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Qingrong Pan, Shuxin Gao, Xia Gao, Ning Yang, Zhi Yao, Yanjin Hu, Li Miao, Zhe Chen, and Guang Wang

Objective: It has been found that both serum homocysteine (Hcy) and serum creatinine levels were increased in hypothyroidism patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between serum Hcy and kidney function in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism or hypothyroidism.

Methods: A total of 448 subjects were enrolled and divided into three groups: hypothyroidism (n=129), subclinical hypothyroidism (n=141), and control group (n=168). Anthropometric information, metabolic parameters, serum Hcy and creatinine levels, and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were analyzed.

Results: Compared with healthy subjects, patients with subclinical hypothyroidism or hypothyroidism had significantly higher serum Hcy and creatinine levels and lower eGFR level (all P<0.001). Serum Hcy was negatively correlated with eGFR in subclinical hypothyroidism patients (r =-0.220, P=0.009), and in hypothyroidism patients (r =-0.422, P<0.001). After adjusting for age, sex and body mass index, eGFR was still significantly correlated with serum Hcy in subclinical hypothyroidism or hypothyroidism patients (both P<0.05). Levothyroxine treatment resulted in significantly decreased Hcy and increased eGFR in hypothyroidism patients (both P<0.001). The decrease in Hcy was correlated with the increased eGFR after treatment (P=0.001).

Conclusion: Serum Hcy was negatively correlated with eGFR in subclinical hypothyroidism or hypothyroidism patients. After levothyroxine treatment, a correlation was found between the decrease in serum Hcy and the increase in eGFR in hypothyroidism patients.

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Lianghui You, Yan Wang, Yao Gao, Xingyun Wang, Xianwei Cui, Yanyan Zhang, Lingxia Pang, Chenbo Ji, Xirong Guo, and Xia Chi

Enhanced brown adipose tissue (BAT) mass and activity have been demonstrated to promote the expenditure of excess stored energy and reduce prevalence of obesity. Cold is known as a potent stimulator of BAT and activates BAT primarily through the β3-adrenergic-cAMP signaling. Here, we performed RNA-sequencing to identify differential miRNAs in mouse BAT upon cold exposure and a total of 20 miRNAs were validated. With the treatment of CL-316,243 (CL) and forskolin (Fsk) in mouse and human differentiated brown adipocyte cells in vitro, miR-23b-5p, miR-133a-3p, miR-135-5p, miR-491-5p, and miR-150-3p expression decreased and miR-455-5p expression increased. Among these deferentially expressed miRNAs, miR-23b-5p expression was differentially regulated in activated and aging mouse BAT and negatively correlated with Ucp1 expression. Overexpression of miR-23b-5p in the precursor cells from BAT revealed no significant effects on lipid accumulation, but diminished mitochondrial function and decreased expression of BAT specific markers. Though luciferase reporter assays did not confirm the positive association of miR-23b-5p with the 3′UTRs of the predicted target Ern1, miR-23b-5p overexpression may affect brown adipocyte thermogenic capacity mainly through regulating genes expression involving in lipolysis and fatty acid β-oxidation pathways. Our results suggest that miRNAs are involved in cold-mediated BAT thermogenic activation and further acknowledged miR-23b-5p as a negative regulator in controlling thermogenic programs, further providing potential molecular therapeutic targets to increase surplus energy and treat obesity.