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Nutrient absorption

Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Giuseppe G Caprio, Vittorio M Ormando, Carmela Loguercio
Nowadays liver diseases represent one of major healthy problems in the world in terms of morbidity and mortality. The high prevalence of liver pathologies represents the key point to understand the necessity to identify the pathogenetic mechanisms that support these disorders in order to nurse them. Alterations of intestinal microbiota seem to play an important role in induction and promotion of liver damage progression, in addition to direct injury resulting from different causal agents. Gut microbiota is considered both as a promoting factor and as a potential therapeutic target of a large number of liver pathologies due to the connection between intestine and liver: the gut-liver axis...
December 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Weinan Zhou, Deepti Ramachandran, Abdelhak Mansouri, Megan J Dailey
The intestinal epithelium plays an essential role in nutrient absorption, hormone release and barrier function. Maintenance of the epithelium is driven by continuous cell renewal by stem cells located in the intestinal crypts. The amount and type of diet influence this process and result in changes in the size and cellular make-up of the tissue. The mechanism underlying the nutrient-driven changes in proliferation is not known, but may involve a shift in intracellular metabolism that allows for more nutrients to be used to manufacture new cells...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Karla Vilaça Martins, Durval Dourado-Neto, Klaus Reichardt, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, José Laércio Favarin, Felipe Fadel Sartori, Guilherme Felisberto, Simone da Costa Mello
The improvement of agronomic practices and the use of high technology in field crops contributes for significant increases in maize productivity, and may have altered the dynamics of nutrient uptake and partition by the plant. Official recommendations for fertilizer applications to the maize crop in Brazil and in many countries are based on critical soil nutrient contents and are relatively outdated. Since the factors that interact in an agricultural production system are dynamic, mathematical modeling of the growth process turns out to be an appropriate tool for these studies...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
J M Arroyo, A Hosseini, Z Zhou, A Alharthi, E Trevisi, J S Osorio, J J Loor
Feeding a higher-energy diet by increasing cereal grains at the expense of forage during the last 3 to 4 wk prepartum is a traditional approach to help the rumen "adapt" to the traditional diets fed at the onset of lactation. Increasing grain/concentrate in the diet changes ruminal fermentation and in sheep and goats elicits marked changes in mRNA expression of immune-related genes in ruminal epithelium. Whether such changes at the epithelial and systemic levels occur in dairy cows when the dietary energy content increases at a fixed level of concentrate is unknown...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
Frida B Zipkin, Grace A Falciglia, Pierce Kuhnell, Erin N Haynes
Manganese (Mn) is an essential nutrient, but overexposure can lead to neurotoxicity. Given the essentiality of Mn in the diet, particularly during children's growth and development, it is imperative to quantify dietary Mn intake in populations that may be exposed to industrial sources of Mn. Dietary absorption of Mn is inversely associated with iron (Fe) stores, yet there is currently no food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) to assess dietary Mn and Fe intake. The study objective was to develop and evaluate the validity of a FFQ to measure dietary Mn and Fe intake in pediatrics by comparing the estimated intakes of Mn and Fe with biomarkers: Mn in blood and hair and Fe in serum...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Bailey C E Peck, Michael T Shanahan, Ajeet P Singh, Praveen Sethupathy
The mammalian intestinal epithelial stem cell (IESC) niche is comprised of diverse epithelial, immune, and stromal cells, which together respond to environmental changes within the lumen and exert coordinated regulation of IESC behavior. There is growing appreciation for the role of the gut microbiota in modulating intestinal proliferation and differentiation, as well as other aspects of intestinal physiology. In this review, we evaluate the diverse roles of known niche cells in responding to gut microbiota and supporting IESCs...
2017: Stem Cells International
Matthew Kochem
Our sense of taste allows us to evaluate the nutritive value of foods prior to ingesting them. Sweet taste signals the presence of sugars, and savory taste signals the presence of amino acids. The ability to identify these macronutrients in foods was likely crucial for the survival of our species when nourishing food sources were sparse. In modern, industrialized settings, taste perception continues to play an important role in human health as we attempt to prevent and treat conditions stemming from overnutrition...
2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Magdalena Mika, Agnieszka Wikiera, Anna Antończyk, Maja Grabacka
OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether antioxidants may enhance bioavailability of lipids and carbohydrates and therefore increase the risk of obesity development. METHODS: We tested how supplementation with antioxidants (0.01% butylated hydroxytoluene [BHT], α-tocopherol, and green tea catechins) of a diet containing butter and wheat bread affects bioavailability of fats and carbohydrates. The absorption of the in vitro digested diet was estimated in the intestinal epithelia model of the Caco-2 cells cultured in Transwell chambers...
September 12, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
D Mello, K Q Carvalho, F H Passig, F B Freire, A C Borges, M X Lima, G R Marcelino
In this study, the role of Eichhornia crassipes for removing pollutants from low strength sewage was evaluated. For that, three pilot scale constructed wetlands (CW) were built: CW 1, planted with E. crassipes in a filter media; CW 2, unplanted, composed only by filter media; and CW 3 composed only of E. crassipes floating on the sewage. The operation of these systems was divided in three stages varying the nominal hydraulic retention time (HRT) in: (I) 24 h; (II) 48 h; and (III) 72 h. Temporal sampling profiles were carried out with collection of samples from the influent and effluent of the CWs to determine temperature, pH, COD, TKN and TP...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Technology
Naxieli Santiago-De la Rosa, Violeta Mugica-Álvarez, Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Fabián Guerrero, Karen Yáñez, Magin Lapuerta
Open-air burning of agricultural wastes from crops like corn, rice, sorghum, sugar cane, and wheat is common practice in Mexico, which in spite limiting regulations, is the method to eliminate such wastes, to clear the land for further harvesting, to control grasses, weeds, insects, and pests, and to facilitate nutrient absorption. However, this practice generates air pollution and contributes to the greenhouse effect. Burning of straws derived from the said crops was emulated in a controlled combustion chamber, hence determining emission factors for particles, black carbon, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitric oxide throughout the process, which comprised three apparent stages: pre-ignition, flaming, and smoldering...
September 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Carlos Vergara, Karla Emanuelle Campos Araujo, Luiziene Soares Alves, Sônia Regina de Souza, Leandro Azevedo Santos, Claudete Santa-Catarina, Krisle da Silva, Gilmara Maria Duarte Pereira, Gustavo Ribeiro Xavier, Jerri Édson Zilli
The use of dark septate fungi (DSE) to promote plant growth can be beneficial to agriculture, and these organisms are important allies in the search for sustainable agriculture practices. This study investigates the contribution of dark septate fungi to the absorption of nutrients by rice plants and their ensuing growth. Four dark septate fungi isolates that were identified by Internal transcribed spacer phylogeny were inoculated in rice seeds (Cv. Piauí). The resulting root colonization was estimated and the kinetic parameters Vmax and Km were calculated from the nitrate contents of the nutrient solution...
August 23, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
Francisco L F da Silva, João P S de Lima, Luciana S Melo, Yarina S M da Silva, Sandro T Gouveia, Gisele S Lopes, Wladiana O Matos
Only some of ingested nutrients are available for absorption by the organism. The foods generally are submitted to some heat processing that may interfere in the bioaccessibility of nutrients. There are no studies of the influence of cooking under vacuum (sous vide) on the bioaccessibility of minerals. This study evaluated the in vitro bioaccessibility of Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg and Zn in bovine liver samples after traditional cooking in water and using the sous vide procedure. All heat treatments of bovine liver promoted the increase of the bioaccessibility of Ca, Cu, Fe, K and Mg, except for Zn when the effect was the opposite...
October 2017: Food Research International
Patricia Widmayer, Soumya Kusumakshi, Franziska A Hägele, Ulrich Boehm, Heinz Breer
During weaning, the ingested food of mouse pups changes from exclusively milk to solid food. In contrast to the protein- and carbohydrate-rich solid food, high fat milk is characterized primarily by fatty acids of medium chain length particularly important for the suckling pups. Therefore, it seems conceivable that the stomach mucosa may be specialized for detecting these important nutrients during the suckling phase. Here, we analyzed the expression of the G protein coupled receptors GPR84 and GPR120 (FFAR4), which are considered to be receptors for medium and long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Moritaka Nakamura, Markus Grebe
Plant roots control uptake of water and nutrients and cope with environmental challenges. The root epidermis provides the first selective interface for nutrient absorption, while the endodermis produces the main apoplastic diffusion barrier in the form of a structure called the Casparian strip. The positioning of root hairs on epidermal cells, and of the Casparian strip around endodermal cells, requires asymmetries along cellular axes (cell polarity). Cell polarity is termed planar polarity, when coordinated within the plane of a given tissue layer...
September 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Hiroo Tanaka, Atsushi Tamura, Koya Suzuki, Sachiko Tsukita
The claudins are a family of membrane proteins with at least 27 members in humans and mice. The extracellular regions of claudin proteins play essential roles in cell-cell adhesion and the paracellular barrier functions of tight junctions (TJs) in epithelial cell sheets. Furthermore, the extracellular regions of some claudins function as paracellular channels in the paracellular barrier that allow the selective passage of water, ions, and/or small organic solutes across the TJ in the extracellular space. Structural analyses have revealed a common framework of transmembrane, cytoplasmic, and extracellular regions among the claudin-based paracellular barriers and paracellular channels; however, differences in the claudins' extracellular regions, such as their charges and conformations, determine their properties...
September 4, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Zhaojun Nie, Peng Zhao, Jia Wang, Jinfeng Li, Hongen Liu
Nitrogen (N) is critical for zinc (Zn) absorption into plant roots; this in turn allows for Zn accumulation and biofortification of grain in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), an important food crop. However, little is known about root morphology and subcellular Zn distribution in response to N treatment at different levels of Zn supply. In this study, two nutrient solution culture experiments were conducted to examine Zn accumulation, Zn absorption kinetics, root morphology, and Zn subcellular distribution in wheat seedlings pre-cultured with different N concentrations...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Marlène Perignon, Tangui Barré, Rozenn Gazan, Marie-Josèphe Amiot, Nicole Darmon
Nutritional adequacy depends on nutrient intakes and bioavailability which strongly varies with the plant- or animal-origin of foods. The aim was to estimate iron, zinc, protein and vitamin A bioavailability from individual diets, and investigate its relation with the animal-to-plant ratio (A/P) of diets. Bioavailability was estimated in 1899 French diets using diet-based algorithms or food-group specific conversion factors. Nutrient inadequacy was estimated based on i) bioavailability calculated in each individual diet and ii) average bioavailability assumed for Western-diets...
January 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
Jianxiang Feng, Yanyan Lin, Yao Yang, Qianqian Shen, Jianrong Huang, Shugong Wang, Xiaoshan Zhu, Zufu Li
In order to investigate the tolerance and bioaccumulation of Cd and Cu in the halophyte Sesuvium portulacastrum, seedlings were hydroponically cultured for 30 days using the modified 1/2 Hoagland nutrient solution with different concentrations of Cd (0, 5, 10, 15, and 20mgL(-1)) and Cu (0, 2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10mgL(-1)). Afterwards, the seedling height, leaf area, biomass, and mineral element contents (Fe, Mg, Cu, and Zn) in the roots, stems and leaves were measured, and the tolerance index, bioconcentration factor (BCF), transportation index, and removal rate were calculated...
August 28, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
J J Worthington, F Reimann, F M Gribble
The intestinal epithelium must balance efficient absorption of nutrients with partitioning commensals and pathogens from the bodies' largest immune system. If this crucial barrier fails, inappropriate immune responses can result in inflammatory bowel disease or chronic infection. Enteroendocrine cells represent 1% of this epithelium and have classically been studied for their detection of nutrients and release of peptide hormones to mediate digestion. Intriguingly, enteroendocrine cells are the key sensors of microbial metabolites, can release cytokines in response to pathogen associated molecules and peptide hormone receptors are expressed on numerous intestinal immune cells; thus enteroendocrine cells are uniquely equipped to be crucial and novel orchestrators of intestinal inflammation...
August 30, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
Noelia Escobedo, Guillermo Oliver
Obesity is a key risk factor for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, and although we understand the mechanisms regulating weight and energy balance, the causes of some forms of obesity remain enigmatic. Despite the well-established connections between lymphatics and lipids, and the fact that intestinal lacteals play key roles in dietary fat absorption, the function of the lymphatic vasculature in adipose metabolism has only recently been recognized. It is well established that angiogenesis is tightly associated with the outgrowth of adipose tissue, as expanding adipose tissue requires increased nutrient supply from blood vessels...
August 22, 2017: Cell Metabolism
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