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Hongwei Xu, Zhenmei Zhang, Lydia Li, Jinyu Liu
Background: Existing studies of the 1944-45 Dutch famine found little evidence of the association between early life malnutrition and midlife cognition. Methods: Among 2446 rural participants born between 1958 and 1963 in the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, we examined effects of exposure to China's 1959-61 Great Leap Forward famine during prenatal and early postnatal life, on four cognitive measures in 2011 (baseline) and changes in cognition between 2011 and 2013 (first follow-up)...
November 7, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
Thijs van den Broek, Maria Fleischmann
OBJECTIVES: Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy may have long-lasting effects on offspring's mental health. We investigate the effect of prenatal exposure to the Dutch famine (mid November 1944 to late April 1945) on mental health in later mid-life. METHODS: Data are from the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (n = 642). We use difference-in-difference analyses to compare mental health in later midlife (measured with the MHI-5 index) across three cohorts ('pre-famine cohort', 'famine cohort', 'post-famine cohort') and across two regions (famine affected cities vs...
November 10, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
Diriba B Kumssa, Edward J M Joy, Scott D Young, David W Odee, E Louise Ander, Charles Magare, James Gitu, Martin R Broadley
Moringa oleifera (MO) and M. stenopetala (MS) are two commonly cultivated species of the Moringaceae family. Some households in southern Ethiopia (S. ETH) and Kenya (KEN) plant MS and MO, respectively. The edible parts of these species are rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals, especially selenium. Despite their nutritional value, Moringa is sometimes considered as a "famine food". The aim of this study was to determine the extent of dietary utilization of these plants by Moringa Growing Households (MGHs)...
2017: PloS One
Huidong Tian, Chuan Yan, Lei Xu, Ulf Büntgen, Nils C Stenseth, Zhibin Zhang
A wide range of climate change-induced effects have been implicated in the prevalence of infectious diseases. Disentangling causes and consequences, however, remains particularly challenging at historical time scales, for which the quality and quantity of most of the available natural proxy archives and written documentary sources often decline. Here, we reconstruct the spatiotemporal occurrence patterns of human epidemics for large parts of China and most of the last two millennia. Cold and dry climate conditions indirectly increased the prevalence of epidemics through the influences of locusts and famines...
November 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Anna Burniol-Figols, Cristiano Varrone, Anders Egede Daugaard, Simone Balzer Le, Ioannis V Skiadas, Hariklia N Gavala
Crude glycerol, a by-product from the biodiesel industry, can be converted by mixed microbial consortia into 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PDO) and volatile fatty acids. In this study, further conversion of these main products into polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) was investigated with the focus on 1,3-PDO. Two different approaches for the enrichment of PHA accumulating microbial consortia using an aerobic dynamic feeding strategy were applied. With the first approach, where nitrogen was present during the whole cycle, no net production of PHA from 1,3-PDO was observed in the fermented effluent, not even in a nitrogen-limited PHA accumulation assay...
October 23, 2017: Water Research
Mariana Alencar Nemezio, Sofia Sampaio de Souza Farias, Maria Cristina Borsatto, Carolina Patrícia Aires, Silmara Aparecida Milori Corona
BACKGROUND: Several studies have reported the use of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) to control biofilm but its efficacy depends on several factors, such as biofilm model used. This study aims to examine whether exposure to diode laser combined with methylene blue affects the bacterial viability and polysaccharide content in a Streptococcus mutans cariogenic biofilm model, which simulated 'feast-famine' episodes of exposure to sucrose that occur in the oral cavity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: S...
October 31, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
J T Fasullo, R Tomas, S Stevenson, B Otto-Bliesner, E Brady, E Wahl
In 1816, the coldest summer of the past two centuries was observed over northeastern North America and western Europe. This so-called Year Without a Summer (YWAS) has been widely attributed to the 1815 eruption of Indonesia's Mt. Tambora and was concurrent with agricultural failures and famines worldwide. To understand the potential impacts of a similar future eruption, a thorough physical understanding of the YWAS is crucial. Climate model simulations of both the 1815 Tambora eruption and a hypothetical analogous future eruption are examined, the latter occurring in 2085 assuming a business-as-usual climate scenario...
October 31, 2017: Nature Communications
Matteo Mori, Severin Schink, David W Erickson, Ulrich Gerland, Terence Hwa
The overexpression of proteins is a major burden for fast-growing bacteria. Paradoxically, recent characterization of the proteome of Escherichia coli found many proteins expressed in excess of what appears to be optimal for exponential growth. Here, we quantitatively investigate the possibility that this overexpression constitutes a strategic reserve kept by starving cells to quickly meet demand upon sudden improvement in growth conditions. For cells exposed to repeated famine-and-feast cycles, we derive a simple relation between the duration of feast and the allocation of the ribosomal protein reserve to maximize the overall gain in biomass during the feast...
October 31, 2017: Nature Communications
Katja Franke, Christian Gaser, Susanne R de Rooij, Matthias Schwab, Tessa J Roseboom
BACKGROUND: Prenatal exposure to undernutrition is widespread in both developing and industrialized countries, causing irreversible damage to the developing brain, resulting in altered brain structure and decreased cognitive function during adulthood. The Dutch famine in 1944/45 was a humanitarian disaster, now enabling studies of the effects of prenatal undernutrition during gestation on brain aging in late adulthood. METHODS: We hypothesized that study participants prenatally exposed to maternal nutrient restriction (MNR) would demonstrate altered brain structure resembling premature brain aging in late adulthood, expecting the effect being stronger in men...
October 23, 2017: NeuroImage
F R M Portrait, T F van Wingerden, D J H Deeg
Current research shows strong associations between adult height and several positive outcomes such as higher cognitive skills, better earning capacity, increased chance of marriage and better health. It is therefore relevant to investigate the determinants of adult height. There is mixed evidence on the effects of undernutrition during early life on adult height. Therefore, our study aims at assessing the impact of undernutrition during gestation and at ages younger than 15 on adult height. We used data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam...
October 18, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
Mary E Girard, Saumya Gopalkrishnan, Elicia D Grace, Jennifer A Halliday, Richard L Gourse, Christophe Herman
σ(S) is an alternative sigma factor, encoded by the rpoS gene, that redirects cellular transcription to a large family of genes in response to stressful environmental signals. This so-called σ(S) general stress response is necessary for survival in many bacterial species and is controlled by a complex, multifactorial pathway that regulates σ(S) levels transcriptionally, translationally, and post-translationally in Escherichia coli It was shown previously that the transcription factor DksA and its cofactor ppGpp are among the many factors governing σ(S) synthesis, thus playing an important role in activation of the σ(S) stress response...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
Xiaoya Zheng, Wei Ren, Lilin Gong, Jian Long, Rong Luo, Yonghong Wang
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Previous studies found famine exposure was associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS). In the study, we investigated the relationship between Chinese famine exposure and the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in adult women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from subjects via routine physical examinations in the Public Health Center of our hospital between 2011 and 2014. Women were categorized into the following three groups: control, prenatally exposed, and postnatally exposed...
October 16, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
Ludovico Abenavoli
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October 16, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
Francois Balloux, Lucy van Dorp
Microbes are found on us, within us and around us. They inhabit virtually every environment on the planet and the bacteria carried by an average human, mostly in their gut, outnumber human cells. The vast majority of microbes are harmless to us, and many play essential roles in plant, animal and human health. Others, however, are either obligate or facultative pathogens exerting a spectrum of deleterious effects on their hosts. Infectious diseases have historically represented the most common cause of death in humans until recently, exceeding by far the toll taken by wars or famines...
October 19, 2017: BMC Biology
Daisuke Inoue, Yuta Suzuki, Kazuko Sawada, Kazunari Sei
The influence of temperature and pH during enrichment on the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) accumulation ability and composition of PHA-accumulating microorganisms (PHAAMOs) in enrichment cultures was investigated. Enrichment of PHAAMOs from activated sludge was conducted in acetate-fed sequencing batch reactors using a feast-famine regime under different temperature (20°C, 28°C, and 36°C) and pH (controlled at 7.2 or not) conditions. PHA accumulation ability, which was evaluated in nitrogen- and phosphorus-deficient 24-h single-batch cultures, was greatly enhanced by enrichment, irrespective of the temperature and pH...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
José Pinela, Ana Maria Carvalho, Isabel C F R Ferreira
Wild edible plants (WEPs) are part of the cultural and genetic heritage of different regions of the world. In times of famine and scarcity, these sources of nutrients and health-promoting compounds have received high importance mainly in rural and suburban areas. Although currently underutilized, WEPs are still consumed traditionally by different communities and are gaining relevance in today's society. However, these foods lack recognition as significant contributors to the human diet in developed areas. This review describes the nutritional value of WEPs from the North-eastern region of Portugal and points out those containing potentially toxic compounds...
October 14, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Nancy Krieger, Jaquelyn L Jahn, Pamela D Waterman, Jarvis T Chen
Evidence suggests contemporary population distributions of breast cancer estrogen receptor (ER) status may be shaped by earlier major societal events, such as the 1965 abolition of Jim Crow (legal racial discrimination in the US) and the Great Famine in China (1959-1961). We accordingly analyzed changes in ER status in relation to Jim Crow birth place among the 46,417 black and 339,830 white US-born non-Hispanic women in the 13 SEER Registry Group who were born between 1915 and 1979 and diagnosed (age 25-84, inclusive) between 1992-2012...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
Emmanouela Korkakaki, Mark C M van Loosdrecht, Robbert Kleerebezem
Double-limitation systems have shown to induce polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production in chemostat studies limited in e.g. carbon and phosphate. In this work the impact of double substrate limitation on the enrichment of a PHA producing community was studied in a sequencing batch process. Enrichments at different C/P concentration ratios in the influent were established and the effect on the PHA production capacity and the enrichment community structure was investigated. Experimental results demonstrated that when a double substrate limitation is imposed at a C/P ratio in the influent in a range of 150 (C-mol/mol), the P-content of the biomass and the specific substrate uptake rates decreased...
December 1, 2017: Water Research
M T Roberts, E N Bermingham, N J Cave, W Young, C M McKenzie, D G Thomas
The diet of the domestic dog has changed significantly from that of its wolf ancestor, with to date only two studies having examined macronutrient self-selection in dogs. Whilst the first focused solely on protein intake, determining an intake of 30% metabolisable energy (ME), the second investigated dietary protein, fat and carbohydrate (PFC), indicating an intake ratio of 30:63:7% by energy. This study's aim was to further elucidate macronutrient intake by providing greater macronutrient range, energy content, and to investigate over a longer duration than previous studies...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Matthew J Paul, Maria Oszvald, Claudia Jesus, Charukesi Rajulu, Cara A Griffiths, Christine Raines
Food security is a pressing global issue. New approaches are required to break through a yield ceiling that has developed in recent years for the major crops. As important as increasing yield potential is the protection of yield from abiotic stresses in an increasingly variable and unpredictable climate. Current strategies to improve yield include conventional breeding, marker-assisted breeding, quantitative trait loci (QTLs), mutagenesis, creation of hybrids, genetic modification (GM), emerging genome-editing technologies, and chemical approaches...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
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