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Abdurrahman Fatih Aydın, İlknur Bingül, Canan Küçükgergin, Işın Doğan-Ekici, Semra Doğru Abbasoğlu, Müjdat Uysal
High-fat diet (HFD) and low-dose streptozotocin (STZ)-treated rats provide useful animal model for type II diabetes mellitus. Oxidative stress and advanced glycation end products (AGEs) play a role in the development of diabetic complications. Carnosine (CAR) has anti-oxidant and anti-glycating properties. We investigated the effects of CAR on oxidation and glycation products in HFD+STZ rats. Rats were fed with HFD (60% of total calories from fat) for 4 weeks, and then a single dose of STZ (40 mg/kg; i.p...
December 4, 2017: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
Maximilian Kranz, Florian Viton, Candice Smarrito-Menozzi, Thomas Hofmann
Targeted quantification of 49 basic taste-active molecules, followed by the calculation of dose-over-threshold (DoT) factors, and taste re-engineering experiments revealed minerals, nucleotides/nucleosides, amino acids, organic acids, and carbohydrates the key compounds of Pot au Feu, a traditional broth preparation from beef cuts and veg-etables. Moreover, the dipeptide carnosine was identified to be the key inducer for the white-meaty and thick-sour orosensation of the broth, next to anserine and 1-deoxy-D-fructosyl-N-β-alanyl-L-histidine, the latter of which has been identified for the first time by means of a sensory-guided fractionation of the broth...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Sharmistha Banerjee, Krishnendu Sinha, Sayantani Chowdhury, Parames C Sil
cis-Diamminedichloroplatinum (cisplatin) is an effective chemotherapeutic and is widely used for the treatment of various types of solid tumors. Bio-distribution of cisplatin to other organs due to poor targeting towards only cancer cells constitutes the backbone of cisplatin-induced toxicity. The adverse effect of this drug on spleen is not well characterized so far. Therefore, we have set our goal to explore the mechanism of the cisplatin-induced pathophysiology of the spleen and would also like to evaluate whether carnosine, an endogenous neurotransmitter and antioxidant, can ameliorate this pathophysiological response...
November 27, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Aurora Garre, Gemma Martinez-Masana, Jaime Piquero-Casals, Corinne Granger
Background: Skin aging is accelerated by multiple extrinsic factors: ultraviolet radiation, smoking and pollution increase oxidative activity, damaging cellular and extracellular components such as DNA, proteins, and lipids. With age, collagen and hyaluronic acid levels decline, resulting in loss of elasticity and moisture of the skin. Over time this damage leads to characteristic signs that make the skin look older: altered facial contour, sagging skin, wrinkles, and an uneven complexion...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
Hideki Shimura, Ryota Tanaka, Yoshiaki Shimada, Kazuo Yamashiro, Nobutaka Hattori, Takao Urabe
BACKGROUND: Peptides with cytoprotective functions, including antioxidants and anti-infectives, could be useful therapeutics. Carnosine, β-alanine-histidine, is a dipeptide with anti-oxidant properties. Tripeptides of Ala-His-Lys, Pro-His-His, or Tyr-His-Tyr are also of interest in this respect. RESULTS: We synthesized several histidine-containing peptides including glycine or alanine, and tested their cytoprotective effects on hydrogen peroxide toxicity for PC12 cells...
November 22, 2017: BMC Biochemistry
Quan-Jun Yang, Jiang-Rong Zhao, Juan Hao, Bin Li, Yan Huo, Yong-Long Han, Li-Li Wan, Jie Li, Jinlu Huang, Jin Lu, Gen-Jin Yang, Cheng Guo
BACKGROUND: Cachexia is a multifactorial metabolic syndrome with high morbidity and mortality in patients with advanced cancer. The diagnosis of cancer cachexia depends on objective measures of clinical symptoms and a history of weight loss, which lag behind disease progression and have limited utility for the early diagnosis of cancer cachexia. In this study, we performed a nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomics analysis to reveal the metabolic profile of cancer cachexia and establish a diagnostic model...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
Harmen Reyngoudt, Suna Turk, Pierre G Carlier
In recent years, quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (NMRI and NMRS) have been used more systematically as outcome measures in natural history and clinical trial studies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Whereas most of these studies have emphasized the evaluation of the fat fraction as an assessment for disease severity, less focus has been placed on metabolic indices measured by NMRS. (31) P NMRS in DMD reveals an alkaline inorganic phosphate (Pi ) pool, originating from either leaky dystrophic myocytes or an increased interstitial space...
November 12, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
Claudia G Fresta, Michael L Hogard, Giuseppe Caruso, Elton E Melo Costa, Giuseppe Lazzarino, Susan M Lunte
Carnosine, a dipeptide found in a variety of tissues, is believed to possess antioxidant properties. It serves as a scavenger of reactive nitrogen and oxygen species (RNOS), which are important stress mediators of pro-inflammatory conditions and can lead to macrophage activation. In this study, intracellular concentrations of carnosine in murine RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were determined using microchip electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection following derivatization with naphthalene-2,3-dicarboxaldehyde and cyanide...
January 21, 2017: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
Rita Das Mahapatra, Joykrishna Dey, Richard G Weiss
A series of β-amino acid containing tripeptides has been designed and synthesized in order to develop oligopeptide-based, thermoreversible, pH-sensitive, and proteolytically stable hydrogels. The Fmoc [N-(fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl)]-protected tripeptides were found to produce hydrogels in both pH 7 and 2 buffers at a very low concentration (<0.2% w/v). It has been shown that the Fmoc group plays an important role in the gelation process. Also a dependence of gelation ability on hydrophobicity of the side chain of the Fmoc-protected α-amino acid was observed...
November 3, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Sarah J Meale, Diego P Morgavi, Isabelle Cassar-Malek, Donato Andueza, Isabelle Ortigues-Marty, Richard J Robins, Anne-Marie Schiphorst, Sophie Laverroux, Benoit Graulet, Hamid Boudra, Gonzalo Cantalapiedra-Hijar
The efficiency with which ruminants convert feed to desirable products is difficult to measure under normal commercial settings. We explored the use of potential biological markers from easily obtainable samples, that is, blood, hair, and feces, to characterize potential causes of divergent efficiency when considered as residual feed intake (RFI) or feed conversion efficiency (FCE). A total of 54 Charolais bulls, 20 in period 1 and 34 in period 2, were examined for individual dry matter intake (DMI) and growth...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Nobuaki Okumura, Toshifumi Takao
Carnosine dipeptidase II (CN2), a metallopeptidase present in the cytosol of various vertebrate tissues, catalyzes the hydrolysis of carnosine and several other dipeptides in the presence of Mn(2+). Although the metal-binding center of mouse CN2 is also able to associate with Zn(2+)in vitro, it was not known whether the zinc form of CN2 has any enzymatic activity. In the present study, we show that Zn(2+) has a higher affinity for binding to CN2 than Mn(2+), as evidenced by native mass spectrometry. The issue of whether the zinc form of CN2 has enzymatic activity was also examined using various dipeptides as substrates...
October 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Carla Iacobini, Stefano Menini, Claudia Blasetti Fantauzzi, Carlo M Pesce, Andrea Giaccari, Enrica Salomone, Annunziata Lapolla, Marica Orioli, Giancarlo Aldini, Giuseppe Pugliese
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) participate in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN) by promoting renal inflammation and injury. L-carnosine acts as a quencher of the AGE precursors reactive carbonyl species (RCS), but it is rapidly inactivated by carnosinase. This study evaluated the effect of FL-926-16, a carnosinase-resistant and bioavailable carnosine derivative, on the onset and progression of DN in db/db mice. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Adult male db/db mice and coeval db/m controls were left untreated or treated with FL-926-16 (30 mg·kg(-1) body weight) from week 6 to 20 (prevention protocol) or from week 20 to 34 (regression protocol)...
October 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
Fariheen Aisha Ansari, Riaz Mahmood
Sodium nitrite (NaNO2 ) is widely used in the food industry as a preservative and colorant in meat and fish products. Industrialization and improper agricultural practices have greatly increased human exposure to high nitrite levels, mainly through contaminated drinking water, causing various health disorders. We have investigated the protective effect of carnosine (CAR) and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) on NaNO2 -induced toxicity in rat blood. CAR is a bioactive dipeptide found in mammalian muscle while NAC is a synthetic sulfhydryl amino acid and an important precursor of glutathione...
October 20, 2017: Cell Biology International
Hye-Young Kim, Brian R Novak, Bijay Shrestha, S Emma Lee, Dorel Moldovan
VECAR are novel bolaamphiphilic molecules consisting of two hydrophilic molecular groups, a carnosine derivative and a chromanol group, covalently linked by a hydrophobic alkyl spacer of varying length. Despite the potential for application in various biomedical applications VECAR properties, including their bulk properties, are still largely unknown. The early stage of the self-assembly process of VECAR molecules in water is studied using molecular dynamics simulations. The study reveals that the length of the hydrophobic spacer in VECAR affects the aggregation kinetics as well as the size, shape, density, and atomistic structure of the self-assembled aggregates...
June 20, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. A, Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Michael J Cripps, Katie Hanna, Charlie Lavilla, Sophie R Sayers, Paul W Caton, Craig Sims, Luigi De Girolamo, Craig Sale, Mark D Turner
The worldwide prevalence of diabetes has risen to 8.5% among adults, which represents a staggering rise in prevalence from 4.7% in 1980. Whilst some treatments work by increasing insulin secretion, over time their effectiveness decreases. We aim to increase insulin secretion by developing strategies that work through mechanisms independent of current treatment options. Isolated CD1 mouse islets, INS-1 pancreatic β-cells, or C2C12 mouse myotubes were incubated in standard tissue culture media, or media supplemented with 28 mM glucose, 200 μM palmitic acid, and 200 μM oleic acid as a cellular model of diabetic glucolipotoxicity...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Reihaneh Hajizadeh-Zaker, Alireza Ghajar, Bita Mesgarpour, Mohsen Afarideh, Mohammad-Reza Mohammadi, Shahin Akhondzadeh
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at investigating the efficacy and tolerability of l-carnosine as an add-on to risperidone in the management of children with autism. METHODS: This was a 10-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Seventy drug-free children aged 4-12 years old with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition. (DSM-5) who had an Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community (ABC-C) scale irritability subscale score of ≥12, entered the study...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Verena Peters, Johannes Zschocke, Claus P Schmitt
Carnosinase (CN1) is a dipeptidase, encoded by the CNDP1 gene, that degrades histidine-containing dipeptides, such as carnosine, anserine and homocarnosine. Loss of CN1 function (also called carnosinase deficiency or aminoacyl-histidine dipeptidase deficiency) has been reported in a small number of patients with highly elevated blood carnosine concentrations, denoted carnosinaemia; it is unclear whether the variety of clinical symptoms in these individuals is causally related to carnosinase deficiency. Reduced CN1 function should increase serum carnosine concentrations but the genetic basis of carnosinaemia has not been formally confirmed to be due to CNDP1 mutations...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Sean S Davies, Linda S Zhang
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: To summarize recent evidence supporting the use of reactive carbonyl species scavengers in the prevention and treatment of disease. RECENT FINDINGS: The newly developed 2-aminomethylphenol class of scavengers shows great promise in preclinical trials for a number of diverse conditions including neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular disease. In addition, new studies with the thiol-based and imidazole-based scavengers have found new applications outside of adjunctive therapy for chemotherapeutics...
April 2017: Current Pharmacology Reports
Jun Kaneko, Akiko Enya, Kota Enomoto, Qiong Ding, Tatsuhiro Hisatsune
Anserine/carnosine supplementation improves cerebral blood flow and verbal episodic memory in elderly people, as we previously reported. Anserine's buffering activity is superior to that of carnosine at neutral pH. In human sera, carnosine but not anserine is rapidly cleaved by carnosinase, limiting its effectiveness. This study examined the effects of anserine on AβPPswe/PSEN1dE9 Alzheimer's disease (AD) model mice over 18-months old, an age at which these mice exhibit detectable memory deficits. We found that 8 weeks of anserine treatment completely recovered the memory deficits, improved pericyte coverage on endothelial cells in the brain, and diminished chronic glial neuroinflammatory reactions in these mice...
October 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
Wei Wang, Ruiguang Bai, Xiaoyu Cai, Ping Lin, Lihong Ma
A method using high-speed capillary micellar electrokinetic chromatography and a microbial fuel cell was applied to determine the metabolite of the peptides released by Bacillus licheniformis. Two peptides, l-carnosine and l-alanyl-l-glutamine were used as the substrate to feed Bacillus licheniformis in a microbial fuel cell. The metabolism process of the bacterium was monitored by analyzing the voltage outputs of the microbial fuel cell. A home-made spontaneous injection device was applied to perform high-speed capillary micellar electrokinetic chromatography...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
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