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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829923/high-intake-of-dairy-during-energy-restriction-does-not-affect-energy-balance-or-the-intestinal-microflora-compared-to-low-dairy-intake-in-overweight-individuals-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#1
Line Quist Bendtsen, Trine Blædel, Jacob Bak Holm, Janne Kunchel Lorenzen, Alicja Budek Mark, Pia Kiilerich, Karsten Kristiansen, Arne Astrup, Lesli Hingstrup Larsen
During weight loss, dairy calcium is proposed to accelerate weight and fat mass loss through increased fecal fat excretion. The primary objective was to investigate if a high-dairy energy-restricted diet is superior to low-dairy in terms of changes in body weight, body composition and fecal fat excretion over 24 weeks. Secondary objectives included fecal energy and calcium excretion, resting energy expenditure, blood pressure, lipid metabolism and gut microbiota. In a randomized, parallel-arm intervention study 11 men and 69 women (BMI 30...
August 22, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829239/investigating-the-photocatalytic-degradation-property-of-pt-pd-and-ni-nanoparticles-loaded-tio2-nanotubes-powder-prepared-via-rapid-breakdown-anodization
#2
T Manovah David, P Wilson, R Mahesh, S Dhanavel, Shamima Hussain, S Jacob Melvin Boby, A Stephen, C Ramesh, P Sagayaraj
The present study was performed to investigate the photocatalytic efficiency of the Titania (TiO2) nanotubes (NTs) powder prepared via rapid breakdown anodization (RBA) sensitized individually with Ni, Pd and Pt metal nanoparticles (NPs). The TiO2 NTs powder had the length of 5 - 6 μm, the outer diameter between 20 and 25 nm and, the wall thickness of 3 to 4 nm as observed in the scanning and transmission electron microscopes. The crystal structure analysis employing X-ray diffraction indicated the presence of Pt, Pd and Ni NPs in FCC phase over the anatase TiO2 NTs powder...
August 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822986/insights-in-pathogenesis-of-multiple-sclerosis-nitric-oxide-may-induce-mitochondrial-dysfunction-of-oligodendrocytes
#3
Minghong Lan, Xiaoyi Tang, Jie Zhang, Zhongxiang Yao
Demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), are kinds of common diseases in the central nervous system (CNS), and originated from myelin loss and axonal damage. Oligodendrocyte dysfunction is the direct reason of demyelinating lesions in the CNS. Nitric oxide (NO) plays an important role in the pathological process of demyelinating diseases. Although the neurotoxicity of NO is more likely mediated by peroxynitrite rather than NO itself, NO can impair oligodendrocyte energy metabolism through mediating the damaging of mitochondrial DNA, mitochondrial membrane and mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes...
August 21, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822960/loss-of-perilipin-2-in-cultured-myotubes-enhances-lipolysis-and-redirects-the-metabolic-energy-balance-from-glucose-oxidation-towards-fatty-acid-oxidation
#4
Yuan Z Feng, Jenny Lund, Yuchuan Li, Irlin K Knabenes, Siril S Bakke, Eili Tranheim Kase, Yun K Lee, Alan R Kimmel, G Hege Thoresen, Arild Christian Rustan, Knut Tomas Dalen
Lipid droplet (LD) coating proteins are essential for the formation and stability of intracellular LDs. Plin2 is an abundant LD coating protein in skeletal muscle, but its importance for muscle function is unclear. We show that myotubes established from Plin2-/- mice contain reduced content of LDs and accumulate less oleic acid in triacylglycerol (TAG), due to elevated LD hydrolysis compared to Plin2+/+ myotubes. The reduced ability to store TAG in LDs in Plin2-/- myotubes is accompanied by a shift in energy metabolism...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822286/effect-of-torrefaction-conditions-on-greenhouse-crop-residue-optimization-of-conditions-to-upgrade-solid-characteristics
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Irene Iáñez-Rodríguez, María Ángeles Martín-Lara, Gabriel Blázquez, Antonio Pérez, Mónica Calero
This work investigated the possibility of using a greenhouse crop waste as a fuel, since it is an abundant residue in the Mediterranean area of Spain. The residue is mainly composed by biomass with a little quantity of plastic. The physical and chemical characteristics of the biomass were determined by elemental analysis, proximate analysis, FT-IR, FE-SEM and thermogravimetry. Additionally, a torrefaction process was carried out as a pre-treatment to improve the energy properties of the biomass material. The optimal conditions (time and temperature) of torrefaction were found to be 263°C and 15min using the gain and loss method...
August 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821848/reconfiguration-of-quantum-states-in-formula-see-text-symmetric-quasi-one-dimensional-lattices
#6
Jung-Wan Ryu, Nojoon Myoung, Hee Chul Park
We demonstrate mesoscopic transport through quantum states in quasi-1D lattices maintaining the combination of parity and time-reversal symmetries by controlling energy gain and loss. We investigate the phase diagram of the non-Hermitian system where transitions take place between unbroken and broken [Formula: see text]-symmetric phases via exceptional points. Quantum transport in the lattice is measured only in the unbroken phases in the energy band-but not in the broken phases. The broken phase allows for spontaneous symmetry-broken states where the cross-stitch lattice is separated into two identical single lattices corresponding to conditionally degenerate eigenstates...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821606/flipping-a-citrate-switch-on-liver-cancer-cells
#7
Jeffrey M Peters
Energy homeostasis and oncogenic signaling are critical determinants of the growth of human liver cancer cells, providing a strong rationale to elucidate the regulatory mechanisms for these systems. A new study reports that loss of solute carrier family 13 member 5, which transports citrate across cell membranes, halts liver cancer cell growth by altering both energy production and mammalian target of rapamycin signaling in human liver cancer cell lines and in both an in vitro and in vivo model of liver tumors, suggesting a new target for liver cancer chemoprevention and/or chemotherapy...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821551/coordinated-regulation-of-the-eii-man-and-frurki-operons-of-streptococcus-mutans-by-global-and-fructose-specific-pathways
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Lin Zeng, Brinta Chakraborty, Tanaz Farivar, Robert A Burne
The glucose/mannose-PTS permease EII(Man) encoded by manLMN in the dental caries pathogen Streptococcus mutans has a dominant influence on sugar-specific, CcpA-independent catabolite repression (CR). Mutations in manL affect energy metabolism and virulence-associated traits, including biofilm formation, acid tolerance and competence. Using promoter:reporter fusions, expression of the manLMN and the fruRKI operons, encoding a transcriptional regulator, a fructose-1-P kinase and a fructose-PTS permease EII(Fru), respectively, was monitored in response to carbohydrate source and in mutants lacking CcpA, FruR, and components of EII(Man) Expression of genes for EII(Man) and EII(Fru) was directly regulated by CcpA and CR, as evinced by in vivo and in vitro methods...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819652/quantitative-first-principles-calculations-of-valence-and-core-excitation-spectra-of-solid-c60
#9
F Fossard, G Hug, K Gilmore, J J Kas, J J Rehr, F D Vila, E L Shirley
We present calculated valence and C 1s near-edge excitation spectra of solid C60 and experimental results measured with high-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The near-edge calculations are carried out using three different methods: solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) as implemented in the OCEAN suite (Obtaining Core Excitations with ab initio methods and the NIST BSE solver), the excited-electron core-hole approach (XCH), and the constrained-occupancy method using the Stockholm-Berlin core-excitation code, StoBe...
March 2017: Physical Review. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818558/current-and-emerging-pharmacotherapies-for-obesity-in-australia
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REVIEW
Samantha Hocking, Anthony Dear, Michael A Cowley
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major issue in Australia and globally. Many individuals struggle to maintain weight loss with lifestyle modification, and adjunctive pharmacotherapy may help. Historically, there have been limited pharmacotherapies for managing obesity. In addition, previous treatments such as phentermine-fenfluramine, rimonabant and sibutramine were withdrawn due to safety issues, resulting in lingering safety concerns. METHODS: This is a narrative review of published data examining four new pharmacotherapy options for weight management in Australia...
August 14, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817726/evaluation-of-peptide-designing-strategy-against-subunit-reassociation-in-mucin-1-a-steered-molecular-dynamics-approach
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J Lesitha Jeeva Kumari, R Jesu Jaya Sudan, C Sudandiradoss
Subunit reassociation in mucin 1, a breast cancer tumor marker, is reported as one of the critical factors for its cytoplasmic activation. Inhibition of its heterodimeric association would therefore result in loss of its function and alter disease progression. The present study aimed at evaluating peptide inhibitor designing strategies that may serve as antagonist against this receptor-ligand alliance. Several peptides and their derivatives were designed based on native residues, subunit interface, hydrogen bonding and secondary structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816374/no-change-in-energy-efficiency-in-lactation-insights-from-a-longitudinal-study
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Richard L Bender, Heather S Williams, Darna L Dufour
OBJECTIVES: Lactation is the most energy-demanding phase of reproduction for human females, but it is still unclear how women in different environments are able to meet this additional energy demand. Previous studies have investigated whether changes in metabolism could have an energy-sparing effect in lactation, with conflicting results. Here, we asked whether increased energy efficiency in physical activity serves as an energy-sparing mechanism in lactation. METHODS: We used a longitudinal design with a control group...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816178/plasmon-modes-of-bilayer-molybdenum-disulfide-a-density-functional-study
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Zahra Torbatian, Reza Asgari
We explore the collective electronic excitations of bilayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) using the density functional theory together with the random phase approximation. The many-body dielectric function and electron energy-loss spectra are calculated using an ab initio based model involving material-realistic physical properties. The electron energy-loss function of bilayer MoS2 system is found to be sensitive to either electron or hole doping and it is owing to the fact that the Kohn-Sham band dispersions are not symmetric for energies above and below the zero Fermi level...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815888/friction-and-wetting-transitions-of-magnetic-droplets-on-micropillared-superhydrophobic-surfaces
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Anas Al-Azawi, Mika Latikka, Ville Jokinen, Sami Franssila, Robin H A Ras
Reliable characterization of wetting properties is essential for the development and optimization of superhydrophobic surfaces. Here, the dynamics of superhydrophobicity is studied including droplet friction and wetting transitions by using droplet oscillations on micropillared surfaces. Analyzing droplet oscillations by high-speed camera makes it possible to obtain energy dissipation parameters such as contact angle hysteresis force and viscous damping coefficients, which indicate pinning and viscous losses, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815763/does-low-energy-collision-induced-dissociation-of-lithiated-and-sodiated-carbohydrates-always-occur-at-anomeric-carbon-of-reducing-end
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Shang-Ting Tsai, Jien-Lian Chen, Chi-Kung Ni
RATIONALE: Collision-induced dissociation (CID) tandem mass spectrometry is one of the major methods in the structural determination of carbohydrates. Previous experimental studies and theoretical investigation of lithiated and sodiated underivatized carbohydrates seem to indicate that dehydration reaction and cross ring dissociation of low-energy CID mainly occur at the anomeric carbon of reducing end. However, these studies only investigated few carbohydrates. METHODS: ESI-MS/MS spectra of [M+Li](+) and [M+Na](+) ions of several (18) O1-labeled monosaccharides and disaccharides at O1 of reducing end were studied using linear ion trap mass spectrometer...
August 16, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814527/effects-of-nicotine-on-homeostatic-and-hedonic-components-of-food-intake
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REVIEW
Andrea Stojakovic, Enma P Espinosa, Osman T Farhad, Kabirullah Lutfy
Chronic tobacco use leads to nicotine addiction that is characterized by exaggerated urges to use the drug despite the accompanying negative health and socioeconomic burdens. Interestingly, nicotine users are found to be leaner than the general population. Review of the existing literature revealed that nicotine affects energy homeostasis and food consumption via altering the activity of neurons containing orexigenic and anorexigenic peptides in the brain. Hypothalamus is one of the critical brain areas that regulates energy balance via the action of these neuropeptides...
October 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814064/electrical-properties-assessed-by-bioelectrical-impedance-spectroscopy-as-biomarkers-of-age-related-loss-of-skeletal-muscle-quantity-and-quality
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Yosuke Yamada, Bjoern Buehring, Diane Krueger, Rozalyn M Anderson, Dale A Schoeller, Neil Binkley
Skeletal muscle, in addition to being comprised of a heterogeneous muscle fiber population, also includes extracellular components that do not contribute to positive tensional force production. Here we test segmental bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy (S-BIS) to assess muscle intracellular mass and composition. S-BIS can evaluate electrical properties that may be related to muscle force production. Muscle fiber membranes separate the intracellular components from the extracellular environment and consist of lipid bilayers which act as an electrical capacitor...
September 1, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813011/insights-into-the-effect-of-the-g245s-single-point-mutation-on-the-structure-of-p53-and-the-binding-of-the-protein-to-dna
#18
Marco Gaetano Lepre, Sara Ibrahim Omar, Gianvito Grasso, Umberto Morbiducci, Marco Agostino Deriu, Jack A Tuszynski
The transcription factor p53 is a potent tumor suppressor dubbed as the "guardian of the genome" because of its ability to orchestrate protective biological outputs in response to a variety of oncogenic stresses. Mutation and thus inactivation of p53 can be found in 50% of human tumors. The majority are missense mutations located in the DNA binding region. Among them, G245S is known to be a structural hotspot mutation. To understand the behaviors and differences between the wild-type and mutant, both a dimer of the wild type p53 (wt-p53) and its G245S mutant (G245S-mp53), complexed with DNA, were simulated using molecular dynamics for more than 1 μs...
August 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812749/radical-driven-processes-within-a-peptidic-sequence-of-type-i-collagen-upon-single-photon-ionisation-in-the-gas-phase
#19
Lucas Schwob, Mathieu Lalande, Dmitrii Egorov, Jimmy Rangama, Ronnie Hoekstra, Violaine Vizcaino, Thomas Schlathölter, Jean-Christophe Poully
We report on an experimental single-photon absorption study on gas-phase protonated collagen peptides employing a combination of mass spectrometry and synchrotron radiation. Partial ion yields for the main photoabsorption products vary steadily with photon energy over the range from 14 to 545 eV. At low energy, non-dissociative photoionisation competes with neutral molecule loss from the precursor ion, whereas fragmentation of the peptide backbone dominates at soft X-ray energies. Neutral molecule losses from the ionised peptide are found to have low energy barriers and most likely involve amino-acid residue side-chains with radical character, in particular aspartic acid...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812023/use-of-a-polyethylene-bag-to-reduce-perioperative-regional-and-whole-body-heat-losses-in-low-birth-weight-neonates
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Pierre Tourneux, Estelle Durand, Amandine Pelletier, Laurent Ghyselen, Véronique Bach, Jean-Pierre Libert
In the delivery room, wrapping a low-birth-weight neonate (defined as ≤2.499 g) in a polyethylene bag reduces the risk of hypothermia. However, extended use of the bag (e.g., during neonatal surgery) might conceivably increase the risk of thermal stress and thus body overheating. Here, we assessed the efficacy of a polyethylene bag in infants assigned to wrap (W) or nonwrap (NW, control) groups during placement of a percutaneous vena cava catheter by applying a new mathematical model that calculates heat exchanges for covered and uncovered body segments...
2017: BioMed Research International
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