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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087695/novel-interconnections-in-lipid-metabolism-revealed-by-overexpression-of-sphingomyelin-synthase-1
#1
Gergana M Deevska, Patrick P Dotson, Alexander A Karakashian, Giorgis Isaac, Mark Wrona, Samuel B Kelly, Alfred H Merrill, Mariana N Nikolova-Karakashian
This study investigates the consequences of elevating sphingomyelin synthase 1 (SMS1) activity, which generates the main mammalian sphingolipid, sphingomyelin. HepG2 cells stably transfected with SMS1 (HepG2-SMS1), exhibit elevated enzyme activity in vitro and increased sphingomyelin content (mainly C22:0- and C24:0-sphingomyelin), but lower hexosylceramide (Hex-Cer) levels. HepG2-SMS1 cells have less triacylglycerols than controls but similar diacylglycerol acyltransferase activity, triacylglycerol secretion, and mitochondrial function...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081181/aronia-melanocarpa-extract-ameliorates-hepatic-lipid-metabolism-through-ppar%C3%AE-2-downregulation
#2
Chung-Hwa Park, Jung-Hee Kim, Eun Byul Lee, Wonhee Hur, Oh-Joo Kwon, Hyoung-Jin Park, Seung Kew Yoon
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome. Studies have demonstrated that anthocyanin-rich foods may improve hyperlipidemia and ameliorate hepatic steatosis. Here, effects of Aronia melanocarpa (AM), known to be rich of anthocyanins, on hepatic lipid metabolism and adipogenic genes were determined. AM was treated to C57BL/6N mice fed with high fat diet (HFD) or to FL83B cells treated with free fatty acid (FFA). Changes in levels of lipids, enzymes and hormones were observed, and expressions of adipogenic genes involved in hepatic lipid metabolism were detected by PCR, Western blotting and luciferase assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078077/a-novel-method-for-the-quantification-of-fatty-infiltration-in-skeletal-muscle
#3
Nicole K Biltz, Gretchen A Meyer
BACKGROUND: Fatty infiltration of the skeletal muscle is a common but poorly understood feature of many myopathies. It is best described in human muscle, where non-invasive imaging techniques and representative histology have been optimized to view and quantify infiltrating fat. However, human studies are limited in their ability to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating fatty infiltration, a likely prerequisite to developing targeted interventions. As mechanistic investigations move to small animals, studies may benefit from new or adapted imaging tools optimized for high resolution and whole muscle quantification...
2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077646/adenovirus-modulates-toll-like-receptor-4-signaling-by-reprogramming-orp1l-vap-protein-contacts-for-cholesterol-transport-from-endosomes-to-the-endoplasmic-reticulum
#4
Nicholas L Cianciola, Stacey Chung, Danny Manor, Cathleen R Carlin
: Human adenoviruses generally cause mild self-limiting infections but can lead to serious disease and even be fatal in high-risk individuals, underscoring the importance of understanding how the virus counteracts host defense mechanisms. This study had two goals. First, determine the molecular basis of cholesterol homeostatic responses induced by the early region 3 membrane protein RIDα via its direct interaction with the sterol-binding protein ORP1L. Second, determine how this interaction regulates innate immunity to adenovirus...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077357/triglyceride-rich-lipoprotein-lipolysis-products-increase-blood-brain-barrier-transfer-coefficient-and-induce-astrocyte-lipid-droplets-and-cell-stress
#5
Linda L Lee, Hnin Hnin Aung, Dennis W Wilson, Steven E Anderson, John C Rutledge, Jennifer M Rutkowsky
Elevation of blood triglycerides, primarily as triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TGRL), has been linked to cerebrovascular inflammation, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Brain microvascular endothelial cells and astrocytes, two cell components of the neurovascular unit, participate in controlling blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and regulating neurovascular unit homeostasis. Our studies showed that infusion of high physiological concentrations of TGRL lipolysis products (TGRL + lipoprotein lipase) activate and injure brain endothelial cells and transiently increases the BBB transfer coefficient (Ki=permeability x surface area/volume) in vivo...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077274/the-role-and-regulation-of-the-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-in-human-liver
#6
REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074943/the-influence-of-flaxseed-gum-on-the-microrheological-properties-and-physicochemical-stability-of-whey-protein-stabilized-%C3%AE-carotene-emulsions
#7
Duoxia Xu, Yameng Qi, Xu Wang, Xin Li, Shaojia Wang, Yanping Cao, Chengtao Wang, Baoguo Sun, Eric Decker, Atikorn Panya
The impact of flaxseed gum (FG) on the microrheological properties and physicochemical stability of whey protein isolate (WPI) stabilized β-carotene emulsions at pH 3.0 was studied. A layer-by-layer electrostatic deposition method was used to prepare multilayered β-carotene emulsions with interfacial membranes consisting of WPI and FG. The microrheological behavior of the multilayered β-carotene emulsions was measured through the diffusive wave spectroscopy technique. WPI alone and WPI-FG (concentration of FG = 0...
January 11, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073372/a-novel-method-for-the-quantification-of-fatty-infiltration-in-skeletal-muscle
#8
Nicole K Biltz, Gretchen A Meyer
BACKGROUND: Fatty infiltration of the skeletal muscle is a common but poorly understood feature of many myopathies. It is best described in human muscle, where non-invasive imaging techniques and representative histology have been optimized to view and quantify infiltrating fat. However, human studies are limited in their ability to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating fatty infiltration, a likely prerequisite to developing targeted interventions. As mechanistic investigations move to small animals, studies may benefit from new or adapted imaging tools optimized for high resolution and whole muscle quantification...
January 10, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073244/enthalpic-effects-of-chain-length-and-unsaturation-on-water-permeability-across-droplet-bilayers-of-homologous-monoglycerides
#9
Maria Lopez, Sue Ellen Evangelista, Melissa Morales, Sunghee Lee
A deeper understanding of unassisted passive transport processes can better delineate basic lipid dynamics in biological membranes. A Droplet Interface Bilayer (DIB) is made by contacting two aqueous droplets covered with a lipid monolayer, and has increasingly been employed as a model artificial biological membrane. In this study, we have investigated the effect of acyl chain structure of amphiphilic monoglycerides on the osmotic permeability of water across DIB membranes composed of these monoglycerides, where the acyl chain length (C14 to C24), number of double bonds (1-4), and the position of double bond are varied systematically along the acyl chains...
January 10, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073161/the-pnpla3-i148m-variant-modulates-the-fibrogenic-phenotype-of-human-hepatic-stellate-cells
#10
Francesca Virginia Bruschi, Thierry Claudel, Matteo Tardelli, Alessandra Caligiuri, Thomas M Stulnig, Fabio Marra, Michael Trauner
: The genetic polymorphism I148M of PNPLA3 is robustly associated with hepatic steatosis and its progression to steatohepatitis, fibrosis and cancer. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are key players in the development of liver fibrosis, but the role of PNPLA3 and its variant I148M in this process is poorly understood. Here we analyzed the expression of PNPLA3 during human HSC activation and thereby explored how a PNPLA3 variant impacts on hepatic fibrogenesis. We show that PNPLA3 gene and protein expression increase during the early phases of activation and remain elevated in fully activated HSCs (p<0...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069524/atg14-facilitated-lipophagy-in-cancer-cells-induce-er-stress-mediated-mitoptosis-through-a-ros-dependent-pathway
#11
Subhadip Mukhopadhyay, Isabel R Schlaepfer, Bryan C Bergman, Prashanta Kumar Panda, Prakash Priyadarshi Praharaj, Prajna Paramita Naik, Rajesh Agarwal, Sujit Kumar Bhutia
Understanding the dynamics of autophagy and apoptosis crosstalk in cancer progression remains a challenging task. Here, we reported how the autophagy protein ATG14 induces lipophagy-mediated mitochondrial apoptosis. The overexpression of ATG14 in HeLa cells inhibited cell viability and increased mitochondrial apoptosis and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Furthermore, inhibition of this ATG14-induced autophagy promoted apoptosis. ATG14 overexpression resulted in the accumulation of stearic acid and oleic acid free fatty acids (FFA), with a concomitant decrease in the number of lipid droplets...
January 6, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068766/membrane-adhesion-through-bridging-by-multimeric-ligands
#12
Omar Alexander Amjad, Bortolo Matteo Mognetti, Pietro Cicuta, Lorenzo Di Michele
Ligand/receptor multivalent interactions have been exploited to drive the self-assembly of nanoparticles, hard colloids, and more recently compliant units including emulsion droplets and lipid vesicles. In deformable liposomes, the formation of links between two membranes produces morphological changes depending on the amount of ligands in the environment. Here we study a proof-of-concept biosensing system in which single lipid vesicles adhere to a flat supported lipid bilayer, both decorated with membrane-anchored biotinylated receptors...
January 10, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068290/a-collection-system-for-dry-solid-residues-from-exhaled-breath-for-analysis-via-atomic-force-microscopy
#13
Victor N Morozov, Andrey Y Mikheev
Exhaled air contains sub-micron droplets of lung liquid, which potentially bear biomarkers of lung diseases. After dehydration they form dry residue particles (DRPs). As a first step in developing techniques to characterize individual DRPs, a new electrostatic collector was designed in which DRPs are charged within a unipolar corona charger, concentrated in a cone funnel, and deposited onto a limited area of a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite surface. The collector captures 80%-90% of DRPs at an optimal flow rate of 0...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067622/a-homozygous-fitm2-mutation-causes-a-deafness-dystonia-syndrome-with-motor-regression-and-signs-of-ichthyosis-and-sensory-neuropathy
#14
Celia Zazo Seco, Anna Castells-Nobau, Seol-Hee Joo, Margit Schraders, Jia Nee Foo, Monique van der Voet, S Sendhil Velan, Bonnie Nijhof, Jaap Oostrik, Erik de Vrieze, Radoslaw Katana, Atika Mansoor, Martijn Huynen, Radek Szklarczyk, Martin Oti, Lisbeth Tranebjærg, Erwin van Wijk, Jolanda M Scheffer-de Gooyert, Saadat Siddique, Jonathan Baets, Peter de Jonghe, Syed Ali Raza Kazmi, Suresh Anand Sadananthan, Bart P van de Warrenburg, Chiea Chuen Khor, Martin C Göpfert, Raheel Qamar, Annette Schenck, Hannie Kremer, Saima Siddiqi
A consanguineous family from Pakistan was ascertained with a novel deafness-dystonia syndrome with motor regression, ichthyosis-like features and signs of sensory neuropathy. By applying a combined strategy of linkage analysis and whole-exome sequencing in the presented family, a homozygous nonsense mutation, c.4G>T (p.Glu2*), in FITM2 was identified. FITM2 and its paralog FITM1 constitute an evolutionary conserved protein family involved in partitioning of triglycerides into cellular lipid droplets. Despite the role of FITM2 in neutral lipid storage and metabolism, no indications for lipodystrophy were observed in the affected individuals...
December 15, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067590/bcl11b-gene-heterozygosity-causes-weight-loss-accompanied-by-increased-energy-consumption-but-not-defective-adipogenesis-in-mice
#15
Jun Inoue, Yusuke Ihara, Daisuke Tsukamoto, Keisuke Yasumoto, Tsutomu Hashidume, Kenya Kamimura, Shigeki Hirano, Makoto Shimizu, Ryo Kominami, Ryuichiro Sato
BCL11B is a zinc finger-type transcription factor that regulates the development of the white adipose tissue (WAT), skin, central nervous system, and immune system. BCL11B is required for proper adipocyte differentiation, and BCL11B-/- embryos at E19.5 have very low amounts of the subcutaneous WAT. Here, we demonstrated that BCL11B+/- mice have lower body weight than BCL11B+/+ mice, whereas the expression of adipogenic marker genes in the WAT was comparable between BCL11B+/+ and BCL11B+/- mice. Histological analysis indicated that BCL11B+/- mice fed a high-fat diet have much smaller white adipocytes and lipid droplets in the WAT and liver, respectively...
January 9, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065928/unveiling-the-osmophores-of-philodendron-adamantinum-araceae-as-a-means-to-understanding-interactions-with-pollinators
#16
Patrícia Gonçalves-Souza, Clemens Schlindwein, Stefan Dötterl, Elder Antônio Sousa Paiva
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Araceae species pollinated by nocturnal Cyclocephalini beetles attract their pollinators by inflorescence scents. In Philodendron, despite the intense odour, the osmophores exhibit no definite morphological identity, making them difficult to locate. This may explain why structural studies of the scent-releasing tissue are not available so far. METHODS: Several approaches were employed for locating and understanding the osmophores of Philodendron adamantinum A sensory test allowed other analyses to be restricted to fertile and sterile stamens as odour production sites...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065319/xenopus-extract-approaches-to-studying-microtubule-organization-and-signaling-in-cytokinesis
#17
C M Field, J F Pelletier, T J Mitchison
We report optimized methods for preparing actin-intact Xenopus egg extract. This extract is minimally perturbed, undiluted egg cytoplasm where the cell cycle can be experimentally controlled. It contains abundant organelles and glycogen and supports active metabolism and cytoskeletal dynamics that closely mimic egg physiology. The concentration of the most abundant ∼11,000 proteins is known from mass spectrometry. Actin-intact egg extract can be used for analysis of actin dynamics and interaction of actin with other cytoplasmic systems, as well as microtubule organization...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063494/studying-gastric-lipase-adsorption-onto-phospholipid-monolayers-by-surface-tensiometry-ellipsometry-and-atomic-force-microscopy
#18
A Bénarouche, L Sams, C Bourlieu, V Vié, V Point, J F Cavalier, F Carrière
The access to kinetic parameters of lipolytic enzyme adsorption onto lipids is essential for a better understanding of the overall catalytic process carried out by these interfacial enzymes. Gastric lipase, for instance, shows an apparent optimum activity on triglycerides (TAG) at acidic pH, which is controlled by its pH-dependent adsorption at lipid-water interfaces. Since gastric lipase acts on TAG droplets covered by phospholipids, but does not hydrolyze these lipids, phospholipid monolayers spread at the air-water interfaces can be used as biomimetic interfaces to study lipase adsorption and penetration through the phospholipid layer, independently from the catalytic activity...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062841/metal-based-superoxide-dismutase-and-catalase-mimics-reduce-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-and-extend-life-span-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#19
Thales de P Ribeiro, Fernanda L Fonseca, Mariana D C de Carvalho, Rodrigo M da C Godinho, Fernando Pereira de Almeida, Tatiana D Saint'Pierre, Nicolás A Rey, Christiane Fernandes, Adolfo Horn, Marcos D Pereira
Aging is a natural process characterized by several biological changes. In this context, oxidative stress appears as a key factor that leads cells and organisms to severe dysfunctions and diseases. To cope with reactive oxygen species and oxidative-related damage, there has been increased use of superoxide dismutase (SOD)/catalase (CAT) biomimetic compounds. Recently, we have shown that three metal-based compounds {[Fe(HPClNOL)Cl2]NO3, [Cu(HPClNOL)(CH3CN)](ClO4)2 and Mn(HPClNOL)(Cl)2}, harboring in vitro SOD and/or CAT activities, were critical for protection of yeast cells against oxidative stress...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060072/zone-i-of-tear-microdesiccates-is-a-lipid-containing-structure
#20
Felipe Traipe, Leonidas Traipe, Daniela Salinas-Toro, Daniela López, Felipe Valenzuela, Claudio Pérez, Cristian Cartes, Francisca Zuazo, Patricia Varela, Héctor Toledo-Araya, Remigio López-Solís
PURPOSE: Morphological features of tear microdesiccates on glass surfaces have been associated with tear fluid status. Tear-film lipids play a critical role in the pathophysiology of some ocular surface disorders. Tear microdesiccates display 4 distinctive morphological domains (zones I, II, III, and transition band). In this study, we investigated the lipid location in tear microdesiccates. METHODS: Tear from individual healthy eyes (assessed by symptoms, signs, and slit-lamp examination) was collected using absorbing minisponges...
February 2017: Cornea
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