Author(s): Yamaguchi M, Ozaki K, Suketa Y
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Abstract The alteration in bone metabolism with increasing age was investigated in the femoral diaphysis of male rats. Calcium content was highest in the bone from 3-week-old rats (491 +/- 13 mg/g bone ash), falling gradually with aged to 357 +/- 7 and 306 +/- 9 mg/g bone ash in 28- and 52-week-old rats, respectively. Bone zinc content increased until rats were 3 weeks of age, and thereafter remained constant. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) content was highest in the bone from 1-week-old rats, and it decreased markedly with increasing age. Alkaline phosphatase and acid phosphatase activities increased up to 3 weeks, then subsequently declined with age. Thus, the retardation of bone metabolism was induced by ageing. When zinc sulfate (5.0, 10.0 and 20.0 mg Zn/kg body weight) was administered orally for 3 d to 28-week-old rats, alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium content in the femoral diaphysis was elevated markedly by all doses. The oral administration of vitamin D3 (2.0 and 20 micrograms/kg) for 3 d in 28-week-old rats did not produce an appreciable increase in bone alkaline phosphatase activity or calcium content, while 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1.5 micrograms/kg) caused a significant increase in those biochemical indices. These results indicate that zinc and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 play a role as activators in bone metabolism of ageing rats.
This article was published in J Pharmacobiodyn
and referenced in Vitamins & Minerals
- Yosef Yarden
Classically, the 3âuntranslated region (3âUTR) is that region in eukaryotic protein-coding genes from the translation termination codon to the polyA signal. It is transcribed as an integral part of the mRNA encoded by the gene. However, there exists another kind of RNA, which consists of the 3âUTR alone, without all other elements in mRNA such as 5âUTR and coding region. The importance of independent 3âUTR RNA (referred as I3âUTR) was prompted by results of artificially introducing such RNA species into malignant mammalian cells. Since 1991, we found that the middle part of the 3âUTR of the human nuclear factor for interleukin-6 (NF-IL6) or C/EBP gene exerted tumor suppression effect in vivo. Our subsequent studies showed that transfection of C/EBP 3âUTR led to down-regulation of several genes favorable for malignancy and to up-regulation of some genes favorable for phenotypic reversion. Also, it was shown that the sequences near the termini of the C/EBP 3âUTR were important for its tumor suppression activity. Then, the C/EBP 3âUTR was found to directly inhibit the phosphorylation activity of protein kinase CPKC in SMMC-7721, a hepatocarcinoma cell line. Recently, an AU-rich region in the C/EBP 3âUTR was found also to be responsible for its tumor suppression. Recently we have also found evidence that the independent C/EBP 3âUTR RNA is actually exists in human tissues, such as fetal liver and heart, pregnant uterus, senescent fibroblasts etc. Through 1990âs to 2000âs, world scientists found several 3âUTR RNAs that functioned as artificial independent RNAs in cancer cells and resulted in tumor suppression. Interestingly, majority of genes for these RNAs have promoter-like structures in their 3âUTR regions, although the existence of their transcribed products as independent 3âUTR RNAs is still to be confirmed. Our studies indicate that the independent 3âUTR RNA is a novel non-coding RNA species whose function should be the regulation not of the expression of their original mRNA, but of some essential life activities of the cell as a whole.
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