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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153456/association-of-mortality-with-ocular-diseases-and-visual-impairment-in-the-age-related-eye-disease-study-2-age-related-eye-disease-study-2-report-number-13
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Chandana Papudesu, Traci E Clemons, Elvira Agrón, Emily Y Chew
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association of mortality with visual acuity (VA) impairment, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and cataract surgery. DESIGN: Cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Participants with at least intermediate AMD enrolled in a randomized controlled clinical trial of lutein/zeaxanthin and/or omega-3 fatty acids, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2), for treatment of AMD and cataract. METHODS: Baseline and annual eye examinations included best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) assessments, slit-lamp examinations, and stereoscopic fundus photographs that were centrally graded for development of late AMD (central geographic atrophy or neovascular AMD) or pseudophakia...
November 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075031/limited-evidence-for-interventions-to-treat-oral-leukoplakia
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Silvia Spivakovsky
Data sourcesCochrane Oral Health's Trials Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Medline Ovid, Embase, Ovid, CancerLit via PubMed. MetaRegister of Controlled Trials, ClinicalTrials.gov and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform were searched for ongoing trials.The reference lists of included studies and existing reviews were manually searched.Study selectionRandomised control trials (RCTs) including patients diagnosed with oral leukoplakia comparing any treatment to placebo or no treatment were included with no restrictions on language or date of publication...
October 27, 2017: Evidence-based Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074648/draft-nuclear-genome-sequence-of-the-halophilic-and-beta-carotene-accumulating-green-alga-dunaliella-salina-strain-ccap19-18
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Juergen E W Polle, Kerrie Barry, John Cushman, Jeremy Schmutz, Duc Tran, Leyla T Hathwaik, Won C Yim, Jerry Jenkins, Zaid McKie-Krisberg, Simon Prochnik, Erika Lindquist, Rhyan B Dockter, Catherine Adam, Henrik Molina, Jakob Bunkenborg, EonSeon Jin, Mark Buchheim, Jon Magnuson
The halotolerant alga Dunaliella salina is a model for stress tolerance and is used commercially for production of beta-carotene (=pro-vitamin A). The presented draft genome of the genuine strain CCAP19/18 will allow investigations into metabolic processes involved in regulation of stress responses, including carotenogenesis and adaptations to life in high-salinity environments.
October 26, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050286/a-prospective-study-of-serum-metabolites-and-glioma-risk
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Jiaqi Huang, Stephanie J Weinstein, Cari M Kitahara, Edward D Karoly, Joshua N Sampson, Demetrius Albanes
Malignant glioma is one of the most lethal adult cancers, yet its etiology remains largely unknown. We conducted a prospective serum metabolomic analysis of glioma based on 64 cases and 64 matched controls selected from Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study. Median time from collection of baseline fasting serum to diagnosis was nine years (inter-decile range 3-20 years). LC/MS-MS identified 730 known metabolites, and conditional logistic regression models estimated odds ratios for one-standard deviation differences in log-metabolite signals...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016195/critical-assessment-of-analytical-techniques-in-the-search-for-biomarkers-on-mars-a-mummified-microbial-mat-from-antarctica-as-a-best-case-scenario
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Yolanda Blanco, Ignacio Gallardo-Carreño, Marta Ruiz-Bermejo, Fernando Puente-Sánchez, Erika Cavalcante-Silva, Antonio Quesada, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, Víctor Parro
The search for biomarkers of present or past life is one of the major challenges for in situ planetary exploration. Multiple constraints limit the performance and sensitivity of remote in situ instrumentation. In addition, the structure, chemical, and mineralogical composition of the sample may complicate the analysis and interpretation of the results. The aim of this work is to highlight the main constraints, performance, and complementarity of several techniques that have already been implemented or are planned to be implemented on Mars for detection of organic and molecular biomarkers on a best-case sample scenario...
October 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989861/tackling-vitamin-a-deficiency-with-biofortified-sweetpotato-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Jan W Low, Robert O M Mwanga, Maria Andrade, Edward Carey, Anna-Marie Ball
Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is a rich plant-based source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. In sub-Saharan Africa, sweetpotato is known as a food security crop but most varieties grown are high dry matter white-fleshed types, lacking beta-carotene. In 1995, researchers recognized the potential of OFSP varieties to address widespread vitamin A deficiency in SSA using an integrated agriculture-nutrition approach. With their partners, they confronted conventional wisdom concerning food-based approaches and institutional barriers, to build the evidence base and breed 42 OFSP varieties adapted to farmer needs and consumer preferences...
September 2017: Global Food Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983399/carotenoids-as-potential-antioxidant-agents-in-stroke-prevention-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ahmad Bahonar, Mohammad Saadatnia, Fariborz Khorvash, Mohammadreza Maracy, Alireza Khosravi
Stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases are among the most common causes of death worldwide. Prevention of modifiable risk factors is a cost-effective approach to decrease the risk of stroke. Oxidative stress is regarded as the major flexible operative agent in ischemic brain damage. This review presents recent scientific advances in understanding the role of carotenoids as antioxidants in lowering stroke risk based on observational studies. We searched Medline using the following terms: (Carotenoids [MeSH] OR Carotenes [tiab] OR Carotene [tiab] OR "lycopene [Supplementary Concept]" [MeSH] OR lycopene [tiab] OR beta-Carotene [tiab]) AND (stroke [MeSH] OR stroke [tiab] OR "Cerebrovascular Accident" [tiab] OR "Cerebrovascular Apoplexy" [tiab] OR "Brain Vascular Accident" [tiab] OR "Cerebrovascular Stroke" [tiab]) AND ("oxidative stress" [MeSH] OR "oxidative stress"[tiab])...
2017: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963040/beta-carotene-as-a-novel-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-autistic-like-behavior-in-animal-models-of-autism
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Yosefa Avraham, Elliot M Berry, Marina Donskoy, Wiessam Abu Ahmad, Lia Vorobiev, Amnon Albeck, David Mankuta
Autism-affected individuals are characterized by lower plasma oxytocin and its ectoenzyme regulator CD38. Oxytocin, a hypothalamic hormone secreted upon the release of CD38, plays a role in social behavior and bonding. All-trans retinoic acid is a potent inducer of CD38 and can be used as a novel therapeutic strategy in autism. We investigated the role of beta-carotene in rescuing autistic-like behavior in BALB/c and BTBR mice. Beta-carotene derivatives are preferred as they are neither toxic nor teratogenic...
September 28, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919902/expression-differences-of-pigment-structural-genes-and-transcription-factors-explain-flesh-coloration-in-three-contrasting-kiwifruit-cultivars
#9
Yanfei Liu, Bin Zhou, Yingwei Qi, Xin Chen, Cuihua Liu, Zhande Liu, Xiaolin Ren
Fruits of kiwifruit cultivars (Actinidia chinensis and A. deliciosa) generally have green or yellow flesh when ripe. A small number of genotypes have red flesh but this coloration is usually restricted to the inner pericarp. Three kiwifruit cultivars having red ('Hongyang'), or yellow ('Jinnong-2'), or green ('Hayward') flesh were investigated for their color characteristics and pigment contents during development and ripening. The results show the yellow of the 'Jinnong-2' fruit is due to the combined effects of chlorophyll degradation and of beta-carotene accumulation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888617/relationships-between-bone-mass-and-dietary-lifestyle-habits-in-japanese-women-at-3-4-months-postpartum
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A Hoshino, A Yamada, R Tanabe, S Noda, K Nakaoka, Y Oku, C Katayama, M Haraikawa, H Nakano, M Harada, K Uenishi, M Goseki-Sone
OBJECTIVES: The relationships between calcaneal bone mass and dietary/lifestyle habits in women at 3-4 months postpartum were examined in the context of osteoporosis prevention. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHODS: We measured bone mass using calcaneal ultrasound in mothers who brought their 3- to 4-month-old babies to healthcare centers in Japan for health examination and administered a self-report questionnaire on physical characteristics and dietary/lifestyle habits to those who agreed to participate in the survey...
September 7, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878287/metabolomic-profiling-of-serum-retinol-in-the-alpha-tocopherol-beta-carotene-cancer-prevention-atbc-study
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Jiaqi Huang, Orestis A Panagiotou, Gabriella M Anic, Alison M Mondul, Linda M Liao, Andriy Derkach, Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, Stephanie J Weinstein, Demetrius Albanes
The role of retinol in the prevention of multifactorial chronic diseases remains uncertain, and there is sparse evidence regarding biological actions and pathways implicated in its effects on various outcomes. The aim is to investigate whether serum retinol in an un-supplemented state is associated with low molecular weight circulating metabolites. We performed a metabolomic analysis of 1,282 male smoker participants based on pre-supplementation fasting serum in the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869773/antioxidant-consumption-is-associated-with-decreased-odds-of-congenital-limb-deficiencies
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Nelson D Pace, Tania A Desrosiers, Suzan L Carmichael, Gary M Shaw, Andrew F Olshan, Anna Maria Siega-Riz
BACKGROUND: Approximately 1 in 2000 infants is born with a limb deficiency in the US. Research has shown that women's periconceptional diet and use of vitamin supplements can affect risk of birth defects. We investigated whether maternal consumption of nutritional antioxidants was associated with occurrence of transverse limb deficiency (TLD) and longitudinal limb deficiencies (LLD). METHODS: We analysed case-control data from mothers and their singleton infants with TLD (n = 566), LLD (n = 339), or no malformation (controls; n = 9384) in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (1997-2009)...
September 4, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867793/diet-gut-microbiome-and-epigenetics-emerging-links-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-and-prospects-for-management-and-prevention
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REVIEW
Krasimira Aleksandrova, Beatriz Romero-Mosquera, Vicent Hernandez
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) represent a growing public health concern due to increasing incidence worldwide. The current notion on the pathogenesis of IBD is that genetically susceptible individuals develop intolerance to dysregulated gut microflora (dysbiosis) and chronic inflammation develops as a result of environmental triggers. Among the environmental factors associated with IBD, diet plays an important role in modulating the gut microbiome, influencing epigenetic changes, and, therefore, could be applied as a therapeutic tool to improve the disease course...
August 30, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821981/modifiable-factors-and-esophageal-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-published-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Clara Castro, Bárbara Peleteiro, Nuno Lunet
There are marked differences in the etiology of the major histological types of esophageal cancer (EC)-squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC) and adenocarcinomas (EAC). This study aimed to summarize the current scientific knowledge on modifiable risk factors for EC, by histological type, through a systematic review of meta-analyses referenced in PubMed and ISI Web of Knowledge. We identified 100 meta-analyses on risk factors for ESCC (n = 54), EAC (n = 43), or EC (n = 51). ESCC risk significantly increased with alcohol and maté drinking, smoking, red and processed meat consumption and human papillomavirus infection, while it was negatively associated with body mass index and consumption of fruit, vegetables, white meat, folate, and some carotenoids...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814486/serum-ghrelin-is-associated-with-risk-of-colorectal-adenocarcinomas-in-the-atbc-study
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Gwen Murphy, Amanda J Cross, Sanford M Dawsey, Frank Z Stanczyk, Farin Kamangar, Stephanie J Weinstein, Philip R Taylor, Satu Männistö, Demetrius Albanes, Christian C Abnet, Neal D Freedman
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancers are the third most common cancers in women and men in the USA. While dietary and lifestyle factors such as Western diet, physical inactivity and obesity have been linked to an increased risk of this malignancy, the mechanisms for these associations are unclear. GI hormones, including ghrelin, are involved in energy balance by mediating appetite and metabolism; however, the association between ghrelin and colorectal cancer has not been studied. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study nested within the all-male Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study of Finnish smokers (aged 50-69 years) to examine serum ghrelin concentration and colorectal cancer risk...
August 16, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781774/level-of-dietary-energy-and-2-4-thiazolidinedione-alter-molecular-and-systemic-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-liver-function-in-holstein-cows
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Afshin Hosseini, Mustafa Salman, Zheng Zhou, James K Drackley, Erminio Trevisi, Juan J Loor
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of overfeeding a moderate energy diet and a 2,4-thiazolidinedione (TZD) injection on blood and hepatic tissue biomarkers of lipid metabolism, oxidative stress, and inflammation as it relates to insulin sensitivity. RESULTS: Fourteen dry non-pregnant cows were fed a control (CON) diet to meet 100% of NRC requirements for 3 wk, after which half of the cows were assigned to a moderate-energy diet (OVE) and half of the cows continued on CON for 6 wk...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756617/antioxidant-vitamin-and-mineral-supplements-for-preventing-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
REVIEW
Jennifer R Evans, John G Lawrenson
BACKGROUND: There is inconclusive evidence from observational studies to suggest that people who eat a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins (carotenoids, vitamins C, and E) or minerals (selenium and zinc) may be less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). OBJECTIVES: To determine whether or not taking antioxidant vitamin or mineral supplements, or both, prevent the development of AMD. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Trials Register) (2017, Issue 2), MEDLINE Ovid (1946 to 29 March 2017), Embase Ovid (1947 to 29 March 2017), AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine Database) (1985 to 29 March 2017), OpenGrey (System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe) (www...
July 30, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703643/methotrexate-and-beta-carotene-loaded-lipid-polymer-hybrid-nanoparticles-a-preclinical-study-for-breast-cancer
#18
Ashay Jain, Gajanand Sharma, Varun Kushwah, Neeraj K Garg, Prashant Kesharwani, Gargi Ghoshal, Bhupinder Singh, Uma Shankar Shivhare, Sanyog Jain, Om Prakash Katare
AIM: This work was intended to investigate the targeting potential of fructose-tethered lipid-polymeric hybrid nanoparticles (F-BC-MTX-LPHNPs) co-loaded with beta carotene (BC) and methotrexate (MTX) in breast cancer therapeutics and find out the possible protective role of BC on MTX-induced toxicity. MATERIALS & METHODS: F-BC-MTX-LPHNPs were fabricated using self-assembled nano-precipitation technique. Fructose was conjugated on the surface of the particles. The in vitro cytotoxicity, sub-cellular localization and apoptotic activity of F-BC-MTX-LPHNPs were evaluated against MCF-7 breast cancer cells...
July 13, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698186/serum-insulin-glucose-indices-of-insulin-resistance-and-risk-of-lung-cancer
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Ilona Argirion, Stephanie J Weinstein, Satu Männistö, Demetrius Albanes, Alison M Mondul
Background: Although insulin may increase the risk of some cancers, few studies have examined fasting serum insulin and lung cancer risk.Methods: We examined serum insulin, glucose, and indices of insulin resistance [insulin:glucose molar ratio and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR)] and lung cancer risk using a case-cohort study within the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study of Finnish men. A total of 196 cases and 395 subcohort members were included. Insulin and glucose were measured in fasting serum collected 5 to 12 years before diagnosis...
October 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696684/development-of-%C3%AE-carotene-loaded-organogel-based-nanoemulsion-with-improved-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-bioaccessibility
#20
Yuting Fan, Luyu Gao, Jiang Yi, Yuzhu Zhang, Wallace Yokoyama
β-Carotene (BC), a naturally occurring lipophilic carotenoid, is beneficial for human health. However, its water solubility and bioavailability are low. In this study, organogel-based nanoemulsion was successfully prepared to improve the loading amount, solubility, and bioavailability of BC. Corn oil was selected as the oil phase for the organogel as a result of the greatest release amount of BC. Tween 20 was optimized as the emulsifier based on the highest extent of lipolysis and BC bioaccessibility. The nanoemulsion was a better alternative than the organogel according to both the extent of lipolysis and BC bioaccessibility...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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