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Amy Chia-Ching Kao, Sonia Spitzer, Daniel C Anthony, Belinda Lennox, Philip W J Burnet
Olanzapine is an effective antipsychotic drug but since it causes significant weight gain, it is not well tolerated by psychosis patients. The prebiotic, B-GOS® , attenuates metabolic dysfunction in obese subjects, and in rodents, alters central NMDA receptors and may affect serotonin receptors that are relevant in psychosis. We have determined whether B-GOS® influenced olanzapine-associated weight gain and central NMDA and serotonin receptors. Circulating acetate, IL-1β, IL-8 and TNFα, liver acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), white adipose tissue (WAT) acetate receptor GPR43, and specific faecal bacteria genera were also measured to provide mechanistic information...
March 15, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Rebekah C Kennedy, Russell R Fling, Michael S Robeson, Arnold M Saxton, Liesel G Schneider, John L Darcy, David A Bemis, Ling Zhao, Jiangang Chen
Widely used as an antimicrobial in antibacterial bar soaps, triclocarban (3,4,4'-trichlorocarbanilide; TCC) is effective against Gram-positive bacteria but shows little efficacy against Gram-negative strains, potentially altering the composition of indigenous microflora within and on the human body. To date, the consequence of continuous or previous nonprescription antimicrobial exposure from compounds in personal care products on commensal microflora is still elusive. Previous research has shown that TCC exposure during gestation and lactation induced dysbiosis of gut microbial communities among exposed dams and neonates...
March 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ming-Qing Gao, Ruiqi Zhang, Yange Yang, Yuru Luo, Ming Jiang, Yingli Zhang, Yong Zhang, Suzhu Qing
Bovine mastitis is an infectious disease of the mammary gland which has been generally treated by antibiotic delivery. While the increasing drug-resistant bacteria and the high consumption of the antibiotic had become a noticeable concern. In a previous study, a mammary special vector expressing human β-defensin 3 (hBD3) was transfected into bovine fetal fibroblasts to produce mastitis-resistant bovine. This investigation focused on potential unintended effects of transgenic milk containing hBD3 produced by these mastitis-resistant bovine on the reproductive system of C57BL/6J mice...
March 9, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Ségolène De Vaugelade, Edith Nicol, Svetlana Vujovic, Sophie Bourcier, Stéphane Pirnay, Stéphane Bouchonnet
RATIONALE: The present work is devoted to the structural elucidation of by-products issued from the direct UV-visible irradiation of dehydroacetic acid (DHA) in solution and in cosmetic emulsion. METHODS: Analyses were carried out using a gas chromatography coupled with an ion trap mass spectrometer and by a high performance liquid chromatography coupled with ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (LC-UHRMS). The potential toxicities of by-products were estimated by in silico calculations based on a QSAR (Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship) approach and by in vitro bioassays conducted on Vibrio fischeri bacteria...
March 8, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Xinhua Zhan, Boryana Stamova, Frank R Sharp
This review proposes that lipopolysaccharide (LPS, found in the wall of all Gram-negative bacteria) could play a role in causing sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). This is based in part upon recent studies showing that: Gram-negative E. coli bacteria can form extracellular amyloid; bacterial-encoded 16S rRNA is present in all human brains with over 70% being Gram-negative bacteria; ultrastructural analyses have shown microbes in erythrocytes of AD patients; blood LPS levels in AD patients are 3-fold the levels in control; LPS combined with focal cerebral ischemia and hypoxia produced amyloid-like plaques and myelin injury in adult rat cortex...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Samanta Sarmento da Silva, Guilherme Eckert Peterson, Sérgio Luis Amantéa, Patrícia Miorelli, Jane Maria Ulbrich, Eliane Roesch, Paulo Roberto Sanches, Jose Carlos Fraga
PURPOSE: To evaluate the concentration of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFB1) levels in a rat pleural effusion obtained by inoculation of intrapleural bacteria or turpentine through thoracentesis. METHODS: Thirty-Nine Wistar rats were divided into three groups: Staphylococcus aureus (SA, n = 17); Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP, n = 12); and turpentine (control, n = 10). Pleural fluid was collected through ultrasound-guided thoracentesis 12 h, 24 h, and 36 h after instillation of bacteria or turpentine...
February 2018: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
Yung-Tsung Chen, Yu-Chun Lin, Jin-Seng Lin, Ning-Sun Yang, Ming-Ju Chen
SCOPE: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common disease that is concomitant with obesity, resulting in increased mortality. To date, the efficiency of NAFLD treatment still needs to be improved. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the effect of Lactobacillus mali APS1, which was isolated from sugary kefir, on hepatic steatosis in rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Sprague Dawley rats were fed a control diet, a high-fat diet with saline and a high-fat diet with APS1 intervention by gavage daily for 12 weeks...
March 5, 2018: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Qian Zhang, Hongyue Yu, Xinhua Xiao, Ling Hu, Fengjiao Xin, Xiaobing Yu
Background & Aims: Accumulating research has addressed the linkage between the changes to gut microbiota structure and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Inulin is one type of soluble dietary fiber that can alleviate T2D. As a prebiotic, inulin cannot be digested by humans, but rather is digested by probiotics. However, whether inulin treatment can benefit the entire gut bacteria community remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the differences in gut microbiota composition among diabetic, inulin-treated diabetic, normal control, and inulin-treated normal control rats...
2018: PeerJ
Rizaldy C Zapata, Arashdeep Singh, Nadia M Ajdari, Prasanth K Chelikani
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of graded dietary restriction of tryptophan on food intake, energy expenditure, body composition, gut hormones, and select fecal bacterial populations in obesity-prone rats. METHODS: Obesity-prone rats were randomized to isocaloric diets with varying degrees of tryptophan restriction: control (100% requirements), 70% tryptophan (70TRP), 40% tryptophan (40TRP), or 10% tryptophan (10TRP) for 21 days. The sympathetic system was challenged with a subcutaneous injection of propranolol on days 15 to 17...
March 4, 2018: Obesity
Da Yoon Yu, Sung Hak Kim, Jeong A Kim, In Sung Kim, Yang Soo Moon, Sang Suk Lee, Hwa Chun Park, Jong Hyun Jung, Yi Hyung Chung, Dae Keun Shin, Ki Chang Nam, In Soon Choi, Kwang Keun Cho
OBJECTIVE: Although the efficacy of Rubus coreanus (RC) byproducts as a feed additive has been recognized, its effects on intestinal microorganisms and the immune system are still unknown. METHODS: Six-week-old male rats were treated with 0.5% RC (T1), 1.0% RC (T2), and 1.5% RC (T3) for 4 weeks. RESULTS: We found that treatment with RC byproducts significantly increased the daily gain of body weight and feed intake. Treg-cell differentiation was enhanced in the mesenteric lymph nodes and spleen from the rats fed with RC byproducts...
March 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Igor Goychuk
[-15]Magnetic nanoparticles are met across many biological species ranging from magnetosensitive bacteria, fishes, bees, bats, rats, birds, to humans. They can be both of biogenetic origin and due to environmental contamination, being either in paramagnetic or ferromagnetic state. The energy of such naturally occurring single-domain magnetic nanoparticles can reach up to 10-20 room k B T in the magnetic field of the Earth, which naturally led to supposition that they can serve as sensory elements in various animals...
February 28, 2018: Sensors
Javier Fernández, Lorena García, Joaquín Monte, Claudio J Villar, Felipe Lombó
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common neoplasia in Europe, where it accounts for 28.2 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In an effort to decrease the incidence of this disease, various prevention measures are being studied, one of which are anthocyanin-rich foods. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidant flavonoids mainly found in flowers and colorful fruits and vegetables. These nutraceuticals have diverse biological functions once ingested, including immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and antitumor functions...
March 1, 2018: Genes
Xiaoyan Wei, Jinhua Tao, Suwei Xiao, Shu Jiang, Erxin Shang, Zhenhua Zhu, Dawei Qian, Jinao Duan
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), a chronic metabolic disease which severely impairs peoples' quality of life, currently attracted worldwide concerns. There are growing evidences that gut microbiota can exert a great impact on the development of T2DM. Xiexin Tang (XXT), a traditional Chinese medicine prescription, has been clinically used to treat diabetes for thousands of years. However, few researches are investigated on the modulation of gut microbiota community by XXT which will be very helpful to unravel how it works...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Wayne Nishio Ayre, Genevieve Melling, Camille Cuveillier, Madhan Natarajan, Jessica L Roberts, Lucy L Marsh, Christopher D Lynch, Jean-Yves Maillard, Stephen P Denyer, Alastair J Sloan
This study investigated the host response to a polymicrobial pulpal infection consisting of Streptococcus anginosus and Enterococcus faecalis , bacteria commonly implicated in dental abscesses and endodontic failure, using a validated ex vivo rat tooth model. Tooth slices were inoculated with planktonic cultures of S. anginosus or E. faecalis alone or in co-culture at ratios of 50:50 and 90:10 S. anginosus to E. faecalis Attachment was semi-quantified by measuring area covered by fluorescently labelled bacteria...
February 26, 2018: Infection and Immunity
Hongyi Zhu, Bingbo Bao, Xianyou Zheng
BACKGROUND: Irrigation is one of the key procedures in open fracture management to eliminate pathogens and prevent infection. Metal ion deprivation could inhibit bacterial adhesins and weaken adhesion to the host tissue. EDTA in solution can competitively bind to a metal ion and thus might be able to inhibit bacterial adhesins. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Is normal saline-EDTA toxic to fibroblasts and endothelial cells? (2) In a contaminated wound rat model, does irrigation with normal saline-EDTA solution decrease the risk of positive bacterial cultures and infection when compared with normal saline and soap solutions? (3) In an infected wound rat model, are fewer surgical débridements and irrigations with normal saline-EDTA solution required to obtain culture-free wounds when compared with normal saline and soap controls? METHODS: Normal saline-EDTA solution refers to 1 mmol/L EDTA dissolved in normal saline (pH adjusted to 7...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Katharina Schaufler, Kathrin Nowak, Ariane Düx, Torsten Semmler, Laura Villa, Laye Kourouma, Karim Bangoura, Lothar H Wieler, Fabian H Leendertz, Sebastian Guenther
High-risk ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) have been described in wild birds and rodents worldwide. Rats are of special interest not only due to their indicator role for environmental pollution with multi-resistant bacteria but also as possible infection source. Data on the presence of high-risk ESBL-E in urban wildlife from Africa remain scarce, however. Twenty-nine animals from three different rat ( Rattus ) species were captured in the city of Conakry (Guinea, West Africa) in 2015. Rectal swabs were analyzed for ESBL-E using selective media...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Mingcui Zhai, Yichen Xu, Biao Zhou, Weibin Jing
In the Present-day medicinally applied wound bandages have many drawbacks for, instance, rigidity, non-porosity, low mechanical potency, also an affinity for bandages to stick onto the injury exterior; additionally, a greater part of the bandages did not secure bactericidal activity. Hydrogel derived injury bandages would be supportive to afford a chill feeling with a humidity atmosphere, in addition, to performing as an obstruction to bacteria. To overcome these drawbacks, we have fabricated porous keratin-chitosan/n-ZnO nanocomposite (KCBZNs) bandages via the inclusion of nano-ZnO into the keratin-chitosan hydrogel...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Meredith Dinges, Christian Lytle, Cynthia K Larive
The large intestine (cecum and colon) is a complex biochemical factory of vital importance to human health. It plays a major role in digestion and absorption by salvaging nutrients from polysaccharides via fermentation initiated by the bacteria that comprise the gut microbiome. We hypothesize that the intestinal epithelium absorbs a limited number of luminal metabolites with bioactive potential while actively excluding those with toxic effects. To explore this concept, we combined1 H NMR detection with Ussing chamber measurements of absorptive transport by rat cecum...
February 23, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Shermel Sherman, Nadeen Sarsour, Marziyeh Salehi, Allen Schroering, Blair Mell, Bina Joe, Jennifer W Hill
BACKGROUND: Conditions of excess androgen in women, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), often exhibit intergenerational transmission. One way in which the risk for PCOS may be increased in daughters of affected women is through exposure to elevated androgens in utero. Hyperandrogenemic conditions have serious health consequences, including increased risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Recently, gut dysbiosis has been found to induce hypertension in rats, such that blood pressure can be normalized through fecal microbial transplant...
February 22, 2018: Gut Microbes
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