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Marco Mezzullo, Alessia Fazzini, Alessandra Gambineri, Guido Di Dalmazi, Roberta Mazza, Carla Pelusi, Valentina Vicennati, Renato Pasquali, Uberto Pagotto, Flaminia Fanelli
BACKGROUND: Salivary androgen testing represents a valuable source of biological information. However, the proper measurement of such low levels is challenging for direct immunoassays, lacking adequate accuracy. In the last few years, many conflicting findings reporting low correlation with the serum counterparts have hampered the clinical application of salivary androgen testing. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) makes it possible to overcome previous analytical limits, providing new insights in endocrinology practice...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Peter B Gray, Jody Reece, Charlene Coore-Desai, Twana Dinall, Sydonnie Pellington, Maureen Samms-Vaughan
This paper investigates relationships between men's testosterone and family life in a sample of approximately 350 Jamaican fathers of children 18-24 months of age. The study recognizes the role of testosterone as a proximate mechanism coordinating and reflecting male life history allocations within specific family and cultural contexts. A sample of Jamaican fathers and/or father figures reported to an assessment center for an interview based on a standardized questionnaire and provided a saliva sample for measuring testosterone level...
January 10, 2017: Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective
Lauren R Bangerter, Yin Liu, Kyungmin Kim, Steven H Zarit, Kira S Birditt, Karen L Fingerman
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Middle-aged adults are often called upon to support aging parents. However, providing support to an aging parent with health problems and disability may be a stressful experience. This study asked whether giving everyday support to parents in the context of health problems and disability has implications for middle-aged children's diurnal cortisol and daily mood. DESIGN AND METHODS: During four consecutive days, 148 middle-aged adults (mean age = 55) reported the support they gave to their parents and provided saliva 4 times a day (wake, 30 min post-wake, lunchtime, and bedtime)...
January 9, 2017: Gerontologist
Nadia El-Farhan, D Aled Rees, Carol Evans
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in response to stress. It is essential for maintaining health and well-being; and leads to significant morbidity when deficient or present in excess. It is lipophillic and is transported bound to cortisol-binding globulin (CBG) and albumin; a small fraction (~10%) of total serum cortisol is unbound and biologically active. Serum cortisol assays measure total cortisol and their results can be misleading in patients with altered serum protein concentrations. Automated immunoassays are used to measure cortisol but lack specificity and show significant interassay differences...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Elzbieta Paszynska, Agnieszka Slopien, Monika Dmitrzak-Weglarz, Christian Hannig
OBJECTIVE: In patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) specific signs may occur in the oral cavity, but there are conflicting reports about their significance, especially concerning changes in salivary composition. The aim of this clinical study was to evaluate the resting parotid flow rate (PFR) and the activity of the following enzymes in parotid saliva: amylase, aspartate amino transferase (AST), lysozyme, peroxidase, serine and acidic proteases in the acute phase of the restrictive type of AN and to compare the findings with those in healthy controls...
December 29, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
Evan L Pannkuk, Albert J Fornace, Evagelia C Laiakis
PURPOSE: Exposure of the general population to ionizing radiation has increased in the past decades, primarily due to long distance travel and medical procedures. On the other hand, accidental exposures, nuclear accidents, and elevated threats of terrorism with the potential detonation of a radiological dispersal device or improvised nuclear device in a major city, all have led to increased needs for rapid biodosimetry and assessment of exposure to different radiation qualities and scenarios...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Julio Ramirez, May Elmofty, Esperanza Castillo, Mindy DeRouen, Salma Shariff-Marco, Laura Allen, Scarlett Lin Gomez, Anna María Nápoles, Leticia Márquez-Magaña
The under-representation of ethnic minority participants, who are more likely to be socially disadvantaged in biomedical research, limits generalizability of results and reductions in health disparities. To facilitate investigations of how social disadvantage "gets under the skin," this pilot study evaluated low-intensity methods for collecting hair and saliva samples from multiethnic breast cancer survivors (N = 70) and analysis of biomarkers of chronic stress (cortisol levels) and biological age (telomere length)...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
Rachael M Tomb, Michelle Maclean, John E Coia, Elizabeth Graham, Michael McDonald, Chintamani D Atreya, Scott J MacGregor, John G Anderson
The requirement for novel decontamination technologies for use in hospitals is ever present. One such system uses 405 nm visible light to inactivate microorganisms via ROS-generated oxidative damage. Although effective for bacterial and fungal inactivation, little is known about the virucidal effects of 405 nm light. Norovirus (NoV) gastroenteritis outbreaks often occur in the clinical setting, and this study was designed to investigate potential inactivation effects of 405 nm light on the NoV surrogate, feline calicivirus (FCV)...
December 31, 2016: Food and Environmental Virology
Maria Chiara Deregibus, Federico Figliolini, Sergio D'Antico, Paola Maria Manzini, Chiara Pasquino, Michela De Lena, Ciro Tetta, Maria Felice Brizzi, Giovanni Camussi
Vesicular-mediated communication between cells appears critical in many biological processes. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) released from healthy and diseased cells are involved in a network of exchange of biologically active molecules. Since EVs present in biological fluids carry the signature of the cell of origin, they are potential biomarkers for ongoing physiological or pathological processes. Despite the knowledge on EV biology accrued in recent years, techniques of EV purification remain a challenge and all the described methods have some advantages and disadvantages...
November 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Caitlyn Fachet, Lawrence Quarino, K Joy Karnas
A high resolution melt curve assay to differentiate semen from blood, saliva, urine, and vaginal fluid based on methylation status at the Dapper Isoform 1 (DACT1) gene was developed. Stains made from blood, saliva, urine, semen, and vaginal fluid were obtained from volunteers and DNA was isolated using either organic extraction (saliva, urine, and vaginal fluid) or Chelex(®) 100 extraction (blood and semen). Extracts were then subjected to bisulfite modification in order to convert unmethylated cytosines to uracil, consequently creating sequences whose amplicons have melt curves that vary depending on their initial methylation status...
December 27, 2016: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
David J Beale, Oliver A H Jones, Avinash V Karpe, Saravanan Dayalan, Ding Yuan Oh, Konstantinos A Kouremenos, Warish Ahmed, Enzo A Palombo
The application of metabolomics to biological samples has been a key focus in systems biology research, which is aimed at the development of rapid diagnostic methods and the creation of personalized medicine. More recently, there has been a strong focus towards this approach applied to non-invasively acquired samples, such as saliva and exhaled breath. The analysis of these biological samples, in conjunction with other sample types and traditional diagnostic tests, has resulted in faster and more reliable characterization of a range of health disorders and diseases...
December 23, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Konstantin O Zamuruyev, Alexander A Aksenov, Alberto Pasamontes, Joshua F Brown, Dayna R Pettit, Soraya Foutouhi, Bart C Weimer, Michael Schivo, Nicholas J Kenyon, Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Cristina E Davis
Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) analysis is a developing field with tremendous promise to advance personalized, non-invasive health diagnostics as new analytical instrumentation platforms and detection methods are developed. Multiple commercially-available and researcher-built experimental samplers are reported in the literature. However, there is very limited information available to determine an effective breath sampling approach, especially regarding the dependence of breath sample metabolomic content on the collection device design and sampling methodology...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Breath Research
Ya-Jie Fang, Zhen-Tian Yan, Bin Chen
Most of adult female mosquitoes secrete saliva to facilitate blood sucking, digestion and nutrition, and mosquito-borne disease prevention. The knowledge of classification and characteristics of sialotranscriptome genes are still quite limited. Anopheles sinensis is a major malaria vector in China and Southeast countries. In the study, the An. sinensis sialotranscriptome was sequenced using Illumina sequencing technique with a total of 10 907 unigenes to be obtained and annotated in biological function and pathway, and 10 470 unigenes were mapped to An...
December 20, 2016: Insect Science
Li-Zeng Guan, Jin-Shun Cai, Shuai Zhao, Yu-Ping Sun, Jing-Lan Wang, Yong Jiang, Gang Shu, Qing-Yan Jiang, Zhen-Fang Wu, Qian-Yun Xi, Yong-Liang Zhang
β-Glucan is the predominant anti-nutritional factors in monogastric animal feed. Although β-glucanase supplementation in diet can help to eliminate the adverse effects, enzyme stability is substantially modified during the feed manufacturing process. To determine whether the expression of endogenous β-glucanase gene (GLU) in vivo can improve digestibility of dietary β-glucan and absorption of nutrients, we successfully produced transgenic pigs via nuclear transfer which express the GLU from Paenibacillus polymyxa CP7 in the parotid gland...
December 19, 2016: Transgenic Research
Phennapha Saokham, Thorsteinn Loftsson
γ-Cyclodextrin (γCD) is a cyclic oligosaccharide formed by bacterial digestion of starch and used as solubilizing agent and stabilizer in a variety of pharmaceutical and food products. γCD is a large (molecular weight 1297Da) hydrophilic molecule that does not readily permeate biological membranes and is rapidly digested by bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. In humans γCD is metabolized by α-amylase that is found in, for example, saliva, bile fluid and tears. Thus, bioavailability of γCD is negligible...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Mariana Dos Santos Silva, Natalino Lourenço Neto, Silgia Aparecida da Costa, Sirlene Maria da Costa, Thais Marchini Oliveira, Rodrigo Cardoso de Oliveira, Maria Aparecida Andrade Moreira Machado
The current study developed through layer-by-layer deposition a multilayer membrane for intraoral drug delivery and analyzed the biochemical, functional, and biological properties of this membrane. For that purpose, we designed a three-layer chlorhexidine-incorporated membrane composed by pure chitosan and alginate. The biochemical, functional, and biological properties were analyzed by the following tests: degradation in saliva medium; controlled drug release; water absorption, mass loss; pH analysis; and biocompatibility through fibroblast cell viability by MTT assay...
February 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Jiaxi Peng, Hongyan Zhang, Xin Li, Shengju Liu, Xingyun Zhao, Jing Wu, Xiaohui Kang, Hongqiang Qin, Zaifa Pan, Ren'an Wu
The highly specific affinity between probes and phosphopeptides is the fundamental interaction for selective identification of phosphoproteomes that uncover the mechanisms of signal transduction, cell cycle, enzymatic regulation, and gene expression in biological systems. In this study, a metal-affinity probe possessing both interactions of metal oxide affinity chromatography (MOAC) and immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography (IMAC) was facilely prepared by immobilizing zirconium(IV) on a zirconium-organic framework of UiO-66-NH2, which holds dual-metal centers of not only the inherent Zr-O cluster but also the immobilized Zr(IV) center...
December 28, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
R Nedaeinia, M Manian, M H Jazayeri, M Ranjbar, R Salehi, M Sharifi, F Mohaghegh, M Goli, S H Jahednia, A Avan, M Ghayour-Mobarhan
The most important biological function of exosomes is their possible use as biomarkers in clinical diagnosis. Compared with biomarkers identified in conventional specimens such as serum or urine, exosomal biomarkers provide the highest amount of sensitivity and specificity, which can be attributed to their excellent stability. Exosomes, which harbor different types of proteins, nucleic acids and lipids, are present in almost all bodily fluids. The molecular constituents of exosomes, especially exosomal proteins and microRNAs (miRNAs), are promising as biomarkers in clinical diagnosis...
December 16, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Y Zhao, L Y Yin, R R Bi, P Ma, S B Li
There is growing interest in the whole saliva as a diagnostic fluid because of the relatively simple and non-invasive collection. Research on salivary proteomic and genomic has greatly facilitated the diagnosis and therapy of oral diseases, also revealed the molecular mechanism of the diseases. Saliva-derived exosome as a new source, with various molecular constituents of their cells of origin, including proteins, mRNA and miRNA might serve as potential biomarker. This article reviews the biological properties of saliva exosome, its separation and other aspects associated with disease...
December 9, 2016: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
Anna Kwasnik, Claire Tonry, Angela Mc Ardle, Aisha Qasim Butt, Rosanna Inzitari, Stephen R Pennington
Biological samples of human and animal origin are utilized in research for many purposes and in a variety of scientific fields, including mass spectrometry-based proteomics. Various types of samples, including organs, tissues, cells, body fluids such as blood, plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, saliva and semen, can be collected from humans or animals and processed for proteomics analysis. Depending on the physiological state and sample origin, collected samples are used in research and diagnostics for different purposes...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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