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Luke MacMillan, Garrett Tingley, Sara K Young, Kathy A Clow, Edward W Randell, Margaret E Brosnan, John T Brosnan
Background: Formate is produced in mitochondria via the catabolism of serine, glycine, dimethylglycine, and sarcosine. Formate produced by mitochondria may be incorporated into the cytosolic folate pool where it can be used for important biosynthetic reactions. Previous studies from our lab have shown that cobalamin deficiency results in increased plasma formate concentrations. Objective: Our goal was to determine the basis for elevated formate in vitamin B-12 deficiency...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Katharina Moser, Stefanie Mitze, Erik Teske, Wolf von Bomhard, Christian Stockhaus
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to correlate clinical signs and diagnostic parameters with duodenal inflammatory and architectural changes in dogs with lymphocytic-plasmacytic enteropathy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a retrospective study dogs presented between 2003 and 2014 with chronic gastrointestinal signs (duration > 3 weeks) and histologic evidence of intestinal lymphocytic-plasmacytic inflammation were evaluated. Clinical signs, serum albumin, cobalamin and folic acid concentrations were recorded and a sonographic, endoscopic, histologic and cytological inflammatory score was determined...
February 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
Kilmer S McCully
The indoleamine hormone melatonin is synthesized by the pineal gland, controls circadian rhythm, and is dependent upon adenosyl methionine for enzymatic synthesis of melatonin from N-acetyl serotonin. Pineal melatonin secretion declines dramatically with aging and dementia. Elevated plasma homocysteine is a risk factor for atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, and the marked decline in adenosyl methionine with aging leads to dysregulation of methionine metabolism and hyperhomocysteinemia. Thioretinaco ozonide is a disulfonium complex formed from thioretinamide, cobalamin, and ozone, which binds the alpha and gamma-phosphate groups of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and oxygen in the process of oxidative phosphorylation within mitochondria...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Pol Solé-Navais, Judith Salat-Batlle, Pere Cavallé-Busquets, Joan Fernandez-Ballart, Per M Ueland, Mónica Ballesteros, Gemma Ornosa-Martín, Montserrat Inglès-Puig, Jose M Colomina, Michelle M Murphy
Background: Periconception folic acid supplementation is widespread, but how it interacts with cobalamin status is rarely considered. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate whether first-trimester folate-cobalamin interactions affect pregnancy cobalamin status, hematologic variables, and pregnancy outcomes. Design: In the longitudinal Reus-Tarragona Birth Cohort study from <12 gestational weeks throughout pregnancy, fasting plasma and red blood cell (RBC) folate, plasma cobalamin, holotranscobalamin (holoTC), methylmalonic acid (MMA), total homocysteine (tHcy), hemoglobin, mean cell volume (MCV), postglucose-load serum glucose, gestational hypertension, gestational age at birth, and birth weight were recorded in 563 participants...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Martin Torp Rahbek, Rudolf Scheller, Mads Nybo, Jesper Ryg
We report two cases of transient significantly elevated plasma cobalamin (B12) in geriatric patients acutely admitted with fever, increased C-reactive protein and X-ray verified pneumonia. Extensive diagnostic workup did not reveal kidney or liver disease, neither any signs of cancer. Furthermore, none of the patients had received therapeutic B12 supplementation prior to admission. In both cases, plasma B12 normalized at an out-patient control few months later. We were not able to identify the reason for the initial B12 elevation in any of the patients, since none of the usually recognized causes were evident...
March 7, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Andrea A Cronican, Kristin L Frawley, Erin P Straw, Elisenda Lopez-Manzano, Hirunwut Praekunatham, Jim Peterson, Linda Lorraine Pearce
Four cobalt-containing macrocyclic compounds previously shown to ameliorate cyanide toxicity have been comparatively evaluated with an acute sub-lethal toxicity model in conscious (un-anesthetized) adult male Swiss-Webster mice. All of the compounds (the cobalt-corrins cobalamin and cobinamide, a cobalt-porphyrin, plus a cobalt-Schiff base macrocycle) given 5 min prior to the toxicant dose significantly decreased the righting-recovery time of cyanide-intoxicated mice, but the doses required for maximal antidotal effect varied...
March 7, 2018: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Ganesh Subramanian, Xiaoyi Zhang, Gerdenis Kodis, Qingyu Kong, Cunming Liu, Andrew V G Chizmeshya, Uwe Weierstall, John C H Spence
Cobalt-carbon bond cleavage is crucial to most natural and synthetic applications of the cobalamin class of compounds and here we present the first direct electronic and geometric structural characteristics of intermediates formed following photoexcitation of methylcobalamin (MeCbl) using time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). We catch transients corresponding to two intermediates, in the hundreds of picosecond (ps) and a few microsecond (µs) respectively. Highlights of the ps intermediate, which is reduced in comparison to the ground state, are elongation of the upper axial Co-C bond and relaxation of the corrin ring...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Amin Salehi-Abargouei, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, Leila Azadbakht, Ammar Hassanzadeh Keshteli, Hamid Afshar, Awat Feizi, Christine Feinle-Bisset, Peyman Adibi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Despite the growing evidence about dietary patterns, this study aimed at the association between patterns of nutrients intake and psychological disorders. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, diet and psychological factors including anxiety, depression, and general health (GHQ) were assessed through self-administered questionnaires in 3846 Iranian adults. Daily intakes of 57 nutrients and bioactive compounds were calculated. Nutrient patterns (NPs) were derived using factor analysis...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Cristian Del Bo', Patrizia Riso, Claudio Gardana, Antonella Brusamolino, Alberto Battezzati, Salvatore Ciappellano
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Vegetarians and vegans are more vulnerable to vitamin B12 deficiency with severe risks of megaloblastic anemia, cognitive decline, neuropathy, and depression. An easy and simple method of supplementation consists of taking one weekly dosage of 2000 μg. However, single large oral doses of vitamin B12 are poorly absorbed. The present research evaluates the ability of two different sublingual dosages of vitamin B12 (350 μg/week vs 2000 μg/week) in improving cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12 ) nutritional status in vegans and vegetarians with a marginal deficiency...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Kasper P Kepp
Recently, the progression toward more exact density functional theory has been questioned, implying a need for more formal ways to systematically measure progress, i.e. a "path". Here I use the Hohenberg-Kohn theorems and the definition of normality by Burke et al. to define a path toward exactness and "straying" from the "path" by separating errors in ρ and E[ρ]. A consistent path toward exactness involves minimizing both errors. Second, a suitably diverse test set of trial densities ρ' can be used to estimate the significance of errors in ρ without knowing the exact densities which are often inaccessible...
February 28, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Nathan G Walworth, Michael D Lee, Christopher Suffridge, Pingping Qu, Fei-Xue Fu, Mak A Saito, Eric A Webb, Sergio A Sañudo-Wilhelmy, David A Hutchins
Only select prokaryotes can biosynthesize vitamin B12 (i.e., cobalamins), but these organic co-enzymes are required by all microbial life and can be vanishingly scarce across extensive ocean biomes. Although global ocean genome data suggest cyanobacteria to be a major euphotic source of cobalamins, recent studies have highlighted that >95% of cyanobacteria can only produce a cobalamin analog, pseudo-B12 , due to the absence of the BluB protein that synthesizes the α ligand 5,6-dimethylbenzimidizole (DMB) required to biosynthesize cobalamins...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Oscar M P Jolobe
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February 20, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Lijuan Luo, Zhengyu Xiao, Baowei Chen, Fengshan Cai, Ling Fang, Li Lin, Tiangang Luan
Phototransformation is one of the most important transformation pathways of organic contaminants in the water environment. However, how active compounds enable and accelerate the phototransformation of organic pollutants remains to be elucidated. In this study, the phototransformation of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP, the first class "human carcinogens") by various natural porphyrins under solar irradiation was investigated, including chlorophyll a, sodium copper chlorophyllin, hematin, cobalamin and pheophorbide a...
February 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Chunchen Wang, Jieying Li
RATIONALE: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a metabolic disorder, which manifests a progressive irreversible neurological impairment during infancy and childhood. Hyperhomocysteinemia also showed that it might be involved in pathophysiology of many neuropsychiatric disorders. The late-onset clinical manifestations of these 2 diseases have not been reported elsewhere. We speculated that the late-onset PKU is caused by 2 kinds of metabolic dysfunction synergistically, especially a short period of irregular diet directly caused clinical symptoms...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Amrita B Hazra, David P Ballou, Michiko E Taga
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is an essential micronutrient for humans that is synthesized only by a subset of bacteria and archaea. The aerobic biosynthesis of 5,6-dimethylbenzimidazole, the lower axial ligand of cobalamin is catalyzed by the "flavin destructase" enzyme BluB, which fragments reduced flavin mononucleotide following its reaction with oxygen to yield this ligand. BluB shares sequence and structural similarity with the flavin oxidoreductase superfamily, yet the flavin destruction process has remained elusive...
February 19, 2018: Biochemistry
Phu Ngoc Tran, Minh-Ha Tran
INTRODUCTION: Cobalamin deficiency may result in hematologic characteristics similar to thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). To facilitate diagnosis, we reviewed reported cases of acquired cobalamin deficiency presenting with TMA features (c.def-TMA). METHODS: A literature search identified reports of c.def-TMA. Deficiency was defined as B12 levels of <118 pmol/L. Corrected reticulocyte counts and reticulocyte production indexes were calculated. Clinical features were presented as proportion abnormal and results summarized as medians and interquartile ranges (IQR)...
January 11, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Nouf Althonaian, Abdulrahman Alsultan, Eva Morava, Majid Alfadhel
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare but potentially fatal disease that is characterized by proliferation and infiltration of hyperactivated macrophages and T-lymphocytes. Clinically, it is characterized by prolonged fever, hepatosplenomegaly, hypertriglyceridemia, hypofibrinogenemia, pancytopenia, and hemophagocytosis in the bone marrow, spleen, or lymph nodes. It can be classified as primary if it is due to a genetic defect, or secondary if it is due to a different etiology such as severe infection, immune deficiency syndrome, rheumatological disorder, malignancy, and inborn errors of metabolism such as galactosemia, multiple sulfatase deficiency, lysinuric protein intolerance, Gaucher disease, Niemann-Pick disease, Wolman disease, propionic acidemia, methylmalonic acidemia, biotinidase deficiency, cobalamin C defect, galactosialidosis, Pearson syndrome, and long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCHAD) deficiency...
February 15, 2018: JIMD Reports
L Toresson, J M Steiner, P Razdan, E Spodsberg, G Olmedal, J S Suchodolski, T Spillmann
The aim of this study was to compare the efficacies of parenteral and oral cobalamin supplementation protocols in dogs with chronic enteropathies and low cobalamin concentrations. It was hypothesised that both treatments would increase serum cobalamin concentrations significantly. Fifty-three dogs with chronic enteropathies and serum cobalamin concentrations<285ng/L (reference interval 244-959ng/L) were enrolled. Dogs were randomised to treatment with either daily oral cobalamin tablets (0.25-1.0mg cyanocobalamin daily according to body weight) or parenteral cobalamin (0...
February 2018: Veterinary Journal
Ø Jans, C S Nielsen, N Khan, K Gromov, A Troelsen, H Husted
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Preoperative anaemia is prevalent in elderly patients scheduled for major orthopaedic surgery and is associated with increased transfusion risk and postoperative morbidity. New guidelines recommend preoperative correction of anaemia and iron deficiency in all patients with a Hb < 13 g/dl. However, iron deficiency and other causes of preoperative anaemia in hip- (THA) and knee (TKA) arthroplasty are only sparsely studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative Hb and iron status were prospectively collected from 882 unselected elective fast-track THA/TKA patients and analysed according to both WHO anaemia criteria (Hb < 12 g/dl females, <13 g/dl males) and Hb < 13 g/dl for both genders...
February 6, 2018: Vox Sanguinis
Tomohiro Udagawa, Yutaka Harita, Kenichiro Miura, Jun Mitsui, Koji L Ode, Shinichi Morishita, Seiya Urae, Shoichiro Kanda, Yuko Kajiho, Haruko Tsurumi, Hiroki R Ueda, Shoji Tsuji, Akihiko Saito, Akira Oka
Mutations in either cubilin (CUBN) or amnionless (AMN) genes cause Imerslund-Gräsbeck syndrome (IGS), a hereditary disease characterised by anaemia attributed to selective intestinal malabsorption of cobalamin and low-molecular weight proteinuria. Although cubilin protein does not have a transmembrane segment, it functions as a multi-ligand receptor by binding to the transmembrane protein, amnionless. We established a system to quantitatively analyse membrane targeting of the protein complex in cultured renal and intestinal cells and analysed the pathogenic mechanisms of mutations found in IGS patients...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
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