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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336621/beta-alanine-does-not-enhance-the-effects-of-resistance-training-in-older-adults
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Christopher H Bailey, Joseph F Signorile, Arlette C Perry, Kevin A Jacobs, Nicholas D Myers
To investigate the potential of beta-alanine to increase muscular endurance of elder individuals in specific resistance-training protocols, we randomly assigned 27 participants (60-82 years of age) to a 12-week double-blind intervention using 3.2 g/day beta-alanine or placebo with or without resistance training to determine the effects on anthropometrics, muscular performance, and activities of daily living (ADL). The endurance-based resistance-training program (ERT) was given three times per week and included two sets of 15-25 repetitions on 11 computerized pneumatic machines (alternating upper and lower body) at an intensity of 50% of maximum lifting weight (1RM)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330435/beta-catenin-cleavage-enhances-transcriptional-activation
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Tatiana Goretsky, Emily M Bradford, Qing Ye, Olivia F Lamping, Tomas Vanagunas, Mary Pat Moyer, Patrick C Keller, Preetika Sinh, Josep M Llovet, Tianyan Gao, Qing-Bai She, Linheng Li, Terrence A Barrett
Nuclear activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling is required for cell proliferation in inflammation and cancer. Studies from our group indicate that β-catenin activation in colitis and colorectal cancer (CRC) correlates with increased nuclear levels of β-catenin phosphorylated at serine 552 (pβ-Cat552). Biochemical analysis of nuclear extracts from cancer biopsies revealed the existence of low molecular weight (LMW) pβ-Cat552, increased to the exclusion of full size (FS) forms of β-catenin. LMW β-catenin lacks both termini, leaving residues in the armadillo repeat intact...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313412/physicochemical-screening-for-chemical-stabilizer-of-erythropoietin-to-prevent-its-aggregation
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Mehri Mortazavi, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Soroush Sardari, Kayhan Azadmanesh, Reza Mahdian, Hooman Kaghazian, Seyed Nezamedin Hosseini, Elnaz Shams
Recombinant protein aggregation is a problematic issue and can provoke immunological response. The aim of this study was to analyze the stability of erythropoietin, as a therapeutic protein expressed in mammalian cells, in the presence of different chemicals and find a specific stabilizer for erythropoietin. The effects of several chemicals, including mannitol, betaine, trehalose, taurine, linoleic acid, beta cyclodextrin, copper sulfate, spermidine, maltose, maltodextrin, sucrose, dextran, beta alanine, myo-inositol and cysteine, on protein stabilization through the thermally induced aggregation of erythropoietin were monitored...
January 9, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286519/comparative-characteristics-of-hepatoprotectors-used-for-the-treatment-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-associated-with-herpesvirus-infection-in-sufferers-of-the-chornobyl-accident
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O V Gasanova, E O Sarkisova, A A Chumak, L M Ovsyannikova, O V Nosach, L M Alohina, V A Gasanov, V V Kryzhanivska
Objective of the study was to determine the effectiveness of various groups of hepatoprotectors in the treatment of patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) sufferers of the accident at the Chornobyl NPP following the assessment of metabolic changes and control of persistent infections. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 104 males with NASH, who were sufferers of the Chornobyl disaster and underwent examination and treatment in the conditions of the clinics of the National Research Center for Radiation Medicine of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine...
December 2017: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275428/association-of-nefa-composition-with-insulin-sensitivity-and-beta-cell-function-in-the-prospective-metabolism-and-islet-cell-evaluation-promise-cohort
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Luke W Johnston, Stewart B Harris, Ravi Retnakaran, Adria Giacca, Zhen Liu, Richard P Bazinet, Anthony J Hanley
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Our aim was to determine the longitudinal associations of individual NEFA with the pathogenesis of diabetes, specifically with differences in insulin sensitivity and beta cell function over 6 years in a cohort of individuals who are at risk for diabetes. METHODS: In the Prospective Metabolism and Islet Cell Evaluation (PROMISE) longitudinal cohort, 477 participants had serum NEFA measured at the baseline visit and completed an OGTT at three time points over 6 years...
December 24, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273372/preischemic-transfusion-of-old-packed-rbcs-exacerbates-early-phase-warm-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
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Eun Kyung Choi, Jongyoon Baek, Sangyoung Park, Suk Hwan Baek, Joon-Hyuk Choi, Chae Hoon Lee, Eon-Gi Sung, Daelim Jee
BACKGROUND: Hepatic innate immune cells are considered to play a central role in the early phase of hepatic ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury. Transfusion of old red blood cells (RBCs) is known to prime immune cells, and transfusion before IR may exacerbate liver injury because of the expected hyperresponsiveness of immune cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: sham operation (Sham); hepatic IR only (IR Control); and two transfusion groups, preischemic (Pre-T) and postischemic (Post-T), in which allogeneic RBCs stored for 2 weeks were transfused before hepatic IR or after reperfusion, respectively...
February 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228168/glutamate-residues-at-positions-162nd-and-164th-influence-the-beta-lactamase-activity-of-shv-14-obtained-from-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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Gaurav Kumar, Sarmistha Biswal, Soshina Nathan, Anindya S Ghosh
Extensive production of SHV-14 beta-lactamase makes Klebsiella pneumoniae resistant to beta-lactams. The presence of omega-loop has been reported to influence the beta-lactamase activity, which is also present in SHV-14. Its omega-loop has three glutamates in nearly alternating positions, 162, 164 and 167 but their concise role on the behaviour of SHV-14 is unknown. To uncover the influence of each glutamate on SHV-14, we replaced glutamates with alanine and estimated the effect of each mutation by assessing the change in beta-lactam sensitivities in the surrogate Escherichia coli cells and catalytic efficiencies for hydrolysis with the purified proteins...
December 6, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226969/cudratricusxanthone-a-attenuates-sepsis-induced-liver-injury-via-sirt1-signaling
#8
Yuri Lee, Gil-Saeng Jeong, Wonhwa Lee, Jong-Sup Bae
Cudratricusxanthone A (CTXA), a natural bioactive compound extracted from the roots of Cudraniatricuspidata Bureau, is known to possess antithrombotic, antiproliferative and antiinflammatory activities. It remains unclear that CTXA can improve hepatoprotective activity in vivo. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of CTXA on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced liver failure in mice, and to elucidate its underlying molecular mechanisms. Liver failure was induced by LPS (15 mg/kg, i.p.) in mice, and 12 h later, they were treated intravenously with CTXA...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194995/the-dynamic-metabolomic-changes-throughout-mouse-epididymal-lumen-fluid-potentially-contribute-to-sperm-maturation
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S-G Hu, A-J Liang, G-X Yao, X-Q Li, M Zou, J-W Liu, Y Sun
Epididymal lumen fluids are directly responsible for sperm maturation. However, very little is known about the molecular details of small molecule metabolites in the epididymal lumen fluids until now. Here we identified and compared the metabolic profiles of mouse caput and cauda epididymal lumen fluids using GC-MS technique. Among 236 metabolites identified in caput and cauda epididymis, 36 were significantly enriched in caput epididymis while 18 were significantly enriched in cauda epididymis. Pathway analysis identified ascorbate and aldarate metabolism and beta-alanine metabolism as most relevant pathways in caput and cauda epididymis, respectively...
December 1, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186400/metabolites-associated-with-risk-of-developing-mobility-disability-in-the-health-aging-and-body-composition-study
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Rachel A Murphy, Steven Moore, Mary Playdon, Stephen Kritchevsky, Anne B Newman, Suzanne Satterfield, Hilsa Ayonayon, Clary Clish, Robert Gerszten, Tamara B Harris
Background: Metabolic pathways that give rise to functional decline and mobility disability in older adults are incompletely understood. Methods: To identify metabolic perturbations that may impact functional decline, non-targeted metabolomics was used to measure 350 metabolites in baseline plasma from 313 black men in the Health ABC Study (median age 74 years). Usual gait speed was measured over 20 meters. Cross-sectional relationships between gait speed and metabolites were explored with partial correlations adjusted for age, study site and smoking status...
November 25, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179490/proteome-based-identification-of-apolipoprotein-a-iv-as-an-early-diagnostic-biomarker-in-liver-fibrosis
#11
Pei-Wen Wang, Yu-Ching Hung, Tung-Ho Wu, Mu-Hong Chen, Chau-Ting Yeh, Tai-Long Pan
Hepatic fibrosis may ultimately result in organ failure and death, a reality compounded by the fact that most drugs for liver fibrosis appear to be effective only if given as a prophylactic or early treatment. In a dimethylnitrosamine-induced liver fibrotic model, aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase levels could not precisely distinguish the differences between the initial stage of liver fibrosis and normal control, whereas histological examination indicated that dimethylnitrosamine treatment for two weeks has resulted in hepatic fibrogenesis...
October 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178564/a-pilot-study-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-therapy-for-acute-liver-allograft-rejection
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Ming Shi, Zhenwen Liu, Ying Wang, Rounan Xu, Yanling Sun, Min Zhang, Xi Yu, Hongbo Wang, Lingzhan Meng, Haibin Su, Lei Jin, Fu-Sheng Wang
Acute allograft rejection remains common after liver transplantation despite modern immunosuppressive agents. In addition, the long-term side effects of these regimens, including opportunistic infections, are challenging. This study evaluated the safety and clinical feasibility of umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cell (UC-MSC) therapy in liver transplant patients with acute graft rejection. Twenty-seven liver allograft recipients with acute rejection were randomly assigned into the UC-MSC infusion group or the control group...
December 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159570/multi-timescale-analysis-of-a-metabolic-network-in-synthetic-biology-a-kinetic-model-for-3-hydroxypropionic-acid-production-via-beta-alanine
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Mohit P Dalwadi, John R King, Nigel P Minton
A biosustainable production route for 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3HP), an important platform chemical, would allow 3HP to be produced without using fossil fuels. We are interested in investigating a potential biochemical route to 3HP from pyruvate through [Formula: see text]-alanine and, in this paper, we develop and solve a mathematical model for the reaction kinetics of the metabolites involved in this pathway. We consider two limiting cases, one where the levels of pyruvate are never replenished, the other where the levels of pyruvate are continuously replenished and thus kept constant...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137101/analysis-of-islet-beta-cell-functions-and-their-correlations-with-liver-dysfunction-in-patients-with-neonatal-intrahepatic-cholestasis-caused-by-citrin-deficiency-niccd
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Chun-Ting Lu, Jing Yang, Si-Min Huang, Lie Feng, Ze-Jian Li
Neonatal intrahepatic cholestasis caused by citrin deficiency (NICCD) primarily manifests in neonates or infants with hepatomegaly, liver dysfunction, and hypoglycemia. This study investigated the functions of islet beta cells and their correlations with liver dysfunction in NICCD patients.We retrospectively analyzed clinical data on liver function and islet beta cell functions for 36 patients diagnosed with NICCD and 50 subjects as the control group. The NICCD group had significantly higher total bilirubin (TBIL), direct bilirubin (DBIL), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate amino transferase (AST), gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels and albumin/globulin ratio (A/G) (P < ...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131611/synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-monodisperse-amino-functional-polyester-dendrimers-with-rapid-degradability-and-antibacterial-properties
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Patrik Stenström, Erik Hjorth, Yuning Zhang, Oliver C J Andrén, Simon Guette-Marquet, Marianne Schultzberg, Michael Malkoch
Amine functional polymers, especially cationically charged, are interesting biomacromolecules for several reasons, including easy cell membrane entrance, their ability to escape endosomes through the proton sponge effect, spontaneous complexation and delivery of drugs and siRNA, and simple functionalization in aqueous solutions. Dendrimers, a subclass of precision polymers, are monodisperse and exhibit a large and exact number of peripheral end groups in relation to their size and have shown promise in drug delivery, biomedical imaging and as antiviral agents...
November 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077023/design-of-tail-clamp-peptide-nucleic-acid-tethered-with-azobenzene-linker-for-sequence-specific-detection-of-homopurine-dna
#16
Shinjiro Sawada, Toshifumi Takao, Nobuo Kato, Kunihiro Kaihatsu
DNA carries genetic information in its sequence of bases. Synthetic oligonucleotides that can sequence-specifically recognize a target gene sequence are a useful tool for regulating gene expression or detecting target genes. Among the many synthetic oligonucleotides, tail-clamp peptide nucleic acid (TC-PNA) offers advantages since it has two homopyrimidine PNA strands connected via a flexible ethylene glycol-type linker that can recognize complementary homopurine sequences via Watson-Crick and Hoogsteen base pairings and form thermally-stable PNA/PNA/DNA triplex structures...
October 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056891/polygala-tenuifolia-extract-inhibits-lipid-accumulation-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes-and-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mouse-model-and-affects-hepatic-transcriptome-and-gut-microbiota-profiles
#17
Chun-Chung Wang, Jui-Hung Yen, Yi-Cheng Cheng, Chia-Yu Lin, Cheng-Ta Hsieh, Rung-Jiun Gau, Shu-Jiau Chiou, Hwan-You Chang
Obesity, the excessive accumulation of lipids in the body, is closely associated with many prevalent human disorders. Continued efforts to identify plant extracts that exhibit anti-obesity effects have drawn much attention. This study investigated whether a Polygala tenuifolia extract (PTE) possesses anti-obesity activity and how PTE may affect liver gene expression and gut microbiota. We used 3T3-L1 adipocytes and a high-fat diet-induced obese mouse model to determine the effects of PTE on lipid accumulation...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050942/low-dose-administration-of-bisphenol-a-induces-liver-toxicity-in-adult-rats
#18
Sohrab Kazemi, Seydeh Narges Mousavi Kani, Leyla Rezazadeh, Mahdi Pouramir, Maryam Ghasemi-Kasman, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia
BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most widely used chemicals, often used in epoxy resins, health products and colors. This study aims to investigate the effect of various doses of BPA on hepatotoxicity in rats. METHOD: This experimental study was conducted using 20 male adult Wistar rats older than 2 months weighing 150-200 g. (5, 25 and 125 μg/kg) BPA was administered by gavage for 35 consecutive days. The animals were weighed at the beginning and the end of the experiment...
December 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018486/serum-and-liver-tissue-metabonomic-study-on-fatty-liver-in-rats-induced-by-high-fat-diet-and-intervention-effects-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-qushi-huayu-decoction
#19
Xiao-Jun Gou, Qin Feng, Lin-Lin Fan, Jian Zhu, Yi-Yang Hu
Qushi Huayu Decoction (QSHY), clinically derived, consists of five crude drugs, commonly used in treating fatty liver in a clinical setting. However, little is known about its metabolomics study. Herein, the serum and liver tissue metabolomics approach, based on gas chromatography coupled to spectrometry (GC/MS), was employed to evaluate the efficacy and the mechanism underlying QSHY in a rat model of high-fat diet-induced fatty liver. With pattern recognition analysis of serum and liver tissue metabolite profile, a clear separation of model group and control group was acquired for serum and liver tissue samples, respectively...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959247/microbiome-metabolome-responses-to-a-high-grain-diet-associated-with-the-hind-gut-health-of-goats
#20
Shiyu Tao, Ping Tian, Yanwen Luo, Jing Tian, Canfeng Hua, Yali Geng, Rihua Cong, Yingdong Ni, Ruqian Zhao
Studies on the effect of a high-concentrate (HC) diet on the hindgut microbiota and metabolome of ruminants are rarely reported. We used 454 pyrosequencing of 16S rDNA genes and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to evaluate the effects of long-term feeding (HL) or short-term (HS) feeding of an HC diet on changes in bacterial microbiota and their metabolites in the hindgut, with Guanzhong goat as a ruminant model. Results indicated that an HC diet decreased bacterial diversity and induced metabolic disorder in the hindgut...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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