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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088403/ginkgo-fruit-extract-as-an-additive-to-modify-rumen-microbiota-and-fermentation-and-to-mitigate-methane-production
#1
S Oh, R Shintani, S Koike, Y Kobayashi
Ginkgo fruit, an unused byproduct of the ginkgo nut industry, contains antimicrobial compounds known as anacardic acids. Two major cultivars of ginkgo, Kyuju (K) and Tokuro (T), were evaluated for their potential as a feed additive for ruminants. In batch culture, we incubated a mixture of hay and concentrate in diluted rumen fluid with or without 1.6% (fruit equivalent) ginkgo fruit extract. We conducted another series of batch culture studies to determine the dose response of fermentation. We also conducted continuous culture using the rumen simulation technique (RUSITEC) with cultivar K and carried out a pure culture study to monitor the sensitivity of 17 representative rumen bacterial species to ginkgo extract and component phenolics...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086774/androgenic-effects-of-aqueous-and-methanolic-extracts-of-ficus-asperifolia-in-male-wistar-rats
#2
Pierre Watcho, Hermine Meli Watio, Modeste Wankeu-Nya, Esther Ngadjui, Patrick Deeh Defo, Pepin Alango Nkeng-Efouet, Telesphore Benoit Nguelefack, Albert Kamanyi
BACKGROUND: Androgen deficiency is a clinical syndrome resulting from the inability of the testes to produce physiological levels of testosterone due to a disturbance occurring at one or more levels of the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the androgenic properties of aqueous and methanolic extracts of Ficus asperifolia on normal and castrated immature rats. METHODS: Normal rats were treated either per os with aqueous or methanolic extract of Ficus asperifolia (100 mg/kg or 500 mg/kg b...
January 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073285/muscle-nerve-muscle-grafting-for-facial-reanimation-in-rats
#3
Steven J Charous, Jeffery M Hotaling, Bridget D Burgess, Joshua M Sappington, James Park, Grant Turek, Eileen M Foecking
OBJECTIVE: Facial paralysis is a devastating condition leaving patients with a myriad of aesthetic and functional consequences. Muscle-nerve-muscle (MNM) neurotization is a reinnervation technique that involves implanting an autogenous nerve graft as a conduit between an innervated "donor" muscle and a denervated "recipient" muscle. We investigated the use of MNM reinnervation, alone or in combination with electrical stimulation (ES) and testosterone propionate (TP) in comparison to nerve reanastomosis (RE), on functional recovery following rat facial nerve injury...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072536/role-of-ionic-strength-and-ph-in-modulating-thermodynamic-profiles-associated-with-co-escape-from-rice-nonsymbiotic-hemoglobin-1
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David Butcher, Sophie Bernad, Valerie Derrien, Pierre Sebban, Jaroslava Miksovska
Type 1 nonsymbiotic hemoglobins are found in a wide variety of land plants and exhibit very high affinities for exogenous gaseous ligands. These proteins are presumed to have a role in protecting plant cells from oxidative stress under etiolated/hypoxic conditions through NO dioxygenase activity. In this study we have employed photoacoustic calorimetry, time-resolved absorption spectroscopy, and classical molecular dynamics simulations in order to elucidate thermodynamics, kinetics, and ligand migration pathways upon CO photodissociation from WT and a H73L mutant of type 1 nonsymbiotic hemoglobin from Oryza sativa (rice)...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070968/bacterial-short-chain-fatty-acid-metabolites-modulate-the-inflammatory-response-against-infectious-bacteria
#5
R O Corrêa, A Vieira, E M Sernaglia, M Lancellotti, A T Vieira, M J Avila-Campos, H G Rodrigues, M A R Vinolo
Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), predominately acetic, propionic and butyric acids, are bacterial metabolites with an important role in the maintenance of homeostasis due to their metabolic and immunomodulatory actions. Some evidence suggests that they may also be relevant during infections. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the effects of SCFAs in the effector functions of neutrophils to an opportunistic pathogenic bacteria, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (A. actinomycetemcomitans). Using a subcutaneous model to generate a mono, isolated infection of A...
January 9, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070460/metabolic-phenotype-of-clinical-and-environmental-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-hominissuis-isolates
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Andrea Sanchini, Flavia Dematheis, Torsten Semmler, Astrid Lewin
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH) is an emerging opportunistic human pathogen. It can cause pulmonary infections, lymphadenitis and disseminated infections in immuno-compromised patients. In addition, MAH is widespread in the environment, since it has been isolated from water, soil or dust. In recent years, knowledge on MAH at the molecular level has increased substantially. In contrast, knowledge of the MAH metabolic phenotypes remains limited. METHODS: In this study, for the first time we analyzed the metabolic substrate utilization of ten MAH isolates, five from a clinical source and five from an environmental source...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069324/differences-in-therapeutic-effects-of-topically-applied-corticosteroid-and-tacrolimus-on-atopic-dermatitis-like-symptoms-in-nc-nga-mice
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Atsushi Noguchi, Mitsutoshi Tominaga, Nobuaki Takahashi, Hironori Matsuda, Yayoi Kamata, Yoshie Umehara, Kyi Chan Ko, Yasushi Suga, Hideoki Ogawa, Kenji Takamori
BACKGROUND: Topical corticosteroid and calcineurin inhibitor have similar therapeutic benefits in atopic dermatitis (AD), but the differences in therapeutic mechanisms of action of these agents against AD symptoms are not fully understood. OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to examine the different effects of topical betamethasone valerate (BMV), clobetasol propionate (CBP), and tacrolimus (TAC) on itch-related behavior and dermatitis in NC/Nga mice with AD-like symptoms...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065211/faecal-parameters-as-biomarkers-of-the-equine-hindgut-microbial-ecosystem-under-dietary-change
#8
P Grimm, C Philippeau, V Julliand
Faeces could be used for evaluating the balance of the equine hindgut microbial ecosystem, which would offer a practical method for assessing gut health and how this relates to disease. However, previous studies concluded that faeces microbial ecosystem was not representative of the proximal hindgut (caecum and ventral colon). This study aimed to evaluate if variations of the faecal microbial ecosystem were similar to those observed in the proximal hindgut. Six horses, fistulated in the caecum and right ventral (RV) colon, were subjected to a gradual change of diet, from a 100% hay (high fibre) diet (2...
January 9, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064390/beap-profiles-as-rapid-test-system-for-status-analysis-and-early-detection-of-process-incidents-in-biogas-plants
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Sarah Refai, Stefanie Berger, Kati Wassmann, Melanie Hecht, Thomas Dickhaus, Uwe Deppenmeier
A method was developed to quantify the performance of microorganisms involved in different digestion levels in biogas plants. The test system was based on the addition of butyrate (BCON), ethanol (ECON), acetate (ACON) or propionate (PCON) to biogas sludge samples and the subsequent analysis of CH4 formation in comparison to control samples. The combination of the four values was referred to as BEAP profile. Determination of BEAP profiles enabled rapid testing of a biogas plant's metabolic state within 24 h and an accurate mapping of all degradation levels in a lab-scale experimental setup...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063208/effect-of-supplementation-of-calf-starter-with-fennel-powder-on-performance-weaning-age-and-fermentation-characteristics-in-holstein-dairy-calves
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S Saeedi, O Dayani, R Tahmasbi, A Khezri
The objective of this experiment was to investigate the effects on performance, weaning age and rumen fermentation characteristics in Holstein calves when fennel powder was added to their starter diets. Thirty Holstein calves with a mean birth weight 40 kg (SD = 0.5) were allocated randomly to one of the following experimental diets: (i) control (starter diet without fennel powder), (ii) starter diet containing 0.4% of fennel powder and (iii) starter diet containing 0.8% of fennel powder (DM basis). The effect of treatments on mean dry matter intake was significant (p < 0...
February 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063102/quantitative-analyses-of-the-bacterial-microbiota-of-rearing-environment-tilapia-and-common-carp-cultured-in-earthen-ponds-and-inhibitory-activity-of-its-lactic-acid-bacteria-on-fish-spoilage-and-pathogenic-bacteria
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Pierre Marie Kaktcham, Jules-Bocamdé Temgoua, François Ngoufack Zambou, Gloria Diaz-Ruiz, Carmen Wacher, María de Lourdes Pérez-Chabela
The present study aimed to evaluate the bacterial load of water, Nile Tilapia and common Carp intestines from earthen ponds, isolate lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and assess their antimicrobial activity against fish spoilage and pathogenic bacteria. Following enumeration and isolation of microorganisms the antimicrobial activity of the LAB isolates was evaluated. Taxonomic identification of selected antagonistic LAB strains was assessed, followed by partial characterisation of their antimicrobial metabolites. Results showed that high counts (>4 log c...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062009/reduced-particle-size-wheat-bran-is-butyrogenic-and-lowers-salmonella-colonization-when-added-to-poultry-feed
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K Vermeulen, J Verspreet, C M Courtin, F Haesebrouck, R Ducatelle, F Van Immerseel
Feed additives, including prebiotics, are commonly used alternatives to antimicrobial growth promoters to improve gut health and performance in broilers. Wheat bran is a highly concentrated source of (in)soluble fiber which is partly degraded by the gut microbiota. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of wheat bran as such to reduce colonization of the cecum and shedding of Salmonella bacteria in vivo. Also, the effect of particle size was evaluated. Bran with an average reduced particle size of 280μm decreased levels of cecal Salmonella colonization and shedding shortly after infection when compared to control groups and groups receiving bran with larger particle sizes...
January 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060510/coordination-dependent-spectroscopic-signatures-of-divalent-metal-ion-binding-to-carboxylate-head-groups-h2-and-he-tagged-vibrational-spectra-of-m-2-%C3%A2-rco2%C3%A2-m-mg-and-ca-r-cd3-cd2cd3-complexes
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Joseph W DePalma, Patrick J Kelleher, Laís C Tavares, Mark A Johnson
We explore the intramolecular distortions present in divalent metal ion-carboxylate ion pairs using vibrational spectroscopy of the cryogenically cooled, mass-selected species isolated in the gas phase. The spectral signatures of the C-O stretching modes are identified using the perdeutero isotopologues of the acetate and propionate anions in order to avoid congestion arising from the CH2 fundamentals. Both Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) are observed to bind in a symmetrical, so-called "bidentate" arrangement to the -CO2¯ group...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059090/characterization-of-chinese-liquor-aroma-components-during-aging-process-and-liquor-age-discrimination-using-gas-chromatography-combined-with-multivariable-statistics
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M L Xu, Y Yu, H S Ramaswamy, S M Zhu
Chinese liquor aroma components were characterized during the aging process using gas chromatography (GC). Principal component and cluster analysis (PCA, CA) were used to discriminate the Chinese liquor age which has a great economic value. Of a total of 21 major aroma components identified and quantified, 13 components which included several acids, alcohols, esters, aldehydes and furans decreased significantly in the first year of aging, maintained the same levels (p > 0.05) for next three years and decreased again (p < 0...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057533/presynaptic-pick1-facilitates-trafficking-of-ampa-receptors-between-active-zone-and-synaptic-vesicle-pool
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C Haglerød, S Hussain, Y Nakamura, J Xia, F M Haug, O P Ottersen, J M Henley, S Davanger
Previous studies have indicated that presynaptic α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionate receptors (AMPARs) contribute to the regulation of neurotransmitter release. In hippocampal synapses, the presynaptic surface expression of several AMPAR subunits, including GluA2, is regulated in a ligand-dependent manner. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the presynaptic trafficking of AMPARs are still unknown. Here, using bright-field immunocytochemistry, western blots, and quantitative immunogold electron microscopy of the hippocampal CA1 area from intact adult rat brain, we demonstrate the association of AMPA receptors with the presynaptic active zone and with small presynaptic vesicles, in Schaffer collateral synapses in CA1 of the hippocampus...
January 3, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055179/a-non-natural-protein-rescues-cells-deleted-for-a-key-enzyme-in-central-metabolism
#16
Katherine M Digianantonio, Maria Korolev, Michael H Hecht
An important goal of synthetic biology is to create novel proteins that provide life-sustaining functions in living organisms. Recent attempts to produce novel proteins have focused largely on rational design involving significant computational efforts. In contrast, nature does not design sequences a priori. Instead, nature relies on Darwinian evolution to select biologically functional sequences from non-designed sequence space. To mimic natural selection in the laboratory, we combed through libraries of novel sequences and selected proteins that rescue E...
January 5, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052203/dietary-n-6-n-3-fatty-acid-ratios-alter-rumen-fermentation-parameters-and-microbial-populations-in-goats
#17
Mahdi Ebrahimi, Mohamed Ali Rajion, Kazeem Dauda Adeyemi, Saeid Jafari, Mohammad Faseleh Jahromi, Ehsan Oskoueian, Yong Meng Goh, Morteza Hosseini Ghaffari
Revealing the ruminal fermentation patterns and microbial populations as affected by dietary n-6:n-3 PUFA ratio would be useful for further clarifying the role of the rumen in the lipid metabolism of ruminants. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of dietary n-6:n-3 PUFA ratios on fermentation characteristics, fatty acid (FA) profiles and microbial populations in the rumen of goats. A total of twenty-one, Boer goats (5 months old; 31.66±1.07kg) were randomly assigned to three dietary treatments with different n-6:n-3 PUFA ratios of 2...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049170/airway-inflammation-in-copd-after-long-term-withdrawal-of-inhaled-corticosteroids
#18
Lisette I Z Kunz, Nick H T Ten Hacken, Thérèse S Lapperre, Wim Timens, Huib A M Kerstjens, Annemarie van Schadewijk, Judith M Vonk, Jacob K Sont, Jiska B Snoeck-Stroband, Dirkje S Postma, Peter J Sterk, Pieter S Hiemstra
Long-term treatment with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) might attenuate lung function decline and decrease airway inflammation in a subset of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and discontinuing ICS treatment could result in further lung function decline. We hypothesised that airway inflammation increases after ICS withdrawal following long-term ICS treatment in COPD.In the GLUCOLD-1 study (GL1), 114 patients with moderate-severe COPD were randomised to 6-month or 30-month treatment with fluticasone propionate (500 µg twice daily), 30-month treatment with fluticasone/salmeterol (500/50 µg twice daily) or placebo...
January 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046158/ionophore-strategy-affects-growth-performance-and-carcass-characteristics-in-feedlot-steers
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A J Thompson, Z K F Smith, M J Corbin, L B Harper, B J Johnson
One hundred ninety-two steers (BW = 354 ± 23.5 kg) were used in a randomized block design to evaluate the effects of ionophore and ractopamine hydrochloride (RH) supplementation strategies on performance and carcass characteristics. Twelve pens of 4 steers were assigned to each of the following treatments: unsupplemented control (CON), laidlomycin propionate (12.1 mg/kg DM) with or without RH (LPRH and LP, respectively), and monensin sodium (36.4 mg/kg DM) with RH (MSRH). Steers were fed for 151 d, of which respective treatments received RH (Actogain; Zoetis, Florham Park, NJ) at a rate of 300 mg/(animal · d) for the final 32 d...
December 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045429/impact-of-glycosidic-bond-configuration-on-short-chain-fatty-acid-production-from-model-fermentable-carbohydrates-by-the-human-gut-microbiota
#20
Hannah C Harris, Christine A Edwards, Douglas J Morrison
Short chain fatty acids (SCFA) are the major products of carbohydrate fermentation by gut bacteria. Different carbohydrates are associated with characteristic SCFA profiles although the mechanisms are unclear. The individual SCFA profile may determine any resultant health benefits. Understanding determinants of individual SCFA production would enable substrate choice to be tailored for colonic SCFA manipulation. To test the hypothesis that the orientation and position of the glycosidic bond is a determinant of SCFA production profile, a miniaturized in vitro human colonic batch fermentation model was used to study a range of isomeric glucose disaccharides...
January 1, 2017: Nutrients
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