Publications by authors named "Taurence Senn"

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Increasing fatty acid oxidation elicits a sex-dependent response in failing mouse hearts.

J Mol Cell Cardiol 2021 May 12;158:1-10. Epub 2021 May 12.

Mitochondria and Metabolism Center, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Republican Street 850, 98109 Seattle, WA, USA. Electronic address:

Background: Reduced fatty acid oxidation (FAO) is a hallmark of metabolic remodeling in heart failure. Enhancing mitochondrial long-chain fatty acid uptake by Acetyl-CoA carboxylase 2 (ACC2) deletion increases FAO and prevents cardiac dysfunction during chronic stresses, but therapeutic efficacy of this approach has not been determined.

Methods: Male and female ACC2 f/f-MCM (ACC2KO) and their respective littermate controls were subjected to chronic pressure overload by TAC surgery. Tamoxifen injection 3 weeks after TAC induced ACC2 deletion and increased FAO in ACC2KO mice with pathological hypertrophy.

Results: ACC2 deletion in mice with pre-existing cardiac pathology promoted FAO in female and male hearts, but improved cardiac function only in female mice. In males, pressure overload caused a downregulation in the mitochondrial oxidative function. Stimulating FAO by ACC2 deletion caused unproductive acyl-carnitine accumulation, which failed to improve cardiac energetics. In contrast, mitochondrial oxidative capacity was sustained in female pressure overloaded hearts and ACC2 deletion improved myocardial energetics. Mechanistically, we revealed a sex-dependent regulation of PPARα signaling pathway in heart failure, which accounted for the differential response to ACC2 deletion.

Conclusion: Metabolic remodeling in the failing heart is sex-dependent which could determine the response to metabolic intervention. The findings suggest that both mitochondrial oxidative capacity and substrate preference should be considered for metabolic therapy of heart failure.
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May 2021

Metabolomic profiling for juvenile Chinook salmon exposed to contaminants of emerging concern.

Sci Total Environ 2020 Dec 24;747:141097. Epub 2020 Jul 24.

Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.

Both targeted and non-targeted metabolomic analyses were conducted on juvenile ocean-type fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) residing in two estuaries receiving wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent and one reference estuary. The data show that the metabolome patterns for fish from the two WWTP-receiving estuaries were more similar to each other compared to that for the reference site fish. Also, a comparison of the metabolome for fish from the reference site and fish from a hatchery upstream of one of the effluent-receiving estuaries indicated no differences, implying that residency for fish in the contaminated estuary resulted in major changes to the metabolome. Based on general health parameters including whole-body lipid content and condition factor, plus the availability of prey for these fish, we conclude that juvenile Chinook salmon in these contaminated estuaries may have been experiencing metabolic disruption without any overt signs of impairment. Additionally, a non-targeted analysis was performed on hatchery summer Chinook salmon from a laboratory study where fish were dosed for 32 days with feed containing 16 of the most common contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) detected in wild fish. In the laboratory experiment a relationship was observed between dose and the number of liver metabolites that were different between control and treatment fish. Laboratory fish were exposed to only 16 CECs, but are generally exposed to hundreds of these compounds in contaminated aquatic environments. These results have implications for the health of juvenile Chinook salmon and the likelihood of a successful life cycle when exposed to effluent-related chemicals.
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December 2020

The Impact of Proximal Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery on Acetaminophen Absorption and Metabolism.

Pharmacotherapy 2020 03 13;40(3):191-203. Epub 2020 Feb 13.

Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Background: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBS), a surgery that creates a smaller stomach pouch and reduces the length of small intestine, is one of the most common medical interventions for the treatment of obesity.

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine how RYGBS affects the absorption and metabolism of acetaminophen.

Materials And Methods: Ten morbidly obese patients received 1.5 g of liquid acetaminophen (APAP) orally on three separate pharmacokinetic study days (i.e., pre-RYGBS baseline and 3 and 12 months post-RYGBS). Plasma was collected at pre-specified timepoints over 24 hours, and the samples were analyzed using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry for APAP, APAPglucuronide (APAP-gluc), APAP-sulfate (APAP-sulf), APAP-cysteine (APAP-cys), and APAP-Nacetylcysteine (APAP-nac).

Result: Following RYGBS, peak APAP concentrations at the 3-month and 12-month visits increased by 2.0-fold compared to baseline (p=0.0039 and p=0.0078, respectively) and the median time to peak concentration decreased from 35 to 10 minutes. In contrast, peak concentrations of APAP-gluc, APAP-sulf, APAP-cys, and APAP-nac were unchanged following RYGBS. The apparent oral clearance of APAP and the ratios of metabolite area under the curve (AUC)-to-APAP AUC for all four metabolites decreased at 3 and 12 months post-RYGBS compared to the presurgical baseline. In a simulation of expected steady-state plasma concentrations following multiple dosing of 650 mg APAP every 4 hours, post-RYGBS patients had higher steady-state peak APAP concentrations compared to healthy individuals and obese pre-RYGBS patients, though APAP exposure was unchanged compared to healthy individuals.

Conclusion: Following RYGBS, the rate and extent of APAP absorption increased and decreased formation of APAP metabolites was observed, possibly due to downregulation of Phase II and cytochrome P450 2E1 enzymes.
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March 2020

Sex Hormones in Women With Elevated Breast Cancer Risk Undergoing Weight Loss.

West J Nurs Res 2019 11 7;41(11):1602-1622. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

Sedentary lifestyles and obesity are known risk factors for breast cancer. Elevated estrogen levels correlate with obesity and, independently, with increased breast cancer risk. Lifestyle interventions that reduce obesity may mitigate this risk, potentially via estrogen pathways. In a 6-month lifestyle intervention, overweight/obese women with high breast cancer risk were randomized to control ( = 7) or intervention ( = 6) and analyzed for sex hormone levels. Serum and urine hormones were evaluated by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Serum estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) were reduced by 12.1% and 50.8%, respectively, at 9 months in the intervention group, which differed from controls ( = .043 and .020). This contrasted with a 73.3% increase in urine E1 at 6 months in the intervention group ( = .035). These results suggest that a lifestyle intervention led to a favorable estrogen profile in relation to breast cancer risk.
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November 2019

Detection of an endogenous urinary biomarker associated with CYP2D6 activity using global metabolomics.

Pharmacogenomics 2014 Dec;15(16):1947-62

Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

Aim: We sought to discover endogenous urinary biomarkers of human CYP2D6 activity.

Patients & Methods: Healthy pediatric subjects (n = 189) were phenotyped using dextromethorphan and randomized for candidate biomarker selection and validation. Global urinary metabolomics was performed using liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Candidate biomarkers were tested in adults receiving fluoxetine, a CYP2D6 inhibitor.

Results: A biomarker, M1 (m/z 444.3102) was correlated with CYP2D6 activity in both the pediatric training and validation sets. Poor metabolizers had undetectable levels of M1, whereas it was present in subjects with other phenotypes. In adult subjects, a 9.56-fold decrease in M1 abundance was observed during CYP2D6 inhibition.

Conclusion: Identification and validation of M1 may provide a noninvasive means of CYP2D6 phenotyping.
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December 2014