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Oxidative capacity

Ryan Rosenberry, Susie Chung, Michael D Nelson
Exercise represents a major hemodynamic stress that demands a highly coordinated neurovascular response in order to match oxygen delivery to metabolic demand. Reactive hyperemia (in response to a brief period of tissue ischemia) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events and provides important insight into vascular health and vasodilatory capacity. Skeletal muscle oxidative capacity is equally important in health and disease, as it determines the energy supply for myocellular processes. Here, we describe a simple, non-invasive approach using near-infrared spectroscopy to assess each of these major clinical endpoints (reactive hyperemia, neurovascular coupling, and muscle oxidative capacity) during a single clinic or laboratory visit...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Greg A Mutch, Sarah Shulda, Alan J McCue, Martin J Menart, Cristian V Ciobanu, Chilan Ngo, James A Anderson, Ryan M Richards, David Vega-Maza
Solid metal oxides for carbon capture exhibit reduced adsorption capacity following high temperature exposure, due to surface area reduction by sintering. Furthermore, only low coordinate corner/edge sites on the thermodynamically sta-ble (100) facet display favourable binding towards CO2 , providing inherently low capacity. The (111) facet however, exhibits a high concentration of low coordinate sites. In this work, MgO(111) nanosheets displayed high capacity for CO2 , as well as a ≈ 65% increase in capacity despite a ≈ 30% reduction in surface area following sintering (0...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Xuguang Li, Tong Li, Tong Zhang, Cheng Gu, Shourong Zheng, Haijun Zhang, Wei Chen
Nano-scale titanium dioxide (nTiO2) is one of the most widely used metal oxide nanomaterials. Once released into the environment, nTiO2 may catalyze abiotic transformation of contaminants, and consequently affect their fate and effects. Here, we show that the overall catalytic efficiency of nTiO2 for the dehydrochlorination reaction of 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane, a commonly used solvent, depends on the crystalline phase and exposed facets of nTiO2, which significantly affect the adsorption capacity and surface catalytic activity of nTiO2...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Chang-Gu Lee, Hassan Javed, Danning Zhang, Jae-Hong Kim, Paul Westerhoff, Qilin Li, Pedro J J Alvarez
Using a bi-polymer system consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), P25-TiO2 was immobilized into thin film mats of porous electrospun fibers. Pores were introduced by dissolving sacrificial PVP to increase surface area and enhance access to TiO2. The highest photocatalytic activity was achieved using a PVDF:PVP weight ratio of 2:1. Methylene blue (MB) was used to visualize contaminant removal, assess the sorption capacity (5.93 ± 0.23 mg/g) and demonstrate stable removal kinetics (kMB > 0...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Laura C D Pomatto, Sarah Wong, John Tower, Kelvin J A Davies
Adaptive homeostasis enables rapid cellular signaling, leading to transcriptional and translational modifications (Davies, 2016) [1]. The Proteasome is one of the main cellular proteolytic enzymes that plays an essential role in the rapid clearance of oxidatively damaged cellular proteins, and is highly responsive to oxidative stress. Upon exposure to even very low, signaling levels of oxidants, the predominant form of the Proteasome becomes the ATP-independent 20S proteasome that enables rapid clearance of damaged proteins...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Kenji Yamada, Hideaki Shiraishi, Eishin Oki, Mika Ishige, Toshiyuki Fukao, Yusuke Hamada, Norio Sakai, Fumihiro Ochi, Asami Watanabe, Sanae Kawakami, Kazuyo Kuzume, Kenji Watanabe, Koji Sameshima, Kiyotaka Nakamagoe, Akira Tamaoka, Naoko Asahina, Saki Yokoshiki, Takashi Miyakoshi, Kota Ono, Koji Oba, Toshiyuki Isoe, Hiroshi Hayashi, Seiji Yamaguchi, Norihiro Sato
Introduction: Fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAODs) are rare diseases caused by defects in mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation (FAO) enzymes. While the efficacy of bezafibrate, a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor agonist, on the in vitro FAO capacity has been reported, the in vivo efficacy remains controversial. Therefore, we conducted a clinical trial of bezafibrate in Japanese patients with FAODs. Materials and methods: This trial was an open-label, non-randomized, and multicenter study of bezafibrate treatment in 6 patients with very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (VLCAD) deficiency and 2 patients with carnitine palmitoyltransferase-II (CPT-2) deficiency (median age, 8...
June 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Hak-Jae Kim, Chun-Geon Park, Rakesh Varghese, Ji Yeon Lee, YoungOck Kim, Gi-Ho Sung
The leaf of Aurea helianthus ( A. helianthus Jinhuakui) is popularly used in China traditional medicine, however, scientific evidence on its antioxidant properties rarely studied. In this study, biological activities of A. helianthus leave's 80% ethanol extract (AHL) were investigated. The measured total polyphenol and flavonoid content of AHL was 184.24 ± 5.01 mg GAE/g and 102.53 ± 0.98 mg NAR/g. AHL showed the highest α, α -diphenyl- β -picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and 2,2'-azino-bis-3-ethylbenzo-thiazoline-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) radical scavenging activities of 98...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Pablo A Cortes, Francisco Bozinovic, Pierre U Blier
Mammalian torpor is a phenotype characterized by a controlled decline of metabolic rate, generally followed by a reduction in body temperature. During arousal from torpor, both metabolic rate and body temperature rapidly returns to resting levels. Metabolic rate reduction experienced by torpid animals is triggered by active suppression of mitochondrial respiration, which is rapidly reversed during rewarming process. In this study, we analyzed the changes in the maximal activity of key enzymes related to electron transport system (complexes I, III and IV) in six tissues of torpid, arousing and euthermic Chilean mouse-opossums (Thylamys elegans)...
March 15, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Ricardo Marques, Anna Ribera-Guardia, Jorge Santos, Gilda Carvalho, Maria A M Reis, Maite Pijuan, Adrian Oehmen
Denitrifying enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) systems can be an efficient means of removing phosphate (P) and nitrate (NO3 - ) with low carbon source and oxygen requirements. Tetrasphaera is one of the most abundant polyphosphate accumulating organisms present in EBPR systems, but their capacity to achieve denitrifying EBPR has not previously been determined. An enriched Tetrasphaera culture, comprising over 80% of the bacterial biovolume was obtained in this work. Despite the denitrification capacity of Tetrasphaera, this culture achieved only low levels of anoxic P-uptake...
March 7, 2018: Water Research
Connor M Pettem, Jennifer M Briens, David M Janz, Lynn P Weber
Selenium (Se) is considered an essential trace element, involved in important physiological and metabolic functions for all vertebrate species. Fish require dietary concentrations of 0.1-0.5 μg Se/g dry mass (d.m.) to maintain normal physiological and selenoprotein function, however concentrations exceeding 3 μg/g d.m. have been shown to cause toxicity. As Se is reported to have a narrow margin between essentiality and toxicity, there is growing concern surrounding the adverse effects of elevated Se exposure caused by anthropogenic activities...
March 8, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Dandan Yao, Lei Zhang, Jiaojiao Huang, Chenghong Sun, Yu Zhang, Xiaoli Gu, Chong-Zhi Wang, Fei Li, Lina Chen, Chun-Su Yuan
In this work, surface magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (SMMIPs) were synthesized and used as artificial receptors in the dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction (DMSPE) for capturing potential neuronal nitric oxide synthase-post synaptic density protein-95 (nNOS-PSD-95) uncouplers, which is known as neuroprotection against stroke. Factors that affected selective separation and adsorption of the artificial receptors, such as the amount of template, the types of functional monomer and porogen solvents, and the molar ratio of template/functional monomer/cross-linker were optimized...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Mariana Maciel de Oliveira, Regina Gomes Daré, Érica Oliveira Barizão, Jesuí Vergílio Visentainer, Mariza Barion Romagnolo, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Maria da Conceição Torrado Truiti
The total phenolic content (TP) and antioxidant activity of the ethanolic extract and fractions that were obtained from the leaves of Nectandra hihua were assessed using different methods. The ethanolic extract (EE) and ethyl acetate fraction (EAF) had the best antioxidant capacity, which was comparable to butylated hydroxytoluene and quercetin (ABTS+ 2.55 ± 0.06, 3.54 ± 0.03 mmol TE/g; DPPH IC50 10.27 ± 0.05, 9.88 ± 0.02 μg/mL; FRAP 2.17 ± 0.08, 2.38 ± 0.04 mmol TE/g; ORAC 5...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Ngo Fung Lee, Dharmesh Patel, Haiyan Liu, Rui Zhang
Iron(IV)-oxo porphyrins [FeIV (Por)O] (Por = poprhyrin), commonly called compound II models, were produced in three electron-deficient ligands by visible light irradiation of highly photo-labile porphyrin-iron(III) bromates or chlorates. The kinetics of oxygen transfer atom (OAT) reactions with aryl sulfides by these photo-generated [FeIV (Por)O] (3) were studied in CH3 CN solutions. The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrins under study include 5,10,15,20-tetra(2,6-dichlorophenyl)porphyrin-iron(IV)-oxo (3a), 5,10,15,20-tetra(2,6-difluorophenyl)porphyrin-iron(IV)-oxo (3b), and 5,10,15,20-tetra(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin-iron(IV)-oxo (3c)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Raju Khatiwada, Christopher Olivares, Leif Abrell, Robert A Root, Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, James A Field, Jon Chorover
Abiotic transformation of anthropogenic compounds by redox-active metal oxides affects contaminant fate in soil. The capacity of birnessite and ferrihydrite to oxidize the insensitive munitions compound, 2,4-dinitroanisol (DNAN), and its amine-containing daughter products, 2-methoxy-5-nitro aniline (MENA) and 2,4-diaminoanisole (DAAN), was studied in stirred reactors at controlled pH (7.0). Aqueous suspensions were reacted at metal oxide solid to solution mass ratios (SSR) of 0.15, 1.5 and 15 g kg-1 and solutions were analyzed after 0-3 h by high performance liquid chromatography coupled with photodiode array or mass spectrometry detection...
March 5, 2018: Chemosphere
B Fang, M Zhang, K S Ge, H Z Xing, F Z Ren
Previous studies have demonstrated that the anti-tumor α-lactalbumin-oleic acid complex (α-LA-OA) may target the glycolysis of tumor cells. However, few data are available regarding the effects of α-LA-OA on energy metabolism. In this study, we measured glycolysis and mitochondrial functions in HeLa cells in response to α-LA-OA using the XF flux analyzer (Seahorse Bioscience, North Billerica, MA). The gene expression of enzymes involved in glycolysis, tricarboxylic acid cycle, electron transfer chain, and ATP synthesis were also evaluated...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Patrícia L Abreu, Teresa Cunha-Oliveira, Leonardo M R Ferreira, Ana M Urbano
Exposure to hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)], a lung carcinogen, triggers several types of cellular stresses, namely oxidative, genotoxic and proteotoxic stresses. Given the evolutionary character of carcinogenesis, it is tempting to speculate that cells that survive the stresses produced by this carcinogen become more resistant to subsequent stresses, namely those encountered during neoplastic transformation. To test this hypothesis, we determined whether pre-incubation with Cr(VI) increased the resistance of human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B cells) to the antiproliferative action of acute thermal shock, used here as a model for stress...
March 16, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Mehrdad Behnia, Courtney M Wheatley, Alberto Avolio, Bruce D Johnson
BACKGROUND: During exercise as pulmonary blood flow rises, pulmonary capillary blood volume increases and gas exchange surface area expands through distention and recruitment. We have previously demonstrated that pulmonary capillary recruitment is limited in COPD patients with poorer exercise tolerance. Hypoxia and endothelial dysfunction lead to pulmonary vascular dysregulation possibly in part related to nitric oxide related pathways. PURPOSE: To determine if increasing dietary nitrate might influence lung surface area for gas exchange and subsequently impact exercise performance...
March 13, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Zachary T Bitzer, Reema Goel, Samantha M Reilly, Ryan J Elias, Alexey Silakov, Jonathan Foulds, Joshua Muscat, John P Richie
BACKGROUND: Flavoring chemicals, or flavorants, have been used in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) since their inception; however, little is known about their toxicological effects. Free radicals present in e-cigarette aerosols have been shown to induce oxidative stress resulting in damage to proliferation, survival, and inflammation pathways in the cell. Aerosols generated from e-liquid solvents alone contain high levels of free radicals but few studies have looked at how these toxins are modulated by flavorants...
March 13, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Ana Isabel Padrão, Rita Nogueira-Ferreira, Rui Vitorino, Dulce Carvalho, Catarina Correia, Maria João Neuparth, Maria João Pires, Ana Isabel Faustino-Rocha, Lúcio Lara Santos, Paula Alexandra Oliveira, José Alberto Duarte, Daniel Moreira-Gonçalves, Rita Ferreira
Limiting cancer-induced cardiac damage has become an increasingly important issue to improve survival rates and quality of life. Exercise training has been shown to reduce cardiovascular complications in several diseases; however, its therapeutic role against cardiovascular consequences of cancer is in its infancy. In order to add new insights on the potential therapeutic effect of exercise training on cancer-related cardiac dysfunction, we used an animal model of urothelial carcinoma submitted to 13 weeks of treadmill exercise after 20 weeks of exposure to the carcinogenic N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl)-nitrosamine (BBN)...
March 13, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Kazuhiro Yamaguchi, Takao Tsuji, Kazutetsu Aoshiba, Hiroyuki Nakamura
In Europe and America, the newly-developed, simultaneous measurement of diffusing capacity for CO (DLCO ) and NO (DLNO ) has replaced the classic DLCO measurement for detecting the pathophysiological abnormalities in the acinar regions. However, simultaneous measurement of DLCO and DLNO is currently not used by Japanese physicians. To encourage the use of DLNO in Japan, the authors reviewed aspects of simultaneously-estimated DLCO and DLNO from previously published manuscripts. The simultaneous DLCO -DLNO technique identifies the alveolocapillary membrane-related diffusing capacity (membrane component, DM ) and the blood volume in pulmonary microcirculation (VC ); VC is the principal factor constituting the blood component of diffusing capacity (DB ,DB =θ·VC where θ is the specific gas conductance for CO or NO in the blood)...
March 2018: Respiratory Investigation
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