoxic activity by reducing the elevated levels of serum enzymes such as serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT) serum glutamate pyruvate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGPT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) while the total protein (TP) levels were increased when compared with standard drug silymarin against CCl4-induced toxicity in Wistar rats. These biochemical observations were also supplemented by histopathological examinations of the liver sections. Conclusions: We found that Vulgarin one of the twelve compounds is showed better drug likeness and biological activity against Silibinin. So this particular compound can be taken as lead compound for further drug discovery for hepatotoxic activity.