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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441323/gold-nanoplates-for-a-localized-surface-plasmon-resonance-based-boric-acid-sensor
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Marlia Morsin, Muhamad Mat Salleh, Akrajas Ali Umar, Mohd Zainizan Sahdan
Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties of metallic nanostructures, such as gold, are very sensitive to the dielectric environment of the material, which can simply be adjusted by changing its shape and size through modification of the synthesizing process. Thus, these unique properties are very promising, particularly for the detection of various types of chemicals, for example boric acid which is a non-permitted preservative employed in food preparations. For the sensing material, gold (Au) nanoplates with a variety of shapes, i...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440688/simultaneous-identification-of-campylobacter-jejuni-campylobacter-coli-and-campylobacter-lari-with-smartcycler-based-multiplex-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Kun C Liu, Karen C Jinneman, Jason Neal-McKinney, Wen-Hsin Wu, Daniel H Rice
BACKGROUND: Consumption of Campylobacter contaminated food or water is a leading cause of human acute gastroenteritis. Campylobacter jejuni, Campylobacter coli, and Campylobacter lari account for over 95% of total Campylobacter infections. A multiplex quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for simultaneous identification of C. jejuni, C. coli, and C. lari was developed for use with the SmartCycler II system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated and combined previously described primers and probes for Campylobacter detection, designed a new internal amplification control, and optimized the multiplex qPCR for the detection of C...
April 25, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437641/human-neuronal-cell-based-assay-a-new-in-vitro-model-for-toxicity-evaluation-of-ciguatoxin
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Teresa Coccini, Francesca Caloni, Uliana De Simone
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are emerging marine neurotoxins representing the main cause of ciguatera fish poisoning, an intoxication syndrome which configures a health emergency and constitutes an evolving issue constantly changing due to new vectors and derivatives of CTXs, as well as their presence in new non-endemic areas. The study applied the neuroblastoma cell model of human origin (SH-SY5Y) to evaluate species-specific mechanistic information on CTX toxicity. Metabolic functionality, cell morphology, cytosolic Ca(2+)i responses, neuronal cell growth and proliferation were assessed after short- (4-24h) and long-term exposure (10days) to P-CTX-3C...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437585/chronic-intestinal-electrical-stimulation-improves-glucose-intolerance-and-insulin-resistance-in-diet-induced-obesity-rats
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Shiying Li, Weijian Zhu, Sujuan Zhang, Jiande Dz Chen
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is a contributing factor to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study was to study the therapeutic potential of intestinal electrical stimulation (IES) for obesity and associated glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in diet-induced obesity (DIO) rats. METHODS: DIO rats were divided into two groups to receive sham or IES for 8 weeks. Oral glucose tolerance and insulin tolerance tests were performed. Gastric emptying and small bowel transit tests were performed...
April 24, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437380/lifestyle-and-neurocognition-in-older-adults-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-cognitive-impairment
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James A Blumenthal, Patrick J Smith, Stephanie Mabe, Alan Hinderliter, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, Jeffrey N Browndyke, Pao-Hwa Lin, William Kraus, P Murali Doraiswamy, James Burke, Andrew Sherwood
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship of lifestyle factors and neurocognitive functioning in older adults with vascular risk factors and cognitive impairment, without dementia (CIND). METHODS: One hundred sixty adults (Mean = 65.4±6.8 years) with CIND completed neurocognitive assessments of executive function, processing speed, and memory. Objective measures of physical activity using accelerometry, aerobic capacity determined by exercise testing, and dietary habits quantified by the Food Frequency Questionnaire and 4-Day Food Diary to assess adherence to the Mediterranean and DASH diets were obtained to assess direct effects with neurocognition...
April 21, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437263/a-randomised-trial-to-evaluate-preoperative-oral-carbohydrate-administration-on-insulin-resistance-in-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-patients
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Bora Lee, Sarah Soh, Jae-Kwang Shim, Ha Y Kim, Hyelin Lee, Young-Lan Kwak
BACKGROUND: In fasting cardiac surgery patients, preoperative carbohydrate (CHO) drink intake attenuated insulin resistance and improved cardiac metabolism, although its beneficial effects were not evident after cardiac surgery possibly due to cardiopulmonary bypass-related extreme systemic inflammation. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate whether preoperative CHO intake affected insulin resistance and free-fatty acid (FFA) concentrations in off-pump coronary revascularisation...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437200/effects-of-dietary-macronutrient-composition-on-fndc5-and-irisin-in-mice-skeletal-muscle
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Simone Moreira de Macêdo, Deborah de Farias Lelis, Keila Lopes Mendes, Carlos Alberto de Carvalho Fraga, Igor V Brandi, Jonh David Feltenberger, Lucyana Conceição Farias, André Luiz Sena Guimarães, Alfredo Maurício Batista de Paula, Sérgio Henrique de Sousa Santos
BACKGROUND: Fibronectin type III domain containing 5 (FNDC5) and its protein product Irisin are therapeutic targets for obesity-associated disorders. Irisin plays an important role in energy regulation, inducing browning of white adipocytes, and improving obesity. We aimed to investigate the association between muscle Irisin expression and dietary quality. METHODS: Twenty-eight female mice were divided into four groups and fed the following experimental diets for 60 days: standard diet (SD), high-carbohydrate diet (HCD), high-fat diet (HFD), and high-protein diet (HPD)...
February 23, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436760/diabetes-management-by-probiotics-current-knowledge-and-future-pespective
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Aziz Homayouni-Rad, Ahmad-Reza Soroush, Leila Khalili, Leila Norouzi-Panahi, Zahra Kasaie, Hanieh-Sadat Ejtahed
Diabetes mellitus, a multifactorial disorder, is related to the intestinal microbiota via numerous molecular mechanisms. The vast increase in the prevalence of diabetes and its associated complications requires a natural and safe solution. There is a growing evidence of gut microbiota effi ciency in improving insulin resistance, impaired insulin secretion, and metabolic complications in diabetic patients. Probiotics are defi ned as live microorganisms that, when ingested in adequate amounts, exert health benefi ts to the host...
April 24, 2017: International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. Journal International de Vitaminologie et de Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436480/dihydromyricetin-induces-apoptosis-and-reverses-drug-resistance-in-ovarian-cancer-cells-by-p53-mediated-downregulation-of-survivin
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Yingqi Xu, Shengpeng Wang, Hon Fai Chan, Huaiwu Lu, Zhongqiu Lin, Chengwei He, Meiwan Chen
Ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of death in gynecological malignancies, and the resistance to chemotherapeutic agents remains a major challenge to successful ovarian cancer chemotherapy. Dihydromyricetin (DHM), a natural flavonoid derived from Ampeopsis Grossdentata, has been widely applied in food industry and medicine for a long time. However, little is known about the effects of DHM on ovarian cancer and the underlying mechanisms. In this study, we demonstrated that DHM could effectively inhibit the proliferation of ovarian cancer cells and induce cell apoptosis...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435450/exome-sequencing-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-reveals-molecular-subgroups-and-novel-therapeutic-opportunities
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Shih-Chi Su, Chiao-Wen Lin, Yu-Fan Liu, Wen-Lang Fan, Mu-Kuan Chen, Chun-Ping Yu, Wei-En Yang, Chun-Wen Su, Chun-Yi Chuang, Wen-Hsiung Li, Wen-Hung Chung, Shun-Fa Yang
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), an epithelial malignancy affecting a variety of subsites in the oral cavity, is prevalent in Asia. The survival rate of OSCC patients has not improved over the past decades due to its heterogeneous etiology, genetic aberrations, and treatment outcomes. Improvement in therapeutic strategies and tailored treatment options is an unmet need. To unveil the mutational spectrum, whole-exome sequencing of 120 OSCC from male individuals in Taiwan was conducted. Analyzing the contributions of the five mutational signatures extracted from the dataset of somatic variations identified four groups of tumors that were significantly associated with demographic and clinical features...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434710/shifting-the-paradigm-in-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-pesticide-analysis-using-high-resolution-accurate-mass-spectrometry
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S Uclés, A Uclés, A Lozano, M J Martínez Bueno, A R Fernández-Alba
In the last 10 years, the majority of the pesticide food control laboratories moved from GC-MS to GC-MS/MS as the preferred analytical technique to address GC amenable compounds. The main reason for this change was the negative impact on the single stage GC-MS analysis caused by the interference from coeluting matrix compounds. The new development of gas chromatography coupled to high resolution accurate mass spectrometry (GC-HRAMS) provides opportunities to overcome such matrix interferences as a result of its much higher selectivity; allowing laboratories to carry out full-scan analysis covering the most exigent analytical performance criteria...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434227/how-proteins-aggregate-can-reduce-allergenicity-comparison-of-ovalbumin-heated-under-opposite-electrostatic-conditions
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Mathilde Claude, Grégory Bouchaud, Roberta Lupi, Laure Castan, Olivier Tranquet, Sandra Denery-Papini, Marie Bodinier, Chantal Brossard
Heated foods are recommended for avoiding sensitization to food proteins but depending on the physicochemical conditions during heating, more or less unfolded proteins aggregate differently. Whether the aggregation process could modulate allergenicity was investigated. Heating ovalbumin in opposite electrostatic conditions led to small (A-s, about 50 nm) and large (A-L, about 65 µm) aggregates that were used to sensitize mice. The symptoms upon oral challenge and RBL degranulation with native ovalbumin differed based on which aggregates were used during the sensitization...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431979/past-exposure-to-fruit-and-vegetable-variety-moderates-the-link-between-fungiform-papillae-density-and-current-variety-of-fv-consumed-by-children
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Anna Fogel, Jackie Blissett
Higher fungiform papillae density (FPD) has been associated with lower taste sensitivity thresholds and greater perceived taste intensity along with consumption of fewer fruit and vegetables (FV). Children exposed to greater variety of FV tend to habitually consume more FV, however, it is unknown whether exposure effects are attenuated by individual differences in FPD or whether these effects vary according to sensory properties of FV. This study examined the links between children's FPD, current variety of FV consumed, and past experiences with variety of fruit and vegetables...
April 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430618/t-2-mycotoxin-toxicological-effects-and-decontamination-strategies
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Manish Adhikari, Bhawana Negi, Neha Kaushik, Anupriya Adhikari, Abdulaziz A Al-Khedhairy, Nagendra Kumar Kaushik, Eun Ha Choi
Mycotoxins are highly diverse secondary metabolites produced in nature by a wide variety of fungus which causes food contamination, resulting in mycotoxicosis in animals and humans. In particular, trichothecenes mycotoxin produced by genus fusarium is agriculturally more important worldwide due to the potential health hazards they pose. It is mainly metabolized and eliminated after ingestion, yielding more than 20 metabolites with the hydroxy trichothecenes-2 toxin being the major metabolite. Trichothecene is hazardously intoxicating due to their additional potential to be topically absorbed, and their metabolites affect the gastrointestinal tract, skin, kidney, liver, and immune and hematopoietic progenitor cellular systems...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428778/evidence-for-nitric-oxide-synthase-activity-in-staphylococcus-xylosus-mediating-nitrosoheme-formation
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Geoffrey Ras, Véronique Zuliani, Patrick Derkx, Tim M Seibert, Sabine Leroy, Régine Talon
Staphylococcus xylosus is used as a starter culture in fermented meat products and contributes to color formation by the reduction of nitrate to nitrite. Nitrite is a food additive that is chemically turned to nitric oxide (NO) in meat but its safety has been questioned. The objective of this study was to determine the ability of NO synthase (NOS) of S. xylosus C2a to produce NO. For this purpose, a nos deletion mutant (Δnos) in S. xylosus was constructed and NO production was evaluated in a test based on its ability to form nitrosomyoglobin and nitrosoheme...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427534/methodologies-for-the-characterization-of-the-quality-of-dairy-products
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Romdhane Karoui
The growing interest of consumers in food quality and safety issues has contributed to the increasing demand for sensitive and rapid analytical technologies. Physicochemical, textural, sensory, etc., methods have been used to evaluate the quality and authenticity of milk and dairy products. Despite the importance of these standard methods, they are expensive and time consuming. Recently, spectroscopic methods have shown great potential due to speed of analysis, minimal sample preparation, high repeatability, low cost, and, most of all, the fact that these techniques are noninvasive and nondestructive and, therefore, could be applied to any on-line monitoring system...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425585/eosinophilic-esophagitis-unclear-roles-of-ige-and-eosinophils
#17
C Blanchard, D Simon, A Schoepfer, A Straumann, H-U Simon
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the oesophagus. Recognized as a distinct entity only two decades ago, the emergence of the disease along with the availability of new technologies has rapidly opened new research avenues and outlined the main features of the pathogenesis of EoE. Yet, each advance in our understanding of the disease has raised new questions about the previous consensus. Currently, new subsets of the disease challenge our diagnostic criteria. For instance, it was believed that EoE did not respond to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy; however, it has now been shown that a substantial proportion of EoE patients indeed respond to PPIs...
May 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425441/methyl-parathion-detection-in-vegetables-and-fruits-using-silver-graphene-nanoribbons-nanocomposite-modified-screen-printed-electrode
#18
Mani Govindasamy, Veerappan Mani, Shen-Ming Chen, Tse-Wei Chen, Ashok Kumar Sundramoorthy
We have developed a sensitive electrochemical sensor for Organophosphorus pesticide methyl parathion (MP) using silver particles supported graphene nanoribbons (Ag@GNRs). The Ag@GNRs nanocomposite was prepared through facile wet chemical strategy and characterized by TEM, EDX, XRD, Raman, UV-visible, electrochemical and impedance spectroscopies. The Ag@GNRs film modified screen printed carbon electrode (SPCE) delivers excellent electrocatalytic ability to the reduction of MP. The Ag@GNRs/SPCE detects sub-nanomolar concentrations of MP with excellent selectivity...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424827/fluorescence-spectroscopy-for-the-monitoring-of-food-processes
#19
Muhammad Haseeb Ahmad, Amna Sahar, Bernd Hitzmann
Different analytical techniques have been used to examine the complexity of food samples. Among them, fluorescence spectroscopy cannot be ignored in developing rapid and non-invasive analytical methodologies. It is one of the most sensitive spectroscopic approaches employed in identification, classification, authentication, quantification, and optimization of different parameters during food handling, processing, and storage and uses different chemometric tools. Chemometrics helps to retrieve useful information from spectral data utilized in the characterization of food samples...
April 20, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424675/safety-protective-immunity-and-diva-capability-of-a-rough-mutant-salmonella-pullorum-vaccine-candidate-in-broilers
#20
Rongxian Guo, Yang Jiao, Zhuoyang Li, Shanshan Zhu, Xiao Fei, Shizhong Geng, Zhiming Pan, Xiang Chen, Qiuchun Li, Xinan Jiao
Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Gallinarum biovar Pullorum (Salmonella Pullorum) is highly adapted to chickens causing an acute systemic disease that results in high mortality. Vaccination represents one approach for promoting animal health, food safety and reducing environmental persistence in Salmonella control. An important consideration is that Salmonella vaccination in poultry should not interfere with the salmonellosis monitoring program. This is the basis of the DIVA (Differentiation of Infected and Vaccinated Animals) program...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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