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  1. Betaine

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    Betaine is used to treat homocystinuria (an inherited condition in which the body cannot break down a ... of weight gain and slowed development in children. Betaine is in a class of medications called nutrients. ...

  2. THE BETAINES FROM CHINESE SEAWEEDS

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    韩丽君; 范晓; 严小军

    2002-01-01

    Cation-exchange chromatography was selected to extract and separate betaines from marine algae. On the basis of the special chemical characteristics of the betaines and their analogues, Dragendorff's reagent (KBiI4) was used to test the existence of betaines and their analogues in marine algae. The total content of betaines from seven species was obtained by using the Reinkeate salt precipitation method. The results showed that the content of betaines in two species of Chlorophyta and two species of Rhodophyta were relatively high,and that the content of betaines in Enteromopha prolifera could even reach to 0.9%. The content in the three species of Phaeophyta was relatively low.

  3. High homocysteine induces betaine depletion.

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    Imbard, Apolline; Benoist, Jean-François; Esse, Ruben; Gupta, Sapna; Lebon, Sophie; de Vriese, An S; de Baulny, Helene Ogier; Kruger, Warren; Schiff, Manuel; Blom, Henk J

    2015-04-28

    Betaine is the substrate of the liver- and kidney-specific betaine-homocysteine (Hcy) methyltransferase (BHMT), an alternate pathway for Hcy remethylation. We hypothesized that BHMT is a major pathway for homocysteine removal in cases of hyperhomocysteinaemia (HHcy). Therefore, we measured betaine in plasma and tissues from patients and animal models of HHcy of genetic and acquired cause. Plasma was collected from patients presenting HHcy without any Hcy interfering treatment. Plasma and tissues were collected from rat models of HHcy induced by diet and from a mouse model of cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) deficiency. S-adenosyl-methionine (AdoMet), S-adenosyl-homocysteine (AdoHcy), methionine, betaine and dimethylglycine (DMG) were quantified by ESI-LC-MS/MS. mRNA expression was quantified using quantitative real-time (QRT)-PCR. For all patients with diverse causes of HHcy, plasma betaine concentrations were below the normal values of our laboratory. In the diet-induced HHcy rat model, betaine was decreased in all tissues analysed (liver, brain, heart). In the mouse CBS deficiency model, betaine was decreased in plasma, liver, heart and brain, but was conserved in kidney. Surprisingly, BHMT expression and activity was decreased in liver. However, in kidney, BHMT and SLC6A12 expression was increased in CBS-deficient mice. Chronic HHcy, irrespective of its cause, induces betaine depletion in plasma and tissues (liver, brain and heart), indicating a global decrease in the body betaine pool. In kidney, betaine concentrations were not affected, possibly due to overexpression of the betaine transporter SLC6A12 where betaine may be conserved because of its crucial role as an osmolyte.

  4. Biochemical diversity of betaines in earthworms

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    Liebeke, Manuel [Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Bundy, Jacob G., E-mail: j.bundy@imperial.ac.uk [Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2013-01-25

    Highlights: ► We develop a method for rapid untargetted analysis of betaines. ► We profile betaines in a comparative study of ten earthworm species. ► Earthworms contain a surprisingly high number of different betaine metabolites. ► Earthworms contain betaines normally seen only in plants or marine animals. -- Abstract: The ability to accumulate osmoprotectant compounds, such as betaines, is an important evolutionary feature in many organisms. This is particularly the case for organisms that live in variable environments, which may have fluctuations in moisture and salinity levels. There is, surprisingly, very little known about betaines in soil invertebrates in general, and there is almost no information about earthworms – a group that are important ‘ecosystem engineers’ and key indicators of soil health. Here, we describe a fast and reliable {sup 1}H–{sup 13}C heteronuclear single quantum coherence (HSQC) 2D NMR approach for the metabolic profiling of a series of betaines and related metabolites in tissue extracts, and list {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C chemical shifts for the trimethylammonium signal for 23 such compounds. The analysis of ten different species from three different families (Lumbricidae, Megascolecidae and Glossoscolecidae) showed an unexpected diversity of betaines present in earthworms. In total ten betaines were identified, including hydroxyproline-betaine, proline-betaine, taurine-betaine, GABA-betaine and histidine-betaine, and a further eleven as-yet unassigned putative betaine metabolites detected. The findings clearly indicate a hitherto-unappreciated important role for betaine metabolism in earthworms.

  5. Metabolic engineering of glycine betaine synthesis: plant betaine aldehyde dehydrogenases lacking typical transit peptides are targeted to tobacco chloroplasts where they confer betaine aldehyde resistance.

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    Rathinasabapathi, B; McCue, K F; Gage, D A; Hanson, A D

    1994-01-01

    Certain higher plants synthesize and accumulate glycine betaine, a compound with osmoprotectant properties. Biosynthesis of glycine betaine proceeds via the pathway choline-->betaine aldehyde-->glycine betaine. Plants such as tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) which do not accumulate glycine betaine lack the enzymes catalyzing both reactions. As a step towards engineering glycine betaine accumulation into a non-accumulator, spinach and sugar beet complementary-DNA sequences encoding the second enzyme of glycine-betaine synthesis (betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase, BADH, EC 1.2.1.8) were expressed in tobacco. Despite the absence of a typical transit peptide, BADH was targeted to the chloroplast in leaves of transgenic plants. Levels of extractable BADH were comparable to those in spinach and sugar beet, and the molecular weight, isoenzyme profile and Km for betaine aldehyde of the BADH enzymes from transgenic plants were the same as for native spinach or sugar beet BADH. Transgenic plants converted supplied betaine aldehyde to glycine betaine at high rates, demonstrating that they were able to transport betaine aldehyde across both the plasma membrane and the chloroplast envelope. The glycine betaine produced in this way was not further metabolized and reached concentrations similar to those in plants which accumulate glycine betaine naturally. Betaine aldehyde was toxic to non-transformed tobacco tissues whereas transgenic tissues were resistant due to detoxification of betaine aldehyde to glycine betaine. Betaine aldehyded ehydrogenase is therefore of interest as a potential selectable marker, as well as in the metabolic engineering of osmoprotectant biosynthesis.

  6. Dielectric properties of betaine phosphite and deuterated betaine phosphite films

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Zaitseva, N. V.; Pankova, G. A.; Frederiks, I. D.; Lemanov, V. V.

    2011-01-01

    Polycrystalline films of betaine phosphite (BPI) and deuterated BPI have been grown by evaporation on LiNbO3, α-SiO2, α-Al2O3, and NdGaO3 substrates. These films consist of large single-crystal blocks in which the polar axis ( b) lies in the substrate plane. The results of studying the dielectric properties of the films using interdigital electrodes, X-ray diffraction, and block images in a polarized-light microscope in reflection are reported. The film transition into the ferroelectric state at T = T c is accompanied by strong anomalies of the capacitance of the film/interdigital structure/substrate structure. The deuteration of BPI films leads to an increase in their temperature T c: from T c = 200 K for BPI-based structures to T c = 280 K for structures with a high degree of deuteration ( d ˜ 90%).

  7. Cereal foods are the major source of betaine in the Western diet--analysis of betaine and free choline in cereal foods and updated assessments of betaine intake.

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    Ross, Alastair B; Zangger, Alicia; Guiraud, Seu Ping

    2014-02-15

    Betaine and its precursor choline are important components of one-carbon metabolism, remethylating homocysteine into methionine and providing methyl groups for DNA methylation. Cereals are the main source of betaine in the diet, though there is little literature available on the content of betaine in cereal products, nor on betaine intake from cereals. Betaine and free-choline concentrations were measured by liquid-chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry in a wide range of commercially available cereal foods and cereal fractions. Whole grain wheat and related fractions were the best overall common source of betaine, while the pseudocereal quinoa had the highest amount of betaine measured (3900 μg/g). Based on estimates of dietary intake data cereal foods provide approximately 60-67% of betaine in Western diets, and 20-40% of betaine in South-East Asian diets. Average intake of betaine was 131 mg/d, well below those used in intervention studies using betaine to lower blood homocysteine.

  8. Betaine supplementation lowers plasma homocysteine in healthy men and women

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    Steenge, G.R.; Verhoef, P.; Katan, M.B.

    2003-01-01

    Elevated levels of plasma total homocysteine are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Betaine and 5-methyltetrahydrofolate can remethylate homocysteine into methionine via independent reactions. We determined the effect of daily betaine supplementation, compared with both folic a

  9. Dielectric properties of betaine phosphite and deuterated betaine phosphite films

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    Balashova, E. V., E-mail: balashova@mail.ioffe.ru; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Zaitseva, N. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physicotechnical Institute (Russian Federation); Pankova, G. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Macromolecular Compounds (Russian Federation); Frederiks, I. D.; Lemanov, V. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physicotechnical Institute (Russian Federation)

    2011-01-15

    Polycrystalline films of betaine phosphite (BPI) and deuterated BPI have been grown by evaporation on LiNbO{sub 3}, {alpha}-SiO{sub 2}, {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and NdGaO{sub 3} substrates. These films consist of large single-crystal blocks in which the polar axis (b) lies in the substrate plane. The results of studying the dielectric properties of the films using interdigital electrodes, X-ray diffraction, and block images in a polarized-light microscope in reflection are reported. The film transition into the ferroelectric state at T = T{sub c} is accompanied by strong anomalies of the capacitance of the film/interdigital structure/substrate structure. The deuteration of BPI films leads to an increase in their temperature T{sub c}: from T{sub c} = 200 K for BPI-based structures to T{sub c} = 280 K for structures with a high degree of deuteration (d {approx} 90%).

  10. Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of betaine (betaine anhydrous and betaine hydrochloride) as a feed additive for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by VITAC EEIG

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    EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP)

    2013-01-01

    Glycine betaine (betaine) acts as a methyl group donor in transmethylation reactions in organisms. Betaine occurs in numerous vertebrate tissues as an osmolyte, ensuring osmoprotection. Betaine is safe for piglets at the maximum supplementation rate of 2 000 mg/kg complete feed with a margin of safety below 5. This conclusion is extended to all pigs and extrapolated to all animal species and categories. The use of betaine anhydrous and betaine hydrochloride as feed additives up to a supplemen...

  11. 40 CFR 721.10127 - Alkenyl dimethyl betaine (generic).

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Alkenyl dimethyl betaine (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10127 Alkenyl dimethyl betaine (generic). (a) Chemical substance and... dimethyl betaine (PMN P-06-693) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new...

  12. Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of betaine (betaine anhydrous and betaine hydrochloride as a feed additive for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by VITAC EEIG

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Glycine betaine (betaine acts as a methyl group donor in transmethylation reactions in organisms. Betaine occurs in numerous vertebrate tissues as an osmolyte, ensuring osmoprotection. Betaine is safe for piglets at the maximum supplementation rate of 2 000 mg/kg complete feed with a margin of safety below 5. This conclusion is extended to all pigs and extrapolated to all animal species and categories. The use of betaine anhydrous and betaine hydrochloride as feed additives up to a supplementation rate of 2 000 mg betaine/kg complete feed is unlikely to pose concerns for consumer safety. In the absence of data, betaine anhydrous and betaine hydrochloride should be considered hazardous by inhalation, as irritant to skin, eyes and mucous membranes, and skin sensitisers. The supplementation of feed with betaine anhydrous and betaine hydrochloride does not pose a risk to the environment. Betaine has the potential to become efficacious in all animal species and categories when administered via feed or water for drinking. Betaine anhydrous and betaine hydrochloride are considered as nutritionally equivalent sources of betaine. The FEEDAP Panel made some recommendations on (i introduction of a maximum content for supplemental betaine in complete feed and water for drinking; (ii avoidance of simultaneous use of betaine in feed and water for drinking; (iii avoidance of simultaneous inclusion of betaine and choline chloride in premixtures; and (iv protection of users when handling the additives.

  13. Betaine concentration as a determinant of fasting total homocysteine concentrations and the effect of folic acid supplementation on betaine concentrations

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    Boonstra, A.; Holm, P.I.; Ueland, P.M.; Olthof, M.R.; Clarke, R.; Verhoef, P.

    2005-01-01

    Background: Remethylation of homocysteine to methionine can occur through either the folate-dependent methionine synthase pathway or the betaine-dependent betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase pathway. The relevance of betaine as a determinant of fasting total homocysteine (tHcy) is not known, nor

  14. Research Progress in Glycine Betaine Improving Plant Salty Stressful Tolerance

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    ZHU Hong; WANG Wenjie; YAN Yongqing; ZU Yuangang

    2008-01-01

    Many plants accumulate compatible solutes in response to the imposition of environmental stresses. Glycine betaine, which is one of compatible solutes in cell of plants, has been shown to have surviving ability for plant from salt stress. Effect of glycine betaine on improving plant salt resistance was discussed in plants under salt stress. The accumulation of glycine betaine protects plants against the damaging effects of stress. Strategies of glycine betaine against the damaging effects of stress were analyzed to clarify the roles of glycine betaine in salt stress tolerance of plants.

  15. The metabolism and biotechnological application of betaine in microorganism.

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    Zou, Huibin; Chen, Ningning; Shi, Mengxun; Xian, Mo; Song, Yimin; Liu, Junhong

    2016-05-01

    Glycine betaine (betaine) is widely distributed in nature and can be found in many microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, and fungi. Due to its particular functions, many microorganisms utilize betaine as a functional chemical and have evolved different metabolic pathways for the biosynthesis and catabolism of betaine. As in animals and plants, the principle role of betaine is to protect microbial cells against drought, osmotic stress, and temperature stress. In addition, the role of betaine in methyl group metabolism has been observed in a variety of microorganisms. Recent studies have shown that betaine supplementation can improve the performance of microbial strains used for the fermentation of lactate, ethanol, lysine, pyruvate, and vitamin B12, during which betaine can act as stress protectant or methyl donor for the biosynthesis of structurally complex compounds. In this review, we summarize the transport, synthesis, catabolism, and functions of betaine in microorganisms and discuss potential engineering strategies that employ betaine as a methyl donor for the biosynthesis of complex secondary metabolites such as a variety of vitamins, coenzymes, and antibiotics. In conclusion, the biocompatibility, C/N ratio, abundance, and comprehensive metabolic information of betaine collectively indicate that this molecule has great potential for broad applications in microbial biotechnology.

  16. Betaine suppressed Aβ generation by altering amyloid precursor protein processing.

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    Liu, Xiu-Ping; Qian, Xiang; Xie, Yue; Qi, Yan; Peng, Min-Feng; Zhan, Bi-Cui; Lou, Zheng-Qing

    2014-07-01

    Betaine was an endogenous catabolite of choline, which could be isolated from vegetables and marine products. Betaine could promote the metabolism of homocysteine in healthy subjects and was used for hyperlipidemia, coronary atherosclerosis, and fatty liver in clinic. Recent findings shown that Betaine rescued neuronal damage due to homocysteine induced Alzheimer's disease (AD) like pathological cascade, including tau hyperphosphorylation and amyloid-β (Aβ) deposition. Aβ was derived from amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing, and was a triggering factor for AD pathological onset. Here, we demonstrated that Betaine reduced Aβ levels by altering APP processing in N2a cells stably expressing Swedish mutant of APP. Betaine increased α-secretase activity, but decreased β-secretase activity. Our data indicate that Betaine might play a protective role in Aβ production.

  17. Osmoprotectants in Halomonas elongata: High-affinity betaine transport system and choline-betaine pathway

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    Nieto Gutiérrez, Joaquín José; Cánovas, David; Vargas, C; Ventosa Ucero, Antonio; Csonka, Laszlo N.

    1996-01-01

    The osmoregulatory pathways of the moderately halophilic bacterium Halomonas elongata DSM 3043 have been investigated. This strain grew optimally at 1.5 to 2 M NaCl in M63 glucose-defined medium. It required at least 0.5 M NaCl for growth, which is a higher concentration than that exhibited by the H. elongata type strain ATCC 33173. Externally provided betaine, choline, or choline-O-sulfate (but not proline, ectoine, or proline betaine) enhanced the growth of H. elongata on 3 M NaCl-glucose-M...

  18. The betaine content of sweat from adolescent females

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    Greg Horrace

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study was developed to establish whether betaine was present in the sweat of females and to determine any correlations with other sweat components. Methods Sweat patches were placed on eight trained adolescent Highland dancers (age = 13.6 ± 2.3 yr, who then participated in a dance class for 2 hours. Patches were removed, and the sweat recovered via centrifugation. The sweat was subsequently analyzed for betaine, choline, sodium, potassium, chloride, lactate, glucose, urea and ammonia. Results Betaine was present in the sweat of all subjects (232 ± 84 μmol·L-1, which is higher than typically found in plasma. The concentration of several sweat components were correlated, in particular betaine with most other measured components. Conclusion Betaine, an osmoprotectant and methyl donor, is a component of sweat that may be lost from the body in significant amounts.

  19. Regulatory Factors Associated with Synthesis of the Osmolyte Glycine Betaine in the Halophilic Methanoarchaeon Methanohalophilus portucalensis

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    Lai, Mei-Chin; Yang, Daw-Renn; Chuang, Ming-Jen

    1999-01-01

    The halophilic methanoarchaeon Methanohalophilus portucalensis can synthesize de novo and accumulate β-glutamine, Nɛ-acetyl-β-lysine, and glycine betaine (betaine) as compatible solutes (osmolytes) when grown at elevated salt concentrations. Both in vivo and in vitro betaine formation assays in this study confirmed previous nuclear magnetic resonance 13C-labelling studies showing that the de novo synthesis of betaine proceeded from glycine, sarcosine, and dimethylglycine to form betaine throu...

  20. Glycine betaine as a direct substrate for methanogens (Methanococcoides spp.).

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    Watkins, Andrew J; Roussel, Erwan G; Parkes, R John; Sass, Henrik

    2014-01-01

    Nine marine methanogenic Methanococcoides strains, including the type strains of Methanococcoides methylutens, M. burtonii, and M. alaskense, were tested for the utilization of N-methylated glycines. Three strains (NM1, PM2, and MKM1) used glycine betaine (N,N,N-trimethylglycine) as a substrate for methanogenesis, partially demethylating it to N,N-dimethylglycine, whereas none of the strains used N,N-dimethylglycine or sarcosine (N-methylglycine). Growth rates and growth yields per mole of substrate with glycine betaine (3.96 g [dry weight] per mol) were similar to those with trimethylamine (4.11 g [dry weight] per mol). However, as glycine betaine is only partially demethylated, the yield per methyl group was significantly higher than with trimethylamine. If glycine betaine and trimethylamine are provided together, trimethylamine is demethylated to dimethyl- and methylamine with limited glycine betaine utilization. After trimethylamine is depleted, dimethylamine and glycine betaine are consumed rapidly, before methylamine. Glycine betaine extends the range of substrates that can be directly utilized by some methanogens, allowing them to gain energy from the substrate without the need for syntrophic partners.

  1. Betaine is a positive regulator of mitochondrial respiration

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    Lee, Icksoo, E-mail: icksoolee@dankook.ac.kr

    2015-01-09

    Highlights: • Betaine enhances cytochrome c oxidase activity and mitochondrial respiration. • Betaine increases mitochondrial membrane potential and cellular energy levels. • Betaine’s anti-tumorigenic effect might be due to a reversal of the Warburg effect. - Abstract: Betaine protects cells from environmental stress and serves as a methyl donor in several biochemical pathways. It reduces cardiovascular disease risk and protects liver cells from alcoholic liver damage and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Its pretreatment can rescue cells exposed to toxins such as rotenone, chloroform, and LiCl. Furthermore, it has been suggested that betaine can suppress cancer cell growth in vivo and in vitro. Mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) complexes generate the mitochondrial membrane potential, which is essential to produce cellular energy, ATP. Reduced mitochondrial respiration and energy status have been found in many human pathological conditions including aging, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease. In this study we investigated whether betaine directly targets mitochondria. We show that betaine treatment leads to an upregulation of mitochondrial respiration and cytochrome c oxidase activity in H2.35 cells, the proposed rate limiting enzyme of ETC in vivo. Following treatment, the mitochondrial membrane potential was increased and cellular energy levels were elevated. We propose that the anti-proliferative effects of betaine on cancer cells might be due to enhanced mitochondrial function contributing to a reversal of the Warburg effect.

  2. Reversible, partial inactivation of plant betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase by betaine aldehyde: mechanism and possible physiological implications.

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    Zárate-Romero, Andrés; Murillo-Melo, Darío S; Mújica-Jiménez, Carlos; Montiel, Carmina; Muñoz-Clares, Rosario A

    2016-04-01

    In plants, the last step in the biosynthesis of the osmoprotectant glycine betaine (GB) is the NAD(+)-dependent oxidation of betaine aldehyde (BAL) catalysed by some aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) 10 enzymes that exhibit betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) activity. Given the irreversibility of the reaction, the short-term regulation of these enzymes is of great physiological relevance to avoid adverse decreases in the NAD(+):NADH ratio. In the present study, we report that the Spinacia oleracea BADH (SoBADH) is reversibly and partially inactivated by BAL in the absence of NAD(+)in a time- and concentration-dependent mode. Crystallographic evidence indicates that the non-essential Cys(450)(SoBADH numbering) forms a thiohemiacetal with BAL, totally blocking the productive binding of the aldehyde. It is of interest that, in contrast to Cys(450), the catalytic cysteine (Cys(291)) did not react with BAL in the absence of NAD(+) The trimethylammonium group of BAL binds in the same position in the inactivating or productive modes. Accordingly, BAL does not inactivate the C(450)SSoBADH mutant and the degree of inactivation of the A(441)I and A(441)C mutants corresponds to their very different abilities to bind the trimethylammonium group. Cys(450)and the neighbouring residues that participate in stabilizing the thiohemiacetal are strictly conserved in plant ALDH10 enzymes with proven or predicted BADH activity, suggesting that inactivation by BAL is their common feature. Under osmotic stress conditions, this novel partial and reversible covalent regulatory mechanism may contribute to preventing NAD(+)exhaustion, while still permitting the synthesis of high amounts of GB and avoiding the accumulation of the toxic BAL.

  3. Survival and psychomotor development with early betaine treatment in patients with severe methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency

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    Diekman, E.F.; Koning, T.J. de; Verhoeven-Duif, N.M.; Rovers, M.M.; Hasselt, P.M. van

    2014-01-01

    IMPORTANCE The impact of betaine treatment on outcome in patients with severe methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency is presently unclear. OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of betaine treatment on development and survival in patients with severe MTHFR deficiency. DATA SOURCES MEDLI

  4. Survival and Psychomotor Development With Early Betaine Treatment in Patients With Severe Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Deficiency

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    Diekman, Eugene F.; de Koning, Tom J.; Verhoeven-Duif, Nanda M.; Rovers, Maroeska M.; van Hasselt, Peter M.

    2014-01-01

    IMPORTANCE The impact of betaine treatment on outcome in patients with severe methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency is presently unclear. OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of betaine treatment on development and survival in patients with severe MTHFR deficiency. DATA SOURCES MEDLI

  5. Betaine supplementation lowers plasma homocysteine levels in healthy men and women

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    Steenge, G.R.S.; Verhoef, P.; Katan, M.B.

    2003-01-01

    Elevated levels of plasma total homocysteine are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Betaine and 5-methyltetrahydrofolate can remethylate homocysteine into methionine via independent reactions. We determined the effect of daily betaine supplementation, compared with both folic a

  6. Prediction and Biochemical Demonstration of a Catabolic Pathway for the Osmoprotectant Proline Betaine

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    Kumar, Ritesh; Zhao, Suwen; Vetting, Matthew W.; Wood, B. McKay; Sakai, Ayano; Cho, Kyuil; Solbiati, José; Steven C Almo; Jonathan V Sweedler; Matthew P Jacobson; Gerlt, John A.; Cronan, John E.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Through the use of genetic, enzymatic, metabolomic, and structural analyses, we have discovered the catabolic pathway for proline betaine, an osmoprotectant, in Paracoccus denitrificans and Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Genetic and enzymatic analyses showed that several of the key enzymes of the hydroxyproline betaine degradation pathway also function in proline betaine degradation. Metabolomic analyses detected each of the metabolic intermediates of the pathway. The proline betaine catab...

  7. Characteristics and Osmoregulatory Roles of Uptake Systems for Proline and Glycine Betaine in Lactococcus lactis

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    Molenaar, Douwe; Hagting, Anja; Alkema, Harmen; Driessen, Arnold J.M.; Konings, Wilhelmus

    1993-01-01

    Lactococcus lactis subsp. lacti ML3 contains high pools of proline or betaine when grown under conditions of high osmotic strength. These pools are created by specific transport systems. A high-affinity uptake system for glycine betaine (betaine) with a Km of 1.5 µM is expressed constitutively. The

  8. Betaine is a positive regulator of mitochondrial respiration.

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    Lee, Icksoo

    2015-01-09

    Betaine protects cells from environmental stress and serves as a methyl donor in several biochemical pathways. It reduces cardiovascular disease risk and protects liver cells from alcoholic liver damage and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Its pretreatment can rescue cells exposed to toxins such as rotenone, chloroform, and LiCl. Furthermore, it has been suggested that betaine can suppress cancer cell growth in vivo and in vitro. Mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) complexes generate the mitochondrial membrane potential, which is essential to produce cellular energy, ATP. Reduced mitochondrial respiration and energy status have been found in many human pathological conditions including aging, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease. In this study we investigated whether betaine directly targets mitochondria. We show that betaine treatment leads to an upregulation of mitochondrial respiration and cytochrome c oxidase activity in H2.35 cells, the proposed rate limiting enzyme of ETC in vivo. Following treatment, the mitochondrial membrane potential was increased and cellular energy levels were elevated. We propose that the anti-proliferative effects of betaine on cancer cells might be due to enhanced mitochondrial function contributing to a reversal of the Warburg effect.

  9. Dielectric and structural properties of ferroelectric betaine arsenate films

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Zaitseva, N. V.; Yurko, E. I.; Svinarev, F. B.

    2014-12-01

    Ferroelectric films of betaine arsenate and partially deuterated betaine arsenate have been grown by evaporation on LiNbO3, α-Al2O3, and NdGaO3 substrates with a preliminarily deposited structure of interdigitated electrodes, as well as on the Al/glass substrate. This paper presents the results of the examination of the block structure of the films in a polarizing microscope, the X-ray diffraction analysis of their crystal structure, and the investigation of the dielectric properties in a measuring field oriented both parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the film. The transition of the films to the ferroelectric state at T = T c is accompanied by anomalies of the capacitance of the structure, an increase in the dielectric loss, and the appearance of dielectric hysteresis loops. The growth of the films from a solution of betaine arsenate in a heavy water leads to an increase in the ferroelectric transition temperature from T c = 119 K in the films without deuterium to T c = 149 K, which corresponds to the degree of deuteration of approximately 60-70%. The dielectric and structural properties of the films are compared with those of the betaine arsenate single crystals and the previously studied films of betaine phosphite and glycine phosphite.

  10. Betaine increases the butyrylcholinesterase activity in rat plasma.

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    Šišková, K; Dubničková, M; Pašková, Ľ; Rajdl, D; Ďuračková, Z; Muchová, J; Pauliková, I; Racek, J

    2016-01-01

    The physiological function of butyrylcholinesterase (EC 3.1.1.8, BChE) is not clearly understood, but a role was suggested in the fat utilization process, resulting in positive correlation between plasma triglyceride (TG) levels and BChE activity. Consequently we tested the hypothesis that regular intake of betaine, a natural compound intervening in the liver TG metabolism could influence the BChE activity. The BChE activity was estimated spectrophotometrically in plasma of rats fed with betaine enriched standard (B) or high-fat diet (HFB). The results confirmed decreased TG plasma levels after betaine treatment independently on the type of diet (0.15+/-0.03 (B) vs. 0.27+/-0.08 (control) mmol/l; p=0.003 and 0.13+/-0.03 (HFB) vs. 0.27+/-0.08 (control) mmol/l; p=0.005). The BChE activity increased significantly with betaine administration, however the change was more distinct in the HFB group (0.84+/-0.34 (HFB) vs. 0.22+/-0.04 (control) O.D./min/mg; pbetaine intake led to elevated BChE activity in plasma and this effect was potentiated by the HF diet. Since betaine is in general used as a supplement in the treatment of liver diseases accompanied by TG overload, its impact on the BChE activity in the role of the liver function marker should be taken into account.

  11. Betaines and related ammonium compounds in chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.).

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    Servillo, Luigi; Giovane, Alfonso; Casale, Rosario; Balestrieri, Maria Luisa; Cautela, Domenico; Paolucci, Marina; Siano, Francesco; Volpe, Maria Grazia; Castaldo, Domenico

    2016-04-01

    Chestnut fruits, being poor of simple sugars and consisting mainly of fibers and starch, are among the constituents of Mediterranean diet. While numerous studies report on content of proteins and amino acids in chestnut, no one has appeared so far on betaines, an important class of nitrogen compounds ubiquitous in plants for their protective action in response to abiotic stress. In this study, we analyzed by HPLC-ESI-tandem mass spectrometry, in fruits and flours of varieties of chestnut cultivated in Italy, the composition of betaines and ammonium compounds intermediates of their biosynthesis. Besides the parent amino acids, the compounds quantified were choline, glycerophosphocholine, phosphocholine, glycine betaine, N-methylproline, proline betaine (stachydrine), β-alanine betaine, 4-guanidinobutyric acid, trigonelline, N,N,N-trimethyllysine. Interestingly, some uncommon derivatives of pipecolic acid, such as N-methylpipecolic acid, 4-hydroxypipecolic acid and 4-hydroxy-N-methylpipecolic acid were identified for the first time in chestnut samples and characterized by MS(n) tandem mass spectrometry.

  12. Effect of betaine supplementation on cycling sprint performance

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    Pryor J Luke

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Purpose To examine the effect of betaine supplementation on cycling sprint performance. Methods Sixteen recreationally active subjects (7 females and 9 males completed three sprint tests, each consisting of four 12 sec efforts against a resistance equal to 5.5% of body weight; efforts were separated by 2.5 min of cycling at zero resistance. Test one established baseline; test two and three were preceded by seven days of daily consumption of 591 ml of a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage as a placebo or a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage containing 0.42% betaine (approximately 2.5 grams of betaine a day; half the beverage was consumed in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. We used a double blind random order cross-over design; there was a 3 wk washout between trials two and three. Average and maximum peak and mean power were analyzed with one-way repeated measures ANOVA and, where indicated, a Student Newman-Keuls. Results Compared to baseline, betaine ingestion increased average peak power (6.4%; p Conclusions One week of betaine ingestion improved cycling sprint power in recreationally active males and females.

  13. Antiferroelectric films of deuterated betaine phosphate

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Svinarev, F. B.; Zaitseva, N. V.

    2016-07-01

    Thin films of partially deuterated betaine phosphate have been grown by the evaporation on Al2O3(110) and NdGaO3(001) substrates with a preliminarily deposited structure of interdigitated electrodes. The grown films have a polycrystalline block structure with characteristic dimensions of blocks of the order of 0.1-1.5 mm. The degree of deuteration of the films D varies in the range of 20-50%. It has been found that, at the antiferroelectric phase transition temperature T c afe = 100-114 K, the fabricated structures exhibit an anomaly of the electrical capacitance C, which is not accompanied by a change in the dielectric loss tangent tanδ. The strong-signal dielectric response is characterized by the appearance of a ferroelectric nonlinearity at temperatures T > T c afe , which is transformed into an antiferroelectric nonlinearity at T < T c afe . With a further decrease in the temperature, double dielectric hysteresis loops appear in the antiferroelectric phase. The dielectric properties of the films have been described within the framework of the Landau-type thermodynamic model taking into account the biquadratic coupling ξ P 2η2 between the polar order parameter P and the nonpolar order parameter η with a positive coefficient ξ. The E-T phase diagram has been constructed.

  14. Distinct Difference in Absorption Pattern in Pigs of Betaine Provided as a Supplement or Present Naturally in Cereal Dietary Fiber

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    Hedemann, Mette Skou; Theil, Peter Kappel; Lærke, Helle Nygaard

    2015-01-01

    high-fiber breads differing in amount and source of dietary fiber (two experiments, n = 6 pigs each). Plasma betaine peaked after 30 min when betaine was fed as a supplement, whereas it peaked after 120–180 min when high-fiber breads were fed. Plasma betaine showed no diet × time interaction after......The net absorption of betaine and choline was determined for 4 h after the first meal of the day in three experiments with porto-arterial catheterized pigs in which betaine was added as a supplement to a low-betaine diet (n = 4 pigs) and compared to the net absorption of betaine and choline from...

  15. In Ovo injection of betaine affects hepatic cholesterol metabolism through epigenetic gene regulation in newly hatched chicks.

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    Hu, Yun; Sun, Qinwei; Li, Xiaoliang; Wang, Min; Cai, Demin; Li, Xi; Zhao, Ruqian

    2015-01-01

    Betaine is reported to regulate hepatic cholesterol metabolism in mammals. Chicken eggs contain considerable amount of betaine, yet it remains unknown whether and how betaine in the egg affects hepatic cholesterol metabolism in chicks. In this study, eggs were injected with betaine at 2.5 mg/egg and the hepatic cholesterol metabolism was investigated in newly hatched chicks. Betaine did not affect body weight or liver weight, but significantly increased the serum concentration (P betaine-treated chicks. Meanwhile, hepatic protein contents of DNA methyltransferases 1 and adenosylhomocysteinase-like 1 were increased (P betaine injection regulates hepatic cholesterol metabolism in chicks through epigenetic mechanisms including DNA and histone methylations.

  16. Glycine Betaine Recognition through Cation−π Interactions in Crystal Structures of Glycine Betaine Complexes with C-Ethyl-pyrogallol[4]arene and C-Ethyl-resorcin[4]arene as Receptors

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    Ikuhide Fujisawa; Katsuyuki Aoki

    2013-01-01

    The glycine betaine (betaine), interacts with several types of proteins with diverse structures in vivo, and in the contact regions, the aromatic rings of protein residues are frequently found beside the trimethylammonium group of betaine, implying the importance of the cation−π interactions in recognition of this molecule. The crystal structures determined by X-ray crystallography of the complexes of betaine and C-ethyl-pyrogallol[4]arene (pyrogallol cyclic tetramer: PCT) and betaine and C-e...

  17. Orientation-switching transition and ferroelectricity in betaine arsenate

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    Ribeiro, J L; Dekola, T; Vieira, L G, E-mail: jlr@fisica.uminho.p [Centro de Fisica da Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4715-057 Braga (Portugal)

    2009-08-12

    This paper reports a detailed investigation of the low frequency dielectric relaxation of betaine arsenate near the ferroelectric phase transition. The dielectric relaxation data are complemented with polarized infrared reflectivity data taken at low temperatures. The reported results allow us to identify several low frequency modes that clarify the complex behaviour of the dielectric response near the Curie temperature T{sub c2}{approx}120 K. It is suggested that the important slow dynamics observed is linked to the reorientation of the betaine molecular group. The roles of the different molecular units in the structural changes are briefly discussed and a new and more complex phase transition sequence is proposed.

  18. Synthesis of mesomeric betaine compounds with imidazolium-enolate structure

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    Nina Gonsior

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of a heterocyclic mesomeric betaine by quaternization reaction of 1-butylimidazole and tetrabromo-1,4-benzoquinone is presented. The structure was verified by means of X-ray single-crystal analysis, NMR and IR spectroscopy. Inclusion complexes of the heterocyclic mesomeric betaine with randomly methylated (1.8 β-cyclodextrin were investigated by UV–vis spectroscopy. Furthermore, the reaction conditions were applied to poly(vinylimidazole and 1,4-bis(1H-imidazol-1-ylbutane to obtain functionalized polymer networks and condensate polymers, respectively.

  19. Betaine and beet molasses enhance L-lactic acid production by Bacillus coagulans.

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    Ke Xu

    Full Text Available Lactic acid is an important chemical with various industrial applications, and it can be efficiently produced by fermentation, in which Bacillus coagulans strains present excellent performance. Betaine can promote lactic acid fermentation as an effective osmoprotectant. Here, positive effect of betaine on fermentation by B. coagulans is revealed. Betaine could enhance lactic acid production by protecting l-LDH activity and cell growth from osmotic inhibition, especially under high glucose concentrations and with poor organic nitrogen nutrients. The fermentation with 0.05 g/L betaine could produce 17.9% more lactic acid compared to the fermentation without betaine. Beet molasses, which is rich in sucrose and betaine, was utilized in a co-feeding fermentation and raised the productivity by 22%. The efficient lactic acid fermentation by B. coagulans is thus developed by using betaine and beet molasses.

  20. Betaine and beet molasses enhance L-lactic acid production by Bacillus coagulans.

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    Xu, Ke; Xu, Ping

    2014-01-01

    Lactic acid is an important chemical with various industrial applications, and it can be efficiently produced by fermentation, in which Bacillus coagulans strains present excellent performance. Betaine can promote lactic acid fermentation as an effective osmoprotectant. Here, positive effect of betaine on fermentation by B. coagulans is revealed. Betaine could enhance lactic acid production by protecting l-LDH activity and cell growth from osmotic inhibition, especially under high glucose concentrations and with poor organic nitrogen nutrients. The fermentation with 0.05 g/L betaine could produce 17.9% more lactic acid compared to the fermentation without betaine. Beet molasses, which is rich in sucrose and betaine, was utilized in a co-feeding fermentation and raised the productivity by 22%. The efficient lactic acid fermentation by B. coagulans is thus developed by using betaine and beet molasses.

  1. Betaine: New Oxidant in the Stickland Reaction and Methanogenesis from Betaine and l-Alanine by a Clostridium sporogenes-Methanosarcina barkeri Coculture

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    Naumann, Evelyn; Hippe, Hans; Gottschalk, Gerhard

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    Growing and nongrowing cells of Clostridium sporogenes fermented betaine with l-alanine, l-valine, l-leucine, and l-isoleucine as electron donors in a coupled oxidation-reduction reaction (Stickland reaction). For the substrate combinations betaine and l-alanine and betaine and l-valine balance studies were performed; the results were in agreement with the following fermentation equation: 1 R- CH(NH2)-COOH + 2 betaine + 2 H2O → 1 R-COOH + 1 CO2 + 1 NH3 + 2 trimethylamine + 2 acetate. Growth a...

  2. Electrophilicity and solvatochromic reversal of pyridinium phenolate betaine dyes

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    Rezende, Marcos Caroli; Aracena, Andrés

    2012-07-01

    The solvatochromic reversal of phenolate betaine dyes may be theoretically rationalized and predicted by determining the flow direction of their internal charge-transfer in media of increasing polarity, with the aid of the electrophilicities of the donor and acceptor moieties, or of the corresponding electrophilic Fukui functions. The protocol was applied to ten examples from the literature.

  3. Glycine betaine catabolism contributes to Pseudomonas syringae tolerance to hyperosmotic stress by relieving betaine-mediated suppression of compatible solute synthesis.

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    Li, Shanshan; Yu, Xilan; Beattie, Gwyn A

    2013-05-01

    Many bacteria can accumulate glycine betaine for osmoprotection and catabolize it as a growth substrate, but how they regulate these opposing roles is poorly understood. In Pseudomonas syringae B728a, expression of the betaine catabolism genes was reduced by an osmotic upshift to an intermediate stress level, consistent with betaine accumulation, but was increased by an upshift to a high stress level, as confirmed by an accompanying increase in degradation of radiolabeled betaine. Deletion of the gbcAB betaine catabolism genes reduced osmotolerance at a high osmolarity, and this reduction was due to the relief of betaine-mediated suppression of compatible solute synthesis. This conclusion was supported by the findings that, at high osmolarity, the ΔgbcAB mutant accumulated high betaine levels and low endogenous solutes and exhibited reduced expression of the solute synthesis genes. Moreover, the ΔgbcAB mutant and a mutant deficient in the synthesis of the compatible solutes NAGGN and trehalose exhibited similar reductions in osmotolerance and also in fitness on bean leaves. Activation of betaine catabolism at high osmotic stress resulted, in part, from induction of gbdR, which encodes the transcriptional activator GbdR. Betaine catabolism was subject to partial repression by succinate under hyperosmotic stress conditions, in contrast to strong repression in the absence of stress, suggesting that betaine functions both in nutrition and as an intracellular signal modulating solute synthesis under hyperosmotic stress conditions. Collectively, these results begin to provide a detailed mechanistic understanding of how P. syringae transitions from reliance on exogenously derived betaine to the use of endogenous solutes during adaptation to hyperosmotic conditions.

  4. Antioxidant effects of betaine against Indomethacin-induced gastric damage in rats

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    M Alirezaei

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Betaine (trimethyl glycine is known as methyl group donor and antioxidant in previous reports. The aim of this study was to assess the antioxidant effects of betaine in Indomethacin-induced gastric damages. Methods: Thirty-two adult male Sprague–Dawley rats in an experimental study were divided into four equal groups as follow: Control, Indomethacin, Betaine-indomethacin and Ascorbic acid-indomethacin. Control and indomethacin groups received normal saline and betaine and ascorbic acid-pretreated rats were administrated betaine (1.5% of the total diet and ascorbic acid (50 mg/kg body weight for 15 consecutive days, respectively. After 24 h fasting, all of the groups received indomethacin (48 mg/kg body weight and control group received distilled water. Results: Indomethacin administration increased gastric ulcer occurrence (% in comparison with control group and betaine pretreatment significantly decreased ulcer occurrence (% when compared to the other groups (P=0.0017. Gastric wall glutathione peroxidase (GPx activity was significantly lower in indomethacin group in comparison with the other groups (P=0.0012 while, betaine and ascorbic acid pretreatment increased GPx activity in comparison with indomethacin group (P=0.0012. Catalase activity was significantly higher in betaine-pretreated rats in comparison with indomethacin and ascorbic acid-indomethacin groups (P=0.0015. Lipid peroxidation significantly decreased in betaine and ascorbic acid pretreated groups (P=0.0013. Conclusion: These results showed beneficial antioxidant effects of betaine against gastric damages induced by indomethacin in rats.

  5. Combined effect of betaine and trehalose on osmotic tolerance of Escherichia coli in mineral salts medium.

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    Miller, E N; Ingram, L O

    2007-02-01

    In mineral salts medium, supplementing with betaine in combination with increased production of endogenous osmoprotectant from a second copy of the trehalose biosynthetic genes (otsBA) improved growth of E. coli and increased the MIC for xylose, glucose, sodium lactate and NaCl. With these compounds, this combination was more effective than either betaine or trehalose alone. With succinate, this combination was no more effective than betaine alone. Neither approach improved tolerance to ethanol. A combination of betaine and increased trehalose may improve strain productivity for many bioproducts by promoting growth in the presence of high sugar concentrations.

  6. Insights from Theory and Experiment on the Photochromic spiro-Dihydropyrrolo-Pyridazine/Betaine System.

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    Fernando, Amendra; Shrestha, Tej B; Liu, Yao; Malalasekera, Aruni P; Yu, Jing; McLaurin, Emily J; Turro, Claudia; Bossmann, Stefan H; Aikens, Christine M

    2016-02-18

    We elucidated the photochromic spiro-4a,5-dihydropyrrolo[1,2-b]pyridazine/betaine (DPP/betaine) system by comparing state-of-the-art density functional theory calculations with nanosecond/millisecond UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, as well as steady-state absorption and cyclization kinetics. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations are employed to examine the transformations occurring after photoexcitation. This study shows that the photochromic spiro-4a,5-dihydropyrrolo[1,2-b]pyridazine and spiro-1,8a-dihydroindolizine (DHI) systems react according to similar pathways. However, notable differences exist. Although photoexcitation of the spiro-DPP system also leads to cis-betaines, which then isomerize to trans-betaines, we found two distinct classes of cis isomers (cis-betaine rotamer-1 and cis-betaine rotamer-2), which do not exist in spiro-1,8a-dihydroindolizine. Similar to our previous study on the spiro-DHI/betaine system, a complicated potential-energy landscape between cis and trans isomers exists in the spiro-DPP system, consisting of a network of transition states and intermediates. Because the spiro-DPP/betaine is even more complicated than the spiro-DHI/betaine system, (substituted) photochromic systems featuring a 4a,5-dihydropyrrolo[1,2-b]pyridazine functional unit will require thorough in silico design to function properly as logical gates or in devices for information storage.

  7. Motional narrowing of broadband absorption of solvatochromic indicator Betaine 30

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    Renge, Indrek [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia Street 142, EE51014 Tartu (Estonia)], E-mail: indrek.renge@ut.ee

    2009-05-15

    Temperature dependence of the absorption spectra of Betaine 30 (2,6-diphenyl-4-(2,4,6-triphenylpyridinio)-phenolate, widely known as Reichardt's dye) is compared with that of the broadband spectra of other dyes. The double value of the half-width (2 hwhm) of Betaine 30 absorption band between 10 and 293 K in a polymer decreases by 130{+-}20 cm{sup -1}, from 4220 to 4090 cm{sup -1}. This unprecedented narrowing with increasing temperature is ascribed to hydrogen bond symmetrization due to thermally activated proton tunneling in a pigment-solvent complex. The averaging of charge distribution along the proton coordinate causes motional narrowing of inhomogeneous width.

  8. Betaine and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: Back to the future?

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    Sandeep Mukherjee

    2011-01-01

    Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is an important indication for liver transplantation in many Western countries. Obesity and insulin resistance are the two most common risk factors for NASH, which can lead to recurrent NASH after liver transplantation. There is currently no approved therapy for NASH, and treat-ment is directed at risk factor modification and lifestyle changes. Betaine has been used for NASH, with mixed results, and may show promise in conjunction with other agents in clinical trials.

  9. Distinct difference in absorption pattern in pigs of betaine provided as a supplement or present naturally in cereal dietary fiber.

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    Hedemann, Mette Skou; Theil, Peter Kappel; Lærke, Helle Nygaard; Bach Knudsen, Knud Erik

    2015-03-18

    The net absorption of betaine and choline was determined for 4 h after the first meal of the day in three experiments with porto-arterial catheterized pigs in which betaine was added as a supplement to a low-betaine diet (n=4 pigs) and compared to the net absorption of betaine and choline from high-fiber breads differing in amount and source of dietary fiber (two experiments, n=6 pigs each). Plasma betaine peaked after 30 min when betaine was fed as a supplement, whereas it peaked after 120-180 min when high-fiber breads were fed. Plasma betaine showed no diet×time interaction after feeding with high-fiber breads, indicating that the absorption kinetic did not differ between fiber sources. The net absorption of choline was not affected by the experimental diets. In conclusion, betaine in cereal sources has to be liberated from the matrix prior to absorption, causing delayed absorption.

  10. Betaine prevents homocysteine-induced memory impairment via matrix metalloproteinase-9 in the frontal cortex.

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    Kunisawa, K; Nakashima, N; Nagao, M; Nomura, T; Kinoshita, S; Hiramatsu, M

    2015-10-01

    Betaine plays important roles that include acting as a methyl donor and converting homocysteine (Hcy) to methionine. Elevated plasma Hcy levels are known as hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) and contribute to impairments of learning and memory. Although it is commonly known that betaine plays an important role in Hcy metabolism, the effects of betaine on Hcy-induced memory impairment have not been investigated. Previously, we demonstrated the beneficial effects of betaine on acute stress and lipopolysaccharide-induced memory impairment. In the present study, we investigated whether betaine ameliorates Hcy-induced memory impairment and the underlying mechanisms of this putative effect. Mice were treated with Hcy (0.162mg/kg, s.c.) twice a day for nine days, and betaine (25mg/kg, s.c.) was administered 30min before the Hcy injections. The memory functions were evaluated using a spontaneous alternation performance test (Y-maze) at seven days and a step-down type passive avoidance test (SD) at nine and ten days after Hcy injection. We found that betaine suppressed the memory impairment induced by repeated Hcy injections. However, the blood concentrations of Hcy were significantly increased in the Hcy-treated mice immediately after the passive avoidance test, and betaine did not prevent this increase. Furthermore, Hcy induces redox stress in part by activating matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), which leads to BBB dysfunction. Therefore, we tested whether betaine affected MMP-9 activity. Interestingly, treatment with betaine significantly inhibited Hcy-induced MMP-9 activity in the frontal cortex but not in the hippocampus after acute Hcy injection. These results suggest that the changes in MMP-9 activity after betaine treatment might have been partially responsible for the amelioration of the memory deficits and that MMP-9 might be a candidate therapeutic target for HHcy.

  11. Mesomeric betaine chemistry in solution: Solvent effect on the structure and spectra of uracilyl-pyridinium betaine

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    Schmidt, A., E-mail: schmidt@ioc.tu-clausthal.de [Institute of Organic Chemistry, Clausthal University of Technology, Leibnizstrasse 6, D-38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany); Lindner, A.S. [Institute of Organic Chemistry, Clausthal University of Technology, Leibnizstrasse 6, D-38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany); Casado, J.; Lopez Navarrete, J.T. [Departamento de Quimica Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Malaga, Malaga 29071 (Spain); Ramirez, F.J., E-mail: ramirez@uma.es [Departamento de Quimica Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Malaga, Malaga 29071 (Spain)

    2010-05-25

    Graphical abstract: Vibrational Raman, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies, supported by DFT calculations, demonstrate that a polar environment quinoidizes the cationic part and aromatizes the anionic moiety of cross-conjugated mesomeric betaines. - Abstract: The presence of positive and negative delocalized charges in a heterocyclic conjugated system gives rise to an interesting class of molecules known as mesomeric betaines. These can be conveniently represented by dipolar canonical formulae. Among them, cross-conjugation appears when the charges are placed in separated parts of the common {pi}-electron system. This fact makes cross-conjugated mesomeric betaines (CCMB) suitable systems to study intramolecular electron transfer processes. In this paper, we studied Raman and electronic spectra of an uracilyl-pyridinium CCMB in solution. Vibrational results demonstrated that the presence of a polar environment quinoidizes the cationic part and aromatizes the anionic moiety of this molecule, which gave us useful information to propose the more relevant mesomeric structures of this molecule in solution. Raman spectroscopy was able to account for cross-conjugation by characterizing conjugational-sensitive bands. The effect of the solvent polarity was studied by electronic spectroscopy, allowing us to establish spectroscopy-structure relationships.

  12. Na+-dependent and Na+-independent betaine transport across the apical membrane of rat renal epithelium.

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    Cano, Mercedes; Calonge, María L; Ilundáin, Anunciación A

    2015-10-01

    The low renal excretion of betaine indicates that the kidney efficiently reabsorbs the betaine filtered by the glomeruli but the mechanisms involved in such a process have been scarcely investigated. We have detected concentrative and non-concentrative betaine transport activity in brush-border membrane vesicles (BBMV) from rat renal cortex and medulla. The concentrative system is the Sodium/Imino-acid Transporter 1 (SIT1) because it is Na+- and Cl--dependent, electrogenic and is inhibited by an anti-SIT1 antibody. Its apparent affinity constant for betaine, Kt, is 1.1±0.5 mM and its maximal transport velocity, Vmax, 0.5±0.1 nmol betaine/mg protein/s. Inhibitors of the Na+/Cl-/betaine uptake are L-proline (75%) and cold betaine, L-carnitine and choline (40-60%). Neither creatine, TEA, taurine, β-alanine, GABA nor glycine significantly inhibited Na+/Cl-/betaine uptake. The non-concentrative betaine transport system is Na+- and H+-independent, electroneutral, with a Kt for betaine of 47±7 μM and a Vmax of 7.8±1 pmol betaine/mg protein/s. Its transport activity is nearly abolished by betaine, followed by L-carnitine (70-80%) and proline (40-50%), but a difference from the Na+/Cl-/betaine transport is that it is inhibited by TEA (approx. 50%) and unaffected by choline. The underlying carrier functions as an antiporter linking betaine entry into the BBMV with the efflux of either L-carnitine or betaine, an exchange unaffected by the anti-SIT1 antibody. As far as we know this is the first work reporting that betaine crosses the apical membrane of rat renal epithelium by SIT1 and by a Na+- and H+-independent transport system.

  13. Low dose betaine supplementation leads to immediate and long term lowering of plasma homocysteine in healthy men and women

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    Olthof, M.R.; Vliet, van T.; Boelsma, E.; Verhoef, P.

    2003-01-01

    High plasma homocysteine is a risk for cardiovascular disease and can be lowered through supplementation with 6 g/d of betaine. However, dietary intake of betaine is similar to0.5-2 g/d. Therefore, we investigated whether betaine supplementation in the range of dietary intake lowers plasma homocyste

  14. Low Dose Betaine Supplementation Leads to Immediate and Long Term Lowering of Plasma Homocysteine in Healthy Men and Women

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    Olthof, M.R.; Vliet, T. van; Boelsma, E.; Verhoef, P.

    2003-01-01

    High plasma homocysteine is a risk for cardiovascular disease and can be lowered through supplementation with 6 g/d of betaine. However, dietary intake of betaine is ∼0.5-2 g/d. Therefore, we investigated whether betaine supplementation in the range of dietary intake lowers plasma homocysteine conce

  15. Betaine as a determinant of postmethionine load total plasma homocysteine before and after B-vitamin supplementation.

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    Holm, P.I.; Bleie, O.; Ueland, P.M.; Lien, E.A.; Refsum, H.; Nordrehaug, J.E.; Nygard, O.

    2004-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Betaine is a substrate in the betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase reaction, converting homocysteine to methionine. There are only sparse data on plasma betaine as a determinant of the plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) concentration. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ninety patients undergoing corona

  16. Responses to betaine and inorganic sulphur of sheep in growth performance and fibre growth.

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    Nezamidoust, M; Alikhani, M; Ghorbani, G R; Edriss, M A

    2014-12-01

    Sulphur-containing amino acids (SAA) are essential and usually the first limiting amino acids for growth, milk and wool production. The keratin fibre that grows from epidermal tissue is rich in SAA. The rate of fibre growth and its S content are influenced by the availability of SAA. Betaine is a dietary source for a labile methyl group and actively participates in methionine metabolism by donating methyl groups for the remethylation of homocysteine to methionine. Ruminants are capable of synthesizing SAA from inorganic S sources, and most bacteria in the rumen can use inorganic S to meet their requirements for growth. The objective of this study was to examine whether betaine and an inorganic sulphur supplement could provide methyl groups and sulphur amino acids in a way that growth performance and wool production of ewes and lambs are improved. Treatments performed included betaine supplementation, sulphate supplementation and betaine plus sulphate supplementation with five replications for each treatment. The dry matter intake of the ewes was affected by betaine plus sulphate supplementation (p betaine plus sulphate supplementation increased (p 0.05) between treatments. In the ewes, plasma methionine concentration increased (p betaine plus sulphate treatment. No corresponding difference (p > 0.05) was observed in plasma methionine concentration in the lambs. It can be concluded that betaine plus sulphate supplementation has the potential to change wool characteristics in the ewes, while these compounds were without any effect on growth and wool production of the lambs. Combining the two supplements was advantageous.

  17. Are dietary choline and betaine intakes determinants of total homocysteine concentration?

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    Elevated homocysteine concentrations are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and a decline in cognitive function. Intakes of choline and betaine, as methyl donors, may affect homocysteine concentrations. The objective was to examine whether choline and betaine intakes, assess...

  18. Betaine and folate status as cooperative determinants of plasma homocysteine in humans.

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    Holm, P.I.; Ueland, P.M.; Vollset, S.E.; Midttun, O.; Blom, H.J.; Keijzer, M.B.; Heijer, M. den

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Two published studies have demonstrated that betaine in the circulation is a determinant of plasma total homocysteine, but none had sufficient power to investigate the possible effect modification by folate status. METHODS AND RESULTS: We measured homocysteine, betaine, folate, vitamin B(

  19. Evaluation of potential cationic probes for the detection of proline and betaine.

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    Kalsoom, Umme; Breadmore, Michael C; Guijt, Rosanne M; Boyce, Mary C

    2014-12-01

    Osmoregulants are the substances that help plants to tolerate environmental extremes such as salinity and drought. Proline and betaine are two of the most commonly studied osmoregulants. An indirect UV CE method has been developed for simultaneous determination of these osmoregulants. A variety of reported probes and compounds were examined as potential probes for the indirect detection of proline and betaine. Mobility and UV-absorption properties highlighted sulfanilamide as a potential probe for indirect analysis of proline and betaine. Using 5 mM sulfanilamide at pH 2.2 with UV detection at 254 nm, proline and betaine were separated in less than 15 min. The LODs for proline and betaine were 11.6 and 28.3 μM, respectively. The developed method was successfully applied to quantification of these two osmoregulants in spinach and beetroot samples.

  20. Glycine Betaine Recognition through Cation−π Interactions in Crystal Structures of Glycine Betaine Complexes with C-Ethyl-pyrogallol[4]arene and C-Ethyl-resorcin[4]arene as Receptors

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    Ikuhide Fujisawa

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The glycine betaine (betaine, interacts with several types of proteins with diverse structures in vivo, and in the contact regions, the aromatic rings of protein residues are frequently found beside the trimethylammonium group of betaine, implying the importance of the cation−π interactions in recognition of this molecule. The crystal structures determined by X-ray crystallography of the complexes of betaine and C-ethyl-pyrogallol[4]arene (pyrogallol cyclic tetramer: PCT and betaine and C-ethyl-resorcin[4]arene (resorcinol cyclic tetramer: RCT mimic the conformations of betaine and protein complexes and show that the clathrate conformations are retained by the cation−π interactions. The difference of the conformation feature of betaine in the Protein Data Bank and in the Cambridge Structural Database was found by chance during the research and analyzed with the torsion angles.

  1. Role of N-glycosylation in renal betaine transport.

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    Schweikhard, Eva S; Burckhardt, Birgitta C; Joos, Friedericke; Fenollar-Ferrer, Cristina; Forrest, Lucy R; Kempson, Stephen A; Ziegler, Christine

    2015-09-01

    The osmolyte and folding chaperone betaine is transported by the renal Na(+)-coupled GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid) symporter BGT-1 (betaine/GABA transporter 1), a member of the SLC6 (solute carrier 6) family. Under hypertonic conditions, the transcription, translation and plasma membrane (PM) insertion of BGT-1 in kidney cells are significantly increased, resulting in elevated betaine and GABA transport. Re-establishing isotonicity involves PM depletion of BGT-1. The molecular mechanism of the regulated PM insertion of BGT-1 during changes in osmotic stress is unknown. In the present study, we reveal a link between regulated PM insertion and N-glycosylation. Based on homology modelling, we identified two sites (Asn(171) and Asn(183)) in the extracellular loop 2 (EL2) of BGT-1, which were investigated with respect to trafficking, insertion and transport by immunogold-labelling, electron microscopy (EM), mutagenesis and two-electrode voltage clamp measurements in Xenopus laevis oocytes and uptake of radiolabelled substrate into MDCK (Madin-Darby canine kidney) and HEK293 (human embryonic kidney) cells. Trafficking and PM insertion of BGT-1 was clearly promoted by N-glycosylation in both oocytes and MDCK cells. Moreover, association with N-glycans at Asn(171) and Asn(183) contributed equally to protein activity and substrate affinity. Substitution of Asn(171) and Asn(183) by aspartate individually caused no loss of BGT-1 activity, whereas the double mutant was inactive, suggesting that N-glycosylation of at least one of the sites is required for function. Substitution by alanine or valine at either site caused a dramatic loss in transport activity. Furthermore, in MDCK cells PM insertion of N183D was no longer regulated by osmotic stress, highlighting the impact of N-glycosylation in regulation of this SLC6 transporter.

  2. Spectral and structural studies of dimethylphenyl betaine hydrate

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    Szafran, M.; Ostrowska, K.; Katrusiak, A.; Dega-Szafran, Z.

    2014-07-01

    Hydrates of betaines can be divided into four groups depending on the interactions of their water molecules with the carboxylate group. Dimethylphenyl betaine crystallizes as monohydrate (1), in which water molecules mediate in hydrogen bonds between the carboxylate groups. The water molecules are H-bonded only to one oxygen atom of the dimethylphenyl betaine molecules and link them into a chain via two O(1 W)sbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds of the lengths 2.779(2) and 2.846(2) Å. The structures of monomer (2) and dimer (4) hydrates in vacuum, and the structure of monomer (3) in an aqueous environment have been optimized by the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) approach and the geometrical results have been compared with the X-ray diffraction data of 1. The calculated IR frequencies for the optimized structure have been used for the assignments of FTIR bands, the broad absorption band in the range 3415-3230 cm-1 has been assigned to the O(1w)sbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The correlations between the experimental 1H and 13C NMR chemical shifts (δexp) of 1 in D2O and the magnetic isotropic shielding constants (σcalc) calculated by the GIAO/B3LYP/6-311G++(d,p) approach, using the screening solvation model (COSMO), δexp = a + b σcalc, for optimized molecule 3 in water solution are linear and well reproduce the experimental chemical shifts.

  3. Ergogenic effects of betaine supplementation on strength and power performance

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    Armstrong Lawrence E; Bailey Brooke L; Hatfield Disa L; Yamamoto Linda M; Kraemer William J; Maresh Carl M; Lee Elaine C; Volek Jeff S; McDermott Brendon P; Craig Stuart AS

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    Abstract Background We investigated the ergogenic effects of betaine (B) supplementation on strength and power performance. Methods Twelve men (mean ± SD age, 21 ± 3 yr; mass, 79.1 ± 10.7 kg) with a minimum of 3 months resistance training completed two 14-day experimental trials separated by a 14-day washout period, in a balanced, randomized, double-blind, repeated measures, crossover design. Prior to and following 14 days of twice daily B or placebo (P) supplementation, subjects completed tw...

  4. Effects of betaine on performance and body composition: a review of recent findings and potential mechanisms.

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    Cholewa, Jason M; Guimarães-Ferreira, Lucas; Zanchi, Nelo Eidy

    2014-08-01

    Betaine is a methyl derivative of glycine first isolated from sugar beets. Betaine consumed from food sources and through dietary supplements presents similar bioavailability and is metabolized to di-methylglycine and sarcosine in the liver. The ergogenic and clinical effects of betaine have been investigated with doses ranging from 500 to 9,000 mg/day. Some studies using animal models and human subjects suggest that betaine supplementation could promote adiposity reductions and/or lean mass gains. Moreover, previous investigations report positive effects of betaine on sports performance in both endurance- and resistance-type exercise, despite some conflicting results. The mechanisms underlying these effects are poorly understood, but could involve the stimulation of lipolysis and inhibition of lipogenesis via gene expression and subsequent activity of lipolytic-/lipogenic-related proteins, stimulation of autocrine/endocrine IGF-1 release and insulin receptor signaling pathways, stimulation of growth hormone secretion, increased creatine synthesis, increases in protein synthesis via intracellular hyper-hydration, as well as exerting psychological effects such as attenuating sensations of fatigue. However, the exact mechanisms behind betaine action and the long-term effects of supplementation on humans remain to be elucidated. This review aims to describe evidence for the use of betaine as an ergogenic and esthetic aid, and discuss the potential mechanisms underlying these effects.

  5. Cloning and characterization of a novel betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase gene from Suaeda corniculata.

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    Wang, F W; Wang, M L; Guo, C; Wang, N; Li, X W; Chen, H; Dong, Y Y; Chen, X F; Wang, Z M; Li, H Y

    2016-06-20

    Glycine betaine is an important quaternary ammonium compound that is produced in response to several abiotic stresses in many organisms. The synthesis of glycine betaine requires the catalysis of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH), which can convert betaine aldehyde into glycine betaine in plants, especially in halotolerant plants. In this study, we isolated the full-length cDNA of BADH from Suaeda corniculata (ScBADH) using reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and rapid amplification of cDNA ends. Next, we analyzed the expression profile of ScBADH using real-time PCR. The results showed that ScBADH expression was induced in the roots, stems, and leaves of S. corniculata seedlings under salt and drought stress. Next, ScBADH was overexpressed in Arabidopsis, resulting in the transgenic plants exhibiting enhanced tolerance over wild-type plants under salt and drought stress. We then analyzed the levels of glycine betaine and proline, as well as superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, during salt stress in WT and transgenic Arabidopsis. The results indicated that overexpression of ScBADH produced more glycine betaine and proline, and increased SOD activity under NaCl treatment. Our results suggest that ScBADH might be a positive regulator in plants during the response to NaCl.

  6. Alterations in the metabolomics of sulfur-containing substances in rat kidney by betaine.

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    Kim, Young Chul; Kwon, Do Young; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2014-04-01

    Earlier studies have shown that betaine administration may modulate the metabolism of sulfur amino acids in the liver. In this study, we determined the changes in the metabolomics of sulfur-containing substances induced by betaine in the kidney, the other major organ actively involved in the transsulfuration reactions. Male rats received betaine (1%) in drinking water for 2 weeks before killing. Betaine intake did not affect betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase activity or its protein expression in the renal tissue. Expression of methionine synthase was also unchanged. However, methionine levels were increased significantly both in plasma and kidney. Renal methionine adenosyltransferase activity and S-adenosylmethionine concentrations were increased, but there were no changes in S-adenosylhomocysteine, homocysteine, cysteine levels or cystathionine β-synthase expression. γ-Glutamylcysteine synthetase expression or glutathione levels were not altered, but cysteine dioxygenase and taurine levels were decreased significantly. In contrast, betaine administration induced cysteine sulfinate decarboxylase and its metabolic product, hypotaurine. These results indicate that the metabolomics of sulfur-containing substances in the kidney is altered extensively by betaine, although the renal capacity for methionine synthesis is unresponsive to this substance unlike that of the liver. It is suggested that the increased methionine availability due to an enhancement of its uptake from plasma may account for the alterations in the metabolomics of sulfur-containing substances in the kidney. Further studies need to be conducted to clarify the physiological/pharmacological significance of these findings.

  7. Choline and betaine consumption lowers cancer risk: a meta-analysis of epidemiologic studies

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    Sun, Shanwen; Li, Xiao; Ren, Anjing; Du, Mulong; Du, Haina; Shu, Yongqian; Zhu, Lingjun; Wang, Wei

    2016-01-01

    A number of human and animal in vitro or in vivo studies have investigated the relationship between dietary choline and betaine and cancer risk, suggesting that choline and betaine consumption may be protective for cancer. There are also a few epidemiologic studies exploring this relationship, however, with inconsistent conclusions. The PubMed and Embase were searched, from their inception to March 2016, to identify relevant studies and we brought 11 articles into this meta-analysis eventually. The pooled relative risks (RRs) of cancer for the highest versus the lowest range were 0.82 (95% CI, 0.70 to 0.97) for choline consumption only, 0.86 (95%CI, 0.76 to 0.97) for betaine consumption only and 0.60 (95%CI, 0.40 to 0.90) for choline plus betaine consumption, respectively. Significant protective effect of dietary choline and betaine for cancer was observed when stratified by study design, location, cancer type, publication year, sex and quality score of study. An increment of 100 mg/day of choline plus betaine intake helped reduce cancer incidence by 11% (0.89, 95% CI, 0.87 to 0.92) through a dose-response analysis. To conclude, choline and betaine consumption lowers cancer incidence in this meta-analysis, but further studies are warranted to verify the results. PMID:27759060

  8. Structures of two co-crystals of pyridine betaine with L(+)-tartaric acid

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Dutkiewicz, G.; Kosturkiewicz, Z.

    2010-07-01

    Crystal structure of pyridine betaine with L(+)-tartaric acid, crystallized from methanol, is determined by X-ray diffraction methods. The crystal 1, at the 2:1 ratio of pyridine betaine and tartaric acid, is orthorhombic, space group P2 12 12 and contains disordered methanol guest molecules. Tartaric acid is bonded to two pyridine betaine molecules by the COOH···OOC hydrogen bonds of 2.443(2) Å. Complex 1 is situated at the special position, on twofold axis. After recrystallization of 1 from butanol crystal 2 is formed at the 3:1 ratio of pyridine betaine and semi-tartrate anion, without solvent molecules. Crystal 2 is monoclinic, space group P2 1 and shows an ionic character. Semi-tartrate anions form infinite chains and each anion is joined to one pyridine betaine molecule by the O-H···OOC hydrogen bonds, formed between two hydroxyl groups of semi-tartrate anion and the carboxylate oxygen atoms of pyridine betaine, of 2.772(2) and 2.738(2) Å. The counter-ion appears as a homoconjugated cation of two pyridine betaine molecules linked by the O·H·O hydrogen bond of 2.481(2) Å, using the proton transferred form tartaric acid. The FTIR and NMR spectra of 1 and 2 complexes are different. The 1H NMR spectrum in D 2O confirms the presence of methanol in 1.

  9. Effect of betaine on growth performance and resistance on Vibriosis in white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei

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    Ponpai, T.

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Effects of betaine fortified in the feed on growth performance and resistance to Vibriosis was conducted in P. vannamei of average initial weight 2 gram. In the 6-week feeding trial different feed formulae were tested. Formula 1 feed control was without betaine fortification while in formula 2 through 5 contained betaine at 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 percent, respectively. Determination of weight gain was carried out at 2 week intervals. The results showed that there was no significant difference among treatments in survival, feed conversion ratio or feed intake although average individual weight gain showed a difference with higher weight gain in those given 4 percent fortified feed compared with control. A similar result was obtained for specific growth rate, which was higher for 4 percent betaine than the control. The feed with 4 percent betaine fortification resulted in the best performance on immune response while the best capacity to eliminate V. harveyi in plasma was noted in the treatment with 3 percent betaine supplementation. In conclusion, betaine has been shown to be effective in its application to enhance growth and immunity, and this might help support the sustainability of the shrimp industry.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of hydrophobically modified polymeric betaines

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    Alexey Shakhvorostov

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Polymeric betaines containing long alkyl chains C12H25, C14H29, C16H33 and C18H37 were synthesized by Michael addition reaction of alkylaminocrotonates and methacrylic acid (MAA. They were characterized by FTIR, 13C NMR, DSC, DLS, GPC, cryo-TEM, viscometry and zeta-potential measurements. The polymers were fully soluble in DMF, THF and DMSO, partially dissolved in aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, o-xylene and formed colloid solutions in aqueous KOH. In aqueous KOH and DMSO solutions, hydrophobically modified polymeric betaines behaved as polyelectrolytes. The average hydrodynamic size and zeta potential of diluted aqueous solutions of hydrophobic polybetainess containing dodecyl-, tetradecyl-, hexadecyl-, and octadecyl groups were studied as a function of pH. Anomalous low values of the isoelectric point (IEP of amphoteric macromolecules were found to be in the range of pH 2.7-3.4. According to DLS data, the average size of macromolecules tends to decrease with dilution. Zeta-potential of amphoteric macromolecules in aqueous solution is much higher than that in DMSO. The cryo-TEM results revealed that in both aqueous KOH and DMSO media, the micron- and nanosized vesicles existed. The structural organization of vesicles in water and DMSO is discussed. The wax inhibition effect of hydrophobic polybetaines at a decrease of the pour point temperatures of high paraffinic oils was better in comparison with commercial available ethylene-vinylacetate copolymers (EVA.

  11. Betaine lipids and zwitterionic phospholipids in plants and fungi.

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    Künzler, K; Eichenberger, W

    1997-11-01

    Of spermatophytes, ferns, mosses, algae, lichens and fungi, 110 species not analysed so far were examined for diacylglyceryl-N,N,N-trimethylhomoserine (DGTS), diaclyglycerylhydroxymethyl-N,N,N-trimethyl-beta-alanine (DGTA), phosphatidylcholine (PC) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) by TLC by using Dragendorff's and molybdenum-blue reagents for detection. The limit of detection was 0.5 microgram per mg or 0.05 weight % of total lipid. The results reveal that betaine lipids are present exclusively in non-flowering plants, including lichens and fungi and, hence, are produced by autotrophic, as well as heterotrophic organisms. DGTS in small amounts is typical of some Rhodophytes, and in appreciable amounts, of vascular cryptogamic plants and some higher fungi. Estimation of the amounts of DGTS and PC in 29 different species reveal that the total amount of zwitterionic lipids varies considerably amongst organisms. No general correlation could be found for the amounts of DGTS and PC, although Rhodophytes contain traces of DGTS but high amounts of PC. On the basis of these results and the presently available data, the natural distribution of the betaine lipids DGTS, DGTA and diacylglycerylcarboxy-N-hydroxymethyl-choline (DGCC) is discussed. In terms of biochemical evolution, the capacity for the formation of DGTS might have been acquired first and, in organisms of the 'DGTS branch', kept until the present time. The formation of DGTA and DGCC might have evolved at a later stage of development in organisms of the 'DGTA-DGCC branch'.

  12. Betaine supplementation is less effective than methionine restriction in correcting phenotypes of CBS deficient mice.

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    Gupta, Sapna; Wang, Liqun; Kruger, Warren D

    2016-01-01

    Cystathionine beta synthase (CBS) deficiency is a recessive inborn error of metabolism characterized by elevated serum total homocysteine (tHcy). Betaine supplementation, which can lower tHcy by stimulating homocysteine remethylation to methionine, is often given to CBS deficient patients in combination with other treatments such as methionine restriction and supplemental B-vitamins. However, the effectiveness of betaine supplementation by itself in the treatment of CBS deficiency has not been well explored. Here, we have examined the effect of a betaine supplemented diet on the Tg-I278T Cbs (-/-) mouse model of CBS deficiency and compared its effectiveness to our previously published data using a methionine restricted diet. Tg-I278T Cbs (-/-) mice on betaine, from the time of weaning until for 240 days of age, had a 40 % decrease in mean tHcy level and a 137 % increase in serum methionine levels. Betaine-treated Tg-I278T Cbs (-/-) mice also exhibited increased levels of betaine-dependent homocysteine methyl transferase (BHMT), increased levels of the lipogenic enzyme stearoyl-coenzyme A desaturase (SCD-1), and increased lipid droplet accumulation in the liver. Betaine supplementation largely reversed the hair loss phenotype in Tg-I278T Cbs (-/-) animals, but was far less effective than methionine restriction in reversing the weight-loss, fat-loss, and osteoporosis phenotypes. Surprisingly, betaine supplementation had several negative effects in control Tg-I278T Cbs (+/-) mice including decreased weight gain, lean mass, and bone mineral density. Our findings indicate that while betaine supplementation does have some beneficial effects, it is not as effective as methionine restriction for reversing the phenotypes associated with severe CBS deficiency in mice.

  13. Betaine inhibits Toll-like receptor 4 expression in rats with ethanol-induced liver injury

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    AIM:To test whether ethanol feeding could induce Toll-like receptor 4(TLR4)responses,assess the hepatoprotective effect of betaine and its inhibitive effect on TLR4 in animal models of alcoholic liver injury.METHODS:Forty-eight female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups as control,model,low and high dose betaine groups.Except control group,all rats were fed with high fat-containing diet plus ethanol and fish oil gavages for 8 wk.Betaine was administered intragastrically after exposure...

  14. Liposome-like nanocapsules of dual drug-tailed betaine for cancer therapy.

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    Fang, Shuo; Niu, Yuge; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Yemin; Yu, Liangli; Zhang, Yingyi; Li, Xinsong

    2015-09-30

    A novel dual drug-tailed betaine conjugate amphiphile has been firstly synthesized in which the polar headgroup is derived from glycine betaine and the hydrophobic tails are chlorambucil molecules. The newly prepared conjugate undergoes self-assembly to form stable liposome-like nanocapsules as an effective carrier with high drug loading capacity. The nanocapsules showed higher cytotoxic effects to cancer cell lines than those of free chlorambucil in vitro, and inhibited tumor growth effectively in vivo. This strategy that utilizes new dual drug-tailed betaine conjugate amphiphile to construct a self-assembled nanoparticle drug delivery system may have great potential in cancer chemotherapy.

  15. Betaine Chloride-Betaine Tetrachloridoferrate(III—An Ionic Liquid Related Crystal Structure Governed by the Pearson Concept

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    Anja-Verena Mudring

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The first betaine chloride tetrachloroidoferrate(III  double salt, (Hbet2Cl[FeCl4] = (HbetCl·(Hbet[FeCl4], was obtained from a solution of betaine hydrochloride (HbetCl and FeCl3∙6 H2O in water. The crystal structure (orthorhombic, Pbcm, a = 6.2717(13, b = 12.841(3, c = 25.693(5 Å, Z = 4 is characterized by layers of tetrachloridoferrate(III anions separated by chloride-bridged, H-bond mediated cationic (Hbet dimers. The hydrogen bonding network in the crystal structure follows the Pearson HSAB (hard acid-soft base concept: According to the Pearson concept, the chloride anions show high affinity to the carboxyl group (hard acid and base, and the tetrachloroidoferrate(III anion preferentially interacts with the activated methyl donors (soft acid and base. These interactions between the COOH group, as hard H-bond donor, and chloride as hard acceptor besides those between the soft, activated methyl groups and the soft tetrachloridoferrate(III anions are the major structure-directing forces in the crystal structure of (Hbet2Cl[FeCl4].

  16. Effects of betaine on lipopolysaccharide-induced memory impairment in mice and the involvement of GABA transporter 2

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    Miwa Masaya

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Betaine (glycine betaine or trimethylglycine plays important roles as an osmolyte and a methyl donor in animals. While betaine is reported to suppress expression of proinflammatory molecules and reduce oxidative stress in aged rat kidney, the effects of betaine on the central nervous system are not well known. In this study, we investigated the effects of betaine on lipopolysaccharide (LPS-induced memory impairment and on mRNA expression levels of proinflammatory molecules, glial markers, and GABA transporter 2 (GAT2, a betaine/GABA transporter. Methods Mice were continuously treated with betaine for 13 days starting 1 day before they were injected with LPS, or received subacute or acute administration of betaine shortly before or after LPS injection. Then, their memory function was evaluated using Y-maze and novel object recognition tests 7 and 10-12 days after LPS injection (30 μg/mouse, i.c.v., respectively. In addition, mRNA expression levels in hippocampus were measured by real-time RT-PCR at different time points. Results Repeated administration of betaine (0.163 mmol/kg, s.c. prevented LPS-induced memory impairment. GAT2 mRNA levels were significantly increased in hippocampus 24 hr after LPS injection, and administration of betaine blocked this increase. However, betaine did not affect LPS-induced increases in levels of mRNA related to inflammatory responses. Both subacute administration (1 hr before, and 1 and 24 hr after LPS injection and acute administration (1 hr after LPS injection of betaine also prevented LPS-induced memory impairment in the Y-maze test. Conclusions These data suggest that betaine has protective effects against LPS-induced memory impairment and that prevention of LPS-induced changes in GAT2 mRNA expression is crucial to this ameliorating effect.

  17. Dielectric properties of ferroelectric betaine phosphite crystals with a high degree of deuteration

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Yurko, E. I.; Svinarev, F. B.; Pankova, G. A.

    2015-12-01

    The dielectric properties of deuterated betaine phosphite crystals with a high degree of deuteration in the region of the antiferrodistorsive (at T = T c1) and ferroelectric (at T = T c2) phase transitions have been investigated. The temperature behavior of the dielectric permittivity of betaine phosphite and deuterated betaine phosphite has been described within the framework of the Landau thermodynamic model taking into account the biquadratic coupling between the polar order parameter of the ferroelectric transition and the nonpolar order parameter of the antiferrodistorsive phase transition. It has been shown that an increase in the degree of deuteration leads to a decrease in the coupling between the order parameters. An increase in the temperature of the ferroelectric phase transition due to the deuteration of betaine phosphite is caused by an increase in the dielectric permittivity in the symmetric phase above the temperature of the antiferrodistorsive phase transition.

  18. Betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT) : genomic sequencing and relevance to hyperhomocysteinemia and vascular disease in humans

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    Heil, S.G.; Lievers, K.J.A.; Boers, G.H.; Verhoef, P.; Heijer, den M.; Trijbels, F.J.M.; Blom, H.J.

    2000-01-01

    Elevated homocysteine levels have been associated with arteriosclerosis and thrombosis. Hyperhomocysteinemia is caused by altered functioning of enzymes of its metabolism due to either inherited or acquired factors. Betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT) serves, next to methionine synthase, a

  19. Effect of betaine supplementation on plasma nitrate/nitrite in exercise-trained men

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    McCarthy Cameron G

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Betaine, beetroot juice, and supplemental nitrate have recently been reported to improve certain aspects of exercise performance, which may be mechanistically linked to increased nitric oxide. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of betaine supplementation on plasma nitrate/nitrite, a surrogate marker or nitric oxide, in exercise-trained men. Methods We used three different study designs (acute intake of betaine at 1.25 and 5.00 grams, chronic intake of betaine at 2.5 grams per day for 14 days, and chronic [6 grams of betaine per day for 7 days] followed by acute intake [6 grams], all involving exercise-trained men, to investigate the effects of orally ingested betaine on plasma nitrate/nitrite. Blood samples were collected before and at 30, 60, 90, and 120 min after ingestion of 1.25 and 5.00 grams of betaine (Study 1; before and after 14 days of betaine supplementation at a dosage of 2.5 grams (Study 2; and before and after 7 days of betaine supplementation at a dosage of 6 grams, followed by acute ingestion of 6 grams and blood measures at 30 and 60 min post ingestion (Study 3. Results In Study 1, nitrate/nitrite was relatively unaffected and no statistically significant interaction (p = 0.99, dosage (p = 0.69, or time (p = 0.91 effects were noted. Similar findings were noted in Study 2, with no statistically significant interaction (p = 0.57, condition (p = 0.98, or pre/post intervention (p = 0.17 effects noted for nitrate/nitrite. In Study 3, no statistically significant changes were noted in nitrate/nitrite between collection times (p = 0.97. Conclusion Our data indicate that acute or chronic ingestion of betaine by healthy, exercise-trained men does not impact plasma nitrate/nitrite. These findings suggest that other mechanisms aside from increasing circulating nitric oxide are likely responsible for any performance enhancing effect of betaine supplementation.

  20. Growth-regulating Activity of Cinnamamide and Betaine Cinnamamide on Wheat

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    Chen Weiyan

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available A series of Cinnamamide and betaine Cinnamamide developed from the structure of cinnamic acid were synthesized. Different concentrations of Cinnamamide and betaine Cinnamamide were employed to check their effects on seed germination and early growth in wheat. The preliminary results showed that, under the condition of this experiment, target compounds have high activity in promoting seed germination, accelerating the lengths of root and shoot and improving the quality of wheat.

  1. Betaine supplementation in maternal diet modulates the epigenetic regulation of hepatic gluconeogenic genes in neonatal piglets.

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    Cai, Demin; Jia, Yimin; Song, Haogang; Sui, Shiyan; Lu, Jingyu; Jiang, Zheng; Zhao, Ruqian

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    In this study, gestational sows were fed control or betaine-supplemented diets (3 g/kg) throughout the pregnancy, and the newborn piglets were used to elucidate whether maternal dietary betaine affected offspring hepatic gluconeogenic genes through epigenetic mechanisms. Neonatal piglets born to betaine-supplemented sows had significantly higher serum and hepatic betaine contents, together with significantly greater expression of methionine metabolic enzymes in the liver. Interestingly, significantly higher serum concentrations of lactic acid and glucogenic amino acids, including serine, glutamate, methionine and histidine, were detected in the piglets born to betaine-supplemented sows, which were coincident with higher hepatic glycogen content and PEPCK1 enzyme activity, as well as greater protein expression of gluconeogenic enzymes, pyruvate carboxylase (PC), cytoplasmic phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK1), mitochondrional phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK2) and fructose-1, 6-bisphosphatase (FBP1). Moreover, maternal betaine significantly changed the methylation status of both CpGs and histones on the promoter of gluconeogenic genes. The lower PEPCK1 mRNA was associated with DNA hypermethylation and more enriched repression histone mark H3K27me3, while the up-regulated PEPCK2 and FBP1 mRNA was associated with DNA hypomethylation and more enriched activation histone mark H3K4me3. Furthermore, the expression of two miRNAs predicted to target PC and 6 miRNAs predicted to target PEPCK1 was dramatically suppressed in the liver of piglets born to betaine-supplemented sows. Our results provide the first evidence that maternal betaine supplementation affects hepatic gluconeogenic genes expression in newborn piglets through enhanced hepatic methionine metabolism and epigenetic regulations, which involve DNA and histone methylations, and possibly miRNAs-mediated post-transcriptional mechanism.

  2. A general framework for the solvatochromism of pyridinium phenolate betaine dyes

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    Rezende, Marcos Caroli; Aracena, Andrés

    2013-02-01

    A general framework for the solvatochromic behavior of pyridinium phenolate betaine dyes is presented, based on the variations with the medium of the electrophilic Fukui functions of their electron-pair donor and acceptor moieties. The model explains the ‘anomalous' solvatochromic behavior of large betaines, which change their behavior from negative to inverted, when electron-pair donor and acceptor groups are separated by a conjugated chain of variable size.

  3. Dietary Intake and Plasma Levels of Choline and Betaine in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Hamlin, Joanna C.; Margaret Pauly; Stepan Melnyk; Oleksandra Pavliv; William Starrett; Crook, Tina A.; S Jill James

    2013-01-01

    Abnormalities in folate-dependent one-carbon metabolism have been reported in many children with autism. Because inadequate choline and betaine can negatively affect folate metabolism and in turn downstream methylation and antioxidant capacity, we sought to determine whether dietary intake of choline and betaine in children with autism was adequate to meet nutritional needs based on national recommendations. Three-day food records were analyzed for 288 children with autism (ASDs) who particip...

  4. Maternal Betaine Supplementation during Gestation Enhances Expression of mtDNA-Encoded Genes through D-Loop DNA Hypomethylation in the Skeletal Muscle of Newborn Piglets.

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    Jia, Yimin; Song, Haogang; Gao, Guichao; Cai, Demin; Yang, Xiaojing; Zhao, Ruqian

    2015-11-25

    Betaine has been widely used in animal and human nutrition to promote muscle growth and performance, yet it remains unknown whether maternal betaine supplementation during gestation affects the metabolic characteristics of neonatal skeletal muscles. In the present study, feeding sows with betaine-supplemented diets throughout gestation significantly upregulated the expression of mtDNA-encoded OXPHOS genes (p betaine supplementation increased the plasma betaine concentration and muscle expression of methyl transfer enzymes (p betaine supplementation during gestation enhances expression of mtDNA-encoded genes through D-loop DNA hypomethylation in the skeletal muscle of newborn piglets.

  5. The Metabolic Burden of Methyl Donor Deficiency with Focus on the Betaine Homocysteine Methyltransferase Pathway

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    Rima Obeid

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Methyl groups are important for numerous cellular functions such as DNA methylation, phosphatidylcholine synthesis, and protein synthesis. The methyl group can directly be delivered by dietary methyl donors, including methionine, folate, betaine, and choline. The liver and the muscles appear to be the major organs for methyl group metabolism. Choline can be synthesized from phosphatidylcholine via the cytidine-diphosphate (CDP pathway. Low dietary choline loweres methionine formation and causes a marked increase in S-adenosylmethionine utilization in the liver. The link between choline, betaine, and energy metabolism in humans indicates novel functions for these nutrients. This function appears to goes beyond the role of the nutrients in gene methylation and epigenetic control. Studies that simulated methyl-deficient diets reported disturbances in energy metabolism and protein synthesis in the liver, fatty liver, or muscle disorders. Changes in plasma concentrations of total homocysteine (tHcy reflect one aspect of the metabolic consequences of methyl group deficiency or nutrient supplementations. Folic acid supplementation spares betaine as a methyl donor. Betaine is a significant determinant of plasma tHcy, particularly in case of folate deficiency, methionine load, or alcohol consumption. Betaine supplementation has a lowering effect on post-methionine load tHcy. Hypomethylation and tHcy elevation can be attenuated when choline or betaine is available.

  6. The metabolic burden of methyl donor deficiency with focus on the betaine homocysteine methyltransferase pathway.

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    Obeid, Rima

    2013-09-09

    Methyl groups are important for numerous cellular functions such as DNA methylation, phosphatidylcholine synthesis, and protein synthesis. The methyl group can directly be delivered by dietary methyl donors, including methionine, folate, betaine, and choline. The liver and the muscles appear to be the major organs for methyl group metabolism. Choline can be synthesized from phosphatidylcholine via the cytidine-diphosphate (CDP) pathway. Low dietary choline loweres methionine formation and causes a marked increase in S-adenosylmethionine utilization in the liver. The link between choline, betaine, and energy metabolism in humans indicates novel functions for these nutrients. This function appears to goes beyond the role of the nutrients in gene methylation and epigenetic control. Studies that simulated methyl-deficient diets reported disturbances in energy metabolism and protein synthesis in the liver, fatty liver, or muscle disorders. Changes in plasma concentrations of total homocysteine (tHcy) reflect one aspect of the metabolic consequences of methyl group deficiency or nutrient supplementations. Folic acid supplementation spares betaine as a methyl donor. Betaine is a significant determinant of plasma tHcy, particularly in case of folate deficiency, methionine load, or alcohol consumption. Betaine supplementation has a lowering effect on post-methionine load tHcy. Hypomethylation and tHcy elevation can be attenuated when choline or betaine is available.

  7. Salt adaptation in Acinetobacter baylyi: identification and characterization of a secondary glycine betaine transporter.

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    Sand, Miriam; de Berardinis, Veronique; Mingote, Ana; Santos, Helena; Göttig, Stephan; Müller, Volker; Averhoff, Beate

    2011-10-01

    Members of the genus Acinetobacter are well known for their metabolic versatility that allows them to adapt to different ecological niches. Here, we have addressed how the model strain Acinetobacter baylyi copes with different salinities and low water activities. A. baylyi tolerates up to 900 mM sodium salts and even higher concentrations of potassium chloride. Growth at high salinities was better in complex than in mineral medium and addition of glycine betaine stimulated growth at high salinities in mineral medium. Cells grown at high salinities took up glycine betaine from the medium. Uptake of glycine betaine was energy dependent and dependent on a salinity gradient across the membrane. Inspection of the genome sequence revealed two potential candidates for glycine betaine transport, both encoding potential secondary transporters, one of the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) class (ACIAD2280) and one of the betaine/choline/carnitine transporter (BCCT) family (ACIAD3460). The latter is essential for glycine betaine transport in A. baylyi. The broad distribution of ACIAD3460 homologues indicates the essential role of secondary transporters in the adaptation of Acinetobacter species to osmotic stress.

  8. Structural and functional analysis of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase from Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Halavaty, Andrei S; Rich, Rebecca L; Chen, Chao; Joo, Jeong Chan; Minasov, George; Dubrovska, Ievgeniia; Winsor, James R; Myszka, David G; Duban, Mark; Shuvalova, Ludmilla; Yakunin, Alexander F; Anderson, Wayne F

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    When exposed to high osmolarity, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) restores its growth and establishes a new steady state by accumulating the osmoprotectant metabolite betaine. Effective osmoregulation has also been implicated in the acquirement of a profound antibiotic resistance by MRSA. Betaine can be obtained from the bacterial habitat or produced intracellularly from choline via the toxic betaine aldehyde (BA) employing the choline dehydrogenase and betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) enzymes. Here, it is shown that the putative betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase SACOL2628 from the early MRSA isolate COL (SaBADH) utilizes betaine aldehyde as the primary substrate and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) as the cofactor. Surface plasmon resonance experiments revealed that the affinity of NAD(+), NADH and BA for SaBADH is affected by temperature, pH and buffer composition. Five crystal structures of the wild type and three structures of the Gly234Ser mutant of SaBADH in the apo and holo forms provide details of the molecular mechanisms of activity and substrate specificity/inhibition of this enzyme.

  9. A reliable method for spectrophotometric determination of glycine betaine in cell suspension and other systems.

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    Valadez-Bustos, Ma Guadalupe; Aguado-Santacruz, Gerardo Armando; Tiessen-Favier, Axel; Robledo-Paz, Alejandrina; Muñoz-Orozco, Abel; Rascón-Cruz, Quintin; Santacruz-Varela, Amalio

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    Glycine betaine is a quaternary ammonium compound that accumulates in a large variety of species in response to different types of stress. Glycine betaine counteracts adverse effects caused by abiotic factors, preventing the denaturation and inactivation of proteins. Thus, its determination is important, particularly for scientists focused on relating structural, biochemical, physiological, and/or molecular responses to plant water status. In the current work, we optimized the periodide technique for the determination of glycine betaine levels. This modification permitted large numbers of samples taken from a chlorophyllic cell line of the grass Bouteloua gracilis to be analyzed. Growth kinetics were assessed using the chlorophyllic suspension to determine glycine betaine levels in control (no stress) cells and cells osmotically stressed with 14 or 21% polyethylene glycol 8000. After glycine extraction, different wavelengths and reading times were evaluated in a spectrophotometer to determine the optimal quantification conditions for this osmolyte. Optimal results were obtained when readings were taken at a wavelength of 290 nm at 48 h after dissolving glycine betaine crystals in dichloroethane. We expect this modification to provide a simple, rapid, reliable, and cheap method for glycine betaine determination in plant samples and cell suspension cultures.

  10. Interactive performances of betaine on the metabolic processes of Pseudomonas denitrificans.

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    Xia, Wei; Peng, Wei-fu; Chen, Wei; Li, Kun-tai

    2015-02-01

    The performances of betaine on the metabolic processes of vitamin B12-producing Pseudomonas denitrificans were investigated in this paper. The results showed that betaine was an indispensable methyl-group donor for vitamin B12 biosynthesis, but large amounts of the extracellular glycine accompanied by betaine metabolism would impose a severe restriction on the cell growth of P. denitrificans. By further using a comparative metabolomics approach coupled with intracellular free amino acids analysis for the fermentation processes with betaine addition (10 g/l) or not, it was found that betaine could highly strengthen the formation of some key precursors and intermediates facilitating vitamin B12 biosynthesis, such as δ-aminolevulinic acid (ALA, the first precursor of vitamin B12), glutamate (an intermediate of ALA via C5 pathway), glycine (an intermediate of ALA via C4 pathway), and methionine (directly participating in the methylation reaction involved in vitamin B12 biosynthetic pathway). Therefore, the performances of betaine on P. denitrificans metabolic processes were not only serving as a decisive methyl-group donor for vitamin B12 biosynthesis, but also playing a powerfully promoting role in the generation of vitamin B12 precursors and intermediates.

  11. Dietary Intake and Plasma Levels of Choline and Betaine in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Joanna C. Hamlin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abnormalities in folate-dependent one-carbon metabolism have been reported in many children with autism. Because inadequate choline and betaine can negatively affect folate metabolism and in turn downstream methylation and antioxidant capacity, we sought to determine whether dietary intake of choline and betaine in children with autism was adequate to meet nutritional needs based on national recommendations. Three-day food records were analyzed for 288 children with autism (ASDs who participated in the national Autism Intervention Research Network for Physical Health (AIR-P Study on Diet and Nutrition in children with autism. Plasma concentrations of choline and betaine were measured in a subgroup of 35 children with ASDs and 32 age-matched control children. The results indicated that 60–93% of children with ASDs were consuming less than the recommended Adequate Intake (AI for choline. Strong positive correlations were found between dietary intake and plasma concentrations of choline and betaine in autistic children as well as lower plasma concentrations compared to the control group. We conclude that choline and betaine intake is inadequate in a significant subgroup of children with ASDs and is reflected in lower plasma levels. Inadequate intake of choline and betaine may contribute to the metabolic abnormalities observed in many children with autism and warrants attention in nutritional counseling.

  12. Higher Dietary Choline and Betaine Intakes Are Associated with Better Body Composition in the Adult Population of Newfoundland, Canada.

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    Full Text Available Choline is an essential nutrient and betaine is an osmolyte and methyl donor. Both are important to maintain health including adequate lipid metabolism. Supplementation of dietary choline and betaine increase muscle mass and reduce body fat in animals. However, little data is available regarding the role of dietary choline and betaine on body composition in humans.To investigate the association between dietary choline and betaine intakes with body composition in a large population based cross-sectional study.A total of 3214 subjects from the CODING (Complex Disease in Newfoundland population: Environment and Genetics study were assessed. Dietary choline and betaine intakes were computed from the Willett Food Frequency questionnaire. Body composition was measured using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry following a 12-hour fast. Major confounding factors including age, sex, total calorie intake and physical activity level were controlled in all analyses.Significantly inverse correlations were found between dietary choline and betaine intakes, with all obesity measurements: total percent body fat (%BF, percent trunk fat (%TF, percent android fat (%AF, percent gynoid fat (%GF and anthropometrics: weight, body mass index, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio in both women and men (r range from -0.13 to -0.47 for choline and -0.09 to -0.26 for betaine, p<0.001 for all. Dietary choline intake had stronger association than betaine. Moreover, obese subjects had the lowest dietary choline and betaine intakes, with overweight subjects in the middle, and normal weight subjects consumed the highest dietary choline and betaine (p<0.001. Vice versa, when subjects were ranked according to dietary choline and betaine intakes, subjects with the highest intake of both had the lowest %TF, %AF, %GF, %BF and highest %LM among the groups in both sexes.Our findings indicate that high dietary choline and betaine intakes are significantly associated with favorable body

  13. Effect of natural betaine on estimates of semen quality in mature AI boars during summer heat stress.

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    Cabezón, F A; Stewart, K R; Schinckel, A P; Barnes, W; Boyd, R D; Wilcock, P; Woodliff, J

    2016-07-01

    This study evaluated the effect of supplemental dietary betaine at three concentrations (0.0%, 0.63% and 1.26%) on semen characteristics, quality and quality after storage on boars. The trial was conducted between 22 July and 1 October 2014 in a boar stud located in Oklahoma. Boars were blocked by age within genetic line and randomly allotted to receive 0% (CON, n (line T)=22, n (line L)=10), 0.63% (BET-0.63%, n (line T)=21, n (line L)=6) or 1.26% (BET-1.26%, n (line T)=23, n (line L)=7). The diets containing betaine were fed over 10 weeks, to ensure supplemental betaine product (96% betaine) daily intakes of 16.34 and 32.68g, for the BET-0.63% and BET-1.26% diets, respectively. Serum homocysteine concentrations were less for animals with betaine treatments (P=0.016). Rectal temperatures of the boars were unaffected by betaine diets. Betaine tended to increase total sperm in the ejaculates when collectively compared with data of the control animals (P=0.093). Sperm morphology analysis indicated there was a greater percent of sperm with distal midpiece reflex (P=0.009) and tail (P=0.035) abnormalities in boars fed the BET-1.26% than boars fed the BET-0.63% diet. Betaine concentration in the seminal plasma was greater in boars with betaine treatments, with animals being fed the 0.63% and 1.26% diets having 59.2% and 54.5% greater betaine concentrations in seminal plasma as compared with boars of the control group (P=0.046). In conclusion, betaine supplementation at 0.63% and 1.26% tended to increase sperm concentration in the ejaculates by 6% and 13%, respectively, with no negative impacts on semen quality when 0.63% of betaine was included in the diet.

  14. Suppression Effects of Betaine-Enriched Spinach on Hyperhomocysteinemia Induced by Guanidinoacetic Acid and Choline Deficiency in Rats

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    Full Text Available Betaine is an important natural component of rich food sources, especially spinach. Rats were fed diets with betaine or spinach powder at the same level of betaine for 10 days to investigate the dose-dependent effects of spinach powder supplementation on hyperhomocysteinemia induced by guanidinoacetic acid (GAA addition and choline deprivation. The GAA-induced hyperhomocysteinemia in rats fed 25% casein diet (25C was significantly suppressed by supplementation with betaine or spinach, and it was completely suppressed by taking 11.0% spinach supplementation. The choline deprivation-induced enhancement of plasma homocysteine concentration in rats fed 25% soybean protein diet (25S was markedly suppressed by 3.82% spinach. Supplementation with betaine or spinach partially prevented the effects of GAA on hepatic concentrations of methionine metabolites. The decrease in activity of betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase (BHMT and cystathionine β-synthase (CBS in GAA-induced hyperhomocysteinemia was recovered by supplementation with betaine or spinach. Supplementation with betaine or spinach did not affect BHMT activity, whereas it partially restored CBS activity in choline-deprived 25S. The results indicated that betaine or spinach could completely suppress the hyperhomocysteinemia induced by choline deficiency resulting from stimulating the homocysteine removal by both remethylation and cystathionine formation.

  15. Halotolerant Cyanobacterium Aphanothece halophytica Contains a Betaine Transporter Active at Alkaline pH and High Salinity

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    Aphanothece halophytica is a halotolerant alkaliphilic cyanobacterium which can grow in media of up to 3.0 M NaCl and pH 11. This cyanobacterium can synthesize betaine from glycine by three-step methylation using S-adenosylmethionine as a methyl donor. To unveil the mechanism of betaine uptake and efflux in this alkaliphile, we isolated and characterized a betaine transporter. A gene encoding a protein (BetTA. halophytica) that belongs to the betaine-choline-carnitine transporter (BCCT) famil...

  16. Synthesis of shape-controlled beta-In2S3 nanotubes through oriented attachment of nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Yu Hee; Lee, Jong Hak; Shin, Dong-Wook; Park, Sung Min; Moon, Jin Soo; Nam, Jung Gyu; Yoo, Ji-Beom

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    Beta-In(2)S(3) nanotubes were synthesized using an organic solution pyrolysis route. The shape of the beta-In(2)S(3) nanotubes was controlled from hexagonal nanoplates to nanotubes simply by changing the reaction time. The growth mechanism of the nanotubes was explained by oriented attachment. The beta-In(2)S(3) nanotubes had a diameter, wall thickness and length of 5.0 nm, 0.79 nm and >10 microm, respectively. The diameter of the beta-In(2)S(3) nanotubes was found to be dependent on the sulfur concentration.

  17. Dietary betaine promotes generation of hepatic S-adenosylmethionine and protects the liver from ethanol-induced fatty infiltration.

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    Barak, A J; Beckenhauer, H C; Junnila, M; Tuma, D J

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    Previous studies have shown that ethanol feeding to rats alters methionine metabolism by decreasing the activity of methionine synthetase. This is the enzyme that converts homocysteine in the presence of vitamin B12 and N5-methyltetrahydrofolate to methionine. The action of the ethanol results in an increase in the hepatic level of the substrate N5-methyltetrahydrofolate but as an adaptive mechanism, betaine homocysteine methyltransferase, is induced in order to maintain hepatic S-adenosylmethionine at normal levels. Continued ethanol feeding, beyond 2 months, however, produces depressed levels of hepatic S-adenosylmethionine. Because betaine homocysteine methyltransferase is induced in the livers of ethanol-fed rats, this study was conducted to determine what effect the feeding of betaine, a substrate of betaine homocysteine methyltransferase, has on methionine metabolism in control and ethanol-fed animals. Control and ethanol-fed rats were given both betaine-lacking and betaine-containing liquid diets for 4 weeks, and parameters of methionine metabolism were measured. These measurements demonstrated that betaine administration doubled the hepatic levels of S-adenosylmethionine in control animals and increased by 4-fold the levels of hepatic S-adenosylmethionine in the ethanol-fed rats. The ethanol-induced infiltration of triglycerides in the liver was also reduced by the feeding of betaine to the ethanol-fed animals. These results indicate that betaine administration has the capacity to elevate hepatic S-adenosylmethionine and to prevent the ethanol-induced fatty liver.

  18. Betaine supplementation protects against renal injury induced by cadmium intoxication in rats: role of oxidative stress and caspase-3.

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    Hagar, Hanan; Al Malki, Waleed

    2014-03-01

    Cadmium (Cd) is an environmental and industrial pollutant that can induce a broad spectrum of toxicological effects that affect various organs in humans and experimental animals. This study aims to investigate the effect of betaine supplementation on cadmium-induced oxidative impairment in rat kidney. The animals were divided into four groups (n=10 per group): control, cadmium, betaine and betaine+cadmium (1) saline control group; (2) cadmium group in which cadmium chloride (CdCl2) was given orally at a daily dose of 5 mg/kg body weight for four weeks; (3) betaine group, in which betaine was given to rats at a dose of 250 mg/kg/day, orally via gavage for six weeks; (4) cadmium+betaine group in which betaine was given at a dose of 250 mg/kg/day, orally via gavage for two weeks prior to cadmium administration and concurrently during cadmium administration for four weeks. Cadmium nephrotoxicity was indicated by elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and serum creatinine levels. Kidneys from cadmium-treated rats showed an increase in lipid peroxidation measured as thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) concentration and reductions in total antioxidant status (TAS), reduced glutathione (GSH) content, glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity, superoxide dismutase concentration (SOD) and catalase activity. Caspase-3 activity, a marker of DNA damage was also elevated in renal tissues of cadmium-treated rats. Pre-treatment of rats with betaine substantially attenuated the increase in BUN and serum creatinine levels. Betaine also inhibited the increase in TBARS concentration and reversed the cadmium-induced depletion in total antioxidant status, GSH, GSH-Px, SOD and catalase concentrations in renal tissues. Renal caspase-3 activity was also reduced with betaine supplementation. These data emphasize the importance of oxidative stress and caspase signaling cascade in cadmium nephrotoxicity and suggest that betaine pretreatment reduces severity of cadmium nephrotoxicity

  19. Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of betaine anhydrous as a feed additive for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by Danisco Animal Nutrition

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    Full Text Available Glycine betaine (betaine acts as a methyl group donor in transmethylation reactions in organisms. Betaine occurs in numerous vertebrate tissues as an osmolyte, ensuring osmoprotection. Betaine is safe for piglets at the maximum supplementation rate of 2 000 mg/kg complete feed with a margin of safety below 5. This conclusion is extended to all pigs and extrapolated to all animal species and categories. The use of betaine as a feed additive up to a supplementation rate of 2 000 mg/kg complete feed is unlikely to pose concerns for consumer safety. Users’ inhalation exposure to betaine is expected to be minimal. Betaine anhydrous should be considered irritant to skin, eyes and mucous membranes and a skin sensitiser. It is likely to cause skin sensitisation. The supplementation of feed with betaine anhydrous does not pose a risk to the environment. Betaine has the potential to become efficacious in all animal species and categories when administered via feed or water for drinking. The FEEDAP Panel made some recommendations on (i introduction of a maximum content for supplemental betaine in complete feed and water for drinking; (ii avoidance of simultaneous use of betaine in feed and water for drinking; and (iii avoidance of simultaneous inclusion of betaine and choline chloride in premixtures.

  20. Betaine reverses the memory impairments in a chronic cerebral hypoperfusion rat model.

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    Nie, Chunjie; Nie, Huijuan; Zhao, Yin; Wu, Jianzhao; Zhang, Xiaojian

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    Vascular dementia (VaD) is the second reason for the cognitive decline in aged people, but the effective therapy is still missing. The chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) had been widely found in VaD patients and is thought to be the key reason for cognitive impairment. Betaine is a natural product that had been implicated in many biological processes and had been used for the therapy of some neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we reported that betaine treatment could rescue the memory deficits induced by two-vessel occlusion (2-VO), a widely used CCH rat model. Betaine also restored the expression of PSD93, PSD95 and MAP2 to preserve the synaptic functions. Furthermore, betaine could reduce the oxidative stress by suppressing the MDA and ROS and enhancing the SOD and GSH. Overall, betaine treatment is able to rescue the memory deficits in CCH rats, which provide an experimental basis for the therapy of VaD.

  1. Choline and betaine ameliorate liver lipid accumulation induced by vitamin B6 deficiency in rats.

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    Kitagawa, Erina; Yamamoto, Tatsuya; Fujishita, Mayuko; Ota, Yuki; Yamamoto, Kohei; Nakagawa, Tomoyuki; Hayakawa, Takashi

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    We investigated the efficacy of supplementing the diet with choline or betaine in ameliorating lipid accumulation induced by vitamin B6 (B6) deficiency in rat liver. Male Wistar rats were fed a control, B6-deficient, choline-supplemented (2, 4, or 6 g choline bitartrate/kg diet) B6-deficient diet or betaine-supplemented (1, 2, or 4 g betaine anhydrous/kg diet) B6-deficient diet for 35 d; all diets contained 9 g L-methionine (Met)/kg diet. Choline or betaine supplementation attenuated liver lipid deposition and restored plasma lipid profiles to control levels. These treatments restored the disruptions in Met metabolism and the phosphatidylcholine (PC)/phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) ratio induced by B6 deficiency in liver microsomes. These results suggest that choline and betaine ameliorated liver lipid accumulation induced by B6 deficiency via recovery of Met metabolism and very low-density lipoprotein secretion by restoring the supply of PC derived from PE.

  2. Centrosymmetric dimer of quinuclidine betaine and squaric acid complex

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Katrusiak, A.; Szafran, M.

    2012-12-01

    The complex of squaric acid (3,4-dihydroxy-3-cyclobuten-1,2-dion, H2SQ) with quinuclidine betaine (1-carboxymethyl-1-azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane inner salt, QNB), 1, has been characterized by single-crystal X-ray analysis, FTIR and NMR spectroscopies and by DFT calculations. In the crystal of 1, monoclinic space group P21/n, one proton from H2SQ is transferred to QNB. QNBH+ and HSQ- are linked together by a Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bond of 2.553(2) Å. Two such QNBH+·HSQ- complexes form a centrosymmetric dimer bridged by two Osbnd H⋯O bonds of 2.536(2) Å. The FTIR spectrum is consistent with the X-ray results. The structures of monomer QNBH+·HSQ- (1a) and dimer [QNB·H2SQ]2 (2) have been optimized at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory. Isolated dimer 2 optimized back to a molecular aggregate of H2SQ and QNB. The calculated frequencies for the optimized structure of dimer 2 have been used to explain the frequencies of the experimental FTIR spectrum. The interpretation of 1H and 13C NMR spectra has been based on the calculated GIAO/B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) magnetic isotropic shielding constants for monomer 1a.

  3. Ergogenic effects of betaine supplementation on strength and power performance

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background We investigated the ergogenic effects of betaine (B supplementation on strength and power performance. Methods Twelve men (mean ± SD age, 21 ± 3 yr; mass, 79.1 ± 10.7 kg with a minimum of 3 months resistance training completed two 14-day experimental trials separated by a 14-day washout period, in a balanced, randomized, double-blind, repeated measures, crossover design. Prior to and following 14 days of twice daily B or placebo (P supplementation, subjects completed two consecutive days (D1 and D2 of a standardized high intensity strength/power resistance exercise challenge (REC. Performance included bench, squat, and jump tests. Results Following 14-days of B supplementation, D1 and D2 bench throw power (1779 ± 90 and 1788 ± 34 W, respectively and isometric bench press force (2922 ± 297 and 2503 ± 28 N, respectively were increased (p Conclusion B supplementation increased power, force and maintenance of these measures in selected performance measures, and these were more apparent in the smaller upper-body muscle groups.

  4. Anti-inflammatory effects of betaine on AOM/DSS‑induced colon tumorigenesis in ICR male mice.

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    Kim, Dong Hwan; Sung, Bokyung; Kang, Yong Jung; Jang, Jung Yoon; Hwang, Seong Yeon; Lee, Yujin; Kim, Minjung; Im, Eunok; Yoon, Jeong-Hyun; Kim, Cheol Min; Chung, Hae Young; Kim, Nam Deuk

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    Betaine is an important human nutrient obtained from various foods and studies in animals and humans have provided results suggesting their pathogenesis of various chronic diseases and points to a role in risk assessment and disease prevention. However, the molecular mechanisms of its activity remain poorly understood and warrant further investigation. This study was performed to investigate the anti-inflammation and tumor preventing capacity of betaine on colitis-associated cancer in mice. In in vivo experiments, we induced colon tumors in mice by azoxymethane (AOM) and dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) and evaluated the effects of betaine on tumor growth. Administration with betaine significantly decreased the incidence of tumor formation with downregulation of inflammation. Treatment with betaine inhibited ROS generation and GSSG concentration in colonic mucosa. Based on the qPCR data, administration of betaine inhibited inflammatory cytokines such TNF-α, IL-6, iNOS and COX-2. In in vitro experiments, LPS-induced NF-κB and inflammatory-related cytokines were inhibited by betaine treatment in RAW 264.7 murine macrophage cells. Our findings suggest that betaine is one of the candidates for the prevention of inflammation-associated colon carcinogenesis.

  5. Increased fatty acid β-oxidation as a possible mechanism for fat-reducing effect of betaine in broilers.

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    Leng, Zhixian; Fu, Qin; Yang, Xue; Ding, Liren; Wen, Chao; Zhou, Yanmin

    2016-08-01

    Two hundred and forty 1-day-old male Arbor Acres broiler chickens were randomly assigned to five dietary treatments with six replicates of eight chickens per replicate cage for a 42-day feeding trial. Broiler chickens were fed a basal diet supplemented with 0 (control), 250, 500, 750 or 1000 mg/kg betaine, respectively. Growth performance was not affected by betaine. Incremental levels of betaine decreased the absolute and relative weight of abdominal fat (linear P betaine increased linearly (P betaine supplementation did not affect growth performance of broilers, but was effective in reducing abdominal fat deposition in a dose-dependent manner, which was probably caused by combinations of a decrease in fatty acid synthesis and an increase in β-oxidation.

  6. Expression of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase gene and salinity tolerance in rice transgenic plants

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    郭岩; 张莉; 肖岗; 曹守云; 谷冬梅; 田文忠; 陈受宜

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    Betaine as one of osmolytes plays an important role in osmoregulation of most high plants. Betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase C BADH) is the second enzyme involved in betaine biosynthesis. The BADH gene from a halophite, Atriplex hortensis, was transformed into rice cultivars by bombarment method. Totally 192 transgenic rice plants were obtained and most of them had higher salt tolerance than controls. Among transgenic plants transplanted in the saline pool containing 0.5% NaCl in a greenhouse, 22 survived, 13 of which set seeds, and the frequency of seed setting was very low, only 10% . But the controls could not grow under the same condition. The results of BADH ac-tivity assay and Northern blot showed that the BADH gene was integrated into chromosomes of transgenic plants and expressed.

  7. Cryoprotective effect of glycine betaine and glycerol is not based on a single mechanism.

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    Popova, A V; Busheva, M R

    2001-01-01

    The mechanism of action of the osmoregulatory substances glycine betaine and glycerol in the course of the freeze-thaw cycle was studied. Photochemical activity of isolated thylakoid membranes was effectively protected during freezing by both solutes by preventing dissociation of the peripheral cold labile proteins - the water splitting system and plastocyanin. It is suggested that the cryoprotective effect of glycine betaine and glycerol is based on a mechanism similar to the well documented stabilization of complex enzymes against dissociation into subunits at high salt concentrations. Specific solute-membrane interactions additionally contribute to the observed cryoprotective effect. The binding of the molecules of glycine betaine and glycerol is limited to the water lipid interface of thylakoid membranes.

  8. FTO-dependent function of N6-methyladenosine is involved in the hepatoprotective effects of betaine on adolescent mice.

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    Chen, Jingqing; Zhou, Xihong; Wu, Weiche; Wang, Xinxia; Wang, Yizhen

    2015-09-01

    Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease among children and adolescents in the developed world. Betaine, as a methyl donor, recently has been demonstrated to exert its hepatoprotective effects through rectifying the genomic DNA hypomethylation state. However, whether betaine supplementation affects N6-methyladenosine (m(6)A) mRNA methylation in NAFLD is still unknown. We conducted the current study to investigate the effects of betaine supplementation during adolescence on high-fat diet-induced pathological changes in liver of mice, and we further identified the effects of betaine supplementation on expression of the fat mass and obesity-associated gene (FTO) and hepatic m(6)A mRNA methylation. Our results showed that betaine supplementation across adolescence significantly alleviated high-fat-induced impairment of liver function and morphology as well as ectopic fat accumulation. Surprisingly, no significant effects on serum TG and NEFA level, as well as fat mass, were observed in mice supplemented with betaine. We also found that high-fat diet upregulated ACC1 and FAS gene expression and downregulated HSL and ATGL gene expression. However, these alterations were rectified by betaine supplementation. Moreover, an m(6)A hypomethylation state and increased FTO expression were detected in mice fed with high-fat diet, while betaine supplementation prevented these changes. Our results suggested that betaine supplementation during adolescence could protect mice from high-fat-induced NAFLD by decreasing de novo lipogenesis and increasing lipolysis. Furthermore, a novel FTO-dependent function of m(6)A may involve in the hepatoprotective effects of betaine.

  9. Effects of varying sulphate and nitrogen supply on DMSP and glycine betaine levels in Spartina anglica

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    Mulholland, M. M.; Otte, M. L.

    2000-08-01

    The relationship between sulphate, dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP), and glycine betaine concentrations as well as the interaction with nitrogen supply in Spartina anglica Hubbard was investigated. Several studies have already shown that nitrogen affects levels of DMSP and glycine betaine in Spartina. It has further been suggested that sulphate is important to the growth of the salt marsh grass Spartina. We hypothesised that DMSP might be involved in a high sulphur requirement. It was further hypothesised that the effect of sulphate would depend on nitrogen supply. S. anglica shoots were treated with a range of nutrient solutions containing four different sulphate treatments, 0, 80, 800 or 1600 μM and two different nitrogen levels, 0 or 2 mM ammonium nitrate. Plant parts were analysed for DMSP and glycine betaine, as well as total nitrogen and total sulphur. Plants were analysed for proline as well but levels were very low or non-detectable and patterns were not consistent. Total sulphur was affected by both the nitrogen and sulphate treatments while total nitrogen was affected by the nitrogen treatments only. Sulphate had no effect on growth (leaf length or biomass), but nitrogen increased growth of S. anglica shoots. Levels of DMSP and glycine betaine were unaffected by increased sulphate supply. Nitrogen significantly decreased concentrations of DMSP and glycine betaine. However, due to increased biomass production, total amounts of DMSP and glycine betaine per plant were significantly higher in the 2 mM nitrogen treatments. The data suggest that pools of DMSP in roots and stems are more important than previously thought.

  10. Betaines and dimethylsulfoniopropionate as major osmolytes in cnidaria with endosymbiotic dinoflagellates.

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    Yancey, Paul H; Heppenstall, Marina; Ly, Steven; Andrell, Raymond M; Gates, Ruth D; Carter, Virginia L; Hagedorn, Mary

    2010-01-01

    Most marine invertebrates and algae are osmoconformers whose cells accumulate organic osmolytes that provide half or more of cellular osmotic pressure. These solutes are primarily free amino acids and glycine betaine in most invertebrates and small carbohydrates and dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in many algae. Corals with endosymbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium spp.) have been reported to obtain from the symbionts potential organic osmolytes such as glycerol, amino acids, and DMSP. However, corals and their endosymbionts have not been fully analyzed for osmolytes. We quantified small carbohydrates, free amino acids, methylamines, and DMSP in tissues of the corals Fungia scutaria, Pocillopora damicornis, Pocillopora meandrina, Montipora capitata, Porites compressa, and Porites lobata (all with symbionts) plus Tubastrea aurea (asymbiotic) from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu (Hawaii). Glycine betaine, at 33-69 mmol/kg wet mass, was found to constitute 90% or more of the measured organic solutes in all except the Porites species. Those were dominated by proline betaine and dimethyltaurine. DMSP was found at 0.5-3 mmol/kg in all species with endosymbionts. Freshly isolated Symbiodinium from Fungia, P. damicornis, and P. compressa were also analyzed. DMSP and glycine betaine dominated in the first two; Porites endosymbionts had DMSP, proline betaine, and dimethyltaurine. In all specimens, glycerol and glucose were detected by high-performance liquid chromatography only at 0-1 mmol/kg wet mass. An enzymatic assay for glycerol plus glycerol 3-phosphate and dihydroxyacetone phosphate yielded 1-10 mmol/kg. Cassiopeia andromeda (upside-down jelly; Scyphozoan) and Aiptasia puchella (solitary anemone; Anthozoan) were also analyzed; both have endosymbiotic dinoflagellates. In both, glycine betaine, taurine, and DMSP were the dominant osmolytes. In summary, methylated osmolytes dominate in many Cnidaria; in those with algal symbionts, host and symbiont have similar methylated amino

  11. Computational solvation dynamics of oxyquinolinium betaine linked to trehalose

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    Heid, Esther; Schröder, Christian

    2016-10-01

    Studying the changed water dynamics in the hydration layers of biomolecules is an important step towards fuller understanding of their function and mechanisms, but has shown to be quite difficult. The measurement of the time-dependent Stokes shift of a chromophore attached to the biomolecule is a promising method to achieve this goal, as published in Sajadi et al. [J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 5, 1845 (2014).] where trehalose was used as biomolecule, 1-methyl-6-oxyquinolinium betaine as chromophore, and water as solvent. An overall retardation of solvent molecules is then obtained by comparison of the linked system to the same system without trehalose, but contributions from different subgroups of solvent molecules, for example, molecules close to or far from trehalose, are unknown. The difficulty arising from these unknown contributions of retarded and possibly unretarded solvent molecules is overcome in this work by conducting computer simulations on this system and decomposing the overall signal into the contributions from various molecules at different locations. We performed non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation using a polarizable water model and a non-polarizable solute model and could reproduce the experimental time-dependent Stokes shift accurately for the linked trehalose-oxyquinolinium and the pure oxyquinolinium over a wide temperature range, indicating the correctness of our employed models. Decomposition of the shift into contributions from different solvent subgroups showed that the amplitude of the measured shift is made up only half by the desired retarded solvent molecules in the hydration layer, but to another half by unretarded bulk water, so that measured relaxation times of the overall Stokes shift are only a lower boundary for the true relaxation times in the hydration layer of trehalose. As a side effect, the results on the effect of trehalose on solvation dynamics contribute to the long standing debate on the range of influence of

  12. Orally administered betaine reduces photodamage caused by UVB irradiation through the regulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 activity in hairless mice.

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    Im, A-Rang; Lee, Hee Jeong; Youn, Ui Joung; Hyun, Jin Won; Chae, Sungwook

    2016-01-01

    Betaine is widely distributed in plants, microorganisms, in several types of food and in medical herbs, including Lycium chinense. The administration of 100 mg betaine/kg body weight/day is an effective strategy for preventing ultraviolet irradiation‑induced skin damage. The present study aimed to determine the preventive effects of betaine on ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation‑induced skin damage in hairless mice. The mice were divided into three groups: Control (n=5), UVB‑treated vehicle (n=5) and UVB‑treated betaine (n=5) groups. The level of irradiation was progressively increased between 60 mJ/cm2 per exposure at week 1 (one minimal erythematous dose = 60 mJ/cm2) and 90 mJ/cm2 per exposure at week 7. The formation of wrinkles significantly increased following UVB exposure in the UVB‑treated vehicle group. However, treatment with betaine suppressed UVB‑induced wrinkle formation, as determined by the mean length, mean depth, number, epidermal thickness and collagen damage. Furthermore, oral administration of betaine also inhibited the UVB‑induced expression of mitogen‑activated protein kinase kinase (MEK), extracellular signal‑regulated kinase (ERK), and matrix metalloproteinase‑9 (MMP‑9). These findings suggested that betaine inhibits UVB‑induced skin damage by suppressing increased expression of MMP‑9 through the inhibition of MEK and ERK.

  13. Effects of dietary betaine on growth performance, fat deposition and serum lipids in broilers subjected to chronic heat stress.

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    He, Shaojun; Zhao, Shujing; Dai, Sifa; Liu, Deyi; Bokhari, Shehla Gul

    2015-10-01

    We evaluated the effects of supplementing betaine on growth performance, fat deposition and lipid metabolism status in broilers kept under chronic heat stress. Five hundred and forty chicks were randomly divided into six groups and the two normal temperature groups were held at normal ambient temperature and fed the basal diet (CONT) and basal diet plus 0.1% betaine, respectively. Heat stressed (HS) broilers were held at 32 ± 1°C from days 22 to 42 and fed the basal diet containing variable levels of betaine. Broilers were examined at days 28, 35 and 42 for body weight, feed consumption, fat deposition and serum lipids. The CONT and betaine-supplemented groups showed higher (P betaine significantly decreased those compared with the HS-CONT group. Additionally, betaine supplementation significantly decreased triglyceride, free fatty acids, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol compared with HS-CONT. Chronic HS reduces broiler production performance. However, betaine can reverse these negative effects partially and thus improve carcass composition by changing lipid metabolism.

  14. Alleviation of alcoholic liver injury by betaine involves an enhancement of antioxidant defense via regulation of sulfur amino acid metabolism.

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    Jung, Young Suk; Kim, Sun Ju; Kwon, Do Young; Ahn, Chul Won; Kim, Young Soon; Choi, Dal Woong; Kim, Young Chul

    2013-12-01

    Previous studies suggested that the hepatoprotective activity of betaine is associated with its effects on sulfur amino acid metabolism. We examined the mechanism by which betaine prevents the progression of alcoholic liver injury and its therapeutic potential. Rats received a liquid ethanol diet for 6 wk. Ethanol consumption elevated serum triglyceride and TNFα levels, alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase activities, and lipid accumulation in liver. The oxyradical scavenging capacity of liver was reduced, and expression of CD14, TNFα, COX-2, and iNOS mRNAs was induced markedly. These ethanol-induced changes were all inhibited effectively by betaine supplementation. Hepatic S-adenosylmethionine, cysteine, and glutathione levels, reduced in the ethanol-fed rats, were increased by betaine supplementation. Methionine adenosyltransferase and cystathionine γ-lyase were induced, but cysteine dioxygenase was down-regulated, which appeared to account for the increment in cysteine availability for glutathione synthesis in the rats supplemented with betaine. Betaine supplementation for the final 2 wk of ethanol intake resulted in a similar degree of hepatoprotection, revealing its potential therapeutic value in alcoholic liver. It is concluded that the protective effects of betaine against alcoholic liver injury may be attributed to the fortification of antioxidant defense via improvement of impaired sulfur amino acid metabolism.

  15. Biosynthesis and uptake of glycine betaine as cold-stress response to low temperature in fish pathogen Vibrio anguillarum.

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    Ma, Yue; Wang, Qiyao; Gao, Xiating; Zhang, Yuanxing

    2017-01-01

    Fish pathogen Vibrio anguillarum, a mesophile bacterium, is usually found in estuarine and marine coastal ecosystems worldwide that pose a constant stress to local organism by its fluctuation in salinity as well as notable temperature change. Though V. anguillarum is able to proliferate while maintain its pathogenicity under low temperature (5-18°C), so far, coldadaption molecular mechanism of the bacteria is unknown. In this study, V. anguillarum was found possessing a putative glycine betaine synthesis system, which is encoded by betABI and synthesizes glycine betaine from its precursor choline. Furthermore, significant up-regulation of the bet gene at the transcriptional level was noted in log phase in response to cold-stress. Moreover, the accumulation of betaine glycine was only found appearing at low growth temperatures, suggesting that response regulation of both synthesis system and transporter system are cold-dependent. Furthermore, in-frame deletion mutation in the two putative ABC transporters and three putative BCCT family transporters associated with glycine betaine uptake could not block cellular accumulation of betaine glycine in V. anguillarum under coldstress, suggesting the redundant feature in V. anguillarum betaine transporter system. These findings confirmed that glycine betaine serves as an effective cold stress protectant and highlighted an underappreciated facet of the acclimatization of V. anguillarum to cold environments.

  16. Betaine Treatment Attenuates Chronic Ethanol-Induced Hepatic Steatosis and Alterations to the Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Proteome

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    Kusum K. Kharbanda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Mitochondrial damage and disruption in oxidative phosphorylation contributes to the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver injury. Herein, we tested the hypothesis that the hepatoprotective actions of betaine against alcoholic liver injury occur at the level of the mitochondrial proteome. Methods. Male Wister rats were pair-fed control or ethanol-containing liquid diets supplemented with or without betaine (10 mg/mL for 4-5 wks. Liver was examined for triglyceride accumulation, levels of methionine cycle metabolites, and alterations in mitochondrial proteins. Results. Chronic ethanol ingestion resulted in triglyceride accumulation which was attenuated in the ethanol plus betaine group. Blue native gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE revealed significant decreases in the content of the intact oxidative phosphorylation complexes in mitochondria from ethanol-fed animals. The alcohol-dependent loss in many of the low molecular weight oxidative phosphorylation proteins was prevented by betaine supplementation. This protection by betaine was associated with normalization of SAM : S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH ratios and the attenuation of the ethanol-induced increase in inducible nitric oxide synthase and nitric oxide generation in the liver. Discussion/Conclusion. In summary, betaine attenuates alcoholic steatosis and alterations to the oxidative phosphorylation system. Therefore, preservation of mitochondrial function may be another key molecular mechanism responsible for betaine hepatoprotection.

  17. An overlooked effect of glycine betaine on fermentation: prevents caramelization and increases the L-lysine production.

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    Xu, Jianzhong; Xia, Xiuhua; Zhang, Junlan; Guo, Yanfeng; Zhang, Weiguo

    2014-10-01

    This article focuses on the effects of glycine betaine on preventing caramelization, and increasing DCW and L-lysine production. The additional glycine betaine not only decreased the browning intensity (decreased 4 times), and the concentrations of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (decreased 7.8 times) and furfural (decreased 12 times), but also increased the availability of glucose (increased 17.5%) for L-lysine production. The DCW and L-lysine production were increased by adding no more than 20 mM glycine betaine, whereas the DCW and L-lysine production were decreased with the reduction of pH values, although pH had a better response to prevent caramelization than did glycine betaine. For L-lysine production, the highest increase (40%) was observed on the media with 20 mM glycine betaine. The crucial enzymes in glycolysis and L-lysine biosynthesis pathway were investigated. The results indicated that additional glycine betaine increases the activity of enzymes in glycolysis, in contrast to the effect of pH. All the results indicated that glycine betaine can be used to prevent caramelization and increase the L-lysine production. By applying this strategy, glucose would not be have to be separated from the culture media during autoclaving so that factories can save production costs and shorten the fermentation period.

  18. YehZYXW of Escherichia coli Is a Low-Affinity, Non-Osmoregulatory Betaine-Specific ABC Transporter.

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    Lang, Shenhui; Cressatti, Marisa; Mendoza, Kris E; Coumoundouros, Chelsea N; Plater, Samantha M; Culham, Doreen E; Kimber, Matthew S; Wood, Janet M

    2015-09-22

    Transporter-mediated osmolyte accumulation stimulates the growth of Escherichia coli in high-osmolality environments. YehZYXW was predicted to be an osmoregulatory transporter because (1) osmotic and stationary phase induction of yehZYXW is mediated by RpoS, (2) the Yeh proteins are homologous to the components of known osmoregulatory ABC transporters (e.g., ProU of E. coli), and (3) YehZ models based on the structures of periplasmic betaine-binding proteins suggested that YehZ retains key betaine-binding residues. The betaines choline-O-sulfate, glycine betaine, and dimethylsulfoniopropionate bound YehZ and ProX with millimolar and micromolar affinities, respectively, as determined by equilibrium dialysis and isothermal titration calorimetry. The crystal structure of the YehZ apoprotein, determined at 1.5 Å resolution (PDB ID: 4WEP ), confirmed its similarity to other betaine-binding proteins. Small and nonpolar residues in the hinge region of YehZ (e.g., Gly223) pack more closely than the corresponding residues in ProX, stabilizing the apoprotein. Betaines bound YehZ-Gly223Ser an order of magnitude more tightly than YehZ, suggesting that weak substrate binding in YehZ is at least partially due to apo state stabilization. Neither ProX nor YehZ bound proline. Assays based on osmoprotection or proline auxotrophy failed to detect YehZYXW-mediated uptake of proline, betaines, or other osmolytes. However, transport assays revealed low-affinity glycine betaine uptake, mediated by YehZYXW, that was inhibited at high salinity. Thus, YehZYXW is a betaine transporter that shares substrate specificity, but not an osmoregulatory function, with homologues like E. coli ProU. Other work suggests that yehZYXW may be an antivirulence locus whose expression promotes persistent, asymptomatic bacterial infection.

  19. The solvatochromism of phenolate betaines: comparing different cavities of a polarized continuum model.

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    Rezende, Marcos Caroli; Domínguez, Moisés

    2015-08-01

    Two variations of the polarized continuum model employing default ("PCM model") and SMD radii ("SMD model") were compared for the reproduction of the solvatochromic behavior of Reichardt's betaine dye, and of eight other phenolate betaines that exhibit a negative, positive or an inverted solvatochromic behavior. Molecules were optimized at the CAM B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory, and transition energies were calculated with the TD-DFT method. The PCM model failed to reproduce the negative and the inverted solvachromism of these dyes in protic solvents. The SMD model, though not entirely accounting for hydrogen-bond effects in small, polar hydroxylic solvents, should be recommended as a better alternative for the theoretical simulation of the solvatochromism of phenolate betaines in medium to highly polar solvents. Graphical Abstract A comparison of two polarized continuum models ("default PCM" and "PCM/SMD") for reproducing the solvatochromism of phenolate betaines, with nine examples of negative, positive, and inverted behavior.

  20. Surviving environmental stress: the role of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase in marine crustaceans

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH belongs to the aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH family, an ancestral group of enzymes responsible for aldehyde detoxification in several organisms. The BADH enzyme catalyzes the irreversible oxidation of betaine aldehyde to glycine betaine (GB an important osmoptrotector and osmoregulator accumulated in response to cellular osmotic stress. The BADH enzymes have been extensively described in terrestrial organisms, but information in marine crustaceans remains scarce. Research on crustacean stress-adaptive capacity to environmental stressors relates GB accumulation in response to salinity variations. Although GB de novo synthesis is confirmed on crustaceans, its metabolic pathways and regulation mechanism are unexplored. In this work, the state of the knowledge of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase enzymes in marine crustaceans is summarized, as a mechanism to overcome the deleterious effects of changes in temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen concentration in seawater. The purpose of this review is to provide a more comprehensive overview to set the basis for exploring novel functions and properties of BADHs on the response of crustaceans to environmental stress.

  1. Chiral ammonium betaine-catalyzed asymmetric Mannich-type reaction of oxindoles

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    Masahiro Torii

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A highly diastereo- and enantioselective Mannich-type reaction of 3-aryloxindoles with N-Boc aldimines was achieved under the catalysis of axially chiral ammonium betaines. This catalytic method provides a new tool for the construction of consecutive quaternary and tertiary stereogenic carbon centers on biologically intriguing molecular frameworks with high fidelity.

  2. The association of betaine, homocysteine and related metabolites with cognitive function in Dutch elderly people.

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    Eussen, S.; Ueland, P.M.; Clarke, R.; Blom, H.J.; Hoefnagels, W.H.L.; Staveren, W.A. van; Groot, L.C. de

    2007-01-01

    The importance of the one-carbon metabolites, choline and homocysteine, to brain function is well known. However, the associations between the one-carbon metabolites choline, betaine, methionine and dimethylglycine with cognition in elderly are unclear. We therefore examined the associations of thes

  3. Synthesis, vibrational and quantum chemical investigations of hydrogen bonded complex betaine dihydrogen selenite

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    Arjunan, V.; Marchewka, Mariusz K.; Kalaivani, M.

    2012-10-01

    The molecular complex of betaine with selenious acid namely, betaine dihydrogen selenite (C5H13NO5Se, BDHSe) was synthesised by the reaction of betaine and SeO2 in a 1:1:1 solution of isopropanol, methanol and water. Crystals were grown from this solution by cooling to 253 K for few days. The complex was formed without accompanying proton transfer from selenious acid molecule to betaine. The complete vibrational assignments and analysis of BDHSe have been performed by FTIR, FT-Raman and far-infrared spectral studies. More support on the experimental findings was added from the quantum chemical studies performed with DFT (B3LYP) method using 6-311++G∗∗, 6-31G∗∗, cc-pVDZ and 3-21G basis sets. The structural parameters, energies, thermodynamic parameters and the NBO charges of BDHSe were determined by the DFT method. The 1H and 13C isotropic chemical shifts (δ ppm) of BDHSe with respect to TMS were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with the experimental data. SHG experiment was carried out using Kurtz-Perry powder technique. The efficiency of second harmonic generation for BDHSe was estimated relatively to KDP: deff = 0.97 deff (KDP).

  4. Plasma choline and betaine and their relation to plasma homocysteine in normal pregnancy

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    Velzing-Aarts, Francien V; Holm, Pål I; Fokkema, M Rebecca; van der Dijs, Fey P; Ueland, Per M; Muskiet, Frits A

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    Background: Plasma concentrations of total homocysteine (tHcy) decrease during pregnancy. This reduction has been investigated in relation to folate status, but no study has addressed the possible role of betaine and its precursor choline. Objective: We investigated the courses of plasma choline and

  5. Glycine betaine improves oxidative stress tolerance and biocontrol efficacy of antagonistic yeast Cystofilobasidium infirmominiatum

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    The effect of H2O2-induced oxidative stress on the viability of the yeast antagonist, Cystofilobasidium infirmominiatum, as well as the effect of exogenous glycine betaine (GB) on yeast viability under oxidative stress, was determined. GB treatment improved the tolerance of C. infirmominiatum to ox...

  6. Glycine betaine fluxes in Lactobacillus plantarum during osmostasis and hyper- and hypo-osmotic shock

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    Glaasker, E; Konings, W.N; Poolman, B.

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    Bacteria respond to changes in medium osmolarity by varying the concentrations of specific solutes in order to maintain constant turgor. The primary response of Lactobacillus plantarum to an osmotic upshock involves the accumulation of compatible solutes such as glycine betaine, proline, and glutama

  7. Physiological and Growth Responses of Tomato Progenies Harboring the Betaine Alhyde Dehydrogenase Gene to Salt Stress

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    Shu-Feng Zhou; Xian-Yang Chen; Xing-Ning Xue; Xin-Guo Zhang; Yin-Xin Li

    2007-01-01

    The responses of five transgenlc tomato (Lycoperslcon esculentum Mill) lines containing the betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) gene to salt stress were evaluated. Proline, betaine (N, N, N-trimethylglycine, hereafter betaine), chlorophyll and ion contents, BADH activity, electrolyte leakage (EL), and some growth parameters of the plants under 1.0% and 1.5% NaCl treatments were examined. The transgenic tomatoes had enhanced BADH activity and betaine content, compared to the wild type under stress conditions. Salt stress reduced chlorophyll contents to a higher extent in the wild type than in the transgenic plants. The wild type exhibited significantly higher proline content than the transgenic plants at 0.9% and 1.3% NaCl. Cell membrane of the wild type was severely damaged as determined by higher EL under salinity stress. K+ and Ca2+ contents of all tested lines decreased under salt stress,but the transgenic plants showed a significantly higher accumulation of K+ and Ca2+ than the wild type. In contrast,the wild type had significantly higher Cl- and Na+ contents than the transgenic plants under salt stress. Although yield reduction among various lines varied, the wild type had the highest yield reduction. Fruit quality of the transgenic plants was better in comparison with the wild type as shown by a low ratio of blossom end rot fruits.The results show that the transgenic plants have improved salt tolerance over the wild type.

  8. The Effect of Ethylene Glycol, Glycine Betaine, and Urea on Lysozyme Thermal Stability

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    Schwinefus, Jeffrey J.; Leslie, Elizabeth J.; Nordstrom, Anna R.

    2010-01-01

    The four-week student project described in this article is an extension of protein thermal denaturation experiments to include effects of added cosolutes ethylene glycol, glycine betaine, and urea on the unfolding of lysozyme. The transition temperatures and van't Hoff enthalpies for unfolding are evaluated for six concentrations of each cosolute,…

  9. Molecular basis of transport and regulation in the Na+/betaine symporter BetP

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    Ressl, Susanne; Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Anke C.; Vonrhein, Clemens; Ott, Vera; Ziegler, Christine

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    Osmoregulated transporters sense intracellular osmotic pressure and respond to hyperosmotic stress by accumulation of osmolytes to restore normal hydration levels. Here we report the determination of the X-ray structure of a member of the family of betaine/choline/carnitine transporters, the Na+-cou

  10. Prospective study on dietary intakes of folate, betaine, and choline and cardiovascular disease risk in women

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    Dalmeijer, G.W.; Olthof, M.R.; Verhoef, P.; Bots, M.L.; Schouw, van der Y.T.

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    Objective: To investigate the association between dietary intakes of folate, betaine and choline and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Design: Prospective cohort study. Subjects: A total of 16 165 women aged 49¿70 years without prior CVD. Subjects were breast cancer screening participants in

  11. Glycine betaine improves oxidative stress tolerance and biocontrol efficacy of the antagonistic yeast Cystofilobasidium infirmominiatum

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    The effect of hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress on the viability of the yeast antagonist, Cystofilobasidium infirmominiatum, as well as the effect of exogenous glycine betaine (GB) on yeast viability under oxidative stress, was determined. GB treatment improved the tolerance of C. infirmom...

  12. Betaine and L-carnitine transport by Listeria monocytogenes Scott A in response to osmotic signals

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    Verheul, Annette; Glaasker, Erwin; Poolman, Bert; Abee, Tjakko

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    The naturally occurring compatible solutes betaine and L-carnitine allow the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes to adjust to environments of high osmotic strength. Previously, it was demonstrated that L. monocytogenes possesses an ATP-dependent L-carnitine transporter. The present study reve

  13. Effects of Betaine Intake on Plasma Homocysteine Concentrations and Consequences for Health

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    Olthof, M.R.; Verhoef, P.

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    High plasma concentrations of homocysteine may increase risk of cardiovascular disease. Folic acid lowers plasma homocysteine by 25% maximally, because 5-methyltetrahydrofolate is a methyl donor in the remethylation of homocysteine to methionine. Betaine (trimethylglycine) is also a methyl donor in

  14. Separation and Purification of Betaine Aldehyde Dehydrogenase from Wild Suaeda liaotungensis

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    High active betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH, EC 1.2.1.8) is found in wild Suaeda liaotungensis. The enzyme is purified 206-fold with recovery of 1.5%. It have a specific activity of 2363 nmol/min*mg protein and the molecular mass of each subunit is 64.5 kDa as determined by SDS-PAGE.

  15. Preparation and Peactions of Pyridinium Ylids via Decarboxylation of Pyridinium Betaines

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    Pyridinium ylids 4 were generated as reaction intermediates from the decarboxylation of pyridinium betaines 3, which were prepared from the reactions of α-amino acid ester hydrochlorides with 2,4,6-triphenylpyrylium tetrafluoroborate. Protonation,addition and substitution reactions of 4 with electrophiles were studied in this paper.

  16. Synthesis, vibrational and quantum chemical investigations of hydrogen bonded complex betaine dihydrogen selenite.

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    Arjunan, V; Marchewka, Mariusz K; Kalaivani, M

    2012-10-01

    The molecular complex of betaine with selenious acid namely, betaine dihydrogen selenite (C(5)H(13)NO(5)Se, BDHSe) was synthesised by the reaction of betaine and SeO(2) in a 1:1:1 solution of isopropanol, methanol and water. Crystals were grown from this solution by cooling to 253 K for few days. The complex was formed without accompanying proton transfer from selenious acid molecule to betaine. The complete vibrational assignments and analysis of BDHSe have been performed by FTIR, FT-Raman and far-infrared spectral studies. More support on the experimental findings was added from the quantum chemical studies performed with DFT (B3LYP) method using 6-311++G(**), 6-31G(**), cc-pVDZ and 3-21G basis sets. The structural parameters, energies, thermodynamic parameters and the NBO charges of BDHSe were determined by the DFT method. The (1)H and (13)C isotropic chemical shifts (δ ppm) of BDHSe with respect to TMS were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with the experimental data. SHG experiment was carried out using Kurtz-Perry powder technique. The efficiency of second harmonic generation for BDHSe was estimated relatively to KDP: d(eff)=0.97 d(eff) (KDP).

  17. The association of betaine, homocysteine and related metabolites with cognitive function in Dutch elderly people

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    Eussen, S.J.P.M.; Ueland, P.M.; Clarke, R.; Blom, H.J.; Hoefnagels, W.H.L.; Staveren, van W.A.; Groot, de C.P.G.M.

    2007-01-01

    The importance of the one-carbon metabolites, choline and homocysteine, to brain function is well known. However, the associations between the one-carbon metabolites choline, betaine, methionine and dimethylglycine with cognition in elderly are unclear. We therefore examined the associations of thes

  18. Role of elevated S-adenosylhomocysteine in rat hepatocyte apoptosis: protection by betaine.

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    Kharbanda, Kusum K; Rogers, David D; Mailliard, Mark E; Siford, Gerri L; Barak, Anthony J; Beckenhauer, Harriet C; Sorrell, Michael F; Tuma, Dean J

    2005-12-05

    Previous studies from our laboratory have shown that ethanol consumption results in an increase in hepatocellular S-adenosylhomocysteine levels. Because S-adenosylhomocysteine is a potent inhibitor of methylation reactions, we propose that increased intracellular S-adenosylhomocysteine levels could be a major contributor to ethanol-induced pathologies. To test this hypothesis, hepatocytes isolated from rat livers were grown on collagen-coated plates in Williams' medium E containing 5% FCS and exposed to varying concentrations of adenosine in order to increase intracellular S-adenosylhomocysteine levels. We observed increases in caspase-3 activity following exposure to adenosine. This increase in caspase activity correlated with increases in intracellular S-adenosylhomocysteine levels and DNA hypoploidy. The adenosine-induced changes could be significantly attenuated by betaine administration. The mechanism of betaine action appeared to be via the methylation reaction catalyzed by betaine-homocysteine-methyltransferase. To conclude, our results indicate that the elevation of S-adenosylhomocysteine levels in the liver by ethanol is a major factor in altering methylation reactions and in increasing apoptosis in the liver. We conclude that ethanol-induced alteration in methionine metabolic pathways may play a crucial role in the pathologies associated with alcoholic liver injury and that betaine administration may have beneficial therapeutic effects.

  19. Self-assembly of a novel beta-In2S3 nanostructure exhibiting strong quantum confinement effects.

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    Zhang, Wu; Ma, Dekun; Huang, Zhen; Tang, Qun; Xie, Qin; Qian, Yitai

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    The 3D beta-In2S3 flowerlike architecture assembled from nanoflakes was prepared via a novel complex-precursor assisted (CPA) solvothermal route. The as-prepared beta-In2S3 powder was characterized by X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), transition electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), ultraviolet-visible light (UV-vis) spectra, and photoluminescence spectrum. The novel 3D beta-In2S3 nanostructure exhibit a strong quantum confinement effect. FT-IR spectra were used to investigate the coordinative chemical effect in the complex. A possible mechanism was discussed.

  20. Variation of Polyphenols and Betaines in Aerial Parts of Young, Field-Grown Amaranthus Genotypes

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    Steffensen, Stine Krogh; Pedersen, Hans Albert; Labouriau, Rodrigo

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    -trans-feruloyltyramine, N-trans-feruloyl-4-O-methyldopamine), and betaines (glycinebetaine, trigonelline) were determined. The variation in phytochemical content due to species and cultivation site was analyzed utilizing the multivariate statistical methods of principal component analysis (PCA) and graphical model (GM...... primarily by a higher content of trigonelline and the two hydroxycinnamyl amides in A. mantegazzianus. The GM showed that the quantities of the different analytes within each compound group were intercorrelated except in the case of the betaines. The betaines carried no information on each other...

  1. Betaine supplementation protects against high-fructose-induced renal injury in rats.

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    Fan, Chen-Yu; Wang, Ming-Xing; Ge, Chen-Xu; Wang, Xing; Li, Jian-Mei; Kong, Ling-Dong

    2014-03-01

    High fructose intake causes metabolic syndrome, being an increased risk of chronic kidney disease development in humans and animals. In this study, we examined the influence of betaine on high-fructose-induced renal damage involving renal inflammation, insulin resistance and lipid accumulation in rats and explored its possible mechanisms. Betaine was found to improve high-fructose-induced metabolic syndrome including hyperuricemia, dyslipidemia and insulin resistance in rats with systemic inflammation. Betaine also showed a protection against renal dysfunction and tubular injury with its restoration of the increased glucose transporter 9 and renal-specific transporter in renal brush bolder membrane and the decreased organic anion transporter 1 and adenosine-triphosphate-binding cassette transporter 2 in the renal cortex in this model. These protective effects were relevant to the anti-inflammatory action by inhibiting the production of inflammatory cytokines including interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-18, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α in renal tissue of high-fructose-fed rat, being more likely to suppress renal NOD-like receptor superfamily, pyrin domain containing 3 inflammasome activation than nuclear factor κB activation. Subsequently, betaine with anti-inflammation ameliorated insulin signaling impairment by reducing the up-regulation of suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 and lipid accumulation partly by regulating peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α/palmityltransferase 1/carnitine/organic cation transporter 2 pathway in kidney of high-fructose-fed rats. These results indicate that the inflammatory inhibition plays a pivotal role in betaine's improvement of high-fructose-induced renal injury with insulin resistance and lipid accumulation in rats.

  2. The protecting effects and mechanism of betaine hydrochloride on hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats

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    XIN Xiao-ming; MA Lian-long; GAO Yong-feng; WANG Hao; WANG Xiao-dan; ZHU Yu-yun; GAO Yun-sheng

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study the protecting effects and mechanism of betaine hydrochloride on hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats. Methods Fourty SD rats were randomly divided into 5 groups (8 animals in each group) : sham-operated control group (A), hepatic ischemia-reperfusion group (B), 200 mg·kg-1 400 mg·kg-1 800 mg·kg-1 betaine hydrochloride + hepatic ischemia-reperfusion group (C、D、E). betaine hydrochloride was administered to animals byoral route in group C、D、E for 7 days before ischemia. A、B group was administered with NS. Made the animal model of part hepatic ischemia-reperfusion. Serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels in the blood and themalondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), protein content in hepatic tissue were determined after the liver had been reperfused for 24 hours; the hepatic tissue was examined under lightmieroscope and the cell apoptosis was demonstrated with flow cytometry. Results ALT, AST, MDA increased and SOD decreased significantly in B group when compared those in the A group (P<0.05), Hepatic apoptosis was significantly increased; ALT, AST, MDA decreased and SOD increased significantly in betaine hydrochloride 200 mg·kg-1(C) group when compared those in the B group(P<0.05). Hepatic apoptosis was significantly lower, The histologic changes of the liver tissue under lightmicroscope in the C group was more easer than in the I/R group (B). Conclusions Betaine hydrochloride has the ability to scavenge oxygen free radical (OFR), reduce lipid peroxidation and inhibition of apoptosis. So it can protect the rats liver damaged by ischemia-reperfusion.

  3. A nonpyrrolysine member of the widely distributed trimethylamine methyltransferase family is a glycine betaine methyltransferase.

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    Ticak, Tomislav; Kountz, Duncan J; Girosky, Kimberly E; Krzycki, Joseph A; Ferguson, Donald J

    2014-10-28

    COG5598 comprises a large number of proteins related to MttB, the trimethylamine:corrinoid methyltransferase. MttB has a genetically encoded pyrrolysine residue proposed essential for catalysis. MttB is the only known trimethylamine methyltransferase, yet the great majority of members of COG5598 lack pyrrolysine, leaving the activity of these proteins an open question. Here, we describe the function of one of the nonpyrrolysine members of this large protein family. Three nonpyrrolysine MttB homologs are encoded in Desulfitobacterium hafniense, a Gram-positive strict anaerobe present in both the environment and human intestine. D. hafniense was found capable of growth on glycine betaine with electron acceptors such as nitrate or fumarate, producing dimethylglycine and CO2 as products. Examination of the genome revealed genes for tetrahydrofolate-linked oxidation of a methyl group originating from a methylated corrinoid protein, but no obvious means to carry out corrinoid methylation with glycine betaine. DSY3156, encoding one of the nonpyrrolysine MttB homologs, was up-regulated during growth on glycine betaine. The recombinant DSY3156 protein converts glycine betaine and cob(I)alamin to dimethylglycine and methylcobalamin. To our knowledge, DSY3156 is the first glycine betaine:corrinoid methyltransferase described, and a designation of MtgB is proposed. In addition, DSY3157, an adjacently encoded protein, was shown to be a methylcobalamin:tetrahydrofolate methyltransferase and is designated MtgA. Homologs of MtgB are widely distributed, especially in marine bacterioplankton and nitrogen-fixing plant symbionts. They are also found in multiple members of the human microbiome, and may play a beneficial role in trimethylamine homeostasis, which in recent years has been directly tied to human cardiovascular health.

  4. Overexpression of ALDH10A8 and ALDH10A9 Genes Provides Insight into Their Role in Glycine Betaine Synthesis and Affects Primary Metabolism in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Missihoun, Tagnon D; Willée, Eva; Guegan, Jean-Paul; Berardocco, Solenne; Shafiq, Muhammad R; Bouchereau, Alain; Bartels, Dorothea

    2015-09-01

    Betaine aldehyde dehydrogenases oxidize betaine aldehyde to glycine betaine in species that accumulate glycine betaine as a compatible solute under stress conditions. In contrast, the physiological function of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase genes is at present unclear in species that do not accumulate glycine betaine, such as Arabidopsis thaliana. To address this question, we overexpressed the Arabidopsis ALDH10A8 and ALDH10A9 genes, which were identified to code for betaine aldehyde dehydrogenases, in wild-type A. thaliana. We analysed changes in metabolite contents of transgenic plants in comparison with the wild type. Using exogenous or endogenous choline, our results indicated that ALDH10A8 and ALDH10A9 are involved in the synthesis of glycine betaine in Arabidopsis. Choline availability seems to be a factor limiting glycine betaine synthesis. Moreover, the contents of diverse metabolites including sugars (glucose and fructose) and amino acids were altered in fully developed transgenic plants compared with the wild type. The plant metabolic response to salt and the salt stress tolerance were impaired only in young transgenic plants, which exhibited a delayed growth of the seedlings early after germination. Our results suggest that a balanced expression of the betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase genes is important for early growth of A. thaliana seedlings and for salt stress mitigation in young seedlings.

  5. Plasma phospholipid transfer protein activity is inversely associated with betaine in diabetic and non-diabetic subjects

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    Dullaart, R. P. F.; Garcia, Erwin; Jeyarajah, Elias; Gruppen, Eke G.; Connelly, Margery A.

    2016-01-01

    Background: The choline metabolite, betaine, plays a role in lipid metabolism, and may predict the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP) and lecithin: cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) require phosphatidylcholine as substrate

  6. Application of NMR-based metabonomics suggests a relationship between betaine absorption and elevated creatine plasma concentrations in catheterised sows

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    Yde, Christian Clement; Westerhuis, Johan A.; Bertram, Hanne Christine S.;

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    of these metabolites from the small intestine. The LF diet resulted in a higher betaine concentration in the blood than the two high-fibre diets (P¼0·008). This leads to higher plasma concentrations of methionine (P¼0·0028) and creatine (P¼0·020) of endogenous origin. In conclusion, the use of NMR spectroscopy...... for measuring nutrient uptake in the present study elucidated the relationship between betaine uptake and elevated creatine plasma concentrations....

  7. System A amino acid transporter SNAT2 shows subtype-specific affinity for betaine and hyperosmotic inducibility in placental trophoblasts.

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    Nishimura, Tomohiro; Yagi, Risa; Usuda, Mariko; Oda, Kenji; Yamazaki, Mai; Suda, Sayaka; Takahashi, Yu; Okazaki, Fumiyasu; Sai, Yoshimichi; Higuchi, Kei; Maruyama, Tetsuo; Tomi, Masatoshi; Nakashima, Emi

    2014-05-01

    Betaine uptake is induced by hypertonic stress in a placental trophoblast cell line, and involvement of amino acid transport system A was proposed. Here, we aimed to identify the subtype(s) of system A that mediates hypertonicity-induced betaine uptake. Measurement of [(14)C]betaine uptake by HEK293 cells transiently transfected with human or rat sodium-coupled neutral amino acid transporters (SNATs), SNAT1, SNAT2 and SNAT4 revealed that only human and rat SNAT2 have betaine uptake activity. The Michaelis constants (Km) of betaine uptake by human and rat SNAT2 were estimated to be 5.3 mM and 4.6 mM, respectively. Betaine exclusively inhibited the uptake activity of SNAT2 among the rat system A subtypes. We found that rat SNAT1, SNAT2 and SNAT4 were expressed at the mRNA level under isotonic conditions, while expression of SNAT2 and SNAT4 was induced by hypertonicity in TR-TBT 18d-1 cells. Western blot analyses revealed that SNAT2 expression on plasma membrane of TR-TBT 18d-1 cells was more potently induced by hypertonicity than that in total cell lysate. Immunocytochemistry confirmed the induction of SNAT2 expression in TR-TBT 18d-1 cells exposed to hypertonic conditions and indicated that SNAT2 was localized on the plasma membrane in these cells. Our results indicate that SNAT2 transports betaine, and that tonicity-sensitive SNAT2 expression may be involved in regulation of betaine concentration in placental trophoblasts.

  8. Maternal dietary betaine supplementation modifies hepatic expression of cholesterol metabolic genes via epigenetic mechanisms in newborn piglets.

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    Cai, Demin; Jia, Yimin; Lu, Jingyu; Yuan, Mengjie; Sui, Shiyan; Song, Haogang; Zhao, Ruqian

    2014-11-14

    To elucidate the effects of maternal dietary betaine supplementation on hepatic expression of cholesterol metabolic genes in newborn piglets and the involved epigenetic mechanisms, we fed gestational sows with control or betaine-supplemented diets (3 g/kg) throughout pregnancy. Neonatal piglets born to betaine-supplemented sows had higher serum methionine concentration and hepatic content of betaine, which was associated with significantly up-regulated hepatic expression of glycine N-methyltransferase. Prenatal betaine exposure increased hepatic cholesterol content and modified the hepatic expression of cholesterol metabolic genes in neonatal piglets. Sterol regulatory element-binding protein 2 was down-regulated at both mRNA and protein levels, while 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl CoA reductase (HMGCR) was down-regulated at the mRNA level, but up-regulated at the protein level, in betaine-exposed piglets. The transcriptional repression of HMGCR was associated with CpG island hypermethylation and higher repressive histone mark H3K27me3 (histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation) on the promoter, whereas increased HMGCR protein content was associated with significantly decreased expression of miR-497. Furthermore, LDL receptor was significantly down-regulated at both mRNA and protein levels in the liver of betaine-exposed piglets, which was associated with promoter CpG hypermethylation. In addition, the expression of cholesterol-27α-hydroxylase (CYP27α1) was up-regulated at both mRNA and protein levels, while the expression of cholesterol-7α-hydroxylase (CYP7α1) was increased at the mRNA level, but unchanged at the protein level associated with increased expression of miR-181. These results indicate that maternal betaine supplementation increases hepatic cholesterol content in neonatal piglets through epigenetic regulations of cholesterol metabolic genes, which involve alterations in DNA and histone methylation and in the expression of microRNA targeting these genes.

  9. Betaine prevented fructose-induced NAFLD by regulating LXRα/PPARα pathway and alleviating ER stress in rats.

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    Ge, Chen-Xu; Yu, Rong; Xu, Min-Xuan; Li, Pei-Qin; Fan, Chen-Yu; Li, Jian-Mei; Kong, Ling-Dong

    2016-01-05

    Betaine has been proven effective in treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in animal models, however, its molecular mechanisms remain elusive. The aims of this study were to explore the mechanisms mediating the anti-inflammatory and anti-lipogenic actions of betaine in fructose-fed rats. In this study, betaine improved insulin resistance, reduced body weight gain and serum lipid levels, and prevented hepatic lipid accumulation in fructose-fed rats. It up-regulated hepatic expression of liver X receptor-alpha (LXRα) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPARα), with the attenuation of the changes of their target genes, including hepatic carnitine palmitoyl transferase (CPT) 1α, glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchored high density lipoprotein binding protein 1, apolipoprotein B, sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1c and adipocyte differentiation-related protein, involved in fatty acid oxidation and lipid storage in these model rats. Furthermore, betaine alleviated ER stress and inhibited acetyl-CoA carboxylase α, CPT II, stearoyl-CoA desaturase 1 and fatty acid synthase expression involved in fatty acid synthesis in the liver of fructose-fed rats. Betaine suppressed hepatic gluconeogenesis in fructose-fed rats by moderating protein kinase B -forkhead box protein O1 pathway, as well as p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase and mammalian target of rapamycin activity. Moreover, betaine inhibited hepatic nuclear factor kappa B /nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich-containing family, pyrin domain-containing-3 inflammasome activation-mediated inflammation in this animal model. These results demonstrated that betaine ameliorated hepatic lipid accumulation, gluconeogenesis, and inflammation through restoring LXRα and PPARα expression and alleviating ER stress in fructose-fed rats. This study provides the potential mechanisms of betaine involved in the treatment of NAFLD.

  10. Effect of betaine and arginine in lysine-deficient diets on growth, carcass traits, and pork quality.

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    Madeira, M S; Alfaia, C M; Costa, P; Lopes, P A; Martins, S V; Lemos, J P C; Moreira, O; Santos-Silva, J; Bessa, R J B; Prates, J A M

    2015-10-01

    Forty entire male pigs from a commercial crossbreed (Duroc × Large White × Landrace) were used to investigate the individual or combined effects of betaine and Arg supplementation in Lys-deficient diets on growth performance, carcass traits, and pork quality. Pigs with 59.9 ± 1.65 kg BW were randomly assigned to 1 of 5 dietary treatments ( = 8). The 5 dietary treatments were normal Lys and CP diet (0.51% Lys and 16% CP; control), reduced Lys and CP diet (0.35% Lys and 13% CP), reduced Lys and CP diet with betaine supplementation (0.33%), reduced Lys and CP diet with Arg supplementation (1.5%), and reduced Lys and CP diet with betaine and Arg supplementation (0.33% betaine and 1.5% Arg). Pigs were slaughtered at 92.7 ± 2.54 kg BW. The Lys-deficient diets (-35% Lys) increased intramuscular fat (IMF) content by 25% ( = 0.041) and meat juiciness by 12% ( = 0.041) but had a negative effect on growth performance ( Betaine and Arg supplementation of Lys-deficient diets had no effect on IMF content but increased ( betaine and Arg supplementation of Lys-deficient diets does not further increase IMF content but improves some pork sensory traits, including overall acceptability.

  11. Betaine supplementation prevents fatty liver induced by a high-fat diet: effects on one-carbon metabolism.

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    Deminice, Rafael; da Silva, Robin P; Lamarre, Simon G; Kelly, Karen B; Jacobs, René L; Brosnan, Margaret E; Brosnan, John T

    2015-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of betaine supplementation on the regulation of one-carbon metabolism and liver lipid accumulation induced by a high-fat diet in rats. Rats were fed one of three different liquid diets: control diet, high-fat diet and high-fat diet supplemented with betaine. The control and high-fat liquid diets contained, respectively, 35 and 71 % of energy derived from fat. Betaine supplementation involved the addition of 1 % (g/L) to the diet. After three weeks on the high-fat diet the rats had increased total liver fat concentration, liver triglycerides, liver TBARS and plasma TNF-α. The high-fat diet decreased the hepatic S-adenosylmethionine concentration and the S-adenosylmethionine/S-adenosylhomocysteine ratio compared to the control as well as altering the expression of genes involved in one-carbon metabolism. Betaine supplementation substantially increased the hepatic S-adenosylmethionine concentration (~fourfold) and prevented fatty liver and hepatic injury induced by the high-fat diet. It was accompanied by the normalization of the gene expression of BHMT, GNMT and MGAT, which code for key enzymes of one-carbon metabolism related to liver fat accumulation. In conclusion, the regulation of the expression of MGAT by betaine supplementation provides an additional and novel mechanism by which betaine supplementation regulates lipid metabolism and prevents accumulation of fat in the liver.

  12. Hepatoprotective effects of Lycium chinense Miller fruit and its constituent betaine in CCl4-induced hepatic damage in rats.

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    Ahn, Meejung; Park, Jong Sang; Chae, Sungwook; Kim, Seungjoon; Moon, Changjong; Hyun, Jin Won; Shin, Taekyun

    2014-07-01

    The hepatoprotective activities of Lycium chinense Miller (LC) fruit extract and its component betaine were investigated under carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. The treatment of LC fruit extract significantly suppressed the increase of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in the sera of CCl4 injured rats, and restored the decreased levels of anti-oxidant enzymes such as total antioxidant capacity (TAC), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and suppressed the expression of inflammatory mediators including inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and -2. To visualize the potential activity of betaine, a component of LC fruit, betaine was substituted for LC extract in CCl4 injured rats. The biochemical profile in CCl4 injured rats co-treated with betaine matched those of LC fruit treated CCl4 injured rats. The ameliorative effects of LC extract, as well as betaine, were also confirmed by histopathological examination. Collectively, the present findings imply that LC fruit, via its component betaine, mitigate CCl4-induced hepatic injury by increasing antioxidative activity and decreasing inflammatory mediators including iNOS and COX-1/COX-2.

  13. Effects of methionine and betaine supplementation on growth performance, carcase composition and metabolism of lipids in male broilers.

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    Zhan, X A; Li, J X; Xu, Z R; Zhao, R Q

    2006-10-01

    1. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of methionine and betaine supplementation on growth performance, carcase composition and lipid metabolism in growing broilers. 2. A total of 450 commercial broilers, 22 d of age, were randomly allocated to three groups, each of which included three replicates (50 birds per replicate). The groups received the same methionine-deficient diet supplemented with 0 or 1 g/kg methionine, or 0.5 g/kg betaine, respectively. 3. Methionine and betaine supplementation significantly improved weight gain and feed conversion. Supplemental methionine and betaine also significantly increased breast muscle yield and decreased abdominal fat content. Meanwhile, addition of methionine and betaine significantly increased the contents of creatine and free carnitine in liver, the activity of hormone-sensitive lipase in abdominal fat and the concentration of free fatty acid in serum, whereas uric acid concentration in serum was significantly decreased. 4. The results of this study suggest that betaine can spare methionine in its function as an essential amino acid and is as effective as methionine in improving performance and carcase quality of growing broilers if the diet is moderately deficient in methionine. The decrease in abdominal fat may be due to the increased carnitine synthesis in liver and hormone-sensitive lipase activity in abdominal fat.

  14. Amino Acid Residues Critical for the Specificity for Betaine Aldehyde of the Plant ALDH10 Isoenzyme Involved in the Synthesis of Glycine Betaine1[W][OA

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    Díaz-Sánchez, Ángel G.; González-Segura, Lilian; Mújica-Jiménez, Carlos; Rudiño-Piñera, Enrique; Montiel, Carmina; Martínez-Castilla, León P.; Muñoz-Clares, Rosario A.

    2012-01-01

    Plant Aldehyde Dehydrogenase10 (ALDH10) enzymes catalyze the oxidation of ω-primary or ω-quaternary aminoaldehydes, but, intriguingly, only some of them, such as the spinach (Spinacia oleracea) betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (SoBADH), efficiently oxidize betaine aldehyde (BAL) forming the osmoprotectant glycine betaine (GB), which confers tolerance to osmotic stress. The crystal structure of SoBADH reported here shows tyrosine (Tyr)-160, tryptophan (Trp)-167, Trp-285, and Trp-456 in an arrangement suitable for cation-π interactions with the trimethylammonium group of BAL. Mutation of these residues to alanine (Ala) resulted in significant Km(BAL) increases and Vmax/Km(BAL) decreases, particularly in the Y160A mutant. Tyr-160 and Trp-456, strictly conserved in plant ALDH10s, form a pocket where the bulky trimethylammonium group binds. This space is reduced in ALDH10s with low BADH activity, because an isoleucine (Ile) pushes the Trp against the Tyr. Those with high BADH activity instead have Ala (Ala-441 in SoBADH) or cysteine, which allow enough room for binding of BAL. Accordingly, the mutation A441I decreased the Vmax/Km(BAL) of SoBADH approximately 200 times, while the mutation A441C had no effect. The kinetics with other ω-aminoaldehydes were not affected in the A441I or A441C mutant, demonstrating that the existence of an Ile in the second sphere of interaction of the aldehyde is critical for discriminating against BAL in some plant ALDH10s. A survey of the known sequences indicates that plants have two ALDH10 isoenzymes: those known to be GB accumulators have a high-BAL-affinity isoenzyme with Ala or cysteine in this critical position, while non GB accumulators have low-BAL-affinity isoenzymes containing Ile. Therefore, BADH activity appears to restrict GB synthesis in non-GB-accumulator plants. PMID:22345508

  15. 甜菜碱及其盐酸盐对籼米热特性和粘度特性影响%Effect of betaine and betaine hydrochloride on the property of pasting and retrogradation of long-shaped rice

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    王晓映; 吴跃; 林亲录; 丁玉琴; 程威威

    2013-01-01

    Betaine and betaine hydrochloride were researched to addlong–shaped rice which was main produced at Hunan. The object of this investigation was to expand the application of betaine and betaine in starchy food and the exploring a new thought on improving the processing quality of long–shaped rice. The results were as fellow:gelatinization peak temperature and gelatinization enthalpy of long–shaped rice were improved with the addition of betaine and betaine hydrochloride. Meantime,they can reduce the retrogradation enthalpy of long–shaped rice was reduced through,and betaine hydrochloride had greater effect. Breakdown values were reduced obviously when the addition of betaine was 0.20%, and reduction values and setback values were reduced obviously when the addition of betaine was 0.10%and 0.20%. Breakdown values were reduced obviously when the addition of betaine hydrochloride was 0.30%,reduction and setback values were reduced obviously when it was 0.10%.%  为扩展食品添加剂甜菜碱及其盐酸盐在淀粉制品中应用,以湖南地区籼米为原料,研究该两种物质对籼米热特性和粘度特性影响,以期为改善籼米加工品质提供新的解决思路.研究结果表明,甜菜碱和甜菜碱盐酸盐均能提高糊化温度,增大糊化焓值,抑制籼米回生,且甜菜碱盐酸盐抑制回生效果更好;甜菜碱添加量为0.20%时,崩解值明显降低,添加量为0.10%时,消减值明显降低,添加量为0.20%时,回复值明显降低;甜菜碱盐酸盐添加量为0.30%时,崩解值明显增大,添加量为0.10%时,消减值和回复值明显降低.

  16. Electron paramagnetic resonance and FT-IR spectroscopic studies of glycine anhydride and betaine hydrochloride

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    Halim Başkan, M.; Kartal, Zeki; Aydın, Murat

    2015-12-01

    Gamma irradiated powders of glycine anhydride and betaine hydrochloride have been investigated at room temperature by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). In these compounds, the observed paramagnetic species were attributed to the R1 and R2 radicals, respectively. It was determined that the free electron interacted with environmental protons and 14N nucleus in both radicals. The EPR spectra of gamma irradiated powder samples remained unchanged at room temperature for two weeks after irradiation. Also, the Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), FT-Raman and thermal analyses of both compounds were investigated. The functional groups in the molecular structures of glycine anhydride and betaine hydrochloride were identified by vibrational spectroscopies (FT-IR and FT-Raman).

  17. Determination of Betaine in Fructus Lycii Using Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography with Evaporative Light Scattering Detection

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    Shin, Hyun Du; Suh, Joon Hyuk; Kim, Jung Hyun; Lee, Hye Yeon; Eom, Han Young; Kim, Un Yong; Yang, Dong Hyug; Han, Sang Beom; Youm, Jeong Rok [Chung-Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    A simple new method was developed for the determination of betaine in Fructus Lycii using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography with evaporative light scattering detection (HILIC-ELSD). Good chromatographic separation and reasonable betaine retention was achieved on a Kinetex HILIC column (2.1 x 100 mm, 2.6 μm) packed with fused-core particle. The mobile phase consisted of (A) acetonitrile and (B) 10 mM ammonium formate (pH 3.0)/acetonitrile (90/10, v/v). It was used with gradient elution at a flow rate of 0.7 mL/ min. The column temperature was set at 27.5 .deg. C and the injection volume was 10 μL. The ELSD drift tube temperature was 50 .deg. C and the nebulizing gas (nitrogen) pressure was 3.0 bar. Stachydrine, a zwitterionic compound, was used as an internal standard. Calibration curve over 10-250 μg/mL showed good linearity (R{sup 2} > 0.9992) and betaine in the 70% methanol extract of Fructus Lycii was well separated from other peaks. Intra and inter-day precision ranged from 1.1 to 3.0% and from 2.4 to 5.3%, respectively, while intra- and inter-day accuracy ranged from 100.0 to 107.0% and from 94.3 to 103.9%, respectively. The limit of quantification (LOQ) was 10 μg/mL and the recoveries were in the range of 98.2-102.7%. The developed HILIC-ELSD method was successfully applied to quantitatively determine the amount of betaine in fourteen Fructus Lycii samples from different locations, demonstrating that this method is simple, rapid, and suitable for the quality control of Fructus Lycii.

  18. catena-Poly[[manganese(II-tris(μ-betaine-κ2O:O′] tetrabromidomanganate(IV

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    Ladislav Bohatý

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    Full Text Available The title compound, [Mn(C5H11NO23]·MnBr4, contains polymeric cationic chains of distorted MnO6 octahedra and bridging betaine molecules, running parallel to the a axis. There are two distinct Mn2+ cations in the chain, both with site symmetry overline{1}. Distorted [MnBr4]2− tetrahedra occupy the spaces between the chains.

  19. Hydration and vibrational dynamics of betaine (N,N,N-trimethylglycine)

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    Li, Tanping; Cui, Yaowen; Mathaga, John; Kumar, Revati; Kuroda, Daniel G.

    2015-06-01

    Zwitterions are naturally occurring molecules that have a positive and a negative charge group in its structure and are of great importance in many areas of science. Here, the vibrational and hydration dynamics of the zwitterionic system betaine (N,N,N-trimethylglycine) is reported. The linear infrared spectrum of aqueous betaine exhibits an asymmetric band in the 1550-1700 cm-1 region of the spectrum. This band is attributed to the carboxylate asymmetric stretch of betaine. The potential of mean force computed from ab initio molecular dynamic simulations confirms that the two observed transitions of the linear spectrum are related to two different betaine conformers present in solution. A model of the experimental data using non-linear response theory agrees very well with a vibrational model comprising of two vibrational transitions. In addition, our modeling shows that spectral parameters such as the slope of the zeroth contour plot and central line slope are both sensitive to the presence of overlapping transitions. The vibrational dynamics of the system reveals an ultrafast decay of the vibrational population relaxation as well as the correlation of frequency-frequency correlation function (FFCF). A decay of ˜0.5 ps is observed for the FFCF correlation time and is attributed to the frequency fluctuations caused by the motions of water molecules in the solvation shell. The comparison of the experimental observations with simulations of the FFCF from ab initio molecular dynamics and a density functional theory frequency map shows a very good agreement corroborating the correct characterization and assignment of the derived parameters.

  20. Betaine: a potential agent for the treatment of hepatopathy associated with short bowel syndrome

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    Guilherme Teixeira Araújo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: The hepatopathy associated with short bowel syndrome (SBS is a multifactorial disease associated with poor prognosis. Besides intestinal transplantation, no other treatment has been shown effective. The current study evaluated the efficacy of betaine for the treatment of hepatopathy associated with SBS. Methods: A prospective, unicentric, non-placebo controlled trial was carried out. After initial evaluation, 10g of betaine anhydrous was administrated to SBS patients in two divided doses for three months. The hepatic steatosis was assessed through nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR, the inflammatory response by interleukin-6 (IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α and ferritin, besides the hepatic lesion through hepatic enzymes and bilirubin. Furthermore, the effect of betaine on homocysteine was evaluated as well as its safety and tolerability in this group of patients. Results: After three months supplementation, patients showed decreased percentage of hepatic fat (p = 0.03 through triphasic NMR examination. There was no significant reduction of serum levels for inflammatory proteins and hepatic lesion markers. Homocysteinemia also did not present significant decrease. The most prevalent side effects were diarrhea and nausea, reported in 62% of the participants; however, these symptoms were transient and not severe enough to justify the treatment interruption. Parenteral nutrition-dependent patients did not present different hepatic lesion degree compared to patients who do not need the prolonged use of it. Conclusions: Betaine was shown to be a potential agent for the treatment of hepatopathy associated with SBS, which was evidenced by NMR, although the markers for hepatic lesion have not presented significant decrease.

  1. Hepatoprotective Effects of Betaine Against Oxidative Stress Induced by Levodopa and Benserazide in Rats

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    M Alirezaei

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    Results: The study results indicated that the treatment of rats with levodopa and benserazide significantly increased total homocysteine (tHcy in plasma of the LD/Ben. group in comparison with the other groups (p <0.05. tHcy concentration was also significantly higher in LD group in comparison with control, betaine and LD/Bet. groups. Lipid peroxidation (TBARS amount of liver increased significantly in LD/Ben. group when compared to the control group which this index decreased by betaine treatment. In contrast, glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase activities in liver were significantly higher in the LD-treated rats as compared to the LD/Ben. group. Serumic dopamine concentration decreased significantly in LD/Ben.-treated rats in comparison with LD and LD/Bet. groups. Conclusion: Taken together, it seems that betaine acts as an antioxidant agent regarding decrease of LD/Ben.-induced oxidative stress and is able to decrease their oxidative effects in liver of rats.

  2. Osmotic Regulation of Betaine Content in Leymus chinensis Under Saline-alkali Stress and Cloning and Expression of Betaine Aldehyde Dehydrogenase(BADH)Gene

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    CUI Xi-yan; WANG Yong; GUO Ji-xun

    2008-01-01

    The potted Leymus chinensis seedlings were treated with saline-alkali solution of six different(from Ⅰ to Ⅵ) concentrations.The results demonstrate that the betaine content and Betaine-aldehyde dehydrogenase(BADH:EC 1.2.1.8) activities have a direct relation with increased stressing time in the same treatment;both exhibit a single peak with increasing the concentration of saline-alkali solution,and number V shows the highest value.The BADH gene of Leymus chinensis Was cloned by RT-PCR and RACE technology and Was designated as LcBADH.The cDNA sequence of LcBADH Was 1774bp including the open reading frame(ORF)of 1521bp(coding 506 amino acids).The vector of prokaryotic expression was constructed by inserting the LcBADH gene fragment into pET30a(+)and transformed into E. coli BL21(DE3).The result of SDS-PAGE shows that the idio-protein with a molecular mass of 56.78 kDa was effectively expressed in the recombinant bacteria induced by isopropyl β-D-thiogalactoside(IPTG).

  3. In Ovo injection of betaine affects hepatic cholesterol metabolism through epigenetic gene regulation in newly hatched chicks.

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    Yun Hu

    Full Text Available Betaine is reported to regulate hepatic cholesterol metabolism in mammals. Chicken eggs contain considerable amount of betaine, yet it remains unknown whether and how betaine in the egg affects hepatic cholesterol metabolism in chicks. In this study, eggs were injected with betaine at 2.5 mg/egg and the hepatic cholesterol metabolism was investigated in newly hatched chicks. Betaine did not affect body weight or liver weight, but significantly increased the serum concentration (P < 0.05 and the hepatic content (P < 0.01 of cholesterol. Accordingly, the cholesterol biosynthetic enzyme HMGCR was up-regulated (P < 0.05 for both mRNA and protein, while CYP7A1 which converts cholesterol to bile acids was down-regulated (P < 0.05 for mRNA and P = 0.07 for protein. Moreover, hepatic protein content of the sterol-regulatory element binding protein 1 which regulates cholesterol and lipid biosynthesis, and the mRNA abundance of ATP binding cassette sub-family A member 1 (ABCA1 which mediates cholesterol counter transport were significantly (P < 0.05 increased in betaine-treated chicks. Meanwhile, hepatic protein contents of DNA methyltransferases 1 and adenosylhomocysteinase-like 1 were increased (P < 0.05, which was associated with global genomic DNA hypermethylation (P < 0.05 and diminished gene repression mark histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (P < 0.05. Furthermore, CpG methylation level on gene promoters was found to be increased (P < 0.05 for CYP7A1 yet decreased (P < 0.05 for ABCA1. These results indicate that in ovo betaine injection regulates hepatic cholesterol metabolism in chicks through epigenetic mechanisms including DNA and histone methylations.

  4. Transgenic Arabidopsis expressing osmolyte glycine betaine synthesizing enzymes from halophilic methanogen promote tolerance to drought and salt stress.

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    Lai, Shu-Jung; Lai, Mei-Chin; Lee, Ren-Jye; Chen, Yu-Hsuan; Yen, Hungchen Emilie

    2014-07-01

    Glycine betaine (betaine) has the highest cellular osmoprotective efficiency which does not accumulate in most glycophytes. The biosynthetic pathway for betaine in higher plants is derived from the oxidation of low-accumulating metabolite choline that limiting the ability of most plants to produce betaine. Halophilic methanoarchaeon Methanohalophilus portucalensis FDF1(T) is a model anaerobic methanogen to study the acclimation of water-deficit stresses which de novo synthesize betaine by the stepwise methylation of glycine, catalyzed by glycine sarcosine N-methyltransferase (GSMT) and sarcosine dimethylglycine N-methyltransferase. In this report, genes encoding these betaine biosynthesizing enzymes, Mpgsmt and Mpsdmt, were introduced into Arabidopsis. The homozygous Mpgsmt (G), Mpsdmt (S), and their cross, Mpgsmt and Mpsdmt (G × S) plants showed increased accumulation of betaine. Water loss from detached leaves was slower in G, S, and G × S lines than wild-type (WT). Pot-grown transgenic plants showed better growth than WT after 9 days of withholding water or irrigating with 300 mM NaCl. G, S, G × S lines also maintained higher relative water content and photosystem II activity than WT under salt stress. This suggests heterologously expressed Mpgsmt and Mpsdmt could enhance tolerance to drought and salt stress in Arabidopsis. We also found a twofold increase in quaternary ammonium compounds in salt-stressed leaves of G lines, presumably due to the activation of GSMT activity by high salinity. This study demonstrates that introducing stress-activated enzymes is a way of avoiding the divergence of primary metabolites under normal growing conditions, while also providing protection in stressful environments.

  5. Effect of Betaine on the Regulation of the Lipid Metabolism in Laying Hen

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    ZOU Xiao-ting; LU Jian-jun

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    The experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of betaine on lipid metabolism of laying hens. 1 600 ISA brown laying hens of 20 weeks of age were alloted randomly into 4 groups each with 4 replicates of 100 layers, the layers were given a corn-soybean basal diet with 0,400,600 and 800 mg/kg betaine respectirely. Results indicated that supplementation of 600 mg/kg betaine significantly improved lay performance, and increased egg production 8.67 % ( P < 0.04), decreased feed/egg ratio by 9.02 % ( P < 0.03) compared with control, but there were no significant differences in egg weight and feed intake. It was found that supplementation of 600 mg/kg betaine decreased weights of abdominal fat by 19.63 % (P < 0.02)and 22.35%(P<0.02), and decreased liver fat by 8.52%(P<0.05) and 16.28%(P<0.01) in 50 and 70 weeks of age respectively. Compared with control, in 70 weeks of age, activity of LPL in abdominal fat was decreased by 44.83% (P < 0.01), HSL activity in abdominal fat increased by 50.0% (P < 0.02), and MDH activity in liver was decreased by 28.74% (P<0.03). Supplementation of 600 betaine increased levels of T3 by 43.29%( P < 0.05) and 43.95 % ( P < 0.02) in 50 and 70 weeks of age respectively, and increased the concentration of cAMP in hypothalamus and anterior pituitary by 59.89% ( P < 0.01) and 24.03% ( P < 0.05) respectively in 70 weeks of age. The concentration of serum gluclose (GLU) , FFA and phospholipid were increased by 44.50% (P<0.03), 19.66%(P<0.03) and 71.66% (P<0.01) in 50 weeks of age. The concentration of serum gluclose (GLU), FFA and phospholipid were increased by 16.25% ( P < 0.05), 22.51% ( P < 0.02) and 22.42%(P<0.01) in 70 weeks of age.

  6. Betaine and Trimethylamine-N-Oxide as Predictors of Cardiovascular Outcomes Show Different Patterns in Diabetes Mellitus: An Observational Study.

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    Full Text Available Betaine is a major osmolyte, also important in methyl group metabolism. Concentrations of betaine, its metabolite dimethylglycine and analog trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO in blood are cardiovascular risk markers. Diabetes disturbs betaine: does diabetes alter associations between betaine-related measures and cardiovascular risk?Plasma samples were collected from 475 subjects four months after discharge following an acute coronary admission. Death (n = 81, secondary acute MI (n = 87, admission for heart failure (n = 85, unstable angina (n = 72 and all cardiovascular events (n = 283 were recorded (median follow-up: 1804 days.High and low metabolite concentrations were defined as top or bottom quintile of the total cohort. In subjects with diabetes (n = 79, high plasma betaine was associated with increased frequencies of events; significantly for heart failure, hazard ratio 3.1 (1.2-8.2 and all cardiovascular events, HR 2.8 (1.4-5.5. In subjects without diabetes (n = 396, low plasma betaine was associated with events; significantly for secondary myocardial infarction, HR 2.1 (1.2-3.6, unstable angina, HR 2.3 (1.3-4.0, and all cardiovascular events, HR 1.4 (1.0-1.9. In diabetes, high TMAO was a marker of all outcomes, HR 2.7 (1.1-7.1 for death, 4.0 (1.6-9.8 for myocardial infarction, 4.6 (2.0-10.7 for heart failure, 9.1 (2.8-29.7 for unstable angina and 2.0 (1.1-3.6 for all cardiovascular events. In subjects without diabetes TMAO was only significant for death, HR 2.7 (1.6-4.8 and heart failure, HR 1.9 (1.1-3.4. Adding the estimated glomerular filtration rate to Cox regression models tended to increase the apparent risks associated with low betaine.Elevated plasma betaine concentration is a marker of cardiovascular risk in diabetes; conversely low plasma betaine concentrations indicate increased risk in the absence of diabetes. We speculate that the difference reflects control of osmolyte retention in tissues. Elevated

  7. Distribution of /sup 14/C-labelled acrylamide and betaine in foetuses of rats, rabbits, beagle dogs and miniature pigs

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    Ikeda, G.J.; Miller, E.; Sapienza, P.P.; Michel, T.C.; King, M.T.; Turner, V.A.; Blumenthal, H.; Jackson, W.E.; Levin, S.

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    (/sup 14/C)Acrylamide and (/sup 14/C)betaine hydrochloride were administered in a single iv dose to pregnant rats, rabbits, beagle dogs and miniature pigs late in gestation (1-2 days before expected parturition). Dosages used were 10 mg/kg for rats and 5 mg/kg for the other species. The compounds were allowed to equilibrate in the animal (for 1 hr in rats and for 2 hr in the other species); the dam was then killed and the foetuses were removed by caesarean section. Each foetus was weighed and analysed for radioactivity, either by homogenization of the whole foetus (rat and rabbit) or by determining separately the radioactivity in individual organs and tissues (dog and pig). Foetal uptake of the polar compound betaine hydrochloride was much lower than that of the more lipophilic acrylamide. The sex of the foetus did not appear to affect uptake of either compound. There were no significant differences in total uptake of isotope attributable to the position of the foetus within the uterus in any of the four species given either acrylamide or betaine. Similarly, uterine position did not affect the uptake of acrylamide or betaine by individual tissues of foetal dogs or pigs. Since the distributions of /sup 14/C-labelled acrylamide and betaine hydrochloride were essentially uniform throughout a litter, it would not be necessary to sample all of the members of a litter to obtain a representative picture of foetal distribution.

  8. Role of choline and glycine betaine in the formation of N,N-dimethylpiperidinium (mepiquat) under Maillard reaction conditions.

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    Bessaire, Thomas; Tarres, Adrienne; Stadler, Richard H; Delatour, Thierry

    2014-01-01

    This study is the first to examine the role of choline and glycine betaine, naturally present in some foods, in particular in cereal grains, to generate N,N-dimethylpiperidinium (mepiquat) under Maillard conditions via transmethylation reactions involving the nucleophile piperidine. The formation of mepiquat and its intermediates piperidine - formed by cyclisation of free lysine in the presence of reducing sugars - and N-methylpiperidine were monitored over time (240°C, up to 180 min) using high-resolution mass spectrometry in a model system comprised of a ternary mixture of lysine/fructose/alkylating agent (choline or betaine). The reaction yield was compared with data recently determined for trigonelline, a known methylation agent present naturally in coffee beans. The role of choline and glycine betaine in nucleophilic displacement reactions was further supported by experiments carried out with stable isotope-labelled precursors (¹³C- and deuterium-labelled). The results unequivocally demonstrated that the piperidine ring of mepiquat originates from the carbon chain of lysine, and that either choline or glycine betaine furnishes the N-methyl groups. The kinetics of formation of the corresponding demethylated products of both choline and glycine betaine, N,N-demethyl-2-aminoethanol and N,N-dimethylglycine, respectively, were also determined using high-resolution mass spectrometry.

  9. Measurement of concentrations of whole blood levels of choline, betaine, and dimethylglycine and their relations to plasma levels.

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    Awwad, Hussain Mohamad; Kirsch, Susanne H; Geisel, Juergen; Obeid, Rima

    2014-04-15

    We aimed at developing a method for the measurement of choline and its metabolites in whole blood (WB). After an extraction step, quantification of choline, betaine, and dimethylglycine (DMG) was performed using ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS). Plasma and WB metabolites were evaluated in a group of 61 elderly people. The calibration curves were linear (r(2)>0.997) for all compounds. The inter- and intra-assay coefficients of variation for all analytes were 90% and the relative matrix effect were ≤4.0%. The median concentrations of choline, betaine, and DMG were 11.3, 27.8, and 5.9μmol/L in plasma and 66.6, 165, and 13.7μmol/L in WB, respectively. There were positive correlations between WB and plasma markers; for choline (r=0.42), betaine (r=0.61), and DMG (r=0.56) (all p≤0.001). The concentrations of betaine in WB and plasma were significantly higher in men than in women. The concentrations of WB choline and DMG did not differ significantly according to sex. In conclusion, we have established a reliable method for measuring choline metabolites in WB. The concentrations of WB choline, betaine, and DMG seem to reflect intracellular concentrations of these metabolites.

  10. Corticoadrenal activity in rat regulates betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase expression with opposite effects in liver and kidney

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    Osvaldo Fridman; Analía V Morales; Laura E Bortoni; Paula C Turk-Noceto; Elio A Prieto

    2012-03-01

    Betaine-homocysteine -methyltransferase (BHMT) is an enzyme that converts homocysteine (Hcy) to methionine using betaine as a methyl donor. Betaine also acts as osmolyte in kidney medulla, protecting cells from high extracellular osmolarity. Hepatic BHMT expression is regulated by salt intake. Hormones, particularly corticosteroids, also regulate BHMT expression in rat liver. We investigated to know whether the corticoadrenal activity plays a role in kidney BHMT expression. BHMT activity in rat kidneys is several orders of magnitude lower than in rat livers and only restricted to the renal cortex. This study confirms that corticosteroids stimulate BHMT activity in the liver and, for the first time in an animal model, also up-regulate the BHMT gene expression. Besides, unlike the liver, corticosteroids in rat kidney down-regulate BHMT expression and activity. Given that the classical effect of adrenocortical activity on the kidney is associated with sodium and water re-absorption by the distal tubule leading to volume expansion, by promoting lesser use of betaine as a methyl donor, corticosteroids would preserve betaine for its other role as osmoprotectant against changes in the extracellular osmotic conditions. We conclude that corticosteroids are, at least in part, responsible for the inhibition of BHMT expression and activity in rat kidneys.

  11. Low-temperature conditioning alleviates chilling injury in loquat fruit and regulates glycine betaine content and energy status.

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    Jin, Peng; Zhang, Yu; Shan, Timin; Huang, Yuping; Xu, Jia; Zheng, Yonghua

    2015-04-15

    The influence of low-temperature conditioning (LTC) treatment on chilling injury, glycine betaine content, and energy metabolism in loquat fruit at 1 °C storage was investigated. The results indicated that LTC treatment significantly reduced chilling injury index, ion leakage, and malondialdehyde content in loquat fruit. Betaine aldehyde hydrogenase (BADH) activity and endogenous glycine betaine (GB) content in loquats treated with LTC were significantly higher than those in control fruit. Moreover, LTC treatment induced activities of energy metabolism-associated enzymes, including H(+)-adenosine triphosphatase, Ca(2+)-adenosine triphosphatase, succinic dehydrogenase, and cytochrome c oxidase. LTC treatment triggered obviously higher levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content and energy charge in loquat fruit. These results showed that LTC possibly alleviated chilling injury and enhanced chilling tolerance of loquat fruit by enhancing endogenous GB content and energy status.

  12. Overexpression of BetS, a Sinorhizobium meliloti high-affinity betaine transporter, in bacteroids from Medicago sativa nodules sustains nitrogen fixation during early salt stress adaptation.

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    Boscari, Alexandre; Van de Sype, Ghislaine; Le Rudulier, Daniel; Mandon, Karine

    2006-08-01

    Sinorhizobium meliloti possesses several betaine transporters to cope with salt stress, and BetS represents a crucial high-affinity glycine and proline betaine uptake system involved in the rapid acquisition of betaines by cells subjected to osmotic upshock. Using a transcriptional lacZ (beta-galactosidase) fusion, we showed that betS is expressed during the establishment of the symbiosis and in mature nitrogen-fixing nodules. However, neither Nod nor Fix phenotypes were impaired in a betS mutant. BetS is functional in isolated bacteroids, and its activity is strongly activated by high osmolarity. In bacteroids from a betS mutant, glycine betaine and proline betaine uptake was reduced by 85 to 65%, indicating that BetS is a major component of the overall betaine uptake activity in bacteroids in response to osmotic stress. Upon betS overexpression (strain UNA349) in free-living cells, glycine betaine transport was 2.3-fold higher than in the wild-type strain. Interestingly, the accumulation of proline betaine, the endogenous betaine synthesized by alfalfa plants, was 41% higher in UNA349 bacteroids from alfalfa plants subjected to 1 week of salinization (0.3 M NaCl) than in wild-type bacteroids. In parallel, a much better maintenance of nitrogen fixation activity was observed in 7-day-salinized plants nodulated with the overexpressing strain than in wild-type nodulated plants. Taken altogether, these results are consistent with the major role of BetS as an emergency system involved in the rapid uptake of betaines in isolated and in planta osmotically stressed bacteroids of S. meliloti.

  13. Uptake of betaine into mouse cumulus-oocyte complexes via the SLC7A6 isoform of y+L transporter.

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    Corbett, Hannah E; Dubé, Chantal D; Slow, Sandy; Lever, Michael; Trasler, Jacquetta M; Baltz, Jay M

    2014-04-01

    Betaine (N,N,N-trimethylglycine) has previously been shown to function in cell volume homeostasis in early mouse embryos and also to be a key donor to the methyl pool in the blastocyst. A betaine transporter (SLC6A20A or SIT1) has been shown to be activated after fertilization, but there is no saturable betaine uptake in mouse oocytes or eggs. Unexpectedly, the same high level of betaine is present in mature metaphase II (MII) eggs as is found in one-cell embryos despite the lack of transport in oocytes or eggs. Significant saturable betaine transport is, however, present in intact cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs). This transport system has an affinity for betaine of ∼227 μM. The inhibition profile indicates that betaine transport by COCs could be completely blocked by methionine, proline, leucine, lysine, and arginine, and transport is dependent on Na(+) but not Cl(-). This is consistent with transport by a y+L-type amino acid transport system. Both transcripts and protein of one y+L isoform, SLC7A6 (y+LAT2), are present in COCs, with little or no expression in isolated germinal vesicle (GV)-stage oocytes, MII eggs, or one-cell embryos. Betaine accumulated by COCs is transferred into the enclosed GV oocyte, which requires functional gap junctions. Thus, at least a portion of the endogenous betaine in MII eggs could be derived from transport into cumulus cells and subsequent transfer into the enclosed oocyte before gap junction closure during meiotic maturation. The oocyte-derived betaine then could be regulated and supplemented by the SIT1 transporter that arises in the embryo after fertilization.

  14. Betaine (N,N,N-trimethylglycine) averts photochemically-induced thrombosis in pial microvessels in vivo and platelet aggregation in vitro.

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    Nemmar, Abderrahim; Yuvaraju, Priya; Beegam, Sumaya; Ali, Badreldin H

    2015-07-01

    Betaine (N,N,N-trimethylglycine) is an important food component with established health benefits through its homocysteine-lowering effects, and is used to lower total homocysteine concentration in plasma of patients with homocystinuria. It is well established that hyperhomocysteinemia is an established risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, the possible protective effect of betaine on coagulation events in vivo and in vitro has thus far not been studied. Betaine was given to mice at oral doses of either 10 mg/kg (n = 6) or 40 mg/kg (n = 6) for seven consecutive days, and control mice (n = 6) received water only. The thrombotic occlusion time in photochemically induced thrombosis in pial arterioles was significantly delayed in mice pretreated with betaine at doses of 10 mg/kg (P betaine. In vitro, in whole blood samples collected from untreated mice (n = 3-5), betaine (0.01-1 mg/mL) significantly reversed platelet aggregation induced by adenosine diphosphate (5 µM). The number of circulating platelets and plasma concentration of fibrinogen in vivo were not significantly affected by betaine pretreament compared with the control group. Lipid peroxidation (LPO) in mice pretreated with betaine was significantly reduced compared with the control group. Moreover, betaine (0.01-1 mg/mL) caused a dose-dependent and significant prolongation of PT (n = 5) and aPTT (n = 4-6). In conclusion, our data show that betaine protected against coagulation events in vivo and in vitro and decreased LPO in plasma.

  15. The beneficial effects of betaine on dysfunctional adipose tissue and N6-methyladenosine mRNA methylation requires the AMP-activated protein kinase α1 subunit.

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    Zhou, Xihong; Chen, Jingqing; Chen, Jin; Wu, Weiche; Wang, Xinxia; Wang, Yizhen

    2015-12-01

    The current study was conducted to determine whether betaine could improve fatty acid oxidation, mitochondrial function and N6-methyladenosine (m(6)A) mRNA methylation in adipose tissue in high-fat-induced mice and how AMP-activated protein kinase α1 subunit (AMPKα1) was involved. AMPKα1 knockout mice and wild-type mice were fed either a low-fat diet, high-fat diet or high-fat diet supplemented with betaine in the drinking water for 8weeks. Our results showed that mitochondrial genes (PGC1α) and β-oxidation-related genes (CPT1a) at protein level were increased in wild-type mice supplemented with betaine when compared with those in mice with high-fat diet. Betaine also decreased FTO expression and improved m(6)A methylation in adipose tissue of wild-type mice with high-fat diet. However, betaine failed to exert the abovementioned effects in AMPKα1 knockout mice. In adipocytes isolated from mice with high-fat diet, betaine treatment increased lipolysis and lipid oxidation. Moreover, betaine decreased FTO expression and increased m(6)A methylation. However, while AMPKα1 was knockdown, no remarkable changes in adipocytes were observed under betaine treatment. Our results indicated that betaine supplementation rectified mRNA hypomethylation and high FTO expression induced by high-fat diet, which may contribute to its beneficial effects on impaired adipose tissue function. Our results suggested that the AMPKα1 subunit is required for the beneficial effects of betaine on dysfunctional adipose tissue and m(6)A methylation. These results may provide the foundation for a mechanism that links m(6)A methylation status in RNA, AMPKα1 phosphorylation and dysfunctional adipose tissue induced by high-fat diet.

  16. Glycine betaine accumulation, ionic and water relations of red-beet at contrasting levels of sodium supply

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    Subbarao, G. V.; Wheeler, R. M.; Levine, L. H.; Stutte, G. W.; Sager, J. C. (Principal Investigator)

    2001-01-01

    Exposure of plants to sodium (Na) and salinity may increase glycine betaine accumulation in tissues. To study this, red-beet cvs. Scarlet Supreme and Ruby Queen, were grown for 42 days in a growth chamber using a re-circulating nutrient film technique with 0.25 mmol/L K and either 4.75 mmol/L (control) or 54.75 mmol/L (saline) Na (as NaCl). Plants were harvested at weekly intervals and measurements were taken on leaf water relations, leaf photosynthetic rates, chlorophyll fluorescence, chlorophyll levels, glycine betaine levels, and tissue elemental composition. Glycine betaine accumulation increased under salinity and this accumulation correlated with higher tissue levels of Na in both cultivars. Na accounted for 80 to 90% of the total cation uptake under the saline treatment. At final harvest (42 days), K concentrations in laminae ranged from approximately 65-95 micromoles g-1 dry matter (DM), whereas Na in shoot tissue ranged from approximately 3000-4000 micromoles g-1. Leaf sap osmotic potential at full turgor [psi(s100)] increased as lamina Na content increased. Glycine betaine levels of leaf laminae showed a linear relationship with leaf sap [psi(s100)]. Chlorophyll levels, leaf photosynthetic rates, and chlorophyll fluorescence were not affected by Na levels. These results suggest that the metabolic tolerance to high levels of tissue Na in red-beet could be due to its ability to synthesize and regulate glycine betaine production, and to control partitioning of Na and glycine betaine between the vacuole and the cytoplasm.

  17. Betaine supplementation reduces congenital defects after prenatal alcohol exposure (Conference Presentation)

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    Karunamuni, Ganga; Gu, Shi; Doughman, Yong Qiu; Sheehan, Megan M.; Ma, Pei; Peterson, Lindsy M.; Linask, Kersti K.; Jenkins, Michael W.; Rollins, Andrew M.; Watanabe, Michiko

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    Over 500,000 women per year in the United States drink during pregnancy, and 1 in 5 of this population also binge drink. As high as 20-50% of live-born children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) present with congenital heart defects including outflow and valvuloseptal anomalies that can be life-threatening. Previously we established a model of PAE (modeling a single binge drinking episode) in the avian embryo and used optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging to assay early-stage cardiac function/structure and late-stage cardiac defects. At early stages, alcohol/ethanol-exposed embryos had smaller cardiac cushions and increased retrograde flow. At late stages, they presented with gross morphological defects in the head and chest wall, and also exhibited smaller or abnormal atrio-ventricular (AV) valves, thinner interventricular septae (IVS), and smaller vessel diameters for the aortic trunk branches. In other animal models, the methyl donor betaine (found naturally in many foods such as wheat bran, quinoa, beets and spinach) ameliorates neurobehavioral deficits associated with PAE but the effects on heart structure are unknown. In our model of PAE, betaine supplementation led to a reduction in gross structural defects and appeared to protect against certain types of cardiac defects such as ventricular septal defects and abnormal AV valvular morphology. Furthermore, vessel diameters, IVS thicknesses and mural AV leaflet volumes were normalized while the septal AV leaflet volume was increased. These findings highlight the importance of betaine and potentially methylation levels in the prevention of PAE-related birth defects which could have significant implications for public health.

  18. Effects of three stabilizing agents--proline, betaine, and trehalose--on membrane phospholipids.

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    Rudolph, A S; Crowe, J H; Crowe, L M

    1986-02-15

    We have studied the interaction between three compounds which accumulate in organisms under hydration stress--proline, betaine, and trehalose--and the membrane phospholipids dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC), palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine (POPC), and dimyristoylphosphatidylethanolamine in bulk solution. Film balance studies reveal that these compounds increase the area/molecule of these lipids. Differential scanning calorimetry has been employed to investigate the effect these agents have on the gel-to-liquid crystalline phase transition of multilamellar and small unilamellar vesicles of DMPC, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, and POPC:phosphatidylserine (90:10 mole ratio) in bulk solution. In the presence of 1 M proline, trehalose, or betaine, the midtransition temperature in small unilamellar vesicles is reduced (up to 7 degrees C in 1 M trehalose), and the transition broadened. In contrast, multilamellar vesicles of similar lipid composition show an increased transition temperature in the presence of the same concentration of these compounds. This result suggests that the inner lamellae in multilamellar vesicles may be dehydrated with only a few outer lamellae exposed to the protective compound. Finally, we have used stereomodels of phosphatidylcholine to investigate the mechanism of action of these agents. Hydrogen bonding of trehalose to the head group region results in an increase in the distance between head groups of 6.9 A. This amount of spreading compares well with data from the monolayer experiments which indicate that maximal spreading of DMPC monolayers by trehalose is 6.5 A. Molecular models of proline and betaine have also been constructed, and these models suggest potential interactions between these compounds and phosphatidylcholines. For the amphipath proline, this interaction may involve intercalation between phospholipid head groups.

  19. Choline but not its derivative betaine blocks slow vacuolar channels in the halophyte Chenopodium quinoa: implications for salinity stress responses.

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    Pottosin, Igor; Bonales-Alatorre, Edgar; Shabala, Sergey

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    Activity of tonoplast slow vacuolar (SV, or TPC1) channels has to be under a tight control, to avoid undesirable leak of cations stored in the vacuole. This is particularly important for salt-grown plants, to ensure efficient vacuolar Na(+) sequestration. In this study we show that choline, a cationic precursor of glycine betaine, efficiently blocks SV channels in leaf and root vacuoles of the two chenopods, Chenopodium quinoa (halophyte) and Beta vulgaris (glycophyte). At the same time, betaine and proline, two major cytosolic organic osmolytes, have no significant effect on SV channel activity. Physiological implications of these findings are discussed.

  20. In search of the thermo/halochromism of the ET(30) pyridinium-N-phenolate betaine dye

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    Rezende, Marcos Caroli; Aracena, Andrés

    2012-12-01

    The thermohalochromic behavior of Reichardt's ET(30) betaine - the temperature-dependent variation of its halochromic band in the presence of a cation - was investigated for the first time in NaI solutions of HBD- (methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol) and non-HBD-solvents (acetonitrile, dimethylformamide) at 15 and 55 °C. The solvent-dependent thermohalochromism of the pyridinium-N-phenolate betaine dye was interpreted in terms of the effect of the temperature on the dye-cation association in solution.

  1. Effects of Exogenous Betaine on the Endogenous BetaineSynthesis in Banana under Low Temperature Stress%外源甜菜碱对低温胁迫下香蕉内源甜菜碱合成的影响

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    李茂富; 韦建学; 符良峰; 李绍鹏

    2011-01-01

    After being treated with different concentration of BT, then stressed in the artificial bioclimatic chamber under 7℃ low temperature,the effects of exogenous betaine on the endogenous betaine synthesis in leaf and root of banana(Musa AAA Giant Cavendish cv.Brazil) were studied by measuring the content of endogenous betaine and the activities of the betaine key synthetase BADH in the leaves and roots of banana seedlings.The results indicated that after being treated with 10 mg/L BT for 16 h under 7℃,the activity of BADH and the content of endogenous betaine in leaves were increased with highly significant difference.Though the content of endogenous betaine in root was significantly higher than that in control which grows under normal circumstance,the activity of BADH was not significantly increased after being stressed for 24 h.Moreover,the endogenous betaine in leaf has significantly partial correlation with the BADH activity, and significantly correlation with the endogenous betaine in root, but no significantly correlation with the exogenous betaine.These results suggest that exogenous betaine could improve the synthesis and content of endogenous betaine in banana under low temperature stress.Both leaves and root have the ability to synthesize BT.%以巴西香蕉(Musa AAA Giant Cavendish cv.Brazil)幼苗为试验材料,用不同浓度外源甜菜碱(BT)预处理香蕉幼苗后,置于人工气候箱中模拟低温(7℃)胁迫,分别测定香蕉叶片和根系内源甜菜碱的含量和甜菜碱合成关键酶甜菜碱醛脱氢酶(BADH)活性,以探讨外源甜菜碱对香蕉叶片和根系内源甜菜碱合成的影响.结果显示:7℃低温胁迫16 h后,10 mg/L外源甜菜碱即可极显著提高香蕉幼苗叶片BADH活性,叶片内源BT含量也同步极显著增加,低温胁迫24h后根系内源甜菜碱的含量虽显著高于常温对照,其BADH活性却无显著提升.同时,香蕉幼苗叶片内源BT含量的积累与叶片BADH活性的提高具有

  2. Photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer process of betaine pyridinium: A theoretical spectroscopic study

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    Perrier, Aurélie; Aloïse, Stéphane; Pawlowska, Zuzanna; Sliwa, Michel; Maurel, François; Abe, Jiro

    2011-10-01

    Using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory and taking into account bulk solvent effects, we investigate the absorption and emission spectra of a betaine pyridinium molecule, the 2-(1-pyridinio) benzimidazolate (SBPa). This molecule exhibits strong photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). We have identified two different electronic states involved, respectively, in the strong bathochromic ICT absorption band (S 2) and in the moderate emission band (S 1). The ICT process is analyzed in terms of charge distribution and dipole moment evolutions upon photoexcitation. These results are compared with steady-state spectroscopic measurements.

  3. Negative solvatochromism of a series of pyridinium phenolate betaine dyes with increasing steric hindrance

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    Jacques, Patrice; Graff, Bernadette; Diemer, Vincent; Ay, Emel; Chaumeil, Hélène; Carré, Christiane; Malval, Jean-Pierre

    2012-04-01

    The negative solvatochromism of a series of pyridinium phenolates betaine dyes is investigated using three approaches: (a) empirical, based on the empirical solvent polarity parameter ET(30); (b) semi-empirical, based on the π∗, α, β set of parameters used in Kamlet-Taft's Solvatochromic Comparison Method (SCM); and (c) physical, by means of the Onsager reaction-field model of solvents. Comparison of the obtained correlations underscored the roles of both the two tert-butyl groups ortho to the oxygen atom and the interplanar angle between the phenyl rings on the very blue shifts observed as the polarity increases.

  4. Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of betaine anhydrous as a feed additive for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by Trouw Nutritional International B.V.

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    Full Text Available Glycine betaine (betaine acts as a methyl group donor in transmethylation reactions in organisms. Betaine occurs in numerous vertebrate tissues as an osmolyte, ensuring osmoprotection. Betaine is safe for piglets at the maximum supplementation rate of 2 000 mg/kg complete feed with a margin of safety below 5. This conclusion is extended to all pigs and extrapolated to all animal species and categories. The use of betaine as a feed additive up to a supplementation of 2 000 mg/kg complete feed is unlikely to pose concerns for consumer safety. In the absence of data, betaine anhydrous should be considered hazardous by inhalation, irritant to skin, eyes and mucous membranes and a skin sensitiser. The supplementation of feed with betaine anhydrous does not pose a risk to the environment. Betaine has the potential to become efficacious in all animal species and categories when administered via feed or water for drinking. The FEEDAP Panel made some recommendations on (i introduction of a maximum content for supplemental betaine in complete feed and water for drinking; (ii avoidance of simultaneous use of betaine in feed and water for drinking; and (iii avoidance of simultaneous inclusion of betaine and choline chloride in premixtures.

  5. Study of the Effects of Betaine and/or C-Phycocyanin on the Growth of Lung Cancer A549 Cells In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Rea Bingula

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    Full Text Available We investigated the effects of betaine, C-phycocyanin (C-PC, and their combined use on the growth of A549 lung cancer both in vitro and in vivo. When cells were coincubated with betaine and C-PC, an up to 60% decrease in viability was observed which is significant compared to betaine (50% or C-PC treatment alone (no decrease. Combined treatment reduced the stimulation of NF-κB expression by TNF-α and increased the amount of the proapoptotic p38 MAPK. Interestingly, combined treatment induced a cell cycle arrest in G2/M phase for ~60% of cells. In vivo studies were performed in pathogen-free male nude rats injected with A549 cells in their right flank. Their daily food was supplemented with either betaine, C-PC, both, or neither. Compared to the control group, tumour weights and volumes were significantly reduced in either betaine- or C-PC-treated groups and no additional decrease was obtained with the combined treatment. This data indicates that C-PC and betaine alone may efficiently inhibit tumour growth in rats. The synergistic activity of betaine and C-PC on A549 cells growth observed in vitro remains to be further confirmed in vivo. The reason behind the nature of their interaction is yet to be sought.

  6. Regulation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 and apoptotic pathways by betaine attenuates isoproterenol-induced acute myocardial injury in rats.

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    Zheng, P; Liu, J; Mai, S; Yuan, Y; Wang, Y; Dai, G

    2015-05-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the cardioprotective effects of betaine on acute myocardial ischemia induced experimentally in rats focusing on regulation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and apoptotic pathways as the potential mechanism underlying the drug effect. Male Sprague Dawley rats were treated with betaine (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg) orally for 40 days. Acute myocardial ischemic injury was induced in rats by subcutaneous injection of isoproterenol (85 mg/kg), for two consecutive days. Serum cardiac marker enzyme, histopathological variables and expression of protein levels were analyzed. Oral administration of betaine (200 and 400 mg/kg) significantly reduced the level of cardiac marker enzyme in the serum and prevented left ventricular remodeling. Western blot analysis showed that isoproterenol-induced phosphorylation of STAT3 was maintained or further enhanced by betaine treatment in myocardium. Furthermore, betaine (200 and 400 mg/kg) treatment increased the ventricular expression of Bcl-2 and reduced the level of Bax, therefore causing a significant increase in the ratio of Bcl-2/Bax. The protective role of betaine on myocardial damage was further confirmed by histopathological examination. In summary, our results showed that betaine pretreatment attenuated isoproterenol-induced acute myocardial ischemia via the regulation of STAT3 and apoptotic pathways.

  7. Consumption of wheat aleurone-rich foods increases fasting plasma betaine and modestly decreases fasting homocysteine and LDL-cholesterol in adults.

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    Price, Ruth K; Keaveney, Edel M; Hamill, Lesley L; Wallace, Julie M W; Ward, Mary; Ueland, Per M; McNulty, Helene; Strain, J J; Parker, Michael J; Welch, Robert W

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    There is strong evidence that whole-grain foods protect against heart disease. Although underlying mechanisms and components are unclear, betaine, found at high levels in wheat aleurone, may play a role. We evaluated the effects of a diet high in wheat aleurone on plasma betaine and related measures. In a parallel, single-blinded intervention study, 79 healthy participants (aged 45-65 y, BMI ≥ 25 kg/m(2)) incorporated either aleurone-rich cereal products (27 g/d aleurone) or control products balanced for fiber and macronutrients into their habitual diets for 4 wk. Fasting blood samples were taken at baseline and postintervention (4 wk) from participants. Compared with the control, the aleurone products provided an additional 279 mg/d betaine and resulted in higher plasma betaine (P aleurone-rich products into the habitual diet for 4 wk significantly increases plasma betaine concentrations and lowers tHcy, which is attributable to enhanced betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase-mediated remethylation of homocysteine. Although this supports a role for betaine in the protective effects of whole grains, concomitant decreases in LDL suggest more than one component or mechanism may be responsible.

  8. Substrate specificity and ion coupling in the Na+/betaine symporter BetP.

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    Perez, Camilo; Koshy, Caroline; Ressl, Susanne; Nicklisch, Sascha; Krämer, Reinhard; Ziegler, Christine

    2011-04-06

    BetP is an Na(+)-coupled betaine-specific transporter of the betaine-choline-carnitine (BCC) transporter family involved in the response to hyperosmotic stress. The crystal structure of BetP revealed an overall fold of two inverted structurally related repeats (LeuT-fold) that BetP shares with other sequence-unrelated Na(+)-coupled symporters. Numerous structures of LeuT-fold transporters in distinct conformational states have contributed substantially to our understanding of the alternating access mechanism of transport. Nevertheless, coupling of substrate and co-transported ion fluxes has not been structurally corroborated to the same extent. We converted BetP by a single-point mutation--glycine to aspartate--into an H(+)-coupled choline-specific transporter and solved the crystal structure of this mutant in complex with choline. The structure of BetP-G153D demonstrates a new inward-facing open conformation for BetP. Choline binding to a location close to the second, low-affinity sodium-binding site (Na2) of LeuT-fold transporters is facilitated by the introduced aspartate. Our data confirm the importance of a cation-binding site in BetP, playing a key role in a proposed molecular mechanism of Na(+) and H(+) coupling in BCC transporters.

  9. Double-blind therapeutic trial in Angelman syndrome using betaine and folic acid.

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    Peters, Sarika U; Bird, Lynne M; Kimonis, Virginia; Glaze, Daniel G; Shinawi, Lina M; Bichell, Terry Jo; Barbieri-Welge, Rene; Nespeca, Mark; Anselm, Irina; Waisbren, Susan; Sanborn, Erica; Sun, Qin; O'Brien, William E; Beaudet, Arthur L; Bacino, Carlos A

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    Angelman syndrome (AS) is caused by reduced or absent expression of the maternally inherited ubiquitin protein ligase 3A gene (UBE3A), which maps to chromosome 15q11-q13. UBE3A is subject to genomic imprinting in neurons in most regions of the brain. Expression of UBE3A from the maternal chromosome is essential to prevent AS, because the paternally inherited gene is not expressed, probably mediated by antisense UBE3A RNA. We hypothesized that increasing methylation might reduce expression of the antisense UBE3A RNA, thereby increasing UBE3A expression from the paternal gene and ameliorating the clinical phenotype. We conducted a trial using two dietary supplements, betaine and folic acid to promote global levels of methylation and attempt to activate the paternally inherited UBE3A gene. We performed a number of investigations at regular intervals including general clinical and developmental evaluations, biochemical determinations on blood and urine, and electroencephalographic studies. We report herein the data on 48 children with AS who were enrolled in a double-blind placebo-controlled protocol using betaine and folic acid for 1 year. There were no statistically significant changes between treated and untreated children; however, in a small subset of patients we observed some positive trends.

  10. Live cell monitoring of glycine betaine by FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensor.

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    Ahmad, Mohammad; Ameen, Seema; Siddiqi, Tariq Omar; Khan, Parvez; Ahmad, Altaf

    2016-12-15

    Glycine betaine (GB) is one of the key compatible solutes that accumulate in the cell at exceedingly high level under the conditions of high salinity. It plays a crucial role in the maintenance of osmolarity of the cell without affecting the physiological processes. Analysis of stress-induced physiological conditions in living cells, therefore, requires real-time monitoring of cellular GB level. Glycine Betaine Optical Sensor (GBOS), a genetically-encoded FRET-based nanosensor developed in this study, allows the real-time monitoring of GB levels inside living cells. This nanosensor has been developed by sandwiching GB binding protein (ProX) between the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) pair, the cyan fluorescent protein (CFP) and yellow fluorescent protein (YFP). Conformational change in ProX, which was used as sensory domain, reported the change in the level of this compatible solute in in vitro and in vivo conditions. Binding of the GB to the sensory domain fetches close to both the fluorescent moieties that result in the form of increased FRET ratio. So, any change in the concentration of GB is correlated with change in FRET ratio. This sensor also reported the GB cellular dynamics in real-time in Escherichia coli cells after the addition of its precursor, choline. The GBOS was also expressed in yeast and mammalian cells to monitor the intracellular GB. Therefore, the GBOS represents a unique FRET-based nanosensor which allows the non-invasive ratiometric analysis of the GB in living cells.

  11. Synthesis and surface activities of a novel di-hydroxyl-sulfate-betaine-type zwitterionic gemini surfactants

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    Geng, Xiang F., E-mail: gengxiangfei1988111@126.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500 (China); State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploration, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500 (China); Hu, Xing Q.; Xia, Ji J. [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500 (China); State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploration, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500 (China); Jia, Xue C. [Institute of Resources and Environmental, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500 (China)

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    A series of novel di-hydroxyl-sulfate-betaine-type zwitterionic gemini surfactants of 1,2-bis[N-ethyl-N-(2-hydroxyl-3-sulfopropyl)-alkylammonium] alkyl betaines (DBA{sub s–n}, where s and n represent the spacer length of 2, 4 and 6 and the hydrocarbon chain length of 8, 12, 14, 16 and 18, respectively) were synthesized by reacting alkylamine with sodium 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropanesulfonate (the alternative sulphonated agent), followed by the reactions with a,ω-dibromoalkyl and then ethyl bromide. Their adsorption and aggregation properties were investigated by means of equilibrium surface tension, dynamic light-scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). DBA{sub s–n} gemini surfactants showed excellent surface activities and packed tightly at the interface. For example, the minimum CMC value for DBA{sub s–n} series was of the order of 10{sup −5} M and the surface tension of water can be decreased as low as 22.2 mN/m. It was also found that the aggregates of DBA{sub s–n} solutions were significantly dependent on their hydrocarbon chain lengths. The aggregates changed from vesicles to entangled fiber-like micelles as the chain length increased from dodecyl to tetradecyl.

  12. Response of growing goslings to dietary supplementation with methionine and betaine.

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    Yang, Z; Wang, Z Y; Yang, H M; Zhao, F Z; Kong, L L

    2016-12-01

    An experiment with a 2 × 3 factorial design with two concentrations of dietary betaine (0 and 600 mg/kg) and three dietary concentrations of methionine (0, 600 and 1200 mg/kg) was conducted using goslings to estimate growth, nutrient utilisation and digestibility of amino acids from 21 to 70 d of age. Three hundred geese were randomised at 18 d of age into 6 groups with 5 replicates per treatment and 10 geese per replicate. Increasing dietary concentrations of methionine gave a linear increase in body weight and average daily gain. The coefficient of crude fat retention increased as dietary methionine increased and there was a significant non-linear response to increasing dietary methionine. Similarly, increasing supplemental methionine gave linear increases in the digestibility of methionine and cysteine. The results of this study indicated that optimal dietary supplementation of methionine could increase growth performance and methionine and cysteine utilisation in growing goslings. Betaine supplementation had no apparent sparing effect on methionine needs for growth performance, but did improve the apparent cysteine digestibility.

  13. Synthesis and surface activities of a novel di-hydroxyl-sulfate-betaine-type zwitterionic gemini surfactants

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    Geng, Xiang F.; Hu, Xing Q.; Xia, Ji J.; Jia, Xue C.

    2013-04-01

    A series of novel di-hydroxyl-sulfate-betaine-type zwitterionic gemini surfactants of 1,2-bis[N-ethyl-N-(2-hydroxyl-3-sulfopropyl)-alkylammonium] alkyl betaines (DBAs-n, where s and n represent the spacer length of 2, 4 and 6 and the hydrocarbon chain length of 8, 12, 14, 16 and 18, respectively) were synthesized by reacting alkylamine with sodium 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropanesulfonate (the alternative sulphonated agent), followed by the reactions with а,ω-dibromoalkyl and then ethyl bromide. Their adsorption and aggregation properties were investigated by means of equilibrium surface tension, dynamic light-scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). DBAs-n gemini surfactants showed excellent surface activities and packed tightly at the interface. For example, the minimum CMC value for DBAs-n series was of the order of 10-5 M and the surface tension of water can be decreased as low as 22.2 mN/m. It was also found that the aggregates of DBAs-n solutions were significantly dependent on their hydrocarbon chain lengths. The aggregates changed from vesicles to entangled fiber-like micelles as the chain length increased from dodecyl to tetradecyl.

  14. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of a New Cadmium(Ⅱ) Complex with a Double Betaine

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    ZHENG Fa-Kun; WU A-Qing; LI Yan; GUO Guo-Cong; HUANG Jin-Shun

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    A new flexible double betaine L (L =1,4-bis(pyridinio-4-carboxylato-N-methyl)and its crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis.Crystallo13.7854(3), b = 14.2820(3), c = 14.9188(4)(。A), β = 116.418(1)°, V = 2630.5(1)(。A)3, Z = 4, Dc = 1.704g/cm3, μ(MoKα) = 0.911 mm-1, F(000) = 1368, the final R = 0.0315 and wR = 0.0768 for 3637observed reflections with I > 2σ(I).In complex 1, L acts as a monodentate ligand to link a Cd(Ⅱ) ion in a novel coordination mode of double betaines.The mononuclear [Cd(H2O)4L(NO3)] units are connected through intermolecular hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking reactions to generate a 3D network.

  15. Interactions of squaric acid with DABCO mono-betaine: Structural, spectroscopic and calculation studies

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    Barczyński, P.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Katrusiak, A.; Szafran, M.

    2012-04-01

    The 1:1 complex of squaric acid (3,4-dihydroxy-3-cyclobutene-1,2-dion) with DABCO mono-betaine (1-carboxymethyl-1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane inner salt), 1, has been characterized by single-crystal X-ray analysis, FTIR and NMR spectroscopies and by DFT calculations. The crystal of 1 is triclinic, space group P1¯. Short COOH⋯O and Nsbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds of 2.445(2) and 2.582(2) Å, respectively, link the diprotonated DABCO mono-betaine dications and squarate dianions into chain. The structure is additionally stabilized by the N+⋯O electrostatic interactions and weak Csbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The FTIR spectrum shows two broad absorptions in the 3000-2000 cm-1 region assigned to the νNsbnd H⋯O vibration and in the 1900-500 cm-1 region attributed to the ν(OHO) and γ(OHO) vibrations of the short hydrogen bonds.

  16. A glycine betaine importer limits Salmonella stress resistance and tissue colonization by reducing trehalose production.

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    Pilonieta, M Carolina; Nagy, Toni A; Jorgensen, Dana R; Detweiler, Corrella S

    2012-04-01

    Mechanisms by which Salmonella establish chronic infections are not well understood. Microbes respond to stress by importing or producing compatible solutes, small molecules that stabilize proteins and lipids. The Salmonella locus opuABCD (also called OpuC) encodes a predicted importer of the compatible solute glycine betaine. Under stress conditions, if glycine betaine cannot be imported, Salmonella enterica produce the disaccharide trehalose, a highly effective compatible solute. We demonstrate that strains lacking opuABCD accumulate more trehalose under stress conditions than wild-type strains. ΔopuABCD mutant strains are more resistant to high-salt, low-pH and -hydrogen peroxide, conditions that mimic aspects of innate immunity, in a trehalose-dependent manner. In addition, ΔopuABCD mutant strains require the trehalose production genes to out-compete wild-type strains in mice and macrophages. These data suggest that in the absence of opuABCD, trehalose accumulation increases bacterial resistance to stress in broth and mice. Thus, opuABCD reduces bacterial colonization via a mechanism that limits trehalose production. Mechanisms by which microbes limit disease may reveal novel pathways as therapeutic targets.

  17. Role of bundle helices in a regulatory crosstalk in the trimeric betaine transporter BetP.

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    Gärtner, Rebecca M; Perez, Camilo; Koshy, Caroline; Ziegler, Christine

    2011-12-02

    The Na(+)-coupled betaine symporter BetP regulates transport activity in response to hyperosmotic stress only in its trimeric state, suggesting a regulatory crosstalk between individual protomers. BetP shares the overall fold of two inverted structurally related five-transmembrane (TM) helix repeats with the sequence-unrelated Na(+)-coupled symporters LeuT, vSGLT, and Mhp1, which are neither trimeric nor regulated in transport activity. Conformational changes characteristic for this transporter fold involve the two first helices of each repeat, which form a four-TM-helix bundle. Here, we identify two ionic networks in BetP located on both sides of the membrane that might be responsible for BetP's unique regulatory behavior by restricting the conformational flexibility of the four-TM-helix bundle. The cytoplasmic ionic interaction network links both first helices of each repeat in one protomer to the osmosensing C-terminal domain of the adjacent protomer. Moreover, the periplasmic ionic interaction network conformationally locks the four-TM-helix bundle between the same neighbor protomers. By a combination of site-directed mutagenesis, cross-linking, and betaine uptake measurements, we demonstrate how conformational changes in individual bundle helices are transduced to the entire bundle by specific inter-helical interactions. We suggest that one purpose of bundle networking is to assist crosstalk between protomers during transport regulation by specifically modulating the transition from outward-facing to inward-facing state.

  18. Betalain and betaine composition of greenhouse- or field-produced beetroot ( Beta vulgaris L.) and inhibition of HepG2 cell proliferation.

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    Lee, Eun Jin; An, Dami; Nguyen, Chau T T; Patil, Bhimanagouda S; Kim, Jeongyun; Yoo, Kil Sun

    2014-02-12

    The composition of betalain, red or yellow pigments, and betaine (trimethylglycine or glycinebetaine) of nine beetroot ( Beta vulgaris L.) cultivars produced in the greenhouse or field was studied. Inhibition of HepG2 cell proliferation by betanin and betaine was also tested. Four predominant betalains, two betacyanins (betanin and isobetanin) and two betaxanthins (vulgaxanthin I and miraxanthin V), were isolated and quantified. Betanin and vulgaxanthin I were the major compounds in red and yellow beetroot extracts, respectively, and they comprised >90% of the betalain content in the tested cultivars. The total betalain content of beetroots produced from the field was between 650 and 800 μg/g fresh weight, approximately 25% higher than those from the greenhouse. The betaine content of the beetroot grown in the field was between 3.0 and 4.8 mg/g fresh weight, approximately 20% higher than in plants from the greenhouse. There was great variation among the cultivars with respect to their contents of betalains and betaine. In vitro cancer cell cytotoxicity was evaluated using a 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide assay on HepG2 cells after exposure to betanin and betaine at concentrations ranging from 0 to 400 μg/mL and from 0 to 800 μg/mL for 48 h, respectively. Betanin resulted in a 49% inhibition of HepG2 cell proliferation at 200 μg/mL, and betaine yielded a 25% inhibition at 800 μg/mL, implying a higher cytotoxicity of betanin compared with betaine. The results indicated that the contents of health-beneficial compounds in beetroots, betalains and betaine, could be increased by modifying the growing conditions and that betanin and betaine extracted from beetroots had some anticancer effects against HepG2 cells.

  19. Betaine attenuates hepatic steatosis by reducing methylation of the MTTP promoter and elevating genomic methylation in mice fed a high-fat diet.

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    Wang, Li-jun; Zhang, Hong-wei; Zhou, Jing-ya; Liu, Yan; Yang, Yang; Chen, Xiao-ling; Zhu, Cui-hong; Zheng, Rui-dan; Ling, Wen-hua; Zhu, Hui-lian

    2014-03-01

    Aberrant DNA methylation contributes to the abnormality of hepatic gene expression, one of the main factors in the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Betaine is a methyl donor and has been considered to be a lipotropic agent. However, whether betaine supplementation improves NAFLD via its effect on the DNA methylation of specific genes and the genome has not been explored. Male C57BL/6 mice were fed either a control diet or high-fat diet (HFD) supplemented with 0%, 1% and 2% betaine in water (wt/vol) for 12 weeks. Betaine supplementation ameliorated HFD-induced hepatic steatosis in a dose-dependent manner. HFD up-regulated FAS and ACOX messenger RNA (mRNA) expression and down-regulated PPARα, ApoB and MTTP mRNA expression; however, these alterations were reversed by betaine supplementation, except ApoB. MTTP mRNA expression was negatively correlated with the DNA methylation of its CpG sites at -184, -156, -63 and -60. Methylation of these CpG sites was lower in both the 1% and 2% betaine-supplemented groups than in the HFD group (averages; 25.55% and 14.33% vs. 30.13%). In addition, both 1% and 2% betaine supplementation significantly restored the methylation capacity [S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) concentration and SAM/S-adenosylhomocysteine ratios] and genomic methylation level, which had been decreased by HFD (0.37% and 0.47% vs. 0.25%). These results suggest that the regulation of aberrant DNA methylation by betaine might be a possible mechanism of the improvements in NAFLD upon betaine supplementation.

  20. Effects of betaine on ethanol-stimulated secretion of IGF-Ⅰ and IGFBP-1 in rat primary hepatocytes: involvement of p42/44 MAPK activation

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    Myeong Soo Lee; Myung-Sunny Kim; Soo Young Park; Chang-Won Kang

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the effects of betaine on the ethanolinduced secretion of IGF-Ⅰ and IGFBP-1 using radioimmunoassay and Western blotting, respectively, in primary cultured rat hepatocytes.METHODS: Hepatocytes isolated from male Sprague-Dawley rats were incubated with various concentrations of ethanol and PD98059 procedures. The hepatocytes were also treated with different doses of betaine (10-5,10-4, and 10-3 mol/L). We measured IGF-Ⅰ and IGFBP-1 using radioimmunoassay and Western blotting, respectively.RESULTS: The ethanol-induced inhibition of IGF-Ⅰ secretion was attenuated by betaine in a concentration-dependent manner in primary cultured rat hepatocytes. At 10-3 mol/L, betaine significantly increased IGF-Ⅰ secretion but decreased IGFBP-1 secretion. In addition, p42/44 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activity was accelerated significantly from 10 min to 5 h after treatment with 10-3 mol/L betaine. Furthermore, the changes in IGF-1 and IGFBP-1 secretion resulting from the increased betaine-induced p42/44 MAPK activity in primary cultured rat hepatocytes was blocked by treatment with the MAPK inhibitor PD98059. Betaine treatment blocked the ethanol-induced inhibition of IGF-Ⅰ secretion and p42/44 MAPK activity, and the ethanol-induced increase in IGFBP-1 secretion.CONCLUSION: Betaine modulates the secretion of IGF-Ⅰ and IGFBP-1 via the activation of p42/44 MAPK in primary cultured rat hepatocytes. Betaine also alters the MAPK activations induced by ethanol.

  1. Effects of dietary betaine supplementation subjected to heat stress on milk performances and physiology indices in dairy cow.

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    Zhang, L; Ying, S J; An, W J; Lian, H; Zhou, G B; Han, Z Y

    2014-09-12

    This study aimed to determine whether feeding betaine to cows elevates their production performance during summer heat stress. Thirty-two lactating Holstein cows were randomly divided into 4 groups: the control group, which received a total mixed ration (TMR), and 3 experimental groups that received TMR blended with 10 g/day (group I), 15 g/day (group II), and 20 g/day (group III) betaine for 8 weeks. Milk and blood were sampled throughout the experimental period. The average maximum and minimum air temperatures were 28.3 and 24.1°C, respectively. The average temperature-humidity index was 78.6 units. The results showed that feeding betaine to cows increased feed intake, milk yield, milk lactose, milk protein, plasma cortisol, glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and malondialdehyde levels (Pbetaine to the diet of dairy cows increases their milk performance and improves their antioxidant capacity; these processes help relieve the cow from heat stress. In conclusion, supplementing dairy cows with 15 g/day betaine generated the most positive influence on performance and productivity, and hence caused the greatest reduction in heat stress.

  2. Osmolality, temperature, and membrane lipid composition modulate the activity of betaine transporter BetP in Corynebacterium glutamicum

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    Ozcan, Nuran; Ejsing, Christer S.; Shevchenko, Andrej;

    2007-01-01

    The gram-positive soil bacterium Corynebacterium glutamicum, a major amino acid-producing microorganism in biotechnology, is equipped with several osmoregulated uptake systems for compatible solutes, which is relevant for the physiological response to osmotic stress. The most significant carrier,...... dynamics by local anesthetics and the lack of a possible influence of internally accumulated betaine on BetP activity....

  3. 甜菜碱聚合物研究进展%Progress in Betaine-Based Polymers

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    曾仁昌; 徐守萍; 蔡智奇; 文秀芳; 皮丕辉; 程江

    2013-01-01

    甜菜碱聚合物是一类具有生物防污、抗细菌粘附、血液相容等优良性能的聚合物,在医用生物材料、抗细菌粘附材料、船体防污涂层等方面有着良好的应用前景.文中介绍了国内外用于合成甜菜碱聚合物的主要单体结构,分析了几种主要的聚合方法(主要是活性聚合)在甜菜碱聚合上的应用及优劣性,归纳了甜菜碱聚合物的各种功能,并对其未来的发展方向作出了展望.%Betaine-based polymers exhibit great application potential in medical biomaterials, antibacterial materials and antifouling coatings for ship due to their resistance to protein adsorption, microbe adhesion activity and good blood compatibility. The structures of main monolithic used for the synthesis of betaine-based polymers are introduced. Several frequently-used polymerization methods (particularly living polymerization) applied in preparing betaine-based polymers are reviewed. And the advantages and disadvantages are also analyzed. The properties of betaine-based polymers are summarized, and their future development is briefly discussed in this paper.

  4. Expression of the betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase gene in barley in response to osmotic stress and abscisic acid.

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    Ishitani, M; Nakamura, T; Han, S Y; Takabe, T

    1995-01-01

    When subjected to salt stress or drought, some vascular plants such as barley respond with an increased accumulation of the osmoprotectant glycine betaine (betaine), being the last step of betaine synthesis catalyzed by betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH). We report here cloning and characterization of BADH cDNA from barley, a monocot, and the expression pattern of a BADH transcript. An open reading frame of 1515 bp encoded a protein which showed high homology to BADH enzymes present in other plants (spinach and sugar-beet) and in Escherichia coli. Transgenic tobacco plants harboring the clone expressed high levels of both BADH protein and its enzymatic activity. Northern blot analyses indicated that BADH mRNA levels increased almost 8-fold and 2-fold, respectively, in leaves and roots of barley plants grown in high-salt conditions, and that these levels decreased upon release of the stress, whereas they did not decrease under continuous salt stress. BADH transcripts also accumulate in response to water stress or drought, indicating a common response of the plant to osmotic changes that affect its water status. The addition of abscisic acid (ABA) to plants during growth also increased the levels of BADH transcripts dramatically, although the response was delayed when compared to that found for salt-stressed plants. Removal of plant roots before transferring the plants to high-salt conditions reduced only slightly the accumulation of BADH transcripts in the leaves.

  5. Structure-based mutational studies of substrate inhibition of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase BetB from Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Chen, Chao; Joo, Jeong Chan; Brown, Greg; Stolnikova, Ekaterina; Halavaty, Andrei S; Savchenko, Alexei; Anderson, Wayne F; Yakunin, Alexander F

    2014-07-01

    Inhibition of enzyme activity by high concentrations of substrate and/or cofactor is a general phenomenon demonstrated in many enzymes, including aldehyde dehydrogenases. Here we show that the uncharacterized protein BetB (SA2613) from Staphylococcus aureus is a highly specific betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase, which exhibits substrate inhibition at concentrations of betaine aldehyde as low as 0.15 mM. In contrast, the aldehyde dehydrogenase YdcW from Escherichia coli, which is also active against betaine aldehyde, shows no inhibition by this substrate. Using the crystal structures of BetB and YdcW, we performed a structure-based mutational analysis of BetB and introduced the YdcW residues into the BetB active site. From a total of 32 mutations, those in five residues located in the substrate binding pocket (Val288, Ser290, His448, Tyr450, and Trp456) greatly reduced the substrate inhibition of BetB, whereas the double mutant protein H448F/Y450L demonstrated a complete loss of substrate inhibition. Substrate inhibition was also reduced by mutations of the semiconserved Gly234 (to Ser, Thr, or Ala) located in the BetB NAD(+) binding site, suggesting some cooperativity between the cofactor and substrate binding sites. Substrate docking analysis of the BetB and YdcW active sites revealed that the wild-type BetB can bind betaine aldehyde in both productive and nonproductive conformations, whereas only the productive binding mode can be modeled in the active sites of YdcW and the BetB mutant proteins with reduced substrate inhibition. Thus, our results suggest that the molecular mechanism of substrate inhibition of BetB is associated with the nonproductive binding of betaine aldehyde.

  6. Study of betaine calcium chloride dihydrate (BCCD) by neutrons inelastic scattering; Etude du chlorure de betaine et de calcium dihydrate (BCCD) par diffusion inelastique de neutrons

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    Hlinka, J.

    1995-06-27

    The aim of this work is to study the betaine calcium chloride dihydrate (BCCD) lattice dynamics by neutrons inelastic and coherent scattering. In the first part are summarized the main properties of the BCCD as they are determined in some previous experimental works. It has been more particularly emphasized on the structural and dynamical properties of this compound. The theoretical concepts used in incommensurate dielectric materials physics are given in the second part. They are at first introduced generally and then applied to BCCD. In the third part is described the experimental method used in this work : the neutrons inelastic scattering. The experimental results on the BCCD normal phase dynamics are then presented. These results and their interpretation allow to build up a semi-microscopic model introduced in the fifth part. The incommensurate lattice dynamics (at 20 K under the transition temperature towards the modulated phase) is studied in the last part. It has been shown that new aspects in relation to the previous works appear in BCCD. (O.L.). 121 refs., 25 figs., 5 tabs.

  7. A Study on the New Technology of Synthesizing Betaine%甜菜碱合成新工艺的研究

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    杨官娥; 魏文珑

    2001-01-01

    The paper reported the new technology of synthesizing betaine.The betaine was synthesized by two steps,which were the neutralization reaction of Ca(OH)2 and ClCH2COOH,amination reaction of(CH3)3N and (ClCH2COO)2Ca,then the betaine was obtained by separation and purification.The content of the betaine reached (98±1)%.%报道了合成甜菜碱的新工艺。该法通过氢氧化钙和氯乙酸的中和,氯乙酸钙的三甲胺化两步反应,最后提纯分离制取甜菜碱,产品甜菜碱含量达到(98±1)%。

  8. Assessment of the effect of betaine on p16 and c-myc DNA methylation and mRNA expression in a chemical induced rat liver cancer model

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    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The development and progression of liver cancer may involve abnormal changes in DNA methylation, which lead to the activation of certain proto-oncogenes, such as c-myc, as well as the inactivation of certain tumor suppressors, such as p16. Betaine, as an active methyl-donor, maintains normal DNA methylation patterns. However, there are few investigations on the protective effect of betaine in hepatocarcinogenesis. Methods Four groups of rats were given diethylinitrosamine (DEN and fed with AIN-93G diets supplemented with 0, 10, 20 or 40 g betaine/kg (model, 1%, 2%, and 4% betaine, respectively, while the control group, received no DEN, fed with AIN-93G diet. Eight or 15 weeks later, the expression of p16 and c-myc mRNA was examined by Real-time PCR (Q-PCR. The DNA methylation status within the p16 and c-myc promoter was analyzed using methylation-specific PCR. Results Compared with the model group, numbers and areas of glutathione S-transferase placental form (GST-p-positive foci were decreased in the livers of the rats treated with betaine (P . Although the frequency of p16 promoter methylation in livers of the four DEN-fed groups appeared to increase, there is no difference among these groups after 8 or 15 weeks (P > 0.05. Betaine supplementation attenuated the down-regulation of p16 and inhibited the up-regulation of c-myc induced by DEN in a dose-dependent manner (P P . Finally, enhanced antioxidative capacity (T-AOC was observed in both the 2% and 4% betaine groups. Conclusion Our data suggest that betaine attenuates DEN-induced damage in rat liver and reverses DEN-induced changes in mRNA levels.

  9. Research Progress of Betaine Health Role in Human Health%甜菜碱对人体健康作用的研究进展

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    谢海艳; 吴艳平; 廖顺平

    2011-01-01

    Betaine plays an important role in human nutrition and health. Research progress of betaine health role in human health was reviewed and its application was prospected.%甜菜碱对人类的营养和健康起到重要的作用,本文综述了甜菜碱对人体健康作用的研究进展,展望了甜菜碱应用前景.

  10. Template-free synthesis of beta-In2S3 superstructures and their photocatalytic activity.

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    Amutha, R; Akilandeswari, S; Ahmmad, Bashir; Muruganandham, M; Sillanpää, Mika

    2010-12-01

    In this article, we have successfully fabricated various morphological beta-Indium sulfide (In2S3) superstructures by using indium thiocyanate complex at acidic pH. All the synthesis has been performed by a template-free, hydrothermal method at 195 degrees C for 3 h. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized In2S3 have been investigated by using UV-B (lamda = 365 nm) light with Methyl Orange dye as a model pollutant. The synthesized photocatalyst was characterized by using XRD, FE-SEM, HR-TEM, DRS spectra and nitrogen adsorption analysis. The influence of indium precursors and solvents on the morphology as well as the surface properties has also been discussed. The XRD result shows that cubic phase beta-In2S3 formed under all experimental conditions. A plausible mechanism of the In2S3 microsphere formation has been discussed based on experimental observations.

  11. Associations of gut-flora-dependent metabolite trimethylamine-N-oxide, betaine and choline with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in adults.

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    Chen, Yu-ming; Liu, Yan; Zhou, Rui-fen; Chen, Xiao-ling; Wang, Cheng; Tan, Xu-ying; Wang, Li-jun; Zheng, Rui-dan; Zhang, Hong-wei; Ling, Wen-hua; Zhu, Hui-lian

    2016-01-08

    Many studies suggest that trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), a gut-flora-dependent metabolite of choline, contributes to the risk of cardiovascular diseases, but little is known for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We examined the association of circulating TMAO, choline and betaine with the presence and severity of NAFLD in Chinese adults. We performed a hospital-based case-control study (CCS) and a cross-sectional study (CSS). In the CCS, we recruited 60 biopsy-proven NAFLD cases and 35 controls (18-60 years) and determined serum concentrations of TMAO, choline and betaine by HPLC-MS/MS. For the CSS, 1,628 community-based adults (40-75 years) completed the blood tests and ultrasonographic NAFLD evaluation. In the CCS, analyses of covariance showed adverse associations of ln-transformed serum levels of TMAO, choline and betaine/choline ratio with the scores of steatosis and total NAFLD activity (NAS) (all P-trend betaine and betaine/choline ratio (all P-trend betaine-NAFLD relationship in the community-based participants.

  12. Nitrate and amino acid availability affects glycine betaine and mycosporine-2-glycine in response to changes of salinity in a halotolerant cyanobacterium Aphanothece halophytica.

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    Waditee-Sirisattha, Rungaroon; Kageyama, Hakuto; Fukaya, Minoru; Rai, Vandna; Takabe, Teruhiro

    2015-12-01

    A halotolerant cyanobacterium Aphanothece halophytica thrives in extreme salinity with accumulation of a potent osmoprotectant glycine betaine. Recently, this cyanobacterium was shown to accumulate sunscreen molecule mycosporine-2-glycine significantly at high salinity. In this study, we investigated effects of nitrate and amino acid provision on the accumulation of glycine betaine and mycosporine-2-glycine. With elevated nitrate concentrations at high salinity, intracellular levels of both metabolites were enhanced. Six-fold high nitrate concentration increased the relative amounts of glycine betaine and mycosporine-2-glycine to be 1.5 and 2.0 folds compared with control condition : Increased levels were time- and dose-dependent manner. Exogenous supply of glycine/serine at high salinity resulted in the similar trends as observed in excess nitrate experiment. Intracellular level of glycine betaine increased ∼1.6 folds with glycine/serine supplementation. These supplementations also caused the increased level of mycosporine-2-glycine, namely 1.4 and 2 folds by glycine and serine, respectively. The transcription of glycine betaine and mycosporine-2-glycine biosynthetic genes was strongly induced under high-nitrate-salt condition. These results suggest the dependence of glycine betaine and mycosporine-2-glycine productions on substrate availability, and the effect of nitrate was possibly associated with stimulation of osmoprotectant increment in this extremophile.

  13. The organic osmolyte betaine induces keratin 2 expression in rat epidermal keratinocytes - A genome-wide study in UVB irradiated organotypic 3D cultures.

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    Rauhala, Leena; Hämäläinen, Lasse; Dunlop, Thomas W; Pehkonen, Petri; Bart, Geneviève; Kokkonen, Maarit; Tammi, Markku; Tammi, Raija; Pasonen-Seppänen, Sanna

    2015-12-25

    The moisturizing and potentially protective properties of the organic osmolyte betaine (trimethylglycine) have made it an attractive component for skin care products. Its wide use despite the lack of comprehensive studies addressing its specific effects in skin led us to characterize the molecular targets of betaine in keratinocytes and to explore, whether it modifies the effects of acute UVB exposure. Genome-wide expression analysis was performed on organotypic cultures of rat epidermal keratinocytes, treated either with betaine (10mM), UVB (30 mJ/cm(2)) or their combination. Results were verified with qRT-PCR, western blotting and immunohistochemistry. Additionally, cell proliferation and differentiation were analyzed. Among the 89 genes influenced by betaine, the differentiation marker keratin 2 showed the highest upregulation, which was also confirmed at protein level. Expression of Egr1, a transcription factor, and Purkinje cell protein 4, a regulator of Ca(2+)/calmodulin metabolism, also increased, while downregulated genes included several ion-channel components, such as Fxyd2. Bioinformatics analyses suggest that genes modulated by betaine are involved in DNA replication, might counteract UV-induced processes, and include many targets of transcription factors associated with cell proliferation and differentiation. Our results indicate that betaine controls unique gene expression pathways in keratinocytes, including some involved in differentiation.

  14. Early second trimester maternal plasma choline and betaine are related to measures of early cognitive development in term infants.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The importance of maternal dietary choline for fetal neural development and later cognitive function has been well-documented in experimental studies. Although choline is an essential dietary nutrient for humans, evidence that low maternal choline in pregnancy impacts neurodevelopment in human infants is lacking. We determined potential associations between maternal plasma free choline and its metabolites betaine and dimethylglycine in pregnancy and infant neurodevelopment at 18 months of age. METHODOLOGY: This was a prospective study of healthy pregnant women and their full-term, single birth infants. Maternal blood was collected at 16 and 36 weeks of gestation and infant neurodevelopment was assessed at 18 months of age for 154 mother-infant pairs. Maternal plasma choline, betaine, dimethylglycine, methionine, homocysteine, cysteine, total B12, holotranscobalamin and folate were quantified. Infant neurodevelopment was evaluated using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-III. Multivariate regression, adjusting for covariates that impact development, was used to determine the associations between maternal plasma choline, betaine and dimethylglycine and infant neurodevelopment. RESULTS: The maternal plasma free choline at 16 and 36 weeks gestation was median (interquartile range 6.70 (5.78-8.03 and 9.40 (8.10-11.3 µmol/L, respectively. Estimated choline intakes were (mean ± SD 383 ± 98.6 mg/day, and lower than the recommended 450 mg/day. Betaine intakes were 142 ± 70.2 mg/day. Significant positive associations were found between infant cognitive test scores and maternal plasma free choline (B=6.054, SE=2.283, p=0.009 and betaine (B=7.350, SE=1.933, p=0.0002 at 16 weeks of gestation. Maternal folate, total B12, or holotranscobalamin were not related to infant development. CONCLUSION: We show that choline status in the first half of pregnancy is associated with cognitive development among healthy term gestation infants. More work

  15. Betaine-based heat transfer fluids as a natural solution for environmental, toxic and corrosion problems in heating and cooling systems; Betaine gebaseerde koudedragers als natuurlijke oplossing voor milieu-, toxiciteit- en corrosieproblemen in verwarming- en koelsystemen

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    Jokinen, J. [Fortum Oil and Gas Oy, Porvoo (Finland); Willems, B.P.M. [Marketing and Technology Consult, Rijen (Netherlands)

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    The reason for the study on the title subject was the environmental risk and toxicity of many conventional heat transfer fluids like glycols. Fluid toxicity and environmental risk in building systems and industrial use is becoming less acceptable. Alternative fluids have been sought from among salt solutions and vegetable oils. Still, those alternative materials are not very attractive. Main technical problems have been high viscosity and corrosion. A new possible alternative, a betaine-water solution was tested and developed for heat transfer purposes. Betaine (trimethyl glycine) is a by-product of the sugar industry. Therefore, betaine is completely non-toxic and also not harmful to the environment. Betaine is a renowned substance in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and medical industry. Adequate freezing protection is achieved with betaine concentration of 20-55% by weight. This solution was found to have other good qualities also; it has good heat transfer abilities, is not harmful to materials used in systems and has natural corrosion protection properties. The development work consisted of carefully measuring freeze protection and pipe burst protection with different betaine concentrations, measuring physical properties in the same circumstances and developing the additive package for enhanced corrosion protection. Field-testing was carried out for four years. Testing showed that a betaine-water solution has good thermodynamic properties to be used as a heat transfer fluid in the HVAC industry, with additional environmental-, non-toxic and corrosion properties. The concrete result was a trademark and patent protected new product for the industry. [Dutch] Warmteoverdracht wordt heden ten dage veelvuldig toegepast in zowel de industrie als in kantoren en gebouwen. Hoewel de warmteoverdrachttechnologie enorm is vooruitgegaan worden het potentieel en de voordelen van een zorgvuldig gekozen koudedrager vaak over het hoofd gezien. De selectie van de juiste

  16. Osmotic stress response in Acinetobacter baylyi: identification of a glycine-betaine biosynthesis pathway and regulation of osmoadaptive choline uptake and glycine-betaine synthesis through a choline-responsive BetI repressor.

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    Scholz, Anica; Stahl, Julia; de Berardinis, Veronique; Müller, Volker; Averhoff, Beate

    2016-04-01

    Acinetobacter baylyi, a ubiquitous soil bacterium, can cope with high salinity by uptake of choline as precursor of the compatible solute glycine betaine. Here, we report on the identification of a choline dehydrogenase (BetA) and a glycine betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BetB) mediating the oxidation of choline to glycine betaine. The betAB genes were found to form an operon together with the potential transcriptional regulator betI. The transcription of the betIBA operon and the two recently identified choline transporters was upregulated in response to choline and choline plus salt. The finding that the osmo-independent transporter BetT1 undergoes a higher upregulation in response to choline alone than betT2 suggests that BetT1 does not primarily function in osmoadaptation. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays led to the conclusion that BetI mediates transcriptional regulation of both, the betIBA gene operon and the choline transporters. BetI was released from the DNA in response to choline which together with the transcriptional upregulation of the bet genes in the presence of choline suggests that BetI is a choline sensing transcriptional repressor.

  17. Simultaneous targeted analysis of trimethylamine-N-oxide, choline, betaine, and carnitine by high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Liu, Jia; Zhao, Mingming; Zhou, Juntuo; Liu, Changjie; Zheng, Lemin; Yin, Yuxin

    2016-11-01

    Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) is a metabolite generated from choline, betaine and carnitine in a gut microbiota-dependent way. This molecule is associated with development of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events. A sensitive liquid chromatographic electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) has been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of TMAO related molecules including TMAO, betaine, choline, and carnitine in mouse plasma. Analytes are extracted after protein precipitation by methanol and subjected to LC-ESI-MS/MS without preliminary derivatization. Separation of analytes was achieved on an amide column with acetonitrile-water as the mobile phase. This method has been fully validated in this study in terms of selectivity, linearity, sensitivity, precision, accuracy, and carryover effect, and the stability of the analyte under various conditions has been confirmed. This developed method has successfully been applied to plasma samples of our mouse model.

  18. Substrate-bound outward-open state of the betaine transporter BetP provides insights into Na+ coupling

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    Perez, Camilo; Faust, Belinda; Mehdipour, Ahmad Reza; Francesconi, Kevin A.; Forrest, Lucy R.; Ziegler, Christine

    2014-07-01

    The Na+-coupled betaine symporter BetP shares a highly conserved fold with other sequence unrelated secondary transporters, for example, with neurotransmitter symporters. Recently, we obtained atomic structures of BetP in distinct conformational states, which elucidated parts of its alternating-access mechanism. Here, we report a structure of BetP in a new outward-open state in complex with an anomalous scattering substrate, adding a fundamental piece to an unprecedented set of structural snapshots for a secondary transporter. In combination with molecular dynamics simulations these structural data highlight important features of the sequential formation of the substrate and sodium-binding sites, in which coordinating water molecules play a crucial role. We observe a strictly interdependent binding of betaine and sodium ions during the coupling process. All three sites undergo progressive reshaping and dehydration during the alternating-access cycle, with the most optimal coordination of all substrates found in the closed state.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of indium xanthates and their use for the preparation of beta-In2S3 nanoparticles.

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    Dutta, Dimple P; Sharma, Garima; Ghoshal, Shamik; Kushwah, Nisha P; Jain, Vimal K

    2006-01-01

    Synthesis and characterization of various classical indium xanthate complexes of the type [InCl(3-n)(S2COR)n] (n = 1, 2, or 3; R = Me, Et, Pr(i), and Bu(s)) have been discussed. Crystalline beta-ln2S3 nanoparticles were obtained by the solvent thermolysis of indium tris-alkylxanthates in ethylene glycol at 196 degrees C, and were characterized by elemental analysis, IR, powder XRD, and XPS techniques. TEM results showed that the size of beta-In2S3 nanoparticles depended on the nature of the precursor used. The optical properties of beta-In2S3 nanocrystals have shown quantum confinement of the excitonic transition.

  20. Glycine betaine enhances growth of nitrogen-fixing bacteria Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus PAL5 under saline stress conditions.

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    Boniolo, Fabrízio Siqueira; Rodrigues, Raphael Cardoso; Delatorre, Edson Oliveira; da Silveira, Mauricio Moura; Flores, Victor Martín Quintana; Berbert-Molina, Marília Amorim

    2009-12-01

    In this study, the effect of glycine betaine as osmoprotectant compound for Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus PAL5 was evaluated by kinetic growth parameters. Batch fermentation assays were performed employing media supplemented with different sodium chloride concentrations to simulate saline stress conditions. Salt concentrations of 50-300 mM led to decreased cell concentrations, while the maximum specific growth rates and cell productivities were reduced at concentrations above 100-mM NaCl. Salt inhibition was mainly observed in media with 200- and 300-mM NaCl, in which drastic changes in cell morphology were also noted. The addition of glycine betaine to the media showed to be efficient to counteract the salt inhibitory effect by increasing some fermentation parameters. However, the osmoprotectant was not able to revert the polymorphism promoted by higher salt concentrations.

  1. Biosynthesis of the osmoprotectant ectoine, but not glycine betaine, is critical for survival of osmotically stressed Vibrio parahaemolyticus cells.

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    Ongagna-Yhombi, Serge Y; Boyd, E Fidelma

    2013-08-01

    Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a halophile present in marine and estuarine environments, ecosystems characterized by fluctuations in salinity and temperature. One strategy to thrive in such environments is the synthesis and/or uptake of compatible solutes. The V. parahaemolyticus genome contains biosynthesis systems for both ectoine and glycine betaine, which are known to act as compatible solutes in other species. We showed that V. parahaemolyticus had a 6% NaCl tolerance when grown in M9 minimal medium with 0.4% glucose (M9G) with a >5-h lag phase. By using (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-NMR) analysis, we determined that cells synthesized ectoine and glutamate in a NaCl-dependent manner. The most effective compatible solutes as measured by a reduction in lag-phase growth in M9G with 6% NaCl (M9G 6% NaCl) were in the order glycine betaine > choline > proline = glutamate > ectoine. However, V. parahaemolyticus could use glutamate or proline as the sole carbon source, but not ectoine or glycine betaine, which suggests that these are bona fide compatible solutes. Expression analysis showed that the ectA and betA genes were more highly expressed in log-phase cells, and expression of both genes was induced by NaCl up-shock. Under all conditions examined, the ectA gene was more highly expressed than the betA gene. Analysis of in-frame deletions in betA and ectB and in a double mutant showed that the ectB mutant was defective for growth, and this defect was rescued by the addition of glycine betaine, proline, ectoine, and glutamate, indicating that these compounds are compatible solutes for this species. The presence of both synthesis systems was the predominant distribution pattern among members of the Vibrionaceae family, suggesting this is the ancestral state.

  2. Heat-induced formation of mepiquat by decarboxylation of pipecolic acid and its betaine derivative. Part 1: Model system studies.

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    Yuan, Yuan; Tarres, Adrienne; Bessaire, Thomas; Stadler, Richard H; Delatour, Thierry

    2017-07-15

    This study describes, for the first time, the role of pipecolic acid betaine and pipecolic acid, naturally present in some foods, in the formation of the plant growth regulator N,N-dimethylpiperidinium (mepiquat) under dry thermal conditions. The formation of mepiquat and intermediate compounds was investigated in model systems using high performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole/time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Mepiquat is released with a yield of up to 0.66mol% after thermal treatment (>150°C) of pipecolic acid betaine. Similar conversion rates are attained with the congener piperidine-2-carboxylic acid (dl-pipecolic acid), albeit in the presence of alkylating agents, such as choline, glycine betaine or trigonelline, that are fairly widespread in food crops. These new pathways to mepiquat indicate that the occurrence of low levels of this thermally induced compound is probably more widespread in processed foods than initially suspected (see Part 2 of this study on the occurrence of mepiquat in selected foodstuffs).

  3. Development of green betaine-based deep eutectic solvent aqueous two-phase system for the extraction of protein.

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    Li, Na; Wang, Yuzhi; Xu, Kaijia; Huang, Yanhua; Wen, Qian; Ding, Xueqin

    2016-05-15

    Six kinds of new type of green betaine-based deep eutectic solvents (DESs) have been synthesized. Deep eutectic solvent aqueous two-phase systems (DES-ATPS) were established and successfully applied in the extraction of protein. Betaine-urea (Be-U) was selected as the suitable extractant. Single factor experiments were carried out to determine the optimum conditions of the extraction process, such as the salt concentration, the mass of DES, the separation time, the amount of protein, the temperature and the pH value. The extraction efficiency could achieve to 99.82% under the optimum conditions. Mixed sample and practical sample analysis were discussed. The back extraction experiment was implemented and the back extraction efficiency could reach to 32.66%. The precision experiment, repeatability experiment and stability experiment were investigated. UV-vis, FT-IR and circular dichroism (CD) spectra confirmed that the conformation of protein was not changed during the process of extraction. The mechanisms of extraction were researched by dynamic light scattering (DLS), the measurement of the conductivity and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). DES-protein aggregates and embraces phenomenon play considerable roles in the separation process. All of these results indicated that betaine-based DES-ATPS may provide a potential substitute new method for the separation of proteins.

  4. Modulatory effect of betaine on expression dynamics of HSPs during heat stress acclimation in goat (Capra hircus).

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    Dangi, Satyaveer Singh; Dangi, Saroj K; Chouhan, V S; Verma, M R; Kumar, Puneet; Singh, Gyanendra; Sarkar, Mihir

    2016-01-10

    Changing climatic scenario with expected global rise in surface temperature compelled more focus of research over decoding heat stress response mechanism of animals and mitigation of heat stress. Recently betaine, a trimethyl form of glycine has been found to ameliorate heat stress in some species of animals. To overcome deleterious effect of heat stress, an attempt was taken to investigate the effect of betaine supplementation on heat stress mitigation in goats. Eighteen female Barbari goats were taken and randomly divided into 3 groups (n=6) such as control, HS (Heat stressed), HS+B (Heat stressed administered with betaine). Except for the control group, other groups were exposed to repeated heat stress (42 °C) for 6 h for sixteen consecutive days. Blood samples were collected at the end of heat exposure on day 1 (Initial heat stress acclimation - IHSA), day 6 (Short term heat stress acclimation - STHSA) and day 16 (Long term heat stress acclimation - LTHSA). When the groups were compared between different heat stress acclimatory phases, expression of all HSPs (HSP60, HSP70, HSP90 and HSP105/110) showed a similar pattern with a first peak on IHSA, reaching a basal level on STHSA followed by second peak on LTHSA. The messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein expression of HSPs was observed to be higher (Pbetaine administration was shown to have a dwindling effect on expression of HSPs, suggesting a possible role of this chemical chaperone on heat stress amelioration.

  5. Molecular structure and spectroscopic properties of the 1:1 complex of quinuclidine betaine with L-tartaric acid

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Katrusiak, A.; Szafran, M.

    2009-11-01

    The 1:1 complex of quinuclidine betaine (QNB) with L(+)-tartaric acid (TA) (1-carboxymethyl-1-azoniumbicyclo[2.2.2]octane semi-tartrate) has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction, FTIR, Raman and NMR spectroscopy, and DFT calculations. QNB-TA crystallizes in monoclinic space group P2 1. In the crystal quinuclidine betaine is protonated and interacts with semi-tartrate anion by the short O-H···O hydrogen bond of 2.472(4) Å. The semi-tartrate anions form infinite chains through the COOH···OOC hydrogen bond of 2.585(5) Å. The FTIR spectrum shows broad bands in the 2700-2200 and 2000-500 cm -1 regions typical of such short hydrogen bonds and are consistent with the X-ray results. In the optimized structures of the title complex at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory both in the monomer, QNB-TA, and dimer, (QNB-TA) 2, the betaine molecules are not protonated. The 1H and 13C NMR spectra elucidate the structure of the complex investigated in aqueous solutions.

  6. cDNA cloning and analysis of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase, a salt inducible enzyme in sugar beet

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    McCue, K.F.; Hanson, A.D. (Michigan State Univ., East Lansing (USA))

    1990-05-01

    Betaine accumulates and serves as a compatible osmolyte in some plants subjected to drought or salinity stress. The last enzyme in the betaine biosynthetic pathway is betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH). The activity of BADH increases in response to increasing salinity levels. This increase in activity corresponds to an increase in protein detectable by immunoblotting, and to an increase in the translatable BADH mRNA. BADH was cloned from a cDNA library constructed in {lambda}gt10 using poly(A){sup +} RNA from sugar beets salinized to 500 mM NaCl. cDNAs were size selected (>1kb) before ligation into the vector, and the library was screened with a spinach BADH cDNA probe. Three nearly full length clones obtained were confirmed as BADH by their nucleotide and deduced amino acid homology to spinach BADH. Clones averaged 1.8 kb and contained open reading frames of 500 amino acids at 80% identity with spinach BADH. RNA gel blot analysis of poly(A){sup +} RNA indicated that salinization to 500 mM NaCl resulted in a 5-fold increase of BADH mRNA level.

  7. Serum betaine is inversely associated with low lean mass mainly in men in a Chinese middle-aged and elderly community-dwelling population.

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    Huang, Bi-Xia; Zhu, Ying-Ying; Tan, Xu-Ying; Lan, Qiu-Ye; Li, Chun-Lei; Chen, Yu-Ming; Zhu, Hui-Lian

    2016-06-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that betaine supplements increase lean body mass in livestock and improve muscle performance in human beings, but evidence for its effect on human lean mass is limited. Our study assessed the association of circulating betaine with lean mass and its composition in Chinese adults. A community-based study was conducted on 1996 Guangzhou residents (weight/mass: 1381/615) aged 50-75 years between 2008 and 2010. An interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to collect general baseline information. Fasting serum betaine was assessed using HPLC-MS. A total of 1590 participants completed the body composition analysis performed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry during a mean of 3·2 years of follow-up. After adjustment for age, regression analyses demonstrated a positive association of serum betaine with percentage of lean mass (LM%) of the entire body, trunk and limbs in men (all P<0·05) and LM% of the trunk in women (P=0·016). Each sd increase in serum betaine was associated with increases in LM% of 0·609 (whole body), 0·811 (trunk), 0·422 (limbs), 0·632 (arms) and 0·346 (legs) in men and 0·350 (trunk) in women. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that the prevalence of lower LM% decreased by 17 % (whole body) and 14 % (trunk) in women and 23 % (whole body), 28 % (trunk), 22 % (arms) and 26 % (percentage skeletal muscle index) in men with each sd increment in serum betaine. Elevated circulating betaine was associated with a higher LM% and lower prevalence of lower LM% in middle-aged and elderly Chinese adults, particularly men.

  8. Postprandial plasma betaine and other methyl donor-related responses after consumption of minimally processed wheat bran or wheat aleurone, or wheat aleurone incorporated into bread.

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    Keaveney, Edel M; Price, Ruth K; Hamill, Lesley L; Wallace, Julie M W; McNulty, Helene; Ward, Mary; Strain, J J; Ueland, Per M; Molloy, Anne M; Piironen, Vieno; von Reding, Walter; Shewry, Peter R; Ward, Jane L; Welch, Robert W

    2015-02-14

    The bran and particularly the aleurone fraction of wheat are high in betaine and other physiological methyl donors, which may exert beneficial physiological effects. We conducted two randomised, controlled, cross-over postprandial studies to assess and compare plasma betaine and other methyl donor-related responses following the consumption of minimally processed bran and aleurone fractions (study A) and aleurone bread (study B). For both studies, standard pharmacokinetic parameters were derived for betaine, choline, folate, dimethylglycine (DMG), total homocysteine and methionine from plasma samples taken at 0, 0·5, 1, 2 and 3 h. In study A (n 14), plasma betaine concentrations were significantly and substantially elevated from 0·5 to 3 h following the consumption of both bran and aleurone compared with the control; however, aleurone gave significantly higher responses than bran. Small, but significant, increases were also observed in DMG measures; however, no significant responses were observed in other analytes. In study B (n 13), plasma betaine concentrations were significantly and substantially higher following consumption of the aleurone bread compared with the control bread; small, but significant, increases were also observed in DMG and folate measures in response to consumption of the aleurone bread; however, no significant responses were observed in other analytes. Peak plasma betaine concentrations, which were 1·7-1·8 times the baseline levels, were attained earlier following the consumption of minimally processed aleurone compared with the aleurone bread (time taken to reach peak concentration 1·2 v. 2·1 h). These results showed that the consumption of minimally processed wheat bran, and particularly the aleurone fraction, yielded substantial postprandial increases in plasma betaine concentrations. Furthermore, these effects appear to be maintained when aleurone was incorporated into bread.

  9. Betaine alleviates hepatic lipid accumulation via enhancing hepatic lipid export and fatty acid oxidation in rats fed with a high-fat diet.

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    Xu, Li; Huang, Danping; Hu, Qiaolin; Wu, Jing; Wang, Yizhen; Feng, Jie

    2015-06-28

    To assess the effects of betaine on hepatic lipid accumulation and investigate the underlying mechanism, thirty-two male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 100 (sd 2·50) g were divided into four groups, and started on one of four treatments: basal diet, basal diet with betaine administration, high-fat diet and high-fat diet with betaine administration. The results showed that no significant difference of body weight was found among experimental groups. Compared with high-fat diet-fed rats, a betaine supplementation decreased (Pbetaine-homocysteine methyltransferase concentration [corrected] as well as its mRNA abundance and lecithin level were found increased (Pbetaine supplementation in both basal diet-fed rats and high-fat diet-fed rats. Betaine administration in high-fat diet-fed rats exhibited a higher (Pbetaine administration in high-fat diet-fed rats elevated (Pbetaine administration in high-fat diet group; meanwhile the gene expression of hepatic AMP-activated protein kinase was increased (Pbetaine administration enhanced hepatic lipid export and fatty acid oxidation in high-fat diet-fed rats, thus effectively alleviating fat accumulation in the liver.

  10. Study on Microwave Extraction Technology of Betaine from Lycium barbarum Leaves%微波法提取枸杞叶甜菜碱工艺的研究

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    党军; 王瑛; 陶燕铎; 邵赞; 梅丽娟; 王启兰

    2011-01-01

    研究微波法提取枸杞叶中甜菜碱的最佳工艺,考察工艺参数对枸杞叶中甜菜碱提取率的影响.以甜菜碱提取率为指标,通过L9(3(4))正交实验与方差分析优选出枸杞叶中甜菜碱最佳提取工艺条件.结果表明,最佳工艺为固液比为(g:ml)1:10,20 min,微波功率200 w.枸杞叶中甜菜碱最佳提取率平均值可高达4.48%.该工艺简单、稳定、可行.%The optimum microwave extraction technology of betaine from Lycium, barbarum leaves was studied and the impacts of every technology parameter on extraction rate of betaine were investigated. Extraction rate of betaine was taken as index. L9(34) orthogonal design and analysis of variance were adopted to optimize the technological conditions of microwave extraction of betaine. The results sbowed that the rate of solid and liquid, extraction time and microwave power were 1:10 ( g:ml) , 20min, 200w, respectively, and the average of betaine extraction rate was up to 4.48%. The technology was simple, stable and feasible.

  11. A novel betaine type asphalt emulsifier synthesized and investigated by online FTIR spectrophotometric method

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    Shi Laishun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel betaine type asphalt emulsifier 3-(N,N,N-dimethyl acetoxy ammonium chloride-2-hydroxypropyl laurate was synthesized after three steps by the reaction of lauric acid, epichlorohydrin, dimethylamine and sodium chloroacetate. The optimum reaction conditions were obtained for the synthesis of the first step of 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl laurate. The esterification yield reaches 97.1% at the optimum conditions of reaction temperature 80ºC, reaction time 6 h, feedstock mole ratio of epichlorohydrin to lauric acid 1.5, mass ratio of catalyst to lauric acid 2%. The chemical structure of the product was characterized by FTIR and 1H NMR. The first synthesis step of 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl laurate was monitored by online FTIR technique. The by-product was detected by the online FTIR analysis. Based upon the experimental data, a plausible reaction mechanism was proposed for the reaction. The CMC of the objective product has a lower value of 7.4×10-4 mol/L. The surface tension at CMC is 30.85 mN/m. The emulsifier is a rapid-set asphalt emulsifier.

  12. Synergistic behavior of glycine betaine-urea mixture: A molecular dynamics study

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    Kumar, Narendra; Kishore, Nand

    2013-09-01

    Glycine betaine (GB) is one of the most important osmolyte which is known to stabilize proteins as well as counteract the denaturing effect of urea. There have been many studies indicating protein stabilization and counteraction of the effect of urea by GB. However, the exact mechanism of counteraction is still debated and is of important research interest. In this study, distribution functions, hydrogen bonds, and energetics were analysed to understand different interactions between GB and urea, and their solvation properties in presence of each other. The results show that in the GB-urea mixture, GB acted as a stronger osmolyte and urea became a weaker denaturing agent than its individual counterparts. The increase in the solvation of urea and GB in GB-urea mixture and their mutual interactions through hydrogen bonding and coulombic energy resulted in more involvement of GB and urea with solvent as well as with themselves. This might result in the increase of the exclusion of GB from protein surface and decrease in the protein-urea interactions in the mixture. This synergistic behavior might be the prime reason for the counteraction of denaturing effect of urea by GB.

  13. Betaine treatment decreased oxidative stress, inflammation, and stellate cell activation in rats with alcoholic liver fibrosis.

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    Bingül, İlknur; Başaran-Küçükgergin, Canan; Aydın, A Fatih; Çoban, Jale; Doğan-Ekici, Işın; Doğru-Abbasoğlu, Semra; Uysal, Müjdat

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of betaine (BET) on alcoholic liver fibrosis in rats. Fibrosis was experimentally generated with ethanol plus carbon tetrachloride (ETH+CCl4) treatment. Rats were treated with ETH (5% v/v in drinking water) for 14 weeks. CCl4 was administered intraperitoneally (i.p.) 0.2mL/kg twice a week to rats in the last 6 weeks with/without commercial food containing BET (2% w/w). Serum hepatic damage markers, tumor necrosis factor-α, hepatic triglyceride (TG) and hydroxyproline (HYP) levels, and oxidative stress parameters were measured together with histopathologic observations. In addition, α-smooth muscle-actin (α-SMA), transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and type I collagen (COL1A1) protein expressions were assayed immunohistochemically to evaluate stellate cell (HSC) activation. mRNA expressions of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and its inhibitors (TIMP-1 and TIMP-2) were also determined. BET treatment diminished TG and HYP levels; prooxidant status and fibrotic changes; α-SMA, COL1A1 and TGF-β protein expressions; MMP-2, TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 mRNA expressions in the liver of fibrotic rats. In conclusion, these results indicate that the antifibrotic effect of BET may be related to its suppressive effects on oxidant and inflammatory processes together with HSC activation in alcoholic liver fibrosis.

  14. Homocysteine homeostasis and betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase expression in the brain of hibernating bats.

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    Full Text Available Elevated homocysteine is an important risk factor that increases cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative disease morbidity. In mammals, B vitamin supplementation can reduce homocysteine levels. Whether, and how, hibernating mammals, that essentially stop ingesting B vitamins, maintain homocysteine metabolism and avoid cerebrovascular impacts and neurodegeneration remain unclear. Here, we compare homocysteine levels in the brains of torpid bats, active bats and rats to identify the molecules involved in homocysteine homeostasis. We found that homocysteine does not elevate in torpid brains, despite declining vitamin B levels. At low levels of vitamin B6 and B12, we found no change in total expression level of the two main enzymes involved in homocysteine metabolism (methionine synthase and cystathionine β-synthase, but a 1.85-fold increase in the expression of the coenzyme-independent betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase (BHMT. BHMT expression was observed in the amygdala of basal ganglia and the cerebral cortex where BHMT levels were clearly elevated during torpor. This is the first report of BHMT protein expression in the brain and suggests that BHMT modulates homocysteine in the brains of hibernating bats. BHMT may have a neuroprotective role in the brains of hibernating mammals and further research on this system could expand our biomedical understanding of certain cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative disease processes.

  15. Nonlinear dielectric properties of planar structures based on ferroelectric betaine phosphite films

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Svinarev, F. B.; Yurko, E. I.

    2014-02-01

    Ferroelectric films of partly deuterated betaine phosphite are grown on NdGaO3(001) substrates with an interdigitated system of electrodes on their surfaces by evaporation at room temperature. These films have a high capacitance in the ferroelectric phase transition range. The dielectric nonlinearity of the grown structures is studied in small-signal and strong-signal response modes and in the intermediate region between these two modes by measuring the capacitance in a dc bias field, dielectric hysteresis loops, and the Fourier spectra of an output signal in the Sawyer-Tower circuit. In the phase transition range, the capacitance control ratio at a bias voltage U bias = 40 V is K ≅ 7. The dielectric nonlinearity of the structures in the paraelectric phase is described by the Landau theory of second-order phase transitions. The additional contribution to the nonlinearity in the ferroelectric phase is related to the motion of domain walls and manifests itself when the input signal amplitude is higher than U st ˜ 0.7-1.0 V. The relaxation times of domain walls are determined from an analysis of the frequency dependences of the dielectric hysteresis.

  16. Salting-Out of Methane in the Aqueous Solutions of Urea and Glycine-Betaine.

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    Dixit, Mayank Kumar; Siddique, Asrar A; Tembe, B L

    2015-08-27

    We have studied the hydrophobic association and solvation of methane molecules in aqueous solutions of urea and glycine betaine (GB). We have calculated the potentials of mean force (PMFs) between methane molecules in water, aqueous GB, aqueous urea and aqueous urea-GB mixtures. The PMFs and equilibrium constants indicate that both urea and GB increase the hydrophobic association of methane. Calculation of thermodynamic parameters shows that the association of methane is stabilized by entropy whereas solvation is favored by enthalpy. In the case of the water-urea-GB mixture, both hydrophobic association and solvation are stabilized by entropy. From the investigation of radial distribution functions, running coordination numbers and excess coordination numbers, we infer that both urea and GB are preferentially excluded from methane surface in the mixtures of osmolytes and methane is preferentially solvated by water molecules in all the mixtures. The favorable exclusion of both urea and GB from the methane surface suggests that both urea and GB increase the interaction between methane molecules, i.e., salting-out of methane. We observe that addition of both urea and GB to water enhances local water structure. The calculated values of diffusion constants of water also suggest enhanced water-water interactions in the presence of urea and GB. The calculated free energies of methane in these mixtures show that methane is less soluble in the mixtures of urea and GB than in water. The data on solvation free energies support the observations obtained from the PMFs of methane molecules.

  17. Synthesis, characterization, and assembly of beta-In2S3 nanoparticles.

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    Vigneashwari, B; Dash, S; Tyagi, A K; Parameswaran, P; Ravichandran, V; Sunthathiraraj, S Austin

    2007-06-01

    Semiconductor nanoparticles of Indium Sulphide were synthesized by a hydrothermal method using InCl3 and Na2S. Powder X-ray Diffraction analysis confirmed that the product obtained was nanocrystals of single-phase beta-In2S3. The crystallite size distribution was obtained from the diffraction profile and the average size was approximately 5 nm. The compositional analyses performed on the as-prepared powder showed that the material was devoid of any impurity with an In:S ratio very close to 2:3. A colloid of very fine In2S3 particles was obtained from the as-prepared powder by suspending them in acetonitrile. The optical absorption of this colloid showed evidence of strong quantum confinement of excitons and as a result the particles yielded intense photoluminescence in the violet-blue region. These colloidal particles were then electrophoretically driven on to a transparent conducting substrate to assemble into a nanostructure. A Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction analysis of the deposited layer revealed that the preferred orientation noticed in the native powder was removed in the deposit. The surface morphology of the deposit studied using SEM and AFM displayed an inherent ordering behaviour in the clusters organized into a two-dimensional film. The locus of the cluster lines tend to form closed circles, at the nanoscopic as well as microscopic scales, indicative of certain strong neighborhood correlations. Such structures may be expected to exhibit novel correlated properties also.

  18. Suppressed expression of choline monooxygenase in sugar beet on the accumulation of glycine betaine.

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    Yamada, Nana; Takahashi, Hiroyuki; Kitou, Kunihide; Sahashi, Kosuke; Tamagake, Hideto; Tanaka, Yoshito; Takabe, Teruhiro

    2015-11-01

    Glycine betaine (GB) is an important osmoprotectant and synthesized by two-step oxidation of choline. Choline monooxygenase (CMO) catalyzes the first step of the pathway and is believed to be a rate limiting step for GB synthesis. Recent studies have shown the importance of choline-precursor supply for GB synthesis. In order to investigate the role of CMO for GB accumulation in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris), transgenic plants carrying the antisense BvCMO gene were developed. The antisense BvCMO plants showed the decreased activity of GB synthesis from choline compared to wild-type (WT) plants which is well related to the suppressed level of BvCMO protein. However, GB contents were similar between transgenic and WT plants with the exception of young leaves and storage roots. Transgenic plants showed enhanced susceptibility to salt stress than WT plants. These results suggest the importance of choline-precursor-supply for GB accumulation, and young leaves and storage root are sensitive sites for GB accumulation.

  19. Increment of antioxidase activity of transgenic tobacco with betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase

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    Superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in the leaves of transgenic tobacco plants with betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) gene was about 36% higher than that in the control plants (parent plants),activities of peroxi-dase (POD) and catalase (Cat) increased by about 62% and 88% respectively. Activities of ascorbate peroxidase (AsSPOD),dehydroascorbate redutase (DAsAR) and gluta-thione reductase (GR) in ascorbate-glutothion pathway lo-cated at chloroplasts increased by 67.7%,47.9% and 38.8% respectively. These results indicated that the H2O2 produced by SOD catalyzing superoxide anion radicals (O2- ) could be fully decomposed,and could not derive to form the strongest toxicant radicals ·OH. This is the first report to elucidate quantitatively that the activities of two kinds of antioxidative enzymes decomposed radicals and active oxygen were matched. Photoinhibition tolerant capacity of the transgenic tobacco plants was 35% higher than that in the parent plants. Increment of photoinhibition tolerant capacity in the trans-genic tobacco plants might be due to increment of antioxida-tive enzymes activities,in turn being able to more effectively scavenge active oxygen and radicals,protect organization and function of chloroplasts. These results showed that the increment of antioxidative enzymes activities in the trans-genic tobacco might be one of the reasons for the increment of resistance in the transgenic tobacco.

  20. RNAi-directed downregulation of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 (OsBADH1) results in decreased stress tolerance and increased oxidative markers without affecting glycine betaine biosynthesis in rice (Oryza sativa).

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    Tang, Wei; Sun, Jiaqi; Liu, Jia; Liu, Fangfang; Yan, Jun; Gou, Xiaojun; Lu, Bao-Rong; Liu, Yongsheng

    2014-11-01

    As an important osmoprotectant, glycine betaine (GB) plays an essential role in resistance to abiotic stress in a variety of organisms, including rice (Oryza sativa L.). However, GB content is too low to be detectable in rice, although rice genome possesses several orthologs coding for betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) involved in plant GB biosynthesis. Rice BADH1 (OsBADH1) has been shown to be targeted to peroxisome and its overexpression resulted in increased GB biosynthesis and tolerance to abiotic stress. In this study, we demonstrated a pivotal role of OsBADH1 in stress tolerance without altering GB biosynthesis capacity, using the RNA interference (RNAi) technique. OsBADH1 was ubiquitously expressed in different organs, including roots, stems, leaves and flowers. Transgenic rice lines downregulating OsBADH1 exhibited remarkably reduced tolerance to NaCl, drought and cold stresses. The decrease of stress tolerance occurring in the OsBADH1-RNAi repression lines was associated with an elevated level of malondialdehyde content and hydrogen peroxidation. No GB accumulation was detected in transgene-positive and transgene-negative lines derived from heterozygous transgenic T0 plants. Moreover, transgenic OsBADH1-RNAi repression lines showed significantly reduced seed set and yield. In conclusion, the downregulation of OsBADH1, even though not causing any change of GB content, was accounted for the reduction of ability to dehydrogenate the accumulating metabolism-derived aldehydes and subsequently resulted in decreased stress tolerance and crop productivity. These results suggest that OsBADH1 possesses an enzyme activity to catalyze other aldehydes in addition to betaine aldehyde (the precursor of GB) and thus alleviate their toxic effects under abiotic stresses.

  1. 三次采油中甜菜碱型表面活性剂的研究进展%Research progress of betaine surfactants used in EOR

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    张微; 于涛

    2013-01-01

    The research status of the betaine surfactants used in flooding was reviewed simply .The synthesis process was smmarized; The performance of the betaine surfacants was introduced; The application feasibility of betaine surfactants in the enhanced oil recovery was discussed.%简述了驱油用甜菜碱型表面活性剂的研究现状.总结了几类甜菜碱的合成工艺进展;介绍了其在采油技术中的性能研究;探讨了该类表面活性剂在三次采油中应用的可行性.

  2. 甜菜碱在肉鸡生产中的研究与应用%Research and Application of Betaine in Broiler Production

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    李振宇; 许丽

    2012-01-01

    在日粮中添加适量的甜菜碱可以提高肉鸡生产性能、胴体品质、抗应激能力和成活率,而用甜菜碱替代适量的蛋氨酸对肉鸡生产性能、胴体品质和成活率无显著影响。文章综述了甜菜碱的理化性质及其在动物生产的功能。%Add the right amount betaine in the diet of broiler can improve the performance, carcass quality, anti-ability and survival rate. Betaine substitute the right amout of methionine had no significant effect on perfor-mance, carcass quality and survival rate. This paper summarried physicochemical properties of betaine and its nutri-tional function in animal production.

  3. Preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial carried out with a fixed combination of S-adenosyl-L-methionine and betaine versus amitriptyline in patients with mild depression

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    Di Pierro, Francesco; Settembre, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Background S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe), a safe, endogenous, pleiotropic methyl donor well known for its antidepressant role, has been assumed to have a possible role in increasing plasma levels of compounds known to be able to raise cardiovascular risk. Although the issue is still being debated, betaine (trimethylglycine), a specific methyl donor involved in the homocysteine circuit, may be able to reduce such a risk and/or, by determining a sparing effect on endogenous SAMe, may be able to improve the clinical efficiency of SAMe itself. Indeed, preliminary results have shown clinical improvement determined by an add-on therapy with betaine administered along with SAMe, versus SAMe alone, to patients affected by mild/moderate depression. Aim To evaluate the safety and antidepressant role played by the association of SAMe plus betaine versus amitriptyline administered in untreated individuals with a recent diagnosis of mild depression. Methods This small, open-label, randomized, observational study enrolled 64 individuals with a diagnosis of mild depression according to the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale. After randomization, they were treated with either Laroxyl® (amitriptyline, 75 mg/day) or DDM Metile® (enteric-coated SAMe, 500 mg/day, plus betaine, 250 mg/day) for 12 months. Assessment of clinical scores and tolerability was performed at T=0 and after 3, 6, and 12 months. Results After 3 months, both treatments showed a small and not statistically significant improvement. After 6 and 12 months, both treated groups demonstrated a more noticeable improved response, although the group treated with SAMe plus betaine showed better results in terms of score, number of individuals in remission, and side effects. Compliance was overlapping in both treatments. Conclusion The association of SAMe plus betaine seems to be a safe and effective tool to counteract mild depression and also when used as monotherapy in subjects with a recent diagnosis. PMID:25678811

  4. Gestational dietary betaine supplementation suppresses hepatic expression of lipogenic genes in neonatal piglets through epigenetic and glucocorticoid receptor-dependent mechanisms.

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    Cai, Demin; Wang, Junjian; Jia, Yimin; Liu, Haoyu; Yuan, Mengjie; Dong, Haibo; Zhao, Ruqian

    2016-01-01

    Methyl donors play critical roles in nutritional programming through epigenetic regulation of gene expression. Here we fed gestational sows with control or betaine-supplemented diets (3g/kg) throughout the pregnancy to explore the effects of maternal methyl-donor nutrient on neonatal expression of hepatic lipogenic genes. Betaine-exposed piglets demonstrated significantly lower liver triglyceride content associated with down-regulated hepatic expression of lipogenic genes acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), fatty acid synthase (FAS), stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD) and sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c. Moreover, s-adenosyl methionine to s-adenosyl homocysteine ratio was elevated in the liver of betaine-exposed piglets, which was accompanied by DNA hypermethylation on FAS and SCD gene promoters and more enriched repression histone mark H3K27me3 on SCD gene promoter. Furthermore, glucocorticoid receptor (GR) binding to SCD gene promoter was diminished along with reduced serum cortisol and liver GR protein content in betaine-exposed piglets. GR-mediated SCD gene regulation was confirmed in HepG2 cells in vitro. Dexamethasone (Dex) drastically increased the luciferase activity of porcine SCD promoter, while the deletion of GR response element on SCD promoter significantly attenuated Dex-mediated SCD transactivation. In addition, miR-let-7e, miR-1285 and miR-124a, which respectively target porcine SCD, ACC and GR, were significantly up-regulated in the liver of betaine-exposed piglets, being in accordance with decreased protein content of these three genes. Taken together, our results suggest that maternal dietary betaine supplementation during gestation attenuates hepatic lipogenesis in neonatal piglets via epigenetic and GR-mediated mechanisms.

  5. Effect of dietary betaine supplementation on the performance, carcass yield, and intestinal morphometrics of broilers submitted to heat stress

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    NK Sakomura

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of betaine in methionine- and choline-reduced diets fed to broilers submitted to heat stress. In total, 1,408 male broilers were randomly distributed into eight treatments, according to 2 x 4 (environment x diet factorial arrangement, with eight replicates of 2 birds each. Birds were reared environmental chambers under controlled temperature (25-26 °C or cyclic heat-stressing temperature (25-31 °C. The following diets were tested: positive control (PC, formulated to meet broiler nutritional requirements; negative control (NC, with reduced DL-methionine and choline chloride levels; and with two supplementation levels of natural betaine to the negative control diet (NC+NB1 and NC+NB2. Live performance, carcass traits, and intestinal morphometrics were evaluated when broilers were 45 days of age. The results showed that all evaluated parameters were influenced by the interaction between environment and diet, except for breast meat drip loss. The breakdown of the interactions showed that birds fed the PC diet and reared in the controlled environment had greater breast drip loss than those submitted to the cyclic heat-stress environment. Birds submitted to cyclic heat stress and fed the PC diet presented the lowest feed intake. Feed conversion ratio was influenced only by diet. The FCR of broilers fed the NC+NB2 diet was intermediate relative to those fed the PC and NC diets. The addition of betaine in the diet, with 11.18% digestible methionine and 24.73% total choline reductions, did not affect broiler live performance, carcass yield, or intestinal morphometrics.

  6. The self-organization and functional activity of binary system based on erucyl amidopropyl betaine - alkylated polyethyleneimine

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    Gaynanova, Gulnara A.; Valiakhmetova, Alsu R.; Kuryashov, Dmitry A.; Kudryashova, Yuliana R.; Lukashenko, Svetlana S.; Syakaev, Victor V.; Latypov, Shamil K.; Bukharov, Sergey V.; Bashkirtseva, Natalia Yu.; Zakharova, Lucia Ya.

    2013-11-01

    The self-organization in individual and binary aqueous solutions of a zwitterionic surfactant erucyl amidopropyl betaine and alkylated polyethyleneimine is carried out with a wide range of physical and chemical methods, including tensiometry, conductometry, dynamic light scattering, pH-metry, spectrophotometry, and fluorescence spectroscopy. The data obtained strongly support the formation of nanosized aggregates in the systems and provide information on their structure and probable morphological transitions. High solubilization capacity and data on the contact angle showed a possibility of the application of these systems as nanocontainers or oil wetting agents in the oil recovery.

  7. Molecular mechanisms for interaction of glycine betaine with supra-molecular phycobiliprotein complexes

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    XU XiuLing; LI Heng; XIE Jie; ZHAO JingQuan

    2009-01-01

    Glycine betaine (GB) is a biologically important small molecule protecting cells,proteins and enzymes in vivo and in vitro under environmental stresses.Recently,it was found that GB could also relax the structure and inactivate the function of phycobiliproteins and phycobilisome (PBS),a kind of supramolecular complexes,in cyanobacterial cells.The molecular mechanisms for the opposite phenomena are quite ambiguous.Taking PBS and a trimeric or monomeric C-phycocyanin (C-PC) as models,the molecular mechanism for the interaction of GB with supra-molecular complexes or nuclear proteins was investigated.The energetic decoupling of PBS components induced by GB suggests that the PBS core-membrane linking polypeptide was the most sensitive site while the rod-core linker was the next.Biochemistry analysis proves that PBS structure was loosened but not dissociated into the components.On the basis of the results and structure knowledge,it was proposed that GB screened the electrostatic attraction of the opposite charges on a linker and a protein leading to a much looser structure.It was observed that GB induced a spectral blue shift for trimeric C-PC but a red shift for s monomeric C-PC (a nuclear protein),which were ascribed to GB's screening of the electrostatic attraction of a linker to a protein and strengthening of the hydrophobic interaction between C-PC monomers.The trimers and monomers' forming of the same products under high concentration of GB was ascribed to a compromise of the opposite interaction forces.

  8. Effects of Betaine Supplementation to Methionine Deficient Diet on Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Broilers

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    H. Sun

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem Statement: The efficacy of Methionine (Met sparing effect of Betaine (BET has been shown to be associated with dietary compositions, animal physiological stage and living conditions. This study was to determine the extent to which dietary Met could be replaced by BET in broiler chickens under the feeding conditions specific to Chinese poultry industry.Approach: A total of 900 day-old Arbor Acres broiler chicks were fed three corn-soybean meal-based starter rations (d 1-21 and grower rations (d 22-42 for a total of 42 days. Met levels in the diets were: Diet 1, Met content at the recommended level (Control; diet 2, Met level at 85% of the Control supplemented with BET at the level of 400 (starter or 300 (grower mg kg-1 DM; Diet 3, Met level at 75% of the Control supplemented with BET at the level of 600 (starter or 500 (grower mg khg-1 DM. The broilers were raised in a temperature controlled house with 3 pens (replicates per dietary treatment. Results: In general, treatment had no effect on body weight, feed intake or feed efficiency. Concentrations of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 in the serum of broilers fed Diet 3 were higher (pConclusions/Recommendations: Supplementation of BET to replace up to 25% of total dietary Met did not affect the growth performance but improved the carcass quality of the broilers. BET could be used to spare 25% of the total Met in broiler diet that was formulated based on the Feeding Standard of China.

  9. Exploring occurrence and molecular diversity of betaine lipids across taxonomy of marine microalgae.

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    Cañavate, José Pedro; Armada, Isabel; Ríos, José Luis; Hachero-Cruzado, Ismael

    2016-04-01

    Betaine lipids (BL) from ten microalgae species of the kingdoms Plantae and Chromista were identified and quantified by HPLC/ESI-TOF-MS. Diacylgyceryl-N-trimethylhomoserine (DGTS) was detected in Trebouxiophyceae and Eustigmatophyceae species, whereas Tetraselmis suecica was described as the first green algae containing diacylglyceryl-hydroxymethyl-N,N,N-trimethyl-beta-alanine (DGTA). DGTA molecular species where also characterized in Cryptophyceae species as well as in the Bacillariophyceae diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. The Mediophyceae diatom Chaetoceros gracilis had no DGTA, but contained diacylglyceryl-carboxyhydroxymethylcholine (DGCC). A principal coordinate (PCO) analysis of microalgae species revealed the existence of three main clusters around each BL type. The first PCO axis (43.9% of total variation) grouped Chlorophyceae, Trebouxiophyceae and Eustigmatophyceae species and positively correlated with DGTS. The second PCO axis (27.8% of total variation) segregated DGTA from DGCC containing species. Cryptophyceae, Bacillariophyceae and Chlorodendrophyceae were the more closely associated species to DGTA. Mediophyceae and Dinophyceae species contained DGCC as the only BL. Molecular diversity varied from the simplest DGCC composition in Gyrodinium dorsum to the highest spectrum of ten different molecular species detected for DGTA (Rhodomonas baltica) and DGCC (C. gracilis). The fatty acid profile of DGTS was very dissimilar to that of the whole lipid cell content. DGTS from Nannochloropsis gaditana was highly unsaturated respecting to total lipids, whereas in Picochlorum atomus DGTS unsaturation was nearly one half to that of total lipids. Dissimilarity between DGTA and total lipid fatty acid profile was minimum among all BL and DGTA fatty acid unsaturation was the maximum observed in the study. New DGCC molecular species enriched in 20:5 were described in Mediophyceae diatoms. Multivariate microalgae ordination using BL as descriptors revealed a higher

  10. Molecular mechanisms for interaction of glycine betaine with supra-molecular phycobiliprotein complexes

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    2009-01-01

    Glycine betaine(GB) is a biologically important small molecule protecting cells,proteins and enzymes in vivo and in vitro under environmental stresses.Recently,it was found that GB could also relax the structure and inactivate the function of phycobiliproteins and phycobilisome(PBS),a kind of supramolecular complexes,in cyanobacterial cells.The molecular mechanisms for the opposite phenomena are quite ambiguous.Taking PBS and a trimeric or monomeric C-phycocyanin(C-PC) as models,the molecular mechanism for the interaction of GB with supra-molecular complexes or nuclear proteins was investigated.The energetic decoupling of PBS components induced by GB suggests that the PBS core-membrane linking polypeptide was the most sensitive site while the rod-core linker was the next.Biochemistry analysis proves that PBS structure was loosened but not dissociated into the components.On the basis of the results and structure knowledge,it was proposed that GB screened the electrostatic attraction of the opposite charges on a linker and a protein leading to a much looser structure.It was observed that GB induced a spectral blue shift for trimeric C-PC but a red shift for a monomeric C-PC(a nuclear protein),which were ascribed to GB’s screening of the electrostatic attraction of a linker to a protein and strengthening of the hydrophobic interaction between C-PC monomers.The trimers and monomers’ forming of the same products under high concentration of GB was ascribed to a compromise of the opposite interaction forces.

  11. Surface modification with zwitterionic cysteine betaine for nanoshell-assisted near-infrared plasmonic hyperthermia.

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    Huang, Chun-Jen; Chu, Sz-Hau; Li, Chien-Hung; Lee, T Randall

    2016-09-01

    Nanoparticles decorated with biocompatible coatings have received considerable attention in recent years for their potential biomedical applications. However, the desirable properties of nanoparticles for in vivo uses, such as colloidal stability, biodistribution, and pharmacokinetics, require further research. In this work, we report a bio-derived zwitterionic surface ligand, cysteine betaine (Cys-b) for the modification of hollow gold-silver nanoshells, giving rise to hyperthermia applications. Cys-b coatings on planar substrates and nanoshells were compared to conventional (11-mercaptoundecyl)tri(ethylene glycol) (OEG-thiol) to investigate their effects on the fouling resistance, colloidal stability, environmental tolerance, and photothermal properties. The results found that Cys-b and OEG-thiol coatings exhibited comparable antifouling properties against bacteria of gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and gram-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis), NIH-3T3 fibroblasts, and bovine serum albumin. However, when the modified nanoshells were suspended at a temperature of 50°C in aqueous 3M NaCl solutions, shifts in the extinction maximum of the OEG-capped nanoshells with time were observed, while the corresponding spectra of nanoshells capped with Cys-b generally remained unchanged. In addition, when the nanoshells were continuously exposed to NIR irradiation, the temperature of the solution containing nanoshells capped with Cys-b increased to a plateau of 54°C, while that of the OEG-capped nanoshells gradually decreased after reaching a peak temperature. Accordingly, the Cys-b nanoshells were conjugated with anti-HER2 antibodies for targeted delivery to HER2-positive MDA-MB-453 breast cancer cells for hyperthermia treatment. The results showed the selective delivery and effective photothermal cell ablation with the antibody-conjugated Cys-b nanoshells. Therefore, this work demonstrated the promise of bio-derived zwitterionic Cys

  12. Structure of dimethylphenyl betaine hydrochloride studied by X-ray diffraction, DFT calculation, NMR and FTIR spectra

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    Szafran, M.; Katrusiak, A.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Kowalczyk, I.

    2013-01-01

    The structure of dimethylphenyl betaine hydrochloride (1) has been studied by X-ray diffraction, DFT calculations, NMR and FTIR spectra. The crystals are monoclinic, space group P21/c. In the crystal, the Cl- anion is connected with protonated betaine through the O-H⋯Cl- hydrogen bond of 2.943(2) Å. The structures in the gas phase (2) and water solution (3) have been optimized by the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) approach and the geometrical results have been compared with the X-ray data of 1. The FTIR spectrum of the solid compound is consistent with the X-ray results. The probable assignments of the anharmonic experimental vibrational frequencies of the investigated chloride (1) based on the calculated harmonic frequencies in water solution (3) are proposed. The correlations between the experimental 1H and 13C NMR chemical shifts (δexp) of 1 in D2O and the magnetic isotropic shielding constants (σcalc) calculated by the GIAO/B3LYP/6-311G++(d,p) approach, using the screening solvation model (COSMO), δexp = a + b σcalc, for optimized molecule 3 in water solution are linear and correctly reproduce the experimental chemical shifts.

  13. Fluorescence of the Flavin group in choline oxidase. Insights and analytical applications for the determination of choline and betaine aldehyde.

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    Ortega, E; de Marcos, S; Sanz-Vicente, I; Ubide, C; Ostra, M; Vidal, M; Galbán, J

    2016-01-15

    Choline oxidase (ChOx) is a flavoenzyme catalysing the oxidation of choline (Ch) to betaine aldehyde (BA) and glycine betaine (GB). In this paper a fundamental study of the intrinsic fluorescence properties of ChOx due to Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide (FAD) is presented and some analytical applications are studied in detail. Firstly, an unusual alteration in the excitation spectra, in comparison with the absorption spectra, has been observed as a function of the pH. This is ascribed to a change of polarity in the excited state. Secondly, the evolution of the fluorescence spectra during the reaction seems to indicate that the reaction takes place in two consecutive, but partially overlapped, steps and each of them follows a different mechanism. Thirdly, the chemical system can be used to determine the Ch concentration in the range from 5×10(-6)M to 5×10(-5)M (univariate and multivariate calibration) in the presence of BA as interference, and the joint Ch+BA concentration in the range 5×10(-6)-5×10(-4)M (multivariate calibration) with mean errors under 10%; a semiquantitative determination of the BA concentration can be deduced by difference. Finally, Ch has been successfully determined in an infant milk sample.

  14. Maternal Betaine Supplementation throughout Gestation and Lactation Modifies Hepatic Cholesterol Metabolic Genes in Weaning Piglets via AMPK/LXR-Mediated Pathway and Histone Modification

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    Demin Cai

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Betaine serves as an animal and human nutrient which has been heavily investigated in glucose and lipid metabolic regulation, yet the underlying mechanisms are still elusive. In this study, feeding sows with betaine-supplemented diets during pregnancy and lactation increased cholesterol content and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR and scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI gene expression, but decreasing bile acids content and cholesterol-7a-hydroxylase (CYP7a1 expression in the liver of weaning piglets. This was associated with the significantly elevated serum betaine and methionine levels and hepatic S-adenosylmethionine (SAM and S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH content. Concurrently, the hepatic nuclear transcription factor liver X receptor LXR was downregulated along with activated signal protein AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK. Moreover, a chromatin immunoprecipitation assay showed lower LXR binding on CYP7a1 gene promoter and more enriched activation histone marker H3K4me3 on LDLR and SR-BI promoters. These results suggest that gestational and lactational betaine supplementation modulates hepatic gene expression involved in cholesterol metabolism via an AMPK/LXR pathway and histone modification in the weaning offspring.

  15. Maternal Betaine Supplementation throughout Gestation and Lactation Modifies Hepatic Cholesterol Metabolic Genes in Weaning Piglets via AMPK/LXR-Mediated Pathway and Histone Modification

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    Cai, Demin; Yuan, Mengjie; Liu, Haoyu; Pan, Shifeng; Ma, Wenqiang; Hong, Jian; Zhao, Ruqian

    2016-01-01

    Betaine serves as an animal and human nutrient which has been heavily investigated in glucose and lipid metabolic regulation, yet the underlying mechanisms are still elusive. In this study, feeding sows with betaine-supplemented diets during pregnancy and lactation increased cholesterol content and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) gene expression, but decreasing bile acids content and cholesterol-7a-hydroxylase (CYP7a1) expression in the liver of weaning piglets. This was associated with the significantly elevated serum betaine and methionine levels and hepatic S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) and S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) content. Concurrently, the hepatic nuclear transcription factor liver X receptor LXR was downregulated along with activated signal protein AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Moreover, a chromatin immunoprecipitation assay showed lower LXR binding on CYP7a1 gene promoter and more enriched activation histone marker H3K4me3 on LDLR and SR-BI promoters. These results suggest that gestational and lactational betaine supplementation modulates hepatic gene expression involved in cholesterol metabolism via an AMPK/LXR pathway and histone modification in the weaning offspring. PMID:27763549

  16. Role of betaine in improving the antidepressant effect of S-adenosyl-methionine in patients with mild-to-moderate depression

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    Di Pierro, Francesco; Orsi, Rossana; Settembre, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Background S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) is a common add-on treatment used to counteract depressive symptoms in subjects with mild-to-moderate depression, who are low responders to other antidepressant drugs. However, there is some concern about the possible impact of SAMe therapy on homocysteine levels. Betaine is known both to counteract high level of homocysteine in plasma and to increase liquor and plasma levels of SAMe, thus potentiating its effect. Aim To evaluate the role played by betaine, administered along with SAMe, in potentiating the antidepressive role played by SAMe administered as such. Methods The study enrolled 46 subjects with a diagnosis of mild-to-moderate depression according to the Beck Depression Inventory Scale II. All the subjects had a suboptimal control of their symptoms. After randomization, they were treated with adjunctive treatment with either Samyr® (enteric-coated SAMe) or DDM Metile® (enteric-coated SAMe plus betaine) for 90 days. Results Both treatments acted similarly in improving symptoms such as anxiety, psychomotor agitation, feelings of helplessness and worthlessness, physical efficiency, and somatization, but treatment with DDM Metile® determined better statistically significant results following a 90-day therapy. Tolerability and compliance were overlapping in both the treatments. Conclusion The association of SAMe plus betaine seemed to demonstrate more effectiveness than SAMe alone when administered as an add-on therapy to subjects, affected by mild-to-moderate depression, who were low responders to conventional antidepressants. PMID:25653537

  17. Hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interactions in the 1:1 complex of DABCO di-betaine with squaric acid: Crystallographic, theoretical and spectroscopic studies

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    Barczyński, P.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Katrusiak, A.; Szafran, M.

    2012-06-01

    The molecular structure of the 1:1 complex of DABCO di-betaine (1,4-dicarboxymethyl-1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane inner salt) with squaric acid (1) has been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and DFT calculations. Crystals 1 are monoclinic, space group P21/c. One proton of squaric acid is transferred to one of the carboxylate groups of DABCO di-betaine. The mono-protonated DABCO di-betaine cation is further engaged in the COOH⋯OOC hydrogen bond of 2.526(2) Å with the neighboring cations, linking them into a zigzag chain. The hydrogen squarate anion interacts with the oxygen atom of the carboxylate group of DABCO di-betaine cation, through the Osbnd H⋯Odbnd C hydrogen bonds of 2.600(2) Å. The structures of monomer 1a, dimer 2 and cation 3 have been optimized at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory. The FTIR spectrum is consistent with the X-ray results. The second-derivative spectrum of 1 and calculated frequencies for the optimized structure 1a are used to explain the frequencies in the experimental FTIR spectrum.

  18. Effect of Betaine on Vulcanization Characteristics of NR Latex Film%甜菜碱对天然胶乳胶膜硫化特性的影响

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    罗文杰; 黎燕飞

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    The effect of betaine on the vulcanization characteristics of NR latex iflm was studied with the use of an oscillating disc rheometer. The results showed thatMH,ML,t10 andt90 decreased with the addition of betaine. The parameters of curing kinetics were then calculated using Arrhenius equation. The curing reaction activation energy (Ea) of NR latex iflm with betaine was smaller than that of original NR latex iflm while the reaction rate constant (k) was higher. With the increase of betaine amount, the curing rate and crosslinking degree of the vulcanizates increased.%研究甜菜碱对天然胶乳胶膜硫化特性的影响,并通过Arrhenius方程对胶膜的硫化过程进行动力学分析。结果表明:添加甜菜碱,天然胶乳胶膜的MH和ML减小,t10和t90缩短;胶膜的硫化反应活化能减小,硫化反应速率常数增大,硫化速率提高,交联密度增大。

  19. The role of lipids and salts in two-dimensional crystallization of the glycine-betaine transporter BetP from Corynebacterium glutamicum

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    Tsai, Ching-Ju; Ejsing, Christer S.; Shevchenko, Andrej;

    2007-01-01

    The osmoregulated and chill-sensitive glycine-betaine transporter (BetP) from Corynebacterium glutamicum was reconstituted into lipids to form two-dimensional (2D) crystals. The sensitivity of BetP partly bases on its interaction with lipids. Here we demonstrate that lipids and salts influence...

  20. Pharmacological Identification of a Guanidine-Containing β-Alanine Analogue with Low Micromolar Potency and Selectivity for the Betaine/GABA Transporter 1 (BGT1)

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    Al-Khawaja, Anas Mohammad Ali; Petersen, Jette Gellert; Damgaard, Maria;

    2014-01-01

    identified: GAT1, GAT2, GAT3 and the betaine/GABA transporter 1 (BGT1). Owing to the lack of potent and subtype selective inhibitors of the non-GAT1 GABA transporters, the physiological role and therapeutic potential of these transporters remain to be fully understood. Based on bioisosteric replacement...

  1. Effect of betaine supplementation on changes in hepatic metabolism of sulfur-containing amino acids and experimental cholestasis induced by alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate.

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    Kim, Young C; Jung, Young S; Kim, Sang K

    2005-05-01

    Alterations in the hepatic metabolism of sulfur amino acids in experimental cholestasis induced by alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT) (100 mg/kg, po) were monitored in male mice for 1 week. We also examined the effects of betaine supplementation (1% in drinking water) for 2 weeks on the hepatotoxicity and changes in the sulfur amino acid metabolism induced by ANIT treatment. Acute ANIT challenge elevated the serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) activities, and total bilirubin contents from 5 h after the treatment, reaching a peak at t = 48-72 h. Hepatic S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) and S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) levels were decreased significantly in a manner almost inversely proportional to the changes in serum parameters measured to determine the ANIT-induced toxicity. Hepatic glutathione and cysteine levels were elevated at t = 120 h after the treatment. Betaine supplementation blocked or significantly attenuated induction of the hepatotoxicity by ANIT. The decrease in SAM and SAH levels was also inhibited by betaine intake. The results indicate that betaine supplementation may antagonize the induction of experimental cholestasis and changes in the metabolism of sulfur amino acids associated with ANIT treatment. The underlying mechanism and pharmacological significance of its action are discussed.

  2. Effect of coccidia challenge and natural betaine supplementation on performance, nutrient utilization, and intestinal lesion scores of broiler chickens fed suboptimal level of dietary methionine.

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    Amerah, A M; Ravindran, V

    2015-04-01

    The aim of the present experiment was to examine the effect of coccidia challenge and natural betaine supplementation on performance, nutrient utilization, and intestinal lesion scores of broiler chickens fed suboptimal level of dietary methionine. The experimental design was a 2×2 factorial arrangement of treatments evaluating two levels of betaine supplementation (0 and 960 g betaine/t of feed) without or with coccidia challenge. Each treatment was fed to 8 cages of 8 male broilers (Ross 308) for 1 to 21d. On d 14, birds in the 2 challenged groups received mixed inocula of Eimeria species from a recent field isolate, containing approximately 180,000 E. acervulina, 6,000 E. maxima, and 18,000 E. tenella oocysts. At 21d, digesta from the terminal ileum was collected for the determination of dry matter, energy, nitrogen, amino acids, starch, fat, and ash digestibilities. Lesion scores in the different segments of the small intestine were also measured on d 21. Performance and nutrient digestibility data were analyzed by two-way ANOVA. Lesion score data were analyzed using Pearson chi-square test to identify significant differences between treatments. Orthogonal polynomial contrasts were used to assess the significance of linear or quadratic models to describe the response in the dependent variable to total lesion scores. Coccidia challenge reduced (PBetaine supplementation had no effect (P>0.05) on the weight gain or feed intake, but lowered (P0.05) between coccidia challenge and betaine supplementation was observed for performance parameters. Betaine supplementation increased (Pbetaine supplementation and coccidia challenge. The main effect of coccidia challenge reduced (PBetaine supplementation improved (Pbetaine supplementation reduced (Pbetaine supplementation reduced the impact of coccidia challenge and positively affected nutrient digestibility and the feed conversion ratio.

  3. Betaine supplementation mitigates cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity by abrogation of oxidative/nitrosative stress and suppression of inflammation and apoptosis in rats.

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    Hagar, Hanan; Medany, Azza El; Salam, Reem; Medany, Gamila El; Nayal, Omina A

    2015-02-01

    Cisplatin is one of the most potent chemotherapeutic antitumor drugs used in the treatment of a wide range of solid tumors. Its primary dose-limiting side effect is nephrotoxicity. This study aims to investigate the effect of betaine supplementation on cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity. A single intraperitoneal injection of cisplatin (5mg/kg) deteriorated the kidney functions as reflected by elevated blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine levels. Oxidative/nitrosative stress was evident in cisplatin group by increased renal thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS), an indicator of lipid peroxidation, reduced renal total antioxidant status and increased renal nitrite concentration. Cisplatin resulted in a decline in the concentrations of reduced glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, catalase, and superoxide dismutase in renal tissues. Renal tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) was also elevated. Expressions of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) and caspase-3 were up-regulated in renal tissues as indicated by immunohistochemical analysis. Histopathological changes were observed in cisplatin group. Betaine supplementation (250 mg/kg/day) orally via gavage for 21 days prior to cisplatin injection was able to protect against deterioration in kidney function, abrogate the decline in antioxidants enzymes and suppressed the increase in TBARS, nitrite and TNF-α concentrations. Moreover, betaine inhibited NF-κB and caspase-3 activation and improved the histological changes induced by cisplatin. Thus, the present study demonstrated the renoprotective nature of betaine by attenuating the pro-inflammatory and apoptotic mediators and improving antioxidant competence in kidney tissues of cisplatin treated rats. Betaine could be a beneficial dietary supplement to attenuate cisplatin nephrotoxicity.

  4. Dietary choline and betaine intake, choline-metabolising genetic polymorphisms and breast cancer risk: a case-control study in China.

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    Du, Yu-Feng; Luo, Wei-Ping; Lin, Fang-Yu; Lian, Zhen-Qiang; Mo, Xiong-Fei; Yan, Bo; Xu, Ming; Huang, Wu-Qing; Huang, Jing; Zhang, Cai-Xia

    2016-09-01

    Choline and betaine are essential nutrients involved in one-carbon metabolism and have been hypothesised to affect breast cancer risk. Functional polymorphisms in genes encoding choline-related one-carbon metabolism enzymes, including phosphatidylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PEMT), choline dehydrogenase (CHDH) and betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT), have important roles in choline metabolism and may thus interact with dietary choline and betaine intake to modify breast cancer risk. This study aimed to investigate the interactive effect of polymorphisms in PEMT, BHMT and CHDH genes with choline/betaine intake on breast cancer risk among Chinese women. This hospital-based case-control study consecutively recruited 570 cases with histologically confirmed breast cancer and 576 age-matched (5-year interval) controls. Choline and betaine intakes were assessed by a validated FFQ, and genotyping was conducted for PEMT rs7946, CHDH rs9001 and BHMT rs3733890. OR and 95 % CI were estimated using unconditional logistic regression. Compared with the highest quartile of choline intake, the lowest intake quartile showed a significant increased risk of breast cancer. The SNP PEMT rs7946, CHDH rs9001 and BHMT rs3733890 had no overall association with breast cancer, but a significant risk reduction was observed among postmenopausal women with AA genotype of BHMT rs3733890 (OR 0·49; 95 % CI 0·25, 0·98). Significant interactions were observed between choline intake and SNP PEMT rs7946 (P interaction=0·029) and BHMT rs3733890 (P interaction=0·006) in relation to breast cancer risk. Our results suggest that SNP PEMT rs7946 and BHMT rs3733890 may interact with choline intake on breast cancer risk.

  5. Effects of in ovo administration of betaine and choline on hatchability results, growth and carcass characteristics and immune response of broiler chickens

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    Jafar Gholami

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The effect of in ovo administration of different levels of betaine and choline on egg hatchability, immune response, growth and carcass traits of broiler chickens was studied. Four thousand hatching eggs from Ross 308 broiler breeder layers, weighed individually, were incubated for 21 days in a commercial hatchery. At 12th day of incubation, 3456 fertilized eggs were randomly divided into 8 experimental groups of 3 replicates each (144 eggs per replicate: negative control (NC – not injected; positive control (PC – injected with 0.5 mL deionized water; Bet 0.25 – injected with 0.5 mL deionized water+0.25 mg soluble betaine; Bet 0.375 – injected with 0.5 mL deionized water+0.375 mg soluble betaine; Bet 0.50 – injected with 0.5 mL deionized water+0.50 mg soluble betaine; Chol 0.25 – injected with 0.5 mL deionized water+0.25 mg soluble choline; Chol 0.375 – injected with 0.5 mL deionized water+0.375 mg soluble choline; Chol 0.50 – injected with 0.5 mL deionized water+0.50 mg soluble choline. Among the hatched chickens, 360 males were randomly chosen (45 for each group and were grown up to 42nd day of age. The embryo mortality, pecked eggs, infected eggs and hatchability percentages were similar among the experimental groups. The betaine and choline treatments improved hatching weight and final weight of chickens, while reduced feed conversion ratio and abdominal fat percentage. No effect on carcass yield, and breast muscle, leg and wings percentages, as well as on immunoglobulin M (IgM, G (IgG, and total antibody (IgT titers was observed. The treatments had little effect on internal organs.

  6. Refrigerants and heat carrier fluids on a betain basis. A natural solution for preventing environmental, toxicity and corrosion problems in heating and cooling systems; Kaelte- und Waermetraeger auf Betain-Basis. Natuerliche Loesung fuer Umwelt-, Toxizitaets- und Korrosionsprobleme in Heiz- und Kuehlsystemen

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    Willems, B.P.M.; Jokinen, J.

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    Toxic liquids and environmental hazards in buildings and industrial plants are accepted less than ever today. So far, technical problems prevented substitution of glycol-based heat carrier fluids by brines or vegetable oils. A new refrigerant on the basis of betain has overcome these problems. (orig.) [German] Fluessigkeitstoxizitaet und Umweltrisiken in Gebaeuden und Industrieanlagen werden immer weniger akzeptiert. Der Ersatz Glykol-basierter Waermetraeger durch Fluessigkeiten auf Salz-Basis oder durch Pflanzenoel scheiterte bislang an technischen Schwierigkeiten. Ein neuerer Kaeltetraeger auf Betain-Basis hat diese Probleme ueberwunden. (orig.)

  7. 低温胁迫下外源甜菜碱对香蕉叶片和根系内源甜菜碱合成的影响%Effects of Exogenous Betaine on the Endogenous Betaine Synthesis in Leaf and Root of Banana under Low Temperature Stress

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    李茂富; 韦建学; 符良峰; 李绍鹏

    2011-01-01

    通过用不同浓度外源甜菜碱预处理香蕉幼苗后,置于人工气候箱中模拟低温胁迫,分别测定香蕉叶片和根系内源甜菜碱的含量和甜菜碱合成关键酶甜菜碱醛脱氢酶(BADH)活性,以研究外源甜菜碱对香蕉叶片和根系内源甜菜碱合成的影响.结果表明,一定浓度的外源甜菜碱可极显著提高香蕉幼苗叶片BADH活性,极显著促进叶片内源BT的积累,胁迫24h后根系内源甜菜碱的含量虽显著高于常温对照,但BADH活性却无显著提升.结论:外源甜菜碱可促进低温胁迫下香蕉内源甜菜碱的合成和积累,叶片是其主要合成器官,根系可作为甜菜碱的贮存场所.%After being treated with different concentration of BT, then stressed in the artificial bioclimatic chamber under 7℃ low temperature, the effects of exogenous betaine on the endogenous betaine synthesis in leaf and root of banana were studied by measuring the content of edogenous betaine and the activity of the betaine key synthetase BADH in the leaves and roots of banana seedlings. The results indicated that after being treated with suitable concentration of BT, the activity of BADH and the content of endogenous betaine in leaves were also increased with highly significant difference. Though the content of endogenous betaine in roots was significantly higher than that in controller which grows under normal circumstance, the activity of BADH was not significantly increased. So it could be drew a conclusion that exogenous betaine could improve the synthesis and content of endogenous betaine in banana under low temperature stress, and leave is the place for synthesis, root is the place for storage.

  8. Maternal gestational betaine supplementation-mediated suppression of hepatic cyclin D2 and presenilin1 gene in newborn piglets is associated with epigenetic regulation of the STAT3-dependent pathway.

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    Cai, Demin; Yuan, Mengjie; Jia, Yimin; Liu, Haoyu; Hu, Yun; Zhao, Ruqian

    2015-12-01

    Betaine, which donates methyl groups through methionine metabolism for DNA and protein methylation, is critical for epigenetic gene regulation, especially during fetal development. Here we fed gestational sows with control or betaine supplemented diets (3 g/kg) throughout the pregnancy to explore the effects of maternal betaine on hepatic cell proliferation in neonatal piglets. Neonatal piglets born to betaine-supplemented sows demonstrated a reduction of cell number and DNA content in the liver, which was associated with significantly down-regulated hepatic expression of cell cycle regulatory genes, cyclin D2 (CCND2) and presenilin1 (PSEN1). Moreover, STAT3 binding to the promoter of CCND2 and PSEN1 was also lower in betaine-exposed piglets, accompanied by strong reduction of STAT3 mRNA and protein expression, along with its phosphorylation at Tyr705 and Ser727 residues. Also, prenatal betaine exposure significantly attenuated upstream kinases of STAT3 signaling pathway (phospho-ERK1/2, phospho-SRC and phospho-JAK2) in the livers of neonates. Furthermore, the repressed STAT3 expression in the liver of betaine-exposed piglets was associated with DNA hypermethylation and more enriched repression histone mark H3K27me3 on its promoter, together with significantly up-regulated expression of H3K27me3 and enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) proteins, as well as miR-124a, which targets STAT3. Taken together, our results suggest that maternal dietary betaine supplementation during gestation inhibits hepatic cell proliferation in neonatal piglets, at least partly, through epigenetic regulation of hepatic CCND2 and PSEN1 genes via a STAT3-dependent pathway. These neonatal changes in cell cycle and proliferation regulation may lead to lower liver weight and hepatic DNA content at weaning.

  9. Homocysteine concentration, related B vitamins, and betaine in pregnant women recruited to the Seychelles Child Development Study123

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    Wallace, Julie MW; Bonham, Maxine P; Strain, JJ; Duffy, Emeir M; Robson, Paula J; Ward, Mary; McNulty, Helene; Davidson, Philip W; Myers, Gary J; Shamlaye, Conrad F; Clarkson, Tom W; Molloy, Anne M; Scott, John M; Ueland, Per M

    2008-01-01

    Background Both folate and betaine are important predictors of total homocysteine (tHcy) during pregnancy. However, studies to date have only been undertaken in populations with Western dietary patterns. Objective We investigated the predictors of tHcy in pregnant women recruited in the Seychelles, a population where access to fortified foods is limited and where women habitually consume diets rich in fish, eggs, rice, and fruit. Design Pregnant women (n = 226) provided blood samples at enrollment, at week 28 of gestation, and at delivery. Cord blood was obtained from a subset of participants (n = 135). Results As in other studies, maternal tHcy was lower during pregnancy than at delivery, whereas folate and vitamin B-12 status declined significantly to delivery. Despite low maternal folate status at delivery (median: 9.0 nmol/L), with 35% of women in the deficient range (serum folate: pregnant women with low serum folate and low serum methionine concentrations. PMID:18258630

  10. Structural, spectroscopic and theoretical studies of the 1:1 complex of N-methylpiperidine betaine with squaric acid

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Dutkiewicz, G.; Kosturkiewicz, Z.; Szafran, M.

    2012-05-01

    The 1:1 complex of N-methylpiperidine betaine, MPB, with squaric acid, H2SQ, has been characterized by single-crystal X-ray analysis, FTIR and NMR spectroscopies, and by DFT calculations. The crystals are orthorhombic, space group Pbca. Two non-equivalent Osbnd H···O hydrogen bonds of 2.472(1) and 2.508(2) Å link H2SQ with MPB. The piperidinium ring has a chair conformation with the methyl group in the equatorial position and the CH2COO- substituent in the axial one. The geometry of the optimized structures of the MPB·H2SQ complex at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory, in a vacuum and solvated by water, have been used to calculate harmonic IR frequencies and to predict the chemical shifts in H2O.

  11. Dissecting the Catalytic Mechanism of Betaine-Homocysteine S-Methyltransferase Using Intrinsic Tryptophan Fluorescence and Site-Directed Mutagenesis

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    Castro, C.; Gratson, A.A.; Evans, J.C.; Jiracek, J.; Collinsova, M.; Ludwig, M.L.; Garrow, T.A. (ASCR); (UIUC); (Michigan)

    2010-03-05

    Betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase (BHMT) is a zinc-dependent enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of a methyl group from glycine betaine (Bet) to homocysteine (Hcy) to form dimethylglycine (DMG) and methionine (Met). Previous studies in other laboratories have indicated that catalysis proceeds through the formation of a ternary complex, with a transition state mimicked by the inhibitor S-({delta}-carboxybutyl)-l-homocysteine (CBHcy). Using changes in intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence to determine the affinity of human BHMT for substrates, products, or CBHcy, we now demonstrate that the enzyme-substrate complex reaches its transition state through an ordered bi-bi mechanism in which Hcy is the first substrate to bind and Met is the last product released. Hcy, Met, and CBHcy bind to the enzyme to form binary complexes with K{sub d} values of 7.9, 6.9, and 0.28 {micro}M, respectively. Binary complexes with Bet and DMG cannot be detected with fluorescence as a probe, but Bet and DMG bind tightly to BHMT-Hcy to form ternary complexes with K{sub d} values of 1.1 and 0.73 {micro}M, respectively. Mutation of each of the seven tryptophan residues in human BHMT provides evidence that the enzyme undergoes two distinct conformational changes that are reflected in the fluorescence of the enzyme. The first is induced when Hcy binds, and the second, when Bet binds. As predicted by the crystal structure of BHMT, the amino acids Trp44 and Tyr160 are involved in binding Bet, and Glu159 in binding Hcy. Replacing these residues by site-directed mutagenesis significantly reduces the catalytic efficiency (V{sub max}/K{sub m}) of the enzyme. Replacing Tyr77 with Phe abolishes enzyme activity.

  12. Improved tolerance to various abiotic stresses in transgenic sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas expressing spinach betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase.

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    Weijuan Fan

    Full Text Available Abiotic stresses are critical delimiters for the increased productivity and cultivation expansion of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas, a root crop with worldwide importance. The increased production of glycine betaine (GB improves plant tolerance to various abiotic stresses without strong phenotypic changes, providing a feasible approach to improve stable yield production under unfavorable conditions. The gene encoding betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH is involved in the biosynthesis of GB in plants, and the accumulation of GB by the heterologous overexpression of BADH improves abiotic stress tolerance in plants. This study is to improve sweet potato, a GB accumulator, resistant to multiple abiotic stresses by promoted GB biosynthesis. A chloroplastic BADH gene from Spinacia oleracea (SoBADH was introduced into the sweet potato cultivar Sushu-2 via Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. The overexpression of SoBADH in the transgenic sweet potato improved tolerance to various abiotic stresses, including salt, oxidative stress, and low temperature. The increased BADH activity and GB accumulation in the transgenic plant lines under normal and multiple environmental stresses resulted in increased protection against cell damage through the maintenance of cell membrane integrity, stronger photosynthetic activity, reduced reactive oxygen species (ROS production, and induction or activation of ROS scavenging by the increased activity of free radical-scavenging enzymes. The increased proline accumulation and systemic upregulation of many ROS-scavenging genes in stress-treated transgenic plants also indicated that GB accumulation might stimulate the ROS-scavenging system and proline biosynthesis via an integrative mechanism. This study demonstrates that the enhancement of GB biosynthesis in sweet potato is an effective and feasible approach to improve its tolerance to multiple abiotic stresses without causing phenotypic defects. This strategy for trait

  13. 椰油丙基酰胺甜菜碱/聚乙二醇水溶液的分相研究%Phase Separation Behavior of Cocamidopropyl Betaine/Water/Polyethylene Glycol System

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    游晓艳; 秦炜; 戴猷元

    2009-01-01

    Phase separation behavior of cocamidopropyl betaine/water/polyethylene glycol (PEG) system was studied. The effects of concentration and molecular weight of PEG on the phase separation behavior were investigated. Clouding occurred when the concentration of PEG was large enough in the betaine aqueous solution, and the concentration of PEG at cloud point decreased with the increase of PEG molecular weight for a constant betaine concentration. The bottom phase was the PEG-rich phase, and the upper phase was the betaine-rich phase. The volumetric ratio of PEG-rich phase to betaine-rich phase, at the same difference between the PEG concentration and the one at the cloud point, ΔC_(cp) (0.1 g·ml~(-1) ), decreased as the PEG molecular weight increased and approached 1 for higher PEG molecular weight (about 20000), which was similar to the typical aqueous two-phase system. This volumetric ratio depended on the initial PEG concentration, but independent of PEG molecular weight. The concentration ratio of betaine to PEG in both phases depended on the ΔC_(cp), independent of PEG molecular weight.

  14. The effect of betaine on the growth performance of animal%甜菜碱对动物生产性能的影响

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    黄慧华; 周小秋; 冯琳

    2008-01-01

    甜菜碱(Betaine)作为甲基供体参与了体内蛋氨酸的循环,提高动物生产性能其作用主要通过节约部分Met实现.此外,甜菜碱也可通过影响动物体内激素水平而提高动物的生长性能.

  15. Effect of glycine substitution on the ferroelectric phase of betaine arsenate [(CH 3) 3NCH 2COO·H 3AsO 4

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    Dekola, T.; Ribeiro, J. L.; Klöpperpieper, A.

    2011-09-01

    The present work reports an experimental investigation on the influence of glycine (NH 2CH 2COOH) substitution in the polar properties and the critical dynamics of the molecular ferroelectric betaine arsenate, (CH 3) 3NCH 2COO·H 3AsO 4. The dielectric dispersion (20 Hzbetaine arsenate and discussed within the scope of a phenomenological Landau model previously used to describe a system with competing ferroelectric and structural instabilities.

  16. 芥酸酰胺丙基甜菜碱的合成与性能评价%Synthesis and Property Evaluation of Erucic Acid Amide Propyl Betaine

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    2015-01-01

    With erucic acid, N, N - dimethyl trimethylene diamine and sodium chloroacetate as raw materials, erucic acid amide carboxy propyl betaine was synthesized via amidation and quaternarization reactions.The optimal synthesis conditions were studied. The target product was characterized by IR spectrum, and its property was evaluated. The results show that when the concentration of erucic acid amide propyl betaine is 4%, the concentration of HCl is 10%, the viscosity of acid liquid system is the maximum;When the concentration of erucic acid amide propyl betaine is more than 4%, the viscosity increase increases first and then decreases with temperature increasing;When the concentration of erucic acid amide propyl betaine is less than 4%, the viscosity decreases with temperature increasing.%以芥酸、N,N-二甲基-1,3-丙二胺与氯乙酸钠为原料,经过酰胺化和季铵化两步反应,合成了芥酸酰胺丙基甜菜碱。研究了最优合成条件,采用红外光谱对目标产物进行表征。芥酸酰胺丙基甜菜碱浓度为4%,HCl 浓度为10%时,酸液体系黏度最大。当芥酸酰胺丙基甜菜碱浓度大于4%时,黏度随温度升高而先增加后减小;当芥酸酰胺丙基甜菜碱浓度小于4%时,黏度随温度升高而降低。

  17. Effects of Dietary L-carnitine and Betaine on Serum Biochemical Indices of Large Yellow Croaker (Pseudosciaena crocea Cultured in Floating Net Cages

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    Wei-guo Sang

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to investigate the biochemical changes of large yellow croaker as affected by dietary supplements. Large yellow croaker (Pseudosciaena crocea is a marine species that is widely cultured in China due to its high commercial value. However, the cage-cultured large yellow croakers were found to be less tasty compared with wild large yellow croakers due to high lipid in their body, which significantly impacts the commercial markets. Triglycerides, cholesterol and free fatty acids are main lipid ingredients in the animal body. The fish were fed with basal diet or basal diet supplemented with L-carnitine (0.08% of dry weight diet or betaine (0.8% of dry weight diet for 12 weeks in seawater floating net cages (3×2×1.5 m each holding 60 fishes. Three net cages were assigned to each dietary treatment, as replications. The seawater temperature ranged from 18 to 31°C and salinity from 25 to 28 g/kg. Fish were hand-fed one of the experimental diets to apparent satiety twice daily (05:00 and 17:30 throughout the 12 week experimental period. The results indicate that L-carnitine or betaine in diets significantly reduced Serum Triglyceride (STG and Serum Cholesterol (SCH levels while increased Serum Free Fatty Acids (SFFA content (p<0.05. The diets of L-carnitine or betaine supplements on serum biochemical indices of that fish species have positive effects. These results suggested that the supplementation with L-carnitine or betaine is one of the effective ways to improve the meat quality of large yellow croakers cultured in floating net cages.

  18. Expression of hepatic miRNAs targeting porcine glucocorticoid receptor (GR 3′UTR in the neonatal piglets under a maternal gestational betaine supplementation

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    Demin Cai

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Glucocorticoid receptor (GR has been previously demonstrated an important transcriptional factor of hepatic metabolic genes in the neonates under a maternal gestational betaine supplementation (“Gestational dietary betaine supplementation suppresses hepatic expression of lipogenic genes in neonatal piglets through epigenetic and glucocorticoid receptor-dependent mechanisms” Cai et al., 2015 [1]. Here we provide accompanying data about the expression of hepatic miRNAs targeting porcine GR 3′UTR in the neonatal piglets. Liver samples were obtained and RNA was isolated. RNA was polyadenylated by poly (A polymerase and then dissolved and reverse transcribed using poly (T adapter. The diluted cDNA were used in each real-time PCR assay. The sequences of all the porcine miRNAs were acquired from miRBase (http://www.mirbase.org/. miRNAs targeting GR were predicted using the PITA algorithm. Among all the predicted miRNAs, 4 miRNAs targeting GR were quantitated by real-time PCR and miRNA-124a, which has been identified to target GR 3′UTR [2,3], was more highly expressed in betaine-exposed neonatal livers.

  19. The influence of adding betaine on ECO-TILLING analysis%甜菜碱对ECO-TILLING分析的影响

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    吴迪; 余舜武; 罗利军

    2011-01-01

    为了解决高GC含量基因分析中无法应用ECO-TILLING的问题,以高GC含量的基因组物种水稻为材料,在PCR反应体系中添加0.1 mmol/L的甜菜碱,随后直接利用CEL-I酶酶切.结果表明,添加甜菜碱能够明显提高PCR反应效率,而且不影响CEL-I的酶切活性.%In order to successfully apply the ECO-TILLING technology to the analysis of rice genomes with a high GC content,0.1 mmol/L betaine was added in the PCR system, and the PCR product was digested directly by CEL-I enzyme.The results showed that adding betaine could obviously improve the efficiency of PCR amplification and did not reduce the activity of CEL-I enzyme, which indicated that adding betaine at an appropriate concentration helps to apply the ECO-TILLING to the genomes with high GC content.

  20. Effect of Folic Acid, Betaine, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 on Homocysteine and Dimethylglycine Levels in Middle-Aged Men Drinking White Wine

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Moderate regular consumption of alcoholic beverages is believed to protect against atherosclerosis but can also increase homocysteine or dimethylglycine, which are putative risk factors for atherosclerosis. We aimed (1 to investigate the effect of alcohol consumption on vitamins and several metabolites involved in one-carbon metabolism; and (2 to find the most effective way of decreasing homocysteine during moderate alcohol consumption. Methods: Male volunteers (n = 117 were randomly divided into five groups: the wine-only group (control, 375 mL of white wine daily for one month and four groups combining wine consumption with one of the supplemented substances (folic acid, betaine, and vitamins B12 or B6. Significant lowering of homocysteine concentration after the drinking period was found in subjects with concurrent folate and betaine supplementation. Vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 supplementation did not lead to a statistically significant change in homocysteine. According to a multiple linear regression model, the homocysteine change in the wine-only group was mainly determined by the interaction between the higher baseline homocysteine concentration and the change in dimethylglycine levels. Folate and betaine can attenuate possible adverse effects of moderate alcohol consumption. Dimethylglycine should be interpreted together with data on alcohol consumption and homocysteine concentration.

  1. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Cyano-bridged Bimetallic Complex [La(betaine)2(H2O)6Fe(CN)6]·2H2O

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    LIANG Shu-Hui; CHE Yun-Xia; ZHENG Ji-Min

    2005-01-01

    The title complex [La(betaine)2(H2O)6Fe(CN)6](2H2O (betaine = (CH3)3NCH2CO2) has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray single-crystal structure analysis. The crystal crystallizes in monoclinic, space group P21/n with a = 15.793(5), b = 8.927(3), c = 22.257(7) (A), β = 110.147(5)°, C16H38FeLaN8O12, Mr = 729.31, Z = 4, V = 2946.0(15) (A)3, Dc = 1.640 g/m3, μ(MoKα) = 1.988 mm-1, F(000) =1476, R = 0.0388 and wR = 0.0827 for 4237 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). The La3+ ion is nine-coordinated by one cyano nitrogen atom and eight oxygen atoms of two betaine and six water molecules. Each complex molecule is connected to form a 3D network structure by some O-H…O and O-H…N hydrogen bonds.

  2. Endogenously synthesized (-)-proto-quercitol and glycine betaine are principal compatible solutes of Schizochytrium sp. strain S8 (ATCC 20889) and three new isolates of phylogenetically related thraustochytrids.

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    Jakobsen, Anita N; Aasen, Inga M; Strøm, Arne R

    2007-09-01

    We report that endogenously synthesized (-)-proto-quercitol (1D-1,3,4/2,5-cyclohexanepentol) and glycine betaine were the principal compatible solutes of Schizochytrium sp. strain S8 (ATCC 20889) and three new osmotolerant isolates of thraustochytrids (strains T65, T66, and T67). The compatible solutes were identified and quantified by use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and their identity was confirmed by mass spectroscopy and measurement of the specific optical rotation. The cellular content of compatible solutes increased with increasing NaCl concentration of a defined medium. (-)-proto-Quercitol was the dominating solute at all NaCl concentrations tested (0.25 to 1.0 M), e.g., cells of S8 and T66 stressed with 1.0 M NaCl accumulated about 500 micromol (-)-proto-quercitol and 100 micromol glycine betaine per g dry weight. To our knowledge, (-)-proto-quercitol has previously been found only in eucalyptus. The 18S rRNA gene sequences of the four (-)-proto-quercitol-producing strains showed 99% identity, and they displayed the same fatty acid profile. The only polyunsaturated fatty acids accumulated were docosahexaenoic acid (78%) and docosapentaenoic acid (22%). A less osmotolerant isolate (strain T29), which was closely phylogenetically related to Thraustochytrium aureum (ATCC 34304), did not contain (-)-proto-quercitol or glycine betaine. Thus, the level of osmotolerance and the osmolyte systems vary among thraustochytrids.

  3. Maternal Folate Status and the BHMT c.716G>A Polymorphism Affect the Betaine Dimethylglycine Pathway during Pregnancy

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    Colomina, Jose M.; Cavallé-Busquets, Pere; Fernàndez-Roig, Sílvia; Solé-Navais, Pol; Fernandez-Ballart, Joan D.; Ballesteros, Mónica; Ueland, Per M.; Meyer, Klaus; Murphy, Michelle M.

    2016-01-01

    The effect of the betaine: homocysteine methyltransferase BHMT c.716G>A (G: guanosine; A: adenosine) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) on the BHMT pathway is unknown during pregnancy. We hypothesised that it impairs betaine to dimethylglycine conversion and that folate status modifies its effect. We studied 612 women from the Reus Tarragona Birth Cohort from ≤12 gestational weeks (GW) throughout pregnancy. The frequency of the variant BHMT c.716A allele was 30.8% (95% confidence interval (CI): 28.3, 33.5). In participants with normal-high plasma folate status (>13.4 nmol/L), least square geometric mean [95% CI] plasma dimethylglycine (pDMG, µmol/L) was lower in the GA (2.35 [2.23, 2.47]) versus GG (2.58 [2.46, 2.70]) genotype at ≤12 GW (p < 0.05) and in the GA (2.08 [1.97, 2.19]) and AA (1.94 [1.75, 2.16]) versus GG (2.29 [2.18, 2.40]) genotypes at 15 GW (p < 0.05). No differences in pDMG between genotypes were observed in participants with possible folate deficiency (≤13.4 nmol/L) (p for interactions at ≤12 GW: 0.023 and 15 GW: 0.038). PDMG was lower in participants with the AA versus GG genotype at 34 GW (2.01 [1.79, 2.25] versus 2.44 [2.16, 2.76] and at labour, 2.51 [2.39, 2.64] versus 3.00 [2.84, 3.18], (p < 0.01)). Possible deficiency compared to normal-high folate status was associated with higher pDMG in multiple linear regression analysis (β coefficients [SEM] ranging from 0.07 [0.04], p < 0.05 to 0.20 [0.04], p < 0.001 in models from early and mid-late pregnancy) and the AA compared to GG genotype was associated with lower pDMG (β coefficients [SEM] ranging from −0.11 [0.06], p = 0.055 to −0.23 [0.06], p < 0.001). Conclusion: During pregnancy, the BHMT pathway is affected by folate status and by the variant BHMT c.716A allele. PMID:27735840

  4. Upregulation of Na+,Cl--Coupled Betaine/ γ-Amino-Butyric Acid Transporter BGT1 by Tau Tubulin Kinase 2

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    Ahmad Almilaji

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The serine/threonine kinase Tau-tubulin-kinase 2 (TTBK2 is expressed in various tissues including kidney, liver and brain. Loss of function mutations of TTBK2 lead to autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxia type 11 (SCA11. Cell survival is fostered by cellular accumulation of organic osmolytes. Carriers accomplishing cellular accumulation of organic osmolytes include the Na+, Cl--coupled betaine/γ-amino-butyric acid transporter BGT1. The present study explored whether TTBK2 participates in the regulation of BGT1 activity. Methods: Electrogenic transport of GABA was determined in Xenopus oocytes expressing BGT1 with or without wild-type TTBK2, truncated TTBK2[1-450] or kinase inactive mutants TTBK2- KD and TTBK2[1-450]-KD. Results: Coexpression of wild-type TTBK2, but not of TTBK2[1-450], TTBK2-KD or TTBK2[1-450]-KD, increased electrogenic GABA transport. Wildtype TTBK2 increased the maximal transport rate without significantly modifying affinity of the carrier. Coexpression of wild-type TTBK2 significantly delayed the decline of transport following inhibition of carrier insertion with brefeldin A, indicating that wild-type TTBK2 increased carrier stability in the cell membrane. Conclusion: Tau-tubulin-kinase 2 TTBK2 is a powerful stimulator of the osmolyte and GABA transporter BGT1.

  5. Maternal betaine supplementation during gestation modifies hippocampal expression of GR and its regulatory miRNAs in neonatal piglets.

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    Sun, Qinwei; Li, Xi; Jia, Yimin; Pan, Shifeng; Li, Runsheng; Yang, Xiaojing; Zhao, Ruqian

    2016-07-01

    Methyl donor nutrients are critical for embryonic development of brain. Hippocampus is the most susceptible brain region to various factors including prenatal supply of methyl donors. Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) expressed in hippocampus is involved in the regulation of energy homeostasis and stress sensitivity. Hippocampal GR expression is highly susceptible to epigenetic regulation, yet the effect of maternal methyl donor supplementation on epigenetic regulation of GR transcription in offspring hippocampus remains unclear. In this study, we fed sows with betaine (3 g/kg) throughout the gestation and analyzed the hippocampal expression of GR mRNA and its variants, as well as the CpG methylation status of the promoter and the microRNAs predicted to target 3' UTR of porcine GR gene in neonatal piglets. Total GR mRNA (PGR 1-4 (PGR protein was not significantly changed. The CpGs located in the -1650 ~ -1515 segment of GR gene were hypermethylated (PGR mRNA expression in offspring hippocampus, which involves alterations in miRNAs expression.

  6. Molecular structures of N-ethylpiperidine betaine hydrate and its 1:1 complex with squaric acid

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Dutkiewicz, G.; Kosturkiewicz, Z.; Szafran, M.

    2013-12-01

    N-ethylpiperidine betaine, (N-carboxymethyl-N-ethylpiperidinium inner salt, EtPB) crystallizes as a hydrate. EtPB and water molecules are bonded by intermolecular OH⋯O hydrogen bonds of 2.817(1) and 2.863(1) Å, into a centrosymmetric dimer, in which only one carboxylate oxygen atom is involved in H-bonds formation. In the complex of EtPB with squaric acid (3,4-dihydroxy-3-cyclobutene-1,2-dione, H2SQ) both carboxylate oxygen atoms are engaged in the hydrogen bonds which links molecules through two short, non-symmetric OH⋯O hydrogen bonds of 2.489(1) and 2.500(1) Å. The preferences of the conformation of the EtPB unit in the hydrogen bond formation have been studied by X-ray diffraction, FTIR and NMR spectroscopy and the results are supported by DFT calculations. EtPB, in hydrate and in the complex, has a chair conformation with the CH3CH2 group in the axial position and the CH2COO substituent in the equatorial position.

  7. Mechanistic insights into osmolyte action in protein stabilization under harsh conditions: N-methylacetamide in glycine betaine-urea mixture

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    Kumar, Narendra; Kishore, Nand

    2014-10-01

    Glycine betaine (GB), a small naturally occurring osmolyte, stabilizes proteins and counteracts harsh denaturing conditions such as extremes of temperature, cellular dehydration, and presence of high concentration of urea. In spite of several studies on understanding mechanism of protein stabilization and counteraction of these harsh conditions by osmolytes, studies centred on GB, one of the most important osmolyte, are scarce, hence, there is need for more investigations. To explore mechanism of protein stabilization and counteraction of denaturing property of urea by GB, molecular dynamics studies of N-methylacetamide (NMA), a model peptide representing denatured state of a protein, in the presence of GB, urea, and GB-urea mixture were carried out. The results show that GB and urea work such that the strength of GB as a protecting osmolyte is increased and the denaturing ability of urea is decreased in the GB-urea mixture. It can be inferred that GB counteracts urea by decreasing its hydrophobic interactions with proteins. The mutual interactions between GB and urea also play an important role in protein stabilization. This study provides insights on osmolyte induced counteraction of denaturing property of urea.

  8. Characterization and Crystal Structures of Two Copper(Ⅱ) Complexes Constructed by a Flexible Double Betaine Ligand

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    JIANG Ning-Yi; LI Song-Lin

    2007-01-01

    A flexible double betaine 1,4-bis(pyridinil-4-carboxylato)-1,4-dimethylbenzene L has been used to generate two Cu(Ⅱ)-containing metal complexes that exhibit different polymeric structures: [Cu(H2O)2 L]·2NO3 1 and [Cu(H2O)3 L]·2Cl·H2O 2. The crystal structures of 1 and 2have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction method. Crystal data for 1: triclinic, space group P1-, a = 5.253(2), b = 7.406(3), c = 14.792(5) (A), α = 84.195(5), β = 80.014(5), γ =78.053(5)°, V = 553.2(3) (A)3, Z = 1, F(000) = 293, Dc = 1.717 g/cm3, the final R = 0.0385 and wR =0.1079 for 1883 observed reflections (I> 2σ(Ⅰ)); and those for 2: monoclinic, space group P21/c, a =10.222(3), b = 25.287(7), c = 9.277(3) (A),β = 93.572(5)°, V = 2393.2(12) (A)3, Z = 4, F(000) = 1140,Dc = 1.540 g/cm3, the final R = 0.0472 and wR = 0.0956 for 3204 observed reflections (I >2σ(Ⅰ)).

  9. Small- and strong-signal dielectric response in a single-crystal film of partially deuterated betaine phosphite

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Lemanov, V. V.

    2011-06-01

    Poly- and single-crystal films of betaine phosphite deuterated to ˜20% have been grown by evaporation on NdGaO3 (001) substrates with a preliminarily deposited planar interdigital structure of electrodes. The small-signal dielectric response in the 0.1-100.0-kHz frequency range has revealed a strong anomaly in capacitance upon the transition of the films to the ferroelectric state. Application of a bias field brings about suppression and a slight shift of the dielectric anomaly toward higher temperatures. The strong-signal dielectric response has been studied by the Sawyer-Tower method over the frequency range 0.06-3.00 kHz both in the para- and ferroelectric phases. In contrast to the case of a plane-parallel capacitor, in the planar structure studied, the dielectric hysteresis loops exhibit a very small coercivity at low frequencies, which grows with increasing frequency. This difference should be assigned to different domain structures formed in a planeparallel capacitor and in a planar structure in a saturating field. The growth of hysteresis with increasing frequency in a planar structure is considered to be associated with the domain wall motion.

  10. High-fat diet plus carbon tetrachloride-induced liver fibrosis is alleviated by betaine treatment in rats.

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    Bingül, İlknur; Aydın, A Fatih; Başaran-Küçükgergin, Canan; Doğan-Ekici, Işın; Çoban, Jale; Doğru-Abbasoğlu, Semra; Uysal, Müjdat

    2016-10-01

    Steatosis, the first lesion in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), may progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Steatosis predisposes the liver to oxidative stress, inflammation, and cytokines. Betaine (BET) has antioxidant, antiinflammatory and hepatoprotective effects. However, the effects of BET on liver fibrosis development are unknown. Rats were treated with high-fat diet (60% of total calories from fat) for 14weeks. Carbon tetrachloride (0.2mL/kg; two times per week; i.p.) was administered to rats in the last 6weeks with/without commercial food containing BET (2%; w/w). Serum liver function tests and tumor necrosis factor-α, insulin resistance, hepatic triglyceride (TG) and hydroxyproline (HYP) levels and oxidative stress parameters were determined along with histopathologic observations. Alpha-smooth muscle-actin (α-SMA), transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and type I collagen (COL1A1) protein expressions and mRNA expressions of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and its inhibitors (TIMP-1 and TIMP-2) were evaluated. BET decreased TG and HYP levels, prooxidant status and fibrotic changes in the liver. α-SMA, COL1A1 and TGF-β1 protein expressions, MMP-2, TIMP-1, and TIMP-2 mRNA expressions diminished due to BET treatment. BET has an antifibrotic effect and this effect may be related to its antioxidant and antiinflammatory actions together with suppression on HSC activation.

  11. Glycine betaine protects tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants at low temperature by inducing fatty acid desaturase7 and lipoxygenase gene expression.

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    Karabudak, T; Bor, M; Özdemir, F; Türkan, İ

    2014-03-01

    Cold stress is among the environmental stressors limiting productivity, yield and quality of agricultural plants. Tolerance to cold stress is associated with the increased unsaturated fatty acids ratio in the plant membranes which are also known to be substrates of octadecanoid pathway for jasmonate and other oxylipins biosynthesis. Accumulation of osmoprotectant, glycine betaine (GB) is well known to be effective in the protecting membranes and mitigating cold stress effects but, the mode of action is poorly understood. We studied the role of GB in cold stress responses of two tomato cultivated varieties; Gerry (cold stress sensitive) and T47657 (moderately cold stress tolerant) and compared the differences in lypoxygenase-13 (TomLOXF) and fatty acid desaturase 7 (FAD7) gene expression profiles and physiological parameters including relative growth rates, relative water content, osmotic potential, photosynthetic efficiency, membrane leakage, lipid peroxidation levels. Our results indicated that GB might have a role in inducing FAD7 and LOX expressions for providing protection against cold stress in tomato plants which could be related to the desaturation process of lipids leading to increased membrane stability and/or induction of other genes related to stress defense mechanisms via octadecanoid pathway or lipid peroxidation products.

  12. Molecular structure of hydrated complex of 1,4-dimethylpiperazine di-betaine with L-tartaric acid

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Katrusiak, A.; Szafran, M.

    2008-12-01

    1,4-Dimethylpiperazine di-betaine (DBPZ) forms a crystalline complex with L-tartaric acid (TA) and two and a half water molecules. The crystals are monoclinic, space group P2 1. The piperazine has a chair conformation with the methyl groups in the equatorial positions and the axial CH 2COO substituents. One of the CH 2COO group is protonated and forms with the neighboring DBPZ molecule the COO sbnd H⋯OOC hydrogen bond of the length 2.476(3) Å, which links them into a chain. The semi-tartrate anions, form a chain through the symmetrical, short COO⋯H⋯OOC hydrogen bond of 2.464(3) Å. The crystals have a layer structure, where hydrogen-bonded sheets of TA and water molecules are separated by the chains of DBPZ; no H-bonds between water and DBPZ are present. In the optimized molecules in the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) approach, the tartaric acid interacts with the tartrate di-anions through the COO sbnd H⋯OOC hydrogen bonds of 2.506 Å, while the DBPZ has the same conformation as in the crystals. The FTIR spectrum of the solid complex is consistent with the X-ray results.

  13. Glycine betaine and salicylic acid induced modification in productivity of two different cultivars of wheat grown under water stress

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    Heshmat S. Aldesuquy

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the beneficial effect of foliar application of glycine betaine (10mM, grain presoaking in salicylic acid (0.05 M and their interaction on drought tolerance of two wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cultivars (sensitive, Sakha 94 and resistant, Sakha 93. Water stress decreased wheat yield components (spike length, number of spikelets / main spike, 100 kernel weight, grain number / spike, grain yield / spike, grain yield / plant, straw yield / plant, crop yield / plant, harvest, mobilization and crop indices and the biochemical aspects of grains(grain biomass, carbohydrates, total protein, total phosphorus, ions content and amino acids in both wheat cultivars. The applied chemicals appeared to alleviate the negative effects of water stress on wheat productivity (particularly the sensitive one and the biochemical aspects of yielded grains. The effect was more pronounced with GB+SA treatment. This improvement would result from the repairing effect of the provided chemicals on growth and metabolism of wheat plants grown under water deficit condition. In response to the applied water stress and the used chemicals, the grain yield of the sensitive and resistant wheat cultivars was strongly correlated with all the estimated yield components (shoot length, spike length, plant height, main spike weight, number of spikelets per main spike, 100 kernel weight, grain number per spike, grain weight per plant, straw weight per plant, crop yield per plant, harvest, mobilization and crop indices.

  14. Interactions and hybrid complex formation of anionic algal polysaccharides with a cationic glycine betaine-derived surfactant.

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    Covis, Rudy; Vives, Thomas; Gaillard, Cédric; Benoit, Maud; Benvegnu, Thierry

    2015-05-01

    The interaction between anionic algal polysaccharides ((κ)-, (ι)-, (λ)-carrageenans, alginate and ulvan) and a cationic glycine betaine (GB) amide surfactant possessing a C18:1 alkyl chain has been studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), zeta-potential measurements, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and surface tension measurements. It was observed that this cationic surfactant derived from renewable raw materials induced cooperative binding with the anionic polymers at critical aggregation concentration (CAC) and the CAC values are significantly lower than the corresponding critical micelle concentration (CMC) for the surfactant. The CMC of cationic GB surfactant was obtained at higher surfactant concentration in polysaccharide solution than in pure water. More interestingly, the presence of original polysaccharide/surfactant hybrid complexes formed above the CMC value was evidenced from (κ)-carrageenan by microscopy (TEM and AFM). Preliminary investigations of the structure of these complexes revealed the existence of surfactant nanoparticles surrounded with polysaccharide matrix, probably resulting from electrostatic attraction. In addition, ITC measurements clearly showed that the interactions of the κ-carrageenan was stronger than for other polysaccharides ((ι)-, (λ)-carrageenans, alginate and ulvan). These results may have important impact on the use of the GB amide surfactant in formulations based on algal polysaccharides for several applications such as in food, cosmetics, and detergency fields.

  15. 两亲性结构修饰的非天然氨基酸及二肽的合成%Synthesis of Unusual Amino Acids and Dipeptides Modified with Amphipathic Betaine

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    吕玉健; 周宁; 刘克良

    2011-01-01

    目的 合成两亲性结构修饰的非天然氨基酸和二肽.方法 将具有两亲性结构特点的甜菜碱的羧基活化成酰氯,然后与对氨基苯丙氨酸的侧链氨基反应,制备甜菜碱修饰的非天然氨基酸构建单元和目标二肽,并进行油水分配系数的测定.结果 得到了1个甜菜碱修饰的非天然氨基酸和2个甜菜碱修饰的二肽.结论 甜菜碱修饰的二肽具有更强的两亲性,为增强药物两亲性,改善药学性质提供了一种新的选择.%Objective To synthesize unusual amino acid and dipeptides modified with an amphipathic structure. Methods The amphipathic betaine was activated as N-chlorobetainyl chloride and then coupled with to-a-mino of 4-amino phenylalanine to synthesize the target compound. The peptides were synthesized in the sold phase. Results One betaine-modified non-natural amino acid and two dipeptides were obtained. Conclusion One unusual amino acid and two dipeptides modified with betaine were synthesized. The carboxyl of betaine was activated with acyl chlorides and the reactivity of betaine was greatly increased. Betaine could smoothly couple with w-amino of amino acid, which provided a novel alternative for the amphipathic modification of peptides.

  16. Influence of betaine and arginine supplementation of reduced protein diets on fatty acid composition and gene expression in the muscle and subcutaneous adipose tissue of cross-bred pigs.

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    Madeira, Marta S; Rolo, Eva S; Alfaia, Cristina M; Pires, Virgínia R; Luxton, Richard; Doran, Olena; Bessa, Rui J B; Prates, José A M

    2016-03-28

    The isolated or combined effects of betaine and arginine supplementation of reduced protein diets (RPD) on fat content, fatty acid composition and mRNA levels of genes controlling lipid metabolism in pig m. longissimus lumborum and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) were assessed. The experiment was performed on forty intact male pigs (Duroc×Large White×Landrace cross-breed) with initial and final live weights of 60 and 93 kg, respectively. Pigs were randomly assigned to one of the following five diets (n 8): 16·0 % of crude protein (control), 13·0 % of crude protein (RPD), RPD supplemented with 0·33 % of betaine, RPD supplemented with 1·5 % of arginine and RPD supplemented with 0·33 % of betaine and 1·5 % of arginine. Data confirmed that RPD increase intramuscular fat (IMF) content and total fat content in SAT. The increased total fat content in SAT was accompanied by higher GLUT type 4, lipoprotein lipase and stearoyl-CoA desaturase mRNA expression levels. In addition, the supplementation of RPD with betaine and/or arginine did not affect either IMF or total fat in SAT. However, dietary betaine supplementation slightly affected fatty acid composition in both muscle and SAT. This effect was associated with an increase of carnitine O-acetyltransferase mRNA levels in SAT but not in muscle, which suggests that betaine might be involved in the differential regulation of some key genes of lipid metabolism in pig muscle and SAT. Although the arginine-supplemented diet decreased the mRNA expression level of PPARG in muscle and SAT, it did not influence fat content or fatty acid composition in any of these pig tissues.

  17. 离子色谱法测定饲料中的甜菜碱%Determination of Betaine in Feed by Ion Chromatography

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    王婷; 王存进; 杜晓磊; 张巍

    2013-01-01

    建立了离子色谱法测定饲料中甜菜碱的方法。向饲料样品中加水并超声提取,加入三氯甲烷剧烈振摇,离心取上清液,以离子色谱非抑制电导检测器测定其中的甜菜碱。结果表明,甜菜碱的质量浓度在50~1000 mg/L的范围内与电导率线性关系良好,相关系数为0.9995。甜菜碱的定量限为41 mg/kg,优于国家标准的定量限(200 mg/kg),加标回收率为102.4%,重现性的相对标准偏差为1.19%(n=5)。该法可应用于饲料行业的例行检测。%A method was developed for the determination of betaine in feed by ion chromatography. The feed sample was treated by ultrasound in water and then chloroform was added with vigorous shaking and centrifugal treatment to obtain clear solution. Betaine in the feed sample was determined by ion chromatography with non-suppressed conductivity detection. The result demonstrated that the conductivity showed excellent linearity with concentration in the range of 50-1 000 mg/L with the correlation coefficient of 0.999 5. The limit of quantitation for betaine was 41 mg/kg, which was superior to national standard method(200 mg/kg). The recovery was 102.4%, and the reproducibility(RSD,n=5)was 1.19%, respectively. The method could be applied to feed routine analysis.

  18. Effects of betaine hydrochloride on ruminal fermentation in vitro%甜菜碱盐酸盐对人工瘤胃发酵参数的影响

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    张善芝; 韩兆玉

    2012-01-01

    采用人工瘤胃体外发酵方法对培养液中甜菜碱盐酸盐不同质量浓度(0、16.7和33.4 mg· L-1)下,各时间段(3、6、12、18和24h)的体外产气量、pH值、干物质降解率、氨态氮(NH3-N)、挥发性脂肪酸(VFA)、乳酸和菌体蛋白含量的测定,探讨甜菜碱盐酸盐对人工瘤胃发酵功能的影响.结果显示:培养液中甜菜碱盐酸盐的质量浓度为33.4 mg· L-1时,瘤胃液中乙酸、丙酸、丁酸、总VFA的浓度显著升高(P<0.01),干物质降解率显著提高(P<0.01),乳酸浓度显著降低(P<0.05);而甜菜碱盐酸盐对瘤胃液pH值、产气量、菌体蛋白含量、NH3-N浓度无显著影响.结论:甜菜碱盐酸盐可改善人工瘤胃发酵性能.%Mixed ruminal liquid and artifial saliva were cultured in anaerobious environment for 24 h in vitro. The betaine hydrochloride was added to the media at different concentrations(0,16. 7 and 33. 4 mg·L-1 ) ,and the gas production in vitro,pH value, the degradation of dry matter, NH3 -N, volatile fatty acids ( VFA ) , lactic acid and bacteria protein productions were detected. The results showed that,when the concentration was 33.4 mg·L-1 ,betaine hydrochloride could increase the concentration of acetic acid,propionate acid,butyric acid and total volatile fatty acids(tVFA) (P0. 05) adding betaine hydrochloride on pH value, gas yield, bacteria protein and NH3 -N concentrations in rumen. Conclusion: the betaine hydrochloride promoted the ruminal fermentation in vitro.

  19. 甜菜碱及其在饲料工业中的应用%The Betaine and Its Application in Feed Industry

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    刘建平

    2004-01-01

    甜菜碱(Betaine)是一种天然化合物,这种物质因最初从甜菜中提取而得名,它用作饲料添加剂已有50多年的历史。因其在动物的蛋白质与脂肪代谢等方面的重要作用而备受关注,并得到了广泛的应用。

  20. 比色法测定糖蜜中甜菜碱的含量%Determination the content of betain in molasses by using chromametry

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    崔艳红; 原霞; 黄怡; 黄现青

    2004-01-01

    @@ 甜菜碱(Betaine)及其盐酸盐的结构式分别为(CH3)3N+CH2COO-和(CH3)3NCH2COO·HCl,分子量分别为117.11和153.61.是甜菜、肉苁蓉、糖蜜等许多植物、中药、工业副产品中的一种有机生物碱,其在日化、工业、医药、饲料、食品行业均有广泛的应用.

  1. From betaines to anionic N-heterocyclic carbenes. Borane, gold, rhodium, and nickel complexes starting from an imidazoliumphenolate and its carbene tautomer

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    Ming Liu

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The mesomeric betaine imidazolium-1-ylphenolate forms a borane adduct with tris(pentafluorophenylborane by coordination with the phenolate oxygen, whereas its NHC tautomer 1-(2-phenolimidazol-2-ylidene reacts with (triphenylphosphinegold(I chloride to give the cationic NHC complex [Au(NHC2][Cl] by coordination with the carbene carbon atom. The anionic N-heterocyclic carbene 1-(2-phenolateimidazol-2-ylidene gives the complexes [K][Au(NHC−2], [Rh(NHC−3] and [Ni(NHC−2], respectively. Results of four single crystal analyses are presented.

  2. Crystal structure and chemotherapeutic efficacy of the novel compound, gallium tetrachloride betaine, against breast cancer using nanotechnology.

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    Salem, Ahmed; Noaman, Eman; Kandil, Eman; Badawi, Abdelfattah; Mostafa, Nihal

    2016-08-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the antitumor efficacy of a novel synthesized compound, betaine gallium-tetrachloride (BTG), alone or combined with ZnO-nanoparticles (BTG + ZnO-NPs) on the incidence of 7, 12-dimethylbenz-anthrathene-induced mammary tumor in female rats. Crystal and molecular structure of the prepared BTG were identified using X-ray crystallography. In vitro study revealed BTG more cytotoxic than BTG + ZnO-NPs on human breast cancer (MCF-7) cell line. In vivo study demonstrated that the blood antioxidant status of tumor-bearing rats (DMBA group) was significantly lower than normal noticeable by a significant decrease in GSH content, GPx, SOD, and CAT activities associated with a significantly high MDA content. Both treatments have significantly elevated SOD and CAT activities with a concomitant decrease of MDA level compared to DMBA group. However, BTG + ZnO-NPs accentuated the decrease of GSH regarding DMBA group. The results showed also that both treatments significantly activate caspase-3 enzyme and apoptosis in mammary glands. Their administration to tumor-bearing rats was found to significantly reduce plasma iron and iron-binding capacity (TIBC) compared to DMBA group. Regarding liver function, both treatments significantly reduced the increase of ALT and AST activities compared to DMBA group. However, BTG + ZnO-NPs decreased albumin below normal level. Histopathological studies showed that normalization of tissue structures was higher in BTG than BTG + ZnO-NPs treatment. According to the results obtained, it is observed that the antitumor effect of BTG alone was as strong as BTG + ZnO-NPs and even more efficient in some aspects accordingly, a combination is not needed. Thus, the novel synthetic gallium derivatives may potentially present a new hope for the development of breast cancer therapeutics, which should attract further scientific and pharmaceutical interest.

  3. Does Glycine Betaine and Salicylic Acid Ameliorate the Negative Effect of Drought on Wheat by Regulating Osmotic Adjustment through Solutes Accumulation?

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    Heshmat S. Aldesuquy

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the beneficial effect of foliar application of glycine betaine (10mM, grain presoaking in salicylic acid (0.05 M and their interaction on drought tolerance of two wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cultivars (sensitive, Sakha 94 and resistant, Sakha 93. Osmotic pressure, some osmolytes concentration and grain yield were determined. Water stress caused an increase in osmotic pressure, proline, total soluble nitrogen, total soluble sugars, organic acids, ions (Na+, K+, Ca+2, Mg+2 and Cl- content as well as Na+/K+ ratio in cell sap flag leaves of both wheat cultivars. The resistant variety had higher values of osmotic pressure, proline, organic acids and ions content than the sensitive one. On the other hand, water stress induced marked decrease (P<0.05 in grain yield. The applied chemicals mitigated the effect of water stress on the used wheat cultivars. The effect was more pronounced with glycine betaine + salicylic acid treatment. The applied chemicals increased the osmotic pressure, the osmolytes concentrations as well as the grain yield. Furthermore, the osmotic pressure of flag leaf sap appeared to depend on proline, TSN, TSS, organic acids and the ions content. The economic yield (grain yield was positively correlated with proline, keto-acids and osmotic pressure but negatively correlated with TSN, TSS and citric acid.

  4. Downregulation of hepatic betaine:homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT) expression in taurine-deficient mice is reversed by taurine supplementation in vivo.

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    Jurkowska, Halina; Niewiadomski, Julie; Hirschberger, Lawrence L; Roman, Heather B; Mazor, Kevin M; Liu, Xiaojing; Locasale, Jason W; Park, Eunkyue; Stipanuk, Martha H

    2016-03-01

    The cysteine dioxygenase (Cdo1)-null and the cysteine sulfinic acid decarboxylase (Csad)-null mouse are not able to synthesize hypotaurine/taurine by the cysteine/cysteine sulfinate pathway and have very low tissue taurine levels. These mice provide excellent models for studying the effects of taurine on biological processes. Using these mouse models, we identified betaine:homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT) as a protein whose in vivo expression is robustly regulated by taurine. BHMT levels are low in liver of both Cdo1-null and Csad-null mice, but are restored to wild-type levels by dietary taurine supplementation. A lack of BHMT activity was indicated by an increase in the hepatic betaine level. In contrast to observations in liver of Cdo1-null and Csad-null mice, BHMT was not affected by taurine supplementation of primary hepatocytes from these mice. Likewise, CSAD abundance was not affected by taurine supplementation of primary hepatocytes, although it was robustly upregulated in liver of Cdo1-null and Csad-null mice and lowered to wild-type levels by dietary taurine supplementation. The mechanism by which taurine status affects hepatic CSAD and BHMT expression appears to be complex and to require factors outside of hepatocytes. Within the liver, mRNA abundance for both CSAD and BHMT was upregulated in parallel with protein levels, indicating regulation of BHMT and CSAD mRNA synthesis or degradation.

  5. The 2:2 complex of pyridine betaine with squaric acid studied by X-ray diffraction, FTIR, NMR and DTG methods

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Dutkiewicz, G.; Kosturkiewicz, Z.

    2012-12-01

    The 2:2 ionic crystals of pyridine betaine (PyB) with squaric acid (H2SQ) belong to monoclinic space group C2/c. Supramolecular structure of the crystals investigated is formed by the loss of one proton from every two squaric acid molecules. Pyridine betaines form a homoconjugated cation, [(PyB)2H]+, through a short, symmetric COO⋯H⋯OOC hydrogen bond of 2.463(2) Å. The hydrogen squarate anions are linked into a homoconjugated anion, [(HSQ)2H]-, by a short symmetric, non-linear O⋯H⋯O hydrogen bond of 2.453(1) Å, with the H-atom located on the twofold axis. The bis(hydrogen squarate)hydrogen anions are linked into a centrosymmetric cyclic dimer by two identical asymmetric Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds of 2.536(2) Å. The (PyB)2H cation and cyclic dimer of hydrogen squarate anions are placed around two different systems of inversion centers in the unit cell. The FTIR spectrum is consistent with the X-ray results. The 13C chemical shift of the Cdbnd O atom confirms the presence of the hydrogen squarate anion in the complex studied. The complex decomposed in three thermal stages.

  6. Extraction of vitexin from binahong (Anredera cordifolia (Ten.) Steenis) leaves using betaine - 1,4 butanediol natural deep eutectic solvent (NADES)

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    Mulia, Kamarza; Muhammad, Fajri; Krisanti, Elsa

    2017-03-01

    The leaves of binahong (Anredera cordifolia (Ten) Steenis) contain flavonoids as bioactive substances that have efficacy to treat wounds and diseases caused by bacteria. One of the flavonoids contained in the leaves is 8-glucopyranosyl-4'5'7-trihydroxyflavone or vitexin. Conventional extraction of flavonoids from leaves of binahong has been developed and usually using non-friendly organic solvent. To overcome these problems, a Natural Deep Eutectic Solvent (NADES) is used to replace the conventional organic solvents, as it is an environmentally friendly, non-toxic and high boiling point solvent. In this study, a betaine-based NADES combined with 1,4-butanediol in 1:3 mole ratio was used as the extraction solvent. Vitexin in the extract was analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively using an HPLC. The extraction of vitexin from binahong leaves at room temperature (27 °C) for four hours give yield of 46 ppm, much lower than 200 ppm yield obtained after extraction at 55 °C for 90 minutes. This results showed that (a) NADES consisting of betaine and 1,4 butanediol is a promising green solvent for extraction of vitexin from binahong leaves, and, (b) the extraction can be performed above ambient temperature, as long as it does not exceed the degradation temperature of the bioactive compound extracted.

  7. Unusual molecular structure of the 1:2.5:2 complex of DABCO di-betaine (1,4-diacetate-1,4-diazoniumbicyclo[2.2.2]octane) with p-hydroxybenzoic acid and water

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    Barczyński, P.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Katrusiak, A.; Szafran, M.

    2011-05-01

    The molecular structure of the 1:2.5:2 complex of DABCO di-betaine, p-hydroxybenzoic acid (HBA) and water ( 1) has been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and DFT calculations. The crystals 1 are triclinic, space group P1¯. The carboxylate groups of DABCO di-betaine are engaged in the COO⋯HOOC and COO⋯HO hydrogen bonds with two HBA molecules of 2.750(2) and 2.621(2) Å, respectively. Two water molecules and one HBA, disordered over the inversion center in two orientations with half occupancies, play a role of the bridge between the DABCO di-betaine·(HBA) 2 complexes. Three structures of DABCO di-betaine with HBA and water of different stoichiometry ( 2- 4) have been optimized at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory. The νC dbnd O and νasCOO vibrations are distinguished in the solid-state FTIR spectrum of 1 and confirmed by the second-derivative spectrum of 1 and the calculated spectrum of 2 by the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) approach.

  8. 虫草/甜菜碱复合饲料液的HPLC分析(英文)%Determination of Cordyceps Sinensis/Betaine Compound Feed Nutriment by HPLC

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    陈煜

    2012-01-01

    [目的]对虫草/甜菜碱复合饲料液进行HPLC分析。[方法]以虫草/甜菜碱复合饲料液为样品溶液进行HPLC分析,以确定饲料中虫草发酵废液和甜菜碱的分离情况。[结果]该方法可很好的同时分离甜菜碱与虫草发酵废液中各组分。[结论]为测定饲料中虫草/甜菜碱复合饲料液的含量提供了较好的分离分析平台。%[Objective] The aim was to conduct HPLC analysis on Cordyceps Sinensis/Betaine compound feed nutriment. [Method] Cordyceps Sinensis/Betaine compound feed nutriment was under HPLC analysis to determine separation of Cordyceps Sinensis effluent and betaine. [Result] Different compositions in Cordyceps Sinensis/etaine compound feed nutriment would be well separated by the method. [Conclusion] The method provides a suitable platform of separation and analysis for Cordyceps Sinensis /Betaine compound feed nutriment.

  9. 乳熟期小麦喷施甜菜碱增产效果研究%Study on the Yield-increasing Effect by Foliar-application Betaine to Wheat during Milk Stage

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    张泰; 谭延鸿; 董庆坤; 张凯; 邱念伟

    2011-01-01

    [目的]研究非逆境条件下叶面喷施甜菜碱对小麦的增产效果.[方法]在小麦乳熟期给小麦叶片喷施5、10、15、20 mmol/L甜菜碱,测定叶片光合参数和叶片叶绿素含量.小麦成熟收获后测定千粒重,分析甜菜碱对小麦的增产效果.[结果]喷施甜菜碱的叶片叶绿素含量增加,叶片光合参数提高,叶片衰老减缓.千粒重测定结果显示,4种浓度的甜菜碱对小麦均有一定的增产效果.[结论]小麦乳熟期叶面喷施甜菜碱可增产,其中喷施浓度10 mmol/L浓度增产效果最好,增产率可达15.08%.%[Objective] The study aimed to analyze the yield-increasing effect of foliar-application betaine to wheat. [Method] Wheat were sprayed with 5,10,15,20 mmol/L betaine during milk stage, to determine photosynthetic parameters and chlorophyll content of leaves, 1 000-grain weight after harvesting. Then, the yield-increasing effect of foliar-application betaine to wheat was analyzed. [ Result ] The leaves sprayed with betaine had more chlorophyll, improved photosynthetic parameters of leaves and aged more slowly. The results of 1 000-grain weight showed that 4 concentrations of betaine can increased the yield of wheat. [ Conclusion ] Foliar-application betaine to wheat could increase the yield during the milk stage. Among the different concentrations of betaine, the concentration of 10 mmol/L had the biggest yield-increasing effect and yield-increasing rate reached 15.08%.

  10. Research on Effect of Betaine Surfactant on Yumen Oil Interfacial Tension%甜菜碱体系对玉门油田界面张力影响规律研究

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    黄志刚; 宋文玲; 赵丽娟

    2015-01-01

    研究了新型甜菜碱表面活性剂复配体系对玉门油田油水界面张力的影响情况。通过使用 Texas-500型界面张力仪,利用旋转滴法测定了甜菜碱表面活性剂的水溶液与玉门油田脱水原油之间的界面张力,讨论了活性剂浓度、碱的浓度、矿化度对甜菜碱复配体系油水界面张力的影响。实验结果表明:该甜菜碱活性剂与其它助剂有很好的协同作用,选择合适的助剂与其复配可以很大程度上减少该甜菜碱活性剂的用量,降低经济成本。碱对界面张力的影响较大,当碱浓度为0.8%时,可以使该复配体系与玉门原油油水界面张力达到10-3 mN/m。%Effect of a new type of betaine surfactant compound system on oil-water interfacial tension in the yumen oilfield was studied. Through use of Texas-500 interface tensiometer, spinning drop method was applied to determine the interfacial tension between betaine surfactant aqueous solution and dehydrated crude oil from yumen oilfield, the influence of the surfactant concentration, alkali concentration, and salinity on the interfacial tension of betaine distribution system was discussed. The experimental results show that: the betaine surfactant has good synergy with other additives, compounding suitable auxiliaries and betaine surfactant can largely reduce the quantity of the betaine surfactant to reduce the economic cost;the influence of alkali on the interfacial tension is bigger, when the alkali concentration is 0.8%, the oil/water interfacial tension between the betaine surfactant compound system and Yumen crude oil reaches 10-3 mN/m.

  11. A two-step ICT process for solvatochromic betaine pyridinium revealed by ultrafast spectroscopy, multivariate curve resolution, and TDDFT calculations.

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    Aloïse, Stéphane; Pawlowska, Zuzanna; Ruckebusch, Cyril; Sliwa, Michel; Dubois, Julien; Poizat, Olivier; Buntinx, Guy; Perrier, Aurélie; Maurel, François; Jacques, Patrice; Malval, Jean-Pierre; Poisson, Lionel; Piani, Giovanni; Abe, Jiro

    2012-02-14

    This work deals with the photophysics of a pyridinium betaine, 2-pyridin-1-yl-1H-benzimidazole (SBPa), based on a combination of steady-state, femtosecond photoionization (gas phase) and femtosecond transient absorption (solution) spectroscopic measurements, supported by (LR)-PCM-(TD)DFT calculations. Preliminary and new electrochemical results have revealed a strongly negative solvatochromic charge transfer (CT) absorption due to a S(0) → S(2) vertical transition and a weakly-solvatochromic emission due to S(1) → S(0) transition. Advanced TDDFT optimizations of the Franck-Condon states S(2)(FC) and S(1)(FC) led to two additional CT levels with planar geometry, S(2)(CT) and S(1)(CT), respectively, allowing prediction of a two-step photoinduced ICT process, i.e., S(0) → S(2)(FC) and S(2)(CT) → S(1)(CT), separated by a S(2)(FC) → S(2)(CT) back charge transfer relaxation. While the pyridinium ring is the acceptor group in both steps, two different donor groups, the benzene ring and the imidazole bridge, are involved in the excitation and internal conversion processes, respectively. Femtosecond transient absorption experiments supported by MCR-ALS decomposition confirmed indeed the contribution of two distinct CT states in the photophysics of SBPa: following excitation to the S(2)(CT) state, ultrafast production of the emissive S(1) state (the only channel observable in the gas phase) was observed to occur in competition with a further ICT process toward the S(1)(CT) state, with a time constant ranging from 300 fs to 20 ps depending on the solvent. While in aprotic media this ICT process was found to be purely solvent controlled (double polarity and viscosity dependency), in protic solvents, the influence of the hydrogen bond network has to be taken into account. Comparison with data obtained for a pre-twisted SBPa analogue led us to exclude the presence of any large-amplitude geometrical change during ICT. Analyzing the solvent dependency using the power law

  12. 五子衍宗丸中甜菜碱含量的HPLC测定%Determination of Betaine in Wuzi Yanzong Wan by HPLC

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    蔡俊安

    2011-01-01

    Objective To establish the method for detemining the content of Betaine in Wuzi Yanzong Wan by HPLC. Methods The chromatographic column was shim-park Hypersil SCX, with acetonitrile-0.05 mol/L potassium dihydrogen phosphate-phosphoric acid (15 : 85 : 0.18) as the mobile phase, detection wavelength as 192 nm, and flow rate was 1.0 mL/min. Results The calibration curve was linear at the range of 0.065~ 1.3 μg for Betaine and linear equation was Y=785 462.24X+46 547.37, r =0.999 7. The average recovery was 98.8% and the related standard deviation (RSD) was 1.11% (n=6). Conclusion This method was simple, accurate and proper, and the reduplication of the result was good. It provides scientific quantitative analysis method of Betaine in Wuzi Yanzong Wan.%目的 建立高效液相色谱法测定五子衍宗丸中甜菜碱含量的方法.方法 采用磺酸基团健合硅胶的阳离子交换剂(SCX)为填充剂;以乙睛-0.05 mol、L 磷酸二氮钾溶液-磷酸(15:85:0.18)为流动相,流速为1.0 mL/min,λ=192 nm.结果 甜莱碱在0.065~1.3μg范围内呈良好线性,回归方程为Y=785462.24X+46547.37,r=0.9997.平均加样回收率为98.8%,RSD=1.11%(n=6).结论 本方法简便、准确,专属性强,测定结果重复性好,为五子衍宗丸中甜莱碱的定量分析提供了有效方法.

  13. New multilayer coating using quaternary ammonium chitosan and κ-carrageenan in capillary electrophoresis: application in fast analysis of betaine and methionine.

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    Vitali, Luciano; Della Betta, Fabiana; Costa, Ana Carolina O; Vaz, Fernando Antonio Simas; Oliveira, Marcone Augusto Leal; Vistuba, Jacqueline Pereira; Fávere, Valfredo T; Micke, Gustavo A

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a new multilayer coating with crosslinked quaternary ammonium chitosan (hydroxypropyltrimethyl ammonium chloride chitosan; HACC) and κ-carrageenan for use in capillary electrophoresis. A new semi-permanent multilayer coating was formed using the procedure developed and the method does not require the presence of polymers in the background electrolyte (BGE). The new capillary multilayer coating showed a cathodic electroosmotic flow (EOF) of around 30×10(-9) m(2) V(-1) s(-1) which is pH-independent in the range of pH 2 to 10. The enhanced EOF at low pH obtained contributed significantly to the development of a fast method of separation. The multilayer coating was then applied in the development of a fast separation method to determine betaine and methionine in pharmaceutical formulations by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). The BGE used to determine the betaine and methionine concentrations was composed of 10 mmol L(-1) tris(hydroxymethyl) aminomethane, 40 mmol L(-1) phosphoric acid and 10% (v/v) ethanol, at pH 2.1. A fused-silica capillary of 32 cm (50 µm ID×375 µm OD) was used in the experiments and samples and standards were analyzed employing the short-end injection procedure (8.5 cm effective length). The instrumental analysis time of the optimized method was 1.53 min (approx. 39 runs per hour). The validation of the proposed method for the determination of betaine and methionine showed good linearity (R(2)>0.999), adequate limit of detection (LOD <8 mg L(-1)) for the concentration in the samples and inter-day precision values lower than 3.5% (peak area and time migration). The results for the quantification of the amino acids in the samples determined by the CZE-UV method developed were statistically equal to those obtained with the comparative LC-MS/MS method according to the paired t-test with a confidence level of 95%.

  14. Effect of N-methyl-aspartate and Betaine on Growth Performance and Correlation Between Growth Hormone, Growth Performance and Carcass Composition in Finishing Pigs

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    X(U) Zi-rong; FENG Jie; ZOU Xiao-ting

    2002-01-01

    Ninety finishing pigs were selected to study the effect of N-methyl-aspartate and betaine on the internal growth hormone level in the serum and the correlation between the growth hormone level, growth performance and carcass characteristic of finishing pig. The study showed that the two matters could improve pig growth and carcass composition significantly. The correlation analyses indicated that the growth hormone and IGF-I have a positive correlation with the growth rate. Carcass lean ratio, longissimus dorsi area, serum free fatty acid and lipase activity have a negative correlation with the feed conversion ratio, carcass fat ratio and urine nitrogen. But the growth hormone is more effective than IGF-I (P< 0.01 ). The results implicated that both the two matters may act through growth hormone axis(growth hormone - IGF-I) to manipulate pig growth.

  15. Effect of Afobazole and Betaine on Cognitive Disorders in the Offspring of Rats with Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes and Their Relationship with DNA Damage.

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    Zabrodina, V V; Shreder, O V; Shreder, E D; Durnev, A D

    2016-07-01

    Cognitive activity in 60-day-old offspring of rats (intrauterine development in experimental streptozotocin-induced diabetes) was studied on the model of food-seeking behavior under conditions of free choice in a 6-arm maze. The formation of the food-procuring skill was significantly delayed, which attests to impairment of cognitive functions in these animals. Peroral administration of afobazole (10 and 50 mg/kg) and betaine (50 and 100 mg/kg) significantly and dose-dependently alleviated this disorder. Correlation analysis of the data on delayed formation of a food-procuring skill and results of DNA comet attests to a strong relationship between DNA damage in cells of the embryo and placenta during intrauterine development and cognitive dysfunction in the postnatal offspring of animals with streptozotocin-induced diabetes.

  16. Development of method for determination of Sodium monochloroacetate and sodium dichloroacetate in Cocoamido Propyl Betaine by gas chromatography: FID, ECD and MS

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    Leao, Claudio; Redigolo, Marcelo Miyada; Amaral, Priscila Oliveira; Bustillos, Oscar Vega, E-mail: claudio.leao@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    Cocoamide Propyl Betaine is a feedstock for consumer products of cosmetic and household segments. Sodium monochloroacetate and sodium dichloroacetate impurities are toxic, irritating and harmful to the environment and lower concentrations - parts per million level - are required in process control of producers and regulatory affairs. Regarding analytical test method, two conditions should be met: quantification limit, precision and accuracy should be appropriate; different techniques for gas chromatography - ECD, FID and MS - should be available, since for manufacturer is not so easy to keep electron capture detector by radioactive source Ni 63 due to government control and need of qualified radiological protection. The samples are obtained at manufacturers; for the analyte separation, treatment methodologies are employed by liquid-liquid extraction and solid phase extraction. Alternative detectors used in this study are: Flame Ionization and Mass Spectrometer with Electron Ionization. The validation process will be applied to methodology to ensure a selective, robust, accurate and reproducible analytical determination. (author)

  17. 甜菜碱营养生理功能研究进展%Advance in nutritional and physiological functions of betaine

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    李飞; 姚军虎

    2009-01-01

    @@ 甜菜碱(Betaine,BET)又名三甲胺乙内酯(Trimethvlaminoacetate)或三甲基甘氨酸(N,N,N-Trimethylglycine).因为其独特的化学结构,甜菜碱在生命有机体中发挥着多种功能.它可提供三个不稳定的甲基,为多种物质合成提供原料,如肉碱、肌酸、嘌呤及蛋氨酸等.同时,经去甲基作用生成甘氨酸,进入氨基酸代谢池.南于甜菜碱可提供甲基和氨基酸,它可参与机体氨基酸代谢、脂肪代谢及DNA甲基化等过程.

  18. 甜菜碱的营养功能及其在动物生产中的应用%Nutritional Function of Betaine and Its Application in Animal Production

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    杨德良; 宋明鑫

    2012-01-01

    甜菜碱作为饲料添加剂,具有提高生产性能、增强免疫功能、抗应激改善肉品质的作用。文章对甜菜碱的理化性质、营养功能及其在动物生产中的应用进行了综述。%Betaine had been widely used as feed additives in animal husbandry and feed industry, can improve performance, immune function, antitress and meat quality. In this paper, the physical and chemical properties, nutritional function and animal production of the betaine were summarized.

  19. Function of Betaine and Its Prospect of Application on Livestock Husbandry%甜菜碱的作用机理及其在畜牧上的应用前景

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    李奎; 洪作鹏

    2006-01-01

    甜菜碱(betaine)叉称三甲基甘氨酸,系一种季胺型生物碱.本文对甜菜碱的理化特性、种类、作用机理以及应用效果等方面做了一综述,甜菜碱作为一种新型的饲料添加剂具有广阔的应用前景.

  20. O sbnd H⋯O and O sbnd H⋯N hydrogen bonds in the complex of DABCO mono-betaine with p-hydroxybenzoic acid studied by X-ray diffraction, DFT calculations and spectroscopic methods

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    Barczyński, P.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Katrusiak, A.; Szafran, M.

    2011-08-01

    DABCO mono-betaine (1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane-1-acetate) forms a complex with p-hydroxybenzoic acid (HBA) at the 1:1 ratio. The crystals are monoclinic, space group P2 1/ m. The HBA and DABCO mono-betaine molecules are linked into infinite chains through the COOH⋯OOC and O sbnd H⋯N hydrogen bonds of 2.604(1) and 2.771(2) Å, respectively. The DABCO mono-betaine is located on a mirror plane and the HBA molecule lies on this plane. In the structure of the 1:1 complex optimized by the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) approach, the DABCO ring has a planar conformation, while in the chains formed by two complexes, the DABCO moieties assume the propeller conformations. The FTIR spectrum shows several bands attributed to the O sbnd H, O sbnd H⋯O, O sbnd H⋯N, C dbnd O and COO stretching vibrations. 1H and 13C chemical shifts assignments were confirmed by the magnetic isotropic shielding constants, calculated by the GIAO/B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) approach.

  1. 甜菜碱生物学功能及其在改善猪肉质中的应用%Biological functions of betaine and its application for pork quality in swine production

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    张婧; 孙进华; 宋文涛; 孙岳丞; 单安山

    2016-01-01

    甜菜碱对机体营养物质代谢具有重要作用,可有效改善不同生长阶段猪生产性能、胴体品质和肉品质,通过母子效应传递给子代,对子代进行营养调控.文章从化学结构、生物学功能、营养物质代谢及母体效应等方面,系统阐述不同添加量甜菜碱在改善不同生长阶段猪的机体性能、胴体品质及肉品质方面作用.%Betaine was not only affected nutrient metabolism, but also improved swine performance and pork quality of swine in different growth period, and even effect on nutrient regulation of offspring by maternal. The progress in pig performance and pork quality with various levels of betaine in different growth period, which contained the aspects of biological functions, chemical structure, nutrient metabolism and maternal effect of betaine were summarized systematically in this paper.

  2. 月桂酸乙酯基甜菜碱表面活性剂的合成研究%Synthesis of lauroylethyl betaine surfactant

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    王袆; 刘学民; 孙冬梅; 冯建飞; 唐蔚

    2011-01-01

    A novel betaine surfactant containing ester bond was synthesized through reactions between sodium chloroacetate and the intermediate lauroylethyl dimethyl tertiary amine,which was prepared using lauric acid and N,N-dimethyl ethanolamine as starting materials,p-to]uenesulfonic acid as catslyst. The optimum reaction conditions for the intermediate were obtained via the orthogonal experiments: N, N-dimethyl ethanolamine and laurie acid in a molar ratio of 1.6:1 reacted at 170 ℃ for 12 h,catalyst amount used 1.5%. The maximum yield is above 85%. The uniform experiment showed that the conversion rate of the second step is above 98% , which was undertaken through the reaction of the intermediate and sodium chloroacetate in a molar ratio 1: 2.2, at 90 ℃ for 21 h,isopropyl alcohol as solvent. The final product was recrystaled with acetone. HPL℃ showed the purity of the lauroylethyl betaine is beyond 99%. The product was confirmed by FT-IR、ESI-MS and 1HNMR spectrometry.%以N,N-二甲基乙醇胺与月桂酸为原料,对甲苯磺酸作催化剂,合成了月桂酸乙酯基二甲基叔胺中间体,继而与氯乙酸钠反应制得标题化合物.中间体合成的正交实验优化条件为:n(N,N二甲基乙醇胺):n(月桂酸)=1.6:1;催化剂用量为反应物总质量的1.5% ;170℃反应12 h,最高产率> 85%.最终产品合成的均匀实验优化结果:异丙醇为溶剂,n(中间体):n(氯乙酸钠)=1:2.2,90℃反应21 h,中间体转化率>8%.得到的标题化合物经丙酮重结晶提纯,HPLC法分析其质量分数>99%,使用FT-IR、ESI-MS 、1 HN M R进行了结构表征.

  3. Investigations on ideal mode of cell disruption in extremely halophilic Actinopolyspora halophila (MTCC 263 for efficient release of glycine betaine and trehalose

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    Jayaranjan R. Kar

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Actinopolyspora halophila produces glycine betaine and trehalose intracellularly in considerable quantities. These biomolecules are commercially important as they have applications in food, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural sector. Development of an efficient cell disruption technique is an important step for the release of these biomolecules. In this study, various cell disruption methods such as chemical, enzymatic, physico-mechanical and physical methods were evaluated. Cell disruption by osmotic shock was found to be the best suited method for A. halophila which also has a potential to be industrially scaled up. Cell bursting pressure that is generated during osmotic shock in A. halophila was computed using Morse equation and was found to be π = 238.37 ± 29.54 atm or 2.35 ± 0.29 kPa. In addition, it was found that osmotic shock followed a first order release rate kinetics in A. halophila. The findings can be used for commercially important biomolecules from other halophilic and/or halotolerant microbes.

  4. The small impact of various partial charge distributions in ground and excited state on the computational Stokes shift of 1-methyl-6-oxyquinolinium betaine in diverse water models

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    Heid, Esther; Harringer, Sophia; Schröder, Christian

    2016-10-01

    The influence of the partial charge distribution obtained from quantum mechanics of the solute 1-methyl-6-oxyquinolinium betaine in the ground- and first excited state on the time-dependent Stokes shift is studied via molecular dynamics computer simulation. Furthermore, the effect of the employed solvent model — here the non-polarizable SPC, TIP4P and TIP4P/2005 and the polarizable SWM4 water model — on the solvation dynamics of the system is investigated. The use of different functionals and calculation methods influences the partial charge distribution and the magnitude of the dipole moment of the solute, but not the orientation of the dipole moment. Simulations based on the calculated charge distributions show nearly the same relaxation behavior. Approximating the whole solute molecule by a dipole results in the same relaxation behavior, but lower solvation energies, indicating that the time scale of the Stokes shift does not depend on peculiarities of the solute. However, the SPC and TIP4P water models show too fast dynamics which can be ascribed to a too large diffusion coefficient and too low viscosity. The calculated diffusion coefficient and viscosity for the SWM4 and TIP4P/2005 models coincide well with experimental values and the corresponding relaxation behavior is comparable to experimental values. Furthermore we found that for a quantitative description of the Stokes shift of the applied system at least two solvation shells around the solute have to be taken into account.

  5. 甜菜碱对肉鸭生长性能和胴体组成的影响%Effect of betaine on growth performance and carcass traits of meat ducks

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    汪以真; 许梓荣

    2000-01-01

    The study was conducted to examine the effects of betaine on growth and carcass characteristics of meat ducks. Day-old commercial strain Cherry Valley meat ducks (n=690) were randomly allocated into five groups for a six-week feeding trial. Five dietary levels of betaine supplementation were arranged for each of the two experimental periods: and the finishing ducks (22-42 d) at 0, 250, 500, 750 and 1 000 mg/kg of diet. At the end of the feeding trial, 90 ducks (18 ducks per group) were selected to determine the carcass traits. Liver and breast muscle samples were also collected. For growing ducks, betaine supplementation (500~2 000 mg/kg) significantly increased average daily gain (ADG)(P<0.01). It also increased average daily feed intake (ADFI) (P<0.01) except for group 4 at 2 000 mg/kg as compared with the control group. However, such an increase the finishing period, ADG increased linearly and the feed-to-gain ratio decreased linearly with increasing betaine levels. Betaine supplementation at 750 mg/kg and 1 000 mg/kg improved ADG (P<0.05). Betaine supplementation at 1 000 mg/kg also significantly decreased the feed-to-gain ratio. Analysis of carcass traits indicated that betaine could increase the percentage of breast muscle (P<0.01) and decrease the percentage of abdominal fat (P<0.01) as compared with the control group. Betaine at 1 000 mg/kg increased the total and specific activities of betaine-homocysteins-methyltransferase (P<0.01), increased the content of free carnitine in the liver (P<0.01) and of acid insoluble carnitine in the breast muscle (P<0.01). These results imply that betaine could enhance synthesis of carnitine by improving methylation metabolism and stimulate β-oxidation of long chain fatty acids in the inner mitochondria membrane of muscle cells.%为了探讨甜菜碱对肉鸭(1~42日龄)生长及胴体组成的影响.把690羽1日龄的商品代樱桃谷肉鸭随机分成5个组,每组3个重复.饲养试验分成2

  6. Effects of Betaine on Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics in Growing Pigs%甜菜碱对生长猪的生长性能和胴体组成的影响

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    余东游; 许梓荣

    2004-01-01

    选用96头杜长大生长猪,随机分成4组,以研究日粮中添加不同水平甜菜碱( 1 000、 1 500、 2 000 mg/kg)对猪生长性能、胴体组成及肉质的作用效果.试验结果表明,与对照组相比,日粮中添加 1 000 mg/kg和 1 500 mg/kg甜菜碱组猪日增重分别提高13.20%(P<0.01)、9.28%(P<0.05),日均采食量分别增加7.30%(P<0.05)、7.33%(P<0.01),料重比分别下降7.93%(P<0.01)、6.55%(P<0.05).此外, 1 000 mg/kg甜菜碱组猪的胴体瘦肉率和眼肌面积比对照组分别提高7.15%(P<0.05)、19.12%(P<0.05),胴体脂肪率与背膘厚分别减少27.21%(P<0.05)、 14.86%(P<0.05);背最长肌中的肌红蛋白和肌内脂肪分别提高34.21%(P<0.01)、29.56%(P<0.01).%Ninety six growing pigs(duroc×Landrace×Yorkshire) were allocated to four groups and used to investigate the effects of betaine on growth, nutrient utilization, carcass composition and meat quality. Different levels of betaine in the diet was fed from 20 kg live weight until to 64 kg.In the 1 000 mg/kg and 1 500 mg/kg betaine treated groups obviously increased ADG by 13.20%(P<0.01) and 9.28%(P<0.05) and ADFI by 7.30%(P<0.05) and 7.33%(P<0.01) and decreased FCR by 7.93%(P<0.01) and 6.55%(P<0.05) compared to the control group. These differences were not found in the other betaine treated groups. Pigs fed 1 000 mg/kg betaine had 7.15%(P< 0.05) and 19.12%(P<0.05) higher carcass lean proportion, larger longissimus muscle area, while the carcass fat proportion were 27.21%(P<0.05) and fat depth were less 14.86%(P<0.05) compared to the control group. Adding 1 000 mg/kg betaine significantly increased the content of ether extract and myoglobin by 34.21%(P<0.01) and 29.56%(P<0.01) in longissimus dorsi.

  7. Influence of betaine and arginine supplementation of reduced protein diets on fatty acid composition and gene expression in the muscle and subcutaneous adipose tissue of cross-bred pigs

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    Madeira, M.; Rolo, E.; Alfaia, C.; Pires, V.,; Luxton, R.; Doran, O.; Bessa, R.; Prates, J.

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    The isolated or combined effects of betaine and arginine supplementation of reduced protein diets (RPD) on fat content, fatty acid composition and mRNA levels of genes controlling lipid metabolism in pig m. longissimus lumborum and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT)were assessed. The experiment was performed on forty intact male pigs (Duroc × Large White × Landrace cross-breed) with initial and final\\ud live weights of 60 and 93 kg, respectively. Pigs were randomly assigned to one of the follo...

  8. Effects of Betaine Aldehyde Dehydrogenase-Transgenic Soybean on Phosphatase Activities and Rhizospheric Bacterial Community of the Saline-Alkali Soil

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    Ying Nie

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of transgenic soybean has produced numerous economic benefits; however the potential impact of root exudates upon soil ecological systems and rhizospheric soil microbial diversity has also received intensive attention. In the present study, the influence of saline-alkali tolerant transgenic soybean of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase on bacterial community structure and soil phosphatase during growth stages was investigated. The results showed that, compared with nontransgenic soybean as a control, the rhizospheric soil pH of transgenic soybean significantly decreased at the seedling stage. Compared to HN35, organic P content was 13.5% and 25.4% greater at the pod-filling stage and maturity, respectively. The acid phosphatase activity of SRTS was significantly better than HN35 by 12.74% at seedling, 14.03% at flowering, and 59.29% at podding, while alkaline phosphatase achieved maximum activity in the flowering stage and was markedly lower than HN35 by 13.25% at pod-filling. The 454 pyrosequencing technique was employed to investigate bacterial diversity, with a total of 25,499 operational taxonomic units (OTUs obtained from the 10 samples. Notably, the effect of SRTS on microbial richness and diversity of rhizospheric soil was marked at the stage of podding and pod-filling. Proteobacteria, Acidobacteria, and Actinobacteria were the dominant phyla among all samples. Compared with HN35, the relative abundance of Proteobacteria was lower by 2.01%, 2.06%, and 5.28% at the stage of seedling, at pod-bearing, and at maturity. In genus level, the relative abundance of Gp6, Sphingomonas sp., and GP4 was significantly inhibited by SRTS at the stage of pod-bearing and pod-filling.

  9. Quantifying additive interactions of the osmolyte proline with individual functional groups of proteins: comparisons with urea and glycine betaine, interpretation of m-values.

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    Diehl, Roger C; Guinn, Emily J; Capp, Michael W; Tsodikov, Oleg V; Record, M Thomas

    2013-09-03

    To quantify interactions of the osmolyte l-proline with protein functional groups and predict their effects on protein processes, we use vapor pressure osmometry to determine chemical potential derivatives dμ2/dm3 = μ23, quantifying the preferential interactions of proline (component 3) with 21 solutes (component 2) selected to display different combinations of aliphatic or aromatic C, amide, carboxylate, phosphate or hydroxyl O, and amide or cationic N surface. Solubility data yield μ23 values for four less-soluble solutes. Values of μ23 are dissected using an ASA-based analysis to test the hypothesis of additivity and obtain α-values (proline interaction potentials) for these eight surface types and three inorganic ions. Values of μ23 predicted from these α-values agree with the experiment, demonstrating additivity. Molecular interpretation of α-values using the solute partitioning model yields partition coefficients (Kp) quantifying the local accumulation or exclusion of proline in the hydration water of each functional group. Interactions of proline with native protein surfaces and effects of proline on protein unfolding are predicted from α-values and ASA information and compared with experimental data, with results for glycine betaine and urea, and with predictions from transfer free energy analysis. We conclude that proline stabilizes proteins because of its unfavorable interactions with (exclusion from) amide oxygens and aliphatic hydrocarbon surfaces exposed in unfolding and that proline is an effective in vivo osmolyte because of the osmolality increase resulting from its unfavorable interactions with anionic (carboxylate and phosphate) and amide oxygens and aliphatic hydrocarbon groups on the surface of cytoplasmic proteins and nucleic acids.

  10. Structural, spectroscopic and theoretical studies of dimethylphenyl betaine complex with two molecules of 2,6-dichloro-4-nitro-phenol

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    Szafran, Mirosław; Komasa, Anna; Ostrowska, Kinga; Katrusiak, Andrzej; Dega-Szafran, Zofia

    2015-02-01

    The 1:2 complex (1) of dimethylphenyl betaine (DMPB) with two molecules of 2,6-dichloro-4-nitro-phenol (DCNP) was prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction, B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) and B3LYP-D3/6-311++G(d,p)calculations, FTIR and NMR spectroscopies. The crystal is monoclinic, space group P21/c with Z = 4. The protons at the oxygen atoms of phenols are bonded to each oxygen atoms of the DMPB carboxylate group by two nonequivalent H-bonds with the Osbnd H⋯O distances of 2.473(5) and 2.688(4) Å. Both H-bonds in the optimized structures 2 (in vacuum), 3 (in DMSO solution) and dispersion-correlated functional (D3) 4 (in vacuum) are comparable and are slightly shorter than O(6)sbnd H(O6)⋯O(2) in the crystal. The FTIR spectrum of 1 shows a broad absorption in the 3400-2000 cm-1 region corresponding to a longer hydrogen bond and a broad absorption in the 1800-500 cm-1 region caused by the shorter H-bond. The relations between the experimental 13C and 1H chemical shifts (δexp) of the investigated compound 1 in DMSO solution and GIAO/B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) magnetic isotropic shielding constants (σcalc) obtained by using the screening solvation model (COSMO) for 3 are linear and reproduce well the experimental chemical shifts described by the equation: δexp = a + b σcalc.

  11. A Three-Component Microbial Consortium from Deep-Sea Salt-Saturated Anoxic Lake Thetis Links Anaerobic Glycine Betaine Degradation with Methanogenesis

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    Violetta La Cono

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Microbial communities inhabiting the deep-sea salt-saturated anoxic lakes of the Eastern Mediterranean operate under harsh physical-chemical conditions that are incompatible with the lifestyle of common marine microorganisms. Here, we investigated a stable three-component microbial consortium obtained from the brine of the recently discovered deep-sea salt-saturated Lake Thetis. The trophic network of this consortium, established at salinities up to 240, relies on fermentative decomposition of common osmoprotectant glycine betaine (GB. Similarly to known extreme halophilic anaerobic GB-degrading enrichments, the initial step of GB degradation starts with its reductive cleavage to trimethylamine and acetate, carried out by the fermenting member of the Thetis enrichment, Halobacteroides lacunaris TB21. In contrast to acetate, which cannot be easily oxidized in salt-saturated anoxic environments, trimethylamine represents an advantageous C1-substrate for methylotrophic methanogenic member of the Thetis enrichment, Methanohalophilus sp. TA21. This second member of the consortium likely produces hydrogen via methylotrophic modification of reductive acetyl-CoA pathway because the initial anaerobic GB cleavage reaction requires the consumption of reducing equivalents. Ecophysiological role of the third member of the Thetis consortium, Halanaerobium sp. TB24, which lacks the capability of either GB or trimethylamine degradation, remains yet to be elucidated. As it is true for cultivated members of family Halanaerobiaceae, the isolate TB24 can obtain energy primarily by fermenting simple sugars and producing hydrogen as one of the end products. Hence, by consuming of TB21 and TA21 metabolites, Halanaerobium sp. TB24 can be an additional provider of reducing equivalents required for reductive degradation of GB. Description of the Thetis GB-degrading consortium indicated that anaerobic degradation of osmoregulatory molecules may play important role in the

  12. Colina e betaína em rações purificadas na nutrição da tilápia do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus Choline and betaine in purified diets for Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus

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    Ivan Vieira

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    Full Text Available Problemas metabólicos observados em produções intensivas de tilápias do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus têm sido relacionados à deficiência de colina nas rações. Com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da suplementação dietética da colina na nutrição da espécie, rações purificadas contendo 0; 375; 750; 1.125; 1.500 ou 1.875 mg de cloreto de colina por kg, foram administradas ad libitum por 42 dias a tilápias do Nilo (5,09 ± 0,14 g, estocados em gaiolas de PVC atóxico (volume = 60 L, alojadas em caixas de polipropileno de 1000 L, em ambiente com condições controladas de temperatura e luminosidade, num delineamento experimental em blocos incompletos casualizados, com três parcelas por bloco (n=5. O ganho de peso (GDP e o índice de conversão alimentar (ICA de todos os tratamentos foram superiores ao controle. Não foram observadas diferenças para a quantidade de lipídios no fígado e tecido corporal, e sobrevivência (S%. Num segundo experimento, os peixes foram alimentados com rações suplementadas com 1.250 ou 2.500 mg de cloreto de colina por kg; ou 1.000; 2.000 ou 3.000 mg de betaína por kg. Não foram observadas diferenças significativas para S% e acúmulo de lipídeos hepáticos ou corporais; o ICA e GDP dos tratamentos suplementados com colina foram superiores aos dos tratamentos suplementados com betaína, mas não diferiram entre si. Níveis de suplementação superiores a 375 mg de cloreto de colina por kg de alimento melhoram o ICA e o GDP da tilápia do Nilo, mas a betaína não substitui efetivamente a colina em rações para a espécie.Metabolic problems detected in intensively raised Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus are credited to possible sub-supplementation of coline in commercial feeds. To investigate the utilization of choline and betaine as feed supplement for the Nile tilapia, groups of 10 fingerlings (5.09 ± 0.14 g stocked in 30 PVC cages (60 L, kept under controlled environmental conditions inside

  13. 甜菜碱对载脂蛋白E基因缺陷小鼠抗动脉粥样硬化的作用%Anti-atherosclerotic effect of betaine in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice

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    范锐心; 吕史维; 杜艳平; 侯孟君; 朱惠莲

    2008-01-01

    目的 研究甜菜碱对载脂蛋白E(ApoE)基因缺陷小鼠动脉粥样硬化斑块形成的影响并对其抗炎机制进行初步探讨.方法 7周龄ApoE基因缺陷小鼠(品系C57BL/6J)按体重随机分为4组:模型组和3个甜菜碱组,同龄同品系野生型小鼠作为正常对照组.各组均喂饲AIN-93G基础饲料.3个甜菜碱组分别加入1%、2%、4%甜菜碱.于0、7、14周时测定血清肿瘤坏死因子-α(TNF-α)、单核细胞趋化蛋白-1、血脂水平以及主动脉TNF-α基因启动子的甲基化状况;于14周时测定主动脉窦脂质斑块占管腔面积百分比.结果 2%、4%甜菜碱组主动脉窦斑块面积占管腔总面积百分比分别为(11.43±2.65)%和(12.09 ±3.07)%,与模犁组(19.31±5.42)%相比差异有统计学意义(t值分别为3.117和3.010,P值均小于0.01);3个甜菜碱组血清TNF-α分别为(56.33±3.86)、(63.04±4.67)、(65.52±3.97)pg/ml,均明显低于模型组(79.40 ±4.68)pg/ml(t值分别为9.270、6.571、5.576,P值均小于0.001).结论 甜菜碱口J能通过抗炎作用而抑制ApoE基因缺陷小鼠动脉粥样硬化斑块的形成.%Objective To study the effect of betaine on the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in apolipoprotein E ( ApoE ) -deficient mice and explore its anti-inflammatory mechanism. Methods Seven-week-old ApE-deficient mice (C57BL/6J background) were divided into four groups randomly based on body weight: model group and three betaine groups. Wild-type mice with the same age and genetic background were used as control group. The control group and model group were fed AIN-93G diet. Three betaine groups were fed AIN-93G diet supplemented with 1,2, 4 g betaine/100 g diet, respectively. Serum tumor necrosis factor-α ( TNF-α), monocytc chemoattractant protein-I, lipid levels and methylation status of TNF-α promotor in arota were determined at 0,7 and 14 weeks. The percentage of arota sinus plaque to lumen area was measured at 14-week. Results The percentage of arota

  14. Alleviation of chronic heat stress in broilers by dietary supplementation of betaine and turmeric rhizome powder: dynamics of performance, leukocyte profile, humoral immunity, and antioxidant status.

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    Akhavan-Salamat, Hossein; Ghasemi, Hossein Ali

    2016-01-01

    Heat stress (HS), one of the most serious climate problems of tropical and subtropical countries, negatively affects the production performance of broilers. Keeping this in view, the current study was aimed at elucidating the effects of supplementing betaine (Bet) and dried turmeric rhizome powder (TRP), either singly or in combination, on growth performance, leukocyte profile, humoral immunity, and antioxidant status in broilers kept under chronic HS. A total of 625 one-day-old Ross male chicks were randomly assigned to five treatment groups (5 replicates of 25 birds per replicate pen). From day 1, the birds were either kept at the thermoneutral zone (TN) or exposed to HS (33 ± 1°C) to the conclusion of study, day 42. THeat stress (HS), one of the most serious climate problems of tropical and subtropical countries, negatively affects the production performance of broilers. Keeping this in view, the current study was aimed at elucidating the effects of supplementing betaine (Bet) and dried turmeric rhizome powder (TRP), either singly or in combination, on growth performance, leukocyte profile, humoral immunity, and antioxidant status in broilers kept under chronic HS. A total of 625 one-day-old Ross male chicks were randomly assigned to five treatment groups (5 replicates of 25 birds per replicate pen). From day 1, the birds were either kept at the thermoneutral zone (TN) or exposed to HS (33 ± 1°C) to the conclusion of study, day 42. The treatment groups were as follows: thermoneutral control (TN-CON), HS-CON, HS-Bet, HS-TRP, and HS-BT (fed Bet and TRP). The results showed that decreases in body weight gain, feed intake, and increases in feed-to-gain ratio and mortality induced by HS were partially restored by dietary supplementation of Bet and TRP. The heterophil/lymphocyte ratio, total, and IgG antibody titers against sheep red blood cell for secondary responses in the HS-TRP and HS-BT groups were also similar to those of the broilers in the TN

  15. Isolation and Induced Expression of Betaine Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Gene from Spinach%菠菜甜菜碱醛脱氢酶基因的分离和诱导表达

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    张宁; 王蒂; 司怀军

    2004-01-01

    植物体内的甜菜碱由胆碱经两步不可逆的氧化反应合成,甜菜碱醛脱氢酶(betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase,BADH)是合成甜菜碱的关键酶,催化甜菜碱醛氧化为甜菜碱。本研究从菠菜叶片中分离了BADH基因,并将该基因与其它植物的BADH序列作了同源性分析,同时,证实了菠菜BADH基因的转录与表达受干旱和盐胁迫的诱导。

  16. A sequential MC/TD-DFT study of the solvatochromic shift of the pyridinium- N-phenoxide betaine dye in water using standard and long-range corrected functionals

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    Oliveira, Leonardo B. A.; Fonseca, Tertius L.; Coutinho, Kaline; Canuto, Sylvio

    2011-10-01

    Solvatochromic shifts of the π-π∗ and n-π∗ transitions for the pyridinium-N-phenoxide [2-(pyridinium-1-yl)phenolate] betaine changing from vacuum to water, have been investigated using Monte Carlo simulations and time-dependent density functional theory schemes using standard and long-range corrected functionals. The classical Boltzmann distribution of the interring twist angle obtained from the calculated free energy agrees with a Car-Parrinello distribution. For the calculated spectral shifts BHandHLYP/6-311+G(2d,p) performs better than the CAM-B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,p) or LC-ωPBE/6-311+G(2d,p) model but the experimental shift is very well reproduced only after the inclusion of solute polarization and proper consideration of the twist geometry relaxation associated with the intramolecular charge transfer.

  17. Ectoine and hydroxyectoine as protectants against osmotic and cold stress: uptake through the SigB-controlled betaine-choline- carnitine transporter-type carrier EctT from Virgibacillus pantothenticus.

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    Kuhlmann, Anne U; Hoffmann, Tamara; Bursy, Jan; Jebbar, Mohamed; Bremer, Erhard

    2011-09-01

    Virgibacillus pantothenticus has been shown to synthesize the compatible solute ectoine in response to high salinity or low growth temperature. We found that exogenously provided ectoine and hydroxyectoine also serve as protectants against these challenges. Transport studies with [(14)C]ectoine revealed that both types of stress induced a high-affinity ectoine uptake activity in V. pantothenticus. By using an Escherichia coli mutant defective in osmoprotectant uptake systems, a functional complementation approach for osmostress resistance in the presence of ectoine was employed to retrieve a gene encoding an ectoine transporter from V. pantothenticus. The cloned gene (ectT) encodes a protein (EctT) that is a member of the BCCT (betaine-choline-carnitine-transporter) family of carriers. Osmoprotection assays demonstrated that the EctT carrier mediates the preferential import of ectoine and hydroxyectoine but also possesses minor uptake activities for the compatible solutes proline and glycine betaine. Northern blot analysis with RNA isolated from V. pantothenticus revealed that a rise in the external osmolality or a reduction in growth temperature strongly increased the transcription of the ectT gene. Primer extension analysis demonstrated that ectT was transcribed under these conditions from a SigB-type promoter. SigB is the master regulator of the general stress regulon of bacilli and provides protection to cells against various challenges, including high salinity and low temperature. Both the synthesis of ectoine and the EctT-mediated uptake of ectoine and hydroxyectoine are triggered by the same environmental cues, high salinity and cold stress, and thereby provide, in a concerted fashion, the protection of V. pantothenticus against these challenges.

  18. A whole-grain cereal-rich diet increases plasma betaine, and tends to decrease total and LDL-cholesterol compared with a refined-grain diet in healthy subjects.

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    Ross, Alastair B; Bruce, Stephen J; Blondel-Lubrano, Anny; Oguey-Araymon, Sylviane; Beaumont, Maurice; Bourgeois, Alexandre; Nielsen-Moennoz, Corine; Vigo, Mario; Fay, Laurent-Bernard; Kochhar, Sunil; Bibiloni, Rodrigo; Pittet, Anne-Cécile; Emady-Azar, Shahram; Grathwohl, Dominik; Rezzi, Serge

    2011-05-01

    Epidemiological studies have repeatedly found that whole-grain (WG) cereal foods reduce the risk of several lifestyle-related diseases, though consistent clinical outcomes and mechanisms are elusive. To compare the effects of a WG-rich diet with a matched refined-grain (RG) diet on plasma biomarkers and bowel health parameters, seventeen healthy subjects (eleven females and six males) completed an exploratory cross-over study with a 2-week intervention diet based on either WG- or RG-based foods, separated by a washout of at least 5 weeks. Both diets were the same except for the use of WG (150 g/d) or RG foods. Subjects undertook a 4 h postprandial challenge on day 8 of each intervention diet. After 2 weeks, the WG diet tended to decrease plasma total and LDL-cholesterol (both P = 0·09), but did not change plasma HDL-cholesterol, fasting glucose, C-reactive protein or homocysteine compared with the RG diet. Plasma betaine and alkylresorcinol concentrations were elevated after 1 week of the WG diet (P = 0·01 and P < 0·0001, respectively). Clostridium leptum populations in faeces were increased after the WG diet, along with a trend for decreased faecal water pH (P = 0·096) and increased stool frequency (P < 0·0001) compared with the RG diet. A short controlled intervention trial with a variety of commercially available WG-based products tended to improve biomarkers of CVD compared with a RG diet. Changes in faecal microbiota related to increased fibre fermentation and increased plasma betaine concentrations point to both fibre and phytochemical components of WG being important in mediating any potential health effects.

  19. 甜菜碱促进小鼠脾淋巴细胞增殖作用的钙通道机制研究%Calcium channel mechanism by which betaine promotes proliferation of lymphocytes in mice

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    季宇彬; 高世勇; 冯小燕; 何立巍

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To study how the way in which betaine promotes the proliferation of mouse spleen lymphocytes is related to calcium channels. Method:BALB/c mice were used for this experiment. Mouse spleen lymphocytes were obtained through in vitro cultivation after they had been separated, and were divided into a negative control group, a ConA group, and 0. 04, 0. 4, 4, and 20 mmol·L~(-1) betaine groups. MTT was used to observe the effect of betaine on the proliferation of mouse spleen lymphocytes; flow cytometry was used to measure the changes in the cell cycle of mouse spleen lymphocytes; and laser confocal scanning microscopy was used to observe the changes in the intracellular [ Ca~(2+) ]; of mouse spleen lymphocytes after betaine or different calcium channel blockers were applied. Result; Betaine was found to promote the proliferation of mouse spleen lymphocytes 12 h after it had been applied in vitro in concentrations of 4 and 20 mmol·L~(-1). It was also found to promote the proliferation of mouse spleen lymphocytes 24 h and 48 h after it had been applied in vitro in concentrations of 0. 04, 0. 4, 4, and 20 mmol·L~(-1), with the effect being most marked for the 4 mmol·L~(-1) group 24 h after its application. It was found to facilitate the entry of mouse spleen lymphocytes from the G_0/G_1 to the S phase 4, 6, 18, and 24 h after it had been applied to mouse spleen lymphocytes in a concentration of 4 mmol·L~(-1) , with the effect being most marked at 18 h after its application. Intracellular [ Ca~(2+) ]; in mouse spleen lymphocytes increased significantly (P < 0.01 ) 6,12, 18 h after 4 mmol·L~(-1) betaine had acted on the lymphocytes, with the effect being most marked at 6 h. The calcium channel blockers nifidipine, dihiazem, mibefradil, and genistein had no effect on the increase of the intracellular [ Ca~(2+) ] ; in mouse spleen lymphocytes due to the application of betaine, while verapamil, mycifradin, heparin, and procaine could block such increase

  20. 2,2‧,2″-Thiotris(acetic acid) betaine, S(CH2COOH)2(CH2COO), and 2,2‧,2″-selenotris(acetic acid) betaine, Se(CH2COOH)2(CH2COO)

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    Doudin, Khalid; Törnroos, Karl W.

    2017-04-01

    The title compounds, X(CH2COOH)2(CH2COO), X = S, 1, and X = Se, 2, have been characterised by FTIR, NMR and MS and by their crystal structures at 123(2) K. The FTIR spectra show two major peaks, at 1396 and 1731 cm-1 in 1 and at 1390 and 1721 cm-1 in 2. The 77Se NMR signal of 2 at 325.5 ppm is 83.4 ppm downfield from the signal of Se(CH2COOH)2 indicating a substantial selenonium character of 2. The two compounds are isostructural and have a pyramidal configuration. The C-X-C bond angles range from 99.29 to 103.14° in 1 and from 97.56 to 99.87° in 2. The Xsbnd Csbnd Cdbnd O torsion angles for the three substituents are most different; one of the carboxylic acid groups attains the anti-conformation with rather short S⋯O(H) and Se⋯O(H) distances, 2.744 and 2.750 Å, the other acid group is synclinal and with longer S⋯Odbnd C and Se⋯Odbnd C distances, 3.063 and 3.090 Å, whereas the carboxylate group is in the Xsbnd Csbnd C plane with X⋯Osbnd C distances of 2.869 and 2.908 Å in 1 and 2. The presence of these strong X⋯O interactions is suggested to be the cause for the very low Bronsted basicity of this class of betaines preventing salts of the corresponding acids, the presently unknown [X(CH2COOH)3]+ - cations, to be isolated. The molecules are linked together with two fairly strong but different hydrogen bonds to the carboxylate oxygen atoms with O⋯O distances of 2.493 and 2.580 Å in 1 and 2.489 and 2.581 Å in 2 and with one X⋯Odbnd C contact, 3.244 Å in 1 and 3.209 Å in 2. The carbonyl oxygen atoms do not participate significantly in intermolecular hydrogen bonding and there are no contacts between the heteroatoms.

  1. Neutron scattering techniques for betaine calcium chloride dihydrate under applied external field (temperature, electric field and hydrostatic pressure); Etude par diffusion de neutrons du chlorure de calcium et de betaine dihydrate sous champ externe applique (temperature, champ electrique et pression hydrostatique)

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    Hernandez, O

    1997-11-17

    We have studied with neutron scattering techniques betaine calcium chloride dihydrate (BCCD), a dielectric aperiodic crystal which displays a Devil`s staircase type phase diagram made up of several incommensurate and commensurate phases, having a range of stability very sensitive to temperature, electric field and hydrostatic pressure. We have measured a global hysteresis of {delta}(T) of about 2-3 K in the two incommensurate phases. A structural study of the modulated commensurate phases 1/4 and 1/5 allows us to evidence that the atomic modulation functions are anharmonic. The relevance of the modelization of the modulated structure by polar Ising pseudo-spins is then directly established. On the basis of group theory calculation in the four dimensional super-space, we interpret this anharmonic modulation as a soliton regime with respect to the lowest-temperature non modulated ferroelectric phase. The continuous character of the transition to the lowest-temperature non modulated phase and the diffuse scattering observed in this phase are accounted for the presence of ferroelectric domains separated by discommensurations. Furthermore, we have shown that X-rays induce in BCCD a strong variation with time of irradiation of the intensity of satellite peaks, and more specifically for third order ones. This is why the `X-rays` structural model is found more harmonic than the `neutron` one. Under electric field applied along the vector b axis, we confirm that commensurate phases with {delta} = even/odd are favoured and hence are polar along this direction. We have evidenced at 10 kV / cm two new higher order commensurate phases in the phase INC2, corroborating the idea of a `complete` Devil`s air-case phase diagram. A phenomenon of generalized coexistence of phases occurs above 5 kV / cm. We have characterized at high field phase transitions between `coexisting` phases, which are distinguishable from classical lock-in transitions. Under hydrostatic pressure, our results

  2. The effect of external betaine on membrane lipid peroxidation of wheat seedling under water stress%外源甜菜碱对干旱胁迫下小麦幼苗膜脂过氧化作用的影响

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    孙文越; 王辉; 黄久常

    2001-01-01

    用PEG4000溶液对小麦(Triticum aestivum L.heimang)幼苗进行胁迫处理和加入外源甜菜碱(Betaine)作同样处理,6、12、18和24 h测定生理变化。结果表明,与对照相比,外源甜菜碱导致小麦幼苗叶片含水量下降,相对膜透性增大,MDA含量升高,SOD和POD活性先降后增,同时脯氨酸大量积累。说明外源甜菜碱对小麦幼苗受伤害程度有明显加深作用。%Using solution of PEG4000 to deal with wheat (Triticum aestivum L.heimang) seedling as control,we add betaine to solution of PEG4000 to deal with wheat seedling for spans of 6 hours,12 hours,18 hours and 24 hours,and determine the physiological changes in leaves of wheat seedling.The results indicated that,making all possible comparisons with control,treating wheat seedling with solution of external betaine and PEG4000 decreased the water content of wheat seedling leaves,increased the membrane relative permeability of wheat seedling leaves;increased the content of MDA of wheat seedling leaves,decreased the activities of SOD and POD of wheat seeding leaves at first,then increased them;at the same time,led to large accumulation of proline of wheat seeding leaves.Conclusively,external betaine can enhances the degree of injury of wheat seedling.

  3. The crystal structure of a ternary complex of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa Provides new insight into the reaction mechanism and shows a novel binding mode of the 2'-phosphate of NADP+ and a novel cation binding site.

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    González-Segura, Lilian; Rudiño-Piñera, Enrique; Muñoz-Clares, Rosario A; Horjales, Eduardo

    2009-01-16

    In the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the NAD(P)(+)-dependent betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (PaBADH) may play the dual role of assimilating carbon and nitrogen from choline or choline precursors--abundant at infection sites--and producing glycine betaine and NADPH, potentially protective against the high-osmolarity and oxidative stresses prevalent in the infected tissues. Disruption of the PaBADH gene negatively affects the growth of bacteria, suggesting that this enzyme could be a target for antibiotic design. PaBADH is one of the few ALDHs that efficiently use NADP(+) and one of the even fewer that require K(+) ions for stability. Crystals of PaBADH were obtained under aerobic conditions in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol, glycerol, NADP(+) and K(+) ions. The three-dimensional structure was determined at 2.1-A resolution. The catalytic cysteine (C286, corresponding to C302 of ALDH2) is oxidized to sulfenic acid or forms a mixed disulfide with 2-mercaptoethanol. The glutamyl residue involved in the deacylation step (E252, corresponding to E268 of ALDH2) is in two conformations, suggesting a proton relay system formed by two well-conserved residues (E464 and K162, corresponding to E476 and K178, respectively, of ALDH2) that connects E252 with the bulk water. In some active sites, a bound glycerol molecule mimics the thiohemiacetal intermediate; its hydroxyl oxygen is hydrogen bonded to the nitrogen of the amide groups of the side chain of the conserved N153 (N169 of ALDH2) and those of the main chain of C286, which form the "oxyanion hole." The nicotinamide moiety of the nucleotide is not observed in the crystal, and the adenine moiety binds in the usual way. A salt bridge between E179 (E195 of ALDH2) and R40 (E53 of ALDH2) moves the carboxylate group of the former away from the 2'-phosphate of the NADP(+), thus avoiding steric clashes and/or electrostatic repulsion between the two groups. Finally, the crystal shows two K(+) binding sites per subunit

  4. 体检人群血清甜菜碱、胆碱水平及其影响因素分析%SERUM LEVELS OF BETAINE AND CHOLINE AND THEIR CORRELATION WITH ANTHROPOMETRIC INDICES AND LIFE STYLE RELATED FACTORS IN PEOPLE UNDERGOING PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

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    陈晓玲; 常颖; 王丽君; 周瑞芬; 刘燕; 朱惠莲

    2015-01-01

    目的胆碱和甜菜碱是体内重要的甲基供体,探讨性别、年龄、体格测量指标、吸烟、饮酒等因素与血清甜菜碱、胆碱水平的关联性,为甜菜碱和胆碱在慢病防治中的应用提供流行病学依据。方法采用问卷调查的方法收集1643例(男1078,女565)体检人群的一般情况和生活行为方式资料,测量身高、体重、腰围、臀围并计算体质指数(body mass index,BMI)和腰臀比率,采用高效液相色谱-串联质谱法检测血清中甜菜碱、胆碱的水平。结果男性血清甜菜碱、胆碱水平分别比女性高16.9%和12.0%;65岁及以上人群血清甜菜碱和胆碱水平显著高于其他年龄组人群;与 BMI、腰围、腰臀比率正常的人群相比,诊断为肥胖的人群血清甜菜碱水平均显著降低,但血清胆碱水平无统计学差异;不饮酒者血清甜菜碱水平高于饮酒者,但只与酒精摄入量≥21g/d 的饮酒者间的差异有统计学意义,血清甜菜碱的水平在不同吸烟状态的人群中无统计学差异,血清胆碱水平在不同吸烟状态及不同酒精摄入量的人群中差异均无统计学意义。结论男性血清胆碱、甜菜碱水平高于女性,中老年人血清胆碱、甜菜碱水平较高,肥胖人群血清甜菜碱水平较低,过量饮酒可能会降低血清甜菜碱的水平。[营养学报,2015,37(3):239-244]%Objective Choline and betaine are major methyl donors. This study investigated the association between serum betaine/choline and gender, age, anthropometric indices,smoking and drinking. Method A questionnaire containing information of general characteristics and lifestyle behavior was used for 1643 participants (1078 males, 565 females). Body weight, height, waist circumference, hip circumference were measured and BMI (body mass index), WHR (waist-to-hip ratio) were calculated. Serum betaine and choline concentrations were assayed by HPLC

  5. Methanococcoides vulcani sp. nov., a marine methylotrophic methanogen that uses betaine, choline and N,N-dimethylethanolamine for methanogenesis, isolated from a mud volcano, and emended description of the genus Methanococcoides.

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    L'Haridon, Stéphane; Chalopin, Morgane; Colombo, Delphine; Toffin, Laurent

    2014-06-01

    A novel, strictly anaerobic, methylotrophic marine methanogen, strain SLH33(T), was isolated from deep sediment samples covered by an orange microbial mat collected from the Napoli Mud Volcano. Cells of strain SLH33(T) were Gram-stain-negative, motile, irregular cocci that occurred singly. Cells utilized trimethylamine, dimethylamine, monomethylamine, methanol, betaine, N,N-dimethylethanolamine and choline (N,N,N-trimethylethanolamine) as substrates for growth and methanogenesis. The optimal growth temperature was 30 °C; maximum growth rate was obtained at pH 7.0 in the presence of 0.5 M Na(+). The DNA G+C content of strain SLH33(T) was 43.4 mol%. Phylogenetic analyses based on 16S rRNA gene sequences placed strain SLH33(T) within the genus Methanococcoides. The novel isolate was related most closely to Methanococcoides methylutens TMA-10(T) (98.8% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity) but distantly related to Methanococcoides burtonii DSM 6242(T) (97.6%) and Methanococcoides alaskense AK-5(T) (97.6%). DNA-DNA hybridization studies indicated that strain SLH33(T) represents a novel species, given that it shared less than 16% DNA-DNA relatedness with Methanococcoides methylutens TMA-10(T). The name Methanococcoides vulcani sp. nov. is proposed for this novel species, with strain SLH33(T) ( = DSM 26966(T) = JCM 19278(T)) as the type strain. An emended description of the genus Methanococcoides is also proposed.

  6. 甜菜碱浸种对盐胁迫下棉花种子发芽及其幼苗生理活性的影响%Effect of Seed Soaking with Different Concentrations of Betain on Germination and Seedling Physiological Properties of Cotton under Salt Stress

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    翟乃家; 刘蔚霞; 乔健; 黄志银

    2012-01-01

    Using the cotton varieties Zhongmian 12 and Zhongmian 19 with different salt tolerance as the materials, the effect of seed soaking with different concentrations of betain on germination and protective enzyme activity in cotton seedlings were studied under salt stress in this paper. The results indicated that salt stress inhibited the germination and root development, but increased the activity of SOD, POD and CAT. Soaking seed with lower concentration of betain could promote the development of roots, and increase the activity of SOD, POD and CAT and the content of praline. The effect was the best when the betain concentration was 600 n^/inl. The two cotton cultivars had the same reaction trends.%以耐盐能力不同的中棉所12号和中棉所19号为材料,研究其在盐胁迫下甜菜碱浸种对棉花种子发芽及其幼苗防御性保护酶活性的影响.结果显示,盐胁迫抑制发芽和幼苗根系发育,但提高幼苗的SOD、POD和CAT活性;甜菜碱浸种,在一定浓度范围内可促进幼苗根系发育,提高其SOD、POD和CAT活性,增加脯氨酸含量,浓度600 μg/ml时最高.两品种对盐胁迫及甜菜碱浸种后的反应一致.

  7. Determination and Taste Evaluation of Betaine Present in Common Aquatic Products from Beibu Gulf in Guangxi%广西北部湾常见水产品中甜菜碱含量测定及呈味效果评价

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    陈德慰; 苏键; 颜栋美; 刘小玲; 林莹

    2011-01-01

    The betaine present in muscles of fresh aquatic products is extracted by water, and determined by method of colorimetry. Taste impact of betaine present in muscles of fresh aquatic products from Beibu Gulf in Guang Xi, was evaluated by taste active values (TAVs) methods. The range of betaine contents in muscles is 2.2~8.0 mg/g, and recoveries of samples is 80%-123%. Equation of linear regression is y=0.148lx-0.0023 (R2=0.9962); linearity range is 0.20~1.00 mg/mL; and the detection limit of the method is 0.02 mg/mL. The TAVs indicated that the betaine present in muscles contributed an obvious sweet taste to these aquatic products (TAVs rather than 1.0), except for Navodon septentrionalis (TAV is 0.9).%采用水提法提取生鲜水产品肌肉中的甜菜碱,然后采用比色法对其含量进行测定,最后采用味道强度值(Taste active value,TAV)评价其呈味作用.测得甜菜碱含量范围为2.2~8.0mg/g,加标回收率为80%~123%,线性回归方程y=0.1481x-0.0023(R2=0.9962),线性范围0.20~1.00mg/mL,方法检出限是0.02mg/mL.除马面鱼中甜菜碱TAV值为0.9之外,其它水产品中的TAV值均大于1.0,TAV结果说明甜菜碱对大多数水产品肌肉呈甜味具有显著作用.

  8. Homocysteine homeostasis in the rat is maintained by compensatory changes in cystathionine β-synthase, betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase, and phosphatidylethanolamine N-methyltransferase gene transcription occurring in response to maternal protein and folic acid intake during pregnancy and fat intake after weaning.

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    Chmurzynska, Agata; Malinowska, Anna M

    2011-07-01

    The reactions of the methionine/homocysteine pathway are mediated by several enzymes, including phosphatidylethanolamine N-methyltransferase, cystathionine β-synthase, and betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase. Homocysteine homeostasis is regulated by these enzymes. We hypothesized here that the protein and folic acid content in the maternal diet affects methionine/homocysteine metabolism in the progeny. To test this hypothesis, pregnant rats were fed a diet with normal protein and normal folic acid levels (a modified casein-based AIN-93G diet), a protein-restricted and normal folic acid diet, a protein-restricted and folic acid-supplemented diet, or a normal protein and folic acid-supplemented diet. The progeny were fed either the modified AIN-93G diet or a high-fat lard-based diet. Progeny were analyzed for expression of the phosphatidylethanolamine N-methyltransferase, cystathionine β-synthase, and betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase genes in the liver and for serum homocysteine concentration. Interactions between prenatal and postnatal nutrition were also determined. The progeny of the dams fed the diets supplemented with folic acid showed decreased expression of all 3 genes (P homocysteine concentrations were approximately 15% higher in the male rats (P homocysteine concentrations.

  9. 甜菜碱对奥尼罗非鱼生长、体脂含量及血清生化指标的影响%Effects of dietary Betaine on growth, fat content and biochemical indexs in blood of tilapia(Oreochromis niloticus × Oreochrmis aureus)

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    朱定贵; 于丹; 陈涛; 战歌; 黄凯; 麻艳群; 杨思华

    2011-01-01

    750 juvenile tilapia( Oreochromis niloticus × Oreochrmis aureu.s ) were randomly allotted to five groups, and were fed diets supplemented with different level Betaine (0、0.15% 、0.30% 、0.45% and 0.60% ) for 65 d to investigate the effects of Betaine on growth, fat content and biochemical indexs of blood of tilapia.The results showed that tilapia' WGR were 19.52%、 16.63% and 21.38% higher than that of control group ( P < 0.05 ) respectively when tilapia feed were added with 0.30% - 0.60% Betaine; FRC reduced by 25.55% 、20.44 % and 29.93% ( P < 0.05 ) respectively; the HSI reduced by 9.29% 、38.57% and 29.29% ( P < 0.05 ); the contents of TG in Tilapia' s plasma reduced by 66.28% 、55.81% and 80.23% (P <0.05) respectively; the activities of AMY in Tilapia' s plasma reduced by 88.78% 、37.59% and 62.41% ( P < 0.05 ); the contents of ALB and TP in Tilapia' s plasma were improved, the contents of CHOL in Tilapia' s plasma reduced; the activities of LDH、 ALT and AST in Tilapia' s plasma reduced respectively.Therefore, under this research condition, it is suggested that the supplement of Betaine in diets of juvenile tilapia was the best at 0.45% ~ 0.60%.%取奥尼罗非鱼(Oreochromis niloticus×Oreochrmis aureus)750尾,随机分为5组,分别饲喂甜菜碱(Betaine)添加量为0、0.15%、0.30%、0.45%和0.60%的饲料,饲养65 d,以研究甜菜碱对奥尼罗非鱼生长、体脂含量及血清生化指标的影响.结果表明:当甜菜碱添加量为0.30%~0.60%时,罗非鱼的增重率较对照组分别提高19.52%、16.63%和21.38%;饲料系数分别降低25.55%、20.44%和29.93%;肝体比降低9.29%、38.57%和29.29%;血清中甘油三酯含量较对照组分别降低66.28%、55.81%和80.23%;淀粉酶活性降低88.78%、37.59%和62.41%;白蛋白和总蛋白含量升高,胆固醇含量显著降低;谷丙转氨酶、谷草转氨酶、乳酸脱氧酶活性均有所降低.在本研究条件下,

  10. 饲粮中添加甜菜碱对断奶仔猪生长性能和血清生化指标的影响%Effects of Betaine on Growth Performance and Serum Biochemical Parameters of Weaner Piglets

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    董冠; 杨维仁; 杨在宾; 姜淑贞; 张桂国; 郭凯

    2012-01-01

    本试验旨在研究饲粮中添加甜菜碱对断奶仔猪生长性能和血清生化指标的影响.选用体重(7.12±0.11)kg断奶后1周的“杜×长×大”仔猪160头,随机分为4组,每组4个重复,每个重复10头.对照组饲喂基础饲粮,试验组分别饲喂在基础饲粮上添加600、900、1 200 mg/kg甜菜碱的试验饲粮.试验期28 d.结果表明,饲粮中添加甜菜碱能够显著提高仔猪的平均日采食量和平均日增重(P<0.05),显著增加血清生长激素和胰岛素样生长因子Ⅰ的含量(P<0.05).600mg/kg甜菜碱显著降低了血清尿素氮和低密度脂蛋白含量(P<0.05).但饲粮中添加甜菜碱对血清中总蛋白、白蛋白、甘油三酯、胆固醇、高密度脂蛋白含量和代谢酶的活性无显著影响(P>0.05).由此可见,饲粮中添加甜菜碱可以提高断奶仔猪的生长性能,促进蛋白质的沉积和脂肪代谢,其中以添加量600 mg/kg效果最好.%This experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary betaine on growth performance and serum biochemical parameters of weaner piglets. A total of 160 "Duroc x Yorkshire x Landrace" weaner piglets with an average body weight of(7.12±0.11) kg were randomly divided into 4 groups with 4 replicates per group and 10 piglets in each replicate. Piglets in control group were fed a basal diet, and the others in experimental groups were fed the basal diet supplemented with 600, 900 and 1 200 mg/kg betaine, respectively. The experiment lasted for 28 days. The results showed as follows: supplementation of betaine could significantly improve average daily feed intake and average daily gain (P 0. 05). In conclusion, supplementation of betaine can improve growth performance of weaner piglets, promote protein deposition and fat metabolism, and the optimum supplemental level of betaine is 600 mg/kg.

  11. Effects of Exogenous Glycine Betaine on Oxidation Metabolism in Cucumbers during Low-temperature Storage%外源甜菜碱处理对黄瓜冷藏期间活性氧代谢的影响

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    许丽; 陈湘宁; 张海英; 韩涛; 王富贵

    2015-01-01

    Objective] This study aimed to analyze the effects of different concentra-tions of glycine betaine (GB) on oxidation metabolism in cucumbers under low-tem-perature stress and to investigate the possible mechanism of low-temperature resis-tance in cucumber during low-temperature storage. [Method] Cucumber cultivar Zhongnong No.8 was treated with 0, 5, 10 and 15 mmol/L GB solutions for 15 min and stored at 4 ℃. Changes in oxidative metabolism-related parameters were ob-served. [Result] Increasing exogenous GB concentration could enhance GB content in cucumbers, decline lipoxygenase (LOX) activity, improve peroxidase (POD) and catalase (CAT) activities, remove effectively hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and reduce the accumulation of malondialdehyde (MDA). [Conclusion] Treating cucumbers with 10 mmol/L GB exhibited the most remarkable effect.%[目的]研究不同浓度的外源甜菜碱(GB)处理对低温胁迫下黄瓜抗氧化作用的影响,探讨甜菜碱对黄瓜抗冷性作用的机理。[方法]以“中农8号”黄瓜为试材,分别用浓度0、5、10、15 mmol/L的甜菜碱浸泡黄瓜15 min,置于4℃条件贮藏。[结果]外源甜菜碱处理提高了黄瓜甜菜碱含量,降低果实中脂氧合酶(LOX)活性、增强过氧化物酶(POD)和过氧化氢酶(CAT)活性并有效清除过氧化氢(H2O2)、减少丙二醛(MDA)积累。[结论]以10 mmol/L甜菜碱处理黄瓜效果最为明显。

  12. Effect of spraying glycine betaine on physiological responses of processing tomato under drought stress%干旱胁迫条件下加工番茄对喷施甜菜碱的生理响应

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    高雁; 李春; 娄恺

    2012-01-01

    The widely cultivated processing tomato, Tunhe No. 8, was selected to study the effect of glycine betaine (GB) on processing tomato under drought stress(D) in Xinjiang. In the leaves of processing tomato, the contents chlorophyll and protein are declined, while the contents of proline and soluble sugar are increased, and antioxidant enzyme activities are enhanced by spraying GB under drought stress. In the presence of exogenous GB, there is a diminution in the content of MDA (membrane lipid peroxidation ). The beneficial effects of GB treatments in adaptation to drought stress in processing tomato plants are evident from the increase in the overall yield. Thus application of GB is recommended for plants growing in water-deficient soils.%以新疆广泛种植的加工番茄屯河8号为材料,通过盆栽和田间试验,测定了加工番茄叶片中叶绿素、可溶性蛋白、脯氨酸、可溶性糖和丙二醛含量以及抗氧化酶[超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)、过氧化氢酶(CAT)、过氧化物酶(POD)]活性和加工番茄产量,研究了干旱胁迫下加工番茄对叶面喷施不同浓度甜菜碱的生理响应。结果表明,干旱胁迫下喷施低浓度甜菜碱对加工番茄抵御干旱有一定的作用。干旱胁迫下喷施甜菜碱后,有效抑制了叶绿素和可溶性蛋白含量的下降,协同增加脯氨酸和可溶性糖的含量,抗氧化酶活性也显著增强,膜脂过氧化程度减弱即丙二醛含量下降,田间试验各生理指标的含量变化与盆栽结果相类似,干旱胁迫下喷施甜菜碱促进了加工番茄产量的增加。

  13. 甜菜碱对生长肥育猪体脂重分配的作用及机理研究%EFFECT OF BETAINE ON REPARTITION OF CARCASS FAT IN GROWING AND FINISHING PIGS AND APPROACH TO IT’S MECHANISM

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    汪以真; 许梓荣

    2001-01-01

    Two trials were conducted to investigate the effect of feeding betaine on the deposition of subcutaneous fat,carcass fat and the contents of intramusclar fat of the growing and finishing pigs and approach to mechanism of the effect by feeding experiment,determination of carcass,and liver,muscle and serum sample analysis.Trial 1 examined the effect of betaine supplementation (1000 mg/kg of diet) to the growing pigs.Forty-eight pigs(Duroc×Landrace×Yorkshire,20 kg initially) were allotted to two treatments set with three replicate pens per treatments by weight and sex.Trial 2 examined the effect of feeding betaine (1500 mg/kg of diet) to the finishing pigs.Sixty pigs (Duroc×Landrace×Yorkshire,60 kg initially) were allotted to two treatments set with three replicate pens per treatments by weight and sex.The results showed that betaine supplementation increased the ADG of growing pigs by 13.20%(P<0.05),decreased the FCR by 7.93%(P<0.05),decreased the mean backfat depth of the growing and finishing pigs by 14.82%(P<0.05) and 14.93%(P<0.05),decreased the percentage of dissected fat of carcass by 5.76%(P>0.05) and 11.51%(P<0.05),increased the contents of intramusclar fat in longissimus dorsi(LD) of the growing and finishing pigs by 36.00%(P<0.01) and 17.66%(P<0.05) respectively.The serum analysis indicated that betaine supplementation increased the lipase activity of the growing pig and finishing pigs by 10.49%(P<0.05) and 7.50%(P=0.06),increased the FFA contents of growing and finishing pigs by 20.16%(P<0.05) and 13.43%(P<0.05) respectively.In addition,the contents of free carnitine in liver of the growing and finishing pigs fed betaine increased by 20.68%(P<0.05) and 23.53%(P<0.05) respectively.The contents of acid-insoluble carnitine,the ratio

  14. Estresse salino associado à aplicação exógena de espermidina no acúmulo de glicina betaína em Guandu Salt stress associated to exogenous spermidine application on the accumulation of glycine betaine in pigeonpea

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    Moacir Vinícius Pereira Destro

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi verificar o efeito do estresse salino associado à aplicação exógena de espermidina (Spd nos genótipos de guandu, IAC Fava Larga e Caqui, no acúmulo de glicina betaína (GB, visando propor a sua utilização como marcador bioquímico-fisiológico à salinidade. O experimento foi instalado na Unesp, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, em Jaboticabal (SP, no período de outubro a novembro de 2005, conduzido em sala de crescimento, com irradiância de 190 µmol m-2 s-1, fotoperíodo de 12 horas, temperatura de 25ºC e U.R. de 40%. A semeadura foi realizada em areia estéril, com adequado suprimento hídrico. Após 10 dias, as plântulas foram transferidas para solução nutritiva por 20 dias para aclimatação. A seguir, as plântulas foram alocadas nos tratamentos, sendo utilizado o delineamento experimental em blocos casualizados em esquema fatorial 2 x 2 x 4 com os fatores genótipos (IAC Fava Larga e Caqui, Spd (0,0 e 0,5 mM e estresse salino (0, 20, 60 e 80 mM de NaCl. Após 20 dias sob estresse, foram determinados os teores de GB. Pelos resultados obtidos, a GB pode ser indicada como um marcador bioquímico-fisiológico do estresse salino para o 'IAC Fava Larga'.This study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of salt stress associated to exogenous spermidine (Spd application on the accumulation of glycine betaine in the pigeonpea genotypes IAC Fava Larga and Caqui. The use of this compatible osmolyte as a biochemical-physiological indicator of salinity was also evaluated. The experiment was carried out at Unesp, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, in Jaboticabal (SP, from October to November 2005, in a grow room with irradiance of 190 µmol m-2 s-1, photoperiod of 12 hours, temperature set to 25 ºC and the RH to 40%. Seeds were sowed in sterile sand with adequate water supply. After 10 days, seedlings were transferred to nutritive solution during 20 days for acclimation

  15. 海马齿甜菜碱醛脱氢酶基因克隆、高效表达及酶学特性分析%Cloning, Expression, and Enzymatic Characteristics of Betaine Aldehyde De-hydrogenase Gene inSesuvium portulacastrum L.

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    喻时周; 杨成龙; 郭建春; 段瑞军

    2016-01-01

    在许多渗透调节剂中,甜菜碱是最理想的有机小分子渗透调节物质。甜菜碱在植物体内大量积累不会带来危害,同时能提高植物对环境胁迫的抗性。将海马齿中克隆到的甜菜碱醛脱氢酶基因构建到表达载体pET-28a(+)上,获得重组载体pET-SpBADH并将其成功地转化到BL21(DE3)中得到重组工程菌,经IPTG诱导能高效表达55 kD目的蛋白,表达量可以达到301µg mL–1。酶学特征分析表明,该蛋白最适pH值为7.2,在偏碱条件下能维持较高的催化活性; SpBADH蛋白对高温敏感,且温度对催化活性影响较大,超过55℃时酶活性只有20%,最适酶催化活性温度为37℃;而有机小分子醇类对酶的催化活性有保护作用,可以通过自身特征维持酶催化活性的微环境。%Among many osmotic materials, glycine betaine is a best organic micro-molecular, and functionally works for osmotic regulation in plants, which is non-toxic to plant growth. A lot of glycine betaine accumulatedin plant can enhance the resistance of plants to environmental stresses. In the study, a full-length sequence of betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase gene fromSesuvium portulacastrum was ligated with the vector pET-[28a](+), named pET-SpBADH, and successfully transformed into BL21(DE3) to obtain the corresponding recombinant engineering bacteria, which could highly express 55 kD protein induced by IPTG, with the expression level to 301 µg mL–1. The purified protein was obtained, showing the optimum pH value of 7.2, and maintain high catalytic activity the enzyme under slightly alkaline conditions. SpBADH protein very sensitive to high temperature effected the enzyme activity, with the optimum temperature to 37℃. The enzyme activity was only 20% when temperature was over 55℃. The small organic molecules of the reveral compounds of alcohol had a protective effect on the catalytic activity of the enzyme. The microenvironment of catalytic activity could be

  16. The Crystal Structure of a Ternary Complex of Betaine Aldehyde Dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa Provides New Insight Into the Reaction Mechansim and Shows A Novel Binding Mode of the 2'-Phosphate of NADP+ and A Novel Cation Binding Site

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    Gonzalez-Segura, L.; Rudino-Pinera, E; Munoz-Clares, R; Horjales, E

    2009-01-01

    In the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the NAD(P)+-dependent betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (PaBADH) may play the dual role of assimilating carbon and nitrogen from choline or choline precursors-abundant at infection sites-and producing glycine betaine and NADPH, potentially protective against the high-osmolarity and oxidative stresses prevalent in the infected tissues. Disruption of the PaBADH gene negatively affects the growth of bacteria, suggesting that this enzyme could be a target for antibiotic design. PaBADH is one of the few ALDHs that efficiently use NADP+ and one of the even fewer that require K+ ions for stability. Crystals of PaBADH were obtained under aerobic conditions in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol, glycerol, NADP+ and K+ ions. The three-dimensional structure was determined at 2.1-A resolution. The catalytic cysteine (C286, corresponding to C302 of ALDH2) is oxidized to sulfenic acid or forms a mixed disulfide with 2-mercaptoethanol. The glutamyl residue involved in the deacylation step (E252, corresponding to E268 of ALDH2) is in two conformations, suggesting a proton relay system formed by two well-conserved residues (E464 and K162, corresponding to E476 and K178, respectively, of ALDH2) that connects E252 with the bulk water. In some active sites, a bound glycerol molecule mimics the thiohemiacetal intermediate; its hydroxyl oxygen is hydrogen bonded to the nitrogen of the amide groups of the side chain of the conserved N153 (N169 of ALDH2) and those of the main chain of C286, which form the 'oxyanion hole.' The nicotinamide moiety of the nucleotide is not observed in the crystal, and the adenine moiety binds in the usual way. A salt bridge between E179 (E195 of ALDH2) and R40 (E53 of ALDH2) moves the carboxylate group of the former away from the 2?-phosphate of the NADP+, thus avoiding steric clashes and/or electrostatic repulsion between the two groups. Finally, the crystal shows two K+ binding sites per subunit. One is

  17. 共固定甘氨酸甜菜碱与植物乳杆菌在高盐稀态酱油酿造中的应用%Co-immobilized glycine betaine with Lactobacillus plantarum used for the fermentation of high salt liquid-state soy sauce

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    潘海朋; 吴惠玲; 魏鲁宁; 袁国新; 颜喆; 成姗; 刘秉杰; 杨益衡; 余德民

    2013-01-01

    报道了甘氨酸甜菜碱对高渗条件下植物乳杆菌(Lactobacillus plantarum YSQ18)形态的影响,并研究了甜菜碱与乳杆菌共固定化技术对提高高盐稀态酿造酱油蛋白质转化率、缩短酱油发酵周期等的作用.利用包埋法将甜菜碱与乳杆菌制成共固定化颗粒,加入酱醪自然发酵.电镜观察显示,外源添加甜菜碱时,处在高盐环境的植物乳杆菌YSQ18生长良好,细胞形态与正常培养相近.发酵结果表明,共固定化组氨基酸态氮、全氮相比空白组分别增加0.234 g/100 mL和0.358 g/100 mL.氨基酸态氮生成率和蛋白质转化率比空白组分别提高1.7%和6.7%,比单独固定乳杆菌和添加游离乳杆菌与甜菜碱的实验组平均提前约1周时间达到发酵终点,与空白组相比提前幅度更为明显.因此,该共固定化技术在酱油酿造中具有较好的应用价值.%The effects of glycine betaine (GB) (one of compatible solutes) on the morphology of Lactobacillus plantarum under high osmotic pressure were studied.Co-immobilized GB with lactic acid bacterium,Lactobacillus plantarum,were used in a pilot scale high salt liquid-state soy sauce fermentation process to improve the conversion rate of the protein and shorten the fermentation period.The embedding method of sodium alginate was conducted for the co-immobilizing of GB and lactic acid bacterium into particles which was added to the fermented soy sauce mash,and measured the total acid and amino acid during the fermentation process.It was showed by electron microscopy that Lactobacillus plantarum with GB grew well under high salt condition,and the cell morphology was similar to the one with normal culture.The soy sauce pilot showed that,compared to the normal control group,the amino acid nitrogen of the co-immobilized group increased 0.234 g/100mL,the total nitrogen content increased 0.358 g/100mL,and the amino acid conversion and protein utilization increased by 1.7% and 6.7

  18. Investigation on Vesicles Formation by Mixture of Amphoteric Surfactant Cocoamidopropyl Betaine and Conjugated Linoleic Acid%两性表面活性剂椰油酰胺丙基甜菜碱与共轭亚油酸复合形成囊泡的研究

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    梁潇丹; 方云

    2016-01-01

    脂肪酸是一种具有较好生物相容性和低毒性的表面活性物质,在水溶液中可以自组装成多种聚集体,如胶束、囊泡和层状结构。在pKa附近质子化的脂肪酸与去质子化的脂肪酸皂可以通过氢键作用形成脂肪酸囊泡(FAV),FAV的中空壳核结构能够包埋活性分子,可以作为包埋缓释体应用于洗涤、药物、食品等领域。本实验将两性表面活性剂椰油酰胺丙基甜菜碱(CAB-35)添加到脂肪酸中,可以与脂肪酸复合形成囊泡,不改变原有脂肪酸囊泡的形貌及粒径大小,但是加入一定量时可以拓宽脂肪酸囊泡的pH窗口,将其扩张到中性至弱酸性环境,这将有利于脂肪酸囊泡在家用清洁和个人护理用品等领域的应用。%Fatty acid, a kind of surface active substance that has good biocompatibility and low toxicity, can self-assemble into a variety of aggregations, such as micel e, vesicle and layered structure, when contacting with water. Fatty acid vesicles (FAVs) are formed near the pKa where the non-ionized form is equal to the ionized form (the negatively charged soap) according to hydrogen-bond interaction. FAVs with a hol ow core-shel structure can entrap reactive molecules, so they can be used as the embedding slow-release body in washing, medicine, food and other fields.This paper found that vesicles were stil formed by mixture of amphoteric surfactant cocoamidopropyl betaine (CAB-35) and conjugated linoleic acid, and the morphology and particle size of fatty acid vesicles were not changed. Also, we succeeded in migrating and extending the pH window to create a neural or mild acid environmentby adding appropriate amount of CAB-35 to the fatty acid. This wil be conducive to fatty acid vesicles applied in household cleaning and personal care products.

  19. Effect of Branched Cationic and Betaine Surfactants on the Wettability of a Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Surface%支链化阳离子和甜菜碱表面活性剂对聚四氟乙烯表面润湿性的影响

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    元福卿; 刘丹丹; 郭兰磊; 祝仰文; 徐志成; 黄建滨; 张磊; 张路

    2015-01-01

    The adsorption mechanism and wetting properties of aqueous solutions of branched cationic surfactants, hexadecanol glycidyl ether ammonium chloride (C16GPC), and zwitterionic surfactant, hexadecanol glycidyl ether glycine betaine (C16GPB) on a poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) surface were investigated using sessile drop analysis. The influences of surfactant concentration on surface tension, contact angle, adhesional tension, PTFE-solution interfacial tension, and adhesion work were expounded. The results indicate that branched surfactant molecules lie paral el to the PTFE surface through hydrophobic interactions between the multi methylene groups of the alkyl chain and the solid surface below the critical micel e concentration (cmc). C16GPC and C16GPB molecules stil adsorb onto PTFE because of the marked hindrance of branched chains to the formation of micel es above the cmc. The methylene group interactions with PTFE decrease and C16GPC and C16GPB molecules become straightened on the solid surface, which results in a clear decrease in PTFE-solution interfacial tension (γsl). For branched surfactants, an abrupt decrease in contact angle appears above the cmc.%利用座滴法研究了支链化阳离子表面活性剂十六烷基羟丙基氯化铵(C16GPC)和两性离子表面活性剂十六烷基羧酸甜菜碱(C16GPB)在聚四氟乙烯(PTFE)表面上的吸附机制和润湿性质,考察了表面活性剂浓度对表面张力、接触角、粘附张力、固液界面张力和粘附功的影响趋势。研究发现,低浓度条件下,表面活性剂疏水支链的多个亚甲基基团与PTFE表面发生相互作用,分子以平躺的方式吸附到固体界面;支链化表面活性剂形成胶束的阻碍较大,浓度大于临界胶束浓度(cmc)时, C16GPC和C16GPB分子在固液界面上继续吸附,与PTFE作用的亚甲基基团减少,分子逐渐直立,固液界面自由能(γsl)明显降低。对于支链化的阳离子和甜菜碱分子

  20. Determination of betaine in betaine feed additive and betaine premix by colorimetry%比色法测定甜菜碱和甜菜碱预混剂中甜菜碱的含量

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    胡彩虹; 夏枚生

    2001-01-01

    采用比色法,对甜菜碱和甜菜碱预混剂中甜菜碱含量进行测定并寻找了最佳测定条件.甜菜碱浓度在0.25mg/ml~1.5mg/ml内符合比尔定律(r=0.999 8,n=6).相对标准偏差为0.28%~0.63%,回收率为98.6%~100.3%.

  1. Charakterisierung der molekularen Determinanten zur hochaffinen Bindung der kompatiblen Soluten Glycin Betain, Prolin Betain, Ectoin und Hydroxyectoin durch Substratbindeproteine von bakteriellen ABC-Transportern

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    Sohn-Bösser, Linda

    2006-01-01

    Die Akkumulation von kompatiblen Soluten ist ein weit verbreiteter Schutzmechanismus gegen variierende Umweltbedingungen und wird in vielen Spezies der Bacteria und Archaea verwendet. Das einige kompatible Solute nicht nur osmoprotektive Wirkung haben, sondern generell Protein-stabilisierende Substanzen sind, ist durch in vitro Experimente belegt. Der Protein-stabilisierende Effekt wird in dem „preferential exclusion model“ beschr...

  2. Betaine: a potential agent for the treatment of hepatopathy associated with short bowel syndrome.

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    Teixeira Araújo, Guilherme; Domenici, Fernanda; Elias, Jorge; Vannucchi, Hélio

    2014-06-01

    Introducción: La hepatopatía asociada con el síndrome del intestino corto (SIC) es una enfermedad multifactorial asociada con un mal pronóstico. Además de trasplante intestinal, ningún otro tratamiento ha demostrado ser eficaz. El actual estudio evaluó la eficacia de la betaína para el tratamiento de la hepatopatía asociada a la SIC. Métodos: Fue realizado un estudio prospectivo, unicéntrico, no controlado con placeb. Después de la evaluación inicial, 10 g de betaína anhidra fue administrado a pacientes con SIC en dos dosis divididas durante tres meses. La esteatosis hepática se evaluó a través de resonancia magnética nuclear (RMN), la respuesta inflamatoria por la interleucina-6 (IL-6), factor de necrosis tumoral-(TNF-) y la ferritina, además de la lesión hepática por medio de enzimas hepáticas y de la bilirrubina. Además, el efecto de la betaína sobre la homocisteína fue evaluada así como su seguridad y tolerabilidad en este grupo de pacientes. Resultados: Después de la administración de la betaína por tres meses, los pacientes mostraron disminución de la porcentaje de grasa hepática (p = 0,03) demosntrado por examen de RMN trifásico. No hubo una reducción significativa de los niveles séricos de proteínas inflamatorias y marcadores de lesión hepática. La homocisteína también no presentó disminución significativa. Los efectos secundarios más frecuentes fueron diarrea y náuseas, presentado en 62% de los participantes, sin embargo, estos síntomas fueron transitorios y no lo suficientemente graves como para justificar la interrupción del tratamiento. Pacientes dependientes de nutrición parenteral no presentaron diferentes grados de lesión hepática en comparación con los pacientes que no necesitan el uso prolongado de la misma. Conclusiones: La betaína demostró ser un agente potencial para el tratamiento de la hepatopatía asociada a la SIC, que se evidenció mediante RMN, a pesar de los marcadores de lesión hepática no presentaron disminución significativa.

  3. Preparation and Reactions of Pyridinium Ylids via Decarboxylation of Pyridinium Betaines

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    2002-01-01

    Pyridinium ylids 4 were generated as reaction intermediates from the decarboxylation of pyridinium bctaincs 3, which were preparcd from the reactions of x-amino acid ester hydrochlorides with 2, 4,6-triphenylpyrylium tetrafluoroborate. Protonation, addition and substitution reactions of 4 with electrophiles werc studied in this paper.

  4. 虫草/甜菜碱复合饲料营养液的HPLC分析%Determination of Cordyceps and Betaine in Cordyceps Sinensis/Betaine Multiple Feed Nutriment by HPLC

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    翟睿; 张品; 董婧

    2010-01-01

    虫草/甜菜碱复合饲料营养液可以作为一种饲料添加剂加入饲料中,其不仅可以大大提高饲料中营养成分,还可以促进动物的摄食行为,使动物在短期内获得更多营养.为便于从饲料中检测出此营养液,本文发展了一种测定饲料中虫草发酵废液和甜菜碱含量的方法.该法可以很好的同时分离甜菜碱与虫草发酵废液中各组分.

  5. Proton glass behaviour in a solid solution of gamma-irradiated deuterated betaine phosphate sub 0 sub . sub 1 sub 5 betaine phosphite sub 0 sub . sub 8 sub 5

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    Banys, J; Klimm, C; Voelkel, G; Kloepperpieper, A

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    Measurements of the dielectric permittivity are reported for a deuterated solid solution of gamma-irradiated antiferroelectric (betainephosphate) sub 0 sub . sub 1 sub 5 ferroelectric (betainephosphite) sub 0 sub . sub 8 sub 5 at frequencies 20 H sub Z

  6. Patent Retrieval in Chemistry based on Semantically Tagged Named Entities

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    2009-11-01

    their corresponding synonyms. An ex- ample query for TS-15 is: (" Betaine " OR "Glycine betaine " OR "Glycocol betaine " OR "Glycylbetaine" OR ...) AND...task in an automatic way based on noun- phrase detection incorporating the OpenNLP chun- 3 Informative Term Synonyms Source Betaine Glycine betaine ...Glycocol betaine , Glycylbetaine etc. ATC Peripheral Artery Disease Peripheral Artery Disorder, Peripheral Arterial Disease etc. MeSH Diels-Alder reaction

  7. NMR-based metabonomics reveals that plasma betaine increases upon intake of high-fiber rye buns in hypercholesterolemic pigs

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    Bertram, Hanne Christine S.; Malmendal, Anders; Nielsen, Niels Chr

    2009-01-01

    of diet on the plasma metabolite profile, and partial least squares regression discriminant analysis on the spectra revealed that the intensity of the spectral region at 3.29 ppm dominated the differentiation between the two diets, as the rye diet was associated with higher spectral intensity...

  8. Acute effect of folic acid, betaine, and serine supplements on flow-mediated dilation after methionine loading: A randomized trial

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    Olthof, M.R.; Bots, M.L.; Katan, M.B.; Verhoef, P.

    2006-01-01

    Objectives: We investigated whether reducing post-methionine homocysteine concentrations via various treatments other than folic acid affects vascular function, as measured through flow-mediated dilation (FMD) of the brachial artery. High fasting and post-methionine homocysteine concentrations are a

  9. Pretreatment of the yeast antagonist, Candida oleophila with glycine betaine increases oxidative stress tolerance in the microenvironment of apple wounds

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    In response to wounding, harvested fruit tissues of apple and citrus exhibit the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS production is greater when yeast antagonists used as biocontrol agents are applied in the wounds. These phenomena result in an oxidative stress environment for the yeas...

  10. Preparation of Cocoamidopropyl Betaine Directly from Coconut Oil%用椰子油直接制备椰油酰胺丙基甜菜碱

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    钱初洪

    2004-01-01

    介绍了用椰子油制备椰油酰胺丙基甜菜碱的方法,并用高氯酸电位滴定法对其活性物含量进行了测定;考查了反应物物质的量比及反应时间对活性物含量的影响.结果表明:在椰子油与N,N-二甲氨基丙胺的物质的量比是1:1.04、氯乙酸加入量为1.03mol、缩合反应时间和季铵化反应时间分别为8h和6h的情况下,产品中活性物含量达32%,可获得最佳反应结果.

  11. Structural, spectroscopic and theoretical studies of short OHO hydrogen bonds in 2:1 complexes of 1-methyl-6-oxyquinolinium betaine with mineral acids

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    Barczyński, P.; Komasa, A.; Ratajczak-Sitarz, M.; Katrusiak, A.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Szafran, M.

    2010-12-01

    Bis(1-methyl-6-oxyquinolinium) hydroiodide, (6QB) 2HI ( 1), has been characterized by X-ray diffraction, B3LYP calculations, FTIR and NMR spectroscopy. The complex crystallizes in triclinic P1¯ space group. A pair of 6QB molecules is bridged by the O·H·O hydrogen bond of 2.450(2) Å. The anion I - electrostatically interacts with both positively charged nitrogen atoms of the neighboring 6QB molecules. The isolated entities of the complex were analyzed at the B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level of theory in order to determine the influence of counter ions (X - = I -, Br -, Cl - and ClO4-) on the hydrogen bond in (6QB) 2HX ( 2- 5). The FTIR spectra of (6QB) 2HI and (6QB) 2HClO 4 show a broad and intense absorption in the 1500-400 cm -1 region, typical for short hydrogen bonds. Both 1H and 13C chemical shifts depend on the acid-base stoichiometry and counter ions.

  12. Growth and characterization of {beta}-In N films on Mg O: the key role of a {beta}-Ga N buffer layer in growing cubic In N

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    Navarro C, H.; Perez C, M.; Rodriguez, A. G.; Lopez L, E.; Vidal, M. A. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Coordinacion para la Innovacion y la Aplicacion de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia, Alvaro Obregon 64, 78000 San Luis Potosi (Mexico)

    2012-07-01

    Cubic In N samples were grown on Mg O (001) substrates by gas source molecular beam epitaxy. In general, we find that In N directly deposited onto the Mg O substrate results in polycrystalline or columnar films of hexagonal symmetry. We find that adequate conditions to grow the cubic phase of this compound require the growth of an initial cubic Ga N buffer interlayer ({beta}-t Ga N) on the Mg O surface. Subsequently, the growth conditions were optimized to obtain good photoluminescence (Pl) emission. The resultant In N growth is mostly cubic, with very small hexagonal inclusions, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy studies. Good crystalline quality requires that the samples to be grown under rich Indium metal flux. The cubic {beta}-t In N/Ga N/Mg O samples exhibit a high signal to noise ratio for Pl at low temperatures (20 K). The Pl is centered at O.75 eV and persist at room temperature. (Author)

  13. 甜菜碱在果树胁迫中的作用%The Resistance Functions of Betaine in Fruit Trees Under Stress Environment

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    许培磊; 艾军; 李晓红; 王振兴; 张庆田; 秦红艳

    2012-01-01

    甜菜碱是一种非毒性渗透调节物质,对维持逆境胁迫下果树的代谢和生存具有重要的生理意义,系统讨论了甜菜碱在植物胁迫条件下的作用机制.由于并非所有植物在胁迫条件下会产生内源甜菜碱,因此外源甜菜碱使植物获得抗性的研究受到广泛关注.现对不同途径添加外源甜菜碱在果树抗逆过程中所起的作用进行举例说明,试图为增强果树的抗逆性提供新的技术措施.

  14. Application of Salt Substitute Betaine in Reactive Dyeing%甜菜碱代盐剂在活性染料染色中的应用

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    宋明姝; 闵志伟; 蔡晔然; 马玢

    2015-01-01

    活性染料采用传统工艺染色时,加入大量的无机盐导致水质污染,采用代盐剂甜菜碱,模拟活性染料常规浸染工艺,通过测试染色织物的固色率及表面色深K/S值,分别确定三种不同种类活性染料的甜菜碱用量及染液浴比.在低污染的染整加工前提下,棉织物活性染料甜菜碱低盐染色效果与常规浸染效果基本相当.

  15. Deletion of the betaine-GABA transporter (BGT1; slc6a12) gene does not affect seizure thresholds of adult mice

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    Lehre, A C; Rowley, N M; Zhou, Y

    2011-01-01

    of the GAT1 by the clinically available anti-epileptic drug tiagabine has been an effective strategy for the treatment of some patients with partial seizures. Recently, the investigational drug EF1502, which inhibits both GAT1 and BGT1, was found to exert an anti-convulsant action synergistic...

  16. Les dérivés tensioactifs de la glycine bétaïne : méthodes de synthèse et potentialités d'utilisation

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    Nsimba, ZF.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Glycine betaine surfactant derivatives: synthesis methods and potentialities of use. The term "betaine" is used to refer to the glycine betaine, but also its derivatives and an organic compound carrying a quaternary nitrogen. Glycine betaine is an amphoteric small compound, very polar that acts as osmoprotectant in plants and protective agent of the liver, of the heart and of the vessels in human. In order to exploit its numerous effects, researchers synthesized surfactant derivatives including alkylbetaines, alkylamidobetaines, betainates (esters of glycine betaine monomers, geminis and bolaforms and betainamides (amides of glycine betaine. Alkylbetaines and alkylamidobetaines are produced on the industrial scale and are used as amphoteric surfactants in cosmetics. They are less irritating compared to sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS. Betainates and betainamides are produced on laboratory scale. Betainates monomers are more biodegradable than the current esters while betainates geminis and bolaforms present respectively surface and membrane activities more interesting compared to their analogous monomers. Only the chemical way is used until now for their synthesis.

  17. Ectoine and Hydroxyectoine as Protectants against Osmotic and Cold Stress: Uptake through the SigB-Controlled Betaine-Choline- Carnitine Transporter-Type Carrier EctT from Virgibacillus pantothenticus ▿

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    Kuhlmann, Anne U.; Hoffmann, Tamara; Bursy, Jan; Jebbar, Mohamed; Bremer, Erhard

    2011-01-01

    Virgibacillus pantothenticus has been shown to synthesize the compatible solute ectoine in response to high salinity or low growth temperature. We found that exogenously provided ectoine and hydroxyectoine also serve as protectants against these challenges. Transport studies with [14C]ectoine revealed that both types of stress induced a high-affinity ectoine uptake activity in V. pantothenticus. By using an Escherichia coli mutant defective in osmoprotectant uptake systems, a functional compl...

  18. 水分胁迫对几种果树甜菜碱含量的影响%Effects of Water-stress on Betaine Content in Several Fruit Trees

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    马双艳; 姜远茂; 彭福田; 孙建义

    2003-01-01

    以桃、草莓、板栗和苹果4个树种为试材,测定水分胁迫下其叶片、茎以及根中甜菜碱含量,结果表明:在正常供水条件下,各树种的叶片、茎和根中都有一定量的甜菜碱,不同树种、同一树种的不同部位甜菜碱的含量均不同,其中板栗的甜菜碱含量最高,苹果的含量最低;叶片的甜菜碱含量最高,根部的含量最低.水分胁迫下,各树种的甜菜碱含量都显著增加,但变化幅度不同.甜菜碱含量的变化依胁迫程度而不同.

  19. Modified cetyl betaine surfactants in personal care%改性十六烷基甜菜碱表面活性剂在个人护理品中的应用

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    Susan X M Dong; Branko Sajic; Anatoly Dameshek; 谢文炳

    2012-01-01

    开发了一种温和的源自天然原料的表面活性剂。它能够与各种水溶助长性表面活性剂复配并有效地提高护发和护肤产品的温和性、黏度及发泡性。%Stepan researchers have developed a mild surfactant, derived from natural feedstocks, that works effectively with various hydrotropic surfactants to improve viscosity, foaming and mildness in hair and skin care products.

  20. NMR-based metabonomic studies reveal changes in the biochemical profile of plasma and urine from pigs fed high fibre rye bread

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    Bertram, Hanne C.; Bach Knudsen, Knud E.; Serena, Anja;

    2006-01-01

    could be ascribed to differences in the content of betaine and creatine/creatinine between the two diets, and LC-MS analyses verified a significantly lower content of creatinine in WGD urine samples compared with NWD urine samples. In conclusion, using an explorative approach, the present studies...... disclosed biochemical effects of a wholegrain diet on plasma betaine content and excretion of betaine and creatinine....

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    2010-04-01

    ... (4)Camazepam 2749 (5)Chloral betaine 2460 (6)Chloral hydrate 2465 (7)Chlordiazepoxide 2744 (8...) Delorazepam 2754 (14) Diazepam 2765 (15) Dichloralphenazone 2467 (16) Estazolam 2756 (17) Ethchlorvynol...

  2. Evaluation of the choline status in mink fed different levels and sources of choline

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    Hedemann, Mette Skou; Damgaard, Birthe Marie; Clausen, T.N.;

    2012-01-01

    plasma samples were extracted to analyze the content of free choline and betaine by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Plasma choline was only increased in mink kits fed the highest level of choline whereas plasma choline dit not change in full-grown mink irrespectively of choline level in the feed....... Plasma betaine increased when the level of choline in the diet increased. The changes in plasma betaine were most prominent in mink kits. The present study shows that plasma betaine may be a more reliable marker of choline status than plasma choline, especially in mink kits....

  3. Effect of Homocysteine-Lowering Nutrients on Blood Lipids: Result from Four Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Studies in Healthy Humans

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    Olthof, M.R.; Vliet, van T.; Verhoef, P.; Zock, P.L.; Katan, M.B.

    2005-01-01

    Background Betaine (trimethylglycine) lowers plasma homocysteine, a possible risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, studies in renal patients and in obese individuals who are on a weight-loss diet suggest that betaine supplementation raises blood cholesterol; data in healthy individuals ar

  4. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-XTRO-01-0203 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-XTRO-01-0203 ref|NP_692179.1| glycine betaine transporter [Oceanobacillus ihey...ensis HTE831] dbj|BAC13214.1| glycine betaine transporter [Oceanobacillus iheyensis HTE831] NP_692179.1 0.15 22% ...

  5. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-TGUT-37-0449 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-TGUT-37-0449 ref|ZP_00992065.1| putative choline-glycine betaine transporter [...Vibrio splendidus 12B01] gb|EAP92909.1| putative choline-glycine betaine transporter [Vibrio splendidus 12B01] ZP_00992065.1 0.016 26% ...

  6. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-TGUT-37-0449 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-TGUT-37-0449 ref|ZP_01158965.1| putative choline-glycine betaine transporter [...Photobacterium sp. SKA34] gb|EAR57370.1| putative choline-glycine betaine transporter [Photobacterium sp. SKA34] ZP_01158965.1 0.016 23% ...

  7. 甜菜碱的生物学功能及其在猪生产中的应用

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    2014-01-01

    The biological functions of betaine and its influence facters,and application of betaine in pig production were reviewed.%本文就甜菜碱的生物学功能,影响甜菜碱作用效果的因素及其在猪生产中的应用作一综述。

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    Full Text Available Non-TMB TMH Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|29377126|ref|NP_816280.1| glycine betaine.../L-proline ABC transporter, glycine betaine/L-proline-binding/permease protein || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/29377126 ...

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    Full Text Available Non-TMB Non-TMH Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|53717244|ref|YP_105328.1| glycine betaine.../L-proline ABC transporter, periplasmic glycine betaine/L-proline-binding protein || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/53717244 ...

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    Full Text Available Non-TMB Non-TMH Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|28870233|ref|NP_792852.1| glycine betaine... ABC transporter, periplasmic glycine betaine-binding protein || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/28870233 ...

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    Full Text Available Non-TMB TMH Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|71909972|ref|YP_281522.1| glycine betaine...-binding protein/glycine betaine transport system permease protein || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/71909972 ...

  12. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-TGUT-37-0449 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-TGUT-37-0449 ref|ZP_01233076.1| putative choline-glycine betaine transporter [Vibrio angus...tum S14] gb|EAS65531.1| putative choline-glycine betaine transporter [Vibrio angustum S14] ZP_01233076.1 0.016 23% ...

  13. Choline supplemented as phosphatidylcholine decreases fasting and postmethionine-loading plasma homocysteine concentrations in healthy men

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    Olthof, M.R.; Brink, E.J.; Katan, M.B.; Verhoef, P.

    2005-01-01

    Background: A high homocysteine concentration is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease that can be reduced through betaine supplementation. Choline is the precursor for betaine, but the effects of choline supplementation on plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations in healthy huma

  14. AcEST: BP920130 [AcEST

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    Full Text Available USI Betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase OS=Brucella ... 33 0.41 sp|A5VPA5|BETB_BRUO2 Betaine aldehyde dehydrogena...YNLTPVEVPF--GGYKQSGIGRENGIAALAHYSQI 473 Query: 145 SRKYVE 128 YVE Sbjct: 474 KTVYVE 479 >sp|A5VPA5|BETB_BRUO2

  15. Drug: D06709 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available amily) Lycium mature fruit Major component: Betaine [CPD:C00719] Traditional Chinese Medicine in Japan [BR:br08304] Crude Drugs Drugs... for replenishing Ying Drugs for replenishing Ying D06709 Lycium fruit Crude drugs

  16. Slow desiccation improves dehydration tolerance and accumulation of compatible osmolytes in earthworm cocoons (Dendrobaena octaedra Savigny)

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    Petersen, Christina R; Holmstrup, Martin; Malmendal, Anders;

    2008-01-01

    clearly demonstrate that gradually dehydrated cocoons show an increased tolerance of extreme drought compared with acutely dehydrated cocoons. NMR spectroscopic analysis of compatible osmolytes revealed the presence of sorbitol, glucose, betaine, alanine and mannitol in dehydrated embryos. The superior...

  17. Molecular analysis of the biomass of a fluidized bed reactor treating synthetic vinasse at anaerobic and micro-aerobic conditions

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    Rodriguez, E.; Lopes, A.; Fdz-Polanco, M.; Stams, A.J.M.; Garcia Encina, P.A.

    2012-01-01

    The microbial communities (Bacteria and Archaea) established in an anaerobic fluidized bed reactor used to treat synthetic vinasse (betaine, glucose, acetate, propionate, and butyrate) were characterized by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and phylogenetic analysis. This study was focu

  18. 1, 3-Dipolar Cycloaddition Reaction between Vinyl Acetate and N-Alkyl Hydroxypyridinium Halide

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    2001-01-01

    1, 3 Dipolar cycloaddition reaction between vinyl acetate and 3-hydroxypyridiniun betaine was performed under solid-liquid phase transfer catalytic condition. This reaction has been successfully used on the synthesis of an analogue of Bao-Gong-Teng A.

  19. Isolation of a choline monooxygenase cDNA clone from Amaranthus tricolor and its expressions under stress conditions

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    2001-01-01

    Plants synthesize the osmoprotectant glycine betaine (GB) via choline→betaine aldehyde→glycine betaine[1]. Two enzymes are involved in the pathway, choline monooxygenase (CMO) and betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH). A full length CMO cDNA (1,643bp) was cloned from Amaranthus tricolor. The open reading frame encoded a 442-amino acid polypeptide, which showed 69% identity with CMOs in Spinacia oleracea L. And Beta vulgaris L. DNA gel blot analysis indicated the presence of one copy of CMO gene in the A. Tricolor genome. The expressions of CMO and BADH proteins in A.tricolor leaves significantly increased under salinization, drought and heat stress (42℃), as determined by immunoblot analysis, but did not respond to cold stress (4℃), or exogenous ABA application. The increase of GB content in leaves was parallel to CMO and BADH contents.

  20. Metabolomic profiles of colostrum and milk from lactating sows

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    Curtasu, Mihai Victor; Theil, Peter Kappel; Hedemann, Mette Skou

    2016-01-01

    -acetylcarnitine, 2-metylbutyroylcarnitine), glycerophosphocholine, and betaine. l-Acetylcarnitine and 2-metylbutyroylcarnitine, involved in the metabolism and transport of fatty acids, decreased in milk compared to colostrum, whereas l-carnitine presented an opposite trend (P ..., glycerophosphocholine and choline decreased from colostrum to milk, whereas betaine showed higher values in milk compared to colostrum. The use of liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry metabolomics as a hypothesis generator tool opens up new questions with regard to the origin and function of mammary gland...

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB and coconut diethanolamide (CDEA, which are manufactured from coconut oil, are widely used as chemical substances with surfactant property in shampoo, liquid soap and skin cleaners. Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD may occur against these substances, especially cocamidopropyl betaine. ACD developing against these two substances is rarely seen in the literature. Here we reported a case of ACD caused by CABP and CDEA which admitted with complaints of redness,peeling and cracking of hands.

  2. The Effect of Water-stress on the Betaine Content in Leaves,Stalks and Roots of Peach, Strawberry, Chinese Chestnut and Malus hupehensis Rehd%水分胁迫对桃、草莓、板栗和平邑甜茶叶片、茎及根中甜菜碱含量的影响

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    马双艳; 姜远茂; 彭福田; 孙建义

    2003-01-01

    以桃、草莓、板栗和平邑甜茶4个树种为试材,对水分胁迫下其叶片、茎以及根中甜菜碱含量的变化进行了初步探讨,结果表明:在正常供水条件下,各树种的叶片、茎和根中都有一定量的甜菜碱,不同树种、同一树种的不同器官甜菜碱的含量均不同;板栗的甜菜碱含量最高,平邑甜茶的含量最低;叶片的甜菜碱含量最高,根部的含量最低.水分胁迫下,各树种的甜菜碱含量都显著增加,不同树种变化幅度不一.胁迫程度不同,甜菜碱含量的变化趋势也不同.轻度水分胁迫下,平邑甜茶增幅最大,其次是桃和草莓,板栗增幅最小;中度水分胁迫下,平邑甜茶的增幅最大,其次是板栗、桃、草莓.

  3. Betaine protects against isoproterenol-induced acute myocardial ischemic injury through the regulation of RhoA/ROCK pathway%甜菜碱调控RhoA/ROCK信号通路抑制大鼠急性心肌缺血损伤

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    袁娅妮; 毛福英; 刘俊梅; 买淑霞; 王洋; 戴贵东; 郑萍

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨从枸杞中分离得到的甜菜碱对异丙肾上腺素(ISO)诱导的大鼠急性心肌缺血损伤的保护作用机制.方法 大鼠分别灌胃给予不同剂量甜菜碱(100、200和400 mg/kg)共40 d,于第39天和第40天皮下注射ISO85 mg/(kg·d)诱发大鼠急性心肌缺血.取大鼠心肌组织进行病理学观察,ELISA法测定血清TGF-β1与ET-1的水平,并采用Western-blot法测定相关蛋白的表达.结果 与模型组比较,甜菜碱(100、200和400 mg/kg)明显改善心肌组织坏死,炎细胞浸润及间质水肿.甜菜碱(100、200、400 mg/kg)可明显降低血清TGF-β1及ET-1的水平(P<0.01),抑制心肌组织RhoA、ROCK1、ROCK2蛋白表达的升高(P<0.01).结论 甜菜碱可通过调控RhoA/ROCK信号通路保护ISO诱导的大鼠急性心肌缺血损伤.

  4. 甜菜碱合成酶CMO、BADH基因无抗生素标记植物表达载体的构建%Construction of Non-antibiotic Maker Plant Expression Vector on Choline Monooxygenase and Betaine Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Gene

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    邓川; 高翎; 张君; 宋冰; 王丕武

    2011-01-01

    利用基因工程技术,对植物表达载体进行改造,去除NptⅡ、Hyg等抗生素标记,获得安全载体骨架,分别构建了无抗生素选择标记的CMO、BADH以及双价基因的植物表达载体pROK-CMO、pCAMBIA-1301-BADH 1、pCAMBIA-1301-CMO+BADH.通过冻融法将其转入根癌农杆菌LBA 4404中得到工程菌株,为下一步安全转化奠定基础.%By the genetic engineering technology, plant expression vectors were reconstructed to form a safe carrier skeleton, which were knocked out the antibiotic markers genes, such as NptII and Hyg. The Non-antibiotic maker Plant Expression Vectors with CMO or BADH gene were constructed respectively. Together with dual price of the plant expression vectors such as pROK-CMO, pCAMBIA-1301-BADH 1, pCAMBIA-1301-CMO + BADH were constructed later. The freeze-thaw method was used to transfer these vectors into the agrobaeterium strain LBA 4404 in order to acquire the engineering bacteria and laid the foundation for the security transformation of the next step.

  5. Effect of homocysteine-lowering nutrients on blood lipids: results from four randomised, placebo-controlled studies in healthy humans.

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    Margreet R Olthof

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Betaine (trimethylglycine lowers plasma homocysteine, a possible risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, studies in renal patients and in obese individuals who are on a weight-loss diet suggest that betaine supplementation raises blood cholesterol; data in healthy individuals are lacking. Such an effect on cholesterol would counteract any favourable effect on homocysteine. We therefore investigated the effect of betaine, of its precursor choline in the form of phosphatidylcholine, and of the classical homocysteine-lowering vitamin folic acid on blood lipid concentrations in healthy humans. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We measured blood lipids in four placebo-controlled, randomised intervention studies that examined the effect of betaine (three studies, n = 151, folic acid (two studies, n = 75, and phosphatidylcholine (one study, n = 26 on plasma homocysteine concentrations. We combined blood lipid data from the individual studies and calculated a weighted mean change in blood lipid concentrations relative to placebo. Betaine supplementation (6 g/d for 6 wk increased blood LDL cholesterol concentrations by 0.36 mmol/l (95% confidence interval: 0.25-0.46, and triacylglycerol concentrations by 0.14 mmol/l (0.04-0.23 relative to placebo. The ratio of total to HDL cholesterol increased by 0.23 (0.14-0.32. Concentrations of HDL cholesterol were not affected. Doses of betaine lower than 6 g/d also raised LDL cholesterol, but these changes were not statistically significant. Further, the effect of betaine on LDL cholesterol was already evident after 2 wk of intervention. Phosphatidylcholine supplementation (providing approximately 2.6 g/d of choline for 2 wk increased triacylglycerol concentrations by 0.14 mmol/l (0.06-0.21, but did not affect cholesterol concentrations. Folic acid supplementation (0.8 mg/d had no effect on lipid concentrations. CONCLUSIONS: Betaine supplementation increased blood LDL cholesterol and triacylglycerol

  6. Autism and Folate Deficiency

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    2010-05-01

    supplementation of additional hets was achieved through administration of betaine in drinking water (2%) to dams throughout pregnancy and lactation...0  ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐  Mthfr Het  +  Betaine   n=6  4.5  0.5  0.5  Group D  Group  Size  Mean  SEM  p‐value  Folr1 WT  n=5  4.8  0.2  ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐  Folr1 Het  n=8...0.7032 0.136 Mthfr Het + Betaine n=6 12.7 0.5578 0.9483 Group D Group Size Mean SEM p-value Folr1 WT n=5 13 0.4472 ---------- Folr1 Het n=8 12.8

  7. Improving methane production and phosphorus release in anaerobic digestion of particulate saline sludge from a brackish aquaculture recirculation system.

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    Zhang, Xuedong; Ferreira, Rui B; Hu, Jianmei; Spanjers, Henri; van Lier, Jules B

    2014-06-01

    In this study, batch tests were conducted to examine the effects of trehalose and glycine betaine as well as potassium on the specific methanogenic activity (SMA), acid and alkaline phosphatase activity of anaerobic biomass and phosphorus release in anaerobic digestion of saline sludge from a brackish recirculation aquaculture system. The results of ANOVA and Tukey's HSD (honestly significant difference) tests showed that glycine betaine and trehalose enhanced SMA of anaerobic biomass and reactive phosphorus release from the particulate waste. Moreover, SMA tests revealed that methanogenic sludge, which was long-term acclimatized to a salinity level of 17 g/L was severely affected by the increase in salinity to values exceeding 35 g/L. Addition of compatible solutes, such as glycine betaine and trehalose, could be used to enhance the specific methane production rate and phosphorus release in anaerobic digestion from particulate organic waste produced in marine or brackish aquaculture recirculation systems.

  8. Stability of lysozyme in aqueous extremolyte solutions during heat shock and accelerated thermal conditions.

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    Christina Avanti

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the stability of lysozyme in aqueous solutions in the presence of various extremolytes (betaine, hydroxyectoine, trehalose, ectoine, and firoin under different stress conditions. The stability of lysozyme was determined by Nile red Fluorescence Spectroscopy and a bioactivity assay. During heat shock (10 min at 70°C, betaine, trehalose, ectoin and firoin protected lysozyme against inactivation while hydroxyectoine, did not have a significant effect. During accelerated thermal conditions (4 weeks at 55°C, firoin also acted as a stabilizer. In contrast, betaine, hydroxyectoine, trehalose and ectoine destabilized lysozyme under this condition. These findings surprisingly indicate that some extremolytes can stabilize a protein under certain stress conditions but destabilize the same protein under other stress conditions. Therefore it is suggested that for the screening extremolytes to be used for protein stabilization, an appropriate storage conditions should also be taken into account.

  9. Osmoregulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa under hyperosmotic shock.

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    Velasco, R; Burgoa, R; Flores, E; Hernández, E; Villa, A; Vaca, S

    1995-01-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 strain was found to be able to tolerate 700 mM NaCl. 0.5 mM of the osmoprotectant betaine restablished the growth of this strain in 1200 mM NaCl. Intracellular K+ and glutamate concentrations of P. aeruginosa PAO1 after an hyperosmotic shock (400 mM NaCl) showed a permanent increase. Adition of betaine (0.5 mM) to the medium with NaCl had an inhibitory effect on the intracellular accumulation of glutamate. The results indicate that P. aeruginosa PAO1 resists high NaCl concentrations, K+ accumulation and glutamate synthesis probably being the first mechanisms involved in adaptation to osmotic stress. Also is is demonstrated that betaine modulates intracellular glutamate levels in osmotically stressed P. aeruginosa PAO1.

  10. The role of sulfur in osmoregulation and salinity tolerance in cyanobacteria, algae, and plants

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    Yopp, J. H.

    1985-01-01

    Organosulfur compounds are involved in osmoregulation and salinity tolerance in some cyanobacteria and photosynthetic eukaryotes. Glycinebetaine, the osmolyte of the halotolerant cyanobacterium, Aphanothece halophytica, requires the sulfonium compound. S-adenosyl-methionine (SAM) for its synthesis. Glutamate is the nitrogen source, SAM is the methyl carbon and serine the carbon backbone source of this unique osmolyte. Inhibitor studies suggest that photorespiration interacts with sulfur metabolism to control betaine synthesis in cyanobacteria. The limiting factor for SAM synthesis is formate from photorespiration. SAM is, in turn, the methyl donor for betaine synthesis from serine. The nitrogen component of serine is from glutamate. Betaine synthesis is hypothesized to be regulated via potassium. The biosynthesis of dimethyl-B-propiothetin (DMPT, which is the same as beta-dimethyl sulfonioprpionate) and diacylsulfoquinovosylglycerol were elucidated as having their roles in osmoregulation and salinity tolerance. The relation between these sulfolipids and the sulfur cycle was discussed.

  11. Nanostructure assembly of indium sulphide quantum dots and their characterization.

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    Vigneashwari, B; Ravichandran, V; Parameswaran, P; Dash, S; Tyagi, A K

    2008-02-01

    Nanocrystals (approximately 5 nm) of the semiconducting wide band gap material beta-In2S3 obtained by chemical synthesis through a hydrothermal route were characterized for phase and compositional purity. These nanoparticles exhibited quantum confinement characteristics as revealed by a blue-shifted optical absorption. These quantum dots of beta-In2S3 were electrically driven from a monodisperse colloidal suspension on to conducting glass substrates by Electophoretic Deposition (EPD) technique and nanostructural thin films were obtained. The crystalline and morphological structures of these deposits were investigated by X-ray diffraction and nanoscopic techniques. We report here that certain interesting nanostructural morphologies were observed in the two-dimensional quantum dot assemblies of beta-In2S3. The effect of the controlling parameters on the cluster growth and deposit integrity was also systematically studied through a series of experiments and the results are reported here.

  12. Fate and effects of amphoteric surfactants in the aquatic environment.

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    Garcia, M Teresa; Campos, Encarna; Marsal, Agustí; Ribosa, Isabel

    2008-10-01

    Amphoteric surfactants form part of specialty surfactants available for formulators to improve or design new formulations in response to environmental, toxicity, safety and performance demands. Nevertheless, limited information on the ecological properties of amphoterics is available. In the present work, the aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability and the aquatic toxicity of different types of amphoteric surfactants (three alkyl betaines, one alkylamido betaine and three alkyl imidazoline derivatives) were studied. The amphoteric surfactants tested were readily biodegradable under aerobic conditions (CO2 headspace test) and alkylamido betaines and alkyl imidazoline derivatives were also easily biodegradable under anaerobic conditions (test based on the ECETOC method). Toxicity to Photobacterium phosphoreum and Daphnia magna increased with the fatty chain length of the surfactant. The EC50 toxicity values of the amphoterics tested were higher than 5 mg/L, and alkyl imidazoline derivatives, with EC50 values from 20 to > 200 mg/L, showed the lowest aquatic toxicity.

  13. A possible role of the non-GAT1 GABA transporters in transfer of GABA from GABAergic to glutamatergic neurons in mouse cerebellar neuronal cultures

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    Suñol, C; Babot, Z; Cristòfol, R

    2010-01-01

    . The distribution of GAD, GABA and the vesicular glutamate transporter VGlut-1 was assessed using specific antibodies combined with immunofluorescence microscopy. Additionally, tiagabine, SKF 89976-A, betaine, beta-alanine, nipecotic acid and guvacine were used to inhibit the GAT1, betaine/GABA (BGT1), GAT2 and GAT...... neurons constituting the majority of the cells. GABA uptake exhibited the kinetics of high affinity transport and could be partly (20%) inhibited by betaine (IC(50) 142 microM), beta-alanine (30%) and almost fully (90%) inhibited by SKF 89976-A (IC(50) 0.8 microM) or nipecotic acid and guvacine at 1 m...... no effect on the overall GABA content. The inhibitory action of beta-alanine and high concentrations of nipecotic acid and guvacine on GABA transport strongly suggests that also GAT2 or GAT3 (HUGO nomenclature) could play a role....

  14. Quorum sensing regulates the osmotic stress response in Vibrio harveyi.

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    van Kessel, Julia C; Rutherford, Steven T; Cong, Jian-Ping; Quinodoz, Sofia; Healy, James; Bassler, Bonnie L

    2015-01-01

    Bacteria use a chemical communication process called quorum sensing to monitor cell density and to alter behavior in response to fluctuations in population numbers. Previous studies with Vibrio harveyi have shown that LuxR, the master quorum-sensing regulator, activates and represses >600 genes. These include six genes that encode homologs of the Escherichia coli Bet and ProU systems for synthesis and transport, respectively, of glycine betaine, an osmoprotectant used during osmotic stress. Here we show that LuxR activates expression of the glycine betaine operon betIBA-proXWV, which enhances growth recovery under osmotic stress conditions. BetI, an autorepressor of the V. harveyi betIBA-proXWV operon, activates the expression of genes encoding regulatory small RNAs that control quorum-sensing transitions. Connecting quorum-sensing and glycine betaine pathways presumably enables V. harveyi to tune its execution of collective behaviors to its tolerance to stress.

  15. The use of trimethylamine N-oxide as a primary precipitating agent and related methylamine osmolytes as cryoprotective agents for macromolecular crystallography

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    Marshall, Haley; Venkat, Murugappan; Hti Lar Seng, Nang San; Cahn, Jackson [Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington (United States); Juers, Douglas H., E-mail: juersdh@whitman.edu [Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington (United States); Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington (United States)

    2012-01-01

    The stabilizing osmolyte trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is shown to be an efficient primary precipitant for protein crystal growth. In addition to TMAO, two other methylamine osmolytes, sarcosine and betaine, are shown to be effective cryoprotective agents for protein crystal cooling. Both crystallization and cryoprotection are often bottlenecks for high-resolution X-ray structure determination of macromolecules. Methylamine osmolytes are known stabilizers of protein structure. One such osmolyte, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), has seen occasional use as an additive to improve macromolecular crystal quality and has recently been shown to be an effective cryoprotective agent for low-temperature data collection. Here, TMAO and the related osmolytes sarcosine and betaine are investigated as primary precipitating agents for protein crystal growth. Crystallization experiments were undertaken with 14 proteins. Using TMAO, seven proteins crystallized in a total of 13 crystal forms, including a new tetragonal crystal form of trypsin. The crystals diffracted well, and eight of the 13 crystal forms could be effectively cryocooled as grown with TMAO as an in situ cryoprotective agent. Sarcosine and betaine produced crystals of four and two of the 14 proteins, respectively. In addition to TMAO, sarcosine and betaine were effective post-crystallization cryoprotective agents for two different crystal forms of thermolysin. Precipitation reactions of TMAO with several transition-metal ions (Fe{sup 3+}, Co{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+}) did not occur with sarcosine or betaine and were inhibited for TMAO at lower pH. Structures of proteins from TMAO-grown crystals and from crystals soaked in TMAO, sarcosine or betaine were determined, showing osmolyte binding in five of the 12 crystals tested. When an osmolyte was shown to bind, it did so near the protein surface, interacting with water molecules, side chains and backbone atoms, often at crystal contacts.

  16. Ligand binding and crystal structures of the substrate-binding domain of the ABC transporter OpuA.

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    Justina C Wolters

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The ABC transporter OpuA from Lactococcus lactis transports glycine betaine upon activation by threshold values of ionic strength. In this study, the ligand binding characteristics of purified OpuA in a detergent-solubilized state and of its substrate-binding domain produced as soluble protein (OpuAC was characterized. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The binding of glycine betaine to purified OpuA and OpuAC (K(D = 4-6 microM did not show any salt dependence or cooperative effects, in contrast to the transport activity. OpuAC is highly specific for glycine betaine and the related proline betaine. Other compatible solutes like proline and carnitine bound with affinities that were 3 to 4 orders of magnitude lower. The low affinity substrates were not noticeably transported by membrane-reconstituted OpuA. OpuAC was crystallized in an open (1.9 A and closed-liganded (2.3 A conformation. The binding pocket is formed by three tryptophans (Trp-prism coordinating the quaternary ammonium group of glycine betaine in the closed-liganded structure. Even though the binding site of OpuAC is identical to that of its B. subtilis homolog, the affinity for glycine betaine is 4-fold higher. CONCLUSIONS: Ionic strength did not affect substrate binding to OpuA, indicating that regulation of transport is not at the level of substrate binding, but rather at the level of translocation. The overlap between the crystal structures of OpuAC from L.lactis and B.subtilis, comprising the classical Trp-prism, show that the differences observed in the binding affinities originate from outside of the ligand binding site.

  17. Dynamic light scattering study on vesicles of Netaine-Cholesterol system

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    Alenaizi, R.; Radiman, S.; Mohamed, F.; Rahman, I. Abdul [Nuclear Science Program, School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

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    The morphology of vesicles system with defined particle size and shape is one of interest in our technical applications. Here we have used dynamic light scattering technique and transmission electron microscopy for structural characterization of N-dimethylglycine Betaine with 5-cholesten-3β-ol vesicles in aqueous solutions. An isotropic one phase region is found in the very diluted regions depending on Betaine/Cholesterol ratio. The isotropic region was stable for more than 3 months at room temperature, with monodispersed unilamellar vesicles ∼ 300nm.

  18. Domain Modeling: NP_775096.1 [SAHG[Archive

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    Full Text Available NP_775096.1 chr20 CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF THE SODIUM-COUPLED GLYCINE BETAINE SYMPORTER... BETP FROM CORYNEBACTERIUM GLUTAMICUM WITH BOUND SUBSTRATE p2wita_ chr20/NP_775096.1/NP_775096.1_holo_14-337

  19. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-EEUR-01-1262 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-EEUR-01-1262 ref|YP_001445076.1| choline/carnitine/betaine transporter [Vibrio harvey...i ATCC BAA-1116] gb|ABU70849.1| hypothetical protein VIBHAR_01883 [Vibrio harveyi ATCC BAA-1116] YP_001445076.1 1.6 30% ...

  20. Neuronal and non-neuronal GABA transporters as targets for antiepileptic drugs

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    Madsen, Karsten K; White, H Steve; Schousboe, Arne

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    of such transporters pointing in particular to an interesting role of the transporters located extrasynaptically. It is suggested that the betaine-GABA transporter BGT1 should receive particular interest in this context as the GABA analogue EF 1502 (N-[4,4-bis(3-methyl-2-thienyl)-3-butenyl]-4-(methylamino)-4...

  1. Molecular characterization of five patients with homocystinuria due to severe methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency

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    Urreizti, R; Moya-García, A A; Pino-Ángeles, A;

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    , and is being treated with betaine and folinic acid. The other two patients, with an early diagnosis and a severe course of the disease, are currently improving under treatment. MTHFR enzyme activity in the fibroblasts of four of the patients was practically undetectable. We found four novel mutations, three...

  2. Metabolomic study of plasma from female mink (Neovison vison) with low and high residual feed intake during restrictive and ad libitum feeding

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    Hedemann, Mette Skou; Damgaard, Birthe Marie

    2012-01-01

    was high during restrictive feeding, e.g. betaine, carnitine, and creatine. During ad libitum feeding the plasma level of metabolites that can be characterized as biomarkers of meat intake (creatinine, carnosine, 1- and 3 methylhistidine) was high. The plasma level of lysophosphatidylcholine species...

  3. Carrier-mediated ¿-aminobutyric acid transport across the basolateral membrane of human intestinal Caco-2 cell monolayers

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    Nielsen, Carsten Uhd; Carstensen, Mette; Brodin, Birger

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    -affinity transporter is Na(+) and Cl(-) dependent. The substrate specificity of the high-affinity transporter was further studied and Gly-Sar, Leucine, gaboxadol, sarcosine, lysine, betaine, 5-hydroxythryptophan, proline and glycine reduced the GABA uptake to approximately 44-70% of the GABA uptake in the absence...

  4. Stability of lysozyme in aqueous extremolyte solutions during heat shock and accelerated thermal conditions

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    Avanti, Christina; Saluja, Vinay; Van Streun, Erwin L. P.; Frijlink, Henderik W.; Hinrichs, Wouter L. J.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the stability of lysozyme in aqueous solutions in the presence of various extremolytes (betaine, hydroxyectoine, trehalose, ectoine, and firoin) under different stress conditions. The stability of lysozyme was determined by Nile red Fluorescence Spectrosc

  5. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U15862-1 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available ohexanone... 212 6e-53 AY083902_1( AY083902 |pid:none) Atriplex prostrata betaine a...de dehydrogenase 5, mitochondrial; ... 212 6e-53 AY123972_4( AY123972 |pid:none) Arthrobacter sp. BP2 cycl

  6. Interactions of a zwitterionic thiophene-based conjugated polymer with surfactants

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    Costa, Telma; De Azevedo, Diego; Stewart, Beverly

    2015-01-01

    SBDEAHT-zwitterionic cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB) surfactant complexes showed a specific structural organization of the system. The CAPB surfactant promotes a structural transition from pure P3SBDEAHT 3-dimensional aggregates (radius of gyration ∼85 Å) to thick cylindrical aggregates (∼20 Å) where all...

  7. Sequence Classification: 566841 [

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    Full Text Available Non-TMB Non-TMH TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB Non-TMB >gi|15966154|ref|NP_386507.1| PUTATIVE GLYCINE BETAINE TRANSPORT... ATP-BINDING ABC TRANSPORTER PROTEIN || http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/protein/15966154 ...

  8. Ligand Binding and Crystal Structures of the Substrate-Binding Domain of the ABC Transporter OpuA

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    Wolters, Justina C.; Berntsson, Ronnie P-A.; Gul, Nadia; Karasawa, Akira; Thunnissen, Andy-Mark W. H.; Slotboom, Dirk-Jan; Poolman, Bert

    2010-01-01

    The ABC transporter OpuA from Lactococcus lactis transports glycine betaine upon activation by threshold values of ionic strength. In this study, the ligand binding characteristics of purified OpuA in a detergent-solubilized state and of its substrate-binding domain produced as soluble protein (OpuA

  9. Effects on antioxidant enzyme activities and osmolytes in Halocnemum strobilaceum under salt stress

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    TianPeng Gao; Rui Guo; XiangWen Fang; ZhiGang Zhao; GuoHua Chang; YinQuan Chen; Qing Zhang

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    The seedlings ofHalocnermum strobilaceum were cultivated in 0.5% hoagland nutrient solution containing 0.0%, 0.9%, 2.7% and 5.4% of NaCl as well as composite salt (Na+, Ca2+, K+, Si4+) for 20 days; all the contents are in weight ratio. Succulent level, inorganic ions (Na+, K+), organics such as betaine, proline, malondialdehyde, and antioxidant enzyme activities including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD), betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) were measured to reveal its salt tolerance mechanism. When the composite salt concentration reaches 5.4%, SOD activity level, and MDA content is five times the control group; when it reaches 2.7%, the succulent level of seedlings, and the content of K+ in roots is nearly two times the NaCl treatment; the dry weight is more than three times the control group; with the NaCl treatment, MDA is three times the contrast; when the salt concentration is 2.7%, POD reaches the maximum. Results indicate that Si4+, K+, and Ca2+ from composite salt in the roots ofH. strobilaceum improved the water-holding capacity. The activities of antioxidant enzyme were raised by the accumulation of proline and betaine, which increased the salt tolerance. The absorption of K+ promoted the high ratio of K+/Na+ and alleviated the damage of cell membranes ofH. strobilaceum, which is associated with osmotic contents such as betaine and proline.

  10. Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica and Ti-containing Molecular Sieves via A Novel Assembly

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    Thermally stable mesoporous silica and Ti-containing molecular sieves have been synthesized at mild temperature using low-cost and biodegradable---amphoteric tetradecyl betaine as template. The physicochemical characterizations proved that Ti(Ⅳ) could be incorporated in the mesoporous struture.

  11. Distribution of terfenadine and its metabolites in locusts studied by desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry imaging

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    Olsen, Line Rørbæk; Hansen, Steen Honoré; Janfelt, Christian

    2015-01-01

    imaging studies on insects, a method for cryosectioning of whole locusts was developed, and the distributions of a number of endogenous compounds are reported, including betaine and a number of amino acids and phospholipids. Terfenadine was detected in the stomach region and the intestine walls, whereas...

  12. Network analysis of metabolite GWAS hits

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    Matone, Alice; Scott-Boyer, Marie-Pier; Carayol, Jerome;

    2016-01-01

    could be linked to metabolic health and insulin sensitivity through the betaine osmolyte. These considerations, and the results from the present study, highlight a possible role of CPS1 and related pathways in weight loss maintenance, suggesting that it might be partly genetically determined in humans....

  13. In vivo screening of five phytochemicals/extracts and a fungal immunomodulatory protein against colibacillosis in broilers

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    Peek, H.W.; Halkes, S.B.A.; Tomassen, M.M.M.; Mes, J.J.; Landman, W.J.M.

    2013-01-01

    Five phytochemicals/extracts (an extract from Echinacea purpurea, a ß-glucan-rich extract from Shiitake, betaine [Betain™], curcumin from Curcuma longa [turmeric] powder, carvacrol and also a recombinant fungal immunomodulatory protein [FIP] from Ganoderma lucidum) cloned and expressed in Escherichi

  14. Aqueous two-phase system based on natural quaternary ammonium compounds for the extraction of proteins.

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    Zeng, Chao-Xi; Xin, Rui-Pu; Qi, Sui-Jian; Yang, Bo; Wang, Yong-Hua

    2016-02-01

    Aqueous two-phase systems, based on the use of natural quaternary ammonium compounds, were developed to establish a benign biotechnological route for efficient protein separation. In this study, aqueous two-phase systems of two natural resources betaine and choline with polyethyleneglycol (PEG400/600) or inorganic salts (K2 HPO4 /K3 PO4 ) were formed. It was shown that in the K2 HPO4 -containing aqueous two-phase system, hydrophobic interactions were an important driving force of protein partitioning, while protein size played a vital role in aqueous two-phase systems that contained polyethylene glycol. An extraction efficiency of more than 90% for bovine serum albumin in the betaine/K2 HPO4 aqueous two-phase system can be obtained, and this betaine-based aqueous two-phase system provided a gentle and stable environment for the protein. In addition, after investigation of the cluster phenomenon in the betaine/K2 HPO4 aqueous two-phase systems, it was suggested that this phenomenon also played a significant role for protein extraction in this system. The development of aqueous two-phase systems based on natural quaternary ammonium compounds not only provided an effective and greener method of aqueous two-phase system to meet the requirements of green chemistry but also may help to solve the mystery of the compartmentalization of biomolecules in cells.

  15. A case study on stress preconditioning of a Lactobacillus strain prior to freeze-drying.

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    Bergenholtz, Åsa Schoug; Wessman, Per; Wuttke, Anne; Håkansson, Sebastian

    2012-06-01

    Freeze-drying of bacterial cells with retained viability and activity after storage requires appropriate formulation, i.e. mixing of physiologically adapted cell populations with suitable protective agents, and control of the freeze-drying process. Product manufacturing may alter the clinical effects of probiotics and it is essential to identify and understand possible factor co-dependencies during manufacturing. The physical solid-state behavior of the formulation and the freeze-drying parameters are critical for bacterial survival and thus process optimization is important, independent of strain. However, the maximum yield achievable is also strain-specific and strain survival is governed by e.g. medium, cell type, physiological state, excipients used, and process. The use of preferred compatible solutes for cross-protection of Lactobacilli during industrial manufacturing may be a natural step to introduce robustness, but knowledge is lacking on how compatible solutes, such as betaine, influence formulation properties and cell survival. This study characterized betaine formulations, with and without sucrose, and tested these with the model lactic acid bacteria Lactobacillus coryniformis Si3. Betaine alone did not act as a lyo-protectant and thus betaine import prior to freeze-drying should be avoided. Differences in protective agents were analyzed by calorimetry, which proved to be a suitable tool for evaluating the characteristics of the freeze-dried end products.

  16. Hydrothermal synthesis and photoluminescent properties of stacked indium sulfide superstructures.

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    Xing, Yan; Zhang, Hongjie; Song, Shuyan; Feng, Jing; Lei, Yongqian; Zhao, Lijun; Li, Meiye

    2008-03-28

    Unusual hierarchical stacked superstructures of cubic beta-In2S3 were fabricated via a facile hydrothermal process in the presence of a surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide CTAB; the 3D superstructures were developed by helical propagation of surface steps from microflakes of 10-20 nm thickness.

  17. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U16183-1 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available 0... 135 4e-53 ( O04895 ) RecName: Full=Betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase, chloropla... 160 6e-53 U650...01_5( U65001 |pid:none) Sphingomonas xenophaga strain BN6 puta... 160 6e-53 AY083902_1( AY

  18. [Cloning and characterization of CMO gene from Atriplex hortensis].

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    Shen, Y G; Du, B X; Zhang, J S; Chen, S Y

    2001-01-01

    Glycine betaine is a widespread osmopretectant existed in many organisms. In higher plant, glycine betaine is synthesized via a two-sep oxidation reaction: choline-->betaine aldehyde-->glycine betaine. The first step, also the speed-limiting step, is catalyzed by choline monooxygenase(CMO). Choosing halophyte Atriplex hortensis as material, we constructed a salt stress-induced cDNA library, and isolated a 1.77 kb length cDNA clone with spinach CMO cDNA as probe. The sequencing result showed a complete Open Reading Frame encoding a 438-amino-acid polypeptide which was 81% and 72% identified to CMO sequences of spinach and sugar beet in amino acid homology respectively. Compared with the CMO from spinach and sugar beet, the AhCMO had one conserved Rieske-Type [2Fe-2S] cluster-binding region and one conserved mononuclear Fe-binding motif. The expression pattern of AhCMO under salt stress was also stuied, the transcriptional level of AhCMO raised about three folds after the plant was treated with brine for 4 days. The AhCMO was then transfered into tobacco(Nictiana tabacum var. Xanthi) with 35S promotor and seven transgenic plants were certified by northern blot, these plants displayed some salt- and drought-stress tolerance when grew well on MS medium contained 1.2% NaCl or 10% PEG while the control was stagnated under the same cndition.

  19. Luminescent Surface Quaternized Carbon Dots

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    Bourlinos, Athanasios B.

    2012-01-10

    Thermal oxidation of a salt precursor made from the acid base combination of tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane and betaine hydrochloride results in light-emitting surface quaternized carbon dots that are water-dispersible, display anion exchange properties, and exhibit uniform size/surface charge. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  20. Exclusion and retention of compensatory kosmotropes by HPLC columns.

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    Lever, M

    1998-09-16

    With water as the elution solvent, zwitterionic solutes and polyols were retained on HPLC columns, more than was water, by totally hydrophobic packing materials. Relative retentions were systematically affected by oxygen functional groups in the packing material, explicable as specific retention of water. Reproducible elution sequences of 20 solutes at a variety of hydrophobic surfaces (aromatic and both long- and short-alkyl aliphatic surfaces) showed there is a general process, consistent with interactions with hydration water at the surface having solvent properties distinct from bulk water. Early eluting solutes included glycine, sarcosine and taurine. Glycine betaine followed both these and N,N-dimethylglycine. The natural betaines propionobetaine and dimethylsulfoniopropionate also preceded glycine betaine. Dimethylsulfoxide was strongly retained, as (to a lesser extent) was proline betaine. Polyols eluted in the sequence sorbitol, trehalose, glycerol. Changes in the chemical nature of the surface or base material affected relative retentions of water and solutes. The presence of hydrogen-bonding functions increased retention of polyols, as well as water, relative to zwitterionic solutes. Specific effects retention, constraining models based on the formation of low-density water.

  1. The importance of (early) folate status to primary and secondary coronary artery disease prevention

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    Muskiet, FAJ

    2005-01-01

    Folate, methionine, betaine, choline, zinc and Vitamins B-12, B-6 and B-2 are involved in one-carbon metabolism, which includes S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) substrated methylation. Inadequate enzyme activities and imbalances of substrates and cofactors in one-carbon metabolism, together referred to as

  2. Effects of particulate materials and osmoprotectants on very-high-gravity ethanolic fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Thomas, K C; Hynes, S H; Ingledew, W M

    1994-05-01

    The effects of osmoprotectants (such as glycine betaine and proline) and particulate materials on the fermentation of very high concentrations of glucose by the brewing strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae (uvarum) NCYC 1324 were studied. The yeast growing at 20 degrees C consumed only 15 g of the sugar per 100 ml from a minimal medium which initially contained 35% (wt/vol) glucose. Supplementing the medium with a mixture of glycine betaine, glycine, and proline increased the amount of sugar fermented to 30.5 g/100 ml. With such supplementation, the viability of the yeast cells was maintained above 80% throughout the fermentation, while it dropped to less than 12% in the unsupplemented controls. Among single additives, glycine was more effective than proline or glycine betaine. On incubating the cultures for 10 days, the viability decreased to only 55% with glycine, while it dropped to 36 and 27%, respectively, with glycine betaine and proline. It is suggested that glycine and proline, known to be poor nitrogen sources for growth, may serve directly or indirectly as osmoprotectants. Nutrients such as tryptone, yeast extract, and a mixture of purine and pyrimidine bases increased the sugar uptake and ethanol production but did not allow the population to maintain the high level of cell viability. While only 43% of the sugar was fermented in unsupplemented medium, the presence of particulate materials such as wheat bran, wheat mash insolubles, alumina, and soy flour increased sugar utilization to 68, 75, 81, and 82%, respectively.

  3. Genome Sequence of the Arsenic-Resistant Haladaptatus sp. Strain R4 Isolated from Ramnagar, West Bengal, India

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    Sen, Urmimala; Mukherjee, Trinetra; Bose, Sucharita; Roy, Chayan; Rameez, Moidu Jameela; Ghosh, Wriddhiman

    2016-01-01

    Here, we present the draft genome of Haladaptatus sp. strain R4, a halophilic archaea that produces an orange-pink pigment and is capable of growing in a wide salinity range. The genome assembly shows genes for arsenic resistance, siderophore production, trehalose and glycine betaine biosynthesis, uptake and transporters of sodium, potassium, and chloride ions. PMID:27660791

  4. Effects of osmoprotectant compounds on NCAM polysialylation under hyperosmotic stress and elevated pCO(2).

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    Schmelzer, Albert E; Miller, William M

    2002-02-15

    Elevated osmolality and pCO(2) have been shown to alter sialylation in a protein-specific manner. In Chinese hamster ovary (CHO)MT2-l-8 cells, tPA sialylation changed only slightly from 40 to 250 mm Hg pCO(2), whereas neural cell adhesion molecule polysialic acid (NCAM PSA) content decreased by up to 70% at 250 mm Hg pCO(2), pH 7.2. NCAM PSA content also decreased with increasing NaCl or NH(4)Cl concentration. This suggests that PSA content is a sensitive indicator of conditions that may alter glycosylation. Amino acids and their derivatives have been used to protect hybridoma and CHO cell growth under hyperosmotic stress. We examined the impact of osmoprotectants on NCAM PSA content in CHO MT2-1-8 cells under hyperosmolality (up to 545 mOsm/kg) and at 195 and 250 mm Hg pCO(2). NCAM PSA content at 545 mOsm/kg was at least two-fold greater in the presence of glycine betaine or L-proline compared to that without osmoprotectant. Surprisingly, in the presence of 20 mM glycine betaine, PSA levels were 50-60% of the control level for osmolalities ranging from 320 to 545 mOsm/kg. Thus, glycine betaine inhibits NCAM polysialylation at osmolalities below 435 mOsm/kg and is beneficial at higher osmolalities. In contrast to glycine betaine, L-proline increased PSA content by 25-120% relative to the unprotected culture at pCO(2)-435 mOsm/kg was not mitigated by the presence of 25 mM glycine betaine, glycine, or L-threonine, even though all of these compounds enhanced cell growth. At 250 mm Hg pCO(2), all osmoprotectants tested (20 mM L-threonine, L-proline, glycine, or glycine betaine) increased NCAM polysialylation, with 20 mM glycine betaine restoring NCAM PSA to near control levels. Thus, osmoprotectants may (partially) offset changes in glycosylation, as well as the inhibition of growth, in cells under environmental stress. Supernatant beta-galactosidase levels, which increase upon alkalization of acidic organelles, did not differ significantly under elevated pCO(2) and

  5. Intestinal Microbiota-Dependent Phosphatidylcholine Metabolites, Diastolic Dysfunction and Adverse Clinical Outcomes in Chronic Systolic Heart Failure

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    Wilson Tang, W. H.; Wang, Zeneng; Shrestha, Kevin; Borowski, Allen G; Wu, Yuping; Troughton, Richard W; Klein, Allan L; Hazen, Stanley L

    2014-01-01

    Background Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) has been linked to increased cardiovascular risk. We aim to determine the prognostic value of TMAO and its dietary precursors, choline and betaine, in heart failure (HF). Methods and Results In 112 patients with chronic systolic HF with comprehensive echocardiographic evaluation, we measured plasma TMAO, choline, and betaine by mass spectrometry. Median TMAO levels, choline, and betaine levels were 5.8 [3.6, 12.1] μM, 10.9 [8.4, 14.0] μM, 43.8 [37.1, 53.0] μM, respectively, and were correlated with each other (all p<0.0001 for both). TMAO levels were significantly higher in patients with diabetes mellitus (9.4 [4.9, 13.2] vs 4.8 [3.4, 9.8] μM, p=0.005) and in subjects with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or greater (7.0 [4.7, 14.8] vs 4.7 [3.4, 11.3] μM, p=0.02). Elevated TMAO, choline, and betaine levels were each associated with higher plasma NT-proBNP levels and more advanced left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, but not systolic dysfunction or inflammatory and endothelial biomarkers. Higher choline (Hazard ratio (HR) 1.64 [95% CI: 1.22 2.20], p=0.001), betaine (HR 1.51 [1.10–2.08], p=0.01), and TMAO (HR 1.48 [1.10–1.96], p=0.01) predicted increased risk for 5-year adverse clinical events (death/transplant). Only higher TMAO levels predicted incident adverse clinical events independent of age, eGFR, mitral E/septal Ea, and NT-proBNP levels (HR 1.46 [1.03 2.14], p=0.03). Conclusion Elevated plasma TMAO, choline and betaine levels are each associated with more advanced left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and portend poorer long-term adverse clinical outcomes in chronic systolic HF. However, only higher plasma TMAO levels was associated with poor prognosis after adjustment for cardio-renal indices. PMID:25459686

  6. The time-dependent health and biochemical effects in rats exposed to stainless steel welding dust and its soluble form.

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    Halatek, Tadeusz; Stanislawska, Magdalena; Kaminska, Irena; Cieslak, Malgorzata; Swiercz, Radoslaw; Wasowicz, Wojciech

    2017-02-23

    Welding processes that generate fumes containing toxic metals, such as hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)), manganese (Mn), and nickel (Ni), have been implicated in lung injury, inflammation, and lung tumor promotion in animal models. The principal objective of this study was to determine the dynamics of toxic effects of inhalation exposure to morphologically rated welding dust from stainless steel welding and its soluble form in TSE System with a dynamic airflow. We assessed the pulmonary toxicity of welding dust in Wistar rats exposed to 60.0 mg/m(3) of respirable-size welding dust (mean diameter 1.17 µm) for 2 weeks (6 h/day, 5 days/week); the aerosols were generated in the nose-only exposure chambers (NOEC). An additional aim included the study of the effect of betaine supplementation on oxidative deterioration in rat lung during 2 weeks of exposure to welding dust or water-soluble dust form. The animals were divided into eight groups (n = 8 per group): control, dust, betaine, betaine + dust, soluble-form dust, soluble-form dust + betaine, saline and saline + betaine groups. Rats were euthanized 1 or 2 weeks after the last exposure for assessment of pulmonary toxicity. Differential cell counts, total protein concentrations and cellular enzyme (lactate dehydrogenase-LDH) activities were determined in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, and corticosterone and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) concentrations were assessed in serum. The increase in polymorphonuclear (PMN) leukocytes in BAL fluid (a cytological index of inflammatory responses of the lung) is believed to reflect pulmonary toxicity of heavy metals. Biomarkers of toxicity assessed in bronchoalveolar fluids indicate that the level of the toxic effect depends mainly on the solubility of studied metal compounds; biomarkers that showed treatment effects included: total cell, neutrophil and lymphocyte counts, total protein concentrations, and cellular enzyme (lactate dehydrogenase) activity

  7. Metabonomic Evaluation of Chronic Unpredictable Mild Stress-Induced Changes in Rats by Intervention of Fluoxetine by HILIC-UHPLC/MS.

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    Longshan Zhao

    Full Text Available Hydrophilic interaction-ultra high performance liquid chromatography (HILIC-UHPLC allows the analysis of highly polar metabolites, providing complementary information to reversed-phase (RP chromatography. By optimization of the preparation and analytical conditions in HILIC mode, HILIC-UHPLC/MS was applied for the global metabolic profiling of rat plasma samples generated in an experimental model of chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS, and the concomitant investigation of the protective effect of fluoxetine was also evaluated. Identification of plasma metabolic profiles indicated that significant changes in specific metabolites occurred after fluoxetine exposure, including increased phenylalanine, serine, acetyl-L-carnitine, carnitine and decreased creatine, betaine, proline, tryptophan, tyrosine, C16:0 LPC. Some novel biomarkers from this HILIC-UHPLC/MS approach were betaine, proline, tyrosine creatine and serine compared with the results of RP-UHPLC/MS. The complementary nature of this technique is confirmed and is on agreement with previously published studies.

  8. Study on the Relationship between the Main Secondary Metabolites and Polysaccharide in Fruits of Lycium barbarum at Different Application Amounts of Nitrogen%不同施氮水平下枸杞主要次生代谢产物与多糖的关系研究

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    康建宏; 吴宏亮; 杨涓; 杨剑涛

    2008-01-01

    [Objective] The aim of this study is to investigate the optimum application amount of nitrogen in Lycium barbarum based on considering the re-lationship between main secondary metaholites and polysaccharide. [Method] Under field conditions, the effects of different application amounts of nitro-gen on main secondary metabolites of betaine, carotenoid and flavone of Lycium barbarum and the relationship between main secondary metabolites and pol-ysaccharide. [Result] The main secondary metabolites of betainc, carotenoid and flavone of Lycium barbarum varied under different application amounts of nitrogen. The proper application amuant of nitrogen (600 -900 kg/hm2) was beneficial to the formation and accumulation of secondary metabolites such as carotenoids. Correlation analysis results showed that polysaccharide were negatively correlated with betaine, carotenoid and flavone at significant probability level. [Conclusion] Considering the relationship between the output and quality of the fruits of Lycium barbarum, the optimum nitrogen application a-mount should be 600 -900 kg/hm2.

  9. [Preparation of β-In2S3 and Catalytic Degradation of Oxytetracycline Under Solar Light Irradiation].

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    Ai, Cui-ling; Zhou, Dan-dan; Zhang, Rong-rong; Shao, Xiang-wen; Lei, Ying-jie

    2015-08-01

    The preparation of beta-In2S3 nanomaterial was carried out by reacting In (NO3)3 with thioacetamide through hydrothermal process at 120 degrees C for 12 h. The size and morphology of In2S3 were characterized by the scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) while the degradation efficiency was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of oxytetracycline under natural sunlight. The results revealed that beta-In2S3 nanoparticles are made up of nanosheets with a length of 15-30 nm and with high efficient catalytic performance, in which more than 98% of the initial oxytetracycline (30 mg x L(-1)) was degraded in 4 h. Furthermore, the prepared pG-In2 S3 can be recycled and kept efficient catalytic performance above 85% even after reusing for four times, which reflected the good stability and relative photocatalytic activity of In2S3.

  10. Suppression of TNF-alpha production by S-adenosylmethionine in human mononuclear leukocytes is not mediated by polyamines

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    Yu, J.; Parlesak, Alexandr; Sauter, S.

    2006-01-01

    precursors or metabolites [phosphatidylcholine, choline, betaine, S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)] have a modulating effect on tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) production by endotoxin-stimulated human mononuclear leukocytes and whether SAM-dependent polyamines (spermidine, spermine) are mediators of SAM......-induced inhibition of TNF-alpha synthesis. Methionine and betaine had a moderate stimulatory effect on TNF-alpha production, whereas phosphatidylcholine (ID(50) 5.4 mM), SAM (ID(50) 131 microM), spermidine (ID(50) 4.5 microM) and spermine (ID(50) 3.9 microM) had a predominantly inhibitory effect. Putrescine did...... not alter TNF-alpha release. Inhibitors of polyamine synthesis that blocked either putrescine (difluoromethylornithine) or spermine (CGP48664A) production did not affect TNF-alpha synthesis. Endotoxin stimulation of leukocytes did not alter the intracellular levels of polyamines. In addition...

  11. Effects of New Plant Growth Regulators on Growth and Quality in Potato

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    Chen Weiyan

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This experiment aimed to explore the effects of new plant growth regulators on the growth and quality of potato, we conduct potato tubers with different concentrations of the regulators and cultivated in the seedling pot, with water as the control treatment. The results showed that sorbic amide (5%, sorbic amide quaternary ammonium salt (5%, Cinnamamide (5%, betaine Cinnamamide (5%, naphthalene dicarboxamide (5%, betaine naphthalenedicarboxamide (5% these 6 new regulators have good activity in improving and enhancing the content of chlorophyll, soluble protein, soluble sugar and free amino acids with 400 times dilution and 800 times dilution on potato seedling. At the same time, we compared the changes of the physiological indexes in different periods. As can be seen from the experiment, these 6 compounds have a strong role in promoting growth and improving the quality of the potato so that they can be called plant growth regulators.

  12. The influence of ethanol on hepatic transmethylation.

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    Barak, A J; Beckenhauer, H C

    1988-01-01

    One of the most important biochemical pathways in the organism is the biosynthesis of methionine from the methylation of homocysteine. Two different reactions are responsible for this methylation, one utilizing N5-methyltetra-hydrofolate as a methylating agent and the other using betaine as the methyl donor. This paper reviews some recent findings in this laboratory, which demonstrate that ethanol-feeding to rats impairs the folate-induced reaction. Our findings also show that this impairment is compensated for through the adaptive increase in the enzyme using betaine in the biosynthesis of methionine. Further studies indicate that the mechanism of action in the impairment may occur through the formation of individual adducts between the folate-induced enzyme (methionine synthetase), its essential cofactors and acetaldehyde, a metabolic product of ethanol. These findings suggest a basis for why rats are more resistant to alcoholic liver injury than humans and may offer a means of protecting against alcoholic liver injury in man.

  13. Purity of targets prepared on Cu substrates

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    Méens, A.; Rossini, I.; Sens, J. C.

    1993-09-01

    The purity of several elemental self-supporting targets usually prepared by evaporation onto soluble Cu substrates has been studied. The targets were analysed by Rutherford backscattering and instrumental neutron activation analysis. Because of the high percentage of Cu observed in some Si targets, further measurements, including transmission electron microscopy, have been performed on Si targets deposited by e-gun bombardment onto Cu and ion-beam sputtering onto betaine.

  14. Innovations in Health Value and Functional Food Development of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.)

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    Graf, Brittany L.; Rojas-Silva, Patricio; Rojo, Leonel E.; Delatorre-Herrera, Jose; Baldeón, Manuel E.; Raskin, Ilya

    2015-01-01

    Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd., Amaranthaceae) is a grain-like, stress-tolerant food crop that has provided subsistence, nutrition, and medicine for Andean indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Quinoa contains a high content of health-beneficial phytochemicals, including amino acids, fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, saponins, phytosterols, phytoecdysteroids, phenolics, betalains, and glycine betaine. Over the past 2 decades, numerous food and nutraceutical prod...

  15. THE FETAL ORIGINS OF MEMORY: THE ROLE OF DIETARY CHOLINE IN OPTIMAL BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

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    Steven H Zeisel

    2006-01-01

    Fetal nutrition sets the stage for organ function in later life. In this review we discuss the fetal and neonatal origins of brain function. Numerous research observations point to the importance of choline for the developing fetus and neonate. This essential nutrient is involved in 1-carbon metabolism and is the precursor for many important compounds, including phospholipids, acetylcholine, and the methyl donor betaine. Dietary intake of choline by the pregnant mother and later by the infant...

  16. Nanoscale Imaging with a Single Quantum Dot

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    2011-12-19

    rheology modifier (Acrysol RM-825, Rohm and Haas Co.)29, 0.15% of a zwitterionic betaine surfactant30, and CdSe/ZnS core-shell QDs (Ocean NanoTech...on the PDMS surface while the rheology modifier is used to reduce Brownian motion and inhibit unwanted adhesion of the QDs to surfaces. 8...From Viscoelastic Solutions to Elastic Gels . Langmuir 23, 12849-12856 (2007). Acknowledgements We would like to thank Brian Edwards and Nader

  17. Preparation and Investigation of Diamond-like Carbon Stripper Foils

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    FAN; Qi-wen; DU; Ying-hui; ZHANG; Rong; XU; Guo-ji

    2013-01-01

    1 Preparation of DLC stripper foils For DLC stripper foils of about 5μg/cm2 thickness,the following methods were used.The DLC foils of about 4μg/cm2 thicknesses were produced by FCVA onto glass slides coated with betaine-saccharose as releasing agent,which was previously covered with the evaporated carbon layers of about 1μg/cm2

  18. Preparation of U-Shape Carbon Stripper Foil

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    ZHANG; Rong; FAN; Qi-wen; DU; Ying-hui

    2012-01-01

    <正>In an experiment for the Beijing Radioactive Ion-beam Facility, the self-supportting U-shape carbon foils are strongly required to serve as the stripper foils. The preparation procedures are as following. First, the carbon foils with thickness of about 60 μg/cm2 were deposited by the CAA (Controlled AC Arc-discharge) method onto the glass slides coated with betaine-saccharose as releasing agent. The parameters in preparation are listed in Table 1.

  19. Spontaneous vesicle formation from DSB/AOT mixed system

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    CHEN Wenjun; ZHAI Limin; LI Ganzuo; MENG Xiangguang; ZENG Xiancheng

    2003-01-01

    Spontaneous vesicles from the aqueous mixtures of dodecyl sulfonate betaine (DSB) and sodium bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) at certain mixingratios have been demonstrated by using calorimetry, freeze-frac- ture transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), negative- staining TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS) methods. The addition of NaCl will promote vesicle formation and the heat effect of monodisperse vesicle system is greatest. Meanwhile the mechanism was analyzed from the viewpoint of packing parameter f, molecular geometry structure and interaction.

  20. Organic-inorganic nanostructures for luminescent indication in the near-infrared range

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    Kondratenko, T. S.; Ovchinnikov, O. V.; Grevtseva, I. G.; Smirnov, M. S.

    2016-04-01

    Amplifying and quenching of IR luminescence of colloidal Ag2S quantum dots were revealed to take place when they couple to organic dye molecules of 3,3'-di-(γ-sulfopropyl)-9-ethyl-4,5,4',5'-dibenzothiacarbocyanine betaine and erytrosine pyridinium salts, respectively. The observed effects are explained as due to the formation of organic-inorganic heterostructures with different mutual arrangement of electronic states of the dyes and the quantum dots.

  1. Production and identification of salt_tolerant transgenic rice plants

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    2001-01-01

    @@To relieve the damage of salt to the cell, many plants accumulated some low_molecular weight organic compounds, which were called osmoprotectant, such as betaine, mannitol, and sorbitol. Therefore if the gene_encoding enzyme responsible for synthesizing the osmoprotectant was transformed into rice plants, the salt_tolerance capacity of the transgenic plants would be increased, and the enormous loss caused by salinization of soil would be reduced.

  2. Choline dehydrogenase interacts with SQSTM1/p62 to recruit LC3 and stimulate mitophagy

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    Park, Sungwoo; Choi, Seon-Guk; Yoo, Seung-Min; Son, Jin H.; Jung, Yong-Keun

    2014-01-01

    CHDH (choline dehydrogenase) is an enzyme catalyzing the dehydrogenation of choline to betaine aldehyde in mitochondria. Apart from this well-known activity, we report here a pivotal role of CHDH in mitophagy. Knockdown of CHDH expression impairs CCCP-induced mitophagy and PARK2/parkin-mediated clearance of mitochondria in mammalian cells, including HeLa cells and SN4741 dopaminergic neuronal cells. Conversely, overexpression of CHDH accelerates PARK2-mediated mitophagy. CHDH is found on both...

  3. Effect of Fatty Acid Conjugation on Antimicrobial Peptide Activity

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    2004-12-01

    killing mechanism of antimicrobial peptides makes them an interesting alternative to traditional antibiotics, as target bacteria may be less able...C14-AKK and C16-AKK to within a 7% error are 220 and 16mM respectively. Since amphipathicity is requisite for antimicrobial action KAK is not...Schnaare, 2000: Antimicrobial evaluation of N-alkyl betaines and N-alkyl-N,N-dimethylamine oxides with variations in chain length. Antimicrobial Agents

  4. Mechanism for Prevention of Alcohol-Induced Liver Injury by Dietary Methyl Donors

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    Powell, Christine L.; Bradford, Blair U.; Craig, Christopher Patrick; Tsuchiya, Masato; Uehara, Takeki; O’Connell, Thomas M.; Pogribny, Igor P.; Melnyk, Stepan; Koop, Dennis R.; Bleyle, Lisa; Threadgill, David W.; Rusyn, Ivan

    2010-01-01

    Alcohol-induced liver injury (ALI) has been associated with, among other molecular changes, abnormal hepatic methionine metabolism, resulting in decreased levels of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM). Dietary methyl donor supplements such as SAM and betaine mitigate ALI in animal models; however, the mechanisms of protection remain elusive. It has been suggested that methyl donors may act via attenuation of alcohol-induced oxidative stress. We hypothesized that the protective action of methyl donors ...

  5. Inhibition of insulin fibrillation by osmolytes: Mechanistic Insights

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    Choudhary, Sinjan; Kishore, Nand; Hosur, Ramakrishna V.

    2015-11-01

    We have studied here using a number of biophysical tools the effects of osmolytes, betaine, citrulline, proline and sorbitol which differ significantly in terms of their physical characteristics such as, charge distribution, polarity, H-bonding abilities etc, on the fibrillation of insulin. Among these, betaine, citrulline, and proline are very effective in decreasing the extent of fibrillation. Proline also causes a substantial delay in the onset of fibrillation in the concentration range (50-250 mM) whereas such an effect is seen for citrulline only at 250 mM, and in case of betaine this effect is not seen at all in the whole concentration range. The enthalpies of interaction at various stages of fibrillation process have suggested that the preferential exclusion of the osmolyte and its polar interaction with the protein are important in inhibition. The results indicate that the osmolytes are most effective when added prior to the elongation stage of fibrillation. These observations have significant biological implications, since insulin fibrillation is known to cause injection amyloidosis and our data may help in designing lead drug molecules and development of potential therapeutic strategies.

  6. A therapeutic trial of pro-methylation dietary supplements in Angelman syndrome.

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    Bird, Lynne M; Tan, Wen-Hann; Bacino, Carlos A; Peters, Sarika U; Skinner, Steven A; Anselm, Irina; Barbieri-Welge, Rene; Bauer-Carlin, Astrid; Gentile, Jennifer K; Glaze, Daniel G; Horowitz, Lucia T; Mohan, K Naga; Nespeca, Mark P; Sahoo, Trilochan; Sarco, Dean; Waisbren, Susan E; Beaudet, Arthur L

    2011-12-01

    Angelman syndrome (AS) is due to deficient ubiquitin protein ligase 3a, the gene for which (UBE3A) maps to chromosome 15q11-q13 and is imprinted such that only the maternally inherited gene is expressed. The paternally inherited UBE3A gene is silenced, a process mediated by an antisense transcript. We conducted a trial using methylation-promoting dietary supplements (betaine, metafolin, creatine, and vitamin B(12) ) in an attempt to reduce antisense transcript production, increase UBE3A expression, and ameliorate the symptoms of AS. Neuropsychological evaluations, biochemical testing, and assessment of DNA methylation were performed at the beginning and at the end of 1 year of supplementation. The primary outcome measures were changes in the level of developmental function (cognitive, motor, and language) as measured using standardized instruments. The secondary outcomes measures were changes in biochemical parameters and global DNA methylation. These data were compared to those of a control group from a previous randomized double-blind trial using folic acid and betaine. There were no statistically significant changes in the developmental performance of children treated with supplements. There were no unexpected changes in biochemical parameters and no change in site-specific DNA methylation when comparing samples from before and after treatment. There were 10 adverse events that resulted in study withdrawal of 7 participants (worsening of seizures, onset, or worsening of sleep problems, constipation, and anorexia). Supplementation with betaine, metafolin, creatine, and vitamin B(12) appears safe but ineffective in decreasing the severity of AS.

  7. Biodegradation of beet molasses vinasse by a mixed culture of micro organisms: Effect of aeration conditions and pH control

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    Krzysztof Lutoslawski; Agnieszka Ryznar-Luty; Edmund Cibis; Malgorzata Krzywonos; Tadeusz Mi(s)kiewicz

    2011-01-01

    The effect of aeration conditions and pH control on the progress and efficiency of beet molasses vinasse biodegradation was investigated during four batch processes at 38℃ with the mixed microbial culture composed of Bifidobacterium,Lactobacillus,Lactococcus,Streptococcus,Bacillus,Rhodopseudomonas,and Saccharomyces.The four processes were carried out in a shake flask with no pH control,an aerobic bioreactor without mixing with no pH control,and a stirred-tank reactor (STR) with aeration with and without pH control,respectively.All experiments were started with an initial pH 8.0.The highest efficiency of biodegradation was achieved through the processes conducted in the STR,where betaine (an organic pollutant occurring in beet molasses in very large quantities) was completely degraded by the microorganisms.The process with no pH control carried out in the STR produced the highest reduction in the following pollution measures:organic matter expressed as chemical oxygen demand determined by the dichromatic method + theoretical COD of betaine (CODsum,85.5%),total organic carbon (TOC,78.8%) and five-day biological oxygen demand (BOD5,98.6%).The process conditions applied in the shake flask experiments,as well as those used in the aerobic bioreactor without mixing,failed to provide complete betaine assimilation.As a consequence,reduction in CODwum,TOC and BOD5 was approximately half that obtained with STR.

  8. NaCl胁迫对转甜菜碱醛脱氢酶基因美丽胡枝子生理的影响%Effects of NaCl Stress on Some Physiological Indices of Transgenic Lespedeza formosa Expressing BADH Gene

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    杨晓红; 陈晓阳; 隗晓丹; 王颖; 周伟; 李守菊

    2008-01-01

    [Objective] The aim of this study was to explore the effects of exogenous gene introduction on osmotic adjustment of plants. [Method] After pot culture with same time, the transgenic plants expressing betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase gene (BADH) and non-transgenic plants of Lespedeza formosa were treated with different concentrations (0, 0.5%, 1.0%, 2.0%) of NaCl solution for 30 h and some physiological indices including proline, betaine, soluble sugar, malondialdehyde (MDA) contents and superoxide dismutase(SOD) activity were assayed. [Result] There was no significant difference on the indices mentioned above between transgenic plants and non-transgenic plants under the salt-free treatment. With the increase of NaCl concentration, the transgenic plants accumulated much higher level of proline, betaine, soluble sugar and lower level of MDA than non-transgenic plants. But the differences of SOD activity increase degrees between transgenic and non-transgenic plants were not significant. Performances of the three transgenic lines were different to some extent. [Conclusion] The introduction of exogenous BADH gene enhanced the osmotic adjustment ability of L. formosa, furthermore; different transgenic lines performed differently.

  9. Analysis of carotenogenic genes promoters and WRKY transcription factors in response to salt stress in Dunaliella bardawil

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    Liang, Ming-Hua; Jiang, Jian-Guo

    2017-01-01

    The unicellular alga Dunaliella bardawil is a highly salt-tolerant organism, capable of accumulating glycerol, glycine betaine and β-carotene under salt stress, and has been considered as an excellent model organism to investigate the molecular mechanisms of salt stress responses. In this study, several carotenogenic genes (DbCRTISO, DbZISO, DbLycE and DbChyB), DbBADH genes involved in glycine betaine synthesis and genes encoding probable WRKY transcription factors from D. bardawil were isolated, and promoters of DbCRTISO and DbChyB were cloned. The promoters of DbPSY, DbLycB, DbGGPS, DbCRTISO and DbChyB contained the salt-regulated element (SRE), GT1GMSCAM4, while the DbGGPS promoter has another SRE, DRECRTCOREAT. All promoters of the carotenogenic genes had light-regulated elements and W-box cis-acting elements. Most WRKY transcription factors can bind to the W-box, and play roles in abiotic stress. qRT-PCR analysis showed that salt stress up-regulated both carotenogenic genes and WRKY transcription factors. In contrast, the transcription levels of DbBADH showed minor changes. In D. bardawil, it appears that carotenoid over-accumulation allows for the long-term adaptation to salt stress, while the rapid modulation of glycine betaine biosynthesis provides an initial response. PMID:28128303

  10. Role of transmethylation reactions in alcoholic liver disease

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    2007-01-01

    Alcoholic liver disease is a major health care problem worldwide. Findings from many laboratories, induding ours,have demonstrated that ethanol feeding impairs several of the many steps involved in methionine metabolism.Ethanol consumption predominantly results in a decrease in the hepatocyte level of S-adenosylmethionine and the increases in two toxic metabolites, homocysteine and S-adenosylhomocysteine. These changes, in turn,result in serious functional consequences which include decreases in essential methylation reactions via inhibition of various methyltransferases. Of particular interest to our laboratory is the inhibition of three important enzymes, phosphatidylethanolamine methyltransferase,isoprenylcysteine carboxyl methyltransferase and protein L-isoaspartate methyltransferase. Decreased activity of these enzymes results in increased fat deposition, increased apoptosis and increased accumulation of damaged proteinsall of which are hallmark features of alcoholic liver injury.Of all the therapeutic modalities available, betaine has been shown to be the safest, least expensive and most effective in attenuating ethanol-induced liver injury. Betaine, by virtue of aiding in the remethylation of homocysteine,removes both toxic metabolites (homocysteine and S-adenosylhomocysteine), restores S-adenosylmethionine level, and reverses steatosis, apoptosis and damaged proteins accumulation. In conclusion, betaine appears to be a promising therapeutic agent in relieving the methylation and other defects associated with alcoholic abuse.

  11. Effect of pressure on methylated glycine derivatives: relative roles of hydrogen bonds and steric repulsion of methyl groups.

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    Kapustin, Eugene A; Minkov, Vasily S; Boldyreva, Elena V

    2014-06-01

    Infinite head-to-tail chains of zwitterions present in the crystals of all amino acids are known to be preserved even after structural phase transitions. In order to understand the role of the N-H...O hydrogen bonds linking zwitterions in these chains in structural rearrangements, the crystal structures of the N-methyl derivatives of glycine (N-methylglycine, or sarcosine, with two donors for hydrogen bonding; two polymorphs of N,N-dimethylglycine, DMG-I and DMG-II, with one donor for hydrogen bond; and N,N,N-trimethylglycine, or betaine, with no hydrogen bonds) were studied at different pressures. Methylation has not only excluded the formation of selected hydrogen bonds, but also introduced bulky mobile fragments into the structure. The effects of pressure on the systems of the series were compared with respect to distorting and switching over hydrogen bonds and inducing reorientation of the methylated fragments. Phase transitions with fragmentation of the single crystals into fine powder were observed for partially methylated N-methyl- and N,N-dimethylglycine, whereas the structural changes in betaine were continuous with some peculiar features in the 1.4-2.9 GPa pressure range and accompanied by splitting of the crystals into several large fragments. Structural rearrangements in sarcosine and betaine were strongly dependent on the rate of pressure variation: the higher the rate of increasing pressure, the lower the pressure at which the phase transition occurred.

  12. Changes in endogenous bioactive compounds of Korean native chicken meat at different ages and during cooking.

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    Jayasena, Dinesh D; Jung, Samooel; Bae, Young Sik; Kim, Sun Hyo; Lee, Soo Kee; Lee, Jun Heon; Jo, Cheorun

    2014-07-01

    This study aimed to examine the effect of bird age on the contents of endogenous bioactive compounds, including carnosine, anserine, creatine, betaine, and carnitine, in meat from a certified meat-type commercial Korean native chicken strain (KNC; Woorimatdag). Additionally, the effects of the meat type (breast or leg meat) and the state of the meat (raw or cooked) were examined. Cocks of KNC were raised under similar standard commercial conditions at a commercial chicken farm. At various ages (10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 wk), breast and leg meats from a total of 10 birds from each age group were obtained. Raw and cooked meat samples were then prepared separately and analyzed for bioactive compounds. The age of the KNC had a significant effect only on the betaine content. The breast meat of KNC had higher amounts of carnosine and anserine but had lower amounts of betaine and carnitine than the leg meat (P bioactive compounds during cooking (P bioactive compounds in KNC meat, which can be useful for selection and breeding programs, and also for popularizing indigenous chicken meat.

  13. Reactivity of cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes (CAACs) and bis(amino)cyclopropenylidenes (BACs) with heteroallenes: comparisons with their N-heterocyclic carbene (NHCs) counterparts.

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    Kuchenbeiser, Glenn; Soleilhavoup, Michele; Donnadieu, Bruno; Bertrand, Guy

    2009-11-02

    Similarly to NHCs, CAAC(a) and BAC(a) react with CO2 to give the corresponding betaines. Based on the carbonyl stretching frequencies of cis-[RhCl(CO)2(L)] complexes, the order of electron donor ability was predicted to be CAAC(a) approximately BAC(a)>NHCs. When the betaines nu(asym)(CO2) values are used, the apparent ordering is BAC(a)>NHCs approximately CAAC(a) that indicates a limitation for the use of IR spectroscopy in the ranking of ligand sigma-donating ability. Although all carbenes react with carbon disulfide to give the corresponding betaines, a second equivalent of CS2 reacts with the BAC-CS2 leading to a bicyclic thieno[2,3-diamino]-1,3-dithiole-2-thione, which results from a novel ring expansion process. Surprisingly, in contrast to NHCs, CAAC(a) does not react with carbodiimide, whereas BAC(a) exclusively gives a ring expanded product, analogous to that obtained with CS2. The intermediate amidinate can be trapped, using the lithium tetrafluoroborate adduct of BAC(b) as a carbene surrogate.

  14. Probing the connection of PBSs to the photosystems in Spirulina platensis by artificially induced fluorescence fluctuations

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    Li Heng [Key Laboratory of Photochemistry, Center for Molecular Science, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Yang Shuzhen [Key Laboratory of Photochemistry, Center for Molecular Science, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Xie Jie [Key Laboratory of Photochemistry, Center for Molecular Science, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Zhao Jingquan [Key Laboratory of Photochemistry, Center for Molecular Science, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China)]. E-mail: zhaojq@iccas.ac.cn

    2007-01-15

    The molecular architecture and the structural connections of phycobilisomes (PBSs) to the photosystems in the intact cells of Spirulina platensis were studied by taking advantage of glycerol- and betaine-induced fluorescence fluctuations. Generally, with a selective excitation of C-phycocyanin (C-PC), glycerol could induce not only decoupling of PBSs from the photosystems but also of C-PC rods from allophycocyanin (APC) cores, while betaine could strengthen the connection of PBSs to the thylakoid membrane but induce a partial dissociation of PBS. On the other hand, glycerol did not exert an influence on the fluorescence spectra of the photosystems in isolated thylakoid membrane. Therefore, it was deduced that glycerol could provide a molecular environment to weaken the hydrophobic interactions of not only the L{sub CM} with the membrane but also the linker polypeptides to the water-soluble phycobiliproteins (C-PC and APC), while the betaine could strengthen the hydrophobic interaction of L{sub CM} with the membrane but weaken the electrostatic interaction of linker polypeptides to C-PC and/or APC.

  15. Human choline dehydrogenase: medical promises and biochemical challenges.

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    Salvi, Francesca; Gadda, Giovanni

    2013-09-15

    Human choline dehydrogenase (CHD) is located in the inner membrane of mitochondria primarily in liver and kidney and catalyzes the oxidation of choline to glycine betaine. Its physiological role is to regulate the concentrations of choline and glycine betaine in the blood and cells. Choline is important for regulation of gene expression, the biosynthesis of lipoproteins and membrane phospholipids and for the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine; glycine betaine plays important roles as a primary intracellular osmoprotectant and as methyl donor for the biosynthesis of methionine from homocysteine, a required step for the synthesis of the ubiquitous methyl donor S-adenosyl methionine. Recently, CHD has generated considerable medical attention due to its association with various human pathologies, including male infertility, homocysteinuria, breast cancer and metabolic syndrome. Despite the renewed interest, the biochemical characterization of the enzyme has lagged behind due to difficulties in the obtainment of purified, active and stable enzyme. This review article summarizes the medical relevance and the physiological roles of human CHD, highlights the biochemical knowledge on the enzyme, and provides an analysis based on the comparison of the protein sequence with that of bacterial choline oxidase, for which structural and biochemical information is available.

  16. A unified rapid PCR method for detection of normal and expanded trinucleotide alleles of CAG repeats in huntington chorea and CGG repeats in fragile X syndrome.

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    Todorov, Tihomir; Todorova, Albena; Georgieva, Bilyana; Mitev, Vanyo

    2010-06-01

    We report on a unified rapid betaine-based-PCR protocol for amplification of the (CAG)n region in Huntington disease (HD) and the (CGG)n region in Fragile X syndrome (FXS), followed by an electrophoretic separation on automated sequencer for precise determination of the triplet numbers. The high betaine concentration (2.5 M betaine) permits precise amplification of the CAG and CGG repeats. Ten HD affected patients and 10 healthy individuals from HD families were re-evaluated. For FXS the CGG region in normal individuals and premutations of about 100 repeats were precisely amplified by this protocol. Ten unrelated FXS premutation carriers and 24 mentally retarded non-FXS affected boys were re-examined by this method. The results totally coincided with the previous ones. This protocol is a good choice as a fast screening test. Within 24 h we can have preliminary information on the patient's genetic status. Normal individuals, CGG premutation carriers up to 100 repeats, as well as HD patients carrying an expansion up to 50 CAG repeats can be easily clarified. This accounts for a relatively large proportion (about 90%) of the suspected HD and FXS patients, referred to our laboratory for genetic analysis. The calculation of the repeat's number is more accurate for the correct interpretation of the results, screening tests and genetic counselling.

  17. Investigating multiple candidate genes and nutrients in the folate metabolism pathway to detect genetic and nutritional risk factors for lung cancer.

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    Michael D Swartz

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Folate metabolism, with its importance to DNA repair, provides a promising region for genetic investigation of lung cancer risk. This project investigates genes (MTHFR, MTR, MTRR, CBS, SHMT1, TYMS, folate metabolism related nutrients (B vitamins, methionine, choline, and betaine and their gene-nutrient interactions. METHODS: We analyzed 115 tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs and 15 nutrients from 1239 and 1692 non-Hispanic white, histologically-confirmed lung cancer cases and controls, respectively, using stochastic search variable selection (a Bayesian model averaging approach. Analyses were stratified by current, former, and never smoking status. RESULTS: Rs6893114 in MTRR (odds ratio [OR] = 2.10; 95% credible interval [CI]: 1.20-3.48 and alcohol (drinkers vs. non-drinkers, OR = 0.48; 95% CI: 0.26-0.84 were associated with lung cancer risk in current smokers. Rs13170530 in MTRR (OR = 1.70; 95% CI: 1.10-2.87 and two SNP*nutrient interactions [betaine*rs2658161 (OR = 0.42; 95% CI: 0.19-0.88 and betaine*rs16948305 (OR = 0.54; 95% CI: 0.30-0.91] were associated with lung cancer risk in former smokers. SNPs in MTRR (rs13162612; OR = 0.25; 95% CI: 0.11-0.58; rs10512948; OR = 0.61; 95% CI: 0.41-0.90; rs2924471; OR = 3.31; 95% CI: 1.66-6.59, and MTHFR (rs9651118; OR = 0.63; 95% CI: 0.43-0.95 and three SNP*nutrient interactions (choline*rs10475407; OR = 1.62; 95% CI: 1.11-2.42; choline*rs11134290; OR = 0.51; 95% CI: 0.27-0.92; and riboflavin*rs8767412; OR = 0.40; 95% CI: 0.15-0.95 were associated with lung cancer risk in never smokers. CONCLUSIONS: This study identified possible nutrient and genetic factors related to folate metabolism associated with lung cancer risk, which could potentially lead to nutritional interventions tailored by smoking status to reduce lung cancer risk.

  18. The Influence of Osmolytes on the Antimicrobial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles

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    Reed-Jones, Neiunna L.

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are gaining popularity as antimicrobial agents due to their broad- spectrum activity and lower propensity to develop resistance in bacteria. However, with increased frequency of use, there remains a possibility for bacteria to develop resistance or adaptive mechanisms against Ag-NPs overtime. Mechanisms used by bacteria to resist antimicrobial agents include efflux pumps, heat shock proteins (Hsp) and accumulation of compatible solutes, generally referred to as osmolytes. The latter mechanism is typically employed when bacteria are under osmotic stress they accumulate osmolytes either through de novo synthesis or exogenously. Osmolytes act to stabilize the bacterial cell membrane by maintaining the native protein structure, while at the same time, ensuring compatibility with other cellular structures and functions. The most common osmolytes accumulated by bacteria are glycine betaine, proline, carnitine, choline, trehalose and glutamate. Since Ag-NPs target the cell membrane it is conceivable that osmolytes may suppress its bactericidal activity. In the present study, we assess the antimicrobial efficacy of Ag-NPs in the presence of glycine betaine and proline. Exponential phase cultures (106 cfu/ml) of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus were exposed to a predetermined the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 0.4 mM of citrate-stabilized Ag-NPs and incubated at 37°C for 48 h. This was replicated with the addition of 1 mM of either glycine betaine or proline. Growth was monitored by optical density, standard plate count, resazurin assay and LIVE/DEAD analyses. The result showed that Ag-NPs had no detectable effect on osmolyte treated cells. The average plate count of cultures supplemented with either glycine betaine or proline ranged from 108 to 109 cfu/ml after 48 h. Resazurin assay also showed that there was a significant increase in the cells supplemented with

  19. Choline status and neurodevelopmental outcomes at 5 years of age in the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study.

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    Strain, J J; McSorley, Emeir M; van Wijngaarden, Edwin; Kobrosly, Roni W; Bonham, Maxine P; Mulhern, Maria S; McAfee, Alison J; Davidson, Philip W; Shamlaye, Conrad F; Henderson, Juliette; Watson, Gene E; Thurston, Sally W; Wallace, Julie M W; Ueland, Per M; Myers, Gary J

    2013-07-28

    Choline is an essential nutrient that is found in many food sources and plays a critical role in the development of the central nervous system. Animal studies have shown that choline status pre- and postnatally can have long-lasting effects on attention and memory; however, effects in human subjects have not been well studied. The aim of the present study was to examine the association between plasma concentrations of free choline and its related metabolites in children and their neurodevelopment in the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study, an ongoing longitudinal study assessing the development of children born to mothers with high fish consumption during pregnancy. Plasma concentrations of free choline, betaine, dimethylglycine (DMG), methionine and homocysteine and specific measures of neurodevelopment were measured in 210 children aged 5 years. The children's plasma free choline concentration (9·17 (sd 2·09) μmol/l) was moderately, but significantly, correlated with betaine (r 0·24; P= 0·0006), DMG (r 0·15; P= 0·03), methionine (r 0·24; P= 0·0005) and homocysteine (r 0·19; P= 0·006) concentrations. Adjusted multiple linear regression revealed that betaine concentrations were positively associated with Preschool Language Scale – total language scores (β = 0·066; P= 0·04), but no other associations were evident. We found no indication that free choline concentration or its metabolites, within the normal physiological range, are associated with neurodevelopmental outcomes in children at 5 years of age. As there is considerable animal evidence suggesting that choline status during development is associated with cognitive outcome, the issue deserves further study in other cohorts.

  20. Selective inhibition of aggregation/fibrillation of bovine serum albumin by osmolytes: Mechanistic and energetics insights

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    Dasgupta, Moumita

    2017-01-01

    Bovine serum albumin (BSA) is an important transport protein of the blood and its aggregation/fibrillation would adversely affect its transport ability leading to metabolic disorder. Therefore, understanding the mechanism of fibrillation/aggregation of BSA and design of suitable inhibitor molecules for stabilizing its native conformation, are of utmost importance. The qualitative and quantitative aspects of the effect of osmolytes (proline, hydroxyproline, glycine betaine, sarcosine and sorbitol) on heat induced aggregation/fibrillation of BSA at physiological pH (pH 7.4) have been studied employing a combination of fluorescence spectroscopy, Rayleigh scattering, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Formation of fibrils by BSA under the given conditions was confirmed from increase in fluorescence emission intensities of Thioflavin T over a time period of 600 minutes and TEM images. Absence of change in fluorescence emission intensities of 8-Anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid (ANS) in presence of native and aggregated BSA signify the absence of any amorphous aggregates. ITC results have provided important insights on the energetics of interaction of these osmolytes with different stages of the fibrillar aggregates of BSA, thereby suggesting the possible modes/mechanism of inhibition of BSA fibrillation by these osmolytes. The heats of interaction of the osmolytes with different stages of fibrillation of BSA do not follow a trend, suggesting that the interactions of stages of BSA aggregates are osmolyte specific. Among the osmolytes used here, we found glycine betaine to be supporting and promoting the aggregation process while hydroxyproline to be maximally efficient in suppressing the fibrillation process of BSA, followed by sorbitol, sarcosine and proline in the following order of their decreasing potency: Hydroxyproline> Sorbitol> Sarcosine> Proline> Glycine betaine. PMID:28207877

  1. Dietary modulation of avian coccidiosis.

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    Allen, P C; Danforth, H D; Augustine, P C

    1998-07-01

    During the past several years, our laboratory has been investigating the anticoccidial activities of various natural products that have potential use as dietary supplements for coccidiosis control. Sources of fats containing high concentrations of n-3 fatty acids such as menhaden oil and flaxseed oil and flaxseed, when added to starter rations and fed to chicks from one day of age, effectively reduce lesions caused by the caecal parasite Eimeria tenella, but not lesions caused by Eimeria maxima. Our results are consistent with reports of effects of diets high in n-3 fatty acids on other protozoan parasites which suggest that the state of oxidative stress induced by these diets in the cells of both host and parasites is responsible for their parasitic actions. Artemisinin, a naturally occurring (Artemisia annua) endoperoxide and effective antimalarial significantly lowers lesions from E. tenella when given at low levels as a feed additive. The mechanism of its action is also considered to involve induction of oxidative stress. Diets supplemented with 8 p.p.m. gamma-tocopherol (abundant in flaxseeds) or with 1% of the spice tumeric, reduce mid-small intestinal lesion scores and improve weight gains during E. maxima infections. These compounds may exert their anticoccidial activity because they are effective antioxidants. Betaine, a choline analogue found in high concentrations in sugar beets, improves nutrient utilisation by animals under stress. When provided as a dietary supplement at a level of 0.15% it has enhanced the anticoccidial activity of the ionophore, salinomycin. Betaine may act as an osmoprotectant whereby it improves the integrity and function of the infected intestinal mucosa. In in vivo studies, betaine plus salinomycin significantly inhibit invasion of both E. tenella and E. acervulina. However, subsequent development of E. acervulina is inhibited more effectively with this combination treatment than development of E. tenella.

  2. Thermal and refining processes, not fermentation, tend to reduce lipotropic capacity of plant-based foods.

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    Fardet, Anthony; Martin, Jean-François; Chardigny, Jean-Michel

    2011-08-01

    Plant-based foods (PBF) are relevant and diversified sources of lipotropes, which are compounds preventing excess hepatic fat deposits. In a first study, we defined the lipotropic capacity (LC, %) of raw PBF as the means of 8 lipotrope densities (LD, mg/100 kcal), each expressed relative to that of a reference food ranking the highest considering its mean 8 LD ranks (LC(raw asparagus)=100%) (A. Fardet, J.-F. Martin and J. M. Chardigny, J. Food Comp. Anal., 2011, DOI: 10.1016/j.jfca.2011.1003.1013). We showed that vegetables appeared as the best source of lipotropes on a 100 kcal-basis compared to legumes, cereals, fruits and nuts. The main objective of this second study was to quantify the effect of processing on LD and LC of raw PBF based on lipotrope contents collected in a USDA (United State Department of Agriculture) database and the literature, i.e. betaine, choline, myo-inositol, methionine, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate contents. Choline and betaine densities were not significantly affected by processing while methionine and lipotropic micronutrient densities were significantly decreased, especially for magnesium, pantothenate and folates. Myo-inositol density decreases were insignificant due to lower product number resulting from limited literature data. Lipotropic micronutrient densities were more affected by processing than other densities. Fermentations increased betaine (median change of +32%) and choline (+34%) densities. Canning and boiling vegetables increased choline densities (+26%). Globally, processing significantly reduced LC by ∼20%, fermentations being less drastic (median change of -5%) than refining (-33%) and thermal treatments (-16%). More specifically, canning increased LC of beetroot (536 vs 390%) and common bean (40 vs 36%) as fermentation towards LC grape (14 vs 7% for wine). Results were then mainly discussed based on percentages of lipotrope content changes on a dry-weight basis. Results of this study also showed

  3. Heavy metal complexation in polluted molluscs. II. Oysters (Ostrea edulis and Crassostrea gigas)

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    Howard, A.G.; Nickless, G.

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    Cadmium, zinc and copper, accumulated from polluted habitats by the oysters Ostrea edulis and Crassostrea gigas, were studued. Three distinct low molecular weight (less than 3000 daltons) zinc complexes were separated from highly contaminated C. gigas, one of which may be a complex with the amino acid taurine. Only one of these zinc complexes was present in less contaminatd specimens of O. edulis. On gel permeation chromatography of oyster extracts, copper was eluted together with amino acids (principally taurine) and the betaine homarine. No evidence of metallothionein type proteins was found.

  4. Metal-mediated aminocatalysis provides mild conditions: Enantioselective Michael addition mediated by primary amino catalysts and alkali-metal ions

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    Matthias Leven

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Four catalysts based on new amides of chiral 1,2-diamines and 2-sulfobenzoic acid have been developed. The alkali-metal salts of these betaine-like amides are able to form imines with enones, which are activated by Lewis acid interaction for nucleophilic attack by 4-hydroxycoumarin. The addition of 4-hydroxycoumarin to enones gives ee’s up to 83% and almost quantitative yields in many cases. This novel type of catalysis provides an effective alternative to conventional primary amino catalysis were strong acid additives are essential components.

  5. Mixing, Ergodic, and Nonergodic Processes with Rapidly Growing Information between Blocks

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    2011-01-01

    We construct mixing processes over an infinite alphabet and ergodic processes over a finite alphabet for which Shannon mutual information between adjacent blocks of length $n$ grows as $n^\\beta$, where $\\beta\\in(0,1)$. The processes are a modification of nonergodic Santa Fe processes, which were introduced in the context of natural language modeling. The rates of mutual information for the latter processes are alike and also established in this paper. As an auxiliary result, it is shown that infinite direct products of mixing or weakly mixing processes are mixing or weakly mixing respectively.

  6. Osmoregulation Mechanism of Drought Stress and Genetic Engineering Strategies for Improving Drought Resistance in Plants

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    Du Jinyou; Chen Xiaoyang; Li Wei; Gao Qiong

    2004-01-01

    Drought, one of the main adverse environmental factors, obviously affected plant growth and development. Many adaptive strategies have been developed in plants for coping with drought or water stress, among which osmoregulation is one of the important factors of plant drought tolerance. Many substances play important roles in plant osmoregulation for drought resistance, including proline, glycine betaine, Lea proteins and soluble sugars such as levan, trehalose, sucrose, etc. The osmoregulation mechanism and the genetic engineering of plant drought-tolerance are reviewed in this paper.

  7. A local limit theorem for random walks in random scenery and on randomly oriented lattices

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    Castell, Fabienne; Pène, Françoise; Schapira, Bruno

    2010-01-01

    Random walks in random scenery are processes defined by $Z_n:=\\sum_{k=1}^n\\xi_{X_1+...+X_k}$, where $(X_k,k\\ge 1)$ and $(\\xi_y,y\\in\\mathbb Z)$ are two independent sequences of i.i.d. random variables. We assume here that their distributions belong to the normal domain of attraction of stable laws with index $\\alpha\\in (0,2]$ and $\\beta\\in (0,2]$ respectively. These processes were first studied by H. Kesten and F. Spitzer, who proved the convergence in distribution when $\\alpha\

  8. Limit theorems for one and two-dimensional random walks in random scenery

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    Castell, Fabienne; Pène, Françoise

    2011-01-01

    Random walks in random scenery are processes defined by $Z_n:=\\sum_{k=1}^n\\xi_{X_1+...+X_k}$, where $(X_k,k\\ge 1)$ and $(\\xi_y,y\\in{\\mathbb Z}^d)$ are two independent sequences of i.i.d. random variables with values in ${\\mathbb Z}^d$ and $\\mathbb R$ respectively. We suppose that the distributions of $X_1$ and $\\xi_0$ belong to the normal basin of attraction of stable distribution of index $\\alpha\\in(0,2]$ and $\\beta\\in(0,2]$. When $d=1$ and $\\alpha\

  9. Identification of feeding stimulants for shrimp%摄食促进剂对对虾生长的影响

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    2001-01-01

    Two experiments were conducted to screen 5'-inosine- monophosphate,betaine,fish hydrolysate,TMA-O and DMPT as feeding stimulants for shrimp.Feeding stimulants carrier was non-attractive diet.The first experiment was conducted to observe the attractant response.The maximum attractant response was attained when the diet contained DMPT.The second experiment was to observe the effect of attractant on growth and FCR of shrimp.The maximum weight gain rate and the minimum FCR was attained when the diet contained DMPT.

  10. 甜菜碱的产品控制及含量测定%Products controlling and content determine of lycine

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    2010-01-01

    @@ 甜菜碱(Betaine)是一种能为动物提供高效活性甲基的类维生素的营养添加剂,最早发现于19世纪的欧州,因它主要存在于甜菜的糖蜜中,故而得名.甜菜碱的化学名称是1-羧基-N,N,N-三甲基乙内脂,分子式为C5H11NO2,化学结构与甘氨酸类似,属于季胺碱类.

  11. catena-Poly[[[diaquacopper(II]-μ-2,2′-{[p-phenylenebis(oxymethylene]bis(pyridinium-3,1-diyl}diacetate] dibromide

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    Full Text Available The title centrosymmetric coordination polymer, {[Cu(C22H20N2O6(H2O2]Br2}n, formed by the reaction of the flexible double betaine ligand 2,2′-{[p-phenylenebis(oxymethylene]bis(pyridine-3,1-diyl}diacetic acid with CuBr2, contains a Cu(II atom (overline1 symmetry which is surrounded by two water molecules and bridged by two anions in a square-planar coordination. In the crystal, polymeric zigzag chains are linked via O—H...Br interactions, forming a two-dimensional network extending parallel to (011.

  12. 甜菜碱及其在饲料工业中的应用

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    刘建平

    2004-01-01

    甜菜碱(Betaine)是一种天然化合物,这种物质因最初从甜菜中提取而得名,它用作饲料添加剂已有50多年的历史。因其在动物的蛋白质与脂肪代谢等方面的重要作用而倍受关注,并得到了广泛的应用。

  13. The Reactivity of 2,4,6-Tirphenylpyridinium Ylids

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    Triphenylpyridinium ylid 2, generated by the decarboxylation of betaine 1, were noted to react with acetyl chloride, chloroform or acetone to form addition-elimination product and proton extraction - carbanion addition products, respectively. The reaction with chloroform was determined as pseudo first order from kinetic experiments. The values of kobsd and t1/2 for decarboxylation at 20, 40 and 50°C were calculated to be 4.6 x 10-4, 8.8 x 10-3, 2.8 x 10-2 min-1 and 1.5 x 103, 78, 24 minutes, respectively.

  14. Synthesis and structures of novel octadecanuclear clusters [Cu12RE6(μ3-OH)24(pyb)12(H2O)18(μ12-ClO4)]17+(RE=Sm, Eu)

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    陈小明; 吴玉銮; 王如骥

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    The novel octadecanudear Cu-RE cluster haw been isolated from the reaction system of aqueous Cu2+-RE3+-pyb (RE=Sm, Eu; pyb=pyridine betaine) and characterized by single-crystal structural analysis. The results show that the clusters comprise a [Cu12RE6(μ3-OH)24(μ12-ClO4)]17+ octahedral core, which encapsulates a ClO4- ion and has 18 water molecules and 12 bridging pyb carboxylato ligands as external ligands.

  15. 甜菜碱含量测定与工业制备方法研究

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    崔艳红; 黄现青

    2002-01-01

    @@ 甜菜碱(Betaine)作为甜菜化学成分中可溶性含氮非糖成分,在四、五十年代前早被确认为一种生物碱,所以得名为甜菜碱.其最早是在欧洲被发现的,主要存在于甜菜糖的糖蜜中.相继有许多学者对甜菜碱的分离和综合利用作过不少研究.

  16. Moduli Spaces of $J$-holomorphic Curves with General Jet Constraints

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    Zhu, Ke

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we prove that the tagent map of the holomorphic $k$- jet evaluation $j^k_{hol}$ from the mapping space to holomorphic $k$-jet bundle, when restricted on the universal moduli space of simple J-holomorphic curves with one marked point, is surjective. From this we derive that for generic $J$, the moduli space of simple $J$-holomorphic curves in class $\\beta\\in H_2(M)$ with general jet constraints at marked points is a smooth manifold of expected dimension.

  17. Comparison of Bioactive Compounds and Quality Traits of Breast Meat from Korean Native Ducks and Commercial Ducks

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    Lee, Hyun Jung; Jayasena, Dinesh D.; Kim, Sun Hyo; Kim, Hyun Joo; Heo, Kang Nyung; Song, Ji Eun; Jo, Cheorun

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this research was to compare the bioactive compound content and quality traits of breast meat from male and female Korean native ducks (KND) and commercial ducks (CD, Cherry Valley). Meat from three 6-wk old birds of each sex from KND and CD were evaluated for carcass and breast weights, pH, color, cooking loss, shear force, and bioactive compound (creatine, carnosine, anserine, betaine, and L-carnitine) content. KND showed significantly higher carcass weights than CD whereas no su...

  18. Similar metabolic responses in pigs and humans to breads with different contents and compositions of dietary fibers: a metabolomics study

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    Nielsen, Kirstine Lykke; Hartvigsen, Merete; Hedemann, Mette Skou

    2014-01-01

    crossover design with 4 breads: white-wheat bread low in dietary fiber, rye bread with whole-rye kernels, and 2 whitewheat breads supplemented with either wheat arabinoxylan or oat b-glucan. Blood samples drawn 215, 30, and 120 min postprandially were analyzed by untargeted liquid chromatography...... different basal metabolome concentrations in the plasma of pigs and humans. Humans had higher contents of phosphatidylcholines, oleic acid, and carnitine in plasma, possibly reflecting a higher intake of meats and fats. In pigs, betaine, choline, creatinine, tryptophan, and phenylalanine were higher...

  19. A possible role of the non-GAT1 GABA transporters in transfer of GABA from GABAergic to glutamatergic neurons in mouse cerebellar neuronal cultures.

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    Suñol, C; Babot, Z; Cristòfol, R; Sonnewald, U; Waagepetersen, H S; Schousboe, A

    2010-09-01

    Cultures of dissociated cerebellum from 7-day-old mice were used to investigate the mechanism involved in synthesis and cellular redistribution of GABA in these cultures consisting primarily of glutamatergic granule neurons and a smaller population of GABAergic Golgi and stellate neurons. The distribution of GAD, GABA and the vesicular glutamate transporter VGlut-1 was assessed using specific antibodies combined with immunofluorescence microscopy. Additionally, tiagabine, SKF 89976-A, betaine, beta-alanine, nipecotic acid and guvacine were used to inhibit the GAT1, betaine/GABA (BGT1), GAT2 and GAT3 transporters. Only a small population of cells were immuno-stained for GAD while many cells exhibited VGlut-1 like immuno-reactivity which, however, never co-localized with GAD positive neurons. This likely reflects the small number of GABAergic neurons compared to the glutamatergic granule neurons constituting the majority of the cells. GABA uptake exhibited the kinetics of high affinity transport and could be partly (20%) inhibited by betaine (IC(50) 142 microM), beta-alanine (30%) and almost fully (90%) inhibited by SKF 89976-A (IC(50) 0.8 microM) or nipecotic acid and guvacine at 1 mM concentrations (95%). Essentially all neurons showed GABA like immunostaining albeit with differences in intensity. The results indicate that GABA which is synthesized in a small population of GAD-positive neurons is redistributed to essentially all neurons including the glutamatergic granule cells. GAT1 is not likely involved in this redistribution since addition of 15 microM tiagabine (GAT1 inhibitor) to the culture medium had no effect on the overall GABA content of the cells. Likewise the BGT1 transporter cannot alone account for the redistribution since inclusion of 3 mM betaine in the culture medium had no effect on the overall GABA content. The inhibitory action of beta-alanine and high concentrations of nipecotic acid and guvacine on GABA transport strongly suggests that also

  20. Effects of Salt and Water Stress on Plant Growth and on Accumulation of Osmolytes and Antioxidant Compounds in Cherry Tomato

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The effects of salt and water stress on growth and several stress markers were investigated in cherry tomato plants. Some growth parameters (stem length and number of leaves and chlorophyll contents were determined every third day during plant growth, and leaf material was collected after 25 and 33 days of treatment. Both stresses inhibited plant growth; chlorophyll levels, however, decreased only in response to high NaCl concentrations. Proline contents largely increased in leaves of stressed plants, reaching levels high enough to play a major role in cellular osmotic adjustment. Despite reports indicating that tomato does not synthesize glycine betaine, the stress-induced accumulation of this osmolyte was detected in cherry tomato, albeit at lower concentration than that of proline. Therefore, it appears that the plants are able to synthesise glycine betaine as a secondary osmolyte under strong stress conditions. Total sugars levels, on the contrary, decreased in stress-treated plants. Both stress treatments caused secondary oxidative stress in the plants, as indicated by a significant increase in malondialdehyde (MDA contents. Water stress led to an increase in total phenolics and flavonoid contents and a reduction of carotenoid levels in the leaves; flavonoids also increased under high salinity conditions.