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Michaela L Sundqvist, Jon O Lundberg, Eddie Weitzberg
The nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway has emerged as a significant source of nitric oxide (NO) bioactivity. Dietary intake of inorganic nitrate has a number of cardiovascular effects as well as a decrease in oxygen cost during exercise and a reduction in resting metabolic rate (RMR). Oral bacteria have a key role in bioactivation of inorganic nitrate since they catalyse the conversion of salivary nitrate to the more reactive nitrite anion. Recent studies demonstrate that blood pressure increases with the use of an antiseptic mouthwash, indicating that endogenous, NO-synthase derived nitrate is recycled into nitrite and NO, sufficiently to modulate cardiovascular function...
October 18, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Cristina M Crava, Sukania Ramasamy, Lino Ometto, Gianfranco Anfora, Omar Rota-Stabelli
Chemosensory perception allows insects to interact with the environment by perceiving odorant or tastant molecules; genes encoding chemoreceptors are the molecular interface between the environment and the insect, and play a central role in mediating its chemosensory behavior. Here we explore how the evolution of these genes in the emerging pest Drosophila suzukii correlates with the peculiar ecology of this species. We annotated approximately 130 genes coding for gustatory receptors (GRs) and divergent ionotropic receptors (dIRs) in D...
October 19, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Vendula Bartáková, Katarína Kuricová, Filip Zlámal, Jana Bělobrádková, Katetřina Kaňková
PURPOSE: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) represents the most frequent metabolic disorder in pregnancy. Since dietary intake plays an important role in obesity and type 2 diabetes development, it is likely to be for the susceptibility to GDM too. Food preferences, driving partly the diet composition, are changing during pregnancy. Taste and genetic variability in taste receptors is an important factor in determining food preferences. Aims of our study were (1) to characterize dietary habits of pregnant women and to find possible differences in food preferences between healthy pregnant women and those with GDM and (2) to ascertain possible association of several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in taste receptor (TR) genes with GDM...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
Lenny R Vartanian, Samantha Spanos, C Peter Herman, Janet Polivy
Objective: Social factors have a powerful influence on people's food intake but people typically fail to acknowledge the influence of such external cues, instead explaining their food intake in terms of factors such as how hungry they are. We examined whether the tendency to explain one's food intake in terms of internal cues (i.e., hunger) rather than external cues (i.e., other people's behavior) would be apparent when those cues are in conflict with one another. Method: Female participants (n = 104) took part in a pizza taste test after having been food deprived for 18-hr or after consuming a meal-replacement preload...
October 17, 2016: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
D P Devanand
Several recently developed biomarkers of Alzheimer disease (AD) are invasive, expensive, and difficult to obtain in most clinical settings. Olfactory identification test performance represents a noninvasive, inexpensive biomarker of AD that may have predictive accuracy comparable with neuroimaging measures and biomarkers assessed in cerebrospinal fluid. Neurofibrillary tangles in the olfactory bulb are among the earliest pathologic features of AD and are also seen in the projection pathways from the olfactory bulb to secondary olfactory brain regions, including the piriform and medial temporal cortex, orbitofrontal cortex, and other limbic regions...
August 17, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Monica Perkins, Marien de Bruyne, Melita J Giummarra
There is growing evidence that enhanced sensitivity to painful clinical procedures and chronic pain are related to greater sensitivity to other sensory inputs, such as bitter taste. We examined cross-modal sensitivities in two studies. Study 1 assessed associations between bitter taste sensitivity, pain tolerance, and fear of pain in 48 healthy young adults. Participants were classified as non-tasters, tasters and super-tasters using a bitter taste test (6-n-propythiouracil; PROP). The latter group had significantly higher fear of pain (Fear of Pain Questionnaire) than tasters (p=...
October 14, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
David Levitan, Yaihara Fortis-Santiago, Joshua A Figueroa, Emily E Reid, Takashi Yoshida, Nicholas C Barry, Abigail Russo, Donald B Katz
: In neuroscientists' attempts to understand the long-term storage of memory, topics of particular importance and interest are the cellular and system mechanisms of maintenance (e.g., those sensitive to ζ-inhibitory peptide, ZIP) and those induced by memory retrieval (i.e., reconsolidation). Much is known about each of these processes in isolation, but less is known concerning how they interact. It is known that ZIP sensitivity and memory retrieval share at least some molecular targets (e...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Wen Lun Yuan, Christine Lange, Camille Schwartz, Christophe Martin, Claire Chabanet, Blandine de Lauzon-Guillain, Sophie Nicklaus
BACKGROUND: Taste is a strong determinant of food intake. Previous research has suggested that early taste exposures could influence preferences and later eating behavior, but little is known about the factors related to this. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to describe infants' exposure to sweetness and fattiness and to examine whether maternal and infant characteristics and feeding practices are related to these exposures in participants from the OPALINE [Observatoire des Préférences Alimentaires du Nourrisson et de l'Enfant (Observatory of Infant and Child Food Preferences)] cohort study...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
Felisa González, Enrique Morillas, Geoffrey Hall
In 3 experiments rats experienced 2 flavors, each paired with sucrose, in order to establish a conditioned preference to each. One (flavor Fe) was then presented alone (an extinction procedure) prior to a choice test between Fe and the flavor that did not undergo extinction (Fne). Hungry rats showed a preference for Fne over Fe (Experiment 1A), but rats that were not food-deprived showed no effect of extinction when given a choice between Fe and Fne immediately after extinction (Experiment 1B) or after an interval in which reexposure to sucrose was given (Experiment 2)...
October 2016: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Animal Learning and Cognition
David Levitan, Shunit Gal-Ben-Ari, Christopher Heise, Tali Rosenberg, Alina Elkobi, Sharon Inberg, Carlo Sala, Kobi Rosenblum
The current dogma suggests that the formation of long-term memory (LTM) is dependent on protein synthesis but persistence of the memory trace is not. However, many of the studies examining the effect of protein synthesis inhibitors (PSIs) on LTM persistence were performed in the hippocampus, which is known to have a time-dependent role in memory storage, rather than the cortex, which is considered to be the main structure to store long-term memories. Here we studied the effect of PSIs on LTM formation and persistence in male Wistar Hola (n ≥ 5) rats by infusing the protein synthesis inhibitor, anisomycin (100 μg, 1 μl), into the gustatory cortex (GC) during LTM formation and persistence in conditioned taste aversion (CTA)...
2016: NPJ Sci Learn
Andy T Woods, Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos, Carlos Velasco, Charles Spence
People associate basic tastes (e.g., sweet, sour, bitter, and salty) with specific colors (e.g., pink or red, green or yellow, black or purple, and white or blue). In the present study, we investigated whether a color bordered by another color (either the same or different) would give rise to stronger taste associations relative to a single patch of color. We replicate previous findings, highlighting the existence of a robust crossmodal correspondence between individual colors and basic tastes. On occasion, color pairs were found to communicate taste expectations more consistently than were single color patches...
September 2016: I-Perception
Johannes Hofmann, Adrian Meule, Julia Reichenberger, Daniel Weghuber, Elisabeth Ardelt-Gattinger, Jens Blechert
Obesity is a heterogeneous condition with obese individuals displaying different eating patterns. Growing evidence suggests that there is a subgroup of obese adults that is marked by frequent and intense food cravings and addiction-like consumption of high-calorie foods. Little is known, however, about such a subgroup of obese individuals in childhood and adolescence. In the present study, a sample of children and adolescents with a wide range in body mass was investigated and trait food craving, liking for and intake of high- and low-calorie foods was measured...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Sabrina Alves Fernandes, Silvia Bona, Carlos Thadeu Schmidt Cerski, Norma Possa Marroni, Claudio Augusto Marroni
Background: The inherent complications of cirrhosis include protein-calorie malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.Changes in taste are detrimental to the nutritional status, and the mechanism to explain these changes is not well documented in the cirrhotic patients. Objective: To evaluate the taste buds of cirrhotic rats. Methods: Fourteen male Wistar rats were evaluated. After 16 weeks, the liver was removed to histologically diagnose cirrhosis, and blood was collected to perform liver integrity tests...
October 2016: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Hyungjin Cho, So Mi Kim, Seong Su Jeong, Soon Bae Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Excessive oral salt intake can induce hypertension. According to previous studies, the prevalence of hypertension is higher in Myanmar than in Korea. We postulated that Myanmar adults had higher salt taste thresholds and eat much saltier food. This study aimed to compare salt taste thresholds and salt usage behaviour scores between adults in Myanmar and Korea. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: This cross-sectional study enrolled patients who visited volunteer medical service clinics at Ansung in Korea and Hlegu and Bago in Myanmar in August 2014...
December 2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
N R Lambe, K A McLean, J Gordon, D Evans, N Clelland, L Bunger
Novel, multi-object X-ray computed tomography (CT) methodologies can individually analyse vacuum-packed meat samples scanned in batches of three or more, saving money and time compared to scanning live animals. If intramuscular fat (IMF), as a proxy for meat quality, can be predicted with similar accuracies as in live lambs, this method could be used to grade on quality, or to inform breeding programmes. Lamb loin cuts from commercial carcasses (n=303), varying in fat and conformation grade, were vacuum-packed and CT scanned, then tested for meat quality traits and by a trained taste panel...
September 21, 2016: Meat Science
Afshin Shafaghi, Aydin Pourkazemi, Mohsen Khosravani, Saba Fakhrie Asl, Alireza Amir Maafi, Zahra Atrkar Roshan, Jafar Abaspour Rahimabad
BACKGROUND Standard anti-Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) treatment fails in the eradication of the organism in almost 10-35% of the patients and has different side effects. Recent studies have proposed that probiotic supplementations with or without prebiotic may improve the eradication rate and diminish the side effects, although it is still a controversial issue. We aimed to investigate the effect of probiotic with prebiotic supplementation on the eradication rate and side effects of anti H. pylori quadruple therapy...
July 2016: Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases
D C Ling, B V Chapman, J Kim, G W Choby, P Kabolizadeh, D A Clump, R L Ferris, S Kim, S Beriwal, D E Heron, U Duvvuri
OBJECTIVE: It has been postulated that treatment outcomes are similar between transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and definitive chemoradiation (CRT) for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (OPSCC). We compared oncologic and quality of life (QOL) outcomes between definitive CRT and definitive TORS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational comparison study was performed on 92 patients treated with TORS±adjuvant therapy and 46 patients treated with definitive CRT between July 2005 and January 2016...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Daisuke Yamamoto, Syuuichirou Suzuki, Bungo Hirose, Minoru Yamada, Masaki Shimizu, Shun Shimohama
A 55-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of acute onset of diplopia and gait disturbance. On admission, ophthalmoplegia, ataxia and areflexia were observed. He was diagnosed with Fisher syndrome and given intravenous immunoglobulin therapy from day 6 to day 10 after disease onset. After treatment, ophthalmoplegia and ataxia began to improve. However, he developed taste impairment on day 13 and right hemifacial weakness on day 16 after onset. A blink reflex test revealed right facial nerve impairment...
September 28, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Axel Gamburzew, Nicolas Darcel, Rozenn Gazan, Christophe Dubois, Matthieu Maillot, Daniel Tomé, Sandrine Raffin, Nicole Darmon
BACKGROUND: Consumers often do not understand nutrition labels or do not perceive their usefulness. In addition, price can be a barrier to healthy food choices, especially for socio-economically disadvantaged individuals. METHOD: A 6-month intervention combined shelf labeling and marketing strategies (signage, prime placement, taste testing) to draw attention to inexpensive foods with good nutritional quality in two stores located in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Marseille (France)...
September 27, 2016: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Spencer C Greene, Patrick K Noonan, Carlos Sanabria, W Frank Peacock
BACKGROUND: Oral solution N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antidote for acetaminophen overdose, but its unpleasant taste and aroma can impede delivery even after the coadministration of antiemetic medications. Flavored effervescent NAC tablets dissolved in water might be a more palatable formulation than oral solution NAC diluted with soft drink. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relative bioavailability of these 2 formulations and assess subjective preferences between them...
2016: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
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