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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313412/physicochemical-screening-for-chemical-stabilizer-of-erythropoietin-to-prevent-its-aggregation
#1
Mehri Mortazavi, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Soroush Sardari, Kayhan Azadmanesh, Reza Mahdian, Hooman Kaghazian, Seyed Nezamedin Hosseini, Elnaz Shams
Recombinant protein aggregation is a problematic issue and can provoke immunological response. The aim of this study was to analyze the stability of erythropoietin, as a therapeutic protein expressed in mammalian cells, in the presence of different chemicals and find a specific stabilizer for erythropoietin. The effects of several chemicals, including mannitol, betaine, trehalose, taurine, linoleic acid, beta cyclodextrin, copper sulfate, spermidine, maltose, maltodextrin, sucrose, dextran, beta alanine, myo-inositol and cysteine, on protein stabilization through the thermally induced aggregation of erythropoietin were monitored...
January 9, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194995/the-dynamic-metabolomic-changes-throughout-mouse-epididymal-lumen-fluid-potentially-contribute-to-sperm-maturation
#2
S-G Hu, A-J Liang, G-X Yao, X-Q Li, M Zou, J-W Liu, Y Sun
Epididymal lumen fluids are directly responsible for sperm maturation. However, very little is known about the molecular details of small molecule metabolites in the epididymal lumen fluids until now. Here we identified and compared the metabolic profiles of mouse caput and cauda epididymal lumen fluids using GC-MS technique. Among 236 metabolites identified in caput and cauda epididymis, 36 were significantly enriched in caput epididymis while 18 were significantly enriched in cauda epididymis. Pathway analysis identified ascorbate and aldarate metabolism and beta-alanine metabolism as most relevant pathways in caput and cauda epididymis, respectively...
December 1, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186400/metabolites-associated-with-risk-of-developing-mobility-disability-in-the-health-aging-and-body-composition-study
#3
Rachel A Murphy, Steven Moore, Mary Playdon, Stephen Kritchevsky, Anne B Newman, Suzanne Satterfield, Hilsa Ayonayon, Clary Clish, Robert Gerszten, Tamara B Harris
Background: Metabolic pathways that give rise to functional decline and mobility disability in older adults are incompletely understood. Methods: To identify metabolic perturbations that may impact functional decline, non-targeted metabolomics was used to measure 350 metabolites in baseline plasma from 313 black men in the Health ABC Study (median age 74 years). Usual gait speed was measured over 20 meters. Cross-sectional relationships between gait speed and metabolites were explored with partial correlations adjusted for age, study site and smoking status...
November 25, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159570/multi-timescale-analysis-of-a-metabolic-network-in-synthetic-biology-a-kinetic-model-for-3-hydroxypropionic-acid-production-via-beta-alanine
#4
Mohit P Dalwadi, John R King, Nigel P Minton
A biosustainable production route for 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3HP), an important platform chemical, would allow 3HP to be produced without using fossil fuels. We are interested in investigating a potential biochemical route to 3HP from pyruvate through [Formula: see text]-alanine and, in this paper, we develop and solve a mathematical model for the reaction kinetics of the metabolites involved in this pathway. We consider two limiting cases, one where the levels of pyruvate are never replenished, the other where the levels of pyruvate are continuously replenished and thus kept constant...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131611/synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-monodisperse-amino-functional-polyester-dendrimers-with-rapid-degradability-and-antibacterial-properties
#5
Patrik Stenström, Erik Hjorth, Yuning Zhang, Oliver C J Andrén, Simon Guette-Marquet, Marianne Schultzberg, Michael Malkoch
Amine functional polymers, especially cationically charged, are interesting biomacromolecules for several reasons, including easy cell membrane entrance, their ability to escape endosomes through the proton sponge effect, spontaneous complexation and delivery of drugs and siRNA, and simple functionalization in aqueous solutions. Dendrimers, a subclass of precision polymers, are monodisperse and exhibit a large and exact number of peripheral end groups in relation to their size and have shown promise in drug delivery, biomedical imaging and as antiviral agents...
November 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077023/design-of-tail-clamp-peptide-nucleic-acid-tethered-with-azobenzene-linker-for-sequence-specific-detection-of-homopurine-dna
#6
Shinjiro Sawada, Toshifumi Takao, Nobuo Kato, Kunihiro Kaihatsu
DNA carries genetic information in its sequence of bases. Synthetic oligonucleotides that can sequence-specifically recognize a target gene sequence are a useful tool for regulating gene expression or detecting target genes. Among the many synthetic oligonucleotides, tail-clamp peptide nucleic acid (TC-PNA) offers advantages since it has two homopyrimidine PNA strands connected via a flexible ethylene glycol-type linker that can recognize complementary homopurine sequences via Watson-Crick and Hoogsteen base pairings and form thermally-stable PNA/PNA/DNA triplex structures...
October 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018486/serum-and-liver-tissue-metabonomic-study-on-fatty-liver-in-rats-induced-by-high-fat-diet-and-intervention-effects-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-qushi-huayu-decoction
#7
Xiao-Jun Gou, Qin Feng, Lin-Lin Fan, Jian Zhu, Yi-Yang Hu
Qushi Huayu Decoction (QSHY), clinically derived, consists of five crude drugs, commonly used in treating fatty liver in a clinical setting. However, little is known about its metabolomics study. Herein, the serum and liver tissue metabolomics approach, based on gas chromatography coupled to spectrometry (GC/MS), was employed to evaluate the efficacy and the mechanism underlying QSHY in a rat model of high-fat diet-induced fatty liver. With pattern recognition analysis of serum and liver tissue metabolite profile, a clear separation of model group and control group was acquired for serum and liver tissue samples, respectively...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959247/microbiome-metabolome-responses-to-a-high-grain-diet-associated-with-the-hind-gut-health-of-goats
#8
Shiyu Tao, Ping Tian, Yanwen Luo, Jing Tian, Canfeng Hua, Yali Geng, Rihua Cong, Yingdong Ni, Ruqian Zhao
Studies on the effect of a high-concentrate (HC) diet on the hindgut microbiota and metabolome of ruminants are rarely reported. We used 454 pyrosequencing of 16S rDNA genes and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to evaluate the effects of long-term feeding (HL) or short-term (HS) feeding of an HC diet on changes in bacterial microbiota and their metabolites in the hindgut, with Guanzhong goat as a ruminant model. Results indicated that an HC diet decreased bacterial diversity and induced metabolic disorder in the hindgut...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937628/integrative-pathway-analysis-of-genes-and-metabolites-reveals-metabolism-abnormal-subpathway-regions-and-modules-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#9
Chunquan Li, Qiuyu Wang, Jiquan Ma, Shengshu Shi, Xin Chen, Haixiu Yang, Junwei Han
Aberrant metabolism is one of the main driving forces in the initiation and development of ESCC. Both genes and metabolites play important roles in metabolic pathways. Integrative pathway analysis of both genes and metabolites will thus help to interpret the underlying biological phenomena. Here, we performed integrative pathway analysis of gene and metabolite profiles by analyzing six gene expression profiles and seven metabolite profiles of ESCC. Multiple known and novel subpathways associated with ESCC, such as 'beta-Alanine metabolism', were identified via the cooperative use of differential genes, differential metabolites, and their positional importance information in pathways...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828081/effects-of-plyometric-training-and-beta-alanine-supplementation-on-maximal-intensity-exercise-and-endurance-in-female-soccer-players
#10
Fabián Rosas, Rodrigo Ramírez-Campillo, Cristian Martínez, Alexis Caniuqueo, Rodrigo Cañas-Jamet, Emma McCrudden, Cesar Meylan, Jason Moran, Fábio Y Nakamura, Lucas A Pereira, Irineu Loturco, Daniela Diaz, Mikel Izquierdo
Plyometric training and beta-alanine supplementation are common among soccer players, although its combined use had never been tested. Therefore, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to compare the effects of a plyometric training program, with or without beta-alanine supplementation, on maximal-intensity and endurance performance in female soccer players during an in-season training period. Athletes (23.7 ± 2.4 years) were assigned to either a plyometric training group receiving a placebo (PLACEBO, n = 8), a plyometric training group receiving beta-alanine supplementation (BA, n = 8), or a control group receiving placebo without following a plyometric training program (CONTROL, n = 9)...
September 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818411/long-term-supplementation-with-egcg-and-beta-alanine-decreases-mortality-but-does-not-affect-cognitive-or-muscle-function-in-aged-mice
#11
Brandt D Pence, Tushar K Bhattacharya, Pul Park, Jennifer L Rytych, Jacob M Allen, Yi Sun, Robert H McCusker, Keith W Kelley, Rodney W Johnson, Justin S Rhodes, Jeffrey A Woods
We have previously shown that 6weeks of a diet containing epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and beta-alanine (B-ALA) was not effective in improving either cognitive or muscle function in aged (18month) mice (Gibbons et al. Behav Brain Res 2014). However, diet reduced oxidative stress in the brain, and previous studies using longer-term interventions have documented beneficial effects in cognitive, but not muscle, function. Therefore, we investigated the effect of 6months of feeding on measures of cognitive and muscle function in mice...
November 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806173/the-%C3%AE-alanine-transporter-balat-is-required-for-visual-neurotransmission-in-drosophila
#12
Yongchao Han, Liangyao Xiong, Ying Xu, Tian Tian, Tao Wang
The recycling of neurotransmitters is essential for sustained synaptic transmission. In Drosophila, histamine recycling is required for visual synaptic transmission. Synaptic histamine is rapidly taken up by laminar glia, and is converted to carcinine. After delivered back to photoreceptors, carcinine is hydrolyzed to release histamine and β-alanine. This histamine is repackaged into synaptic vesicles, but it is unclear how the β-alanine is returned to the laminar glial cells. Here, we identified a new β-alanine transporter, which we named BalaT (Beta-alanine Transporter)...
August 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551418/metabolomic-and-physico-chemical-approach-unravel-dynamic-regulation-of-calcium-in-sweet-cherry-fruit-physiology
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Michail Michailidis, Evangelos Karagiannis, Georgia Tanou, Katerina Karamanoli, Athina Lazaridou, Theodora Matsi, Athanassios Molassiotis
Calcium (Ca(2)) nutrition has a significant role in fruit physiology; however, the underlying mechanism is still unclear. In this study, fruit quality in response to CaCl2, applied via foliar sprays (Ca(2)) or/and hydro-cooling water (CaHC), was characterized in 'Lapins' cherries at harvest, just after cold storage (20 days at 0 °C) as well as after cold storage followed by 2 days at 20 °C, herein defined as shelf-life period. Data indicated that pre- and post-harvest Ca(2+) applications increased total Ca(2+) and cell wall bound Ca(2+), respectively...
May 17, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536531/caffeine-and-bicarbonate-for-speed-a-meta-analysis-of-legal-supplements-potential-for-improving-intense-endurance-exercise-performance
#14
REVIEW
Peter M Christensen, Yusuke Shirai, Christian Ritz, Nikolai B Nordsborg
A 1% change in average speed is enough to affect medal rankings in intense Olympic endurance events lasting ~45 s to 8 min which for example includes 100 m swimming and 400 m running (~1 min), 1,500 m running and 4000 m track cycling (~4 min) and 2,000 m rowing (~6-8 min). To maximize the likelihood of winning, athletes utilizes legal supplements with or without scientifically documented beneficial effects on performance. Therefore, a continued systematic evidence based evaluation of the possible ergogenic effects is of high importance...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536214/safe-administration-of-s-1-after-5-fluorouracil-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-a-patient-with-colorectal-cancer
#15
Caspar Franck, Peter Malfertheiner, Marino Venerito
Cardiotoxicity is a rare but challenging complication of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) therapy. Compared with 5-FU, after application of S-1 lower plasma levels of the cardiotoxic metabolite alpha-fluoro-beta-alanine have been reported. Evidence for safe administration of S-1 following 5-FU cardiotoxicity is limited to a case report in an Asian patient. Herein we report the first case of S-1 application after 5-FU cardiotoxicity in a Caucasian patient.A 67-year-old man with right-sided metastatic colorectal cancer and history of 5-FU cardiotoxicity had a progressive disease after 8-month therapy with irinotecan and bevacizumab...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448086/effects-of-running-wheel-activity-and-dietary-hmb-and-%C3%AE-alanine-co-supplementation-on-muscle-quality-in-aged-male-rats
#16
D W Russ, C Acksel, K W McCorkle, N K Edens, S M Garvey
OBJECTIVE: Loss of skeletal muscle function is linked to increased risk for loss of health and independence in older adults. Dietary interventions that can enhance aging muscle function, alone or in combination with exercise, may offer an effective way to reduce these risks. The goal of this study was to evaluate the muscular effects of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) and beta-alanine (β-Ala) co-supplementation in aged Sprague-Dawley rats with voluntary access to running wheels (RW)...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448083/are-dietary-supplements-and-nutraceuticals-effective-for-musculoskeletal-health-and-cognitive-function-a-scoping-review
#17
G Iolascon, R Gimigliano, M Bianco, A De Sire, A Moretti, A Giusti, N Malavolta, S Migliaccio, A Migliore, N Napoli, P Piscitelli, G Resmini, U Tarantino, F Gimigliano
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our scoping review was to summarize the state of the art regarding micronutrients in order to identify which of them might effectively improve health status in the areas typically impaired in older people: bone, skeletal muscle, and cognitive function. DESIGN: Scoping review. METHODS: The Italian Study Group on Healthy Aging by Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements (HANDS) performed this scoping review, based on the following steps: doing a list of micronutrients related with musculoskeletal or cognitive functions, included in dietary supplements and nutraceuticals commercialized in Italy; planning a research on PubMed, according to an evidence-based approach, in order to the most relevant positive study for each micronutrient into each of the three areas involved (bone, skeletal muscle and cognitive function); identifying the micronutrients effective in maintaining or achieving an adequate health status in older people, specifying the effective and safe daily doses, according to the selected studies...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365686/chronic-stress-contributes-to-cognitive-dysfunction-and-hippocampal-metabolic-abnormalities-in-app-ps1-mice
#18
Bing Han, Jin-Hua Wang, Yuan Geng, Li Shen, Hua-Long Wang, Yan-Yong Wang, Ming-Wei Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Stress response is determined by the brain, and the brain is a sensitive target for stress. Our previous experiments have confirmed that once the stress response is beyond the tolerable limit of the brain, particularly that of the hippocampus, it will have deleterious effects on hippocampal structure and function; however, the metabolic mechanisms for this are not well understood. METHODS: Here, we used morris water maze, elisa and gas chromatography-time of flight/mass spectrometry to observe the changes in cognition, neuropathology and metabolomics in the hippocampus of APP/PS1 mice and wild-type (C57) mice caused by chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS), we also further explored the correlation between cognition and metabolomics...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332841/effects-of-diet-quality-and-psychosocial-stress-on-the-metabolic-profiles-of-mice
#19
Tatsuhiko Goto, Shozo Tomonaga, Atsushi Toyoda
There has been an increasing interest in relationship between stress and diet. To address this relationship, we evaluated an animal model of depression: male C57BL/6J mice subjected to subchronic mild social defeat stress (sCSDS) for 10 consecutive days using male ICR mice under two different calorie-adjusted diets conditions-nonpurified (MF) and semipurified (AIN) diets made from natural and chemical ingredients mainly, respectively. Our previous study indicates that diet quality and purity affect stress susceptibility in sCSDS mice...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332111/practical-issues-in-evidence-based-use-of-performance-supplements-supplement-interactions-repeated-use-and-individual-responses
#20
REVIEW
Louise M Burke
Current sports nutrition guidelines recommend that athletes only take supplements following an evidence-based analysis of their value in supporting training outcomes or competition performance in their specific event. While there is sound evidence to support the use of a few performance supplements under specific scenarios (creatine, beta-alanine, bicarbonate, caffeine, nitrate/beetroot juice and, perhaps, phosphate), there is a lack of information around several issues needed to guide the practical use of these products in competitive sport...
March 2017: Sports Medicine
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