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Sarah Lebeer, Peter A Bron, Maria L Marco, Jan-Peter Van Pijkeren, Mary O'Connell Motherway, Colin Hill, Bruno Pot, Stefan Roos, Todd Klaenhammer
Comprehension of underlying mechanisms of probiotic action will support rationale selection of probiotic strains and targeted clinical study design with a higher likelihood of success. This will consequently contribute to better substantiation of health claims. Here, we aim to provide a perspective from a microbiology point of view that such comprehensive understanding is not straightforward. We show examples of well-documented probiotic effector molecules in Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, including surface-located molecules such as specific pili, S-layer proteins, exopolysaccharides, muropeptides, as well as more widely produced metabolites such as tryptophan-related and histamine-related metabolites, CpG-rich DNA, and various enzymes such as lactase and bile salt hydrolases...
November 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148861/a-new-approach-for-determining-short-term-objective-prognostic-predictive-methods-for-terminal-cancer-patients-based-on-the-change-point-of-laboratory-test-values
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Kazuyuki Niki, Yoshiaki Okamoto, Yoshitaka Tabata, Mamiko Tsugane, Taizo Murata, Masao Mizuki, Yasushi Matsumura, Tatsuya Takagi, Etsuko Uejima
BACKGROUND: In terminal phase cancer, predicting a prognosis precisely plays an important role for patients and their families to live meaningful lives. However, there are no established short-term, objective prognostic predictive methods. OBJECTIVE: To develop simple, short-term, objective prognostic predictive methods through detecting a change point for laboratory test values. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review. SETTING/SUBJECTS: Subjects were cancer patients aged ≥16 years and discharged dead from Osaka University Hospital in 2008...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147660/analytical-validation-of-a-new-enzymatic-and-automatable-method-for-d-xylose-measurement-in-human-urine-samples
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Israel Sánchez-Moreno, Carmen Monsalve-Hernando, Ana Godino, Luis Illa, María Jesús Gaspar, Guillermo Manuel Muñoz, Ana Díaz, José Luis Martín, Eduardo García-Junceda, Alfonso Fernández-Mayoralas, Carmen Hermida
Hypolactasia, or intestinal lactase deficiency, affects more than half of the world population. Currently, xylose quantification in urine after gaxilose oral administration for the noninvasive diagnosis of hypolactasia is performed with the hand-operated nonautomatable phloroglucinol reaction. This work demonstrates that a new enzymatic xylose quantification method, based on the activity of xylose dehydrogenase from Caulobacter crescentus, represents an excellent alternative to the manual phloroglucinol reaction...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145157/bmscs-derived-mir-223-containing-exosomes-contribute-to-liver-protection-in-experimental-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Lu Chen, Feng-Bin Lu, Da-Zhi Chen, Jin-Lu Wu, En-de Hu, Lan-Man Xu, Ming-Hua Zheng, Hui Li, Yu Huang, Xiao-Ya Jin, Yue-Wen Gong, Zhuo Lin, Xiao-Dong Wang, Yong-Ping Chen
Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic inflammatory disease in the liver with potential to the development of liver fibrosis. Recent evidences suggest that bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) may exert its therapeutic activity through exosomes. Moreover, miR-223 is highly expressed in BMSCs and plays an important role in autoimmune diseases. Therefore, in this study, hepatoprotective role of BMSCs and miR-223 was investigated in both mice and hepatocytes. Liver antigen S100 was used to establish autoimmune hepatitis model in mice while LPS and ATP were used to establish cell injury model in hepatocyte...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129317/the-genetic-legacy-of-the-indian-ocean-slave-trade-recent-admixture-and-post-admixture-selection-in-the-makranis-of-pakistan
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Romuald Laso-Jadart, Christine Harmant, Hélène Quach, Nora Zidane, Chris Tyler-Smith, Qasim Mehdi, Qasim Ayub, Lluis Quintana-Murci, Etienne Patin
From the eighth century onward, the Indian Ocean was the scene of extensive trade of sub-Saharan African slaves via sea routes controlled by Muslim Arab and Swahili traders. Several populations in present-day Pakistan and India are thought to be the descendants of such slaves, yet their history of admixture and natural selection remains largely undefined. Here, we studied the genome-wide diversity of the African-descent Makranis, who reside on the Arabian Sea coast of Pakistan, as well that of four neighboring Pakistani populations, to investigate the genetic legacy, population dynamics, and tempo of the Indian Ocean slave trade...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113024/neuroprotective-effects-of-butanol-fraction-of-cordyceps-cicadae-on-glutamate-induced-damage-in-pc12-cells-involving-oxidative-toxicity
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Dan Wang, Jibiao Wang, Dujun Wang, Xiaofeng Yu, Opeyemi Joshua Olatunji, Zhen Ouyang, Yuan Wei
The current study was aimed at investigating the neuroprotective effects of the butanol fraction from C. cicadae (CBU ), which was responsible for the anti-aging effect of this medicine. Glutamate-induced PC12 cells were used as a model to determine the neuroprotective effect against oxidative cell death. Cell viability, cytotoxicity, flow cytometry, mitochondrial transmembrane potential (MMP), reactive oxygen species (ROS), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels were analyzed to assess neuronal cell survival or death...
November 7, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111067/gums-induced-microstructure-stability-in-ca-ii-alginate-beads-containing-lactase-analyzed-by-saxs
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Maria Victoria Traffano-Schiffo, Marta Castro-Giraldez, Pedro J Fito, Mercedes Perullini, Patricio R Santagapita
Previous works show that the addition of trehalose and gums in β-galactosidase (lactase) Ca(II)-alginate encapsulation systems improved its intrinsic stability against freezing and dehydration processes in the pristine state. However, there is no available information on the evolution in microstructure due to the constraints imposed by the operational conditions. The aim of this research is to study the time course of microstructural changes of Ca(II)-alginate matrices driven by the presence of trehalose, arabic and guar gums as excipients and to discuss how these changes influence the diffusional transport (assessed by LF-NMR) and the enzymatic activity of the encapsulated lactase...
January 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071499/lactase-persistence-milk-intake-and-mortality-in-the-danish-general-population-a-mendelian-randomization-study
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Helle Kirstine Mørup Bergholdt, Børge Grønne Nordestgaard, Anette Varbo, Christina Ellervik
Meta-analyses have suggested no association between milk intake and mortality. Since only few studies have been conducted, we investigated the association between the lactase persistent genetic variant LCT-13910 C/T (rs4988235), a proxy for long-term low and high intake of milk, and mortality. We used two Danish population-based studies with self-reported intake of milk and genotyping for LCT-13910 C/T. We obtained information on all-cause and cause-specific mortality (cardiovascular and cancer) from the national Danish registries...
October 25, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070042/effects-of-cow-s-milk-beta-casein-variants-on-symptoms-of-milk-intolerance-in-chinese-adults-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-study
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Mei He, Jianqin Sun, Zhuo Qin Jiang, Yue Xin Yang
BACKGROUND: A major protein component of cow's milk is β-casein. The most frequent variants in dairy herds are A1 and A2. Recent studies showed that milk containing A1 β-casein promoted intestinal inflammation and exacerbated gastrointestinal symptoms. However, the acute gastrointestinal effects of A1 β-casein have not been investigated. This study compared the gastrointestinal effects of milk containing A1 and A2 β-casein versus A2 β-casein alone in Chinese adults with self-reported lactose intolerance...
October 25, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066978/molecular-ecological-basis-of-grasshopper-oedaleus-asiaticus-phenotypic-plasticity-under-environmental-selection
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Xinghu Qin, Kun Hao, Jingchuan Ma, Xunbing Huang, Xiongbing Tu, Md Panna Ali, Barry R Pittendrigh, Guangchun Cao, Guangjun Wang, Xiangqun Nong, Douglas W Whitman, Zehua Zhang
While ecological adaptation in insects can be reflected by plasticity of phenotype, determining the causes and molecular mechanisms for phenotypic plasticity (PP) remains a crucial and still difficult question in ecology, especially where control of insect pests is involved. Oedaleus asiaticus is one of the most dominant pests in the Inner Mongolia steppe and represents an excellent system to study phenotypic plasticity. To better understand ecological factors affecting grasshopper phenotypic plasticity and its molecular control, we conducted a full transcriptional screening of O...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065709/direct-effects-of-fermented-cow-s-milk-product-with-lactobacillus-paracasei-cba-l74-on-human-enterocytes
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L Paparo, R Aitoro, R Nocerino, C Fierro, C Bruno, R Berni Canani
Cow's milk fermented with Lactobacillus paracasei CBA L74 (FM-CBAL74) exerts a preventive effect against infectious diseases in children. We evaluated if this effect is at least in part related to a direct modulation of non-immune and immune defence mechanisms in human enterocytes. Human enterocytes (Caco-2) were stimulated for 48 h with FM-CBAL74 at different concentrations. Cell growth was assessed by colorimetric assay; cell differentiation (assessed by lactase expression), tight junction proteins (zonula occludens1 and occludin), mucin 2, and toll-like receptor (TRL) pathways were analysed by real-time PCR; innate immunity peptide synthesis, beta-defensin-2 (HBD-2) and cathelicidin (LL-37) were evaluated by ELISA...
October 25, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063188/world-wide-distributions-of-lactase-persistence-alleles-and-the-complex-effects-of-recombination-and-selection
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Anke Liebert, Saioa López, Bryony Leigh Jones, Nicolas Montalva, Pascale Gerbault, Winston Lau, Mark G Thomas, Neil Bradman, Nikolas Maniatis, Dallas M Swallow
The genetic trait of lactase persistence (LP) is associated with at least five independent functional single nucleotide variants in a regulatory region about 14 kb upstream of the lactase gene [-13910*T (rs4988235), -13907*G (rs41525747), -13915*G (rs41380347), -14009*G (rs869051967) and -14010*C (rs145946881)]. These alleles have been inferred to have spread recently and present-day frequencies have been attributed to positive selection for the ability of adult humans to digest lactose without risk of symptoms of lactose intolerance...
October 23, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059642/diagnostic-algorithm-and-peculiarities-of-monitoring-for-infants-with-disorders-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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Tetyana O Kryuchko, Inna M Nesina, Olha Ya Tkachenko
INTRODUCTION: The most common medical conditions in infants, which belong to pediatric and gastroenterological disease areas, are functional gastrointestinal disorders, food hypersensitivity and food allergy. First of all, these symptoms can disguise lactase deficiency, cow's milk protein allergy, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, allergic proctocolitis, gastrointestinal manifestations of atopic dermatitis, functional disorders of gastrointestinal and biliary tract, etc. The aim of our study was to develop an algorithm of monitoring for infants with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and to study the efficacy of probiotic and enzyme replacement therapy...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039795/milk-intake-at-midlife-and-cognitive-decline-over-20-years-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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Natalia Petruski-Ivleva, Anna Kucharska-Newton, Priya Palta, David Couper, Katie Meyer, Misa Graff, Bernhard Haring, Richey Sharrett, Gerardo Heiss
Background: Faster rates of cognitive decline are likely to result in earlier onset of cognitive impairment and dementia. d-galactose, a derivative of lactose, is used in animal studies to induce neurodegeneration. Milk is the primary source of lactose in the human diet, and its effects on cognitive decline have not been fully evaluated. Objective: Assess the association of milk intake with change in cognitive function over 20 years. Methods: A total of 13,751 participants of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) cohort completed a food frequency questionnaire and three neurocognitive evaluations from 1990 through 2013...
October 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027951/effects-of-maternal-low-energy-diet-during-gestation-on-intestinal-morphology-disaccharidase-activity-and-immune-response-to-lipopolysaccharide-challenge-in-pig-offspring
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Yuling Chen, Daolin Mou, Liang Hu, Jie Zhen, Lianqiang Che, Zhengfeng Fang, Shengyu Xu, Yan Lin, Bin Feng, Jian Li, De Wu
Maternal nutrition during gestation is involved in the offspring's intestinal development and immunity. The aim of this study was to (1) determine the effects of maternal energy on intestinal digestion and absorption function in offspring, using pigs as a model; and (2) to evaluate the potential effect and mechanisms of maternal energy in modulating immune responses of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-challenged piglets. After mating, thirty-six nine-parity sows (Landrace × Yorkshire), body weight (BW) (initial body weight 233...
October 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994704/characterization-of-mucosal-disaccharidases-from-human-intestine
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Mahdi Amiri, Hassan Y Naim
In this study, we used a brush border membrane (BBM) preparation from human small intestine to analyze the proportion and the activity of major intestinal disaccharidases, including sucrase-isomaltase (SI), maltase-glucoamylase (MGAM) and lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (LPH). SI, MGAM and LPH respectively constituted 8.2%, 2.7% and 1.4% of total BBM protein. The activity of SI and LPH decreased threefold after purification from the brush border membrane, which highlights the effect of membrane microdomains on the functional capacity of these enzymes...
October 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981265/solid-in-oil-in-water-emulsions-for-delivery-of-lactase-to-control-in-vitro-hydrolysis-of-lactose-in-milk
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Yun Zhang, Qixin Zhong
There is an established need to deliver lactase in milk to retain activity during storage and hydrolyze lactose after ingestion. In this work, spray-dried lactase powder was encapsulated in solid-in-oil-in-water (S/O/W) emulsions to fabricate delivery systems. The adoption of Span 80 in milk fat and lecithin in protein solution enabled the encapsulation of ∼76% lactase and <400 nm droplets. Additional cross-linking of proteins on droplets by transglutaminase and addition of sodium caseinate effectively reduced the amount of free lactase after spray drying emulsions...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974035/nutritional-and-health-related-effects-of-a-diet-containing-apple-seed-meal-in-rats-the-case-of-amygdalin
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Paulina M Opyd, Adam Jurgoński, Jerzy Juśkiewicz, Joanna Milala, Zenon Zduńczyk, Bogusław Król
Apple pomace includes seeds that are rich in protein, fiber, and oil, which can be extracted from them. However, they can also contain a significant amount of toxigenic amygdalin. We hypothesized that amygdalin is a compound that significantly reduces the nutritional and health quality of defatted apple seeds. An experiment was conducted on rats that were distributed into three groups and fed with high-fructose diets. In the control (C) and amygdalin (AMG) groups, cellulose and casein were the source of dietary fiber and protein, respectively; in the apple seed meal (ASM) group, dietary fiber and protein originated from the endosperm of apple seeds, which were previously defatted and ground...
October 2, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973552/from-the-cover-developmental-neurotoxicants-disrupt-activity-in-cortical-networks-on-microelectrode-arrays-results-of-screening-86-compounds-during-neural-network-formation
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Christopher L Frank, Jasmine P Brown, Kathleen Wallace, William R Mundy, Timothy J Shafer
Less than 1% of environmental chemicals have been evaluated for developmental neurotoxicity (DNT). Current guideline DNT studies are resource intensive and not amenable to screening large numbers of compounds for hazard. As part of evaluating a battery of more rapid and scalable in vitro assays for DNT hazard, 86 compounds were screened for their ability to alter function during cortical network development. Developing rat cortical networks were treated with a concentration series (usually 0.03-30 µM) of 86 compounds, 60 of which have known in vivo DNT effects ("DNT Reference Set")...
November 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965810/assessment-of-tryptophan-metabolism-and-signs-of-depression-in-individuals-with-carbohydrate-malabsorption
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Dietmar Enko, Helga Wagner, Gernot Kriegshäuser, Wolfgang Brandmayr, Gabriele Halwachs-Baumann, Wolfgang J Schnedl, Sieglinde Zelzer, Harald Mangge, Andreas Meinitzer
This prospective cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the potential association between primary-adult lactose malabsorption, fructose malabsorption, tryptophan (TRP) metabolism and the presence of depressive signs. Overall 251 patients, who were referred for lactase gene C/T-13910 polymorphism genotyping and fructose hydrogen/methane breath testing, were included. All participants filled out the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI II). Serum concentrations of tryptophan (TRP), kynurenine (KYN), kynuric acid (KYNA), and TRP competing amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine, phenylalanine, tyrosine) were measured by high-pressure liquid-chromatography...
September 22, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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