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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734162/extraction-and-in-vitro-screening-of-potential-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-from-the-leaves-of-panax-japonicus
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Sainan Li, Chengyu Liu, Chunming Liu, Yuchi Zhang
Ultrafiltration liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UFLC-MS) is an efficient method that can be applied to rapidly screen and identify ligands for acetylcholinesterase (AChE) from the leaves of Panax japonicus. Using this method, we identified 5 major compounds, chikusetsusaponins V, Ib, IV, IVa, and IVa ethyl ester, as potent AChE inhibitors, which were assessed for anti-Alzheimer disease activity using the PC12 cell model. A continuous online method, which consisted of microwave-assisted extraction, a solvent concentration tank, and centrifugal partition chromatography (MAE-SCT-CPC), was newly developed for scaled up production of these compounds with high purity and efficiency...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734138/ghrelin-plasma-concentration-does-not-covary-with-energy-demand-in-adult-laying-hens
#2
A Höhne, L Schrader, S Weigend, S Petow
The peptide hormone ghrelin is suggested to be involved in food intake regulation in young growing chicken. Whether ghrelin is involved in the regulation of energetic balance associated with laying performance in adult laying hens was studied by use of 4 chicken lines that differ in laying performance and phylogeny (4 lines; 16 hens per line). As housing conditions are also known to affect energy demand, half of the hens per line were housed in single cages and the other half of hens were maintained in a floor housing system...
June 29, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732169/design-of-modular-peptide-surfactants-and-their-surface-activity
#3
Hao-Fei Wang, David Wibowo, Zhengzhong Shao, Anton Peter J Middelberg, Chun-Xia Zhao
Designed peptide surfactants offer a number of advanced properties over conventional petrochemical surfactants, including biocompatibility, sustainability, and tailorability of the chemical and physical properties through peptide design. Their biocompatibility and degradability make them attractive for various applications, particularly for food and pharmaceutical applications. In this work, two new peptide surfactants derived from an amphiphilic peptide surfactant (AM1) were designed (AM-S and C8-AM) to better understand links between structure, interfacial activity and emulsification...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731471/changes-in-nutrient-stoichiometry-elemental-homeostasis-and-growth-rate-of-aquatic-litter-associated-fungi-in-response-to-inorganic-nutrient-supply
#4
Vladislav Gulis, Kevin A Kuehn, Louie N Schoettle, Desiree Leach, Jonathan P Benstead, Amy D Rosemond
Aquatic fungi mediate important energy and nutrient transfers in freshwater ecosystems, a role potentially altered by widespread eutrophication. We studied the effects of dissolved nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) concentrations and ratios on fungal stoichiometry, elemental homeostasis, nutrient uptake and growth rate in two experiments that used (1) liquid media and a relatively recalcitrant carbon (C) source and (2) fungi grown on leaf litter in microcosms. Two monospecific fungal cultures and a multi-species assemblage were assessed in each experiment...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731294/the-bioinorganic-chemistry-of-lead-in-the-context-of-its-toxicity
#5
Wolfgang Maret
Owing to its abundance on earth and its multiple uses by humans, lead (Pb) is a major toxicant that has threatened human health for millennia and continues to do so. There is no safe level of exposure, necessitating a nuanced approach to its control in the food we consume, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Turnover in soft tissues is within days. In contrast, lead accumulates in bone and turns over with a half-life of about 30 years, though it can be mobilized from bone under physiological and pathophysiological conditions of bone resorption...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731149/the-role-of-t-helper-17-cells-in-the-pathogenesis-of-hepatitis-b-virus-related-liver-cirrhosis-review
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Suxia Bao, Jianming Zheng, Guangfeng Shi
In chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected patients, T helper 17 (Th17) cells are significantly elevated. Th17 cells initiate immune‑mediated pathogenesis and have a critical role in the process of HBV‑related liver cirrhosis (HBV‑LC). The mechanisms underlying this process are attributed to Th17‑secreted cytokines, which include interleukin (IL)‑17, IL‑21 and IL‑22; however, a systemic analysis regarding these mechanisms has yet to be conducted. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the role of Th17 cells in the pathogenesis of HBV‑LC...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730936/an-industry-update-what-is-the-latest-news-in-therapeutic-delivery
#7
Iain Simpson
This Industry Update covers the period from 1 through 30 April 2017, and is based on information sourced from company press releases, scientific literature, patents and various news websites. Biogen expanded its portfolio of developmental drugs targeting neurological diseases by licensing a drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb which is currently under investigation for the treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy. Takeda announced a deal with NuBiyota focused on developing treatments for gastrointestinal disorders, based on the manipulation of microbes living in the gut...
July 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730513/element-repetition-rates-encode-functionally-distinct-information-in-pied-babbler-clucks-and-purrs
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Sabrina Engesser, Amanda R Ridley, Simon W Townsend
Human language is a recombinant system that achieves its productivity through the combination of a limited set of sounds. Research investigating the evolutionary origin of this generative capacity has generally focused on the capacity of non-human animals to combine different types of discrete sounds to encode new meaning, with less emphasis on meaning-differentiating mechanisms achieved through potentially simpler temporal modifications within a sequence of repeated sounds. Here we show that pied babblers (Turdoides bicolor) generate two functionally distinct vocalisations composed of the same sound type, which can only be distinguished by the number of repeated elements...
July 20, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730403/functional-characterization-of-potential-probiotic-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-kalarei-and-development-of-probiotic-fermented-oat-flour
#9
Mahak Gupta, Bijender Kumar Bajaj
Considerable variations among probiotics with respect to their health benefitting attributes fuel the research on bioprospecting of proficient probiotic strains from various ecological niches especially the poorly unexplored ones. In the current study, kalarei, an indigenous cheese-like fermented milk product, and other dairy-based sources like curd and raw milk were used for isolation of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Among 34 LAB isolates, 7 that could withstand simulated gastrointestinal (GI) conditions were characterized for functional probiotic attributes, viz...
July 20, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729439/striatal-gpr88-modulates-foraging-efficiency
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Aundrea Rainwater, Elisenda Sanz, Richard D Palmiter, Albert Quintana
The striatum is anatomically and behaviorally implicated in behaviors that promote efficient foraging. To investigate this function, we studied instrumental choice behavior in mice lacking GPR88, a striatum-enriched orphan G-protein-coupled receptor that modulates striatal medium spiny neuron (MSN) excitability. Our results reveal that hungry mice lacking GPR88 (KO mice) were slow to acquire food-reinforced lever-press, but could lever press similar to controls on a progressive-ratio schedule. Both WT and KO mice discriminated between reward and no-reward levers; however, KO mice failed to discriminate based on relative quantity- reward (1 versus 3 food pellets) or effort (3 versus 9 lever presses)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728722/transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-review
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John H Braxton, Kelly S Rasmussen, Milind S Shah
Patients with inoperable, high-risk, and intermediate-risk aortic stenosis can now be treated with transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration selectively choose centers based on experience and require a collaborative, multidisciplinary team approach in the treatment and decision making for these patients. The work-up has been streamlined. Gated multislice computed tomography angiogram has emerged as the gold standard for assessment of valve anatomy and sizing of the transcatheter heart valve...
August 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728411/isolation-and-characterization-of-lactoferrin-peptides-with-stimulatory-effect-on-osteoblast-proliferation
#12
Fengjiao Fan, Maolin Tu, Meng Liu, Pujie Shi, Yun Wang, Di Wu, Ming Du
Lactoferrin is reported to be a potential food protein with osteogenic activity. However, the activity of lactoferrin peptides is questionable. In the present study, we isolated and characterized peptides from lactoferrin with stimulatory effect on osteoblast proliferation. Peptides from the lactoferrin pepsin hydrolysate were purified using cation-exchange and gel-filtration chromatography. Effects of different hydrolysates and peptides on the proliferation of osteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells were compared by MTT assay...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727420/bio-inspired-development-of-p-st-maa-avermectins-nanoparticles-with-high-affinity-for-foliage-to-enhance-folia-retention
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Jie Liang, Manli Yu, Liya Guo, Bo Cui, Xiang Zhao, Changjiao Sun, Yan Wang, Guoqiang Liu, Haixin Cui, Zhanghua Zeng
Pesticides are chemical or biological substances to control pests and protect crop yield. Most pesticides suffering from large amounts of losses in the environment, lead to damage of ecological systems and food pollution. To reduce their losses and increase utilization rate, we have developed a bio-inspired by mussel avermectins nanoparticles (P(St-MAA)-Av-Cat) with strong adhesion to crop foliage by emulsion-solvent evaporation method and chemical modification. They were near spheres sharpness with a diameter around 120 nm...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727113/feed-withdrawal-and-transportation-effects-on-salmonella-enterica-levels-in-market-weight-pigs
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S D Eicher, M H Rostagno, D C Lay
Feed withdrawal and transport commonly occur together in pigs. Objectives of this study were to determine if these preslaughter stressors, feed withdrawal and transportation, affect the levels of , stress hormone concentrations, and immune functions in infected market pigs. A 2 × 2 factorial analysis of a randomized complete block design with feed withdrawal and transport as fixed effects was used. Sixty market-weight pigs were individually inoculated with serovar Typhimurium. The experiment was replicated 3 times (blocking factor) with 20 pigs per replicate...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726958/wasabia-japonica-is-a-potential-functional-food-to-prevent-colitis-via-inhibiting-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Ju-Hee Kang, Seungho Choi, Jeong-Eun Jang, Prakash Ramalingam, Young Tag Ko, Sun Yeou Kim, Seung Hyun Oh
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are prevalent and debilitating health problems worldwide. Many types of drugs are used to treat IBDs, but they exhibit adverse effects such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc. In order to overcome the limitations of current therapeutic drugs, scientists have searched for functional foods from natural resources. In this study, we investigated the anti-colitic effects of Wasabia japonica extract in a DSS-induced colitis model...
July 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726639/mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-in-drosophila-transfers-calcium-between-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-mitochondria-in-oxidative-stress-induced-cell-death
#16
Sekyu Choi, Xianglan Quan, Sunhoe Bang, Heesuk Yoo, Jiyoung Kim, Jiwon Park, Kyu-Sang Park, Jongkyeong Chung
Mitochondrial calcium plays critical roles in diverse cellular processes ranging from energy metabolism to cell death. Previous studies have demonstrated that mitochondrial calcium uptake is mainly mediated by the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) complex. However, the roles of the MCU complex in calcium transport, signaling, and dysregulation by oxidative stress still remain unclear. Here, we confirmed that Drosophila MCU contains evolutionarily conserved structures and requires essential MCU regulator (EMRE) for its calcium channel activities...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726509/soymilk-fermentation-by-enterococcus-faecalis-vb43-leads-to-reduction-in-the-immunoreactivity-of-allergenic-proteins-%C3%AE-conglycinin-7s-and-glycinin-11s
#17
V Biscola, A Rodriguez de Olmos, Y Choiset, H Rabesona, M S Garro, F Mozzi, J-M Chobert, M Drouet, T Haertlé, B D G M Franco
Food allergies represent a serious problem affecting human health and soy proteins rank among the most allergenic proteins from food origin. The proteolytic enzymes produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB) can hydrolyse the major allergens present in soybean, reducing their immunoreactivity. Many studies have reported the ability of LAB to ferment soy-based products; while the majority of them focus on the improvement of the sensory characteristics and functionality of soy proteins, a lack of information about the role of lactic fermentation in the reduction of immunoreactivity of these proteins exists...
July 20, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726388/detection-of-pesticide-residues-in-food-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-a-review
#18
Menglei Xu, Yu Gao, Xiao Xia Han, Bing Zhao
Pesticides directly pollute the environment and contaminate foods ultimately being absorbed by the human body. Their residues contain highly toxic substances that have been found to cause serious problems to human health even at very low concentrations. The gold standard method, gas/liquid chromatography combined with mass spectroscopy, has been widely used for the detection of pesticide residues. However, these methods have some drawbacks such as complicated pre-treatment and cleanup steps. Recent technological advancements of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has promoted the creation of alternative detection techniques...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726085/micrornas-in-mucosal-inflammation
#19
REVIEW
Viola Neudecker, Xiaoyi Yuan, Jessica L Bowser, Holger K Eltzschig
Of the total human body's surface, the majority is internal surface, belonging to the lungs (100 m(2)) and intestinal tract (400 m(2)). In comparison, the external surface area, belonging to the skin, comprises less than 1% (2 m(2)). Continuous exposure of the mucosal surface to external factors (e.g., pathogens, food particles) requires tight regulation to maintain homeostasis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have gained noticeable attention as playing important roles in maintaining the steady-state of tissues by modulating immune functions and inflammatory responses...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725903/suppressive-effects-of-dietary-epa-rich-fish-oil-on-the-degradation-of-elastin-fibers-in-the-aortic-wall-in-nicotine-administered-mice
#20
Hirona Kugo, Nobuhiro Zaima, Megumi Onozato, Chie Miyamoto, Keisuke Hashimoto, Kenichi Yanagimoto, Tatsuya Moriyama
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a vascular disease involving gradual dilation of the abdominal aorta. Recent studies suggest that nicotine, which is a primary component in cigarette smoke, is closely associated with the development and rupture of an AAA. Nicotine accelerates AAA development through the weakening of the vascular wall by increasing oxidative stress and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 expression. However, little is known about preventing the AAA induced by nicotine. A non-surgical means of preventing the weakening of the vascular wall before the onset of AAA by functional food factors would be a valuable option over surgery...
July 20, 2017: Food & Function
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