Dan Farbstein

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, H̱efa, Haifa District, Israel

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Publications (8)23.77 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The haptoglobin (Hp) genotype is a major determinant of progression of nephropathy in individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM). The major function of the Hp protein is to bind and modulate the fate of extracorpuscular hemoglobin and its iron cargo. We have previously demonstrated an interaction between the Hp genotype and the DM on the accumulation of iron in renal proximal tubule cells. The primary objective of this study was to determine the intracellular localization of this iron in the proximal tubule cell and to assess its potential toxicity. Transmission electron microscopy demonstrated a marked accumulation of electron-dense deposits in the lysosomes of proximal tubules cells in Hp 2-2 DM mice. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy were used to perform elemental analysis of these deposits and demonstrated that these deposits were iron rich. These deposits were associated with lysosomal membrane lipid peroxidation and loss of lysosomal membrane integrity. Vitamin E administration to Hp 2-2 DM mice resulted in a significant decrease in both intralysosomal iron-induced oxidation and lysosomal destabilization. Iron-induced renal tubular injury may play a major role in the development of diabetic nephropathy and may be a target for slowing the progression of renal disease.
    Free Radical Biology and Medicine 06/2012; 53(4):779-86. · 5.27 Impact Factor
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    Dan Farbstein, Andrew P Levy
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    ABSTRACT: HDL is known to be inversely correlated with cardiovascular disease due to its diverse antiatherogenic functions. These functions include cholesterol efflux and reverse cholesterol transport, antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. However, HDL has been shown to undergo a loss of function in several pathophysiological states, as in the acute phase response, obesity and chronic inflammatory diseases. Some of these diseases were also shown to be associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease. One such disease that is associated with HDL dysfunction and accelerated atherosclerosis is diabetes mellitus, a disease in which the HDL particle undergoes diverse structural modifications that result in significant changes in its function. This review will summarize the changes that occur in HDL in diabetes mellitus and how these changes lead to HDL dysfunction. Possible treatments for HDL dysfunction are also briefly described.
    Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy 03/2012; 10(3):353-61.
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    ABSTRACT: Vitamin E provides cardiovascular protection to individuals with diabetes and the haptoglobin 2-2 genotype but appears to increase cardiovascular risk in individuals with diabetes and the haptoglobin 2-1 genotype. We have previously demonstrated that the haptoglobin protein is associated with HDL and that HDL function and its oxidative modification are haptoglobin genotype dependent. We set out to test the hypothesis that the pharmacogenetic interaction between the haptoglobin genotype on cardiovascular risk might be secondary to a parallel interaction between the haptoglobin genotype and vitamin E on HDL function. Fifty-nine individuals with diabetes and the haptoglobin 2-1 or 2-2 genotypes were studied in a double-blind placebo controlled crossover design. Participants were treated with either vitamin E (400IU) or placebo for 3 months and crossed over for an equivalent duration. Serum was collected at baseline and after the completion of each treatment. HDL functionality as well as HDL associated markers of oxidation and inflammation were measured after each interval in HDL purified from the cohort. Compared to placebo, vitamin E significantly increased HDL function in haptoglobin 2-2 but significantly decreased HDL function in haptoglobin 2-1. This pharmacogenetic interaction was paralleled by similar non-significant trends in HDL associated lipid peroxides, glutathione peroxidase, and inflammatory cargo. There exists a pharmacogenetic interaction between the haptoglobin genotype and vitamin E on HDL function (clinicaltrials.gov NCT01113671).
    Atherosclerosis 06/2011; 219(1):240-4. · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: As atherosclerosis is still one of the major causes of death in Western populations, it is important to identify those individuals who are at increased risk for the disease so that aggressive treatment may be administered as early as possible. Following the understanding that oxidative stress has a pivotal role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis, many polymorphisms in genes that are related to redox systems were examined for their association with increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although many polymorphisms were studied, only a handful showed consistent relevance to CVD in different trials. This article focuses on six of these polymorphisms, examining their effect on the risk for CVD as well as their effect on protein expression and function. Reports regarding pharmacogenetic implications of these polymorphisms, where such exist, are discussed as well.
    Current Atherosclerosis Reports 03/2011; 13(3):215-24. · 2.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Atherosclerosis remains one of the leading causes of death in Western populations. Subsequent to the discovery that oxidative stress plays a pivotal role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis, vitamins C and E, along with other antioxidants, were studied as potential therapies for the disease. However, while in vitro and in vivo studies showed promising antiatherogenic effects for vitamins C and E, clinical trials in which patients were given high doses of vitamin E or C showed no benefit and even possible harm. This review will attempt to summarize the known mechanistic data regarding the biochemical effects of vitamins C and E and their relevance to atherosclerosis, and offer an explanation for the failure of clinical trials to show that supplementation with these vitamins provides any benefit when given indiscriminately. We provide one example of how pharmacogenomics may be used to identify a sub-population which may indeed benefit from antioxidant supplementation.
    Molecules 11/2010; 15(11):8098-110. · 2.43 Impact Factor
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    Dan Farbstein, Andrew P Levy
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    ABSTRACT: Prospective identification of which individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM) are at greatest risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) complications would have considerable public health importance by allowing the allocation of limited resources to be focused on those individuals who would most benefit from aggressive intervention. Over the past 20 years genetic disease association studies have demonstrated that polymorphisms at specific genetic loci may identify those individuals at greatest risk for developing CVD in the setting of DM. This article reviews the evidence accumulated to date on four polymorphic loci with the aim of explaining how these polymorphisms modify the risk for CVD in DM by modifying the functional activity of a specific gene. Use of the knowledge of these genetic differences among individuals in targeting drug therapy (pharmacogenomics) is also discussed.
    Cardiology clinics 08/2010; 28(3):477-96. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Haptoglobin is an abundant hemoglobin-binding protein present in the plasma. The function of haptoglobin is primarily to determine the fate of hemoglobin released from red blood cells after either intravascular or extravascular hemolysis. There are two common alleles at the Hp genetic locus denoted 1 and 2. There are functional differences between the Hp 1 and Hp 2 protein products in protecting against hemoglobin-driven oxidative stress that appear to have important clinical significance. In particular, individuals with the Hp 2-2 genotype and diabetes mellitus appear to be at significantly higher risk of microvascular and macrovascular complications. A pharmacogenomic strategy of administering high dose antioxidants specifically to Hp 2-2 DM individuals may be clinically effective.
    Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 09/2009; 12(2):293-304. · 8.20 Impact Factor
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    Therapy 01/2009; 6(4):531-538.