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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423504/variations-in-the-bitterness-perception-related-genes-tas2r38-and-ca6-modify-the-risk-for-colorectal-cancer-in-koreans
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Jeong-Hwa Choi, Jeonghee Lee, Jae Hwan Oh, Hee Jin Chang, Dae Kyung Sohn, Aesun Shin, Jeongseon Kim
Bitterness perception is known to be an important factor in individuals' dietary behaviors and is also associated with the sensing of nutritious/noxious molecules for subsequent metabolic responses in multiple organs. Therefore, the genetic variation in bitterness sensing may be associated with diet-related diseases, including colorectal cancer (CRC). We investigated the influence of variations in the bitterness-sensing genes taste receptor type 2 member 38 (TAS2R38) and carbonic anhydrase 6 (CA6) on the consumption of food, tobacco and alcohol and the risk of CRC in Koreans...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420193/a-quantitative-pcr-electrochemical-genosensor-test-for-the-screening-of-biotech-crops
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Suely Moura-Melo, Rebeca Miranda-Castro, Noemí de-Los-Santos-Álvarez, Arturo J Miranda-Ordieres, José Ribeiro Dos Santos Junior, Rosana A da Silva Fonseca, María Jesús Lobo-Castañón
The design of screening methods for the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food would improve the efficiency in their control. We report here a PCR amplification method combined with a sequence-specific electrochemical genosensor for the quantification of a DNA sequence characteristic of the 35S promoter derived from the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV). Specifically, we employ a genosensor constructed by chemisorption of a thiolated capture probe and p-aminothiophenol gold surfaces to entrap on the sensing layer the unpurified PCR amplicons, together with a signaling probe labeled with fluorescein...
April 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417173/semiautomated-taqman-pcr-screening-of-gmo-labelled-samples-for-unauthorised-gmos
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Ingrid M J Scholtens, Bonnie Molenaar, Richard A van Hoof, Stephanie Zaaijer, Theo W Prins, Esther J Kok
In most countries, systems are in place to analyse food products for the potential presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), to enforce labelling requirements and to screen for the potential presence of unauthorised GMOs. With the growing number of GMOs on the world market, a larger diversity of methods is required for informative analyses. In this paper, the specificity of an extended screening set consisting of 32 screening methods to identify different crop species (endogenous genes) and GMO elements was verified against 59 different GMO reference materials...
April 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414950/a-nanobiosensor-composed-of-exfoliated-graphene-oxide-and-gold-nano-urchins-for-detection-of-gmo-products
#4
Zahra Aghili, Navid Nasirizadeh, Adeleh Divsalar, Shahram Shoeibi, Parichehreh Yaghmaei
Genetically Modified Organisms, have been entered our food chain and detection of these organisms in market products are still the main challenge for scientists. Among several developed detection/quantification methods for detection of these organisms, the electrochemical nanobiosensors are the most attended which are combining the advantages of using nanomaterials, electrochemical methods and biosensors. In this research, a novel and sensitive electrochemical nanobiosensor for detection/quantification of these organisms have been developed using nanomaterials; Exfoliated Graphene Oxide and Gold Nano-Urchins for modification of the screen-printed carbon electrode, and also applying a specific DNA probe as well as hematoxylin for electrochemical indicator...
March 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414867/basic-education-mexican-teachers-knowledge-of-biotechnology-and-attitudes-about-the-consumption-of-genetically-modified-foods
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Zacarías Jiménez-Salas, Eduardo Campos-Góngora, Blanca E González-Martínez, Alexandra Tijerina-Sáenz, Angélica D Escamilla-Méndez, Erik Ramírez-López
Over the past few years, a new research field has emerged, focusing on the social-scientific criteria for the study of opinions toward genetically modified foods (GMFs), since these may be limiting factors for the success or failure of these products. Basic education is the first step in the Mexican education system, and teachers may wield an outsized influence on the attitudes and preferences of children, prospective future consumers of these products. To better understand the current state of knowledge of biotechnology issues and opinions toward the consumption of GMF of Mexican teachers, a questionnaire was distributed, and 362 Mexican teachers of basic education responded...
April 16, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410872/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-wheezing-and-allergic-diseases-in-preschool-children-a-perspective-from-the-mediterranean-coast-of-turkey
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E Bolat, T Arikoglu, M A Sungur, S B Batmaz, S Kuyucu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors of allergic diseases in preschool children from one of the biggest cities in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. METHODS: The study population included 396 preschool children attending to urban daycare centres in Mersin. In the first stage, a comprehensive standardised questionnaire modified from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) was employed...
April 11, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407967/molecular-characterization-of-an-unauthorized-genetically-modified-bacillus-subtilis-production-strain-identified-in-a-vitamin-b2-feed-additive
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Valentina Paracchini, Mauro Petrillo, Ralf Reiting, Alexandre Angers-Loustau, Daniela Wahler, Andrea Stolz, Birgit Schönig, Anastasia Matthies, Joachim Bendiek, Dominik M Meinel, Sven Pecoraro, Ulrich Busch, Alex Patak, Joachim Kreysa, Lutz Grohmann
Many food and feed additives result from fermentation of genetically modified (GM) microorganisms. For vitamin B2 (riboflavin), GM Bacillus subtilis production strains have been developed and are often used. The presence of neither the GM strain nor its recombinant DNA is allowed for fermentation products placed on the EU market as food or feed additive. A vitamin B2 product (80% feed grade) imported from China was analysed. Viable B. subtilis cells were identified and DNAs of two bacterial isolates (LHL and LGL) were subjected to three whole genome sequencing (WGS) runs with different devices (MiSeq, 454 or HiSeq system)...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405292/effects-of-genetically-modified-maize-events-expressing-cry34ab1-cry35ab1-cry1f-and-cp4-epsps-proteins-on-arthropod-complex-food-webs
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Zoltán Pálinkás, József Kiss, Mihály Zalai, Ágnes Szénási, Zita Dorner, Samuel North, Guy Woodward, Adalbert Balog
Four genetically modified (GM) maize (Zea mays L.) hybrids (coleopteran resistant, coleopteran and lepidopteran resistant, lepidopteran resistant and herbicide tolerant, coleopteran and herbicide tolerant) and its non-GM control maize stands were tested to compare the functional diversity of arthropods and to determine whether genetic modifications alter the structure of arthropods food webs. A total number of 399,239 arthropod individuals were used for analyses. The trophic groups' number and the links between them indicated that neither the higher magnitude of Bt toxins (included resistance against insect, and against both insects and glyphosate) nor the extra glyphosate treatment changed the structure of food webs...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398839/foundational-and-translational-research-opportunities-to-improve-plant-health
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Richard W Michelmore, Gitta Coaker, Rebecca Bart, Gwyn A Beattie, Andrew Bent, Toby Bruce, Duncan Cameron, Jeff Dangl, Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar, Robert Edwards, Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, Walter Gassmann, Jean Greenberg, Richard Harrison, Ping He, Jagger Harvey, Alisa Huffaker, Scot Hulbert, Roger Innes, Jonathan D Jones, Isgouhi Kaloshian, Sophien Kamoun, Fumiaki Katagiri, Jan E Leach, Wenbo Ma, John M McDowell, June Medford, Blake Meyers, Rebecca Nelson, Richard Peter Oliver, Yiping Qi, Diane Saunders, Michael Shaw, Prasanta Subudhi, Leslie Torrance, Brett M Tyler, John Walsh
This whitepaper reports the deliberations of a workshop focused on biotic challenges to plant health held in Washington, D.C. in September 2016. Ensuring health of food plants is critical to maintaining the quality and productivity of crops and for sustenance of the rapidly growing human population. There is a close linkage between food security and societal stability; however, global food security is threatened by the vulnerability of our agricultural systems to numerous pests, pathogens, weeds, and environmental stresses...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382044/functional-roles-of-micrornas-in-agronomically-important-plants-potential-as-targets-for-crop-improvement-and-protection
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REVIEW
Arnaud T Djami-Tchatchou, Neeti Sanan-Mishra, Khayalethu Ntushelo, Ian A Dubery
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small non-coding RNAs that have recently emerged as important regulators of gene expression, mainly through cleavage and/or translation inhibition of the target mRNAs during or after transcription. miRNAs play important roles by regulating a multitude of biological processes in plants which include maintenance of genome integrity, development, metabolism, and adaptive responses toward environmental stresses. The increasing population of the world and their food demands requires focused efforts for the improvement of crop plants to ensure sustainable food production...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374158/glyphosate-toxicity-and-carcinogenicity-a-review-of-the-scientific-basis-of-the-european-union-assessment-and-its-differences-with-iarc
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REVIEW
Jose V Tarazona, Daniele Court-Marques, Manuela Tiramani, Hermine Reich, Rudolf Pfeil, Frederique Istace, Federica Crivellente
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide worldwide. It is a broad spectrum herbicide and its agricultural uses increased considerably after the development of glyphosate-resistant genetically modified (GM) varieties. Since glyphosate was introduced in 1974, all regulatory assessments have established that glyphosate has low hazard potential to mammals, however, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded in March 2015 that it is probably carcinogenic. The IARC conclusion was not confirmed by the EU assessment or the recent joint WHO/FAO evaluation, both using additional evidence...
April 3, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374006/optogenetic-activation-of-accessory-olfactory-bulb-input-to-the-forebrain-differentially-modulates-investigation-of-opposite-versus-same-sex-urinary-chemosignals-and-stimulates-mating-in-male-mice
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Tenzin Kunkhyen, Elizabeth A McCarthy, Wayne J Korzan, Danielle Doctor, Xue Han, Michael J Baum, James A Cherry
Surgical or genetic disruption of vomeronasal organ (VNO)-accessory olfactory bulb (AOB) function previously eliminated the ability of male mice to processes pheromones that elicit territorial behavior and aggression. By contrast, neither disruption significantly affected mating behaviors, although VNO lesions reduced males' investigation of nonvolatile female pheromones. We explored the contribution of VNO-AOB pheromonal processing to male courtship using optogenetic activation of AOB projections to the forebrain...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369963/predicament-of-chinese-legislation-on-gmf-labeling-management-and-solutions-from-the-perspective-of-the-new-food-safety-law
#13
Wei Li, Han Li
BACKGROUND: This paper considers the background of Article 69 of the newly revised Food Safety Law in China, in combination with the current situation of Chinese legislation on genetically modified foods(GMFs)labeling management, compares with foreign genetically modified food labeling management system, reveals the deficiencies in Chinese legislation on GMFs labeling management, to note the institutionalize, systemic consider of GMFs labeling management system in China. RESULTS: China adheres to the principle of mandatory labeling based on both product and process in relation to GMFs and implements the system of process-centered mandatory labeling under the negotiation-construction form...
April 2, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351509/adequate-calcium-intake-during-long-periods-improves-bone-mineral-density-in-healthy-children-data-from-the-childhood-obesity-project
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Ricardo Closa-Monasterolo, Marta Zaragoza-Jordana, Natàlia Ferré, Veronica Luque, Veit Grote, Berthold Koletzko, Elvira Verduci, Fiammetta Vecchi, Joaquin Escribano
BACKGROUND: Bone mineralization can be influenced by genetic factors, hormonal status, nutrition, physical activity and body composition. The association of higher calcium (Ca) intake or Ca supplementation with better bone mineral density (BMD) remains controversial. Furthermore, it has been speculated that maintaining long-term adequate Ca intake rather than having a brief supplementation period is more effective. The aim of the study was to prospectively analyse the influence of adequate Ca intake on BMD at 7 years of age in European children...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347568/how-can-we-better-detect-unauthorized-gmos-in-food-and-feed-chains
#15
REVIEW
Marie-Alice Fraiture, Philippe Herman, Marc De Loose, Frédéric Debode, Nancy H Roosens
Current GMO detection systems have limited abilities to detect unauthorized genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Here, we propose a new workflow, based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, to overcome this problem. In providing information about DNA sequences, this high-throughput workflow can distinguish authorized and unauthorized GMOs by strengthening the tools commonly used by enforcement laboratories with the help of NGS technology. In addition, thanks to its massive sequencing capacity, this workflow could be used to monitor GMOs present in the food and feed chain...
March 24, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346094/drug-library-screening-for-the-identification-of-ionophores-that-correct-the-mistrafficking-disorder-associated-with-oxalosis-kidney-disease
#16
Shurong Hou, Franck Madoux, Louis Scampavia, Jo Ann Janovick, P Michael Conn, Timothy P Spicer
Primary hyperoxaluria is the underlying cause of oxalosis and is a life-threatening autosomal recessive disease, for which treatment may require dialysis or dual liver-kidney transplantation. The most common primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1) is caused by genetic mutations of a liver-specific enzyme alanine:glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGT), which results in the misrouting of AGT from the peroxisomes to the mitochondria. Pharmacoperones are small molecules with the ability to modify misfolded proteins and route them correctly within the cells, which may present an effective strategy to treat AGT misrouting in PH1 disorders...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320170/evaluating-the-association-of-allergies-with-multiple-sclerosis-susceptibility-risk-and-disease-activity-in-a-pediatric-population
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Theresa Bourne, Michael Waltz, T C Casper, K Kavak, G Aaen, A Belman, L Benson, M Candee, T Chitnis, J Graves, B Greenberg, M Gorman, Y Harris, L Krupp, T Lotze, S Mar, J Ness, C Olsen, S Roalstad, M Rodriguez, J Rose, J Rubin, T Schreiner, J M Tillema, I Kahn, A Waldman, L Barcellos, E Waubant, B Weinstock-Guttman
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and allergies are both considered to be related to imbalanced Th1 and Th2 immune responses. Previous studies evaluating the relationship between MS and allergies provide conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: To assess allergies and asthma as risk factors for MS and as predictors of MS relapses in a pediatric cohort. METHODS: The environment and genetic risk factors for pediatric MS study is a national case-control project with 16 participating US sites...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316108/cry1a-b-16-toxin-from-bacillus-thuringiensis-theoretical-refinement-of-three-dimensional-structure-and-prediction-of-peptides-as-molecular-markers-for-detection-of-genetically-modified-organisms
#18
Alexandra Plácido, Andreia Coelho, Lucas Abreu Nascimento, Andreanne Gomes Vasconcelos, Maria Fátima Barroso, Joilson Ramos-Jesus, Vladimir Costa, Francisco das Chagas Alves Lima, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Ricardo Martins Ramos, Mariela M Marani, José Roberto de Souza de Almeida Leite
Transgenic maize produced by the insertion of the Cry transgene into its genome became the second most cultivated crop worldwide. Cry gene from Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki expresses protein derivatives of crystalline endotoxins which confer insect resistance onto the maize crop. Mandatory labeling of processed food containing or made by genetically modified organisms is in force in many countries, so, it is very urgent to develop fast and practical methods for GMO identification, for example, biosensors...
March 18, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298152/population-survey-of-attitudes-and-beliefs-regarding-organic-genetically-modified-and-irradiated-foods
#19
Jane A Gwira Baumblatt, L Rand Carpenter, Caleb Wiedeman, John R Dunn, William Schaffner, Timothy F Jones
BACKGROUND: Sales of organic foods are increasing due to public demand, while genetically modified (GM) and irradiated foods are often viewed with suspicion. AIM: The aim of this research was to examine consumer attitudes toward organic, GM and irradiated foods to direct educational efforts regarding their consumption Methods: A telephone survey of 1838 residents in Tennessee, USA was conducted regarding organic, GM, and irradiated foods. RESULTS: Approximately half of respondents (50...
March 2017: Nutrition and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294082/genetics-of-fat-intake-in-the-determination-of-body-mass
#20
Agata Chmurzynska, Monika A Mlodzik
Body mass and fat intake are multifactorial traits that have genetic and environmental components. The gene with the greatest effect on body mass is FTO (fat mass and obesity-associated), but several studies have shown that the effect of FTO (and of other genes) on body mass can be modified by the intake of nutrients. The so-called gene-environment interactions may also be important for the effectiveness of weight-loss strategies. Food choices, and thus fat intake, depend to some extent on individual preferences...
March 15, 2017: Nutrition Research Reviews
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