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Selenium, as selenite, prevents adipogenesis by modulating selenoproteins gene expression and oxidative stress-related genes. (2021)
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ABO EL-MAGD, N.F., BARBOSA, P.O., NICK, J., COVALERO, V., GRIGNETTI, G. and BERMANO, G. 2022. Selenium, as selenite, prevents adipogenesis by modulating selenoproteins gene expression and oxidative stress-related genes. Nutrition [online], 93, article 111424. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2021.111424

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of the micronutrient selenium, as inorganic selenite, on adipocytes differentiation, and to identify underlying molecular mechanisms to advance the understanding of basic cellular mechanisms... Read More about Selenium, as selenite, prevents adipogenesis by modulating selenoproteins gene expression and oxidative stress-related genes..

An innovative protocol to select the best growth phase for astaxanthin biosynthesis in H. pluvialis. (2021)
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RADICE, R.P., FIORENTINO, R., DE LUCA, M., LIMONGI, A.R., VIVIANO, E., BERMANO, G. and MARTELLI, G. 2021. An innovative protocol to select the best growth phase for astaxanthin biosynthesis in H. pluvialis. Biotechnology reports [online], 31, article e00655. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.btre.2021.e00655

H. pluvialis is a green unicellular microalgae and it is the first producer of natural astaxanthin in the world if subjected to stress conditions such as high light, high salinity and nutrient starvation. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant used in... Read More about An innovative protocol to select the best growth phase for astaxanthin biosynthesis in H. pluvialis..

Effects of astaxanthin in animal models of obesity-associated diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis. (2021)
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RADICE, R.P., LIMONGI, A.R., VIVIANO, E., PADULA, M.C., MARTELLI, G. and BERMANO, G. 2021. Effects of astaxanthin in animal models of obesity-associated diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Free radical biology and medicine [online], 171, pages 156-168. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2021.05.008

Background and aim: Obesity is a major risk factor for several diseases, including metabolic syndrome (MetS), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). The use of natural products, such as astaxanthin (ASX), a potent antiox... Read More about Effects of astaxanthin in animal models of obesity-associated diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis..

Açaí (Euterpe oleracea martius) supplementation improves oxidative stress biomarkers in liver tissue of dams fed a high-fat diet and increases antioxidant enzymes’ gene expression in offspring. (2021)
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BARBOSA, P.O., SOUZA, M.O., SILVA, M.P.S., SANTOS, G.T., SILVA, M.E., BERMANO, G. and FREITAS, R.N. 2021. Açaí (Euterpe oleracea martius) supplementation improves oxidative stress biomarkers in liver tissue of dams fed a high-fat diet and increases antioxidant enzymes’ gene expression in offspring. Biomedicine and pharmacotherapy [online], 139, article ID 111627. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2021.111627

Lipids excess from an uterine environment can increase free radicals production of and thus induce oxidative status imbalance, a key factor for progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in offspring. Food antioxidant components in mate... Read More about Açaí (Euterpe oleracea martius) supplementation improves oxidative stress biomarkers in liver tissue of dams fed a high-fat diet and increases antioxidant enzymes’ gene expression in offspring..

A review of lifestyle and environment risk factors for pancreatic cancer. (2021)
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ZANINI, S., RENZI, S., LIMONGI, A.R., BELLAVITE, P., GIOVINAZZO, F. and BERMANO, G. 2021. A review of lifestyle and environment risk factors for pancreatic cancer. European journal of cancer [online], 145, pages 53-70. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2020.11.040

Pancreatic cancer (PaCa) is one of the deadliest cancers known and its incidence is increasing in the developed countries. Because of the lack of biomarkers that allow early detection and the tendency of the disease to be asymptomatic, the diagnosis... Read More about A review of lifestyle and environment risk factors for pancreatic cancer..

Impact of rapeseed pomace extract on markers of oxidative stress and DNA damage in human SH?SY5Y cells. (2020)
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POHL, F., GOUA, M., YATES, K., BERMANO, G., RUSSELL, W.R., MACIEL, P. and KONG THOO LIN, P. 2021. Impact of rapeseed pomace extract on markers of oxidative stress and DNA damage in human SH?SY5Y cells. Journal of food biochemistry [online], 45(2), article e13592. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/jfbc.13592

With increased longevity and subsequent rise in people with age-related neurodegenerative diseases, protection of neurons from oxidative stress damage has become an important field of study. For the first time, we highlight the neuroprotective proper... Read More about Impact of rapeseed pomace extract on markers of oxidative stress and DNA damage in human SH?SY5Y cells..

mTOR pathway in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (GEP-NETs). (2020)
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ZANINI, S., RENZI, S., GIOVINAZZO, F. and BERMANO, G. 2020. mTOR pathway in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (GEP-NETs). Frontiers in endocrinology [online], 11, article ID 562505. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2020.562505

Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (GEP-NENs) originate from neuroendocrine cells in the gastrointestinal tract. They are heterogeneous, and though initially considered rare tumors, the incidence of GEP-NENs has increased in the last few... Read More about mTOR pathway in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (GEP-NETs)..

Invited letter to editor in response to: Finland’s handling of selenium is a model in these times of coronavirus infections. (2020)
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BERMANO, G., MÉPLAN, C., MERCER, D.K. and HESKETH, J. 2021. Invited letter to editor in response to: Finland's handling of selenium is a model in these times of coronavirus infections. British journal of nutrition [online], 125(12), pages 1439-1440. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007114520003839

This response by the authors is in reply to a letter from Ulfberg and Stehlik (https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114520003827) in comment to the authors' orginal article (https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114520003128) that suggested that SE status was an impo... Read More about Invited letter to editor in response to: Finland’s handling of selenium is a model in these times of coronavirus infections..

Germination improves the polyphenolic profile and functional value of mung bean (Vigna radiata L.). (2020)
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KAPRAVELOU, G., MARTINEZ, R., PERAZZOLI, G., GONZÁLEZ, C.S., LLOPIS, J., CANTARERO, S., GOUA, M., BERMANO, G., PRADOS, J., MELGUIZO, C., ARANDA, P., LÓPEZ-JURADO, M. and PORRES, J.M. 2020. Germination improves the polyphenolic profile and functional value of mung bean (Vigna radiata L.). Antioxidants [online], 9(8), article ID 746. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox9080746

The use of legumes as functional foods has gained increasing attention for the prevention and treatment of the so called non-communicable diseases that are highly prevalent worldwide. In this regard, biotechnological approaches for the enhancement of... Read More about Germination improves the polyphenolic profile and functional value of mung bean (Vigna radiata L.)..

Selenium and viral infection: are there lessons for COVID-19? (2020)
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BERMANO, G., MÉPLAN, C., MERCER, D.K. and HESKETH, J.E. 2021. Selenium and viral infection: are there lessons for COVID-19? British journal of nutrition [online], 125(6), pages 618-627. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114520003128

Selenium (Se) is a micronutrient that is essential for human health. Sub-optimal Se status is common, occurring in a significant proportion of the population across the world, including parts of Europe and China. Human and animal studies have shown t... Read More about Selenium and viral infection: are there lessons for COVID-19?.