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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198207/neurophysiological-symptoms-and-aspartame-what-is-the-connection
#1
Arbind Kumar Choudhary, Yeong Yeh Lee
Aspartame (α-aspartyl-l-phenylalanine-o-methyl ester), an artificial sweetener, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems. Possible neurophysiological symptoms include learning problems, headache, seizure, migraines, irritable moods, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The consumption of aspartame, unlike dietary protein, can elevate the levels of phenylalanine and aspartic acid in the brain. These compounds can inhibit the synthesis and release of neurotransmitters, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which are known regulators of neurophysiological activity...
February 15, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191319/discrimination-of-enantiomers-of-dipeptide-derivatives-with-two-chiral-centers-by-tetraaza-macrocyclic-chiral-solvating-agents-using-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy
#2
Lixia Fang, Caixia Lv, Guo Wang, Lei Feng, Pericles Stavropoulos, Guangpeng Gao, Lin Ai, Jiaxin Zhang
(1)H NMR spectroscopy is often used to discriminate enantiomers of chiral analytes and determine their enantiomeric excess (ee) by various chiral auxiliaries. In reported research, these studies were mainly focused on chiral discriminantion of chiral analytes with only one chiral center. However, many chiral compounds possessing two or more chiral centers are often found in natural products, chiral drugs, products of asymmetric synthesis and biological systems. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate their chiral discrimination by effective chiral auxiliaries using (1)H NMR spectroscopy...
December 1, 2016: Organic Chemistry Frontiers: An International Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187322/chronic-aspartame-intake-causes-changes-in-the-trans-sulphuration-pathway-glutathione-depletion-and-liver-damage-in-mice
#3
Isabela Finamor, Salvador Pérez, Caroline A Bressan, Carlos E Brenner, Sergio Rius-Pérez, Patricia C Brittes, Gabriele Cheiran, Maria I Rocha, Marcelo da Veiga, Juan Sastre, Maria A Pavanato
No-caloric sweeteners, such as aspartame, are widely used in various food and beverages to prevent the increasing rates of obesity and diabetes mellitus, acting as tools in helping control caloric intake. Aspartame is metabolized to phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Our aim was to study the effect of chronic administration of aspartame on glutathione redox status and on the trans-sulphuration pathway in mouse liver. Mice were divided into three groups: control; treated daily with aspartame for 90 days; and treated with aspartame plus N-acetylcysteine (NAC)...
April 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157063/safe-excipient-exposure-in-neonates-and-small-children-protocol-for-the-seen-project
#4
Kristine Svinning Valeur, Steen Axel Hertel, Kaare Engell Lundstrøm, Helle Holst
INTRODUCTION: The pharmacokinetics of excipients in neonates differs from that of older children. In a recent pan--European survey, two thirds of neonates received at least one potentially harmful excipient, such as ethanol and benzoates. The content of sweeteners varied by route of administration (more common by enteral than parenteral route), and regional differences were revealed. The survey did not identify if the content of excipients was more pronounced in medications prescribed for specific medical diseases, e...
February 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150114/a-theoretical-and-experimental-study-of-calcium-iron-zinc-cadmium-and-sodium-ions-absorption-by-aspartame
#5
Karim Mahnam, Fatame Raisi
Aspartame (L-Aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester) is a sweet dipeptide used in some foods and beverages. Experimental studies show that aspartame causes osteoporosis and some illnesses, which are similar to those of copper and calcium deficiency. This raises the issue that aspartame in food may interact with cations and excrete them from the body. This study aimed to study aspartame interaction with calcium, zinc, iron, sodium, and cadmium ions via molecular dynamics simulation (MD) and spectroscopy. Following a 480-ns molecular dynamics simulation, it became clear that the aspartame is able to sequester Fe(2+), Ca(2+), Cd(2+), and Zn(2+) ions for a long time...
March 2017: Journal of Biological Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071796/influence-of-package-visual-cues-of-sweeteners-on-the-sensory-emotional-profiles-of-their-products
#6
Wisdom Wardy, Pitchayapat Chonpracha, Napapan Chokumnoyporn, Sujinda Sriwattana, Witoon Prinyawiwatkul, Wannita Jirangrat
Substantial evidence suggests influence of color, physical state, and other extrinsic features on consumer perception and acceptability of food products. In this study, 560 subjects evaluated liking and emotional responses associated with 5 sweeteners (sucralose, stevia, saccharin, aspartame, and sucrose) under 2 eliciting conditions: control (brand name only) and informed (brand name/packet image), to assess impact of the packet color. For a given condition, 5 identical tea samples each labeled with a sweetener type were rated for sweetness and overall liking (9-point) and emotions (5-point)...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049023/aspartame-and-the-hippocampus-revealing-a-bi-directional-dose-time-dependent-behavioural-and-morphological-shift-in-mice
#7
Adejoke Y Onaolapo, Olakunle J Onaolapo, Polycarp U Nwoha
Changes, in behaviour, oxidative markers of stress and hippocampal morphology were evaluated following aspartame administration. Mice, (20-22g each) were given vehicle (10ml/kg) or aspartame (20, 40, 80 and 160mg/kg) daily for 28days. They were tested in the Y-maze, radial-arm maze and elevated plus-maze (EPM) after the first and last dose of vehicle or aspartame; and then sacrificed. Hippocampal slices were analysed for aspartic acid, nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide dismutase (SOD); and processed for general histology and neuritic plaques...
December 31, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042657/the-influence-of-mixers-containing-artificial-sweetener-or-different-doses-of-carbohydrate-on-breath-alcohol-responses-in-females
#8
Cassie Smith, Peter John Herzig, Andrew Davey, Ben Desbrow, Christopher Irwin
BACKGROUND: Breath alcohol responses may be affected by the presence of carbohydrate (CHO) in a beverage. This study investigated the impact of consuming alcohol with mixers containing various doses of CHO or an artificial sweetener on breath alcohol concentration (BrAC), ratings of intoxication and impairment, and cognitive performance in females. METHODS: Twenty-six females (age 25.1 ± 0.7 years, mean ± standard deviation) completed a crossover study involving 4 trials...
January 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027980/assessment-of-the-carcinogenic-potential-of-high-intense-sweeteners-through-the-test-for-detection-of-epithelial-tumor-clones-warts-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Mirley Alves Vasconcelos, Priscila Capelari Orsolin, Rosiane Gomes Silva-Oliveira, Júlio César Nepomuceno, Mário Antônio Spanó
High intensity-sweeteners (HIS) are natural or synthetic substances, sweeter than sugar, providing sweetness without calories. Sweeteners are mainly used as an aid in losing weight, preventing obesity and controlling blood sugar levels for diabetics. The objective of this study was to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of the sweeteners aspartame, sucralose, sodium saccharin and steviol glycoside, using the test for detection of epithelial tumor clones in Drosophila melanogaster. Larvae of 72 ± 4h, obtained from wts/TM3 female mated with mwh/mwh males, were treated for approximately 48h with different concentrations of aspartame (0...
December 24, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998013/neuroprotective-and-ameliorating-impacts-of-omega-3-against-aspartame-induced-neuronal-and-astrocytic-degeneration
#10
Eyad M T Ali, Hany M A Sonpol
Aspartame (ASP) is one of the commonest artificial sweetener used all over the world and considered as an extremely risky compound and raises a lot of controversy. Therefore, this study was designed to investigate cellular damage of the anterior horn cells in the spinal cord of albino male rats and the possibility of hindering these changes by using omega-3 (OM3).Thirty seven adult male albino rats were divided into three groups: Control, ASP-treated and ASP+OM3-treated groups. Spinal cord sections were prepared and stained with Hx&E, caspase-3 and GFAP immunostaining...
December 20, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997218/inhibition-of-the-gut-enzyme-intestinal-alkaline-phosphatase-may-explain-how-aspartame-promotes-glucose-intolerance-and-obesity-in-mice
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Sarah S Gul, A Rebecca L Hamilton, Alexander R Munoz, Tanit Phupitakphol, Wei Liu, Sanjiv K Hyoju, Konstantinos P Economopoulos, Sara Morrison, Dong Hu, Weifeng Zhang, Mohammad Hadi Gharedaghi, Haizhong Huo, Sulaiman R Hamarneh, Richard A Hodin
Diet soda consumption has not been associated with tangible weight loss. Aspartame (ASP) commonly substitutes sugar and one of its breakdown products is phenylalanine (PHE), a known inhibitor of intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP), a gut enzyme shown to prevent metabolic syndrome in mice. We hypothesized that ASP consumption might contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome based on PHE's inhibition of endogenous IAP. The design of the study was such that for the in vitro model, IAP was added to diet and regular soda, and IAP activity was measured...
January 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984170/autism-genes-are-selectively-targeted-by-environmental-pollutants-including-pesticides-heavy-metals-bisphenol-a-phthalates-and-many-others-in-food-cosmetics-or-household-products
#12
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C J Carter, R A Blizard
The increasing incidence of autism suggests a major environmental influence. Epidemiology has implicated many candidates and genetics many susceptibility genes. Gene/environment interactions in autism were analysed using 206 autism susceptibility genes (ASG's) from the Autworks database to interrogate ∼1 million chemical/gene interactions in the comparative toxicogenomics database. Any bias towards ASG's was statistically determined for each chemical. Many suspect compounds identified in epidemiology, including tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, pesticides, particulate matter, benzo(a)pyrene, heavy metals, valproate, acetaminophen, SSRI's, cocaine, bisphenol A, phthalates, polyhalogenated biphenyls, flame retardants, diesel constituents, terbutaline and oxytocin, inter alia showed a significant degree of bias towards ASG's, as did relevant endogenous agents (retinoids, sex steroids, thyroxine, melatonin, folate, dopamine, serotonin)...
October 27, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966925/efficient-extracellular-expression-of-metalloprotease-for-z-aspartame-synthesis
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Fucheng Zhu, Feng Liu, Bin Wu, Bingfang He
Metalloprotease PT121 and its mutant Y114S (Tyr114 was substituted to Ser) are effective catalysts for the synthesis of Z-aspartame (Z-APM). This study presents the selection of a suitable signal peptide for improving expression and extracellular secretion of proteases PT121 and Y114S by Escherichia coli. Co-inducers containing IPTG and arabinose were used to promote protease production and cell growth. Under optimal conditions, the expression levels of PT121 and Y114S reached >500 mg/L, and the extracellular activity of PT121/Y114S accounted for 87/82% of the total activity of proteases...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956737/effects-of-aspartame-monk-fruit-stevia-and-sucrose-sweetened-beverages-on-postprandial-glucose-insulin-and-energy-intake
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S L Tey, N B Salleh, J Henry, C G Forde
BackgroundSubstituting sweeteners with non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) may aid in glycaemic control and body weight management. Limited studies have investigated energy compensation, glycaemic and insulinaemic responses to artificial and natural NNS.ObjectivesThis study compared the effects of consuming NNS (artificial vs. natural) and sucrose (65 g) on energy intake, blood glucose and insulin responses.MethodsThirty healthy males took part in this randomised, crossover study with four treatments: aspartame-, monk fruit-, Stevia-, and sucrose-sweetened beverages...
December 13, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900890/dose-and-time-dependent-ototoxicity-of-aspartame-in-rats
#15
Orhan Ozturan, Remzi Dogan, Selahattin Tugrul, Ozge Gedik, Alev Pektas Sjostrand, Yavuz Selim Yildirim
CONCLUSION: Low-dose administration of Aspartame (Ap) did not produce a significant ototoxic effect at the end of the 6th month. However, duration of the ototoxic effect is shortened and severity of the effect is increased as dose and duration of Ap administration is increased. OBJECTIVES: While Ap toxicity has been studied in short- and long-term studies, its effects on hearing have not been investigated. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of long-term consumption of Ap administered in various doses on hearing status of rats...
November 30, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845306/effects-of-aspartame-on-hsp70-bcl-2-and-bax-expression-in-immune-organs-of-wistar-albino-rats
#16
Arbind Kumar Choudhary, Rathinasamy Sheela Devi
Aspartame, a "first generation sweetener", is widely used in a variety of foods, beverages, and medicine. The FDA has determined the acceptable daily intake (ADI) value of aspartame to be 50 mg/kg·day, while the JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives) has set this value at 40 mg/kg of body weight/day. Safety issues have been raised about aspartame due to its metabolites, specifically toxicity from methanol and/or its systemic metabolites formaldehyde and formic acid. The immune system is now recognized as a target organ for many xenobiotics, such as drugs and chemicals, which are able to trigger unwanted apoptosis or to alter the regulation of apoptosis...
September 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822576/a-database-on-the-stability-of-silver-and-gold-nanostructures-for-applications-in-biology-and-biomolecular-sciences
#17
Hasitha de Alwis Weerasekera, María Jazmín Silvero, Daliane Regis Correa da Silva, Juan C Scaiano
Colloidal stability of nanoparticles in biological media is an important consideration when trying to ensure reliable data interpretation of in vitro and in vivo systems. We have developed a detailed colloidal stability library of newly synthesized gold, silver and gold-core silver-shell plasmonic nanoparticles, stabilized with aspartame, glucosamine and sucralose, in various biologically relevant buffers and bacterial and mammalian cell culture media. The stabilizer selection reflects the preference for molecules that are non-toxic, inexpensive, readily available, water soluble and easy-to-replace if that is the end-user preference...
December 20, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777606/hormonal-responses-to-non-nutritive-sweeteners-in-water-and-diet-soda
#18
Allison C Sylvetsky, Rebecca J Brown, Jenny E Blau, Mary Walter, Kristina I Rother
BACKGROUND: Non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS), especially in form of diet soda, have been linked to metabolic derangements (e.g. obesity and diabetes) in epidemiologic studies. We aimed to test acute metabolic effects of NNS in isolation (water or seltzer) and in diet sodas. METHODS: We conducted a four-period, cross-over study at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (Bethesda, Maryland). Thirty healthy adults consumed 355 mL water with 0 mg, 68 mg, 170 mg, and 250 mg sucralose, and 31 individuals consumed 355 mL caffeine-free Diet Rite Cola™, Diet Mountain Dew™ (18 mg sucralose, 18 mg acesulfame-potassium, 57 mg aspartame), and seltzer water with NNS (68 mg sucralose and 41 mg acesulfame-potassium, equivalent to Diet Rite Cola™) in randomized order, prior to oral glucose tolerance tests...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753624/biological-fate-of-low-calorie-sweeteners
#19
REVIEW
Bernadene A Magnuson, Michael C Carakostas, Nadia H Moore, Sylvia P Poulos, Andrew G Renwick
With continued efforts to find solutions to rising rates of obesity and diabetes, there is increased interest in the potential health benefits of the use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners (LNCSs). Concerns about safety often deter the use of LNCSs as a tool in helping control caloric intake, even though the safety of LNCS use has been affirmed by regulatory agencies worldwide. In many cases, an understanding of the biological fate of the different LNSCs can help health professionals to address safety concerns...
November 2016: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728881/removal-of-artificial-sweetener-aspartame-from-aqueous-media-by-electrochemical-advanced-oxidation-processes
#20
Heng Lin, Nihal Oturan, Jie Wu, Virender K Sharma, Hui Zhang, Mehmet A Oturan
The degradation and mineralization of aspartame (ASP) in aqueous solution were investigated, for the first time, by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) in which hydroxyl radicals were formed concomitantly in the bulk from Fenton reaction via in situ electrogenerated Fenton's reagent and at the anode surface from the water oxidation. Experiments were performed in an undivided cylindrical glass cell with a carbon-felt cathode and a Pt or boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode. The effect of Fe(2+) concentration and applied current on the degradation and mineralization kinetics of ASP was evaluated...
January 2017: Chemosphere
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