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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205437/surface-and-interface-engineering-of-noble-metal-free-electrocatalysts-for-efficient-energy-conversion-processes
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Yun Pei Zhu, Chunxian Guo, Yao Zheng, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Developing cost-effective and high-performance electrocatalysts for renewable energy conversion and storage is motivated by increasing concerns regarding global energy security and creating sustainable technologies dependent on inexpensive and abundant resources. Recent achievements in the design and synthesis of efficient non-precious-metal and even non-metal electrocatalysts make the replacement of noble metal counterparts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with earth-abundant elements, for example, C, N, Fe, Mn, and Co, a realistic possibility...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196880/agrp-to-kiss1-neuron-signaling-links-nutritional-state-and-fertility
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Stephanie L Padilla, Jian Qiu, Casey C Nestor, Chunguang Zhang, Arik W Smith, Benjamin B Whiddon, Oline K Rønnekleiv, Martin J Kelly, Richard D Palmiter
Mammalian reproductive function depends upon a neuroendocrine circuit that evokes the pulsatile release of gonadotropin hormones (luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone) from the pituitary. This reproductive circuit is sensitive to metabolic perturbations. When challenged with starvation, insufficient energy reserves attenuate gonadotropin release, leading to infertility. The reproductive neuroendocrine circuit is well established, composed of two populations of kisspeptin-expressing neurons (located in the anteroventral periventricular hypothalamus, Kiss1(AVPV), and arcuate hypothalamus, Kiss1(ARH)), which drive the pulsatile activity of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192171/a-new-light-on-alkaptonuria-a-fourier-transform-infrared-microscopy-ftirm-and-low-energy-x-ray-fluorescence-lexrf-microscopy-correlative-study-on-a-rare-disease
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Elisa Mitri, Lia Millucci, Lucia Merolle, Giulia Bernardini, Lisa Vaccari, Alessandra Gianoncelli, Annalisa Santucci
BACKGROUND: Alkaptonuria (AKU) is an ultra-rare disease associated to the lack of an enzyme involved in tyrosine catabolism. This deficiency results in the accumulation of homogentisic acid (HGA) in the form of ochronotic pigment in joint cartilage, leading to a severe arthropathy. Secondary amyloidosis has been also unequivocally assessed as a comorbidity of AKU arthropathy. Composition of ochronotic pigment and how it is structurally related to amyloid is still unknown. METHODS: We exploited Synchrotron Radiation Infrared and X-Ray Fluorescence microscopies in combination with conventional bio-assays and analytical tools to characterize chemical composition and morphology of AKU cartilage...
February 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191577/on-the-mechanism-of-gas-adsorption-for-pristine-defective-and-functionalized-graphene
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Y You, J Deng, X Tan, N Gorjizadeh, M Yoshimura, S C Smith, V Sahajwalla, R K Joshi
Defects are no longer deemed an adverse aspect of graphene. Contrarily, they can pave ways of extending the applicability of graphene. Herein, we discuss the effects of three types of defects in graphene including carbon deficiency, adatom (single Fe) dopants and the introduction of functional groups (carbonyl, ether group) on the NO2 gas adsorption via density functional theory methods. We have observed that introducing Fe on graphene can enhance the NO2 adsorption process. Adsorption energy calculations suggest that the enhancement in NO2 adsorption is more profound for Fe-doped mono- and tetra-vacant graphene than that for Fe doped bi- and tri-vacant graphene, which is favourable for NO2 gas capture applications...
February 13, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179390/natural-genetic-variation-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-response-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Natalia Martin, Jogender Singh, Alejandro Aballay
Caenorhabditis elegans responds to pathogenic microorganisms by activating its innate immune system, which consists of physical barriers, behavioral responses, and microbial killing mechanisms. We examined whether natural variation plays a role in the response of C. elegans to Pseudomonas aeruginosa using two C. elegans strains that carry the same allele of npr-1, a gene that encodes a G-protein-coupled receptor related to mammalian neuropeptide Y receptors, but that differ in their genetic backgrounds. Strains carrying an allele for the NPR-1 215F isoform have been shown to exhibit lack of pathogen avoidance behavior and deficient immune response towards P...
February 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178390/metabolic-and-hemodynamic-effects-of-sodium-dependent-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitors-on-cardio-renal-protection-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Atsunori Kashiwagi, Hiroshi Maegawa
The specific Na+/glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2 inhibitors) inhibit glucose reabsorption in proximal renal tubular cells, and both fasting and postprandial glucose significantly decrease due to urinary glucose loss. As a result, pancreatic β-cell function and peripheral insulin action significantly improve with relief from glucose toxicity. Furthermore, whole body energy metabolism changes to relative glucose deficiency and triggers increased lipolysis in fat cells, and fatty acid oxidation and then ketone body production in the liver during treatment with SGLT2 inhibitors...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159226/the-effect-of-amino-acid-deprivation-on-the-transfer-of-iron-through-caco-2-cell-monolayers
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Guenievre Roussel, Valerie Stevens, Sarah Cottin, Harry J McArdle
Iron (Fe) metabolism is modified by many nutritional factors. Amino acids (AA) play a central role in various biological processes, such as protein synthesis and energy supply. However, the influence of AA status on iron metabolism has not been investigated. Here, we test whether AA alters iron metabolism in an intestinal cell model. Both Fe uptake and transfer across the cell monolayer were significantly increased by non-essential AA deficiency (both p<0.001) while only Fe transfer was increased by essential AA deficiency (p<0...
March 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154537/odor-induced-neuronal-rhythms-in-the-olfactory-bulb-are-profoundly-modified-in-ob-ob-obese-mice
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Yan Chelminski, Christophe Magnan, Serge H Luquet, Amandine Everard, Nicolas Meunier, Hirac Gurden, Claire Martin
Leptin, the product of the Ob(Lep) gene, is a peptide hormone that plays a major role in maintaining the balance between food intake and energy expenditure. In the brain, leptin receptors are expressed by hypothalamic cells but also in the olfactory bulb, the first central structure coding for odors, suggesting a precise function of this hormone in odor-evoked activities. Although olfaction plays a key role in feeding behavior, the ability of the olfactory bulb to integrate the energy-related signal leptin is still missing...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145692/from-carbon-based-nanotubes-to-nanocages-for-advanced-energy-conversion-and-storage
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Qiang Wu, Lijun Yang, Xizhang Wang, Zheng Hu
Carbon-based nanomaterials have been the focus of research interests in the past 30 years due to their abundant microstructures and morphologies, excellent properties, and wide potential applications, as landmarked by 0D fullerene, 1D nanotubes, and 2D graphene. With the availability of high specific surface area (SSA), well-balanced pore distribution, high conductivity, and tunable wettability, carbon-based nanomaterials are highly expected as advanced materials for energy conversion and storage to meet the increasing demands for clean and renewable energies...
February 1, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143489/obesity-and-neuroinflammatory-phenotype-in-mice-lacking-endothelial-megalin
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Fernando Bartolome, Desiree Antequera, Eva Tavares, Consuelo Pascual, Rosario Maldonado, Antoni Camins, Eva Carro
BACKGROUND: The multiligand receptor megalin controls the brain uptake of a number of ligands, including insulin and leptin. Despite the role of megalin in the transport of these metabolically relevant hormones, the role of megalin at the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) has not yet been explored in the context of metabolic regulation. METHODS: Here we investigate the role of brain endothelial megalin in energy metabolism and leptin signaling using an endothelial cell-specific megalin deficient (EMD) mouse model...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140733/integrated-metabonomic-proteomic-studies-on-blood-enrichment-effects-of-angelica-sinensis-on-a-blood-deficiency-mice-model
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Yongli Hua, Wangling Yao, Peng Ji, Yanming Wei
CONTEXT: Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels (Umbelliferae) (AS) is a well-known Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that enriches and regulates the blood. OBJECTIVE: An integrated metabonomic and proteomic method was developed and applied to study the blood enrichment effects and mechanisms of AS on blood deficiency (BD) mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty mice were randomly divided into the control, BD, High-dose of AS (ASH), Middle-dose of AS (ASM), and Low-dose of AS (ASL) groups...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138007/the-mediterranean-diet-and-adhd-in-children-and-adolescents
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Alejandra Ríos-Hernández, José A Alda, Andreu Farran-Codina, Estrella Ferreira-García, Maria Izquierdo-Pulido
OBJECTIVES: Although attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been related to nutrient deficiencies and "unhealthy" diets, to date there are no studies that examined the relationship between the Mediterranean diet and ADHD. We hypothesized that a low adherence to a Mediterranean diet would be positively associated with an increase in ADHD diagnosis. METHODS: A total of 120 children and adolescents (60 with newly diagnosed ADHD and 60 controls) were studied in a sex- and age-matched case-control study...
January 30, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130717/impact-of-dietary-intake-on-bone-turnover-in-patients-with-phenylalanine-hydroxylase-deficiency
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Kathryn E Coakley, Eric I Felner, Vin Tangpricha, Peter W F Wilson, Rani H Singh
: Phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) deficiency is a genetic disorder characterized by deficiency of the PAH enzyme. Patients follow a phenylalanine-restricted diet low in intact protein, and must consume synthetic medical food (MF) to supply phenylalanine-free protein. We assessed relationships between dietary intake and nutrient source (food or MF) on bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover markers (BTM) in PAH deficiency. Blood from 44 fasted females 11-52 years of age was analyzed for plasma phenylalanine, serum BTM [CTx (resorption), P1NP (formation)], vitamin D, and parathyroid hormone (PTH)...
January 28, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122051/low-cytochrome-oxidase-1-links-mitochondrial-dysfunction-to-atherosclerosis-in-mice-and-pigs
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Paul Holvoet, Maarten Vanhaverbeke, Benjamine Geeraert, Dieuwke De Keyzer, Maarten Hulsmans, Stefan Janssens
BACKGROUND: Cytochrome oxidase IV complex regulates energy production in mitochondria. Therefore, we determined the relation of COX genes with atherosclerosis in mice and pigs. METHODS AND RESULTS: First, we compared atherosclerosis in the aortic arch of age-matched (24 weeks) C57BL/6J control (n = 10), LDL-receptor deficient (n = 8), leptin-deficient ob/ob (n = 10), and double knock-out (lacking LDL-receptor and leptin) mice (n = 12). Low aortic mitochondria-encoded cytochrome oxidase 1 in obese diabetic double knock-out mice was associated with a larger plaque area and higher propensity of M1 macrophages and oxidized LDL...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117576/ag13-centered-cuboctahedral-architecture-in-inorganic-cluster-chemistry-a-dft-investigation
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Samia Kahlal, C W Liu, Jean-Yves Saillard
The bonding in the [Ag13{μ3-Fe(CO)4}8](3-/5-) clusters, which exhibit an Ag13-centered cuboctahedral core, has been analyzed and rationalized by DFT calculations. Not considering the interaction with its encapsulated atom, the empty [Ag12{μ3-Fe(CO)4}8](4-) cage can be considered as the assembly of 12 linearly coordinated 14-electron Ag(I) metal centers. Adding a supplementary Ag(+) at the center allows some covalent delocalized bonding which to some extent tends to reduce the electron deficiency of the 14-electron centers...
January 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105733/vitamin-d-supplementation-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe, Adinegara Bl Abas, Nan Nitra Than, Han Ni, Jaspal Singh, Abdul Razzak Bin Mohd Said, Ifeyinwa Osunkwo
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is a genetic chronic haemolytic and pro-inflammatory disorder. The clinical manifestations of sickle cell disease result from the presence of mutations on the beta globin genes that generate an abnormal haemoglobin product (called haemoglobin S) within the red blood cell. Sickle cell disease can lead to many complications such as acute chest syndrome, stroke, acute and chronic bone complications (including painful vaso-occlusive crisis, osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis and osteoporosis)...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096139/potential-health-benefits-of-combining-yogurt-and-fruits-based-on-their-probiotic-and-prebiotic-properties
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REVIEW
Melissa Anne Fernandez, André Marette
Fruit and yogurt have been identified individually as indicators of healthy dietary patterns. Fruits are relatively low in energy density and are an excellent source of antioxidants and prebiotic fibers and polyphenols, which can promote digestive health. Yogurt, on the other hand, is a nutrient-dense food that is a good source of dairy protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B-12, conjugated linoleic acid, and other key fatty acids. In addition, it contains beneficial bacterial cultures, making it a potential source of probiotics...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081177/first-behavioural-characterisation-of-a-knockout-mouse-model-for-the-transforming-growth-factor-tgf-%C3%AE-superfamily-cytokine-mic-1-gdf15
#18
Jac Kee Low, Ananthan Ambikairajah, Kani Shang, David A Brown, Vicky W W Tsai, Samuel N Breit, Tim Karl
Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1), also known as growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15), is a stress response cytokine. MIC-1/GDF15 is secreted into the cerebrospinal fluid and increased levels of MIC-1/GDF15 are associated with a variety of diseases including cognitive decline. Furthermore, Mic-1/Gdf15 knockout mice (Mic-1 KO) weigh more, have increased adiposity, associated with increased spontaneous food intake, and exhibit reduced basal energy expenditure and physical activity. The current study was designed to comprehensively determine the role of MIC-1/GDF15 on behavioural domains of male and female knockout mice including locomotion, exploration, anxiety, cognition, social behaviours, and sensorimotor gating...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077715/excitatory-hindbrain-forebrain-communication-is-required-for-cisplatin-induced-anorexia-and-weight-loss
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Amber L Alhadeff, Ruby A Holland, Huiyuan Zheng, Linda Rinaman, Harvey J Grill, Bart C De Jonghe
: Cisplatin chemotherapy is commonly used to treat cancer despite severe energy balance side effects. In rats, cisplatin activates nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) projections to the lateral parabrachial nucleus (lPBN) and calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP) projections from the lPBN to the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA). We demonstrated previously that CeA glutamate receptor signaling mediates cisplatin-induced anorexia and body weight loss. Here, we used neuroanatomical tracing, immunofluorescence, and confocal imaging to demonstrate that virtually all NTS→lPBN and lPBN→CeA CGRP projections coexpress vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2), providing evidence that excitatory projections mediate cisplatin-induced energy balance dysregulation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069396/multi-level-evaluation-of-escherichia-coli-polyphosphate-related-mutants-using-global-transcriptomic-proteomic-and-phenomic-analyses
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Macarena Varas, Camilo Valdivieso, Cecilia Mauriaca, Javiera Ortíz-Severín, Alberto Paradela, Ignacio Poblete-Castro, Ricardo Cabrera, Francisco P Chávez
BACKGROUND: Polyphosphate (polyP) is a linear biopolymer found in all living cells. In bacteria, mutants lacking polyphosphate kinase 1 (PPK1), the enzyme responsible for synthesis of most polyP, have many structural and functional defects. However, little is known about the causes of these pleiotropic alterations. The link between ppk1 deletion and those numerous phenotypes observed can be the result of complex molecular interactions that can be elucidated via a systems biology approach...
January 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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