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Hyobin Seo, Chun-Hyung Park, Seokrip Choi, Woocheol Kim, Byung-Duk Jeon, Seungpil Ryu
PURPOSE: To determine whether voluntary exercise (wheel running) has the potential of relieving stress. METHODS: In this study, restraint stress with or without voluntary wheel running was performed for mice housed in individual cages. A total of 21 ICR male mice were assigned into control (CON), restraint stress with voluntary exercise (RSVE), or restraint stress (RS) without voluntary exercise groups (n = 7 each). RESULTS: No significant difference in body weight increase was found among the three groups, although CON and RS groups had a tendency of having smaller body weight increase compared to the RSVE group...
September 2016: Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry
Yu-Cheng Li, Ya-Min Liu, Ji-Duo Shen, Jun-Jie Chen, Yang-Yi Pei, Xiao-Yan Fang
Chronic glucocorticoid exposure is known to cause depression and metabolic disorders. It is critical to improve abnormal metabolic status as well as depressive-like behaviors in patients with long-term glucocorticoid therapy. This study aimed to investigate the effects of resveratrol on the depressive-like behaviors and metabolic abnormalities induced by chronic corticosterone injection. Male ICR mice were administrated corticosterone (40 mg/kg) by subcutaneous injection for three weeks. Resveratrol (50 and 100 mg/kg), fluoxetine (20 mg/kg) and pioglitazone (10 mg/kg) were given by oral gavage 30 min prior to corticosterone administration...
October 13, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tomofumi Fushima, Akiyo Sekimoto, Takahiro Minato, Takuya Ito, Yuji Oe, Kiyomi Kisu, Emiko Sato, Kenichi Funamoto, Yoshitaka Kimura, Sadayoshi Ito, Hiroshi Sato, Nobuyuki Takahashi
OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-induced hypertension with proteinuria that typically develops after 20 weeks of gestation. A reduction in uterine blood flow causes placental ischemia and placental release of anti-angiogenic factors such as soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase (sFlt-1) followed by PE. Although the reduced uterine perfusion pressure (RUPP) model is widely used in rats, investigating the genetics of PE has been problematic because it has been difficult to make a useful RUPP model in mice...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hironobu Nakada, Tomofumi Fushima, Akiyo Sekimoto, Yuji Oe, Emiko Sato, Sadayoshi Ito, Hiroshi Sato, Nobuyuki Takahashi
OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia (PE) is pregnancy-induced hypertension with proteinuria. It causes maternal death or fetal growth restriction (FGR). Although high BP can be managed with antihypertensive drugs, there is no effective treatment of FGR associated with PE. We have clarified that nicotinamide (Nam) alleviates PE-like condition and FGR induced by soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) in mice. But the mechanism of how Nam works is unclear. Because Nam induces cytoprotective heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1), our aim is to clarify whether HO-1 contributes to therapeutic effect of Nam against FGR associated with PE...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Will Kew, Ian Goodall, David Clarke, Dušan Uhrín
Scotch Whisky is an important product, both culturally and economically. Chemically, Scotch Whisky is a complex mixture, which comprises thousands of compounds, the nature of which are largely unknown. Here, we present a thorough overview of the chemistry of Scotch Whisky as observed by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS). Eighty-five whiskies, representing the majority of Scotch Whisky produced and sold, were analyzed by untargeted high-resolution mass spectrometry. Thousands of chemical formulae were assigned for each sample based on parts-per-billion mass accuracy of FT-ICR MS spectra...
October 17, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Nori Sato, Takako Taniguchi, Yuichiro Goda, Hirofumi Kosaka, Kosaku Higashino, Toshinori Sakai, Shinsuke Katoh, Natsuo Yasui, Koichi Sairyo, Hisaaki Taniguchi
Connective tissues such as tendon, ligament and cartilage are mostly composed of extracellular matrix (ECM). These tissues are insoluble, mainly due to the highly cross-linked ECM proteins such as collagens. Difficulties obtaining suitable samples for mass spectrometric analysis render the application of modern proteomic technologies difficult. Complete solubilization of them would not only elucidate protein composition of normal tissues but also reveal pathophysiology of pathological tissues. Here we report complete solubilization of human Achilles tendon and yellow ligament, which is achieved by chemical digestion combined with successive protease treatment including elastase...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Zhenbin Wang, Qing Wang, Lin Wang, Weidong Xu, Yuanqing He, Yunliang Li, Song He, Haile Ma
BACKGROUND: Collagen hydrolysates (CHs) has been demonstrated to have positive effect on skin photo-aging by topical application or oral ingestion. However, there's little report about its influence on skin chronological aging so far. RESULTS: Nine-month-old female ICR mice were given normal AIN-93M diets containing the CHs (2.5%, 5% and 10%, respectively) from Nile tilapia scale. After 6 months, the collagen content and antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase) activities significantly increased (p < 0...
October 17, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Limin Shi, Qinlu Lin, Tao Yang, Ying Nie, Xinhua Li, Bo Liu, Junjun Shen, Ying Liang, Yiping Tang, Feijun Luo
To evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of β-glucans from Lentinus edodes, and its molecular mechanism, the dextran sulfate sodium salt (DSS) induced colitis model of mice and the LPS-stimulated RAW264.7 cell inflammation model were used in this study. 40 ICR male mice were randomly divided into 4 groups: Control, DSS (DSS treated only), DSS + low-βGs (500 mg kg(-1) d(-1)) and DSS + high-βGs (1000 mg kg(-1) d(-1)). The body weight of the mice with Lentinus edodes β-glucan supplementation increased significantly compared to the DSS group and the disease activity index (DAI) was improved in both βG-treated groups...
October 17, 2016: Food & Function
Jianli Wang, Chaobao Liu, Yongping Ma
Parents-offspring bonding is critical for development of offspring in mammals. While it is known that pups stimuli provide rewarding effects on their parents, few studies have assessed whether parental stimuli serve as a reinforcing agent to their pups, and what the neural mechanisms underlying this reward process may be. In addition to maternal care, male ICR mice display pairmate-dependent parental behavior. Using the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm, we examined the effects of maternal and paternal conditioning on the postnatal day 17-21 female ICR mice pups, and compared the expression of oxytocin (OT)- and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)- immunoreactive (IR) neurons...
October 13, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Zhipeng Li, Hui Jin, So Young Oh, Geun Eog Ji
Previous researchers have documented that probiotic bacteria can have anti-obesity effects on mice fed a high fat diet (HFD) and improve metabolic syndrome. The beneficial effects of the probiotic bacteria are suggested to be strain dependent. In this study, two candidate lactobacteria strains, Lactobacillus casei IBS041, Lactobacillus acidophilus AD031 and two bifidobacteria strains, Bifidobacterium bifidum BGN4 and Bifidobacterium longum BORI, were individually administered to HFD-fed mice for 8 weeks. B...
October 13, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Catherine Grotz, Xavier Seron, Marie Van Wissen, Stéphane Adam
BACKGROUND: While some tools have been developed to estimate an individual's cognitive reserve (CR), no study has assessed the adequacy of the method used for assessing these CR proxy indicators. Therefore, we aimed to determine the most appropriate method to estimate CR by comparing two approaches: (1) the common assessment of CR proxies in the literature (e.g. years of education) and (2) the calculation of a comprehensive index based on most significant parameters used in the estimation of CR...
October 17, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
Felix Kliewe, Jacqueline Kumme, Mathias Grigat, Stefan Hintze, Hans-Joachim Schüller
Structural genes of phospholipid biosynthesis in the yeast S. cerevisiae are transcribed when precursor molecules inositol and choline (IC) are limiting. Gene expression is stimulated by the heterodimeric activator Ino2/Ino4 which binds to ICRE (inositol/choline-responsive element) promoter sequences. Activation is prevented by repressor Opi1, counteracting Ino2 when high concentrations of IC are available. Here we show that ICRE-dependent gene activation is not only repressed by an excess of IC but also under conditions of phosphate starvation...
October 15, 2016: Yeast
Nicole Niehoff, Alexandra J White, Lauren E McCullough, Susan E Steck, Jan Beyea, Irina Mordukhovich, Jing Shen, Alfred I Neugut, Kathleen Conway, Regina M Santella, Marilie D Gammon
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been linked to breast cancer in many, but not all, previous studies. PAHs are lipophilic and stored in fat tissue, which we hypothesized may result in constant low-dose exposure to these carcinogens. No previous studies have evaluated whether obesity modifies associations between multiple measures of PAHs and breast cancer incidence. METHODS: This population-based study included 1,006 postmenopausal women with first primary in situ or invasive breast cancer and 990 age-frequency matched controls...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Research
M Moore, S Gill, T Asmis, S Berry, R Burkes, K Zbuk, T Alcindor, A Jeyakumar, T Chan, S Rao, J Spratlin, P A Tang, J Rothenstein, E Chan, J Bendell, F Kudrik, J Kauh, S Tang, L Gao, S R P Kambhampati, F Nasroulah, L Yang, N Ramdas, P Binder, E Strevel
BACKGROUND: Icrucumab and ramucirumab are recombinant human IgG1 monoclonal antibodies that bind VEGF receptors 1 and 2 (VEGFR-1 and -2), respectively. This randomized phase II study evaluated the antitumor activity and safety of icrucumab and ramucirumab each in combination with mFOLFOX-6 in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer after disease progression on first-line therapy with a fluoropyrimidine and irinotecan. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients were randomly assigned to receive mFOLFOX-6 alone (mFOLFOX-6) or in combination with ramucirumab 8 mg/kg IV (RAM+mFOLFOX-6) or icrucumab 15 mg/kg IV (ICR+mFOLFOX-6) every 2 weeks...
October 11, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Irma Izani Mohamad Isa, Suhaili Abu Bakar, Siti Farah Md Tohid, Abdul Manan Mat Jais
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Haruan, Channa striatus, is a freshwater fish which has been well-known locally to accelerate wound healing during post-operative and post-partum periods. The fish extract also has potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. AIM OF THE STUDY: To assess topical anti-inflammatory effect of Haruan cream on 12-0-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-induced chronic-like dermatitis in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male ICR mice were randomized into six groups of five mice each: acetone (vehicle), TPA alone (negative control), three Haruan treatment groups (Haruan 1%, Haruan 5% and Haruan 10%) and hydrocortisone 1% (positive control)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Shaodong Zhou, Jilai Li, Maria Schlangen, Helmut Schwarz
The thermal reaction of the diatomic rhenium nitride cation [ReN](+) with methane has been explored using FT-ICR mass spectrometry complemented by high-level quantum chemical calculations. Mechanistic aspects of the reaction have been addressed to uncover scenarios for the competitive generation of a methylene and a hydrogen cyanide ligand attached to the rhenium center. The role the nitrogen atom plays in the reactive [ReN](+) /CH4 couple is elucidated, and the cause of the rather different reactivities of [ReN](+) and its lighter congener [MnN](+) is revealed...
October 11, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Tran Thi Hong Hanh, Le Thi Vien, Le Ba Vinh, Nguyen Van Thanh, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Nguyen Hoai Nam, Do Cong Thung, Phan Van Kiem, Chau Van Minh
Eight highly hydroxylated steroids (1-8), including three new compounds as sodium salts of (24S)-5α-cholestane-3β,4β,5,6α,7β,8,14,15α,24-nonaol 6-sulfate (1), (24E)-5α-cholest-24-ene-26-yde-3β,6α,8,14,15α-pentaol 15-sulfate (2), and 5α-cholest-3β,6α,8,14,15α,24,25,26-octaol 15-sulfate (3), were isolated and elucidated from the methanol extract of the Vietnamese starfish Archaster typicus. The structure elucidation was done by spectroscopic methods including one and two dimensional (1D-, 2D-)NMR and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR)-MS...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Yumiko Takahashi, Yuki Tamura, Yutaka Matsunaga, Yu Kitaoka, Shin Terada, Hideo Hatta
We previously reported that taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid; dose: 0.5 mg/g body weight) administration after treadmill running at 25 m/min for 90 min increased the glycogen concentration in the skeletal muscle of ICR mice at 120 min after the exercise (Takahashi et al. 2014). In the current study, we further investigated the effects of taurine administration on glycogen repletion and carbohydrate metabolism in the tibialis anterior muscle after endurance exercise. The metabolomic profiles of the tibialis anterior muscle at 120 min after the exercise were analyzed by a capillary electrophoresis-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (n=6)...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
Bo Zhu, Yumei Chen, Xiaolu Shen, Xishi Liu, Sun-Wei Guo
BACKGROUND: Recently emerging evidence indicates that endometriotic lesions are wounds undergoing repeated tissue injury and repair (ReTIAR), and platelets induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation (FMT), leading ultimately to fibrosis. Due to the commonality of cyclic bleeding as in endometriosis, adenomyotic lesions are also wounds that undergo ReTIAR, and we have recently provided evidence corroborating platelet-induced EMT, FMT and fibrogenesis in adenomyosis...
October 10, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Peichao Chen, Dan He, Ya Zhang, Shanshan Yang, Liujun Chen, Shengqin Wang, Huixi Zou, Zhiyong Liao, Xu Zhang, Mingjiang Wu
Aging is a complex issue, which results in a progressive decline process in cellular protection and physiological functions. Illustrating the causes of aging and pharmaceutical interference with the aging process has been a pivotal issue for thousands of years. Sargassum fusiforme (S. fusiforme), a kind of brown alga, is also named the "longevity vegetable" as it is not only a kind of food, but also used as an herb in traditional Chinese Medicine for maintaining health and treatment of thyroid disease, cardiovascular disease and so on...
October 10, 2016: Food & Function
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