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Fatty acid (FA) composition of the fillet and the intestinal content of dwarf common carp (Cyprinus carpio carpio) living in Lake Hévíz was determined in wintertime collected samples and results were compared to widespread literature data on carp. Fillet FA profile of the thermally adapted (28 °C) Hévíz dwarf carps differed from profiles originated from divergent culture and feeding conditions in the overall level of saturation. Fillet myristic acid proportions largely exceeded all literature data in spite of poor dietary supply. Fillet fatty acid results indicate the effects of thermal adaptation (high saturation level) and the correlative effects of feed components rich in omega-3 fatty acids, with special respect to docosahexaenoic acid. With the application of discriminant factor analysis the Hévíz sample was accurately differentiated from the literature data on carp fillet fatty acid profile, mostly based on C14:0, C18:1 n9, C18:2 n6, C20:1 n9 and C20:4 n6 FAs. In summary, fillet FA profile suggested thermal adaptation, location specificity and the ingestion of algal and bacterial material.
Selenium (Se), a main antioxidant component in cereal grain, is essential for animals and human health reducing risk factors of many dangerous diseases. Over the past decades, intake of this trace element had dropped due to low Se content in large areas of European countries including Hungary. Se-rich, high-protein cereal products became a focus for both animal feed and human consumption. In the study, we examined the following: i) grain Se concentration of wheat ( Triticum aestivum L.) and triticale ( Triticosecale Wittm.) intake to detect intra-and inter-genetic variations and ii) possible comparison relationship of this trace element to end product integrity, quality and relevant technological aspects. Se content of the whole meal grain was tested via atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Despite generally poor Se soil content of the experimental area where samples were collected, significant differences were found for both species. In general, triticale contained higher Se concentration than wheat did. Spring type cereals had significantly higher grain Se and protein concentration than those of winter ones. Grain Se content showed positive correlation with magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, tocopherol and crude protein concentration. Remarkable intra-specific variations were found in Se concentration, however in future, additional studies, methods and resources will be required for identifying ways of increasing Se content in cereal foodstuff and feed.
Thermogravimetric (TG) and varied temperature Raman spectroscopic measurements of melt-blended polypropylene composites (PP) with double wall (DWNT) and multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNT) revealed that the incorporation of carbon nanotubes into polymer matrix increased the thermal stability comparing to the virgin polypropylene. The characterization of reference nanotubes was also done by Raman microscopy and TG measurements. Varied temperature rheological analysis provided further information about the thermal decomposition of the composites indicating the formation of high strength char in case of MWNT and limited applicability of DWNT at high temperature. The residue of the decomposition of PP-MWNT nanocomposites consists of nanotubes of spectroscopically higher purity comparing to the original one indicating the thermally induced chemical changes in the solid phase.
A nem szteroid gyulladásgátló készítmények jótékony hatásaik mellett számos, az alkalmazott gyógyszer típusától és dózisától is függő mellékhatással rendelkeznek. A leggyakoribb gastrointestinalis mellékhatások a terápia megkezdését követően már rövid időn belül jelentkezhetnek, de más nem kívánt hatások, mint a cardiovascularis események kockázatának fokozódása (amelyek a gastrointestinalis mellékhatásokhoz képest lényegesen ritkábbak) is előfordulhatnak a gyógyszerek alkalmazásának megkezdését követően, latenciaperiódus nélkül. Fontos megemlíteni, hogy fájdalomcsillapítás céljából nem szteroid gyulladásgátló kezelést leggyakrabban az idősebb, cardiovascularis szempontból fokozott kockázatú populáción alkalmazzák hosszabb ideig, ahol más gyógyszerek – például a kis dózisú acetilszalicilsav – kölcsönhatásba léphetnek az alkalmazott fájdalomcsillapító készítményekkel; ebben a tekintetben a diclofenac alkalmazása kevesebb kockázatot rejthet magában. Összefoglaló közleményükben a szerzők a nem szteroid gyulladásgátlók cardiovascularis mellékhatásainak előfordulását, azok kialakulását befolyásoló tényezőket és terápiás konzekvenciáit, valamint e készítmények acetilszalicilsavval történő interakcióit elemzik. Orv. Hetil., 2015, 156(13), 516–520.
The energy imbalance related predisposition to mastitis was studied in group-fed postpartum dairy cows (n = 333) kept in 4 large-scale units and producing milk of low somatic cell count (SCC). Blood samples were taken on Days 1-3 after calving for assaying some metabolites and hormones related to the negative energy balance (NEB). If mastitis was diagnosed later, aseptic milk samples were taken to identify the pathogens. Considering pathogen types [contagious pathogens: Staphylococcus (S.) aureus, Gram-positive (GP) environmental pathogens, and Gram-negative (GN) environmental pathogens + mastitis with no detectable pathogens (NDP)] separately, stepwise logistic regression was used to analyse the relation between the potential prognostic value of hormones and metabolites and mastitis outbreak. Only the elevated (= 1.00 mmol/l) serum ß-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) levels predisposed the cows to mastitis in the subsequent 4 weeks. This prognostic value of BHB was significant only in GN + NDP mastitis and in cases caused by GP environmental pathogens, but not in S. aureus mastitis (odds ratio: 5.333, 3.600 and 1.333, respectively).
It is demonstrated that combined PIXE and PIGE measurements are suitable for the accurate determination of the elemental concentration of glass samples. Borosilicate glasses used as high voltage insulators in Van de Graaff accelerators and tested for the relevant physical properties have been analyzed. A correlation between concentrations and physical properties has been found, supporting the additivity rule.
While the key initiating processes that trigger human autoimmune diseases remain enigmatic, increasing evidences support the concept that microbial stimuli are among major environmental factors eliciting autoimmune diseases in genetically susceptible individuals.
Here, we present an overview of evidences obtained through various experimental models of autoimmunity for the role of microbial stimuli in disease development. Disease onset and severity have been compared in numerous models under conventional, specific-pathogen-free and germ-free conditions. The results of these experiments suggest that there is no uniform scheme that could describe the role played by infectious agents in the experimental models of autoimmunity. While some models are dependent, others prove to be completely independent of microbial stimuli. In line with the threshold hypothesis of autoimmune diseases, highly relevant genetic factors or microbial stimuli induce autoimmunity on their own, without requiring further factors. Importantly, recent evidences show that colonization of germ-free animals with certain members of the commensal flora [such as segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB)] may lead to autoimmunity. These data drive attention to the importance of the complex composition of gut flora in maintaining immune homeostasis. The intriguing observation obtained in autoimmune animal models that parasites often confer protection against autoimmune disease development may suggest new therapeutic perspectives of infectious agents in autoimmunity.