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Duško P Blagojević

Duško P Blagojević
University of Belgrade Institute for Biological Research · Physiology

PhD

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February 2019 - present
Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković" National Institute of Republic of Serbia
Position
  • Head of Department
Education
September 1993 - February 1995
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology
Field of study
  • Molecular Biology

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Publications (128)
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The effects of a fructose-rich diet and chronic stress on copper metabolism in the kidneys are still understudied. We investigated whether fructose and/or chronic unpredictable stress modulate copper metabolism in a way that affects redox homeostasis, thus contributing to progression of metabolic disturbances in the kidney. We determined protein le...
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Background: Animal models are essential for understanding etiology and pathophysiology of movement disorders. Previously, we have found that mice transgenic for the human CYP2C19 gene, expressed in the liver and developing brain, exhibit altered neurodevelopment associated with impairments of their motor function and emotionality. Objectives: To ch...
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Ibogaine induces rapid changes in cellular energetics followed by the elevation of antioxidant activities. As shown earlier in male rats, ibogaine treatment with both 1 and 20 mg/kg b.w. per os led to significant glycogenolytic activity in the liver. In this work, female rats treated with the same doses of ibogaine per os displayed lower liver glyc...
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The European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis is a pest species, whose fifth instar larvae gradually develop cold hardiness during diapause. The physiological changes underlying diapause progression and cold hardiness development are still insufficiently understood in insects. Here, we follow a complex of changes related to energy metabolism during co...
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Ibogaine effects are mediated by cellular receptors, ATP depletion followed by ROS production and antioxidant enzyme activity elevation in a dose and time dependent manner. Since the role of KATP channels and β-adrenoceptors in ROS cellular circuit was established here we explored their role in ibogaine pro-antioxidant effectiveness. Single dose of...
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Background Both fructose consumption and chronic stress contribute to the development of metabolic disorders. The consequences of such combination are not fully understood. Objective We investigated whether fructose supplementation and chronic stress synergistically disturb hepatic lipid and glucose metabolism. The role of energy sensing, redox, a...
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Pumpkin seed oil (PSO) possesses a protective potential against liver injury due to the presence of biologically active ingredients. Adult male albino rats were administrated PSO (per os, 2 mL/kg b.w./day) and a 12% ethanol solution in water, ad libitum, with an average intake of 8.14 g of ethanol/kg bw/day for 6 weeks. Congestion, hepatic central...
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Abstract The aim of the present study was to analyze the mechanisms of ibogaine action by measuring its ex vivo effects on antioxidant defense in the honey bee (Apis mellifera, L.) midgut. The transcriptional levels of selected genes: Cu/Zn dependent and Mn dependent superoxide dismutases (Sod1 and Sod2, respectively), catalase (Cat) and transcript...
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Chronic use of atypical antipsychotics may produce hepatic damage. Atypical antipsychotics, including clozapine, sertindole, and ziprasidone, are extensively metabolized by the liver and this process generates toxic-free radical metabolic intermediates which may contribute to liver damage. The aim of this study was to investigate whether clozapine,...
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Honeybee colony losses have been a focus of research in the last years, due to the importance of managed honeybee colonies for economy and ecology. Different unfavorable conditions from the outside environment have a strong impact on the hive health. The majority of losses occur mainly during winter and the exact reason is not completely understood...
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The European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis Hbn., is a pest Lepidopteran species whose larvae overwinter by entering diapause, gradually becoming cold-hardy. To investigate metabolic changes during cold hardening, activities of four metabolic enzymes – citrate synthase (CS), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate...
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Radicava™ (Edaravone) was approved the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Edaravone is a synthetic antioxidant that specifically targets oxidative damage interacting with lipid radicals in the cell. ALS is a disease were multiple cell types are involved in the devastating loss of motor neu...
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In this study the effect of long term exposure to cadmium (Cd) on Ostrinia nubilalis larval growth, development, survival rate and oxidative status was analyzed. Newly hatched first instar - L1 larvae were reared on a Cd contaminated diet until the larvae reached the final, fifth instar - L5 or developed into pupae. In total, six experimental group...
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In the present study, the influence of cadmium, copper, and lead on two enzymes often used as biomarkers in toxicological analysis was investigated. Bees were fed with 1 M sucrose solution containing 10-fold serial dilutions of CuCl2 (1000 mg L⁻¹, 100 mg L⁻¹, and 10 mg L⁻¹), CdCl2 (0.1 mg L⁻¹, 0.01 mg L⁻¹, and 0.001 mg L⁻¹), or PbCl2 (10 mg L⁻¹, 1...
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Our previous results showed that a single oral dose (1 or 20 mg/kg body weight) of the anti-addiction agent ibogaine induced in rats 6 and 24 h after administration glycogenolytic activity in hepatocytes, followed by a mild oxidative stress. In this work, we examined the in vivo effect of the same doses of ibogaine on rat kidney morphology, antioxi...
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In 2012, alcohol liver disease (ALD) resulted in 3.3 million - 5.9% of global deaths. This study introduced whey protection capacity against chronic alcohol-induced liver injury. Rats were orally administered to 12% ethanol solution in water (ad libitum, average 8.14 g of ethanol/kg b.w./day) alone or combined with whey (per os, 2g/kg b.w./day). Af...
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Metallothioneins are ubiquitous proteins important in metal homeostasis and detoxification. However, they have not previously been identified in honey bees or other hymenoptera, where metallothioneins could be of ecophysiological and ecotoxicological significance. Better understanding of the molecular responses to stress induced by toxic metals cou...
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Ibogaine, administered as a single oral dose (1-25 mg/kg body weight), has been used as an addiction-interrupting agent. Its effects persist for up to 72 h. Ex vivo results showed that ibogaine induced cellular energy consumption and restitution, followed by increased reactive oxygen species production and antioxidant activity. Therefore, the aim o...
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To determine the relationship between alterations in the activity of the enzymes participating in antioxidative defense system and neurological soft signs (NSS) in schizophrenic patients with the first episode psychosis (SFE, n = 19), patients in relapse (SR, n = 46), and healthy controls (HC, n = 20). NSS intensity and enzymatic plasma activities...
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Atypical antipsychotics produce severe side effects including myocarditis that may be attributed to oxidative stress. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of clozapine, ziprasidone, and sertindole on rat heart morphology and determine whether redox imbalane plays a role in development of histopathological changes. Adult 3-month-ol...
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MgSO4 is used as a tocolytic agent. It is considered to be a calcium channel antagonist, but a different mechanism of its action might be involved. The aim of this study was to examine the contribution of calcium concentrations and potassium channels in the mechanism of MgSO4-mediated uterine relaxation. Isolated uteri from female Wister rats were...
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The European corn borer (ECB, Ostrinia nubilalis Hbn.) is a major pest in temperate regions of Europe and North America. Fifth instar ECB larvae enter diapause before winter and gradually develop cold hardiness. Here we investigated the combined influence of diapause phase and low temperature on sugar and polyol content in ECB larvae. Larvae in mid...
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Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid originally extracted from the root bark of the African rainforest shrub Tabernanthe iboga . It has been explored as a treatment for substance abuse because it interrupts drug addiction and relieves withdrawal symptoms. However, it has been shown that ibogaine treatment leads to a sharp and transient fall in cellular A...
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We studied the effects of whey and pumpkin seed oil supplementation on the biochemical parameters in blood serum of male rats after chronic ad libitum alcohol consumption. The levels of AST, ALT, total bilirubin, ALP, LDH, triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL, triglyceride/HDL ratio, total cholesterol/HDL ratio (cholesterol ratio) and L...
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In recent years, computed tomography (CT) has become very common in veterinary medicine. It is well known that testicles are organs with high radiosensitivity and their function can be impaired even after exposure to low radiation doses. In this work, we calculated the absorbed radiation doses after CT was performed with different voltage/current l...
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Larvae of the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hubn.) were cold acclimated during different phases of diapause to determine if changes in the fatty acid composition lipids occur as part of a programmed diapause strategy, or as a response to low temperatures during winter. Cold acclimation of fifth instar larvae of O. nubilalis during diapaus...
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This study aimed to investigate the effects of soy isoflavones, genistein (GEN) and daidzein, (DAI) on the uterine function in ovary-intact middle-aged rats. GEN and DAI (35mg/kg) were subcutaneously administrated to acyclic (12-month-old) Wistar females, daily, for 4weeks. Control group received either vehicle (olive oil and ethanol, 9:1) or remai...
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The recent decline in managed honey bee populations, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae), has caused scientific, ecological, and economic concern. Research into the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), antioxidative defense mechanisms, and oxidative stress can contribute to our understanding of bee survival and conservation of this speci...
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The objective of this study was to assess the radiation dose in computed tomography examinations of rabbits using different examination protocols and to correlate these values with the activity of antioxidant enzymes in their red blood cells following irradiation. The presented results revealed that a single, routine computed tomography scan exposu...
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The anti-addiction agent ibogaine interacts with different types of neural transmitter receptors, but also decrease cellular ATP level, followed by increased cellular respiration and production of reactive oxygen species, which change redox homeostasis. We wanted to investigate the effects of single dose of 1 or 20 mg/kg body weight of ibogaine (do...
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Pectin is the main soluble fiber in apples or citruses. It may be fermented by gut microbiota to metabolites showing local intestinal and systemic effects. A wide range of beneficial effects of dietary pectin includes impacts on the redox milieu and microbiota profile. We prepared pectin-derived oligosaccharides (apple (APDO) and citrus) and polyga...
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In this study, laboratory bioassays were performed to investigate the impact of sublethal concentrations of Cu (CuCl2: 1000, 100, 10 mg mL⁻¹), Pb (PbCl2: 10, 1, 0.1 mg mL⁻¹) and Cd (CdCl2: 0.1, 0.01, 0.001 mg mL⁻¹) on honey bee redox status and the activity of the main antioxidative enzymes and their gene expression. Our results show that exposure...
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The use of atypical antipsychotic drugs (APD) was reported to be associated with adverse effects on the kidneys. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine whether APD exerted their adverse effects by interfering with the renal antioxidant defense system. Male 3-mo-old Wistar rats were treated for 28 d with ziprasidone (ZIP), clozapine (CLO), or se...
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This study aimed to investigate effects of citrus flavanones naringenin (NAR) and hesperetin (HES) on liver antioxidant status and membrane phospholipid composition in 24-month-old rats. NAR and HES (15mg/kg) were administrated orally to male Wistar rats, once per day, for 4weeks. Control group received either vehicle (sunflower oil) or remained in...
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Objectives: The aim of our study was to determine if redox imbalance caused by the activities of antioxidant enzymes existed in erythrocytes of type 1 myotonic dystrophy (DM1) patients. Methods: The activities of erythrocyte superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase were measured in 30 DM1 patients and 15...
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In this chapter, we review recent genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic studies that link several gene and protein products involved in cold adaptation in insects and other arthropods to energy metabolism and cellular protection mechanisms. Organisms have evolved various mechanisms for survival at subfreezing temperatures. In general, cold hardy inve...
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Interactions of hydrogen sulfide (HS(-)/H2S), a reducing signaling species, with superoxide dimutases (SOD) are poorly understood. We applied low-T EPR spectroscopy to examine the effects of HS(-)/H2S and superoxide radical anion (O2(•-)) on metallocenters of FeSOD, MnSOD, and CuZnSOD. HS(-)/H2S did not affect FeSOD, whereas active centers of MnSOD...
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Understanding the cellular stress response in honey bees will significantly contribute to their conservation. The aim of this study was to analyze the response of the antioxidative enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase in honey bees related to the presence of toxic metals in different habitats. Three locations were selected: (i) Tunovo on the m...
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Hydrogen sulphide reduces uterine contractility and is of potential interest to treat uterine disorders.The aim of this study was to explore the mechanism of sodium sulphide (Na2 S)-induced relaxation of rat uterus, investigating importance of redox effects and ion channel-mediated mechanisms, as well as interactions between these two mechanisms. O...
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Type 1 diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune inflammatory disorder, develops as a consequence of pancreatic β-cell destruction and results in hyperglycaemia. Since current T1D therapy mainly involves insulin replacement, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the therapeutic potential of Origanum vulgare L. ssp. hirtum (Greek oregano) leaf extract ri...
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Ibogaine is a naturally occurring alkaloid with psychotropic and metabotropic effects, derived from the bark of the root of the West African Tabernanthe iboga plant. The tribes of Kongo basin have been using iboga as a stimulant, for medicinal purposes, and in rite of passage ceremonies, for centuries. Besides, it has been found that this drug has...
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In this work we compared the mutated liver copper zinc-containing superoxide dismutase (SOD1) protein G93A of the transgenic rat model of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FALS), to wild-type (WT) rat SOD1. We examined their enzymatic activities and effects on isometric contractions of uteri of healthy virgin rats. G93A SOD1 showed a slightly...
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Background Increased fructose consumption correlates with rising prevalence of various metabolic disorders, some of which were linked to oxidative stress. The relationship between fructose consumption and oxidative stress is complex and effects of fructose rich-diet on young population have not been fully elucidated. The aim of this study was to in...
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Background: Our aim was to investigate the effect of methanethiol (CH3SH) on contractility of rat uterus and activities of redox-active enzymes, and to compare them with the effect of sodium sulphide (Na2S), a hydrogen sulphide (H2S/HS(-)) donor. Methods: Uteri were isolated from virgin Wistar rats, divided into six groups, controls (untreated u...
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Background: Mutated copper, zinc-containing superoxide dismutase (SOD1) may self-aggregate, an event that could also be an initial cause of motor neuron malfunction leading to disease onset. The effects of human mutated SOD1 pro- tein from the blood of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FALS) patients bearing Leu144Phe (L144F) mutation were co...
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The Arctic springtail, Megaphorura arctica, survives sub-zero temperatures in a dehydrated state via trehalose-dependent cryoprotective dehydration. Regulation of trehalose biosynthesis is complex; based in part on studies in yeast and fungi, its connection with oxidative stress caused by exposure of cells to oxidants, such as hydrogen peroxide (H(...
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Objective: This study was set out to examine the impact of atypical antipsychotic drugs: aripiprazole, clozapine, ziprasidone, olanzapine, quetiapine, sertindole and amisulpride on the activity of antioxidant defence enzymes in human erythrocytes in vitro. Methods: Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD1), catalase (CAT), selenium-dependent glutathione...
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Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a widely used solvent and cryoprotectant that can cause impaired blood flow, reduction in intracranial pres-sure, tissue edema, inflammatory reactions, inhibition of vascular smooth muscle cell migration and prolif-eration, processes which can lead to atherosclerosis of the coronary, peripheral and cerebral circulation....
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Background. Pentoxifylline is a methylxanthine derivative that is used to treat peripheral vascular disease. One of the mechanisms of action of pentoxifylline is the vasodilatation of blood vessels. Th is study examined the effect of increasing pentoxifylline concentrations on the contractility of isolated rat uteri in the presence of a potassium c...
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The uteri, spontaneously active or Ca(2+) (6 mM) induced, were allowed to equilibrate, and to inhibit voltage-gated potassium (K(V)) channels 1 mM 4-amino pyridine (4-AP) was applied for 15 min before adding H(2)O(2) .  H(2)O(2) was added cumulatively: 2 μM, 20 μM, 200 μM, 400 μM, and 3 mM. Average time for H(2)O(2) concentrations (2, 20, 200, and...
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Cadmium, like many other pollutants, is nondegradable and can be accumulated by Lymantria dispar at a level that affects fitness components, physiology, and development, which could indicate presence of environment pollution by heavy metals. The cadmium effect on fitness-related traits in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth instar of L. dispar L. w...