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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738373/neuroprogression-in-schizophrenia-and-psychotic-disorders-the-possible-role-of-inflammation
#1
Norbert Müller
Schizophrenia is a disorder that shows a progressive course in 30-50% of the people concerned. The biology of chronification and progression is unclear. Genetic aspects may play a role, but details are unresolved. The fact that immune-mediated and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis have a very similar course as schizophrenia has focused the interest on the immunopathogenesis of schizophrenia. A clear immune marker for neuroprogression in schizophrenia or psychosis could not be identified up to now, but a proinflammatory immune state (increased markers of cellular immunity) is regularly found in schizophrenia, e...
July 24, 2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738351/major-depression-as-a-neuroprogressive-prelude-to-dementia-what-is-the-evidence
#2
Brian E Leonard
Epidemiological studies implicate chronic depression as a predisposing factor for dementia in later life. However, the link is incompletely understood and controversial. The aim of this review is to consider some of the biological factors that contribute to neuroprogressive brain dysfunction in late life as a consequence of prolonged, low-grade inflammation in the course of depressive episodes. As chronic inflammation is known to precipitate increased apoptosis of neurons and astrocytes, this could be a contributing factor to brain dysfunction...
2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737816/protein-stability-and-dynamics-influenced-by-ligands-in-extremophilic-complexes-a-molecular-dynamics-investigation
#3
Sara Khan, Umar Farooq, Maria Kurnikova
In this study, we explore the structural and dynamic adaptations of the Tryptophan synthase α-subunit in a ligand bound state in psychrophilic, mesophilic and hyperthermophilic organisms at different temperatures by MD simulations. We quantify the global and local fluctuations in the 40 ns time scale by analyzing the root mean square deviation/fluctuations. The distinct behavior of the active site and loop 6 is observed with the elevation of temperature. Protein stability relies more on electrostatic interactions, and these interactions might be responsible for the stability of varying temperature evolved proteins...
July 24, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737706/redox-properties-of-tryptophan-metabolism-and-the-concept-of-tryptophan-use-in-pregnancy
#4
REVIEW
Kang Xu, Hongnan Liu, Miaomiao Bai, Jing Gao, Xin Wu, Yulong Yin
During pregnancy, tryptophan (Trp) is required for several purposes, and Trp metabolism varies over time in the mother and fetus. Increased oxidative stress (OS) with high metabolic, energy and oxygen demands during normal pregnancy or in pregnancy-associated disorders has been reported. Taking the antioxidant properties of Trp and its metabolites into consideration, we made four hypotheses. First, the use of Trp and its metabolites is optional based on their antioxidant properties during pregnancy. Second, dynamic Trp metabolism is an accommodation mechanism in response to OS...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736549/cloning-expression-isotope-labeling-and-purification-of-transmembrane-protein-merf-from-mercury-resistant-enterobacter-sp-az-15-for-nmr-studies
#5
Aatif Amin, Zakia Latif
Mercury resistant (Hg(R)) Enterobacter sp. AZ-15 was isolated from heavy metal polluted industrial wastewater samples near to districts Kasur and Sheikhupura, Pakistan. 16S rDNA ribotyping and phylogentic analysis showed 98% homology with already reported Enterobacter species. The merF gene encoding transmembrane protein-MerF was amplified from genomic DNA and ligated into pET31b+ vector using restriction endonucleases, SphI and XhoI. The genetic codons of merF gene encoding cysteine residues were mutated into codons, translating into serine residues by site-directed mutagenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736314/expression-and-purification-of-single-cysteine-containing-mutant-variants-of-the-mouse-prion-protein-by-oxidative-refolding
#6
Ishita Sengupta, Jayant B Udgaonkar
The folding and aggregation of proteins has been studied extensively, using multiple probes. To facilitate such experiments, introduction of spectroscopically-active moieties in to the protein of interest is often necessary. This is commonly achieved by specifically labelling cysteine residues in the protein, which are either present naturally or introduced artificially by site-directed mutagenesis. In the case of the recombinant prion protein, which is normally expressed in inclusion bodies, the presence of the native disulfide bond complicates the correct refolding of single cysteine-containing mutant variants of the protein...
July 20, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736097/alcoholic-pellagra-as-a-cause-of-altered-mental-status-in-the-emergency-department
#7
Sarah Luthe Kyuragi, Ryota Sato
BACKGROUND: Pellagra, which is caused by a deficiency of niacin and tryptophan, the precursor of niacin, is a rare disease in developed countries where alcoholism is a major risk factor due to malnutrition and lack of B vitamins. Although pellagra involves treatable dementia and psychosis, it is often underdiagnosed, especially in developed countries. CASE REPORT: In Japan, a 37-year-old man presented to the emergency department with altered mental status and seizures...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735627/inhibition-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-activity-by-fatty-acids-and-prostaglandins-a-structure-function-analysis
#8
M Costabile, N K Bassal, J P Gerber, B P Hughes
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase-1 (IDO-1) catalyses the first and rate-limiting step in the metabolism of L-tryptophan. Degradation of L-Trp leads to the production of several immunosuppressive metabolites, including N-formyl kynurenine and kynurenine (Kyn). Apart from a normal physiological role, IDO-1 has also been identified to play a crucial role in immune suppression and tumour induced tolerance. Indeed, many primary tumours express high levels of IDO-1 compared to normal cells of the same stroma. IDO-1 is accepted as being an inducible negative regulator of T cell viability, proliferation and activation...
July 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735520/gemst-a-taylor-made-combination-that-reverts-neuroanatomical-changes-in-stroke
#9
Arturo Mangas, Javier Yajeya, Noelia González, Isabel Ruiz, Marianny Pernìa, Michel Geffard, Rafael Coveñas
In a single transient middle cerebral artery occlusion model of stroke and using immunohistochemical techniques, the effects of a new therapeutic approach named Gemst (a member of the Poly-L-Lysine innovative therapies) have been studied in the rat brain. The expression of inflammatory (CD45, CD11b), oxidative (NO-tryptophan, NO2-tyrosine) and indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase pathway (kynurenic acid, 3-hydroxy anthranilic acid) markers has been evaluated in early and late phases of stroke. For this purpose, we have developed eight highly specific monoclonal antibodies directed against some of these markers...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735008/trehalose-induced-structural-modulation-of-bovine-serum-albumin-at-ambient-temperature
#10
Ahana Das, Pijush Basak, Rudradip Pattanayak, Turban Kar, Rajib Majumder, Debadrita Pal, Anindita Bhattacharya, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Samudra Prosad Banik
Trehalose is a well-known protein stabilizing osmolyte. The present study has been designed to understand the interaction of trehalose with BSA at ambient temperature. Steady state fluorescence and life-time analysis along with CD, DLS and ITC have been employed to show that trehalose causes surface-associated structural perturbation of BSA to promote its compaction. Trehalose at 0.1M concentration resulted in increased solvent exposure of one of the two tryptophans of BSA with a 5nm redshift in emission and enhanced susceptibility to acrylamide quenching with an increase in KSV from 2...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734125/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cold-in-situ-perfusion-and-preservation-of-the-hepatic-allograft-working-towards-a-unified-approach
#11
REVIEW
Ahmer M Hameed, Jerome M Laurence, Vincent W T Lam, Henry C Pleass, Wayne J Hawthorne
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of cold in situ perfusion and static storage of the liver is one possible determinant of transplantation outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is evidence to substantiate a preference for a particular perfusion route (aortic or dual) or perfusion/preservation solution in donation after brain-death (DBD) liver transplantation. METHODS: The Embase, Medline and Cochrane databases were utilized (1980-2017). Random effects modeling was used to estimate effects on transplantation outcomes based upon (i) aortic or dual in situ perfusion, and (ii) the use of University of Wisconsin (UW), histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK), Celsior and/or Institut Georges Lopez-1 (IGL-1) for perfusion/preservation...
July 22, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733707/angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-blockers-inhibit-kat-ii-activity-in-the-brain-its-possible-clinical-applications
#12
Izabela Zakrocka, Katarzyna M Targowska-Duda, Artur Wnorowski, Tomasz Kocki, Krzysztof Jóźwiak, Waldemar A Turski
Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) are one of the most frequently recommended antihypertensive drugs. Apart from their activity towards the circulatory system, ARBs also penetrate the blood-brain barrier and display neuroprotective effects. Kynurenic acid (KYNA) is an endogenous metabolite of tryptophan produced by kynurenine aminotransferase II (KAT II) in the brain. Antagonism towards all ionotropic glutamate (GLU) receptors is the main mechanism of KYNA action. An elevated brain level of KYNA is linked with memory impairment and psychotic symptoms...
July 21, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733420/sg2-type-r2r3-myb-transcription-factor-myb15-controls-defense-induced-lignification-and-basal-immunity-in-arabidopsis
#13
William R Chezem, Altamash Memon, Fu-Shuang Li, Jing-Ke Weng, Nicole Kho Clay
Lignification of cell wall appositions is a conserved basal defense mechanism in the plant innate immune response. However, the genetic pathway controlling defense-induced lignification remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate the Arabidopsis thaliana SG2-type R2R3-MYB transcription factor MYB15 as a regulator of defense-induced lignification and basal immunity. Loss of MYB15 reduces the content but not the composition of defense-induced lignin, whereas constitutive expression of MYB15 increases lignin content independently of immune activation...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733349/constitutive-ido1-expression-in-human-tumors-is-driven-by-cyclooxygenase-2-and-mediates-intrinsic-immune-resistance
#14
Marc Hennequart, Luc Pilotte, Stefania Cane, Delia Hoffmann, Vincent Stroobant, Etienne De Plaen, Benoît J Van den Eynde
Tumors use various mechanisms to avoid immune destruction. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression may be a driver of immune suppression in melanoma, but the mechanisms involved remain elusive. Here, we show that COX-2 expression drives constitutive expression of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) in human tumor cells. IDO1 is an immunosuppressive enzyme that degrades tryptophan. In a series of seven human tumor lines, constitutive IDO1 expression depends on COX-2 and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), which, upon autocrine signaling through the EP receptor, activates IDO1 via the PKC and PI3K pathways...
July 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733236/novel-tryptophan-metabolic-pathways-in-auxin-biosynthesis-in-silkworm
#15
Chiaki Yokoyama, Mami Takei, Yoshiaki Kouzuma, Shinji Nagata, Yoshihito Suzuki
In the course of our study of the biosynthetic pathway of auxin, a class of phytohormones, in insects, we proposed the biosynthetic pathway tryptophan (Trp)→indole-3-acetaldoxime (IAOx)→indole-3-acetadehyde (IAAld)→indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). In this study, we identified two branches in the metabolic pathways in the silkworm, possibly affecting the efficiency of IAA production: Trp→indole-3-pyruvic acid→indole-3-lactic acid and IAAld→indole-3-ethanol. We also determined the apparent conversion activities (2...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733212/the-peroxyl-radical-induced-oxidation-of-escherichia-coli-ftsz-and-its-single-tryptophan-mutant-y222w-modifies-specific-side-chains-generates-protein-cross-links-and-affects-biological-function
#16
Elizabeth Escobar-Álvarez, Fabian Leinisch, Gissela Araya, Octavio Monasterio, Lasse G Lorentzen, Eduardo Silva, Michael J Davies, Camilo López-Alarcón
FtsZ (filamenting temperature-sensitive mutant Z) is a key protein in bacteria cell division. The wild-type Escherichia coli FtsZ sequence (FtsZwt) contains three tyrosine (Tyr, Y) and sixteen methionine (Met, M) residues. The Tyr at position 222 is a key residue for FtsZ polymerization. Mutation of this residue to tryptophan (Trp, W; mutant Y222W) inhibits GTPase activity resulting in an extended time in the polymerized state compared to FtsZwt. Protein oxidation has been highlighted as a determinant process for bacteria resistance and consequently oxidation of FtsZwt and the Y222W mutant, by peroxyl radicals (ROO•) generated from AAPH (2,2'-azobis(2-methylpropionamidine) dihydrochloride) was studied...
July 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732328/spectroscopic-descriptors-for-dynamic-changes-of-soluble-microbial-products-from-activated-sludge-at-different-biomass-growth-phases-under-prolonged-starvation
#17
Tahir Maqbool, Jinwoo Cho, Jin Hur
In this study, the spectroscopic indices of soluble microbial products (SMP) were explored using absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy to identify different distinctive biomass growth phases (i.e., exponential phase, pseudo-endogenous phase, and endogenous phase) and to describe the microbial activity of activated sludge in a batch type bioreactor under prolonged starvation. The optical descriptors, including UV absorption at 254 nm (UVA254), spectral slope, absorbance slope index (ASI), biological index (BIX), humification index (HIX), and the ratio of tryptophan-like to humic-like components (C1/C2), were examined to describe the dynamic changes in SMP...
July 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732132/entrapment-of-amino-acids-in-gas-phase-surfactant-assemblies-the-case-of-tryptophan-confined-in-positively-charged-1r-2s-dodecyl-2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl-dimethylammonium-bromide-aggregates
#18
David Bongiorno, Valentina Calabrese, Leopoldo Ceraulo, Serena Indelicato, Vincenzo Turco Liveri
The ability of positively charged aggregates of the surfactant (1R,2S)-Dodecyl(2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl)dimethylammonium bromide (DMEB) to incorporate D- or L-tryptophan in the gas-phase has been investigated by electrospray ion mobility mass spectrometry (ESI-IM-MS). Strongly impacted by the pH of the electrosprayed solutions, both protonated (T(+) ) and deprotonated (T(-) ) tryptophan are effectively included into the aggregates whereas, tryptophan in zwitterionic (T(0) ) form is practically absent in singly charged DMEB aggregates but can be found in multiply charged ones...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731688/the-%C3%AF-configuration-of-the-www-motif-of-a-short-trp-rich-peptide-is-critical-for-targeting-bacterial-membranes-disrupting-preformed-biofilms-and-killing-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#19
D Zarena, Biswajit Mishra, Tamara Lushnikova, Fangyu Wang, Guangshun Wang
Tryptophan-rich peptides, being short and suitable for large-scale chemical synthesis, are attractive candidates for developing a new generation of antimicrobials to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria (superbugs). Although there are numerous pictures for membrane-bound structure of a single tryptophan (W), how multiple Trp amino acids assemble themselves and interact with bacterial membranes are poorly understood. This communication presents the three-dimensional structure for an eight-residue Trp-rich peptide (WWWLRKIW-NH2 with 50% W) determined by the improved 2D NMR method, which includes the measurements of 13C and 15N chemical shifts at natural abundance...
July 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730706/chromatographic-profiles-of-tryptophan-and-kynurenine-enantiomers-derivatized-with-s-4-3-isothiocyanatopyrrolidin-1-yl-7-n-n-dimethylaminosulfonyl-2-1-3-benzoxadiazole-using-lc-ms-ms-on-a-triazole-bonded-column
#20
Hideaki Iizuka, Takahiro Harashima, Shuhei Takahashi, Ryosuke Kuwabara, Yoko Naito, Tatsuya Sakamoto, Mayu Onozato, Hideaki Ichiba, Takeshi Fukushima
d- and l-Tryptophan (Trp) and d- and l-kynurenine (KYN) were derivatized with a chiral reagent, (S)-4-(3-isothiocyanatopyrrolidin-1-yl)-7-(N,N-dimethylaminosulfonyl)-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (DBD-PyNCS), and were separated enantiomerically by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipped with a triazole-bonded column (Cosmosil HILIC) using tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) detection. Effects of column temperature, salt (HCO2 NH4 ) concentration, and pH of the mobile phase in the enantiomeric separation, followed by MS detection of (S)-DBD-PyNCS-d,l-Trp and -d,l-KYN, were investigated...
July 21, 2017: Chirality
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