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Qingru Jiang, Veera Kainulainen, Iva Stamatova, Riitta Korpela, Jukka H Meurman
Probiotic administration may favour caries prevention, as recent research has shown. This in vitro study aimed to investigate the growth of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) in experimental biofilms exposed to various carbohydrates, and also to assess its cariogenic potential. Multispecies experimental oral biofilms with or without LGG were grown with a sole-carbohydrate source (fructose/glucose/lactose/sorbitol/sucrose). The viable cells of LGG and structure of the biofilms were examined after 64.5 h of incubation, and pH values of spent media were measured at 16...
January 20, 2018: Caries Research
Slađana Davidović, Miona Miljković, Miloš Tomić, Milan Gordić, Aleksandra Nešić, Suzana Dimitrijević
The aim of this study was to develop dextran-based edible films plasticized by sorbitol. In order to optimise the film-forming formulation, response surface methodology was used. The influence of dextran and sorbitol concentration on the mechanical and water vapour barrier properties of obtained films was investigated. The results showed that both parameters exhibited significant effect on the water vapour permeability of a film. Both dextran and sorbitol concentration had significant influence on tensile strength and elongation at break, whereas only sorbitol concentration had significant effect on Young's modulus...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Vivien Hotter, Karin Glaser, Anja Hartmann, Markus Ganzera, Ulf Karsten
In many regions of the world, aeroterrestrial green algae of the Trebouxiophyceae (Chlorophyta) represent very abundant soil microorganisms, and hence their taxonomy is crucial to investigate their physiological performance and ecological importance. Due to a lack in morphological features, taxonomic and phylogenetic studies of Trebouxiophycean algae can be a challenging task. Since chemotaxonomic markers could be a great assistance in this regard, 22 strains of aeroterrestrial Trebouxiophyceae were chemically screened for their polyol-patterns as well as for mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) in their aqueous extracts using RP-HPLC and LC-MS...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Phycology
Annemarie Schwab, Aarif Siddiqui, Maria Eleni Vazakidou, Francesca Napoli, Martin Böttcher, Bianca Menchicchi, Umar Raza, Özge Saatci, Angela M Krebs, Fulvia Ferrazzi, Ida Rapa, Katja Dettmer-Wilde, Maximilian J Waldner, Arif B Ekici, Suhail Ahmed Kabeer Rasheed, Dimitrios Mougiakakos, Peter J Oefner, Özgür Şahin, Marco Volante, Florian R Greten, Thomas Brabletz, Paolo Ceppi
Cancer cells alter their metabolism to support their malignant properties. In this study, we report that the glucose-transforming polyol pathway (PP) gene aldo-keto-reductase-1-member-B1 (AKR1B1) strongly correlates with epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). This association was confirmed in samples from lung cancer patients and from an EMT-driven colon cancer mouse model with p53 deletion. In vitro, mesenchymal-like cancer cells showed increased AKR1B1 levels, and AKR1B1 knockdown was sufficient to revert EMT...
January 17, 2018: Cancer Research
Iftikhar Khan, Sakib Yousaf, Sneha Subramanian, Mohamed Albed Alhnan, Waqar Ahmed, Abdelbary Elhissi
Proliposome powders were prepared via a slurry method using sorbitol or D-mannitol as carbohydrate carriers in 1:10 or 1:15 w/w lipid phase to carrier ratios. Soya phosphatidylcholine (SPC) and cholesterol were employed as a lipid phase and Beclometasone dipropionate (BDP) was incorporated as a model drug. Direct compaction using a Minipress was applied on the lipid-enriched powder in order to manufacture proliposome tablets. Sorbitol-based proliposome tablets in a 1:15 w/w ratio were found to be the best formulation as it exhibited excellent powder flowability with an angle of repose of 25...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Magda K Ezz, Nashwa K Ibrahim, Mahmoud M Said, Mostafa A Farrag
Radiation protection research receives intense focus due to its significant impact on human health. The present study was undertaken to investigate the protective effect of pretreatment with tomato seed oil (TSO) against gamma radiation-induced damage in rats. Male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: (1) untreated control; (2) TSO-supplemented; (3) gamma-irradiated; (4) TSO-pretreated and gamma-irradiated. Acute exposure of animals to a single gamma radiation dose (6 Gy) induced oxidative stress in major body organs, altered serum lipid homeostasis, significantly increased serum testosterone and sorbitol dehydrogenase levels, and elicited a systemic inflammation as manifested by the induction of serum vascular cell adhesion molecule-1...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Dietary Supplements
Tianlong Liu, Minna Liu, Peijin Shang, Xin Jin, Wenxing Liu, Yikai Zhang, Xinfang Li, Yi Ding, Yuwen Li, Aidong Wen
Hypertensive nephrosclerosis (HNS) is a major risk factor for end-stage renal disease. However, the underlying pathogenesis of HNS remains to be fully determined. The gene expression profile of GSE20602, which consists of 14 glomeruli samples from patients with HNS and 4 normal glomeruli control samples, was obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Gene ontology (GO) and pathway enrichment analyses were performed in order to investigate the functions and pathways of differentially expressed genes (DEGs)...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Bingyu Yang, Chang Wang, Yiyu Xie, Liangjing Xu, Xiaojin Wu, Depei Wu
To investigate the potential biomarkers associated with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), reveal the metabolite changes related to the continuous phases of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) and find the potential biomarkers associated with treatment effects. 52 patients with CML and matched 26 healthy people were enrolled as discovery set. Another 194 randomly selected CML patients treated with TKI were chosen as external validation set. Plasma samples from the patients and controls were profiled by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) based metabonomic approach...
January 8, 2018: Cancer Science
Ebtehal Mohammad F, Wedad A Hasan, Eman G Mohamed
Rutin, naturally occurring flavonoid, has reported to cover interesting multiple pharmacological properties. This study evaluated rutin or/and meloxicam effects in paw inflammation induced by formalin in mice. Mice were divided into four groups: I-Formalin group, II-Rutin 60 mg/kg (p.o.), III-Meloxicam 10 mg/kg (p.o.), plus IV-Combined rutin and meloxicam. Therapies were administered once a day for 7 days. The curative effects were assessed on inflammatory, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. Both rutin and/or meloxicam induced marked improvement in paw licking time on the 1st day and by combined treatment only on the 3rd day as well reduction in paw edema% on the 3rd day...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
Raghav Bansal, Afaf Abdu, Vijaypal Arya
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January 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Enikő Borbás, Zsombor K Nagy, Brigitta Nagy, Attila Balogh, Balázs Farkas, Oksana Tsinman, Konstantin Tsinman, Bálint Sinkó
In this study, brand and four generic formulations of telmisartan, an antihypertensive drug, were used in in vitro simultaneous dissolution-absorption, investigating the effect of different formulation additives on dissolution and on absorption through an artificial membrane. The in vitro test was found to be sensitive enough to show even small differences between brand and generic formulations caused by the use of different excipients. By only changing the type of filler from sorbitol to mannitol in the formulation, the flux through the membrane was reduced by approximately 10%...
January 3, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hyunah Kim, Eun Jung Thak, Ji Yoon Yeon, Min Jeong Sohn, Jin Ho Choo, Jeong-Yoon Kim, Hyun Ah Kang
Understanding the characteristics and regulation mechanisms of cell wall integrity (CWI) in yeast is important not only for basic research but also in biotechnological applications. We found significantly different CWIs in two representative strains of the thermotolerant methylotrophic yeast Hansenula polymorpha. Compared to the A16 strain (classified as Ogataea polymorpha), the DL1-L strain (classified as Ogataea parapolymorpha) has a thinner cell wall that was found to be more fragile following long-term cultivation and more sensitive to zymolyase...
January 2018: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
Xuanxin Yang, Qi Hui, Bingjie Yu, Zhen Huang, Peipei Zhou, Panfeng Wang, Zhitao Wang, Shucai Pang, Jinghang Li, Hanshi Wang, Li Lin, Xiaokun Li, Xiaojie Wang
This study investigated the effect of the excipients, including glycine, mannitol, arginine, trehalose, sorbitol, and poloxamer188 on the stability of recombinant human fibroblast growth factor 21(FGF21) during the process of lyophilization and storage. The glass transition temperature (Tg), protein secondary structure, aggregation ratio and the bioactivity of lyophilized FGF21 were measured. We furthermore investigated the effect of FGF21 against ischemia cerebral injury using the middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model in rats...
December 26, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
A Makarasen, N Reukngam, P Khlaychan, P Chuysinuan, M Isobe, S Techasakul
Both valinomycin and cereulide are cyclic depsipeptides and are known K+ ion-selective ionophores. Valinomycin and cereulide feature low minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values against Candida albicans and Cryptococcus albidus. This study aims at investigating the mode of action and verifying the efficacy of valinomycin or cereulide alone and in combination with amphotericin B (AmB) in vitro against both microorganisms. Based on the results from membrane permeability and fluidity assays for detection of plasma membrane permeabilization and membrane dynamics, the present study demonstrated that valinomycin and cereulide exhibit antifungal activity against C...
December 21, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Adrian Pérez-Ramos, Maria L Werning, Alicia Prieto, Pasquale Russo, Giuseppe Spano, Mari L Mohedano, Paloma López
Pediococcus parvulus 2.6 secretes a 2-substituted (1,3)-β-D-glucan with prebiotic and immunomodulatory properties. It is synthesized by the GTF glycosyltransferase using UDP-glucose as substrate. Analysis of the P. parvulus 2.6 draft genome revealed the existence of a sorbitol utilization cluster of six genes (gutFRMCBA), whose products should be involved in sorbitol utilization and could generate substrates for UDP-glucose synthesis. Southern blot hybridization analysis showed that the cluster is located in a plasmid...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Paulo Díaz-Calderón, Bill MacNaughtan, Sandra Hill, John Mitchell, Javier Enrione
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of plasticisers with different molecular weights (glycerol and sorbitol) on the structural relaxation kinetics of bovine gelatine films stored under the glass transition temperature (Tg). Plasticisers were tested at weight fractions of 0.0, 0.06 and 0.10. Films conditioned in environments under ∼44% relative humidity gave moisture contents (w/w) in the range 0.14-0.18. The enthalpy relaxation (ΔH) was determined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
December 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
He Chen, Jie Huang, Xiaoyu Shi, Yichao Li, Yu Liu
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus as starter cultures for the dairy industry depends largely on the number of viable and active cells. Freeze-drying is the most convenient and successful method to preserve the bacterial cells. However, not all strains survived during freeze-drying. METHODS: The effects of six substances including NaCl, sorbitol, mannitol, mannose, sodium glutamate, betaine added to the MRS medium on the growth and freeze-drying survival rate and viable counts of Lb...
October 2017: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
Naoko Niimi, Hideji Yako, Shizuka Takaku, Hiroshi Kato, Takafumi Matsumoto, Yasumasa Nishito, Kazuhiko Watabe, Saori Ogasawara, Hiroki Mizukami, Soroku Yagihashi, Sookja K Chung, Kazunori Sango
The increased glucose flux into the polyol pathway via aldose reductase (AR) is recognized as a major contributing factor for the pathogenesis of diabetic neuropathy, whereas little is known about the functional significance of AR in the peripheral nervous system. Spontaneously immortalized Schwann cell lines established from long-term cultures of AR-deficient and normal C57BL/6 mouse dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and peripheral nerves can be useful tools for studying the physiological and pathological roles of AR...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
Bo Jia, Daming Fan, Jinwei Li, Zhenhua Duan, Liuping Fan
This paper investigated the effects of guar gum with sorbitol coating on the oil absorption of French fries by combined dye oil methods, confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that pretreatment of blanching with calcium ions and coating with guar gum and sorbitol could significantly reduce the structural oil (STO) and penetrated surface oil (PSO) of French fries and have no negative effects on its texture and also effectively control the final moisture content (p < 0...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
M Hollenbach, A Hoffmeister, J Rosendahl, J Mössner
In this review article important and frequently used investigation methods for gastrointestinal functional diagnostics are presented. Some other rarely used special investigations are also explained. The hydrogen breath test is simple to carry out, ubiquitously available and enables the detection of lactose, fructose and sorbitol malabsorption. Furthermore, by the application of glucose, the test can be carried out when there is a suspicion of abnormal intestinal bacterial colonization and using lactulose for measuring small intestinal transit time...
December 11, 2017: Der Internist
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