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Tom L Broderick, Frank A Cusimano, Chelsea Carlson, Leslie K Tamura
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Carnitine is essential for the transport of long-chain FAs (FA) into the mitochondria for energy production. During acute exercise, the increased demand for FAs results in a state of free carnitine deficiency in plasma. The role of kidney in carnitine homeostasis after exercise is not known. METHODS: Swiss Webster mice were sacrificed immediately after a 1-hour moderate intensity treadmill run, and at 4-hours and 8-hours into recovery. Non-exercising mice served as controls...
June 27, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Mitsuyoshi Ohshima, Keisuke Sugahara, Kiyohiro Kasahara, Akira Katakura
The aim of the present study was to characterize the metabolic systems in Japanese patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) using capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS) metabolome analysis of saliva samples. A previous study showed variations among ethnicities and tumor sites in the saliva metabolome of patients with OSCC using CE-MS. In the present study, saliva was obtained from 22 Japanese patients with OSCC and from 21 healthy controls who visited the Department of Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tokyo Dental Collage Ichikawa General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, and all samples were subject to comprehensive quantitative metabolome analysis using CE-MS...
May 2017: Oncology Reports
Nathalie Bergeron, Paul T Williams, Regina Lamendella, Nastaran Faghihnia, Alyssa Grube, Xinmin Li, Zeneng Wang, Rob Knight, Janet K Jansson, Stanley L Hazen, Ronald M Krauss
Production of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), a biomarker of CVD risk, is dependent on intestinal microbiota, but little is known of dietary conditions promoting changes in gut microbial communities. Resistant starches (RS) alter the human microbiota. We sought to determine whether diets varying in RS and carbohydrate (CHO) content affect plasma TMAO levels. We also assessed postprandial glucose and insulin responses and plasma lipid changes to diets high and low in RS. In a cross-over trial, fifty-two men and women consumed a 2-week baseline diet (41 percentage of energy (%E) CHO, 40 % fat, 19 % protein), followed by 2-week high- and low-RS diets separated by 2-week washouts...
December 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
Edgars Liepinsh, Elina Makarova, Eduards Sevostjanovs, Dace Hartmane, Helena Cirule, Olga Zharkova-Malkova, Solveiga Grinberga, Maija Dambrova
Meldonium (3-(2,2,2-trimethylhydrazinium)propionate) is the most potent clinically used inhibitor of organic cation transporter 2 (OCTN2). Inhibition of OCTN2 leads to a decrease in carnitine and acylcarnitine contents in tissues and energy metabolism optimization-related cardioprotective effects. The recent inclusion of meldonium in the World Anti-Doping Agency List of Prohibited Substances and Methods has raised questions about the pharmacokinetics of meldonium and its unusually long elimination time. Therefore, in this study, the rate of meldonium washout after the end of the treatment was tested with and without administration of carnitine, γ-butyrobetaine (GBB) and furosemide to evaluate the importance of competition for OCTN2 transport in mice...
May 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Jie Zhang, Alan R Light, Charles L Hoppel, Caitlin Campbell, Carol J Chandler, Dustin J Burnett, Elaine C Souza, Gretchen A Casazza, Ronald W Hughen, Nancy L Keim, John W Newman, Gary R Hunter, Jose R Fernandez, W Timothy Garvey, Mary-Ellen Harper, Oliver Fiehn, Sean H Adams
What is the central question of this study? Does improved metabolic health and insulin sensitivity following a weight-loss and fitness intervention in sedentary, obese women alter exercise-associated fuel metabolism and incomplete mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation (FAO), as tracked by blood acylcarnitine patterns? What is the main finding and its importance? Despite improved fitness and blood sugar control, indices of incomplete mitochondrial FAO increased in a similar manner in response to a fixed load acute exercise bout; this indicates that intramitochondrial muscle FAO is inherently inefficient and is tethered directly to ATP turnover...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Physiology
Yi-Ching Chen, Chia-Ju Tsai, Chia-Hsien Feng
A novel aqueous solvent-based dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (AS-DLLME) method was combined with narrow-bore liquid chromatography and fluorescence detection for the determination of hydrophilic compounds. A remover (non-polar solvent) and extractant (aqueous solution) were introduced into the derivatization system (acetonitrile) to obtain a water-in-oil emulsion state that increased the mass transfer of analytes. As a proof of concept, three quaternary ammonium substances, including butyrobetaine, l-carnitine and acetyl-l-carnitine, were also used as analytes and determined in pharmaceuticals, personal care products, food and human plasma...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Hiroshi Fujimitsu, Akira Matsumoto, Sayaka Takubo, Akiko Fukui, Kazuma Okada, Isam A Mohamed Ahmed, Jiro Arima, Nobuhiro Mori
The report is the first of purification, overproduction, and characterization of a unique γ-butyrobetainyl CoA synthetase from soil-isolated Agrobacterium sp. 525a. The primary structure of the enzyme shares 70-95% identity with those of ATP-dependent microbial acyl-CoA synthetases of the Rhizobiaceae family. As distinctive characteristics of the enzyme of this study, ADP was released in the catalytic reaction process, whereas many acyl CoA synthetases are annotated as an AMP-forming enzyme. The apparent Km values for γ-butyrobetaine, CoA, and ATP were, respectively, 0...
August 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Marieke G Schooneman, Riekelt H Houtkooper, Carla E M Hollak, Ronald J A Wanders, Frédéric M Vaz, Maarten R Soeters, Sander M Houten
AIM: Acylcarnitines are fatty acid oxidation (FAO) intermediates, which have been implicated in diet-induced insulin resistance. Elevated acylcarnitine levels are found in obese, insulin resistant humans and rodents, and coincide with lower free carnitine. We hypothesized that increasing free carnitine levels by administration of the carnitine precursor γ-butyrobetaine (γBB) could facilitate FAO, thereby improving insulin sensitivity. METHODS: C57BL/6N mice were fed with a high fat or chow diet with or without γBB supplementation (n=10 per group)...
August 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Marius Trøseid, Johannes R Hov, Torunn Kristin Nestvold, Hanne Thoresen, Rolf K Berge, Asbjørn Svardal, Knut Tore Lappegård
BACKGROUND: Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) is formed in the liver from trimethylamine (TMA), a product exclusively generated by the gut microbiota from dietary phosphatidylcholine and carnitine. An alternative pathway of TMAO formation from carnitine is via the microbiota-dependent intermediate γ-butyrobetaine (γBB). Elevated TMAO levels are associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), but little is known about TMAO in obesity. Given the proposed contribution of microbiota alterations in obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D), we investigated the potential impact of obesity, lifestyle-induced weight loss, and bariatric surgery on plasma levels of TMAO, its microbiota-dependent intermediate γBB, and its diet-dependent precursors carnitine and choline...
May 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
Mona Ascha, Zeneng Wang, Mustafa S Ascha, Raed Dweik, Nizar N Zein, David Grove, J Mark Brown, Stephanie Marshall, Rocio Lopez, Ibrahim A Hanouneh
AIM: To identify plasma analytes using metabolomics that correlate with the diagnosis and severity of liver disease in patients with alcoholic hepatitis (AH). METHODS: We prospectively recruited patients with cirrhosis from AH (n = 23) and those with cirrhosis with acute decompensation (AD) from etiologies other than alcohol (n = 25). We used mass spectrometry to identify 29 metabolic compounds in plasma samples from fasted subjects. A receiver operating characteristics analysis was performed to assess the utility of biomarkers in distinguishing acute AH from alcoholic cirrhosis...
April 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Karolina Skagen, Marius Trøseid, Thor Ueland, Sverre Holm, Azhar Abbas, Ida Gregersen, Martin Kummen, Vigdis Bjerkeli, Frode Reier-Nilsen, David Russell, Asbjørn Svardal, Tom Hemming Karlsen, Pål Aukrust, Rolf K Berge, Johannes E R Hov, Bente Halvorsen, Mona Skjelland
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: γ-butyrobetaine (γBB) is a metabolite from dietary Carnitine, involved in the gut microbiota-dependent conversion from Carnitine to the pro-atherogenic metabolite trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). Orally ingested γBB has a pro-atherogenic effect in experimental studies, but γBB has not been studied in relation to atherosclerosis in humans. The aim of this study was to evaluate associations between serum levels of γBB, TMAO and their common precursors Carnitine and trimethyllysine (TML) and carotid atherosclerosis and adverse outcome...
April 2016: Atherosclerosis
Maija Dambrova, Marina Makrecka-Kuka, Reinis Vilskersts, Elina Makarova, Janis Kuka, Edgars Liepinsh
Meldonium (mildronate; 3-(2,2,2-trimethylhydrazinium)propionate; THP; MET-88) is a clinically used cardioprotective drug, which mechanism of action is based on the regulation of energy metabolism pathways through l-carnitine lowering effect. l-Carnitine biosynthesis enzyme γ-butyrobetaine hydroxylase and carnitine/organic cation transporter type 2 (OCTN2) are the main known drug targets of meldonium, and through inhibition of these activities meldonium induces adaptive changes in the cellular energy homeostasis...
November 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Jos J A G Kamps, Amjad Khan, Hwanho Choi, Robert K Lesniak, Jürgen Brem, Anna M Rydzik, Michael A McDonough, Christopher J Schofield, Timothy D W Claridge, Jasmin Mecinović
γ-Butyrobetaine hydroxylase (BBOX) is a non-heme Fe(II) - and 2-oxoglutarate-dependent oxygenase that catalyzes the stereoselective hydroxylation of an unactivated C-H bond of γ-butyrobetaine (γBB) in the final step of carnitine biosynthesis. BBOX contains an aromatic cage for the recognition of the positively charged trimethylammonium group of the γBB substrate. Enzyme binding and kinetic analyses on substrate analogues with P and As substituting for N in the trimethylammonium group show that the analogues are good BBOX substrates, which follow the efficiency trend N(+) >P(+) >As(+)...
January 22, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Paul E Minkler, Maria S K Stoll, Stephen T Ingalls, Janos Kerner, Charles L Hoppel
Tandem MS "profiling" of acylcarnitines and amino acids was conceived as a first-tier screening method, and its application to expanded newborn screening has been enormously successful. However, unlike amino acid screening (which uses amino acid analysis as its second-tier validation of screening results), acylcarnitine "profiling" also assumed the role of second-tier validation, due to the lack of a generally accepted second-tier acylcarnitine determination method. In this report, we present results from the application of our validated UHPLC-MS/MS second-tier method for the quantification of total carnitine, free carnitine, butyrobetaine, and acylcarnitines to patient samples with known diagnoses: malonic acidemia, short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (SCADD) or isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (IBD), 3-methyl-crotonyl carboxylase deficiency (3-MCC) or ß-ketothiolase deficiency (BKT), and methylmalonic acidemia (MMA)...
December 2015: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Bodil Bjørndal, Marie S Ramsvik, Carine Lindquist, Jan E Nordrehaug, Inge Bruheim, Asbjørn Svardal, Ottar Nygård, Rolf K Berge
Seafood is assumed to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, mainly based on plasma lipid lowering and anti-inflammatory effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, other plasma risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease are less studied. This study aimed to penetrate the effect of a phospholipid-protein complex (PPC) from Antarctic krill on one-carbon metabolism and production of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) in rats. Male Wistar rats were fed isoenergetic control, 6%, or 11% PPC diets for four weeks...
September 2015: Marine Drugs
Paul E Minkler, Maria S K Stoll, Stephen T Ingalls, Janos Kerner, Charles L Hoppel
A validated quantitative method for the determination of free and total carnitine, butyrobetaine, and acylcarnitines is presented. The versatile method has four components: (1) isolation using strong cation-exchange solid-phase extraction, (2) derivatization with pentafluorophenacyl trifluoromethanesulfonate, (3) sequential ion-exchange/reversed-phase (ultra) high-performance liquid chromatography [(U)HPLC] using a strong cation-exchange trap in series with a fused-core HPLC column, and (4) detection with electrospray ionization multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mass spectrometry (MS)...
September 1, 2015: Analytical Chemistry
Reinis Vilskersts, Janis Kuka, Edgars Liepinsh, Marina Makrecka-Kuka, Kristine Volska, Elina Makarova, Eduards Sevostjanovs, Helena Cirule, Solveiga Grinberga, Maija Dambrova
OBJECTIVE: The elevation of the levels of l-carnitine and its fatty acid esters, acylcarnitines, in tissue or plasma has been linked to the development of atherosclerosis. Recently, a potent inhibitor of l-carnitine biosynthesis and transport, methyl-γ-butyrobetaine (methyl-GBB), was discovered. In this study, we evaluated the effects of γ-butyrobetaine (GBB), l-carnitine and methyl-GBB administration on the progression of atherosclerosis. METHODS: Apolipoprotein E knockout (apoE(-/-)) mice were treated with methyl-GBB, l-carnitine or GBB for 4months...
September 2015: Vascular Pharmacology
Lorena Pochini, Mariafrancesca Scalise, Cesare Indiveri
OCTN1 was immuno-detected in the cervical cancer cell HeLa, in which the complete pattern of acetylcholine metabolizing enzymes is expressed. Comparison of immuno-staining intensity of HeLa OCTN1 with the purified recombinant human OCTN1 allowed measuring the specific OCTN1 concentration in the HeLa cell extract and, hence calculating the HeLa OCTN1 specific transport activity that was about 10 nmol×min(-1)×mg protein(-1), measured as uptake of [(3)H]acetylcholine in proteoliposomes reconstituted with HeLa extract...
November 2015: International Immunopharmacology
Juan A Campillo, Angel Sevilla, Marina Albentosa, Cristina Bernal, Ana B Lozano, Manuel Cánovas, Víctor M León
The Mar Menor is a coastal lagoon affected by the growth of intensive agriculture and urban development in the surrounding area. Large amounts of chemical pollutants from these areas are discharged into El Albujón, a permanent water-course flowing into the lagoon. Biomarkers such as the activity of acetylcholinesterase or antioxidant enzymes have been previously tested in this lagoon demonstrating the presence of neurotoxicity and oxidative stress in clams transplanted in sites affected by the dispersion of the effluent from El Albujón...
August 15, 2015: Science of the Total Environment
Solveiga Grinberga, Maija Dambrova, Gustavs Latkovskis, Ieva Strele, Ilze Konrade, Dace Hartmane, Eduards Sevostjanovs, Edgars Liepinsh, Osvalds Pugovics
An ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UPLC/MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the quantification of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) simultaneously with TMAO-related molecules L-carnitine and γ-butyrobetaine (GBB) in human blood plasma. The separation of analytes was achieved using a Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC)-type column with ammonium acetate-acetonitrile as the mobile phase. TMAO determination was validated according to valid US Food and Drug Administration guidelines...
November 2015: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
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