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Metabolic Rate

Metabolic rate means the amount of energy liberated in the body per unit of time, expressed in such terms as kcal hr or kcal day. Metabolic rate can be measured directly by putting a person in a calorimeter, a closed chamber with water-filled walls that absorb the heat given off by the body. The rate of energy release is measured from the temperature change of the water. Metabolic rate can also be measured indirectly with a spirometer, an apparatus described in chapter 22 that can be used to measure the amount of oxygen a person consumes. For every liter of oxygen, approximately 4.82 kcal of energy is released from organic nutrients. This is only an estimate, because the number of kilocalories per liter of oxygen varies slightly with the type of nutrients the person is oxidizing at the time of measurement. Metabolic rate depends on physical activity, mental state, absorptive or postabsorptive status, thyroid hormone and other hormones, and other factors. The basal metabolic rate (BMR)...

Quantification Of Openness And Allometric Principles

Where k is roughly a constant for all species, equal to approximately 5.6 kJ g day, and m the metabolic rate per unit weight W. (for aquatic organisms) follow the same trends as the metabolic rate. This is of course not surprising, as excretion is strongly dependent on metabolism and the direct uptake dependent on the surface.

Intracellular pH In Tumors

There have been attempts to determined the intracellular pH (pHj) with glass micro-electrodes with a diameter as small as 1 m, but the results of these studies were inconclusive. In the late 1970s, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was introduced as a means to determine pH in tumors in situ, or in normal tissues in animals and humans. Since then, there has been a marked improvement in the MRS technique, and it is now widely used to determine the pHj, as well as the metabolic state of tumors. The use of MRS for assessing tumor pH is attractive, because it is noninvasive, can be used for deep-seated tumors, and it may provide information about spatial pH distribution.

How to Study Biochemical Responses to Drying

Two technically different strategies are available to probe the responses of metabolism to drying by non-invasive means the detection and analysis of gases that emanate from, or are absorbed by, the drying tissues (so-called headspace analysis) and the resort to in vitro or in vivo NMR. In photosynthetic anhydrobiotes, fluorescence spectroscopy is also a convenient tool to characterize energy metabolism during drying (see Chapter 7). The methods that assess free-radical-induced damage in desiccation tolerance are also reviewed.

The linear chromosome the maxi chromosome

The genomic sequence of the B. burgdorferi linear chromosome contains 853 chromosomal genes encoding proteins involved in fundamental processes such as replication, transcription, translation, energy metabolism and transport across the membranes. The average size of the open reading frames is 992 bp, and 93 of the genome is within coding sequences. The GC content of only 28.6 of the B. burgdorferi s.s. chromosome has been confirmed and all 61 possible codon triplets are used, with a marked bias towards the AU-rich triplets (Hyde and Johnson, 1984 Johnson et al., 1984 Schmid et al., 1984 Fraser et al., 1997).

Why is the cell the fundamental unit of life

A single cell fits our characterisation. Indeed, we developed the characterisation by reference to single cells rather than multicellular organisms. But consider any part of a eukaryotic cell an isolated nucleus, a mitochondrion, the cell minus its nucleus, or any other permutation. None of these sub-cellular parts can be deemed living . Take away the mitochondria and you take away most of energy metabolism, so the cell cannot be supplied with ATP the internal state cannot be maintained. Take away the nucleus and you take away the genes and therefore the pattern of gene expression. Alternatively, consider a fragment of a prokaryote. The fragment can no longer co-ordinate its responses to stimuli, its pattern of gene expression and its internal state, and hence it is not alive. Therefore, although a cell can be alive, no portion of a cell can be. Deprive a cell of any significant part and the remnant is dead or dying. In other words, the cell is the smallest possible unit of life.

Transcriptional Profiling Of Batch And Fedbatch Proteinfree 293hek Cultures Using Dna Microarray

An endeavor was undertaken to decipher the cellular transcriptional regulation underlying the fed-batch process using microarray. This study presents results focusing on the genes related to amino acid metabolism, tRNA processing and energy metabolism. These processes are intimately related to cell growth and protein production, two issues of importance to bioprocessing. Our results showed that amino acid metabolism enzymes (eg. ASNS, GLUD1, GOT1) and a number of tRNA synthetases (eg. EPRS, YARS, WARS, GARS) were found to have consistent differences in expression patterns between batch and fed-batch, possibly due to differences in nutrient environment of the two cultures. The expression patterns of 3 energy metabolism-related genes, SLC25A5, COX6B and SUCLG2, were also found to be dissimilar in batch compared to fed-batch, indicating disparity in energy efficiency of the cells.

Lselectin as a signal transducing molecule

Simon et al. 138 reported that activation of L-selectin through antibody cross-linking enhanced the adhesive properties of neutrophils to LPS-treated HUVECs and that this adhesive interaction required the p2 integrin, Mac-1. Cross-linking of L-selectin on lymphocytes with the anti-L-selectin mAb MEL-14 induces homo-typic lymphocyte adhesion by a lymphocyte LFA-1-independent mechanism 139 . Furthermore, activation of L-selectin using the LAM1-116 mAb that binds to the lectin domain of L-selectin enhances the expression of pj and p2 integrin activation epitopes and results in the rapid homotypic adhesion of leukocytes 7 . This L-selectin-induced adhesion required energy metabolism, an intact cytoskeleton, and kinase function. Importantly, the binding of many other L-selectin mAbs to regions of the molecule other than the lectin domain did not trigger activation. In addition, activation of L-selectin through GlyCAM-1 binding results in increased integrin-mediated adhesion 8, 140 . Taken...

Positron Emission Tomography

Positron emission tomography (PET) uses isotopes that emit positrons during their decay positron-electron collisions emit gamma rays traveling in precisely opposite directions. Sensitive gamma detectors surround the patient simultaneous activation of two gamma detectors indicates that the source is located directly between them. Multiple such detections allow three-dimensional CT of tumors to better determine their location and volume (Figure 9-7). Deoxyglucose may be tagged with radioactive rubidium (82Rb) or radioactive fluoride (18F) (fluorodeoxyglucose FDG ) and has successfully imaged malignant pheochromo-cytoma.41 However, 18F FDG PET scanning detects other tumors besides pheochromocytoma and localizes in other tissues with a high metabolic rate, including inflammation or shivering muscles it is thus less specific for pheochromocytoma than is MIBG scanning.

Why do patients become cachectic

The cachectic patient is like an accelerating car running out of petrol. Anorexia critically reduces fuel supply (by about 300-500 kcal (1254-2090 kJ) a day), while accelerated metabolic cycling (for example, glucose-lactate cycling) drives hypermetabolism (100-200 kcal a day). In addition, there are direct catabolic effects at the level of skeletal muscle (for example, activation of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway) and adipose tissue. The mediators of these changes are complex and include proinflammatory cytokines, stress hormones, and tumour specific cachectic factors such as proteolysis inducing factor (PIF). The main energy (subcutaneous fat) and labile protein reserves (skeletal muscle) of the body are mobilised and the patient becomes prone to secondary effects such as insulin resistance and further muscle wasting due to immobility. These changes underlie a key paradox of cachexia in that while the metabolic rate may be increased, overall (or total) energy expenditure is...

Hypothermia for Ischemic Stroke

Early clinical data have shown promise for induced hypothermia for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Hypothermia acts by decreasing the cerebral metabolic rate, stabilizing cell membranes, preserving the integrity of the BBB, reducing the release of destructive enzymes, reducing the inflammatory response, and decreasing the release of excitotoxic neurotransmitters, such as glutamate and dopamine. Early treatment with hypothermia may reduce total infarct volume, and may prevent the

Table 4 Blood Substitutes9

Mented orally if possible, and the administration of recombinant erythropoietin should be considered.Third, in extreme cases, consideration should be given to decreasing oxygen demand. Oxygen demand is directly proportional to metabolic activity that is, as metabolic rate increases, so too does oxygen demand. Once the patient is immobile, respiration becomes a significant contributor to metabolic requirements. Mechanical ventilation reduces the work of breathing and with it the oxygen requirements of the respiratory muscles. Respiratory efforts can be fully eliminated with neuromuscular blocking agents, which will reduce oxygen demand in essentially all skeletal muscle, and the metabolic rate can be further reduced by inducing hypothermia.

FDGPET study of the bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation effects on the regional cerebral metabolism in advanced

The aim of the study was to evaluate the changes in regional cerebral metabolic rate of glucose (rCMRGlu) induced by bilateral subthalamic nucleurs (STN) stimulation in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN), especially bilateral stimulation, may improve all cardinal motor signs of the Parkinson's disease (PD), and has become an effective treatment option in advanced medically intractable PD patients. However, the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. To elucidate the functional anatomic substrate involved in the clinical effect of STN stimulation, we investigated the changes in regional cerebral metabolic rate of glucose (rCMRGlu) with 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) PET examinations in PD patients under clinically effective bilateral STN stimulation.

Caveats the Consequences of Being

It is important to recognize that during drying the cytoplasmic viscosity increases dramatically until glass formation (Leprince and Hoekstra, 1998 Buitink et al., 2000e Chapters 2 and 10). Unless enzymatic activities are assessed in an environment similar to that found in the drying cells, we do not know how the rise in viscosity during drying will affect metabolic rates and or pathways. We can already predict that O2-processing systems will be altered by the loss of water since O2 solubility is known to decrease with rising viscosity (Gros et al., 1992 Leprince and Hoekstra, 1998). Biochemical events during drying should obey different laws of diffusion since the cytoplasm will undergo a physical transformation from a liquid state to a solid-like state (i.e a glass). The moisture contents at which these changes in diffusion characteristics occur during drying should preferably be determined. It has been suggested that this moisture content corresponds to the glass formation that is...

Responses of gas exchange and volatile emission to drying

Ter (Rogerson and Matthews, 1977 Vertucci and Leopold, 1986, 1987). In these techniques, the gas to be analysed has to accumulate over time in a closed environment before taking the measurement (i.e. static headspace analysis). To reach a detectable concentration, the gas accumulation may take some time, particularly in drying samples in which the metabolism and gas diffusion are greatly reduced by the lack of water. Consequently, the assay may be too slow in comparison with the rate of water loss. Furthermore, an additional problem is reliably maintaining the specimen at the same water content during the measurement. Thus, unless the kinetics of water loss matches the time frame needed to assess the metabolic rates, the relation between hydration levels and metabolic activities in drying tissues may not be accurate. Therefore, it is best to adapt a flow-through system coupled to an active trapping system (i.e. dynamic headspace analysis). A flow of dry or humidified air passes over...

Nutritional Management

Nutritional support is less effective in patients with enterocolitis associated with systemic infections. The metabolic rate is elevated, and metabolic derangements promote protein wasting irrespective of intake. Alterations in lipid metabolism often result in the development of fatty liver when nutritional support is attempted. In one study, TPN resulted in weight gain, but the increase was due entirely to an increase in body fat content. Although nutritional support might help prevent progressive protein depletion, the key to successful therapy is proper diagnosis and treatment of the specific disease complication.

Multiple System Atrophy

18FDG PET measures regional cerebral glucose metabolism (rCMRGlc), reflecting primarily the function of nerve terminal synaptic vesicles. The metabolic rate in a given region, therefore, reflects the activity of afferent projections to and interneurons in a region rather than that of its efferent projections. It is currently not possible to decide whether increases in rCMRGlc detected with PET represent excitatory or inhibitory activity (5).

What Information Is Provided by Imaging

Metabolism is the second general area that can be assessed by noninvasive imaging. This category includes the evaluation of organ function. Examples include noninvasive imaging to assess heart perfusion under stress, gastric emptying, ventilation perfusion of the lung, renal and liver function, and blood flow to the brain. Metabolite imaging is a further example, since magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) techniques now detect altered metabolites in disease processes. Another aspect of metabolism that can be assessed is energy utilization. The increased metabolic rate of cancerous tissue relative to normal tissue can be imaged using radioactive probes that accumulate in areas of higher metabolic activity. These studies are accomplished by administration of a radioactive drug the increased uptake of the radioactive drug in the cancerous lesion is imaged with gamma-ray detection instruments. In a similar manner, the glucose or fatty acid metabolism in myocardium can be evaluated...

Catecholamine Actions

Epinephrine also stimulates ai-adrenergic receptors, causing stress sweating, pupil dilatation, some increased force of cardiac contraction, and vasoconstriction in skin and kidneys. Epinephrine also activates Pi-receptors, increasing cardiac rate and force of contraction. However, simultaneous activation of P2-receptors causes vasodilation in skeletal muscles. Thus, epinephrine has a variable effect on blood pressure, ranging from hypertension to hypotension (rare). Increased hepatic glycogeno-lysis causes hyperglycemia, which is usually mild. Lipolysis results in increased serum levels of free fatty acids. It also increases the basal metabolic rate. Epinephrine crosses the blood-brain barrier poorly, but hypothalamic stimulation occurs with high serum levels.5 This causes unpleasant sensations, ranging from nervousness to an overwhelming feeling of impending doom. These manifestations are distinct from those of noncatecholamine amphetamines, which enter the central nervous system...

Thalidomiderelated deformities and other phocomelias

A state of thyroid overactivity, which should be controlled before elective surgery, to avoid precipitating a thyroid crisis (Pronovost & Parris 1995). If antithyroid drugs are used,preparation for thyroid surgery may take up to 2 months. With beta adrenoceptor blockers and potassium iodide alone, control can be achieved within 2 weeks, but not all are agreed on the adequacy of this method for patients who need surgery. Beta blockers only block the peripheral effects of the hormones.They do not affect their synthesis or release, and may obscure a crisis (Eriksson et al 1977). Since they are short acting, their omission in the perioperative period may lead to an unexpected crisis. Occasionally a thyrotoxic patient requires urgent surgery. Alternatively, surgery may be unwittingly undertaken in a thyrotoxic patient, because the diagnosis is obscured by other pathology. Thyrotoxicosis may also be precipitated by infections, labour, trauma, acute medical illness, and stress (Smallridge...

Altered Bacterial Growth Characteristics

Microorganisms are known to rapidly develop adaptively to a variety of environments, possibly as a result of metabolic changes. In an in vitro environment, bacteria differ from those cultivated in vivo in terms of amino acid composition, the synthesis of toxic metabolites, and metabolic rate 24 . Overall, bacteria are more metabolically active in vivo than in vitro. However, replication generally occurs more rapidly in an in vitro environment, possibly due to the lack of immune system effects. For example, it has been shown that the typical growth rate of microorganisms in an in vivo animal model of infection may be on the order of 0.02-0.05 h-1, wheras the growth rate in an in vitro batch culture may approach 2-3 h-1 25 . Continuous culture of microorganisms, which allows precise control of growth rate, may allow maintenance of microorganisms in a state of growth more closely approximating that of organisms in the natural state 25 .

Impaired Growth Performance

For any given set of conditions, the daily rate at which food is consumed is the prime determinant of growth rate in fish (Brett 1979). However, annual seasonal cycles exert a major influence on the growth performance of wild ectotherms such as fishes, particularly for species that inhabit temperate climates. Annual rhythms of photoperiod, light intensity and water temperature often determine the amount of available food, the length of time that an animal can feed and the metabolic rate. Although the influence of these abiotic factors on growth performance of fishes is well established, there is no comprehensive understanding of how they exert their influence. Furthermore, the interactions between these abiotic and biotic factors in a complex ecosystem (and particularly disturbed ecosystems) is very poorly understood. Consequently, the use of growth performance of wild fish species as a measure of environmental impact has questionable value. First, for reasons already discussed,...

Standard Images and Types of Image Analyses

Figure 3 Top row Gradient from structure to function. MRI (left) provides anatomical information about the brain showing the gray matter where cell bodies and dendritic connections are made, the white matter which is composed of the cell axons coursing between gray matter areas, and the cerebrospinal fluid filled spaces shown in black. PET (right) reveals the metabolic rate of glucose, the main energy source for brain activity. The images were formed by aligning the axial MRI and PET scans from the same person and then calculating images composed of pixel values drawn 100 from MRI, 75 MRI and 25 PET, 50 MRI and 50 PET, 25 MRI and 75 PET, and 100 PET. Subject is performing a memory task involving viewing words on a screen so visual cortex is activated (bottom of PET images on right). Middle row Visualization of the hippocampus in 3 dimensions. Left The hippocampus can be traced on MRI anatomical images cut in coronal sections. Middle Each successive tracing of the 3D object is...

Exercise and weight loss

Pharmacotherapy to reduce body weight has also demonstrated a concurrent improvement in biochemical marking of cardiometabolic risk. Sibutramine, a weight loss agent that speeds satiety and increases basal metabolic rate by inhibiting uptake of the neu-rotransmitters noradrenaline and serotonin, was tested in a randomized placebo-controlled trial of 1002 obese patients over 44 weeks. Over this period, an improvement in lipid profile concurrent with sibutramine's weight loss effects was demonstrated (Figure 8.4)7.

How Many Genes

What about the genes in worms or flies which increase longevity At first sight, they seem to play a critical role in the ageing process, because changing one gene can increase lifespan by as much as 50 . This is very much like taking a complex machine, changing one component, and then finding the machine lasts twice as long as before. With regard to organisms, all sorts of possibilities exist. For instance, we know that reducing calorie intake extends lifespan in rodents. It is fairly easy to imagine a mutation which simply reduces the efficiency of digestion, thereby decreasing the intake of calories, and thereby having the long term effect of increasing lifespan. Alternatively, we can easily envisage genes which reduce fertility, and allow more resources to be diverted to maintenance. There could be genes that slow down metabolic rate, reduce the production of ROS, and as a consequence there is less damage inflicted on proteins and DNA. All these possible changes, and probably many...

Regulation of Na ions and channels

The regulation of Na+ ions and channels are the means for possible correction of abnormalities in tissue functioning and ganglic integrations. However, it is necessary to pay attention to the possible unwanted side effects. Alkaloids are complex agents. Smaller doses are safer when considering cell toxicity or other possible metabolic effects. Alkaloids and alkaloidal substances should be given serious consideration and precautions before use.

Extracellular products

1990), which has been suggested by Ellis (1997b) to be necessary for activation of GCAT activity. However, there is no evidence for in vivo haemolysis in clinical furunculosis (Lee and Ellis, 1991a) and Ellis (1997a) has suggested that in vivo GCAT LPS may function in destabilization of host red cell membranes rather than active haemolysis. The histopathological effects of GCAT LPS are not extensive and cannot account for the death, within 20 h, of fish injected with purified product, and it has been suggested that in vivo toxicity may be due to metabolic effects, although this has yet to be confirmed (Ellis, 1997a). Although GCAT LPS is clearly an important ECP, it has recently been demonstrated that a GCAT-deficient A. salmonicida mutant could produce the manifestations of classical furunculosis (A.E. Ellis, Aberdeen, 1997, personal communication). Therefore, it has become clear, with respect to the pathogenesis of furunculosis and the lethal toxicity of the exotoxins, that, instead...

Drugs used to maintain perfusion following cardiac arrest

There are no research data comparing one drug to another that shows an advantage of any specific drug on outcome. In addition, the pharmacokinetics of these drugs vary from patient to patient and even from hour to hour in the same patient. Factors that influence, in an unmeasurable manner, the effects of these drugs include the child's age and maturity, underlying disease process, metabolic state, acid-base balance, the patient's autonomic and endocrine response, and liver and renal function. Therefore, the recommended infusion doses are starting points the infusions must be adjusted according to patient response.

Nutrition Renal Function and Recovery

Impact of nutritional interventions on renal function in acute renal failure (ARF). Amino acid infused before or during ischemia or nephrotoxicity may enhance tubule damage and accelerate loss of renal function in rat models of ARF. In part, this therapeutic paradox 53 from amino acid alimentation in ARF is related to the increase in metabolic work for transport processes when oxygen supply is limited, which may aggravate ischemic injury 54 . Similar observations have been made with excess glucose infusion during renal ischemia. Amino acids may as well exert a protective effect on renal function. Glycine, and to a lesser degree alanine, limit tubular injury in ischemic and nephrotoxic models of ARF 55 . Arginine (possibly by producing nitric oxide) reportedly acts to preserve renal perfusion and tubular function in both nephro-toxic and ischemic models of ARF, whereas inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase exert an opposite effect 56,57 . In myoglobin-induced ARF the drop in renal blood...

Hippocampal imaging in the early diagnosis of AD 1988 to 2006

Hippocampus Mci

Fowler (BNL) and I were working together. Thus began a period of great excitement and activity, in part made possible by my finding a rent-stabilized walk-up apartment in Manhattan and a shared desk at NYU. In the absence of computers to assist with image analysis, using draftsman tools, David Christman and I developed CT and PET image registration protocols to map regional tissue glucose metabolism in 2-D. Later, Henry Rusinek and Wai Tsui of NYU computer automated this coregistration process and compiled a library of 3-D image analysis tools, called MIDAS, that continues to grow. However, in 1980, samples were outlined on hard-copy CT films and mechanically transferred to paper FDG PET scan printouts to yield the tissue sample coordinate values that were phoned in to BNL. Days later, we received back the regional metabolic rates. We published the first FDG PET paper in 1980 in which we demonstrated widespread metabolic reductions in SDAT relative to normal control (Ferris et al....

Molecular and cellular pathways towards and away from Alzheimers disease

Alzheimer Disease Biological Pathways

We have also contributed to the identification of the cellular and biochemical bases for the pathogenic actions of genetic mutations that cause early-onset inherited forms of AD. For example, we showed that presenilin-1 mutations cause synaptic dysfunction and increase the vulnerability of neurons to apoptosis and excitotoxicity by a mechanism involving an abnormality of calcium regulation in the endoplasmic reticulum (Guo et al. 1999). The calcium signaling defect was shown to involve overfilling of calcium pools. Presenilin-1 mutant knockin mice exhibited increased vulnerability to focal ischemic brain injury, suggesting a mechanism whereby presenilin mutations may promote neuronal degeneration under conditions of impaired energy metabolism (Mattson et al. 2000). Others had shown that presenilin-1 mutations and APP mutations result in increased production of Ap and decreased production of sAPPa. Our work revealed how this altered processing of APP causes a disruption of neuronal...

Clinical Box 11 Why Doesnt Your Stomach Digest Itself

The situation with the carbonic acid buffer reaction Eq. (1.15) is complicated by the fact that this buffer system involves gaseous CO2, which is in abundant supply in the atmosphere and is also a main intracellu-lar product of energy metabolism. Both of these sources of CO2 impact the distribution of the components of the carbonic acid buffer system.

Review of Key Concepts

Other lipids important in human metabolism and structure include phospholipids, cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins, prostaglandins, and eicosanoids. Metabolic States and Metabolic 5. Metabolic rate is the amount of energy released in the body in a given time, such as kcal day. It varies according to metabolic state and physical, mental, and hormonal conditions. Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is a standard of reference based on a comfortable, resting, awake, postabsorptive state. Total metabolic rate is a higher nonresting rate that takes muscular activity into account. 6. BMR is about 2,000 kcal day. A low level of physical activity increases daily energy needs to about 2,500 kcal day, and hard physical labor can increase them to as much as 5,000 kcal day. Metabolic rate also varies with age, sex, mental state, stress, and health or illness. 7. Heat can also be produced by nonshivering thermogenesis, in which the metabolic rate is increased and releases more heat from organic fuels.

Metabolic Pathway Activity

Emp Pathway Krebs

Whatever the source of the stimulus, genetic or environmental, natural or artificial, one or more intracellular processes are required to produce a developmental response. As illustrated in Figure 9.1, the pathway between the stimulus to a cell and its response can include any or all of transcription, translation, post-transitional modification, and export, activation, and function of an enzyme or other protein. Directly or indirectly, all of these processes rely on energy metabolism to provide cellular energy in the form of ATP, reducing equivalents in the form of NADH and NADPH, and precursors for the synthesis of macromolecules. The energy metabolism of the early mammalian embryo can be studied indirectly by culture in varying concentrations and combinations of energy substrates. A more direct approach is to measure the disappearance of substrates from, and the release of metabolic products into, the medium. The breakdown or incorporation of radiolabeled substrates can be used to...

Alkaloids as secondary metabolism molecules

Quinolizidine Alkaloids

The mevalonate pathway is based on mevalonic acid (three molecules of acetyl-CoA) which is closely related to the acetate pathway, while the deoxyxy-lulose phosphate pathway is based on a combination of pyruvic acid and glycer-aldehyde 3-phosphate (both from the glycolytic pathway). Together, mevalonate and deoxyxylulose phosphate pathways produce terpenoid and steroid compounds. However, it is important to note that the Krebs cycle pathway is also key to many precursors of alkaloids. Ornithine, a postcursor of L-arginine in animals and of L-glutamate in plants, and, for example, L-lysine, a principal protein amino acid, deriving from the Krebs cycle pathway compound, are useful examples of the role of the Krebs cycle for alkaloid precursors (Figure 21). Moreover, there are other sources of alkaloid substrates, particularly in purine alkaloids. Figure 23 represents the general scope of alkaloid synthesis in the metabolic system of organisms and their energy production. Enzymatic...

Adjustment to the Metabolic Needs of Individual Tissues

Muscles The Lateral Chain

Hemoglobin does not unload the same amount of oxygen to all tissues. Some tissues need more and some less, depending on their state of activity. Hemoglobin responds to such variations and unloads more oxygen to the tissues that need it most. In exercising skeletal muscles, for example, the utilization coefficient may be as high as 80 . Four factors adjust the rate of oxygen unloading to the metabolic rates of different tissues Figure 22.24 Effects of Temperature and pH on Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation. (a) For a given Po2, hemoglobin unloads more oxygen at higher temperatures. (b) For a given Po2, hemoglobin unloads more oxygen at lower pH (the Bohr effect). Both mechanisms cause hemoglobin to release more oxygen to tissues with higher metabolic rates. Why is it physiologically beneficial to the body that the curves in figure a shift to the right as temperature increases known as the Haldane effect.21 This occurs for two reasons (1) HbO2 does not bind CO2 as well as deoxyhemo-globin...

Excitotoxicity and Ionic Imbalance

Ischemic stroke results in impaired cellular energy metabolism and failure of energy-dependent processes such as the sodium-potassium ATPase. Loss of energy stores results in ionic imbalance, neurotrans-mitter release, and inhibition of the reuptake of excitatory neurotransmitters such as glutamate. Glutamate binding to ionotropic N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and acid (AMPA) receptors promotes excessive calcium influx that triggers a wide array of downstream phospholipases and proteases, which in turn degrade membranes and proteins essential for cellular integrity. In experimental models of stroke, extracellular glutamate levels increase in the micro-dialysate 2, 3 , and glutamate receptor blockade attenuates stroke lesion volumes. NMDA receptor antagonists prevent the expansion of stroke lesions in part by blocking spontaneous and spreading depolarizations of neurons and glia (cortical spreading depression) 4 . More recently, activation of the metabotropic subfamily of receptors has...

Genetics molecular biology and animal modeling of Alzheimers disease

Christine Van Broeckhoven

Our group at the Center for Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, at the University of Toronto, first became interested in several aspects of the biology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) during the early 1980s. The relative homogeneity of the clinical and neuropathological features of (AD) had led to the prevailing assumption that AD was likely to be a single homogeneous disorder. At that time, standard biochemical methods were being applied to dissect the protein composition of both the amyloid plaque and the neurofibrillary tangle (NFT). While these biochemical studies were on the edge of providing important clues to the biochemical pathogenesis of AD, mechanistic insights into the disease remained elusive. One notable exception was the observation that AD clustered in some families and was often inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. This observation alone, however, was insufficient to provide much traction. Indeed, some early attempts to define the chromosomal location of the...

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Arsenic Metabolism Disease

Since NAA is a marker of neuronal integrity, proton MRS provides a noninvasive means of quantifying neuronal loss or damage in vivo. Ch and other lipids are markers of altered neuronal membrane synthesis. Cr is a possible marker of defective energy metabolism. Typically, individual metabolic ratios obtained from peak areas of the spectrum are used as input to the statistical analysis. Because total Cr concentration is relatively resistant to change, Cr is often used as an internal standard to which the concentrations of other metabolites are normalized.

Transmethylation Reactions

A second cluster of methyl group acceptors are involved with energy metabolism (Fig. 1). Trimethyllysine is used to make carnitine which transports fatty acids into mitochondria for the production of ATP and acetyl CoA via beta oxidation. Creatine can accept phosphate from ATP when it is present in excess and provides a reservoir of high energy phosphate in muscle cells to maintain activity when energy demands exceed the amount of ATP that can be provided by the glucose in muscle. This maintains muscle activity as cellular metabolism adjusts to draw on glycogen for additional ATP and mobilize glucose from the liver. Epinephrine is a hormone that enables the cell to respond to stress by increasing glycogen utilization. In addition, it modulates the flow of fatty acids to and from cells (Montgomery et al., 1990).

Peri Infarct Depolarisations PIDS

Fall in net ATP yield per mole glucose utilised from 38 to 2 moles. Glucose utilisation increases to compensate 101 this is possible despite presence of ischaemia, due to the remarkable effectiveness of the capillary glucose uptake transport mechanism. This concept is based on several lines of evidence. Hansen showed that following cardiac arrest in rats, delay before terminal ischaemic depolarisation was proportional to plasma glucose, indicating an inverse relationship between depolarisation rate (the dependent variable) and glucose availability in the brain 23 . In 1986, Nedergaard and Astrup showed in rats (MCAO) that hyperglycaemia reduced the frequency of PIDs (although a plasma level in excess of 30 mmol L was needed to achieve this) 102 . They also showed an increase in phosphorylation of 14C 2-deoxyglucose (an index of metabolic rate) that was related to frequency of PIDs, and predicted that with ischaemia accompanied by PIDs the brain free glucose pool would tend towards...

Mice and

Fibroblast Cells From Mammal

Many studies have been published which attempt to relate maximum lifespan to the rate of metabolism of each mammalian species, or the size of the animal, or the size of its brain, or some combination of these values. (Others have calculated the total number of heartbeats in a maximum lifespan, and have even claimed this is broadly constant). Although some such relationships have been demonstrated, there are also some glaring exceptions. In particular, bats have evolved a unique lifestyle, in which they roost in inaccessible places during the day, and use their flying ability to forage widely for food at night. They can therefore evade predators and survive for longer in a natural environment than ground living mammals of comparable size. Yet bats have a metabolic rate comparable to other mammals of the same size. What is striking is their slow rate of reproduction and also their long lifespans. Many species produce only one offspring per year, and their maximum lifespan can be more...

Dynamic Biochemistry Metabolic Simulation

Compounds and energy storage compounds. Energy metabolism is that part of intermediary metabolism consisting of pathways that stores or generates metabolic energy. The Boehringer Mannheim chart of metabolic pathways is available as a series of images at The information and links related to metabolic pathways can be obtained from KEGG (Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes) Pathway site at http dbget (Kanehisa et al., 2002).

Medical Measures to Control Cerebral Edema

Barbiturates, including pentobarbital, have been evaluated in clinical studies of a variety of cerebral insults with ICP elevation, including traumatic brain injury, cerebral aneurysm rupture, and ischemic stroke. They are effective in reducing ICP by lowering the cerebral metabolic rate,66 and may have neuroprotective qualities by being free radical scavengers.67 Their use, however, is complicated by the side effects of hypotension and sedation, as well as an increased infection risk with prolonged use. The ability to follow the neurological exam is lost, and this is a vital tool in monitoring a patient's clinical status following a stroke. Hypotension may compound ischemia by reducing the CPP, thereby collapsing any collateral vessels that may have been feeding ischemic but not yet infarcted tissue, or by causing global ischemia in a patient with high ICP who is dependent upon a higher MAP to maintain their CPP. Thus, although there have been no randomized studies of barbiturates in...

Cortical Spreading Depression

Cortical Spreading Depression

The model of the cerebral metabolic response to activation developed by Magistretti and colleagues 51 envisages that glycolytic activity is predominantly in the astrocytic compartment (where almost all glycogen in the brain is held 52, 53 ), stimulated by an increase in extracellular glutamate during functional activation. It is further proposed that astrocytes deliver lactate to neurons, which, relying on lactate dehydrogenase activity in reverse, convert lactate to pyruvate. This pyruvate is then metabolised via the tricarboxylic acid cycle. Glucose transport across the blood brain barrier is highly efficient, to the extent that total unidirectional flux into the brain under non-activated conditions is approximately twice the rate of utilisation by glycolysis 54 . This, allied with the hyperaemic response to CSD discussed below, endows the cortex with its capacity to meet the challenges of activation. It is not appropriate to pursue further this important topic in this context, and...

Metabolism or storage

Endocannabinoid System Interaction

Figure 4.9 The EC system has effects that modulate whole-body energy metabolism. Specifically, the system acts as a major contributor to the energy balance by altering dietary intake. In addition, the system has effects on digestion, absorption, and metabolism of substrates. PYY, peptide YY GLP-1, glucagon-like protein-1 that 50 of these metabolic effects were independent from the weight loss, suggesting a systemic metabolic effect on CB1 receptors located in peripheral tissues40.

Metabolic Alterations in Acute Renal Failure

Energy metabolism Energy metabolism in acute renal failure (ARF). In experimental animals ARF decreases oxygen consumption even when hypothermia and acidosis are corrected (uremic hypometabolism) 3 . In contrast, in the clinical setting oxygen consumption of patients with various form of renal failure is remarkably little changed 4 . In subjects with chronic renal failure (CRF), advanced uremia (UA), patients on regular hemodialysis therapy (HD) but also in patients with uncomplicated ARF (ARFNS) resting energy expenditure (REE) was comparable to that seen in controls (N). However, in patients with ARF and sepsis (ARFS) REE is increased by approximately 20 . Thus, energy expenditure of patients with ARF is more determined by the underlying disease than acute uremic state and taken together these data indicate that when uremia is well-controlled by hemodialysis or hemofiltration there is little if any change in energy metabolism in ARF. In contrast to many other acute disease processes...

Adipocyte Dysfunction And Insulin Resistance

A second mechanism by which improvement in adipocyte function can improve insulin sensitivity is by altering the release of signaling molecules from fat (adipocytokines) that have metabolic effects in other tissues27-28. For example, it is well known that adipocytokines, such as leptin, tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a), resistin and adiponectin, have profound metabolic effects. It has been observed that PPARy

Neuropeptide Y family modulators

A tricyclic derivative 38 (L-152804) has been studied in different rodent models of obesity 76,77 . This compound showed moderate Y5R binding affinity (mY5R 44 nM, rY5 K 31 nM, Ca2+ IC50 210 nM) and was claimed to have little off-target activity (no significant cross reactivity with 120 other binding assays and seven enzyme assays). Compound 38 decreased body-weight gain in DIO mice, reduced adipose tissue mass, and improved DIO-associated hyperinsulinemia. It was specifically reported that high and sustained ROs were required for activity. Compound 38 was inactive in Y5R KO mice. A patent application has claimed that 38 can prevent the decrease in metabolic rate and energy expenditure that can occur with food restriction and loss of body weight 78 . The carbamoyl derivative 39 has been previously disclosed in the patent application literature as a Y5R antagonist 79 . A new paper describes methods for quantifying 39 in human plasma and urine to support human pharmacokinetic studies 80...

Interaction Between Venous Sinus Hypertension and CSF Pressure

Cvp Pressure The Glenn

Pressure increases the volume of the venous system proximal to the obstruction and reduces the compliance of the craniospinal axis. When venous sinus obstruction occurs, the high compliance cerebral venous system should increase in size and should be reflected in the observation of increased cerebral blood volume (CBV). In fact, Dandy 31 hypothesised that PTS was a result of increased CBV. Mathew et al. 113 calculated cerebral blood flow (CBF) and CBV before and after treatment using carotid injections of Xe133 and Tc99m. Both patients demonstrated increased CBV and this decreased towards normal when CSF pressure had been reduced. CBF was also slightly reduced in both cases prior to treatment and increased after CSF pressure reduction. Mathew et al. 113 stated that the cases provide evidence of venous engorgement. Raichle et al. 140 studied CBF, cerebral metabolic rate oxygen (CMRO2) and CBV using carotid injection of 15O-labelled water, oxyhaemoglobin and carboxyhaemoglobin. Compared...

Alcohol Abuse And Cardiovascular Disease

Although there is considerable evidence that moderate drinking protects against mortality and morbidity from coronary heart disease 21,22 , heavy consumption is shown to have deleterious cardiovascular effects. It exerts its adverse effects by increasing the risks of cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and stroke 23 , Chronic ethanol consumption has been linked to the prevalence of hypertension, which contributes to an increased incidence of stroke. Heavy drinkers have alO mmHg higher systolic blood pressure than non-drinkers even though the relationship may differ between men and women 24 , Stroke is a leading cause of death and morbidity. Alcohol may increase the risk of stroke through various mechanisms that include hypertension, hypercoagulable states, cardiac arrhythmias, and cerebral blood flow reductions 25 , Hypertension, including borderline hypertension, is probably the most important stroke risk factor based on degree of risk and prevalence. Furthermore, cardiac morbidity,...

Mechanisms of Cell Death Necrosis and Apoptosis

Consequences of permeability transition Disruption of Aym and mitochondrial biogenesis Breakdown of energy metabolism Uncoupling of respiratory chain Calcium release frommitochondrial matrix Hyperproduction of superoxide anion Depletion of glutathione Consequences of permeability transition Disruption of Aym and mitochondrial biogenesis Breakdown of energy metabolism Uncoupling of respiratory chain Calcium release frommitochondrial matrix Hyperproduction of superoxide anion Depletion of glutathione

Cellular homeostasis and regulatory processes

The second type of mechanism is inherent in metabolic pathway design. Every enzyme in a pathway contributes to the control of the pathway's overall rate. This topic has attracted the attention of mathematical biologists and a well-established body of theory has resulted, throwing light on some otherwise puzzling experimental data. Curiously, many biochemists pay scant attention to this body of theory and maintain that only certain key enzymes, which are subject to feedback control (e.g. by the end product of the pathway), contribute to metabolic rate regulation. Key enzymes probably help to determine the balance between alternative pathways, but in general they contribute no more to the rate of a particular pathway than any other enzyme in that pathway.

Limitations Of The Model

Crane, E. Palombo, I.J. Kopin, and L. Sokoloff. 1987. Local cerebral metabolic effects of L-dopa therapy Parkinsonism in monkeys. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 84 5995-5999. Schwartzman, R.J., and G.M. Alexander. 1985. Changes in the local cerebral metabolic rate for glucose in the (MPTP) primate model of Parkinson's disease. Brain Res 358 137-143.

Endocannabinoid System

Insulin Resistance Obesity

A recently characterized physiologic system that plays a major role in modulating energy metabolism is the endocannabinoid-CB1 receptor system (Figure 4.9)31'32. The discovery of this system represents a significant advance in understanding mechanisms contributing to the development of obesity and as such, provides targets for new pharmacological approaches to target abdominal obesity and its related metabolic

Clinical Features of Drug Induced Movement Disorders

Evaluation for etiology of catatonia is outlined in our report and should include full psychiatric history, possible medication and drug exposure, metabolic work-up, cere-brospinal fluid for infectious etiologies, neuroimaging, and electroencephalography (Stacy 2003). Treatment is aimed at addressing any underlying medical conditions that may produce the syndrome and once this is done, directly treating the catatonia itself. Historically, treatment types have been varied, but more recent studies suggest excellent efficacy for both high-dose intravenous benzodiazepines and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The mechanism for action of ECT is unknown but it likely affects a variety of neuro-transmitter systems.

Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters

A decreased capacity to produce metabolic energy was observed in many investigations 30-35 , It was noted that ethanol increases basal metabolic rates and oxygen consumption 35 , Changes in phosphate 02 and respiratory control ratios was also demonstrated with ethanol intake 30,36-38 , In addition, mitochondrial cristae disruption, swelling, and existence of dense inclusion bodies was detected in laboratory animals receiving chronic ethanol intake 26,39-41 , The toxic metabolite acetylaldehyde does not appear to cause these results for reasons discussed above. However, recent research on FAEEs may help elucidate the mechanism for ethanol's effect on the sarcolemma, SR, and cellular respiration.


The infant has a relatively greater metabolic rate and oxygen consumption. This is one reason for an increased respiratory rate. However, the tidal volume remains relatively constant in relation to body weight (5-7 ml kg) through to adulthood. The work of breathing is also relatively unchanged at about 1 of the metabolic rate, although it is increased in the pre-term infant.

Metabolic Modulation

The modes of action of most prophylactic antianginal agents involve hemodynamic changes, such as a reduction in systemic vascular resistance, coronary vasodilatation, or negative inotropism, thus improving the imbalance in myocardial oxygen supply and demand. Recently it has become apparent that certain antianginal treatments exert a primarily metabolic action and have little or no effect on coronary hemodynamics. These drugs have considerable potential as adjunctive therapy for angina, particularly in patients refractory to standard therapies, and may be a primary therapeutic option in certain circumstances. They generally do not adversely affect blood pressure, pulse rate, or left ventricular systolic function, offering a significant advantage in patients in whom conventional agents may induce symptomatic hypotension, inappropriate bradycardia, or worsening heart failure. The purpose of this review is to draw attention to some of these metabolic agents, while at the same time...

Figure 112

Between the limits imposed by the osmotic thresholds for thirst and ADH release, plasma osmolality may be regulated still more precisely by small osmoregulated adjustments in urine flow and water intake. The exact level at which balance occurs depends on various factors such as insensible losses through skin and lungs, and the gains incurred from eating, normal drinking, and fat metabolism. In general, overall intake and output come into balance at a plasma osmolality of 288 mOsm kg, roughly halfway between the thresholds for ADH release and thirst 10 .

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Energy metabolism in acute renal failure (ARF). In experimental animals ARF decreases oxygen consumption even when hypothermia and acidosis are corrected (uremic hypometabolism) 3 . In contrast, in the clinical setting oxygen consumption of patients with various form of renal failure is remarkably little changed 4 . In subjects with chronic renal failure (CRF), advanced uremia (UA), patients on regular hemodialysis therapy (HD) but also in patients with uncomplicated ARF (ARFNS) resting energy expenditure (REE) was comparable to that seen in controls (N). However, in patients with ARF and sepsis (ARFS) REE is increased by approximately 20 . Thus, energy expenditure of patients with ARF is more determined by the underlying disease than acute uremic state and taken together these data indicate that when uremia is well-controlled by hemodialysis or hemofiltration there is little if any change in energy metabolism in ARF. In contrast to many other acute disease processes ARF might rather...

Aging Theories

Aging theories cover the genetic, biochemical, and physiological properties of a typical organism, and the way these properties change with time. Genetic theories deal with speculations regarding the identity of aging genes, accumulation of errors in the genetic machinery, programmed senescence, and telomeres. Biochemical theories are concerned with energy metabolism, generation of free radicals, the rate of living, and the health of mitochondria. Physiological theories deal almost entirely with the endocrine system and the role of hormones in regulating the rate of cellular senescence.

Protein metabolism

Effects of dietary fat type (S, 10 soybean oil T, 10 beef tallow) and enzyme supplementation (-, without, +, with 1 g Avizyme 1300 kg-1 diet) in a rye-based diet (56 dietary inclusion) on energy metabolism in male broilers (Danicke et al., 1999f). Table 9.7. Effects of dietary fat type (S, 10 soybean oil T, 10 beef tallow) and enzyme supplementation (-, without, +, with 1 g Avizyme 1300 kg-1 diet) in a rye-based diet (56 dietary inclusion) on energy metabolism in male broilers (Danicke et al., 1999f).

The Early Years

In 1882, August Weismann, a German embryologist, proposed the first theory of senescence (the process of growing old) that tried to link life span to natural selection. Weismann argued that the termination of life may have a selective advantage, and that there is a connection between a species' life span and its ecological niche, body size, and intelligence. During this same period, German chemists were developing the first biochemical techniques that allowed Hans Krebs to work out the cyclic details of energy metabolism that now bear his name (the Krebs cycle, also known as the citric acid cycle). The new biochemical techniques were used by chemists to begin cataloging the many molecules of the cell, and by the time the citric acid cycle had been worked out in 1937, DNA had been identified and localized to the cell nucleus. During the last three decades of the 1800s, European scientists, most notably Anton Schneider, Paul Erlich, Santiago Ram n y Cajal, and Camillo Golgi, were...

The RNA world

The longer the RNA, the more fragile it is but a short RNA is relatively useless both as a repository of information and as an enzyme. Perhaps several short RNA molecules working together could have formed a replicating system, but assembly of a number of short RNAs in the same confined space would have been improbable. Third, RNA seems unable to catalyse many of the reactions crucial for energy metabolism. Fourth, as in the case of amino acid selection for protein manufacture, it is not clear how nucleotides with the correct handedness were selected for polymerisation. Fifth, there are major differences in the RNA replication mechanisms of archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes, suggesting that these mechanisms had no common ancestry. This throws doubt on the idea that all major branches of life arose from an RNA world . Finally, it is not clear how the proto-organisms of the RNA world were supposed to manage without membranes. There is no indication of internal state,...


The appearance of life on Earth, more than 3.5 billion years ago, was made possible to a great extent by the presence of glucose in the oceans and the ability of the first cells to use this sugar as a source of energy. To this day, glucose is central to energy metabolism in animals, plants, and microbes. In mammals, defects in glucose metabolism and utilization are caused by a disease known as diabetes.

Sex Differences

A number of brain structural differences have been noted between men and women in studies using structural imaging. Recent functional imaging with PET has yielded inconsistent results with some studies showing women having slightly higher brain metabolic rates than men but other studies showing no differences. Most of the studies addressing this issue were done in a resting condition. Task activation imaging studies published in 1995 show some intriguing male female differences. For example, Shaywitz and colleagues studied language processing using fMRI. They found blood flow increases in specific frontal lobe areas during phonological processing in males but in females, areas of increased activation were more diffuse. Haier and Benbow matched men and women for average or high mathematical reasoning ability in a PET study. Mean GMR did not differ much between any of the four groups but there were significant correlations between temporal lobe GMR bilaterally and mathematical reasoning...

Other Adaptations

Thermoregulation and fluid balance are also critical aspects of neonatal physiology. An infant has a larger ratio of surface area to volume than an adult does, so it loses heat more easily. One of its defenses against hypothermia is brown fat, a special adipose tissue deposited from weeks 17 to 20 of fetal development. The mitochondria of brown fat release all the energy of pyruvic acid as heat rather than using it to make ATP thus, this is a heat-generating tissue. As a baby grows, its metabolic rate increases and it accumulates even more subcutaneous fat, thus producing and retaining more heat. Nevertheless, body temperature is more variable in infants and children than in adults.

Types of Diets

After the diuretic phase, the amount of weight loss to be expected on any diet obeys a simple formula. Lipolysis of one pound of adipose tissue yields about 3,500 kilocalories it is therefore necessary to restrict energy intake and or increase energy output by about 500 kilocalories per day to lose one pound of fat per week. Because some muscle may also be lost and muscle is poorer in energy than fat, the rate of weight loss may be somewhat higher than predicted. However, two countervailing factors are at work. First, with sustained moderate-to-severe caloric restriction, a modest reduction in metabolic rate occurs. This decrease makes weight loss somewhat more difficult to achieve, but caloric requirement, corrected for the new, lower weight, fortunately appears to return the prediet level within a few months of resuming a balanced diet. Second, because lower weight means reduced caloric need, the same caloric intake will represent less of a deficit as the patient loses weight. A...


Cortical spreading depression is a non-physiological global depolarisation of neurones and astrocytes that can be initiated with varying degrees of difficulty in the normally perfused cerebral cortex in the experimental laboratory. Induction is typically with electrical stimulation, needling of the cerebral cortex, or superfusion of isotonic or more concentrated potassium chloride solution. The phenomenon propagates across the cerebral cortex at a rate of 2-5 mm per minute, and is accompanied by marked but transient increases in cerebral blood flow, in local tissue oxygen tension, and most probably in metabolic rate. Magistretti PJ, Sorg O, Yu N, Martin JL, Pellerin L (1993) Neurotrans-mitters regulate energy metabolism in astrocytes implications for the metabolic trafficking between neural cells. Dev Neurosci 15 306-312 Koizumi J (1974) Glycogen in the central nervous system. Prog Histochem Cytochem 6 1-37 Nilsson B, Ponten U (1977) Experimental head injury in the rat. Part 2...


We need to eat to live and for most people the feeling of hunger is a regular and very familiar occurrence. But the mechanisms that control hunger are a very complex mixture of the physiological and the psychological. There is the intake of necessary energy in the form of calories and there are fat deposits and general metabolic rate. There are also external, psychologically mediated factors such as the sight or the smell of a favourite food. This might well tempt us to eat even though we have recently eaten.

Feel the Big Chill

This technique sounds pretty weird, but it works. When your distress feels intense, fill a sink or large bowl with ice water (that's right, ice water), take a deep breath, and immerse your face in the water for 30 seconds or so. Believe us, it's not as terrible as it sounds. This calming technique is believed to work because it elicits what's known as the body's dive reflex. When you're in ice-cold water, the body slows its metabolism in order to spare vital organs. A slowed metabolism reduces tension, so when your face is in ice water, your metabolism slows, your tension goes down, and you stop fretting about the things that are bothering you and your negative mind chatter ceases. As we said, it sounds weird, but we urge you to try it


Alpha-2 receptors suppress central sympathetic output, increase central vagal tone, facilitate platelet aggregation, and inhibit the release of norepinephrine and acetylcholine from nerve endings. These receptors also regulate metabolic effects through suppression of insulin secretion and inhibition of lipolysis in adipose cells. (ii) Disopyramide blocks sodium channels, prolongs repolarization and has negative inotropic effect. Concomitant disopyramide and ethanol administration had no effect on the total body clearance or halflife of disopyramide in a study ofhealthy volunteers 63 , The renal clearance of disopyramide significantly increased, possibly from ethanol-induced diuresis 63 , Chronic ethanol consumption may increase metabolism of disopyramide through enzyme induction.

Methods of analysis

This presentation of basic alkaloid synthesis pathways clearly reveals the diversity and complicity of this process in nature. Moreover, the large number of different pathways and synthesis routes proves the status of alkaloids as a phenomenon of the metabolic activity of organisms. Here, we have seen only the basic pathways and routes. In reality, each alkaloid has its own synthesis route. It is possible to find or to place it on one of the basic pathways. Certainly, experimental data is required for this, the obtaining of which necessitates deep research into molecular structure. Although the technical level of research in the leading laboratories is very high, deep structural and synthesis research is not easy. It is a very expensive and complex job. Pure chemical structure analysis does not suffice today to explain the nature of alkaloid behavioural synthesis in depth. Reactions require a lot of the energy derived from the Krebs cycle and, generally, enzymatic activity. Alkaloid...


Some of the earliest observations of oxidative abnormalities in AD were made by the analysis of the metabolic state of tissues and cells derived from AD patients (Markesbery, 1997). These studies, pioneered by John Blass and Gary Gibson, revealed a substantial blockage of two mitochondrial enzymes in AD, pyruvate dehydrogenase and a-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase (Gibson et al., 1998). Deficiencies in the activity of other mitochondrial enzymes were shown in the same neurons vulnerable in AD by enzyme histochemistry (Wong-Riley et al., 1997). Metabolic deficiencies, as well as neuronal loss, also seem to underlie the reduced glucose utilization demonstrated by metabolic imaging studies (Small et al., 1996) and reduction in the activity of the endothelial glucose transporter (Glut-1) (Kalaria et al., 1988).

Facial Bones

Mandible Anatomy

In most vertebrates, the nasal passages open into the oral cavity. Mammals, by contrast, have a palate that separates the nasal cavity from the oral cavity. In order to maintain our high metabolic rate, we must digest our food rapidly in order to do this, we chew it thoroughly to break it up into small, easily digested particles before swallowing it. The palate allows us to continue breathing during this prolonged chewing.

Respiratory System

Operculum And Gill Teleost

Although blood is the medium that the cardiovascular system transports around the body, it is the haemoglobin packed in the red blood cells that increases the capacity of the blood to carry O2. The haematocrit (hct) of 20-30 in fish increases the oxygen carrying capacity approximately 20-fold compared with the amount of O2 that could be dissolved in plasma. The number of red blood cells and total haemoglobin content of the blood varies with the environment in which the fish are found. Ice fish from the Antarctic are unusual in having no haemoglobin. However, they live in a cold environment (higher ambient oxygen content), and have physiological attributes such as a very large blood volume, low metabolic rate, and large cardiac output which allows them to live in that environment.

Chilled Semen

In order to extend the time span of the viability of spermatozoa, their metabolic rate has to be slowed down, so reducing the rate at which the substrates within the surrounding extender are used and the rate at which toxins are produced. As a general rule the metabolic rate of cells (and, therefore, spermatozoa) can be reduced by cooling, though carbon dioxide and other metabolic inhibitors, such as proteinase inhibitors, have been used to produce a similar but less successful effect on spermatozoa. Likewise, caprogen may be used, its nitrogen saturation acting to reduce spermatozoan metabolism (Pickett et al., 1975a Province et al., 1985 Heiskanen et al., 1987 Katila, 1997). Cooling of stallion spermatozoa successfully depresses their metabolic rate and prolongs survival, a fact appreciated ever since Spallanzani's original work in 1776 (Perry, 1945 Varner, 1986) therefore, the simplest method to prolong the life of spermatozoa is chilling. No particularly sophisticated equipment is...

Nuclear Receptors

Sec Nursing Colge Anm

Steroid hormones are all derived from cholesterol. Hence, they are all lipid-soluble and diffuse from the blood through the cell membranes of the target cells, where they act as transcription factors and initiate important cellular responses. Cortisol is a steroid hormone secreted from the adrenal gland, and it plays a significant role in processes as diverse as human development, metabolic response to stress, energy metabolism, and aging. Cortisol acts through two intracellular receptors the mineralocorticoid receptor and the glucocorticoid receptor (Nishi and Kawata, 2006). Both receptors can be found in the cytoplasm of target cells and are rapidly translocated into the nucleus when bound to their ligand, cortisol. However, some studies have also reported the presence of these corticosteroid receptors in the nucleus even in the absence of its ligand.

Prader Willi syndrome

A multisystem genetic disorder of unknown aetiology, in which obesity is associated with disturbances of carbohydrate and fat metabolism. In some cases, abnormalities of chromosome 15 are thought to be involved. It is a two-stage disorder and the clinical features change with age 0 36 months, and 3 years to adulthood. Consensus criteria have been agreed and diagnosis is based on a scoring system (Holm et al 1993).


Indirect Calorimetry Concept

Fat metabolism and carbohydrate metabolism are inherently related. Lipid abnormalities have been shown to have profound effects on carbohydrate metabolism as exemplified by the 'lipotoxicity' hypothesis. This hypothesis suggests that the abnormal accumulation of lipids, e.g. triglycerides and fatty acyl-CoA in muscle and liver, results in insulin resistance15,16. Several lines of evidence support this observation such Figure 4.2 Health care professionals typically assess metabolic measurements using indirect calorimetry. With these techniques, resting metabolic rate (RMR) via indirect calorimetry to determine a person's energy expenditure can be determined. RMR via indirect calorimetry is determined by either by oxygen consumption (VO2) or oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production (VCO2). As demonstrated, a subject on an indirect calorimetry machine Figure 4.2 Health care professionals typically assess metabolic measurements using indirect calorimetry. With these techniques,...


Positron emission tomography studies demonstrate that subcortical vascular lesions can cause a reduction in cerebral cortical metabolic activity. Sultzer et al. (1995) showed that periventricular and deep white matter hyperintensities and subcortical lacunar infarcts in patients with VaD caused a decline in mean global cortical metabolism. The reduction in metabolic rate was lower in patients with lacunar infarcts in basal ganglia or thalamus. Lower cognitive function tests correlated with the extent of the white matter lesions. Kwan et al. (1999) found that cortical global metabolic rates were lower in patients with subcortical strokes and cognitive impairment or dementia compared with patients with subcortical stroke and no cognitive impairment. The right frontal cortex showed a lower metabolic rate in all stroke groups.

Renal Effects

The only patient thus far described as having a tumor secreting an amylin-like substance was discovered during investigation for unexplained hypertension (Stridsberg et al., 1992). Blood pressure returned to normal and metabolic state was ameliorated following treatment with streptozotocin. The patient died unexpectedly from a cerebral hemorrhage (Stridsberg et al., 1993).

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