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Alteration of urinary metabolic profile in rats treated with methylmercury
Pierre Ayotte, Dinesh Kumar, Pierre-Yves Tremblay, Xiaolei Jin, Sevini Shahbaz, Rekha Mehta, Hing Man Chan, and Oliver Fiehn

A metabolomic approach was used to detect changes in urinary metabolic profile of rats treated orally with methylmercury (MeHg), a ubiquitous fish contaminant with well known neurotoxic properties. An aliquot of urine was collected on day 14, extracted and the extract successively methoxymated and trimethylsilylated prior to analysis by GC/TOF-MS. Results indicate that several metabolic pathways were altered by MeHg treatment, including urea cycle, glutathione metabolism and amino acid degradati

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Metabolite profiling of sesquiterpene lactones and phenolics of bioactive extracts from Asteraceae medicinal plants by HPLC-UV-MS
Gobbo-Neto, L.; Silva, V.C.; Passoni, F.D.; Chagas-Paula, D.A.; Oliveira, R.B.; Da Costa, F.B.

Metabolite profiling (HPLC-UV-MS) was performed for extracts from Tithonia diversifolia (Td) and Smallanthus sonchifolius (Ss) leaves [aqueous crude (ACE); leaf rinse (LRE); 70%MeOH rinsed leaves (GFE)]. LREs presented mainly sesquiterpene lactones (SLs) and flavonoids. FGEs and ACEs presented mainly chlorogenic acids. SLs were not detected in GFEs but traces were detected in ACEs. All extracts presented anti-inflammatory potential. LREs were highly toxic while GFEs did not presented significant

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Predicting hepatotoxicity: Reactive metabolite trapping using glutathione and freshly isolated hepatocytes
Birks, V., Webber, G., Geoffroy, S., Cole, R., and Wood, S.

This poster presents our results to date using clozapine (a compound known to be associated with GSH-adduct formation) as substrate and using stable isotope GSH (GSH13C2,15N) to enhance specificity. In addition, all analyses have been conducted using an Waters Acquity UPLC-MS/MS. Results we have obtained in hepatocytes are compared against findings using human liver microsomes (HLM).

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The Human Serum Metabolome
Nick Psychogios, David Hau, Jun Peng, Igor Sinelnikov, Souhaila Bouatra, Rupasri Mandal, Ram Krishna Murthy, Jianguo Xia, Fiona Bamforth, Janet McManus, Theresa Pedersen, Russ Greiner, Bruce McManus, John Newman and David Wishart

As part of our objective to systematically characterize the human metabolome and advance the fields of quantitative metabolomics, we present a global metabolic profiling of the human serum. Our experimental results indicated that global metabolic profiling methods can routinely detect more than 4200 different compounds in serum.

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Comparison of In Vivo and In Vitro 1-H NMR Spectroscopy in the Rat Brain: Technical Considerations, Effects of Brain Regions and Post Weaning Isolation
Philippine C. Geiszler, A. Napolitano, M.I. Schubert, C.A. Jones, K.C.F. Fone, C.A. Daykin, D.P. Auer

In vivo and in vitro magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy are both used to obtain complementary information about the metabolic state of living tissue/tissue extracts, respectively. However, comparisons between in vivo and in vitro measurements are rare. The aim of this study was to compare results from in vivo and in vitro MR spectroscopy to study inter-regional variations and the effects of social isolation on metabolite levels in rat brain.

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Mass-Spectrometric Analysis with Sequenom EpiTYPER of GNAS Methylation in Pseudohypoparathyroydism Type Ib Patients Reveals Overall Methylation Defects also for the Familial Cases
Benedetta Izzi1, Bart Claes2, Diether Lambrechts2, Chris Van Geet1,3, Kathleen Freson1

Sequenom EpiTYPER analysis of GNAS methylation in Pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ib patients reveals overall GNAS methylation defects also for the familial cases. Such abnormalities are not detectable via old methodologies such as PCR followed by methylation specific restriction digestion and are here for the first time described.

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MicroRNA-23b negatively regulates urokinase and c-met and inhibits migration of human hepatocellular carcinoma cells.
Salvi A, Sabelli C, Moncini S, Venturin M, Arici B ,Riva P, Portolani N, Giulini SM, Barlati S and De Petro G.

By bioinformatics we predicted that miR-23b could recognize two sites in the 3’ UTR of uPA (urokinase-type plasminogen activator) and four sites in the 3’ UTR of c-met (hepatocyte growth factor receptor). miR-23b transfections in SKHep1C3 caused uPA and c-met decreased and migration and proliferation inhibition of SKHep1C3; anti-miR-23b transfection in human fibroblasts upregulated uPA and c-met. uPA and c-met shared a common microRNA that negatively regulates their expression.

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Interactive Metabolomics by Diffusion NMR: Improving the Odds of Finding Needles in Haystacks
Jonathan Byrne, Rasmus Bro, Florian Wulfert and Clare A. Daykin

Metabolomics investigates changes in quantities of metabolites. However, blood plasma is a complex, heterogeneous mixture of components which undergo a variety of possible molecular interactions. In particular, many low molecular weight compounds (including drugs) can exist both ‘free’ in solution, bound to proteins or within organised aggregates of macromolecules. To study the effects of e.g. disease on these interactions we have developed a technique termed ‘interactive metabolomics’.

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A compartmented in silico model of Rapeseed central metabolism
Eleftherios Pilalis, Aristotelis Chatziioannou, Fragiskos Kolisis

A large-scale in silico model was constructed for the simulation of the central metabolism of Rapeseed embryos. In order to validate this model, we performed constraint-based Flux Balance Analysis, through application of linear optimization methods. Further exploiting the derived model, an in silico gene deletion analysis and a systemic regulatory analysis by Singular Value Decomposition of the steady-state flux space were performed.

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Comparison of Caffeinated and Decaffeinated Coffee - Implications for Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers from the National University of Singapore successfully demonstrated the viability of GC-TOF-MS as an analytical platform for metabolomics analysis of coffee samples.
Single Enzyme is Necessary for Development of Diabetes
12-LO enzyme promotes the obesity-induced oxidative stress in the pancreatic cells.
A New Player in Lipid Metabolism Discovered
Specially engineered mice gained no weight, and normal counterparts became obese on the same high-fat, obesity-inducing Western diet.
UT Southwestern Researchers Uncover New Brain Pathways
New therapies for treating Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Mass Spec-Based Metabolomics Workflows to Evaluate Plant Immunity
This article reviews metabolomics studies used to evaluate plant immunity with an emphasis on mass spectrometry in its many forms.
Assessing Anticancer Drugs Efficacy by Amino Acid Metabolomics
Researchers aimed to develop a method that determines the therapeutic efficacy of anticancer drugs based on the changes in amino acid metabolism at the cellular level.
Time Of Day Crucial to Accurately Test for Diseases
A new study published in PNAS has found that time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on our metabolism.
When Drugs Do More Harm Than Good for Type 2 Diabetes Patients
Harm to quality of life outweighs benefits of treatment for older patients and those with negative feelings about side effects.
Inflammation in Fat Tissue Helps Prevent Metabolic Disease
The findings were first published online June 12 in Cell Metabolism.
Evaluating Acute Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning in Rats through Serum Metabolomics
Through the use of GC/MS-based metabolomics, researchers have evaluated the effect of acute hydrogen sulfide poisoning on the metabolic profiles of rats.
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