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Bharat Bhushan, S K Tomar, Arun Chauhan
An appropriate selection of Lactobacillus strain (probiotic/starter/functional) on the basis of its techno-functional characteristics is required before developing a novel fermented functional food. We compared vitamin B12 (B12, cobalamin) producing Lactobacillus plantarum isolates, BHM10 and BCF20, for functional (vitamin over-production, genomic insight to B12 structural genes, and probiotic attributes) and technological [milks (skim and soy) fermentation and B12 bio-fortification] characteristics. Addition of B12 precursors (5-amonolevulinate and dimethylbenzimidazole) to cobalamin-free fermentation medium increased vitamin production in BHM10, BCF20, and DSM20016 (a positive standard) by 3...
October 17, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ji-Sang Kim
This study investigated the phenolic, flavonoid, and vitamin constituents in the main root, root hair, and leaf of ginseng. The total individual phenolic and flavonoid contents were the highest in the leaf, followed by the main root and root hair. Ferulic acid and m-coumaric acid were found to be the major phenolics in the main root and root hair, while p-coumaric acid and m-coumaric acid were the major phenolics in the leaf. Catechin was the major flavonoid component in the main root and root hair, while catechin and kaempferol were the major flavonoid components in the leaf...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Andrea Carolina Torres, Verónica Vannini, Julieta Bonacina, Graciela Font, Lucila Saavedra, María Pía Taranto
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that most vitamins are present in a variety of foods, malnutrition, unbalanced diets or insufficient intake of foods are still the cause of vitamin deficiencies in humans in some countries. Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is a complex compound that is only naturally produced by bacteria and archea. It has been reported that certain strains belonging to lactic acid bacteria group are capable of synthesized water-soluble vitamins such as those included in the B-group, as vitamin B12...
October 13, 2016: BMC Microbiology
T Irevall, I Axelsson, E Naumburg
AIM: Adverse neurological symptoms have been linked to vitamin B12 deficiency in infants. This explorative study described the clinical presentation associated with vitamin B12 deficiency in this age group. METHODS: The study comprised infants who were born between 2004-2012 and were tested for vitamin B12 levels after they were admitted to a hospital with neurological symptoms at less than one year of age. Vitamin B12 deficiency was defined as low cobalamin in serum and, or, increased homocysteine and, or, increased methylmalonate...
October 13, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Rudra Prasad Roy, Kaushik Ghosh, Manas Ghosh, Amitava Acharyya, Ambarish Bhattacharya, Mrinal Pal, Sisir Chakraborty, Nilanjan Sengupta
BACKGROUND: Long-term therapy with metformin was shown to decrease the Vitamin B12 level and manifested as peripheral neuropathy. AIM: The aim of this study is to define the prevalence of Vitamin B12 deficiency in early Type 2 diabetic patients (duration ≤5 years or drug treatment ≤3 years) and the relationship among metformin exposure and levels of cobalamin (Cbl), folic acid, and homocysteine (Hcy) with severity of peripheral neuropathy. METHODOLOGY: This is a cross-sectional study involving randomly selected ninety patients (male 56, female 34) between age groups of 35 and 70 years, comparing those who had received >6 months of metformin (Group A) (n = 35) with those without metformin (Group B) (n = 35) and patients taking metformin with other oral hypoglycemic agent (Group C) (n = 20)...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Lucas Prieto, Markus Neuburger, Bernhard Spingler, Felix Zelder
The synthesis of vitamin B12 in four steps from an artificial green secocorrinoid is presented. The stereospecific reconstitution of the B-ring of the cobalamin involves a quantitative and rapid ligand-centered radical ring closure reaction leading first to a new B12 derivative with antivitamin activity that is subsequently converted to the natural product. Chemoselectivity in the one-electron reduction of the macrocycle was achieved by introducing inorganic cyanide as an axially coordinating protecting group of the otherwise reduction-sensitive Co(III)-ion...
October 11, 2016: Organic Letters
Jie Sun, Yun Qian, Yue Jiang, Jiaping Chen, Juncheng Dai, Guangfu Jin, Jianming Wang, Zhibin Hu, Sijun Liu, Chong Shen, Hongbing Shen
BACKGROUND: Several genome-wide association studies have discovered novel loci at chromosome 12q24, which includes mevalonate kinase (MVK), methylmalonic aciduria (cobalamin deficiency) cbIB type (MMAB), and potassium channel tetramerization domain-containing 10 (KCTD10), all of which influence HDL-cholesterol concentrations. However, there are few reports on the associations between these polymorphisms and HDL-C concentrations in Chinese population. This study aimed to evaluate the associations between functional polymorphisms in three genes (MVK, MMAB and KCTD10) and HDL-C concentrations, as well as coronary heart disease (CHD) susceptibility in Chinese individuals...
October 4, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
Curtis Balusek, James C Gumbart
BtuB is a TonB-dependent transporter that permits the high-affinity binding and transport of cobalamin (CBL), or vitamin B12, across the asymmetric outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria. It has been shown that Ca(2+) binding is necessary for high-affinity binding of CBL to BtuB, and earlier simulations suggested that calcium ions serve to stabilize key substrate-binding extracellular loops. However, those simulations did not account for the lipopolysaccharides in the OM. To illuminate the roles of both Ca(2+) and lipopolysaccharides in protein functionality, we performed simulations of apo and Ca(2+)-loaded BtuB in symmetric and asymmetric bilayers...
October 4, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Gro-Ingunn Hemre, Erik-Jan Lock, Pål Asgeir Olsvik, Kristin Hamre, Marit Espe, Bente Elisabeth Torstensen, Joana Silva, Ann-Cecilie Hansen, Rune Waagbø, Johan S Johansen, Monica Sanden, Nini H Sissener
Aiming to re-evaluate current recommendations for nutrient supplementations when Atlantic salmon are fed diets based on plant ingredients, two regression experiments, with parr and post-smolt, were conducted. A control diet was included to evaluate if ingredients supplied sufficient nutrients without any added nutrient package (NP). The nutrient package consisted of vitamins B, C, E, minerals, cholesterol, methionine, taurine and histidine. This paper focus on B-vitamins. In parr, growth, health and welfare parameters responded on NP additions, but this was not observed in the seawater stage...
2016: PeerJ
Leeda Tayem, Noureddine Litaiem, Mariem Jones, Faten Zeglaoui
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency is common in developing countries. Its dermatologic manifestations include hair and nail changes and glossitis. Cases of generalized hyperpigmentation associated with vitamin B12 deficiency have rarely been reported. Localized hyperpigmentation is less frequently described, affecting palms, soles, and flexural areas. We report a rare case of reversible melasma-like cutaneous hyperpigmentation associated with pernicious anemia and discuss the possible mechanisms of this association...
October 4, 2016: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
Min-Chien Tu, Chung-Ping Lo, Ching-Yuan Chen
BACKGROUND: Cobalamin (Cbl) is an essential vitamin for human health. While an increasing body of evidence supports the negative impact of Cbl deficiency on cognition, the causality has yet to be determined, and the reported therapeutic responses after Cbl supplement therapy have been inconsistent. Besides, few reports have described neuroimaging characteristics associated with the therapeutic response. METHODS: To describe and compare technetium-99m ethyl cysteinate dimer single-photon emission computed tomography (Tc-99m-ECD SPECT) findings in 2 patients with Cbl deficiency with distinct therapeutic responses...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
P G Xenoulis, D L Zoran, G T Fosgate, J S Suchodolski, J M Steiner
BACKGROUND: Little information is available about the clinical presentation and response to treatment of cats with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). OBJECTIVES: To describe the signalment, clinical signs, concurrent diseases, and response to treatment of cats with EPI. ANIMALS: One hundred and fifty cats with EPI. METHODS: Retrospective case series. RESULTS: Questionnaires were sent to 261 veterinarians, and 150 (57%) were returned with data suitable for statistical analysis...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Daniel P Dowling, Zachary D Miles, Caroline Köhrer, Stephanie J Maiocco, Sean J Elliott, Vahe Bandarian, Catherine L Drennan
Queuosine (Q) was discovered in the wobble position of a transfer RNA (tRNA) 47 years ago, yet the final biosynthetic enzyme responsible for Q-maturation, epoxyqueuosine (oQ) reductase (QueG), was only recently identified. QueG is a cobalamin (Cbl)-dependent, [4Fe-4S] cluster-containing protein that produces the hypermodified nucleoside Q in situ on four tRNAs. To understand how QueG is able to perform epoxide reduction, an unprecedented reaction for a Cbl-dependent enzyme, we have determined a series of high resolution structures of QueG from Bacillus subtilis Our structure of QueG bound to a tRNA(Tyr) anticodon stem loop shows how this enzyme uses a HEAT-like domain to recognize the appropriate anticodons and position the hypermodified nucleoside into the enzyme active site...
September 15, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Ali Güneş, Fesih Aktar, İlhan Tan, Murat Söker, Ünal Uluca, Hasan Balık, Nuriye Mete
The aim of this study was to investigate urine early kidney injury molecules, including human kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1), liver-type fatty-acid binding protein (L-FABP), N-acetyl-b-D-glucosaminidase A (NAG), and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) in children with vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency (CD). Twelve children with vitamin B12 deficiency and 20 healthy matched controls were included. Hematologic parameters, serum urea, creatinine (Cr), electrolytes, B12 and folate levels were recorded...
October 1, 2016: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
M Nakos, I Pepelanova, S Beutel, U Krings, R G Berger, T Scheper
Based on increased demands of strict vegetarians, an investigation of vitamin B12 content in plant sources, was carried out. The vitamin B12 concentration was determined by RP-HPLC with UV detection, after prior matrix isolation by immunoaffinity chromatography (IAC). Vitamin B12 was extracted in the presence of sodium cyanide, to transform all forms of cobalamin into cyanocobalamin. Diode array detector was used to monitor vitamin B12, after its chromatographic separation under gradient elution with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and trifluoroacetic acid 0...
February 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Angela Emilia Ricarda Gimmel, Katrin Baumgartner, Annette Liesegang
BACKGROUND: As fish eaters bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in human care need to receive daily vitamin supplementation, because whole thawed fish lacks certain vitamins. However, the exact concentration of supplementation has not been established and is a matter of discussion. To ensure adequate vitamin supplementation in pets, vitamin blood concentrations are measured. This is not a common practice in dolphins. The objective of the present study was to collect information about vitamin supplementation in bottlenose dolphins and on vitamin blood concentrations of healthy animals in European facilities...
2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Li-Kai Wang, Kuo-Mao Lan, Yao-Tsung Lin, Jen-Yin Chen
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2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Kilmer S McCully
Hyperhomocysteinemia is a risk factor for development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD), and low blood levels of folate and cobalamin are associated with hyperhomocysteinemia and AD. In elderly subjects with cognitive decline, supplementation with folate, cobalamin, and pyridoxal demonstrated reduction of cerebral atrophy in gray matter regions vulnerable to the AD process. Multiple pathogenic microbes are implicated as pathogenic factors in AD and atherosclerosis, and the deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ), phosphorylation of tau protein, neuronal injury, and apoptosis in AD are secondary to microbial infection...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Rohan S Dassanayake, Mohamed M Farhath, Jacob T Shelley, Soumitra Basu, Nicola E Brasch
Kinetic and mechanistic studies on the reaction of a major intracellular vitamin B12 form, cob(II)alamin (Cbl(II)), with hypochlorous acid/hypochlorite (HOCl/OCl(-)) have been carried out. Cbl(II) (Co(II)) is rapidly oxidized by HOCl to predominately aquacobalamin/hydroxycobalamin (Cbl(III), Co(III)) with a second-order rate constant of 2.4×10(7)M(-1)s(-1) (25.0°C). The stoichiometry of the reaction is 1:1. UHPLC/HRMS analysis of the product mixture of the reaction of Cbl(II) with 0.9mol equiv. HOCl provides support for HOCl being initially reduced to Cl and subsequent H atom abstraction from the corrin macrocycle occurring, resulting in small amounts of corrinoid species with two or four H atoms fewer than the parent cobalamin...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Phillip L Pearl
Vitamin-dependent epilepsies and multiple metabolic epilepsies are amenable to treatment that markedly improves the disease course. Knowledge of these amenably treatable severe pediatric epilepsies allows for early identification, testing, and treatment. These disorders present with various phenotypes, including early onset epileptic encephalopathy (refractory neonatal seizures, early myoclonic encephalopathy, and early infantile epileptic encephalopathy), infantile spasms, or mixed generalized seizure types in infancy, childhood, or even adolescence and adulthood...
May 2016: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
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