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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086963/near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-body-fat-sensing-in-neonates-quantitative-analysis-by-gamos-simulations
#1
Fatin Hamimi Mustafa, Peter W Jones, Alistair L McEwan
BACKGROUND: Under-nutrition in neonates is closely linked to low body fat percentage. Undernourished neonates are exposed to immediate mortality as well as unwanted health impacts in their later life including obesity and hypertension. One potential low cost approach for obtaining direct measurements of body fat is near-infrared (NIR) interactance. The aims of this study were to model the effect of varying volume fractions of melanin and water in skin over NIR spectra, and to define sensitivity of NIR reflection on changes of thickness of subcutaneous fat...
January 11, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077650/melanin-or-melanin-like-substance-interacts-with-the-n-terminal-portion-of-prion-protein-and-inhibits-abnormal-prion-protein-formation-in-prion-infected-cells
#2
Taichi Hamanaka, Keiko Nishizawa, Yuji Sakasegawa, Ayumi Oguma, Kenta Teruya, Hiroshi Kurahashi, Hideyuki Hara, Suehiro Sakaguchi, Katsumi Doh-Ura
Prion diseases are progressive fatal neurodegenerative illnesses caused by the accumulation of transmissible abnormal prion protein (PrP). To find treatments for prion diseases, we searched for substances from natural resources that inhibit abnormal PrP formation in prion-infected cells. We found that high-molecular-weight components from insect cuticle extracts reduced abnormal PrP levels. The chemical nature of these components was consistent with that of melanin. In fact, synthetic melanin produced from tyrosine or 3-hydroxy-l-tyrosine inhibited abnormal PrP formation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070301/blood-serum-retinol-levels-in-asinara-white-donkeys-reflect-albinism-induced-metabolic-adaptation-to-photoperiod-at-mediterranean-latitudes
#3
Maria Grazia Cappai, Maria Grazia Antonietta Lunesu, Francesca Accioni, Massimo Liscia, Mauro Pusceddu, Lucia Burrai, Maria Nieddu, Corrado Dimauro, Gianpiero Boatto, Walter Pinna
Previous works on albinism form of Asinara white donkeys (Equus asinus) identified the mutation leading to the peculiar phenotype spread to all specimens of the breed. Inbreeding naturally occurred under geographic isolation, on Asinara Island, in the Mediterranean Sea. Albino individuals can be more susceptible to develop health problems when exposed to natural sun radiation. Alternative metabolic pathways involved in photoprotection were explored in this trial. Nutrition-related metabolites are believed to contribute to the conservation of Asinara donkeys, in which melanin, guaranteeing photoprotection, is lacking...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065683/cutaneous-features-of-myotonic-dystrophy-types-1-and-2-implication-of-premature-aging-and-vitamin-d-homeostasis
#4
Elena Campione, Annalisa Botta, Monia Di Prete, Emanuele Rastelli, Manuela Gibellini, Antonio Petrucci, Sergio Bernardini, Giuseppe Novelli, Luca Bianchi, Augusto Orlandi, Roberto Massa, Chiara Terracciano
Skin changes have been described in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). However, whether and in which way skin is a target of specific disease alterations in DM1 and DM2 has not been yet clarified. This study aims to explore cutaneous features of DM1 and DM2 patients. Skin examination was performed in 60 DM1, 15 DM2, and 103 control, unselected patients by means of dermoscopy. It revealed quantitative and qualitative abnormalities of nevi and typical signs of premature aging in both DM1 and DM2 patients, with a significantly higher frequency of dysplastic nevi, alopecia, xerosis and seborrheic dermatitis...
November 16, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063031/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-afamelanotide-and-its-clinical-use-in-treating-dermatologic-disorders
#5
REVIEW
Elisabeth I Minder, Jasmin Barman-Aksoezen, Xiaoye Schneider-Yin
Afamelanotide, the first α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) analogue, synthesized in 1980, was broadly investigated in all aspects of pigmentation because its activity and stability were higher than the natural hormone. Afamelanotide binds to the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), and MC1R signaling increases melanin synthesis, induces antioxidant activities, enhances DNA repair processes and modulates inflammation. The loss-of-function variants of the MC1R present in fair-skinned Caucasians are less effectively activated by the natural hormone...
January 6, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061506/role-of-rem-sleep-melanin-concentrating-hormone-and-orexin-hypocretin-systems-in-the-sleep-deprivation-pre-ischemia
#6
Marta Pace, Antoine Adamantidis, Laura Facchin, Claudio Bassetti
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Sleep reduction after stroke is linked to poor recovery in patients. Conversely, a neuroprotective effect is observed in animals subjected to acute sleep deprivation (SD) before ischemia. This neuroprotection is associated with an increase of the sleep, melanin concentrating hormone (MCH) and orexin/hypocretin (OX) systems. This study aims to 1) assess the relationship between sleep and recovery; 2) test the association between MCH and OX systems with the pathological mechanisms of stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056409/efficacy-of-metformin-in-human-single-hair-fibre-by-atr-ftir-spectroscopy-coupled-with-statistical-analysis
#7
Kamatchi Sundaramoorthi, Gunasekaran Sethu, Sailatha Ethirajulu, Pavithra Raja Marthandam
Diabetes mellitus is chronic metabolic disorder, resulting from insulin deficiency, characterized by hyperglycemia altered metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids and an increased risk of vascular complications. There are different classes of anti-diabetic drugs in allopathic system of medicine. Metformin (dimethyl biguanide) is a blood glucose lowering agent used in the treatment of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Almost in all diseases the blood serves as the primary metabolic transport system in the body...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053003/melanin-concentrating-hormone-in-peripheral-circulation-in-the-human
#8
Jane Naufahu, Fawaz Alzaid, Marcela Fiuza Brito, Barbora Doslikova, Tania Marcela Valencia, Adam Cunliffe, Joanne F Murray
Melanin concentrating hormone (MCH) is a hypothalamic neuropeptide with a well-characterised role in energy homeostasis and emergent roles in diverse physiologic functions such as arousal, mood and reproduction. Work to date has predominantly focused on its hypothalamic functions using animal models however little attention has been paid to its role in circulation in humans. The aims of this study were to a) develop a radioimmunoassay for the detection of MCH in human plasma; b) establish reference ranges for circulating MCH; and c) characterize the pattern of expression of circulating MCH in humans...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051915/alisol-b-a-triterpene-from-alismatis-rhizoma-dried-rhizome-of-alisma-orientale-inhibits-melanin-production-in-murine-b16-melanoma-cells
#9
Ichiro Yoshida, Chihiro Ito, Shinya Matsuda, Akihiko Tsuji, Noriyuki Yanaka, Keizo Yuasa
To develop new whitening agents from natural products, we screened 80 compounds derived from crude drugs in Kampo medicine in a melanin synthesis inhibition assay using murine B16 melanoma cells. The screen revealed that treatment with alisol B, a triterpene from Alismatis rhizoma, significantly decreased both melanin content and cellular tyrosinase activity in B16 cells. However, alisol B did not directly inhibit mushroom tyrosinase activity in vitro. Therefore, we investigated the mechanism underlying the inhibitory effect of alisol B on melanogenesis...
January 4, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035958/a-multifunctional-and-possible-skin-uv-protectant-3r-5-hydroxymellein-produced-by-an-endolichenic-fungus-isolated-from-parmotrema-austrosinense
#10
Lu Zhao, Jin-Cheol Kim, Man-Jeong Paik, Wonjae Lee, Jae-Seoun Hur
Lichens are considered a great bio-resource because they produce large numbers of secondary metabolites with many biological activities; however, they have not been cultivated under artificial conditions to date. As a result, lichen substances from natural sources are limited and have not been widely utilized in commercial applications. Accordingly, interest in lichen-associated fungi, especially endogenic fungi, has increased. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight is harmful to human health, resulting in demand for effective UV filtering agents for use in sunscreen...
December 26, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035181/functional-connectivity-of-basolateral-amygdala-neurons-carrying-orexin-receptors-and-melanin-concentrating-hormone-receptors-in-regulating-sociability-and-mood-related-behaviors
#11
Tae-Kyung Kim, Pyung-Lim Han
Chronic stress induces changes in neuronal functions in specific brain regions regulating sociability and mood-related behaviors. Recently we reported that stress-induced persistent upregulation of the neuropeptides orexin and melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the resulting activation of orexin receptors or MCH receptors within the BLA produced deficits in sociability and mood-related behaviors. In the present study, we investigated the neural targets that were innervated by BLA neurons containing orexin receptors or MCH receptors...
December 2016: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034352/development-of-a-novel-carbon-11-labeled-pet-radioligand-for-melanin-concentrating-hormone-receptor-1
#12
Hideyuki Igawa, Vladimir Stepanov, Lenke Tari, Shoki Okuda, Syunsuke Yamamoto, Shizuo Kasai, Yasutaka Nagisa, Jenny Häggkvist, Marie Svedberg, Miklós Tóth, Akihiro Takano, Christer Halldin
Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) is an attractive target for antiobesity agents and many drug discovery programs have been dedicated to identify small-molecule antagonists of melanin-concentrating hormone receptor 1 (MCHR1). The aim of this study was to develop a positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for MCHR1 for translation of preclinical pharmacology to clinic to enhance success rate of drug discovery programs. We identified 4-(cyclopropylmethoxy)-N-[8-methyl-3-({[(1-methyl-1H-pyrrol-2-yl)methyl]amino}ethyl)quinolin-7-yl]benzamide (Compound II) from Takeda MCHR1 antagonist library by utilizing binding affinity, log D value, physicochemical parameters ideal for a central nerve system agent, and synthetic feasibility of corresponding carbon-11 labeled radioligands as selection parameters for tracer candidates...
December 30, 2016: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029781/aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-activation-contributes-to-benzanthrone-induced-hyperpigmentation-via-modulation-of-melanogenic-signaling-pathways
#13
Sabiya Abbas, Shamshad Alam, Krishna P Singh, Mahadeo Kumar, Shailendra K Gupta, Kausar M Ansari
Benzanthrone (BA), an oxidized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), has been found to be a potential health threat to occupational workers involved in dye manufacturing factories. It has been observed that occupational workers become exposed to BA either during manufacturing, pulverization, or storage and developed various kinds of skin diseases like contact dermatitis, itching, erythema, roughness, and foremost, hyperpigmentation. It has been shown that some environmental organic pollutants (POPs) like dioxins, furans, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may act as ligands for the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and regulate hyperpigmentation...
January 12, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028232/two-independent-s-phase-checkpoints-regulate-appressorium-mediated-plant-infection-by-the-rice-blast-fungus-magnaporthe-oryzae
#14
Míriam Osés-Ruiz, Wasin Sakulkoo, George R Littlejohn, Magdalena Martin-Urdiroz, Nicholas J Talbot
To cause rice blast disease, the fungal pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae develops a specialized infection structure called an appressorium. This dome-shaped, melanin-pigmented cell generates enormous turgor and applies physical force to rupture the rice leaf cuticle using a rigid penetration peg. Appressorium-mediated infection requires septin-dependent reorientation of the F-actin cytoskeleton at the base of the infection cell, which organizes polarity determinants necessary for plant cell invasion. Here, we show that plant infection by M...
December 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027430/pharmacological-properties-of-melanin-and-its-function-in-health
#15
Adila Salih ElObeid, Afaf Kamal-Eldin, Mohamed Anwar K Abdelhalim, Adil M Haseeb
The biological pigment melanin is present in most of the biological systems. It manifests a host of biological and pharmacological properties. Its role as a molecule with special properties and functions affecting general health, including photo-protective and immunological action are well recognised. Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulatory, radio-protective, hepatic, gastrointestinal and hypoglycaemic benefits have only recently been recognised and studied. It is also associated with certain disorders of the nervous system...
December 27, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026947/biodegradable-kojic-acid-based-polymers-controlled-delivery-of-bioactives-for-melanogenesis-inhibition
#16
Jonathan J Faig, Alysha Moretti, Laurie B Joseph, Yingyue Zhang, Mary Joy Nova, Kervin Smith, Kathryn E Uhrich
Kojic acid (KA) is a naturally occurring fungal metabolite that is utilized as a skin-lightener and anti-browning agent owing to its potent tyrosinase inhibition activity. While efficacious, KA's inclination to undergo pH-mediated, thermal-, and photo-degradation reduces its efficacy, necessitating stabilizing vehicles. To minimize degradation, poly(carbonate-esters) and polyesters comprised of KA and natural diacids were prepared via solution polymerization methods. In vitro hydrolytic degradation analyses revealed KA release was drastically influenced by polymer backbone composition (e...
December 27, 2016: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025230/mechanisms-for-hepatobiliary-toxicity-in-rats-treated-with-an-antagonist-of-melanin-concentrating-hormone-receptor-1-mchr1
#17
Monicah A Otieno, Vasanthi Bhaskaran, Evan Janovitz, Yimer Callejas, William B Foster, William Washburn, John R Megill, Lois Lehman-McKeeman, Brian Gemzik
The objective of this work was to investigate the mechanisms of hepatobiliary toxicity caused by thienopyrimidone MCHR1 antagonists using BMS-773174 as a tool molecule. Co-administration of the pan CYP inhibitor 1-aminobenzotriazole with BMS-773174 prevented hepatobiliary damage, and direct delivery of the diol metabolite BMS-769750 caused hepatobiliary toxicity, identifying the diol and possibly its downstream hydroxyacid (BMS-800754) metabolite as the toxic species. Rat liver gene expression revealed treatment-related changes in hepatic transporters and induction of oval cell-specific genes including deleted malignant tumor 1 (Dmbt1)...
October 20, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024137/-secrets-of-the-red-headed
#18
REVIEW
Zygmunt Zdrojewicz, Małgorzata Kowalik, Adam Jagodziński
Only 1-2% of people is red-headed but in the Russian Udmurt Republic or United Kingdom they can be met more often. A specific variant of MC1R gene (R allele) is responsible for the red hair. The gene encodes a receptor for melanocortins. These substances stimulate melanocytes to product melanin- a dye of the skin which is transported to keratinocytes. It protects a cellular nucleus from ultraviolet radiation. Melanin has two types: eumelanin which is dark brown or even black and red/orange pheomelanin. The second one is mostly observed in red-headed which is caused by R allele...
December 22, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019642/recent-updates-on-melanocyte-biology-and-the-use-of-promising-bioactive-compounds-for-the-treatment-of-hypopigmentary-disorders-a-review
#19
Sharique A Ali, Ishrat Naaz, Kamal Uddin Zaidi, Ayesha Sharique Ali
Skin pigmentation is a broadly appearing phenomenon in nature which plays an important task of determining the appearance and biology of all vertebrates including human beings. Skin color is a crucial attribute, determined by the synthesis of melanin pigment within melanocytes by the process of melanogenesis and is regulated by many extrinsic as well as intrinsic factors. Tyrosinase catalyzes the key step of melanogenesis, dysfunction of tyrosinase leads to reduce melanin production which results in severe clinical and aesthetical problems of hypopigmentation...
December 23, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019108/two-new-compounds-from-the-seeds-of-vernonia-anthelmintica
#20
Zulipiya Maimaiti, Ablajan Turak, Haji Akber Aisa
Two new compounds, named benzoyl-vernovan (1) and 2-(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-6-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one (2), together with one biflavonoid (3), one aurone (4) and six flavonoids were isolated from the seeds of Vernonia anthelmintica. Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analyses and comparison with published data, and their influence on melanin content in B16 melanoma cells were tested. 5 and 9 increased melanin content by 2.2% and 30.9% higher than positive control 8-methoxypsoralen.
December 25, 2016: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
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