Bozier, J, Zakarya, R, Chapman, DG & Oliver, BGG 2020, 'How harmless are E-cigarettes? Effects in the pulmonary system', Current opinion in pulmonary medicine, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 97-102.View/Download from: Publisher's site
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Electronic cigarettes have quickly risen to be the leading alternative nicotine source to tobacco. E-cigarette use is hard to research and regulate because of the novelty and rapid evolution of the devices and E-liquids. Epidemiological data on long-term usage is currently lacking, but in smaller cohort studies we are starting to understand the usage patterns and demographics of users, which differ depending on where the study takes place and the regulatory environment. The present review describes the current knowledge of the effects of E-cigarettes on the pulmonary system and knowledge of their usage patterns worldwide. RECENT FINDINGS: E-cigarette use is continuing to rise in young adults in United States and Canada, but not in United Kingdom. These suggest that regulation is influencing uptake in young adults. If E-cigarettes are to be considered as a harm minimisation smoking cessation product, use in young never smokers must be factored into the risk assessment. A recent surge in cases of lung injury associated with vaping in America has resulted in the definition of vaping associated pulmonary injury, although the exact cause remains unknown. SUMMARY: It is our opinion that E-cigarettes can no longer be defined as harmless. Further studies are needed to determine the risks for all populations as it is evident that a large proportion of E-cigarette users are never-smokers, meaning they cannot only be considered from a harm reduction perspective.
Li, G, Chan, YL, Sukjamnong, S, Anwer, AG, Vindin, H, Padula, M, Zakarya, R, George, J, Oliver, BG, Saad, S & Chen, H 2019, 'A Mitochondrial Specific Antioxidant Reverses Metabolic Dysfunction and Fatty Liver Induced by Maternal Cigarette Smoke in Mice', NUTRIENTS, vol. 11, no. 7.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Rutting, S, Zakarya, R, Bozier, J, Xenaki, D, Horvat, JC, Wood, LG, Hansbro, PM & Oliver, BG 2019, 'Dietary Fatty Acids Amplify Inflammatory Responses to Infection through p38 MAPK Signaling', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 554-568.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Zakarya, R, Adcock, I & Oliver, BG 2019, 'Epigenetic impacts of maternal tobacco and e-vapour exposure on the offspring lung.', Clinical epigenetics, vol. 11, no. 1.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
In utero exposure to tobacco products, whether maternal or environmental, have harmful effects on first neonatal and later adult respiratory outcomes. These effects have been shown to persist across subsequent generations, regardless of the offsprings' smoking habits. Established epigenetic modifications induced by in utero exposure are postulated as the mechanism underlying the inherited poor respiratory outcomes. As e-cigarette use is on the rise, their potential to induce similar functional respiratory deficits underpinned by an alteration in the foetal epigenome needs to be explored. This review will focus on the functional and epigenetic impact of in utero exposure to maternal cigarette smoke, maternal environmental tobacco smoke, environmental tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapour on foetal respiratory outcomes.
Sukjamnong, S, Chan, YL, Zakarya, R, Nguyen, LT, Anwer, AG, Zaky, AA, Santiyanont, R, Oliver, BG, Goldys, E, Pollock, CA, Chen, H & Saad, S 2018, 'MitoQ supplementation prevent long-term impact of maternal smoking on renal development, oxidative stress and mitochondrial density in male mice offspring.', Scientific reports, vol. 8, no. 1.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
To investigate the effect of maternal MitoQ treatment on renal disorders caused by maternal cigarette smoke exposure (SE). We have demonstrated that maternal SE during pregnancy increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adult offspring. Mitochondrial oxidative damage contributes to the adverse effects of maternal smoking on renal disorders. MitoQ is a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant that has been shown to protect against oxidative damage-related pathologies in many diseases. Female Balb/c mice (8 weeks) were divided into Sham (exposed to air), SE (exposed to cigarette smoke) and SEMQ (exposed to cigarette smoke with MitoQ supplemented from mating) groups. Kidneys from the mothers were collected when the pups weaned and those from the offspring were collected at 13 weeks. Maternal MitoQ supplementation during gestation and lactation significantly reversed the adverse impact of maternal SE on offspring's body weight, kidney mass and renal pathology. MitoQ administration also significantly reversed the impact of SE on the renal cellular mitochondrial density and renal total reactive oxygen species in both the mothers and their offspring in adulthood. Our results suggested that MitoQ supplementation can mitigate the adverse impact of maternal SE on offspring's renal pathology, renal oxidative stress and mitochondrial density in mice offspring.
Sukjamnong, S, Chan, YL, Zakarya, R, Saad, S, Sharma, P, Santiyanont, R, Chen, H & Oliver, BG 2017, 'Effect of long-term maternal smoking on the offspring's lung health.', American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, vol. 313, no. 2, pp. L416-L423.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Maternal smoking during pregnancy contributes to long-term health problems in offspring, especially respiratory disorders that can manifest in either childhood or adulthood. Receptors for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) are multiligand receptors abundantly localized in the lung, capable of responding to by-products of reactive oxygen species and proinflammatory responses. RAGE signaling is a key regulator of inflammation in cigarette smoking-related pulmonary diseases. However, the impact of maternal cigarette smoke exposure on lung RAGE signaling in the offspring is unclear. This study aims to investigate the effect of maternal cigarette smoke exposure (SE), as well as mitochondria-targeted antioxidant [mitoquinone mesylate (MitoQ)] treatment, during pregnancy on the RAGE-mediated signaling pathway in the lung of male offspring. Female Balb/c mice (8 wk) were divided into a sham group (exposed to air), an SE group (exposed to cigarette smoke), and an SE + MQ group (exposed to cigarette smoke with MitoQ supplement from mating). The lungs from male offspring were collected at 13 wk. RAGE and its downstream signaling, including nuclear factor-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase family consisting of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1, ERK2, c-JUN NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), and phosphorylated JNK, in the lung were significantly increased in the SE offspring. Mitochondrial antioxidant manganese superoxide dismutase was reduced, whereas IL-1β and oxidative stress response nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 were significantly increased in the SE offspring. Maternal MitoQ treatment normalized RAGE, IL-1β, and Nrf-2 levels in the SE + MQ offspring. Maternal SE increased RAGE and its signaling elements associated with increased oxidative stress and inflammatory cytokines in offspring lungs, whereas maternal MitoQ treatment can partially normalize these changes.
Zakarya, R, Chen, H, Brandsma, CA, Adcock, IM & Oliver, BGG 2019, 'Small Airway Fibrosis in COPD Is Mediated by Histone Acetylation', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society, AMER THORACIC SOC, Dallas, TX.
Zakarya, R, Chen, H, Brandsma, CA, Adcock, IM & Oliver, BG 2018, 'Role of Histone Acetylation in Fibrosis in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society, AMER THORACIC SOC, San Diego, CA.
Zakarya, R, Chen, H, Brandsma, C-A, Adcock, IM & Oliver, BGG 2017, 'Epigenetic control of TGF beta induced fibrosis in COPD', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL, European-Respiratory-Society (ERS) International Congress, EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD, Milan, ITALY.View/Download from: Publisher's site