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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814665/fatty-acid-oxidation-by-the-osteoblast-is-required-for-normal-bone-acquisition-in-a-sex-and-diet-dependent-manner
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Soohyun P Kim, Zhu Li, Meredith L Zoch, Julie L Frey, Caitlyn E Bowman, Priyanka Kushwaha, Kathleen A Ryan, Brian C Goh, Susanna Scafidi, Julie E Pickett, Marie-Claude Faugere, Erin E Kershaw, Daniel L J Thorek, Thomas L Clemens, Michael J Wolfgang, Ryan C Riddle
Postnatal bone formation is influenced by nutritional status and compromised by disturbances in metabolism. The oxidation of dietary lipids represents a critical source of ATP for many cells but has been poorly studied in the skeleton, where the prevailing view is that glucose is the primary energy source. Here, we examined fatty acid uptake by bone and probed the requirement for fatty acid catabolism during bone formation by specifically disrupting the expression of carnitine palmitoyltransferase 2 (Cpt2), an obligate enzyme in fatty acid oxidation, in osteoblasts and osteocytes...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810615/detecting-serum-and-urine-metabolic-profile-changes-of-ccl4-liver-fibrosis-in-rats-at-12-weeks-based-on-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Jiarong Gao, Xiu-Juan Qin, Hui Jiang, Jin-Feng Chen, Ting Wang, Ting Zhang, Shuang-Zhi Xu, Jun-Mei Song
Liver fibrosis is caused by liver injury induced by a number of chronic liver diseases, including schistosome infection, hepatitis infection, metabolic disease, alcoholism and cholestasis. The tissue damage occurring after injury or inflammation of the liver is a reversible lesion; however, liver fibrosis has become a worldwide problem and poses a threat to human health. The development of an effective drug for the prevention and treatment of liver fibrosis is ongoing and uses information from different occurrences of liver fibrosis...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807823/dietary-supplementation-with-acetyl-l-carnitine-counteracts-age-related-alterations-of-mitochondrial-biogenesis-dynamics-and-antioxidant-defenses-in-brain-of-old-rats
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Luigi Nicassio, Flavio Fracasso, Giuseppe Sirago, Clara Musicco, Anna Picca, Emanuele Marzetti, Riccardo Calvani, Palmiro Cantatore, Maria Nicola Gadaleta, Vito Pesce
We previously reported the ability of dietary supplementation with acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR) to prevent age-related decreases of mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle and liver of old rats. Here, we investigate the effects of ALCAR supplementation in cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum of old rats by analyzing several parameters linked to mitochondrial biogenesis, mitochondrial dynamics and antioxidant defenses. We measured the level of the coactivators PGC-1α and PGC-1β and of the factors regulating mitochondrial biogenesis, finding an age-related decrease of PGC-1β, whereas PGC-1α level was unvaried...
August 11, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807226/liver-metabolomics-study-reveals-protective-function-of-phyllanthus-urinaria-against-ccl4-induced-liver-injury
#4
Qing Guo, Qian-Qian Zhang, Jia-Qing Chen, Wei Zhang, Hong-Cong Qiu, Zun-Jian Zhang, Bu-Ming Liu, Feng-Guo Xu
Phyllanthus Urinaria L. (PUL) is a traditional Chinese medicine used to treat hepatic and renal disorders. However, the mechanism of its hepatoprotective action is not fully understood. In the present study, blood biochemical indexes and liver histopathological changes were used to estimate the extent of hepatic injury. GC/MS and LC/MS-based untargeted metabolomics were used in combination to characterize the potential biomarkers associated with the protective activity of PUL against CCl4-induced liver injury in rats...
July 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802113/l-carnitine-enhances-oocyte-maturation-and-improves-in%C3%A2-vitro-development-of-embryos-in-dromedary-camels-camelus-dromedaries
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Mohamed Fathi, K H El-Shahat
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of L-carnitine (LC) addition during either IVM or IVC on the developmental potential of camel oocytes. In Experiment 1; camel oocytes were matured in the absence (control) or presence of different concentrations of LC (0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 0.75 mg and 1 mg/ml) for 30 h followed by in vitro fertilization and culture up to blastocyst stage. Our results demonstrated that oocytes treated with 0.5 mg/ml LC showed higher (P < 0.05) rates of maturation (74...
August 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791854/l-carnitine-treatment-of-insulin-resistance-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ying Xu, Wenjie Jiang, Guochang Chen, Wenjiao Zhu, Weiliang Ding, Zhijun Ge, Yongfei Tan, Tieliang Ma, Guoxing Cui
BACKGROUND: L-carnitine has been used for several years as an adjuvant therapy in oxidative stress, blood sugar, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP), anemia, etc. However, the efficacy of L-carnitine treating insulin resistance (IR) remains controversial. Homeostasis model assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR) is widely used in the clinical evaluation of patients with IR. OBJECTIVES: A meta-analysis, including randomized controlled trials (RCTs), was performed to assess the effect of L-carnitine on HOMA-IR patients...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791846/serum-carnitine-and-acyl-carnitine-in-patients-with-meningitis-due-to-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-infection
#7
Alina Kępka, Roman M Janas, Sławomir A Pancewicz, Renata Świerzbińska
BACKGROUND: Hard ticks are the main vectors of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). Free carnitine (FC) and acylcarnitines (AC) have the basic role in β-oxidation as well as the modulation of immune and nervous system. Homeostasis of carnitines in the TBE patients was not studied so far. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate FC and AC serum concentrations in patients with meningitis due to TBEV infection before and after 14 ± 3 days of treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was performed in 14 patients aged 48 ± 29 years that were divided a posteriori (based on their FC level before and after treatment) into 2 subgroups: 1-8 and 9-14...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774846/inhibited-fatty-acid-%C3%AE-oxidation-impairs-stress-resistance-ability-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#8
Han Pan, Ling-Yu Li, Jia-Min Li, Wei-Li Wang, Samwel Mchele Limbu, Pascal Degrace, Dong-Liang Li, Zhen-Yu Du
Energy metabolism plays important roles in stress resistance and immunity in mammals, however, such functions have not been established in fish. In the present study, Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) was fed with mildronate, an inhibitor of mitochondrial fatty acid (FA) β-oxidation, for six weeks subsequently challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila and ammonia nitrogen exposure. Mildronate treatment reduced significantly l-carnitine concentration and mitochondrial FA β-oxidation efficiency, while it increased lipid accumulation in liver...
July 31, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774370/-recurrent-anorexia-and-pigmentation-of-skin-for-more-than-two-months-in-an-infant
#9
Zhang-Qian Zheng, Bing-Bing Wu, Miao-Ying Zhang, Wei Lu, Fei-Hong Luo
A 2-month-old boy presented with adrenal insufficiency, impaired liver function, hypertriglyceridemia, significantly elevated creatine kinase and electrolyte disturbance. Microarray comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) analysis test showed a pathogenic 8.7 Mb deletion in the short arm of chromosome X (Xp21.3 - p21.1) and confirmed the diagnosis of complex glycerol kinase deficiency (cGKD). He was treated with hydrocortisone, coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine and was subsequently followed up for 4 years. His serum cortisol levels returned to normal one week later after treatment, but the serum creatine kinase, triglyceride and aminotransferase levels were progressively increased along with mental retardation and decreased muscular strength...
August 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774367/-myocardial-protective-effect-of-l-carnitine-in-children-with-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-caused-by-coxsackie-a16-virus
#10
Ya-Jie Cui, Chun-Lan Song, Fang Chen, Peng Li, Yi-Bing Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the myocardial protective effect of L-carnitine in children with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) caused by Coxsackie A16 virus and possible mechanisms. METHODS: A total of 60 HFMD children with abnormal myocardial enzyme after Coxsackie A16 virus infection were enrolled and randomly divided into L-carnitine group and fructose-1,6-diphosphate group (fructose group), with 30 children in each group. The two groups were given L-carnitine or fructose diphosphate in addition to antiviral and heat clearance treatment...
August 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771840/influence-of-l-carnitine-and-l-arginine-on-protein-synthesis-and-maturation-of-the-semitendinosus-muscle-of-lightweight-piglets
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J G Madsen, E Seoni, M Kreuzer, P Silacci, G Bee
Lightweight (LW) piglets from large litters display impaired growth performance compared with heavier littermates. This study investigated the growth performance and muscle development of early-weaned LW piglets (birthweight <1.2 kg) from large litters (17.3 ± 3.0 total born per litter), fed ad libitum a milk replacer supplemented with either l-carnitine (CAR) or l-arginine (ARG) from day 7 to day 28 of age. In total, 36 female and entire male Swiss Large White piglets, weaned on day 7 of age, were artificially reared in pairs in rescue decks...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770317/mitochondrial-h-atp-synthase-in-human-skeletal-muscle-contribution-to-dyslipidaemia-and-insulin-resistance
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Laura Formentini, Alexander J Ryan, Manuel Gálvez-Santisteban, Leslie Carter, Pam Taub, John D Lapek, David J Gonzalez, Francisco Villarreal, Theodore P Ciaraldi, José M Cuezva, Robert R Henry
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Mitochondria are important regulators of the metabolic phenotype in type 2 diabetes. A key factor in mitochondrial physiology is the H(+)-ATP synthase. The expression and activity of its physiological inhibitor, ATPase inhibitory factor 1 (IF1), controls tissue homeostasis, metabolic reprogramming and signalling. We aimed to characterise the putative role of IF1 in mediating skeletal muscle metabolism in obesity and diabetes. METHODS: We examined the 'mitochondrial signature' of obesity and type 2 diabetes in a cohort of 100 metabolically characterised human skeletal muscle biopsy samples...
August 2, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768996/functional-expression-of-organic-ion-transporters-in-astrocytes-and-their-potential-as-a-drug-target-in-the-treatment-of-central-nervous-system-diseases
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Tomomi Furihata, Naohiko Anzai
It has become widely acknowledged that astrocytes play essential roles in maintaining physiological central nervous system (CNS) activities. Astrocytes fulfill their roles partly through the manipulation of their plasma membrane transporter functions, and therefore these transporters have been regarded as promising drug targets for various CNS diseases. A representative example is excitatory amino acid transporter 2 (EAAT2), which works as a critical regulator of excitatory signal transduction through its glutamate uptake activity at the tripartite synapse...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768106/development-of-high-capacity-enterosorbents-for-aflatoxin-b1-and-other-hazardous-chemicals
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Meichen Wang, Cody R Maki, Youjun Deng, Yanan Tian, Timothy D Phillips
Previously, a calcium montmorillonite clay (NovaSil) included in diet of animals has been shown to bind aflatoxin B1 (AfB1) and reduce the symptoms of aflatoxicosis. To investigate and improve the capacity and efficacy of clay-based materials as aflatoxin sorbents, we developed and tested calcium and sodium montmorillonite clays amended with nutrients including L-carnitine and choline. Also we determined the sorption of AfB1 by isothermal analysis and tested the ability of these amended sorbents to protect adult hydra from AfB1 toxicity...
August 2, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753539/clinical-features-and-genotyping-of-patients-with-primary-carnitine-deficiency-identified-by-newborn-screening
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Yun Sun, Yan-Yun Wang, Tao Jiang
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to investigate clinical and gene mutation characteristics of primary carnitine deficiency (PCD) patients identified by newborn screening using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). METHODS: Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) was applied to screen inherited metabolic disease and seven patients with PCD were diagnosed among 62,568 samples. The SLC22A5 gene was detected by using diagnosis panel of genetic and metabolic diseases based on Ion Torrent Semiconductor Sequencing Technology...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752910/antioxidants-for-female-subfertility
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REVIEW
Marian G Showell, Rebecca Mackenzie-Proctor, Vanessa Jordan, Roger J Hart
BACKGROUND: A couple may be considered to have fertility problems if they have been trying to conceive for over a year with no success. This may affect up to a quarter of all couples planning a child. It is estimated that for 40% to 50% of couples, subfertility may result from factors affecting women. Antioxidants are thought to reduce the oxidative stress brought on by these conditions. Currently, limited evidence suggests that antioxidants improve fertility, and trials have explored this area with varied results...
July 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752591/comparison-and-evaluation-of-capacitation-and-acrosomal-reaction-in-freeze-thawed-human-ejaculated-spermatozoa-treated-with-l-carnitine-and-pentoxifylline
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E Aliabadi, S Jahanshahi, T Talaei-Khozani, M Banaei
Cryopreservation is used to preserve the spermatozoa; however, it leads to a reduction in sperm quality. L-carnitine (LC) influences sperm motility and preserves the sperm membrane and DNA integrity. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the protective effects of LC on the membrane integrity of normal human spermatozoa and compare it with pentoxifylline (PT) during cryopreservation. Thirty normal semen samples, prepared by swim-up procedure, were divided into three aliquots: a control without any treatment and two experimental aliquots that were incubated in PT or LC for 30 min...
July 28, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745680/-the-decreased-level-of-plasma-carnitine-in-patients-with-epilepsy
#18
E D Belousova
Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have long been known to affect carnitine metabolism, dropping the plasma free carnitine. Valproate (VPA) was considered to be the strongest carnitine-reducing agent. VPA-induced hyperammonemic encephalopathy and hepatotoxicity are well known, and pre-existing carnitine deficiency can be a predisposing factor, especially in congenital metabolic disorders. Several studies have shown that carnitine supplementation in patients receiving VPA to result in subjective and objective improvements and to prevent VPA-induced hepatotoxicity and encephalopathy, in parallel with increases in carnitine serum concentrations...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745401/trimethylamine-n-oxide-tmao-breathe-new-life
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REVIEW
Saravanan Subramaniam, Craig Fletcher
Associations between an elevated level of systemic trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) and an increased risk for adverse cardiovascular events have been proposed in recent years. Increasing experimental studies suggest a possible impact of TMAO in cardiovascular diseases. TMAO, the oxygenated product of TMA, is belonging to the class of amine oxides. Most of TMA derived from the bacterial metabolism of choline and L-carnitine is absorbed into the bloodstream, and then TMA is rapidly oxidized to TMAO by flavin-containing monooxygenase-3 (FMO3), a hepatic enzyme...
July 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741686/gpr55-receptor-antagonist-decreases-glycolytic-activity-in-panc-1-pancreatic-cancer-cell-line-and-tumor-xenografts
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Michel Bernier, Jonathan Catazaro, Nagendra S Singh, Artur Wnorowski, Anna Boguszewska-Czubara, Krzysztof Jozwiak, Robert Powers, Irving W Wainer
The Warburg effect is a predominant metabolic pathway in cancer cells characterized by enhanced glucose uptake and its conversion to l-lactate and is associated with upregulated expression of HIF-1α and activation of the EGFR-MEK-ERK, Wnt-β-catenin, and PI3K-AKT signaling pathways. (R,R')-4'-methoxy-1-naphthylfenoterol ((R,R')-MNF) significantly reduces proliferation, survival, and motility of PANC-1 pancreatic cancer cells through inhibition of the GPR55 receptor. We examined (R,R')-MNF's effect on glycolysis in PANC-1 cells and tumors...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
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