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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938797/revisiting-the-safety-of-aspartame
#1
Arbind Kumar Choudhary, Etheresia Pretorius
Aspartame is a synthetic dipeptide artificial sweetener, frequently used in foods, medications, and beverages, notably carbonated and powdered soft drinks. Since 1981, when aspartame was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, researchers have debated both its recommended safe dosage (40 mg/kg/d) and its general safety to organ systems. This review examines papers published between 2000 and 2016 on both the safe dosage and higher-than-recommended dosages and presents a concise synthesis of current trends...
September 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938796/complex-interactions-of-circadian-rhythms-eating-behaviors-and-the-gastrointestinal-microbiota-and-their-potential-impact-on-health
#2
Jennifer L Kaczmarek, Sharon V Thompson, Hannah D Holscher
Human health is intricately intertwined with the composition and function of the trillions of microorganisms that make up the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome. The GI microbiome is essentially a microbial organ that provides metabolic, immunologic, and protective functions for the host. Habitual diet, changes in macronutrient composition, and consumption of nondigestible dietary fibers have all been shown to impact the human GI microbiome. Intriguingly, the impact of diet on the microbiome may be related not only to what humans eat but also to the timing of food consumption...
September 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938779/physical-and-chemical-characteristics-of-meat-from-broilers-raised-in-4-different-rearing-systems-stored-under-freezing-for-up-to-12-months
#3
A Giampietro-Ganeco, C M Owens, J L M Mello, R A Souza, F B Ferrari, P A Souza, H Borba
This study evaluated the effects of freezing (-18°C) for 12 mo on attributes related to the texture of breast, drumstick, and thigh from broilers raised in 4 different rearing systems. Five-hundred carcasses of male broilers raised in 4 rearing systems (Antibiotic-free, Cobb 500, n = 125; Free-range, Hubbard ISA, n = 125; Conventional, Cobb 500, n = 125; Organic, Cobb 500, n = 125) were divided into breast, drumstick, and thigh and stored under freezing (-18°C) for 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. Breast, drumstick, and thigh meat from broilers raised in all studied rearing systems showed reduction (P < 0...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938776/meta-analytic-study-of-organic-acids-as-an-alternative-performance-enhancing-feed-additive-to-antibiotics-for-broiler-chickens
#4
G V Polycarpo, I Andretta, M Kipper, V C Cruz-Polycarpo, J C Dadalt, P H M Rodrigues, R Albuquerque
The effect of organic acids as an alternative to antibiotics on the performance of broiler chickens was evaluated by meta-analysis, identifying and quantifying the main factors that influence results. A total of 51,960 broilers from 121 articles published between 1991 and 2016 were used. Interactions of additives [non-supplemented group (control), organic acids, and growth promoter antibiotics] with microbial challenge (with or without inoculation of pathogenic microorganisms) were studied on performance variables...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938773/characteristics-of-global-organic-matrix-in-normal-and-pimpled-chicken-eggshells
#5
Z Liu, L Song, F Zhang, W He, R J Linhardt
The organic matrix from normal and pimpled calcified chicken eggshells were dissociated into acid-insoluble, water-insoluble, and facultative-soluble (both acid- and water-soluble) components, to understand the influence of shell matrix on eggshell qualities. A linear correlation was shown among these 3 matrix components in normal eggshells but was not observed in pimpled eggshells. In pimpled eggshells, the percentage contents of all 4 groups of matrix (the total matrix, acid-insoluble matrix, water-insoluble matrix, and facultative-soluble matrix) were significantly higher than that in normal eggshells...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938750/allowable-warm-ischemic-time-and-morphological-and-biochemical-changes-in-uterine-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-cynomolgus-macaque-a-basic-study-for-uterus-transplantation
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Iori Kisu, Kiyoko Umeneo, Masataka Adachi, Katsura Emoto, Yuya Nogami, Kouji Banno, Iori Itagaki, Ikuo Kawamoto, Takahiro Nakagawa, Hayato Narita, Atsushi Yoshida, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Kazumasa Ogasawara, Daisuke Aoki
STUDY QUESTION: How long is the allowable warm ischemic time of the uterus and what morphological and biochemical changes are caused by uterine ischemia/reperfusion injury in cynomolgus macaques? SUMMARY ANSWER: Warm ischemia in the uterus of cynomolgus macaques is tolerated for up to 4 h and reperfusion after uterine ischemia caused no further morphological and biochemical changes. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Uterus transplantation is a potential option for women with uterine factor infertility...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938697/intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-dosimetric-and-clinical-results
#7
REVIEW
Sun Hyun Bae, Won Il Jang, Hee Chul Park
Since the introduction of 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT), new radiotherapy techniques have expanded the indication of radiotherapy for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), from the hitherto palliative to a now curative-intent purpose. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), currently the most advanced radiotherapy technique, is considered an attractive option for the treatment of HCC, and is more widely applied because it can deliver a higher dose to the tumor than 3DCRT while sparing surrounding normal organs...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938676/risk-factors-for-mortality-from-pneumocystis-carinii-pneumonia-pcp-in-non-hiv-patients-a-meta-analysis
#8
Yao Liu, Lili Su, Shu-Juan Jiang, Hui Qu
The number of patients with non-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) related pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is increasing with widespread immunosuppressive treatment. We performed a meta-analysis to describe the clinical characteristics and factors associated with outcomes of PCP in HIV-negative patients. A total of 13 studies including 867 patients with non-HIV related PCP was included. The overall mortality for non-HIV patients with PCP was 30.6%. The most common underlying disorder for the development of PCP is hematological malignancies (29...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938573/iatc-mhyb-a-hybrid-multi-label-classifier-for-predicting-the-classification-of-anatomical-therapeutic-chemicals
#9
Xiang Cheng, Shu-Guang Zhao, Xuan Xiao, Kuo-Chen Chou
Recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), drug compounds have been classified into 14 main ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical) classes according to their therapeutic and chemical characteristics. Given an uncharacterized compound, can we develop a computational method to fast identify which ATC class or classes it belongs to? The information thus obtained will timely help adjusting our focus and selection, significantly speeding up the drug development process. But this problem is by no means an easy one since some drug compounds may belong to two or more than two ATC classes...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938519/gilaburu-viburnum-opulus-l-fruit-extract-alleviates-testis-and-sperm-damages-induced-by-taxane-based-chemotherapeutics
#10
Serpil Sarıözkan, Gaffari Türk, Ayşe Eken, Latife Çakır Bayram, Ayşe Baldemir, Gülden Doğan
In this study, it was aimed to investigate the possible protective effects of gilaburu (Viburnum opulus L., Glb) fruit extract on testis and sperm damages induced by docetaxel (DTX) and paclitaxel (PTX) chemotherapeutics in rats. Sixty adult male Wistar albino rats were divided into 6 equal groups, 10 animals each. The groups were created as control (weekly i.p. saline injection), Glb (weekly i.p. saline injection and daily oral 100mg/kg Glb), DTX (weekly i.p. injection of 5mg/kg DTX), PTX (weekly i.p. injection of 4mg/kg PTX), DTX+Glb (weekly i...
September 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938518/antimicrobial-peptides-amps-the-quintessential-offense-and-defense-molecules-are-more-than-antimicrobials
#11
REVIEW
Seema Patel, Nadeem Akhtar
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are cationic amphiphilic molecules with α-helix or β-sheet linear motifs and linear or cyclic configurations. For their role in 'defense and offense', they are present in all living organisms. AMPs are named so, as they inhibit a wide array of microbes by membrane pore formation and subsequent perturbation of mitochondrial membrane ionic balance. However, their functional repertoire is expanding with validated roles in cytotoxicity, wound healing, angiogenesis, apoptosis, and chemotaxis [1]...
September 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938507/-hypertensive-emergencies
#12
Gerd Bönner
Hypertensive urgency and hypertensive emergency are associated with sudden, massive rise in blood pressure. An acute increase in blood pressure to values above 180/120 mmHg is considered critical. If not treated in time, it can quickly enter a life-threatening hypertensive emergency. The symptoms or organ damage determine the assessment as a crisis or an emergency. Rapid action is required. The therapy depends on the severity and the organ involvement. However the general principal is to avoid therapeutically induced hypotension...
September 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938506/-central-aortic-blood-pressure-important-parameter-in-diagnosis%C3%A2-and-therapy
#13
Martin Middeke
In recent years great emphasis has been placed on the role of central aortic blood pressure as measured non invasively using pulse wave analysis in pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases and clinical aspects of hypertension. The difference of blood pressure between the central aorta and the brachial artery (amplification) is not constant but varies according to physiological, pathological and pharmacological mechanisms. Central aortic blood pressure is more strongly related to cardiovascular organ damages than does brachial pressure...
September 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938495/polyphenol-enriched-fractions-of-cyclopia-intermedia-selectively-affect-lipogenesis-and-lipolysis-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
#14
Babalwa U Jack, Christiaan J Malherbe, Elize L Willenburg, Dalene de Beer, Barbara Huisamen, Elizabeth Joubert, Christo J F Muller, Johan Louw, Carmen Pheiffer
Cyclopia species are increasingly investigated as sources of phenolic compounds with potential as therapeutic agents. Recently, we demonstrated that a crude polyphenol-enriched organic fraction (CPEF) of Cyclopia intermedia, currently forming the bulk of commercial production, decreased lipid content in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and inhibited body weight gain in obese db/db mice. The aim of the present study was to determine whether a more effective product and/or one with higher specificity could be obtained by fractionation of the CPEF by purposely increasing xanthone and benzophenone levels...
September 22, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938488/ovarian-aging-in-women-with-brca-germline-mutations
#15
Wayne Lin, Shiny Titus, Fred Moy, Elizabeth S Ginsburg, Kutluk Oktay
Context: Recent clinical and laboratory studies suggested that women with BRCA mutations have lower ovarian reserve and their primordial follicle oocytes may be more prone to DNA damage but the direct proof is lacking. Objective: To determine whether women with germline BRCA mutations have reduced primordial follicle reserve and increased oocyte DNA damage. Design: A laboratory comparative study of ovarian tissue obtained from the risk-reducing salpingo- oophorectomy (RRSO) samples of unaffected BRCA mutation carrier (BMC) women vs...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938461/adipokines-and-their-receptor-are-widely-expressed-and-distinctly-regulated-by-the-metabolic-environment-in-the-prostate-of-male-mice-direct-role-under-normal-and-tumoral-conditions
#16
André Sarmento-Cabral, Fernando L-López, Raúl M Luque
Adipose tissue-derived adipokines (i.e. leptin/adiponectin/resistin) play important roles in the regulation of several pathophysiological processes through the activation of specific receptors. However, although adipokines and their receptors are widely distributed in many tissues and exhibit a clear modulation by the particular metabolic conditions (e.g. obesity and/or fasting), their expression, regulation, and putative action on normal prostate-glands (PGs; a hormone-dependent organ tightly regulated by the endocrine-metabolic milieu) is still to be defined...
August 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938452/dose-specific-effects-of-di-isononyl-phthalate-on-the-endocannabinoid-system-and-on-liver-of-female-zebrafish
#17
Isabel Forner-Piquer, Francesca Maradonna, Giorgia Gioacchini, Stefania Santangeli, Marco Allarà, Fabiana Piscitelli, Hamid R Habibi, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Oliana Carnevali
Phthalates, used as plasticizers, have become a ubiquitous contaminant and have been reported for their potential to induce toxicity in living organisms. Among them, the Di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) has been recently used to replace the bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). Nowadays, there is evidence that DiNP is an Endocrine Disrupting Chemical (EDC), however little is known about its effects on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and lipid metabolism. Hence, the aim of our study was to investigate the effects of DiNP on the ECS in zebrafish liver and brain and on hepatic lipid storage...
August 14, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938441/canonical-wnt-signaling-regulates-the-pituitary-organizer-and-pituitary-gland-formation
#18
Allison M Osmundsen, Jessica L Keisler, M Mark Taketo, Shannon W Davis
The pituitary organizer is a domain within the ventral diencephalon that expresses Bmp4, Fgf8, and Fgf10, which induces the formation of the pituitary precursor, Rathke's pouch, from the oral ectoderm. The WNT signaling pathway regulates this pituitary organizer such that loss of Wnt5a leads to an expansion of the pituitary organizer and an enlargement of Rathke's pouch. WNT signaling is classified into canonical signaling, which is mediated by β-CATENIN, and non-canonical signaling, which operates independently of β-CATENIN...
August 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938430/role-of-the-bile-acid-transporter-slc10a1-in-liver-targeting-of-the-lipid-lowering-thyroid-hormone-analog-eprotirome
#19
Simone Kersseboom, Anja L M van Gucht, Alies van Mullem, Giulia Brigante, Stefania Farina, Bo Carlsson, Joanne M Donkers, Stan F J van de Graaf, Robin P Peeters, Theo J Visser
The thyroid hormone (TH) analog eprotirome (KB2115; 3-[[3,5-dibromo-4-[4-hydroxy-3-(1-methylethyl)-phenoxy]-phenyl]-amino]-3-oxopropanoic acid) was developed to lower cholesterol through selective activation of the T3 receptor isoform TRβ1 in the liver. Interestingly, eprotirome shows low uptake in non-hepatic tissues, explaining its lipid-lowering action without adverse extra-hepatic thyromimetic effects. Clinical trials have shown marked decreases in serum cholesterol levels.We explored the transport of eprotirome across the plasma membrane by members of three TH transporter families: monocarboxylate transporters MCT8 and 10, Na-independent organic anion transporters OATP1A2, 1B1, 1B3, 1C1, 2A1 and 2B1, and Na-dependent organic anion transporters SLC10A1-7...
August 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938416/pancreatic-histopathology-of-human-monogenic-diabetes-due-to-causal-variants-in-kcnj11-hnf1a-gata6-and-lmna
#20
May Sanyoura, Laura Jacobsen, David Carmody, Daniela Del Gaudio, Gorka Alkorta-Aranburu, Kelly Arndt, Ying Ying Hu, Frances Kobiernicki, Irina Kusmartseva, Mark A Atkinson, Louis H Philipson, Desmond Schatz, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Siri Atma W Greeley
Context: Monogenic diabetes is thought to account for 2% of all diabetes cases but most patients are misdiagnosed as type 1 or type 2 diabetes. To date, little is known about the histopathological features of pancreases from patients with monogenic diabetes. Objective: Retrospective study of the JDRF Network for Pancreatic Organ donors with Diabetes biorepository was used to identify possible cases with monogenic diabetes and to compare effects of genetic variants on pancreas histology...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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