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Luca Grispoldi, Filippo Bertero, Serena Franceschini, Francesco Mastrosimone, Paola Sechi, Maria Francesca Iulietto, Margherita Ceccarelli, Beniamino Terzo Cenci-Goga
Ten Holstein Friesian calves were divided into two groups of five: one group was given prebiotics in their food, while the other group served as the control group. Every two weeks from birth up to 18 months, samples of feces were taken from the rectal ampulla to determine the concentration of E. coli . At each sampling session, three aliquots per sample were collected. The arithmetic mean was calculated and all values (converted into logs) were analysed with GraphPad InStat for analysis of variance, followed by the Tukey-Kramer test...
October 20, 2017: Italian Journal of Food Safety
Bruna Facinelli, Emanuela Marini, Gloria Magi, Lucia Zampini, Lucia Santoro, Carlo Catassi, Chiara Monachesi, Orazio Gabrielli, Giovanni V Coppa
BACKGROUND: It is well known that human milk oligosaccharides play an important role as prebiotics, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infective agents. In the last few years, several studies have been performed using specific oligosaccharides, such as 2'-fucosyllactose and 6'-sialylactose, to evaluate their biological functions. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the anti-adhesive effect of the above oligosaccharides on Escherichia coli and Salmonella fyris...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Nihan Arabacı, Burhan Arıkan
A cold-active alkaline amylase producer Bacillus subtilis N8 was isolated from soil samples. Amylase synthesis optimally occurred at 15°C and pH 10.0 on agar plates containing starch. The molecular weight of the enzyme was found to be 205 kDa by performing SDS-PAGE. While the enzyme exhibited the highest activity at 25°C and pH 8.0, it was highly stable in alkaline media (pH 8.0-12.0) and retained 96% of its original activity at low temperatures (10-40°C) for 24 h. While the amylase activity increased in the presence of β-mercaptoethanol (103%); Ba2+ , Ca2+ , Na+ , Zn2+ , Mn2+ , H2 O2 and TritonX-100 slightly inhibited the activity...
March 21, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Marie-Christine Bacchus-Montabonel
The formation of the building blocks of life and how they could survive under harsh astrophysical environments remains an open question of prebiotic chemistry. Effectively, ion bombardments or intense UV radiation may drive the destruction of prebiotic compounds. The possible role of sulfur in such processes is addressed here for the first time, by comparing directly proton-induced charge transfer for sulfur containing molecules and that for related COMs. The proton collision on mercaptoacetonitrile HSCH2C[triple bond, length as m-dash]N conformers has thus been investigated theoretically in a wide impact energy range modelling various astrophysical environments and compared to related COMs, namely HCN oligomers, in order to exhibit qualitative tendencies...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Raghav R Poudyal, Fatma Pir Cakmak, Christine D Keating, Philip C Bevilacqua
This Perspective focuses on RNA in biological and nonbiological compartments resulting from liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), with an emphasis on origins of life. In extant cells, intracellular liquid condensates, many of which are rich in RNAs and intrinsically disordered proteins, provide spatial regulation of biomolecular interactions that can result in altered gene expression. Given the diversity of biogenic and abiogenic molecules that undergo LLPS, such membraneless compartments may have also played key roles in prebiotic chemistries relevant to the origins of life...
March 21, 2018: Biochemistry
Anna J Pedrosa Carrasco, Lars Timmermann, David J Pedrosa
A considerable body of research has recently emerged around nonmotor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD) and their substantial impact on patients' well-being. A prominent example is constipation which occurs in up to two thirds of all PD-patients thereby effecting psychological and social distress and consequently reducing quality of life. Despite the significant clinical relevance of constipation, unfortunately little knowledge exists on effective treatments. Therefore this systematic review aims at providing a synopsis on clinical effects and safety of available treatment options for constipation in PD...
2018: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
Carlo Pinna, Carla Giuditta Vecchiato, Carmen Bolduan, Monica Grandi, Claudio Stefanelli, Wilhelm Windisch, Giuliano Zaghini, Giacomo Biagi
BACKGROUND: Feeding dogs with diets rich in protein may favor putrefactive fermentations in the hindgut, negatively affecting the animal's intestinal environment. Conversely, prebiotics may improve the activity of health-promoting bacteria and prevent bacterial proteolysis in the colon. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation with fructooligosaccharides (FOS) on fecal microbiota and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) in dogs fed kibbles differing in protein content...
March 20, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Renata N Florindo, Valquiria P Souza, Lívia R Manzine, Cesar M Camilo, Sandro R Marana, Igor Polikarpov, Alessandro S Nascimento
Bifidobacterium is an important genus of probiotic bacteria colonizing the human gut. These bacteria can uptake oligosaccharides for the fermentative metabolism of hexoses and pentoses, producing lactate, acetate as well as short-chain fatty acids and propionate. These end-products are known to have important effects on human health. β-glucosidases (EC are pivotal enzymes for the metabolism and homeostasis of Bifidobacterium, since they hydrolyze small and soluble saccharides, typically producing glucose...
March 16, 2018: Biochimie
Sasikumar Arunachalam Palaniyandi, Karthiyaini Damodharan, Joo-Won Suh, Seung Hwan Yang
The present study was focused on the production, characterization and in vitro prebiotic evaluation of exopolysaccharide (EPS) from Bacillus sonorensis MJM60135isolated from Ganjang (fermented soy sauce). StrainMJM60135 showed the highest production(8.4±0.8 g/L) of EPS compared to other isolates that were screened for EPS production based on ropy culture morphology. Further, MJM60135 was cultured in 5L medium and EPS was extracted by ethanol precipitation. Emulsification activity of EPS was higher in toluene than o -xylene...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Carl Peter J Maury
A crucial stage in the origin of life was the emergence of the first molecular entity that was able to replicate, transmit information, and evolve on the early Earth. The amyloid world hypothesis posits that in the pre-RNA era, information processing was based on catalytic amyloids. The self-assembly of short peptides into β-sheet amyloid conformers leads to extraordinary structural stability and novel multifunctionality that cannot be achieved by the corresponding nonaggregated peptides. The new functions include self-replication, catalytic activities, and information transfer...
March 17, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Mohammed Al Za'abi, Suhail Al Salam, Yousuf Al Suleimani, Priyadarsini Manoj, Abderrahim Nemmar, Badreldin H Ali
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The effect of treatment with gum acacia (GA), a prebiotic shown previously to ameliorate chronic kidney disease (CKD), in diabetic and non - diabetic rats with adenine - induced CKD has been investigated using several conventional and novel physiological, biochemical, and histopathological parameters. METHODS: Diabetes mellitus was induced in rats by a single injection of streptozotocin (STZ). Diabetic and non - diabetic rats were randomly divided into several groups, and given either normal food or food mixed with adenine (0...
March 13, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Audrey M Neyrinck, Sophie Hiel, Caroline Bouzin, Vicenta Garcia Campayo, Patrice D Cani, Laure B Bindels, Nathalie M Delzenne
BACKGROUND: Non-digestible carbohydrates present in cereals such as fructans and arabinoxylans represent promising prebiotic nutrients to prevent the development of obesity and related metabolic disorders. OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN:  The aim of this study was to determine the corrective effects of wheat bran-derived arabinoxylan oligosaccharides in obese mice fed a western diet (WD). WD was given for 4 weeks before wheat bran extract (WBE) supplementation (5%) for an additional 4 weeks, whereas a control group received the standard diet...
March 7, 2018: Nutrition & Diabetes
George Kunnackal John, Lin Wang, Julie Nanavati, Claire Twose, Rajdeep Singh, Gerard Mullin
Dietary alteration of the gut microbiome is an important target in the treatment of obesity. Animal and human studies have shown bidirectional weight modulation based on the probiotic formulation used. In this study, we systematically reviewed the literature and performed a meta-analysis to assess the impact of prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics on body weight, body mass index (BMI) and fat mass in adult human subjects. We searched Medline (PubMed), Embase, the Cochrane Library and the Web of Science to identify 4721 articles, of which 41 were subjected to full-text screening, yielding 21 included studies with 33 study arms...
March 16, 2018: Genes
Matthew P Kroonblawd, Fabio Pietrucci, Antonino Marco Saitta, Nir Goldman
We demonstrate the capability of creating robust density functional tight binding (DFTB) models for chemical reactivity in prebiotic mixtures through force matching to short time scale quantum free energy estimates. Molecular dynamics using density functional theory (DFT) is a highly accurate approach to generate free energy surfaces for chemical reactions, but the extreme computational cost often limits the time scales and range of thermodynamic states that can feasibly be studied. In contrast, DFTB is a semi-empirical quantum method that affords up to a thousandfold reduction in cost and can recover DFT-level accuracy...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Roghayeh Amini Sarteshnizi, Hedayat Hosseini, Nader Karimian Khosroshahi, Farzane Shahraz, Amin Mousavi Khaneghah, Manije Kamran, Rozita Komeili, Emma Chiavaro
This study aims to evaluate the performance of two types of prebiotic sausages formulated with resistant starch (RS) and β-glucan (BG) extract (in ratios of 2.22:1.33 and 2.75:1.88) during frying and chilled storage. The oxidative stability indices and microbial counts were determined. The incorporation of two types of prebiotic dietary fibre increased frying loss and oil absorption. However, the moisture content of prebiotic sausages after production was higher than of conventional sausages and it decreased significantly during storage...
December 2017: Food Technology and Biotechnology
Amy Chia-Ching Kao, Sonia Spitzer, Daniel C Anthony, Belinda Lennox, Philip W J Burnet
Olanzapine is an effective antipsychotic drug but since it causes significant weight gain, it is not well tolerated by psychosis patients. The prebiotic, B-GOS® , attenuates metabolic dysfunction in obese subjects, and in rodents, alters central NMDA receptors and may affect serotonin receptors that are relevant in psychosis. We have determined whether B-GOS® influenced olanzapine-associated weight gain and central NMDA and serotonin receptors. Circulating acetate, IL-1β, IL-8 and TNFα, liver acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), white adipose tissue (WAT) acetate receptor GPR43, and specific faecal bacteria genera were also measured to provide mechanistic information...
March 15, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Aifric O'Sullivan, Jaime Salcedo, Josep Rubert
Our daily food intake provides the nutrients to maintain health. However, in addition to the nutritional values, food can promote health and be beneficial in preventing diseases. Human milk is a unique food source that contains essential nutrients in the right balance and other bioactive factors that make it the ideal food for all healthy term infants. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) play an important role in health, at several levels: acting as prebiotics promoting the growth of beneficial bacterial strains, preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestine, and modulating the immune response against bacterial infections...
March 13, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Christina Schneider, Sidney Becker, Hidenori Okamura, Antony Crisp, Tynchtyk Amatov, Michael Stadlmeier, Thomas Carell
The RNA world hypothesis assumes that life on earth started with small RNA molecules that catalyzed their own formation. Vital to this hypothesis is the need for prebiotic routes towards RNA. Contemporary RNA, however, is not only constructed from the four canonical nucleobases (A, C, G and U), but it contains in addition many chemically modified (non-canonical) bases. A yet open question is if these non-canonical bases were formed in parallel to the canonical bases (chemical origin), or whether they were created later, when life demanded higher functional diversity (biological origin)...
March 13, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Brooke Anderson, Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy
Pyrophosphate linkages are important in extant biology and are hypothesized to have played a role in prebiotic chemistry and in the origination of oligonucleotides. Inspired by the possible role of pyrophosphate as backbones of primordial oligomers, we synthesized DNA oligomers with varying amounts of pyrophosphate inserts (ppDNA) and investigated their base-pairing properties. As expected, with increasing amounts of pyrophosphate inserts in the backbone the thermal stability of ppDNA-DNA duplexes was compromised...
March 12, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Naoya Yamaguchi, Shinya Anraku, Erwan Paineau, Cyrus R Safinya, Patrick Davidson, Laurent J Michot, Nobuyoshi Miyamoto
Exploring the interaction of nucleic acids with clay minerals is important to understand such issues as the persistence in soils of biomolecules and the appearance of genetic polymers in prebiotic environments. Colloidal dispersions of double stranded DNA and clay nanosheets may also provide interesting model systems to study the statistical physics of mixtures of semi-flexible rods and plates. Here, we show that adding very small amounts of DNA to liquid-crystalline montmorillonite and beidellite smectite clay suspensions strongly widens the isotropic/nematic phase coexistence region...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
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