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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323482/constraints-on-the-early-terrestrial-surface-uv-environment-relevant-to-prebiotic-chemistry
#1
Sukrit Ranjan, Dimitar D Sasselov
The UV environment is a key boundary condition to abiogenesis. However, considerable uncertainty exists as to planetary conditions and hence surface UV at abiogenesis. Here, we present two-stream multilayer clear-sky calculations of the UV surface radiance on Earth at 3.9 Ga to constrain the UV surface fluence as a function of albedo, solar zenith angle (SZA), and atmospheric composition. Variation in albedo and latitude (through SZA) can affect maximum photoreaction rates by a factor of >10.4; for the same atmosphere, photoreactions can proceed an order of magnitude faster at the equator of a snowball Earth than at the poles of a warmer world...
March 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323481/the-emergence-of-life-as-a-first-order-phase-transition
#2
Cole Mathis, Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Sara Imari Walker
It is well known that life on Earth alters its environment over evolutionary and geological timescales. An important open question is whether this is a result of evolutionary optimization or a universal feature of life. In the latter case, the origin of life would be coincident with a shift in environmental conditions. Here we present a model for the emergence of life in which replicators are explicitly coupled to their environment through the recycling of a finite supply of resources. The model exhibits a dynamic, first-order phase transition from nonlife to life, where the life phase is distinguished by selection on replicators...
March 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318588/comparative-composition-diversity-and-abundance-of-oligosaccharides-in-early-lactation-milk-from-commercial-dairy-and-beef-cows
#3
William M Sischo, Diana M Short, Mareen Geissler, Apichaya Bunyatratchata, Daniela Barile
Prebiotics are nondigestible dietary ingredients, usually oligosaccharides (OS), that provide a health benefit to the host by directly modulating the gut microbiota. Although there is some information describing OS content in dairy-source milk, no information is available to describe the OS content of beef-source milk. Given the different trait emphasis between dairy and beef for milk production and calf survivability, it is plausible that OS composition, diversity, and abundance differ between production types...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318400/new-frontiers-in-fibers-innovative-and-emerging-research-on-the-gut-microbiome-and-bone-health
#4
Taylor C Wallace, Massimo Marzorati, Lisa Spence, Connie M Weaver, Patricia S Williamson
The complex interactions between the diet, gut microbiome, and host characteristics that provide a functional benefit to the host are an area of great interest and current exploration in the nutrition and health science community. New technologies are available to assess mechanisms that may explain these functional benefits to the host. One emerging functional benefit from changes in the gut microbiome is increased calcium absorption, increased calcium retention, and improved indices of bone health. Prebiotic fibers enhance microbial fermentation in the gut, providing an ecological advantage to specific nonpathogenic bacteria that have the ability to modify an individual's metabolic potential...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318250/chemical-characterization-of-potentially-prebiotic-oligosaccharides-in-brewed-coffee-and-spent-coffee-grounds
#5
Tian Tian, Samara Freeman, Mark Corey, J Bruce German, Daniela Barile
Oligosaccharides are indigestible carbohydrates widely present in mammalian milk and in some plants. Milk oligosaccharides are associated with positive health outcomes; however, oligosaccharides in coffee have not been extensively studied. We investigated the oligosaccharides and their monomeric composition in dark roasted coffee beans, brewed coffee and spent coffee grounds. Oligosaccharides with a degree of polymerization ranging from 3 to 15, and their constituent monosaccharides were characterized and quantified...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317483/a-critical-review-of-bioactive-food-components-and-of-their-functional-mechanisms-biological-effects-and-health-outcomes
#6
Rosa Pérez-Gregorio, Jesús Simal-Gándara
BACKGROUND: Eating behaviours are closely related to some medical conditions potentially leading to death such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Healthy eating practices, maintaining a normal weight, and regular physical activity could prevent up to 80% of coronary heart disease, 90% of type-2 diabetes and one-third of all cancers[1]. METHOD: Over the last two decades, the food industry has invested much effort in research and development of healthier, more nutritious foods...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317073/effect-of-8-weeks-prebiotics-probiotics-supplementation-on-alcohol-metabolism-and-blood-biomarkers-of-healthy-adults-a-pilot-study
#7
Christopher Irwin, Saman Khalesi, Amanda J Cox, Gary Grant, Andrew K Davey, Andrew C Bulmer, Ben Desbrow
PURPOSE: Modulating gut bacteria via regular prebiotics/probiotics consumption may improve the metabolism of acute alcohol ingestion. This study investigated the impact of 8-weeks prebiotics/probiotics supplementation on microbiome changes and responses to acute alcohol consumption. METHODS: 38 participants (21 females, 23.6 ± 3.4 kg m(-2), mean ± SD) attended the laboratory on two occasions separated by an 8-week intervention period. On each of these visits, a dose of alcohol (0...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303040/assessment-of-maillard-reaction-evolution-prebiotic-carbohydrates-antioxidant-activity-and-%C3%AE-amylase-inhibition-in-pulse-flours
#8
Nadia Moussou, Marta Corzo-Martínez, María Luz Sanz, Farid Zaidi, Antonia Montilla, Mar Villamiel
In this paper, the quality of bean, chickpea, fava beans, lentil and pea flours from Algeria has been evaluated. Maillard reaction (MR) indicators, modifications in the carbohydrate and protein fractions, antioxidant activity and α-amylase inhibitor of raw, toasted and stored samples were evaluated. Fava beans, beans and peas showed higher content of raffinose family oligosaccharides while chickpeas and lentils showed higher polyol content. Toasting and storage caused slightly change in pulse quality; MR showed slight losses of lysine but increased antioxidant activity...
March 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300682/intestinal-transcriptome-modulation-by-functional-diets-in-rainbow-trout-a-high-throughput-sequencing-appraisal-to-highlight-galt-immunomodulation
#9
Ana Teresa Gonçalves, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Cristian Gallardo-Escárate
Functional ingredients such as pre- and probiotics are used in aquaculture to improve fish condition, modulating microbiota and promoting a healthy intestinal functioning. They also exert an active effect on the gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), stimulating the immune system. However, the molecular underpinnings of pre- and probiotics effect on intestinal mucosa are still unknown. This study investigated the intestinal mucosa transcriptome modulation when fish were fed functional diets and kept at different stocking densities...
March 11, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299315/rna-based-stable-isotope-probing-suggests-allobaculum-spp-as-particularly-active-glucose-assimilators-in-a-complex-murine-microbiota-cultured-in-vitro
#10
Elena Herrmann, Wayne Young, Douglas Rosendale, Verena Reichert-Grimm, Christian U Riedel, Ralf Conrad, Markus Egert
RNA-based stable isotope probing (RNA-SIP) and metabolic profiling were used to detect actively glucose-consuming bacteria in a complex microbial community obtained from a murine model system. A faeces-derived microbiota was incubated under anaerobic conditions for 0, 2, and 4 h with 40 mM [U(13)C]glucose. Isopycnic density gradient ultracentrifugation and fractionation of isolated RNA into labeled and unlabeled fractions followed by 16S rRNA sequencing showed a quick adaptation of the bacterial community in response to the added sugar, which was dominated by unclassified Lachnospiraceae species...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298101/acetonitrile-cluster-solvation-in-a-cryogenic-ethane-methane-propane-liquid-implications-for-titan-lake-chemistry
#11
L René Corrales, Thomas D Yi, Samantha K Trumbo, David Shalloway, Jonathan I Lunine, David A Usher
The atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, exhibits interesting UV- and radiation-driven chemistry between nitrogen and methane, resulting in dipolar, nitrile-containing molecules. The assembly and subsequent solvation of such molecules in the alkane lakes and seas found on the moon's surface are of particular interest for investigating the possibility of prebiotic chemistry in Titan's hydrophobic seas. Here we characterize the solvation of acetonitrile, a product of Titan's atmospheric radiation chemistry tentatively detected on Titan's surface [H...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294322/probiotics-are-a-good-choice-in-remission-of-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
#12
REVIEW
Mahboube Ganji-Arjenaki, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei
Altered gut bacteria and bacterial metabolic pathways are two important factors in initiation and progression of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, efficacy of probiotics in remission of patients with IBD has not been characterized. This study was performed on the studies that specifically assessed the efficacy of probiotics in attaining clinical response on patients with various types of IBD. The efficacy of variant species of probiotics in different conditions and the influence of study quality in outcomes of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were also assessed...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293937/gut-microbiota-and-inflammatory-bowel-disease-an-update
#13
Grainne Holleran, Loris R Lopetuso, Gianluca Ianiro, Silvia Pecere, Marco Pizzoferrato, Valentina Petito, Cristina Graziani, Deirdre Mc Namara, Antonio Gasbarrini, Franco Scaldaferri
Major advances have occurred in the knowledge of the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) over the last decade, and perhaps the most major, and clinically advantageous of these advances has been the discovery of the microbiome as a key multifaceted component of inflammation. The Gut microbiome is the largest known group of cells in the body, and is now recognised as an organ in its own right. Initial studies looking at a possible role of bacterial manipulation of the immune system in IBD, looked at identifying a specific bacterial species, and were not representative of a feasible model of inflammation in IBD overall...
March 14, 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293920/the-intriguing-link-between-the-intestinal-microbiota-and-cardiovascular-disease
#14
Giuseppe Lippi, Elisa Danese, Camilla Mattiuzzi, Emmanuel J Favaloro
Human microbiota is a term conventionally used to define the normal flora of microbes living in all of us, most of which are resident in the gastrointestinal tract. Despite it having been known for some time that the vast majority of intestinal bacteria exert a strong influence on human life, recent technologic breakthroughs have made it possible to more accurately characterize the host microbial communities and explore their relationship with many human diseases. Notably, the evidence accumulated over the past 10 years suggests that a reasonable relationship can now be established between gut microbiota composition and the risk of cardiovascular disease...
March 14, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293641/functional-effects-of-prebiotic-fructans-in-colon-cancer-and-calcium-metabolism-in-animal-models
#15
Marisol Rivera-Huerta, Vania Lorena Lizárraga-Grimes, Ibrahim Guillermo Castro-Torres, Mabel Tinoco-Méndez, Lucía Macías-Rosales, Francisco Sánchez-Bartéz, Graciela Guadalupe Tapia-Pérez, Laura Romero-Romero, María Isabel Gracia-Mora
Inulin-type fructans are polymers of fructose molecules and are known for their capacity to enhance absorption of calcium and magnesium, to modulate gut microbiota and energy metabolism, and to improve glycemia. We evaluated and compared the effects of Chicory inulin "Synergy 1®" and inulin from Mexican agave "Metlin®" in two experimental models of colon cancer and bone calcium metabolism in mice and rats. Inulins inhibited the development of dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis and colon cancer in mice; these fructans reduced the concentration of tumor necrosis factor alpha and prevented the formation of intestinal polyps, villous atrophy, and lymphoid hyperplasia...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290325/assessing-the-effects-of-different-prebiotic-dietary-oligosaccharides-in-sheep-milk-ice-cream
#16
C F Balthazar, H L A Silva, A H Vieira, R P C Neto, L P Cappato, P T Coimbra, J Moraes, M M Andrade, V M A Calado, D Granato, M Q Freitas, M I B Tavares, R S L Raices, M C Silva, A G Cruz
The objective of this study was to assess the effects of different prebiotic dietary oligosaccharides (inulin, fructo-oligosaccharide, galacto-oligossacaride, short-chain fructo-oligosaccharide, resistant starch, corn dietary oligosaccharide and polydextrose) in non-fat sheep milk ice cream processing through physical parameters, water mobility and thermal analysis. Overall, the fat replacement by dietary prebiotic oligosaccharides significantly decreased the melting time, melting temperature and the fraction and relaxation time for fat and bound water (T22) while increased the white intensity and glass transition temperature...
January 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290302/the-modulatory-effect-of-epigallocatechin-3-o-3-o-methyl-gallate-egcg3%C3%A2-me-on-intestinal-microbiota-of-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-mice-model
#17
Mei Cheng, Xin Zhang, Yingjie Miao, Jinxuan Cao, Zufang Wu, Peifang Weng
(-)-Epigallocatechin 3-O-(3-O-methyl) gallate (EGCG3″Me) has exhibited multiple beneficial effects on the prevention of obesity in oolong tea. However, its absorption is relatively low, and the potential to be fully utilized is not completely elucidated. Therefore, with human flora-associated (HFA) mice model, the effect of EGCG3″Me on high fat diet-induced obesity was investigated by high-throughput sequencing. The shifts in relative abundance of the dominant taxa at the phylum, family and genus levels showed the dramatically effects of EGCG3″Me...
February 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284023/the-polar-profile-of-ancient-proteins-a-computational-extrapolation-from-prebiotics-to-paleobiochemistry
#18
Carlos Polanco, Thomas Buhse, Gloria Vizcaíno, Jacobo Levy Picciotto
This paper addresses the polar profile of ancient proteins using a comparative study of amino acids found in 25 000 000-year-old shells described in Abelson's work. We simulated the polar profile with a computer platform that represented an evolutionary computational toy model that mimicked the generation of small proteins starting from a pool of monomeric amino acids and that included several dynamic properties, such as self-replication and fragmentation-recombination of the proteins. The simulations were taken up to 15 generations and produced a considerable number of proteins of 25 amino acids in length...
2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282253/introduction-to-the-special-focus-issue-on-the-impact-of-diet-on-gut-microbiota-composition-and-function-and-future-opportunities-for-nutritional-modulation-of-the-gut-microbiome-to-improve-human-health
#19
Sharon M Donovan
Over the past decade, application of culture-independent, next generation DNA sequencing has dramatically enhanced our understanding of the composition of the gut microbiome and its association with human states of health and disease. Host genetics, age, and environmental factors such as where and who you live with, use of pre-, pro- and antibiotics, exercise and diet influence the short- and long-term composition of the microbiome. Dietary intake is a key determinant of microbiome composition and diversity and studies to date have linked long-term dietary patterns as well as short-term dietary interventions to the composition and diversity of the gut microbiome...
February 28, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277783/origin-of-life-and-the-phosphate-transfer-catalyst
#20
Radosław W Piast, Rafał M Wieczorek
In this paper, we revisit several issues relevant to origin-of-life research and propose a Phosphate Transfer Catalyst hypothesis that furthers our understanding of some of the key events in prebiotic chemical evolution. In the Phosphate Transfer Catalyst hypothesis, we assume the existence of hypothetical metallopeptides with phosphate transfer activity that use abundant polyphosphates as both substrates and energy sources. Nonspecific catalysis by this phosphate transfer catalyst would provide a variety of different products such as phosphoryl amino acids, nucleosides, polyphosphate nucleotides, nucleic acids, and aminoacylated nucleic acids...
March 2017: Astrobiology
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