Authors:Y. Miyamoto, A. Kajikawa, J. Zaidi, T. Nakanishi and K. Sakamoto
INAA, RNAA and IPAA were employed to determine upto 26 trace elements in 32 spices of 18 species and 16 pulses of 8 species originating from different localities. The results are compared with each other and the reported values. The concentration levels, their variations and the correlations of the analysed elements in these samples were also investigated. The variability of concentrations among the samples of different origin are small. The levels and ranges of the concentration are highly variable which are found to be characteristic to each element. High elemental correlations exist in some sets of elements, reflecting characteristics of chemical nature of elements and/or of their physiological functions.
Authors:H Kataoka, J Nakano, Y Kondo, Y Honda, J Sakamoto, T Origuchi and M Okita
This study examined the aging effect on disuse muscle atrophy prevention using heat stress. Wistar rats aged 7 and 60 weeks were divided into three groups as follows: control, immobilized (Im), and immobilized and heat stressed (ImH). Heat stress was given by immersing the hindlimbs in hot water (42 °C) for 60 min, once in every 3 days and the gastrocnemius (GAS) and soleus (SOL) muscles were extracted after 14 days. Muscle-fiber types were classified using ATPase staining. Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) was assessed through Western blotting. In GAS muscle of both groups and SOL muscle of 7-week-old rats, the fiber diameter of each muscle type in the ImH group significantly increased compared with that in the Im group. However, this could not be observed in the SOL muscle of the 60-week-old rats. The increased percentage of type-I fibers and variability of types I and II muscle-fiber diameter were evident in the SOL muscle of the 60-week rats. HSP70 was significantly elevated in the ImH group compared with in the Im group in both muscle types of both age groups. Thus, effectiveness of heat stress in the prevention of disuse muscle atrophy appears unsatisfactory in aging muscle fibers.
Authors:K. Masumoto, T. Ohtsuki, Y. Miyamoto, J. Zaidi, A. Kajikawa, H. Haba and K. Sakamoto
Iodine, thallium and uranium were determined by photon activation analysis. Two electron linear accelerators were used for
the analysis of several kinds of environmental, biological and geochemical reference materials under different irradiation
conditions. Both analytical results for iodine were in good agreement with each other but not with literature values in the
case of environmental samples. The results of thallium and uranium agreed well with their reference values. The detectable
concentration levels of iodine, thallium and uranium were almost 0.3μg/g.