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T Fukuuchi, N Iyama, N Yamaoka, K Kaneko
Ribonucleotide flavor enhancers such as inosine monophosphate (IMP) and guanosine monophosphate (GMP) provide umami taste, similarly to glutamine. Japanese cuisine frequently uses soup stocks containing these nucleotides to enhance umami. We quantified 18 types of purines (nucleotides, nucleosides, and purine bases) in three soup stocks (chicken, consommé, and dried bonito soup). IMP was the most abundant purine in all umami soup stocks, followed by hypoxanthine, inosine, and GMP. The IMP content of dried bonito soup was the highest of the three soup stocks...
April 13, 2018: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
Kiyoshi Hayasaka, Chikahiko Numakura, Mitsunori Yamakawa, Tetsuo Mitsui, Hisayoshi Watanabe, Hiroaki Haga, Masahide Yazaki, Hiromasa Ohira, Yasuo Ochiai, Toshiyuki Tahara, Tamio Nakahara, Noriyo Yamashiki, Takahiro Nakayama, Takashi Kon, Hiroshi Mitsubuchi, Hiroshi Yoshida
Citrin, encoded by SLC25A13, constitutes the malate-aspartate shuttle, the main NADH-shuttle in the liver. Citrin deficiency causes neonatal intrahepatic cholestasis (NICCD) and adult-onset type II citrullinemia (CTLN2). Citrin deficiency is predicted to impair hepatic glycolysis and de novo lipogenesis, resulting in hepatic energy deficit. Secondary decrease in hepatic argininosuccinate synthetase (ASS1) expression has been considered a cause of hyperammonemia in CTLN2. We previously reported that medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) supplement therapy with a low-carbohydrate formula was effective in CTLN2 to prevent a relapse of hyperammonemic encephalopathy...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Tetsuyuki Takahashi, Ulrich Deuschle, Shu Taira, Takeshi Nishida, Makoto Fujimoto, Takao Hijikata, Koichi Tsuneyama
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Tsumura-Suzuki obese diabetic (TSOD) is a good model of metabolic syndrome showing typical lesions found in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and develops spontaneous hepatic tumors with a high frequency. Majority of the developing tumors overexpress glutamine synthetase (GS), which is used as a marker of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study is to assess the status of expression of metabolism-related genes and the level of bile acids in the TSOD mice-derived tumors and to determine the association with metabolic dysregulation between human HCC and TSOD mice-derived tumors...
April 12, 2018: Hepatology International
Ahmed M A Elsakka, Mohamed Abdel Bary, Eman Abdelzaher, Mostafa Elnaggar, Miriam Kalamian, Purna Mukherjee, Thomas N Seyfried
Few advances have been made in overall survival for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in more than 40 years. Here, we report the case of a 38-year-old man who presented with chronic headache, nausea, and vomiting accompanied by left partial motor seizures and upper left limb weakness. Enhanced brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed a solid cystic lesion in the right partial space suggesting GBM. Serum testing revealed vitamin D deficiency and elevated levels of insulin and triglycerides. Prior to subtotal tumor resection and standard of care (SOC), the patient conducted a 72-h water-only fast...
2018: Frontiers in Nutrition
Patrícia Monah Cunha Bartos, Hugo Teixeira Gomes, Lourdes Isabel Velho do Amaral, João Batista Teixeira, Jonny Everson Scherwinski-Pereira
Several biochemical components associated with different stages of somatic embryogenesis in coffee ( Coffea arabica L.) are investigated using foliar explants. Soluble sugar, starch, free amino acids and total proteins were extracted and quantified at different stages of somatic embryogenesis, such as foliar segments (initial explants), primary calluses, embryogenic calluses, globular embryos, torpedoes, cotyledonary embryos and mature fruit zygotic embryos. Total soluble sugar levels increased sixfold at the initial stages of somatic embryogenesis induction...
April 2018: 3 Biotech
Mariko Kato Hayashi
Many kinds of transporters contribute to glutamatergic excitatory synaptic transmission. Glutamate is loaded into synaptic vesicles by vesicular glutamate transporters to be released from presynaptic terminals. After synaptic vesicle release, glutamate is taken up by neurons or astrocytes to terminate the signal and to prepare for the next signal. Glutamate transporters on the plasma membrane are responsible for transporting glutamate from extracellular fluid to cytoplasm. Glutamate taken up by astrocyte is converted to glutamine by glutamine synthetase and transported back to neurons through glutamine transporters on the plasma membranes of the astrocytes and then on neurons...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jianfeng Wang, Zhibiao Nan, Michael J Christensen, Xingxu Zhang, Pei Tian, Zhixin Zhang, Xueli Niu, Peng Gao, Tao Chen, Lixia Ma
The systemic fungal endophyte of the grass Achnatherum inebrians, Epichloë gansuensis, has important roles in enhancing resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. In this work, we first evaluated the effects of E. gansuensis on nitrogen metabolism, nitrogen use efficiency, and stoichiometry of A. inebrians under varying nitrogen concentrations. The results demonstrated that E. gansuensis significantly improved the growth of A. inebrians under low nitrogen conditions. The fresh and dry weights, nitrogen reductase, nitrite reductase, and glutamine synthetase activity, NO3 - , NH4 + , N, and P content, and also the total N accumulation, N utilization efficiency, and N uptake efficiency were all higher in leaves of A...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Samiullah Khan, Muhammad Mudassir, Naqab Khan, Asmatullah Marwat
Objectives: Brachdactyly a genetic disorder associated with the abnormal development of metacarpals, phalanges or both which results in the shortening of hands and feet. Mutations in the contributing genes has been recognized with the majority of the investigated syndromic form of brachdactyly. The current study was proposed to examine mutation in NOG and GDF5 genes in a Pakistani family. Methods: Poly Acrylamide Gel Electrophoresis and Polymerase Chain Reaction was used for the genomic screening and linkage analysis to observe the mutation in genes...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Martina Chiu, Giuseppe Taurino, Massimiliano G Bianchi, Laura Ottaviani, Roberta Andreoli, Tecla Ciociola, Costanza A M Lagrasta, Saverio Tardito, Ovidio Bussolati
In cells derived from several types of cancer, a transcriptional program drives high consumption of glutamine (Gln), which is used for anaplerosis, leading to a metabolic addiction for the amino acid. Low or absent expression of Glutamine Synthetase (GS), the only enzyme that catalyzes de novo Gln synthesis, has been considered a marker of Gln-addicted cancers. In this study, two human cell lines derived from brain tumors with oligodendroglioma features, HOG and Hs683, have been shown to be GS-negative. Viability of both lines depends from extracellular Gln with EC50 of 0...
April 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yasumasa Kato, Toyonobu Maeda, Atsuko Suzuki, Yuh Baba
Initial studies of cancer metabolism in the early 1920s found that cancer cells were phenotypically characterized by aerobic glycolysis, in that these cells favor glucose uptake and lactate production, even in the presence of oxygen. This property, called the Warburg effect, is considered a hallmark of cancer. The mechanism by which these cells acquire aerobic glycolysis has been uncovered. Acidic extracellular fluid, secreted by cancer cells, induces a malignant phenotype, including invasion and metastasis...
February 2018: Japanese Dental Science Review
Liguo Qiu, Xiang Shi, Simeng Yu, Qian Han, Xiaoping Diao, Hailong Zhou
Ammonia stress can inhibit the survival and growth, and even cause mortality of shrimp. In this study, ammonia-metabolizing enzyme activities and gene expression were compared between two strains of L. vannamei under different ammonia-N ([Formula: see text]) concentrations (3.4, 13.8, and 24.6 mg/L). The results showed that elevated ammonia concentrations mainly increased glutamine synthetase (GSase) activities while inhibiting transglutaminase (TGase) activities in the muscle of both strains. Thus, we concluded that L...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Barbara Spolaore, Giacomo Forzato, Angelo Fontana
Microbial transglutaminase (TGase) has been successfully used to produce site-specific protein conjugates derivatized at the level of glutamine (Gln) or lysine (Lys) residues with diverse applications. Here, we study the drug human interferon β-1a (IFN) as a substrate of TGase. The derivatization reaction was performed using carbobenzoxy-L-glutaminyl-glycine to modify Lys residues and dansylcadaverine for Gln residues. The 166 amino acids polypeptide chain of IFN β-1a contains 11 Lys and 11 Gln residues potential sites of TGase derivatization...
April 7, 2018: Amino Acids
Tomoya Yokota, Satoshi Hamauchi, Yukio Yoshida, Takashi Yurikusa, Miho Suzuki, Aiko Yamashita, Hirofumi Ogawa, Tsuyoshi Onoe, Keita Mori, Tetsuro Onitsuka
PURPOSE: This phase II trial assessed the clinical benefit of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, arginine, and glutamine (HMB/Arg/Gln) for preventing chemoradiotherapy (CRT)-induced oral mucositis (OM) in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). METHODS: Patients with HNC receiving definitive or postoperative cisplatin-based CRT were enrolled. HMB/Arg/Gln was administered orally or per percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy from the first day of CRT up to its completion...
April 7, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Soad Al Jaouni, Ahmed M Saleh, Mohammed A M Wadaan, Wael N Hozzein, Samy Selim, Hamada AbdElgawad
Many studies have discussed the influence of elevated carbon dioxide (eCO2 ) on modeling and crop plants. However, much less effort has been dedicated to herbal plants. In this study, a robust monitoring for the levels of 94 primary and secondary metabolites and minerals in two medicinal herbs, basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) and peppermint (Mentha piperita L.), grwon under both ambient (aCO2 , 360 ppm) and eCO2 (620 ppm) was performed. We also assessed how the changes in herbal tissue chemistry affected their biological activity...
March 29, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
Fangyu Jing, Xin Hu, Yunfeng Cao, Minghao Xu, Yuanyuan Wang, Yu Jing, Xiaodan Hu, Yu Gao, Zhitu Zhu
Patients with gastric ulcer (GU) have a significantly higher risk of developing gastric cancer (GC), especially within 2 years after diagnosis. The main way to improve the prognosis of GC is to predict the tumorigenesis and metastasis in the early stage. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the ability of human plasma amino acid metabolic profile for discriminating GC and GU. In this study, we first used liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry technique to characterize the plasma amino acid metabolism in GC and GU patients...
April 6, 2018: IUBMB Life
Robert J Harris, Jingwen Yao, Ararat Chakhoyan, Catalina Raymond, Kevin Leu, Linda M Liau, Phioanh L Nghiemphu, Albert Lai, Noriko Salamon, Whitney B Pope, Timothy F Cloughesy, Benjamin M Ellingson
PURPOSE: To introduce a new pH-sensitive and oxygen-sensitive MRI technique using amine proton CEST echo spin-and-gradient echo (SAGE) EPI (CEST-SAGE-EPI). METHODS: pH-weighting was obtained using CEST estimations of magnetization transfer ratio asymmetry (MTRasym ) at 3 ppm, and oxygen-weighting was obtained using R2' measurements. Glutamine concentration, pH, and relaxation rates were varied in phantoms to validate simulations and estimate relaxation rates. The values of MTRasym and R2' in normal-appearing white matter, T2 hyperintensity, contrast enhancement, and macroscopic necrosis were measured in 47 gliomas...
April 6, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Matthew D Berg, Julie Genereaux, Jim Karagiannis, Christopher J Brandl
Tra1 is an essential component of the SAGA/SLIK and NuA4 complexes in S. cerevisiae , recruiting these co-activator complexes to specific promoters. As a PIKK family member, Tra1 is characterized by a C-terminal phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) domain. Unlike other PIKK family members (e.g. Tor1, Tor2, Mec1, Tel1), Tra1 has no demonstrable kinase activity. We identified three conserved arginine residues in Tra1 that reside proximal or within the cleft between the N- and C-terminal subdomains of the PI3K domain...
April 6, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Josy Augustine, Sofia Pavlou, Michael O'Hare, Kevin Harkin, Alan Stitt, Tim Curtis, Heping Xu, Mei Chen
Purpose: Müller glia are critical for the survival of retinal neurons and the integrity of retinal blood vessels. Müller glial cultures are important tools for investigating Müller glial pathophysiology. Here, we report a spontaneously immortalized Müller glial cell line originally cultured and subsequently cloned from mouse pups. The cell line, Queen's University Murine Müller glia Clone-1 (QMMuC-1), has been cultured for over 60 passages, has morphologic features like primary Müller cell (PMC) cultures and remains stable...
March 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
J Marczuk, P Brodzki, A Brodzki, Ł Kurek
Ketosis is a common condition found in the initial stages of lactation in high-yielding dairy cows. The major cause of ketosis is a negative energy balance. During the energy deficiency, proteolysis processes develop parallel to lipolysis. During proteolysis, muscle tissue can be used as a source of amino acid. To date, the participation of amino acids in gluconeogenesis (glucogenic amino acids) and ketogenesis (ketogenic amino acids) has not been determined in detail. This paper presents the study on determination of the parameters of protein and free amino acid metabolism in blood serum of dairy cows with primary ketosis compared to healthy cows...
March 2018: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Xiao-Hui Zhang, Zhao-Hui Feng, Xiao-Yu Wang
Rho kinase (ROCK) was the first downstream Rho effector found to mediate RhoA-induced actin cytoskeletal changes through effects on myosin light chain phosphorylation. There is abundant evidence that the ROCK pathway participates in the pathogenesis of retinal endothelial injury and proliferative epiretinal membrane traction. In this study, we investigated the effect of the ROCK pathway inhibitor Y-27632 on retinal Müller cells subjected to hypoxia or oxidative stress. Müller cells were subjected to hypoxia or oxidative stress by exposure to CoCl2 or H2 O2 ...
March 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
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