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David F Driscoll
The incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide is increasing as the pipeline for the development of new chemotherapeutic entities is decreasing. Clearly, overexposure to antibiotics, including excessive dosing, is a key factor that fuels AMR. In fact, most of the new antibacterial agents under development are derivatives of existing classes of antibiotics. Novel approaches involving unique antimicrobial combinations, targets, and/or delivery systems are under intense investigation. An innovative combination of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) consisting of antimicrobial drug(s), krill-oil-based phospholipids, and omega-3 fatty acid triglycerides, that may extend the therapeutic viability of currently effective antibiotics, at least until new chemical entities are introduced, is described...
March 10, 2018: Antibiotics
Amanda L Dawson, So Kawaguchi, Catherine K King, Kathy A Townsend, Robert King, Wilhelmina M Huston, Susan M Bengtson Nash
Microplastics (plastics <5 mm diameter) are at the forefront of current environmental pollution research, however, little is known about the degradation of microplastics through ingestion. Here, by exposing Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) to microplastics under acute static renewal conditions, we present evidence of physical size alteration of microplastics ingested by a planktonic crustacean. Ingested microplastics (31.5 µm) are fragmented into pieces less than 1 µm in diameter. Previous feeding studies have shown spherical microplastics either; pass unaffected through an organism and are excreted, or are sufficiently small for translocation to occur...
March 8, 2018: Nature Communications
M Carmen Crespo, Joao Tomé-Carneiro, Diego Gómez-Coronado, Emma Burgos-Ramos, Alba García-Serrano, Roberto Martín-Hernández, Shishir Baliyan, Javier Fontecha, César Venero, Alberto Dávalos, Francesco Visioli
The increasing incidence of age-induced cognitive decline justifies the search for complementary ways of prevention or delay. We studied the effects of concentrates of phospholipids, sphingolipids, and/or 3-n fatty acids on the expression of genes or miRNAs related to synaptic activity and/or neurodegeneration, in the hippocampus of aged Wistar rats following a 3-month supplementation. The combination of two phospholipidic concentrates of krill oil (KOC) and buttermilk (BMFC) origin modulated the hippocampal expression of 119 miRNAs (11 were common to both BMFC and BMFC + KOC groups)...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Pedro Araujo, Ephrem Tilahun, Yingxu Zeng
A novel strategy for discriminating genuine and adulterated marine oils is proposed. The strategy consists of i) determining the stereospecific distribution (sn-1, sn-2 and sn-3) of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA) on the backbone of triacylglycerols by using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry; ii) transforming the qualitative stereospecific information into quantitative data by means of a novel strategy; iii) analyzing the transformed data by principal component analysis. The proposed strategy was tested on pure oils (seal, salmon, cod liver, sandeel, blue whiting, herring), a mixture of blue whiting, herring, sandeel and Norway pout and some intentionally adulterated oils...
May 15, 2018: Talanta
Nathalie Alvarez-Ricartes, Patricia Oliveros-Matus, Cristhian Mendoza, Nelson Perez-Urrutia, Florencia Echeverria, Alexandre Iarkov, George E Barreto, Valentina Echeverria
Failure in fear extinction is one of the more troublesome characteristics of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cotinine facilitates fear memory extinction and reduces depressive-like behavior when administered 24 h after fear conditioning in mice. In this study, it was investigated the behavioral and molecular effects of cotinine, and other antidepressant preparations infused intranasally. Intranasal (IN) cotinine, IN krill oil, IN cotinine plus krill oil, and oral sertraline were evaluated on depressive-like behavior and fear retention and extinction after fear conditioning in C57BL/6 mice...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Michael Krill, Nicholas Early, Joshua S Everhart, David C Flanigan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2018: JBJS Reviews
Michael K Krill, James R Borchers, Joshua T Hoffman, Matthew L Krill, Timothy E Hewett
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate injury characteristics by position groups. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study. SETTING: A single, major Division I collegiate football program. PARTICIPANTS: All players on a collegiate football program each fall regular season. INDEPENDENT VARIABLES: Exposure to Division I collegiate football and position groups. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Injury rates (IRs) per 1000 athlete exposures (AEs) and injury rate ratios (IRRs) were calculated and analyzed for all monitored injury variables, which included time in the season, body part, type of injury, game and practice injuries, mechanism of injury, and type of exposure...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Shaimaa Ibrahim, Tatsuaki Tagami, Toshihiro Kishi, Tetsuya Ozeki
Lung cancer is the major cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Curcumin attracted attention due to its promising anti-cancer properties, however its poor aqueous solubility and bioavailability have to be overcome. In the current study curcumin is encapsulated in krill lipids-based liposomes (marinosomes) to develop a potential anticancer therapy from low-cost and readily available nutraceuticals. Reflux followed by thin drug-lipid film method is used successfully to incorporate the drug into the liposomal membrane at high encapsulation efficiency (EE)...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Amanda Dawson, Wilhelmina Huston, So Kawaguchi, Catherine King, Roger Cropp, Seanan Wild, Pascale Eisenmann, Kathy Townsend, Susan Bengtson Nash
The discarding of plastic products has led to the ubiquitous occurrence of microplastic particles in the marine environment. The uptake and depuration kinetics of ingested microplastics for many marine species still remain unknown despite its importance for understanding bioaccumulation potential to higher trophic level consumers. In this study, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) were exposed to polyethylene microplastics in order to quantify acute toxicity and ingestion kinetics, providing insight into the bioaccumulation potential of microplastics at the first-order consumer level...
February 3, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Joao Tomé-Carneiro, M Carmen Crespo, Emma Burgos-Ramos, Cristina Tomas-Zapico, Alba García-Serrano, Pilar Castro-Gómez, Cesar Venero, Inmaculada Pereda-Pérez, Shishir Baliyan, Azucena Valencia, Javier Fontecha, Alberto Dávalos, Francesco Visioli
Impaired glucose metabolism and mitochondrial decay greatly increase with age, when cognitive decline becomes rampant. No pharmacological or dietary intervention has proven effective, but proper diet and lifestyle do postpone the onset of neurodegeneration and some nutrients are being investigated. We studied insulin signaling, mitochondrial activity and biogenesis, and synaptic signaling in the hippocampus and cortex following dietary supplementation with bioactive phospholipid concentrates of krill oil (KOC), buttermilk fat globule membranes (BMFC), and a combination of both in aged rats...
February 3, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Emily S Klein, Simeon L Hill, Jefferson T Hinke, Tony Phillips, George M Watters
Climate change is a threat to marine ecosystems and the services they provide, and reducing fishing pressure is one option for mitigating the overall consequences for marine biota. We used a minimally realistic ecosystem model to examine how projected effects of ocean warming on the growth of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, might affect populations of krill and dependent predators (whales, penguins, seals, and fish) in the Scotia Sea. We also investigated the potential to mitigate depletion risk for predators by curtailing krill fishing at different points in the 21st century...
2018: PloS One
Amanda Rundblad, Kirsten B Holven, Inge Bruheim, Mari C Myhrstad, Stine M Ulven
Fish consumption and supplementation with n -3 fatty acids reduce CVD risk. Krill oil is an alternative source of marine n -3 fatty acids and few studies have investigated its health effects. Thus, we compared krill oil supplementation with the intake of fish with similar amounts of n -3 fatty acids on different cardiovascular risk markers. In an 8-week randomised parallel study, thirty-six healthy subjects aged 18-70 years with fasting serum TAG between 1·3 and 4·0 mmol/l were randomised to receive either fish, krill oil or control oil...
2018: Journal of Nutritional Science
Christian Braun, Jules M Dake, Carl E Krill, Rainer Birringer
Modern engineered materials are composed of space-filling grains or domains separated by a network of interfaces or boundaries. Such polycrystalline microstructures have the capacity to coarsen through boundary migration. Grain growth theories account for the topology of grains and the connectivity of the boundary network in terms of the familiar Euclidian dimension and Euler's polyhedral formula, both of which are based on integer numbers. However, we recently discovered an unusual growth mode in a nanocrystalline Pd-Au alloy, in which grains develop complex, highly convoluted surface morphologies that are best described by a fractional dimension of ∼1...
January 25, 2018: Scientific Reports
A C Utne-Palm, M Breen, S Løkkeborg, O-B Humborstad
Most fishes and crustaceans respond to light, and artificial light sources may therefore be an efficient stimulus to manipulate behaviours in aquatic animals. It has been hypothesised that the catch efficiency of pots could be increased if prey, for example krill, can be attracted into the pots providing a visual stimulus and a source of live bait. To find which light characteristics are most attractive to krill, we tested the effects of light intensity and wavelength composition on Northern krill's (Meganyctiphanes norvegica) behavioural response to an artificial light source...
2018: PloS One
Giulia Chiesa, Bodil Biorndal, Giulia S Ganzetti, Federica Dellera, Stefano Manzini, Marco Busnelli, Marie Ramsvik, Inge Bruheim, Rolf K Berge, Cinzia Parolini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Atherosclerosis
Qian Li, Fengjuan Wu, Min Wen, Teruyoshi Yanagita, Changhu Xue, Tiantian Zhang, Yuming Wang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder, and oxidative stress plays a vital role in its progression. Antarctic krill oil (AKO) is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which has various biological activities, such as improving insulin sensitivity, alleviating inflammation and ameliorating oxidative stress. In this study, the protective effect of AKO against AD were investigated in senescence-accelerated prone mouse strain 8 (SAMP8) mice. Results showed that treatment with AKO could effectively ameliorate learning and memory deficits and ease the anxiety in SAMP8 mice by Morris water maze, Barnes maze test and open-field test...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Dan Xie, Hongyan Mu, Tianpei Tang, Xiaosan Wang, Wei Wei, Jun Jin, Xingguo Wang, Qingzhe Jin
In this study, a three-step extraction method (separately use acetone, hexane, and ethanol as extraction solvent in each step) was conducted to selectively extract three types of krill oils with different compositions. The lipid yields were 5.08% in step 1, 4.80% in step 2, and 9.11% in step 3, with a total of 18.99%. The krill oil extracted with acetone in step 1 (A-KO) contained the lowest contents of phospholipids (PL) (2.32%) and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) (16.63%), but the highest levels of minor components (505...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Susan M Bengtson Nash, Juliana Castrillon, Pascale Eisenmann, Brian Fry, Jon D Shuker, Roger A Cropp, Amanda Dawson, Anders Bignert, Pernilla Bohlin-Nizzetto, Courtney A Waugh, Bradley J Polkinghorne, Greta Dalle Luche, David McLagan
Southern hemisphere humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) rely on summer prey abundance of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) to fuel one of the longest-known mammalian migration on the planet. It is hypothesised that this species, already adapted to endure metabolic extremes, will be one of the first Antarctic consumers to show measurable physiological change in response to fluctuating prey availability in a changing climate; and as such, a powerful sentinel candidate for the Antarctic sea-ice ecosystem...
December 28, 2017: Global Change Biology
Leif Christian Stige, Kristina Ø Kvile, Bjarte Bogstad, Øystein Langangen
Predator-mediated apparent competition is an indirect negative interaction between two prey species mediated by a shared predator. Quantifying such indirect ecosystem effects is methodologically challenging but important for understanding ecosystem functioning. Still, there are few examples of apparent competition from pelagic marine environments. Using state-space statistical modelling, we here provide evidence for apparent competition between two dominant zooplankton groups in a large marine ecosystem, i...
December 27, 2017: Ecology
Geraint A Tarling, Sally E Thorpe
Antarctic krill form some of the highest concentrations of animal biomass observed in the world's oceans potentially due to their prolific ability to swarm. Determining the movement of Antarctic krill within swarms is important to identify drivers of their behaviour and their biogeochemical impact on their environment. We examined vertical velocity within approximately 2000 krill swarms through the combined use of a shipborne echosounder and an acoustic Doppler current profiler. We revealed a pronounced downward anomaly in vertical velocity within swarms of -0...
December 20, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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