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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546645/fluorination-at-the-4-position-alters-the-substrate-behavior-of-l-glutamine-and-l-glutamate-implications-for-positron-emission-tomography-of-neoplasias
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Thomas M Jeitner, Eva Kristoferson, Juan A Azcona, John T Pinto, Clint Stalnecker, Jon W Erickson, Hank F Kung, Jianyong Li, Karl Ploessl, Arthur J L Cooper
Two 4-fluoro-L-glutamine diastereoisomers [(2S,4R)-4-FGln, (2S,4S)-4-FGln] were previously developed for positron emission tomography. Label uptake into two tumor cell types was greater with [(18)F](2S,4R)-4-FGln than with [(18)F](2S,4S)-4-FGln. In the present work we investigated the enzymology of two diastereoisomers of 4-FGln, two diastereoisomers of 4-fluoroglutamate (4-FGlu) (potential metabolites of the 4-FGln diastereoisomers) and another fluoro-derivative of L-glutamine [(2S,4S)-4-(3-fluoropropyl)glutamine (FP-Gln)]...
December 2016: Journal of Fluorine Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546056/glutamate-in-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-and-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-1-h-mrs-study
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Branislava Ćurčić-Blake, Leonie Bais, Anita Sibeijn-Kuiper, Marieke Pijnenborg, Henderikus Knegtering, Edith Liemburg, André Aleman
PURPOSE: Glutamatergic models of psychosis propose that dysfunction of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, and associated excess of glutamate, may underlie psychotic experiences in people with schizophrenia. However, little is known about the specific relation between glutamate and auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in patients with psychosis. In this study, levels of glutamate+glutamine (Glx) in the left lateral prefrontal lobe were determined using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H MRS) to calculate their association with AVH...
May 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544376/hif-2%C3%AE-regulates-non-canonical-glutamine-metabolism-via-activation-of-pi3k-mtorc2-pathway-in-human-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Wenzhu Li, Changhao Chen, Xiaohui Zhao, Huilin Ye, Yue Zhao, Zhiqiang Fu, Wenwei Pan, Shangyou Zheng, Lusheng Wei, Tianwen Nong, Zhihua Li, Rufu Chen
Hypoxia-inducible factor-2α (HIF-2α) plays an important role in increasing cancer progression and distant metastasis in a variety of tumour types. We aimed to investigate its biological function and clinical significance in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). A total of 283 paired PDAC tissues and adjacent normal tissues were collected from patients who underwent surgery or biopsy at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital between February 2004 and October 2016. In this study, we noted that HIF-2α expression was significantly up-regulated in PDAC, positively associated with disease stage, lymph-node metastasis and patient survival, and identified as an independent prognostic factor of PDAC patients...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543565/lactate-supplementation-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injured-adults-by-primed-constant-infusion-of-sodium-l-lactate
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Stephanie M Wolahan, Howard C Mao, Courtney Real, Paul M Vespa, Thomas C Glenn
Carbohydrate fuel augmentation following traumatic brain injury may be a viable treatment to improve recovery when cerebral oxidative metabolism of glucose is depressed. We performed a primed constant sodium L-lactate infusion in 11 moderate to severely brain injured adults. Blood was collected before and periodically during the infusion study. We quantified global cerebral uptake of glucose and lactate and other systemic metabolites associated with energy metabolism. Our hypothesis was that cerebral lactate uptake, as measured by the arteriovenous difference of lactate (AVDlac), would increase in severely injured TBI patients in the neurocritical care unit...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542212/proteome-dynamics-of-cold-acclimating-rhododendron-species-contrasting-in-their-freezing-tolerance-and-thermonasty-behavior
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Jose V Die, Rajeev Arora, Lisa J Rowland
To gain a better understanding of cold acclimation in rhododendron and in woody perennials in general, we used the 2D-DIGE technique to analyze the rhododendron proteome during the seasonal development of freezing tolerance. We selected two species varying in their cold acclimation ability as well as their thermonasty response (folding of leaves in response to low temperature). Proteins were extracted from leaves of non-acclimated (NA) and cold acclimated (CA) plants of the hardier thermonastic species, R. catawbiense (Cata...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541810/effects-of-a-carbohydrate-glutamine-and-antioxidant-enriched-oral-nutrition-supplement-on-major-surgery-induced-insulin-resistance-a-randomized-pilot-study
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Mireille F M van Stijn, Maarten R Soeters, Paul A M van Leeuwen, W H Schreurs, Margreet G Schoorl, Jos W R Twisk, Jean-Pascal De Bandt, Dominique Bonnefont-Rousselot, Luc Cynober, Mariette T Ackermans, Mireille J Serlie, Alexander P J Houdijk
BACKGROUND: Insulin resistance after surgery hampers recovery. Oxidative stress is shown to be involved in the occurrence of postoperative insulin resistance. Preoperative carbohydrate-rich oral nutrition supplements reduce but do not prevent insulin resistance. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of a carbohydrate-, glutamine-, and antioxidant-enriched preoperative oral nutrition supplement on postoperative insulin resistance. METHODS: A double-blind randomized controlled pilot study in 18 patients with rectal cancer, who received either the supplement (S) or the placebo (P) 15, 11, and 4 hours preoperatively, was conducted...
May 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541155/characterization-of-aminoaciduria-and-hypoaminoacidemia-in-dogs-with-hepatocutaneous-syndrome
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John P Loftus, Sharon A Center, John M Lucy, Julie A Stanton, Sean P McDonough, Jeanine Peters-Kennedy, Kenneth A Arceneaux, Molly A Bechtold, Courtney L Bennett, Christina A Bradbury, Martha G Cline, Deborah L Hall-Fonte, Julie F Hammer-Landrum, Janice L Huntingford, Jennifer Marshall, Kristopher S Sharpe, Jessica L Redin, Samuel T Selva, Tomasina A Lucia
OBJECTIVE To characterize aminoaciduria and plasma amino acid concentrations in dogs with hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS). ANIMALS 20 client-owned dogs of various breeds and ages. PROCEDURES HCS was definitively diagnosed on the basis of liver biopsy specimens (n = 12), gross and histologic appearance of skin lesions (4), and examination of skin and liver biopsy specimens (2) and presumptively diagnosed on the basis of cutaneous lesions with compatible clinicopathologic and hepatic ultrasonographic (honeycomb or Swiss cheese pattern) findings (2)...
June 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540407/a-new-mutation-site-in-the-aire-gene-causes-autoimmune-polyendocrine-syndrome-type-1
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Wufei Zhu, Zhen Hu, Xiangyu Liao, Xing Chen, Wenrong Huang, Yu Zhong, Zhaoyang Zeng
Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS-1, OMIM 2403000) is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is caused by autoimmune regulator (AIRE). The main symptoms of APS-1 are chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, autoimmune adrenocortical insufficiency (Addison's disease) and hypoparathyroidism. We collected APS-1 cases and analysed them. The AIRE genes of the patient and his family members were sequenced to identify whether the APS-1 patient had an AIRE mutation. We discovered a mutation site (c.206A>C) that had never before been reported in the AIRE gene located in exon 2 of the AIRE gene...
May 24, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538158/glnk-facilitates-the-dynamic-regulation-of-bacterial-nitrogen-assimilation
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Adam Gosztolai, Jörg Schumacher, Volker Behrends, Jacob G Bundy, Franziska Heydenreich, Mark H Bennett, Martin Buck, Mauricio Barahona
Ammonium assimilation in Escherichia coli is regulated by two paralogous proteins (GlnB and GlnK), which orchestrate interactions with regulators of gene expression, transport proteins, and metabolic pathways. Yet how they conjointly modulate the activity of glutamine synthetase, the key enzyme for nitrogen assimilation, is poorly understood. We combine experiments and theory to study the dynamic roles of GlnB and GlnK during nitrogen starvation and upshift. We measure time-resolved in vivo concentrations of metabolites, total and posttranslationally modified proteins, and develop a concise biochemical model of GlnB and GlnK that incorporates competition for active and allosteric sites, as well as functional sequestration of GlnK...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537472/a-novel-role-for-a-glycolytic-pathway-kinase-in-regulating-autophagy-has-implications-in-cancer-therapy
#10
Aileen R Ariosa, Daniel J Klionsky
When it comes to cancer initiation and progression, macroautophagy/autophagy seemingly acts in a contradictory fashion, serving either as a suppressive factor that functions to protect against tumor formation or as a support mechanism that sustains the disease itself through its cytoprotective functions. In tumor suppression, autophagy assists by restricting oxidative stress and curbing genomic instability that could possibly cause oncogenic mutations. However, in certain circumstances, autophagy can also promote cancer by providing nourishment and by limiting stress-response pathways, leading to cancer cell survival and rapid proliferation...
May 24, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536931/guanosine-promotes-cytotoxicity-via-adenosine-receptors-and-induces-apoptosis-in-temozolomide-treated-a172-glioma-cells
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Karen A Oliveira, Tharine A Dal-Cim, Flávia G Lopes, Cláudia B Nedel, Carla Inês Tasca
Gliomas are a malignant tumor group whose patients have survival rates around 12 months. Among the treatments are the alkylating agents as temozolomide (TMZ), although gliomas have shown multiple resistance mechanisms for chemotherapy. Guanosine (GUO) is an endogenous nucleoside involved in extracellular signaling that presents neuroprotective effects and also shows the effect of inducing differentiation in cancer cells. The chemotherapy allied to adjuvant drugs are being suggested as a novel approach in gliomas treatment...
May 23, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536477/reduced-mismatch-negativity-is-associated-with-increased-plasma-level-of-glutamate-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Tatsuya Nagai, Kenji Kirihara, Mariko Tada, Daisuke Koshiyama, Shinsuke Koike, Motomu Suga, Tsuyoshi Araki, Kenji Hashimoto, Kiyoto Kasai
Reduced amplitude of mismatch negativity (MMN) is one of the more promising biological markers of schizophrenia. This finding holds true in both early and chronic phases of the disorder, and is compatible with the glutamatergic dysfunction hypothesis. To further establish MMN as a biomarker of aberrant glutamatergic neurotransmission, an exploration for an association with blood levels of glutamatergic amino acids is an important next step. Despite a large body of work investigating MMN in schizophrenia, no previous studies have undertaken this endeavor...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533492/anti-tumor-activity-of-anthrax-toxin-variants-that-form-a-functional-translocation-pore-by-intermolecular-complementation
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Shihui Liu, Qian Ma, Rasem Fattah, Thomas H Bugge, Stephen H Leppla
Anthrax lethal toxin is a typical A-B type protein toxin secreted by Bacillus anthracis. Lethal factor (LF) is the catalytic A-subunit, a metalloprotease having MEKs as targets. LF relies on the cell-binding B-subunit, protective antigen (PA), to gain entry into the cytosol of target cells. PA binds to cell surface toxin receptors and is activated by furin protease to form an LF-binding-competent oligomer-PA pre-pore, which converts to a functional protein-conductive pore in the acidic endocytic vesicles, allowing translocation of LF into the cytosol...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533156/identification-and-characterization-of-lbpa-an-indigoidine-biosynthetic-gene-in-the-%C3%AE-butyrolactone-signaling-system-of-streptomyces-lavendulae-fri-5
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Ivy Grace Umadhay Pait, Shigeru Kitani, Yohanes Novi Kurniawan, Maeda Asa, Takashi Iwai, Haruo Ikeda, Takuya Nihira
Streptomyces lavendulae FRI-5 produces the blue pigment indigoidine and other secondary metabolites (d-cycloserine and nucleoside antibiotics). The production of these useful compounds is controlled by a signaling cascade mediated by the γ-butyrolactone autoregulator IM-2. Previously we revealed that the far regulatory island includes the IM-2 receptor, the IM-2 biosynthetic enzyme, and several transcriptional regulators, and that it contributes to the regulation of indigoidine production in response to the signaling molecule...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533117/activation-induced-changes-in-gaba-functional-mrs-at-7t-with-mega-slaser
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Chen Chen, Hilmar P Sigurdsson, Sophia E Pépés, Dorothee P Auer, Peter G Morris, Paul S Morgan, Penny A Gowland, Stephen R Jackson
Functional magnetic resonance spectroscopy (fMRS) has been used to assess the dynamic metabolic responses of the brain to a physiological stimulus non-invasively. However, only limited information on the dynamic functional response of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, is available. We aimed to measure the activation-induced changes in GABA unambiguously using a spectral editing method, instead of the conventional direct detection techniques used in previous fMRS studies...
May 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532421/glutamate-excitotoxicity-induced-by-orally-administered-propionic-acid-a-short-chain-fatty-acid-can-be-ameliorated-by-bee-pollen
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Afaf El-Ansary, Huda S Al-Salem, Alqahtani Asma, Abeer Al-Dbass
BACKGROUND: Rodent models may guide investigations towards identifying either environmental neuro-toxicants or drugs with neuro-therapeutic effects. This work aims to study the therapeutic effects of bee pollen on brain glutamate excitotoxicity and the impaired glutamine-glutamate- gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) circuit induced by propionic acid (PPA), a short chain fatty acid, in rat pups. METHODS: Twenty-four young male Western Albino rats 3-4 weeks of age, and 45-60 g body weight were enrolled in the present study...
May 22, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531865/glutamine-antagonist-mediated-immune-suppression-decreases-pathology-but-delays-virus-clearance-in-mice-during-nonfatal-alphavirus-encephalomyelitis
#17
Victoria K Baxter, Rebecca Glowinski, Alicia M Braxton, Michelle C Potter, Barbara S Slusher, Diane E Griffin
Infection of weanling C57BL/6 mice with the TE strain of Sindbis virus (SINV) causes nonfatal encephalomyelitis associated with hippocampal-based memory impairment that is partially prevented by treatment with 6-diazo-5-oxo-l-norleucine (DON), a glutamine antagonist (Potter et al., J Neurovirol 21:159, 2015). To determine the mechanism(s) of protection, lymph node and central nervous system (CNS) tissues from SINV-infected mice treated daily for 1 week with low (0.3mg/kg) or high (0.6mg/kg) dose DON were examined...
May 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531452/the-effect-of-glutamine-and-arginine-enriched-nutritional-support-on-quality-of-life-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-treated-with-imrt
#18
Sezin Yuce Sari, Gozde Yazici, Deniz Yuce, Erdem Karabulut, Mustafa Cengiz, Gokhan Ozyigit
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Oral mucositis and esophagitis are common acute toxicities of radiotherapy (RT) for head and neck cancer (HNC). In order to decrease the rates of these toxicities, we compared quality of life in HNC patients that did and did not receive a glutamine and arginine-enriched solution (GAES) during RT. METHODS: A total of 29 patients received intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT); 15 used GAES b.i.d. during the treatment, and a matched cohort of 14 patients did not...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531354/monomeric-polyglutamine-structures-that-evolve-into-fibrils
#19
David Punihaole, Ryan S Jakubek, Riley James Workman, Lauren E Marbella, Patricia Campbell, Jeffry D Madura, Sanford A Asher
We investigate the solution and fibril conformations and structural transitions of the polyglutamine (polyQ) peptide, D2Q10K2 (Q10), by synergistically using UV Resonance Raman (UVRR) spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. We show that Q10 adopts two distinct, monomeric solution conformational states, a collapsed β-strand and a PPII-like structure that do not readily interconvert. This clearly indicates a high activation barrier in solution that prevents equilibration between these structures...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529738/therapeutic-benefits-of-glutamine-an-umbrella-review-of-meta-analyses
#20
Marc P McRae
Glutamine may be an essential amino acid in patients with catabolic disease, as it has been demonstrated that circulating glutamine levels drop during critical illness and following major surgery; this may result in an increase in secondary infection risk, recovery time and mortality rates. However, there is much discrepancy in the literature with regards to randomized controlled studies, and therefore, the present study is an umbrella review of published meta-analyses, conducted to examine the effectiveness of glutamine's role as a therapeutic agent...
May 2017: Biomedical Reports
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