Editorial Comment to the September 2016 Issue of IMARS Highlights

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This issue publishes two interesting review articles in the field of medical glycation research.

The first review article written by Prof. Alejandro Gugliucci, Touro University California, USA, focuses on the pathogenic roles of AGE formation by exogenous fructose, especially in tissues where its concentrations are high, such as intestines and liver. This article gives you a hint of establishment of glycation research regarding fructose.

The second review article written by Prof. Xianhui Qin, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, China, demonstrates that the folic acid therapy should be considered for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease. From the point of view that chronic kidney disease is a risk factor of development of cardiovascular disease, the benefit of folic acid to cardiovascular disease is important to ameliorate the poor prognosis of CKD patients.

I deeply thank their great contributions to the IMARS Highlights. The IMARS Highlights editors always look forward to submission of your articles, comments to any kinds of issues published in IMARS Highlights and other glycation-related issues in the field of food and medical sciences.

Reiko Inagi, PhD
Division of Chronic Kidney Disease Pathophysiology,
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine

email: [email protected]

Editorial Comment to the July 2016 Issue of IMARS Highlights

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In this issue, we publish the updated review article regarding cataracts and the Maillard reaction, entitled “Understanding the Maillard reaction for the prevention of blindness”, written by Prof. Yuichi Kaji at Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tsukuba School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Japan. This paper summarizes the pathophysiological impact of glycation in the development and progression of blindness caused by cataracts, age-related macular degeneration as well as diabetic retinopathy.   

                         Further, the 3rd World Congress on Maillard Reaction & Glycation was held by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in May 26-27, 2016 in Budapest. This issue publishes the symposium report written by Prof. Ryoji Nagai at Laboratory of food and regulation biology, Department of bioscience, School of agriculture, Tokai University, Japan. Importantly, the report mentions the great contribution of the IMARS members to the success of the symposium.

                        I deeply thank their great contributions to the IMARS Highlights. The IMARS Highlights editors always look forward to submission of your articles, comments to any kinds of issues published in IMARS Highlights and other glycation-related issues in the field of food and medical sciences.

Reiko Inagi, PhD
Division of Chronic Kidney Disease Pathophysiology,
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine

email: [email protected]

Editorial Comment to the June 2016 Issue of IMARS Highlights

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Japan had a series of earthquakes in Kumamoto on April 16. The Kumamoto earthquakes, including a magnitude 7.0 main shock earthquake (April 16) and a magnitude 6.2 foreshock earthquake (April 14), injured more than 3,000 peoples and caused numerous structures collapsing in Kumamoto and the neighboring prefectures. The IMARS office in Kumamoto campus of Tokai University also had severe damages. Therefore, publication of this issue was delayed one month. I appreciate your understanding and wish that things in Kumamoto and the IMARS office will go back to normal as soon as possible.

In this issue, a president of IMARS Prof. Varoujan Yaylayan at McGill University, Quebec, Canada, selected one interesting paper regarding the Maillard reaction in human hair. This paper may open a new avenue for novel application of the Maillard reaction in cosmetics.   

                            This issue also includes two special articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award (poster presentation) of the 12th ISMR last year, Dr. Alaa Shafie and Dr. Stefan Rakete as continued from the last issue.

Dr. Alaa Shafie at Clinical Sciences Research Laboratories, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK, received the award on “GLO1 copy number increase in the lexicon glyoxalase 1 mutant mouse preserved the wild type phenotype”. Dr. Stefan Rakete at Department of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA, got the award on “Kynoxazine: a novel fluorescent compound in human lens derived from the maillard reaction of 3-hydroxykynurenine and erythrulose”.

                            I deeply thank their great contributions to the IMARS Highlights. The IMARS Highlights editors always look forward to submission of your articles, comments to any kinds of issues published in IMARS Highlights and other glycation-related issues in the field of food and medical sciences.

Reiko Inagi, PhD
Division of Chronic Kidney Disease Pathophysiology,
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine

email: [email protected]

 

The 2nd IberoAmerican AGEs and Health conference

The 2nd IberoAmerican AGEs and Health conference

will be held in Chile,  September 26-28, 2016.

 

This is the only meeting on AGEs fully carried out in the Spanish language with participants from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico,  Spain and USA

   Please visit the official website  www.agesenlasalud.com

 

AGEs

 

Editorial Comment to the March 2016 Issue of IMARS Highlights

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 In this issue, I invited Drs. Tingfu Liang and Jin Tatsuzaki at Tokiwa Phytochemical Co. Ltd., Japan to write articles in the IMARS Highlights. They summarized the impact and significance of anti-glycation activity of the plant extract of Kaempferia parviflora (SIRTMAX®), which belongs to Zingiberaceae family and is indigenous to South Asia, including Thailand and Laos, in animal experiments and human trials. Interestingly, the SIRTMAX® as well as the compounds isolated form the SIRTMAX® effectively stimulated the activity of sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), which closely links to longevity, suggesting the anti-aging effects of SIRTMAX® via suppression of glycative stress for productive aging.   

                            This issue also includes two special articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award (poster presentation) of the 12th ISMR, Dr. Ghada Elmhiri (food science) and Dr. Emiko Sato (medical science) as continued from the last issue.

Dr. Ghada Elmhiri at Institut Polytechnique, France, received the award on “Formula milk derived CML induces RAGE activation, long term inflammation and oxidative stress in IUGR piglets”. Dr. Emiko Sato at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, got the award on “Carbonyl stress and inappropriate renal renin angiotensin system activity associate with blood pressure elevation”. These young and active researchers will open a new avenue to advance science on the Maillard reaction and its biological significance.     

                            I deeply thank their great contributions to the IMARS Highlights. The IMARS Highlights editors always look forward to submission of your articles, comments to any kinds of issues published in IMARS Highlights and other glycation-related issues in the field of food and medical sciences.

Reiko Inagi, PhD
Division of Chronic Kidney Disease Pathophysiology,
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine

email: [email protected]