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Attila Kiss, Huaqing Shu, Ouafa Hamza, David Santer, Eva Verena Tretter, Shanglong Yao, Klaus Markstaller, Seth Hallström, Bruno K Podesser, Klaus Ulrich Klein
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies demonstrated that preconditioning with argon gas provided a marked reduction in inflammation and apoptosis and increased myocardial contractility in the setting of acute myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion (IR). There is substantial evidence that myocardial IR injury following cardioplegic arrest is associated with the enhancement of apoptosis and inflammation, which is considered to play a role in cardiac functional impairment. Therefore, the present study was designed to clarify whether preconditioning with argon gas enhances recovery of cardiac function following cardioplegic arrest...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Konstadinos Plestis, Oleg Orlov, Vishal N Shah, Joshua Wong, Matthew Thomas, Alon Aharon, Cinthia Orlov, Georgia Panagopoulos, Scott Goldman
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) can be technically demanding and may lead to prolonged operative time. We evaluated the intraoperative and postoperative patient outcomes following implementation of 2 facilitating technologies (FT) in MIAVR: the Cor-Knot titanium fastener and Custodiol-histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate solution. METHODS: A total of 299 patients underwent MIAVR from 2008 to 2016; 172 (57.5%) patients were included in the FT group and 127 (42...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Khairunnisa Amreen, Sivakumar Nisha, Annamalai Senthil Kumar
Direct sensing of uric acid (UA) in an undiluted whole blood sample is reported here taking human whole blood as an analyte and a self-supporting electrolyte. Among various solid electrodes (Pt, Au, GCE, and GCE/Nafion) and carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanofibers, graphene oxide, graphite nanopowder, graphitized mesoporous carbon (GMC), single-walled carbon nanotubes, and multiwalled carbon nanotubes) tested, a GMC-modified glassy carbon electrode, designated as GCE/GMC, showed a remarkable response towards direct electrochemical oxidation of blood uric acid at ∼0...
March 16, 2018: Analyst
Nathan A Bowden, Johan P M Sanders, Marieke E Bruins
The addition of organic solvents to α-amino acids in aqueous solution could be an effective method in crystallization. We reviewed the available data on the solubility of α-amino acids in water, water-ethanol mixtures, and ethanol at 298.15 K and 0.1 MPa. The solubility of l-alanine, l-proline, l-arginine, l-cysteine, and l-lysine in water and ethanol mixtures and the solubility of l-alanine, l-proline, l-arginine, l-cysteine, l-lysine, l-asparagine, l-glutamine, l-histidine, and l-leucine in pure ethanol systems were measured and are published here for the first time...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data
Stacy A Voils, Mohamed H Shahin, Timothy J Garrett, Reginald F Frye
OBJECTIVE: Incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in critically ill patients remains unacceptably high despite widespread use of thromboprophylaxis. A systems biology approach may be useful in understanding disease pathology and predicting response to treatment. Metabolite profile under specific environmental conditions provides the closest link to phenotype, but the relationship between metabolomics and risk of VTE in critically ill patients is unknown. In this study, metabolomics signatures are compared in patients with and without VTE...
March 8, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Francisco S Barreto, Adriano J M Chaves Filho, Márcia C C R de Araújo, Manoel O de Moraes, Maria E A de Moraes, Michael Maes, David F de Lucena, Danielle S Macedo
Both depression and cancer are related to a dysregulation of inflammatory and immune pathways. Indeed, depression is associated with increased expression of interferon-γ, interleukin-1β, and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α). In contrast, reductions of the activity of major histocompatibility complex protein molecules - class I and class II and natural killer cells are also observed. Similarly, cancers present elevated levels of TNF-α, reduced major histocompatibility complex class I and II, and natural killer cells...
April 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Luhong He, Jairav Xolo Desai, Jinxin Gao, Laurie B Hazeltine, Zhirui Lian, John N Calley, Christopher C Frye
Oxidation of monoclonal antibodies (mAb) is a common chemical modification with potential impact on a therapeutic protein's activity and immunogenicity. In a previous study, it was found that tryptophan oxidation (Trp-ox) levels of two mAb produced in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were significantly lowered by modifying cell culture medium/feed. In this study, transcriptome analysis by RNA-Seq was applied to further elucidate the underlying mechanism of those changes in lowering the Trp-ox levels. Cell samples from the 5L fed-batch conditions were harvested and subjected to RNA-Seq analysis...
March 15, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Antonella Accardo, Carlo Diaferia, Nicole Balasco, Teresa Sibillano, Cinzia Giannini, Luigi Vitagliano, Giancarlo Morelli
Over the years, a large number of multidisciplinary investigations has unveiled that the self-assembly of short peptides and even of individual amino acids can generate a variety of different biomaterials. In this framework, we have recently reported that polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugates of short homopeptides, containing aromatic amino acids such as phenylalanine (Phe, F) and naphthylalanine (Nal), are able to form elongated fibrillary aggregates having interesting chemical and physical properties. We here extend these analyses characterizing the self-assembling propensity of PEG6-W4, a PEG adduct of the tetra-tryptophan (W4) sequence...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Alexander V Kulikov, Raul R Gainetdinov, Evgeni Ponimaskin, Allan V Kalueff, Vladimir S Naumenko, Nina K Popova
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most effective and most used antidepressant drugs. Acting by inhibiting serotonin (5-HT) transporter, SSRIs display a typical 3-4-week delay in their therapeutic effects, with nearly 40% of depressed patients remaining treatment-resistant. Recent evidence suggests complex interplay between 5-HT receptors and key proteins of 5-HT metabolism in molecular mechanisms of such delay and resistance to SSRIs. Area covered: This paper concentrates on the interplay between 5-HT receptors in the delay of therapeutic effect of SSRIs, and the interaction between tryptophan hydroxylase 2 and 5-HT transporter in the SSRI resistance...
March 15, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Natthakan Thongon, Chiara Zucal, Vito Giuseppe D'Agostino, Toma Tebaldi, Silvia Ravera, Federica Zamporlini, Francesco Piacente, Ruxanda Moschoi, Nadia Raffaelli, Alessandro Quattrone, Alessio Nencioni, Jean-Francois Peyron, Alessandro Provenzani
Background: Inhibitors of nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting enzyme in NAD+ biosynthesis from nicotinamide, exhibit anticancer effects in preclinical models. However, continuous exposure to NAMPT inhibitors, such as FK866, can induce acquired resistance. Methods: We developed FK866-resistant CCRF-CEM (T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia) and MDA MB231 (breast cancer) models, and by exploiting an integrated approach based on genetic, biochemical, and genome wide analyses, we annotated the drug resistance mechanisms...
2018: Cancer & Metabolism
Åsa Torinsson Naluai, Ladan Saadat Vafa, Audur H Gudjonsdottir, Henrik Arnell, Lars Browaldh, Staffan Nilsson, Daniel Agardh
BACKGROUND: We have previously performed a Genome Wide Association and linkage study that indicated a new disease triggering mechanism involving amino acid metabolism and nutrient sensing signaling pathways. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate if plasma amino acid levels differed among children with celiac disease compared with disease controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fasting plasma samples from 141 children with celiac disease and 129 non-celiac disease controls, were analyzed for amino acid levels by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS)...
2018: PloS One
Gayan S Jayawickrama, Alireza Nematollahi, Guanchen Sun, W Bret Church
Kynurenine aminotransferase-II (KAT-II) is a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzyme that acts in the tryptophan metabolic pathway by catalyzing the transamination of kynurenine into kynurenic acid (KYNA). It is one of four isoforms in the KAT family, of which it is the primary homologue responsible for KYNA production in the mammalian brain. KAT-II is targeted for inhibition as KYNA is implicated in diseases such as schizophrenia, where it is found in elevated concentrations. Previously, many different approaches have been taken to develop KAT-II inhibitors, and herein fragment-based drug design (FBDD) approaches have been exploited to provide further lead compounds that can be designed into novel inhibitors...
March 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
Manjunath Siddaramaiah, BolaSadashiva Satish Rao, Manjunath B Joshi, Anirbit Datta, S Sandya, Vasudha Vishnumurthy, Subhash Chandra, Subramanya G Nayak, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy, Krishna Kishore Mahato
In the present study, we have designed a laser induced fluorescence (LIF) based instrumentation and developed a sensitive methodology for the effective separation, visualization, identification and analysis of proteins on a single platform. In this method, intrinsic fluorescence spectra of proteins were detected after separation on one or two dimensional Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (SDS-TCEP) polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and the data were analyzed. The MATLAB assisted software was designed for the development of PAGE fingerprint for the visualization of protein after one and two-dimensional protein separation...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
Wenkai Ren, Ranjith Rajendran, Yuanyuan Zhao, Bie Tan, Guoyao Wu, Fuller W Bazer, Guoqiang Zhu, Yuanyi Peng, Xiaoshan Huang, Jinping Deng, Yulong Yin
The interaction between host and pathogen decidedly shapes the outcome of an infection, thus understanding this interaction is critical to the treatment of a pathogen-induced infection. Although research in this area of cell biology has yielded surprising findings regarding interactions between host and pathogen, understanding of the metabolic cross talk between host and pathogen is limited. At the site of infection, host and pathogen share similar or identical nutritional substrates and generate common metabolic products, thus metabolic cross talk between host and pathogen could profoundly affect the pathogenesis of an infection...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Adejoke N Kolawole, Valentine T Akinladejo, Olusola O Elekofehinti, Afolabi C Akinmoladun, Ayodele O Kolawole
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) are a diverse family of enzymes that catalyze the NAD(P)+ -dependent detoxification of toxic aldehyde compounds. ALDHs are also involved in non-enzymatic ligand binding to endobiotics and xenobiotics. Here, the enzyme crucial non-canonical and non-catalytic interaction with kolaflavanone, a component of kolaviron, and a major bioflavonoid isolated from Garcinia kola (Bitter kola) was characterized by various spectroscopic and in silico approaches under stimulated physiological condition...
February 27, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Naeem Khan, Asghari Bano, Mohammad Atikur Rahman, Bala Rathinasabapathi, Md Ali Babar
Genetic improvement for drought tolerance in chickpea requires a solid understanding of biochemical processes involved with different physiological mechanisms. The objective of this study is to demonstrate genetic variations in altered metabolic levels in chickpea varieties (tolerant and sensitive) grown under contrasting water regimes through UPLC-HRMS based untargeted metabolomic profiling. Chickpea plants were exposed to drought stress at the three-leaf stage for 25 days and the leaves were harvested at 14 days and 25 days after the imposition of drought stress...
March 13, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
Peter Hertelendy, Jozsef Toldi, Ferenc Fulop, Laszlo Vecsei
Ischemic stroke is one of the leading causes of mortality and permanent disability in developed countries. Stroke induces massive glutamate release, which in turn causes N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor over-excitation and thus calcium overload in neurons leading to cell death via apoptotic cascades. The kynurenine pathway is a complex enzymatic cascade of tryptophan catabolism, generating various neuroactive metabolites. One metabolite, kynurenic acid (KYNA), is a potent endogenous NMDA glutamate receptor antagonist, making it a possible therapeutic tool to decrease excitotoxicity and neuroinflammation...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Micah T Nelp, Patrick A Kates, John T Hunt, John A Newitt, Aaron Balog, Derrick Maley, Xiao Zhu, Lynn Abell, Alban Allentoff, Robert Borzilleri, Hal A Lewis, Zeyu Lin, Steven P Seitz, Chunhong Yan, John T Groves
For cancer cells to survive and proliferate, they must escape normal immune destruction. One mechanism by which this is accomplished is through immune suppression effected by up-regulation of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO1), a heme enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of tryptophan to N -formylkynurenine. On deformylation, kynurenine and downstream metabolites suppress T cell function. The importance of this immunosuppressive mechanism has spurred intense interest in the development of clinical IDO1 inhibitors...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Johanna M Gostner, Eva Obermayr, Ioana E Braicu, Nicole Concin, Sven Mahner, Adriaan Vanderstichele, Jalid Sehouli, Ignace Vergote, Dietmar Fuchs, Robert Zeillinger
OBJECTIVE: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) may represent a chronic stimulus for the immune system. In the present study we investigated the potential association of CTCs, the immune activation marker neopterin, and the ratio of kynurenine to tryptophan (Kyn/Trp) as a measure for tryptophan breakdown. METHODS: Neopterin, tryptophan and kynurenine levels were measured in plasma samples from patients with benign gynecological diseases (n=65) and with primary advanced epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) at diagnosis (n=216) and six months after adjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy (n=45) by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and high performance liquid chromatography...
March 9, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Jian-Ming Hu, Huang-Tao Sun
BACKGROUND: To find potential serum biomarkers of microwave ablation (MWA) for treatment of human lung cancer by1 H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomics analysis. METHODS: Serum specimens collected from 43 healthy individuals, 39 patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and 38 NSCLC patients treated with MWA, were subjected to1 H NMR-based metabolomics analysis. Partial least squares discriminant analysis was used to analyze the data...
March 12, 2018: Radiation Oncology
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