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  • PLASMA  (7)
  • 1
    Keywords: GROWTH ; tumor ; Germany ; MORTALITY ; NEW-YORK ; RISK ; PROTEIN ; PATIENT ; TUMOR-NECROSIS-FACTOR ; INTERVENTION ; treatment ; PLASMA ; DECREASE ; AGE ; MUSCLE ; AMINO-ACIDS ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; ANTIOXIDANT ; aging-related wasting ; ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID ; antioxidants and aging ; cysteine ; ELDERLY HUMANS ; INJURIOUS FALLS ; MUSCLE PROTEIN-SYNTHESIS ; muscular aging ; P70 S6 KINASE ; PLASMA REDOX STATE ; RAT SKELETAL-MUSCLE ; RESISTANCE EXERCISE ; role in aging ; tumor necrosis factor in aging
    Abstract: Aging-related loss of muscle function is a predictor of mortality and a surrogate parameter of the aging process. Its consequences include a high risk for falls, hip fractures, and loss of autonomy. Aging is associated with changes in the oxidant/antioxidant balance including a decrease in plasma thiol (cysteine) concentration. To assess the importance of cysteine, we determined in a double-blind study the effects of N-acetylcysteine on the functional capacity of frail geriatric patients and their response to physical exercise. The subjects on placebo showed only a relatively weak response, and 31% showed even a decrease in more than one parameter during the observation period. Low plasma arginine levels were correlated with a weak overall performance before exercise and a poor response to exercise. N-Acetyl-cysteine strongly enhanced the increase in knee extensor strength and significantly increased the sum of all strength parameters if adjusted for baseline arginine level as a confounding parameter. N-acetylcysteine had no significant effect on growth hormone and IGF-1 levels but caused a significant decrease in plasma TNF-alpha. These findings may provide a basis for therapeutic intervention and suggest that the loss of function involves limitations in cysteine and one or more other amino acids which may compromise muscular protein synthesis
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12601528
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  • 2
    Keywords: brain ; RECEPTOR ; CELL ; Germany ; KINASE ; EXPOSURE ; NEW-YORK ; PATIENT ; INDEX ; treatment ; cell culture ; culture ; TRIAL ; PLASMA ; DECREASE ; ATP ; SKELETAL-MUSCLE ; GLUCOSE ; DOUBLE-BLIND ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; SMOKERS ; OXYGEN ; insulin ; INSULIN-RECEPTOR ; 3T3-L1 ADIPOCYTES ; CREATINE SUPPLEMENTATION ; HYDROGEN-PEROXIDE PRODUCTION ; LOW-CARBOHYDRATE ; obesity,hyperlipidemia,body fat,insulin reactivity,thiol antioxidant treatment ; REDOX STATE ; REVERSES ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION ; STRESS IMPAIRS INSULIN ; SUPPLEMENTATION ; TYROSINE KINASE DOMAIN
    Abstract: Insulin signaling is enhanced by moderate concentrations of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and suppressed by persistent exposure to ROS. Diabetic patients show abnormally high ROS levels and a decrease in insulin reactivity which is ameliorated by antioxidants, such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC). A similar effect of NAC has not been reported for non-diabetic subjects. We now show that the insulin receptor (IR) kinase is inhibited in cell culture by physiologic concentrations of cysteine. In two double-blind trials involving a total of 140 non-diabetic subjects we found furthermore that NAC increased the HOMA-R index (derived from the fasting insulin and glucose concentrations) in smokers and obese patients, but not in nonobese non-smokers. In obese patients NAC also caused a decrease in glucose tolerance and body fat mass. Simultaneous treatment with creatine, a metabolite utilized by skeletal muscle and brain for the interconversion of ADP and ATP, reversed the NAC-mediated increase in HOMA-R index and the decrease in glucose tolerance without preventing the decrease in body fat. As the obese and hyperlipidemic patients had lower plasma thiol concentrations than the normolipidemic subjects, our results suggest that low thiol levels facilitate the development of obesity. Supplementation of thiols plus creatine may reduce body fat without compromising glucose tolerance
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15007512
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  • 3
    Keywords: CELLS ; CELL ; Germany ; THERAPY ; PROTEIN ; MOLECULES ; TISSUE ; MICE ; MECHANISM ; TISSUES ; mechanisms ; HEALTH ; Drosophila ; GLUTATHIONE ; PLASMA ; STRESS ; AGE ; NECROSIS-FACTOR-ALPHA ; DAMAGE ; LIFE-SPAN ; CAENORHABDITIS-ELEGANS ; MUSCLE ; PARAMETERS ; SKELETAL-MUSCLE ; DIET ; LIPID-PEROXIDATION ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; OXYGEN ; antioxidants ; reactive oxygen species ; signaling ; OXIDATIVE-STRESS ; INCREASE ; INSULIN-RECEPTOR ; WEIGHT ; clinical trials ; LIFE ; REACTIVE OXYGEN ; LEVEL ; PROTEIN-TYROSINE PHOSPHATASES ; AGE-RELATED-CHANGES ; function ; LOSSES ; ROS ; PRECURSOR ; age-related decrease in ; ageing related functions ; CALORIE RESTRICTION ; cysteine deficit and ageing ; cysteine supplementation ; GLUTATHIONE REDOX STATE ; improvement of ; insulin receptor signaling and ageing ; limiting availability in old age ; oxidative shift in redox status ; redox signaling 'and ageing ; thiols
    Abstract: The popular use of antioxidative vitamins illustrates the growing awareness of oxidative stress as an important hazard to our health and as an important factor in the ageing process. Superoxide radicals and superoxide-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) are constantly formed in most cells and tissues. To ensure that ROS can function as biological signaling molecules without excessive tissue damage, ROS are typically scavenged by antioxidants such as glutathione and the vitamins A, C, and E. "Oxidative stress" occurs if the production of ROS is abnormally increased or antioxidant concentrations are decreased. Genetic studies in mice, Drosophila, and Celegans suggested that ageing may be mechanistically linked to oxidative stress. Several manifestations of oxidative stress were shown to increase with age, whereas tissue levels of vitamin E, plasma concentrations of vitamin C, and intracellular glutathione concentrations decrease with age. In at least two independent studies, cysteine supplementation on top of the normal protein diet has shown significant beneficial effects on each of several different parameters relevant to ageing, including skeletal muscle functions. As the quality of life in old age is severely compromised by the loss of skeletal muscle function, and as muscle function can be measured with satisfactory precision, loss of muscle function is one of the most attractive surrogate parameters of ageing. The mechanisms by which a deficit in glutathione and its precursor cysteine contributes to various ageing-related degenerative processes appears to be related largely but not exclusively to the dysregulation of redox-regulated biological signaling cascades
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17100590
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  • 4
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; CELL ; Germany ; KINASE ; imaging ; NEW-YORK ; PATIENT ; ACTIVATION ; MARKER ; prognosis ; QUALITY ; TYPE-1 ; MAGNETIC-RESONANCE ; magnetic resonance imaging ; FIBER COMPOSITION ; BREAST-CANCER ; NO ; PERFORMANCE ; PLASMA ; AGE ; genetics ; FIBER ; MUSCLE ; PARAMETERS ; MORPHOLOGY ; SKELETAL-MUSCLE ; PREDICTION ; BODY ; POOR-PROGNOSIS ; heredity ; OXYGEN ; BIOPSY ; exercise ; MASSES ; BODIES ; REGRESSION ; INCREASE ; WEIGHT ; LIFE ; PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY ; HEIGHT ; QUALITY-OF-LIFE ; LEVEL ; MYOPATHY ; PLASMA-LEVELS ; technique ; USA ; LOSSES ; uptake ; correlation ; cachexia ; myopathies ; PREDICT ; BIOPSIES ; INCREASES ; - ; RESONANCE ; CANCER DIAGNOSIS ; TRACK ; FOXO TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS ; cancer cachexia ; muscle biopsy ; muscle morphology ; muscle wasting
    Abstract: Progressive muscle wasting is a central feature of cancer-related cachexia and has been recognized as a determinant of poor prognosis and quality of life. However, until now, no easily assessable clinical marker exists that allows to predict or to track muscle wasting. The present study evaluated the potential of myoglobin (MG) plasma levels to indicate wasting of large locomotor muscles and, moreover, to reflect the loss of MG-rich fiber types, which are most relevant for daily performance. In 17 cancer-cachectic patients (weight loss 22%) and 27 age- and gender-matched healthy controls, we determined plasma levels of MG and creatine kinase (CK), maximal quadriceps muscle cross-sectional area (CSA) by magnetic resonance imaging, muscle morphology and fiber composition in biopsies from the vastus lateralis muscle, body cell mass (BCM) by impedance technique as well as maximal oxygen uptake (VO(2)max). In cachectic patients, plasma MG, muscle CSA, BCM, and VO(2)max were 30-35% below control levels. MG showed a significant positive correlation to total muscle CSA (r=0.65, p 〈 0.001) and to the CSA fraction formed by type 1 and 2a fibers (r=0.80, p 〈 0.001). However, when adjusted for body height and age by multiple regression, MG yielded a largely improved prediction of total CSA (multiple r=0.83, p 〈 0.001) and of fiber type 1 and 2a CSA (multiple r=0.89, p 〈 0.001). The correlations between CK and these muscle parameters were weaker, and elevated CK values were observed in 20% of control subjects despite a prior abstinence from exercise for 5 days. In conclusion, plasma MG, when adjusted for anthropometric parameters unaffected by weight, may be considered as a novel marker of muscle mass (CSA) indicating best the mass of MG-rich type 1 and 2a fibers as well as VO(2)max as an important functional readout. CK plasma levels appear to be less reliable because prolonged increases are observed in even subclinical myopathies or after exercise. Notably, cancer-related muscle wasting was not associated with increases in plasma MG or CK in this study
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17605115
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  • 5
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; BLOOD ; Germany ; RISK ; RNA ; RISK-FACTORS ; LESIONS ; PLASMA ; risk factors ; smoking ; LDL ; OVEREXPRESSION ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD ; COX-2 ; LIPOPROTEINS ; N-ACETYL-CYSTEINE ; inflammation ; HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA ; SERUM ; ELISA ; free radicals ; MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASES ; ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESIONS ; GLUTAMATE LEVELS ; hyperlipoproteinemia ; NITRIC-OXIDE-SYNTHASE ; OXIDIZED LOW-DENSITY
    Abstract: Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is expressed in macrophages of arteriosclerotic lesions and promotes inflammation. We investigated whether COX-2 is already expressed in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of subjects possessing risk-related factors, such as in smokers and hyperlipidemics. PBMCs were isolated from the venous blood of normolipidemic nonsmokers (NL-NSM; n = 15), normolipidemic smokers (NL-SM; n = 12), hyperlipidemic nonsmokers (HL-NSM; n = 10), and hyperlipidemic smokers (HL-SM; n = 10). RNA from PBMCs was used for RT-PCR. Plasma concentrations of oxidized low-density lipoproteins (oxLDL) were rneasured by ELISA, those of glutamate and cystine by HPLC. The results show that COX-2 expression in PBMCs was significantly increased in the groups with cardiovascular risk factors (NL-SM, HL-SM, HL-NSM) compared with NL-NSM. COX-2 expression in PBMCs was positively Correlated with concentrations of total serum cholesterol, oxLDL, glutamate, or cystine. We suggest that the elevated COX-2 expression indicates a priming of PBMCs as a response to a systemic pro-oxidative and proinflammatory shift in subjects with cardiovascular risk factors, which might also contribute to growth and instability of arteriosclerotic lesions. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15607906
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  • 6
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; BLOOD ; CELL ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; DISEASE ; HEART ; PATIENT ; MACROPHAGES ; SERA ; treatment ; ACID ; GLUTATHIONE ; PLASMA ; DECREASE ; cholesterol ; LDL ; LIPOPROTEIN ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD ; OXIDATION ; cysteine ; arteriosclerosis,risk factors in hyperlipidemia,glutathione in atherosclerosis,redox status as a ris ; CORONARY-ARTERY DISEASE ; HEART-DISEASE ; N-ACETYL-CYSTEINE ; SERUM LEVELS
    Abstract: Treatment of hyperlipidemic patients with the thiol compound N-acetyleysteine (NAC) was previously shown to cause a significant dose-related increase in the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) -cholesterol serum level, suggesting the possibility that its disease-related decrease may result from a diminished thiol concentration and/or thiol/disulfide redox status (REDST) in the plasma. We therefore investigated plasma thiol levels and REDST in normo-/byperlipidemic subjects with and without coronary heart disease (CHD). The thiol level, REDST, and amino acid concentrations in the plasma and intracellular REDST of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) have been determined in 62 normo- and hyperlipidemic subjects. Thirty-three of these subjects underwent coronary angiography, because of clinical symptoms of CHD. All groups of hyperlipidemic patients under test and those normolipidemic individuals with documented coronary stenoses showed a marked decrease in plasma thiol concentrations, plasma and intracellular REDST of PBMCs, and a marked increase in plasma taurine levels. Individual plasma thiol concentrations and plasma REDST were strongly negatively correlated with the serum LDL-cholesterol and positively correlated with the serum HDL-cholesterol level. Together with the earlier report about the effect of NAC on the HDL-cholesterol serum level, our findings suggest strongly that lower HDL-cholesterol serum levels may result from a decrease in plasma thiol level and/or REDST possibly through an excessive cysteine, catabolism into taurine. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14607527
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  • 7
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; BLOOD ; CELL ; Germany ; SYSTEM ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TIME ; PATIENT ; TUMOR-NECROSIS-FACTOR ; RESPONSES ; MACROPHAGES ; IMMUNE-RESPONSES ; gene expression ; PLASMA ; PCR ; LYMPHOCYTES ; ADHESION ; PARAMETERS ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; cholesterol ; LOW-DENSITY-LIPOPROTEIN ; immune response ; CENTRAL-NERVOUS-SYSTEM ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD ; MONOCYTE ; CD40 LIGAND ; development ; CEREBRAL-ISCHEMIA ; ELEVATED EXPRESSION ; ONSET ; macrophage ; NECROSIS ; HUMAN ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS ; MONOCYTES ; traumatic brain injury ; POLYMERASE ; PBMC ; WELL ; MONONUCLEAR CELLS ; ACTIVATED PARENCHYMAL MICROGLIA/MACROPHAGES ; lymphopenia ; MANGANESE SUPEROXIDE-DISMUTASE ; oxLDL ; PLASMA OXIDIZED LDL
    Abstract: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), i.e. lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages are key players in the development of innate and adaptive immune responses. However, little is known about their properties in patients with acute stroke. Experimental procedures: We presently characterized the early time course of PBMC subpopulations in 19 patients with acute ischemic stroke and symptom onset below 6 h compared to 19 age-matched healthy subjects. Immediately after acute ischemic stroke, as well as 1 and 3 days thereafter, PBMC subpopulations (cluster of differentiation [CD]3+, CD14+, CD19+, CD68+) were isolated by magnetic bead system and the expression of proinflammatory (CD40, tumor necrosis factor-alpha [TNF alpha]), proapoptotic (caspase-3 [CPP32], poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase [PARP]) and adhesion relevant (CD38) genes was measured by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Furthermore, besides routine parameters, plasma levels of oxidized low-density lipoproteins (oxLDL) were studied. Results: In comparison to healthy subjects, patients revealed (i) twofold elevated plasma oxLDL concentrations, (ii) decreased (15%) blood cholesterol levels, and (iii) a 40% decrease in total number of lymphocytes. Furthermore, the majority of PBMC subpopulations revealed an increased expression of proinflammatory, proapoptotic or adhesion-relevant genes. Significant positive correlations were observed between expression of most of these genes in PBMCs and individual plasma oxLDL concentrations. Conclusion: Elevated expression of proinflammatory, proapoptotic and adhesion genes in subsets of PBMCs after ischemic stroke may contribute to an immunodepressive syndrome, possibly due to increased plasma oxLDL levels. (C) 2009 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19258025
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