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Nutrition & metabolism

Section edited by Laura Soldati

This section aims to provide a platform for the interaction and mutual validation between basic and applied research in the field of nutrition. In the area of Translational Medicine, we believe that the field ought to be taken into greater account in order to generate advanced applications for diagnosis and therapy and, at the same time, to develop new instruments of investigation.

Studies on all aspects of nutrition and metabolism with applications in medicine and biotechnology will be considered for publication. The section not only welcomes contributions that employ traditional clinical, metabolic and epidemiologic methods, but is also interested in molecular and cell biology applied to human and animal nutrition.

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  1. Body mass index (BMI) and physical activity (PA) has been documented to be associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, the evidences regarding joint phenotypes of BMI and PA trajectories with risk f...

    Authors: Qiuyue Tian, Biyan Wang, Shuohua Chen, Shouling Wu and Youxin Wang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:45
  2. Very Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diet (VLCKD) is currently a promising approach for the treatment of obesity. However, little is known about the side effects since most of the studies reporting them were carried out...

    Authors: Luigi Barrea, Ludovica Verde, Claudia Vetrani, Francesca Marino, Sara Aprano, Silvia Savastano, Annamaria Colao and Giovanna Muscogiuri
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:23
  3. Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease caused mainly by lipid accumulation and excessive inflammatory immune response. Although the lipid-lowering and cardioprotective properties of bilirubin, as we...

    Authors: Guanmei Wen, Leyi Yao, Yali Hao, Jinheng Wang and Jinbao Liu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:1
  4. Cardiometabolic diseases (CMD) are recognized as the main causes of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. In recent years eating speed (ES) has been of particular interest since some studies have ass...

    Authors: Luigi Barrea, Claudia Vetrani, Ludovica Verde, Bruno Napolitano, Silvia Savastano, Annamaria Colao and Giovanna Muscogiuri
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:530
  5. Although the presence of physical signs [tendon xanthomas and/or corneal arcus (TX/CA)], are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease in patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeF...

    Authors: Ming-Ming Liu, Jia Peng, Yuan-Lin Guo, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Na-Qiong Wu, Rui-Xia Xu, Qian Dong and Jian-Jun Li
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:498
  6. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is considered an effective treatment for slow transit constipation (STC); nevertheless, the mechanism remains unclear.

    Authors: Lulu Xie, Chen Xu, Yadong Fan, Yuwei Li, Ying Wang, Xiaoyu Zhang, Shuang Yu, Jida Wang, Rundong Chai, Zeyu Zhao, Yutong Jin, Zhe Xu, Shuwu Zhao and Yuhong Bian
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:490
  7. Secretory phospholipase A2 group IIA (sPLA2-IIA) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but its role on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) level has not been clarified. The aim of ...

    Authors: Ling Liang, Qiang Xie, Changqing Sun, Yuanhui Wu, Wei Zhang and Weihua Li
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:484
  8. Obesity is associated with chronic low-grade inflammation, contributing to an increasing prevalence of chronic metabolic diseases, such as insulin resistance, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD), and ste...

    Authors: Jingchang Ma, Wei Hu, Dongliang Zhang, Jiangang Xie, Chujun Duan, Yitian Liu, Yuling Wang, Xuexue Xu, Kun Cheng, Boquan Jin, Yuan Zhang and Ran Zhuang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:477
  9. MicroRNA-146a-5p (miR-146a-5p) is a key regulator of inflammatory processes. Expression of miR-146a-5p is altered in target organs of diabetic complications and deficiency of miR-146a-5p has been implicated in...

    Authors: Federica Barutta, Beatrice Corbetta, Stefania Bellini, Simonetta Guarrera, Giuseppe Matullo, Michela Scandella, Casper Schalkwijk, Coen D. Stehouwer, Nish Chaturvedi, Sabita S. Soedamah-Muthu, Marilena Durazzo and Gabriella Gruden
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:475
  10. It is well known that malnutrition is a frequent co-morbidity in cancer patients, especially in those with head and neck neoplasms. This may be due both to the presence of dysphagia symptoms and to the appeara...

    Authors: Maria Giulia Cristofaro, Ida Barca, Francesco Ferragina, Daniela Novembre, Yvelise Ferro, Roberta Pujia and Tiziana Montalcini
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:472
  11. Diabetes mellitus (DM), a most common chronic disease, is featured with impaired endothelial function and bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO), while E3 ubiquitin ligase appears to alleviate endothelial dysfun...

    Authors: Qingsong Jin, Liangyan Lin, Tiantian Zhao, Xiaoyan Yao, Yaqin Teng, Dongdong Zhang, Yongjun Jin and Meizi Yang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:469
  12. Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most frequent primary bone cancer, affecting mostly children and adolescents. Although much progress has been made throughout the years towards treating primary OS, the 5-year survival...

    Authors: Taiana Campos Leite, Rebecca Jean Watters, Kurt Richard Weiss and Giuseppe Intini
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:450
  13. Bitter taste-sensing type 2 receptors (TAS2Rs or T2Rs), belonging to the subgroup of family A G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), are of crucial importance in the perception of bitterness. Although in the fir...

    Authors: Kamila Tuzim and Agnieszka Korolczuk
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:440

    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:478

  14. The number of older people is estimated to increase from 524 million in 2010 to 1.5 billion in 2050. The factors and models of human longevity and successful aging are questions that have intrigued individuals...

    Authors: Shihui Fu, Ping Ping, Yulong Li, Bo Li, Yali Zhao, Yao Yao and Pei Zhang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:436
  15. Human milk is a vehicle for bioactive compounds and beneficial bacteria which promote the establishment of a healthy gut microbiome of newborns, especially of preterm infants. Pasteurized donor human milk (PDH...

    Authors: D. Mallardi, C. Tabasso, P. Piemontese, S. Morandi, T. Silvetti, F. Biscarini, P. Cremonesi, B. Castiglioni, V. Pica, M. Stuknyte, I. De Noni, O. Amato, N. Liotto, F. Mosca and P. Roggero
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:420
  16. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a form of dialysis to replace the function of kidney, that uses the peritoneum as a dialysis membrane to remove metabolites and water retained in the body. Vitamin D deficiency is p...

    Authors: Chi Zhang, Junsheng Wang, Xiaohui Xie and Dong Sun
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:411
  17. Metabolism is one of the most complex cellular biochemical reactions, providing energy and substances for basic activities such as cell growth and proliferation. Early studies have shown that glucose is an imp...

    Authors: Beibei Luo, Xin Zhou, Qingming Tang, Ying Yin, Guangxia Feng, Shue Li and Lili Chen
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:410
  18. Sphingosine Kinase (SphK) that catalyzes sphingosine (Sph) to sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), plays a key role in both sphingolipid metabolism and cellular signaling. While SphK has been implicated in type 2 di...

    Authors: Qi Chen, Wei Wang, Ming-Feng Xia, You-li Lu, Hua Bian, Chen Yu, Xiao-Ying Li, Mathew A. Vadas, Xin Gao, Huan-Dong Lin and Pu Xia
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:393
  19. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a serious public health issue affecting 9–15% of all pregnancies worldwide. Recently, it has been suggested that extracellular vesicles (EVs) play a role throughout gesta...

    Authors: Soumyalekshmi Nair, Dominic Guanzon, Nanthini Jayabalan, Andrew Lai, Katherin Scholz-Romero, Priyakshi Kalita de Croft, Valeska Ormazabal, Carlos Palma, Emilio Diaz, Elizabeth A. McCarthy, Alexis Shub, Jezid Miranda, Eduard Gratacós, Fátima Crispi, Gregory Duncombe, Martha Lappas…
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:360
  20. Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a leading cause of renal failure, whereas the effective and early diagnostic biomarkers are still lacking.

    Authors: Ye Feng, Xin Zhong, Hai-Feng Ni, Cui Wang, Tao-Tao Tang, Li-Ting Wang, Kai-Yun Song, Ri-Ning Tang, Hong Liu, Bi-Cheng Liu and Lin-Li Lv
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:355
  21. Given the clinical low efficient treatment based on mono-brain-target design in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and an increasing emphasis on microbiome-gut-brain axis which was considered as a crucial pathway to aff...

    Authors: Jie Gao, Nian Zhou, Yongkang Wu, Mengna Lu, Qixue Wang, Chenyi Xia, Mingmei Zhou and Ying Xu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:351
  22. The roles of FTO gene and the level of serum 25-OH-vitamin D in obesity are frequently reported. This study aimed to investigate the interactions of serum 25-OH-vitamin D level, FTO and IRX3 genes expression, ...

    Authors: Maryam Gholamalizadeh, Saeid Doaei, Zohreh Mokhtari, Vahideh Jalili, Fatemeh Bourbour, Saeed Omidi, Kamal Ebrahimi, Naser Kalantari, Sheyda Abdi, Ghasem Azizi Tabesh, Mohammad Naimi Joubani, Esmaeil Roohbakhsh and Seyed Alireza Mosavi Jarrahi
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:350
  23. Chronotype is defined as a trait determining the subject circadian preference in behavioral and biological rhythms relative to external light–dark cycle. Although individual differences in chronotype have been...

    Authors: Luigi Barrea, Giovanna Muscogiuri, Gabriella Pugliese, Roberta Modica, Daniela Laudisio, Sara Aprano, Antongiulio Faggiano, Annamaria Colao and Silvia Savastano
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:324
  24. Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a chronic autoimmune disease caused by severe loss of pancreatic β cells. Immune cells are key mediators of β cell destruction. This study attempted to investigate the role o...

    Authors: Jian Lin, Yuanhua Lu, Bizhou Wang, Ping Jiao and Jie Ma
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:319
  25. Sarcopenia is a loss of muscle mass and strength causing disability, morbidity, and mortality in older adults, which is characterized by alterations of the neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). SNAP-25 is essential ...

    Authors: Simone Agostini, Roberta Mancuso, Andrea Saul Costa, Franca Rosa Guerini, Fabio Trecate, Rossella Miglioli, Elisabetta Menna, Beatrice Arosio and Mario Clerici
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:315
  26. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has struck globally and is exerting a devastating toll on humans. The pandemic has led to calls for widespread vitamin D supplementation in public. However, evi...

    Authors: Zhiyong Cui and Yun Tian
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:300
  27. Diabetic nephropathy (DN) has an increasing global prevalence with excessive health expenditure and burden. Exosomal mRNAs regulate intercellular communications and participate in the pathogenesis of various d...

    Authors: Ehsan Hashemi, Hojat Dehghanbanadaki, Alireza Abbasi Baharanchi, Katayoon Forouzanfar, Ardeshir Kakaei, Seyed Mohammad Mohammadi, Saba Zeidi and Farideh Razi
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:299
  28. Subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are prone to accelerated decay of muscle strength and mass with advancing age. This is believed to be driven by disease-inherent systemic pathophysiol...

    Authors: Knut Sindre Mølmen, Daniel Hammarström, Gunnar Slettaløkken Falch, Morten Grundtvig, Lise Koll, Marita Hanestadhaugen, Yusuf Khan, Rafi Ahmad, Bente Malerbakken, Tore Jørgen Rødølen, Roger Lien, Bent R. Rønnestad, Truls Raastad and Stian Ellefsen
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:292
  29. Understanding the distinct patterns (trajectories) of variation in blood lipid levels before diagnosing cardiovascular disease (CVD) might carry important implications for improving disease prevention or treat...

    Authors: Fatemeh Koohi, Davood Khalili, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Farzad Hadaegh and Hamid Soori
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:286
  30. The association between serum advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP) and mortality risk remains equivocal. We aimed to assess the correlation of serum AOPP levels with the risk of all-cause mortality in he...

    Authors: Chun Zhou, Yuanyuan Zhang, Jianghua Chen, Changlin Mei, Fei Xiong, Wei Shi, Wei Zhou, Xusheng Liu, Shiren Sun, Jianwei Tian, Ziliang Ye, Qimeng Wu, Xianhui Qin, Jianping Jiang and Fan Fan Hou
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:284
  31. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and 2-h post challenge plasma glucose (2 h-PCPG), whether as continuous or categorical variables, are associated with incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes; however, t...

    Authors: Maryam Kabootari, Samaneh Asgari, Seyedeh Maryam Ghavam, Hengameh Abdi, Fereidoun Azizi and Farzad Hadaegh
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:277
  32. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder frequently observed in individuals living with obesity, consists of repeated involuntary breathing obstructions during sleep, leading to intermittent hypoxia (IH...

    Authors: Renée Morin, Jean-François Mauger, Ruwan Amaratunga and Pascal Imbeault
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:268
  33. The hallmark of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the excessive hepatic lipid accumulation. Currently, no pharmacotherapy exists for NAFLD. However, the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists hav...

    Authors: Khaoula Errafii, Neyla S. Al-Akl, Olfa Khalifa and Abdelilah Arredouani
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:235
  34. Alcohol consumption is one of the modifiable risk factors for intracerebral hemorrhage, which accounts for approximately 10–20% of all strokes worldwide. We evaluated the association of stroke with genetic pol...

    Authors: Chun-Hsiang Lin, Oswald Ndi Nfor, Chien-Chang Ho, Shu-Yi Hsu, Disline Manli Tantoh, Yi-Chia Liaw, Mochly-Rosen Daria, Che-Hong Chen and Yung-Po Liaw
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:227
  35. Until now, epidemiological evidence regarding the association between vitamin C intake (both diet and supplements) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) remains inconsistent. Hence, it is necessary to establish the cau...

    Authors: Haijie Liu, Yan Zhang, Haihua Zhang, Longcai Wang, Tao Wang, Zhifa Han, Liyong Wu and Guiyou Liu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:221
  36. The intestinal barrier plays an important role in the defense against infections, and nutritional, endocrine, and immune functions. The gut microbiota playing an important role in development of the gastrointe...

    Authors: Mariusz Kaczmarczyk, Ulrike Löber, Karolina Adamek, Dagmara Węgrzyn, Karolina Skonieczna-Żydecka, Damian Malinowski, Igor Łoniewski, Lajos Markó, Thomas Ulas, Sofia K. Forslund and Beata Łoniewska
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:177
  37. sarcopenia is a highly prevalent condition in elderly individuals which is characterized by loss of muscle mass and functions; recent results showed that it is also associated with inflammation. Rehabilitation...

    Authors: Francesca La Rosa, Simone Agostini, Marina Saresella, Andrea Saul Costa, Federica Piancone, Rossella Miglioli, Fabio Trecate and Mario Clerici
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:172
  38. Acne is a chronic, inflammatory and debilitating skin disorder. Dietary factors and nutritional status are among the exacerbating factors of acne. Phase angle (PhA), a direct measure of Bioelectrical Impedance...

    Authors: Luigi Barrea, Marianna Donnarumma, Sara Cacciapuoti, Giovanna Muscogiuri, Ludovica De Gregorio, Chiara Blasio, Silvia Savastano, Annamaria Colao and Gabriella Fabbrocini
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:171
  39. Vitamin D status in patients with COVID-19 is an on-going controversial issue. This study aims to determine differences in the serum 25(OH)D concentrations of Arab Gulf adult residents screened for SARS-CoV-2 ...

    Authors: Nasser M. Al-Daghri, Osama E. Amer, Naif H. Alotaibi, Dara A. Aldisi, Mushira A. Enani, Eman Sheshah, Naji J. Aljohani, Naemah Alshingetti, Suliman Y. Alomar, Hanan Alfawaz, Syed D. Hussain, Abdullah M. Alnaami and Shaun Sabico
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:166
  40. Dietary sulfur amino acid (SAA) restriction is an established animal model for increasing lifespan and improving metabolic health. Data from human studies are limited. In the study outlined in this protocol, w...

    Authors: Emma Stolt, Thomas Olsen, Amany Elshorbagy, Viktor Kožich, Marleen van Greevenbroek, Bente Øvrebø, Magne Thoresen, Helga Refsum, Kjetil Retterstøl and Kathrine J. Vinknes
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:153
  41. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common metabolic disease that affects 20–30% of individuals worldwide. Liver puncture remains the gold standard for the diagnosis of liver diseases despite limitat...

    Authors: Cheng Hu, Tao Wang, Xiaoyu Zhuang, Qiaoli Sun, Xiaochun Wang, Hui Lin, Mingli Feng, Jiaqi Zhang, Qin Cao and Yuanye Jiang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:152

    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:24

  42. Time-restricted feeding (TRF) is a form of intermittent fasting, which is beneficial for weight loss and cardiometabolic health. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common reproductive endocrin...

    Authors: Chunzhu Li, Chuan Xing, Jiaqi Zhang, Han Zhao, Wenjing Shi and Bing He
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2021 19:148

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