Roksan Libinaki

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The effect of tocopheryl phosphate on atherosclerosis progression has been studied in rabbits, fed with a 2% cholesterol diet and compared with an equivalent amount of alpha-tocopheryl acetate. The results show that the atherosclerotic-preventing effect of the phosphate derivative was more pronounced than that of the acetate derivative. alpha-Tocopheryl(More)
The effect of a mixture of alpha-tocopheryl phosphate plus di-alpha-tocopheryl phosphate (TPm) was studied in vitro on two cell lines, RASMC (from rat aortic smooth muscle) and human THP-1 monocytic leukemia cells. Inhibition of cell proliferation by TPm was shown in both lines and occurred with TPm at concentrations lower than those at which(More)
We have detected alpha-tocopheryl phosphate in biological tissues including liver and adipose tissue, as well as in a variety of foods, suggesting a ubiquitous presence in animal and plant tissue. Alpha-tocopheryl phosphate is a water-soluble molecule that is resistant to both acid and alkaline hydrolysis, making it undetectable using standard assays for(More)
The three-dimensional solution structure of antiobesity drug (AOD), a 15-residue, disulfide-bonded, cyclic peptide, cyclo(6,13)-H2N-Leu-Arg-Ile-Val-Gln-Cys-Arg-Ser-Val-Glu-Gly-Ser-Cys-Gly-Phe-OH, derived from the C-terminal domain of the human growth hormone (hGH) (residues 177-191) was determined using two-dimensional 1H NMR spectroscopy. AOD stimulates(More)
C57BL/6J obese (ob/ob) and lean mice fed ad libitum on a normal mouse chow diet (Normal), were compared with lean mice of the same age and strain fed ad libitum on a high-fat diet, consisting of the Normal diet with the addition of beef lard (Lard), from age 3 months for 34 days. The lard-fed mice were seen to have significantly higher (P<0.05) body weight(More)
The vitamin E derivative, alpha-tocopheryl phosphate (αTP), is detectable in cultured cells, plasma and tissues in small amounts, suggesting the existence of enzyme(s) with α-tocopherol (αT) kinase activity. Here, we characterize the production of αTP from αT and [γ-32P]-ATP in primary human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (HCA-SMC) using separation by(More)
The natural vitamin E analog α-tocopheryl phosphate (αTP) modulates atherosclerotic and inflammatory events more efficiently than the unphosphorylated α-tocopherol (αT). To investigate the molecular mechanisms involved, we have measured plasma levels of αTP and compared the cellular effects of αT and αTP in THP-1 monocytes. THP-1 cell proliferation is(More)
The finding that alpha-tocopheryl phosphate is present in cells in small amounts, that it can be synthesized and hydrolyzed supports the hypothesis that alpha-tocopheryl phosphate might be a signaling molecule. The possible pathways needed for the synthesis, hydrolysis and signaling are considered in this hypothesis as well the possible extension of this(More)
1. Many studies have evaluated the effectiveness of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) in the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases, with conflicting results reported on the protective effect of this anti-oxidant. 2. The present study examined the effectiveness of a novel tocopheryl phosphate mixture (TPm) compared with that of alpha-tocopherol(More)
A phytochemical preparation known as "Slimax" was administered orally to human volunteers for a six week period, using a double-blind experimental method. This preparation is an aqueous extract of the Chinese medicinal plants Hordeum vulgare , Polygonatum multiflorum , Dimocarpus longan , Ligusticum sinense , Lilium brownii and Zingiber officinale .(More)