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Copper deficiency

Eiichi Tokuda, Takao Nomura, Shinji Ohara, Seiji Watanabe, Koji Yamanaka, Yuta Morisaki, Hidemi Misawa, Yoshiaki Furukawa
Dominant mutations in the gene encoding copper and zinc-binding superoxide dismutase (SOD1) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Abnormal accumulation of misfolded SOD1 proteins in spinal motoneurons is a major pathological hallmark in SOD1-related ALS. Dissociation of copper and/or zinc ions from SOD1 has been shown to trigger the protein aggregation/oligomerization in vitro, but the pathological contribution of such metal dissociation to the SOD1 misfolding still remains obscure. Here, we tested the relevance of the metal-deficient SOD1 in the misfolding in vivo by developing a novel antibody (anti-apoSOD), which exclusively recognized mutant SOD1 deficient in metal ions at its copper-binding site...
March 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Deepti Singh, Shwetha Narayanamoorthy, Sunita Gamre, Ananda Guha Majumdar, Manish Goswami, Umesh Gami, Susan Cherian, Mahesh Subramanian
Antibiotic resistance is a global problem and there is an urgent need to augment the arsenal against pathogenic bacteria. The emergence of different drug resistant bacteria is threatening human lives to be pushed towards the pre-antibiotic era. Botanical sources remain a vital source of diverse organic molecules that possess antibacterial property as well as augment existing antibacterial molecules. Piper betle, a climber, is widely used in south and south-east Asia whose leaves and nuts are consumed regularly...
March 14, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Tommaso Filippini, Silvia Cilloni, Marcella Malavolti, Federica Violi, Carlotta Malagoli, Marina Tesauro, Ilaria Bottecchi, Angela Ferrari, Luciano Vescovi, Marco Vinceti
This study provides the dietary intakes of six trace elements (cadmium, chromium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc), generally characterized by both nutritional and toxicological features depending on their exposure. Being diet the most relevant source of exposure to trace elements in non-professionally exposed subjects, we measured content of these trace elements in foods composing the typical Italian diet using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and assessing dietary habits using a validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire we eventually estimated dietary daily intake of trace elements in a Northern Italian community...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Jung-Heun Ha, Caglar Doguer, Shireen R L Flores, Tao Wang, James F Collins
Background: Consumption of a high-iron diet causes copper deficiency in weanling rodents; however, the minimum amount of dietary iron that disrupts copper homeostasis has not been established. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that dietary iron at only several-fold above physiologic requirements would cause copper depletion. Methods: Weanling male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 6/group) were fed AIN-93G-based diets with adequate (88 µg Fe/g = 1×), or excessive (4×, 9...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Wen-Yi Zhou, Shan-Shan Li, Jieyao Song, Min Jiang, Tian-Jia Jiang, Jinyun Liu, Jinhuai Liu, Xing-Jiu Huang
Mutual interference is a severe issue that occurs during the electrochemical detection of heavy metal ions. This limitation presents a notable drawback for its high sensitivity to specific targets. Here, we present a high electrochemical sensitivity of ~237.1 μA cm-2 μM-1 toward copper(II) [Cu(II)] based on oxygen-deficient titanium dioxide (TiO2-x) nanosheets. We fully demonstrated an atomic-level relationship between electrochemical behaviors and the key factors, including the high-energy (001) facet percentage, oxygen vacancy concentration, surface -OH content, and charge carrier density, is fully demonstrated...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Kunal Gupta, Hongyue Wang, Sanjiv B Amin
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of intermittent parenteral copper supplementation (IPC) on serum copper status and biochemical and hematological measures of copper toxicity and deficiency in premature infants with parenteral nutrition (PN)-associated cholestasis (PNAC). We performed a prospective nested observational study in premature infants with PNAC who received IPC after the development of PNAC. Infants with chromosomal disorders, TORCH (toxoplasmosis, parvovirus, syphilis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes, human immunodeficiency virus) infection, metabolic disorder, and/or surgical abnormality of the hepatobiliary system were excluded...
March 12, 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
T Gabriel Enge, Heath Ecroyd, Dianne F Jolley, Justin J Yerbury, Bernadett Kalmar, Anthony Dosseto
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is among the most common of the motor neuron diseases, and arguably the most devastating. During the course of this fatal neurodegenerative disorder, motor neurons undergo progressive degeneration. The currently best-understood animal models of ALS are based on the over-expression of mutant isoforms of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1); these indicate that there is a perturbation in metal homeostasis with disease progression. Copper metabolism in particular is affected in the central nervous system (CNS) and muscle tissue...
March 7, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Golaleh Asghari, Alireza Khalaj, Maryam Ghadimi, Maryam Mahdavi, Hossein Farhadnejad, Majid Valizadeh, Fereidoun Azizi, Maryam Barzin, Farhad Hosseinpanah
BACKGROUND: Micronutrient deficiencies are major concerns after bariatric surgery, although these conditions often go undiagnosed pre-surgery. OBJECTIVE: To assess pre-surgery micronutrient status of an Iranian population of morbidly obese candidates of bariatric surgery in a cross-sectional study. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of 2008 candidates for bariatric surgery, aged 15-65 years, with either body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m2 or 30 < BMI < 35 kg/m2 with a medical comorbidity was conducted...
March 8, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Jingshu Xu, Stephanie J Church, Stefano Patassini, Paul Begley, Katherine A B Kellett, Emma R L C Vardy, Richard D Unwin, Nigel M Hooper, Garth J S Cooper
Sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes the most prevalent form of age-related dementia but its pathogenesis remains obscure. Altered regulation of metals, particularly pan-cerebral copper deficiency, and more regionally-localized perturbation of other metals, are prominent in AD brain although data on how these CNS perturbations are reflected in the peripheral bloodstream are inconsistent to date. To assess the potential use of metal dysregulation to generate biomarkers in AD, we performed a case-control study of seven essential metals and selenium, measured by inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry, in samples from AD and matched control cases...
March 7, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Gemma Marcucci, Luisella Cianferotti, Simone Parri, Paola Altieri, Emanuela Arvat, Salvatore Benvenga, Corrado Betterle, Marta Bondanelli, Marco Boscaro, Valentina Camozzi, Grazia Maria Centaro, Filomena Cetani, Iacopo Chiodini, Anna Ciampolillo, Annamaria Colao, Sabrina Corbetta, Maria Laura De Feo, Ettore Degli Uberti, Antongiulio Faggiano, Rachele Fornari, Achille Lucio Gaspari, Francesco Giorgino, Valeria Giuliani, Maurizio Iacobone, Nadia Innaro, Olga Lamacchia, Andrea Lenzi, Giovanna Mantovani, Claudio Marcocci, Laura Masi, Silvia Migliaccio, Serena Palmieri, Renato Pasquali, Giuliano Perigli, Valentina Piccini, Elisabetta Romagnoli, Rosaria Maddalena Ruggeri, Francesco Rulli, Maria Teresa Samà, Giuseppe Tomaino, Francesco Trimarchi, Maria Chiara Zatelli, Maria Luisa Brandi
Hypoparathyroidism is a rare disease characterized by low serum calcium levels and absent or deficient parathyroid hormone level. Regarding the epidemiology of chronic hypoparathyroidism, there are limited data in Italy and worldwide. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to build a unique database of patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism, derived from the databases of 16 referral centers for endocrinological diseases, affiliated with the Italian Society of Endocrinology, and four centers for endocrine surgery with expertise in hypoparathyroidism, to conduct an epidemiological analysis of chronic hypoparathyroidism in Italy...
March 6, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
Sajad Abdollahi, Iraj Rasooli, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari
Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic gram negative pathogen that can adhere to different surfaces and cause different nosocomial infections. To investigate the role of TonB-dependent copper receptor, an outer membrane protein, in virulence of A. baumannii, we deleted this receptor from A. baumannii chromosome. There was a significant decrease in biofilm formation by copper receptor deficient mutant strain. Similarly, the adherence to human epithelial cell and the hydrophobicity were declined. The survival rate of the mutant strain in human sera was reduced while no change was observed in motility of strains...
March 6, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Daniela F Soto, Alejandra Recalde, Alvaro Orell, Sonja-Verena Albers, Alberto Paradela, Claudio A Navarro, Carlos A Jerez
Inorganic polyphosphates (polyP) are present in all living cells and several important functions have been described for them. They are involved in the response to stress conditions, such as nutrient depletion, oxidative stress and toxic metals amongst others. A recombinant strain of Sulfolobus solfataricus unable to accumulate polyP was designed by the overexpression of its endogenous ppx gene. The overall impact of the lack of polyP on this S. solfataricus polyP (-) strain was analyzed by using quantitative proteomics (isotope-coded protein label, ICPL)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
Zvonimir Marelja, Silke Leimkühler, Fanis Missirlis
Iron sulfur (Fe-S) clusters and the molybdenum cofactor (Moco) are present at enzyme sites, where the active metal facilitates electron transfer. Such enzyme systems are soluble in the mitochondrial matrix, cytosol and nucleus, or embedded in the inner mitochondrial membrane, but virtually absent from the cell secretory pathway. They are of ancient evolutionary origin supporting respiration, DNA replication, transcription, translation, the biosynthesis of steroids, heme, catabolism of purines, hydroxylation of xenobiotics, and cellular sulfur metabolism...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Yukina Nishito, Taiho Kambe
Essential trace elements play pivotal roles in numerous structural and catalytic functions of proteins. Adequate intake of essential trace elements from the daily diet is indispensable to the maintenance of health, and their deficiency leads to a variety of conditions. However, excessive amounts of these trace elements may be highly toxic, and in some cases, may cause damage by the production of harmful reactive oxygen species. Homeostatic dysregulation of their metabolism increases the risk of developing diseases...
2018: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
Majid Hashemi
Toxic (lead, cadmium and mercury) and essential trace (copper and zinc) metals were measured in muscle, liver and kidney samples of bovine and their relationships with heavy metal concentrations in consumed feed were studied. A total of 216 tissue samples from 72 cows and 216 feed samples from 18 farms were collected during four seasons and analyzed for heavy metals by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry after wet digestion. The arithmetic mean concentrations (mg/Kg wet weight) of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) and mercury were respectively, 0...
February 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Emily Reed, Svetlana Lutsenko, Oliver Bandmann
Wilson disease (WD) is an autosomal recessive disorder of copper metabolism manifesting with hepatic, neurological and psychiatric symptoms. The limitations of the currently available therapy for WD (particularly in the management of neuropsychiatric disease), together with our limited understanding of key aspects of this illness (e.g. neurological vs hepatic presentation) justify the ongoing need to study WD in suitable animal models. Four animal models of WD have been established: the Long-Evans Cinnamon rat, the toxic-milk mouse, the Atp7b knockout mouse and the Labrador retriever...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
E Varga, E Pandur, H Abrahám, A Horváth, P Ács, S Komoly, A Miseta, K Sipos
Cuprizone (CZ) is a widely used copper chelating agent to develop non-autoimmune animal model of multiple sclerosis, characterized by demyelination of the corpus callosum (CC) and other brain regions. The exact mechanisms of CZ action are still arguable, but it seems that the only affected cells are the mature oligodendrocytes, possibly via metabolic disturbances caused by copper deficiency. During the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis, high amount of deposited iron can be found throughout the demyelinated areas of the brain in the form of extracellular iron deposits and intracellularly accumulated iron in microglia...
February 20, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
M Narasimhaiah, A Arunachalam, S Sellappan, V K Mayasula, P R Guvvala, S K Ghosh, V Chandra, J Ghosh, H Kumar
Trace minerals feeding had significant effects on sperm production and fertility with better absorption and proper utilization within the body for optimum reproductive function. Several studies have shown that more influenced trace elements in the diets of animals are copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn). Bucks showing deficiency of this mineral might affect the quality of semen production which in turn would affect the fertility. This experiment was thus designed to test the effects of organic Cu and Zn supplementation on antioxidants enzyme activities and sperm functional attributes in fresh semen of bucks...
February 15, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Elisa Andresen, Edgar Peiter, Hendrik Küpper
Many trace metals are essential micronutrients, but also potent toxins. Due to natural and anthropogenic causes, vastly different trace metal concentrations occur in various habitats, ranging from deficient to toxic levels. Therefore, one focus of plant research is on the response to trace metals in terms of uptake, transport, sequestration, speciation, physiological use, deficiency, toxicity, and detoxification. In this review, we cover most of these aspects for the essential micronutrients copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, and zinc to provide a broader overview than found in other recent reviews, to cross-link aspects of knowledge in this very active research field that are often seen in a separated way...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Wenhui Wang, Jinwei Sun, Huayou Hu, Yun Liu
A new copper-catalyzed oxidative cyclization protocol was developed for the synthesis of 5,6-dihydropyrrolo[2,1-a]isoquinolines via a three-component reaction of tetrahydroisoquinolines with bromoketones and electron-deficient alkenes with air as a terminal oxidant. A variety of functional groups survived under the reaction conditions and the target products were obtained in good yields. This reaction features such advantages as eco-friendly reaction conditions, a simplified operation process and a broad substrate scope...
February 15, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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