Edward H Sharman

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Hydroxytyrosol (HT) in extra-virgin olive oil is considered one of the most important polyphenolic compounds responsible for the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet for lowering incidence of cardiovascular disease, the most common and most serious complication of diabetes. We propose that HT may prevent these diseases by a stimulation of mitochondrial(More)
Age-related changes in levels of melatonin and 6-hydroxymelatonin sulfate and effects of dietary melatonin on their levels in different tissues were determined in mice. Levels of melatonin were highest in the serum followed by liver, kidney, cerebral cortex and heart as measured by a quantitative and sensitive enzyme-labeled immunosorbent assay (ELISA).(More)
Studies in this laboratory have previously shown that hydroxytyrosol, the major antioxidant polyphenol in olives, protects ARPE-19 human retinal pigment epithelial cells from oxidative damage induced by acrolein, an environmental toxin and endogenous end product of lipid oxidation, that occurs at increased levels in age-related macular degeneration lesions.(More)
Aging is a pleiotropic process involving genetic and environmental factors. Recently it has been demonstrated that dietary constituents may affect senescence. In the present study, adult (3 month-old) mice were fed diets supplemented with ubiquinone (coenzyme Q(10)), alpha-lipoic acid, melatonin or alpha-tocopherol for a six-month period to determine if(More)
Treatment with a combination of four nutrients, i.e. R-α-lipoic acid, acetyl-l-carnitine, nicotinamide and biotin, just as with pioglitazone, significantly improves glucose tolerance, insulin release, plasma NEFA, skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidative stress in Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats. However, it is not known whether treatment with these(More)
Slowing the functional decline in the aging brain is not only relevant to nonpathological senescence but also to a broad range of neurodegenerative diseases. Although disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are not found in the young adult, they gradually manifest with increasing age. AD, in particular, is an increasing major(More)
The potential utility of dietary supplementation in order to prevent some of the oxidative and inflammatory changes occurring in the brain with age, has been studied. The cerebral cortex of 27-month-old male B6C3F1 mice had elevated levels of nitric oxide synthase 1 (EC (nNOS) and peptide nitrotyrosine relative to cortices of younger(More)
Groups of younger and aged mice were fed either minimal basal diet or the same diet containing 40 ppm melatonin. After 9.3 weeks half of each of these 4 groups of animals received either an intraperitoneal injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or of saline. Three hours after this treatment, all animals were killed and mRNA from brains extracted.(More)
The expression levels of a number of genes associated with inflammation and immune function change with advancing age. Melatonin modulates gene expression levels of several of these genes. Therefore the declining levels of melatonin associated with age may play a role in the physiological effects of aging. We used oligonucleotide microarrays to measure(More)
The events associated with brain aging are enumerated with emphasis on increased oxidative and inflammatory processes and on mitochondrial dysfunction. Several of these factors are further increased in a wide range of overt age-related neurological diseases. This generality has given impetus to concepts concerning similar therapeutic approaches common to a(More)