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Emmanuel Amabebe, Steven Reynolds, Victoria Stern, Graham Stafford, Martyn Paley, Dilly O C Anumba
Changes in vaginal microbiota that is associated with preterm birth (PTB) leave specific metabolite fingerprints that can be detected in the cervicovaginal fluid (CVF) using metabolomics techniques. In this study, we characterize and validate the CVF metabolite profile of pregnant women presenting with symptoms of threatened preterm labor (PTL) by both (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and enzyme-based spectrophotometry. We also determine their predictive capacity for PTB, singly, and in combination, with current clinical screening tools - cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin (FFN) and ultrasound cervical length (CL)...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
Giulio Binetti, Laura Del Coco, Rosa Ragone, Samanta Zelasco, Enzo Perri, Cinzia Montemurro, Raffaele Valentini, David Naso, Francesco Paolo Fanizzi, Francesco Paolo Schena
The development of an efficient and accurate method for extra-virgin olive oils cultivar and origin authentication is complicated by the broad range of variables (e.g., multiplicity of varieties, pedo-climatic aspects, production and storage conditions) influencing their properties. In this study, artificial neural networks (ANNs) were applied on several analytical datasets, namely standard merceological parameters, near-infra red data and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) fingerprints, obtained on mono-cultivar olive oils of four representative Apulian varieties (Coratina, Ogliarola, Cima di Mola, Peranzana)...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Nurkhalida Kamal, Christina V Viegelmann, Carol J Clements, RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel
Fungal endophytes offer diverse and unique secondary metabolites, making these organisms potential sources of promising drug leads. The application of high-resolution-liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomics to fungal endophytes is practical in terms of dereplication studies and the mining of bioactive compounds. In this paper, we report the application of metabolomics in parallel with anti-trypanosomal assays to determine the ideal conditions for the medium-scale fermentation of the endophyte Lasiodiplodia theobromae...
October 19, 2016: Planta Medica
Mauro Maniscalco, Debora Paris, Dominique J Melck, Maria D'Amato, Anna Zedda, Matteo Sofia, Cristiana Stellato, Andrea Motta
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological and clinical evidence supports the existence of an obesity-related asthma phenotype. No distinct pathophysiological elements or specific biomarkers have been identified so far but increased oxidative stress has been reported. OBJECTIVE: We aimed at verifying whether metabolomics of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) from obese asthmatic (OA), lean asthmatic (LA) and obese non-asthmatic (ONA) patients could recognize specific, statistically validated biomarkers for a separate "asthma-obesity" respiratory metabolic phenotype, here defined as "metabotype"...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Liliya V Vasileva, Damianka P Getova, Nina D Doncheva, Andrey S Marchev, Milen I Georgiev
: Rhodiola rosea L., family Crassulaceae also known as Golden Root or Arctic root is one of the most widely used medicinal plants with effect on cognitive dysfunction, psychological stress and depression. The aim of the study was to examine the effect of a standardized commercial Rhodiola extract on learning and memory processes in naive rats as well as its effects in rats with scopolamine-induced memory impairment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty male Wistar rats were used in the study...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Miguel Ángel Muñoz-Ruiz, Anette Hall, Jussi Mattila, Juha Koikkalainen, Sanna-Kaisa Herukka, Minna Husso, Tuomo Hänninen, Ritva Vanninen, Yawu Liu, Merja Hallikainen, Jyrki Lötjönen, Anne M Remes, Irina Alafuzoff, Hilkka Soininen, Päivi Hartikainen
BACKGROUND: Disease State Index (DSI) and its visualization, Disease State Fingerprint (DSF), form a computer-assisted clinical decision making tool that combines patient data and compares them with cases with known outcomes. AIMS: To investigate the ability of the DSI to diagnose frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: The study cohort consisted of 38 patients with FTD, 57 with AD and 22 controls. Autopsy verification of FTD with TDP-43 positive pathology was available for 14 and AD pathology for 12 cases...
May 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
Natalia Zeber-Lubecka, Maria Kulecka, Filip Ambrozkiewicz, Agnieszka Paziewska, Krzysztof Goryca, Jakub Karczmarski, Tymon Rubel, Wojciech Wojtowicz, Piotr Mlynarz, Lukasz Marczak, Roman Tomecki, Michal Mikula, Jerzy Ostrowski
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic functional disorder and its development may be linked, directly and indirectly, to intestinal dysbiosis. Here we investigated the interactions between IBS symptoms and the gut microbiome, including the relation to rifaximin (1200 mg daily; 11.2 g per a treatment). We recruited 72 patients, including 31 with IBS-D (diarrhea), 11 with IBS-C (constipation), and 30 with IBS-M (mixed constipation and diarrhea) and 30 healthy controls (HCs). Of them, 68%, 64%, and 53% patients with IBS-D, IBS-C, and IBS-M, respectively, achieved 10-12 week-term improvement after the rifaximin treatment...
September 2, 2016: Gut Microbes
Cristina Airoldi, Carlotta Ciaramelli, Marco Fumagalli, Rita Bussei, Valeria Mazzoni, Simona Viglio, Paolo Iadarola, Jan Stolk
The metabolomic analysis of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) may provide insights on both the pathology of pulmonary disorders and the response to therapy. This pilot study describes the ability of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomics to discriminate α1-antitrypsin deficient (AATD)-patients, who were diagnosed with moderate to severe emphysema, from healthy individuals. Comparative analysis of samples from these two homogeneous cohorts of individuals resulted in the generation of NMR profiles that were different from both a qualitative and a quantitative point-of-view...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Mark J W McPhail, Sara Montagnese, Manuela Villanova, Hamza El Hadi, Piero Amodio, Mary M E Crossey, Roger Williams, I Jane Cox, Simon D Taylor-Robinson
To date urinary metabolic profiling has been applied to define a specific metabolic fingerprint of hepatocellular carcinoma on a background of cirrhosis. Its utility for the stratification of other complications of cirrhosis, such as hepatic encephalopathy (HE), remains to be established. Urinary proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H-NMR) spectra were acquired and NMR data from 52 patients with cirrhosis (35 male; 17 female, median (range) age [60 (18-81) years]) and 17 controls were compared. A sub-set of 45 patients (33 male; 12 female, [60 (18-90) years, median model for end stage liver disease (MELD) score 11 (7-27)]) were fully characterised by West-Haven criteria, Psychometric Hepatic Encephalopathy Score (PHES) and electroencephalogram (EEG), and defined as overt HE (OHE, n = 21), covert HE (cHE, n = 7) or no HE (n = 17)...
September 17, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
Giovanni Barbara, Eleonora Scaioli, Maria Raffaella Barbaro, Elena Biagi, Luca Laghi, Cesare Cremon, Giovanni Marasco, Antonio Colecchia, Gianfranco Picone, Nunzio Salfi, Francesco Capozzi, Patrizia Brigidi, Davide Festi
OBJECTIVE: The engagement of the gut microbiota in the development of symptoms and complications of diverticular disease has been frequently hypothesised. Our aim was to explore colonic immunocytes, gut microbiota and the metabolome in patients with diverticular disease in a descriptive, cross-sectional, pilot study. DESIGN: Following colonoscopy with biopsy and questionnaire phenotyping, patients were classified into diverticulosis or symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease; asymptomatic subjects served as controls...
September 12, 2016: Gut
Meng Li, Liliana Ramona Demenescu, Lejla Colic, Coraline Metzger, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Johann Steiner, Oliver Speck, Anna Fejtova, Giacomo Salvadore, Martin Walter
The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) has shown decreased glutamate levels in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Subanesthetic doses of ketamine were repeatedly shown to improve depressive symptoms within 24 h after infusion and this antidepressant effect was attributed to increased AMPA throughput. To elucidate ketamine's mechanism of action, we tested if the clinical time course of the improvement is mirrored by the change of glutamine/glutamate ratio and if such effects show a regional and temporal specificity in two distinct subdivisions of ACC with different AMPA/NMDA receptor profiles...
September 8, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Pedro B Groszewicz, Melanie Gröting, Hergen Breitzke, Wook Jo, Karsten Albe, Gerd Buntkowsky, Jürgen Rödel
Lead-based relaxor ferroelectrics are key functional materials indispensable for the production of multilayer ceramic capacitors and piezoelectric transducers. Currently there are strong efforts to develop novel environmentally benign lead-free relaxor materials. The structural origins of the relaxor state and the role of composition modifications in these lead-free materials are still not well understood. In the present contribution, the solid-solution (100-x)(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-xBaTiO3 (BNT-xBT), a prototypic lead-free relaxor is studied by the combination of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, dielectric measurements and ab-initio density functional theory (DFT)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Martijn A Cloos, Florian Knoll, Tiejun Zhao, Kai T Block, Mary Bruno, Graham C Wiggins, Daniel K Sodickson
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an unrivalled medical diagnostic technique able to map tissue anatomy and physiology non-invasively. MRI measurements are meticulously engineered to control experimental conditions across the sample. However, residual radiofrequency (RF) field inhomogeneities are often unavoidable, leading to artefacts that degrade the diagnostic and scientific value of the images. Here we show that, paradoxically, these artefacts can be eliminated by deliberately interweaving freely varying heterogeneous RF fields into a magnetic resonance fingerprinting data-acquisition process...
2016: Nature Communications
Brandy Broadbent, James Tseng, Rachel Kast, Thomas Noh, Michelle Brusatori, Steven N Kalkanis, Gregory W Auner
Surgical excision of brain tumors provides a means of cytoreduction and diagnosis while minimizing neurologic deficit and improving overall survival. Despite advances in functional and three-dimensional stereotactic navigation and intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging, delineating tissue in real time with physiological confirmation is challenging. Raman spectroscopy is a promising investigative and diagnostic tool for neurosurgery, which provides rapid, non-destructive molecular characterization in vivo or in vitro for biopsy, margin assessment, or laboratory uses...
August 13, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Rossella Canese, Delia Mezzanzanica, Marina Bagnoli, Stefano Indraccolo, Silvana Canevari, Franca Podo, Egidio Iorio
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the gynecological malignancy with the highest death rate, characterized by frequent relapse and onset of drug resistance. Disease diagnosis and therapeutic follow-up could benefit from application of molecular imaging approaches, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), able to monitor metabolic and functional alterations and investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. Here, we overview the quantitative alterations that occur during either orthotopic or subcutaneous growth of preclinical EOC models...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Sharmili Edwin Thanarajah, Cheol E Han, Anna Rotarska-Jagiela, Wolf Singer, Ralf Deichmann, Konrad Maurer, Marcus Kaiser, Peter J Uhlhaas
The graph theoretical analysis of structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data has received a great deal of interest in recent years to characterize the organizational principles of brain networks and their alterations in psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia. However, the characterization of networks in clinical populations can be challenging, since the comparison of connectivity between groups is influenced by several factors, such as the overall number of connections and the structural abnormalities of the seed regions...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Matthew F Glasser, Timothy S Coalson, Emma C Robinson, Carl D Hacker, John Harwell, Essa Yacoub, Kamil Ugurbil, Jesper Andersson, Christian F Beckmann, Mark Jenkinson, Stephen M Smith, David C Van Essen
Understanding the amazingly complex human cerebral cortex requires a map (or parcellation) of its major subdivisions, known as cortical areas. Making an accurate areal map has been a century-old objective in neuroscience. Using multi-modal magnetic resonance images from the Human Connectome Project (HCP) and an objective semi-automated neuroanatomical approach, we delineated 180 areas per hemisphere bounded by sharp changes in cortical architecture, function, connectivity, and/or topography in a precisely aligned group average of 210 healthy young adults...
August 11, 2016: Nature
Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, Devanand L Luthria
Over the last decade, a wide variety of new foods have been introduced into the global market place, many with health benefits that exceed those of traditional foods. Simultaneously, a wide range of analytical technologies have evolved that allow greater capability for the determination of food composition. Thus, the world is being offered an unprecedented number of healthful foods and an unprecedented ability to characterize these foods. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), traditionally a research tool used for structural elucidation, is now being used frequently for metabolomics and chemical fingerprinting...
July 20, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Peng Jin, Chang Liu, Qinghua Hou, Lanlan Li, Chengchun Tang, Zhongfang Chen
As the first study on metal carbide/cyanide boron clusterfullerenes, the geometries, energies, stabilities and electronic properties of four novel scandium cluster-containing B80 buckyball derivatives, namely Sc2C2@B80, Sc3C2@B80, Sc3CN@B80 and Sc3C2CN@B80, were investigated by means of density functional theory computations. The rather favorable binding energies, which are very close to those of the experimentally abundant carbon fullerene analogues, suggest a considerable possibility to realize these doped boron clusterfullerenes...
August 3, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yong Deng, Ling-Xiao Chen, Bang-Xing Han, Ding-Tao Wu, Kit-Leong Cheong, Nai-Fu Chen, Jing Zhao, Shao-Ping Li
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of specific polysaccharides from ten batches of Dendrobium huoshanense were performed using high performance size exclusion chromatography coupled with multi-angle laser light scattering and refractive index detector (HPSEC-MALLS-RID), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and saccharide mapping based on polysaccharides analysis by using carbohydrate gel electrophoresis (PACE) and high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC)...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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