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Yuwen Wang, Chao Xu, Kang Li, Xiaojie Cai, Min Wu, Guoxiang Chen
Iron deficiency is an important abiotic stress that limits productivity of crops all over the world. We selected a hybrid rice (Oryza sativa L.), LYPJ, which is super high-yield and widely cultured in China, to investigate changes in the components and structure of thylakoid membranes and photosynthetic performance in response to iron deficiency. Our results demonstrated that photosystem I (PSI) is the primary target for iron deficiency, while the changes in photosystem II (PSII) are important for rebuilding a balance in disrupted energy utilization and dissipation caused by differential degradation of photosynthetic components...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Salvatore Grosso, Maria Alessandra Carluccio, Elena Cardaioli, Alfonso Cerase, Alessandro Malandrini, Chiara Romano, Antonio Federico, Maria Teresa Dotti
BACKGROUND: Complex I deficiency is the most common energy generation disorder which may clinically present at any age with a wide spectrum of symptoms and signs. The T10158C mutation ND3 gene is rare and occurs in patients showing an early rapid neurological deterioration invariably leading to death after a few months. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 9year-old boy with a mtDNA T10158C mutation showing a mild MELAS-like phenotype and brain MRI features congruent with both MELAS and Leigh syndrome...
October 11, 2016: Brain & Development
Tomoki Sato, Yuma Yoshida, Akihito Morita, Nobuko Mori, Shinji Miura
BACKGROUND: Glucose is used as an energy source in many organs and obtained from dietary carbohydrates. However, when the external energy supply is interrupted, e.g., during fasting, carbohydrates preserved in the liver and glycogenic precursors derived from other organs are used to maintain blood glucose levels. Glycerol and glycogenic amino acids derived from adipocytes and skeletal muscles are utilized as glycogenic precursors. Glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1 (GPD1), an NAD(+)/NADH-dependent enzyme present in the cytosol, catalyzes the reversible conversion of glycerol-3-phosphate (G3P) to dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP)...
November 2016: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Sang-Mo Kang, Sajjad Asaf, Sang-Jun Kim, Byung-Wook Yun, In-Jung Lee
Leifsonia xyli SE134 is a potential plant growth-promoting bacterium isolated from a soil in Daegu, Republic of Korea, which produces large amounts of gibberellin (GA) and indole acetic acid (IAA). In this study, we sequenced the complete genome of L. xyli SE134 by the Pacific Biosciences RSII (PacBio) Single Molecule Real Time (SMRT) sequencing technology. The genome of L. xyli SE134 contains a single chromosome that is 3,596,761bp in length, with 70.2% G+C content. The genome contains 3466 protein-coding genes (CDSs) and 51 rRNA- and 46 tRNA-coding genes...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Agata Kornek, Alicja Kucharska, Katarzyna Kamela
INTRODUCTION: Research increasingly provide evidence that vegetarian diet can have a positive impact on health. The aim of this study was to analyze the fatty acid profile of vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet and prove which of them is more optimal in the context of some diet-related diseases prevention. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 83 women (47 vegetarians and 36 non-vegetarians). Estimates of the supply of individual fatty acids in the diet was based on analysis of 3-day dietary records (calculations in a computer program DIETA 5)...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Chorong Oh, Byeong Hwan Jeon, Shaun Nicholas Reid Storm, Sunkug Jho, Jae-Kyung No
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the types and levels of physical activity in conjunction with protein intake and vitamin D on sarcopenia and obesity status in an elderly population. METHODS: Study participants (N = 4452) were ages ≥60 y and included 1929 men and 2523 women who completed a body composition analysis with a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and provided health and dietary data. RESULTS: Higher appendicular skeletal muscle mass/weight was observed in the non-obese group, although obese participants had greater weights...
June 23, 2016: Nutrition
Devinder Sandhu, Taylor Atkinson, Andrea Noll, Callie Johnson, Katherine Espinosa, Jessica Boelter, Stephanie Abel, Balpreet K Dhatt, Terese Barta, Eric Singsaas, Sol Sepsenwol, A Susana Goggi, Reid G Palmer
We have identified a viable-yellow and a lethal-yellow chlorophyll-deficient mutant in soybean. Segregation patterns suggested single-gene recessive inheritance for each mutant. The viable- and lethal-yellow plants showed significant reduction of chlorophyll a and b. Photochemical energy conversion efficiency and photochemical reflectance index were reduced in the viable-yellow plants relative to the wildtype, whereas the lethal-yellow plants showed no electron transport activity. The viable-yellow plants displayed reduced thylakoid stacking, while the lethal-yellow plants exhibited failure of proplastid differentiation into normal chloroplasts with grana...
November 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Hao Hu, Chen-Chen Tan, Lan Tan, Jin-Tai Yu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease with an increasing morbidity, mortality, and economic cost. Plaques formed by amyloid beta peptide (Aβ) and neurofibrillary tangles formed by microtubule-associated protein tau are two main characters of AD. Though previous studies have focused on Aβ and tau and got some progressions on their toxicity mechanisms, no significantly effective treatments targeting the Aβ and tau have been found. However, it is worth noting that mounting evidences showed that mitochondrial dysfunction is an early event during the process of AD pathologic changes...
October 1, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Maria Inês Barreto Silva, Vanessa Vicente de Souza Cavalieri, Carla Cavalheiro da Silva Lemos, Márcia Regina Simas Torres Klein, Rachel Bregman
OBJECTIVES: The association of vitamin D status with high body adiposity is poorly investigated in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) population. The aim of the present study was to describe vitamin D status and to identify body adiposity predictors of vitamin D deficiency, in a nondialyzed CKD population inhabiting a tropical city. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included patients with CKD, defined as estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 mL/min, regularly treated by an interdisciplinary team in an outpatient university clinic, set in a Brazilian city (latitude: 22°54'S; 43°12'W)...
July 26, 2016: Nutrition
Joaquim Fernández-Solà, Ana Planavila Porta
High-dose alcohol misuse induces multiple noxious cardiac effects, including myocyte hypertrophy and necrosis, interstitial fibrosis, decreased ventricular contraction and ventricle enlargement. These effects produce diastolic and systolic ventricular dysfunction leading to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and an increased death rate. There are multiple, dose-dependent, synchronic and synergistic mechanisms of alcohol-induced cardiac damage. Ethanol alters membrane permeability and composition, interferes with receptors and intracellular transients, induces oxidative, metabolic and energy damage, decreases protein synthesis, excitation-contraction coupling and increases cell apoptosis...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Xiaotao Yuan, Xin Wang, Xiangye Liu, Hongxin Ge, Guoheng Yin, Chenlong Dong, Fuqiang Huang
One-dimensional nanocrystals favoring efficient charge transfer have attracted enormous attentions, and conductive nanobelts of black titania with a unique band structure and high electrical conductivity would be interestingly used in electrocatalysis. Here, Pd nanodots supported by two kinds of black titania, the oxygen-deficient titania (TiO2-x) and nitrogen-doped titania (TiO2-x:N), were synthesized as efficient composite catalysts for oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR). These composite catalysts show improved catalytic activity with lower overpotential and higher limited current, compared to the Pd nanodots supported on the white titania (Pd/TiO2)...
October 4, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
K Michaëlsson, A Wolk, L Byberg, A Mitchell, H Mallmin, H Melhus
BACKGROUND: The impact of season when determining a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (S-25OHD) cut-off level for optimal bone health is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relative importance of S-25OHD for bone mineral density (BMD) by season. METHODS: A subcohort of 5002 Swedish women (mean age 68 years), randomly selected from a large population-based longitudinal cohort study with repeat dietary and lifestyle information, was enrolled during 2003-2009 for a clinical examination, which included dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and collection of fasting blood samples...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
Mareike Kavka, Andrea Polle
BACKGROUND: Phosphorus (P) is a major plant nutrient. It is transported into and allocated inside plants by four families of phosphate transporters (PHT1 to PHT4) with high or low affinity to phosphate. Here, we studied whole-plant P uptake kinetics and expression profiles of members of the PHT families under high, intermediate and low P availability in the woody crop poplar (Populus × canescens) in relation to plant performance. RESULTS: Poplars exhibited strong growth reduction and increased P use efficiency in response to lower P availabilities...
2016: BMC Plant Biology
J Vissing
Metabolic myopathies encompass muscle glycogenoses (GSD) and disorders of muscle fat oxidation (FAOD). FAODs and GSDs can be divided into two main clinical phenotypes; those with static symptoms related to fixed muscle weakness and atrophy, and those with dynamic, exercise-related symptoms that are brought about by a deficient supply of ATP. Together with mitochondrial myopathies, metabolic myopathies are unique among muscle diseases, as the limitation in exercise performance is not solely caused by structural damage of muscle, but also or exclusively related to energy deficiency...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Sungin Lee, Aeri Lee, Oh-Kyeong Kweon, Wan Hee Kim
The hormone leptin is produced by mature adipocytes and plays an important role in regulating food intake and energy metabolism through its interaction with the leptin receptor. In addition to roles in obesity and obesity-related diseases, leptin has been reported to affect the components and secretion of bile in leptin-deficient mice. Furthermore, gallbladder diseases such as cholelithiasis are known to be associated with serum leptin concentrations in humans. We hypothesized that the canine gallbladder is a source of leptin and that the leptin receptor may be localized in the gallbladder, where it plays a role in regulating the function of this organ...
September 19, 2016: Acta Histochemica
Laura M Lashinger, Ciara H O'Flanagan, Sarah M Dunlap, Audrey J Rasmussen, Shannon Sweeney, Jessie Yangxiang Guo, Alessia Lodi, Stefano Tiziani, Eileen White, Stephen D Hursting
BACKGROUND: Calorie restriction (CR) prevents obesity and exerts anticancer effects in many preclinical models. CR is also increasingly being used in cancer patients as a sensitizing strategy prior to chemotherapy regimens. While the beneficial effects of CR are widely accepted, the mechanisms through which CR affects tumor growth are incompletely understood. In many cell types, CR and other nutrient stressors can induce autophagy, which provides energy and metabolic substrates critical for cancer cell survival...
2016: Cancer & Metabolism
Nadav I Weinstock, Lawrence Wrabetz, M Laura Feltri, Daesung Shin
Krabbe disease (KD) is caused by mutations in the galactosylceramidase (GALC) gene, which encodes a lysosomal enzyme that degrades galactolipids, including galactosylceramide and galactosylsphingosine (psychosine). GALC deficiency results in progressive intracellular accumulation of psychosine, which is believed to be the main cause for the demyelinating neurodegeneration in KD pathology. Umbilical cord blood transplantation slows disease progression when performed presymptomatically but carries a significant risk of morbidity and mortality...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Thomas Fröhlich, Elisabeth Kemter, Florian Flenkenthaler, Nikolai Klymiuk, Kathrin A Otte, Andreas Blutke, Sabine Krause, Maggie C Walter, Rüdiger Wanke, Eckhard Wolf, Georg J Arnold
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is caused by genetic deficiency of dystrophin and characterized by massive structural and functional changes of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to terminal muscle failure. We recently generated a novel genetically engineered pig model reflecting pathological hallmarks of human DMD better than the widely used mdx mouse. To get insight into the hierarchy of molecular derangements during DMD progression, we performed a proteome analysis of biceps femoris muscle samples from 2-day-old and 3-month-old DMD and wild-type (WT) pigs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Richard D Semba, Indi Trehan, Marta Gonzalez-Freire, Klaus Kraemer, Ruin Moaddel, M Isabel Ordiz, Luigi Ferrucci, Mark J Manary
Stunting is the best summary measure of chronic malnutrition in children. Approximately one-quarter of children under age 5 worldwide are stunted. Lipid-based or micronutrient supplementation has little to no impact in reducing stunting, which suggests that other critical dietary nutrients are missing. A dietary pattern of poor-quality protein is associated with stunting. Stunted children have significantly lower circulating essential amino acids than do nonstunted children. Inadequate dietary intakes of essential amino acids could adversely affect growth, because amino acids are required for synthesis of proteins...
September 2016: Advances in Nutrition
Martin Mooses, Anthony C Hackney
Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), fractional utilization of VO2max during running and running economy (RE) are crucial factors for running success for all endurance athletes. Although evidence is limited, investigations of these key factors indicate that the East Africans superiority in distance running is to a large exent due to a unique combination of these factors. East African runners appear to have a very high level of RE most likely associated, at least partly, with anthropometric characteristics rather than with any specific metabolic property of the working muscle...
September 15, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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