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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222577/acute-ingestion-of-neuromuscular-enhancement-supplements-do-not-improve-power-output-work-capacity-and-cognition
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Jennifer A Bunn, Andrew Crossley, Morgan D Timiney
BACKGROUND: Improving motor unit recruitment and function is trainable and positively affects performance. Evidence suggests that supplementation of choline, uridine, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may also enhance neuromuscular function. The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of acute ingestion of these supplements on anaerobic exercise performance and cognition. METHODS: Twenty college-aged trained males (21.2 ± 1.4 years, 181.2 ± 6.1 cm, 94.4 ± 20...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222433/high-glucose-induces-mouse-mesangial-cell-overproliferation-via-inhibition-of-hydrogen-sulfide-synthesis-in-a-tlr-4-dependent-manner
#2
Tao Ding, Wei Chen, Juan Li, Jiarong Ding, Xiaobin Mei, Haiyan Hu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Overproliferation of mesangial cells was believed to play an important role in the progress of diabetic nephropathy, one of the primary complications of diabetes. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a well-known and pungent gas with the distinctive smell of rotten eggs, was discovered to play a protective role in diabetic nephropathy. METHODS: MTT assay was used to examine the viability of mesangial cells. Small interfering RNA was used to knock down the expression of TLR4 while specific inhibitor LY294002 to suppress the function of PI3K...
February 22, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222403/muscular-effects-of-vitamin-d-in-young-athletes-and-non-athletes-and-in-the-elderly
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REVIEW
Nikolaos E Koundourakis, Pavlina D Avgoustinaki, Niki Malliaraki, Andrew N Margioris
Muscles are major targets of vitamin D. Exposure of skeletal muscles to vitamin D induces the expression of multiple myogenic transcription factors enhancing muscle cell proliferation and differentiation. At the same time vitamin D suppresses the expression of myostatin, a negative regulator of muscle mass. Moreover, vitamin D increases the number of type II or fast twitch muscle cells and in particular that of type IIA cells, while its deficiency causes type IIA cell atrophy. Furthermore, vitamin D supplementation in young males with low vitamin D levels increases the percentage of type IIA fibers in muscles, causing an increase in muscular high power output...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222348/effects-of-bamboo-charcoal-on-antibiotic-resistance-genes-during-chicken-manure-composting
#4
Haichao Li, Manli Duan, Jie Gu, Yajun Zhang, Xun Qian, Jun Ma, Ranran Zhang, Xiaojuan Wang
Composting is widely used for animal waste disposal, and bamboo charcoal (BC) can be used for nitrogen conservation during composting. However, the effects of BC on antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) during chicken manure composting are still unclear. This study investigated the effects on ARGs of adding different proportions of BC (0%, 5%, 10%, and 20% w/w) to chicken manure compost. After 26 days, the relative abundances (RAs) of most ARGs (tetC, tetG, tetW, tetX, sul2, drfA1, drfA7, ermB, ermF, ermQ, and ermX) and intI1 declined by 21...
February 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222207/impact-of-the-type-of-dialysis-membranes-on-the-circulating-concentration-of-markers-of-vitamin-d-metabolism
#5
Etienne Cavalier, Pablo U Torres, Bernard E Dubois, Nicole Smelten, Hans Pottel, Jean-Marie Krzesinski, Pierre Delanaye
INTRODUCTION: Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) guidelines recommend vitamin D supplementation in hemodialyzed patients to monitor 25(OH)-vitamin D 25(OH)D levels. However, patient-to-patient inconsistency can be observed in response to the treatment. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of the dialysis membrane on 25(OH)D, albumin (Alb) and vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP), the major players of vitamin D transport and storage. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Alb (Cobas), VDBP (R&D) and 25(OH)D (liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry) were measured in 75 patients before and after a 4-hour dialysis session...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222171/metabolite-profiling-of-the-carnivorous-pitcher-plants-darlingtonia-and-sarracenia
#6
Hannu Hotti, Peddinti Gopalacharyulu, Tuulikki Seppänen-Laakso, Heiko Rischer
Sarraceniaceae is a New World carnivorous plant family comprising three genera: Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Sarracenia. The plants occur in nutrient-poor environments and have developed insectivorous capability in order to supplement their nutrient uptake. Sarracenia flava contains the alkaloid coniine, otherwise only found in Conium maculatum, in which its biosynthesis has been studied, and several Aloe species. Its ecological role and biosynthetic origin in S. flava is speculative. The aim of the current research was to investigate the occurrence of coniine in Sarracenia and Darlingtonia and to identify common constituents of both genera, unique compounds for individual variants and floral scent chemicals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222030/sub-chronic-indomethacin-treatment-and-its-effect-on-the-male-reproductive-system-of-albino-rats-possible-protective-role-of-black-tea-extract
#7
Ishwar B Bagoji, Gavishiddappa A Hadimani, Saeed M Yendigeri, Kusal K Das
BACKGROUND: Indomethacin is commonly used as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to treat inflammation, arthritis and joint pains. Unfortunately, it has a wide range of adverse effects on the physiological system, including gonads. This study aimed to assess possible beneficial effects of black tea extract (BTE) against indomethacin-induced alteration of gonadal hormone levels in male rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male rats were divided into Group I (control), Group II (indomethacin, 5 mg/kg body weight [bwt...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221973/a-bioprocessed-polysaccharide-from-lentinus-edodes-mycelia-cultures-with-turmeric-protects-chicks-from-a-lethal-challenge-of-salmonella-gallinarum
#8
Dalmuri Han, Hyung Tae Lee, June Bong Lee, Yongbaek Kim, Sang Jong Lee, Jang Won Yoon
Our previous studies demonstrated that a bioprocessed polysaccharide (BPP) isolated from Lentinus edodes mushroom mycelia cultures supplemented with black rice bran can protect mice against Salmonella lipopolysaccharide-induced endotoxemia and reduce the mortality from Salmonella Typhimurium infection through upregulated T-helper 1 immunity. Here, we report that a BPP from L. edodes mushroom mycelia liquid cultures supplemented with turmeric (referred to as BPP-turmeric) alters chicken macrophage responses against avian-adapted Salmonella Gallinarum and protects chicks against a lethal challenge from Salmonella Gallinarum...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221950/multistate-outbreak-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-infections-associated-with-consumption-of-fresh-spinach-united-states-2006
#9
Umid M Sharapov, Arthur M Wendel, Jeffrey P Davis, William E Keene, Jeffrey Farrar, Samir Sodha, Eija Hyytia-Trees, Molly Leeper, Peter Gerner-Smidt, Patricia M Griffin, Chris Braden
During September to October, 2006, state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated a large, multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections. Case patients were interviewed regarding specific foods consumed and other possible exposures. E. coli O157:H7 strains isolated from human and food specimens were subtyped using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analyses (MLVA). Two hundred twenty-five cases (191 confirmed and 34 probable) were identified in 27 states; 116 (56%) case patients were hospitalized, 39 (19%) developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, and 5 (2%) died...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221926/evaluation-of-selected-nutrients-and-contaminants-in-distillers-grains-from-ethanol-production-in-texas
#10
Kyung-Min Lee, Timothy J Herrman, Lynn Post
This article contains the results of the evaluation of distillers grain (DG) coproducts from different ethanol plants around the United States and supplemented in animal diets in Texas, based on samples analyzed from 2008 to 2014. The samples were assessed for concentration, occurrence, and prevalence of selected nutrients and contaminants. Protein and sulfur contents of DG were largely different between maize and sorghum coproducts, as well as wet distillers grain with solubles (WDGS) and dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS), indicating a significant effect of grain feedstock and dry grind process stream on DG composition and quality...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221908/content-analysis-of-vomit-and-diarrhea-cleanup-procedures-to-prevent-norovirus-infections-in-retail-and-food-service-operations
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Morgan G Chao, Anne-Julie Dubé, Cortney M Leone, Christina M Moore, Angela M Fraser
Human noroviruses are the leading cause of foodborne disease in the United States, sickening 19 to 21 million Americans each year. Vomit and diarrhea are both highly concentrated sources of norovirus particles. For this reason, establishing appropriate cleanup procedures for these two substances is critical. Food service establishments in states that have adopted the 2009 or 2013 U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code are required to have a program detailing specific cleanup procedures. The aim of our study was to determine the alignment of existing vomit and diarrhea cleanup procedures with the 11 elements recommended in Annex 3 of the 2011 Supplement to the 2009 Food Code and to determine their readability and clarity of presentation...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221899/improvement-of-karmali-agar-by-supplementation-with-tazobactam-for-detecting-campylobacter-in-raw-poultry
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Young-Ji Kim, Chon-Jung Whan, Hong-Seok Kim, Kwang-Yeop Kim, Jin-Hyeok Yim, Seung-Hak Cho, Kun-Ho Seo
In this study, Karmali agar was modified by adding tazobactam (T-Karmali agar) to suppress the growth of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli , which frequently contaminates raw poultry meat. By inoculating 30 Campylobacter spp. strains and 25 ESBL-producing E. coli strains onto Karmali agar and T-Karmali agar containing various concentrations of the antibacterial agent, we determined the optimum concentration of tazobactam to be 4 mg/liter. The Campylobacter spp. isolation rate on T-Karmali agar (13...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221885/antibacterial-and-antiadhesive-activities-of-extracts-from-edible-plants-against-soft-drink-spoilage-by-asaia-spp
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Hubert Antolak, Agata Czyzowska, Dorota Kregiel
This study was conducted to investigate the antibacterial and antiadhesive activities of ethanol extracts from five edible plant parts: cinnamon bark ( Cinnamomum zeylanicum ), licorice root ( Glycyrrhiza radix ), nettle leaves ( Urtica dioica ), green tea leaves ( Camellia sinensis ), and elderberry flowers ( Sambucus nigra ). The chemical constituents of the extracts were identified using high-performance liquid chromatography and liquid chromatography plus mass spectrometry. Six strains of Asaia lannensis and Asaia bogorensis bacteria isolated from spoiled commercial fruit-flavored noncarbonated mineral water were used...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221821/enhanced-neural-activation-with-blueberry-supplementation-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
#14
Erin L Boespflug, James C Eliassen, Jonathan A Dudley, Marcelle D Shidler, Wilhelmina Kalt, Suzanne S Summer, Amanda L Stein, Amanda N Stover, Robert Krikorian
OBJECTIVES: Preclinical studies have shown that blueberry supplementation can improve cognitive performance and neural function in aged animals and have identified associations between anthocyanins and such benefits. Preliminary human trials also suggest cognitive improvement in older adults, although direct evidence of enhancement of brain function has not been demonstrated. In this study, we investigated the effect of blueberry supplementation on regional brain activation in older adults at risk for dementia...
February 21, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221817/neuroprotective-effect-of-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-the-6-ohda-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-is-mediated-by-a-reduction-of-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase
#15
Marco Aurélio Mori, Ana Marcia Delattre, Bruno Carabelli, Claudia Pudell, Mariza Bortolanza, Pedro Vinícius Staziaki, Jesuí Vergilio Visentainer, Paula Fernandes Montanher, Elaine A Del Bel, Anete Curte Ferraz
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by deterioration of the nigrostriatal system and associated with chronic neuroinflammation. Glial activation has been associated with regulating the survival of dopaminergic neurons and is thought to contribute to PD through the release of proinflammatory and neurotoxic factors, such as reactive nitric oxide (NO) that triggers or exacerbates neurodegeneration in PD. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) exert protective effects, including antiinflammatory, antiapoptotic, and antioxidant activity, and may be promising for delaying or preventing PD by attenuating neuroinflammation and preserving dopaminergic neurons...
February 21, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221783/cultivation-of-the-marine-macroalgae-chaetomorpha-linum-in-municipal-wastewater-for-nutrient-recovery-and-biomass-production
#16
Shijian Ge, Pascale Champagne
Compared to microalgae, macroalgae are larger in size, thereby imposing lower separation and drying costs. This study demonstrates the feasibility of cultivating macroalgae Chaetomorpha linum (C. linum) in different types of municipal wastewaters, their ability to remove nutrient and their biomass composition for downstream biofuel production. Screening experiments indicated that C. linum grew well on primary (PW) and secondary wastewaters (SW), as well as centrate wastewater (CW) diluted to less than 20%. In a subsequent experiment, a step feeding approach was found to significantly increase biomass productivity to 10...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221097/supplemental-breast-mr-imaging-screening-of-women-with-average-risk-of-breast-cancer
#17
Christiane K Kuhl, Kevin Strobel, Heribert Bieling, Claudia Leutner, Hans H Schild, Simone Schrading
Purpose To investigate the utility and accuracy of breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging as a supplemental screening tool in women at average risk for breast cancer and to investigate the types of cancer detected with MR imaging screening. Materials and Methods This prospective observational study was conducted at two academic breast centers in women aged 40-70 years without breast cancer-associated risk factors (lifetime risk <15%). Between January 2005 and December 2013, women with at least minimal residual breast tissue (American College of Radiology categories A-D) and normal conventional imaging findings (screening mammography with or without screening ultrasonography [US]) were invited to undergo supplemental MR imaging screening...
February 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220999/the-drosophila-divalent-metal-ion-transporter-malvolio-is-required-in-dopaminergic-neurons-for-feeding-decisions
#18
Eirik Søvik, Angela LaMora, Gurpreet Seehra, Andrew B Barron, Jennifer G Duncan, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Members of the Natural resistance-associated macrophage protein (NRAMP) family are evolutionarily-conserved metal ion transporters that play an essential role in regulating intracellular divalent cation homeostasis in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Malvolio (Mvl), the sole NRAMP family member in insects, plays a role in food choice behaviors in Drosophila and other species. However, the specific physiological and cellular processes that require the action of Mvl for appropriate feeding decisions remain elusive...
February 21, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220884/exploration-of-the-role-of-gene-mutations-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes-through-a-sequencing-design-involving-a-small-number-of-target-genes
#19
Feng Xu, Ling-Yun Wu, Qi He, Dong Wu, Zheng Zhang, Lu-Xi Song, You-Shan Zhao, Ji-Ying Su, Li-Yu Zhou, Juan Guo, Chun-Kang Chang, Xiao Li
Novel sequencing designs are necessary to supplement the recognized knowledge of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)-related genomic alterations. In this study, we sequenced 28 target genes in 320 Chinese MDS patients but obtained 77.2% of recall factors and 82.8% of genetic abnormalities (including karyotype abnormalities). In addition to known relationships among mutations, some specific chromosomal abnormalities were found to link to specific gene mutations. Trisomy 8 tended to be linked to U2AF1 and ZRSR2 mutations, and 20q- exhibited higher SRSF2/WT1 and U2AF1 mutation frequency...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220676/cho-cells-adapted-to-inorganic-phosphate-limitation-show-higher-growth-and-higher-pyruvate-carboxylase-flux-in-phosphate-replete-conditions
#20
Vishwanathgouda Maralingannavar, Dharmeshkumar Parmar, Tejal Pant, Chetan Gadgil, Venkateswarlu Panchagnula, Mugdha Gadgil
Inorganic phosphate (Pi ) is an essential ion involved in diverse cellular processes including metabolism. Changes in cellular metabolism upon long term adaptation to Pi limitation have been reported in E. coli. Given the essential role of Pi , adaptation to Pi limitation may also result in metabolic changes in animal cells. In this study, we have adapted CHO cells producing recombinant IgG to limiting Pi conditions for 75 days. Not surprisingly, adapted cells showed better survival under Pi limitation. Here, we report the finding that such cells also showed better growth characteristics compared to control in batch culture replete with Pi (higher peak density and integral viable cell density), accompanied by a lower specific oxygen uptake rate and cytochrome oxidase activity towards the end of exponential phase...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
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