[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Identifying agents that inhibit amyloid beta peptide (Aβ) aggregation is the ultimate goal for slowing Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression. This study investigated whether the glycoside asiaticoside inhibits Aβ1-42 fibrillation in vitro.
Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), evaluating the Brownian diffusion times of moving particles in a small confocal volume at the single-molecule level, was used. If asiaticoside inhibits early Aβ1-42 fibrillation steps, more Aβs would remain free and rapidly diffuse in the confocal volume. In contrast, "weaker or no inhibition" permits a greater number of Aβs to polymerize into oligomers, leading to fibers and gives rise to slow diffusion times in the solution. Trace amounts of 5-carboxytetramethylrhodamine (TAMRA)-labeled Aβ1-42 in the presence of excess unlabeled Aβ1-42 (10 μM) was used as a fluorescent probe. Steady-state and kinetic-Thioflavin T (ThT) fluorospectroscopy, laser-scanning fluorescence microscopy (LSM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were also used to monitor fibrillation. Binding of asiaticoside with Aβ1-42 at the atomic level was computationally examined using the Molegro Virtual Docker and PatchDock.
With 1 h of incubation time for aggregation, FCS data analysis revealed that the diffusion time of TAMRA-Aβ1-42 was 208 ± 4 μs, which decreased to 164 ± 8.0 μs in the presence of asiaticoside, clearly indicating that asiaticoside inhibited the early stages Aβ1-42 of fibrillation, leaving more free Aβs in the solution and permitting their rapid diffusion in the confocal volume. The inhibitory effects were also evidenced by reduced fiber formation as assessed by steady-state and kinetic ThT fluorospectroscopy, LSM, and TEM. Asiaticoside elongated the lag phase of Aβ1-42 fibrillation, indicating the formation of smaller amyloid species were impaired in the presence of asiaticoside. Molecular docking revealed that asiaticoside binds with amyloid intra- and inter-molecular amino acid residues, which are responsible for β-sheet formation and longitudinal extension of fibrils.
Finally, asiaticoside prevents amyloidogenesis that precedes neurodegeneration in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Full-text · Article · Apr 2016 · BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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We examined the effects of the administration of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-enriched meals on cognitive function in the oldest elderly with cognitive impairment, such as dementia, living in nursing homes, and on the improvement in caregiver burden at aging agencies.
Participants in elderly care facilities and nursing homes (n = 75; 88.5 ± 0.6 years) were randomized in active and placebo groups. The active group had family-style meals containing an additional 1720 mg of docosahexaenoic acid per day for 12 months. At baseline, and after 6 and 12 months of intervention, cognitive function was assessed using Hasegawa's Dementia Scale-Revised and the Mini-Mental State Examination; mental health condition was assessed with the Apathy scale and the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale; caregiver burden was evaluated using Zarit Burden Interview scores; and participants' serum biochemical factors were measured.
The participants were suggested to have dementia. After 12 months, the mean change in Mini-Mental State Examination subitem "Registration" score from baseline to month 12 showed a tendency to be greater in the active group than that in the placebo group. Mean changes in the Apathy scale from baseline to month 12 were less, and the changes in the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale and the total Zarit Burden Interview scores showed a tendency to be lower in the active group than in the placebo group, respectively.
These results suggest that docosahexaenoic acid-enriched meals protect against age-related cognitive decline, and also improve apathy and caregiver burden for the oldest-elderly Japanese with cognitive impairment, such as dementia. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2016; ●●: ●●-●●.
No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Geriatrics & Gerontology International
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Arachidonic acid (ARA) metabolites produced by cyclo-oxygenase and lipoxygenase are important mediators maintaining physiological renal function. However, the effects of exogenous ARA on kidney function in vivo remain unknown. This study examined the effects of long-term oral ARA administration on normal renal function as well as inflammation and oxidative stress in aged rats. In addition, we measured levels of renal eicosanoids and docosanoids using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Control or ARA oil (240 mg/kg body weight/day) was orally administered to 21-month-old Wistar rats for 13 weeks. Levels of plasma creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, reactive oxygen species, and lipid peroxidation were not significantly different between the two groups. The ARA concentration in the plasma, kidney, and liver increased in the ARA-administered group. In addition, levels of free-form ARA, prostaglandin E2, and 12- and 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid increased in the ARA-administered group, whereas renal concentration of docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid decreased in the ARA-administered group. Levels of docosahexaenoic acid-derived protectin D1, eicosapentaenoic acid-derived 5-, and 18-hydroxyeicosapentaenoic acids, and resolvin E2 and E3 decreased in the ARA-administered group. Our results indicate that long-term ARA administration led to no serious adverse reactions under normal conditions and to a decrease in anti-inflammatory docosahexaenoic acid- and eicosapentaenoic acid-derived metabolites in the kidneys of aged rats. These results indicate that there is a possibility of ARA administration having a reducing anti-inflammatory effect on the kidney.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This review summarizes earlier studies of long-term heat acclimation (LHA) in rats. Since thermoregulatory changes of LHA are stable and sustained, persisting functional and morphological changes are expected to occur in the thermoregulatory centers. Heat exposure increases the number of newborn cells in the ependymal layer of the third ventricle. With time, these newborn cells migrate into the hypothalamic parenchyma and differentiate to immature or mature neurons, some of which integrate into hypothalamic neuralne tworks. The generation of new functional neurons in the hypothalamus may be an important mechanism of LHA.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Thymoquinone (TQ), the most abundant bioactive constituent of the essential oil of Nigella sativa Linn. seeds, has shown diverse therapeutic effects. The present study investigated the protective mechanisms of TQ against glutamate-induced cell death in SH-SY5Y neuronal cells. To assess the protective effect of TQ on neurons, SH-SY5Y cells were pretreated with TQ (0.1–3 μM) for 18 h, followed by treatment with glutamate (8 mM) for additional 8 h. Cell viability was measured by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium inner salt assay. Glutamate-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and markers of intrinsic apoptotic pathway were also tested by Western blotting. Exposure of cells to glutamate caused viability loss, ROS generation, mitochondrial dysfunction and increased the apoptotic cascade by increasing the Bax expression, decreasing Bcl-2 expression and caspase-9 activation. TQ cotreatment, however, dose-dependently increased cell viability and attenuated ROS generation. Rhodamine-123 assay revealed that glutamate markedly increased the mitochondrial membrane potential, and this increase was dose-dependently attenuated by TQ cotreatment. Western blotting indicated that TQ cotreatment markedly increased bcl-2 and had no effect on Bax expression, thus decreased Bax/Bcl-2 ratio as well as caspase-9 expression compared to glutamate treatment alone. These results suggest that TQ effectively protects against glutamate-induced SH-SY5Y neuronal cell death and inhibits ROS generation, mitochondrial dysfunction and intrinsic apoptotic cascade.
Full-text · Article · Aug 2015 · Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The accumulation of amyloid β peptide 1-42 (Aβ 1-42) in the brain of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients is known to be associated with neurodegeneration and memory impairment. More recently, we reported that madecassoside, an active component of Centella asiatica, improved memory impairment in an Aβ 1-42 infusion rat model of AD, ameliorated neurotoxicity in SH-SY5Y cells, and inhibited in vitro Aβ 1-42 fibril formation. In the present study, we investigated the utility of in silico analyses in corroborating observed in vivo and in vitro effects of madecassoside in AD to further assess the therapeutic benefits of madecassoside. The 3D structure of Aβ 1-42 was downloaded from the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank (PDB). The binding of madecassoside to Aβ 1-42 was assessed by molecular docking. The chemical structure of madecassoside was modeled and converted to the PDB format. Madecassoside was found to successfully dock with Aβ 1-42. Computational demonstration of the binding of madecassoside to Aβ 1-42 further corroborated the inhibitory effect of madecassoside on Aβ 1-42 fibrillogenesis which was demonstrated in our previous study. These data showed the potential utility of madecassoside as a preventive medication in Aβ 1-42-induced neurodegenerative diseases such as AD.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The present study investigated the impact of a single oral ingestion of ginger on thermoregulatory function and fat oxidation in humans. Morning and afternoon oral intake of 1.0 g dried ginger root powder did not alter rectal temperature, skin blood flow, O2 consumption, CO2 production, and thermal sensation and comfort, or induce sweating at an ambient temperature of 28 °C. Ginger ingestion had no effect on threshold temperatures for skin blood flow or thermal sweating. Serum levels of free fatty acids were significantly elevated at 120 min after ginger ingestion in both the morning and afternoon. Morning ginger intake significantly reduced respiratory exchange ratios and elevated fat oxidation by 13.5 % at 120 min after ingestion. This was not the case in the afternoon. These results suggest that the effect of a single oral ginger administration on the peripheral and central thermoregulatory function is miniscule, but does facilitate fat utilization although the timing of the administration may be relevant.
No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · International Journal of Biometeorology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study investigated age-dependent changes in heat exposure-induced hypothalamic neurogenesis and acquired heat tolerance in rats. We previously reported that neuronal progenitor cell proliferation and neural differentiation are enhanced in the hypothalamus of long-term heat-acclimated (HA) rats. Male Wistar rats, 5 weeks (Young), 10–11 months (Adult), or 22–25 months (Old) old, were subjected to an ambient temperature of 32°C for 40–50 days (HA rats). Rats underwent a heat tolerance test. In HA rats, increases in abdominal temperature (Tab) in the Young, Adult, and Old groups were significantly smaller than those in their respective controls (CNs). However, increase in Tab of HA rats became greater with advancing age. The number of hypothalamic bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU)-immunopositive cells double stained with a mature neuron marker, neuronal nuclei (NeuN), of HA rats was significantly higher in the Young group than that in the CN group. In Young HA, BrdU/NeuN-immunopositive cells of the preoptic area/anterior hypothalamus appeared to be the highest among regions examined. A large number of newborn neuron was also located in the ventromedial and dorsomedial nuclei, and posterior hypothalamic area, whereas heat exposure did not increase this in the Adult and Old groups. Aging may interfere with heat exposure-induced hypothalamic neurogenesis and acquired heat tolerance in rats. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · The Journal of Comparative Neurology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Arachidonic acid (20:4n-6, ARA) is a major component of the cell membrane, whereas ARA-derived eicosanoids are formed when cells are damaged. Aging is associated with an accretion of oxidative stress in skeletal muscles. In this study, we examined the effects of chronic administration (13 weeks) of ARA (240 mg/kg/day) on fatty acid composition, antioxidative status, and morphology of slow (soleus muscles) and fast (extensor digitorum longus muscles; EDL)-twitch muscles in aged rats (21 months old). The level of reactive oxygen species was higher in the EDL of ARA-administered rats than in that of control rats. ARA administration decreased the muscle cell volumes and increased the number of slow myosin heavy chain (MHC)-positive cells in the EDL. The relative content of MHC2X was increased whereas the relative content of MHC2B was decreased in the EDL of ARA-administered rats. These results suggest that ARA deposition in the fast-twitch muscle of aged rats reduced cell volume with an increase in oxidative stress.
Full-text · Article · Oct 2014 · Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated whether a highly purified eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and a concentrated n-
3 fatty acid formulation (prescription TAK-085) containing EPA and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) ethyl
ester improve the learning ability of aged rats and whether this specific outcome has any relation with
the brain levels of EPA-derived eicosanoids and DHA-derived docosanoids. The rats were tested for
reference memory errors (RMEs) and working memory errors (WMEs) in an eight-arm radial maze.
Fatty acid compositions were analyzed by GC, whereas brain eicosanoid/docosanoids were measured
by LC-ESI-MS-MS-based analysis. The levels of lipid peroxides (LPOs) were measured by thiobarbituric
acid reactive substances. Compared with the control rats, the administration of TAK-085 at 300
mg*kg−1day−1 for 17 weeks reduced the number of RMEs in aged rats. Both TAK-085 and EPA
administration increased plasma EPA and DHA levels in aged rats, with concurrent increases in DHA
and decreases in arachidonic acid in the corticohippocampal brain tissues. TAK-085 administration
significantly increased the formation of EPA-derived 5-HETE and DHA-derived 7-, 10-, and 17-HDoHE,
PD1, RvD1, and RvD2. ARA-derived PGE2, PGD2, and PGF2α significantly decreased in TAK-085-
treated rats. DHA-derived mediators demonstrated a significantly negative correlation with the
number of RMEs, whereas EPA-derived mediators did not exhibit any relationship. Furthermore,
compared with the control rats, the levels of LPO in the plasma, cerebral cortex, and hippocampus
were significantly reduced in TAK-085-treated rats. The findings of the present study suggest that
long-term EPA+DHA administration may be a possible preventative strategy against age-related
Full-text · Article · Oct 2014 · Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by brain deposition of amyloid β (Aβ) fibers, leading to neurodegeneration and impairments of memory. Effective medication for AD is still an elusive. Here, we investigated the effects of madecassoside (MD), an active triterpenoid in Centella asiatica, on in vitro Aβ1-42 fibrillation and Aβ1-42-induced toxicity in SH-SY5Y cells and memory impairment in Aβ1-42-infused Alzheimer’s disease (AD) model rats in vivo. MD significantly inhibited the Aβ1-42 fibril formation, as indicated by thioflavin-T fluorometry, laser scanning microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Co-treatment with MD significantly attenuated Aβ1-42-induced apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells. The AD rat model displayed a significant loss of spatial memory, which was significantly improved with oral preadministration of MD. MD also decreased the brain Aβ1-42 burden, oxidative stress, TNF and cathepsin D levels, with concomitant increases in BDNF and PSD-95 levels in the hippocampus. Our data indicate that MD may provide therapeutic benefits in AD.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Long-term continuous exposure to high ambient temperatures induces complete heat acclimation in humans and animals. However, to date, the effects of long-term exposure to heat stress on cells have not been fully evaluated. In this study, we investigated an adaptive physiological process induced in culture cells by continuous exposure to mild heat stress for 60 days. The results of this investigation provide evidence that after long-term heat acclimation in cells, (1) heat shock protein levels are increased, (2) hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) expression is upregulated, and (3) heat shock-induced and hypoxia-induced apoptoses are attenuated. These results suggest that the hypoxia response pathway is an intrinsic part of the heat acclimation repertoire and that the HIF-1 pathway following long-term heat acclimation induces cells with cross tolerance against hypoxia.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2014 · Cell biochemistry and biophysics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFAs) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and/or eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) protect against diabetic nephropathy by inhibiting inflammation. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of highly purified DHA and EPA or EPA only administration on renal function and renal eicosanoid and docosanoid levels in an animal model of metabolic syndrome, SHR.Cg-Leprcp/NDmcr (SHRcp) rats. Male SHRcp rats were divided into 3 groups. Control (5% arabic gum), TAK-085 (300 mg/kg/day, containing 467 mg/g EPA and 365 mg/g DHA), or EPA (300 mg/kg/day) was orally administered for 20 weeks. The urinary albumin to creatinine ratio in the TAK-085-administered group was significantly lower than that in other groups. The glomerular sclerosis score in the TAK-085-administered group was significantly lower than that in the other groups. Although DHA levels were increased in total kidney fatty acids, the levels of nonesterified DHA were not significantly different among the 3 groups, whereas the levels of protectin D1, resolvin D1, and resolvin D2 were significantly increased in the TAK-085-administered group. The results show that the use of combination therapy with DHA and EPA in SHRcp rats improved or prevented renal failure associate with metabolic syndrome with decreasing triglyceride levels and increasing ω-3 PUFA lipid mediators.