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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106818/potential-benefits-and-harms-of-intermittent-energy-restriction-and-intermittent-fasting-amongst-obese-overweight-and-normal-weight-subjects-a-narrative-review-of-human-and-animal-evidence
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Michelle Harvie, Anthony Howell
Intermittent energy restriction (IER) has become popular as a means of weight control amongst people who are overweight and obese, and is also undertaken by normal weight people hoping spells of marked energy restriction will optimise their health. This review summarises randomised comparisons of intermittent and isoenergetic continuous energy restriction for weight loss to manage overweight and obesity. It also summarises the potential beneficial or adverse effects of IER on body composition, adipose stores and metabolic effects from human studies, including studies amongst normal weight subjects and relevant animal experimentation...
January 19, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103623/metabolic-inflexibility-with-obesity-and-the-effects-of-fenofibrate-on-skeletal-muscle-fatty-acid-oxidation
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Kristen E Boyle, Jacob E Friedman, Rachel C Janssen, Chantal Underkofler, Joseph A Houmard, Neda Rasouli
This study was designed to investigate mechanisms of lipid metabolic inflexibility in human obesity and the ability of fenofibrate (FENO) to increase skeletal muscle fatty acid oxidation (FAO) in primary human skeletal muscle cell cultures (HSkMC) exhibiting metabolic inflexibility. HSkMC from 10 lean and 10 obese, insulin resistant subjects were treated with excess fatty acid for 24 h (24hFA) to gauge lipid-related metabolic flexibility. Metabolically inflexible HSkMC from obese individuals were then treated with 24hFA in combination with FENO to determine effectiveness for increasing FAO...
January 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093477/differential-presynaptic-atp-supply-for-basal-and-high-demand-transmission
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Courtney Sobieski, Michael J Fitzpatrick, Steven Mennerick
The relative contributions of glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation to neuronal presynaptic energy demands are unclear. In rat hippocampal neurons, ATP production by either glycolysis or oxidative phosphorylation alone sustained basal evoked synaptic transmission for up to 20 min. However, combined inhibition of both ATP sources abolished evoked transmission. Neither action potential propagation failure nor depressed Ca(2+)-influx explained loss of evoked synaptic transmission. Rather, inhibition of ATP synthesis caused massive spontaneous vesicle exocytosis, followed by arrested endocytosis, accounting for the disappearance of evoked postsynaptic currents (PSCs)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092828/a-flexible-microbial-co-culture-platform-for-simultaneous-utilization-of-methane-and-carbon-dioxide-from-gas-feedstocks
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Eric A Hill, William B Chrisler, Alex S Beliaev, Hans C Bernstein
A new co-cultivation technology is presented that converts greenhouse gasses, CH4 and CO2, into microbial biomass. The methanotrophic bacterium, Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20z, was coupled to a cyanobacterium, Synechococcus PCC 7002 via oxygenic photosynthesis. The system exhibited robust growth on diverse gas mixtures ranging from biogas to those representative of a natural gas feedstock. A continuous processes was developed on a synthetic natural gas feed that achieved steady-state by imposing coupled light and O2 limitations on the cyanobacterium and methanotroph, respectively...
January 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088654/transcriptional-response-of-skeletal-muscle-to-a-low-protein-perinatal-diet-in-rat-offspring-at-different-ages-the-role-of-key-enzymes-of-glucose-fatty-acid-oxidation
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José Luiz de Brito Alves, Ana Elisa Toscano, João Henrique da Costa-Silva, Hubert Vidal, Carol Góis Leandro, Luciano Pirola
Skeletal muscle is a plastic tissue during development with distinctive acute and chronic response to maternal protein restriction. This study evaluated gene and protein expression of key-enzymes of glycolytic pathway (HK2, PFK, PDK4 and CS), and fatty acid oxidation (CPT1 and β-HAD) of two different types of skeletal muscle [soleus and extensor digitorium longus (EDL)] from offspring rats at 30 and 90 days of age, exposed to maternal isoenergetic low protein diet throughout gestation and lactation. Pups from dams fed 17% protein diet (n=5, normal protein, Np), and low protein pups from dams fed 8% casein diet (low protein, Lp, n=5) were evaluated...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076651/controlled-release-of-chlorhexidine-from-a-mesoporous-silica-containing-macroporous-titanium-dental-implant-prevents-microbial-biofilm-formation
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K De Cremer, A Braem, E Gerits, K De Brucker, K Vandamme, J A Martens, J Michiels, J Vleugels, B P Cammue, K Thevissen
Roughened surfaces are increasingly being used for dental implant applications as the enlarged contact area improves bone cell anchorage, thereby facilitating osseointegration. However, the additional surface area also entails a higher risk for the development of biofilm associated infections, an etiologic factor for many dental ailments, including peri-implantitis. To overcome this problem, we designed a dental implant composed of a porous titanium-silica (Ti/SiO2) composite material and containing an internal reservoir that can be loaded with antimicrobial compounds...
January 11, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074323/changes-in-cerebral-metabolism-during-ketogenic-diet-in-patients-with-primary-brain-tumors-1-h-mrs-study
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Moran Artzi, Gilad Liberman, Nachum Vaisman, Felix Bokstein, Faina Vitinshtein, Orna Aizenstein, Dafna Ben Bashat
Normal brain cells depend on glucose metabolism, yet they have the flexibility to switch to the usage of ketone bodies during caloric restriction. In contrast, tumor cells lack genomic and metabolic flexibility and are largely dependent on glucose. Ketogenic-diet (KD) was suggested as a therapeutic option for malignant brain cancer. This study aimed to detect metabolic brain changes in patients with malignant brain gliomas on KD using proton magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS). Fifty MR scans were performed longitudinally in nine patients: four patients with recurrent glioblastoma (GB) treated with KD in addition to bevacizumab; one patient with gliomatosis-cerebri treated with KD only; and four patients with recurrent GB who did not receive KD...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074284/high-affinity-rna-binding-by-a-hyperthermophilic-single-stranded-dna-binding-protein
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Michael J Morten, Roland Gamsjaeger, Liza Cubeddu, Ruvini Kariawasam, Jose Peregrina, J Carlos Penedo, Malcolm F White
Single-stranded DNA-binding proteins (SSBs), including replication protein A (RPA) in eukaryotes, play a central role in DNA replication, recombination, and repair. SSBs utilise an oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide-binding (OB) fold domain to bind DNA, and typically oligomerise in solution to bring multiple OB fold domains together in the functional SSB. SSBs from hyperthermophilic crenarchaea, such as Sulfolobus solfataricus, have an unusual structure with a single OB fold coupled to a flexible C-terminal tail...
January 10, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070668/what-happens-to-asymptomatic-lower-pole-kidney-stones-smaller-than-10%C3%A2-mm-in-children-during-watchful-waiting
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Onur Telli, Nurullah Hamidi, Uygar Bagci, Arif Demirbas, Ahmet Metin Hascicek, Tarkan Soygur, Berk Burgu
BACKGROUND: The optimal management of lower pole kidney (LPK) stones in children is controversial. The aim of this study was to determine the outcomes of children with asymptomatic isolated LPK stones smaller than 10 mm during follow-up. METHODS: A total of 242 patients with 284 stones presenting at our institution between June 2004 and December 2014 with an asymptomatic, single LPK stone with a diameter of <10 mm were enrolled in the study. All children were assigned to receive first-line therapy and then categorized according to the need for medical intervention...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063283/microbial-community-redundancy-in-anaerobic-digestion-drives-process-recovery-after-salinity-exposure
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Jo De Vrieze, Marlies E R Christiaens, Diego Walraedt, Arno Devooght, Umer Zeeshan Ijaz, Nico Boon
Anaerobic digestion of high-salinity wastewaters often results in process inhibition due to the susceptibility of the methanogenic archaea. The ability of the microbial community to deal with increased salinity levels is of high importance to ensure process perseverance or recovery after failure. The exact strategy of the microbial community to ensure process endurance is, however, often unknown. In this study, we investigated how the microbial community is able to recover process performance following a disturbance through the application of high-salinity molasses wastewater...
December 26, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062754/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-exhibits-lineage-specific-variations-affecting-protein-ductility-and-epitope-recognition
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Inmaculada Yruela, Bruno Contreras-Moreira, Carlos Magalhães, Nuno S Osório, Jesús Gonzalo-Asensio
The advent of whole-genome sequencing has provided an unprecedented detail about the evolution and genetic significance of species-specific variations across the whole Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex. However, little attention has been focused on understanding the functional roles of these variations in the protein coding sequences. In this work, we compare the coding sequences from 74 sequenced mycobacterial species including M. africanum, M. bovis, M. canettii, M. caprae, M. orygis, and M. tuberculosis Results show that albeit protein variations affect all functional classes, those proteins involved in lipid and intermediary metabolism and respiration have accumulated mutations during evolution...
January 6, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053662/development-of-a-genome-editing-crispr-cas9-system-in-thermophilic-fungal-myceliophthora-species-and-its-application-to-hyper-cellulase-production-strain-engineering
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Qian Liu, Ranran Gao, Jingen Li, Liangcai Lin, Junqi Zhao, Wenliang Sun, Chaoguang Tian
BACKGROUND: Over the past 3 years, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has revolutionized the field of genome engineering. However, its application has not yet been validated in thermophilic fungi. Myceliophthora thermophila, an important thermophilic biomass-degrading fungus, has attracted industrial interest for the production of efficient thermostable enzymes. Genetic manipulation of Myceliophthora is crucial for metabolic engineering and to unravel the mechanism of lignocellulose deconstruction...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049626/estimating-monotonic-rates-from-biological-data-using-local-linear-regression
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Colin Olito, Craig R White, Dustin J Marshall, Diego R Barneche
Accessing many fundamental questions in biology begins with empirical estimation of simple monotonic rates of underlying biological processes. Across a variety of disciplines, ranging from physiology to biogeochemistry, these rates are routinely estimated from non-linear and noisy time series data using linear regression and ad hoc manual truncation of non-linearities. Here, we introduce the R package LoLinR, a flexible toolkit to implement local linear regression techniques to objectively and reproducibly estimate monotonic biological rates from non-linear time series data, and demonstrate possible applications using metabolic rate data...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044414/flexible-and-scalable-full-length-cyp2d6-long-amplicon-pacbio-sequencing
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Henk P J Buermans, Rolf H A M Vossen, Seyed Yahya Anvar, William G Allard, Henk-Jan Guchelaar, Stefan J White, Johan T den Dunnen, Jesse J Swen, Tahar van der Straaten
Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) is among the most important genes involved in drug metabolism. Specific variants are associated with changes in the enzyme's amount and activity. Multiple technologies exist to determine these variants, like the AmpliChip CYP450 test, Taqman qPCR, or Second-Generation Sequencing, however, sequence homology between cytochrome P450 genes and pseudogene CYP2D7 impairs reliable CYP2D6 genotyping, and variant phasing cannot accurately be determined using these assays. To circumvent this, we sequenced CYP2D6 using the Pacific Biosciences RSII and obtained high-quality, full-length, phased CYP2D6 sequences, enabling accurate variant calling and haplotyping of the entire gene-locus including exonic, intronic, and upstream and downstream regions...
January 3, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044271/the-application-of-powerful-promoters-to-enhance-gene-expression-in-industrial-microorganisms
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REVIEW
Shenghu Zhou, Guocheng Du, Zhen Kang, Jianghua Li, Jian Chen, Huazhong Li, Jingwen Zhou
Production of useful chemicals by industrial microorganisms has been attracting more and more attention. Microorganisms screened from their natural environment usually suffer from low productivity, low stress resistance, and accumulation of by-products. In order to overcome these disadvantages, rational engineering of microorganisms to achieve specific industrial goals has become routine. Rapid development of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology strategies provide novel methods to improve the performance of industrial microorganisms...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042698/geochemically-distinct-carbon-isotope-distributions-in-allochromatium-vinosum-dsm-180-t-grown-photoautotrophically-and-photoheterotrophically
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T Tang, W Mohr, S R Sattin, D R Rogers, P R Girguis, A Pearson
Anoxygenic, photosynthetic bacteria are common at redox boundaries. They are of interest in microbial ecology and geosciences through their role in linking the carbon, sulfur, and iron cycles, yet much remains unknown about how their flexible carbon metabolism-permitting either autotrophic or heterotrophic growth-is recorded in the bulk sedimentary and lipid biomarker records. Here, we investigated patterns of carbon isotope fractionation in a model photosynthetic sulfur-oxidizing bacterium, Allochromatium vinosum DSM180(T) ...
January 1, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041922/metabolic-parameters-in-diabetic-neuropathic-patients-after-treatment-with-pregabalin
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O A Abou Zeid, N Y Elkhouly, E N Osman, M H Youssef
OBJECTIVE: To assess metabolic parameters in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) before and after 3 months treatment with a flexible dose pregabalin. METHODS: This is a prospective clinical trial. The metabolic parameters observed and recorded after 3 months treatment with a flexible dose pregabalin (n=331). RESULTS: The lipid profile parameters were significantly improved after treatment, total cholesterol, TC (P<0.01, 95% CI, 25...
December 26, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041812/metabolic-adaptation-via-regulated-enzyme-degradation-in-the-pathogenic-yeast-candida-albicans
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S Y Ting, O A Ishola, M A Ahmed, Y M Tabana, S Dahham, M T Agha, S F Musa, R Muhammed, L T L Than, D Sandai
The virulence of Candida albicans is dependent upon fitness attributes as well as virulence factors. These attributes include robust stress responses and metabolic flexibility. The assimilation of carbon sources is important for growth and essential for the establishment of infections by C. albicans. Previous studies showed that the C. albicans ICL1 genes, which encode the glyoxylate cycle enzymes isocitratelyase are required for growth on non-fermentable carbon sources such as lactate and oleic acid and were repressed by 2% glucose...
December 29, 2016: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039131/salmonella-persistence-in-tomatoes-requires-a-distinct-set-of-metabolic-functions-identified-by-transposon-insertion-sequencing
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Marcos H de Moraes, Prerak Desai, Steffen Porwollik, Rocio Canals Alvarez, Daniel R Perez, Weiping Chu, Michael McClelland, Max Teplitski
: Human enteric pathogens, such as Salmonella and verotoxigenic E. coli, are increasingly recognized as causes of gastroenteritis outbreaks associated with the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Persistence in plants represents an important part of the life cycle of these pathogens. The identification of the full complement of Salmonella genes involved in the colonization of the model plant (tomato) was carried out using transposon insertion sequencing analysis. With this approach, 230,000 transposon insertions were screened in tomato pericarps to identify loci with reduction in fitness, followed by validation of the screen results using competition assays of the isogenic mutants against the wild type...
December 30, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035742/microbial-nutrient-niches-in-the-gut
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Fátima C Pereira, David Berry
The composition and function of the mammalian gut microbiota has been the subject of much research in recent years, but the principles underlying the assembly and structure of this complex community remain incompletely understood. Processes that shape the gut microbiota are thought to be mostly niche-driven, with environmental factors such as the composition of available nutrients largely determining whether or not an organism can establish. The concept that the nutrient landscape dictates which organisms can successfully colonize and persist in the gut was first proposed in Rolf Freter's nutrient niche theory...
December 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
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