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M P Swetha, S P Muthukumar
Ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula) is consumed as a vegetable after peeling off the skin which is a domestic waste. Luffa acutangula peel (LAP) was observed to be a good source of fiber (20.6 %) and minerals (7.7 %). Amino acid analysis revealed presence of the highest content of Carnosine followed by aspartic acid and aminoadipic acid. Antioxidant activity of different extracts showed that ethyl acetate extract was more potent when compared to other solvent extractions. It exhibited a significant amount of phenolic acids like p-coumaric acid (68...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Marie-Julie Nokin, Florence Durieux, Paul Peixoto, Barbara Chiavarina, Olivier Peulen, Arnaud Blomme, Andrei Turtoi, Brunella Costanza, Nicolas Smargiasso, Dominique Baiwir, Jean L Scheijen, Casper G Schalkwijk, Justine Leenders, Pascal De Tullio, Elettra Bianchi, Marc Thiry, Koji Uchida, David A Spiegel, James R Cochrane, Craig A Hutton, Edwin De Pauw, Philippe Delvenne, Dominique Belpomme, Vincent Castronovo, Akeila Bellahcène
Metabolic reprogramming toward aerobic glycolysis unavoidably induces methylglyoxal (MG) formation in cancer cells. MG mediates the glycation of proteins to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs). We have recently demonstrated that MG-induced AGEs are a common feature of breast cancer. Little is known regarding the impact of MG-mediated carbonyl stress on tumor progression. Breast tumors with MG stress presented with high nuclear YAP, a key transcriptional co-activator regulating tumor growth and invasion...
October 19, 2016: ELife
Louise M A Jakobsen, Christian C Yde, Thomas Van Hecke, Randi Jessen, Jette F Young, Stefaan De Smet, Hanne Christine Bertram
SCOPE: The scope of the present study was to investigate the effects of red versus white meat intake on the metabolome of rats. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty-four male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to 15 days of ad libitum feeding of one of four experimental diets: 1) lean chicken, 2) chicken with lard, 3) lean beef, and 4) beef with lard. Urine, feces, plasma and colon tissue samples were analyzed using (1) H NMR-based metabolomics and real-time PCR was performed on colon tissue to examine the expression of specific genes...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
May Loong Tan, Jacqueline J Ho, Keng Hwang Teh
BACKGROUND: About 5% of school children have a specific learning disorder, defined as unexpected failure to acquire adequate abilities in reading, writing or mathematics that is not a result of reduced intellectual ability, inadequate teaching or social deprivation. Of these events, 80% are reading disorders. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), in particular, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which normally are abundant in the brain and in the retina, are important for learning. Some children with specific learning disorders have been found to be deficient in these PUFAs, and it is argued that supplementation of PUFAs may help these children improve their learning abilities...
September 28, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Paul D Gavin, Mahmoud El-Tamimy, Hooi Hong Keah, Ben J Boyd
Transdermal drug delivery is a useful route of administration that avoids first-pass metabolism and more invasive delivery options. However, many drugs require enhancers to enable sufficient drug absorption to reach therapeutic effect. Alpha-tocopheryl phosphate (TP) and di-alpha-tocopheryl phosphate (T2P) are two phosphorylated forms of vitamin E which form tocopheryl phosphate mixture (TPM) when combined, and have been proposed to enhance the dermal and transdermal delivery of actives of interest. Here, we report the physicochemical characteristics and morphological properties of TPM formulations, including particle size, deformability and morphology, and its ability to facilitate the transport of carnosine, vitamin D3, CoEnzyme Q10 and caffeine into, and across, the skin...
September 26, 2016: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Juan Manuel Chao de la Barca, Oussama Bakhta, Hussein Kalakech, Gilles Simard, Sophie Tamareille, Véronique Catros, Jacques Callebert, Cédric Gadras, Lydie Tessier, Pascal Reynier, Fabrice Prunier, Delphine Mirebeau-Prunier
BACKGROUND: Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) is an attractive therapeutic procedure for protecting the heart against ischemia/reperfusion injury. Despite evidence of humoral mediators transported through the circulation playing a critical role, their actual identities so far remain unknown. We sought to identify plasmatic RIPC-induced metabolites that may play a role. METHODS AND RESULTS: Rat plasma samples from RIPC and control groups were analyzed using a targeted metabolomic approach aimed at measuring 188 metabolites...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Ulrik K Sundekilde, Martin K Rasmussen, Jette F Young, Hanne Christine Bertram
Increased incidences of pectoralis muscle dystrophy are observed in commercial chicken products, but the muscle physiological causes for the condition remain to be identified. In the present study a high-resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) proton ((1)H) NMR spectroscopic examination of intact pectoralis muscle samples (n=77) were conducted to explore metabolite perturbations associated with the muscle dystrophy condition for the very first time. Both in chicken with an age of 21 and 31days, respectively, pectoralis muscle dystrophy was associated with a significantly lower content of anserine (p=0...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Kaija-Leena Kolho, Alberto Pessia, Tytti Jaakkola, Willem M de Vos, Vidya Velagapudi
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] is considered to result from the interplay between host and intestinal microbiota but its pathogenesis is incompletely understood. While IBD in adults has shown to be associated with marked changes in body fluid metabolomics, there are only few studies in children. Hence, this prospective study addressed the faecal and serum metabolomics in newly diagnosed paediatric IBD. METHODS: Paediatric patients with IBD undergoing diagnostic endoscopies and controls also with endoscopy but no signs of inflammation provided blood and stool samples in a tertiary care hospital...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Xiangrong Wang, Chengkun Fang, Jianhua He, Qiuzhong Dai, Rejun Fang
In an effort to further understand of the differences of meat flavor and texture between Linwu ducks and Pekin ducks at market age, we investigated the meat metabolite composition of the two breeds of ducks using 600 MHz (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Comprehensive multivariate data analysis including principal component analysis (PCA), partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), and orthogonal projection to latent structure-discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA) were applied to analyze the (1)H-NMR profiling data to identify the distinguishing metabolites of breast meat between two breeds of ducks...
September 8, 2016: Poultry Science
Caroline de Andrade Kratz, Vitor de Salles Painelli, Kleiner Márcio de Andrade Nemezio, Rafael Pires da Silva, Emerson Franchini, Alessandro Moura Zagatto, Bruno Gualano, Guilherme Giannini Artioli
OBJECTIVES: In official judo competitions, athletes usually engage in 5-7 matches in the same day, performing numerous high-intensity efforts interspersed by short recovery intervals. Thus, glycolytic demand in judo is high and acidosis may limit performance. Carnosine is a relevant intracellular acid buffer whose content is increased with beta-alanine supplementation. Thus, we hypothesized that beta-alanine supplementation could attenuate acidosis and improve judo performance. DESIGN: Twenty-three highly-trained judo athletes were randomly assigned to receive either beta-alanine (6...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Giulio Vistoli, Mara Colzani, Angelica Mazzolari, Danilo De Maddis, Giovanni Grazioso, Alessandro Pedretti, Marina Carini, Giancarlo Aldini
AIM: The inhibition of protein carbonylation can play therapeutic roles in several oxidative-based diseases and direct carbonyl quenching appears the most effective inhibition strategies. l-carnosine derivatives are effective and selective quenchers toward 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal even though their activity was never investigated in a fully comparable way. RESULTS: The reported results revealed that anserine, homocarnosine and carnosinamide retain a remarkable quenching activity combined with a satisfactory selectivity...
September 2016: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Jamie K Schnuck, Kyle L Sunderland, Matthew R Kuennen, Roger A Vaughan
PURPOSE: β-alanine is a common component of numerous sports supplements purported to improve athletic performance through enhanced carnosine biosynthesis and related intracellular buffering. To date, the effects of β-alanine on oxidative metabolism remain largely unexplored. This work investigated the effects of β-alanine on the expression of proteins which regulate cellular energetics. METHODS: C2C12 myocytes were cultured and differentiated under standard conditions followed by treatment with either β-alanine or isonitrogenous non-metabolizable control D-alanine at 800μM for 24 hours...
June 2016: Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry
S V Jargin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Sophia Esalatmanesh, Zoha Abrishami, Atefeh Zeinoddini, Fatemeh Rahiminejad, Majid Sadeghi, Mohammad-Reza Najarzadegan, Mohammad-Reza Shalbafan, Shahin Akhondzadeh
AIM: Several lines of evidence implicate glutamatergic dysfunction in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), presenting this neurotransmitter as a target for the development of novel pharmacotherapy. The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of minocycline as an augmentative agent to fluvoxamine in the treatment of patients with OCD. METHODS: One hundred and two patients with the diagnosis of moderate-to-severe OCD were recruited to this study...
August 4, 2016: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
A Morales, S E M Cota, N O Ibarra, N Arce, J K Htoo, M Cervantes
Exposure to heat stress (HS) may affect the intestinal epithelia of pigs, resulting in impaired digestive and absorptive capacity. The serum concentration (SC) of free AA in pigs can be used as indicators of their availability. This study was conducted with 12 crossbred (Landrace × Hampshire × Duroc) pigs (29.0 ± 2.8 kg initial BW) distributed into 2 groups to analyze the SC of free AA and some AA metabolites in pigs exposed to HS conditions. The treatments were pigs housed under natural HS conditions in a room with no ambient temperature control (23...
July 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Sajjad Javadi, Reza Yousefi, Saman Hosseinkhani, Ali-Mohammad Tamaddon, Vladimir N Uversky
The high level of dehydroascorbic acid (DHA) in the lenticular tissue is an important risk factor for the development of age-related cataracts. In this study, the effects of DHA on structure and function of lens crystallins were studied in the presence of carnosine using gel mobility shift assay, different spectroscopic techniques, and lens culture analysis. The DHA-induced unfolding and aggregation of lens proteins were largely prevented by this endogenous dipeptide. The ability of carnosine to preserve native protein structure upon exposure to DHA suggests the essential role of this dipeptide in prevention of the senile cataract development...
July 29, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Keiichi Suzuki, Hiroyuki Shioura, Syoko Yokota, Kazuo Katoh, Sang-Gun Roh, Fumiko Iida, Tomohiko Komatsu, Noriaki Syoji, Hironori Sakuma, Shinichi Yamada
To search for an index for chemical composition related to superior taste in Japanese Black beef, we conducted panel tests and analyzed the chemical composition of seven beef brands. Thirty-five sirloin beefs from five heifers were used in this study, sold under seven beef brands graded as more than A4 on the Japanese Meat Grade scale. The chemical composition analyses assessed both raw and roasted meat, the latter of which was roasted under the same conditions as those used for the panel test. Results of the panel test and chemical composition analyses revealed that fatty acid composition, sugar content, adenosine triphosphage (ATP)-related compounds, amino acid composition and odor composition in the sirloin meat differed among beef brands...
July 27, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
Carlo Lombardi, Marco Metra
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Obesity
Yasuki Higashimura, Tomohisa Takagi, Yuji Naito
Zinc, an essential trace element, affects immune responses, skin metabolism, hormone composition, and some sensory function, so that the deficiency presents various symptoms such as immunodeficiency and taste obstacle. Further, the zinc deficiency also considers as a risk of various diseases. Recent reports demonstrated that -20% of the Japanese population was marginally zinc deficiency, and over 25% of the global population is at high risk of zinc deficiency. In gastrointestinal disorders, zinc plays an important role in the healing of mucosal and epithelial damage...
July 2016: Nihon Rinsho. Japanese Journal of Clinical Medicine
Ghania Ait-Ghezala, Samira Hassan, Miles Tweed, Daniel Paris, Gogce Crynen, Zuchra Zakirova, Stefan Crynen, Fiona Crawford
Context • Telomeres are repeated deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences (TTAGGG) that are located on the 5' ends of chromosomes, and they control the life span of eukaryotic cells. Compelling evidence has shown that the length of a person's life is dictated by the limited number of times that a human cell can divide. The enzyme telomerase has been shown to bind to and extend the length of telomeres. Thus, strategies for activating telomerase may help maintain telomere length and, thus, may lead to improved health during aging...
June 2016: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
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