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Ammonia & human

Eugene V Golanov, James M Shiflett, Gavin W Britz
Diving response (DR) is a powerful integrative response targeted toward survival of the hypoxic/anoxic conditions. Being present in all animals and humans, it allows to survive adverse conditions like diving. Earlier, we discovered that forehead stimulation affords neuroprotective effect, decreasing infarction volume triggered by permanent occlusion of the middle cerebral artery in rats. We hypothesized that cold stimulation of the forehead induces DR in rats, which, in turn, exerts neuroprotection. We compared autonomic [AP, heart rate (HR), cerebral blood flow (CBF)] and EEG responses to the known DR-triggering stimulus, ammonia stimulation of the nasal mucosa, cold stimulation of the forehead, and cold stimulation of the glabrous skin of the tail base in anesthetized rats...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Rebecca H Lahr, Heather E Goetsch, Sarah J Haig, Abraham Noe-Hays, Nancy G Love, Diana S Aga, Charles B Bott, Betsy Foxman, Jose Jimenez, Ting Luo, Kim Nace, Kirtana Ramadugu, Krista R Wigginton
Source-separated human urine was collected from six public events to study the impact of urine processing and storage on bacterial community composition and viability. Illumina 16S rRNA gene sequencing revealed a complex community of bacteria in fresh urine that differed across collection events. Despite the harsh chemical conditions of stored urine (pH > 9 and total ammonia nitrogen > 4000 mg N/L), bacteria consistently grew to 5 ± 2 × 10(8) cells/mL. Storing hydrolyzed urine for any amount of time significantly reduced the number of operational taxonomic units (OTUs) to 130 ± 70, increased Pielou evenness to 0...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Federico M Issoglio, Nicolas Campolo, Ari Zeida, Tilman Grune, Rafael Radi, Dario A Estrin, Silvina Bartesaghi
Glutamine synthetase is an important enzyme that catalyzes the ATP-dependent formation of glutamine from glutamate and ammonia. In mammals, it plays a key role in preventing excitotoxicity in the brain and detoxifying ammonia in the liver. In plants and bacteria, it is fundamental for nitrogen metabolism, being critical for the survival of the organism. In this work, we show how the use of classical molecular dynamics simulations and multiscale quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics simulations allowed us to examine the structural properties and dynamics of human glutamine synthetase (HsGS), as well as the reaction mechanisms involved in the catalytic process with atomic level detail...
October 13, 2016: Biochemistry
Mai Yamamoto, Ritchie Ly, Biban Gill, Yujie Zhu, Jose Moran-Mirabal, Philip Britz-McKibbin
Capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS) represents a high efficiency microscale separation platform for untargeted profiling of polar/ionic metabolites that is ideal for volume-restricted biological specimens with minimal sample workup. Despite these advantages, the long-term stability of CE-MS remains a major obstacle hampering its widespread application in metabolomics notably for routine analysis of anionic metabolites under negative ion mode conditions. Herein, we report for the first time that commonly used ammonia containing buffers compatible with electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS can compromise the integrity of fused-silica capillaries via aminolysis of their outer polyimide coating...
October 10, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Thomas Chun-Hung Lee, Fiona Long-Yan Fong, Kin-Chung Ho, Fred Wang-Fat Lee
Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) is a gastrointestinal disorder caused by the consumption of seafood contaminated with okadaic acid (OA) and dinophysistoxins (DTXs). OA and DTXs are potent inhibitors of protein phosphatases 2A, 1B, and 2B, which may promote cancer in the human digestive system. Their expression in dinoflagellates is strongly affected by nutritional and environmental factors. Studies have indicated that the level of these biotoxins is inversely associated with the growth of dinoflagellates at low concentrations of nitrogen or phosphorus, or at extreme temperature...
2016: Toxins
Daihachiro Tomotsune, Kanji Hirashima, Masako Fujii, Fengming Yue, Ken Matsumoto, Sakiko Takizawa-Shirasawa, Tadayuki Yokoyama, Katsunori Sasaki
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are potential resources for the regeneration of defective organs, including the liver. However, some obstacles must be overcome before this becomes reality. Undifferentiated cells that remain following differentiation have teratoma-forming potential. Additionally, practical applications require a large quantity of differentiated cells, so the differentiation process must be economical. Here we describe a DNA microarray-based global analysis of the gene expression profiles of differentiating human pluripotent stem cells...
2016: PloS One
Mouna Ghazouani, Hanene Akrout, Latifa Bousselmi
This work investigated the electrochemical treatment of four real effluents which were municipal wastewater (MWW), human urine (HU), river water (Wadi), and slaughterhouse wastewater (SHWW). The treatment was performed on a Boron-Doped Diamond (BDD) as anode/cathode material with an applied current density of 35.7 mA cm(-2) and without any reagent addition. Effluent characterization before treatment indicated that nitrogen pollution existed essentially as ammonium/ammonia ions, low level of nitrate, and in some cases as nitrite form...
September 13, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Giuseppe Pettinato, Rajesh Ramanathan, Robert A Fisher, Martin J Mangino, Ning Zhang, Xuejun Wen
Treatment of acute liver failure by cell transplantation is hindered by a shortage of human hepatocytes. Current protocols for hepatic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) result in low yields, cellular heterogeneity, and limited scalability. In the present study, we have developed a novel multicellular spheroid-based hepatic differentiation protocol starting from embryoid bodies of hiPSCs (hiPSC-EBs) for robust mass production of human hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) using two novel inhibitors of the Wnt pathway...
2016: Scientific Reports
Victoria Lutgen, Srinivas D Narasipura, Amit Sharma, Stephanie Min, Lena Al-Harthi
BACKGROUND: Neurological disorders have been linked to abnormal excitatory neurotransmission. Perturbations in glutamate cycling can have profound impacts on normal activity, lead to excitotoxicity and neuroinflammation, and induce and/or exacerbate impairments in these diseases. Astrocytes play a key role in excitatory signaling as they both clear glutamate from the synaptic cleft and house enzymes responsible for glutamate conversion to glutamine. However, mechanisms responsible for the regulation of glutamate cycling, including the main astrocytic glutamate transporter excitatory amino acid transporter 2 (EAAT2 or GLT-1 in rodents) and glutamine synthetase (GS) which catalyzes the ATP-dependent reaction of glutamate and ammonia into glutamine, remain largely undefined...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Bao Yi, Liang Chen, Renna Sa, Ruqing Zhong, Huan Xing, Hongfu Zhang
Atmospheric ammonia is a common problem in poultry industry. High concentrations of aerial ammonia cause great harm to broilers' health and production. For the consideration of human health, the limit exposure concentration of ammonia in houses is set at 25 ppm. Previous reports have shown that 25 ppm is still detrimental to livestock, especially the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract, but the negative relationship between ammonia exposure and the tissue of breast muscle of broilers is still unknown...
2016: PloS One
Madalena Cipriano, Nora Freyer, Fanny Knöspel, Nuno G Oliveira, Rita Barcia, Pedro E Cruz, Helder Cruz, Matilde Castro, Jorge M Santos, Katrin Zeilinger, Joana P Miranda
3D cultures of human stem cell-derived hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) have emerged as promising models for short- and long-term maintenance of hepatocyte phenotype in vitro cultures by better resembling the in vivo environment of the liver and consequently increase the translational value of the resulting data. In this study, the first stage of hepatic differentiation of human neonatal mesenchymal stem cells (hnMSCs) was performed in 2D monolayer cultures for 17 days. The second stage was performed by either maintaining cells in 2D cultures for an extra 10 days, as control, or alternatively cultured in 3D as self-assembled spheroids or in multicompartment membrane bioreactor system...
September 2, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Marwa Mostafa Mostafa, Mohammad Nassef, Amr Badr
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Salmonella and Escherichia coli are different types of bacteria that cause food poisoning in humans. In the elderly, infants and people with chronic conditions, it is very dangerous if Salmonella or E. coli gets into the bloodstream and then they must be treated by phage therapy. Treating Salmonella and E. coli by phage therapy affects the gut flora. This research paper presents a system for detecting the effects of virulent E. coli and Salmonella bacteriophages on human gut...
October 2016: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Bailing Hsu, Lien-Hsin Hu, Bang-Hung Yang, Lung-Ching Chen, Yen-Kung Chen, Chien-Hsin Ting, Guang-Uei Hung, Wen-Sheng Huang, Tao-Cheng Wu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of myocardial blood flow (MBF) quantitation of (99m)Tc-Sestamibi (MIBI) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) compared with (13)N-Ammonia (NH3) position emission tomography (PET) on the same cohorts. BACKGROUND: Recent advances of SPECT technologies have been applied to develop MBF quantitation as a promising tool to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD) for areas where PET MBF quantitation is not available...
September 1, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Liyo Kao, Rustam Azimov, X M Shao, Ricardo F Frausto, Natalia Abuladze, Debra Newman, Anthony J Aldave, Ira Kurtz
Congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED), Harboyan syndrome (CHED with progressive sensorineural deafness), and potentially a subset of individuals with late onset Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) are caused by mutations in the SLC4A11 gene that results in corneal endothelial cell abnormalities. Originally classified as a borate transporter, the function of SLC4A11 as a transport protein remains poorly understood. Elucidating the transport function(s) of SLC4A11 is needed to better understand how its loss results in the aforementioned posterior corneal dystrophic disease processes...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Keiko Kanamori
In vivo (15)N MRS has made a unique contribution to kinetic studies of the individual pathways that control glutamate flux in the rat brain. This review covers the following topics: (1) the advantages and limitations of in vivo (15)N MRS and its indirect detection through coupled (1)H; (2) kinetic methods; (3) major findings from our and other laboratories in the areas: (a) the uptake of the neurotransmitter glutamate from the extracellular fluid into glia; (b) the metabolism of glutamate to glutamine; (c) glutamine transport to the extracellular fluid; (d) hydrolysis of neuronal glutamine to glutamate; and (e) contribution of transamination from leucine to replenish the glutamate nitrogen...
August 28, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
Pei Huang, Sachiyo T Mukherji, Sha Wu, James Muller, Ramesh Goel
Recently, research on source separation followed by the treatment of urine and/or resource recovery from human urine has shown promise as an emerging management strategy. Despite contributing only 1% of the total volume of wastewater, human urine contributes about 80% of the nitrogen, 70% of the potassium, and up to 50% of the total phosphorus in wastewater. It is also a known fact that many of the micropollutants, especially selected estrogens, get into municipal wastewater through urine excretion. In this research, we investigated the fate of 17β-estradiol (E2) as a model estrogen during struvite precipitation from synthetic urine followed by the treatment of urine using a partial nitritation-anammox (PN/A) system...
October 15, 2016: Water Research
Dae J Kang, Genta Kakiyama, Naga S Betrapally, Jeremy Herzog, Hiroshi Nittono, Phillip B Hylemon, Huiping Zhou, Ian Carroll, Jing Yang, Patrick M Gillevet, Chunhua Jiao, Hajime Takei, William M Pandak, Takashi Iida, Douglas M Heuman, Sili Fan, Oliver Fiehn, Takao Kurosawa, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, R B Sartor, Jasmohan S Bajaj
OBJECTIVES: Rifaximin has clinical benefits in minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) but the mechanism of action is unclear. The antibiotic-dependent and -independent effects of rifaximin need to be elucidated in the setting of MHE-associated microbiota. To assess the action of rifaximin on intestinal barrier, inflammatory milieu and ammonia generation independent of microbiota using rifaximin. METHODS: Four germ-free (GF) mice groups were used (1) GF, (2) GF+rifaximin, (3) Humanized with stools from an MHE patient, and (4) Humanized+rifaximin...
2016: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
Gangarao Davuluri, Allawy Allawy, Samjhana Thapaliya, Julie H Rennison, Dharmvir Singh, Avinash Kumar, Yana Sandlers, David R Van Wagoner, Chris A Flask, Charles Hoppel, Takhar Kasumov, Srinivasan Dasarathy
Ammonia is a cytotoxic metabolite that is removed primarily by hepatic ureagenesis in humans. Hyperammonemia occurs in advanced hepatic, cardiac, pulmonary disease, and in urea cycle enzyme deficiencies. Increased skeletal muscle ammonia uptake and metabolism are the major mechanism of non-hepatic ammonia disposal. Non-hepatic ammonia disposal occurs in the mitochondria via glutamate synthesis from α-ketoglutarate resulting in cataplerosis. We show skeletal muscle mitochondrial dysfunction during hyperammonemia in a comprehensive array of human, rodent and cellular models...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Sampath K Loganathan, Hans-Peter Schneider, Patricio E Morgan, Joachim W Deitmer, Joseph R Casey
SLC4A11, a member of the SLC4 family of bicarbonate transporters, is a widely expressed integral membrane protein, abundant in kidney and cornea. Mutations of SLC4A11 cause some cases of the blinding corneal dystrophies, congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy and Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy. These diseases are marked by fluid accumulation in the corneal stroma, secondary to defective fluid reabsorption by the corneal endothelium. The role of SLC4A11 in these corneal dystrophies is not firmly established, as SLC4A11 function remains unclear...
August 24, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Ozlem Yaren, Kevin M Bradley, Patricia Moussatche, Shuichi Hoshika, Zunyi Yang, Shu Zhu, Stephanie M Karst, Steven A Benner
Noroviruses are the major cause of global viral gastroenteritis with short incubation times and small inoculums required for infection. This creates a need for a rapid molecular test for norovirus for early diagnosis, in the hope of preventing the spread of the disease. Non-chemists generally use off-the shelf reagents and natural DNA to create such tests, suffering from background noise that comes from adventitious DNA and RNA (collectively xNA) that is abundant in real biological samples, especially feces, a common location for norovirus...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
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