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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136144/antioxidants-improve-ivf-outcome-and-subsequent-embryo-development-in-the-mouse
#1
T Truong, D K Gardner
STUDY QUESTION: What is the effect of a combination of three antioxidants (Acetyl-L-Carnitine, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine and α-Lipoic Acid), present in IVF medium during mouse oocyte and sperm collection, on fertilization and subsequent IVF embryo development? SUMMARY ANSWER: A combination of antioxidants resulted in faster developmental times from the 2-cell stage through to expanded blastocyst stage, accompanied by a significant increase in blastocyst cell number and a reduction of intracellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels...
November 10, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131297/gut-bacteria-derived-molecules-as-mediators-and-markers-in-cardiovascular-diseases-the-role-of-the-gut-blood-barrier
#2
Marcin Ufnal, Artur Nowiński
Accumulating evidence suggests that gut bacteria-derived compounds enter the bloodstream and affect the circulatory system functions. For example, hydrogen sulfide, a product of gut sulfate-reducing bacteria, was found to exert significant hemodynamic effects. Furthermore, trimethylamine N-oxide, a gut bacteria derivative metabolite of L-carnitine and choline, has recently emerged as a new marker of increased cardiovascular risk. To enter the circulation, gut bacteria metabolites need to pass the gut-blood barrier...
November 13, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109780/metabolomic-profiling-of-extracellular-vesicles-and-alternative-normalization-methods-reveal-enriched-metabolites-and-strategies-to-study-prostate-cancer-related-changes
#3
Maija Puhka, Maarit Takatalo, Maria-Elisa Nordberg, Sami Valkonen, Jatin Nandania, Maria Aatonen, Marjo Yliperttula, Saara Laitinen, Vidya Velagapudi, Tuomas Mirtti, Olli Kallioniemi, Antti Rannikko, Pia R-M Siljander, Taija Maria Af Hällström
Body fluids are a rich source of extracellular vesicles (EVs), which carry cargo derived from the secreting cells. So far, biomarkers for pathological conditions have been mainly searched from their protein, (mi)RNA, DNA and lipid cargo. Here, we explored the small molecule metabolites from urinary and platelet EVs relative to their matched source samples. As a proof-of-concept study of intra-EV metabolites, we compared alternative normalization methods to profile urinary EVs from prostate cancer patients before and after prostatectomy and from healthy controls...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103113/testicular-toxicity-and-sperm-quality-following-copper-exposure-in-wistar-albino-rats-ameliorative-potentials-of-l-carnitine
#4
Maurya Khushboo, Meesala Krishna Murthy, Maibam Sunita Devi, Sanasam Sanjeev, Kalibulla Syed Ibrahim, Nachimuthu Senthil Kumar, Vikas Kumar Roy, Guruswami Gurusubramanian
Copper is a persistent toxic and bio-accumulative heavy metal of global concern. Continuous exposure of copper compounds of different origin is the most common form of copper poisoning and in turn adversely altering testis morphology and function and affecting sperm quality. L-carnitine has a vital role in the spermatogenesis, physiology of sperm, sperm production and quality. This study was designed to examine whether the detrimental effects of long-term copper consumption on sperm quality and testis function of Wistar albino rat could be prevented by L-carnitine therapy...
November 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096289/effects-of-dietary-lecithin-and-l-carnitine-on-fatty-acid-composition-and-lipid-metabolic-genes-expression-in-subcutaneous-fat-and-longissimus-thoracis-of-growing-finishing-pigs
#5
Qingwei Meng, Shishuai Sun, Yuecheng Sun, Jianan Li, Di Wu, Anshan Shan, Baoming Shi, Baojing Cheng
A 2×2 factorial experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary lecithin and l-carnitine on fatty acid composition and lipid-metabolic genes expression in subcutaneous fat and longissimus thoracis of growing-finishing pigs. 160 barrows were assigned to 4 treatments consisting of 8 replicates with 5 pigs in each. The total PUFA, C18:2n-6 and C18:3n-3 in subcutaneous fat were increased by lecithin but the effect of lecithin was dependent of l-carnitine where supplementation of lecithin together with l-carnitine decreased total PUFA, C18:2n-6 and C18:3n-3...
October 19, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094215/insulin-resistance-and-glycine-metabolism-in-humans
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REVIEW
M Adeva-Andany, G Souto-Adeva, E Ameneiros-Rodríguez, C Fernández-Fernández, C Donapetry-García, A Domínguez-Montero
Plasma glycine level is low in patients with obesity or diabetes and the improvement of insulin resistance increases plasma glycine concentration. In prospective studies, hypoglycinemia at baseline predicts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and higher serum glycine level is associated with decreased risk of incident type 2 diabetes. Consistently, plasma glycine concentration is lower in the lean offspring of parents with type 2 diabetes compared to healthy subjects. Among patients with type 2 diabetes, hypoglycinemia occurs before clinical manifestations of the disease, but the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying glycine deficit and its potential clinical repercussions are unclear...
November 1, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076953/acetyl-l-carnitine-supplementation-and-the-treatment-for-depressive-symptoms-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
Nicola Veronese, Brendon Stubbs, Marco Solmi, Olesya Ajnakina, Andre F Carvalho, Stefania Maggi
OBJECTIVE: Deficiency of acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) appears to play a role in the risk of developing depression, indicating dysregulation of fatty acids transport across the inner membrane of mitochondria. However, the data regarding ALC supplementation in humans are limited.. We thus conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the effect of ALC on depressive symptoms across randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: A literature search in major databases, without language restriction, was undertaken from inception until 30 December 2016...
October 25, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068394/hepatotoxicity-induced-by-sophora-flavescens-and-hepatic-accumulation-of-kurarinone-a-major-hepatotoxic-constituent-of-sophora-flavescens-in-rats
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Peng Jiang, Xiuwen Zhang, Yutong Huang, Nengneng Cheng, Yueming Ma
Our previous study showed that kurarinone was the main hepatotoxic ingredient of Sophora flavescens, accumulating in the liver. This study characterized the mechanism of Sophora flavescens extract (ESF) hepatotoxicity and hepatic accumulation of kurarinone. ESF impaired hepatic function and caused fat accumulation in the liver after oral administration (1.25 and 2.5 g/kg for 14 days in rats). Serum metabolomics evaluation based on high-resolution mass spectrometry was conducted and real-time PCR was used to determine the expression levels of CPT-1, CPT-2, PPAR-α, and LCAD genes...
October 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067388/soluble-soybean-polysaccharides-enhance-the-protective-effects-of-genistein-against-hepatic-injury-in-high-l-carnitine-fed-mice
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Yalong Lu, Wenfeng Li, Xingbin Yang
This study was to develop a novel strategy for the simultaneous consumption of soluble soybean polysaccharides (SSPS) to enhance the absorption of genistein and its protective effects against high l-carnitine-induced hepatic injury in mice. UPLC-qTOP/MS measurements showed that SSPS observably increased the urinary concentration of genistein and its metabolites in mice. The mice fed with 3% l-carnitine water for 12 weeks experienced a disturbance of the hepatic lipid metabolism, oxidative stress and inflammation, which was evidenced by abnormal TC, LDL, RAHFR and MDA levels, unusual AST, ALT, ALP, SOD and GSP-Px activities, and increased IF-1, IF-6 and TNF-α expressions...
October 25, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065368/bbox1-is-down-regulated-in-maternal-immune-activated-mice-and-implicated-in-genetic-susceptibility-to-human-schizophrenia
#10
Hwayoung Lee, Hyung-Ki Kim, Jun-Tack Kwon, Shohyun Park, Hae Jeong Park, Su Kang Kim, Jin Kyung Park, Won Sub Kang, Young Jong Kim, Joo-Ho Chung, Jong Woo Kim, Hak-Jae Kim
Prenatal exposure to infectious or inflammatory insults can increase the risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia in later life. Gamma-butyrobetaine hydroxylase (BBOX 1) is an enzyme responsible for the biosynthesis of l-carnitine, a key molecule in fatty acid metabolism. This cytosolic dimeric protein belongs to the dioxygenase family. In this study, we investigated whether BBOX 1 expression was related to psychiatric disorder in an animal model. We also conducted a case-control study using 284 schizophrenia patients and 409 controls with single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 5'-near region of BBOX 1...
October 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053424/l-carnitine-and-potential-protective-effects-against%C3%A2-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-noncardiac-organs-from-experimental-data-to-potential-clinical-applications
#11
Azadeh Moghaddas, Simin Dashti-Khavidaki
The mechanism of ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is complex and multifactorial. In this condition, systemic event results in morbidity and mortality in several pathologies, including myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, acute kidney injury, trauma, and circulatory arrest. Hypoxia over ischemia phase leads to energy imbalance and changes of cellular homeostasis and functional or structural alterations. In addition, during the reperfusion period, some events, including calcium influx, release of intracellular enzymes, and cell membrane integrity breakdown, cause cell death...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046209/-paroxysmal-muscle-weakness-liver-enlargement-and-hypoglycemia-in-a-boy
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Ya-Jie Cui, Chun-Lan Song, Yi-Bing Cheng
A boy aged 11 years was admitted due to intermittent weakness and difficulty in walking for 6 years, and hepatomegaly, glycopenia and unconsciousness for 4 years. The laboratory examinations showed severe metabolic acidosis, hypoglycemia, and abnormal liver function. CT scan showed marked liver enlargement with fat density shadow. The boy was given fluid infusion, correction of acidosis, intravenous injection of glucose, L-carnitine, compound vitamin B, and coenzyme Q10, but he was in a persistent coma and it was difficult to correct refractory metabolic acidosis and hypoglycemia...
October 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038482/selective-binding-of-choline-by-a-phosphate-coordination-based-triple-helicate-featuring-an-aromatic-box
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Chuandong Jia, Wei Zuo, Dong Yang, Yanming Chen, Liping Cao, Radu Custelcean, Jiří Hostaš, Pavel Hobza, Robert Glaser, Yao-Yu Wang, Xiao-Juan Yang, Biao Wu
In nature, proteins have evolved sophisticated cavities tailored for capturing target guests selectively among competitors of similar size, shape, and charge. The fundamental principles guiding the molecular recognition, such as self-assembly and complementarity, have inspired the development of biomimetic receptors. In the current work, we report a self-assembled triple anion helicate (host 2) featuring a cavity resembling that of the choline-binding protein ChoX, as revealed by crystal and density functional theory (DFT)-optimized structures, which binds choline in a unique dual-site-binding mode...
October 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035838/effect-of-two-treatment-protocols-for-ketosis-on-the-resolution-postpartum-health-milk-yield-and-reproductive-outcomes-of-dairy-cows
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Jae-Kwan Jeong, In-Soo Choi, Sung-Ho Moon, Soo-Chan Lee, Hyun-Gu Kang, Young-Hun Jung, Soo-Bong Park, Ill-Hwa Kim
We determined the effect of ketosis treatment with propylene glycol (PG) or PG plus l-carnitine and methionine (Metabolase(®), Fatro, Bologna, Italy) on the resolution, postpartum health, milk yield, and reproductive performances of dairy cows. Blood from 475 Holstein cows was collected weekly until 4 weeks after calving to measure blood β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA) concentrations. Cows with blood BHBA concentration ≥1.2 mmol/L were diagnosed with ketosis and were enrolled. One hundred and fifty cows diagnosed with ketosis were randomly assigned to three treatment groups (Day 0): (1) PG (300 g, PO) for 3 days (PG group, n = 50), (2) PG (300 g, PO) plus l-carnitine (1...
September 25, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033604/chronic-pain-and-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-translational-implications-from-preclinical-studies
#15
Mariagrazia Grilli
Adult hippocampal neurogenesis (ahNG) occurs in the human brain. Adult generated neurons have been proposed to functionally contribute to relevant hippocampal functions such as learning and memory, mood regulation, and stress response. Learning, environmental enrichment, and physical exercise exert positive effects on ahNG. In parallel, these proneurogenic stimuli have been shown to ameliorate cognitive performance and/or depressive-like behavior in animal models. Conversely, aging, social isolation, and chronic stress exert negative effects on ahNG...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024663/role-of-the-astroglial-glutamate-exchanger-xct-in-ventral-hippocampus-in-resilience-to-stress
#16
Carla Nasca, Benedetta Bigio, Danielle Zelli, Paolo de Angelis, Timothy Lau, Masahiro Okamoto, Hideyo Soya, Jason Ni, Lars Brichta, Paul Greengard, Rachael L Neve, Francis S Lee, Bruce S McEwen
We demonstrate that stress differentially regulates glutamate homeostasis in the dorsal and ventral hippocampus and identify a role for the astroglial xCT in ventral dentate gyrus (vDG) in stress and antidepressant responses. We provide an RNA-seq roadmap for the stress-sensitive vDG. The transcription factor REST binds to xCT promoter in co-occupancy with the epigenetic marker H3K27ac to regulate expression of xCT, which is also reduced in a genetic mouse model of inherent susceptibility to depressive-like behavior...
October 11, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018060/dietary-supplements-for-treating-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
REVIEW
Xiaoqian Liu, Gustavo C Machado, Jillian P Eyles, Varshini Ravi, David J Hunter
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of dietary supplements for patients with osteoarthritis. DESIGN: An intervention systematic review with random effects meta-analysis and meta-regression. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials, Allied and Complementary Medicine and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature were searched from inception to April 2017. STUDY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials comparing oral supplements with placebo for hand, hip or knee osteoarthritis...
October 10, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017102/carnitine-alkyl-ester-bromides-as-novel-biosourced-ionic-liquids-cationic-hydrotropes-and-surfactants
#18
Katharina Häckl, Andrea Mühlbauer, Jesús F Ontiveros, Sinisa Marinkovic, Boris Estrine, Werner Kunz, Véronique Nardello-Rataj
HYPOTHESIS: In contrast to anionic and nonionic amphiphilic substances, bio-based cationic ones are very rare. Cationic amphiphiles are mostly based on quaternary ammonium, pyridinium or imidazolium groups that are either badly biodegradable or have toxic residues even after degradation. In the search for green alternatives to cationic hydrotropes and amphiphiles, natural l-carnitine could be a promising candidate for a cationic headgroup. EXPERIMENTS: By esterification of carnitine in one step and with low cost, cationic molecules with alkyl chain length of n=2-14 could be obtained...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992869/valproic-acid-overdose-review-of-a-case-with-electrocardiographic-changes
#19
Antonio E Muñiz
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is increasingly used to treat a variety of medical disorders, such as seizures, psychiatric disorders, and headaches. Therefore, accidental and intentional ingestions with valproic acid are increasing. OBJECTIVES: A case is presented in an adolescent with ischemic electrocardiographic changes after an acute overdose with VPA. DISCUSSION: Major features of a valproic acid overdose include respiratory depression, progressive coma, hepatotoxicity, thrombocytopenia, and hemodynamic instability...
September 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986476/colistin-is-substrate-of-the-carnitine-organic-cation-transporter-2-octn2-slc22a5
#20
Michele Visentin, Zhibo Gai, Angelo Torozi, Christian Hiller, Gerd A Kullak-Ublick
Colistin is a polycation antibiotic used for the treatment of multidrug-resistance (MDR) gram-negative infections; nevertheless, its use is often limited by the high incidence of renal damage. The mechanism underlying colistin-induced nephrotoxicity is not known, but perhaps related to its accumulation in the renal cortex upon extensive reabsorption from the nascent urine. Because little is known about the membrane transport of colistin, the purpose of the present study was to characterize better the transport system involved in colistin renal handling by using HEK293 cells stably transfected with the main organic cation transporters expressed at the apical membrane of the proximal tubule...
October 6, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
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