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Sachiko Iizuka-Furukawa, Atsuko Isogai, Kazutaka Kusaka, Tsutomu Fujii, Yoshinori Wakai
The grassy characteristic aroma perceived in brewed sake made from low-glutelin rice (Oryza sativa L. Mizuhonoka) was examined by gas chromatography-olfactometry and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. By comparing the odor properties and Kovats retention indices to those of standard compounds, 4-mercapto-4-methylpentan-2-one (4MMP) was found to contribute to the characteristic aroma. Sake brewing using Mizuhonoka, low-glutelin rice, and Gin-ohmi (a control) revealed that 4MMP concentrations in Mizuhonoka sake samples were higher than those in Gin-ohmi samples over the fermentation period...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Ruchi Shah, Sudha Rao, Ruchi Parikh, Tahir Sophia, Hussain Khalid
BACKGROUND: Fanconi Bickel Syndrome is a rare, autosomal recessive, disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. Presence of hypercalciuria is rare. CASE CHARACTERISTICS: 4.5-years-old boy presented with growth failure, hepatomegaly, rickets, fasting hypoglycemia with postprandial hyperglycemia, fanconi syndrome and hypercalciuria. OUTCOME: A rare mutation in GLUT-2 gene suggestive of Fanconi Bickel Syndrome. MESSAGE: Fanconi Bickel Syndrome may present with hypercalciuria with proximal renal tubulopathy along with fasting hypoglycemia and postprandial hyperglycemia...
September 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
Xiangyin Liu, Shengnan Liu, Xinyu Liu, Yunli Shi, Jinna Yang, Zhenhua Huang, Hongxia Zhao, Qingzhi Gao
Two novel fluorescent bioprobes, namely, 6N-Gly-Cy3 and 6N-Gly-Cy5, were designed and synthesized for real-time glucose transport imaging as well as potentially useful tracer for galactokinase metabolism. The structure of the bioprobes was fully characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, IR, and HRMS. The fluorescence properties, glucose transporter (GLUT) specificity, and the quenching and safety profiles were studied. The cellular uptake of both bioprobes was competitively diminished by d-glucose, 2-deoxy-d-glucose and GLUT specific inhibitor in a dose-dependent manner in human colon cancer cells (HT29)...
October 17, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Himalee S Sabnis, Heath L Bradley, Shweta Tripathi, Wen-Mei Yu, William Tse, Cheng-Kui Qu, Kevin D Bunting
Current therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) primarily includes high-dose cytotoxic chemotherapy with or without allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Targeting unique cellular metabolism of cancer cells is a potentially less toxic approach. Monotherapy with mitochondrial inhibitors like metformin have met with limited success since escape mechanisms such as increased glycolytic ATP production, especially in hyperglycemia, can overcome the metabolic blockade. As an alternative strategy for metformin therapy, we hypothesized that the combination of 6-benzylthioinosine (6-BT), a broad-spectrum metabolic inhibitor, and metformin could block this drug resistance mechanism...
October 5, 2016: Leukemia Research
Yue Chen, Suhua Jiang, Jianzhou Zou, Yihong Zhong, Xiaoqiang Ding
The kidney is particularly susceptible to ischemia/hypoxia insult while dysfunction of proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTEC) is a primary pathologic hallmark in acute kidney injury. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a key regulator responsible for cellular hypoxic responses. Therefore, we investigated the effects of HIF-1 suppression, using small interference RNA (siRNA), upon the cell fate of PTEC under hypoxia, and explored the underlying possible molecular mechanism. Hypoxia was induced with hypoxia mimetic cobalt chloride...
October 19, 2016: Renal Failure
Resham Poudel
The kidneys maintain glucose homeostasis through its utilization, gluconeogenesis, and reabsorption. Glucose is freely filtered and reabsorbed in order to retain energy essential between meals. The amount of glucose reabsorbed by the kidneys is equivalent to the amount entering the filtration system. With a daily glomerular filtration rate of 180 L, approximately 180 g (180 L/day × 100 mg/dL) of glucose must be reabsorbed each day to maintain an average fasting plasma glucose concentration of 5.6 mmol/L (100 mg/dL)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hyoung Sook Park, Ji Hye Kim, Bo Kyung Sun, Sun U Song, Wonhee Suh, Jong-Hyuk Sung
It has previously been demonstrated that hypoxia has diverse stimulatory effects on adipose‑derived stem cells (ASCs), however, metabolic responses under hypoxia remain to be elucidated. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate the glucose uptake and metabolism of ASCs under hypoxic conditions, and to identify the underlying molecular mechanisms. ASCs were cultured in 1% oxygen, and experiments were conducted in vitro. As determined by proteomic analysis and western blotting, GAPDH and enolase 1 (ENO1) expression were upregulated under hypoxia...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yi Rang Na, Gyo Jung Gu, Daun Jung, Young Won Kim, Juri Na, Jin Sun Woo, Joo Youn Cho, Hyewon Youn, Seung Hyeok Seok
GM-CSF induces proinflammatory macrophages, but the underlying mechanisms have not been studied thus far. In this study, we investigated the mechanisms of how GM-CSF induces inflammatory macrophages. First, we observed that GM-CSF increased the extent of LPS-induced acute glycolysis in murine bone marrow-derived macrophages. This directly correlates with an inflammatory phenotype because glycolysis inhibition by 2-deoxyglucose abolished GM-CSF-mediated increase of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-12p70 synthesis upon LPS stimulation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ashraf S Gorgey, Zachary A Graham, William A Bauman, Christopher Cardozo, David R Gater
STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal design. OBJECTIVES: The study determined the effects of two forms of exercise training on the abundance of two proteins, (glucose transporter-4 [GLUT-4], adenosine monophosphate kinase [AMPK]) involved in glucose utilization and the transcriptional coactivator that regulates the genes involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial biogenesis (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) coactivator 1 alpha [PGC-1α]), in muscles in men with chronic motor-complete spinal cord injury (SCI)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Carla Cunha, Catarina R Almeida, Maria Inês Almeida, Andreia M Silva, Maria Molinos, Sofia Lamas, Catarina L Pereira, Graciosa Q Teixeira, António T Monteiro, Susana G Santos, Raquel M Gonçalves, Mário A Barbosa
: : Cell therapies for intervertebral disc (IVD) regeneration presently rely on transplantation of IVD cells or stem cells directly to the lesion site. Still, the harsh IVD environment, with low irrigation and high mechanical stress, challenges cell administration and survival. In this study, we addressed systemic transplantation of allogeneic bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) intravenously into a rat IVD lesion model, exploring tissue regeneration via cell signaling to the lesion site...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Peng Ma, Ling Yao, Xuemei Lin, Tieguang Gu, Xianglu Rong, Robert Batey, Johji Yamahara, Jianwei Wang, Yuhao Li
Apple pomace is a by-product of the processing of apple for juice, cider or wine preparation. Rosemary is a herb commonly used as spice and flavoring agent in food processing. Evidence suggests that both apple pomace and rosemary have rich bioactive molecules with numerous metabolic effects. To provide more information for using apple pomace and rosemary as functional foods for management of metabolism-associated disorders, the present study investigated the insulin-sensitizing effect of a mixture of apple pomace and rosemary extract (AR)...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Leandro Castañeyra-Ruiz, Ibrahim González-Marrero, Luis G Hernández-Abad, Emilia M Carmona-Calero, Gundela Meyer, Agustín Castañeyra-Perdomo
The choroid plexuses (ChP) are highly vascularized tissues suspended from each of the cerebral ventricles. Their main function is to secret cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that fills the ventricles and the subarachnoid spaces, forming a crucial system for the development and maintenance of the CNS. However, despite the essential role of the ChP-CSF system to regulate the CNS in a global manner, it still remains one of the most understudied areas in neurobiology. Here we define by immunohistochemistry the expression of different proteins involved in the maturation and functionality of the ChP from the late embryological period to maturity...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Madina Naimi, Filip Vlavcheski, Brennan Murphy, Tomas Hudlicky, Evangelia Tsiani
Compounds that increase the activity of the energy sensor AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) have the potential to regulate blood glucose levels. Although rosemary extract (RE) has been reported to activate AMPK and reduce blood glucose levels in vivo, the chemical components responsible for these effects are not known. In the present study, we measured the levels of the polyphenol carnosic acid (CA) in RE and examined the effects and the mechanism of action of CA on glucose transport system in muscle cells. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to measure the levels of CA in RE...
September 22, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Ashok Mandala, Nabanita Das, Sudarshan Bhattacharjee, Bidisha Mukherjee, Satinath Mukhopadhyay, Sib Sankar Roy
Insulin resistance (IR) is an important determinant of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Free fatty acids (FFAs) induce IR by various mechanisms. A surfeit of circulating FFA leads to intra-myocellular lipid accumulation that induces mitochondrial ROS generation and worsens IR. However, the molecular mechanisms behind are unclear. We identified thioredoxin interacting protein (TxNIP), which is overexpressed in T2DM, to be a promoter of ROS-induced IR. We observed upregulation of TxNIP upon palmitate treatment in skeletal muscle cells that led to ROS generation and Glut-4 downregulation resulting in impaired glucose-uptake...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xiao Bao, Ming-Wei Wang, Jian-Min Luo, Si-Yang Wang, Yong-Ping Zhang, Ying-Jian Zhang
Objective: Antiangiogenesis therapy (AAT) has provided substantial benefits regarding improved outcomes and survival for suitable patients in clinical settings. Therefore, the early definition of therapeutic effects is urgently needed to guide cancer AAT. We aimed to optimize the early response monitoring and prediction of AAT efficacy, as indicated by the multi-targeted anti-angiogenic drug sunitinib in U87MG tumors, using noninvasive positron emission computed tomography (PET) molecular imaging strategies of multifactorial bioparameters...
2016: Theranostics
Xiangqian Gao, Shengnan Liu, Yunli Shi, Zhenhua Huang, Yi Mi, Qian Mi, Jinna Yang, Qingzhi Gao
Novel cis-2-methylmalonato(trans-R,R-cyclohexane-1,2-diamine)platinum(II) glycoconjugates derived from different sugar motifs, namely, glucose (Glu-Me-Pt), mannose (Man-Me-Pt) and galactose (Gal-Me-Pt) were designed and synthesized based on the third generation clinical drug oxaliplatin for potential glucose transporters (GLUTs) mediated tumor targeting. All platinum(II) glycoconjugates were characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, IR, HRMS as well as (195)Pt-NMR analysis. Despite their substantial improvement in water solubility, the conjugates exhibited comparable or better in vitro cytotoxicities than oxaliplatin determined in six different human cancer cell lines...
September 16, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ms Jun Du, Qin Shen, Honglin Yin, Qiu Rao, Mr Xiaojun Zhou
MUC1 is a transmembrane mucin that has been related to tumor progression and outcome in various malignancies. GLUT1 is a member of the mammalian facilitative glucose transporter (GLUT) family of passive carriers that functions as an energy-independent system for transporting glucose. Both of them are useful markers for the diagnosis, progression, and prognosis of various tumors, especially those that are cancerous. However, the clinical significance of MUC1 and GLUT1 in thymic epithelial tumors remains uncertain due to a lack of quality specimen and studies at sufficient scale, both owing, in part, to the rarity of the tumors...
September 13, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Enzo Wanke, Francesca Gullo, Elena Dossi, Gaetano Valenza, Andrea Becchetti
Astrocytes reuptake synaptically released glutamate with electrogenic transporters (GluT), and buffer the spike-dependent extracellular K(+) ([K(+)]o) excess with background K(+) channels. We studied neuronal spikes and the slower astrocytic signals on reverberating neocortical cultures and organotypic slices from mouse brains. Spike trains and glial responses were simultaneously captured from individual sites of multi-electrode arrays (MEA), by splitting the recorded traces into appropriate filters, and reconstructing the original signal by deconvolution...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Liza Margareth Sousa, Renata Silva, Vanessa Fonseca, Rafael Leandro, Thiago Di Vincenzo, Ana Bárbara Alves-Wagner, Ubiratan Fabres Machado, Paula Papa
This study aimed to determine in the canine corpus luteum throughout the diestrus: 1) the influence of insulin on glucose utilization; 2) the regulation of genes potentially involved; and 3) the influence of hypoxia on glucose transporter expression and steroidogenesis, after treatment with cobalt chloride (CoCl2). Glucose uptake by luteal cells increased 2.7 folds (P<0.05) in response to insulin; a phenomenon related to increased expression of glucose transporter (GLUT) 4 and phosphorylation of protein kinase B (AKT)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Giovanni Luca, Iva Arato, Francesca Mancuso, Mario Calvitti, Giulia Falabella, Giuseppe Murdolo, Giuseppe Basta, Don F Cameron, Barbara C Hansen, Francesca Fallarino, Tiziano Baroni, Maria Chiara Aglietti, Cristina Tortoioli, Maria Bodo, Riccardo Calafiore
BACKGROUND: Increased abdominal fat and chronic inflammation in the expanded adipose tissue of obesity contribute to the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). The emerging immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of Sertoli cells have prompted their application to experimental models of autoimmune/inflammatory disorders, including diabetes. The main goal of this work was to verify whether transplantation of microencapsulated prepubertal porcine Sertoli cells (MC-SC) in the subcutaneous abdominal fat depot of spontaneously diabetic and obese db/db mice (homozygous for the diabetes spontaneous mutation [Lepr(db) ]) would: (i) improve glucose homeostasis and (ii) modulate local and systemic immune response and adipokines profiles...
September 27, 2016: Xenotransplantation
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