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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445429/exploring-the-behavioral-and-metabolic-phenotype-generated-by-re-introduction-of-the-ghrelin-receptor-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
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Louise J Skov, Morten Jensen, Søren H Christiansen, Cecilia Ratner, David P D Woldbye, Birgitte Holst
Ghrelin receptor (Ghr-R) signaling in neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) can modulate dopaminergic function and the reward-related effects of both palatable foods and drugs of abuse. In this study, we re-introduced the Ghr-R in VTA neurons in Ghr-R knockout mice (Ghr-R(VTA) mice) to specifically study the importance of the constitutively active Ghr-R for VTA neuronal signaling. Our results showed that re-introduction of the Ghr-R in the VTA had no impact on body weight or food intake under basal conditions...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444877/identification-and-measurement-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-m-sem-from-staphylococcus-aureus-isolate-associated-with-staphylococcal-food-poisoning
#2
Yanying Zhao, Anni Zhu, Junni Tang, Cheng Tang, Juan Chen
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) produces a wide variety of staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs, SEA to SEX), which are responsible for staphylococcal food poisoning. This study is aimed to establish a system to detect SEM protein in food matrixes. In the present study, sem gene was characterized in a S. aureus isolate H4 associated with food poisoning. The amino acid sequence of the deduced SEM protein was same as that of previously identified SEM from S. aureus 04-02981. Subsequently, mature SEM protein was expressed in E...
April 26, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444855/intraguild-interactions-and-behavior-of-spodoptera-frugiperda-and-helicoverpa-spp-on-maize
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José P F Bentivenha, Débora G Montezano, Thomas E Hunt, Edson L L Baldin, Julie A Peterson, Vinícius S Victor, Luiz E R Pannuti, Ana M Vélez, Silvana V Paula-Moraes
BACKGROUND: Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is one of the major pests of maize, and is in the same feeding guild of the noctuid pests, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), and Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), recently reported in South and North America. The intraguild interactions of these species were assessed in laboratory and field conditions by determining the survival of larvae in interactions scenarios with non-Bt maize silks and ears. Moreover, a video-tracking system was utilized to evaluate behavioral parameters during larval interactions in scenarios with or without food...
April 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444605/recent-trends-of-modern-bacterial-insecticides-for-pest-control-practice-in-integrated-crop-management-system
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REVIEW
Pritam Chattopadhyay, Goutam Banerjee, Sayantan Mukherjee
Food security and safety are the major concern in ever expanding human population on the planet earth. Each and every year insect pests cause a serious damage in agricultural field that cost billions of dollars annually to farmers. The loss in term of productivity and high cost of chemical pesticides enhance the production cost. Irrespective use of chemical pesticides (such as Benzene hexachloride, Endosulfan, Aldicarb, and Fenobucarb) in agricultural field raised several types of environmental issues. Furthermore, continuous use of chemical pesticides creates a selective pressure which helps in emerging of resistance pest...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443289/frequency-and-duration-of-fecal-shedding-of-salmonella-enteritidis-by-experimentally-infected-laying-hens-housed-in-enriched-colony-cages-at-different-stocking-densities
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Richard K Gast, Rupa Guraya, Deana R Jones, Kenneth E Anderson, Darrin M Karcher
Human infections with Salmonella Enteritidis are often attributed to the consumption of contaminated eggs, so the prevalence of this pathogen in egg-laying poultry is an important public health risk factor. Numerous and complex environmental influences on Salmonella persistence and transmission are exerted by management practices and housing facilities used in commercial egg production. In recent years, the animal welfare implications of poultry housing systems have guided the development of alternatives to traditional cage-based housing, but their food safety consequences are not yet fully understood...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442349/perinatal-programming-of-the-orexinergic-hypocretinergic-system-in-hypothalamus-and-anterior-pituitary-by-testosterone
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Natalia I Cataldi, Victoria A Lux-Lantos, Carlos Libertun
Orexins A/B derived from hypothalamic prepro-orexin (PPO) are agonists for orexin receptors 1 (OX1) and 2 (OX2). Previously, we showed clear sex differences in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal orexinergic system in adult rodents. Here, we studied the effect of sexual brain differentiation on the orexinergic system in neuroendocrine structures regulating reproduction. We evaluated: a: proestrous and neonatally androgenized female rats; b: adult males, untreated or gonadectomized in adulthood and injected with oil or estradiol and progesterone (E2/P4); c: control and demasculinized males (perinatally treated with flutamide and later castration) injected either with oil or E2/P4 in adulthood...
April 22, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442328/simple-quick-and-cost-efficient-a-universal-rt-pcr-and-sequencing-strategy-for-genomic-characterisation-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-viruses
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V Dill, M Beer, B Hoffmann
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a major contributor to poverty and food insecurity in Africa and Asia, and it is one of the biggest threats to agriculture in highly developed countries. As FMD is extremely contagious, strategies for its prevention, early detection, and the immediate characterization of outbreak strains are of great importance. The generation of whole-genome sequences enables phylogenetic characterization, the epidemiological tracing of virus transmission pathways and is supportive in disease control strategies...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441986/medical-therapy-versus-dietary-avoidance-in-eosinophilic-esophagitis-which-approach-is-better
#8
Mirna Chehade, Ellen Sher
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic immune-mediated esophageal disease characterized by esophageal symptoms and esophageal eosinophilia. It is induced by food triggers and by environmental allergens in some patients. No U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved therapies exist for patients with EoE. Common therapies include topical corticosteroids (TCS) and dietary restriction. METHODS: This article reviewed the pros and cons of a medical versus dietary approach in treating EoE in children and adults...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441947/indicators-of-the-relative-availability-of-healthy-versus-unhealthy-foods-in-supermarkets-a-validation-study
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Stefanie Vandevijvere, Tara Mackenzie, Cliona Ni Mhurchu
BACKGROUND: In-store availability of healthy and unhealthy foods may influence consumer purchases. Methods used to measure food availability, however, vary widely. A simple, valid, and reliable indicator to collect comparable data on in-store food availability is needed. METHODS: Cumulative linear shelf length of and variety within 22 healthy and 28 unhealthy food groups, determined based on a comparison of three nutrient profiling systems, were measured in 15 New Zealand supermarkets...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441866/interactions-of-insoluble-residue-from-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-brewer-s-spent-grain-with-intestinal-microbiota-in-mice
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Johanna Maukonen, Anna-Marja Aura, Piritta Niemi, Gulam Shere Raza, Klaus Niemela, Jaroslaw Walkowiak, Ismo Mattila, Kaisa Poutanen, Johanna Buchert, Karl-Heinz Herzig
Brewer's spent grain (BSG) is the major side-stream from brewing. As BSG is rich in dietary fiber and protein, it could be used in more valuable applications, such as nutritional additives for foods. Our aim was to elucidate whether a insoluble lignin-rich fraction (INS) from BSG is metabolized by mice gut microbiota and how it affects the microbiota. Our results indicated that lignin was partially degraded by the gut microbiota, degradation products were absorbed, and finally excreted in urine. Therefore, they contribute to the phenolic pool circulating in the mammalian body, and may have systemic effects on health...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441497/development-of-a-biorelevant-material-sparing-membrane-flux-test-for-rapid-screening-of-bioavailability-enhancing-drug-product-formulations
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Aaron M Stewart, Michael E Grass, Deanna M Mudie, Michael M Morgen, Dwayne T Friesen, David T Vodak
Bioavailability-enhancing formulations are often used to overcome challenges of poor gastrointestinal solubility for drug substances developed for oral administration. Conventional in vitro dissolution tests often do not properly compare such formulations due to the many different drug species that may exist in solution. To overcome these limitations, we have designed a practical in vitro membrane flux test, requiring minimal active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and capable of rapidly screening many drug product intermediates...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440858/treatment-with-disease-modifying-drugs-for-people-with-a-first-clinical-attack-suggestive-of-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Graziella Filippini, Cinzia Del Giovane, Marinella Clerico, Omid Beiki, Miriam Mattoscio, Federico Piazza, Sten Fredrikson, Irene Tramacere, Antonio Scalfari, Georgia Salanti
BACKGROUND: The treatment of multiple sclerosis has changed over the last 20 years. The advent of disease-modifying drugs in the mid-1990s heralded a period of rapid progress in the understanding and management of multiple sclerosis. With the support of magnetic resonance imaging early diagnosis is possible, enabling treatment initiation at the time of the first clinical attack. As most of the disease-modifying drugs are associated with adverse events, patients and clinicians need to weigh the benefit and safety of the various early treatment options before taking informed decisions...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440738/restricted-feeding-modulates-the-daily-variations-of-liver-glutamate-dehydrogenase-activity-expression-and-histological-location
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Olivia Vázquez-Martínez, Isabel Méndez, Isaías Turrubiate, Héctor Valente-Godínez, Moisés Pérez-Mendoza, Paola García-Tejada, Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz
Glutamate dehydrogenase is an important enzyme in the hepatic regulation of nitrogen and energy metabolism. It catalyzes one of the most relevant anaplerotic reactions. Although its relevance in liver homeostasis has been widely described, its daily pattern and responsiveness to restricted feeding protocols has not been studied. We explored the daily variations of liver glutamate dehydrogenase transcription, protein, activity, and histochemical and subcellular location in a protocol of daytime food synchronization in rats...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440688/simultaneous-identification-of-campylobacter-jejuni-campylobacter-coli-and-campylobacter-lari-with-smartcycler-based-multiplex-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Kun C Liu, Karen C Jinneman, Jason Neal-McKinney, Wen-Hsin Wu, Daniel H Rice
BACKGROUND: Consumption of Campylobacter contaminated food or water is a leading cause of human acute gastroenteritis. Campylobacter jejuni, Campylobacter coli, and Campylobacter lari account for over 95% of total Campylobacter infections. A multiplex quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for simultaneous identification of C. jejuni, C. coli, and C. lari was developed for use with the SmartCycler II system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated and combined previously described primers and probes for Campylobacter detection, designed a new internal amplification control, and optimized the multiplex qPCR for the detection of C...
April 25, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440549/feel-american-watch-american-eat-american-remote-acculturation-tv-and-nutrition-among-adolescent-mother-dyads-in-jamaica
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Gail M Ferguson, Henna Muzaffar, Maria I Iturbide, Hui Chu, Julie Meeks Gardner
Globalization prompts remote acculturation toward U.S. culture in Jamaica; this study used a bioecological systems approach to examine its proximal impact on nutrition through U.S. cable TV consumption, and maternal influences in the home. Overall, 330 randomly selected adolescent-mother dyads from schools in Kingston, Jamaica (Madolescent_age  = 13.8 years, SDadolescent_age  = 1.8) completed questionnaires reporting American identity and behavioral preferences, daily time spent watching U.S.-produced TV programs, and frequency of eating unhealthy foods...
April 25, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440083/systems-metabolomics-for-prediction-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Estelle Pujos-Guillot, Marion Brandolini, Mélanie Pétéra, Dhouha Grissa, Charlotte Joly, Bernard Lyan, Eléonore Herquelot, Sébastien Czernichow, Marie Zins, Marcel Goldberg, Blandine Comte
The evolution of human health is a continuum of transitions, involving multifaceted processes at multiple levels and there is an urgent need for integrative biomarkers that can characterize and predict progression towards disease development. The objective of this work was to perform a systems metabolomics approach to predict metabolic syndrome (MetS) development. A case-control design was used within the French occupational GAZEL cohort (n=112 males: discovery study; n=94: replication/validation study). Our integrative strategy was to combine untargeted metabolomics with clinical, sociodemographic and food habit parameters to describe early phenotypes and build multidimensional predictive models...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438266/physiological-role-of-two-component-signal-transduction-systems-in-food-associated-lactic-acid-bacteria
#17
Vicente Monedero, Ainhoa Revilla-Guarinos, Manuel Zúñiga
Two-component systems (TCSs) are widespread signal transduction pathways mainly found in bacteria where they play a major role in adaptation to changing environmental conditions. TCSs generally consist of sensor histidine kinases that autophosphorylate in response to a specific stimulus and subsequently transfer the phosphate group to their cognate response regulators thus modulating their activity, usually as transcriptional regulators. In this review we present the current knowledge on the physiological role of TCSs in species of the families Lactobacillaceae and Leuconostocaceae of the group of lactic acid bacteria (LAB)...
2017: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438015/genome-characteristics-of-lactobacillus-fermentum-strain-jdfm216-for-application-as-probiotic-bacteria
#18
Sung Yong Jang, Jaeyoung Heo, Mi Ri Park, Min-Ho Song, Jong Nam Kim, Sung Ho Jo, Do-Youn Jeong, Hak Kyo Lee, Younghoon Kim, Sangnam Oh
Lactobacillus fermentum strain JDFM216, isolated from a Korean infant feces, possesses an enhancement of longevity and immune response on Caenorhabditis elegans host. To explore the molecular characteristics of strain JDFM216, we performed a whole-genome sequencing using PacBio system. The single circular DNA chromosome of 2,076,427 bp was completely assembled and 2,623 encoding sequences were predicted. Phylogenetically featured five genes possibly related to longevity and immune response of host were identified in L...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437794/hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-associated-with-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-a-review-of-cases-reported-to-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-adverse-event-reporting-system
#19
Susan J Bersoff-Matcha, Kelly Cao, Mihaela Jason, Adebola Ajao, S Christopher Jones, Tamra Meyer, Allen Brinker
Background: Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) are used increasingly to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Reports were published recently on hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation (HBV-R) in patients with HBV-HCV co-infection. Hepatitis B virus reactivation, defined as an abrupt increase in HBV replication in patients with inactive or resolved HBV infection, may result in clinically significant hepatitis. Objective: To assess whether HBV-R is a safety concern in patients receiving HCV DAAs...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437767/building-integrated-agriculture-a-first-assessment-of-aerobiological-air-quality-in-rooftop-greenhouses-i-rtgs
#20
Mireia Ercilla-Montserrat, Rebeca Izquierdo, Jordina Belmonte, Juan Ignacio Montero, Pere Muñoz, Concepción De Linares, Joan Rieradevall
Building-integrated rooftop greenhouse (i-RTG) agriculture has intensified in recent years, due to the growing interest in the development of new agricultural spaces and in the promotion of food self-sufficiency in urban areas. This paper provides a first assessment of the indoor dynamics of bioaerosols in an i-RTG, with the aim of evaluating biological air quality in a tomato greenhouse near Barcelona. It evaluates the greenhouse workers' exposure to airborne pollen and fungal spores in order to prevent allergy problems associated with occupational tasks...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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