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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135035/analysis-and-measurement-of-serotonin
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András Seitz, Stelvio M Bandiera
Serotonin, also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine, is an important signaling molecule in the central and peripheral nervous systems of humans. Acting through several receptor types, it helps regulate the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system and brain. Serotonin signaling has also been implicated in the etiology of several diseases, including depression, anxiety disorders, hypertension and irritable bowel syndrome. The present review focuses on the chemical analysis of serotonin in biological fluids and biomatrices and traces the development and application of early methods based on UV absorbance or fluorescence to more widely-used current methods such as high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry...
November 14, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134293/medicinal-foods-for-functional-gi-disorders
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REVIEW
Brent W Acker, Brooks D Cash
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Over the past 10 years, there has been a dramatic increase in basic and clinical research involving functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). New diagnostic and biomarker procedures are helping to identify physiologic disruptions associated with FGIDs on cellular and molecular levels. Simultaneously, clinicians are using new approaches to help manage patients with FGIDs. Among these, an important component of care has been the use of medical foods. These include probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, peppermint oil, caraway oil, curcumin, bovine immunoglobulin and many others...
November 13, 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132133/endomorphins-promising-endogenous-opioid-peptides-for-the-development-of-novel-analgesics
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Zheng-Hui Gu, Bo Wang, Zhen-Zhen Kou, Yang Bai, Tao Chen, Yu-Lin Dong, Hui Li, Yun-Qing Li
Endomorphin-1 (EM1) and endomorphin-2 (EM2) are two endogenous ligands that belong to the opioid peptide family and have the highest affinity and selectivity for the µ-opioid receptor (MOR). The neuroanatomical distribution, ultrastructural features and neural circuitry of EM-containing neuronal structures have been morphologically demonstrated. In addition, the modulation effects of the EMs in different areas reflect their potential endogenous roles in many major physiological processes, including their remarkable roles in the transmission and modulation of noxious information...
November 13, 2017: Neuro-Signals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129876/-microbial-ecology-along-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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Ethan T Hillman, Hang Lu, Tianming Yao, Cindy H Nakatsu
The ecosystem of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract traverses a number of environmental, chemical, and physical conditions because it runs from the oral cavity to the anus. These differences in conditions along with food or other ingested substrates affect the composition and density of the microbiota as well as their functional roles by selecting those that are the most suitable for that environment. Previous studies have mostly focused on Bacteria, with the number of studies conducted on Archaea, Eukarya, and Viruses being limited despite their important roles in this ecosystem...
November 10, 2017: Microbes and Environments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119636/gastric-accommodation-in-healthy-subjects-studied-by-ultrasound-manometry-and-impedancemetry
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E L Storlid, T Hausken, G A Lied, O H Gilja, J G Hatlebakk
BACKGROUND: Gastric accommodation to a meal may be important in the pathogenesis of upper gastrointestinal disorders, but has been difficult to investigate in a minimally invasive fashion. METHODS: We studied gastric and lower esophageal physiology during food intake, combining transabdominal ultrasound, multichannel high-resolution impedance-manometry (HRIM) and a symptom questionnaire. A HRIM catheter was distally positioned at incisura angularis and 300 mL saline with 75 g glucose was ingested...
November 9, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118468/the-intricate-link-among-gut-immunological-niche-microbiota-and-xenobiotics-in-intestinal-pathology
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REVIEW
Danilo Pagliari, Giovanni Gambassi, Ciriaco A Piccirillo, Rossella Cianci
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are diseases characterized by various degrees of inflammation involving the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are characterized by a dysregulated immune response leading to structural gut alterations in genetically predisposed individuals. Diverticular disease is characterized by abnormal immune response to normal gut microbiota. IBDs are linked to a lack of physiological tolerance of the mucosal immune system to resident gut microbiota and pathogens...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115211/measurement-of-gastrointestinal-hormones
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Nicolai J Wewer Albrechtsen
Towards the end of the 20th century, the number of subjects with diabetes and obesity rose exponentially. The discoveries of insulin- and appetite-modulating chemical signals, including glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), secreted from the gastrointestinal system, led to development of a new group of drugs which now are being used for glucose-lowering therapy and weight loss. Understanding of the physiology of gut derived signals and their pathophysiologi-cal importance requires accurate measurements of their circulat-ing levels...
November 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113464/a-new-treatment-strategy-for-parkinson-s-disease-through-the-gut-brain-axis-the-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-pathway
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Dong Seok Kim, Ho-Il Choi, Yun Wang, Yu Luo, Barry J Hoffer, Nigel H Greig
Molecular communications in the gut-brain axis, between the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract, are critical for maintaining healthy brain function, particularly in aging. Epidemiological analyses indicate type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a risk factor for neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's diseases (PD) for which aging shows a major correlative association. Common pathophysiological features exist between T2DM, AD, and PD, including oxidative stress, inflammation, insulin resistance, abnormal protein processing, and cognitive decline, and suggest that effective drugs for T2DM that positively impact the gut-brain axis could provide an effective treatment option for neurodegenerative diseases...
September 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112296/live-faecalibacterium-prausnitzii-induces-greater-tlr2-and-tlr2-6-activation-than-the-dead-bacterium-in-an-apical-anaerobic-co-culture-system
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Eva Maier, Rachel C Anderson, Eric Altermann, Nicole C Roy
Inappropriate activation of intestinal innate immune receptors, such as Toll-like receptors (TLRs), by pathogenic bacteria is linked to chronic inflammation. In contrast, a 'tonic' level of TLR activation by commensal bacteria is required for intestinal homeostasis. A technical challenge when studying this activation in vitro is the co-culturing of oxygen-requiring mammalian cells with obligate anaerobic commensal bacteria. To overcome this, we used a novel apical anaerobic co-culture system to successfully adapt a TLR activation assay to be conducted in conditions optimised for both cell types...
November 7, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110754/bacterial-colonization-stimulates-a-complex-physiological-response-in-the-immature-human-intestinal-epithelium
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David R Hill, Sha Huang, Melinda S Nagy, Veda K Yadagiri, Courtney Fields, Dishari Mukherjee, Brooke Bons, Priya H Dedhia, Alana M Chin, Yu-Hwai Tsai, Shrikar Thodla, Thomas M Schmidt, Seth Walk, Vincent B Young, Jason R Spence
The human gastrointestinal tract is immature at birth, yet must adapt to dramatic changes such as oral nutrition and microbial colonization. The confluence of these factors can lead to severe inflammatory disease in premature infants; however, investigating complex environment-host interactions is difficult due to limited access to immature human tissue. Here, we demonstrate that the epithelium of human pluripotent stem cell-derived human intestinal organoids is globally similar to the immature human epithelium and we utilize HIOs to investigate complex host-microbe interactions in this naïve epithelium...
November 7, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110118/microrna-in-gastrointestinal-cell-signalling
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REVIEW
Priyanka Mishra, Divya Singh, Lilly Ganju, Bhuvnesh Kumar
Our gut forms an important organ and its formation, functioning and homeostasis are maintained by several factors including cell signalling pathways and commensal microflora. These factors affect pathological, physiological and immunological parameters to maintain gut health and prevent its inflammation. Among these, different intracellular signalling pathways play an important role in regulating gut homeostasis. These pathways are in turn regulated by various microRNAs that play a key role in maintaining the balance between tolerance and inflammation...
November 6, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108861/a-slippery-slope-on-the-origin-role-and-physiology-of-mucus
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Farhan Taherali, Felipe Varum, Abdul W Basit
The mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract, eyes, nose, lungs, cervix and vagina is lined by epithelium interspersed with mucus-secreting goblet cells, all of which contribute to their unique functions. This mucus provides an integral defence to the epithelium against noxious agents and pathogens. However, it can equally act as a barrier to drugs and delivery systems targeting epithelial passive and active transport mechanisms. This review highlights the various mucins expressed at different mucosal surfaces on the human body, and their role in creating a mucoid architecture to protect epithelia with specialized functions...
November 3, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107046/pharmacological-efficacy-toxicity-of-drugs-a-comprehensive-update-about-the-dynamic-interplay-of-microbes
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REVIEW
J A Gimenez-Bastida, L Martinez, A Moya-Pérez, J M Laparra
Oral ingestion is a common, easy to access, route for therapeutic drugs to be delivered. The conception of the gastrointestinal tract as a passive physiological compartment has evolved towards a dynamic perspective of the same. Thus, microbiota plays an important role in contributing with additional metabolic capacities to its host as well as to its phenotypic heterogeneity. These adaptations in turn influence the efficacy and toxicity of a broad range of drugs. Notwithstanding, xenobiotics and therapeutic drugs affecting the microbiome's activity also significantly impact metabolism affecting different organs and tissues, and thereby drugs' toxicity/efficacy effects...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103469/improved-clinical-workflow-for-simultaneous-whole-body-pet-mri-using-high-resolution-caipirinha-accelerated-mr-based-attenuation-correction
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Martin T Freitag, Matthias Fenchel, Philipp Bäumer, Thorsten Heußer, Christopher M Rank, Marc Kachelrieß, Daniel Paech, Klaus Kopka, Sebastian Bickelhaupt, Antonia Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, Klaus Maier-Hein, Ralf Floca, Mark E Ladd, Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Florian Maier
PURPOSE: To explore the value and reproducibility of a novel magnetic resonance based attenuation correction (MRAC) using a CAIPIRINHA-accelerated T1-weighted Dixon 3D-VIBE sequence for whole-body PET/MRI compared to the clinical standard. METHODS: The PET raw data of 19 patients from clinical routine were reconstructed with standard MRAC (MRACstd) and the novel MRAC (MRACcaipi), a prototype CAIPIRINHA accelerated Dixon 3D-VIBE sequence, both acquired in 19 s/bed position...
November 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103072/upper-gastrointestinal-function-in-morbidly-obese-adolescents-before-and-6%C3%A2-months-after-gastric-banding
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M Singendonk, S Kritas, T Omari, C Feinle-Bisset, A J Page, C L Frisby, S J Kentish, L Ferris, L McCall, L Kow, J Chisholm, S Khurana
BACKGROUND: The effects of laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) placement on upper gastrointestinal tract function in obese adolescents are unknown. Therefore, our aim was to determine the short-term effects of LAGB on esophageal motility, gastroesophageal reflux, gastric emptying, appetite-regulatory hormones, and perceptions of post-prandial hunger and fullness. METHODS: This study was part of a prospective cohort study (March 2009-December 2015) in one tertiary referral hospital...
November 4, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100781/estrogens-and-female-liver-health
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Karen L Chen, Zeynep Madak-Erdogan
Due to declining estrogen levels during menopause, NAFLD prevalence is higher in postmenopausal women compared to in premenopausal women or in men. Postmenopausal women are more susceptible to weight gain, fat redistribution and dyslipidemia, all major hallmarks of metabolic syndrome associated with increased NAFLD risk. Gut microbiota plays important roles in development of gastrointestinal tract, metabolism and immunity. Host-microbe interactions allows regulation of a wide range of pathways that affect healthy and diseased physiology...
November 1, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099770/adenosine-a2b-receptors-an-optional-target-for-the-management-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea
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REVIEW
Teita Asano, Mitsuko Takenaga
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder, with the characteristic symptoms of chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or both). IBS is a highly prevalent condition, which negatively affects quality of life and is a significant burden on global healthcare costs. Although many pharmacological medicines have been proposed to treat IBS, including those targeting receptors, channels, and chemical mediators related to visceral hypersensitivity, successful pharmacotherapy for the disease has not been established...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091926/lactobacillus-reuteri-suppresses-e-coli-o157-h7-in-bovine-ruminal-fluid-toward-a-pre-slaughter-strategy-to-improve-food-safety
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Yolande Bertin, Chloé Habouzit, Lysiane Dunière, Marie Laurier, Alexandra Durand, David Duchez, Audrey Segura, Delphine Thévenot-Sergentet, Federico Baruzzi, Frédérique Chaucheyras-Durand, Evelyne Forano
The bovine gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is the main reservoir for enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) responsible for food-borne infections. Therefore, it is crucial to develop strategies, such as EHEC suppression by antagonistic microorganisms, to reduce EHEC survival in the GIT of cattle and to limit shedding and food contamination. Most human-derived Lactobacillus reuteri strains produce hydroxypropionaldehyde (HPA), an antimicrobial compound, during anaerobic reduction of glycerol. The capacity of L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082060/paralytic-ileus-secondary-to-methamphetamine-abuse-a-rare-case
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Mark Aidan McKelvie, Yuksel Gercek
Methamphetamine hydrochloride, colloquially referred to as "crystal meth," is a potent psychoactive amphetamine derivate. Methamphetamine produces stimulant effects in the user including increased energy and alertness as well as inducing intense euphoric symptoms and suppressing appetite through its dopaminergic, serotonergic, and adrenergic actions. Use of methamphetamine can adversely affect cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal physiology leading to significant morbidity. We present a rare case of paralytic ileus secondary to methamphetamine abuse which has only once before been described in the literature...
2017: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079622/fate-of-salmonella-enterica-and-enterohemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-cells-artificially-internalized-into-vegetable-seeds-during-germination
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Da Liu, Yue Cui, Ronald Walcott, Jinru Chen
Vegetable seeds contaminated with bacterial pathogens have been linked to fresh produce-associated outbreaks of gastrointestinal infections. This study was undertaken to observe the physiological behavior of Salmonella enterica and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) cells, artificially internalized into vegetable seeds during the germination process. Surface-decontaminated seeds of alfalfa, fenugreek, lettuce, and tomato were vacuum-infiltrated with four individual strains of Salmonella or EHEC. Contaminated seeds were germinated at 25°C for 9 days and different sprout/seedling tissues were microbiologically analyzed every other day...
October 27, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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