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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340354/mechanism-of-substrate-translocation-in-an-alternating-access-transporter
#1
Naomi R Latorraca, Nathan M Fastman, A J Venkatakrishnan, Wolf B Frommer, Ron O Dror, Liang Feng
Transporters shuttle molecules across cell membranes by alternating among distinct conformational states. Fundamental questions remain about how transporters transition between states and how such structural rearrangements regulate substrate translocation. Here, we capture the translocation process by crystallography and unguided molecular dynamics simulations, providing an atomic-level description of alternating access transport. Simulations of a SWEET-family transporter initiated from an outward-open, glucose-bound structure reported here spontaneously adopt occluded and inward-open conformations...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339990/detecting-thresholds-for-bitter-umami-and-sweet-tastants-in-broiler-chicken-using-a-2-choice-test-method
#2
Shira L Cheled-Shoval, Naama Reicher, Masha Y Niv, Zehava Uni
The sense of taste has a key role in nutrient sensing and food intake in animals. A standardized and simple method for determination of tastant-detection thresholds is required for chemosensory research in poultry. We established a 24-h, 2-alternative, forced-choice solution-consumption method and applied it to measure detection thresholds for 3 G-protein-coupled receptor-mediated taste modalities-bitter, sweet, and umami-in chicken. Four parameters were used to determine a significant response: 1) tastant-solution consumption; 2) water (tasteless) consumption; 3) total consumption (tastant and water together); 4) ratio of tastant consumption to total consumption...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339862/a-new-insight-into-the-evolution-and-functional-divergence-of-sweet-transporters-in-chinese-white-pear-pyrus-bretschneideri
#3
Jiaming Li, Mengfan Qin, Xin Qiao, Yinsheng Cheng, Xiaolong Li, Huping Zhang, Jun Wu
SWEET genes are a recently identified plant gene family that play an indispensable role in sugar efflux. However, no systematic study has been performed in pear. In this research, 18 SWEET transporters identified in pear, almost twice the number found in woodland strawberry and Japanese apricot, were divided into four clades. Conserved motifs and six exons of the SWEET transporters were found in six species. SWEET transporters contained seven transmembrane segments (TMSs) that evolved from an internal duplication of an ancestral three-TMSs unit, connected by TMS4...
March 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339380/a-simplified-extemporaneously-prepared-potassium-chloride-oral-solution
#4
Elias Tannous, Yana Tal, Kamal Amarny
Although commercial preparations of oral potassium supplements are usually available, there are times when our Medical Center is faced with situations in which the oral solution of potassium chloride is not available. This solution is necessary for our pediatric outpatients who cannot swallow tablets and need an oral solution. Moreover, there are no studies available which describe an extemporaneously prepared potassium chloride oral solution on which we can rely for assigning a beyond-use date. The aim of this study was to formulate an extemporaneous pediatric oral solution of potassium chloride and to determine the physical and chemical stability of this preparation...
September 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335563/the-effects-of-sweet-foods-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-glycyrrhizic-acid-by-icelisa
#5
Bingqian Jiang, Huihua Qu, Hui Kong, Yue Zhang, Shuchen Liu, Jinjun Cheng, Xin Yan, Yan Zhao
The effect of sweet foods, such as honey, was investigated from the perspective of pharmacokinetics on the absorption of glycyrrhizic acid (GA). Due to the unique properties of indirect competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (icELISA), namely, its: specificity, sensitivity, repeatability, simple pretreatment of samples, fast and simple operation, and because it is economic and non-polluting, it has received increased attention. In this study, we used the advantages of this method to see how honey affected the pharmacokinetics of GA...
March 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334497/the-development-and-implementation-of-the-sweet-peer-review-programme-for-pediatric-diabetes-centres
#6
Stephen Parsons, Sheridan Waldron, Fiona Campbell, Mauro S Pinto, Zdenek Sumnik, Andriani Gerasimidi-Vazeou
This paper describes the background to the development, implementation, and subsequent management of a programme of peer review of Pediatric Diabetes Centres belonging to the SWEET Group The paper summarizes the overall purpose of the programme, lists the principles upon which the programme is founded, and sets out the intended outcomes of the programme Details are given of the way in which the programme is delivered and summarizes the key findings from the 16 centres reviewed to date Finally the paper highlights the feedback that has been received from those who have been reviewed and those who have acted as reviewers and discusses ways in which the programme can be further developed in the future...
October 2016: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334496/seasonality-at-the-clinical-onset-of-type-1-diabetes-lessons-from-the-sweet-database
#7
A Gerasimidi Vazeou, O Kordonouri, M Witsch, J M Hermann, G Forsander, C de Beaufort, H J Veeze, C Maffeis, V Cherubini, O Cinek, B Piccini, R W Holl, T Danne
BACKGROUND: Seasonality at the clinical onset of type 1 diabetes (T1D) has been suggested by different studies, however, the results are conflicting. This study aimed to evaluate the presence of seasonality at clinical onset of T1D based on the SWEET database comprising data from 32 different countries. METHODS: The study cohort included 23 603 patients (52% males) recorded in the international multicenter SWEET database (48 centers), with T1D onset ≤20 years, year of onset between 1980 and 2015, gender, year and month of birth and T1D-diagnosis documented...
October 2016: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334404/calcium-homeostasis-modulator-1-like-currents-in-rat-fungiform-taste-cells-expressing-amiloride-sensitive-sodium-currents
#8
Albertino Bigiani
Salt reception by taste cells is still the less understood transduction process occurring in taste buds, the peripheral sensory organs for the detection of food chemicals. Although there is evidence suggesting that the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) works as sodium receptor, yet it is not clear how salt-detecting cells signal the relevant information to nerve endings. Taste cells responding to sweet, bitter, and umami substances release ATP as neurotransmitter through a nonvesicular mechanism. Three different channel proteins have been proposed as conduit for ATP secretion: pannexin channels, connexin hemichannels, and calcium homeostasis modulator 1 (CALHM1) channels...
March 10, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334357/sweetener-intake-by-rats-selectively-bred-for-differential-saccharin-intake-sucralose-stevia-and-acesulfame-potassium
#9
Nancy K Dess, Kiana Dobson, Brandon T Roberts, Clinton D Chapman
Behavioral responses to sweeteners have been used to study the evolution, mechanisms, and functions of taste. Occidental low and high saccharin consuming rats (respectively, LoS and HiS) have been selectively outbred on the basis of saccharin intake and are a valuable tool for studying variation among individuals in sweetener intake and its correlates. Relative to HiS rats, LoS rats consume smaller amounts of all nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners tested to date, except aspartame. The lines also differ in intake of the commercial product Splenda; the roles of sucralose and saccharides in the difference are unclear...
March 15, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334330/survivorship-of-z-pheromone-race-european-corn-borer-lepidoptera-crambidae-on-a-range-of-host-plants-varying-in-defensive-chemistry
#10
Kelsey E Fisher, Charles E Mason, J Lindsey Flexner, Judith Hough-Goldstein, John H McDonald
The European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner), was introduced in North America in the early 1900s and became a major pest of corn. After its introduction, it was found on > 200 other plant hosts, but corn remained its primary host. Early life history studies indicated that European corn borer had the potential of a wide host range. For nearly 80 yr before the introduction of Bt corn, the European corn borer was a major pest of corn in North America. This study investigated the growth and survivorship of the Z-pheromone race European corn borer on a range of hosts that vary in defensive chemistries and historic degree of infestation to better understand the current host plant range of Z-pheromone race of O...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334158/the-impact-of-pregnancy-on-taste-function
#11
Ezen Choo, Robin Dando
It is common for women to report a change in taste (for instance an increased bitter or decreased sweet response) during pregnancy, however specifics of any variation in taste with pregnancy remain elusive. Here we review studies of taste in pregnancy, and discuss how physiological changes occurring during pregnancy may influence taste signaling. We aim to consolidate studies of human pregnancy and "taste function" (studies of taste thresholds, discrimination, and intensity perception, rather than hedonic response or self-report), discussing differences in methodology and findings...
February 23, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334107/floral-strips-attract-beneficial-insects-but-do-not-enhance-yield-in-cucumber-fields
#12
N F Quinn, D C Brainard, Z Szendrei
Natural enemies and pollinators require nutritional and habitat resources that are often not found in conventional agricultural fields. The addition of flowering plants within agroecosystems may provide the resources necessary to support beneficial insects at the local scale. We hypothesized that insect pollinator and natural enemy abundance would increase in cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plots containing flower strips and that the effect would be greatest in the crop rows closest to the flower strips. Three flower treatments were tested: 1) buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), 2) yellow mustard (Brassica hirta), 3) sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), and cucumbers as a control...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333975/is-the-number-of-siblings-associated-with-dietary-patterns-in-adolescents-the-1993-birth-cohort-of-pelotas-brazil
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F O Meller, M C F Assunção, A A Schäfer, C Loret de Mola, D L Dahly, J S Vaz, F C Barros
Our study aimed to estimate the association between number of siblings and dietary patterns in adolescents. Prospective longitudinal study was developed using data from the birth cohort of the city of Pelotas, Brazil, which included 5249 participants. At the 18-year-old follow-up, from 4563 individuals located, 4106 were interviewed (follow-up rate 81.3%). Of these, 3751 were included in our principal component analysis of dietary patterns. Regular dietary intake of 45 food groups over the previous year was measured with a food frequency questionnaire...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333668/development-of-extemporaneously-compounded-aripiprazole-oral-suspensions-for-use-in-children
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Lance A Pramann, Lawrence W Davidow, Leon van Haandel, Ryan S Funk
The purpose of this study was to develop extemporaneously compounded oral liquid formulations of aripiprazole for use in pediatric patients and those patients unable to swallow the solid oral dosage forms. Aripiprazole tablets(30 mg) were ground to a fine powder and suspended at a concentration of 1.0 mg/mL in either a 1:1 blend of Ora-Plus and Ora-Sweet, or 1% methylcellulose and Simple Syrup NF. Five amber, plastic liquid prescription bottles of each formulation were stored at 4°C, and aripiprazole content was measured by ultra-performance liquid chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry at 0, 14, 32, 67, and 91 days...
May 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333357/dietary-patterns-foods-and-nutrients-in-male-fertility-parameters-and-fecundability-a-systematic-review-of-observational-studies
#15
Albert Salas-Huetos, Mònica Bulló, Jordi Salas-Salvadó
BACKGROUND: Infertility is a global public health issue, affecting 15% of all couples of reproductive age. Male factors, including decreased semen quality, are responsible for ~25% of these cases. The dietary pattern, the components of the diet and nutrients have been studied as possible determinants of sperm function and/or fertility. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: Previous systematic reviews have been made of the few heterogeneous low-quality randomized clinical trials (RCTs) conducted in small samples of participants and investigating the effect of specific nutrients and nutritional supplements on male infertility...
March 10, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333235/ovarian-hormones-and-obesity
#16
Brigitte Leeners, Nori Geary, Philippe N Tobler, Lori Asarian
BACKGROUND: Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake, i.e. eating and energy expenditure (EE). Severe obesity is more prevalent in women than men worldwide, and obesity pathophysiology and the resultant obesity-related disease risks differ in women and men. The underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Pre-clinical and clinical research indicate that ovarian hormones may play a major role. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: We systematically reviewed the clinical and pre-clinical literature on the effects of ovarian hormones on the physiology of adipose tissue (AT) and the regulation of AT mass by energy intake and EE...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330819/childhood-excess-weight-in-spain-from-2006-to-2012-determinants-and-parental-misperception
#17
María D Ramiro-González, Belén Sanz-Barbero, Miguel Ángel Royo-Bordonada
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Due to the high prevalence of childhood obesity in Spain, we analyzed changes in its prevalence from 2006 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2012, as well as diet, sleep, and sedentary habits in 5- to 14-year-olds and parental misperceptions about their children's excess weight. METHODS: The sample was from the Spanish National Health Surveys for 2006 to 2007 (n=5590) and for 2011 to 2012 (n=3601). Data were collected by trained personnel through telephone interviews with parents/guardians...
March 18, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330706/eating-dependence-and-weight-gain-no-human-evidence-for-a-sugar-addiction-model-of-overweight
#18
C Rob Markus, Peter J Rogers, Fred Brouns, Robbie Schepers
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is an increasing societal concern that consumption of specific foods such as sugar might become 'addictive' and, hence, promote weight gain. Claims about the addictiveness of sugar however are based largely on findings from few animal studies, whereas there is a lack of direct human evidence for symptoms of sugar-related substance dependence. The current study examined in a large sample of human participants whether foods mainly containing sugar in particular might cause 'addiction-like' problems that meet clinical DSM criteria for substance dependence, and, also whether in turn this relates to body weight and negative affectivity (depressed mood)...
March 18, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330315/characterization-and-development-of-est-ssr-markers-in-sweet-potato-ipomoea-batatas-l-lam
#19
Jin-Hee Kim, Jun-Hoi Kim, Won-Sam Jo, Jeong-Gwan Ham, Il Kyung Chung, Kyung-Min Kim
In this study, a cDNA library was constructed from the total RNA of sweet potato leaves. A total of 789 copies of the cDNA were cloned in Escherichia coli by employing the pGEM-T Easy vector. Sequencing was carried out by Solgent Co. (Korea). As many as 579 expressed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers were designed (73.38%) from the known cDNA nucleotide base sequences. The lengths of the developed EST-SSR markers ranged from 100 to 499 bp (average length 238 bp). Their motif sequence types were varied, with most being dinucleotides and pentanucleotides, and the most commonly found motifs were CAGAAT (29...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330236/xylanase-production-from-penicillium-citrinum-isolate-hzn13-using-response-surface-methodology-and-characterization-of-immobilized-xylanase-on-glutaraldehyde-activated-calcium-alginate-beads
#20
Zabin K Bagewadi, Sikandar I Mulla, Yogesh Shouche, Harichandra Z Ninnekar
The present study reports the production of high-level cellulase-free xylanase from Penicillium citrinum isolate HZN13. The variability in xylanase titers was assessed under both solid-state (SSF) and submerged (SmF) fermentation. SSF was initially optimized with different agro-waste residues, among them sweet sorghum bagasse was found to be the best substrate that favored maximum xylanase production (9643 U/g). Plackett-Burman and response surface methodology employing central composite design were used to optimize the process parameters for the production of xylanase under SSF...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
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