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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.

Featured articles

Hericium erinaceus mycelium and its isolated erinacine A protection from MPTP-induced neurotoxicity through the ER stress, triggering an apoptosis cascade
Hsing-Chun Kuo, et al

Obesity and colorectal cancer: molecular features of adipose tissue
Javier Martinez-Useros and Jesus Garcia-Foncillas



Role of a polyphenol-enriched preparation on chemoprevention of mammary carcinoma through cancer stem cells and inflammatory pathways modulation
Tri Vuong, et al

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  1. Studies focusing on the relationships of adiposity and body shape indices with reproductive factors have reported conflicting results. This study aimed to investigate the influence of reproductive factors on a...

    Authors: Mina Amiri, Maryam Mousavi, Fereidoun Azizi and Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:137
  2. Obesity is accompanied by hormonal, inflammatory and endothelial alterations. These alterations induce a stimulation of several other mechanisms that contribute to the hypertensive state and to increase the ca...

    Authors: Luigi Barrea, Ludovica Verde, Pasquale Santangeli, Stefania Lucà, Annamaria Docimo, Silvia Savastano, Annamaria Colao and Giovanna Muscogiuri
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:128
  3. Computed tomographies (CT) are useful for identifying muscle loss in non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) cachectic patients. However, we lack consensus on the best cutoff point for pectoralis muscle loss. We aimed t...

    Authors: Sarah Santiloni Cury, Diogo de Moraes, Jakeline Santos Oliveira, Paula Paccielli Freire, Patricia Pintor dos Reis, Miguel Luiz Batista Jr, Érica Nishida Hasimoto and Robson Francisco Carvalho
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:116
  4. Endometrial cancer (EC) is a common gynecological cancer that endangers women health. Although substantial progresses of EC management have been achieved in recent years, the incidence of EC still remains high...

    Authors: Pengzhu Huang, Xiangqin Fan, Hongfei Yu, Kaiwen Zhang, Huanrong Li, Yingmei Wang and Fengxia Xue
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:94
  5. Observational studies have found that both short and long sleep duration are associated with increased risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS). This study aimed to examine the associations of genetically determined ...

    Authors: Yannis Yan Liang, Jie Chen, Miaoguan Peng, Jiajin Zhou, Xinru Chen, Xiao Tan, Ningjian Wang, Huan Ma, Lan Guo, Jihui Zhang, Yun-Kwok Wing, Qingshan Geng and Sizhi Ai
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:90
  6. Albumin is the most abundant protein in serum and serves as a transporter of free fatty acids (FFA) in blood vessels. In type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients, the reduced serum albumin level is a risk fact...

    Authors: Hongyi Liu, Anji Ju, Xuan Dong, Zongrui Luo, Jiaze Tang, Boyuan Ma, Yan Fu and Yongzhang Luo
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:89
  7. Little is known on the association of types of grains with mortality and the moderating effect of lifestyle on this association. This study aims to evaluate the single or joint associations of types of grains ...

    Authors: Yongjie Chen, Boran Sun, Caihong Wang, Keming Zhang, Wenli Lu and Guowei Huang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:88
  8. Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a complex disease involving the upregulation of many inflammation-related proteins. Alternative polyadenylation (APA), a crucial post-transcriptional regulatory mechanism, has been...

    Authors: Tingting Zhao, Dongdong Zhan, Shuang Qu, Song Jiang, Wenhua Gan, Weisong Qin, Chunxia Zheng, Fang Cheng, Yinghui Lu, Mingwei Liu, Jinsong Shi, Hongwei Liang, Yi Wang, Jun Qin, Ke Zen and Zhihong Liu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:86
  9. Frailty, defined as physical performance impairment, is a common condition in older adults and can anticipate the development of sarcopenia, a geriatric syndrome characterized by loss of muscle strength and ma...

    Authors: Simone Agostini, Roberta Mancuso, Lorenzo Agostino Citterio, Gabriela Alexandra Mihali, Beatrice Arosio and Mario Clerici
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:67
  10. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has evolved into a serious public health issue that demands the use of suitable methods to estimate the risk of the disease. As a result, in a sample of individuals who completed a...

    Authors: Dan Zhao, Hao Sun, Huamin Li, Chaoxiu Li and Bo Zhou
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:62
  11. Genetic knowledge of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Chinese women is quite limited. This study aimed to identify the risk factors and mechanism of GDM at the genetic level in a Chinese population.

    Authors: Miao Zhang, Qing Li, Kai-Lin Wang, Yao Dong, Yu-Tong Mu, Yan-Min Cao, Jin Liu, Zi-Heng Li, Hui-Lu Cui, Hai-Yan Liu, An-Qun Hu and Ying-Jie Zheng
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:47
  12. Different metabolic phenotypes may be related to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but such association whether modified by serum uric acid levels is unknown. We examined the association between differ...

    Authors: Jun Zheng, Xuerui Li, Yuan Zhang, Yuyang Miao and Qiang Zhang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:39
  13. Very low-calorie ketogenic diet (VLCKD) has shown to significantly reduce body weight and fat mass, as well as inflammation. These effects are supported by nutritional ketosis, which triggers the utilization o...

    Authors: Claudia Vetrani, Ludovica Verde, Silvia Savastano, Annamaria Colao, Giovanna Muscogiuri and Luigi Barrea
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:29
  14. Nonobese metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) is paradoxically associated with improved metabolic and pathological features at diagnosis but similar cardiovascular diseases (CVD) progno...

    Authors: Congxiang Shao, Lishu Xu, Pingguang Lei, Wei Wang, Shiting Feng, Junzhao Ye and Bihui Zhong
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:12
  15. Astronauts undergo significant microgravity-induced bone loss during space missions, which has become one of the three major medical problems hindering human's long-term space flight. A risk-free and antiresor...

    Authors: Ranli Gu, Hao Liu, Menglong Hu, Yuan Zhu, Xuenan Liu, Feilong Wang, Likun Wu, Danyang Song and Yunsong Liu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:8
  16. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is closely associated with Cardiovascular disease (CVD). We aim to examine the association of Life’s Essential 8 (LE8), the recently updated measurement of cardiovascul...

    Authors: Lili Wang, Jiayi Yi, Xinli Guo and Xiangpeng Ren
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:616
  17. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) onset is a complex, organized biological process with multilevel regulation, and its physiopathological mechanisms are yet to be elucidated. This study aims to find out the key drivers an...

    Authors: Jiachen Liu, Shenghua Liu, Zhaomei Yu, Xiaorui Qiu, Rundong Jiang and Weizheng Li
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:604

    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Translational Medicine 2023 21:207

  18. Renal anemia is caused by end-stage renal disease (ESRD) but has a complex etiology. The application of dietary fiber (DF) to regulate the gut microbiota has shown effective therapeutic effects in some disease...

    Authors: Yang Li, Min Han, Jia Song, Shijin Liu, Yongjun Wang, Xinhuan Su, Kai Wei, Zhen Xu, Hui Li and Zunsong Wang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:599
  19. Microbiota and its metabolites are known to regulate host metabolism. In cross-sectional study conducted in postmenopausal women we aimed to assess whether the microbiota, its metabolites and gut barrier integ...

    Authors: Igor Łoniewski, Monika Szulińska, Mariusz Kaczmarczyk, Konrad Podsiadło, Daniel Styburski, Karolina Skonieczna-Żydecka and Paweł Bogdański
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:585
  20. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a metabolic disorder with abnormal lipid metabolism. The present study was to identify regulatory genes related to lipid droplets (LDs) abnormal accumulation in NAFLD.

    Authors: Zhiyong He, Yangyang Bin, Guangshun Chen, Qiang Li, Wenling Fan, Yongqiang Ma, Junfang Yi, Xiaohua Luo, Zhi Tan and Jiequn Li
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:529
  21. Identifying patterns of variation in obesity indices and other cardiometabolic risk factors before the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes could provide insight into the critical period when drastic changes occurred ...

    Authors: Fatemeh Koohi, Nooshin Ahmadi, Fereidoun Azizi, Davood Khalili and Majid Valizadeh
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:518
  22. Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is among the most important causes for chronic kidney disease. Anthocyanins (ANT) are polyphenolic compounds present in various food and play an important role in ameliorating hyp...

    Authors: Yi-Xi Li, Yong-Ping Lu, Donge Tang, Bo Hu, Ze-Yu Zhang, Hong-Wei Wu, Li-Jing Fan, Kai-Wen Cai, Chun Tang, Yi-Qing Zhang, Ling Hong, Jing-jing Dong, Bao-zhang Guan, Liang-Hong Yin, Yong Dai, Wei-bin Bai…
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:510
  23. Apparent mineralocorticoid excess is an autosomal recessive form of monogenic disease characterized by juvenile resistant low-renin hypertension, marked hypokalemic alkalosis, low aldosterone levels, and high ...

    Authors: Yi-ting Lu, Di Zhang, Qiong-yu Zhang, Ze-ming Zhou, Kun-qi Yang, Xian-liang Zhou and Fan Peng
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:500
  24. This paper aimed to examine the effects of probiotics on eight factors in the prediabetic population by meta-analysis, namely, fasting blood glucose (FBG), glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), homeostatic model a...

    Authors: Ya Li, You Wu, Lili Wu, Lingling Qin and Tonghua Liu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:498
  25. To explore the roles of Annexin A2 (ANXA2) on hepatocyte pyroptosis and hepatic fibrosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and underlying molecular mechanism.

    Authors: Yun Feng, Wenhua Li, Zhuoya Wang, Ruling Zhang, Yan Li, Lijuan Zang, Peiwen Wang, Zhenghong Li and Yuwei Dong
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:497
  26. Obesity (waist circumference, body mass index (BMI)) and lifestyle factors (dietary habits, smoking, alcohol drinking, Sedentary behavior) have been associated with risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) i...

    Authors: Yong-Bo Wang, Lan Yang, Yu-Qing Deng, Si-Yu Yan, Li-Sha Luo, Ping Chen and Xian-Tao Zeng
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:495
  27. Osteoporosis (OP) is a systemic bone disease characterized by the decreased bone mass and destruction of bone microstructure, which tends to result in the enhanced bone fragility and related fractures, as well...

    Authors: Yuan-Wei Zhang, Mu-Min Cao, Ying-Juan Li, Xiang-Xu Chen, Qian Yu and Yun-Feng Rui
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:490
  28. Evidence about the relationship between triglyceride-to-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (TG/HDL-C) ratio and prediabetes (Pre-DM) in Chinese non-obese people with a normal range of low-density lipoprotein...

    Authors: Liling Wu, Xiaodan Wu, Haofei Hu and Qijun Wan
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:484
  29. Proteinuria is an unfavorable clinical condition highly associated with a risk of renal and cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, whether all proteinuria forms are linked to renal im...

    Authors: Chun Gan, Xindi Zhou, Dan Chen, Huan Chi, Jiawen Qiu, Hui You, Yaxi Chen, Mo Wang, Haiping Yang, Wei Jiang and Qiu Li
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:480
  30. The combined association of triglyceride-glucose (TyG) index and different systolic blood pressure (SBP) levels with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality among the general population remains unclear.

    Authors: Yu Yu, Min Gu, Hao Huang, Sijing Cheng, Yu Deng, Chi Cai, Xuhua Chen, Hongxia Niu, Xiaohui Ning and Wei Hua
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:478
  31. Nutritional assessment and quality of life (QOL) have become important indices for therapeutic efficacy in patients with malignancies. We aim to develop and validate an easy-to-use questionnaire with prognosti...

    Authors: Bingdong Zhang, Yuerui Li and Yongbing Chen
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:477
  32. Trimethylamine oxide (TMAO) is a biomarker in cardiovascular and renal diseases. TMAO originates from the oxidation of trimethylamine (TMA), a product of gut microbiota and manufacturing industries-derived pol...

    Authors: Klaudia M. Maksymiuk, Mateusz Szudzik, Marta Gawryś-Kopczyńska, Maksymilian Onyszkiewicz, Emilia Samborowska, Izabella Mogilnicka and Marcin Ufnal
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:470
  33. Probiotics have been defined as “living microorganisms that create health benefits in the host when taken in sufficient amounts. Recent developments in the understanding of the relationship between the microbi...

    Authors: Duygu Ağagündüz, Feray Gençer Bingöl, Elif Çelik, Özge Cemali, Çiler Özenir, Fatih Özoğul and Raffaele Capasso
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:460
  34. C1q/tumor necrosis factor-related protein 1 (CTRP1) is an adipokine secreted by adipose tissue, related to chondrocyte proliferation, inflammation, and glucose homeostasis. However, the therapeutic effects on ...

    Authors: Mingzhi Ren, Jianfei Pan, Xueying Yu, Kaile Chang, Xiaopeng Yuan and Chunbo Zhang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:449
  35. Akkermansia muciniphila (A. muciniphila) is present in the human gut microbiota from infancy and gradually increases in adulthood. The potential impact of the abundance of A. muciniphila has been studied in major...

    Authors: Arun Prasath Lakshmanan, Selvasankar Murugesan, Souhaila Al Khodor and Annalisa Terranegra
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:430
  36. Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) worldwide. SGLT2 inhibitors are clinically effective in halting DKD progression. However, the underlying mechanisms remain u...

    Authors: Yong-Ping Lu, Ze-Yu Zhang, Hong-Wei Wu, Li-Jing Fang, Bo Hu, Chun Tang, Yi-Qing Zhang, Lianghong Yin, Dong-E. Tang, Zhi-Hua Zheng, Ting Zhu and Yong Dai
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:420
  37. The association between body mass index (BMI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains controversial. Genetic and environmental factors are now considered contributors to AD risk. However, little is known about th...

    Authors: Shiqi Yuan, Wentao Wu, Wen Ma, Xiaxuan Huang, Tao Huang, MIn Peng, Anding Xu and Jun Lyu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:417
  38. Berberine (BBR), an isoquinoline alkaloid isolated from Rhizoma Coptis, is widely used in the treatment of hyperlipidemia (HLP) in China. At present, the efficacy of BBR against HLP is relatively clear, but th...

    Authors: Yuting Chen, Kaipeng Li, Han Zhao, Zhangsen Hao, Yuxin Yang, Mingming Gao and Ding Zhao
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:412
  39. Omega-3 may alleviate the severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by reducing the C-reactive protein (CRP) level, a marker for systemic inflammation. Because the scientific evidence indicating such a r...

    Authors: Amira Mohamed Taha, Ahmad Shehata Shaarawy, Mohamed Mosad Omar, Khaled Abouelmagd, Noran Magdy Shalma, Mais Alhashemi, Hala Mahmoud Ahmed, Ahmed Hafez Allam and Mohamed Abd-ElGawad
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:401
  40. An imbalance in the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptor (VEGF-R) during pregnancy plays an important role in the pathogenesis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and ecl...

    Authors: Alayi Bolatai, Yujing He and Na Wu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:400
  41. By identifying individuals at high risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), interventional programs could be targeted more effectively. Some studies have demonstrated that triglyceride glucose-body ...

    Authors: Haofei Hu, Yong Han, Changchun Cao and Yongcheng He
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:398
  42. NorthCape4000 (NC4000) is the most participated ultra-endurance cycling race. Eight healthy male Caucasian amateur cyclists were evaluated: (a) before starting the preparation period; (b) in the week preceding...

    Authors: Maria Teresa Valenti, Michele Braggio, Arianna Minoia, Gianluigi Dorelli, Jessica Bertacco, Francesco Bertoldo, Mattia Cominacini, Tonia De Simone, Maria Grazia Romanelli, Lekhana Bhandary, Monica Mottes and Luca Dalle Carbonare
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:397
  43. The association between oral dysbiosis and chronic kidney disease (CKD) has gained increasing attention in recent years. Diabetes and hypertension are the most common conditions in CKD. However, a case–control...

    Authors: Fengping Liu, Jiayi Sheng, Lei Hu, Bin Zhang, Wei Guo, Yang Wang, Yifeng Gu, Peng Jiang, Hao Lin, Brako Lydia, Yifan Sun, Yifan Tang, Chaoqun Gu, Shichao Wei, Qixiao Zhai, Weiguo Chen…
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:387
  44. Recently, a few studies have indicated a relationship between the gut microbiota and IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Whether the gut microbiota participates in the pathogenesis of IgAN and whether probiotics are effec...

    Authors: Jiaxing Tan, Lingqiu Dong, Zheng Jiang, Li Tan, Xinyao Luo, Gaiqin Pei, Aiya Qin, Zhengxia Zhong, Xiang Liu, Yi Tang and Wei Qin
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:382
  45. Currently, there is no approved medication for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease management. Pre-clinical and clinical studies showed that several bioactive molecules in plants or foods (i.e., curcumin complex...

    Authors: Yvelise Ferro, Roberta Pujia, Elisa Mazza, Lidia Lascala, Oscar Lodari, Samantha Maurotti, Arturo Pujia and Tiziana Montalcini
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:377
  46. Adopting healthy lifestyles and staying mentally health are two cost-effective modifiable strategies that cancer survivors can implement in self-management. We aimed to evaluate the independent, mediation, int...

    Authors: Zhao-yan Liu, Chen Wang, Yao-jun Zhang and Hui-lian Zhu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:376
  47. The role of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) in the development of diabetes remains controversial, and prospective data are few. We aimed to investigate the association between serum TMAO and incident type 2 diab...

    Authors: Shu-yi Li, Si Chen, Xiao-ting Lu, Ai-ping Fang, Yu-ming Chen, Rong-zhu Huang, Xin-lei Lin, Zi-hui Huang, Jing-fei Ma, Bi-xia Huang and Hui-lian Zhu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:374
  48. There is limited evidence regarding the impact of pregnancy loss on the subsequent risk of metabolic disorders. We aimed to investigate whether history of pregnancy loss is associated with the subsequent risk ...

    Authors: Maryam Rahmati, Marzieh Saei Ghare Naz, Fereidoun Azizi and Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2022 20:372

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