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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538813/mechanisms-of-endothelial-protection-by-natural-bioactive-compounds-from-fruit-and-vegetables
#1
Bernardita Monsalve, Anibal Concha-Meyer, Iván Palomo, Eduardo Fuentes
The endothelium is fundamental for the regulation of vascular tone and structure. Under disease conditions, including the presence of cardiovascular disease risk factors, the endothelium loses its protective role and becomes a proatherosclerotic structure. In this article we searched for strategies from PUBMED and Science Direct databases using the following key words: endothelium, natural bioactive compounds, polyphenols and cardiovascular diseases. The search was restricted to english language papers. Studies have identified the contribution of diet to the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases...
May 22, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538708/accuracy-in-wrist-worn-sensor-based-measurements-of-heart-rate-and-energy-expenditure-in-a-diverse-cohort
#2
Anna Shcherbina, C Mikael Mattsson, Daryl Waggott, Heidi Salisbury, Jeffrey W Christle, Trevor Hastie, Matthew T Wheeler, Euan A Ashley
The ability to measure physical activity through wrist-worn devices provides an opportunity for cardiovascular medicine. However, the accuracy of commercial devices is largely unknown. The aim of this work is to assess the accuracy of seven commercially available wrist-worn devices in estimating heart rate (HR) and energy expenditure (EE) and to propose a wearable sensor evaluation framework. We evaluated the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and Samsung Gear S2. Participants wore devices while being simultaneously assessed with continuous telemetry and indirect calorimetry while sitting, walking, running, and cycling...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538678/effects-of-commercial-apple-varieties-on-human-gut-microbiota-composition-and-metabolic-output-using-an-in-vitro-colonic-model
#3
Athanasios Koutsos, Maria Lima, Lorenza Conterno, Mattia Gasperotti, Martina Bianchi, Francesca Fava, Urska Vrhovsek, Julie A Lovegrove, Kieran M Tuohy
Apples are a rich source of polyphenols and fiber. A major proportion of apple polyphenols escape absorption in the small intestine and together with non-digestible polysaccharides reach the colon, where they can serve as substrates for bacterial fermentation. Animal studies suggest a synergistic interaction between apple polyphenols and the soluble fiber pectin; however, the effects of whole apples on human gut microbiota are less extensively studied. Three commercial apple varieties-Renetta Canada, Golden Delicious and Pink Lady-were digested and fermented in vitro using a batch culture colonic model (pH 5...
May 24, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534913/theoretical-investigation-of-energy-gap-bowing-in-cdsxse1-x-alloy-quantum-dots
#4
Laxman Tatikondewar, Anjali Kshirsagar
To investigate energy gap bowing in homogeneously alloyed CdSxSe1-x quantum dots (QDs) and to understand whether it is different from bulk, we perform density functional theory based electronic structure calculations for spherical QDs of different compositions x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) and of varying sizes (2.2 to 4.6 nm). We find the bowing constant to be slightly higher than in bulk for different sizes of quantum dots. The change in the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) gap of QDs mainly arises due to the change in the LUMO energies...
May 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531147/oriented-growth-of-%C3%AE-mno%C3%A2-nanorods-using-natural-extracts-from-grape-stems-and-apple-peels
#5
Lina Sanchez-Botero, Adriana P Herrera, Juan P Hinestroza
We report on the synthesis of alpha manganese dioxide (α-MnO₂) nanorods using natural extracts from Vitis vinifera grape stems and Malus domestica 'Cortland' apple peels. We used a two-step method to produce highly crystalline α-MnO₂ nanorods: (1) reduction of KMnO₄ in the presence of natural extracts to initiate the nucleation process; and (2) a thermal treatment to enable further solid-state growth of the nuclei. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) images provided direct evidence of the morphology of the nanorods and these images were used to propose nucleation and growth mechanisms...
May 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531103/screening-of-a-combinatorial-library-of-organic-polymers-for-the-solid-phase-extraction-of-patulin-from-apple-juice
#6
Cristina Giovannoli, Giulia Spano, Fabio Di Nardo, Laura Anfossi, Claudio Baggiani
Patulin is a water-soluble mycotoxin produced by several species of fungi. Governmental bodies have placed it under scrutiny for its potential negative health effects, and maximum residue limits are fixed in specific food matrices to protect consumers' health. Confirmatory analysis of patulin in complex food matrices can be a difficult task, and sample clean-up treatments are frequently necessary before instrumental analyses. With the aim of simplifying the clean-up step, we prepared a 256-member combinatorial polymeric library based on 16 functional monomers, four cross-linkers and four different porogenic solvents...
May 20, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530590/metabolic-profiling-of-apples-from-different-production-systems-before-and-after-controlled-atmosphere-ca-storage-studied-by-1-h-high-resolution-magic-angle-spinning-hr-mas-nmr
#7
Martina Vermathen, Mattia Marzorati, Gaëlle Diserens, Daniel Baumgartner, Claudia Good, Franz Gasser, Peter Vermathen
Determination of metabolic alterations in apples induced by such processes as different crop protection strategies or storage, are of interest to assess correlations with fruit quality or fruit disorders. Preliminary results proposed the metabolic discrimination of apples from organic (BIO), integrated (IP) and low-input (LI) production. To determine contributions of temporal metabolic developments and to define the type of metabolic changes during storage, (1)H high resolution-magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) NMR spectroscopy of apple pulp was performed before and after two time points of controlled atmosphere storage...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530578/determination-of-trace-patulin-in-apple-based-food-matrices
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REVIEW
Xianjiang Li, Hongmei Li, Xiaomin Li, Qinghe Zhang
Patulin is a toxic metabolite of a number of fungi; its toxicity is serious and its contamination in food is a worldwide problem, especially in apple-based food. Effective control of patulin contamination strongly depends on reliable analytical methods. In this review, various analytical methods, especially those that have appeared in the last ten years, are summarized, including the highly reproducible chromatography and mass-spectrometry-based methods, highly selective sensor-based methods and indirect quantitative PCR methods...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530577/impact-of-apple-cultivar-ripening-stage-fermentation-type-and-yeast-strain-on-phenolic-composition-of-apple-ciders
#9
Oskar Laaksonen, Rain Kuldjärv, Toomas Paalme, Mira Virkki, Baoru Yang
Hydroxycinnamic acids and flavonoids in apple juices and ciders were studied using liquid chromatography. Samples were produced from four different Estonian apple cultivars using unripe, ripe and overripe apples, and six different commercial yeasts including Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces bayanus, and Torulaspora delbrueckii strains. Part of the samples was additionally inoculated with malolactic bacteria, Oenococcus oeni. The most notable difference among the samples was the appearance of phloretin in malolactic ciders in comparison to conventional ciders and the juices...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530569/binding-selectivity-of-dietary-polyphenols-to-different-plant-cell-wall-components-quantification-and-mechanism
#10
Anh Dao T Phan, Bernadine M Flanagan, Bruce R D'Arcy, Michael J Gidley
Selected polyphenols exhibited binding selectivity to different cellulose-based composites and apple cell walls. For catechin, cellulose is the dominant binding component, whereas hemicelluloses (xyloglucan and arabinoxylan) apparently did not contribute to polyphenol adsorption in the presence of cellulose. In contrast, ferulic acid and cyanidin-3-glucoside bound to cellulose-based composites and apple cell walls with different affinities, showing that both electrostatic interactions and plant cell wall microstructure were important...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529145/induction-of-proteotoxic-stress-by-the-mycotoxin-patulin
#11
Angel Guerra-Moreno, John Hanna
Patulin is a naturally occurring mycotoxin produced by a number of molds and may contaminate a wide variety of food products. In practice, patulin's main societal relevance concerns apple juice and its products. Multiple advisory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization, recommend that producers monitor and limit patulin levels in apple juice products. The mechanism of patulin toxicity remains largely unknown. Here we show that patulin induces proteotoxic stress in the yeast S...
May 18, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525985/investigation-of-optimum-ohmic-heating-conditions-for-inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-and-listeria-monocytogenes-in-apple-juice
#12
Il-Kyu Park, Jae-Won Ha, Dong-Hyun Kang
BACKGROUND: Control of foodborne pathogens is an important issue for the fruit juice industry and ohmic heating treatment has been considered as one of the promising antimicrobial interventions. However, to date, evaluation of the relationship between inactivation of foodborne pathogens and system performance efficiency based on differing soluble solids content of apple juice during ohmic heating treatment has not been well studied. This study aims to investigate effective voltage gradients of an ohmic heating system and corresponding sugar concentrations (°Brix) of apple juice for inactivating major foodborne pathogens (E...
May 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523319/amyloidosis-a-rare-cause-of-refractory-heart-failure-in-a-young-female
#13
Irina Iuliana Costache, Claudia Florida Costea, Mihai Danciu, Victor Vlad Costan, Viviana Aursulesei, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Anca Sava
Cardiac amyloidosis may occur in any type of systemic amyloidosis. The clinical picture is often characterized by restrictive cardiomyopathy. We report the case of a 41-year-old female patient admitted to the Department of Cardiology with clinical signs of right heart failure: congested jugular veins, hepatomegaly, peripheral edema, ascites associated with atrial fibrillation, low values of arterial blood pressure and oliguria. Echocardiographic findings were helpful for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis: enlarged atrial cavities, normal size ventricles, thickened ventricular septum and posterior left ventricle wall with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522867/movement-protein-of-apple-chlorotic-leaf-spot-virus-is-genetically-unstable-and-negatively-regulated-by-ribonuclease-e-in-e-coli
#14
Rahul Mohan Singh, Dharam Singh, Vipin Hallan
Movement protein (MP) of Apple chlorotic leaf spot virus (ACLSV) belongs to "30 K" superfamily of proteins and members of this family are known to show a wide array of functions. In the present study this gene was found to be genetically unstable in E. coli when transformed DH5α cells were grown at 28 °C and 37 °C. However, genetic instability was not encountered at 20 °C. Heterologous over expression failed despite the use of different transcriptional promoters and translational fusion constructs...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521167/in-vitro-bioaccessibility-of-five-pyrethroids-after-human-ingestion-and-the-corresponding-gastrointestinal-digestion-parameters-a-contribution-for-human-exposure-assessments
#15
Yan-Hong Shi, Jin-Jing Xiao, Rong-Peng Feng, Yu-Ying Liu, Min Liao, Xiang-Wei Wu, Ri-Mao Hua, Hai-Qun Cao
Bioaccessibility is a crucial parameter in assessing the absorption of contaminants during the human digestive process, but few studies have involved the differences in the bioaccessibilities of pesticides. To investigate the mode of using the in vitro bioaccessibility to refine estimates of dietary exposure to pesticide residues, this study measured the bioaccessibilities of five pyrethroids in apples, and then, it modelled physicochemical predictors (gastrointestinal pH, digestive times, and the solid-liquid (S/L) ratio) of the bioaccessibilities of pyrethroids...
May 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518086/ptr-tof-ms-coupled-with-an-automated-sampling-system-and-tailored-data-analysis-for-food-studies-bioprocess-monitoring-screening-and-nose-space-analysis
#16
Vittorio Capozzi, Sine Yener, Iuliia Khomenko, Brian Farneti, Luca Cappellin, Flavia Gasperi, Matteo Scampicchio, Franco Biasioli
Proton Transfer Reaction (PTR), combined with a Time-of-Flight (ToF) Mass Spectrometer (MS) is an analytical approach based on chemical ionization that belongs to the Direct-Injection Mass Spectrometric (DIMS) technologies. These techniques allow the rapid determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), assuring high sensitivity and accuracy. In general, PTR-MS requires neither sample preparation nor sample destruction, allowing real time and non-invasive analysis of samples. PTR-MS are exploited in many fields, from environmental and atmospheric chemistry to medical and biological sciences...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516769/identification-of-rotundone-as-a-potent-odor-active-compound-of-several-kinds-of-fruits
#17
Akira Nakanishi, Yusuke Fukushima, Norio Miyazawa, Keisuke Yoshikawa, Tomoko Maeda, Yoshiko Kurobayashi
An investigation of the aromas of grapefruit, orange, apple, and mango revealed the presence of an odor-active compound that gave off a strong woody odor when assessed by gas chromatography-olfactometry. We isolated the compound from a high-boiling fraction of an orange essential oil, and subsequent nuclear magnetic resonance analyses of the isolated compound identified it as rotundone. Mass spectra and retention indices obtained from aroma concentrates of grapefruit, apple, and mango were identical to those of rotundone, which was therefore determined to be the common woody compound in these fruits...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515453/validation-of-reference-genes-for-the-normalization-of-the-rt-qpcr-gene-expression-of-virulence-genes-of-erwinia-amylovora-in-apple-shoots
#18
Monika Kałużna, Anita Kuras, Joanna Puławska
To study the expression of pathogenicity-related genes in Erwinia amylovora, seven candidate reference genes (ffh, glyA, gyrA, proC, pykA, recA, rpoB) were selected and validated with the following five different mathematic algorithms: geNorm, NormFinder, BestKeeper, the delta CT method and the RefFinder web-based tool. An overall comprehensive ranking output from each of the selected software programs revealed that proC and recA, followed by ffh and pykA, were the most stably expressed genes and can be recommended for the normalization of RT-qPCR data...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514061/mapping-intermediate-degradation-products-of-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-in-vitro
#19
Jian Li, Peter Nemes, Ji Guo
There is widespread interest in using absorbable polymers, such as poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), as components in the design and manufacture of new-generation drug eluting stents (DES). PLGA undergoes hydrolysis to progressively degrade through intermediate chemical entities to simple organic acids that are ultimately absorbed by the human body. Understanding the composition and structure of these intermediate degradation products is critical not only to elucidate polymer degradation pathways accurately, but also to assess the safety and performance of absorbable cardiovascular implants...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512699/an-open-label-crossover-study-of-the-pharmacokinetics-of-the-60-mg-edoxaban-tablet-crushed-and-administered-either-by-a-nasogastric-tube-or-in-apple-puree-in-healthy-adults
#20
Kenneth Duchin, Anil Duggal, George J Atiee, Motonori Kidokoro, Tadanobu Takatani, Nicole Lazarus Shipitofsky, Ling He, George Zhang, Tarundeep Kakkar
BACKGROUND: Edoxaban is an orally active, direct factor Xa inhibitor indicated to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of the edoxaban 60-mg tablet crushed and administered via a nasogastric tube in a water suspension or orally mixed in apple puree. METHODS: This phase 1, open-label, crossover study randomized 30 healthy adults to receive three edoxaban treatment regimens (oral 60-mg edoxaban tablet, or 60-mg edoxaban tablet crushed and administered via a nasogastric tube or orally in apple puree) in one of six treatment sequences...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
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