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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434046/oral-arginine-supplementation-protects-female-mice-from-the-onset-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
#1
Cathrin Sellmann, Christian Degen, Cheng Jun Jin, Anika Nier, Anna Janina Engstler, Dana Hasan Alkhatib, Jean-Pascal De Bandt, Ina Bergheim
Dietary arginine (Arg) supplementation has been proposed to have positive effects on the development of liver diseases. In the present study, we investigate if an oral Arg supplementation in diet protects mice fed a fructose, fat and cholesterol enriched Western-style diet (WSD) from the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Female C57BL/6J mice were fed a liquid control diet or a liquid WSD ± Arg (2.49 g/kg body weight/day) for 6 weeks. Indices of liver injury, glucose metabolism and intestinal permeability were determined...
April 22, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432424/variations-of-isovaline-structure-related-to-activity-in-the-formalin-foot-assay-in-mice
#2
Timothy Fung, Yahya I Asiri, Richard Wall, Stephan K W Schwarz, Ernest Puil, Bernard A MacLeod
Current centrally acting analgesics such as opioids are associated with adverse effects that limit their use and threaten patient safety. Isovaline is a novel prototype analgesic that produces peripheral antinociception in several pain models with little or no effect on the central nervous system. The aim of this study was to establish a preliminary structure-activity relationship for isovaline derivatives by assaying efficacy in the formalin foot assay and central adverse effect profile in mice. Selected compounds were tested using the formalin foot assay to determine efficacy in reducing formalin-induced behaviors...
April 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429125/low-plasma-homoarginine-concentration-is-associated-with-high-rates-of-all-cause-mortality-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#3
Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Isidor Minović, Erik Hanff, Anne-Roos S Frenay, Martin H de Borst, Martin Feelisch, Harry van Goor, Stephan J L Bakker, Dimitrios Tsikas
In renal transplant recipients (RTR), we recently found that low urinary excretion of homoarginine (hArg) is associated with mortality and graft failure. However, it is not known whether such prospective associations also hold true for plasma concentrations of hArg. In the present study, we therefore determined plasma concentrations of hArg in the same cohort, i.e. in 687 RTR (functioning graft ≥1 year), and in 140 healthy donors, before and after kidney donation. Plasma hArg concentrations were significantly lower in RTR compared to healthy controls [1...
April 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421297/suppression-of-th1-differentiation-by-tryptophan-supplementation-in-vivo
#4
Tobias V Lanz, Simon Becker, Soumya R Mohapatra, Christiane A Opitz, Wolfgang Wick, Michael Platten
Metabolism of the essential amino acid tryptophan (trp) is a key endogenous immunosuppressive pathway restricting inflammatory responses. Tryptophan metabolites promote regulatory T cell (Treg) differentiation and suppress proinflammatory T helper cell (Th)1 and Th17 phenotypes. It has been shown that treatment with natural and synthetic tryptophan metabolites can suppress autoimmune neuroinflammation in preclinical animal models. Here, we tested if oral intake of tryptophan would increase immunosuppressive tryptophan metabolites and ameliorate autoimmune neuroinflammation as a safe approach to treat autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis (MS)...
April 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421296/metabolite-signatures-of-doxorubicin-induced-toxicity-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#5
Umesh Chaudhari, James K Ellis, Vilas Wagh, Harshal Nemade, Jürgen Hescheler, Hector C Keun, Agapios Sachinidis
Drug-induced off-target cardiotoxicity, particularly following anti-cancer therapy, is a major concern in new drug discovery and development. To ensure patient safety and efficient pharmaceutical drug development, there is an urgent need to develop more predictive cell model systems and distinct toxicity signatures. In this study, we applied our previously proposed repeated exposure toxicity methodology and performed (1)H NMR spectroscopy-based extracellular metabolic profiling in culture medium of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) exposed to doxorubicin (DOX), an anti-cancer agent...
April 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417226/the-repertoire-of-bitter-taste-receptor-genes-in-canids
#6
REVIEW
Shuai Shang, Xiaoyang Wu, Jun Chen, Huanxin Zhang, Huaming Zhong, Qinguo Wei, Jiakuo Yan, Haotian Li, Guangshuai Liu, Weilai Sha, Honghai Zhang
Bitter taste receptors (Tas2rs) play important roles in mammalian defense mechanisms by helping animals detect and avoid toxins in food. Although Tas2r genes have been widely studied in several mammals, minimal research has been performed in canids. To analyze the genetic basis of Tas2r genes in canids, we first identified Tas2r genes in the wolf, maned wolf, red fox, corsac fox, Tibetan fox, fennec fox, dhole and African hunting dog. A total of 183 Tas2r genes, consisting of 118 intact genes, 6 partial genes and 59 pseudogenes, were detected...
April 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417225/comparative-proteomic-analysis-provides-insight-into-10-hydroxy-2-decenoic-acid-biosynthesis-in-honey-bee-workers
#7
Xiao-Hui Yang, Shi-Fa Yang, Rui-Ming Wang
10-Hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA) is the major compound produced from the mandibular glands (MGs) of honey bee workers. However, little information is available on the molecular mechanisms of 10-HDA biosynthesis. In our study, based on investigating the 10-HDA secretion pattern and the morphological characteristics of MGs from honey bee workers of different ages, a comparative proteomic analysis was performed in the MGs of workers with different 10-HDA production. In total, 59 up-regulated protein species representing 45 unique proteins were identified in high 10-HDA-producing workers by 2-DE-MALDI-TOF/TOF MS...
April 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417224/erratum-to-glutamate-and-%C3%AE-ketoglutarate-key-players-in-glioma-metabolism
#8
Andreas Maus, Godefridus J Peters
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396959/glucose-transportation-in-the-brain-and-its-impairment-in-huntington-disease-one-more-shade-of-the-energetic-metabolism-failure
#9
REVIEW
Veronica Morea, Eris Bidollari, Gianni Colotti, Annarita Fiorillo, Jessica Rosati, Lidia De Filippis, Ferdinando Squitieri, Andrea Ilari
Huntington's disease (HD) or Huntington's chorea is the most common inherited, dominantly transmitted, neurodegenerative disorder. It is caused by increased CAG repeats number in the gene coding for huntingtin (Htt) and characterized by motor, behaviour and psychiatric symptoms, ultimately leading to death. HD patients also exhibit alterations in glucose and energetic metabolism, which result in pronounced weight loss despite sustained calorie intake. Glucose metabolism decreases in the striatum of all the subjects with mutated Htt, but affects symptom presentation only when it drops below a specific threshold...
April 10, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389719/erratum-to-human-splanchnic-amino-acid-metabolism
#10
Evelien P J G Neis, S Sabrkhany, I Hundscheid, D Schellekens, K Lenaerts, S W Olde Damink, E E Blaak, C H C Dejong, Sander S Rensen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 7, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374094/the-potential-of-silk-sericin-protein-as-a-serum-substitute-or-an-additive-in-cell-culture-and-cryopreservation
#11
REVIEW
Ting-Ting Cao, Yu-Qing Zhang
Cell culture and cryopreservation are necessary for clinical therapy and cells storage. The addition of 10% (v/v) foetal bovine serum (FBS) to basal culture media has been common practice and is one of the most widely used methods. FBS media added with 10% DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) have also been used for cryopreservation cells. Ideally, FBS should be avoided because of high cost and bio-safety. Silk sericin has been used as a serum substitute and an additive due to its good hydrophilicity and biological safety...
April 3, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357606/genetic-variations-in-the-alanine-glyoxylate-aminotransferase-2-agxt2-gene-and-dimethylarginines-levels-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#12
Theodoros Dimitroulas, James Hodson, Vasileios F Panoulas, Aamer Sandoo, Jacqueline Smith, George Kitas
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with high rates of cardiovascular events mainly due to coronary and cerebrovascular atherosclerotic disease. Asymmetric (ADMA) and symmetric (SDMA) dimethylarginines are endogenous inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase and have been repeatedly linked with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in the general population and various disease settings. Alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase 2 (AGTX2) is considered an alternative metabolic pathway contributing to the clearance of dimethylarginines in humans...
March 29, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324173/effect-of-oaz1-overexpression-on-goose-ovarian-granulosa-cells
#13
Bo Kang, Dongmei Jiang, Hui He, Rong Ma, Ziyu Chen, Zhixin Yi
Ornithine decarboxylase antizyme 1 (OAZ1) regulates both polyamine biosynthesis and transport and acts as a tumor suppressor because of its functions in the regulation of cell proliferation, apoptosis and growth. However, the roles of OAZ1 in the regulation of polyamine metabolism, cell proliferation, apoptosis and hormone receptor expression in granulosa cells (GCs) from geese have not been determined. To define the roles of OAZ1 in primary GCs, we constructed and transfected an Oaz1 overexpression vector with a thymidine deletion into primary GCs...
March 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324172/enzymes-involved-in-branched-chain-amino-acid-metabolism-in-humans
#14
REVIEW
María M Adeva-Andany, Laura López-Maside, Cristóbal Donapetry-García, Carlos Fernández-Fernández, Cristina Sixto-Leal
Branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are structurally related to branched-chain fatty acids. Leucine is 2-amino-4-methyl-pentanoic acid, isoleucine is 2-amino-3-methyl-pentanoic acid, and valine is 2-amino-3-methyl-butanoic acid. Similar to fatty acid oxidation, leucine and isoleucine produce acetyl-coA. Additionally, leucine generates acetoacetate and isoleucine yields propionyl-coA. Valine oxidation produces propionyl-coA, which is converted into methylmalonyl-coA and succinyl-coA. Branched-chain aminotransferase catalyzes the first reaction in the catabolic pathway of branched-chain amino acids, a reversible transamination that converts branched-chain amino acids into branched-chain ketoacids...
March 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316028/improved-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-glioblastoma-cancer-using-novel-68-ga-labeled-peptides-targeting-the-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-upar
#15
Mathias Dyrberg Loft, Yao Sun, Changhao Liu, Camilla Christensen, Daijuan Huang, Andreas Kjaer, Zhen Cheng
The urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) is overexpressed in several cancers including glioblastoma (GBM) and is an established biomarker for metastatic potential. The uPAR-targeting peptide AE105-NH2 (Ac-Asp-Cha-Phe-(D)Ser-(D)Arg-Tyr-Leu-Trp-Ser-CONH2) is a promising candidate for non-invasive positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of uPAR. Despite the optimal physical properties of (68)Ga for peptide-based PET imaging, low tumor uptakes have previously been reported using (68)Ga-labeled AE105-NH2-based tracers...
March 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316027/validation-of-dopamine-receptor-drd1-and-drd2-antibodies-using-receptor-deficient-mice
#16
Tamara Stojanovic, Michaela Orlova, Fernando J Sialana, Harald Höger, Stanislav Stuchlik, Ivan Milenkovic, Jana Aradska, Gert Lubec
Dopamine receptors 1 and 2 (DRD1, DRD2) are essential for signaling in the brain for a multitude of brain functions. Previous work using several antibodies against these receptors is abundant but only the minority of antibodies used have been validated and, therefore, the results of these studies remain uncertain. Herein, antibodies against DRD1 (Merck Millipore AB1765P, Santa Cruz Biotechnology sc-14001, Sigma Aldrich D2944, Alomone Labs ADR-001) and DRD2 (Abcam ab21218, Merck Millipore AB5084P, Santa Cruz Biotechnology sc-5303) have been tested using western blotting and immunohistochemistry on mouse striatum (wild type and corresponding knock-out mice) and when specific, they were further evaluated on rat and human striatum...
March 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316026/zebrafish-as-a-model-to-evaluate-peptide-related-cancer-therapies
#17
REVIEW
Austin Y Shull, Chien-An A Hu, Yong Teng
Peptide-derived drug discovery has experienced a remarkable resurgence in the past decade since the failure of small-molecule modulators to effectively access the large binding surfaces of intracellular protein-protein interactions as well as "undruggable" residues of certain disease-driving proteins. However, the effectiveness of peptide-based cancer therapies is being questioned in light of declines in pharmaceutical R&D efficiency. As a model of whole organism, zebrafish provide a means to develop promising peptide and protein anticancer agents in an informative, cost-effective and time-efficient manner, which also allows for surveying mechanisms of drug action and optimization of drug delivery system...
March 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314994/amino-acids-intake-and-physical-fitness-among-adolescents
#18
Luis Gracia-Marco, Silvia Bel-Serrat, Magdalena Cuenca-Garcia, Marcela Gonzalez-Gross, Raquel Pedrero-Chamizo, Yannis Manios, Ascensión Marcos, Denes Molnar, Kurt Widhalm, Angela Polito, Jeremy Vanhelst, Maria Hagströmer, Michael Sjöström, Anthony Kafatos, Stefaan de Henauw, Ángel Gutierrez, Manuel J Castillo, Luis A Moreno
The aim was to investigate whether there was an association between amino acid (AA) intake and physical fitness and if so, to assess whether this association was independent of carbohydrates intake. European adolescents (n = 1481, 12.5-17.5 years) were measured. Intake was assessed via two non-consecutive 24-h dietary recalls. Lower and upper limbs muscular fitness was assessed by standing long jump and handgrip strength tests, respectively. Cardiorespiratory fitness was assessed by the 20-m shuttle run test...
March 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314993/comparative-analysis-of-internalisation-haemolytic-cytotoxic-and-antibacterial-effect-of-membrane-active-cationic-peptides-aspects-of-experimental-setup
#19
Kata Horváti, Bernadett Bacsa, Tamás Mlinkó, Nóra Szabó, Ferenc Hudecz, Ferenc Zsila, Szilvia Bősze
Cationic peptides proved fundamental importance as pharmaceutical agents and/or drug carrier moieties functioning in cellular processes. The comparison of the in vitro activity of these peptides is an experimental challenge and a combination of different methods, such as cytotoxicity, internalisation rate, haemolytic and antibacterial effect, is necessary. At the same time, several issues need to be addressed as the assay conditions have a great influence on the measured biological effects and the experimental setup needs to be optimised...
March 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299479/l-glutamine-and-l-arginine-protect-against-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-infection-via-intestinal-innate-immunity-in-mice
#20
Gang Liu, Wenkai Ren, Jun Fang, Chien-An Andy Hu, Guiping Guan, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi, Jie Yin, Veeramuthu Duraipandiyan, Shuai Chen, Yuanyi Peng, Yulong Yin
Dietary glutamine (Gln) or arginine (Arg) supplementation is beneficial for intestinal health; however, whether Gln or Arg may confer protection against Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) infection is not known. To address this, we used an ETEC-infected murine model to investigate the protective effects of Gln and Arg. Experimentally, we pre-treated mice with designed diet of Gln or Arg supplementation prior to the oral ETEC infection and then assessed mouse mortality and intestinal bacterial burden. We also determined the markers of intestinal innate immunity in treated mice, including secretory IgA response (SIgA), mucins from goblet cells, as well as antimicrobial peptides from Paneth cells...
March 15, 2017: Amino Acids
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