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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737015/co-administration-of-caffeine-and-caffeic-acid-alters-some-key-enzymes-linked-with-reproductive-function-in-male-rats
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S F Akomolafe, A J Akinyemi, G Oboh, S I Oyeleye, O B Ajayi, A E Omonisi, F L Owolabi, D A Atoyebi, F O Ige, V A Atoki
This study assessed the effects of caffeine combined with caffeic acid on some biomarkers of male reproductive function using normal albino Wistar rats. Rats were divided into four groups (n = 6) and treated for seven successive days; group 1 represents the control rats; group 2 rats were treated with 50 mg/kg body weight (BW) of caffeine only; group 3 rats were treated with 50 mg/kg BW of caffeic acid, while the rats in group 4 were cotreated with an equal combination of caffeine and caffeic acid. The results revealed significant increase in reproductive hormone, testicular and epididymal nitric oxide levels of the rats...
July 23, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736802/psychotropic-substances-in-house-dusts-a-preliminary-assessment
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Angelo Cecinato, Paola Romagnoli, Mattia Perilli, Catia Balducci
Psychotropic substances (PSs) are known to affect air and waters, while scarce attention has been paid to their occurrence in settled dusts although they can reach important concentrations there; moreover, no procedures have been developed for this specific purpose. In this study, a list of PSs (i.e., nicotine, cotinine, caffeine, cocaine, cannabinol, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, amphetamine, heroin, and methadone) were characterized in dusts from Rome and Fiumicino international airport, Italy, and from Ouargla city, Algeria...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736691/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-osteoporosis-among-jordanian-postmenopausal-women-attending-the-national-center-for-diabetes-endocrinology-and-genetics-in-jordan
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Dana Hyassat, Taghreed Alyan, Hashem Jaddou, Kamel M Ajlouni
To assess the prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia among Jordanian postmenopausal women attending the National Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Genetics (NCDEG), and to determine the potential associated risk factors. A cross-sectional study was conducted at (NCDEG) in Amman, Jordan. A total of 1079 Jordanian postmenopausal women aged between 45 and 84 years were included in this study that was conducted during the period between April 2013 and December 2014. All patients underwent bone mineral density measurement through dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan...
2017: BioResearch Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736243/from-insulin-synthesis-to-secretion-alternative-splicing-of-type-2-ryanodine-receptor-gene-is-essential-for-insulin-secretion-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Hiroshi Okamoto, Shin Takasawa, Yasuhiko Yamamoto
Increases in the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in pancreatic islets, resulting from the its mobilization from the intracellular source through the ryanodine receptor, are essential for insulin secretion by glucose. Cyclic ADP-ribose, a potent Ca(2+) mobilizing second messenger synthesized from NAD(+) by CD38, regulates the opening of ryanodine receptor. A novel ryanodine receptor mRNA (the islet-type ryanodine receptor) was found to be generated from the type 2 ryanodine receptor gene by the alternative splicing of exons 4 and 75...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735203/grape-stalk-application-for-caffeine-removal-through-adsorption
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Rodrigo Portinho, Odivan Zanella, Liliana Amaral Féris
Concern over emerging pollutants presence in water resources is growing, justifying the search for alternative or additional techniques to those applied in conventional water treatment processes. Use of adsorption with agricultural wastes directly as adsorbents or as precursors for activated carbon synthesis is a viable method, combining removal efficiency, low cost and biodegradability of the material applied. This study investigated the employability of grape stalk, a waste from grape industrialization process without effective use, in caffeine removal from aqueous solution...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734904/identifying-novel-members-of-the-wntless-interactome-through-genetic-and-candidate-gene-approaches
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Jessica Petko, Trevor Tranchina, Goral Patel, Robert Levenson, Stephanie Justice-Bitner
Wnt signaling is an important pathway that regulates several aspects of embryogenesis, stem cell maintenance, and neural connectivity. We have recently determined that opioids decrease Wnt secretion, presumably by inhibiting the recycling of the Wnt trafficking protein Wntless (Wls). This effect appears to be mediated by protein-protein interaction between Wls and the mu-opioid receptor (MOR), the primary cellular target of opioid drugs. The goal of this study was to identify novel protein interactors of Wls that are expressed in the brain and may also play a role in reward or addiction...
July 19, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732651/maternal-caffeine-consumption-during-pregnancy-and-behavioral-disorders-in-11-year-old-offspring-a-danish-national-birth-cohort-study
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Susanne Hvolgaard Mikkelsen, Carsten Obel, Jørn Olsen, Janni Niclasen, Bodil Hammer Bech
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between maternal caffeine consumption from coffee and tea during pregnancy and offspring behavioral disorders. STUDY DESIGN: We studied 47 491 children enrolled in the Danish National Birth Cohort between 1996 and 2002. Data on maternal coffee and tea consumption was collected at 15 and 30 weeks of gestation. When the child was 11 years old, the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire was filled in by children, parents, and teachers...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731984/the-association-of-cigarette-smoking-with-high-frequency-heart-rate-variability-an-ecological-momentary-assessment-study
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Fernando Bodin, Kathleen M McIntyre, Joseph E Schwartz, Paula S McKinley, Caitlyn Cardetti, Peter A Shapiro, Ethan Gorenstein, Richard P Sloan
OBJECTIVE: Evidence from both laboratory and observational studies suggests that acute and chronic smoking leads to reduced high frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV), a measure of cardiac vagal regulation. We utilized ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to study the effect of smoking on concurrent HF-HRV in a trial measuring the effects of hostility reduction, and compared 24-hour HF-HRV in smokers and non-smokers. METHOD: Ambulatory ECG data were collected pre-randomization from 149 healthy, individuals with high hostility levels (20-45 years, BMI ≤ 32 kg/m) and paired with concurrent EMA ratings of smoking, and physical position during waking hours...
July 20, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731611/energy-drink-consumption-is-associated-with-reduced-sleep-quality-among-college-students-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mo'ez Al-Islam E Faris, Haitham Jahrami, Marwa M Al-Hilali, Noor J Chehyber, Sara O Ali, Sara D Shahda, Reyad S Obaid
AIM: Intake of caffeinated energy drinks has significantly increased, specifically among young adults and adolescents. College students are prone to developing unhealthy eating habits and dependence on stimulants, which puts them at a greater risk of sleep problems. This study aims to investigate the prevalence of caffeinated energy drink consumption and its association with sleep quality in college students. METHODS: A sample of 919 randomly selected adults (237 males and 682 females) from various colleges at the University of Sharjah/United Arab Emirates participated in this cross-sectional study...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731505/calcium-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-2-camkii-mediates-epac-induced-spontaneous-transient-outward-currents-stocs-in-rat-vascular-smooth-muscle
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Edward S A Humphries, Tomoko Kamishima, John M Quayle, Caroline Dart
Activation of the major cAMP effector, exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac), induces vascular smooth muscle relaxation by increasing the activity of ryanodine (RyR)-sensitive release channels on the peripheral sarcoplasmic reticulum. Resultant Ca(2+) sparks activate plasma membrane Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (BKCa ) channels, evoking spontaneous transient outward currents (STOCs) that hyperpolarize the cell and reduce voltage-dependent Ca(2+) entry. In this study we investigate the mechanism by which Epac increases STOC activity...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729348/a-new-target-for-caffeine-in-the-developing-lung-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Philipp Rath, Claudio Nardiello, Rory E Morty
The utility of caffeine to manage apnea of prematurity is widely accepted, however, much controversy surrounds the potential for caffeine to drive post-natal lung maturation in settings of arrested lung development. Many studies have reported pathways relevant to lung injury and lung development are modulated by caffeine in vitro and in vivo, leading to the application of caffeine in experimental animal models of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). These studies have generated exciting, but at times confusing data...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727921/effect-of-lysophosphatidylglycerol-on-intracellular-free-ca2-concentration-in-a10-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Ying Zhang, Jing-Dian Zhang, Ming-Qin Zhu, Ming Zhang, Yan-Jun Xu, Li Cui, Naranjan S Dhalla
Although plasma levels of lysophosphatidylglycerol (LPG) are increased in hypertension, its role in the pathogenesis of vascular defects is not clear. In view of the importance of Ca2+-overload in causing vascular smooth muscle (VSM) dysfunction, the action of LPG on [Ca2+]i in cultured A10 VSM cell line was examined by using Fura 2-AM acetoxymethyl ester technique. LPG was found to induce a concentration-dependent increase in [Ca2+]i in VSM cells. This change was dependent both on the extracellular and intracellular Ca2+ sources as it was reduced by 30% by EGTA, an extracellular Ca2+ chelator, and 70% by tharpsigargin, a sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+-pump inhibitor...
July 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726639/mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-in-drosophila-transfers-calcium-between-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-mitochondria-in-oxidative-stress-induced-cell-death
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Sekyu Choi, Xianglan Quan, Sunhoe Bang, Heesuk Yoo, Jiyoung Kim, Jiwon Park, Kyu-Sang Park, Jongkyeong Chung
Mitochondrial calcium plays critical roles in diverse cellular processes ranging from energy metabolism to cell death. Previous studies have demonstrated that mitochondrial calcium uptake is mainly mediated by the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) complex. However, the roles of the MCU complex in calcium transport, signaling, and dysregulation by oxidative stress still remain unclear. Here, we confirmed that Drosophila MCU contains evolutionarily conserved structures and requires essential MCU regulator (EMRE) for its calcium channel activities...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725904/cellular-antioxidant-methylglyoxal-trapping-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-cocoa-tea-camellia-ptilophylla-chang
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Xiong Gao, Xiaorong Lin, Xiaofei Li, Yuanyuan Zhang, Zhongzheng Chen, Bin Li
Cocoa tea (Camellia ptilophylla Chang) is a naturally low caffeine-containing but gallocatechin gallate (GCG)-rich tea cultivar, though its biological activities have not been extensively explored. Herein, we evaluated the in vitro cellular antioxidant, methylglyoxal trapping, and anti-inflammatory activities of water extract of green tea from cocoa tea (CWE) and Yunnan Daye tea (Camellia sinensis) (YWE), and their predominant bioactive components GCG and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) for comparative purposes...
July 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723815/effect-of-energy-drink-consumption-on-power-and-velocity-of-selected-sport-performance-activities
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Bert H Jacobson, Garrett M Hester, Ty B Palmer, Kathryn Williams, Zachary K Pope, John H Sellers, Eric C Conchola, Conrad Woolsey, Carlos Estrada
Energy drinks comprise a multibillion dollar market focused on younger, active and competitive individuals. Marketing includes claims of improved alertness and performance. The purpose of this study was to assess power (W) and velocity (m·s) of a simulated, isolated forehand stroke (FHS) and a counter movement vertical jump (CVJ) before and after ingestion of a commercially available energy shot (ES) or a placebo (PL). Healthy college-aged male and female (N=36) volunteers were randomly placed in the ES or PL...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723408/in-line-raman-spectroscopic-monitoring-and-feedback-control-of-a-continuous-twin-screw-pharmaceutical-powder-blending-and-tableting-process
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Brigitta Nagy, Attila Farkas, Martin Gyürkés, Szofia Komaromy-Hiller, Balázs Démuth, Bence Szabó, Dávid Nusser, Enikő Borbás, György Marosi, Zsombor Kristóf Nagy
The integration of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) initiative into the continuous production of pharmaceuticals is indispensable for reliable production. The present paper reports the implementation of in-line Raman spectroscopy in a continuous blending and tableting process of a three-component model pharmaceutical system, containing caffeine as model active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), glucose as model excipient and magnesium stearate as lubricant. The real-time analysis of API content, blend homogeneity, and tablet content uniformity was performed using a Partial Least Squares (PLS) quantitative method...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723203/multicolor-functional-carbon-dots-via-one-step-refluxing-synthesis
#17
Ting-Yi Wang, Chong-You Chen, Chang-Ming Wang, Ying Zi Tan, Wei-Ssu Liao
Carbon dots are admirable fluorescent nanomaterials due to their low cost, high photostability, excellent biocompatibility, and environmental friendliness. Most conventional carbon dot fabrication approaches produce single-colored fluorescent material in the preparation process; different methods are therefore required to synthesize distinct carbon dots for specific optical applications. In this study, carbon dots carrying different emission colors are prepared through a one-step refluxing process. The emission of these materials can be well-tuned by sodium hydroxide content in the precursor solution...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722021/activation-of-the-gabaergic-parafacial-zone-maintains-sleep-and-counteracts-the-wake-promoting-action-of-the-psychostimulants-armodafinil-and-caffeine
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C Anaclet, K Griffith, P M Fuller
We previously reported that acute and selective activation of GABA-releasing parafacial zone (PZ(Vgat)) neurons in behaving mice produces slow-wave-sleep (SWS), even in the absence of sleep deficit, suggesting that these neurons may represent, at least in part, a key cellular substrate underlying sleep drive. It remains however to be determined if PZ(Vgat) neurons actively maintain, as oppose to simply gate, SWS. To begin to experimentally address this knowledge gap, we asked whether activation of PZ(Vgat) neurons could attenuate or block the wake-promoting effects of two widely used wake-promoting psychostimulants, armodafinil or caffeine...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720978/extraction-and-preparation-of-high-aroma-and-low-caffeine-instant-green-teas-by-the-novel-column-chromatographic-extraction-method-with-gradient-elution
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Qing-Rong Li, Min Wu, Rui-Jie Huang, Ya-Fei Chen, Chan-Jian Chen, Hui Li, He Ni, Hai-Hang Li
The lack of aroma and natural taste is a critical problem in production and consumption of instant green teas. A method to prepare instant green teas high in-natural-aroma and low-caffeine by the novel column chromatographic extraction with gradient elution is reported. This method simultaneously extracted aroma (or volatile) and non-aroma compounds from green tea. Green tea was loaded into columns with 2.0-fold of petroleum ether (PE): ethanol (8:2). After standing for 3 h until the aroma compounds dissolved, the column was sequentially eluted with 3...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720938/effect-of-green-coffee-extract-on-rheological-physico-sensory-and-antioxidant-properties-of-bread
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A Mukkundur Vasudevaiah, A Chaturvedi, R Kulathooran, I Dasappa
Green coffee extract, GCE (Coffee canephora) was used at 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0% levels for making bioactive rich bread. The processed GCE from the green coffee beans had 21.42% gallic acid equivalents (GAE) total polyphenols (TPP), 37.28% chlorogenic acid (CGA) and 92.73% radical scavenging activity (RSA), at 100 ppm concentration of GCE and caffeine content (1.75%). Rheological, physico-sensory and antioxidant properties of GCE incorporated breads were analysed and compared with control bread. The results revealed not much significant change in the rheological characteristics of dough up to 1...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
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