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Omar Ramos-Lopez, Mirian Samblas, Fermin I Milagro, M Angeles Zulet, Maria L Mansego, Jose I Riezu-Boj, J Alfredo Martinez
Folate deficiency has been putatively implicated in the onset of diverse metabolic abnormalities, including insulin resistance, by altering epigenetic processes on key regulatory genes. The calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase kinase 2 (CAMKK2) is involved in the regulation of critical metabolic processes such as adiposity and glucose homeostasis. This study hypothesized associations between low folate intakes and lower methylation levels of the CAMKK2 gene, with the presence of metabolic alterations in subjects with obesity...
February 2018: Nutrition Research
Christopher R D'Adamo, James S Novick, Termeh M Feinberg, Valerie J Dawson, Larry E Miller
OBJECTIVE: Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. While deficiency can often be resolved through dietary supplementation with iron, adverse events are common and frequently preclude compliance. The objective of this study was to determine whether a food-derived dietary supplement containing a low dose of iron and nutrients that increase iron absorption could resolve iron deficiency with fewer adverse events than reported at higher doses. METHODS: A pilot clinical trial (NCT02683369) was conducted among premenopausal women with nonanemic iron deficiency that was verified by blood screening...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Sara Nejatinamini, Catherine Kubrak, Mirey Álvarez-Camacho, Vickie E Baracos, Sunita Ghosh, Wendy V Wismer, Vera C Mazurak
This study assessed dietary and micronutrient intakes of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients at key points in the disease trajectory and evaluated the contribution of oral nutritional supplements (ONS) to micronutrient intake. HNC patients (n = 114) completed a three-day dietary record and a tool to assess Nutrition Impact Scores (NIS) at baseline, post-treatment, and follow-up. Foods were classified into food categories. Micronutrient, protein, and energy intakes were compared to European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition guidelines for cancer patients...
March 13, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
Bozidarka L Zaric, Milan Obradovic, Vladan Bajic, Mohamed A Haidara, Milos Jovanovic, Esma R Isenovic
Homocysteine (Hcy) is thiol group containing the amino acid, which naturally occurs in all humans. Hcy is degraded in the body through two metabolic pathways, while a minor part is excreted through kidneys. The chemical reactions that are necessary for degradation of Hcy require the presence of the folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12. Consequently, the level of the total Hcy in the serum is influenced by the presence or absence of these vitamins. An elevated level of the Hcy, hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) and homocystinuria are connected with occlusive artery disease, especially in the brain, the heart, and the kidney, in addition to venous thrombosis, chronic renal failure, megaloblastic anemia, osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer's disease, pregnancy problems, and others...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Lorenzo D Botto, Pierpaolo Mastroiacovo
Preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) easily qualifies as a high-value opportunity to improve childhood survival and health: the unmet need is significant (major preventable burden), the intervention is transformative (providing sufficient folic acid), and delivery strategies (e.g., fortification) are effective in low-resource countries. Yet, NTD prevention is lagging. Can public health surveillance help fix this problem? Critics contend that surveillance is largely unnecessary, that limited resources are best spent on interventions, and that surveillance is unrealistic in developing countries...
February 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Homero Martinez, Aliki P Weakland, Lynn B Bailey, Lorenzo D Botto, Luz Maria De-Regil, Kenneth H Brown
As infectious disease control programs achieve increasing success, further reductions in child mortality in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) will require focused prevention strategies for birth defects and other noninfectious diseases. Neural tube defects (NTDs) can cause early death or lifelong disability. Preventing NTDs provides a feasible, significant opportunity to decrease the toll of birth defects and contribute to further reducing child mortality globally. The Micronutrient Forum convened a technical consultation on Folate Status in Women and Neural Tube Defects Prevention to develop a roadmap to inform and prioritize investments in NTD prevention in LMICs; help guide implementation efforts in terms of the feasibility of interventions and the potential for acceleration; and identify research and knowledge gaps...
February 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Meghan McGee, Shannon Bainbridge, Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson
The fetal origins of health and disease framework has identified extremes in fetal growth and birth weight as factors associated with the lifelong generation of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Maternal nutrition plays a critical role in fetal and placental development, in part by providing the methyl groups required to establish the fetus's genome structure and function, notably through DNA methylation. The goal of this narrative review is to describe the role of maternal dietary methyl donor (methionine, folate, and choline) and cofactor (zinc and vitamins B2, B6, and B12) intake in one-carbon metabolism and DNA methylation in the fetus and placenta, as well as their impacts on fetal growth and lifelong health outcomes, with specific examples in animals and humans...
February 26, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
Nuno Mendonça, Carol Jagger, Antoneta Granic, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, John C Mathers, Chris J Seal, Tom R Hill
Background: Folate and vitamin B12 are key to the correct functioning of one-carbon (1-C) metabolism. The current evidence on associations between 1-C metabolism biomarkers and mortality is inconclusive and generally based on younger or institutionalised populations. This study aimed to determine the associations between biomarkers of 1-C metabolism and all-cause and cardiovascular (CVD) mortality in the very old. Methods: The Newcastle 85+ Study is a prospective longitudinal study of participants aged 85 at recruitment living in Northeast England...
February 24, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Huakang Tu, Colin P Dinney, Yuanqing Ye, H Barton Grossman, Seth P Lerner, Xifeng Wu
Background: Patients with cancer are highly concerned about food choices and dietary supplements that may affect their treatment outcomes. Excess folic acid (synthetic folate) from supplements or fortification can lead to accumulation of unmetabolized folic acid in the systemic circulation and urine and may promote cancer growth, especially among those with neoplastic alterations. Objective: We investigated the prospective association between synthetic compared with natural folate intake and clinical outcomes in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), which is a highly recurrent disease...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Young-In Kim
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February 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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
Tyler J Titcomb, Samantha T Schmaelzle, Emily T Nuss, Jesse F Gregory, Sherry A Tanumihardjo
BACKGROUND: Hidden hunger affects individuals who chronically consume an inadequate intake of at least 1 micronutrient and is associated with low dietary diversity. Little data are available on dietary intake or status assessment of B vitamins among preschool children in Zambia. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess 24-hour dietary recall records obtained from Zambian children aged 3 to 7 years for B vitamin intake in relation to adequacy and change over time in the same community...
January 1, 2018: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
Christof Litschko, Julia Damiano-Guercio, Stefan Brühmann, Jan Faix
Dictyostelium discoideum has proven to be an excellent model to study amoeboid cell migration. During their life cycle, Dictyostelium cells exhibit distinct modes of motility. Individual growth-phase cells explore new territories by random cell migration using the core cell motility machinery, but they can also hunt bacteria by detection and chemotaxis toward the by-product folate. After depletion of nutrients, the cells initiate a developmental program allowing streaming of the cells into aggregation centers by chemotaxis toward cAMP and by cell-to-cell adhesion...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Dongjing Zhang, Cheng Zhou, Pin Lv, Yulin Zhao, Jing Liang, Xiali Liao, Bo Yang
The purpose of this study was to develop a novel folate-modified host-guest complex to enhance antitumor activity of the artesunate and improve the solubility and stability by encapsulated in β-cyclodextrin and linked with folate. In this work, we designed and prepared the inclusion complex of adamantanamine conjugated artesunate (AD-ATS) with folic acid-ethylenediamine-β-cyclodextrin (FA-EN-β-CD). This material was characterized by 1D and 2D NMR, XRD, TG and SEM. The results suggested that AD-ATS was encapsulated within the FA-EN-β-CD cavity to form host-guest inclusion complex, and the water solubility of AD-ATS was improved in the form of inclusion complex with FA-EN-β-CD...
May 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Mansi Desai, J B Chauhan
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a key enzyme involved in folate metabolism and plays a central role in DNA methylation and biosynthesis. MTHFR mutations may alter the cellular folate supply which in turn affects nucleic acid synthesis, DNA methylation and chromosomal damage. The identification of number of SNPs in the human genome growing nowadays and hence, the evaluation of functional & structural consequences of these SNPs is very laborious by means of experimental analysis. Therefore, in the present study, recently developed various computational algorithms have been used which can predict the functional and structural consequences of the SNPs...
February 27, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Changqie Pan, Yuqing Liu, Minyu Zhou, Wensheng Wang, Min Shi, Malcolm Xing, Wangjun Liao
A multifunctional theranostic nanoplatform integrated with environmental responses has been developed rapidly over the past few years as a novel treatment strategy for several solid tumors. We synthesized pH-sensitive poly(β-thiopropionate) nanoparticles with a supermagnetic core and folic acid (FA) conjugation (FA-doxorubicin-iron oxide nanoparticles [FA-DOX@ IONPs]) to deliver an antineoplastic drug, DOX, for the treatment of folate receptor (FR)-overexpressed breast cancer. In addition to an imaging function, the nanoparticles can release their payloads in response to an environment of pH 5, such as the acidic environment found in tumors...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Yusuke Minato, Surendra Dawadi, Shannon L Kordus, Abiram Sivanandam, Courtney C Aldrich, Anthony D Baughn
Trimethoprim (TMP)-sulfamethoxazole (SMX) is a widely used synergistic antimicrobial combination to treat a variety of bacterial and certain fungal infections. These drugs act by targeting sequential steps in the biosynthetic pathway for tetrahydrofolate (THF), where SMX inhibits production of the THF precursor dihydropteroate, and TMP inhibits conversion of dihydrofolate (DHF) to THF. Consequently, SMX potentiates TMP by limiting de novo DHF production and this mono-potentiation mechanism is the current explanation for their synergistic action...
March 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Antonia Fh Smelt, Jacobijn Gussekloo, Lynette W Bermingham, Elizabeth Allen, Alan D Dangour, Simone Jpm Eussen, Bernard Favrat, Lisette Cpgm De Groot, Frans J Kok, Timothy Kwok, Arduino A Mangoni, George Ntaios, Ondine Van De Rest, Eric Seal, Paul Vaucher, Petra Verhoef, Theo Stijnen, Wendy Pj Den Elzen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Low vitamin B12 and folate levels in community-dwelling older people are usually corrected with supplements. However, the effect of this supplementation on haematological parameters in older persons is not known. Therefore, we executed a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials (RCTs). SUBJECTS/METHODS: We performed a systematic search in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane and CENTRAL for RCTs published between January 1950 and April 2016, where community-dwelling elderly (60+ years) who were treated with vitamin B12 or folic acid or placebo...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Rosario López-Rodríguez, Aida Ferreiro-Iglesias, Aurea Lima, Miguel Bernardes, Andrzej Pawlik, Agnieszka Paradowska-Gorycka, Jerzy Świerkot, Ryszard Slezak, Isidoro Gonzalez-Alvaro, Javier Narvaez, Eva Pérez-Pampín, Antonio Mera-Varela, Laura Vidal-Bralo, José Gorgonio Acuña-Ochoa, Carmen Conde, Antonio Gonzalez
Variability of response to treatment hinders successful management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Consequently, a clinical pharmacogenetics model for predicting response to methotrexate (CP-MTX) has been previously proposed that includes four clinical variables (disease activity, sex, the presence of rheumatoid factor and smoking status) and four SNPs (rs2236225, rs17602729, rs1127354, and rs2372536) in genes of the folate pathway. It showed good performance, but failed to attract attention, likely, in relation with lack of clear clinical benefit...
March 8, 2018: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Iris Iglesia, Inge Huybrechts, Theodora Mouratidou, Javier Santabárbara, Juan M Fernández-Alvira, Alba M Santaliestra-Pasías, Yannis Manios, Alejandro De la O Puerta, Anthony Kafatos, Frédéric Gottrand, Ascensión Marcos, Stefania Sette, Maria Plada, Peter Stehle, Dénes Molnár, Kurt Widhalm, Mathilde Kersting, Stefaan De Henauw, Luis A Moreno, Marcela González-Gross
OBJECTIVES: To determine dietary patterns (DPs) and explain the highest variance of vitamin B6 , folate, and B12 intake and related concentrations among European adolescents. METHODS: A total of 2173 adolescents who participated in the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence study met the eligibility criteria for the vitamin B intake analysis (46% boys) and 586 adolescents for the biomarkers analysis (47% boys). Two non-consecutive, 24-h, dietary recalls were used to assess the mean intakes...
November 28, 2017: Nutrition
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