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Sarah E Kohe, Christopher D Bennett, Simrandip K Gill, Martin Wilson, Carmel McConville, Andrew C Peet
The rare pediatric embryonal tumors retinoblastoma, medulloblastoma and neuroblastoma derive from neuroectodermal tissue and share similar histopathological features despite different anatomical locations and diverse clinical outcomes. As metabolism can reflect genetic and histological features, we investigated whether the metabolism of embryonal tumors reflects their similar histology, shared developmental and neural origins, or tumor location. We undertook metabolic profiling on 50 retinoblastoma, 39 medulloblastoma and 70 neuroblastoma using high resolution magic angle spinning magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS)...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Nasim Sheikh-Bahaei, S Ahmad Sajjadi, Roido Manavaki, Mary McLean, John T O'Brien, Jonathan H Gillard
OBJECTIVES: To determine if the level of metabolites in MR Spectroscopy (MRS) is a representative marker of underlying pathological changes identified in PET images in Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: We performed PET-guided MRS in cases of probable AD, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and healthy controls (HC). All participants were imaged by11 C-Pittsburgh Compound B (11 C-PiB) and18 F-fluorodeoxy-glucose (18 F-FDG)-PET followed by 3T MRS. PET images were assessed both visually and using standardized uptake value ratios (SUVR)...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Amnon Cochavi, Jhonthan Ephrath, Hanan Eizenberg, Shimon Rachmilevitch
The parasite Phelipanche aegyptiaca infests tomato, a crop plant that is commonly cultivated in semi-arid environments, where tomato may be subject to salt stress. Since the relationship between the two stresses - salinity and parasitism - has been poorly investigated in tomato, the effects of P. aegyptiaca parasitism on tomato growing under moderate salinity were examined. Tomatoes were grown with regular or saline water irrigation (3 and 45 mM Cl- , respectively) in soils infested with P. aegyptiaca. The infested plants accumulated higher levels of sodium and chloride ions in the roots, shoots and leaves (old and young) under both salinity levels vs non-infected plants...
February 21, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
Eleni Orphanidou-Vlachou, Sarah E Kohe, Marie-Anne Brundler, Lesley MacPherson, Yu Sun, Nigel Davies, Martin Wilson, Xiaoyan Pan, Theodoros N Arvanitis, Richard G Grundy, Andrew C Peet
AIMS: Metabolite levels can be measured non-invasively using in vivo 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). These tumour metabolite profiles are highly characteristic for tumour type in childhood brain tumours; however, the relationship between metabolite values and conventional histopathological characteristics has not yet been fully established. This study systematically tests the relationship between metabolite levels detected by MRS and specific histological features in a range of paediatric brain tumours...
February 10, 2018: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Wu Dayang, Pang Dongbo
BACKGROUND: The massive uptake of organic compatible osmolytes is a self-protective response to multiple stressors. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the protective effects of the osmolyte taurine against blue light-induced apoptosis in retinal neuronal cells in vitro. METHODS: Real-time PCR was used to measure osmolyte transport. Radioimmunoassays were performed to measure osmolyte uptake. Cell Counting Kit-8 assays were conducted to measure cellular viability...
February 27, 2018: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
Haisu Shi, Xue Luo, Rina Wu, Xiqing Yue
Dunaliella salina is a unicellular green alga with a high α-linolenic acid (ALA) level, but a low eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) level. In a previous analysis of the catalytic activity of delta 6 fatty acid desaturase (FADS6) from various species, FADS6 from Thalassiosira pseudonana (TpFADS6), a marine diatom, showed the highest catalytic activity for ALA. In this study, to enhance EPA production in D. salina, FADS6 from D. salina (DsFADS6) was identified, and substrate specificities for DsFADS6 and TpFADS6 were characterized...
January 13, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Julie Lamy, Julie Gatien, Florine Dubuisson, Lydie Nadal-Desbarats, Pascal Salvetti, Pascal Mermillod, Marie Saint-Dizier
In the present study we tested whether regulation of the metabolome in bovine oviductal fluid depended on the stage of the oestrous cycle, the side relative to ovulation and local concentrations of steroid hormones. Luminal fluid samples from both oviducts were collected in the preovulatory, postovulatory, mid- and late luteal phases, from cyclic cows at a local abattoir (18-27 cows per stage and side). The metabolomes were assessed by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-NMR). In all, 39 metabolites were identified, among which the amino acid glycine and the energy substrates lactate and myoinositol were the most abundant at all stages...
January 5, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Xiangqin Zheng, Danmei Lin, Yulong Zhang, Yuan Lin, Jianrong Song, Suyu Li, Yan Sun
OBJECTIVE: Pretreatment of myoinositol is a very new method that was evaluated in multiple small studies to manage poor ovarian response in assisted reproduction. This study was to determine the efficacy of myoinositol supplement in infertile women undergoing ovulation induction for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or in vitro fertilization embryo transfer (IVF-ET). METHODS: A meta-analysis and systematic review of published articles evaluating the efficacy of myo-inositol in patients undergoing ovulation induction for ICSI or IVF-ET was performed...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Liuting Zeng, Kailin Yang
PURPOSE: To assess the effectiveness and safety of myoinositol for patients with PCOS. METHODS: In this meta-analysis, data from randomized controlled trials are obtained to assess the effects of myoinositol vs. placebo or western medicine in women with PCOS. The study's registration number is CRD42017064563. The primary outcomes included total testosterone, estradiol (E2) and the homeostatic model assessment (HOMA) of insulin resistance. RESULT: Ten trials involving 573 patients were included...
October 19, 2017: Endocrine
Min Li, Ke Wang, Wen-Ting Su, Jun Jia, Xiao-Min Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the possible underlying mechanism by investigating the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment on the primary motor cortex and striatum in a unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) induced rat Parkinson's disease (PD) model. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham group (n=16), model group (n=14), and EA group (n=14). EA stimulation at Dazhui (GV 14) and Baihui (GV20) was applied to PD rats in the EA group for 4 weeks...
October 6, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Christopher B Miller, Caroline D Rae, Michael A Green, Brendon J Yee, Christopher J Gordon, Angela L D'Rozario, Simon D Kyle, Colin A Espie, Ronald R Grunstein, Delwyn J Bartlett
Objectives: To evaluate brain metabolites in objective insomnia subtypes defined from polysomnography (PSG): insomnia with short sleep duration (I-SSD) and insomnia with normal sleep duration (I-NSD), relative to good sleeping controls (GSCs). Methods: PSG empirically grouped insomnia patients into I-SSD (n = 12: mean [SD] total sleep time [TST] = 294.7 minutes [30.5]) or I-NSD (n = 19: TST = 394.4 minutes [34.9]). 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) acquired in the left occipital cortex (LOCC), left prefrontal cortex, and anterior cingulate cortex was used to determine levels of creatine, aspartate, glutamate, and glutamine (referenced to water)...
November 1, 2017: Sleep
Xue-Feng Cao, Zhen-Zhong Bai, Lan Ma, Shuang Ma, Ri-Li Ge
Cao, Xue-Feng, Zhen-Zhong Bai, Lan Ma, Shuang Ma, and Ri-Li Ge. Metabolic alterations of Qinghai-Tibet plateau pikas in adaptation to high altitude. High Alt Med Biol. 18:219-225, 2017.-To determine specific metabolic alterations in the myocardium of plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae) and potential metabolic biomarkers involved in their adaptation to the high-altitude environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Ten pikas were captured by traps in the Kekexili Reserve (4630 m a.s.l; n = 5) and at the foot of the Laji Mountain (2600 m a...
September 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
D Maes, M Sibila, P Kuhnert, J Segalés, F Haesebrouck, M Pieters
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) is the primary pathogen of enzootic pneumonia, a chronic respiratory disease in pigs. Infections occur worldwide and cause major economic losses to the pig industry. The present paper reviews the current knowledge on M. hyopneumoniae infections, with emphasis on identification and analysis of knowledge gaps for optimizing control of the disease. Close contact between infected and susceptible pigs is the main route of M. hyopneumoniae transmission. Management and housing conditions predisposing for infection or disease are known, but further research is needed to better understand M...
August 23, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Karen Belkić, Dževad Belkić
Ovarian cancer is a major cause of cancer death among women worldwide, and particularly in Israel. Although the disease at stage IA has 5 year survival rates of over 90%, early detection methods are not sufficiently accurate. Consequently, ovarian cancer is typically diagnosed late, which results in high fatality rates. An excellent candidate for early ovarian cancer detection would be in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) because it is non-invasive and free of ionizing radiation. In addition, it potentially identifies metabolic features of cancer...
August 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Muhammad Abdullah, Joe N Kornegay, Aubree Honcoop, Traci L Parry, Cynthia J Balog-Alvarez, Sara K O'Neal, James R Bain, Michael J Muehlbauer, Christopher B Newgard, Cam Patterson, Monte S Willis
BACKGROUND: Like Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the Golden Retriever Muscular Dystrophy (GRMD) dog model of DMD is characterized by muscle necrosis, progressive paralysis, and pseudohypertrophy in specific skeletal muscles. This severe GRMD phenotype includes moderate atrophy of the biceps femoris (BF) as compared to unaffected normal dogs, while the long digital extensor (LDE), which functions to flex the tibiotarsal joint and serves as a digital extensor, undergoes the most pronounced atrophy...
July 29, 2017: Metabolites
Mustafa Calik, Dilek Sen Dokumaci, Suna Sarikaya, Mahmut Demir, Ilhan Isik, Halil Kazanasmaz, Cemil Kaya, Hasan Kandemir
Breath-holding spells are benign, paroxysmal events with apnea and postural tone changes after a crying episode in infants. The objective of this study was to investigate the pathologies in brain metabolite values in the absence of seizure in children with breath-holding spells by using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Brain MRS examination was performed on 18 children with breath-holding spells and 13 neurologically normal children who were included as the control group. There was no significant difference in terms of N-acetyl aspartate (NAA), choline (Cho), creatine (Cr), and myoinositol (mI) levels and also in terms of NAA/Cr, Cho/Cr, and mI/Cr ratios between the patients and the control group (all P>0...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Wu Dayang, Pang Dongbo
BACKGROUND: The massive uptake of compatible osmolytes is a self-protective response shared by lens exposed to hypertonic stress and ultraviolet stress. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the protective effects of taurine against ultraviolet B-induced cytotoxicity in the lens epithelial cells. METHODS: Real-time PCR was used to measure osmolytes transport. Radioimmunoassay was used to measure osmolytes uptake. Cell counting kit-8 assays were used to measure cellular viability...
July 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
Feng-Nan Niu, Hai-Lan Meng, Lei-Lei Chang, Hong-Yan Wu, Wei-Ping Li, Ren-Yuan Liu, Hui-Ting Wang, Bing Zhang, Yun Xu
AIMS: Accumulated evidence indicates that cerebral metabolic features, evaluated by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1) H-MRS), are sensitive to early mitochondrion dysfunction associated with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy (ME). The metabolite ratios of lactate (lac)/Cr, N-acetyl aspartate (NAA)/creatine (Cr), total choline (tCho)/Cr, and myoinositol (mI)/Cr are measured in the infarct-like lesions by (1) H-MRS and may reveal metabolic changes associated with ME. However, the application of this molecular imaging technique in the investigation of the pathology of ME subtypes is unknown...
August 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Ranjit Ghosh, Manash C Das, Arpita Sarkar, Antu Das, Padmani Sandhu, Biswanath Dinda, Yusuf Akhter, Surajit Bhattacharjee, Utpal Ch De
In the context of ethno botanical importance with no phytochemical investigations, Mussaenda roxburghii have been investigated to explore it's phytoconstituents and studies of their antibiofilm activity. Four compounds have been isolated from the aerial parts of this plant and were characterized as 2α,3β,19α,23-tetrahydroxyurs-12-en-28-oic acid (1), β-sitosterol glucoside (4), lupeol palmitate (5), and myoinositol (6). All these compounds were tested for antibacterial and antibiofilm activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
October 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Laura M Rowland, Haley K Demyanovich, S Andrea Wijtenburg, William W Eaton, Katrina Rodriguez, Frank Gaston, Daniela Cihakova, Monica V Talor, Fang Liu, Robert R McMahon, L Elliot Hong, Deanna L Kelly
Inflammation may play a role in schizophrenia; however, subgroups with immune regulation dysfunction may serve as distinct illness phenotypes with potential different treatment and prevention strategies. Emerging data show that about 30% of people with schizophrenia have elevated antigliadin antibodies of the IgG type, representing a possible subgroup of schizophrenia patients with immune involvement. Also, recent data have shown a high correlation of IgG-mediated antibodies between the periphery and cerebral spinal fluid in schizophrenia but not healthy controls, particularly AGA IgG suggesting that these antibodies may be crossing the blood-brain barrier with resulting neuroinflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
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