University of Modern Sciences, UAE
Dr. Jarrar worked as associate professor of Biotechnology and Medical Technology at the American university of Ras Al Khaimah in 2010 and Assistant professor of Bioscience at George Mason University in 2008. Dr. Jarrar also worked as Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Johns Hopkins hospital, Laboratory Medicine, USA for more than 10 years, a senior research associate at Kennedy Krieger institute, Baltimore, USA for 2 years, and Adjunct Research Professor in Translational Research Institute and The Betty and Guy Beatty Liver and Obesity Program, Inova Fairfax Hosptial, Fairfax, VA.
The worldwide spread of obesity becomes a global health subject. It has many related complications such as cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Ectopic melanin syntheses in adipose especially in obese individuals still a Pandora box. While there is a very strong correlation between obesity complications, oxidative stress, and inflammation in adipose tissue, the molecular mechanisms of the potential function of ectopic melanin involved are still unknown. A better understanding of the relationship between the oxidative stress and inflammation biomarkers in the adipocytes treated with melanin and its precursors may shed some light on the mechanisms that give rise to the inflammatory process and, ultimately, would lead to intervention strategies. As melanin is considered to have both antioxidant and inflammatory characteristics, we hypothesize that melanin and its metabolite intermediates could intervene in the adipose oxidative stress and inflammation status, in vitro and in vivo cultures. As there is no one definitive measure of oxidative stress and inflammation, multiple biomarkers such as protein carbonyl, malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione oxidation, adiponectin and TNF-alpha and many other adipocytokines can be measured. We believe that melanin and or its precursors can block the lipids’ peroxidation process through scavenging the reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydroxyl radical that oxidize lipids in adipocytes or/and prevent the lipid peroxidation byproducts such as MDA and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE) from exerting their destructive impact on adipose cells. In addition, as a long term strategies of prevention, adipose tissue in obese individuals get rewired and readapt to oxidative stress and inflammation by lunching rejuvenation program. Such activities could be in parallel or lead to stimulation of melanogenesis through intersecting signaling network. Some of newly discovered type of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), multilineage-differentiating stress-enduring (Muse) cells could be triggered to differentiate to melanocyte like cells and reactivating melenogenesis enzymes. Even though some of the recent research has shed more light on possible preventive or therapeutic role of melanin in preventing obesity complications, lots of more research still needed to explain the mechanism of such new phenomenon of ectopic melanin synthesis in adipose tissue. Testing Melanin in obese animal models and in vitro cell culture systems are paramount measures before clinical trials.