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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104698/periconceptional-maternal-one-carbon-biomarkers-are-associated-with-embryonic-development-according-to-the-carnegie-stages
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F Parisi, M Rousian, A H J Koning, S P Willemsen, I Cetin, R P M Steegers-Theunissen
STUDY QUESTION: Is periconceptional maternal one-carbon (I-C) metabolism associated with embryonic morphological development in non-malformed ongoing pregnancies? SUMMARY ANSWER: Serum vitamin B12, red blood cell (RBC) folate and plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) are associated with embryonic development according to the Carnegie stages. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Derangements in maternal I-C metabolism affect reproductive and pregnancy outcomes, as well as future health of the offspring...
January 18, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101774/newborn-screening-for-remethylation-disorders-and-vitamin-b12-deficiency-evaluation-of-new-strategies-in-cohorts-from-qatar-and-germany
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Gwendolyn Gramer, Ghassan Abdoh, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Noora Shahbeck, Rehab Ali, Laila Mahmoud, Junmin Fang-Hoffmann, Georg F Hoffmann, Hilal Al Rifai, Jürgen G Okun
BACKGROUND: Newborn screening is a precondition for early diagnosis and succeßsful treatment of remethylation disorders and classical homocystinuria (cystathionine-β-synthase deficiency). Newborn screening for classical homocystinuria using total homocysteine measurement in dried blood spots has been very successfully performed for many years for newborns from Qatar. METHODS: A new optimized newborn screening strategy for remethylation disorders and homocystinuria was developed and evaluated for newborns from Qatar using total homocysteine measurement as first-tier and methionine, methionine-phenylalanine-ratio and propionylcarnitine as second-tiers...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101099/magnetic-resonance-volumetry-prediction-of-subjective-memory-complaints-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-associations-with-genetic-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Sigbjørn Rogne, Torgil Vangberg, Petter Eldevik, Gry Wikran, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Henrik Schirmer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Subjective memory complaints (SMC) are strong predictors of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and subsequent Alzheimer's disease. Our aims were to see if fully automated cerebral MR volume measurements could distinguish subjects with SMC and MCI from controls, and if probable parental late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD), apolipoprotein E ε4 genotype, total plasma homocysteine, and cardiovascular risk factors were associated with MR volumetric findings. METHODS: 198 stroke-free subjects comprised the control (n = 58), the SMC (n = 25) and the MCI (n = 115) groups...
September 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100069/the-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-supplementation-on-serum-homocysteine-levels-and-hepatic-and-renal-oxidative-stress-in-homocysteine-thiolactone-treated-rats
#4
Gamze Kondakçı, A Fatih Aydın, Semra Doğru-Abbasoğlu, Müjdat Uysal
The effect of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) (1 g/kg body weight/day) on serum homocysteine (Hcy) levels, insulin resistance (IR), and hepatic and renal prooxidant-antioxidant balance was evaluated in rats treated with homocysteine thiolactone (HcyT) (500 mg/kg body weight/day for 6 weeks). Reactive oxygen species (ROS), malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione, ferric reducing antioxidant power, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities were determined in the liver and kidney. HcyT elevated serum Hcy levels and caused IR, but liver and kidney function tests remained unchanged...
January 19, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098048/folate-and-vitamin-b12-concentrations-are-associated-with-plasma-dha-and-epa-fatty-acids-in-european-adolescents-the-healthy-lifestyle-in-europe-by-nutrition-in-adolescence-helena-study
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I Iglesia, I Huybrechts, M González-Gross, T Mouratidou, J Santabárbara, V Chajès, E M González-Gil, J Y Park, S Bel-Serrat, M Cuenca-García, M Castillo, M Kersting, K Widhalm, S De Henauw, M Sjöström, F Gottrand, D Molnár, Y Manios, A Kafatos, M Ferrari, P Stehle, A Marcos, F J Sánchez-Muniz, L A Moreno
This study aimed to examine the association between vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12 biomarkers and plasma fatty acids in European adolescents. A subsample from the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence study with valid data on B-vitamins and fatty acid blood parameters, and all the other covariates used in the analyses such as BMI, Diet Quality Index, education of the mother and physical activity assessed by a questionnaire, was selected resulting in 674 cases (43 % males). B-vitamin biomarkers were measured by chromatography and immunoassay and fatty acids by enzymatic analyses...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094585/relationship-between-plasma-homocysteine-level-and-glaucomatous-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-defect
#6
Jae Yeun Lee, Joon Mo Kim, In Tae Kim, Chung Kwon Yoo, Yu Sam Won, Jung Hoon Kim, Hyun Seok Kwon, Ki Ho Park
AIMS: To investigate the association between plasma homocysteine levels and glaucomatous retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) defect in South Korean population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study included subjects who underwent screening at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital Health Screening Center between August 2012 and July 2013. Subjects underwent physical examination and provided samples for laboratory analysis of homocysteine. Subjects were divided equally into four quartiles (Qs) based on plasma homocysteine level...
January 17, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094233/association-between-the-mthfr-c677t-polymorphism-blood-folate-and-vitamin-b12-deficiency-and-elevated-serum-total-homocysteine-in-healthy-individuals-in-yunnan-province-china
#7
Juan Ni, Ling Zhang, Tao Zhou, Wei-Jiang Xu, Jing-Lun Xue, Neng Cao, Xu Wang
BACKGROUND: An increased serum total homocysteine (tHcy) concentration is typically associated with genetic defects involved in Hcy metabolism or related nutritional deficiencies. In this study, the combined effects of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism and folate and vitamin B12 deficiency on serum total Hcy (tHcy) levels were evaluated in a healthy Chinese population in Yunnan Province, China. METHODS: The MTHFR C677T polymorphism was genotyped in 330 volunteers (164 men and 166 women) using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092827/conjugated-polymer-with-carboxylate-groups-hg-2-system-as-a-turn-on-fluorescence-probe-for-label-free-detection-of-cysteine-containing-compounds
#8
Hongyu Mi, Mingming Guan, Jilin Liu, Hongyan Shan, Qiang Fei, Yanfu Huan, Guodong Feng
In this work, a turn on fluorescent sensor, based on Hg(2+) coordination conjugated polymer, was developed to detect cysteine-containing compounds. The fluorescence of conjugated polymer (poly(2,5-bis (sodium 4-oxybutyrate) -1,4 - phenylethynylene-alt-1,4-phenyleneethynylene; PPE-OBS) would be quenched by Hg(2+) because of the coordination-induced aggregation and electron transfers of PPE-OBS toward Hg(2+). When there were some cysteine-containing compounds in PPE-OBS-Hg(2+) system, the fluorescence of PPE-OBS would be recovered...
January 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091526/a-disrupted-transsulphuration-pathway-results-in-accumulation-of-redox-metabolites-and-induction-of-gametocytogenesis-in-malaria
#9
Divya Beri, Balu Balan, Shweta Chaubey, Suraj Subramaniam, Bachu Surendra, Utpal Tatu
Intra-erythrocytic growth of malaria parasite is known to induce redox stress. In addition to haem degradation which generates reactive oxygen species (ROS), the parasite is also thought to efflux redox active homocysteine. To understand the basis underlying accumulation of homocysteine, we have examined the transsulphuration (TS) pathway in the parasite, which is known to convert homocysteine to cysteine in higher eukaryotes. Our bioinformatic analysis revealed absence of key enzymes in the biosynthesis of cysteine namely cystathionine-β-synthase and cystathionine-γ-lyase in the parasite...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087280/increased-homocysteine-levels-impair-reference-memory-and-reduce-cortical-levels-of-acetylcholine-in-a-mouse-model-of-vascular-cognitive-impairment
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Kevin Dam, Martina Füchtemeier, Tracy D Farr, Philipp Boehm-Sturm, Marco Foddis, Ulrich Dirnagl, Olga Malysheva, Marie A Caudill, Nafisa M Jadavji
Folates are B-vitamins that are vital for normal brain function. Deficiencies in folates either genetic (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, MTHFR) or dietary intake of folic acid result in elevated levels of homocysteine. Clinical studies have shown that elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcy) may be associated with the development of dementia, however this link remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of increased Hcy levels on a mouse model of vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) produced by chronic hypoperfusion...
January 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076518/serum-klotho-but-not-haplotypes-associate-with-the-post-myocardial-infarction-status-of-older-adults
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Roberta S Paula, Vinícius C Souza, Wilcelly Machado-Silva, Bruno Ratier S Almeida, Andersen C Daros, Lucy Gomes, Aparecido P Ferreira, Ciro J Brito, Cláudio Córdova, Clayton F Moraes, Otávio T Nóbrega
OBJECTIVES: The number of deaths from vascular diseases is incredibly high worldwide, and reliable markers for major events are still needed. The current cross-sectional study investigated the association of Klotho haplotypes and Klotho serum levels with classic risk factors and a clinical history of vascular events. METHODS: Clinical, anthropometric, biochemical and nutritional assessments were conducted with 168 older adults, complemented by genotyping (rs9536314 and rs9527025) and the detection of serum Klotho (ELISA)...
December 1, 2016: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075397/the-sulfur-metabolite-lanthionine-evidence-for-a-role-as-a-novel-uremic-toxin
#12
REVIEW
Alessandra F Perna, Miriam Zacchia, Francesco Trepiccione, Diego Ingrosso
Lanthionine is a nonproteinogenic amino acid, composed of two alanine residues that are crosslinked on their β-carbon atoms by a thioether linkage. It is biosynthesized from the condensation of two cysteine molecules, while the related compound homolanthionine is formed from the condensation of two homocysteine molecules. The reactions can be carried out by either cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS) or cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE) independently, in the alternate reactions of the transsulfuration pathway devoted to hydrogen sulfide biosynthesis...
January 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069173/periconceptional-maternal-biomarkers-of-one-carbon%C3%A2-metabolism-and-embryonic-growth-trajectories-the-rotterdam-periconceptional-cohort-predict-study
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Francesca Parisi, Melek Rousian, Anton H J Koning, Sten P Willemsen, Irene Cetin, Eric A P Steegers, Régine P M Steegers-Theunissen
OBJECTIVE: To study the associations between the periconceptional maternal biomarkers of one-carbon metabolism and embryonic growth. DESIGN: Prospective, periconceptional hospital-based birth cohort. SETTING: Tertiary medical care center. PATIENT(S): Between 2010 and 2014, 236 women with early singleton ongoing pregnancies that resulted in 139 strictly dated spontaneous pregnancies and 97 pregnancies conceived after assisted reproductive technology...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068899/maternal-bmi-as-a-predictor-of-methylation-of-obesity-related-genes-in-saliva-samples-from-preschool-age-hispanic-children-at-risk-for-obesity
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Kathryn Tully Oelsner, Yan Guo, Sophie Bao-Chieu To, Amy L Non, Shari L Barkin
BACKGROUND: The study of epigenetic processes and mechanisms present a dynamic approach to assess complex individual variation in obesity susceptibility. However, few studies have examined epigenetic patterns in preschool-age children at-risk for obesity despite the relevance of this developmental stage to trajectories of weight gain. We hypothesized that salivary DNA methylation patterns of key obesogenic genes in Hispanic children would 1) correlate with maternal BMI and 2) allow for identification of pathways associated with children at-risk for obesity...
January 9, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068865/testing-for-homocysteine-in-clinical-practice
#15
John Nichols
The theory that raised blood homocysteine is a major factor in the development of cardiovascular disease was initially rejected by the medical establishment. Trials of a treatment to lower homocysteine in moderately advanced disease have failed to show benefits (except in those not treated with anti-platelet drug), but there is mounting evidence for a role in treatment of very early disease and as a preventive strategy. Recent evidence has shown that lowering of high blood homocysteine significantly slows cognitive decline and the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease...
January 1, 2017: Nutrition and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061433/lovastatin-upregulates-microrna-29b-to-reduce-oxidative-stress-in-rats-with-multiple-cardiovascular-risk-factors
#16
Fu Wang, Hui Ma, Wen-Jing Liang, Jing-Jing Yang, Xue-Qing Wang, Mei-Rong Shan, Yuan Chen, Min Jia, Ya-Ling Yin, Xue-Ying Sun, Jia-Ning Zhang, Qi-Sheng Peng, Yu-Guo Chen, Li-Ying Liu, Peng Li, Tao Guo, Shuang-Xi Wang
AIMS: Proteasome-linked oxidative stress is believed to cause endothelial dysfunction, an early event in cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Statin, as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, prevents endothelial dysfunction in CVD. However, the molecular mechanism of statin-mediated normalization of endothelial function is not completely elucidated. METHODS AND RESULTS: Lovastatin time/dose-dependently increased miR-29b expression and decreased proteasome activity in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
January 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057043/rapid-healing-of-a-patient-with-dramatic-subacute-combined-degeneration-of-spinal-cord-a-case-report
#17
Florian C Roessler, Stephanie Wolff
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of cobalamin deficiency is high especially in older patients and an immediate therapy start is necessary to prevent irreversible neurological damages. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of cobalamin deficiency is difficult and at present, there is no consensus for diagnosis of this deficiency. Therefore, we aim to elucidate a meaningful diagnostic pathway by a case report with an initially misleading medical history. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57 year-old Caucasian man suffering from dramatic myelosis of the cervical posterior columns...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052884/vitamin-b-12-fortified-toothpaste-improves-vitamin-status-in-vegans-a-12-wk-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
#18
Anne-Kathrin Siebert, Rima Obeid, Stine Weder, Hussain M Awwad, Andreas Sputtek, Juergen Geisel, Markus Keller
BACKGROUND: The oral application of vitamin B-12 may prevent its deficiency if the vitamin is absorbed via the mucosal barrier. OBJECTIVES: We studied the effect of the use of a vitamin B-12-fortified toothpaste on vitamin-status markers in vegans and assessed the efficiency of markers in the identification of vitamin-augmentation status. DESIGN: In this 12-wk, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 76 vegans received either a placebo (n = 34) or vitamin B-12 (n = 42) toothpaste...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050421/the-effect-of-folic-acid-supplementation-on-hyperhomocysteinemia-and-pulmonary-function-parameters-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-pilot-study
#19
Naushad Ahmad Khan, Harish Saini, Govind Mawari, Suman Kumar, Harmanjit Singh Hira, Mradul Kumar Daga
INTRODUCTION: Preliminary studies have established the elevated plasma total Homocysteine (tHcy) levels as a risk factor for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). However, studies describing plasma tHcy levels and their relationship to folic acid supplementation and Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 Second (FEV1) status in COPD patients are still lacking. AIM: We investigated the role of hyperhomocysteinemia in COPD and then prospectively examined the relationship between plasma tHcy concentration and effect of folic acid supplementation on FEV1 status in COPD patients...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042675/1%C3%A2-h-nmr-based-metabolomics-study-for-identifying-urinary-biomarkers-and-perturbed-metabolic-pathways-associated-with-severity-of-iga-nephropathy-a-pilot-study
#20
Shiva Kalantari, Mohsen Nafar, Shiva Samavat, Mahmoud Parvin
The severity of IgA nephropathy (IgAN), the most common primary glomerulonephritis, is judged on the basis of histologic and clinical features. A limited number of studies have considered molecular signature of IgAN for this issue and no reliable biomarkers have been presented non-invasively for use in patient evaluations. This study aims to identify metabolite markers excreted in the urine and impaired pathways that are associated with a known marker of severity (proteinuria) to predict mild and severe stages of IgAN...
January 1, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
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