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Nutrition and Liver Disease

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ISBN: 9783038429234 9783038429241 Year: Pages: X, 148 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Internal medicine --- Medicine (General)
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Malnutrition in people with liver disease is a challenging issue due to its multifactorial nature, which includes hypermetabolism, increased energy needs, malabsorption, and anorexia. Despite advances in both assessment and management, correct nutritional support is still an often-unanswered need in the care of these patients to avoid poor outcomes. One of the central issues remains how to improve muscolar mass of sarcopenic chronically malnourished individuals with end stage liver diseases and cirrhosis, as only a correct nutritional assessment and subsequent nutritional handling may enhance quality of life and disease outcome. Nutritional management is mandatory in certain inherited metabolic/genetic defects: in these patients specific dietary restrictions/supplementations represent a challenge to guarantee optimal growth and liver health.A nutraceutical approach dealing with hepatoprotective effects of specific nutrients, has been proposed for several chronic liver disease, mainly in obesity related liver disease and alcoholic liver disease. Finally, other challenges are represented by tailored nutritional intervention in improving gut–liver axis dysfunction also in parenteral nutrition/intestinal failure associated liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease.The purpose of this Special Issue, “Nutrition and Liver Disease”, is to provide novel information and perspectives in the field of nutrition in liver disease and its management.

Anti-Photoagaing and Photo-Protective Compounds from Marine Organisms

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ISBN: 9783039280445 9783039280452 Year: Pages: 186 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-045-2 Language: English
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Subject: Therapeutics --- Medicine (General)
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This Special Issue Book ""Anti-Photoagaing and Photo-Protective Compounds from Marine Organisms"" is aimed at collecting literature on the below-mentioned keyword topics, which can significantly increase our basic understanding of marine-derived compounds in cosmeceutical product development and increases the value of marine products at the industrial level.

Food Authentication: Techniques, Trends and Emerging Approaches

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ISBN: 9783039287482 / 9783039287499 Year: Pages: 182 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-749-9 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Nutrition and Food Sciences
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Multiple factors can directly influence the chemical composition of foods and, consequently, their organoleptic, nutritional, and bioactive properties, including their geographical origin, the variety or breed, as well as the conditions of cultivation, breeding, and/or feeding, among others. Therefore, there is a great interest in the development of accurate, robust, and high-throughput analytical methods to guarantee the authenticity and traceability of foods. For these purposes, a large number of sensorial, physical, and chemical approaches can be used, which must be normally combined with advanced statistical tools. In this vein, the aim of the Special Issue “Food Authentication: Techniques, Trends, and Emerging Approaches” is to gather original research papers and review articles focused on the development and application of analytical techniques and emerging approaches in food authentication. This Special Issue comprises 12 valuable scientific contributions, including one review article and 11 original research works, dealing with the authentication of foods with great commercial value, such as olive oil, Iberian ham, and fruits, among others.

Synthetic DNA and RNA Programming

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ISBN: 9783039217342 9783039217359 Year: Pages: 188 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-735-9 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology
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Dear Colleagues, Synthetic biology is a broad and emerging discipline that capitalizes on recent advances in molecular biology, genetics, protein and RNA engineering and omics technologies. These technologies have transformed our ability to reveal the biology of the cell and the molecular basis of disease.

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fluorescent reporter --- live cell imaging --- microRNA quantification --- optogenetics --- small molecule drug screening --- Escherichia coli --- recombinant protein production --- gene overexpression --- growth effect --- ASKA collection --- codon bias --- branched-chain amino acids --- gene ontology --- genetic code expansion --- protein kinase B --- phosphoinositide dependent kinase 1 --- phosphoseryl-tRNA synthetase --- tRNASep --- alanyl-tRNA synthetase --- class II aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase --- expanded genetic code --- lysine acetylation --- posttranslational modification --- genetic code expansion --- transfer RNA --- synthetic biology --- non-canonical amino acids --- selenocysteine --- genetic code expansion --- release factor 1 --- amber stop codon suppression --- M. jannaschii orthogonal pair --- fluorescence-based screen --- cyclic peptides --- biopharmaceuticals --- mRNA display --- yeast two hybrid --- tRNASer --- mistranslation --- anticodon --- functional conservation --- alternative amino acid and nucleotide repertoires --- alternative core cellular chemistries --- biocontainment --- genetic firewall --- genetic isolation --- orthogonal central dogma of molecular biology --- synthetic life --- xenobiology --- genome engineering --- synthetic biology --- yeasts --- Metschnikowia --- genetic tools --- DNA delivery --- CUG-Ser --- reverse polymerization --- tRNA editing --- tRNA repair --- protein engineering --- synthetic biology --- tRNA --- misacylation --- indirect tRNA aminoacylation --- AspRS --- GluRS-like --- genetic code expansion --- genome synthesis --- genome editing --- microRNA --- protein modification --- RNA metabolism --- tRNA --- synthetic biology --- unnatural amino acids --- unnatural nucleotides

Development and Application of Herbal Medicine from Marine Origin

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ISBN: 9783039212217 9783039212224 Year: Pages: 140 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-222-4 Language: English
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Subject: Medicine (General)
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Marine herbal medicine generally refers to the use of marine plants as original materials to develop crude drugs, or for other medical purposes. The term ‘marine plants’ usually denotes macroalgae grown between intertidal and subintertidal zones, including Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, and Rhodophyta. Considerable progress has been made in the field of biomedical research into marine microalgae and microorganisms in the past decade. As the most important source of fundamental products in the world, marine plants have a very important role in biomedical research. Furthermore, worldwide studies have consistently demonstrated that many crude drugs derived from marine plants contain novel ingredients that may benefit health or can be used in the treatment of diseases; some have been developed into health foods, and some even into drugs. It is expected that there are many substances of marine plant origin that will have medical applications in terms of improving human health and are awaiting discovery.In this Special Issue, entitled “Development and Application of Herbal Medicine of Marine Origin”, we will provide a platform for researchers to publish biomedical studies on substances of marine plant origin. We welcome submissions from scientists and academics from across the world.

Cancer Metabolomics 2018

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ISBN: 9783039213450 9783039213467 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-346-7 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Biochemistry
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The metabolomics approach, defined as the study of all endogenously-produced low-molecular-weight compounds, appeared as a promising strategy to define new cancer biomarkers. Information obtained from metabolomic data can help to highlight disrupted cellular pathways and, consequently, contribute to the development of new-targeted therapies and the optimization of therapeutics. Therefore, metabolomic research may be more clinically translatable than other omics approaches, since metabolites are closely related to the phenotype and the metabolome is sensitive to many factors. Metabolomics seems promising to identify key metabolic pathways characterizing features of pathological and physiological states. Thus, knowing that tumor metabolism markedly differs from the metabolism of normal cells, the use of metabolomics is ideally suited for biomarker research. Some works have already focused on the application of metabolomic approaches to different cancers, namely lung, breast and liver, using urine, exhaled breath and blood. In this Special Issue we contribute to a more complete understanding of cancer disease using metabolomics approaches.

Lamiaceae Species: Biology, Ecology and Practical Uses

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ISBN: 9783039284184 9783039284191 Year: Pages: 140 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-419-1 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Plant Sciences
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This Special Issue Book entitled ""Lamiaceae Species: Biology, Ecology and Practical Uses"" contributes to the knowledge of selected Lamiaceae species from several perspectives, such as diversity and phytogeography, taxonomy, ethnobotany, and quantitative and qualitative composition, as well as the biological activity of secondary metabolites.

Advances in Peptide and Peptidomimetic Design Inspiring Basic Science and Drug Discovery: A Themed Issue Honoring Professor Victor J. Hruby on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday

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ISBN: 9783039282883 9783039282890 Year: Pages: 406 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-289-0 Language: English
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Subject: Therapeutics --- Medicine (General)
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Advances in Peptide and Peptidomimetic Design Inspiring Basic Science and Drug Discovery is a book dedicated to Prof. Victor J. Hruby on the occasion of his 80th birthday. This book includes twenty contributions from authors representing diverse multidisciplinary fields of scientific expertise, and is focused on the extraordinary potential of peptides and peptidomimetics as a surging therapeutic modality and as tools for basic research and technology development.

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MC3R --- MC4R --- mixed pharmacology --- tetrapeptides --- melanocortins --- Plk1 --- selectivity --- polo-box domain --- peptide --- triazole --- PKA --- stapled peptide --- PKI --- pseudosubstrate --- kinase inhibitor --- IP20 --- polycationic -amino acids --- small antimicrobial peptides --- sepsis --- peptidomimetics --- VEGF165 --- neuropilin-1 --- molecular dynamics --- structure–activity relationship --- OBOC --- combinatorial chemistry --- opioid --- drug screen --- molecular rotor dye --- high throughput screening --- sensor chip --- peptide --- peptide-drug conjugate --- mixed-mode pharmacology --- GLP-1 --- GnRH --- LHRH --- chemical linker --- cancer --- diabetes --- obesity --- drug discovery --- melanocortin-4 receptor --- obesity --- peptide agonist --- cardiovascular profile --- G?S signaling --- receptor desensitization --- receptor internalization --- peptidomimetics --- azapeptides --- aza-amino acids --- ?-hairpin --- ?-sheet --- programmed cell death ligand protein 1 --- pharmacophore --- peptide --- small molecule --- anticancer peptide --- therapeutic peptides --- support vector machine --- random forest --- machine learning --- classification --- peptides --- endosomolytic --- amphiphilic --- fusogenic --- influenza hemagglutinin --- RBC lysis --- peptide permeability --- stapled peptide --- macrocyclic peptide --- D-amino acid --- helix-breaker --- adaptogenic --- autophagy --- ?-ginkgotide --- cytoprotective --- cysteine-rich peptides --- disulfide-rich scaffold --- hyperdisulfide --- hypoxia --- LIR motif --- ginkgo nuts --- ?-helix mimetics --- bis-benzamide scaffold --- protein–protein interaction --- prostate cancer --- androgen receptor --- coactivator PELP1 --- Ranalexin --- peptide therapeutics --- antibiotics --- configuration --- antimicrobial activity --- cancer vaccine --- synthetic vaccine --- adjuvant --- Toll-like receptor --- Pam2Cys --- N-acetylated Pam2Cys --- bioconjugation --- lipidation --- prostaglandin F2? --- preterm labor --- myometrium contractions --- peptidomimetic --- structure-activity --- opioids --- multifunctional ligands --- peptide design --- free energy calculation --- d-amino acid scan --- alanine scan

Curcumin in Health and Disease

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ISBN: 9783039214495 9783039214501 Year: Pages: 274 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-450-1 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General)
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The plant-derived polyphenol curcumin has been used in promoting health and combating disease for thousands of years. Its therapeutic effects have been successfully utilized in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to treat inflammatory diseases. Current results from modern biomolecular research reveal the modulatory effects of curcumin on a variety of signal transduction pathways associated with inflammation and cancer. In this context, curcumin’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, and even anti-metastatic activities are discussed. On the cellular level, the reduced activity of several transcription factors (such as NFkB or AP-1) and the suppression of inflammatory cytokines, matrix degrading enzymes, metastasis related genes and even microRNAs are reported. On functional levels, these molecular effects translate into reduced proliferative, invasive, and metastatic capacity, as well as induced tumor cell apoptosis. All these effects have been observed not only in vitro but also in animal models. In combination with anti-neoplastic drugs like Taxol, kinase inhibitors, and radiation therapy, curcumin potentiates the drugs’ therapeutic power and can protect against undesired side effects. Natural plant-derived compounds like curcumin have one significant advantage: They do not usually cause side effects. This feature qualifies curcumin for primary prevention in healthy persons with a predisposition to cancer, arteriosclerosis, or chronic inflammatory diseases. Nonetheless, curcumin is considered safe, although potential toxic effects stemming from high dosages, long-term intake, and pharmacological interactions with other compounds have yet to be assessed. This Special Issue examines in detail and updates current research on the molecular targets, protective effects, and modes of action of natural plant-derived compounds and their roles in the prevention and treatment of human diseases.

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brain ischemia --- curcumin --- Alzheimer’s disease --- neurodegeneration --- amyloid --- tau protein --- autophagy --- mitophagy --- apoptosis --- genes --- glioblastoma multiforme --- autophagy --- mitophagy --- curcumin --- chaperone-mediated autophagy --- Akt/mTOR signaling --- transmission electron microscopy --- Curcuma longa --- turmeric tuber --- Zingiberaceae --- TLC bioautography --- antimicrobial agents --- ImageJ --- TLC-MS --- hydrostatic counter-current chromatography --- centrifugal partition chromatography --- curcumin --- death receptor --- apoptosis --- curcumin --- anticancer --- structure activity relationship --- cellular pathway --- mechanism of action --- delivery system --- wound --- wound healing --- diet --- nutrition --- micronutrients --- macronutrients --- curcumin --- amino-acids --- vitamins --- minerals --- curcumin --- oxidative metabolites --- inflamm-aging --- cancer --- metabolic reprogramming --- direct protein binding --- IL-17 --- STAT3 --- SHMT2 --- ageing --- anti-cancer --- autophagy --- microbiota --- senescence --- senolytics --- curcumin --- transthyretin --- amyloidosis --- protein aggregation --- protein misfolding --- drug discovery --- curcumin --- renal cell cancer --- tumor growth --- tumor proliferation --- cell cycling --- curcumin --- reflux esophagitis --- gastroprotection --- gastric ulcer --- Helicobacter pylori --- gastric cancer --- curcumin --- complementary medicine --- cancer treatment --- supportive care --- antioxidants --- anti-inflamation --- ulcerative colitis --- Crohn’s disease --- necrotizing enterocolitis --- curcumin --- inflammatory bowel disease --- curcumin --- silica --- chitosan --- nanoparticles --- anti-tumor --- antioxidant activity --- n/a

Organophosphorus Chemistry 2018

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ISBN: 9783039282364 9783039282371 Year: Pages: 601 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-237-1 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General) --- Organic Chemistry
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Organophosphorus chemistry is an important discipline within organic chemistry. Phosphorus compounds, such as phosphines, trialkyl phosphites, phosphine oxides (chalcogenides), phosphonates, phosphinates and >P(O)H species, etc., may be important starting materials or intermediates in syntheses. Let us mention the Wittig reaction and the related transformations, the Arbuzov- and the Pudovik reactions, the Kabachnik–Fields condensation, the Hirao reaction, the Mitsunobu reaction, etc. Other reactions, e.g., homogeneous catalytic transformations or C-C coupling reactions involve P-ligands in transition metal (Pt, Pd, etc.) complex catalysts. The synthesis of chiral organophosphorus compounds means a continuous challenge. Methods have been elaborated for the resolution of tertiary phosphine oxides and for stereoselective organophosphorus transformations. P-heterocyclic compounds, including aromatic and bridged derivatives, P-functionalized macrocycles, dendrimers and low coordinated P-fragments, are also of interest. An important segment of organophosphorus chemistry is the pool of biologically-active compounds that are searched and used as drugs, or as plant-protecting agents. The natural analogue of P-compounds may also be mentioned. Many new phosphine oxides, phosphinates, phosphonates and phosphoric esters have been described, which may find application on a broad scale. Phase transfer catalysis, ionic liquids and detergents also have connections to phosphorus chemistry. Green chemical aspects of organophosphorus chemistry (e.g., microwave-assisted syntheses, solvent-free accomplishments, optimizations, and atom-efficient syntheses) represent a dynamically developing field. Last, but not least, theoretical approaches and computational chemistry are also a strong sub-discipline within organophosphorus chemistry.

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