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]

 

Editorial Comment to the Januaryr 2016 Issue of IMARS Highlights

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IMARS committees would like to celebrate a happy and successful 2016 to all the members of IMARS. Our society will keep moving forward and we expect your continuous contribution to the IMARS. I, as an editor of the IMARS Highlights, promise that this on-line journal will provide you useful and exciting information about glycation research in different fields, from food science to medicine, to enjoy international and different-field exchange, and enhance collaboration.

                            The first issue of this year includes the meeting report of the 12th ISMR written by myself and two special articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award of the 12th ISMR, Dr. Jürgen Löbner (food science) and Dr. Katrien H.J. Gaens (medical science) as continued from the last issue.

Dr. Jürgen Löbner at Institute of Food Chemistry, Technical University Dresden, Germany, received the award for his food science research on “Creatine is a scavenger for methylglyoxal in vivo and in food”. Dr. Katrien H.J. Gaens at Department of Internal Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands, got this award for the medical science research on “Plasma Levels of Ne-(carboxymethyl)lysine are inversely associated with central obesity and inflammation, and significantly explain a part of the central obesity-related increased in inflammation: the Hoorn and CODAM Studies” 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]

 

 

 

Editorial Comment to the November 2015 Issue of IMARS Highlights

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The 12th International Symposium on the Maillard Reaction (ISMR) was held in Ito International Research Center, the University of Tokyo, Japan, on September 1-4, 2015. The 12th ISMR meeting made us to update the scientific knowledge regarding food/medical glycation and to stimulate the international relationship in the Maillard reaction society. Thus, it was a very beneficial and constructive meeting. We will publish the meeting reports in the New Year issue of 2016.

This issue specially includes two articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award of the 12th ISMR, Drs. Ossanna Nashalian (food science) and Kensei Taguchi (medical science).

Dr. Ossanna Nashalian at Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University, Quebec, Canada, received the award for her food science research on “the role of amino acid metal complexes in the Maillard and Akabori reactions”.

Dr. Kensei Taguchi at Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan, got this award for his medical science research on “RAGE-DNA aptamer improves aldosteron-induced renal injury in mice with hypertensive nephropathy”

These young and active researchers will open a new avenue to advance the science for Maillard reaction.    

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]