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Ondrej Kuda
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an essential fatty acid that is recognized as a beneficial dietary constituent and as a source of the anti-inflammatory specialized proresolving mediators (SPM): resolvins, protectins and maresins. Apart from SPMs, other metabolites of DHA also exert potent biological effects. This article summarizes current knowledge on the metabolic pathways involved in generation of DHA metabolites. Over 70 biologically active metabolites have been described, but are often discussed separately within specific research areas...
January 10, 2017: Biochimie
Wai Soon Eng, Dianne T Keough, Dana Hockova, Donald J Winzor, Luke W Guddat
Sedimentation equilibrium and size-exclusion chromatography experiments on Mycobacterium tuberculosis hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (MtHGPRT) have established the existence of this enzyme as a reversibly associating mixture of dimeric and tetrameric species in 0.1 M Tris-HCl-0.012 M MgCl2, pH 7.4. Displacement of the equilibrium position towards the larger oligomer by phosphate signifies the probable existence of MtHGPRT as a tetramer in the biological environment. These data thus add credibility to the relevance of considering enzyme function in the light of a published tetrameric structure deduced from X-ray crystallography...
January 9, 2017: Biochimie
Sander Kersten, Rinke Stienstra
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) is a ligand-activated transcription factor that is abundantly expressed in liver. PPARα is activated by fatty acids and various other lipid species, as well as by a class of chemicals referred to as peroxisome proliferators. Studies in mice have shown that PPARα serves as the master regulator of hepatic lipid metabolism during fasting. In addition, PPARα suppresses inflammation and the acute phase response. Comparatively little is known about PPARα in human liver...
January 7, 2017: Biochimie
Galina Semenova, Dina Stepanova, Sergey M Deyev, Jonathan Chernoff
The variable manifestation of phenotypes that occur in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) includes benign and malignant neurocutaneous tumors for which no adequate treatment exists. Cell-based screening of known bioactive compounds library identified the protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) inhibitor Cantharidin and the L-type calcium channel blocker Nifedipine as potential candidates for NF1 pharmacotherapy. Validation of screening results using human NF1-associated malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) cells showed that Cantharidin effectively impeded MPNST cell growth, while Nifedipine treatment significantly decreased local tumor growth in an MPNST xenograft animal model...
January 5, 2017: Biochimie
Svenia Schnyder, Barbara Kupr, Christoph Handschin
Skeletal muscle plasticity is a complex process entailing massive transcriptional programs. These changes are mediated by the action of nuclear receptors and other transcription factors. In addition, coregulator proteins have emerged as important players in this process by linking transcription factors to the RNA polymerase II complex and inducing changes in the chromatic structure. An accumulating body of work highlights the pleiotropic functions of coregulator proteins in the control of tissue-specific and whole body metabolism...
January 2, 2017: Biochimie
Paul G Crichton, Yang Lee, Edmund R S Kunji
Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) is an integral membrane protein found in the mitochondrial inner membrane of brown adipose tissue, and facilitates the process of non-shivering thermogenesis in mammals. Its activation by fatty acids, which overcomes its inhibition by purine nucleotides, leads to an increase in the proton conductance of the inner mitochondrial membrane, short-circuiting the mitochondrion to produce heat rather than ATP. Despite 40 years of intense research, the underlying molecular mechanism of UCP1 is still under debate...
January 2, 2017: Biochimie
M Luisa Bonet, Josep Mercader, Andreu Palou
Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) is the hallmark protein responsible for cold- and diet-induced thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue (BAT). UCP1 activity is protective against body fat accumulation. UCP1 has re-gained researchers' attention in the context of obesity following the realization that BAT is present and can be activated in adult humans and of inducible UCP1-expressing cells in white fat depots. UCP1-mediated thermogenesis is activated by specific food compounds, which function by stimulating sympathetic nervous system activity to adipose tissues and/or by acting on the adipose cells directly or indirectly, through humoral factors released upon their intake...
January 2, 2017: Biochimie
Anna A Slavokhotova, Andrey A Shelenkov, Tatyana V Korostyleva, Eugene A Rogozhin, Nataliya V Melnikova, Anna V Kudryavtseva, Tatyana I Odintsova
Being perfectly adapted to diverse environments, chickweed (Stellaria media (L.) Vill), a ubiquitous garden weed, grows widely in Europe and North America. As opposed to the model plants, many weeds, and S. media in particular, have been poorly studied, although they are likely to contain promising components of immunity and novel resistance genes. In this study, for the first time RNA-seq analysis of healthy and infected with Fusarium oxysporum chickweed seedlings, as well as de novo transcriptome assembly and annotation, are presented...
December 27, 2016: Biochimie
K Shanmugha Rajan, Subbiah Ramasamy, J N George-William, Jeyaprakash Rajendhran
The invention of transcriptome-wide deep sequencing technology has fundamentally changed our understanding of the complex networks that mediate cardiac functions. Since its inception, researchers have uncovered various novel pathways and transcripts that could be one day used for therapeutics and diagnostics. The characterization of various non-protein coding RNAs (ncRNAs) has aided the study of cardiac manifestation in more detail. Although numerous studies have unearthed the importance of miRNA and lncRNA, the existence and importance of other ncRNAs have been neglected due to their unusual behaviors and outdated ideologies...
December 27, 2016: Biochimie
Valentin Barquissau, Rayane A Ghandour, Gérard Ailhaud, Martin Klingenspor, Dominique Langin, Ez-Zoubir Amri, Didier F Pisani
Oxylipins are bioactive metabolites derived from the oxygenation of ω3 and ω6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, triggered essentially by cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase activities. Oxylipins are involved in the development and function of adipose tissue and their productions are strictly related to diet quality and quantity. Oxylipins signal via cell surface membrane (G Protein-coupled receptors) and nuclear receptors (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors), two pathways playing a pivotal role in adipocyte biology...
December 27, 2016: Biochimie
Guilherme H M Salvador, Juliana I Dos Santos, Bruno Lomonte, Marcos R M Fontes
Snake venoms from the Viperidae and Elapidae families often have several phospholipases A2 (PLA2s), which may display different functions despite having a similar structural scaffold. These proteins are considered an important target for the development of drugs against local myotoxic damage because they are not efficiently neutralized by conventional serum therapy. PLA2s from these venoms are generally divided into two classes: (i) catalytic PLA2s (or Asp49-PLA2s) and (ii) non-catalytic PLA2-like toxins (or Lys49-PLA2s)...
December 26, 2016: Biochimie
Yajing Ji, Austin Bowersock, Alec R Badour, Neeraj Vij, Stephen J Juris, David E Ash, Dillip K Mohanty
Excessive proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC) is an important contributor to the progression of atherosclerosis. Inhibition of proliferation can be achieved by endogenously produced and exogenously supplied nitrogen monoxide, commonly known as nitric oxide (NO). We report herein the dichotomous effects of two isomeric families of secondary amines, precursors to the N-nitrosated NO-donors, on HASMC proliferation. The syntheses of these two families were carried out using two equivalents of homologous, aliphatic monoamines and 2,6-difluoro-3-nitrobenzonitrile (2,6-DFNBN, O family) or 2,4-difluoro-5-nitrobenzonitrile (2,4-DFNBN, P family)...
December 26, 2016: Biochimie
Heejeong Lee, Dong Gun Lee
Bac8c (RIWVIWRR-NH2), an 8-mer peptide modified from amino acids 4-11 of Bac2a, shows broad-spectrum activity against pathogenic bacteria and yeast, and it has been the focus of attention owing to its low cost of synthesis. Although Bac8c is effective against Candida albicans, its mode of action needs to be investigated further. Bac8c causes yeast cell death in a dose-dependent manner by eliciting the production of reactive oxygen species, thereby attenuating the antioxidant defense system. It is also involved in Ca(2+) signaling, and produces apoptotic features, such as phosphatidylserine externalization and DNA fragmentation...
December 24, 2016: Biochimie
Jan F C Glatz, Joost J F P Luiken
The molecular mechanisms underlying the cellular uptake of long-chain fatty acids and the regulation of this process have been elucidated in appreciable detail in the last decades. Two main players in this field, each discovered in the early 1990s, are (i) a membrane-associated protein first identified in adipose ('fat') tissue and referred to as putative fatty acid translocase (FAT)/CD36 (now officially designated as SR-B2) which facilitates the transport of fatty acids across the plasma membrane, and (ii) the family of transcription factors designated peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARα, PPARγ, and PPARβ/δ) for which fatty acids and fatty acid metabolites are the preferred ligand...
December 21, 2016: Biochimie
G Chinetti-Gbaguidi, B Staels
Macrophages are central cells in the genesis and development of atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of cardiovascular diseases. Macrophages take up lipids (mainly cholesterol and triglycerides) from lipoproteins thus transforming into foam cells. Moreover, through the efflux pathway, macrophages are the main actors of the elimination of excessive tissue cholesterol toward extra-cellular acceptors. Macrophages participate in the control of inflammation by displaying different functional phenotypes, from the M1 pro-inflammatory to the M2 anti-inflammatory state...
December 21, 2016: Biochimie
E S Komarova Andreyanova, I A Osterman, P I Pletnev, Y A Ivanenkov, A G Majouga, A A Bogdanov, P V Sergiev
A variety of structurally unrelated organic compounds has been reported to have antibacterial activity. Among these, certain small-molecule translation inhibitors have attracted a great deal of attention, due to their relatively high selectivity against prokaryotes, and an appropriate therapeutic index with minor "off target" effects. However, ribosomes are being considered as poorly druggable biological targets, thereby making some routine computational-based approaches to rational drug design and its development rather ineffective...
December 20, 2016: Biochimie
A A Poloznikov, A A Zakhariants, S V Nikulin, N A Smirnova, D M Hushpulian, I N Gaisina, A G Tonevitsky, V I Tishkov, I G Gazaryan
HIF prolyl hydroxylase is a major regulator of HIF stability. Branched tail oxyquinolines have been identified as specific inhibitors of HIF prolyl hydroxylase and recently demonstrated clear benefits in various scenarios of neuronal failure. The structural optimization for branched tail oxyquinolines containing an acetamide bond has been performed in the present study using HIF1 ODD-luc reporter assay. The special attention has been paid to the length of a linker between acetamide group and phenyl ring, as well as substitutions in the phenyl ring in the other branch of the tail...
December 19, 2016: Biochimie
Anjana Sharma, Veera Ganesh Yerra, Ashutosh Kumar
Diabetes mellitus is an ailment that develops when the functional capacity of the pancreas does not meet the metabolic requirements of the whole body, either due to insulin insufficiency or resistance to insulin action. Current therapies that control glycaemia are limited by their unwanted effects or their inability to prevent the development of long-term complications. Regeneration and replacement of beta cell therapies are shaping the goals of future management of diabetes. The Hippo pathway, first discovered in Drosophila melanogaster, plays a vital role in controlling the organ size...
December 18, 2016: Biochimie
Julieta Barchiesi, Nicolás Hedin, Alberto A Iglesias, Diego F Gomez-Casati, Miguel A Ballicora, María V Busi
Hydrosoluble glycogen is the major energy storage compound in bacteria, archaea, fungi, and animal cells. In contrast, photosynthetic eukaryotes have evolved to build a highly organized semicrystalline granule of starch. Several enzymes are involved in polysaccharide synthesis, among which glycogen or starch synthase catalyze the elongation of the α-1,4-glucan chain. Ostreococcus tauri, accumulates a single starch granule and contains three starch synthase III (SSIII) isoforms, known as OsttaSSIII-A, OsttaSSIII-B and OsttaSSIII-C...
December 18, 2016: Biochimie
Yongguo Li, Tobias Fromme, Martin Klingenspor
Regarding the enormous interest in brown and brite/beige adipose tissue in the context of metabolic disease, reliable quantification of thermogenesis in these adipocytes is a central issue. This requires an assay specific for uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) mediated thermogenesis in adherent intact cells. In a recent study we identified a major pitfall associated with established procedures generally applied for this purpose. Meaningful respirometry of UCP1-mediated thermogenesis imperatively requires activation of UCP1 and control over free fatty acid levels...
December 14, 2016: Biochimie
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