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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527509/impact-of-qi-invigorating-traditional-chinese-medicines-on-intestinal-flora-a-basis-for-rational-choice-of-prebiotics
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Xiao-Meng Wang, Xiao-Bo Li, Ying Peng
According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Qi (vital energy) is regarded as a driving force of biological activities in human body, including both nutrient substances and organ functions. Qi-invigorating TCMs are widely used to treat various symptoms and disorders, such as fatigue, obesity, immunosuppression, intestinal flora imbalance, and gastrointestinal diseases, in which Qi is considered to be reduced or depleted. Interestingly, abundant clinical evidences suggest that these disorders are associated with the alternation of intestinal flora, which directly affects disease status...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526794/raffinose-induces-biofilm-formation-by-streptococcus-mutans-in-low-concentrations-of-sucrose-by-increasing-production-of-extracellular-dna-and-fructan
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Ryo Nagasawa, Tsutomu Sato, Hidenobu Senpuku
Streptococcus mutans is the primary etiological agent of dental caries and causes tooth decay by forming a firmly attached biofilm on tooth surfaces. Biofilm formation is induced by the presence of sucrose, which is a substrate for the synthesis of extracellular polysaccharides, but not in the presence of oligosaccharides. Nonetheless, in this study, we found that raffinose, which is an oligosaccharide with an intestinal regulatory function and antiallergic effect, induced biofilm formation by S. mutans in a mixed culture with sucrose which was at concentrations less than those required to induce biofilm formation directly...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521318/breastfeeding-childhood-asthma-and-allergic-disease
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Wendy H Oddy
The worldwide prevalence of childhood asthma has been increasing considerably, and the protection afforded by breastfeeding in its development has been the subject of controversy for more than 80 years. Previous systematic reviews have generally found a protective effect of breastfeeding on allergic outcomes, although many studies have methodological limitations. Although breastfeeding is protective against lower respiratory tract infection during infancy, such protection has not been demonstrated for asthma in all studies...
2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513155/degradation-kinetics-of-6-p-coumaroylspinosin-and-identification-of-its-metabolites-by-rat-intestinal-flora
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Lijuan Jiao, Yaxin Li, Yanqing Zhang, Junjun Liu, Junbo Xie, Kunsheng Zhang, Aimin Zhou
6'''-p-coumaroylspinosin (P-CS), a bioactive flavonoid, is typically extracted from Semen Ziziphi Spinosae (SZS). In this study, a HPLC-MS/MS method was developed to determine P-CS for investigating the degradation characteristics of P-CS incubated with rat feces. The results showed that P-CS degraded rapidly and the degradation speeds varied depending on the P-CS concentrations (3, 15 and 30 μg/mL). The degradation of P-CS processes follow first-order kinetics. Based on the MS spectrum mode of the product ions, two main metabolites of P-CS were identified...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502295/-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-gg-improves-symptoms-and-its-mechnism-in-mice-with-ovalbumin-induced-food-allergy
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Shuanfeng Fang, Yu Zhang, Yun Zhang, Xiaohua Zhu, Bei Yie
Objective To investigate the effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) on peripheral blood IL-4/IFN-γ in mice with ovalbumin-induced food allergy. Methods The mice with food allergy were divided into 3 groups (n=10 in each group): food allergy model group, low-dose LGG group (1×10(8) CFU/mL, 200 μL/d) and high-dose LGG group (1×10(9) CFU/mL, 200 μL/d). The healthy mice (n=10) served as a control group. Mice in the LGG groups were given LGG for consecutive 22 days after modeling. The control mice and the food allergy model mice were given normal saline instead of LGG...
May 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502237/investigation-of-the-effective-components-of-the-flowers-of-trollius-chinensis-from-the-perspectives-of-intestinal-bacterial-transformation-and-intestinal-absorption
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Lina Guo, Shanshan Qiao, Junhong Hu, Deli Li, Shiqi Zheng, Duozhi Shi, Junxiu Liu, Rufeng Wang
CONTEXT: The flowers of Trollius chinensis Bunge (Ranunculaceae), used for respiratory tract infections, mainly contain flavonoids, phenolic acids, and alkaloids; however, the effective components are debatable because of their unclear in vivo activities. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the effective components from the perspectives of biotransformation and absorption. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Both single person derived- and multiple people-derived intestinal florae were used to investigate the biotransformation of aqueous extract of the flowers of T...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490707/-effect-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-on-the-pathogenic-course-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Li Wu, Yutao Xie
With the economic growth and better standards of living, the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is expected to increase dramatically worldwide. NAFLD is a common chronic inflammation disease. NF-κB is a transcription factor that plays crucial roles in inflammation, immunity, cell proliferation and apoptosis. It can facilitate the occurrence and development of NAFLD, and the underlying mechanisms are related to insulin resistance, oxidative stress, alteration of intestinal flora, activation of renin angiotensin system, etc...
April 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484457/type-i-and-type-iii-interferons-display-different-dependency-on-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-to-mount-an-antiviral-state-in-the-human-gut
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Kalliopi Pervolaraki, Megan L Stanifer, Stephanie Münchau, Lynnsey A Renn, Dorothee Albrecht, Stefan Kurzhals, Elena Senís, Dirk Grimm, Jutta Schröder-Braunstein, Ronald L Rabin, Steeve Boulant
Intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) are constantly exposed to commensal flora and pathogen challenges. How IECs regulate their innate immune response to maintain gut homeostasis remains unclear. Interferons (IFNs) are cytokines produced during infections. While type I IFN receptors are ubiquitously expressed, type III IFN receptors are expressed only on epithelial cells. This epithelium specificity strongly suggests exclusive functions at epithelial surfaces, but the relative roles of type I and III IFNs in the establishment of an antiviral innate immune response in human IECs are not clearly defined...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482341/indigo-naturalis-ameliorates-oxazolone-induced-dermatitis-but-aggravates-colitis-by-changing-the-composition-of-gut-microflora
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Soichiro Adachi, Namiko Hoshi, Jun Inoue, Eiichiro Yasutomi, Takafumi Otsuka, Ramesh Dhakhwa, Zi Wang, Yuna Koo, Toshihiro Takamatsu, Yuriko Matsumura, Haruka Yamairi, Daisuke Watanabe, Makoto Ooi, Toshihito Tanahashi, Shin Nishiumi, Masaru Yoshida, Takeshi Azuma
BACKGROUND: Indigo naturalis (IND) is an herbal medicine that has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat diseases including dermatitis and inflammatory bowel disease in China. However, the mechanism by which IND exerts its immunomodulatory effect is not well understood. METHODS: A murine model of dermatitis and inflammatory bowel disease, both induced by oxazolone (OXA), was treated with IND. The severity of dermatitis was evaluated based on ear thickness measurements and histological scoring...
May 9, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476717/review-ulcerative-colitis-and-probiotics-an-overview
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Irfan Ahmad Rather, Rajib Majumder, Fanar Hamad Alshammari, Jae Gyu Park, Vivek Kumar Bajpai
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the large intestine whose effects are bloody diarrhea, cramping and bloating. The disease is usually relapsing and remitting. However, the cause of ulcerative colitis is not yet known. Due to this reason, finding an effective treatment has been a great challenge. The suggested medical treatment is usually composed of two portions; keeping the flare up from happening and treating the flare up when it has happened. Active flare ups are treated with corticosteroids...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474815/probiotic-supplementation-promotes-a-reduction-in-t-cell-activation-an-increase-in-th17-frequencies-and-a-recovery-of-intestinal-epithelium-integrity-and-mitochondrial-morphology-in-art-treated-hiv-1-positive-patients
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Gabriella d'Ettorre, Giacomo Rossi, Carolina Scagnolari, Mauro Andreotti, Noemi Giustini, Sara Serafino, Ivan Schietroma, Giuseppe Corano Scheri, Saeid Najafi Fard, Vito Trinchieri, Paola Mastromarino, Carla Selvaggi, Silvia Scarpona, Gianfranco Fanello, Fausto Fiocca, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Guido Antonelli, Jason M Brenchley, Vincenzo Vullo
INTRODUCTION: HIV infection is characterized by a persistent immune activation associated to a compromised gut barrier immunity and alterations in the profile of the fecal flora linked with the progression of inflammatory symptoms. The effects of high concentration multistrain probiotic (Vivomixx®, Viale del Policlinico 155, Rome, Italy in EU; Visbiome®, Dupont, Madison, Wisconsin in USA) on several aspects of intestinal immunity in ART-experienced HIV-1 patients was evaluated. METHODS: A sub-study of a longitudinal pilot study was performed in HIV-1 patients who received the probiotic supplement twice a day for 6 months (T6)...
April 20, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473812/a-metagenomics-investigation-of-carbohydrate-active-enzymes-along-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-saudi-sheep
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Saad Al-Masaudi, Abdessamad El Kaoutari, Elodie Drula, Hussein Al-Mehdar, Elrashdy M Redwan, Vincent Lombard, Bernard Henrissat
The digestive microbiota of humans and of a wide range of animals has recently become amenable to in-depth studies due to the emergence of DNA-based metagenomic techniques that do not require cultivation of gut microbes. These techniques are now commonly used to explore the feces of humans and animals under the assumption that such samples are faithful proxies for the intestinal microbiota. Sheep (Ovis aries) are ruminant animals particularly adapted to life in arid regions and in particular Najdi, Noaimi (Awassi), and Harrei (Harri) breeds that are raised in Saudi Arabia for milk and/or meat production...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466091/yeast-surface-display-of-escherichia-coli-enterotoxin-and-its-effects-of-intestinal-microflora-and-mucosal-immunity
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ShiYu Li, Zhou Sha, Xiaoxu Wang, Zhaoyang Bu, Li Wang, Xiaohui Guan, Xulong Lang, Xinglong Wang
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a significant cause of infectious diarrhea in animals. In this study, yeast surface display technology was employed to investigate the effects of ETEC enterotoxin fusion protein on the intestinal flora and mucosal immunity of rats. ETEC estA, estB, and eltAB (heat-labile and heat-stable toxins) were expressed on the surface of yeast. Rats were divided into normal saline, yeast and display yeast groups. Fecal and jejunal content samples were collected on the 7th, 14th, and 21st days...
May 2, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453589/-effects-of-prebiotics-and-probiotics-on-gastrointestinal-tract-lymphoid-tissue-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Manuel G Feria, Natalia A Taborda, Juan C Hernandez, María T Rugeles
HIV infection induces alterations in almost all immune cell populations, mainly in CD4+ T cells, leading to the development of opportunistic infections. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) constitutes the most important site for viral replication, because the main target cells, memory T-cells, reside in this tissue. It is currently known that alterations in GALT are critical during the course of the infection, as HIV-1 induces loss of tissue integrity and promotes translocation of microbial products from the intestinal lumen to the systemic circulation, leading to a persistent immune activation state and immune exhaustion...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444216/dietary-metabolites-derived-from-gut-microbiota-critical-modulators-of-epigenetic-changes-in-mammals
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Mohd Iqbal Bhat, Rajeev Kapila
The mammalian gastrointestinal tract harbors trillions of commensal microorganisms, collectively known as the microbiota. The microbiota is a critical source of environmental stimuli and, thus, has a tremendous impact on the health of the host. The microbes within the microbiota regulate homeostasis within the gut, and any alteration in their composition can lead to disorders that include inflammatory bowel disease, allergy, autoimmune disease, diabetes, mental disorders, and cancer. Hence, restoration of the gut flora following changes or imbalance is imperative for the host...
May 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426403/pcr-denaturing-gradient-gel-electrophoresis-as-a-useful-method-to-identify-of-intestinal-bacteria-flora-in-haemaphysalis-flava-ticks
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Tian-Yin Cheng, Guo-Hua Liu
Ticks are blood-sucking ectoparasites of great medical and veterinary significance that can transmit bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses, causing a variety of human and animal diseases worldwide. In the present study, the intestinal bacterial flora associated with Haemaphysalis flava ticks in different developmental stages were analyzed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Eleven distinct DGGE bands were found using PCR-DGGE method. Sequences analyses indicated that they belonged to Bacillus cereus, Candidatus rickettsia, Erwinia sp...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424690/bacillus-subtilis-improves-immunity-and-disease-resistance-in-rabbits
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Mengjiao Guo, Fahao Wu, Guangen Hao, Qin Qi, Rong Li, Ning Li, Liangmeng Wei, Tongjie Chai
Probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium have been successfully used to promote growth and prevent diseases. Previous reports have demonstrated that Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) was a potential probiotic for animals. In this research, 180 B. subtilis were isolated from the soil, identified, and investigated in vitro. Furthermore, five B. subtilis were selected and mixed to investigate their effect on growth performance, immune response, intestine microbiota, and disease resistance in rabbits...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422543/newer-insights-into-the-antidiarrheal-effects-of-acacia-catechu-willd-extract-in-guinea-pig
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Matteo Micucci, Roberto Gotti, Ivan Corazza, Gabriella Tocci, Alberto Chiarini, Marta De Giorgio, Luca Camarda, Maria Frosini, Carla Marzetti, Monica Cevenini, Roberta Budriesi
Acacia catechu Willd. is a plant diffused in India and other Asian countries, where it is used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of several ailments including diarrhea, one of the most common pathologies worldwide. In this study, we determined the chemical composition of Acacia catechu Willd. extract (AC) and evaluated its effect on spontaneous and induced contractility in isolated guinea pig ileum and proximal colon. Preliminary data about its antimicrobial effect against some pathogen agents versus some microbiota intestinal strain have been also reported...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420276/the-influence-of-maternal-vaginal-flora-on-the-intestinal-colonization-in-newborns-and-3-month-old-infants
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Iwona Gabriel, Anita Olejek, Krystyna Stencel-Gabriel, Miroslaw Wielgoś
The role of maternal vaginal bacteria on the colonization of neonatal gut is still matter of discussion. Our aim was estimate the role of maternal vaginal flora on the development of intestinal flora in neonates and 3- months-old infants. 79 maternal-neonatal pairs were included in the study. Vaginal swabs were taken before the rupture of membranes after admission to the delivery ward. First neonatal stool (meconium) and stool at 3-months-old infants were collected and cultured. All samples were subject to a microbiological analysis for Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Bifidobacterium, Clostridium (including Cl...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413456/role-of-stem-cell-growth-factor-c-kit-in-the-pathogenesis-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Yuna Chai, Yusheng Huang, Hongmei Tang, Xing Tu, Jianbo He, Ting Wang, Qingye Zhang, Fen Xiong, Detang Li, Zhenwen Qiu
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disease with a complicated etiopathogenesis, often characterized by gastrointestinal motility disorder and high visceral sensitivity. IBS is a comprehensive multi-systemic disorder, with the interaction of multiple factors, such as mental stress, intestinal function and flora, heredity, resulting in the disease. The existence of a common mechanism underlying the aforementioned factors is currently unknown. The lack of therapies that comprehensively address the disease symptoms, including abdominal pain and diarrhea, is a limitation of current IBS management...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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